With very little happening in the world of video games, you could be forgiven for labelling this week a little one note – but hey, we can only report on the things that are going on right now. And those things revolve around two titles: Destiny and The Last of Us Remastered. Yes, you’re sick of reading about them and we’re tired of writing about them, but every other upcoming title is enjoying a little time in the sun, so you’re just going to have to put up with it until the summer’s over.
Crimsonland - 6/10
Crimsonland is exactly one video game: a perfectly competent twin-stick shooter, and nothing else. Unfortunately, the title’s quests feel a bit half-baked, and the whole thing could do with a facelift. However, with an addictive survival mode, a proliferation of interesting perks, and a host of guns to collect, those in the market for some mindless action are likely to find a lot to like here.
Killzone: Shadow Fall - Intercept's focus lies firmly on the franchise's fantastic gunplay, and it's all the better for it. Requiring a good amount of coordination and teamwork, the expansion won't suit everyone, but victory tastes all the sweeter because of its often intense difficulty. The DLC is let down by a dwindling online user base, but get a group of friends together, and the reasonably priced add-on will almost always hit the mark.
In the back of our minds, we all knew that it would happen. It always does. Once again, we felt the PlayStation Network creak under the weight of thousands of users trying to access the digital store and download the Destiny Beta at roughly the same time. Even Bungie's website felt the crushing demand of eager gamers as they tried to access their accounts and nab their download codes. For those who didn't pre-order the title from Sony's aforementioned network, a lengthy wait was heading their way, but thankfully, most seem to agree that all of the ensuing internet rage was worth the effort.
Since the series’ inception in 2002, veteran developer Insomniac Games has milked Ratchet & Clank harder than a particularly productive Friesian. The good old dependable duo have starred in no less than 12 titles over the past 12 years – and that’s excluding mobile phone spin-offs, compilations, and cameos in titles such as PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Despite this, the platforming property registers among this editor’s favourite PlayStation franchises, and so news that its inaugural outing would be receiving a PlayStation 4 remake early next year had a Groovitron-esque effect on your humble host. With details on the overhaul agonisingly light, though, we’ve decided to take matters into our own furry hands – and relay the three reasons why we reckon that this makeover could be so special.
- Out This Week: Crimsonland, Abyss Odyssey, and Tumbleweeds
- Who Would Win Wednesdays: Teddie vs. Kuma
- Talking Point: Why PS4's Christmas Offering Is Much Cleverer Than You Think
- Feature: The PS4 Destiny Diaries - Day Two: The Exploration of Old Russia
- Feature: What Does Your Guardian Look Like in PS4's Destiny Beta?
- Feature: The PS4 Destiny Diaries - Day Three: The Crucible Presents Push Square vs. The World
The Last of Us is just about as cutting edge as PlayStation 3 games come, but what if it had deployed 15 or so years ago on the PSone? Proving once again just how creative it can be when it puts its mind to it, the NeoGAF community has concocted a few mock-ups of what Naughty Dog’s survival horror opus would look like on Sony’s inaugural home console.
A bit like that Taylor Swift song featuring a chorus of gregarious goats, there are some PlayStation 4 Trophies that, to put things mildly, are trouble, trouble, trouble. Rather than ‘bah’ at them and be done with it, though, our friends over at PlayStation Access have compiled this fine video outlining their attempts to unlock them all. If you derive pleasure from scrutinizing the suffering of others, then this should appeal like a public toilet inhabited by a shoal of flesh-eating piranhas.
Whether or not you think that it’s an embarrassing indictment of the state of the PlayStation 4’s post-launch lineup, there’s little doubt that The Last of Us Remastered is the next-gen console’s most important release since inFAMOUS: Second Son earlier in the year. As such, Sony has pledged some serious marketing muscle behind the remake – and here’s one of the television spots that it intends to use.
The trio of seedy leads in Grand Theft Auto V love to embark on dodgy get rich quick schemes, but even they’d have the nous to know that Sony’s made a bit of a blunder on the North American PlayStation Store today. The next-gen re-release of Rockstar Games’ sandbox opus is currently showing in the digital plaza's pre-order category – but its promotional banner lists a distinctly incorrect fee of, er, free.
Other Noteworthy News
- Saints Row's Stupidity Will Almost Certainly Return on PS4
- Leaked PS4 Brawler Tekken 7 Gets a Tense New Teaser Trailer
- Guerrilla Games' Unannounced PS4 Property to Boast Innovative Online Gameplay
- Sony Wants to Win Nintendo Wii Owners with the PlayStation 4
- How Is the PS4 Controller Used in The Last of Us Remastered?