PlayStation 3 - News

July2016

  • Poll Are You Happy with August's PlayStation Plus Games?

    Remain calm

    It's safe to say that August's PlayStation Plus reveal didn't go down too well - we haven't seen such online rage regarding Sony's service in quite some time, but is next month's offering really that bad? We're going to let you answer that one. In case you're out of the loop, August's selection includes Tetris-like block puzzler...

  • News People Really Aren't Happy with August's PlayStation Plus Games

    Remember to turn caps lock on

    PlayStation Plus announcement day is always good for a laugh, but we doubt that anyone who has to handle Sony's social media accounts is smiling right now. Following today's Plus reveal - you can see the full list of August's games through here - PlayStation fans have grabbed their pitchforks and taken a good old stab...

  • News Are You Cereal? Life Is Strange Is Getting a Live-Action Series

    No emoji

    For as much as we adore Life Is Strange, the episodic adventure had some hella cringe writing. That said, the title's angst-driven drama makes it a perfect fit for a live-action adaptation – and that's exactly what Square Enix, Dontnod, and Legendary Digital Studios have announced. The latter is no stranger to video game conversions,...

  • News Your Free PlayStation Plus Games for August Have Been Revealed

    Rebel Galaxy, Tricky Towers headline PS4

    Sony has just announced the games coming to PlayStation Plus next month, with the space-based Rebel Galaxy and physics-based puzzler Tricky Towers leading the charge on the PlayStation 4. You can check out our review for Tricky Towers here. PlayStation 3 users can also look forward to Yakuza 5 and...

  • Japanese Sales Charts The PS4 Software Drought Continues

    At least a new Vita game's in the top 20

    We're starting to feel bad about asking you lot to give these Japanese charts articles a click - there's just nothing particularly interesting happening in the Land of the Rising Sun when it comes to Sony's systems, and it's probably going to stay that way until the PlayStation 4 gets a few new...

  • News PS4 Sizzles This Summer with Hot EU PlayStation Store Deals

    Lots of low prices

    Sony's been doing pretty well with PlayStation Store discounts this year, and this four week European Summer Sale is decent. It spans all three PlayStation platforms, of course, but it's the PlayStation 4 offers that you'll probably be most interested in – and FIFA 16 at £15.99, Bloodborne at £19.99, and Mortal Kombat X at...

  • Store Update 26th July 2016 (North America)

    Tasty

    Dentists tell you not to indulge in too many delicacies, but when Hyper Light Drifter and Headlander are on the menu, you'd be a fool to look the other way. They're not the only treats in this week's North American PlayStation Store update, though, so we've included the full specials board below. PS4 Games: ARCADE ARCHIVES MX5000 $7.99 BLUE...

  • Store Update 26th July 2016 (Europe)

    Lose your head

    This week's highlights on the European PlayStation Store include Headlander and Hyper Light Drifter, two hotly anticipated digital releases. They're accompanied by a couple of Marvel Ultimate Alliance ports, as well as some new Fallout 4 DLC. What are you buying? PS4 Games: Headlander 26th July Hyper Light Drifter 26th July...

  • News Batman Will Be the First Telltale Game with Multiplayer

    Holy social innovation, Batman

    Telltale's episodic output thus far could be confidently filed in the single player drawer, but the company's trying to change that notion with its upcoming Batman series. According to ShackNews, the title will boast a new feature named Crowd Play, which will enable onlookers to vote on major narrative decisions in...

  • UK Sales Charts There's Very Little to See Here

    As you were

    There's very little to talk about in this week's UK sales charts, we're afraid; LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens topped the best sellers list for a fourth consecutive week – the fourth is clearly with it. Elsewhere, the top ten is packed with typical titles, like FIFA 16, Overwatch, and Grand Theft Auto V. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End...

  • Push Rewind Rise of the Tomb Raider, Sonic Mania, 20 Best Games on PS4

    Normal service resumed

    After over a month of E3 2016 hangover, the industry finally decided to pick itself back up and get to work this week, with an absolute ton of news breaking over the past seven days. The biggest headline perhaps pertained to Rise of the Tomb Raider's PlayStation 4 version, but equally exciting was confirmation that Gravity...

  • News Oh Right, Sonic the Hedgehog's Spin-Dashing LEGO Dimensions

    Put a ring on it

    Considerably less exciting than the upcoming Sonic Mania, it's been confirmed after months of rumours and teasing that Sonic the Hedgehog will be joining the roster of Warner Bros' increasingly weird licensed love-in, LEGO Dimensions. The blue blur will be available as part of a level pack which will allow you to speed through some...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 127

    Feelin' hot, hot, hot

    As scorching temperatures here in the UK continue to melt away our productivity, we're not sure that we can even be arsed playing games this weekend. That said, those of you from more tropical climes may be better equipped to cope with the apocalyptic temperatures, so do let us know what you're playing in the comments section...

