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PS3 Slim news: All they want for Christmas…

The people behind the video games you love tell us what they’re looking forward to playing over the Christmas break.

Draw up a fantasy list of dream careers and the job of video games developer would surely feature. You get to make and play amazing titles all day long, right? Make them, yes, but play them? Not always. That’s why the people involved in creating the biggest video games of 2012 – some of the most passionate fans there are – look forward to the chance to down tools over Christmas and catch up on the games their fellow developers have crafted.

Discover what the talented minds behind the likes of Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Dishonored and Need for Speed Most Wanted are hoping to unwrap on Christmas morning.

“Given all the superb releases in the last few months I wouldn’t normally have any time to leave the house. However, this year I’ve got a few great games to play on my PlayStation Vita, including LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita, Assassin’s Creed III Liberation and Need for Speed Most Wanted, while on my PlayStation 3 must-play list this Christmas are Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution.” (Robert Karp, producer, XDev Studio Europe)

“Obviously, Christmas is the season of goodwill, but I also like to think of it as the time when Santa dumps a load of wicked games down the chimney, and I take time off work to blast through them.

“This year, while my family busy themselves exchanging gifts, eating mince pies and enjoying a little quality time together, I’ll be battering my friends’ high scores and driving my way to the top of my Most Wanted List in Need for Speed Most Wanted on PS3. And if my family insist on me making an appearance at the dinner table, I’ll bring my PS Vita version and just keep on scoring.” (Rob O’Farrell, producer, Criterion Games)

“I’m looking forward to playing Dishonored on PS3 and having the time to finally finish Rayman Origins on my PS Vita.” (Warren Spector, vice president, Junction Point Studios)

“I’m way behind so I am looking forward to finally playing Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. I’m also going to be catching up with The Walking Dead on my PS3.” (Paul Weaver, senior director, Junction Point Studios)

“I’ve started playing the adventure game, The Walking Dead, and I really like it. The branching choices are great and make it feel like my experience, my story. Harvey Smith [see below] and I are both playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown, along with people from the Dishonored team in Lyon and in Austin. There’s a good chance we’ll be starting it all over again during the holiday.” (Raphael Colantonio, president and co-creative director, Arkane Studios)

“XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I need to start again because my entire squad, in Iron Man mode, got slaughtered. All of them were named after friends and family. Raphael Colantonio and I died last, at least. Also, my wife is a PS Vita fanatic, so she will be playing LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and Sound Shapes. I love to watch her play and hear her commentary on what she likes in games and in the PS Vita system itself.” (Harvey Smith, co-creative director, Arkane Studios)

“I’ll be replaying Journey, squeezing in some fights on PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale and working my way through Papa & Yo. I love a good beat ‘em up, so I’m playing Double Dragon Neon which I got free through PlayStation Plus. I’m also travelling a lot over the holiday, so I have my PS Vita stocked up. I’m playing through LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, Gravity Rush and also Assassin’s Creed III Liberation.” (Brandon Laurino, executive producer, CCP Games) “My daughter and I have been discussing some themes and ideas for our next LittleBigPlanet PS Vita level. The plan is to get that up and running and play-tested (by Mummy), and then I have some serious catching up to do in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” (Atli Már Sveinsson, creative director, CCP Games)

“I’m going away for the holidays with my family, so it’s all going to be about PS Vita. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and Sound Shapes I’ve already started, and Christmas will be the perfect time to play them some more. Plus I’m really looking forward to playing two new exciting games, Surge and Big Sky Infinity, which I’m hoping everyone else picks up so I can challenge them on the leader boards.” (Paul Rustchynsky, design director, Evolution Studios)

“My stack of must-play games grows ever taller. I feel shame. But the annual mini-holiday grants me the opportunity to turn my attention to the pile. Beautiful, shiny, unopened PS3 versions of Far Cry 3, Dishonored and Deus Ex: Human Revolution (I am fully aware how long ago that came out) wait to be enjoyed with eggnog, turkey sandwiches and sometimes cake…in fact, most of the time cake.” (Matt Turner, scriptwriter, Ubisoft Montreal)

“Maybe I’ll put Heavy Rain back in the tray for a replay, or some XCOM: Enemy Unknown. As a lot of us are just taking a break after finishing Assassin’s Creed III, there’s also the threat of some four-player Borderlands 2 action, but the wife is already giving me the death stare and I’ve only just typed this.” (Alex Hutchinson, creative director, Ubisoft Montreal)

“I’ll be playing God of War Collection followed by God of War III as there’s nothing like a bit of Spartan spirit to warm up the festive period.” (Ben Walke, community manager, Codemasters)

“I’m hoping for a few new 3D Blu-ray movies from Santa to watch on my PS3. I’m also looking forward to Ratchet & Clank: QForce as it’s awesome in stereoscopic 3D and is good for all the family – I can buy it for the kids and play it myself when they’re in bed!” (Simon Benson, senior development manager, Evolution Studios)

“I can’t wait to play Assassin’s Creed III and FIFA 13, as well as watch trailers for Dead Space 3 and The Last of Us on my PS3 at home.” (Brian Hayes, creative director, EA SPORTS)

“2012 has been a busy year for London Studio – and this Christmas I fully intend to reap the rewards. My kids love Wonderbook: Book of Spells already and when their cousins are over at Christmas we will definitely be playing it. Let’s face it, everyone loves levitating a jar of eyeballs…

“I know that LittleBigPlanet Karting is on at least one wish list in our house as well as Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. And we won’t forget our party favourites: SingStar and DanceStar Party Hits. Doubtless these will be a big part of our post-lunch afternoon. My niece has a grudge match with me on DanceStar Party as I beat her hands down last year. Merry Christmas everyone!” (Dave Ranyard, director, London Studio)

After a certain game yourself this Christmas? Why not head over to and tell us what you’re most looking forward to playing. You never know, someone might spot your comment and take the hint…

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Posted on December 17th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: PS3 Review: Sony PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

It’s like a PS3 gamer’s dreams come true. Fall asleep playing a fighting game and dream of a world in which your favorite Sony characters battle it out “Super Smash Bros.”-style for world dominance. What would happen if Cole fought Nathan Drake? What Hell could Fat Princess unleash on poor Sackboy? Does Parappa the Rapper still have a fan base? Welcome to the world of “Sony PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale,” a game with a great concept marred by disappointing execution. Read our full review for more details on one of the most creative and most chaotic games of the season.

