The Drop: Week of Jan 24th 2011 New Releases

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The Infector, the Slasher, the Lurker, oh my! This week, the sequel your mom loves to hate (except this one, she rules) is already receiving exceptional scores and will reunite you with the Necromorphs, waiting to embrace you in their warm mutated limbs in Dead Space 2. The deadliest version of Dead Space: Extraction comes to the PlayStation Move, where you can find it in the Collector’s and Limited Edition versions of Dead Space 2 for PS3. Did I also mention you can also find Extraction on the PlayStation Network?


The Drop‘s line-up for this week is made up of space engineers battling dementia, arcanaian lords and signature kills in a mutant’s paradise in a short but appetizing collection of games that will satisfy your survivor horror or RPG taste buds. Closing things off, you’ll find an “epic” demo on PSN with a forecast bullets.

PS3: Dead Space 2

PlayStation 3

Dead Space 2: — Engineer Isaac Clarke returns for another blood-curdling adventure in Dead Space 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed horror adventure. After waking from a coma on a massive space city known as “The Sprawl,” the lone survivor of a horrific alien infestation finds himself confronting a catastrophic new nightmare.

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Battling dementia, hunted by the government and haunted by visions of his dead girlfriend, Isaac will do whatever it takes to save himself and rid the city of the gruesome, relentless Necromorphs. Equipped with a new arsenal of tools to dismember the Necromorphs, Isaac will face the challenge head-on. (All PS Blog Coverage: Dead Space 2)

Two Worlds II — Two Worlds II expands the RPG adventure by introducing new game content, extending gameplay and providing you with the answers to many questions and mysteries which arose in the main story.

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Besides several well-known regions of Antaloor, there are also completely new territories to explore. The combat system has been further enhanced too, with an active blocking system, a completely new means of transport, a much-enhanced reaction system from NPCs, and other tweaks. (PS Blog Coverage: E3 Encounters: Two Worlds II for PS3)

PSP: Lord of Arcana

PlayStation Portable

Lord of Arcana (Also on PSN) — This world is called Horodyn, so named for its first king. At the edge of a village surrounded by a huge forest lies the powerful stone Arcana, the source of all order in the world. It is said that only one with power can acquire Arcana. Slayers annihilate hordes of monsters so that they could lay their hands on Arcana. What power does it hold? And to what destiny is one with Arcana bound?

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Defeat tough enemies and obtain new items and skills with up to three friends, or take on a variety of quests in single-player mode in this multiplayer action game from Square Enix. With its simple and intuitive controls, even those unaccustomed to action games can jump right into the fast-paced world of Lord of Arcana. (PS Blog Coverage: Lord of Arcana: Delivering Brutality on the Go)

PSN: Dead Space Extraction

PlayStation Network

Dead Space: Extraction (Demo Available) — Dead Space Extraction tells the story of a handful of space colonists desperately struggling to escape from a horrific infection on the Aegis VII mining colony deep in the furthest regions of space.

The game introduces a new heroine to the fiction and as the crew fall victim to a mysterious contagion aboard the ship, it becomes clear that protecting her may be their only hope for survival. Dead Space Extraction introduces all new characters, weapons, enemies, puzzles and co-operative multiplayer gameplay.

Bulletstorm (Demo) — Bulletstorm brings new furor to first-person shooter action thanks to its signature ‘kill with skill’ gameplay. The game tells the story of a futuristic confederation protected by an elite band of mercenaries: Dead Echo. When Dead Echo members Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato learn they’ve been working for the wrong side, they’re betrayed by their commander and exiled to the far reaches of the galaxy.

In Bulletstorm, Grayson and Ishi find themselves surrounded by hordes of mutants and flesh eating gangs in an abandoned paradise. They have two objectives: get off the planet alive, and exact revenge on the man who sent them there. (PS Blog Coverage: BulletStorm PS3 Interview: Me and CliffyB)

[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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  • Any word on those Square PS1 games rated by ESRB? Also on Tomb Raider: Chronicles coming to the US PSN since Europe got it 2 weeks ago.

  • Also I’ve heard Dissidia 2 will be $29.99, I’m guessing that will be the same price on PSN, right. Also any word on a US release date for The 3rd Birthday?

  • HHHNNNGGGHH!!! i was already prepared for the arrival for dead space 2 when i chose mass effect 2 over it, but two worlds 2…
    dammit, i could have gotten an RPG that didn’t involve shooting…

  • Dead Space 2 is going to be SIIIIIIIK!!!

