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Hands On: Battlezone's PlayStation VR Co-Op Is Brilliant Fun

Battlezone's PlayStation VR Co-Op Is Brilliant Fun

Cockpit moshpit

What more is there to say about Battlezone right now? The forthcoming PlayStation VR launch title is absolutely a must-own, but you already knew that when we previewed it earlier in the year. This week we were invited back up to Rebellion to feast our eyes on the final build, and our opinion hasn't really changed: the Oxford-based...

Soapbox: I Played PlayStation VR for Over an Hour and Didn't Chunder

I Played PlayStation VR for Over an Hour and Didn't Chunder

Sammy's not seasick

Until this week, my time with PlayStation VR had been very limited. The longest I'd probably spent strapped in to the headset in one session was maybe 15 minutes, so I hadn't really had an opportunity to test how it feels to play virtual reality in extended sittings. Luckily, I was invited up to Rebellion on Wednesday, where I...

Hands On: Little Nightmares Is a Spooky PS4 Surprise

Little Nightmares Is a Spooky PS4 Surprise

Sweet dreams

You wouldn't expect a puzzle platformer to be one of the pleasanter surprises at EGX 2016. Perhaps the booth should have been a better indication; Little Nightmares wasn't stuffed away in the corner of the convention, but instead commanded centre stage, with an elaborate labyrinth-like setup involving towering drawers and dressed-up...

Hands On: Is Dragon Quest Builders Spades Better than Minecraft?

Is Dragon Quest Builders Spades Better than Minecraft?

Dig dug

Minecraft's an interesting phenomenon. Its wide-spread impact is not under question, but old-fogeys like this very author struggle to derive much entertainment from its free-form format. Dragon Quest Builders aims to bring the best of both worlds, then – it's got the creative opportunities of Mojang's masterpiece, but also the...

First Impressions: Bloodying Our Blades in the For Honor PS4 Alpha

Bloodying Our Blades in the For Honor PS4 Alpha

No guts, no glory

For Honor is a medieval melee-based action title that's set in a land totally ruined by a natural disaster - its people left to fight for their survival. This is where three warriors come across one pool of water, and although they could share it, a brawl ensues because of pure greed. These initial three fighters go on to form...

Feature: PlayStation VR Has the Power to Elicit Real-World Reactions

PlayStation VR Has the Power to Elicit Real-World Reactions

Don't look down

There are two things that make virtual reality extra impressive: scale and physical reactions. As we've said so many times, you really need to wear the headset to understand just how affecting these assets are, but we also appreciate that it's not easy for everyone to get eyes-on time with the device. As such, we've already tried...

Mission Blog: Chapter 6 - Boldly Going

Chapter 6 - Boldly Going

The final frontier

The black hole was alarmingly close. It was an arresting if slightly terrifying sight, with an attractive blue aura surrounding a harshly defined circle of darkness. Though No Man's Sky's black holes offer some of the most striking (and perilously inviting) views in the game, my curiosity got the better of me just before I flew...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 136

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 136

Short and sweet

We're on location this week, so you're getting the shortest WAYP in the history of the feature. That's okay, though, because we're sure that you'll have ample insight to stack into the comments. You know the drill: let us know what you're playing down below. Jacob Hull, Reviewer: It's a Premier League weekend, so just you try and...

First Impressions: PS4 Pro Represents a Sizeable Step Forward

PS4 Pro Represents a Sizeable Step Forward

A new Horizon

Looking at Guerrilla's eye-wateringly pretty dinosaur destroying role-playing game Horizon: Zero Dawn on the PlayStation 4 Pro initially reveals the game that you have in your imagination; it's only when the upgraded version is observed back-to-back with its standard PS4 release that the stark contrast comes into alarming focus...

Podcast: Episode 14 - The PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro

Episode 14 - The PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro

And is the Iron Price right?

A fictitious prize to whoever cites both references in that sub header! Anyway, we've got another bumper episode for you this week that comes to you with improved microphone quality on my end, for once. Huzzah! This episode, we catch up on all the latest new from the PlayStation Meeting and Tokyo Game Show. Plus, we...

Poll: What Do You Think of Destiny: Rise of Iron?

What Do You Think of Destiny: Rise of Iron?

Is it hot stuff?

Ah, trusty old Destiny - a game that's pretty much the perfect fodder for a Friday poll such as this. The shooter's latest expansion, Rise of Iron, launched earlier this week on PlayStation 4, and its brand new six-player Raid is releasing later today. Judging by the amount of buzz that the DLC has generated around the 'net, it's...

Talking Point: What October PlayStation Plus Games Do You Want?

What October PlayStation Plus Games Do You Want?

