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The Order: 1886

Want to watch The Order: 1886's story without having to play it?


You can do that
Jan 20
// Darren Nakamura
The Order: 1886 was well known for two things: being a PlayStation 4 exclusive in a time before Bloodborne was available and being pretty. Note the things not on that list: gameplay and story. Still, if you want to experience...

Playing as a wicked witch Beetleborg ballerina in Sony Santa Monica's Bound

Dec 05 // Steven Hansen
[embed]324089:61357:0[/embed] If the announcement isn't clear, Bound is a platformer. You play as a pregnant woman delving through her own memories to try and learn how to be a better parent. Her parents stifled her early interest in becoming a ballerina, thus the lead princes character you control in the game through metaphorical representations of the mind. The most striking thing about Bound isn't the art style and detritus-filled world, but the way your character moves. The team initially tried to animate the game by hand, but ended up going to an actual ballerina for motion capture in order to give emotion and realism to the movement. That means something as simple as a ledge shimmy becomes a piece of performative movement as the character effectively rolls across the wall, chest and back pressed against it alternately. While I often find myself appreciate unique quirks of movement in games, locomotion is typically a means to an end (get from point A to point B), so watching these deliberate and exact steps, while not the most efficient means of wandering about, is interesting to watch. The same goes for the ballerina's unique roll, or while holding R2 to dance to deflect enemies (in this case, random geometry from the world attacking her). There's a lot more from Bound to see, including more of the narrative beats, and the demo ended right before an encounter with an actual, giant monster, so I'm not sure how the dancing "combat" would work out in a more traditional sense (or if a fight ends up happening at all). So far, though, moving around the world is fun to watch and perform.
Hands-on Bound preview photo
Coming to PS4 next year
While, maybe, I won't find corroboration in my headline, those are the allusions I was drawn to playing the newly announced game from Sony Santa Monica and Plastic (Linger in Shadows, Datura), Bound. You play as a ballerina, ...

Fat Princess photo
Fat Princess

Fat Princess Adventures is available today on PS4


Plus-sized Princess, c'mon guys
Dec 05
// Zack Furniss
Fat Princess Adventures is out now on the PS Store for your consumption. This time it looks to be more Gauntlet than tower defense, but looks like it could be fun for cake-themed parties. I haven't had breakfast yet, and the idea of cake is both nauseating and appealing. If you purchase the game before December 15, you'll get the "Weapons of Might" DLC for free.
Bound photo
Bound

That Sony Santa Monica tease was for Bound


A modern art-inspired 3D platformer
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
Oh, Bound! (Psst. What's Bound?) A few days ago, Santa Monica Studio teased a game announcement with an obscured clip of someone dancing. I couldn't make any sense of it, but as some of you smartly guessed, it's a new thing, ...

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Sony tease

This Sony Santa Monica game tease is a head-scratcher


Dancing in the moonlight
Nov 30
// Jordan Devore
SCE Santa Monica Studio has contributed to a varied bunch of games, including multiple God of War titles, Hohokum, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Journey. What's next? Whatever the ...
Everybody sprints photo
Everybody sprints

Pro tip: You can sprint in Everybody's Gone to the Rapture


Hold down R2 for a bit
Aug 11
// Jordan Devore
I haven't started Everybody's Gone to the Rapture yet, but if I had, I'd probably be among the people wondering why such an exploration-heavy game doesn't let players sprint. It does, though -- hold down R2 for a few seconds ...
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Rapture

I'm going into Everybody's Gone to the Rapture mostly blind


Alone again (naturally)
Aug 03
// Jordan Devore
I've been following Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on and off for years. It's slotted away in my memory as "that exploration game from the Dear Esther people about the surprisingly serene end of the world as seen from an Eng...
Journey stories photo
Journey stories

What's your most memorable Journey moment?


