Angry Birds, Tetris fall on PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Mobile megahit comes to Sony's virtual marketplace next to block-dropping puzzler, arcade shooter MicroBot.

Sony rings in the first week of 2011 with a slew of new titles for its downloadable storefront, spearheaded by a pair of breakthrough hits for the casual crowd.

Taking flight today for the PlayStation 3 as a PlayStation mini is Rovio Mobile's physics-based puzzle game Angry Birds ($4). Selling more than 6.5 million copies on the Apple App Store since its December 2009 launch, the title has players catapulting birds into the air, using them as munitions in a struggle against nefarious pigs.

The birds are still angry.

Decades before Angry Birds hit the scene, the mainstream gaming phenomenon of the moment was Tetris. Those seeking a new way to play the old favorite can now download Tetris ($10) for the PlayStation 3. The block-dropping puzzler is back this week with 1080p visuals, 5.1 surround sound, six multiplayer modes, and three "brand new game modes" that are exclusive to the PS3.

Also out now is MicroBot ($10). Developed by Naked Sky Entertainment, the game sees players controlling a microscopic robot tasked with swimming through a human body, destroying enemies, and curing diseases. MicroBot has players traveling through the entire length of the body, fighting foes with upgradable weapons, special attacks, and defensive maneuvers.

The last new PS3 title of the week is Ricochet HD ($8). The brick-busting action game sports 150 distinct multi-staged levels, where an arsenal of power-ups and modifiers help players work through each environment.

Sony also added two PSOne Classics to its download space this week, the first of which is Reloaded ($6). From Gremlin Interactive, this sequel to Loaded debuted in 1996. A shoot-'em-up, the game has players controlling one of six characters, ultimately striving to defeat the nefarious C.H.E.B.

The other PSOne Classic out now is Arc The Lad III ($6). The final original PlayStation entry in Sony's tactical role-playing game series, the game has players controlling Alec, an unassuming young man bent on defeating the forces of evil. It launched in Japan in 1999, but it didn't see a North American release until Working Designs' Arc the Lad Collection in 2002.

The PSP storefront received three new titles this week, the first of which is Legends of War: Patton's Campaign ($20). The title thrusts players into the capable boots of General Patton, commanding the U.S. Third Army from France to Berlin. In total, the strategy title sports 35 missions, where players attempt to make history.

Also now available in the PSP marketplace is Auditorium ($10). From Cipher Prime, the puzzle game has players manipulating light to ultimately fill audio receptacles. Like Angry Birds, Auditorium was previously available as an iOS game.

The final entry out this week for Sony's portable gaming machine is the Hot Shots Shorties series. Hot Shots Shorties is a collection of minigames divided into four colored compilations: Green, Yellow, Red, and Blue. Each is $5 and comes with three distinct minigames. All four packs can be purchased in a single bundle for $15.

Gamers thirsting for new tunes to play along with this week have a number of options to choose from. Rock Band 3 welcomes eight new jams from the late Johnny Cash, four tunes from Paul McCartney & Wings, as well as a nine-song free track pack featuring artists ranging from Bang Camaro to That Handsome Devil.

Def Jam: Rapstar added four new songs this week: "Money to Blow" by Birdman, "Get Your Freak On" by Missy Elliot, "Laffy Taffy" by D4L, and "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II" by Busta Rhymes. Each song is available as a $2 individual download.

A full list of the week's deals and new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, discounts, and add-on content, is available on the PlayStation Blog.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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ersten
ersten

Now that I've bought and obviously played the game I can say that the graphics are embarrassingly bad. The controls aren't better either and they remind me that it is a pnone game and certainly nothing like Hogs of War. So they got my money, I get the ads on the Android, they can give themselves three stars but I won't say thank you.

ersten
ersten

I've already got three stars on all levels on the iPhone, on my way to do the same on Android (despite those bloody ads), why do I have to do it all again each time? Besides it's more the kind of game I play when I wait for the bus.

IcedEarthaholic
IcedEarthaholic

Angry Birds is tres' hilarious! Great game, definitely worth checking out if you don't have an iPhone, iPad or Droid. Love the snorkeling pig laughter as they mock you for trying to bring their fortress down. **LOL** If any of you have never checked out Angry Birds, I recommend you do so.

