The Drop: Week of March 11th 2013 New Releases

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The Drop: Week of March 11th 2013 New Releases

In this week’s The Drop, vengeance is born in the fires of betrayal in this prequel to the best-selling God of War franchise. Six months have passed since Kratos stood over the bodies of his wife and child, his hands stained with their blood – tricked by Ares into murdering the only people he ever loved. Swearing to avenge them, Kratos broke the blood oath that bound him to Ares, but oaths to Olympus are not so easily broken…

God of War: Ascension — God of War: Ascension returns players to the storyline of the epic God of War franchise. Join Kratos as he seeks freedom, redemption and the clarity to avenge his family. Or seek your own glory in epic 8-player mutliplayer battles.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 — Takes the bulls-eye precision of its best-selling predecessor to new and exciting heights. Powered by CryEngine 3 technology, the missions of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 are graphically stunning and more challenging as you once again step into the ghillie suit of a special ops sniper to take down the enemy.

Darkstalkers: Resurrection — The beloved Darkstalkers fighting game franchise is back and ready to take the fight to current gen consoles in this double-pack of Darkstalkers games.

Featuring a unique and colorful cast of characters blended with fast-paced fighting action, Darkstalkers Resurrection contains two games (Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3), for the price of one. Each game has a slew of features added including: robust GGPO-enabled online game play, HD graphical filtering with multiple viewing options, replay sharing, Spectator Mode, in-game achievements, Challenge/Tutorial Mode and an un-lockable vault filled with concept artwork, videos and more.

Quantum Theory — Many years have passed since the world war inflicted catastrophic damage on the human race, leaving only a few survivors. In their new community Cocoon, life has been threatened by a black material called Erosion, creating a post-apocalyptic environment. Surviving humans recruit a militia to conquer the Erosion and set out to take down the evil, Living Tower. Arriving at the scene is the stalwart warrior Syd, whose only intentions are to destroy the Tower. He meets the beautiful and mysterious Filena as they both ascend to the top in their search for answers.

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear — Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear is the sequel to Heavy Fire: Afghanistan that sends soldiers after a captured spy who holds the plans to a secret Iranian nuclear weapons facility.

Psych Yourself (PSN Exclusive) — Psych Yourself provides the game consumer with a whole new experience,” says Vlad Starzhevsky, CEO of Creat Studios Inc. “Test Yourself was good at testing and training your innate abilities such as Intelligence, Attention Span, Reaction Times and Memory. Psych Yourself goes to the next level, delving into your inner-most psyche and discovering what kind of person you really are.

Puzzle By Nikoli V: Sudoku (PSN Exclusive) — The Puzzle by Nikoli series has come to the PlayStation®Vita, and “Sudoku” is the first installment in the series! All fifty challenges have been carefully designed by Nikolai personally, which ensures that each solution is distinctive and different! Everyone from novices to experts is sure to lose themselves in this immersive puzzle world.


  • Army of Two: The Devil Cartel
  • Darkstalkers: Resurrection
  • Fuel Overdose
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

PlayStation 2 Classics

Kessen II — Become a Chinese general and conquer the world in Kessen II from Koei. Players plan out strategies, then watch as armies carry out their orders in real time. The tale of two warring Chinese generals, Liu Bei and Cao Cao, sets the stage for war in a scenario similar to the background of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms saga. Magic will play a part in the action: lightning, tornados, and earthquakes can all be summoned to wreak havoc among enemy troops.

PSone Imports

  • Favorite Dear: Enkan no Monogatari
  • First Queen IV
  • Mahjong Uranai Fortuna: Tukino Megamitachi
  • Motorhead: High Velocity Entertainment
  • Rung Rung: Oz no Mahou Tsukai
  • Sentimental Graffiti
  • Trump Shiyouyo! (Fukkoku Ban)

[Editor’s Note: The following dates are subject to change. Game details are gathered from Press Releases, Retail Descriptions, from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]

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  • me and 6 of my friends agreed we want celebrity deathmatch hd or ps2 classic, i can see it now add-on characters, online pass, different rings. somethin to think about

  • @26
    I asked square, they told me to ask sony. lol

  • Of course I’m psyched about God of War. Release date delivery from Amazon.

    I’d really like to see Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on Vita. Also, digital versions of God of War 3 and Metal Gear Solid 4.

  • WHAT?! No Yakuza?

  • @11 Nick930930, Isn’t the purpose of buying a vita to play on the go or away from home? I agree that dragon needs to stop being annoying about everything but i would like to have Crash supported on Vita as it is a great classic that doesn’t take up that much space on the memory card. They do have a bunch of support on crappy “minis” I can’t understand why they can’t support their own “in house” games.