Teach your children well
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
Journey has been out on PlayStation 4 for a couple of days. No surprises here: it's stunning. I didn't intend to beat it again so soon, but the game's seamless online co-op dug its hooks into me. I couldn't let my anonymous b...
God of War III photo
God of War III

Yep, Kratos still yells a lot in the God of War III remaster


God of Roar
Jul 14
// Brett Makedonski
You didn't think Kratos would suddenly drop the whole shouting thing for his first appearance on PS4, did you? Asking him to do that would be like taking away his blades and giving him walkie talkies instead. Constant yellin...
God of War III PS4 photo
God of War III PS4

God of War III's Hades fight in 1080p, 60fps on PS4


PS4 remaster
May 19
// Steven Hansen
As we've previously covered, God of War III -- yes, that very HD PS3 game from just 5 years ago -- is getting a PS4 remaster next month (July 14) and the PlayStation Blog has released some new footage to coincide with its pr...
Rapture photo
Rapture

PS4 exclusive Everybody's Gone to the Rapture coming this summer


Still alive!
Apr 16
// Steven Hansen
Chinese Room's (Dear Esther, Amneisa: A Machine for Pigs) enigmatic Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture has a new trailer accompanying a PlayStation Blog post explaining that it's "a couple of weeks out from Beta."  I...
God of War III PS4 photo
God of War III PS4

God of War III getting PS4 remaster


More details coming in 30 minutes
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
[Update: Here's the trailer. And a July 14 release date. It features "1080p gameplay targeting 60FPS."] God of War III Remastered will be 1080p, on PS4, and, uh, that's it. As much as we know, at least. Sony is expected to r...
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New God of War

Sony Santa Monica is working on a new God of War


Confirmed at PlayStation Experience
Dec 06
// Steven Hansen
At the PlayStation Experience, God of War II director Cory Barlog confirmed a new God of War is in development. Sony Santa Monica joked coyly,  tweeting, "Don't tell anyone what @corybarlog just said," before follow...
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Unfinished Swan Vita

The Unfinished Swan arrives on PS4, Vita next week


Oct 23
// Kyle MacGregor
The Unfinished Swan is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita next week, Sony revealed today. The first-person puzzler will retail for $15/€13/£10 and supports cross-buy, meaning if you purchased the game before on PS3 y...
The Order: 1886 trailer photo
The Order: 1886 trailer

The Order: 1886 trailer shows people messing up their orders


And other things too
Aug 12
// Josh Tolentino
The new Gamescom trailer for The Order: 1886 has a lot of things in it: Fancy PS4 graphics, Nikola Tesla's verbal handwringing, a release date of February 20th, 2015, and lots of shooting up Victorian monsters with big guns,...
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#BRANDNEWS

New Sony Santa Monica logo looks less like it belongs on an Ed Hardy shirt


This is a good thing
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Sony Santa Monica, the studio behind God of War and helping hand on a bunch of other things, has a new logo. I like it. It also has more versatility than the previous Ed Hardy scrawl, as seen with the Hohokum color scheme. I appreciate a logo morphing itself to accommodate whatever it's trying to brand. Or maybe that's more subtle and insidious. Looks nice, though.
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PS4

An all too brief trailer for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture


It still exists!
Jun 12
// Jordan Devore
The Chinese Room and Sony Santa Monica let out a quick trailer for their PlayStation 4 title Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and, oh, it's over already? Okay. But there's more to go on. It's June 1984 and, unfortunately, the...
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PlayStation Community Exc

Come buy that for a dollar at PAX East's PlayStation Community Exchange


Plenty of collectible T-shirts, figures, and other items available
Apr 04
// Brittany Vincent
If you're heading out to PAX East next weekend, you probably have a lot of extra spending money anyway, so why not stop by the PlayStation Worldwide Studios Community Exchange? That's "booth #608" in layman's terms, at the Bo...
Helldivers photo
It's like Magicka in space, and everyone's invited
Before GDC, we were joined by some of the fine folks at Sony live on Dtoid.TV. Above is a video of us playing an early build of Helldivers with its Sr. Producer, Mark Rogers. Helldivers is a game that admittedly went under m...

