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The Drop: Week of November 12th 2012 New Releases

Rey Gutierrez's Avatar + Posted by Rey Gutierrez on Nov 11, 2012 // Senior Social Media Specialist

On PS3 this week, Call of Duty: Black Ops II arrives with an all-new Call of Duty – Black Ops storyline featuring new characters and returning characters. A unique single-player campaign that contains two time periods linked by characters and their actions. As well as Special Strike Force missions, in which the players action affect the outcome of gameplay and the overall campaign, and of course a killer variety of multiplayer modes and play options.

On PS Vita and on PSN as a digital download, bridging the storyline between the original Call of Duty: Black Ops and this year’s highly anticipated follow-up, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified explores original fiction in the series, told through a collection of single player operations. The PS Vita exclusive title, brings classic Call of Duty-style gameplay to gamers on-the-go, offering a console gaming experience anytime, anywhere. And with touch screen and Near features, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified puts the adrenaline-rush action of Call of Duty in the palm of your hands.

Enjoy this week’s The Drop.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

An entry into the blockbuster first-person shooter franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II brings players back into the shadows for another Black Ops mission assignment. Rooted in near-future fiction, Black Ops II propels players into warfare in an epic single player campaign highlighted by branching storylines and non-linear missions. A re-imagined multiplayer suite introduces players to some of the most cutting-edge weaponry and equipment that 2025 will have to offer. And on the outskirts of the campaign is an all-new Zombies experience running in the multiplayer engine.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells – Bring wizardry to life in your living room on PlayStation 3 in this interactive adventure designed for PlayStation Move and Wonderbook.

Discover exclusive, new and original worlds brought to you by J.K. Rowling that comes to life as you read in Wonderbook: Book of Spells. Over two hundred years ago, Miranda Goshawk drafted the Book of Spells, which can be found in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. This advanced textbook will assist students on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard. Read, discover, learn and practice spells such as Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus, as well as discover mischievous notes, spells and humorous anecdotal facts scribbled into the margins by previous Hogwarts students. J.K. Rowling has written a conundrum that leads you through the experience, providing insight into the values a witch or wizard has to learn, and inviting you to journey through the book to unlock new content, rewarding successful students along the way.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified

Also on PSN – Before the future could be won, history had to be written. Exposing that story exclusively on PlayStation Vita, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified explores original fiction in the Call of Duty Black Ops universe with an all-new campaign of Special Ops missions. Optimized for gamers on-the-go, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified delivers the most intense handheld Call of Duty experience to date, including both Special Ops Story mode and Multiplayer combat tailored for the PS Vita.

Planets Under Attack – Planets under Attack offers a surprising depth of gameplay, while its intuitive controls allow even casual gamers to pick it up and feel comfortable immediately. In addition to the addicting gameplay, Planets under Attack is an obvious labor of love.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – The highly-anticipated sequel to 2000′s legendary Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is being brought to home consoles with all of the action seen in the arcades along with unique content and features that can’t be seen anywhere else.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 delivers new and returning characters in the largest roster ever. Experience the most advanced attack mechanics, ultimate combo move sets and new battle modes. With innovative features to broaden Tekken consumer accessibility, unlimited fighter combinations and multiple ways to challenge your friends, it’s time to get ready for the next battle.

Wicked Monster Blast! HD – Wicked Monster Blast HD is a shooting gallery game for all ages in which you use the PlayStation Move to blast enemies and solve puzzles! Choose your favorite from a cast of crazy characters to take on over 10 crazy missions with up to four of your friends!

SingStar Digital – SingStar’s selection of music ranges from classics over pop to rock, complete with music videos starring everyone from the Village People to Blondie. On-screen overlays display the voice pitch in real-time. Developed by SCE’s London studio, SingStar has grown to become the firm’s most successful casual gaming franchise, selling more than 16 million units in Europe alone.

Demos

  • F1 Race Stars
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Planets Under Attack
  • Ragnarok Odyssey

[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.]

//Add Your Own

146 Comments

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+ ronin2562 on November 11th, 2012 at 6:01 pm said:

Lego LotR comes out this week too.


