The Drop: Week of October 17th 2011 New Releases

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The Drop: Week of October 17th 2011 New Releases

This week, the PlayStation.Blog team is three for one! I’m sure you’ve read our extensive coverage on some of this week’s new releases. Take Sid’s awesome Q&A session with Rocksteady Studios on the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham City in glorious 3D. Jeff and I traveled to FantasticFest and gamescom to play Payday: The Heist. The sizzling Miami weather invited me back to my hometown where we kicked off our dancer diaries for Everybody Dance. Also, lets not forget the quartet of awesome in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One for PS3.

PSN delivers more titles to its already extensive catalogue of exclusives. Follow Kumulo and Nimbe in their unique and original adventure in the co-op puzzler, Okabu. Dead Space redefined horror when it originally came to Blu-ray years ago. Now you can relive, or experience for the first time, Issac Clarke’s manifestation of horror on-board the Ishimura on PSN. Finally, Street Fighter Alpha 3 comes to PSone Classics.

This week’s The Drop is massive. Enjoy it.

PlayStation 3

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One — In Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, we find our heroes in the midst of a dilemma of intergalactic proportions when Dr. Nefarious’ latest evil plan goes awry leaving Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Nefarious himself caught in the snare of a powerful and mysterious machine. Begrudgingly, the Galaxy’s biggest do-gooders and its most sinister criminal must work together to discover a means of escape in this action-packed installment of the Ratchet & Clank series.

Another rousing entry in the blockbuster action/platformer franchise, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One for the first time lets gamers play as Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, or even Dr. Nefarious in co-op gameplay. In four-player story quests, teammates must work together, using each character’s unique skills as well as sharing weapons between players, in order to solve puzzles and eliminate the opposition.

Everybody Dance — Everybody Dance delivers a high-energy dance experience set to a soundtrack of 40 chart-topping party hits. Using the PlayStation Move motion controller and PlayStation Eye camera to track and score moves, players can test their dancing skills with three difficulty levels, each featuring unique routines for every track produced by world-renowned choreographers.

The Drop: Week of October 17th 2011 New Releases

Everybody Dance allows players to hit the floor solo style, team up with a second player for a cooperative Partner Routine, challenge a friend to a competitive Dance Battle, or use the Party Play mode where up to 20 players can go head-to-head for the ultimate dance-off. Players can also use Everybody Dance’s Dance Class feature to improve their skills through detailed routine breakdowns and then take their game to the next level by developing original choreography using the Dance Creator feature.

Batman: Arkham City — Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security home for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.

Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Rocksmith — Rocksmith is a music game based around the use of a real guitar — players can plug any real guitar with a standard quarter-inch input jack into their game system and play through an in-depth library of music including everything from the latest hits to classic rock songs. Featuring gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level and innovative game design that makes reading music visually fun and intuitive, Rocksmith engages experienced musicians and those who are picking up a guitar for the first time. The game includes a sizeable library of music from classic rock bands to current artists, such as The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana and The Rolling Stones.

The Sims 3: Pets — For the first time in franchise history, players will be able to take full control of their pet and play out their life story. They’ll also be able to determine their pets’ personality traits to create their perfect pet for their Sims. The Sims 3 Pets allows players to add a new member to their household to control and find new ways to play with life!

Ben 10: Galactic Racing — The first kart racing game set in the popular BEN 10 universe and based on the hit Cartoon Network TV series features Ben and his alien friends competing in an over-the-top, galactic grand prix race through a variety of tracks on five different planets! Compete for the best times in the high-speed grand prix modes or engage in four-player multiplayer mayhem!

National Geographic Challenge — National Geographic Challenge allows players to explore our planet through its history and geography, providing a journey through the ages and an inside look at the extraordinary extent of mankind’s achievements.

Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With An Engine — Jimmie Johnson’s Anything with an Engine will allow players to race in vehicles created from the most unlikely of everyday objects – from dumpsters to lawnmowers fulfilling Jimmie’s “Anything with an engine!” motto. Lead-footed drivers will engage in elimination-style circuits across progressively challenging tracks, complete with pyrotechnics-laden theatrical sets strewn with wicked hazards, traps and jumps.

J.A.S.F. Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters — Advanced Strike Fighters is set in the fictional country of Azbaristan; the once-great nation has been torn apart by a decade of civil war, followed by almost a decade of uneasy peace. The ten year war resulted in huge territorial gains for Northern People’s Republic Azbaristan and their controlling political party, the Northern People’s Party, giving them control of the country except for the oil-rich province that is all that’s left of South Azbaristan.

