The Drop: Week of February 13th 2012 New Releases

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The Drop: Week of February 13th 2012 New Releases

Let it be forever known: the 70th edition of The Drop marks the debut of PlayStation Vita game releases! For the past year, PlayStation fans and gamers have eagerly awaited this momentous day, PS Vita will officially arrive stateside and around the globe starting February 15th with the PS Vita First Edition Bundle, and PlayStation Store will spring to life with over 15 PS Vita titles, ready to supply you with hours of insane portable gaming.

On the PS3 side of things, PlayStation’s longest-running gaming franchise returns triumphantly with the long-awaited release of Twisted Metal. This Valentine’s Day, skip the cliched romantic dinners and give your significant other an experience they won’t forget, whether you’re sightseeing the dilapidated suburbs of Sunsprings or getting frisky by the polluted waters of Watkyn’s Harbor. Join the Clowns, the Dolls (my favorite), the Skulls, or the Preachers…and get ready to bleed!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation with a hot, curvy and sexy little thing called the PS Vita. Enjoy this week’s historic edition of The Drop!

PlayStation 3

Twisted Metal — High atop his penthouse office, a mysterious ringleader named Calypso lords over the contest of vehicle combat known as Twisted Metal. He returns again to host the ultimate contest of skill and destruction. Contestants have been chosen to compete and, should they emerge victorious, win whatever prize their heart desires.

Twisted Metal, the longest-running franchise in PlayStation history, is back exclusively on the PS3 system. With four factions battling for control, players step into the combat boots of a twisted disciple in a high octane, highly destructible world. Disciples strategically dismantle opponents in vehicles loaded with weapons of Twisted destruction. With a robust online system, players unleash destruction with up to 16 players through PlayStation Network and battle through a variety of favorite and new game modes.

UFC Undisputed 3 — UFC Undisputed 3 is the 2012 installment in the critically acclaimed and best-selling mixed martial arts (MMA) video game franchise based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The game marks takes players inside the virtual Octagon with extensive focus on intense toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation and significantly increased accessibility, including the introduction of PRIDE Mode, two new weight classes and an impressive playable roster of more than 150 UFC fighters.

Grand Slam Tennis 2 (PS Move Compatible) — EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis 2 is the ultimate tennis experience, featuring all four Grand Slam championships and Wimbledon. Players can experience the thrill of serving up aces on Wimbledon’s prestigious Centre Court, hitting cross-court winners on the clay courts of the French Open, play under the bright lights at the U.S. Rise to stardom with the revolutionary Total Racquet Control as you challenge a deep roster of elite players, including Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Sharapova, Borg, and McEnroe.

PlayStation Vita

UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss (PSN/Game Card) — Uncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition as Nathan Drake follows the murderous trail of an ancient and secret Spanish sect in Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Caught in the middle of a rivalry between Jason Dante — his old friend — and Marisa Chase — the granddaughter of an archaeologist who has mysteriously vanished without a trace — Nathan Drake races into the treacherous river basins, undiscovered temple ruins and karst caverns of Central America in search of a legendary lost city, only to find himself pushed to the edge of the Golden Abyss.

Developed by award-winning Sony Bend Studio, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the portable system debut of the multi-million selling Uncharted franchise. The game offers a cinematic experience on-the-go complete with industry-leading motion capture, a rich storyline, highly-detailed environments, and special effects that truly captures the look and feel of the Uncharted universe.

wipEout 2048 (PSN/Game Card) — Get ready to experience the thrill and speed of anti-gravity racing as the original hyper velocity racing game, Wipeout 2048, is back and completely rebuilt for the the next-generation PlayStation handheld. Rebuilt exclusively for the intuitive game handling of a touch interface, motion active tilt, and voice activated controls, players can race against anyone anytime (including PS3 players) with up to 8 players simultaneously and compete for first place within the online leaderboards.

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PSN/Game Card) — Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational offers a completely new way to play Hot Shots Golf! The over-the-top golf franchise is back with a bag full of PlayStation Vita system features. Never leave the golf course with non-stop challenges from friends or bitter rivals. Add to that new PlayStation Vita system specific functions that enable you to better prepare each shot from tee to green.

