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The year in review: Media Molecule, Guerrilla, Naughty Dog and more look back at 2012

So, just a few hours to go before we consign 2012 to memory and forge ahead into the mysterious, murky unknown of 2013. Was it a good year for you? Did everything pan out as you’d hoped? I do hope so.

For gamers as a whole, I think there’s no disputing it was an absolutely blistering 12 months. Whatever your predilections, there was a smorgasbord of wonderful titles to gorge upon this year.

If having your retinas scorched by AAA blockbusters is your thing, 2012 presented an embarrassment of riches – Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, Dishonored, Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2 to name but a few.

Conversely, if you were after something a little more considered and idiosyncratic, the indie scene was in great form too. Journey, The Unfinished Swan, Dyad and Papo & Yo all boldly strode into undiscovered country, providing us with some delightfully fresh and thought-provoking experiences.

And then we also saw the arrival of PlayStation Vita, with the likes of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation helping set a new high water mark for what’s possible on a portable gaming machine.

To mark the passing of such a banner year, I reached out to a diverse gang of game developers and PlayStation Blog contributors and asked them to share a few of their own personal highs and lows. Read on, and then feel free to add your own musings below.

Have a great night this evening, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow to make a start on 2013. Can’t wait…

Ken Levine, Creative Director, Irrational Games (BioShock Infinite)

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
I played XCOM. I’m still trying to beat it on Iron Man mode in Classic difficulty and it’s kicking my butt.

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
I’ve been saving Dishonored until I finish Infinite because I want to completely immerse myself in it.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
Finishing my work on BioShock Infinite.

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
That’s between me and my attorney.

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
I met a ton of interesting people – would be hard to narrow it down. From Anna Moleva, whose Elizabeth cosplay ended her up on our marketing materials, to Jonathan Ross, to Felicia Day, to Chris Avellone, to any number of other developers I either worked with at Irrational or met at industry events. It’s one of the best parts of my job.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
There is a book about the history of Marvel Comics called Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. It’s full of dishy nerd gossip.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Well, considering two New Year’s Eves ago my wife and I got our flu shots, you probably want to ask someone else…

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
Hearing the fans’ reactions to Infinite.

Dylan Cuthbert, President, Q-Games (PixelJunk series)

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
Dark Souls

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
XCOM, I started playing this and I love the original, just haven’t had the time to dive in deeper.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
Joined a band and started playing synth and bass guitar, The Electric Bends FTW!

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
Nothing, at least not that I can recall… the hangover after the cherry blossom viewing party we have each year perhaps.

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
Miyazaki from From Software, creator of Dark Souls.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
Favourite book this year might have to be the most recent Paul McCartney biography although anything from Iain M Banks gets me going.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Get your friends around and party it up with PixelJunk 4am!

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
Announcing some of the incredible things we are working on, they are really awesome!

Eric Monacelli, Community Strategist, Naughty Dog

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
MLB Full Deck by GREE is definitely the game I played most but I played Journey and Hero Academy a tonne too. Also, I always play MLB: The Show a lot and this year things were no different.

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
Where do I start? I tend to play games for about 15 minutes and then go back to them if they catch my attention. So many great games this year… I just haven’t been able to go back to them yet.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
I got married. That was pretty awesome.

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
Do I want to talk about it? Let’s just say it involved hopping around to a few parties and a lack of bladder control.

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
The Last of Us composer Gustavo Santaolalla is hands-down one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. I was very fortunate to be able to interview him this year. He’s an amazing human with great stories.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
Silver Linings Playbook was my favourite movie of the last few years. It’s a great movie. I didn’t read much that came out in 2012 but John Madea’s The Laws of Simplicity and Jeff Pearlman’s The Bad Guys Won were my favourite re-reads and new reads, respectively.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
It involves lots of bubbles, a few, close, good friends, and counting down to watch the ball drop on the Empire State Building.

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
Besides launching The Last of Us? The 2013 MLB All Star Game is happening at Citi Field where my beloved New York Mets play. I plan to attend as part of my honeymoon. So doing that and finally taking a honeymoon are the things I look forward to the most.

Jawad Ashraf, PlayStation Store Content Coordinator, SCEE

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
Hmm, fairly evenly spread between Final Fantasy XIII-2 (about 80 hours), Dragon’s Dogma (60+ hours) and Super Street Fighter IV (heaven knows!).

