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January2016

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    Review Hardware: Rivals

    Sweet goof

    Hardware: Rivals shares few similarities with Rocket League, but somewhere in the build-up to its uneventful release, someone deemed it unlawful to mention Sony's unneeded car combat reboot without tacking a reference to Psyonix's soccer smash on the bumper. That opening sentence is Exhibit A. The resemblances that it does share are...

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    Review Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 4: A Block and A Hard Place

    A fitting end, but not really

    Telltale's fourth Minecraft release over the course of just a few months continues the breakneck launch schedule that the developer has suddenly become fond of. We've been weary of this rapid schedule from day one because it's in such stark contrast to their normally overly long, drawn out release time frame - and this...

  • Feature 10 Under the Radar PS4 Games to Look Out for in 2016

    Sticking up for the little guy

    Last year, we previewed 25 games that would make 2016 an excellent one for the PlayStation 4, including huge blockbusters like Final Fantasy XV, Mass Effect Andromeda, and The Last Guardian as well as a couple of smaller titles such as Firewatch and The Witness. While it gives a great picture of ju

  • News Capcom Hasn't Ruled Out a Sequel to Dragon's Dogma

    Stoking the flames

    Dragon's Dogma is an often overlooked open world role-playing release from Capcom, which released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2012. While the game wasn't perfect, it's safe to say that we absolutely loved it, and we've stated on numerous occasions that we'd love to see some sort of remaster on PlayStation 4, as well as the...

  • News PS4 Exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn Doesn't Place Importance on Map Size

    The open world dilemma

    Upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn is building up to be an ambitious undertaking for first-party studio Guerrilla Games. Supposedly a sort of action role-playing game hybrid that's set in a big open world, many interested onlookers have no doubt been pondering upon the size and scope of the release, and...

  • News Many More PS4 Games Go Cheap in European Sale

    'Tis the season for savings

    Is your wallet still recovering from the Christmas period? Well, dust it off one more time and get ready for yet another round of January discounts, as Sony has plunged the prices on a several more PlayStation Store titles for the PlayStation 4. The list, kindly compiled by Videogamer, includes titles like Alien...

  • News You Can Try Gorgeous RPG Odin Sphere on PS4 Tomorrow

    Japanese demo is out on the 8th

    If you're eager to get an early look at upcoming action role-playing game remake Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, then you may be happy to know that a demo for the release will be available tomorrow on the Japanese PlayStation Store. Naturally, those of you who have a Japanese PSN account will be able to nab it. The...

  • News Flirtatious PlayStation VR Title Strutting Overseas

    Here comes the sun

    Summer Lesson, the cheerful virtual reality flirt-'em-up from the Tekken team, may yet wink at Western audiences, as publisher Bandai Namco has trademarked the title in Europe. The game, which sees you attempting to teach a college student while she twizzles her hair, has been one of the few PlayStation VR titles to draw any real...

  • 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 Sony: There Are 100 PlayStation VR Games in Development

    But will they be any good?

    The year of virtual reality is already starting to ramp up, and it's a top source of discussion for Sony gaffer Kaz Hirai at CES 2016 this week. But while there's some positivity about the possibilities for the peripheral, some are sceptical that it won't get the kind of support that it needs to succeed. The former...

  • 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...

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    Review Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

    Third time's not a charm

    To start on a personal anecdote, this particular editor had the pleasure of playing Trine 2: Complete Story for his first review at Push Square two years ago, and much to our surprise, we were delighted that it was a magical indie title that boasted some of the greatest visuals we'd seen with phenomenal puzzles and...

  • Reaction Oculus Rift's $599 Price Is Positive News for PlayStation VR

    Five hundred and ninety-nine US dollars

    We suspect that there may be a few smiles at Sony HQ today as the game of chicken regarding virtual reality pricing has finally come to an abrupt end. It's felt for a while like each of the major VR manufacturers have been waiting for each other to make the first move, and Oculus has faced the unenviable...

  • News Your Character Can Now Look Like the Bloke From the Trailers in The Elder Scrolls Online

    You'll have to bring your own beard, though

    The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is offering up several new costumes in its premium Crown Store - but one in particular has caught our eye: the so-called Nord Hero Armor. Instead of running around looking like a relatively generic adventurer, you can now don the attire of that mighty Nord...

  • News You're Getting a New Yu-Gi-Oh! Game on PS4 Later This Year

    By the Blue Eyes

    Who's up for some more Yu-Gi-Oh!, then? Konami's announced that a new duel monsters based video game will be launching worldwide near the end of 2016, but there aren't really any concrete details to go on just yet. The working title for the PlayStation 4 release is Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Game, which obviously suggests that it'll have a...

