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Grace Chen's Avatar + Posted by Grace Chen on Mar 13, 2008 // Sr. Director, PlayStation Store

Hey, everyone. It’s time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Add-on Game Content

Toy Home Expansion Pack ($6.99)
The Toy Home Expansion Pack adds even more racing fun to the miniature universe. This pack includes 6 new vehicles and 2 new playrooms, each with 3 separate configurations. Players will now be able to engage in 4-player battle both offline and online and check out their rankings online. Also included are a new set of courses in the single player mode and a free-run mode.
File size: 100 KB

PAIN Character: Nurse, Ginger ($0.99)
PAIN can hurt, but be careful – Sometimes your medical professional is really the one who needs help. Case in point, downloadable character Ginger, our on-site PAIN Nurse.
File size: 7.42 MB

PAIN Character: Cheerleader, Muffy ($0.99)
“Gimme a ‘P’! Gimme an ‘A’! Gimme an ‘I’! Gimme an ‘N’! What does it spell!?!?? Umm…Can someone tell me what that spells, please?” Yeah, that’s Muffy, our new downloadable Cheerleader for PAIN.
File size: 4.68 MB

GUITAR HERO III: Dropkick Murphy’s Track Pack (free)
“Famous for Nothing”, “Flannigans Ball”, “Johnny”, “I Hardly Knew Ya”, as performed by Dropkick Murphy’s. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com
File size: 41.7 MB

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

  • “Shockwave” – Black Tide ($0.99)
  • “Beethoven’s C***” – Serj Tankian ($0.99)
  • “CrushCrushCrush” – Paramore ($0.99)

File sizes: 20.3 MB – 23.7 MB

Demos (free)

Major League Baseball 2K8 Demo
This is a 3 inning demo of baseball gameplay from Major League Baseball 2K8. It features 2 teams (Boston and Colorado) and 1 stadium (Fenway Park).
ESRB Rated E
File size: 952 MB

Game Videos (free)

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds – Characters & Courses
Slip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PlayStation 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds.
File size: 41.6 MB (HD)

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds – New Shot System
Slip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PlayStation 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds.
File size: 64.5 MB (HD)

Viking: Battle for Asgard Teaser Trailer
You are Skarin, a rage-fueled Viking warrior hell-bent on revenge. The goddess of death has resurrected a legion of demon warriors to overrun mankind and begin the apocalypse. Wage all-out war to annihilate the enemy and free the Earth from the grip of the Underworld.
File size: 70.3 MB (HD)

Viking Episode 1 – Skarin’s Calling Trailer
The invasion of Hel’s Dread Legion. Midgard is brought to its knees, its sons and daughters murdered or imprisoned. Is there no one to stand against her? Have the gods deserted us?
File size: 84.7 MB (HD)

Viking Episode 2 – Siege of Caldburg Trailer
Caldburg, The Jewel of Galcliff, now overrun by Hel’s monsters and corrupted by the horrors committed within its walls. Skarin knew its importance to our people, and we marched on the city with a grim determination.
File size: 76.5 MB (HD)

PS3 Themes (free)

God of War: Chains of Olympus Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool God of War: Chains of Olympus theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.
File size: 8.19 MB

PAIN: Ginger Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN: Ginger theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.
File size: 2.53 MB

PAIN: Muffy Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN: Muffy theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.
File size: 2.58 MB

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 1
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Condemned 2: Bloodshot theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.
File size: 25.5 MB

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 2
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Condemned 2: Bloodshot theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.
File size: 14.2 MB

Here is this week’s content release for the PLAYSTATION Store for PC. To download these games to your PSP, navigate to http://store.playstation.com. There, you’ll find descriptions of the content and directions on how to get started. For more on the PLAYSTATION Store for PC, please click here.

Demos (free)

* WipEout Pulse Demo

PSP Themes (free)

* God of War: Chains of Olympus Theme

PSP Wallpaper (free)

* God of War: Chains of Olympus Wallpaper (x4)

Hope you enjoy!

//Add Your Own

156 Comments

51

+ Snap on March 13th, 2008 at 3:01 pm said:

PSOne… did SCEA just completely forget about it? Japan got 4 more games just this week alone.

Another weak update. PAIN characters… meh. Themes… meh. Videos… meh. Toy Home… meh.

So much for countering SSBB.


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+ X820 on March 13th, 2008 at 3:02 pm said:

I agree with #41. If you don’t have demo for this week, you can try at least re-releasing games from PS1. You’ll make money that way. I don’t know how much is it to convert the game from PS1 format to support both PSP/PS3. If Japanese store can get theirs, why can’t us? One thing I notice from Sony is that they’re slow in everything.


