The Drop: Week of January 30th 2012 New Releases

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The Drop: Week of January 30th 2012 New Releases

Twisted Metal is nearly here, and to celebrate the return of our beloved PlayStation franchise, we’ve sweetened up this week’s The Drop with a demo on PSN. Get your skills checked and in-order just in-time for our big Twisted Metal community event on Thursday, February 2nd.

Blu-ray releases make their triumphant return this week with a sequel, to a sequel. Final Fantasy XIII-2 changes things up with an adventure to search for the missing Lightning. New heroes join returning warriors in the fray that is SoulCalibur V. Wield a butterfly design-inspired sword and an arsenal of guns to decimate waves of ungodly enemies in the not-too-distant future in NeverDead.

On the digital front, guide fluid through several booby trapped mazes, in the physics based and puzzle/platform game, Puddle. The full PS3 version of Madden NFL 12, brings all 32 teams, stadiums and all your favorite player in the league to PSN. Join Hiro, the smallest hero on the biggest adventure, as he embarks on an epic and electrifying quest to restore harmony to a world on the brink of chaos with Mini Ninjas. This week’s The Drop brings us pig skins, puddles, medicated psychopath and miniature ninjas. Just another Sunday afternoon at PlayStation.

PlayStation 3

Final Fantasy XIII-2 — Cocoon, a utopia in the sky. Its inhabitants believed their world a paradise. Under the Sanctum’s rule, Cocoon had long known peace and prosperity. Mankind was blessed by its protectors, the benevolent fal’Cie, and believed that tranquil days would continue forever. Their tranquillity was shattered with the discovery of one hostile fal’Cie.

The moment that fal’Cie from Pulse – the feared and detested lowerworld – awoke from its slumber, peace on Cocoon came to an end. Fal’Cie curse humans, turning them into magic-wielding servants. They become l’Cie – chosen of the fal’Cie. Those branded with the mark of a l’Cie carry the burden of either fulfilling their Focus or facing a fate harsher than death itself. A prayer for redemption.

A wish to protect the world. A promise to challenge destiny. After thirteen days of fates intertwined, the battle begins…

Set several years after Lightning and the others saved Cocoon, some survivors have decided to start over by rebuilding on Gran Pulse. Lightning, however, is nowhere to be found and thought dead by many, but Serah believes otherwise. When her town is suddenly overrun by monsters, a mysterious man named Noel appears to save her. Together, the two set off to find Lightning…

SoulCalibur V — SoulCalibur V picks up 17 years after the events of SoulCalibur IV with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. The tale of Patroklos, son of Sophitia Alexandra, unfolds as his family’s destiny intertwines with the Soul swords.

NeverDead — NeverDead is a third-person action game set in a fantasy and horror-influenced universe where supernatural battles between humans and extraordinary creatures blanketa vast city landscape. Gamers wield a butterfly design-inspired sword and an arsenal of guns to decimate waves of ungodly enemies in the not-too-distant future.

The game begins in the waking hours of peace and calm, when the world is under threat of being consumed by a demonic plague. Centuries have passed since the world succumbed to an unforeseen shadow of evil, and a hero was made an immortal by demons. These demons have risen once again in the present day causing unrelenting mayhem reinforced by destructible environments within the game. Now using his immortalic regenerative powers re-assembling his own body to evade death, the hero carries out the only salvation the world will know, for he is Never Dead.

PlayStation Network

Madden NFL 12 (Full PS3 Game) — Madden NFL 12 continues the rich tradition of the storied franchise by bringing fans closer to the NFL than ever before. Featuring all 32 teams, stadiums, and all your favorite players in the league, Madden NFL 12 is True to the Game. All-new collision system, advanced defensive A.I. enhancements highlight the 2012 edition’s improved feature set, with Custom Playbooks also added provide a more authentic gameplay experience. Franchise mode includes more than 100 new features and enhancements, while Superstar mode now allows fans to control the growth of their superstar with an all-new progression system. Dynamic Player Performance creates unprecedented realism as a player’s skills and confidence will rise and fall based on his performance throughout a game or in Franchise mode, just like the real NFL.

Puddle (Demo Available) — Experience a brilliantly designed physics-based puzzle/platform game where you must guide a puddle of fluid to its target destination, not by moving the fluid, but by tilting the game world. The player must work with friction, momentum, and the unique properties of each type of fluid and environment to send as much of each puddle past fires, rifts, potential spills and more. But watch out: the fluid motion is realistic! Tilt too quickly and you will lose control.

