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PSN STORE UPDATE

Posted by Bazaboy On July - 12 - 2010

As another week rolls around, it brings with it another store update for the Playstation Network. I shall let you know what I have been playing this week, whether you want to know or not. Because I cannot wait for Gran Turismo 5, but unfortunately I have to do so like many others, I have been feeding my need for speed with the best filler I have at the moment – Need For Speed Shift (see what I did there?) On top of that I have been enjoying a lot of multiplayer fun with Red Dead Redemption’s free roam mode with friends, playing the new Co-Op content, gang hideouts and of course random fights with other people, a lot of fun to be had whatever you may decide to get up to. So now onto this weeks store update with the big release being the Resurgence Pack for Modern Warfare 2 and even more updated Monkey Island fun, lets have a look and see what there is.

 
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MONKEY ISLAND 2 SPECIAL EDITION LECHUCK’S REVENGE FREE TRIAL AND UNLOCK CODE £7.99/€9.99

 
Following hot on the heels of the revamped original game comes an equally polished version of the sequel with Monkey Island 2 Special Edition LeChuck’s Revenge. The game is basically more of the same point and click adventuring fun, being a case of if it is not broken, then do not fix it. Again like the previous, this new version of the game has updated graphics and sound but you can also switch back and forth between the new look and sound of the game and the original version of it, for those looking to relive the game as they originally remember it. So if you fondly remember this game from it’s first time around, you can now relive those memories. If you have never played the Monkey Island games and enjoy a good point and click adventure, then you could do a lot worse than picking these games to keep you both entertained and amused.

 
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GROOVIN BLOCKS £7.99/€9.99

 
Groovin Blocks on first look appears to be nothing more than yet another puzzle game with coloured blocks dropping from the top of the screen, with it being the players job to drop three or more of the same colour atop each other thus negating from play. Nothing new here then, it is just like every other puzzle game available. Where the game does however attempt to change things up a bit is that it is music based, in a way. If the player drops the groups of blocks into play along with the beat of the music, then that is where the big points and high scores are found. Although the game can be played by just ignoring the music, it then becomes just another block dropping puzzle game. Whether you get anything from this game or not I guess depends on whether or not the addition of the music element is enough to have you hooked.

 
BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY 2 ONSLAUGHT MODE & BATTLEFIELD 1943 £13.99/€17.99

 
This is a great deal for fans of the Battlefield games, both older and newer. First up is the Onslaught Mode for Bad Company 2 which was initially released a few weeks back on it’s own and introduces a four player co-operative game mode where the players have to fight and survive against increasing waves of bad guys, with player relying on the help of their team mates and good use of classes. Make sure your team has at least one medic, you will need him/her. Secondly with this double bill the gamer gets the full Battlefield 1943 game which has been available on the store for months now, giving the player the opportunity to fight it out on pacific islands in a nice chunk of First Person Shooter action. Both the content pack and the full Battlefield 1943 game included at this price is a bargain for fans of the genre, especially if you have yet to pick up either of these items.

 
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CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE 2 RESURGENCE PACK £10.99/€13.99

 
And finally making it’s appearance on the Playstation Network Store, having been on XBox Live for a bit due to a timed exclusive deal. It’s now here for Playstation gamers to get a new handful of maps. As with the previous Stimulus Pack, you are given five maps that are new to Modern Warfare 2, although two of these maps are recycled maps from the game’s predecessor. The recycled maps are Strike and what was a personal favourite of mine, the warehouse. The new maps offer up a good mix of maps suited for all types of play. First up is Trailer Park which, as the title suggests, is based in and around a trailer park. It’s another map in which close quarter combat is the order of the day, with small confined areas and tight corridors. This is a completely different affair to the next map, Fuel, which is a huge map. Ideal hunting grounds for all you snipers out there. But as we all know, for every sniper out there, there are two other players cursing him and the map. The third and final new map looks to be a lot of fun. Carnival – a whole map centred around a funfair. Sure to be full of hiding spots and scary clowns, shivers… clowns…

 
DRAGON AGE ORIGINS LELIANA’S SONG £5.49/€6.99

 
A brand new chunk of content for this huge-as-it-was-to-begin-with role playing adventure as the player take control of Leliana, a young female Bard as she accompanies her mentor on a risky mission and soon finds herself in way too deep. It is up to the player to help her get out of this predicament. Perfect for adding a bit more gameplay to this already epic Role Play Game, keeping it’s fans happy.