ModNation Racer: Road Trip (PSN/Game Card) — ModNation Racers is a thoroughly fresh take on classic kart racing that empowers the player to personalize their entire game. Players can express themselves by creating their own Mod character, styling their own racing kart and even building — in just minutes — an imaginative track that can be shared with the rest of the PlayStation community via the free PlayStation Network service.

ModNation Racers: Road Trip for PlayStation Vita brings endless hours of Kart racing to players fingertips, where creativity rules on and off the track. Get on the starting grid of over 300,000 tracks available to download, or just race in the competitive circuit. Race with a new set of controls enhanced with the Vita’s array of features, including touch control, six-axis motion steering and social media tools like ModTraveler and ModMiles.

Escape Plan (PSN)– From the Producers of Fat Princess and the Development Team behind Fat Princess: Fat Roles comes a “touching” adventure. Escape Plan features two hapless characters, Lil and Laarg, who have been captured and need your influence, skill and brainpower to escape from a dark labyrinth of irreverent puzzles and traps. By interacting with the environment and influencing Lil and Laarg, only you can help them survive each deadly room before their captor and nemesis, Bakuki, recycles them and turns them into his minions… or sheep.

Using a high-contrast chiaroscuro style, Escape Plan takes advantage of the PlayStation Vita’s multitouch display, rear touch panel and gestural swipe interfaces. Swipe, squeeze, poke and slap this little guys to manipulate and interact with the diverse environments. Escape Plan gives players unique and memorable moments throughout the gameplay, whether it’s the triumphant thrill of victory or the hilarious agony of defeat.

Super Stardust Delta (PSN/Demo Available) — The Super StarDust franchise blasts its way into players’ hands with Super StarDust Delta. With brand-new features made specifically for PS Vita, players can access an arsenal of weapons with the PS Vita’s touch control screen, including freezing time, unleashing missiles, creating black holes, and crush attacks. Players can also tilt the screen to view beyond the horizon and shake the PS Vita to create a devastating Shockwave attack.

Hustle Kings (PSN/Demo Available) — Hustle your way to the top of the global leader boards in this beautifully chic, yet minimalist pool setting, all displayed in ultra-realistic environments with the PS Vita’s OLED screen. Control every move with intuitive front and rear touch interface and keep the game moving online or offline with quick push notifications between turns. Just be sure to hone your skills and earn cash before entering the bustling online scene.

Lumines: Electronic Symphony (PSN/Game Card) — Shine on with this PlayStation Vita entry into the popular puzzler franchise. Lumines: Electronic Symphony marks the return of Q Entertainment’s landmark puzzle series, bringing together addictive block-dropping puzzle action, an all-new 3D graphics engine, and some of the most significant names in electronic music history.

Lumines: Electronic Symphony offers, for the first time in the series, special new block mechanics give players additional strategic options to give you new ways to play through Journey Mode, Duel Mode, Stopwatch Mode, Master’s Mode, and other exciting play experiences. The game also offers unique new touch input for a uniquely tactile Lumines play challenge. Groove out to tunes from top electronic acts such as The Chemical Brothers and Kaskade in the ultimate portable Lumines puzzler jam!

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PSN/Game Card)– In Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, fill the shoes of legendary characters from both the Marvel and Capcom Universes –including massively popular characters such as Ryu, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Morrigan, as well as fan favorites such as Trish from Devil May Cry and the wise-cracking Deadpool. They all come to you battle in a living comic book art style powered by Capcom’s MT Framework.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 prepares to take the battle to all-new heights in a updated version of the original hit fighting game Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. With brand new iconic characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes — now with 48 characters on the disc — a refined fighting system and new modes, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 continues the Capcom fighting game legacy.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (Also on PS3/PSN/Game Card) — BlazBlue is a high definition 2D fighter from the makers of Guilty Gear. Players throughout the world can participate in online matches, or enjoy the immense story mode featuring individual stories for each character.

This is a second edition of the Continuum Shift arcade expansion edition (which originally added two new characters: Tsubaki and Hazama.) For Continuum Shift II, the character Valkenhayn R. Hellsing is now a playable character.

