‘Heads-Up’ PlayStation Store Update (22nd April 2010)

So, hope you didn’t miss me too much last week…how ever did you cope? :-)

I’m pleased to say that we’ve got three new PS3 games available this week; from gun-tootin’ gunslingers in Lead and Gold – Gangs of the Wild West, to furry domesticated animals running riot in Hamsterball Unleashed, to high-speed arcade action in After Burner Climax…a little something for everyone, and for all those hamster owning fighter-pilots with dreams of wandering the prairies hunting outlaws, you’re especially well served this week.

I’m also going to remind you that the brand new mini Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess! is available, and that the next batch of additional content for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the Siege Expansion Pack is here too. Add in a mix of new demos, add-ons and various other bits and pieces and that rounds up this week’s update. What, you want more information? Then scroll down for the full list.

From the 5th of May the store will change the weekly update day to Wednesday, so be prepared to reconfigure your week around this monumental event!

Also, have you noticed the blog survey that went up this week? Why don’t you have a gander and provide your feedback, it’s useful for us to gauge your thoughts…but don’t forget to mention how much you love the store, the updates, and of course your ever loving friend, me. :)

As I’m back, that means I’ll be monitoring the comments this week as usual, so give us a shout and I’ll respond to what I can.

Cheers.

PlayStation Store via PS3

Special Offers

(Available until the 29th of April)

  • Gravity Crash (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Prince of Persia Classic (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Thexder Neo (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X – US Eagles Pack (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
  • Shaun White’s Snowboarding – Hard Pack (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
  • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (PSP) (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
  • Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • SEGA Mega Drive Collection (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • Astonishia Story (PSP) (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Street Riders (PSP) (was – £15.99/€19.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • Dracula – Undead Awakening (mini) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £1.99/€2.49)

Permanent Price Reductions

  • Echoes (mini) (was – £2.49/€2.99 now – £0.99/€1.19)
  • Unbound Saga (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)

Downloadable Games

  • Lead and Gold – Gangs of the Wild West (£11.99/€14.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: Not available in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal and Russia

  • After Burner Climax (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Hamsterball Unleashed (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

PSOne (emulated for PS3 and PSP)

  • Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire (£5.19/€6.49) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Not available in Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal and Russia

minis

  • Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess! (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

  • Bowling 3D (£3.99/€4.99) (Now playable on PS3) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: Not available in Saudi Arabia, South Africa or UAE

Demos

  • Lost Planet 2 Multiplayer Demo Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: Not available in Germany

  • Greed Corp Demo Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

Add-On Game Content

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Siege Expansion Pack (£4.79/€5.99) Rating: BBFC 15/PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Sonic And Sega All-Star Racing – Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone (£4.79/€5.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Buzz! – 00s Quiz (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Magic Orbz – Jungle Pack (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Rock Band
    • American Music by Violent Femmes (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Peek-a-boo by Siouxsie & the Banshees (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Sun Hits the Sky by Supergrass (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Coheed And Cambria Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99)
    • (contains the following tracks which are also sold separately)
    • Guns of Summer (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Here We Are Juggernaut (£0.99/€1.49)
    • The Broken (£0.99/€1.49)

    Rating: PEGI 12

    Availability: Not available in Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates

    • Rock Band Network (User Generated Content)
      • Australia by The Shins (£0.99/€1.49)
      • Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton (£0.99/€1.49)
      • Drunken Lullabies (Live) by Flogging Molly (£0.99/€1.49)
      • Even Rats – The Slip (£0.99/€1.49)
      • For The Love Of God (Live) by Steve Vai (£0.99/€1.49)

      Rating: PEGI 12

      Availability: Not available in Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates

      • Guitar Hero 5
        • Pheonix Track Pack (£4.39/€5.49)
        • 1901 (£1.59/€1.99)
        • Everything is Everything (£1.59/€1.99)
        • Liztomania (£1.59/€1.99)

        (contains the following tracks which are also sold separately)
        Rating: PEGI 12

        Availability: Not available in Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates

        FirstPlay

        • Episode 003 (£0.99)

        Availability: UK Only

        Videos

        • Army Of Two 40th Day DLC Launch Trailer
        • Neir Launch Trailer

        Dynamic Themes

        • Beach Breeze (£1.59/€1.99)
        • Desert Sunset (£1.59/€1.99)
        • Mountain Escape (£1.59/€1.99)
        • Space Odyssey (£1.59/€1.99)

        Premium Themes

        • World of Outlaws Sprint Cars (Australia release only AU$0.99)

        Themes

        • Patchwork Heroes Warship Theme (free)

        PlayStation Store via PSP and Media Go

        Special Offers (also available via the PS3 store)

        (Available until the 29th of April)

