Fat Princess PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2009
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. 83
    Fat Princess' greatest strength is its comical presence, from the title screen to the ending credits.
  2. It’s dumb concept is just the start point for a funny and strategic game. This smart change of the Capture the Flag concept shines because of its old-school gameplay and its innovative form.
  3. 83
    Fat Princess is definitely a hit and worthy addition to the PlayStation Store. The humour in the game and the simple class system creates a new experience. Unfortunately, the continuous in-game chaos can ruin the fun sometimes. No one should be deterred from its unique graphical style, as Fat Princess is a game for everyone looking to have some fun online here and there.
  4. It's easy to see the craftsmanship that has been poured into this offering from its presentation to its stellar gameplay. The only problem we found that keeps this title back from gaming nirvana is its suspect connections - it was often impossible to play against others online.
  5. Potentially brilliant multiplayer romp hindered by PSN's lack of communication. Bundled headsets please, Sony.
  6. While the game does have its flaws in poor AI and the sometimes never ending games, the colourful comical gore ridden game, as well as the catchy game title, did manage to grab my attention.
  7. This is a game that is definitely worth the purchase price and I think that it is a must have DLC title for the PlayStation 3.
  8. Fat Princess' charm and sense of humor prevails throughout, and it's backed up by a completely honest, simple, and thoroughly fun war game that contains not one pretentious bone in its body.
  9. Edge Magazine
    70
    While you won't necessarily win without some loyal subjects from your friends list, there's a deceptive amount of fun you can have while trying. [Oct 2009, p.94]
  10. Much like the cakes that the princesses so greedily scoff down, the game is delicious at first, an overwhelming confection of bright colours and varied flavours, but the sugar rush wears off much too quickly, leaving you bloated and exhausted.
  11. Fat Princess is like a cake with few layers: it's great when played with friends, and it's quite delicious, but it lacks some flavour and it will leave us a bit hungry.
  12. Some issues with the netcode and a short list of gamemodes are the main problems of this game. Nice graphic and excellent style make Fat Princess a nice guest of the PSN.
  13. Fat Princess is more filling then the sweet magical icing that crowns the princess's favorite meal. Titian Studios has produced a fun, quick-paced strategy game that takes the classic formula of capture-the-flag and turns it into a violent, cheery pool of controlled chaos.
  14. This is without a doubt the most enjoyment I have had with an online-focused game in a long time and cannot wait to go back and play some more. There is something for everyone and it will not take you long to get accustomed to the controls and be essential on the battlefield. It might only be August, but what we have here is by far the best downloadable game of the year and one that should not be missed.
  15. Fat Princess is hugely entertaining, however communication problems may prevent the game from retaining a large fanbase.
  16. 90
    One of the most original downloadable games to date. The amount of strategy that exists is plentiful and there is more than enough content included to justify the purchase.
  17. If Titan Studios can support Fat Princess well and offer plenty of good updates that include free and paid content, there should be a bright future for Fat Princess.
  18. Fat Princess is a gem that's marred by some issues that would otherwise make it the best game on the PSN.
  19. Fat Princess looks delicious and, in theory, provides enough depth with her action-, RTS- and RPG-elements. But the game centers around cooperative team-play, and that doesn't happen too often when you play with other people. Most matches end up in a free-for-all where tactics aren’t anywhere to be found. On top of that your AI-teammates are dumb, the game suffers from bugs and lag and the Mage-class is far too powerful. Fat Princess just didn't become the game we wanted it to be.
  20. Sadly, due to Sony's refusal to ship the PlayStation 3 with headsets, just about every game has problems with communication.
  21. Games Master UK
    85
    Like cake, it's tasty and lovely to look at. Unlike cake, it's an experience best shared. [Oct 2009, p.74]
  22. This silly twist on capture-the-flag is as funny as it is strategic, but balance issues keep it from greatness.
  23. 80
    The multiplayer mode is the key, though. Without that, there isn't much here for a single player to enjoy. Playing against bots is okay, and the survival and (quite clever) soccer game are fun diversions, but nothing beats running around a map full of 32 real players.
  24. There isn’t much like Fat Princess on any platform, and though it’s clear that it can grow in any number of ways, the game is already hectic and fun.
  25. If gamers are worried about Fat Princess not giving them an amusing time, then they should worry no longer – Fat Princess has more highs than lows to justify a digital download for any PlayStation 3 owner.
  26. It's one of the better reasons to own the system at this point, and certainly a lot of fun to play.
  27. Fat Princess presents a captivating world, an absurd premise and classic gameplay in a very well balanced and original game that is both amazingly funny and fun to play.
  28. Innovation has always been one of the cornerstones of the gaming industry, and Titan Studios deserves a round of applause for going back to the basics with this game, adding a nice little twist with the whole princess concept, and bringing us one of the better downloadable games of the year.
  29. As we already thought in our preview: The game is one of the best out of the PSN Store and makes a lot of fun, especially for more than one player!
  30. Despite its early growing pains, Fat Princess manages to walk a pretty straight path between frenzied combat and larger-scale tactics. It's a unique take on team-based multiplayer with a lot of personality and charm--and, with any luck, a lot of staying power on the PlayStation Network.
  31. 90
    Figuring out why the bombs of a worker are awesome, lighting your sword on fire, and knocking open your castle's front door just long enough to shoot someone in the face are great experiences.
  32. 90
    Fat Princess is one of the defining games of the PSN. The style is outrageously cute and gory and the gameplay is simple enough that it is infectious to play.
  33. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Marvelous blend of fast paced action and team strategy offers many hours of multiplayer fun. Don’t forget your headset otherwise you’ll be disappointed. [Sept 2009]
