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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: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundles coming to Europe too

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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Sony Computer Entertainment UK's boss Fergal Gara resigns

Warwick Light will be replacing him
Jul 31
// Joe Parlock
Sony Computer Entertainment UK’s boss Fergal Gara has stepped down from the position, so he can “pursue a new professional venture”, according to MCV UK. Since becoming the vice president and managing direct...

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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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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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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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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 ...

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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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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...
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PSN accidentally leaks Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection

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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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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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...
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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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[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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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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Rumour: Uncharted The Remastered Trilogy listed for 30 September release

Swiss retailer uses fake box art to list date
Apr 09
// Laura Kate Dale
According to a listing from a Swiss retailer, a remastered collection the PS3 Uncharted Trilogy is coming to PS4 on 30 September 2015. While the listing does feature box art, the art appears to have been cropped from an image...
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Uncy Herb

Now batting, Herb Guy

Uncy Herb
Apr 01
// Steven Hansen
I'm still playing MLB 15 The Show for our review. Instead of going to my PS3, uploading my Road to the Show shortstop to the Cloud, then importing it into my PS4, I stayed put (they're in different places) and made a new pit...
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MLB 15 review?

Where's our MLB 15 The Show review? (Royals suck edition)

Sony provided release date, PS4 code
Mar 31
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation's baseball monopoly continues this year with the consistently good MLB 15 The Show (PS3, PS4, Vita). That does come with more caveats than ever this year. Online servers seem to be shutting down for the previous ...
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Attention cord cutters: PlayStation Vue launches today for PS3 and PS4

But there's a catch
Mar 18
// Robert Summa
For those who have long abandoned the Hell that is cable television or those wanting to break free of its shackles, Sony is now offering its own alternative, the PlayStation Vue platform for the PlayStation 4 and 3. Pretty mu...
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Driveclub getting Lamborghini DLC

New cars and tour coming this month
Mar 09
// Laura Kate Dale
Later this month Driveclub is going to be getting some new Lamborghini-themed DLC. The Lamborghini DLC pack, which comes with four new cars and a dedicated tour, is due out at some unspecified time later this month alongside...
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Bloodborne online play

Sony Japan details Bloodborne online play

It's a lot like Dark Souls
Mar 07
// Jason Faulkner
In an update to the official Bloodborne website, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has detailed the various modes of online play that will be available.
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Resogun Defenders is DLC done right

Yup, it's time to play this again
Mar 06
// Robert Summa
As a semi-jaded gamer, I typically despise the concept of DLC. Often times we are presented with content that either doesn't live up to the price or publishers push their content too early in a game's life. Resogun Defenders ...
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GDC news

Sony's virtual reality hat Morpheus coming to PlayStation 4 in 2016

Slick new GDC prototype
Mar 03
// Steven Hansen
In the last month or so, invitations to various virtual reality headset demonstrations have made up a huge chunk of my inbox. GDC is into virtual reality.  I worry someone will pull some garish box out of their bag this ...

