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In-Depth: PlayStation Network Analysis, September 2011

October 26, 2011 5:00 PM |

[Console digital editor Ryan Langley examines PlayStation Network's debuts and successes during September 2011, using leaderboard and chart data to analyze their sales and downloads.]

This September, PlayStation Network took some well needed prerogative with a new promotion -- PSN Play, featuring four titles, alongside 17 more game releases.

But how has it stacked up alongside XBLA's Summer of Arcade promotion? We intend to find out. Thanks to the help of our friends over at PSNStores.com, we're able to give much more data than we could have done alone.

We've looked at the Leaderboards for the games we could follow (noting how they may fare against their Xbox Live Arcade cousins) and the officially released Top 20 games in North America. We've also determined how well the games have fared with reviewers using the Metacritic rating system.

Play For PSN

The PlayStation Storefront was pushing a new promotion for the majority of September -- "PSN Play", bringing four games into the limelight. Within that were two titles we could follow, The Baconing and BloodRayne Betrayal.

Unfortunately, neither title was very well received in reviews, and both only added around 15,600 players each to their Leaderboards. That's more than their Xbox Live Arcade cousins, (9,446 for The Baconing and 5,614 for BloodRayne), but it's still not a whole lot.

Best Of Console Digital News - From MotoHeroz To Team Meat

September 9, 2011 7:00 AM |

gheroes.png[GameSetWatch rounds up the week's biggest news for the major console and portable digital delivery services, this time highlighting news about Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and MotoHeroz.]

A little on the light side of content this week, but we do have some good reads! Team Meat, developer of Super Meat Boy, had a good long chat with the IndieGames.com crew about their experiences with the Xbox Live Arcade. We also get hyped about Treasures upcoming Guardian Heroes, and check out some of the latest Xbox Live Indie Games.

Interview: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet's Creators Talk Quitting their Day Jobs (XBLA)
In this interview, renowned filmmaker Michel Gagne and Fuelcell CEO Joe Olson talk with GameSetWatch contributor Jason Johnson about creating XBLA's Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, leaving Hollywood, and the differences between working in the movie and game industries.

SNK Adds More Pre-Neo Geo Arcade Minis To PSN Lineup (PSN)
SNK has added a trio of pre-Neo Geo arcade titles to its PlayStation Minis lineup.

RedLynx Releasing MotoHeroz To WiiWare Next Week (WiiWare)
Trials HD developer RedLynx revealed that its next physics-based racing game, MotoHeroz, will debut on WiiWare on Thursday, September 15.

Choose Your Own Adventure With Guardian Heroes In October (XBLA)
To celebrate the release of Guardian Heroes, we now have the first official trailer of it in action.

Team Meat On Working With Microsoft, Steam 'Powerhouse' (XBLA)
As part of a podcast with sister site IndieGames.com, Super Meat Boy's Team Meat shared their thoughts of a variety of topics. Here, 11 notable points are highlighted from the podcast.

IndieGames.com XBL Indie Game Pick: Train Frontier Express (XBLIG)
Michael Rose goes one-on-one with the toy train simulation.

IndieGames.com XBL Indie Game Pick: Speedrunner HD (XBLIG)
The name says it all -- it's a speed-runner that sees you getting from A to B in the fastest time possible.

NA Nintendo Download - Golf, Dotman And More

September 8, 2011 9:00 PM |


This week on the 3DS Virtual Console store -- Golf. Yup, just Golf, one of the first Gameboy titles, now available again for $2.99.

Alongside it are two new DSiWare titles -- Puzzle Rocks for 500 Points, and DotMan for 200 Points.

Lastly, one new WiiWare game -- Paint Splash , a painting tool for 500 Points.

EU Nintendo Download - 3D Pixel Racing, Anonymous Notes Chapter 1

September 8, 2011 5:00 PM |


An incredibly lightweight week for European Nintendo fans, only one new WiiWare title and one DSiWare title, and both were released in America some time ago.

The WiiWare game this week is 3D Pixel Racing, a racing game with a unique visual representation, available for 500 Points. The DSiWare title is Anonymous Notes Chapter 1, a sliver of action RPG for just 200 Points.

EU PlayStation Store Update - BloodRayne: Betrayal, SkyDrift, Tomb Raider II And More

September 8, 2011 9:00 AM |


This week's new titles for the PlayStation Network includes BloodRayne Betrayal, a sidescrolling revival of the classic Majesco franchise for £9.99/€12.99, Red Johnson's Chronicles, an action adventure/puzzle game £7.99/€9.99, and SkyDrift, a fast paced air racing game for £11.99/€14.99.

