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  • Store Update 22nd July 2019 (Europe)

    What're yer buyin'?

    We’re still in the thick of the slow summer months, but there are signs of life on the European PlayStation Store this week, as two new Wolfenstein titles compete for your attention. The Mighty Switch Force Collection is also out on the PlayStation 4 from 26th July, while the zany Tetsumo Party will attract some attention from...

  • News Death Stranding Director Takes Aim at Fortnite Fame

    "I don't want to make that"

    Hideo Kojima is widely regarded as one of the most imaginative minds in video games, and speaking during a Death Stranding panel at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, he admitted that he has no interest in following the Battle Royale boom. To the sound of thunderous applause, he said: “The easiest way to make money...

  • News Sony Will Exhibit at Gamescom, Tokyo Games Show

    Back in business

    Sony’s absence at E3 2019 contributed to one of the worst conventions at the American game show since the event began two decades ago, but the platform holder will exhibit at Gamescom 2019 and Tokyo Games Show 2019. While there’s no confirmation of any press conferences right now, the company will be present on both show floors,...

  • News Bus Simulator Makes a Stop on PS4 from 17th September

    Only at digital stations, though

    Bus Simulator will leave its terminal on 17th September, making a stop on the PlayStation 4 in the process. The moreish public transport experience – which we previewed earlier in the year – will initially only be available as a digital download from the PlayStation Store, which may prove disappointing for those...

  • News Borderlands 3's Unused Box Art Puts Its Foot in Its Mouth

    One foot in the grave

    Borderlands 3’s box art is brilliant, but what if it followed the format of previous instalments? You may recall that the first game in the series showed a bandit with a finger pistol pointing at his head; the second entry than expanded on this idea with two finger pistols. Well, developer Gearbox did try to keep the theme...

  • News Days Gone Reloads with Fourth Free Challenge Map

    Ambush Camp Rush available now

    Another week is tiptoeing towards its conclusion, and that means Days Gone’s fourth free challenge map is out now. Named the Ambush Camp Rush, it’s based upon a mission from the main campaign – but now there’s a timer and sub-objectives to complete. As always, leaderboards will allow you to compare your score...

  • Hands On Detective Drama Blacksad Will Get Under Your Skin

    Paws for thought

    Unless you have a moustache and wear garlic in place of jewellery, we’re going to assume you’ve never heard of French graphic novel Blacksad. A favourite among furries, the dark detective series has spawned five volumes, and is actually the work of a couple of Spanish lads – proof, perhaps, that the European Union is still...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 281

    On the agenda

    Congratulations if you made it through this swelteringly hot week – the next one is supposed to be even warmer. The good news is that you can always close the curtains, shut the world out, and sit back with some video games – and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. Here’s what we’re playing. Stephen Tailby, Associate...

  • News PS Plus Subscribers Save a Huge 75 Per Cent in US PSN Flash Sale

    A Plague Tale: Innocence part of the lineup

    Sony’s decided to get a little spontaneous this week, as it’s dropped the latest US PlayStation Store Flash Sale a day early. Scheduled to run from now through 8AM PT on 22nd July, the promotional period will see titles like A Plague Tale: Innocence ($34.99) and Batman: Arkham Knight ($15.99) heavily...

  • News Cyberpunk 2077 Will Dance in the Dark without Lady Gaga

    Judas

    Cyberpunk 2077 fans had been hoping for a Bad Romance, with rumours of Lady Gaga joining the project as both a cast member and one of its composers. CD Projekt RED, however, has maintained its Poker Face on the subject – until now. Speaking with WCCFTech, user interface co-ordinator Alvin Liu admitted that while the superstar would fit right...

  • News June 2019 NPD: Days of Play Does the Business for PS4

    Massive increase for PS4 exclusives

    Sony’s annual Days of Play promotion has become a big part of the PlayStation calendar, with a surprising number of exclusive titles making the June 2019 NPD software best-sellers list. Discounted favourites such as Marvel’s Spider-Man, Days Gone, MLB The Show 19, and God of War all made the month’s Top 20...

  • News Marvel's Avengers Gameplay Leaks out of Comic-Con

    Avengers disassembled

    Behind closed doors demos rarely ever go according to plan; there’s always going to be one nefarious individual recording the action via potato cam. That proved true for Marvel’s Avengers at E3 2019, and has occurred once again at San Diego Comic Com 2019. As a result, publisher Square Enix is going to be busy filing...

