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Soapbox: Why I Love Strategy Guides

Why I Love Strategy Guides

A game's best friend

Sometimes I think that strategy guides are a little bit misunderstood. I understand that spoilers are a big problem these days – especially with titles that are heavy on story – and there's no denying that finding your own way through a game is, more often than not, the most rewarding way to play. But for me, the appeal of...

News: This Bloodborne Statue Is Devilishly Detailed

This Bloodborne Statue Is Devilishly Detailed

Bloody expensive, though

As the old saying goes, the devil is in the detail, and this is certainly true of Bloodborne's latest piece of merchandise. Two slightly different 32cm statues are available to pre-order in Japan from Gecco, but they each cost a whopping $300 or so. One model is tinted with a splash of blood, while the other appears to be a...

Weirdness: People Are Already Covering Horizon: Zero Dawn's Soundtrack

People Are Already Covering Horizon: Zero Dawn's Soundtrack

We know we weren't the first ones here

Dutch musician Joris de Man may have been missing from Killzone: Shadow Fall, but he's proven that he's still the man by composing Horizon: Zero Dawn's soaring soundtrack. And so affecting has the E3 trailer's short audio snippet proven that people are already taking to YouTube with their own rendition of the...

News: This R2-D2 PS4 Laptop Is Bleeping Badass

This R2-D2 PS4 Laptop Is Bleeping Badass

C3PO would be impressed

Sony is astutely positioning the PlayStation 4 as the platform for Star Wars this year, but while we're sure that it's going to have a handful of custom hardware bundles to celebrate the release of Battlefront, we doubt that any of them will be this darn awesome. Ed Zarick has been making custom console laptops for a while,...

News: Watch the Crash Bandicoot Cartoon That Never Was

Watch the Crash Bandicoot Cartoon That Never Was

"Play our game and tell your friends so we'll make lots of loot"

Crash Bandicoot turned out to be one of the biggest brands of the 90s, but Universal Interactive Studios had even bigger plans for the property before Sony licensed it for its legendary PSone platforming trilogy. During the early days of development, the publisher was knocking around...

Weirdness: There's a PSone on the Way to Pluto

There's a PSone on the Way to Pluto

Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation

If you thought that your yellowing PSone was good for late-night sessions of Crash Bandicoot only, then you may want to have a rethink. NASA engineers repurposed the system's MIPS R3000 CPU back in 2006, using it to control a grand piano-sized space probe which is on its way to Pluto. According to The...

News: PlayStation and Xbox Bosses Go Head-to-Head

PlayStation and Xbox Bosses Go Head-to-Head

In a friendly game of Disney Infinity 3.0

Can you hear that? It's the sound of Hell freezing over. At the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, PlayStation wish fulfiller Adam Boyes and Xbox spokesperson Larry Hryb hooked up for a head-to-head in Disney Infinity 3.0's all-new Sumo Digital developed kart racing mode. Neither of them looked especially...

News: This Kid Clearly Wishes He'd Won a PS4 at Comic Con

This Kid Clearly Wishes He'd Won a PS4 at Comic Con

Yay

When companies give away consoles, they do so with the intention of building positive press. Microsoft is on the showfloor at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, handing out Xbox Ones among various other prizes. But while this winner may have gifted the Redmond firm a viral video, it's not quite the Nintendo 64 sequel that the organisation may...

News: French Magazine Honours PS4's Incredible E3 2015

French Magazine Honours PS4's Incredible E3 2015

The greatest of all time

Not everyone was as jazzed as us at Sony's incredible E3 2015 press conference, but those born during a certain era will have understood the significance of the event. At times, the platform holder's media briefing bordered on fan fiction, with The Last Guardian, Shenmue III, and Final Fantasy VII Remake all appearing during...

News: The Teen Who Ruined PS4's Christmas Narrowly Avoids Jail

The Teen Who Ruined PS4's Christmas Narrowly Avoids Jail

Convicted of over 50,000 computer crimes

Do you remember when the PlayStation Network went down? No, we don't mean last night – we're talking about the last major outage, which occurred over Christmas. Sony's servers were down for days, and while the whole sorry affair was good for our traffic ticker, it didn't exactly reflect well on the platform...

News: This Shenmue Documentary Couldn't Be Better Timed

This Shenmue Documentary Couldn't Be Better Timed

Makers must have checked their Timex watches

Shenmue III's up-and-down Kickstarter campaign is entering its final stages, and it's picked just the right moment to gather some serious steam. This documentary detailing the 14 year wait for the sequel couldn't be better timed, then, as a teaser trailer for the fan-made film has been released with the...

News: Take a Closer Look at the Nintendo PlayStation

Take a Closer Look at the Nintendo PlayStation

True treasure

You've all seen – and angrily commented on – our story about the Nintendo PlayStation, but how would you like to take a closer look at the cancelled console? The prototype platform's owner, Dan Diebold, has uploaded a video on YouTube showing off the disc-based device, which was conceived as part of a poisoned partnership between...

News: Oh Look, It's a Nintendo PlayStation Console

Oh Look, It's a Nintendo PlayStation Console

You what

Fridays are usually pretty quiet when it comes to games journalism, probably because everyone just wants to start the weekend early and, actually, you know, play some video games for once. Apparently, though, a poster over on ASSEMbler didn't get the memo, as they've revealed the existence of an actual Nintendo PlayStation console that...

News: Imagine Buying and Dumping a New PS4 Every Time You Travel - That's What NBA Players Do

Imagine Buying and Dumping a New PS4 Every Time You Travel - That's What NBA Players Do

Not that kind of travelling

When you've got money to burn, we suppose that buying expensive hardware like home consoles doesn't matter all that much. This theory's supported by Giannis Antetokounmpo, an NBA player, who, in a recent interview, says that his teammates buy PlayStation 4s when they're travelling to away matches, only to ditch them at...

News: These PS4 Fans Really Want a SOCOM 2 Remaster

These PS4 Fans Really Want a SOCOM 2 Remaster

Tango down

Ah, remasters: some loathe 'em, some love 'em. Whichever camp you fall into, it doesn't sound like they're going to stop anytime soon – especially when people are campaigning for more to get made. SOCOM 2 is the latest target of fans, as a group of military aficionados rally around the forgotten franchise to get its second instalment...