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An amazing update yet again for the PSN, everyone get ready to play Devil May Cry 4!

PlayStation Network Update: 01/24/2008

Another stellar update on the PSN today, with everything from add-on content to demos to themes. The huge update is the Devil May Cry 4 demo which also premiered on the Xbox Live Marketplace the same day (as opposed to days earlier). This demo will surely have many a fanboy downloading each version to see how it compares. I am one of those fanboys and having played both there is very little difference, 360 is a tiny bit sharper but the PS3 seems smoother and has an edge in the particle effects. Bottom line, both look and play great with no slowdown that I could detect.

On to the rest of the content we have a second demo in the form of The Club, a fun mix of Tony Hawk and any Third Person Shooter you can think of. PixelJunk Monsters makes it’s debut this week as well, it is a stylish version of Fortress Defense featuring great animations and character designs, it is priced to go for a limited time, so if you are interested download and enjoy.

On the add-on front we have yet another free Folklore add-on, this time it is a fan created Folk from a contest that was run. Guitar Hero fans and older rockers can rejoice and mellow out to the Classic Rock Pack just released. Rock Band on the other hand gives you three Oasis songs available individually or in a pack. Stranglehold fans should be both happy and sad with the addition of the map pack, while it is great to see this content, the price is quite steep at $14.99 with just multiplayer additions to the package.

Rounding out the update is the PS1 classic Jet Moto 2 for the PS3 and PSP, some pretty marginal trailers and game videos and two new themes. The themes featured here are actually pretty good, the PixelJunk Monsters one is my current favorite.

All in all this is a phenomenal update to the PSN and in particular I like seeing new PS1 and full games added on a regular basis. I don’t think anyone can complain about content anymore, we simply need to see Sony add in-game XMB so all the forum posters can stop appending ‘we want in-game XMB’ to every freaking’ one of their posts! Note, all prices are in U.S. funds if listed.

Downloadable Games

PixelJunk Monsters ($7.99 for a limited time)
Inspired by the popular and addictive “tower defense” game genre, PixelJunk Monsters is a fun and intuitive game featuring a uniquely attractive art style. Defend your home base against threatening monsters by building towers and casting lightning storms across the forest.
ESRB Rated E

Demos

Devil May Cry 4 Demo (free)
Is his power that of a demon, or of a god? New main character Nero and his demonic devil bringer add speed and style to the Devil May Cry series! This is true next-generation entertainment!
ESRB Rated M

The Club Demo (free)
Enter The Club as one of the eight gladiators in this underground blood sport and compete both in single player and multiplayer in the Prison Cells arena.
ESRB Rated M

Add-on Game Content

Folklore Create-a-Creature Winner Add-On (free)
Enjoy this free Folklore add-on which features Quesadilla, the winning design of PlayStation Underground’s Folklore Create-a-Creature contest! Quesadilla is wind and earth Folk that summons the power of tornadoes and earthquakes to defeat its foes.

Guitar Hero III Classic Rock Track Pack ($6.25)
“Peace of Mind” as performed by Boston
“Jukebox Hero” as performed by Foreigner
“Any Way You Want It” as performed by Journey.

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing “Wonderwall,” “Live Forever,” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis. Oasis Pack 1 includes all three songs.

* “Wonderwall” – Oasis ($1.99)
* “Live Forever” – Oasis ($1.99)
* “Don’t Look Back in Anger” – Oasis ($1.99)
* Oasis Pack 1 ($5.49)

Stranglehold
Be sure to download the correct Map Pack for your version of Stranglehold (regular or Collector’s Edition).

* Stranglehold Map Pack ($14.99)
Available now, the downloadable map pack for the acclaimed John Woo directed third person action adventure title Stranglehold. This expansion pack will add even more action and excitement to Stranglehold the experience. The Stranglehold Map Pack features:
• 10 additional multiplayer maps including Kowloon Market, Wong’s Estate Grounds and the Rooftops of Chicago.
• 21 all-new multiplayer character skins.

* Stranglehold CE Map Pack ($14.99)
Available now, the map pack for the acclaimed John Woo directed third person action adventure title Stranglehold Collector’s Edition. This expansion pack will add even more action to Stranglehold the experience. The Stranglehold Collector’s Edition Map Pack features:
• 10 additional multiplayer maps including Kowloon Market, Wong’s Estate Grounds and the Rooftops of Chicago.
• 21 all-new multiplayer character skins.

PS one Classics for PS3 / PSP

Jet Moto 2 ($5.99)
Intense futuristic all-terrain racing across 10 brutal tracks in extreme environments, with all new obstacles like corkscrews, waterfalls, and volcanoes. Choose one of 10 unique riders and hang on tight!
ESRB Rated E

Game Videos

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground – Stevie’s Skater Story (free)
File size: 23 MB (HD)

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers

Step Up 2: The Streets Trailer (free)
STEP UP 2 THE STREETS is the follow-up to the smash hit “Step Up,” and is in theaters on Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14.
File size: 135 MB (HD), 179 MB (1080)

Dragon Wars Trailer (free)
Meet Buraki, the vicious, 200-meter long Imoogi serpent from ancient Korea. His army includes giant lizards with missile launchers, flying dragons, soldiers bred for evil and mega-intelligent dinosaurs. Together, they will destroy Los Angeles and possibly the world unless reincarnated warriors Ethan and Sarah can outrun them and resurrect the Good Imoogi, Buraki’s ancient nemesis.
File size: 77 MB (HD), 102 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes

PixelJunk Monsters Theme (free)
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PixelJunk Monsters theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.

Lemmings Theme (free)
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Lemmings theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.

About Michael Prince

A longtime video game fan starting from simple games on the Atari 2600 to newer titles on a bleeding edge PC I play everything I can get my hands on. Follow me on twitter @Jer1ch0 or check out my youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/Jerichox11

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