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Happy New Year, ladies and gents. The holiday break proved to be a welcome respite, as I made considerable progress in chipping away at my stack of as-of-yet-unplayed games both old and new. During my break in my hometown of Lancaster, PA, I also had a chance to properly introduce my friends and family to PlayStation Move. I was delighted to see the enthusiastic reception: Start the Party! went over well as an easy-to-grasp primer, with Sports Champions‘ Table Tennis and Gladiator Duel events easily stealing the show as the go-to “hardcore” games. It was a ton of fun.

But once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more — 2011 is here and it’s a doozy. LittleBigPlanet 2, Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, and a host of new PSN games are just days away. I’m personally eager to dive into all three (as well as Dead Space Extraction, the exclusive PlayStation Move game available only on the Dead Space 2 Limited Edition disc), but it’s going to be a serious juggling act to keep up. What are you most eager to play in early 2011?

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  • ModNation Monday: Party Hardy for 2011! — Click the link — you need to see this community-made Resistance 3 mod and kart.
  • Tetris out Tomorrow on PSN, Its Creator Talks About the PS3 Edition — Alexey Pajitnov shares his all-time favorite real-world Tetris reference, plus his favorite puzzle games (Pipe Dream!).
  • Subscribe and Listen to PixelJunk Radio Now! — PixelJunk Radio: A new podcast from Dylan Cuthbert and the Q-Games team. Topics this week: Japanese culture and…toilets.
  • Fight Night Champion: Full Spectrum Punch Control Saves Your Thumbs, Controllers — A new, easier way to play the upcoming M-rated boxer Fight Night Champion.
  • Meet the Winner of ‘The Tester 2’ — …and he’s starting soon in SCEA’s QA (quality assurance) program. Bonus: Meet other notable gaming figures who started in QA.
  • PlayStation Store Update — Angry Birds, MicroBot, Tetris in HD, Ricochet HD and more made up the first PlayStation Store update of 2011. Not a bad start! What did you download this week?
  • SingStore Update: No Doubt, Maroon 5 and over 65 songs arrive today — The Singstar team is serious about adding more downloadable songs, with this batch including No Doubt and Maroon 5.
  • DC Universe Online Beta Event: Battle of the Legends Today — The DC Universe Online beta ended on Wednesday, but the full version lands on Tuesday. Will you be picking it up?
  • Coming to PlayStation Plus: Discounts on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Modern Combat: Domination — PlayStation Plus subscribers get loads of free content and discounts on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Modern Combat: Domination.
  • Digital Comics Store Update — Zombo #1, Irredeemable #1-#8, and bundles for Green Lantern, Batman Beyond, and Wonder Woman.
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 Rave Reviews Rolling In, Adventure Trailer — LittleBigPlanet 2 is sitting pretty with a Metacritic score of 93. January 18th can’t come soon enough…
  • A Life of Luxury in the PlayStation Home Mansion + New Hudson Spaces & Mall Update — Avoid strategically placed bombs in the Bomberman Dome and live a life of luxury in the new PlayStation Home Mansion.
  • PlayStation @ CES 2011 — Missed the Sony Electronics CES press conference? Watch the archived livestream here.
  • The Tomb Raider Trilogy HD Exclusively on PS3 March 22nd — Includes Anniversary, Legend, and Underworld on one Blu-ray disc.
  • Killzone 3 Story Trailer: Malcolm McDowell and Ray Winstone Lead the Helghast — Watch this bad boy and tell me it doesn’t get your heart thudding.
  • Lord of Arcana: Delivering Brutality on the Go — Lord of Arcana for PSP is coming January 25, and fans of Diablo-esque action RPGs might want to take note.
  • 2011 CES Show Floor Report: PlayStation Move Heroes — A new level and combat (including whips) for PlayStation Move Heroes at CES. Bonus: Hilarious video intro!
  • PlayStation Network Video Content Update — 3D content comes to the PlayStation Network Video Store along with Dinner for Schmucks, Machete, The Last Exorcism, and more.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s Level Design is Multi-Path, Multi-Solution — Deus Ex Human Revolution’s level designer gives us a tour of the game’s multi-solution gameplay.
  • 2011 CES Show Floor Report: MLB 11 The Show — Now with bonus hilarious video intro!
  • Ricochet HD Now on PSN with Special Limited-Time Price — If you’re a Shatter fan, you might want to give this puppy a try.
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  • REMINDER: Best Of… The Lab – Holiday Event — A final episode of “The Lab” to ring out 2010. We ran “The Lab” for an entire twelve days over the holiday, ending January 3rd.
  • UNCHARTED 3 inteviews and gameplay videos from the end of December — A ton of UNCHARTED 3 interviews with Naughty Dog staff hit the web during our holiday break. We’ve done you a solid and compiled them all in one handy spot.
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    • Happy New Year, Sid!

