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PlayStation Network Update: 10/09/2008

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This week on the PSN, we are introduced to Sony's dirty side with more useless pay content than we have ever seen before.

First is Qore. I have given up on this magazine unless someone tells me different. The Valkyria Chronicles demo I will get from the Europe store; otherwise Qore is on my do not call list. The obligatory Rock Band tracks are on display; Offspring = good, the other bands? Not so much.

We also have a Hot Shots Golf costumes set, a Dead Space pay for outfit (and a free one), FIFA 09 team packs (stupidly priced) and the really stupid pay themes. We also have the new challenge mode for Mega Man 9 as well as the Proto Man mode. The stuff on offer here is completely useless and overpriced. I really, really hope all this stuff fails miserably.

We finally have Linger in Shadows this week. I am curious how it is. A PSN version of Puzzle Quest makes an appearance, meaning this game has now officially appeared on every console and handheld. Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars also appears out of nowhere, not even sure what this game is about.

To round it out, we have two Civilization Revolutions packs – one free, one not so much, as well as some Super Stardust HD bundles for those who have yet to enjoy this great game.

On the demo front, we finally have a Warhawk demo. If you haven't tried this game yet, now is the perfect time. There is also a Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars demo so you can try before you buy.

There are videos looking at LittleBigPlanet, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, NBA 09, Socom Confrontation, Bioshock, Legendary, Mercenaries 2, Soul Caliber IV and Tom Clancy's EndWar. We also have themes for Wipeout HD and Fallout 3, as well as wallpapers for Linger in Shadows, Valkyria Chronicles and ATV Pure.

I can't help but look at this week's update in disgust. There are some good things here, but they are just obscured by all the vileness.

Qore

Qore Episode 5 ($2.99 for episode / $24.99 for Annual Subscription)
Episode 5 celebrates Halloween with a scary game roundup. It also includes exclusive access to SEGA’s Valkyria Chronicles demo, some spooky/creepy artwork and new shooting galleries.
File Size: 1.68 GB

Games

Linger in Shadows ($2.99)
Linger in Shadows is a unique interactive digital art experience that uses the SIXAXIS controller to manipulate the very fabric of time and reality. Groundbreaking graphics and interactivity raise the bar for what is possible on PlayStation 3. Download Linger in Shadows and experience a truly unique journey that will change the way you think about games and art.
File Size: 100 MB

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords ($14.99)
Building upon the addictive and easy to- learn gameplay of a puzzle game by integrating story and character progression elements found in RPGs, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords delivers a brand new type of game that pushes the puzzle genre to a previously unseen level. The PSN version of the game also includes the content from the ‘Wrath of the Plague Lord’ expansion pack.
File Size: 242 MB

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars ($14.99)
Get ready for non-stop action as you take control of a rocket-powered super car! It is a sport like no other, where supersonic cars jump, flip, and rocket boost their way to victory!
File Size: 177 MB

Add-on Game Content

Hot Shots Golf Fall Fashion Line ($2.99)
Spruce up your Hot Shots Golf Fall wardrobe with a collection of playful and funky new outfits ideal for golf wherever you play. Five new costumes come your way with 6 variations for each new costume giving you a total of 30 new outfits to dress your favorite 5 players in Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds. So now matter where you play, you’ll certainly be the best dressed player on the course.
File Size: 101 KB

Dead Space Obsidian Suit (Free)
Download the exclusive Obsidian Suit now, available only for the PLAYSTATION 3! This amazing Level 5 suit features the jet black PLAYSTATION 3 colors, upgraded toughness, and extra inventory slots.
File Size: 10.4 MB

Note: Free for a limited time only.

Dead Space Scorpion Suit ($2.49)
Download the exclusive Scorpion Suit now! Equip Isaac with this stunning Level 5 suit featuring enhanced armor and extra inventory slots.
File Size 9.31 MB

FIFA 09

* All Leagues Pack ($19.99)
* Barclays Premier League English Pack ($6.99)
* Bundesliga German Pack ($6.99)
* Liga BBVA Spanish Pack ($6.99)
* Ligue 1 French Pack ($6.99)
* Primera Division De Mexico Pack ($6.99)
* Serie A Italian Pack ($6.99)

File Sizes: 100 KB

Mega Man 9 Endless Attack Mode ($2.99)
File Size: 216 KB

Mega Man 9 Protoman Mode ($1.99)
File Size: 100 KB

Rock Band

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

The Offspring Track Pack 01 ($5.49; includes tracks below, also offered individually)

* Gone Away – The Offspring ($1.99)
* Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – The Offspring ($1.99)
* Self Esteem – The Offspring ($1.99)

Various Tracks

* All Right Now – Free ($1.99)
* Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood ($1.99)
* Cream and Bastards Ride – Harvey Danger ($1.99)
* Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees ($1.99)
* Push It – Static-X ($1.99)
* Stop! – Against Me ($1.99)

File sizes: 21.7 MB – 38.9 MB (singles), 91.7 MB (track pack)

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution Single Player Map Pack: Brave New Worlds (Free)
New Single Player Maps for Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution! Includes 4 new maps, each with its own unique geography providing uncharted new challenges.
File Size: 42.1 MB

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution Scenario Pack: The Victory Pack ($1.25)
Three new scenarios that are variations on classic victory conditions.
File Size: 104 KB

Super Stardust HD Game Bundle with Solo & Team modes ($14.99)
In Super Stardust HD, your mission is simple: destroy everything in sight! Visit different planets and fend off giant asteroids and waves of enemies by utilizing three upgradeable weapons to save the solar system from total annihilation. Download this bundle today to get the hit game plus the Solo and Team add-ons, all together at a discounted price.

