It’s a big week for PlayStation gamers with a couple of high-profile retail titles as well as some great DLC content through the PSN.
By now most of our readers are aware of Heavy Rain‘s impending release this Tuesday. There’s a lot of hype surrounding the game but no matter where you might fall in the discussion, you can’t deny that Quantic Dreams has offered PS3 owners an entirely unique gaming experience and that, if nothing else, the game sets a new standard for how players can experience story in a video game. If you’re still on the fence, make sure to check out the demo – not to mention our forthcoming review.
It’s also worth mentioning that both Resident Evil 5 and Assassin’s Creed II received large DLC campaign add-ons in this week’s update to the PSN Store. If your a fan of either series, the choice should be pretty simple. That said, even if you’re not a fan, AC2‘s “Bonfire of the Vanities” and RE5′s “Lost in Nightmares” both feature high production values and fit into their respective stories – offering several hours of quality gameplay. If you enjoyed either title’s main campaign, these add-ons are definitely worth picking up.
Here is the full list of release information:
Feb. 23rd Retail Game Releases:
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Heavy Rain is an interactive, single player, action adventure game in which every decision players make influences the evolution of a desperate quest to catch a deadly killer poised to strike again. Heavy Rain offers complex and dark storyline meant for mature audiences, featuring a variety of possible endings, advanced crime scene analysis, replayable chapters, four playable characters and the ability to continue play as remaining characters in the event of your current character’s death.
Last Rebellion (PS3)
Last Rebellion is a turn-based role-playing game that blends stirring storytelling with an engaging and addictive battle system. Nine is a Blade, whose specialty is physical attacks, and Aisha is a Sealer, who casts magic spells. Because they share a single body, players must switch between the two during the battle and strategically choose which one attacks first.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (PS3)
In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in medieval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA. Fan favorites such as Dr. Eggman, Tails, AiAi, Amigo and many more will join Sonic in their custom built vehicles, revving their engines and jostling to stay ahead of the pack.
Metal Slug XX (PSP)
Metal Slug XX is the new addition to the beloved Metal Slug series that captures all the glory of the arcade experience and more. In it classic Metal Slug characters, as well as two from the King of Fighters series return to take on General Morden and his new and improved Rebel Army. Features include classic 2D gameplay, 70 unlockable missions, co-op multiplayer wireless support, the original Main Mission Story mode and a new Combat School ranking system.
Feb. 18th PlayStation Store Promotions:
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Sale, One Week Only (now $7.49, original price $14.99)
- Topatoi Permanent Price Drop (now $7.99, original price $9.99)
Ubisoft Game Sale – Ends on 3/4:
- Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood – Old West Map Pack Sale (now $5.99, original price $9.99)
- Shaun White Snowboarding The Glamour Pack Sale (now $2.49, original price $4.99)
- Shaun White Snowboarding Target Limited Edition The Glamour Pack Sale (now $2.49, original price $4.99)
- Tom Clancy’s End War Faction Elite Pack Sale (now $1.99, original price $3.75)
- Brothers in Arms D-Day Sale (now $7.49, original price $14.99)
- Price of Persia Revelations Sale (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Sale (now $9.99, original price $19.99)
The Tester Season Premiere: Episode 1 “The Critical Eye” (free)
The chosen 11 gamers meet for the first time, confront their first challenge, and face the panel in the debut of PlayStation Network’s new original series. Download now and find out who goes home first.
All Qore subscribers and purchasers of February’s episode (#21) can now visit Episode 21’s Download Center to download The Eye of Judgment LEGENDS demo for the PSP/PSPgo.
Feb. 18th PlayStation Store Update (PS3):
Magic Carpet (5.99)
Jump on your magic carpet and revisit this classic filled with mystery, spells, and monsters. Let the fantasy take you away!
Mass Destruction ($5.99)
Become a one-man army as you get behind the controls of one of three multi-armored battle tanks. Show no mercy as you utilize every weapon in your arsenal to bring about mass destruction against cruel, despotic regimes in over 20 missions across four types of terrain!
Sorcerer’s Maze ($5.99)
Travel through the Sorcerer’s Maze in this fantasy-filled puzzle game. Can you harness the powers of magic to defeat the monsters within?
- MAG SVER Badge Avatar ($0.49)
- MAG SVER Character Avatar ($0.49)
- MAG Raven Badge Avatar ($0.49)
- MAG Raven Character Avatar ($0.49)
- MAG Valor Badge Avatar ($0.49)
- MAG Valor Character Avatar ($0.49)
Game Demos (free)
Yakuza 3 Network Demo
Introducing the next cinematic chapter in the prestigious Yakuza series renowned for its authentic, gritty and often violent look at modern Japan. Making its first appearance exclusively on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the rich story and vibrant world of Yakuza 3 lets players engage in intense brutal clashes within the streets of Okinawa, and the vibrant and often dangerous city of Tokyo where only the strongest will survive.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Demo
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Playable Demo.
Add-on Game Content
BUZZ! National Geographic: Kids Quiz Pack ($7.99)
A new question pack for BUZZ!
