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While I was at PAX earlier this year I had the great opportunity to sit in on a panel about the Humble Indie Bundle, a promotion that went on back in May that gave consumers the opportunity to net World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, Samorost 2, and Penumbra: Overture for as little as a penny. The promotion managed to raise over a $1 million within a week, of which nearly $325,000 went to charity.

If this is the first you’re hearing of “the Bundle” and you’re feeling a little bummed, don’t fret. A second pay-what-you-want bundle of five new games launched today. Hit the jump for more information on the Humble Indie Bundle 2 and how you can get your hands on a package including titles like Braid and Machinarium for as little as $0.01.

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From the makers of Zombie Tycoon and Young Thor comes … A Space Shooter for Two Bucks! This PlayStation minis title is making its way to PS3 and PSP via the PlayStation Network for the low, low price of – yes, that’s right, $1.99. For PlayStation Plus subscribers the title will be absolutely free when the game launches next week.

The game is pretty much what you would expect, which is entirely fine by me. The PlayStation Network really could use some more good shmups. So if you could use a little more alien blasting in your life, be on the lookout for A Space Shooter for Two Bucks! on December 21st.

[Via PlayStation Blog]

This week, another PS2 classic joins the list of titles hitting Sony’s Black Box O’Blu Ray in glorious high-definition visuals. The second title of the Sands of Time trilogy, Price of Persia: Warrior Within, hit the PlayStation Network today complete with HD and 3D visuals for your downloading pleasure. Now, both Price of Persia: Warrior Within HD and Price of Persia: Sands of Time HD are available via the PlayStation Store for a paltry $14.99.

[Via PlayStation Blog]

You may already be familiar with this week’s big title if you have an iPhone. However, now Wii owners have the opportunity to enjoy Different Cloth’s lilt line.  lilt line is “an award-winning rhythm racing game with a dubstep soundtrack and a visual aesthetic that will confound your senses and rock your soul.” lilt line makes its way to the Wii-Ware service  as Gaijin Games’, the developer behind the Bit.Trip series, first attempt at publishing. Lacking a touch screen, lilt line‘s Wii release reportedly features similar controls to those of Bit.Trip Beat.

I had the opportunity to speak with Gaijin Games CEO Alex Neuse  in Los Angeles during E3. He seemed excited, but a little nervous about lilt line and Gaijin Games’ first foray into the publishing world. Do these guys a favour and try out lilt line. A free demo version is available via Wii-Ware for a limited time, so you really have no excuse not to at least try this sweet rhythm-racer out.

Hit the jump for the rest of this week’s releases.
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You know I hate to admit it but every now and then Twitter comes in handy. Take today for instance: had I continued to resist signing up for Twitter (like I had for the longest time) I wouldn’t have known about Tripwire Interactive’s upcoming event for Killing Floor (one of my favorite games).

According to Tripwire’s tweet, the developer will be hosting a special Christmas themed event for its Horde Mode shooter. Dubbed “The Killing Floor Twisted Christmas” this special event will feature Christmas themed monsters, a new “Santa’s Evil Lair” map, thirteen new achievements and an unlockable “the Baddest Santa” character. Read more… »

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European PSN update: 08.12.10
By: | December 8th, 2010

A packed PSN update is inbound this week, including the anticipated releases of Alien Breed 2: Assault and Kung-Fu Live for PS Eye.

Elsewhere, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light gets an expansion, along with some DLC for Medal of Honor and Street Fighter IV.

This week’s PSN update can be read in full after the break.

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The most exciting title hitting Nintendo’s downloadable services this week is Fluidity. I had an opportunity to play this title while at PAX. It’s a fun, physics-based puzzle platformer and it’s definitely worth a look. The game puts you in control of a flow of water, and rotating the Wii remote will rotate the scenery and will allow you to navigate the water through the mazes which make up the title’s levels.

A demo of the game is also available on Wii-Ware…so you have no excuse to try this title out.

The rest of this week’s titles await you after the break.

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Today Capcom revealed that the first batch of DLC for its ever popular, duct taped fueled zombie kill-a-thon, Dead Rising 2 will hit sometime this December. Bringing back the protagonist from the original Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2: Case West sees Frank West team up with Chuck Green to get to investigate the pharmaceutical company Phenotrans.

In terms of gameplay, Case West will allow two-player co-op. If you happen to be friendless, like myself, the AI will control one of the player. Read more… »

It’s the announcement Battlefield: Bad Company 2 veterans have been waiting for: the release dates of the recently announced Vip Map Pack 7 and Vietnam expansion revealed back at E3 in June.

Vip Map Pack 7, which contains four new maps including fan favourite Oasis from the original Bad Company, will be available December 1st (that’s tomorrow), and should provide the perfect excuse to get back into the excellent multiplayer action of Bad Company 2.

Vietnam on the other hand (which features four new Vietnam maps along with a host of new weapons and vehicles) will deploy on December 21st for the consoles and December 18 for PC on Steam EA’s online store, retailing for $14.99/£9.99 or 1200 Microsoft points.

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European PSN update: 24.11.10
By: | November 24th, 2010

Today’s release of Gran Turismo 5 marks a pivotal day on the PlayStation calendar, yet Sony hasn’t forgotten to feed everyone else who’s hungry for another PSN Store update.

This week’s helping contains some new PSN games in the form of the acclaimed Funky Lab Rat and Deadstorm Pirates (lifted from Time Crisis: Razing Storm), along with the usual wealth of DLC.

Hit the jump for a full rundown of this week’s PSN update.

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Nintendo DLC Update: 11/22/10
By: | November 23rd, 2010

This week demos are making their return to Wii-Ware. In addition to your usual weekly assortment of downloadable titles, four demos made their way to the Wii-Ware service today. They’re actually pretty decent titles as well. Unfortunately, these titles are only around for a limited time only…so download them while you still can.

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Bit.Trip FATE is the fifth and penultimate installment of Gaijin Games’ Bit.Trip series. Like the four titles preceding it, FATE meshes distinctly retro aesthetics with rhythm-based gameplay, crafting a familiar and nostalgic experience that still manages to be unique in its own right. Also like its predecessors, FATE borrows greatly from classic-retro titles. This time, Gaijin Games pays homage to the venerable Shoot ‘em up genre in what might be one of the most interesting titles of the series.

But is it any good? Hit the jump to find out.

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