The Drop: Week of July 4th New Releases

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The Drop: Week of July 4th New Releases

With a special July 4th edition of The Drop comes a patriotic salute to what is surely one of the year’s most anticipated betas. Soon enough, everyone will be able to join in on the UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Multiplayer Beta, as it opens on Tuesday to all PSN users. PlayStation Plus members have been enjoying early access to the beta all week, but its time we open things up!

Also, this week — the Earth needs some defending! Sunshine, barbecue and fireworks will come in between you and the apocalyptic arthropod uprising in Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.

Lastly, PSone Japan Imports return, and PS Move goes bananas with Ape Escape. Happy fourth everyone!

PlayStation 3

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon — Insect Armageddon continues to follow the rich history of casual fun and addictive gameplay that made the franchise a cult classic. The game also adds a new aspect to the Earth Defense Force series that was born in Japan, with additional elements for all EDF soldiers to experience. The Campaign mode that lets up to three players team up online to battle the insects and aliens across a completely destroyable city. Every EDF soldier is armed with over 150 weapons and four upgradeable armor sets and engages in nonstop arcade action that is the fastest and deadliest in the series. In addition, the game also features a six-player Survival mode that pits a human squad against a nonstop onslaught of the largest enemies the aliens have to offer. (Read More: Meet the Monsters of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for PS3)

PlayStation Network

UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception (Multiplayer Beta) — Fortune hunter Nathan Drake is catapulted headlong into an adventure that takes him on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert in a search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” This journey pits him and his mentor Victor Sullivan against the occult treachery of a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader. When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his enduranceand forces him to confront his deepest fears. (Read More on UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception)

PlayStation Move Ape EscapeDesigned exclusively for PlayStation Move, Playstation Move Ape Escape offers fun and accessible gameplay for players of all ages. Get ready to dive into 15 new levels and watch your PlayStation Move controller transform into an assortment of gadgets while you scoop, swat, and target monkeys in pursuit of Specter, the leader of the monkey invasion.

PSone Japan Imports

  • The Rapid Angel
  • Yakiniku Bugyou


Ninjamurai — This action game centers on a young man, known only as the Ninjamurai, as he tries to outrun a number of evil forces that are intent on catching him, including a rival ninja clan, an evil corporation and a dark dragon controlled by his greatest rival.

[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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  • Awesome, loving the U3 Beta, keep the good stuff coming :)

  • WilliamFuchs420

    First and another weak drop

  • WilliamFuchs420

    Ok second instead lol sombody always beats me damn 3g

  • WilliamFuchs420: Remember: no swearing, fighting, or using the comments section of this blog to be “first!”

  • anyone know when parasite eve 2 is coming? ive been waiting since they announced it in March but havent heard anything

  • Tell me the updates for the store, for PS+ and whatnot. I wanna know whether to spend my money now or later.

  • Vinland_Krauser

    Hey, there are some PSone titles that will be welcome additions to the library.
    How about Legend of Dragoon, Brave Fencer Musashi and Granstream Saga?
    Also, there is Final Fantasy V and VI. Hope you guys can get them too!

  • Awesome, my kids and I loved the Ape Escape Demo. Any idea how much the game will be?

  • LionsguardAgrias

    Now that’s what I call a weak release schedule.
    Would have been a great week to toss in a couple PS1 titles–too bad so sad.

  • NickTheStampede

    still no parasite eve 2

  • Wow!!! This is pathetic, another week and nothing, nada.. What is Sony doing? Come on get your act together and get some decent drops!!

  • Whoah!! Slow down. I can’t keep up with all these new updates.

    Well at least Steam has their summer sale on now.

  • How in the world did you manage to do worse than last week? This is pathetic.

  • Wow there has been nothing for the PSP in the last couple of updates. The European store got all those Final Fantasy games for the psp recently. Any news on when they are going to show up here?

  • Played the Ape Escape demo, hated it. I loved The first three main games in the series, but hating the direction it’s taken in the last several years. An all mini-game on PSP, an all mini-game on PSN, and now this Elebits inspired waste. This series needs to go back to it’s roots.

    Uncharted 3 beta has been a blast so far, though. Of course, everyone here in NA has been playing it already thanks to Welcome Back, so this update is a total bust.

  • Vinland_Krauser

    Also, there is the shooter Einhander which certainly will be nice.
    We only have R-Types and Delta, and the import ones don’t count. (Cho Aniki, ugh)
    Come on… its from Squaresoft!

  • ez_____ez_____ez



  • U3 beta sweet so far!
    Small drop this week. Only four things. But big things come in small packages. Well at least U3 beta…

  • StackedPancakes

    Any news / date on BurgerTime HD??

  • aww, still not Parasite Eve II? I guess I’m going to have to get an EU account to get it :(

  • final fantasy 5 & 6, parasite eve 2, legend of dragoon, brave fencer musashi, einhander, megaman legends…. whats happening? these games should have been added a long time ago.

  • StealthReborn--

    What’s going on Rey? How’s the U3 beta treating you? I’m at level 24, looks pretty good so far. Although I don’t like how they changed the co-op. I prefered how it was in U2. Hope you’re having a good 4th of July. =)

  • So, “the drop” for this week is we get nothing. I guess we can look forward to another month of nothing just in case people activated their 30 day trail recently. Ever getting psone titles?

