The Call of Duty franchise returns this week with its seventh title, Call of Duty: Black Ops. The hype train finally pulls up to the PlayStation 3 promising to deliver a blockbuster experience when you take on the role of an elite special units officer engaging in classified operations and saving the world from destruction — all in a days work. Sure, the Call of Duty franchise is popular for its excellent and silky smooth multiplayer, but call me old fashioned, I’m looking forward to its epic story and single player campaign.
The Sly Collection, SingStar Dance and The Fight: Lights Out deliver a triple PlayStation combo this week and promises to make good use of your PlayStation Move controllers when you dance to the beat, or beat someone down until they dance. Join me in this week’s The Drop as we kick down the Pentagon doors and hunt down some zombies — I call dibs on Fidel Castro.
Call of Duty: Black Ops — Hear the call of duty once again with this seventh entry in this blockbuster first-person shooter franchise. Call of Duty: Black Ops takes you deep behind enemy lines into the world of deniable operations as a member of an elite special forces unit engaging in covert warfare, classified operations, and explosive conflicts across the globe. With access to a variety of exclusive weaponry and equipment, your actions will tip the balance during the most dangerous time period mankind has ever known.
(PS Blog Coverage: Little-Known Facts: Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer)
The Sly Collection — The critically-acclaimed Sly Cooper series makes its triumphant return with The Sly Collection. This triple-pack features three PlayStation 2 action-packed classic hits (Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racconus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves) fully remastered in high definition and delivered on a single Blu-Ray Disc. The Sly Collection contains extra features and content, such as Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves in 3-D and all-new PlayStation Move mini-games that showcase the latest technology for a fun and immersive experience on the PS3 system.
(PS Blog Coverage: The Sly Collection Sneaks onto PS3 November 9th)
SingStar Dance — The newest installment in the multi-million selling franchise, SingStar Dance adds dancing to the traditional vocal gameplay for a completely fresh SingStar experience. Now can you sing along to the hottest new hits and learn how to shake and groove alongside your favorite pop stars!
(PS Blog Coverage: SingStar Dance Coming November 9th, Party Pack Details)
Monster Jam: Path of Destruction (Also on PSP) — Monster Jam 2011 is all about authenticity, personality, and fun, with 30 officially licensed Monster Jam trucks, including fan-favorites Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, and Grinder. Players can also create and customize their own trucks with thousands of options, unlocking new parts and upgrades as they progress through the game.
Apache Air Assault — Apache: Air Assault is a modern combat flight simulation game where players control a variety of lethal Apache attack helicopters outfitted with cutting-edge military weaponry. The goal is to prevent terrorist attacks by raining down destruction from above in the world’s most volatile warzones.
The Fight: Lights Out — The Fight: Lights Out allows players to infiltrate the gritty and brutal world of underground fighting as a rugged bare-knuckle boxer. Players must brawl their way through the ranks of the world’s most dangerous fighters using PlayStation Move motion controllers and the PlayStation Eye camera to track their movements with one-to-one precision, allowing for seamless execution of every jab, uppercut and headlock.
(PS Blog Coverage: How to Fight Dirty in The Fight: Lights Out for PlayStation Move)
Knights in the Nightmare — Not easily placed in any one genre, the game requires players to throw out everything they know about roleplaying and strategy games and embrace something altogether new and fresh. Frantic, energetic action mixes with thought-provoking tactical gameplay, all within a beautifully-rendered fantasy setting and presented through a captivating, emotional narrative.
(PS Blog Coverage: Knights in the Nightmare: Mastering Bullet Hell in a Strategy RPG)
Crescent Pale Mist — Crescent Pale Mist combines tense exploration platforming with rapid fighting and bullet-hell shoot-’em-up mechanics into one thrilling experience. You are the sorceress Yunou, the only magician capable of wielding powerful and deadly magic known as Pale Mist in Gasyukal, a beautiful and explosive dimension between worlds, rife with monstrosities.
(PS Blog Coverage: Next Week on PSN: Crescent Pale Mist)
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure — It’s Dora’s birthday and you know what that means … a fun-filled party with all her friends. The only problem is Dora and Boots are stuck in storybook land and must go on an exciting, magical journey if they hope to make it to the party on time. Along the way they’ll ride on a magic unicorn, bounce in a bubble over Sea Snake Lake and move to the beat in the Dancing Forest!
321… SuperCrash! — You thought you’d seen it all? Well, get ready to discover in 3, 2, 1… SuperCrash! A fun, original and extraordinarily addictive game. Run, jump and pass through walls while wrapping your arms around you to avoid messing your hair. Dodge all the obstacles that cross your path to reach the goal.
Fort Commander II: Counter Attack — This is a tower defense/strategy game in which players attempt to conquer opponents’ strongholds via brief battle sequences. From a bird’s-eye perspective, players deploy small characters on a grid to fight enemy units. Sword-clanging sounds and brief cries of pain can be heard during battles.
[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.]