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  • Feature Best PS4 Music of January 2019

    Musical resolutions

    It’s the top of the New Year, and you know what the means! That’s right, it’s time for the first musical recap of the year. And boy was January ever a strong month. The first month has been turning itself into quite the juggernaut these past few years, and 2019 is no exception. There were some pretty monumental releases,...

  • Interview A Chat by the Campfire with Shadow of the Tomb Raider Composer Brian D’Oliveira

    In the shadows of giants

    We recently got the chance to sit down with composer Brian D’Oliveira to talk about his experiences working on Lara Croft’s newest adventure, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. During the interview, we discussed the legacy of Tomb Raider’s music, the Aztec death whistle, and why Mexican Volcanic rock was a perfect instrument...

  • Game of the Year 2018 Graham's Personal Picks

    Moss Eisley

    The annual Push Square Towers tradition is back, as we sit down our scribes and pester them once more for their five favourite PlayStation games of the year. With such a strong assortment of software in 2018, it’s always tough deciding upon the cream of the crop. We told Graham we'd burn his cassette collection if he didn't send us his...

  • Game of the Year 2018 #8 - Shadow of the Colossus

    They call me the wanderer

    The odds are that if you have a conversation about the merits of video games as an art form, someone is going to bring up Shadow of the Colossus. Team ICO’s 2005 masterpiece is no stranger to re-releases, having been ported to the PlayStation 3 in an impressive package in 2011, but this time things were different. Rather...

  • Game of the Year 2018 The 10 Best PlayStation Soundtracks

    Life’s a happy song

    2018 was absolutely loaded with great games, and equally great music. The quality started all the way back in January and didn’t let up, offering top-notch content throughout the year. But, as with most lists of this nature, some truly incredible music had to be left off, including the likes of Dead Cells, Hollow Knight,...

  • Interview Chatting About the Apocalypse with Darksiders III Composer Cris Velasco

    From light, there comes darksiders

    Recently, we got the chance to sit down with long-standing game composer Cris Velasco, who has worked on big series like Mass Effect, God of War, and even previous Darksiders titles. We spoke with him about his work on the recently released Darksiders III, his approach to writing themes for the seven deadly sins,...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of November 2018

    Heavy hitters

    For the final monthly music highlight before we discuss the best soundtracks of the year, we have one more month to work through, and boy what a month it was. This might have been the single strongest month of the year from a musical standpoint, and at least a couple of these are going to be appearing on the Top 10 list that’ll make...

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    Review SOMA

    SOMAch to do, so little time

    Republished on Wednesday 28th November 2018: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of December's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Horror games should be scary – but this is easier said than done. Sure, there have been some very successful examples such as...

  • Interview Swan-Diving into the Music of Assassin's Creed Odyssey with Composers, The Flight

    A musical odyssey

    We recently had the chance to sit down and chat with the composer for the newest title in Ubisoft's long-running juggernaut of a series, Assassin's Creed. Joe Henson and Alexis Smith, known as The Flight, have lent their talents to many titles prior to this, including Horizon: Zero Dawn, Alien: Isolation, and even previous...

  • Review Déraciné - PSVR's New Narrative Gold Standard

    FromSoftware with love

    Long before FromSoftware burst into the public consciousness with its Souls titles, it already had a large body of work to its name dating back decades. But after finding mainstream success with the likes of Bloodborne, its newest title Déraciné offers a glimpse to the past. And while this PlayStation VR foray is unlike...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of October 2018

    The piano knows something I don’t know

    The big guns came out swinging this month, as the most noteworthy games for October include multiple blockbusters, including (obviously) one of the most anticipated games in arguably the history of the medium. And these titles of course brought with them some absolutely incredible music. So without further...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of September 2018

    Music, muzak, music

    August was absolutely packed to the brim with good PlayStation music to treat your ears to, so it’s not terribly surprising that there are fewer highlights for September. Fewer highlights however doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about, as the stand-outs from this past month are some pretty special releases. Destiny...

