The Drop: Week of Aug 23rd, 2010 New Releases

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Help! I am currently writing this post hiding underneath my desk. Sid and Jeff are armed with makeshift cardboard guns and chainsaws running amok on the 4th floor, and they’re using Kevin Butler’s several interns as canon fodder. Can you tell we’re aching for some Shank? The kitchen on the 3rd floor reeks of spaghetti and lasagna, and Mafia II is etched in the men’s bathroom.


If you’re a fan Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm or PixelJunk Racers, you will be pleasantly surprised with this week’s updates and demos on the PlayStation Network. Hit the jump and brace yourself for gaming greatness, in this week’s The Drop.

Mafia II

PlayStation 3

Mafia IIYou play as a poor Italian American immigrant, Vito, trying to escape the life of poverty and secure his place in the American Dream of the late 1940s. Vito, along with his childhood friend Joe, both descend into the world of organized crime guaranteeing them both power and wealth. As an added bonus, The Betrayal of Jimmy DLC comes exclusively to PlayStation 3.


PlayStation Network

Shank Looking to get your hands bloody and spending your days hell-bent on revenge? Featuring both single player and co-op campaigns, Shank delivers on its promise of unleashing a strong mature rating on the PSN. Klei co-founder, Jamie Cheng, is no stranger to the PlayStation.Blog, when he brought his insight on building Shank’s co-op campaign and showcasing it’s combo system. Cheng returns this Monday with more news and details that will alleviate your itch for more Shank until Tuesday’s drop.

MotorStorm 3D Shift “Enjoy an immersive 3D racing experience with 10 of our favorite MotorStorm Pacific Rift tracks like Kanaloa Bay or Caldera Ridge, using a selection of festival-favorite off-road vehicles including Bikes, Buggies, Racing Trucks, and Monster Trucks.” Read more by Producer, Daimion Pinnock.

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap On August 10th, PlayStation Plus members got their chance to indulge in 32 race modes and seven player multiplayer. Not a Plus member you say? The wait is finally over; PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap races to all PSN users this Tuesday.

Press Your Luck“Play as one of three contestants competing to win by correctly answering trivia questions to earn spins on the Big Board. The player who ends the game with the highest earnings emerges victorious — all the while trying to avoid the dreaded Whammy or risk losing all his winnings.” Read More from VP of Marketing, Eva Jando.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

PlayStation Network Demos

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2Japan received their Naruto fix when the demo dropped back on July 29th, but US fans of the original Ultimate Ninja Storm were left out in the cold. Grab your Naruto snuggies American fans, and rejoice — the US demo drops this week. Have a glimpse of Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, as its story becomes a trifecta told by Naruto, Sasuke and Jiraya in the sequel.

Alien Breed: Impact The Alien Breed franchise comes to PlayStation Network in the science fiction arcade-shooter, Alien Breed: Impact. Rich environments, high-impact weapons and the collection of the usual suspects are enhanced with an online co-operative battle mode.

Zuma PSP

PlayStation Portable

Zuma This PlayStation 3 port goes portable as you take control of the stone frog idol of the ancient Zuma in this action puzzler. Aim true, and you’ll rack up huge combos and special bonuses that will help you on your adventure. Download this Tuesday on PSN.

Arcade Air Hockey & Bowling

PlayStation minis

Arcade Air Hockey & Bowling Arcade Air Hockey & Bowling is a sports game featuring classic air hockey and bowling designed for all ages. Win trophies and unlock new equipment in the World Tour career mode, or challenge a friend to play.

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  • WWESuperstar!

  • How much is Shank going to be?

  • I am so pumped for shank, but I am getting less pumped for these posts called “the drops”. I am happy for the info of the upcoming titles, but I what is up with the post. When you announced the drop I was expecting more from you. It seems that half of your post is filled with info we already know about such as the release date of shank or when none ps+ members get to play games. I may be alone in this thought, but I just thought I would throw it out their so you are aware.

  • Hey Rey can you place the images above the description instead of the title of the platform.

    For ex. place the Zuma image under “PlayStation Portable” and right above the description.

    Sorry to OCD but I had to suggest this.

    Great work as always and can’t wait to get my hands on Zuma!

  • hey rey, if ur able to answer this, that be great. i sent a support question about emulation issues for PSone classics such as Resident Evil 3′s FREEZING issue, they told me to submit an idea, and i already had, they dont seem to be understanding what i’m trying to say. can u help out or something, if not, i appreciate u read this if so.

  • also is the bowling similar to tekken 5 psp and tekken tag tournament’s bowling?

  • I’m really enjoying these post. A summary of the upcoming week was the only thing really missing from the blog. Did I hear right about you being the guy making the podcast?

  • I’m posting comments that i need someone from the inside to hear and it keeps saying “awaiting modertion” and it won’t go through in time for the replying, what do i do?