  • Stop trying to be first when posting a comment. It’s just annoying and a waste. Especially when you fail to even be first, you look pathetic. Nobody thinks you’re cool when you do it, so don’t.

    Besides that, why is everyone complaining about what’s being released this week? You have to realize that there isn’t going to be a masterpiece of a game released every week throughout the year, settle down. Not only that, but it’s summer. There’s not very much content released during the summer months, you should all know that by now. Go out and enjoy the weather or something.

    Anyway, everyone have a fun and safe 4th of July!

  • @5 It hasn’t been rated by the ESRB yet, so Square Enix seems to not be interested in getting it on PSN for North America.

  • Wow. Practically nothing to be seen here.

    Just for clarification: how does Sony define “Week of July 4th”? Will these games be released /through/ July 4th, just before it, or some time afterwards…?

  • @24 A game does not have to be listed on the ESRB website in order to be released. Case in point: These two Imports.

  • zzZZZ

  • I want all those ps1 games mentioned, but more than any of those CHRONO CROSS first! ;)

  • I’m loving the Uncharted 3 beta! =)

    Rey, do you know when we are going to have Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit on the US PlayStation Store? Europe already has it.

  • Heyy i bought the sonic birthday bundle but, i downloaded the sonic 2 PS+ one, well anyways i bought the birthday bundle in th ps store and it’s saying I DID NOT purchase it, but i go into my transaction history, and it says i did, whats up with that? :/

  • cool, you son guys should be back PS2 games to work on the PS3. PS2 is not saleing well any more. At the store’s i been to don’t sell PS2 system no more. Its time that both fat and slim PS3 have PS2 ability’s to playback, think how much money u can make if people see that PS3 can play PS2 games. ALot and i know my friends will go out to get PS3 if he see PS3 being enable to play PS2 games. If i own sony & i would make it happen.

  • if the updates are gonna be this weak go ahead an take the psn down for another month i want content filled weeks not piddley squat. i doubt the demand for japan psone games is even high in america cause one they arent localized which means you have to speak japanese or two they are so weird theres a reason they were never released here. they say nintendo is dropping the ball but kinda looking like microsoft and sony are running out of steam as well. subpar software an sequals will only get u so far.

  • yawn… STILL waiting for Final Fantasy V & VI and Chrono Trigger, why are they being held back so long?? were rated for ps3 and psp ages ago so we know they are coming to PSclassics

  • slightly off topic but rey i got a question, how long will the sonic bundle be on sale for $20? i wanna get em cuz sonic is just awesome but i was wondering if it would still be up after this tuesday (i get paid on thursdays) so i could wait or just get it now and screw bills for a few days XD ty om advance if you reply.

  • well looks like we’ll be seeing Flynn in the Uncharted 3 multi-player. watch the video @2:58

  • Not bad, but this holiday season, “The Drop” is going to be packed

  • waiting for some of those ps1 classics.

    i also hope to see older psp games getting added to psn soon, some more double packs would be awesome also. something with jeanne d’arc would be awesome.

    looking to grab a bunch of psp/ps1 classics in anticipation of vita’s release later this year.

  • Still waiting for PS1 Classics that the Europe Store has, like FUTURE COP LAPD.
    The only PS1 game i would buy, and its not on my store :(

  • I thought Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon was going to be a PSN game but I guess I’m wrong.

  • Ok now again where is D&D Daggerdale? I thought we still had catching up to do? Section 6 Prejudice still not out yet either. I have been more than patient and even defended PSN and tried not to be negative. I feel like we have been ill treated and not really brought anything of value. The welcome back program was nice and all but the selection was bad, a bunch of older cheap games. I really don’t wanna sound ignorant but I know I do and I am sorry for that. I am speaking for most every consumer who felt or feels that we as consumers are really not appreciated. I still LOVE PSN.


    i just noticed that the picture on this post was hilarious… i mean drake kicking someone in the behind/nuts… hilarious. hahaha =D

  • Yes Rapid Angel is awesome! Anyone remotely interested in old platformers go buy this one! It’s a real gem. I got the Asia version about a year ago, and it was great. Will totally double dip on this one.

  • @#5 and others wanting to know about Parasite Eve 2

    Typically when Sony is going to re-release games onto the PSN from the old Playstation they have them rated by the ESRB. If you just go to the site and do a search you can find out what should be comming out in the next few weeks/months. As you can see though PE2 has not been re-rated since it’s inital release so you really should not expect it anytime soon. Just check the ESRB website from time to time using PSP games as your search paramiter and you will know when or if Sony plans to put it onto the PSN. Sorry this does not really answer your question as to when the game will come out, but at least this way gives you a chance to check for yourself since on this board you will not get feedback from any admin.

    Hope this helps.

  • Wait, am I readings right? Theres no PSN releases this week? Well, a Playstation mini and 2 japanese imports? u cannot b serios

  • Hi, I have an issue. I downloaded Sonic 2 while it was free on PS+, and then bought the Sonic bundle. Now Plus expired and now I can’t redownload Sonic 2 even though I bought it with the bundle? What do I do?

  • price for the ape escape, please?

  • Are the Japanese imports getting the PS+ pricing that the previous ones got?

  • STILL waiting for Final Fantasy V & VI and Chrono Trigger, why are they being held back so long??

  • So yet another update with no new psp games? i mean seriously its like you guys arent even trying. could you at least give reasons why we havent see anything new for the psp in a while?

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