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January2016

  • Rumour Destiny 2 Was Set to Release This Year, But Has Been Delayed

    Worrying times for Bungie's shooter, apparently

    There's been speculation for a few months now regarding Destiny's future. There's little doubt that last year's expansion, The Taken King, gave the shooter the kick up the arse that it so desperately needed, but now that many players have exhausted the latest content, there's a lingering feeling that...

  • News Destiny's Next Big Event Doesn't Sound All That Exciting

    Hope you like PvP

    Bungie seems committed to smaller, timed events that are designed to keep players coming back to Destiny, but we're still not convinced that the structure is as satisfying as it arguably needs to be. The shooter's next event will coincide with Valentine's Day, so let's hope that you're not, you know, actually socialising with...

  • News Watch as a Single Destiny Player Dominates Trials of Osiris Without Dying

    3 on 1? No problem

    Trials of Osiris is essentially Destiny's most intense, hardcore player-versus-player mode. It pits two teams of three against each other in a battle to the death, and once a combatant is downed, they can only be revived by their allies. In other words, there isn't much room for error. Enter Ramblinnn, an immensely skilled...

  • News Life Is Strange Developer Commentary Released on PS4, PS3 for Free

    Strange but true

    Life Is Strange launches in shops this week, but for those of you that purchased the digital version, developer DONTNOD has decided to patch the retail release's developer commentary into all editions for free. Hella good news, huh? The update's already available on the PlayStation 4, but it will drop on the PlayStation 3 on 25th...

  • News Sony Reveals the PlayStation Store's Best Sellers For 2015

    Go big or go home

    There aren't too many surprises to be found in the PlayStation Store's list of best sellers for 2015, but hey, everyone likes a look at what's been hot over the last 12 months. In Europe, Destiny: The Taken King took the crown as the most downloaded PlayStation 4 title, beating out the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops III - which...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Odin Sphere Claims the Top Spots on PS4 and Vita

    Sphere of influence

    Atlus should be reasonably happy with Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir's initial performance in Japan, as the gorgeous action role-playing game took first and second place on the software charts. The Vita version climbed highest, selling through 43,394 copies, while the PlayStation 4 release barely missed out on the top spot, selling...

  • News In the Mood for an RPG? Loads of Discounts Critical Hit the EU PlayStation Store

    Bloodborne, Dragon Quest, Diablo, and more

    The European PlayStation Store's got a pretty impressive selection of discounts going on right now with a ton of role-playing games up for grabs. The likes of Bloodborne: Game of the Year Edition, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition, and Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition have all...

  • Store Update 19th January 2016 (North America)

    Zero hour

    If any of you North Americans have been enviously eyeing the European PlayStation Store update, then know that yours is just as big – if not bigger. As was the case across the pond, the highlights include Resident Evil Zero and Atelier Escha & Logy Plus – but, look, there's practically something for everyone. Take a look. PS4...

  • Store Update 19th January 2016 (Europe)

    #NoGames

    Holy heck! We're barely knee deep into the New Year and the European PlayStation Store is already exploding into life, with a whopping 17 new titles for you to choose from this time – none of which are Gone Home. The highlights, we suppose, include Resident Evil Zero and World of Tanks, but there's a little bit of something for everyone...

  • UK Sales Charts Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Truckin'

    Rockstar's release up to second as Call of Duty tops

    Grand Theft Auto V is an unstoppable juggernaut. The game, which first launched over two years ago, has climbed to second in this week's UK sales charts, proving that there ain't any stopping Rockstar's train. Call of Duty: Black Ops III continued its dominance in first position, while FIFA 16,...

  • Push Rewind PS4 Firmware Updates, Our 2016 Predictions, and PS Vita Lives

    Slowly does it

    After an absolutely action packed start to 2016, things slowed down a little this week. Ubisoft put out some new footage of Tom Clancy's The Division, but other than that, it's been a particularly quiet one, with an uneventful PlayStation 4 firmware update being one of the few highlights. You won't hear us complaining, of course –...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 101

    It's cold

    Winter has arrived. No, really – the greenery of the UK has turned an icy shade of white, and we've reverted to performing star jumps in the Push Square office just to stay warm. It's been a bit of a quiet week here in the PlayStation Nation, but a deluge of new releases are about to deploy, so we may as well make the most of the down...

