This week we have only a couple games confirmed in this preview, all of them being on the PS Vita. First up is Farm Simulator 2013 allowing you to act out all your agriculture dreams. What, you don’t have any fantasies that involve trackers and corn, no way that’s just us here at PSN Fans. No worries, Pinball Heroes: Complete is also hitting the PS Vita this week, providing tons of “classic style tables” based on your favorite PlayStation franchises. Still not interested or excited, well maybe flying through space fighting off enemies and rescuing your fellow people, then check out Velocity Ultra.
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This week the PlayStation Store sees a rather large update, with new games coming at us from all directions. For all you AAA FPS fans Crysis 3 hits the digital shelf ready and waiting for your purchase. We also see two PSN titles this week, the fast paced, challenging Urban Trial Freestyle and the retro filled Capcom Arcade Cabinet which comes with two free games and many more ready for purchase. If you are more of the handheld kind of gamer – SONY didn’t forget about you. On top of receiving Urban Trial Freestyle, Vita owners get Patapon 3 and Generation of Chaos: Pandora’s Reflection (GoC:PR). Are you still holding on to your super awesome PSP, you can also grab up GoC:PR or just go grab OMG Zombies (free) for PS Mobile. Pretty heavy week, got a little bit for every one including PS+ members. Check out the full list of new releases, prices included and don’t forget to let us know what you will be picking up this week in the comments section.
2013 is here and the first month is almost in the bag, so SONY has decided to celebrate. How you ask? Simple, by having a 50% off (75% for Plus members) sale on 13 amazing games and movies. That’s right, until January 28 (HURRY), you can pick up anyone of the great titles listed below for a fraction of its normal price.
- Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds Complete Collection – Sale $12.49, PS Plus $6.25
- The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Extended Cut – Sale $9.99, PS Plus $5.00
- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy – Sale $3.99, PS Plus $2.00
- Jet Set Radio – Sale $4.99, PS Plus $2.50
- LittleBigPlanet Karting – Sale $19.99, PS Plus $10.00
- Machinarium – Sale $4.99, PS Plus $2.50
- NiGHTS into Dream – Sale $4.99, PS Plus $2.50
- Psychonauts – Sale $4.99, PS Plus $2.50
- Ratchet & Clank – Sale $7.49, PS Plus $3.75
- Shank 2 – Sale $4.99, PS Plus $2.50
- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 – Sale $19.99, PS Plus $10.00
- The Unfinished Swan – Sale $7.49, PS Plus $3.75
- Warp – Sale $4.99, PS Plus $2.50
- Arthur Christmas – (SD) $12.99, (HD) $12.99
- Beasts of the Southern Wild – (HD) $12.99
- Bernie – (SD) $7.99, (HD) $9.99
- The Cabin in the Woods – (SD) $9.99, (HD) $12.99
- The Do-Deca Pentathalon – (SD) $10.99, (HD) $10.99
- Margaret – (SD) $10.99, (HD) $10.99
- Pirates! Band of Misfits – (SD) $12.99, (HD) $12.99
- Pitch Perfect – (SD) $12.99, (HD) $17.99
- The Raid: Redemption (Unrated) – (SD) $12.99, (HD) $12.99
- Safe – (SD) $9.99, (HD) $12.99
- Safety Not Guaranteed – (SD) $12.99, (HD) $12.99
- Ted – (SD) $12.99, (HD) $17.99
- Total Recall – (SD) $12.99, (HD) $12.99
For about 6 years now, gamers have complained that the PlayStation Store was horrible. Slow, impossible to navigate and even more complicated to search. Sony finally listened to the fans and completely redesigned tho whole store, leading to users “spending more time browsing” and a “double-digit growth in the U.S. and Europe.”
Now Sony is taking the PlayStation Store to the next step and launching web stores – finally! After being available to the European market for a few weeks, it is now coming to North America. The web store allows users to browse all things downloadable, make purchases and coming one day, automatic download after web purchase.
You can check out the store here.
Holy whacky Wednesday Batman, we have a huge release this week. To start off we have two new titles up for pre-order: DMC: Devil May Cry and Metro: Last Light. Zombie Driver HD finally hits PSN along with the spiritual remake of Karateka, that’s not all for PSN, we also see the release of Labyrinth Legends and Knytt Underground. If PSN games are not your cup of tea, no worries, we also see the digital release of Batman: Arkham Asylum and the newly released LEGO: the Lord of the Rings. Vita owners finally get to take the HD re-release of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath on the go with them, as well as, they can finally play the previously mobile only, highly acclaimed Burn the Rope. That’s not all, the PlayStation Store also see several bundles, apps and amazing PS2 Classics hit their virtual shelves, so check everything out in this weeks PS Store update.
Buying a digital download will get a bit easier for PS3 and PS Vita owners with the launch of the PlayStation Store website. Web browsers will be able to display all purchasable item of the PlayStation Network where once this was limited to the respective consoles, though the web-based store is yet not available in all regions.
Sony has allowed the PS3 and Vita to join the ranks of Xbox 360, Apple and Android devices which allow consumers to access and purchase content wherever there is access to the internet. While this allows convenient purchases for folks not near their devices, PS3 and Vita owners will still have to manually add said purchases to their download queue.
No word on the launch date for the US version.
Only a few new games and DLC packs hit PSN this week. First up, probably the bigest release of the week is the highly anticipated, Call of Duty: Declassified, allowing fans to take their FPS obsession on the go. Next up we see the 4-player party game Wicked Monster Blast! HD and Planets Under Attack, a tower-defense strategy game. If that isn’t enough for you, no worries, there is also a huge sale on several PSN games and if you are a PS+ member Quantum Conundrum is now free!
This weeks biggest update has to be for PlayStation Plus, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition has gone free for members. The long awaited action-platformer Pid releases for $9.99 and the original funky duo, Toe Jam & Earl, are back to funk things up on the PS3. Portal 2 hits PSN and brings with it an update adding PS Move support and In Motion, new DLC that is strictly for the PS Move. Vita owners get a landslide of new DLC and see another cross-buy title released, When Vikings Attack. As always, there is plenty more, sure to make every one happy, from tactic fans to race fans alike.
Time for the Monday Flashback, where we bring you all the news we missed last week and links to everything we didn’t–just in case you did.
Last week revealed the conclusion to the “Michael”, “The Reload”, and “The Arrival” teaser ads that appeared and set the internet a buzz. Assassin’s Creed III for the PS3 will see an exclusive mission and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for the PS Vita struts its stuff and gives and insight in Aveline’s and Connor’s connection.
Arkedo Series was developed by Arkedo Studio and published by Sanuk Games. It was released on October 16, 2012 for $5.99. A copy of the game was provided for review purposes.
The Arkedo Series, an anthology of games by Arkedo Studio, is a throwback to times long past. When games were more about the intense challenge that came through hard and sometimes frustrating game design than they were about technical breakthroughs. A time when games didn’t hold the player’s hand as much and respected them as a player.
The download comes with three of the games previously released on the PlayStation Network, including JUMP!, a collect-a-thon game where the player must grab bombs and escape before time runs out. SWAP!, a puzzle game where the player must match four or more blocks of the same color in a row by swapping them around. Last, but not least, PIXEL!, an action-adventure style platformer where the player takes control of a cat and navigates through treacherous worlds.