This week the PlayStation store is a bit up and down. We have some excellent demos and a great PSN game. Unfortunately, the music and wallpaper are not exactly the greatest offerings the service has ever extended. The biggest reason why you should turn on your PS3 and update your firmware is that PixelJunk Eden is finally out. There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be swinging from plants, collecting pollen, and enjoying Q-Games beautiful art. At least check out the demo if you’re still skeptical. Oh yeah, and there’s Trophy support.
Just like Xbox Live got earlier today, PSN updated its store with demos of Madden NFL Football 2009 and FaceBreaker. Madden will show you how the game adapts to your skill, and then put you in the precarious 4th quarter position that the Giants found themselves in during the SuperBowl this year. Unfortunately, David Tyree isn’t there to save the day, but at least you can run a slant with Shockey. FaceBreaker is cartoon boxing, with heavy pizzazz. I’m still not sure what to think about it.
SoulCalibur IV already has some helmets and equipment you can buy for $1.49, and Rock Band was gifted with a smattering of songs. Some of the more notable titles are “Yomp” by thenewno2 ($0.99) and “This is it” by Staind ($1.99.) I haven’t bought a Staind album since I was twelve, but I remember that “Mudshovel” and the bonus bathroom track rocked.
Hit the break to check out what else is being offered on the download front, and tell me what you think you’ll download this week.
PixelJunk Eden ($9.99)
PixelJunk Eden is an organic platformer that sees you take control of a little ‘grimp’, swinging and jumping between tall alien plants, and collecting pollen to grow more life. Lush visuals, slick controls and amazing music make it an incredibly atmospheric and addictive experience. Download the full game today and prepare to enter Eden!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 106 MB
Add-on Game Content
Soul Calibur IV: Customization Equipment 1 ($1.49)
Revival is the word with equipment delivered directly from the previous Soulcalibur series. As a sneak preview, the armour of Sophitia, the head gears of Astaroth, Nightmare and Voldo are available to name some. Did we mention that the head gears of Yoshimitsu is also available as well?
File size: 3.09 MB
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.
- “Yomp” – thenewno2 ($0.99)
- “This is It” – Staind ($1.99)
- “They Say” – Scars on Broadway ($1.99)
- “Electric Crown” – Testament ($1.99)
File sizes: 21.3 MB – 42.7 MB
Game Demos (free)
LEGO Indiana Jones The Original Adventures Demo
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combines it with the wits, daring and non-stop action from the original cinematic adventures that enthralled audiences everywhere.
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 762 MB
Madden NFL 09 Demo
Madden NFL 09 is the first ever sports game that adapts to you! Continuing 20 Years of Innovation, Madden NFL 09 unleashes over 85 new features and enhancements, including the all-new Virtual Training Center, EA Sports BackTrack and the Adaptive Difficulty Engine, which tailors the experience to your individual playing style and football IQ.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 1230 MB
The renaissance of the arcade boxing genre is upon us. Created by the same team that developed the award-winning Fight Night Round 3, FaceBreaker offers irreverent fun, immersive gameplay, and eye-popping stylized graphics. In this in-your-face, arcade world full of ego-wielding characters, each boxer comes to life with unique attributes and distinct personal style. Add a little personal motivation to your fight by uploading a photo of your face to create a realistic likeness using Photo Game Face, and go toe-to-toe with a real-life friend or foe.
ESRB Rated Teen
File size: 952 MB
Game Videos (free)
The Last Guy Trailer
You are the chosen one, and it is up to you to rescue the last survivors on earth by leading them to safety through zombie-infested streets. With a classic arcade style overhead view, make your way through detailed real-world cities and use your heat vision to find people hiding in buildings. Then lead them to the Escape Zone before time runs out in this frantic, addictive game.
File size: 69 MB (1080)
Vampire Rain Altered Species Trailer 3
File size: 97 MB (HD)
Beijing 2008 Track Trailer
Bring home the Gold! Compete in the official video game of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with new gameplay mechanics at home or with online multiplayer. 38 events across 10 official Olympic sports including track and field, aquatics, gymnastics, and cycling! Check out one of the new trailers featuring several track events!
File size: 55 MB (HD)
Beijing 2008 Swimming Trailer
Bring home the Gold! Compete in the official video game of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with new gameplay mechanics at home or with online multiplayer. 38 events across 10 official Olympic sports including track and field, aquatics, gymnastics, and cycling! Check out the new aquatics trailer for a taste of Olympic competition!
File size: 67 MB (HD)
Bionic Commando Rearmed: The Making Of – Part 2
Explore the re-making of a classic side-scroller in part 2 of this 3-part documentary that looks at how Bionic Commando was brought back into action!!
File size: 298 MB (HD)
AST Dew Tour – BMX Progression
Defending BMX Dirt champion Ryan Nyquist talks about how the sport has changed and how BMX Dirt is a melting pot of International competitors. Nyquist talks to us during the BMX Dirt finals where he captured the win.
File size: 134 MB (HD)
AST Dew Tour – BMX Rewind
A compilation of all the moments to remember in BMX Dirt, BMX Vert and BMX Park from the first stop of the AST Dew Tour in Baltimore, Maryland.
File size: 125 MB (HD)
AST Dew Tour – FMX Unleashed
A compilation of the best moments in Freestyle Motocross from the first stop of the AST Dew Tour in Baltimore, Maryland.
File size: 122 MB (HD)
AST Dew Tour – Skate Highlights
A compilation of the best moments in Skateboard Park and Skateboard Vert from the first stop of the AST Dew Tour in Baltimore, Maryland.
File size: 94 MB (HD)
PS3 Themes (free)
Killzone 2 Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Killzone 2 Theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 3.87 MB
PixelJunk Eden Theme (x2)
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PixelJunk Eden Theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 0.98 MB – 1.02 MB
PS3 Wallpaper (free)
Siren: Blood Curse Wallpaper (x2)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Siren: Blood Curse wallpaper
File size: 346 KB – 2.41 MB
Soul Calibur IV Wallpaper (x2)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Soul Calibur IV wallpaper
File size: 288 KB – 1.57 MB
Street Fighter IV: Summer 08 Wallpaper
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Street Fighter IV wallpaper
File size: 185 KB – 795 KB
Soul Calibur IV: Downloadable Music (x17 individual tracks @ $0.99 each, full set @ $14.99)
The ultimate music pack with all the stage music from the original SOULCALIBUR (1999). This set contains all the separate music files available by purchasing Music Set 1-17. Go to the OPTION menu and select STAGE MUSIC SETTINGS to play the music once purchased. Refunds cannot be offered for any individual music set already purchased prior to the ultimate music pack download.
File sizes: 5.58 MB – 8.97 MB (tracks), 75.1 MB (full set)