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Sony has offered gamers new comics to read every week since the PSP Digital Comics store launched in 2009, but that practice is no longer "to be continued."
Sony has announced via the PlayStation Blog that this week's PSP Digital Comics update will be the very last. According to Sony, the Digital Comics team will now shift its focus to "bringing the comic service to other Sony devices," presumably the forthcoming PlayStation Vita.
Although weekly updates to the PSP Digital Comics store are ceasing, the store itself--which boasts over 4,000 titles--remains open for business. The final batch of new titles added to the store this week include Batman Beyond Vol. 2 #16, Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life #2, Star Trek: Volume 1 #0, Quarantined #1, and more.
In two weeks, Microsoft will invite gamers to its annual summer bash, commencing the Summer of Arcade promotion with Supergiant Games' Bastion on July 20. However, the action is heating up today on Xbox Live, as Microsoft has added three new Xbox Live Arcade games and three Games on Demand titles to its virtual marketplace.
Leading the pack today on Xbox Live Arcade is Deadliest Warrior: Legends (800 Microsoft points, or $10). A follow-up to last summer's tepidly received Deadliest Warrior: The Game, the new installment is also based on the television show Deadliest Warrior.
In Legends, gamers will control deadly warriors and take on famous figures like Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Hannibal, Hernan Cortes, Shaka Zulu, Sun Tzu, Vlad the Impaler, and William Wallace.
The game offers "enhanced" graphics, nine arenas, new fighting moves, and an all-new Generals strategy game, where players will battle on a larger scale.
Also out now on XBLA is Candygun's Dead Block (800 Microsoft points, or $10). The Unreal Engine-powered game lets gamers play as a construction worker, traffic warden, or a pretty peckish boy scout. Players are tasked with surviving waves of oncoming zombies either by force or with strategy. Additionally, gamers can fight alone or with friends in the split-screen mode.
The last new XBLA game out now is MLB Bobblehead Pros (800 Microsoft points, or $10). A Major League Baseball-licensed game from Konami, Bobblehead Pros includes all the league's teams and players. Additionally, the game sports co-op and online battle modes.
Switching to the Games on Demand hub, Microsoft added three new role-playing games to that tab this week. 2007's Two Worlds ($20), Piranha Bytes' Risen ($20), and 2010's Sacred 2: Fallen Angel ($30) are now live on the download hub.
Although Obsidian Entertainment's Fallout: New Vegas was well received by critics when it launched last October, it received its lauds in spite of numerous and significant bugs and glitches. Since then, publisher Bethesda has brought a string of patches to the game, but apparently not everything is fixed just yet.
According to a post on the Bethesda Blog, a patch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC iterations of Fallout: New Vegas will roll out across all systems between today and Thursday.
The patch will address a long list of "performance and stability" issues, and it adds a new save feature that automatically saves prior to the end of the game. This will allow single- save gamers to play all downloadable content without creating a new game save.
For a full list of changes and fixes coming to Fallout: New Vegas in the new patch, check out the post on the Bethesda Blog.
The patch comes just two weeks before Fallout: New Vegas welcomes its latest add-on content, Old World Blues, which arrives on July 19. The add-on sees gamers forced into partaking in a gruesome science experiment that also offers a closer look at the Mojave's mutated-monster contingent. Gamers will be presented with the option of battling the maniacal scientists or joining with them to fend off "an even greater threat."
The game will offer new opponents such as robotic radscorpions, as well as raise the game's level cap by five. Unlike other expansions, Old World Blues will let players keep their equipment.
When Warner Bros. announced Lord of the Rings: War in the North in March, it noted the fantasy action game would ship later this year. Now, the publisher has narrowed its release window, letting gamers know the war in the north will commence this fall.
In addition to announcing the new release window for the game, Warner Bros. offered information about War in the North's Collector's Edition, as well as its various retailer-specific preorder bonuses.
The $130 Lord of the Rings: War in the North Collector's Edition includes a Ranger of the North Quiver Case (pictured at right), art book, behind-the-scenes DVD concerning the game's music, three songs from the game's soundtrack, and a copy of the game.
In addition, the collector's edition will include a Ranger of the North avatar for Xbox 360 copies of the game and a War in the North Theme Pack for PlayStation 3 iterations of the title. The theme pack includes wallpapers, fonts, and icons.
