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PSN Today: Expendables 2, Growlanser IV, War of the Monsters, more

Sad news, Grand Theft Auto III was originally planned to be added to the PlayStation Store today, but it’s been delayed. A new release date will be announced soon. Moving on…

This week marks the start of Sony’s PSN Play 2012 promotion and it begins with a bang with The Expendables 2. The plot of the tie-in game will actually lead into this Summer’s blockbuster movie that stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, and many, many more.

On the PS3 Full Games side of the store, Namco Bandai has added the Burnout-inspired Ridge Racer Unbounded to the PlayStation Store.

Also available this week is a PS2 Classic that is definitely deserving of the label: War of the Monsters. The monster battling game was a bit of a sleeper hit back in the day, but it developed a huge cult following that is sure to be thrilled about it’s appearance among the PS2 Classics.

Finally, Atlus has brought their PSP RPG (yes, they still make those) Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time to the PlayStation Store.

Hit the jump for more information on all of this week’s releases and head over to the PlayStation Blog for more details on all of this week’s new game add-ons. (more…)

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New Releases: Kingdom Hearts 3D, Risen 2, Growlanser IV, More

We’re turning the calendar over to August this week, but that’s not going to put a stop to the Summer games drought. Although this week is a bit more loaded than recent weeks.

A big part of that is the release of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS. Dream Drop Distance is the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series for the handheld and Square Enix picked a perfect time to bring it across the Pacific.

Another anticipated RPG makes its way to stores this week. Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time, from Atlus, is a strategy RPG for the PSP that was originally released on the PS2 (as Growlanser IV) in 2003. However, that version of the game never escaped Japan, so Wayfarer of Time is technically a “new” game.

Also available this week is the console version of Risen 2: Dark Waters. The pirate-themed RPG will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Finally, Myst comes to the 3DS with “a brand new age” and PC players will be able to try their hand at the budget minigame collection Nightmares From the Deep: The Cursed Heart.

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Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time announced for PSP in North America

Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time will be released in North America by Atlus for the PSP. This enhanced and remastered version is scheduled to arrive on our shores this summer.

This fourth title in the series has never been released outside of Japan, where it is called Growlanser IV: Over Reloaded, and is considered by some to be the best game in the Growlanser series. The game will have many improvements and additions, including “new characters, scenarios, and events [which] are complemented by dramatically improved loading times and a message skip option that allows players to advance the story at a faster pace.” This epic game also has a “40+ hour narrative with over 40 different possible endings, deep tactical RPG mechanics, the character designs of the legendary Satoshi Urushihara, and a host of enhancements over the original release.”

This game seriously sounds off the hook, especially when you consider that they were unable to include voice acting for the entire script, due to the fact that it is “already one of the largest localization projects in the publisher’s two decade history.” At least the anime cutscenes will be voiced.

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