  • News Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Screens Pop Out of the Manhole

    Getting a pizza the action

    Our friends at Pure Xbox, who are fast becoming the official source for all Platinum Games screenshot leaks, have laid their green fingers on some shots from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. The game, which popped up on ratings boards eons ago, is still yet to be officially announced by publisher...

  • News Check Your E-Mails for Free PlayStation Plus Sub Extensions

    Sony makes up for PSN outage with compensation

    Sony said that it would be offering PlayStation Plus extensions in the wake of the recent PlayStation Network outage, and it's come good – in Europe at least. We just received an email from the manufacturer promising us an extra 24 hours of service. In order to unlock it,

  • News Third-Parties Nudge Exclusives Out of USA's 2015 Best Sellers List

    Black Ops III the best-selling game of the year

    Not a single exclusive made the NPD's best-selling games of 2015 list, proving once again that third-parties rule supreme right now. Video game sales totalled $13.1 billion in the United States for the year overall, exactly the same as in 2014. This ultimately means that, while new-gen hardware is on...

  • News December 2015 NPD: Sony Thanks Fans for Putting PS4 on Top Again

    USA's preferred platform in 2015

    In what's becoming an all too familiar tale, the PlayStation 4 has topped the NPD hardware charts yet again. Sony's system was on top in the United States for the month of December, completing a clean sweep for the all-important Christmas period. This means that the Xbox One only managed to triumph over the...

  • News Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir's European Launch May Not Be Too Far Behind

    Phew

    When we think of Atlus, we think of some quality role-playing experiences. The publisher's pumped out the likes of Persona 4 Golden and Dragon's Crown over the last few years, and while we certainly can't fault the Japanese company's output, we're always finding ourselves lusting after better overseas management. You see, where many other...

  • News Dragon Quest Heroes II Mashes More Monsters Later This Year in Japan

    We could be heroes

    Dragon Quest Heroes II is back for more monster madness later this year, as a 27th May 2016 release date has been confirmed for Japan. This probably means that we'll be seeing it before the end of the year if the sequel does indeed make it overseas. The action role-playing game is charging onto PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and...

  • News 23 PS3 Classics Stream to UK PlayStation Now Service

    It's now or never

    Anyone still using PlayStation Now? We should probably do an article looking at the state of the service in 2016 – but enough content brainstorming, we're actually here to tell you that 23 new PlayStation 3 games have been added to the UK service. Sony's still playing catch-up to North America on these shores, but it's now...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Slips Following Decent Holiday Sales

    Sales, sales never change

    As expected, PlayStation 4 numbers have taken a tumble now that the holiday season is over, with sales falling back to a rather standard 36,559 units for last week. Still, we suppose it could be worse, as there's currently a real lack of new software releases in Japan. Speaking of which, it's nice to see Fallout 4...

  • News Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir Brings Beauty to North America this Summer on PS4, PS3, Vita

    Still waiting on a European date

    Incredible looking action role-playing game Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir finally has a confirmed North American release date, and even though we're still sitting here anxiously waiting to hear about Europe's fate, it's nice to know that we've got something to go on. Vanillaware's hectic hack and slasher will launch on...

  • News PS4 Essentials Go Cheap in NA PlayStation Store Sale

    How low can you go?

    Sony don't care that it's January and you're broke like a yo-yo without a piece of string – it's sale time in North America, and you're going to hand the organisation your one remaining thruppence. The platform holder's launched a new 'Essentials' sale which has seen the prices plunge on a slew of PlayStation 4 titles...

  • Store Update 12th January 2016 (North America)

    Banner update

    Big week on the North American PlayStation Store, as the likes of Gone Home and The Banner Saga drag the PlayStation 4 kicking and screaming into 2016. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India is also up for grabs this time, while the latest PlayStation 2 classic – Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits – stops by for some...

  • News The Witcher 3 Sweeps Game of the Year Awards on Official PlayStation Blog

    Geralt of here

    Geralt's at it again, adding yet more trophies to his now massive collection. The official PlayStation Blog's Game of the Year winners are in, and it's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that's walked away boasting several victories across multiple categories. The post reports that over 600,000 votes were counted, making it the biggest Game...

  • Store Update 12th January 2016 (Europe)

    Where's Gone Home?

    Seeing as Majesco's done a Jennifer Lawrence and decided to stop responding to our emails, we were looking forward to waking up, buying Gone Home, and bringing you a review later today. Unfortunately, SCEE's rained on our parade as the game won't be joining its North American counterpart in the PlayStation Store's abode today...

