Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Hello Kitty and Swimsuit DLC out now

New DLC costumes for the ladies on Xbox Live now, PSN to follow

Update: Both these packs are out now on the EU PS Store. The Hello Kitty pack is priced £2.39/€2.99, and the Swimsuit Pack costs £1.59/€1.99

Looks like the scheduled Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 DLC Hello Kitty costume for Sakura has arrived earlier than expected on Xbox Live – we thought it was coming tomorrow, but it’s already up on the Marketplace, priced 240MSP (£2.06/€2.88/$3). There’s no sign of it on the EU PSN, so we’re still expecting it to appear tomorrow, 24 April, as scheduled.

Here’s a trailer for the Hello Kitty pack:

Also taking us by surprise is a new Swimsuit Pack, which is up on the Xbox Live Marketplace now, priced 160MSP (£1.37/€1.92/$2). The content consists of bikinis for Sakura and Ino, and one-piece swimsuits for Hinata and Temari. We’ve contacted NamcoBandai to find out if/when this Swimsuit DLC might be coming to …

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Gears of War: Judgment DLC Call to Arms out today for VIP Pass holders

New map pack and multiplayer mode comes to Xbox Live for those who paid in advance

The first of two Gears of War: Judgment add-ons, Call to Arms, arrives today on Xbox Live for anyone who purchased the VIP Season Pass. The DLC will be available for download to everyone else (i.e. those without the VIP Pass) on 30 April, priced 1000MSP (£8.57/€12/$12.50).

Announced last week, Call to Arms provides three new multiplayer maps, a new multiplayer mode, armour and gun skins to customise characters and weapons, and 10 new Achievements worth 250 Gamerscore points. You can find full details and images of each of the new maps here.

If you don’t want to wait another week before you’re able to download Call to Arms, then you’ll need to buy yourself the VIP Season Pass. As well as giving you early access to this DLC and one other still-to-be-announced pack, you also get a permanent double XP boost, five exclusive …

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Xbox Live XBLA sale has Mark of the Ninja, Ilomilo, lots more – full list

Some downloadable gems well worth grabbing in latest Xbox Live sale

The sale season just keeps on giving – the latest collection of titles at reduced prices on Xbox Live includes a few XBLA gems that are well worth picking up (if you haven’t already). Full list is below, but games we can personally vouch for are – Trials, Castle Crashers, Mark of the Ninja, Ilomilo, Dust: An Elysian Tail and – if you’ve got a Gold Live subscription – Retro City Rampage.

Check the full selection of sale titles:

  • Forza Horizon December IGN Pack: 200MSP
  • Trials Evolution: 800MSP
  • Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain: 200MSP
  • Trials HD: 400MSP
  • Magic 2013: 400MSP
  • Magic 2013 Expansion Pack: 200MSP
  • Castle Crashers: 800MSP
  • Pinball FX2 Tables – Marvel: Avengers Chronicles: 400MSP
  • Pinball FX2 Tables – Plants vs Zombies: 120MSP
  • Pinball FX2 Tables – Pinball FX Classic (Full): 400MSP
  • A World of Keflings: 400MSP
  • Full House Poker: 400MSP
  • Hydro Thunder: 600MSP
  • Hydrophobia: 200MSP
  • Ilomilo: 400MSP
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Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter DLC and patch out today – full details

New add-on, plus whole host of gameplay changes and bug fixes in latest update

Big day today for Borderlands 2 players with the arrival of a new software update and Ultimate Vault Hunter expansion pack for PS3 and Xbox 360. While the patch is free, the Ultimate Vault Hunter add-on is priced $4.99 or 400MSP (£3.43/€4.80/$5), although if you’ve purchased the Season Pass, the DLC comes at no extra cost.

First, let’s have a look at what changes developer Gearbox has put into the patch:

New items to the Black Market:

  • One additional ammo upgrade for each ammo type, at 50 Eridium each
  • Two more backpack storage space upgrades, at 50 and 100 Eridium respectively
  • Two more bank storage space upgrades, at 50 and 100 Eridium respectively
  • Increases the maximum amount of Eridium players can hold from 99 to 500
  • Adds a new playthrough balanced for top-tier play: Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode
  • Various bug fixes  

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Forza Horizon gets Top Gear car pack DLC and a new trailer

Next DLC to roll out of the showroom for Forza Horizon is the Top Gear car pack, which arrives on April 2nd. The six new rides haven’t been chosen by Clarkson, the hairy one and the small fella, but rather a combination of the magazine team of the same name and Turn 10 Studios.

