It's 2012; the future is upon us
You didn't notice? Seriously, stop reading this article right now and find your nearest window — don't worry, we'll wait. Good, you're back. Did you notice the flying cars and newly built steel sky-scrapers on the horizon? Yeah, exactly. The future, huh? Unfortunately the future isn't quite as exciting as late 70s...
As gamers we've probably dismembered thousands of zombies over the years
Reanimated corpses have become a crux for game designers wanting to add a "horror" edge to their action games, and as a result we've all got a little tired of them. It's unsurprising to see a corner of the Internet dismiss Naughty Dog's latest franchise, The Last Of Us, with a brush of derogatory vocabulary: generic,..
With Other Ocean Interactive preparing to unleash its dark re-imagining of H
G. Wells' timeless War Of The Worlds novel onto the PlayStation Network, we sat down with producer Andrew Acerbo to discuss the game, some of the team's influences and what it's like to work with Jean-Luc Picard himself, Sir Patrick Stewart. What attracted you to the War Of...
Sony Online Entertainment's free-to-play PS3 MMO, Free Realms, is a little bit like a drug addition
We know it's rubbish and bad for us, but for some reason we can't help getting pulled back in. There's a relaxing tone to the casual MMO that causes hours to fly by, even when you're doing very little of anything at all. Available on the PC for some time, Free Realms launched on the PS3 earlier in..
A game is only as good as its sales figures
At least, that appears to be the mentality of some forum posters, unevenly illustrating their opinion in forums across the Internet. The NPD group released sales figures for the North American market this week, ranking Resistance 3 in seventh position for the month of September. "Reasonable," I told myself after hurriedly perusing the top-ten..
Earlier in the week Deep Silver announced a PlayStation Move enabled sports mini-game compilation called Winter Stars
The news was met with little fanfare, but I couldn't help but feel a flutter of anticipation. Thing is, I adore games packed with variety. I love the idea of being able to play around with different mechanics, jumping from one mini-game to another. Even though compilation packages..
The Tokyo Game Show is go, with Sony already holding its big coming out party
The general consensus from the video game community was one of disappointment — while Sony's been announcing PlayStation Vita titles left right and centre for the past couple of months, the lack of any real megatons was a real blow. Many were expecting Monster Hunter,...
There was a point in the Nintendo Wii's lifespan where the console was dominating the sales charts but disappointing hardcore gamers
Long-time Nintendo fans were tired of Wii Fit and Wii Play, they wanted something meatier to get their teeth into. But with developers ploughing the majority of their resources into the more traditional XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3, Wii owners were left fighting for..
One of the few downsides of writing about PlayStation games day-in-day-out is that we rarely get time to experience the content on other platforms
While we keep up to date with the release schedule and details of competitive platforms, we never really get the time to play them any more. When your work includes knowing everything there is to know about a specific platform/brand, you have to commit..
Featuring one of the most influential survival horror games of all time, it's hard not to include the Silent Hill HD Collection on our list of most anticipated overlooked Holiday games
There are a number of high-definition remakes coming to the PlayStation 3 this year; most of them from big-name franchises. But despite the popularity (and quality) of the Silent Hill franchise, Konami seems keen on..
It's curious isn't it: you long for a good co-operative platformer and two come along at once
We've only just finished championing Sony and Insomniac's four-player opus Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, and now we're moving directly onto Rayman Origins. Ubisoft's delightfully French platformer series was iconic on the original PlayStation, but has slowly faded away into obscurity in recent years. The..
Earlier in the year we took a look at our top-five most anticipated PlayStation games of Holiday 2011
Since the beginning of time (sort of!) developers and publishers have used the run-up to Christmas to release their very best games. This year the charts are set to be dominated by some monstrous titles, such as Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Batman: Arkham City. But what of the games that..
Each year, the hardcore video game community ignites with debates over which platform holder 'won' E3
It's a topic that's been adopted by industry analysts and high-profile journalists, with fictional grades awarded to the manufacturers with the most surprises and best content. But GamesCom — now the world's largest video game event — has a very different tone to it. There's no competition, no..
