Playstation Network Wrap-Up for May 4th, 2010

So, funny story: all week since Thursday, I’ve been telling myself that I have to remember that the Playstation Network update is on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. I kept saying it to myself over and over again, up until Tuesday, when I promptly forgot it until about 9:30PM EST and went “OH SHIT THE PLAYSTATION UPDATE”. Cue panicked logging into the PSN to see what was going on; I figured if this update was like other recent updates, there wouldn’t be a lot for me to play or do.

One PSP demo, one huge PS3 demo and a fight with my controller later, and I realized I had a LOT to do. This week is loaded!

Therefore, though this update is late, there’s a lot going on on the network. If you’re going to move your date back presumably to preempt Microsoft’s update, do it in a good week.

Though it pains me to say this, the biggest news of the week isn’t a game, it’s paid DLC. The Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Pack is online. Whoop-de-fucking-do. Playstation owners get their DLC maps over a month after XBox owners because Activision decided it was OK to alienate half of their userbase to get some money from Microsoft, and are now bestowing them upon us as if it’s Moses coming down to give the Ten Commandments. And for what? A few maps, a good portion of which are repeats from MW1? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: anyone who buys this crappy package for this much money is a fool, and can’t complain in the future about DLC prices, ever. Activision is bleeding you dry, and this process will not stop.

The new PS3 game this week is Lead and Gold: Gangs Of The Wild West, which can be described as a Western-themed, third person Team Fortress 2 with an emphasis on being together to make teammates stronger. The two big innovations the game makes is that it’s possible to revive teammates, and there is also a reward system heavily slanted towards finishing objectives instead of being a lone soldier. However, the amount of modes is thin, there are not a lot of character classes (four, instead of TF2’s nine), and the game is cursed with the same problem that other console based shooters have – a reliance on the controller – though being a third person shooter somewhat mitigates that problem. Lead and Gold is $15, which seems like a good price for what you’re getting, and though I’m not fond of online-reliant console games, for that price, you’re not losing much if things go tits-up eventually. If this were a PC game, I’d own it by now.

EDIT ON MAY 6, 2010: Whoops! Looks like I was wrong – and the game’s website was uninformative – because Lead and Gold is available for the PC as well. Still, after Chuck Platt’s tepid review, I’m not sure I want to spend my money. Oh well, another $15 saved.

There’s also a big name demo, especially around these parts: the demo for UFC Undisputed 2010, the sequel to DHGF’s Sports Game of the Year, is out. After a lengthly explanation as to what the new features are in this year’s game – a heavy emphasis on social interaction seems to be the key – you’re allowed to either fight an exhibition or try out a small tournament using fighters out of the light heavyweight division. I played the demo extensively, and enjoyed it, though I had the same problem I did with last year’s game: I am completely and totally incapable of winning any way other than a knockout. I am buggered when it comes to submissions, and I don’t have any clue why. Of course, I don’t play a lot online, and that’s where Matt Yeager and Aaron Sirois say the game excels, so I would advise you take their words for it. The full game comes out soon, and I can all but guarantee that someone more knowledgeable of the game – probably Aaron – will be reviewing it.

There are a whopping FOUR new games for the PSP, and a demo. The biggest name we have this week is Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake. For $20, you get a port of the popular PS3 title, and the ability to play it portably. Best of all, it got a favourable writeup from D.J. Tatsujin in his day-of-release review, so for $20, while the UMD version is preferable, this is a good buy.

Second to come out is What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? 2, the sequel to Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This!?, which Aileen gave a positive review to. This game made headlines specifically because it had to be renamed to avoid a copyright conflict with Warner Bros. over the Batman name; NIS decided it was better to just change the name than to win a Pyhrric victory that would destroy them. Though the name change is unfortunate, Aileen had some things to say about the demo when it came about. It should be noted that though this is only $20, the UMD version is highly recommended, since it comes with both this one and the first game for those that missed out on it the first time around. Judging by sales figures, most of you should be getting the UMD version. Aileen Coe is working on a review of this game as I speak, but spoiler alert: she likes it.

