PlayStation Portable News

August2017

  • Poll Is Persona 5 the Best Persona Game?

    Now it's personal

    Now that Persona 5 has been out for a good few months, we thought it was about time to ask the ultimate question: is it the best Persona game? Atlus' latest entry in the role-playing series was met with universal critical acclaim and it's safe to say that gamers went absolutely nuts for it. It quickly became the best selling title...

May2017

  • Video The History of the PlayStation Store

    A decade of digital

    A little over ten years ago, Sony cut the ribbon on a new virtual shopping plaza: the PlayStation Store. Opening for business alongside the PlayStation 3, the inaugural digital storefront was as rudimentary as these things get: it was essentially a web page with a couple of games for sale and some trailers. Who could have...

July2016

  • News Sony Shutting LittleBigPlanet's Servers Down in Japan

    And some in the West

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

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...

May2016

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    Review Summon Night 5

    Long time coming

    The Summon Night series has a bit of a niche following in the strategy role-playing game genre. To the surprise of many, it was announced that a localized version of Summon Night 5 would not only get to launch on the PlayStation Network, but would also nab a physical release here in the West. So, is it worth dusting off the ol'...

  • 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 You Can, Er, Play Saints Row Undercover on Your PSP Now

    Gat a load of this

    Remember that crumby, cancelled Saints Row game for the PSP? Well, you can play it now. Volition has released the unfinished .iso file online, allowing you to test out the unreleased title for free. This is a pretty unprecedented move, so kudos to the developer for getting the game out into the public domain. We've no idea how...

  • News Saints Row Undercover Almost Took a Dump on PSP

    Volition unearths forgotten project

    There are already a handful of canned Saints Row projects that have leaked over the years, but Saints Row Undercover – a PlayStation Portable spin-off of Saints Row 2 – was forgotten by practically everyone. The project was officially cancelled all the way back in 2009, and has been left sitting in a Volition...

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    Review Brandish: The Dark Revenant

    Resurrect an old friend

    Brandish: The Dark Revenant was originally released on the Super Nintendo in 1991. Despite its rocky reception, it was eventually ported to the PlayStation Portable in 2009 in Japan. And, after six years, it's finally travelled overseas, with a full English localisation. The big question is: has it been worth the wait? The...

  • News There Are Some Pretty Impressive Savings to Be Had in This 20th Anniversary PlayStation Store Sale

    Back for more

    If the January PlayStation Store sale hasn't been enough to satiate your lust for savings, then these current 20th Anniversary deals might just claw away the last few coins from your wallet. Covering PS4, PS3, Vita, and even PSP games, the North American sale offers discounts on a large number of titles, and if you're a PlayStation...

  • Talking Point What Are Your Most Memorable PlayStation Multiplayer Feats?

    KDR king

    Unless you're as competitive as a heavyweight boxer, playing online can be extraordinarily frustrating at times. There'll always be someone out there that's spent that little bit longer learning the intricacies of Call of Duty's maps or the ins-and-outs of FIFA's five star teams, and so you'll inevitably slump to regular defeats. The...

December2014

  • 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...

  • 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...

November2014

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  • News The Invizimals Appear on PS3 and Vita in North America Next Week

    Hide and seek

    Fun fact: the Invizimals franchise is absolutely enormous in developer Novarama’s home nation Spain, where it plays host to its own sticker book and Saturday morning cartoon series. It’s proved less popular in the UK and North America, but Sony seems to support it out of necessity if nothing else. That can be evidenced by the...

  • News Drive Away with a Deal in North American PSN Flash Sale

    Beep beep

    Perhaps in an attempt to celebrate the Singapore Grand Prix, Sony has launched a racing game flash sale on the North American PlayStation Store. Bursting with more podium position contenders than a Formula One starting grid, highlights include ModNation Racers and Need for Speed: Most Wanted for just $4.99,

  • 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...

  • Store Update 10th September 2014 (Europe)

    You look like you've seen a Ghost

    Destiny’s out so we can finally stop talking about it, right? Wrong. Now that Bungie’s epic sci-fi shooter has fired its way onto physical and digital store shelves, we’re spending all of our time uncovering its secrets so that we can stuff your eyes with more articles than they can handle. Fortunately,...

  • News It's Rising Star Games' 10th Birthday, Which Means Massive Discounts in Europe

    Deadly Premonition, King of Fighters, and loads of RPGs

    Rising Star Games may not be the biggest and most well known studio outside of its loyal fanbase, but it may well be worth checking out its catalogue of PlayStation 3 and Vita games on the European PlayStation Store starting today. The company's sharing the joy of its 10th birthday with a...

