Another week of Playstation fun. This week I personally have been playing Joe Danger, excellent fun.Â Check it out on PSNÂ and look for my review on the site. I have also been playing the God Of War Trilogy. Never having played any of them before, shockingly for a Sony fan, but managed to pick ‘em all up for a bargain price and have been enthralled since. Excellent games. If you have never played them, then you should give them all a try. But onto matters in hand, this weeks PSN Store update. It’s quite a large update this week, with a good selection of both games and new download content, meaning plenty of choice for all.
THE SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND SPECAL EDITION Â£7.99/â‚¬9.99
What can you really say apart from it’s an updated version of a pure classic. The first Monkey Island game is given a brand new fresh look with updated graphics. But thankfully the gameplay and story are as great as they were back then. Although I have not purchased this yet, it is on my purchase and play list, when the time comes that I have a game dry spell and I am in need of a laugh which I know this point and click adventure will provide. One of the really cool features that come with this special edition is the fact that you can play with the enhanced graphics and sounds of the re-mastered version, but for nostalgic purposes, perfect for older gamers who remember the game from the first time round, you can also play the game using the original graphics, sound and interface. The fact that you can switch between the two modes at anytime during the game is a really nice touch. It allows you to see just how different it looks but at the same time how similar. Pick this one up if you have fond memories of it in the past. Even if you have never played it before, give it a go and fall in love with it. Even better is the news that the second game is also incoming.
SAM & MAX EPISODE 3 THEY STOLE MAX’S BRAIN (CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE TO FULL SEASON SUBSCRIBERS)
For those that subscribed to the Sam & Max full season pass, this week brings the arrival of episode 3 – They Stole Max’s Brain. The madcap adventure continues as Sam comes back from a toilet break to find Max cut open and his brain missing. So the search begins. There is not really much to add to what I have already said about this series of episodes in the previous PSN updates. You can basically expect more of the same story driven mad gameplay that was and continues to be a big hit with fans of both the characters and the game itself. Lets hope it carries on being just as much fun up to the conclusion.
LANDIT BANDIT Â£9.99/â‚¬12.99
Landit Bandit is an extremely complicated realistic Helicopter flight simulator. Not really, this is instead an arcade fun helicopter action game in which the player takes control of a caveman. Wait, a caveman with a helicopter? Yes, a caveman with a helicopter, a pedal powered one at that. There is a good selection of game types and mini games keeping it fresh, from a very Moon Lander like section in which you guide your helicopter around the stages picking up stranded fellow cave people, before carrying them to safety back at their cave. Or how about a ski jump like mini game in which you launch yourself down an icy slope and off the jump at the end in an attempt to record the longest distance. Or some side scrolling helicopter action as you guide yourself carefully through a system of cave like tunnels. This mix up of game types and mini games is sure to keep your attention for a bit of time at least.
NBA UNRIVALLED Â£9.99/â‚¬12.99
NBA Unrivalled can best be described to older gamers such as myself as a five on five basketball game that plays a lot like NBA Jam. For those that are unaware of this game, it is basically basketball but, unlike most sports games, realism is thrown out the window in favour of some arcade sports action. With all the official NBA teams represented, it is a pretty simple affair. Those looking for a more realistic game should look elsewhere as this is pure arcade gameplay and then some. With quick short chunks of high speed basketball, it is good for when you have a few minutes to spare, but not quite enough time for a full simulated game of hoops.
Puzzlegeddon plays as you would expect, much like the puzzle games we have become accustomed to. You have a grid in which you need to align blocks of the same colour and thus eliminating them from play. Things do not appear much different here, but that changes with the inclusion of the multiplayer modes. Again we have all played these sorts of games with two players where the blocks you destroy on your grid are dropped onto your opponents. And we all know how heated and fun these games can be. What Puzzlegeddon does to change things up a little is, instead of just two players fighting it out, you can have up to six players battling it out with each other. So you can imagine how heated these games will get. Puzzle game fans should check this one out.
BLUE TOAD MURDER FILES EPISODES 1-6 BUNDLE Â£17.99/â‚¬21.99
Blue Toad Murder Files is an episodic who-done-it adventure game in which the player, or players as you can play co-operatively with up to four players, is playing the detective in the village of Little Riddle, trying to solve a heinous crime. This game has been released over the last few months in episodes, but the whole thing is now available in a bundle for those that may be interested but had not previously picked up any of the episodes. If you are still unsure, episode one itself has been re-released at the bargain price of only Â£0.99, making it perfect for you to try before deciding on whether you want to purchase this here bundle.
