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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Christmas?

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Now that the chaos of Christmas Day is finally over, you can lean into the most enjoyable part of the season: the aftermath. Assuming you’ve done the sensible thing and avoided the Boxing Day sales, you should have the rest of the week to sit back and enjoy some quality time with your PlayStation 3 and Vita.

Before we ask what you're playing, though, we thought it would be fun to see what the rest of the Push Square crew has planned for the holiday. We dragged the following team members away from their turkey sandwiches in order to find out what’s on their festive schedule.

Sammy Barker, Associate Editor: “To be honest, I’ve got so much to play over the Christmas break that I don’t really know where to start. I’ve amassed an enormous backlog in both my Blu-ray cabinet and on my PS3’s hard drive. I think top of the agenda is Tokyo Jungle. I’ve played a little bit of the game, but I haven’t had chance to properly get into to it yet. I’ve also got Jet Set Radio and Dyad to enjoy, neither of which I’ve really touched since downloading them.

“On the retail front, I’m really looking forward to sitting down with some of the games I missed this year. I’ve got Max Payne 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted to play. I also intend to go through at least one of Resident Evil 6’s campaigns – probably Leon’s – because I’m eager to see why that game has reviewed so poorly around the ‘net.

“Of course, when I’m not plonked in front of the television, I’ll probably be fiddling around with my Vita. I’m quite happy with the selection of pick-up-and-play titles I’ve amassed in recent weeks, so I’ll definitely be wasting time with Jetpack Joyride and Flying Hamster HD. I’ve also got a few PlayStation Plus freebies to try, with Big Sky Infinity and Mortal Kombat both vying for my attention.

“With so much to play, I’m not really sure how I’m going to fit everything in. I’ve still got copies of 007 Legends and LittleBigPlanet Karting that I’d like to finish as well. The rest of this week is definitely going to be devoted to video games – but I’m sure I’ll squeeze in the odd festive run at some point, too.”

Mike Mason, Assistant Editor: “I hope to find a copy of Dishonored stashed away under my tree this year. If I do, I'll be stealthing my way through the rest of the holidays I reckon. I may also finally get the chance to delve into Gravity Rush!”

Greg Giddens, Reviews Editor: “I've been in the mood for a JRPG for some time now, but haven't had the time to dive in. This break finally gives me the opportunity, and nothing says Christmas to me more than Final Fantasy VII. It's a title that I go back to time and time again.

"I once changed the colour of the text and text boxes to red and green in order to represent the season – that must be why I associate the game with the holidays.”

Robert Ramsey, Staff Writer: “One of my favourite PS2 games – Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 – was lucky enough to get an HD re-release this year, and I’ll finally have time to blitz through it. I just hope my fond memories of the game stay true. Other than that, a new playthrough of the Mass Effect trilogy is in order, with sprinklings of Dishonored here and there. Will there be time to squeeze in a Christmas Journey, too? Maybe.”

Nathan Michalik, Staff Writer: “On Vita I’ll be playing Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. It's an example of a game that's well adapted to Vita's touch interface and offers a unique twist on an older game. The fluid gameplay and excellent use of the touch screen make this one of the best shooters on the platform.

“As for the PlayStation 3, I’ll be spending plenty of time with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Out of all the kart racing titles in recent history, nothing hits the spot quite like this. The local multiplayer is perfect for stirring up some heated competition when getting together with family on the holiday break.”

Now that you know what we’re up to, we want to know what you’re playing this week. Did you get any new games for Christmas? Are there any titles in your backlog that you’re eager to try? Perhaps you have a particular favourite that you revisit every year? Feel free to share your plans in the comments section below.

User Comments (34)



SammyOfMobius said:

I played my brand-new Wii U and games: New Super Mario U, Nintendo Land, Tekken Tag 2, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, and Skylanders Giants. For Vita I got Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.



fchinaski said:

PS3: Journey and The Walking Dead
DS: Etrian Odyssey
iOS: Final Fantasy Dimensions
GBA: Castlevania Aria of Sorrow



JayArr said:

Going for Platinum on Assassins Creed III. Which is turning out to be a massive amount of gaming. @_@



ShogunRok said:

Just to say, DBZ Budokai 3 still holds up well. I'm so happy! Hope everyone had a good Christmas day!



charlesnarles said:

AC 1-3 were under my tree. I honestly had such a skewed memory of renting and thusly having to rush thru the first two. now I'm super excited to give them several weeks of undivided attention lol. I don't even wanna pop 3 in until I catch up : D Also, I have to get past the tutorial in jet set radio lol



hYdeks said:

PS3: Borderlands 2 DLC, Hunted:The Demon's Forge, and Skylanders Giants
Vita: Mortal Kombat, Uncharted, and Sonic All Stars Transformed



asiancuta said:

20+ hours of Persona 4 Golden over the weekend on the Vita. Finished off Dishonored on the 360. Watched her finish off Assassin Creed 3 with all completion too.



