Sony's virtual marketplace updated with trial for upcoming fighting game, new add-on content for Ubisoft's assassin game and BioWare's Dragon Age II; Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters demo also now out.
Leading the pack this week is a PlayStation Plus-exclusive demo for Mortal Kombat. The sampler gives players a first look at Warner Bros.' April 19-dated fighter reboot. In the full game, God of War protagonist Kratos will be a playable character in the PS3 version of the game. It will be the Ghost of Sparta's second tilt in a fighter, as he was also a playable character in last year's PSP brawler Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. Kratos isn't the only PS3 exclusive planned for the game, as the version of Mortal Kombat for Sony's system will also feature stereoscopic 3D support.
Those looking for more from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood can now download The Da Vinci Disappearance DLC ($10). The content includes both single-player and multiplayer content to extend the experience of Brotherhood. The solo mission sees players attempting to track down Leonardo da Vinci, who was kidnapped by the Hermeticists after the fall of Borgias in Rome. As Ezio, players will track da Vinci through clues found in art, uncovering two new locations and a pair of gameplay features.
According to Ubisoft, The Da Vinci Disappearance represents the most substantive multiplayer expansion yet for Brotherhood. It will include a single map, Alhambra, which is set in Spain's Albaicin of Granada and features multistory gameplay in both indoor and outdoor areas. Four new characters will also be included: Dama Rossa, the Knight, the Marquis, and the Pariah.
The multiplayer add-on also includes two new gameplay modes: Escort and Assassinate. In Escort, two teams of four players guard their own VIP while attempting to assassinate the opposing side's very important target. Assassinate mode sees six to eight players attempting to off each other a la classic deathmatch.
Out now are two new add-on packs for BioWare's Dragon Age II, which was released yesterday to warm reception. The first pack is the Exiled Prince DLC ($7), which was bundled with copies of the game preordered before January 11.
The Exiled Prince downloadable content introduces players to "noble archer" Sebastian Vael through three missions. After living as a priest, Vael is thrust back into the throes of "princely politics" when his family is murdered, leaving him the lone surviving heir. When players encounter Vael, they have the option to either avenge the untimely death of his family or "direct his holy vengeance on their enemies in Kirkwall." Additionally, players will be able to recruit the ranged-weapon master to their party.
The other add-on content available now for Dragon Age II is the Black Emporium ($10). Bundled with all-new copies of the game, the Black Emporium is a location inside Kirkwall where players will be able to score access to three items and venues: a fighting Mabari war hound, the mirror of transformation, and exclusive entry to magic and crafting shops.
Gamers who prefer to try before they buy can download a demo for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters today. The sampler thrusts players onto the tee box of the par-4 18th hole at Augusta National. Virtual golfers will play as Tiger Woods in the demo, and the voice of longtime Masters announcer Jim Nantz (and the colorful David Feherty) will provide commentary as Woods goes for his fifth Green Jacket.
Switching to the nostalgic download space, Sony added nine new PS One Classics to the download space this week. Disney's Hercules ($6), Disney's Peter Pan ($6), Disney's Lilo & Stitch ($6), Disney/Pixar Toy Story Racer ($6), Disney/Pixar Monsters, Inc. Scream Team ($6), Disney/Pixar Toy Story 2 ($6), Disney's: The Emperor's New Groove ($6), Disney/Pixar: A Bug's Life ($6), and R4 Ridge Racer Type 4 ($6) are now available from the download store.
On-the-go gamers this week can grab two new PSP titles from its marketplace, the first of which is MLB 11 The Show PSP ($30). This year’s baseball title sports updated rosters, new stadiums, new AI improvements, and player-specific batting stances.
The other new PSP title out now is Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle Digital ($20). From NIS America, the fantasy turn-based strategy game has players trekking to Phantom Isle, a place all set about with phantoms stuck between life and death.
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.
Hey, this video shows the available fatalities on the new Playstation 3 Mortal Kombat Demo.. This demo is kinda addictive.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdTuDBtspNY&feature=channel_video_title
I bet this article purposely left out that the demo is going to come out next week for non PSN+ users, just to stir some ****.
Ah man i woke up this morning turned on my PS3 to play some Brotherhood see the new mortal kombat demo is out im all pumped and then i see it's only PS+ :(
@warhawk-geeby you're absolutly right. They are just looking for a way to complain. Though they never tried it.
There's so much hate for Playstion Plus and yet unlike Microsoft they're not forcing you to buy it? It's a matter of patience guys, if you want stuff first then become a premium member, otherwise chillout and wait a week. God. Sony need to make money somehow to support their network. Im not a PSN+ user but I don't complain every week. Geeeez.. It's like dealing with kids on here sometimes.
After a few days with the demo I can say Mortal Kombat is and will be my favorite fighter for 2011. Its paced well, not easy to spam. Great graphics, sound and gameplay with tons of content. Cmon what GOW fan out there does not want to perform a fatality with Kratos;)
Ridge Racer Type 4!!! The BEST Ridge Racer of all time. Still love it after more than a decade. Makes me feel sad that the Ridge Racer Franchise is going in the direction of Unbounded.
I thought four of those Disney games PSone Classics were already in the PSN Store, I wrote a blog on them a few months ago. I assume th answer to that is difference of regions.
@Fred5107: Yeah, I knew that. I was considering getting the minimum subscription (3 months) just to play this, but I can wait one week. Glad someone said something.
@mimicus There aren't 1-month subscriptions, only three-month subscriptions. Well, if you're only talking about months.
The demo was pretty fun. If I had a 3D TV I would be happy to enjoy Mortal Kombat in 3D! I'm glad Sony enables 3D in the PS3, does anyone here have a 3D TV?
@Brettsky128: Really? Where did you hear this? If it's true, then thank you. You just saved me from buying a one-month subscription to PS+. You get a gold star for the day. :)
PSN keeps looking more and more like Live Gold. Keep alienating us SONY and you will be no better than MS!!!!
Does anybody else feel like PlayStation Plus is a poorly conceived idea? It feels more like they are taking stuff away from their regular users instead of providing more to the premium users.
Only playstation plus? Nice to see Sony taking care of 1% of their customers. PSN is down right now...?!?!
Oh, it's only available to Playstation Plus members? All the more reason for me to skip this shallow gore-fest. Yawn.
Man I can't wait to try out the Mortal Kombat Demo but alas I am not a member of playstation plus so I guess I'll just wait til it's available to all.
@noway78 "These games suck" Have you got no taste?, Assassin's Creed is probably the best new IP sandbox game this genration and possible the best sandbox game to come since GTA (I would include Red Dead Redemprion but Revolver was on PS2). Mortal Kombat is up there with Street Fighter and Tekken as far as fighters go it's one of the heavyweights. You're correct as far as Tiger Woods goes though.
the MK demo is amazing. a fantastic demo, gives you a great feel for the game, some great characters and a few fatalities. also the video at the end is crazy, they have put a s*** load of content into this one.
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