This week’s PlayStation Store highlights: F1 2018, Guacamelee! 2, Shenmue, Track Lab, more

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This week’s PlayStation Store highlights: F1 2018, Guacamelee! 2, Shenmue, Track Lab, more

Plus the full list of new releases for the week ahead

A core appreciation we have of videogames is their ability to let us experience the impossible. Race at speeds that would terrify us in real life; take an epic road trip; play a pulse-pounding set as an epic DJ; bulk up and fight evil as an unstoppable luchador (who turns into a chicken).

Any of those resonate with you? Good news: you’re in luck with this week’s PlayStation Store releases. Browse your options for an alternative life in our highlights reel for the week, or peruse the full release slate below!

1. F1 2018 Headline Edition

Codemasters presents its latest masterclass in racing simulators with a return to the thrilling tracks, iconic drivers and unmissable atmosphere of F1. Sports fans should check out the game’s Headline Edition, which includes two classic cars – Jenson Button’s championship-winning 2009 Brawn BGP-001 and Ralf Schumacher’s 2003 Williams FW25.

2. Shenmue I & II


Sample a unique slice of videogame history as Sega’s cult classic series gets an HD update and quality-of-life improvements for its PS4 debut. Shenmue is equal parts life-sim, action brawler and mini-game bonanza whose influence can still be seen today in the likes of Yakuza.

3. Guacamelee! 2

This week marks the return of the beloved Mexican wrestler to PlayStation with an action platformer packing satisfying combat and delightful humour. Transverse colourful locales, train to earn new abilities and transform into a superpowered chicken (seriously).

4. Track Lab

How do you make music track creation fun and accessible? PS VR’s Track Lab has the answer. An intuitive UI that’s easily navigable with PS Move and a cubed grid to drop and build samples in that feels akin to digital Lego.

5. Brawlout

A colourful cast of combatants face off in this fun and frantic multiplayer brawler. One for fighting fans, especially those that like to keep clashes local for smack-talk purposes. And as bonus, it features cool guest characters such as a certain Guacamelee!-starring luchador.

New demos


In a surprise launch this week, Ubisoft’s compelling psychological thriller Transference received a prequel demo that’s now available to play on PlayStation Store. It’s one of those titles the less said before playing the better, so take a look now! (Plus, you can play it on PS VR!)

New Pre-Orders

Battlefield V

While pre-orders for EA’s return to the frontline are live already, the publisher announced at Gamescom last night that pre-orders will unlock early access to the game’s open beta. It means you can join the latest rendition of war two days earlier, starting 4th September.

  • Pre-order Battlefield V on PlayStation Store now

    PlayStation StoreOut this week






    • Fall of Light: Darkest Edition
      22nd August

    • Fishing Planet: Golden Dragon Pack
      22nd August

    • Card Game Bundle Vol.1
      22nd August


    • Spectrum
      22nd August

    • Out of The Box (Not in Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Suadi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey Ukraine & UAE)
      22nd August

    • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr | Deluxe edition (Not in NZ)
      23rd August


    • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr | Imperium edition (Not in NZ)
      23rd August

    • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr (Not in NZ)
      23rd August

    • Overwatch® Free Weekend
      23rd August


    • Pizza Titan Ultra
      21th August

      24th August

    • Orange Case Demo – ZONE OF THE ENDERS: The 2nd Runner – MARS
      24th August


    • NBA Live 19 DEMO
      24th August


    • Gunhouse
      22nd August

    PS4 DLC

    20th August

    22th August

    • World of Tanks
    • Citadel Tiger I/span>
    • German King Tiger
    • VK 65.01 Ultimate
    • VK 65.01 Primed

    23rd August

    • Warhammer 40 000: Inquisitor – Martyr
    • Digital Deluxe pack
    • Season pass
    • Servo-skull
    • Skulldust emote
    • Skull trail
    • Imperial decoration

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    • Just 1 more of these and then we hit Dragon Quest XI week. Sure Spiderman is coming out and I have pre-ordered that too but I have been supporting DQ just for this moment. Sept 4th here I come.

