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News: Marilyn Manson's New Album Was Put on PlayStation Discs to Represent Change

Marilyn Manson's New Album Was Put on PlayStation Discs to Represent Change

This is the new s***

Here's something unusual: Marilyn Manson – yes, the controversial rocker who rose to popularity in the late '90s – released his new album on old PlayStation discs. It was more of an artistic decision than anything, as the self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar's latest record, fittingly named The Pale Emperor, is supposed...

Soapbox: You Should Stop Pre-Ordering Games

You Should Stop Pre-Ordering Games

Sammy Barker's against this scary trend

We've got a problem, readers – and it pertains to pre-ordering games. I never used to be opposed to this practice: I'd regularly drop a fiver at my local GAME on titles that I was looking forward to, and would waltz home happily with a receipt and a pre-order pack – the DVD that came with Metal Gear...

News: You Need This Journey Record in Your Life

You Need This Journey Record in Your Life

No, not that Journey

You're not a true hipster until you have a sizeable vinyl collection – preferably spanning indie hits such as thatgamecompany's outstanding Journey. It's a good thing for your coffee shop street cred, then, that iam8bit has teamed up with Sony to create this stunning double LP set for Austin Wintory's soaring score. The...

Soapbox: We Need More New Game Plus

We Need More New Game Plus

Robert Ramsey wants to start over, but not from scratch

Just a couple of days ago, I started a new playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition, in preparation for the first slice of DLC that's hitting PlayStation consoles in May. Having already completed the game once, I was looking forward to slogging through the adventure again while making use of...

Feature: The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

You should know better

Frustration is an emotion that none of us want to feel, especially when we're playing video games. The problem is, of course, that frustration is always lurking just around the corner, unless you're like the gaming equivalent of the most meditative monk in the world – in which case, we salute your patience and...

Weirdness: Some Idiot Traded in Their Ultra Rare 20th Anniversary PS4 at CEX

Some Idiot Traded in Their Ultra Rare 20th Anniversary PS4 at CEX

Just another unloved appliance

Sometimes you need a quick sale, and stores like CEX are always available to purchase your unwanted goods. This is fine if we're talking about your crusty old PlayStation 2 and scratched copy of Pro Evolution Soccer 3, but if you're offloading your 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 at the high street store – well, you...

News: A Very Happy Birthday to You, PlayStation 2

A Very Happy Birthday to You, PlayStation 2

The third place

Seeing as Sony ceased production on the PlayStation 2 a little while ago, we assumed that we were done celebrating the system's birthday, but what the heck – pour one out for the old guy. The black behemoth turns 15 today, if you take into account its 4th March, 2000 launch date in Japan. Those were certainly heady days, as not...

These Are the Players: A Conversation with YouTube Game Reviewer Caddicarus

A Conversation with YouTube Game Reviewer Caddicarus

Caddick addict

Here at Push Square Towers, we're constantly blithering on about the most famous game developers and designers, but there's always been a hole in our coverage: the players. We're talking about the fans – the people that love the brand as much as we do. Ultimately, we're referring to folk just like you. In this new series, we'll be...

Weirdness: Sony Craftily Joins Dress Colour Debate

Sony Craftily Joins Dress Colour Debate

Introducing the new white and gold DualShock 4

Those that have topped up their Tumblr knowledge of late will be aware of the dress debate that's taken social media by storm. For those out of the loop, an image showing a white and gold dress has prompted an online rift, as some argue that it's actually black and blue. We'v

Opinion: How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

Good and bad

There's a growing sentiment among the gaming press that sites like this one are an outdated concept. Apparently, people no longer want to read a considered critique of a game – they'd rather watch a playthrough on YouTube or Twitch, with some commentary from a popular personality. It's something that's constantly on this author's...

News: The Order: 1886's 256 Page Strategy Guide Is Pure Gold

The Order: 1886's 256 Page Strategy Guide Is Pure Gold

Push square

We're not ones to kick a game when it's down – after all, we really like parts of Ready at Dawn's inaugural PlayStation 4 exclusive – but The Order: 1886 is probably the last title on the planet that needed a 256 page strategy guide. Still, that's exactly what Brady Games has produced, and it's already proving a hit in some hardcore...

News: UK Publisher and Gamer Charity Weekend Includes World Exclusive Gameplay

UK Publisher and Gamer Charity Weekend Includes World Exclusive Gameplay

Gaming for all

If you hadn't noticed it already topping the trends on Twitter, this weekend marks GameBlast, a 24 hour charity gaming marathon by gamers, for gamers. Everyone is gaming hard all to help donate to Special Effect – a UK game charity devoted to helping those with physical disabilities play games. It isn't just streamers getting...