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First Impressions: The Witcher 3 May Be One of the Best Games on PS4

The Witcher 3 May Be One of the Best Games on PS4

Itchin' for a witchin'

It's as simple as the headline makes it seem: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is something special. Although we're not quite ready to forge our final opinion on the game, we've put together this relatively quick impressions piece for you, and hopefully, it'll give you a decent idea of what to expect from CD Projekt Red's open world...

First Impressions: How Does The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Look and Run on PS4?

How Does The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Look and Run on PS4?

Plus, our final thoughts

After absolutely hammering The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited PlayStation 4 beta virtually all weekend, we're actually a bit sad to see it go. Our jaunt back into Tamriel has been an enjoyable one, despite the fact that it never truly wowed us. Perhaps this is another case of keeping expectations relatively low,...

First Impressions: How Brutal Is The Elder Scrolls Online's Combat in Its PS4 Beta?

How  Brutal Is The Elder Scrolls Online's Combat in Its PS4 Beta?

Plus, we take a look at character progression

Combat in The Elder Scrolls series has never been brilliant, despite the fact that it's been integral to each title's design. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion introduced a more action-based system, while The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim built upon that formula, keeping the basics in place, while refining the...

First Impressions: Letting the Team Down in Rocket League on PS4

Letting the Team Down in Rocket League on PS4

Crash and grab

Like a Jose Mourinho managed football team in its second season, you get the feeling that this is Rocket League's time to shine. The sequel to the obnoxiously named Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, this RC car-cross-soccer experience is a shining example of a simple concept done well – it's just outstanding fun...

First Impressions: Exploring Bleakrock Isle in The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 Beta

Exploring Bleakrock Isle in The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 Beta

We examine exploration, environments, and quests

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim fans would feel right at home on Bleakrock Isle, a relatively small and snowy island that we've been busy traipsing across during our first day of taking part in The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited beta on the PlayStation 4. It's not just the white stuff that's on...

First Impressions: Scratching Our Heads Through Soul Axiom on PS4

Scratching Our Heads Through Soul Axiom on PS4

Axiom verge

What do you get when you mix Tron with BioShock Infinite and Antichamber – and sprinkle a helping of Indiana Jones on top? The answer is, er, Soul Axiom. At least, that's the vibe that we got during a hands-on session with an early build of the game. The follow-up title from Master Reboot developer Wales Interactive, this is shaping...

First Impressions: Taking One on the Chin in Mortal Kombat X on PS4

Taking One on the Chin in Mortal Kombat X on PS4

You make me larrrf, Kitana

Mortal Kombat X is genuinely funny. You can bombard us with Johnny Cage-esque green orbs in the comments all you like, but there's no way that developer NetherRealm built this game with a straight face. And that's a good thing. The amount of tomfoolery on display at times is outrageous – and it's bettered only by the...

First Impressions: PlayStation Home Has Already Arrived on PS4, and It's Called Atom Universe

PlayStation Home Has Already Arrived on PS4, and It's Called Atom Universe

Home alone

Sometimes the best surprises in life are the ones that you don't expect – but we'd give pause before describing Atom Universe as a pleasant shock. Suspiciously dropped onto the European PlayStation Store today with virtually zero fanfare, this is the next-gen social hovel that you've been yearning for ever since PlayStation Home...

First Impressions: Final Fantasy XV Has Massive Potential

Final Fantasy XV Has Massive Potential

Don't screw this up

To be totally honest, we're still having trouble coming to terms with the fact that we've actually played something related to Final Fantasy XV. If you've been keeping up with the game's development, all the way back since it was announced almost ten years ago, then we imagine that you'll feel the same. Episode Duscae, the...

First Impressions: Bringing the Beat Back with Amplitude on PS4

Bringing the Beat Back with Amplitude on PS4

Music to our ears

We'll forever remember the original Amplitude on the PlayStation 2 for one major reason: it forced us to listen to Slipknot, Papa Roach, and pseudo-religious group P.O.D. While they may not be the happiest memories, however, Harmonix's mix of WipEout and bad licensed music does still hold a special place in this author's heart,...

First Impressions: Is Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Rotten or Ripe on PS4?

Is Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Rotten or Ripe on PS4?

