PSN deals Poker, PixelJunk

Two downloadable games and five demos headline Sony's weekly online store update.

Making up for the PlayStation Network's rocky beginnings, Sony has updated the online service with an impressive five demos this week. If that weren't enough, two new downloadable games are also now available, as well as a host of game trailers, videos, and wallpaper packs.

My money's on SOEQA-JAKE01.

Announced in May, Sony Online Entertainment's High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition deals out five types of poker on the PSN. The game features Texas hold'em, super hold'em, billabong, Tahoe, and Shanghai, and players can practice their bluffing solo or test their mettle online against five others. It will sell for $9.99. The demo is joined by a trailer for the game and a wallpaper pack.

Also added to the PSN this week is Q-Games' PixelJunk Racers. Players will be able to zip around 10 different tracks in microsized racer cars seen from a top-down perspective. Variety being the spice of life, the game will offer 32 different modes. The game is available for $6.99. For PlayStation 3 owners looking to be judicious with their monies, Sony has included a trial version of PixelJunk Racers and a wallpaper theme with this week's update.

PixelJunk is not in reference to the quality of the game.

Four other demos join PixelJunk Racers this week. EA is giving sports fans cause to wave their PS3 pendants with free trials of NHL 08 and FIFA 08 that are now available. Though the PS3 version of EA's Skate is still a few weeks off, Activision has performed a preemptive ollie to catch the eye of cash-flush skaters with a demo for Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Lastly, Sony has also pulled out of its hat a free trial of the critically panned Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Teasers and other media round out this week's PSN offerings. Trailers for Everyday Shooter, Warhawk, Juiced 2, and Soul Caliber IV are all now available, as is a wallpaper for Folklore and a free song from Lair.

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73 comments
mastertimx
mastertimx

i may get pxel junk, i really liked the folklore demo so i should pick that up. its a shame so many ps3 and wii exclusives, but all the 360 exclusives go to PC or will eventually go to pc. halo 3, gears, fable 2, bioshock, heck i bet even mass effect ( which i don't know why its hyped really and no i hated KOTOR, gameplay was bad, story was good) will go to pc. so i feel gyped i bought a 360 when i have a nice pc to play all the games on. whatever i'll get some microsoft stuff when its actually exclusive, till then i'll get the multiplat's for my ps3 and wii.

margarypr
margarypr

The Poker is awsome.. better than any Poker in the 360 really... maybe they will do another one and better.. but now... the best one... the online is good and all... but like someone said here.. no demo for the poker and is a shame... they need to release demos with every downloable game... really... just like live...

Bimdeman
Bimdeman

PixelJunk is awesome. I love it. FIFA is a disappointment. PES on the PS2 is better than this PS3 game. Running around with Ronaldinho on the weird loading screen is quite cool though.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

the poker game dosent sound bad but you could play a game just like pixel junk on the internet for free! I want better downloadable games, like old ps1 games that were good and things I can also put on my psp. But the psn is improving very quickly just like sony said it would and chances are loads of people will want these games even thought I dont. I'm glad to be a ps3 owner. And soon HOME is coming and that will be a huge addition to the psn!

RaNaBiR
RaNaBiR

Yes, it's good news for PSN users. Pity, my internet won't let me connect to the PSN.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

I'm sot impressed. Now do something. Europe? Why would they want to make people happy that actually like the PS3? At least here in the states they know it's a lost cause to push it down your throat is usless.

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Samurai_Budgie
Samurai_Budgie

Hey Sony, There's this rather large place called Europe... Yeah that one you keep ripping off.........

thegeorger
thegeorger

The Fifa 08 demo is awesome... even the loading screen is interactive and quite entertaining.

Hitamaru-homia
Hitamaru-homia

HK isnt the demo coming next week? With it being September 17 or 19 i forgot...

Doolum
Doolum

definitely not for me

Dogswithguns
Dogswithguns

Im probably getting high Stakes Poker very soon. gonna be online PSN this weekend chillin'.

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

I'm PRAYING that there will be a PSN Store Redesign with Firmware 2.00. I guess the PSN is passable as long as they keep giving us the good updates, but it's kind of ugly. But it's free and this was a good uppdate so I shouldn't be complaining.

munsoned
munsoned

the guy below me, they do have a points card and i love the ppl that say sony copies everything when theyve been around for so long sony rules psn is free do they have a points card in the usa??? thats what im talking about..