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Full PS3 Game) — Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a raw and brutal crime shooter designed to take players on an even more intense story experience, following two of gaming’s most disturbed criminals, through the gritty Shanghai underworld. Introducing a new visual experience, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is inspired by documentary filmmakers and the user-generated era. Every aspect of the game has been designed to deliver a fresh perspective to the words ‘intensity’ and ‘realism’ in videogames.

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Full PS3 Game) — Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a violent and chaotic journey of two men – a flawed mercenary and a medicated psychopath – and their brutal attitude towards right and wrong. Now, they must partner up as a mess of cash makes for hell on Earth in this co-op action game.   

Mini Ninjas (Full PS3 Game) — Prepare yourself for a Ninja adventure like you have never seen before! Use your skills and mighty Ninja training to battle a magical army of evil Samurai. Harness the power of your Kuji magic and utilise the special skills of your Mini Ninja friends as you travel through a perilous world to reach the final confrontation with the Evil Samurai Warlord in his Fortress of Doom.


  • Twisted Metal
  • Syndicate

PlayStation Portable

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact (PSN Download) — Featuring large-scale battles against massive groups of enemies, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact puts players in the middle of epic fights as their favorite Naruto Shippuden characters through electrifying single-player and multiplayer modes. Deliver an action-packed and dynamic fighting experience, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact lets players unleash their honed Jutsu skills through exciting single-player and multiplayer modes. Story Battle lets fans become part of explosive Naruto Shippuden fights straight from the anime with more events and battle sequences than ever before on the PSP.

[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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  • twisted metal demo
    hells yeah

  • Final Fantasy XIII-3

    Nice one there Rey ;)

  • Final Fantasy XIII-3?

  • So yeah… How about… You guys give us legend of dragoon. Just a thought.

  • When is Zombie Driver coming out. Was posted last year as coming soon, but haven’t seen it yet.

  • Seriously you guys are slacking with PSone and PS2 Classics. It is nice to see the full game library starting to take shape. I am anxiously waiting for a Just Cause 2 deal. $25 bucks is just too much compared to everywhere else.

  • Final Fantasy XIII-3 CONFIRMED ….. *runs to internet to report findings* lol yay typos.

  • FFXIII-3 already? When will they work on Versus? :P

  • You put FF 13-3 twice, so it wasn’t a typo. Do you even play video games? My grandma even knows it’s ff 13-2. Oh and this drop is terrible.

  • OMG! FFXIII-3 was totally under the radar!

  • Anywho, Syndicate demo. I can’t wait to try it out. Of course, Twisted Metal demo is going to be twisted.

  • I don’t suppose we can get Kratos as DLC in Soul Calibur 5…. I felt kind of jipped with the PSP release and didn’t care to play it much.

  • All this other stuff matters not. Twisted Metal= one of a kind game play experience. Enough said.

  • Yay Twisted Metal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hope theres online in the demo :)

  • Twisted Metal Demo. I so can’t wait. I’d still love some Twisted Metal Avatars though for my PS3.

  • Where are the PSone & PS2 classics?

  • A game for the PSP! Am I dreaming?

  • FFXIII-3

    lol just goes to show you how completely useless The Drop is, that they dont even check for mistakes before posting things. How many times now has The Drop and wrong info in it? I’ve lost count…

  • Maybe ‘Final Fantasy XIII-3’ is a new PS3 Exclusive no one knows about:D Anyway i can’t wait to try out the new ‘Twisted Metal’ demo cool:P

  • Twisted Metal Demo = Awesome! Thanks for the heads up to confirm speculation surrounding the release of the Demo..been looking forward to this.

  • Wow… XIII-3 was typed out twice… that’s impressive.

    On-topic: I’ll have to try out the Syndicate demo. Been wondering if it’ll be any good. Hopefully the full update has a few more items, as this is kinda lackluster.

  • You still have a typo where it says FFXIII-3 in bold.

  • Febuary! is that a new month, Rey? :)

  • I shouldn’t have played the Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo. After it was over it forced me to cancel my order for the full game.

    I never thought Square Enix could make a bad game (Final Fantasy XIII) worse. And, as usual… I was wrong.

