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11:00 AM on 01.08.2015

Sony delays PlayStation 4 and Vita launches in China

Sony planned to release PlayStation 4 and Vita in China this Sunday, January 11, but that's no longer in the cards. According to a Famitsu report, the electronics giant has postponed both launches "due to various circumstance...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 01.05.2015

PS4 sales at 18.5M worldwide, PS+ subscribers near 11M

PlayStation Plus was such a clever way to migrate people towards the idea of paying for online mulitplayer. It's still a good service, but also sly as hell. I let my membership lapse last year, but I'm (probably) in the minor...

Steven Hansen



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Sony announces PlayStation Now subscription plan
by Kyle MacGregor

Sony is finally pulling the trigger on a PlayStation Now subscription service. Starting next Tuesday, January 13, PlayStation 4 users will have unlimited access to a catalog of over 100 PlayStation 3 games at $20 a month or as part of a three-month package for $45.

A free seven-day trial will also be available when the program goes live, which should give interested parties an opportunity to take the streaming service for a spin if they haven't already.

The subscription plan will come to other PlayStation Now enabled devices at a later date.

PlayStation Now Subscription Program: All The Details [PlayStation Blog]

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Assigning New Year's resolutions to major videogame studios
by Kyle MacGregor

It's an annual tradition: Making resolutions to kick off the New Year. There's a whole new arbitrary set of twelve months in which to better ourselves. Or, you know, make the same mistakes we made in the last dozen. It's finally time to quit smoking or start going to the gym. Whatever.

Here's a bunch of words about what videogame companies should do to shape up in 2015.

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11:00 PM on 12.27.2014

The PlayStation Network is finally back online

Sony seems to have finally cured the ill that has plagued its consoles since Christmas Day. "PlayStation Network is back online," Catherine Jensen, consumer experience VP at SCEA, wrote over at the PlayStation Blog. "As ...

Kyle MacGregor



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Review: Escape Dead Island
by Brittany Vincent

In my years as a freelancer and staffer at various videogame outlets, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a ton of great games. In fact, this year I had the privilege of reviewing pretty much every “AAA” game that hit stores. I also review a lot of garbage, or games that are fundamentally broken in one or more aspects. Games that only through providence made it out of QA.

I always try and remember though that every game, whether it’s an EA blockbuster or a one-man indie project, was someone’s baby. No matter what game you talk about, there is at least one guy or gal out there who put their all into it, even if the rest of the team couldn't be bothered to exert much effort. So I always try to approach criticizing a game from that angle. Escape Dead Island is a special case though. 

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2:45 PM on 12.27.2014

Sony: PlayStation Network slowly restoring service

[Update: According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony ascribes the outage to "high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay." The company is working to resolve the issue and restore net...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 12.26.2014

The Order: 1886 trailer tries taking cues from a Gears of War classic

This feels vaguely familiar, doesn't it? A somber trailer punctuated by an eerily haunting, soft-spoken song. Gears of War struck gold with this approach many years back with the "Mad World" trailer. The Order: 1886's a...

Brett Makedonski

4:00 PM on 12.24.2014

Resident Evil HD has PS3/PS4 cross-buy if you pre-order

We're less than a month out from Capcom's Resident Evil remaster for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. I get the feeling it's going to do well for the company. Real well. We want more Resident Evil and, barring any techni...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 12.23.2014

PSN deals: Peggle 2, Danganronpa 2, Ground Zeroes

In this final week of PlayStation Network's holiday sale, you can save on the likes of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Metro Redux, Alien: Isolation, Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut, Peggle ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 12.15.2014

Maybe just steer clear of The Order: 1886's police station

Ready at Dawn released a new trailer this morning imploring prospective The Order: 1886 players to "join the London police." Before you rush into things headfirst, take one minute to watch what happens to those law...

Brett Makedonski



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The five best indie games at PlayStation Experience
by Brett Makedonski

With regard to games shown at last weekend's PlayStation Experience, Sony had two noticeable strengths: its first-party mega-titles and the projects of its ever-growing stable of independent developers. While PlayStation fans finally got the chance to go hands-on with the publisher's biggest names like The Order: 1886 and Bloodborne, it was the indies along the length of the entire side wall where the true gems could be found.

In that sense, PlayStation Experience stepped right in line with all the year's other conventions; in relatively small crowds, players got to move from station to station, and fell in love with new games that they knew little-to-nothing about. Checking out the giant booths is all fine and fun, but ask anyone and they'll tell you that talking to passionate indie devs about their games and playing it at their small, humbling exhibits is the glue that holds community shows together.

These were Destructoid's favorite indie games at PlayStation Experience.

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The Vita needs more games like Freedom Wars photo
The Vita needs more games like Freedom Wars
by Chris Carter

At every Sony event this year, the portable rhetoric was identical -- the Vita is getting games, but they're ports, or in rare cases, multi-platform releases of existing games.

As an original Vita and 32GB memory card owner since day one, I will be the first to tell you that I love playing it when I feel compelled to do so. I'm so glad that I was an early adopter and got to keep that OLED screen, as it's one of the best portable experiences I've ever had. I enjoyed exclusives like Tearaway and Gravity Rush for months on end. It was awesome.

Then the games stopped. The Vita still gets the occasional unique game like Toukiden: The Age of Demons, but for the most part, it loses exclusives these days. I'm not against ports and sometimes the Vita is my preferred method of playing them, but the platform is not sustainable without system sellers and exclusives.

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2:15 PM on 12.10.2014

Remastered Grim Fandango looks great, out next month

I know a skeleton of people are waiting to play this, what with it being a chore to track down a playable copy of the classic adventure game. And now we get an even more playable, modernized version with nicer textures and s...

Steven Hansen



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PlayStation Experience was my favorite convention of the year
by Brett Makedonski

I've been to a lot of videogame conventions this year. From the relatively small BitSummit to the monstrosity that is gamescom, I've pretty much seen them all. I didn't think this past weekend's trip to Las Vegas would result in me saying this, but for better and for worse, I think Sony's PlayStation Experience was my favorite convention of the year.

Part of what makes that so surprising is that the event itself was surprising. Nobody really knew what to expect from the PlayStation Experience. How big would it be? What would the booths look like? Would third-party publishers show up in force? Would it be a ghost town? No one knew.

The doors to the show floor opened up just as Saturday morning's keynote ended, and we finally got a glimpse at the mysterious PlayStation Experience. At first, it was bustling. Everyone coming off the high of the keynote, and they just wanted to play some games. Attendance was probably at its peak in those moments. It didn't feel packed, but there was certainly a steady flow of people at all times.

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8:00 AM on 12.08.2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 celebrates the PlayStation Anniversary

LittleBigPlanet is a pretty special franchise to me, and I'm glad Sony has allowed it to stay around for so long. Compliments of LittleBigPlanet 3's new engine, you can get a quick look at some other Sony franchise...

Chris Carter