It is that time of week once again. Time for us to have a little look see what we PlayStation owners are being offered for our purchasing pleasure from the PSN Store. This week is without a doubt God Of War Week as you will see when we get into it. Needless to say if you are a fan of the series, then you will definitely find something to keep you occupied here. That is not to say there is much more on offer other than games and content featuring the Spartan God, such as two full games, a small handful of demos and a shed load of downloadable content.
Before we get into that however, a quick look at what I have been up to in the past week when it comes to gaming. Most of the Halloween period for me was spent playing Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. Whoever at Rockstar thought combining cowboys and zombies would be a good idea is an absolute genius. Not only have I been going for head shots on the undead flesh munching hordes, but this week also saw the arrival through my letterbox of one of my most anticipated titles of the year in the shape of Star Wars Force Unleashed 2. I do not want to give away too much information on either of these titles as I am currently working on reviews which should appear here on the site within the next week or so. But right now let us take a wee look at what is available to us this week.
GOD OF WAR HD Â£13.99/â‚¬17.99 & GOD OF WAR II HD Â£13.99/â‚¬17.99 BOTH GAMES ALSO AVAILBLE AS GOD OF WAR COLLECTION HD Â£23.99/â‚¬29.99
When God Of War III was released on the PlayStation 3, the developers decided it would be a good time to re-release the first two games in the series with an HD overhaul and it has to be said, for games that were originally released for the PS2, they look pretty damn good on the consoles big brother. Sure they have been polished up a bit to look better, but on the whole they are the same game as they were back then. For those that are not familiar with the series they all follow the same basic premise when it comes to gameplay, only with each title improving on the first with small additions. What you can expect is a third person action adventure game in which you take on the role of the Spartan Kratos who becomes the god of war and embarks on a violent and bloody tale. The games have also become famous for their epic boss battles and I do not just mean they are lengthy, the majority of the boss characters in these games are also epic in scale, at times literally dwarfing our hero. If you have never played the God Of War games or have only played the third game and enjoyed it, then you could do a lot worse than picking up these two great titles now. If you are planning on getting the third game in the future I also recommend playing these two first. Although not really necessary, the trilogy follows one long story arc being brought to a conclusion in the third game. I myself purchased these two games on disc when they were released and really can not recommend them highly enough, especially at this low a price.
BLACKLIGHT TANGO DOWN TRIAL AND UNLOCK CODE Â£9.99/â‚¬12.99
Blacklight Tango Down is a download only first person shooter set in the near future. After the assassination of the president, two warring factions battle it out through the cities and streets in a fictional Eastern European city. There is no single player campaign, rather things are kept to online multiplayer matches. It does have a series of co-op missions but the main chunk of the game centres around competitive online play including the as to be expected team death match and domination matches, requiring teams to capture and defend locations from the other team as they attempt to carry out the same goal. So what if anything new does it bring to the first person shooter genre? To be honest not really much. It does include a cool feature – the “blacklight” – which allows players for a limited amount of time to see through walls, barriers and other obstacles, which adds a new tactical spin to things. There is a levelling up system and customisation unlocks for your weapons, giving a little incentive to continue playing. Although there are FPS games out there which are technically superior, it is still nice to see developers trying to give fans of the genre a cheaper download alternative.
CASTLE CRASHERS TRIAL AND UNLOCK Â£10.99/â‚¬13.99
Castle Crashers takes the side scrolling beat ‘em up and role playing game and jams the two together into an RPG Action game. Like Role Playing games you start by creating character with a selection skills to choose from. From then on you are into the action, choosing locations from a map for yourself and up to three other players, local or online, as you then work through the side scrolling stages dealing death, keeping each other alive and earning experience so as you can level your warrior up. There are also stores where players can spend saved loot on upgrading weapons and purchasing other items to help on your quest. The interesting cartoon look combined with the two genres compliment each other well enough to make this a fun and exciting game to play. What’s more, you are offered the chance to give it a free trial before deciding as to whether or not you want to shell out your hard earned money on the full game. Check it out now and see if it’s your kind of thing.
