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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  • I cannot wait for The Drop to say: For the week of Nov 1st Uncharted 3 is out.

  • Originally i was gonna buy All-4-One, Batman, and Beat Hazard on Tuesday… but then i saw Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With An Engine! GOTY right there! =D

  • Great Drop. This is what I’m talkin about. We need more Drops like this. 2011 will forever be regarded as the year of the game, great to see that Sony is again leading the way. Long Live Play! To Michael and to me… because I will be playing pretty much everything being put on store shelves and on the PSN this week.

  • While this is a lot. Us Psp user get shafted yet again with having nothing although the street fighter ps1 classic is pretty cool, but i already have the psp version so i doubt the ps1 version is any different. yet again nothing for me this week.

  • BATMAN!!!

  • would it be possible for you guys to put a remasterd version of the always fun kingdom hearts 2 on on the ps3?

  • So many games so little money argh. Too bad that Street Fighter Alpha 3 don’t have online capability like King of Fighters 95. Also that’s great to hear about Pay Day The Heist about damn time there’s a demo for it.

  • @ #4 & #25, look guys/gals, I think the sensible thing to do is not call what developers are making for us gamers “stupid.” It’s not like this dev team has ripped us off in the past- just state “not for me” or “I don’t like it.” Dropping that something is “stupid” w/out a reason of ANY kind, I mean how is that a mature? :/

  • Oh wow! This week is EPIC with releases!! =D

  • Yeah, I totally agree with Jose! I’d totally be up for an HD collection of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2! =)

  • Will there be a discount on Rocketbirds for PS+ members?

  • OMFG BEAT HAZARD ULTRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that game (i have the first one on my 360) is so awesome. i am so glad to hear that it has a release date.

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

    …So you have your opinion of a game being stupid, but I can’t have an opinion of you being stupid? The game is not out yet nor a demo is out but somehow it’s a stupid game, and I don’t know you but I can’t say your stupid? You want to talk about opinions yet I’m not aloud to say my opinion? Isn’t that…like…communism or something?

    MY OPINION is that you’re just being an a hole for saying something is stupid that you know nothing about. It’s not about defending the game or anything, I’m just trying to show how ignorant you are. That’s all.

    Yes, I forgive you. You’re welcome

  • Maybe Dungeon Defenders!

  • I loved Ridge Racer 7. I wish I had a 3D TV.

  • Batman,Okabu for sure this week Real Steel if the demo is good also will be trying out all other demos to see if they are worth buying

    @ Rey or Sid could you tell me if Okabu has online co-op?

  • Oh, look more [DELETED]!..

    The only thing good about this week (fortunately) has not a [DELETED] thing in the least really to do with the PlayStation store here (because, dealing with brain dead nulls is tedious.Atleast we have Batman to save us this week.) Honestly I’d say I’m dissapointed, but again. I’ll just ready my bat and take yet another whack at this dead horse this tuesday.

    What a load of crap…

  • And still nothing for the PSP.

  • Finally, just a couple more days to play the sequel to one of the best games ever!

  • @67 It’s dead… maybe they are saving up the last two releases (Monster Hunter 3 and FF Type 0) for when the PS Vita comes out?

  • The end of the world is on Friday isn’t it? 10/21/11 time to go max out the credit card:)

  • Epic week indeed. Man im already swamped with the number of retail and PSN games im playing at the moment. Now i got Batman: Arkham City, Rocketbirds, Okabu, Payday and SFA3 this week. I will be only be able to get Rocketbirds and Okabu on PSN tho cuz i don’t know if i have enough for SFA3 too on my account. Im getting it tho, likely this weekend. I should be getting Payday free because of the whole PSN Play promo. And yeah i agree, putting platinum trophies on your game hooks a lot of gamers, devs should know this by now(tho im not a trophy hunter myself).


  • what time am i expecting PayDay (demo) on PSN Store. just checked the store and it’s not there yet.

  • That is a large selection of games!

    Dungeon Defenders interests me, but I made the mistake of trying it out on my phone since that is where it started and was tired of waiting for it to come onto the PS3. Big mistake, the controls are some of the worst I had ever seen in my life. A controller would make them infinitely better, but I still have this awful sour taste in my mouth. I really wish they had a demo available too, that would help me get over that bad first impression.

    Still, I may end up getting it, if it’s $10. If they went to $15 I’ll wait on it.

  • When is DC Universe Online being released???

  • Batman AC, Dungeon Defenders,& Rocketbirds for me.

  • So much PSN Stuff! You might make me broke Sony!

  • HOLY CRAP Dungeon Defenders is out?! I’ve been waiting ages just for a release date and suddenly you tell me it’s out this week?! how am I supposed to find time to play Dark Souls, BF3 and Dungeon Defenders.. its crazy

  • Facepalm…. Why the hell to you release 4 great psn games on the same week… Seriously you guys need to plan better.

