“Heads-up” PlayStation Store update 5th December 2012


Leading the way this week is Guardians of Middle-Earth – an authentic multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game set in the Lord of the Rings universe and crafted specifically for console systems. Gamers team up as the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time, bringing up to 10 players together in strategic five vs five competitive multiplayer battle arenas.

Studio Ghibli and Namco Bandai’s beautiful Ni No Kuni receives a demo this week for RPG fans to have a bash at. With glorious visuals in the style Ghibli are famous for, step into the shoes of young Oliver as he sets off on a journey to save his mother.

PlayStation Plus subscribers, what a month you have! One of my favourite games of this console generation, Batman Arkham City, is your Game of the Month. You also gain access to the fabulous Vanquish and Limbo, too, which are similarly fabulous!

There’s also the 12 Deals of Christmas that started this week – remember, the deal will change regularly so be sure to stay tuned for the latest updates on PS Store.

The rest of the week’s content can be found below, including card game Uncharted: Fight for Fortune, a new Challenge Pack for Dragon’s Dogma, new missions for XCOM, an extra area to explore in Darksiders 2 and lots more!

Oh, and retro gamers might want to check out the PlayStation Mobile store today, as action strategy classic Lemmings returns! Look out for a Blog post from the developer tomorrow.

See you back here next week for more content. It should be a good one.

PlayStation Network New Content

Content may be added or removed, or move dates – please stay tuned to your weekly Store Update for the most up to date listings. Listed savings are approximate, based on SRP excluding Special Offer pricing and should be considered as a guide only.

PlayStation Plus


  • Batman: Arkham City – 100% off
  • Vanquish – 100% off
  • Limbo – 100% off
  • Marble Run Dynamic Theme – Exclusive

Plus discounts

  • Jetpack Joyride – 50% off
  • topatoi: The Great Tree Story – 10% off
  • topatoi – 10% off
  • 4 Elements HD – 10% off
  • Rayman Origins – 10% off
  • Breath of Fire 3 – 50% off
  • Capcom Classics Reloaded – 50% off
  • Capcom Classics Collection Remixed Essentials – 50% off
  • Capcom Puzzle World – 50% off
  • Mega Man Maverick Hunter X – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Essentials – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter Freedom 2 Essentials – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – 50% off
  • Power Stone Collection – 50% off
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max – 50% off

PS3 games

Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway
Price: £15.99/€19.99
PEGI: 18
Availability: Not available in Bulgaria, Hungary, Qatar

Darksiders 2
Price: £29.99/€39.99
PEGI: 16
Availability: All



Fighting Vipers
Price: £3.69/€4.49
PEGI: 12
Availability: All



Mass Effect
Price: £11.99/€14.99
PEGI: 18
Availability: All



Page Chronica
Price: £8.79/€10.99
Availability: All



Sonic The Fighters
Price: £3.69/€4.49
Availability: All



Virtua Fighter 2
Price: £3.69/€4.49
PEGI: 12
Availability: All



Guardians Of Middle-Earth (trial available)
Price: £11.99/€14.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: All



Rotastic (trial available)
Price: £7.99/€9.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: Not available in Turkey



PS3 demos (Free)

LittleBigPlanet Karting
Availability: All




Ni No Kuni
PEGI: 12
Availability: All




PS Vita

Uncharted: Fight For Fortune
Price: £3.19/€3.99
Availability: All



Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Price: £34.99/€39.99
Availability: All



WRC 3 Fia
Price: £29.99/€34.99
Availability: Not available in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine


PSP games

Price: £6.99/€7.99
Availability: All



Invizimals: Shadow Zone
Price: £6.99/€7.99
Availability: All



Invizimals: The Lost Tribes
Price: £6.99/€7.99
Availability: All


PS Mobile

Price: Free, with in-game purchases

Price: £1.39/€1.79


Hotel Mogul
Price: £1.99/€2.49
Availability: Not available in AU, NZ


Assassin’s Creed III – The Hidden Secrets Pack (Only for Season Pass holders)
Availability: All

Darksiders 2

  • The Demon Lord Belial

Prices: £6.49/€7.99
Availability: All

Dragon’s Dogma

  • A Trial for Adventurers – Challenge Pack

Prices: Free
Availability: All

Guardians Of Middle-Earth

  • Guardians Of Middle-Earth – Season Pass

Prices: £11.99/€14.99
Availability: All


  • Festive Goodies Level Kit (Re-release, only available until 31st December!)

Prices: £2.39/€2.99
Availability: All

LittleBigPlanet (Cross-Buy)

  • Santa Hat And Beard Costume (Re-Release)
  • Santa Coats & Boots (Re-Release, only available until 31st December!)