PlayStation Network

Okabu (Demo Available) — Okabu follows the adventures of Kumulo, Nimbe and the cloud-flying heroes as they battle to save their people and their world from the industrialized threat of the Doza. The world of Okabu is a hyper-tactile toybox filled with a huge number of puzzles, playthings, adorable creatures and devious machines –all spread across an epic co-op campaign

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (Demo Available) — Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken builds upon the critically-acclaimed browser-based game Rocketbirds: Revolution!, with new characters, missions, puzzles, exclusive music videos, retro cut scenes, stereoscopic 3D support and more.

Step into the clawed feet of badass rebel Hardboiled Chicken, the original Coq of War who sets out on a mission to assassinate the totalitarian penguin leader and take down the evil regime that has taken over Albatropolis. Destroy enemies with a slew of weapons and bear the yolk of Hardboiled’s past as his missions unlock the secrets to his mysterious past and illuminate the truth behind the penguin government. Master fowl play in the co-op campaign as a pair of Budgie commandos on a mission to save the general’s daughter. Many lives will be destroyed, countless penguins will die!

Payday – The Heist (Demo available) — Payday: The Heist is a high-intensity squad-based first person shooter where players take on the role of a hardened career criminal pulling death-defying heists in the never-ending pursuit of the next “big score.” Quick wit, an equally fast trigger finger and above all teamwork are the rules of engagement as players will embark on a spectacular crime spree of six heart stopping heists, including blasting their way through a downtown bank vault robbery, managing hostages in an armored car hijacking and even a midnight infiltration of a top-secret, high-security facility.

Dungeon Defenders — Developed by Trendy Entertainment, Dungeon Defenders throws action-RPG and tower defense gameplay into the proverbial blender to create a seamless mix of leveling, looting and high-action territorial combat for casual and core players alike. Dungeon Defenders features a lovingly-rendered watercolor art style and allows up to 4 players, online or locally, to take one of four distinct classes into fierce battle against ever-increasing waves of baddies and bosses across 15 arenas and multiple modes.

Real Steel (Demo Available) — In Real Steel, the player assumes the role of an owner of a fighting robot, and must battle against many different rival robots in an attempt to become champion of several levels of fighting tiers. Players earn in-game money by winning matches and, using this money, must periodically improve their robot, making it stronger and more fit to compete in the higher level match tiers. The vast amount of customizable parts and selectable equipment makes for over 100 million possibilities of custom robots!

Beat Hazard Ultra (Demo Available) — Welcome to a new experience in gameplay mechanics: Beat Hazard Ultra – Gameplay Powered by YOUR Music! Experience your music collection like never before with this intense music driven arcade shooter. Each of your songs will have its own unique ebb and flow based on the music. Power up your spaceship and watch as the music boosts your firepower. Unleash hell on the enemy ships when you max out with weapon pickups! Beat Hazard seamlessly mixes the love of gaming and music. Together they become greater than the sum of their parts.

Dead Space — Gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that promises to deliver the ultimate in psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship’s crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive.

Ridge Racer 7: 3D Version — The PlayStation 3 driving experience Ridge Racer 7 is reborn as the arcade Ridge Racer 7 3D Version. The arcade attraction makes use of a special television that uses filters to make the images burst out at players once players don special 3D glasses to play the game. Now you can experience the amazing speed and on-the-edge control of Ridge Racer in a whole new dimension!

Technologically, the game makes use of a technique called Xpol. Developed in conjunction with NHK Technical Service, this technology promises 3D visuals without player fatigue. The technology works at 1080p and 60 frames per second.

Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space — Sam & Max are on the job again in Season Two of their infamous adventure series! This downloadable package features five Sam & Max episodes chock full of adventure, crime-fighting, and chaos. The season starts with a giant battle robot attack and never lets up, taking our valiant crime-fighters on a gut-wrenching mission from the North Pole to Easter Island, from outer space to Hell and back.
Special features! Experience hours of special features and behind-the-scenes goodies that rival any TV series boxed set on the market today. Hear commentary from the team who made the games. Peek behind the scenes at the game design process through concept art and designer notes. And if you’re a savvy viewer, you may even uncover some surprises…

  • Episode 1 – Ice Station Santa
  • Episode 2 – Moai Better Blues
  • Episode 3 – Night of the Raving Dead
  • Episode 4 – Chariots of the Dogs
  • Episode 5 – What’s New Beelzebub


  • Everybody Dance
  • Need for Speed: The Run

PSone Classics

Street Fighter Alpha 3 — Street Fighter Alpha 3 gives you the choice from 34 different characters including four brand new characters, all with three different fighting styles. All of the characters from the previous games in the ALPHA series have returned, while many old favorites like Guile, E. Honda, Blanka, Balrog, Dee Jay, and Fei Long make their fist appearance in the ALPHA series. There are also four new characters: Karin Kanzuki, Rainbow Mika, Juli, and Juni, making 34 characters in all. Further, each character has three different fighting styles, meaning you’ll have your hands full if you want to master this game.


