Wow is all I can say. I have no idea how anyone can have any complaints about this weeks update. New games…check, new demos…check, PSP downloadable game…check, tons of media…check. Oh wait, there are no PS1 classics and people will still moan about lack of trophy support and in-game music, I for one am very happy (and poor) as a result of this week’s update.
The HUGE item this week is the entire episodic release of Siren: Blood Curse which I will buy once the 320GB harddrive I just bought on Ebay arrives. At 8.9GB Siren is a Blu-Ray scale game on the PSN and if it is like the demo should be a real (creepy) treat to play. We also see 1942: Joint Strike , an update to the Capcom classic. For the PSP we also see the classic game Parappa the Rapper (the PSP port not the PS1 original).
But that is not all – there is a demo for the highly anticipated Q-Games opus PixelJunk Eden. A note on PixelJunk Eden, yes it is a 'small' PSN game, but it has trophies, remote play and YouTube upload plus from all reports a blast to play. Not bad for a small game.
There is also a summer sale on the PSN featuring PAIN, PixelJunk Monsters, High Velocity Bowling, High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition and Rocketmen: Axis of Evil all at the wonderful price of $4.99 (in US and CDN dollars no less). I picked up PAIN and PixelJunk Monsters finally due to this sale.
Not done yet, there is the typical music entries with the Rock Band NiN and Shinedown tracks as well as the Guitar Hero III: Guitar Virtuoso Pack.
On the media front we have videos looking at PixelJunk Eden, Street Fighter IV and Bionic Commando Re-Armed. We also see wallpapers for Killzone 2, PixelJunk Eden, Fracture and Siren as well as a Street Fighter IV and Siren theme.
Tis a great day to own a PS3, with tons of games to try and buy, plus free stuff to shine up your XMB with. Enjoy it, all the deets are below.
PS3 Store Sale
Summer 08 Game Sale
For one week, the following titles will be offered for $4.99 (regularly priced at $9.99)
* PixelJunk Monsters
* High Velocity Bowling
* High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition
* Rocketmen: Axis of Evil
For users that previously downloaded the trial version of Rocketmen: Axis of Evil or PixelJunk Monsters, you can purchase the full game @ $4.99 from the in-game menu.
Siren: Blood Curse (3 bundles of 4 episodes @ $14.99/ea. or full game for $39.99)
An American TV crew has arrived in Japan to film an expose on the legend of the “vanished village,” only to find themselves caught in a deadly series of events. Controlling seven different playable characters, the player must uncover the mystery behind the curse that grips the eerie village of Hanuda. Intense graphics, realistic character animation, and a gritty film-like graphical presentation add to the horror of Siren: Blood Curse.
ESRB Rated M
File sizes: Episodes 1 – 12 (8.91 GB), Episodes 1 – 4 (2.95 GB), Episodes 5 – 8 (2.79 GB), Episodes 9 -12 (3.16 GB)
1942: Joint Strike ($9.99)
Based on the popular arcade series, 1942: Joint Strike combines classic top-down shooting with amazing 3D HD graphics. Maneuver aircraft carriers to take on waves of enemy fire and face off with huge enemy bosses. Recruit a wing man locally or online to employ Joint Strike attacks, combining firepower into one explosive barrage. With a whole new arsenal, prepare to rejoin the battle!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 129 MB
PSP Downloadable games
Parappa the Rapper ($22.99)
The “Original” music game comes back for a PSP system encore! Join Parappa and learn how to flow from the “Rap Masters” to become a true Hip Hop Hero! Hit buttons to the beat of all 6 original songs that made Parappa an instant classic and discover all new PSP exclusive features including Ad-Hoc Multiplayer and Downloadable Remixes!
File size: 312 MB
Add-on Game Content
Guitar Hero III: Guitar Virtuoso Pack ($6.25)
Three pack download containing the songs “Surfing with the Alien” as performed by Joe Satriani, “For the Love of God” as performed by Steve Vai, “Soothsayer” as performed by Buckethead. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com.
File size: 56.1 MB
Rock Band Add-ons
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks.
* Devour – Shinedown ($1.99)
* Junkies for Fame – Shinedown ($1.99)
* Nine Inch Nails Track Pack 02 ($5.49 includes songs below or songs available individually)
o Last – Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
o Capital G – Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
File sizes: 25.2 MB – 44.1 MB
Game Demos (free)
PixelJunk Eden Demo
PixelJunk Eden is an organic platformer that sees you take control of a little ‘grimp’, swinging and jumping between tall alien plants, and collecting pollen to grow more life. Lush visuals, slick controls and amazing music make it an incredibly atmospheric and addictive experience. Download the demo today and prepare to enter Eden!
File size: 107 MB
Game Videos (free)
PixelJunk Eden Trailer
PixelJunk Eden is an organic platformer that sees you take control of a little ‘grimp’, swinging and jumping between tall alien plants, and collecting pollen to grow more life. Lush visuals, slick controls and amazing music make it an incredibly atmospheric and addictive experience. Download this trailer to see the game in action and to find out more about its unique features.
File size: 151 MB (HD 1080)
Street Fighter IV: E3 2008 Gameplay Trailer
Get ready for action with this Street Fighter IV video that originally shown at E3 2008. See what the fuss is about by delving into the all new Focus Attack and Ultra Combo systems!
File size: 202 MB (HD)
Street Fighter IV: PS3 Special Trailer
Check out this special trailer shown exclusively at the Sony’s E3 2008 booth!
File size: 65 MB (HD)
Bionic Commando Rearmed The Making of Part 1
Explore the re-making of a classic side-scroller in part 1 of this 3-part documentary that looks at how Bionic Commando was brought back into action!!
File size: 289 MB (HD)
PS3 Themes (free)
Street Fighter IV Summer 08 PS3 Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Street Fighter IV theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 1.29 MB
Siren: Blood Curse PS3 Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Siren: Blood Curse theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 2.10 MB
PS3 Wallpaper (free)
Killzone 2 Wallpapers (2 for PS3 & 2 for PSP)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Killzone 2 Wallpaper!
File size: 448 KB
PixelJunk Eden Wallpaper
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new PixelJunk Eden Wallpaper!
File size: 1.50 MB
Fracture Wallpapers (x4)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Fracture Wallpaper!
File sizes: 1.07 MB – 1.29 MB
Siren Wallpapers (x5)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Siren Wallpaper!
File sizes: 556 KB – 902 KB