‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update (1st September 2010)


Well, hello again – fancy meeting you here! It’s update time again and we’ve got some shiny, new PSN offerings for you, so without further ado let’s get on with the main event.

As you can see from the handsome fellow in this week’s post image, Alien Breed: Impact hits the EU PSN this week. An HD remake of the awesome Amiga classic, ‘Alien Breed’ (what do you mean, “What’s an Amiga?”) you and a friend can take on hordes of nasty space critters locally or online, in an effort to get from point A to point B for some reason or another. Still, it’s the journey that matters, not the destination, which is especially true when you have LASERS on the journey and are wading through piles of fresh alien corpses. Make sure you grab the free trial and try it for yourselves. In other news, Sam and Max conclude their journey into the Devil’s Playhouse this week – you can grab the final episode when we update, or if you’re a Plus subscriber, grab yourself the whole Season.

The previously Plus-only demo of Ubisoft’s R.U.S.E. hits for the rest of you today – command your army and deceive the enemy before nuking them into the stone age. If real-time strategy isn’t your cup of tea, SEGA’s Vanquish is on display for you to wrap your controllers around. What better way to spend your time than blasting malevolent robots into a bajillion pieces from the comfort of an incredibly powerful super-suit with an arsenal of weaponry at your fingertips? I would suggest taping your jaw shut before playing though because otherwise your mouth is going to be hanging open from start to finish – it’s looking extremely impressive.

In the world of downloadable content we have: two new costumes and challenge sets for Red Dead Redemption; a new single-player episode for BioShock 2 in which you get to take on Minerva, Rapture’s equivalent of an evil super-computer; more courses for Tiger 11; a batch of booster packs for Trinity Universe; more weapons and game modes for Kane and Lynch 2; more cars and decals for Split/Second and the opportunity to get yourself up to two extra characters slots in MAG. Phew.

PSP owners will be pleased to hear that Valkyria Chronicles II hits the store this week, along with a new Valhalla Knights title and the movie tie-in, Despicable Me: The Game.

On top of that we’ve got three new minis and a cut-price bundle of DynoGems and Tehra, plus a couple of PSOne Classics, including the much anticipated Front Mission 3 and Tomb Raider for one and all. Of course the minis and PSOne titles will all work on your PS3 as well.

That’s all you’ll get out of me this week – if you want to know more you’ll have to catch me in the comments. TTFN!

PlayStation Store (via PS3, PSP and Media Go)

Special Offers

(Available until the 14th of September)

  • Aqua Panic! HD (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £4.79/€5.99)
  • Bejeweled 2 (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Resident Evil 5: Untold Stories Bundle(was – £10.49/€11.25 now – £4.79/€5.99)
  • Aqua Panic! PSP (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £4.99/€5.99)
  • Spinout (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Skate Park City (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £4.79/€5.99)
  • Monsters (Probably) Stole my Princess! (was – £3.49/€3.99 now – £1.99/€2.49)
  • Hero of Sparta (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £0.99/€1.19)

Trial and Unlock (PS3)

  • Alien Breed: Impact (Free trial and £11.99/€14.99 to unlock) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

Downloadable Games (PS3)

  • Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Episode 5: The City That Dares Not Sleep (free with Season Entitlement) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

Downloadable Games (PSP)

  • Valhalla Knight 2: Battle Stance (£15.99/€19.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russian Federation and Switzerland.

  • Valkyria Chronicles II (£27.99/€34.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Despicable Me: The Game (£23.99/€29.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Portugal and Russian Federation.

minis (PS3/PSP)

  • Actual Crimes: Jack the Ripper (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 12

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

  • Caterpillar (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • DynoGems/Tehra: Dark Warrior Bundle (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

PSOne Downloadable Games (PS3/PSP)

  • Tomb Raider (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Front Mission 3 (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

Demos (PS3)

  • R.U.S.E. Demo Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Vanquish – Velocity Attack Demo Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: Not available in Germany

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • Red Dead Redemption – Hunting and Trading Outfits Pack (free) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • BioShock 2 – Minerva’s Den (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • MAG
    • Character Slot B 30 Day Subscription (£0.79/€0.99)
    • Character Slot C 30 Day Subscription (£0.79/€0.99)

Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • ModNation Racers – Lil’ Tinker Pack (£1.39/€1.75) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Split/Second: Velocity
    • Elite Vehicle Livery Pack (free)
    • High Octane Supercar Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Ryback Cyclone Special Edition (free)

Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
    • New Courses Pack (£6.29/€7.99)
    • Fantasy Pack (£6.29/€7.99)
    • Favourites Course Pack (£11.99/€14.99)

Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Not available in Russian Federation

  • Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days
    • Alliance Weapon Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
    • Multiplayer Masks Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • The Doggie Bag (£4.79/€5.99)

Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • Trinity Universe
    • Healing Idol Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
    • Their Voices Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Universal Beauty Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Kanata’s Adventure Pack (free)
    • Monster Souls Pack (free)

Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Rock Band
    • Going Country Pack 04 (£8.79/€10.99) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘What Was I Thinkin’ by Dierks Bentley (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Hell on the Heart’ by Eric Church (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Women’ by Jamey Johnson (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Would You Go With Me’ by Josh Turner (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Days Go By’ by Keith Urban (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Lookin’ for a Good Time’ by Lady Antebellum (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Rebound’ by Laura Bell Bundy (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Fancy’ by Reba McEntire (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘It Happens’ by Sugarland (£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
    • ‘Bang Camaro’ by Bang Camaro (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Do Not Disturb (Tell Me How Bad)’ by Let’s Get It (£0.59/€0.79)
    • ‘Hard To See’ by Five Finger Death Punch (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Seven’ by Sunny Day Real Estate (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Where Were You’ by Every Avenue (£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
    • P.O.D. Track Pack (£4.39/€5.49) (contains the following tracks which are also available separately)
    • ‘Boom’ (£1.59/€1.99)
    • ‘Southtown’ (£1.59/€1.99)
    • ‘Youth of the Nation’ (£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
  • King Arthur Costume Kit (free)
  • King Arthur Level Kit (£2.39/€2.99)

Rating: PEGI 7

Videos (PS3)

  • Brink Developer Diary #4
  • Brink Developer Diary #5
  • Neverdead GamesCom 2010 Trailer

Premium Themes (PS3)

  • Von Chrono Abstracted Theme (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Von Chrono Bare Elements Theme (£1.19/€1.49)
  • Von Chrono Drops Theme (£0.79/€0.99)

Avatars (PS3)

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
    • Uncharted Avatar Pack 03 (£0.79/€0.99) (contains the following avatars which are also available separately)
    • Nathan Drake 2 (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Gabriel Roman (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Atoq Navarro (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Rika Raja (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Uncharted Avatar Pack 04 (£0.79/€0.99) (contains the following avatars which are also available separately)
    • Elena Fisher 2 (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Eddy Raja (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Daniel Pinkerton (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Javier (£0.20/€0.25)

FirstPlay (PS3)

  • FirstPlay Episode 022 (£0.99/€1.20)

Availability: Ireland and UK only

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When is video store coming to norway?


That’d be a question for the Video store team I’m afraid, we don’t manage the Video Store.

devilwithoutfear 01 September, 2010 @ 13:02

Mike do you know if Soul Blade might have a re-release on the PSN Store?


When will we be getting Castle Crashers?

Also will we be getting Sonic Adventures on the 15th september like xbox live arcade?

Thanks for the reply if any


Sonic Adventure should be hitting the PSN at around the same time. Castle Crashers is coming in the next few weeks, I don’t have a date I can give you yet I’m afraid.

Tekken 3?

What an update :O

How large is the Front Mission 3 download Mike?

So Front Mission 3, The Resi 5 DLC and Alien Breed for me


It’s about 320MB


When are PSP Essentials coming to the Australian PSN Store? A date would be appreciated please. I am sick of hearing, REALLY soon.




Just to clarify that most of the first-party PSP Essentials and a good chunk of the third-party PSP Essentials will be hitting AUS/NZ in today’s update. If it’s available on UMD then a digital version should be available. More will be showing up as we go forward.

Great update :) Alien Breed, Vanquish and some ps plus good stuff :) thanks :)

nice update ! :)

Sam and max, RDR DLC and alien breed impact :)

Is there a picture of the Hunting and Trading Outfits Pack anywhere?

oh and a Vanquish demo :)

Nothing of me this week.

Mike, any news on my working PS+ code? That’s if it is really you Mike???

ok update. thanks

Oh sweet, might get Aqua Panic. I remember it being billed as a LocoRoco/Lemmings killer. It was okay though. I sold my UMD of it (with a different name) but it had buckets of charm and was really playable. Yea. I’ll get that.
Tomb Raider! Good seeing it up there. But I already have Anniversary ;).


Yeah Aqua Panic is really under-rated. It’s a lot of fun – never been a better time to grab it either!

I got Alien Breed on disc right here for my Amgia 1200 ;-)
Okay update i guess…

Front Mission is awesome news. :)

I have Valkyria Chronicles on order already but I honestly can’t wait to play it. Loved the original.

I’ll be honest and say it’s all about Vanquish though. Will download that as soon as I get home from work!

Only thing I wanted was the Vanquish demo but i got that last night from the US store :)

Alien Breed: Impact looks good :)


Yeah, Alien Breed is really good fun – can’t recommend it enough. Very refreshing to see some online co-op as well!

Awesome update! RDR DLC and Bioshock 2 DLC for me! :D.

Thanks for the heads up. A decent update, if only for VC2.