  • 1000 Tiny Claws
  • The Treasures of Montezuma
  • Street Smart
  • Speedball 2 Evolution

[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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  • Holly wow! lol that is an awesome drop right there. Cant wait to get my hands on all them games!!! I know ill be picking up payday, dungeon defenders, and maybe a few more after playing some demos and what not :).

    Anyone want to add me to play these games ur welcome to, im going to need to partners to spit some cash with :)

  • Great games for EVERYONE!!!! Too bad im soooo broke.

  • alpha, i had good times with that game :D

    there are plenty of games i’m interested in but I’m holding up for u3 and mgs hd

    i’ll get batman when it gets a price drop :)

  • I really wanna get Batman Arkham City. Need For Speed The Run demo should be fun. Payday The Heist looks stupid.

  • Looking forward to Payday and Rocketbird, this will be a great week! Ihope we get a review up at soon.

  • I’ll be getting Payday. Anyone can add me if they want to play (especially if you have a mic). Okabu has been looking pretty sweet but I gotta try the demo first, same with Rocketbirds. Awesome, a new Sam and Max game. Sadly, I will have to wait for Batman or Ratchet and Clank.

  • SFA3- Great. Next up Street Fighter EX + Alpha. That was a killer game. Then Street Fighter The Movie. I know that game gets a bad rap, but it was one deep fighter.

  • Infamous 2 FOB is 9.99 pre order. If we do not get it not will it go for 14.99 like the intened price? Because I don’t really see a reason for pre-ordering something if it’ll be the same price. A free theme does not count for anything IMO.

  • Okabu!!!

    Please be affordable!

  • Time to find out who has better gadgets Ratchet or Batman.

  • That’s one gameslposion for the record books! Batman for me! I need a new game to play…

  • I gave in and paid off Batman.. shame on me. Oh well, it’s gonna rock for sure. I just gotta take it easy on all the games I’ve been buying

    I’d been wondering about Dungeon Defenders! Heard about it forever ago and it sounded awesome. Got it on my iPhone but it’s just too laggy. Also looking forward to tryin out the Run demo. Payday looks cool as well.. Man, too many games… love it!

  • I have been following Dungeon Defenders for about a year now, back when it was supposed to be released in May-June 2011. Since it had been delayed due to XBLA certification, it gets pushed back to the “Award Season” of gaming, I just don’t know now, with UC3, Batman: AC, etc. It still looks awesome and incredibly deep for a 14.99 price tag.

    Nice Drop in general guys!

  • One of those games is for rednecks. I’m excited for Batman so it better not disappoint me. The online pass thing is an outrage. I’m sure there are some other games there I would play.

  • Is Naruto Ultimate Ninja Impact not getting a PSN release? Or is it not there because you didn’t list any PSP games?

  • i’m interested in dungeon defender and the national geographic game.because i used to love geography and social sciences in general as for dungeon defender i may try it depending on the price?

  • Beat Hazard Ultra, Dungeon Defenders, and Batman Arkham City for me on Tuesday. Payday on Friday though i would love to acquire it Tuesday as well. I imported the UK version of The Cursed Crusade. it is a fun game and the some reviews are very misleading. Best to be your own judge…

  • Bad move for Ratchet releasing alongside Batman.

  • Okabu, Rocketbirds, and Payday all have Platinum trophies.

    Developers are starting to learn!

  • Woah.

    Sam and Max? Payday? Rocket Chicken? Alpha 3?

    You greedy Sony bastards! Quit stealing my money!

  • @20


  • are you serious a nfs:the run demo THANK YOU EA!!!!!!

  • yess!,alpha 3 is the best,thank you sony!

  • Holy god!!
    Beside the excellent R&C all4one & Batman there is a ton of great download titles.
    Payday arrives, Rocketbirds sounds very cool and Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space completely caught me by surprise!
    Loved the last S&M.
    And the new Infamous plus other stuff is just around the corner!

