PSN embarks on Quest for Booty

Ratchet's latest excursion arrives on PS3 online store along with Jeanne D'Arc for PSP, Hot Shots Golf Kratos, demos for Force Unleashed, Head Coach, and Last Guy.

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It was a busy week for Sony's PlayStation Store, given that the downloadable-content service saw a slew of new game content, demos for anticipated games, videos from the Leipzig Games Convention, and much more. Despite the flood of content, the biggest addition to the store was doubtlessly Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty.

The 2.3GB download picks up Insomniac's pair of adventurers where last year's Tools of Destruction left off. Although Sony has been careful not to call the game an episodic adventure (which would imply more bite-sized offerings to come), Quest for Booty draws down the scale of a normal Ratchet & Clank outing to a few hours. Fortunately, less game means a lower entry fee, and Sony is asking $14.99 for the game.

PlayStation Portable owners can now download Jeanne D'Arc through the PlayStation 3 or the PlayStation Store for PC. The turn-based strategy game is available now for $22.99. As for other full "games," Sony has also released the EA Sports Live Score Tracker for download. The $.99 utility lets fantasy-football players stay up to date with the latest info on their players' performances.

A handful of demos were also added to the service this week, including a sample of Sony's unusual, downloadable zombie game The Last Guy. The game uses overhead pictures of real-world cities not unlike those of online map utilities, and players are challenged to guide a group of surviving humans to safe zones while protecting them from hordes of flesh-eating undead.

Other new demos on the service include EA Sports' gridiron management sim NFL Head Coach 09, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, LucasArts' physics-driven playground that lets players feel the thrill of squashing stormtroopers with a TIE Fighter-shaped flyswatter.

The week was no slouch for downloadable-game content, either. God of War star Kratos makes his PS3 debut as a $1.99 downloadable character for Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds, and Haze players can download a free Domination map pack that includes four multiplayer levels and the new Capture and Hold game mode. Rhythm gamers can pick up a trio of DragonForce songs for Guitar Hero III for $6.25, or a selection of five Rock Band tracks from Devo, Duran Duran, and the Janitors ($1.99 for Devo and Duran Duran songs; $.99 for the Janitors' track).

Sony also put up more than a dozen videos, including Leipzig looks at InFamous and Warhawk: Fallen Star, as well as clips of The Last Guy, the upcoming Pain add-on, and Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. Fans of wallpapers and themes can look for free PS3 window dressing based on Quest for Booty, InFamous, and TNA iMPACT!, among others.

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