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Official PlayStation Blogcast Episode 005: Game of the Year Edition

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Dec 22, 2011 // Sr. Social Media Manager

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We’re only 5 episodes into the Official PlayStation Blogcast, and it’s already time for a clip show! We wrap up 2011 with a double episode delivering exclusive first details of the last PSN new game releases for the year (that’s Tuesday, December 27th) as well as the first PlayStation Store Update of 2012 (Tuesday, January 3rd).

Then we discuss the best PS3 and PSN games of 2011, as well as hear GotY picks of special guests from around the industry, including Capcom’s Seth Killian, IGN’s Podcast Beyond team, Naughty Dog‘s co-presidents, Double Fine Productions, Max Scoville from Destructoid, Game Informer’s Andy McNamara, plus N’Gai Croal compliments me on the blazer I wore at the VGAs (after talking about Portal 2 – listen closely).

As always, we encourage you to leave your feedback and questions in the comments here and rate us on iTunes. And while you’re at it, let us know your favorite game of 2011. See you in 2012!

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The Cast

  • Sid Shuman – PlayStation Sr. Social Media Specialist
  • Jeff Rubenstein – PlayStation Sr. Social Media Manager
  • Rey Gutierrez – PlayStation Sr. Social Media Specialist
  • Nick Suttner – PlayStation Sr. Product Evaluator
  • Thanks to Cory Schmitz for our beautiful logo and Dormilón for our rad theme song and show music. Special thanks to Astro Gaming headsets for providing audio gear.
  • [Editor’s note: PSN game release dates are subject to change without notice. Game details are gathered from press releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]

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    + SlaughteredNinja on December 22nd, 2011 at 2:50 pm said:

    Arkham City!!


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    + Butters360 on December 22nd, 2011 at 2:51 pm said:

    Awesome job guys. Happy Holidays to you all!


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      + Nick Suttner on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:17 pm said:

      Thanks much, and Happy Holidays to you too!


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      + Jeff Rubenstein on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:38 pm said:

      same to you, Butters!


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    + remanutd5 on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:01 pm said:

    my goty is Motorstorm Apocalypse, runner up inFAMOUS 2

    my most anticipated 2012 title is The Last Guardian


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      + Nick Suttner on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

      Nice picks! We’ll be sure to go over our most anticipated 2012 games when we start back up in the new year.


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    + computerman9 on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:03 pm said:

    Saints Row the Third!!!
    It is so entertaining which is the whole intent behind videogames. Yes the graphics aren’t that great and the story line is short, but It has been the most fun I have ever had playing a game! GOTY whether people agree or not


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    + remanutd5 on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:03 pm said:

    my 2011 psn game is inFAMOUS Festival of Blood

    most anticipated 2012 psn title is Motorstorm RC


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    + D-Squad3 on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:04 pm said:

    The voting system for the Ratchet & Clank Trailer contest is rigged, people have found a way to vote an unlimited number of times per day. It was suppose to be one vote per ip address per day as said in the rules.

    PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS THANK YOU


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    + D-Squad3 on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:04 pm said:

    Here’s the video if you’re willing to approve it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCg-2549py4


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    + Pesico on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:04 pm said:

    Gonna listen to this on my 4 hour bus ride tomorrow. Along with Podcast Beyond. Two best PlayStation podcasts.


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      + Sid Shuman on January 2nd, 2012 at 11:23 am said:

      Happy to hear it — and Happy New Year!


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    + xGREYHUNTERx on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:21 pm said:

    Hello and welcome to The Comedy Button!


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    + EvoAnubis on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:22 pm said:

    Downloading now. I knew Greg Miller would be on this week (I was the one that asked him the question that led to him calling you during the Google+ Hangout last week, Jeff), but I had no idea that the entire crew would be there. This is going to be a great episode!

    My personal GOTY this year is a tie between Portal 2 and inFamous 2. Both those games managed to take the concepts they introduced in the first game of their respective series and blew the doors off the second time around.

    Uncharted 3 gets an honorable mention. I loved that game, but in the end I had to admit that it didn’t quite reach the heights that Uncharted 2 did. Came really close though, and when you’re your own competition, it’s hard to really lose. Looking forward to seeing more about The Last of Us next year.


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    + Kchow23 on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:33 pm said:

    Clips Show? You mean the Clippers show? Blake Griffin and CP3 FTW ! Anyway, listening to the podcast now :P


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      + Jeff Rubenstein on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:39 pm said:

      Clips look good this year, man.