  • Talking Point What August PlayStation Plus Games Do You Want?

    Take your pick

    The summer months are melting away faster than our internal organs in the current UK heatwave, and that means that it's already time to start thinking about August's free PlayStation Plus games. July saw the addition of new release Furi and comical classic Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell on the PlayStation 4, capping a decent spell for...

  • News Toukiden 2's Opening Movie Will Get You in the Mood for Some Demon Slaying

    The bigger they are

    Koei Tecmo's revealed Toukiden 2's opening CG movie, and it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. A non-specific main character teams up with the sequel's refreshed cast and they hack a giant Oni to bits in stylish fashion. Hey, at least the video's being true to the game. Still, it's worth a watch if you're looking to...

  • Podcast Episode 11 - Will No Man's Sky Live up to the Hype?

    And who is a satsuma?

    Somehow it's already time for another episode of the Push Square Podcast where Ben Potter and myself

  • News You Must Try Life Is Strange on PS4, PS3 Now It's Free

    It's hella good

    It's hard to imagine a game in the past couple of decades that's more suited to this author's tastes than Life Is Strange. DONTNOD's decidedly divisive episodic adventure is like a John Green novel in gaming form, pairing the teenage mystery of Paper Towns with the heartbreaking plot threads of The Fault in Our Stars. If you're a...

  • Japanese Sales Charts If We Were Nintendo Life, We'd Have Something to Write About

    We're going home

    The PlayStation 4 is still selling around the 20k mark. The PlayStation 4 still doesn't have any new games. See you next Wednesday. Hardware sales New 3DS LL – 23,382 (16,505) PlayStation 4 – 20,395 (22,717) PlayStation Vita – 10,991 (11,042) Wii U – 7,601 (15,470) New 3DS – 3,665 (3,284) PlayStation 3 – 1,045...

  • Store Update 19th July 2016 (North America)

    PSP is not dead

    I Am Setsuna is clearly the highlight this week, but we're going to waste this opening pre-amble pointing out that there's a new PlayStation Portable release this time: Retro City Rampage. Madness! PS4 Games: 10 SECOND NINJA X $9.99 CAST OF THE SEVEN GODSENDS - REDUX $6.99 I AM SETSUNA $39.99 KNOT $9.99 LIFELESS PLANET $19.99...

  • News Telltale's Batman Peeks Behind the Cowl from 2nd August on PS4, PS3

    Holy episodic adventure, Batman

    The world premiere trailer for Telltale's episodic Batman series is out – and we've got a date to boot. The caped crusader will bring extra broodiness to your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 from 2nd August, in the inaugural episode: Realm of Shadows. It'll be followed by a retail disc from 13th September in North...

  • News Persona 5 Brings Back the Very Easy 'Safety' Difficulty Setting

    Fun for everyone

    In Persona 4 Golden, Atlus introduced a difficulty setting know as 'Safety'. Sitting below Easy, Safety essentially ensured that anyone could enjoy the release without having to worry about getting a Game Over screen. Characters would revive automatically if their health hit zero in combat, enemies were significantly weakened, and...

  • Store Update 19th July 2016 (Europe)

    Are you Setsuna?

    There's lots to like about this week's European PlayStation Store update, particularly if you're a fan of Japanese games. I Am Setsuna and The King of Fighters XIV demo are clearly the headliners, but there's other stuff like Gal*Gun: Double Peace worth watching out for as well. And failing all of that, there are at least a couple...

  • News Hype Overflows for 18 Uncut Minutes of Persona 5 on PS4

    Now we're talking

    Atlus has released 18 uncut minutes of Persona 5, and it looks spectacular. We've always said that the game's destined to be something special, and we like to think that this gameplay reinforces that belief beyond doubt. The video shows the first 18 minutes of the release, from the opening cutscene through to some very early...

  • News Yup, Persona 5 Still Looks Superb in New PS4 Gameplay

    18 minutes of fresh footage

    It comes as little surprise at this point, but Persona 5 still looks fantastic judging by the title's latest gameplay showcase. Captured by Gematsu from the game's most recent livestream, there's 18 minutes of footage to bury your eyes into, which includes side activities such as fishing, watching TV, and, most...

