Here’s a sneak preview of what will be hitting the PlayStation Store on February 7, 2012, courtesy of this week’s episode of the Official PlayStation Blogcast.
Shank 2: $9.99
Gotham City Impostors: $14.99, demo available
The Simpsons Arcade Game: $9.99 (free for PS+ members), demo available
Release dates and pricing subject to change, but here’s an early look at the PSN releases for next week (1/17):
Amy – $9.99
Zack Zero – $12.99 (Check out the trailer)
Starhawk public beta for Playstation Plus users (and private beta users who kept their save data)
Hot on the heels of the recent 3DS system software update, Nintendo has given their Club Nintendo website a bit of a makeover. In addition to a little visual sprucing up, they’ve also added a number of actual games to the list of rewards that club members can spend their coins on.
We checked out the new Xbox 360 dashboard update yesterday, now take a look at the official Xbox Live app for iOS!
Come along as I give you a rundown of some of the new features! (Watch it on the YouTube page if you want to view in HD.)
Finnish developer Recoil Games has just announced that the gravity-bending Rochard will be arriving on PC by way of Steam on November 15th. This should be welcome news to PC gamers, as we had a heck of a good time with the game when it first hit PSN back in September. Rochard won’t weigh too heavy on your wallet either – the PC counterpart will still sport the reasonable $9.99 price tag that it does on PSN.
Source: Rochard website
When Joe Danger hit the PlayStation Network last summer, it was universally loved, or at least universally liked. The Hello Games-developed title appeared to be a simple, Excitebike-like side-scrolling motorcycle racer at first blush, but in reality turned out to be more of a platformer-on-wheels. Charming humor, vibrant color, and challenging mechanics made for a rather enjoyable experience. A year and a half later, Hello Games has announced that the game is coming to Xbox Live Arcade in the form of Joe Danger: Special Edition, with Microsoft Studios signed on to publish it.
The party is officially over for cost-conscious “game sharers”. Sony has just announced changes to their PlayStation Network usage policies regarding how many unique PS3 consoles can make use of purchased content. Effective November 18th, each individual PSN account may only utilize purchased content on two activated systems, a decrease from the current limit of five systems. The only positive note is that purchases made prior to the 18th are not retroactively affected.
First things first: I do not like the Spike Video Game Awards. I think they are a bombastic, overblown, and ridiculously over-hyped display of most, if not all, of the things I like least about gaming and gamers.
But… those sweet, sweet EXCLUSIVES!!!!
In a move that has become uncomfortably common, last week Rockstar Games announced the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V. They essentially only confirmed the game’s existence (which was a no-brainer for a series of this popularity), offering zero details, other than stating that the game’s trailer would be released on November 2nd.
Well, today’s the day and here it is – feast your eyes on the GTA V trailer.
So, what do you think? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!
I had a blast playing dress-up last night. No, not with my actual dolls – those are in storage. I was mucking around with the newly-released Initiation Station for Saints Row: The Third. After fiddling around for about 10 or 15 minutes, I ended up with the depraved individual you see before you, whom I’ve oh-so-creatively named “Matilda.” The standalone application/demo lets you pick from a fairly impressive list of features, hairstyles, clothing, accessories, taunts, tattoos, and even underwear. With all these choices at hand, you’ll be able to create everything from a well-dressed, well-groomed, attractive dude to an intensely disturbing, half-naked, red-headed pervert.
Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment released the above trailer today for Batman: Arkham City’s upcoming Nightwing Bundle Pack DLC. The new pack features Nightwing, playable in all the game’s challenge rooms and also adds two additional challenge rooms, ‘Wayne Manor’ and ‘Main Hall’.
The add-on is scheduled for release the first week of November on Xbox Live and Playstation Network and will be priced at 560 MS points / $6.99, respectively.
Sony today unveiled a new OHMYGOD look at that adorable little Nathan Drake Sackboy! HOW CUTE!
Oh, sorry. Anyway, in addition to announcing that new Sackboy outfit, they also announced a new ‘Special Edition’ version of LittleBigPlanet 2 today. This new release includes the main game, along with the new Move-enabled story level pack, the Toy Story level pack, and a handful of costume packs. I’ve played some of the levels in the Move pack myself and they were a ton of fun.
Editor’s note: I didn’t actually do any fact-checking on that whole “face punching” thing.
The latest game to chronicle the exploits of the “World’s Greatest Detective”, Batman: Arkham City, is performing pretty well, evidently. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that the game has shipped 4.6 million units worldwide in its first week on the market, with the LA Times following up with a report that says actual sales have already hit 2 million units.
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Rockstar Games has announced Grand Theft Auto V, quietly updating their home page and directing people to it on their Twitter feed. The site offers no other info, featuring simply a logo and a note that a trailer would be unveiled on November 2, 2011.
So, GTA V is coming. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we only have one short week left to wildly speculate upon what will be in the upcoming sequel. Me? I think it’s set in space. On the moon. “Grand Theft Auto: Lunar City”. You heard it hear first.
[Spoken aloud, by Drake]: “All men buy DLC: but not equally.” (At least I think that’s how the line in the reveal trailer goes…)
In an increasingly more common move that strikes me as a mix between shady and yet somehow still somewhat consumer-friendly, Sony has just announced that you can pre-purchase a big ‘ol chunk of multiplayer DLC for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune, starting today as part of a program they’ve dubbed the “Fortune Hunters’ Club”. For the low, low price of $24.99, early birds will get the game’s first four map packs and the first three multiplayer skins packs, as they are released, with the first pack hitting in November.
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One of my favorite Halloween-themed RPGs of last year, Costume Quest, has just been released for PC and you can find it right here on Steam. It’s worth noting that this is the first PC release from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions in six years.
When I played Costume Quest last year, I was immediately won over by its cartoonish style, its charming wit, and its highly-approachable gameplay. It’s also the only game I’ve ever played that had an Arrested Development reference in it. I’ve never really been a fan of turn-based combat in games, but I found myself surprisingly satisfied by Costume Quest’s simple, straight-forward battles. However, if you’re a long-time RPG player, you may find the game’s mechanics a little too thin for your tastes.
Having said that, some may find the $14.99 asking price a little steep, considering it was released a year ago on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network for that same amount. This PC version does include the Grubbins on Ice DLC, which does add a bit of extra value to the package. I’m sure it’ll inevitably have its price slashed as part of a future Steam sale, but due to the game’s Halloween theme, there’s no better time than now to play it.
What do you think? Is it reasonable to ask full price for a year-old game, even if it’s the first time it’s been made available on a particular platform or should games be offered at a discounted price in these types of situations? If you’ve played Costume Quest, what did you think of it? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know what you think!
Update: I completely forgot to mention that Playstation Plus members can get Costume Quest for free until midday on 10/18 as part of their subscription.
Source: Playstation Blog