APACHE AIR ASSAULT DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
There have been numerous aerial combat games over the last few months, but in general they all involve fighter planes. This time around however you are put in theÂ pilot seat of a variety of attack helicopters before being tasked with eliminating various terrorist attacks in war zones worldwide. It’s hard to liken the game to anything else as there are not that many helicopter combat sims, which means the game at least will not have much competition. Apache Air Assault naturally comes with a single player campaign, which interestingly can be played co-operatively with a friend on the same console with a second controller. This puts one player in the pilots seat and the second player in the seat of the gunner. Although being a very cool feature, it would have been nice if this had been implemented for online co-op also. But when it comes to this mode, each player is in control of their own chopper. If you have been waiting for a helicopter combat game then this one looks like it could well be worth checking out.
JOHN DALYS PRO STROKE GOLF DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
Video game golf has been around for as long as I can remember, but the genre over the last couple of decades has been dominated by Electronic Arts PGA World Tour and Tiger Woods Golf. But now there is a new game in town in the shape of John Daly’s Pro Stroke Golf, although it is kind of hard to add much new to the game of golf that has not been in one of the games beforehand. What I can say however, from what I have seen, is that it at least looks as good as, if not better than, the latest offering from EA’s incarnation. As I have not played a golfing game for a while, the last being 2007 on the PC as far as I can remember, I can not really compare the two. Thankfully for us gamers, there is this demo here ready to download and gives a little sneak peek at what his game has to offer.
ROCK BAND 3 DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
The demo for the latest Rock Band game, Rock Band 3, not only adds a new instrument to the mix with a keyboard, but it also enhances the existing instruments. It has added a professional mode to the game which has been specifically designed to recreate the playing of the actual instruments, with guitar and bassist having to hit both the correct frets and strings, drummers likewise have more to keep track of with the addition of cymbals and the keyboard playing requires precision finger placement. It is good to see that they are trying to advance the technology within these types of game. The game ships with 80 tracks to begin with, but the fact that the back catalogue of tracks from the previous games are compatible gives the game a library of over two thousand tracks. Fans of the music games can now pick up this demo to check it out.
DEAD RISING NINJA SKILL PACK Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
This week brings with it yet another Skill Pack for the zombie hunting game Dead Rising. This time it is the Ninja Skill Pack which as usual offers the player a new costume which, as well as giving our hero Chuck a new look, also improves existing skills and adds new ones. Pulling this costume on makes Chuck almost undetectable to the normal run of the mill Zombie. Not only that though, while wearing the costume your skills using all swords within the game are hugely improved, as is the damage they cause and this also goes for thrown weapons, making this pack ideal for those that enjoy slicing and dicing their undead targets.
FIFA 11 ULTIMATE TEAM FREE DOWNLOAD
This new mode for Fifa 11 is an online game mode which allows the player to build their own ultimate dream team choosing from the games huge roster of players from many of the worldwide leagues. Once the player has assembled their team of superstars, they can take them online to play matches and tournaments against other peoples ideas of who should make up the ultimate football team. And surprisingly, especially coming from EA, a company who I have become accustomed to selling as much DLC as they can, this pack is completely free for you to pick up. More Content like this please Electronic arts.
FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: KENS RAGE KENSHIRO ORIGINAL COSTUME Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
This week also brings with it the Kenshiro Original costume. If this does not mean much to you, then hop into line just behind me. As I mentioned last week when we were given the demo, it is a game I do not know a whole lot about. So just to put you in the picture, this is an alternate costume for the character Kenshiro in the game described here. It is aimed more at fans of the Manga series or movies that the game is based on. The genre is described as a Post-apocalyptic, Science fiction, Martial arts game, so I am not sure if it is a fighting game based in those settings, or possibly a third person game. I can only apologise for my lack of information on the game, it happens sometimes that even when I am looking for information, the best descriptions a friend could give me is that it is like your regular one on one fighting game but inbetween the bouts it takes on the form of a fighting game.