  • 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...

  • Game of the Year The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Was Your Fave 2015 Title

    Reader's tryst

    At the tail end of the Christmas holidays, we asked you to vote on your favourite PlayStation game of 2015 – then your humble host went to the dentist, had his gob eviscerated, and… Well, forgot. But fortunately we've been reminded by one outspoken The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt fan to inform you that CD Pr

  • News Don't Expect Any More Street Fighters in Tekken 7

    That'd be Tekken the p*ss

    In case you haven't heard, Akuma is going to be in Tekken 7. The intimidating Street Fighter character certainly looks the part in his reveal trailer, but does his inclusion mean that we might see other cameos in Namco's upcoming brawler? Apparently not, according to senior game designer Michael Murray. In an interview...

  • News Mass Effect: Andromeda Is in a Playable Form Right Now

    Still on target for late 2016

    We'll be the first to admit that this isn't a huge slice of news - especially when it originates from a series of BioWare employee tweets - but it would appear that Mass Effect: Andromeda is now playable, at least to some degree. In other words, the game's development cycle is supposedly going smoothly. "Just...

  • News Naruto Storm 4's Latest Gameplay Trailer Makes Way for a New Generation

    Kids these days

    The introduction of new generations and the responsibility of passing knowledge down to them has always been a key theme of Naruto, and we suppose that's what Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's latest trailer is all about. The video's only a short one, but we get to see newcomers Boruto and Sarada in action as they beat...

  • News PlayStation VR Skips Sony's CES 2016 Press Conference

    Hide and Seek

    We didn't really expect to see much of the PlayStation VR, did we? There were still some lingering hopes at Push Square Towers that the Japanese giant would finally set a release date and price point for the next-gen headwear, but alas, nothing was said on the matter and we're left dabbing some manly tears from our not-yet-PSVR-ed...

  • Live Watch Sony's CES 2016 Press Conference Right Here

    Consumer electronics! Yay?

    We heard that you like smartphones and 4K televisions, so we're bringing you Sony's CES 2016 press conference out of bitter obligation. The show's set to kick off at 17:00PM PST and is seriously unlikely to include anything PlayStation related, but we've got to stay up late just to make sure. CEO Kaz Hirai better at least...

  • Feature 20 Japanese PS4 Games to Watch in 2016

    Beasts from the East

    At this point in the PlayStation 3's life, many disgruntled gamers would have told you that Japan's software outlook was bleak. Sony's homeland was struggling to adapt to the new high definition era, with developers seemingly unable to get a firm grip on working with fresh hardware. It was a tough time to be a fan of Japanese...

  • Guide What Time Does Sony's CES 2016 Press Conference Start?

    Hirai we go

    Consumer electronics! You like phones, televisions, and those dumb gizmos that regularly put Sony in the red, right? Boy, do we have a treat for you, then – as the Japanese giant will be holding its annual CES 2016 press conference in Las Vegas this evening. While this event is usually reserved for the Japanese giant's other...

  • 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 Crikey! PS4's Install Base Reaches 35.9 Million Units

    Ain't no stopping this train

    Holy best seller, Batman – the PlayStation 4 has now sold 35.9 million units worldwide. The number, as reported in a Sony press release, represents the amount of consoles sold through to consumers as of 3rd January – and so it doesn't include those devices sitting in a Wal-Mart warehouse or in transit. The figure's...

  • News Watch a Hacked PS4 Playing Pokémon: PlayStation Version

    Gotta hack 'em all

    Sigh. The Push Square office has been a hotbed of communication over the past 24 hours as we consider whether to cover this PlayStation 4 hack or not. Ultimately, it sounds like console cracking crew Fail0verflow are not planning anything nefarious, so we'll give it a teensy bit of attention – if only because the footage of...

  • 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 Sony Trademarks New Title Named Days Gone

    But what could it be?

    Could Days Gone be Sony Bend's rumoured open world horror game at last? It's not impossible. The platform holder has filed a trademark for a new title using the abovementioned name, and it's definitely got a survival vibe to it, hasn't it? Of course, it could theoretically be anything – from a Santa Monica incubated...

  • Rumour Assassin's Creed Sequel Set in Egypt and Skipping 2016

    Watch Dogs 2 may fill its place this Christmas

    Good news: Ubisoft's not going to run the Assassin's Creed franchise into the ground, with Kotaku sources stating that the next entry in the series will not release until 2017. Bad news: you're probably going to get a Watch Dogs sequel in place of the stealth series' – pulls out calculator – tenth...

