The Drop: Week of Feb 28th 2011 New Releases

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Jeff and I had a blast this week at the Engadget community meet-up! Seeing your amazement and reactions to Killzone 3, Motorstorm Apocalypse and MLB 11 The Show in Stereoscopic 3D was worth the price of admission (sure, it was free, but still awesome.) Fans of Patapon and PixelJunk, listen up!

We’re celebrating Patapon 3 and the launch of PixelJunk Shooter 2 with style and PlayStation class this week, by tossing a massive community event at The Mighty this Monday night and you’re all invited! Come one, come all fans of the PixelJunk series, to hang with team PlayStation, members of Q-Games and hundreds of your fellow gaming compatriots. The festivities don’t end when we kick on the house lights folks, you can continue the party in your subterranean vehicles on Tuesday when PixelJunk Shooter 2 launches on PSN this week.

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Jeff, Sid and I hope to see you all there and look forward in meeting each and every one of you in person. Just look for my branded hair and PlayStation ink. In the mean time, enjoy this week’s The Drop.

PSN: PixelJunk Shooter 2

PlayStation Network

PixelJunk Shooter 2 — In PixelJunk Shooter, players pilot a subterranean vehicle to explore the interior of diverse cave-like complexes. The player must affect the surrounding and dynamic terrain to progress.

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The goal is to safely navigate through each vivid stage and rescue survivors scattered about the cavernous environment. Each stage is in-effect a flow simulation whereby the player attempts to control various types of liquid (water, magma, etc) and solid matter (rock, earth) either by destroying it, manipulating it or moving it.

Modnation Racers — ModNation Racers is a thoroughly fresh take on classic kart racing that empowers the player to personalize their entire game. Players can express themselves by creating their own Mod character, styling their own racing kart and even building — in just minutes — an imaginative track that can be shared with the rest of the PlayStation community via the free PlayStation Network service.

PSN Demos

  • MLB 2K11
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Top Spin 4
  • Alien Breed 3: Descent
  • Marvel Pinball

PS3: Fight Night Champion

PlayStation 3

Fight Night Champion — Step into the ring for this 2011 entry in the knockout king boxing franchise. Fight Night Champion sets out to define a new standard in sports videogames by delivering the most dynamic simulation fighting experience to date, pushing visual boundaries and redefining the single player journey for the category.

Rango: The Video Game — Rango The Video Game invites players to continue on Rango’s wild journey through new adventures inspired by the movie. Set in a gritty, pint-sized, Wild West World filled with off-color characters, wild rides and frantic shoot-outs, Rango invites players of all ages to meet the residents of the town of Dirt and play through Rango’s whacky Tall Tales of Adventure, brimming with intense action and outlandish scenarios.

PSone: Vagrant Story

PSone Classics

Vagrant Story — Adventure into a world of unparalleled depth and danger with SquareSoft’s Vagrant Story. In this sweeping dungeon-crawling epic you play as Ashley Riot, a young assassin and spy for the organization known as Riskbreakers. Your goal is to unravel a deep and twisted plot and come to terms with the recent death of your wife and child. If this sounds a bit too cerebral never fear. Your path to recapturing your sense of humanity hinges on the destruction of countless vicious monsters and the exploration of dark and dangerous dungeons.

[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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  • Xenogears and Vagrant Story back to back… It seems I’ll have a lot to play when I get my standard def TV (yes you read that right).

  • @24: Beyond Good and Evil HD is out this week? Sold! Never finished the PS2 version, so a PS3 version with trophies attached sounds awesome!

  • @39,

    Ummm just get a wii or DS if you want kids games dude….And by thew way the psone and ps2 had alot of “story” driven games so I’m not quite sure what you were expecting….If you want mindless party games that dont have any story nintendo will always be your best bet.

    Anyways cant wait to get Vagrant Story on my psp! I’m really glad to see Square come through with all the epic classics people have been begging for, day none purchase for sure! Keep posting psone RPGs and I’ll keep giving you my money Sony!

