‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update 19th January 2011

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‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update 19th January 2011

'Heads-Up' Game Store Update 19th January 2011

Hi everyone – I hope you had a good start to the week and ‘Blue Monday’ didn’t hit you too hard! It’s Wednesday so we’ve got a Store update for you, including the kick off of the January sales.

Two fabulous new PSN games hit today (complete with trials) in the form of Spare Parts – the new robotic adventure from EA and Modern Combat: Domination, a Move-enabled FPS with compelling gameplay at a compelling price. If you’ve ever played a game of Counterstrike you’ll be instantly at home with this one.

New minis hit as well, including the wildly popular Shift extended, the previously Plus-only Pipe Madness and Soccer Bashi.

Downloadable content? Well why not, eh? Trinity Universe, Tron: Evolution, R.U.S.E. and lots of extra bits and pieces for the newly released Mass Effect II – but don’t get the Cerberus pack if you’ve purchased a version of the game with the extra content included in the box.

Also we’ve got another multiplayer update for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood which will cost you precisely nothing – isn’t that nice?

I’m in meetings the first part of this afternoon but I will be back for comments before the end of the day – so I’ll see you then.

PlayStation Store (via PS3, PSP and Media Go)

January Sale Offers (available on PS3 and PSP where applicable)

(Offer prices available until the 2nd February)

  • Warhawk Complete Bundle (£15.99/€19.99)
  • Crash Commando (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)
  • TV Show King (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £0.79/€0.99)
  • Split/Second – High Octane Supercar Pack (was – £1.59/€1.99 now – £0.79/€0.99)
  • Topatoi Episode 2: Pillar of the Skies (was – £4.79/€5.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
  • Hannah Montana: Rock out the Show (PSP) (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
  • Hannah Montana – Fashions Add-on (PSP) (was – £1.19/€1.49 now – £0.59/€0.75)
  • Hannah Montana – Moment Maker Add-on (PSP) (was – £0.79/€0.99 now – £0.40/€0.49)
  • Half-Minute Hero (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • Harvest Moon: Innocent Life (PSP) (was – £9.99/€12.99 now – £6.29/€7.99)
  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley (PSP) (was – £19.99/€24.99 now – £10.99/€13.99)
  • Valhalla Knights (PSP) (was – £9.99/€12.99 now – £6.29/€7.99)
  • Valhalla Knights 2 (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £7.99/€9.99)
  • Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance (PSP) (was – £15.99/€19.99 now – £11.99/€14.99)
  • Peter Pan: Adventures in Neverland (PSone) (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £1.59/€1.99)
  • A Bug’s Life (PSone) (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £1.59/€1.99)

January Sale Offers from 2K Games

  • Mafia II Complete DLC Bundle (£19.99/€24.99) (will be published Friday, 21st January)
  • BioShock 2 Complete DLC Bundle (£11.99/€14.99)

January Sale Offers from Capcom

  • Bionic Commando: Rearmed (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £6.29/€7.99)
  • Final Fight: Double Impact (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Mega Man 9 Complete Bundle (£7.99/€9.99)
  • Mega Man 10 Complete Bundle (£7.99/€9.99)
  • Dead Rising 2 Skills Pack Bundle (£3.19/€3.99)

January Sale Offers from Konami

  • GTI Club+ (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Rocket Knight (was – £9.99/€12.99 now – £5.10/€6.49)
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgement (was – £9.99/€12.99 now – £5.10/€6.49)
  • Zombie Apocalypse (was – £7.99/€9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) (was – £31.99/€39.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel (PSP) (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £3.19/€3.99)

January Sale Offers from Rockstar Games

  • GTA IV: The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony Bundle (£15.99/€19.99) (will be published Friday, 21st January)
  • Midnight Club Bundle: LA Remix & Dub Edition (PSP) (£15.99/€19.99)
  • GTA: Chinatown Wars (PSP) (was – £27.99/€34.99 now – £11.99/€14.99)

January Sale Offers from THQ

  • Red Faction: Guerrilla (was – £15.99/€19.99 now – £11.99/€14.99)
  • WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011: Fan Axxess Pack (was – £6.29/€7.99 now – £4.79/€5.99)
  • WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 (PSP) (was – £31.99/€39.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
  • UFC Undisputed 2010 (PSP) (was – £31.99/€39.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Truth or Square (PSP) (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £15.99/€19.99)

