Posted

‘Heads-Up’ PlayStation Store Update (19th May 2010)

Good day to you all, I bring you salutations of the day, and lots of ModNation Racers goodies! I have no qualms in telling you all I have become a huge zealot of this game, and will take every opportunity to tell people about how great it is :-)

Not only does the PSP version of the game appear on the store, but we have demos for the PS3 and PSP versions, as well as the Van Man Mod and Kart pack for PS3. There really is no excuse this week not to try your hand at this great mix of sublime kart racing, and the deep creation tools at your disposal.

Of course, there’s other content available on the store this week. For PSP users there are a further two games available, featuring princes and mech-suits, though not combined (I’m sure there’s a new market for someone to tap into right there), as well as more content for Buzz! and LittleBigPlanet. Also, our friends at Futurlab release their mini title Coconut Dodge onto the store too, if you haven’t heard of this already, you could do far worse than reading the three part series they’ve written here on the blog.

For the full list, you know what to do; have a butchers’ further down this post.

(Some of you may want to take note of the additional territory releases section at the bottom of the post too).

See you in the comments section!

PlayStation Store (via PS3, PSP and Media Go)

Special Offers

(Available until the 26th of May)

  • TV Show King (was – £5.49/€6.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Critter Crunch (was – £4.49/€5.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
  • Hyperballoid HD (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
  • Mushroom Wars (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Magic Orbz (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Thexder Neo (PSP) (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP) (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £11.99/€14.99)
  • Monsters Inc: Scare Island (PSOne) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Peter Pan: Adventures in Never Land (PSOne) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Zombie Tycoon (mini) (was – £3.49/€3.99 now – £1.99/€2.49)

Permanent Price Reductions

  • Joust (was – £3.49/€4.99 now – £1.59/€1.99)
  • Championship Sprint (was – £3.49/€4.99 now – £1.59/€1.99)

Downloadable Games (PSP)

  • ModNation Racers (£16.99/€26.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (£23.99/€29.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

  • Armoured Core 3 Portable (£11.99/€14.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa or United Arab Emirates

  • ModNation Racers – Online Entitlement (Download only if the in-pack Online Entitlement Voucher is missing, or is no longer valid from your retail copy) (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

minis (PS3/PSP)

  • Coconut Dodge (£1.99/€2.49) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Not available in Australia, Germany or New Zealand

Demos (PS3)

  • ModNation Racers Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

Demos (PSP)

  • ModNation Racers Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • Dragon Age: Origins – The Darkspawn Chronicles (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • ModNation Racers – Van Man Pack (£1.39/€1.75) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Split/Second: Velocity
    • Full Vehicle Unlock! (£2.39/€2.99)
    • Master Unlock! (£3.99/€4.99)
  • Track and Mode Unlock! (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Rock Band
    • A Girl Like You by The Smithereens (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Only A Memory by The Smithereens (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Grateful Dead Pack 03 (contains the following tracks which are also sold separately) (£4.99/€7.99)
    • Beat It on Down The Line (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Cumberland Blues (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Scarlet Begonias (£0.99/€1.49)
    • U.S. Blues (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Throwing Stones (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Touch of Grey (£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
    • Bodies by Drowning Pool (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Days Without by All That Remains (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Energy by Apples in Stereo (£0.59/€0.79)
    • He Sleeps In A Grove by Amberian Dawn (£0.99/€1.49)
    • I Know What I Am by Band of Skulls (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Little Black Backpack 09 by Stoke 9 (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Semi-Charmed Life 09 by Third Eye Blind (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Sequestered In Memphis by The Hold Steady (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Survive by Lacuna Coil (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Talk About by Dear in the Headlights (£0.59/€0.79)
    • When I Get Home You’re So Dead by Mayday Parade (£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
    • Aerosmith Track Pack (contains the following tracks which are also sold separately) (£4.39/€5.49)
    • Livin’ on the Edge (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Love In An Elevator (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Rag Doll (£1.59/€1.99)

Rating: PEGI 12
Availability: Not available in Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates

Add-On Game Content (PSP)

  • LittleBigPlanet – Turbo! Premium Level Kit (£4.79/€5.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Buzz! Quiz World – National Geographic Undersea Quiz (£3.19/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Czech Republic, Greece and Russia

FirstPlay (PS3)

  • Episode 007 (£0.99/€1.20)

Availability: Ireland and UK only

Trailers (PS3)

  • Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Trailer
  • Medal of Honor Announce Trailer
  • FIFA 10 Ultimate Team Returning User Tutorial

Dynamic Themes (PS3)

  • Aqua Panic! Spring Theme (£0.79/€0.99)

Wallpapers (PS3)

  • Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Wallpapers 1 and 2

Additional Territory Releases (PS3 unless specified)

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Stimulus Package

Now also available in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP)

Now also available in Russia

  • FirstPlay – 90 Day Subscription and Individual Episodes 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006

Now also available in Ireland

  • Split/Second: Velocity Demo

Now also available in Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Russia

329 Comments
0 Author replies

Very nice, my bank manager won’t be happy!

Cheers Mike.

RavetodaGrave_ 19 May, 2010 @ 13:02
3

meh nuttin i like ah well

4

;) nice update Mike, gotta say these Wednesday updates are much better :). Very good work, any jobs going :P

Wright316uk 19 May, 2010 @ 13:02
5

nice update after playing the beta for modnation racers beta i cannot wait for friday 2 come i may download the demo to tide me over till then :)

6

No Williams Pinball? :-(

6.1

Sorry no. I did speak to the publisher today, and whilst I do know roughly when it’s coming, I cannot confirm a date just yet. It’s going to be some time though, so don’t expect it anytime soon on the store. Apologies.

imajinetion 19 May, 2010 @ 13:03
7

“ModNation Racers – Online Entitlement (Download only if the in-pack Online Entitlement Voucher is missing, or is no longer valid from your retail copy) (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 7”

Uh what? So if the copy of MNR has no voucher, you have to pay another 10 Euros to play online!?

7.1

The digital copy comes with the online entitlement packaged with it, the retail copy comes with a code inside. We offer this purely for people who buy a second-hand copy and would not get the code that allows them to play online.

8

Still waiting for Monkey Island then…

8.1

Indeed we are, sorry.

9

Great PSP update!
But, i don’t understand what is the ModNation Racer Online Entitlement :P

popandfresh7 19 May, 2010 @ 13:05
10

Hey mike thanks for the update!! Is there anything about Alundra (one of my favourite games) or Crash Bash coming to the store anytime soon?

I take it the second park of Sam & Max will be out next week then?

11.1

It will indeed be with us next week.

12

herro mikey :D

Only demos for me today

just 1 thing i wana ask mike have you got any news about ToE for me? :(

12.1

I don’t I’m afraid sorry :(

Good update – will Modnation Racers on the PSP be available later today or Friday ?

13.1

It will be available later today :D

Still no Monkey Island :(

15

Hi Mike,

I don’t suppose you know whether the ModNation Racers demo is the same content as the Beta that came out a few months ago?

Thanks for any info ;)

15.1

I don’t actually know, I’ll ask the product manager and get back to you ;)

imajinetion 19 May, 2010 @ 13:07
16

“The digital copy comes with the online entitlement packaged with it, the retail copy comes with a code inside. We offer this purely for people who buy a second-hand copy and would not get the code that allows them to play online.”

Wow, you really are trying to kill off the used game market…

xchris2008x 19 May, 2010 @ 13:07
17

omg No sam & max or monkey island *sigh* wont be turning my ps3 on for another week.

Your comment is awaiting moderation. :@

18

Nice, got a couple things to download this evening. :)

One question though, is there any chance that the Disgaea 2 DLC will be put online soon? Also, the game itself disappeared from the menu’s, and can only be found through the search function, figured I’d mention that. Looks like a bug.

