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PlayStation Experience

Oh yeah, I was on Sony's stream talking about 'What Remains of Edith Finch?'


I forgot, holidays are crazy
Dec 30
// Zack Furniss
PlayStation Experience was only three weeks ago? Why does it feel like it was a year ago? "Because you had to scrape together a bunch of last-minute jobs to make Christmas money like a Dad working overtime?" you say? You're c...
PSN sale photo
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...
Uncharted 4 photo
Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4 has been delayed again into April


Oh Drake
Dec 23
// Chris Carter
[Update: Breaking news everyone -- our own Zack Furniss wanted to show off his cosplay of Nathan Drake, which you can view in the gallery below.] Following a previous delay into 2016, Sony has announced that Uncharted 4: A Th...
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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...

Destructoid's award for Best Vita Game of 2015 goes to...

Dec 22 // Laura Kate Dale
[Incomplete products like Steam Early Access titles and episodic games that are not fair to assess as stand alone experiences, without a full episode count, were not eligible for this year's awards. The cutoff for entry into Destructoid's 2015's Game of the Year awards is December 4, 2015.]
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night
The PlayStation Vita has not had the strongest year for releases. With some of the system's biggest exclusives moving to PS4 and a drastic reduction in the number of new games being produced by first-party developers, many ha...

PS2 on PS4 photo
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,...
FIFA 2016 photo
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...

Review: Guns Up!

Dec 20 // CJ Andriessen
Guns Up! (PlayStation 4) Developer: Valkyrie EntertainmentPublisher: SCEAMSRP: Free-to-play (with microtransactions)Release Date: December 5, 2015 Guns Up! is Boom Beach for your PlayStation 4. This tower offense/defense game tasks you with creating an impenetrable base and building an unstoppable army. To do both you'll need munitions, the in-game currency. You earn munitions by successfully attacking bases other Guns Up! players have designed over and over and over again. And then again about 500 more times. And then six more times after that. Attacking player bases revolves around you selecting your troops, sending them into battle and supporting them. "Support" takes the form of randomly unlocked specials on the field and from support cards you use before each attack begins. The experience is passive at best. You have no direct control of your troops outside of a few of the aforementioned specials that will force them to attack specific structures or move them to a spot on the battlefield. But once they destroy that object or reach that spot, soldiers revert back to their pre-programmed A.I. which can only be described as Gomer Pyle-esque. Other Guns Up! players cannot directly defend their bases from attacks. It's their base design versus your army. After about 45 minutes or so, I realized it's the same base design virtually all the time. That's because most players have realized the ideal set-up involves bottlenecking your opponents into a tight space with a turret at the end to mow 'em down. Couple this with the fact there is just the one Eastern Bloc countryside-inspired setting for the game and all the bases began to blur into one another. Attacks can be completed in as little as 90 seconds. With the right combination of specials (like missiles, tear gas and fire bombs) and sending wave after wave of your own men to die Zapp Brannigan style, it’s easy to overcome most challenges. Yes, the game does get more difficult as you level up and unlock more difficult bases, but there was never a feeling of accomplishment when I claimed victory at a higher level. There also wasn't a feeling of determination to try again when I lost. Instead the only feeling I got playing through this was a feeling of indifference. [embed]328159:61587:0[/embed] Success in battle rewards players with munitions and cards that range from battle support to perks for your soldiers. The munitions you win are used to build and expand your base. I nicknamed my first base layout "Tila Tequila" because it was small and easy to penetrate. My base grew as I leveled up, but a limited number of build points kept me from creating something that could stand up to player attacks. The number of successful defeats of invading armies didn’t start to grow until I adopted the same bottleneck design that everyone else was using. To be successful, my base had to look just like everyone else's. Guns Up! is free-to-play and one of the first questions I had about this game is if it's actually free-to-play. While I was provided $10 in credit by the publisher for this review, I didn’t find the need to use it until several hours into the game. By that point, I had already grown bored of playing the same goddamn map over and over again and just spent the money because it was something different to do. Players can't spend their way to the perfect base as you can't buy munitions directly, but spending money can help you progress more quickly. Money is converted to gold which can be spent renting soldiers you haven’t unlocked, customizing the colors and logo of your army, and purchasing card packs. You can also spend that money purchasing soldiers you have unlocked as simply unlocking them doesn’t instantly add them to your repertoire. Instead, the game gives you the option to spend a couple bucks worth of gold or an ungodly amount of munitions to get them. It was at level 16 or so that I finally did spend that money because progress had slowed to a crawl. Leveling up was taking forever and expanding my base became too damn expensive. If this game were fun I would have toughed it out. But it’s not fun, so I spent money on XP and munitions boost cards that would make the un-fun game easier to play. These cards, which are also included in a PlayStation Plus bundle (it's free for PS Plus users), killed any incentive for me to take on more challenging bases as defeating a lower level base netted me enough XP and munitions to progress at a steady pace. Okay, that's a lie. The only real incentive I had to continue on after I had seen everything the game had to offer in the first 30 minutes or so was the fact that I foolishly volunteered to review it. Guns Up! is a dull game. It's repetitive, it's tedious, it's digital Ambien. If the thought of a console version of Clash of Clans excites you, you’ll probably have a blast with Guns Up! Me, I can’t wait to delete this off my PS4. [This review is based on a retail build of the free-to-play game. A currency code valued at $10 was provided by the publisher.]
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Pew, pew, pfft
I don't know what I've been told. I don't know what I've been told. Free-to-play games leave me mighty cold. Free-to-play games leave me mighty cold. The microtransactions start to sting. The&nbs...

