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Sony has performed their weekly update to the PlayStation Store and dropped a ton of DLC onto gamer’s laps… especially those that love RPGs and games with RPG elements.
The big release this week is the addition of the “Dead Money” DLC expansion for Fallout: New Vegas. The pack was previously exclusive to the Xbox 360, but Bethesda has said that all future expansions will be released simultaneously on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. But for fans of classic RPGs, the bigger news is that Xenogears has been added to the PSone Classics section of the shop. The game is currently selling for over $100 on eBay, so the PlayStation Store’s $9.99 price tag is incredible.
More RPG fun can be found in two of the demos uploaded this week. Sega has released a demo of Yakuza 4, their open world game with RPG elements; while EA has added a demo of Dragon Age II. Non-RPG demos Lego Star Wars III and MLB 11: The Show.
As far as new releases go, Sony has added a trio of titles: Space Ace, a spiritual sequel to Dragon’s Lair; Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition, a racing game based on the 20 year old movie; and Alien Breed 3: Descent, a good old-fashioned space shooter.
Finally, the voting for the first annual PSN Gamer’s Choice Awards has begun. Don’t forget to vote!
It seems Square Enix is really starting to get it. Buried in the PlayStation Blog’s The Drop, surname-sharing Rey Gutierrez revealed that Xenogears will be this week’s addition to the PSOne Classics section of the PlayStation Store, when the digital service updates tomorrow. Xenogears came at the height of Square’s golden age on the original PlayStation, and is cited by many enthusiasts as the greatest RPG of all time. It also went on to serve as the template for Monolith Soft’s Xenosaga series on the PlayStation 2, after the core members of the original left Square in 1999.
This comes as a major blow to the second-hand market, where Xenogears can go for up to $150. After Tactics Ogre released last week as Square Enix’s first digital PSP title in what seems like forever, it appears the company may finally be in touch with its fan base again after years of superfluous remakes and bad Xbox 360 titles. Well, kinda.