Articles by Stefan Hutchings
Hello and welcome to a bumper edition of the PS3A Weekly Roundup, as the feature moves to Friday evenings. Here is what’s been happening on the site and in the world of videogames over the last week (well, actually the last 11 days).
Velocity Ultra, the Vita version of FuturLab’s critically acclaimed PS mini, was released a couple of days ago on the European PS Store. It’s even free for PlayStation Plus subscribers, but the team isn’t stopping there!
Yesterday evening, Sony announced the future of Gran Turismo at the franchise’s 15th Anniversary event at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix. It turns out that its future is in Gran Turismo 6, which (as has been widely reported across the internet over the last few weeks) is coming to PS3 this winter.
It’s been a long time coming, but there’s some much needed variety in today’s PS3 Attitude PlayTime. This week’s videogame playlist included an eclectic mix of Final Fantasy XIII, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Persona 4 (on PS2!), Soul Sacrifice, Spec Ops: The Line and Thomas Was Alone. OK, it’s perhaps not a massive departure, but it’s definitely progress!
If you bet that this week Majiesto has been playing Soul Sacrifice, MitchJay92 has been playing every Persona game ever made, and I’ve been playing BioShock Infinite and Final Fantasy XIII, then I have very good news: you win! Yes, like the ever-predictable people that we are, we’ve been playing those same games yet again. But there’s always next week, right?
This week, PS3 Attitude heard from upcoming games Diablo III, Killer Is Dead, Persona 4: Arena, and a little-known title called something like Grand Theft Auto V. We also saw the formation of a new studio in France, and posted our definitive review of the superb indie platformer Thomas Was Alone.
The inventive puzzle-platformer Thomas Was Alone has been described by its creator, Mike Bithell, as ‘a game about rectangles and friendship’. However, as you may have guessed from the somewhat melancholy title, there’s a lot more going on here than that.
We know you won’t believe it, but this week there’s been a massive shakeup and we’ve all been playing completely new games that haven’t been featured in PlayTime ever before! Oh, actually scratch that; on closer inspection, it looks like we’ve all been playing exactly the same games that we played last week. It’s an easy mistake to make – sorry about that.
It’s been a pretty quiet week in the industry, with no major releases or announcements. Even so, we still got some interesting titbits of info, including a US release date for obscure JRPG Dragon’s Crown, and the news that PS Move survival horror Until Dawn has added DualShock 3 controls (probably a good thing).
This week, DolphGB got sucked even further into the intriguing world of Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Majiesto prepared himself for the arrival of Soul Sacrifice on PS Vita with its super-sized demo, MitchJay92 realised that Persona isn’t the only videogame franchise that exists, and I took a trip into the clouds with the incredible BioShock Infinite.
This week’s leading article was our review of the awesome 2D platformer Guacamelee. It’s rare for a game to come pretty much out of nowhere and floor everyone with its superb quality, but that’s exactly what DrinkBox has managed with the studio’s latest release.
Guacamelee! is the latest title from DrinkBox Studios, the Toronto-based developer behind the awesome Tales From Space series on PS3 and PS Vita. Available for both consoles, the team’s latest project is a Metroidvania-style 2D platformer that stars a Mexican farmer named Juan Aguacate, who finds himself in a bit of a pickle when he is killed five minutes into the game.
As always, we’ve been playing an extremely eclectic selection of games this week, from visual novels to JRPGs, 2D platformers to first-person shooters. The biggest hit of the week was undoubtedly DrinkBox’s Guacamelee!, which has been wowing us with its incessant charm and entertaining gameplay (keep your eyes peeled for a full review very soon!).
This week, Warner Bros. made all our dreams come true with the announcement of a new Arkham game. Unfortunately it’s not being developed by Rocksteady Studios, but more Batman sounds good to us!
The international release of Vita-exclusive RPG Soul Sacrifice is just a few weeks away, so to whet your appetite Sony has announced a massive demo will be coming to both the North American and European PS Stores next week.
This week, DolphGB finally discovered how awesome Portal 2 is (better late than never, Dolph!), Majiesto continued his mission to play through all three BioShock games, MitchJay92 intensified his obsession with Persona, and I had fun (read: intense frustration) setting up my new computer. As always, find out what else we did this week by clicking the link.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the PS3A team’s most played game of last week was the incredible BioShock Infinite. If you’re yet to pick up Irrational Games’ masterpiece, we seriously suggest you correct this error in your life! Other games that got some play time this week were The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Lumines: Electronic Symphony and Persona 4: Golden.
It’s been a big week at Attitude Towers, as we finally announced the winners of the PS3 Attitude Awards 2013, recognising the very best games of last year – as voted for by you, our dear readers!
Terraria was originally released on PC in May 2011, and quickly developed a cult following. A couple of months’ ago the game was also announced for consoles, and today it finally arrives on PSN!