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The Drop: Week of Nov 15th 2010 New Releases

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My full God-given name is Reynaldo Gutierrez, which sadly isn’t as savvy and feared as your main man in Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. If you need a key historical figure taken out, you call for Ezio Auditore — you need a mean Cuban pork sandwich, you call Rey Gutierrez. The third installment in the Assassins Creed franchise arrives on the PS3 this week and the blog boyz are ready to behead and slay some Templars — Cesare Borgia, you’re going down, son.

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Igniting mass destruction and triggering powerplays goes portable this week when one my favorite racing games of 2010, Split/Second, comes to the PSP. In other PSP news: A popular but previously delayed minis title has a new date; you’ll be dribbling and shouting “Boom Shakalaka!”; and Criterion and EA are on Hot Pursuit for speed. Finally, your PlayStation.Blog Share request for two specific games are answered — you’ve got yourself to thank. Grab a pillow and blanket and join me in the Animus for this week’s (very deadly and fast) The Drop.

PS3: Assassins Creed Brotherhood

PlayStation 3

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – The critically acclaimed single-player experience of Assassin’s Creed is back and better than ever as Ezio returns in an epic struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, Ezio must journey into Italy’s greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.

(PS Blog Coverage: Free, PS3-Exclusive DLC Launching with Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood)

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit – Need for Speed Hot Pursuit brings the franchise back to its roots with intense cops vs. racer chases. The game features Need for Speed Autolog where players compare racing stats and automatically get personalized gameplay recommendations from their friends. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players can also experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected.

(PS Blog Coverage: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit – Social Modes and EA Answers Your Questions)

NBA JAM – NBA Jam will have players spinning with ankle breaking moves to the basket and on the way to high-flying, backboard-smashing dunks. The game delivers vintage NBA Jam gameplay, combined with all-new features that deliver a fresh new take on the classic game.

Dance Dance Revolution – In the debut version of Dance Dance Revolution on PlayStation 3, players will find the game offers much more than following the arrows with their feet. In this iteration of DDR, players will use both their hands and feet simultaneously, via PlayStation Move and controller mat, providing the most rhythmic and realistic dancing yet!

(PS Blog Coverage: DanceDanceRevolution: Comes to PS3 with Move Support – Demo it Today in LA)

EA Create – Create is a game powered by imagination, a title for the whole family that rewards players for being creative. The game presents imaginative gameplay challenges where the solutions are fueled by the creativity of the player. Creativity will be unleashed as players design environments with easy-to-use brushes and tools, including textures, props and animating objects that bring the scene to life.

(PS Blog Coverage: Create Will Move You November 16th)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, players will be on the run, fighting for survival on a desperate and dangerous quest to locate and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes, engaging with Death Eaters and Snatchers in epic battle sequences at every turn.

Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet – In Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, players can “Hero Up” with friends in cooperative play master the unique Factor Power of each of the Marvel heroes in three game modes: Story Mode, Freeplay Mode and Challenge Mode.

Nat Geo Challenge! Wild Life – Nat Geo Challenge! Wild Life allows players to discover the deadliest creatures, astonishing aquatic life, and all the wonders of this amazing planet all through an interactive trivia game that turns learning into adventure!

PSP: Split/Second

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Split/Second – In Split/Second, players don’t just race to the finish line to beat their opponents, they build up their power meter through deft driving and triggering “power plays,” explosive moments that take out opponents or alter the track. Split/Second for the PSP system includes unique handling and controls designed specifically for Sony’s premier handheld game platform. In addition, the game also includes four-player local multiplayer.

(PS Blog Coverage: Split/Second PSP Hands-on: Feeling the Burn, PSP Challenges detailed)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Predator – Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Predator offers an exclusive tactical experience for PlayStation Portable gamers, delivering a true Ghost Recon experience with sophisticated technology, weaponry, graphics, and challenging gameplay.

