Earthworm Jim HD, BioShock 2 DLC hit PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Remastered platformer hits Sony's PS3 download store alongside Protector Trials content for 2K's underwater shooter; Warriors of the Lost Empire for PSP and two PSP minis round out the week.

Last week's Sony store update played host to the arrival of Transformers: War for Cybertron's first download pack, three free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers, four original PlayStation titles, and more. However, Sony's offerings this week are less plentiful but perhaps more prominent.

Sony's PlayStation Network lineup this week is spearheaded by the arrival of a familiar, though prettified, worm named Jim. As developer Gameloft promised last week, Earthworm Jim HD--which debuted on Xbox Live Arcade last month--inched onto the PSN this week.

Worms look better in HD.

Earthworm Jim HD is essentially a reimagining of the side-scrolling action platformer's original 1994 release on the Sega Genesis. It follows the mutated worm through more than a dozen bizarre levels on a quest to save a princess, defeating the nefarious Psy-Crow and launching a cow in the process. However, this year's release incorporates updated graphics, four-player co-op, and three new custom levels.

For those who can't get enough of the underwater ruins of Rapture and its society of sadistic splicers, 2K Marin is giving players a reason to return to it this week. The $5 Protector Trials downloadable content has players defending Little Sisters from waves of mutated splicers. The scenario, a cross between Gears of War's Horde mode and the Escort modes from the Resident Evil series, was used in several set pieces during the game.

The action will take place on six new maps based on locations from BioShock 2's single-player narrative. The Protector Trials also features three difficulty levels, concept art, videos to unlock, and seven new achievements/trophies for players to collect.

Switching to PSP releases, Sony is now selling 2007's poorly received Warriors of The Lost Empire ($9.99) in its online store. The hack-and-slash action role-playing game, developed by Tommo, features a number of dungeons to explore, items to customize, and four playable characters.

On the smaller side of Sony's offerings this week are two new minis. Arctic Adventures: Polar's Puzzles ($4.99) is a wintry-themed game that casts players as a puzzle-solving polar bear. The other mini added this week is Widget's Odyssey 2 ($1.99). In the puzzle platformer, players control robots Spad, Cosmo, Bruce, Helmet, and Monk and embark upon a quest to save the universe from the tyrannical Yagor and his evil henchmen.

Living room faux rock gods and goddesses this week can download new tunes for Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Guitar Hero adds a three-pack from scream-thrashers The Used, and Rock Band welcomes eight singles from bands ranging in style from the Eagles of Death Metal to Blondie.

A full list of the week's deals and new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, discounts, and add-on content, is available on the PlayStation Blog.

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Discussion

7 comments
jamyskis
jamyskis

I've just downloaded the demo of Earthworm Jim, and I don't really like it. The game doesn't really benefit from the enhanced graphics (bear in mind that I have played the Windows 95 version of the original on the same HDTV) and the controls feel horribly stiff and disjointed compared to the original. Plus, the new voice acting for Jim doesn't sound like...well...Jim!

lowkey254
lowkey254

@joet1973 That's what Pulse is for, it will tell you about all upcoming games and dlc plus a list of the top sellers. I enjoy pulse, I just wish I had a faster connection to watch it in Home without the buffering moments.

Helghast_Merc
Helghast_Merc

Bought Earthworm Jim HD the second it was available yesterday, and I must say that the game is still awesome to this day. I felt as if the difficulty, even on medium, was toned down just a tad bit compared to the Super Nintendo. Of course, i'm not complaining at all, but it was something I noticed. So, when are they gonna do an HD version of Earthworm Jim 2? :)

luffy11234
luffy11234

me need me some money for some worm fun. or i just go outside and give a worm a small suit and g.i joe gun :b

joet1973
joet1973

I wish they had a weekly or monthly video showcasing the new PSN releases.

Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

That picture up there in the article is a worm, but it's Earthworm Jim.