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

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Four

Fresh to death

The heavens have opened where we are, which should give us the perfect excuse to spend the weekend inside. But regardless of whether the sun’s shining in your neck of the woods, we want to know what’s keeping your consoles busy over the next couple of days. We’ll go first, but don’t forget to leave your gaming agenda in the...

Talking Point: Do DLC Deals Influence Your Purchasing Habits?

Do DLC Deals Influence Your Purchasing Habits?

Early access and bonus maps

With third-party exclusives slipstreaming the saola on the rotten road to extinction, platform holders are putting a much greater emphasis on exclusive DLC deals. Typically, these arrangements ensure that content remains restricted to a particular system for a set period of time (sometimes indefinitely), with financial...

Preview: Thawing Lost Planet 3's Winter Wonderland

Thawing Lost Planet 3's Winter Wonderland

Peyton the ice

It’s a good thing that Lost Planet 3’s set to release at the tail end of the summer, because you won’t want to play the Spark Unlimited-developed prequel when it’s cold outside. The third-person shooter takes place a long time prior to the events of the first game, with the snowy setting of E.D.N. III still trapped in the...

Reaction: Ratchet & Clank's Movie Debut Could Breathe New Life into the Franchise

Ratchet & Clank's Movie Debut Could Breathe New Life into the Franchise

Galactic appeal

Ratchet & Clank hasn’t quite been the same since 2009’s outstanding A Crack in Time. While we applaud series creator Insomniac Games for experimenting with different approaches, both All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault struggled to live up to the admittedly lofty expectations set by the series’ sensational predecessors...

Opinion: Sony Must Manage the Transition to the PS4 Perfectly

Sony Must Manage the Transition to the PS4 Perfectly

Moving on

Sony’s commitment to the oft-discussed ten year life cycle is generally a positive thing. As a consumer, you can be fairly confident when you buy a new PlayStation product on launch day that it will be supported for a full decade at the very least. That’s reassuring – gaming is an expensive hobby, and no one wants to be lumbered...

Interview: Mass Creation on Turning Your Finger into a Ninja with Draw Slasher

Mass Creation on Turning Your Finger into a Ninja with Draw Slasher

Daring digits

While the PlayStation Vita may feature its fair share of physical inputs, it would be a shame to let the system’s gigantic touch screen remain free of smudges. Fortunately, Mass Creation’s upcoming title Draw Slasher should give you enough of an excuse to coat the delicious display with your dirty little digits. The title –...

Talking Point: Why Sony Must Release the PS4 in the West This Year

Why Sony Must Release the PS4 in the West This Year

Breaking tradition

Sony’s been frighteningly non-committal regarding the launch timing of the PlayStation 4. While the platform holder flashed up the words ‘Holiday 2013’ during its big PlayStation Meeting press conference earlier in the year, it’s failed to really elaborate on the window since. “The precise details, as I say, for exact...

Interview: Talking TxK, Vita, and PS4 with Tempest 2000's Jeff Minter

Talking TxK, Vita, and PS4 with Tempest 2000's Jeff Minter

Llamasoft’s founder bleats on about the future of games

The word ‘legendary’ gets tossed around a little too much these days, but Jeff Minter is a British icon whose portfolio is more than deserving of the clichéd term. Since founding Llamasoft in 1982, the Reading-born developer has worked on a laundry list of noteworthy games, including...

Interview: Delving into the Dungeons of Dragon Fantasy on PS3 and Vita

Delving into the Dungeons of Dragon Fantasy on PS3 and Vita

Muteki Corporation opens the book on old-school adventures

While we appreciate the strides that take place in interactive entertainment every year, sometimes we long for the simplicity of the past. Muteki Corporation is a small studio that shares a similar sentiment, having dedicated its output to recapturing the magic of the Final Fantasy and...

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

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Three

All of the day, all of the night

With the curtains closed on another week of work, it’s time to put away your pens and focus on some good old gaming. Once again, we’ve managed to coax several Push Square team members into sharing their plans for the weekend, but we want to know what’s filling your itinerary, too. Feel free to submit your...

Talking Point: What's Your Favourite PlayStation Startup Sequence?

What's Your Favourite PlayStation Startup Sequence?

Setting the scene

While it’s difficult to topple the trembling sense of anticipation that comes when you greedily tug at the cellophane concealing a brand new piece of hardware, watching said system’s startup screen for the very first time gives the momentous occasion a run for its money. Ever since the very first PlayStation took the world by...

Feature: How Killzone: Shadow Fall Can Finally Fulfil the Franchise's Potential

How Killzone: Shadow Fall Can Finally Fulfil the Franchise's Potential

Heaven or Helghast

For a franchise once dubbed a ‘Halo killer’, Guerrilla Games’ solid-if-unspectacular Killzone series has frequently fallen short of its lofty ambitions. It’s unfortunate, because the Dutch developer has always possessed the ingredients to make a smash hit, but there’s always been a flaw in the recipe; a misstep mostly...

Talking Point: How the PS4 Will Put an End to Some of the PS3's Biggest Issues

How the PS4 Will Put an End to Some of the PS3's Biggest Issues

Better, faster, stronger

We love our good old pal the PlayStation 3, but even we can acknowledge that the console is not without fault. Its complex architecture has proved a headache for developers ever since its release almost seven years ago – and it's resulted in some less than desirable ports being published for our favourite machine. But...

Opinion: Microsoft's Always-Online Debacle Is Playing into the PS4's Hands

Microsoft's Always-Online Debacle Is Playing into the PS4's Hands

Xbox manufacturer is in a pickle

No publicity is bad publicity, or so the old adage goes – but Microsoft executives must find themselves staring into a window of brutal GIFs wondering what to do next. The press surrounding the company’s next generation platform has not been rosy for some time, but things escalated overnight when Adam Orth, the...

Feature: Mass Effect - The Evolution of an Epic Trilogy

Mass Effect - The Evolution of an Epic Trilogy

Massive effect

With the recently released Citadel add-on officially bringing an end to the Mass Effect trilogy, we felt it was good opportunity to look back on one of the most engaging, personal experiences to grace this generation. We’ll be talking about everything from the characters, the gameplay, and the aesthetics, to the fictional universe...

Feature: Five Dormant Franchises That Deserve a Comeback on PS4

Five Dormant Franchises That Deserve a Comeback on PS4

Daydream believer

The industry may be fixated on reboots at the moment, but not every dormant series demands a full stylistic overhaul. Indeed, there are plenty of brands that have been sitting quietly on the sidelines for several years, waiting patiently in the wings to prove their worth once again. With the impending PlayStation 4 currently...