Does the PlayStation Network Offer Good Game Choice?

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287w ago - I have been playing on the PlayStation Network (PSN) and downloading games there for a year now. The question I am asking myself: is it enough?

In all honesty, no! I will admit that I have love for many of the games that I have downloaded, but where is the depth of games that Xbox Live Arcade has to offer. A few games that I am missing are Luxor 2, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and Pac-Man: Championship Edition.

I have loved the Luxor games since I fist played them and find it delightfully addictive. I picked it up along with Pac-Man CE on the Xbox Live Arcade Compilation disc. I simply do not understand why the PSN does not offer at least one of these great games. Further, where is UMK3? Sure many purists swear by MK2, but I have love for the run button and would love to try my skills against players worldwide.

I am not going to say that the PSN lacks great titles, but I expect more. I find myself playing PAIN and it's expansions more than most of my disc-based games. However, it gets old faster than I like to admit. PAIN is also amazing in that my 8-year-old son and I can get lost in it for hours on end.

I am glad to have Super Puzzle Fighter HD and Rampart to lose myself in. They are great classics that I have already spent quality time with them. If you ever get a chance to play...
 

Target to Offer Special Edition of Shaun White Snowboarding

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288w ago - Target today announced that they will be offering an exclusive edition of Shaun White Snowboarding that includes extended content and features that consumers won't be able to find anywhere else.

The exclusive content includes: an entire mountain environment called 'Target Mountain', exclusive jibs, additional scenes, more characters and the Target Chalet (which is is the only indoor environment anywhere in the game).

Press Relase: Target to Offer Special Edition of Ubisoft(R)'S Shaun White Snowboarding Video Game

Snowboarding phenomenon and Target athlete Shaun White will be riding his way into Target stores this Winter with an exclusive edition of Ubisoft's newest action sports title, Shaun White Snowboarding.

The special Target edition of the game will have exclusive extended content and features that consumers won't be able to find anywhere else, including the Target Mountain -- an entire mountain environment found only in the Target exclusive edition. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of exclusive jibs, additional scenes and more characters.

Additionally, players will be able to cozy up in the game's virtual version of the Target Chalet, the real-life mountainside home where Shaun and his fellow Target athletes hang out with friends and family at the...
 

Sony to Offer Premium Themes via PlayStation Store Tomorrow

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288w ago - Per Ro Hernandez (PLAYSTATION Store Team) via PS Blog today:

The last time I posted it was regarding our special E3 section on the PlayStation Store. This time around I wanted to tell you about a new offering that you'll see tomorrow.

In addition to all the free themes you've already been getting and will continue to get on the PlayStation Store now, you'll have the option to upgrade and purchase premium themes to customize the look of your PS3's XMB.

We have linked up with a few partners, Smobile & Disruptive Media Publishers, to distribute premium themes from PlayStation Network.

They have content offerings that range in type from NCAA College licenses to beauties on the beach to original cartoons and anime. These themes were created specifically for the PS3 and have special backgrounds, XMB icons and, in some cases, sounds.

We have created a new "Premium Themes" section under Themes & Wallpapers for you to easily access this content. Also, for each theme, there is preview option that allows you to view images of the theme prior to making your decision.

We plan to offer approximately 6-10 new "Premium Themes" a month. So be sure to check back often to browse the newest in premium theme content.

Have a good rest...
 

Rumor: Disney to offer official LittleBigPlanet Downloadable Content

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294w ago - Thuway, a member of NeoGAF, claims that he has learned at PAX that LittleBigPlanet will have Official Disney downloadable content.

In addition to this revelation, Infamous is targeted for a May 2009 release.

To quote: (BTW- Insomniac, he is seriously one of the most genuine PR guys I've ever met. He is truly a class act.)

Secondly, while the majority of people at the event just play the previews, I like to take time out and actually talk to the developers and get insight into gaming production. I found out some amazing bomb shells, most of which I have my mouth zipped on, but here are two things that won't get me in trouble I hope.

1. LBP will have official Disney DLC.
2. Infamous is targeted for May 2009.

Finally, major props to the editors at 1up, and Bombcast. The Gameworks after party was pretty rad. The guys did a great job of showing that they were gamers, just like you or I, and had a great time treating readers / listeners like peers and colleagues.

I talked to Shane in particular, for God knows how long, oh I know he's reading this and knows who I am. It was like a conversation out of an episode of the 1up Show.
 

Official Confirmation: PS3 Firmware 2.36 coming soon; 2.40 to offer In-game XMB and Trophies

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305w ago - After weeks of rumored PS3 Firmware 2.40 coming and the recently rumored intermediate 2.36 update, today we finally have official confirmation straight from Eric Lempel (Director, PlayStation Network Operations) as follows:

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles.

We're also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include "XMB" access in-game. The update will also include "trophies," an exciting new feature that we'll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements.

We've talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can't wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.
 







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