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Deals

PlayStation Plus finally on sale again for $40 from Newegg


Deal shows up randomly
Jan 14
// Dealzon
While the PlayStation Plus 1 year subscription cards aren't exactly a stranger to deals and discounts, they often come visit at random times throughout the year. For example, let's say you're looking for a deal on a PS4 or Xb...
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PSN sale

PlayStation Store 'Essentials' sale makes some bold claims


Cheap deals on PS3, PS4, and Vita
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Lest you miss out on "essential" pieces of gaming history like Call of Duty: Ghosts or Watch Dogs, the PlayStation Store has some major deals on "must owns" through Monday (January 18). Most things are at least half off and t...
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Meatballs on PS4

Parkour as a human and sniff out meatballs as a dog in Dogchild


Released today on PS4
Jan 11
// Jed Whitaker
Never heard of Dogchild? Me neither, till today. Apparently it was announced in December of 2014 and won "best game of the year" from the PlayStation Awards for titles developed in Spain. Before you rush to the PlayStation S...
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Friday Night Fights: So much c-


Game with the Cocktoid Community!
Jan 08
// Mike Martin
Man... I want wings now. Maybe some pollo asada. I wonder if Hansen has a recipe for a good marinade for that... My fat gut aside, how the fuck y'all been? How was your holidays? What games you get? Did Mom pick the right col...
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PSN is down

Sony is working to bring PlayStation Network back online


Let's pass the time
Jan 04
// Jordan Devore
Having issues with PlayStation Network today? We're right there with you. Sony has confirmed it's aware of the problems. "We are still working on resolving today's issues with PSN," tweeted SCEA's official support line. "Than...
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Friday Night Fights - Happer Nooo Yur!


Game with a hungover Community!
Jan 01
// Mike Martin
Dear lord it's bright. Worked till 6am, drank till 8 and back up at 12pm. Choices. Ugh. It's almost 1pm and I need to go back to work. At least it's Friday and it's a short, 4hr shift. It's the little things. Now excuse me, there's ham on my cat, and vomit in my shoe. I think I drew dicks on myself too... God, I'm an asshole.
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PSN sale

PlayStation Store's newest sale has some good deals on From Software games


You need more games, right?
Dec 29
// Zack Furniss
If you didn't get that game you wanted over the holidays (and it happens to be one of these 94 titles on sale), I've got good news for you. The Holiday Headquarters sale on the PlayStation Store has some stuff you might be in...
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PSN Flash Sale

The PSN Holiday Flash Sale has some fine deals


The Ghost of Deals Present
Dec 25
// Mike Cosimano
It's finally Christmas here in the United States; a country known for big ol' prisons and giving video game consoles as Christmas gifts. Unless something drastic has changed in the past year, the post-dinner console unboxing ...
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Fallout 4

PSN EU reveals its final 12 Deals of Christmas promotion


Your definition of 'deal' may vary
Dec 23
// Vikki Blake
The final deal in Sony EU's 12 Deals of Christmas promotion will bring you discounts for Fallout 4. From now until 11.59pm GMT tomorrow, December 24, 2015, you can grab the standard digital version for €45...
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PS2 on PS4

Wild Arms 3 and four other PS2 titles listed for PS4


Remember Okage? Or what about Primal?
Dec 22
// Jordan Devore
The ESRB has pointed to another batch of PlayStation 2 games expected to appear on PlayStation 4. Based on recent listings by the video game ratings board, the console will get Ape Escape 3, Okage: Shadow King, Primal, Siren,...
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FIFA 2016

Festive FIFA offer is Sony's next PSN Deal of Christmas


SCORE!
Dec 21
// Vikki Blake
The penultimate deal in Sony EU's 12 Deals of Christmas promotion will bring you discounts for FIFA 16. From now until 11.59pm tomorrow, December 22, 2015, you can grab the Super Deluxe digital version of FIFA 16&nb...
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Friday Night Fights - It is here!


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Dec 18
// Mike Martin
It is almost Christmas and there is a new Star Wars movie out. *drops mic*
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PaRappa on PS4

I'm glad I got PaRappa the Rapper 2 on PS4


What a delightful experience
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
PaRappa the Rapper 2 holds up so well! As you might have seen, the PlayStation 2 rhythm game became available this week on PS4. It's a classic tale about a rapping dog with a lifetime supply of noodles who really just wants a...
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PSN sale

The PSN holiday sale has added new deals


Week two
Dec 15
// Jordan Devore
The second week of the PlayStation Network holiday sale is a step down, for my personal tastes, but maybe you'll see it in a different light. Jamestown+ is only a few bucks, though, so that has to get a nod. One of my all-tim...