      I’m looking forward to these upcoming games:
      1) Killzone 3
      2) Mass Effect 2 (I’m currently playing ME1 on that other gaming console & having a blast)
      3) Deep Black
      4) Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
      5) Resistance 3
      6) Infamous 2
      7) Twisted Metal
      8) Duke Nukem Forever

    • Forgot to ask this question:

      Please find out if there will be any discounts on the DCUO subscription fees for PS Plus members?

      Thank you, Sid!

    • Let’s see: First I’ll be buying,
      -LittleBigPlanet
      -Mass Effect 2
      -Dead Space 2
      -Killzone 2

      And once Infamous 2 has a confirmed release date, I’ll be buying that afterwards then its onto Portal 2, Resistance 3, Mass Effect 3 and Uncharted 3

    • Props on the Newsradio watching. My 2nd favorite show ever (behind UK Top Gear).
      I’m looking forward to everything 3D once I get my glasses :)

      • Such a great show, though I started watching some of the third season and I gotta say I prefer the first two. Don’t know that I could watch it after Phil left…

    • I’m playing: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (my 2010 GOTY pick) and Dragon Age: Origins
      I’m watching: Devil, Despicable Me (good movie!), and NFL playoffs
      I’m reading: the PSBlog

    • Im playing: GT5 with B-spec
      Im watching: NFL playoff
      Im reading: PS blog

    • Oh, and my most wanted games of 2011 are (in random order):
      Fight Night Champion
      The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
      Mortal Kombat
      Pokémon Black/White
      Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
      Mass Effect 2
      Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC (think you can get MercurySteam in here to talk about it?)

    • Looking forward to Uncharted 3 and Killzone 3! Also, glad to see PS3 getting a major MMO. :)

    • btw, today is my birthday, Sony. just sayin’. ;)

    • about the tomb raider trilogy, are they going to include the dlc never release on Ps3(only on x360)?

    • currently watching: samurai 7
      currently playing: suikoden v,tetris and pacman dx
      currently reading: sites like yahoo

      from the top of my head my most wanted games from 2011 are:
      ar tonelico qoqa
      disgaea 4
      hyperdimension neptunia
      ninokuni ps3 (hopes it comes to na)
      white knight chronicles 2(hopes it comes to na)
      tales of xilia (hope it comes to na)

    • PlayStation has started the year with a bang. Gonna be good times.

    • theres is too many to name!
      -KZ3
      -HomeFront
      -Crysis2
      -TwistedMetal!
      -LA Noire
      -MortalKombat
      -UNCHARTED3
      Just to name a few im looking towards

    • O Yea UNCHARTED3

    • Hey Sid, sometime this year you should compile a list of ALL the PS Plus content offered so far, and the total value it adds up to. I’m sure it would surprise a few people! Perhaps at the one year mark, though.

    • hey. Ive been really wondering. Is there gonna be a Legend of Dragoon anytime soon.
      That’s really the only game I wanna play.
      Ive had $20 saved up over the past 2 and a half years half i first became am member. I don’t have a ps3. But i did get a PSP Go.. Legend of dragoon wa my first game I’ve ever played, and my favorite… It’s be cool if u guys put it one. Japan did, and I really don’t want to move to japan or learn the language just for the game…

    • Playing: NHL 11, Red Dead Redemption (working on Platinum), Black Ops (Only two more zombie related trophies for platinum)

      Watching: 2010 Olympics Men’s Hockey Gold Medal game, Big Bang Theory Season 4, How I Met Your Mother Season 6, Killzone 3 – Justice Trailer HD half a billion times.

      Reading: Anything Killzone 3/Uncharted 3 related & Watchmen.

      Can’t wait for Killzone 3 next month! It’s looking to be one heck of a ride.