August2014

  • Store Update 27th August 2014 (Europe)

    Seeing neon

    As is the case in North America, there’s a metric ton to look forward to on the European PlayStation Store this week. Fetch leads the way in Sucker Punch’s 80s infused superhero spin-off inFAMOUS: First Light, but there’s also Metro Redux and

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  • 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...

  • Store Update 30th April 2014 (Europe)

    Neverland

    Yes, feel free to point and laugh at us like The Simpsons character Nelson – we know that we’re extremely late. While we could make up an elaborate tale involving talking rabbits and tea parties to explain away our tardiness, we’re just going to point our finger at that overnight PlayStation 4 showcase instead. It even made us sleep...

April2014

  • 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...

  • News So, the PSP Almost Matched the Vita's Sales in USA Last Month

    The end is nigh

    Step out of a New York subway station and you’ll no longer be greeted by a religious zealot with a sandwich board, but instead a dedicated handheld decrier. “Portable consoles are dead,” they’ll scream, pointing to pictures of the PlayStation Vita with a big red line drawn through it. And they may be right, as NPD data has...

  • News Can You Believe That Sony Still Makes PlayStation Portables?

    Probably not for much longer, though

    Sony’s first foray into the handheld space endured a premature demise in the UK and North America, but up until recently, the PlayStation Portable remained a popular option in the platform holder’s native Japan. However, with the system’s successor the PlayStation Vita emerging as an increasingly viable...

February2014

  • News Six PlayStation Hits Arrive in NA's March PlayStation Plus Refresh

    Tomb Raider, Dead Nation, Thomas Was Alone, and more

    Quality undoubtedly trumps quantity, but it’s hard to complain when you’ve got a bit of both. Sony has opted to give our keyboard fingers a bit of a workout this afternoon by announcing the March PlayStation Plus content lineups for Europe and North America at the same time. Still, free...

  • 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...

  • Game of the Month January 2014 - Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

    One more treasure for Lara

    For once, January was a relatively quiet month here at Push Square in terms of reviews. With no real blockbusters bursting onto the PlayStation scene, last month's vote was always going to be a tricky one, as we had to round up titles that some of our staff had never even heard of. But as they say, the show must go on...

  • News PS4 Propels Sony Back to Profitability, but Kaz Hirai Vaporizes Vaio

    All change in the television business, too

    Oh no, it’s not financials day, is it? This disgruntled editor may have studied business for several years, but can’t seem to bring himself to look at a balance sheet these days. Nevertheless, our favourite electronics manufacturer has dropped a bit of a humdinger today, confirming that it’s dumping...

January2014

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    Review Streetkix Freestyle

    A kick in the balls

    Soccer may not be the most popular sport in the United States, but the same can’t be said outside of the country. Around the world, not only is football enormous, but it’s a lifestyle for many. As a result, the beautiful game has its own street iteration, boasting a number of mind-boggling ball tricks. Streetkix Freestyle...

  • News Romeo and Juliet Have an Even Racier Relationship in This PSP Title

    "Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?"

    Family may have torn star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet apart in ol’ Bill Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, but its bloodlust that separates the pair in Quinrose’s bizarre PlayStation Portable-based otome adventure. The sequel to last year’s romance-‘em-up Romeo vs. Juliet, the upcoming Romeo &...

  • News Streetkix Freestyle Aims to Kick the PSP Back into Life

    Having a ball

    It may no longer be Sony’s flagship handheld format, but that’s not stopping the PlayStation Portable from securing some new software this week. Set to launch tomorrow on the North American iteration of the PlayStation Store, Brazilian developer Ilusis Interactive’s sporty rhythm game Streetkix Freestyle promises a fusion of...

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  • Store Update 25th September 2013 (Europe)

    Alive and kicking

    There’s plenty of meat on the latest European PlayStation Store update’s bones. In addition to FIFA 14 on virtually every platform under the sun, there’s also the overdue arrival of Ratchet: Gladiator to look forward to. Elsewhere, free-to-play brawler Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters is on hand to keep you...

  • Store Update 24th September 2013 (North America)

    Spherical balls

    There’s plenty of football on offer as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update – but not the kind that our friends over the Atlantic may expect. FIFA 14 and PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer are both out now, and that means that there’s nary a shoulder pad or helmet in sight. Other new additions include the...

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    Review Elminage Original

    Classic dungeon crawling

    Elminage Original harks back to the early days of dungeon crawlers. It's an RPG that revels in simplicity, yet cloaks it in a shroud of ill-explained character classes and nonlinear progression. It very much looks and feels like its 80s and 90s ancestors, such as the Wizardry series and early Dragon Quests. It imitates the...