FRONT MISSION EVOLVED WEAPONS PACK 01 FREE DOWNLOAD & WANZER PACK 02 Â£2.19/â‚¬3.99
Front Mission Evolved unfortunately is another game I do not now much about and details online are not great. But what it looks like from what I have read and seen, the game is set in a future where people fighting it out in huge robotic combat suits. With this weeks PSN Store update, fans of the game are given two packs, the first of which is a free download and includes three new weapons for your giant robotic suit to wield. These include The dark Hog Machine gun, Blackstone shotgun and the Sieger Rifle. The second pack brings with it two new Wanzer, being unfamiliar with the game I am guessing these are the huge robots or robotic suits, and the two included in this pack are The Stork Mk IV along with the Tatou. Players of the game will have more of an understanding of what is included in the packs than I do myself. They are of course in the store now ready for you to grab.
GOD OF WAR III CHARACTER SKIN BUNDLE Â£3.19/â‚¬3.99 WHICH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SKINS WHICH YOU CAN PURCHASE SEPERATLEY
Apollo Character Skin Â£0.79/â‚¬0.99
Forgotten Warrior Character Skin Â£0.79/â‚¬0.99
Dominus Character Skin Â£0.79/â‚¬0.99
Phantom Of Chaos Character Skin Â£0.79/â‚¬0.99
The next little bit of God Of War fun available this week is a series of player skins for God Of War III as listed above, or if you are feeling thrifty you can purchase the pack giving you all four choices. The character skins and models on offer are all people featuring in the game and are perfect for those playing though the game again and looking to give it just a little bit of a different look. It is also fun to play through the challenges with a selection of characters instead of good old Kratos and now that I mention the challenges within the game, it leads nicely into the next available content on offer this week…
GOD OF WAR III CHALLENGE OF EXILE ARENA Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
The Exile Arena was originally part of the God Of War III Ultimate Edition and is now being released for sale to owners of the basic version of the game. What it involves is basically a fighting arena which you enter and then are faced with progressively tougher fights and enemies. It challenges you to see how far you can get before the assorted bad guys and creatures get the better of you. Both the character skins mentioned above and the Challenge of Exile arena are in the store now for fans to pick up.
MEDAL OF HONOR HOT ZONE MAP PACK Â£7.99/â‚¬9.99
With Medal Of Honor still a relatively new game, this week brings with it the first piece of DLC in the shape of the Hot Zone Map Pack. The content is not so much maps themselves, more a new online game mode which can be likened mostly to regular King Of The Hill gameplay with teams fighting for possession and control of a hot zone. The one thing that is different from other games is that players are not rewarded with XP points for kills while playing. Points are only awarded for team members within the target zone. This means that the fighting to hold, and from the other teams point of view attack and capture, is a lot more heated than other king of the hill games. Those looking for a little more from MOH should be delighted to see this on the store already.
MODNATION RACERS KRATOS PACK Â£1.39/â‚¬1.75
ModNation Racers jumps on board with this weeks God Of War’athon with another release of what was initially a pre-order bonus, the Kratos pack. As with every pack for the game, it comes with kart and Mod parts which can be used as a whole ensemble or the parts can be used in the players own creations. The Mod of course is a cute version of God Of Wars hero Kratos and as for his Kart, well it’s nothing else other than a chariot with a huge gold bull’s head adorning the front. Pick it up from the store now.
SOLDNER-X 2 FINAL PROTOTYPE THE FINAL CHAPTER Â£3.99/â‚¬4.99
This pack for the fast paced side scrolling arcade shooter Soldner-X 2 The Final Prototype adds a fair bit to breathing even more life into a game that has only been with us for a few months now. New features in the The Final Chapter pack not only include three brand new stages, but also thirteen new challenges, new trophies to be earned and a new story ending for the game. It is also hinted at that there are a few more little extras hidden away within the pack, making this an ideal purchase for fans of the PSN shooter.
SPLIT SECOND: VELOCITY ONSLAUGHT PACK Â£7.99/â‚¬9.99
This latest pack combines the two previously released content packs for the game, the Quarry Track and Onslaught mode, and offers them both together. I have already written about these in previous updates, so time for a sneaky bit of cut n paste. Split second, the high speed action packed racing game, gets some love this week in the shape of survival At The Rock Pack which features a brand new environment to be racing in. The new Minepit Park Quarry environment is, as you may expect it to be, a quarry. Along with the visually stunning new circuit for racing, the pack also gives you a brand new Survival game mode, ideal for honing your defensive driving skills. Perfect for those that are looking for a new challenge from the game.
