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Submitted by doctorstrange 1136d ago | opinion piece

2012: The Year of the PlayStation? No.

With 2012 coming to an end, the Daily Reaction duo of Seb and Dan discuss the year, what they loved, what they hated and what went wrong.

-PSLS (PS Vita, PS3)

Foolsjoker  +   1136d ago
Hopefully 2013 will be a better year for PlayStation.
doctorstrange  +   1136d ago
TLoU, Beyond and mebbe the PS4? Damn right it will
Enemy  +   1136d ago
Exclusives (so far...)

The Last of Us (or better known as Here Come The 10's)
Beyond: Two Souls
God of War: Ascension
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Ni no Kuni


BioShock Infinite
Dead Space 3
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Tomb Raider
Dark Souls 2

Yeah, that's already more than I need, or more than I was planning on buying, considering PS4 savings. Sigh...
cpayne93  +   1136d ago
Ground Zeroes is coming out next year right?
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Ritsujun  +   1136d ago
yup, in your dreams
cpayne93  +   1136d ago
Ok no need for the sarcasm. I didn't know.
shivvy24  +   1136d ago
FUSE is coming out guys ! it may be the hidden JEM , WATCH OUT !!!! i predict 9.5/10 selling 69million copies
ftwrthtx  +   1136d ago
More Vita support would have been great. True remote play and more cross controller play is needed.
Godchild1020  +   1136d ago
It was a good year for the PlayStation, just not in the sales department.
Anon1974  +   1136d ago
I don't think Sony has anything to be ashamed of this year. The PS3 proved pretty damn resilient while the 360 fell by nearly 40% and Wii sales fell off a cliff. We know that Sony hit 70.2 million at the start of November and was the only console to post year over year gains during Black Friday. That means 6.3 million consoles sold not counting the two biggest sales months of the year.

By contrast, the 360 sold 4.2 million as of the end of Sept and even sales in their biggest region were down 25% during Black Friday while the rest of the year they were down 40% year over year. Even if both consoles are down 25% over the holidays, the PS3 will still have managed to be the best selling console for 2012, and will have most likely moved into 2nd place overall despite the 360 having once enjoyed a lead of almost 9 million consoles.

So how was it not a good year for the Playstation if we're looking at sales? Because PS3 sales were down just like everyone else? Because the Vita didn't set the world on fire in it's first year? When it comes to sales it's kinda hard to argue against the PS3 this year, because we all know what everyone sold up until the holiday and the PS3 was ahead by miles. It's not like that information is secret or in dispute.
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Godchild1020  +   1136d ago
Dude calm down. I agree with everything you have to say, I wasn't talking Vita or PS3. I was talking first party games, not consoles. I own both the PS3 and Vita and I have been one of the 4+ million Vita owners that have been optimistic about the sales improving.

I have been saying the PS3 has been selling better Year over year since launch and how well it's been doing. It's just the games (they are enjoyable to play and some of the best on any console) that haven't sold as well as expected this year (I'm just talking the games that released this year), no matter what Sony says..

I'm going to + bubble and agree, because you were the only one to disagree and reply.
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dbjj12088  +   1136d ago
2012 did kind of suck. What a let down. Not apocalypse even.
prototypeknuckles  +   1136d ago
2009 and 2011 were the years of the playstation and 2013 is shaping up ti be as well anyone else see a pattern here.
doctorstrange  +   1136d ago
2010 had GOW3, Heavy Rain and GT5
th3n00bg4m3r  +   1136d ago
2008 - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots[the biggest game of this generation, so far] and Little Big Planet.
YodaCracker  +   1136d ago
It seems to be back and forth between the PS3 and 360. In my opinion, the 360 had the better lineup in 2008, the PS3 in 2009, the 360 in 2010, the PS3 in 2011, the 360 in 2012, and the PS3 in 2013 from the looks of it. Unfortunately, the only exclusive I cared to play this year on my PS3 was Journey. I'm definitely looking forward to next year though!
th3n00bg4m3r  +   1136d ago
PlayStation 3
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots
Little Big Planet 2
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
Resistance 2
Xbox 360
Gears Of War 2
Fable 2
Left 4 Dead[if console exclusives count]