  • UK Sales Charts Best Sellers, Best Sellers Never Change

    Zzz

    Nothing to see here, folks. The UK sales charts have barely changed for nearing a month now, and that remains true this week, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III on top yet again. FIFA 16 managed to bump Star Wars Battlefront down into third, while Grand Theft Auto V overtook Fallout 4 in fourth. The only real surprise this time is that Battlefield...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 100

    Triple digits

    We've only gone and reached our 100th edition of WAYP – an occasion that would be worth marking if this author hadn't got in a muddle and assumed that this week's instalment was actually Issue 99. Whoops. Oh well, at least we've got a bumper article this week for you, with virtually every Push Square team member turning out in force...

  • News PS4 Sells Over 1 Million Units in Japan in 2015

    Could be worse

    Okay, okay, we get that the Japanese console market is in decline - we just posted a story about it, in fact - but Sony will at least feel that something positive has been achieved with the PlayStation 4 in 2015. The company's newest system sold 1.2 million units in Japan last year according to Famitsu's annual hardware and software...

  • News Japan's Console Market Wasn't Too Hot in 2015

    Lowest figures in 26 years

    We all know at this point that Japan's console market has shrunk. We could go on and on about the factors that have lead to such a decline, but let's just cut straight to the chase: 2015 saw the market hit a 26 year low. What this means is that the overall value of the market continued to fall, with it being worth ¥321...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 and Vita Continue Strong Seasonal Performance

    Brothers in arms

    The latest sales charts from the East are in, confirming that the last seven days have once again been pretty darn solid for the Japanese market. As expected of the season, hardware figures continued to enjoy a healthy boost, as PlayStation 4 sales increased to 65,427 units, while Vita managed a very respectable 63,811 units...

  • Store Update 5th January 2016 (Europe)

    Back in business

    It's the first European PlayStation Store update of the year, which means that we're nervously eyeing the date in the headline to ensure that we don't write '2015'. To be fair, it's a decent refresh, too, with Hardware: Rivals and Amplitude all on the docket. What will you be celebrating the onset of the new year with? PS4 Games:...

  • News Sony Pledges Free PlayStation Plus Extensions After PSN Outage

    Reimbursements on the way

    If you'd have asked us to evaluate the state of the PlayStation Network this time last week, we'd have told you that it's improved significantly. Seriously, the service barely went down in 2015, and it was rock solid over Christmas. But the Sony rollercoaster never runs out of corkscrews, and, just as everyone was...

  • News PSN Down Just Days into 2016

    That was fast

    Oh dear, and there we were praising the PlayStation Network for its stability over the holidays. Sony's online service is currently down for us here in the UK, and we're now getting reports that it's offline for many of you Americans, too. Follow us on Twitter for PSN updates At the time of writing, we can't even sign in, and Sony...

  • News You're Getting Free Stuff in Destiny Later This Week

    Xurtainly something

    Stash of Strange Coins running a bit low? Need a few more Motes of Light? Nah, who are we kidding, no one needs more Motes of Light - but Bungie's giving them away all the same. On the 7th January, the developer's dishing out some goodies in Destiny to celebrate the new year. You'll be able to gather your 15 Strange Coins and...

  • UK Sales Charts Ain't No Beating Call of Duty: Black Ops III

    Back in black

    Call of Duty has become such a strange series. Much like FIFA, it feels like – review time aside – the franchise barely gets any coverage on mainstream websites, and yet year after year it dominates the sales charts. Perhaps it spotlights the contrast between so-called "hardcore gamers" and more casual players – but whatever...

  • Round Up All Our Game of the Year Coverage in One Place

    That's a wrap

    Game of the Year is finished for another year – and this time we were organised, ahead of schedule, and not too stressed. For this author in particular, putting together our end of year lists is always a highlight, as it provides a great way to bring the team together and collaborate on a series of seasonal articles. But because...

  • Game of the Year Marcello's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Blood bold

    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 Marcello Apostolico, and his somewhat...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 99

    Happy New Year

    It may be a new year, but the same old WAYP you know and love is back for another 12 month run. With this week's edition, feel free to share some of your gaming resolutions alongside your immediate itinerary – we'd love to know what you're planning to achieve on PlayStation in 2016. Sammy Barker, Editor: I'm still playing Fallout...

  • Game of the Year What's Your Favourite PlayStation Game of 2015?

