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Feature: We're All Going on a Sony Summer Holiday

Posted by Sammy Barker

Fun in the sun

Cancel your cheeky week in Barbados or Benidorm, because Push Square Sabbaticals are taking you on an all-inclusive tour of the sunniest resorts in Sony land. During your ten day stay on Planet PlayStation, you’ll visit the most tantalising tourist spots that gaming has to offer, each lovingly laying out idyllic views, entertaining activities, and some of the liveliest locals this side of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to bed, breakfast, and more all-you-can-eat buffets than Chinatown, you’ll be spending a full day at all ten of the resplendent resorts outlined below. Without further ado, let’s take a look at where our magical tour bus is going to take you.

Apotos, Sonic Unleashed

The Greek-inspired architecture of Apotos in Sonic Unleashed will represent the first stop on your tour of PlayStation’s most popular tourist destinations. A quaint coastal town located on the continent of Spagonia, this gorgeous holiday hotspot plays host to the most perfect sapphire skyline that you’re ever likely to see. Home to a variety of street side vendors, winding walkways, and picnic benches, this vibrant village offers the perfect backdrop for some post-travel respite. The nightlife is less recommended, however, as rumour has it that a werehog roams these parts.

Battleship Bay, BioShock Infinite

Set on the cloud city of Columbia, this seaside section of Soldier’s Field distances itself from the political strife plaguing the other parts of BioShock Infinite’s backdrop. A turn of the century throwback, this traditional seafront setting features a sandy beach, simulated ocean, arcade, and other attractions. Dress up in your striped bathers and build some sand castles or walk the pier with the cool air animating your hair. Just always remember to abide by one golden rule: Zachary Hale Comstock is king in these parts.

Costa del Sol, Final Fantasy VII

It may share a name with a region in Southern Spain, but the Costa del Sol is actually an industrious oceanic town found in Final Fantasy VII. Home to a classical beach, bar, and harbour port, this is a well equipped spot with a wealth of things to do in it. You’ll likely spend most of your hours standing by the sea, chatting to locals like retired Shinra employee Hojo. However, one of the defining features of this particular place is its soft jazz soundtrack, which simply won’t stop looping wherever you go.

Harbour Studio, PlayStation Home

An action packed holiday isn’t everyone’s cup of Cosmopolitan, and so you may be eager for a bit of me time after a few days spent sitting out in the sun. PlayStation Home’s idyllic Harbour Studio provides the perfect place to catch your breath, and is yours to customise for the day. Want to toss in a couple of arcade machines? No problem. Prefer to vegetate in front of a particularly ugly statue of Ratchet & Clank? It’s all good. Just remember not to exceed the floor plan restrictions – the PlayStation 3’s only got so much RAM, y’know.

Kamurocho, Yakuza

Chances are you’ll have brought some spending money along with you for the week, but outside of cotton candy and coin machines, you’ll probably be in the market for a few souvenirs to take home. Fortunately, the bustling streets of Kamurocho from Yakuza are positively pulsing with commercial attractions for holidaymakers of all ages. Take a tour of the Millennium Tower situated at the heart of the city, and stop off at the Smile Burger for lunch. Why not try to grab some Super Monkey Ball memorabilia at the Club SEGA Arcade? And if you’re looking for something to do at night, the Stardust club is festooned with friendly hostesses waiting to entertain you.

Kisira Atoll, Aquanaut’s Holiday: Hidden Memories

No holiday is complete without some underwater activities, and that’s exactly what you’ll be getting up to at Kisira Atoll. The Polynesian setting that takes centre stage in Aquanaut’s Holiday: Hidden Memories, this oceanic environment is home to some of the most incredible sea life that you’re ever likely to encounter. Don your scuba gear and flashlight and head under the sea in this open and immaculate water wonderland. Just remember to come up for air occasionally – it can get intoxicating down there.

