The Drop: New PlayStation Releases for April 1st, 2014

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The Drop: New PlayStation Releases for April 1st, 2014
The Drop

The thrill and spectacle of America’s pastime is returning to PlayStation this week in a colossal launch. The definitive baseball experience in gaming arrives on PS3 and PS Vita this week, and it packs more than 40 improvements and additions over its predecessors.

With the launch of MLB 14 The Show, the critically-acclaimed series hits new heights with tons of ground-breaking features. Year-to-year saves allow players to carry their progress from this year forward, into future entries of The Show. Quick Counts enable gamers to knock out full, nine-inning games in less than 30 minutes for an easy fix, and Universal Profiles on PS3 capture player styles for the entire MLB community to see.

But MLB 14 The Show isn’t the only anticipated launch this week; Mercenary Kings hits PS4 and packs retro visuals on top of a killer, side-scrolling shooter/RPG hybrid. Craft weapons and take on deadly missions solo or with friends.

For a complete list of games coming to PlayStation this week, read on. And enjoy the Drop!

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition
Mercenary Kings
MLB 14 The Show
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army

New PlayStation Releases This Week

PS3 — Digital
The original Blackgate experience is amplified with new enemy encounters, maps, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. Delve deeper into the Dark Knight’s past through a combination of stealth and free-flow combat.
PS4 — Digital
The terrible forces of CLAW have seized a top-secret island military base, and it’s up to the Mercenary Kings to stop them. Craft and customize a gigantic assortment of weapons, and take to the field in this retro-inspired side-scroller.
PS3, PS Vita — Digital, Retail
Baseball is better with MLB 14 The Show. The ground-breaking series returns with more than 40 improvements and additions, including year-to-year saves for the most devoted baseball fans.
PS3, PS Vita — Digital, Retail
Venture into the Sundered Lands to rise through the ranks of a legendary mercenary company. An expanded and enriched version of the original RPG Ragnarok Odyssey, ACE features new quests, new character customization, and a new 400-floor dungeon!
PS2 Classic — Digital
In the shadowy evening mist of Taisho, a young girl appears with an unusual request: “Please kill me…” As Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoha, uncover the mystery of the girl’s strange abduction in this unique action RPG .

The information above is subject to change without notice.

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  • Holy crap, dude. I wasn’t trying to pin any of that on you. Just explaining my argument. Straw man nothing. I wasn’t saying you’re a casual, a graphics snob, or the owner of a small mind.

    There is no “grandeur” about indies either. I don’t suggest that. I only highlight the real-world value they give to the overall strength of the industry. It is not “supposed”. It is factual. Statistics would reveal this to anyone who cared to know. I simply feel it’s better to have the facts out there mixed in with all the misinformation so that people can study both sides and make up their own mind, rather than having an entirely lop-sided agenda shoved in their faces at all times.

    As far as the other subtle implication you made, well, I’m not reckless with the name-calling. The words I use are more like labels… well-deserved labels, mind you. It’s a method of expression… or are your thumbs really made of steel?

  • That PS2 Classic Section! @_@

    i love to see amazing gems like Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army on store. I hope for more Shin Megami Tensei games in the Store. Thx.

  • It doesn’t matter whether one thought game graphics were ugly back in the 80s. There wasn’t anything else to compare it to. That’s the way video games looked. It’s like before the broadband days, people didn’t think their analog modem was slow. With every modem upgrade, they only said that BBS was faster (yes, BBS, not internet :))

    Yes, there are a lot of gamers who like retro games (I won’t call them the majority though). That’s why we keep seeing requests for PS1 and PS2 classics here in the comments. But they like the 80s games the way they were back in the 80s – the original, the real 80s games made in the 80s. Whether they also like a 2010s game to play like a 2010s game but look like a 1980s game, I am not so sure. (Sure, some of these pseudo-80s game do play like 80s game, but not all. I doubt they had MOBAs back then.)

  • They need to try and put a little upscaled port to Ps4…
    I really like how it looks but i hardly use my ps3 anymore so it would be cool if it was on Ps4.

  • Ragnorok Odyssey

  • Just to be clear, I am not saying that games must look like Uncharted or Second Son. All I want is decent graphics, as I put it earlier, a circle looks like a circle and text can be easily read. Give me Angry Birds graphics, NDS graphics, Wii graphics… those are all perfectly acceptable to me. Just not something where each character is made of a 9×9 block of pixels or something. (If blockiness is required, do it the Lego or 3D Dot Game Heros way.)

    I have seen some gameplay video of Towerfall Ascension. My first impression was that there’s a lot of fast and furious action going on. So much so that the 8-bit graphics becomes a hinderance to gameplay – cos it’s so hard to even track your own character. Everyone, in their full blockiness, look alike! The words and icons are hard to read too. The screen is so busy that you can’t really see what’s going on with the 8-bit graphics. Just imagine how much better that game could be if it has better graphics (doesn’t need to be PS All-stars Battle Royale graphics, just something more decent, even if it looks like something coming from South Park). There’s nothing 80s about the gameplay there, so why must the art style be 80s?