SolidSnakeFan
SolidSnakeFan

@LOGGER13 Haha thank you for the concern. No I have not experienced it but I'd imagine that's for the best for when I do acquire a PS3. I will be so happy when that day comes, though. Metal Gear Solid 2 will remain my favorite game of all time, whether MGS4 is amazing or not! :p @masonfilms Thanks for the information, duder! :) Here's to hoping that's also the case for that rad looking Tetris game recently released on the PSN. Tetris Splash is NOT doing it for me.

tman978
tman978

Thanks guys. I had no idea Minis were Interchangeable now.

da_illest101
da_illest101

I finished angry bird last week on my phone, decent game to pass time at work

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Tetris with 5.1 surround sound? How does that work exactly? This just kind of reminds me of the degenertron advertised on GTA. "Swing from green dot to green dot with your red square monkey!" Immersed in the world of Tetris.. That's just crazy.

Daian
Daian

@LinusBlue You're welcome :).

eddyoshi
eddyoshi

aw damn thats cool ive played angry birds and i thought it was fun cus im not that good at it and now being able 2 play it on my ps3 which will be fun @ SolidSnakeFan how can you be a solid snake fan if you dont have a ps3 because MGS4 is the best out of them all exept its a bit short

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

@Daian That's a good idea. I can't believe I didn't think of that. Thanks.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

I love angry bird but i never play it outside a grocery line or dinner with my mom...

masonfilms
masonfilms

@SolidSnakeFan Angry Birds is also coming to Xbox Live. The initial announcement back in Nov. stated that it would come to XBLA and the Wii also.

LOGGER13
LOGGER13

@SolidSnakeFan You're a fan of Solid Snake but have no PS3?!!? I hope you were able to experience MGS4 somehow. Angry Birds has owned my free time with my Droid Pro. The last thing I need is to spend more time Angry Birding it on the PS3.

SolidSnakeFan
SolidSnakeFan

That new Tetris game looks slick as hell on the PS3. Here's to hoping it comes over to XBLA as well. Yeah, probably shouldn't say that since another person asking for Angry Birds to appear on XBLA got down voted an unfair amount, but I love Tetris and lack a PS3.

Daian
Daian

@LinusBlue U don't have to, i just turn off 3G when i'm playing so it doesn't connect to the internet = no ads, lol.

SoNin360
SoNin360

Angry birds sounds better off played on a touchscreen, but I guess it would be cool to see it on a larger screen and everything... As long as it isn't the same exact levels as the mobile version.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

im very curious about the controls for psp. do you use an analog stick? pretty nice.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

angry birds for psn!? time to take out my credit card!

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Is this the Angry Birds I can get for free on Android or a new version? If it is 4$ is a little steep to get rid of some adds.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

I'm sure there will be a difference in controls between a touch screen and analog stick, but it could still be fun.

Cr1m1nal_Slang
Cr1m1nal_Slang

Angry Birds is free on the Droid and as much as I love tetris I don't think I'll be shelling out $10 for it.

StanleyL
StanleyL

Apparently, angry birds are falling in Arkansas too. ZING!

Gh05t_
Gh05t_

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Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

I'm pretty sure everyone already has Angry Birds on their phone or iPod.

reedus
reedus

it CAN be played on the PSP. the icon for the game on the top left shows that it's a mini, which means it can be played on PS3 and PSP.

dragonfly110
dragonfly110

already have angry birds on my Ipod Touch and Droid X, so unless this has some huge update I doubt ill get it, plus that game kinda relies on touch controls...

dylan417
dylan417

I already have Angry Birds free on my Droid so no thanks.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i keep hearing about this from my friends and their ipod touch..but still haven't played it. bah

Doomguard3
Doomguard3

@tman978 Well it seems to be a Mini, if I'm not mistaken Minis are played on the PSP

tman978
tman978

Why would they put Angry Birds on the PS3 and not the PSP? I'm cool witht the free version on my HTC Evo but I was thinking about the kids' PSP's.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I would buy it on my future psp phone. I think it's meant to be played on the road.

oneligas
oneligas

angry birds ... wait i thought it was about raging chicks

Evenios
Evenios

Angry birds is more fun with a touchscreen :-p

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Is this version of Angry Birds the same as the iphone version? If it has all-new levels and features, I may have to get this one.