Digital titles have certainly earned their spot among the big boys of AAA gaming, with marketplaces like XBLA, Steam and PSN giving smaller developers a chance to shine. Gamers will have access to even more high profile titles this month, as four new PSN games have been dated for the month of October.
First up is none other than Hello Games’ Joe Danger 2: The Movie. Despite the original title being a timed PSN exclusive, the game’s sequel launched first on the Xbox 360 while the PS3 version was still in development. The game also did quite well critically, garnering a positive score from Game Rant (read our review here). Those interested in the PSN version won’t have to wait long, as Hello Games‘ latest drops next Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 with a price tag of $14.99.
To make up for the late release, Hello Games is also offering extra content with the PS3 version of Joe Danger 2, comprised of scrapped levels from the original Joe Danger which were deemed by the team to be just too difficult. Hello Games’ Sean Murray refers to them as Joe Danger: Gaiden. These levels, which add 10 hours of extra content, will come packed in with the PS3 version of Joe Danger 2 at no extra cost. In addition, the game also supports replays, YouTube support, developer picks, custom soundtracks, level editing, an unlockable Joe Danger and even more hidden content.
Launching alongside Joe Danger 2 is developer VBlank’s highly elusive Retro City Rampage. We say elusive, because the game has been in development for quite a while. Thankfully Retro City Rampage has finally received a firm release date and will come to the PS3, Vita and PC October 9th for $14.99. The game supports cross buy on the PlayStation platforms, allowing gamers to purchase the game on one system and receive it on both. The PC version will be made available through Steam or as a DRM-free download through GOG.com. The game can also be purchased directly from VBlank and will also be DRM-free.
Retro City Rampage will also come to XBLA and Wiiware, though no release date has been set for either platform. VBlank’s Brian Provinciano says that the Wiiware version will release shortly after the PSN version, with an XBLA release still being finalized.
Machinarium, Amanita Design’s popular PC puzzle game is yet another game joining the PSN line up. The game was originally announced for PSN/Vita last year, but is only being released now – the PS3 version is anyway. North American PS3 gamers can get their hands on Machinarium on October 9th for $9.99. The game has been available on the European PSN for roughly a month, with Amanita putting sales at over 100,000 copies.
Amanita Design is still unsure as to when the PS Vita version will be released, though the studio is “working hard” on finishing the port. It’s likely that Machinarium would excel on the Vita, especially in the way it controls.The original PC/Mac release closely resembled the point-and-click adventures of yesteryear, a feat that should be quite easy to replicate using the Vita’s touchscreen.
Lastly, The Unfinished Swan – developer Giant Sparrow’s ambitious PlayStation Move game – has received a release date of October 23rd, 2012. Players with a PlayStation Plus subscription get early access to the game, and can purchase and download The Unfinished Swan on October 16th, 2012 for only $14.99. The game will also cost $14.99 for regular PSN users.
Sony and Giant Sparrow have also released a brand new dev diary to commemorate the final release date: check it out below.
Each of these new releases has been added to our October Game Guide. Check it out to see a list of all the new games releasing this month.
Joe Danger 2: The Movie releases October 9th, 2012 on PSN. The game is also available for the Xbox 360.
Retro City Rampage releases October 9th, 2012 for PC and PSN with a Wiiware and XBL release to follow.
Machinarium releases October 9th, 2012 for the PS3. The game is currently available for PC/Mac.
The Unfinished Swan releases October 16th for PS Plus members, and October 23rd for all PSN users.
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