Review: Nuclear Throne

Dec 15 // Jordan Devore
Nuclear Throne (Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [reviewed], PlayStation Vita, Windows)Developer: VlambeerPublisher: VlambeerReleased: December 5, 2015 (Linux, Mac, PS3, PS4, Vita, Windows) / TBA (PS3)MSRP: $11.99 This is a roguelike, and a brutally difficult, bullet hellish one at that. These games have an uncanny ability to push us to the brink of madness only to win us over, in the end, and form an unbreakable bond. I'm no stranger to that process. But with Nuclear Throne, it's far more of a love-hate relationship than I'm used to. A large part of what kept me going despite repeated, soul-crushing failure was the look and sound of the setting and the strange creatures who inhabit it. The overall vision here is superb, with mutants, monsters, robots, and even an inter-dimensional police force collectively forming a believable, lived-in world. You never develop a full picture of this post-apocalyptic wasteland, or what its future might hold, and that's a good thing. Vlambeer provides just enough hints to stoke imaginations without oversharing. As a mutant, your basic goal is to kill everything. And I do mean everything -- that's how you progress to the next level and, with persistence, reach the titular Nuclear Throne. Initially, you will fend off bandits, maggots, and scorpions in a desert area. They're all good fodder for learning the basics before the real scary stuff comes out. Depending on your character, your adventure starts with a basic revolver, but you will soon find more interesting guns with varying rates of fire, bullet spreads, and other quirks. [embed]326751:61527:0[/embed] It's a shame you can only hold two weapons at a time, because I never wanted to part with anything. They're all delightful to use, and once you've grown accustomed to the way combat flows, it's so gratifying. But ammo is finite and the maximum amount you can store of each type (bullets, shells, bolts, explosives, and energy) isn't very high. That's by design. You're meant to continually cycle weapons in and out to match the situation at hand as well as what's left in your ammo stockpile. It's a clever way to encourage adaptability and it also helps the game maintain a sense of excitement over hundreds if not thousands of runs. There are also melee weapons, which are just as enjoyable as guns if not more so. They can be supremely useful in the right situation. Most of them can reflect projectiles back at enemies and, with sufficient reach, even attack through certain walls. There is a major downside to getting up close and personal, though: more than a few enemies explode when they die, and some bosses will even try to bring you down with them. They'll probably succeed, too. Rads (experience points) are the other major piece of Nuclear Throne. They're a type of collectible dropped by slain enemies, and you need to be quick to nab them because they fade after several seconds. Once you've earned enough rads to level up your character, you'll be able to choose a mutation (perk). These grant powerful passive abilities like health or ammo regeneration, slower-moving enemy bullets, and better melee range. But you don't get to pick a mutation until you have successfully obliterated everything and exited the level, and they're presented in a random group of four. Depending on your character's specific strengths and weaknesses, or your personal playstyle, you may not like the choices available. Ammo and health pick-ups also expire shortly after dropping onto the field, which means even if you have carved out a secluded spot that enemies won't wander into, you can't afford to stay put. Nuclear Throne is adept at making you feel unsafe. You're utterly fragile in this game, with or without full health. Everyone and everything packs a tremendous punch, so one wrong move can be the end. Only a select few elements like unlockable characters are persistent across runs. Levels are procedurally generated with variable layouts and enemy placements, but there are consistent themes (desert, sewer, caves, lab, etc.) on the path to the Nuclear Throne. Unless you skip around by entering secret areas -- the underwater oasis is a personal favorite of mine -- the overall structure will be the same on every run. Bosses show up on specific levels, so when you get to level 5-3, you know Lil' Hunter is going to drop in and ruin your day. He's the fucking worst. With practice, you can heighten your skills and know how best to leverage a character's special abilities. You'll be able to rapidly scan and prioritize threats. You'll generally know what lies ahead and which weapons to hold onto. But that's not always enough. Sometimes, Nuclear Throne will just screw you over. And that's where it falls short. There will be times when you spawn into a level surrounded by enemies and explosive objects and immediately die. Sometimes, it's that exact scenario plus a boss in the mix. It can be unfair. Or, at the very least, uneven. I expect that in roguelikes to a certain extent, but it especially stands out as a problem here. Bad spawns aside, there is a weird jump in difficulty in the Frozen City. Every time I managed to clear that particular zone, I went on to beat the next few levels without much trouble and made it to the Nuclear Throne (the point at which you can fight a boss and end your run, or "loop" it). The first time I fought the boss, ten hours in, I brushed up against the thing, causing a game-ending error. It was another two hours before I got another chance and succeeded. I haven't been able to make it back yet to try looping (think new game plus), so I know I'm missing out on some weapons and bosses, and an even greater challenge. If I could do it all over again, I would probably opt for the PC version instead. Mouse and keyboard controls would have been a godsend while I was learning the ropes. On PlayStation 4, there is an aim assist option, thankfully, and you can remap the controls. I suggest playing around with those settings and switching the "change weapon" button to something other than triangle. For folks interested in playing local co-op with a friend, know that the brutal difficulty persists. It's set up in such a way that if one player dies, they need to quickly be revived, and both players lose part of their health. So it's not really any easier. In the end, I have come to love and loathe Nuclear Throne. It's one of the hardest, most rewarding games I've ever played. But as satisfying as it can eventually become, I think it is far too demanding for its own good. With additional polish and balancing, this could be a masterpiece in the genre. It's not quite there yet, but it's close. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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You did not reach the Nuclear Throne
Nuclear Throne is not a game for people who get frustrated easily. My first few hours spent with this top-down shooter from Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing developer Vlambeer didn't go well. I struggled with aiming and...

