‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update (25th August 2010)


Let’s get right down to it – Mike has decided he doesn’t love you any more so you’re stuck with me for another week. Fortunately we’ve got some great bits and bobs this week that I’m sure most of you will be pleased with.

First up, we’ve got Shank, ultra-violent, ultra-stylish and ultra-fun. Carve your way to victory through a veritable army of shady looking villains, on your own or with a local co-op partner – Mike and I have given it a whirl and it comes highly recommended. Don’t believe us? Well, give it a bash with the free trial and see for yourself. We’ve also got the new Trial and Unlock version of Joe Danger for everyone who wasn’t sure whether or not an awesome stunt-based motocross game where you can create your own stunt-runs and rack up massive points multipliers would be fun… yeah, it is.

All those without Plus can get their hands on PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap today and if you’re an early adopter and have yourself one of them there swanky 3D televisualising boxes you can pick up MotorStorm 3D Rift – ten of the choicest tracks from Pacific Rift bundled together and brought to you in three glorious dimensions at a budget price.

Are you a MAG player? We’re bringing you the MAG Persistent Beta client this week – but remember this will only run if you’ve got your MAG disc in the PS3. Keep your eye on the MAG forums, connect to the Beta server when new features and ideas are being tested and you’ll have the chance to help shape the future of MAG by providing your feedback.

We’ve got DLC for Naughty Bear and Mafia II, although you don’t need to purchase this Mafia II DLC if you’ve bought the game new – there will be a voucher in the box for this content, (this is just here for consumers who grab the game pre-owned and want to try out the DLC).

For PSP, the long awaited Pinball Heroes High Speed bundle is now available – four new tables to test your pinball skills against. We’ve also got five new PSP Essentials this week, including the first time a digital version of Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command is available on the store. (These Essentials titles will only be available on your Store if the UMD versions are available in your territory).

Oh… lest I forget, as promised, ten shiny Super Street Fighter IV avatars. And don’t worry if your favourite isn’t in this batch, there are more are hot on the heels of these.

I’m scary busy this afternoon working on magical secret projects, but I’ll do my best to answer as many comments as I can as I’ll be ducking in and out.

Bye for now.

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)

Trial and Unlock (PS3)

  • Shank (Free trial and £9.99/€12.99 to unlock) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • Joe Danger (Free trial and £9.99/€12.99 to unlock) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

Downloadable Games (PS3)

  • PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • MotorStorm 3D Rift (£9.99/€12.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

Beta Clients (PS3)

  • MAG Persistent Beta (free for MAG owners) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

Downloadable Games (PSP)

  • Pinball Heroes High Speed Pack (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

PSP Essentials (locales may vary)

  • Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 12
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 7
  • Spongebob Squarepants: The Yellow Avenger (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3
  • The Sims 2 (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3

minis (PS3/PSP)

  • Hive Sweeper (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Fort Commander: King’s Gambit (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: Not available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain and Switzerland


  • Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story Racer (£5.49/€6.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Not available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain and Switzerland.

Demos (PS3)

  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • Naughty Bear – Episode 8: X-Bears (free) Rating: PEGI 12

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

  • Mafia II – The Betrayal of Jimmy (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: Not available in Czech Republic, Poland and Portugal.

  • Rock Band
    • Universal Motown Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘Bury Me Alive’ by The Fallen (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Mountain Man’ by Crash Kings (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Seasons’ by Veer Union (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Disturbed Pack 03 (£2.49/€3.99) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘Another Way to Die’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Asylum’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘The Animal’ (£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
    • ‘Buster Voodoo’ by Rodrigo Y Gabriella (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘The Great Plains’ by Scale the Summit (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘The Price’ by Dappled Cities (£0.59/€0.79)
    • ‘The Ultimate Showdown (RBN Mix)’ by Lemon Demon (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Whatever Happened to You’ by Cate Sparks (£0.99/€1.49)

Rating: PEGI 12

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

  • Guitar Hero 5
    • Megadeth Track Pack (£4.39/€5.49) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘Hangar 18’ (£1.59/€1.99)
    • ‘Peace Sells’ (£1.59/€1.99)
    • ‘Symphony of Destruction’ (£1.59/€1.99)

