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The Drop: Week of Jan 3rd 2011 New Releases

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Greetings from the future! Welcome back PlayStation fans, I hope you’re sporting your aluminum foil hats and gloves as you brace yourself for what is going to be a spectacular year in PlayStation gaming history. I kid you not, I’ve traveled into the future and have witnessed a world where PlayStation Move light posts tower over PS3 paved streets and walkways. People commute in DualShock shaped cars and Kratos has become a popular name among new born babies.


But before we all welcome our new found PlayStation overlords, let’s rewind to the present day and check out this year’s very first “The Drop” for 2011. Make it quick though, I need to replace the left trigger, right analog stick and get a quick oil change on the old girl.

PSN: Tetris

PlayStation Network

Tetris — Millions of players worldwide on Sony PlayStation 3 systems will now have the opportunity to download and play the game with crisp 1080p high-definition (HD) graphics, high-quality 5.1 surround sound audio, and all-new ways to play including online against other Tetris players from around the globe. The Tetris game is one of the best-selling games of all time, with more than 100 million paid mobile downloads.

(PS Blog Coverage: Tetris for PSN in 1080p and 5.1, Gets PS3-Exclusive Multiplayer)

Microbot — MicroHexon Research has invented a transformative medical technology: autonomous nanotech machines that are no larger than a blood cell. When injected into the body they target and eliminate diseases at the cellular level. However, something has gone dangerously awry. The nanomachines have bonded to the diseased cells and are now multiplying inside the body at an exponential rate. Piloting a new prototype MicroBot, players must seek and destroy the infection before it consumes the human host from the inside.

Richochet — Ricochet is a “Ball-and-paddle” game in the longstanding tradition of Breakout or, for a more accurate comparison, Arkanoid. You’re a participant in the intergalactic Ricochet Championship. You must bust through 40 different arrangements of bricks in four different arenas, builiding up the highest score to obtain the coveted Master of the Universe award.

PlayStation Network Demos

  • Microbot
  • Top Gun
  • Alien Breed 2: Assault
  • Ricochet
  • Kung-Fu Live
  • Hustle Kings

PSone Classic: Re-Loaded

PSone Classics

Re-Loaded — It begins on a prison planet where the most sadistic, maniacal killers of all types are being held. Of course, they don’t plan to stay for long, and your role is to execute their escape from the bizarre confines. Choose from six lunatics as you attempt to blast, slash, and bite your way to sweet freedom. Characters range from armed robots to bloodthirsty cannibal girls, and each is vicious enough to destroy anything in its path.

Arc the Lad III — The tactical RPG Arc the Lad III is the third and final leg for the Arc series. The game lets you take on quests from guilds for the game to move on. As the story develops, the characters Alec and Lutz meet new company to face a corrupted organization called the Academy.

PSP: Legends of War: Patton's Campaign

PlayStation Portable (PSN)

Legends of War: Patton’s Campaign — A strategy game where the Campaign mode combines 2 different game modes: a high-level strategic management part, to set up your army with the units of your choice which can be evolved to acquire new features and skills; and a tactical and turn-based part, where you will fight across different battlefields seeking the defeat of Nazi army with the least casualties and number of turns possible.

Auditorium — Challenge yourself to transform light into sound while surrounded by stunning visual effects and supreme symphonies. Find yourself manipulating a constant stream of moving particles of light and sound into audio containers — as you fill the containers, light transforms into sound. Given enough light, the containers will begin to sing together in a symphony — not enough light, and you’ll find yourself battling to conquer each puzzle.

Minis: Angry Birds

PlayStation minis
Angry Birds — The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 63 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.

M.O.Z.O.X Space Salvager — M.O.Z.O.X. is a shoot’em up with a more ‘Classic’ flat and horizontal camera, and another camera orientation we call ‘Action’. The ‘Action’ camera gives a 3/4 view and rotates the camera like a vertical shooter but presents the player with depth. In our focus-testing we found this mode, while more challenging, was much more exciting to our testers.

Family Games: Pen & Paper Edition — In Family Games: Pen & Paper Edition, families can enjoy games like Squares (Dots), Nine Men’s Morris (Mill), Safe Cracker, Matchsticks and more.

[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

BLipp17 said:

January 2nd, 7:51 pm

you should have opened with “Welcome to the world of tomorrow!” in a very dramatic way.

remanutd5 said:

January 2nd, 7:54 pm

Did you see a PSP 2 with a RIGHT analog stick and full psn functionality in that future?