Sony always has a big presence at GamesCom in Cologne
In 2009 it used the European show to reveal the PlayStation 3 Slim. And last year it made some huge software announcements: Virtua Tennis 4, Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One all got their debuts at the German event. But what can we expect from this year's show? Plenty of PlayStation Vita is almost certainly the safest bet. Sony's..
We always knew it was a likely scenario, but we chose to believe otherwise
Sony never officially said the PlayStation Vita would get a worldwide launch this year, only ever really committing to a Japanese launch. "Phased global rollout" was the textbook buzzword Sony used. But we believed because it made sense. How could Sony not put the PlayStation Vita out in all major markets before..
On paper it sounds like a dream scenario: a future where Sony and Microsoft work together to build the ultimate system
Sony's knowledge of hardware architecture coupled with Microsoft's dominance in the software sector. Sony's outstanding first-party output supported by Microsoft's (supposedly) superior networking talents. Combining both Sony and Microsoft's individual talents makes for a glorious..
The online communities of PlayStation Network titles tend to dwindle quickly
But despite being released in the hazy days of 2008, the obnoxiously titled SuperSonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars is still brimming with activity. Given a new lease of life via PlayStation Plus this month, we hopped into the part-racer, part-soccer title to find...
Over the last three weeks I've played two niche games which I thoroughly enjoyed
Neither of the games were particularly successful at retail, but both enhanced my appreciation of EA as a publisher. Alice: Madness Returns was scorned for being derivative and classical in design, while Shadows Of The Damned was dismissed because of some poor gameplay decisions and an over-emphasis on mediocre..
We counted down our most anticipated PlayStation games of the holiday season this week, touching on what we think are the five most intriguing titles of this year's end
Some of the games were included out of curiosity — Battlefield 3 and Sonic Generations might not be the best games of the year, but they are titles that we can't wait to play simply to see how they shaped up. Other games such as..
What other game could top our most anticipated list? Naughty Dog's adventure opus, Uncharted, has gradually become one of the biggest franchises in video games
The original launched to muted praise, but got a second wind of enthusiasm when it was one of the first retail titles to boast trophy support. For many, that patch introduced them to the escapades of Drake, Sully and Elena, and is probably..
Rocksteady came out of nowhere
Batman: Arkham Asylum looked promising pre-release, but no-one really expected it to be quite the critical and commercial smash-hit that it was. We vividly remember spending a few moments with the demo before our review copy showed up the following weekend, and recall being blown away by the game's moody tone. But Arkham Asylum was so much more than pure aesthetics..
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that Sony's tweaked the splash-image for PlayStation Home
Previously touted as a virtual world for PlayStation 3 owners, Sony now refers to the service as a "social gaming network". It's a transformation we've witnessed take place over the past several months, and it concludes with the implementation of...
Our anticipation for DICE's Battlefield 3 is a more a situation of curiosity
There's a venom in the gaming community that's wishing Call Of Duty would fail. The philosophy behind that sentiment is clear: Call Of Duty is a mainstream hit and people really dislike that. Battlefield is a popular alternative — an underdog if you will. Everything we've seen of Battlefield 3 thus far suggests DICE..
Sonic's been stuck in a loop for years
We often feel like the franchise's heritage is a detriment to the series going forward. Those original SEGA Mega Drive titles were so important that it almost feels like nothing the publisher can do will please its fanbase anymore. But there is always the nostalgia card. Celebrating Sonic's 20th anniversary, Sonic Generations feels a bit like a "catch..
Look: we get it
You've spent the past few years learning about how pivotal the Team ICO titles are, but you've never actually experienced them for yourself. You've looked on eBay, but the original PS2 titles fetch a packet. You've all but given up. Thankfully HD remasters do serve a purpose after all. With Sony readying a bundle of both ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus later in the year, they intend..
