‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update (18th August 2010)

PlayStation Store

Good Afternoon everyone, I hope you’re all well and full of the joys of Summer. Mike has jetted off to Cologne with the Gamescom crew to round up a new herd of PSN games for the coming months, which leaves it to me to bring you the latest goodies.

A quiet week this week since everyone who’s anyone is at the big GC, but we’ve got a few nice bits and pieces for you to tide you over into September. We have brand new demos of EA’s NHL 11 and Ubisoft’s H.A.W.X.2 for the PS3 crowd, along with a host of new add-ons for some great games.

As Richard already told you last week, Uncharted 2 gets a new skin pack, adding some more multiplayer characters for you to choose from (and don’t forget the dynamic theme). We’ve got two new characters for you to launch from your PAIN-a-pults, including Sergeant Jay and Jolly the Elf, (we figured August was the ideal time to give you a Christmas themed character). The final set of Marvel costumes releases this week as well, including Hulk, who I’ve heard is fond of smashing.

Six new PSP Essentials join the others on the Store, including a brand new digital release of Open Season, plus the latest LittleBigPlanet kits.

The real stars of the show this week are the oodles of Gamescom trailers we’ve got for you in glorious high-definition. All the big hitters are present and correct, with new trailers for KillZone 3, Motorstorm: Apocalypse, inFamous 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2, but don’t forget to check out the PlayStation Move line up too – you’ve not got long left to save your pennies and hopefully these trailers will help you choose which titles to grab come launch day. May I suggest Sports Champions? Disc Golf is an office favourite.

That’s all for now, your comments are appreciated as ever and I’ll be here this afternoon to field them. Until next time, adios!

PlayStation Store (via PS3, PSP and Media Go)

Special Offers

(Available until the 1st of September)

  • Landit Bandit (was – £9.99/€12.99 now – £5.49/€6.99)
  • Heavy Weapon(was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Zuma (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Crash Commando (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Crash Commando Combo Pack (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
  • Valhalla Knights (was – £9.99/€12.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • Valhalla Knights 2 (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £9.99/€12.99)
  • International Athletics (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £4.79/€5.99)
  • Generation of Chaos (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £4.79/€5.99)
  • Breakquest (was – £2.49/€2.99 now – £1.74/€1.99)
  • Let’s Golf! (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £0.99/€1.19)

PSP Essentials (Not currently available in Australia or New Zealand)

  • Open Season (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3
  • Sonic Rivals (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3
  • Sonic Rivals 2 (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 7
  • SEGA Rally Essentials (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3
  • Super Monkey Ball Adventure (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3
  • SEGA Mega Drive Collection (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 12

minis (PS3/PSP)

  • Fish Tank (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Not available in Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland

Demos (PS3)

  • NHL 11 Rating: PEGI 16 (USK 12)

Availability: All locales

  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Germany

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • Skate 3 – Skate.Create Upgrade Pack (£5.10/€6.49) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

  • ModNation Racers – Mouse Trap Pack (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • LittleBigPlanet
    • Marvel Costume Kit 4 (£4.79/€5.99) (contains the following costumes which are also available separately)
    • Hulk Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Punisher Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Green Goblin Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Magneto Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Storm Costume (£1.59/€1.99)

Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • PAIN
    • Jolly Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
    • Sergeant Jay Pack (£0.79/€0.99)

Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Sidekick Skins Pack (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Rock Band
    • Neon Trees Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘1983’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Animal’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Sins of my Youth’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • The Black Keys Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘I Got Mine’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Strange Times’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Your Touch’ (£0.99/€1.49)

Rating: PEGI 12

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

  • Rock Band Network
    • ‘Blow at High Dough’ by The Tragically Hip (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Hook, Line and Sinner’ by Texas (£0.59/€0.79)
    • ‘Let the Games Begin’ by Anarbor (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Mandelbrot Set’ by Jonathan Coulton (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Unfurling a Darkened Gospel’ by Job for a Cowboy (£0.59/€0.79)

Rating: PEGI 12

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

  • Guitar Hero 5
    • Weezer Track Pack (£4.39/€5.49) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘Beverly Hills’ (£1.59/€1.99)
    • ‘Island in the Sun’ (£1.59/€1.99)
    • ‘Pork and Beans’ (£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
    • Wild West Costume (free)
    • Wild West Level Kit (£2.39/€2.99)

Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

Videos (PS3)

  • Brink Developer Diary #2
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days You Think You Can Kill Me Trailer
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.® 2 Trailer
  • Vanquish Gameplay Trailer 2
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising GC2010 Trailer ‘Zan Datsu’

