Monday , March 4 2024
A great week on the PSN, even better if you have access to the European store as well.

PlayStation Network Update: 02/05/2009

I am going to start this week with a public service announcement, simply because everyone who has a PS3 and loves FPS games needs to try Killzone 2. First click new user on your XMB, then instead of putting your address when prompted list a British one instead (I may or may not have used Buckingham Palace). 

Once you have created a second user switch to it and visit the PlayStation Store.  You will now have access to the Killzone 2 demo (region free of course) on the European PSN store.  It is sheer stupidity that this is a Gamestop exclusive demo in North America when everyone should experience this game, it will convince you to buy it.

Now on to the North American PSN update!  It was a good update with games, demos and more.  The big new original game is 3 on 3 NHL Arcade, I really enjoy arcade style hockey (think SNES Wayne Gretzky Hockey or NHL Hitz) but I can't get into the art style for this game.  The giant realistic heads on tiny bodies creeps me out.  Hope it is good, I will be looking at reviews later this week before I decide anything.  There is a demo for it, so feel free to try before you buy.

Burnout Paradise has been further enhanced with it's first DLC, the Party Pack.  This local multiplayer add-on adds many driving mini-challenges that have you passing the controller around.  A great idea as a party game and very innovative for this genre.  They have also release the Ultimate Bundle of Burnout Paradise that contains the game, previous expansions and the Party Pack at a single price and download.

Aside from another free pack for NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja STORM (got to get me this game) and a course for Hot Shots Golf the rest of the add-on content is not so good.  Another useless LittleBigPlanet pack (that should have been free), not so interesting tracks from the rhythm game, and more lame High Velocity Bowling characters.

Many videos looking at games, movies and the Winter Dew event are available as well as another batch of bad premium themes.  At least we get a free LocoRoco 2 theme this week.  Last but not least there is a PSP demo for Phantasy Star Portable, can't wait to try this game.

Below is a list of all the items added to this weeks PSN update. For more details, please visit the official PlayStation Blog.

Downloadable Games

  • 3 on 3 NHL Arcade ($9.99)
  • Burnout Paradise – The Ultimate Bundle ($29.99)

Add-on Game Content

  • Burnout Paradise Party ($9.99)
  • High Velocity Bowling: Dwayne ($0.99)
  • High Velocity Bowling: Candy ($0.99)
  • Hot Shots Golf New Course ($4.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Valentine’s Day Mini-Pack ($2.99)
  • NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja STORM Pack 8 (free)
  • Rock Band
  • Guitar Hero World Tour

PS3 Game Demos (free)

  • MLB 09 The Show Demo
  • 3 on 3 NHL Arcade Trial

PSP Game Demos (free)

  • Phantasy Star Portable

Game Videos (free)

  • LocoRoco 2 Pre-Launch Trailer
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin EPA Trailer
  • PAIN: Darts Trailer
  • PAIN: Fortress Trailer
  • Winter Dew Tour: Kevin Pearce in Japan
  • Winter Dew Tour: Colby West
  • Winter Dew Tour: Breckenridge Ridin’ Highlights
  • Winter Dew Tour: Breckenridge Recap
  • Winter Dew Tour: Breckenridge Freeskiing Thrills
  • Winter Dew Tour: Breckenridge Athletes
  • Winter Dew Tour: PlayStation Pro Moments – Breckenridge

Movie Trailers (free)

  • 2012 Trailer
  • Open Season 2 Blu-ray Disc Trailer

PS3 Themes

  • LocoRoco 2 MuiMui Theme (free)
  • Evil Clowns Theme ($1.49)
  • Gothic Girlz Theme ($1.49)
  • Polar Bears Theme ($1.49)

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.

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