Nintendo might have announced a new platform at E3, but if you listen to the buzz bubbling beneath the Wii U, you'll notice the perception of Sony's PlayStation Vita has changed dramatically
The spiritual successor to the PlayStation Portable already convinced some when it was announced earlier in the year. With dual analogue sticks, a gorgeous screen and outrageous graphics it was a tantalising..
Like many others, we came away from Sony's press conference grinning from ear-to-ear
Not only had Sony demonstrated a substantially more capable handheld platform than its peers, it also seemed to show a reasonable understanding of the current market-place. Handheld platforms need to both accompany the home-console experience, and differentiate from it. Vita can do that. Sony seems to understand..
While a little rough in places, Sony's E3 press conference was clearly all about strength in depth
After a fairly lop-sided showing from Microsoft earlier in the afternoon, Sony's showing felt much more balanced and pointed firmly towards the traditional gamer. While PlayStation Move was in full attendance, demonstrations ranged from the casual-friendly to the achingly hardcore. New PlayStation 3..
Every once in a while a franchise comes along that you love in spite of its gameplay
The Getaway is one of those franchises. Its early incarnations are near unplayable due to shoddy controls and poor level design, but they are still amongst some of our favourite games on PlayStation. It's mostly to do with the setting. The Snatch-inspired British gangland theme depicted in the original games is..
Regular readers will know we have a minor obsession with tennis games
We're probably one of the few video game blogs that actually discusses tennis games on a regular basis. For that, we apologise to our non-tennis fan readers — but just give us 1,000 more words to talk about one of our dream E3 announcements: a PlayStation Move tennis game developed by Zindagi Games. For those that aren't aware,..
E3's crept up on me
I've known it's been coming for some time, but am only just starting to get that pang of excitement for the event and all its impending announcements. A lot of gamers describe E3 as their equivalent of Christmas, and it really does feel that way. But I also sense the tide has been changing for some years. While the spectacle of E3 is still unmatched, I feel like the event itself..
Have you heard, the PlayStation brand is in decline
That's according to an opinion piece crafted by Gamasutra's Colin Campbell. Does it sound familiar? It sure as hell does to me. In fact listening to podcasts and reading editorials this week has made me question whether I took a ride in a tripped out DeLorean against my will: it's 2007 all over...
The issues Sony's been having with its PlayStation Network service are well documented across the web
I'm told the folks at this very publication have been frantically clamouring for more information on the situation, but Sony's remaining tight-lipped. Honestly, it's probably for the best. No matter how big or small the problem is, Sony will want to...
Jeff Cannata coined a phrase on the Weekend Confirmed podcast that will probably stick with me for as long as I write about entertainment products
Desperately struggling to balance his positive opinion of Square Enix's Nier against the game's catalogue of flaws, Cannata concluded that the title is "more fun than it is good". It's a...
This week the PSP reclaimed its crown at the top of the domestic hardware sales charts in Japan, despite Nintendo's 3DS releasing just a month ago
Numbers for Nintendo's systm were also disappointing across Europe, with exact figures in North America seemingly hush-hush. It's worth stressing that the 3DS represents Nintendo's best ever launch, but...
It's been a while, friends
There's been a lot of great games, some huge announcements (good grief, the NGP!) and a lot of familiar sentiments around the online gaming community since I left you. One thing that's really been yanking on my metaphorical chain is the idea that all game franchises should be multiplatform. For me system exclusives are what define the entire ethos of a platform. Take that..
Our character is huddled over a group of feral kittens, desperately trying to prompt a response from the litter
The homeless people that appealed for our help tell our character that they think the animals may be injured, and have attempted to tame them without success. Our character tries to reason with the animals, making recognisable "miaow" sounds, which appear to work. The kittens..
Sports Champions just doesn't get enough credit
Its art-style might be as flat as a pancake, but some of the package's mini-games come closer to true simulation than sports franchise's that have been iterated upon for years. The reason behind its success is the PlayStation Move, which is a wildly responsive unit when used in the right regard. It may have been a launch-title for Sony's motion unit,..
