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

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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

PSOne (PS3/PSP)

  • 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

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