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The Drop: Week of February 13th 2012 New Releases

Rey Gutierrez's Avatar Posted by Senior Social Media Specialist

Let it be forever known: the 70th edition of The Drop marks the debut of PlayStation Vita game releases! For the past year, PlayStation fans and gamers have eagerly awaited this momentous day, PS Vita will officially arrive stateside and around the globe starting February 15th with the PS Vita First Edition Bundle, and PlayStation Store will spring to life with over 15 PS Vita titles, ready to supply you with hours of insane portable gaming.

On the PS3 side of things, PlayStation’s longest-running gaming franchise returns triumphantly with the long-awaited release of Twisted Metal. This Valentine’s Day, skip the cliched romantic dinners and give your significant other an experience they won’t forget, whether you’re sightseeing the dilapidated suburbs of Sunsprings or getting frisky by the polluted waters of Watkyn’s Harbor. Join the Clowns, the Dolls (my favorite), the Skulls, or the Preachers…and get ready to bleed!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation with a hot, curvy and sexy little thing called the PS Vita. Enjoy this week’s historic edition of The Drop!

PlayStation 3

Twisted Metal — High atop his penthouse office, a mysterious ringleader named Calypso lords over the contest of vehicle combat known as Twisted Metal. He returns again to host the ultimate contest of skill and destruction. Contestants have been chosen to compete and, should they emerge victorious, win whatever prize their heart desires.

Twisted Metal, the longest-running franchise in PlayStation history, is back exclusively on the PS3 system. With four factions battling for control, players step into the combat boots of a twisted disciple in a high octane, highly destructible world. Disciples strategically dismantle opponents in vehicles loaded with weapons of Twisted destruction. With a robust online system, players unleash destruction with up to 16 players through PlayStation Network and battle through a variety of favorite and new game modes.

UFC Undisputed 3 — UFC Undisputed 3 is the 2012 installment in the critically acclaimed and best-selling mixed martial arts (MMA) video game franchise based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The game marks takes players inside the virtual Octagon with extensive focus on intense toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation and significantly increased accessibility, including the introduction of PRIDE Mode, two new weight classes and an impressive playable roster of more than 150 UFC fighters.

Grand Slam Tennis 2 (PS Move Compatible) — EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis 2 is the ultimate tennis experience, featuring all four Grand Slam championships and Wimbledon. Players can experience the thrill of serving up aces on Wimbledon’s prestigious Centre Court, hitting cross-court winners on the clay courts of the French Open, play under the bright lights at the U.S. Rise to stardom with the revolutionary Total Racquet Control as you challenge a deep roster of elite players, including Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Sharapova, Borg, and McEnroe.

PlayStation Vita

UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss (PSN/Game Card) — Uncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition as Nathan Drake follows the murderous trail of an ancient and secret Spanish sect in Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Caught in the middle of a rivalry between Jason Dante — his old friend — and Marisa Chase — the granddaughter of an archaeologist who has mysteriously vanished without a trace — Nathan Drake races into the treacherous river basins, undiscovered temple ruins and karst caverns of Central America in search of a legendary lost city, only to find himself pushed to the edge of the Golden Abyss.

Developed by award-winning Sony Bend Studio, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the portable system debut of the multi-million selling Uncharted franchise. The game offers a cinematic experience on-the-go complete with industry-leading motion capture, a rich storyline, highly-detailed environments, and special effects that truly captures the look and feel of the Uncharted universe.

wipEout 2048 (PSN/Game Card) — Get ready to experience the thrill and speed of anti-gravity racing as the original hyper velocity racing game, Wipeout 2048, is back and completely rebuilt for the the next-generation PlayStation handheld. Rebuilt exclusively for the intuitive game handling of a touch interface, motion active tilt, and voice activated controls, players can race against anyone anytime (including PS3 players) with up to 8 players simultaneously and compete for first place within the online leaderboards.

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PSN/Game Card) — Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational offers a completely new way to play Hot Shots Golf! The over-the-top golf franchise is back with a bag full of PlayStation Vita system features. Never leave the golf course with non-stop challenges from friends or bitter rivals. Add to that new PlayStation Vita system specific functions that enable you to better prepare each shot from tee to green.

ModNation Racer: Road Trip (PSN/Game Card) — ModNation Racers is a thoroughly fresh take on classic kart racing that empowers the player to personalize their entire game. Players can express themselves by creating their own Mod character, styling their own racing kart and even building — in just minutes — an imaginative track that can be shared with the rest of the PlayStation community via the free PlayStation Network service.

