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A large if uninspiring update on the PSN...demos good, lack of original content bad!

PlayStation Network Update: 05/15/2008

Ok, yes, this is a huge update with demos and media and add-ons and such and that is great, but Sony just proved point #5 in my recent article: 5 things the PSN needs to address to stay relevant. They have only added the Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus (blech) expansion pack on the North American store as original content and it is a cross-platform title. The European store, which normally gets the short end of the stick, received Dark Mist, A relatively simple but fun action RPG.

Ah well, can’t complain much. We did receive demos for Overlord Raising Hell and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit as well as some well priced Hot Shots Golf characters. We also see the mandatory new Rock Band tracks as well as another giant pile of Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore Downloadable Songs.

On the multimedia front we have the always appreciated videos for NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Storm and MK vs DCU, as well as trailers for Pineapple Express and Saawariya. Themes and desktops for Haze, Overlord: Raising Hell and Echochrome round out the list of free content.

Lots to enjoy but I would still like to see some more games released on the PSN to the rabid North American fanbase.

Add-on Game Content

Hot Shots Golf New Characters
Slip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PLAYSTATION 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds. Rip a 300 yard drive down the middle the fairway or go pin hunting on those tricky par 3s. No mulligans needed as Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds is all about having fun and enjoying the most entertaining and over the top golfing experience imaginable. So come on, step up and give it your best shot.

* Gloria – Expert Skill Level ($0.99)
* Alex – Intermediate Skill Level ($0.99)

File sizes: 100 KB

Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus!
Saturn is in the clutches of the Legion of Terra and it’s up to YOU to stop them! Continue the story with your original saved characters.
File sizes: 27 MB

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

* “Kool Thing”—Sonic Youth ($1.99)
* “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)”—The Clash ($1.99)
* “Hanging on the Telephone”—Blondie ($1.99)

File sizes: 20.5 MB – 26.8 MB

Rock Band price promotion: “Shockwave” & “Sugar Magnolia” are reduced to $0.99 for a limited time.

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 www.konami.com. Full list of tracks (21) after the jump.

PS3 Game Demos (free)

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit Demo
The next generation of Dragonball Z fighting. Heroic battles of good versus evil, powered by explosive energy and raw emotion lie ahead.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 477 MB

Overlord: Raising Hell Demo
Think evil, breed evil and control all (with lots of laughs along the way) in the PLAYSTATION® 3 demo of Overlord: Raising Hell – Codemasters’ twisted Action RPG adventure. In this demo, players don the Overlord’s illustrious armour, assemble a team of fighter minions and head off for a session of serious destruction in the once tranquil area of The Mellow Hills.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 857 MB

PSP Game Demos

Secret Agent Clank Demo
The theme for this game is a spoof of the 007 series. To fit with this theme, he will be wearing a tuxedo throughout the game. Like the original 007, Clank has an array of helpful gadgets and devices on his tuxedo, such as a bow tie that he can use as a boomerang, and a rose that he can transform into a monster that eats enemies. Clank has at one point or another in the series been on a television show where he was a secret agent.

Game Videos (free)

NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Storm Announcement Trailer
Experience the stunning Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm announcement trailer! At last, the line between NARUTO Animation and Gaming will truly disappear!
File size: 78 MB (1080)

MK vs. DCU Gamers’ Day Trailer
For the first time ever the Mortal Kombat warriors battle with DC Universe Super Heroes. Choose your side and challenge your opponents with a new fighting system including Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat along with dynamic multi-tiered environments.
File size: 32 MB (HD)

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

Pineapple Express Red Band Trailer
RideTheExpress.com. Next summer, the guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express.
File size: 164 MB (1080)

Saawariya
Having fallen in love at first sight, a shy musician attempts to win the heart of a beautiful young woman, unaware she’s awaiting the return of her own true love.
File size: 71 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes (free)

HAZE Theme
Customize your PS3™ system with a cool HAZE theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 1.69 MB

Overlord: Raising Hell Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Overlord: Raising Hell theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 4.13 MB

Echochrome Themes
Customize your PS3 system with cool Echochrome themes. These themes allow you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size:504 KB – 651 KB

PS3 Wallpaper (free)

Overlord: Raising Hell Wallpaper (x5)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Overlord Wallpaper.
File size:77.2 KB – 360 KB

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