        • James Cameron’s Avatar – The Game (PSP) (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
        • Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
        • SEGA Mega Drive Collection (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
        • Astonishia Story (PSP) (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
        • Street Riders (PSP) (was – £15.99/€19.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
        • Dracula – Undead Awakening (mini) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £1.99/€2.49)

        Permanent Price Reductions (also available via the PS3 store)

        • Echoes (mini) (was – £2.49/€2.99 now – £0.99/€1.19)
        • Unbound Saga (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)

        Downloadable Games (also available via the PS3 store)

        • UNO (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 3

        Availability: All locales

        PSOne (emulated for PS3 and PSP) (also available via the PS3 store)

        • Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire (£5.19/€6.49) Rating: PEGI 3

        Availability: Not available in Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal and Russia

        minis (also available via the PS3 store)

        • Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess! (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 12

        Availability: All locales

        Add-On Game Content (also available via the PS3 store)

        • The Eye Of Judgment Legends – Saviour Pack (£1.19/€1.49) Rating: PEGI 12

        Availability: All locales

        Themes

        • Patchwork Heroes Bigbang Theme
        • Patchwork Heroes Friends Theme
        • Patchwork Heroes Machine Theme

        Wallpapers

        • Patchwork Heroes Wallpapers B and C
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        Not a lot for PSP this week. Just as well I just bought myself a DSi XL.

        Any news on when LEGO Indy 2 might arrive for PSP

        Ok now I actually read it, yay for Lost Planet 2 demo, been waiting for that.

        Could you/are you allowed to say if there will be an Uncharted 2 bundle with all DLCs in the next few weeks? Pre-TY for any reply.

        2.1

        I’m not sure to be honest, sorry.

        Welcome back Disney :D

        4

        Great update this week mate, hope to see you on Uncharted 2 this weekend ;)

        take it easy

        4.1

        I wish I could, but I lent my copy to a mate, and he’s still hanging on to it…

        hi ill copy paste last weeks coment since u wernt here to answer, plus ill update it a tad

        hey wanna say great update

        cant wait for some sam and max time!!

        a few questions/suggestions here.

        1-why is the gta add ons so expensive, tht works out so the disk version is CHEAPER despite the disk version, having a disk,case book etc AND not needing the gta4 game.

        2-any word on the monkey island games release dates?

        3-(just puttn this in for funs sake lol) wens resi evil 1,2,3 cumin to store? lol

        and ma suggestions :P

        1- any chance of a dynamic theme, featureturing the background to the main menu of god of war 3? it would kick sooo much ass.

        2-god of war avatars? :P

        3-any chance of a “coming soon” section or having pre orders in sed section? as i (as most other people) are sometimes skint by time the games they WANT come out.

        tar much

        J

        updated part:

        according to the comic store update guys this is a question for YOU and not them./

        when will the europe store see the arkham asylum prequal co...

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        hi ill copy paste last weeks coment since u wernt here to answer, plus ill update it a tad

        hey wanna say great update

        cant wait for some sam and max time!!

        a few questions/suggestions here.

        1-why is the gta add ons so expensive, tht works out so the disk version is CHEAPER despite the disk version, having a disk,case book etc AND not needing the gta4 game.

        2-any word on the monkey island games release dates?

        3-(just puttn this in for funs sake lol) wens resi evil 1,2,3 cumin to store? lol

        and ma suggestions :P

        1- any chance of a dynamic theme, featureturing the background to the main menu of god of war 3? it would kick sooo much ass.

        2-god of war avatars? :P

        3-any chance of a “coming soon” section or having pre orders in sed section? as i (as most other people) are sometimes skint by time the games they WANT come out.

        tar much

        J

        updated part:

        according to the comic store update guys this is a question for YOU and not them./

        when will the europe store see the arkham asylum prequal comic?

        the us store got it a few weeks back and id like to get it.

        also any chance o tmnt game cuming back down in price at some point? as it went back up in price the day i got paid.

        5.1

        Too much text…aaargh ;)

        I know the release dates, but I’m not sure I can share them yet, so won’t.

        GTA pricing is determined by the publisher – but digital pricing is aimed at meeting the retail pricing, however if retailers want to undercut that pricing, there’s nothing we can really unless the publisher decides to lower the pricing down the line.

        There wouldn’t be a coming son section no, as it wouldn’t link to any store content, so it doesn’t really service a purpose in our mind.

        As for Arkham Asylum prequel comic, we don’t have a listing for this, I’ll try and look into it though.

        Dave-The-Rave 22 April, 2010 @ 12:05
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        I’ll be getting the UNCHARTED DLC, episode 3 of Firstplay and maybe M(P)SMP.

        Also while I’m here and you weren’t last week, I was wondering if you guys could work a bit harder at getting us more Avatars more frequently. I REALLY want some Final Fantasy Avatars, if you could work out a deal with Square Enix that would be great !!

