Well…it’s not really saving the best for last, but it’s certainly a hefty update before the holidays. I was honestly surprised by the amount of AAA demos released this week: Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, and Little Big Planet 2. Nice to try those out so we can get ready for the madness early next year.
Battlefield Bad Company 2’s Vietnam expansion is finally out as well, and it weights just less of 200kb. How does a full-on expansion come to be this small, you ask? Simple: DICE smartly sneaked in a hefty system patch a week before. It’s probably the biggest patch I’ve ever downloaded, just shy of 2GB. This patch’s official function is the inclusion of 4 new multiplayer levels for the VIP members, but now that we’ve just discovered the small size of Vietnam’s download…that patch surely packed in a lot more than BC2 content.
Finally…Front freakin’ Mission 3, one of the PS1’s underrated releases, has been released as well! I’ve been waiting for this baby ever since Europe got it a few months back. Their marketing and timed released is certainly more appropriate (having it close to the new Front Mission: Evolved installment instead of the US’s delayed response), but no matter. The main thing is that I can finally play this game again. I was a big fan of it back in the PS1 days, having been sucked into the world of turn-based strategy thanks to Final Fantasy Tactics. It’s probably the best installment of the series, sans Front Mission 5 for the PS2 which was never released outside of Japan.
Speaking of classics, you can now play Neo Geo emulations for your PS3 and/or PSP, starting off with the likes of Metal Slug and Fatal Fury. Never been a fan of the system, but I’m sure there’s an audience for it since the Wii has been offering up these as well.
You’ll also notice a ton of price cuts and offers thanks to the holidays, the most significant one of all is Sonic Adventure being cut down to 5$. Good stuff.
If you’re into full PS3 games for download, then be happy ’cause MAG and Borderlands are also joining the pack, 30$ a pop. Not too shabby. Additionally, Borderlands’ expansions have been compiled to one download which costs dirt cheap, too.
Finally, you have tons of add-on content to choose from whether you own one of the music games or the content-creations ones such as the original Little Big Planet and Modnation Racers. In my opinion, however, Costume Quest’s Grubbins on Ice’s expansion deserves a mention. Great indie game which is a tad short deserves more playtime.
Click here to check out the official full list of this week’s releases.