Gran Turismo 5. Enough said.
Years in the making, thousands of hours in development and a healthy dose of excitement amongst the gaming community and racing enthusiasts — the ultimate driving simulator that is Gran Turismo 5 arrives on store shelves this Wednesday, November 24th. You can breathe now. Keep your eyes on the rear-view mirror though, we’ve got an exclusive un-boxing video of the Collector’s Edition debuting tomorrow on the PlayStation.Blog, which begs the question — did you reserve your copy yet?
Your inner Picasso and Deadmau5 take center stage on the PlayStation Network with a sensory overload that comes in the form of Auditorium HD and Beat Sketchers. You may need to stock up on cleaning supplies, your house may see a drop or two of blood splatter with the arrival (finally) of Splatterhouse. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, your criminal activities may seem extra smooth this week, when the King of Pop moonwalks onto your PSP. Finally, did I mention Gran Turismo 5? OMG. Hit the jump for this week’s The Drop.
Gran Turismo 5 — Developed exclusively for PS3 by Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo 5 brings the world’s most realistic and comprehensive driving experience to fans in one of the most highly anticipated games of all time. Gran Turismo 5 features more than 1000 licensed cars from the world’s top manufacturers and more than 20 tracks with more than 70 variations, including famous world circuits, city courses, and other environments.
Additionally for the first time, Gran Turismo 5 will feature an extremely deep online and community feature set. Players can progress and acquire credits through a variety of modes like GT Career Mode, Championship Races, License Tests and more, or they can explore different tracks and circuit variations in Arcade Mode. Additionally, players can race online with up to 16 players through PlayStation Network.
(PS Blog Coverage: Gran Turismo 5 Release Date Confirmed for November 24th, 2010)
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom — Wrapped in an emotional journey of courage and respect, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom takes players on a majestic adventure as a cunning individual who must rely on his agility to triumph over increasing obstacles. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom redefines co-op AI gameplay by delivering an accessible experience that offers the perfect mix of stealth, action, platform navigation and combat that is designed to keep the journey gripping and immersive.
(PS Blog Coverage: E3 Encounters: Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom for PS3)
Splatterhouse — Follow Rick and his mysterious Terror Mask as he unmercifully tears, cuts and beats his way through denizens of unearthly creatures in an epic adventure to rescue his girlfriend from the clutches of deranged occult figure Dr. West. Embodying the unfiltered, primal aggression of its namesake, Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics.
(PS Blog Coverage: Qore Episode 27: Splatterhouse and Kyoto, Japan)
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection — Undead Nightmare is a single, stand-alone disc that bundles together for the first time ever, the Undead Nightmare Pack, the Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack and all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes.
Zumba Fitness — Through invigorating, high calorie-burning fitness classes, Zumba Fitness has helped melt the pounds and inches off more than five million Zumba-enthusiasts in more than 75 countries. This addictive fitness craze blends Latin and world rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to help fans successfully tone and sculpt the body while burning fat.
Michael Jackson: The Experience — He is the legendary King of Pop! In this game, players step into the shoes of Michael Jackson himself and re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing. The game includes the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson’s extensive catalog such as Beat It and Billie Jean, as well as an array of his awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and emulate within the game.
Beat Sketcher (PlayStation Move) — With the power of the PlayStation Move, Beat Sketcher lets you create your own a masterpiece and sketch colorful patterns with steady accuracy and flowing expression. Doodle to the music in Challenge Mode and test your artistic flair against others in the Competitive Modes.
(PS Blog Coverage: Beat Sketcher Coming Soon to PSN for PlayStation Move)
Auditorium HD (PlayStation Move Compatible) — Auditorium is a musical puzzle journey. The subtle melodies and unique gameplay present a cool soothing experience. Challenge yourself to transform light into sound while surrounded by stunning visual effects and supreme symphonies. Find yourself manipulating a constant stream of moving particles of light and sound into audio containers — as you fill the containers, light transforms into sound.
(PS Blog Coverage: Auditorium Streaming to PSN November 23)
Spelunker HD — Go spelunking with your buddies! The legendary Spelunker arrives on PlayStation 3 with lots of new contents, including an online multiplayer gameplay for up to 6 players to enjoy co-op play or compete to reach the goal in the shortest time! All of the cursed original enemies and terrain threats from the classic original remain, but the game now boasts 100 all-new levels set in 10 newly designed HD worlds.
(PS Blog Coverage: Spelunker HD: Updated Classic Hits PSN Soon)
Dream Chronicles (Demo Available) — Welcome to the Dream Chronicles, where the lines between reality and fantasy no longer exist. Follow subtle clues to help Faye find her missing husband and escape the mysterious sleeping spell that has taken over the town of Wish. Stay sharp and focused and you may unravel this intriguing, dreamy mystery!
Pac-Man Championship Edition Dx (Demo Available) — Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man and following up on the 2007 award winning title, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX bolsters the beloved arcade formula by offering even more sophisticated mazes, modes, and enhancements. It’ll be a celebration for fanatics and a new generation of players alike.
Dragon’s Lair HD — You play as heroic knight Dirk the Daring as he journeys to a mysterious castle filled with danger, in order to save the fair Princess Daphne from the forces of evil and the towering dragon Singe. Dragon’s Lair features full-motion animation directed by Don Bluth, the man behind animated films such as the Secret of Nimh and Titan AE. It takes fast reflexes and a good memory to remember the safe way through each section of the deadly castle.
Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers — Duels of the Planeswalkers takes players on a journey through a Multiverse in which they take on the roles of Planeswalkers, powerful wizards who battle others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Throughout their journey, Planeswalkers battle with, or against each other in lush interactive 3D environments.
Worms: Battle Islands (PSP) — Prepare to rally your worm troops and battle your way through Worms: Battle Islands! Take control of a secret island base, plot to defeat your enemies, expand your territory and win buildings and items that will give you a strategic advantage.
(PS Blog Coverage: Worms: Battle Islands Hits PSP November 23rd with New Modes and Editors)
Arc The Lad II — The second game in the Arc series introduces Elc, a bounty hunter with a tragic past. He must join forces with Arc to stop the minions of the Dark One, whose presence was only hinted at in the first game. A vast array of impressive Strategy/Rpg innovations are introduced in this chapter, like the job system, weapon melding, and multiple-viewpoint storylines. Also available: Arc Arena: Monster Tournament
Boom Beats — Boom Beats is a very addictive rhythm game which lets you enter compelling worlds full of club tunes: drum and bass, jungle, dub step, rave and house. All you need to do is tap the rhythm and earn the score. Use multipliers, unlocks, special powers and more. Headphones are recommended.
Jelly Car 2 — Jelly Car 2 has players driving a squishy car through a squishy world to get to the exit. The game includes 30 levels, 3 car models and more power.[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.]