PlayStation 3
Heavy Rain
God Of War 3
Gran Turismo 5
Xbox 360
Halo: Reach
Forza Motorsport 3
Alan Wake[console exclusive again]
Ezz2013  +   1136d ago
i was about to post this
since 2007 xbox never had a better year than ps3
even this year with no big exclusives for ps3
journey outscored every xbox exclusive and won most of GOTY award

owner of both by the way
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Riderz1337  +   1136d ago
If Sony does announce the PS4 in 2013 and it launches in 2013 then my oh my will they go out with a bang on the PS4.

God of War: Ascension
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Ni No Kuni
Beyond: Two Souls
The Last of Us
Until Dawn
MLB 13

Not even counting the PS Vita games also. Sony is going out with a bang whilst the competition is leaving with a whimper. (No offense)
rainslacker  +   1136d ago
I love how all these sites look at wonder-book like a WTF type of product. It's definitely not the sort of product I'd buy, but I'm sure none of them are going to come back in a few years time and say what a great success it has been. Wonder-book is quite literally probably going to be one of Sony's best selling IP's of all time, and is directly linked to pushing the Move controller into the casual markets hands.
doctorstrange  +   1136d ago
You should be right, but sadly they have totally undermarketed it and casuals need marketing. It's not exactly setting the charts on fire.

Sony is awesome at core games. Casual? Not so much.

They should stick to what they're good at, and what we love.
rainslacker  +   1136d ago
While I haven't seen any TV ads for it, I have seen displays in Gamestop, Wal-mart, and my local target had a pretty big display right next to the Move stuff when I went in there last week. It's gotten mixed reviews by the press as far as if it's really that immersive for getting kids to read, but it is getting press outside of the gaming sites. Having a system bundle with it is also a form of marketing.

I think as more titles are released with it, and it becomes a sub-brand of playstation they may ramp up marketing. Harry Potter pretty much markets itself, so they may be holding back on it. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of it at the next E3.

I also haven't seen any sales figures yet, maybe you could direct me to some.
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doctorstrange  +   1136d ago is where it debuted in the charts in the UK, and it has a rank of "#1,779 in Video Games" on the US Amazon store
rainslacker  +   1136d ago
Going up against some pretty heavy competition and long standing IP's. However I think you may have a point, and it may be indicative of Sony's less than stellar marketing.

I don't really have a good reference on whether or not those numbers are good or bad however, it does seem 25th isn't such a bad place to be, and I don't know how amazon rates it's games.

I've been keeping an eye on it because I think it's a pretty creative use of a learning tool, and see it as being a real success for them.
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jdubdoubleu  +   1136d ago
no year will ever be the year for the PS.
Bladesfist  +   1136d ago
I don't own either console but if PC did not exist I would go buy a playstation. It has a lot less exclusives than the PC but a lot more than the 360.
Azmatik  +   1136d ago
Playstation has a rediculous ammount of kick-ass 1st party games which other platforms just dont have, so personally almost every year has been PS year for me but sales unfortunatly dissagree with me lol, even games overlooked like starhawk is such a fast paced good game. Hope it goes well for sony because theyve been giving me good gaming entertainment since ps1
MasterCornholio  +   1136d ago
This year wasn´t as good as the last in terms of 1st party titles but there was plenty of great games to play regardless.

My personal favourites from this year are

1. Sounds and Shapes
2. Mutant Blobs 2 (Vita)
3. Dishonered
4.Gravity Rush
5. Mortal Kombat Vita
6. Pinball Arcade (it came out this year in europe)

These are just the games that i enjoyed a lot that i have bought however there are many other great games as well.

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