  • UK Sales Charts Uncharted 4 Climbs Back Up the Top Ten

    Sales up 152 per cent

    Amazon Prime Day 2016 was kind to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, pushing the popular PlayStation 4 exclusive back to the top of the individual units chart – and into second on the all formats list. The game's sales increased by a whopping 152 per cent this time, which was enough to help it overcome Monster Hunter Generations...

  • Push Rewind No Man's Sky, Dead Rising, EVO 2016

    Welcome to the fantasy zone

    It's not been a very interesting week here on Planet PlayStation, with most of the big stories stemming from No Man's Sky, which is now just about three or so weeks away. Other headlines included a Trophy list for Dead Rising, which looks poised to make its PlayStation debut. Reviews: Ghostbusters - 2/10 Roger...

  • News Telltale's Batman Suits Up on PS4, PS3 Next Month

    Holy cowl

    Telltale's hotly anticipated Batman will bring a bit of broodiness to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 next month, as the first episode in its all-new adventure gets underway. It'll be followed on 13th September in North America and 16th September in Europe by a Season Pass Disc, which will include the first episode on Blu-ray and a...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 126

    Time out

    With the Great Weekend of Sport over, it's time for the Great Weekend of Gaming – at least that's what we're dubbing it here at Push Square Towers. There may not be many major titles deploying at the moment, but there are some decent offers on the PlayStation Store – and we've all got backlogs to bust. Here's what we're playing. Kell...

  • News NA PSN Flash Sale Sieges Your Wallet with PS4, PS3, Vita Deals

    Battle ready

    We sincerely hope that your discipline's battle hardened, because you're going to need every ounce of restraint to resist th—nah, actually, that was a strong opening sentence, but this impromptu North American PlayStation Store Flash Sale isn't that good. Running through until 12:00PM PT on 18th July, this latest sale has a combat...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Ain't Got New Games, But it Keeps Selling Anyway

    The never-ending story

    Well this is all a bit familiar, isn't it? Once again, the PlayStation 4 has topped the Japanese hardware charts with 22,717 units sold despite the fact that there's been bugger all releasing on the system. The PS4 "Welcome Price" version of last year's Tales of Zestiria was the only current-gen title to make it into the...

  • Store Update 12th July 2016 (North America)

    Lots of game

    Cancel those plans for a summer holiday: there are too many games to play. Alright, so there aren't any "heavy hitters" this week, but between the likes of Assault Suit Leynos, Kill Strain, Ghostbusters, and more, you should find something that you like. And if not – well, you're too picky! PS4 Games: Assault Suit Leynos $19.99...

  • Store Update 12th July 2016 (Europe)

    Space race

    A humongous week for PlayStation 4 and Vita fans is headlined on the European PlayStation Store by Adr1ft and Ghostbusters – both of which are aiming to occupy the summer void. There are also the long overdue additions of Killstrain and Neverwinter, while the likes of Type:Rider and Gal*Gun have interesting concepts to say the least...

  • UK Sales Charts Ain't No Forcing LEGO Star Wars from Summit

    Rey to go

    These UK sales charts reports are going to get really boring for a good few weeks now, so strap yourself in and prepare to grit your teeth. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has held on to the top spot for a second successive week, force choking the competition out of the race. Overwatch finished in second, while DOOM, FIFA 16, and...

  • Push Rewind 7 Days to Die, Adam Boyes' Exit, No Man's Sky

    And not much else

    It's been about as far away from being a vintage week here at Push Square Towers as is possible, with very little happening on Planet PlayStation over the past seven days. The summer's sometimes like that, though, and we're sure that there'll be an uptick in enthusiasm as Gamescom quietly draws near. Reviews: 7 Days to Die -...

  • News Mai You Give a Warm Welcome to Dead or Alive 5's Newest Challenger

    King of Fighters favourite makes a cameo

    King of Fighters fans will find their attention split between the latest entry in the age-old arcade series and Dead or Alive 5: Last Round this September, as series veteran Mai Shiranui will be battling her way into Koei Tecmo's flagship fighter as paid downloadable content. We honestly couldn't think of a...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 125

    A weekend of sport

    Hype! This weekend not only plays host to the final of Wimbledon but also Euro 2016, meaning that everyone here at Push Square Towers has a date with BBC1 this Sunday. As for you Americans, we're sure that there's some basketball on or something. Sammy Barker, Editor: I opted to review Energy Hook because… Well, I haven't...

