DLC Digest: BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds, Cloudberry Kingdom, PixelJunk Monsters Vita, Skulls of the Shogun, Harvest Moon

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4th August 2013 Matt Bailey

For a change we're going to start this week's DLC Digest talking about some DLC. Crazy, I know, but it's a high profile bit of content for one of this year's most high-profile and well-received games, BioShock Infinite. "Clash in the Clouds" isn't the narrative-driven expansion that many (myself included) are hoping for; it's a wave-based arena combat game, which at least gives a chance for Infinite's strong gunplay to shine without broken up by all that pesky story-telling. It gives you a full charge of weaponry and vigors when you begin, as you fight the worst that Columbia can throw at you. The story expansion, which will take us back to Rapture from the first two BioShocks, is due out later this year, but if you want a challenge then "Clash of the Clouds" is now on Steam and the PlayStation Store for £3.99, and the Xbox Live Marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points (£3.20). For owners of the "Season Pass", this and that future pack are part of your purchase.

Arriving right across the platforms this week is Cloudberry Kingdom, a randomly generated side-scrolling platformer from Pwnee Studios. It originally began life on Kickstarter, but now it's complete and available not only on Steam for Windows users, but the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U too. On the Marketplace it's 800 MSP (£6.80) while it's £7.99 elsewhere.

PixelJunk Monsters is probably the game that really brought the series to the attention of PS3 owners back in 2008, and it was followed up with a PSP version, but now the tower defence game has been spruced up in the new PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD, which includes the original game and its expansion. It's on the PS Vita this week for £9.99 (£2 off for Plus subscribers), and it's due on the PC via Steam very soon too. Aside from a graphics update there's some optional touch controls for Vita users, and the online co-op has made it across to both new platforms too.

Skulls of the Shogun is a turn-based combat game with a fantastic art style I spotted way back at Gamescom 2011 in Microsoft's booth. The XBLA game took a long time to be released as it ended up getting a cross-platform release across Microsoft's stores, but delays to their new operating system pushed back the game more and more. Eventually, towards the end of last year, the 17Bit Games title arrived on the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 7/8 nearly simultaneously. Except things didn't go all that well in the Microsoft-only zone, and 17Bit are instead on board with Sony for the PS4 launch, appearing on stage at Sony's E3 conference. Here's hoping the excellent Skulls of the Shogun has more success on Steam, now that it's available for all Windows PC users. It's £11.99 from Valve's digital distribution service, and there's no Windows 8 requirement any more.

After a run of good titles on the 3DS it seems a bit quiet on the handheld this week, but on the Wii U there's another great game on the Virtual Console; Harvest Moon. The simulation/RPG has had many appearances over the years, and this is the original SNES game from 1996. It originally appears on the original Wii's Virtual Console, so owners of that edition can upgrade for a reduced price, but the full game costs £5.49.

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