  • News PS4 Exclusive Marvel's Spider-Man Is the Best-Selling Superhero Game Ever

    In the United States, anyway

    Just how well did PlayStation 4 exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man sell? Staggeringly well, if we’re honest. While it was previously recognised by United States-based sales tracking firm NPD as the fastest selling superhero game ever, it’s since become the best-selling game in its category – period. That means it’s...

  • News Oculus Wants to Trade with Sony for PSVR Exclusives

    "We've thought about it"

    In what would be an unprecedented instance of video game swapsies, Oculus bigwig Jason Rubin has said that his company would “love” to trade exclusive games with competitor Sony. The former Naughty Dog man told Kotaku that “they have great stuff that they’ve funded and we have great stuff that we’ve funded”. The...

  • News Sony San Diego Has a Brand New Office and Logo

    First-party developer on the move

    It’s all change at MLB The Show developer Sony San Diego, which seems to be the latest team under the PlayStation first-party umbrella to be leveling up. The studio – which also houses the Product Development Services Group and, purportedly, an entirely new unit rumoured to be working on an original Uncharted...

  • News Days Gone 1.25 Patch Drops as First Motorcycle Challenge Drifts In

    Drifter's run

    The post-release support for Days Gone has proved both a blessing and a curse. Sony Bend has done a brilliant job of addressing criticism levelled at the PlayStation 4 exclusive open worlder promptly, but those 15GB updates sure do start to add up. Your bandwidth is about to take another battering regardless, as the Oregon-based...

  • News Super Mario 64's Physics Flawlessly Recreated in Dreams

    Peachy

    A complaint often levelled at user-generated content is that it rarely plays as well as a professionally made game. It’s a fair criticism: hobbyist creators working in suites such as LittleBigPlanet are often capable of incredible artistic achievements, but it’s rare for amateurs to get that all-important “feel” right. That’s what...

  • News PS Vita's Not Quite Done Yet, Despite Reports to the Contrary

    Vitality

    Sony’s largely called time on the PlayStation Vita, with hardware and cartridge production mostly over. There are still a surprising number of titles being published globally on the PlayStation Store, however, but there had been some speculation overnight that support may be coming to an abrupt end.

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 280

    Long summer

    Gosh, does anyone else feel like WAYP comes around frighteningly fast? Heck, we’re already up to Issue 280 and it barely feels like yesterday that we kickstarted this feature with chatter about games like… Far Cry 3! Anyway, it’s summer so things are slow at the moment, but here’s what we’re playing this weekend. Robert...

  • Soapbox Why Sony's PS5 Strategy Will Pay Dividends

    Sammy believes giant is right to target hardcore gamers

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the PlayStation 5 is poised to "fail", and op-ed writers around the world are scrambling for the hottest take. One article published by financial site CCN – not to be confused with American news network CNN, to be clear – was bold enough to declare...

  • News Death Stranding PS4 Screens Shared on Social Media by Hideo Kojima

    Social strands

    Metal Gear auteur Hideo Kojima is taking a break from posing in his ostentatious hallway, and is now opting to share off-screen photographs of Death Stranding on his social media pages. All of the shots have a common theme: they show protagonist Sam – played by The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus – resting in the wilderness...

  • Guide Best PS4 Horror Games

    Scary PlayStation 4 games that will make you scream

    What are the best horror games on PS4? The good news (or perhaps bad news for the scaredy-cats among you) is that the PS4 is home to wealth of creepy releases, from blockbuster franchises like Resident Evil through to psychological indie adventures such as Inside. We’ve put together a list of the...

  • Hands On Until Dawn Dev Evolves Interactive Drama with Man of Medan Multiplayer

    Holding hands

    Man of Medan, the first instalment in Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games’ new interactive drama series The Dark Pictures Anthology, has a secret: it’s fully playable in online co-op – and it’s unexpectedly brilliant. The Guildford-based developer has somehow managed to keep its ambitious multiplayer mode under wraps, but...

  • Guide How to Fix PSVR's Blurry Image

    Clean up the unfocused image quality of your PlayStation VR headset

    How do you fix PSVR's blurry image? It’s the ultimate immersion killer, after all – there’s a beautiful virtual world rendered all around you, but you’re fighting fog to see it. There’s always going to be some degree of fuzziness when you’re playing PlayStation VR due to...