News - August, 2018

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  • News Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 Reviews Will Run on 4th September

    Swing time

    There’s a good chance you already know whether Marvel’s Spider-Man is for you, but reviews of the PlayStation 4 exclusive will go live on 4th September. Insomniac Games’ anticipated open world adventure is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year, and we’ll have full coverage from 7AM Pacific. While the...

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  • News Spider-Man PS4 Spoilers Are Starting to Invade the Web

    Your spider-sense should be tingling

    Oh, no! Marvel’s Spider-Man is well and truly out in the wild, and the web is awash with spoilers already. Pretty much everywhere you look right now are comments on Insomniac Games’ latest, from the villain encounters through to a list of every suit available in the game. There are also YouTube videos being...

  • News Cyberpunk 2077 Gets a Full 48 Minute Gameplay Demo

    Finally

    Fair warning: the above video contains a lot of, er, colourful language and nudity. And there it is. CD Projekt Red has finally revealed the gameplay demo for Cyberpunk 2077. Currently, it's only available on the developer's official Twitch channel as a stream, but we'll update this article as soon as it's been uploaded or archived...

  • News Shadow of the Tomb Raider's Run Out of Things to Show, So Here Are Some Cute Cats and Dogs

    Wait, what?

    Well, then. Square Enix has been dropping Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailers like they’ve been going out of fashion these past couple of months, and it’s shown pretty much everything there is to show. As such, please enjoy this video clip of cats and dogs playing with balls of yarn and laser pens in a vaguely Mayan setting. Yeah, we...

  • News Streets of Rage 4 Calls the Cops in SEGA Classic Revival

    No way

    Out. Of. Nowhere! French publisher Dotemu’s clearly not done with retro revivals in the wake of its recent Windjammers 2 announcement, as it’s just confirmed Streets of Rage 4. This is one helluva sentence so it deserves repeating at least once: Streets of Rage 4 has just been freakin’ announced. There are no platforms confirmed yet,...

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    Review Donut County

    Raccoon City

    How many developers can say their game was inspired by a tweet from a parody Twitter account? Donut County's central premise of controlling a hole in the ground and swallowing up objects is wonderfully novel, and has resulted in a game that's more entertaining than you'd think. In the best possible way, it's one of the silliest...

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    Review Slime Rancher

    They slimed me

    Few games use pure joy as a central design choice. Fewer still manage to make a world of very little real threat compelling. Indie dev Monomi Park’s cartoonish farming sim Slime Rancher manages to do both. A fine entry into the often neglected feelgood genre, it's good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as Katamari Damacy and...

  • News There's a Weird Cyberpunk 2077 Livestream Happening Right Now

    What's it leading up to?

    So... CD Projekt Red has started up a livestream today over on its official Twitch channel, and we've embedded it above. The stream has been live for hours, and the title reads "DATA TRANSMISSION IN PROGRESS_". Cleary it's to do with Cyberpunk 2077, but the stream isn't actually showing much -- it's just lines and...

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    Review Pizza Titan Ultra

    Papa don't preach

    Pizza Titan Ultra is a bit like Crazy Taxi with more cheese. You control a giant city levelling Gundam, and your objective is to sprint from tower block to tower block, delivering delicious Margherita with a colossus iron fist. Each delivery sees you gain additional time, while evil enforcers will attempt to prevent you from doing...

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  • News Gamescom 2018 Opening Ceremony to Feature World Premieres

    Announcements from Bandai Namco, THQ Nordic, more

    It seems like the organisers of Gamescom 2018 have graduated from the renowned School of Geoff Keighley, as they’re bigging up some World Premieres set to debut during the Cologne convention’s opening ceremony. You’ll be able to watch the event unfold live from 10AM BST on 21st August, where...

  • Soapbox Why I Love Shenmue

    Sammy Barker recalls his history with Yu Suzuki's hit series

    Republished on Thursday, 18th August 2018: We're bringing this article back from the archives in celebration of Shenmue I & II's impending release on the PlayStation 4. The original text follows. Originally published on Thursday, 16th July 2015: I don't remember the day that the snow...

