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Review: Hohokum photo
Review: Hohokum
by Kyle MacGregor

Hohokum is amazing. It can also be awful. My time with it was often as captivating as it was arduous. Hohokum is everything right and wrong with videogames. It's equally worthy of condemnation and acclaim.

I adore this horrible thing.

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11:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Sony's upcoming PS4 Share Play feature only lasts one hour

When the PlayStation 4 gets its 2.0 firmware, you'll be able to take advantage of Share Play -- a cool new feature that lets you play online with a friend like you were on a couch even if they don't own the game. But accordin...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 08.14.2014

Ninja Theory wants to involve you in their game-making process

Hellblade was announced for PS4 to be developed and published by Ninja Theory (DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Heavenly Sword). Hellblade is set to focus on a Celtic-inspired twisted world, with brutal com...

Brittany Vincent







I felt genuine delight and a little confusion from Sony's gamescom press conference photo
I felt genuine delight and a little confusion from Sony's gamescom press conference
by Bill Zoeker

Sony came and delivered pretty much what I expected from their gamescom 2014 press conference. They had a boatload of indie games with interesting visual styles. They've continued their expansive trajectory of porting bigger indie games, with the announcement of DayZ coming to the PS4.

Of course they also announced slightly confusing and hard to believe hardware features with Share Play and the PlayStation TV's PS4 Remote Play. I used to raise a red flag when Sony promised cool hardware features, as they used to fall flat. However, they seem to be pulling off most of their offerings so far this generation.

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Sony does more for Vita than it gets credit for, but it's okay to be frustrated photo
Sony does more for Vita than it gets credit for, but it's okay to be frustrated
by Kyle MacGregor

A lot of people seemed disappointed when Sony closed its gamescom press conference without much mention of the PlayStation Vita. And it isn't difficult to understand why.

The struggling portable seemed like an afterthought yesterday. Anyone hoping for an exciting new Vita reveal was left wanting. Adding insult to injury, the system actually managed to lose an exclusive, as Tearaway was announced for PlayStation 4.

There was a single moment during the event that seemed indicative of Sony's approach to the handheld. Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell took the stage in Cologne, and showcased his upcoming project, Volume, a stealth title destined for PS4 and Vita next year. It's an independent game from a tiny, but talented developer. And it's cross-platform to boot.

Outside of cursory mentions like that, Sony's show was all about PS4. And why not? It's the newer and more successful system. Sony allocated its airtime wisely, highlighting its breadwinner, rather than choosing to fight an uphill battle. It made perfect sense, too, given Microsoft's strong showing earlier in the day. 

That's a rational outlook, though. Sadly for Sony, humans aren't always rational creatures. Vita owners felt spurned, and they made sure Sony heard about it.

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3:30 PM on 08.13.2014

PlayStation 4 software sales have surpassed 30 million games in retail stores

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 software sales are impressively strong, with more than 30 million games sold in retail stores and digital downloads as of August 10. Software sales are anticipated to continue to grow...

Brittany Vincent

2:58 PM on 08.13.2014

Kojima expected that it would take a week to solve the mystery of P.T.

Kojima's interactive teaser P.T., which we now know is the playable teaser for Silent Hills, was solved in half a day by curious players who persevered all the way to the end. But as Kojima himself revealed during today's pre...

Brittany Vincent

1:15 PM on 08.13.2014

See some new screenshots for LittleBigPlanet 3

After the runaway success of the first two LittleBigPlanet titles on PS3, fans had been clamoring for a follow-up on Sony's new hardware. With the announcement of LittleBigPlanet 3 at E3 coming to both PS4 and PS3, the LBP co...

Alessandro Fillari

10:30 AM on 08.13.2014

Until Dawn is my kind of horror

I am a little baby when it comes to horror movies. I just can’t. I can’t sit and force myself to stare at a screen that will make me scream and flinch. That’s not fun to me! The opposite is true when it com...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo
Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving
by Alessandro Fillari

It seems like yesterday when we were all huddling around the mysterious WebM videos floating around the internet. Showing a strange and unknown game resembling a Souls title, many people didn't know what to make of it. The character looked unlike anything from Dark Souls or even Demon's Souls, and the weaponry looked even more bizarre. But the more we saw, the more intrigued we all became. Tentatively called Project Beast, the footage showed a world in chaos, very much like the previous Souls titles.

During Sony's E3 press conference, we finally got the official reveal of the game, now called Bloodborne, and what we saw was something far more bleak and depressing than anything the previous Souls titles could muster. Once more details began to surface, fans were curious to find many changes to standard gameplay.

But was this still a Souls game? Well, Destructoid was invited out to PlayStation HQ in San Mateo to play some of their gamescom offerings, and we got to spend some quality time with From Software's next title.

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9:15 AM on 08.13.2014

Bloodborne's HUD has dedicated healing items in their own slot

In a gamescom behind-closed-doors showing, we got a good explanation of what is going on in Bloodborne's HUD. That top red bar is a health gauge, and the green one underneath it is a stamina gauge. Nothing new there except fo...

Dale North



Digging deeper into The Tomorrow Children photo
Digging deeper into The Tomorrow Children
by Dale North

At a gamescom briefing today, Dylan Cuthbert of Q-Games showed off their brand collaboration with Sony Studios Japan for the first time. PS4 title The Tomorrow Children (temporary title) is quite different from Q-Games' other titles, but it does share their trademark creativity and imagination.

It's...pretty weird.

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The next Silent Hill is coming from Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro photo
The next Silent Hill is coming from Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro
by Jordan Devore

Oh that Hideo Kojima.

During Sony's gamescom 2014 press conference earlier today, there was bizarre, eye-catching announcement for something called "P.T." which was said to be playable immediately for PS4 via PlayStation Network. It was shown so quickly that many of us didn't think much of it. Whoops.

Turns out that P.T. is a playable teaser for the next Silent Hill from, get a load of this, designer Hideo Kojima and director Guillermo del Toro. The game -- which seems to be named Silent Hills, presumably because that's how Kojima rolls -- stars actor Norman Reedus.

The ruse was figured out by Twitch streamer SoapyWarpig, whose playthrough of P.T. can be seen here. Skip to around 1:16 for the unveil or simply take a look at the .gif below. As someone who hasn't been much into the series in recent years, this is one hell of a way to win me back.

[Via NeoGAF]

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Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game! photo
Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Sony have bestowed upon us a beautiful hardcover art book to celebrate the launch of their whimsical new game Hohokum on PSN (out today!), and we're going to give it away to one lucky Dtoider!

Featuring gorgeous art by Richard Hogg, The Hohokum Almanac is a great companion piece to the game. For a chance to win it (and a code for the game itself), just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, August 15 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Try us out!

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Here's everything that happened during Sony's 2014 gamescom conference photo
Here's everything that happened during Sony's 2014 gamescom conference
by Jordan Devore

Sony's gamescom showing went by quickly, with announcement after announcement and more than a few new intellectual properties put on display for the first time. Really, though, it's still From Software's Bloodborne that has me most wanting a PlayStation 4. As for the PS Vita, the handheld was practically non-existent at the press conference. Poor thing!

If you missed out on the stream or simply couldn't keep up, here's what went down.

News:

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1:32 PM on 08.12.2014

PS4 update will let friends join games they don't own

Included in Sony's big fall update will be the ability to join in with your friends' gaming experience, even if you don't own the game itself. Share Play is being described as a "virtual couch" and is online co-op multiplayer...

Alasdair Duncan