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The Drop: Week of August 9, 2010 New Releases

Rey Gutierrez's Avatar Posted by Senior Social Media Specialist

This week’s The Drop delivers a variety of options for all your gaming needs. Apparently, there’s a big NFL licensed game dropping this week — I’m sure you may of heard of it. The PlayStation Network has an offer you can’t refuse, a PlayStation fan favorite kart racer returns this week as a PSOne Classic, and finally — you take on the world, when a comic book series transforms into a side-scrolling beat-em up brawler.


I think I hear our very own Jeff Rubenstein chanting “Fly Eagles, Fly” outside our office window. Hit the jump and catch up on this week’s new releases, as I run out and join Jeff’s one-man wave in the parking lot.

The Drop: NFL Madden 11

PlayStation 3

Madden NFL 11 — Twenty-Two years in the making, Madden NFL 11 promises to deliver a list of new features and improvements, according to the EA Tiburon team. They promise an authentic approach to situational game planning, one play at a time with GameFlow. Also, faster game times, a new locomotion animation system, a new audible system, and a brand new kick meter, just to name a few. EA Tiburon is determined to deliver a genuine NFL experience with Madden NFL 11. But, let’s not forget my personal favorite; official NFL team fights songs — hear that? “Miami Dolphins #1!”

The Drop: Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game

PlayStation Network

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game — Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series turns its comic-book pages into a side-scrolling beat’em up, coinciding with this summer’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World film. Play as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills or Kim Pine and defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes. There’s also a demo you can download for sneak peek.

Mafia II Demo — The sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heavens; Mafia II, is nearly upon us (read our impression on the exclusive PlayStation 3 DLC, The Betreyal of Jimmy,) 2K Games is giving you early access to Empire Bay when the demo drops this week.

The Drop: Crash Team Racing

PSOne Classics

Crash Team Racing — When classic kart racers are brought up, PlayStation fans think Crash Team Racing. The 1999 ragtag team racer returns as a PSOne Classic title this week. Race against the Nitrous Oxide villains by using fifteen Crash-series characters to save their planet from disaster.

Madden NFL 11 PSP Bundle

PlayStation Portable

Madden NFL 11 — Take Madden NFL 11 with you wherever you go this football season. Gus Johnson and Cris Collinsworth call the action on the field as you fight for fumbles, design your own plays and rock out like an NFL star, all packaged on your PSP. Don’t have a PlayStation Portable? We have you covered when we unveiled a new Madden NFL PSP bundle earlier this week.

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SolidPlisken said:

August 8th, 4:04 pm


D-White_123 said:

August 8th, 4:07 pm

Madden NFL 11! Yess Go Dolphins (=

Moosehole said:

August 8th, 4:09 pm

Nice write up, R3Y. I miss your outstanding video production skills at DTOID. Maybe we’ll see a video version of “The Drop” coming soon?

Anyway, Scott Pilgrim for me this week. Game looks insanely fun.

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    Rey Gutierrez said:

    August 9th, 9:03 am

    Expect more videos in the near future. Some of Jeff’s recent interviews were cut and/or shot by me as well.

jipmg said:

August 8th, 4:10 pm

I heard crash team racing was amazing

Nintendo451 said:

August 8th, 4:11 pm

Scott Pilgrim.

Yyyyyeeeessssssssssssssssssss. I honestly think it looks better than the movie.

cywulf21 said:

August 8th, 4:13 pm

Scott Pilgrim is this week? I was thinking it was a September title. That’s great.

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    August 8th, 5:16 pm

    not for us PS3 owners it isn’t :)

DeathGazer said:

August 8th, 4:14 pm

Epic week!

Mafia II demo, Crash Team Racing, and Scott Pilgrim for me.

KingDubin said:

August 8th, 4:28 pm

Hey Rey,

What the hell happened to Superstars V8 Racing? It didn’t come out last week like you said! Did something happened, or did you lie to us?

Renan_Acid said:

August 8th, 4:33 pm

Crash Team Racing is awesome! Can’t wait to play it on my PS3.

