European PSN Releases for December 24, 2008

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277w ago - Merry Christmas from SCEE. Today's update brings three full games, three demos, the normal extreme amounts of music-based DLC and, of course, the LittleBigPlanet Metal Gear Solid pack.

There are also a bunch of price drops on some excellent PSN games (though, is it just us or has WipEout HD always been that price..?).

Savage Moon is good fun, particularly if you're a tower defense fan. Here's the full release list:

Playable Content

- Savage Moon full game (£6.29/€7.99)
- Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom full game (£7.99/€9.99)
- Street Fighter Alpha Warriors' Dreams PS1 game (£4.79/€??)
- WipEout HD demo
- Metal Gear Online demo
- Sonic Unleashed demo

Seasonal Offers

- WipEout HD (£11.99/€14.99)
- Super Stardust HD (£3.99/€4.99)
- PAIN (£3.99/€4.99)
- The Last Guy (£3.99/€4.99)
- Toy Home (£3.99/€4.99)
- Echochrome (£4.79/€5.99)
- Toy Home: Second Gear expansion (£1.59/€1.99)
- Snakeball Team Mode add-on (£1.59/€1.99)
- Eye of Judgment Set 2 & 3 combo pack (£8.39/€11.99)
- flOw (£3.99/€4.99)

Add-on Content

- LittleBigPlanet DLC (listed after the break)
- Shaun White Snowboarding "Glamour"...
 

PlayStation Store Update for December 23, 2008

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278w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen shared the following update today via PS Blog:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

PULSE
PULSE 12/23 Edition
Today, as requested, we're making PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network available as a free video download through the PlayStation Store. This original program is a high definition video showcase of what's happening right now on PlayStation. You'll find the current edition of Pulse in the New Releases section of the PS3 store.
File size: 184 MB (HD)

Price Update
Jeopardy (permanent price drop to $9.99)

Downloadable Games
LUMINES Supernova ($14.99)
Indulge in the fusion of puzzle, lights and music! The latest installment to the blockbuster franchise from Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Q Entertainment is packed with brand new skins and modes, exclusive to the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Puzzles, block-dropping beats and video entertainment combine to create a pulse-pounding experience that will keep you playing day after day!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 669 MB

Add-on Game Content
BUZZ! Quiz TV National Geographic: Undersea ($7.99)
The world famous National Geographic archives...
 

Did the PlayStation 3 Have the Best Software in 2008?

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278w ago - Everyone is asking whether or not 2008 could be considered "the year of the PS3," and while it certainly closed the gap, the system still has a long ways to go from a sales perspective.

And while we're 100% certain the console will have the best exclusives in 2009 (do we really have to list those again?), this is a time for reflection. So...did the PS3 have the best software this year? Did the exclusives outstrip that of the competition?

As for the best games of the year, it had Grand Theft Auto IV, but there's no doubt that the driving software force in 2008 for the PS3 was Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Many will put this up against Gears of War 2 and GTAIV for their Game of the Year pick, and... well, the Wii doesn't even have games, does it?

Yeah. No, it doesn't. So it's a two-horse race for this year, and because most everything is multiplatform these days, maybe it's best to compare the PS3's "Big 3" against the 360's "Big 3."

Sure, stuff like GTAIV, Fallout 3, Dead Space, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Call of Duty: World at War, Devil May Cry 4, Far Cry 2, Burnout Paradise, and Soul Calibur III are multi-console hits, and most all are almost identical between the PS3 and 360. So, about that big 3: the way I see it, it's MGS4, LBP and Resistance 2 versus...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of December 21, 2008

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278w ago - Merry Christmas, Japan! While the Western world grows fat on its own laziness (not to mention a massive amount of Christmas food) Japanese game stores remain open to sell five new great PS3 games.

What's that strange smell, you ask? That's our pure, unadulterated jealousy. We really want to play White Knight Chronicles. Here's the release list:

US Games

• No new releases

EU Games

• No new releases

Asian Games

• Alone In The Dark
• Bioshock
• Far Cry 2
• Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
• White Knight Chronicles

In case you're wondering, your PS3 is region free. So, yes, you can import White Knight Chronicles if you so wish. We're not sure if it's the sort of game that will get downloadable content, but if it does you'll have to get it from the Japanese PSN Store.
 

Countdown: The Top 10 Video Games of 2008

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278w ago - This year brought many games with high profile ones such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Gears of War 2. It was not until late into the year we began to see more bigger titles coming out for the holidays.

It all started in early September with Spore, Crysis Warhead, and Rock Band 2. LucasArts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed didn't quite impress its critics but sales were good enough.

With the surprise success of The Witcher; released back in 2007, Atari released a new version dubbed The Witcher: The Enhanced Edition with new features and bug-less. EA's highly anticipated MMORPG Warhammer Online: The Age of Reckoning was released in mid-September for those who were looking for a different online game to play besides Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and World of Warcraft.

September ending with Gearbox Software's realistic WWII first-person shooter Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway which was one of my favorite games for the year.

October was the big month for games. It seemed like every week had a big title coming out. Dead Space, the horror first-person shooter from EA hit the spot for those who enjoyed blasting monsters and watching their limbs explode.

Unlike your typical first-person shooter, Dead Space offered some innovative features that kept the game interesting...
 







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