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast Saiyan’s Pack (free)
The “Dragon Ball: Raging Blast” Character Pack #7 is now available! The seventh release is the “Saiyans Pack.” This pack contains very popular Saiyan fighters: Majin Vegeta, Trunks (Fighting Teen), Vegito, Bardock and Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta! The Saiyans of all Saiyans now enter the Raging Blast battles! Who will be the last fighter standing…?
Assassin’s Creed II Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities ($3.99)
A must for Assassin’s fans, Assassin’s Creed II Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities continues to expand the award-winning AC2 universe. Take on a powerful adversary in twelve new memories. Work with Machiavelli to free the city of Florence from the grip of the mad monk Savonarola.
Assassin’s Creed II Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities & Secret Locations ($6.99)
Assassin’s Creed II Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities continues to expand the award-winning AC2 universe. Take on a powerful adversary in 12 new memories. Work with Machiavelli to free the city of Florence from the grip of the mad monk Savonarola. Three Templar secret locations from the AC2 Collector’s Edition are also included: Palazzo Medici, Santa Maria Dei Frari, and the Arsenal Shipyard.
Dante’s Inferno Florentine Dante Costume ($1.99)
Dress Dante as the famous Italian poet of the Middle Ages, Dante Alighieri. Part one of his poem The Divine Comedy serves as the backdrop for EA’s action-adventure epic Dante’s Inferno.
Resident Evil 5 Lost In Nightmares ($4.99)
This is the first installment of new content for Resident Evil 5. Find out what happened to Jill at Spencer’s estate, and play as Barry Burton and Excella Gionne in The Mercenaries Reunion.
Resident Evil 5 Costume Pack 1 ($1.99)
This costume pack is compatible with the original game. Show off Chris’ muscled physique with his Warrior outfit, and add a bit of elfin fantasy to Sheva with Fairy Tale. These costumes can also be used in The Mercenaries Reunion in addition to the main story.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Hoth Mission Pack ($9.99)
Go beyond the evil ending of The Force Unleashed and take the Apprentice to Hoth to “recruit” an important ally.
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.
- “Let Forever Be”— The Chemical Brothers ($1.99)
- “Weightless”— All Time Low ($1.99)
- “Stray Cat Strut”— Brian Setzer ($1.99)
- “Fascination”— Alphabeat ($1.99)
- “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember”— Otis Redding ($1.99)
- “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay (Take 2)”— Otis Redding ($1.99)
- “Love Man”— Otis Redding ($1.99)
- “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)”— Otis Redding ($1.99)
- “I’m Sick Y’all”— Otis Redding ($1.99) ($1.99)
- Otis Redding Pack 1 ($8.49)- Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Otis Redding Pack 01. This album includes “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay (Take 2),” “Love Man,” “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),” and “I’m Sick Y’all” by Otis Redding.
Feb. 18th PlayStation Store Update (PSP):
SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 ($39.99)
The best selling shooter on the PSP returns with an intense single player campaign, unprecedented 4 player co-op, and up to 16 player competitive multiplayer.
Puzzle Chronicles ($29.99)
Enter the dark and savage lands of the Ashurin Empire as you battle to avenge the atrocities the Empire brought upon your tribesmen. On your heroic quest to topple the Empire you will fìght fierce beasts and battle hardened warriors in this new Puzzle RPG hybrid game. Featuring an active puzzle combat mechanic, deep story, and robust character development Puzzle Chronicles will bring you into the next era of Puzzle RPGs.
Add-On Game Content (also available from PS3 Storefront)
BUZZ! Quiz World PSP National Geographic Safari Pack ($3.99)
From the world famous National Geographic archives comes the ultimate African wildlife quiz. This BUZZ! Quiz World PSP quiz pack features hundreds of new questions about African wildlife to play in any of your favorite BUZZ! Quiz World PSP game modes. Download this quiz pack today and turn your party into the ultimate trivia showdown. Challenge friends and family and “Show ‘em Your Trivia!”
SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 Online Entitlement ($19.99)
The Online Entitlement is used to activate the online / infrastructure features of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3. For those purchasing the game second-hand, the entitlement will need to be purchased and entered into a PSN account prior to activating the infrastructure co-op and multiplayer features. The entitlement will be tied to purchasing PSN account and cannot be used by another account.
LittleBigPlanet PSP Savannah Level Pack ($2.99)
Download a new set of goodies to create your own Savannah themed levels.
LittleBigPlanet PSP Savannah Costumes (free)
LittleBigPlanet’s critically acclaimed “PLAY, CREATE, SHARE” experience, makes its way to the PSP system with a completely new Sackboy adventure. Get a sneak peek of what’s in the Savannah Theme Pack with this free Lion costume!
LittleBigPlanet PSP Wedding Theme Pack ($2.99)
Download a new set of costumes and CREATE materials to create your own LittleBigWedding! Weddings Theme Pack includes two costumes, 14 materials, 15 stickers, one music kit and one background.
LittleBigPlanet PSP Wedding Costumes (free)
LittleBigPlanet’s critically acclaimed “PLAY, CREATE, SHARE” experience, makes its way to the PSP system with a completely new Sackboy adventure. Get two free costumes and get dressed up for the biggest wedding of the year!
Will you be picking up the Assassin’s Creed II DLC? What about Resident Evil 5 “Lost in Nightmares”?