The console war is fought everywhere these days, but the internet seems to be where people are most vocal. It also serves to give each console its own set of downloadable content, fuelling the war even more. Each week we'll give you a run-down of what's available to download on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, and declare a winner.
Note: This round-up is based on UK releases to each console's online service. Releases outside of the UK could vary.
PlayStation 3 - PSN
Headlining the PSN this week are three new PlayStation games. Motorhead and Fade to Black are fondly remembered by VideoGamer.com staff, with Motorhead in particular being something of an underrated gem. Developed by Digital Illusions CE (DICE), the studio now famous for the Battlefield series of games, Motorhead looked great back in 1998 and offered an alternative to big name racers like Ridge Racer and WipEout.
Fade to Black is the follow-up to cult classic Flashback, but it ditched the 2D side-scrolling gameplay in favour of a more modern 3D engine and over the shoulder third-person gameplay. Memories of awkward controls are lessened somewhat by fonder memories of great moments, making the game well worth a look. We weren't such big fans of Theme Hospital, but it's worth a look for anyone wanting an interactive ER fix.
Demos for MX vs ATV: Untamed and Devil May Cry round of a fairly impressive content list, although both demos are already available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
This week's PSN line-up is
Fade to Black: £3.49
Theme Hospital: £3.49
Pixel Junk Monsters Trailer
MX vs ATV: Untamed
Devil May Cry 4
Continue for Xbox 360 and Wii DLC...
Xbox 360 - Marketplace
The biggest DLC release of the week is undoubtedly Rez HD. This classic music-based shooter made a name for itself on the Dreamcast and then the PlayStation 2, and is now available in HD glory on the Xbox 360. While Will thinks it's brilliant, it's not a game everyone will enjoy, so make sure you try the demo before handing over the 800 Microsoft Points. Chessmaster LIVE isn't quite as pulse racing, but for chess fans it offers everything you'd want.
On the premium add-on front GRAW 2 fans can pay 800 MS points for the Co-op collection. You get nine maps and five co-op campaign missions, as well as nine achievements worth 125 Gamerscore points. If you're not keen on spending the points you can grab a gun pack for free.
360 owners have had plenty of new demos to play recently, but this week you'll have to make do with Beautiful Katamari. Although the demo has been available in the US for some time, this week saw the European release of the demo. Atari will release the game across Europe in February.
Xbox LIVE Arcade Games
Rez HD: 800 MS Points
Chessmaster LIVE: 800 MS Points
GRAW 2 Co-op Collection: 800 MS Points
GRAW 2 More Guns Pack: Free
Conflict: Denied Ops Theme Pack 1: 150 MS Points
The Spiderwick Chronicles Theme: 150 MS Points
Anime Presented By Xbox360 Witchblade Theme: 150 MS Points
The Spiderwick Chronicles Picture Pack: 80 MS Points
Anime Presented By Xbox360 Witchblade Picture Pack: 80 MS Points
Head to page 3 for a look at this week's Wii Virtual Console releases.
Wii Virtual Console
Adventures of Lolo 2 - NES (500 Wii Points)
European Wii owners don't have much to choose from this week, with the NES 'classic' Adventures of Lolo 2 being the only new Virtual Console release. 500 Wii Points will get you a puzzle game with 50 puzzle rooms and four pro puzzle rooms. We can't say that the game was top of our list of most wanted Virtual Console releases, but it does offer a pretty stiff challenge and is quite different to the games released week after week for today's consoles.
And the winner of this week's DLC Royal Rumble is...
Xbox 360 Marketplace
For a fourth week running the Xbox 360 Marketplace is the winner of our DLC Royal Rumble. The Wii's Virtual Console sits last, some way behind the other two, but the PS3 has a good selection of PSone games and two demos. With Rez HD and the GRAW 2 co-op collection add-on the Xbox 360 is the obvious choice this week though. Rez HD alone might have been enough for the victory, but GRAW 2's co-op campaign is one of its most enjoyable features, making the DLC essential for fans of the game.