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ESRB rating points to Suikoden on US PSN

An ESRB rating for Suikoden has surfaced suggesting that the oft-revered RPG could become digital distribution content for the North American PSN. Re-rated as a PS3 and PSP title, it seems that there's something definitely in the works; however, as Siliconera points out, other Konami titles like Castlevania Chronicles have been rated in the past but have yet seen a release. It could be a long time (or never) before we see this classic on anything other than a PS1 disc.

Hopefully this does come into fruition. It was quite disappointing that the PSP pack Suikoden I + II didn't see release outside Japan. So, if the game does come out on the PSN, North American PSP gamers will finally be able to take Suikoden on the go.

European PC Store PlayStation Day 2008 update

Today is a special day. Over in Europe, a celebration is underway: PlayStation Day 2008. Our very own Jem Alexander is at the London event and you can read up on the live coverage over at PS3 Fanboy. While Jem brings you all the juicy SCEE news, you can celebrate in your own way. In honor of today's festivities, the European PC Store is getting a special update:

Playable content:
  • Street Skater PS1 game (£3.49)

Trailers:

Okay, that's not really much of an update. It's a nice thought, though -- especially with the regular update still on the way this Thursday. If you've got a PS3, you might want to check out the PS3 PlayStation Store update, too. It's way better than this.

American PC Store update for April 17th

We hope you guys like Gran Turismo, because there's nothing else for you this week. Just a couple of GT5 Prologue videos which, depending on whether you have a PS3 or not, could be enticing or insulting. If you don't have a PS3, download the videos anyway and pretend you're finally playing Gran Turismo Mobile. That'd be fun, right? Here's the full release list:
  • GT5 Prologue Friendly Fires Video (Free)
  • GT5 Prologue Beyond the Apex Trailer (Free)
Before you send us any emails asking what went up on the European PC Store, we'll tell you here. Nothing, that's what. There wasn't a single new piece of content added to the European PC Store. So even if you're not particularly chuffed with the above GT5 videos, be happy you at least got something.

Three more PS1 games on Japanese PSN

Three more PS1 titles grace the Japanese PlayStation Store. It seems they're back on track with the PS1 updates after taking a two-week hiatus for the store redesign. The three games are: Athena no Kateiban: Family Game, a board game; Magical Drop F, a puzzle game; and lastly, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, an action platformer developed by Insomniac Games.

While the Japanese get back to building their downloadable PS1 catalog, what can we expect out of North America's PS1 offerings? Well, a store redesign not only means a graphical face lift; it could also symbolize a new direction with new content. With that in mind, let's hope the direction we're heading to means more PS1 games finding a place on the North American PlayStation Store, and a home on our PSPs.

Sony issues consumer alert: PC PSN illegally accessed

Sony has issued a consumer alert stating that the PC version of the PlayStation Store may have been accessed illegally. Sony said that a small percentage of user passwords may have been changed through the unauthorized access, making it possible for the hackers to view personal information. The company wants to ensure consumers that Sony is taking "immediate measures to rectify this issue and [making sure that] system security is restored."

It is very likely this is just a small incident; however, it is a smart idea to stay cautious. To verify that your account is intact, sign into the PSN with your pre-set password. If you are successful, then your account is not affected by the incident. Currently, Sony is contacting customers who may have been affected. You can find more information about that at Sony's Knowledge Center.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Six PS1 games hit Japanese PSN


Several PS1 games have hit the Japanese PSN today. Six in total, actually. One of them was the previously announced Metal Gear Solid. It's a pretty diverse set of games, here's the full list:

  • Atelier Elie
  • Crash Bash (aka Crash Bandicoot Carnival)
  • Dezaemon Kids!
  • Master of Monsters: Disciples of Gaia
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Pro Mahjong Kiwame Plus II

That makes: one tactical espionage thriller in MGS, one RPG in Atelier Elie, a strategy adventure in Master of Monsters, Mahjong Plus II speaks for itself, Crash Bash is a party game, and Dezaemon Kids! is some sort of art title for children. Pretty nice list; however, MGS is top dog this week.

What ever happened to Tiki Games?

Remember Tiki Games? They're the guys that were working on an independent PSP title called Galaxy's End, a very solid RTS game we were able to test at last year's GDC. Our coverage on PSP Fanboy netted the development team a lot of prospects, but ultimately the team wasn't able to secure a publisher for Galaxy's End. Instead, the team moved on to their next project: a PS3 title that we hinted at many months ago (rather obscurely, in the comments section).

NovaStrike is hitting the PS3 as a downloadable title. Nodding its hat to retro gaming, this shooter looks like a very energetic addition to the PSN. We're hoping it does well, because we know the guys at Tiki are dying to make some PSP titles. If NovaStrike gets the attention we hope it does, Tiki might be able to get Galaxy's End into our hands afterall.

Gallery: NovaStrike

American PSN updates for March 6th


As promised, flOw headlines this week's update. Check out our review, and then point your internet browser to store.playstation.com on your PC to start downloading this great content.