  • I think we need a new PlayStation rep handling “The Drop”. On topic, where on earth are the PS2 Classics? So many great games were released last gen – get them up on the bloody PS Store already!

  • What are the chances of Final Fantasy X coming to PSN as a PS2 classic?

  • Any chance square enix is going to start pimping out the enix titles? Would love DW VII as a PS1 classic

  • “Get your skills checked and in-order just in-time for our big Twisted Metal community event on Thursday, Febuary 2nd.”

    You spelled February wrong too. Good job. Very professional.

  • i cant wait for soul calibur 5!!! final fantasy 13-2 is on the list also.
    thanks for the drop man, its nice to know what demos and games are coming out on the psn for the week.

  • Final Fantasy cant wait!

  • Woo the 30ths my birthday! Also looking forward to seeing how ff XIII 2 does

  • TWISTED METAL DEMO? Must be a mistake? PPPLEASE TELL ME KEY NOT A MISTAKE. Wow this is gonna be good. Sweet balls of fire, I think that’s how the phrase goes lol. Anyways thank you thank you thank you Rey :)

  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 is on my list. But I will wait a few months on account of the fact that I am getting awfully sick and tired of paying sixty freakin’ dollars for every new game that comes out. The technology has been around for close to six years, and the reason why new games are still so expensive is because the mindless masses insist on owning them on the first day.

  • How long till we see Final Fantasy Type-0 on The Drop Rey?

  • A psp game is coming out on a psn update? im seriously shocked!

  • Final Fantasy XIII 3? I thought Square Enix wers going to work on Final Ending Fanatasy XIII 4!

  • Im going to be picking up SC5 and 13-2. Cant wait to try those demos.

  • OMG Sweet! Twisted metal demo! Hahaha! logen, When i First read your comment i thought to myself that it was a ffXIII-3 demo then i finally read that it was a typo, i was thinking “heh cool i get to play that finalfantasy 13-3 then “,
    I gotta learn to read before i realise things lol

    anyways so if i get this correct, does this mean theirs a twisted metal demo tomorrow on jan 30th???, wow if thats true then its even better, I get to play the TM demo before i play the full thing thats not even far off lol

  • So uh.. How’s that in-game voice party system going? Still in development? Oh its not. Oh okay I guess will have to wait until Playstation 4 to get that… its okay I also have an Xbox 360. To think that system release in 2005 before the Playstation 3. Oh well, thanks for the update, never dead looks interesting…


    There must not be any interesting games on Xbox360 that they require a Party Chat System so you can be distracted by idle conversation.

    Don’t get me wrong its a nice feature, but I never use it on Xbox360 and there is no serious urgency to get it on the PS3 this close to the end of the generation.

    Also the Vita has this feature. Maybe you should sell your PS3 and get one.

  • @duke301
    No, the technology in the PS3 drops in price, but that does not affect the development cost. The fact that they are getting to know the console better only makes them do more than they used to and not cut on development. It still costs millions of dollars just to pay the salary of those 100+ developers working for 2 years or more.

  • Twisted Metal demo. It’d better be good (the demo). I’ve played so many demos that put me off games that are actually great. Hopefully they wear very careful with this one.

  • The two best demos to ever hit the Playstation Store:
    Twisted Metal & Syndicate!

  • Twisted Metal demo!! Should be great.

    Starhawk Beta opens up to Uncharted 3 beta key holders on the 31st too!!

  • Wow it’s a major week for Japanese games. I think that’s a good thing.

  • For those of you, like Sid, who want a “palate cleanser” game after Skyrim, I recommend Mini Ninjas. I played that game when it came out years ago. Rey’s description makes it sound like a typical ninja theme game but really, it’s a cute game. Very good for families. The ninjas are kids and the bosses aren’t too scary for children. There are fun weapons like shooting stars, using your hat as a vehicle on water and through snowy mountains, puzzles to solve. I highly recommend it.

  • For everyone asking about the TM Demo here it goes: The demo will consists of three main part. #1 Nuke Mode Online, #2 Free For All Death Match Online, and #3 1 Player Offline Training Mode with AI Bots. That’s all and see every1 on Tuesday.

  • 2 words: Twisted. Metal.

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhhh yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!

  • Surprised that there is a Syndicate demo already.. when is it coming out? Looking forward to Twisted Metal, but February is PS Vita month for me.

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