  • Need PSone classics MDK, Return Fire, Die Hard Trilogy, Soul Blade, and Tenchu.

  • I have a horrible confession to make; I have the Rood Inverse from Vagrant Story tattooed on my back; naturally, I am super-pleased to hear that I will be able to Vagrate my Stories on the go. Good job, team!

  • @39 as 51 said get a wii. i don’t understand what you mean most of the games you have suck. have you played them? what games do you have? do they suck or do you suck at them? get outta here with the xbox bull crap. there are kids games for ps3 like rango lbp lbp2 there is a toy story game and some others too. get some ps1 classics like spyro, crash, things like that. they have a story but it’s not like you have to pay attention to it. and here are some gomes that don’t suck: Heavy Rain, God of War 3, inFamous, Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 3, Call of Duty, Uncharted, Borderlands, and many many more. So go try some of those and tell me they suck. Feel free to hit me up via psn message.

  • Legend of dragoon should be put up. One of THE BEST psx RPG for PSX

  • @39: I agree: For kids games, go Wii. PS3’s for the hardcore. Kid games are there, but less so. If you want kid games on PS3 though, here are some candidates for kid-friendly games:
    -LittleBigPlanet (1 or 2)
    -LEGO Harry Potter (LEGO games are fine, but LEGO Harry Potter will feel more…refreshing. Trust me. Platinuming it is showing me that)
    -Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
    -The Sly Collection (the 2-player in Sly 3 is awesome)
    -Eyepet (kids’ll adore the little fur ball)
    Hope those selections will help you in your search for kiddie games! Me? I’ll be beating up kooks in Arkham Asylum as Batman on Hard, blowing heads of zombies in Resident Evil 5, blasting lightning in inFAMOUS, and creating a level for 24 hours in LittleBigPlanet 2 towards platinum. :P

  • I remember playing Vagrant Story when I was younger and having a tough time getting into it, but now I have a chance at playing it once again. This is good news indeed.

  • Rey, #1 I’m glad you finally put Fight Night: Champion on ,#2 Man Vs. Wild does not come out til’ April 12, 2011 , and #3 you did not post Beyond Good and Evil Hd and it says it iz releasin’ March 1st, on ps3.org under release list. You added Fight Night: Champion afta I told you it was comin’ out, now you need 2 take off Man Vs. Wild cuz’ it ain’t comin’ out and you need 2post Beyond Good and Evil Hd if itz comin’ out. Thanx and God bless!

  • @39: Oh, and I mean I think you should either pick a Nintendo system, or follow my advice in kid games. The PS3 rules.

  • @58: Nag nag nag…

  • @60 go play yo’ wii!

  • jimmyhammond you bring shame to the jimmy name! The PS3 is awesome! Your kid needs better taste in games! just kiddin haha anyway I don’t think many people care if you’re gonna get a 360. But if you’re wanting good kiddie stuff get a Wii.

  • Rango actually looks good and fun 2 platinum. Loved Fight Night: Champion demo.

  • Interested in seeing what Top Spin 4 is like. I’ll give it a look. Hope there’s some more great PS+ deals this week!

  • Vagrant Story!!!!! YES!!!!!

  • Thanks for the response, Rey! I know the store publish gets down to all the deets (price, file size), but you can’t blame me for wanting them ahead of time. At the very least, thanks for sharing the price. That’s the most important piece of the puzzle and helps me plan ahead in advance (i.e. lets me know if I have to run off and get a new PSN card, heh heh heh).

    I AM SO EXCITE.

  • @61: I ain’t got no Wii. I’ve been with Sony since my first ever video game (Spyro 2 on PS1) and I’m still here! But seriously, BGandE HD out this week? BTW how’s yo LBP2 platinum coming? I got three more trophies: Ace in Spades, 1,440 Minutes of Create, and 50 Unique Players.

  • It seems like jimmyhammond’s kid game-ness filled comment is starting to make this a forum, and/or a new topic board.

