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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...
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Sony

Have you received this free gift from Sony?


I haven't ;____;
Jan 15
// Vikki Blake
Last summer, Sony celebrated five years of PlayStation Plus by sending out gifts to early adopters of the subscription service. The gift - a framed poster showcasing your PSN stats such as the number of friends, number of gam...
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Sony

Sony 'mistakenly' gives away wrong game in January's PlayStation Plus line-up


WHOOPS LOL
Jan 08
// Vikki Blake
Remember when Sony said that PSP strategy game Legends of War: Patton’s Campaign was to be part of this month’s PlayStation Plus line-up? Er, that was a mistake. Apparently. In a tweet today, Sony has confirmed th...

Review: Hardware: Rivals

Jan 06 // Chris Carter
Hardware: Rivals (PS4)Developer: SCE Connected Content GroupPublisher: Sony Computer Entertainment EuropeMSRP: $19.99Released: January 5, 2016 Rivals boils down to jeeps vs. tanks, with only a scant four vehicles (two in each category) to choose from at the start. The former sports a Twisted Metal-like machine gun and the latter carries a turret into battle, and your typical host of subweapons can be picked up across the battlefield. I'm talking long range plasma scatter shots, a short-range laser beam, and surface-to-air missiles with lock-on capabilities. All of them are coupled with bright animations and satisfying sound effects, which give them quite a bit of impact when playing. The controls are very easy to pick up, basically consisting of acceleration (R2 or X, which is convenient) and braking procedures, along with dedicated buttons for primary and subweapons. Jeeps in particular are much easier to acclimate to, since they have relatively loose controls, great acceleration, and a spread-based gun. Tanks on the other hand take some getting to used to, as they're predictably clunky, and the turret itself can be rather slow-moving as you seek out enemies. Since most of the damage is done by subweapons anyway, tanks feel a bit clipped in that regard, but I've seen success from both play styles. Speaking of the subweapon system, despite the fact that they all have their own distinct look and feel, acquisition is a bit off and poorly paced. For starters, you can only stack subweapons, and by picking up a new type, you'll replace your previous one. It's jarring to say the least, since the vast majority of car combat games allow you to cache an entire arsenal to use at your disposal. Team games with lots of players on-screen can be sluggish as a result, because if everyone is picking up all the subs you're stuck with your primary. This is exacerbated by the fact that drivers don't have unique weapons to set them apart from the crowd. [embed]331641:61717:0[/embed] There's also the problem of supers, which drastically alter the battle in favor of whoever attains the coveted power-up. While one stage has a cool gimmick that forces players underground to avoid a missile strike, another features a cheap "frozen" mechanic that places ice on the ground and punishes them unless they find some way to get some air. The latter feels very unbalanced in every game I've experienced, because the slow effect happens almost instantaneously, and it's tough to get to safety. Levels are layered and built around these concepts, which is nice, and despite the fact that there are only four arenas at present, all of them are suitably fun to roll around in. I suspected this would be a free-to-play heavy game with microtransactions but that isn't the case (it's a $19.99 release that's merely free on PlayStation Plus this month). The perk and upgrade system (featuring "Salvage" as currency) is rather fair and inoffensive at the very worst. Players will earn a decent amount of Salvage after every match, win or loss, which is enough to alter the state of their car or driver. It's a carrot on a stick to encourage leveling up and grinding, but again, it's par for the course for modern shooters and doesn't detract from Rivals as a whole as much as the aforementioned issues do. Most of the fun (if not all of it) will be derived from online play, because there aren't really any single player modes outside of the tutorial. In fact the whole shebang is basically online, as there's no split-screen or local play, and no support for bots. The four included modes basically all boil down to "deathmatch" with team variants (outside of one domination mode). There is support for private matches and events are on the way, with the first one debuting later this week. During my time with Rivals games were relatively lag free, though I did notice some connection issues at launch that prevented me from playing for roughly half an hour. There are 30 challenges available, which include looking at levels from a different perspective (like racing), but it's not a separate mode -- they're more like achievements for existing matches. It's baffling, as these simplistic alterations of existing arenas would have been a great way to break up the fatigue of online play. Hardware: Rivals has a good core concept and engine, but it needs some work around the edges. A lot of little things added up for me the more I played it in an increasingly annoying fashion, most of which can be fixed with proper updates. [This review is based on a retail build of the game acquired for free by way of PlayStation Plus.]
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Back to the toolbox
Car combat is one of those genres that just doesn't get no respect these days. Even 2012's Twisted Metal couldn't revitalize the franchise, and for some time, the genre has been on life support mostly by way of indie developers. So when I heard about Hardware: Rivals, I had to jump in and see what the fuss was about. Unfortunately, I doubt this one will usher in a new era of glory.