  34. The fundamental principles behind the gameplay and strategy in Fat Princess are quite ingenious: take up to 32 players and divide them into two teams. Let the members of these teams assume one of four classes (mage, warrior, worker, priest) and then let them use the unique characteristics of their chosen class to either infiltrate the enemy base to steal their princess or defend the home base. It's an addictive and thoroughly pleasing experience, if you find the proper teammates that is. Fat Princess ranges from a decent to a fantastic online experience.
  35. The princess may have bitten off more than she can chew with her clever but confused multiplayer melees.
  36. 75
    Fat Princess, despite the dodgy premise, is heaps of fun. It’s old-school gameplay with a fresh new look.
  37. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    An interesting blend of classic group beat 'em up and gamemodes lifted from FPS-games. It’s at the same time monotonous, chaotic and fun. [Aug 2009]
  38. Either single player or online, Fat Princess delivers excellence in every way. The single player is quite short and should be looked at more like a tutorial for the very deep multiplayer aspect. If there were one thing I’d like to see added to Fat Princess it would be split-screen local multiplayer, other than that I can’t complain.
  39. Play UK
    60
    Ultimately, Fat Princess is a victim of its own focused creativity. It may have visual appeal and at first seem to offer a lot but it doesn’t take long to realise proceedings are rather dull; matches last a ridiculously long amount of time. In tiny bursts there’s definitely some appeal. It’s just ever so short. [Issue#183, p.80]
  40. 85
    Any game starring fat royalty with a penchant for baked treats and a credit sequence set to Sir Mixalot's 'Baby Got Back' is instantly destined for greatness anyway. So why not have your cake and eat it?
  41. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    At 11.99 this is an expensive slice of PSN, but the end result is so tasty you won't regret it. [Oct 2009, p.117]
  42. Fat Princess is an amazing concept that should have had a longer beta test, so that the bugs could have been ironed out. But the more they're fixed the better the game gets, and this may well become a really successful franchise.
  43. PSM3 Magazine UK
    75
    Enormous fun, but let down by poor AI and single-player brevity. [Oct 2009, p.68]
  44. Fat Princess is both charming and amusing but it’s also nicely designed and capable of holding a player’s interest due to the diversity and variety found within.
  45. So the core design, which seems so elegant at first, leads either to quick decisions between teams of unmatched skill, or long slogs worthy of a Russian winter campaign. When the action drags on, the not-inconsiderable cute factor starts to wear away.
  46. Fat Princess offers some of the most addictive and rewarding gameplay in recent times and can be a fantastic joy to play with friends online. Over time, it wouldn’t be at all surprising for Fat Princess to get better and better as players settle down into their roles and really engage with the teamwork – much like has happened in Killzone 2’s multiplayer.
  47. Though it's hardly perfect, Fat Princess is nevertheless one of the most enjoyable and multi-faceted multiplayer experiences on the PS3 right now. Grab a headset and get to slaughtering; that princess isn't going to gorge herself, you know!
  48. 90
    Fun in the multiplayer and different to any other game in the market, Fat Princess is one of the best titles available in the digital marketplace, an instant classic which adapts game modes of other genre under a new and fresh approach.
  49. There's only so much the cute presentation can gloss over, meaning some serious changes will need to be made if the game is going to have any real legs.
  50. Fat Princess is a great multiplayer experience that will only get better once people learn to utilise the skills of all of the classes.
  51. 75
    For only 15 euro's you purchase a really fun game, with easy gameplay mechanics so you can play it anytime you feel like it. Now go and stuff her up!
  52. 80
    The imbalanced matches overrun with bots are my primary issue with the multiplayer, and a related (in my opinion lesser) snag is inconsistent communication.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 197 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 69
  2. Negative: 6 out of 69
  1. MT
    Dec 6, 2009
    9
    this is one of the best psn games i've netter played. the only thing that keeps it from perfect is the balancing issues.does 10 humans this is one of the best psn games i've netter played. the only thing that keeps it from perfect is the balancing issues.does 10 humans and 6 bots vs 4 humans and 12 bots seem fair? i thought not Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2017
    7
    Fat Princess was highly innovative when it was first released, and it still is a unique game in a sense. The design of characters and settingsFat Princess was highly innovative when it was first released, and it still is a unique game in a sense. The design of characters and settings (which are a fairy-tale in themselves) is probably its main strength together with the multiplayer mode. The campaign is interesting and enjoyable despite not being too long, but it certainly is its online mode that will keep you playing for hours.

    You can like Fat Princess more or less, but there is no doubt it is a different fresh game.
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  3. Sep 13, 2016
    3
    I don't understand how people can look past the game's flaws and say it's a great game.

    The level design is poor; just moving around your
    I don't understand how people can look past the game's flaws and say it's a great game.

    The level design is poor; just moving around your base can be an exercise in patience, as there are staircases, walls you can't jump over, that don't have to be there at all. Then there are the lava levels where you have to wait (sometimes your only option) for the lava to go down before you can move forward. And beyond that I've seen players jump to places they shouldn't be able to.

    Online matches can be laggy, where the game pauses for a few seconds now and then, and speeds up afterwards (there's nothing wrong with my connection).

    Worst of all, though, is the pay-to-win DLC. A Ninja can just teleport the princess from your base to theirs. The game is even brazen enough to taunt you by placing a DLC hat type in your base, saying you'd be able to do something about the DLC classes, if only you'd bought the DLC yourself. The most shameful of game design shenanigans.
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