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  • Video We Unboxed a Brand New PocketStation

    Because why not?

    With our attempts at creating meaningful YouTube content either drawing indifference or ire, we figured that we'd do something really dumb today – like, unbox a brand new Sony PocketStation dumb. Your humble host snagged this on eBay a few years ago, and it's been sitting in its packet ever since. Why? Because… Well, that...

  • Talking Point Is It Time for PSone Classics on PS4?

    Old-school

    This week saw the release of two PlayStation 2 titles on the PlayStation 4: The Warriors and Metal Slug Anthology. The two articles that we wrote confirming these releases went on to become among the most viewed on the website over the past seven days, proving that there's pent-up demand for these retro re-releases. But isn't it time...

  • 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...

June2016

  • 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...

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    Review Resident Evil: Director's Cut

    Jill sandwich, please, petrified with mixed herbs

    Republished on Tuesday, 22nd March 2016: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate Resident Evil's 20th anniversary. The original text follows. Originally published on Thursday, 31st October 2013: Spencer Mansion, set deep in Raccoon Forest, looming loftily in the Arklay...

February2016

  • News Watch Five Seconds of Every PSone Game Released in the US

    Are you sitting comfortably?

    How's this for a trip down memory lane? To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of PlayStation – a celebration that we must stress seems to be lasting a decade – Game Rave TV has compiled five seconds of footage from every PSone game released at US retail. It's a gigantic hunk of a video weighing in at over two hours, so...

  • Site News Our Forum Wants to Find Your Favourite Ever PlayStation Game

    Time to vote

    Organisational idol themcnoisy is back with another awesome forum contest, with the objective this time to determine the greatest PlayStation game of all time. There'll be a slew of rounds, contests, and battles before the ultimate winner is crowned, with the prologue stage well underway as we write. You've got until 29th February to...

January2016

  • News Let's Remember the Iconic PSone Start Screen Together

    Sony Computer Entertainment presents

    Much like Polygon Man at an E3 event eons ago, Sony Computer Entertainment is being taken out into the parking lot and shot. The Japanese giant announced today that it will be merging the iconic organisation with Sony Network Entertainment to create a new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment. It'

  • News Konami's Going to Love This Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake

    Snake! Snake! Snaaake!

    Konami loves nothing more than a consultation with its legal team, and we suspect that the nefarious publisher will be huddled around a boardroom table right now pondering how it can shut down Shadow Moses, a fan remake of the original Metal Gear Solid game. The hobbyist upgrade's being helmed by Airam Hernandez in Unreal...

November2015

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    Review Pandemonium!

    A pair of 2.5Determined magical hoppers

    How could a developer solve a problem like a desire to build a side-scrolling platformer in a 1996 3D graphics obsessed world? The answer was to find a middle ground, which we affectionately refer to as 2.5D today. Published by Crystal Dynamics and created by Toys for Bob in Novato, California close to the...

October2015

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    Review GEX

    GEX-sticulates yelling '90s pop culture quips

    A game can be an interesting representation of its generation without being beautiful, timeless, and artistically ageless. Released on the EU's PSone in April 1996, GEX was loud, brash, and in-your-face, but so were films like Point Break and ska-punk bands such as Assorted Jelly Beans during the 1990s...

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    Review Spyro the Dragon

    Don't Gnorc it

    While Insomniac Games has become one of PlayStation's most recognised developers, it cut its teeth with the little known PSone first-person shooter Disruptor, which launched in 1996. It was a DOOM clone among many others that populated the gaming landscape at the time, but there were aspects to it that made it stand out among the...

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    Review Mickey's Wild Adventure

    Traveller's tenaciously timeless theatrical tales

    Every gaming generation has a few genre styles that are dominant, and in the early 1990s scrolling shmups, brawlers, and cutesy mascot platformers were the most prevalent titles on a game shop's shelves. Julian 'Jaz' Rignall was prophetic in his editorial for the February 1991 issue five of Mean...

September2015

  • Soapbox From Pretender to Major Player - Remembering PlayStation's Rise from the Frontlines

    Former CVG editor Paul Davies shares his memories of Sony's 32-bit legend

    As we all know, the PlayStation is 20 years old this week – at least in Europe. Rather than make this a study in retrospect of what truly happened from that glorious month of September 1995 onwards, I've been asked to plunder my own brain for thoughts on the impact made by...

