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Sony PlayStation Store Global Update

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe.

** Note for other regions **

European PSN is updated on Wednesdays.

North American Update

PlayStation Plus Content

Exclusive Timed Trial

  • Need for Speed Most Wanted

Discounts

  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors (40%) – PS Plus Price: $29.99
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World (80%) – PS Plus Price: $1.00
  • WWE 13 Fan Axxess (50%) – PS Plus Price: $10.00
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Complete DLC Bundle (80%) – PS Plus Price: $0.40

Last Chance (Leaving on 11/6)

  • Instant Game Collection – NFL Blitz
  • Discount – Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • Discount – Hell Yeah! Pimp My Rabbit DLC
  • Discount – Hell Yeah! Virtual Rabbit Missions DLC
  • Discount – SEGA Rally Arcade
  • Discount – One Piece Pirate Warriors
  • Discount – Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Complete DLC Bundle
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Iori with the Power of Flames
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Mr. Karate
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Nests Style Kyo
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock All
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Billy Saiki (Human Form)
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock Customize Colors
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock Gallery
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock Icons

Pre-Order

  • LittleBigPlanet Karting ($59.99)

PS3 Break Full Games

  • Assassin’s Creed III ($59.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed III Gold Edition ($89.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed III Gold Edition + ACIII Liberation ($119.99)
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted ($59.99)
  • Sports Champions 2 ($39.99)
  • Twisted Metal ($39.99)
  • Toy Story Mania ($39.99)

PSN Games

  • Okami HD ($19.99)

PS Vita

  • Assassin’s Creed III Liberation ($35.99)
  • Ragnarok Odyssey ($39.99)
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted ($39.99)
  • LEGO Lord of the Rings ($39.99)
  • Smart As… ($29.99)

Added to PS Vita Store

  • NBA 2K13
  • SOCOM Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2
  • SOCOM Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3

PSP Games

  • NBA 2K13 ($19.99)
  • I Am An Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Haneda ($19.99)

PS2 Classics

  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power ($9.99)

PS Vita Game Demos (Free)

  • Smart As…

Soundtracks

  • Resistance: Retribution – $9.99
  • Infamous – $9.99
PlayStation 3 Break PS3only € 29,99

Price Change

  • NFL Sunday Ticket – PS3 App (now: $149.95 original price: $299.95)
  • Crazy Machines Elements – PSN Game (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • Defenders of the Mystic Garden – PS Mini (now: $1.49 original price: $2.49)
  • Homefront – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • Red Faction: Armageddon – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • Spy Hunter – PS Vita Game (now: $35.99 original price: $39.99)
  • TNT Racers – PSN Game (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • UFC Undisputed 2010 – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • Warhammer 40K Space Marine – PS3 Full Game (now: $29.99 original price: $39.99)
  • WWE All Stars – PSP Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $39.99)

Sales

  • Catherine – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $39.99)
  • Closure – PSN Game (now: $4.99 original price: $14.99)
  • Knights in the Nightmare – PSP Game (now: $7.49 original price: $14.99)
  • The Cursed Crusade – PS3 Game (now: $14.99 original price: $19.99)

PS Vita Add-ons

Street Fighter X Tekken
  • SF Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99)
  • TK Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99) –
  • DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($5.99)
  • TK DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • SF DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • Individual Alternate Costumes ($0.99 each)
LittleBigPlanet
  • Halloween Costume (Free)
New Little King’s Story
  • Monster Set ($1.99)
  • Outlaw Set ($1.99)
  • Princess Battle Outfit Set 2 ($2.99)
  • Supreme Ruler Power Electronics Set ($0.99)
Pinball Arcade
  • Pack 6: Elvira Party Monsters/No Good Gofers ($4.99)
Pure Chess
  • Halloween Treat Bundle ($7.99)

