The PlayStation Recap – Season’s Greetings Edition

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With the holiday season nearly upon us, I’ve been scrambling to prepare catch up on games, work, and travel preparations. But while I’m away, you won’t go hungry: We’re stocking the larder for next week. During your holiday break be sure to check back regularly to see new blog posts from some of your favorite PlayStation developers.

In other news this week: we released a new episode of the Official PlayStation Blogcast, Yakuza: Dead Souls demonstrated proper techniques for zombie slaying, Final Fantasy XIII-2’s director explained how he’s aiming to “exceed FFXIII in every aspect,” Atlus confirmed Trine 2’s PSN release date (Tuesday!), UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss showed off its new Intui-Aim feature, Free Realms gave us a first look at its Snow Days holiday content, Dirt Showdown showed off its first trailer, EA Sports debuted a new video for FIFA Soccer on PS Vita, and Zen Studios gave a full tour of the Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue add-on pack.

Are you traveling for the holidays? And what games are you hoping to catch up on over the break? Let us know in the comments!

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Most-Watched Video of the Week: Amy – Enemies and Combat Overview

The 10 Most-Viewed Posts of the Week

  • PlayStation Store Update — Family Feud Decades, Red Faction: Armageddon, Alice: Madness Returns, Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood, Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Pack, Marvel Pinball: Vengeance And Virtue, and free Marvel Pinball for PlayStation Plus users.
  • Gran Turismo 5: New DLC and Update 2.02 Coming Next Week — Polyphony Digital ain’t done yet, not by a long shot. Also be sure to listen to our interview with US GT5 producer Taku Imasaki to learn more about what’s down the pipeline.
  • Naughty Dog’s First Comments on The Last of Us — Naughty Dog’s Christophe Balestra and Evan Wells spoke with us immediately following the game’s VGAs reveal. My favorite revelation: The trailer is loaded with as-yet undiscovered clues.
  • Hands-on: Sorcery Casts a Spell on PlayStation Move This Spring — I went hands-on with this PlayStation Move exclusive and discovered a meaty, intense combat experience underneath the fantasy trappings.
  • PS Vita Takes San Francisco, 10 New Gameplay Trailers Released — Have you stopped by the Vita Hill social club in San Francisco? Stop by and play PS Vita today — it’s free.
  • Naughty Dog Reveals The Last of Us at 2011 VGAs — Meet Joel and Ellie, the stars of Naughty Dog’s next PS3 game. In this post from co-President Evan Wells, learn what prompted the creators of UNCHARTED to branch off in a new direction.
  • Celebrating PSN’s Top-Selling Indie Games of 2011 — Another reminder to catch up on some of PSN’s most unique games.
  • Home for the Holidays – New Games, Events & Special Deals in PlayStation Home — PlayStation Home continues its relentless expansion, serving up a host of holiday-themed games, discounts, and events.
  • Q&A: Starhawk Private Beta is Reaching for the Stars — The game’s senior producer shares top beta strategies, favorite weapons and vehicles, and what’s next for this 2012 strategic shooter.
  • Amy Returns to the Roots of Survival Horror — See a first glimpse of Amy’s melee attacks and pray you’re never forced to use them.
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    • “what games are you hoping to catch up on over the break?”

      Looking forward to playing Umineko no Naku Koro ni San -Shinjitsu to Gensou no Yasoukyoku- when the postman get it to me. For xmas, I am asking Santa to have Sony un-neuter the Vita and allow multiple accounts. Currently a no-sale feature for me.

    • I loved the Last of us trailer at the VGAs! AWESOME! :D

    • me too

      the last os us will be amazing

      I’m Playing: Uncharted Golden Abyss on ps vita in Japan

      i’m watching: the walking dead season 2

      I’m reading : The Official Magazine Playstation (Brazilian Edition)

    • It’s all about KOTOR 2, Half Life and Catherine for me during the holidays.

    • hello,
      i have a little problem. whenever i comment on the home updates on the blog it doesn’t show up. can you please tell me why? i can comment on all the others just fine but when i comment on the home blog posts it doesn’t show up

      thanks,
      materclobber

    • Seasons Greetings to you Sid, Rey, Jeff, and Nick! Happy Gaming and family time :)

      I’m Playing: UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception.

