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This week on the PS Vita Store: Sly Cooper, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, and Machinarium
by Mike Rose 27/3/2013
Product: PlayStation Vita
Manufacturer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Format: PS Vita
Hold on to your dual analog sticks, folks: the PS Vita Store is absolutely rocking tonight.


In terms of new Vita downloadable software, there are some big-name releases, some cult indie classics, a free PS Plus game. The works, basically.

Let us not delay. Let us dive right into it...

Full-price releases

We Europeans have been dealt a pretty slick hand this week as far as digital PS Vita releases are concerned.

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time is a reboot of the original PlayStation 2 3D platforming series, and it's been received well on Vita.

We'll have a review of it for you up on the site post-haste. If you can't even wait that long, however, you can buy it now for £19.99.

Elsewhere, Team Ninja has taken the original PS3 fighting game Dead or Alive 5 Plus and expanded on it ever so slightly for this Vita incarnation.

Even if you're into Dead or Alive, it's probably not worth your picking this version up for the £34.99 asking price. It is available, however, in a bundle with the PSP's Dead or Alive Paradise for £44.99, which makes it slightly more worthwhile.

Foosball 2012, meanwhile, costs £3.99, and, well, you already know whether you really care about it or not, eh.

Oh, and Urban Trial Freestyle is on sale this week at £5.49 (down from £7.99). Read our review up there (yep, there!) to help you decide whether it's worth the pounds and the pennies.

Americans! You get the chance to download the wonderful Machinarium this week. It's a gorgeous, funny, entertaining adventure game about a little robot who could. This one will set you back a measly $6.99. Grab it!

WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship is also available as a digital download this week, priced $29.99. It's a mediocre game, so I really wouldn't bother.

PlayStation Plus games and offers

European PS Plussers: you get nothing new this week. I know.

Americans, on the other hand, can nab Disgaea 3 for free. It's a great Japanese RPG, so you should most definitely download it now.

That's it for PS Plus Corner this week. Laaame.

PlayStation Mobile releases

Three new PS Mobile titles for you this week... and they're a mixture of garbage, intriguing, and downright mental.

The garbage one = Snake. It's literally a copy of the original mobile phone game. For 79p. Yes.

The intriguing one = Quiet, Please! It's a cute-looking adventure game about trying to get some peace and quiet. Looks pretty neat, especially for 79p.

The downright mental one = nekomimimusumega sekainohatemade sanmawotabeniikuno DADADA. Yes, that is its real name.

It roughly translates from Japanese into English as "the cat-eared girl who goes to the ends of the world to eat mackerel." Quite.

Apparently, it's an endless-runner-style game in the same vein as Jetpack Joyride, with a price tag of £1.99.

PSP and PSone Classics

What do you have for us in size 'retro' this week, then, please, Mr PS Store?

Well, there's nothing new this week, I'm afraid, but there are plenty of PSP games on sale.

We're talking Fate/EXTRA, Generations of Chaos, the Persona PSP games, and many more.

You even get an extra discount if you're a PS Plus subscriber.

And for Americans, well, there's a mighty fine Patapon bundle. You can get all three games (Patapons 1, 2, and 3) for $14.99. They all work on Vita, too. Glorious.

Back again next week!
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