The Drop: Week of March 5th 2012 New Releases

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The Drop: Week of March 5th 2012 New Releases

It’s a week of Major Leaguers in all fields of gaming, and Only On PlayStation. Use the precision of dual-analog controls and unique touch gameplay on PS Vita in Unit 13. Take the MLB experience on the road, or swing for the fences with the PlayStation Move when MLB 12: The Show slides into the PS Vita and PS3.

Also on PS3, fight and defend the safety of Earth and the galaxy as you fight the ancient aliens known as the Reapers in Mass Effect 3. Street Fighter x Tekken and MotorStorm RC also make their debuts on this week’s The Drop.

PlayStation Vita

Unit 13 (Also on PSN) — Unit 13 is designed for fast action, hard-hitting, third-person shooter gameplay with dual-analog precision and unique touch gameplay on the PlayStation Vita. Players to move quickly into action, choosing from one of six Operatives with unique abilities to tackle 36 action-packed missions across nine unique locales. As you make your way through the variety of missions, you unlock the right to take on the tougher High Value Target (HVT) enemy battles.

MLB 12 The Show (Also on PS3/PSN) — Boston Red Sox All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez graces the cover of the 2012 entry in Sony Computer Entertainment’s acclaimed baseball franchise. With releases on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, players are able to take the same big league baseball experience on the road with them, anytime, anywhere.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Also on PSN) — LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 builds upon the magical gameplay, lessons and potion-making skills learned in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to equip gamers with the tools necessary to challenge a host of new foes and some familiar ones. The game is action-packed from start to finish, including loads of new lessons, spells, and bonus content for hours of family friendly gaming.

PlayStation 3

Mass Effect 3 — In Mass Effect 3, an ancient alien race known only as Reapers, has launched an all-out invasion of the galaxy, leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You, as Commander Shepard, must lead the counter assault to take it back. Only you can determine how events will play out, which planets you will save from annihilation and which alliances you will form or abandon as you rally the forces of the galaxy to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all.

Battle with your comrades or even your own friends in this all-out galactic war to take Earth back. With co-op online multiplayer missions new to the Mass Effect universe , you can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as you all fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control in this third entry of the epic intergalactic RPG franchise.

Street Fighter X Tekken — Street Fighter x Tekken makes history as fighters from these two bastions of the fighting genre come together for the very first time. Utilizing the same 2D viewpoint and technology that powered Street Fighter IV, this game allows for Tekken characters such as Kazuya Mishima and Nina Williams to make the transition into the Street Fighter universe having been re-imagined using Capcom’s much-loved art style. Their looks may be different, but these characters have retained their own unique characteristics and signature moves as they go head-to-head with classic brawlers from the Street Fighter franchise in what promises to be an explosive match up.

MLB 12: The Show (PS Move Compatible / Also on PS Vita) — Boston Red Sox All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez graces the cover of the 2012 entry in Sony Computer Entertainment’s acclaimed baseball franchise. With releases on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, players are able to take the same big league baseball experience on the road with them, anytime, anywhere.

Major League Baseball 2K12 — Swing for the fences with the 2012/2013 edition of 2K Sports’ acclaimed baseball franchise.

Blades of Time — Gunswords, booty (of the gold and jewels kind!) and a cute outfit? All in a day’s work. Play as the gorgeous gunsword-wielding treasure hunter Ayumi as she carves a path of destruction through a mysterious and dangerous island in Blades of Time. While rich with bounty, the island is also caught in the throes of Chaos magic. Ayumi soon discovers that it is also the home of thousands of long-held secrets, including special powers and abilities that she can gain for herself. Using everything she can, she must find a way to defeat armies of menacing villains and a multitude of treacherous traps in order to break free of the possessed island’s grasp.

Top Gun: Hard Lock — An aerial dog-fighting at jet speeds and tailgating MiGs at Mach 2, while offering a unique “Hard Lock” mode where players perform air combat maneuvers that deliver an explosively satisfying visual payoff that brings them right into the action. Featuring the legendary F-14 Tomcat fighter jet and a number of additional licensed planes and weapons, and more than enough enemy MIGs to turn into smoldering rubble, the game is carefully mixed with just enough nostalgic references to remain true to its action movie roots.

PlayStation Network

MotorStorm RC (Also for PS Vita) — High-speed radio-controlled car racing hits the MotorStorm circuit in MotorStorm RC! With visually stunning renditions of all four MotorStorm worlds (and eight of their vehicle classes,) this RC racing game comes loaded with endless competition that you can share with friends and rivals worldwide — whether that’s on PS3 or PS Vita, or both!

Start the Party: Save the World (PS Move Compatible) — Step into an animated augmented virtual reality in this second chapter of the Start The Party franchise for PlayStation Move players!

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 — Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 plunges fans into an explosive environment where they can become elite aerial soldiers in control of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft. The game will appeal to a wide array of gamers as players will have the chance to control exceptional pilots trained to use cutting edge technology in amazing aerial warfare missions.

Major League Baseball 2K12 (For PSP) — Swing for the fences with the 2012/2013 edition of 2K Sports’ acclaimed baseball franchise.