Trial and Unlock (PS3)

  • Spare Parts (£7.99/€9.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Modern Combat: Domination (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: Not available in Germany

Downloadable Games (PS3)

  • Modern Combat: Domination (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: USK 16

Availability: Germany only

  • Costume Quest on Ice (£9.99/€12.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: Not available in Russia

minis (PS3 and PSP)

  • Shift: Extended (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All locales

  • Basha Card Game Collection (£5.10/€6.49) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Only available in Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Saudia Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom

  • Basha Tarneeb (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Only available in Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Saudia Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom

  • Basha Trix (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: Only available in Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Saudia Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom

  • Soccer Bashi (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • Metara (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: Only available in Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Saudia Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom

  • Pipe Madness (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • Mass Effect II
    • N7 Complete Arsenal Bundle (£6.29/€7.99)
    • Aegis Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Appearance Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Equalizer Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Firepower Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Recon Operations Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Terminus Pack (free until 23rd February, £1.59/€1.99 thereafter)
      • Cerberus Pack (£11.99/€14.99)

(released Friday, 21st January)

Rating: PEGI 18
Availability: All locales

  • Trinity Universe
    • High level Armour Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
    • Synthesis Encyclopaedia Complete Edition (free)

Rating: PEGI 12
Availability: Not available in Australia, Croatia, India, New Zealand and Turkey

  • Tron: Evolution – Multiplayer Map Pack (£3.19/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in New Zealand

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Animus Project Update 2.0 (free) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All locales

  • R.U.S.E. – Chimera Operations Pack (£5.49/€6.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All locales

  • DJ Hero 2 – Trance Anthems Mix Pack (£6.29/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 12

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

  • EA Sports Active 2 – Nike Low Impact Starter Pack (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • EyePet Move – Emergency Styling Pack (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All locales

  • LittleBigPlanet – Space Costume (free) (Also compatible with LittleBigPlanet 2) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • ModNation Racers – Time Savers Pack (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All locales

  • Rock Band 3
    • Stone Sour Pack 01 (£3.49/€5.29) (contains the tracks listed below which are also available separately)
      • Made of Scars (£0.99/€1.49)
      • Say You’ll Haunt Me (£0.99/€1.49)
      • Through Glass (£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
    • ‘Nosophorus’ by Evile (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Arcaedion’ by Children of Nova (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Song About An Angel’ by Sunny Day Real Estate (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Thank You, Pain’ by The Agonist (£0.99/€1.49)
    • ‘Flightless Bird, American Mouth’ by Iron and Wine (£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 41 (£0.99/€1.20)

Availability: Ireland and UK only

Premium Themes (PSP)

  • Von Chrono Themes
    • Gassed 1 (£0.95/€1.19)
    • Gassed 2 (£0.95/€1.19)

Dynamic Themes (PS3)

  • Leviathan Themes
    • A Tranquil Stream (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Billowing Clouds (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Cityscape Fireworks (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Crackling Fireplace (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Code Entropy Dynamic Theme Pack (£3.19/€3.99)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode One Dynamic Theme (£1.59/€1.99)

Wallpapers (PSP)

  • Legends of War: Patton’s Campaign Wallpaper 5

Videos (PS3)

  • MicroBot Heartbeat Trailer
  • Spare Parts Launch Trailer
  • Crysis 2 Be The Weapon Trailer
  • Dead Space 2 Excavations Trailer
  • Singstar The Wiggles TVC

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  • Modern combat……..maybeeee for meee!!

  • No unique t-shirt for us in EU for LBP2?

    Just got the CE and played the introduction. Its really nice, got two trophies just by launching the game. =)

    And why ME2 dlc? I thought the PS3 version came with all DLC on disc?

  • So we don’t get a downloadable copy of Mass Effect 2? (Not that i wanted it, just wondering!)

    Will nab some stuff out of the sales, and may as well grab those demos too :) Thanks Rossywoo

  • Oh me wants more RUSE DLC! Great update :D Will probably buy something from the January sales also…

  • Nothing for me this week :)
    Fortunately i’ll going to pick LBP 2 this afternoon!

  • No Mass Effect II full game download? :(

  • @twinlight2 Nope it only comes with:
    Blood Dragon Armor
    Kasumi – Stolen Memory
    Lair of the Shadow Broker

  • hi guys i know that US friends get some ps+ discount for Modern Combat, what about us europeans?