On top of the collector's edition, Warner Bros. today announced preorder incentives for War in the North at various North American retailers. Those who preorder at Best Buy will score the Elf Theme Pack, a collection of in-game items that include an Elven sword, armor, and helmet. Additionally, this pack includes access to the Lothlorien Challenge Map.
Gamers who reserve War in the North at Amazon will score part two of the War in the North digital comic, which serves as a prequel to the game. Additionally, players who preorder at Amazon will score the Orc Champion in-game sword.
Target preorders will be awarded three tracks from the War in the North soundtrack, composed by Inon Zur. Toys R Us reservations will score a limited edition autographed War in the North poster by artist Jim Lee, as well as parts one and two of the War in the North digital comic.
Specialty retailer GameStop is offering those who preorder War in the North the Human Theme Pack, another in-game item collection featuring a human sword, as well as armor and battle dressings worn by the human Ranger. Further, those who preorder at GameStop will score the Osgiliath Challenge map.
Lastly, players who reserve War in the North at Wal-Mart will be awarded the Dwarf Theme Pack, which includes a dwarf sword, armor, and helmet.
Currently in development at Snowblind Studios, Lord of the Rings: War in the North will feature "unseen lands, story elements, and characters from Middle-earth, as well as elements familiar from past feature films." It will offer upgradeable weapons and special abilities that develop along with the game's characters, which can be customized by players.
For more on the title--due out later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC--check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of Lord of the Rings: War in the North.
In April, the well-received WWE All Stars welcomed its first batch of add-on content in the form of the American Dreams Pack, which bundled WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and his son, "Dashing" Cody Rhodes. Now, THQ is planning to grow the game further, today announcing new playable characters for the wrestling game.
Available today on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network is the WWE All Stars Million Dollar Man Pack, which includes Ted DiBiase and his son, also named Ted DiBiase. The pack costs gamers 160 Microsoft points, or $1.99.
Next up is R-Truth, who will be available as a free download for WWE All Stars on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network next Tuesday, July 5. Also due out on that date will be the All-Time Greats Pack (320 Microsoft points, or $4). The pack bundles famous fighters Hawk, Animal, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and Chris Jericho.
Lastly, gamers looking to go south of the Mason-Dixon Line can pick up the Southern Charisma Pack (240 Microsoft points, or $3) for WWE All Stars on August 2. The bundle packs in Big Boss Man, Michael Hayes, and Mark Henry.
For more on WWE All Stars, check out GameSpot's review.
Though Nintendo has "no plans" to bring Xenoblade to North America, Wii-owning lovers of role-playing games might be happy to know a Super Nintendo classic is headlining this week's additions to the console's downloadable storefront.
Leading the charge today is Final Fantasy III (800 Wii points, or $8) for the Virtual Console. Originally released on the SNES, the game--known as Final Fantasy VI in Japan--has players discovering who or what is behind of the redeployment of magical creatures known as Espers.
The other classic game now available again is Kirby's Dream Land ($4) for the 3DS's eShop. The first appearance of the digestive mascot, Dream Land has players retrieving stolen twinkle stars and saving the inhabitants of the land.
Switching to the WiiWare front, Nintendo added just one new game to the download spot today, Big Town Shoot Out (500 Wii points, or $5). From Performance Designed Products, the Wild West shooting game has players gunning through 40 levels, across 10 zones, and 10 game modes.
The DSiWare download hub welcomed four new games today, the first of which is Chillingo's Moto eXtreme (800 DSi points, or $8). The motorcycle game has players performing stunts and creating tracks with the system's stylus.
The final three DSiWare games out now are role-playing game The Lost Town - The Dust (500 DSi points, or $5), carnival title Boardwalk Ball Toss (200 DSi points, or $2), and card game compilation pack Hearts Spades Euchre (500 DSi points, or $5).
Last year, EA Sports released two FIFA titles: FIFA 11 and 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Both sold millions of copies and boasted voice work by Andy Gray and Martin Tyler. Today, the sports studio announced a changeup in the virtual broadcasting booth.
EA Sports has sent word that Alan Smith--a former Leicester, Arsenal, and England striker--will join longstanding commentator Martin Tyler as one of FIFA 12's in-game broadcasters. Smith takes over for Andy Gray, the longstanding FIFA commentator who was fired from his post at Sky Sports for sexist remarks he made earlier this year.
