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The Drop: Week of March 28th 2011 New Releases

Rey Gutierrez's Avatar Posted by Senior Social Media Specialist

Make sure your PSPs and PSPgos have a full charge this week, because you’ve been invited to celebrate Parasite Eve’s third birthday, brought to you by the best party planners in the virtual city of Manhattan, Square Enix. Fans of action-rpgs, rejoice! The 3rd Birthday arrives this week on your favorite PlayStation Portables.

Legends and all-stars from the wrestling ring to the driving range, fight for your attention on the PS3 with the arrival of WWE All Stars and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 on Blu-Ray. Free Realms, Split/Second and Sonic the Hedgehog all make their notable cameos on PSN bringing you countless hours of digital hotness. It’s a Drop filled with speed, golfing and parasites.

PlayStation 3

WWE All Stars: WWE All Stars is an over-the-top, arcade-style beat-down featuring the WWE’s past and present superstars of the ring. WWE All Stars delivers one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a wrestling-centric videogame. Renowned WWE Legends will align with today’s most prominent WWE Superstars, inviting players to generate fantasy matches and ultimately determine the greatest competitors of all time.

Shift 2 Unleashed: Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed builds on the true driving experience that the NFS franchise is renown for by introducing the driver’s battle, an even more authentic and primal feeling of power and speed which elevates the fundamental competitive race into a struggle for supremacy against other drivers and even the track itself. In Shift 2 Unleashed, players’ hands sweat and ache as they clutch onto the controller, their pulse races from the break-neck speeds experienced through the first-person cockpit view.

Dynasty Warriors 7: Based on the epic novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the genre-defining Dynasty Warriors series depicts the massive battles ignited by the fall of the Han Dynasty when three rebellious states moved to overthrow the Emperor of China.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters: (PlayStation Move Enabled) For the first time in the history of this award-winning sports franchise, players are able to step onto the hallowed grounds of Augusta National, experience the rich history and tradition of the Masters Tournament and begin their own journey to capture the most sought-after prize in professional golf — the Green Jacket.

NASCAR The Game 2011: NASCAR The Game 2011 completely redefines what fans can expect from a NASCAR racing game. Players can choose to play as themselves or as one of the sport’s real-world drivers as they battle it out for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Each pro driver has the AI characteristics of his or her real world counterpart, setting the stage for intense rivalries played out on the track. From the 22 real world tracks to full pit stop strategy action, NASCAR The Game 2011 captures the real atmosphere, sense of speed and spectacle that embodies NASCAR.

MotoGP 10/11: MotoGP 10/11 will bring fans the most authentic and realistic MotoGP experience of the series. Gamers will get all of the 2010 MotoGP season content and downloadable updates for the 2011 MotoGP championship shortly after the season starts.

PlayStation Network

Rush’N Attack Ex-Patriot: Rush’N Attack Ex-Patriot takes players through three massive environments of a Siberian prison complex, a bio-weapons laboratory, and a nuclear weapons base. In each location, gamers will have to complete a variety of mission and survive encounters with a variety of Russian soldiers from prison guards to elite paratrooper, snipers, and more.

Free Realms: A light-hearted MMO designed for a broad range of game players, including children and families. Free Realms allows you to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, in a lush, living, 3D world, filled with rich landscapes and fun wildlife. From pet raising to mini-games like soccer and racing, or battling giant spiders and adventuring with friends – there’s something for everyone! With weekly and monthly content updates, regular and special events scheduled, and even the potential player-created parties and celebrations there is always something new to see and do in the world of Free Realms. Read PlayStation.Blog Coverage.

Split/Second: An intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Competitors in Split/Second don’t just collide with other vehicles to knock them from the track — they can also trigger explosive events that drastically alter the dynamics of the race. Players must use strategy and pinpoint timing to derail opponents, tactically alter the track or create entirely new routes.

