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First Impressions: Stepping into the Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Stepping into the Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Use your illusion

Disney has been investing a significant amount of effort in recent years to put the quality back into its video game franchises and reach out to more adult gamers. With the Epic Mickey series adopting a somewhat darker tone, and the forthcoming classic remake of DuckTales: Remastered, it’s obvious that the media giant has been...

Reaction: Microsoft's Stopped the Xbox One Rot, But PS4 Is a Step Ahead

Microsoft's Stopped the Xbox One Rot, But PS4 Is a Step Ahead

Manufacturer is still clutching at straws

Vision is a word that Microsoft likes to use a lot. "Our vision is that every person can be a creator," said corporate vice president Marc Whitten earlier today, following the platform holder’s second massive Xbox One-Eighty in as many months. After a unanimous panning from pretty much the entirety of...

First Impressions: Killzone: Mercenary Is the Vita Shooter That You've Been Waiting For

Killzone: Mercenary Is the Vita Shooter That You've Been Waiting For

Pride and Pyrrhus

Ever since we first nestled our thumbs on the PlayStation Vita’s petite but precise analogue sticks, we’ve been gunning for a good first-person shooter. Nihilistic Software did the best that it could with a bad hand, deploying Resistance: Burning Skies and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified into a regrettable crossfire of...

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

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Nine

Hot in here

The sun may be shining for what feels like the first time in months, but that shouldn’t stop you from shutting the curtains and settling down with some good old video games. We’re definitely in a bit of a summer lull right now, which means that there’s plenty of opportunity to catch up on the hits that you may have missed. The...

Preview: Sending Smoke Signals in inFAMOUS: Second Son, the Hottest Exclusive on PS4

Sending Smoke Signals in inFAMOUS: Second Son, the Hottest Exclusive on PS4

Turning up the temperature

Despite a stellar track record, there’s still an air of scepticism surrounding Sucker Punch. The small Seattle-based studio – which was officially inaugurated into the Sony Worldwide Studios family in 2011 – has fashioned some stellar software over the years, but it’s yet to land a smash hit on the scale of...

First Impressions: Killzone: Shadow Fall May Be the Most Strategic Shooter on PS4

Killzone: Shadow Fall May Be the Most Strategic Shooter on PS4

Helgasp

Killzone: Shadow Fall is the release that will make you believe in the benefits of next generation hardware. Guerrilla Games’ first-person launch title shoots down any questions regarding the PlayStation 4’s ability to impress visually, responding emphatically with elegant dappled lighting and richer textures than a mercenary’s bank...

First Impressions: Behind the Wheel with DriveClub, the PS4 Racer That Wants to Keep You on the Road

Behind the Wheel with DriveClub, the PS4 Racer That Wants to Keep You on the Road

Team pursuit

Evolution Studios does not consider PlayStation 4 launch title DriveClub to be just another racing game. The talented Runcorn-based outfit sees its latest vehicular outing as more of a social service – a hub that will keep you hooked by allowing you to interact with friends, recruit your own personal team, and sit in the cockpit of...

First Impressions: Could the PS4 Controller Be Gaming's Greatest Ever Input Device?

Could the PS4 Controller Be Gaming's Greatest Ever Input Device?

We wrap our eager fingers around the DualShock 4

It’s been almost 16 years since the PlayStation’s primary input device last demanded real scrutiny. The introduction of the DualShock in late 1997 ushered a new standard for video game control that hasn’t changed a whole lot over the past decade and a half. Sure, the peripheral has been host...

Game of the Month: June 2013 - The Last of Us

June 2013 - The Last of Us

It wasn't for nothing

Who wants to know a little secret? Ordinarily we run an internal poll for these Game of the Month posts, but on this occasion we didn’t bother. Anyone that dared to vote against Naughty Dog’s incredible opus The Last of Us was going to be forced to spend the week shamefully sat on the step outside of our big cheese’s...

Interview: Straight Talking with Curve Studios

Straight Talking with Curve Studios

The team that's got its finger in a lot of pies

Ever since bursting onto the PlayStation Network podium with its volatile platformer Explodemon in 2011, talented London-based outfit Curve Studios has been taking a break from Sony’s systems. The developer – which cut its teeth creating Buzz! spin-offs for the PlayStation Portable – filled the...

First Impressions: Stomping Around with Knack on PS4

Stomping Around with Knack on PS4

Hands-on gameplay reveals PS4 processing power

With the number of games slated for the PS4 launch Knack may have slipped under the radar somewhat. However, PS4 System Architect Mark Cerny saw fit to take on the role of game designer and we think for good reason. The main character in the game is a Robot that attracts and controls a variety of...