ModNation Racers: Road Trip for PlayStation Vita brings endless hours of Kart racing to players fingertips, where creativity rules on and off the track. Get on the starting grid of over 300,000 tracks available to download, or just race in the competitive circuit. Race with a new set of controls enhanced with the Vita’s array of features, including touch control, six-axis motion steering and social media tools like ModTraveler and ModMiles.

Escape Plan (PSN)– From the Producers of Fat Princess and the Development Team behind Fat Princess: Fat Roles comes a “touching” adventure. Escape Plan features two hapless characters, Lil and Laarg, who have been captured and need your influence, skill and brainpower to escape from a dark labyrinth of irreverent puzzles and traps. By interacting with the environment and influencing Lil and Laarg, only you can help them survive each deadly room before their captor and nemesis, Bakuki, recycles them and turns them into his minions… or sheep.

Using a high-contrast chiaroscuro style, Escape Plan takes advantage of the PlayStation Vita’s multitouch display, rear touch panel and gestural swipe interfaces. Swipe, squeeze, poke and slap this little guys to manipulate and interact with the diverse environments. Escape Plan gives players unique and memorable moments throughout the gameplay, whether it’s the triumphant thrill of victory or the hilarious agony of defeat.

Super Stardust Delta (PSN/Demo Available) — The Super StarDust franchise blasts its way into players’ hands with Super StarDust Delta. With brand-new features made specifically for PS Vita, players can access an arsenal of weapons with the PS Vita’s touch control screen, including freezing time, unleashing missiles, creating black holes, and crush attacks. Players can also tilt the screen to view beyond the horizon and shake the PS Vita to create a devastating Shockwave attack.

Hustle Kings (PSN/Demo Available) — Hustle your way to the top of the global leader boards in this beautifully chic, yet minimalist pool setting, all displayed in ultra-realistic environments with the PS Vita’s OLED screen. Control every move with intuitive front and rear touch interface and keep the game moving online or offline with quick push notifications between turns. Just be sure to hone your skills and earn cash before entering the bustling online scene.

Lumines: Electronic Symphony (PSN/Game Card) — Shine on with this PlayStation Vita entry into the popular puzzler franchise. Lumines: Electronic Symphony marks the return of Q Entertainment’s landmark puzzle series, bringing together addictive block-dropping puzzle action, an all-new 3D graphics engine, and some of the most significant names in electronic music history.

Lumines: Electronic Symphony offers, for the first time in the series, special new block mechanics give players additional strategic options to give you new ways to play through Journey Mode, Duel Mode, Stopwatch Mode, Master’s Mode, and other exciting play experiences. The game also offers unique new touch input for a uniquely tactile Lumines play challenge. Groove out to tunes from top electronic acts such as The Chemical Brothers and Kaskade in the ultimate portable Lumines puzzler jam!

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PSN/Game Card)– In Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, fill the shoes of legendary characters from both the Marvel and Capcom Universes –including massively popular characters such as Ryu, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Morrigan, as well as fan favorites such as Trish from Devil May Cry and the wise-cracking Deadpool. They all come to you battle in a living comic book art style powered by Capcom’s MT Framework.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 prepares to take the battle to all-new heights in a updated version of the original hit fighting game Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. With brand new iconic characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes — now with 48 characters on the disc — a refined fighting system and new modes, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 continues the Capcom fighting game legacy.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (Also on PS3/PSN/Game Card) — BlazBlue is a high definition 2D fighter from the makers of Guilty Gear. Players throughout the world can participate in online matches, or enjoy the immense story mode featuring individual stories for each character.

This is a second edition of the Continuum Shift arcade expansion edition (which originally added two new characters: Tsubaki and Hazama.) For Continuum Shift II, the character Valkenhayn R. Hellsing is now a playable character.

EA Sports: FIFA Soccer (PSN/Game Card)– EA Sports’ FIFA Soccer on PS Vita gives you the same physics-based, data driven technology that powers FIFA gameplay on home consoles. Take part in eight different game modes, including 11 vs. 11, Tournament Mode with over 50 real-world competitions, a full in-depth Career Mode, and compete online with Head-to-Head matches against your friends and gamers around the world. Create custom online leagues with your friends and compare your online performance with global and friend focused leader boards. Innovations that utilize a rear touch pad and touchscreen create an intelligent and unique gameplay experience. Rear touch pad shooting delivers pin-point accuracy and removes the element of “hit and hope” from shooting and touchscreen passing opens up the field of play for more creative and precision passing.

Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (PSN/Game Card)– Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition provides a full console experience at the palm of your hand, with 22 of the world’s best players and legends from the past coming together on Playstation Vita. Brand new features unique to Vita combined with the hi-res graphics and lifelike gameplay of the Virtua Tennis series provides players with the greatest tennis experience, anytime and anywhere.

Asphalt Injection (PSN/Game Card)– Add more fuel to the fire with Asphalt: Injection. Master over 100 races in Career mode, collect over 50 world-class luxury cars, and share your best performances with your friends. Arcade racing at its finest with collectibles, crashes, jumps, shortcuts, and nitro for thrilling races. 52 licensed cars from prestigious manufacturers including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin plus legendary models and 2011’s hottest cars. Race on 20 unique tracks inspired by real cities like Rio, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo rendered with cutting-edge graphical effects. Master 10 different event types laid out in a full-featured Career mode with more than 100 unique events

Dungeon Hunter: Alliance (PSN/Game Card)– Join forces and drive back the darkness! Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is an epic quest set in a dark fantasy world, that you can revisit in intense multiplayer mode.

Michael Jackson: The Experience HD (PSN/Game Card)– He is the legendary King of Pop! In this game, players step into the shoes of Michael Jackson himself and re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing. The game includes the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson’s extensive catalog such as Beat It and Billie Jean, as well as an array of his awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and emulate within the game. Additionally, fans can sing along and test their vocal skills while immersed in the performance.

Rayman Origins (PSN/Game Card)– When the Glade of Dreams is overrun by nefurrious Darktoons, the Fairy Council hastily invokes Rayman to save the day. To help him, Rayman teams up with his best friend, Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies. Together, the world’s most hilarious team of heroes will need to restore peace to the Glade or watch as their beloved home vanishes like a bad dream…

PlayStation Network

The House of the Dead III (PS Move Compatible // Demo Available) — Defy the undead with shotgun in hand as you explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland of unrelenting terror in The House of the Dead III. Fans of the series will thrill to an abundance of 3D gore, time-sensitive gameplay, and a wide variety of branching paths. Gamers take out wave after wave of horrific zombies as they travel different routes and advance the story line, uncovering new secrets and hidden areas along the way. The all-new shotgun comes in handy when surrounded by an army of undead. Players must use it wisely to take out multiple enemies in a single blast as they plow their way through the most exhilarating nightmare yet.

Grand Theft Auto IV (Full PS3 Game) — GTA IV reinvents the series with a renewed version of Liberty City detailed to the last pothole and rooftop vent. There are now four boroughs to explore plus extra area outside of Liberty City proper. With the ability to climb obstacles, drive cars, steer boats and pilot helicopters, the world of GTA is more accessible than ever before.

In this fourth installment of the popular series, players take on the role of Niko Bellic, a rough-around-the-edge chap from Eastern Europe. Niko has arrived in America, in Liberty City — a land full of promise and opportunity. His cousin convinced him to emigrate, to join him in his mansion and life of luxury, but as soon as he steps off the boat, Niko discovers the truth about the American way. Still, the wealth, the comfort, the bliss of the good life, it all really is here … And it’s all for the taking.

Worms: Ultimate Mayhem — Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is a souped-up, re-vamped, high-definition re-imagining of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem, bringing both games together in one incredibly over-stuffed, over-the-top package. The game includes 60 missions, 38 weapons and 12 graphical themes, as well as full online play for up to four players.


  • Mass Effect 3
  • Binary Domain

PlayStation Portable

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom — In Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, a young woman by the name of Chizuru comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, and soon encounters danger and the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, Chizuru is put under their protection. But odd things are afoot in Kyoto—possibly even supernatural happenings. Can Chizuru navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much mystery and death, can she find romance?

[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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Shadow_Kamui said:

February 12th, 10:28 pm

I have have question i both the ps vita First Edition bundle but I don’t understand well how will work the free psn game i have to use the free month or i can get the game with out used.

and i have to pay a month before use the free month or i can use ride out the box ?????

i appreciate the a respond thanks

C_Y_P_H_E_R said:

February 12th, 10:40 pm

Does anybody have any idea when Sony will allow more than one hundred friends on your buddy list? I keep running out of space. To assume people won’t have more than one hundred friends is really STUPID.

