News - 2017, Week 39

Sunday1st Oct 2017

Saturday30th Sep 2017

Friday29th Sep 2017

Thursday28th Sep 2017

Wednesday27th Sep 2017

  • News Star Wars Battlefront 2 Has More Offline Content Than Campaign

    Arcade mode brings bot matches

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 seems much more complete than its predecessor, adding space battles and a single player campaign to the mix. But there’s additional good news for offline players: Arcade mode will enable you to take the fight to a bunch of bots – and there’ll even be local split-screen support if that’s...

  • News October PlayStation Plus Games Announced

    Big up the Boss

    So, what's in store for PlayStation Plus subscribers in October? Sony's lifted the lid on next month's offering, with PlayStation 4 users nabbing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Amnesia: Collection. That's a pretty stellar duo, isn't it? Yowza. Also on PS4 by way of Vita cross-buy are Hue and Sky Force...

  • News Virgin Media Users Suffer With PSN Sign-In Problems

    We just want to play Destiny 2

    This scribe just tried to sign into the PlayStation Network, only to find the service unavailable. Many Virgin Media users have reported having trouble accessing the network today, with the official PSN server status website saying that: "PlayStation Network services are up and running in your area, but several reports...

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    Review Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    A diamond in the rough

    Republished on Wednesday 27th September 2017: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of October's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Hideo Kojima's critically acclaimed Metal Gear franchise is known for its showy, fantastical, and often down-right...

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    Review Amnesia: Collection

    In the mouth of madness

    Republished on Wednesday 27th September 2017: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of October's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Usually when people strike up a conversation about the best horror games ever made, you're going to hear someone bring up...

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    Review Final Fantasy IX

    Mist opportunity?

    Final Fantasy IX is among of the best, if not the best entry in one of gaming's most illustrious franchises. It's a sweeping tale of adventure, friendship, war, loss, and oglops. It's a role-playing masterpiece produced by a studio that, back in the year 2000, was at the very top of its game. And now, the glorious PSone classic has...

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    Review Hue

    Game of many colours

    Republished on Wednesday 27th September 2017: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of October's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Puzzle games often have a serious problem with striking an even balance between being challenging and fun. Too often...

  • Hands On Monster Hunter: World Is Already a Game of the Year Candidate

    It's that good

    Oh boy! Monster Hunter: World is good. Like, potentially Game of the Year winning good – and that’ll be some feat considering that it’s slated to launch in January. Indeed, having spent a good 45 minutes with the title thus far, we suggest you let your scepticism for this PlayStation 4 instalment slide – it’s everything...

  • News Skyrim's Getting a Full Survival Mode, But It's Part of the Crappy Creation Club


    Skyrim's getting a survival mode? Cool! Or so we thought. Bethesda has revealed that it's bringing an all-new survival mode to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition. It adds all the things that you'd expect, like having to eat, drink, and sleep in order to survive. Temperature also plays a part, meaning that you'll have to...

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    Review Ruiner

    Buy this game, puppy

    Ruiner marks the first title from Polish developer Reikon Games – and the latest release under Devolver Digital’s publishing initiative. The game fits comfortably alongside the other types of games that the label likes to put its name on, and this is one outing that stands out among an already impressive portfolio. At...

  • News Donate to Charity and Get 15 PS4 Games for Pocket Change

    Not a bad deal

    THQ Nordic has brought back its Humble Bundle from earlier in the year, meaning that you can get up to 15 PlayStation 4 games for $15, which is a bargain really. Not all of the games are great, but you do get both Darksiders titles, as well as a few PS2 Classics like Red Faction and both Destroy All Humans! instalments. If you’re...

  • News PlayStation Plus Sale Brings Subscriber Savings to NA PS4

    Another Plus

    We spend a lot of time praising (or complaining) about the free monthly PlayStation Plus games, but let’s not forget that the perks of the subscription service include the discounts, too. And there’s a new sale live in North America which is designed solely for members, cutting the price of PlayStation 4 games by up to 50 per cent...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Has a Disastrous Launch on PS4

    Zero hyper combo

    After failing to make any kind meaningful impact in the latest UK charts, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has crashed and burned in Japan, where it barely sold over 8000 copies on PlayStation 4. Historically, the series has never produced a huge hit in the Land of the Rising Sun, but these are still disastrous numbers for the...

  • News Monster Hunter: World's Character Creator Looks Sublime

    Felyne fine

    We have a Monster Hunter: World hands on going live this week and it’s gushing. The long and short of it is that you should be very excited for Capcom’s console-based animal slaughtering sim. And it just keeps getting better, too: this clip fresh out of the Tokyo Game Show demonstrates the release’s mind-bogglingly in-depth...

  • News This Is the Greatest Squad You Can Assemble in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team

    Squad goals

    With an average rating of 90 and a chemistry of 100, this is the best possible squad you can build in FIFA 18’s Ultimate Team mode. The squad – number crunched by bookmakers bwin – has a perilous La Liga-led front three, including Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and ol’ plastic chops Cristiano Ronaldo. They’re backed by a midfield...