KIT-_-KAT said:

August 8th, 4:36 pm

crash looks good!!!

Bearsharktopus said:

August 8th, 4:36 pm

yes, CTR! But why the delay?

Also, Vagrant Story please.


August 8th, 4:37 pm

NICE! I’m so happy about CTR! I already have it for PS1, but it’s great that it’s gonna be on PSN. Can’t wait to play Mafia II btw!

StealthReborn-- said:

August 8th, 4:41 pm

Dolphins? DOLPHINS?!?!……. every football Sunday Ill be at my dads place and hear him rant about his dolphins =/ Go Chargers! :D btw, when are we going to get “the drop” on Resistance 3? :P

AWESOMEgamer875 said:

August 8th, 4:46 pm

I hope that Madden NFL 11 comes out on PSN. If that doesnt happen its kinda leaving PSPgo owners (like me, proudly) in the dark.

KazeEternal said:

August 8th, 4:48 pm

CTR nice, but what about Vagrant Story? Final Fantasy Chronicles/Anthology/Origins? Tekken 3? Chrono Cross? Xenogears? Arc the Lad Collection? Wing Commander 3 Heart of the Tiger? Legend of Legaia?

While we’re at it, how about a straight PS Move port of Elemental Gearbolt? I’m sure you guys can get your game back from fully localized from Working Designs :-P Can’t play the game with a Guncon anymore because my HDTV is not compatible with it.

VincentVendetta said:

August 8th, 4:54 pm

You, and me! Booyah, gramma! Booyah!

poweredbyzen said:

August 8th, 5:01 pm

cant wait for the mafia ii demo; and this madden psp bundle is lame. metal gear bundle rocks, baby! :D

Sonicfan11589 said:

August 8th, 5:02 pm

Woohoo Crash Team Racing, I still can’t believe anomalously referred to me in their article about CTR. I was the person who asked Grace Chen about the game’s release, and it said”When asked, she said……”,cool huh?

legendary111 said:

August 8th, 5:04 pm

Thanks for the heads up Rey

Enigma777 said:

August 8th, 5:06 pm

Looking forwards to the Mafia 2 demo.

LeeorV said:

August 8th, 5:24 pm

why isn’t PixelJunk Racers: 2nd lap in here? isn’t that confirmed to be coming on this weeks PSN update?

radman123 said:

August 8th, 5:26 pm

CRASH TEAM RACING FTW!!!!!111!!!!!!1!!

JetSetFuture said:

August 8th, 5:28 pm

Can’t wait to play the new River City Ransom (aka Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)!

Daojones said:

August 8th, 5:29 pm

Scott Pilgrim! First time I ever pre-ordered a digital game! :D

XxWolfheartxX said:

August 8th, 5:38 pm

finaly CTR is coming to PSN

SoopaKilla said:

August 8th, 5:46 pm

Where’s Superstars V8 Racing??? It was on the drop last week and no one can find it anywhere.. I’ve checked Gamestop, Best Buy, Target, and Hastings and no one even has it in their computer system…

Tarquain said:

August 8th, 5:55 pm

What happened to Threads of Fate? It was supposed to be coming, and it was announced at the same time as FFIX back in May!!

phinnv8 said:

August 8th, 5:57 pm

Scott Pilgrim looks weird to me… Gonna have to try the demo or read some reviews.

Wish we could hear about Castle Crashers, that I know I’ll get, if it ever comes.

gdogg666 said:

August 8th, 6:04 pm

alright sony whats goin on with megaman legends ive bugged the crap out of capcom now its sony’s turn blahahaha also will we be seeing a discount of god of war chains of olypmise soon? i hope?

jimfear said:

August 8th, 6:09 pm

mafia 2 demo is for the ps+ member or everybody?

x_JoSplash_x said:

August 8th, 6:14 pm

@28 For everyone I’m pretty sure.

grunt_lover said:

August 8th, 6:14 pm

people need to stop putting scammed chainmail playstion. if u share my views add me as a friend and we will discuss

Gump_ said:

August 8th, 6:15 pm

Any word on Castle Crashers?

