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Talking Point: How Important Are Motion Controls to the PS4?

How Important Are Motion Controls to the PS4?

Move it

It wasn’t so long ago that the industry was obsessed with motion controls. Believe it or not, PlayStation Move and Kinect were the key topics of discussion in 2010, with both Sony and Microsoft locked in battle over the affection of the casual gamer. But while the PlayStation 3’s saucily shaped solution never quite managed to match the...

Talking Point: Why Gaikai Is Paramount to PlayStation's Future

Why Gaikai Is Paramount to PlayStation's Future

Streaming solutions

Sony’s not enjoyed much financial success lately. The company has been bleeding money for years, primarily due to its diminished relevance in the consumer electronics sector. Where the Japanese giant was once considered the market leader, it’s been outmuscled by more versatile competitors such as Apple, Samsung, and even...

Talking Point: Could the Current Xbox Rumours Work in the PS4's Favour?

Could the Current Xbox Rumours Work in the PS4's Favour?

Speculation wars

You probably shouldn’t believe everything that you read online. We’re in what’s commonly referred to in other industries as the ‘silly season’ right now, an exciting period of speculation where even the most ridiculous rumours take on heightened meanings. With new next generation platforms looming, everyone wants a piece...

Opinion: Why The Last Guardian Will Be a PlayStation 4 Game

Why The Last Guardian Will Be a PlayStation 4 Game

Blooming great

While the PlayStation 3 has played host to its fair share of genre defining titles, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s still missing its most important release. The hotly anticipated Team ICO title The Last Guardian was officially announced almost four years ago, but despite receiving a release date in 2010, its troubled...

Feature: Five Mistakes That the PlayStation 4 Must Avoid

Five Mistakes That the PlayStation 4 Must Avoid

Potential pitfalls

The PlayStation 4 will finally be announced on 20th February. Sony shocked the gaming industry with a mysterious trailer that teased the reveal last night, confirming that it will be hosting a PlayStation Meeting in New York City later this month. But while the imminent announcement is understandably exciting, there are a number...

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...