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PlayStation Network Update: 06/05/2008

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As I write this the new interactive video magazine PSN Qore has not been released yet, I am planning on buying at least one issue and reporting on it for everyone. In the meantime I guess our fears of no content are slightly unfounded!

We have two new full games, the first is the PSN exclusive Novastrike an intriguing goal based overheard shooter. It is free roaming, not a traditional dual stick shooter and looks quite promising. We also have the multi-platform Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 released. It is a colorful smash brother looking game that supports three player co-op and multiplayer options.

On the add-on front we see the requisite Rock Band tracks and promotion deals for the week. For Guitar Hero III we see the Moorhead track pack as well as the free God of War track for some hard strumming goodness. Sony was nice enough to give a music only version for free so you can listen to it outside of the game.

We have demos for the intriguing Civilization Revolution, the newest game from Sid Meier and his first made exclusively for consoles. A multiplayer demo for Battlefield: Bad Company makes an appearance. Last but least (I joke, I joke) is the demo for Nascar 09, a slightly revitalized take on the Nascar franchise.

Finally on the multimedia front we have game videos for Guitar Hero III – God Of War Add-On, Resident Evil 5, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, Dead Space and the next LucasArts opus Fracture. Finally there is a Retro theme for all to enjoy.

This is a great update and hopefully resurgence for Sony’s PSN service.

Qore Digital Magazine

Qore Episode 001: June, 2008 ($2.99 Issue, $24.99 Annual Subscription)
Qore: Presented by The PLAYSTATION Network is a monthly interactive video production covering the world of PlayStation. Qore provides its audience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to developers and their games, from both the SCE Worldwide Studios and the third-party community, where the audience member can control and direct the content.
File size: 1.53 GB

Downloadable Games

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 ($9.99)
One of the most popular arcade shooters is back! Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 revives classic Commando action with an all-new adventure.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 111 MB

NOVASTRIKE ($9.99)
The Draelus armada struck without warning and now it’s up to you to strike back! Strap into the cockpit of an advanced Scythe fighter and take the fight from our system back to Draelus itself.
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 259 MB

Add-on Game Content

Guitar Hero III – GOW Add-On (free)
Download the exclusive God of War II “The End Begins (to Rock)” Add-On for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock only on the PLAYSTATION 3.
File size: 12.5 MB

Guitar Hero III: Moorhead Track Pack ($6.25)
Includes “Stay Clean”, “(We Are) The Road Crew” and “Moorhead” by Moorhead. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com
File size: 31 MB

Rock Band

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

* “Perfect Insanity” – Disturbed ($1.99)
* “Inside the Fire” – Disturbed ($1.99)
* “Indestructible” – Disturbed ($1.99)
* Disturbed Pack 1 ($5.49) – includes “Indestructible,” “Perfect Insanity,” and “Inside the Fire” by Disturbed.
* “Volcano” – Jimmy Buffett ($1.99)
* “Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett ($1.99)
* “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Jimmy Buffett ($1.99)
* Jimmy Buffett Pack 01 ($5.49) – includes “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and “Volcano” by Jimmy Buffett.

File sizes: 25.1 MB – 32 MB (singles), 83.8 – 90.1 MB (track packs).

Rock Band price promotion: “CrushCrushCrush” – Paramour, “Rock N Roll Band” – Boston, “Game Three Steps” – Lanyard Skynyrd, “Dirty Little Secret” – All-American Rejects, “We Care a Lot” – Epic, “All the Small Things” – Blink 182, “Shockwave” – Black Tide, and “Sugar Magnolia” – Grateful Dead are reduced to $0.99 until June 12th.

Game Demos (free)

Civilization Revolution Demo
Legendary game designer Sid Meier brings one of the greatest strategy games of all time to the PLAYSTATION3 system!
ESRB Rated E10+

File size: 1.26 GB

Battlefield: Bad Company MP Demo
Strike it rich in gold with Battlefield: Bad Company’s new demo now available!
ESRB Rating T
File size: 1.36 GB

NASCAR 09 Demo
Race your way with NASCAR 09. NASCAR’s four-time champion Jeff Gordon takes you under his wing and guides you through an all-new Career mode and the Sprint Driver Challenges to earn reputation and become a NASCAR champion.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 657 MB

Game Videos (free)

Guitar Hero III – God Of War Add-On
Download the exclusive God of War II “The End Begins (to Rock)” Music Video only available for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Be sure to also download the God of War II “The End Begins (to Rock)” Add-On and Music Track only available on the PLAYSTATION Store.
File size: 26 MB (SD)

Resident Evil 5: Spring Trailer 2008!
The second Resident Evil 5 Trailer is finally declassified!
File size: 108 MB (HD)

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 Trailer
Download the exciting new trailer complete with 3 player co-op Commando action!
File size: 25 MB (SD), 48 MB (HD)

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures launch trailer
In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures you can build, battle and brawl your way through all three classic Indiana Jones movies and relive your favorite Indy adventures in the tongue-in-cheek world of LEGO.
File size: 48 MB (SD), 94 MB (HD)

Dead Space Story Trailer
Experience the horror that is life on the Ishimura in the new Dead Space Story Trailer.
File size: 88 MB (HD)

Fracture Trailer
See the trailer for the new LucasArts title Fracture.
File size: 216 MB (HD)

Fracture Behind the Scenes “Story”
A “behind the scenes” look at all of the elements that went into creating the Fracture story.
File size: 923 MB (HD)

Hail to the Chimp: 3:00 AM
Who do you want answering the all-important red phone at 3:00 AM?
File size: 24 MB (HD)

PS3 Themes (free)

Retro Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Retro theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.
File size: 1.01 MB

Game Music (free)

God Of War “The End Begins” Music Track
Download the exclusive God of War II “The End Begins (to Rock)” Music Track only available for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Be sure to also download the God of War II “The End Begins (to Rock)” Music Video and Add-On for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock only available on the PLAYSTATION Store.
File size: 7.92 MB

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  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Ken Edwards

    Wow what a wonderful week. Think they noticed the spike of comments on the Playstation Blog? Taking one for the team on Qore huh Mike. Thanks! I can’t wait for your impressions.

  • Toni

    I played a few minutes of Civ Revolutions at E for All last year. I’m sure they’ve made a lot of changes since then but at the time, it seemed like a watered down version of Civ IV.