Oct 15, 2011

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PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 10/15/11

PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 10/15/11

Things are heating up on all console fronts lately. Gears of War 3 is setting sales records on Xbox 360, while The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception are right around the corner for Wii and PlayStation 3, respectively. Will PlayStation Vita be able to stand up to its console brethren and earn some market share? Only time will tell, but this week certainly brought us a lot of news on Sony’s upcoming handheld. Let’s get started:

  • First off, fans of Resistance 3 will be happy to hear that Insomniac’s latest received its first DLC this week. Available for $3.99 on the PlayStation Store, the Survivor DLC pack adds a new game mode and multiple character skins to the mix. The new mode, Invasion, challenges players to take control of nodes spread around each map. The more nodes a team controls, the faster their score increases. It all comes down to a power struggle of balanced offense and defense, with the most resourceful teams taking the win. Insomniac Games also announced that additional game fixes and maps are on the way. Check out the official PlayStation Blog for more details.
  • PSP owners were disappointed to hear that the PS Vita does not include a UMD drive for playing PSP games. A report in Japanese magazine Dengeki PlayStation indicates that Sony is investigating available options, including offering PSP games digitally for a special price. This may or may not involve a proof of purchase system for PSP gamers to identify the titles they already own. A pamphlet reportedly handed out at a Sony sales briefing indicates an announcement may come soon.

  • While Naughty Dog is aiming to make Uncharted 3 the ubiquitous multiplayer experience on PlayStation 3, Lightbox Interactive is gunning for the same with their follow-up to Warhawk. Starhawk, which takes the open warfare and vehicles of its Earth-based predecessor to outer space, will launch on PS3 in 2012 with an innovative multiplayer component that makes use of classic third-person action and elements of tower defense. Fans eager for its release will be excited to hear that new copies of Uncharted 3 will include a voucher for access to the Starhawk public beta. No other details are available at this time, except that the Starhawk public beta will take place sometime early next year.
  • Square Enix has announced a new Vita-exclusive game. Army Corps of Hell will allow players to control an army of 100 goblins, using the rear touch pad to issue commands. You can customize your units and combine items to make new equipment, then take your army up against your friends in 4-player ad-hoc mode. While published by Square Enix, the game will be developed by Entersphere, Inc. The game is meant to bring “a new level of vicious combat, dark humor and lightning-quick action to the PS Vita system”. Read more at G4TV.com.

  • At a GDC 2011 online session, Sony announced that every Vita game would get a Day One digital version released on the PlayStation Store. Sony’s commitment to the digital market is impressive, but similar promises were made with the ill-fated PSPgo. Meanwhile, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Hot Shots Golf 6 have been priced in Japan. While the yen-to-USD conversion doesn’t tell us much about US pricing, the digital versions of these titles will be cheaper than their retail cousins. Only time will tell if we see the same staggered pricing in the States. Check out the full story here.
  • In preparation for the launch of Uncharted 3, PlayStation Home has received a new mini-game. “Fortune Hunter” is a 3D cover-based shooter based on the “Yemen” map from Uncharted 3′s competitive multiplayer. Players score points for pulling off kills and headshots, as well as picking up treasures located in the level. An additional wave of enemies will be unlocked each week leading up to Uncharted 3′s release, and completing all challenges will unlock a Kickback Endurance booster in the retail game. The mode isn’t hard to find (you arrive in Yemen automatically when you enter Home), so PS3 gamers may want to give it a try. See the full article on PlayStation Blog EU.

  • Finally, the first piece of DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution has a release date – October 18. “The Missing Link” focuses on the three days Adam Jensen spends off the grid onboard a Belltower boat during the campaign, and will give players a chance to re-equip Jensen with new augmentations. Eidos Montreal has promised to deliver new friends and enemies while Jensen unwraps a new layer in the anti-transhumanist conspiracy. Look for it on Steam, Xbox Live Marketplace, and the PlayStation Store for $14.99.

I can’t say much about Army Corps of Hell, simply because gameplay details are still pretty scarce. Still, more Vita news is always good news in my book. Sony has a chance to really make its mark with customers by adding PSP backwards compatibility, and hopefully their promise of Day One downloads isn’t empty words. The fact that Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Hot Shots have confirmed digital versions is a good start. On another note, I wish I had time to play Resistance 3 multiplayer. The Survival DLC pack is a great deal compared to the $15 map packs that litter the digital space, but Deus Ex’s “Missing Link” DLC interests me more (despite its $14.99 price tag).

That’s all for this week’s PlayStation Week in Review! Come back next week for another round. As always, be sure to use the comments to tell us what you think of these headlines, and any that we missed. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out James’ Xbox Week in Review for all your Xbox news of the week.

*PlayStation Week in Review is a feature article that recaps the most interesting PlayStation news of the week. We also run Xbox Week in Review for all your Xbox news of the week.