  • Guide Shenmue - How to Find the Flashback in the Dojo

    Treasure your friends

    Your main goal in Shenmue is to avenge the death of your father, and so in the early exchanges the game goes to great lengths to depict Ryo Hazuki’s relationship with Iwao. Much of this is achieved via flashback scenes, and in this guide we’re going to show you how to find the flashback in the dojo, which will unlock the...

  • News Until Dawn Maker Trademarks Shattered State

    Supermassive lining up Gamescom reveal?

    Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games has trademarked a title called Shattered State, and with Gamescom 2018 right around the corner, we’d bank on some kind of reveal coinciding with the Cologne-based convention next week. Interestingly, the Guildford-based studio filed the trademark itself, suggesting...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 233

    "Maybe I should play some?"

    After months of scorching weather, the grey clouds have descended on the UK, and it’s all feeling rather muggy outdoors. There’s never been a better time to stay in with a nice iced tea and a couple of video games, then, and fortunately the release schedule is reaching that point where there’s about a billion new...

  • News Fishing Sim World Tries to Reel You in with New Trailer

    All about that bass

    At this point, the PlayStation 4 must play host to some of the nichest games ever created. Fishing Sim World joins the likes of Construction Simulator 2, aiming to deliver an online angling experience above and beyond any that’s come before. Due out on 18th September, the outdoor experience will see you tackling giant lakes,...

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  • News PlayStation Plus August 2018 Games Announced

    Yet another solid month

    August's PlayStation Plus lineup has been revealed, and it's yet another reasonable month. On PlayStation 4, subscribers get Mafia III and Dead by Daylight. Sony's also throwing Here They Lie into the mix, which is PlayStation VR compatible. Speaking of extras, Knowledge Is Power is your bonus PlayLink title...

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    Review Knowledge Is Power

    Limited power

    Fresh from releasing the inaugural PlayLink title That’s You in July, Wish Studios has come back with a second game for Sony’s smartphone-based lineup: Knowledge Is Power – a one to six player quiz game. While it’s more orthodox compared to the delightful oddball that was That’s You, the Brighton studio’s...

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    Review Mafia III

    An offer you might want to refuse

    1968 was a turbulent year in United States history. With both the Vietnam War in full swing, and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April of that year, there was a rising tide of non-violent protest and civil disobedience, especially by African-Americans, who wanted the equality they should rightfully be...

  • News Relaunched Official Persona Site Sparks Some Speculation

    Personal touch

    The official Japanese website for the Persona franchise, titled Persona Channel, has just been relaunched by Atlus. The site houses information on everything Persona, from the games to anime adaptations, and licensed merchandise to live events. Its relaunch could mean absolutely nothing -- we have to stress that -- but that hasn't...

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    Review Dead by Daylight

    Masochistic mechanisms

    The last few years have seen numerous attempts at the asymmetrical multiplayer experience, but none have exactly hit the mark to such a degree as say, the infamous Team Deathmatch format. The most memorable of these attempts is Evolve, which saw an alright reception, progressively dwindling player numbers, and a confusing...

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    Review Here They Lie

    And here they’ll stay

    When Sony set out to launch its own virtual reality headset, one of the most important things that it had to do is make sure that it had lots of games released alongside it. Through the years, the games industry has seen many a peripheral fail miserably due to a lack of support. To combat this, an impressively large launch...

  • News Get Ready for More Arch Tempered Elder Dragons in Monster Hunter: World

    God help us

    Just the mere mention of Arch Tempered Elder Dragons is enough to make our blood run cold. This month and next, two new event quests will be added to Monster Hunter: World. We've already had event hunts for Arch Tempered Kirin and Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak, so naturally, it's now time for Arch Tempered Kushala Daora and Arch Tempered...