The last two releases are Iron Man 2 The Video Game for $30, and Armored Core Last Raven for $15. The latter game is another in the Armored Core series that has never had a lot of mainstream critical success, but might be popular with mech fans. The former is a movie tie-in, and at $30, I absolutely want to see some reviews first before dropping $30 on a downloadable movie game. No matter what, though, four full games – two of which are confirmed good games – is a tremendous coup.

There’s also – gasp – a PSP demo, this one for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to demo this one. See, ever since the latest firmware upgrade to allow 3D gameplay, I haven’t been able to connect my controller wirelessly. Therefore, since I can’t actually move my controller, I can’t transfer the game to my PSP, since they both require the same data cable. However, this is a sequel to a game Aaron reviewed, and was keen on. He’s a big fan of the series, so when this comes out, I think we can rest assured we’re going to get an educated opinion on this game from one of our more prolific writers.

In terms of sales, Sony didn’t hold back this week, either. The Spring Fever sale has a war theme this week, with half off sales for SOCOM US Navy SEALs Confrontation and Warhawk, both $15. Also, the paid DLC for SOCOM is half off, down to $7.50. There’s also a sale on Prince of Persia items, with both PSP games being sold at half price, and the DLC for the main game also going for half price. A lot of these are sales we’ve seen recently, but they all have an impressive pedigree at the very least.

Overall, this is a HUGE week for the Playstation Network. A new update time, some big games, and lots of content contribute to make me a happy motor vehicle. Until next time, this is Christopher Bowen, who is going to require being hit with a blunt object if he forgets the update again next week.

The full update is under the cut. Please bear in mind that due to the update times throwing things out of whack, this is the last time we will be including the Comic Store in the update, because they update on Wednesdays now.


This week Spring Fever celebrates War titles! 50% off Warhawk (PS3) and SOCOM US Navy SEALs Confrontation (PS3) both $14.99 each, regular price $29.99. Also find SOCOM US Navy SEALs Confrontation Cold Front DLC on sale for 7.49, regular price $14.99. Offers good through Monday, 5/10/10.

Updates

Prince of Persia: Epilogue DLC Sale (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
Prince of Persia: Revelations Sale (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
Prince of Persia: Rival Swords Sale (now $7.49, original price $14.99)

Downloadable Games

Lead and Gold: Gangs Of The Wild West ($14.99)

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West is a 3rd person shooter delivering an intense team based multiplayer experience. Relive the violent era of the Wild West as it ought to be with adrenaline fueled action and fast paced gunfights. Fight gritty battles in beautifully rendered classic western settings. Test your mettle in genre specific game modes and levels tailor-made for satisfying team play.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 732 MB

Game Demos (free)

UFC Undisputed 2010 Demo
So you want to be a fighter? This is how! Choose from one of 4 selectable fighters and challenge the best in exhibition mode or an 4 man tournament. UFC Undisputed 2010 features the most authentic MMA action while boasting the best fighters in the world. After one round with all the new features and key improvements, you’ll embody the essence and spirit of a real fighter. Are you ready to be one?
ESRB Rated T
File size: 970 MB

Add-on Game Content

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package ($14.99)
The best-selling PlayStation 3 system game of all-time just got bigger, with more epic multiplayer content! The Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package delivers 5 additional action-packed multiplayer maps, including brand-new battlegrounds and legendary fan-favorites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. French version also available.
File size: 318 MB

Record Of Agarest War: Add-On Dungeon 3: Generation 3 Magma Val (free)
An add-on dungeon for generation 3. It’s time to reunite with old friends at [Magna Val]!
File size: 2.33 MB

Record Of Agarest War: Add-On Dungeon 4: Generation 4 Tresor Island (free)
An add-on dungeon for generation 4. Embark on an exciting journey to the mysterious [Tresor Island]!
File size: 2.33 MB