Review: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

Mar 03 // Josh Tolentino
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PS Vita [Reviewed], PlayStation TV)Developer: Alfa SystemPublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentReleased: March 3, 2015 MSRP: $19.99 About that "dead soon" thing: It's the premise of the game. Players start as the head of a Japanese clan (that they construct themselves in a rather detailed character-creation interface), murdered to a man in a gruesome ritual of human sacrifice after being framed for the disasters rocking 12th-century Kyoto. Fate is kind, though, and a few members are brought back to life to exact revenge upon the wrongdoers. Unfortunately, everything has a cost, and the price for a second chance is the dual curses of Ephemerality and Broken Lineage. The first curse dooms all members of the clan to drop dead two years after their birth. The second prevents them from having offspring with humans. Talk about a double-whammy!  Thus the mission is set: Continue the family line long enough to break the curses, by having children with willing gods and spirits (sidestepping the "Broken Lineage" part), and having those children have their own children before their two years are up, in addition to becoming strong enough to defeat the villain that cursed the clan in the first place. It's a morbid and deliciously effective premise, so much so that one wonders why it hasn't been thought of before. [embed]288441:57592:0[/embed] has, for Oreshika is technically a sequel to 1999's Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke, an influential PS1 RPG that involved largely the same concepts. That said, the game never made overseas, which makes it completely new to most players. Its relative age, though, would explain why Oreshika feels like a pleasant throwback to the early years of Japanese RPG-making, when the primary influences on design came from free-roaming dungeon-crawlers like Ultima and Wizardry. That same narrative-light, systems-heavy approach largely defines Oreshika's play experience, which should delight fans who've begun to chafe under the typically linear storytelling of most JRPGs. That isn't to say the story beats are absent. Oreshika has its own complement of directed cutscenes and dialog sequences, most involving named, voiced side characters. They appear during certain missions to drop some exposition or plot twists, and in some cases join the party. The meshing of traditional narrative with the game's more free-form structure isn't perfect, and it's during these moments that the player's own created clan can feel like extras in what is ostensibly their story. The missteps are mostly inoffensive, though, and to be fair, the story does end up going deeper than might have been possible without the benefit of more defined characters to fall back on. Then again, perhaps that more traditional story wasn't that necessary at all, because for me, the most memorable moments in Oreshika come with each passing minute of my family's short, short life. The game is conducted on a month-to-month basis, either raiding or preparing to raid one of the land's many labyrinths. The preparation involves buying gear and items for use during the raid, improving the local town to upgrade the various shops' offerings, or performing the "Rite of Union" with many gods and goddesses to create offspring and ensure the family's continuation. That might sound like a lot of babies to magic up, but considering that thanks to the rigors of dungeon-raiding many of the clan's members will kick the bucket long before their two years are up, a deep bench is critical. Longer games can go for hundreds of generations, and every death can hurt, thanks to the "XCOM effect" of growing attached to people one had a hand in creating and customizing themselves. Dying family even leave semi-randomized "parting words" upon their passing. Oreshika's also quite adept at making that customization feel like it matters. Every new addition to the family takes on the characteristics of their parents, including inheriting physical features (which can turn out hilariously when uniting with some of the less "human" gods), and statistical traits. The game's item creation system allows "heirloom" gear to be created that gains power every time a departing family member bequeaths it to a new generation. And the game is all too happy to use the PS Vita's built-in screen capture function to take "family album" photos and collect them like fond mementos of bosses beaten and dungeons delved. It's almost strange that for all the time one spends preparing for dungeon raids, Oreshika's combat and exploration are designed to be over and done with as quickly as possible. When out in the world, players are literally on the clock. A real-time counter ticks down towards the end of a given month, which lasts between five and ten minutes, depending on how many battles one gets into. At the end, players are given the option to go home, or continue the raid through the next month without rest, increasing the chance that tired or injured party members might die permanently. Given that every character is already born with a very short lifespan, the timers instill a kind of frenzied pace and tension to what could otherwise have been a ponderous affair. "Frenzied" is also a good way to describe Oreshika's visuals, which are a riot of color and animation. The game's watercolor tones and melding of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock style, traditional folkloric creatures, and anime character design make it one of the best-looking titles on the platform, and possibly one of the prettiest "anime" games since the original Valkyria Chronicles. And thankfully, unlike many games that involve procreation as a concept, Oreshika lacks much of the prurient undertone that make such titles slightly embarrassing to play at times. As lovely as the characters are environments don't fare quite as well, as the pace at which a typical dungeon run is conducted doesn't leave a lot of time to admire the sights. A limited camera setup and frequent use of revisiting (often to unlock a shortcut using a key found in some other dungeon) can also sap locations of their initial charm. Despite the fact most of us will never have played the game it's a sequel to, the quality of Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines shines through its gorgeous visuals and deep mechanics. Come to think of it, there's no more fitting way for a game that's about leaving a worthwhile legacy to conduct itself. [This review is based on a digital retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Generations of phwoar
Like many games of its type, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines features a tiny graphic in its text boxes to remind players they can press a button to advance to the next line. Usually the graphic is of an X or O button pressi...

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