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PlayStation Network Update: 01/10/2008

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I was a little worried at 6:30 PM when I saw no PSN update, ‘here we go again’ I thought, but boy was I wrong! This is a stellar update that more then makes up for last week’s dismal offering. The first big one is an updated Super Stardust HD Demo, plus the announced patch that freely updates your old version of the game to the new one with extra features and upgrade paths for expansions. We also have the Kane & Lynch demo, some more awesome Folklore add-ons, Rock Band songs, Crash Bandicoot PS1 Classic, some (groan) more pay for cheat code cars for NFS: Pro Street and a smattering of game and movie videos.

This is a great update; it arrived late but was worth it. What makes it more exciting is now we have official word about in-game XMB coming ‘sometime’ this year and that Sony is looking at offering a similar but more robust and rewarding achievements system. The more I see everyday I think this will be the year of the Playstation again! Please note all prices are in US dollars.

Demos

Super Stardust HD Demo (free demo, $9.99 full game)
Super Stardust HD for the PLAYSTATION 3 system is a fully updated version of the classic game Stardust. Your mission is simple: destroy everything in sight!

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Demo
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is the highly controversial crime action game from the makers of Hitman. Play as two hardened criminals, one a flawed mercenary and the other a medicated psychopath. This single player demo puts you into the heat of the action where you and your crew will break into a highly secured boardroom from the outside of a Tokyo high rise building and then fight your way out.

PS one Classics for PS3 / PSP

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back ($5.99)
The evil Dr. Neo Cortex is back with a vengeance. And this time, he’s out to…save the world? And he’s asking for help from his arch nemesis, Crash Bandicoot? Could this just some conniving plan to lure Crash into a deadly trap? Find out as Crash takes on an adventure that’s out of this world in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back!

Add-on Game Content

Folklore Add-On Packs

* Folklore Add-On #3 “The Alchemist Pack”” ($3.99)
This Folklore add-on includes four additional side quests which take place during the events of the original game, plus an extra Folk to capture and an alternative costume for Ellen.

* Folklore Add-On #4 “”The Origin of Belgae”” ($3.99)
This Folklore add-on includes four additional side quests, which take place during the events of the original game, plus an extra Folk to capture and an alternative costume for Ellen.

* Folklore Add-on Bundle 2 ($5.99)
Get two Folklore add-ons for one low price!
This Folklore add-on Bundle includes- “The Alchemist Pack” and the “The Origin of Belgae” add-ons. Each add-on includes four side quests, plus an extra Folk to capture and alternative costumes for Ellen.

Rock Band

Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

* “Number of the Beast” – Iron Maiden($1.99)
* “Interstate Love Song” – Stone Temple Pilots ($1.99)
* “Die, All Right!” – The Hives ($1.99)

Need for Speed ProStreet
Unlock vehicles for immediate use. These cars can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career.

* McLaren F1 ($2.99)
* NFS: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 ($2.99)

Game Videos

Burnout Paradise Guns N’ Roses Network Trailer (free)
Take me down to Paradise City! Guns N’ Roses tears up the road with the ultimate rock anthem that symbolizes the ultimate in rebellious behavior and gets your adrenaline pumping. Available in HD.

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers

Spiderwick Chronicles Trailer #2(free)
From the beloved best-selling series of books comes “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” a fantasy adventure for the child in all of us. Available in SD, HD and 1080P HD

First Sunday Trailer (free)
In this hilarious comedy, Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. Available in SD, HD and 1080P HD.

Themes

PAIN Jarvis Theme (free)
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN Jarvis theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!

PAIN The Dude Theme (free)
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN The Dude theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!

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