(PS Blog Coverage: Ghost Recon Predator Coming to PSP)

PSN: Crazy Taxi

PlayStation Network

Crazy Taxi – This downloadable game brings the Director’s Cut of the arcade classic Crazy Taxi to PlayStation 3. Buckle up — it’s sheer asphalt anarchy! Crazy Taxi screeches offers one wild and hilarious joy-riding jaunt. As a fearless cabbie with attitude, you’re driven by a single goal: to rack up the mega-bucks in fares and tips before your shift ends.

(You Wanted! You Got It! – PS Blog Share: Dreamcast games on PSN store)

Peggle (PSP) – Wield mystifying Magic Powers, rack up huge bonus points and make shots you’ll smile about for weeks. Amidst all this fevered action, only one question remains: Can you become a Peggle Master?

(You Wanted! You Got It! – PS Blog Share: Peggle on the PSP)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PSP) – Pro Evolution Soccer 2011reinvigorates the series with the most advanced set of improved gameplay additions, control options and to catch up with the evolution of the real-life soccer.

3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2 – In 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2, players are challenged to navigate their ball beyond obstacles using the help of secret shortcuts, game-changing power-ups and traps to sabotage the competition. Putt through over 50 fun-filled holes in diverse locations, such as a Haunted Manor, a Manic Museum and a Winter Wonderland.

Sky Fighters (Demo Available) – This is an action game in which players pilot small planes through combat objectives in a World War II-like setting. Players travel through a 2D game world and complete various missions. Players use bombs, missiles, and machine guns to destroy targets (e.g., planes, tanks, trucks, buildings).

(PS Blog Coverage: SkyFighter Comes to the PSN Next Week!)

PSone Classics: Sonic Wings Special

PSone Imports

Sonic Wings Special – A compilation of all three popular top-down strafing shooters from Video System. Each games features 2-player simultaneous play, multiple playable jet fighters (each with its own anime-styled pilot, special attacks, and — in SW3 — a unique storyline path through the game’s various stages), and a massive amount of destructible scenery that yielded money for powering up your fighter.

Money Idol Exchanger – Money Idol Exchanger is a stacking game similar to the Magical Drop, Astro Pop, and Puzzle Bobble series whereby players race to prevent a perpetually falling array of coins in different values from filling up the screen.

minis: Who’s That Flying?!

PlayStation minis

Who’s That Flying?! – Who’s That Flying!? is a wildly different kind of shooter from the creators of Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess. In it, you are the mysterious and powerful creature known only as the “Guardian of Earth.” Your steely eye and Hyper-Powered Laser Arm have kept the citizens of Earth safe for generations (as well as proving a hit with the ladies). Now, you must not only defend your cities from the ravenous hordes of Doom Beasts, you must defend yourself against accusations of gross incompetence from the Galactic Council of Justice!

(PS Blog Coverage: Coming Soon to PSN: Who’s That Flying?! for PSP and PS3)

DynoGems – DynoGems is an addictive and challenging puzzle game! Grab and group four or more diamonds of the same color to eliminate them from the screen, until you fill the level bar.

Jewel Keepers: Easter Island – One day Professor “H”, the world-class expert on Easter Island, received a strange letter from its capital Hanga Roa. It was a cry for help from somebody unknown. It said that something bad was going on the island. Without any hesitation, Professor, together with his assistant Joel and his granddaughter Ivie, rushed to the island, where the puzzles, mysteries and quests awaited them. Can you help him to reveal the biggest secret of Easter Island?

(PS EU Coverage: Introducing Jewel Keepers: Easter Island)

[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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  • Cool! How much will Crazy Taxi cost?

  • Brotherhood is the definite pick-up for me this week. I can wait to pick up my collector’s edition, complete with creepy jack in the box (getting the doctor, not the harlequin) and scare some buddies.

    Hot Pursuit is a maybe. I really only want to pickup one racing game, and I’m more inclined to go with Gran Turismo 5 at this point. It’s going to be the better racer, and it launches on my birthday.

  • I really think they should add MSRP Prices to these posts, this would make them that much more helpful.

  • Its great that we are getting more PSP games.It would be even better if you could release older titles on the store.

