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Sunday, April 8, 2012

The PSN update was worth waiting for

Lots of great content rolled out this week across the Playstation Network. Among the highlights- Wheels of Destruction, I Am Alive, and free Shank 2, NFS 2 Unleashed, and Silent Hill for Plus subby's

First, if you're a PS Plus subscriber, go download Shank 2 right now. It's a terrifically old school action title and it's free for goodness sake!

Now that that's out of the way, a few big PSN releases finally dropped with I Am Alive and Wheels of Destruction. Alive might not have been received all that generously by the press when it debuted on Xbox Live a short while ago, but it's still a very ambitious game with a lot going for it.

Wheels (20% off for Plus members BTW) sort of feels like Tron meets Twisted Metal. It has a great, futuristic shine that really makes it stand out against the usual post-apocalyptic look that these types of games brandish. It also tends to play differently- like a first person shooter, as classes and even game modes (like capture the flag) play a big part.

Also worth mentioning this week are free copies of Silent Hill (PS One) and Need for Speed 2 Unleashed for Plussers and the still rolling Spring Fever sale. Stand outs there are the criminally underrated Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe and [prototype], which has an amazing looking sequel coming very soon. Two very neat titles that don't get too much love in general.

Playstation Plus

Free Games

  • Shank 2
  • Shift 2 Unleashed
  • Canabalt
  • Farm Frenzy 2
  • Silent Hill

Free Avatars and Dynamic Themes

  • Escape Plan Bakuki Avatar
  • Escape Plan Laarg Avatar
  • Escape Plan Lil Avatar
  • Escape Plan Logo Avatar
  • Escape Plan Triangle Avatar
  • Stripe Shift 2 Dynamic Theme

Discounts

  • Wheels of Destruction (20% off, PS+ Price:$7.99)
  • Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe Digital (50% off, $9.79)
  • Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (50% off, PS+ Price: $4.89)
  • Mortal Kombat – DLC Warrior Bundle (50% off, PS+ Price:$7.34)
  • Mortal Kombat – Freddy Kreuger (50% off, PS+ Price:$2.44)
  • Mortal Kombat – Klassic Skins Pack 1 (50% off, PS+ Price:$2.44)
  • Mortal Kombat – Warrior Kenshi (50% off, PS+ Price:$2.44)
  • Mortal Kombat – Warrior Skarlet (50% off, PS+ Price:$2.44)
  • Mortal Kombat – Warrior Rain (50% off, PS+ Price:$2.44)

Avatar Bundles

  • Devil May Cry 3 Avatar Bundle (PS+ Price:$0.99)
  • Devil May Cry Avatar Bundle (PS+ Price:$0.99)
  • Devil May Cry 2 Avatar Bundle (PS+ Price:$0.99)

PS Vita

Add-Ons

  • MotorStorm RC (x4) (free – $2.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 100 KB each
  • Blazblue: Cse – System Voice Arrange Kokonoe Type-A, Type-B (Vita Dlc) (Cross Entitled With PS3) ($5.99)
    This is a system voice by Chie Matsuura, the voice of Kokonoe. Two versions are included. Purchasing this BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND content entitles you to both the PS3 and PS Vita versions!
    File size 100 KB
  • Ridge Racer Music Pack 16 & 17 “Variety #1 – #2” (free)
    Add new tracks to your game with the sixteenth & seventeenth downloadable Music Pack, containing classic songs from past RIDGE RACER titles! Enjoy 4 songs from RIDGE RACER 3D and RIDGE RACER 7!
    File size 13.16 – 17.04 MB
  • Army Corps Of Hell – Bunny Ears Equipment Set (free)
    Army Corps of Hell brings a new level of vicious combat, dark humor and lightning-quick action to the PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system. As the King of Hell you control an army of a hundred goblin soldiers with various classes and abilities to defeat a host of enemies in order to reclaim your throne. Give your goblin army Rabbit Ears and increase their speed and attack power!
    File size 100 KB

Videos

  •  The Tester Season 3 Episode 9

Playstation 3

PSN

  • Wheels Of Destruction ($9.99)
    In a lawless, post-apocalyptic world, Wheels of Destruction pits you in a kill-or-be-killed competition of extreme four-wheel wreckage. From death matches to flag capturing, slay everything in your path of relentless devastation.
    ESRB Rated E10+
    File size 373 MB
  • The Price Is Right Decades ($9.99)
    Come On Down! Take A Trip Back To Memory Lane with The Price Is Right Decades! The Price Is Right Decades retains all of the treasured game play elements found in previous versions, including classics such as ‘Plinko,’ and ‘The Big Wheel’.
    ESRB Rated E10+
    File size 1.95 GB
  • I Am Alive ($14.99)
    One year after a worldwide cataclysmic event that wiped out most of the human race, a man struggles for survival in a desolate city as he tries to reunite with his long lost family. In this post-apocalyptical tale, there are no supernatural threats, just an everyman who faces a decaying and hazardous world.
    ESRB Rated M
    File size 1.91 GB

