Another week, another PSN update. I call this one the Greed edition. My fear of free themes disappearing seems to be coming true after all. The only themes on display are premium ones for Disgaea 3 and Savage Moon, sigh, I love paying for marketing material.
There is a great deal of DLC this week, more characters for Disgaea 3 (which certainly does NOT need more characters), a very expensive pack for Shaun White Snowboarding, a Brain Challenge pack and the standard Rock Band/Guitar Hero updates. Having recently bought some Rock Band DLC I stand by my assertion that it should either be cheaper or contain a portable MP3 as well.
Some games make an appearance this week. One of which, Magic Ball, looks really appealing. Basically a brick breaker game with 50+ levels, but instead of bricks there is 3D environments to break apart. The other game is GTI Club+, an arcade racing game by Konami upgraded to HD. I have no idea how good this game is, but people seem excited so the original must have been good.
Following on the heels of the other console we have a demo for the new game Skate 2, not my cup of tea, but early indications show this is one of the best skateboarding games ever made. There is also, surprisingly, a demo for GTI Club+, it is never guaranteed that a PSN title has a demo so it is nice to see they added one.
Some new items added for the PSP bear mentioning as well. We have a demo for the PSP take on the Buzz! series in the form of BUZZ! Master Quiz as well as a downloadable release of Ultimate Ghost ‘N Goblins.
Finally on the multimedia front we have a new edition of Pulse as well as a slew of game and movie videos looking at major releases on the PS3 and Blu-ray platform.
New games, demos and videos make for a decent update but the badly priced DLC and premium themes just leave a bad taste in my mouth. Below is a list of all the items added to this weeks PSN update. For more details, please visit the official PlayStation Blog.
- Magic Ball ($9.99)
- GTI Club+ ($9.99)
Add-on Game Content
- Brain Challenge Expansion Pack ($4.99)
- Disgaea 3 Makai Kingdom Main Character Package ($3.99)
- Disgaea 3 Pram ($1.99)
- Disgaea 3 Zetta ($1.99)
- Guitar Hero World Tour
- Rock Band
- Shaun White Snowboarding Mile High Pack – Target Edition ($9.99)
- Shaun White Snowboarding Mile High Pack – Regular Edition ($9.99)
- Shaun White Snowboarding The Freebie Pack – Target Edition (free)
- Shaun White Snowboarding The Freebie Pack – Regular Edition (free)
Game Demos (free)
- Skate 2 Demo
- GTI Club+ Demo
Game Videos (free)
- PULSE 01/15 Edition (also available from the PSP store)
- Mahjong Tales Trailer
- Tekken 6 PSN Announcement Trailer January 2009
- Magic Ball Trailer
- Mafia II: Holiday Confession
- FIFA09 – PSN Exclusive: Inside FIWC 2009
- Cuboid Trailer
- BUZZ! Quiz TV Trailer
- PlayStation Network “Movie Download Machine” TV Spot
Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)
- Why I Love Monty Python
- Pineapple Express Blu-ray Trailer
- The Wackness Blu-ray Trailer
- The House Bunny Blu-ray Trailer
- Disgaea 3 Pram Theme ($0.99, or free w/Makai Kingdom DLC)
- Savage Moon Theme ($0.99)
PS3 Wallpaper (free)
- Pineapple Express Wallpaper
- Tom Clancy’s EndWar Wallpaper (x4)
- Savage Moon Wallpaper (x2)
PlayStation Store for PSP
- PULSE 01/15 Edition (also available from the PS3 store) (free)
Game Demos (free)
- BUZZ! Master Quiz Demo
- Ultimate Ghost ‘N Goblins ($19.99)