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The Drop: Week of October 29th 2012 New Releases

Rey Gutierrez's Avatar + Posted by Rey Gutierrez on Oct 28, 2012 // Senior Social Media Specialist

On PS3 this week, it’s a time of civil unrest and political upheaval in the Americas. As a Native American assassin fights to protect his land and his people, he will ignite the flames of a young nation’s revolution. Assassin’s Creed III takes you back to the American Revolutionary War, but not the one you’ve read about in history books. On PS Move, Sports Champions 2 revives favorite features, including the surprisingly deep and challenging single-player Cup Play and the customizable Free Play mode, plus fun arcade Challenge rounds for each event.

On PS Vita and PSN, you’re a cunning new assassin – Aveline, an assassin of mixed French and African heritage. You must use your skill, instinct and weaponry – including a machete, poison-dart blowpipe, and duelling pistols, to hunt down and eliminate your enemies in Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.

Also on PS Vita, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the 19th release in the long-running Need for Speed franchise, and the first for the PlayStation Vita. It hearkens back to the earliest games in the series as players compete in races with police unified against them. Enjoy this week’s The Drop.

Assassin’s Creed III

Also on PSN – Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.

Sports Champions 2 (Also on PSN/PS Move Required) – Sports Champions 2 comes with six pulse-pounding events including five new games and an update to the beloved Archery event from the first title. The new events include Skiing, Tennis, Boxing, Golf, and Bowling, offering a variety of activities that will appeal to everyone. Sports Champions 2 features new game modes, including Party Play, a new game feature, which invites you to compete with your family and friends in custom, multi-sport tournaments. It will also include beginner friendly controls without needing to calibrate for easier pick-up-and-play, ensuring competitors of all ages can jump right in and join the fun, while seasoned veterans can choose advanced modes for a greater challenge. For added fun, users can choose the new Create-a-Player function to customize everything from their character’s outfit to their animation and sound.

WWE ‘13 – Step into the ring of the ’13 edition of the WWE video game. WWE ’13 transforms gameplay through the introduction of WWE Live, completely changing the way players embrace the videogame’s audio and presentation elements. Predator Technology returns to further to further implement critical gameplay improvements while fan favorites in WWE Universe Mode and the franchise’s renowned Creation Suite are poised to offer the utmost in player freedom. Furthermore, WWE ’13 introduces a groundbreaking, single-player campaign based on the highly influential Attitude-Era. Complete with a robot ruster-the largest to date in the franchise–along with a host of additional features, WWE ’13 is ready to live a revolution of its own.

Toy Story Mania (Also on PSN/PS Move Support) -- Four-player game support competitive and cooperative multiplayer options Engage in 10 fast-paced shooting galleries, containing 30 addictive mini-games – some adapted from the theme park attraction, others brand new and original to the game. Experience bonus levels in 3D and compete against family and friends for top prizes. Team up to unlock Easter eggs (hidden game features and items) and collectibles. In-game tickets allows players to buy “Sticker Books” that feature different game characters that can be used to build your own in-game scenarios based on certain themes.

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation

Also on PSN – The year is 1765. As the events leading up to the American Revolution heat up in the north, Spanish forces plan to take control of Louisiana in the south – but they have yet to reckon with Aveline, a deadly Assassin who will use every weapon and ability in her arsenal to win freedom for her land and her people. Whether silently eliminating her enemies with slow-motion chain kills or luring them into deadly traps, Aveline strikes mortal fear into the hearts of those who stand in her way. As an Assassin, Aveline soon finds herself on an unforgettable journey that will take her from the crowded streets of New Orleans to voodoo-haunted swamps and ancient Mayan ruins. She will play a pivotal role in the turbulent birth of a new nation as she fights for freedom, not only for herself, but for her fellow citizens.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Also on PS3/PSN) – Do you have what it takes to become Most Wanted? Designed for a new, more connected generation of racing fans, Need for Speed Most Wanted offers players an expansive open world packed with exhilarating action where they can choose their own path to become the Most Wanted. Players will have the freedom to drive anywhere, discover hidden gameplay, takedown rivals, challenge friends or just hang out and toy with the cops. Everything they do counts towards the end goal of becoming #1 on their personal Most Wanted List.

Ragnarok Odyssey (Also on PSN) – An action-heavy RPG set in the lush landscape of the familiar Ragnarok Online universe, Ragnarok Odyssey is a fast-paced game with a heavy emphasis on melee combat. The game is set in a world where humans and giants are pitted against each other in battle following the death of the world’s ancient gods. Based on Norse Mythology, the world of Ragnarok Odyssey will begin to take form as players advance through the story, with new areas opening up as their journey goes on.

