The Drop: New PlayStation Releases for February 18th, 2014

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The Drop: New PlayStation Releases for February 18th, 2014
The Drop

The world has fallen under the tyrannical rule of Grand Master Meio. As people suffocate in his steely grip, Special A-Class Strider Hiryu is sent into the wintry winds of Kazakh City to assassinate the dictator. The arcade classic series returns with Strider, which launches for PS3 and PS4 this week.

Guide Hiryu through an expansive map and cut down Grand Master Meio’s forces in a flurry of strikes. Using Hiryu’s indestructible plasma Cypher — and a host of unlockable special moves — players can traverse the dark halls, harrowing heights, and gleaming towers of Kazakh City with speed and skill.

For those gamers hungry for a more old-fashioned quest, the PS4 beta of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn also launches this week. Saddle up a chocobo and ride through Eorzea in this staggering MMO from Square Enix. Interested parties can head here for more information about the beta.

There’s plenty more coming to PlayStation, so head below for the full list. And enjoy the Drop!

Strider on PS4

Earth Defense Force 2025
Forest Legends: The Call of Love
Mr. Driller
Neo Contra
Rayman Legends
Tomba! 2

New PlayStation Releases This Week

PS3 — Digital, Retail
Blast through legions of bugs in the latest from a cult-classic series. More than 80 missions, 700 weapons, local and online multiplayer, and four character classes. Fans of B movies, take note!
PS3 — Digital
A story of both magic and love. Guide a young girl named Eveline through a dark forest in search of her beloved, a werecat named Aurelio. Meet werewolves, goblins, and challenging puzzles in this fantastical adventure.
PS Vita — Digital
A chaotic, run-and-gun shooter with a gigantic collection of upgrades and bonuses. Tackle brutal challenges in randomly-generated stages with retro-style graphics.
PSone Classic — Digital
Caution: big, bright blocks have buried downtown! It’s going to take a drilling professional to solve this conundrum. Fortunately, Mr. Driller is on the case. Help drill and solve puzzles in this PlayStation classic.
PS2 Classic — Digital
The year is 4444 A.D. Earth has been remade into a ghastly prison planet rife with criminals. When a threat emerges from this underworld society, Bill Rizer is awakened from his 2,000-year slumber to destroy the Neo Contra menace. Dive back into this PS2 classic shooter from Konami.
PS4 — Digital, Retail (Already Available on PS3, PS Vita)
The eye-catching platformer from Ubisoft makes its PS4 debut. Built with new features that take advantage of DualShock 4, experience Rayman’s latest adventure with enhanced visuals and PS Vita remote play.
PS3, PS4 — Digital
The arcade classic from Capcom gets a titanic visual upgrade with this new action platformer for PS3 and PS4. Take up the scarf and plasma Cypher of Strider Hiryu in order to take out the tyrannical Grand Master Meio. Revel in the lightning-fast play and expansive map of Kazakh City.
PSone Import — Digital
An old-school, side-scrolling platformer. Guide the feral boy named Tomba through a variety of environments, in search of his childhood friend.

Demos and Betas

The information above is subject to change without notice.

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  • Blog team? Why is their never any nascar games on psn? New nascar games not indie made crap is what Im talking about. Nascar the game 2011 and Nascar inside line is on psn in the uk and inside line is available on xbox live to download but none on psn? What is up with that? You racist against our sport or something? You have formula one a boring sport on psn to download and buy but never our nascar games. Such bull actually. We should have digital buying options to all new nascar games on the USA psn. This is ridiculous to be forced to disc when a lot of us hate disc and prefer digital. I’m all digital. Only disc I have is skyrim and even that game is not on psn here in the usa. Its been on xbox live since last year and is only a 3.8 gig download on live so whats the excuse to skyrim not being a digital option to? Such bull on these digital hold ups. Not all of us buy disc you know.

  • The Super League Football table for Zen Pinball 2 is also scheduled for release this Tuesday.

    So, it will be that, and Strider for me!

  • @ Edzo04ps: See AsahiSeth’s comment (#28) for why it’s the import version of Tomba 2. Sucks, but apparently that’s the way it is.

    @ TWODEEEE: It’s DLC. DLC almost never gets listed on The Drop, which is for “new game” releases.

    @ jasonstreet: I dare you to find a PS4 game that hasn’t been released digitally yet. :P
    It’s pretty much the same as the Vita. Everything is available digitally now. But not everything at retail. So you won’t really find “news” of something on PS4 being available from PSN, because it’ll really only be news if it WON’T be available digitally.

    I’ll be getting Gunslugs. Looks rad, and it’ll hold me over until Thief releases next week.