  • News DJ's New Music Video Shot Entirely Within Grand Theft Auto V

    Beats on the streets

    Bosnian DJ Solomun has released a new track called Customer is King, and we quite like it -- but we're not here just to shill for some hot beats. No, we're writing this story because the music video for Solomun's new groove was made entirely within Grand Theft Auto V in collaboration with developer Rockstar. It's pretty...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Mega Man X Dashes into Number 1 on PS4

    Mega, man

    The Nintendo domination of the last few weeks has finally come to an end, as Mega Man X Legacy Collection has blasted its way straight to number one on PlayStation 4. Capcom's bundle of blue sold 29,000 copies on Sony's system, which, in fairness, isn't a huge amount, but given decidedly low numbers elsewhere, it was still enough to...

  • News Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition Bundles All DLC This Month on PS4

    Shadow of more

    Warner Bros. will be publishing Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition later this month for PlayStation 4. As you'd expect, the always-inevitable bundle will contain the base game and all of its downloadable content, including the orc tribe expansions and two story expansions. It's also worth noting that a little while...

  • News World of Horror Proves PS4 Has a Lovecraft Obsession

    Cosmic tingles

    Call of Cthulhu! The Sinking City! It’s gone Lovecraft crazy on the PlayStation 4 of late, and here’s another title to toss into the cosmic broth: World of Horror. Now don’t judge a book by its Eldritch cover: this does indeed look like it’s been built for the BBC Micro, but it promises a “retro” role-playing experience...

  • News PlayStation China Press Conference Could Be Worth Keeping an Eye On

    The event's tomorrow

    Sony is holding a PlayStation press conference in Shanghai, China tomorrow. Given that the event will obviously focus on the booming Chinese market, we wouldn't go expecting any big announcements from our perspective here in the West, but some interesting bits and pieces could still be heading our way. For one, PlayStation's...

  • News Zen Studios Bundling FPS, Pinball, More on PSVR

    Quite the collection

    One thing that’s become common on the PlayStation Store over the past few years are custom bundles, and Zen Studios is readying one of its own, stuffed with four of its PlayStation VR games. Fronting the bundle is Out of Ammo, the suspect first-person shooter which we didn’t think too highly of in our review. Fortunately,...

  • Indie Bin Pixel Ripped 1989, 18 Floors, The Walker

    Also: Nah, that's it this time

    From the embers of the Push Square Podcast rises Indie Bin – a feature that draws attention to some of the smaller games in PlayStation's busy release schedule. Once the Indie Bin is full, we'll put it out for collection in these consolidated articles featuring several pint-sized reviews. The...

  • News Sink Your Teeth into The Sinking City's Disturbing Debut Trailer

    Don't be an octopussy

    Frogwares’ open world Lovecraftian love-in The Sinking City has surfaced with a disturbing debut gameplay trailer – but it may not be for the faint hearted. The game takes place in the fictional city of Oakmont in Massachusetts, and you’ll play as a detective who’s gradually going insane. It’s basically the same...

  • News Valkyria Chronicles 4 Opening Scene Shows Off English Dub

    Talking war

    SEGA's posted the prologue to Valkyria Chronicles 4 online, and besides looking quite lovely, it provides a good look at the game's English dub. The release will feature both Japanese and English voice tracks when it launches in September, but it sounds like SEGA's put a lot of effort into ensuring that the latter is up to scratch...

  • News Donut County, A Game Where You Play as a Hole, Launches This Month on PS4

    Holey moly

    Donut County, a game that's just about as mental as its name might suggest, will burrow its way onto PlayStation 4 later this month. In it, you play as a literal hole in the ground, and your job is to swallow up charming scenery all to the beat of a quirky sounding story. If you're still not sure quite what we're on about, give the...

  • News Rough and Ready Newcomer Diego Joins Dead or Alive 6

    Street fighter

    Wow, Miguel from Tekken has joined Dead or Alive 6 as a guest character!? Oh no wait, it's just Diego, another rough and ready street brawler of hispanic origin who also happens to have a penchant for red leather. Cynical snark aside, Diego looks like a decent addition to Dead or Alive's roster, designer facial scars and all...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of July 2018

    Down and Dirge-y

    June was a rather crowded month when it came to noteworthy soundtracks, which sees July come off as comparatively sparse. A bit of a low-key month before all the big guns come out swinging with their amazing soundtracks. Despite this, we were able to scrounge a couple worthwhile scores anyways, so let’s hop in. Shining...