  • Soapbox PSone Has Just as Much to Offer Today as It Did 20 Years Ago

    Stephen Tailby thinks Sony's first system has stood the test of time

    The name PlayStation is now synonymous with video games, with a legacy extending back to the mid-90s. At that time, Sony introduced us to a polygonal playground where, finally, 3D games could be fully realised. Ever since, PlayStation has remained at the cutting edge of console...

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    Review WipEout

    FEISARis, not Surfaris

    Republished on Tuesday, 29th September 2015: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary in Europe today. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 12th October 2013: When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release,...

  • Feature The 10 Best Worst PSone Covers

    The bad, the ugly, and the beautifully bad

    Box art today is not usually all that interesting. You go to the shop to pick up your copy of Call of Battlefield: War with Guns and the cover art is usually a grizzled white guy walking away from the camera, surrounded with brown and more brown – well, unless you're Battlefield, which uses nothing but...

  • News You Owe It to Yourself to Spin This Free WipEout Record Today

    Groove jet

    As any of you that have had a cursory glance at the Push Square homepage will know: today is PlayStation's big 20th anniversary in Europe. Of course, this means that it's also WipEout's birthday, as the first entry in Psygnosis' high-octane series deployed alongside the PSone all the way back on 29th September, 1995. And what better way...

  • News Sony Really Needs to Stop Teasing Crash Bandicoot's Return

    You can't have your cake and eat it

    Look at that cake. Just look at the bloody thing. Celebrating PlayStation's 20th anniversary in Europe, Sony's had the delightful desert whipped up in celebration - but did it really have to sit Crash Bandicoot on top of the edible consoles? PlayStation's original orange mascot is now owned by Activision, but...

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    Review Rayman

    Ray-manifestation of UbiArt

    Even twenty years ago, any love felt towards PSone Rayman's luscious art style could quickly turn into hate due to its spikily relentless difficulty barrier, but a cathartic sense of satisfaction could also be found by perseverant gamers who endured to conquer all eighteen of its levels. As a December 1995 EU launch...

  • News A Very Happy 20th Birthday to PlayStation

    Birthday bashings

    Pull out your party poppers, put on a paper hat, and pick out your best retro game tee – the PSone turns 20 today. Yes, we know that your attention just turned to a certain The Smiths song, but we're confident that this neverending anniversary is finally coming to a close. All the way back on 29th September, 1995, the original...

  • Feature The Making of the Sony PlayStation

    Investigating the birth of a legend

    Republished on Tuesday, 29th September 2015: We're bringing this article back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary in Europe today. The original text follows. Originally published on Thursday, 9th August 2012: It's almost impossible to conceive it now but prior to the 32-bit...

  • News PlayStation Dominates EDGE's Greatest Ever Games

    Cream of the crop

    World regarded rag EDGE has compiled a list of the 100 greatest ever video games – and PlayStation has secured four of the top five slots. Dark Souls topped the list, with Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, and Half-Life 2 rounding out the top five. Sony must be rubbings its hands over that lineup – especially...

July2015

  • Weirdness There's a PSone on the Way to Pluto

    Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation

    If you thought that your yellowing PSone was good for late-night sessions of Crash Bandicoot only, then you may want to have a rethink. NASA engineers repurposed the system's MIPS R3000 CPU back in 2006, using it to control a grand piano-sized space probe which is on its way to Pluto. According to The...

  • News The Still Brilliant Final Fantasy IX Released 15 Years Ago Today

    Want to feel old?

    Final Fantasy IX hit the PSone 15 years ago today in Japan, on the 7th July 2000. Regarded by many as one of the best Final Fantasy titles ever crafted, it's still remembered and enjoyed today thanks to its great art direction, refined gameplay, and engaging story. Oh, and let's not forget that absolute masterpiece of a...

May2015

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    Review Gundam: Battle Assault 2

    Gundam fight!

    Not many Japanese developed games are released only in the West, but this was the case with Gundam: Battle Assault 2 – at least before it was re-released as two separate budget titles in its homeland. Much like its predecessor, Gundam: Battle Assault, the follow-up was launched in an attempt to capitalise on the franchise's overseas...