    • There will indeed be a 25% discount for Plus members. We’re hoping to post something about Plus later this afternoon, we’re just trying to confirm something first.

  • Can you please get a copy of Mass Effect 2 on the store in not so distant future? Would love it if you guys started releasing more Blu-Ray games on the PS Store for digital download simultaneously with the Blu-Ray releases.

  • I’ll give this modern combat thing a try i’ve never heard of it my my Move needs a dusting xD

    Ross will MAG go back up today? you said a few days last week but it’s still missing :(

    oh and vandal Hearts is 9.99 on the store not 7.99 :P

    So it should say 9.99 now 3.99 :P

    • Honestly, MAG is supposed to be back already – I will put the Store wizards who make the magical turbines spin to task.

      That Vandal Hearts GBP pricing is in fact supposed to be £9.99 reduced to £4.99 – sorry about that. When you’re typing out long lists of prices your brain starts to shut down. :)

  • @twinlight2

    There will be a shirt but seeing as most of Europe won’t get the game until later this week it will probably be on next weeks store update.

  • Hi Ross! No PSS version of Mass Effect2 ?

  • Where is the LBP2 week 1 shirt? It’s not in the list :0

  • I totally agree with @Pesico More full BD games on the PSN store…
    US got both MAG and ME2 now…

  • Hi Ross, on December 22nd, an EA blog post announced a permanent price drop for Dante’s Inferno – Trials of St Lucia, as well as a load of Burnout content. On the store post of the same day, the Burnout stuff was discounted (well, as of the Friday), but nothing for the Dante’s Inferno add-on… Was this an oversight or did EA have a change of heart?

    • I didn’t actually have a request to drop the price of Trials of St. Lucia when the list of price drops for EA came through, but I’m happy to follow up on it with them – if I get the okay we can sort that out.

  • No digital release for us of ME2?? :(

  • No mention of the LittleBigPlanet 2 Rare Week 1 shirt ? Please tell me you just forgot to mention it….. Surely you’re not passing the EU by on this as well? After the whole CE mess…

  • Still no Back to the Future. I know this isn’t your fault Ross and it’ll be ready when Telltale Games releases it but it’s frustrating as I’m desperate to play it!!! lol Do you have any idea as to a relesae date? The TTG site doesn’t seem to have any info on it :(

    As for the content that is on here, I’m getting Vandal Hearts and the Smackdown vs Raw DLC!

  • No Mass Effect 2 download?

    Waiting till Friday for GTA IV add-on bundle?

    Can we also get clarification on the ME2 content you listed, I mean it is all on the disc isn’t it?

    • Our version of Mass Effect II has some of the DLC on the disk, but not all of it. We’re not selling anything on the Store that’s already included, (although some versions of the game have a code for the Cerberus pack in the box).

      And sorry about the small delay on the Mafia II and GTA bundles, the team found a small problem with both of them this morning and we wanted to make sure they weren’t going to cause problems before we published them.

  • Hi Ross, can I make a suggestion about releasing MLB 11 The Show as an import game on PSN?

    As there is very little interest in baseball over here and no chance of the game being released at retail, how about the game being released similiar to how some Japanese PS1 games are being released on the US store? By that I mean with no localisation being done, take it how it was originally made.

    The Show probably wouldn’t make much money if released at retail here due to costs of localisation for each country, little interest in the sport, etc. If Sony were to release it on the PSN store as is with US English intact, etc. I’m pretty sure it would do well.

    The Show always gets excellent reviews, its probably the best sports game on the PS3 (I’m sure FirstPlay love it too). I’ve been importing it the last few years, but would love the opportunity to buy it from the PSN store. I’m sure there would be people who would impulse buy the game who have been curious about the title but wouldn’t actually have went as far as importing it.

    It’s a Sony first party game and there is no threat to their retail partners in PAL land, so there are plenty of reasons for something like this to be able to work out. What do you think?

    • I think that’s a great idea actually and I’ll see if I can follow up on it.

      There might be an issue with licensing and whether or not we have the rights to all the teams in the EU territories – that could be why this hasn’t happened already.

      But yes, I will definitely follow up on this and see what can be done.

  • Nothing here for me this week. Maybe next week, eh?

  • I’ll try the demos…

    Any news on the Playstation Plus Shatter-problem?

  • Spare Parts seems like a good game especially for folks like me who are fond of Ratchet and Clank and it’s got 2 player online it seems. I gave the trial a demo off the US store and I reckon I will buy it though this week LBP2 has taken most of my money :D

    I’ll get Rocket Knight discounted also I reckon.

  • Can I get confirmation on “Costume Quest on Ice” please? Is this just “Grubbins on Ice” and the main game thrown in as one or something new?

  • nothing for me this week…any chance of having the square enix press conference availale to download with subtitles from the other day? I need to know more about Final Fantasy 13 versus, Final Fantasy 13-2, Final Fantasy Type 0 etc. :-)


  • Modern Combat for me. Is it being added into the Plus section with discount already added or will this be deducted when we purchase?

    • It’ll be in the Plus section as well with the discount applied – “unforseen circumstances” prevented us from putting the Plus post up first today.

  • 25% discount for Plus members? SOLD! If it’s good, anyway

  • I’m going to download :

    Modern Combat : Domination
    AC Brotherhood DLC
    MAYBE Spare Parts

    Good update Ross ! :)

  • Do we need to own the GTA-IV disk to use the lost and damned packs, or will they run without them like the Blu-ray release did?

    • The DLC packs on the Store are not the same as the stand-alone Episodes Blu-ray release, so they do require the original GTA IV disc to run.

  • No one reads the comments unless it’s theri own but I’m gonna post this anyway.

    The retail version of ME2 comes with the Cerberus Pack DLC ONLY!! So if you bought it, download EVERYTHING BUT the Cerbarus DLC from the store.

    Copy and paste for those that will just blindly keep asking the same questions despite it no doubt being answered a plethora of times this afternoon.

  • Mass Effect 2 is available as a downloadable game on US PSN Store, when will we get that?

  • @loonytoon1982

    I was wondering the same thing, though I do have to actually go and play through Grubbins on Ice yet, was beginning to think it’s a bad situation when developers release games faster than you can play them!

  • I thought all the DLC was available on the Mass Effect 2 on the Blu Ray? Why charge £1.59 per pack for extras? So glad I pre-ordered this now I feel honoured to be able to pay for DLC from this week’s update.

    Cheers for that!

  • “Hi Ross, can I make a suggestion about releasing MLB 11 The Show as an import game on PSN?”

    Thats a good shout,I’d probably get it then if it wasn’t a monster download.

  • No BTTF this week? :( , Maybe next week (hopefully)
    Really want to play it :D

  • Does ME2 come with all the DLC listed in the update?

  • Might give that modern combat domination a go but is it just a move game or can you use the DS3 controller?.

    Also that spare parts reminds me a bit like rachet and clank might give this a whirl too..

    • It’s Move enabled, but not required, so yes, you can use the pad.
      I’d watch out though, when Gameloft came in to talk about this a few months back they were saying that people using the Move controllers were absolutely owning those using pads. ;)


  • WHEN is Under Siege RELEASING????????????

  • @djdustb

    You need the GTA BD :(

  • @syncroUK

    I think you are taking it to shallow I know interest in baseball in the EU is small.. But since I have all installments since ’07 imported from the US I would like to see something like this in NL to.

    Pretty Please Ross.. :D

    • Don’t worry – I hold my hands up, it’s a great idea.
      As long as there aren’t any serious legal issues I will definitely “go to bat” for you guys on this one.


  • The N7 Complete Arsenal Bundle (£6.29/€7.99) for Mass Effect II includes all the other packs (Aegis, Appearance, Equalizer, Firepower, Recon Operations and Terminus), right?


    • It’s not up to me, I’m afraid. I would love nothing more than for every game to release in all territories and we make it as easy as possible.

  • No new PSP games, crap update…

  • Under Siege release date please?

    Also, why no downloadable ME2?

    To everyone complaining about the Week 1 launch, try Friday when it’s out in the UK, aswell as the rest of EU.

  • do you have to have MOVE to play this modern combat game, and is it worth the money?

    • No, you don’t have to have Move to play, pad players and Move players can play togather.

      Is it worth the money? Well, that’s pretty subjective but i for one think it’s well worth just over £6 for what is a pretty stonking little FPS.

  • wow why no Mass Effect 2?

  • OMG! Frustrated much?

    For how much longer is Sony QA going to hold onto Under Siege? :(

  • Finally a reduction on MGS Peace Walker!! Been waiting ages for it to come down to a more reasonable price.

  • thats great, thanks James for reply:)

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