  • Feature 12 PS4 Games We'd Love to See Announced in 2016

    Hype merchants

    2016 is shaping up to be a major year for the PlayStation 4, and while we can't wait to get our grubby mitts on many of the system's upcoming titles, we thought that we'd take this opportunity to think about potential games that haven't been officially announced yet. As such, we've come up with a list of 12 titles that we'd love to...

  • 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 Final Fantasy XV Is 'Not Going to Be a Love Story'

    Stop the sop

    Mainline Final Fantasy games have always been emotionally charged - even if they're a little heavy handed at times - and Final Fantasy XV will likely be no different. However, speaking with Examiner, ever-talkative director Hajime Tabata has stated that the upcoming role-playing release is "not going to be a love story". "That's not...

  • News Key BioWare Developer Leaves Mass Effect: Andromeda

    Making sense of the stars

    Chris Wynn, otherwise known as Mass Effect: Andromeda's senior development director, has ended his career at BioWare. Wynn was originally taken on by the developer in 2013 to help with the upcoming sci-fi project. So, what does this mean for the highly anticipated role-playing release? Thankfully, according to the...

  • News Remember to Give Media Molecule Ten Birthday Bashings

    British dev turns ten-years-old

    Sony's experimental outfit Media Molecule is celebrating its tenth anniversary today – which must be a significant landmark when your cut your teeth on out-there titles like Dreams. The studio's first slam dunk was LittleBigPlanet, of course, which won a slew of awards following its release in 2008 – and spawned...

  • News 2016 Is the Year of VR, Says Sony London Producer

    Sink or swim

    With PlayStation VR still set to release at some point during the first half of this year, it's safe to assume that Sony's currently gearing up for a big marketing push in the near future. It's still unclear whether or not the PS4 headset will actually be a hit with consumers - as is the case with virtual reality in general - but that...

  • 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...

  • News Infinity Ward Sounds Excited for Its Turn with Call of Duty in 2016

    Duty calls

    Phwoar, there's nothing like a vague tweet to get you hyped for an upcoming release. This time around, veteran Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward is hitting the hype train, writing that 2016 "is going to be incredible". For those out of the loop, this year should mark Infinity Ward's turn with Activision's mega franchise. The series...

  • News Dynasty Warriors 9 Will Probably Be Announced This Year

    Here we go again

    Dynasty Warriors 8, the last main Dynasty Warriors title, released back in 2013, but even though its core has been expanded upon with the likes of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Compete Edition on PlayStation 4 and Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, we honestly thought that we'd see an official reveal for the inevitable Dynasty...

  • Soapbox Fallout 4's Biggest Improvement Is Stealth

    Michael acknowledges the Commonwealth’s underappreciated undercover

    Note: There are minor Fallout 4 story spoilers in this article. Fallout 4 does a lot of things wrong. The dialogue system is a mess, the perk tree feels dumbed down, and the lack of choices throughout the game is disheartening. You've probably heard those complaints a thousand...

  • 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...

  • Feature 25 Games That Will Make PS4's 2016 Insane

    The big one

    Republished on Saturday, 2nd January 2016: 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, 16th November 2015: We're at the tail end of the crazy Christmas releases period now, and inevitably our attention is...

  • 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...

  • News Star Wars Games May Have Made Too Much Money in 2015

    Analyst predicts Battlefront raked in $660 million

    The launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was certainly a big deal, with the film's opening weekend income totalling almost $250 million worldwide, smashing many box office sales records in the process. And, according to a Fortune interview with multiple financial analysts, the many Star Wars...

  • 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...

  • Reaction Sony Delivers the Greatest E3 Press Conference of All Time

    Seriously

    Republished on Friday, 1st January 2016: 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 Tuesday, 16th June 2015: Push Square Towers is in a state of shock. Uneasiness quickly dissolved into ecstasy, as Sony dropped bomb...

  • News Final Fantasy XV Will Release in 2016, Square Enix Confirms

    Finally

    A demo, over 100 articles, and a decade later, Final Fantasy XV will finally release in 2016. Square Enix has posted a New Year blog from director Hajime Tabata which confirms the news, stating that the development team's now moving into the final phase of production, where it will focus all of its "effort and willpower" into completing...

  • 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 #1 - Bloodborne (PS4)

    Blood on the moon

    Bloodborne reeks of brutal brilliance. From Software's violent eviscerate-'em-up pegs you as a personality-less predator, as you stomp the Gothic cobbles of Yharnam in search of monstrous prey to mutilate. A spiritual successor to the Souls series, Hidetaka Miyazaki's vulgar PlayStation 4 exclusive adopts a more aggressive angle...

  • 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...

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