Loaded week brings four new games, a rash of add-ons, and basketball demos to Sony's online storefront for PS3, while PSP store gets a pair of titles plus samplers.
If the PlayStation Network could buckle under the weight of a Thursday update, this week's release slate would be the one to do it. In addition to four new games for the PlayStation 3, the game company has added two new PlayStation Portable titles, not to mention a myriad of add-on packs as well as game demos for both systems.
High-speed racing, and the glorious crashes that ensue, play a prominent role in two of the games for the PS3. With WipEout HD, available for $19.99, Sony has remastered a variety of tracks from previous installments in Studio Liverpool's long-running futuristic racer franchise. Originally released for the PS3 in January, Criterion's warmly received Burnout Paradise also finds its way onto Sony's console today, just one week after the studio rolled out its free Bikes title update. It bears a budget sticker price of $29.99.
With Strawdog Studios' GEON Emotions first surfacing on Microsoft's Xbox Live storefront last year, Eidos Interactive is bringing the action puzzler to Sony's online distribution service today. A $9.99 download, the game packs 40 puzzle grids and eight minigames, and also supports multiplayer matches for up to four. For an idea of what to expect, check out GameSpot's review of the Xbox 360 game.
Capcom's 8-bit revival Mega Man 9 is also available today for $9.99, a free demo of which is live on the PSN. The game is a throwback to the cutesy war machine's NES days of yore, and features eight brand-new bosses for Mega Man to do battle against.
With Buzz! Quiz TV arriving on retail shelves earlier this week, the game is getting a number of bonus question packs. Nature buffs can pick up the National Geographic: Safari question pack for $7.99, while gamers and sci-fi fans can buy 500-question packs catered toward their tastes for $5.99 apiece. Namco Bandai has also added a $1.99 Halloween costume set for its fighter Soulcalibur IV.
Rock Band has also received a healthy installment of new songs, with Rush's Moving Pictures album rocking to the online service after hitting a technical snafu a few weeks ago. The seven-track playable album is available for $10.99, with individual tunes running for $1.99 apiece. The full-record pack is joined by songs from Hot Hot Heat, Stone Roses, The Cult, Kasabian, Bad Religion, and Sleater-Kinney, all of which cost $1.99 apiece.
Mega Man 9 won't be the only title to be demoed this week. Sony has also added a smatter of free samples for EA Sports and Sony San Diego's respective basketball sims NBA Live 09 and NBA 09: The Inside.
The PSP is receiving its fair share of love this week, as well. Though both have already seen retail releases, PSP gamers can now purchase Sony Online Entertainment's Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Worlds for play, sans UMD. Each title is available through the PlayStation Store for PC for $14.99. PSP owners can also pick up free demos for Empire Interactive's Pipe Mania and Sony's internally developed Buzz! Master Quiz through the PC storefront.
Oh man its out now??? I think its £11 so I can get it. I was gonna get the new warhawk pack but stuff that, I want wipeout! :)
Wipeout HD is insane. Don't play it when you're tired, though. I did last night. First I got tunnel vision then the room started spinning.
Wipeout HD has been on my mind for an age, having loved the series through thick and thin. this is just amazingly pretty, incredibly smooth and, as ever damn hard and too fast for words. Mega Man9 is pure joy and sorts the wheat from the chaff when it comes to gamers with staying power as that's stayed just as hard as Wipeout! Great week for PSN releases more opf the damn same Sony!
Great. Good to see some more games for PSN, but I hope it doesn't get filled up with trash like some of the Xbox LIVE games...
Both Wipeout and Mega Man were worth the download, hands-down! I can't believe the PSN has already matured enough to offer full-game downloads like Burnout now. Glad to see the PSN gaining steam.
I disagree with ratix, but mainly because I don't know how often Live updates with new content. For a service that you don't have to pay for I'd say it's pretty damn good, and a smart move too. Why should I have to pay for access to MS' servers when I already pay for the content I download off it and the service of my ISP? Especially considering that we're downloading full titles like Paradise now that push several gigs. Live has this too with original XBOX games like Burnout 3, Halo and Psychonaughts, so paying for the service itself is a bit of a nudge in the shin.
The Playstation store has really outdone itself this week with what it has to offer. Brilliant stuff. Hopefully playstation can continue like this.
Wish it was more like this every week! Mega Man is just as hard as previous Megaman games, love it, reminds me of the old days bet loads of the casual gamers will hate it! I never played wipeout before so downloaded it mainly as it is trophy enabled, had a quick bash and liked that too. I went out and bought burnout the other day knowing it was goona be trophy enabled, and it is brilliant I dont normally enjoy racing games. SO all in all a good week! Just not for my bank account.
"It was an excellent update this week." i wouldnt call it excellent, good and what sony needs to be doing (aka, adding actual content to the ps store). in comparison to the usual updates i would call it excellent, seeing as usually the updates are piss weak at best. sony needs to add more content more often, both nintendo and microsoft add a good amount of content on a regular basis, with sony we're lucky if they add some actual content once a month (btw, themes and wallpaers DONT count as actual content)
Wipeout HD had me dust off the PS3 and it is well worth the 20 bucks. Great graphics and the framerate is just as they said it would be, solid.
@ocdog45 Sorry but you have to start all over on Burnout if you want all the trophies.. It tells you right at the beginning of the games when your are waiting (News) for the game to load up. http://criteriongames.com/article.php?artID=350 look all the way to the bottom of the page..
who cares if you get the first comment spot or not? geez i'd rather just buy the actual disc of the game instead
cwest, at least you don't have to start over on the trophies. i got to start from scratch and im over 70% done with the game.
I'm downloading Burnout paradise right now it takes forever for all that 3.5gb or something 1st comment