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    Review Gundam: Battle Assault

    You need more practice

    If you were into Mobile Suit Gundam Wing back when it aired in the 1990s, then you may have heard of or even played Gundam: Battle Assault on the PSone. In an attempt to capitalise on the aforementioned anime's popularity, publisher Bandai decided to localise the 2D fighter, which was called Gundam: The Battle Master 2 in its...

  • Talking Point What One Game Do You Always Come Back To?

    The one and only

    Addiction is a strong word, but that's how many would describe their need to play one single game time and time again. A title that you've never really been able to put down, something that your mind always wanders back to, whether it's because you're bored and unsure of what to play, or because you simply enjoy it so much. It may...

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December2014

  • News Find Out How Naughty Dog Conquered PlayStation in Anniversary Documentary

    Time traveller

    If you've got a spare hour this Christmas, then make sure that you watch this documentary on Naughty Dog. Originally shown at the company's 30th Anniversary event, the developer has uploaded the fascinating video to YouTube just in time for the holidays, and it's an absolute must-watch for PlayStation fans – or anyone interested...

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    Review MediEvil

    Dan, Dan, you’re decomposing, man

    Republished on Thursday, 4th December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 19th October 2013: It can be a tough life being a PSone retro game. After all, you were fresh and...

  • News PlayStation Executive Shuhei Yoshida Sure Is Proud of His Own Work

    Reveals his top three PSone titles

    Confidence is everything in life. Many possess the skills to succeed, but few have the execution to follow through. It’s unsurprising, then, that Shuhei Yoshida – the president of Sony’s colossal Worldwide Studios network, and subsequently one of the most important people in gaming – is particularly proud...

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    Review Tomba!

    The pig-eating caveboy gets a second chance

    Republished on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Monday, 12th November 2012: While many retro enthusiasts will grumble endlessly about how digital...

  • Talking Point What's Your Favourite PSone Game?

    20 years of play

    There are the guts of Party Poppers on the floor, and Twisted Metal has taken over the office television; many happy returns PlayStation, we’ll be sure to have a drink (or six) in your honour this evening. With the PSone turning 20 today – prompting some extraordinary celebratory announcements

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    Review Final Fantasy IX

    I want to be your canary

    As far as Final Fantasy games go, Final Fantasy IX is one of the most cohesive, charming entries in Square Enix's beloved series. It marked the franchise's last showing on the PSone, and although Final Fantasy VII is always brought to the forefront of conversation whenever Japanese RPGs are mentioned, it's definitely...

  • Who Would Win Wednesdays PSone Anniversary Special

    The fight that time forgot

    Just when you thought that Who Would Win Wednesdays was done and dusted, we've brought it back to help celebrate the PSone's 20th anniversary. Sony's first console was home to many a mascot, but picking today's combatants was fairly easy. It's a match-up that we've always wanted to see, and a rivalry that broke hearts by...

  • News Sony Cashes in on PlayStation Nostalgia with EU Anniversary Sale

    Classics get cut prices

    PlayStation turns 20 today, meaning that while it’s not old enough to legally drink in most American states, it’s deserving of a darn good birthday bash. We’ve been doing our best to commemorate the launch of Sony’s first system all day, but if reading isn’t getting you in the party mood, why not play one of a...

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    Review Crash Bandicoot

    Marsupial madness

    At one time, Crash Bandicoot was the face of the PlayStation brand, but through licensing headaches and the creation of other characters, the spunky star hasn’t quite gone on to fill the role of Nintendo’s Mario or Microsoft’s Master Chief. However, the hero’s titular game remains a signature PlayStation classic that served...

  • Feature The Birth of a Legend - 20 Years of PlayStation

    Two decades ago Sony launched the PlayStation in Japan. Here's the story

    Hell hath no fury like a Japanese tech giant scorned – as the saying doesn't go – but when Nintendo left Sony at the altar following a passionate yet brief engagement which almost saw the two joining forces to create an all-in-one SNES CD-ROM system, few would have...

  • News Miss the Original PSone Startup? Get It on PS4, PS3, and Vita Now

    We need a moment

    It's all about the good old days at Push Square today, and thanks to Sony's free present, we can all drown in a little bit of nostalgia of our own. Available on the PlayStation Network right now are three brand new themes for your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita, featuring a classic PSone grey colour scheme and the original...

