The Drop: Week of October 4, 2010 New Releases

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Did you know the word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne, and was later normalised to the original Latin word autumnus? Well neither did I, until I trolled Wikipedia to find a clever way to introduce this week’s The Drop and the beginning of the fall gaming season. Aside from the air getting cooler, and the trees shedding their leaves, a true gamer knows it’s a time for celebration and the end of the gaming summer drought. Publishers and developers have been hard at work polishing their blockbuster titles getting them ready for our grubby and dirty (and I mean dirty) hands. The first wave of fall titles promises to deliver endless amounts of gaming across all PlayStation fronts.


With controversy surrounding Ninja Theory’s new Devil May Cry, they have nothing to worry about when it comes to their latest title on the PlayStation 3 — Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is receiving a very warm welcome among game reviewers. Konami throws a jab and an uppercut with the devastating combo of Castlevania and Def Jam Rapstar this week, both landing on the PS3. The PlayStation Network delivers dual-stick shooting in the form of Alien Breed: Impact, The PSone Import Store gets two new Japanese classics, and PlayStation minis rounds out the pack with five new games hitting the digital front.

Grab your carving knives and pumpkins, we’ve got the PlayStation logo to carve out, kids. Join me for this week’s The Drop.

PS3: Enslaved Odyssey to the West

PlayStation 3

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West — In Enslaved, players take on the role of Monkey, a strong and brutish loner. His partner is Trip, a technologically savvy but sheltered young woman from a peaceful community. Both become captured by a mysterious slave ship, which are rumored to harvest people and take them out West, never to return. As they each attempt to escape, Trip quickly realizes that Monkey, with his raw strength and power, is the only hope she has of making the perilous journey back home. Check out our Q&A session with the Enslaved: Odyseey to the West team.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — You play as Gabriel Belmont, a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead, she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides Gabriel to his destiny – and, hopefully, salvation for the world. Learn more about Gabriel Belmont from producer Dave Cox’s visit on the PS.Blog.

Def Jam Rapstar — A music game based hip-hop music and culture, Def Jam Rapstar provides a comprehensive emcee video game experience, and captures the essence of what hip-hop is all about: the music, the flow, the battles, and of course, the swagger.

NBA 2K11 (Also on PS2 & PSP) — In a gaming first, players can finally experience what it’s like to play in Michael Jordan’s shoes! Relive 10 different legendary games from Michael Jordan’s career and replicate in NBA 2K11 what MJ did on the court. You can even unlock MJ: Creating a Legend, a special mode where you get to take control of a newly drafted rookie Michael Jordan and craft your own version of Michael’s career in the NBA.

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction (Also on PSP) — Wield the power of the Ultimatrix, the strongest Omnitrix to date, to transform Ben into more powerful, hyper-evolved alien forms and experience impressive battles. Journey to iconic worldwide locales, including Paris, Tokyo, China, and Rome, in search of an ancient alien artifact that will help save humanity from a mysterious cosmic storm. As a bonus, players will receive the immensely strong Fourarms only on PS3.

PSN: Alien Breed: Impact

PlayStation Network

Alien Breed: Impact — A science fiction arcade-shooter that resurrects a much revered franchise with an epic story, swarms of intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weapons and detailed rich environments.

Deadliest Warrior: The Game — Based on the the Spike TV series that regularly pits two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other in order to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick and determine which of these legends of the battlefield were truly the deadliest of all warriors.

PSone Imports: Magical Drop F

PSone Japan Imports

Magical Drop F — This is a puzzle game in which players align falling colored orbs into matching groups of three. During the puzzle portion, female characters with revealing outfits (e.g., bikini tops, tube tops) are displayed in the background.

Arcade Hits: Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty
— A fighter that features 13 characters from the Chinese classical novel Water Margin. An Arcade Mode that reproduces the arcade version of the game and an extra “Beginners’ Mode” are put in place to let different kinds of fans enjoy the fighting experience to the fullest.

PSminis: Jack The Ripper

PlayStation minis

Actual Crimes: Jack the Ripper — Travel back to 1880’s London to help Scotland Yard’s detectives solve the crime of the century. Search scenes of crime and solve puzzles in your hunt for clues. Was Jack a doctor, a royal prince, a barber, or something else?

Fort Commander: King’s Gambit — There has been a recent surge in games fulfilling the tower defense categorisation, and Fort Command: King’s Gambit is no exception. It features forts, fighting and fun in a neatly addictive little package.