        6.1

        It’s down to our publishers to provide avatars, but we are frequently requesting them for various titles, so hopefully soon we’ll see a lot more released. As for 1st party ones, we are working on more, but I don’t have specifics just yet.

        Kind of rubbish this week Keb.

        Give us a little hint of some inside info to make it a bit better.

        7.1

        Gotta disagree with you there Aurain, I think there’s some good stuff this week, but then again you’re bound to think I would say that, even though I have been playing some of this stuff this week and enjoying it :)

        8

        After Burner Climax for me this week. I am a fan of the series.

        Any news on upcoming PSP rpg games?

        9

        JESUS! O_O UNBOUND SAGA IS 3.99!? sold :D

        Yay!

        Another PS Disney Classic, I was wondering when we’d see some more of them ;-)

        Not much for me this week, maybe Megadrive Classics. Hoping to see some more of the psp back catalogue up soon.

        11

        Can’t really complain at three new PSN games and a few demos. Must admit I was hoping for Monkey Island though.

        Good update this week.

        I was hoping for Monkey Island this week. As HOME has the costumes and the apartment and the MAC got the gamea few days ago.

        So Mike any idea on when we will see it?

        and any idea of Grandia as well?

        12.1

        Nothing concrete I can share at the moment.

        Uncharted 2!Uncharted 2!Uncharted 2!YEAHHH!

        I’m sure you get asked this on a regular basis but, will the original Resident Evil be coming to the store? If so, do you have any dates?
        Keep up the good work!

        14.1

        I really hope so…!

        15

        @6

        The price of the DLC is nothig to do with Sony, Take Two set the price.

        16

        Lead and Gold has me intrigued, but I’m going to hold off buying straight away incase no one else gets it, just like what happened with fat princess.

        Any news on Dead Nation? It’s slated for a Q1 2010 release and unless they’re following the financial calendar Q1’s over…

        17

        Nothing for me this week :8
        I already have Lost Planet Multiplayer Demo.
        Ok, time to finish Metal Gear Solid 3!
        Cheers Mike :)

        18

        After Burner :D :D :D

        Might pick up Lead and Gold, although is it online only or does it have a single player game too?

        18.1

        It’s online only, but it seems like good fun, I played some maps the other day with bots. I’m a sucker for western based games :)

        19

        Not much for the PSP this week [which is actually a good thing considering how much I’ve spent on PSP titles alone this month] but the Uncharted 2 pack and Lead & Gold seem interesting.
        Will it be an early update today as well Mike?

        19.1

        It’ll be around 3 as usual Ragnorak ;)

        20

        Extremely bad update for PSP :-(…

        BTW still not Williams Pinball PSP on the PSN…

        20.1

        As I’ve said before djax-djax we’re looking like a few weeks yet for Williams Pinball.

        amplifiedAnt 22 April, 2010 @ 12:11
        21

        “VIDEOS

        Neir Launch Trailer”

        Isn’t it spelt Nier? Do I get a prize? :P

        poor poor poor

        22.1

        Care to elaborate?

        Carnivius_Prime 22 April, 2010 @ 12:12
        23

        Uncharted 2 DLC is what I want. Best game ever and I’ve loved all the updates.

        Also why can’t Premium Avatars be a weekly thing? Surely they don’t take much work to do and can get Sony a nice lil extra bit of cash. Got Super Street Fighter IV out soon so would be nice to see avatars of all the characters in that.

        23.1

        I’d love them to be available every week, and as I’ve mentioned earlier we are doing what we can to poke people to release them more frequently. But as with everything, there is a process, and without going into the details, it’s not just as simple as uploading an image to the store ;)

        At what time will the store be updated today?

        Also Another Disney game for PSone to download?
        Come on, you guys are sitting on first party classics.
        Thanks for Abe’s oddysee last week though

        25

        Lead and Gold – Gangs of the Wild West (£11.99/€14.99) Rating: PEGI 16

        Oh well. was going to purchase, but not at that price!

        26

        Are there any more non-Disney classics coming soon?

        I think Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess! will be my first Minis purchase. It looks really good in the trailer on Youtube.

        28

        Still no word on the Flower soundtrack?

        29

        Ooh, Uno. Quite expensive though :-(

        For your tri-weekly challenge, any news on these?

        DJ Max Fever
        Strikers 1945 Plus
        Gunbird 2 Remix
        Williams Pinball Classics

        As ever, thanks in advance :-)

        29.1

        As ever HiddenAway I have visibility on titles, but until the publishers share details themselves I won’t be saying anything :)

        mike whats with the price hikes . premium themes were £1.19 now theyre £1.59 and the ps1 games were £3.99 now £5.19 . i think we already pay more than enough without more added cmon dude

        30.1

        It’s down to the publishers seany1…they decide what to price their content at.

        jimmy-google 22 April, 2010 @ 12:16
        31

        Mike, any idea how well the PSP Favourites promotion went and any news of whether there is another one in the pipeline? I’ll need to save some money for it as the last went set me back so much.

