PlayStation Store Update: Red Faction Battlegrounds, SOCOM 4 demo

New digital wares for Sony's virtual storefront include THQ's vehicular mayhem game and StarDrone for PS3 hub; sampler for Zipper's new shooter and Stacking DLC also now out.

Sony welcomes the first full week of April with new content ranging from a vehicular-based Red Faction tie-in to a sampler for Zipper Interactive's contemporary shooter.

Leading the pack this week for the PlayStation 3 is THQ's Red Faction: Battlegrounds ($10). The game is a multiplayer-oriented, top-down, vehicle-based arena combat game. It is also offered as a preorder bonus for those who secure a copy of the upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon.

The PSN becomes a battleground this week.

The other new game out for the PS3 now is StarDrone ($8). The game is billed as a "high-speed action thriller" that is a mix of pinball/brick breaking. The game boasts over 50 distinct levels, and it also is compatible with Sony's Move controller.

Gamers looking to add to their copy of Double Fine's Stacking can grab The Lost Hobo King ($5) downloadable content today. The Lost Hobo King continues the story of chimney sweeper Charlie Blackmore, who in the original game set out to rescue his family from The Baron, a nefarious industrialist. The new storyline sees Charlie venturing to the hobo kingdom of Camelfoot, where he hopes to assist his friend Levi in securing the hobo crown for his uncle, Rufus.

Also out now on the PlayStation Network is a multiplayer demo for SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs. The sampler lets gamers enlist in the action as either a Special Forces agent or a member of the Insurgency. The trial offers gamers a look at two of the game's environments and several game types.

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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22 comments
ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

Played the SOCOM 4 demo last night... liking it so far. I know it is still technically beta, but, I do like Battlefield BC and Medal of Honor online better at this point. SOCOM will still be a good one though.

pszone
pszone

THQ cant do psn games i played Red Faction Battleground and i didnt like it ao boreing the only great thing lbp 2 new costume pack in the uk i hope usa get soon

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

Socom is a sneaky b-tard. :P Downloaded the 450 meg beta, then had a 1.5 gig install. XD

zzamaro
zzamaro

@Stressthesky Oh, I didn't know. Thank you.

Dezuria
Dezuria

No PS1 game? :( Every week, I hope for Suikoden II, and I'm always disappointed.

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

@zzamaro Red Faction: Battlegrounds is free for PS+ members in Europe.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@Stressthesky Red Faction? Which one? RF Battlegrounds? It's not free. Or you mean RF Guerrilla? It's free but it's just a game trial, you can play it for one hour only.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Weak update. I got the beta weeks before.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Silly GS. It's not a demo, it's a beta.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Cool story tho, the PSN is, once again, DC'ing me every time I try to update or sign-in. I remember why I sold all my games in the first place.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Never played any SOCOM...uuuummmm

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I can't believe we're still waiting for Castlevania: Reverie. The US got it a couple of weeks ago. I read the only reason the EU is having to wait for it is because there's an issue with the Xbox version. Sort it out Konami!

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I think the first SOCOM was the best.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

SOCOM 4 flat out sucks, just my opinion, Red Faction Battlegrounds looks cool though, too bad PSN is down.

Dragonsingh3000
Dragonsingh3000

mmmm looks abit crap lol, SOCOM on the other hand is wicked, i love playing it and killzone with the move

Sparta923
Sparta923

SOCOM 4 definitely feels different, but it hasn't disappointed me yet!

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

I downloaded SOCOM 4 demo last night but didn't get a chance to play .... soooon

2chase
2chase

Anyone check out the SOCOM 4 demo yet? I'm thinking about getting into that. Loved the first two SOCOMS online on PS2

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

A lot of good stuff this week. I'm a PS+ subscriber so I got the Red Faction game for free, plus a Killzone 3 map pack. There's also an action rpg called Dungeon Hunter, looks interesting.