Keep up the good work :)

18.1

It went up a couple of weeks ago, but looking into it further it’s not available in Belgium I’m afraid. Sorry

19

Nice, but nothing for me! I tried the Modnation Beta and the loading times killed me ^^
Anyway, do you know when the episode 2 of Sam & Max will pop?

19.1

Certainly do, it’ll be with us next week.

AaronSOLDIER 19 May, 2010 @ 13:08
20

Yeah disappointed with no Monkey Island.

Any news on FF9 or FF1/2 PS one classics? (FF1 and 2 were released separately on Japan PSN).

20.1

Sorry, no dates to confirm on Monkey Island just yet.

As for FFIX, I’ll only say this, it’s okay to start getting excited ;)

There was rumour of a new area for “PAIN” any news on that one Mike ?

22

MECHA-PRINCE-OF-PERSIA WILL DESTROY YOU ALL.
He has gattling guns. Quick, call Ubisoft, we’ll make millions!

23

Hey Mike, nice update. Any news on a release for Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus?

johhny56656 19 May, 2010 @ 13:09
24

monkey island is 400 points £3.50 on xbox live get it there if u have both consoles

xchris2008x 19 May, 2010 @ 13:09
25

no ps3 games at all this week aswell. :(

26

Just getting Dragon Age DLC and FirstPlay.

27

that sucks :(

How can i go about poking them about it?

i’ve tried emailing but never get a reply :(

Today – excellent, that’s made my day. Don’t suppose you know what time ?

29

Okay update! Will it be around 3GMT again?

30

@ Mike – when does the update go live? DYING to play the Turbo! pack.

Also, the usual, any news on FF9, Resident Evil series, Castlevania and Oddworld?

Nice update this week, cheers :)

31

Welcome back mike

Just to let you know ross did a great job covering for ya :)

31.1

I kept my beady eyes on him, but I know he always does a good job :P

Darkscorpius 19 May, 2010 @ 13:12
32

Nice update Mike. Firstplay, Coconut Dodge and the Dragon Age DLC for me this week (including Awakening now that the patch is finally out and I can go back to playing it). Good thing I’m off this weekend, gonna lock myself in the house with a few beers, RDR, DA, PoP and Modnation Racers I think, probably a bit of 3D Dot Game Heroes too.

Already downloaded the Soldner-X vid from the US store and it looks stunning, can’t wait for this game.

32.1

I have a weekend to myself pretty much too, so a bit more MNR for me, but lots of RDR too…so excited about that game! I also have 3D Dot Game Heroes on the pile to play too…going to be busy a boy this weekend :P

33

Ross told me last week that grandia was coming. Any chance you could shed some light on as to when it will be here? :D

33.1

No dates we can share as yet, but it’s coming yes.

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 13:13
34

RE: ModNation Racers – online entitlement – I think this could be a good idea and we’ll see a lot more of it; when you buy the game, the price you pay for it includes the cost of running the online services. People who buy second-hand don’t contribute anything to the cost of online, so it’s not unreasonable to ask them to pay more to enjoy online functionality. It beats having to pay a subscription by a long way.

I say it ‘could’ be a good idea, because this assumes that MNRs online servers will stay online for a good few years. If they close down within a two or three years like many of EA’s annual game series, then it won’t seem so good.

I notice this is only for the PSP version. Is the PS3 version exempt from this restriction?

xchris2008x 19 May, 2010 @ 13:13
35

Posted on 19 May, 2010 at 1:09 pm by Mike Kebby

Certainly do, it’ll be with us next week.

Why is it delayed for us? we all payed £19.99 for it same as america.

35.1

I don’t know why there were separate release dates, but we were always tracking next week, not sure why it was different for the US… :(

Still no Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for PSP Go owners? It baffles me how digital releases or not mandatory for publishers.

36.1

We simply cannot force publishers to release content digitally.

37

Let me just bring my drink.

38

no super street fighter 4 costume pack this week then nothing for me then

What is the price for the 90 Day Subscription in Ireland? It only mentions the price of a single part.

39.1

It’ll be €10.99

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:16
40

Any news on ANY God of War 3 Download Content??? massive Sony game released in March, now completely unheard of?? Anything at all would be great.

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 13:16
41

RE: Williams Pinball – the System 3 website now says September 2010 :(

H’m this split second DLC is only a unlock, so you will also get this by simply playing the game?
Or is it exclusive and can’t it be unlocked by normally completing the game?

42.1

They are indeed unlocks, you can play the game to unlock this content (not sure how long that would take), or give yourself a head-start and buy it.

johnleonhart 19 May, 2010 @ 13:17
43

Firstplay and maybe some of the Modnation Racers dlc and Split Second too. Getting those two games on friday and looking forward to them :D.

Mike, do you know if this online entitlement is going to be a common thing with games?, I heard EA were going down this route with their games but never knew Sony would. Not a prob for myself personally as I like buying new ;)

43.1

I couldn’t comment on other publishers, but I think it’s a safe assumption to believe we’ll see it happen more often yes.

Tridentmorph 19 May, 2010 @ 13:17
44

Just the two demos and Firstplay for me then, to be honest with Skate 3 and Red Dead on Friday no time for much of anything anyway :)

johhny56656 19 May, 2010 @ 13:18
45

cant believe there been no god of war 3 dynamic themes ,avatars or home content at all yet on store , sony have no clue how to promote games and gather extra income from stuff like that .

AaronSOLDIER 19 May, 2010 @ 13:18
46

Any upcoming avatars? I’m surprised we didn’t get any for White Knight or God of War III.

47

Resident Evil and Tomb Raider (PS Classics) the US have had em a while when will we be gettin them???

48

When is the store up?

48.1

About 3 o’clock this afternoon (GMT) I would say.

xchris2008x 19 May, 2010 @ 13:19
49

Will Monkey Island be out this year or 2013?

49.1

I doubt it would be 2013…

Glad to see FirstPlay in Ireland! Hope the 90 day option is there

50.1

The subscription will indeed be available for you yes :)

Ow, and thanks for the modnations demo :-)

sweetasman01 19 May, 2010 @ 13:19
52

What a great update, its the best update that there will ever be

Tridentmorph 19 May, 2010 @ 13:20
53

Oh and forgot to ask any reason for delay on Sam and Max? I thought it was meant to be REGULAR episodic content, which I have paid up front for. Notice that the States got it yesterday, as they should have done.

53.1

Specific dates were not promised, just that there would be one episode per month.

Yes, finally bought Critter Crunch (was waiting for a drop, only had €4 left in my wallet :p)

sweetasman01 19 May, 2010 @ 13:20
55

what my sarcasm tags didnt show up? well just read the previous post as being sarcastic

55.1

Don’t worry I did ;)

56

nice update will be trying out modnation

but why do we have to wait a WEEK for sam and max. usa got it last nite.

techinacally next week would meen we DIDNT get an episode of sam and max in may. and tht is NOT what i paid for.

i bought it in APRIL. under the PROMISE of a new episode every MONTH. yet i dont get an episode every month? doesnt that mean im entitled to a refund or something as that is false advertising? its bad enough i have to wait a gods age for monkey island.

56.1

You do get an episode every month, you got one last month (April), and you’re getting one next week (May).

johhny56656 19 May, 2010 @ 13:21
57

now sony have the cash of pspgo owners it looks like they dont give a hoot if games get released anymore . why bring out a product without full backing of devs to support it may i ask kebby . did apple do that with ipod

thedude6666 19 May, 2010 @ 13:22
58

WOW!!!! Awesome update thanks a lot Mike.

