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Fat Princess patched with new map today

Fat Princess patched with new map today

Also: it's ModNation Racers beta time.

Patch 1.04 for Fat Princess is released today, says the PlayStation blog, and it includes a free new map.

The map's called Brownie Town and it's city-themed. Among the fixes is the correction of a problem with online rankings whereby Team Deathmatch and Invasion all-time and monthly scores weren't posting correctly.

Elsewhere on PSN, it's worth reminding you that the European beta for intriguing build-your-own kart racer ModNation Racers begins tomorrow, and today's the day you'll be able to download the client from the PlayStation Store.

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Fat Princess gets patch and free map

Fat Princess gets patch and free map

Take a trip to New Pork City.

A new patch has been released for PlayStation Network title Fat Princess.

The highlight of patch 1.03 is a new map, titled New Pork City. It comes free of charge.

A host of gameplay tweaks have been made including new team-switching options, better ranking systems, character balancing and scoring updates. Plus candy confetti has been added as a special effect when blood is turned off, and even the loading screens have been given a lick of paint.

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Demos galore line the PS3 Store

Katamari! FIFA! LBP! Fat Princess!

Demos for Katamari Forever, FIFA 10, Fat Princess and LittleBigPlanet are the star attractions on the PlayStation Store this week.

Titan busy fixing Fat Princess

"We have it largely addressed."

Developer Titan Studios is busy fixing Fat Princess, and working on ironing out Ice Mage abuse, difficulty joining games and rank and point balance issues.

Fat Princess

Fat Princess

Blubber and squeak.

It's probably bad form to start a review with a cultural reference that is alienating to anyone who didn't grow up in England in the 1970s, but you're going to have to bear with me.

Back in the time of polyester and oven chips, there was a show on Children's BBC called We Are The Champions. Essentially a televised schools sports day, it pitted provincial comprehensives against each other in a frankly bewildering range of beanbag and quoits challenges. The finale always took place in a swimming pool filled with inflatables, and thus the only bit anyone was ever interested in was the very end, when gruff presenter Ron Pickering would bellow "Away you go!" and all the kids would hurl themselves into the water for a few blissful minutes of anarchic arsing about while the end credits played.

Fat Princess often feels a lot like that - a giddy, noisy catharsis that makes a big splash, but to no great lasting effect.

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Fat Princess out in June

PS3 Ghostbusters demo post-E3.

Sony has announced via the European PlayStation blog that gluttonous PSN game Fat Princess will be out in late June. Crumbs!

Fat Princess

Let her eat cake.

The word "unique" gets bandied about a lot these days, so it's hard to stay awake when you hear it coming out of a developer's mouth. Especially when you're jetlagged and you've had no lunch and you've already seen seven videogames today, all of them variations on the popular theme of shoot-the-monster-in-the-face. And especially when the word "unique" is followed by the phrase "combination of gameplay elements you've seen over the past ten to 15 years".

SCEE working to get PSN titles ready

"It takes a while", Reeves points out.

SCEE boss David Reeves has said that all the PSN titles announced during Sony's American E3 press conference this week will come to PAL territories.