    Over to you

    Right, let's put a recycled bow around our Game of the Year coverage with one last article, asking: what was your favourite PlayStation game of 2015? You've read our picks, so now it's time to have your say – and yes, we're well aware that our forum users selected The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but please let us pad out another day of...

  • Game of the Year Matt's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Wasteland wanderer

    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 Matt Adcock, as he travels to...

  • Video The 10 Best PlayStation Games of 2015

    Final countdown

    Blimey oh riley, 2016's all up in my face and that bottle of bourbon's making it difficult to stomach. But before this intoxicated video editor chunders all over a blank page, perhaps you'd enjoy our pre-recorded video spotlighting the top ten PlayStation titles from the past 12 months. There's some good stuff in here, like...

  • Game of the Year Robert's Personal PlayStation Picks

    #4TheRolePlayers

    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 we'll be delving into the role-playing addled...

December2015

  • Game of the Year Joey's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Bloodcurdling

    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 Joey Thurmond, as horror rules the...

  • Feature The Best PlayStation Soundtracks of 2015

    Like music to our ears

    With 2015 winding down, it's only natural that 'Best Of' lists are beginning to pop up everywhere you look. While games themselves get a lot of attention when it comes to these sorts of lists, the accompanying soundtracks get a little less love. We're here to change that and deliver our list of the ten best soundtracks to...

  • News January's PS4 PlayStation Plus Games Revealed

    Hardware: Rivals and Grim Fandango Remastered available on 5th January

    While no official PlayStation Plus announcement has been released on the PlayStation Blog at the time of writing, emails have been sent out to PlayStation 4 owners disclosing the two free games that they'll be getting come January. First up is online vehicular combat game...

  • Game of the Year Graham's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Top of the league

    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 Graham Banas, as he oils his...

  • Talking Point What January PlayStation Plus Freebies Do You Want?

    Update announcement imminent

    Is it really that time again? Yes, it's that time again. Sony's said that, despite the ongoing holidays, we'll learn about January's batch of PlayStation Plus goodies this week, so it's time to think up your wishlist before the Japanese giant shatters your dreams. This time last year we were all looking forward to...

  • Game of the Year 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

    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...

  • 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

    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 #5 - Life Is Strange (PS4, PS3)

    Over the two moons

    Life Is Strange may just be the best teen drama that John Green didn't write. DONTNOD's goosebump inducing adventure wears its young adult fiction inspirations proudly on its polka dot sleeve, but while it skips on The Fault in Our Stars' terminal illness plot device and Paper Towns' amateur detective vibes, it offers its own...

  • Game of the Year 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)

    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

    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...

  • Game of the Year 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

    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...

  • Guide UK Boxing Day 2015 Deals - Every PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita Sale

    Lightning deals for the freshly flush

    We bet that Christmas money's burning a hole in your pocket already, isn't it? Well, what better way to fritter it away than with the Boxing Day sales, which… Well, seem to start earlier every single year. We've compiled some of this year's best British offers for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita...

  • Game of the Year #8 - Transformers: Devastation (PS4, PS3)

    Lighting our darkest hour

    Transformers: Devastation's 2015 launch possibly missed out on PlayStation 4 sales by releasing in the same October week as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, so to discover that Platinum Games' single player brawler title – with a five hour game length – has achieved eighth place in Push Square's Game of the...

  • News PS4 Games Feel Festive Cheer in NA PlayStation Store Flash Sale

    Flash in the pan

    You didn't think that Europe was going to get a one up on you Americans, did you? SCEE's gigantic January sale may well be excellent, but SCEA's rolled out a pretty sizeable Flash Sale in North America, which is set to end on 28th December. It includes a slew of PlayStation 4 games, such as Batman: Arkham Knight, Mad Max, and...

  • Game of the Year 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...

  • Guide How to Check if the PSN's Offline This Christmas

    Down but not out

    Look, we hope as much as you do that the PlayStation Network makes it through Christmas intact, but we have to face facts – there's a strong chance of turbulence over the next few days. Sony's been really good this year at both keeping its servers online and ensuring that – when the worst happens – it responds quickly, so...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This... Christmas?

    O come all ye gamers

    'Twas the night before Christmas and all round Push Square, the team were playing Rocket League in abhorrent knitwear. Sammy was scoring goal after goal. "Stop," screamed Robert, "Or you'll be getting coal!" So we changed the game – TowerFall the choice. And we all played till Christmas in jovial voice. Sammy Barker, Editor:...

