Sigh, PSN updates are starting to look disturbingly like XBLM updates (though not as content heavy unfortunately). Far too much microtransaction content in my mind and not enough demos, themes or even content that is worthwhile. This week we do see a great demo in the form of Burnout Paradise, some add-on content that ranges from great (punk songs for Rock Band), to meh like the extra bowlers for High Velocity Bowling. Seriously, what is up with Sony that they release extra characters a week after the game is released? That means they were ready at launch and they wanted more money? Meh!
Finally we have the downright silly Need for Speed Pro Street downloads, three dollars per car, and they are not even original cars!? They are cars you can unlock during game play, so in essence they are three-dollar cheat codes. Finally as per usual a patch of videos for games and movies. I give this weeks update a C, would have been a D if there was no demo.
Note, unless it says (free) next to the title there is a cost associated with the content, login to your region’s PSN store to see the cost to purchase the features/games/content.
Burnout Paradise Demo (free)
Welcome to the Burnout Paradise Demo. Explore Motor City, Big Surf Beach and Ocean View. Find the Burning Route junction in Motor City. Discover Jumps, Stunts and Smashes all over the map and if you’re online, invite friends to join you for some challenges. Remember, this is just a small part of Paradise City.
Add-on Game Content
High Velocity Bowling Bowler 1
It’s time to bowl – High Velocity style! Add Amber Vorhees, a semipro softball player turned bowler, to your High Velocity Bowling roster. A San Francisco native, Amber’s prowess on the softball mound has translated into her unique bowling style: straight and fast with no fancy spin.
High Velocity Bowling Bowler 2
It’s time to bowl – High Velocity style! Add Mike “The Strike” Diaz, a well rounded, albeit short, bowler to your High Velocity Bowling roster. Originally from East Los Angeles, Mike has a fiery attitude and unorthodox bowling style that is sure to spice up the game.
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing “I Fought the Law” by The Clash, “Rockaway Beach” by the Ramones, and “Ever Fallen in Love” which is a cover of a song made famous by Buzzcocks. Rock Band Punk Pack 1 includes all three songs. Please note: you need to actually own Rock Band in order to play these tracks:
* “I Fought the Law” – The Clash
* “Rockaway Beach” – The Ramones
* “Ever Fallen in Love” – Buzzcocks
* Rock Band Punk Pack 1
Need for Speed ProStreet
Unlock vehicles for immediate use. These cars can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
Pagini Zonda F
Nissan GT-R (R35)
Muscle Car Bundle
This bundle includes the following cars: Chevrolet Camaro SS, Ford Mustang GT ‘03, Chevrolet Corvette ‘67, Plymouth Hemi Cuda, Pontiac GTO, Ford Mustang GT. Note: all cars in this bundle can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career.
Tuner Car Bundle
This bundle includes the following cars: Nissan 350Z (Z33), Ford Focus ST, Volkswagen R32, Audi S3, Lancer Evolution IX, Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Note: all cars in this bundle can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career.
Sport Car Bundle
This bundle includes the following cars: Audi S4, Audi TT 3.2 Quattro, Lotus Elise, BMW M3 E46, Porsche Cayman S, BMW Z4 M Coupe. Note: all cars in this bundle can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career.
File size: 100 KB
Ultimate Performance Bundle
Don’t leave anything to chance. This ultimate performance bundle immediately unlocks EVERY performance package in the game. After you get the parts, the rest is up to you! Note: all parts can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career.
GT Awards at SEMA Video (free)
Go behind the scenes at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to get an exclusive look at the Fifth Annual Gran Turismo Awards and see Gran Turismo 5 Prologue unveiled for the first time in North America. See which vehicle Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi picked from among the finalists as the 2007 Best of Show vehicle that will soon be forever immortalized as a drivable car in the Gran Turismo franchise, available only on the PLAYSTATION 3 system, video is only available in HD.
Burnout “Stunt Run” Trailer (free)
Take to the air to pull off boost-earning 360s, barrel rolls, and super jumps with Burnout Paradise’s most ambitious, high-flying cars, video is only available in HD.
Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground – Tony’s Skater Story Trailer (free)
Video is only available in HD.
Ratchet BTS – Art (free)
Get a behind the scenes look at the art style and graphics of Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, video only available in HD.
Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers
Cloverfield Trailer (free)
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives, video available in SD, HD and 1080HD.
Untraceable Trailer (free)
Within the FBI, there exists a division dedicated to investigating and prosecuting criminals on the Internet. Welcome to the front lines of the war on cyber crime, where Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) has seen it all…until now, video available in SD, HD and 1080HD.