It’ll be free for Forza Horizon season pass owners and 400MS for everyone else. You’ll get all these cars and, erm, a transit van…

  • 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK GTR
  • 2002 BMW M3 GTR
  • 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato
  • 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish
  • 2012 Bowler EXR S
  • 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan

… and you can see them all in action here:

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Xbox Live ʻPlay To Earnʼ offers start in April – hereʼs what you can get

If you play lots of XBLA games then you might be interested in this

Microsoft’s Major Nelson has detailed a new feature called ‘MyPunchcard’, which is set to launch 1 April on Xbox Live for Xbox Live Rewards Members. Not entirely clear on the finer points of the scheme, but the general gist is that you get ‘Play To Earn’ rewards for fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Play 20 hours of any combination of arcade games (Reward: a free avatar item)
  • Purchase any four arcade games for 400 Microsoft Points or more from Xbox LIVE (Reward: a one month Xbox LIVE Gold membership)
  • Spend 3200 Microsoft Points on arcade games (Reward: 800 Microsoft Points)

Anyone who manages to play and purchase enough XBLA games to complete all three criteria will be ‘guaranteed a spot in an upcoming VIP Exclusives’. Again, not 100% (or even 10%) sure what that is, but we’re sure it’ll be something, er, exclusive.

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Battlefield 4 pre-order Premium Expansion DLC is ʻstill being designedʼ

Mysterious ‘Premium Expansion Pack’ is still a mystery, but probably won’t be ‘Drone Strike’

An exchange on Twitter has thrown a little more light on Battlefield 4’s vague sounding ‘Premium Expansion Pack’, which is being offered as a pre-order incentive. When we say ‘a little more light’, we really do mean a teeny-weeny glow from a dying matchstick. That’s the light levels we’re dealing with. Anyway, let’s start by looking at this picture (thanks NeoGAF):

When questioned about the above image of what appears to be a Battlefield 4 point-of-sale promo advertising a ‘Drone Strike’ expansion, the official Battlefield Twitter responded like so:

So, Drone Strike confirmed as being – at least internally – the name for some Battlefield 4 DLC. Whether the contents of that add-on will eventually turn out to be the …

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Something for the Weekend Easter special – 50 best deals on Xbox Live and PSN

Enjoy the extended weekend with these choice cuts of downloadable goodness

As it’s an extended Bank Holiday for most folk across the world, we thought we’d compile a list of the best deals you can find on games and DLC packs this weekend. This one-stop-shop for the greatest bits you can download and own today sifts through Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Store so you can carry on stuffing your face with chocolate.

We’ve selected something for everyone – from big games with low prices, like Skyrim DLC  to smaller, but incredible titles like PixelJunk Monsters. Oh, and did we mention they’re all under £12? Well they are. Ready for savings? Let’s roll…

All prices correct as of 29th March 2013

PlayStation Store

The Walking Dead | Price Free

Driver San Francisco | Price £5.99

Child of Eden | Price £3.99

Dante’s Inferno | Price £7.99

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier | Price £11.99

Trine 2 | Price £4.49

Afterburner …

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Halo 4 Forge Island DLC is free and out now on Xbox Live

Were we expecting free Halo 4 DLC today? We don’t know. We can’t remember. We’ve had too much chocolate. Regardless, there is free Halo 4 DLC today – it’s the Forge Island map pack, it’s completely free and it’s ready to download right now on Xbox Live. As the name suggests, the map is intended to be used in Forge mode as a sort of blank canvas for budding cartographers.

Free DLC? We’ll buy that for a dollar.

In the mood for something completely different? Try one of our original features, like ‘Metal Gear Solid V: 16 things you missed in the trailer because you got drunk’ or ‘Goodies and baddies: A tiny person’s perspective of game characters’.

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Gears of War: Judgment DLC arrives on Xbox Live, costs nothing

Haven add-on arrives early, includes multiplayer map and Execution mode

alk about waiting for buses. Hot on the tail of the free Halo 4 DLC comes this also completely free Gears of War Judgment add-on. It’s the Haven DLC pack and it contains the titular multiplayer map and the returning Execution multiplayer mode. It was originally planned for release on 2 April, so it’s arrived a few days early. Not that we’re complaining. Anyway, it’s free, it’s 50.12MB, and it’s ready to download from Xbox Live now.

We like free DLC. Please give us more.

In the mood for something completely different? Try one of our original features, like ‘Metal Gear Solid V: 16 things you missed in the trailer because you got drunk’ or ‘Goodies and baddies: A tiny person’s perspective of game characters’.

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