FRET NICE Â£9.99/â‚¬12.99
Now this is a new and original idea. What would happen if you took a basic side scrolling platform jumping game but instead of using your traditional game controller, you play the game with your Guitar Hero guitar. Yes, you heard me right. You control the guitar totting hero through the levels running jumping and shooting, all using the guitar peripheral. You can of course play with your normal PS3 controller, but in doing so it seems this is just a basic platform game. It’s appeal comes from using your game guitar for something other than rocking out with. So if you are looking for something else to play using your guitar, give it a shot. At the very least the developers were trying something new. But if you are looking for something to play with your usual controller, there are better choices out there.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION OUTLAWS TO THE END FREE TO DOWNLOAD
The greatness that is Red Dead Redemption just got better with the release of the first chunk of Download Content. To make the deal even sweeter, Outlaws To The End is completely free. Unlike other free content, this is more than a few costumes or new weapons. Instead, what you get is a whole new mode. A co-op mode with six brand new missions that can be played with a posse of up to four players, who all have to work together to achieve a goal. New features for this mode include checkpoints through the missions, meaning that if your team die but you reach a checkpoint your posse on respawning will not start at the beginning of the mission. But this can also be stopped by healing a downed player with a bleed out feature. On top of that there are new PSN Trophies to earn. Owners of the game, which lets be honest is almost everyone, have no excuse not to grab this, what with it being free.
MAG INTERDICTION PACK Â£6.29/â‚¬7.99
MAG also picks up a new game mode with the Interdiction Pack, which is similar to the previous capture three points and defend, but centres more around vehicles with teams using groups of six armoured personnel carriers as their spawn points. This makes it important to defend those, as well as the capture points with three brand new maps also included, one for each faction, as well as a new heavy armour type for each of the three also which costs less to equip, making room for some more much needed equipment. I have not played MAG for a couple of months now, as Bad Company 2 kind of took over as my first person shooter of choice. But I feel it is about time I went back and had some more fun in the games huge scale battles and perhaps even try out this new pack.
BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY 2 ONSLAUGHT MODE Â£7.19/â‚¬8.99
And talking of Bad Company 2, it is also shown some love this week as it picks up it’s own new game mode in the shape of Onslaught. As you may have guessed from the name, it involves the player and up to three friends surviving wave after wave of bad guys. Because of the way Bad Company works, this will require teamwork. You may need a sniper or an engineer and you will definitely need a medic as, if all four players are killed at the same time, it is game over. So the need to keep yourself and each other alive is almost as important as killing the bad guys. This pack is perfect for bad company players who are looking for a new challenge to play with friends or a smaller group of people.
LOST PLANET 2 KILLZONE CHARACTER PACK FREE DOWNLOAD
More free stuff, cannot complain about that. This time it’s some crossover player skins for Lost Planet, bringing Killzone’s Helghast to life. This is not the first and is unlikely to be the last crossover for Lost Planet 2 and for fans of the game, lets hope not. Plus the fact that these skins are on offer for not a single penny of your own money, who is complaining.
MODNATION RACERS PRINCESS PACK Â£1.39/â‚¬1.75
This week also brings the next in a line of new Mods for ModNation Racers. This week it’s one for the girls in the shape of the princess Mod and kart. She comes outfitted with a tutu, tiara and jewels, of course. As for her ride, well what other than a horse-less carriage, which of course comes in four separate parts so as they can be used in your own custom creations.
JUST CAUSE 2 AGENCY HOVERCRAFT, BULLSEYE ASSAULT RIFLEÂ AND CHEVALIER CLASSIC Â£0.79/â‚¬0.99 FOR EACH
There are also three new items on offer this week, which can all be purchased separately. The first of which is the Agency Hovercraft; the ideal vehicle for those that want to use both land and water without having to switch vehicle and, like most vehicles in Just Cause 2, it comes fitted with a carnage causing grenade launcher. Next up is the Bullseye Assault Rifle; this is basically a replacement for the standard assault rifle with increased accuracy, both up close and at long range, with its scope. A worthy upgrade for those looking to pack a bigger punch. And finally a new car for getting around the island in style; the Chevalier is a very sporty looking car, meaning you can cruise in style well. Either that or just go a bit crazy in it.
SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV SUPER SHADALOO PACK Â£3.19/â‚¬3.99
And so another week brings another costume pack for Super Street Fighter IV, with this week bringing new costumes for the following characters; Vega, Sagat, Balrog, Bison and Seth. I do believe that is all the charachters in the game covered over these last few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if there is more next week or maybe there will be a full pack with all of the past costumes included.