PushSquare editor Sammy Barker follows up his original reaction to the NGP with discussion on why PlayStation Suite is the overlooked ace in Sony's portable gaming strategy
</em> I've had a few days to analyse the reaction to Sony's NGP announcement this week, and I've been overwhelmed by how much positivity I've read. People seem to get it. The PSP never quite delivered on the "portable..
PushSquare editor Sammy Barker delivers his first reaction to Sony's new handheld announcement, the Next Generation Portable
I often feel like I'm the only person in the world not caught up in the iOS hype hurricane. I think Apple's devices are fantastic pieces of kit, but as gaming systems they don't come anywhere near meeting the kind of expectations I hold. The games media wants me to think..
PushSquare editor Sammy Barker jumps into the gigantic world of PlayStation 3 MMO DC Universe Online
This on-going feature serves as an evolving review of the game, complete with personal anecdotes and opinion. For more editions of Going Through The MMOtions, click here.</em> As an MMO newcomer, I'm starting to appreciate that the beauty of these games (or certainly DC Universe Online in..
PushSquare editor Sammy Barker jumps into the gigantic world of PlayStation 3 MMO DC Universe Online
This on-going feature serves as an evolving review of the game, complete with personal anecdotes and opinion. For more editions of Going Through The MMOtions, click here.</em> I've never played an MMO. Not a proper one anyway. The closest I've ever come was Phantasy Star Online on the..
I've spent a good chunk of my week playing table-tennis
Don't be silly, I've not risked my life sharing the Youth Club's beaten down excuse for a table-tennis table with a group of hoods — I've been playing the sport in my living room via PlayStation Move. I've always been a fan of motion controls and, in particular, motion controlled sports games. But brilliant though it was, not even Wii Sports..
Our biggest complaint with the excellent Sports Champions is that on a presentation level it's pretty flat
Let's be honest here, who is going to remember what Kenji and Giselle look like? Zindagi might have done an excellent job programming personality into the AI opponents, but their art team weren't on form designing the characters. That's fine, because Sports Champions is an enjoyable game..
The PlayStation Move launch went better than I imagined
Word of mouth is extremely positive within the hardcore circles. Conceptually the device bares resemblance to the Wii; but there's a sense that this is what many of us were originally expecting from Nintendo's foray into motion controls. It's the hardcore gamers that Sony have been targeting over the past few weeks. Marketing has been light in..
Ever since I was a young boy, Lance Boyle has haunted my nightmares
The fictional character, played by Christian Erickson, has always been the hook of the car-combat franchise, MegaRace. He's largely the reason I grew up with the franchise — every two-three years the dusty old Panasonic 3DO would come out of the cupboard, and the first port of calling would be MegaRace. I still find the..
The re-announcement of Duke Nukem Forever this week has put my thoughts to the test
I was semi pleased when the game was cancelled. Obviously, my thoughts went out to all those who had worked hard and were losing employment — but at the same time, I feel like we've moved on from the Duke Nukem character. Does he even matter anymore? I vaguely remember my brother playing Duke Nukem on one of our..
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories proved to me that survival horror benefits from motion control better than most other genres
The game placed you in a particularly threat-free world; opting instead to create tension through interaction and atmosphere. Simply moving your flashlight across the game's eerily dark setting was enough to place you in the heart of the action; and that sense of place is key..
I'm racing down a busy high-way, the glow of syncopated red and blue sirens light up my face
My lips curl as I take aim at my pursuer and pull the trigger. "You ain't getting away so easily," I whisper to myself with all the aggression I can muster. White knuckled I close in on the damaged car. I stand up in my vehicle and try to maintain a steady forward motion, then I launch myself into..
I've got absolutely nothing to moan about
This has been an excellent week for the PlayStation brand; so good, in fact, that even reports of a jailbreak weren't able to subdue the mood. I predicted before GamesCom that it would be a low-key show - but Sony's found their stomping ground. Last year Sony dominated the European event with the headline grabbing platform redesign, but this year they ran..