Destructoid's award for Best PS4 Game of 2015 goes to...

Dec 19 // Kyle MacGregor
[Incomplete products like Steam Early Access titles and episodic games that are not fair to assess as stand alone experiences, without a full episode count, were not eligible for this year's awards. The cutoff for entry into Destructoid's 2015's Game of the Year awards is December 4, 2015.]
GOTY 2015 photo
Bloodborne
Was there ever any doubt? Of all the distinguished and exemplary titles to grace the PlayStation 4 in 2015, few approach the wit and artistry of From Software and Hidetaka Miyazaki's Bloodborne. As the latest installment in w...

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FantaVision

PS2 launch title FantaVision rockets to PS4 next week


Boom, baby!
Dec 19
// Kyle MacGregor
FantaVision is coming to PlayStation 4 next Tuesday, according to the PlayStation Blogcast. The fireworks game was initially conceived as a tech demo to showcase the power of the PlayStation 2 before later being converted int...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Sony and Microsoft are competing for the Star Wars crowd


None of this matters
Dec 18
// Brett Makedonski
Statistically speaking, every single person on earth will go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend (sample size: my Twitter timeline and Facebook feed). Before the main attraction begins, many of those people are...
Sony partnership photo
Sony partnership

Kojima chose Sony over 'a lot of offers from overseas companies'


Not worried about Japanese games market
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
Kojima Productions' first game, when it releases presumed years from now, will be a PlayStation console exclusive thanks to the new studio's partnership with Sony. Studio head Hideo Kojima (have you read his name enough times...
New logo explained photo
New logo explained

What the hell's up with that wild new Kojima Productions logo?


Pioneer spirit
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
Hideo Kojima took former Metal Gear Solid artist Yoji Shinkawa with him to serve as the art director for Kojima Productions. The result? A Giger-looking logo much more in line with Shinkawa's style than the previous slick Koj...
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Mechs confirmed?
More from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima with his newly minted studio after extricating himself from Konami and partnering with PlayStation on a console exclusive new project. It's far off, mind. They don't even have an engi...

PaRappa on PS4 photo
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...
Real life Destiny armor photo
Real life Destiny armor

Someone won a real life set of Destiny Titan armor


Time for some sexy roleplay
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
Sony sponsored a contest for Destiny fans, recruiting prop shop AWE me (in this case, the Super Gamer Builds arm) to build a real-life set of Destiny armor for one fan. The winner chose the Titan armor and got a limited edit...
Kojima Productions' photo
Konami still owns the rights
It was announced this morning that Hideo Kojima has finally escaped from the talons of Konami and has formed Kojima Productions, his own independent studio. For its first project, Kojima Productions will be partnering with So...

