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A lackluster and barren update on the PSN...where are the games??

PlayStation Network Update: 05/22/2008

Another Thursday and yet again another underwhelming PSN update. No original PSN games, no PSOne games. All we get is The Con, a PSP game (that is very overpriced at 19.99) and two Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 demos for the PSP.

On the Add-on front there are the formerly European exclusive Rock Band tracks added to the store, as well as a very well-priced soundtrack for the game PixelJunk Monsters. The music in that game is very distinctive and well made; at $3.00 it is a must to download.

There is a literal boatload of videos today looking at Siren: Blood Curse, GRID, Battlefield: Bad Company, Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. We also have movie trailers for Untraceable, National Treasure 2 and First Sunday. Finally there are a few themes for High Velocity Bowling and the Graffiti theme that was already released in Europe.

Sony really needs to work on their DLC schedule here. We are in the early summer slowdown period and we need to start seeing some more content. Again, we want to buy, but Sony is not willing/able to sell us anything.

PSP Downloadable Games

The Con ($19.99)
In an underworld where illegal fighting tournaments exist and high-stakes gambling takes center stage, your skills as a fighter are matched only by your wits as an ex-con. Create and customize your own character with deep character customization features including “Image Import,” allowing you to upload your photo directly (via Memory Stick) to the PlayStation Portable and put your face onto your in-game character. Learn reprogrammable fighting combinations based on five different brawling disciplines – Boxing, Wrestling, Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do and Jeet Kune Do. Train your fighter to fight solo or in a team of three in Story Mode where your ability to build up your team and implementing match-up strategy plays a huge role. In addition, utilizing Ad Hoc mode that enables wireless gaming, The Con allows players to compete in various head-to-head fighting matches.

PSP Game Demos (free)

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 Beginner Demo
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 Intermediate Demo
Two demos for the new PSP game Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2, developer Clap Hanz promises more of the series' trademark oddball characters and realistic golf physics in its second handheld outing. The number of characters and courses has been doubled, meaning gamers can use two-dozen golfers to duff around 12 highly detailed courses.

Add-on Game Content

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

* “Beetlebum” – Blur ($1.99)
* “Countdown to Insanity” – H-BlockX ($1.99)
* “Hier Kommt Alex” – Die Toten Hosen ($1.99)
* “Hysteria” – Muse ($1.99)
* “Manu Chao” – Les Wampas ($1.99)
* “Monsoon” – Tokio Hotel ($1.99)
* “New Wave” – Pleymo ($1.99)
* “Perfekte Welle” – Juli ($1.99)
* “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star” – Oasis ($1.99)

File sizes: 16.8 MB – 45.4 MB (singles)

Rock Band price promotion: “We Care a Lot” – Epic and “All the Small Things” – Blink 182 are reduced to $0.99 until May 29th.
Game Music

PixelJunk Monsters Album ($2.99)
The PixelJunk Monsters Album is the original game soundtrack to the popular and addictive tower defense game, PixelJunk Monsters. This charming and distinctive soundtrack includes 24 music tracks by Japanese ambient techno group Otograph. Download the album today!
File size: 62.2 MB

Game Videos (free)

Siren: Blood Curse Debut Trailer
An American TV crew has arrived in Japan to film an expose on the legend of the “vanished village.” Controlling seven different playable characters, the player must uncover the mystery behind the curse that grips the eerie village of Hanuda. Intense graphics, realistic character animation, and a gritty film-like graphical presentation add to the horror of Siren: Blood Curse.
File size: 44 MB (HD)

GRID CGI Trailer
Experience a new world of racing as Codemasters releases the CGI trailer for GRID.
File size: 79 MB (HD)

Battlefield: Bad Company: Find All Five – Recon Kit
Put down an enemy squad with an additional recon kit unlock by pre-ordering Battlefield: Bad Company on Playstation 3 at participating retailers.
File size: 38 MB (HD)

Battlefield: Bad Company: Find All Five – Support Kit
Keep your team kicking on the Battlefield with an additional support kit unlock by signing up for the Battlefield newsletter.
File size: 39 MB (HD)

Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway – Wasn’t Supposed to Happen
Delivering on the franchise’s compelling story, unrivalled authenticity and intense squad-based action, Hell’s Highway drops you into the largest WWII airborne operation: Operation Market-Garden.
File size: 57 MB (SD), 117 MB (HD), 169 MB (1080)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian The Video Game Trailer
Enter Narnia once again in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian to help restore Prince Caspian to the throne and return freedom and magic to Narnia!
File size: 47 MB (HD)

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Launch Trailer
File size: 176 MB (HD)

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Team Play Behind the Scenes Video
Experience the ultimate team-and mission-based multiplayer warfare, defined by award winning Return to Castle Wolfenstein Multiplayer, now set in the legendary QUAKE universe.
File size: 168 MB (HD)

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben Gate’s (Nicolas Cage) Great-Great Grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s death.
File size: 125 MB (1080)

There has never been a cyber criminal they couldn’t catch…until now…The more people who watch…the faster the victims die.
File size: 119 MB (HD), 153 MB (1080)

First Sunday
Two bumbling criminals discover they haven’t got a prayer when they attempt to steal from the local church.
File size: 116 MB (HD), 158 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes (free)

Graffiti Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Graffiti theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 7.61 KB

High Velocity Bowling Theme (x3)
Customize your PS3 system with a cool High Velocity Bowling theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 1.79 MB – 1.86 MB

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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