 
LITTLE BIG PLANET MARVEL LEVEL KIT £3.99/€4.99

 
Lots of cool Marvel tie in stuff for Little Big Planet this week and first up it is one of the loved-by-level-creators level kits full of items , objects and stickers based around a theme. In this case it is the comic book universe of Marvel, which is also carried over into a…

 
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MARVEL COSTUME KIT 1 £4.99/€5.99 EACH COSTUME IS ALSO SOLD SEPARATELY £1.59/€1.99 EACH

 
Being titled pack 1 I believe we can expect another either next week or in the near future. But this week we are treated with five really cool outfits for our friendly sack people, changing them into some really cool super heroes and villains namely Daredevil, Iron Man, Thing, Doctor Octopus and Mystique. I have to say, since the game launch, these are some of the coolest costumes I have seen for our little sack friends. Every one of the five just looks spot on. Sackboy with his little Iron Man suit is just too cool, cannot wait to see what else is coming from this license.

 
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MODNATION RACERS SWEET TOOTH PACK £1.39/€1.75

 
So we all know by now that Twisted Metal is going to be making a new appearance on Sony’s console next year sometime. But for now players of ModNation Racers get an early taste with everyone’s favourite Maniacal clown… good god another clown. As it is  racing game, Sweet Tooth’s cannon carrying ice cream truck is also included in this pack. I have to say it’s nice to see game crossovers in this game, rather than generic packs. Let’s hope there are more to come as, in my opinion, that is one of the things that has helped Little Big Planet.

 
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SBK X LEGENDS PACK £7.99/€9.99

 
SBK X, the super bike racing simulation, is a lot of fun to play, especially if you are a fan of the sport. My review of the game can be found on the site in the reviews section. What you get here is the Legends Pack, which was initially exclusive to the collectors edition of the game and ups the roster of riders and bikes by adding some legendary riders from past years. The full line up of new riders and bikes is as follows, deep breathe time: Pierfrancesco Chili, Katsuaki Fujiwara, Max Biaggi, Yukio Kagayama, Aaron Slight, Colin Edwards, Ben Bostrom, James Toseland, Neil Hodgson, Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss, Lorenzo Lanzi, Ben Spies, Tom Sykes, Akira Yanagawa and finally Gregorio Lavilla. Carl Fogarty is enough to have me looking to pick this up. For the number of new bikes and riders you get for the price here, it is a pretty good bargain.

 
SKATE 3 DANNY WAY’S HAWAIIAN DREAM £5.19/€6.49

 
Another new chunk of content for SKATE 3 in the shape of Danny Way’s Hawaiian Dream. The pack includes the playable character of Danny Way, pro skater, new clothing, new objects for your own skate park creations and on top of that you get a mega ramp track, which if you have never seen one of these monstrous ramps before, then you do not know that you really need no common sense to actually ride one. To round things off you get two, yes two, new street parks to play in, all with a lovely Hawaiian feel to things. Perfect for the summer weather we are enjoying right now.

 
JUST CAUSE 2 RICO’S SIGNATURE GUN £0.79/€0.99

 
Especially designed for Rico’s shooting style, this pistol is deadly accurate and extremely powerful and, on top of these points and probably most importantly, it looks good while causing merry mayhem. Talking of merry mayhem, this is not the only lil goodie for the game this week…

 
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JUST CAUSE 2 TUK TUK BOOM BOOM FREE DOWNLOAD

 
As the title suggests, one of the craziest and most fun to drive vehicles ever makes an appearance in Just Cause 2. Keeping in tune with the game it has guns hanging of the sides, you know, because it would not be a Just Cause vehicle if it did not. The fact that this madness is free makes it even more fun. Grab it now Just Cause fans.

 
ALIEN VS PREDATOR BUGHUNT MAP PACK £4.79/€5.99

 
Aliens Vs Predator also gets some love this week with a new multiplayer map pack offering up four new maps for players to fight it out over, including a jungle map based around a crashed Predator ship in a forest. This is followed by Furious which very much reminds me of the prison planet from Alien 3. Then another map that reminds me of a scene from another Alien movie, this time Aliens, Tempest is reminiscent of the scene where they land on the planet in the rain before entering the facility. The map is just like that, with rain included for atmosphere. Rounding off the maps is Monument, which is very much like the predator sacrificial pyramids with huge Predator statues dotted around. So if you love the online features of this game, then this pack is ideal to give you more variety.

