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Feature: The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

You should know better

Frustration is an emotion that none of us want to feel, especially when we're playing video games. The problem is, of course, that frustration is always lurking just around the corner, unless you're like the gaming equivalent of the most meditative monk in the world – in which case, we salute your patience and...

DLC Review: Dragon Ball XenoVerse's GT Pack Has Us Beating Up Baby

Dragon Ball XenoVerse's GT Pack Has Us Beating Up Baby

Damn dirty ape

Dragon Ball XenoVerse's first DLC pack is out on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Europe today, and we've had a chance to kick around with its new playable characters, quests, skills, and equipment. Part of the title's season pass, the simply named GT Pack offers up more of the same for XenoVerse fans, but is that enough to...

First Impressions: Bringing the Beat Back with Amplitude on PS4

Bringing the Beat Back with Amplitude on PS4

Music to our ears

We'll forever remember the original Amplitude on the PlayStation 2 for one major reason: it forced us to listen to Slipknot, Papa Roach, and pseudo-religious group P.O.D. While they may not be the happiest memories, however, Harmonix's mix of WipEout and bad licensed music does still hold a special place in this author's heart,...

Round Up: Battlefield Hardline PS4 Reviews Play Cops and Robbers with Critics

Battlefield Hardline PS4 Reviews Play Cops and Robbers with Critics

Bailed out

Battlefield Hardline is undoubtedly the big new release of the week, but with reviews held back until launch day, are the press playing good cop or bad cop with this spin-off first-person shooter? Well, the game's certainly not getting panned – though some sites have intelligently held back their scores until they can test the title...

Feature: 'We Made a Vita Game 'Cos We Wanted More Awesome Things to Play'

'We Made a Vita Game 'Cos We Wanted More Awesome Things to Play'

There’s a whiff of Windjammers about XMPT Games’ Frisbee-based foray

Now into its third year, the PlayStation Vita finds itself in a bit of a strange spot. Sony's second handheld system certainly hasn't set cash registers alight, but it has garnered an extremely passionate fanbase – this very website is evidence of that. The problem is that...

Push Rewind: Uncharted 4 Delays, PS4 Firmware Updates, and Hotline Miami 2

Uncharted 4 Delays, PS4 Firmware Updates, and Hotline Miami 2

DelayStation

This author's spent a lot of this week on the periphery, as Robert Ramsey helmed HMS Push Square for the majority of the past seven days. However, your humble host has been keeping abreast of the headlines, which included an Uncharted 4 delay and official confirmation of a new PlayStation 4 firmware update. Our biggest story in terms...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 60

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 60

Fashionably late

WAYP waits for no man – well, apart from this author when he's running behind schedule. Yes, it's a Sunday, and yes, this article should have been up over 24 hours ago – but heck, at least its tardiness has given us something new to type in this introduction area. What are you playing this weekend? There's only a few hours left,...

Feature: What's New in PS4 Firmware Update 2.50?

What's New in PS4 Firmware Update 2.50?

Yukimura's looking yummy

There's one thing that you should know about running a PlayStation website: you never, ever get a rest. After a long, hard day at the office – moving into the 14th hour now – this author was looking forward to some sleep, but alas, the platform holder has confirmed firmware update v2.50. There's, er, no rest for the...

Feature: What Went Wrong with PlayStation Mobile?

What Went Wrong with PlayStation Mobile?

Totally immobile

Republished on Wednesday, 11th March 2015: Following the news that Sony's shutting down PlayStation Mobile fully, we've decided to bring this article back out of the archives. The original text follows. Originally published on Wednesday, 6th August 2014: Sony's smartphone strategy seemed so, well, smart a few years ago. While the...

Round Up: Hotline Miami 2 Reviews Dial the Right Number

Hotline Miami 2 Reviews Dial the Right Number

Number games

Dennaton Games' flashy Hotline Miami sequel may bear the subtitle Wrong Number, but there's clearly nothing wrong with the follow-up's review scores. Indeed, while March is packed to the brim with blockbusters, it's the indie titles that are taking all of the plaudits, as the murder-'em-up attracts a bevy of big scores. We've been put...

Video: Watch As We Recap February 2015's Best PS4, PS3, and Vita Games

Watch As We Recap February 2015's Best PS4, PS3, and Vita Games

Dark days

February 2015 may have been quite literally the worst month in PlayStation history, but that's not stopped us from pumping out another recap video. Watch on as we crown Dragon Ball XenoVerse, and also break a bit of bad news to Sir Galahad and crew. He didn't take it particularly well, we're afraid to say. Oh well, remember to push that...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 59

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 59

Sod's law

And we're back with another edition of WAYP. It's a short and sweet entry this time (it's been one helluva week), but sometimes the best things come in small packages – at least, that's what this author is always telling himself. With the weekend here, you may be pondering whether to go outside – shopping, travelling, hiking, etc...

Talking Point: Is This the End for the PlayStation 3?

Is This the End for the PlayStation 3?

This isn't living

In just over eight months' time, the PlayStation 3 will turn nine. Sony's always made a point of stressing that it will support its home consoles for at least ten years apiece, and it's not going to break that promise with its previous generation behemoth. But with publishers starting to focus solely on new formats like the...

Round Up: Zombie Army Trilogy PS4 Reviews Rise from Their Grave

Zombie Army Trilogy PS4 Reviews Rise from Their Grave

You did Nazi this one coming

There are games like Journey and The Last of Us, which attempt to challenge us emotionally – but sometimes you just want to embed bullets in rotten flesh. Zombie Army Trilogy, a PlayStation 4 compilation of Rebellion's undead-'em-up, has shuffled onto Sony's next-gen system this week, and promises to make the hunt...

Game of the Month: February 2015

February 2015

Stupid game names, robots, Goku, and pottery

February's always an interesting month. We begin to see titles trickling through into the market, signalling the start of the inevitable spring rush that's on its way – either that, or these games are just desperate to avoid being crushed by the encroaching onslaught. Regardless of their reasons for...

Reaction: Project Morpheus Seems Impressive, But Also a Hard Sell

Project Morpheus Seems Impressive, But Also a Hard Sell

Hot and cold

After a year of token statements without much substance, we suppose that it made sense for Sony to return to the scene of its virtual reality reveal with new information about Project Morpheus. Speaking as part of a private press conference at the Game Developers Conference this week, the Japanese giant announced that its ambitious...

Feature: What Project Morpheus Games Has Sony Brought to GDC 2015?

What Project Morpheus Games Has Sony Brought to GDC 2015?

That future feeling

Sony brought an updated Project Morpheus to the Game Developers Conference this week, and it sounds like a vast improvement. In addition to a new OLED screen – of which is larger, clearer, and more responsive than ever before – the overhauled headset's also packing a trio of additional lights, ensuring enhanced positional...