GamesCom 2010 Trailers (PS3)

  • Hustle Kings
  • EyePet: Move Edition
  • KillZone 3
  • TV Superstars Trailer
  • The Shoot
  • The Fight
  • Start the Party
  • Sorcery
  • SingStar Dance
  • SingStar Guitar
  • Ratchet + Clank
  • Mubi
  • Motorstorm 3: Apocalypse
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 Move
  • Infamous 2
  • Heroes on the Move
  • Dead Nation
  • Buzz! The Ultimate Music Quiz
  • Kung Fu Rider Trailer
  • Eat Them
  • Beat Sketcher
  • Echochrome II
  • PixelJunk Shooter 2
  • No Heroes Allowed
  • Sports Champions
  • Sly Trilogy
  • DC Universe
  • PlayStation Move
  • Heavy Rain Move Edition
  • Time Crisis
  • Tumble

GamesCom 2010 Trailers (PSP)

  • EyePet PSP
  • Patapon 3
  • No Heroes Allowed
  • Jungle Party
  • InviZimals: Shadow Zone
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • Digital Comics Trailer

Wallpapers (PS3)

  • Fat Princess: Fat Roles Ninja Pirate Wallpaper (free)

Dynamic Themes (PS3)

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Dynamic Theme (£1.59/€1.99)

Themes (PS3)

  • Disruptive Themes Purple Haze Theme (£1.19/€1.49)
  • Disruptive Themes Road to China Theme (£1.19/€1.49)
  • Disruptive Themes Voodoo Crucifixion (£1.19/€1.49)

Avatars (PS3)

  • Savage Moon
    • Silver Logo (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Insectocyde Logo (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Soldier Bug Logo (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Savage Moon Logo (£0.20/€0.25)

FirstPlay (PS3)

  • FirstPlay Episode 020 (£0.99/€1.20)

Availability: Ireland and UK only

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232 Comments 44 Author replies
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Agamer2006 18 August, 2010 @ 12:07 pm   1

Good morning Ross πŸ™‚

I see Mike has left you to cover while he is off playing games in Gamescom but at least we are here to give you the same questions over and over again πŸ˜›

Where’s the Resistance 3 trailer? Also the whole live conference?

efectz_0121 18 August, 2010 @ 12:07 pm   3

Great to see more avatars this week! πŸ˜€
Any new on them Street Fighter avatars Ross?

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:17 pm    

    Right, at the risk of being proved wrong and ruining my reputation, I promise you ten shiny Super Street Fighter IV avatars next week. Scout’s honour.


Quite good update. Looking forward to see Front Mission 3 in September πŸ˜€


This week is officially Trailertasticβ„’ πŸ˜€

smell_ya_l8r 18 August, 2010 @ 12:09 pm   6

Hi Ross
Hi Ross

I got Kane & Lynch Limited Edition 2 delivered early yesterday but when I tried to use the DLC code it said the code was invalid.

Is this because the DLC is not on the store yet (Possibly friday)?


    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:18 pm    

    The codes will activate on the game’s official release date, yeah. So sit tight, your code will start working soon. πŸ™‚


Other than price drops, no new PSP games this week? No PS1 games?

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:20 pm    

    Open Season is new for the Store but it’s been added as an Essential right away. There’s a new PS1 game coming next week, and I know it’s been requested before a few times. But it’s not Resident Evil so don’t get your hopes up!


Demos and Gamescom trailers for me πŸ˜‰
Thanks for giving us the trailers today…

xaldinator 18 August, 2010 @ 12:10 pm   9

I’m really pleased to see SCEE updating the Store with Gamescom Trailers. Good stuff.

But I think 2 Teasers are missing…

Mass Effect 2 and Resistance 3 :D!!!!!!!!

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:23 pm    

    Heh well we don’t have those two yet I’m afraid but I’m sure they’ll show up in the future. Great news about Mass Effect 2, right? πŸ˜€


where is the joe danger demo i was planning on getting also how big is the hawx 2 demo i might see if it was any better than the dissapointment of haxw 1

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:30 pm    

    No JD this week I’m afraid but it is coming. The HAWX demo weighs in at about 2GB.

anonymus212 18 August, 2010 @ 12:11 pm   11

so ross, there are no ps plus surprises this week then ?

just want to make sure because the racers wasnt originally listed last week, also, can you pass this on to the plus team :

could you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE AND IM BEGGING YOU make a request to have FirstPlay thrown into Plus weekly.. now, hold on, I dont mean for free

I know it would cost €44 a year to put in a years FirstPlay so that would be unfair. But, the US do get a $25 Qore subscription which is half their money back again.