      I’m Watching: Nikita season 2, Community season 2, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

      I’m Reading: UNCHARTED: The Fourth Labyrinth by Christopher Golden.

      I’m Listening to: Official PlayStation Blogcast Episode 004, and Lacuna Coil – “Kill The Light.”

    • “I’m playing: Gravity Rush and UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss for PS Vita,”

      I hate you right now Sid lol.

    • Hey Sid!!!
      Just a quick heads up. Near the end of your post you have written that Zack Levi is an employee of Naughty Dog. Thought you might want to know. Have a great holiday season!

    • Hey sid, I am wondering how much the file size for the Last of Us and Amy game whenever after they come out for PSN if those two games not going to be on blu-ray discs? Some peoples would like to have more blu-ray disc games than PSN downloads, cause some peoples would like to save their HDD space for add-ons, game installs, etc.

    • @sid that BS why do you get a vita sooo early, i have to wait until the feb 15 so you should have to wait to, also why no love for GTA? GTA series on ps2 were my fav an now since ps3 sony been showing no love for the GTA’s, sid do you know theres a trailer for the new GTA V? why didn’t you post that on here? why can’t sony put it on the psn? i tried to download it from rockstars website but when i copied it on my ps3 there wasn’t any sound, i wanna hear about the new GTA V, thats the only game i wanna hear about, i would list some vita games but i rather wait since i sold my PSP GO already i was hoping sony would surprise us with a x-mas release for everyone who preorderd the first edition (like me), also i heard that alot of people arn’t buying the first edition bundle because of the game that comes with it (little deviants), i wonder why since i think that game looks wicked, oh ya an the ATnT plains for the vita, if they don’t have a unlimted plan i will not pay for 3G, why because i play games alot an i would most likly run over the GB limit in less than half a month

    • oh ya can you post a link to wich malls will have the vita? i used to live in San Jose CA (about an 1 hour drive south of SF) but i live in deer park WA now an the closest mall to me is in Spokane WA (north town mall) so can you please talk to the right people to get it there? you should know the right peeps since you are playing 2 games on the vita right know

    • @ userchris296 really most people? i rather have my games on my harddrive because sony hasn’t made a disc changer yet for ps3 an i don’t have to worry about my nephew breaking the disc’s is i don’t have them in the ps3, hes turning 2 soon but he already knows how to take the discs outa my ps3, if anything sony needs to make a 1TB harddrive so people stop complaining about how there harddrives are 2 small for downloadable games, to anyone who says 1TB not possable to make, go look at laptop harddrives an you’ll find out that they are possable to make for ps3 slim since the fat can take laptop harddrives, or hopefully sony starts making fats again, i hate the slims

    • I am playing: Skyrim, UC3, and many more

      I am watching: Farscape season 2

      I am waiting for Christmas: Sony PS 3D Display under the tree

      I am Sad because: I have to send my PS3 in soon(freezing, has green lines)

    • Hey Sid? How about posting impressions and videos of Playstation Vita ON HERE? Of course – I know they are posted LITERALLY EVERYWHERE on GameFAQs under Playstation Vita Section, NeoGAF on Playstation Vita Thread(s), YouTube, etc. I wanted to see you or anyone in your Playstation family who just got it recently to do impressions & reviews & comments ON HERE! :-p Pretty Please??? Thanx.

      To #1 – where did you got that avatar? From PSN Store???

    • @sid thanx for replying, your the first one ever to reply to anything i ask, have a nice x-mas

    • i just looked at the vita thing an there is no were in WA, theres only 5 malls, i think the closet place to me is SF an i can’t aford to fly there just to play the vita or wait in line to play it, i can’t move back to San Jose CA, i wished my fam stayed i would be in the bay area right know, its soooo hard to move to diff states when you get SSI an can’t find any low income housing

    • Sid, I hope you can help with this one. When I sign in to the Blog, it eventually signs me out whether or not I want to. I am using the newest Firefox, and after I close the browser and come to the site later I am signed out again. I emailed Playstation support, and was told to call Playstation customer service. When I did, the person at customer service told me that to have help with the site to email customer support. All my Firefox settings are correct as this is the only site this happens to. I live chatted with Firefox and my settings are correct and was told something was with the site and to contact Playstation. SIgh….help would be appreciated.