  • @54 Crash and Spyro haven’t been in-house games for quite some time. Activision owns the rights to both of them at the moment.

  • Hrrrrrg Kessen! I’ll be all over that when I get some more money.

  • Anybody on this board wanna see the battle arena toshinden trilogy on psn?

  • @55 I’m not referring to Crash as in Crash and Spyro, I’m talking about Crash as in Crash Bandicoot.

  • @58 actually crash bandicoot is no longer owned by naughtydog they sold the character to nintendo and nintendo has made the game into complete crap.

    Spyro kinda fell off after ps2 but i would love to see the ps 2 versions on psn as it was a fun game.

  • Kessen II??? Brah, that game was weak then and is weak now. Im finding it hard to understand what a “classic” PSN title is. Do they mean a game that sold thousands or millions of copies and was loved by the community, or just an old as game? Cause thats what Kessen II is to me ~_~ Lookin forward to tryin out that AO demo though

  • Ok seriously how can a Sony flagship title not be day 1 digital that just makes no sense. It really does make one question who is setting this up who’s running the show and why they make the decisions they make.

  • Sorry, Just read about that…I use to play PS1 when I was younger and hadn’t followed or played video games until just recently …. what was Sony/Naughty Dog thinking? I know they later created Jak and Daxter (and then Uncharted). Crash was like the Mario of the PlayStation world (only I thought it was better than Mario). That could have been one of the titles that appealed to the younger gamers and pulled them from Nintendo, instead you sell it to a company that basically sells it exclusively to you competition.

  • No!!! Why is Ascension not a Day 1 digital download?! This is MADNESS!!!!!

  • @61 I’m still waiting for them to make GOW 3 digital…..have a feeling I will be waiting awhile…for both.

  • I just added $70 to my psn wallet to buy this digitally !!!!!

  • This just ruined my day…

  • I’m going to phone Kratos and get to the bottom of this!!!

  • Why is Tomb Raider a day 1 digital but not God of War Ascension?


  • Reply Rey!!! Please!!!!!

  • @Mad-Dominator0 yeah that sucks man…. you could buy a year subscription to PlayStation plus!?!?

  • @71
    Dude I cancelled my GameStop preorder to buy it digitally on Tuesday.

  • where did you read it was going to be d1d?

  • hi SCEA!

    Hope you can try to release Vigilante 8 & Vigilante 8: 2nd offense for ps1 classics! hehe..

    Also any update on Imaginstruments and the Friend Network for ps vita? Thanks!

  • Darkstalkers Resurrection and Kessen II for me.

  • @75 the guy from ssm said in a blog reply that digital download info would be forthcoming.

  • Considering the 3D function was removed during development are there any plans for a future 3D patch or even a 3D compatible pack from psn store? I believe savage combat in the third dimension would drastically improve the lasting effect of awesome GOW:A brings to the table.

  • WHAT?! No Winnie the Pooh games released as PS2 Classics?

    Disney’s Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure
    Piglet’s Big Game

  • Sony And One From Sony Please Hear Us Please Sony You Wanna Your Vita Get Sold Fast And We Wanna Games You Can’t Give us Crash And Spyro It’s Not Big Deal You Are giving Half the games of playstation Vita For free Thanks For This But What We Really Need a Real Games a Game That Make us never Stop playing Not Porting Games And Minis And Ps Classic We Need Games Only On Vita Like Little Big Planet Ps Vita Games That us Everything in the Vita and you will see the Ps vita Will Sell Even more The Japan So Please Sony Make Games Like Uncharted (Not bend Studios) Make God Of War Or Port Any God of war on the Ps3 Make Jak Or Heavenly Sword these Games Make The Ps3 Powerful And We Need Them To Get the Vita Powerful Maybe Some Developers Will Run Away When They Hear It’s a Portable And Even the Ps3 Better But You have The Advantage With The Touch Pad And Touch Screen You Not Gonna count On Ps4 With Sells Not Everybody Can Spent 599-499 with 250-300 For Just Gaming There Is People Out There Want Only Portable Device So Please Step Forward With New Exclusive Games And In Ip’s Please Sony Hear Me One Time It’s Not Only My Voice All The World Want It .

  • Mr. Rey Gutiterez, you made a little misprint on the Psone section of the drop. MotorHead was never released in Japan (which means it really isn’t a psone import), so it’s likely that this verison of the game is the North America verison.

  • I’m very glad to see these Puzzle By Nikoli V games coming to NA!
    I nearly imported the cart version from Japan.

    It sounds like the rest of the series is coming too? Like Slitherlink et al?

  • Haven’t tried Kessen 2 but i love to see Kessen 3 as a ps2 classic. Btw, any news on the DLC for Hot Shot Golf World Invitation? I have downloaded and updated to version 1.05 and it is a tease to see the incoming DLC content without the ability to unlock it.