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
Loads! I’ve got a sizeable backlog but I suppose Deus Ex: Human Revolution is one I just haven’t got around to just yet. Hopefully after The Big 3 in 2013 (DmC, Ni no Kuni and Metal Gear Rising!) I’ll start it.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
Lived past 21st December, ha!

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
Not play enough games!

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
My colleagues, but Keiji Inafune, just because it’s Inafune. He made Megaman!

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
Hmm, I might get odd looks for this but I really liked Beauty and the Beast 3D. But for actual 2012 movies, probably The Dictator…unless The Hobbit is awesome. Looking forward to that.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Have a spare controller about for that multiplayer goodness! How else will you spend NYE, eh?

Randy Pitchford, President, Gearbox Studios (Borderlands 2)

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
I played more Borderlands 2 than any other game, followed by Aliens Colonial Marines. Outside of our own games, I played a lot of League of Legends!

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
I haven’t played Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 yet. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting bored of the series or if it’s just because there are so many other awesome games that I’m prioritising higher. But I’m sure I’ll get around to it before too long.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
We shipped Borderlands 2! Wow, what a thing!

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
I have learned many lessons this year, but end it with no regrets. I will leave it at that.

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
I met a guy who had gotten a tattoo of the Borderlands 2 box art on his chest. He was extremely interesting. He might be the most interesting person I’ve ever met ever.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
My favorite film of 2012 is The Hobbit and my favorite book was the Steve Jobs biography – technically the biography launched in 2011, but I read it in 2012.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Stay as far away as possible from Times Square.

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
With our own projects, I can’t wait until we ship Aliens: Colonial Marines in February. With other people’s stuff, I am really looking forward to playing Ni No Kuni – the RPG video game that is a Studio Ghibli/Level-5 collaboration that should launch in January.

Shawn McGrath, Creator, Dyad

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
I played Dark Souls more than any other game since Demon’s Souls. I’m so excited about the Dark Souls 2 announcement!

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
I really wish I played Dragon’s Dogma. I heard it’s kinda like Dark Souls meets Monster Hunter. I’m going to try to play it after Christmas.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
Release Dyad obviously =)

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
Took so long to release Dyad in Europe.

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
I’ve met so many interesting people this year it’s impossible to answer!

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
I didn’t read any books that were written in 2012, but my favourite of all the books that I read this year is “Voyage to Arcturus” by David Lindsay. My favourite movie of the year is definitely Samsara (it technically came out in 2011, but I had no way of watching it
until 2012).

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
I don’t know! I’m kinda boring and will likely sit at home and play Go with my wife!

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
Raising a kid! My first kid will be born in March and I guess that’s pretty exciting.

Gavin Moore, Art Director, Sony Japan Studios (Puppeteer)

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
MINE! Every day!! Seriously! I would have to say Tokyo Jungle with my son. There is something addictive about that crunching noise as you munch on a kill.

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
I’m a big Walking Dead fan. So I really want to play it on PSN but it scares me!

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
That would be introducing Puppeteer at Gamescom and then sitting in the bar at night reading the feedback on social sites. I wouldn’t say it was the best thing I did but it was a lot of fun and the reaction from everyone was great.

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
Not spending enough time with my son. Busy, busy, busy! Also spending too much time on airplanes! I hate that.

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
What do you mean by ‘meeting people’? They never let me out of the office.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
As for a book, I didn’t read anything published in 2012 but re-read the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. I told you I like the Walking Dead! On the movie front, I haven’t seen it yet, but I think it is going to be Frankenweenie.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Head out to a Japanese shrine at midnight, as the temples ring their bells 100 times. Pray for the coming year to the shinto gods and then head home in the freezing cold for Ozoni, a soup containing sticky rice called mochi. Oh and make sure you have copious amounts of atsukan, hot sake.

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
Bringing Puppeteer to all the PlayStation fans and by doing so, spending more time with my son.

Chris Howe, PS Store and Plus Content Manager, SCEE

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
I am a huge Uncharted fan so the first few months of the year were taken up completing Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception over and over again! I also have a passion for sports games so could usually be found playing FIFA 12/13 along with Tiger Woods 13, NHL 13 and, of course, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
I’ve really wanted to play Assassin’s Creed 3 but just haven’t found the time, the titles in PlayStation Plus are keeping me very busy at the moment!

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
Started working at Sony of course!!

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
Dropping my PS3 meaning a gap in gaming until pay day came around and I could afford a new one!

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
I met a man who had climbed Everest. He was truly inspirational and I am now planning my own climb!

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
Book would have to be the Hunger Games and movie would have to be Looper – both were awesome!

