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XBLA Today: Virtua Fighter 5, Bang Bang Racing

Microsoft has two games ready to be added to the Xbox Live Arcade for today’s E3 week update.

The spotlight game this week is likely Sega’s Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown. It’s been priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15) and is considered the ultimate revision of the fifth game in the fighting franchise:

Reignite your inner fighter and prepare for the ultimate showdown! Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is the definitive version of the Virtua Fighter 5 series that incorporates all the enhancements Sega has rolled out since 2007 with some brand new features.

Also available this week is Bang Bang Racing, a top-down racer that, at a price of 800 Microsoft Points ($10), is “perfect for the whole family”:

Put the pedal to the metal with Bang Bang Racing, a brand new top-down arcade car racer perfect for every speed demon in the family! Choose from 20 sleek cars in four different categories (muscle cars, Evo GT, Protech and open-wheel formula cars), eight different skins and nine exotic, reversible and variable tracks around the world. Cones and exploding barrels will challenge your driving skills on snow, water, sand and oil covered tracks. You can also take the race to 4-player split-screen multiplayer to show your friends or family who the daddy is!

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PS Store Yesterday: Virtua Fighter 5, LittleBigPlanet 2, Instant Game Collection, more

In addition to announcing the “Instant Game Collection” for PlayStation Plus subscribers, Sony added a quartet of new games to the PlayStation Store late last night.

These new releases include Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, the revamped fighting game from Sega; Bang Bang Racing, a top-down racer for the whole family; Madagascar 3, the video game tie-in to this weekend’s new movie; and LittleBigPlanet 2, Sackboy’s most recent adventure.

More details on all of those games, as well as this week’s new game add-ons, can be found at the PlayStation Blog.

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PlayStation Plus subscribers to receive “Instant Game Collection”

Between all the free games and the ridiculously awesome sales, PlayStation Plus has always been a better subscription service than Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold. But with its latest gambit, Sony is going for the throat.

Announced last night during their E3 2012 Press Conference, starting today, PlayStation Plus will receive an “Instant Game Collection” of 12 PS3 titles. And these aren’t the dregs of the PlayStation Store either. This is good quality, amazing stuff.

Just take a look at the list of free games you’ll receive as long as you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber:

  • Choplifter HD
  • InFamous 2
  • Hard Corp: Uprising
  • Just Cause 2
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Little Big Planet 2
  • Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
  • Saints Row 2
  • Sideway: New York
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone

Downloading all of these games individually from the PlayStation Store would cost over $260. So purchasing a PlayStation Plus subscription for $49.99 per year is a much better option. Especially when you add in all the other monthly bonuses a Plus subscription includes.

Your move Microsoft.

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Download Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown from PSN/XBLA on June 5/6

Sega has announced that Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, the latest addition to their fan-favorite fighting franchise, will be available to download from the PlayStation Network on June 5 and from the Xbox Live Arcade on June 6. Both versions will be priced at $14.99 (that’s 1200 Microsoft Points in Xbox 360-land).

Sega will also be adding character customization DLC packs to the PSN and XBLA for all 19 fighters on June 5/6. Each pack will be priced at $4.99 (which is 400 Microsoft Points) and include 600-950 customization items. Two other mega packs, one consisting of nine characters’ worth of DLC items and the other with 10 characters’ worth, will be available to download for $14.99 each. (again, that’s 1200 Microsoft Points).

If you ever get sick of customizing your favorite character and want to do some actual fighting, here’s what you can expect from Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown:

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown brings the latest arcade version of the Virtua Fighter 5 series to consoles worldwide, adding two new characters… Virtua Fighter 3 favorite Taka-Arashi and newcomer Jean Kujo… and dynamic and interactive fighting arenas. Console-only features include a robust and detailed Training Mode, eight player Online Room Match Mode, and a match record feature to replay, save, and upload fights.

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