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+ findaway on March 13th, 2008 at 3:05 pm said:

@41

Get off their nuts? its a decent, maybe ‘nice’ update to me because i have GHIII, there’s a bunch of new themes to download and i got a PSP to give Wipeout a try. Thats all. Not blabbering about this being an amazing update, dont give a rats’ ass about baseball, toy home or any of the game videos (at least this week).


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+ Slimer on March 13th, 2008 at 3:05 pm said:

Once again, no PS1 game, and a lame demo that I wont even bother to download. What a waste of manpower over at Sony…

You can still email me for a resume anytime you want PSN to start doing well.


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+ Ohman on March 13th, 2008 at 3:18 pm said:

What is happening with EU update? The past three weeks has been really bad ! Come on sony !


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+ stlthriot on March 13th, 2008 at 3:30 pm said:

Nothing against the PSone games because I love quite a few games for the system but it’s funny that there is so little for new material that we want Sony to hurry up and get all those games up there so we can pay for them again…
how about just some software they can sell us to convert them for our PS3 ourselves, and if they work for the PSP, good. :)

Anyways though, I’d love to see all of Square’s games added, I’d be willing to buy/play them all again! :D


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+ psmgamer on March 13th, 2008 at 3:30 pm said:

@52

Japan got Spyro the Dragon, Addie no Okurimono, Gakkou wo Tsukurou,
Kawa no Nushi Tsuri yesterday. I am beginning to wonder why Japan has been getting PS1 games lately while we only got Jet Moto 3 a couple of weeks ago. Its like Sony stopped because of the compliments of PS1 games are on PSN. The God of War theme and wallpaper are cool and will look nice on my psp. I might also download the Wipeout Pulse demo. I am hoping to see a PS1 game next week if possible.


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+ rguerra on March 13th, 2008 at 3:53 pm said:

Sorry, but this week don’t have any other game to come in shelves?

I agree with convicsik (aka @41). Sony need to think before release new updates. This update is almost useless than the last week.

I Don’t have Rock Band or Guitar Hero III, Pain is’nt that good game that need so much add-ons. Why not include some good things?

Xbox Live has Condemned 2: Bloodshot and we not. They have demos for all Live Arcade titles… we don’t. Seriously guys, let’s get the work!

Themes, wallpapers, are fine. But I’ll not spend 10 bucks in a game that I don’t know that worth it.

Think in users. Is that you need to have in mind. Think if they really will like of updates. Talk with publishers to send some demos to PS3 too.

I only have a PS3, the best system today, but I, and all PS3 users, need more cool things in PS Store. I know that is possible. This is the only thing you guys need to workout.


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+ Ghostm on March 13th, 2008 at 4:03 pm said:

Thanks for the cool themes!


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+ BlackTooth93 on March 13th, 2008 at 4:04 pm said:

woot! pain!


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+ Lowe0 on March 13th, 2008 at 4:15 pm said:

Late as usual. Xbox gamers get it Tuesday, PS3 gamers get it Thursday. MS can do it; why can’t you?


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+ willacuz on March 13th, 2008 at 4:15 pm said:

Ok, Pain gets updated so often yet no multiplayer? This is getting completely retarded. No updates, no games, No home. No News

We all just bought the PS3 because of the potential, is it ever going to pay off? Or do we have to wait till the holidays. Is anyone else just completely frustrated with Sonys performance here?

I really don’t want to buy a 360, but it has a way better online community/games that will keep us busy until Sony gets their act together. This is coming from a die hard psx/ps2/ps3/sony electronics consumer.

you guys are kicking every single one of us in the pants and have been doing so since launch. You guys have managed to get enough suckers in with the success of the PS2. Good luck in the future, this isn’t the way to keep your consumers happy.

I’m not going to pretend that its free, and I shouldn’t complain. Last time I checked, I paid 600 dollars for my ps3. I’d rather PAY money to get decent updates/and a friends list that I can actually use to message/launch/invite games.

Completely unhappy with Sony. The PS3 is a slap in the face of the PSX/PS2. You guys are ruining the brand.


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+ kalistar on March 13th, 2008 at 4:18 pm said:

Lame as ever….Trailers? How about some better video content? Weak Demo. What amazes me is that Sony can be doing so much more for us. It really seems like they do not care. You are boring the hell out of me!


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+ afrosheen on March 13th, 2008 at 4:25 pm said:

@62 (willacuz): Kinda harsh, but alot of us are in the same boat. I’ve owned it since Nov. 17th of 2006 and I’m still waiting for all the stuff we were promised at launch.

