That was this year: the highs and lows of PlayStation’s 2011
Man, we’re just no good at farewells. As we raise a quadruple gin to 2011, it’s a relief we at least have so many fantastic PlayStation memories to ponder. What’s that? Massive, debilitating online security breach, you say? Wait, look over there – it’s Uncharted 3 and PS Vita! Aside from Drake’s megaton Arabian expedition and Sony’s new handheld, we’ve also been treated to the genius of Portal 2, the life-swallowing but fatally flawed Skyrim and the fancy facial delights of LA Noire.
The month-long PSN outage in April/May was, of course, a bugger. EA and Activision’s constant bickering in the Battlefield vs COD war was also tiresome – but thankfully both games turned out ace. If nothing else, at least we were treated to a winning dose of Wheatley. Who doesn’t love comic, slightly homicidal English robots? The year ends with a certain handheld’s Japanese launch and sad news for The Last Guardian.
Put down the flaming pitchforks, fanboys. On 18 January, after almost a year as a 360 exclusive, Mass Effect 2 lands on PS3. We’re so tickled a colour between red and purple, we award Mass Effect 2 a perfect 10/10 in out review. After all, sexing up blue aliens is worth a 9 on its own.
NGP breaks free
The worst-kept secret in games – other than that Hideo Kojima is an immaculately kept cyborg – finally escapes the bag as Sony officially unveils its portable powerhouse at its PlayStation Meeting on 27 January. What do the initials mean again? New… Games… uh, Platform? Yeah, we’re sure it’s something like that.
Raid over me
In the words of Cilla Black: life is full, full of surprises, chook. Wait, that’s not it. Anyway, at the turn of the year a Lara, Lara laughs are in short supply as we get our first glimpse of Tomb Raider’s survival horror-esque reboot. Ms Croft’s adventure looks chilling and brilliant.