Checkpoint: Killing Time Edition

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My copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution ran into some trouble. It may not show up until this coming Tuesday or longer. In the meantime, I’ve decided to start last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and some downloadable titles.

I haven’t given these downloadable times enough words on this blog, so I thought it was about time I did so. Consider these mini reviews if you wish.

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PSN Welcome Back Program Freebies Detailed

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With the PlayStation Network back online, Sony began unveiling details on their “Welcome Back” program.

Shortly after the PlayStation Store’s restoration, a handle of first party titles will be available for 30 days. Each PSN account will be able to select two PS3 and two PSP titles from the following selection:

PlayStation 3

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

PlayStation Portable

  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation

Every member will also get 30 days of PlayStation Plus membership while existing PS+ members will get an additional 60 days.

100 virtual items will also be made free for PlayStation Home fans.

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PS3 Firmware 2.4 and SSHD Patch 4.0 Impressions

Update: It looks like firmware 2.4 was taken offline after several unfortunate users had their PS3’s “bricked”. Thank goodness mine updated without a hitch. Even if mine was bricked, apparently it’s a simple matter of removing, re-inserting and reformatting the hard drive.

It’s just after midnight and my PS3 was given the prompt to update firmware 2.4. The much anticipated 2.4.

To celebrate, PSN’s flagship game, Super Stardust HD was given the update with Trophy support and a new add-on for $5.99 CAD. The team pack add-on consists of:

  • Ship Editor
  • Orchestral Sountrack
  • Split screen co op
  • VS Match

Since I’m a sucker for anything SSHD, I’ll be picking this one up later on. It’s worth it for the soundtrack and ship editor alone!

As for the update itself? Aside from Trophy support, I believe it came with a slightly remixed soundtrack if I’m not mistakened. I haven’t noticed any other major changes.

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PSN Store Updated. SSHD Addon Released.

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The new PSN Store was released via firmware 2.30 today. Aside from the slow loading of thumbnail images: it’s awesome. It easily trumps its web-based predecessor and it is arguably better than the Xbox Live Marketplace. Bravo, Sony. You got an important piece of the online experience right.

As for DTS HD Master Audio support: cannot test it without the hardware.

In addition, the rumored Super Stardust HD DLC was released along with an update to Super Stardust HD itself. The addon added three new modes, a remix of the original retro soundtrack and a “new planet”. The update, on the otherhand, added “easy” difficulty and subtle improvements to the visuals.

The addon pack was $6.75 and it was more than worth it. I’ve only tried two of the three new modes, but the “Endless” mode validates the purchase price alone. It turns Super Stardust HD into Geometry Wars on a sphere. Enemies storm in from different random locations, difficulty ramps up a lot quicker and the screen is filled with multicolored explosions of pure bliss.

Love it.