Welcome once more to our weekly roundup of whatâ€™s new on the PSN store for our perusal, purchase and download. Before I get to that, I have to point out that anyone who owns a copy of Uncharted 2 and plays online, you need to download the Siege Expansion Pack that was released last week. Itâ€™s cheap, like the budgie says, and the new game mode is a wickedly addictive chunk of co-op fun, making the excellent Uncharted 2 online multiplayer mode even better than it was. Last weeks definite must buy.
Onto this weeks update, which is relatively small compared to the last two weeks. So, without further blethering on my part, the first and only full game for download this week is -
PUZZLE CHRONICLES Â£6.29/â‚¬7.99
Puzzle Chronicles is, as the name suggests, a puzzle game along the lines of Bejewelled, while trying to bring something new to the tried and tested genre in the shape of a storyline and exploration. With the player controlling a barbarian like hero through the world following the story, the puzzle element comes into play when the player gets involved in a battle. At this point the screen is split in two with the top half being an animated screen in which the player’s character and the villain face off against each other, and the bottom half being the actual play area. this will be recognizable to anyone having played a puzzle game of this type before and basically involves the player placing blocks of the same colour into groups which, when destroyed, builds up points. When you have enough points, you attack the enemy as portrayed on the top half of the screen.
Although the graphics are not amazing, it is a new and interesting take on the old puzzle games. Fans may well be interested in taking a look.
Like the games this week, there is only one demo for players to try out and it is of a PSN title that was released a couple of weeks ago -
WAKEBOARDING HD DEMO FREE TO DOWNLOAD
This is a game that was released a few weeks back on the PSN store for download that looked interesting but at the time I did’nt pick it up. Now I get the chance to try before I buy. Wakeboarding HD is, as the title may suggest, a full on arcade action wakeboarding game. The players character is towed along behind a speeding boat, pulling of stunts and collecting pickups along the way. It is something new and sort of original, and with the demo out now free to download, it cant hurt to give it a try.
Despite the lack of games and demos this week, it is made up for with DLC and expansion packs for games such as MAG, Danteâ€™s Inferno and a good load of content for Mega Man 10, along with the usual Rock Band and Guitar Hero stuff.
DANTEâ€™S INFERNO: TRIALS OF ST LUCIA Â£7.99/â‚¬9.99
This expansion brings to Danteâ€™s Inferno a new playable character in the shape of St Lucia. There are also forty developer created challenges which see the player or players, as the pack introduces co-op play to the game, fighting of wave upon wave of bad guys. These kind of modes are always welcome in games and are even more fun when you can play alongside a friend. On top of this, you also get a challenge creator mode, allowing the player to add to the forty challenges and giving the player a near endless supply of challenges.
MEGA MAN 10 ENDLESS ATTACK MODE Â£2.39/â‚¬2.99
The first of the Mega Man 10 packs. The title says it all really, as it has the player dealing with numerous screens under an endless attack. After clearing a certain number of screens, you are put up against a boss and then, upon beating it, you continue on. All the while you have to keep in mind that if you die then itâ€™s game over man.
MEGA MAN 10 SPECIAL STAGE 2 Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
MEGA MAN 10 SPECIAL STAGE 3 Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
Both special stages two and three follow in the same suit as the previously released Special stage 1, being new and unique stages for the players to battle through before fighting an iconic boss from one of the previous Mega Man games. It goes without saying that all three of these expansion packs are extremely challenging, aimed at the hardcore fans. The casual gamer may find these packs a little tough, but if you are up for a further Mega Man challenge, then these will be the perfect addition to the game.
JUST CAUSE 2 BLACK MARKET AERIAL PACK Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
And another week brings another DLC pack for Just Cause 2, this time in the shape of the Black Market Aerial Pack. This brings the player not only a fighter jet, fully equipped with devastating weapons for causing mass destruction, but on top of that, you are given another weapon of destruction in the shape of a multi lock missile launcher with laser guided auto lock, capable of locking onto four targets at one time. Think of the carnage. To top it all off, you get the parachute dual thrusters which are a set of small jet engines that attach to your chute, making it more stable and mobile. Itâ€™s good to see more being added to the game, other than yet another vehicle. Not that those are unwelcome of course.
SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV SUPER CHALLENGERS PACK 1 Â£3.19/â‚¬3.99
With Super Street Fighter IV only just released, it is a surprise to see costume packs being released already. But this pack brings the player alternate costumes for the characters Hakan, Makoto, Guy, Dudley and Dee Jay, so you can throw on the latest fashions before beating the crap out of your opponents.
MAG FAST ATTACK GEAR PACK FREE DOWNLOAD
MAG gets a second chunk of DLC this week and the good news is that, once again, itâ€™s totally free. This pack adds two new items for each faction, with each of them receiving a special edition sniper rifle with performance adjustments and visual variations. On top of that, each faction gets new improved light armour. So this time around, the guys and gals at Zipper Interactive are showing the snipers some love. As a fan of this game, itâ€™s great to see more new content being added and even better, itâ€™s all free.
NEW ROCK BAND TRACKS
Again By Flyleaf Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Thunderbirds Are Go By Busted Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Tomorrow By Silverchair Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
NEW GUITAR HERO 5 TRACKS
Black Sabbath Track Pack Â£4.39/â‚¬5.49 which contains the following tracks which are also sold separately.
After Forever Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Into The Void Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
NEW KARAOKE REVOLOUTION TRACKS
The Time Of My Life Â£0.79/â‚¬0.99
Video wise, this week of course gives us the fourth episode of First Look, which I have yet to download and watch. But if it follows on from the previous three weeks, it will be as interesting a watch as ever. Also here for your viewing pleasure, there is a trailer for Hustle Kings nine ball clearance competition and a behind the scenes trailer of Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4.
Wrapping things up this week are once again the new themes available for decorating your system.
Mega Man 10 Dynamic Customised Theme 3 Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
White Knight Chronicles Travellers Dynamic Theme Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Wakeboarding HD Dynamic Theme Free Download
The final item is very cool, to me at least. The minute I saw it, I bought it. It is a premium theme of one of my favourite films, The Nightmare Before Christmas. It looks great and makes me smile every time I see it. It is available to download for Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
That about wraps things up for this week, other than for me to wish you all a great week of gaming, whatever you may be playing. Pop back next week to see what Sony gives us to play with.