We also have a whopping 8 new Minis titles out this week -- The Impossible Game (£1.74/€1.99) being by itself as an independant title, while the rest are old SNK clasics -- Athena, Guerilla War, Hal 21, Marvin's Maze, Ozma Wars, Sasuke vs Commander and Vanguard, all £1.99/€2.49 each.

We also have a new PSOne classic this week, and I'm surprised it wasn't already on here -- Tomb Raider II is now available for £4.79/€5.99.

Those with PlayStation Plus also get the following titles for free: Plants vs Zombies, Altered Beast, Jellypop (minis) , Kaleidoscope (minis), Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSOne) and Street Fighter Alpha 2 (POone). Good deal!

Choose Your Own Adventure With Guardian Heroes In October

September 7, 2011 6:00 PM |

One of the best Saturn games out there, Guardian Heroes, is coming to the Xbox Live Arcade next month. To celebrate we now have the first official trailer of it in action.

Never got around to playing it myself back in the day -- my Saturn time was filled more with NiGHTS, Death Tank and Sonic R, but I can't wait to see if this game holds up some 15 years later.

XBLA Update - SkyDrift, Crimson Alliance, LeedMees, BloodRayne: Betrayal And More

September 7, 2011 2:00 PM |


Huge week for the Xbox Live Arcade this week with four big releases!

SkyDriftis now available for 1200MSP, a flying racer with Mario-Kart style powerups and a stunning art design.

Crimson Alliance is available with a very weird release style -- the full game is "technically" free, but is merely the demo. Instead you can either buy all of the classes for 1200MSP, or each one for 800MSP each, if you think you'll only play as the Wizard, Assassin or Merc.

The third Kinect based downloadable game is also available, and it actually looks really awesome -- LeedMees is a Lemmings-style game where you use your body to help little dudes get to their home. Grab it for 800MSP!

Lastly, but not least, BloodRayne: Betrayal from Wayforward (and Majesco, I guess), a side scrolling slashing adventure is available for 1200MSP.

Outside of the main releases, we also have a bunch of new pieces of DLC -- the Space Capsule DLC for Fruit Ninja Kinect for 160MSP, the Time Attack Pack for Worms 2: Armageddon for 320MSP, 20 new puzzles for Crazy Machines Elements for 240MSP, and Character Color Pack 1 for Street Fighter III for 240MSP.

NA PlayStation Store Update - Bloodrayne: Betrayal, Skydrift, Mega Man 4 And More

September 7, 2011 10:00 AM |


A quality week for PlayStation users -- Wayforward's reimagining of the vampiress Bloodrayne with Betrayal, is now availble for $14.99. Alongside it is Skydrift, also for $14.99, an fantastic looking flying racer with Mario Kart antics melded in. Both have demos too! A retail game has also been added -- Rugby 2011 for $49.99.

We also have a new PSOne Import Classic -- Mega Man 4, which you can grab for $5.99.

Lastly, a whopping 5 new Minis titles -- Alpha Mission ($2.99), Doodle Fit ($1.99), The Impossible Game ($2.99), T.N.K. III ($2.99), and Vanguard II ($2.99)

PlayStation Plus users also get the folliwing: Plants vs. Zombies, Astro Tripper, Altered Beast, Bashi Blocks (Minis) and Jet Moto (PSOne) all for free!

XBLIG Summer Uprising Day 10 - Redd: The Lost Temple

September 6, 2011 1:00 PM |


The final Xbox Live Indie Game under the Summer Uprising label is now available; Redd: The Lost Temple. It's a top-down adventure where you'll have to Indiana-Jones your way through hundreds of obstacles and creatures out to get you.

It's certainly a great looking game, something that the mid-90's would have loved to bits. Check out the trailer or download the game for just 240MSP.

XBLIG Summer Uprising Day 9 - Take Arms

September 5, 2011 7:00 PM |


There was a slight delay in release, but it's here now -- Take Arms, the side scrolling multiplayer shooter is now available on the Xbox Live Indie Games space.

"Play as three unique classes: the quick and light Striker, the slow and heavy Destroyer, or the middle-ground Grunt. Dominate three diverse locales and three game modes (DM, TDM, & CTF). Practice in solo mode against bots with multiple difficulty levels. Track your experience as you gain ranks and earn badges."

Check out the demo, or grab it for 240MSP.