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First Impressions: Is Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain on PS4 the Best Entry Yet?

Is Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain on PS4 the Best Entry Yet?

Tactical espionage excellence

It's night in Afghanistan, as the soldier known as Big Boss surveys a Russian outpost from afar. Soldiers, searchlights, and machine gun emplacements pepper the settlement, making his mission to rescue a prisoner held there even more difficult. The question is: what approach should the legendary soldier take? Should...

First Impressions: Bashing Our Brainnns Against PS4's Zombie Vikings

Bashing Our Brainnns Against PS4's Zombie Vikings

Thor you should know a little more about this title

Arriving digitally next week is hack-'n'-slash adventure Zombie Vikings – unsurprisingly a game about undead vikings slicing their way through numerous enemies in a side-scrolling quest. We were lucky enough to play a short preview build prior to release to see how this comical adventure is...

First Impressions: Call of Duty: Black Ops III Embraces the Past As It Focuses on the Future

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Embraces the Past As It Focuses on the Future

Lean, mean, cybernetic machine

With Call of Duty being the most successful multiplayer shooter franchise in video game history, you would think that betas would've been the norm by now. Instead, each instalment has had infamous issues. Annoying perks such as Juggernaut in Modern Warfare, overpowered weapons like the FAMAS and AK74u in Black Ops,...

First Impressions: Eyes-On with PS4's Virtual Reality Headset Project Morpheus

Eyes-On with PS4's Virtual Reality Headset Project Morpheus

An early look at exclusives London Heist and RIGS

We've known about Project Morpheus – the PlayStation 4's proprietary virtual reality headset – for what feels like an eternity now, so we're definitely reaching that point where it's time for Sony to stop talking about the possibilities for the peripheral, and start proving why it's so...

First Impressions: Trading Blows in the Street Fighter V PS4 Beta

Trading Blows in the Street Fighter V PS4 Beta

Execution, revolution, evolution

Street Fighter IV had a good run. Released in Japanese arcades in 2008 and home consoles in 2009, Capcom's flagship fighter received four paid iterations over six years, ended with a character roster of 44, and the Street Fighter finals of EVO 2015 were watched by very nearly a quarter of a million fans. This may...

First Impressions: Our First 50 Hours With The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4

Our First 50 Hours With The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4

Taming Tamriel

That's right, we've played The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for just a little over 50 hours now, so we thought that it was about time to get some impressions published. Being a massively multiplayer online game, it's safe to say that there's an absolute ton of things to see and do in ZeniMax Online Studios' huge adventure...

First Impressions: Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 Sure Is Fighting Fit

Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 Sure Is Fighting Fit

Alright on the Knight

Holy awkward release date, Batman – you contrary cowl connoisseur. There's probably a metaphor that Warner Bros was trying to convey to the games media when it dated Batman: Arkham Knight just days after E3 2015 – like, y'know how Bruce Wayne has to keep fighting to ensure that Gotham City's safe... Yeah, the public...

First Impressions: How Much of an Improvement Is Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae 2.0?

How Much of an Improvement Is Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae 2.0?

Bromance evolved

We live in strange times when a demo can get a hefty patch, but it's well worth downloading Episode Duscae's several gigabytes 2.0 update. In our first, pre-patch look at this early glimpse of Final Fantasy XV, we noted that it's clear that the game has huge potential: the open map is quite absorbing, the title's sense of style...

First Impressions: How Does Pokémon Maker Game Freak's PS4 Debut Fare?

How Does Pokémon  Maker Game Freak's PS4 Debut Fare?

We take Tembo the Badass Elephant for a ride

Side-scrollers are dime a dozen in this current digital age. The old-school genre may have fallen out of favour following the PSone's introduction of new-fangled polygons, but the vibrant indie development scene has ensured that 2D platformers are fashionable again – even if they tend to rival Early...

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,...