Transient said:

January 2nd, 8:06 pm

Wow, Angry Birds will be my first Mini! :)

Any word on Qore? Can we expect that this week?

iTofuMan said:

January 2nd, 8:11 pm

Nothing for psp? This doesnt look to good! to start the first 2011 update with no psp just proves you guys dont care about it.

kcarl2879 said:

January 2nd, 8:35 pm

Hi, i dont think you’ll read this
but what the heck right

i was wonrdering if there’ll be a release of legend of dragoon as a ps one classic.
Id hate it as a remake as well as many others.

I jut saw that japan put it on there ps store. Please im begging you coul u pleease put it up, Its the game tht got me hooked on Rpg’s. Me and many others want this up on here. Im beggig along woth many others

SpitFireAce said:

January 2nd, 8:40 pm

When is that PSN only FPS coming out ModernCombat:Domination?

D1crzydzzy said:

January 2nd, 8:50 pm

angry birds mini, yes!

And tetris what a way to start 2011

TotallyOriginal said:

January 2nd, 8:57 pm

will ps2 games come to the PSN store this year?

musashi13 said:

January 2nd, 9:03 pm

while were at it how about making the future perfect/ no more x-box first release packs!

retro25 said:

January 2nd, 9:04 pm

Angry Birds is coming to PSP? huh!!! Nothing here for me yet.

G-Force08 said:

January 2nd, 9:06 pm

Dangit! More stuff I want D;

And I said to myself, “No more spending money on games until Little Big Planet 2 comes out!”

That’s going to cost me $80+! Now look what you have done, gone and made me go back on my promise to myself! Seriously guys! You should hire me so I can keep up this habit! =p

No, but seriously, I want a job with you <.<

Edd said:

January 2nd, 9:08 pm

how much is tetris going to be?

guitarded77 said:

January 2nd, 9:14 pm

How much is Tetris gonna be?

Link01 said:

January 2nd, 9:20 pm

I’d still like word on Pixel Junk shooter’s 2 release date :D…. that and the next firmware update. It’s been waaaaaay too long since you guys added any firmware features that everyone could use. * I’m un including 3D updates *.

Elvick_ said:

January 2nd, 9:29 pm

Any news on Pix’N Love Rush coming to PS Minis? Or is that canceled? I’d love to play it using traditional controls instead of using touch controls.

DangerDanceBoy said:

January 2nd, 9:34 pm

I hate to be that fellow, but ‘Heroes of Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes’ was supposed to drop a few months ago. Is there any word on the status of the release date? I was particularly looking forward to the game and just realized today that it hasn’t come out yet.

jacob-813 said:

January 2nd, 10:18 pm

After 2012 is over. I was wondering that too.

Dr_CheriPopper said:

January 2nd, 10:26 pm

Can we get more PSP Games added to the Store and Permanent Price Drops/Sales? Geesh, Tekken 6 PSP is still $40 on PSN? Retail sells UMD of it for $10-20! You’ll make more PROFIT from lowering your high prices/original retail prices since more people will be compelled to purchase them. Also, I hope we get a sale on Tetris PSP Mini since the release of Tetris on PS3.

Warped said:

January 2nd, 11:05 pm

Angry birds with trophy support will be awesome!

Hiroshima711 said:

January 2nd, 11:15 pm

WHAT!!!! Angry Birds a PSN Mini release?!?! Why couldn’t it have been a full PSN release! Was looking forward to unlocking some trophies for that game Y_Y

Gaucho21 said:

January 2nd, 11:18 pm

Re-loaded is an awful game. Why would they rerelease it?

shv187 said:

January 2nd, 11:23 pm

one thing i wanna know is why did psn skid the last tuesday update???? it wouldve been a beast of an update if yeall did it YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

cortiz2092000 said:

January 2nd, 11:24 pm

sony why dont u release a psp game

purplestream said:

January 2nd, 11:25 pm

Thank you so much! ANGRY BIRDS FTW! a must buy!

Ruisu-Tsrugi said:

January 2nd, 11:25 pm

Any chance of seeing release dates of the Squaresoft/Enix PS Classics?

Sinistar83 said:

January 2nd, 11:27 pm

How come thetes no way to log on the mobile sure to leave comments?

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    Rey Gutierrez said:

    January 3rd, 12:02 am

    Good question. I’ll make sure to bring this up on our next Blog redesign meeting.

RyuuNoSekai said:

January 2nd, 11:39 pm

any idea what the price is for auditorium PSP and Tetris?

vL_xAlien said:

January 2nd, 11:55 pm

i like eggs

Arcadian_Rebel said:

January 2nd, 11:56 pm

Looking forward to Tetris and a couple demos. Thanks, Sony!

