Whatâ€™s this? A PSN store update on Wednesday? Yes indeed. Sony have moved the updates to Tuesday for the US, to coincide with their retail release dates. So that we in the European Union didnâ€™t have to wait two days later to get the update, it was also moved forward a day. So from now on the PSN store will update on Wednesdays rather than Thursdays. A nice little midweek treat for us.
So is this week’s update a good one? Itâ€™s hit and miss depending on what games you play. For all the Modern warfare 2 fans out there, the Stimulus Pack arrives on the PlayStation. Before we get to that, there are a few games here to download this week beginning with -
KICK-ASS THE GAME Â£9.99/â‚¬12.99
Great comic book, great movie. Does this mean we get a great game? Probably not, although you could imagine that this would make a great game. It unfortunately continues the old adage that games based on movies are usually bad. Sure, you can choose from the three hero characters of the film and I donâ€™t want to sugar coat it here, but for a game on a next gen console this this looks pretty bad. Although I have not yet played it and it could turn out to play really well, you just never know.
I would like to see a demo, so that we could give it a try. But for the asking price, it would have to be something special and it comes across as a bit of a cash cow riding on the back of the successful movie. I donâ€™t mean to sound overly harsh, but to be honest, just watching video of this game and looking at the screenshots it is hard to imagine a good game. If anyone has given it a go and can correct me in my assumption of it, please do so here on the site. Personally I cant bring myself to pay the asking price for a game that I imagine wont be any better than last years Watchmen attempt. If I am wrong, then I apologise for bashing the game here. Give it a try if you are a huge fan of the film.
ANARCHY RUSH HOUR Â£5.49/â‚¬6.99
Anarchy Rush Hour is an interesting surprise. I would not have guessed from the title, but it is a racing game and anyone who knows me, knows I can’t pass up a good racing game. This one involves the player taking part in the street racing scene in and around Moscow. It follows a story with the player going undercover in the street racing gangs to find his kidnapped girlfriend.
To be honest, I donâ€™t play a racing game for the story. I play it so I can drive at speed without fear of actually killing myself. There is a good handful of racing events to take part in here, from the expected road races, to drag races, to battle races. Did they take it to far with battle races? I cannot let you know yet. But this is a title I do plan on trying, so expect a review here on the site soon. From what I have seen though, the game looks pretty good and for this price, it has got to be worth a try. Keep your eye on this here site for a more in depth look at this one soon.
FEEDING FRENZY 2 FREE TRIAL UNLOCK KEY Â£7.99/â‚¬9.99
Feeding Frenzy is a puzzle/party game which involves the player or players, up to four, taking control of fish. You know, the kind that hang about at the bottom of the deep dark ocean with the little illuminating lure floating above itâ€™s mouth. The aim of the game is to eat fish that are smaller than yourself. The more you eat, the bigger you get, therefore the bigger the fish you can eat. You also have to continuously charge your lure by eating small glowing creatures. Failure to do so will result in the darkness of the ocean floor closing in on you, leaving you with a black screen. Although single player is fun and passes the time, with plenty of stages to play through, the real fun begins when playing with friends, competing for the fish. Games like these are fun to pass the time with, but I find they are always more fun playing with friends, as it generally leads to fun good natured arguments. Nice game if you are after a multiplayer party game or for the younger gamer.
On the demos front this week you get the chance to hop in the octagon fighting ring without the risk of getting hurt, or having to marry a washed out glamour model, appear on a reality TV show and then be moulded into a carbon copy of said glamour models ex. Tell me again why these people are famous. Also on offer is more high octane racing action.
UFC UNDISPUTED 2010 DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
UFC Undisputed 2010 is the sequel to last years popular ring fighting game and, although I never played the first game, the one thing I can say on playing this demo is that it definitely looks good, or at least as good as sweaty men in trunks can possibly look. What I mean is that the fighters, rings and animations are all pretty well done. The one problem I could see, and again this may be down to me and my fighting game style, is that it turned into a button bashing affair. Granted, people who are more in tune with fighting games will probably find more depth to the game. Still, the demo is here for people to give it a shot before making a decision.
SPLIT SECOND VELOCITY DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
Split Second Velocity is a high speed racer based not too far in the future. Racers take part in a series of races which are broadcast as part of a reality TV show. Throughout the races, players can build up a meter which in turn allows them to trigger events that change the course of the races and circuits. You are also encouraged to win the races by any means whatsoever, be it ramming your opponents from the track, or using aforementioned events to drop scenery on top of them. Another racing game but, in my opinion, thatâ€™s not a bad thing. Itâ€™s an arcade racer with some violence and big action set pieces thrown in, making this another definite to check out before deciding whether or not its worth a purchase.
The biggest release on the PSN store this week arrives in the downloadable content section in the form of the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus pack. Alongside this is an expansion pack for the PSN title Burn Zombie Burn, along with new content for EyePet.
