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  • News First Monster Hunter: World Review Is Near Perfect

    But...

    Ever since we first went hands on with Monster Hunter: World we’ve been waxing lyrical about the title, and our collective enthusiasm has only grown with subsequent betas. It’s no surprise, then, that the first review of the game is particularly high: 39/40 to be precise. But yes, there’s the caveat: this comes courtesy of Japa

  • News Shenmue III Shows Impressive Progression in New PS4 Screenshots

    More details at MAGIC Monaco next month

    Shenmue III’s scheduled to release in 2018, and a trio of new PlayStation 4 screenshots show the progress that the project’s making. First up we get a new glimpse of protagonists Ryo Hazuki and Shenhua, who are beginning to resemble their Dreamcast counterparts. There’s still work to be done, but at...

  • News Scribblenauts Showdown Stretches Its Vocabulary on 6th March

    Is 'valetudinarian' even a word?

    It’s been rumoured for a little while, but Warner Bros has now confirmed that Scribblenauts Showdown will release on 6th March in North America and 9th March in Europe. It sounds like this is going to be quite multiplayer-heavy, with "more than" 25 minigames for up to four players. Of course, the title’s...

  • News Spider-Man Will Swing to PS4 in 2018, Stay Tuned for More

    Insomniac Games teases additional details

    Insomniac Games community director James Stevenson has casually taken to popular forum ResetEra to reiterate that Spider-Man will release in 2018 on the PlayStation 4. As with pretty much the entirety of Sony’s lineup right now, there’s no specific date been attached to the title, but we know that the...

  • News Sony's Smartphone Division Reveals No Heroes Allowed! DASH

    Not bad, man

    Sony’s versatile reverse dungeon crawling franchise No Heroes Allowed! is getting the smartphone treatment in Japan, as mobile publishing arm ForwardWorks has revealed latest instalment DASH for iOS and Android. This looks like a Puzzle Quest-esque title, where you need to shift blocks in order to summon monsters to off intrepid...

  • News Battlefield, Mirror's Edge Veterans Unite for PSVR's Apex Construct

    Due out 20th February

    Apex Construct – we like that name. It’s literally just two random words stuck together, but it sounds good, doesn’t it? Let’s try it all together: Apex Construct. See? Satisfying, right? This is a brand new PlayStation VR action adventure game developed by ex-Mirror’s Edge and Battlefield makers, and it looks pretty...

  • News Tasty Monster Hunter: World PS4 Pro Releasing in France

    Phwoar

    Previously believed to be exclusive to Japan, it’s been announced that the sexy Monster Hunter: World ‘Rathalos Edition’ PlayStation 4 Pro will release in France next month, exclusively at Micromania. The system will set you back €450, and comes with a custom DualShock 4 and a copy of the game. Alternatively, you’ll be able to get...

  • Store Update 16th January 2018 (Europe)

    Digimon! Digital monsters!

    The betas keep coming, as both Monster Hunter: World and Metal Gear Survive score pre-release stress tests on the European PlayStation Store this week. All things told, it’s a sizeable update on Sony’s storefront for a mid-January week, with Kerbal Space Program, Digimon Story, and Street Fighter V: Arcade...

  • UK Sales Charts Grand Theft Auto V Returns to the Top

    Chop, Chop

    Grand Theft Auto V first released in 2013; it’s still topping the UK sales charts in 2018. The unbelievable success of Rockstar Games’ open world opus trucks on, with the title securing its 14th cumulative number one, putting it close to record holder Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s 18 week record. GTA5’s now spent 226 weeks on...

  • News Spider-Man PS4's Box Art Close to Final, Will 'Pop on Store Shelves'

    Insomniac can't wait to unveil it

    Spider-Man has the potential to be the best-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive of the generation, and it’s going to pick up a lot of sales based on its brand alone. It’s important, then, that Sony and Insomniac Games come up with some good box art to catch the attention of more casual consumers – and according to...

  • News Sony Doubles Down on 2018 Release Date for Days Gone

    End of days approach

    Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida casually mentioned back at PlayStation Experience last month that Days Gone is scheduled to release this year, but now the game’s popped up as part of an official ‘What to Look Forward to in 2018’ newsletter. The platform holder’s been sending out play time statistics to

  • Feature 5 PS4 Firmware Update Features We Want in 2018

    Final polish

    Sony didn’t update the PlayStation 4 much in 2017 – it didn’t really need to. We finally got external hard drive support, ticking off one of the system’s most oft-requested features since launch. And the manufacturer also completely overhauled the platform’s parental controls feature set. Beyond that, though, it’s becoming...