DarkOne_PR said:

February 12th, 11:38 pm

ummmm rey… when its the site sony told us we can deactivate our ps3 and psp’s via online going to be available??? i have an stolen ps3 and 2 broken ones…. and 2 psps i dont use for psn anymore… i want to deactivate all that for the Vita release :)


February 12th, 11:45 pm

the 7.1 Playstation Headset that just released compatible with the ps vita?

juv1000 said:

February 13th, 12:32 am

heyy rey i was just wondering and i really hope u can reply 2 this but do u no wat or if any apps will be on this weeks ps vita update cuz none r listed up there like will twitter be on there or facebook or fliker or netflix please let me no if there wil be any for this weeks update cuz i no none r on the ps vita store as of rite now thanks rey

sheengrtr said:

February 13th, 1:07 am

is there any chance of gravity rush being a physical release in europe?that’s the only way me and many of my friends can buy it,plz reply!

DarkEde said:

February 13th, 1:34 am

Vita is not even on my radar at all. Finally a drop I am ecstatic about. All that’s on my mind is for Tuesday to arrive so that I can immerse myself in the destruction of Twisted Metal. So close…

ALhammadi51 said:

February 13th, 1:52 am

will ” Grand Theft Auto IV” be available in EU store .

Carl-G said:

February 13th, 2:53 am

Welcome to the PlayStation family PSVita;)

tusunami said:

February 13th, 3:10 am

In order for the ps vita to sell well here in the North America Sony needs a commercial.Why they didn’t advertise doing the suprbowl is perplexing.A commercial broadens your scope of the product your trying to sell as well as educates your potential consumers. 1 great commercial is all it takes.

KirAMinh said:

February 13th, 3:11 am

Mr.Rey , can you tell me that FIFA Soccer on da the Vita will be releasing on 14/2 in the morning?
just cant wait any more…

tks you so much!

Kikowz said:

February 13th, 5:12 am

thanks for the answer, but i thought it was the PS3 version of “rayman origins”. any information on when it will be available on PSN?

k1ngsnak3 said:

February 13th, 5:56 am

Thank you, Playstation Blog, for making me spit coffee all over my monitor after reading the [small] blurb about Mass Effect 3 demo. I’ll be sending you the bill for the monitor.

TygerJoe said:

February 13th, 6:20 am

Is there a block on PS Vita game/system reviews? I’d like to see what reviewers are saying about some of the titles. With solid reviews I’ll be more inclined to make more than one or two purchases.

Zerotex_BR said:

February 13th, 6:41 am

Great week for PSN.
I almost forgot to thanks for JAK Bundle release on PSN, I think every HD remastered game should be release on PSN… please make standard.

Mister-Nep said:

February 13th, 6:56 am

The information on Blazblue is wrong. The one coming out is Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend. And Extend makes Relius Clover playable.

NomadDragon said:

February 13th, 7:26 am

No love for Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend? Or is this only Ps Store updates? It also releases tomorrow along with Twisted Metal…

ShotgunSean said:

February 13th, 7:48 am

i am wondering if theres gonan be any news about cross plateform ps3 vita titles and when these titles hit that i hear will be able to save on the cloud and play in your living room or vita if people dont have a ps vita would they be able to still play these vita titles that can do cloud ps3 cross vita saves and stuff or will i have to have a vita to get the game to work on my ps3 when im ready to play on ps3 or vita

D3m0n__89 said:

February 13th, 7:54 am

Mass effect 3!! Cant wait!! :)

head20 said:

February 13th, 8:11 am

the question i got and i been posting it on several news updates you guys have put up about the vita for those of us who have the vita already who do we get the AR cards the will be offer in the vita’s starting 2morrow i and many others that have the vita would love to get a chance to try this free item that is offered ….

BigPoppaChunk said:

February 13th, 8:35 am

that’s a spicey drop some sweet demo’s and ps vita love I APPROVE THIS DROP!!

jeffreyv1987 said:

February 13th, 9:05 am

Any news on Dungeon Hunter?? the post about it said its getting new content and said more info about it would be revealed before launch..


February 13th, 9:14 am

is there going to be any m rated games for the PS Vita’s in the future? i hope so

xxnike629xx said:

February 13th, 10:26 am

A nice week of releases for us Sony fans..! =)

For me…

UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss (Vita, physical)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (PS3, physical)
The House of the Dead III (PS3) –> maybe
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (PSP) –> maybe

FeistFan said:

February 13th, 1:46 pm

No love in the comments for Worms?!?!