This time last year we were about to experience one of the most pivotal moments in the PlayStation 3's history; the announcement of the PlayStation 3 Slim and the entire platform's re-branding completely rejuvenated Sony's platform and put it back into serious contention with the XBOX 360
The announcement came at GamesCom, a German-based video games conference with very little pedigree. Sony's..
It's hard to go back to racing games
It's a genre that's constantly evolving. While two-dimensional platformers and puzzle games remain fairly time-less — racing games evolve. It's funny, in fact, that I should return to the original PlayStation's Ridge Racer Type 4 just days after getting a hands-on with Sony's upcoming Gran Turismo 5. Despite there being little more than ten years difference..
The moment I realised the true potential of PlayStation Home was when I visited the Sodium One game space
I urge anyone who's still got negative impressions of Sony's virtual world to visit Lockwood's meta-game space and pick-up the gear you need to access the full game. Sodium One is a complete experience tied into the PlayStation Home engine —...
Sony's line-up has been exceedingly strong this year
In fact, it's probably the strongest the PlayStation 3 has ever had. It's been a banner year for the system, with games such as Heavy Rain and God Of War III all being massive success stories for the brand. It's telling of the industry's state that people should choose to criticise the line-up — MAG aside, there's not been a banner exclusive..
I want to play The Getaway
The initial set-up is fantastic; placing you in a red Rover 75 with a motley-crue of cockney shade-masters. "Who's the bird?" exclaims the appropriately named "Eyebrows", in his thick LDN tones. Across the road, a lady in a tight leather jacket sprints towards the passenger seat of the car. She flicks open the door and slams it behind her. "I..
This week wasn't supposed to be like this
I had a whole other series prepared for this week's There's No Place Like Home. I was going to do my best Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and make-over my Personal Space. But in my quest for fancy neon lamps, this happened . As I clicked the shutter of my PlayStation Home camera, I was photobombed. Allow me to...
There's acres of difference between the PlayStation Move and Kinect platforms
Some bloggers might wish you to believe otherwise, as they compare every intricate difference between the platforms. But if E3 taught us one thing, it's that the platforms are distinctly unique. I see Kinect as a device to entice people into the XBOX platform. I don't see that with the Move. I see the Move as a device..
If, like us, you were away on LocoRoco Island last week, you may have missed our specially compiled countdown of the office's most anticipated PlayStation games of this Holiday season
These are the games you're going to want to sell your kidney to buy. The games that we think should be on your pre-order list. Let's recap: Time Crisis: Razing Storm Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
How could we possibly have an anticipated list without mentioning Sackboy? LittleBigPlanet 2 is indeed our most anticipated game of Holiday 2010
While we're looking forward to all the games on this list, LittleBigPlanet 2 appears to be a step beyond everything else on offer. Despite being two years since the original LittleBigPlanet, the concept is no less ambitious. "Create your own..
What could we possibly have left to say about Gran Turismo 5? The franchise is an institution among car lovers, and the wait has been long, hard and tiring
But the definitive racing simulator is finally upon us, packing a feature-set that's out of this world. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the game's ridiculously beefed-up roster. When it launches, Gran Turismo 5 will have over 1,000 cars..
When you tell us that Criterion are making an arcade racing game, you don't really need to give us any more information
We're sold at that point. Hey, guess what? Criterion are making an arcade racing game. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit takes the franchise all the way back to its roots. Do you remember the original game on the 3DO? ("Wanna go home and cry to your Mummy?"). Yeah, Need For..
Ask anyone to list their favourite PlayStation Portable games of all time and chances are God Of War: Chains Of Olympus will be up there
The Ready At Dawn developed PSP hack-and-slash title was a technical masterpiece. Taking the formula from the home console versions of God Of War, Chains Of Olympus down-sized the action without losing anything in translation. It was a stunning achievement. Ready..
