News - 2017, Week 15

Monday17th Apr 2017

Sunday16th Apr 2017

Saturday15th Apr 2017

Friday14th Apr 2017

  • News Crash Bandicoot PS4 Is Playable in US Stores Now

    N. Sane

    Here's an activity for your whole family to enjoy this Easter weekend: hit up your local games retailer and have a play on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the PlayStation 4. Word on the street is that Sony's pushed out an update to retail kiosks this week, adding a demo of the remake to machines. Obviously your mileage will vary, but...

  • News PSN Flash Sale Brings Down Dozens of Prices on NA PlayStation Store

    Reductions remastered

    It's officially the Easter weekend which can only mean one thing: there's a Flash Sale on the North American PlayStation Store. This one's got a bit of a remaster theme, as it focuses on old classics that have been spruced up for the PlayStation 4. Some highlights include Ape Escape 2 for $3.99, The Last of Us Remastered for...

  • Soapbox Sony Should Pinch the Nintendo Direct Format

    Sammy reckons there's mileage in Nintendo's marketing

    I did something I rarely do this week: I watched a Nintendo Direct. To be honest, I have a weird relationship with the Big N's pre-recorded events: I've watched the E3 ones before and I've always felt that, for everything they gain in pacing and structure, they lack the kind of energy that you...

  • News PS4's Run Halted by Nintendo Switch Launch in March NPD

    But Sony's system stays strong

    As expected, the launch of the Nintendo Switch has (temporarily?) dethroned the PlayStation 4 from the top of the United States hardware charts. Sony's system had been sitting pretty for several months in a row, but it was never going to overcome the release of its rival's new handheld-cum-console, which performed...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Is Free with the PS4 Pro This Easter

    In the UK at least

    Sony's looking to shift some hardware this Easter weekend, as it's announced that at select retailers in the UK you'll be able to get a free copy of Horizon: Zero Dawn with the PlayStation 4 Pro. This is a time limited deal – with the offer set to expire on 23rd April stock withstanding – so you may want to get a move on if...

Thursday13th Apr 2017

  • Feature 41 PS2 Classics That Must Come to PS4

    Greatest hits

    With the announcement that all four of Naughty Dog's Jak & Daxter games are coming to the PlayStation 4 via Sony's under-utilised PS2 Classics program, we've been pondering which other last-last-gen titles deserve the upscale-and-Trophies treatment. While we had planned to put together a short list, the Japanese giant's legendary...

  • Poll Should Sony Be Looking to Add Refunds to PSN?

    Cash back

    This is an article that we've had on the backburner for a while now, but Microsoft has somewhat forced our hand. One of the big features on Steam for quite a while has been its ability to allow you to get a refund on digital purchases. The terms of service state that, as long as you don't abuse the system, you're eligible to request a...

  • News Gran Turismo Sport PS4 Beta Codes Start Doing the Rounds in Europe

    Lap it up

    It's been a bit of an arduous wait, but Gran Turismo Sport beta codes are finally being sent out in Europe ahead of this Easter weekend's online racing sessions. Check your emails to see if you've got in, which will take you to a webpage including a code and additional information on the server stress test itself. The client weighs in at...

  • Weirdness Finally You Can 3D Print Your Own PlayStation Trophies

    Trophy unlocked

    What's this nonsense about Trophies being meaningless, virtual awards? If you happen to be one of the two people on the planet with a 3D printer, you can now download the files to manufacture your own set of PlayStation trinkets through here. This includes the bog standard Bronze, Silver, and Gold style, as well as the coveted...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Battles to Top of PlayStation Store Charts

    But only in Europe

    You can be sure it's a slow news day when we report on the PlayStation Store charts, but maybe this is something you'd like to see us cover more regularly? After all, we're pretty thorough when it comes to the UK, Japan, and USA sales charts, and the PlayStation Store is becoming an increasingly important part of the game...

  • Video Snow Moto Racing Freedom Is Snow Joke

    The big freeze

    Racing games – particularly those of the arcade variety – are on a real decline, so it's refreshing to see something like Snow Moto Racing Freedom arrive on the PlayStation 4. The title may be low-budget, but it's got a nice hook to it: snowmobiles as opposed to automobiles. And the game modes reflect this, one focusing on...