Mod Racers PSP today and its only £16.99! Quality.

Tiger Woods 11 demo aswell.

Will be busy downloading today, with this and First play aswell. Lucky I got 50mb broadband.

Mike is Monkey Island out this month?

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:22
59

#45 completely agree. Where the hell is any God of War 3 DLC/DYNAMIC THEMES ETC ETC ETC??

60

and please answer my post at number 56

60.1

Just did.

Please give me some time to respond though, I do this blog post as well as other things at the same time, I’m in a multi-tasking whirl here ;)

Ragnarok-NZ 19 May, 2010 @ 13:22
61

Another game with the online entitlement-thing…I still havent gotten my code for Socom Fireteam Bravo 3 when I purchased the original game [before they took that version off and uploaded another copy on the PSN] so I’m a bit hesitant to buy Mod nation racers PSP.

Now about FFIX, you say there’s reason to be excited Mr.Kebby?
It’s coming soon isnt it? :D

Got the MNR demo last night, couldn’t hold off any longer :)
Pity about Monkey Island again this week but i’ll pick up coconut dodge for sure.
I just noticed FirstPlay is now available for Ireland so i’ll check that out too.

johnleonhart 19 May, 2010 @ 13:24
63

Cheers for the reply Mike. Maybe see you on ModNation Racers over the weekend :)

64

@56 I wouldn’t pay Sony up-front for anything, they NEVER deliver on time.

popandfresh7 19 May, 2010 @ 13:24
65

I have been waiting for an answer for ages, ive asked the past three updates, Do you know anything about Alundra or Crash Bash coming to the store anytime soon? Please say you know something.

65.1

I don’t know anything about either I’m afraid no. Sorry.

xchris2008x 19 May, 2010 @ 13:25
66

@ mike

Telltale games said that they would release the episodes world wide.

Could you give them a map of the world so that they know europe is on there lol :)

66.1

We are getting it, I do understand that it’s a week later. but we are still getting it. I will do what I can to ensure we get the remaining episodes at the same time as the US however.

67

Is there any plans to put the Littlebigplanet 2 trailer on the store.

Would really love to download it HD on my PS3 :)

@QuietlyWrong – your argument is flawed. If somebody keeps the game, they’re making no further contribution to the running costs than the original purchase. If the original buyer sells the game and someone else buys it second-hand, the original buyer is no longer playing it online but the second-hand purchaser may do. The net result is that there is no increase in the demand on the servers, so why should there be an extra charge for it? Two reasons: 1, they get money for the same product twice; 2, there’s no effort on their part to do so. Basically, money for nothing, the ideal situation for any business.

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:27
69

GOD OF WAR 3 DLC ANYTIME?? GOD OF WAR 3 DLC ANYTIME?? GOD OF WAR 3 DLC ANYTIME?? GOD OF WAR 3 DLC ANYTIME??

69.1

I’ll see what I can find out, that is all I can say right now.

Any dates set for Agarest DLC’s? :)

johhny56656 19 May, 2010 @ 13:29
71

no point making a point about sam and max guys fact is scee have your cash already so they dont care if you get it a week later . let it be a lesson to you though this is how they go about things .

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:30
72

IM THE INVISIBLE MAN, IM THE INVISIBLE MAN, INCREDIBLE HOW YOU CAN….DAHHH DAH! SEE RIGHT THROUGH ME!!.

72.1

No you’re not, but you do have to expect some time to go by before I respond to comments. Also, I don’t respond to everything, else I’d never get anything else done ;)

73

ACTUALY. WAIT A SEC. IT STILL WOUDL BE MAY. god dam ma little brother HES RIPPED OFF ALL MA DAILY DESK CALENDARS.

IN PLUS SIDE I DNT HV TO RUSH ROUND 2MORRO TO PAY MA BILLS
SORRY BOUT MIX UP MIKE.

ANY NEWS ON THT ARKHAM ASYLUM COMIC?

Sorry Mike this update as usual is horrible and pathetic.

Sony need to unify all the PSStores into one services, stop regional pricing bias against other countries, and put up some real fricken PS3 games up for once. None of this Mini’s BS.

I haven’t bought anything since Marvel Vs Capcom 2 last year. Sony need to pull up their socks with the Playstation Network. You guys should be pushing it like Valve does with Steam.

That’s great!! Thanks Mike!

sephiroth180 19 May, 2010 @ 13:31
76

Dragon Age: The Darkspawn Chronicles for PS3 today? YAY! :D

77

@QuietlyWrong

“People who buy second-hand don’t contribute anything to the cost of online, so it’s not unreasonable to ask them to pay more to enjoy online functionality.”

The cost was covered by the original purchase,If I play a game online,then let my brother play it online,the cost wont go up because transferring a game disc from one user to another does not increase server or support costs for the publisher.It’s still the same copy.

johhny56656 19 May, 2010 @ 13:32
78

wait till you guys see the prices of europes psn store go up in price yet again with inflation being at an all time high lol . good luck with sales mick when games are £14.99

78.1

You really can’t blame me for inflation though. Though some people may try :D

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:33
79

fair enough, but to my previous question, seeing as its sony owned just thought you might have a morsal of info about ANYTHING to do with god of war 3 dlc??? ta

80

Mike are the e3 rumours for ff9 true?

and any chance of some rpg’s for the psp. theres been a drought for ages now!

Also you may be proud of the crappy Mini’s Mike but as of late they are never available in Australia.

johhny56656 19 May, 2010 @ 13:34
82

did i blame you hmmm nope i said good luck with sales as you run the team .

82.1

I didn’t say you did, I was being silly – hence the winky emoticon :)

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:35
83

oops just got previous response, thank you and much appreciated!! thats all for now will give u a rest. wahey!!

xchris2008x 19 May, 2010 @ 13:35
84

Posted on 19 May, 2010 at 1:29 pm by Mike Kebby

We are getting it, I do understand that it’s a week later. but we are still getting it. I will do what I can to ensure we get the remaining episodes at the same time as the US however.

Thanks :)

85

TO EVERYONE WONDERING ABOUT GOD OF WAR 3 DLC. I CAN CONFIRM WE ARE DEFINITELY GETTING DLC IN JUNE. THATS ALL I KNOW

Could you please tell me when the update is going to be available in Czech republic? Why there’s no given time for update? I think there was static time for update few weeks ago before I read on US blog that updates are going to come out on tuesdays instead of thursdays. Since then updates are coming out in weird and different times :/

86.1

It’s Wednesday afternoon every week for SCEE.

87

AND ONE OF THE DLC PACKS IS DEFINITELY THE EPILOGUE SECTION OF THE GAME, THE ONE THAT WAS CUT AT THE END. I DO NOT HOWEVER KNOW WHAT THE 2ND DLC PACK WILL BE, IS ANYONES GUESS

88

:/ there’s a deliverance strike in Norway, so we don’t get ModNation Racers today like we’re supposed to :'(

89

Maybe someday in the future the gameindustry will treat the planet earth as one single region and release stuff all over at the same time….

….oh who am I kidding really.

MadmanButter 19 May, 2010 @ 13:38
90

Heeeey Mike! Any news on Oddworld Abes Exodus yet?
I last asked 3 weeks ago, so I thought now would be a good time to ask again! :D

90.1

It’s definitely coming…you’ll see it quite soon.

91

@ 86 , If you read these posts you would see that the times are roughly 3pm GMT each week, give or take an hour or so.

@popandfresh7 the former head of Working Design has been on the neogaf forum talking about how Alundra is almost ready to make its way on PSN in America with it being handled by Sony:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=394871

With the game being published here by Psygnosis (now SCEE Liverpool, or whats left of them :( ) the rights must lie with SCEE now.