Record Of Agarest War: Item Pack 3: Recovery Kit + (free)
An advanced recovery kit. It contains [Recovery Grass], which recovers more HP than [Grass]; [Charm Herb], which removes certain effects; [Stone of Life], which revives characters to 50% of their maximum HP; and [Resurrect], which removes the inability to fight.
File size: 2.33 MB

Record Of Agarest War: Item Pack 4: Combination Pack (free)

A package with [Moonlight Flower] and [Tree Spirit Soul], two items useful for alchemy. We also threw in a [Lucky Charm] for, you know, luck. Don’t worry-if it doesn’t work out the first time, this package contains two of each item!
File size: 2.33 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

  • “Different People” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “End It On This” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “Happy Now?” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “Hey You” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “Sixteen” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “The Climb” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “Tragic Kingdom” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “World Go Round” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • “You Can Do It” – No Doubt ($1.99)
  • No Doubt Tragic Kingdom: The Deep Cuts ($14.99) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: No Doubt Tragic Kingdom: The Deep Cuts. This pack includes “Different People,” “Happy Now?,” “Tragic Kingdom,” “Hey You,” “The Climb,” “End It on This,” “World Go “ËœRound,” “You Can Do It,” and “Sixteen” by No Doubt.
  • No Doubt Tragic Kingdom: The Complete Album ($19.99) – Experience the full Tragic Kingdom album by No Doubt, including the five tracks previously released in the Rock Band Music Store (please note: if you have already purchased these songs, it is possible to purchase them again).
  • “According To You” – Orianthi ($1.99)
  • “Deartest (I’m So Sorry)” – Picture Me Broken ($0.99)

Rock Band Network

  • “Bodies” by Drowning Pool ($1.99)
  • “I Know What I Am” by Flight of the Conchords ($1.99)
  • “Little Black Backpack “Ëœ09″³ by Stroke 9 ($1.99)
  • “Semi-Charmed Life “Ëœ09″³ by Third Eye Blind ($1.99)
  • “Survive” – by Lacuna Coil ($1.99)

File size: 15 MB – 52 MB (singles), 326 MB – 494 MB (track pack)

Game Videos (free)

Pulse 5/4 Edition
Join host Christina Lee for PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network. In this edition we get the skinny on the new Fat Princess title for your PSP system, check out a free pack for MAG, plus we list the top downloaded add-ons of the Spring season. New video releases include The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.
File size: 267 MB (HD), 444 MB (1080)

3D Dot Game Heroes Trailer
Evil has plagued the kingdom of Dotnia, and they are in need of a hero. Will it be you? Retro chic meets modern sleek in this, the ultimate love letter to retro gamers.

Seamlessly fusing new and old, the golden era of gaming is felt in every detail of this adventure.
File size: 59 MB (HD)

EyePet Video
Welcome the newest member of your family into your home – EyePet. Using a PlayStation Eye camera and PlayStation Move motion controller, EyePet is virtually projected into our living room where he can play and interact with you and your family. Not only does EyePet live in your world, but you can also interact with his digital environment. EyePet is the first 3-D animated pet for the PS3 system, and is the perfect addition for any family!
File size: 64 MB (HD), 104 MB (1080)

Dead Space 2 Reveal Trailer
Watch the first trailer for Dead Space 2. The nightmare returns in 2011.

File size: 54 MB (HD)

PlayStation Move Video
Using advanced motion sensors and the PlayStation Eye Camera, your every movement is mimicked on-screen in breathtaking Blu-ray powered HD.
Take core gaming to a new level or bring your whole family in on the adventure with a title line up that will excute every gamer.
File size: 115 MB (HD), 179 MB (1080)

Kevin Butler Video
PlayStation Move is the most immersive gamine experience possible. Using advanced motion sensors and the PlayStation Eye Camera, your every movement is mimicked on-screen in breathtaking Blu-ray powered HD, only possible on the PS3 system. Take core gaming to a new level or bring your whole family in on the adventure with a title line up that will excite every gamer. Step into the game with PlayStation Move.
File size: 73 MB (HD), 121 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes

Drops ($1.49)
File size: 13 MB

PlayStation Store for PSP

Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Fat Princess: Fistful Of Cake ($19.99)
Sound the trumpets! The highly-anticipated PlayStation Network title Fat Princess is bringing its comical medieval fun to the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, and with a host of added features. Frantically-paced and strategic, Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake pits two hordes of players against each other in comic medieval battle royale on the PSP system. Download the game today!

