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First Impressions: Testing the Hype in Destiny's Exclusive PS4 Alpha

Testing the Hype in Destiny's Exclusive PS4 Alpha

We say jump, you say how high

Over the last four days, we've spent 26 hours exploring Destiny's surprise First Look Alpha. Announced during Sony's E3 2014 press conference, the 6.6GB download offers a shockingly robust early look at the upcoming sci-fi epic, sporting an impressively vast map full of enemies, a player-versus-player mode, a lengthy...

First Impressions: Burning Bodies in The Evil Within on PS4

Burning Bodies in The Evil Within on PS4

You're Mikami crazy

When legendary developer and horror game kingpin Shinji Mikami first unleashed the T-Virus onto the PSone in 1996, he not only managed to popularise the genre with mainstream audiences, but also founded a blockbuster franchise that would go on to sell millions. Some 18 years later, it could be argued that the long running...

First Impressions: PS4 Puzzler The Swapper Is a Ridley Scott Meets Metroid Masterclass

PS4 Puzzler The Swapper Is a Ridley Scott Meets Metroid Masterclass

Do the old switcheroo

Games are the perfect medium for escapism, transporting us anywhere from the depths of the ocean to the furthest reaches of the universe. The Swapper depicts an unnerving return to the desolate realm of space, as you’re whisked away to the apparently abandoned Theseus Space Station. Using an experimental device, can you...

First Impressions: PS4 Puzzler MouseCraft Whiffs of Tetris, Lemmings, and Mature Cheddar

PS4 Puzzler MouseCraft Whiffs of Tetris, Lemmings, and Mature Cheddar

Dairy glee

Freed from the shackles of financially motivated businessmen, the indie space is awash with bonkers ideas, and Crunching Koala’s upcoming MouseCraft is no exception. The lovechild of Tetris and Lemmings, the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita titles puts you in the steampunk shoes of a crazy cat scientist – aptly named...

First Impressions: Taking a Toll Free Tour of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number on PS4

Taking a Toll Free Tour of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number on PS4

So wrong but so right

Did you like hurting other people? If so, then you were no doubt very happy when a new Hotline Miami game was revealed to be in the works. The critical and commercial success of the original made the sequel a virtual certainty, and with Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number due for release later this year, we got the chance to take...

First Impressions: Beating Up Siblings in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Beating Up Siblings in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Keep it in the family

For the uninitiated, the constant wave of previously Japanese-only titles getting a Western release can be extremely daunting. Despite the recent successes of Persona 4 Golden, Catherine, and even the likes of Demon’s Souls, there still exists a barrier that very few people are willing to cross in the name of newer, more...

First Impressions: Sliding Down the Slipway with Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day

Sliding Down the Slipway with Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day

Ranko's Creed

In case you're unaware, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is not technically a game in the normal sense of the word. Instead, it's a rather big bundle of delight, featuring four short anime movies from acclaimed directors who brought you cult classics such as the 1988 blockbuster Akira, and a rather quirky gameplay segment...

First Impressions: Murdered: Soul Suspect Makes a Compelling Case on PS4

Murdered: Soul Suspect Makes a Compelling Case on PS4

Ghost crimebuster

A plunge from a fourth floor window to the street below isn’t quite enough to kill hard as nails detective Ronan O’Connor. The seven bullets that follow are. The introduction to our hands-on with the PlayStation 4 version of Murdered: Soul Suspect was certainly arresting, and made us eager to find out more about this upcoming...

First Impressions: Rolling with the PS4 Port of Skating Smash OlliOlli

Rolling with the PS4 Port of Skating Smash OlliOlli

Deck the mall

We won’t need to expend too many sentences to summarise the PlayStation 4 port of Roll7’s surprisingly strong skateboarding sim OlliOlli: it’s the PlayStation Vita game amplified to the size of your television screen. Rather than develop the title in-house, the British-based studio has offloaded the heavy lifting to BlitWorks,...

