Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Assassin's Creed II Deluxe hit PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Capcom's second swinging title hits download space alongside full version of Ubisoft's stealth action game and The UnderGarden; Fight Night Champion demo also out; Pac-Man CE added to PS Minis.

It's a bustling week on the PlayStation Network, as Capcom's classic reboot sequel arrives next to a complete edition of Assassin's Creed II, and the Yellow Chomper takes his travels to the Minis storefront.

Leading the pack this week is Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 ($15). The title is a direct sequel to 2008's well-received reboot of Capcom's 8-bit platforming franchise. The game picks back up with Spencer, who this time is sent after General Sabio. To thwart Sabio's technologically empowered attack on humanity, Spencer will again make use of the grappling hook affixed to his arm.

It's unclear whether or not Spencer's mustache is more pronounced in the Rearmed sequel.

Also out now on Games on Demand is Assassin's Creed II Deluxe Edition ($30). The title includes the full game, as well as every piece of postrelease content available for the stealth action title. Players are cast as Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an assassin bent on exacting revenge on the Templars, who dwell in the Mediterranean city of Italy.

Those who aren’t so keen on violence can download The UnderGarden ($10) now from the PSN. The puzzle solving title casts players as a petite creature, whose job it is to swim around the world and spread its pollen, which in turn brings plants to life. The title boasts 20 unique levels and is also playable with a friend in cooperative mode.

Gamers who prefer hand-to-hand combat can sample a demo for EA Sports' Fight Night Champion. The first M-rated title in the franchise's history, the demo for Champion lets players fight as Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao, and Miguel Cotto in three-round fights. The demo also includes online play, but only for the next two weeks. The game itself is due out on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 1.

Pac-Man CE took a bite out of the PSN this week.

Available today from the PSN is Pac-Man Championship Edition ($5). The title largely maintains the traditional Pac-Man gameplay, which sees the iconic jaundiced glutton chomping pac-dots and power pellets while evading four ghosts through mazes. However, Championship Edition also saw the introduction of time limits, pac-dot multipliers, and dynamically shifting mazes.

Notably, the PSP mini version of the game differs from the just-released DX edition, in that it does not include ghost trains, bombs, or slowdown effects.

Those looking to the past for their fun can download Mega Man 2 ($6) from the PSN today. In the second 8-bit Mega Man title, players will fight Dr. Wily and his robotic minions, which include eight new robot masters.

Sony added one title to the PSP storefront this week, Samurai Shodown ($6). From SNK, the fighting game is available via the NeoGeo Station, which boasts numerous other classic NeoGeo titles as well. Shodown has players fighting as samurai, ninjas, and other fighters through a variety of environments, ultimately striving to knock each other down and out.

PlayStation Plus members can download Tales From Space: About a Blob ($15) today from the PS3 storefront. The game will be made available to all PSN users on February 8. About a Blob is a puzzle-platformer that casts players as a Blob, an alien creature embedded on earth to eat the entire population.

Music gamers with an ear for The Clash are in for a treat this week, as the band's entire London Calling album is now available to download from the Rock Band 3 music store. Gamers can download each song individually for $2 each or pay $20 for the entire 18-song album.

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 is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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3 comments
NEMO_O
NEMO_O

what happened to bionic commandos old arms?

Cloud737
Cloud737

A word of caution to potential buyers of Bionic Comando, since Gamespot didn't mention this in their article: the PS3 version comes saddled with DRM, requiring [url=http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/02/ps3-bionic-commando-rearmed-2-slapped-with-strict-drm.ars]constant internet connection to the PSN[/url] (X360 version is fine). To those saying this is because of the freaking hackers recently, take note that they did [url=http://www.next-gen.biz/news/capcom-apologises-for-final-fight-drm]the same thing[/url] with Final Fight, and that was in April of 2010 (the PS3 being horribly hacked during the Christmas holidays of 2010). It seems Capcom is doing this to [url=http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/67362]combat game sharing on the PSN[/url] (which is legal and Sony is ok with, so it's more like Capcom is breaking the law here, trying to cheat the system).

PA_DUTCH
PA_DUTCH

I still can't get Bionic Commando Rearmed on the PSP right?