Good to see the PSP ports of the Armored Core games making it over, will have to catch up in the series now that Demon’s Souls dev From Software are on the rise.

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:38
93

StevenHibs thank you my good man you’re my own personal jesus christ!! take your word on that.

94

Monkey Island is August;) , right Mike ? :P

ShogunDarius 19 May, 2010 @ 13:39
95

The fact the US can get the game this week and we can’t is unacceptable no reasoning or excuses can allow the fact its a ps3 console exclusive and for whatever reason SCEE have failed to deliver.

It hurts to say this but SCEE really make it hard for gamers not to want to create a US account. This situation has been going on for years and still happens.

IF its not the US getting stuff earlier its Microsoft, it seems its completely pointless being a EU PS3 owner as we are the bottom of the world and console gaming pile.

ShogunDarius 19 May, 2010 @ 13:40
96

The game i’m referring to is Sam and Max BTW

97

Hey Mike.. Long time reader, first time poster.

Just wondered if you know if Mortal Kombat Unchained will ever get an EU release. It’s quite an old one i know, but the US store have got it.

Thanks

98

@ LAWTON-1981, regarding the god of war 3 DLC i guess ? yes you can take my word, :P but its not my word :D . I was told :P

99

RE: RE: Williams Pinball – the System 3 website now says September 2010

OMG, this game was planned for release at October 2009, it appears at the PSN, but was deleted.

How is possible, that it has year delay? This game was released years ago on UMD, the only thing, that publisher must do, is convert it do DLC…

I am still waiting, but still more and more thinking about buying it on UMD…

100

what a shame, first EA, then UBI, and now Sony. You have to pay 10 euros if you want to use certain options of a second hand game…what if my friend gives me the game? how many consoles is the code valid for? 5? still a shame I buy a game and the code has limited uses…DLC is the new piracy, but the pirates now are not the gamers, but the publishers

101

and I am 100% certain what I said is true, so we shall see :P

102

“Could you please tell me when the update is going to be available in Czech republic? Why there’s no given time for update? I think there was static time for update few weeks ago before I read on US blog that updates are going to come out on tuesdays instead of thursdays. Since then updates are coming out in weird and different times :/”

Every Wednesday at about 16:00 (Czech time)

103

Any idea if we will be getting Ridge Racer(PSP or PSone games) on the store at all?

Cheers

The_Shuffle 19 May, 2010 @ 13:44
104

Mike, that Ross chap totally outdid you with some information on Planet Minigolf. You’re going to have to try and counter him, I’ll settle for a release date please cough cough hint hint nudge nudge :D

104.1

Hehe, nice try ;)

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:45
105

@StevenHibs, im sticking by you son, you so far have told me more than what this blog has in 3 weeks!!!! i trust you to pull through my boy!! wahey

jimmy-google 19 May, 2010 @ 13:46
106

Mike, will I need to buy a online entitlement vouhcer if I want to put a digital version of Modnation Racers on to 2 of my psps? Looking forward to getting my hands on it.

107

Still no Monkey Island, maybe I shouldn’t bother replacing my YLOD PS3…

boniboyblue 19 May, 2010 @ 13:46
108

I will be getting The Darkspawn Chronicles when I get home tonight. I’m glad the game has been patched before DLC came out as I’ve been looking forward to this since I heard about it.

almighty-slayer 19 May, 2010 @ 13:46
109

Cant complain about that! awesome update. Unfortunately i am lacking funds at the minute…so i will buy PS3 ModNation…this lot will have to wait!

Thanks for the epic update though

110

Mike, I am in a bit of a predicament and was wondering if you could help me.

Me and my friends used to go around each other houses a lot to play the PS3, however that has now stopped, sadly my PS3 recently died on me and now I am unable to activate it to get my games back :( Can you help me? Or anyone else help me?

PAH!! Rubbish update ;) Only joking, quite a few to buy this week Can’t wait for Modnation to arrive :)

112

Mikey can i haz a code for POP for free *shifty*

I’m broke :(

AaronSOLDIER 19 May, 2010 @ 13:50
113

Did you guys fix the Abes Odysee cover (it shows the American one after instalation)?

114

@ LAWTON-1981, no worries dude, time will tell If I am right, hence Mike hasn’t said anything ;) cause he knows too :P

115

Grandia is coming soon?
Nice!

That Magic Orbz price reduction has now lowered enough to fall on to my shopping list now. :)

Can we expect any PS1 classics to appear soon?
(any hint would be nice!)

116

@Agamer2006

“Is there any plans to put the Littlebigplanet 2 trailer on the store.”

Go here with PS3 browser

http://www.littlebigplanet.com/en-gb/2/

On the top left it says “Watch in HD 720p”
Highlight with the cursor,it’ll turn into a hand
Press triangle then File>>save target then choose HDD and it will download to your video section

Hi Mike! Glad you came back :)
Could you tell me if that LittleBigPlanet – Turbo! Premium Level Kit is a DLC with brand new levels? Or just another stickers?
Do you know anything about the ModNation Racers (PS3) Uncharted pack in Europe? I’d love to have Nathan in this game :D

118

oh 1 more question

(i sware this is the last this week!)

are we getting the new naruto game on the store?

119

Mike, I have graded the store update as a four even though theres nothing I would like but purely because you obviously went out of your way to listen to the guys and gals in the UAE and Saudi with all of their upset about the MW2 no show add on, in these territories.

So thank you for actually listening and acting and more importantly maybe now they will all stop squeeling ;)

I’m not sure if this has been posted but will the PSN movie download service become available this week for people in Australia and New Zealand.

XxKillerxX869 19 May, 2010 @ 13:55
121

Hey Mike you picking up Modnation racers? :D i cant wait,with only 40 Euros (i think) is a sweet deal since i can play as any character i want :)

Thanks for the MNR demo,although i wont have time to play since i have Exams :'( Its ok,after the exams,Summer + Modnation + Demons souls = Awesomness

Also,any news on Toy Story games on PSX?

Enjoy your weekend Mike ^_^

where is monkey island?
why is it so hard to release games in europe for sony?
why do microsoft manage to do it simultaneously across all regions?
why why why?
when is Other OS functionality returning?
who gave me this rash?

LAWTON-1981 19 May, 2010 @ 13:56
123

@StevenHibs i know bro, were onto you sony!! do you hear me?? and you Kebby i know your game sunshine, be watching you like a hawk!!. haha

Dudley0Neill 19 May, 2010 @ 13:57
124

How is it possible that the US can get both Oddworld games on their store on the same day. Yet after a month, we in the PAL region, still wait for Abes Exodous to be released.

Clearly this shows that there is a flaw in the submission process at SCEE.

Could you please look into fixing this.

PS: No Monkey Island?
No Sam and Max?
No Vagrant Story?
No Rayman?

No love for New Zealand?????

imajinetion 19 May, 2010 @ 14:00
125

SCEE and SCEA should stay connected more, then maybe we’ll get things simultaneously.

Ragnarok-NZ 19 May, 2010 @ 14:00
126

Hey Mike, I have a question – although I doubt you were given any news on the subject – is there a chance we’ll see Legend of Dragoon addded to the PSN?
It was a SCE published and developed title, and received a large cult following.
So, being a Sony owned property, it would seem almost natural for the game to be released on the store wouldnt you say?

Maybe you could talk to the higher ups and “suggest” the game be put up for us eager customers? Pretty please? :)

C_L_O_U_D_M_A_N 19 May, 2010 @ 14:01
127

Afternoon Mike!

Can we expect the Monster Hunter and Helghast costume DLC for Lost Planet 2 next week? We were told to expect them late May or around then.