PSP Software:
  • flOw ($7.99)
  • Ape Escape: On the Loose ($14.99)
Game Videos:
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • Ape Escape: On the Loose
Wallpapers:
  • Warriors Orochi
Enjoy!

Four new PSN games for Japan


It took forever to translate the names of these new Japanese PSN games, but we finally got them. Recently hitting the PlayStation Network over in the land of the rising sun are four PlayStation classics: Ide Yosuke no Mahjong Kyoshitsu, Baroque Syndrome, Wai Wai Bowling, and Um Jammer Lammy.

Three out of the four games were not released outside Japan; the only one that was seen in the west was Um Jammer Lammy -- a rhythm game spin-off of PaRappa the Rapper. The Ide Yosuke game is yet another Mahjong game, while Wai Wai Bowling is, um, bowling. Lastly, Baroque Syndrome is a prequel to the PS1 RPG Baroque (which is also available on the PSN, at the same time ported to the PS2).

While there's really only one or two titles that are worth getting on that list, it still is quite annoying that the Japanese PS1 game library is way better than ours. When will our library start flooding with more and more PS1 games?

God of War: Chains of Olympus demo now available to download


Today's US PSN update is pretty incredible. Get ready to experience the Chains of Olympus with a free downloadable demo.

The PS1 classic, Jet Moto 3, was also added today. It's available for $5.99.

PSP Fanboy hands-on: The Cryptics


The Cryptics is a daring addition to the PLAYSTATION Store. It's not a game, nor is it a video. It's an interactive comic, done in a similar style to Konami's Metal Gear Solid digital comic. The $2.99 download will give you nine episodes, each of a varying length. Some will last thirty seconds, while some will span for two-three minutes. Each strip revolves around a cast of monster misfits getting into some everyday trouble. As revealed in the plentiful behind-the-scenes videos, the creative team of Steve Niles and Ben Roman was attempting to emulate the feeling of a daily strip, such as Peanuts. Although the characters are extraordinary, the situations they find themselves in are very much grounded. The humor comes from the clashing of these two disparate elements.

At $2.99, this digital download will cost roughly the same as a traditional paper comic. Each episode comes with a small discussion with the artists, and there are two additional behind-the-scenes videos in the Extras section. All in all, you'll get about half an hour of content in the download. The comics themselves are presented without any voice acting, but will pan around the screen dynamically. We noticed a good deal of aliasing issues, and found that some scans were very low resolution. Compared to Metal Gear Solid, the technical presentation of this package just isn't as solid.

So, is The Cryptics worth it? At $2.99, you won't lose much for trying it out. It certainly is an interesting way of utilizing the medium, and it's something we'd love to see more of in the future. As a fan of Tokyopop's I Luv Halloween, the art of The Cryptics easily justified my purchase. I'll admit that the humor won't appeal to everyone, but it's such an intriguing new medium for the PSP, that I can't help but recommend it.

First trailer of flOw on PSP

It was a huge hit on PS3. Will it be able to recreate the same success on PSP? This downloadable PSN title has you playing as an ever-growing, ever-evolving creature in a dog-eat-dog world. Equally relaxing and competitive, flOw challenges the everyday look and feel of a game. Will the lack of SIXAXIS tilt controls make it less engrossing, or will it give PSP owners the precision they want? We're impressed by the visual fidelity of this PSP version -- it looks just as good as the PS3 one. We can't wait to find out more.

Gallery: flOw


Vib Ribbon coming to PlayStation Network

If you were in the video game news business many years ago, you may remember a game called Vib Ribbon. It was a sort of musical game, a rhythm game in the vein of PaRappa the Rapper. This game was different on the original PlayStation though, as it allowed you to slide in any audio CD you wanted to use as your rhythm tracks.

Unique levels and clever programming were everywhere and now the title is coming to the PSN and will hopefully get supported via the PSP as well. It's a natural fit for allowing the use of any music you want. Our only query is how we'll get the music on the PSP. Hopefully the game will be tweaked to allow our Memory Sticks to carry the music we want. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available, but this is a classic game that should not be overlooked.

PS Fanboy Wallpapers: Volume 15




Every week, PSP and PS3 Fanboy will bring you new backgrounds for your Sony consoles, in resolutions up to 1080p. Download them directly to your PS3 by accessing PS3 Fanboy on your system. Download PSP wallpapers directly to your PSP by accessing the site wirelessly at m.pspfanboy.com.

This weekend, we're focusing on Sony's upcoming PSN title, echochrome.


Continue reading PS Fanboy Wallpapers: Volume 15

American PSN updates for December 20th

We missed you last week. But, we're back with another update to the PC PS Store. Get your browser pointed to store.playstation.com and get ready to check out this new content:

PS1 Classics:
  • Warhawk ($5.99)
Game Videos:
  • PS3 "Only On" TV spot (free)
  • PS3 "Universe" TV spot (free)
  • Uncharted trailer (free)
Wallpapers:
  • MLB 07 The Show theme (free)
  • LocoRoco holiday wallpaper (free)
See you next Thursday (or the week after that?) for hopefully another great update to the Store!

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