  • digitalman123

    Hi ya Rey! As a famous plumber once said, “I’m-a back!” Brotherhood will be sweet! The beta was fun! I just platinumed Sly Cooper 1! Excited for Brotherhood Rey?

    • Rey Gutierrez
      Rey Gutierrez

      Extremely. I’m rushing to beat the Assassins Creed II over the weekend. Just about done.

  • Hooligantuan

    It’d be nice if someone made a Jet Moto Collection for the PS3 like they did with the Sly Cooper stuff. Updated for Widescreen and HD, enhanced frame rate. You know.

  • KILLA_KING_007

    He’s on fire!!! Boomshakalaka!!! I can hardly wait!!!

  • digitalman123

    @Rey: I platinumed AC2!

    • Rey Gutierrez
      Rey Gutierrez

      Nice! I’m sure it was quite the undertaking. Congrats! I have yet to Platinum a title. (I’m working on it.)

  • NO Dead Nation on that list :(

    However need for speed is frickin awesome

  • “You need a mean Cuban pork sandwich, you call Rey Gutierrez.”

    @Rey, 1 mean Cuban pork sandwich please!

  • @8: Same here. It’s a relatively easy platinum.

  • digitalman123

    Lookin’ forward to playing Brotherhood multiplayer! You gonna follow me and play single-player first, or go straight to multiplayer Rey?

    • Rey Gutierrez
      Rey Gutierrez

      I’m a sucker for all things single-player in all games, including Black Ops. I’ll finish the campaign before I dabble in the great multiplayer.

  • digitalman123

    @11: Yeah. After you get all the feathers and do the stun or trip or whatever feats, it’s easy.

  • so, you like pan con lechon eh?thats really good. but i’d rather have arroz con moros,platanos fritos,yuca and a good lechon roasted at the oven.just a perfect recipe for the upcoming holidays,anyways XD

    well, this wednesday is going to be the 4th anniversary of the playstation’s 3 launch.hope you guys have something special by then…:0

  • Hell yeah!! W.T.F. will be mine this week, along with NBA Jam!!

  • Crazy Taxi is a must buy, specially for only $10! :D

  • An amazing week of releases!
    Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and NFS: Hot Pursuit! :D

  • Demonic_Clown

    Really? No Dead Nation again, this is getting pitiful. A Halloween game released for x-mas, that makes a lot of sense Sony.

    • Rey Gutierrez
      Rey Gutierrez

      Zombies have no holiday. They rise and eat brains whenever they like! Stay tuned, we have good news on Dead Nation very very soon!

  • Demonic_Clown

    btw EA Create is a nice ripoff of The Sims and LittleBigPlanet

  • awsome_robot

    is there any work being done to speed up the ps store update time? i’m interested in split second for psp (already own it for ps3), but since i live on the eastern time zone, i could get the game almost 12 hours before the ps store updates. Also, is s/s even going to be available for download? (the latest dragon ball game, among others, for psp has been available almost a month at retail and yet it isn’t available on the ps store).

    Also, the eu blog informs the full list of content of the store update BEFORE the store goes live with the new content. Can we expect this on the us blog anytime soon?

  • Man, where the hell is Dead Nation :(

  • No Dead Nation :(

  • So NBA JAM is on blue-ray or is it going to be a PSN downloadable game too ?….I hope the later eventualy if not now.

  • PhillyPhreak

    Looking forward to NFS: Hot Pursuit and Crazy Taxi. :)

  • i kno its off topic but anyidea where i can post questions about problems with the website? It doesnt let me sign in

  • GRAN TURISMO 5
    ONE MORE WEEK

  • digitalman123

    I’m off! See ya later Rey!

  • NotoriousGamer

    is Agent still coming to the ps3 exclusive lifetime?

  • Arcadian_Rebel

    Hopefully Crazy Taxi is good. I barely remember the original.

  • CF3esBestia

    Hey Rey, I noticed you wrote; “In other PSP news: A popular but previously delayed minis title has a new date; you’ll be dribbling and shouting “Boom Shakalaka!””