  • Also let us use multiple accounts on vita. This is such bull being stuck to using one account on my vita. And don’t tell me to switch memory cards and have to rebuild database every time to do so and go into settings and deactivate one account and reactive another and fix the bubbles again as it resets them during the memory card swaps. Thats too much junk to go through just to use different accounts on a vita. Give us multiple accounts like ps3 does. How hard is that to understand. You need to fire the person or people that make these updates and os on our devices. They never listen to us and take too long to fix anything. Ps3 came out in 2006 and we are in 2014 and a ps4 now here and we still have no sorting feature for our download list. That is PATHETIC. You know were complaining about it so fix it or bring over tech people from xbox live to help you. Good GOD!

  • I’m so sad my PS3 had the yellow light today :(

    Does the new Super Slim PS3 use the same size hard drive as the original large ps3? I might have to buy one to finish up my ps3 games and possibly a ps4, too.

  • I dont even know what you are trying to accomplish with the drop. Why do you never have ALL the new games and dlc available? Do they have to pay to be included in the drop or something? Thats a serious question. And why do you feel ots necessary to omit PRICES? You must know by now, so why keep it a freaking secret?

  • rayman, strider and ffiv beta, yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dude Ryan you are awesome!

  • @Ryan Clements

    I’m really psyched about Strider coming to PS3 and PS4. After playing and owning Strider and Strider 2 on PSOne and watching the trailer of Double Helix’s version, I can see that they have been paying careful attention and are trying to improve the formula with a Metroidvania aspects added into the game.

    Some of my friends and blog readers mentioned that they would like to see a PlayStation Vita version of Strider. I’m pretty sure they are not the only ones in this boat. It would be awesome to see either a Strider bundle or Cross Play promotion. Can you please let Capcom and Double Helix know about this suggestion, and if Strider does well in sales, please release this on Vita as well. It would be incredible to play this game across all of the current devices and be able to exchange data between each version.

  • I’m sorry to say it, but I honestly don’t understand how mr. Driller gets put out as a ps1 CLASSIC. Regardless, thank you for putting the ps1 classics out on a consistent basis. Still hoping we can see some of the following soon:

    Jade cocoon
    Megaman legends 1 and 2
    Suikoden 2
    Saga frontier
    Die hard trilogy

    And for Psp, how about ff7 crisis core?

  • @60: Duuuuude, I’ll throw my money to my PS3 the day they include Megaman Legends as a PSX classic. Only game I’m waiting from the “PS Classics” list.

  • @60

    man if they bring Diablo to the ps one classics….im all over that!

  • When Ryan posts the drop, he is always “FIRST” no matter what.

    @Edzo04ps I hate to burst your bubble, but I asked the guy a couple of weeks ago when he announced Tomba 2 to be released on PSN. He said it is the Japanese import, either that or a longer wait for the NA version. Sorry, but they screwed you.

  • Maybe I’ll get Strider but more than likely this drop gives my wallet a chance to relax. I’ve been buying games and still haven’t even finished Uncharted

  • Can’t wait for EDF! Love that series! Just putting it out there, Global Defense Force as a PS2 Classic would be an instant buy! Just sayin’. ; )

  • Hey Ryan,

    For those of us who may get confused, or aren’t aware of certain features and functionality, or have just been living under a rock, I have a suggestion. No matter what platform the game is for, make sure they all say which console they are compatible with. While reading, I thought that the Neo Contra only saying that it’s a PS2 Classic just sounded wrong. Almost like someone decided to republish the PS2 DVD, lol.

  • Seems like forever I’ve been waiting for Strider…

  • @61

    Then you’ll be waiting forever, as Capcom has already stated (LONG ago, actually) that licensing agreements are preventing them from getting Mega Man Legends 1, 2, and Tron Bonne as PS1 Classics on PSN. Though I really want to see them bring them bring over the other Mega Man games too (8, X3-X6, Battle & Chase – with X3 and B&C being imports, and the rest being their NA releases).

  • Tomba 2 in japanese is the mother of disappointments =(

  • Wait a minute, is Tomba 2 in Japanese? If that is so, that is a deal breaker for me. I am still irritated over the fact that the mega man games on PSN are Japanese imports. How hard would it be to make an English version.

  • Dear Playstation. Please start bringing the Final Fantasy games to the PS4. All of them. Then you & Square can split a big pile of my cash.

  • At least there’s *one* new non-Indie game for PS4 this week. Wish it was something I’m interested in but I guess its still gonna just be an expensive Netflix box :/

  • Yes! Can’t wait to get Strider for PS4! For anyone concerned that it might not be good, it already got good reviews when it released in Japan:

    Definitely going to the try the Final Fantasy XlV beta as well.

  • We desperately need a new PS Plus vita game lineup. Half of the lineup is old and played out.

  • “Strider” demo for PS4. Sweet!

  • EDF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on EDF 2025 this week! I’ve been playing EDF on my vita all weekend getting ready!! XD Love it!

