PSN Tuesday – June 8th, or The PSP Wins Again

MGS PWI’m not going to sugarcoat it, folks. This is an expensive week on the PSN. The update is huge, and both sides of the Playstation family brought the heat. Barely missing the first update of the month is a new episode of Qore, focusing on Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Green Day Rock Band, Clash of the Titans (based on the recent film), and PixelJunk Shooter 2. The free bonuses included in Episode 25 are a Clash of the Titans PS3 theme and demoscene curiosity .detuned. Fans of ModNation Racers get a special treat in the store, as the Official Soundtrack joins the small music selection on the PSN for $7.99.

Hit the jump and take a seat around the campfire, it’s about time we had a talk.

Continuing from last week’s price drops, another batch of PSP games have been made considerably more affordable. First and foremost is Square-Enix’s highly enjoyable Final Fantasy Dissidia, the 2009 crossover fighting game. Combat plays similarly to the Kingdom Hearts series, just in a 1v1 versus setting, and the game has you level up and customize the characters you use as you win battles. I had a lot of fun with it, even though the story is mostly bland. The price for Dissidia has been slashed in half, down to $19.99. Also reduced are a pair from Rockstar games, The Warriors and the ever-controversial Manhunt 2. The Warriors is based on the 1979 film of the same name, having you control the gang as they fight their way back to Coney Island. As a big fan of the movie and the book, I had been waiting for a price drop like this to pick up the game and look forward to checking it out. Both Rockstar titles have been marked down to $14.99.

The highlight of the PS3 side has to be Hello Games’ Joe Danger. Developed by a team of four friends, this charming title does a whole hell of a lot right. Players control the titular character, a death-defying daredevil, racing through 2D obstacle courses either alone or via split-screen multiplayer. Included in the package is a quick and easy level editor for creating and sharing tracks online. It’s been getting great reviews so far, and seems to be well worth the $14.99 price tag. The other major release is Episode 1 of Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse. Developed by Telltale Games, this marks the beginning of Season 3 of S&M on the PS3. In this new entry, psychotic rabbit detective Max is given super powers, sending the duo on a hilarious adventure to discover the source and meaning behind it all. Fans from seasons one and two will be right at home in the third, and this is a solid place for players new to the series to jump on. The individual episode can be had for $8.99, or you can subscribe to get the whole 5-episode season for $24.99.

Frankly, the DLC this week is a bit odd. Cute and cuddly Little Big Planet gets a set of costumes based on Heavy Rain, a rather dark suspense tale. These five costumes can be had for $1.99 each, or $5.99 for the set and more than 60 stickers for in-game use. Equally interesting is this week’s Guitar Hero add-on, a free track pack consisting entirely of National Anthems just in time for the start of the World Cup. England, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the United States are the countries represented. As a fighting game enthusiast, I feel the need to mention a new costume pack release for the excellent Super Street Fighter IV. The “Super Challengers Pack 2″ contains alternate outfits for Juri, Ibuki, Cody, Adon, and T.Hawk, and stays the course for Street Fighter DLC pricing at $3.99.

Joining its original in the PSOne Classics line for $5.99 is Bloody Roar 2. Considered by some to be the best in this often-forgotten fighting series, this was the last entry before Bloody Roar 3 made the jump to the PS2.

This week’s update is rounded out on the PSP side by the release of three full downloadable games, each among the best of their genre. The biggest release of the week on any platform, Playstation or otherwise, is Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker. A demo has been available for some time now, giving players a taste of how well the stealth action series transitioned to the portable system. Originally planned as Metal Gear Solid 5, players would be foolish to think that the smaller screen means a lesser experience. I was supposed to have a copy of this in my hands as we speak, but my Memory Stick is full and the usually fantastic Amazon.com failed in its Release-Date Delivery guarantee. The retail and downloadable versions are priced the same at $39.99. Joining MGS as a downloadable on the same date as physical release is visual novel Disgaea Infinite. Unlike the previous strategy RPG entries to the Disgaea series, Infinite takes its inspiration and gameplay mechanics from Japanese-only text-based adventure Infinite Loop. Like MGS the downloadable version is priced the same as the retail copy, but at the budget starting price of $19.99. The last big PSP release this week is also priced to win at $19.99, and that would be the downloadable release of Metal Slug XX. This long-running side-scrolling shooter series from SNK Playmore was released on UMD in February, and received fairly unimpressive reviews. This hardcore arcade-style action game is among the more accessible entries in the series, but will still provide plenty of fun for long time fans. Weighing in at a mere 165 MB, it doesn’t take up much more Memory Stick space than an average demo, and PSPGo owners that are somehow short on space have little to worry about.

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 22:29 by Rajiv Miller · Permalink
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