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A huge DLC week with toy soldiers, more Pixeljunk Eden and a return to Valkyria Chronicles as highlights.

PlayStation Network Update: 04/16/2009

Holy Add-on content Batman! This is a huge update as far as DLC is concerned, absolutely no new games or demos, but DLC abounds. The big, huge entry this week is the PixelJunk Eden Encore content. This is a huge update to the game with new music, five new levels, trophies and some surprises. At $5.99 it gives more value then 90% of the DLC out there.

Speaking of value the BUZZ! Quiz TV U.S. Sports trivia pack is horribly priced at $7.99, I imagine sports fanatics who also like couch quiz games are excited, but not I. It seems like $2.99 is a magic number as there are add-ons priced like that for Magic Ball, Midnight Club Los Angeles – South Central and Sonic Unleashed. The Magic Ball booster pack is the best of the bunch in my opinion with 25 additional levels at a great price.

Unfortunately $4.99 is also a popular price point with three Valkyria Chronicles packs and a WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009 character pack coming in at that price. The Valkyria Chronicles packs look great and all but at 15 dollars for all three it is quite an expense. The WWE booster pack is oddly priced considering there is a FREE pack with more characters then the one at five bucks.

Speaking of free we also have the F.E.A.R. 2 Toy Soldiers pack and a LittleBigPlanet costume for the nice price of zero dollars. The F.E.A.R. 2 pack adds a lot of fun to the game and it is nice to see this as a bonus.

There are also the Rock Band and Guitar Hero tracks and an assortment of free and 'premium' themes. Oddly enough we have a free F.E.A.R. 2 content pack but the F.E.A.R. 2 theme is 99 cents…who prices these things?  The big news in the music games genre is the Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy album for Rock Band.  While the album did not set the world on fire (although something did freeze over), many fans will appreciate playing the album.

Overall this is a great week with tons of content to enhance some great games. Below is a list of all the items added to this week's PSN update. For more details, please visit the official PlayStation Blog.

Add-on Game Content

  • PixelJunk Eden Encore ($5.99)
  • BUZZ! Quiz TV U.S. Sports ($7.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Asian Competition Winner (Monkey King) (free)
  • F.E.A.R. 2: “Toy Soldiers” Map Pack (free)
  • Magic Ball Booster Pack ($2.99)
  • Midnight Club Los Angeles – South Central Vehicle Pack 1 ($2.99)
  • Sonic Unleashed Spagonia Adventure Pack ($2.99)
  • Sonic Unleashed Chun-nan Adventure Pack ($2.99)
  • VALKYRIA CHRONICLES – Hard EX Mode ($4.99)
  • VALKYRIA CHRONICLES – Edy’s Mission “Enter the Edy Detachment” ($4.99)
  • VALKYRIA CHRONICLES – Selveria’s Mission “Behind Her Blue Flame” ($4.99)
  • WWE SvR 2009 Roster Update 2 ($4.99)
  • Free WWE SvR 2009 Roster Update 3 (free)
  • Rock Band
  • Guitar Hero World Tour

Game Videos (free)

  • PixelJunk Eden Encore Trailer
  • Split/Second Announcement Trailer
  • Stormrise: Launch Trailer
  • Virtual Tennis 2009 Developer Diary Trailer
  • Wheelman Launch Trailer

Movie, TV and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

  • Bedtime Stories Featurette
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatball Trailer
  • Year One Trailer

PS3 Themes

  • PixelJunk Eden Encore Theme (free)
  • Rag Doll Kung Fu Theme (free)
  • Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year Theme (free)
  • F.E.A.R. 2 Theme ($0.99)
  • University of Arkansas Theme ($1.99)
  • University of Nebraska Theme ($1.99)

 PS3 Wallpapers (free)

  • PixelJunk Eden Encore Wallpaper
  • Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year Wallpapers (x3)


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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