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  • Report Sony's Mark Cerny Is on the Road Talking PS5 with Developers

    But it's unlikely to arrive soon

    Mark Cerny’s role as the PlayStation 4’s lead architect is one of the key reasons behind the console’s success, as he sought to right the wrongs of the PlayStation 3 and collaborated with developers – both first-party and third-party – on a system that was much easier to work with. According to a Digital...

  • Guide God of War FAQ - Everything You Need to Know

    All your questions answered

    God of War launches this week on the PlayStation 4, and if you haven’t read our glowing review yet then you know what you need to do. With such a major release right around the corner, we figured that we’d answer a handful of your most frequently asked questions pertaining to Kratos’ latest and (arguably) greatest...

  • UK Sales Charts Far Cry 5 Starts a Cult at Summit

    Little else going on

    Another desperately slow week for the British games industry concludes with Far Cry 5 at the top of the UK sales charts. This is its third consecutive spell at the summit, which would be nearing a Ubisoft record if God of War wasn’t waiting in the wings to steal its place. Elsewhere, the only other thing of note is Gran...

  • News Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Games Boogie in Classic SEGA Threads

    Yakuza! Virtua Fighter! Sonic?

    Looks like Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night are getting some costumes based on classic SEGA franchises. The former will pair up with Virtua Fighter, allowing you to decorate its cast in Sarah Bryant and Wolf Hawkfield clothing. The latter, meanwhile, will land Yakuza and Sonic outfits,...

  • News You Won't Need to Win Many Games of Lucky Hit to Afford Shenmue I & II

    Collection will cost $29.99

    The Shenmue series includes a variety of ways to make in-game money, whether it’s operating a forklift, gambling, or moving crates (yes, seriously). In real-life, you won’t need to spend too much time grafting to afford SEGA’s anticipated compilation collection, as Shenmue I & II will retail for $29.99 in the...

  • Report God of War Elevates Real-Time Visuals to New Heights

    Sony's latest is a tech powerhouse

    God of War is the best looking game we’ve ever played, but don’t just take our word for it – the experts at Digital Foundry have also heaped praise on the PlayStation 4 exclusive, suggesting that it “elevates real-time visuals to new heights while pushing the PlayStation hardware to its limits”. The end...

  • Soapbox Why You Should Play Shenmue I & II on PS4

    But why you need to be very careful

    If you could hear beyond my screams of elation, the announcement of Shenmue I & II for PlayStation 4 overnight brought with it murmurs of excited curiosity: a new crop of gamers are finally going to get their opportunity to try out this cult series for themselves. That’s a good thing, as Ryo Hazuki’s...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 215

    The song of life

    The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah. Makes us want to… Shut the curtains and play video games? That is how the ol’ Bob Marley song goes, right? Anyway, you know what time it is – it’s WAYP time. Sammy Barker, Editor: I’m still playing God of War, a game which still holds many secrets for me to discover...

  • News SEGA Falls in Love with Sakura Wars Again

    It's been a decade, my love

    Deep cut Sakura Wars is to make a comeback, as SEGA is working on a new entry in the series. For those who don’t know, this string of tactical role-playing titles with dating sim elements started life on the SEGA Saturn, and was last seen in 2005 on the PlayStation 2. There’s no word on which systems this new version...

  • News Shenmue I & II Searching for Sailors on PS4 in 2018

    The day the snow turned to rain

    Wow, we never thought we’d see the day. SEGA has followed up on its promise of a “huge surprise” by announcing that Shenmue I & II will be coming to the PlayStation 4 later this year. Considering we’d written off the possibility of this ever happening, that’s a pretty gigantic surprise indeed. This...

  • Report 2K's Working on a Top-Secret BioShock Title

    Would you kindly be excited?

    Uncovered as part of an excellent Kotaku report on Mafia III’s missteps, a new BioShock game is in development at a top-secret 2K Games studio next door to Hangar 13. According to the article – penned by the ever-reliable Jason Schreier – the Mafia maker was working on an espionage adventure, before it slipped into...

  • Soapbox You Should Play God of War III While You Wait for Kratos' Return

    Greek tragedy

    The new God of War is an extraordinary game and it represents a seismic shift for one of Sony’s most beloved first-party franchises, but with more than a week to go until the title tosses its axe at retailers around the world, you should fill the time with one of Kratos’ previous adventures. God of War III was quietly remastered...