    • I was happy to see there’s a bunch of new PS1 classics rated by the ESRB recently, but Suikoden 2 is still notably absent. It’s been years since the first one hit PSN, where’s the second?

    • i’m buying
      killzone 3
      socom 4
      motorstorm apocalypse
      infamous 2
      twisted metal
      uncharted 3
      resistance 3
      n assassin creed 3
      also for little big planet 2 i’ll ask my friend 2 lend 2 me or intend he gets the platinum

    • I’m Watching: NFL Playoffs

      I’m Playing: Burnout Paridise

      I’m Waiting For: Little Big Planet 2(ce preordered), Infamous 2,Mass Effect 2, and Marvel Vs Capcom 3

    • Only in Early 2011? Well here’s my list:

      1) Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition
      2) Littlebigplanet 2 Collector’s Edition
      3) Mass Effect 2
      4) Homefront
      5) Killzone 3

      I also plan to get Dragon Age 2, but I don’t think I’ll have the money for it.

    • Hi everybody! *Hi Dr. digitalman!* Awesome recap for 2011’s first recap! Here’s the $2.37 question: Sid, what are you looking forward to most?
      @19: If you go to ps3trophies.com, you’ll see the trophy list looks fairly easy, so he’ll probably platinum soon after release ;). I know I will…
      Can we add the latest PS Plus offers to the recap [ex. Spyro, Lead and Gold, etc. or the newest PS Plus offers]? It’d be nice to know what I can get for my Plus subscription (and everyone else’s!)

      I’m playing: Spiderman Shattered Dimensions, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Uncharted 2, LBP, Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves, Sonic Adventure, LBP2 demo, Call of Duty: World at War, Blokus, Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse: Episodes 1-5
      I’m watching: The Tester 2 [finished last night], lots of Simpsons.
      I’m reading: This post, Playstation Magazine, my friends’ trophy lists, Gamer World Records 2011, Dr. Suess’s biography
      I’m waiting for: -LBP2
      -Uncharted 3
      -Killzone 3
      -Marvel vs. Capcom 3
      -Infamous 2
      -Resistance 3

      • I’m looking forward to a *ton* of these games. Dead Space 2 is one I’m watching especially closely, I’m eager for Killzone 3, and I’m really jazzed for the new Mortal Kombat this spring. Marvel vs Capcom 3 is another one I’m excited for…and in the end of 2011, U3 and R3 like everyone else. Then there’s MotorStorm Apocalypse…

    • Oh, and Mortal Kombat! Sorry, forgot!

    • Does anyone know when a North American version of the PlayStation Blog app for iPhone and Android is going to be released? It looks really cool and I would love to have it on my phone!

    • Here’s the ones I want to get:

      -LittleBigPlanet 2
      -Killzone 3
      -Mass Effect 2
      -Dragon Age 2
      -Resistance 3
      -Uncharted 3
      -Motorstorm Apocalypse
      -Socom 4
      -DC Universe Online
      -Homefront
      -Two Worlds II
      -Knights Contract
      -Bulletstorm
      -Crysis 2
      -Dungeon Siege 3
      -Dead Space 2
      -Brink
      -Portal 2
      -Hunted: The Demon’s Forge
      -Sorcery
      -El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
      -L.A. Noire
      -RAGE
      -Batman: Arkham City
      -Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
      -Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
      -Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
      -Deus Ex: Human Revolution
      -Infamous 2
      -No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise
      -ICO HD collection
      -Mass Effect 3
      -The Last Guardian (hopefully if it gets released)

      Most games I’ve ever wanted in one year, by far.

    • OH add Mortal Kombat to my list as well.

    • u already kno im die-hard extream ps3, glad u show ur peoples the ove and stuff, with all the touring ya do showing it they have no clue the presenter before them, glad they love it

    • OH and Twisted Metal! How could I forget

    • I’m playing Tumble with the little lady… fun times.

      Any update on Dead Nation voice chat? I really want to finish co-op but chat would make it easier.

      Happy New Year of games!

      -proud Plus member!

    • I’m Playing: Lead & Gold, Sam & Max, Uncharted 2, Team Fortress 2, SOCOM Confrontation

      I’m Watching: Top Gear Specials, Sukiyaki Western Django, Fringe(21st can’t come soon enough)

      I’m Reading: The Walking Dead #80, Lots of school textbooks (:()

      I’m Listening: Rolling Stones, Brandon Flowers, Scott Pilgrim Soundtrack

    • what a great yr it was to be a ps3 owner…wow,im lookin forward to killzone 3,the rest of my mansion in home,the new vaio laptop in a month or so..and pretty much whatever sony and all its partners come up with in 2011,great stuff guyz..keep up the great work…CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!