Chime Super Deluxe: Chime mixes up the addictive action of puzzle games like Tetris with elements of music synthesizing. You arrange note blocks on a grid which form patterns of sound, then secure them by surrounding them with other blocks, intensifying the audio and creating new melodies as you play. As you build larger block segments (quads) and cover the grid, the combo meter starts and the underlying song develops in full. But take care – if you build yourself into a corner, the blocks shatter and the music dies. Read PlayStation.Blog Coverage

Sonic The Hedgehog: Burst the videgame speed barrier wide-open with Sonic the Hedgehog. Blaze by in a blur using the super sonic spin attack. Loop the loop by defying gravity. Plummet down tunnels. Then dash to safety with Sonic’s power sneakers. All at a frenzied pace. Sonic has an attitude that just won’t quit!

Moon Diver: At the dawn of the 22nd century, an evil power brought inanimate objects to life, and they turned on humanity. Bridges, automobiles, cities – the whole of humanity’s creations were all made to turn on their makers. Mankind’s fears of apocalypse became reality! Read PlayStation.Blog Coverage

Back to the Future: The Game Episode 2: This episodic game series takes you back in time as Marty and Doc embark on a completely new cinematic time-travel adventure based on the blockbuster movie franchise about a nutty scientist who has invented a time-traveling DeLorean.

PSN Demos

  • echochrome ii
  • MAG
  • Chime Super Deluxe
  • Moon Diver

PlayStation Portable

The 3rd Birthday (Also on PSN): Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as the Twisted. An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year. The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists — Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.

WWE All Stars (Also on PSN): WWE All Stars encompasses a fluid, intuitive and original gameplay style, creating a highly competitive environment and an engaging spectacle. Packed with high-flying, hard hitting and over the top action, players will explore a variety of responsive quick grapples, strong grapples, standing and running attacks, as well as combination sequences.

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (Also on PSN): Blazers are gallant warriors that consider the well being of others and the safety of the land as their priority, and work hard to defeat monsters and criminals. Estel is an aspiring Blazer who lives near the city of Rolento in Rebel Kingdom. Together with her friend Yoshua, Estel continues to train herself in the arts of Blazers. The story begins when Estel’s father receives a strange letter, starting a chain of events. The Legend of Heroes VI gives players an assortment of gameplay with its Blazer quest system, cooking system, opal arts system and many other features. With highlights like the AT bar and the AT bonus, battles in The Legend of Heroes give players that further tactical edge.

Dragon’s Lair: A portable version of the classic FMV videogame. In this single-player action game, you play as heroic knight Dirk the Daring as he journeys to a mysterious castle filled with danger, in order to save the fair Princess Daphne from the forces of evil and the towering dragon Singe.

[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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zacljessee said:

March 27th, 3:18 pm


knicksrulez220 said:

March 27th, 3:19 pm

I was quite hyped for the 3rd Birthday, I’m a little apprehensive since the reviews were not to hot. Hopefully Trails in the Sky gets good reviews. Pretty good week for the PSP.

dusek said:

March 27th, 3:20 pm

When does the ICO and SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS Collection come out?

WilHiteWarrior said:

March 27th, 3:20 pm

NO psone classic this week? Lazy. Very lazy… What about Wing Commander 3? Ive been waiting on that one for over a year now… 4 is on it, why not 3?

Kirkpad said:

March 27th, 3:21 pm

@1 is a BIG loser.

On topic, I hope I can fit Free Realms onto my PS3 to try it out. My HDD is getting mighty full. Also interested in the new Chime.

zacljessee said:

March 27th, 3:22 pm

Ay Rey, I know Free Realms iz free for every1 and we can also join a membership to have more, but does da free Free Realms for everyone include free trophies? Also I am surprised dat they did not release Parasite Eve 2 for classics this week. Will 3rd Birthday ever be available for ps3 also (I no longer have psp)? Thanx and have a great week Rey God bless you!


March 27th, 3:23 pm

@#4 – Agreed. Not just lazy, stupid as well.

KingDubin said:

March 27th, 3:25 pm

Can’t wait for Shift 2: Unleashed! Bring On Tuesday!

PhillyPhreak said:

March 27th, 3:25 pm

Mass Effect 2 DLC, “The Arrival,” is also due this Tuesday on the PSN! I’m not sure of the price.

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    Rey Gutierrez said:

    March 27th, 4:33 pm

    The Mass Effect DLC goes for $6.99. Look for more details in this week’s PSN Store update.