Sony will get there someday but they’ve proven they’re a hardware company first and a software company….third or fourth.


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+ Kazammm on March 13th, 2008 at 4:40 pm said:

I already paid a lot for toy home considering its not much content wise. I am not paying $7 for a 100k file that only has two more tracks… Come on, $7 is way too much.

Well, I guess I get to save my money…


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+ Jeigh on March 13th, 2008 at 4:44 pm said:

Not bad at all. It’s like aTheme… Park. :P


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+ TwoBlack4America on March 13th, 2008 at 5:22 pm said:

Best update in a while,very cool :-)


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+ ChaoticInfinityX on March 13th, 2008 at 5:41 pm said:

If we are going to continue to get these low-end updates that interest about 5%-10% of the PS3 population, then the least Sony can do is expedite the time it takes for patches for games already released (CoD4, UT3, etc) to be distributed to end-users.

As much as I love my PS3, I’m hoping this isn’t a ploy to force gamers to pay extra for prompt service and value updates in the future… cause that’s one factor that sold me on purchasing the PS3 over the 360 in the first place.


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+ foolio_67 on March 13th, 2008 at 5:42 pm said:

Pretty good update.


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+ rwmega on March 13th, 2008 at 5:44 pm said:

Thanks for the update and the new PAIN characters! Now for the Indiana Jones Trailer please. Iron Man and Hulk maybe?


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+ THATPSPGUY on March 13th, 2008 at 6:23 pm said:

Updates Updates and Updates. i cried at how pitiful this one was.. .


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+ Prolog on March 13th, 2008 at 6:28 pm said:

Weak update. :/


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+ THATPSPGUY on March 13th, 2008 at 6:47 pm said:

Here’s how I think the next update should look like:

Downloadable Games:

HOME

Game Demos:

Grand Theft Auto 4

Bionic Commando Rearmed Demo (remote play)

Wipeout HD Demo

Haze Demo

Metal Gear Solid 4 Demo

PSP Demos:

Space Invaders Demo (playable on PS3/PSP)

Flow Demo (playable on PS3/PSP)

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (playable on PS3/PSP)

Add on Content:

Ghost Recon Advanced Warrior Add on pack (maps, fixes, weapons, characters) (FREE)

Burnout Paradise, First Island Map (FREE)

Guitar Hero Spring Lineup, one major pack to tide them over for two months ($20 CDN PLEASE)

Yakuza 3: Kenzan!

Themes PS3/PSP

Metal Gear Solid 4

Yakuza 3: Kenzan!

Burnout Paradise with cool sounds ( no dj atomika)

Grand Theft Auto 4

Videos:

King Fu Panda

GTA 4

Flow PSP

MGS4

Metal Gear Online

Make that happen for Me and the rest of us Jeff and I will do ANYTHING you ask, nothing gross though. I draw the line somewhere.

That is the kind of update that will make non Playstation 3 people go out and BUY ONE. Also can you please START the MEDIA BLITZ, I haven’t seen a PlayStation3 commercial since Christmas past!

As willacuz says, it’s like you hate us. We love you but you don’t seem to be able to reciprocate.

Heal those wounds Sony, We do LOVE YOU otherwise, this post would not have been written………


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+ ItotheCtotheE on March 13th, 2008 at 6:49 pm said:

I feel bad for Grace. All her posts get responses where people complain and they rarely ever get a rating over 3.


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+ kalistar on March 13th, 2008 at 7:01 pm said:

I think it’s time to change where it says Demos to Demo. Don’t feel bad for Grace…This is obviously just a part time job.


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+ wiitendotriple on March 13th, 2008 at 7:17 pm said:

What the hell is up with all of these Pain character downloads? Weren’t we promised a new stage to play in, themed around each character? If you guys really think we’re going to pay a buck a pop to play with new characters in that one level everyone has been bored of since January you’re sadly mistaken. Bundle up the character with their themed stage for two or three bucks and we’re having a conversation, until then just stop releasing this crap. It only pisses off those of us who paid $10 for the demo to see it not even be supported.


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+ pdagold on March 13th, 2008 at 7:19 pm said:

Excuse me but I am getting tired with all these “updates”… I bought very expensive console ($1000 USD), then bought 13 games and 10 BR movies so I hope I deserve a little better Store than you provide me for last couple weeks. I don’t want to pay antoher $100+ (yes, the PS3 games are THAT expensive in my country) for a game I didn’t try before – that’s quite an expensive hobby.