Another quick question if you don’t mind;
What happened to Earthworm Jim HD? It was scheduled for a late January release but nothing turned up.

Thanks for the consistently great work!

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 14:02
128

@kosigan and @vonhammer (MNR online entitlement) – good point, you’re kind of right… But I could also argue that by the time you trade in the game, you’ve lost interest in it, so by selling it on you’re likely to increase the total lifetime demand on the online servers.

That said, the fact that the entitlement appears to apply only to the PSP version makes it look like this specific case is really about combatting piracy. If I bought the game on UMD, I could trade it in and keep playing it (not that I would; I like the idea that I’m paying something to the talented folks who work hard to create these games). The PS3 doesn’t have such a problem…

129

@ LAWTON-1981, yes mate, thats very true, we know how things run at SONY HQ, and I happen to have stumbled upon a legit SONY Europe PSN release date list, an inside source :P , thats all I will say :D

129.1

I really hope this isn’t true…I

130

Nice update, Very impressed with the pricing of Modnation PSP. Really puts EA’s ridiculous PSN PSP game prices into perspective.

Will likely give the demos all a try, but like most others, my week is all build up for Red Dead Redemption.

131

where is the disgaea 2 dlc in the dutch psn store?

and i cant seem to find What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? either… seems NISA stuff has that problem all the time..

132

Sony. If you think that I’m going to buy something else in the wait for Monkey Island, you are gravely mistaken…
We aren’t going to accept this drip-fed game approach.
If you can’t supply what I want, WHEN I WANT IT, I’ll get it some place else…like STEAM.

132.1

I would suggest talking to the publisher about your concerns for this specific title, we can only release content when it is submitted and on a release date agreed with the publisher.

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 14:10
133

@Ti_dus – re: “Could you tell me if that LittleBigPlanet – Turbo! Premium Level Kit is a DLC with brand new levels?”

It’s a bunch of new levels with a whole load of collectable DLC relating to vehicles – check out the Turbo! diary posts on the Playstation Blog (may have to check the English or French blog) or the LittleBigPlanet for much more information, screenshots and a movie.

xchris2008x 19 May, 2010 @ 14:11
134

ill get monkey island from the us.

cba waiting months for a eu release.

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 14:13
135

@133 –> “or the LittleBigPlanet for much more information”

^^^ meant the LittleBigPlanet website, obviously.

136

Mike are you worried that I have the list :P or not :D

136.1

It bothers me immensely. If I could find out who was getting this information out there I would string them up…

137

Present: Looks like it’ll be either free (MNR PS3 demo) or pre-paid (FirstPlay 007) content for me this week.

Future: So, Sam & Max episode 2 will be available next week?
When do we get the Shatter soundtrack?
…and what is happening with Machinarium on PSN?

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 14:16
138

RE: Online entitlement – actually, I think they’re almost missing a trick by bundling the online entitlement with the game at retail. Why not release the game at £8.99 and then let me decide whether I want to pay the extra £7.99 for online functionality? £8.99 sounds very tempting indeed. Some people might not want online play. And if the online is a bit dead (as it is, for example, with Fuel), it might be reasonable to save your money for something else.

139

Is there any news on a price reduction for the DragonAge : Awakenings add on? Or at least a disc release? I’d love to play it, but it really grates having to pay £30 for the digital only download when 360 owners can play it on a disc for a fraction of the price!!

140

Hi
Great to se that you guys have added a “Additional Territory Releases” section. Any chance that puzzle quest (psp) will be released on psn for other regions then UK?

140.1

I have no update about Puzzle Quest I’m afraid.

141

Mike,
If i was to rent modnation racers from lovefilm service in the UK, will i not be able to play online? So if the game code is used once then it cannot be used again? So a unique copy of the game needs to inserted to play online?

Also when is the update? I have check the PS store and modnation racers demo is not there, when does the update happen. I live in the UK.

141.1

That’s a good question. I don’t know how they would have dealt with it before for SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 (as we did an Online Entitlement for this game too).

Store usually updates around 3.

James Marsden 19 May, 2010 @ 14:21
142

@Spathis

I’m working on getting Coconut Dodge released in Australia and New Zealand (and the US) as soon as possible. Sorry to keep you waiting.

142.1

Get out of my comments thread you!

I jest, I jest, thanks for the direct update :) How you doing sir?

143

just wondering if there is any news on Heavy Rain DLC? thought they would have come out a bit more regularly…

144

lovefilm question re: modnation racers i’d really appreciate an answer to as well if you could be so kind :)

145

where is the disgaea 2 dlc in the dutch psn store?

and i cant seem to find What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? either… seems NISA stuff has that problem all the time..

also responds seems kinda derp…

145.1

They weren’t submitted for release I’m afraid.

146

Will Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 be coming to the store soon?? You brought the demo and it was released last week???

James Marsden 19 May, 2010 @ 14:29
147

Hehe, sorry was that a faux pas? :)

We’re good here, eagerly anticipating our game appearing on the store!

Competing with ModNation Racers though, wish us luck :p

147.1

Haha, not at all, not at all, I’m not precious ;)

You’ll do fine sir.

Mike, give me one reason I shouldn’t be selling my Go! this week, yet another dissapointment! Have a word with the head guys please cos I’m seriously loosing my faith in the Playstation brand

148.1

ModNation Racers…how’s that not a good release for the Go?

149

Well unfortunately I cant name names :P you know what I mean :P

I sincerely protest the online voucher code for ModNation, and I am boycotting such products. If you pull that on LBP2, I won’t buy it either. I am responsible for at least 5 copies bought for that game, made my friends buy it.

You are making it very confusing for your paying customers. We are three people in the house, if we had modNation, would two of us need to pay 10 euros each to play online? Well EA’s VIP code works for a single user, which is contrary to usual DLC, that’s confusing, and you shouldn’t have let that happen, a game published on PS3 should adhere to general DRM rules.

..continuing my feeble rant.

Speaking of general DRM rules, you let Final Fight release with that atrocious DRM. I’d buy it without ever thinking, but we use my wives account to buy games, word is I won’t be able to play it. Can I? Even if I could, I’m not made sure with all these confusing mixed information on the web. BTW, if it comforts you, we were avidly buying PSN games, probably we have bought over 30 PSN titles. Now there’s no longer “impulse” buys from us. We first have to “investigate” what exceptions each title has, now it is not as simple as “add to cart” and “buy.”, the precious 2 minutes before I say “to hell with it” and not buy the darned game.

Sony, you are doing it wrong.

152

@DiGiC
I’m right behind you with that sentiment buddy.
The GO has been the biggest slap in the face i have ever purchased in my life. I tried hard to love it but with Sony’s pathetic attempt at digital distribution struggling to catch up with real contenders it was a dead system before it even launched.

Lesson learned Sony.
Lesson learned.

Amherst_Wind_4 19 May, 2010 @ 14:38
153

Mike you’re going to be playing 3d dotgame heroes, nice! You need to upload your custom hero so we can all play the game as the hero of the playstation store team, Mike Kebby!

154

Great update, fantastic price for Modnation racers for PSP.

Also – while a frequent reader, i don’t comment much and just like to say its great how Mike replies to peoples questions where he can. Keep it up Mike!

155

@Mike Kebby – I thought you were SONY, you know the platform owner. Refuse release, unless global release, problem fixed.

156

why is monkey island not getting released until august ????? behind waiting week after week for this !!!!! dont you want my money ????

Mike you big softie.

You had to soften the blow by saying “its going to be some time” didn’t you?