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+ Elvick_ on November 11th, 2012 at 6:06 pm said:

None of these show every release, let it sink into your empty minds. You guys who complain every week on the drop are probably the same ones who complain every week about the store update when the clock hits midnight.

Shoo.


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+ Ryumoau on November 11th, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

pretty meh drop this week, especially considering you won’t have Black Ops 2 digitally. I hope they PS Plus update is better, though not expecting much.

Can’t wait for midnight release on black ops 2! I heard the campaign this year is as good as the first Black Ops. :)


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+ onslaughtree on November 11th, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

Im still playing LBP Vita , Street Fighter X Tekken Vita and NFS:MW Vita …Im login my Vita right about now ;-)


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+ purse317 on November 11th, 2012 at 6:20 pm said:

Let’s be honest guys Sony doesn’t listen to our feedback or complaints. sure we get responses to our posts here but nothing really gets done about our major complains

Case in point

The redesigned store that really didn’t address the problems with the old store
US and EU plus complaints about different game releases
PS Vita plus or lack their of not even a list yet (didn’t they say they’d have one up last week)
All huge 1st and 3rd party releases not being day 1 or midnight releases (black ops 2)


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+ Ryumoau on November 11th, 2012 at 6:20 pm said:

And whats the deal with Xseed releasing a demo for Ragnorak a week AFTER it released. Would have been nice to have tested it first.

And please Sony, don’t install that terrible Singstar app to out XMBs like you did for UK. I have no interest in that franchise whatsoever.


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+ Ryumoau on November 11th, 2012 at 6:21 pm said:

One more thing, any news on Vita Plus support? I hope you guys aren’t going to wait till the very last week of november to impliment it.


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+ onslaughtree on November 11th, 2012 at 6:26 pm said:

Question for the PSN staff. If Sonic Generations is on the 3DS, why has it not been released on the Vita yet ?


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+ rjejr on November 11th, 2012 at 6:27 pm said:

Glad to see the Planets Under Attack demo. I can’t tell if it’s like Eufloria which I hated or Mushroom Wars which I can’t get enough of. Bought When Vikings Attack this week and that’s a great multiplayer game.

Wonderbook? No ad in the weekly flyers for TRU, BB, Target, K-mart, Walmart or anywhere else. There were a lot of ads for WiiU games, which is funny b/c that system isn’t even out until next week. If Sony really thinks Wonderbooks is going to be this holidays EyePet then they better start advertising.


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+ The_Dukenator on November 11th, 2012 at 6:29 pm said:

@10 It would be mostly likely PS3.

@38 Since the PS3 time doesn’t automatically changed from daylight savings to standard, you’ll have to change that setting manually.


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+ SaxPlayaTJ on November 11th, 2012 at 6:31 pm said:

No Guilty Gear. :( Longer wait.


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+ The_Dukenator on November 11th, 2012 at 6:33 pm said:

@41 The Walking Dead comes to disc in December containing all 5 episodes for US. No word on EU though.

@45 Most Wanted has a 60 minute trial available.

@43 Yes, Wonderbook is coming out this week, but I doubt they’ll have it on PSN.


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+ kasamatzu on November 11th, 2012 at 6:33 pm said:

Any news about Plus For PS Vita this week and PSN will have some deals on Black Friday?


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+ alfred7131 on November 11th, 2012 at 6:36 pm said:

Guilty Gear


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+ The_Dukenator on November 11th, 2012 at 6:38 pm said:

@60 You do realize they’re getting ready for Black Friday next week? You can find Wonderbook on their sites.


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+ The_Dukenator on November 11th, 2012 at 6:39 pm said:

@64 Black Friday is next week, but who knows? Plus is still coming to Vita, but there is no set date as I recall.


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+ kasamatzu on November 11th, 2012 at 6:57 pm said:

@67 Yes I know that is the next week, but I’m just asking because if there will be some deals, I could save some money for that day :)


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+ navcomm81 on November 11th, 2012 at 7:09 pm said:

Still no Plus on Vita. Bummer.

Black Ops 2 is cool I guess. Still waiting on review copy from Activision for that one though. Otherwise it looks like a quiet and boring week.


