On The Stores This Week: 15/09/09

It’s a decent week for downloadable goodies this week, as we take a look at everything that’s available for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners in yet another weekly feature right here on TheSixthAxis: On The Stores.  This one’s a little early but from now on will hopefully be published at 9am every Tuesday giving you some idea of what to look forward to spending your hard earned money on every week, but remember that most of the content listed is subject to change, as usual.

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Firstly, it appears there’s a little bit of catchup for our American readers, with the demo of FIFA 10 only landing Stateside this Thursday on the PS3.  Our US-based cousins will also be grabbing the rather addictive hidden-object game Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos, again, another title we’ve had for a week over in Europe.  However, look out for a playable demo of NBA Live 10 on the PS3, something that our Xbox 360 owning readers can grab already.

More exciting is the demo of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, which will appear on the Japanese PSN Store this week for download.  Sigma 2 is the PS3-exclusive remix of the cool 360 original with a fair amount of new stuff, including a rather interesting use of the Sixaxis motion control function.  We don’t know if the demo will appear on Western PS3s this week, but there’s nothing stopping you grabbing the demo from the Japanese Store if you’ve already got an account.

In terms of DLC, look out for Command And Conquer: Commander’s Challenge which will be appearing worldwide and across both formats.  The expansion to Command And Conquer Red Alert 3 should be quite popular with fans of the game as it brings 50 new challenges featuring new units such as the Giga Fortress, Desolator, and Cryo Legionnaire to test out just how good you are at EA’s excellent RTS game.  Expect that for 800 points, or about £6.50.

Also worthy of your 800 points is Bubble Bobble, a Xbox 360 title that retains the classic gameplay (and level design) but boosts the graphics with some new HD character art.  The classic mechanics remain the same, which is good, but now there’s competitive and co-op multiplayer and even some 4 player action in an all-new Arrange Mode.  I’ve had 800 points sat there since buying Trials HD, so I’ll definitely be picking this one up on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, keep an eye out for another PS3-based PC Engine game (naturally only in Japan) – Power League 4, some Tales of Vesperia DLC (again, only in Japan), a reduced price for the XBLA title Lode Runner, down to 800 points for this week only, the massive SingStar SingStore update and some killer Batman: Arkham Asylum DLC in the form of “Insane Night” – two news maps focusing on the FreeFlow Combat and Invisible Predator parts of the game.

Of course, we’ll be right here with the full PSN Store Update on Thursday morning.

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