  • News January's PlayStation Plus Freebies Will Be Revealed Next Week

    Auld Lang Fine

    Nobody wants to head into the holidays with a cloud hanging over their heads, so Sony has smartly delayed January's big PlayStation Plus update announcement until next week – after all, these reveals rarely make people happy these days, do they? Writing on Twitter, PlayStation Blog punching bag Fred Dutton declared that the...

  • News Gigantic EU PS4, Vita January PlayStation Store Sale Will Empty Your Wallet

    Hope you've been saving

    Yeah, the 12 Deals of Christmas sucked, but SCEE has delivered at the very last minute. The platform holder's rolled out discounts on over 300 games on the European PlayStation Store today, with tons of PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita offers worthy of recommendation. Take, for instance, DriveClub, which can b

  • Game of the Year Sammy's Personal PlayStation Picks

    Praise the moon

    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 Sammy Barker, as new intellectual...

  • Game of the Year #10 - Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, PS3)

    You are my Destiny, you are my one and only

    Destiny: The Taken King is in many ways what Destiny should have been when it first came out. It's not hard to imagine Bungie getting buried under an avalanche of feedback, as every gamer and their dog had their say about what they thought was right and wrong about the game it had created. It's a...

  • Game of the Year Simon's Personal PlayStation Picks

    OMG!

    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 Simon Fitzgerald, where variety rules the...

  • News LittleBigPlanet 3 and More PS4 Games Go Cheap in US Holiday Sale

    'Tis the season for empty wallets

    You're no doubt reaching that point where you feel like decking Deck the Halls, but hang tight – Christmas is almost here, which means that it'll be over soon as well. The good news is that Sony has rolled out week three of its US PlayStation Network holiday sale, and it's bursting with bargains yet again...

  • Store Update 22nd December 2015 (North America)

    Worked up over fireworks

    One more for the road? G'wan, then. It's the last North American PlayStation Store update of the year, which means that… Well, Fantavision is the highlight. But hey, everyone likes fireworks around New Year time, and this PlayStation 2 launch title's got 'em in spades. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is also out...

  • Feature 10 PlayStation Games from 2015 to Get Lost in Over the Holidays

    Play in our world

    Ah, the holidays are finally here. Whether you're just beginning your Christmas break from education or you're enjoying some much needed time off work, the holidays tend to represent an important period for those invested in video games – a time when you can afford to sink deep into a hefty adventure and make some real...

  • Store Update 22nd December 2015 (Europe)

    The last noel

    "It's almost Christmas," we hear you scream. That don't mean that the European PlayStation Store's taking time off, though. The highlight this week is probably Fantavision – the PlayStation 2 launch title which is now available on the PlayStation 4. Also twinkling in the corner of our eye are Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star and...

  • UK Sales Charts Black Ops III Beats Battlefront to Christmas Number One

    A CoD Christmas

    Call of Duty: Black Ops III has breached the top of the UK sales charts, making it the sixth title in the series to secure the coveted Christmas number one spot. The shooter did come under heavy fire from Star Wars Battlefront, which saw a 20 per cent increase on the back of The Force Awakens fever, but it wasn't enough to topple...

  • Push Rewind Kojima Picks PlayStation, PS4's Report Card, and Sony's 2016

    One more time

    It's been a quiet week on the site as we prepare our Game of the Year coverage, but one big story did hit the headlines over the past seven days: Hideo Kojima has formed a new studio and is partnering with PlayStation to develop his first post-Konami title. This is the last edition of Push Rewind until 2016, but don't worry, because...

  • News Point Your Pickaxes at an Hour of Dragon Quest Builders PS4 Gameplay

    Bricks and mortar

    Square Enix must be rubbing its paws in anticipation of the release of Dragon Quest Builders in Japan next month, because Minecraft: PS Vita Edition's success in the nation has proven that there's a market for block busters in the East – the genre just needs a little old-school RPG brand power to take it to the next level...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 98

    Yes, we're late

    No, we will not miss a week. Sorry about the delayed article, y'all – your humble host had some holiday plans today, so we're well aware that this is hours later than it should be. But love is certainly not over, as this author has scaled to the top of the esoteric brick puzzle named life and delivered you your regularly scheduled...