  • News This 20th Anniversary Limited Edition PS4 Will Make Your Jaw Drop

    Get in quick

    If you've not been paying attention, this week marked the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation brand. Obviously, we've been celebrating here on Push Square, but it seems that Sony wasn't about to let the milestone go by without a bombshell. Indeed, the Japanese giant today announced a very special new PlayStation 4 console. Dub

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    Review Driver

    Reflections in your rear-view mirror

    Before Driver rolled onto the PSone in 1999, developer Reflections Interactive had already delivered two enjoyable driving experiences, in the form of the Destruction Derby games on Sony’s first console. With a physics engine that delivered a fun drive, and destructible vehicles that had debris flying off their...

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    Review Metal Gear Solid

    Liquid gold

    You’ve just infiltrated a highly secure enemy base using only your cunning and the scant equipment that you happened to find on your way. After rendezvousing with your hostage, you’re showered with a stirring speech on the importance of global nuclear disarmament, as well as the horrific impact of an increasingly militarised world...

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    Review Jumping Flash!

    Buy it, don't Robbit

    Republished on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 5th October 2013: The 16-bit console wars were merciless. During the early concept stage of the PlayStation console,...

  • Talking Point What's Your Favourite PlayStation Startup Sequence?

    Setting the scene

    Republished on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014: We're bringing this article back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original feature follows. Originally published on Friday, 12th April 2013: While it’s difficult to topple the trembling sense of anticipation that comes when you greedily...

  • Feature The Third Place - A Brief History of PlayStation Hardware Marketing

    Live in your world, play in ours

    Republished on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014: We're bringing this article back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original feature follows. Originally published on Saturday, 26th October 2013: With the PlayStation 4 now mere weeks away from release, Sony is starting to oil...

November2014

  • News Watch PlayStation's Iconic Controller Evolve in Front of Your Eyes

    The whole world in your hands

    There’s absolutely eff all going on today, so we’re going to pad out our article quota with an animated GIF. To be fair, this addictive image loop is fascinating, as it shows the often subtle evolution of the PlayStation’s iconic controller, from its original grayscale guise on the PSone all the way through to...

  • Weirdness What if You Could Play PSone Games on Your Watch?

    Watch this

    Back in the day, video game watches were all the rage. This author has a Double Dragon timepiece kicking about which includes a pretty terrible LCD replica of Taito’s beat-‘em-up – but things have gotten a little more sophisticated since then. With smart watches a current curiosity, it was only a matter of time before someone got an...

  • News Sony Looking into PaRappa the Rapper Release on PSN

    You gotta believe

    Vib Ribbon’s recent release on the PlayStation Network has proven that new SCEA boss Shawn Layden has his heart in the right place. While he may not yet have a commanding stage presence like his predecessor Jack Tretton, the suit certainly knows PlayStation through and through, having previously worked with the firm in both...

  • News Celebrate 20 Years of PlayStation with This Punchy Anniversary Trailer

    Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation

    It’s been a disappointing sort of day, with copious bugs and glitches getting in the way of what we all love the most – playing games. While we’ve been on a bit of a downer this afternoon, though, this trailer has lifted our spirits no end. The clip – designed to celebrate PlayStation’s...

  • Weirdness What if Publishers Were Forced to Use ClipArt for Game Covers?

    It'd truly be a wonderful world

    If you’re anything like this editor, you’ll have fond memories of ClipArt. Decorating school reports with dodgy pictures was a real highlight of this writer’s formative years, and we suspect that it was the same for many of you. Still, now that we’re older and wiser, the Microsoft Office accessory has kind of...

October2014

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  • News This Woman Likes Silent Hill Way More Than You Do

    No argument here

    This particular author may be penning this article while proudly wearing a Pyramid Head t-shirt – we kid you not – but we’ll happily concede that there are much bigger Silent Hill fans in the world. One such person is Whitney Chavis, who’s just won the Guinness World Record for the biggest – and probably only – Silent...