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Assassin's Creed

Here's Deal 7 in Sony's European 12 Deals of Christmas Promotion


Syndicate Savings galore
Dec 14
// Vikki Blake
Today's 12 Deals of Christmas is Assassin's Creed-flavoured, with discounts available for the standard and Gold digital editions of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, as well as savings on the Season Pass. From now until 11.59pm GMT...
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TowerFall Vita

TowerFall Ascension hits Vita next week


Yep, there's Cross-Buy
Dec 12
// Jordan Devore
TowerFall Ascension is such a treat for local arena game fans. It's even better with the Dark World expansion, which is worth getting for the fantastic new co-op levels alone. Both are about to arrive on PlayStation Vita and ...
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Friday Night Fights - Stick Fighting


Game with the Stick Figure Community!
Dec 11
// Mike Martin
EDF and Helldivers all in one week. Wow. So much awesome it must be my birfday. But it's not. It's Christmas time stupid. My birthday was in October and none of you said shit. This is why we have ants.  So we find oursel...
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PS2 games on PS4

PaRappa the Rapper 2 hits PS4 next week


Burgers all day every day
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
Sony has begun selling PlayStation 2 games on PlayStation 4 with Trophies and 1080p support. After that initial batch of titles, PaRappa the Rapper 2 is up next. It'll be available on Tuesday. It's unknown exactly how much th...
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PSN sale

PlayStation Network's holiday sale is up


Week one
Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
Darren has been talking up Tales from the Borderlands for months now. I don't care much for Borderlands, but I have finally followed his advice and downloaded "Telltale's best series to date." What got me? A sale, of course! ...
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The Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children is holding a beta soon


Don't mind if I do!
Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
Q-Games has opened sign-ups for The Tomorrow Children's closed beta, which will run from January 21 - 23. North American players can register here, and European players can sign up here. You'll just need to provide your name, email address, and PSN ID, so it won't take long.
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Max Payne

Max Payne rated for PS4, likely a PS2 emulation


ESRB listing hints at another PS2 add
Dec 07
// Steven Hansen
Sony recently announced that PS4 can play PS2 games, so long as you purchase them again from Sony for upwards of $10. They do work pretty well, but I can't imagine buying too many of them, especially when PS2 games aren't all...
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PS2 games on PS4

All those PS2 games run great on PS4, though they might be rougher than you remember


Also, PaRappa the Rapper 2!
Dec 06
// Steven Hansen
PS2 times were amazing. I mean, that's the era of that wild Clover clutch I never stop talking about (Okami, God Hand, etc). So news that the PlayStation 4 would be able to emulate PlayStation 2 games? Sweet! You can't use PS2 discs or PS2 Classics? They're all upwards of $10? Less sweet.

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.
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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, ...

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PS2 emulation

Eight PS2 games are headed to PS4 tomorrow


We'll have to double dip, though
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
Yesterday, Sony inadvertently published a video for Level-5's role-playing game Dark Cloud ahead of its (unannounced) release on PlayStation 4 via emulation. Now, we have our confirmation. Eight souped-up PS2 titles are heade...
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Friday Night Fights - Enemy bugs approaching!


EDF! EDF! EDF! EDF! EDF!
Dec 04
// Mike Martin
You hear that? After 7 years... 7 full years of peace, quiet and other Earthy stuff. They are returning. THE FUCKING BUGS ARE COMING MAN! Definitely a job for the EDF. Earth Defense Force 4.1 is hitting next week on the 8th, ...
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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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Grand Theft Auto

Guess which Grand Theft Auto game just magically appeared on PSN


Nah, not that one
Dec 02
// Vikki Blake
A year after the Xbox 360 release, a PlayStation 3 port of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has appeared on the PlayStation Store. There was no announcement. It wasn't there, and then suddenly it was. IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.&n...
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BioShock & Borderlands

Big PlayStation Now update means 4 PS3 games you've already played


BioShock and Borderlands come to Now
Dec 01
// Steven Hansen
Okay, okay, I don't want to presume. For the same reason that re-releases on current platforms are fairly innocuous (people miss stuff!), it's not at all a bad thing that five (four new) 2K games just joined PlayStation Now. ...
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Black Friday

Black Friday PSN Deals in the UK


PS4! PS3! PS Vita!
Nov 27
// Vikki Blake
Here it is - the definitive list of the very best deals and discounts on the PSN store today. These offers have been taken from the official EU PlayStation Store website and feature digital deals, but other offers are also av...

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