  • News Show Some Integrity and Watch Star Ocean 5's New Trailer

    My God, it's full of stars

    The Japanese role-playing game revolution is real – and leaving this author flustered on a bizarrely busy Saturday morning. Jump Festa 2015 has delivered a new Star Ocean 5 trailer, but with editor Robert Ramsey enjoying his final few days off, it's down to this clueless scribe to tell you about it. Erm, cheesy pop...

  • News Attackers Threaten to Take PSN Offline Again This Christmas

    Bah humbug

    There'll be very little Christmas cheer for the unfortunate band of technicians tasked with keeping the PlayStation Network online this month, as attackers have threatened to bring Sony's service to its knees over the all-important holiday break. A group named Phantom Squad has already successfully unsettled Xbox Live this evening, and...

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    Review Yakuza 5

    Gangster's paradise

    Should the long awaited Yakuza 5 prove to be the PlayStation 3's swan song, there couldn't be a more fitting release. Like the last-gen system itself, the latest instalment in SEGA's seedy soap opera is occasionally convoluted and slow to get started, but it's deeply entertaining all the same. It may have taken series protagonist...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Gravity Rush Features as PS4 and Vita Enjoy Holiday Bump

    Mixed up world

    Nintendo enjoyed its usual seasonal boost in the latest Media Create report, with both the Wii U and 3DS dominating the Japanese hardware and software charts. Despite this, it was a good week for the PlayStation 4 and Vita, with both systems selling over 35,000 units apiece. Gravity Rush Remastered was the headline new release,...

  • Store Update 15th December 2015 (North America)

    Chop, chop

    PaRappa the Rapper 2 hits the North American PlayStation Store this week, ready to teach you to believe in your dreams. The popular PlayStation 2 title has been ported to the PlayStation 4 as part of Sony's new emulation initiative, which means that you can expect upgraded visuals and Trophy support. Towerfall Ascension also hits the Vita...

  • Store Update 15th December 2015 (Europe)

    Let 'er rip

    'Tis the season to play your backlog so there's not much new on the European PlayStation Store this week. The biggest arrivals include Assassin's Creed Syndicate's beefy Jack the Ripper add-on and PaRappa the Rapper 2, which is launching as a PlayStation 2 port on the PlayStation 4. There's also some free DriveClub content and a ton of...

  • News Destiny Launches Pricey Level Boosters for PS4, PS3

    Stump up £25 for Level 25

    Destiny's taken another boost jump towards its inevitable free-to-play future with the release of new level boosters on the PlayStation Store. These optional £24.99 fast-track packs for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 promise to upgrade your Guardian to Level 25, while also offering a subclass boost and some weapon...

  • News Tales of Berseria Spins An All-New Yarn in 2016 on PS4, PS3

    But only in Japan for now

    Before we get to the subject at hand, we have a tale of our own to share: office weeaboo Robert Ramsey has taken some time off, so forgive us if we don't grasp the anime intricacies of this Tales of Berseria trailer. The game, which is due out on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan next year, will see you assume...

  • News Eccentric PS3 Exclusive Noby Noby Boy Has Been Completed

    You go GIRL

    Six years removed from its original release, Keita Takahashi's oddball girth giving sim Noby Noby Boy has been completed. For those unfamiliar with the loopy release, it tasked you with stretching your body so that you may give your length to GIRL, a cosmic entity on a trip around the solar system. Having visited Pluto, Mercury, Venus,...

  • News Looks Like Star Wars 1313 May Happen After All

    Not being sarlacc-stic

    If you're a Star Wars fan, you probably remember the Star Wars 1313 trailer – largely because it was excellent. It promised a grittier, more action-adventure based Star Wars game, not unlike Uncharted, and many people were pretty excited for it, considering it explored Boba Fett's past, something that hadn't really been...

  • UK Sales Charts Call of Duty: Black Ops III Breaches the Top Spot

    Back in black

    Star Wars Battlefront, FIFA 16, and Fallout 4 may have fought valiantly – but Call of Duty: Black Ops III wasn't going to be down for long, was it? Activision's evergreen shooter has reclaimed its place atop the UK sales charts, with all of the above titles making up the Top Five alongside Minecraft: Story Mode. Just

  • Push Rewind Final Fantasy VII Insanity, Yakuza News, and November NPD

    11 more sleeps

    After the madness of PlayStation Experience last week, this author was looking forward to a much quieter shift, and fortunately that's exactly what he got. Still, Square Enix did temporarily attempt to upset the apple cart by revealing that its Final Fantasy VII Remake would be episodic – though not quite in the way that you...

