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This week, console gamers are being invited to “go to hell” as Diablo III makes the jump from PC. It's landing on the PlayStation 3 (as well as the Xbox 360) this week, alongside Rayman Legends, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and more as part of the regular dose of new content.
This week's Drop for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita isn't huge, but it's pretty dang mighty, featuring yet another pair of big releases and a few smaller games to round out the lineup.
First up is Blizzard's latest dungeon-crawler, Diablo III, finally launching this week on the PS3 complete with re-tooled controls, four-player co-op and more. A big hit on PC last year, Diablo 3's digital edition went up for pre-order on the PlayStation Network last week, giving gamers a chance to put their money down nice and early in order to download Diablo III as soon as it becomes available. In the game, two decades have passed since the events of Diablo II and the Worldstone that protects Sanctuary from the forces of evil has been destroyed. Now the world needs a hero, and you have the option to take on that role in another epic quest full of dungeon diving, monster slaying and loot grabbing.
While Diablo III takes care of the fire and brimstone, Rayman Legends paints an entirely different picture, this one overflowing with color, laughter and a lively soundtrack. Rayman and his buddies are all set to go on another adventure, complete with four-player co-op, dozens of platforming levels to explore and additional speedrun maps perfect for sharpening the reflexes. Rayman Origins was one of my top games of 2011 and Legends looks to be another heaping helping of all of the things that made that game so wonderful in the first place. So maybe keep an eye out for the demo (also releasing this week) and give it a chance to wow you, too.
Originally released on the Xbox 360 just a few weeks ago, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a story about two young boys who must rely on one another and their own unique skills in order to save their dying father. Each of the siblings is controlled by one of the controller's thumbsticks, offering a unique way to play through what is, by all accounts, a truly magical story.
Coming out of left field, 2D fighting game Chaos Code also launches on PSN this week, offering a varied and colorful cast of pugilists for players to master. A hit in Japanese arcades, Chaos Code is making the jump to the PS3, giving fighting fans something new and meaty to sink their teeth into.
Hunter's Trophy 2: America will let players track 25 different critters across the American continent this week while One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 offers up yet another fighting smorgasbord, this time centered on the popular manga and anime series.
Strategy RPG Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity will arrive as a PlayStation 2 Classic this week, while Vita gamers will get a little love in the form of Kickbeat, the new rhythm-based fighting game that sees you timing button presses in order to take out baddies with your sweet dance moves.
And that'll about do it for the week. Look for everything listed above, along with the usual dose of demos, videos and DLC, to hit the PlayStation Network Tuesday afternoon.