EA Sports: FIFA Soccer (PSN/Game Card)– EA Sports’ FIFA Soccer on PS Vita gives you the same physics-based, data driven technology that powers FIFA gameplay on home consoles. Take part in eight different game modes, including 11 vs. 11, Tournament Mode with over 50 real-world competitions, a full in-depth Career Mode, and compete online with Head-to-Head matches against your friends and gamers around the world. Create custom online leagues with your friends and compare your online performance with global and friend focused leader boards. Innovations that utilize a rear touch pad and touchscreen create an intelligent and unique gameplay experience. Rear touch pad shooting delivers pin-point accuracy and removes the element of “hit and hope” from shooting and touchscreen passing opens up the field of play for more creative and precision passing.

Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (PSN/Game Card)– Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition provides a full console experience at the palm of your hand, with 22 of the world’s best players and legends from the past coming together on Playstation Vita. Brand new features unique to Vita combined with the hi-res graphics and lifelike gameplay of the Virtua Tennis series provides players with the greatest tennis experience, anytime and anywhere.

Asphalt Injection (PSN/Game Card)– Add more fuel to the fire with Asphalt: Injection. Master over 100 races in Career mode, collect over 50 world-class luxury cars, and share your best performances with your friends. Arcade racing at its finest with collectibles, crashes, jumps, shortcuts, and nitro for thrilling races. 52 licensed cars from prestigious manufacturers including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin plus legendary models and 2011’s hottest cars. Race on 20 unique tracks inspired by real cities like Rio, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo rendered with cutting-edge graphical effects. Master 10 different event types laid out in a full-featured Career mode with more than 100 unique events

Dungeon Hunter: Alliance (PSN/Game Card)– Join forces and drive back the darkness! Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is an epic quest set in a dark fantasy world, that you can revisit in intense multiplayer mode.

Michael Jackson: The Experience HD (PSN/Game Card)– He is the legendary King of Pop! In this game, players step into the shoes of Michael Jackson himself and re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing. The game includes the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson’s extensive catalog such as Beat It and Billie Jean, as well as an array of his awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and emulate within the game. Additionally, fans can sing along and test their vocal skills while immersed in the performance.

Rayman Origins (PSN/Game Card)– When the Glade of Dreams is overrun by nefurrious Darktoons, the Fairy Council hastily invokes Rayman to save the day. To help him, Rayman teams up with his best friend, Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies. Together, the world’s most hilarious team of heroes will need to restore peace to the Glade or watch as their beloved home vanishes like a bad dream…

PlayStation Network

The House of the Dead III (PS Move Compatible // Demo Available) — Defy the undead with shotgun in hand as you explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland of unrelenting terror in The House of the Dead III. Fans of the series will thrill to an abundance of 3D gore, time-sensitive gameplay, and a wide variety of branching paths. Gamers take out wave after wave of horrific zombies as they travel different routes and advance the story line, uncovering new secrets and hidden areas along the way. The all-new shotgun comes in handy when surrounded by an army of undead. Players must use it wisely to take out multiple enemies in a single blast as they plow their way through the most exhilarating nightmare yet.


Grand Theft Auto IV (Full PS3 Game) — GTA IV reinvents the series with a renewed version of Liberty City detailed to the last pothole and rooftop vent. There are now four boroughs to explore plus extra area outside of Liberty City proper. With the ability to climb obstacles, drive cars, steer boats and pilot helicopters, the world of GTA is more accessible than ever before.

In this fourth installment of the popular series, players take on the role of Niko Bellic, a rough-around-the-edge chap from Eastern Europe. Niko has arrived in America, in Liberty City — a land full of promise and opportunity. His cousin convinced him to emigrate, to join him in his mansion and life of luxury, but as soon as he steps off the boat, Niko discovers the truth about the American way. Still, the wealth, the comfort, the bliss of the good life, it all really is here … And it’s all for the taking.

Worms: Ultimate Mayhem — Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is a souped-up, re-vamped, high-definition re-imagining of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem, bringing both games together in one incredibly over-stuffed, over-the-top package. The game includes 60 missions, 38 weapons and 12 graphical themes, as well as full online play for up to four players.