  • Weirdness You're Going to Want This Nifty PSone Bag

    Geek chic

    Want a tip regarding the inner workings of the Push Square hive mind? If we start trotting out clothes or accessories, then you can guarantee that it’s a slow news day. Yes, we’ve had the Minecraft acquisition which is a big deal, but this author’s spent the day trying to work it all out. The two scrapped articles and several hours...

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  • Store Update 3rd June 2014 (North America)

    Murder on the dancefloor

    If you still think that the PlayStation 4 is suffering from a drought, then we’re not entirely sure what planet you’re living on anymore. This week’s North American PlayStation Store update features five new games, including the intriguing Murdered: Soul Suspect and PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate. Moreover, you’ll now be...

May2014

  • Store Update 20th May 2014 (North America)

    The new order

    It’s a scorching week on the North American PlayStation Store, with more new releases than you can shake a stick at. Highlights obviously include Transistor and Wolfenstein: The New Order, but Sparkle 2, Drakengard 3, and a slew of new PSone imports are vying for your attention, too. What are you buying? PS4 Pre-Orders:

  • News Flash the Cash! Sony Discounts Hundreds of PS4, PS3, and Vita Games in Europe

    Don't get too excited about the next-gen selection, though

    At this point, we think that it’s probably safe to say that Sony understands the value of a good old fashioned PlayStation Network sale. Realising that it has a bunch of binary code gathering dust on a server somewhere, the platform holder has now opted to hold regular discounts on a...

April2014

  • Who Would Win Wednesdays Raiden vs. Sephiroth

    Round 12

    Greetings loyal Push Square readers, and welcome to yet another Who Would Win Wednesdays. In a rather brutal twist of fate, this bumbling associate editor completely forgot about this week's contest, but luckily, we've had a brawl waiting in the wings for just such an occasion – and what a battle it is. Of course, we can't forget about...

  • Talking Point What Are Your Favourite PlayStation Easter Eggs?

    Sunny side up

    We all know that Easter eggs are at their absolute best when they’re big, brown, and made out of chocolate. However, just because you can’t beat a sugary oval filled with Cadbury’s finest fondant, doesn’t mean that the tasty treats stashed inside video games aren’t also entertaining. We took a look back at 12 of the very...

  • Store Update 15th April 2014 (North America)

    Trials and error

    If you’ve been itching for something new to play on your PlayStation 4, then there’s a little something for everyone available in the latest North American PlayStation Store update. In addition to Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn, early adopters can also look forward to motorcycle sim Trials Fusion and visual powerhouses...

March2014

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  • Store Update 25th February 2014 (North America)

    Steal yourself

    We’re going to assume that it’s not easy to rob the North American PlayStation Store, but if it was, you’d easily be able to fill a swag bag full of digital goods. In addition to PlayStation 4 sneak-‘em-up Thief, this week’s update brings Bomberman-esque multiplayer title Basement Crawl, arcade compilation Pac-Man Museum,...

  • Store Update 18th February 2014 (North America)

    Hiryu go

    Double Helix’s anticipated Strider reboot headlines another swell North American PlayStation Store update this week, which also plays host to a standalone version of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’s recent Freedom Cry expansion and silly shooter Earth Defense Force 2025. Other arrivals include Gunslugs on the PlayStation Vita and

  • News Tomba! 2 Takes a Bite Out of the PlayStation Network This Week

    There's a catch, though

    Retro specialist MonkeyPaw is wrapping up its six week window of PSone Classics on the North American PlayStation Store with an oft requested corker: Tomba! 2. However, the title – which is already available in Europe – will be based upon the Japanese release, meaning that you’ll need to refer to a walkthrough on the...

  • Talking Point Who's the Cutest Couple on PlayStation?

    Love at first sight

    Roses are red, violets are blue, and believe it or not, there’s a PlayStation couple out there for you. While you deal with the consequences of buying your significant other the wrong box of chocolates, we figured that you may appreciate a spot of escapism. And what better way to celebrate the current commercially exaggerated...

  • Store Update 11th February 2014 (North America)

    Lightning strikes

    It’s another big week for the North American PlayStation Store, with JRPG threequel Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII leading the charge on the PlayStation 3. It’s been accompanied by a bunch of noteworthy PlayStation Vita titles, including Toukiden: The Age of Demons, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and Llamasoft’s...

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