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    + Fred_K_Krueger on December 22nd, 2011 at 3:44 pm said:

    L.A. Noire


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    + RE_Player on December 22nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm said:

    My GOTY for 2011 is by far Uncharted 3. Runner up would be inFamous 2 Festival of Blood, such a nice surprise for a small cost. Thanks for doing a podcast guys. Happy holidays.


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    + Imputed7-14 on December 22nd, 2011 at 4:36 pm said:

    My GOTY is Little Big Planet 2; it just does everything so much better and the creativity just runs over. After that for me is Uncharted 3, which was such a cool experience.

    Honorable Mention: Rayman Origins and All 4 One, both are pure multiplayer fun.


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    + Kchow23 on December 22nd, 2011 at 4:52 pm said:

    Just finished listening to the podcast and I think it was the best one yet since there was always something new you guys mentioned and it flowed pretty well even though it was a full hour. Awesome job and Happy Holidays! Can’t wait for the PS Vita next year :)

    GOTY for me is Uncharted 3, but Batman: Arkham City is a close second.

    For guests aside from the enormous list that I posted on the first episode.. I would like to see someone from Platinum Games on the blog since their games always have awesome gameplay, but they always seem to go under the radar and that is something that hopefully changes with Metal Gear Rising.


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    + etur0 on December 22nd, 2011 at 4:53 pm said:

    my GOTY is Skyrim with runners up being killzone3 socom4 infamouse2 resistance 3 dark souls and uncharted3

    and skyrim won by a very small margin


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    + Kchow23 on December 22nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm said:

    PS Vita, Bioshock: Infinite, Metal Gear Rising, Ninja Gaiden 3, Mass Effect 3 and many more games to be excited about and on the movie side The Dark Knight Rises! Man it’s going to be an awesome year.


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    + SpiritThief on December 22nd, 2011 at 5:15 pm said:

    I’ve waited all year.

    Only 5 days left then we all get a little ODD.


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    + JoeTheBeast16 on December 22nd, 2011 at 5:18 pm said:

    My game of the year has to be a tie between batman, resistance, killzone, and Uncharted.

    Sent in a tip, hope you guys use it!


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    + KSlay091 on December 22nd, 2011 at 5:24 pm said:

    I never really download and listen to podcast but you good sirs are very much entertaining.

    Favorite game of 2011 is Metal Gear Solid HD Collection but if that doesn’t count then maybe Saints Row 3.
    Happy Holidays


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    + x-former on December 22nd, 2011 at 5:47 pm said:

    JEFF?!?!?

    On last weeks blogcast you mentioned you spoke to the guys at Super Giant Games (creators of Bastion). You even showed them the Vita….

    Will there be ANY chance of Bastion making its way over to PSN???? Do you have any information on this? or can you get any?


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    + GabeP on December 22nd, 2011 at 5:56 pm said:

    “No no no no no no” to thinking Rey would spoil Batman ending. Had to pause, I was laughing too hard. Makes me want to play it. I know, I know..

    GOTY is Skyrim, no doubt. Awesome gameplay, so many interesting stories, and such a beautiful world to do it in. Without spoiling anything, I did NOT want to leave the area where you last battle Alduin.. Such an epic place with some badass dudes that I’d love to battle with. Future add-on?

    Question for you guys.. Do you ever find it difficult to talk about games without crossing any lines that people in marketing or other depts may have set? It seems like it could become an issue for the more sensitive “higher ups”.


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    + camiwaits_us on December 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 pm said:

    My two games of the year are Dark Souls & Batman: Arkham City. My PSN gem of the year is Pixeljunk Shooter 2 which has been grossly overlooked by all those gaming sites end of the year lists.


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    + krae_man on December 22nd, 2011 at 7:42 pm said:

    Whoo! Klonoa is coming out on PSN!

    However guys, pretending the Wii version doesn’t exist? Seriously, stop that stuff, it doesn’t come across well. The way to sell Klonoa PS1 is that it’s $5.99 and playable on both PS3 and PSP, not calling it hard to find.

    Now an awesome Klonoa game that is hard to find? Moonlight Museam for the original Wonderswan. Man I love that game so much. It’s 2D sidescrolling like the other portable Klonoas only without any of those annoying snowboarding or other scrolling stages. The level progression and puzzle solving is just perfect.