  • News New Documentary Will Depict How PlayStation Conquered the World

    And you can help fund it

    PlayStation's big business these days, but that wasn't always the case. Back in the early 90s, electronics giant Sony was rather reluctant to create its own console – with its board of directors voting against Ken Kutaragi's proposal. The firm's wily CEO Norio Ohga believed in the project so much, though, that he sent...

  • Podcast Episode 10 - Top 20 PS4 Games Still to Come in 2016

    And we dismember Umbrella Corps

    And we're back! It's time for another episode of the Push Square Podcast where Ben Potter and myself bring you all the latest goings on in the world of PlayStation. We also regularly treat you to hot takes on Push Square's best feature work and deliver unique conversations with the very folks behind the top reviews...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Sells a Few Units, People Like Robots

    The usual

    Oh, right – the Japanese sales charts. Ramsey would rampage if he knew we'd skipped this weekly staple, so let's break it down: PlayStation 4 is continuing to sell steady in the East, and should break the three million unit milestone imminently; local gamers have been snapping up a game called Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers in...

  • News Dead Island's Deep Silver to Publish Persona 5 in Europe

    SEGA's washing its hair

    Persona 5 finally has a publisher in Europe – and its Dead Island's Deep Silver who's taking the reins. The company previously collaborated with Atlus to bring Catherine to the Old World, so it's a partnership that makes sense – though why owner SEGA can't just do it itself, we'll never know. It looks like the...

  • Store Update 5th July 2016 (North America)

    Old cool

    It's a good week for PlayStation 2 titles on the North American PlayStation Store, with both the Metal Slug Anthology and The Warriors rolling out as part of Sony's emulation initiative. Other major releases this time include Furi, Lost Sea, and The Banner

  • Store Update 5th July 2016 (Europe)

    Hell hath no Furi

    We tend to say it every week, but these European PlayStation Store updates do seem to get bigger every single time. Headliners in this edition include Furi – free for PlayStation Plus members – and The Banner Saga 2, but don't forget the likes of Hawken and Energy Hook. PS4 Games: The Banner Saga 2 5th July The Banner Saga...

  • News Download Your Free July PlayStation Plus Games Right Now

    And claim a special surprise

    July's roster of free PlayStation Plus games are available to download right now from the European PlayStation Store – and there's a surprise in store for members. At the time of typing, Yakuza 5 is available for the PlayStation 3 as opposed to the advertised Fat Princess. It's unclear if that's a mistake, but we'd...

  • News Sony Shutting LittleBigPlanet's Servers Down in Japan

    And some in the West

    If you're a Japanese gamer who loves LittleBigPlanet, then you may want to start tapping down on your d-pad: Sony's shutting down the servers for all three of the main games, as well as LittleBigPlanet Karting, LittleBigPlanet Vita, and LittleBigPlanet Portable. Essentially, the series is over in the East, it would seem. The...

  • UK Sales Charts LEGO Star Wars Forces Its Way to the Top

    Sith sense

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has enjoyed the fourth biggest launch in UK LEGO game history and the fourth biggest launch in UK Star Wars game history – the fourth was clearly on its side. It pushed last week's front runner DOOM down into, er, fourth, while FIFA 16 and Overwatch hung around in second and third respectively...

  • Game of the Month Top 4 PlayStation Games of June 2016

    Faith, robots, valkyries, and Sol Badguy

    We may be into the quieter summer months of 2016 right now, but June still managed to offer up a decent selection of PlayStation titles. However, without a clear cut winner like May's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, our internal staff vote proved to be an incredibly tight affair. Which game took top gong?...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 124

    For the Fatherland

    The weekend's here already, which means that your regular host, the illustrious Sammy B., is probably on his way back to Push Square Towers right now following a well deserved summer break. We know that the boss often has trouble figuring out what to write about when it comes to this introduction, so we'll just take this...

  • Poll Are You Happy with July's PlayStation Plus Games?

    Or are you Furious

    July's PlayStation Plus offering has been outed and the dust has settled - it's time to tell us if you're satisfied. This month's PlayStation 4 selection includes the brand new Furi - which we just reviewed through here - Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, and early access to Paragon. Elsewhere, PlayStation 3 gets Fat Princess and...

June2016

  • News Dragon's Crown Pulled From European PlayStation Store

    Atlus takes the crown back

    Japanese fantasy brawler Dragon's Crown has been pulled the European PlayStation Store less than 24 hours after it was announced that the game would be part of the 'Big in Japan' discount sale. According to NIS America's Twitter account, the PlayStation 3 and Vita game was removed due to the expiration of the publishing...