  • Xenogears. Where?

  • no words on the those psone classics yet…

    however Lord of Arcana may be interesting. well see if it makes up for this week on psn.

  • Woohoo! Dead Space 2!

    Guess what my Tuesday will consist of?

  • Dead Space 2 looks good. Probably’ll have to play the first though. Never got to the first. OMG I’m behind. LBP2’s just SO ADDICTING though!

  • will we be able to play Dead Space Extraction without Dead Space 2 in the CD slot, if we got it with Dead Space 2?

  • Bulletstrom demo, huh? Intrique.
    Isn’t Bulletstorm made by Epic Games? The people who made Gears of War for the 360?
    You know, after Mass Effect was scheduled for PS3, and now Epic Games is making a PS3 game [I presume it’s them. Can I get a confirmation?], and that Sniper game for 360 is coming to PS3, I’m starting to wonder two things:
    1. Does it sound like the 360 is acting like a crash dummy for PS3 to anyone else?
    2. Is Gears of War coming to PS3? One 360-exclusive came to Playstation, and [still would prefer a confirmation] Epic Games is making a PS3 game…

  • Bulletstorm? More mindless rubbish from Cliffy B then :D

    Dead Space 1 was excellent game, will get Dead Space 2 soon.

  • @10

    Bulletstorm is made by People Can Fly and Epic Games.
    Cliffy B, the Gears of War creator, is the producer, I think.

    But, I don’t think that we’ll be getting Gears of War or many other Xbox exclusives. I think that would ruin their standing with Microsoft. But, we’ve got plenty of other games that are better than Gears of War, in my opinion.

  • Looking forward to the Bulletstorm demo. Hope the full game will have Home support when it releases.

  • @2 sonic fan
    hey i heard it wont be till march i try to keep up with it. if you check amazon i think it says march 30th or something.

  • That’s it for PSN? When is explodemon supposed to be releasing?

  • @9 – Nope. Not unless you pay for it as a download on the PSN. If you want the disc version, you need the disc to play it. That way you don’t just rent Dead Space 2, install it onto your hard drive, and steal it, basically.

  • is Lord of Arcana playable on ps3? (it says also available on psn)

    also words on the press conference?

  • I’m definitely looking forward to Two Worlds II, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get it on Tuesday since I just got Mass Effect 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2 last week, but I’m definitely going to pick it AND dead space 2 up eventually.

  • Excellent a Bulletstorm demo then a KZ3 one next week. Two games coming out the same day

  • @10

    The reason why it seems like many Xbox 360 games have “beta runs” and then get ported to PS3 with improvements is because Microsoft Game Studios operates differently than SCE.

    They don’t own many studios. They have Rare, Lionhead, Turn10, and 343 Industries.

    And They don’t really have many strong “second party” relationships. So you’ll see them buying “timed exclusives” quite often. Examples include
    -Mass Effect 2
    -GTA: Episodes from Liberty City
    -Eternal Sonata
    -Tales of Vesperia
    -Castle Crashers

    and so forth. These are contracts that last usually a year. After that time has expired, the publisher is free to do whatever they want with the IP, and that may include expanding it to PS3 for some more sales.

    However, that will not happen with Gears of War. Microsoft Game Studios is the publisher in this instance. Additionally, I believe they own the entire Gears intellectual property. So it will never be on anything outside of Xbox or Windows.

    Bulletstorm is different because the publisher is EA.

  • sweeeeeeeeet!! but uhmm i think something is missing?

  • Hey can you confirm or deny Pac Man on PSP? I saw trailers for it in 2010, but nothing, or no one has has shed light on it. Maybe they are holding it for the PSP2, that you and Sony “have no idea about.”

    Also any news on the THQ game Stacking this week on the Blog, and when it might release on PSN?

    • Stacking comes to PSN on Feb 8th. We have a sweet video interview with Tim Schafer and Lee Petty going live this Tuesday with more details!

  • Oh Em Gee! Spread your RPGs out more! Not really :D It’s been a wasteland for months, but sweet christmas, a big-budget sci-fi AND fantasy RPG in the same month?! I may have to sell something.

  • Any word on how much Dead Space: Extraction for the PSN will cost???

  • XENOGEARS!!! VAGRANT STORY!!!! squeenix why must you make me sufferrrrr

  • I am wondering how much hard drive space required for dead space extraction full version download from PSN?