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Days Gone

Sony trademarks mystery game project 'Days Gone'


Colour me intrigued
Jan 06
// Vikki Blake
In the days between Christmas and New Year, Sony quietly registered a new trademark for a new project entitled Days Gone. Filed under Classes 9 and 41 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, this identifies the item...
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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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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...

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SCE UK

Update: Sony Computer Entertainment UK's boss Fergal Gara hired at Amazon


Warwick Light will be replacing him
Nov 26
// Joe Parlock
[Update: Gara has now been appointed as "Director of PC" at Amazon, according to MCV] Sony Computer Entertainment UK’s boss Fergal Gara has stepped down from the position, so he can “pursue a new professional vent...
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PlayStation 4

Sony claims PS4 sold around 30 million units


Pictured: the future of PS VR
Nov 25
// Mike Cosimano
According to a press release from Sony, the PlayStation 4 has sold through (read: units actually sold to people, not units shipped to stores) 30.2 million units as of November 22. That's a considerable amount of consoles; for...
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Sony

PlayStation 4 price drops across Europe


Had you been holding out?
Oct 21
// Vikki Blake
You can now buy a brand-new PlayStation 4 in the UK for £300. Sony has announced it has revised the recommended retail price of the 500GB console to £299.99 in the UK, and €399.99 across Europe, including Austria, Benelux, France, Ireland, and Portugal.
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DriveClub

DriveClub disappearing from free games list on PS+ in October


Have you downloaded it yet?
Oct 01
// Vikki Blake
The PS Plus Edition of DriveClub will be removed from the PS+ monthly games list in October. Sony confirmed the news on the PS Blog at the end of the October PlayStation Plus announcement. Though not quite the same ...
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The Last of Us sale

The Last of Us sale starts tomorrow, Clicker statue up for pre-order


Outbreak Day 2015
Sep 22
// Darren Nakamura
Canonically, Outbreak Day -- the day when the Cordyceps fungus got out of control and dramatically altered the world in The Last of Us -- occurred on September 26, 2013. We're coming up on the second anniversary of that fatef...
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Uncharted

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundles coming to Europe too


Yay!
Sep 18
// Vikki Blake
Sony has confirmed that the 1TB and 500GB Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PlayStation 4 bundles are coming to Europe. Originally, the bundles had only been earmarked for North America, but Sony has confirmed to Eurogam...
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Daybreak CEO

Sony Online Entertainment founder steps down


Currently Daybreak
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
John Smedley co-founded EverQuest developer Verant Interactive, which morphed into Sony Online Entertainment following EverQuest's huge success. He even hung on after Sony sold SOE earlier this year, turning it into Daybreak ...
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Uncharted

Grab the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection demo soon


Demo will be available in Q3 2015
Jul 16
// Vikki Blake
Want to try Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection before committing your cold, hard cash to it?  The demo will hit the PS Store later this summer, although how much of each game we'll get to sample in this free taster h...
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PlayStation

Sony launches new 1TB PlayStation 4 in Europe


Become the Ultimate Playa
Jun 22
// Vikki Blake
A new 1TB PlayStation 4 - the Ultimate Player Edition - is headed for Europe from July 15. "Offering twice the storage of the existing PS4," writes SCEE Blog Manager Fred Dutton on the PS Blog today, "you’ll be abl...
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PlayStation

Redeem PSN codes from your photos on your smartphone


The future is here, people
Jun 22
// Vikki Blake
People with woefully poor short-term memories who take fifteen years to type in a code (read: me), rejoice - you can now redeem PSN codes directly through the PlayStation App. Image credit: Toki767, NeoGAF The best bit?...
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Gravity Rush 2

Sony 'waiting for the right time to unveil' Gravity Rush 2


The Vita isn't dead! Unless it's PS4
Jun 20
// Steven Hansen
As is always the case after a Gravity Rush 2-free show goes by, the lack of Gravity Rush 2 at E3 this year was a bummer, even after the report six months ago that it was, "in earnest development." With Sony skipping gamescom ...