I’d love a Vita, but won’t have the cash to pick one up until the kids are out of college. That’s going to be a LOOOONG wait. I understand the excitement and expect a ton of news about it, but some of us are just going to skip over it for now.

But Worms – despite being panned by a lot of fans, I dearly loved both 3D Worms games on the PC, and seeing them together and refined on the PS3 ought to be epic! There was word elsewhere of a discount for Plus – any advance word on pricing and the amount of the discount? Anyone?

dilbig5 said:

February 13th, 3:12 pm

Apparently some PS Vita stuff is already being sold. I just bought Uncharted Golden Abyss and a 16gb card.

Traeia said:

February 13th, 3:22 pm

I know that the PS Vita is pretty proprietary about messing with storage. Will it be possible to transfer my PSP game saves to it somehow? Thanks!

jokenhatchet said:

February 13th, 5:00 pm


registry_error said:

February 13th, 5:31 pm

I bought Super Stardust Delta and just heard that they’re giving that game away for free with the bundle which I am buying. Gahh… contacted customer service. I hope they’ll get me a refund.

ReptileHand said:

February 13th, 6:12 pm

wait regarding the Gamesharing thing. You mean, we can have two PS3’s activated with one account and a PS VITA? Or is it just one PS Vita and one PS3? This just came into mind and will largely affect my choice on getting a PS Vita which I thought was going to be next year.

BTW Loving Final Fantasy 5 =)

will we also be able to play PS1 games on our Vitas? I would LOVE that option. So I can play a little PS1 game at a friends house instead of sitting down at home and playing it when I could be playing other things. I’ve gotten a ton of PS1 games with PS+ I have to say that that’s one of the big highlight that PS+ offers.

Northstar77 said:

February 13th, 7:42 pm

Anybody getting a Vita add me. Can’t wait till Wed First Edition is awesome.

RGC-WARDOG870 said:

February 13th, 9:04 pm

Man Im REALLY Excited for the Vita, it looks like an incredible machine, but everytime i buy a BigBox at TacoBell, it says my code is either used or when i text it i dont get an answer back, pls explain this to me Rey.

BJWanlund said:

February 13th, 9:36 pm

I will note, Rey, that it’s BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend, not BlazBlue Continuum Shift II.

ThEosSiE said:

February 13th, 9:39 pm

ONE MORE DAY!!! Man and I just realized that I want so many of these games..


community PS Vita giveaway going for one more week..


NeoMahi said:

February 13th, 9:39 pm

Man, I’m really pumped for this but, I’m really depressed at the same time. I had to Pre-Order my Vita online so, I get the 3G Bundle, but I have to wait until the thing ships here which will likely be after I leave for my business trip, so I won’t even be able to play it during travels. So, I Pre-Ordered it to get it early, but I’m not going to be able to play it until after everyone else has plenty of experience. I’ll be on business for two-weeks. It was the perfect excuse to have a Vita and I’m not going to have it. So you see, I get the bundle but, I won’t get to play it.

Uncharted, Super Stardust Delta and Escape Plan are my biggies. Then I guess LBP does come along till later but that’s fine. Then I’m just waiting for Warriors Lair whenever that hits too. Dang… Three days turned into three and a half weeks.

OH! QUESTION. Doesn’t the PS Vita have Guerrilla Glass protecting its screen like newer smartphones and tablets have? I always wondered that.

NeoMahi said:

February 13th, 9:43 pm

Rey, you’re the shiz, dude. I never tell ya that but I’ve made up for lost time. We’d be fallin behind if ya didn’t keep us up to date…. Are you a huge Nintendo fan by-the-way? “Not trying to stir the pot” as your former ‘Big Boss’ Peter Dillie once said. Just couldn’t help but notice the massive Tri-Force on your hand; and I’m sure its not the Trinity. Just curious. you’re the man though, dude. Nothing but respect.

darkersaintsfan said:

February 13th, 10:34 pm

What happened to the free farcry2 for plus uses? It’s not showing up as free.

rtype21 said:

February 14th, 10:59 am

When will the games be available on the ps3 psn?

Lord_Audie said:

February 14th, 11:45 am

When are the psvita games going to be up on PSN?

Lash_Whipwreck said:

February 14th, 5:54 pm

so can anyone tell me when the store will be updated today cuz its almost 9pm where i am and i want to play mass effect 3 and i was wondering are they every going to come out with the rest of the grand theft auto games for the psn store because out of all of them , i really didnt like four but thats just me

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