Rating: PEGI 12

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

Videos (PS3)

  • PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap Trailer
  • Brink Developer Diary #3
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Launch Trailer
  • Naughty Bear Episode 8 Trailer
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Weapons Trailer

Themes (PS3)

  • PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap Theme (free)

Premium Themes (PS3)

  • Disruptive Themes Draco Theme (£1.59/€1.99)

Wallpapers (PS3)

  • PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap Wallpaper (free)
  • PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap Speed Wallpaper (free)

Avatars (PS3)

  • EyePet
    • Pet Sit Smile (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Tennis Player (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Pet with Trampoline (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Jester Pet (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Pet on Plane (£0.20/€0.25)
  • Super Street Fighter IV
    • Chun-Li (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Dudley (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Ken (£0.20/€0.25)
    • M. Bison (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Ryu (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Blanka (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Dhalsim (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Guile (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Makoto (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Zangief (£0.20/€0.25)

FirstPlay (PS3)

  • FirstPlay Episode 021 (£0.99/€1.20)

Availability: Ireland and UK only

61 Author replies

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Gonna give Shank a try

What came first the chicken or the egg?


The Egg. Dinosaurs came from eggs.

GrumpyMcGrump 25 August, 2010 @ 13:02

hmm nothing really special for the psp…
i want phantasy star portable as an essential (already available in stores) xO

Nice update ! :)

Shank, Joe danger trial, R.U.S.E demo and Street Fighter Avatars :)

Toy Story Racer! My little brother will love that :D

Is PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap free for those who bought the original as it was with Plus users?

Also no Alien Breed still :(


Alien Breed is definitely coming next week – and yes, PJ Racers 2nd Lap will still be free if you own the original. When you go to purchase it will be offered at no cost.


Thanks for the update :)
My Street Fighter avatars as promised :D
Ross your a legend! Thankyou.

Pretty good haul this week!


Good update for me,shank and ruse
keep it up sony

TheKillerSnowman 25 August, 2010 @ 13:03

nothing for me this week. when will kung fu live be on the store?

Ah Toy Story Racer? Still have the original PS1 disc for that. A surprisingly fun game!


any bleach or naruto games coming for the psp any time soon

Shadowdragoon 25 August, 2010 @ 13:03

So, Any chance for a crossregion gifting option? ;)

Ross, any news on FreeRealms on PS3?


No news – sorry.

wieeyy =D shank and street fighter avatars!!!

Good update!

Gunna get Zuma and give Shank a try.


Good Morning Ross

Hope Mike brought you back those Gamescom goodies. If he did you are welcome to share them with the community. I remember I did say that you have the better avatar than mike :P

I was wondering if you are adding the missing Gamescom trailers. I would like to watch the new LBP trailer.

Also just to let you know some people from the PS + might enter here and do alot of complaining. Good Luck Ross :D


He didn’t bring me anything, which saddens me greatly. Although he did sharesome very cool info with me so it’s not all bad.

The missing Gamescom trailers (I’m sorry I couldn’t update you last week on those, James wasn’t in a position to edit the post for me) are in the pipeline and will make it up on the Store at some point in the near future.

may try the Shank trial but nothing else for me this week thanks.


Another Disney game? That’s the special PSone classic you promised last week?


Did I say it was special? I just said it was one that had been previously requested – which it has! Give it a go, you might like it.


Pinball heroes at last!! Very happy, been waiting to throw my money at it! Just to clarify: The high speed bundle is the 4 tables released in america (wipeout, motorstorm,fat princess and modnation)??


Yes, yes, yes and yes. :)

Pretty slender week for PSP owners again.


Pay-day on Friday, so might treat myself to Shank and a handful of Street Fighter avatars ;)


Hey Ross, did you manage to speak to the Namco rep about getting Tekken 3 onto the store?


I’ve spoken to them about your guys’ interest, yes.


Looks better next week Alien Breed:Impact & Vanquish demo.

Question: is PJR 2nd Lap a free upgrade for those who already have the original Pixel Junk Racers?


Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command!!!! Yay!! Thank You! :D This made my day :)

Woo hoo shank is on my list !

Not a lot else really ?