  • Review CREED: Rise to Glory - Should Have Been a Knockout

    Sun’s out, guns out

    Boxing seems like a perfect area for virtual reality to explore. The tactile nature of beating the pulp out of another person seems ripe for the medium, and there have been relatively few PlayStation VR boxing forays thus far, making CREED: Rise to Glory stand out a little more than it otherwise might. CREED is a tie-in to the...

  • Review NHL 19 - Ice Hockey Deserves Much Better

    Puck off

    The NHL series is a weird one. Years ago, when 2K had its own NHL series, there was a competition for attention between the two franchises that drove both series’ forward as time went by. But without the competition that NBA Live deals with or the massive install base of Madden, NHL usually comes off as the series that is generally...

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    Review Blind

    Are you afraid of the dark?

    When Tiny Bull Studios first announced Blind, they were, for the most part, ahead of the curve when it came to first-person titles based around using echolocation. However, in the ensuing years, that type of game has practically burgeoned into its own sub-genre, with titles like Perception and Stifled leading the charge...

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    Review The Gardens Between

    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

    Puzzle games are a dime a dozen, so in order to really stand out, the game in question needs to do something special to garner attention. And The Voxel Agents’ time-manipulation puzzle game, The Gardens Between, happens to be one title that achieves this. The Gardens Between is a puzzler where all of the scenarios you encounter...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of August 2018

    When it rains it pours

    While the music in July had us digging pretty deep to actually find more than one thing to talk about, August provided us with nothing short of an absolute flood. A huge amount of exceptional music accompanied some great - and not so great - games this past month, and we’re going to tell you about them. Dead Cells: First...

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    Review We Happy Few

    Joy to the world?

    We Happy Few is a confusing game at first glance. It’s got the trappings, grand scale, and look of a AAA title. But dig a little deeper, and it’s really an indie title masquerading as one of the “big boys”. Given that just about everyone in the game wears a mask, this is a rather enjoyable double entendre, but the real...

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    Review Detached

    We are go for launch

    Virtual reality is at its best when it puts players in places that might otherwise not be attainable: space exploration, fantasy worlds – the possibilities are near infinite. And Anshar Studios Detached is one of those aforementioned space exploration games. Not only that, but it’s a good one, which are a bit harder to...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of July 2018

    Down and Dirge-y

    June was a rather crowded month when it came to noteworthy soundtracks, which sees July come off as comparatively sparse. A bit of a low-key month before all the big guns come out swinging with their amazing soundtracks. Despite this, we were able to scrounge a couple worthwhile scores anyways, so let’s hop in. Shining...

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    Review Here They Lie

    And here they’ll stay

    When Sony set out to launch its own virtual reality headset, one of the most important things that it had to do is make sure that it had lots of games released alongside it. Through the years, the games industry has seen many a peripheral fail miserably due to a lack of support. To combat this, an impressively large launch...

  • Interview Flipping Through the Yoku's Island Express Soundtrack with Jesse Harlin

    Bouncing around

    Hearing Yoku's Island Express described paints an interesting picture. It sounds like a weird game. A really weird game. Just listen to reviewer John Cal McCormick desribe the title: " Yoku's Island Express is a 2D, open world, Metroidvania, pinball game starring a dung beetle postman dragged into a battle for the fate of...

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    Review MXGP Pro

    MXGP Con

    Milestone releases a large number of racing games every year. Some of them aren’t half bad, such as Gravel, while others, chiefly its motorcycle games, leave something to be desired. Unfortunately, MXGP Pro is one of the motorcycle games, and while this is nowhere near as bad as the absolute debacle that was MXGP 3, it’s a definite step...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of June 2018

    Hit the high note

    There was a lot to love with May’s slate of game music, including a couple games we may well be discussing when the end of the year rolls around (Detroit!), but June was no slouch either. Another solid month of games brought with it a solid lineup of music! Unravel Two: When Unravel released in 2016, it ended up being a...