Prices: Free
Availability: All

Magic 2013

  • Berserker Rage Foils (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Berserker Rage Unlock (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Grim Procession Foils (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Grim Procession Unlock (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Magic 2013 Deck Pack 2 (£1.99/€2.49)

Availability: All

Max Payne 3

  • Painful Memories

Prices: £7.29/€8.99 (Free for Season Pass holders)
Availability: All

Resident Evil 6

  • Resident Evil 6 Stage Map Pack A

Prices: £1.59/€1.99
Availability: All

Rock Band 3

  • A Death (£0.59/€0.79)
  • Act Of War (£0.59/€0.79)
  • Controller (£0.99/€1.49)
  • For The Kids Of The Multiculture (£0.99/€1.49)
  • Jumping Ship (£0.99/€1.49)
  • Remedy (£0.99/€1.49)
  • She Talks To Angels (£0.99/€1.49)
  • Sometimes Salvation (£0.99/€1.49)
  • The Black Crowes Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99)

Availability: Not available in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE


  • Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
  • Carrie Underwood – So Small
  • Dappy – No Regrets
  • N.E.R.D – She Wants To Move
  • Selena Gomez & The Scene -Love You Like A Love Song
  • South Pacific -There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame
  • South Pacific -Some Enchanted Evening
  • South Pacific – I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy
  • South Pacific – Happy Talk
  • South Pacific – I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
  • The Platters – Only You (And You Alone)
  • Zapato Veloz – Tractor Amarillo

Prices: £0.79/€0.99

Street Fighter X Tekken

  • Boost Gem Trial Pack 8 (Free)
  • Colour Palette Add-On 10 (Free)
  • Sf Boost Gem Pack 19 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Sf Boost Gem Pack 20 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Sf Boost Gem Pack 21 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Sf/Tk Shared Assist Gem Pack 7 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Tk Boost Gem Pack 19 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Tk Boost Gem Pack 20 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Tk Boost Gem Pack 21 (£0.79/€0.99)

Availability: All

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 HD Revert Pack

Prices: £3.99/€4.99
Availability: All

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • Slingshot

Prices: £5.49/€6.99
Availability: All


Street Fighter X Tekken

  • Boost Gem Trial Pack 8 (Free)
  • Colour Palette Add-On 10 (Free)
  • Sf Boost Gem Pack 19 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Sf Boost Gem Pack 20 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Sf Boost Gem Pack 21 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Sf/Tk Shared Assist Gem Pack 7 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Tk Boost Gem Pack 19 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Tk Boost Gem Pack 20 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Tk Boost Gem Pack 21 (£0.79/€0.99)

Availability: All

42 Author replies

Symphony of the Night before the end of the year? :)


Quite possibly…

supersmith2500 05 December, 2012 @ 15:01

Retro City Rampage and how is QA going for it?


Shouldn’t be far off now. A date should be announced soon.

Can we please get an update on Dracula X Chronicles or Symphony of the Night?


It’s possible it might be coming pretty soon however, I need a little bit more info on it first.

Crash Bash before the end of the year?

What really surprised me is that Catwoman DLC is included with Batman AC. I was ready to buy it actually, but it said it’s not avaible :-D than God for that. Such an awesome surprise! You’re awesome! :-D


Chris is the one to thank!

Wallace and Gromits Grand Adventures before the end of the year


When does the Vita Playstation Plus go live?

Hang on a minute, full price BD games at a semi-sensible price not for £59.99? How inconsiderate what can people complain about now :-)


I didn’t get a chance to post this until now as I was travelling, but I just wanted to say thanks to Jawad Ashraf, Mike Kebby and Chris Howe for the Valkyria Chronicles II price drop I asked for!


almighty-slayer 05 December, 2012 @ 15:04

not a bad update

Any chance that the Invizimals games work on Vita?

I wanted to buy Guardians of Middle Earth… But … can it be played with two players via Split Screen ????

I presume they’re re-writing Retro City Rampage from scratch.

Yay for Virtua Fighter 2 and Ni no Kuni demo :)

Sucks that Square-Enix still haven’t released any PS1 Imports though, like Threads of Fate, Chrono Cross and so on.

Or Suikoden, Suikoden II and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from Konami.

Or Mega Man Legends 1&2 and Tron Bonne from Capcom.

Pretty sure you’re already tired of this question, but I’m gonna pop it anyway. What’s the status on the PS1 Spyro Trilogy?


Come back in a few days for some info…

patiently awaiting labyrinth legends~

Damn I missread Resident Evil 2 for Vita.
It was actually Jetpack Joyride. :-/


Nothing to confirm on this but it is known and being looked into. Remain hopeful!


What happened to the Soundshape DLC that was meant to come out last week and it is still not available on the store?


That will be available next Wednesday – apologies for the short delay on that.

Nothing really for me this week,can we have a update on skyrim:dawnguard please I know we getting dragonborn next year.

Gonna get sonic the fighters and virtual fighter 2 later on :)


I can see that there is a 10% discount on Rayman Origins for Plus members.. but there is also a deal that wasn’t mentioned where Rayman Origins is already discounted nearly half price.. so PS+ get 10% off that deal… Also, Lumines is half price.. but what is this deal? Where is the information on that?


retro city!………….
whats happened to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Does Arkham city come with the catwoman DLC as part of the playstation plus offer?


Sure does.

Wooooo! Free Lemmings and PS+ content!!! Thanks Jawad!! Are the Sega fighting games any good? Sonic Fighters and Virtua Fighter 2 have interested me and are very cheap but are they actually good? Today is a nice tight update. Can’t wait to get home now!


I’ve never played Sonic Fighters but VF2 sure is good. Of course, modern day fighters have expanded greatly but VF2 will always remain a classic. Fun times!


Mass Effect.

Everything else is invalid.


Shenmue 1 & 2 and Digimon World any chance of them being releasd???


Nag Sega :D I’d love to see Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia :)

hey jawad hows things :) any word on tekken 4 and I was wondering if there will be a discount for mirrors edge thanks :)


Nothing on Tekken 4.

I will suggest Mirror’s Edge to Chris.

Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed for Vita is on the store. Not sure if you’ve missed it off here or confused it with the PS3 version


You are correct, it is the Vita version. Will get the post edited, thanks.

No Sound Shapes DLC? Omg, SCEE u totally fail at supporting ur customers.

Will Batman Arkham City come with discounted DLC like Dead Space 2 did? I’d love to pick up those Challenge Room packs at £3 a pop!


There will be some discounts next week for DLC!

So i’ve heard about this awesome thing….an update that will deliver great gifts to the dedicated people of the playstation community. Then i saw this! Invizimals finally on the store….could this possibly mean that Vita users can get that game? and apart from that, no news on the Symphony of Night?


I’m not aware if Invizimals works on Vita, I’ll need to check it out.

Nothing firm on SoN but I’m expecting something soon.


hey ive just been charged 19.99 when getting batman and vanquish thru my plus whats the score with that


Please contact customer services as this shouldn’t have happened. Apologies for that.


Does the Mass Effect 1 Come With Any DLC ?

And also there are a few new themes this week iam looking to buy but there is no previews for them, WE NEED Previews for dynamic Themes


Jawad, sorry to be an annoyance, but The Demon Lord Belial doesn’t appears as free for Season Pass holders, just like what happenned with the Abyssal Forge. I hope you can report it and have a solution soon :)

BTW, glad to have added Batman, Vanquish and Limbo today, and looking forward to MK Vita. Thanks for the hard work guys :)


I will flag it up.

When are we getting Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus? NA and JP PSN both have it now. They’re virtually the same game so I don’t see why we’re still waiting.

No discount on Arkham City dlc?


We’ll have some Arkham City DLC discounts going live next Wedensday – should give you enough time to plough through the main campaign!

No Dj Max huh ? Hmm.. I think I’ll just make a US account since they get everything and we only get some leftovers.


DJ Max is one I’ve personally looked into – there currently isn’t a EU publisher for those titles and noone has approached Pentavision with interest. The US division is also quite small and were busy enough with just the US release. All this info you can find on the DJ Max Technika Tune Facebook page.

I do hope they eventually come out as it’s a great series but right now there aren’t any plans to release in EU.

Yeah… does invizimals work on Vita??????
Counter Strike????

Batman says its free in the IGC menu then when I enter it, its marked for 29.99euros if I add to cart it says its free but it still says i have to pay 29.99 on the side. Can you check it out please?

Hi Jawad,
I read that Milestone has released free DLC for their WRC 3 game on the playstation Vita but I can’t find anything in the store. I am accessing the EU/Greek store. Is there any information on the subject?
Will it be available?


I’m not aware of any DLC coming out for it this week.

madmanwithabox12 05 December, 2012 @ 15:10

Hey Jawad, nice update. Might wanna put Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed for Vita on there, since it seems to have snuck onto the store.


Why can’t eu get the Hitman dlc bundle? I’ve been asking this for three weeks now, please respond.

Wow arkham city looks like the biggest and best freebie since PS+ launched. Really excited to play that I was going to buy it at somepoint now I dont have to :)

Limbo for free to that looks like a great game – Best PS+ month since the one after E3.


A great update this week. Batman, Limbo and Ni No Kumi demo not to mention Mass Effect 1 for £11.99. Awesome.

Please tell me there’s an actual Mass Effect Trilogy pack like in the US.

Mass Effect pricing is totally off in the Israeli store, Mass Effect 3 costs 399 while the trilogy costs 349 and contains it along with DLC and the other two games…

What an awesome update!

I dont know if its just me, but when i hit Limbo all i get is the full key unlock, and not the actual game? EVen tried searching for it in store and do it that way. Same result. Not sure if there is something missing or im just being a bit stupid?

Rayman Origins – 10% off. Really? Why so small?!

Is a Sega fighters (VF2, SF & FV) getting a bundle similar to XBL ?. If so i’ll wait, if not i’ll get SF now & the rest later.


YES! Mass effect 1 at last!! Does it include any dlc that the xboxers had? Will the save file link ino 2 and 3? Nice discount on breath of fire 3, any chance of BOF4 coming onto the EU store?

no sound shapes dlc?

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