Will there be anymore full ps3 games coming to the store
love lil big planet and infamous on my ps3 want some more now god damn it ……………….NOW!!

Any better psone games coming out soon ?

thanking you very much B)


Front Mission is coming soon and as for more full PS releases, keep an eye out.

Any new on EU release dates for Tecmo Bowl Throwback and Castle Crashers? I know Castle Crashers is being released on the US Store on September 1st so will it be coming to the EU the next day? :)


Castle Crashers won’t be the day after the US release but as far as I know it will not be a long wait.

No akuma avatar? D:

i got the naruto demo last night but thanks anyway ;)

might pick up a ryu avatar but thats it for this week


10 avatars , weres the other 50 ?


I clearly state in my post that more are coming shortly.

MotorStorm 3D Rift £9.99

This is $9.99 on US store. That is about £6.50 UK.

So Sony gone from ripping us off with dodgy $10 = £8 prices like usual to now just making it flat out the same visual figure?

I hope no one buys that.


(Continued from number 20)

And it’s not even available in most countries.

Are there more SSFIV avatars coming…after all this delay I expect more.

Where is Cammy?


What time does the store update?

Cause Im really waiting on Shank..
and the street fighter avatars also off course!

Can someone at PSN fix a copy of Tenchu 1 or 2 (prefer this one more) on ps1 classics?
That would really make thousands of people happy!!
including me!



I will certainly add the Tenchu games to my list of titles that have been requested. I played a lot of the first Tenchu game back in the day, one of my favourites.

A good update this week.

Hey Ross any word on Grandia?

Nice update!
Absolutely bursting to play Shank!

I’d really like to have Trine 2 Trailer in HD on the PS Store…

…and also Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2


(Copied from last week) :P

@ Atlus reading comments 2 weeks ago

Bummer! I was going to ask (judging by the lack of requests, it’ll just be me :P ), now that Atlus USA are publishing PSP games on the store, whether they would consider releasing the quite fantastic Yggdra Union in the EU store. It’s a great game and more people should play it :( . If you read this comment, can you see if Atlus can get this onto our store?

Oh, and how’s this for a challenge. Konami released an old RPG called Azure Dreams on the PS1. I loved that game (one of the few I completed multiple times) and would like to play it again for old times sake. Any chance you can at least pop the question to Konami and see if they’re willing/able to release it onto the EU store?

Unlikely I guess as it wasn’t that popular but if you do manage it, I’ll err… I’ll be very happy :P ! Oh, and I’ll buy it and try to get word out to others :P .


Hey, I’m always happy to speak to either the relevant account manager for a publisher or the publisher directly when it comes to asking about PSOne titles.

I have Pixel Junk Racer, how do I get 2nd lap for free?


When you go to buy it and click through to purchase it’ll display the cost as free if you own PJ Racers.

ElMagnifico83 25 August, 2010 @ 13:08

EPIC shank everybody should buy it

The Store has a regular update time of 3PM.


dont think there is anything for me this week will try shank tho

i was wondering if it would be possible to get a free singstar song each month for plus subscribers or even a discount


Make your suggestion to James in his thread regarding Singstar. Oh, you should definitely try Shank – it’s seriously fun.

No Akuma avatar :(

TheKillerSnowman 25 August, 2010 @ 13:09

hi ross are we geting free avatars yet?

What is Pinball Heroes High Speed Pack???

agentsmith2000 25 August, 2010 @ 13:09

Nice update going to try out Shank and the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 demo :D. Any word we will see Spyro and Crash 2 on the store. Is there chance of scott pilgrim vs. the world game avatars on the store?


No new info on Crash 2 or the Spyro games but Scott Pilgrim avatars are a great idea. I will pass it on to Ubisoft.

Dutch_Rootsman 25 August, 2010 @ 13:09

PSP Essentials in Australia yet Ross?


Like… REALLY soon.

Damn no Akuma avatar :( maybe next week…

I have a question : When will we get the Valkyria Chronicles 2 demo (the US got it a week ago)?


any news on the listed gamescom videos that didnt make it? From memory killzone3 lbp2 and 2 singstar games, sure there were more.


I think it was those four, yes. They are still being processed – they will show up at some point soon.

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