The changes to FIFA 12's broadcast component don't stop with the addition of Smith alone. Ten thousand lines of new dialogue are promised for the game, and there will be two distinct English broadcast teams.
Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend will operate apart from Tyler and Smith, and they will call tournament matches. Additionally, gamers will be able to customize the game audio as they see fit, with the ability to choose between either Smith and Tyler or Tyldesley and Townsend.
For FIFA 12--due out September 27--EA Sports emphasized that it will be delivering an identical gaming experience on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. This promise is particularly meaningful for PC gamers, with EA Sports noting that FIFA 12 on desktop platforms will include the Player Impact Engine. This inclusion will offer PC gamers improved player physics and other technical features found in the console versions.
As for new features impacting all three versions, EA Sports has revisited dribbling mechanics in an effort to deliver a more realistic touch on the ball. Defense has likewise been tweaked, with a greater emphasis being placed on position play and ball interception. The publisher is also introducing the EA Sports Football Club feature, a free service that offers news and updates on the real-world sport.
EA Sports also said that it has updated the game's Career mode. With FIFA 12, players will be able to live out storylines taken from real-world events. Career mode also boasts more than 500 officially licensed clubs.
Fore more on EA Sports' newest soccer sim, check out GameSpot's preview of FIFA 12.
Foxtel on Aussie Xbox 360s was first launched late in 2010, but it wasn't until the last month that it became truly appealing, thanks to carrier Telstra BigPond announcing it would stream the content unmetered. According to Xbox Australia head David McLean, this move will have a significant "impact" on take-up of the new service.
"I think that it's a hindrance...people thinking about their download and cap limits. If I look at the experience in the US...if you're using Netflix on a 360, you're actually consuming twice the amount of content than a standard Netflix subscriber uses. If I take that analogy with Foxtel here, my expectation will be that as people start to realize there's no extra ISP cost, they'll start to consume a lot more content," McLean said.
McLean made his comments as part of an interview with GameSpot AU covering topics such as when Kinect voice will be released in Australia, what Microsoft has in store for other content on its console (such as YouTube and ESPN), and McLean's thoughts on the Sony PS Vita and Nintendo's Wii U. Check out the video below for the full interview.
Yesterday, Call of Duty: Black Ops welcomed the Annihilation map pack, a new add-on that included a fresh zombie level for gamers to fight the undead in. Next week, zombie-slaying fans will have another new chance to re-kill the living dead, when Dead Block hits Xbox Live Arcade.
Candygun Games' Dead Block hits XBLA next Wednesday, July 6, and will be available for 800 Microsoft points, or $10. PlayStation 3 owners are going to have to wait a bit longer to play the game, as it is currently scheduled to arrive on the PlayStation Network on July 20.
The game is also expected to arrive for the PC, but Candygun has not announced a release date for Dead Block on that platform.
The Unreal Engine-powered Dead Block lets gamers play as a construction worker, traffic warden, or an insatiable boy scout. Players are tasked with surviving waves of oncoming zombies either by force or with strategy. Additionally, gamers can fight alone or with friends in the game's split-screen mode.
Bethesda Game Studios' latest Fallout game--2008's well-received Fallout 3--welcomed a whopping five downloadable add-ons over the course of its life. However, the Maryland-based studio isn't going the same route with its next role-playing game, according to Bethesda executive producer Todd Howard.
In a recent interview with AusGamers, Howard said that although Bethesda does not yet have specific plans for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim downloadable content support, he envisions that the game will welcome fewer, but "more substantial," add-ons.
"Right now, I can say that we'd like to do less DLC but bigger ones," he said. "You know, more substantial…we don't know what we're going to make yet, but we'd like them to be closer to an expansion pack feel."
Howard also offered a note about how Bethesda approached the DLC process for Fallout 3. He called the pacing of new additions to the role-playing game "very chaotic."
For more on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--due out on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on 11/11/11--check out GameSpot's most recent preview of the game and live stage demo from E3 2011, embedded below.
The PlayStation Network is a hotbed for new content today, as Sony has added new content ranging from the HD remake of Beyond Good & Evil to a multiplayer beta test of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception to downloadable add-ons for Crytek's Crysis 2.