Wednesday12th Apr 2017

Tuesday11th Apr 2017

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.55 Puts in Shock Appearance

    But what does it do?

    It's a PlayStation 4 firmware update day – but not one of the good ones. Sony's sneakily launched system software v4.55 today, which improves the stability of your console. In other words, it's bringing some behind-the-scenes bug fixes and not a lot else. The patch weighs in at just 339.9MB so shouldn't take long to...

  • Deals The Best External Hard Drives for PS4

    Increase your console's capacity with a USB HDD

    Sony added external hard drive (HDD) support to the PlayStation 4 recently, meaning that you can now easily increase the capacity of your console without needing to open it and replace its internal hard drive. The system supports drives of up to 8TB, but you do need to ensure that you plump up for a...

  • News Good God, WipEout Omega Collection Is Looking Glorious on PS4 Pro

    Gotta go fast

    German channel Inside PlayStation's got a little more pre-release footage for you to feast your eyes on, this time from WipEout Omega Collection. This was playable at a recent convention so it does appear that Sony's plumped up for one of the title's slower speeds to make the experience more comfortable for attendees – but that...

  • Weirdness Dragon Quest XI's Slime DualShock 4 Is PS4's Craziest Controller Yet

    He slimed me

    Much like with the PlayStation 2 back in the day, Hori has announced a Slime DualShock 4 for a new generation. The rotund peripheral – designed to tie-in to the release of Dragon Quest XI on the PlayStation 4 – includes all of the features that you'd expect, including (incredibly) a touchpad, mono speaker, gyroscope, and headphone...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 Will Likely Have Way, Way More Machines

    And will enhance your bond with Aloy

    Guerrilla Games seems pretty open that more Horizon: Zero Dawn is on the way, and while it sounds like an expansion pack is in the works, it's also been chatting with Game Informer about a full-blown sequel. Firstly, narrative director John Gonzalez hinted that we can expect the bond between players and...

  • News Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Starts a New PS4 Story on 22nd August

    Pre-order for free copy of Jak & Daxter

    Side-story Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will release on 22nd August for $39.99 in North America and 23rd August for £34.99 in the UK, developer Naughty Dog has announced. The game – which stars fan-favourite Chloe Frazer in the lead role as she embarks on an Indian adventure with mercenary Nadine Ross –...

  • News Quantum Break Maker Adds PS4 Support to Game Engine

    Will release next game on Sony's system

    After a prolonged period of Xbox exclusivity, Max Payne maker Remedy Entertainment has revealed its intent to release its next game on the PlayStation 4. The developer – most recently behind slow seller Quantum Break – has said that it's adding support for Sony's system to its proprietary Northlight...

  • News Unlike Atlus, Square Enix Sees the Value in Streams

    Imagine being outsmarted by Square Enix

    Square Enix may act like the stupidest organisation on Earth sometimes, but it's not quite as dumb as Atlus when it comes to gameplay videos and streams. You may remember the latter causing something of a stir recently when it decided to block the share button in Persona 5 on the premise of spoilers. It then...

  • News Gran Turismo Sport Adds Porsches As EA License Expires

    And the beta comes to Europe this weekend

    If you didn't know, for the longest time EA has had exclusive rights to the Porsche license in racing games, but that deal expired recently waving the green flag for Gran Turismo Sport to add the favourites to its roster of racing cars. And the first screenshots of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS have finally hit the...

  • News Overwatch Uprising Leaks Then Launches

    Over 100 new loot box items up for grabs

    Update (20:00 BST): It's official and it's live. Overwatch Uprising is a brand new PvE event for Blizzard's popular shooter, and you can check out the trailer above. Here's what you can expect until 1st May, via the PlayStation Blog: You'll travel seven years into the past to experience Tracer's first...

  • News JRPG Classics Come Together for Cosmic Star Heroine

    Final Phantasy

    It may have been delayed a week in Europe, but that's not stopping Cosmic Star Heroine from looking super interesting. The upcoming PlayStation 4 indie – inspired by the JRPG classics of old – appears pretty faithful to its inspirations in this PlayStation Underground video, which includes a good 10 minutes plus of gameplay from...

