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on the shelves

10/21: Bioshock [metacrtic] - perfect port of the 360 version (include issues in it), plus all the released DLC and a super hard Survival mode. More DLC is promised. Includes a 10 minute install, though it's said it reduces the time on loading screens. Biggest complaint is it took one year to port.

10/19: Rock Band 2, guitar and track pack [metacrtic] - this sounds like more improvements than a big change, but it's still getting excellent reviews. Obvious changes: 84 new songs, option of moving the songs from RB1 for a fee. It's a more casual/party game friendly: players can join/drop out between songs easier, you can turn on a No Fail mode to allow you just to play full thru a song despite how well you play, and you set up a playlist. The single player World Tour and the gameplay itself isn't much different - guitar is a little harder, vocals are a little easier (for the talking segments.) Online play is more varied, and there's bonus challenges based around DLC.

10/21: Midnight Club: Los Angeles [metacritic] - a racing game on the PS3. A lot of reviews of the "it's the same game it's been for the last few, but it's still great" type. Everyone gives it press for being a 16 player online mode and looking beautiful. Gamespot says it's excessively difficult. PSXextreme differs - it's excessively cheap AI. Midnight Club on PS2 was the first game I got for that system and always disliked it, so perhaps I'm extra skeptical here.

10/21: Far Cry 2 [metacritic] - Hey, a first person shooter on PS3. Also, has little to do with Far Cry. Sandbox-type shooter (1UP calls it GTA: Mogadishu. Most complained about: the long car/bus rides between objectives (including repetitive attacks from hostile forces.)

10/21: Eternal Sonata [metacritic] - 360 port of an RPG (!), with more dungeons and playable characters in this version (slow saving being the only noted drawback.) You're playing in the dreams of a dying musician, with more action based combat and a linear story structure. As common with games revolving around dying musicians, the music's really good.

10/21: Spider-Man: Web of Shadows [metacritic] - disappointing repetitive gameplay with a lacking story (though the branching aspect of making choices is complimented.)

Mystery Game Theater

10/21: The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon [metacritic] - well, it's a third part of a triology, so maybe you know already either way. The wikipedia page has a long section about the plot, so someone's played it. Maybe just not the PS3 version.

10/20: Monopoly - there's no reviews, not one's quite sure if this actually came out this week or not. But it's MONOPOLY. You should know if you need a $40 PS3 Monopoly without a review.

10/21: Disney Sing It Bundle w/Microphone [metacritic] = SingStar + Radio Disney. That's all I got.

in the store

Downloadable Games
- Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One {$15} - already released elsewhere, future episodes are supposed to be out at the same time.

- Prince of Persia Classic {$10} - name is a misnomer; it's the redone version of the old game with HD graphics, as a teaser for the upcoming sequel.

PS1 Classics

Add On Content
- BUZZ! Quick TV Pack: Horror {$6} - wisely timed!

- High Velocity Bowling {$1 each}
* All Hallow's Eve Ball Pack (Halloween bowling ball art)
* Foxy (character/lane)
* Chastity (character/lane)

Soulcalibur IV
* Yoda {$5} - 360 "exclusive" character not so exclusive

Mega Man 9
- Hero mode {$1} - new higher difficulty mode
- SuperHero Mode {$1} - new highest difficulty mode
- Special Stage {$1} - a Time Attack stage

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
* Scenario Pack: Survival ($1.25)
* Singe Player Map Pack 2 {free}

Guitar Hero World Tour
*"Hot Blooded" by Foreigner ($2)
*"Jessie’s Girl" by Rick Springfield ($2)
* "Rock and Roll Band" by Boston ($2)
(or all 3 for $5.50)
* Guitar Dual Track Pack (free)
* Neversoft Track Pack (free)

Rock Band
* "Dr. Feelgood" - Mötley Crüe {$2}
* "Kickstart My Heart" - Mötley Crüe {$2}
* "Rattlesnake Shake" - Mötley Crüe {$2}

* "On a Plain" - Nirvana {$2}
* "Polly" - Nirvana {$2}
* "Something in the Way" - Nirvana {$2}
* "Stay Away" - Nirvana {$2}
* "Territorial Pissings" - Nirvana {$2}
* "Breed" - Nirvana {$2}
* "Lounge Act" - Nirvana {$2}
or all 7 at $11

Game Demos
- Valkyria Chronicles
- LEGO Batman

Game Videos
- PAIN (2)
- Dead Space
- Disney Sing IT
- Guitar Hero World Tour (2)
- Legendary
- NHL (2)
- Tom Clancy's End War

PS3 Theme
- Wipeout HD
- Mega Man 9 (5) {$2}
- Silent Hill
- Eternal Sonata
- SAW Legacy {$2}

over the horizon (last updated 10/27)

10/27: Guitar Hero World Tour, with guitar and with full band kit [metacritic]
10/28: Little Big Planet [metacritic]
10/28: SingStar Vol. 2 and with microphone
10/28: MotoGP 08 [metacritic]
10/28: Fallout 3, Collectors Edition and Exclusive Survival Edition [metacritic]
10/28: Motorstorm: Pacific Rift [metacritic]
10/28: SCORE International Baja 1000 [metacritic]

11/01: Naruto Ultimate Ninja : Storm
11/03: Tomb Raider Underworld
11/04: Tom Clancy's EndWar and headset bundle [metacritic]
11/04: Lord of the Rings: Conquest
11/04: James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace and collector's edition (oddly listed as coming out a week early)
11/04: Resistance 2 and collectors edition
11/04: Legendary [metacritic]

11/09: WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009 and collectors edition
11/11: Valkyria Chronicles
11/11: Mirror's Edge
11/11: Call of Duty: World at War
11/11: PES 2009 Pro-Evolution Soccer [metacrtic]

11/14: Alone in the Dark [metacritic]
11/16: Shaun White Snowboarding
11/17: Need for Speed: Undercover
11/18: Sonic Unleashed
11/18: Karaoke Revolution: Presents American Idol Encore 2 w/Microphone
11/18: Prince of Persia
11/18: Rise of the Argonauts

11/30: Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe and collector's edition

12/02: Shellshock 2 - luchablog
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