So, my idea is, give us the option to subscribe to FirstPlay at half price. So, we can buy a 90 day subscription for 5.50 instead of 10.99 ?

Thanks a million Ross

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:24 pm    

    No, there’s no extra Plus stuff happening today, Tomb Raider was your surprise this week. I’ve seen a few of the secret extras for the near future though… all fun stuff!


Nothing for me… except for the load of trailers!
My wednesday evening is full πŸ™‚

See you guys friday @ Gamescom!

TheHappyTurtle 18 August, 2010 @ 12:12 pm   13

Good sized update, although nothing new for PS3 owners πŸ™ Looking forward to castle crashers when it shows up

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:32 pm    

    A couple of demos to tide you over at least. There’s an awesome PSN game coming next week (and yes, it has a Trial).

    Yeah I’m looking forward to Castle Crashers too – if you haven’t tried Scott Pilgrim yet I suggest you give that a go, they have quite a bit in common.

funkpower 18 August, 2010 @ 12:12 pm   14

Ratchet And Clank: All 4 One Coming To PS3

New inFAMOUS 2 Trailer

Killzone 3 Multiplayer Trailer

Announcing Ghost Recon Predator On PSP

Brand New Dead Nation Trailer

VidZone Gets Better And Faster As We Launch EMI Music And New Software Update

cult classic Tomb Raider

All repeats! Looking for something new Mike! Anything decent round the corner to spend my well earnt monies? Thanks.

Also, that 3 months free PS+ code I won didn’t work?? Please can you send another through? I have messaged you on PS. Thanks.


Do you know if the conference yesterday will be on the store next week or at all?

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:38 pm    

    I doubt it to be honest, but there are loads of places to view it online – it would have been a big download in hi-def!

budmuhnquai 18 August, 2010 @ 12:13 pm   16

Thanks for the heads up. Not a lot of interest this week but I know there’s some big games coming up soon – hope we’ll be getting some demos. Dead Rising 2 in particular…

AstroZombie1 18 August, 2010 @ 12:13 pm   17

Any idea on the time for this one ross?

audi2k200 18 August, 2010 @ 12:14 pm   18

With the possible exception of the mass of HD GC trailers, kind of a disappointing update for Gamescom week. πŸ™

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:34 pm    

    Well you know, all the developers are busy! There’s still some good bits and pieces I reckon but I appreciate that there’s a lack of full games. Sorry! We can only give you what we’ve got. πŸ˜‰

SlipperyFella 18 August, 2010 @ 12:14 pm   19

wow that’s a lot of trailers! Thanks Ross!

No conference? Gutted myself. ):
Great update though, Ross!

TheSabreman 18 August, 2010 @ 12:14 pm   21

@10 Hawk 2 Demo is 2002MB

TheKillerSnowman 18 August, 2010 @ 12:15 pm   22

no Resistance 3 trailer πŸ™ all i wanna have was the Resistance 3 trailer so nothing for me this week.

funkpower 18 August, 2010 @ 12:15 pm   23

Whoops! Ross! Sorry.

The US got a free Dynamic theme πŸ™

x-joetim-x 18 August, 2010 @ 12:15 pm   24

Waiting for next week update… Shank !
Just NHL 11 interest me in this update.


Valhalla Knights 2 (was – Β£11.99/€14.99 now – Β£9.99/€12.99)

Thats some price drop! XD

Nothing for me this week which is good cause i can’t afford anything xD

Ross you have anything in your magic list about FF tactics coming to our store?

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:38 pm    

    Nothing about FF Tactics I’m afraid, sorry, but we’ve been talking to Square-Enix though and telling them what you’ve been requesting. The publishers choose how much to drop their prices by. πŸ™‚


You know what picture to use! The NHL 11 demo is what I’ve been waiting for. I’ll also get the Uncharted 2 dynamic theme.

waypoetic 18 August, 2010 @ 12:16 pm   27

Yay trailers! What a weak update. Those Savage Moon avatars were the only ones huh? Geez…

p4zinho331 18 August, 2010 @ 12:17 pm   28

Hi Ross. Lets get this over with.

Wheres the Street Fighter avatars?
Why isn’t First Play included in PS+?
*insert US PS+ content list for no good reason here*
Why cant I play PS4 games on my PS3?
When are we getting Monkey Island?

Now to be serious, good update this week. First Play, U2 dynamic theme and maybe The Hulk LBP Costume for me.
Just wanna say dont listen to the haters, most are just spoilt brats. Keep up the good work Ross πŸ™‚

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:43 pm    

    Ah come on, neither Mike nor I view it as hate – you guys are absolutely entitled to ask about things and say what you’re thinking, but that doesn’t mean we’re always allowed to answer.

