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A huge and appreciated update to the PSN, games, add-ons and videos, oh my!

PlayStation Network Update: 04/23/2008

Great Googly Moogly, this is what I am talking about! This is a huge and appreciated update and a good sign for us fans. First we see a PSOne game which is greatly appreciated; seeing as it is the solid R-Types I am sure many people will be downloading this.

On the Add-ON front we have a big list featuring the Variety Map Pack for CoD4; seeing as this has been downloaded over a million times on the 'other' console I am sure this will be a hit as well on the PSN. We also have the Biolith Rebellion 2 expansion pack for The Eye of Judgement; remember, you also need to buy the cards from this series as well. Finally there is the Army of Two DLC adding to the multiplayer mayhem.

On the musical front we have the first Rock Band album, "Screaming for Vengeance", available as a full or per song download. We have the Def Leppard pack for Guitar Hero featuring a new song not released in stores or online yet. Finally there are 42 more songs for Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore for you to sing/warble/yodel to!

Phew… need to take a breath! We are not done yet. On the demo front we have both a PS3 and PSP version of the game echochrome in demo format. This is a really unique puzzler that needs to be played to be believed. We also see the Iron Man game demo appearing on the PSN for your enjoyment; it is a fun demo and worth a download.

On the media front we have a slew of game videos looking at all things related to Iron Man, Gran Turismo 5 prologue, Prototype, Army of Two, Resistance 2 and FIFA 08. We also see a number of videos looking at Coachella and Wyclef Jean's "Fast Car" video. On the Blu-ray/movie front we have trailers for The Water Horse and 88 Minutes for our viewing pleasure.

Finally we have a really good Eye of Judgement theme and a number of REALLY slick Gran Turismo 5 Prologue wallpapers (all free of course!)

This is a truly great and meaty update. Aside from the pricing disparities if you live across the border, I give this a hearty, double thumbs up and I hope Sony keeps it up! More details on the content below as per S.O.P.

PS one Classics for PS3 / PSP

R-Types ($5.99)
Uniting two of the most difficult challenges of all time, R-TYPES presents the games R-TYPE and R-TYPE II in one complete package. In R-TYPE, your job is to play through 8 stages destroying monsters to save the world from doom. In R-TYPE II, journey to ancient ruins, dark caverns, into the crimson sky, and onto a Bydo star. It’s up to you to save a galaxy riddled by fear and cowardice.
ESRB Rated E

Add-on Game Content

THE EYE OF JUDGEMENT: Biolith Rebellion 2 (Expansion Set Two) ($14.99)
Take your game to the next level with this new download for THE EYE OF JUDGMENT. Add 100 more new creatures, spells, and abilities that come to life with cards from Wizards of the Coast (sold separately).

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack ($9.99)
The Variety Map Pack includes four new multiplayer maps. “Creek,” a village ravaged by combat where concealment is key; “Broadcast,” an enemy communications building with confined corridors and open parking lots; “Chinatown,” a foggy downtown district, lit only by a full moon and the glow of the city; and “Killhouse,” a training warehouse with building mock-ups and soft and hard cover points.

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit the RockBand website.

* “Saints of Los Angeles” – Mötley Crüe ($0.99)
* “Screaming for Vengeance” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “(Take These) Chains” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “The Hellion/Electric Eye” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “Riding on the Wind” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “Pain and Pleasure” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “Fever” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “Devil’s Child” – Lynyrd Skynyrd ($1.99)
* “Bloodstone” – Judas Priest ($1.99)
* “Screaming For Vengeance” Album ($14.99)
This pack includes “Bloodstone,” “Devil’s Child,” “Fever,” “The Hellion/Electric Eye,” “Pain And Pleasure,” “Riding on the Wind,” “Screaming For Vengeance,” “(Take These) Chains,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” by Judas Priest.

Guitar Hero III

* Def Leppard Track Pack ($6.25)
“Nine Lives”, “Photograph (Live)” and “Rock of Ages (Live)” by Def Leppard. For all song credits please visit

Army of Two SSC Challenge Map Pack ($7.49)
Expand the two-man combat experience in Army of Two with the SSC Challenge Map Pack! This new content gives players a chance to test their skills in a different setting while retaining the action-packed co-op intensity of Army of Two. Four two-player co-op maps will allow gamers to compete in the SSC Challenge versus mode for the chance to earn big cash rewards.