  • News Your July PlayStation Plus Games Have Been Revealed

    And it's a pretty great selection

    Sony's finally spilled the beans on July's free PlayStation Plus titles, and it's honestly one of the better selections that we've seen in quite some time. First up, confirming the recent predictions of editor Sammy Barker, PlayStation 4 users can look forward to Furi - the intense boss gauntlet game from The Game...

  • News BlazBlue: Central Fiction Confirmed for Europe in 2016

    Fact over fiction

    Publisher PQube has confirmed that it's bringing BlazBlue: Central Fiction to Europe in the fourth quarter of 2016 - and it's brought a swell new trailer along to prove it. Oh, and it's also made sure to mention that the brawler will be arriving on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, much to the relief of all 12 people who are...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Refuses to Fall Despite Nintendo Software Dominance

    PS4 sales actually increase

    The PlayStation 4 is suffering from a real software drought in Japan right now, but Sony's latest console just refuses to budge from the top of the hardware charts. PS4 sales actually increased by around 2000 units despite the fact that the dismal Umbrella Corps was the only current-gen entry in the top ten - and even...

  • News Latest EU PlayStation Store Sale Cuts Prices on a Crazy Amount of Japanese Games

    Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Dark Souls, and more

    Wow, this is probably one of the most impressive sales we've seen on the European PlayStation Store in quite some time. Focusing on Japanese games across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita, the deals range from Dark Souls III to Street Fighter V and back again - there are a gigantic amount of...

  • Store Update 28th June 2016 (North America)

    God bleater

    It's another decent weekly update for the North American PlayStation Store, as anticipated Japanese role-playing game Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness launches on Sony's latest console alongside The Technomancer and the current-gen port of Resident Evil 5. Unlike Europe, however, you lucky buggers get God Eater Resurrection. Bah!...

  • Store Update 28th June 2016 (Europe)

    PS4 galore

    It's another reasonably hefty PlayStation Store update this week, with a bunch of new titles up for grabs on PlayStation 4. Western role-playing game The Technomancer joins Japanese role-playing game Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, while Prison Architect also makes an escape. Are you buying anything? Show us your shopping list in...

  • News Bungie Abandons Destiny Content on PS3

    The end of Trials and Banner

    Bungie has laid out its future plans for Destiny on PlayStation 3, which includes the permanent cancellations of Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner. As we previously covered, Destiny's next expansion - Rise of Iron - won't be coming to PlayStation 3, but according to Troubleshooter pages on

  • UK Sales Charts DOOM Keeps Up the Slaughter as Rocket League Boosts into Top 10

    Football crazy

    DOOM has managed to retain its place at the top of the UK software charts, much to the disappointment of FIFA 16, which, we imagine in part thanks to Euro 2016, has been steadily moving towards the summit. Sales of id Software's shooter actually declined rather sharply, but the drop wasn't enough to knock the game from its...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 123

    Backlog busters

    You can always tell it's summer, not because the sun is shining outside, but because WAYP is filled with people playing old games. That's certainly the case this time, as the people of Push Square Towers casually go about busting their backlogs. Alex Stinton, Reviewer: There's something to be said for returning to a game well after...

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

    Instant Game Collection options

    It's that time again: your free PlayStation Plus games for July are about a week away from being announced. But after a strong month including NBA 2K16 and Gone Home, what goodies could Sony offer to top it? Are you yearning for more major AAA titles, or is it a couple of indie outings that you crave? New releases...

  • News Sony Could End Up Paying Millions to Angry Linux Fans

    Nerds

    Remember when you could install Linux on a PlayStation 3? If you answered "vaguely" to the previous question, then you may be eligible to compensation – well, $9 to be precise. For the past six years, Sony's been battling a class action lawsuit, which proposed that the platform holder wronged up to 10 million owners by removing the...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Returns to Top Spot Despite Distinct Lack of New Games

    Here we are again

    It's been another incredibly quiet week for PlayStation in Japan as only one new title, Root Letter, released on Sony's latest system - and those sales figures aren't even worth mentioning. As you'd expect, Dragon Quest Heroes II remains the PS4's most popular release for the third week running, while Overwatch also stuck around...

  • News Homefront: The Revolution Leads Latest EU PlayStation Store Sale

    Loads of EA titles up for grabs, too

    It feels like Homefront: The Revolution only just released, but that hasn't stopped the predictably bland sandbox shooter from being the PlayStation Store's latest Deal of the Week. You can save if from forced occupation for as low as £29.99. Yeah, not the best of highlighted discounts, is it? Fortunately, EA...