      • I was totally going to get DQ XI, buuut still unsure if i’m going to until they restore the names to be remotely like the original and less outright bad/random. Also maybe remove some of the slightly offensive voice overs, and the outright terrible ones (basically all of them).

        Damnit Square Enix, how did you screw this one up!

      • You can turn the voice overs off. As for the names I look at it this way, this game hasn’t been released here yet so the characters will be new to us. I know it’s gonna be the whole Aerith/Aeris thing again.

      • The silly thing is, people go on about how Aeris can’t be called Aeris (even though it’s her original name) because “the developers (of the spin off) changed her spelling”, yet the same people have no problem with Terra not being called Tina.

        The game has been known about for over a year so people following it would have been well aware of all of their original names. Though usually when they do later rereleases they sometimes fix the characters names, so maybe they’ll reverse this nonsense.

      • Aww man you make me feel like i’m not a fan lol. I deliberately avoided anything to do with XI because of Spoilers and changes. I still don’t really know the character names so here’s hoping for the change for you :)

    • Another hard fail on Warhammer “not in NZ.” For those wanting it, it’s been on Steam in NZ for a while now (and a fun wee game, if you want to scratch that ARPG itch). It’d be nice if y’all at Sony/Neocore/Big Ben could show all fans the love.

      Before anyone with no understanding of markets and ratings pipes up, especially those who don’t live in NZ, save it. Cert here isn’t terribly difficult, evidenced by all the other companies who manage worldwide releases on the store.

    • Not getting anything Spiderman is just around the corner so the full focus is on that game…

    • This seemed to be a bit late.

      Anyways I’d like Guacamelee 2 but I’m saving up for Spider-Man though that didn’t stop me buying Super Hydorah in today’s PS sale (it’s £5.79 crossbuy PS4 and Vita rather than usual £15.99 so well worth checking out if you love quality retro-style arcade shoot ’em ups).

      • thanks for the heads up, it doesn’t show up on the sales tab but I found it via searching. That’s finally a reasonable price. gonna get this and Celeste.

        also if you’re a fan of side scrolling shmups, Dariusburst CS is on sale as well and it’s awesome.

      • Welcome. :)

        I have played Darusburst CS but my eyes didn’t like it. I struggle with certain HD games when they use high definition as an excuse to have really tiny things and fonts especially in that super wide-screen mode Darisuburst does. Plus £15.99 is still too expensive for me as I’m kinda poor but trying to save up for Spider-Man. Had to get Hydorah though as had been waiting for that to be discounted for ages and the low-res graphics suit me nicely. :D

      • I think you mean AC where it’s orignally played on dual monitors in a cabinet, it’s for 32:9. I agree, this looks very tiny on a normal TV.

        CS mode has 16:9 aspect ratio and this is where it’s at. good on the eyes, and especially ears (love the soundtrack). also tons of stages that mix different zones. DLC mode is also 16:9

        I actually bought the game at full price so to me 20 EUR sounds like a steal :p

      • Yeah AC mode but i had troubles with CS mode too. Not just on that game but several others. I don’t know what it is about HD graphics that make it hard for my eyes to focus on things. Noticed it with HD remakes of low resolution video games even when the sprites take up the same screen space in both versions (with the HD one being more pixels obviously). Maybe my brain is just too retro. :P I have recommended the game to other friends of mine while it’s £15.99 though who can probably enjoy it more than I can. :D

    • What about far cry 5: dead living Zombies

    • Blog gets posted the evening after the store update has happened, and still no sign of Pixel Ripped 1989, which was supposed to be released July 31st (which it of course was in the US). Thanks for treating the EU territory like trash as always, Sony!

      • It’s always the devs fault. Some simply don’t provide translations for different countries’ store page but then there’s also some who don’t even realize they need to apply and send their game to two different entities, Sony America and Sony Europe. Sadly this happens a lot with VR devs, since these are often very small teams who don’t know what they’re doing, as evidenced by their products

    • Will we still get Slime Rancher in the Netherlands? There’s still nothing there.

    • Waiting patiently for Pes 2019

    • Isn’t it about time to plaster Kazuma Kiryu’s and /or Goda Ryuji’s face all over the front page in a new “new this week” post? Or are we back to not talking about Yakuza games?

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