PS3 Demos

  • MotorStorm RC
  • Start the Party: Save the World
  • Hustle Kings
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

[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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  • SOOOOO Excited for Unit 13, Most Anticipated game for the Vita so far! (since I got Uncharted GA before I even got the Vita :p)

  • So if we buy Motorstorm RC on one platform, do we get the other version for free?

  • Cancelled my preorder for Mass Effect after I heard how Bioware basically plagiarized Deus Ex’s ending.

  • Are you guys ever planning to say what happened with Storm last week?

  • Thanks Rey, for listing Lego Harry Potter. I will be buying that digital from the store for my Vita. Also downloading my pre-ordered digital ME3.

    Wait, how could I almost forget: Journey early for Plusers!

  • DeadKillersRevng

    I’m eager to see what await us in March for PlayStation Plus users ^^

  • Hey Rey, Can you say when Mass Effect 3 will be available for download off PSN, Will it be midnight? Please Respond!! Thanks,

  • No new NA/USA PSVita demos?

  • One thing about the PSVita… Me n my friends are having issues with the PARTY feature. I cant hear them and they cant hear me. Any details on this? Can u guys point me in the right direction? Would really appreciate! :)

  • Is it not possible to get a PSN feature to sign in invisible?

  • No early Journey listed for Plus members??

  • @11 journey will be out a week early for Plus members they don’t list everything in the sunday drop listings if you have come on the blog often enough you should know that

  • omg yes unit 13 psn digital hope it like 5$ cheaper

  • what happened to I am alive? xbox is gettin it this week. Thats not right ps3 should have it first

  • MORE like what HAPPENED LASTNIGHT with MAINT plan…………………………..OH YEA >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NOTHING BUT A LONG WAIT FOR……………………………………………………..NOTHING,…………….

  • Its nice to see your doing digital copies, but you really need to reconsider the pricing. $5 less is not a real incentive to buy a digital copy that can never be resold when you are done playing.

  • When is MALICIOUS coming? Europe got it a few weeks ago.

  • more Japanese games on PSN digital download please…

  • And the PSP has officially stopped existing :(

    Some PS1 Classics could at least show some love… still hundreds to choose from.

  • whoa.. thank god i watched this video. i already got a psn-card earlier today to buy unit 13 tomorrow, but hell no.. after watching the video i decided NOT to buy this game. i so wanted to, because finally we would have gotten a game that was not a rehash of old titles.. but this shooter looks very, very, very unnecessary and boring. every game mechanics i saw in the video i already had seen in the countless 0815-shooters out there. i hope there will be other games out soon that are interesting enough to buy them. but with such 0815-shooters and mostly rehashes of ps3-games i doubt i will be buying much more for the vita in the near future. seems like the vita is doomed for the same fate as the 3ds.. there is just not enough interesting material out there to justify my day-1-buy.

  • Do you know how many megabytes is motorstorm RC going to be? Rey.

  • Wheres the PS+ info for this month?

  • @7
    It will obviously be available at the same time as the update which will probably be at the usual time. You’d get it much earlier if you get it in store.

  • I’d say these drops look pretty weak. I’d like to see more PSN games from PS2 era that are updated with HD graphics and Tropies.
    BTW, when are the Rainbow Six Vegas & GRAW games gonna get Trophy updates??? Pretty lame…

  • Contra Shattered Soldier, Tail Concerto, Brave Fencer Musashi, Klonoa 2, Vandal Hearts ….. etc

    Pretty please.

    PS: tried a couple of PS2 Classics, namely Primal and God Hand. The video signal seemed off on my HDTV, and none of the screen options seemed to fit properly. Pretty weird, because I don’t have the same problem with the emulation backward compatibility on my system, nor do I have it with PS1 Classics.

  • When is the update?
    I Bought Mass Effect 3 on psn and I want have the game on day 6.

  • alott of these games seem weak i bought the vita for New And improved titles for the vita. Mainly because they are on the tenth year of the same console,So i took what was gonna be new and impressive and so far WEAK man. i agree with the dude thats gonna hold off,and besides wheres the FIRST PERSON SHOOTER THAT WAS GONNA DEFY THE DUAL ANNALOG STICKS F the Blood third person shooters that are a form of all the the old games molded into one.

  • When will you guys put more PSP games to be compatible with the Playstation Vita?!

  • Looks like just the standard edition of Street Fighter X Tekken for the PS3 for me this week…

  • Sony… We need to see games like this remastered/upgraded and brought over digitally to the PS Store..

    X-men vs. Street Fighter
    Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
    Marvel vs. Capcom
    Capcom vs. SNK PRO
    Capcom vs. SNK 2
    SVC Chaos: SNK Vs. Capcom
    Street Fighter Alpha 3
    King of Fighters NeoWave
    Garou Mark of the Wolves
    NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
    …all the Final Fight games…

    PSP updates we need are:

    Final Fantasy III
    Final Fantasy V
    Final Fantasy VI

    PS3 HD Collections we need are:

    Kingdom Hearts HD Collection (Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts RE Chain of Memories)

    Updated PS3 games we need are:

    Devil May Cry 4
    – make a special edition w/ new modes, rebalanced gameplay, trophies
    Metal Gear Solid 4
    – make a “Sub–” version with trophies

    Vita games we need are:

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 3 Plus

    PS3 games we need are:

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 3

  • Any clue when I am Alive comes out from ubisoft?

