‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update (6th October 2010)

'Heads-Up' Game Store Update (6th October 2010)

Good afternoon, let’s get cracking shall we.

We have one full game for you this week in the form of Ferrari: The Race Challenge. Fully featured with (up to) 16 player multiplayer, and a single player tiered career mode, you can show off your prowess with a range of some of the best vehicles ever manufactured (no Ferrari didn’t pay me to say that).

For your PSP needs we have Phantasy Star Portable 2 available, and the Essentials range keeps growing with nine additions this week (this necessitates an exclamation mark)! I also feel the need this week to highlight one of the latest minis added to the roster; Ace Armstrong Vs. The Alien Scumbags. Not only is the name fantastic, but it looks like a pretty nifty old-school shooter (like Mum used to make).

Modern Warfare 2 saw a week’s price promotion on the Stimulus and Resurgence Packs start yesterday, and we have another week of the recent Special Offers to go. I’ve also listed this month’s PlayStation Plus content for you all too, because I’m such a nice chap.

I gather some of you will have two week’s worth of abuse to hurl my way, in light of my absence last week, so I’d better get straight to the comments section hadn’t I? :-)


PlayStation Store (via PS3, PSP and Media Go)

Special Offers

(Offer prices available until the 13th of October)

  • Savage Moon (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Savage Moon – Waldgeist Pack (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £1.59/€1.99)
  • Brain Challenge (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £0.79/€0.99)
  • Brain Challenge – Expansion Pack (was – £1.59/€1.99 now – £0.79/€0.99)
  • Astro Tripper (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
  • Super Street Fighter IV – Alternate Costume Pack (was – £13.99/€17.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • Dante’s Inferno (PSP) (was – £31.99/€39.99 now – £23.99/€29.99)
  • Medal of Honor: Heroes (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £8.99/€11.25)
  • Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (PSP) (was – £15.99/€19.99 now – £11.99/€14.99)
  • Disney’s Action Game feat. Hercules (PSone) (was – £5.10/€6.49 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • The Little Mermaid II (PSone) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Special Offers

(Offer prices available until the 12th of October)

  • Stimulus Package (was – £10.99/€13.99 now – £5.49/€6.99)
  • Resurgence Pack (was – £10.99/€13.99 now – £5.49/€6.99)

Permanent Price Reduction

  • 4×4 Jam (mini) (was – £5.99/€6.99 now – £3.49/€3.99)

PlayStation Plus

  • PSN: Street Fighter HD Remix
  • minis: Aero Racer, Yeti Sports
  • PSOne Classic: Kula World
  • Full Title Trial: Ferrari: The Race Experience, Tomb Raider: Underworld
  • Exclusive Discounts: Burn Zombie Burn (inc. free exclusive Home item), Shatter Soundtrack (includes Dynamic Theme), Trine, Alien Breed: Impact, Ace Armstrong Vs. The Alien Scumbags, Gravity Crash
  • Dynamic Themes: Start the Party Theme, Exclusive Halloween Theme
  • Premium avatars: PAIN Jarvis and Le Toot Avavtars, SingStar Wannabe and Rising Star Avatars

Downloadable Games (PS3)

  • Ferrari: The Race Challenge (£11.99/€14.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

Downloadable Games (PSP)

  • Phantasy Star Portable 2 (£19.99/€34.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

PSP Essentials

  • Buzz! Brain Bender (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

  • Buzz! Quiz World (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

  • Ape Academy (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Ape Escape (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Everybody’s Golf 2 (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Patapon (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Lemmings (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • WipEout Pure (£6.99/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Need for Speed: ProStreet (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

minis (PS3/PSP)

  • Ace Armstrong Vs. The Alien Scumbags (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

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

Availability: All locales

Demos (PS3)

  • DJ Hero 2 Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and UAE

Demos (PSP)

  • Dragonball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • Sports Champions
    • Haunted Pack (£3.99/€4.99)
    • Unlock All Pack (£1.19/€1.49)

Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

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

Availability: All locales

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

Availability: All locales

  • EyePet
    • Robot Styling Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
    • Racing Driver Styling Pack (£2.39/€2.99)

Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Rock Band
    • T.Rex Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99) (contains all the tracks listed below)
    • ‘Children of the Revolution’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Cosmic Dancer’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Jeepster’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Driver’ by R.E.M. (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ by R.E.M. (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Living Well Is The Best Revenge’ by R.E.M. (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Radio Free Europe’ by R.E.M. (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Stand’ by R.E.M. (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Superman’ by R.E.M. (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘These Days’ by R.E.M. (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’ by R.E.M. (£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

    • ‘Betty and Me’ by Jonathan Coulton (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Death Quota for Purification’ by The Myriad Burial (£0.59/€0.79)
    • ‘Infected Nation’ by Evile (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Shallow Waters’ by Amberian Dawn (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Hey There Mr. Brooks’ by Asking Alexandria (£0.99/€1.49)