I would even like to pay some reasonable monthly fee to get really LIVE store with frequent updates inlcuding latest demos, movie trailers and other stuff. Not the so called “updates” you bring us every week. Please, do something, I want to entertain, not to be *CENSORED* every week seeing another PAIN character or GUITAR song… Thank you very much!


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+ JayKline on March 13th, 2008 at 7:20 pm said:

I think a weekly update is great, and I know it can not always be great. I just wish we could have in game…….. LOL jk I would like a Gran Turismo 5 Prolouge demo like the Japan site got what two three months before the full prolouge release.


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+ rguerra on March 13th, 2008 at 7:31 pm said:

Yeah, we still love you Sony. But Microsoft is like another girl looking for me and all PlayStation Fans. Try to do what the brand of blog say: a blog from SCEA for PlayStation fans. I am a fan, and everyone that posted here is.

Look, I have bought Call of Duty 4 for PlayStation 3 just because the reviews. But I did not tested on my system before it. Insted, all 360′s owners have tried the demo on Xbox Live.

Now we know that MGS4 will not have a demo. GTA4 either. Of course we do know these are great games and we all will buy those games on 1st day. But we do need to know where we will spend our money. Do we have the demo of Lost: Via Domus? No. Do we will have the demo of R6 Vegas 2? No. So I think it’s time to getting closer with publishers and tell them there is no charge to do a demo for PS3 — or it have?

Getting off the demos, yesterday you released the trailer of Motorstorm 2 on internet, why this trailer is not in PS Store?

Please, work harder. Much harder. Don’t do what are you doing with your fans. I’m very sad with this situation.


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+ NinjaSkllz on March 13th, 2008 at 7:34 pm said:

is it just me or is the numbering off…….? i don’t think things are matching up.


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+ X1rtam on March 13th, 2008 at 7:38 pm said:

Some of you need a better translation to English than what Babelfish poops out. Or get someone who know English proficiently to do your posting for you. Seriously, trying to decipher some of the Engrish here is headache-inducing…

Anyway, good update, and a free GHIII Pack? Cool! Also, the themes are so large because they seem to change the background, which is sweet. Only a few more Thursday updates until Home, right??


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+ BCF69 on March 13th, 2008 at 7:43 pm said:

Another sucky update. At this rate they’ll have all the PS One games added by 2050.


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+ bobtheduck on March 13th, 2008 at 8:19 pm said:

Now… Why the crap was the firmware update mandatory when all it did was fix Final Fantasy XI, which very few people play, and PS3 fans probably don’t have a subscription for anymore if they’re using their PS3 for PS2 games. What a waste of time, you should have included this functionality in a future update that had more important things, like, say, the accomplishments or x-game invites or x-game communication or the ability to send video over PSN mailboxes or bringing Bluray to profile 2.0 or SOMETHING.


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+ THATPSPGUY on March 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm said:

Well you would think the wuld “LISTEN” to us, wouldn’t you? We pay the salary. Hell I’d like to fire a couple peeps. I bet I could run things better for 1 month than most of the marketing and pr peeps they have working there. Jeff does a great job and Grace braves the blog every week. She shouldn’t have to brave the blog though. She should have praise from us. Do you see it? Not since Omega Dawn came out. We are really starting to ALL get fed up. You want to be a SUCCESS? THEN START ACTING LIKE ONE! These delays and small tiny barely noticeable updates are horrendous. I’m so BORED with the games I have, the ones I rent, MY 2 PSPs and MY PS3. Please for the love of GAMERS EVERYWHERE stop the madness. I would like to see updates TWICE WEEKLY!!!


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+ 40cal on March 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm said:

Good update.

Just wanted to say that my PSP is getting used more than ever. (Have had one since launch, upgraded to the 2000) With the Playstation store for PSP- keep this up, God of War COO- great game, Beats, PSone classics, FFVII Crisis Core- around the cornner, Patapon- another great game


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+ dgknight500 on March 13th, 2008 at 9:01 pm said:

ummm, where can i get the gow psp theme? i checked the ps psn store but its not on there…


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+ 40cal on March 13th, 2008 at 9:01 pm said:

Cont. Themes, Web radio, Skype, and the video out. UMD movies look great on my XRB 5.

Now if I could just get GPS for PSP in the states everything would be one hundred. Oh, and congrats on the NPD numbers for Feb. PS3, PSP, and even PS2.


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+ convicsik on March 13th, 2008 at 9:06 pm said:

GH III and Rockband content isnt a “Sony” thing.

Harmonix and Activision provide these updates everyweek, for Sony to pass along. Thats why I dont take these songs into account when I give my opinion. And my opinion stands. The was another disposable thursday.

