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Feature: Three Reasons Why Sonic Mania on PS4 Will Be Rad

Three Reasons Why Sonic Mania on PS4 Will Be Rad

Sonic Cycle be damned

Let's start by dealing with the talking hedgehog in the room, huh? The lighting in the video you'll find above is… Pretty bad. We'd love to say that we unleashed our inner-Super Sonic and somehow turned our skin a subtle shade of Simpsons yellow, but as amateurs we just completely cocked up the colour grading both at source...

Video: Is PS2 Classic Ape Escape 2 Still Top Banana on PS4?

Is PS2 Classic Ape Escape 2 Still Top Banana on PS4?

Do the monkey with us

Ape Escape 2 released on the PlayStation Store for the PS4 this week – and we've been monkeying around with it. The popular PlayStation 2 platformer definitely shows its age in the controls and presentation department, but it runs nicely on Sony's new-gen system, and the upscaled visuals actually hold up surprisingly well...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 129

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 129

The greatest show on Earth

The Olympics are now officially underway, which means it's time to learn about nations that you never knew existed and watch sports that would never get primetime coverage under normal circumstances. You either love it or you hate it, but there's no denying that there's something special about the globe getting together...

Feature: What Do You Mean You've Never Played... International Track & Field?

What Do You Mean You've Never Played... International Track & Field?

Rio hurty hand

We've all been caught crouched in the corner of our bedrooms, illuminated by the glow of sweaty bodies on our televisions, as our wrists work overtime and our faces contort in anticipation of impending pleasure. We are, of course, referring to winning gold in Konami's revered International Track & Field – a PSone sporting...

Soapbox: You Shouldn't Feel Bad for Liking Destiny

You Shouldn't Feel Bad for Liking Destiny

Rise of Iron looks to continue the love-hate relationship

With Rise of Iron details flooding the news yesterday, it made me stop and think about Destiny as a whole. We've all been there, I know, but I came to the conclusion that there's nothing wrong with being excited for the upcoming expansion – there's actually nothing wrong with liking...

Hands On: Overwatch's Olympian PS4 Update Scores with Rocket League Mode

Overwatch's Olympian PS4 Update Scores with Rocket League Mode

Blast ball

It was only a matter of time before Rocket League's herculean impact extended to other games, with Overwatch seemingly the first to "borrow" from Psyonix's sporting smash. Nintendo fans will probably expect mention of Blast Ball from Metroid Prime Federation Force, but seeing as that's not technically out for another couple of weeks,...

Video: Does PS4 Dungeon Crawler Brut@l Kick ASCII?

Does PS4 Dungeon Crawler Brut@l Kick ASCII?

"(◕‿◕)"

Throwback dungeon crawler Brut@l isn't set to launch on the PlayStation 4 until next week, but aware that a certain space sim is right around the corner, Scottish developer Stormcloud Games has allowed us to go live with our coverage a little earlier. Fortunately, the title stacks up nicely – a smart artstyle and some neat systems...

Video: Dive Deep with 10 Minutes of ABZÛ PS4 Gameplay

Dive Deep with 10 Minutes of ABZÛ PS4 Gameplay

Under the sea

We're never getting another Aquanaut's Holiday – more's the pity – but the beautiful ABZÛ should sate your deep sea diving appetite for the time being. The first game by Giant Squid – founded by Matt Nava of Journey and Flower fame – is a presentational tour-de-force, and it controls pretty darn nicely, too. There's some...

Push Rewind: August's PS Plus Games, PS4 Firmware Update, Great Indie Titles

August's PS Plus Games, PS4 Firmware Update, Great Indie Titles

Highs and lows

This week was dominated by two big announcements from Sony: the PlayStation Plus lineup for August and PlayStation 4 firmware update v4.00. While we're still waiting for full details on the latter, the former has caused a bit of a commotion. In brighter news, there's been no shortage of great games lately, as both Headlander and...

Talking Point: Should Sony Ditch PS3, Vita Support for PlayStation Plus?

Should Sony Ditch PS3, Vita Support for PlayStation Plus?

Moving on

Like it or not, the PlayStation 3 and Vita are nearing the end of their lives. That's not to say that either system is irrelevant – this author's been playing the addictive Steamworld Heist on the latter lately – but they're not in their heyday anymore. Sony knows this: it's ceased talking about the PS3 almost entirely, and while it...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 128

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 128

And relax

The one problem with WAYP is that it comes around too quickly. Your humble host took a glance at the calendar this morning and realised that it's already almost August – we'll be going Christmas shopping in the blink of an eye. Anyway, you know the drill – here's what we're playing this weekend. Sammy Barker, Editor: I've signed up...

Interview: Uncovering the Soul and Giant Aspirations Behind Death’s Gambit on PS4

Uncovering the Soul and Giant Aspirations Behind Death’s Gambit on PS4

Go big or go die

When it comes to the deluge of indie titles that Sony promotes, it gets hard to keep track of what's going on with this side of video game releases. However, sometimes there are particular projects that simply catch our eye more than others, such as Rime or Yooka-Laylee. Death's Gambit is another fine example of this with gorgeous...

Feature: Here's What You Do in No Man's Sky on PS4

Here's What You Do in No Man's Sky on PS4

Guide to the galaxy

If life's most common question is "Why would anyone support Liverpool?" then "What do you actually do in No Man's Sky?" must be a pretty close second. A query that's got more mileage than your uncle's fudged Ford Focus, it's been adopted by both fans and haters alike. Perhaps recognising that Hello Games hasn't done an...

Talking Point: What PS4 Firmware Update 4.0 Features Do You Want?

What PS4 Firmware Update 4.0 Features Do You Want?

Folders? PSone Classics? External HDD support?

Sony sprung the smallest slither of PlayStation 4 firmware update v4.00 news this week, confirming that a beta for the big update will commence next month – but stopping short of announcing any features. It's been quite a while since we last got a major system software refresh for the Japanese...

Video: How We Picked PS4's Top 20 Games

How We Picked PS4's Top 20 Games

Compromise is key

Last week we listed out the Top 20 PlayStation 4 games, and now we're back to explain our decisions. Well, sort of. In the video embedded above, your humble host talks through all of the titles that made our shortlist, and sheds a little insight into why some releases are above others. It's a long watch so you may want to make a...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 127

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 127

Feelin' hot, hot, hot

As scorching temperatures here in the UK continue to melt away our productivity, we're not sure that we can even be arsed playing games this weekend. That said, those of you from more tropical climes may be better equipped to cope with the apocalyptic temperatures, so do let us know what you're playing in the comments section...