MajinGouken said:

January 3rd, 12:18 am

Is There Any Possibility Of You Guys Adding Dragonball Z: Legends? I Have Been Wanting To Play That Game Since I Was Little. Oh And Also Megaman 8.

mc4martyc said:

January 3rd, 12:41 am

Hi CAn anyone tell me if Angry Birds will be available in the UK?

Psychoticcherry said:

January 3rd, 12:41 am

I’ll gladly pay $15 bucks for Tetris in 1080p, developers deserve the money. My only question is will it have support for playing my music in game or will it just be the game sound.

mc4martyc said:

January 3rd, 12:46 am

never mind just found the answer myself lol 5th jan :D

REMIX_26 said:

January 3rd, 12:56 am

angry birds nice but… no trophies, no thanks

donnydj76 said:

January 3rd, 1:11 am

Question about Auditorium PSP-What is the difference between Auditorium that is coming out for PSP vs Auditorium that is already available to play on the PS3?

SephTiger said:

January 3rd, 1:48 am

When are we going to see the releases of Legend of Mana, Vagrant Story, Xenogears, and Threads of Fate on PSN? They were announced for a U.S. release, but no date yet…

Axecution said:

January 3rd, 3:09 am

listing PS3 demos on The Drop now? :D Sweet!

DeathbyStereo197 said:

January 3rd, 3:54 am

OH MY GOD Angry Birds on my PS3, Thats a must buy! I play it on my Galaxy S all the time, I cant imagine seeing it in my whole 50 inch hd splendor! Although Tetris I could seriously do without, and the other games, well I always try out the demos but I dont know how cool the other stuff will be. The only other thing I really wanna know is how much stuff is going to come this week for playstation plus, and how worth it it is for my 60 bucks a year that I pay!

phantom2k88 said:

January 3rd, 5:00 am

Is this all you have to people might enjoy these things,but sony don’t u think you should cut straight to the chase and start working on the top voted ideas on blog.share.

Carl-G said:

January 3rd, 5:16 am

Tetris is excellent :P [i got it off the Europe PSN last week]

One thing tho ‘WHY OH WHY’ do games have to have ‘Copy protected’ saves for! :-/ Yes ‘Tetris’ has it. That is one of the most annoying things some game makers do this gen[+last gen to] IT SHOULD BE BANNED! ! ! :D

perrandy said:

January 3rd, 5:29 am

yay for tetris because yesterday i bought a psn card just for it.btw,rey do you know if the game supports custom soundtracks?

moriarty1975 said:

January 3rd, 5:33 am


It does.

abd4abd said:

January 3rd, 5:45 am

plz , we want Malicious on us store …

perrandy said:

January 3rd, 5:48 am

@89 thanks for the reply. i’m very happy about the game supporting it.tuesday cant come soon enough :)

crim001 said:

January 3rd, 5:49 am

Anyone know how much it’ll cost?

k1ngsnak3 said:

January 3rd, 6:12 am

wow – re-loaded?? One of my favorites from the previous system and a 100% DL for me!

Frejim said:

January 3rd, 6:27 am

Angry Birds FTW!!!!

Difference between PSN and iphone game?

S-E-G said:

January 3rd, 6:58 am

angry birds is free on mobile devices
watch greedy Sony charge for it

AesirElite said:

January 3rd, 7:06 am

Part of me is relieved that Xenogears and Vagrant Story and the other Square PSOne classics aren’t out yet because that means I can hold on to the $5.99/9.99 per game a little longer. But that just makes me sound cheap, eh?

Hopefully those are coming soon? I’ll start earmarking the spending cash now.

Also let’s see: Einhander, Suikoden II, Parasite Eve 1&2, Fear Effect 1&2, Strider 2, Chrono Cross, and Megaman Legends 1&2

There’s obviously lots of great PSOne classics that would be great on the store. I understand if licensing rights make them abandonware to be lost to the past. (I understand, though I don’t like that). There’s still many great titles to be re-released and I would like to encourage you to get as many as possible. I re-buy games that I loved even if I still have working CD copies because I like playing them on PSP too. Keep the good stuff coming!

Phoenix8387 said:

January 3rd, 7:08 am

@95 – You fail.

You do realize it is not free on the iPhone. The Android version is also supported through advertising, which more than pays for the purchase price over time. However, I HIGHLY doubt an advertising scheme would work on a mini.

You also fail to realize Sony doesn’t set the price. They may suggest one but they don’t set the price. Thats something the dev does.

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