First Impressions: Is the PS Vita Dragging Murasaki Baby Back?

Is the PS Vita Dragging Murasaki Baby Back?

Who loves ya, baby?

Murasaki Baby is a gobstoppingly gorgeous title – but it’s yet to prove that it’s an entertaining one. The inaugural escapade by Italian outfit Ovosonico shares similarities with creative director Massimo Guarini’s previous outing Shadows of the Damned, in that it provides an inviting aesthetic, but not enough immediate...

First Impressions: Staying Alive in Alien: Isolation, the Tensest Title on PS4 So Far

Staying Alive in Alien: Isolation, the Tensest Title on PS4 So Far

Ripley's believe it

That we’ve already sneaked through a short sample of upcoming PlayStation 4 survival horror Alien: Isolation says a lot about the game and its developer. Knowing that it could have easily been haunted by the spectre of Gearbox’s atrocious Aliens: Colonial Marines, The Creative Assembly has instead punctured any scepticism...

First Impressions: Turtle Rock Is Transforming Co-Op with Evolve on PS4

Turtle Rock Is Transforming Co-Op with Evolve on PS4

Evolve or die

Boss battles are quite common in games. Usually equipped with a sequence of rules, they give you the opportunity to face a gargantuan challenge in search of closure or progression. So what happens when you open this ideology up and create a game that’s a constant non-scripted, unpredictable, and intense boss fight? Well, Turtle...

First Impressions: Toukiden Looks to Forge a Strong Handheld Slay-'Em-Up

Toukiden Looks to Forge a Strong Handheld Slay-'Em-Up

Face your demons

From the developers of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors comes Toukiden: The Age of Demons, a monster-slaying, loot-grinding, Eastern-styled action RPG that seems tailored to portable play. Publisher Tecmo Koei's dedication to Sony's troubled handheld console is admirable – but does its newest creation shine like a beacon of...

First Impressions: Shining a Spotlight on Free PS4 Shooter Blacklight: Retribution

Shining a Spotlight on Free PS4 Shooter Blacklight: Retribution

No cost CoD

Blacklight: Retribution has never been subtle about its similarities to Call of Duty. The popular Kill Confirmed mode, which first appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, took only a short time to appear in the Zombie Studios developed shooter, and supposed leaked screenshots of Call of Duty: Black Ops II tu

First Impressions: Tearaway Is Cut Out to Be One of the Vita's Best Titles

Tearaway Is Cut Out to Be One of the Vita's Best Titles

No glue required

There comes a point when playing Tearaway where it's near impossible to remove yourself from the delightful world that developer Media Molecule has crafted. Indeed, if there was one word we could use to describe the papercraft platformer, it would be 'delightful'. Like LittleBigPlanet before it, the game doesn't appeal to just a...

First Impressions: Switching Genres on the Fly in Velocity 2X on Vita and PS4

Switching Genres on the Fly in Velocity 2X on Vita and PS4

Oh Kai

During its short spell at the forefront of PlayStation production, FuturLab has profited from its ability to surprise. Straightforward concepts are at the core of the company’s ethos, but the award-winning developer always manages to marry them with clever twists. That commitment to reinvention resulted in the firm refreshing the entire...

First Impressions: Unmasking Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on PlayStation Vita

Unmasking Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on PlayStation Vita

Holy handheld, Batman

There’s some serious pedigree behind Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The portable spin-off is being assembled by Armature, the Texas-based game production workshop founded by a trio of ex-Retro Studios employees, and is attempting to piggy-back off the success of Rocksteady’s wildly popular Arkham escapades, only on a...

First Impressions: Hitching a Ride in the Stalling Grand Theft Auto Online

Hitching a Ride in the Stalling Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Manual

Unless you've been hiding away from the federal government for the past week, you'll have no doubt heard about Grand Theft Auto Online's rough start. Connection problems plagued the highly anticipated multiplayer addition to Rockstar's opus, as the title's servers crumbled within minutes of it going live. Even if you were lucky...