ESRB Rated T
File size: 167 MB

Armored Core Last Raven ($14.99)
You can build your own AC units with more than 500 parts to choose from. New features such as Ad-hoc multiplayer function enhance your game experience. The game save from AC3 Portable and ACSL Portable can be carried over to this game.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 804 MB

What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? 2 ($19.99)

My Lord, God of Destruction! Resume your role and protect me, the Overlord from the throngs of hypocritical human heroes by digging a dungeon and balancing the monster ecosystem! With more stages, heroes and monsters than in the original, and new systems to exploit, you’ll be ready to bring the badness back in this strategy game of increased underworldly proportions.
ESRB Rated: T
File size: 115 MB

Iron Man 2 The Video Game ($29.99)
Iron Man 2 is an action adventure game that takes you beyond the movie into the comic universe. Suit up as Iron Man or War Machine, customize your suit and weapons and battle skyscraper tall enemies. Iron Man brings unrivaled speed and agility. War Machine brings heavy artillery. You choose!
ESRB Rated: T
File size: 727 MB

Game Demos (also available from PS3 Storefront) (free)

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 Demo
The demo for the most advanced NARUTO Shippuden handheld action fighting game has arrived! NARUTO Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is the heir to the Ultimate Ninja series, combining completely revamped 2D Ninja fighting with 4-player multiplayer action! Download the demo now!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 67 MB

Add-on Game Content

What Did I Do To Deserve This My Lord! 2 – Day Without Badman DLC ($1.99)
When the Overlord leaves the dungeon, you are tasked with the responsibility of protecting his (rather annoying) daughter. These new levels, monologues by the Overlord’s daughterm put you in charge of defeating a myriad of heroes for the sake of a damsel who is not so distressed.
File size: 610 KB

What Did I Do To Deserve This My Lord! 2 – My Name is Shota DLC ($1.99)
Face off against Shota, the original main hero, as you get a glimpse of his side of the store. These new levels are narrated by the tragically unskilled and unlucky hero as he struggles to survive the rugged and adventurous life of those who answer the call to action.
File size: 596 KB

PSP Minis (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Sneezies ($2.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 9.65 MB

One Two Boat Racing (PSP Only) ($1.99)

ESRB Rated E
File size: 5.32 MB

Ramen Heaven (PSP Only) ($1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 6.6 MB

Finger Connection (PSP Only) ($1.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 6.3 MB

Game Videos (free)

Pulse 5/4 Edition
File size: 91 MB

PSP Themes (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Drops PSP Theme 1 ($0.99)
File size: 320 KB

Drops PSP Theme 2 ($0.99)

File size: 480 KB


Comic Store Update

  • 2000AD Prog # 1678
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2003) # 561
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2003) # 562
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2003) # 563
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2003) # 564
  • Archie # 603
  • Atomic Robo Vol.2 # 5
  • Daredevil (1964) # 6
  • Daredevil (1964) # 7
  • Daredevil (1964) # 8
  • Dead, She Said # 3
  • Donald Duck and the Giro d’Italia # 1
  • Donald Duck and the Giro d’Italia # 2
  • Donald Duck Baba #
  • Donald Duckling and Betty Lou’s Love
  • G.I. Joe # 16
  • G.I. Joe: Cobra # 9
  • G.I. Joe: Operation HISS # 2
  • G.I. Joe Origins # 15
  • Kong: King of Skull Island # 3
  • Ritual # 3
  • Serpent Wars # 2
  • Shaun the Sheep # 5
  • Sonic the Hedgehog # 2
  • Star Trek: Captain’s Log # 1
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Transformers # 6
  • Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers # 1
  • Transformers: Nefarious # 3
  • Ultraheroes # 5
  • Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 # 5

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