    • so exicted for uncharted 3

    • Just bought 3d Dot Game Heroes today so I will be playing that.

      Im looking forward to Lbp2(got my CE pre-ordered :D), Mass Effect 2(wont be getting until a few weeks after launch :/), Dead Space 2(eventually, hopefully sooner than later). Killzone 3, Infamous 2, Uncharted 3, Mass Effect 3, Last Guardian, and Resistance 3, Arkham City. So many great games out this year, that’s all I could think of off the top of my head.

    • Can you guys please add the 3D CES 2011 Uncharted 3 trailer to the PS store for all of us with a 3D tv to view :D

    • I’m definitely looking forward to Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. It is without question my most anticipated game of 2011. Its going to be my Game of the Year. Sadly, I’m guessing its going to lose to Mass Effect 3, but because Mass Effect 3 will deserve it, but because game sites want to save face with their readers. It’ll be stupid, but I’ll know darn well that Uncharted 3 will be the better game.

      Yeah, we’re gonna get spoiled this year. All that we’ll be missing will be a ‘God of War’ and we’d have it all. But, its going to be a great line-up to put Microsoft in their place. The console sales may not surpass the sales of the 360 this year, but Sony will show they’ve got it where it counts.

    • Good year starting with LittleBIGPlanet 2 and Mass Effect 2 in a little over a week followed by Killzone 3, Sorcery (Please don’t dissapoint with a frustrating camera and wonky controls), DC Universe (I wish a monthly fee wasn’t attached to this or I’d buy it for sure.), Patapon 3, InFamous 2 (I hope there’s a code included again that’s Uncharted related), Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, Metal Gear Solid: Rising Move Edition, Twisted Metal PS3, Crysis 2, Motorstorm, Bulletstorm (I hope lives up to the hype), and I like to see another announcement from Cliff Bleszinski as well as Gabe Newell on Left 4 Dead coming to PS3 with Steam Support.

      Should be a good year hopefully only see one possible delay of ‘The Last Guardian.’ I’m certain it’ll get delayed. If not, no big deal, but… And I REALLY! excited and looking forward to E3 this year. I think it’ll be stellar and full of great announcements. Maybe the PlayStation 2 will finally be taken off life support and they’ll let it join the Sega Dreamcast, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn and PSOne resting in piece on the other side so Sony can focus all its efforts on the PS3 and PSP 2.

    • 1) Uncharted 3
      2) Mass Effect 3
      3) Batman Arkham City
      4) Marvel vs Capcom 3
      5) Killzone 3
      6) LBP 2
      7) inFamous 2
      8) Resistance 3
      9) The Last Guardian
      10)LA Noire

    • Awesome choice on Planetary; that book starts out strong and only gets better. Truly spectacular stuff, that and Warren Ellis’ initial run on The Authority are some of the finest comic bookdom I’ve ever seen.

      • I’ve gotta read The Authority now. I was a big fan of Transmetropolitan, so I was happy to see Ellis knock it out of the park with Planetary. Truly awesome stuff. I’d recommend the Brubaker books, very good.

    • So many games in 2011… LittleBigPlanet 2 in just a few days now! And then there’s Dead Space 2, Mass Effect 2, Killzone 3, inFAMOUS 2, The Last Guardian, Uncharted 3. AHHH! Crazy year and it’s just starting.

      As for the rest…

      I’m playing: Fluidity (oops), Marvel Pinball, Tetris (PSN!)

      I’m watching: Beauty and the Beast on blu-ray which I just bought!

      I’m reading: The Walking Dead Compendium which I’ve almost completed now. Starts off good and only gets better. The brutality of some of the scenes really bothered me later on. Apparently it’s not a good idea to read it before going to bed :P

      • The Walking Dead Compendium is a really good buy! You can catch up with a few more paperback trades after that. And yes, it’s quite brutal at times :)

    • I’m playing: LittleBigPlanet 2 beta (awesome), Animal Crossing: Wild World, Dragon Quest 9

      I’m watching: Lost season 6 on Netflix (almost done), Eureka season 3.5 on netflix, and the Cape tomorrow on NBC.