    I know half of you don’t believe it but we do take it all on and go and talk to the relevant parties about what you’re asking for.

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:46 pm    

    Actually, case in point – I directed one of the nice Atlus peeps to have a read through your comments last week to see the outpouring of joy regarding their release of Persona and they were realy happy to see it. There you go – your comments in action!

funkpower 18 August, 2010 @ 12:18 pm   29

I’m thinking the PS+ content will be added in a moment…. Wooooo exciting stuff! I wonder what the PS+ secret content will be?

FlunkYou2 18 August, 2010 @ 12:19 pm   30

Top Gun!?!

Nice update, def. i download these trailers. πŸ˜€

ROBERTWARNES 18 August, 2010 @ 12:21 pm   32

When will Australia and New Zealand being getting the PSP Essentials? Thanks in advance.

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:43 pm    

    It’s going to be sometime in the next few weeks, certainly not long now. I can’t be any more specific I’m afraid.

No Tombi then? Come on just tell us if its coming, otherwise i’ll just try and buy it of eBay.

greyness123 18 August, 2010 @ 12:22 pm   34

as i thought ross we are gonna get street fighter avatars on drip feed when u.s have over 60 already and we have waited over 1 month already . JEEZ get your act together

pianomanjack 18 August, 2010 @ 12:22 pm   35

First time on here please reply mike πŸ˜€

will we get the gamescom conference on psn??

Diablo_Rosso 18 August, 2010 @ 12:22 pm   36

Hi Ross, any news on Tekken 3 coming to the store?

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:52 pm    

    No news yet – it’s up to Namco Bandai ofc. I’ll ask them if it’s in the pipeline next time I speak to them.

Forsinain42 18 August, 2010 @ 12:23 pm   37

Wow! Fantastic psp essentials!

Ross, do we have any word on a Kevin Butler theme yet? πŸ˜€

No Resistance 3 Teaser? πŸ™

funkpower 18 August, 2010 @ 12:23 pm   39

“Posted on 18 August, 2010 at 12:17 pm by p4zinho331

Just wanna say dont listen to the haters, most are just spoilt brats. Keep up the good work Ross”

Huh?, how did you work that out?

Nice πŸ™‚ U2 Dynamic theme and GC trailers for me πŸ™‚

efectz_0121 18 August, 2010 @ 12:23 pm   41

Thanks Ross, Ten shiny new Street Fighter Avatars, I can’t wait πŸ˜€
Scout’s honour? that’s good enough for me! πŸ™‚

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:56 pm    

    I was a Patrol Leader and everything. About a bajillion years ago mind you.

djax-djax 18 August, 2010 @ 12:23 pm   42

No new PSP game this week? :-/
No Williams Pinball PSP? :-/
No Pinball Heroes new tables? :-/

Only one minis :-/ :-/

tom1234321 18 August, 2010 @ 12:23 pm   43

Ok I really need this to be answered as it regards missing FirstPlay issue and they told me to contact PSS service themselves.

Ok here goes, I was banned for one month ( -sigh- grr ) anyway, my FirstPlay subscription is till 28/8 ( another 10 days ) and I am now missing issue number 15 due to my ban which i have paid for. Is there any way I could get this issue back without paying a second time? Like a unique code or something. Please reply back. Thanks


    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:51 pm    

    Okay that’s a bit of a pickle. If you contact Customer Services they’ll pass that on to the online delivery team who might be able to help you – I’ll let them know to expect your query to come through.

TheKillerSnowman 18 August, 2010 @ 12:24 pm   44

i wanna have free avatars. why not take a trophy and have that for a avatar on the psn?

@ Ross: The new PS1 title next week is Front Mision 3 by the way, its already been thrown about on the net..

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:54 pm    

    That’s not the one on my list either actually, but it is coming soon, yes.

Chaosprower 18 August, 2010 @ 12:24 pm   46

So…no new games today?


H.A.W.X 2 Demo, and all the trailers for me πŸ™‚


@How did you get banned?


That was towards tom1234321

anonymus212 18 August, 2010 @ 12:26 pm   50

Oh, Ross… could you try find something out for me.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one was shown with Kinect yesterday but, will it have PS Move support.

It seems like a perfect game for move, the controller is like a wand, it would be great !

    Ross McGrath 18 August, 2010 @ 12:57 pm    

    Well I’ll try and find out but honestly Blu-Ray releases aren’t really my speciality, you know? Unless they have DLC… πŸ˜‰

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