    Track down a Wonderswan and that game if you get to go to TGS, you won’t be disappointed. I suggest buying a Swancrystal. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time putting up with non Backlit screens. After the PSP I can’t go back anymore.


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      + Nick Suttner on December 22nd, 2011 at 8:24 pm said:

      That’s my mistake. I was thinking that the Wii one was a remake of Klonoa 2, I forgot that it’s actually the first game (and didn’t think otherwise until you brought it up just now). Wasn’t purposefully ignoring its existence! Either way, the PS1 game is certainly hard to find. And I’d love to try Moonlight Museum one day, somehow!


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    + krae_man on December 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 pm said:

    Alright, I accept your explanation.

    You won’t be disappointed with Moonlight Museam, It’s seriously amazing. Some levels are even played in tate mode.

    I have an uncontrolable urge to collect every single gem in the Klonoa games and the Snowboarding levels and any level that scroll really annoy me because I hate having to replay a stage because I missed one gem and it’s not like you can replay it and just collect the one you missed. It’s all or nothing. It’s especially bad with the second GBA game with the up and down scrolling levels and your sprite takes up 80% of the screen yet you still somehow keep missing jems.

    I tried just not caring about the gems but it’s just not the same.

    Moonlight Museam has none of that stuff. If you mess up a room you can just leave and come back and all the items reset and you can try something else. The progression is just perfect. First puzzle you just need an enemy, next one a block, then you have to use both an enemy and a block, then a fan is introduced and it goes on from there. soo good.


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    + JDSSLP on December 22nd, 2011 at 10:05 pm said:

    My PS Gem of the year is the Blogcast. Seriously. A gaming podcast that has great audio, is humorous without swearing or crude insulting jokes, and talks straight-up to gamers about gaming in general despite focusing on one particular brand, is just downright refreshing. Best wishes for continued success in 2012!


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      + Nick Suttner on December 22nd, 2011 at 11:01 pm said:

      Wow, thank you so much. I think that’s just about the most awesome compliment we could hope for. We’ll do our best to continue living up to it in 2012, and hopefully making it that much better.


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    + ty1109 on December 23rd, 2011 at 6:20 am said:

    Happy Holidays 2 All 4 OF u :)


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    + ChaseHammerJ on December 23rd, 2011 at 6:53 am said:

    Hey guys, another great show.

    My thought on the game of the year picks is that everyone only picked games that came out in the last month because that is what they are currently playing. People have forgotten about the games previously before. This to me is just a mask because its just your current “favorite” at the time.

    Anyways keep it up. Merry Christmas fellas.


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    + HatmanTc on December 23rd, 2011 at 7:45 am said:

    i think i must be the only person that wasn’t impressed by the ending for Batman Arkham City. just felt tacked on and not thought out.. maybe after the next game it will be thought out a bit better. i


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    + krae_man on December 23rd, 2011 at 8:17 am said:

    My game of the year for 2011 is The HD Remake. The games I enjoyed the most this year were Zelda OOT 3DS, Sly Collection, Team Ico Collection and God of War Origins Collection.

    I normally wouldn’t pick remakes but my most anticipated games Uncharted 3 and Ratchet All 4 One were such huge disappointments for me. It feels like Naughty Dog and Insomniac overextended themselves and shipped a couple of games that were nowhere near up to their normal standards.


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      + Nick Suttner on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:18 am said:

      Don’t forget Beyond Good & Evil HD!


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    + SolduNuts on December 23rd, 2011 at 8:50 am said:

    Merry Christmas to everybody at the PlayStation Blog. I really like that you guys take the time to get us a new blog cast every week. Between the store update and your guys blog cast, I always have something to look forward to during the week. I like being able to download the blog cast straight from the here, to my phone, and being able to listen to you guys on the go. Please keep this feature into the new year. Congrats on the successful blog cast and look forward to many more great games and blog casts in 2012. Long Live Play.

    Sold.


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    + zombie9 on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:01 am said:

    Mortal Kombat 3-D was my first game pick then I played Uncharted 3 was my favorite. I would pick Resistance 3 but I’m in the middle of the game right now MP on it is sweetness… Batman is cool also.. Happy holidays


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    + krae_man on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:52 am said:

    I forgot about Beyond Good and Evil HD. I played that one too. I’m having memories of your Backlog kids table podcasts.


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    + Nates4Christ on December 23rd, 2011 at 12:22 pm said:

    Will the new rayman origins for the vita have transfarring with the ps3?