  • Also, with Final Fantasy X HD coming, why not instead make that one the International version and then do the same for Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XI??

    I hope that Gods Eater 2 comes out in the US since the game is being made/release in Japan.

    Oh and for those that play Lego games, how about another Lego Star Wars Clone Wars game that covers season 3 and beyond since the current one only does Season 1 & 2. Oh and where’s the Lego Lord of the Rings game that covers the trilogy and The Hobbit? Can you guys patch Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga with trophies or just release a new version of the game?

    And why are the Call of Duty Modern Warfare map packs still $15?! Why not lower the price on the ones for Modern Warfare 1 and 2 at least?!

    Is God of War IV being made? I hope so…

    Are we getting another Dynasty Warriors Gundam game?? If we do, please make sure it has the Japanese voice acting option included for the US version.

  • No more PS1 or PS2 classics? :(

  • Or minis? :(

  • Did voting for Best Indie Game get fixed? Last I checked, I still couldn’t.

  • What happened to this month PS+ offers?

  • I can’t wait for Tuesday.

    I am willing to say, publicly, that Mass Effect 3 is the most important game of the year.

  • @32 Us PC enthusiasts have no choice but to buy it on console or use the Origin service. Origin will be built in, I heard, and you will not be able to run it on PC without Origin… At least I have Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 on Steam. They removed them from Steam eventually, but if you got them before they were removed, you still have access to them.

    I guess if I play ME3 it will be on PS3. Sad for me, though, since my PC is tuned up for gaming. Stuff looks way better than on PS3 or 360 on my PC. And, you know, I can use Mouse and Keyboard. :(

  • @16 That is the truth, right there. I am purposely buying cartridges to 2-way protest expensive memory cards and no real digital discount. They could have at least decided on a base amount to discount all titles by instead of the apparently arbitrary slap in the face pricing to digital download fans.

    Here’s how it SHOULD work, Sony. I have a 8GB memory card, o the back it says “Holds 2-4 full games” so let’s go with that figure.

    The memory card is $30. Now let’s say I buy some digital games, we’ll say 4 of them. I will pick 4 games here right off the store.

    Dynasty Warriors: 34.99, $5 off
    WipEout 2048: 35.99, $4 off
    Hot Shots Golf: 35.99, $4 off
    Touch My katamari: 24.99, $5 off
    Total savings: $18
    Memcard – savings = $12
    Standard 8GB SD Card: About $5-$10.
    Amount memcard is overpriced: About $2-$7

    So 1 or 2 more dollars discount per game should be done, IMO, to make it a no-brainer switch for fans. KILL the used market.

  • After my above math session, the mem cards actually seem almost reasonably priced. Imagine it! However, I really think the digital discount should be a bit more. I would love to see the used market crash and burn. It used to be great back in the NES and early SNES Era with small local shops, but companies like Gamestop came around and ruined it. It needs to die.
    Size of data on memcard with cartridge version:
    HS Golf: 134M
    WipEout: 64M
    Katamri: 0M
    Dynasty Warriors: 0M
    Save data for all four: negligible.

    if I keep going like this, imagine how little I will spend on mem cards. Like, ever. Of course, that could be anyone with a PC/PS3 and use of content manager. Only someone who wants to carry everything digital around with them needs to buy a lot of memory cards. I’d rather carry around a plastic case of carts, which I do currently. I have 5 carts. I did buy Stardust digital, though.

    The point I was going for: Buying cartridges is actually cheaper in the long run if you were going to buy mem cards every time one filled up.
    The point I actually made: This is not as bad a deal as I thought initially, but it still seems to need some tweaking, and a lot more structure.

  • we some wwe games asap for ps3 download lol :)

  • will mass effect 3 be release at midnight monday night because if not it better be out early tuseday because i didnt buy the pre order over the psn store to have to wait till sony gets around to there late update .

  • Sony, can you buy me a Vita?

  • Legend of Legaia for PS3/PSP. That’s all I ask for.

  • i fully support the used game market. New is rarely a viable option for me. I also refuse to spend more than $10 on something I don’t physically own. if digital downloads ever become the norm, that’s the end of my gaming hobby.

  • Could we get a update on the psone classics for vita? and or another update on more psp games coming to the vita? I really want to buy peace walker and some other titles that work with the vita, but the lack of a ps3 is holding me back :(

  • So excited Motorstorm RC is going free for PSVita. I was totally planning on making this purchase, but will now make sure to download asap tomorrow.

  • I hope that you will add the “Time Crisis” series to ps2 Classics soon! It would be sooooo great to see these good old titles on the psstore :-)

  • Are you sure you cleared all those PSN games with Microsoft first? Dont want you to have to pull any games after release like you did with Storm. So please, call up big daddy Microsoft and ask them if its ok you release these games this week.

  • portstation you are a jerk

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