PS3 Add-ons

Assassin’s Creed III
  • Benedict Arnold (Free with every new copy of Assassin’s Creed III, $4.99 otherwise)
  • Season Pass ($29.99)
Crazy Strike Bowling
  • Advance Challenge Ball Set 1 ($2.99) – Unlock 5 bowling balls.
  • Advance Challenge Ball Set 2 ($2.99) – Unlock other 5 bowling balls.
  • Aiden Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Aiden. (These costumes can alternatively be unlocked by winning some challenges.)
  • All Costume Set ($5.99) – Unlock all costumes. Mina or Mr. Jenkins’s costumes are not available in-game unless the character for those costumes has been unlocked.
  • Basic Challenge Ball Set ($2.99) – Unlock 6 bowling balls.
  • Carnival Set ($2.99) – Unlock the Carnival costumes for every character!
  • Chloe Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Chloe. (These costumes can alternatively be unlocked by winning some challenges.)
  • Halloween Set ($2.99) – Unlock the Halloween costumes for every character, as well as a special new Halloween themed bowling stage!
  • Lance Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Lance.
  • Mina Set ($2.99) – Unlock Mina, one of the new characters, and her costumes.
  • Mr. Jenkins Set ($2.99) – Unlock Mr. Jenkins, one of the new characters, and his costumes.
  • Paris Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Paris.
Darksiders II
  • Abyssal Forge ($9.99)
Dead or Alive 5
  • Gym Class ($4.99)
  • Special Set 2 ($4.99)
  • Uniforms ($4.99)
LittleBigPlanet
  • Halloween Costume (Free)
Max Payne 3
  • Hostage Negotiation Pack ($9.99)
Mugen Souls
  • Palpitation Coordination (Free)
  • Undisputed God Prudence Pack 3 (Free)
  • Jiggly Transmission and Equipment Pack 1 (Free)
  • Jiggly Transmission and Equipment Pack 3 (Free)
  • Jiggly Transmission and Equipment Pack 4 (Free)
  • Combat! Super Weapon Pack 4 ($1.99)
  • Devil! Super Weapon Pack 2 ($1.99)
  • Dominance! Super Weapon Pack 1 ($1.99)
  • Dragon! Super Weapon Pack 5 ($1.99)
  • Explosion! Super Weapon Pack 3 ($1.99)
  • G Up Fever Pack 1 ($1.99)
  • G Fever Pack 1 ($1.99)
  • Mugen Point Fever Pack 1 ($2.99)
  • Point Fever Pack 1 ($1.99)
Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise
  • Jason Pawhees Costume ($0.99)
  • Chainsaw Massacre Set ($2.99)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Online Pass ($9.99)
  • Time Saver ($9.99)
Pinball Arcade
  • Pack 6: Elvira Party Monsters/No Good Gofers ($4.99)
Pure Chess
  • Halloween Treat Bundle ($7.99)
Resident Evil 6
  • Additional Stage – Rail Yard ($0.99) – This will add the Rail Yard stage to The Mercenaries in Resident Evil 6.
  • Additional Stage – High Seas Fortress ($0.99) – This will add the High Seas Fortress stage to The Mercenaries in Resident Evil 6.
  • Additional Stage – The Catacombs ($0.99) – This will add The Catacombs stage to The Mercenaries in Resident Evil 6.
Rock Band 3 – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing song game tracks. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com.
  • Wrong Way ($1.99) – Sublime
  • What I Got ($1.99) – Sublime
  • Santeria ($1.99) – Sublime
  • Sublime Pack 01 ($5.49) – This pack includes ‘Santeria,’ ‘What I Got,’ and ‘Wrong Way’
  • Fading Sacrifice ($0.99) – Chaotrope
  • Majesty ($1.99) – Ava Inferi
  • On Black Wings ($0.99) – Halcyon Way
  • The Monster Stroll ($1.99) – Jocko of Sha Na Na
  • Things That Make You Scream ($0.99) – Memory of a Melody
Rocksmith
  • Afterlife ($2.99) – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Beast and the Harlot ($2.99) – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Nightmare ($2.99) – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Avenged Sevenfold Song Pack ($7.99) – This pack includes ‘Beast and the Harlot’, ‘Afterlife’, and ‘Nightmare’
Sleeping Dogs
  • Ghost Pig Pack (Free)
  • Nightmare In North Point Pack ($4.99)
Street Fighter X Tekken
  • SF/TK Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($17.99)
  • SF Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99)
  • TK Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99)
  • DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($5.99)
  • TK DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • SF DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • Individual Alternate Costumes ($0.99 each)