Urbanix — You play as Urbanix, a tiny little tractor that has to build a town on an empty field. Avoid enemies, catch and chase away house crashers – they will try to spoil your game. Play on Earth, in the North Pole or on the Moon – all locations have different gameplay mechanics. Be accurate, be quick, collect bonuses on your way, and you will be the winner!

Apache: Overkill — An intense helicopter shoot ’em up with 99 levels of non-stop explosive action. Blast away waves of choppers, trucks, jets, and tanks before facing the bombers, armoured airships and Special Ops. Use upgrades to boost your firepower, blitzing the enemy in a torrent of destruction.

Shapo — Get ready to test your skills of speed, balance, and strategy in this unique puzzler. Catch clusters of marbles and quickly place them on the teeter-totter grid. This seemingly simple task is complicated by an increasing number of heavier and heavier marble types.

[Editor’s Note: The following dates are subject to change. Game details are gathered from Press Releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]

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7 Author Replies

  • Nothing to worry about? Except maybe the tearing and slowdown only found in the PS3 SKU.

  • Nothing with new.. What happened about North American PSOne games such as Chrono Cross, Gran Turismo, etc??

  • NBA 2K11 & Enslaved FTW!!

  • Good to see more import games on the PSN. Unfortunately, I already have Magical Drop on the Data East Collection for the Nintendo Wii and Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty as Dark Legend for my Sega Saturn.

    There’s a review for the Jack the Ripper Mini here:

  • Hideo, be kind in my first dip into the castlevania franchise :D

  • Pre-Ordered my Castlevania Limited Edition! I’m gunna pick that up, and head over to the awesome canadian blog meetup!

  • Alot of mini love. Planning on picking up some Alien Breed and renewing my plus subscription

  • Is Alien Breed yet another $15 game before the 25% discount?

  • If you love screen tearing, framerate drops, and jerky controls, you’ll love Enslaved. Woo-hoo.

    Castlevania wins this week.

    • mafecto, are we playing the same game? I’ve been playing Enslaved the entire weekend, and don’t see any of these issues. =)

  • @ 8 mafecto

    Just because you don’t like a game, does not mean others wont like it either! Get a life!

  • @ Mafecto,

    I didn’t have any of that on mine. Maybe your PS3 is an oveloaded POS. Maybe?

    Looking forward to the two big releases Enslaved and Castlevania. I hope ‘Vania IS like GOW. Would that be a bad thing, I think not. In closing, did anyone else know that Rap is actually spelled with a silent “C” at the beginning. (Crap) Now you know. Peace.

  • PS Happy Atumnus Rey.

  • why not just announcing you are not releasing blacklight tango down?

  • not a single PSP game? i wonder what is going to be the next big release from sony first party developers after God of War Ghost of Sparta, could it be that they are hard at work on PSP 2 launch line up ?

  • Medal of honor demo?

  • currently playing atelier rorona and disgaea 2
    watching: orphen,football
    reading: just this blog

    btw, i cant hardly wait for the netflix app to be available for us americans.hope we dont have to wait any much longer.

    anyways,jeff last week i ate some crow because the dolphins lost agaisnt the jets.and because of that i aint going to say that we are going to beat any more teams.due of fearof jinxing their chances XD

    speaking about sports,this week starts the miami heat pre-season and i cant wait to see cabron james,dwane wade and chris bosh in action… go h-wait, i better not say anything LOL

  • hmm one other thing jeff and rey would you guys bring vic ireland to the blog.since, a couple of his games from sunsoft (gaijinworks) should hit the psn soon? i know that there used to be a bad thing between sony and vic but if you guys made up with gabe newell of all the people.couldnt you just do the same for vic? :0

  • Sooooo PS Blog People…….. Don’t suppose you guys have any pull with EA to get a Wing Commander Reboot to celebrate Wing Commanders 20th Anniversary. lol

  • seriously enslaved has “nothing to worry about”?

    enslaved PS3 version review are always score lowest than the “other console version” and are considered inferior version of both, due to framerate and some technical issue.

    anyway still playing atelier rorona,and gonna get castlevania, and waiting for vanquish this month.

    and hopefully namco bandai starting to localize Tales of Vesperia PS3 and Tales of Graces F PS3 since enslaved already released they should have enough hand now(or maybe SCEA could help to localize both of that game>_<)

  • Rapstar needs a demo not going to buy until i try it out

  • I was gonna rent Enslaved and Castlevania: LOS. I hope they’re good!

  • @4 Kojima was more of a consultant should be asking Mercury Steam

  • NBA 2K11 + Castlevania: LOS and Vanquish later down the line… finally good games

  • So Elite dropped permanently….any NBA Jam news?