MODERN WARFARE 2 STIMULUS PACK Â£10.99/â‚¬13.99
The one thing that is stopping me from snatching this up from the offset is the price, Although I do still play Modern Warfare 2 on occasion, the almost Â£11 price tag is making me hesitate. I am more than sure that this will not affect sales of this pack in the least, as the game is probably one of the most played online games around and therefore this will sell almost as well as the game itself.
The pack itself includes five new maps for the game. Three brand new creations, along with two maps being ported over from the original Modern warfare. The maps included are as follows; Bailout, which is based around an American apartment block including outdoor swimming pool area and interiors including a gym, lobbies and connecting units. Salvage is a snow covered junkyard with walls of wrecked cars and not too many places to hide, forcing the player to get stuck into the fight. Storm is a huge warehouse area coupled with a sizeable outside area. There is plenty of machinery scattered inside the huge warehouse and out for use as cover, all with lightning and thunder booming in the distance. Crash is one of the original maps from Modern Warfare, Set around a crashed helicopter in a war ravished urban setting and was definitely one of my favourites from that game. The final map being added, which was included in the expansion pack for the original Modern Warfare, is Overgrown, a huge map with a village separated down the centre by a dry creek. I always enjoyed this map because it involved both close up assault action and long range sniping across the creek bed. Of course, the two recycled maps have been polished up with new lighting effects all around.
For itâ€™s fans, of which there are many, this will be a definite buy. For players like myself on the other hand, who now only play the game every so often, you have to question whether paying the money for the new maps will be worth it in the long run.
BURN ZOMBIE BURN! BURN ZOMBIE BURNâ€¦ IN SPACE PACK Â£2.39/â‚¬2.99
Burn Zombie Burn was a PSN title back during last year and involved the player battling hordes of brain hungry zombies using the two stick method, one to move and one to shoot. The game was fun, but for me wore thin after a few weeks play. Fans of the game can rejoice in the release of this new expansion pack, which I can imagine is more of the same only set aboard a UFO and space. Perfect for fans of the game in search of a bit more.
EYEPET BUTTERFLY COSTUME FREE DOWNLOAD
EYEPET MUSIC STYLING PACK Â£2.39/â‚¬2.99
Ok, so for EyePet, the butterfly costume is pretty self explanatory really. Itâ€™s a costume, a butterfly costume. As for the Music Styling Pack, I am not sure what it entails as I can not find info on it anywhere and I donâ€™t own the game. However I am sure owners of the game can let us know what it entails. No matter what it is, it is here for you all to purchase and download.
This weeks Rock Band line up is mostly dominated by No Doubt tracks along with a few others thrown in. The full line up is as follows.
According To You by Orianthi Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Dearest (Iâ€™m so Sorry) by Picture Me Broken Â£0.59/â‚¬0.79
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom The Complete Album Â£9.99/â‚¬14.99 which includes all the following tracks that can also be purchased separately.
Different People Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
End It On This Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Happy Now ? Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Hey you Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
The Climb Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Tragic Kingdom Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
World Go Round Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
You Can Do It Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
GUITAR HERO 5 TRACKS
Addicted by Saving Bell Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Classic Rock 3 Track Pack Â£4.39/â‚¬5.49
which includes all the following tracks that can also be purchased separately.
Juke Box Hero By Foreigner Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Sweet home Alabama by Lynard Skynard Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Take The Money And Run by Steve Miller Band Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
KARAOKE REVOLOUTION TRACKS
Flashdanceâ€¦ What A Feeling Â£0.70/â‚¬0.99
I Donâ€™t Want To Miss A Thing Â£0.70/â‚¬0.99
My Girl Â£0.70/â‚¬0.99
Unchained Melody Â£0.70/â‚¬0.99
Wind Beneath My Wings Â£0.70/â‚¬0.99
Youâ€™re The One That I Want Â£0.70/â‚¬0.99
Also on the music front this week, for those feeling inclined to listen to and chill out, is the soundtrack to the PSN title Flower. Yours to own for the price of Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
On the video side of things, this week there is not much to offer, other than the new episode of first play offering up news, previews, reviews, screenshots and community videos. Although occasionally these episodes can seem a little short on content, there’s one thing thatâ€™s sure to bring a smile to your face. Lucy Porterâ€™s running commentary throughout is always interesting and always funny. She was a pretty good choice for the job. These episodes can be purchased for Â£0.99 each or you can subscribe for a higher price.
On the theme front this week there is a huge choice as long as you are a fan of NBA basketball. First up there is -
GRAVITY CRASH DYNAMIC THEME Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
DISNEY VINTAGE COMIC MICKEY THEME Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
Following these, there is a huge selection of NBA team Themes which can be purchased for Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49 each and include the following teams; Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Denver Nuggets, LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz.
Rounding things out this week is a selection of EyePet avatars, for use with your PSN account.
Pet Top Down Curious Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Princess Pet Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Stroking Icon Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Music Pet DJ Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Pet Singing Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
With that, we come to the end of another weekly update of the PSN store. Not the busiest of weeks, but surely something there to keep most people happy, definitely the Modern Warfare 2 fan at least. Until next time, have fun whatever you are playing.