Demos

  • Mass Effect 3
  • Binary Domain

PlayStation Portable

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom — In Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, a young woman by the name of Chizuru comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, and soon encounters danger and the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, Chizuru is put under their protection. But odd things are afoot in Kyoto—possibly even supernatural happenings. Can Chizuru navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much mystery and death, can she find romance?

[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 can’t wait until I get my PS Vita! Though I’m gonna have to wait until the 22nd, as I did not get the first edition bundle……
    I’m also gonna download GTA IV. That will be discounted for PS Plus members right?

  • Just wondering but will we be able to use remotePlay to actually play ps3 games while waiting on psvita releases, i mean remoteplay should be literal since it has such a straightforward sounding label.

  • Looking forward to the release but still have some questions. Can you save the downloaded games to the memory card? Also, can I use my AT&T sim card in the PSVita 3G version?

  • Hey rey, do you have any word on when fear effect will be released as a ps1 classic? It was rated by the esrb awhile ago and it was released on the eu psn in december. Thanks!

  • Still no announcement for the 3g vita in canada!!!!!???

  • Oooh, nice, Binary Domain demo!

    Also, give me my Twisted Metal copy NOW!!!

  • Wait a minute. Vita is out the 22nd? I thought the early bird one was out last week and the real deal this week. I like to think of myself as a very well informed gamer… I wonder what went wrong here with this scenario?

  • @DARZERO
    Didn’t you get the memo? Us Canadians are Igloo living Savages who don’t use 3G. :P

  • Not getting a Vita day 1, and im not planning on picking up TM… but yay ME3 demo.

  • will the ps vita 3g be available all over the US or only some parts

  • Perfect Price Point.!!! I truly hope more publishers follow the price point set by Escape Plan . $14.99 is a great price for a portable game. Gamers, please support this, for the sales of this game could be a deciding factor for future price points of PS Vita games.

  • Wasn’t Twisted Metal:Black supposed to come out as a PS2 Classic this week?

  • are Plus members possibly going to get a further discount on the digital versions of Vita games?

  • While i cannot wait for the First Edition Bundle on Wednesday its a bit sad that there isnt a bunch of psp games released when the Vita gets released. Granted ill be enjoying Little Deviants and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom, but it would be nice to play Crisis Core, and Kingdom Hearts on the Vita.

  • So much Vita goodness. Normally I don’t care at all about portables, but the Vita looks really interesting.

    Now, I would love to hear Capcom announce one RE for the Vita. I’ll cross my fingers!

  • how about playstation plus vita love ? discount on vita digital versions? anyways im getting the first edition bundle , a 32 gb memory card , wipeout , uncharted , escape plan and if tomorrow san diego studios say something about head to head online multiplayer on modnation then i’ll get modnation next week too

  • Not really concerned with the Vita right now. It’s time for Twisted Metal, the best, deepest and most fun shooter there is. I simply can’t wait anymore. If the demo is any indication, Twisted is back and Sweet Tooth is ready to destroy any and all shooters who oppose him.

    Eat, Sleep, Play: David, Scott and Kellan FTW along with Sony and Santa Monica Studio!!!!!

    Get here now, Tuesday!

  • Are PS1 classics not a thing anymore? We’re still missing a number of great titles that the other regions have.

  • got super star dust and modnation waiting on my ps3 hdd for my First Edition Bundle wifi (yea im in canada) vita and uncharted. twisted metal limited edition too and getting 32gb stick the week after my First Edition Bundle 4 card way to small and the psn only games super star dust is why i need a 32gb card best twin-stick shooter ive seen

  • @Rey we need more twin-stick shooters got any word on them coming or a arcade stick to play with

  • whats qualifies for the free psn game with the 3g pack?

  • @67 Take a breath and use your shift key.

    In other news, Rey, great to see you answering the community’s questions again.
    Keep it up!

    In other other news, are we going to see a Square Enix sale on the US Store similar to what the UK Store and Xbox have just enjoyed?

  • Nice Drop, but I won’t be getting a VITA soon :( I can leave this games and see if they ever come :)
    -King’s Field series
    -Megaman X
    -Rock of Ages

    -Error605 :D

  • will there be any new bundles coming soon?

