The PlayStation Recap — Jetlag Edition

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The PlayStation Recap — Jetlag Edition

Whatta week! Our trip to Gamescom was a fruitful one, as you’ll soon see, but it’s nice to be home in the good old US of A. I don’t have any big plans this weekend, aside from catching up on sleep, watching Breaking Bad, and making a desperate bid to finish Batman: Arkham City. Read on for the top 10 most-read PlayStation.Blog stories this week, a list that barely scratches the surface on PlayStation’s megaton Gamescom announcements.

Other major highlights this week include the first trailer for PSN stunner rain, big new perks for PlayStation Plus members, a mocap video featurette and new The Last of Us trailer from Naughty Dog, the first details and video for Media Molecule’s PS Vita game Tearaway, news of a God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta, the reveal trailer for PlayStation Move “teen horror” game Until Dawn, word that John Cleese will serve as the announcer for PS Vita quiz game Smart As, an October 30th release date for Sports Champions 2, a new trailer and purchase details for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, competitive mode and PS Vita details for Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, a jaw-dropping debut trailer for PS3 platformer Puppeteer, a look at the monsters and magic for PS Vita dark fantasy Soul Sacrifice, new PS Vita hands-on previews for Zen Pinball 2 and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, new trailers for Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, PS3 previews for Assassin’s Creed III naval warfare and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the launch of YouTube’s PS3 app, confirmation of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD PSN launch on August 28th, first word of a Madden NFL 13 PS Vita demo, an inside look at PS Vita rhythm-strategy game Orgarhythm, details on Hitman: Absolution’s multiplayer Contracts mode, a tasty treat for those who pre-order Persona 4 Golden for PS Vita, the launch of Hong Kong crime epic Sleeping Dogs on PS3, and a deluge of new PlayStation Home content. Phew!

What are you playing this weekend?

The PlayStation Recap

Most-Watched Video of the Week: Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Gamescom Trailer

The PlayStation Recap — Jetlag Edition

The 10 Most-Viewed Posts of the Week

  • See the First Trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on PS Vita — First gameplay footage revealed! Let us know what you think in the comments.
  • Watch PlayStation’s gamescom 2012 Press Event Live at 1p East/10am Pac — Did you watch the big Gamescom conference? Let us know your top picks in the comments.
  • PlayStation Plus Update: Outland and Bloodrayne: Betrayal Join the Instant Game Collection — Plus: DUST 514 beta access, 20% off Papo & Yo and more.
  • YouTube App for PS3 Lands Today — Featuring a redesign UI, updated tech, and the ability to control your experience via smartphone — not too shabby!
  • Hands-on: Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified for PS Vita — Handheld headshots: Jeff and I get an exclusive hands-on tour of this November’s eagerly awaited mobile shooter.
  • PSone Classics Coming to PS Vita via the latest System Software Update (v1.80) — Plenty to see in the next PS Vita firmware, going live August 28th.
  • PlayStation All-Stars Gamescom Reveal: Dante, Sackboy, Spike, Ratchet and Clank — Four new videos show off PlayStation All-Stars’ ever-growing cast. Don’t miss the first image of the UNCHARTED 3 / Devil May Cry level mashup!
  • Watch the GamesCom Trailer for Killzone: Mercenary — Impressive visuals and touchscreen kill commands highlight this upcoming PS Vita shooter.
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Moves to November — A new release date for this fall’s superpowered fighter.
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Coming to PSN August 21st — Featuring support for PS Move and mouse-and-keyboard controls, this update on the classic multiplayer shooter moves into position for Tuesday.
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    • I’m playing: Max Payne 3, PlayStation All-Stars

      Watching: Season 5 of Breaking Bad

      Reading: Marvel

      Listening to: Official Blogcast

      Sid, any news on the God of War: Ascension beta?

    • 10 more days till update (v.180).;) any news on the wake up app EU side has a video of it in there store

    • Just had to say what a PHENOMINAL time it is right now to have a PS3 and a Vita. You guys are making all of my gaming wishes and needs come true. You really know how and when to raise the bar and cater to your gamers. And yes before anyone asks, We also have a Xbox360, Wii, and a 3DS, but none of those systems have satisfied my need for quality EXCEPT for PS3. Vita is almost there but will have to see with the 1.80 update and all the “buy on PS3 and get Vita copy free” deals coming, plus PlayStation Plus coming to Vita…..the wait is KILLING me! Anywho…
      I’m playing: Sound Shapes, Metal Gear Solid 4
      I’m watching: Breaking Bad season 5
      I’m reading: this months Game Informer…kinda blah this month
      I’m listening to: my kids joyful screams when they both got their own PS Vitas for their b-day…ahh parenting!

    • and finish Batman: Arkham Asylum already!! It is soooo worth your time.

    • Sony for sure brought it for Gamescom. Loved everything that was announced. Excited for this year’s holiday gaming season. Next year looks outstanding already. That scream you hear in the background is my 2009-12 backlog…

      I’m Playing: God of War, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, God of War II, and God of War III.

      I’m Watching: White Collar season 4, Warehouse 13 season 4, and Being Human US version season 4.