In Ragnarok Odyssey, players will embark on a campaign to take down monsters and giants of massive scale, and characters can chain together massive combo attacks both on the ground and in the air thanks to the game’s extremely versatile combat system. Massive enemies can literally be smacked across the screen, and players can even up their speed and agility at the expense of HP for particularly challenging battles. On top of this, the game promotes cooperative gameplay, supporting up to four players for ad-hoc and online cooperative gameplay.

Okami HD

PS Move Support – Okami comes alive through beautiful scenic 3D levels that have the appearance and texture of paper scrolls brushed with watercolor-like calligraphy art. Playing as Amatarasu, the sun goddess who takes on the form of a wolf, your goal is to bring life back to the world. Bringing life back to the world involves defeating lots of beasts. With each beast you defeat, the world’s life force is restored just a bit, with colors and eventually people appearing. This beautiful adventure combines a unique control scheme, an engrossing story, and a visual design reminiscent of watercolor paintings. It has been remastered with some HD visuals and added PlayStation Move support.

Twisted Metal – Twisted Metal, the longest running franchise in PlayStation history, is now back, exclusively on the PS3 system. With four factions battling for control, players step into the combat boots of a twisted disciple in a high octane, highly destructible world. Players fight for the prize of one wish fulfilled by the stylishly evil Calypso, the mastermind behind the Twisted Metal tournament. Disciples strategically dismantle opponents in vehicles loaded with weapons of Twisted destruction. With a robust online system, players unleash destruction with up to 16 players through PlayStation Network and battle through a variety of favorite and new game modes.

Smart As… (For PS Vita) – Test your knowledge in never-before-seen ways with Smart As… Experience a brilliant brain workout in 15 unique challenges using the innovative features of PlayStation Vita. Test your analytical skills in Roller Blocks, use the touchscreen to challenge your dexterity in Chain Reaction and improve your three-dimensional problem solving with Cube Mania. Make new friends and take on the world via Player to Player challenges.

LEGO: The Lord of the Rings (For PS Vita) – Explore Middle-earth in an epic and thrilling LEGO video game adventure for the entire family! LEGO The Lord of the Rings brings to life the legendary fantasy saga by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game follows the original storylines of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Players can team up in pairs as adorable LEGO The Lord the Rings minifigures to experience countless dangers, solve riddles and battle formidable foes on their journey to Mount Doom.

Demos / PSP Release

  • PS Vita Demo: Smart As…
  • PSP: Airport Hero: Haneda
  • PSP: NBA 2K13

PlayStation 2 Classic

Nobunaga’s Amition: Rise to Power – In Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power, players will assume the role of Nobunaga, or of a rival warlord, in their quest to unite Japan under one rule. Packed with 7 dramatic scenarios – from the 1551 Struggle for Power to the events following Nobunaga’s death in 1582, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power lets players embark on their quest from more than 300 different starting points.

[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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201 Comments

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+ NeoGuardian86 on October 28th, 2012 at 5:03 pm said:

it’s going to be an Assassin’s Creed 3 + Liberation week for me :)

gonna use the $20 back to pay down for LBP Vita.

looking forward to playing


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+ I_Wish_U_WuD on October 28th, 2012 at 5:05 pm said:

GTA: SA PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ memphisheat on October 28th, 2012 at 5:06 pm said:

Also, this week is really good for vita. Best in a while.


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+ Faintfeend on October 28th, 2012 at 5:07 pm said:

Whenever you go to pre-order AC3 or either budle, just after you buy it -but before you confirm the purchase- it tells you that AC3 will be available for download between 11am & 5pm (PST) on October 30, 2012. Is there any chance that is just a precaution and there is still a possibility of a midnight release on PSN. I know I will probably not receive a reply but I figured I’d ask anyway.


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+ eggmiester28 on October 28th, 2012 at 5:09 pm said:

finally koei is releasing one of their historic sim games but its not the i was hoping for it is still a great game and the only i will be picking up


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+ xK3Vx89 on October 28th, 2012 at 5:12 pm said:

@49 all PS3 version have the 4 exclusive missions of Bennedict et and the mission of George Washington.


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+ Butters360 on October 28th, 2012 at 5:14 pm said:

The shroud of darkness has fallen. Begun the holiday gaming season has.


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+ IXxHIJACKERxXI on October 28th, 2012 at 5:27 pm said:

@43 wow i see it o my god zoe. so your telling me that 360 win and ps3 is poor omg thinks 43 for the info


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+ DarthDanMan on October 28th, 2012 at 5:37 pm said:

So Lego: Lord of the Rings isn’t coming to PS3 PSN but it is Vita PSN? Well if the Vita version doesn’t turn out to be a DS/3DS port I’ll get it… I’d rather get it on PS3 though… :-(


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+ angelspawn77 on October 28th, 2012 at 5:39 pm said:

Getting the white Vita bundle this week! Unfortunately I will be waiting to get AC3 which I want really bad, but the white Vita bundle will be enough for now, plus I’m not rich :P I will be getting AC3 before the end of the year though I can almost guarantee it, maybe for Christmas or my bday next month.