  • Store Update 21st June 2016 (North America)

    Mighty update

    There's no rest for the wicked. Just a week removed from Sony's E3 2016 press conference, and the PlayStation Store is back with yet another major update. There's tons to look forward to here, from Mighty No. 9 and Grand Kingdom to Umbrella Corps. Let's get to it. PS4 Games: Asemblance $9.99 Deadlight: Director's Cut $19.99 Drawful...

  • Store Update 21st June 2016 (Europe)

    Mighty meat feast

    'Tis the week after E3 2016 and we're supposed to be slap bang in the middle of the summer lull, but there are no signs of any software shortages on the PlayStation Store, that's for sure. This week sees the arrival of a dozen or so new PlayStation 4 titles, including Umbrella Corps, Pac-Man 256, and Mighty No. 9. PS4 Games:...

  • Podcast Episode 9 - E3 2016 Special

    All the announcements, all the opinions

    So, apparently one of the largest gaming conventions of the year took place last week? Ben Potter and myself have never heard of it so we decided to bring you a super special episode of the Push Square Podcast to discuss Sony's conference in depth. We then skim over EA, Ubisoft, and Bethesda's only to wrap...

  • UK Sales Charts DOOM for Overwatch as id's Shooter Claims Throne

    Hell hath no fury

    Retail promotions have propelled DOOM to the top of the UK sales charts, ending Overwatch's spell at the summit. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End moved up into third, while FIFA 16 and Grand Theft Auto V enjoyed boosts as well. Mirror's Edge Catalyst subsequently dropped into sixth, as Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the Euro 20

  • Push Rewind The E3 2016 Highlights Edition

    Everything you need to know

    E3's over for another year. It wasn't exactly a vintage event, but it had more than enough to prove that the future's bright for the PlayStation 4. Between a cavalcade of first-party software announcements, and a decent selection of third-party titles, there's lots to look forward to over the next 18 months and beyond...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 122

    Celebrate good times

    E3 2016 is over, which means that it's time to stop thinking about games on the horizon, and start playing the ones in your backlog. With the summer drought slowly starting to take hold, there's plenty of variety among our team's responses this week – and we expect a similar story in the comments section below. Ben Tarrant,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Slips to Second Place as New Software Dries Up

    Sony loses pole position for first time in weeks

    Apologies for diverting your attention away from the E3 hype, but we've got to cover the latest Japanese sales charts. We're not really sure why we're bothering, though, as there really isn't much to talk about on the PlayStation front. Sony's home console dropped to second place in the hardware...

  • E3 2016 Persona 5 Looks Utterly Brilliant in New PS4 Gameplay

    Wowza

    There are promising looking games... And then there's Persona 5, which somehow looks better and better every time that we lay our eyes on it. Thanks to almost nine minutes of off-screen gameplay captured by IGN at E3 2016, we've got our best look yet and the role-playing release. Again, it just looks superb. The style, the confidence -...

  • E3 2016 Persona 5 Won't Have a Japanese Voice Option in the West

    Dub snubbed

    Bad news if you're a fan of original Japanese voice work: Persona 5 will only feature English voice acting here in the West, with no option to change it. Not a massive surprise, perhaps, seeing as both Persona 3 and Persona 4 didn't have an optional Japanese dub either, but a slight disappointment nonetheless. However, we reckon it's...

  • Store Update 14th June 2016 (Europe)

    Biohazard

    PlayStation 2 classic Siren is just one of several new titles available as part of the European PlayStation Store update today. Other highlights include Grand Kingdom, Catlateral Damage, and the Resident Evil 7 demo which launched overnight. PS4 Games: Catlateral Damage 13th June Crazy Strike Bowling EX (Not in Australia, New...

  • News Set Sail with Loads of Tales of Berseria PS4 Gameplay

    Combos ahoy

    With E3 2016 in full swing, it can be easier to miss stories that are developing outside of gaming's biggest annual event - but we've managed to track down a load of new Tales of Berseria gameplay regardless. The action role-playing game's looking pretty good, and you can find almost 20 minutes of it in the videos that we've embedded...

  • UK Sales Charts Mirror's Edge Catalyst Can't Outrun Overwatch

    Uncharted 4 drops into fourth

    Mirror's Edge Catalyst couldn't outpace Overwatch in this week's UK sales charts, meaning that Blizzard's popular first-person shooter has secured a third week at the summit. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End dropped down into fourth this time, but it remains the best-selling individual game, which is some feat given that...

