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Soapbox: Why I Love Strategy Guides

Why I Love Strategy Guides

A game's best friend

Republished on Tuesday, 29th December 2015: We're bringing this article back from the archives as we look back at some of Push Square's features from 2015. The original text follows. Originally published on Monday, 3rd August 2015: Sometimes I think that strategy guides are a little bit misunderstood. I understand that...

Soapbox: Why Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Is 2015's Scariest Game

Why Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Is 2015's Scariest Game

Hauntin' Yaughton

I'll let you into a little secret: I voted for P.T. in Push Square's internal Game of the Year poll last December. I wasn't alone – the survival horror sampler scraped enough votes to secure our Silver Trophy. The placement spurned outrage: how could a glorified demo possibly factor into our Best of 2014 list? But even today,...

Game of the Year: #4 - Fallout 4 (PS4)

#4 - Fallout 4 (PS4)

Fall in

Fallout 4 was easily one of the most anticipated releases of 2015, and it didn't disappoint. Without having to worry about squeezing its trademark open world formula onto last-gen consoles, Bethesda was able to craft a title that felt as though it wasn't limited by older hardware. Its latest vision of a post-apocalyptic North America is...

Game of the Year: Alex's Personal PlayStation Picks

Alex's Personal PlayStation Picks

100 XP

Every year the Push Square Team gets together to vote for the site's PlayStation Game of the Year. While we usually keep these polls secret, we're putting the spotlight on some of our authors this holiday so that they can highlight some of their personal favourites from 2015. Today it's the turn of Alex Stinton, as role-playing games rule...

Feature: Meet the Man with 40,000 PlayStation Trophies

Meet the Man with 40,000 PlayStation Trophies

Platinum unlocked

Republished on Monday, 28th December 2015: We're bringing this article back from the archives as we look back at some of Push Square's features from 2015. The original text follows. Originally published on Monday, 24th August 2015: It's a warm yet rainy evening in New Hampshire, but Michael 'Roughdawg4' Sinclaire is uninterested...

Feature: Why The Witcher 3's CD Projekt Red Is the Best Developer of 2015

Why The Witcher 3's CD Projekt Red Is the Best Developer of 2015

The professional

2015 has been a pretty good year for gaming in terms of pure entertainment, but it's often been soured by news of some very questionable business practices. Whether it was simple stuff like Star Wars Battlefront's preposterous $50 season pass or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's deservedly canned pre-order strategy, there's been plenty...

News: UK Sales Charts: Call of Duty Clings on to Christmas Crown

UK Sales Charts: Call of Duty Clings on to Christmas Crown

BlOps-ing Day

While it's true that Call of Duty doesn't sell quite as well as it used to, it's still a much stronger brand than virtually all of its peers. Having secured the Christmas crown last week, Black Ops III has once again topped the UK sales charts, having increased its numbers by a whopping 40 per cent. As expected, the PS4 version sold...

News: PlayStation Network Survives Seasonal Onslaught

PlayStation Network Survives Seasonal Onslaught

Outages uncommon as Sony keeps servers online

Y'know, we considered whether we should post this, but we figured that the news doesn't always have to be negative. We'd be right on Sony's case if the PlayStation Network suffered another slip-up like last Christmas, but to be fair to the company, it kept its servers online admirably over the holiday...

Game of the Year: Sam's Personal PlayStation Picks

Sam's Personal PlayStation Picks

An Avalanche of excellence

Every year the Push Square Team gets together to vote for the site's PlayStation Game of the Year. While we usually keep these polls secret, we're putting the spotlight on some of our authors this holiday so that they can highlight some of their personal favourites from 2015. Today it's the turn of Sam Brooke, as he...

Game of the Year: #6 - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, PS3)

#6 - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, PS3)

Tactical espionage excellence

When Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain first hit shelves back in September, it was everywhere – and with good reason. Though the title harbours concerns of meddlesome online content and a lacking narrative, it still delivers as a stellar toybox fit for fans of the series and newcomers alike. The ways in which...

Game of the Year: Phil's Personal PlayStation Picks

Phil's Personal PlayStation Picks

Blockbuster business

Every year the Push Square Team gets together to vote for the site's PlayStation Game of the Year. While we usually keep these polls secret, we're putting the spotlight on some of our authors this holiday so that they can highlight some of their personal favourites from 2015. Today it's the turn of Phil Kennedy, as he brings...

Feature: 27 PS4 Exclusives to Anticipate in 2016

27 PS4 Exclusives to Anticipate in 2016

The biggest and best year yet

So, you've excavated a brand new PlayStation 4 from beneath your Christmas tree, and you're wondering what your new box of tricks can do? Well, aside from all of the glorious games that the fat man shoved down your chimney earlier in the week, you've picked the right time to join the new-gen party – delays be...

Game of the Year: #7 - Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)

#7 - Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)

Knight time

It's an indication that 2015 has been an impressive year for games, when a Rocksteady Studios Batman: Arkham title doesn't break into the Game of the Year Top Five list, and settles for a respectable seventh place from Push Square instead. Even its E3 2015 trailer was overshadowed beneath the cowl of amazing announcements that preceded...

Game of the Year: Kell's Personal PlayStation Picks

Kell's Personal PlayStation Picks

Kell, then

Every year the Push Square Team gets together to vote for the site's PlayStation Game of the Year. While we usually keep these polls secret, we're putting the spotlight on some of our authors this holiday so that they can highlight some of their personal favourites from 2015. Today it's the turn of Kell Andersen, as he learns that life...

Guide: USA Boxing Day 2015 Deals - Every PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita Sale

USA Boxing Day 2015 Deals - Every PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita Sale

Cut-price consoles and games

Pre-holiday shopping is over, which means that post-holiday shopping starts now. Think we're crazy? Well, we're not. Boxing Day brings another wave of bargains, and we've compiled some of the best American PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita offers for you to browse. If you see anything that takes your fancy, click...

Talking Point: Did You Get Any PlayStation Gifts This Christmas?

Did You Get Any PlayStation Gifts This Christmas?

Share 'em with us

It's Christmas Eve – actually, it's just gone midnight – and we don't have long to write this article, so you'll forgive us for excreting it out at the very last minute. But, we've written all of our Game of the Year stuff – keep reading the site over the coming week – and it's taken a lot of time. So, sorry this final...

Game of the Year: Stephen's Personal PlayStation Picks

Stephen's Personal PlayStation Picks

Ninja'd

Every year the Push Square Team gets together to vote for the site's PlayStation Game of the Year. While we usually keep these polls secret, we're putting the spotlight on some of our authors this holiday so that they can highlight some of their personal favourites from 2015. Today it's the turn of Stephen Tailby, as he spotlights...

News: We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas

We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas

For the festivities

I write this on a dark and dreary Wednesday evening ten or so days before Christmas. The build-up to the festive period is always stressful here at Push Square: personal business is complemented by frantic holiday writing, as we attempt to get our Game of the Year coverage in order and tie up any loose ends before we take a day...