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+ Gay_Angel on October 28th, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

Looking forward to this weeks’ store update!


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+ BlueBl1zzard on October 28th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

Been waiting for this week for so long long! I’m looking at Assassin’ s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Liberation, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Ragnarok Odyssey, Smart As, and Sports Champions 2. Decisions…decisions…


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+ MakoSOLIDER on October 28th, 2012 at 5:47 pm said:

ASSASSIN’S CREED III & ASSASSINS CREED III LIBERATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

btw the multiplayer for Liberation is just a game of risk….darn


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+ DarthDanMan on October 28th, 2012 at 5:54 pm said:

@62
Well… Risk is fun! :P


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+ Biggz124 on October 28th, 2012 at 5:56 pm said:

Is there going to be anything for PS+ this week?


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+ TallCrowe on October 28th, 2012 at 5:57 pm said:

Will I be able to download Assassin’s Creed games at midnight on Monday? This is an awesome week for games.


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+ dlhdav7 on October 28th, 2012 at 5:58 pm said:

i’m very impatience when it comes to something i want and nfs most wanted is a game i want ! so could you please let me download it now ! i promise i won’t tell anyone ! tuesday is to long for me to wait !!!


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+ xK3Vx89 on October 28th, 2012 at 6:02 pm said:

The download update time of PS Store is between 11am to 5pm PST (Ouest Time)
and between 7hpm and 1ham (Wednesday) for GMT (Est Time)


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+ Superstone on October 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm said:

When are we getting new psone classics? I want to spend my money on a new vita memory card. There has been nothing new for soooooo long


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+ zatnaru on October 28th, 2012 at 6:14 pm said:

guys AC liberation will be around 35.99 on the store if you don’t believe me go check in the comment of the liberation article on the blog.


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+ Bloodios on October 28th, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

@58IXxHIJACKERxXI
BOTH versions are poor. The frame rate is absolutely horrible compare to PS2 version (which is able to maintain 60fps most of the time.) See here:

• tinyurl.com/97s4ekr


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+ gearhead32 on October 28th, 2012 at 6:23 pm said:

@38 the Sleeping Dogs “Nightmare in Northpoint” is out Tuesday the Drop doesn’t list all of what is coming to the store Tuesday.


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+ MakoSOLIDER on October 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm said:

SONY has also released a good ad for the Vita/Liberation. Haven’t seen in on TV though.


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+ applepfreak420 on October 28th, 2012 at 6:27 pm said:

Ps vita plus support guys, i need this. I hope its this week or next


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+ gearhead32 on October 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm said:

@73 PS + for Vita is coming in November but,no set date yet so,it could come next week.


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+ ichigo-kushima on October 28th, 2012 at 6:37 pm said:

Totally looking forward to Ragnarok Odyssey this week. My Vita will finally have some play time when that game comes out this week.

Also, how’s that PlayStation Plus for Vita coming along? No rush, but it would be cool to see an update on how things are going.


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+ Ryumoau on October 28th, 2012 at 6:38 pm said:

Looks like Ragnorak Oddyessy and Okami are the only thing on psn i’m interested in. Too bad WWE ’13 wasn’t on psn as well. Guess i’ll have to get that from gamestop.

Any word on whether or not the digital version of Ragnorak will get a discount?


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+ nycredude on October 28th, 2012 at 6:41 pm said:

Damn this week is going to great for me. Picking up Ragnarok Odyssey, Assassin’s creed liberation, and Need for speed. Then Person 4 next month. Vita starting to cruise with games.

But if someone is listening. I have two 32 gb memory cards for my vita, one for games and one for movies. I hate it when I switch the cards it does not remember all the icons I have and when they were located. I have spend time rearranging my icons every time I change cards, leading me to avoid it at all cost. This seems like a major oversight, that I don’t see mentioned anywhere. Am I the only one who can’t stand this?

Please if anyone is reading this bring it to the attention of Sony and the Vita developers. Thanks!!!


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+ Ryumoau on October 28th, 2012 at 6:42 pm said:

btw, why isn’t Zone of Enders HD listed? It would be nice if it was released on psn. I only want the second game. The first game is WAY too short. Can’t justify paying $40 for both, when i only want one.


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+ Ryumoau on October 28th, 2012 at 6:43 pm said:

@77 would would you buy two of them? They are overpriced as it is.