CDubyahS said:

August 8th, 6:21 pm

madden gras and scot pilgrim SPAM are driving me nuts. release the game or goodness sakes and shut up!

jeffsmither said:

August 8th, 6:51 pm

Any deals or PSN+ deals coming this week that you can tell us?

afrsoul said:

August 8th, 6:53 pm

wen should we expect the CTR


August 8th, 7:13 pm

I am getting Madden 11 (Played a retail version of it, it looks a little better than last years), and I got my code ready for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World The Game (pre-ordered), which reminds me I should go read the last Vol. right now!!

valley428 said:

August 8th, 7:15 pm

CTR? lol awsome!

Pitch_Blak said:

August 8th, 7:31 pm

My brother and I had a bit of a nostalgia freak out over CTR finally making it’s way to the store. =D

NC_GunnMan said:

August 8th, 7:41 pm

Haha, I still own the original CTR for my PSOne.

DDavidian said:

August 8th, 7:43 pm

CTR is great, glad to see it on PSN. Sony needs to “step up its game” and more GOOD PSOne titles to PSN. I still don’t understand why they haven’t brought Vagrant Story to the NA store and ported other games like Legend of Mana, Valkyrie Profile, Einhander Parasite Eve, Brave Fencer Musashi, the Ace Combat series and many many more.

Also, Sony stop being backwards and bring back backwards compatibility for PS2 games!

Kush_Commander said:

August 8th, 7:43 pm

I wonder if there gonna have a crash bandicoot collection???

OnesOwnGrief said:

August 8th, 7:47 pm

Ok, I’ve waited for a long time now and I can’t hold this in anymore. Where in GOD’s name is LEGEND OF DRAGOON?! Its a Sony game and a pretty well made RPG. What is going on here? Are you guys working on something and keeping it under wraps or did you totally forget about this? Square-Enix isn’t getting the RPGs we want on there, so whats the deal with Sony not putting that 1 on PSN?

PSWii2008 said:

August 8th, 7:53 pm

@19: I think the early Pixeljunk Racers: 2nd Lap is only for Plus subscribers. And it’s discounted too, apparently! They haven’t said how much; hopefully, it won’t be so small it’s not worth it.

See here @ top:

I’m glad CTR is on PSN! One of my favorite racing games ever! Starring one of my favorite masoots/gaming characters ever! I’ll have to borrow this from my uncle so I can play this again! And maybe some of his other PS1 games as well!

AmericanAce said:

August 8th, 7:53 pm

Hey, Jeff. What’s coming for PS+ this week? Or will that be in another post?

DrFMA said:

August 8th, 7:54 pm

Finally CTR! OMG it took so long for that.

AgeCaves said:

August 8th, 7:56 pm

CRASH TEAM RACING!!! YESS! Crash Team Racing was My Very First PlayStation Game! I still have the Disc, and the Memory Card with 100% Completed. Too Bad I have no way to transfer it, but I really wouldn’t mind starting the Game all over! :D! Thank you Playstation, Thank You!

CrashSpyro said:

August 8th, 7:58 pm

Is there any chance of expanding the PSN part of this post to show more of the confirmed content that will be out on the update this week? New PSN games, PS1 Classics, PSP Games, PSP Minis, Demos, Add-ons, and whatever else that is at least nailed down for the current week would be great to see just so the update isn’t a complete surprise.

The Sony EU blog ( has a great weekly post that does something similar, so any extra information you can give on the PSN update would be great to see for the future of this feature. Thanks.

Jackal888 said:

August 8th, 8:00 pm

Finally a real PS1 classic. CTR is a great kart racer. My favorite cart racer. Now we need Vagrant Story, Einhander, Silent Bomber,Colony Wars,Tomba 1 & 2 and Tobal no. 2. That is my wish list.

Dirtman11 said:

August 8th, 8:11 pm

the dude on the raven’s team arm looks deformed what realistic move is that the arm breaker???

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