SPORTS CHAMPIONS REVERSE TEE PACK Â£2.39/2.99
This weeks next release is one for the PlayStation Move owners and players of Sports Champions. It takes the Disc Golf game within the title and reverses the courses so that you are beginning where the baskets were originally and are aiming for the original start points. It is almost like adding whole new courses to the game, only not. If anything, it gives player a whole new challenge.
SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV ULTRA SHORYUKEN PACK 1 Â£3.19/â‚¬3.99
And the costume packs for Street Fighter IV just keep coming, which I guess is a good things for fans of the game. So long as they do not mind buying all these packs that is. This weeks selection offers up alternative costumes for Ryu, Ken, Gouken, Dan and Akuma. The costumes on offer are all very much like the sort of traditional wear you would expect to see on a martial artist. These are what Street Fighter fans are offered this week and I am pretty sure we will be treated to more next week also.
TOM CLANCY’S H.A.W.X. 2 BONUS PACK FREE DOWNLOAD & RUSSIAN POWER PACK Â£3.19/â‚¬3.99
H.A.W.X. 2 receives not one, but two content packs this week and what is even better is that the first one is completely free. The Bonus Pack is a new Team Battle mission named Night Raid which has one team attacking a besieged city as the other team naturally attempts to defend the same target. On top of this new mission players are also treated to two new plane skins, one for the F-15C Eagle and the other for the F/A-18E Super Hornet. Along with the free Bonus Pack, fans of the game can also pick up the Russian Power Pack. This pack, like the previous one, also adds a new Team Battle Mission, this time involving high altitude dogfighting. The pack also adds a brand new plane and, as the title may suggest, it is a Russian plane. The Su-T-50 (PAK FA) is a fifth generation fighter that is capable of taking on even the top US aircraft. Finishing things off, you also get a new skin for the Su-35BM, meaning over these two packs there is plenty for budding fighter pilots to expand their game with.
ROCK BAND 3 THE DOORS GREATEST HITS Â£9.99/â‚¬14.99 AS USUAL ALL TRACKS CAN BE PURCHASED SEPERATLEY
Hello I Love You Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
LA Woman Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Light My Fire Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Love Her Madly Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Love Me two Times Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Peace Frog Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
People Are Strange Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Riders On The Storm Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Roadhouse Blues Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Soul Kitchen Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
The Crystal Ship Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Touch Me Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
So we approach the end of quite a sizeable update. But, as most of you are aware if you follow the updates on GGUK, there is a little more to come yet beginning with some treats for both your eyes and ears. First up, as if there was not enough God Of War content in this update already, here is a little more with the God Of war Trilogy Soundtrack, yours to pleasure you ears with for the price of Â£11.99/â‚¬14.99. Also here, as usual, is FirstPlay Episode 031 ready to watch for only Â£0.99/â‚¬1.20 If that is not enough for your viewing pleasure, there is your usual handful of trailers which this week include the following…
Buzz! The Ultimate Music quiz Trailer
Beat Sketcher Trailer
Invizimals: Shadow Zone Trailer
Medal Of Honor TV Advert
No Heroes Allowed Trailer
No Heroes Allowed Lunch Trailer
SingStar Guitar Trailer
SingStar Dance Trailer
soldner-X 2: Final Prototype The Final Chapter Trailer
Then we round things off with the usual look at avatars and themes that have been added to the store. The Uncharted avatars on offer here this week are the ones which were sold as a pack last week and are now on offer individually as detailed below, along with a couple of themes.
Doughnut Drake Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Marco Polo Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Skelezor Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Tetram Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Glowzor Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Doughnut Lazarevic Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Genghis Kahn Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Zorskel Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Lieutenant Draza Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Platzor Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Avatar Â£0.20/â‚¬0.25
Dead Nation Dead Mans Hand Dynamic Theme Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Lights Theme Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
Off The Beat Theme Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
And that is it. Quite a sizeable update this week with plenty of God Of War Content and a whole lot more on top of that, meaning there is plenty of choice including a decent selection of games and hopefully there is something that grabs your attention. As for myself I think it is going to be yet another week of Red Dead zombie blasting and Stormtrooper slashing in The Force Unleashed 2, along with a few other little things thrown in. Whatever you all may be playing, I wish everyone some happy gaming until next week.