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    + gus_xl on December 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 pm said:

    Is anyone else having trouble downloading the MP3?


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    + gus_xl on December 23rd, 2011 at 2:14 pm said:

    Sorry, got it to work. Everyone move along. Nothing to see here..


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    + rapture22 on December 23rd, 2011 at 3:03 pm said:

    Great blogcast. I am never disappointed. I’m totally addicting to saving each blogcast onto my ps3. Thank god for 500gb internal and 500gb external hdd.

    My pick for goty has to be Uncharted 3. I still haven’t played Skyrim and I feel like I’m totally missing out.


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    + Elvick_ on December 24th, 2011 at 5:18 am said:

    I can’t really pick a GOTY, missed a lot of games.

    However, on PC one of my favorite games is the indie game “To The Moon” you should check it out the story is fantastic. ;_;

    PlayStation wise, LBP2, Uncharted 3 are up there definitely.


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    + Elvick_ on December 24th, 2011 at 5:50 am said:

    Oh yes, Catherine is fantastic too.


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    + crazyslimz on December 25th, 2011 at 8:07 am said:

    question are they gonna be any of the ps3 naruto ninja storm series release as a full game on the psn store?


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    + Gueeds on December 26th, 2011 at 7:24 pm said:

    Any word on if the wireless stereo headset will work with the Vita? I know it does not have a port for the USB dongle, but is there native support to pair it with the headset?


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    + blindrocket on December 27th, 2011 at 8:11 pm said:

    Here’s a Tip of the Week and is about deactivating your PS3, if necessary.

    Basically, just the instructions on the following link:
    http://us.playstation.com/support/answer/index.htm?a_id=2616

    But this is really handy now that the PS3 is a few years into its life and people may have had multiple, activated systems that they may no longer have access to. In the past, the only way to really deactivate them was via the console itself, but now you may do this via PC, which is really convenient.

    Love the podcast!


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    + AKz_2010 on December 28th, 2011 at 11:06 am said:

    You missed one, that came out early this year, but still is a 2011 title. My #2 this year: Dead Space 2. Fantastically polished, it looked great was creepy, gross and scary (often at the same time) with possibly the best sound of the year.
    My top 5, because I hate RPGs: Batman, Dead Space, Portal, Uncharted, Catherine.

    I suck at finding the good PSN titles, which is why I particularly appreciate the PSN Gem of the week/year pick. So far I have Braid, Limbo, Bejeweled 2 and Wolfenstein 3D and the ones I got for free after the PSN outage (Dead Nation and WipEout, both great games). The Blogcast is a lot of fun to listen to, keep up the good work. Beyond! ;)


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    + Aggilus on December 29th, 2011 at 10:09 am said:

    Nice job Gentlemen. I still need a better way to enjoy the blogcast but Happy New Gaming Year for all and #LastofUs


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    + ahmez on December 30th, 2011 at 8:44 am said:

    Question: I just picked up the PS3 wireless stereo headset and can’t say enough good things about it. Then I started thinking ahead to the Vita. Will I be able to pair the two together? Oh please say yes.


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    + jammy1313 on December 31st, 2011 at 1:25 am said:

    WOW, I heard about this Blogcast on podcast Beyond & just loved it & downloaded the first 4 episodes. And i am more impressed to see that u guys replies to the fans that just made me respect u ghys more..keep up the good work & a Happy New Year…am sure u guys gonna ROCK 2012 with this blogcast…


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    + CHRISRHODE2004 on December 31st, 2011 at 10:02 am said:

    How much was Darksiders going to be….?? It was almost as if he said $49.99….but i couldn’t really make it out.


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    + wolfflame21 on January 2nd, 2012 at 7:54 pm said:

    Dear Blogcast Guys (Blogcaster? Bloggies? Pawns Of Kevin Butler?),

    I was wondering, since your PSN account is tied to the vitas memory card, what if you want to get a new card with more space? I need to know just in case i mess things up. Also i need you guys to decide what game i am getting first. Army Corps Of Hell, Uncharted, or Gravity Rush? Please answer

    From Wolfflame21


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    + Shadow_Ninja_786 on January 5th, 2012 at 1:51 pm said:

    hi there quick question do u know the name of the next modern warfare or is this the last one thanks would be appreciative if you have any thoughts on it thanks


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    + FrownyFaceGamer on January 9th, 2012 at 1:46 pm said:

    BEYOND!


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