  • E3 2016 EA Announces Madden NFL 17 Championship Series, Offers $1 Million in Prize Money

    Here comes the money

    EA has been a big supporter of eSports recently and it looks like it will be continuing that support in a big way during its Madden NFL 17 Championship Series. The tournament offers a massive $1 million in prize money and will span an entire year, with events being held at four EA Majors as well as other events that will be...

  • E3 2016 EA Shows Off New Madden 17 Gameplay Trailer

    Let's play some football

    EA has shown off a brand new gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 17 using entirely in-game footage at its EA Play press conference. While to the average viewer it appears the same as previous iterations, it seems this year EA have put a greater focus on blocking punts and field goals. The trailer ends on a cinematic shot of...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 121

    The calm before the E3 2016 storm

    Everything that possibly could have gone wrong went wrong this week, but it's going to take the onset of another Ice Age to prevent us from covering E3 2016 to the extent that you expect. Before the big show gets underway, though, there's just enough time for our weekly edition of WAYP. Let's get this over with...

  • News Feast Your Eyes on These Super Stylish Persona 5 PS4 Screenshots

    Hey good lookin'

    Atlus has just released a huge amount of Persona 5 screenshots, some of which have featured previously in Japanese gaming magazines. The pictures showcase everything from animated cutscenes to social calls, and as you can imagine, it all looks super stylish. Indeed, screenshots don't typically get us excited, but we'll make an...

  • News May 2016 NPD: Uncharted 4 Helps US Industry Swing Upwards

    No comment from Sony again

    After April 2016's desperately dire NPD report, the US industry has rebounded in May, with total physical spend up four per cent year-over-year – raking in a handsome $528.6 million. While hardware and accessories declined yet again (by 10 per cent and two per cent respectively), it was software that propelled the...

  • Podcast Episode 8 - The Best Games of 2016

    And is Blood and Wine mighty fine?

    How quickly can two weeks really go, eh? Ben Potter and myself return to babble on about all the awesome PlayStation happenings for the last fortnight along with important discussions on important topics – only on the Push Square Podcast. In this episode we have a talk about

  • Japanese Sales Charts No Competition for Dragon Quest Heroes II at the Top

    Overwatch and Uncharted 4 also stick around

    Dragon Quest Heroes II has enjoyed its second successive week at the top of the Japanese software charts, selling through another 43,640 copies on PlayStation 4, while the Vita and PlayStation 3 versions settled in second and third place, respectively. Good stuff for Square Enix's long running property,...

  • Store Update 7th June 2016 (North America)

    #Content

    A spot of parkour, por favor. As was the case with the European PlayStation Store update, Mirror's Edge Catalyst is the highlight overseas. However, there is one surprise addition: Psychonauts is available now as a PlayStation 2 Classic for the PlayStation 4. Apologies this whole list is written in a loud voice – blame the

  • News You Can Download Your June PlayStation Plus Games Right Now

    NBA 2K16, Gone Home, and more await

    If you hop onto the PlayStation Store right now - in both North America and Europe, as far as we're aware - you should be able to go ahead and grab this month's PlayStation Plus selection. If you haven't been keeping up with what's on offer, then allow us to quickly list what you can expect. On PlayStation 4,...

  • News Big Games Are Still Coming to PS3 a Decade After Launch

    Persona 5 leaps to last-gen

    The PlayStation 3 just refuses to die, doesn't it? Over the last few years - especially since the launch of the PlayStation 4 - both hardware and software sales regarding Sony's last-gen platform have plummeted here in the West, but that isn't stopping big games like Persona 5 from releasing on the ageing machine...

  • Store Update 7th June 2016 (Europe)

    Catalyst

    Oooh, boy – have all these pre-E3 2016 release dates left you salivating over the European PlayStation Store update? As has become common for the PlayStation 4 lately, it's a humongous refresh this week, with Mirror's Edge Catalyst and SteamWorld Heist being the big names – accompanied by a literal stream of other titles, including

  • News Persona 5 Will Sneak into E3 2016 with News and Footage

    No longer a phantom

    It's about time Persona 5 took to the stage at a major Western event, and it sounds like it's bringing the big guns to E3 2016, which, in case you're wondering, is less than one week away. So, while we sit here typing our arses off, you can at least be excited to see more of Atlus' brilliant looking role-playing game in the...

  • News Persona 5 Gets a Confirmed Release Date, Will Be North America's Valentine in 2017

    It's a date

    Wow, how about the industry just stops for a second and gives us some time to breathe? The big news just keeps on coming, but this is perhaps one of the most important stories of the last few days: Persona 5 has a confirmed release date in North America. Hurrah! That's the good news. The bad news is that despite Atlus saying...