And Pain skins are becoming Oblivion Horse Armor, and im sure alot of you know what I mean by that.


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+ SDkngsht on March 13th, 2008 at 9:16 pm said:

good update. i’m excited to get my hands on R6 Las Vegas and Hot Shots so the two videos for HS were a bonus.

the GOW theme was another highlight. Viking looks like a generic attempt at another GOW.


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+ SeLFMaDE on March 13th, 2008 at 9:22 pm said:

Lame-O

I’ve been reading this blog for months and because there have been so many lame updates lately I couldn’t resist registering just to express my frustration.

I am the biggest PS fanboy you’ll ever meet. I refuse to buy any other consoles or systems.

The PS Store updates are so crappy. They wouldn’t be so bad if Sony would just give everybody the same thing in all regions.


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+ Stoffinator on March 13th, 2008 at 9:39 pm said:

@ 74

I agree. She comes here and posts a weekly update for us to give us a heads up and most [DELETED] and complain how its not good enough. But do they ever stop to think maybe there are reasons why we don’t get the stuff we want? Life’s a [DELETED] sometimes you know.


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+ ExceedingLimits on March 13th, 2008 at 9:43 pm said:

@ 90

I think I’m going to disagree with you on that one. Unless it’s some big major title I don’t think it needs to go to every region. I think the reason the Japan store gets so much attention is because they know what they want. The sad thing is I don’t think they have someone, or maybe they don’t have the right people now, to represent what the U.S. wants.

IMO, it’s just plain pathetic. I want nothing more but to spend my money on games and downloads. But they have to be there and they have to be worthy. And IMO paying 1/8th the cost of a new game on an old PSOne game isn’t worth it either. I still stand by my 3 dollar/4 dollar limit for old PSOne remakes.


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+ Reefer_Smoker97 on March 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm said:

OK at first i tho this update was pretty good but i changed my mind i like the new temes except for the pain ones the demo is fake n boring probaly going to be one of the worst baseball games but w,e the gh3 add on was free witch is always awesome but come on those songs are the stupidiest songs ive ever heard if ur going to give us some free songs give us good ones


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+ dojikyo on March 13th, 2008 at 10:33 pm said:

Nice update. Not interested in the demo, but it is nice that there is one. As to the complaints, I have both, Live doesn’t get a demo of a retail game ever week either.


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+ swordmasterphoen on March 13th, 2008 at 10:42 pm said:

Great update.

I haven’t been able to log in so I’ll try to do it tonight to try the free stuff.

All the paid stuff would be a lot more useful to me if I had some of those pre-paid cards that should be out already. That way I could enjoy all those Rock Band songs.

But as of now, and until you decide it’s finally the right time to release the cards; I guess I must do what I’ve done for the past year: download the free stuff.


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+ artofwar420 on March 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm said:

Yeah it’s so so, what did it for me was the theme believe it or not. The God of War theme.


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+ Dignan on March 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm said:

@79: you do realize that every game you are demanding a demo for are 3rd party games? Do you have first hand knowledge if there are demos for those games on the PS3 that were not released due to Sony’s decision? Maybe you should contact Ubi, Konami, et al. directly to demand those demos.
I do agree with others that I’d love to see demos for Hot Shots Golf or GT5:P as we know that Japanese versions of those exist. But I find it funny when people complain about Sony releasing some lame demo as if its there fault the 3rd party demo isn’t any good. I can just see it now: some Sony employee contacting 2K, “Hey, thanks for the demo of MLB 2K8 but we’ve decided against releasing it on the PSN because its lame.”


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+ Dan-I-Smith on March 14th, 2008 at 12:10 am said:

Pain- stop with the skins get to work on new levels.(pirate ship and north pole)

Rock Band/GH3- have them hard workn Devs develope an in game store. This isnt makin slim pickns any better.

Toy Home- your crazy

PSP- thanks for ongoing support.

PS: On HOME/XMB, every last complaint is justified. ONE YEAR LATER its time to complain….comON.


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+ Dan-I-Smith on March 14th, 2008 at 12:26 am said:

OMG, how could I forget PS1 selection/title choices. Boo BOO!

Honestly, Im happy with the games headed our way. But wheres the other things ive mentioned.

We kept ya afloat, now weres the love guys?


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+ Youlikeyams on March 14th, 2008 at 12:28 am said:

Hey, any chance of this stuff coming out in Europe some time soon, rather than keep to the trend of not releasing it for months?

Can we get some answers for once? Or just be ignored again?


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