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PlayStation Network Update: 03/13/2008

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Huge update this week on the PSN, coming swiftly on the heels of the slightly obscure 2.17 firmware update. Let’s get PAIN out of the way first as I am not a huge fan of this flavor of DLC, we have two new characters and themes for each.

On the Add-on front we see an expansion for the fun RC racing gaming Toy Home. Very quick turnaround on this expansion, and it is fairly substantial at that. We have, of course, new Rock Band songs, and this time they are ones no one has heard of. We also see the FREE Dropkick Murphy’s Track Pack for Guitar Hero III, free is always good so enjoy those downloads.

On the demo front we have a demo for Major League Baseball 2K8 on the PS3 and Wipeout Pulse for the PSP. I am psyched to try the new Wipeout and I am sure many people want to compare Major League Baseball 2K8 to MLB 08 so both demos are greatly appreciated.

In the video corner we have videos for Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds and Viking: Battle for Asgard. We also see themes and media for Condemned 2: Bloodshot and God of War: Chains of Olympus (on top of the PAIN material).

This is a great update from Sony and one I would like to see repeated weekly.

Add-on Game Content

Toy Home Expansion Pack ($6.99)
The Toy Home Expansion Pack adds even more racing fun to the miniature universe. This pack includes 6 new vehicles and 2 new playrooms, each with 3 separate configurations. Players will now be able to engage in 4-player battle both offline and online and check out their rankings online. Also included are a new set of courses in the single player mode and a free-run mode.

PAIN Character: Nurse, Ginger ($0.99)
PAIN can hurt, but be careful – Sometimes your medical professional is really the one who needs help. Case in point, downloadable character Ginger, our on-site PAIN Nurse.

PAIN Character: Cheerleader, Muffy ($0.99)
“Gimme a ‘P’! Gimme an ‘A’! Gimme an ‘I’! Gimme an ‘N’! What does it spell!?!?? Umm…Can someone tell me what that spells, please?” Yeah, that’s Muffy, our new downloadable Cheerleader for PAIN.

GUITAR HERO III: Dropkick Murphy’s Track Pack (free)
“Famous for Nothing”, “Flannigans Ball”, “Johnny”, “I Hardly Knew Ya”, as performed by Dropkick Murphy’s.

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks.

* “Shockwave” – Black Tide ($0.99)
* “Beethoven’s C***” – Serj Tankian ($0.99)
* “CrushCrushCrush” – Paramore ($0.99)

PS3 Demo

Major League Baseball 2K8 Demo
This is a 3 inning demo of baseball game play from Major League Baseball 2K8. It features two teams (Boston and Colorado) and one stadium (Fenway Park).
ESRB Rated E

PSP Demo

WipEout Pulse Demo
The game is set in the year 2207. Players take part in the FX400 Anti-Gravity Racing League, competing in various types of race at several race courses set around the world.

Game Videos (free)

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds – Characters & Courses
Slip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PlayStation 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds.
File size: 41.6 MB (HD)

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds – New Shot System
Slip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PlayStation 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds.
File size: 64.5 MB (HD)

Viking: Battle for Asgard Teaser Trailer
You are Skarin, a rage-fueled Viking warrior hell-bent on revenge. The goddess of death has resurrected a legion of demon warriors to overrun mankind and begin the apocalypse. Wage all-out war to annihilate the enemy and free the Earth from the grip of the Underworld.
File size: 70.3 MB (HD)

Viking Episode 1 – Skarin’s Calling Trailer
The invasion of Hel’s Dread Legion. Midgard is brought to its knees, its sons and daughters murdered or imprisoned. Is there no one to stand against her? Have the gods deserted us?
File size: 84.7 MB (HD)

Viking Episode 2 – Siege of Caldburg Trailer
Caldburg, The Jewel of Galcliff, now overrun by Hel’s monsters and corrupted by the horrors committed within its walls. Skarin knew its importance to our people, and we marched on the city with a grim determination.
File size: 76.5 MB (HD)

PS3 Themes (free)

God of War: Chains of Olympus Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool God of War: Chains of Olympus theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.

PAIN: Ginger Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN: Ginger theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.

PAIN: Muffy Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN: Muffy theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 1
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Condemned 2: Bloodshot theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 2
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Condemned 2: Bloodshot theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.

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