Another Call Of Duty game. Fantastic, right? Well, yes, apparently. We didn't think Call Of Duty Black Ops would ever make this list either, but everything we've seen of the game over the past 12-months has truly stunned us. For a while now we've been discussing how the fallout from Infinity Ward might affect the team from Treyarch — and their whole attitude with this game strikes..
That's all we want. That's all we've ever wanted. Well to be honest, that's not strictly true. A good motion controlled tennis game is truly what we've always wanted. But for now, table tennis will do. Yes, we know you can play it on the Wii, but Sports Champions looks to take those Wii Sports Resort concepts an elevate them to an even higher depth of accuracy. Sports Champions is the..
We're confident that Enslaved is destined to be one of this years great unsung heroes
Who knows, there's time for the game to get its plaudits yet — but based on pre-release anticipation, we're not convinced. Namco-Bandai want the game to be their equivalent of Uncharted 2, loft anticipations for a new IP indeed. But with Ninja Theory at the helm, anything can happen. Enslaved's a..
When we first heard the news about Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood we were a little confused
"Another Assassin's Creed game?" we exclaimed. "Already?" Our fears were elevated when we found out that the game was to have a multiplayer focus. "MULTIPLAYER!?! In Assassin's Creed? Now you're joking, right?" Turns out our fears were completely unwarranted, however. The..
One of two PlayStation Portable games on this list, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep is a prequel to the PlayStation 2 game, taking place some ten years prior to the events of the original
Again its set to be a loving marriage between Disney and Square Enix in an action RPG guise. What stands out about Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep is not so much the familiarity of the startling cutesy concept, but..
It's a rails-shooter on a motion control platform - how utterly predictable
But, there was a time when most people would go out of their way to get to an arcade with the latest Time Crisis game, and the franchise still holds a warm place in our hearts. So when you tell us you're bringing Time Crisis: Razing Storm, aswell as Time Crisis 4 and Deadstorm Pirates to the PlayStation 3, we can't help but..
We've never been to a carnival
Not a real carnival like you see in the movies anyway. We've been to fairs, fetes and gatherings. But never a carnival. PlayStation Home's new Midway Carnival space is the kind you never see in real-life — its set at night time in a vast opening. There's a gothic feel to the place, it's almost like stepping into the...
I just don't get it
As a reviewer, I can see the positives and negatives in every game I play. But on a personal level, I just don't get multiplayer shooters. I'm talking about the games that have Team Deathmatch as the default game-mode — your Modern Warfare 2s, Medal Of Honors and even Uncharted 2s. I've always questioned whether I truly have...
I'm playing two games at the moment that very few people care about
They're not the type of games that are gracing magazine covers and website home-pages. They probably have mild targets and low budgets. They're hardly blockbusters. But they've got me completely excited. It's made me realise that, sometimes, you don't always need a blockbuster. After all, video games are supposed to be fun, and..
I hate it when people say "me too" in a derogatory fashion
That mentality doesn't make sense to me. The foundations of progress are built upon improvement - taking an idea and making it better. The best most recent example is PlayStation Move. The Wii has proved itself a solid but under-utilised control mechanism, so it pains me to see an improved...
I was right
I went on a record a couple of times before E3, stating vigorously that it would be unlikely we'd see a new PSP. We didn't. Probably a good thing - with all the hype surrounding Nintendo's 3DS, it would have taken something special to top that. But it raises a question of its own. I had speculated that Sony might dramatically drop the price of the PSP range this E3, hoping to..
The term "moneyhat" has long been used in conjunction with Microsoft, and indeed, businesses in general
But I believe, tonight, we saw the true meaning of the term. With a two-hour showing barely raising a muted clap at Microsoft's press conference tonight, we were treated to a range of mediocre to decent to downright poor presentations for the XBOX. And the audience were responding to that -..
Last year I had an email
Someone asked me, "if you had a job at SCEA, and you were in the planning room for Sony's E3 2010 press conference, how would you glue the event together?" In response, I wrote a pretty detailed opinionator breaking down the way in which I'd construct Sony's press conference, based on predictions already made. This...