 
MOTO GP10 MOTO GP CLASS CONTENT FREE DOWNLOAD

 
The first chunk of content for Moto GP 10 hits the store this week and the good news is that it’s completely free. What is included is the brand new Silverstone circuit to roar around, but also included is an update for the bikes and riders updating the bikes paint jobs and rider leathers for the current race season, helping to keep the game up to date and looking fresh.

 
BUZZ! 90s QUIZ £3.99/€4.99

 
And another week brings another question pack for Buzz! and there seems to be a few of them popping up over the last few weeks, which of course is a good thing for players of the game. Following on from the 80s pack a few weeks back, we now have the 90s pack. So get ready to answer some more questions and test your intelligence.

 
CLASH OF TITANS ZEUS CHALLENGE PACK £1.59/€1.99

 
Again on the tail of last weeks content for the game comes another group of challenges in the shape of the Zeus Challenge Pack, with two new quests, namely The Temple Of Gods and Man Eating Monster, whilst also discovering new relics and items. Both of these quests can be played once the player has completed all the main quests in the game. But these packs go a long way to extended the life of the game for the fans.

 
ROCK BAND CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL PACK 01 £9.99/€14.99 CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING TRACKS WHICH ARE ALSO SOLD SEPARATELY

 
A great selection of classic tracks here…
Bad Moon rising £0.99/€1.49
Born On The Bayou £0.99/€1.49
Down On The Corner £0.99/€1.49
Fortunate Son £0.99/€1.49
Green River £0.99/€1.49
I Heard It Through The Grapevine £0.99/€1.49
Lookin’ Out My Back door £0.99/€1.49
Proud Mary £0.99/€1.49
Run Through The Jungle £0.99/€1.49
Travellin’ Band £0.99/€1.49
Up Around The Bend £0.99/€1.49 Personal favourite
Who’ll Stop The Rain £0.99/€1.49

 
GUITAR HERO 5 QUEEN TRACK PACK £4.39/€5.49 CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING TRACKS WHICH ARE ALSO SOLD SEPARATELY

 
Crazy Little Thing Called Love £1.59/€1.99
Killer Queen £1.59/€1.99
Somebody To Love £1.59/€1.99

 
With the games and content out of the way for another week, we move onto video content. As usual it is headed with the latest edition of FirstPlay Episode 014 £0.99/€1.20 and that is followed by trailers and game footage listed below…

 
Killzone 3 Announcement Trailer
Medal Of Honour Leave a Message Trailer
Fat Princess Fat roles Expansion Pack Trailer
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition Making Of Video
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition E3 Trailer
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows  Part 1 E3 Trailer
Dragon Age Origins Leliana’s Song Trailer
Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 Year 4 Vignette
Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 Behind The Scenes 2
Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 Behind The Scenes 3

 
Finishing things off this week are the shiny bits and bobs that we can use to add a touch of colour and joy to our systems. It is dead on the wallpaper and theme count this week, with absolutely nothing here. But there are a few more Fat Princess and Flower avatars to be had beginning with -

 
Fat Princess Blue Avatar Bundle £0.79/€0.99 containing Blue Priest, Warrior, Worker and Ranger
Blue Monk 0.20/€0.25
Red Monk 0.20/€0.25
Giant 0.20/€0.25
Ninja 0.20/€0.25
Pirate 0.20/€0.25
Flower Avatars Bundle 2 £0.79/€0.99 Which contains the following avatars that can also be picked up separately.
Blue Daisy £0.20/€0.25
Yellow Flower £0.20/€0.25
Pink Flower £0.20/€0.25
Blue Flower £0.20/€0.25
Pictures £0.20/€0.25

 
And so another Store update comes to an end. Tune in for more around the same time next week, maybe a bit earlier if I can get back on some sort of regular schedule. But until then I am off to cause a fair bit more trouble with some of my cowboy cohorts in Red Dead Redemption. I hope all you fellow gamers out there have just as much much fun, no matter what you are playing. Happy gaming all.

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