  • Strider 2 as a classic soon, hopefully? Anyway though, I’m picking it up the new game. And maybe EDF, but not sure there are lots of games coming out soon I want.

  • @72 stop running through all the games then. nobody force you to beat everything you own

  • Is ff14 beta gonna be aviable for everyone? I own it on ps3 but i sold my ps3 for a ps4

  • Hey Guys I’m looking forward to the PS4 Beta.

    I’m throwing this out there as I’m not sure who to bring it to but people need to be able to add friends with the PS App. The BlogShare is pointless ATM.

    For example, Was out shopping, ran into a few friends I haven’t seen in a while and we all found out we all have PS4s and naturally we wanted to add each other and we all had the PS App and messed around with it until we realized we couldn’t add each other. It was disappointing as we were excited to start comparing trophies and games. I was able to add them until I got home.

  • Japanese Tomba 2, lame.

  • ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy, great lineup for the week but im really short on info about some things. you know some of those things people have been asking and complaining about? if not, or you just want a pretty quick round up, here goes

    mp3/cd support
    dnla streaming
    ps1/2 emulation on ps4 an vita
    game info updates i.e. towerfall ascension, helldivers, mercenary kings, fez, rouge legacy, the binding of Isaac rebirth, planetside 2

    this is a quick glance at the list of things people have been looking and asking for, could we please PLEASE…… please get some info and updates on these things? (please?) it would be so very appreciated and we would all love you guys that much more and throw THAT much more money at the whole company, so could we please get some light shed on those things, amound the others that weren’t listed?

  • @60 im with you FFVII Crisis Core would be great to play om my vita

  • Glad to see a demo of Strider. Also thanks for the lovely Valentines Flash Sale.

  • Tomba 2 is Japanese for those wanting that. Just be aware of what you’re getting into.

  • Really pumped for Strider HD. And good luck to Double helix at Amazon. As a strange side note, I think the flying things you cut down in the first stage of the original Strider kind of remind me of the Amazon drones that will deliver your packages. Maybe this is how it all starts.

  • There may be a reason Nascar ’14 isn’t included in the Drop, or maybe they just goofed. I think some companies prefer that their games be left out of the Drop (e.g. Walking Dead, iirc), but I doubt that’s the case with Nascar.

    Regarding why the games aren’t available digitally, you might try asking reps from the publisher. Sony doesn’t make every decision about such things.

    Regarding prices and other info (file sizes, etc.) never appearing on the Drop: They just don’t, is why. They could put next Sunday’s sales in this Sunday’s newspaper, but where I live they put this week’s sales. The point is: Sure they could do things 1-2 days earlier. But either way, most of the same people unhappy with the current setup will remain unsatisfied.

  • when is the beta for final fantasy?

  • @Heartless_Donut:

    Phase 1: February 22nd to March 3rd.
    Phase 2: April 4th to April 7th.

    You can import your character in phase 2 and transfer it to the retail version when it launches.

    Further details:


    Be sure to read the replies to comments made on that post, as they clarify several points.

  • Whee Tomba 2! <3

  • Tomba 2!!!!!! Will it be playable on the PS Vita as well?! ^o^!!!

  • @ KrisButtar: I don’t know where you were looking, but I’ve added multiple people from within the PS App on several occasions.
    You don’t even have to add them to see their trophies.
    Friends > Find Player on PSN > type in username and search > click on profile > click “Send Friend Request” and enter message if you want > click Send.

  • Nice update Sony!!!!!!!!!

  • Monster Monpiece for the vita! I do not mind censorship if that is what is required to get it here. Plus nothing was actually removed except for some graphics, the game itself is untouched.

  • Not that Strider alone isn’t rad, but I’m slightly bummed if there’ll be no downloadable soundtrack (PC-version) or original Strider games (PS3) included with the purchase on PS4, if I’ve understood correctly. But like said, I’ll be more than happy to get just Strider.

  • Ryan, can you confirm if we’re also getting Monster Monpiece this week? The store page got added with a 18th February date on it.!/en-us/games/monster-monpiece/cid=UP0031-PCSE00373_00-MONSTERMONPIECE1

  • Glad to see classics, would love to see more jRPG PS2 Classics =)

  • NEO CONTRA :D !!!!

  • These deals are spectacular, just may checkout FFXIV beta, & at some point get Rayman Legends & Strider & last but not least Neo contra!!!!!!!!!

  • @the people asking for more then one account on vita. i would like that. but people would abuse game sharing with that. the EDF looks cool but no money right now… but i did get the one sale last week that will hold me over till then. i’m just sad that Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is delayed also looking at i saw alot of vita games i want. you guys are destroy my wallet. but sadly i have a bone to pick with you guys right now… but i’ll save it for a different time.

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