EuroStore Highlights Volume 7
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, and everyone else who likes to read about cool stuff, here’s a 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!
Spring is almost here, the sun is shining. Everything is starting to bloom, are you smiling? If not, maybe this week’s Store update will bring some light into your life. Well, hopefully. As for me, I’m doing relatively well. Thanks for asking. Now, shall we proceed?
First things first. BioShock 2 is now available for download! What that means? You’ll once again find yourself in the city of Rapture, an underwater dystopia, full of twisted characters and fascinating environments. The game is a sequel and is set in 1968, 8 years after the original BioShock. What makes it stand out, though, is the fact that this time you get to play as Subject Delta – a Big Daddy prototype. This gives you a whole new perspective on life in Rapture, or what has remained of it, and lets you take control of a character many legitimately fear and respect. You can harvest, rescue or adapt Little Sisters and instruct them to extract ADAM from corpses, buy various gene tonics and plasmids, purchase additional items from vending machines, upgrade weapons or simply explore Rapture and enjoy what’s left of it. Although the game is less story-driven and the plot is less complex, the game still is fairly creepy and at times depressive. There’s more action than in the first game, and while some players may not like that, I personally found that quite refreshing. The musical score, composed by Garry Schyman, and numerous sound effects greatly underline the atmosphere. Add in multiplayer along with multiple endings and you’re in for a ride!
Developed by Naughty Dog. That’s all you need to know. Jak and Daxter have been with us for many years and have proven to be a successful team. The first three games in the series have in fact become so popular that now they’re making a comeback! In this Trilogy, also known as the HD Collection, you’ll have the option to play through the original games – this time with updated 720p graphics, better framerate, support for stereoscopic 3D and Trophies. In terms of gameplay, if you haven’t had the chance to play the games yet, the series has characteristics of a platformer. If you’re an older gamer, you might even notice some similarity between Jak and N64’s Banjo-Kazooie. That’s not a bad thing though. Jak and Daxter, Jax II and Jax 3 are all of high quality and very enjoyable even today – not only because of their rich universe and interesting plots. Developed by the same studio that brought you Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted, The Trilogy will provide you with plenty of fun you don’t wanna’ miss!
Based on the Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto and featuring characters from two previous video games in the series – Ultimate Ninja Storm and Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 – Generations is expected to be full of content. Right now you have an exclusive chance to try the game ahead of its late March release date and judge by yourself wheter this title is worth picking up or not. As you can see in the long video presentation above, there is alot to look forward to and I personally can’t wait. Although Naruto has become a very mainstream series, it still does have its qualities and the sales seem to confirm that. This might be the Naruto game you’ve been waiting for – believe it!
In this new downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, subtitled The Lost Archive, you will “explore the mysterious pasts of Subject 16 and Lucy Stillman in 2 hours of all-new single player content, using the innovative narration style and puzzle-platforming gameplay pioneered in Assassin’s Creed Revelations’ present-day Desmond sequences.” Apart from that you can unlock 3 additional skins (Ezio Turkish Assassin Armour, Altaïr robe and the Armour of Brutus), capacity upgrades (Gun, Crossbow and Bomb capacities) and 1 mission (Vlad the Impaler Prison). Expect 3 new characters for multiplayer as well (The Crusader, Ottoman Jester and Ottoman Doctor).
Ah, PSOne Classics. The old-school gems that everyone loves. This week is no exception. Up for grabs are Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 – some of the best survival horror games to date. The second installment takes place two months after the first game and is set in Raccoon City. The game’s two protagonists are police officer Leon S. Kennedy and young hottie Claire Redfield. Gameplay focuses on exploration, combat and, to a degree, puzzle solving. Expect life-threatening situations and a horde of voracious zombies you’ll need to overcome. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis occurs shortly before and after the events of the second game. This time you take control of Jill Valentine – former Special Tactics And Rescue Service member. Eventually, it will be up to you in the end to face Nemesis – an overpowered monster that is very capable of instantly tracking and destroying you. Both titles are classics and it would be a shame not to have them – especially when Plus subscribers get them this week for free!
Just in time before the third installment in the series lands within a few days, the price of Mass Effect 2 has been cut to just £19.99/€29.99. This action role-playing title, developed by BioWare and published by EA, definitely deserves your attention. I can’t even begin to describe how complex and great this trilogy is and millions of players, including critics, will confirm that this is an experience you don’t want to miss – especially when Mass Effect 3 is around the corner. If anything, you should play this to unfold the story behind Commander Shepard and, amongst others, Miranda Lawson – who’s voiced and modeled after Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah from Chuck).
Worth highlighting this week are also new avatars that you can add to your profile and show to all of your friends. 5 from Hitman, 4 from House Of The Dead III and 10 from Uncharted 3. That’s a total of 19 avatars – hooray! By the way, most of them cost £0.21/€0.25 each.
To conclude I want to present to you two videos that have popped up on the Store and are related to the upcoming third game in the Max Payne series. They’re part of a “Design And Tech Series” and focus on various aspects of the development process – namely targeting, weapons and creation of a cutting-edge action shooter. They’re fairly long and should keep you occupied before Max Payne 3 launches this May.
It’s said the number 7 is significant. I somewhat believe that, but at the same time it’s hard for me to believe it’s already been more than 7 weeks since we started bringing you this weekly feature. Incredible how fast time flies by. As for milestones – screw number 10. Seven is cooler. There, I said it. And as always, you can leave comments below and don’t hesitate to follow me on Twitter if you feel like it. Now, where did I put that controller…