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Good friends, good food, good games!

James Spafford, Community Manager, Media Molecule

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
For the first time in years, the answer isn’t LittleBigPlanet! Hmm, I racked up some serious hours with Diablo III, The Walking Dead and Dishonored, but the game I kept going back to was Super Hexagon. Actually the game I probably ended up playing the most is a card game called Cards against Humanity which is billed as ‘a card game for horrible people’

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
Johann Sebastian Joust (part of the Sportsfriends Kickstarter, and coming soon to PS3) wasn’t played enough, but we managed a good session at the Mm Christmas party which made up for it.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
A few friends and I rented a villa in the South of France and lazed around in the sunshine for a few weeks drinking wine: success.

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
I broke my elbow falling onto the floor from a piggy back ride during an Mm studio photo shoot. True story! Check out the pictures!

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
I met one of my childhood heroes – Ron Gilbert, creator of the Monkey Island games. That was a special moment. I also met a whole bunch of really interesting indie game developers this year. They’re all super interesting to talk to, some of them think about games in really surprising or twisted ways. For example, one of them made a game about punching a bowl of custard.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
Page-turner of the year was probably Stonemouth by Iain Banks, although I also really enjoyed a couple of Stephen King books I picked up at the airport whilst traveling to GDC Taipei – Under the Dome and 11/22/63. Movie-wise it would have to be Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson, but Looper, The Master and Cabin in the Woods should get notable mentions.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
It doesn’t really matter where or what you’re doing, as long as you’re with your friends. :)

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
For a friend’s birthday in January we’re going to Copenhagen to eat at Noma, the ‘best restaurant in the world’. I’m really quite excited about this, although my bank balance is less excited.

Victor Zuylen, Editor, Guerrilla Games

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
Dragon’s Dogma; it’s one of the few games of 2012 that my wife enjoys playing as much as I do. We even used the character editor to recreate each other as Pawns, which led to a lot of hilarity in-game.

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
I must confess I still haven’t gotten around to playing The Unfinished Swan. I know it got excellent reviews, but somehow I never found the time. 2013, I promise!

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
I completed an actual painting on an actual canvas using actual acrylic paint. It was the first time in years I did something creative that didn’t involve computers, and although it took me forever it felt immensely satisfying.

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
In hindsight, spending all of my holiday allowance on Lego sets during that trip to Denmark probably wasn’t one of my brightest moments…

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
A few months ago I met Brian Curtin, the director of the Killzone Intercept fan film. He’s an extremely enthusiastic and creative filmmaker, who can conjure up amazing results no matter how limited the budget.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
With the exception of the highly entertaining Avengers movie, I felt 2012 contained a lot of cinematic duds. At the time of writing I have yet to see Looper and Wreck-It Ralph, though.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Fireworks, and lots of them! The best way to ring in the New Year is with a ringing in your ear, I always say. But seriously, stay safe and use ear and eye protection if you’re going to handle pyrotechnic devices!

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
I really look forward to the release of Killzone: Mercenary for PlayStation Vita. It’s going to be a big year for us!

Arne Meyer, Community Strategist, Naughty Dog

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
Mass Effect 3. While I don’t feel the series has nailed the epic sci-fi space opera type thing that was established in Mass Effect 1, I still enjoyed every little thing I had to do in each of the games. The game universe just hit the right chord with me and I bought in wholesale. The series is one of the only games I was a completionist about – every side mission, every Mako/planetary discovery, and so on.

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
Red Dead Redemption. I know it came out in 2010.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
I went to Japan for three weeks, staying mostly in Tokyo and visiting friends in other nearby cities. However, I took the time to take an amazing trip by train up to Hokkaido to stay in a traditional ryokan and enjoy some time in an onsen. I met old friends, made a ton of new friends, and just had an overall experience I think I’ve never had quite to the same degree. It’s been a few months since I’ve been back and I still can’t stop talking about it.

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
There are a couple that are worse than this one, but the following thing makes for the best story, trust me. In Japan, they ask for your passport as part of checking-in to hotels. I stayed out a little too late the night before I was supposed to head to Hokkaido – by too late I mean I got back to my hotel at 7.00am – and I was, shall we say, not fully coherent. I already missed the first train I meant to make. I hastily packed, and slept the nine hours on the train before I arrived in Hokkaido, when I realised I left my passport back in Tokyo. Told you I can’t stop talking about my trip!