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+ MXJC on November 11th, 2012 at 7:12 pm said:

this sounds cool and all but I want some yugioh on there, I would even be happy if they tossed the psp games on there for download. Also I am pumped for PS + on Vita!! Well with COD being on Vita I am probably going to buy it, however it’s going to be hard to pull me away from playstation allstars battle royale


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+ Bendok on November 11th, 2012 at 7:18 pm said:

Hey Rey,

I asked this last week, maybe it got lost in the comments.I was wondering if you could give me some information about PS Vita’s PSP compatibility, or push me in the direction of someone who can.

Will the Vita get anymore compatibility for PSP games?

Back when the Vita was first released, I bought Wipeout Pure (a Sony published game) because I had heard that it was compatible on the Vita. Turns out, it’s only transferable on European accounts, not North American accounts. Since then, it has sat on my PS3, waiting to be transferred (I no longer have a PSP).

Should I keep holding my breath? Or consider it a wasted twenty-something dollars?

At this point, any info at all would be helpful, though I have to wonder why this Sony-owned game is available in one region, but not another (obviously, the hardware is the same).

Please let me know.

Thanks a lot!


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+ The_Dukenator on November 11th, 2012 at 7:24 pm said:

@68 There’s Cyber Monday as well.


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+ KazeEternal on November 11th, 2012 at 7:33 pm said:

@Seth
Umm no more Around the Web posts? Are we losing that now that Jeff is gone :(


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+ Trioptical on November 11th, 2012 at 7:33 pm said:

No love for Wonderbook…


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+ JEC94 on November 11th, 2012 at 7:40 pm said:

Don’t bother asking Rey lol, is like talking to a wall.


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+ feralthing on November 11th, 2012 at 7:44 pm said:

@71 yeah reys not gonna answer you or anybody else, hate to burst your bubble


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+ Casanova_p on November 11th, 2012 at 7:50 pm said:

black ops II and what else…??? nothing, darn how can this be, the worst new release ever. By the way, whats this “DROP”, what happened with the tuesdays releases? been waiting for nothing. At least next week can enjoy Sonic and all stars racing Transform, and Sega, please say something about Sonic the Fighters for USA PSN


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+ The_Dukenator on November 11th, 2012 at 8:04 pm said:

@77 The Drop is a summary of what’s being released for that week. The Store Update shows what’s been added to the store and released.


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+ Vortuminius on November 11th, 2012 at 8:04 pm said:

@59
Probably because a) Sonic Generations came out 11/1/2011, before the Vita released… and b) Because Sonic Team (the developer for Sonic Generations) didn’t want to port it. The 3DS was already available when 11/1/11 came around. There is also a huge difference between publisher and developer… and Sony isn’t either for Sonic games. Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed (11/20/12) however, is on Vita.

Also… Call of Duty console games never pop up on PSN on day 1. Don’t ask why… just never happens. (I am tempted to believe they wait until the retail release that includes the 1st DLC pack comes out)


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+ Staticneuron on November 11th, 2012 at 8:10 pm said:

I am curious about one thing mainly. I am glad that Digital releases have been embraced but for first party titles such as the killzone series (2 and 3), Uncharted 3, and various others don’t seem to be on the store. Are you guys working on bringing them to the store in digital format?


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+ jonjon0890 on November 11th, 2012 at 8:25 pm said:

im hoping sony have some black friday/cyber monday sale on their psn store


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+ chazOOr on November 11th, 2012 at 8:25 pm said:

Honestly i just want some All Stars Battle Royale!! :D


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+ Casanova_p on November 11th, 2012 at 8:27 pm said:

@78 thanks for your answer, i missed the old PSN releases (details, prices, and more) , a summary is not enough, @79, any idea for Sonic the Fighters for USA PSN ??


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+ PrinceofXIII on November 11th, 2012 at 8:28 pm said:

wait Tekken Tag 2 is on PSN :P


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+ The_Dukenator on November 11th, 2012 at 8:42 pm said:

@82 Next week. Did you play its beta?

I am not sure i Most Wanted still has a 60 minute trial for PS+ users, but not even sure how long the Most Wanted demo will remain. I know the Hot Pursuit demo was available for 2 weeks, then removed from the store.

No word on other demos like Dead Space 3, Sly 4 (Ratchet & Clank has an early release demo, the one on PSN will be different), and other upcoming games.