  • News Shadow of War DLC Character Goes Free Following Controversy, Confusion

    Warner Bros. apologises

    Last year, Monolith executive producer Mike Forgey sadly passed away. To honour his memory, the developer created a Middle-earth: Shadow of War character named Forthog Orc-Slayer, who randomly appears to save protagonist Talion's life if he's about to be struck by a killing blow in combat. It was certainly a nice idea...

  • News Learn All About Ancient Egypt in Free Assassin's Creed Origins Update

    Assassins turned edutainment

    Assassin’s Creed Origins promises to teach you about the history of Ancient Egypt with a free update due out in 2018. The bonus content – named Discovery Tour – will allow you to free-roam the title’s entire map without combat or obstruction, enabling you to take “guided tours curated by historians and...

  • News Agents of Mayhem Developer Volition Struck by Layoffs

    Deep Silver supposedly unhappy with sales

    Volition, the developer behind Agents of Mayhem but best known for the Saints Row series, has been struck by a round of layoffs. News comes courtesy of Kotaku sources, though owner Deep Silver has yet to comment on the situation. Reports suggest that more than 30 people have been made redundant, from a team...

Tuesday26th Sep 2017

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    Review Fallout 4

    V.A.T.S. more like it

    Republished on Tuesday 26th September 2017: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the release of Fallout 4's Game of the Year edition on PlayStation 4. The original text follows. Well, here we are. Seven years after Bethesda's last crack at post-apocalyptic America, Fallout 4 is easily one of the...

  • Hands On Is Skyrim Any Good with PlayStation VR?

    Fus ro dang

    PlayStation VR, in this author’s opinion, is at its best when it’s offering brief bursts of immersive gameplay like SUPERHOT VR and Batman: Arkham VR. Despite this personal preference, it’d take a very closeted editor to ignore the pent-up demand for meatier experiences from PlayStation’s very vocal fanbase – and games don’t...

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    Review Project CARS 2

    Pick 'n' mix

    You’d have to be Slightly Mad to go up against simulation racing juggernauts Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 this holiday, but that’s the unfortunate position Project CARS 2 finds itself in. The sequel to the British studio’s somewhat uneven crowd-funded debut attempts to standout by increasing the number of motorsport...

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    Review Blue Reflection

    Reflections of sadness

    Blue Reflection is the latest offering from Gust, the developer who previously brought us the Atelier series. A brand new IP, Blue Reflection focuses on the story of Hinako, a former child ballet star who starts a new high school. She discovers that she's a Reflector, the game’s version of a magical girl, along with her new...

  • News Sony Doesn't See Much Potential in Portable Platforms

    Game over

    Don’t hold your breath for a new portable PlayStation platform, as Sony has suggested that it doesn’t see much potential in the handheld market. Speaking with Bloomberg, group president Andrew House explained that the company doesn’t see a “huge opportunity” for the sector outside of Asia, and that it’s focusing on living room...

  • News Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition Wanders onto PS4 Today

    War never changes

    Fallout 4's long awaited but always inevitable Game of the Year edition is out today on PlayStation 4. It includes the base game and all of its downloadable content. It's a pretty huge package, that's for sure. Fallout 4 first launched back in November of 2015, and although it was never quite able to capture the heart of many a...

  • News Everybody's Gone to the Rapture at UK Studio The Chinese Room

    Developer going dark for the time being

    The Chinese Room has not officially closed, but it no longer has any staff aside from husband and wife directors Dan Pinchbeck and Jessica Curry. The studio – perhaps best known for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – has decided to “go dark” for the immediate future, as it figures out what it’s...

  • News Sonic Forces' Casino Forest Looks Wilted in First Gameplay Footage

    A force not to be reckoned with

    Sonic fans seem eager to die for Sonic Forces, but is there anyone out there that genuinely believes this Casino Forest gameplay looks good? To be fair, the Classic Sonic gameplay appears to be the worst of the title’s three-pronged suite, but when it’s literally one-third of your game, is that really acceptable...

  • Store Update 26th September 2017 (Europe)

    Viva Ronaldo

    Sigh, we literally can’t keep up with all the big PlayStation Store releases these days – it’s too much. This week there’s “only” 22 new titles, so it’s a little quieter than in recent times, but still… It’s overwhelming at times. The highlights this week, we suppose, are FIFA 18, Pinball FX3, Danganronpa V3: Killing...

  • News Need for Speed: Payback's Open World Is the Largest in Franchise History


    Need for Speed: Payback’s flashy Fortune City will be the largest open world in the franchise’s history. The glitzy adaptation of Las Vegas will become your proving grounds in Ghost Games’ latest, as you go in search of abandoned vehicles and enter into events against racing crews with different attributes. It’s looking good so...

  • News Here's Everything You Need to Know About Star Wars Battlefront 2 on PS4

    John Boyega talks you through

    What better way to sell Star Wars Battlefront 2 than have John Boyega talk you through it all? The star’s stopped by at EA Games headquarters to do a bit of voiceover outlining all of the modes, features, and improvements that you’ll find in the forthcoming sequel. We found this pretty informative actually: it...