  • News Yakuza: Kiwami Lands an Extreme Eight Minute Trailer

    Gangster's paradise

    It's been an amazing week for the underrated Yakuza series, with Yakuza 5 launching on the PlayStation 3, Yakuza Zero being announced for Western release, Yakuza 6 landing its first trailer… And now Yakuza: Kiwami, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 remake of Yakuza, scoring an eight minute story trailer. Are you keeping up?...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 97

    Deck the fools

    Apparently it's already 12th December, which means that many of you are probably just realising that you have Christmas gifts to buy and decorations to assemble. Gulp. There's still time to get all of that sorted, though, so we recommend shirking your responsibilities and sitting pretty with your PlayStation platform of choice...

  • News November 2015 NPD: PS4 Smashes Xbox One in Important Holiday Month

    Record breaking sales for Sony's box

    It looks like the PlayStation 4's narrow loss in October's NPD report was just a blip, as the system has responded with some record breaking sales in November. According to the Japanese giant, its box was preferred to the Xbox One during the busy Thanksgiving period in the United States, with speculation...

  • Store Update 8th December 2015 (North America)

    Late, late, late

    Alright, excuses time. So, the North American PlayStation Store update was not only posted late this week, but it also happened to go live the same time this author booted up Yakuza 5 – and if you'd been waiting, like, three years to play the brawler, then you'd skip on the already delayed software selection, too. Better late than...

  • Hands On Destiny's Sparrow Racing Is Fun for About an Hour

    The Bungie jump effect

    When Sparrow racing was announced at Sony's PlayStation Experience 2015 press conference, we won't deny that we were hyped. Ever since climbing aboard our Sparrow for the first time in Destiny, we've always wished for some sort of racing system – if only to see how it would work out. As it happens, the Sparrow Racing...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Jump as the Holidays Draw Near

    Let it snow

    The PlayStation 4 saw a relatively strong sales surge last week in Japan, as numbers jumped from 26,598 to 35,782. An increase of around 10,000 units, it's no doubt a welcome sight for Sony as we approach the holidays. It's worth mentioning that the Vita also enjoyed a sales boost, racking up a respectable figure of 21,860. Meanwhile,...

  • Video Top 4 PlayStation Games - November 2015

    S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stuff

    Sure, the Commonwealth may be laden with Super Mutants and all other sorts of (game breaking) bugs – but this Video Editor happened upon a terminal loaded with Final Cut Pro in a kindly Boston bunker, so it looks like you're getting a Game of the Month clip after all. Top hole, viewers!

  • News Destiny Patch 2.1.0 Is Jetting onto PS4 Right Now

    Zip zip zoom

    Guardians rejoice: the day has finally arrived. Destiny's latest patch buffs auto rifles (again), pulse rifles are getting nerfed, and Titan Sunbreaker subclass is being slapped down to Earth - or what's left of it, we suppose. Of course, it's not just about balance changes. Announced at Sony's PlayStation Experience 2015 press...

  • Store Update 8th December 2015 (Europe)

    A surprisingly big one

    Lots to see and do on the European PlayStation Store this week, as Sony beats the winter blues with some big new releases. Headlining the digital plaza this week are Final Fantasy VII and Fat Princess Adventures – both released during PlayStation Experience 2015 – but they've been accompanied by the likes of Yakuza 5 (!

  • News You Can Probably Expect Some Tales of Berseria News Next Week

    There are tales to tell

    It's been a while since we heard anything substantial about Tales of Berseria, the latest Tales Of game that's currently in development for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. However, that's probably set to change by this time next week, as a special 20th anniversary Japanese livestream is planned. The stream will commence...

  • News Destiny's Sparrow Racing League Hits Full Speed Today

    Blast off

    Destiny's so-called winter event, the Sparrow Racing League - or SRL - engages its thrusters today as Guardians who own The Taken King are given the opportunity to take part in WipEout-esque races. According to Bungie, crossing the finish line allows you to rack up rewards such as new Sparrows, equipment, and shaders. As long as the...

  • UK Sales Charts Just Cause 3 Blows a Hole in the Top Five

    Marvellous Medici

    Just Cause 3 tethered a landmine to fourth position in this week's UK sales charts – and pulled them both together. Avalanche Studios' open world adventure appears to have got off to a flying start, but it couldn't topple FIFA 16, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, or Star Wars Battlefront – all three of which remained glued to the...

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