We continue our rundown of what made 2013 the year of the player.
July and August
PlayStation hit the ground running in July with news of a major milestone - a massive 8 million levels had been created by the LittleBigPlanet community. It wouldn't be until the end of August at gamescom 2013 that we'd find out what was coming next for LBP, with the announcement that the series would get a free-to-play version, called LittleBigPlanet HUB.
PS3 summertime highlights included the launch of Disney Infinity, Tales of Xillia, PAYDAY 2, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist and Saints Row IV.
Indie titles also made a splash with Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark and Spelunky landing on PS Vita and PS3. But that's not all - a host of fantastic bite-sized titles came to PlayStation Mobile, headed up by the award-winning Hermit Crab in Space and astoundingly compelling TOKYO JUNGLE Mobile.
At gamescom 2013 we were treated to brand new information on the next generation about PS4: it will launch in Europe on 29 November 2013. How would we survive three whole months between then and the hallowed launch day? With plenty more games, that's how...
September, October, November and December
The twilight of 2013 saw PlayStation end the year as strongly as it had started.
On PS3, child friendly classics Puppeteer, Ratchet & Clank NEXUS and rain captured imaginations everywhere with their beautiful visuals and enchanting storytelling. While Wonderbook: Walking With Dinosaurs and Wonderbook: Book of Potions offered magical augmented reality gaming that only PS3 can offer.
There was something for the thrill seekers, too, as PS3 hits Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and BEYOND: Two Souls brought home the sort of blockbuster action that would make Hollywood envious. And, in early December, speedsters got their Route 66 style kicks with the world beating racing of Gran Turismo 6.
PS Vita owners were treated to several big games in the run-up to Christmas, with the delightful Tearaway, brutal The Walking Dead and trigger-happy Killzone Mercenary leading the front line for quality. The portable powerhouse blended indie gems and explosive system sellers with ease, making PS Vita a "must-have" for newcomers and seasoned video game veterans.
Of course, let's not forget the big one - 29 November saw PlayStation 4 arrive in Europe to an avalanche of acclaim, smashing sales figures and becoming the United Kingdom's best-selling console at launch, ever.
With innovative perks like remote play via PS Vita and action-packed series including Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, PS4 got off to a flying start - and if you've been living in a cave for the last twelve months, find out what all the fuss is about at eu.playstation.com/Welcome-to-PlayStation-4.
Be sure to join us in 2014 at eu.playstation.com and PlayStation.Blog at blog.eu.playstation.com - because there's plenty more PlayStation gaming goodness where that came from...