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
I can’t really go into details, but it involves someone I randomly got to meet who is from the town I grew up in, went to boarding school in Switzerland, whose family is from the same region in German as my father’s family and also speaks German, tattoos of all the portraits found on US currency, a white SLS AMG, and my first time riding a motorcycle on my own – a sweet Ducati too.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
Looking back, I think I saw less films in 2012 than I do in most years – I saw 22 in 2011 – so this makes the choice particularly tough. I seemed to stick with the big blockbuster releases this year, so a film like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom sticks out in my mind. By the time the year closes, Django Unchained or Zero Dark Thirty may claim the “favourite” spot. I did read a lot though, and I stormed through Charles Bukowski’s first four novels in a very short time – all four were my favourites from my reading list.

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Make sure you’re with some of your best, close friends, and/or loved ones. You almost can’t go wrong after that.

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
Releasing The Last of Us, traveling the world some more – London, Barcelona and Japan are all on my list for 2013 – and, hopefully, a 2013-2014 National Hockey League season to enjoy.

Omar Kendall, Game Director, SuperBot (PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale)

Which game did you play more than any other in 2012?
I’m a fighting game junkie, so either Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition or Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Which game did you really want to play in 2012, but never found the time?
Dark Souls, which I know technically came out in 2011, but still.

What was the single best thing you did in 2012?
Getting PlayStation All-Stars on the shelves this year was a pretty major accomplishment.

What was the single worst thing you did in 2012?
All of the bad things I put into my body to get PlayStation All-Stars on the shelves (copious amounts of taurine, caffeine, and fatty junk foods) combined with chronic sleep deprivation has no doubt caused harm that I’ll be managing for years to come.

Who was the most interesting person you met in 2012?
Collectively, all of the people I got to meet during the course of the year promoting PlayStation All-Stars.

What was your favourite book and/or movie of 2012?
I’m not sure that I’ve read a complete book or seen a complete movie in 2012!

What’s your top tip for a fun New Year’s Eve?
Share the night with the people that you love.

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
Getting healthy and facing new challenges.

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2012 was a mixed year for me gaming wise. ill start with vita.

it started of great with a visit to vita rooms Glasgow where i got to try out a vita while i was waiting for launch day so i could pick up my pre-ordered vita, first impressions were fantastic from me and others at the event and if the buzz was to be believed from the people at the event they were all planning on picking up the handheld, this just did not happen as i know quite a few people at the event and there buzz just did not translate to sales :(

I happy picked up mine and im fairly happy with the console however i feel it should have had more attention lavished on it from sony worldwide(cross buy is a great idea but its only good if you have a ps3 vita only owners don’t benefit).more aaa first party titles are needed if the machine is to become a serious player sales wise in the coming year.

my best games on vita for 2012 were zen pinball 2, modnation racers, street fighter x tekken, marvel vs capcom 3, everybodys golf, wipeout and a late entry in the way of playstation all stars battle royale which i think is better on vita than ps3 :)

 
AshishSahoo 31 December, 2012 @ 10:29 am   2

Not a very good year for me but I am really happy that I bought vita on launch day, the first console to get that honor from me!
I am looking forward to next year with excitement. I will have my college entrance exams in June, so going all out for that. And after that, 6 months of pure gaming!
Happy New Year everyone!

 

the ps3 was a different story altogether.

this year there was some fantastic titles i enjoyed on ps3.

sleeping dogs was a fantastic game, i watched videos on the game through out development and i thought it be ok and i would give it a go, it blew away all my expectations and in my opinion was goty, the combat was solid, the driving was fun, the map was a good size and most of all the story was fantastic. the developer is also doing a fantastic job of supporting the game with post release dlc.

xcom was another game that blew me away, i loved the original games from years ago that were hard as nails but provided a challenge that kept you coming back, this new game seemed to capture the spirit of that game very well while providing a more lenient but still challenging level of difficulty.

playstation plus, the changes made to plus have also been fantastic, sometimes some of us may have the games that are on offer but no one can deny that the igc is a fantastic idea on both ps3 and vita.

well thats me done for now :) i hope everyone has a fantastic new year.

Year 2012 with PS3 was beautiful – Journey, Tales of Graces F, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Rainbow Moon, Resident Evil 6 etc. Yes it was beatiful until you invaded my PS3 with hideous Singspam malware!!!

 

This year, I discovered the delights of Playstation Plus – what a fantastic, good quality service with an interesting choice of freely available titles! Good to also see the storage expansion to 1Gb which was welcome.