  • News Sony Is Creating a New Game Development Team in San Diego

    And it could be working on Uncharted

    Sony insinuated recently that it intends to “concentrate” on first-party production moving forwards, strengthening its output of PlayStation exclusives. And it sounds like the first stages of those plans have been put into motion, as job listings suggest that it’s creating a new development team in...

  • News God of War Director Cory Barlog Gets a Special Message from His Dad

    "We are very proud of you"

    When you’re in the nucleus of any video game website, it can be hard to forget that real people work really hard to bring the titles we love to life. This message from God of War director Cory Barlog’s father posted publicly on Twitter earlier today serves as a reminder that there are actual humans behind every...

  • News What Remains of Edith Finch Wins BAFTA for Best Game

    Finch strife

    Giant Sparrow’s inventive first-person adventure What Remains of Edith Finch took home the BAFTA for Best Game at a swish ceremony in London today. The game – a series of vignettes about a slew of untimely family deaths – also scored highly here at Push Square, where we awarded it a 10/10 at release. The sophomore effort from Ian...

  • News Avengers: Infinity War's Iron Spider Suit Joins Spider-Man PS4

    Heavy metal

    A leaked video pulled from PlayStation’s official YouTube channel but mirrored in the nick of time has revealed that the Iron Spider Suit from Avengers: Infinity War will feature in Insomniac Games’ forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive, Spider-Man. To be clear, this is the movie design, and not the Iron Spider Armour that some of you...

  • News Detroit: Become Human Has Three Different Composers

    Sound off

    Here’s an interesting story: Quantic Dream’s upcoming android-based narrative adventure Detroit: Become Human has three different composers, each of whom has been assigned a different character. Kara’s music has been composed by cellist Philip Sheppard, who used his instrument to create a quite sombre sound. Meanwhile,...

  • News PS4 Exclusives Unavailable for Pre-Order at Amazon UK

    Why?

    God of War’s review embargo lifted today, heralding a modern masterpiece and sending floods of PlayStation 4 players in the direction of Amazon UK as they sought to secure pre-orders. However, the exclusive is unavailable at the popular website – and has been for some time. Is this simply a stock issue in the wake of such anticipation?...

  • News PS5 Is a Long Way Away, Or So Sources Say

    Developers weigh in on recent rumours

    The next PlayStation will release later this year, one ambitious rumour claimed recently. But according to a Kotaku report penned by the ever-reliable Jason Schreier, that’s extremely unlikely to be the case – in fact, we may be waiting until at least 2020 for the so-called PlayStation 5, just like

  • News NIS America Apologises for Comments About PlayStation

    President had insinuated Sony doesn't care about company

    NIS America president Takuro Yamashita probably said a touch too much in his interview with MCV, where he claimed that Sony isn’t “friendly with small publishers like us”. The suit has issued a public apology to both SNK and PlayStation, retracting the comments in a hasty attempt to...

  • News Everybody's Golf Adding Atelier Content for Anniversary

    Fore the fans

    Everybody’s Golf has become the home of Japanese franchise milestones, with Final Fantasy recently celebrating its 30th anniversary in the game. Atelier is next up, with new Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings crossover content on the docket. Starting from 19th April through 17th May, you’ll be...

  • News PS Plus Members Score Exclusive Savings on Spotify

    Stream scene

    How’s this for corporate synergy? Sony’s knocking money off Spotify Premium for PlayStation Plus members, assuming you subscribe to the music streaming service through the PlayStation Store prior to 18th October. If you do, then you’ll be entitled to 10 per cent off your recurring bill as long as you remain a subscriber to both...

  • Store Update 10th April 2018 (Europe)

    Virtual Rick-ality

    There are lots of little things to look forward to this week, as acclaimed platformer Owlboy is joined by Rick & Morty: Virtual Rick-ality on the PlayStation 4. Other highlights include Extinction, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, and Time Carnage. What are you buyin’? PS4 Games: Extinction 10th April Extinction: Deluxe...

  • News PS5 Unlikely to Launch in 2018, Says Michael Pachter

    Odds on 2020

    We don’t think anyone really expected the PlayStation 5 to launch this year, despite there being reports to the contrary. Nevertheless, industry analyst Michael Pachter has been chatting to WCCFTech about the probability of a new console this year, and he’s said that there’s a “very low” chance of the PS5 dropping this...