North American PSN Update: 3/18/10

The update this week isn’t anything too exciting. You have the fifth episode of The Tester to look forward to, but the highlight of it all has to be the expansion pack for Dragon Age: Origins. Other than that, there is some price reductions for such gems as Trine and the standard Rock Band DLC. However, Go owners have been given the opportunity to download a few new games which is always a nice touch.

Check the full update below.

Price Updates

  • 1942 Joint Strike Sale (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
  • Trine Permanent Price Drop (now $14.99, original price $19.99)

Downloadable Games

Groovin’ Blocks ($9.99)
It’s time to get your PlayStation Network groove on! Groovin’ Blocks is the ultimate combination of challenging puzzle game set to irresistible musical beats. Match three or more gems and watch them disappear; explode gems to the beat of the music to double your multipliers and increase your score! Groove with your friends in local co-op or head-to-head modes. Groovin’ Blocks features three skill levels from casual mode to fiendish hard mode.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 180 MB

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Pre-order ($29.99)
Pre-order the first Sam & Max game to hit the PlayStation 3 to lock down all 5 episodes!
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 100 KB

The Tester

The Tester Episode 5
This week’s episode is called “Buzz In or Buzz Off.” The remaining six (only 6!) gamers take on a BUZZ!-themed quiz challenge testing their mastery of all things PlayStation. Things heat up when SCEA’s Director of First Party Quality Assurance, Jeff Wilkerson, joins the panel this week to evaluate who might have what it takes to work on one of his QA teams. There’s no place to hide in this episode and somebody is bound to crack under the pressure.
File size: 385 MB (SD) 864 MB (HD)

PSone Classics

One ($5.99)
Discover the secrets of your past as you make your way through a strange future. Only one thing will protect you along the way: RAGE
ESRB Rated T
File size: 37 MB

Jigsaw Madness ($5.99)
Piece together 150 different pictures in this digitalized version of the timeless puzzle!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 208 MB

Game Demos (free)

Brain Challenge Demo
Play Brain Challenge now for free with this trial version! Boost your brain and relieve stress through 25 Visual, Memory, Logic, Math and Focus mini-games. Get detailed evaluations of your performances in personal training sessions with your coach. Challenge other players online/offline and determine who’s the best in the delirious multiplayer Card Game!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 220 MB

Add-on Game Content

Aliens Vs. Predator Multiplayer Swarm Map Pack ($6.99)
Four additional multiplayer maps for Aliens vs Predator.

  • Docks – a dockyard on the waters of BG-386
  • Outpost – the original site of the Weyland-Yutani colony on BG-386
  • Machine – this facility provided electrical power to the colonists at Freya’s Prospect
  • Hive – The Xenomorph hive. Beware all who enter here.

File size: 427 MB

Dragon Age: Origins Awakening ($39.99)
The archdemon lies dead–and yet in coastal Amaranthine, strange darkspawn still plague the land. As the newly appointed commander of the Grey Wardens, you must rebuild your shattered stronghold, recruit new Wardens to the cause, and defeat this terrifying menace.
File size: 1.57 GB

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast Ultimate Warriors Pack 2 (free)
“Dragon Ball: Raging Blast” Character Pack #9 is now available! The ninth release is the “Ultimate Warriors Pack 2!” This pack contains Majin Vegeta, Frieza, Android #17, Android #18 and Cell! The ultimate fighters with exceptional abilities join the Raging Blast battles! Can you control their incomparable powers?!
File size: 116 KB

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Quest Pack #2 (free)
Quest Pack #2 – Enhance your Strikeforce experience with these new missions and challenges. Also includes all previous Quest Packs. The following quests will be added to the city’s “Noticeboard”. To learn more about this pack and about Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce go to

  • Battle of Ru Xu Kou
  • Linked Chains Plan
  • Martial Contest 2

File size: 101 KB

Need for Speed SHIFT Exotic Racing Series ($9.99)
The all-new Exotic Racing Series for Need for Speed SHIFT introduces seven phenomenal new cars, including the McLaren MP4-12C and the legendary BMW M1, and the amazing new Riviera track. Over fifty exciting new events have also been created just for these cars, so you’ll have plenty of time to revel in these beauties. Completing the Exotic Racing Series are an additional 125 points worth of trophies for undertaking various exciting challenges.
File size: 215 MB