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Posted on November 23rd, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Access TV Episode 59

Available to download from the PlayStation Store now

The most iconic cartoon character in history? You could say that. He’s been enchanting audiences for over 80-years and now Mickey Mouse makes his PS3 bow in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, a brilliantly creative platformer that takes the Game of the Week spot in Access TV Episode 59.

Also out this week is the awesome PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and there’s coverage from last weekend’s Access Live event where the PS3 exclusive brawler was the main attraction. Expect interviews with the brilliant Access community as well as Battle Royale’s Lead Designer (and all round beat ‘em up legend) Seth Killian. Plus there are people in ridiculous costumes.

And there’s more! Specifically an interview with Far Cry 3 Lead Writer Jeffrey Yohalem as we gear up for the release of the biggest open world shooter in years, plus all the latest PS3 news and a roundup of the best content currently available on the PlayStation Store, which this week includes the superb Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Access TV is available on the PlayStation Store every Wednesday, free to download for all UK PSN users.

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Posted on November 21st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: Access TV Episode 37

Available to download from PlayStation Store now

After taking last week off to scurry around LA making E3 videos, Access TV is back on the PlayStation Store this week with *trumpets blare* EVEN MORE E3. Not because they have loads of leftover stuff from the show floor they couldn’t fit in anywhere else, but because it’s brilliant and shiny and new and has Hideo Kojima in it for a little bit.

 For any of you who missed the pre-E3 conferences, there’s a swift catch-up of all the biggest games and announcements, including EA’s Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Dead Space 3, Ubisoft’s  Assassin’s Creed III and Watch Dogs, and Sony’s heart-pumpingly impressive The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls..

There’s more from Joe Merrick – your Access E3 Presenter – as he takes us on a whistle-stop tour through the neon-blue PlaySation area before it gets swamped with crowds, plus the team take in the brightest, best-est and bizarre-est from the show floor itself (watch out for a giant, spinning Sonic and a life-size Katsuhiro Harada that is, in actual fact, Katsuhiro Harada).

The show finishes with a behind-the-scenes look at the PlayStation media room, with interviews and coverage on games such as Unfinished Swan, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and of course  The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls. Enjoy!

Access TV is available on the PlayStation Store every Wednesday, free to download for all UK PSN users.

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Posted on June 13th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: New from PlayStation at E3 2012

Wonderbook: Book of Spells revealed, BEYOND: Two Souls unveiled and cross platform features detailed at E3 – find out more here.

New on PlayStation 3

Wonderbook, a brand new peripheral for PS3, will put a physical book into your hands and draw you deeper into a story than ever before thanks to incredible augmented reality features.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells will be the first game to work in tandem with the revolutionary new peripheral. Set to bring wizardry to life in your living room on PS3, the game features exclusive new writing from J.K. Rowling and lets you learn the art of spell-casting using your PlayStation Move motion controller.

New from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream is BEYOND: Two Souls, an unpredictable, psychological thriller starring Hollywood actress Ellen Page.

Elsewhere, the lid was lifted on God of War: Ascension’s breathless single player campaign, while we caught a new glimpse of the harrowing world of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us.

Cross platform features outlined

Gamers will be able to share content between Assassin’s Creed III on PS3 and Assassin’s Creed III Liberation on PS Vita by taking advantage of the new Cross-Goods feature.

Cross-Play will let PS3 and PS Vita gamers play against each other no matter where they are. Games to support this feature include WipEout HD on PS3 and WipEout 2048 on PS Vita, and Hustle Kings and MotorStorm RC on both PS3 and PS Vita.

Upcoming games to utilise Cross-Play include STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

The Cross-Controller feature lets gamers use their PS Vita system as a controller in games such as ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 on both PS3 and PS Vita and LittleBigPlanet 2 on PS3.

PlayStation Mobile to expand

PlayStation Mobile is the new name for PlayStation Suite, the fun, PlayStation-style gaming experiences available on PlayStation Certified mobile devices including PS Vita

It was also announced that powerhouse smartphone manufacturer HTC is to join the PlayStation Certified license programme.

Coming to PlayStation Vita

PlayStation One Classics are set to become available on PS Vita. They include the iconic role-playing game FINAL FANTASY VII from SQUARE ENIX, Capcom’s hair-raising RESIDENT EVIL DIRECTOR’S CUT and the vibrant platform adventure, Crash Bandicoot, from Sony Computer Entertainment.

Make sure you keep an eye on for more announcements and features from the world of PlayStation at E3 2012, and head to PlayStation.Blog for news from the show floor.

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Posted on June 6th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: 10 Characters We Want To See In Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale

The recent announcement of the PS3 fighting game Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale has raised as many questions about the game as it has given us answers. We know to expect the characters Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal), Fat Princess (Fat Princess), Kratos (God of War), Sly (Sly Cooper), Radic (Killzone), and Parappa (Parappa the Rappa). These characters are quite varied and look to offer plenty of fun for all sorts of players. Here are ten of the characters we hope to see the most in the game when it releases.

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Posted on May 6th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »