Guardian of Light, Borderlands DLC hit PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Sony's virtual marketplace adds isometric Lara Croft title, fourth Borderlands expansion pack, Swords and Soldiers, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing, multiple demos.

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Last week Sony updated its PlayStation Store on Monday, a day before it usually does. This week, the company returned to its regular schedule and released the first download-only Lara Croft title, a fourth content expansion for Borderlands, and more.

Leading the pack is Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light ($14.99). From series developer Crystal Dynamics, Guardian of Light is the first download-only installment in the 15-year history of the franchise. The game casts players as the adventurous Lara, trekking through lush forests and dark caves and fighting off assorted pugnacious foes. Unfortunately, the title does not support online cooperative play presently, but Crystal Dynamics promises to patch it in at a later date.

Lara vaults to the PSN.

Guardian of Light will receive five add-ons, which will be made available from October through December. The first three will be expansions featuring new "puzzle, exploration, and combat experiences," while the last two will include new playable characters for the game. Crystal Dynamics did not say who the characters would be, noting only that they will be well-known figures pulled from a range of Eidos titles.

And for those looking to add to their existing games, Gearbox Software this week released the fourth content expansion for the sci-fi shoot-and-loot game Borderlands.

Fans have yet another reason to return to Pandora.

Announced in early August, Borderlands' Claptrap's New Robot Revolution ($10) content adds multiple new missions and enemies--including Claptrap-ified monsters--to shoot and loot, as well as new boss battles. Additionally, the content lets gamers earn an additional two skill points (for a total of 61 possible points) and three supplementary backpack slots for holstering more weapons.

Would-be purchasers should know that Borderlands is getting a Game of the Year edition on October 12, which will include all previously released downloadable content for $59.99.

Sony also ushered in Swords and Soldiers ($9.99) this week. The side-scrolling 2D real-time strategy game from Ronimo Games features three factions (Aztecs, Vikings, and Chinese) fighting over a giant pepper. Each faction wants the pepper for different reasons, which ultimately leads to battle. Its developer describes the game as a mix of RTS and fighting, where the ultimate goal is to build units and cast spells until the opposing castle is bombarded and destroyed. The title was warmly received when it was released on WiiWare in June 2009.

Switching to the PSP download hub, Sony added Rapala Pro Bass Fishing ($19.99) to the store this week. The angling title thrusts players into a competitive tournament experience set on North American freshwater ponds and lakes.

For those wishing to try before they buy, Sony added a number of demos this week to its virtual marketplace. Gamers can now try their hand at EA Sports MMA, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, MySims SkyHeroes, the PlayStation Move version of Heavy Rain, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team, and God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

For music gamers, Guitar Hero welcomes songs from Soundgarden's Telephantasm album, and Rock Band adds an eclectic assortment of tunes from My Chemical Romance, Anthrax, 30 Seconds to Mars, Atreyu, Buckcherry, and The Doobie Brothers.

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.

Discussion

7 comments
rhmercer
rhmercer

Well, really. I thought 2D games went out with the advent of a 16bit computer. This is so outdated as to be risible! No mouse control, no save facility, cannot turn the scenery around, to guide "Lara" in a vertical or horizontal direction one must keep TWO keys depressed...........which is what I am.........depressed! To think anyone would want to play such an abysmal game. I played the PC version twice just for kicks...........should be kicking myself! The second time I played I found that all the progress made the first time had gone so had to start from scratch again............how off-putting is that? Whatever bunch of cretins designed? this must really be short of cash, not to mention brain cells. I don't think this game is good enough to earn a rating of 1.

SaberSpellSword
SaberSpellSword

I'm a bit worried about how the controls are going to feel for guardian of light on PSP. the console versions rely on the dual analog sticks for both movement and shooting. having only one stick could ruin the controls. If sony releases a new PSP with dual analog sticks, I'm getting it straight away. I hate only having one stick

Anubistraveler
Anubistraveler

New Borderlands DLC will be much better when the patch comes out in a few weeks to up the level cap. Without the level cap there is almost no point in playing it yet.

somedude342
somedude342

God of War: Ghost of Sparta demo was amazing! I really need to get this when it comes out.

never-named
never-named

Was really surprised by how awesome the demo is! Definitely my next purchase this year...

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

Lara Croft looks fun, will play demo today. Maybe I will stall and buy the full game when online is avaliable, got a good partner but he is a couple of cities away

sagameister3
sagameister3

Looking forward to downloading the new borderlands dlc :)