  • News Quantic Dream 'Surprised' by Allegations About Studio Culture

    Update: French developer releases official statement

    Quantic Dream once again finds itself in the centre of a whirlwind, as three separate French reports have called into question the culture of the studio and its management. Publications such as Le Monde, Canard PC, and

  • News PS4 Exclusive Days Gone to Have Huge Story Focus

    Hours of cinematics hinted

    Yet to be convinced by the biker gang storyline in oft-forgotten PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone? Looks like Sony Bend will be doubling down on narrative, as Chinese whispers suggest that it will have “hours” of cinematics. Of course, it’s an open world game so expect these to be interspersed between long stretches...

  • Guide New PS4 Games Releasing in January 2018

    All upcoming PlayStation 4 release dates

    Ready to go again? We bet you're wondering what new PS4 games are scheduled to launch in January 2018, aren't you? We bring good news, because we've compiled all of the upcoming PlayStation 4 release dates for your perusal below. It's a huge start to the year to be honest, with the likes of Monster...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 202

    Just Saiyan

    The weekend has arrived, which means a full slate of Premier League football and some pretty great NFL playoff games. Of course, it also means extra gaming time, and with a monstrous array of new releases around the corner, this may be the best opportunity for you to catch up on your backlog. Sammy Barker, Editor: I’m never going to...

  • Rumour God of War Release Date Leak Points to 22nd March Again

    Norse to know

    God of War antihero Kratos must have put a gagging order on the latest game’s release date, because Sony is remaining tight-lipped about the title’s launch. However, hot on the heels of a PlayStation Store leak which pointed to a 22nd March release, a Portuguese retailer has plumped up for the exact same date. Suspicious. Now...

  • Feature 4 Things We Want to See from PSVR in 2018

    Games! Non-Games! PSVR Aim Controller! More!

    PlayStation VR had a quietly successful 2017, evidenced by robust sales figures and an even stronger slate of software. In fact, given our concerns at the start of 2017, the past 12 months proved more positive for the peripheral than we could have possibly ever imagined – and on the evide

  • News Celeste Climbs to the Top of the PS4 on 25th January

    Ain't no mountain high enough

    Climbing mountains takes commitment and endurance, and with 700 levels it sounds like Celeste will demand similar dedication. The latest from acclaimed TowerFall developer Matt Makes Games, this hardcore platformer does away with the multiplayer focus of its predecessor, instead opting for a single player...

  • News Street Fighter V's Sakura Will Be Free for a Week

    Try before you buy

    Street Fighter V will finally evolve into a finished product next week with the release of the anticipated Arcade Edition, and to celebrate the event Capcom’s making newcomer Sakura free for a few days. The Season 3 schoolgirl will be available for everyone to try starting 16th January through 23rd January; beyond that you’ll...

  • News Sony Boss John Kodera's Twitter Account May Have Been Fake

    Update: Shuhei Yoshida confirms

    A new Twitter account for incoming PlayStation president John Kodera appeared this week, retweeting corporate intel like PlayStation 4 sales figures and such. It was promptly followed by various Sony employees, lending legitimacy to the handle. However, as of this morning it’s been suspended, suggesting it may have...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Sweeps the PlayStation Blog Awards

    Queen

    Horizon: Zero Dawn would have been a comfortable Game of the Year winner in most other years, so we do feel a tinge of sadness for Guerrilla Games in that regard. Fortunately, the PlayStation Blog awards have practically presented Aloy’s adventure with a clean sweep – it probably would have scooped Best Sports Game if it was eligible in...

  • News Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered Sails to PS4 on 20th March

    Remaster renaissance

    Remasters are in vogue again, so Ubisoft’s opted to port Shay Patrick Cormac’s maiden voyage to the PlayStation 4 this coming 20th March. As the name suggests, Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered will revive the 2014 open world adventure for Sony’s new-gen system, offering improvements such as “higher resolution,...

  • News Waifus Go to War in SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy

    Scissor sisters

    If you’re all about girl-on-girl, then the newly announced SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy may catch your eye. Due out on the PlayStation 4 this summer, the title sees SNK’s “iconic” heroines duking it out without a single sausage in sight. It’s a two-on-two fighter, but it sounds like it’s going to be a fairly accessible...