Free the freebies

The price has gone up in North America, but few could be disappointed with September 2016's selection of free PlayStation Plus games. Between the excellent Journey and the agreeable Lords of the Fallen, the PlayStation 4 alone played host to two really worthwhile downloads last time out. But now it's time to starting thinking...

Hands On: Destiny: Rise of Iron Seems Like Another Solid Expansion

Destiny: Rise of Iron Seems Like Another Solid Expansion

Bringing the fire

We've sunk about 10 hours into Destiny: Rise of Iron, and in that time, we've completed the main set of story quests, tackled several side objectives, and jumped about ten light levels. We've perused some super cool looking armour, glanced at a few tempting exotics, killed more Splicers than we care to count, and spent minutes at...

Soapbox: Uncharted 4's Higher Difficulties Kill the Joy of Combat

Uncharted 4's Higher Difficulties Kill the Joy of Combat

Joey Thurmond's sick of sitting behind cover

I'm on chapter 20 of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, having just escaped explosive deathtraps with a good companion by my side. We're ready to take on the bad guys that have taken another friend hostage, and I happen to see him attempting to escape from my vantage point. I'm overlooking a vast cove run dry...

Video: Fly Away with Gravity Rush 2's Free PS4 Demo

Fly Away with Gravity Rush 2's Free PS4 Demo

Kat-ch it while you can

This is a most pleasant surprise: there's a free Gravity Rush 2 demo available on the Japanese PlayStation Store. One catch: you'll need a PlayStation Plus account to nab it. Thankfully, we're going to show you how you can claim a 24 hour trial on your Japanese account, meaning that you can download this and give it a spin...

Hardware Review: PS4 Slim - Size Matters

PS4 Slim - Size Matters

Does Sony's diminutive device deliver?

It's amazing how much can happen in the space of a month. If you'd have asked us four weeks ago whether there'd even be a PlayStation 4 Slim, we'd have told you categorically no; days later and we've put Sony's shrunken system through its paces and are bracing ourselves to pen you a full review. There are...

Feature: 10 TGS 2016 Trailers You Must Watch

10 TGS 2016 Trailers You Must Watch

From Tokyo with love

Sadly, the Tokyo Game Show is not the attraction that it once was. Sony brought lots to last week's Japanese convention, but the reality is that the Japanese games industry is no longer pumping out big games to the degree that it has in the past. Still, we did get a handful of trailers for major Eastern releases, and we...

Mission Blog: Chapter 5 - Atlas, At Last

Chapter 5 - Atlas, At Last

We are not alone

I didn't really want to leave the Rachel system. There were lots of planets, all of them were great for different reasons, and I was making mega space bucks. I found another planet, not far from Gravitino Rush, that was covered in venom sacs. They were also worth a bundle, and collecting them was just as dangerous as it was with...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 135

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 135

Iron rising

The nights are drawing in and the skies have turned a subtle shade of grey; the summer's officially over and it's time to start thinking about investing in a new woolly jumper or three. The good news is that while the sun goes on annual leave, games are beginning to release, and while we're not quite in the thick of the silly season just...

Feature: Has Fallout 4's Season Pass Been Worth It?

Has Fallout 4's Season Pass Been Worth It?

We take a look back at all the DLC

It's almost been one whole year since Fallout 4 launched, believe it or not. Thanks to a total of six downloadable content offerings, it's safe to say that Bethesda's done a good job of keeping Fallout 4 relevant over the last 10 or so months. Every new DLC release has been met with widespread media coverage, and...

Poll: Should the PS4 Pro Have a UHD Blu-ray Player?

Should the PS4 Pro Have a UHD Blu-ray Player?

A moment of clarity

Sony took a bath on the PlayStation 3 just to get Blu-ray into as many homes as possible, so it's strange to see the company ignore the fledgling Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray format a decade later. Times have changed since the turbulent days of 2006, of course: streaming is, for many, their primary means of consuming media now...

Video: We Got One of Those PS4 Slim Things

We Got One of Those PS4 Slim Things

And ours isn't off the back of a lorry

Leaks presumably irritate every organisation operating in the games industry, but Sony must have been particularly peeved by the PlayStation 4 Slim's premature reveal. Today we learned an important lesson about the diminutive device: it's not very photogenic. Like, at all. To the degree where we gave up...

Video: Is Hot Shots Tennis a Winner on PS4?

Is Hot Shots Tennis a Winner on PS4?

Everybody's arcade favourite

New Hot Shots Golf is really starting to shape up judging by its Tokyo Game Show trailers – it's just taking an eternity to tee off. (Okay, so maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but Clap-Hanz will have been working on its first PlayStation 4 instalment for almost half a decade when it deploys in Summer 2017...