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  • Game of the Year 2016 #2 - Inside

    Inside out

    Much has been said about the last twenty minutes of Inside. And rightly so – it's one of the most intense and intriguing sections of any game in recent memory. But to focus solely on those moments would be to do a disservice to what is a consistently excellent experience. Indeed, from its very first second, Playdead's sophomore...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 149

    Happy New Year

    Did you know that 2016 will be extended by a second? It's as if the Gods are mocking us, forcing us to endure such a dire year for a moment longer. The good news is that 2017 isn't too far away, and hopefully things will start looking up again. And of course, with it being a Bank Holiday weekend, it's the perfect opportunity to play...

  • Game of the Year 2016 Sam's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Bromance

    It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below, you'll find...

  • Soapbox Street Fighter V Is the Best Worst PS4 Game of 2016

    Sammy's losing faith in Capcom's fighter

    I love Street Fighter V, but it doesn't love me. That's a bit of a cliché, I suppose – but I'm struggling to dream up a better sentence that best describes my relationship with Capcom's brawler. Here is a game that's both breathtakingly brilliant and mindbogglingly awful all at the same time; the...

  • Game of the Year 2016 #3 - Overwatch

    Together, we are strong

    Shooters are not prone to positivity. Whether it's a grim illustration of objectivism as a societal foundation in BioShock or a striking commentary on senseless violence in Spec Ops: The Line, the genre typically doesn't have settings, characters, or themes that are uplifting. A fallen world makes way for endless scenarios...

  • Game of the Year 2016 Liam's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Fit for a thief

    It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below,...

  • Game of the Year 2016 #4 - Final Fantasy XV

    Noctout

    Jeez, where do you start with this one? What could have quite easily been a catastrophe, Final Fantasy XV has made into our top five games of 2016. For many of us, there's a distinct feeling of relief when we stop to think about Noctis' road trip. We're weirdly thankful that everything turned out well, and more importantly, we're over the...

  • Game of the Year 2016 Jacob's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Lasting appeal

    It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below, you'll...

  • Feature The 10 Best PS4 Trailers of 2016

    Watch this space

    Trailers are a massive part of every game's marketing cycle these days, with the very best either queued up for the big conventions or saved until a title's right about ready for release. We figured that we'd compile a list of the ten best PlayStation 4 videos released this year, and just for fun, we've put them in order to boot...

  • Game of the Year 2016 #5 - Dishonored 2

    From out of the shadows

    Arkane Studios' first entry in the Dishonored series was one of the best games of the previous generation. The game introduced us to the "whale-punk" city of Dunwall and its highly-stylised, gorgeous environments. And then it served up a selection of brilliantly entertaining supernatural powers, removed the leash, and...

  • Game of the Year 2016 Graham's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Inside and out

    It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below, you'll...

  • Feature The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Is the Best DLC of 2016

    It's better than most games, to be fair

    It's probably going to be a long time before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is dethroned as the king of modern role-playing games. The open world title is one of the very best releases of the past decade, and has essentially set the bar for similar games going forward. But it's not just the base release that...

  • Game of the Year 2016 #6 - The Last Guardian

    Cat-puppy love

    Decade-long development cycles rarely end well, especially when a rabid fanbase has passed the time by elevating a project's expectations to astronomical levels. The Last Guardian, launching some seven years after its original announcement, was always going to have a huge battle on its hands, then – not least because it has the...

  • Game of the Year 2016 Victor's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Watching over you

    It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below,...

  • Soapbox Why Hitman Is the Funniest Game of 2016

    A hands-off approach means excellent comedy, says Sam Brooke

    The Hitman series has always taken pride in being a bit odd. The wacky settings of Blood Money, for instance, range from a party based on heaven and hell to a hillbilly wedding where everybody has a gun. However, Hitman 2016 is easily one of the funniest games of this year - mainly...

  • Game of the Year 2016 #7 - The Witness

    Blown away

    If there was an annual award for 'Game Most Often Judged by Cover', The Witness would take it this year, hands down. Written off by many as "that game that's just about drawing lines", Jonathan Blow's long-delayed successor to Braid is, and has always been, about more than what's on the surface. Sure, your only real interaction with the...

  • Game of the Year 2016 Ken's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Life is just a fantasy

    It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean...

  • Guide Boxing Day 2016 - Best PS4 Deals (UK Edition)

    Season of sales

    Christmas is well underway, which means that it's time to start thinking about those Boxing Day sales. You've no doubt got a big wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, and you're probably wondering where you should invest it. Well, we've pulled together some of the better 26th December savings in this article, and we'll be...

  • Guide Boxing Day 2016 - Best PS4 Deals (US Edition)

    Sale away

    Boxing Day 2016 is traditionally a bigger window for deals in the UK, but there's still some good stuff up for grabs in the United States. We'll be updating this article over time with all of the best PlayStation 4 deals in the United States, so do check back if you're eager to splash some Christmas cash. <products region="USA"...

  • Game of the Year 2016 #8 - DOOM

    Room for DOOM

    Things could have gone badly wrong for DOOM. After a long development time, a severe lack of single player footage, and a complete absence of reviews on launch day, the title relied on word of mouth throughout its first week of availability. Is it any good? What's the campaign like? Has the multiplayer been improved since its beta?...

  • Talking Point What PlayStation Pressies Did You Get for Xmas?

    Receiving not giving

    Anyone that tells you Christmas is a period for giving is a liar – it's all about what you receive. Okay, that's not strictly true, but there's a chance if you're reading this website you'll have received some form of PlayStation related gift this year. And we want to know all about it. Did you get your first PS4 console...

  • News We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas

    'Tis the season, after all

    Psst. Take off your party hat, put down your Christmas cracker, and fall away from your family for a second: we've got something to say. It won't take long, it's only a couple of words. Ready? Happy Holidays! Yeah, that was it really. To be brutally honest, this year's passed in a flash, so it only feels like a few...

  • Game of the Year 2016 John's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Treasured

    It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below, you'll find...

  • Feature The 10 Best PS4 Soundtracks of 2016

    Hitting the right notes

    Another year gone. Times flies, doesn't it? 2016 may have been, erm, less than stellar in a lot of respects, but the games industry was by no means one of the problems. Quality reigned supreme across so many titles it's hard to keep track. Not to be left behind, though, was the music from these games, which delivered some...

  • Soapbox Overcooked at Christmas Is a Recipe for Success

    Stephen thinks you’ll find familial festive fun in this culinary cracker

    There's a very select group of games that qualify for the Christmas party treatment. Putting aside board games, which cause as many squabbles as they do genuine merriment, video games have been steadily increasing in relevance for family gatherings. After somewhat of a...