  • Japanese Sales Charts This Is Why Vita Needs Monster Hunter

    In the shadows of giants

    A former PlayStation Portable breadwinner, Monster Hunter’s curious absence has been felt ever since the PlayStation Vita’s release. But the great dinosaur-sized hole is more pronounced than ever at the moment, as the hotly anticipated Monster Hunter 4 has just deployed on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Unsurprisingly,...

  • Store Update 4th September 2013 (Europe)

    War chest

    Europeans eyeing North America’s impressive PlayStation Store update this week need not feel jealous anymore, as there’s a cavalcade of content available overseas, too. Titles include Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Diablo III, and this particular author’s highlight, Farming Simulator 2013. There’s also

August2013

  • News Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection Spooks NA PS Plus

    ICO, Rayman Origins, and more up for grabs

    PlayStation Plus subscribers are already enjoying September’s big update in Europe, but at least SCEA’s decided to pull back the curtain on its lineup a few days earlier than usual. As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, premium members in the New World will be able to scare themselves silly with...

  • Store Update 28th August 2013 (Europe)

    Spelunky dunk

    If you were eyeing North America’s excellent PlayStation Store update with envy, then know that this week’s European refresh is similarly stacked. In addition to the wealth of new PlayStation Plus riches – Assassin’s Creed III, Jak & Daxter Trilogy, and many more – t

  • Store Update 27th August 2013 (North America)

    Games galore

    There are so many new titles available as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update that we don’t really know where to start. In addition to a cavalcade of fresh retail releases – including Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Lost Planet 3, and Killer Is Dead – there are also some smaller titles vying for your...

  • News Hitman: Absolution Infiltrates North American PlayStation Plus

    Runner 2, Star Wars Pinball, and more on the way

    PlayStation Plus is set to get a little bit balder in North America, as Sony has announced that Hitman: Absolution will be whacking the Instant Game Collection this week. Agent 47’s latest adventure will be accompanied by discounts on escapeVektor,

  • News Sony Remains Profitable in Q1 2013, PlayStation Sales Slide

    Platform holder keeping PS4 expectations quiet

    New gaffer Kaz Hirai has kept Sony’s head above water for yet another earnings report, with the company posting a ¥3.5 billion ($35 million) profit for the first quarter of 2013. The teensy return was propelled by a 13 per cent increase in revenue, which was fuelled by stronger than expected...

July2013

  • Weirdness Soul Sacrifice Creator Keiji Inafune Stars in PSP Dating Game

    Mega man

    Japanese games can be strange at the best of times, but Aksys’ upcoming dating title Sweet Fuse: At Your Side really takes the cookie. The release – which is due out on the PlayStation Portable next month – sees you assume the role of legendary developer Keiji Inafune’s niece. Having got out of the video game business, the Mega...

  • Store Update 23rd July 2013 (North America)

    Nice shot

    The sun may be extracting every ounce of liquid from your body, but that’s not stopping Sony from pumping out some refreshment in the form of several new PlayStation 3 and Vita games. The real highlights this week include the excellent Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark, Zeno Clash 2, and the console re-release of Hot Shots Golf: W

  • Store Update 16th July 2013 (North America)

    PLAYtime

    The lineup of this year’s PlayStation Store PLAY promotion takes centre stage in North America this week, with all four titles available for pre-order. However, the platform holder’s latest digital initiative is not the only highlight, with Dynasty Warriors 8, Doodle God, and Kung Fu Rabbit also fleshing out a surprisingl

  • Japanese Sales Charts Toukiden Prompts Vita to Surge

    System shoots up the hardware charts

    PlayStation Vita sales have been steady if unspectacular in Japan since the system’s surprise price drop earlier in the year, but the release of Monster Hunter-esque action game Toukiden really gave the console a jolt of energy in the region this week. Hardware sales more than doubled, resulting in an...

  • News Battlefield 3 Fires onto North American PlayStation Plus

    Jet Set Radio, Dokuro, and more all up for grabs

    Sony’s set to start the summer in spectacular fashion, with a bumper North American PlayStation Plus update that includes Battlefield 3. From today, you’ll be able to download DICE’s chunky first-person shooter for free, which should get you in the mood for the title’s big-budget sequel...

  • News Whoa, There Are Now Eight Million Levels in LittleBigPlanet

    More content than you could ever want

    If, like this flustered author, you don’t have time to play half of the games that you own, then you may want to steer clear of LittleBigPlanet. While we’d recommend all of the entries in the whimsical do-it-yourself franchise, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. And the fact that the series...

June2013

  • News PES 2014 Skips PS4, Focuses Its Attention on PS3

    Vita version also off the team sheet

    Despite switching to Kojima Productions’ proprietary FOX Engine technology, PES 2014 will not sprint onto the PlayStation 4. The title – which was teased earlier in the week – will instead focus its full attention on the PlayStation 3. Asked why Konami is skipping Sony’s latest system, the series’...