‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update 10th November 2010

'Heads-Up' Game Store Update 10th November 2010

Good Afternoon ye PlayStation faithful, welcome to another ‘Heads-Up’ post. A quiet week compared to when last we met but still an update packed with gaming goodness.

First of all we have a new selection of Special Offers for you to browse – check these out and see if anything tickles your fancy.

I seem to recall we had a few requests for more bullet-hell, so you’ll be pleased to see the platform/BH hybrid, Crescent Pale Mist hitting the digital shelves today.

On PSP we’ve a few sporty titles (yes, pro-wrestling is a sport, don’t you dare say otherwise) for you and after the mini drought on minis last week, we’ve got three new bite-size gaming chunks for you today.

But, surely the star of the show this week is Grandia – undoubtedly one of the finest RPGs of the PSone generation. I’m very pleased it’s finally with us and I’ll be nabbing it as the next game to play on my work commute. Based on the potential 80+ hours of gameplay nestled away in there it should last about three months of tube journeys.

There’s plenty of DLC this week, including the previously delayed Stunt pack for ModNation Racers and the missing Morpheus character skin for God of War III to name but a couple of pieces.

Enjoy – I will be around for comments as much as possible – Store update time should be between 3 and 4pm GMT.

See you later!

PlayStation Store (via PS3, PSP and Media Go)

Special Offers

(Offer prices available until the 24th of November)

  • TMNT: Turtle in Time Re-Shelled (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £5.49/€6.99)
  • Cell Factor: Psychokinetic Wars (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £5.49/€6.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed II: Sequence 12 – Battle of Forli (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £1.99/€2.49)
  • Assassin’s Creed II: Sequence 13 – Bonfire of the Vanities (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £1.99/€2.49)
  • Assassin’s Creed II: Sequence 13 – Bonfire of the Vanities & Secret Locations (was – £5.49/€6.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (PSP) (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
  • Tom Clancy’s EndWar (PSP) (was – £15.99/€19.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • ChessMaster: The Art of Learning (PSP) (was – £15.99/€19.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • Mystery of the Crystal Portal (mini) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £2.49/€2.99)

Permanent Price Reductions

  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley – now £19.99/€24.99

Downloadable Games (PS3)

  • Crescent Pale Mist (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Australia and New Zealand

  • Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype & The Last Chapter Bundle (£11.99/€14.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

Downloadable Games (PSP)

  • WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 (£31.99/€39.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • NBA 2K11 (£23.99/€29.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Street Cricket Champions (£6.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Only available in India, South Africa and United Kingdom

PSone Games (PS3 and PSP)

  • Grandia (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

minis (PS3 and PSP)

  • 3, 2, 1… Supercrash! (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Fort Commander II: Counterattack (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 7

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

  • Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

Applications (PS3)

  • MUBI (free) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: Now also available in Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • EyePet
    • Dinosaur Styling Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
    • Hoodie Styling Pack (£2.39/€2.99)

Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Front Mission: Evolved – Weapons Pack 02 (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • God of War III – Morpheus Character Skin (£0.79/€0.99)  Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • Hustle Kings – Carom and UK Billiards Pack (£1.59/€1.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Just Cause 2 – Chaos Parachute (free) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • ModNation Racers
    • Ratchet & Clank Pack (£1.39/€1.75)
    • Stunt Pack (free)

Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • My Aquarium – Big Fish Set (£0.79/€0.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • PAIN – Maxine Pack (£0.79/€0.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
    • ‘Red Barchetta’ By Rush (£1.59/€1.99)
    • ‘Tom Sawyer’ By Rush (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 1 Track Pack (£13.99/€17.99)

Rating: PEGI 12

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

  • Rock Band 3
    • Bon Jovi Greatest Hits: Rock Band Edition (£9.99/€14.99) (contains the tracks listed below which are also available separately)
    • ‘Bad Medicine’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Blaze Of Glory’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Have A Nice Day’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘I’ll Be There For You’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘It’s My Life’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Livin’ On A Prayer (RB3 Version)’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Runaway’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive (RB3 Version)’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘We Weren’t Born To Follow’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Who Says You Can’T Go Home’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘You Give Love A Bad Name (RB3 Version)’ (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Burning Down The House’by Talking Heads (£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
    • ‘A Drug Against War’ by KMFDM (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Blood Red Rock’ by Bang Camaro (£0.59/€0.79)
    • ‘Dethroned’ by Death Angel (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Scavengers Of The Damned’ by Aiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘You Ain’t No Family’ by iwrestledabearonce (£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 32 (£0.99/€1.20)

Availability: Ireland and UK only

Avatars (PS3)

  • Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Avatar Bundle 2 (£1.19/€1.49)
  • Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Avatar Bundle 3 (£1.19/€1.49)
  • EyePet
    • Astronaut Pet (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Paw Icon (£0.20/€0.25)
    • Pet Run Happy (£0.20/€0.25)