  • @PrimeroIncognito: Yeah, I get it. I know you weren’t directing any of those “labels” at me. I just don’t think they’re very effective when used to get your point across. I’ve used far worse when I’ve been aggravated, and in hindsight that didn’t really serve a purpose either.

    You did claim that I missed where you said it would be nice to have great graphics + great gameplay together. Again, we agree there. I just reject the notion that people who prefer great graphics to “other” qualities and/or styles don’t value gameplay.

    Not everyone will “see the light” about indies, but that’s okay. It’s okay if you want to defend them even after it becomes clear the person(s) you’re speaking with will never agree. I’m comfortable knowing we and many others will keep buying and playing them, thereby saving the industry from utter destruction!!!!!1!11!11!!!1

    I don’t think the industry is in dire straits, and I’m pretty sure you don’t either. :)

  • GummyCore on March 31st, 2014 at 3:35 am said: “It doesn’t matter whether one thought game graphics were ugly back in the 80s. There wasn’t anything else to compare it to.”

    Sure there was. Photographs, paintings, drawings (I had a friend who used to draw his own levels and characters for video games he wanted to make, and they were so highly detailed, they could have never been re-created on any consoles of that time without a massive scaling down of detail), etc.

    I remember how my brother and I used to joke about how everything was composed of little squares (the awareness of the simplicity and limitations of 8-bit systems). At the same time, of course, that’s exactly what made us marvel at the creativity and resourcefulness of game designers of that time, since they were able to do so much with so little. And as a result, art was created. Art that was beautiful and moving in its simplicity, that would inspire an entire generation of creative types who grew up to become the game designers of today.

    “before the broadband days, people didn’t think their analog modem was slow” … I did!

    Anyway, I’m finally off to bed now. Thanks for the conversation guys.

  • @ ThumbsOfSteel74

    I’ll deal with you later! Heh heh… j/k… :)

  • Slight change of subject: I read an article about a scholarly study done regarding fake news sites and why their stories are widely shared and believed. (Read on for relevance.) The authors of the study found that many people reject the mainstream press and wind up in parts of the web where facts are not checked and unsubstantiated rumors abound. I have to believe the same thing happens to gamers: They reject mainstream gaming review sites as “bought and paid for,” and then have little to guide them when a demo is unavailable. So they wind up buying the very dreadful games the reviewers were trying to steer them away from.

    I don’t argue the reviewers always get it right, but I have generally been pleased with well-reviewed games *if* I was already interested in them before reading the reviews. Occasionally at first, and perhaps more so now, I would let underground buzz sway me toward a game I would otherwise have ignored.

  • Marginal relevance: People who only buy games with top-notch graphics will miss out on all those great games without such graphics. They’ll also wind up buying some real garbage, especially if they reject all review sites as “biased.” But that’s a choice many are willing to make. I won’t call it a shame since they wouldn’t have enjoyed even the best games with simpler graphics.

    Oh yeah…this post ( :P ): I’ll add the PS4 game (free to Plus) via the web store like always. Then probably a couple of demos and that’s about it. I’m loving the PS2 Classic love, even if it is just a trickle and the current game doesn’t appeal to me. Glad to see many are pleased with it, though.

  • Man, I wish PS1/2 classics were released more frequently. Also, just out of curiosity, but I’ve been on a bit of Gundam kick lately, and I have to ask: Any chance at all for digital versions of the Gundam games on PS1 and PS2 in the future?

  • Most of these cats complaining about graphically inferior games on the PS4 are going to be the ones buying and playing the hell out of the PS4 version of Minecraft.

  • Hey Ryan do you know if Mercenary Kings is free for ps plus memborinos or is it a purchase only?


    Please may you please tell us when “Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels” will be released. Thank you kind sir/madam.

  • Still no sign f Strike Suit Zero; any word on when we’ll see it in the US?

  • “Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army”


  • Is there going to be a ps3 to ps4 upgrade available for The Show?

  • Well well well people gonna always complain like a broad about nothing for them or these indie games are not what they want. Too bad you don’t have a choice but to deal with it cry me a river.

  • when will demo’s be up?

  • Mercenary Kings

  • When will the new batman be available for PS4?

  • Sorry, I meant, when will Batman: Arkham Origins be available on PS4? Will we have to wait for Playstation Now?

  • Go Raidou!!

  • And still no Persona 4 ps2 classic…

  • When can i download my pre order for Blaze Blue?

  • WHat the hell!!!?? No walking dead for ps vita still!!!?? God damnt telltale.

  • Batman Blackgate for PS3…this is some bull**** right there….but whatever…I’ll try the demo for it and look!!! Fez demo..haha I dig that…been wanting to try Fez.

  • Ryan, do u have any idea what’s going on with walking dead ps vita? They said the end of March. This sucks!

  • Persona4 ps2 Classic soon?-ish

  • now april fools is over, what is the psn+ game for ps4 this month? (i mean no disrespect to mercenary kings developers, it looks like a good game but its not exactly a ps4 game)

  • So when this month is that Mickey mouse game, “Castle of Illusions” supposed to become free for PS Plus members? I saw it on the PS Plus exclusive free games video on the PS4 a couple of days ago.

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