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A large and interesting PSN update this week - some free, some not so much - but there is a lot for everyone to enjoy.

PlayStation Network Update: 12/11/2008

Weeks like this make me scratch my head and wonder. So many contradictions in the add-on content front. First up, we have the awesome but overpriced Street Fighter II LittleBigPlanet costumes; again if there was a level included, I would be all over this.

There are a number of game enhancement packs that cost some serious dollars. The Force Unleashed has another costume pack as well as a Jedi Temple level pack. While the content is intriguing, the price is a little steep for both. Tom Clancy's End War also has a $10 add-on called the Escalation expansion pack; again it sounds great, just a little bit too expensive for a few maps and units. Rounding out the pay content is a Gearhead ball pack for High Velocity Bowling at the inexpensive price of one dollar.

On the flip-side is the large amount of free content available this week. The first half of the free Santa Sackboy costume is available to all. We also have a free Trick Shot pack for High Velocity Bowling to counterbalance the one you need to pay for. One of the best titles of the PS3 launch, Resistance: Fall of Man, has 2 map packs that have been reduced to the great price of free. If you managed to hold off buying them (and still play the game), it is a great time to snap them up.

Age of Booty offers up two more free map packs and the big winner is the Blow it Up Again expansion for Mercenaries 2. This large expansion should get more people interested in Mercenaries 2 again (hence the title) and the amazing price of free sounds great to me.

Out of nowhere there is also a new downloadable game called PowerUp Forever.  This is a shmup of sorts that has your ship absorbing power from defeated enemies and evolving over time. If anyone gives this a go, let me know what you think.

There are the requisite Rock Band, Guitar Hero World Tour and Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 tracks for your enjoyment. Rock Band servers up some pop infused ska with No Doubt and Guitar Hero lets you get your angst on with a Nirvana track pack.

On the multimedia front, there are a number of game and movie trailers to download and watch in HD goodness. We are also offered a numbered of high quality and free Resistance 2 and Xam’d themes.

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

Price Update

  • Resistance: Fall of Man Map Packs (free)

Downloadable Games

  • PowerUp Forever ($9.99)

Add-on Game Content

  • LittleBigPlanet Santa Coat and Trousers (free)
  • LittleBigPlanet – Zangief of Street Fighter II costume ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet – Guile of Street Fighter II costume ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet – Chun-Li of Street Fighter II costume ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet – Ryu of Street Fighter II costume ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Street Fighter II costume kit ($5.99)
  • High Velocity Bowling – Tiff’s Big Zero Trick Shot Pack (free)
  • High Velocity Bowling – Gearhead Ball Pack ($0.99)
  • Tom Clancy’s EndWar Escalation Expansion Pack ($9.99)
  • SW:TFU Apprentice Mission Pack ($9.99)
  • Star War: The Force Unleashed Character Pack 2 ($4.99)
  • Age of Booty Map Pack 4 (free)
  • Age of Booty Map Pack 5 (free)
  • Guitar Hero World Tour – Nirvana and European Track Packs
  • Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2
  • Rock Band – No Doubt – The Singles
  • Mercenaries 2 Blow It Up Again Content Pack (free)

Game Videos (free)

  • Resistance 2 Accolades Trailer
  • Xam’d: Lost Memories Release Announcement Video
  • Xam’d: Lost Memories Exclusive Interviews
  • LOTR: Conquest Good to be Bad Trailer

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

  • Batman Tech Video
  • Not Easily Broken
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop Trailer
  • Step Brothers Blu-ray Trailer
  • The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Blu-ray Trailer

PS3 Themes

  • Resistance 2 Americana Theme (free)
  • Resistance 2 Man vs. Chimera Theme (free)
  • Resistance 2 SRPA Team Theme (free)
  • Xam’d Lost Memories Theme (free)

PS3 Wallpaper (free)

  • Mountain Dew 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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