Themes (PSP)

  • No Heroes Allowed Theme

Premium Themes (PS3)

  • Disruptive Themes
    • Atlas (£1.19/€1.49)
    • Whimsical Fantasy (£1.19/€1.49)

Videos (PS3)

  • DC Universe Online E3 Trailer
  • DC Universe Online Gamescom Trailer
  • MUBI Trailer
  • Invizimals Trailer

Videos (PSP)

  • No Heroes Allowed Launch Trailer
52 Author replies

I really want to give my money to Rockstar (and Sony) for GTA: chinatown wars for my psp go, but the price issue is just getting more and more ridiculous the longer it stays at 35 euros:

American PSN: ~18 euros
Itunes APP Store: 5,50 euros
Euro Retail 12 – 18 euros
Euro PSN: 35 euros!!

Could you please give Rockstar a talking to about this price?!


You really do make an excellent point. I will write them an email this afternoon, and I shall quote this very comment to them and see if anything can be done.




Any news on Spyro 1, 2 or 3?

And wow Capcom still hasn’t dropped Fate Unlimited here yet US dropped a month ago.


No, no news on any PSone games this week – we just managed to get Grandia out the door. As soon as I know any more about where we are with some more PSone title I’ll be there to let you all know.

Nothing for me this week.
Which is good for my wallet :-)

Nothing for me this week.

I see you have SvR 11 on PSP, so any official release date on the DLC for it on PS3?


No, you’d have to get that from THQ, you all know by now I’m not able to talk about release dates for things that haven’t been confirmed.


any news on the trinity universe dlc? just so you know i’m gonna ask this each week

btw has the sony reps seen the hostility about the eu lbp2 ‘collectors’ edition?


Alex has seen the blog comment responses, yes. I will drop another email over to NIS about whether or not we’ll see the missing Trinity DLC – I think they’re busy getting ready to launch some stuff at the moment.

Seems a fairly poor week for me from the PSN, but I do appreciate there cant be ground breaking games and DLC every week of the year.

God of War 3 Morpheus skin? never seen that before ill be getting that :) and that Ratchet and Clank Mod thanks guys


Will we be getting the God of War Ghost of Sparta dev interview thingy?

And why aren’t more companies releasing avatars? It’s easy money isn’t it?

@1: That’s why I didn’t buy the PSPgo!

Crescent Pale Mist and Grandia for me :D

I’ll take the PAIN character and the Hustle Kings pack…

Grandia yay!

Any chance we can get the FF13 avatars in the future? would really want the chocobo avatar to match my name :O


I’m on the avatars situation, will update you in due course.

Grandia is a definite buy, and i think i might get me some of the assassins creed II content. Always nice to see the DLC get something knocked off the price. Keep em comin Ross.

BTW, with all the great downloadable games being released in the last few months, i’m kind-of wondering what we’ll be looking forward to in the near future. Not too many big announcements so far. Any idea what’s gonna be good in a couple of weeks, with the holidays right in front of us?


If I had to pick something out, I would say watch out for Explodemon – that’s a real “gamer’s game” and I think it’s going to be a bit of a classic. The Curve Studios guys came in to talk about it and there’s a lot going on with that game. there’s quite a few nice games in the run up to Christmas actually, so don’t worry, you’re going to be well served. :)


poor update . ross anychance you can get avatars like gow3,metal gear, gran turismo etc instead of eyepet ones over and over and over and over again , also is that the only ps1 games scee can get a hold of jrpgs as not everyone likes them you know

almighty-slayer 10 November, 2010 @ 13:04

Just FirstPlay this week then



You, sir, have made my week. Thank you.


I am merely the delivery man, you should be thanking Game Arts!

What happened to Castle Crashers for Australia?


It went live last Friday, just like I said it would.


do you know when we are getting more kens rage dlc?

No Scott Pilgrim DLC?

So keen to play as Knives Chau, and i think it’s out for the US. When do we get it in Australia?


Not too long to wait, promise.


No Scott Pilgrim discount like the X-Box? Oh well

My PS3 is dead (again), so, i think i’ll buy Grandia for my PSP :)

Rats. No Scott Pilgrim DLC yet.

Carnivius_Prime 10 November, 2010 @ 13:07

Well Grandia’s the only thing I’d want but I don’t think I would ever get the time to play through it again even with my old save file still present. Just don’t have as much free time as I did back in the 90’s.

anything special for Playstation Plus members this week..?

Yes finally, Grandia one of my favoutite games from the PS1.

I was planning to get Black ops but Grandia is well worth my money.


so ross alex pavey has seen 100% angry and upset feedback from lbp2 potential buyers and chosen to ignore replying again hmmm good to know

How large is Grandia Ross?


838 MB


Boring… I’ll snatch that free Chaos Parachute for JC2, nothing else though.