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tootiejeans

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Serious
Serious

pixeljunk looked silly at first but once I started playing it. I found that its a great game. Nice and fun. Surely worth the $6.99. I also think that poker might be my 2nd purchase this week. gambling is fun when you're not losing any real money. (except for the purchase)

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

PixelJunk is a pretty fun game, it's pretty interesting, so I'm pretty happy with this update. Bring on the goodies!

raqt6996
raqt6996

HK-47-M4 Check out your local gamestop they already have the demo for Ratchet.

ninjasam
ninjasam

ugh, i dislike the way they sorted the demos, they should have made a view all. I don't wanna be looking through each genre. I can definitely see how the psn is improving.

thatguy0130
thatguy0130

History shows that when you fight an uphill battle (PSN vs Live) you really struggle the whole way. Sony really has a LOT of work to do to even catch up to where Live is that. Thats what happens when you have such a late start like that.

carljohnson3456
carljohnson3456

Man the PSN is improving so much so quickly. Bad da da da da - I'm lovin' it.

Mcortijo01
Mcortijo01

Another very good update. @ vitz3 Your right Pixeljunk Racers is bad. Why didn't try the demo of it first?

darren05r
darren05r

yeh, sony we definitely need metal gear solid on the psn, id pay up to £10 for that game. warhawk is looking pretty solid, havent got it yet but played it at a m8s house, and they have at last released the motorstorm VIP pass update.

grand17
grand17

5 demos and 2 full games, i cant complain now i cant decide which to buy first, poker or warhawk

PacoL250
PacoL250

More PSOne games won't happen as much as we'd like. In Sony's mind, backward compatibility is there for that reason. Of course, what about the people who don't have the specific game? For that reason they really should think about it and get the ball rolling with the developers of those games. Clearly they have good relationships with these developers thanks to the PSOne/PS2, so they should get something going. While this week's content isn't all that great, it's a start. What I don't get is why Sony doesn't at least take a look at how XBL is in the realm of downloads and take a page from there. Even if they have looked, it doesn't seem like they're doing much.

vitz3
vitz3

I downloaded PixelJunk racers. It's bad. Playing PixelJunk Racers is exactly like jumping naked off of a 70 story building and landing crotch first into a 7000 gallon tank of salty-alcohol covered tacks. Why do that to yourself?

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

knicknut17 PSN is slowly, but steadily getting better as time passes. What I would like to see is the addition of more PS One games. Games like Vagrant Story, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 7-9, Marvel vs. Capcom, Tomba, Spyro the Dragon, Chrono Cross, Bushido Blade...those would be some nice additions. Let's see it happen SONY. that would be the best thing ever i would buy all of these games day one no questions asked

SirNicoli
SirNicoli

the guy below me, they do have a points card and i love the ppl that say sony copies everything when theyve been around for so long sony rules psn is free

munsoned
munsoned

ok now im mad.. first psn game i want and still no psn points card.. whats up sony u copy everything else. u should make a points card here so kids and other ppl who dont use a credit card can get games without begging some 1 to use their cc for us.

damion_10_7
damion_10_7

LOL. everyone likes to make fun of it. "wow, big deal, that stuff sucks!" or "lame!". what did xbox get this week? better yet, what did the top selling Nintendo get?

rahstar
rahstar

Ok, this week people you should have nothing to complain about. Even if you liked non of the new content, this steady flow of new content is showing that sony is serious about improving there online.

mcxps3
mcxps3

There is no LAIR Demo BECAUSE U CANT LEARN THE DARN CONTROLS IN 15 minutes the only demo they coulD put up of that game is the tutorials on how to play whcich i played for a whopping 3 hrs b4 playing the game . I like the game alot i mean it is far from perfect but more fun than Drakengard and kinda short. Anyway awesome update sony now keep it up im EXPECTING MORE PS1 CLASSICS ON THE STORE NOW THAT THE PSP FRIMWARE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO ADOPT DUALSHOCK CONTROLS SO MAKE IT HAPPEN! bRAVO OTHERWISE

woofie13
woofie13

sweet, I can't wait to check it out

imortiferus
imortiferus

If Sony wants to improve their situation, they need much, much more than they are delivering. So far the online PS3 experience is sorely underwheling with no improvement in sight. I know it's free but sheeesh put some meat on them bones!

LittleYoshi
LittleYoshi

I love seeing really good downloadable stuff in the Playstation store

Twinturbo120
Twinturbo120

yup just wait till there thingy spool's up and knocks out everyone

Pete5506
Pete5506

cool, more things to look at

knicknut17
knicknut17

PSN is slowly, but steadily getting better as time passes. What I would like to see is the addition of more PS One games. Games like Vagrant Story, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 7-9, Marvel vs. Capcom, Tomba, Spyro the Dragon, Chrono Cross, Bushido Blade...those would be some nice additions. Let's see it happen SONY.

jakndaxter7223
jakndaxter7223

meh...little late for Harry Potter but they did have the Lair how to play video! lol that made me laugh that they caught that and realized the controls needed some s'plainin! (i really dont think they are taht bad)

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

Cool, and we get the Ratchet Demo in 3 Weeks!

john12712002
john12712002

The poker game is awesome , you guys have to try it out

acekicka
acekicka

My PS3 is still a blu-ray player...

williamjuly2004
williamjuly2004

Sweetness and all that I need now are wallets points that can purchase at your local game store!