Malaysia gets their own PlayStation Home

The moment Malaysian PlayStation users has been waiting for has finally come! At long last PlayStation Home has reached Malaysia!

After a few hours of exploring PSHome, I realized that Malaysian PSHome shares the same server as Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. Not so sure if there are others besides this… because I found a person from Puerto Rico during day 2 of PSHome Malaysia release.

My avatar posing with Vickie, the only NPC seen on Sodium One.

The feature I’m most excited for is the Sodium One MMO exclusive to PSHome users. Players are to control a hovercraft, destroy enemies, collect points, and trade them for items at the base.

Sodium One (abbreviated as S1) is a massively multiplayer online game based in and exclusive to the PS3’s online community-based social gaming network PlayStation ® Home. Sodium One is a combination of a full tank shooting game, called “Sodium One Salt Shooter”, and other associated mini-games that starts somewhere in the Nevada desert. The first five levels of Sodium One Salt Shooter are free. The full game of Sodium One Salt Shooter can be obtained by purchasing the Sodium Pilot Outfit from the Commerce Point, which is a shop with associated Sodium One products and other content from Outso and Lockwood Publishing.

VICKIE is the SodiumA.I. Information Android that tracks all of the users information such as completed objectives. This is where users can find out what objectives need be completed and redeem their Sodium Credits. The objectives are completed through mini-games including Sodium One Salt Shooter Tank Training, Scorpion Stomp, Desert Quench, and the Sodium One Salt Shooter Game. Sodium One Salt Shooter Tank Training is a training mission of the full game where users can train and try to improve their rankings.

Sodium One Salt Shooter machine

The Sodium One Salt Shooter Game is the full version of the Sodium One Salt Shooter Tank Trainer that’s in the Sodium Hub, however, without purchasing the pilot jacket, users can only access the first five levels. The Sodium One Salt Shooter Tank is upgradeable with different weapons, thrusters, afterburners, and other upgrades. The upgrades are obtained through destroying enemy tanks in each level with a boss at the end. Users can also unlock other Home rewards for their Home avatar in the full game of Sodium One Salt Shooter.

My avatar as Lightning from FFXII

Most of the free time in PSHome consists of my avatar running around making fun/friends of people. The appearance of girl avatar are few, to my surprise. Most are boys avatar, and since Malaysia PSHome just launched, most of the avatars wear casual freebies items. And since I’m officially a member of Malaysia region since July 2010, I got the “I love Malaysia” virtual T-shirt for use for my avatar in home, although seldom using them due to more interesting clothes available,  resulting to changing avatar appearance every 30 minutes or so, until I’m stuck with Lightning (from Final Fantasy 13).

But one of the most annoyance that keeps happening to me is the random disconnection from Home that only happens at daytime. The connection to PSHome was smooth during 11 am to 6 am, but it starts disconnecting in daytime until 11pm or so. This might be a PS3 problem, but who knows? I cant really exploit PS3 like I did with a PC. It’s surprisingly fragile and I could’t afford the risk.

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