As for games, well, as someone who is both middle aged & time poor, it has been difficult to find the time to play everything I’ve wanted. Sleeping Dogs was a surprise (although I have yet to finish it). Currently enjoying Far Cry 3 – a great storyline and some novel gameplay ideas. Looking forward to GTA5 in the Spring.

 
supersmith2500 31 December, 2012 @ 11:31 am   6

This year was ok but not that great but there were some ups and downs. I got a Vita at launch and it was an awesome system but the problem is, few games didn’t get a EU release yet and few sucked and half-finished like Ridge Racer and Black Ops: Declassified but there were some great games as well like Gravity Rush, PASBR, MGS HD and of course Stranger’s Wrath. ACIII: Liberation was ok, but has few glitches I encountered but still a fun game.

For PS3 oh yes it’s been a great year for it, Sleeping Dogs was amazing and I played it for hours and it’s a great GTA clone, played on Rage DLC I bought, great stuff. Let’s hope 2013 is a great for PlayStation then shall we. Btw, I added you on PSN Fred.

HI FRED,

YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THE BLOATING OF OUR HARDWARE WITH THIS SONY SING-SPAM. A NEW YEAR IS A GOOD OPTION TO CHECK OTHER SPAM FREE GAMING PLATFORMS.

 

The last six months have been crap due to having to deal with cowboy builders….but that’s another story!

Good job I’ve had the Vita to escape to. It’s had more playtime this year than the PS3 – which I didn’t think would happen. Reliving some PSOne classics on that beautiful OLED screen has given them a new lease of life.

Currently working my way through FFVIII again, but tonight it will all be about SINGSTAR!!!!

Happy New Year. :)

 

I had ‘FUN’ gaming on my PS3 this year so it was a good year;-) (Well i have had ‘FUN’ every year since owning a PlayStation:-D so thats about 14+ years of gaming ‘FUN’ then):-P
The only downer ‘for me’ was still no PS2 playback on the new PS3:-/
Yep i am still upset that i can’t play my PS2 discs on a PS3 & that will always upset me. Oh well. Maybe one day every PS2 game will be on PSN i suppose, but then can the PS4 play them???…who knows…)
Anyway i can’t wait for 2013 with ‘The Last of Us’ & ‘Beyond – Two Souls’ & ‘GOW:Ascension’ & ‘The Last Guardian’(hopefully) then it will be a MEGA-BRILL 2013 for the PS3:-P

 
GANTZn00b 31 December, 2012 @ 1:21 pm   10

2012 … the year my consoles have been invaded by a unwanted ridiculous singstar spam icon , happy new year to everyone except the people in charge for that singstar icon!

 
S-o-h-a-i-l 31 December, 2012 @ 1:24 pm   11

Its my birthday today lol – thought I’d drop by the Blog during the slow afternoon until the celebrations begin in the evening.

Great read, and happy new year to you Fred :)

 
residentSteve 31 December, 2012 @ 1:28 pm   12

Its been a great year for films skyfall,avengers, dark knight rises total recall etc but games have been a bit of a let down for me.

The big 5 that let me down are re:orc, max payne 3,sleeping dogs,ridge racer unbounded and assassins creed 3 the better games for me have been re6 and mass effect 3 and uncharted on vita.

Also I did play resident evil revelations please bring that to vita next year capcom.

2013 looks much better dmc, dead space 3, god of war, last of us, tomb raider, remember me,sly 4 and hopefully ps4.

 
declan__watson 31 December, 2012 @ 2:31 pm   13

Hey Fred
March 19 2012 I signed up for a sony and playstation network account, I was really excited and happy to get started. By august I had a recorded 20 games and approxemetly nearly 100 trophies things began to hotten up. By november I had reached 190 trophies and was going on to the 200 mark got call of duty black ops 2, by december with my birthday anf christmas I was looking forward to it. December 25 2012 got a playstation vita, need for speed most wanted, ridge racer call of duty black ops declassified. Ps3 game wise I got motorstorm apocalypse and the amazing wonderbook book of spells based on harry potter, a massive fan of the series. Just on Thursday I went to my local shop and bought myself hitman absoulotion I am 35% of trophies collected and its a wonderful and fun game, I have renewed my subscription to playstation plus untill may. I am most looking forward to E3 and gamescom 2013 I know playstation will win it again anyway as we are better than the rest because quite simply we are. Im also looking forward to the last of us.
Thankyou very much for your time all the best for 2013 Fred. :)

 
declan__watson 31 December, 2012 @ 2:36 pm   14

Forgot to mention I started on ps3 last christmas, but been on the series since I was 3 or 4. Also when I ment by playstation will win again is because they will we have more and more fans worldwide than of xbox or any nintendo platforms and jack tretton and co of SCEA and SCEE mean what they say becaude wuite simply playstation is a platform worth joining we have the best and wonderful games in the industry.
Pisted using my Sony Xperia S. :) ;) LongLivePlay

 
declan__watson 31 December, 2012 @ 2:37 pm   15

Sorry about the spelling mistake Fred line 6 was quite simply and line 8 was ment to be posted4*. :)