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore downloadable songs ($1.49 each)
Plug in the microphone and live out your dream as a singing sensation! Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore library by purchasing tracks from the in-game store. For music credits, visit the Karaoke Revolution section of Full list of tracks (43) after the jump.

Game Demos (free)

echochrome Demo
Featuring an elegant black and white art design, echochrome is a puzzle game unlike any other. With gameplay based on optical illusions, players must utilize 5 simple laws of perspective to join walkways, hide dangers, and create new paths to reach the goal. Once you’ve mastered the 5 laws, use them to create your own mind-bending levels to play and share with friends using the custom level editor. Available for PlayStation 3 and PSP systems.
ESRB Rated E

Iron Man Demo
Check out the official demo to learn what it takes to become a one man army as the unstoppable Iron Man! Customize your suit and battle against armies of fighter jets, tanks, armored Super Villains and more. Blast into hardcore shooting action and explosive combat from the film as well as exclusive content created just for the game.
ESRB Rated T

Game Videos (free)

Resistance 2 Teaser Trailer
Download the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling PLAYSTATION 3 game.
File size: 98 MB (HD)

GT5 Prologue Techno Video
The best-selling racing franchise returns with the intense precursor to Gran Turismo 5, featuring over 60 cars from worldwide car manufacturers. With an all-new interior dash view, online racing, Drift mode and more, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue unveils revolutionary advancements that deliver the ultimate racing experience. Download this trailer today to see some of the hottest cars from the game.
File size: 50.6 MB (1080)

Army of Two SSC Challenge Teaser Trailer
Calling all private military contractors! Check out this preview trailer showcasing the new SSC Challenge mode, a downloadable add-on where two teams of two can compete in an intense obstacle course for the chance to join the SSC, the Private Military Corporation in Army of Two. Available in HD
File size: 89 MB (HD)

FIFA 08 Features Video
Senior Producer, Joe Booth, explains the new features in the most realistic emulation of the real sport to date.
File size: 230 MB (HD)

Iron Man Action Trailer
Become a one man army as the unstoppable Iron Man! Customize your suit and battle against armies of fighter jets, tanks, armored Super Villains and more. Blast into hardcore shooting action and explosive combat from the film as well as exclusive content created just for the game. Check out the latest game trailer to see the game in action!
File size: 41 MB (HD)

PROTOTYPE – Discover Evolution
Escape into the role of a powerful shape-shifter. Choose to unravel a conspiracy with brutal force or cunning deception – master an enormous library of powers and morphing options. Discover what lies beyond the edge of evolution.
File size: 98 MB (HD)

Interview with Wyclef Jean P.1
Wyclef Jean explains the creative vision behind the "Fast Car" music video and what it’s like to be inside ‘Burnout Paradise’.
File size: 74 MB (SD) 211 MB (HD) 345 MB (1080)

Interview with Wyclef Jean P.2
Wyclef Jean talks about his experience with the Playstation 3 system.
File size: 37 MB (SD) 111 MB (HD) 179 MB (1080)

Behind-the-Scenes of “Fast Car”
File size: 51 MB (SD) 145 MB (HD), 236 MB (1080)

Coachella Music Festival
Dive into the new world of gaming at Coachella! Playstation 3 will be onsite at Coachella Arts and Music Festival, April 25th – April 27th with its newest releases– Soundcheck your voice with SingStar, test your racing skills on Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, and create your own world on LittleBigPlanet.
File size: 86 MB (HD)

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

88 Minutes
In 88 Minutes, Al Pacino stars as Dr. Jack Gramm, a college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. When Gramm receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live, he must use all his skills and training to narrow down the possible suspects, who include a disgruntled student, a jilted former lover, and a serial killer who is already on death row, before his time
File size: 29 MB (SD) 107 MB (HD), 142 MB (1080)

The Water Horse
When a lonely young boy named Angus discovers a large, mysterious egg along the shores of Loch Ness, no one is prepared for what lies within.
File size: 120 MB (HD), 149 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes (free)

Customize your PS3 system with a cool THE EYE OF JUDGMENT theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!

PS3 Wallpaper (free)

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Wallpaper (x4)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Wallpaper

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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