Craazy said:

March 27th, 3:27 pm

I hope Free Realms is less laggy on PS3 than PC….some days its pretty bad

Kchow23 said:

March 27th, 3:28 pm

Will there be a demo of the Third Birthday? good time to start clearing my backlog of games until LA Noire releases :)

Delta-16 said:

March 27th, 3:28 pm

estimated price of split/second anyone?

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    Rey Gutierrez said:

    March 27th, 4:35 pm

    Asking price for the digital download of Split/Second is $29.99, which I highly recommend you purchase and download, it’s easily one of my favorite racers.

Butters360 said:

March 27th, 3:30 pm

Sweetness. Definitely getting The Third Birthday. Moon Diver looks great, if the demo convinces me that’ll be mine. Also Back to the Future!

L2K7 said:

March 27th, 3:31 pm

Wait…3rd Birthday IS coming out on PSN? Heh, Square was full of crap then, when they said it was going to be UMD-only for US.

Butters360 said:

March 27th, 3:37 pm

In all honestly I’m quite surprised by all the recent Square-Enix love is giving to PSN. They use to completely dismiss it in the past as evidenced by Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

nuclearwarlok said:

March 27th, 3:43 pm

The Mass Effect 2 DLC will cost $6.99 according to the official Mass Effect 2 webpage.

Destiny89 said:

March 27th, 3:53 pm

So many amazing games

bmart008 said:

March 27th, 3:55 pm

Absolutely excellent news that the 3rd Birthday is going to be on PSN, I e-mailed them earlier this week and told them I wouldn’t buy that game if they didn’t put it on the network, maybe they listened.

MetalGearCrysis said:

March 27th, 4:14 pm

@5…Agree 100% about the first poster..

These posts really should include pricing

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    Rey Gutierrez said:

    March 27th, 4:36 pm

    The full price list for PSN titles can be found on our PSN Store post, Tuesday afternoon. Which also includes, DLC and tons of extras.

digitalman123 said:

March 27th, 4:16 pm

Meh Drop this week. Maybe it’s because I’m extremely low on PSP memory, maybe it’s cause I’m not into those games. Or maybe it’s because I have a large backlogged game stack. I go with option 3. Anyone else with me?
Could DLC be added to the Drop?

LordAbsu said:

March 27th, 4:17 pm

A little disappointed that Parasite Eve 2 didn’t make it this week, but I can’t really complain after all the PSOne Classic love we’ve been getting from Square Enix lately. It’s still gonna be a Day One purchase for me. Hope it’s out soon!

Horribly, gruesomely, intolerably tempted by TitS, though… oh my!

cywulf21 said:

March 27th, 4:18 pm

Any chance you could include the file size in the drop posts? I know they’ll be in Tuesdays post but is good to know ahead of time.

duke301 said:

March 27th, 4:19 pm

Looks like a good update. I’m definitely going to check out Free Realms, Chime Super Deluxe, and Moon Driver. I’m also glad to see the next episode of BttF. Regarding Sora no Kiseki, does anyone know if they are planning on releasing the second and third chapters on PSP, or are they exclusively going to be released on the NGP? I had initially pre-ordered it, but I cancelled it because I want to see what Falcom’s and XSeed’s plans are for the second and third chapters. If they don’t release the second and third chapters on the PSP, then I’m not going to bother. I have neither the time nor the desire to take on a new system at the moment.

rasengan360 said:

March 27th, 4:29 pm

i’m pretty stoked for rush’n attack, its 3 months late than originally scheduled but whatever, its here now!

Xenosuke808 said:

March 27th, 4:34 pm


Stealth1986 said:

March 27th, 4:40 pm

Any word on Final Fantasy I and II and Dissidia being released on PSN? I’d love to have those on my PSP Go!

DonCalzone21 said:

March 27th, 4:43 pm

DYNASTY WARRIORS 7 is all that matters to me this week. Got it pre-ordered so I’ll be all over that.


