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PlayStation Network Update: 12/18/2008

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Nice big week on the PlayStation Network, games, PS1 classics and add-on content galore. The big new games this week are the slightly delayed Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rainslick Precipice Of Darkness: Episode 2 and Crash Commando. The Penny Arcade game is appreciated but I really hope this is the last delayed episode. Many PlayStation purists don't want to buy the game because they feel they are being treated like second hand citizens. Let's hope Hothead listens to their feedback for episode 3.

Some PS1 classics and a legacy PSP game make their appearance with Castlevania Chronicles, RAYMAN 2: The Great Escape and Tokobot being added to the roster. Some great games and more PS1 classics are always appreciated, especially when one of them, Castlevania Chronicles, never appeared in North America before.

Add-ons are bountiful this week with an equal share of free and not so free goods. The standard Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Karaoke Revolution updates are joined by a meager offering from the Rock Revolution game…did anyone even buy that?  Rock Band, oddly enough, is featuring a country and western pack…uggh.  No thanks, I will stick with the Eagles songs featured in the Guitar Hero update.

A mix of free and pay updates on hand for LittleBigPlanet and High Velocity Bowling as well as another Hot Shots Golf costume pack. More free content for NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja STORM is available and is always appreciated!

Two demos make their way to our hard drives this week. Following on the heels of the Metal Gear Solid 4 demo from a few weeks back we now have a Metal Gear Online trial for everyone to give a whirl. A demo for the new Sonic Unleashed game is also available, giving that a try tonight.

Finally there is a great deal of multimedia content to liven up your PS3. Many game videos looking at upcoming titles, developers and the new PS3 ad campaign all presented in HD. There are a large mix of pay and free themes to peruse as well. Finally we have a few wallpapers featuring Tom Clancy’s EndWar and Crash Commando.

All in all a great update and a little bit for everyone to enjoy. Below is a list of all the items added to this weeks PSN update. For more details, please visit the official PlayStation Blog.

Price Update

  • Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (Price drop to $9.99)

Downloadable Games

  • Crash Commando ($9.99)
  • Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rainslick Precipice Of Darkness: Episode 2 ($14.99)

Add-on Game Content

  • LittleBigPlanet – Santa Hat & Beard (free)
  • LittleBigPlanet – Festive Pack ($2.99)
  • High Velocity Bowling – Darryl ($0.99)
  • High Velocity Bowling – Gage ($0.99)
  • High Velocity Bowling – Beatrice Holiday Costume (free)
  • High Velocity Bowling – Carl Holiday Costume (free)
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds Costume Pack #3 ($2.99)
  • Guitar Hero World Tour
  • Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2
  • NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja STORM Pack 5 (free)
  • Rock Band
  • Rock Revolution

Game Demos (free)

  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Online Network Demo
  • Sonic Unleashed Demo

Game Videos (free)

  • UNCHARTED 2 Spike TV VGA Tease
  • Crash Commando Trailer
  • HVB: New Characters Trailer
  • GT5 Prologue – Tanner Foust: Drifting 101
  • Gran Turismo Awards at SEMA 2008
  • The Next Great Game Gods: Dylan Cuthbert Interview
  • The Next Great Game Gods: Pixeljunk Interstitial
  • Sonic Unleashed Launch Trailer
  • The Punisher: No Mercy Game Trailer
  • Mirror’s Edge DLC Trailer
  • PS3 “Murals” TV Spot
  • PSN “T-Shirts” TV Spot

Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

  • Resident Evil: Degeneration Blu-ray Trailer

PS3 Themes

  • Savage Moon Theme (free)
  • Crash Commando Theme (x2)(free)
  • SingStar ABBA Theme (free)
  • Rock & Roll Babe Theme ($1.49)
  • Ohio State University Theme ($1.99)
  • Misty Dawn Theme ($1.49)
  • Ink and Saints Theme ($1.49)
  • Dancing Skies Theme ($1.49)
  • Azmodeus Dark Angels ($0.99)

PS3 Wallpaper (free)

  • Tom Clancy’s EndWar Spetsnaz Guard Brigade Wallpaper (x4)
  • Crash Commando Wallpaper (x2)

PlayStation Store for PSP

Downloadable Games

  • Castlevania Chronicles ($5.99) (also available from PS3 Storefront)
  • RAYMAN 2: The Great Escape ($5.99) (also available from PS3 Storefront)
  • Tokobot UMD Legacy ($9.99) (also available from PS3 Storefront)
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