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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 DLC Coming to PSN in January

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314w ago - THQ's Kris McDonald shared the following news today:

We at [Register or Login to view links] have some great news for all of the PlayStation Blog readers out there. For the first time, the world's leading fighting franchise will offer downloadable content starting in January 2009.

Owners of SmackDown vs Raw 2009 will be able to download updated costumes and even new playable Superstars on their PS3 through PlayStation Network. SVR09 is already chalk full of new features such as the all-new Tag-Team Gameplay, the Create-A-Finisher mode, an all-new Highlight Reel mode and the first ever tag-team storyline.

Not to mention, the 100+ match types and updated roster of over 60 playable characters. However, we didn't feel that was enough. We are proud to announce the first roster update pack for the SmackDown vs Raw franchise. Check out the details for the first download pack below:

Roster Update Pack 1
Available for PS3
Price: $4.99

• Evan Bourne - playable Superstar
• Ted DiBiase - playable Superstar
• Charlie Haas - playable Superstar
• Chris Jericho - alternate attire
• Kelly Kelly - holiday costume (EXCLUSIVELY ON PS3)
• Maria Santa - holiday costume (EXCLUSIVELY ON PS3)
• Masked Kane - alternate...
 

Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom Coming to PSN in January

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314w ago - Today Howard Lehr of TikGames announced that Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom is coming to the PlayStation Network this January.

To quote: A big 'hello' to all of the PlayStation blog readers out there! We at TikGames have been laboring away on this game for quite a while and it's a relief to finally be able to tell you all about the fantastic stories and artwork it contains.

You see, one of the keys things about Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom for PS3 (available on PSN in early January for $9.99) is right there in the name. There are three modes to the game, each offering a unique experience.

In Ancient Tales mode, each piece of an old Chinese story is revealed when the player finishes a layout by matching the one pair of golden tiles on the board.





So, if you want to see the end of the story, you have to play your way through it and unlock the next episode. The stories are meant to add to the enjoyment of the classic game and pass along some ancient wisdom from one of the world's great cultures.

Now, keep in mind that there are hundreds of Chinese tales out there, all of which offer insights that we the players would value. However, many of them contain story elements that aren't...
 

PlayStation 3 Trophies to be Mandatory from January 2009

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318w ago - VideoGamer can exclusively reveal that from January 2009 all newly released PS3 games will be required by Sony to support the console's Trophy system.

Earlier this week they received a tip from an anonymous source within the UK video game industry that, from January 2009 onwards, all newly released PS3 titles will be required to support the PS3 Trophy system.

Today a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson confirmed that this information is accurate, stating: "Yes from Jan 09 all games must have trophies."

This news is sure to be met very positively by PS3 gamers who are currently having to put up with sporadic Trophy support from this winter's biggest releases.

Mandatory Trophy support will also put an end to post release Trophy patches that force gamers to replay games to earn the Trophies.
 

U.S. NPD Sales Watch - January to July 2008

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331w ago - Welcome to QSF5's U.S. NPD Sales Watch 2008 feature. Using numbers provided by the NPD Group, this feature will provide a quick glance of the U.S. videogame hardware situation throughout the 2008 year

The NPD Group, Inc. (formerly National Purchase Diary) is a leading global market research company providing consumer and retail information to manufacturers and retailers. Using actual sales data from retailers and distributors as well as consumer-reported purchasing behavior, NPD offers consumer panel and retail sales tracking services, special reports, modeling and analytics, and custom research.

Which company moved the most hardware? Is the PS3 gaining ground in the U.S.? How many months did Nintendo top the charts?

These and many other simple questions regarding videogame hardware units sold in the U.S. will be answered via easy to read charts. No long winded writeups, just cut to the chase concise observations and charts for your viewing pleasure.

If you have questions or concerns, please check out the F.A.Q. for more info. View all the charts linked above!
 

PlayStation Store Update (US) for January 3, 2008!

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364w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

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

Add-on Game Content:
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com

- Die Fantastischen Vier "Ernten Was Wir Säen" - Single Track ($2.49)
"Ernten Was Wir Säen" as performed by Ernten Was Wir Säen.
File size: 27.7 MB

- Trust "Antisocial" - Single Track ($2.49)
"Antisocial" as performed by Trust
File size: 17.8 MB

- Extremoduro "So Payaso" - Single Track ($2.49)
"So Payaso" as performed by Extremoduro.
File size: 27.6MB

-Warner/Reprise Track Pack ($6.25)
"No More Sorrow" as performed by Linkin Park , "Sleeping Giant" as performed by Mastodon, "Pretty Handsome Awkward" as performed by The Used.
File size: 45.1 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. Please note: you need to actually own Rock Band in order to play these tracks:

-"Attack" - 30 Seconds to Mars ($0.99)

-"The Kill" - 30 Seconds to Mars ($0.99)

-"Dirty Little Secret" - All-American Rejects ($0.99)
 
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