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PlayStation Store Back, Sony Finally Returns to Normal

Normal service is resumed as the last commerce-driven component of the PlayStation Network

The PlayStation Store is back, and with that, the coda to what may be the prologue to endless cyber-warfare comes to a close. Sony brought the PS Store back online last night to accolades on the official PlayStation blog, as many marveled at the sheer scope of the update (translation: it's huge).

Where to begin? I won't relist everything, which according to a quick Word Processor scrape and count adds up to nearly 5,000 words, but let's hit the highlights, which include "prior offers" that were live when the PS Store went dark (here extended).

In "Full Game Trial," we've got Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and Dante's Inferno. "Featured Games & DLC" add a freebie shotgun and a map for the SOCOM 4 crowd, plus a MAG Interdiction pack (free to PS Plus subscribers, $4.99 otherwise).

"Discounted Games & DLC" adds Ricochet HD and Interpol to the mix, plus a new MotorStorm Apocalypse "supercar" and a vehicle pack bundle. "Featured Themes & Avatars" gets new Resident Evil 5, MotorStorm Apocalypse, and Street Fighter 2 miscellany.

The missing May episode of Qore, Sony's online magazine, is live.

You'll find a bunch of price "updates" (read: "cuts") to recent titles, including DC Universe Online, Assassin's Creed II Deluxe Edition Digital, and Plants vs. Zombies. New "Downloadable" games include Alien Crush, Bonk’s Adventure, Wizardry: Labyrinth Of Lost Souls, Sega Rally Online Arcade, Back To The Future: The Game – Episode 3, and Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp.

You'll find new "Game Demos" for Red Faction Armageddon, The Fight: Lights Out, and MotorStorm Apocalypse, as well as a new "PSone Classic," Missile Command. All the "Add-On Game Content" that hit during the outage appears to be here, including the Crysis 2 – Retaliation Pack, Dead Space 2 Outbreak Map, Dragon Age II: All-Class Item Pack, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 – Bethpage State Park, and You Don’t Know Jack Pack 3.

And so on. The list includes new "Bundles," additional "Avatars," free "Game Videos," new "Music," "PS3 Themes," and "PS3 Wallpapers," five new downloadable PSP games, a bunch of Final Fantasy Dissidia 012 add-on content, and seven new PSP minis.

If I've counted correctly we're 43 days from the original shuttering of the PlayStation Network on April 20th, a day after the April 17 to April 19th intrusion period. That's how long it took Sony to get the whole ball of wax back. While future attacks now seem inevitable, fingers crossed an outage of this magnitude never happens again.

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