The PlayStation Recap: Home Sweet Home Edition

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This week, Jeff, Rey and I dispersed across the US to host a series of grand opening community events for our Vita Hill social clubs. I took on New York City and Boston, Jeff took Chicago, and Rey took Miami and Atlanta. The response was phenomenal: In NYC alone, more than 300 community members lined up to play PS Vita on Tuesday night; in Boston, more than 200 members braved icy winds for Wednesday’s showcase. As always, it was a treat to meet the PlayStation community (the best in the business, if you ask me) and quiz them on their favorite games. Thanks for coming out, guys!

Don’t forget: Vita Hill social clubs in eight US cities are open seven days a week through PS Vita’s launch on February 22nd (get details and info here). They’re open to the public and there’s no catch — come by and play PS Vita as many times as you want!

In other news this week, the team behind UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss showed off new motion-capture footage, Square Enix showed off its upcoming PSN release Scarygirl, our EU correspondent James Gallagher scored an outstanding interview with PS Vita designer Tokashi Sogabe, Jeff spoke with SCE President and CEO Andrew House concerning PS Vita, and The Tester teased first footage of Season 3 (Nolan North!).

What are you playing this weekend?

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    • Thank you for finally fixing the download history bug on the Playstation Store.

      Redownloading my entire Purchase history was a nightmare with the download history appearing in a different order every time I accessed it and it shuffling every time I scrolled.

    • Man, wish I could go visit a PlayStation Vita hub and since I just moved to Kennesaw, GA I think I will!

      I’m Playing: UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception.

      I’m Watching: Underworld: Awakening.

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

      I’m Listening to: Official PlayStation Blogcast Episode 008: So You Want To Be A Game Producer.

      P.S. The PlayStation Recap looks A LOT better with the Official PlayStation Blogcast attached ;)

      • If you stop by the Atlanta Vita Hill, let us know what you think. And yep – it’s high time that we get the Blogcast into the Recap!

    • WHAT. They’re going to be open 7 DAYS A WEEK!? Oh joy! I will finally get to have hands on with the Vita at one point =) especially if there’s going to be Mortal Kombat. Man what a great idea, I will be sure to stop by sometime soon when it opens. I’ll be visiting the Boston one of course.

      • We’ll have more details on the MK stuff (it’s not there yet) as well as new content coming into Vita Hill. But yeah, there are quite a few opps to get in there to play — go back as many times as you like!

    • i didnt get to ask you when Motorstorm RC was coming out , the kids behind me on the line were really excited when you let them play the vita so i didnt wanna ruin their moment lol , he seems to know everything about the vita, i was so impressed he answer everything you asked him , anyways it was a good meet up and im impressed by the vita and surprisingly Little Deviants ( man that game can get hard at times )

      • Glad you dig Little Deviants! I believe MotorStorm RC is planned for a spring release, so no final release date just yet. Stay tuned…and glad you could make it to the community meetup!

    • What other places will the Vita Hill Club go?

      P.S. Could you place an event at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in California?

    • Really enjoyed the Vita Hill opening in Atlanta. Once I knew you guys were going to be within distance from me (Alabama) I knew I had to attend. Now ibe been rocking my new PSVita shirt for 2 straight days. Thanks a lot PSBLOG!!!!

      Playing: Back To The Future: The Game, BF3, and Crysis 2

      Reading: All the Pretty Horses, by Cormack McCarthy

      Watching: Arrested Development Season 2

    • Hi, Sid, you drew the longest straw. NYC & Boston must have been great, albeit rather cold in January.

      I’m still just playing Skyrim, but I’m oh, so close to the end of the primary quests.

    • Thanks a lot for coming to Atlanta. I’ve been waiting for you guys to come to Atlanta for the longest time but I finally got a chance lol. I really liked the vita and this improved my want for it even more. I’ve actually gone there twice in counting now and I might even go back twice a week or more now as far as I finish my school work in time.

      Thanks again and I hope you guys come back to Atlanta again in the future.

    • I’m playing: Zack Zero (I give a 3/5 you guys should have covered this game more then Amy) waiting for the last week so, I could get the new retail.
      I’m watching: The Ides of March and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. (I’ll never see the second one EVER)
      I’m reading: At Home: Stuff on the web
      I’m listening to: Whatever is on satellite radio

    • Next week sorry

    • feb** HEY SID**

      was hoping 2 see you in boston/cambridge (vita event)but something had come up BUT i think i saw you at mcdonalds, but i wasnt going to disturb you while you were eating, if it was you..

      i try to get to conventions when i can, i love em..maybe i will see u next time..
      anyways i am strung out,lol.. played everything.. messing around with dungeon defenders, battlefiled here and there..

      WHY ISNT SONY pushing twisted metal more????????
      anyways i cant wait for feb and march..
      few games jan 31st, and then twisted, darkness 2, ssx, syndicate, binary domain, kingdom alamur.. for feb.

      then march !!!

      im going to file chapter 11 this year,lol

      anyways i hope your new year is going well and i hope the vita will do well..


    • Sid – can u clear up a little confusion…

      Is the starter pack for the vita going to have a car charger? Gamestop says no and says yes.

      Motorstorm rc? Delayed?

      Is there going to be dual memory card slots on the vita so u can play a game on one and save on the other?

      Do u see many cross platform games coming out this year?

      Can we expect to see any cross platform games that will play off each other like socom 3 and FTB 1 did? That is what got me into handheld gaming in the first place.

      Will we ever see aps blog app like the UK has?

      And finally….where in the world is Kevin Butler? :)

      Thanks and rock on!!!!!

      Breaking Bad is awesome. We are craving for season 4 to hit netflix soon. Love it!!!

    • Hay Sid. How was the trip? Did the meet ups go as planed or any funny stories, if not exactly as planed?

      Man my PSP is getting so much love with TV out order, almost five weeks. I think I’m going through withdraws from my PS3, lol.

      I’m playing: FINAL FANTASY IV The Complete Collection (PSP)

      I’m reading: THE PARADISE WAR by Stephen Lawhead

    • forgot to ask…are the headphones that come with the starter pack the same ones that are available separetly?

      Any news on DLC for Payday?


    • i was one of the 200 guys that waited in line on wed night. i was very impressed how light and powerful the vita was.i just preordered from best buy so i can get one week early.

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