;)

158

Help Mike! I just bought retail version of Modnation Racers for PSP this morning (in Finland) and i tried to activate the online code but it said “it may not be valid anymore!” WTH?? No one couldn’t have activated the code because it was on plastic cover as new games usually are. What did i do wrong? Do i have to make a save on that game before i can activate the code? Atm, i can’t play online and it sucks:/

Any news on a Dragon age awakening price cut Mike? £30 is very steep imo.

160

Hi Mike, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker will be avaiable the same day of his release in UMD?? I want it for my Go!

who’s idea was the online entitlement for modnation racers? scraping the bottom of the barrel now sony. when did you get so cheap?

monkey island – US store could do it, why can’t you? I know, just blame the publishers who do not want any money. the story is old and wearing thin.

162

Cmon Mike when will Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 be released on the store. I want to play it on my Go! I cant go and buy the UMD since I have Go. Will it be released on the store at all?????

I was sure that we got the second episode of Sam & Max today since US got it yesterday….but Nooooooooooo.

Getting sick of being treatedlike a second rate costumer….

cool, i get to race on modnation again and finally see split second in action. w00t!

165

just to inform you, i refuse to subsidise drm on consoles, not for disc games anyway, so even though the ps3 version of mnr doesn’t seem to have the drm i refuse to buy it new.
not that that’ll be an option anymore because i’m now the owner of a dead ps3.
if not being able to play online is the price of not supporting this crap then i’ll gladly pay it.

166

Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve been wanting to try Modnation Racers. The store will probably update before I get an answer, but is the demo single-player only or is there a split-screen mode included?

167

Thanks for releasing the map packs in the UAE!

(Yes I was the one who kept pestering you on twitter!)

167.1

There were quite a few users who requested this, and thanks to you all for your patience whilst we worked with Activison on getting the pack to your store :)

168

@165 It’s not exactly DRM to be fair, and at least this way the game will have second-hand value, unlike most other online disc-based games. If the game was full-price then OK, your comment would make sense, but you’re really not subsidising anything by purchasing.

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 15:07
169

I’m not opposed to paying extra for online access, and I fully understand why the publishers ask for extra, especially on the PSP, where you might get 50,000 sales and half a million people playing it.

But before I consider purchase I’d *really* like to know if the online activation applies to the PSP hardware itself or to my online account. I’d be very wary of locking the game to my current PSP-1000 which has seen better days and for which it’s very hard to find replacement batteries…

170

A terrible update yet again! Yawn…

171

hi mike quick question.just wondering do you how big is the psp modnation racers game is?

BACCUSxAETURNUSx 19 May, 2010 @ 15:13
172

The whole “online entitlement” scam stinks. I would expect it from Micro$oft, but not Sony. First EA, then Ubisoft, now Sony. It’s almost like this is co-ordinated …..

This punishes ALL gamers, and will kill off most games online side (which certain games are bought purely for) within a couple of months whithout a steady trickle of 2nd hand users populating the servers.

Is this meant to soften the blow when downloads become the norm ? (ie most peoples biggest objection to this is the fact they will no longer be able to sell on their goods)

Very disappointing ….

173

There are a small error in the DLC Split / Second. One of the content appears as a category instead of subcategory.

Indeed, it seems a little steal for some cheats.

….Alright, not bad update…but u never told us about the sonic unleased dlc’s? two of them as well.

174.1

Missed those by mistake, you’re right. They were meant to be released ages ago and slipped through the cracks… ;)

175

That new Prince of Persia for PSP looks pretty good….might wait for it be in the special offers first though, £23.99 is a wee bit much for me.

Mike is the PSN Store geting PS2 Games?

177

@168, it is drm, they may not want to call it that but that’s exactly what it is.
and the fact is drm does not work, if anything it makes it worse, just look at spore, and i refuse to buy any game associated with drm new so that’s a lost sale right there, or it would be if my ps3 wasn’t dead.
if not being able to play online is the price for not supporting anti consumer drm then i’ll gladly pay it.
i don’t see how anybody can be happy about any company deliberately devaluing something they paid money for and should own.
how about they start taking responsibility for what they make before they get greedy over our property.
if they want to keep a vested interest in our purchases maybe they should take responsibility for them and fix my ps3, i don’t believe any decent machine should spontaneously die after just a few years, but it did, and right now i’d have to pay god knows how much to get it fixed, they want the benefits without the responsibility.
greed, that’s the problem.

177.1

Everybody who buys a brand new copy of the game (PSP version only), whether it’s a digital or physical version, gets to play online. The online entitlement is available separately to ensure that any people who purchase second-hand copies can also play online if they so want to.

178

hey mike just wondering is there a blur demo coming soon

179

and why does this drm only seem to be on the eu version?
there’s no mention of this on the us blog.
is it only europe that sony have done this?
would that not be adding insult to injury?

179.1

The US do not get the game until next week, and they will indeed have the online entitlement too (as was the case for SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3).

180

Sony just lost a sale on MDR just pure greed.. Like someone as already stated there will be no more impulse buying from me and no doubt many others. This will kill loads of the smaller game devs.

181

Mike please, check my post number 158 and answer. It’s important!

Q 158

The resaon why it might not work is due 2 the dlc not uploaded yet so u may have to wait till fridays release date.

…sorry i mean code may not work till friday….

184

i would urge anybody who cares about the games industry not to support anti consumer drm systems like that infesting mnr for psp.
if you choose to buy the game anyway, well i wont hold it against you, but you owe it to yourself and every other gamer to show this will not be accepted.

185

Heylo Mike!

Any idea when the UAE would be getting access to Armoured Core 3 Portable? Any chance of it shipping out as UMD here?

Thanks for the great work, as always… :)

Darlo-Richie 19 May, 2010 @ 15:35
186

This is not a rant Mike but just what happened with Telltale games to make them release Episode 2 one week later onto the Europe PSN? Was there a miscommunication or something?

Thanks for your honesty with my question 2 weeks ago and apologies if I sounded angry with you in any way, frustration got the better of me!

Thanks for confirmation of Grandia and FF9, looking forward to both of them but a silmatanous release with the US on FF9 please! ;)

187

there’s no need to explain it mike, i know exactly how it works, you’re deliberately devaluing somebody else’s property, spin it however you like but that’s the truth.

187.1

I don’t deal in the art of spin, I just state things as they are HazelAM.

byakugan1488 19 May, 2010 @ 15:37
188

Hello Mike! Please give me some news you would know about Naruto 3 released last week?? PSPgo ever released? Or like the previous ones released only in UMD??
Thanks

188.1

I don’t have visibility of that title at the moment I’m afraid.

189

When are we getting Ridge Racer 1 or 2 and Lumines for the PSP Go I bought on launch day? Thank you.

190

oh and when are we going to be getting car jack streets? it’s a mini so i could use it on my still working, for now at least, psp.

190.1

I can see it on the release schedule! Shouldn’t be too long now ;)

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 15:44
191

@HazelAM I’m going to reserve judgment on it until someone tells me whether the online playability is tied to my account or to my machine. If it’s to the machine, then I would go some way towards agreeing with you – I’d hate to have to pay for the content more than once if I upgraded my PSP.

If it’s to my account then I disagree with you – if the price is right (and for PSP MNR, it certainly looks good) then I don’t see it being any different to my other purchases from the store. If one is totally opposed to DRM, then one wouldn’t buy anything from the store because it’s all locked to a maximum of five systems.

191.1

The entitlement is indeed tied to your account, though you can only use it on one console at any one time (because you need to be online and signed into your account).

192

will have to try the Modnation demo, planning on getting it once I’ve finished Red Dead Redemption.

No too bothered about waiting a week for Sam & Max ep 2, it’s not the end of the world, well not to me anyway, seems like it is for some ;)

193

Hey Mike! Ok, I just paid for the 90 Day Subscription for Firstplay, as it became available in Ireland today. When I went into the Firstplay folder in other media,all the episodes were there, but only 4-7 were available for free download. 1-3 were all priced at €1.20. Does the subscription start for episode 4 for Irish users? Any insight would be appreciated!

