Push Rewind: Batman: Arkham Knight, The Order: 1886, and Wolfenstein
Posted by Sammy Barker
A lotta nerve
The week simply wouldn’t be complete without a recap for you to read. Fortunately, this editor is battling through a bout against an array of allergens to bring you your regular dose of Push Rewind. We’re not going to lie to you, the past seven days haven’t been particularly packed in PlayStation land, but with publishers aiming to amp up the anticipation ahead of E3, there have been a handful of new trailers and tidbits to peruse. Everything that you need to know is lovingly embedded in the space below.
Wolfenstein: The New Order - 8/10
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a surprisingly strong shooter that aspires to be more than its premise should allow. While it can only do so much with its cliché magnet of a story, and its graphics don’t hold up to close inspection at times, it’s easy to overlook these shortcomings in the face of everything else that it does well. As a result, the inspired but disturbing world, excellent roster of characters, and exhilarating action make it very easy to recommend this over-the-top rampage.
Transistor - 9/10
Transistor is an absolute triumph: a stunning sensory experience that buoys its lofty ambitions on a rock solid strategic core. It spins a tale of love, technology, and political and social unrest that speeds confidently towards a magnificent crescendo. What’s more, the razor sharp combat remains thrilling throughout, and the visuals and music display an almost superhuman level of polish. While niggling complaints can certainly be levelled at the gorgeous indie, a trip to Cloudbank comes highly recommended.
- The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 - In Harm's Way - 9/10
- Cel Damage HD - 5/10
- God of War Collection - 7/10
- Mugen Souls Z - 5/10
- Soul Sacrifice Delta - 8/10
- Drakengard 3 - 5/10
Rumours suggest that God of War: Ghost of Sparta developer Ready at Dawn may have spent too much time watching Sam Mendes’ television smash Penny Dreadful to finish The Order: 1886 ahead of the holidays. While it’s nothing more than alleged ‘insider’ speculation at the minute, it’s a believable turn of events – after all, Sony’s barely managed to deploy a minute’s worth of gameplay footage from the dreary PlayStation 4 release. But with delayed racer DriveClub, troubled sequel Uncharted PS4, and re-release The Last of Us Remastered the only other big exclusives confirmed for the Japanese giant’s next-gen machine at the moment, can the company afford to push the alternate history escapade back?
We could sense that DriveClub was about to hit rockier terrain back when we played it last summer. A bullish Evolution Studios was targeting the PlayStation 4’s launch at the time, but we just couldn’t see it crossing the finish line. There were numerous issues with the release: the visuals didn’t quite match the next-gen vision that enthusiastic director Matt Southern had promised during February’s pacey PlayStation Meeting press conference, while we felt that the handling still needed tightening up. However, there were signs of promise – and so the title’s time extension late last year prompted our engine to purr rather than roar. Now, with the Runcorn-based studio on the home straight ahead of release, here are four reasons why we reckon that the socially connected racer will finish in pole position this October.
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Miners rejoice! Minecraft's arrival on the PlayStation 4 and Vita has been given a slightly less vague release date. Mojang has confirmed that the dig-'em-up will be tunnelling onto the two platforms in August, so you've only got a couple of months to wait before you're able to slaughter harmless sheep on the go.
As promised, Sony has provided a blink and you’ll miss it glimpse at upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886. The footage is set during an early chapter, and shows the Knights fighting a group of Rebellion troops in an obsessively rendered London street. We get a good look at protagonist Galahad’s thermite rifle, as well as the extraordinary next-gen visuals that developer Ready at Dawn has crafted.
A few days ago, a brand new Dragon Ball Z game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 was leaked to the public via a sneaky magazine scan. Luckily, Bandai Namco has quickly responded by officially announcing the game, and releasing a slew of screenshots. The company also launched a teaser site that promises a trailer in the coming weeks.
Mega publisher EA must be feeling generous, because the fantastic FIFA 14 is getting a free update that adds an entirely new FIFA Ultimate Team mode that's based upon the upcoming World Cup.
Monolithic publisher 2K Games has recently confirmed that WWE 2K15 will be arriving on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 later this year. The US will be seeing the latest entry in the long running franchise on 28th October, while the rest of you will be able to grapple-hold your friends on 31st October.
Other Noteworthy News
- Your Smartphone Is a Pricey Microphone in SingStar PS4
- The Last of Us Maker Working on Two New Experiences for PS4
- Sony Would Like to Remind You That There's More to PS4 Than Indie Games
- Child of Light Points a Beacon in the Direction of PS Vita
- Weirdness: Nintendo's Better at Promoting the Vita Than Sony
Video of the Week
Just like the Caped Crusader himself, this gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight has swooped from nowhere and taken us completely by surprise. Showcasing how the superhero's newest adventure will look on next-gen hardware, it's not hard to get excited for a title that looks this slick.