    Is this a hint that Nba Jam is coming to PSP? If so that is great news.

    • Rey Gutierrez
      Rey Gutierrez

      Haha. No. Who’s That Flying?! drops this week. Nothing to do with NBA Jam. =D

  • thepatriots

    Next weeks the drop is going to be the best drop ever… unless Playstation plan on releasing Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, The Last Guardian, Metal Gear Rising and Quantic Dream’s next game all in the same week.

    • Rey Gutierrez
      Rey Gutierrez

      Recharted Guardian: Rising Dreams — confirmed for next week!

  • Yes! Platinumed Assassin’s Creed II, got extra stuff from Bloodlines and pre-ordered Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Next game on my list is Dora the Explorer: Brotherhood (Summer of 2012).

  • BigBangBear

    Hey Rey. Plat in AC2 isn’t too bad. Most of it can be done just completing the regular game and not going too much out of your way. It was my first platinum because of it.

  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet looks like amateur youtube cgi

  • @ Rey,

    Why is Uncle Moneybags AKA “the Monopoly Guy” in the minis banner? I know Monopoly is also a mini, but that pic of him has a kinda evil-creepy vibe to it.

  • Does this version of Crazy Taxi still have the original Bad Religion and The Offspring soundtrack?

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  • Its going to be a long expensive holiday… I can’t freaking wait. Need for Speed for me. AC Brotherhood later this year.

  • jimmyfoxhound

    NEED FOR SPEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Any release date for Dungeon Defender? Really looking forward to it.

  • Isn’t EA Sports Active coming out this week? I want that along with Dance Dance Revolution to round out my aerobic/cardio games. The Fight: Lights Out beat me up. I’m still working through the sore muscles. I will definitely be practicing that one.

  • scooter1265

    It really is a shame about these next couple of weeks. I picked up Black Ops Thursday, and I have Brotherhood and Hot Pursuit preordered. I can only afford about one game each 2 weeks or so, and GT5 is first on my list.

    @Rey I also need to re-beat AC2, after my original 80GB PS3 died. Definitely enjoying my PlayStation Move 320 GB Bundle, though. You guys rock, and don’t let the whiny pre-pubescent gamers rattle your cages.

  • I’ll be picking up Assassin’s Creed Tuesday morning, can’t wait!

    @Rey
    Who do we contact about trophy syncing issues??? The Fight: Lights Out has been out for almost a week and the trophies are still not up on Sony’s servers, it’s REALLY REALLY annoying that it forces me to sync every single time I check my trophy lists just because it can’t find the trophies from this game on your (Sony’s) servers.

    I’ve had this happen with some PSN games before, but it was always fixed within a couple days. For a disc release, this issue is kind of surprising.

  • Hey Rey,

    I think your New Release list is getting crossed with the Discounted list.

    Dynogems has been on the PSN Store for quite some time now. It’s definitely not a new release.

    The same thing happened a couple weeks back with Breakquest: it was a mini that has been out for nearly a year, and yet two weeks ago it was announced on The Drop as a New Release. That same week, it went ON SALE with the Tuesday PSN update. Hence, I think the list you’re getting with New Releases has some items that aren’t new; they’re just getting new prices.

    Cheers.

    • Rey Gutierrez
      Rey Gutierrez

      Zvarri. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll keep an eye for it next time. =)

  • AmericanAce

    Loved the Beta for Brotherhood. Anyone else pumped as much as I am? Heck, I’m taking up parkour (sorry about spelling) this week.

    LONG LIVE THE ASSASSINS!

  • Got the last trophy I needed to Platinum AC2 tonight, so I’m ready for AC:B on Tuesday!

  • Ryan-Campbell18

    i want tomb raider chronicals

  • darth_orange93

    Hot Pursuit and Super Hero Squad! XD i love that show. Still waiting on dead nation.

  • Pork Sandwhich please. Do you deliver to Bronx NY?

  • JumperPrime

    Pre-ordered Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood at Gamestop, and I’ll be picking it up at midnight, 12:01 AM Tuesday to be precise

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