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PSN Updates: Castlevania Chronicles, New Battle-Cars Content

With bad weather looming dangerously on the horizon in many parts of North America, you'll probably want to bypass a GameStop trip and check out the new stuff at the PlayStation Store.

First up is the addition of Castlevania Chronicles, freshly added to the PSN today for the agreeable price of $5.99. If we remember correctly, this title never made it to the U.S., so this adventure will be a first if you didn't import way back when. Count Dracula has been resurrected (yep, again), and Simon Belmont must find a way to take him down (yep, again). For old-school side-scrolling fans, this is a must-have and a fantastic way to relive the good ol' days when the wind howls outside. Next is a Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars update: this unique and entertaining title just dropped in price to $9.99, making it even more attractive, and Psyonix Studios has lifted the lid on a big update. We're getting the following:

  • New "Cosmic" arena
  • Improved performance in network games
  • A server browser has been added during matchmaking
  • Players can now view leaderboards during matchmaking
  • News updates appear on the online page
  • Meters added to evaluate players' connection speed
  • Headsets can be plugged-in or swapped during gameplay

So now that the blockbuster releases are behind us for 2008 and things are winding down, we expect a lull between now and February, when the likes of Killzone 2 and Street Fighter IV release. Therefore, the PSN should be a popular attraction during this time, and it has plenty of great content awaiting your perusal.

12/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

SuMtOnE
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 1:11:56 PM
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I wonder will they compile Castlevania on a bluray with all the releases into one? ill pick it up asap

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tramp
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 2:01:51 PM
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meh,never played them so,i'll give it a miss

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coldbore
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 2:14:59 PM
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never really played any castlevania, exeption for the ones on the nes emulator on my iphone XD

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 2:49:00 PM
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This one isn't bad, kind of Version .5 of Symphony of the Night, but the graphics aren't so fantastic, they should have overhauled them. I might buy it.

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Deleted User
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 4:21:11 PM
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You can download PS1 games on PS3?! Thats awesome!

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Jed
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 6:13:19 PM

Sarcasm?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 6:54:54 PM

He doesn't have a PS3, I think he didn't know.

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coverton341
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 8:15:59 PM

yeah and if you make a japanese account and add money to it (there are tutorials) then you can download really good ps1 games on the ps3 like xenogears. DAMN!!!!!!

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Deleted User
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 5:13:38 AM

Why cant you download PS2 games?

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Frenchy17
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 5:27:14 PM
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Sweet, love me some Castlevanias!!!

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SuMtOnE
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 5:53:06 PM
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The only one i enjoyed playin is Castlevania 2 Simons Quest...

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camaro300zx
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 6:53:04 PM
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@ Ben

This game did hit U.S. shores, if go to ebay you should have no trouble finding it, in english.

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eaglebaize
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 9:15:06 PM
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:D I got $20 psn card recently, but I don't know what I should spend it on. Any suggestions? I'm into games like Pixeljunk Eden, Warhawk, Rock Band, Motorstorm, MGS4 etc. It's not required for your suggestions to have it, but just so ya know, offline cooperative play is a plus for me. Thanks!

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Orvisman
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 9:15:39 AM
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Not a Symphony of The Night ".5".

Castlevania Chronicles is a 2001 PlayStation remake of the 1993 Sharp X68000 version of the original Akumajō Dracula. The X68000 game, which was never released outside of Japan, is also a retelling of the original Akumajō Dracula/Castlevania for the Famicom Disk System/NES.

Released in the U.S. on Oct. 8, 2001.

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Loogs
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 9:58:03 AM

Thank you, I was about to write this myself. Not enough CV fans here, huh?

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 11:07:57 PM
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@JoshuaAdam360

I believe Sony made two of the earlier models, the 60 & 20 to be BC with the PS2 games, but Sony decided to delete the BC for all of the newer, 40, the 2 80's, & 160 models.
(Somebody's sure to corrct me if I'm wrong though, LOL).
In IMHO, I think it's 1 of the 2 PS3 blunders Sony's made, the other being their horrendous marketing stragedy and the almost non-existent advertising so far.

That's why I haven't bought a new "3" yet.
I'm of the "wait-&-see" attitude hoping they'll finally listen to us long-time Sony fans & bring BC back in a future "3" model.
Otherwise, I might just have to buy an older 60 or 20 model & change out to a 500 hard drive.

But my main worry then with this scenerio, will be that because I'm not tech-worthy, I'll screw something up while doing the swap-out & from then on the only role I'll get to play with my broken PS3, is a parts-manager sorting out my new expensive plastic & metal recyclable junkpile.

Last edited by BikerSaint on 12/19/2008 11:16:20 PM

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