  • Store Update 11th April 2017 (Europe)

    Karma chameleon

    It's a much quieter week on the European PlayStation Store this time, though there are still the likes of Yooka-Laylee and The Sexy Brutale to look forward to, proving yet again that the PlayStation Store rarely ever sleeps. PlayStation VR fans can also pick up StarBlood Arena, though we're yet to be convinced by the cockpit affair...

  • Hands On StarBlood Arena Brings Loot Boxes to PlayStation VR

    Overwatch in virtual reality?

    There's nothing really wrong with StarBlood Arena, but ever since its announcement at PSX 2016, we haven't been able to resist the urge to roll our eyes. It's just one of those games that doesn't appear to have any identity of its own – and that's despite its likeable space cowboy façade. Cockpit shooters are dime a...

  • News Dragon Quest XI Slimes PS4 on 29th July in Japan

    In search of departed time

    Hotly anticipated Japanese role-playing game Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time will deploy as soon as 29th July on the PlayStation 4 in Japan, which is sooner than expected. As part of a livestream overnight, publisher Square Enix revealed that you can expect the release to run a good 50 hours – with...

Monday10th Apr 2017

  • Talking Point Is It Time for Sony to Take PS4 Pro Seriously?

    Mid-gen battlegrounds

    Sony released the PlayStation 4 Pro last year, and it's a good iterative console. Designed to take existing PS4 games and push them to the next level, the system has generally achieved its aims by bumping resolutions, effects, and other features depending on the developer's decision. The manufacturer's goal was never to change...

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    Review The Sexy Brutale

    Welcome to the house of fun

    The Sexy Brutale is a murder mystery puzzle game set within a casino mansion. But this isn't just any ordinary big house: the staff are murdering the guests and you must put a stop to it. You take on the role of Lafcardio Boone, a priest who is trying to piece together the happenings of the house and save its victims from...

  • News PewDiePie Launches Twitch Show as YouTube Burns

    Adpocalypse

    In case you haven't been keeping up, YouTube is in a rough spot. The uber-popular video delivery platform has come underfire of late due to the discovery of adverts being served on some racist videos, which has had the knock-on effect of brands pulling support from the platform. Many high-profile content creators have revealed a sudden,...

  • News Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Looks Ace in 4K on PS4 Pro

    Oodibigah

    There were some complaints when the gameplay was first revealed at PSX 2016 last year that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy looked a little flat and washed out, but the presentation has come a long way since then. It looks like Vicarious Visions has been busy tweaking the title's lighting, colouring, and even textures as the 32-bit love-in...

  • UK Sales Charts Persona 5 Smashes Series Records to Top

    Well deserved, too

    What the heck is this? A Japanese role-playing game not named 'Final Fantasy' at number one? Surely not? It's true: Persona 5 has robbed the rest of the UK sales charts blind this week, climbing to the summit and securing Atlus' best ever launch in Britain by some margin. Not bad at all, eh? The title sold 97 per cent of its...

  • News The Last of Us Dev Naughty Dog's on a Real Hiring Spree

    Fresh blood

    We assume Naughty Dog's really starting to ramp up production on The Last of Us: Part II right now, as it's on a huge hiring spree. The Californian developer is trying to fill a wide gamut of positions, including everything from gameplay animators right the way through to visual effects artists. The studio's got a lot on its plate right...

  • News Everyone's Saying Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Is 10 Hours Long

    But it's a bit misleading

    Bloody hell, the standard of games websites gets worse, doesn't it? Over the weekend, an interview with Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer got picked up by dozens of bigger sites, all because reporters without reading comprehension assumed spin-off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will be 10 hours or longer. Ironically, the director of...

  • News PlayStation Anthology Is an Ode to an Iconic Brand

    Crowdfunding open now

    PlayStation recently reached the point where it tipped into nostalgic territory. The brand has been at the top of its game for over 20 years now, and there are many, many people – this author included – who have been there from the very beginning. The PlayStation Anthology, a 440-page tome to one of gaming's greatest...

  • News Naruto Unleashes an Ultimate Ninja Storm with Compilations

    One for the weebs

    Oh no – please not Naruto news on Ramsey's week off! Thems the breaks, Sammy: Bandai Namco has announced two new PlayStation 4 compilation packages for the popular anime which are scheduled to release later this year in Europe and North America. First up there's Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy, a beefy set...