I’ll keep banging on about psp game pricing though – chinatown wars is stil 35 euros, at retail its 15. Valkyria Chronicles can be ordered for 26 euros on UMD. I can understand the prices on new games, but surely the older games need prices adjustments for us GO owners?


Mike regularly has pricing discussions with all the publishers for both old and new content and he echoes all your sentiments to them, but as usual, it’s their choice whether to make any adjustments.

Every Uncharted 2 item is a great item :D Nice update :)

No Castle Crashers? Sony I am dissapoint :(

Meh. I would have wanted to get my hands on Castle Crashers. Guess I’ll just have to download the trial from the US store…

Posted on 1 September, 2010 at 1:01 pm by SunnyBoy

Funny, I wonder why you put second??

Oh, one thing I forgot to ask. Is there any news on Grandia coming over?


We’ll be the first to tease you with dates once we know anything, really. No news as of yet.



That’ll teach ’em

tomb raider for 9,99 €… and in the us it just cost 9,99 $,.. thats nice! let me say that *sad*



Been waiting for this for SO long. Instabuy. Will look at the rest of the update as soon as i can wipe the nostalgia from my eyes :D

How large is the download for Front Mission 3 guys?


I answered that further up.

Not bad. Just Sam&Max for me though.

Any idea if we will get Lego Harry Potter for PSP on PSN ??

When is Castle Crashers coming to Europe?
(it’s in the US Store this week)


We know it is. There’s no official EU date yet but it won’t be more than a few weeks, possibly less.

meh, rubbish just like the PSN+ offering for this month and next month.




oooo I am so dissapointed. I really though Castle Crashers will be comming today seeing that it was released on the US PSN yesterday! Why the delay to the UK store??


Just some Plus stuff then. Any news on Tekken 3 Ross?


I know you’re all desperate for it! I’ve been asking Namco but not had any news yet. As I said before if Tekken 2 does well you’re more likely to see it.

Second is the new First! ;)

btw how comes theres no theatrical movie trailers update on store anymore?


Alien Breed i mean, so excited i forgot to mention what i was excited FOR! You’re a legend Ross, especially for getting this before the US. How’d ya do it? Black magic? Technology from the future?

Bioshock 2 DLC & Vanquish demo for me this week.

What is Resi 5 Untold Stories? Is that the thing that was added to the Gold Edition? I’m getting the Move version when it comes out so I’m just checking I don’t need to buy this…


It’s the two DLC levels, ‘Lost in Nightmares’ and ‘Desperate Escape’ plus a selection of skins for Mercenaries.

Ross ; how big is the Alien Breed Impact download ?


I have just had a look for you and it’s about just shy of 1.2GB

Woo! It’s Ross!!

Do you have a Twitter account, Ross? I’m following Mike, but let’s face it, we know who the cooler of the two are ;)


I do have one, I’m sure you can find it if you search hard enough.

I heard that Mike got kidnapped by SCEA because his answer to comment ratio made them look bad. Is it true?


Na, he was even here last week thread bombing me… He’s properly not here this week though. He’ll be back with you next week for sure, because I’m on mah holidays!

His “Second” comment was actually right, wasn’t it Mike!?

A pirate i was meant to be! Trim the sails and roam the sea!

No discount on Monkey Island SE 1 & 2 and/or Tales of Monkey island on the horizon?


What you mean for ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ on September 19th? That’d be cool, wouldn’t it?

Na, don’t know anything about that.


Ross, I’m on holiday this week, so could you make up a comment for me and then reply to it? Thanks.


Heh it’s far too tempting an offer. I appreciate the sentiment but you had better come up with your own questions. :)

joshualeuty96-2- 01 September, 2010 @ 13:08

Good update this week! Quite tempted with the offer price of Aqua Panic! HD
Any Upcoming Special offers i should be aware of?

At what time (GMT) does the PS Store update?

I find myself spending too much time waiting around for it to happen.


Well we were put back a bit by the bank holiday but I would say by 4PM local UK time.

Has Mike left us?

It’s been 3 weeks :P lol

I still got my ‘Amiga 1500’ :D

+We need more PSOne games(the Japan store has millions’ish)and PS2 games on PSN? (Why are PS2 games ignored for? There must be some way of getting all those excellent old PS2 games on PSN somehow?) :)


We’re doing our best with the PSOne games. A lot of those PSOne games were published in Europe by different publishers, many of which no longer exist and so it takes time to secure the rights to publish again. I reailse it’s frustrating for you guys but you have to remember that the US is one big country with one license for one area and Europe isn’t.

Don’t worry, there are many more in the pipeline and as always, your patience is appreciated.

A rather nice update this week! Been really enjoying the Sam & Max series and I hear the Bioshock 2 DLC story is better than Bioshock 2 itself!

All looking good, thanks for the update. Was wondering if there are any plans to add PS2 Classics to the store at all in the future? Also any news on the rest of the Tomb Raider PS1 titles becoming available for PSN or PS Plus users soon?

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