      I’m Reading: This month’s Official PlayStation Magazine. Assassin’s Creed III looks incredible.

      I’m Listening to: Official PlayStation Blogcast Episode 038: The Shuhei Yoshida Show. BEST Blogcast yet. Hope you can get Shuhei Yoshida and Kaz Harai for TGS ’12 PlayStation Blogcast.

    • Why are you guys not promoting Legasista? It looks like a really fun game from the youtube trailer, but I would like a little more information on it. It comes out tuesday and you haven’t posted anything on it. Im playing Rainbow moon and Darksiders 2! Watching and reading nothing at the moment. Darksiders 2 is taking all my free time. Must get back to Darksiders 2, Death is not gonna level up by himself!

    • The news from gamescom, especially the vita news was absolutely incredible! I hope this convines some skeptics that the vita is a quality gaming device. By the way Sid, how’s Kickbeat? I’ve been waiting for some more news about it, it looks very interesting.

      I’m playing: Sleeping Dogs (and loving it), PS All Stars Beta, and Walking Dead (free for PS Plus!)

      I’m watching: TV in general

      I’m reading: Playstation blog posts and Playstation the Official Magazine

      I’m listening to: Playstation Blogcast Episode 38: The Shuhei Yoshida Show

      I’m waiting for: PS Vita update (v1.80), Ragnarok Odyssey, Need For Speed Most Wanted vita details

    • Good stuff at gamescom – loved the amount of time you spent of the vita, TY!

      I’m playing: Gravity Rush, MGS2/3HD, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048

      I’m watching: Falling Skies, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, The Killing

      I’m reading: forums

      I’m listening to: We’re Alive – The Zombie Story of Survival, Edict Zero – FIS, The Leviathan Chronicles

      I’m waiting for: Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Killzone: Mercenary

    • Good stuff, but really bored right now. Nothing to play this summer.

      I’m Playing: Battlefield 3, Max Payne 3

      I’m watching: Family Guy

      I’m reading: absolutely nothing till classes start XD

      I’m listening to: “All or Nothing” by Pennywise

      I’m waiting for: Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution, Assassin’s Creed 3, LBP Vita, LBP Karting, Playstation Allstars

    • I am playing Sleeping Dogs; it’s cool, but no GTA

      I am watching: Doctor Who, Grimm, and many other shows

      What is up with Doctor Who for vita? the twitter page says they are still working on it.

      • Yeah, haven’t heard an update on that one in some time. Without speaking with them personally, I couldn’t say what’s caused the wait, perhaps technical issues or the like.

    • I was hesitant about Vita until Gamescom, but now I really want one.

      Playing: Outland, Borderlands
      Watching: Arrested Development (again!)
      Reading: Pilgrim’s Progress

    • im waiting for ZP2 for ps3 .Official release date sept 4 . Lucky you get to try it out . I have knowed about kickbeat for a long time but zen made it a vita game only. also i was wondering why the playstation store blog doesn’t make the top10 ?

      • Yeah, Zen Pinball 2 was sweet — I was able to pinch Jeff’s Vita for a few minutes to try it during our flight to Cologne. Very, very fun

    • Hi, Sid. I completely missed that post about PS Plus for Vita. I guess it got lost in the high traffic on Tuesday. It’s been a fantastic week: all the new games shown @ Gamescon, especially Rain, the upgrades to cloud storage, Plus for Vita, the YouTube app on PS3, the best blog cast ever. Playstation killed this week.

      I’m reading (besides the blog everyday) Sorcerer’s Stone for the 9th time because now I can read the ebook on my new Sony Tablet P;

      I’m playing Quantum Conundrum & I’m stuck again!; just finished the Witcher 2 (yawn) so I’ve put aside my “other console” since it has no games;

      Watching: I finally saw Dark Knight Rises this week. You are so wrong about it. It was pretty good. The only things that bothered me were: how self-loathing is Bruce Wayne for taking up with a woman who left him to die; how the heck is Robin going to carry on without all the resources; & why was almost the entire cast of Inception in Gotham City?

      • You’re welcome, glad you liked the show! And glad you like The Dark Knight Rises — I seem to be in the minority on that one.

    • im playing gotham city imposters……..watchin king of the hill…..reading gameinformer……..listening 2 kirko bangz “a young texas playa” or boosie “incacerated”……..

    • When I watched the Sony stream at Gamescom I was very impressed. I’m very excited about Cross buy, and Playstation Mobile, I think its great the PSM will also work on the PSVita. Things are looking up for gamers who enjoy Sony products!

      I’m playing: FFXIII & Dissidia 012

      I’m watching: Super Why (My daughters love it).

      I’m reading: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

      I’m listening to: Demon Hunter

    • •I’m playing: Batman: Arkham Asylum: GOTY Edition, Red Dead Redemption: GOTY Edition
      •I’m watching: (Gonna be watching) Breaking Bad, Hell On Wheels
      •I’m reading: Playstation Blog
      •I’m listening to: (Gonna be listening to) PlayStation Blogcast 038: The Shuhei Yoshida Show

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