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PSNStores Weekly Roundup: January 7th – January 13th 2013

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With everything finally settling down from the holidays and Game of the Year time over I had the chance to play some of the Vita games I picked up on the Holiday sale including Dokuro, Escape Plan, and Rayman Origins. While these games were a lot of fun (especially Rayman origins) they couldn’t keep me away from Persona 4 for too long. I also managed to play through Black Knight Sword, which is definitely one I would put on the odd list. You can look forward to the review this week.

This past Tuesday (or Wednesday depending on your location) seen the return of PSM updates with Haunt the House: Terrortown and Life of Pixel releasing.  We got an interview with Rich from Super Icon to tell us all about Life of Pixel and you can check out this weeks Quick Play to hear Chris’s thoughts on these two games.  With Panic! and Cosmic Clean Up already released we got word on the next PSM title being published by Riptstone. Gun Commando is an 8-bit first person savhooter that also blends in elements of shmup’s like R-type, which is certainly sounding like an interesting addition to the growing PSM line up. In a first since launch of PlayStation Mobile  a game is getting ported over to PSN. Alien Breed, which launched on PSM back in November,  will be getting a PS3/Vita version that will add trophies, leaderboards, and cross play mutliplayer which is sure to excite fans. No release date or price has been announced yet (lets hope its #YOPO), but once we get the details we will let you know.

When FuturLab announced their deal with Sony to make Vita games back in December they also put a countdown up on a a teaser site. That countdown expired on Friday and with it Velocity Ultra was announced. James Marsden from FuturLab was once again nice enough to take a few minutes of his time to answer some of our questions about this updated version of one of our favorite games of 2012 and if you have any ideas on what they should do for the squeal make sure to head here and let them know. You might just win a copy of Velocity Ultra in the process.

Another batch of PS2 classics will be hitting the store this Tuesday that you might enjoy more then the…ah.. “classic” Dora the Explorer games that we seen this week. You will be able to purchase the first entry in the Disgaea series, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, along with the survivor horror game Siren,which happens to be the first game that Nick worked on while he was at SCEA. We will also see Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, the sequel to the runner up for our PSP game of the year 2011 which got Curtis quite excited when he heard about it. To round off next weeks update we will finally see the release of one of our most anticipated aps for the Vita. That’s right Wake Up Club will finally be available in North America and I (strangely) cant wait to wake up Wednesday morning to it. Check out this weeks Sneak Peek for the rest of the details for Tuesday’s NA update.

After getting a view of all our individual favorite games of 2012 you finally got to see the PSNStores Game of The Year Awards on Monday past. Make sure to check them out to see if ours matched your favorites from 2012. With seven of us this year deliberating we unfortunately couldn’t give you a GOTY podcast, but you can have a listen to Episode 82 of the PSNStores podcast and hear some talk about Life of Pixel, Labyrinth Legends, and Knytt Underground.

News

Life of Pixel is out for PSM this week. Check out these new screens!
Ripstone Hosts Knytt Underground Competition
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Coming To PSP Next Week!
Retro City Rampage Launches in UK/Europe/Asia On January 16th
Gun Commando Is Green Hill and Ripstone’s Next Game For PSM
Let’s Fish! Hooked On Character Trailer – Jamie
Sightjack the Shibito in Siren, Coming to PSN
Alien Breed Coming to PSN February

Reviews

★★★★1/2☆ Jetpack Joyride

PSNStores.com Features

PSNStores 2012 Game Of The Year Awards
PlayStation Mobile Developer Interview: Life of Pixel
PSM Quick Play: Haunt The House: Terrortown & Life of Pixel
PlayStation Store Sneak Peek – January 15th 2013
We Ask FuturLab All About Velocity Ultra
PSNStores Podcast 82

PlayStation Mobile Update

Haunt The House: Terrortown ( $3.49 / £2.79 / ¥350 )
Life of Pixel ( $1.99 / £1.59 / ¥200 )
Flapper Princess ( ¥550 )
Surge ( ¥350 )

Global Store Update

Demos

Auditorium HD
Black Knight Sword
Orgarhythm (Vita)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3)
Tales of Hearts R (Vita)

PSN games

Auditorium HD (£6.49 — €7.99)
Black Knight Sword (¥1000)
Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle (£15.99 — €19.99)
Dance Magic ($9.99)

PS3 games

Demon’s Souls ($19.99)
Lord of the Rings: War in the North (£15.99 — €19.99 — $19.99)
Men In Black: Alien Crisis (HK$312)
Prototype 2 (HK$312)
Resident Evil 6 (HK$299 — ¥5990)
Rise of the Guardians ($39.99)
The Amazing Spiderman (HK$388)

PS2 games

Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom ($9.99)
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids ($9.99)
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess ($9.99)
Go Diego Go! Great Dinosaur Rescue ($9.99)
Go Diego Go! Safari Rescue ($9.99)
Katamari Damacy (HK$72)

Vita games

Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable ($39.99)
Imaginstruments (Free)

PSP games

Corpse Party Book of Shadows (¥3990)