The Drop: Week of March 28th 2011 New Releases

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The Drop: Week of March 28th 2011 New Releases

Make sure your PSPs and PSPgos have a full charge this week, because you’ve been invited to celebrate Parasite Eve’s third birthday, brought to you by the best party planners in the virtual city of Manhattan, Square Enix. Fans of action-rpgs, rejoice! The 3rd Birthday arrives this week on your favorite PlayStation Portables.

Legends and all-stars from the wrestling ring to the driving range, fight for your attention on the PS3 with the arrival of WWE All Stars and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 on Blu-Ray. Free Realms, Split/Second and Sonic the Hedgehog all make their notable cameos on PSN bringing you countless hours of digital hotness. It’s a Drop filled with speed, golfing and parasites.

PlayStation 3

WWE All Stars: WWE All Stars is an over-the-top, arcade-style beat-down featuring the WWE’s past and present superstars of the ring. WWE All Stars delivers one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a wrestling-centric videogame. Renowned WWE Legends will align with today’s most prominent WWE Superstars, inviting players to generate fantasy matches and ultimately determine the greatest competitors of all time.

Shift 2 Unleashed: Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed builds on the true driving experience that the NFS franchise is renown for by introducing the driver’s battle, an even more authentic and primal feeling of power and speed which elevates the fundamental competitive race into a struggle for supremacy against other drivers and even the track itself. In Shift 2 Unleashed, players’ hands sweat and ache as they clutch onto the controller, their pulse races from the break-neck speeds experienced through the first-person cockpit view.

Dynasty Warriors 7: Based on the epic novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the genre-defining Dynasty Warriors series depicts the massive battles ignited by the fall of the Han Dynasty when three rebellious states moved to overthrow the Emperor of China.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters: (PlayStation Move Enabled) For the first time in the history of this award-winning sports franchise, players are able to step onto the hallowed grounds of Augusta National, experience the rich history and tradition of the Masters Tournament and begin their own journey to capture the most sought-after prize in professional golf — the Green Jacket.

NASCAR The Game 2011: NASCAR The Game 2011 completely redefines what fans can expect from a NASCAR racing game. Players can choose to play as themselves or as one of the sport’s real-world drivers as they battle it out for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Each pro driver has the AI characteristics of his or her real world counterpart, setting the stage for intense rivalries played out on the track. From the 22 real world tracks to full pit stop strategy action, NASCAR The Game 2011 captures the real atmosphere, sense of speed and spectacle that embodies NASCAR.

MotoGP 10/11: MotoGP 10/11 will bring fans the most authentic and realistic MotoGP experience of the series. Gamers will get all of the 2010 MotoGP season content and downloadable updates for the 2011 MotoGP championship shortly after the season starts.

PlayStation Network

Rush’N Attack Ex-Patriot: Rush’N Attack Ex-Patriot takes players through three massive environments of a Siberian prison complex, a bio-weapons laboratory, and a nuclear weapons base. In each location, gamers will have to complete a variety of mission and survive encounters with a variety of Russian soldiers from prison guards to elite paratrooper, snipers, and more.

Free Realms: A light-hearted MMO designed for a broad range of game players, including children and families. Free Realms allows you to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, in a lush, living, 3D world, filled with rich landscapes and fun wildlife. From pet raising to mini-games like soccer and racing, or battling giant spiders and adventuring with friends – there’s something for everyone! With weekly and monthly content updates, regular and special events scheduled, and even the potential player-created parties and celebrations there is always something new to see and do in the world of Free Realms. Read PlayStation.Blog Coverage.

Split/Second: An intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Competitors in Split/Second don’t just collide with other vehicles to knock them from the track — they can also trigger explosive events that drastically alter the dynamics of the race. Players must use strategy and pinpoint timing to derail opponents, tactically alter the track or create entirely new routes.

Chime Super Deluxe: Chime mixes up the addictive action of puzzle games like Tetris with elements of music synthesizing. You arrange note blocks on a grid which form patterns of sound, then secure them by surrounding them with other blocks, intensifying the audio and creating new melodies as you play. As you build larger block segments (quads) and cover the grid, the combo meter starts and the underlying song develops in full. But take care – if you build yourself into a corner, the blocks shatter and the music dies. Read PlayStation.Blog Coverage

Sonic The Hedgehog: Burst the videgame speed barrier wide-open with Sonic the Hedgehog. Blaze by in a blur using the super sonic spin attack. Loop the loop by defying gravity. Plummet down tunnels. Then dash to safety with Sonic’s power sneakers. All at a frenzied pace. Sonic has an attitude that just won’t quit!

Moon Diver: At the dawn of the 22nd century, an evil power brought inanimate objects to life, and they turned on humanity. Bridges, automobiles, cities – the whole of humanity’s creations were all made to turn on their makers. Mankind’s fears of apocalypse became reality! Read PlayStation.Blog Coverage

Back to the Future: The Game Episode 2: This episodic game series takes you back in time as Marty and Doc embark on a completely new cinematic time-travel adventure based on the blockbuster movie franchise about a nutty scientist who has invented a time-traveling DeLorean.