  • I can”t wait for the PS4, so Sony can charge us $14.99 for “PS3 Classics” like Hannah Montana, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Shaun White Snowboarding!

  • Okay people quit whining about Digital copies mkay. Yeah they can be cool and I use them if I cant make it to a store, if its a hard to find game, or its a digital exclusive game but physical copies are much more fun to collect and store on your shelf and unlike digital copies you dont have the illusion of ownership thier really yours to do with what you want.

    Also I agree Id love to see Crash and Spyro on my Vita but id much rather they focus on making cool new games and reveal what that stupid port on the top is for lol.

    Over all pretty cool Drop definetly want Darkstalkers Ressurection

  • Dragon, stop talking about Crash or Spryo. No one will take the subject seriously.

  • And what the hell’s up with the imports?! Most of them are so japanese text-heavy that are borderline unplayable by most american gamers, since they’re mostly dating sims and strategy RPG’s. Seroiusly SCEA, THINK things through for once…

  • @72 That wasn’t a good idea to cancel your pre-order when you had no guarantee that Ascension would be Day 1 Digital.

  • I am picking up my CE pre-order at Gamestop Tuesday can’t wait to play the SP&MP ;)

  • While Europe got a large collection of Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors, we only have Nobunaga’s Ambition and Kessen 2… not saying these games are bad but I want those Warriors game too. Hello KOEI, and Sony too. please do something.

  • Maybe Sony has a minimum order quantity contract with one of the retailers, providing they delay digital release.

    Or maybe they want to ensure PS3 longevity, by assuming that replacing physical copies with digital PS4 downloads will cost too much for some, so that people would choose to keep their PS3’s, and hey, why not just keep buying games for them….HA!

    Or maybe, they KNOW that people will replace with the DL for PS4, thus ensuring a further revenue line down the road.

  • Sorry to moan about this :D But i have been put off buying anymore PS1 & PS2 Classics because when i buy a PS4 they won’t work on it?!?!(or any other PSN Game) :(

  • Really sad that God of War Ascension isn’t going to be Day 1 Digital. I have the money in my wallet but cannot afford to buy retail for a few weeks. Hopefully Sony can change their mind and add GoWA to D1D at the last minute like they did with Tomb Raider. Really want to buy this game. At least I can buy Bioshock Infinite if GoWA doesn’t come to D1D. Please Sony, make GoWA D1D since it is a first party title and should be easy for you to do. I really want to support Sony and Santa Monica Studios right away instead of waiting until next month. Thanks!

  • Definitely picking up Darkstalkers if the price is reasonable (while ignoring Capcom’s staggeringly overpriced DLC for stuff that should already be in the game and ends up costing far more than the game itself, even with “package deals”, regardless of how much the original item costs. Ultimate MvC3 and the practically pay-to-buy-and-also-play SFxT, anyone?). I’ve spent lots of quality time with my longtime friends Morrigan and Lilith. Lilith admittedly moreso.

  • “@1 What? you’re an idiot?!?!?! OF COURSE YOU ARE”

    “@1, They work via remote play. Otherwise… why is it so important you play a 90s video game portably? Just play it on your PS3 and stop being a baby about it.”

    Well, I apologize deeply for enjoying an old game that you find unimportant. I regret to inform you that some people tend to get enjoyment out of games that aren’t the latest version of Generic FPS 9000 Multiplayer Online. Also, JP and EU have those games on the Vita, so why can’t the US?

  • Thinking of getting Resurrection but hows it’s gameplay, 4 button or 6 button attacks?
    Is there anymore DmC : Devil May Cry , Re6, and or Dragons Dogma dlc coming out because those versus multiplayer dlcs for Re6 looked god awful boring and i refuse to pay $2 for 10 quests out of 100 (when it was disk-locked content anyways) and Virgil’s Downfall, although fun, was really short.

  • Any word on a BioShock Infinite demo?

  • I asked at the end of last month if GOW:A would be Day 1 digital & they replied saying stay tuned to the blog … which seemed pretty vague to me … when the blog updated the following week, & again, no statement about it, I went off & preordered at GS … I was hoping to go digital to benefit from the spend $50 get $10 … but I also wanted the DLC goodies, which were not going to be offered for digital …. anyway, they have a long way to go to get digital sales up, especially for full releases … why would anyone go digital if they don’t offer the preorder goodies …. pretty excited to pick up my GOW CE tomorrow – really glad to get the DLC pass & bonus DLC …. the Trials of the Gods 2 player co-op sounds great ….


  • Well let’s wait my GOW Collector’s edition!!!

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