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God of War dev layoffs

'Sometimes, a project needs a reboot:' Sony explains Santa Monica layoffs


Still mum on what potential PS4 project was cancelled
Mar 07
// Steven Hansen
God of War developer Sony Santa Monica was hit with layoffs recently. PlayStation head of internal software development Scott Rohde spoke with IGN about the layoffs, offering little consolation in the vague explanation. "Ther...
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Layoffs

Cancelled project at Sony Santa Monica was new open world sci-fi IP


Game rumored to debut at E3
Mar 01
// Wesley Ruscher
Following the recent layoffs that hit Sony Santa Monica earlier this week is the confirmation that a new title the developer was working on has been cancelled. The game, a new sci-fi themed open world IP was apparently f...
The Order: 1886 photo
The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886: Handsome men with guns & nice coats


Say "chowder"
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
I may have been expecting something else out of The Order: 1886, for whatever reason, but I'm settling in to its identity as another cinematic (maybe the most cinematic) cover-based third-person shooter. I think it's all the fancy dress and mustaches that are convincing me. It looks like you beat up Hitler in this gameplay trailer, too. You don't, but it looks like.
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Layoffs

Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs


And possibly a game cancellation
Feb 25
// Jordan Devore
God of War developer Sony Santa Monica has undergone layoffs as first rumored earlier today and later confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment America. "This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority g...
PS4 photo
PS4

Journey, Unfinished Swan might be coming to PS4 (Update)


Sony Santa Monica creative director teases potential releases
Nov 03
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: "Lots of people asking so I'll clarify. Was nostalgic playing the PS4 versions of the games so I busted out the PS3 to replay some others," Gary said in a follow-up on Twitter, adding he believes Journ...
GoW Ascension photo
GoW Ascension

God of War: Ascension hitting PSN, no more DLC planned


Ascending into the cloud
Oct 15
// Steven Hansen
God of War: Ascension is supposed to be really good, but boy does it feel forgotten this year (it just came out in March!). Sony Santa Monica hasn't forgotten it, though. The team has been pumping Ascension with a steady stre...
PS4 photo
PS4

Flower on PlayStation 4 runs at 1080p, 60 FPS


Extra grass detail! Guys!
Oct 04
// Jordan Devore
Did you know that Flower was coming to PlayStation 4? I guess I did, technically, but I've since completely forgotten -- until now. Sony Santa Monica director of technology Tim Moss has been tweeting about the new version and...
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Lovely, huge art book: The Art of God of War: Ascension


Almost 400 pages
Sep 12
// Dale North
Here's a quick look at a brand new art book titled The Art of God of War: Ascension. It weighs in at 400 gold trimmed pages and is packed with tons of work from Ascension, including concepts, renders, details and more. ...
PS4 photo
PS4

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is a PS4 exclusive


No PC release in sight, and here's why
Aug 22
// Jordan Devore
What a nice surprise it was to see Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on stage at Sony's gamescom presser. A sign of exclusivity, perhaps? Yep. Rock, Paper, Shotgun followed up with creative director Dan Pinchbeck who confirmed ...
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Sony

God of War II director back at Sony Santa Monica


He's building a team for a 'freaking huge' project
Aug 09
// Jordan Devore
Cory Barlog has come back to Sony Santa Monica after stints at Just Cause maker Avalanche Studios and Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics. Previously, he served as lead animator on God of War, director on God of War II, and c...
PS All-Stars' lost stage photo
PS All-Stars' lost stage

Images of cut Gravity Rush/Journey PS All-Stars stage


What-If Machine: cool-looking alleged Gravity Rush & Journey PlayStation All-Stars stage surface
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Some pictures of a seemingly cut Journey cross Gravity Rush stage of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale hit the web courtesy of designer Ky Bui's website. They were quickly taken down, but the internet is all-seeing, without...

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