New Zack Island, Dead or Alive Paradise

The rebuilt resort of oddball entrepreneur Zack, you’ll be entertained by some live sport at the egotistically entitled New Zack Island. Home to the Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volley Ball championships, you’ll be able to sit back as fine physical specimens duke it out on golden sands. If you tire of the tournament, there’s an indoor lounge with pool tables and recliners for those looking to take the weight off their feet. Contrary to common opinion, however, cameras are not allowed on the island for, er, obvious reasons.

Sandover Village, Jak & Daxter

Home to heroes Jak & Daxter, the twee setting of Sandover Village is filled with the usual roster of holiday activities. From fishing to farming and even a tropical jungle, it’s recommended that you pre-plan how you want to spend your time here, as there are far too many options for just one day. A boat trip to Misty Island is available, but the dark eco-infused indigenous animals make it an out of favour attraction among tourists. More popular is Sentinel Beach, which plays host to a slew of relics and ancient coves.

The Desert, Journey

While most use holidays to recharge their batteries and flash some cash, you’ll be doing a bit of soul searching in the serene setting of Journey’s desert. Aimless wandering is encouraged here, as you battle sandstorms in order to find your inner purpose. You may stumble upon other pilgrims while exploring this hallowed land, but it’s up to you whether you choose to return their calls. It’s believed that those who make it all the way to the mountain on the horizon will find their true calling in life...

Vespucci Beach, Grand Theft Auto V

With all of that soul searching, you’re going to want to round off your ten night stay on Planet PlayStation with somewhere a little more familiar. Vespucci Beach may look just like a seafront in Santa Monica, but it’s actually Los Santos’ most popular tourist spot. For a city otherwise riddled with criminal activity, the Grand Theft Auto V hotspot offers a variety of sporting activities, from cycling and jogging right through to jet-skis. Our only advice is to steer clear of anyone that identifies as Michael, Franklin, or Trevor.


Places are limited, so don’t dawdle and book your seat today. And don’t forget to tell us which location you’re most looking forward to visiting in the comments section and poll below.

What's your favourite PlayStation holiday hotspot? (34 votes)

Apotos, Sonic Unleashed

  3%

Battleship Bay, BioShock Infinite

9%

Costa del Sol, Final Fantasy VII

21%

Harbour Studio, PlayStation Home

  3%

Kamurocho, Yakuza

6%

Kisira Atoll, Aquanaut’s Holiday: Hidden Memories

  3%

New Zack Island, Dead or Alive Paradise

9%

Sandover Village, Jak & Daxter

12%

The Desert, Journey

9%

Vespucci Beach, Grand Theft Auto V

15%

Other

12%

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User Comments (16)

DarkRed

#4

DarkRed said:

Maybe I'm just dumb but how do we sign up ? I can't find the link or such to like book my spot.

CanisWolfred

#6

CanisWolfred said:

Zack's Island, of course. The scenery is absolutely beautiful:

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And speaking of snakes, I kinda wish I remembered to turn safe search on before looking that up...

odd69

#7

odd69 said:

Wow a nod to FF7, I love you guys. Costa del Sol, Final Fantasy VII is my vote.

Cloud7794

#10

Cloud7794 said:

Ah Costa del Sol... lovely place to visit after a cruise. I particularly enjoyed playing soccer with the locals, and I noticed a quaint little condo for sale that I absolutely MUST get my hands on one day :) Overall 4.5/5, my only complaint being that the beach permitted only locals to swim: guests were restricted to wading.

Cloud7794

#12

Cloud7794 said:

@get2sammyb Yup! Though as someone else mentioned, Costa del Sol comes in second to Balamb. Hard to find a town more chill than there, with only the occasional local students around to break the serenity for just a moment.

gr8apeb8

#15

gr8apeb8 said:

Nothing says relaxing vacation like Ishimura. Oh wait. That's horribly mixed up. Costa del sol it is.

DHW

#16

DHW said:

How could you leave out Pokitaru from Ratchet & Clank? It was even on the thumbnail! XD

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