  • still waiting for pixeljunk shooter 2. can we get a hint as to when we will see it?

  • Any idea on how much Dead Space Extraction will cost?

  • Can you confirm that extraction is included in the standard edition?

    I checked on and there is no limited edition… just the collector edition


  • H3ll yeah thanks for answering 1 of my questions, and totally dodging the other question! It’s all good, I am looking forward to Stacking on PSN, looks really funny!

  • Can’t wait for DS2!!





  • I got a mid-term to take this week, but once that is done, it’s all about killing Necromorphs for me. Yeppie!

  • When will we be getting the TurboGrafx games? Hudsonsoft announced that they’ll arrive late this month though.

  • If it wasn’t for the sexual content in Dead Space, I would be all over it! :(

  • Sounds like Extraction will be getting a PSN release after all, instead of just being limited to the PS3 limited edition of Dead Space 2. This is a nice alternative. Personally I’ll be playing Mass Effect 2 while I wait for Journey.

  • Dead Space 2 is going to be mine come tuesday!

    I’m so excited!!!! =)

  • Can’t wait to see Killzone 3 pop up on The Drop. 30 days till the greatest Single Player campaign in gaming history O.O

  • I dont know why im gonna bother, but Any word on legend of dragoon coming to PSn as a PSX Classic? Japan got it a month ago. Please, We’ve been asking for years, yet still no reply. I check every day to see If anyone voted. Please Sony please put this up. Japan has so why cant North America?

  • Hello a killzone 3 in the trenches demo please! I see it all over the net. Someone has it just not the people who actually are dedicated fans.

    Kilzone 3 single player demo ftw ???

  • @38
    Legend of Dragoon will show up when they get around to it. If you see an ESRB rating pop up then you know it’ll becoming soon. Chances are that theme song in the beginning has some licensing issues associated with it and could be part of the hold up on the game. However keep in mind that just because Japan got it a month ago does not mean that we will be getting it soon after. Xenogears was released on the Japanese PlayStation Store several years ago and Vagrant Story was release some time ago in Japan and was released about 2 months ago I think in Europe. Both of those games have just now gotten ESRB ratings for the US so we know they are coming we just don’t know when.

    While I’m not a big fan of Legend of Dragoon (I think its one of the worst games I’ve had the displeasure of playing), I hope that you hear something soon and can’t simply advice that you just keep an eye out for a listing on your favorite gaming websites.

  • So Dead Space Extraction comes with both DS2 CE and DS2 Limited edition, now my question is, is the limited edition of DS2 the standard 60$ price like I recall Dante’s Inferno was or is it a bit more expensive?

  • That’s all fine and dandy, but where’s Under Siege?

  • kinda weak for the psp yet again. like seriously what is up with only releasing like 1 or 2 games. you have tons of old psp games that you guy could be releasing on the psn, or at least tell us some news about past psp games tryng to get on the psn.

    The lack of communication is just very unprofessional. I dont see why you cant equally support both the ps3 and the psp at the same time.

  • @41: angelspawn77: I asked the same to the DS team on their Facebook page. They confirmed that, yes, the Limited Edition is the first release like with Dante’s Inferno. There will eventually be a release that doesn’t have Extraction (but has a demo of it instead), but that is later. For now, every PS3 version on launch day appears to have Extraction included.

  • i dont know where to post this exactly but on the blog share every time i vote for yes on something it also gives a vote for no

  • I’ll be picking up my Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition at midnight, cannot wait!!!

    I really hope more titles will be getting avatar support.

    Also a big REQUEST – Can we get the Mass Effect 2 character profile (Fight for the Lost) video advertisements on the PSN for download? They are great videos.

  • I was wondering if Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II will ever be downloadable…?

    And how about Crisis Core? I have a PSP GO and I would love to play those games on it.

  • @44

    Thanks for the info :D gonna try to pick this up asap, I just bought LBP2 CE and ME2 this past Tuesday so I can’t get DS2 unfortunately this Tuesday, but ill definitely get it as soon as I can.

    On a side note, I will have 2 Move games after I get DS2, LBP Prehistoric Moves and Extraction, that warrants a purchase of the Move I think(already have the eye, just need the controller), plus I might just get KZ3 and that has Move support, I must try it out!

  • Umm, Where is Explodemon? On the site for the game it says “Coming to PSN January 2011” sooooo yeaaah, Is it coming with this update?

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