Stealth1986 said:

March 27th, 4:44 pm

*Oops, I meant Crisis Core, not Dissidia!

joseph2411 said:

March 27th, 4:55 pm

How much HDD space will Free Realms require? Is it another of those small downloadables which then need huge amount of data updates? (DCUO, MAG beta for example) …really hoping answer is no, background downloads FTW!

bmart008 said:

March 27th, 4:57 pm

Also along with my 3rd Birthday love for it being on PSN, how much is Dragon’s Lair? I’ve never played it but it it’s the right price I’d love to grab it for my PSP.

zacljessee said:

March 27th, 5:01 pm

Rey can you play Free Realms offline also or iz it online only?

DarkRecoil said:

March 27th, 5:07 pm

Thanks to everyone at sony and square enix for getting 3rd birthday and (Dissida 012) when we all thought it wasnt going to happen. I dont know what black magic you sony guys were able to pull on Wada-san but its much appreciated as PSN is the only place i purchase my PSP games :)

….now can i be pushy and ask you guys to work the same magic on CRISIS CORE: Final Fantasy VII pllllllleeeeeeeeeeease? i just watched Advent Children complete and now i wanna play it soooooooooooo bad :D

digitalman123 said:

March 27th, 5:10 pm

@6: I’m not getting FreeRealms, but I do wonder if it includes trophies. Does it Rey?

Autoxfool said:

March 27th, 5:25 pm


nothing interesting this week.

jvasq said:

March 27th, 5:32 pm

oh my god…thank you so much for putting 3rd bday on psn. now i dont have to drive to bestbuy to buy it. god forbid i see daylight. one questions, any word when parasite eve 2 will hit psn? i know it was conformed for a psn release would anyone know when?

megamixer said:

March 27th, 5:36 pm

Legend of Heroes for me along with BttF now that episode 2 is finally here.

@Rey Gutierrez
Have you considered doing a “The Dropped” posting for saturdays? Sort of a wrap-up to each week which would be similar to “The Drop”. It would be a good way to remind people what came out. A nice little thing for people that do their shopping & gaming over the weekend.

zacljessee said:

March 27th, 5:40 pm

Rey I got Mortal Kombat and L.A. Noire pre-ordered. Do you know if there will be add on content for either?

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    Rey Gutierrez said:

    March 27th, 7:20 pm

    It’s the year 2011. It’s hip to have tons of DLC for big titles these days, I don’t know much. But I’d expect to see some great content after the release of MK and LA Noire.

silverthehedgeh said:

March 27th, 5:40 pm

any chance we can get some of those killzone 3 avatars eu has for plus members

manzoor47 said:

March 27th, 5:50 pm

i will be getting Mass Effect 2 DLC :D.

TomHoang said:

March 27th, 5:53 pm

Who says the PSP is dead!?

Also, can we please have a “PSP Essentials” or “Favorites” section like the EU PSN has? I am just getting into buying full PSP games digitially and it would be awesome to have a handy section for selected games. Also, can you adjust the prices for PSP favorites on the PSN store? Daxter for example is still $15.99

Sonicfan11589 said:

March 27th, 6:00 pm


DarkRecoil said:

March 27th, 6:13 pm


digitalman123 said:

March 27th, 6:22 pm

@37: With MK’s Klassic Scorpion pre-order bonus, yes, but since you got that from the pre-order, for you, unsure.

zacchi said:

March 27th, 6:23 pm

I don’t like this, this Tuesday is gonna be very expensive.

Sneeches said:

March 27th, 6:26 pm

Looking forward to Free Realms and Back to the future. :) Can’t wait.

SuperTiso said:

March 27th, 6:26 pm

OMG 3rd Birthday is confirmed for PSN? No way, fantastic. I must get more than $20 PSN card now to cover this.

retro25 said:

March 27th, 6:31 pm

I need Gex 2: enter the gecko for the PSone classics because… I missed that game sooooooooo much!!!!

SuperTiso said:

March 27th, 6:33 pm

Sony, for those of us now excited for “The Third Birthday” arriving on the PSN is there any plans for people who buy the game within a span of time to receive the Dissidia 012 costume content packed into retail versions? How is that being handled?

spocar said:

March 27th, 6:41 pm

YEAH!!!!! PARASITE EVE 3!!!! i already pre ordered it

VietKnight said:

March 27th, 6:41 pm

Dynasty Warriors 7 is going to be awesome I hope my friends get it to play a little online conquest and hope there is going to be a dynamic theme or and avatars in the future for the game.

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