As we head into the season of sales, you'll want to keep your bank account tightly girdled lest you snap up every game under the summer sun. That's why we're here to guide you; we've got a few great bargains this week on some classics of the past few years, as well as some more contemporary greats.
The US ratings board has listed Ubisoft's Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia HD trilogies for release on the Xbox 360.
Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves, new Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light DLC and PSP platformer Prinny 2 are among the highlights of the latest PlayStation Store update.
The new content, listed on the PlayStation Blog and reproduced in full below, also includes the last two Prince of Persia HD re-releases, new DLC for Assassins's Creed: Brotherhood, DJ Hero 2 and Joe Danger, as well as a bunch of pre-Christmas price cuts.
Slightly less festive, however, is the asking price for the original Prototype, which has just been added for £31.99. Word from the wise: Amazon is selling the Platinum Edition for £11.99.
High definition may be all the rage these days, but the recent rush of HD collections – God of War, Sly Cooper and now Prince of Persia – owes more to the unique way videogame platforms used to be sent off to the glue factory four or five years after release.
In some respects it's cynical. With PlayStation 2 and particularly Xbox now airbrushed from history, and only piecemeal backwards compatibility on the new formats, publishers recognise the potential to make some more money off old games. But then these games might otherwise be lost, or at least off-limits to a new generation of gamers, and in some cases that would be a real shame. This Prince of Persia Trilogy is a good example.
Admittedly, the "high definition" element of the update is only a partial success. The Sands of Time, first released in 2003, stands up well – its curvy, wind-hewn masonry, cartoon-like character models and penchant for translucent veils and light diffused through sparkly sand preserve its ethereal atmosphere against the ravages of time. But the younger games, Warrior Within and Two Thrones, are home to some ghastly animations and character models introduced as the developers sought a mainstream audience. Look past that, though (and the eight-minute mandatory hard-disk install) and this is a fine compilation.
The long-rumoured Prince of Persia Trilogy is a PlayStation 3 exclusive and will only be released in Europe, Ubisoft has announced.
The collection brings together PlayStation 2 games Prince of Persia The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia Warrior Within and Prince of Persia The Two Thrones on a single Blu-ray disc.
The games are the same, but with fully remastered 720p high definition graphics and stereoscopic 3D output.
The release of high definition Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia trilogies looks increasingly likely following the appearance of a new set of retailer listings on the internet.
Uberproducer Jerry Bruckheimer has said the new Prince of Persia film is a hit with test audiences.
A new trailer for the Prince of Persia movie has appeared on YouTube.
It shows the eponymous hero, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, running, jumping and generally swishing his sword about. He's got an English accent, by the sounds of things.
Also featured are Gemma Arterton, who plays sidekick Tamina, and Ben Kingsley, who must be a baddie judging by that beard.
Jake Gyllenhaal, him out of Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain, has signed up to don the big trousers for the Prince of Persia film.
Ubisoft has announced a new Prince of Persia game is on the way.