Guitar Hero 5
For all song credits please visit

  • “(No More) Paddy’s Lament” by Flogging Molly ($1.99)
  • “Requiem For A Dying Song” by Flogging Molly ($1.99)
  • “The Seven Deadly Sins” by Flogging Molly ($1.99)
  • Flogging Molly Track Pack ($5.49) – Downloadable Track Pack featuring “Requiem For A Dying Song”, “The Seven Deadly Sins”, and “(No More) Paddy’s Lament” by Flogging Molly. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading.

File sizes: 31 MB – 36 MB (singles), 99 MB (track pack)

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

  • “It’s Not My Time”— 3 Doors Down ($1.99)
  • “Control”— Mute Math ($1.99)
  • “Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ (South Park Version)”— Eric Cartman ($1.99)
  • “Oh Yeah”— The Subways ($1.99)
  • “Rock & Roll Queen”— The Subways ($1.99)
  • “The Who Super Bowl S-mashup”— The Who ($1.99)
  • “Bad Romance”— Lady Gaga ($1.99)
  • “Just Dance”— Lady Gaga ($1.99)
  • “Monster”— Lady Gaga ($1.99)
  • “Poker Face”— Lady Gaga ($1.99)
  • Lady Gaga Pack 1 ($6.99) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Lady Gaga Pack 1. This pack includes “Bad Romance,” “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “Monster” by Lady Gaga.

File sizes: 21 MB – 89 MB (singles), 165 MB (track pack)

Game Videos (free)

Pulse 3/18 Edition
Join host Christina Lee for PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network. In this edition, get a sneak peek at God of War III, get the lowdown on a huge expansion pack for Dragon Age: Origins, and take a look at the top PSP downloads so far this year. New video releases include the Wachowski brothers’ Ninja Assassin and the intriguing ABC series, FlashForward.
File size: 262 MB (HD) 452 MB (1080)

make.believe – Creating Magic Gaming Moments
File size: 63 MB (HD) 104 MB (1080)

SOCOM 4 – Announce Trailer
File size: 55 MB (HD) 92 MB (1080)

“Sam & Max” The Devil’s Playhouse Trailer
File size: 133 MB (1080)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
File size: 42 MB (HD)

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Gameplay Reveal Trailer
File size: 133 MB (HD)

Heavy Rain Immersion Video
File size: 240 MB (HD) 418 MB (1080)

Heavy Rain Story Video
File size: 214 MB (HD) 365 MB (1080)

Heavy Rain Testimonials Video
File size: 124 MB (HD) 211 MB (1080)

Army of Two: The 40th Day Chapters of Deceit Trailer
File size: 41 MB (HD)

MLB 10 The Show Pick Off Trailer
File size: 72 MB (HD) 121 MB (1080)

MLB 10 The Show Catcher Mode Trailer
File size: 54 MB (HD) 90 MB (1080)

MLB 10 The Show Launch Trailer
File size: 66 MB (HD) 112 MB (1080)


Heavy Rain Soundtrack ($9.99)
File size: 83 MB

PS3 Themes

Heavy Rain Mars ARI Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
File size: 3.77 MB

Acid Trip Theme ($1.49)
File size: 6.38 MB

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Theme ($0.99)
File size: 6.26 MB

Wallpaper (free)

Feeding Frenzy 2 Shipwreck Showdown Wallpaper
File size: 212 KB (SD) 865 KB (HD)

PlayStation Store for PSP

Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Patchwork Heroes ($9.99)
The fate of a city is in your hands! Act quickly in 30 levels to save cities from giant looming warships in this fun action game. Become a hero by controlling a powerful destructive vehicle that can cut enemy ships apart into patches of different sizes that crash to the ground. Dodge enemies, rescue trapped comrades, and use special attacks to beat each ship before time runs out!
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 229 MB

The Red Star ($14.99)
Set in a Russian-inspired parallel universe, The Red Star thrusts you into a gritty futuristic world of chaotic warfare, industrial technology and arcane magic.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 216 MB