PSN Demos

  • echochrome ii
  • MAG
  • Chime Super Deluxe
  • Moon Diver

PlayStation Portable

The 3rd Birthday (Also on PSN): Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as the Twisted. An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year. The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists — Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.

WWE All Stars (Also on PSN): WWE All Stars encompasses a fluid, intuitive and original gameplay style, creating a highly competitive environment and an engaging spectacle. Packed with high-flying, hard hitting and over the top action, players will explore a variety of responsive quick grapples, strong grapples, standing and running attacks, as well as combination sequences.

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (Also on PSN): Blazers are gallant warriors that consider the well being of others and the safety of the land as their priority, and work hard to defeat monsters and criminals. Estel is an aspiring Blazer who lives near the city of Rolento in Rebel Kingdom. Together with her friend Yoshua, Estel continues to train herself in the arts of Blazers. The story begins when Estel’s father receives a strange letter, starting a chain of events. The Legend of Heroes VI gives players an assortment of gameplay with its Blazer quest system, cooking system, opal arts system and many other features. With highlights like the AT bar and the AT bonus, battles in The Legend of Heroes give players that further tactical edge.

Dragon’s Lair: A portable version of the classic FMV videogame. In this single-player action game, 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.

[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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  • Split/Second is really good. The Ai racers do suffer from rubberbanding which may or may not be a problem for some. The multi-player is a blast with friends.

    Free Realms should be a real winner although the card game was not included in the port from what I have gather which is a major letdown considering the potential in the console space.

    It all looks like a good drop over all.

  • Just do it !!!

  • Any say on the price of Moon Diver?

  • Thank you PSP for making Jury Duty a bit more bearable this week.

  • @Rey
    …… Ok Maybe I’ve missed it, but isn’t Mass Effect 2 The Arrival DLC supposed to be releasing this week? Why isn’t that on the Drop?

    • I tend not to mention DLC and/or bundles on The Drop. This is primarily for full titles or demos on PSN or Blu-Ray.

  • Do you know the estimated file size for The 3rd Birthday?

  • @56 it’ll be within the usual 1GB – 1.5GB ballpark i expect

  • @ #55 KazeEternal:

    The DLC always appears in the Tuesday PS Store Update. I Thought you knew that by now.

  • Glad that 3rd Birthday is going to be on PSN as well for us Go owners! Keep it up, no more stupid UMD exclusives! I want to play all my PSP games on my NGP too!

  • any down fall to me buying another year +3 months of PS Plus? I know i set up a renewl for it but i wont get the extra 3 months when its time. i bought it in october with the bonus 3 months in effect, if that helps.

  • the 29th is the last day for that bonus 3 month by the way!

  • Rey since you don’t Mention Bundles is it possible that Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection might be announced?

  • MAG demo is comming for everyone? just like the PS Plus demo??

  • Where did you get that write up for Trails in the Sky? You seem to have gotten several of the names wrong. It’s apparently Estelle, not Estel; Joshua, not Yoshua; Bracer, not Blazer; Rolent, not Rolento.

    If you translated it from the Japanese version, that’s impressive, but wouldn’t it be best to go from how the US release will be? From the press release I’ve seen, it says:

    “In the peaceful town of Rolent of the Liberl Kingdom, a young girl named Estelle and her friend Joshua, who had been taken in by her family years earlier, prepare to take their first steps to join the legendary guild of the Bracers. Bracers are considered the peacekeepers and protectors of order that owe allegiance to no country or government. In Liberl their guild has flourished since a brief war some 10 years prior after an invasion from the Erebonian Empire to the north, and their efforts”

    Considering how well that Xseed has supported the PSP (and plan to in the future), I think you owe it to them to do an extra good job in promoting them.

  • @64

    [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.]

  • kind of disappointed that there’s no ps1 title on the drop this week. when is parasite eve 2 supposed to drop???? i haven’t flipped that in a while, and i played the **** out of 1, and i wanted to do a PE run before i started 3….

    hey, when is sony gonna get on the ball about PSN releases with new titles. I WOULD LOVE for MK to be downloadable on day one. i love digital downloads (especially with my 500gb), but how am i supposed to support it when new titles are for “select few” psp games, and 2+ year old games (infamous, prototype, ME2, split/second, granted last 2 are 1yr old)

  • Will Free Realms cost monthly? And how much will the game itself be?

  • A Back To The Future episode is being released? Wow, what’s the occasion?

    Seriously, I love the game, but the release schedule for the episodes is pitiful at best.

    I’ve been dying for a circuit racing game (preferably NASCAR) that provides a career mode similar to that of NASCAR ’07 on the PS2. Hopefully this new NASCAR game will do the trick.

  • Moon Driver, Mass Effect 2 DLC and Free Realms are on my list. Looking forward to this weeks releases.

  • Is this MAG Demo the same one that was given to PS+ customers?