Rating: PEGI 12

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

FirstPlay (PS3)

  • FirstPlay Episode 027 (£0.99/€1.20)

Availability: Ireland and UK only

Videos (PS3)

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution TGS Trailer
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow Gameplay Video
  • Splatterhouse E3 Trailer
  • Splatterhouse Gamescom Trailer
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Gamescom Trailer
  • Heavy Rain Developer Interview Videos
  • Kane and Lynch 2 Multiplayer Content Trailer

Avatars (PS3)

  • Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype
    • Buzzsaw (£.40/€0.49)
    • Vielkopf 2 (£.40/€0.49)
    • Wuchtklinge 2 (£.40/€0.49)

Premium Themes (PS3)

  • Disruptive
    • Femme Abstraction (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Infected (£1.19/€1.49)

Themes (PSP)

  • FIFA 11 (free)
  • Von Chrono –
    • Abstracted – 1st Wall (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Abstracted – 2nd Wall (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Bad Business – Benny (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Bad Business – Sir George (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Bare Elements – Data (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Bare Elements – Fire (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Light And Shadows – Light (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Light And Shadows – Shadows (£1.19/€1.49)
1 Author replies

News on Castle Crashers? :(

(Every week the same question, sorry :-P)


Castle Crashers is in QA again, unfortunately we’ve been beholden to waiting for the publisher submitting the code again. This time however it should make it through and be out in a couple of weeks (my fingers are crossed for this to happen).

No PSOne classics this week? Nothing there for me, I got the offers when they weren’t on offer. Ah well…


still no bleach or naruto games for psp


Unfortunately not at the moment.

Good work on the new Essentials but how come we rarely get PS1 games? There’s such a huge untapped market there.


Ah the old PSone question :P

It’s frustrating I know, but on titles that are old now, there are lots of legal, licensing and rights issues that people tend not to realise hamper content being released. Publishing rights lapse, music rights lapse, legal rights lapse, voice actors need paying…there’s lots of hurdles that need traversing. The publishers have got what they can up (ourselves included) and whilst we do of course want more, the ones left are more problematic.

PrivateJoker360 06 October, 2010 @ 13:02

Castle Crashers and Sword and Soldiers are coming when please Mike?

Once again no Castle Crashers… Hurry up, Sony!

Please could we get the chinatown wars price drop, can someone call rockstar and ask why europe is still paying that crazy full price?


Damn it, you guys are super fast

@ beardywierdy – don’t ever expect any Bleach games. None of them have been released in English.

flamingcarrot 06 October, 2010 @ 13:03

Yep – a Castle Crashers update would be appreciated.


Decent update :) but when do we get Castle Crashers?

ah lame :(

nothing for me.

Mike is sonic 4 still down for next week?


Why yes, I do believe it is ;)

Not bad and PS+ just keeps getting better and better don’t you think people? ;-)


And oh surprise: No Castle Crashers again … i really don’t get it … the game is fully localized in the original version already and still its so hard to put it in the EU store?

you got to be kidding us … seriously …


I’m not going to go into the details of why the game has yet to pass through QA successfully, but I’m doing all I can to make sure once it has passed that we release it onto the store ASAP!


Nothing about any Rock Band DLC sale? or should we just give up on that and keep getting treated like trash compared to americans?


Harmonix have never requested a sale on their content here in the EU.

Been waiting for Phantasy Star Portable 2 for a while now, so I’ll be all over that as soon as it hits the store. Nice price too.

Hi Mike, nothing for me this week, I’ll be waiting for the next week’s update.

Any news on Tekken 3 PSOne Classic?

And Dead Rising 2 DLC schedule?

Finally something I give a hoot about. Thumbs up.

Mike you forgot to list the Halloween special avatars for plus members



It’s not on the schedule I have for release this week…not sure where that information has come from? I’ll check it out though.

almighty-slayer 06 October, 2010 @ 13:05

Bit light on the content this week. But can’t have it always i guess :)


No 15th anniversary promotions ? avatar ? :(

Could you get the other three Tomb Raider games the US has?


We are certainly doing what we can to help the publisher get these released. I can’t promise anything though.

You might want to fix the Rock Band songs section. The T-Rex tracks are mixed together with REM and it makes it look as if you’re getting them as well when buying the T-Rex pack.


Any chance of contacting Capcom to lower the price of the PSP game ‘Fate Unlimited Codes’? Its over a year old and still £23.99

Also: Where’s Uncharted 2 GOTY for EU?

PSN-OmniusALX 06 October, 2010 @ 13:06

Hi Mike,

Any news if we’ll see the Original Ace Combat for the PSP?

When will we see Pix n Love Rush on Minis?

Oh and what size does Ferrari weigh in at?