    • any idea when amy is coming out? right now trying to get though FF13. maybe dark souls. cant wait till i get paid next month. im gonna get a sony 3d personal viewer.

    • @1 Did u got that avatar from the jpn store! Man I hope the US store will put more avatars jpn and euro has

    • Me? I’m finishing my current replay of FFVI and then gonna play through all the MGS games in HD in chronological order. Also, Ico still has (criminally so) remained untouched…

    • Pontypool, pontypool, …. ponty . . . pool. love.

    • @RidleysBox who thats sad that you won’t by the vita just because you can’t have more than 1 account on it, name 1 handheld were you can? i don’t know of any an i think this is a smart move for sony to make it only 1 account

    • @sid i almost forgot but i had to ask since your playing games on the vita, do you know if daylight savings work better on the vita? i always have to change it on my ps3 becuase it will never change on its own

    • @Ed243 – Yup, its a JP PSN avatar.

      @ juggalorider – Why buy a system that can’t play all the game you buy? I own PSN games from both Japan and North America, and I will not abandon half of them when transferring them over to a new system. Currently, the PSP lets you switch easily enough, Vita does not.

    • Hi, Sid,

      It’s still all Skyrim, all the time for me, playing, reading, watching.

      If you’re going on hiatus, Happy Holidays! And thanks for keeping us informed on all the great games of 2011 & beyond.

    • Price for 3G data plan on the vita is all I ask for when will this information be released ?Please say soon very soon and not in a sarcastic way

    • Hey Sid, Zack Levi isn’t from ND. It would be cool, but sadly isn’t true.

    • so vita launched in japan already and no info on 3g plans ? web browser ? a youtube app ? ( which btw things are i dont think we will be getting it ) , we will only be able to download SD movies from the store? uh ? are you guys serious ? vita will launch in 2012 not 1995 sony , i was extremely excited for the system but after seeing some videos coming from japan not so much , anyways i will wait to try one on my hands before i buy now , i had one pre ordered but i think i will wait

    • “I’m playing: Gravity Rush and UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss for PS Vita”

      And I’m playing: So Jealous and FEBRUARY: Is it here yet :(

    • batman and metal gear hd collection for me :D also picked up split second for 10 bucks.

    • Don’t Forget TE’s first DLC Pack for Dungeon Defenders, they said it was supposed to release this week.

      Good to see this little Indy team is pumpin out some DLC

    • i ,m catching up on some much needed sky rim leveling,,,,,,boy i needed to that i see everyone at much larger levels than my self ,,,,, but keep smiling i am getting there,,,,,,,,,and it’s worst that shopping now so many games to choose from ,,,,,,,so little time,,,,,,,well thanks for reading my blog,,,,,,,,,,happy dragon killing,,,to those of you sky rim fans.,,<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>

    • Playing: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Multiplayer, MLB 10 The Show, Resistance 3 Multiplayer, Spyro The Dragon, Twisted Metal 2

      Watching: Parks and Recreation, The Mask of Zorro, Atlanta Falcons Football.

      Reading: Nothing at the moment, need to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

      Eagerly Anticipating: Batman Arkham City, Team Ico Collection, MGS collection (for Christmas) and Twisted Metal this February!

      Sid, was curious if Bethesda can come on the blog and address the issue some PS3 players are having on Skyrim. I know they are working on it for the next patch, but right now I’m about 24 or 25 hours into the game and am running into some lag issues for the first time. Just wondering if they can give us an update. Thanks and have a good holiday!

      • Two suggestions: deactivate auto-saves during travel (it’s in the options menu, just remember to manually save more frequently to compensate) and also try resetting the PS3 if you get heavy framerate drops.

    • Currently playing: Marvel Pinball, Bloodstone 007, & UC3

      Watching: Star Trek: DS9 & Star Trek: Voyager on Netflix

      Reading: The Playstation Blog

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