Gemuarto said:

Playing Tales of Innocence R for Vita, and planning to play Eiyuu Densetsu: Rei no Kiseki Evolution and that's it =)..



ZeD said:

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale!!!

Compared to the sister site (NintendoLife) this site is pretty dead community wize. They have news post posts with nearly 100 comments! (Wow!). I think in 2013 we really need to boost this site!



get2sammyb said:

@ZeD We're always looking at ways to grow the site and maximise its potential, and we expect 2013 to be an amazing year. In terms of where we're at, though, I'm very pleased with how far the site has come in a relatively short span of time (certainly beyond my expectations).

Tell all of your friends and stick with us — we couldn't do this without you!



Scrible said:

Need For Speed Most Wanted, but most of my free two weeks will be with Far Cry 3, and damn dem tigers,



IAmNotWill said:

Just finished The Sly Collection last night. Such a great trilogy! I think I'll spend the rest of the week playing New Super Mario Bros. on the 3DS. Might start up A Crack in Time if I feel like it, but I'll probaly save that until after New Year's.



goldgin said:

Disappointed by Assasins Creed for Vita, I'll be playing ps+ freebies Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush and Mortal Combat on sony's handheld. Pretty satisfied by my purchase of it this xmas. By the way, I stopped visiting NLife for the exact same reason: too many comments, tweets etc... it goes both ways



ZeD said:

The only issue I have is that I may be going into 2013 with a crap load of games to complete! HAPPY DAYS lol



Ginkgo said:

Off work until Jan 7th. Just about finished Far Cry 3. Waiting for The Walking Dead to arrive. Other games I missed in 2012 that I sill want to play (and may pick up are) Dragons Dogma and Hitman Absolution.
I have Dirt Showdown planned for New Years Eve racing/crashing against my brother in-law.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@ZeD: As a long-time veteran of NLife (from back when they were VC-Reviews and WiiWare wasn't even a thing yet), I say I PREFER these smaller communities. I almost never actually post anything over on NLife anymore because there's so many comments to wade through and I have a personal thing against posting without reading previous posts (to avoid accidental repetition). I post on Push Square often now, because no such problems exist.

Oh, and the only video game I played on Christmas Day was Midway Arcade Origins Collection. Much of my day was spent playing board/card games with the family and watching my new Freakazoid DVD's. Though technically...I did play a bit of Mass Effect, Crosswords Plus, and Wario Land II after midnight Christmas Eve, so count those if you like.



irken004 said:

Need to finish Sly 3 and got PS All Stars for PS3 today. Radec is still my fave fighter



NathanUC said:

Radec is awesome! A lot of people sure like to complain about him though I too have to rush through Sly 2 and 3 before the new title comes out. I should really get on that ....



get2sammyb said:

@Stuffgamer1 Bizarrely, I played a ton of Midway Arcade Origins on Christmas morning, too. I just was in the mood for a blast on Smash TV, and it didn't disappoint!



Gamer83 said:

For Vita I'm still playing PS All-Stars Battle Royale. Other than that the games getting most of my attention right now are ones I got for Christmas, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS and Sleeping Dogs for the 360.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Sammy: I'm a bit disappointed with how few people seem to have even attempted Score Attack mode on some of these games. As of Christmas Day, I was number 3 out of 398 scores on Root Beer Tapper. Also the Trophy for that title was absurdly easy. Game needs more respect.



Jaz007 said:

Uncharted Golden abyss, Unit 13 and Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.



isnchz said:

Was it a mistake for me to get Sonic & All Stars Racing: Transformed for PS3? Since from the comments it looks like everyone is playing it on Wii U. After watching interview with devs on Nintendo Direct it seems that Wii U has the best version of this game, eh.
So I'm playing Sonic & All Stars Racing on PS3 and Kid Icarus on 3DS. Haven't touched Vita in a while. I don't have Little Big Planet 2 (only the first one), thus can't even use it as a remote for PS3 version.



hamispink said:

I've been playing Ragnarok Odyssey and Uncharted: Fight for Fortune on vita, as well as Batman Arkham Asylum(finally about to finish it) and minecraft. Persona 4 should be shipping home tomorrow so I'm really looking forward to diving into that world. On the horizon I'm planning to get Zero Escape on vita, and Ni No Kuni on PS3



NathanUC said:

@isnchz It depends on your style really. If you have lots of local friends to play with, the Wii U version might fit you better as it has 5 player local instead of only 4. If you wanted to play online, the PS3 version is much smoother and offers voice support. I prefer the PS3 edition. Just avoid it on the 3DS



odd69 said:

saints row 3, dishonerd, black knight sword. I also got A nintenddo wii, super mario wiiu, zombiiu, and nintendo land. I guess Nintendo got most my attention/money this holiday season.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@sammy: Seriously? Well, I guess it's just a game I'm really good at, then...but that Trophy really didn't take me any trouble at all.

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