The Drop: Week of December 19th 2011 New Releases

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The Drop: Week of December 19th 2011 New Releases

L.A. Noire, NCAA Football 12, Just Cause 2, Brother’s and Arms and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands join the extensive catalog of Blu-ray games which have gone digital on PSN. Also, one of my favorite Sonic the Hedgehog games spin-dash off the Sega CD and onto the PS3 this week. Freshly baked and ready for the holidays, Apples to Apples and Trine 2 are new to PSN.  And here’s your friendly reminder to listen to episode 4 of the PlayStation.Blogcast!

Enjoy this week’s The Drop.

PlayStation Network

L.A. Noire — Set amid the violence and corruption of post-World War II Los Angeles, L.A. Noire is a crime thriller that seamlessly blends crime-solving, clue-finding, car chases and shoot-outs with revolutionary new interrogation-based gameplay that will allow players to read characters’ emotions in order to reveal the truth. Players will take on the role of Cole Phelps, a decorated war veteran, who rises through the ranks of the LAPD by solving a series of gruesome murders and other crimes that bring him face-to-face with the dark heart of Los Angeles during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

NCAA Football 12 — NCAA Football 12 takes the journey of the college athlete to the next level of depth and authenticity. Experience the pride and pageantry of gameday Saturday with all new enhanced in-game presentation, traditions and school specific crowd celebrations. Make an impact on the field as your team takes down your heated rival on the road to the National Championship.

Trine 2 (Demo Available) — Trine 2 takes the first game’s beloved triad and puts them into an all-new adventure filled with more action, more puzzles, and the introduction of online support for the series’s popular cooperative 3-person gameplay.

Sonic CD (Demo Available) — Sonic comes to life and goes up against such foes as Metal Sonic, the evil hedgehog created by Dr. Robotnik. Sonic must collect all the Time Stones from The Little Planet before Dr. Robotnik can bend time and take over the world. Through more than 50 levels, Sonic can travel through time and explore the past, the present, and the future. And as a special bonus for this enhanced 2011 version of Sonic CD, fans can unlock Tails as a playable character!

Just Cause 2 — Rico returns to action in the sequel to Avalanche Studios’ gargantuan action game. Just Cause 2 stars Rico Rodriquez, back to wreak havoc once again, this time with a new destination — the huge playground of the South East Asian islands of Panau. The sequel features more stunts, vehicles and weapons than ever before and an incredible overhauled grappling hook system.

Apples To Apples (Demo Available) — Loved for its zany spontaneity and humorous results, Apples to Apples is the ultimate icebreaker. The family game favorite challenges players to outwit and anticipate the actions of others while taking into consideration personality, preferences and individual senses of humor. Apples to Apples is a word comparison game that requires strategic thinking and allows players to learn while having fun.

Brothers in Arm’s: Hell’s Highway — Gearbox’s third entry in the venerable Brothers In Arms series heads up to the front as with the first of the series for next-generation systems. Delivering on the franchise’s compelling story, unrivaled authenticity and intense squad-based action, Brothers In Arms Hell’s Highway drops you into Operation Market-Garden, the largest airborne operation of World War II.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands — Visiting his brother’s kingdom following his adventure in Azad, the Prince finds the royal palace under siege from a mighty army bent on its destruction. When the decision is made to use the ancient power of the Sand in a desperate gamble to save the kingdom from total annihilation, the Prince will embark on an epic adventure in which he will learn to bear the mantle of true leadership, and discover that great power often comes with a great cost.


  • Scene It? Movie Night
  • Cars 2: The Video Game (PSP Version)


  • Orbit
  • P.O.W. – Prisoner of War
  • Prehistoric Isle

PSone Classic

Centipede — Play an exterminator tasked with destroying invading pests in a mushroom garden. Using your gun, you must destroy the advancing centipede as it makes its way from the top of the screen to the player area. Mushrooms are scattered about the screen, and the centipede descends a line every time it encounters a mushroom. You must also avoid or destroy spiders, fleas and scorpions, and watch out for poisoned mushrooms that might send the centipede spiraling immediately down to your level. Destroy the centipede to advance to the next wave.