Elena is real mad at Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Jun 16 // Steven Hansen
[embed]294098:59077:0[/embed] At the end of this, Drake goes crashing through the wooden plank, skips across the water, and ends up getting dragged through the mud on the other side. All the while he's shooting with one hand, hanging on for dear life with the other, because he is very strong. It's not quite just a set piece set up as that grappling hook is a huge part of Uncharted 4's gameplay systems and you'll always be able to shoot from it. Drake pulls himself up onto the crane truck that'd been dragging him and so begins a long series of shooting with assumed bad guys on motor bikes as Drake tries to work is way to the front of the convoy chasing his brother, Sam. After hijacking a jeep and catching up, the two argue over who should jump to the other's vehicle. A little brotherly conflict. Then Nate gets blindsided by a truck and there's a nice, quieter moment of being pinned underneath a flipped over van that is increasingly on fire. Nate hops on Sam's bike and that armored truck returns with a vengeance in a Sonic Adventure 2 style chase sequence towards the camera. Eventually, of course, they escape. This is when we got wind of some story elements. Sully, Sam, and Nate are after collected treasure from a pirate commune, Libertalia. Someone named Rafe, presumably from Days of Our Lives, is trying to kill them. They chat up plans on the way into their motel and suddenly there's Nate, rarely tongue tied, as a very upset Elena is standing in the room. She hints that Nate was lying about being on a job in Malaysia and, as you can see above, she is pretty damn pissed off. It ain't anger, it's that, "I'm so hurt and disappointed in you" look that just cuts deep. Nate fucked up. We'll know how bad next year.
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Extended gameplay demo
Sony showed off Uncharted 4: A Thief's End yesterday to end its conference with a bang. A lot of them as a jeep careened through an entire city. In today's behind closed doors session, we saw creative director on Uncharted 4 ...

Trailer photo
Trailer

The Tomorrow Children missed Sony's presser but it still looks rad


PS4 exclusive
Jun 16
// Steven Hansen
The Tomorrow Children didn't make it into Sony's press conference, but the PS4 exclusive still looks rad. It's set in a divergent future that looks like 1960's Soviet Russia and its kitsch as all get out. It's playable on the E3 showfloor, so I'm hoping to get some hands on it soon, preferably mine. Until then, you can read Dale's preview from last year.
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Driveclub

Evolution 'in final stages' of bringing Driveclub to PS+


On your marks
Jun 12
// Vikki Blake
Evolution has announced that plans to bring Driveclub to PlayStation Plus are "in the final stages of development." We knew the servers were scheduled to be replaced and upgraded from June 1 as the developer "prepare[d] for t...
Uncharted photo
Uncharted

PSN accidentally leaks Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection


Whoopsie!
Jun 04
// Vikki Blake
A promotional image for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection has been leaked on the mobile US PlayStation Store. We know nothing more than what the picture above tells us -- it's going to be a collection, (un)imaginatively...
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Sony

UK consumer rights programme not happy with Sony


Insert Weakest Link joke here
May 29
// Vikki Blake
Sony headlined UK consumer rights programme Watchdog last night. Following a recap of Sony's troublesome history with hacks and insecure customer data, the programme took umbrage with Sony Europe's digital refund po...
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Sony

Experience E3 2015 with PlayStation


All US states are represented, plus three Canadian cities
May 22
// Vikki Blake
Sony will be rolling out the PlayStation E3 Experience to more theaters in more states than ever before. In a recent PlayStation blog post, Sony confirmed that the free event -- starting at 6pm PT on June 15 -- will...
Uncharted photo
Uncharted

Uncharted 4 faces contain crazy numbers of bones


Shove bones right into my head
May 13
// Laura Kate Dale
The Last of Us had pretty good facial animation tech, at least as far as I was concerned. Faces were detailed, emotions were nuanced and it was always clear what the actor behind the character had wanted to convey. From my pe...
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MediEvil

[Update] MediEvil might be coming back after far too long


15 years... 15 long, painful years
May 08
// Joe Parlock
[Update #3]  The above video has just been released with the following description: First of all, we apologize for giving you hopes to see Medievil and Sir Dan Fortesque in PS4, we didn´t try to piss nobody off or...
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Last of Us: Left Behind

The Last of Us: Left Behind will be available as a standalone on May 12


For a shorter, equally brutal experience
May 01
// Darren Nakamura
Left Behind was a great piece of story DLC for The Last of Us, filling in a portion of the main story that is glossed over and providing a clearer look at Ellie's origin. Any who want to try out the three-hour episode as a ta...
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Destiny

Here's the top picks from this week's PlayStation Store Europe sale


Hope you like dem zombies
Apr 29
// Vikki Blake
Sony is serving up selection of tantalising treats in this week's PlayStation Store sale. If Star Wars, shooting zombies, and, er, replaying the same missions over and over again are your thing, pay attention. The Deal of the...
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PlayStation Vita

Is this the next PlayStation Vita?


Sure looks that way
Apr 21
// Vikki Blake
A Twitter bot may have spilled the beans on as-yet-unannounced new PlayStation Vita design. The tweet, published on the weekend by @trademark_bot, shared details of a patent filed recently by Sony Computer Entertainment for "a portable LCD screen game machine controller." That's right -- LCD. Not OLED. 
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NPD sales

March NPD: PS4 still the one true king; Battlefield tops software charts


Bloodborne takes No. 2 spot
Apr 16
// Robert Summa
It's that time of the month again. The time console warriors are able to pull out actual facts to back up their extreme fanboyism in the most heated of forum discussions. Taking the top spot again for hardware was the PlaySta...

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