  • News Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization's Final Expansion Slashes onto the PlayStation Store

    The end is here

    For those of you still grinding away in Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, you may be happy to hear that the game's third and final expansion is now available on the PlayStation Store. Titled 'The One Who Resists God', it promises to tie up the title's rather lengthy story. Part of the game's season pass, the third...

  • News Falcom Still Wants to Bring Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 to PS4, But Nothing's Official Yet

    Getting warmer

    Stories have been swirling recently regarding Falcom's desire to port The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II to PlayStation 4, but there's yet to be any kind of official announcement. And sadly, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo is still unable to dish out confirmation that the...

Monday25th Sep 2017

  • Talking Point What Free October 2017 PlayStation Plus Games Do You Want?

    When will October 2017's PS Plus lineup be revealed?

    What’s free with PlayStation Plus next month? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as we reach the tail end of September, with October 2017’s roster of PS+ goodies just days away from being revealed. After a really decent year for the subscription service, we share our speculation for...

  • News Sony's Going to Start Sending Out Real Platinum Trophies

    But only to those fastest in Australia

    Sony will send out real-world Platinum Trophies to four lucky players in Australia – assuming they’re the first in the country to unlock the top trinket in either FIFA 18, Gran Turismo Sport, Call of Duty: WWII, or one other to be announced title. All you need to do to enter is grab the complete set and...

  • UK Sales Charts Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Appears to Flop

    Hyper combo finished

    Count on Capcom to ensure a game starring Spider-Man, Captain America, and Chris Redfield underperforms. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite launched last week – although you’d be forgiven for forgetting – and entered the UK sales charts in 12th place. It’s a disappointing performance for what is, frankly, a disappointing game...

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    Review Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 3: Jailhouse Block

    A happy little review

    Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 3: Jailhouse Block starts off with a much more intriguing plot than the first two episodes in the season. Jesse and his companions are locked in a bedrock prison at the bottom of the world which is controlled by the Admin’s loyal followers. They must find a way to escape it and...

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    PS Vita

    Review Mary Skelter: Nightmares

    Once upon a time

    Based on some of Compile Heart’s previous games we weren’t expecting a lot from Mary Skelter: Nightmares - just a simple dungeon crawler with a bit of fanservice thrown in. What we actually got, however, was something far more interesting. The opening to Mary Skelter is surprisingly dark. The game’s protagonist Jack and his...

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    Review Happy Dungeons

    Smile like you mean it

    Happy Dungeons is a simplistic dungeon crawling hack and slasher which also happens to be a free-to-play title. It's got both online and offline co-op, loot, and a load of different upgrade systems. It'll keep you busy if you find the combat sufficiently entertaining, but as is the case with many a free-to-play release,...

  • Hands On Detroit: Become Human Hints at Huge Potential

    Quantic Dream's latest dazzles in demo

    Quantic Dream probably doesn’t get enough respect. While the Parisian developer’s body of work can quite easily be criticised, the studio deserves credit for building big budget, blockbuster experiences that venture outside of the ordinary boundaries we expect for this industry – and creating an entirely...

  • News Assassin's Creed Origins Up for Golden Joysticks Game of the Year Despite Not Being Out Yet

    Mario Odyssey, too

    Voting for this year's Golden Joystick Awards has opened, giving us a look at the nominees for the upcoming event. Unsurprisingly, the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn and Persona 5 are contenders for multiple awards, but what's really caught our attention is the fact that two unreleased games are up for the...

  • News Destiny 2 Is Down for 6 Whole Hours Today

    Six bloody hours?

    With the Faction Rally looming, Bungie will be taking Destiny 2 offline today for a lengthy period of maintenance. If you're in North America, the timing isn't too bad -- the game will be down from 06:00 to 12:00 Pacific. It's a little worse on the East coast, though, where it'll be offline from 09:00 until 15:00 Eastern...

  • News Here's 40 More Minutes of Monster Hunter: World on PS4, This Time in English

    Feature creature

    So, who wants more Monster Hunter: World? We've already seen plenty of footage off the back of Tokyo Game Show 2017, but if you've still got a hankering for some beastly battles, then check out PlayStation Access' EGX 2017 livestream archive, which we've embedded above. This is the English version of action role-playing...

  • Hands On Job Simulator and Pesky Produce Collide in Shooty Fruity

    Clean up in aisle three

    You can imagine the design discussions at nDreams. “I quite like Job Simulator,” posits one developer, “and static shooting galleries work well in virtual reality. Couldn’t we, like, combine the two?” Voila! Shooty Fruity falls from a tropical tree. Unsurprisingly, this is a fun but derivative PlayStation VR game...

  • News You're the Hero in This New Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Trailer

    Zero to hero

    Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet's got a new trailer, and it's probably our best look at the third-person shooter's story so far. As previously reported, you're not forced to take on the role of protagonist Kirito this time around, instead stepping into the shoes of your own custom hero. Kirito, meanwhile, is relegated to being a...