Game Videos (Free)

  • ARMY OF TWO THE DEVIL’S CARTEL- ANNOUNCE TRAILER
  • NBA 2K13 LAUNCH TRAILER
  • NIGHTS INTO DREAMS LAUNCH TRAILER
  • OF ORCS AND MEN LAUNCH TRAILER
  • OF ORCS AND MEN SUMMER TRAILER
  • STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN – EPISODE 2 MOVIE
  • STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN – EPISODE 3 MOVIE
  • XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN – OUR LAST HOPE LAUNCH TRAILER

PS3 Avatars

  • DISGAEA 4: AXEL 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: CLERICS AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: DESCO 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: EMIZEL 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: FENRICH 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: FUKA 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: VALKYRIES 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: VALVATOREZ 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: VULCANUS 3 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: WARRIORS 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: AELINORE AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: ARISEN AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: ASALAM AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: DRAGON AVATAR — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: DRAGON AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: DRAGON’S DOGMA: COURAGEOUS AVATAR BUNDLE — $1.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: DRAGON’S DOGMA: POWERFUL AVATAR BUNDLE — $1.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: EDMUN AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: JULIEN AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: MADELEINE AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: MERCEDES AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: QUINA AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DRAGON’S DOGMA: SELENE AVATAR 2 — $0.49
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 7 SUN CE AVATAR 1 — $0.49
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 7: GUAN SUO AVATAR — $0.49
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 7: GUO JIA AVATAR — $0.49
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 7: LIANSHI AVATAR — $0.49
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 7: LIU SHAN AVATAR — $0.49
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 7: ZHANG JIAO AVATAR — $0.49
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS SUN QUAN AVATAR 1 — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: BIPOLAR AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: CHOU-CHOU AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: DITZ AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: GRACEFUL AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: HYPER AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: MASOCHIST AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: SADIST AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: SANDY SUNSHINE AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: SOUL SKYHEART AVATAR — $0.49
  • MUGEN SOULS: TERSE AVATAR — $0.49
  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK: ANGRY PILOT AVATAR — $0.49
  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK: BLONDE AVATAR — $0.49
  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK: ELECTRO GIRL AVATAR — $0.49
  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK: FLEET GENERAL AVATAR — $0.49
  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK: MAD SCIENTIST AVATAR — $0.49
  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK: STAR KID AVATAR — $0.49
  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK: STEAM ROBO AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13 – STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13 – THE ROCK AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13 – TRIPLE H AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13 – UNDERTAKER AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: CM PUNK AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: JOHN CENA AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: MANKIND AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: SHEAMUS AVATAR — $0.49

PS3 Themes

  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK THEME — Free
  • Casino Clubs Are Wild Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Casino Diamonds Are Forever Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Casino Smokin Aces Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Casino True Love Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Bear-Panda Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic China Jiuzhaigou Waterfall Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Crimson Vampire Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Forest Waterfall Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Galaxy Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Hunter Vampires Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Money Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Violet Vampire Theme — $2.99

PS3 Wallpaper

  • PLANETS UNDER ATTACK WALLPAPER 2 — Free

Available In-Game Only (Not on PlayStation Store)

DC Universe Online
  • Exobyte Data: Lex Luthor – ($9.99)
  • Exobyte Data: Steel – ($9.99)
Rock Band 3
  • Santeria ($0.99) – Pro Guitar (In Game Only) – Sublime
NHL 13
  • Bauer Boost Pack – ($7.99)
  • CCM RBZ Boost Pack – ($9.99)
  • Origin RBZ Boost Pack – ($7.99)
  • Reebok 20K Boost Pack – ($7.99)

Video Games News – What 2012 Holds for Nintendo, Sony and More

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Nintendo worldwide president Satoru Iwata pledged to create ‘deeper game experiences’ at the company’s E3 presentation. The struggle between traditional games and 99-cent mobile games will be a key battle of 2012

The next generation of videogames is finally coming, although it isn’t arriving all at once. Instead of mounting a shock-and-awe campaign, next-gen gaming is sneaking up on us. 2012 is likely to see an industry still taking baby steps forward.