    This is insane!
    While I have the money and will gladly spend it on all these gems, WHERE DO I GET THE TIME TO ENJOY PLAYING ALL OF THESE GREAT GAMES?? :)

    Anyone know how to clone yourself? lol

  • @4 hey killinskull, you know what else is stupid? You.

    Shut up (words I can’t say on PS Blog)

  • Batman, Rocketbirds, Dungeon Defenders for me. Going to wait out Sam & Max, hopefully PS Plus gets it free for the Christmas holiday :D

  • I want to try out Rocksmith… but I’ll be waiting for a price drop.

  • Awww man we have such a sweet week ahead of us! Batman: AC is what I’ll need to get really soon! Now what PSN has to offer me: PayDay is a Day 1 purchase for me, I will also be checking out the demos for Okabu and RocketBirds which I just may pick up. And now Alpha 3 is here, I never played it before and here’s my chance. Thanks Sony, you guys rock!

  • haha I can’t believe there are no everybody dance commercial with kevin butler or ratchet

  • What a week!
    A quick question though, will Ridge Racer 7 have trophies?

  • @25 Why the hate? He just said it looks stupid…. Cool your jets hero. No need for such actions. Especially on a comment to a drop post. What is your motif? You make yourself look real smart by putting down others on a comment board. >.> Please go away….

  • Ratchet and Clank All 4 One should have released this week and not next week. Going against Batman: Arkham City might hurt it sales wise. I know it is intended for different audiences, but a lot of people (like me) want both. This week was a very good week to have launched.

    Anyways, I hope it sells well in the long run. It deserves it, and we need to get rid of the FPS golden age. I don’t like shooters, and it seems like 9/10 games that come out are FPS.

  • Great week for PS3 owners. Awesome variety for all tastes and gamers ;D
    Looking foward to Dungeon Defenders and Rocketbirds!

  • Quite a lot good things for Tuesday!

  • Nice drop XD nothing Im interested in but still good.
    But seeing so many retail releases showing up on the PSN lately does raise the question for me: Will the uncharted series ever show up on there?

  • Good golly! That’s a lot of games just for one Tuesday. o_o

  • Why the hate? He just said it looks stupid…. Cool your jets hero. No need for such actions. Especially on a comment to a drop post. What is your motif? You make yourself look real smart by putting down others on a comment board. >.> Please go away….

    @31 “putting down others”? I am I “putting him down”? Am I a bully and he’s a nerd or something? He just said it looks stupid and I just said HE looks stupid. So…your the one being a jerk. If he can have an opinion about something being stupid why can’t I?

  • wasn’t ratchet and clank all 4 one supposed to come out as a PSN (digital) version too ? It doesn’t seem like it :(

  • Does Ridge Racer 7 work without 3D? I really enjoyed the old psp game. I got my PS3 way after it first came out and have not been able to find a copy. This might finally solve my problem.

  • Cool, Dead Space releasing! (Sarcasm) I bought that 2 years ago! Why not release Ratchet or Arkham in a digital download purchase!

  • are they ever gonna give us a system update to getrid of the XMB for something new and better? playstation 3 had the XMB since it launched and it’s time for them to change it !!!!!!!

  • hey rey i saw on the plus part that valkirie chronicles 2 for the psp will be on discount do u know by chance how much that will be? plz respond asap

    All 4 One will be worth checking out too :)

  • Batman, Rocketbirds, NFS:TR Demo, Okabu Demo.
    This is the best drop.

    Also I’m waiting for Festival of blood.

    Thank you Rey!

  • I just want f2p DC Universe Online

  • @37 So you get ticked because I don’t like a game that you like? Are you incapable of accepting other people’s opinion? Sad

  • Great drop. Will be checking out the chickens, and the on-foot racing game. Any news on DCUO?

  • So awesome. Next 2 weeks are Godly for the Playstation gamer. This week is All 4 One, Okabu, Rocketbirds, AND the Uncharted 3 IMAX experience here in the Bay Area. And then next week it’s Festival of Blood, Pixeljunk Sidescroller… and oh yeah, getting Uncharted 3 a week early. Feels pretty darn good. My poor Playstation 3 is going to be getting a workout! Keep it up PS!

  • Awesome drop, but there are way too many good games coming out at one time. I wish that the publishers would release highly anticipated games throughout the whole year. The summer was really dry and then everyone releases “the big ones” in fall with close release dates. It is tough on the wallet and you do not get enough time to play everything. Oh well, better to get a lot then nothing at all…

  • FINALLY DUNGEON DEFENDERS! im ready to miss some work for this game

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