[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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  • Trine 2 (Demo Available)? Cool:P

  • Looking forward to Trine 2.

  • any chance of a “Beginner’s Guide to the PS Vita” such as how to transfer PSP games, save data, etc to the PS Vita. Or what PSP games will make use of the right analog stick? Thanks if u respond.

  • Please release MGS VR Missions on PSone Classics.

  • Woot for Sonic CD!

  • I have been waiting a long time for a re-release of Sonic CD, ever since my Sega CD died of… well… being a Sega CD… Now if only we could get a re-release of Tails Adventure too from Game Gear. :P

  • Sonic CD will do.

    Not Legend of Dragoon PSOne Classic, not a personal thing like most people post. That is an amazing game that belongs up there like the Final Fantasies on PSN.

  • Nice to see Sonic CD but why such random PS1 classics? Saga Frontier needs to be released here, since it’s already on Japan’s PSN store, and it had a disc-based US release.

  • If Just Cause 2 is $20 or less, I will definately buy it. I just beat Saints Row the Third, and if it’s anywhere near as good I’ll be really happy.

  • psp is dead. quit supporting it!

  • hey Rey when are you all gonna update the ps3 web browser it’s really outdated…just saying it can use a flash update or even get a espn video service like espn360. Anyone else agree

  • Interested in Trine 2 and Sonic CD. Thanks, Rey.

  • WTH? No Absolute Supercars??? Is that game going to come out before the end of the year??? Somebody please tell me!!!! It said it was supposed to come out this month!!!! I need to know!!!!

  • Centipede? Whether its good or not I don’t know. Its underwhelming to see this time of year though. Since 3 years ago for Christmas we got Suikoden.

  • @ sugarfree98USA: No, the psp is not dead. it’s still in it’s final throes before sony releases the vita and plunges the knife through it’s heart. In fact, the PSP is alive and well in Japan, where mobile gaming is thriving. Plus, what games are there released specifically for the PSP in this drop? none. It’s all PS3 and a few of them can be supported on the PSP (the minis and ‘classic’) Quit trolling. As it says to the right of the comment box: open to everyone, but don’t be a jerk.

    And really, sony? Centipede is a classic? When have your standards dropped so low? If that’s the case, the venerable Bubsy 3D will be gracing our systems next…

  • Going to get Trine 2 naturally considering i liked the first one. Hopefully their is some good themes and avatars also.

  • Will we have Final Fantasy XIII-2 up on PSN STORE on the same day as physical format comes out? Please say yes…

  • How about Soul Calibur V as well? The same question that I asked about Final Fantasy XIII-2 should apply to Soul Calibur V as well. Thanx.

  • Waiting for the Sonic Generations Demo.

  • Is about time we see some life from sonic cd.

  • @D-Squad3 – The Sonic Generation demo has been up for awhile since the game was out.Just letting you know,& finally for Sonic CD!

  • I’m liking all the games that are finally going digital. Now depending on the price, i may either get L.A. Noire or Just Cause 2

  • I’ll be going after Sonic CD.

  • can we please get a discount on ModNation Racers??? please!!!! maybe 25%

  • Is Sonic CD free for PS+?
    Also, Do you think we can get Flixster on PS3 or even Vista?

  • or set up like a battle of the video games, like the video store. i wouldnt mind a bout between Mass Effect 2 and ModNation Racers, for the discount :)

  • The people complaining about Legend of Dragoon raise a good point— what is with SCEA’s refusal to put SCEA-published PSOne classics out? I’ll buy Legend of Dragoon IF you’d put Intelligent Qube out!

  • Loving Trine 2 on XBLA so far! Definitely a beautiful game and it has some pretty solid puzzles that have had me stumped a few times.

    Own the original Trine on both PSN and Steam and spent many hours on it – Trine 2 is more of the same and more polished – a worthy purchase.

  • How much is Trine 2 going to cost? Is it going to be the same price as PC and Mac?

  • Im still waiting for the Ps2 remakes. Specially Final Fantasy X HD. Than i would say that i would pay 50+ for that game.

  • Absolutely excited for Trine 2! =D Can’t wait!

  • Are we going to see any more PS2 classics? Seems like they’ve dried up as of lately :(

  • where oh where is daggerdale????

  • I’m still waiting for Gex: enter the gecko PSone classic!!!!!

  • Gotta give up for P.O.W an arcade classic…

  • JUST CAUSE 2 was an awesome and EXTREMELY fun game. So much to do, so much to find, the open world is HUGE in this game. I highly recommend it to everyone. Especially if you like GTA style games.

    ***PROUD PS+ MEMBER***


  • Did whoever wrote the LA Noire blurb actually play the game?

    Revolutionary interrogation gameplay? You mean, like, there’s only one right way to solve a case for a 5-star rating?

    Yeah. I guess that’s a revolution.

    What’s really revolutionary is the tech used in the facemapping and motion capture. Whole game is worth playing just to see high acting talent and good voice work. The cars are very neat. City is pure scenery, though, with some collectibles.

    If they put it in the PS Store for $30 or less, take a look at it, folks. If they want the original retail price for this digital release, laugh and head elsewhere. Seriously.

    Very cool story. Very cool characters. Very cool looking stuff. Very light on gameplay.

  • Stay from Brothers in Arm’s: Hell’s Highway crap game!!..

    Going to try out Sonic CD..

    And also downloading Dead Space 2 from the store, and crap still need beat Bulletstorm..

    This week droping some money on PS VITA!!

  • I swear if Just Cause 2 is $20 I will seriously consider buying it. My friend was in love with the game and I didn’t like the demo at the time, but I have matured as a gamer and would like to try it again, too bad they took it off the store. It goes for $30 new right now. I’d say it’s worth being a $20 game, heck PS+ users should get a discount or even a full game trial for this game.

  • ps1 classic Bushido Blade would be freaking awesome!

  • Stay away from Brothers in Arm’s: Hell’s Highway crap game!!..

    Going to try out Sonic CD..

    And also downloading Dead Space 2 from the store, and crap still need beat Bulletstorm..

    This week dropping some money on PS VITA!!..

    Fixed my spelling lol

  • still need to beat Bulletstorm..

    I give up!! lol

  • L.A. Noire is in the PSN store? That game is 16 or 25GB it would take 14 or 17 hours to download it and take up a big psrt of a hard drive. why? why would they put this game in the store and who is going to keep there Playstation on for more than 12 hours just to download a game?… ?

  • I would love to purchase Trine 2 and Forgotten Sands, but on Wed. my apartment was burglarized, and they got me for my Launch 60GB PS3, my PSPgo, over 40 PS3 games, 2 Move wands, 2 Dualshocks, my Eye, my 40 inch Sony Bravia and 32 inch Vizio. They even took all my Jordans and Supras, plus shirts, hats, and watches :(
    Merry Frickin Xmas right?

  • did i read that right?! just cause 2?! sweet!
    hope there’s some bonus for finishing
    the first one! oh, my name’s rico so it only
    makes sense that the scorpion’s name is rico! :D

  • It’s to bad there is no Add-on part ot the drop to give you a heads up what coming up like the Gran Turismo 5 Car Pack 2 I be geting this Tuesday.

  • OMG SONIC CD??!!!!!!!!!!! WE got Sonic Generations and now this?? is the best mont of my life

  • OMG SONIC CD??!!!!!!!!!!! WE got Sonic Generations and now this?? is the best month of my life

  • Death_to_Xbox_ downloading Dead Space 2 its 11GB…will take a long time!!

  • Wheres the post for Dungeon Defenders DLC coming out, its supposed to be out this week as well.

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