P.s. You do a fantastic job, keep it up.

193.1

The subscription should start from the latest episode, and previous issues would appear as billable.

194

Ok mike, thank you! It makes the availability of 4,5 and 6 all the stranger! It doesn’t really matter I suppose, as long as nothing is gone wrong!

I don’t know why I’m surprised at this abysmal update, as it has now become the “norm” for the EU PSN to disappoint on a weekly basis.

Still waiting on all those PSP games, PSone “Classics” and all other content/games the other regions have.
So “claiming” there’s nothing to upload is a bunch of crap. For starters there’s over 15 years o PSone games to fall back on in a “dry” week, yet SCEE doesn’t.
And what’s more now there are rumors of SCE wanting to “Premium” the PSN. Why? Is it costing you too much money to not run this service like professionals?
If SCE start charging, what’s the incentive to stay with PSN? Especially as a lot of it’s current users are only here because it’s a free alternative to Microsoft’s “Live”.

As consumers we want decent content, not a crappy service we are force to pay for.

196

HELP!!!! My PSP’s Store and media go is down! I can’t get the modnation racers demo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

197

@Sisee – even if a subscription service does come, PSN in it’s current state will stay free, you won’t be ‘forced’ to pay for anything.

As for not uploading content, do you really think SCEE just sit on a load of content and can’t be bothered to put it on the store? I’m sure they do what they can to get as much up as possible and it’s not as simple and easy as you might think.

198

@195 I think you have ruined your own argument. The fact that we get this service for free makes it hard to complain when a week comes around when everyone isnt satisfied. If a premium service(which is purely conjecture at this point)came into play,it would not change anything about the free service. And the Live store isnt much better than this. We generally get content at the same time as them, except for paid exclusives.

I dont want to start an argument! I just think that all involved do a lot of hard work to satisfy as many people as they can. I know it seems trendy to bash them, but they are often hamstrung by regulations, developer policies, and other issues that are completely out of there power.

Your are ,of course, entitled to your opinion. However I think this is the wrong place to make it known as Mike and his crew try hard to satisfy you. I think you should cut them a little slack.

Prox1mately 19 May, 2010 @ 16:29
199

I gotta’ say Mike. You’re doing a great job at responding. Keep it up! :D

A regular question though:
I was wondering whether there has been any word on Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, has there been any statement confirming or denying a PSN release?

Sorry for being so persistent about this, must be getting annoying. ^__^’

199.1

I don’t have visibility just yet, but we shall see. I’m hopeful we will see it at some point :)

200

Any news on Joe Danger coming out? and maybe we can get Sean Murray on or something to talk about the game on the blog?

200.1

I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing Sean on the blog at some point to talk about this game certainly :P

201

Here’s a question, Mr Mike. Now I don’t know if this is your department but you work on updating the store and I have a question. When it comes to renting a DVD from the store, how long do you get it for? I’ve been considering renting films like Avatar or some others in HD.

Oh and that’s something else, how come Avatar or 2012 aren’t available in HD? because they’re like THE HD film to own or at least watch. Is it the fact that they are just too expensive to host in HD or what?

201.1

Not to avoid the questions, but I will as I work on the Game store and not the Video store :P, I couldn’t tell you for certain I’m afraid. Sorry.

QuietlyWrong 19 May, 2010 @ 16:45
202

@Mike: “The entitlement is indeed tied to your account.”

Thanks Mike, that’s all I wanted to hear. I can now be a staunch advocate of the online entitlement idea. :)

For a point of reference, it would be interesting to know if the guys behind MotorStorm Arctic Edge have ever released figures about on-line population versus game sales – I half expect a tale of woe.

But all this is behind me. I can’t care about any game now that Voofoo have promised me HustleKings snooker on 2nd June…. (Yeeesss!!!!) :D

203

Ah, thanks anyway

PS3 hardware outsells Xbox 360 by 25% in Europe

How can you guys get away with selling us crap everyweek and never give us anything usefull they reall need 2 shut down sony europe it isen’t doing anything usefull for i’s users unlike america that actually cares

and when the [Deleted] can we expect half-minute hero or even blazblue for psp 2 get out on the store getting kinda sick off never getting anything usefull for my psp and if psp-2 is going 2 have digital and UMD support why scam us with the crappy psn service you guys are providing

GingGangGhoul 19 May, 2010 @ 16:47
205

Aww still no Monkey Island… Are we ever going to get it?

and [Deleted] is up with the Record Of Agarest War DLC it’s getting released in US but the game released a year earlier in Europe yet we have no DLc off any kind for that game get your [Deleted] in 5th gear and try and get that DLC or any kinda Games the US store has

207

Is the 90 day option for first play 90 episodes? or what is it? And will people in ireland get any older episodes of first play?

AnimaOnline 19 May, 2010 @ 17:10
208

This is odd. I seem to be having trouble installing the latest episode of FirstPlay. It gets to 14% and says “An error occurred during the install operation (80029564).” Where could I go for support on this issue? I believe FirstPlay has a support email but I can’t remember it. Besides, I’ve no idea if this is a FirstPlay related problem or something to do with SCE.

208.1

I’m getting the team to look into it, but as far as I’m aware everything is okay.

Time 18:15 in Czech republic and still no update in PS Store… :/

210

What is the problem with the online entitlement? If it stops second sales killing the developers who worked hard on a game then surely it’s worth it?

211

Thanks for the update mike :)
Shame for the PSP mod nation fee for used copies but fighting pirates. I believe that the point.

Not a epic ZOMG update but nice to see stuff added. Getting ready for E3 mike ? ;) your going to be busy during then.

I also lol at people saying MS can do why can’t sony well for starters they have double as many stores compared to xbox live. Most are in the EU which where problems come from.
So sony have double as much work. People do think that sony do it for kicks yeah holding back content is good for business :l
Also it been like this for years with stuff being late release here and in some areas. Unless you all want the same laws or money or language aint going to change.

212

@208 – exactly, there is nothing wrong with it at all. I think it’s mainly to combat piracy though rather than the 2nd hand market, which is a big problem on PSP

213

Thanks for the reply, I will more than likely be asking it again next week :D

dragon_frost 19 May, 2010 @ 17:34
214

Meh i want more dynamic themes per month & animated ones at that not those stupid slide show ones because those ones are lame.Also i want more avatars to come out each month because there’s not enough of them to go around with all the psn users to stand out from one another’s avatar.

215

is there a chance for Soul Reaver and Blood Omen for Polish PSS??

BalramRules 19 May, 2010 @ 17:50
216

you’ve got 2 stop sayin headz up ps update!
u should say, hedz down LOL! XD

funnydude6556 19 May, 2010 @ 17:51
217

If you buy Modnation racers for the PSP on the PSN store will you need to buy the code to get online?

217.1

Nope, you get the online entitlement packaged in with the game if you buy the digital version from the store ;)

218

Mike, just wanna say I appreciate your continuous replies regarding the Monkey Island issue. Must suck when a publisher doesn’t deliver the goods and you have to deal with the backlash on here! I really hope they sort it out soon, its about the only game I wanna buy on the store this year (apart from MI2!)