Claire's accessories

Resident Evil: Revelations faced a tough test when we reviewed it on the PlayStation 3 a couple of years ago. At the time of its release in May 2013, this author had already played a meaty chunk of The Last of Us, and Jill Valentine's oceanic romp failed to really live up. In hindsight, it was perhaps a little unfair to expect...

First Impressions: Enlisting in The Tomorrow Children, PS4's Great Social Experiment

Enlisting in The Tomorrow Children, PS4's Great Social Experiment

Off to work we go

The Tomorrow Children is the type of title that you’d only ever find on PlayStation. We’re not referring to the fact that Sony’s footing the bill of this Q-Games developed curiosity – or the vaguely disingenuous PR sound bites that tend to filter out of first-party outfits from time-to-time – but the mere notion that...

First Impressions: Coming Home to Grand Theft Auto V on PS4

Coming Home to Grand Theft Auto V on PS4

The city of sinners

There’s nothing quite like coming home – or so they say. In truth, this editor has spent the last couple of decades living in the exact same sleepy city, so wouldn’t really know what it’s like to return after several years away – but we imagine that it’s a little like playing Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4...

First Impressions: How Well Does Assassin's Creed Unity Actually Run on PS4?

How Well Does Assassin's Creed Unity Actually Run on PS4?

Not quite a revolution

We're still working on our full review of Assassin's Creed Unity, but with all of this speculation as to how the game actually looks and runs on the PlayStation 4, we thought that it'd be a good idea to put forward a report on the matter. We're a reasonable way into the sandbox adventure, and by this point, we reckon that...

First Impressions: What Does Dying Light Do to Resurrect the Zombie Apocalypse on PS4?

What Does Dying Light Do to Resurrect the Zombie Apocalypse on PS4?

The freewheelin' mob killing

Dying Light finds itself in an odd position. With its last-gen version recently cancelled, and developer Techland touting a renewed focus on fluidity and polish, the parkour-‘em-up’s future feels slightly unclear. We recently went hands on with the title at PAX Australia, and – after being ushered

First Impressions: Take a Minute to Learn About One of PS4's Hidden Gems

Take a Minute to Learn About One of PS4's Hidden Gems

60 second smash

Without meaning to sound like a jaded so-and-so, the one problem with reporting on video games is that they rarely have the ability to surprise. As an infant, this particular editor used to relish trips to underground game stores where shelves of import titles gazed gleefully back – every single one of them a mysterious entity...

First Impressions: Does WWE 2K15 on PS4 Have Heavyweight Pedigree?

Does WWE 2K15 on PS4 Have Heavyweight Pedigree?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

If you heard loud screaming coming from the back corner of Earls Court, it may have been us. Yes, 2K Sports brought the PlayStation 4 version of WWE 2K15 to the UK’s biggest video game fair this year, EGX London, and throwing ourselves at a free demo unit, it became all too apparent why our fellow revellers were yelling at full...

First Impressions: Squeezing the Cheeks of LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4

Squeezing the Cheeks of LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4

Sack joy

Like a cuddly toy that’s slipped down the side of a forgetful infant’s bed, there’s a sense that LittleBigPlanet 3 is getting overlooked. Caught among the onslaught of holiday releases, Sackboy and his band of burlap buddies have failed to catch the interest of the robotic hordes fawning over annualised outings such as Call of Duty:...

First Impressions: Is Pretty PS4 Exclusive The Order: 1886 a Victorian Victory?

Is Pretty PS4 Exclusive The Order: 1886 a Victorian Victory?

Antique action

Insomniac Games may have taken a half-step outside of the House of PlayStation, but Sony may have already found the studio’s replacement in Ready at Dawn. Much of the conversation surrounding Victorian adventure The Order: 1886 has centred on its storyline and steampunk art style, but after a short hands-on demo, we came away more...

First Impressions: What New Tricks does Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Learn on PS4?

What New Tricks does Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Learn on PS4?

Yes Wei

Many would argue that the original Sleeping Dogs was the overlooked sandbox gem of the last generation. The title's setting of Hong Kong had a quirky feel to it, and gameplay mixed exploration, kung-fu combat, and a surprisingly enjoyable story. It certainly wasn't as polished or as vast in scope as something like Grand Theft Auto V, but...