With last year’s weaker-than-expected launch of Nintendo 3DS Console and the quick drop-off in sales of PlayStation Vita in Japan, dedicated portable game systems are fighting an uphill battle, though not necessarily an unwinnable one. Nintendo is releasing Wii U this year, which will be the first of the next generation of home consoles — but from all appearances it will only draw up to the Xbox 360 pro and PlayStation 3 break in terms of processing power, not surpass them significantly.

So 2012 may not be a transformative year, just another step down the road that the gaming industry has already set itself on. Here’s where the industry stands, as I see it, at the dawn of 2012 and where it’s likely to go over the next year.

Portable Gaming: Nintendo vs. Sony vs. Everyone

As the leading maker of traditional game hardware, Nintendo has found itself under the most pressure to compete against … well, whatever it is Nintendo believes itself to be competing against. It continues to insist that it is not actually in competition with mobile games and that the rise of 99-cent iPhone games is not really impacting its portable-game business.

Well, something impacted it. Nintendo made no bones about the fact that sales of Nintendo R4i 3DS were more sluggish than it expected, which led to a massive price drop only a few months after launch. That, coupled with the one-two punch of Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart, stimulated sales quite a bit over the holidays. It also put Nintendo on track to what would be its first-ever annual loss.

Was the $250 price tag the only thing holding 3DS back, or were its holiday sales just given a temporary boost by the more attractive price and major titles? That’s what we’ll find out in 2012. Look for Nintendo to continually improve its downloadable games and other connected services, especially as packaged retail games are likely to remain slow to arrive on shelves. In Japan, Nintendo has dropped demo versions of retail games onto the eShop, big titles like Resident Evil: Revelations and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

Sony will unleash the PlayStation Vita in the U.S. and Europe this February. Sales of the machine in Japan have dropped off significantly since it launched in December.

Speaking of downloadable games, PlayStation Vita is out in Japan, and I’ve been playing with my launch-day unit. I purchased one cartridge game (Uncharted) but don’t see why I’d ever want to do that again. Having to carry around a case full of games is old and busted, and having all of your games saved to a memory card is the new hotness. So the fact that every PlayStation PS3 game will be available via the digital store is music to my ears.

Here’s the potential flipside of that. By splitting up retail games (about $40 each) and downloadable ones (about $3-8 each), Nintendo has established a system in which downloadable games are sold at something of an impulse-buy price point. Not as cheap as 99-cent iPhone games, but still.

Sony’s Vita game library, currently, is mostly filled with downloadable games that cost upwards of $40, about the same as the retail Cartridge Heaters. That is very much not an impulse-buy price. I’m curious as to how Vita’s downloadable game library will change and grow over the next year: Will there be a race to the bottom, price-wise, as we saw on the App Store?

I’ll write more about Vita later, but the thesis of any such piece will likely be something to the effect of: Vita is a really neat portable game platform, but who needs it? It was extremely forward-thinking of Sony to put a Blu-ray player into every PlayStation 3, which saved it from a fate worse than the bad fate it ended up with. But Vita doesn’t really have anything similar: It’s just a game machine, and right now it doesn’t exactly have a killer app on the level of Nintendo’s pair of Mario games. PSP never found one after 5 years on sale. Can Vita? And if 3DS tanked at $250, why wouldn’t Vita? The Kindle Fire at $200 is a serious competitor.