  • also im starting to notice games that were on xbox live arcade such as bejeweled 2 and now zuma coming to the psp, if ur allowed to, any other of those games being ported from PS3/xbla to PSP?

  • AWESOME Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 demo for the US PSN this week, this is going to be awesome. My most favorite game of all time gets a sequel and a demo for the sequel too!!! ZOMG I=EXCITE!!!

  • cant wait for mafia2

  • about alien breen impact… is it a demo for a playstation store downloadable game yet to come? or is it for a full retail title?

  • ummm why is pixel junk racer 2nd lap listed here – says aug 10th

    • PlayStation Plus members got first dibs on 2nd Lap back on August 10th. Goes Live for all PSN users tomorrow.

  • Getting Shank then

  • Naruto Demo!! YAY!! =))

  • Shank is the only good thing on this list. I’m holding out for Explodemon though as it’s supposed to release sometime this year.

  • it sucks that i start my college classes 2morrow *(
    but hay i can hop on the 3 once i get home!!

  • Any word on when Blacklight: Tango Down will be coming from Ignition Entertainment and Zombie Studios? It was suppost to come out in July & it was Delayed…. do you know when we can expect that game?

  • Can’t wait to buy Shank Tuesday!

    • The team at Klei is happy to hear your enthusiasm, Jamie Cheng will be back on the blog later today revealing a new video!


  • STILL no freaking news on Blacklight: Tango Down? Zombie Studios has already said the game is in Sony’s certification process and is no longer in their hands. How long does it take for you guys to certify a game for release? I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of communication in regards to obscenely late titles, like the just-recently-confirmed Castle Crashers.

    For the love of God, get Blacklight out the damn door.

  • Hmm Naruto Ninja 2. Sounds cool!
    I wonder if this NAruto game with have online fighting unlike its predecessor?

  • Will be getting Shank, can’t wait for Castle Crashers either.

  • Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I want shank really bad, but castle crashers is coming next week. I have a decision to make.

  • I’m so glad there’s a post like this. Often, I have to admit, I wouldn’t know what was coming out until it was out. Now, I know what to look forward to and what not to. Very cool that you indicated what demos will be coming out, btw.

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII announced to release in digital format!

    Sources say it will release in 2012!

    When no one has a PSP anymore and they all have a PSP 2!

    Yeah I can’t wait to enjoy more digital downloads for my PSPGo that just about gets no support or advertisement, other then walmart price drops to $199.99!

  • i certainly hope a browser upgrade is in the works , …. starting to notice that more and more sites are making it look as obsolete as the telegraph .

  • PS

    The above statement is not true as we all know certain companies refuse to go to digital downloads with their older games and provide their fans with their games!


  • SHANK AND NARUTO!!!!!!!!

  • @sypher9 blt sux maybe sony wants something better , they know us psn members dnt want a crap game for 15 its only worth 8

  • good update but the next one it’s gonna be better with castle crashers :D!!


  • @koma1tose

    Everyone’s got opinions. Blacklight looked like a fun distraction to me, and while I am very frustrated with how Sony appears to be working on Valve Time, I am still looking forward to it.

  • @rene it will have online

  • Shank definitely has my interest. I like the art style.

    I was interested in buying Mafia 2, but I’ll rent it instead since the developers botched the PS3 version.

  • The drop


  • Shank looks fun. As to the people who are asking how much shank is, im willing to bet it will be $14.99

  • Am i the only one hyped for the Naruto demo? lol

  • mafia II looks fun, had a blast with the first one.

  • When will the Fallout 3 dlc get a price drop?? Its been almost a year since it came to PS3 and much longer since its intial release. $50 is an exhorbant amount of money to pay for dlc a year old.

  • I wish I had some money for Mafia II but I need a new DS3.-_-

  • YAY Storm 2 : ) , but im sad its no longer an exclusive : (

  • @ProjectInfiniti: Shank is $15.

    @Rhino136: I face the same dilemma. Hopefully both games have a demo so I can purchase the one I like best.

    @Botiacelli8: Some games retain their value over time because they are highly praised, but didn’t sell well or because retailers know they they can charge almost full price for said games.

  • i cant afford shank this month, kinda disappointed. 15 bucks is still fairly cheap so hopefully i can get it next month

  • @40
    Thank you! :)
    It would be really nice for these posts to have prices on them so people can plan ahead on what to buy instead of taking guesses and putting excess money in their wallet.

  • Glad to see the PixelJunk Racers upgrade. Looking forward to it.

  • Still don’t get why you don’t include PLUS releases.

  • Wow big week for ps3 gamers this week. With the new mag beta mafia2 shank and some cool demos definitely enough to stay busy!

  • MAG beta and maybe Shank for the co-op!

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