219

@215 – no you won’t, the download version doesn’t need a code. The code is just for 2nd hand retail copies

i was wondering what year or centuray these games might get released on sony europe store for the psp and the date behind them are the USA store dates
Jeanne d’Arc Level 5 2008-08-21August 21, 2008
Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles Konami 2009-12-10December 10, 2009
Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos Neverland 2009-12-22December 22, 2009
Class of Heroes Acquire 2009-11-04November 4, 2009
Coded Arms Konami 2009-12-10December 10, 2009
Crimson Gem Saga Matrix Software 2009-10-22October 22, 2009
Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble Spike 2009-11-12November 12, 2009
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona Atlus 2009-09-30September 30, 2009
Silent Hill: Origins Konami 2009-12-10December 10, 2009
Valhalla Knights 2 Marvelous Entertainment 2010-01-21January 21, 2010
Yggdra Union Sting Entertainment 2009-10-22October 22, 2009

221

Is there anyone who has bought Modnation Racers for PSP been able to play it online yet? I’m surprised that no one else has already been tried to activate the online code:0 Anyone?

222

To the people who keep talking about the online entitlement code, have a butchers at this http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/index.php/2010/05/sonys-war-on-pre-owned-games-is-it-right.html if your genurinely feel ripped off then this might help you understand a bit more (assuming the infos correct.) If on the other hand you just want to have a go at sony because you like complaining then don’t bother reading this because it wont change your mind. Oh and Mike, thank you for all your hard work and still coming back to this blog even when people are constantly having a go at you for things that aren’t your fault.

223

Mike

Sorry bud, but I’m not going to do your work for you.
If you want my cash, YOU can do your own job at ensuring there are games I want on YOUR console.

Go phone the publishers yourself.

223.1

A lot of the time there is information I have but cannot share, so if you contact the publishers and they share this information then great, but I cannot/will not, until I am given the go ahead, so until I have any information, sorry, I have nothing to add.

224

I don’t complain about it, i’m just wondering… …and i bought a new retail version right from the marketstore today and yes, i understand why the code isn’t working yet cause the official release date is 21th. But what annoys me is that why they are selling the game already (at least in Finland)?

@BlackMage3

ya tell it 2 him there are many times that gamers on this blog have 2 inform mike about what should have been released and after he messed up it has 2 be released on a later date

it’s like they never call a publisher and they are just waiting by the phone waiting for a publisher 2 call and then when they do they post on this blog like they had 2 work real hard 2 get the content while all along they did do like nothing but waiting for the publishers 2 call

and then they ask gamers 2 ask the publishers then the publishers gives the gamer a date or some info and then mike is like o really did not know that must look into it and you never get a reply back about what was the real story off it

in other words that they screwed up

226

Well I for one am grateful for this update.

After several weeks of waiting for some kind of reasonable release for PSPGo, only to be faced by disappointment each time the store updates, I think its time to recognise that the Sony online store service is a failed business model, at least in regions outside the USA.

A simple comparison between US content and EU content highlights the problem. Sony chooses to bundle all the EU jursidictions into one regional store, and is surprised when this leads to complexities of licensing that publishers cant or wont overcome.

This failure to help customers connect with the content providers points to poor understanding of the target market and is a great shame. Just look at Steam for how it should be done.

The Sony guys who post here obviously do care about their customers and I’m sure they feel just as let down as many customers do.

One more PSPGo customer leaves the room – tired of waiting for premium quality content and parity with other globa...

Show full comment

Well I for one am grateful for this update.

After several weeks of waiting for some kind of reasonable release for PSPGo, only to be faced by disappointment each time the store updates, I think its time to recognise that the Sony online store service is a failed business model, at least in regions outside the USA.

A simple comparison between US content and EU content highlights the problem. Sony chooses to bundle all the EU jursidictions into one regional store, and is surprised when this leads to complexities of licensing that publishers cant or wont overcome.

This failure to help customers connect with the content providers points to poor understanding of the target market and is a great shame. Just look at Steam for how it should be done.

The Sony guys who post here obviously do care about their customers and I’m sure they feel just as let down as many customers do.

One more PSPGo customer leaves the room – tired of waiting for premium quality content and parity with other global markets.

227

Tried to race online MNR for PSP, get as far as ‘Requesting EULA’ then it crashes my PSP!

Any idea why? All other games working perfectly.

Cheers for any help

228

Ah! Is it because the servers aren’t up yet? Just realised games release date is 21st…………….

229

“The entitlement is indeed tied to your account, though you can only use it on one console at any one time (because you need to be online and signed into your account).”

So lets say I buy the UMD,I loan it to my brother,would he have to pay £8 to get it online despite me paying full price?

I doubt i’ll be buying any EA or UBI game that has this policy,Never thought i’d say this about developers and such,but I really hope this fails,

“If it stops second sales killing the developers who worked hard on a game then surely it’s worth it?”

People just wont pay to play online,If I ever went 2nd hand I wouldn’t pay extra again,and neither will those who regularly buy 2nd hand.

Alcest-Wizard 19 May, 2010 @ 19:53
230

Nice update Mike :)
Are there any news about Half-Minute Hero in Spain? Thanks ;)

st0rmbr1nger 19 May, 2010 @ 19:54
231

Would love to see a full download of Modnation Racers from the store rather than disc.

neverbefore 19 May, 2010 @ 20:34
232

Gonna ask this every week till I get an answer :P Are there any plans to add anymore channels to the “TV” section on the XMB? It would be great if we could get 4OD or a few others! Cheers, Kev

Why the fu** won’t Sam & Max The Devil’s Playhouse come out this week in Europe? This is one sad day for us Playstation “fans”, first the day started with an email from the web store i had pre ordered RDR from that informed me the PS3 version was running short on copies and the store would’t get it before friday so I will probably not get the copy until next week. Then I read that Sam & Max episode 2 will come out next week in Europe, but then I will be all tied up with RDR.
May I ask what is the point with this S&M episode 2 delay?
Because I fail to see the point.

BrutalGreenEnvy 19 May, 2010 @ 20:56
234

Hey Dude,
Totally a long shot [and prob the wrong person to talk about it with]
Recently downloaded Split/Second && Modnation demo, but they wont install on my machine :S
Its so unfair, the other half’s worked but not mine :'( Is this just mine or a common thing?

Hey Mike, thanks for the Update. I’ll be getting the Modnation racer demo =D.

A question though, how come the Special Offer section only updates every two weeks?

I believe they only update every two weeks because then “casual gamers” who don’t play often or check the store have the chance to buy cheap games. The American PSstore has alot more offers though.

237

Welcome back mike.

Any news on record of agarest war & the download content (most of it is free in the us) coming to europe/australia?

Locke_Tribal 19 May, 2010 @ 22:36
238

Mike, can I just ask about the euro price for Modnation Racers (PSP)? That’s a hell of a price disparity between € and sterling, £16.99 is currently working out at about €20.

€27 is a bit too steep for me at the moment I’m afraid, role on the next sale ;)

239

Probably about a third of the games I buy are second hand, and I can tell you, I’ll never cough up more money (probably bringing my supposedly cheap second hand copy above retail price) just to get online. I’ll just do without.

I’m actually very disappointed that it’s come to this.

Not a bad update apart from that though.

wanderingscotty 19 May, 2010 @ 23:44
240

Mikey, Your a top man for not giving us Monkey Island.

I’ve got PoP and Red Dead heating my way. Mod nation and split second both look great. I still haven’t played Heavy rain, BBC2 nor Bio2 cause I’ve Kratos, Lightning and Abe have been keeping me up at night.

Great games on the PS3 just now.

Thank you for a nice weekly update

BACCUSxAETURNUSx 19 May, 2010 @ 23:48
241

Tiger Woods 11 is the first of the EA games to do the online charge. Ubisoft say they are watching its effects very closely. Now with Sony supporting the idea, it looks quite grim.

The only real voice we have as consumers is to not purchase these first games that charge for online play.

242

hi, was wondering when Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 full game (not the demo) will be available for purchase