PSN gets .detuned, Mushroom Wars, Topatoi
The new release section of the PlayStation Network has been nearly as crowded as actual store shelves of late between the PSP Go launch and a wealth of new downloadable PS3 content. That trend continued with this week's update to the store as PlayStation 3 gamers received four brand-new games, the...
The new release section of the PlayStation Network has been nearly as crowded as actual store shelves of late between the PSP Go launch and a wealth of new downloadable PS3 content. That trend continued with this week's update to the store as PlayStation 3 gamers received four brand-new games, the PSP online catalog grew by nine newly downloadable offerings, and one more original PlayStation game was added for users of either system.
On the PS3, gamers can now download .detuned (pictured) for $2.99. More an interactive music program than a game, .detuned allows users "to create dynamic artwork in real-time to accompany your XMB music collection." Fiddling with the controller as the music plays will alter the music being played to better fit the scene.
The rest of the PS3 offerings are more traditional game experiences, like the kid-friendly minigame collection Buzz! Junior: Monster Rally ($4.99), Creat Studios' fungi-themed real-time strategy game Mushroom Wars ($9.99), and Boolat Games' Topatoi, a platformer-puzzler in which players control a giant spinning top-like vehicle. A pair of previously released games were also discounted temporarily, as Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty currently sells for $9.99 instead of $14.99, and Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars dropped from $9.99 to $4.99.
The PSP sees an influx of newly downloadable games this week, spearheaded by a trio of Rockstar Games titles. Players on the go can now bring with them digitally distributed versions of the controversial action game Manhunt 2 ($29.99), as well as the racers Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition and Midnight Club LA Remix ($19.99 each). Other new titles include Sony's own SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike ($15.99) and Capcom's Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max ($19.99).
A handful of PSP games for the younger set were also added, starting with Astro Boy: The Video Game ($29.99), the adaptation of the new film. Natsume's long-running agricultural series sees a couple of offerings added to the PSP's downloadable store with Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl ($14.99) and Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon ($14.99). Finally, Reel Fishing: The Great Outdoors ($14.99) offers players an on-the-go adaptation of the hobby, perfect for killing time while actually fishing and waiting to get a bite.
Finally, Sony has released a new original PlayStation title playable on both the PS3 and PSP. Eidos' Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation ($5.99) was the fourth installment in the series to hit Sony's first console and features Lara Croft doing her thing in a place rife with tombs worth raiding, Egypt.
A full list of the new themes, wallpapers, and other content in the PlayStation Network update is available on the official PlayStation blog.
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