        31.1

        I’m delving into the results now…but I’m not going to let you all know that, I’m much more secretive than that. Nice try though ;)

        I’m not adverse to running something similar again, it just has to make sense really, and that’s what the analysis I’ll be looking at will help me determine, what we may do in the future.

        Are we getting the MLB.tv app that was announced today in the US? it would be really nice to have i can finally watch my baseball games through my TV.

        32.1

        I don’t know anything about this I’m afraid.

        Mike, Mike,

        I had a nervous breakdown after getting a new deck of cards yesterday.
        Some were round, some were oblong and some were rectangle.

        I just couldn’t handle it. :D

        AaronSOLDIER 22 April, 2010 @ 12:16
        34

        Mike, Abes Oddysee from last week after installation has the American cover on the XMB, I know its a small thing but could you guys fix this? Thanks.

        35

        Any idea which Monkey Island we will be getting since you can’t mention release dates? I’ve heard Monkey Island 2 and some say the original.

        35.1

        We’re getting replicas of the actual island, it’ll be delivered to you if you purchase it off the store via snail-mail.

        To give you a serious answer, I’ll see what I may be able to confirm and perhaps come back with some real details ;)

        StefNighthawk 22 April, 2010 @ 12:17
        36

        Half Minute Hero for Belgium/Netherlands?

        36.1

        No news I’m afraid.

        I think the “Neir” video is typo.

        38

        oooh Afterburner, quite tempted to buy that blind

        Mike, any reason why Lead and Gold isn’t on the AU or NZ store? Will it be appearing next week? Was really keen to play this over the weekend!

        39.1

        Not sure of the reason, but it wasn’t submitted for release by the publisher.

        40

        thanks for the feedback. id really like that arkham prequal tho :P

        and im assuming monkey island is but a stones throw(thats right im bringing the phrase back) away from being released as the home costumes etc are out today?

        so how was ur week away from us then mike?

        and are you as EXCITED as me for MARVEL VS CAPCOM3????

        i nearly passed out when i heard the news/saw the trailer….but for real. chris redfield could NEVER take on the hulk….he could possible take on the MARVEL ZOMBIES but then his skills stop :P

        AaronSOLDIER 22 April, 2010 @ 12:22
        41

        Oh and any news regarding Disneys best game: Toy Story 2?

        42

        I was ready to buy Monkey Island today, guess not then…

        so who makes those static themes then mike , i guess dynamic themes will be getting bumped up in price now too . i tell you keep this nickle and diming up and you will lose valuable store customers . disgrace

        43.1

        They’re from various 3rd party publishers, the only ones we produce are for our own franchises/titles.

        Mike,

        Is there a possiblity to show some more info about the diferent BLES codes that are compatible with DLC?
        I buy a lot of games in the UK but from what I hear sometimes the DLC from the Dutch store might not work.

        If this is not your job, could you please pass it on to the people that handle the descriptions of DLC?

        Thanks :-)

        Decent update. Mike. please can you try and get Crisis Core on the store thanks.

        46

        Lead and Gold – Gangs of the Wild West (£11.99/€14.99) Rating: PEGI 16
        Availability: Not available in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal and Russia

        Why not in Holland?

        47

        Nice update.

        Lead & Gold, Afterburner and Hamsterball! Expensive week with Uncharted 2 Siege pack too

        Lead & Gold will keep my gunslinging urges under control till Red Dead Redemption and Uncharted 2 pack until MW2 Maps at least ;)

        Any word on R-Type Delta, Legacy of Kain or Resident Evil PS1 games coming to PSN yet?

        CinderShadow 22 April, 2010 @ 12:25
        48

        Only in America? Not again, please. http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=9027714
        Class of Heroes should be localised this time, now it’s being made for PS3. This style of game is ideal for PSN.

        Any word about a demo of Afterburner?

        I’m a bit reluctant to pay £8 for a single player game with no network support or offline multiplay. Coupled with a reported 15 min playthrough time…..Hmm

        Might wait for a permanent price reduction on this one.

        49.1

        Not sure about a demo.

        Let me tell you this from experience though…this game is extremely fast, and very frenetically paced. I think it has a lot of replay value though, as you try and attain higher stage completion percentages with every new game.

        50

        Mike I’m that much of a Monkey Island addict if you did have a replica of it I’d buy it.

        I remember that halycon days of playing it on an Atari ST………..

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