@Declan

You’ll have to return Hitman. It’s an 18 rated game.

You’ve broken the law young man.

ferenzzz1971 31 December, 2012 @ 3:10 pm   17

Please, please, please bring Gauntlet 2 back in the PS Store!!! :(

 

@sem1471

there is a law that prohibits the sale of goods to a person under the age the goods are rated at.

ie a 15 year old cant go into a shop and legally buy an 18 rated game or movie themselves.

however unless im mistaken(which im sure im not) there is no law against someone under 18 playing or watching 18 rated content.

so he does not not have to return anything its the retailer thats in the wrong if they have sold him the game and not his parents.

 
RossyWilson 31 December, 2012 @ 3:21 pm   19

Its been a great year for Playstation but next year is looking even better with the Last of Us, Beyond and probably a next-gen console. I cant wait. Roll on 2013 :)

FRED,I AM ANGRY!!!!Where is Counter Strike:Global Offensive?
I am looking at you -_- !!!!

@hayzink

season’s greetings mate.

I wasn’t being serious about our young friend returning the game (he appears to be having a ball with it), I just thought he should be made more aware that age ratings matter.

Not being prudish but simulated assassinations + 15 year old boys doesn’t sit too well with me.

Peace bud.

 

@sem1471

sorry man i just thought you might have misunderstood that law that’s all.lol

i used to work in retail and people would come in and be buying gta games and they would tell you it was for there kids and while making conversation i would ask how old there kid/kids were and some of the ages were pretty shocking buying the game for there kids at 11 and 12 years old.
there was a few times where i would tell parents what to expect from the games, same with games like black ops parents seemed to be less concerned with the violence and more concerned with how much swearing a title has which i found strange.

i cant say anything i used to watch all the van damme movies with my dad when i was too young blood sport when your 10 years old is amazing :).

 
declan__watson 31 December, 2012 @ 4:28 pm   23

@sem
Im sorry but do you seruosly think im that stupid? I know the law. My mum bought it for me I laid for it. :)

 
declan__watson 31 December, 2012 @ 4:29 pm   24

Paid for it*

 
vonhammer 31 December, 2012 @ 4:33 pm   25

I thought it was the weakest year since 08 for Sony published games.Ever since Christmas 07 with Uncharted,and then with GT5p,you guys consistently had lots of big games.
This year all I bought were Twisted Metal,and PSASBR.And both were let downs.

Twisted plays great,it’s so good.But was ruined by the online issues that plagued the game for months.I would say it’s the worst online launch ever from a big publisher.

PSASBR also plays so well,but after a few days I’d seen everything.The games lack of modes was the real killer.And being a celebration of the brand.Lol,when you celebrate characters with a tiny bit off text,and a recycled portrait,I cant help but laugh.

Did good with digital titles and great with plus.Plus is easily the standout service of the hardware cycle.

At least 2013 is looking good for the PS3.And I’m still hopeful PS2 gets announced as a PS4 launch title.I will day one both.

 
THE_FORCE 31 December, 2012 @ 5:11 pm   26

New Years Eve = SINGSTAR

Now directly from the XMB too. Perfect !

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

 

@THE_FORCE

as a singstar fan i don’t mind the icon at all.

but your post is total flame bait lol ;)

have fun tonight :)

 
THE_FORCE 31 December, 2012 @ 5:27 pm   28

I have no idea what you mean ?! ;)

Will do, and you. Gonna download my free song in a bit too. 8-)

 

i cashed that in already james morrison and nelly “furturdo” broken strings.

also just had singstar rocks,singstar 80′s and sing star rocks arrive from cex 90 songs for a grand total of £6.50 and i only have about 8 of them all in lol so add that to what i have and im rocking just over 200 songs now.

get on the ps2 disc’s from cex if you have not got them already there a steal and work with any ps3 as well which is a bonus.