Demos

  • Warp Demo
    Warp is a puzzle based stealth action game where gamers play as Zero. Abducted and taken to an underwater research facility, Zero must plan his ultimate escape.
    ESRB rated M
    File size 1.14 GB
  • Time Machine: Rogue Pilot Demo
    The new Time Machine: Rogue Pilot brings you the best match 3 game experience! Are you ready for an exciting time travel adventure? Save the world by yourself or ask a friend to give you a hand!
    ESRB rated E
    File size 251 MB
  • I Am Alive Demo
    In this post-apocalyptical tale, there are no supernatural threats, just an everyman who faces a decaying and hazardous world and humanity’s darkest inclinations. Will you hang on to your humanity and help strangers or are you ready to sacrifice others in order to survive? Experience the Full Game Trial & face the darkness for yourself.
    ESRB rated M
    File size 1.91 GB

Add-Ons

  • EyePet & Friends (x10) ($0.69 – $2.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 308 KB – 2.98 MB
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (x5) ($1.99 – $5.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 110 KB each
  • MotorStorm RC (x4) (free – $2.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 100 KB each
  • Blazblue: Cse – System Voice Arrange Kokonoe Type-A, Type-B (PS3 Dlc) (Cross Entitled With Vita ($5.99)
    This is a system voice by Chie Matsuura, the voice of Kokonoe. Two versions are included. Purchasing this BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND content entitles you to both the PS3 and PS Vita versions!
    File size 2.63 MB
  • Asura’s Wrath – Additional Episode 15.5 ($1.99)
    Don’t miss this fully-animated episode revealing Yasha’s defiance between episodes 15 and 16!
    File size 1.23 GB
  • Street Fighter X Tekken (x46) (free- $12.49)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 100 KB each
  • SSX: Eddie And More (free)
    Fill out your roster and boost your attributes with the SSX Boards & Riders Pack. Ride as fan-favorite Eddie Wachowksi, or shred the mountain as pro snowboarder Travis Rice. Also included are character specific Ultimate level snowboards for Eddie, Zoe, Mac, Kaori, and Elise, plus a bonus GeoTag!
    File size 8.65 MB
  • Soulcalibur V (x5) (free – $2.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 133 KB – 68 MB
  • Tales Of Graces F (x11) ($0.99 – $3.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 100 – 785 KB
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 DLC (x4) (free – $1.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 659 KB – 16 MB
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 (x7) ($1.99 – $9.99)
    Assorted add on content.
    File size 138 – 828 KB
  • Rocksmith – Bring Me To Life By Evanescence ($2.99)
    File size 3.05 MB
  • Rocksmith – Pumped Up Kicks By Foster The People ($2.99)
    File size 3.02 MB
  • Rocksmith – This Love by Maroon 5 ($2.99)
    File size 2.48 MB

Pricing Updates

  • Mortal Kombat – Warrior Kenshi (Spring Fever Sale) (now $3.49, original price $4.99)
    Mortal Kombat – Dlc Warrior Bundle (Spring Fever Sale) (now $10.49, original price $14.99)
    Mortal Kombat – Freddy Kreuger (Spring Fever Sale) (now $3.49, original price $4.99)
    Mortal Kombat – Klassic Skins Pack 1 (Spring Fever Sale) (now $3.49, original price $4.99)
    Mortal Kombat – Warrior Skarlet (Spring Fever Sale) (now $3.49, original price $4.99)
    Mortal Kombat Warrior Rain (Spring Fever Sale) (now $3.49, original price $4.99)
    Prototype (Price Change) (now $19.99, original price $29.99)
    Mortal Kombat vs. DC (Spring Fever Sale) (now $13.99, original price $19.99)
    Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (Spring Fever Sale) (now $6.99 , original price $9.99)
    MotorStorm RC – BONUS Supermini Duckie (PS3/PS Vita Cross Entitled add-on) (now free, original price $0.49)

Avatars

  • Escape Plan Avatars (x6) ($0.49 each)
  • Z.H.P. Avatars (x3) ($0.49)
  • Devil May Cry Avatars (x30) ($0.49 each)
  • Unit 13 Avatars (x5) ($0.49 each)

Videos (free)

  • Bioshock Infinite – Heavy Hitters: Motorized Patriot Trailer
  • Journey Story Trailer
  • Journey Launch Trailer
  • The Tester Season 3 Episode 9

Themes

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 Custom Theme (free)
  • Abstract Ocean Flight Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
  • Abstract Firework Symphony Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
  • Ups and Downs by Jody Barton Theme ($1.49)
  • Elements by On Repeat Theme ($1.99)

Home

  • PlayStation Home Companions Pack
  • PlayStation Home Female Hairstyles Pack
  • PlayStation Home Furniture Pack 2
  • PlayStation Home Neon Pack
  • PlayStation Home Combat Armored Suit Pack

Apps (free)

  • Amazon.com

 

PSP

Minis

  • Canabalt (Minis) ($2.99)
  • Farm Frenzy 2 – Minis ($4.99)

Videos (free)

  • The Tester Season 3 Episode 9

Themes

  • Lake Of Sorrows by Jasper Goodall PSP Theme ($1.49)
  • Collide o’Scope by Luke Insect PSP Theme ($1.49)




The PSN update was worth waiting for
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