This week on PlayStation.Blog, LittleBigPlanet and PlayStation Home got some Valentine’s Day DLC, Inspector Carmelita Fox tried her luck in the online dating market, we talked about the tough choices you’ll have to make in upcoming PS Vita epic Soul Sacrifice, Urban Trial Freestyle on PS3 and PS Vita gets an off-the-wall challenge mode, and lots more!
I got to play some Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance this week, and though it’s my first Platinum game, I’m suddenly very interested in checking out the dev’s earlier work. I also grabbed Closure since it’s free on PlayStation Plus, and it’s making for some relaxing (but sometimes disturbing) nighttime gaming. Rounding out my week is the smoothly animated new PS Vita release Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken.
What are you playing this weekend?
This week on PlayStation.Blog, a ton of Final Fantasy titles are 50% off, we went hands-on with God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us, we showed off new licensed tables for Zen Pinball 2 and The Pinball Arcade, the new history-altering Assassin’s Creed III DLC got a release date, you got a first look at Rocketbirds’ upcoming PS Vita version, top-down survival horror shooter Alien Breed got our retro-senses tingling, we detailed some of this year’s changes to Franchise Mode in MLB ’13 The Show, and more.
The 16th annual DICE awards took place in Las Vegas Thursday night, and Journey cleaned house! The beloved PSN title took home eight awards, including the coveted Game of the Year award. Congratulations thatgamecompany!
Kratos made himself comfortable on PS.Blog this week, with not only an uncharacteristically heartfelt new trailer for God of War: Ascension, but his very own custom PS3 bundle. Agent 47′s earlier assignments went HD on Blu-ray and PSN, DC Universe Online got some new DLC, we dove into some of the new enhancements in this year’s installment of MLB The Show, Tearaway’s new trailer introduced the island of Sogport (and atoi, the game’s adorable alternate protagonist), we rolled out yet another great excuse to pick up PlayStation Plus (if, for some reason, you’ve still been on the fence)… and we haven’t even mentioned Soul Sacrifice, Killzone: Mercenary or Vice City.
This week on PlayStation.Blog: the 13 for ’13 sale went live (check out those prices!), PS Vita is getting its first fishing game on
February 5th Tuesday, we launched the PlayStation Store on the web, the God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta very briefly opened its gates to all PSN users, Beats Slider is free on PlayStation Mobile for just a few more days, and lots more.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is finally out (both on disc and downloadable on PSN)! I’ve only just started playing it, but between its luscious art style, charming story, and impeccable voice acting, it’s a breath of fresh air for the traditional JRPG genre. Between that, finishing Far Cry 3 (one of 2012′s best games), and new PS Vita release escapeVektor, my free time this week has been committed to my couch. No regrets.
Previously on PlayStation.Blog…
Wake-up Club made its bad habit-breaking debut on PS Vita, we took a look at cyber-action puzzler escapeVektor, PlayStation Plus members get Darksiders for free (there’s a new Platinum in my future), and we detailed MLB ’13 The Show’s Diamond Dynasty.
DmC: Devil May Cry, after a long and controversial journey, made its debut to nearly unanimous praise, and I’m inclined to agree with it. I’m about halfway through the game, and it’s been a textbook example of how to reboot a franchise. A lot of work went into making this game shine, and it shows. I still haven’t been able to drag myself away from Far Cry 3 — I’m closing in on the end of the main storyline, but there’s still lots, lots more to do after that. I’m really starting to think this game should have been on more Game of the Year lists.
I finally wrapped up The Walking Dead this week… What a game. There are a couple others I’d put ahead of it for Game of the Year (Journey, Persona 4 Golden), but I understand why it’s been taking top honors in so many different places.
With that out of the way, I’m moving on to another well-respected title from last year — XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I’m about eight hours in, and I honestly can’t tell whether I’m enjoying it or not. It’s incredibly stressful, but I think the fact that I played it nearly nonstop yesterday says something about its particular brand of stress.
This week on PlayStation.Blog, we introduced Haunt the House (coming soon to PlayStation Mobile), the Battle Hardened DLC came to Assassin’s Creed III, fans voted for their favorite athlete to grace the cover of MLB 13 The Show, and plenty more.
Welcome back! I hope that your holiday break was as fulfilling as mine (and by that I mean I finally wrapped up Persona 4 Golden). Did you clear out your backlog at all? Or maybe you got more games as gifts, that are now contributing to that pile?
During the break, we got some holiday cards from developers such as Superbot and Naughty Dog, we got a first ears-on with Soul Sacrifice’s Skywalker Sound scoring sessions, got you a holiday-themed papercraft reindeer from the Tearaway team, and plenty more.
With Persona 4 Golden finally finished (no Platinum Trophy… yet), I’m moving on to one I probably should have played by now: The Walking Dead.
Putting together this Recap is the last thing I’m doing before my holiday vacation officially begins, so forgive me if I keep it brief. I still love you, I just love gorging on Christmas cookies more.
We didn’t see it coming, but the first half of this week ended up being quite a doozy. We saw Marvel heroes return to LittleBigPlanet, Sonic and co. hit the portable tracks in Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed, map-exploring indie entry Knytt Underground rolled out on PSN and PS Vita, we landed some Angry Birds DLC (seriously, who saw that coming?)… and that’s not even addressing the top 10 listed below!
Let’s talk about that number 1 post though: The first-annual PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards!