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PlayStation Network Update: 05/08/2008

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Hmm, another week, another phenomenal update on the good old PSN. Tons of content here; granted much of it is probably calculated to hit during the European PlayStation day, but still it is appreciated!

First off in the game front we see a re-post(?) of Rocketman: Axis of Evil for download as well as the much anticipated PixelJunk Monsters Encore add-on. The expansion to the amazing PixelJunk Monsters is sure to be a huge hit on the PSN this week. We also see some new Rock Band tracks as well as some favorable priced tracks featured for a limited time. Lastly on the musical front we have the Guitar Hero III Muse track pack for your playing enjoyment!

Demos abound this week with the highly anticipated Haze single and co-op demo dropping this week. I have tried this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to try the 4 player co-op with some of you. We also have the Bourne Conspiracy demo and a demo for Codemasters GRID which should be a solid alternative to GT5 Prologue.

A boatload of videos for our viewing pleasure looking at games such as WipEout HD, Mirror’s Edge, Mercenaries 2, Overlord: Raising Hell, The Wheelman, and TNA iMPACT! We also have a number of movie trailers looking at Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Love Guru and Iron Man.

Finally on the GUI front we have a new PixelJunk Monsters and Sports based theme and a couple of PixelJunk Monsters wallpapers.

This is another stellar week for PlayStation 3 fans and hopefully this trend of updates continues!

Downloadable Games

Rocketmen: Axis of Evil ($9.99)
Join Nick Sion, Alec Mink and the rest of the Alliance of Free Planets in their white-knuckled, frenzied struggle to free the Solar System from the tyrannical grip of Lord Invictus and the Legion of Terra! With its distinctive cell-shaded art style, engaging storyline, RPG elements and non-stop action, this shooter promises to keep players coming back for more!
ESRB Rated

Add-on Game Content

PixelJunk Monsters Encore ($5.99)
PixelJunk Monsters Encore is an expansion pack to the popular and addictive tower defense game, PixelJunk Monsters. Encore includes 15 levels on a new map, “Toki Island”, as well as the ability for players to track their score across both maps. Just as in the original game, Encore continues the simple real-time strategy concept of building, researching and base defending that made PixelJunk Monsters an instant classic.

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

* “Date with the Night” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs ($1.99)
* “It Hurts” – Angels & Airwaves ($1.99)
* “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” – Fall Out Boy ($1.99)
* Scene Pack 01 ($5.49) – Scene Pack 01 includes “It Hurts” by Angels & Airwaves, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” by Fall Out Boy, and “Date with the Night” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Rock Band price promotion: “CrushCrushCrush” – Paramore and “Rock N Roll Band” – Boston are reduced to $0.99 until May 15th.

Guitar Hero III: Muse Track Pack ($6.25)
Includes “Exo-Politics”, “Stockholm Syndrome” & “Supermassive Black Hole” as performed by Muse. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com.

Game Demos (free)

HAZE Demo
Play the beginning of the Haze campaign in single-player or in cooperative mode (up to 4 players).
ESRB Rated M

The Bourne Conspiracy Demo
An intense, fast-paced, authentic Bourne experience. Become the perfect weapon.
ESRB Rating Pending

GRID Demo
Experience a new world of racing as Codemasters releases the multiplayer demo for GRID.
ESRB Rated E

Game Videos (free)

WipEout HD Trailer
It was there back at the beginning and now it’s taking the franchise into the future: WipEout HD is set to deliver 1080p High Definition visuals running at a breathtaking 60 frames per second.
File size: 79 MB (HD), 126 MB (1080)

PLAYSTATION 3 “What You Need” Video
Inside the PLAYSTATION 3 system lies the most advanced entertainment system designed to bring you the highest definition games, movies and so much more. Take a look and see what the PLAYSTATION 3 is all about.
File size: 167 MB (1080)

Mirror’s Edge Gameplay Trailer
As seen at PlayStation Day in London.
File size: 113 MB (HD)

Mercenaries 2 Payback Trailer
Check out the new Mercenaries 2 trailer. It’s time for Payback – Mercs Style!
File size: 77 MB (HD)

Overlord: Raising Hell Trailer
Overlord: Raising Hell is an Action-RPG title that immerses you in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios. After becoming the all-powerful Overlord, you learn how to master a horde of mischievous creatures, called minions. The title comes to PLAYSTATION 3 complete with exclusive features and the ‘Raising Hell’ downloadable content seamlessly integrated into the action-packed story line.
File size: 101 MB (HD)

The Wheelman Trailer
Vin Diesel is The Wheelman, one of the most dangerous men in the world behind the wheel of a vehicle.
File size: 48 MB (HD)

TNA iMPACT! Gamers’ Day Trailer
TNA iMPACT! is the exclusive Total Nonstop Action wrestling game based on the top-rated weekly television show.
File size: 43 MB (HD)

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Teaser Trailer
On May 22, Indiana Jones is back in a new globe-trotting adventure, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
File size: 22 MB (SD), 81 MB (HD), 107 MB (1080)

The Love Guru
In the comedy The Love Guru, Pitka (Mike Myers) is an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus.
File size: 31 MB (SD), 112 MB (HD), 149 MB (1080)

Iron Man Trailer 2
Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the story of a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon.
File size: 29 MB (SD), 108 MB (HD), 143 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes (free)

PixelJunk Monsters Theme 3
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PixelJunk Monsters theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!

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

PS3 Wallpaper (free)

PixelJunk Monsters Wallpapers (x2)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new PixelJunk Monsters Wallpaper.

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