  • UK Sales Charts Overwatch Out for Uncharted 4, DOOM

    Evergreen arrivals continue to dominate

    We have a sneaking suspicion that the UK sales charts have found three new permanent fixtures: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, DOOM, and Overwatch. While Blizzard's FPS is only in its second week – and has managed to secure top spot yet again – the other two titles have been loitering around for some time...

  • Push Rewind PlayStation Plus Freebies, PS4's Best Games, Loads of Reviews

    A big week

    Whey, it's almost E3, which means that things should be quiet around here, right? Are you crazy? It's busier than ever! We spent this week reviewing dozens of games, providing updates on a slew of upcoming ones, and generally getting you in the mood for the big show. Hyped yet? Reviews: Overwatch - 9/10 Blizzard has never been a...

  • Game of the Month Top 4 PlayStation Games of May 2016

    Heroes, demons, tanks, and treasure

    May was a cracking month for PlayStation, with several heavy hitting titles bursting onto Sony's latest system. Despite the strength of our Game of the Month nominees, though, there was a clear winner when it came to the crunch. And no, you don't get any prizes for guessing which release came out on top. Bronze...

  • News Japan Votes for PlayStation's Most Memorable Games

    Long in the memory

    Famitsu, the famous Japanese gaming magazine, is celebrating its 30th anniversary – and it's asked readers to vote for their most memorable games per console as a consequence. A whopping 2,921 people responded, with the rules stating that participants could only pen one title per platform. We've included the top ten titles for...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 120

    Overwatch this

    It's quite incredible that there have been 120 issues of WAYP to date. Back when we started this series, we never imagined it would run this long, but that's a testament to the team for constantly getting involved, and you for commenting week in, week out. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. Robert Ramsey, Associate Editor:...

  • News Oh Right, There's a New Skylanders Game

    Open your wallets wide

    Are they still making these? Apparently so. Activision has announced Skylanders: Imaginators for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, which is set for release – we think – on 14th October in Europe and 16th October in North America. The press releases aren't very clear, but we predict that approximately 12 people will...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Dragon Quest Heroes II Conquers the Top Spot with Ease

    Overwatch also blasts into top 5

    Realistically, there was only ever going to be one game to take the top spot of the latest Japanese software charts: Dragon Quest Heroes II. The super slimy sequel smashed into first place on PlayStation 4, selling through a very respectable 184,820 copies. It was followed by the Vita version in second, and the...

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  • Store Update 31st May 2016 (North America)

    (Burn) out of bounds

    Dangerous Golf arrives on the PlayStation 4 this week – or should that be PlayStation Fore?! It's joined by some proper badass birdies, including Oxenfree and The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine. If you don't fancy sipping on either of those then there's quite literally a dozen other releases vying for your attention...

  • Store Update 31st May 2016 (Europe)

    Better late than never

    The European PlayStation Blog is about as efficient as your humble host after a dozen Big Macs these days, but a frazzled Francesca Mead has finally posted the latest EU PlayStation Store update. In it are the expected suspects: De

  • News Minecraft: Story Mode Crafts Next Episode

    Sixth time the charm?

    Starting 7th June, you'll be able to download the sixth entry in Telltale Games' Minecraft: Story Mode series. With the title 'A Portal to Mystery', the game will look to continue the game's post-Witherstorm narrative arc. The episode sounds like it will continue the anthology-style of storytelling that the series is using...

  • News Your June PlayStation Plus Games Have Been Revealed

    NBA 2K16 and Gone Home confirmed

    We hope that you're in the mood for shootin' some hoops, because NBA 2K16 is dribbling into June's PlayStation Plus selection. And, as previously rumoured, indie darling Gone Home will be joining the basketball sim on PlayStation 4. Not a bad combination, we suppose? Meanwhile, PlayStation 3 users can look forward...

  • News BlazBlue: Central Fiction Comes Exclusively to PS3, PS4 Later This Year

    Feeling blue

    Developer Arc System Works has announced that BlazBlue: Central Fiction will be launching on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 before the end of the year. However, for the moment, the developer has only given the game a vague Winter 2016 time frame for when the game will be released outside of Japan. Central Fiction was...

  • UK Sales Charts Overwatch Bumps Uncharted 4 from Summit

    Almost 50 per cent of physical sales on PS4

    Channelling its best Reinhardt impression, Overwatch has swatted Uncharted 4: A Thief's End from the top of the UK sales charts. Naughty Dog's impressive action adventure was frozen in second place by Mei, while the popular FPS used Widowmaker's rifle to get a good view from the summit. Word of mouth...

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