  • Mag demo is now public?! :)

    And @4, it is actually extremely hard to port PSone games onto the PS store, as many problems come up. It is not something that can be done in a matter of minutes, and it is not easy. Here is a very interesting article about it:
    http://www.psu.com/Sony-lifts-lid-on-why-some-PSOne-Classics-wont-hit-the-PS-Store–a010542-p0.php

    There are many legal issues when it comes to PSone games, since they are so old, and rights have been sold and bought. Then theres huge bugs which simply can’t be fixed, or would cost too much to fix and wouldn’t result in a profit.

    Sony would love to bring all the PSone games to the PS store, but it simply isn’t possible.

  • This is a very strong week for releases. I just wish I wasn’t so swamped with my backlog of games. Need to play Mass Effect 2 again, LittleBigPlanet 2 keeps calling my name, Enslaved wants my attention, Dragon Age II and finally (but not least) Tactics Ogre on PSP.

    This year is going to completely kill me.

  • @62

    the Ico + Shadow of the Colossus remasters were confirmed (here on the blog, too) months ago. Just waiting on a release date now.

  • For PSP
    Dragon’s Lair – $7.99
    WWE All Stars – 29.99
    3rd Birthday – 29.99
    The Legend of Heroes – 29.99

  • Cant wait for WWE All Stars! Demo was great!

  • i know this question has nothing to do with the article but can you please help me answer it i saw GOD OF WAR 3 at walmart and on the cover it said PlayStation Move Compatible via online update i bought it and some reason it is not working is it because it is not Compatible or is it because i am doing something wrong thank you for your help =)

  • Looking forward to this week. Free Realms FINALLY for the PS3? Glad to see it, but used to playing it in short, occasional bursts on my PC. Doesn’t seem so laggy on our new PC, but the old one my wife and I had… Ick. Also, looking forward to picking up the 3rd Birthday this Tuesday. Looking forward to hearing what PSOne Classics that may be released as well(Please let it be Parasite Eve II, Threads of Fate, or Chrono Cross!!!).

  • 75# GOW3 has no move support.

  • This drop is off the hizzle fa shizzle you people whine too much a Playa like me never whine I’m too playa for that

  • Seems like a good update but I hope we get Parasite Eve 2 soon

  • thank you for telling me that+ kivi95 i wounder why walmart had the game saying that lol

  • Why Sony Release Old & Boring Games Digitally MAG & Split Second?Why You dont do the same has you did with mass effect 2 release good games in the store like Crysis 2,Rainbow Six Vegas 2,Metal Gear 4 Uncharted 1 &2 Resistance 1 & 2…..Etc and plz Release Mortal Kombat Or Socom 4 in the PSN Store Digitally & Crysis 2 as soon as possible.

  • Rey

    I would like to suggest a store section for retail released games on the PlayStation Store. Currently I have to sift threw both the PSN Titles to find the retail game I’m looking for. It would be much easier if I could just find the section for “Full Retail Games” and download from there.

    Thanks

  • More …. More … More Mass Effect. I can’t get enough.

  • Great update but no Parasite Eve 2? This was the perfect week to launch it seems to have missed the mark.

  • The fact that I bought Split/Second brand new for $10 a couple weeks ago and they’re asking $29.99 for it on PSN is a perfect example of why consumers want physical media to survive the rise of digital distribution. :)

  • Where are the turbografx games? My choice ps1 classics: Star Wars Rebel Assault II, Pong, Williams & Atari Arcade Classics, Namco Museums

  • Good to see the Third Birthday finally being released. I still have to save up some money to get that, along with Parasite Eve from PSN. I hope you guys get Parasite Eve 2 on PSN as well. I’ve never played any games in the series.

    T_T

  • Why is Sonic available for the PS3 PSN but not for the PSP. I understand that the PSP is going to be dead, but C’mon.

  • NASCAR and Free Realms for me.

  • @ray or anybody that can answer this will free reals be cros platfrom with PC and MAC users that sall i wanna know for this week’s drop update thank you!!

  • I am very happy Third Birthday is getting a PSN release. I will be buying it tomorrow :)

  • Stunned that it took this long to release a public demo for MAG.

    Was so interested in that game, but they really insulted their customer base by using the demo as a carrot-on-a-stick for Playstation Plus.

  • I thought the echochrome ii demo has been out for a while now. Is this a new demo or a typo? Thank you.

    P.S. That 3DS looks pretty groovy…too bad the launch titles suck….. When can we expect the NGP to launch?

  • So, no new stuff for Playstation Plus subscribers this week?

  • I know someone asked this but it wasn’t answered. Will people that buy 3rd Birthday through PSN also receive the Dissidia 012 costume? :). I’m anxiously waiting for the release and already pre-funded my wallet :).

  • Hey Ray,
    Just wondering about Back to the Future – my wife and kids (13 & 9) love playing that game – if we purchase the game, we’ve paid for all of the episodes? Or are we paying one-by-one? Thanks!

  • looking great!! ill have empty pockets again this week!! lol

  • So, when does PS Select start?

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