Playstation Network Update: Boring Sport Edition

Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds

The update starts with some game demos for Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds and Top Spin 3. Both boring sports to watch but fun to play, right? There’s also a new character for PAIN, a World of Warcraft song for Guitar Hero III, and the full “Doolittle” album from the Pixies and 3 songs from Weezer for Rock Band. There are also a whole bunch of game videos, a few blu-ray trailers and two PS3 themes.

For the PSP, you can buy Medievil Resurrection for $16.99, download a Medievil Resurrection interview trailer, and a Medievil wallpaper. Not a whole lot, but still good, since Medievil is a pretty fun game. You can visit the Playstation Blog for more information.

Playstation Store Update: Demo Edition

Fatal Inertia

The update this week is actually pretty good. You can download Fatal Inertia EX for $30, there’s add-on content for Hot Shots Golf, Metal Gear Solid 4, The Incredible Hulk, Guitar Hero III, and Rock Band.

Then, there are four demos, which should keep you busy this weekend. First off, you have the chance to play Fatal Inertia EX before you decide to buy it. Then there’s demos for NCAA Football 09, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, and Hail to the Chimp.

There are also a bunch of game videos as usual, one blu-ray video, a PS3 theme, and some game music. Finally, there are also a few things for the PSP, such as a full game; Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure, a demo for Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, some game videos and a theme. If you want the complete details, visit the Playstation Blog.

v2.36 Firmware for PS3 Available

The v2.36 firmware update for the Playstation 3 was announced just yesterday as coming soon, and it turns out, that it was actually last night. This update is just a minor update that’s meant to improve system stability while playing select Playstation format titles. That’s about it. So boot up the PS3 and update.

Punk Rock on Rock Band

The Offspring

The latest tracks for Rock Band are available for download. You can pick up “Rock and Roll Dream” by Crooked X, “Critical Acclaim” and “Afterlife” by Avenged Sevenfold, and “Hammerhead” from The Offspring. I really like that new Offspring song. You can pick them up on the Xbox 360 for 160 points each except for the Crooked X song which is only 80 points. You can find ’em on the PS3 on Thursday.

PSP v4.00 Update: Some Minor Changes

The new software update for the PSP should be out anytime now, if it isn’t already. You’ll just have to check. This update adds a few new features, the first of which being Google search functionality directly in the XMB. That’s simple. The other feature gives you the ability to change viewing speed during playback of videos on you Memory Stick PRO Duo. Not much, but not bad.

Next Weeks Rock Band DLC: Punk

Avenged Sevenfold Album Cover

Harmonix has announced the next update for Rock Band and if you like punk (new school punk, that is), you’ll like this. There will be four tracks, which will come from The Offspring, Crooked X, and Avenged Sevenfold. Here’s the list;

  • “Afterlife” by Avenged Sevenfold
  • “Critical Acclaim” by Avenged Sevenfold
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream” by Crooked X
  • “Hammerhead” by The Offspring

Playstation Store Update: Quake Wars Edition

Again, there isn’t much but there still is some good stuff this week. You can pick up Syphon Filter 3 from the PS1 for $5.99, and there some add-on content for Army of Two, Guitar Hero III, and Rock Band. There’s also a demo for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars, which I’m excited to play. The rest of the stuff consists of a bunch of game videos, a blu-ray trailer, and two PS3 Themes.

For the PSP, you can purchase full games of Syphon Filter Dark Mirror and Syphon Filter 3 and you can download a free theme, wallpaper and some game music. Visit the Playstation Blog for complete details.

Rock Band Update: Virtually Unknown

The Myriad Cove

I haven’t heard of any of the bands in this weeks Rock Band update, but then again, I don’t listen to the “music” channel that is MTV. Anyway, this week you can pick up the MTV2 Pack on Xbox 360 today, or PS3 on Thursday, for $2.99 containing the songs below.

  • “Moving to Seattle” by The Material
  • “A Clean Shot” by The Myriad
  • “Bullets & Guns” by Them Terribles
  • “Girls Who Play Guitars” by Maximo Park

Some WiiWare and One VC Title, Yay!

This week brings two more WiiWare titles and one Virtual Console title. First off, for WiiWare you get Protothea from Ubisoft which is a scrolling shooter in which your enemy is an asteroid. The second WiiWare game is Toki Tori from Two Tribes, which is actually a reincarnated version of the game from the Game Boy Color. This one’s a puzzler/platformer.

Now on to the classic on the Virtual Console. You get the side scroller, Ninja Combat from the NEOGEO system. You play as a Ninja, obviously, one named Joe and one name Hayabusa, who must fight their way to the Ninja Tower. This one’s two player too, so grab a buddy. Here’s the full press release from Nintendo.

Two WiiWare Games and One Virtual Console Game Added to Wii Shop Channel

From family-friendly puzzles to crackling combat, this week’s additions to the Wii Shop Channel offer a mix of downloadable delights. Fight fans can even choose between futuristic space missions and retro-styled martial arts battles. Take your pick and kick off the summer with an invigorating dose of Wii action.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:


Protothea (UbiSoft, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Protothea is a top-down scrolling shooter game with free movement that puts players in complete control of a last-generation spaceship. The mission is to destroy the asteroid called Maqno 01 and finish with the plans of The Core. UbiSoft’s Protothea introduces new concepts to a beloved, classic game style while mixing genres and utilizing the full capabilities of the Wii console, from graphics to controls. Players of all ages and experience levels will enjoy taking command of their ship, blasting through four different worlds in 10 challenging missions. Use your weapons arsenal and the special bonus items to help you accomplish your mission, and don’t forget to slow down time and take an edge over the enemy.

Toki Tori (Two Tribes, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Toki Tori is his name, and collecting eggs is his game. In this puzzle/platform game, players use a variety of items such as the Telewarp, InstantRock and Slug Sucker. Clever use and combination of these items are needed to solve all the game’s levels, of which there are more than 70. Levels range from easy to brain-teasingly hard, resulting in dozens of hours of puzzle play time. Toki Tori makes the most of what Wii has to offer. It uses the Wii Remote for a unique control scheme, which offers players a new and more relaxing play style. A second player can help you out by drawing hints while you are playing. The game even uses the Wii Message Board in a unique way.

Virtual Console

Ninja Combat (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Mild Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1990, Ninja Combat is a side-scrolling combat-action game. Take control of the ninjas Joe (one player) and Hayabusa (two players), and enter into battle against a group of evil ninjas called the Kage Ichizoku. Make your way into their home fortress, Ninja Tower, which dominates a big city of the near future. Fight using normal attacks, jumps, special movements and ninja materials that deliver damaging blows to all enemies on the screen. In addition, you’ll find weapons and items to aid you along the way. Even better, as you progress in the game, reliable allies such as Musashi, Kagerow and Gembu will emerge to fight alongside you, allowing you to choose a new character in each stage. Ninja Combat also supports simultaneous play with two players, so you can grab a friend and defeat the Kage Ichizoku together.

Next Weeks Rock Band Update

Jimmy Buffet

The Rock Band update for next week has been revealed, and I have to say that it really is an odd one. There are two content packs, one for Jimmy Buffet and one for Disturbed. See! Weird combination, huh? The tracks will be available for download on Tuesday for the Xbox 360 and Thursday for the Playstation 3. Here are the specifics;

  • Jimmy Buffet
    • Margaritaville
    • cheeseburger in Paradise
    • Volcano
  • Disturbed
    • Indestructable
    • Inside the Fire
    • Perfect Insanity