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The Homerun – 14th January 2010; London Pub, LittleBigPlanet and more

Submitted by on Thursday, 14 January 2010No Comment

Welcome to the first Homerun of the decade; the best place to find news and views on the latest content to hit PlayStation Home.

After getting put on and then put off last week, the London Pub has come back to Europe: Previously it was only on for a few hours after Sony discovered some problems with the space.

If you have already bought it, don’t worry because you will be able to access it again from today. Or you can buy it for the first time for €4.99.

It’s a very unique space but we like it because it brings an English icon to the online universe, and you can even have a pint – we wish – with your friends no matter where they are in the world.

In the future we hope to see other icons from all sorts of countries. How about Wembley Stadium, the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower? If you have some better suggestions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments below.

Europe has also got a new range of Savage Moon furniture for personal spaces. They include a table formed from the legs of an Insectocyte, and a rug. A space would be nice too but we won’t get our hopes up.

Meanwhile in North America, there is a lot more content to talk about. Sometime ago a carnival space was released in Japan, and after many requests from gamers, it is finally on the road to the west.

Fancy a go on the shooting range?

Inside you can find numerous carnival games such as a shooting range and gala. As we have come to expect these days, you can also unlock special reward items by raking up lots of points.

Now we anticipate to see the usual demand from European gamers to get treated to the same space, but since it has taken this long to reach North America, we fear the wait may be a long time.

This week North America is getting another new personal space in the form of the Wizard’s Den. It isn’t quite Hogwarts but it should certainly get you in the mood to cook some potions or sharpen your sword. Only $2.99, this is one of the cheapest spaces money can buy and Sony want your feedback on it via their forums here.

Is this the place for you?

LittleBigPlanet fans we have news for you. You can now properly launch into a game from inside Home! This is about time to be honest but we can’t complain since there are too many other first-party games that still don’t support this feature.

The Assassin’s Creed 2 costumes keep on coming this week as there is another bunch for both male and female avatars – whoever said Sony is sexist.

Finally if you grabbed a Legion shirt last month from the Theatre, you will find it has somehow sprouted wings! This is sure to be a surprise to many who have probably moved on to other clothing by now already.

So that is it for this week in PlayStation Home. As to be expected, the content is drying up a little since Christmas has been and gone. Although as you can see, North America are still regularly out-doing the Europeans in spaces and clothing which is a shame and it’s clear SCEE still has a lot of work to do to catch up.

Pick of the Week: For Europe it can only be the London Pub, if you can bare the €4.99 price tag. While for North America, the carnival space is our pick.

So what are we hoping to see for Home this year? Well excluding extra spaces, we would like to see game launching to expand across the library of titles. One of the biggest hyped up features for Home before release was that you could easily meet new people and jump into games. But because so little of them support this feature properly, we feel it has degraded the value of Home to PS3 owners.

Secondly, we want less loading, integration with the main PlayStation 3 operating system, and the ability to listen to your music inside the service.

But those are just our wishes and so we suggest you to keep checking with PS3 Attitude for the latest news on developments for Sony’s online virtual universe.

Sources: US PlayStation Blog | EU PlayStation Blog