Greetings, friends. The name’s Justin; I’ve been sneaking around behind the scenes here at PS.Blog for a few months, helping to get posts put together and looking extra-slick before they reach your eyeballs. See how game thumbnails are tucked neatly in with the text in recent PlayStation Store Updates, for example? That’s me.
You may have heard me on a PlayStation Blogcast or two, but otherwise I’ve kept a pretty low profile since I’ve started here. That changes today! I’m taking over the weekend Recap, where I’ll recount the week’s top PS.Blog posts. Taking this post over from Sid, I know I have a lot to live up to — I’ll try not to disappoint.
Now, let’s have a look at this week’s top posts…
What a week, huh? As if Tuesday’s US presidential election wasn’t enough excitement for you, Friday we learned that our friend and comrade Jeff Rubenstein is moving on to a new adventure outside the walls of PlayStation. If the news made your heart skip a beat, I don’t blame you — Jeff’s leadership, passion, and dedication to gamers is the stuff of legend, both inside the games industry and out. On a personal level, I will miss the guy terribly every time I sit down to record a new episode of PlayStation Blogcast or eat a bowl of steaming stewed pork from Santa Ramen (best in the South Bay!). We’re hugely proud of Jeff and we wish him the absolute best as he embarks on his new journey.
But life will go on, as it always does. In the midst of any significant transition, it’s natural to feel a little anxiety, a little trepidation. If you’re like me, you’re probably chewing on some questions, starting with that big scary one: how is PlayStation.Blog going to change? The answer to that question is simple: it won’t.
This week’s list o’links is a bit PS Vita heavy, but that’s probably a good thing. Below, find reviews of titles such as Smart As…, Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, Orgarhythm, Ragnarok Odyssey, and the game that has been owning my Vita as of late, Need for Speed: Most Wanted. With Persona 4: Golden, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Call of Duty: Declassified dropping over the course of the next couple of weeks, it’s not a bad time to have a commute. For a change.
Enjoy the extra hour today, everyone. You didn’t forget, did you?
The PS.Blog weekly reading list (Week of October 29th, 2012)
This weekend was a productive one for me, at least when it came to catching up on my gaming backlog. Breezing through XCOM: Enemy Unknown last week cleared my plate to tackle PSN indie innovator The Unfinished Swan, along with a few games of social puzzler Treasure Park and minigame compilation Frosbisher Says! for PS Vita — both are a blast, I’m happy to confirm. Better yet: both are free! I also got a few races in for Need for Speed Most Wanted on PS Vita, and it’s quite a capable (and visually stunning) portable racer. I’m also busy reading up on assorted San Francisco propositions in preparation for Tuesday’s presidential election. You will be voting, won’t you?
It was a big week for PSN releases, with the long-awaited arrival of the thought-provoking exclusive The Unfinished Swan, the release of the enormously entertaining Frobisher Says! (Protip: it’s free!) and Orgarhythm for PS Vita, a Sports Champions 2 demo and much more — read on for the week’s top 10 most-viewed stories. It was an even bigger week for Assassin’s Creed, with the reveal of the PS3-exclusive Benedict Arnold missions for ACIII, a look at late 18th-century New York City and Boston, and a new video showing off Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation’s use of PS Vita’s touch capabilities.
We also got some great news for Insomniac fans with a Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault release date and new Fuse interview, an in-depth look at the making of Syphon Filter as part of our Behind the Classics series, a guest post by the producer of the upcoming Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse game, and a new season of GT Academy debuting on SPIKE TV come November 1st.
I just peeked at this week’s complete list of new releases (which will publish here in a few hours), and it’s doozy. Two great Assassin’s Creed titles, a new (and awesome) Need for Speed on both PS3 and PS Vita, the HD remake of one of my favorite games of all time, and actually a lot more. Forget Halloween, October 30th should be a national holiday this year.
Oh, and if you’re watching football this afternoon, keep an eye out for the Assassin’s Creed III Liberation/PS Vita commercial, which will debut today.
The PS.Blog weekly reading list (Week of October 22nd, 2012)
Any of you playing the PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale beta going on right now? While I think that the ultimate experience with the game is 4 people huddled around a single TV, talking trash and pummeling each other on the PS3 version, I’ve been putting a lot of time into the PS Vita beta this weekend. I’m finding it a very impressive experience to be sitting on my couch, watching football and enjoying a smooth online fighting game experience on a handheld. I just wish you all weren’t getting so good so fast.
The PS.Blog weekly reading list (Week of October 15th, 2012)
I’m running a little late on the Recap this week (sorry!), but it’s for good reason — I’ve been unable to rip myself away from the all-consuming world of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I haven’t played an RPG-tinged tactical game in nearly a decade, and XCOM has awoken the old hunger with a vengeance. Even if turn-based tactical games aren’t your cup of xenoblood, XCOM is not a game to miss. If you don’t believe me, give the PSN demo a whirl and then share your experiences in the comments!
This week saw us in the full swing of the fall release madness: PS3 James Bond shooter 007 Legends, PS Vita undead platform-puzzler Dokuro, Breakquest Extra Evolution, new DLC for a well-liked PlayStation Move party game, three-in-one charmer Arkedo Series, free-to-play PlayStation Home shooter Uproar, and PSN indie sensation The Unfinished Swan (for PlayStation Plus members) all debuted this week alone.