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+ boxmyth on October 28th, 2012 at 6:48 pm said:

Need for Speed: Burnout on Vita for me.
:)


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+ Ryumoau on October 28th, 2012 at 6:50 pm said:

I’m kinda interested in Toy Story Mania, only because of how shockingly fun Toy Story 3 was. I loved the toy box mode in that game. Too bad theres no demo for it. Hopefully it won’t be more than $9.99. But deep down i know it’ll be much higher. >_<


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+ BlueBl1zzard on October 28th, 2012 at 6:55 pm said:

@nycredude No you’re definitely not the only one who noticed that memory-card-switch-reset-problem-thing. Matter of fact it’s an idea on Playstation blog.share so you should definitely vote for it if you want to see something done about it.


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+ nycredude on October 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm said:

@bluebl1zzard

Thanks for the heads up and response. I will definitely vote for it. Can’t believe they haven’t fixed this yet.


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+ kjohn09 on October 28th, 2012 at 7:07 pm said:

When will we finally get the ps one versions of crash bandicoot and spyro on the US version of ps vita like europe has seen for over a month this slow roll out of ps one games is frustrating


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+ Tahldon on October 28th, 2012 at 7:08 pm said:

This week’s drop is just as good as last week’s. My wallet is absolutely devastated!


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+ jonjon0890 on October 28th, 2012 at 7:14 pm said:

Lookin 4 forward 2 Okami HD. I miss out on this game last gen.


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+ D-Squad3 on October 28th, 2012 at 7:18 pm said:

OMG

ACIII
Liberation
Ragnarok Odyssey
Smart As…
Okami HD

So many games!!!


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+ DarkKnightLuigi on October 28th, 2012 at 7:26 pm said:

Hey who do I speak to about suggestions on the PS2 Classics? I really have had the urge to play Star Ocean 3. I was wondering and wanted to know what I can do about this. Outside of that I’m happy with the drop for this week, not complaining, just wished I could be able to grab that Assassin’s Creed 3 digital content


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+ Monkey_KING678 on October 28th, 2012 at 7:45 pm said:

YEAH RAGNAROK!


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+ ATFrez on October 28th, 2012 at 7:48 pm said:

*ahem* Nobunaga’s AMBITION. Not Amition… lol May wanna fix that.

Also, yay for Okami HD!


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+ riderz1337 on October 28th, 2012 at 7:50 pm said:

Assassins Creed =)


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+ vpaula98 on October 28th, 2012 at 8:03 pm said:

Need For Speed for me.I need a racing game for my Vita.


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+ luvtoseek on October 28th, 2012 at 8:12 pm said:

@59, darth- oh, I have a sneaking suspicion that it will be a port of the 3DS. Terrible engine w/ severe gameplay limitations- avoid the Vita port, people! TT needs to shape up & give us a true Vita Lego title. Go for the Ps3 version instead.

@65, tall- no midnight releases for titles yet. It’s confirmed. Hopefully Sony can get this feature moving for future games.

@77, nyc- yep, it’s annoying. This issue exists because the memory card is tied to the Vita- therefore on every occasion it preloads & resorts all the titles, apps, & icons that are specific to your PSN acct. Needs a firmware fix for heavy data users fast.


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+ luvtoseek on October 28th, 2012 at 8:17 pm said:

Gulp, just purchased Corpse Party! Still like $15 away from the “Spend $100 in Oct. & receive $20 in Nov.” promo… I wonder if there’s any cool DLC for Ragnorak? Locked on Persona in Nov.! What a great 3x months before 2013!! =)


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+ gunsniperkca on October 28th, 2012 at 8:26 pm said:

Anyybody knows when Metal gear portable ops, portable ops+ are coming to compable with Vita along with Peasewalker for psp I bought these games mostly on my account like them for Vita.


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+ shades909 on October 28th, 2012 at 8:34 pm said:

Imo this is the best drop we got until now this year.


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+ kanoki4 on October 28th, 2012 at 9:02 pm said:

Small question and I have a feeling the answer will be no, but will Assassin’s Creed III see a midnight release? We saw it happen with Mass Effect 3 and it did work quite well.


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+ Cpt_Ramz on October 28th, 2012 at 9:03 pm said:

Yeah, Okami HD.

I really really wanted ZOE HD collection but I wont get it if it’s done crappy. I still have a backwards compadable PS3 and own an original copy of ZOE 2, which I play once a year for kicks, great game.

AC3:Liberation is a day 1 buy for me but I’ll probally buy a hard copy if it’s cheaper than psn. I dont mind going all digital but the digital copy should be cheaper and Sony memory cards for Vita are at an unreasonable price. I just cant support that cost at the moment.
Great drop this week however :)


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+ ItaChu on October 28th, 2012 at 9:05 pm said:

Im pretty sure i saw news that said need for speed on vita had gotten delayed Rey …. Lol


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