  • I’ll be going after Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend (PS3 version) this week and that’s about it.

  • How much will Uncharted Golden Abyss and Lumines be on PSN/SEN?

  • any information on how much Rayman Origins will cost? Full Game Price $60?

  • Say I’m playing wipeout and i earn some trophies. Then my brother wants to play wipeout on his vita with his psn account can he earn trophies also?

    P.S. No one has been able to answer this question for me.

  • Thanks REY!!!

  • I hope sony either put those 3 psp games as kingdom hearts: birth by sleep, metal gear acid part 1 and 2 on PSN or possiably on PS Vita cards as converting psp games from UMD discs to PS Vita cards if sony thought of that idea would be totally awesome. I really would like to have those 3 games on PS Vita as i’m planning to buy the Vita system, 32GB memory stick and Uncharted: golden abyss as soon those 3 things comes out next week wednesday and getting them in the morning on the 22nd.

  • is skype app and netfix app going to ther on luanch day? and please please tell your higher ups to add psp games and vita games to ps plus. it a smart move, oh and my psp downloads dont get placed in folders anymore try to fix that please

  • Any news on Warrior’s Lair? I can only afford one PSV game and am really looking forward to Warrior’s Lair. Also, Will the PS3 version come with the Vita Version? Hope to hear from you guys.

    On another note:

    – Have TM Pre-Ordered and on it’s way
    – Have the TM Strategy Guide Pre-Ordered and on it’s way (for after i beat it first)
    – Have the PS Vita Launch bundle Pre-Ordered and is shipping soon
    – Added an additional year to my PS Plus

    Just have to wait now for Warrior’s Lair and my Next few months are gonna be VERY occupied.

  • Woah, It doesn’t show that i’m a PS Plus member on here.. but it says i am on my PS3… (Just paid for another year)… What’s going on? (No Avatar is showing either)

  • Ok, Now the PS Plus Symbol is there but no Avatar… Problems with PSN/SEN or something?

  • any new of malicious coming soon to psn america? :)
    btw: Mass effect! >.<

  • Are there any news of Malicious coming soon to psn america? :)

    btw: Mass effect! >.<

    Malicious; game from PSN Japan/EU

  • Rey Golden Abyss is $44.99

  • @82 don’t worry about your avatar. It did that to me and others when we resubscribed. Not sure why but it fixed itself within 24 hours :)

    Does anyone know if there will be vita demos on the store for download?

  • Ugh. The 22nd can’t get here soon enough! >_<

  • I was so excited for this, especially when the Lumines blog poster told me Lumines had a platinum trophy but I’ve seen the trophy list and it doesn’t. Obsurd that I cancelled my preorder over that simple fact…

  • SSX demo???

  • the anticipation is driving me up a wall. please just be nice and release the vita now. mmmmkay? thanks.

  • Does Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend have cross play?

  • Rey,

    Uncharted GA is 44.99 on PSN

  • I haven’t been so excited for a releasing in gaming in a long time! Got my First Edition bundle arriving this Wednesday, along with Uncharted, Wipeout 2048, Hotshots, and obviously Little Deviants with the bundle. Already purchased super Stardust Delta, plan on getting Escape Plan, and ordered a Nyko Power Grip for handles and extended battery life. So ready for this launch, and can’t wait for the release of Gravity Rush as well!

    So ready to move my list of PSP games over to it and play them on the beautiful OLED screen as well. Got to play around with the Vita at Gamestop and it’s so incredible! If anyone here hasn’t had a hands on yet, you are in for ar real treat. The screen really makes everything pop. Oh, why can’t I have it today?!

  • Why can’t I win a vita at taco bell? I am starting to get a tummy ache! I have tried so many times. :(

  • @rey gutteriez uncharted is 3.2 gb

  • Just BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend on the PS3 passing on everything else.

  • Another crappy week for new psn content for ps3.
    I wish I had of been able to get a Vita and Uncharted GA though.

  • Will legend of dragoon be coming as a PS One Classic anytime soon? I spent $40 on a disc version but my 4 the disk is all messed up

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