With E3 speculation reaching an all-time high (we're finding it hard to keep our excitement for both E3 and the World Cup in check), the blogosphere's literally bulging with rumours of megaton-esque announcements from every corner of the industry
We've put together a list of some of the most frequent rumours, and why they're unlikely to come true. Shenmue III (SEGA) - it breaks every inch of our..
With E3 mere days away now, the industry's anticipation is nearing fever-pitch
With pretty high stakes all around for the platform holders, it can be easy to over-look the actual core of the event in anticipation of megaton announcements and new hardware — that's the games. As we continue our E3 build-up, we list our five most anticipated PlayStation games of the show. In order to appear on this..
1998 was a sensational year for the video games
If I name-drop just a few of the releases from that year it's pretty easy to note why. Metal Gear Solid. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. Half-Life. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Heck, even Fallout 2. They all released in 1998, a year which, in hind-sight, has long been considered the most important in video games' relatively short history. But just..
E3 is coming and everyone's got their own opinions on what they think's going to be shown
It's the hottest topic of debate in the video games industry right now. Just what are Sony going to show for their range of Playstation platforms? I've dissected the most reasonable estimates I can muster and compiled them into this week's Opinionator post...
Honestly, we feel like we're the only publication on the Internet in support of the 3D movement
Every other publication out there seems to be grappling with the "why" and "how" rather than the base-line concept. Look, we understand as well as everyone else that 3D is going to be expensive, and many (us included) will not be looking to upgrade for some years. That's absolutely..
Last month saw the release of two hotly anticipated arcade racers
Sadly, too much of a good thing can lead to a difficult choice, but worry not, we're here to help. Marking the first of our Playstation face-offs, we take a look at the pros and cons of Bizarre Creations' Blur and Disney Interactive's Split/Second. Blur on Playstation 3 Review - 4/4 Split/Second on Playstation 3 Review - 2/4 Concept..
Burnout Paradise predates this website
It was released in January 2008, at a time when I didn't have to play every game that released. I picked it up sometime in September. Being a fan of arcade racers, it still bemuses me that I didn't buy it earlier, and I honestly can't for the life of me recall why. But I didn't - I picked it up late. At the time trophies were new, and Criterion had pledged a..
E3 is weeks away
Literally just weeks. If you'd have asked me a couple of months ago what I believed would be the biggest Playstation 3 titles to debut at the event I'd have said Killzone 3. I'd have said LittleBigPlanet 2. But both of those games have been announced - one officially, one unofficially. Killzone 3 leaked last night out of an issue of GamePro. The term "leaked" should be
3D Dot Game Heroes and Modnation Racers: two Playstation 3 exclusives
The Playstation Store: a revolutionary online service dedicated to delivering sub-$15 experiences direct to our hard-drive. The knot in the middle: "These games look like they should be PSN downloads," forum posts complain, "$60 retail release. Not worth it. I'm not buying." The topic at hand: since when did..
LittleBigPlanet 2's a video game
Media Molecule has insisted on telling us that much. Everything else we know by now, we probably shouldn't. The embargo lifts tomorrow. Already people are forming opinions about the game though: generally I'm gauging a sense of unprecedented excitement, optimism at the potential fixes for common problems, and irritation. Judging by what we've actually seen of..
Everytime I jump back into LittleBigPlanet I have a mild brain explosion
Having worked tirelessly for several days to create my own LBP representation of Alice In Wonderland back in '08, I know the amount of work that needs to be instilled into these projects in order to create a masterpiece. But everytime I go back to LBP, there's something that absolutely blows my mind. The guys making this stuff..
Some interesting comments came out of Castlevania producer David Cox's pie-hole this week
The dev spoke candidly to PSM3 magazine about Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2 and its baring on the industry. In that interview Cox dropped a bomb of a quote, declaring that Uncharted 2 couldn't set a genre benchmark because it was a single-platform release. It left...