SKATE 3 BLACK BOX DISTRIBUTION SKATE PARK Â£2.39/â‚¬2.99
The Black Box Distribution Skate Park was originally a pre-order bonus for the game, but has now been released on the store for everyone to get their hands on. Basically what you get here is a new indoor skate park which pretty much resembles an abandoned warehouse with many a ramp to jump and pipe to grind, much like existing parks or ones that you can create yourself.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUIZ! WILD LIFE QUESTION PACK Â£4.79/â‚¬5.99
And there is even love for you quiz fans this week, in the shape of a wildlife question pack for National Geographic Quiz testing your knowledge on the creatures and critters that we share the planet with. How much do you know about the Three Toed Sloth or Honey Badger? Test your knowledge here.
CLASH OF THE TITANS HADES CHALLENGE Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
The new Hades Challenge expansion for Clash Of The Titans offers the player two new quests; White Horse Of The Underworld and Absolute Defence, as well as unlocking new sub-weapons and rare gift items by completing these quests, both of which can be played after the completion of the main quest 49, Taking out the trash.
LITTLE BIG PLANET SOLSTICE COSTUME FREE DOWNLOAD
This is a re-release of last years Solstice costume for sackboy which dresses our little friend as a druid and, like most holiday season costumes for Little big Planet, it is another freebie. In my opinion, this one is worth a download for the really cool beard alone. Since I downloaded this last year, my Sackboy has this beard on with practically every costume he wears.
AGAREST GENERATIONS OF WAR TONNES OF CONTENT PRICES FROM FREE TO Â£3.19/â‚¬3.99
This is a game I know little to nothing of, other than it’s a strategic role playing game. This weeks PSN update gives players a huge choice in new content, which I will not even try to detail as there is so much there for players to choose from. But rest assured, if you are a player of this game, you may want to check out the store as a chunk of it can be yours for free and there is even more for very little money. Fans of the game will definitely find something worth grabbing here.
Oh my god this weeks Rock Band update is enough to make even me want to go out and buy a copy, like totally man.
7 Things by Miley Cyrus Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Can’t Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Fly On The Wall by Miley Cyrus Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
See You Again by Miley Cyrus Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Start All Over by Miley Cyrus Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
GUITAR HERO 5 ALL TIME LOW TRACK PACKÂ Â£4.39/â‚¬5.49 CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING TRACKS WHICH CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY
Damned If I Do Ya (Live) Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Dear Maria Count Me In Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Video wise this week, Episode 012 of FirstPlay Â£0.99/â‚¬1.20. In my opinion FirstPlay would have been a nice addition to Playstation Plus, the upcoming subscription plan for the system. There are also a small selection of trailers including…
Alpha Protocol A Man Alone Trailer
Alien Vs Predator Launch Trailer
Alien Vs Predator Ultimate Multiplayer Video
Alien Vs Predator Kill Moves Video
Yakuza 3 Introducing Yakuza 3
Yakuza 3 Memories Video
And as usual we wrap things up with a selection of avatars, themes and wallpaper. We kick things off with a selection of country related Sackboy Avatars that are sold for Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25 each and the countries include, take a deep breathe and see if you can say them all in one…
Algerie, Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Cameroun, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Danamrk, Deutschland, England, Espana, France, Ghana, Hellas, Helvetia, Honduras, Italia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Mexico, Nederland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal, Slovenja, Slovenska Republika, South Africa, Srbija, United States and Uruguay… wait, what, no Scotland? sheesh no sale for me.
And that is not all Avatar wise, as there is a bundle of Flower Avatars, also which can be purchased as a bundle for Â£0.79/â‚¬0.99, which gets you the five following avatars, which can also be picked up separately for Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25 and include the following; Door, Light Blue flower, Pictures, Pink Poppy and Red Flower.
And wrapping things in this weeks update are …
MODNATION RACERS DYNAMIC THEME Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
LEGO HARRY POTTER YEARS 1-4 WALLPAPER 1 FREE DOWNLOAD
LEGO HARRY POTTER YEARS 1-4 WALLPAPER 2 FREE DOWNLOAD
And with that we come to the end of another weeks PSN update and boy what an update it was, both games wise and content wise. Surely something for everyone? Personally I will be picking up the Red Dead Redemption Pack and having some more cowboy fun. That is after I finish up my adventures with the god of war himself, Kratos. I hope you all have some fun game to play and keep you entertained. So, until next week, have some happy gaming.