EuroStore Highlights Volume #5
Every week the Playstation Store is updated with new and exciting content. Every week it’s up to you to decide what you’ll be downloading and spending your hard-earned pennies on. It’s not always easy and sometimes it can even be a real dilemma. For all of our European readers out there, *waves*, here’s a new weekly feature from us to you! Check out highlights of what the Store has to offer, read about the new content and come back later for more! EuroStore Highlights, here we go!
This week has been pretty good when it comes to new content on the European PlayStation Store. Definitely much better than the cold and freezing weather outside. And before you ask, no, it wasn’t me – though Sub-Zero is my user name on Twitter. Me aside, let’s focus on the best the PS Store has this week to offer. Turn on the heating, take a deep breath a here… we… go!
First things first. I love The Simpsons. I love Homer. You most probably do as well. That’s why I’m starting off this week’s Highlights with an old classic. The Arcade Game initially came out in 1991 and was the first video game based on the Simpsons franchise. It features several stages and familiar environments from the show – be it Downtown Springfield and Moe’s Tavern or Krustyland and the infamous Power Plant. On top of that you’ll be able to enjoy various lines of the main cast, who provided voices for theirrespective characters. The title was so popular back then that it got ported to Commodore 64 and MS-DOS. In case some of our younger readers didn’t know – that’s the boring operating system with a command line and a pitch black background, where you had to type in everything manually to make it work. I know… humorous. Either way, not as humorous as the Simpsons Arcade, so why don’t you go get it and relive some of the old-school moments? Yellow is good for you.
Mortal Kombat is undoubtedly one of the most iconic franchises in video game history. Famous for its gore, fatalities and buckets of blood, it managed to stay on the scene for more than 20 years and sell millions of copies worldwide. The latest iteration, simply titled ‘Mortal Kombat’, returns to its roots. The story focuses on the first 3 games of the series (MK, MK II and MK III) and is divided into several long chapters. Offering more than 25 playable classic characters and numerous well known environments, any fan of the series will feel like home. Over the top fatalities and stage fatalities are back, as well as the iconic music and 2D gameplay. Character models are more detailed than ever and the 300 challenges in the newly added ‘Challenge Tower’ will keep you busy for a while. Not to mention alternative costumes and all the hidden secrets you’ll need to discover by yourself. NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. have done an outstanding job and it would be foolish to think otherwise. Oh… and did I mention there’s Kratos as well? It has begun!
It’s simple. We kill the Batman. I don’t think so. It’s definitely more complicated than that. Or is it? Gotham City Impostors is a multiplayer first-person shooter set in the universe of DC Comic’s Batman. The game was developed by Monolith Productions and Warner Bros., allowing players to choose between two different factions – Batman (vigilantes) or the Joker (villains). You can fully customize your character as pleased, be it gadgets or the costume itself. As for weapons and tools, there’s plenty to choose from: knives, guns, glider wings, rollerskates, grappling hooks, explosives and more. If you can’t get enough of the Batman universe after Arkham City, this is worth trying out.
Persona 2 is a Japanese role-playing game. Set in the fictional metropolis Sumaru City, Innocent Sin follows the story of a high school student named Tatsuya Suou. Maps are three-dimensional, with locations divided into districts, and characters represented by animated bitmap sprites. The camera follows the group, a party, from an angled overhead perspective. Up to five people can be in one party. Battles in Persona 2 are pretty much random and some of the main gameplay elements include obtaining new Personas and spreading/collecting information – rumors. The PSP port includes an improved user interface, new character portraits and a new soundtrack. Persona 3 Portable is an enhanced remake of the third game in the series, which was originally released for the PlayStation 2. In Portable, players are able to choose wheter they want to play as a female character. Apart from that the game’s battle system has been slightly revised, allowing control of every character during combat and also take guard. Cutscenes are now rendered using the game’s engine, instead of being presented as an anime. For 39.99/49.99 you get a nice bundle of two interesting games from an distinctive series that has become a worldwide success. On top of that you still have time to catch up before Persona 4 lands on the PS Vita later this year…
Grand Theft Auto, abbreviated as GTA, needs no introduction. The famous action-adventure open world franchise has seen numerous installments and ports, but very few of those are portable. Thankfully there’s the PSP with three titles from the series, waiting to grab your attention. And they should. Liberty City Stories is a prequel to GTA III with minor differences to locations and such, includes local multiplayer over WiFi and custom soundtrack capabilities. Other than that, it’s the good old game you remember. Just slightly scaled down for the PSP. Same applies to Vice City Stories, which features notable voice actors, new gangs, local multiplayer over WiFi and an overhauled combat system. Expect a memorable soundtrack, lots of motorcycles, cars, pedestrians and hours of fun. Chinatown Wars has a different presentation that the two aforementioned games, but still maintains the core gameplay elements typical for Grand Theft Auto. The game uses a fully rotatable camera and cel-shaded graphics, though visuals for the PSP version have been updated. Another upgrade are extra missions and exclusive radio stations, not present in the Nintendo DS version. Each game currently costs only (£6.49/€7.99) and it would be silly not to take advantage of it if you still haven’t.
I bet you’re curious what’s Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning all about, so let me tell you the following: go play it! Initially I was skeptical about this single-player RPG by 38 Studios, Big Huge Games and EA, but it’s more interesting of a game that I thought. Featuring several distinct regions and playable races, it will keep you occupied for a while. If you’ve beaten the game and want to get more out of it, check out some of the downloadable content. There are 3 packs available, costing (£2.39/€2.99) each – Finesse pack, Might pack, and Sorcery pack. As for Uncharted 3… there’s much more than that. A Fort Co-Op Adventure and three skin packs – Doughnut, Rogues 1 and Rogues 2 – each including at least five different variants. Skin packs cost (£1.59/€1.99) as a pack or individually (£0.40/€0.49). The Fort Co-Op comes at (£4.79/€5.99).
Newly added to the Store are three videos from the upcoming SSX. ‘It’s Tricky’, ‘Survive It’ and ‘This is SSX’. I won’t say much other than that you should download and watch the videos right now. The newest installment is looking more epic than ever and even if you’re not interested in snowboarding or sports in general, this is worth seeing. I’ve had a chance to play an early build back in August and trust me when I say this is going to be the most entertaining sports game of this year and possibly the best SSX of all time. You just wait…
See you again next week in another edition of the EuroStore Highlights! If there’s anything on your mind, just leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter. I’m all ears. Until then, game on!!! 🙂