  • Please Please respond to this, can you release the PS ONE Classic:
    Vigilante 8 or Vigilante 8 Second Offense?
    It’s been forever since i’ve played them, I would pay full price for a vigilante re-play, or even twisted metal 4?
    I know there’s Twisted Metal two, but that game is a disappointment in my book compared to 4 or the vigilante series!

  • Please put that brilliant ‘Long Live Play’ advert on PSN this week please :P (hopefully in 1080p to)

  • Is there a Dungeon Defenders demo/trial? On Oct. 3 (just 2 short weeks ago) the guy from Trendy said there would be:

    + Phillip M. Asher on October 3rd, 2011 at 2:00 pm said:

    Yep, there will be a trial at release! You’ll be able to level up to level 8 and play multiplayer/local co-op. You can also keep your character/progress if you choose to upgrade to the full game!

    I’m not paying $15 for a cell phone game w/o a demo.

    Also – R&C:A4O trial? Or are the PS+ updates still above Rey’s pay grade? I need to know how much stuff too delete, that lame retail disc Move Heroes game had a 6gig install, I’m thinking a1 hr. trail – judging by past trials – would be about 20gig.

    Great week overall.

  • SFA3 is hands down, the best playing psp Street Fighter game. shortcut set ups, alternate modes, crisp visuals. I own this on umd, but I will be getting this tomorrow.

  • @74, These releases are scheduled for Tuesday PSN update.

  • This drop is much improved compared to some of the previous entries. Nothing wrong with the actual games being released. Only thing that needs to be dealt with eliminating the ignorant trolls who do nothing but harass others.

  • Remember to boycott any game with an online pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This is a great week…A lot of games I wanted to get coming out this week XD

    Also, totally random that Alpha 3 is hitting the psOne classics…definitely picking that up. Been waiting for that to hit for forever :D

    Also, is Ratchet and Clank hitting the PSN store as well?

  • @EJayDub

    While I respect the developers of a game to want to implement something to help offset the costs of a game. I too despise the online pass, despite only purchasing new games. I think their is better ways through DLC to get income to host servers.

    Now having said that, it’s going to fall on deaf ears for Uncharted 3. Far to many people are looking forward to this game, and having played UC2 online, they want to step up to the new best thing.

  • …still waiting on the Pirates of the Flying Fortress expansion to Two Worlds 2! It was supposed to drop last week and I still haven’t seen it in the store. It’s already out for the PC and Xbox, why the delay for the PS3?

  • :( … :I … :) … :D …… >D IMMENSE HAPPINESS! I am so glad to see “Sam and Max, Season 2” on here. I never thought I’d get the chance to play it! How much will it cost? I want it. I’m also excited for “Okabu”. Looks awesome! …Aaaaannd it looks like I’ll be trying a bunch of demos as well. Awesome update! :)

  • whoo hoo, arkham city and dungeon defenders! im so excited ^_^

  • Ratchet and Clank, Batman: Arkham City collector’s edition, and a load of other stuff is Mine AAAALLLLLL Mine!!! >8( 8P 8)

  • dc universe is suppose to go free to play this week but sony hasn’t said anything about it
    can anyone give me any conformation please

  • “Beat Hazard Ultra (Demo Available)” — what the h@ll kind of game is that a masturbation simulator?

    Get some better stuff on here please !

  • Really excited for Sam & Max (and hoping Season 1 isn’t far behind!) and RockSmith; those are day one purchases! Will be checking out the demos for everything else :)

  • Rocksmith…get it or not? has anyone heard/read any reviews yet? Wanting fun way to learn guitar and was wondering if this was any good.

  • Seriously, we need more full-retail games releases on PSN. I was searching some to download and they are very few in quantity. Uncharted should be there, as well as Gran Turismo 5, Tomb Raider HD, Metal Gear Solid 4, and a lot more. I’ve seen the list Microsoft gives to the 360 and is extensive (and expensive xD), why can’t we have some more love on that matter? Specially when some of us don’t have time enough to go to a store a buy a disc-based game.

  • @ WarriorOfPersia

    Seriously? You don’t have time to leave your home to go to a shop which sells video games?`
    Instead you prefer to pay the overpriced digital download stuff (nearly always more expensive then the prices you find in internet shops for the disk version) which is completely useless as you can NEVER rent it to a friend or sell it again if it is old or a bad game??

    And the thought of ordering a disc version in the interent (if don’t have time to leave your home) didn’t cross your mind either?
    Wow, just wow.
    You support a trend which will increase the prices for games (as the publisher controls 100% and no store can make a special offer anymore) and at the same time rip you of your rights as a buyer (because you basically only buy a license instead of a real & physical product whith which you can do what you want).

    You are dangerous for consumer rights. :)

  • tell em whats the point of adding a PS2 classic section on the store if you guys aren’t updating it? INCREDIBLE SONY! you guys sure know how to piss off your fans…..

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