Leading today's charge is Beyond Good & Evil HD ($10). Originally released in November 2003, Beyond Good & Evil won critical acclaim for its mix of traditional action adventure elements with stealth segments, a picture-taking gameplay mechanic, and an engaging story of a young woman pulled into a rebel faction to blow the lid off of a planetary government conspiracy. The HD revamp features 1080p graphics, including enhanced character models and upgraded textures, as well as a remastered score.
Though Uncharted 3 doesn't ship until this November, gamers can play the game's multiplayer component today. Those who purchased Infamous 2 or are a PlayStation Plus subscriber can access the beta--which developer Naughty Dog detailed recently--today. The beta goes live for everyone else on July 4.
Also out now as a full-game download for the PlayStation 3 is Gatling Gears ($10), a twin-stick shooter set in the steampunk sci-fi universe of Mistbound. In the game, players will dodge sinkholes, fight off walker units, and battle against clans in an effort to defeat an evil corporation. Doctor Entertainment's Puzzle Dimension ($9) and the Sega Genesis classic Streets of Rage 2 ($5) are also now available through the PSN.
Gamers looking to augment their copies of Crysis 2 can grab the Decimation Pack ($10) today. The content brings five new multiplayer environments: 5th Avenue, Chasm, Plaza, Prism, and Apartments. In addition to the new killing spaces, the content includes two more weapons: the FY71 for long-range combat and the smoke grenade for close-quarters fighting.
New for the PSP this week is the Dual Pack line, which includes two games for $14.99. The PSP Dual Packs are available in the following configurations: Secret Agent Clank and Daxter; Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow and Killzone Liberation; and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo.
Players hoping to try before they buy have three new demos to choose from this week, the first of which is for racing game Motorstorm: Apocalypse. The other new samplers are for NCAA Football 12, Duke Nukem Forever, and Homefront.
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.
Leading the charge this week is the Annihilation map pack (1,200 Microsoft points, or $15) for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The content brings four new multiplayer maps and one new zombie level to the Cold War-era shooter.
The new killing spaces included in the downloadable content are Hangar 18, Silo, Drive-In, and Hazard. The zombie level is titled Shangri-La, described by Activision as "an exotic and mysterious map."
Debuting tomorrow on Xbox Live Arcade will be three new games, the first of which is NaturalMotion's Backbreaker Vengeance (1,200 Microsoft points, or $15). Whereas the original Backbreaker focused on simulation gameplay, Vengeance will include arcade elements based on NaturalMotion's iOS release, Tackle Alley, which has sold more than 1 million copies.
Though it does not feature officially licensed NFL teams or athletes because of EA Sports' exclusivity deal, NaturalMotion touts Backbreaker's realistic play experience, due to the flexibility of its game engine. Backbreaker Vengeance will offer an expanded version of the Tackle Alley iOS title, featuring "hundreds" of challenge levels.
The other two new XBLA games debuting tomorrow are Marvelous' action role-playing game Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax (800 Microsoft points, or $10) and Namco Bandai's Galaga Legions DX (800 Microsoft points, or $10).
Gamers looking to pick up a full Xbox 360 title this week from Xbox Live have three new titles to choose from via the Games on Demand hub. Capcom's Bionic Commando ($20), Gamecock's Legendary ($25), and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift ($30) are all now available as full-game downloads.
Lastly, gamers can get their hands on NCAA Football 12 via a new demo released today. The sampler lets gamers try out EA Sports' latest college football simulator in two matchups: Alabama vs. Florida State and Oregon vs. Texas.
Microsoft has been billing Forza Motorsport 4 as the most content-rich installment in the series, but those wanting still more now have options. Today, the publisher announced that an $80 Forza 4 Limited Collector's Edition will be parked alongside the $60 standard edition of the Xbox 360-exclusive racer when it arrives on retail shelves October 11.
For the extra $20, gamers will have access to an additional 25 cars that are available as downloadable content. These packs include the VIP Car Pack and the Launch Bonus car pack, which are detailed below. Also included will be an as-yet-undetailed 10-car American muscle car add-on pack that will be available as day-one DLC for those who do not buy the Collector's Edition.
The Forza 4 Limited Collector's Edition will come bundled in a steel-book DVD case. Those who go with this option will be given VIP Membership status within the Forza community, which raises their profile on Turn 10's website and other community features. It also includes stickers and Cars of Forza Motorsport 4 Presented by Top Gear, a 96-page book written by the team behind Britain's popular car show.