  • oh Rey i know this is totally off topic but seeing Iron Man 2 for $19.99 on ( HD AND SD ) made me day , now i can buy it and watch it on my ps3 and psp GO anytime i want , hope to see the same treatment to all movies to own from the video side of the store

  • Will Europe get a Limited Edition for Castlevania as well?

  • Cool i hope theres alot more though. Can’t wait to check out things. Hopefully some demos. Also any news on the North American release of White Knight Chronicles 2?

    I can’t wait for RDR’s Undead Nightmare pack! hopefully since their zombies the pack will come out this month.

  • Wow, there are no PSP games coming this week? Hey Sony, why dont you guys encourage 2K to bring Sid Meire’s Pirates! and Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony to the Ps store.

  • enslaved is wat dantes inferno was, poor mans version of a ps3 exclusive(uncharted 2 and god of war 3). that doesnt mean that theyre bad games, but y would i play them when i can just play the originals??!

    plus i didnt like the enslaved demo. shame, i had high hopes for the title, but after seeing the reviews, its not gonna happen.

    next game for me is medal of honor or gears of war 2. had to buy a 360 cos of sonys lack of games lately. and if ure not a gt5 fan sony has nothing for christmas now that lbp2 got delayed. it was strong few months at the start for ps3 but its been bad this year i must say, and its not getting any better until next year

  • And not a single psp game. You guys must really hate the thing judging by the way you guys support the thing. Looking at all the past psp games that are hard to find on umd you would think sony would try and get it on the psn, but nope.

    I really hope you guys arent going to release a psp2 any time soon because your lack of support for the psp now just proves you guys arent going to support the psp2.

  • wooooooo a whole lot of pass thanks but no thanks New Vegas in 16 days nothing else matters

  • I was hoping for a psone game like Suikoden 2 maybe just a thought.

  • I’m really excited about more Playstation One Imports! ^^ I’m hoping for more imports! (Specifically Sakura Wars I-IV)

  • I love the description for Magical Drop F :D

  • hey will there be a castlevania demo before the game comes out? also my gamestop says they r havin a midnight release for it is this true or what?

  • Wow, bunch of minis. Makes up for their recent drought. Here’s hoping they’re worthwhile!

    Be seeing folks in Toronto this Tuesday.

  • wasn’t there a section in “The Drop” that talks about the demos. if you can, can you bring it back or include it in the next post

  • I have never bought a mini because they do not have an unlockable trial version. Why don’t minis have an unlockable trial?

    I’m hoping we can see a few more indie type games on PSN soon. There were some great titles like Everyday Shooter, flow etc at the start of this gen but this year I’m scratching my head trying to think of anything like those titles released. I’ve heard rumors about Eufloria and Machinarium so I’ll keep my fingers crossed but the cupboard is pretty bare at the moment.

  • how do i get the 15 thing as my avatar?

  • VAZQUEZ300 – I found it on the PSN, under 15th anniversary. Should be free.

  • @ 38:

    PSN Store → Avatars → 15th anniversary…

  • If anyone cares, you can get the Castlevania Demo on the EU PSN Store. If you don’t know how to get a EU account, google it.

  • I have Castlevania and Enslaved pre-ordered and I can not wait to play them. Being a Huge Castlevania fan I will probably run through that game first but both of them are great games. I have played the demo of Enslaved multiple times and have not notice any tearing or slowdown, this 13rand0 (Brando) must be an Xbox 360 fan boy here trying to spread disinformation.

  • @ Dude2341

    Amen, brother! Preach it. So true.

  • Alien Breed Impact is a good game, i bought it from the Euro server about a month ago. I can’t wait to try the Deadliest Warrior Game!

  • @28

    You had to “buy” a 360 due to a lack of games on Sony’s part?! That may very well be one of the DUMBEST things I’ve heard…

  • I thought the Enslaved demo was great! Doubt I’ll get to play it this week, but its def. on my MUST play list!

    I’m also very interested in Castlevania.

    Alien Breed sounds interesting too. Here’s hoping for a demo! :)

  • Can’t wait for Medal Of Honor, The Fight: Lights Out, Two Worlds II, Gran Turismo 5, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, it’s gonna be a blasty blast.

    By the way, could we get some info on Tron Evolution? Especially about the Move support. I’m really eager to know more about that one, being a big Tron fan and all.

  • Isn’t the Drop suppose to include our Playstation Plus update?

  • Haters be hating on Enslaved. Just because your PS3 is broken, doesn’t mean the game is. The demo runs perfectly for me.

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