Carnivius_Prime 06 October, 2010 @ 13:06

Ah good the Nathan Drake mod for Modnation :)

Yo sup? GRANDIA PLEASE? Not heard anything in a while, hope its still on its way, just hoping for some reassurance big dog :D


It’s still coming, though I can’t confirm a date just yet (last time I did this the publisher rightly gave me a spanking – verbally of course).

this weeks sucks Again
no Castle Crashers???
No Blade kitten ??

sony only focus on US en JP …

it`s [DELETED] *Blegh*

Mike, could we have the download size information next to the game/content please? Saves having to wait until I get home to figure space issues(PSP).

Cheers :)

Also wasn’t Grandia due in June?


Hey mike, little PSP go problem with the ten free games. I brought my PSP Go in May 2010. Downloaded the PSP Go Theme on my PSP Go (not Media Go or PS3) and I’m over 18. More than two weeks have gone since I downloaded it. How much longer do I have to wait? Thanks in advance.

Nice update. Discounts on MW2 packs is good although I already got them both. Good to see trial of Ferrari RE and discount on Alien Breed for us Plus subscribers. DJ Hero 2 demo too makes me happy bunny :D


Welcome back Mike! Any ideas on when Swords & Soldiers is coming out over here?


It’ll be here in the next couple of weeks.

Hi Mike, Great update! Phantasy Star Portable 2 is very tempting, I wonder if I have enough room on my memory stick for it.
I was also wondering if you had any info on when we’ll get the DLC for Valkyria Chronicles 2? And if we’ll ever get more Trinity Universe DLC? Thanks :)

Hmmm… not much this week.
I’ll give the Ferrari demo a try.

Can you ask your PSN+ colleagues about the DLC that is missing in the PSN+ update?
(a lot of people asked it in the PSN+ post, but they’re ignoring the question).


What’s going on with the next pack of Street Fighter IV avatars? They were released in the US some weeks ago, and here, we only got a bunch of them.


I know, it’s surprised me how long they’ve taken…there are more in the system I’ve seen the submissions…hopefully we’ll have the rest very soon!

Will you need the DJ set for the DJ Hero 2 demo?


I would imagine so :)

I’d like to see Dracula X Chronicles, Metal Slug Anthology or Parappa The Rapper on the Store because those games own and I’d like to buy them.

Triforce-1976 06 October, 2010 @ 13:08

Any news about the release of Blade Kitten in the Holland psn store?
If not pls kick Atari in there nutz thx :)


No news on additional locales just yet I’m afraid.


holy **** a NEW psp game for DOWNLOAD that is CHEAPER than the physical copy…I gotta note this day down as a first time ever that’s happened, will definitely be purchasing \^O^/

nemesisND1derboy 06 October, 2010 @ 13:08

Don’t worry Mike, you ain’t getting any abuse from me, I’m saving mine for the Video team if they post…

Any news on a Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock demo?

And by the way Mike, where is Final Fantasy X? Just kidding ;)

Have a great day!


Hey, the Video Store team are people too…play nice with them ;)

I’ve yet to see a submission for a demo for Warriors of Rock, but that doesn’t mean one isn’t coming.

Ignoring the FFX question :D

You too!


why can’t you guys put Psone gta on the store is it because they want to charge $29.99 like on steam or what?

That’s weird !

Rockstar said that the RDR DLC would be available NEXT week …

Are you sure it comes out today Mike ?

Hi mike
What about a new category on PSS “US PSone import” in which we could find xenogears, chrono cross, parasite eve 1 and others ? Good idea, no ? ;)

Nice update for psp essentials :-)

Tempted by Dante’s Inferno PSP as well, but £24 is still too much for a download

Shifty_Geezer 06 October, 2010 @ 13:10

Hi Mike,

Any chance of an update to the PSN service to include working voice chat in every game, so these online titles can actually be *played* online? Thanks.

kingcrowbaruk 06 October, 2010 @ 13:10

I guess there is no requirement from Sony for publishers to release Essentials on PSN as well as UMD, but please can you give Team17 a poke and ask them nicely to release Worms: Open Warfare on the store.

And I am going to assume the 10 replies (from a Sony representative) in the PSN+ post are all we will get so I’ll ask here, where is the monthly DLC that we were promised we would receive at the start of PSN+?

Castle Crashers still in QA yet its out already? LIAR!


Separate QA process for each region.


Acceptable Phantasy Star Portable 2 pricing. Yay!

PSN-OmniusALX 06 October, 2010 @ 13:11

….forgot to add Mike, the hot topic of PSP pricing!

These RRP’s are killing the PSPgo! Not only did we pay the price for the machine (which I except) but those games which are ‘older’ and £25+ and the new ones at £32 are a bit much really compaired to the retail versions.

As much as SCEE doesn’t want to look into it, it needs addressing at some point.



It’s something I am constantly bringing up with publishers, and at some point I’m sure the tide will turn…it eventually happened with digital music, and I’m confident it will happen with games too.

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