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Talking Point: Killzone: Mercenary Concludes a Killer Week for PS Vita

Killzone: Mercenary Concludes a Killer Week for PS Vita

Back in the zone

It’s not been the best first year for the PlayStation Vita. Shunned in its home territory and disregarded overseas, the powerful portable has struggled to secure a foothold in the brutal video game market. But there have been signs this week that the system is not dead and buried yet, and while there’s still a long road ahead...

Feature: Crafting the Contrasting Sounds of The Unfinished Swan

Crafting the Contrasting Sounds of The Unfinished Swan

Secret gardens and synths

The Unfinished Swan is a blank canvas; an engrossing adventure open to interpretation and debate. It’s a title that’s defined by contrasts, be it the bold blobs of colour that paint your progression through the game’s otherwise vacant world, or the juxtaposed personalities of the protagonist and his counterpart, the...

Interview: SWERY Discusses the Success of Deadly Premonition, Sequels, and Strange Snacks

SWERY Discusses the Success of Deadly Premonition, Sequels, and Strange Snacks

Going back to Greenvale

This year PlayStation 3 owners will finally be able to journey to the mysterious town of Greenvale, where purple fog pollutes the air, axe-murderers grace the streets, and the rain never seems to stop falling. We recently caught up with Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut honcho Hidetaka 'SWERY' Suehiro, producer Tomio...

Talking Point: What's the Big Deal with Microtransactions?

What's the Big Deal with Microtransactions?

Spend a penny

Dead Space 3 will allow you to enhance your arsenal in a more efficient manner by spending real money. As reported earlier today, if you lack the sufficient salvage for a specific upgrade, the game will direct you to the PlayStation Store where you’ll be able to purchase more for an undisclosed fee. Apparently, there will be a...

Talking Point: Are Collector's Editions a Waste of Money?

Are Collector's Editions a Waste of Money?

Bobby dazzlers

Collector’s editions are a relatively new phenomenon. They only came into fashion about ten years ago, rewarding franchise fans with steelbook cases and behind the scenes footage of their favourite games. Since their humble origins, package sizes and price tags have increased, as publishers go in pursuit of additional profits from...

Feature: Castlevania's Gory PlayStation Bloodline

Castlevania's Gory PlayStation Bloodline

We take a look back at the Sony history of Konami's famous franchise

Konami’s Castlevania series may have established its reputation on Nintendo consoles, but in recent years it has branched out to find commercial and critical success on other systems, most notably the PlayStation line of consoles. With Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 looming...

Talking Point: Does the PS4 Need 4K Resolution?

Does the PS4 Need 4K Resolution?

A question of perspective

As expected, Sony’s CES press conference focused heavily on 4K resolution. Like 3D before it, the manufacturer spent the majority of its showcase demonstrating a new line of Bravia televisions that will attempt to drive the standardisation of the burgeoning format. The company also touched upon re-mastered Blu-rays,...

Game of the Year: Best PlayStation Game of 2012

Best PlayStation Game of 2012

Top of the drops

After weeks of careful consideration, heated discussion, and hard work, we’ve reached the conclusion of our game of the year countdown. We know you’re probably still suffering from last night’s New Year festivities, but focus your optics for five minutes while we crown the finest PlayStation game of 2012. Best PlayStation...

Game of the Year: Best PlayStation 3 Game of 2012

Best PlayStation 3 Game of 2012

Hit discs

For a year that promised so much from a retail perspective, 2012 was more of a letdown than adulthood. Multiple delays, mismanaged expectations, and some genuinely below-par blockbusters sucked the air out of the period more promptly than a perfectly positioned Whoopee Cushion. But while the past twelve months were defined by...

Game of the Year: Best PSN Game of 2012

Best PSN Game of 2012

Divine downloads

The quality of the content available from the PlayStation Network has been growing faster than a lawn dressed in Miracle-Gro – but no year emphasised that better than 2012. Sony’s digital storefront was practically bursting with blockbuster titles this year, many of them pushing the boundaries of the medium itself. With so...

Talking Point: Is the PlayStation 2 the Greatest Games Console of All Time?

Is the PlayStation 2 the Greatest Games Console of All Time?

Live in your world, play in ours

It was evident from the moment that the PlayStation 2 first arrived on store shelves that Sony had created something special. The manufacturer’s first console – still going strong in the hazy days of 2000 – was a triumph on an industry upsetting scale, but its drab exterior and aging visuals appeared almost...

Game of the Year: Best PlayStation Vita Game of 2012

Best PlayStation Vita Game of 2012

Pocket rockets

Sony clearly intended for the PlayStation Vita to sprint out of the starting blocks quicker than Usain Bolt when it deployed the system in February. It didn’t. But by launching the platform alongside a star-studded software line-up, at least it ensured that we had plenty to play on the train this year. Best PlayStation Vita Game...

Game of the Year: Best PlayStation Move Game of 2012

Best PlayStation Move Game of 2012

Motion in the ocean

With new console launches hogging the headlines harder than Kristen Stewart and Harry Styles, the PlayStation Move was pushed to the sidelines slightly in 2012. But while the motion peripheral may have been left howling for attention louder than a member of The Wanted, it still managed to muster a selection box of software...

Game of the Year: Best PlayStation Minis Game of 2012

Best PlayStation Minis Game of 2012

Mini marvels

If this year proves to be the last for Sony’s short-lived PlayStation Minis initiative, then at least the platform holder can boast that the service bowed out with a bang. Sure, the selection of bite-sized blockbusters may have struggled to fill the bottom layer of a cheap box of chocolates, but slim pickings are satisfactory when...

Round Table: Time for a Festive Chat

Time for a Festive Chat

Visiting the gaming ghosts of past, present and future

So this is Christmas, and we hope you have fun. That is the whole point of video games anyway, and we're sure that as Sony gamers you've had a rather good year. We've seen the release of the fabulous Vita which — despite disappointing sales — has redefined the power and multi-functionality...

First Impressions: LittleBigPlanet 2's Cross-Controller Expansion Actually Works

LittleBigPlanet 2's Cross-Controller Expansion Actually Works

Second screen

LittleBigPlanet 2’s hotly anticipated cross-controller add-on launches later today in North America (tomorrow in Europe), and we’ve already been lucky enough to experience the content's first couple of stages. For those out of the loop, the $4.99/€4.99 expansion adds several new cross-controller levels to the PlayStation 3...

Talking Point: Should Sony Release Less Exclusive Games?

Should Sony Release Less Exclusive Games?

Attention seekers

If variety is the spice of life, then the PlayStation 3 is a particularly posh brand of pepper. Arguably more than any other platform holder over the past five years, Sony has provided its system with a stream of high quality content. From big-budget blockbusters like Heavy Rain and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, to smaller...