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+ liledawg on November 11th, 2012 at 9:17 pm said:

Your forgot some games.
PS3:

Ben 10 Omniverse: The Video Game
History: Legends of War Patton
Wonderbook: Book of Spells
MOVE Wonderbook Bundle
F1 Race Stars
LEGO Lord of the Rings

Me, I’ll be picking up Lego Lord of the Ring
s, and Black Ops 2.


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+ HaMmOdY on November 11th, 2012 at 9:26 pm said:

Not so much update, I’m still waiting for the Plus for Vita news though.


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+ S-A-Z-A-R on November 11th, 2012 at 9:59 pm said:

Like or hate it you are tied to your opinion im not going to judge. But this goofball is going to be on getting his ass kicked ( AND HAVE FUN DOING IT DAM IT ) Sorry. Anyway ill see all you goofballs online.

Take care and God Bless and happy veterans day to all. Especially to all the troops


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+ Taiko_us1983 on November 11th, 2012 at 10:22 pm said:

Love Tekken Tag 2 on the PS3 but a vita version would be perfect.


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+ Dangisuckatgamin on November 11th, 2012 at 11:23 pm said:

Not understanding why Activision wouldn’t want a digital release on day 1, but it’s okay.
I’m sure the game will have it’s lagfest 101/maintenance problems during the first couple days.
So i’ll be getting it probably next week, mostly for the new zombie modes! (otherwise i’d skip buying it)

Not that great of a drop though overall. I’ll probably pass on everything on this list, but can’t wait to see what the PS+ deal is.

PS. Kids commenting, Grow Up! Some of you make PSN sound so terrible, have you ever seen the Xbox updates? Mostly all OLD games and kid games recently!


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+ Crofnus on November 12th, 2012 at 12:58 am said:

Hi guys, can anyone help me with my question? I see that Far Cry 3 is available as digital download on EU PlayStation Store…what about US? I see that game is still not available as Day One game on US store.

Thank’s for help.


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+ blakseed on November 12th, 2012 at 1:11 am said:

@JEC94

If I were Rey, I wouldn’t respond either.


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+ pdogg4life on November 12th, 2012 at 2:19 am said:

dont know what was the hold up for releasing TTT2 (digital). i was hoping it was gonna be released as a day 1 on PSN, but it was not yet BOREDerlands 2 came out before TTT2 and it was released digitally on day 1. the funny thing is i finally bought TTT2 two weeks ago, then to find out that its going to be on PSN this tuesday.


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+ Kuroro_Iucifer on November 12th, 2012 at 3:04 am said:

@92

Yeah, that’s one of the best ways you’ve to chose from, actually the best one to do your job wrong!


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+ doglesby14 on November 12th, 2012 at 3:19 am said:

Just renewed my PlayStation Plus nearly a month early. New Expiration: 3/3/2013. Happy Gaming Everyone!


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+ FetusZero on November 12th, 2012 at 4:04 am said:

It’s funny to see people complain to Sony for BO2 not being on PSN day one.. while the ones at cause are their lovely company that actually publishes the game.


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+ JayTooCool on November 12th, 2012 at 4:18 am said:

Any news on if Playstation All-Stars will get a midnight release on the PSN store?


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+ GEMINIVice on November 12th, 2012 at 4:36 am said:

God Bless all the Veterans out there as well any in the service right now.

That being said, I’m waiting on All Stars right now, to hell with Call of Duty.

Just a week to go….I need to pre-order so I can get those alternate costumes.


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+ blacknight900 on November 12th, 2012 at 4:41 am said:

just gev us more free games RE 5 gold sucks it dos-not work right on my ps3 ses failed to access game data when i get to end of lvl so WTF


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+ gamemasta123 on November 12th, 2012 at 5:01 am said:

The moment of truth for Declassified.


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+ Rainwater on November 12th, 2012 at 5:07 am said:

I add to the voices asking: when are we going to get information on Plus for Vita?

To those complaining about COD:BO 2 not on PSN: you do realize that it’s not just Sony’s decision on what 3rd party games they can offer on PSN, right? I’m guessing EA was more willing to have MOH on PSN since they’re more desperate to make a sale. COD games pretty much sell themselves so Activision doesn’t need to comply.


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