Meanwhile, Angry Birds sold 6.5 million copies on Christmas Day alone. There’s no reason to believe that the games market on iOS, Android and other such devices won’t continue to explode in 2012. One of the big questions is, will the attractiveness and depth of the games on offer continue to entice more and more hard-core gamers away from spending money on 3DS and Vita software (if not even home consoles, too)?

Nintendo announced its Wii U console, with a tablet-like controller, at E3 in 2011. It will release the machine this year.
Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com

Home Gaming: Wii U vs. No One

“I think there’s zero chance of a tease from Sony for PlayStation 4 and only a 20 percent chance from Microsoft that they’ll tease the next Xbox,” top gaming analyst Michael Pachter told Forbes recently. “Neither console is launching in 2013, so there’s no reason to tease them in 2012.”

If Pachter is to be believed, Microsoft and Sony are essentially poised to cede the next-generation console war to Nintendo for at least two Christmases. Of course, this is only the case if you think Wii U is a next-generation console, which is still something of an open question at this point. What third party software makers said at E3 last year was that by and large they would port their existing Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games to the Wii U. In that sense, this machine is the “Wii HD” that Pachter predicted for years (but that never really materialized, at least in the sense of a Wii whose only update was high-resolution graphics).

But Wii U is really about the tablet controller, which introduces a new way of playing games in the home without throwing out the old ways. This year’s E3 is when Nintendo has to show that the controller was a good idea, by way of showing exciting software and not proof-of-concept tech demos. With a year to come up with fancy new ideas, software makers had better deliver — Nintendo especially.

If Nintendo has indeed been properly chastened for its heretofore lackadaisical approach to digital content, perhaps Wii U will benefit from this as well. Starting a new hardware platform from scratch, rather than upgrading an existing one with new firmware, means that Nintendo has the opportunity to introduce novel ways of buying and selling games online. There was a rumor of highly dubious origin a while back that Electronic Arts would put its Origin service on Wii U. This was backed up by the fact that EA CEO John Riccitiello showed up at E3 and talked about how much he liked Nintendo’s plan for an “open” online architecture. So there is a good reason to believe this may be happening.

Similarly, I believe whatever Microsoft and Sony come up with next will be driven by services, not processing power. Watch for Microsoft to continue to come up with new content deals and apps for the Xbox 360. Not for gaming, of course, heaven forbid! For television, and movies, and music and social networking. I would not be surprised if Microsoft even introduced another version of the Xbox hardware that was marketed towards the sort of person who would otherwise buy a Roku box.

PlayStation 3 Break PS3only € 29,99

Kinect has helped 360 run roughshod in the sales charts over PlayStation 3, and in bringing the camera controller to Windows Microsoft is banking on it as being something bigger than just a gaming accessory with a short shelf life. But it definitely could use some better games, so I expect to see higher-quality Kinect software again being a focus of Microsoft’s publicity efforts in 2012.

And for those of us poor suckers who bought an Xbox to play regular ol’ videogames? We’ll survive on whatever scraps we’re thrown.

PlayStation 3 will play second fiddle this year, with Sony having to concentrate its efforts on launching Vita. What the old Wii console will be playing this year would not even be second fiddle. Third oboe? Fifth triangle? At least Nintendo listened to fans’ demands and put the role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles on the schedule. Otherwise, I’m not sure what we’ll really be doing with our Wiis anymore. Any major Nintendo software will be on Wii U, and if there’s anything in the hopper that isn’t, it’ll be moved there (cf. Super Paper Mario, announced in 2006 as a GameCube swan song but shifted to Wii).

Sales of boxed PC games are far below those of their console counterparts, but that doesn’t much matter these days when so many sales take place through digital delivery services like Steam. The anything-goes uncontrolled nature of the PC software market has let sellers experiment with putting games on sale, giving games away for a limited time, etc. The freedom that comes with essentially being able to sell games yourself without having to go through several middlemen will continue to attract developers and publishers to PC, and console makers will have to adapt to survive.

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