  • WHERE UNDER SIEGE!???????

  • @39
    LMAO, I think you broke your brain good sir. You’re gonna sell your PS3 to get an X360 because you don’t have enough kids games. Trading one problem for the same problem perhaps worse. The Wii or the PS1/2 maybe more to your liking. PS1/2 in there twilight years tend to cover children more due to their reduced pricing (they are cheap). PS3 will reach that state in 2, 3, maybe 4 years, but not now.

    Though if you look at the PS3, Ratchet and Clank series, PlayStation Move Heroes on the Move, and on the playstation store you’ll find kid friendly titles, much of which are fun. I recently got to play the demo for PlayStation Move heroes and it was pretty fun (PS Rewards program got this in the last few weeks if they were PRo or higher I think).

  • when we will have the legend of dragoon on psn? :P

  • You know, i think 39 is trolling.

  • Should we have an entirely new post for 39?

  • Smh @ a Black Ops demo.
    *sigh*
    Patiently awaiting Journey.
    And yes, FFI and II & Chrono Cross please.

    Co-sign that PS3 players would love a good system update. Can we at least get one more color option for our profiles or something? I mean really…SOMETHING.

  • Is there any plans for Brave Fencer Musashi for a PSone download? I loved that game.
    Also, How in the world do you play Man vs Wild?

  • Finally Vagrant Story. First Xenogears and now Vagrant Story? NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Wow, another fantastic week! STOP TAKING ALL MY MONEY

  • *sigh* still no legend of mana???

  • @39 A 360 isn’t going to help that problem my good sir. Get a wii, there’s tons of kiddie games on that system. Getting a ps3 just for your kids was a mistake in the first place.

    BTW! PS3 has the best games out right now.

  • @75 OMG Thank you sooooooooooooo much for reminding me, yes give us brave fencer musashi.

  • Good, keep them coming..

  • awful
    but then again what else is new?

  • what about Beyond good and evil HD???

  • Hey Rey! Please thank the good folks over at SquareEnix on our behalf and tell them to keep ’em coming! You can’t get any better than $5.99.

    Wonderful wonderful news :)

  • What’s going on with Beyond Good and Evil HD and Hardcorps Uprising?

  • breath of fire 3&4 ???? Next week?

  • When are ps2 game going to start coming to PSN?

  • @#17 LordAbsu: The EU PSN has Vagrant Story at a miniscule 93 MB, making it the smallest Square-Enix PS one Classic, with the next smallest Square-Enix PS One Classic game, Front Mission 3, having a filesize around 200 MBs over Vagrant Story’s file size.

  • Wow! Vagrant Story?! $5.99 is a good price too. I may consider it. Only played it once on the PS1. Though, I wonder if Parasite Eve will be coming out soon and if I should save my money for that…Hmmm.

    Oh and I will def. download the Call of Duty: Black Ops demo. Haven’t tried that Call of Duty yet.

    Sounds like a good week! :)

  • :( i purchased vagrant story in the eur store a year ago i might purchase it again here

  • Nothing on psp side? or i should say anything “good” coming like say old psp games?

    I mean square has the time to put up old ps1 games, but refuses to put their old psp game? something just doesnt seem right with that.

    All im saying is Crisis Core needs to be put on the Psn. i mean its apparently Sony’s Favorite, but i guess us Psp go users will never get the enjoyment out of that game.

  • Pix junk 2 yes getting it

  • What happen to the jungle green controller?

  • I am looking 2 weeks for contra hard cops!!! where is it????

  • VAGRANT STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • There are only 4 games from my wishlist remaining for PSN. That’s it. Wow. Seriously, you guys, thank you for Vagrant Story, Xenogears, and soon R4.

  • Vagrant Story = [DELETED]

  • REQUEST – Could we maybe get some support/love for your big title game known as Killzone 3? Where’s the dynamic theme, avatars, videos? Or will they be on the PSN 6 months down the road when everyone is playing a different big title game? Make fans happy and make money = win, win! Just saying.

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