Microsoft also announced today that it has teamed with BMW to debut the German car manufacturer's 2012 M5 in the game. The 2012 BMW M5, which will appear on the cover of the Collector's Edition, will be included in the premium edition of Forza 4 as part of the BMW M5 Fan Pack. This DLC pack will also be available for download on October 11 for standard-edition purchasers.
For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Forza 4.
The VIP Car Pack
2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
2010 Noble M600
2011 RUF Rt 12 R
Launch Bonus Pack
(free with preorder) 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
2011 Koenigsegg Agera
1997 Lexus SC300
2011 RUF RGT-8
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport
BMW M5 Fan Pack
2008 BMW M3 E92
2008 BMW Z4 M Coupe
1981 BMW M1
2012 BMW M5
Gamers who owned a Mac in the mid-1990s likely have fond memories of Marathon, a sci-fi shooter many consider the spiritual ancestor to Halo. Today, both games' developer, Bungie, confirmed that Marathon is coming back to a new Apple platform--the iPad.
Via Bungie.net, the company revealed that Marathon for the iPad will soon be available and was ported over by a rabid fan of the series. In an in-depth Q&A, Bungie interviews software developer Daniel Blezek, who has spent his spare time porting over the game since the iPad was released in April 2010. Originally set for release last fall, the game will be available shortly on the App Store--and it will be completely free.
According to Blezek, the iPad version of Marathon will run at 30 fps and will feature a set of onscreen controls adapted from the original keyboard commands. It will have a virtual left joystick for motion, with an "action" button underneath it. The right thumb will have primary and secondary fire controls above a button, which switches weapons. Though the original Marathon had no aiming reticle, the iPad version will have it as an option.
First released in 1994 for the Mac, Marathon is set during the year 2794 on board the huge starship Marathon, which is en route to colonize far-off worlds. Players assume the role of a security officer on board the ship who must repel an invasion by races of hostile aliens known as the S'pht and the Pfhor. The defense is complicated when Durandal, one of the artificial intelligences on board the ship, becomes "rampant," prompting him to take increasingly unstable--and homicidal--actions.
Marathon's arrival on the iPad will mark the second time a game in the classic series has been brought to a current-generation platform. In 2007, Marathon: Durandal, an updated version of Marathon 2: Durandal, was ported to the Xbox 360 by independent developer Freeverse.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will likely be one of the best-selling titles of 2011 on franchise reputation alone, but that's not preventing publisher Bethesda Softworks from rolling out the marketing push. Today, the publisher confirmed through its official blog that those who preorder Skyrim will receive a custom map packed in with their copy of the game at no extra charge.
According to Bethesda, the premium-quality map will be made out of a "high-grade material" similar to burlap, and it is limited to North American and European gamers only. Those who do not preorder the game will receive the same map, but it will be printed on paper.
Skyrim will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 11. As with its top-rated predecessor, Skyrim presents open-world action role-playing set in the world of Tamriel. Skyrim itself is the name of the northern territory in which the game is set and sees players assuming control of a dragon born.
For more on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
It has been nearly five years since Sony's quirky Ape Escape franchise has seen a new installment, but that dry spell will be snapped soon. Sony Computer Entertainment America producer Kumi Yuasa took to the PlayStation Blog today to announce that PlayStation Move Ape Escape will be available through the PlayStation Network in the US on July 5. In Europe, the game arrives today.
The newest Ape Escape was among the first few games announced for Sony's camera-based motion controller for the PlayStation 3, back in 2009. The game sees players fending off a monkey invasion after a UFO wrecks behind their house, with gameplay heavily oriented around the Move controller.
Gamers will have a chance to experience the latest Ape Escape prior to its full release. On June 28, Sony plans to update the PSN with a demo for the game. Also on that day, gamers can purchase an Ape Escape-flavored dynamic theme for $2.99.
For more on Ape Escape, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
NIS found success by spinning off Disgaea's adorable-yet-deadly Prinnies into a game of their own, and now Aksys appears to be taking a similar approach. As part of Nintendo's weekly update for its hardware systems' digital distribution stores, Aksys has released Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? through the 3DS's eShop and DSiWare.