 

said singstar rocks twice, the other title was popworld doh!

 
supersmith2500 31 December, 2012 @ 6:12 pm   31

What’s really a big shame, Insomniac didn’t said happy holidays to anyone and I mean what’s wrong with them?

 
Player_550 31 December, 2012 @ 6:15 pm   32

My best 2012 game was Journey. And i am looking forward to
Tomb Raider in 2013.

 

@supersmith2500

there no longer a first party studio so maybes posting on here is no longer a priority for them!

 
AshishSahoo 31 December, 2012 @ 7:14 pm   34

Happy New Year everyone (again), as I am officially one year ahead of most guys here :P
Insomniac should have come. Their games will still sell better on sony platforms. They should remember that.

 
Stonesthrow 31 December, 2012 @ 7:38 pm   35

As always, a lot of software in the final quarter and not so much throughout the rest of the year. I remember getting a lot of HD collections and “non instant must-haves on sale”, waiting for the good stuff to arrive later on the year. PSN (exclusive) games have also gotten purchased more than usual, as I normally like my software on disc.
Decent year overall although the PS service left me with a bitter aftertaste for entering the new year. The changes to the XMB (trophy section- and syncing, Singstar malware, slowdown, ..) and PSstore was a damper to my overall experience, still is. There’s even slowdown when leaving your trophy overview now, takes me minutes to get back to the XMB from that. I honestly don’t know how an operating system can get worse by time (I finally understand how those people feel that complain about the loss of backwards compatibility) or how it’s still not fixed yet! The store has also gotten less conveniently arranged and accessible, having a direct impact on my userexperience and how frequently I use it, and thus buy stuff from it..

 
Stonesthrow 31 December, 2012 @ 7:40 pm   36

I’ve also noticed more of an emphasis on marketing this year, as I constantly see PS commecials (even out here in my small country), sadly more traditional than the artistic ones they used to make.

Hoping to see some changes here too, an edit button for the most of it!

 

what better way to round of the new year than a shiny new playstation all stars plat yay :)

and the vita version will be first plat of 2013 lol

HAPPY NEW YEAR IN 15 MINS GUYS :)

 
declan__watson 1 January, 2013 @ 12:21 am   38

Hey guys
Happy new year to Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment and Fred and co here on the blog. Happy new year to supersmith and hayzink two guys I know very well from my time here on the blog and to all other PlayStation gamers worldwide you game and interact on the right console, the best console for gaming and family entertainment. :)
My new years resoloutuon is Playing More games ;)
I like what I do because the playstation platform has all the right gaming needs, respectful people like Fred and co who give up all there extra time to blog news feeds, special events etc for all us core playstatiom gamers out there. LongLivePlay :)

 
declan__watson 1 January, 2013 @ 12:37 am   39

Also Fred I completed Hitman Absoloution i expect Square Enix will make another verson or somthing my overall review of the game was Spectacular, breathtaking, epic and complex. Agent 47 reminds me of an evil James bond. ;) Hitman was like a PlayStation exclusive because as I understand sony will get all exclusive rights and dlc to all square enix games becaue we own a 20% stake in the game developer which is fabulous for any playstation gamer because square enix is a fabulous gaming developer. I earned 28 trophes in Hitman and more percent than any other game I have. I am now level 6 on trophies with book of spells my next best game with 40% and 14 trophies. Book of spells a fabulous harry potyer experiance only on my favourite platform PlayStation. Please continue your partnership with JK Rowling I would love if alot of her experiances could come to playstation.
Thanks again guys LongLivePlay

 

@declan__watson

keep pushing on in hitman and aim for the platinum.

use http://www.ps3trophies.org to get help and tips with the harder trophies and you could well be adding your first platinum to your trophy cabinet.

here is a direct link to the games trophy guide and road map that can help with any particularly hard trophies http://tinyurl.com/acln3dh

 
chrisboers 1 January, 2013 @ 7:44 am   41

Happy Newyear everyone! I hope that after the fireworks you all still have all libs, hands, eyes etc, so you can make this year the best gaming year in history!
Long Live Play!

 
DoYouLikeMyID 1 January, 2013 @ 9:16 am   42

“James Spafford, Community Manager, Media Molecule

What are you most looking forward to doing in 2013?
For a friend’s birthday in January we’re going to Copenhagen to eat at Noma, the ‘best restaurant in the world’. I’m really quite excited about this, although my bank balance is less excited.”

