The PlayStation Store Is Back: Here’s What to Buy

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Well, for once, the gap between Sony’s plans and the execution of said plans doesn’t have everyone waiting for weeks on end. Just a few days ago, the PlayStation manufacturer promised that their online store would be operational again before the end of the week and whaddya know, it’s actually up and running on this fine Thurssday morn.

Not only is the PlayStation Store back, it’s sporting what appears to be their biggest update ever. Be warned, however, that the free Welcome Back content promised to each and every PSN user isn’t live yet. But scads of content await your hungry little hard drive, including full game trials, DLC, game updates and demos. So, let’s say you’ve been saving up cash during the PSN outage. What should you blow it on?  Herewith, a quick list.

L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass

Rockstar Games has outlined their DLC plans and it looks like they aim to keep you interrogating persons of interest all summer. Two new cases–The Naked City and A Slip of the Tongue–went live yesterday and more are scheduled for June and July. All those suits, guns and cases will run you $20 if you buy them separately but Rockstar’s offering the new L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass at an introductory offer of $10. Purchase it now and you’ll automatically get all the DLC for the hit detective thriller as it becomes available.

Rock Band 3 tracks

Celebrate with a little music, why don’t you? Harmonix’s ever-expanding catalog of playable tunes returns with fresh jams perfect for a “Welcome Back, PSN” party. Among them:

  • “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga ($1.99)
  • “King Of Rock” – Run-DMC ($1.99)
  • “Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)” – Roy Orbison ($1.99)
  • “Do You Feel Like We Do (Live)” – Peter Frampton ($1.99)

Anyone sense a theme there?

Red Johnson’s Chronicles

This quirky detetctive game isn’t hard-boiled like L.A. Noire but it offers old-school adventure gameplay in a slick package.

Red Faction: Armageddon Demo

The latest of THQ’s Mars-centric third-person action titles hits store shelves next week and this demo will give you a chance to sample all the changes. Armageddon gives the Red Faction franchise a big graphical upgrade, as well as introducing new enemies and new game mechanics, too. Definitely grab the free demo before you decide to get the game.

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

As school lets out, all you parents out there probably have a few family plane rides or road trips that you need to figure out. The Lego Star Wars games have always been amongst the best all-ages games out there and downloading the PSP version to the Sony handheld will ensure that flight delays and traffic jams won’t drive your little clone troopers up the wall.

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