Call of Duty  photo
Call of Duty

Here's a Call of Duty Black Ops III PlayStation 4 bundle that isn't gross*


*my opinion may differ from yours. Maybe
Dec 16
// Vikki Blake
If you'd been hankering for a Call of Duty: Black Ops III-themed PlayStation 4 bundle, saw that orange thing and then nope'd so hard you vomited, pay attention - Sony's releasing another bundle just for you! Th...
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#PS2PS4

Sony's taking requests for PS2 games on the PS4 using #PS2PS4


Bring back Over the Hedge: The Game!
Dec 16
// Joe Parlock
A while ago, Sony began selling emulated PS2 games on the PS4. We’ve already had some great games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Dark Cloud, but with a huge library of PS2 games out there ripe for the picking, f...
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KojiPro is hiring

Kojima Productions is hiring 'Homo Ludens,' has a store coming


Gay cough drops?
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
His contract officially terminated by Konami, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima just announced his new, independent studio, Kojima Productions, which is partnering with Sony to create its first project. Accordingly, it wi...

Metal Gear creator starts Kojima Productions to work on PS4 exclusive

Dec 16 // Steven Hansen
Kojima also loosed this tweet. [embed]327182:61539:0[/embed] Oh, and here's the Kojima Productions logo, as black as Kojima's suit.
New Kojima studio photo
Console exclusive
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima just formally announced his new studio, Kojima Productions (this was also the name of his in-house Konami studio before parting ways with the company). The above video has Sony's Andrew ...

PSN sale photo
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...
Kojima photo
Kojima

Hideo Kojima reportedly forming new studio


I'd love to see him do a new IP
Dec 15
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Hideo Kojima has confirmed that his contract with Konami was terminated as of December 15, 2015, and that he has established an independent studio called, heh, Kojima Productions. Its first game is a "new franchise" ...
PlayStation Vue photo
PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is off to a good start, but it needs a bit more time


Now on Amazon Fire TV
Dec 14
// Chris Carter
"Cut the cord."You've seen the pitch a million times. While it will take a lot more time until all of the Adam Levine-loving, Voice-watching watching baby boomers truly cut enough cords to make online television really take o...
Assassin's Creed photo
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...

Nominees for Destructoid's Best PS4 Game of 2015

Dec 12 // Kyle MacGregor
Bloodborne Life is Strange Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain N++ OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood Rocket League Tales from the Borderlands The Talos Principle Until Dawn The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [Incomplete products like Steam Early Access titles, and episodic titles that are not fair to assess as stand alone experiences, without a full episode count, were not eligible for this year's awards. The cutoff for entry into Destructoid's 2015's Game of the Year awards is December 4, 2015.]
GOTY 2015 photo
Majestic!
The PlayStation 4 has seen its share of ups and downs in 2015, from the wonderful Bloodborne and unexpected Until Dawn to the disappointing The Order: 1886 and delayed Uncharted 4. It could have been a lot better, but it just...

TowerFall Vita photo
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 ...
Gravity Rush: It's good photo
Gravity Rush: It's good

Wack ass America doesn't get dope Gravity Rush ads


PS4 remaster all out in Japan
Dec 11
// Steven Hansen
I've been consigned to horrible downtown all week doing my civic duty and boy are my arms tired. And while I love to pay $7 for a $3 sandwich and to walk a mile and to drop $4 a day on public transit, you know what I don't lo...
Killing Floor 2 photo
Killing Floor 2

Tripwire Interactive talks Killing Floor 2 on PS4


It's still coming, they promise
Dec 10
// Zack Furniss
I guess this one slipped by me during PlayStation Experience. Tripwire Interactive is starting to produce videos about Killing Floor 2's PlayStation 4 port. It's still off in the distance, but it's a good sign that they're st...
Final Fantasy VII Remake photo
Final Fantasy VII Remake

Kitase speaks about Final Fantasy VII Remake's 'multi-part' format


In the vaguest terms possible
Dec 10
// Zack Furniss
Last weekend, at PlayStation Experience, Square Enix showed the first gameplay for the Final Fantasy VII Remake, and (according to our comments) people either shat their pants in gleeful excitement or disappointed rage. ...

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