Priced at $5 (500 DSi points), Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? stars Guilty Gear 2's Chimaki, a yam-shaped monster that fights with a towel. The 2D platformer sees Chimaki questing for apples as he seeks to avoid "the legions bent on his destruction."
Beyond Aksys' quirky platformer, the DSi's and 3DS's online platforms have been updated with Games Factory Online's Stratego: Next Edition. Based on the classic strategy board game, Stratego: Next Edition features five different game modes and is compatible with up to two players. It costs $5 (500 DSi points).
A couple of cheaper games also arrive for handhelds this week. Neko Entertainment's puzzle-shooter Delbo costs $2 (200 DSi points), while Nintendo's Game Boy classic Tennis arrives for the 3DS priced only at $3.
Playtainment's The Mystery of Whiterock Castle represents the sole WiiWare release this week. Priced at 500 Wii points ($5), The Mystery of Whiterock Castle is a hidden-object adventure game, in which players attempt to solve the mysteries of the keep and in the process find a missing princess. The game includes 10 different settings and supports up to two players.
In early May, Bethesda Softworks announced that the third downloadable add-on for its postnuclear role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas would be available sometime in mid-June. Now, with the summer solstice having come and gone, the publisher has adjusted the release date for the DLC pack.
Subtitled Old World Blues, the expansion will launch simultaneously for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on Tuesday, July 19. The new date also means that the fourth add-on for the well-received postnuclear role-playing game, Lonesome Road, is also being pushed back from its previously scheduled July berth.
The expansion will be preceded by an overall update for Fallout: New Vegas, which was developed by Obsidian Entertainment. According to the Bethesda Blog, the patch will "bring improvements to performance and stability in major areas."
Old World Blues sees gamers forced into partaking in a gruesome science experiment that also offers a closer look at the Mojave's mutated-monster contingent. Gamers will be presented with the option of battling the maniacal scientists or joining with them to fend off "an even greater threat." The game will offer new opponents such as robotic radscorpions, as well as raise the game's level cap by five. Unlike other expansions, Old World Blues will let players keep their equipment.
NaturalMotion established its reputation as a middleware company specializing in animation, and that talent was readily evident in the company's first full-game release, Backbreaker. Though the gridiron sim's gameplay mechanics drew a tepid critical response, NaturalMotion will be suiting up for another season with Backbreaker Vengeance.
Today, NaturalMotion Games and publisher 505 Games announced that Backbreaker Vengeance will be available through Xbox Live on June 29. Whereas the original Backbreaker focused on simulation gameplay, Vengeance will include arcade elements based on NaturalMotion's iOS release, Tackle Alley, which has sold more than 1 million copies.
Though it does not feature officially licensed NFL teams or athletes because of EA Sports' exclusivity deal, NaturalMotion touts Backbreaker's realistic play experience, due to the flexibility of its game engine. Backbreaker Vengeance will offer an expanded version of the Tackle Alley iOS title, featuring "hundreds" of challenge levels. NaturalMotion also promises to deliver new modes and moves.
505 Games did not reveal how much Backbreaker Vengeance will cost. The publisher had not responded to a request for information as of press time.
Leading the charge this week is Killzone 3's From the Ashes ($5) content. The map pack brings four new maps to the Killzone 3 multiplayer universe. Additionally, players who missed out on the game's two previous map packs--Steel Rain and Retro--can get everything they missed and the new maps at a discounted rate in the $10 DLC Bundle pack.
Also out now on the PlayStation Network is a new case for Rockstar's period detective game L.A. Noire. The Nicholson Electroplating Disaster DLC ($4) is now available to download from the marketplace. It tasks players with solving the mysterious case of an explosion in downtown Los Angeles.
Gamers looking to bring the battle to alien zombies can pick up Alien Zombie Mega Death ($8) today from the PlayStation Network. Developed by PomPom, the game--which boasts 70 levels--tasks players with laying waste to hordes of extraterrestrial undead creatures while dodging their attacks to stay alive.
The 2011 Wimbledon Championships in England kicked off this week. Players hoping to bask in the tennis spirit can pick up a virtual racket and try out a 3D and PlayStation Move-enabled demo for Sega's Virtua Tennis 4.
Living-room rockers can pick up new tunes today to add to their Rock Band libraries from alt-rockers Puddle of Mudd and pop rock group Maroon 5. Three tunes from each band are available for $2 each or bundled together for $5.49.
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.