PS3 news: Weekend Essentials – Issue 27

There’s a trio of great games on PS3 this week, whether you’re into retro adventures, killing insects with friends or standing on planks of wood.

Hero squared

Don’t stay at home this weekend; take a short break to Dotnia and get nostalgic with 3D Dot Game Heroes. Worried that his charming 2D kingdom no longer attracted as many visitors as before, King Tezro issued a bold declaration: “This is an age of 3D!” Squares became cubes and Dotnia returned to its former glory. However, someone has released the Dark King and evil creatures now roam the realm. Enter a young hero – one so powerful that dragons consider him a boss – to save the day.

3D Dot Game Heroes is a 21st century take on classic 8-bit role-playing adventure games with beautiful High Definition graphics and a self-aware sense of humour. It’s available now, only on PlayStation 3.

It takes more than a sword and a boomerang to dispose of the massive alien insects in Lost Planet 2. Luckily, you have machine guns, rocket launchers and mechanised robot suits at your disposal, not to mention a little help from your friends, in this co-operative blaster from CAPCOM. You can team up with your friends via PlayStation Network as you guide snow pirates across a changing planet.

Skate 3 is the third PS3 release this week. The skater friendly city of Port Carverton is your destination this time around and there’s no need to feel alone – gameplay enhancements based around teamwork let you grind with friends and set up crews via PlayStation Network. You can even go online and compete against other crews to prove you’re the kings of the half-pipe.

Speedy downloads

Roaring onto PlayStation Store for you to download to PS3 this week is Rocket Knight, a High Definition revival of a game series that began with Rocket Knight Adventures. It is joined by Catan, a digital version of the classic board game Settlers of Catan, for all you hexagon lovers out there.

On the free demo front you have another rocket powered adventure, Dark Void, to try out, along with a mode of transport more realistic but no less hair-raising – the bikes of MotoGP 09/10.

Meanwhile, you can download a host of extra content for BioShock 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, LittleBigPlanet, Nier, Super Street Fighter IV, Way of the Samurai 3 and Skate 3, all from PlayStation Store.

Welcome Home, Sackboy

While you’ve no doubt heard that LittleBigPlanet 2 is coming to PlayStation 3, you don’t have to wait for that to get inspired – the LittleBigPlanet PlayGround space has just landed in PlayStation Home.

You can deck your avatar out in a range of snappy threads, including new hooded tops and T-shirts, and bound around colourful environments packed with all sorts of LBP goodness to see and interact with.

Creative types can team up with friends to make unique wallpapers for their PS3 XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) in the Creator mini-game. Earn smashing PS Home rewards by taking the perfect picture in the King’s Snap Happy Photo Challenge. Then get competitive and prove you have the sharpest eye and the nimblest fingers in the sharpshooting LittleBigDerby mini-game.

All in all, there’s a sackful of LBP joy waiting for you in PS Home. Stop by now to play, create and share with friends old and new.

Note: PlayStation Home supports the following languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Win World Cup tickets!

There are still chances to win tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa by identifying the football legends as recreated using ModNation Racers’ fun mod creation tool. Just head over to to submit your entry.

In the UFC Undisputed 2010 competition you can win a PS3 signed by a selction of top British fighters. Meanwhile, virtual brawlers can get on top of their game by entering the Super Street Fighter IV competition. Just answer a simple question to be in with a chance of winning an Arcade Stick controller, a copy of the game and a T-shirt. These and other competitions can be found at

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