Any word on Ridge Racer Type 4 coming to the store?

Still no reply from Sony Customer Support about my missing Deimos skin when I bought Ghost of Sparta from the PSN Store… *le sigh*



Just spoken to Richard Yap about this for you. UK Customer services have been given a batch of codes for the Deimos skin, so you need to give them a call and explain the situation – they’ll verify that you’ve purchased the title and then supply you with a code. They’ve been briefed on this so I would say give them a call and there shouldn’t be any problems getting you a code.


As has been posted before the perfect correlation between the launch of PSN+ and the serious drop in quality of “Special Offers”.

Special offers has turned into a joke of dated dlc & failed overpriced games.


I don’t agree with you at all, I think this lot of Special Offers happens to be pretty good.


Pretty slow week on PSN then (save for the addition of Lovefilm).

I think I had better buy Alien Zombie Death at the discount price, before it goes up.

….and what is with buying ‘Big Fish’ for 79p? Honestly, I despair.


Aw come on, if you want big fish for your aquarium, 79p is a bargain.

Grandia is fantastic, charming jrpg classic but for me Crescent Pale Mist is the one I’m most eager to check out.

Ross while I’m sure the last thing you need is another PS1 recommendation, when you mentioned that you had been compiling a list last week I cannot help but revive Strange Games and Funky Licensing once more in a special edition.

Game: Hell Night
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Konami Europe
Pitch: Shin Megami Tensei: 3D Monster Maze

This game is the (un)holy grail, an Atlus game released in Europe but not America, its a first person game but unlike the rpgs that made Atlus famous its more like 3D Monster Maze meets survival horror with adventure elements.

Wonderful, not to mention scary game and if you could ask about it to Konami and Atlus to show there is interest, it might finally find the audience it deserves.


Well, I’ll be honest with you, it’s easier to get the more mainstream PSone games into submission but you’ve totally sold me on this so I’ll ask about it. :)


just one other thing, i’m not sure if you can answer buy if you cant, thats fine, after the hostility with that, pathetic collectors edition, when compared to the us, has this made any waves in sony, are they at least considering changing it, or is it too far along? if you can give any reponse to this i’ll be happy.

nextbigthing91 10 November, 2010 @ 13:10

Crescent? I have never heard of it, will take a look at it and see if it interests me or not.
Nice to see some GOW3 skins popping up though, unfortunately it’s only really DLC and MUBI for me this week :/.

On the flip side, it saves me money for a certain driving game that may / may not be coming out this year :).

so what about the people who had bought the bundle gow3 pack? will the Morpheus Character Skin be inc?


No, the Morpheus skin is separate because it was previously a US exclusive.


Hi Ross,

Any chance we will get the PSP Essential version of the first Ace Combat? I noticed it has been re-released and wondered if will be available for download? (also any movement on the price of the new Ace Combat for PSP?)



I think the plan is to eventually get all the Essentials in digital format as well, so keep an eye out. You’d have to ask Namco about their price decision though.


Would’ve expected a bit more from PSN on the week the Kinect is released… Still, not bad.


Can you ask Square Enix to get Final Fantasy VI on the Store since SCEE published it just like 7 and its a great FF.

AMERICAN_-_SCUM 10 November, 2010 @ 13:13

Shockingly poor update this week, no demo’s,no dynamic themes & the same old rubbish avatars that we have got already, how hard can it be to get some decent avatars, i think its down to lazyness if u ask me


just to add to my last comment, do you know if sony at least intend to make a statement or blog post regarding the hostility?


Grandia is finally in Europa.^^

twistedintoform 10 November, 2010 @ 13:13


what’s this got to do with the ps store update??!.

might as well have called this the “nobody wants to release anything big in the week of Call of Duty” store update. :p

how much DLC does rock band really sell??. RB3 has sold pitifully few in the UK (and probably across most of europe). first week sales didn’t even reach 2500 for PS3.


Oh yeah, and see if Square Enix will give us some avatars (mainly FF7 and KH).



Hey Ross,

Any news on when we will see Lara Croft & The Guardian Of Light online upate as 360 owners have had this for a while now?

Also anymore info on possible upcoming dreamcast originals, such as Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia?


Oh, and what happened with that Toki HD remake? is it still coming or has it been dropped?
Played the hell out of the Mega Drive version when I was younger!


So, Crossregion gifting, is there any chance for it soon?


Scott Pilgrim DLC would have been nice although im keen to know Ross have the developers addressed the commonly known glitch with Mr Chau in the DLC and finally patched it?

By glitch I refer to the fact that a load of us are sitting on 95% trophy completion for the game having done several playthroughs of the game without him appearing on the map. The pricing on the DLC seems cheap but supporting it with a purchase when for so many the original game seems glitched just seems wrong.

Any comments Ross?


I really wouldn’t know about bug issues – that’s certainly something that you need to take up with Ubisoft.

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