      I’m reading: Not much now. Gotta go find a new book to read next week.

      The game I’m looking forward to the most for the PS3 is LittleBigPlanet 2 on the 18th. The beta has been amazing (though its slowed down recently because its about to end). Can’t wait to see what the full game does.

      I’m also interested in Mass Effect 2 & 3, Uncharted 3, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, and more.

      As for PSN, I’m hoping we see Xenogears soon for download. I also wish that Legend of Dragoon would appear for download on the PSN…

    • I’m watching… The middle season 1.

      I’m reading… The zombie survival guide and world war z by max Brooks. And the ps blog.

      I want… U 3. LBP 2. Infamous 2. Batman arkham city. Black ops dlc. Twisted metal. And more that I 4got.

    • lbp2

    • Please…announce a Ratchet and Clank collection, that would truly mean that 2011 is the year of the PS3…I would sacrifice every single game next year for a Ratchet and Clank collection :,( Please put me out of my misery Sony?

    • @24: You play too much. Go outside.
      Oh, Batman Arkham City and Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One are on my list too. Here’s my full list in random:
      -LittleBigPlanet 2
      -Batman Arkham City
      -Marvel vs. Capcom 3
      -Mortal Kombat
      -Resistance 3
      -Uncharted 3
      -Infamous 2
      -Killzone 3
      -Portal 2
      -ICO HD Collection (I didn’t play them on PS2)
      -Beyond Good and Evil HD (didn’t finish the PS2 one)
      Probably more, I probably forgot a few. But 2011 looks like a full year…

    • I’m playing
      Battlefield 1943
      Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
      LittleBigPlanet 2 Demo

      Please could you allow us players of the LBP2 demo to access the create mode also like the players of the beta? The youtube videos made it seem so cool. And also, a ratchet and clank collection would be nice. (i’m too young to have bought the ps1 game, and i missed most of the iterations after going commando).
      Here is what i want to get in 2011 (4 PS3)
      Portal 2
      Infamous 2
      LittleBigPlanet 2

    • I’m playing:
      1: Uncharted 2… just got to level 50, so Situational Awareness kids can suck on my Evasion booster
      2: Pac Man… one of the best PSN titles ever
      3: Tetris… released in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago… great game
      4: Kung Fu Live demo… damn my small living room

      I’m buying
      1: LittleBigPlanet 2
      2: Killzone 3
      3: Socom 4
      4: Motorstorm Apocalypse
      5: Mass Effect 2
      6: Uncharted 3
      7: ICO Collection

      I’m considering
      1: Sorcery
      2: MAG… just can’t bring myself to buy it with all the great shooters coming

    • I’m playing:
      1: Uncharted 2… just got to level 50, so Situational Awareness kids can experience my Evasion booster
      2: Pac Man… one of the best PSN titles ever
      3: Tetris… released in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago… great game
      4: Kung Fu Live demo… [censored] my small living room

      I’m buying
      1: LittleBigPlanet 2
      2: Killzone 3
      3: Socom 4
      4: Motorstorm Apocalypse
      5: Mass Effect 2
      6: Uncharted 3
      7: ICO Collection

      I’m considering
      1: Sorcery
      2: MAG… just can’t bring myself to buy it with all the great shooters coming

    • Hey Sid, thanks for the reply.

      TWD#80 sure set some big things in motion. That confrontation with Carl and Pete’s son scared me a lot, I thought it was going to end with a conflict, but alas Kirkman was not in the killing mood this issue. I’m also worried about Andrea in that tower alone with no food or water, from what the cover looks like I’m betting next issue Glenn and Heath go to save her. Best part about it is that issue #81 comes out end of January as well!

      Yeah Lead & Gold is really fun actually, I consider it like a mini-TF2. Good choice for PSPlus this month!

    • PSN Plus games for the future. A suggestion…

      Joe Danger
      Bionic Commando Rearmed
      Braid
      Crazy Taxi
      Dead Nation
      Digger HD
      Fat Princess
      Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
      PixelJunk Shooter
      Smash Cars
      Superstars V8 Racing
      Switchball
      Wheel of Fortune

      :)

    • In Lancaster too, rep the 717 lol.

      Looking forward to every PS exclusive this year which on their own is enough to drain my wallet!

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