LUXOR Bundle – LUXOR Wrath of Set & LUXOR Pharaoh’s Challenge ($9.99)
Join the adventure and travel through more than 200 levels of marble-shooting adventure in this LUXOR Two Pack! Including LUXOR Wrath of Set and LUXOR Pharaoh’s Challenge, you’ll wield your scarab shooter from the Nile delta deep into Egypt.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 40 MB

PSP minis (also available from PS3 Storefront)

BreakQuest ($3.99)
File size: 66 MB

Add-on Game Content (also available from PS3 Storefront)

LittleBigPlanet PSP Metropolis Costumes (free)
PLAY, CREATE, SHARE…Everywhere. LittleBigPlanet’s critically acclaimed “PLAY, CREATE, SHARE” experience, makes its way to the PSP system with a completely new Sackboy adventure. Get five costumes from the Metropolis level of the PS3 version of the game.
NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 2.53 MB

LittleBigPlanet PSP Metropolis Theme Pack ($2.99)
PLAY, CREATE, SHARE…Everywhere. Download a new set of costumes and CREATE materials to create your own Metropolis levels! The Metropolis Theme Pack includes 10 Costume items, 25 CREATE Materials, 14 Stickers, 1 Music kit, and 1 Background.
NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 2.66 MB

BUZZ! Quiz World Rock Idols Quiz Pack ($3.99)
Are you ready for a solo? Show the competition how much you know about some of the best rock acts in music! This BUZZ! Quiz World PSP quiz pack features hundreds of questions about rock music to play in any of your favorite BUZZ! Quiz World PSP game modes. Download this quiz pack today and turn your party into the ultimate trivia showdown. Challenge friends and family and “Show ‘em Your Trivia!”
File size: 44 MB

Game Videos (free)

The Tester Episode 5
File size: 156 MB

Pulse 3/18 Edition
File size: 44 MB

Heavy Rain Immersion Video
File size: 38 MB

Heavy Rain Story Video
File size: 34 MB

Heavy Rain Testimonials Video
File size: 20 MB

SOCOM 4 Announce Trailer
File size: 8.12 MB

PSP Themes (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Acid Trip PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 480 KB

Underwater Disco PSP Theme ($1.49)
File sizes: 530 KB

Abstracted – 1st Wall PSP Theme ($0.99)
File size: 621 KB

Abstracted – 2nd Wall PSP Theme ($0.99)
File sizes: 641 KB

Readers Comments (11)

  1. -yawn-

  2. LOL@ ps1 classics, come on Sony stop being lazy!

  3. Not a lot of get excited about. Maybe I’ll pickup the Heavy Rain Dynamic Theme.

  4. I might get the Feeding Frenzy wallpaper. After all, it’s free, and I do love Feeding Frenzy.

  5. Moocows111111 March 18, 2010 @ 19:38

    Lul least the Tester is out, For some reason I’m just curious about it, not entirely like it but it holds my interest for some odd reason.

  6. VofEscaflowne March 18, 2010 @ 20:09

    Only The Tester for me. It’s entertaining and that’s all I really care about, even though it’s still bad. Last week was hilarious with the role playing, or the LARP as I now know it’s called. I felt so bad watching how awkward some of those moments were…


  8. omg gaga!

    POR QUEEE?????

    lawdy she is terrible, anyone been keeping up with the tester? has it gotten any better?

  9. VofEscaflowne March 19, 2010 @ 06:36

    I thought this week’s episode was pretty good. The end was pretty shocking… can’t believe they keep doing that. The challenge was using the video game Buzz as a setup and having questions related to Playstation history and its video games. It’s about as close to actually having them play a video game as we’ll probably get! :p

  10. would like to see some of the heavy rain footage as the production of the game was very impressive and like seeing all the mocap and how the actors look just like the ones in the game.

  11. Moocows111111 March 19, 2010 @ 12:21

    @Scottspeed, just answering to your Heavy Rain question XD

    They have motion sensors on the actors faces to capture the emotion of the actors as well as their facial structure then what they do is fine tune what the facial motion captures and compares every thing with pictures as well as video footage to achieve the look of the characters actors

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