I live just a bus ride away from Noma :D although I’ve never eaten at it… Too expensive… But have fun in Denmark!

    James Spafford 7 January, 2013 @ 11:51 am    

    Thanks! I shall do my very best to enjoy it, I saved up my pennies all year ;)

 
DoYouLikeMyID 1 January, 2013 @ 9:26 am   43

Oh yeah, and I can’t wait to play these games in 2013:

The Last Of Us

Beyond: Two Souls

Sly Cooper Thieves In Time

Tearaway

Soul Sacrifice

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

Final Fantasy X HD (Maybe including X-2 and XII? I can hope can’t I?)

God Of War: Ascension

Tomb Raider

And I’m sure there are a lot more I just can’t remember, 2012 was kind of stale for me, but 2013 is looking great!

 

2012
bad tings missing of some great rpg ath end of jear
bad tings = spamstar + other service on ps3 = no u tube / facebook / renting films / store of hel on ps3
ps vita ( price +mem price = not ok to lots of pers
not of lots good games + loosing mh serie )
ps3 supper slim need 250 gb -500 gb in europe = no other versions
+price drop 50 € – vita 100 € mem cards +- 20/30 € lesser
+ lots of orginal games = no bad ports
+ lots of indie games = minecraft ????
beter comunication on status of games = lots of buy on other device , reason u companie not tel one ting exampel = gs-go…….
i buy nintendo wii = u not tel one ting on mh serie = not buy mh on u consolle ennimore = u lose mony

beter
good games = far cry 3 /ac3/ dragon´s dogma/ borderlands2
vita good portabel ( only need tv play when u canot use ps3 on tv, like wii u )
vita gmail/ utube /facebook / store /ps+
ps3 using lesser energie / ps+ = great service who can stil growh

 

continu
pc sen store = 1000 x beter
2013 =
Soul Sacrifice
ragnorak odysee ( pantasy star online = bof no sp mode )
The Last Of Us
Beyond: Two Souls
i hope dark souls 2= love
ni no kuni = about time i only need english version
gtav
Valhalla Knights 3
-also i hope = Diablo III + sacred 3 – minecraft- mh hd ????
some falout ?? dragon age 3?
-Then ps4 anouncement + 400 € console 320gb 499€ 500gb + good mem.
+ lots of games ( big hope , i not tink ps3 compatibel )
also wy not use vita in store = faster ( touch screen ).
-Great deals = dlc ( dark souls 2 – gtav ….)
+ lots of games …. console = 1 games /2 other tings

 

pc sen store = 1000 x beter
2013 =
Soul Sacrifice
ragnorak odysee ( pantasy star online = bof no sp mode )
The Last Of Us
Beyond: Two Souls
i hope dark souls 2= love
ni no kuni = about time i only need english version
gtav
Valhalla Knights 3
-also i hope = Diablo III + sacred 3 – minecraft- mh hd ????
some falout ?? dragon age 3?
-Then ps4 anouncement + 400 € console 320gb 499€ 500gb + good mem.
+ lots of games ( big hope , i not tink ps3 compatibel )
also wy not use vita in store = faster ( touch screen ).
-Great deals = dlc ( dark souls 2 – gtav ….)
+ lots of games …. console = 1 games /2 other tings

 

Is there going to be any Journey discount this week?

 

now that we are in 2013 and its time to start looking forward to what the new year will bring(game wise) i would really love sucker punch to announce a new infamous title.

infamous 1,2 and fob has hands down been my own personal favourite ps3 exclusive and i would love to see a return.(keeping it spoiler free the evil storyline would seem the most natural to follow on from , however theres always the possibility of the good????????? lol)

so give us a new ps3 game or even a vita game or spoil us and do an ubisoft and do both like assassins creed(but we know you will do a better job of polishing the vita title :) )

so fingers crossed from me.

 
Project2insanity 1 January, 2013 @ 2:00 pm   49

Took a final Journey and delved into Okami before closing off the year. There’ll undoubtedly be further Journey(s) still but let’s see Okami on Vita. Seriously, it makes so much sense. Let’s hope Capcom agree. Oh, for those who’ve never played it; play it!
^^

 
Moe_and_Sars 1 January, 2013 @ 2:10 pm   50

Haha, Chris Howe… You’re exactly like me…. I spent half of 2012 playing Uncharted 3, played 3 times and got the platinum.Continued playing it online.And last week I bought the GOTY edition. Ohh!! And did i mention? I got the collector’s edition from America cause i didn’t find it here. It was such an adventure!!

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