Super Stardust HD Add-on Bundle (Solo & Team) ($7.99)
This is an upgrade pack for Super Stardust HD. You must already own the full title to make use of this upgrade.
File Size: 377 KB

Download this bundle today to get both the Solo and Team add-ons at a discounted price.

Demos (Free)

Warhawk
Download the Warhawk Demo today and check out the award-winning online gameplay experience – “Online Battles Await.”
File Size: 855 MB

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars
File Size: 160 MB

Game Videos (Free)

LittleBigPlanet Life in LBP Ep. 2 (Play)
The second in a series of documentary-style videos exploring the wonders of LittleBigPlanet. In this episode, we see how SackBoys play! Alone or in a pack, these little guys know how to have a good time!
File Size: 157 MB

LittleBigPlanet Playtime
“Rockstar or Nerd? Pirate or Ninja? Whoever you are, when you come to LittleBigPlanet, its time to PLAY! Play alone or with friends and Jump, Race, or Slap your way to victory.
File Size: 52 MB

MotorStorm Pacific Rift Crashes & Carnage Trailer
In MotorStorm Pacific Rift, race first and think second. Anything goes when trying to reach the finish line and not every racer makes it. Watch these spectacular crashes as the Stormers reach for the goal. Stormers Unite!
File Size: 53.2 MB (720p) / 87.9 MB (1080p)

NBA 09 Trailers (x4)
NBA 09 The Inside and the makers of MLB 08 The Show bring you The Life. Could you step into the shoes of an NBA player in The Life? See if you’ve got what it takes to play three different story-lines in your bid to go from the streets, straight to the NBA. Pre-order today through GameStop and get an officially licensed NBA cap. Specially marked boxes can also get you one year FREE subscription to Vibe Magazine. Nothing Gets You Closer.
File Sizes: 38.4 – 46.5 MB

SOCOM: Confrontation – Desert Glory Flythrough

Fly through Dersert Glory, a classic map from the SOCOM universe rebuilt for SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation.
File Size: 72.2 MB

Bioshock Official Trailer
No gods or kings. Only man. Welcome to Rapture. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically mutated citizens you come to grips with a mysterious and fascinating world that not only challenges your capacity to adapt and survive, but brings to question your values and commitments to the inhabitants of Rapture. If your life was the prize, would you kill the innocent? Would you sacrifice your humanity? Opportunity awaits.
File Size: 68.5

Legendary: The Box Behind the Scenes 3 & 4 (x2)

Download and watch part three of the behind the scenes series looking at the making of Legendary. In this episode, we catch up with the dev team as they reveal their thoughts on the two main enemy creatures of the game: the mighty griffon and the savage werewolf.
File Sizes: Scene 3 (216 MB) / Scene 4 (166 MB)

Mercenaries 2 World In Flames Payback Trailer
Watch what others have been saying about Mercenaries 2!
File Size: 94.1 MB

Soul Calibur IV Character Gameplay Combos Trailer
This SOULCALIBUR IV trailer introduces some of the fantastic fighting moves executable in the game. Check out these moves to pull them off in your next battle!
File Size: 181 MB

Tom Clancy’s End War Command Points Video Briefing
Leverage your points: This video will teach you the basics of command points and how you can use them to get access to a range of powerful mission support
File Size: 65.9 MB

Tom Clancy’s End War Mass Destruction Trailer
Demolish your enemy: This video will show off the most devastating weapons in your arsenal and give you tips on when to use them.
File Size: 70.2 MB

Paid Themes

Starting today, PlayStation Store will begin to offer premium themes for purchase. These include themes from our partners Smobile and Disruptive Media Publishers as well as some game publishers.

Kicks Theme ($0.99)
File Size: 2.71 MB

Bioshock Exclusive Theme ($0.99)
File Size: 5.41 MB

Disruptive Media Publishers Paid Themes (x20)
($1.49 & $1.99)

Smobile Paid Themes X2 ($0.99 each)

Themes & Wallpapers (Free)

WipEout HD All Teams #2 Theme
File Size: 2.44 MB

Fallout 3 Brotherhood of Steel Theme
File Size: 1.43 MB

Fallout PIP-BOY 3000 Theme

File Size: 856 KB

Linger In Shadows Wallpapers (x2)
File Size: 235 – 412 KB

ATV Pure Wallpapers (x4)
File Size: 670 – 965 KB

Valkyria Chronicles Wallpapers (x2)
File Size: 1.42 – 1.57 MB

PLAYSTATION Store for PC

Here is this week’s content release for the PLAYSTATION Store for PC. To download these games to your PSP, navigate to http://store.playstation.com. There you’ll find descriptions of the content and directions on how to get started. For more on the PLAYSTATION Store for PC, please click here.

PSP Game Downloads

* Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow (UMD Legacy) ($24.99)
* Guilty Gear Judgement (UMD Legacy) ($5.99)

Add-ons

* echochrome level pack add-on ($4.99)

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