High Velocity Bowling has been on my Playstation 3's hard-drive for a long time
I think I bought it while it was in one of SCEE's ludicrously cheap sales. I played it for maybe five-minutes after purchase and then never touched it again. But yesterday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK - a.k.a. "Sit On Your Ass And Do Nothing For 12 Hours"...
If you were to listen to (and believe) much of the Western video games media, you'd probably be fooled into thinking Sony's Playstation Portable has been an abysmal failure
Released in 2005, the PSP has mustered sales of over 60million units worldwide in those five years since launch - figures not particularly shy of Nintendo's Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance range. Impressive, given Nintendo's..
God Of War III is being criticised for being too familiar to its predecessors, but it's a line of critique I feel intrigued to counter
Playing God Of War III, I couldn't help but notice the ways in which Sony Santa Monica took something familiar and made it better. On a surface-level, the tweaks aren't particularly apparent, but there are so many things tweaked to improve the experience. From the..
Guess what? It's the BAFTAs tomorrow night
And that means all the glamorous folks involved in putting together the games you loved last year will be heading to the red-carpet to (hopefully) collect a copious number of gongs. We've teamed up with VoucherCodes.co.uk to bring you our definitive list of predictions ahead of tomorrow's big event...
How short is too short in video games? Well, how short's a piece of string? It's astounding to see the number of people commenting unfavourably on God Of War III's length
"But God Of War III is only eight hours and Final Fantasy XIII is fifty - I'll rent Kratos' epic last hurrah instead." Quality over quantity - how many have heard that phrase? You should have, it's a popular comment and..
We've been playing Yakuza 3 this weekend and have fallen in love
We're in head-over-heels admiration for Sony's risky Japanophile experiment. But why's it so good? Well ahead of our review (check back mid-week for that), we wanted to justify the reasons why you should rush out to your local game store and pick up this under-rated gem right now. Love-child. In many ways, the Yakuza franchise..
I've been searching the archives: Bioshock? No way
Goldeneye? The bungie jump was cool. Shenmue? "Fuku-san!". No matter how deep I dive, I can't find an opening as strong as God Of War III's. A sixty-minute period in which everything that makes the God Of War franchise a success is crammed, turned on its head, and amplified to 11. As of next week, when people talk about Playstation 3, and..
Over the past months I've had the privilege of playing two extremely unique games
Heavy Rain and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are both arguably flawed titles if you pick them apart. But let them stand on their own merits and they're inspiring. I don't want to do other games a disservice in my appraisal, I have plenty of love for more formal titles (I'm enjoying the heck out of the uber-generic..
Geoff Keighley's promo video for this week's GameTrailers TV threw a surprise for most Playstation fans
During a show-reel of Playstation 3 games, Keighley announced that this week's episode of GTTV would see the unveiling of a "surprise Sony sequel". But what could that game be? Obvious choices would boil down to Killzone 3 or Resistance 3. Both games are known to be in development, and..
It seems to me that every video game has multiplayer these days
More or less. And even when it's debateable whether a game should have multiplayer (Bioshock 2 springs to mind), the resulting component tends to be rather impressive. But that causes its own sub-set of problems, particularly for someone like myself who has to play through multiple...
NowGamer's Samuel Roberts recently posted a critique on the portrayal of women in Quantic Dream's forward-thinking noire-thriller Heavy Rain
Having played the game to death already for review here in the PushSquare office, we took issue with Samuel's particular point. [Some very mild spoilers through the link] Without wanting to tread too far over-the-line with unnecessary spoilers, Samuel..
Growing up, I've never had any interest in movies set in the wild-west
Sure, I can remember cold winter afternoons, sitting next to the fire with my Grandmother, watching some tired old tosh set about Pawnee Bill; but I've never once considered the genre a favourite. Which is strange, because anytime I think of wild-west games, I think of them with great fondness. I think the obsession started with..
Twiggys playing through Final Fantasy VII for the first-time ever
Join him as he catalogues his progress but beware, if youre still planning on playing through Final Fantasy VII for yourself, there are spoilers ahead.</em> "Mouth to mouth!?" I exclaim. "She's just..
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