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Opinion: EA Found Its Call of Duty Killer, and Committed a Titanic Mistake

EA Found Its Call of Duty Killer, and Committed a Titanic Mistake

Bracing for a fall

To say that EA is obsessed with Call of Duty would be an understatement. The publisher has been desperately trying to pick off Activision’s multiformat cash cow ever since Infinity Ward – a studio originally made up of Medal of Honor veterans, we hasten to add – changed the entire first-person arena one poorly balanced...

News: Grand Theft Auto Online's Character Creator Is Clever, But Very Clunky

Grand Theft Auto Online's Character Creator Is Clever, But Very Clunky

Parent trap

The best and worst thing about Rockstar's games is that they’re different. As noted in our review, Grand Theft Auto V is an exceptional adventure, with the kind of attention to detail that you simply wouldn’t find in any other release. However, it’s also letdown – no matter how slightly – by the fact that it’s a bit of a...

Opinion: Isn't It Time That We Put a Stop to Grand Theft Auto Online-Esque Debacles?

Isn't It Time That We Put a Stop to Grand Theft Auto Online-Esque Debacles?

Teething troubles

Grand Theft Auto Online is broken. It’s hardly the most startling revelation of the year, as anyone with a lick of common sense predicted that Rockstar’s servers would crash faster than a towed penthouse the moment that the hotly anticipated multiplayer component launched. But with this kind of issue becoming more and more...

Opinion: Next Xbox Development Woes Could Spell Trouble for the PS4

Next Xbox Development Woes Could Spell Trouble for the PS4

Modern warfare

Microsoft is supposedly struggling. According to reports coming out of Kotaku overnight, the platform holder is as much as six months behind on producing content for its next generation console. The site’s sources claim that the company recently canned a number of internally developed titles for its impending machine because they...

Reaction: Ratchet & Clank's Movie Debut Could Breathe New Life into the Franchise

Ratchet & Clank's Movie Debut Could Breathe New Life into the Franchise

Galactic appeal

Ratchet & Clank hasn’t quite been the same since 2009’s outstanding A Crack in Time. While we applaud series creator Insomniac Games for experimenting with different approaches, both All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault struggled to live up to the admittedly lofty expectations set by the series’ sensational predecessors...

Opinion: Sony Must Manage the Transition to the PS4 Perfectly

Sony Must Manage the Transition to the PS4 Perfectly

Moving on

Sony’s commitment to the oft-discussed ten year life cycle is generally a positive thing. As a consumer, you can be fairly confident when you buy a new PlayStation product on launch day that it will be supported for a full decade at the very least. That’s reassuring – gaming is an expensive hobby, and no one wants to be lumbered...

Opinion: Microsoft's Always-Online Debacle Is Playing into the PS4's Hands

Microsoft's Always-Online Debacle Is Playing into the PS4's Hands

Xbox manufacturer is in a pickle

No publicity is bad publicity, or so the old adage goes – but Microsoft executives must find themselves staring into a window of brutal GIFs wondering what to do next. The press surrounding the company’s next generation platform has not been rosy for some time, but things escalated overnight when Adam Orth, the...

Reaction: PlayStation 4 Catches Second Wind at GDC

PlayStation 4 Catches Second Wind at GDC

Next generation platform pushed back into the spotlight

Sony’s decision to announce the PlayStation 4 early is looking smarter all of the time. While its competitors prompt ire from parts of the media and the development community for locking their next generation endeavours behind closed doors, the PlayStation manufacturer is currently...

Reaction: Practicality and Power Paves Positive Start for PS4

Practicality and Power Paves Positive Start for PS4

The importance of being earnest

Sony has changed. The ungainly arrogance of the Ken Kutaragi era was quashed within minutes of the humbled hardware manufacturer’s practical pageantry overnight, as recently appointed SCE president Andrew House and system architect Mark Cerny relayed the advantages of a developer-driven future. The irresponsible...

Opinion: Why The Last Guardian Will Be a PlayStation 4 Game

Why The Last Guardian Will Be a PlayStation 4 Game

Blooming great

While the PlayStation 3 has played host to its fair share of genre defining titles, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s still missing its most important release. The hotly anticipated Team ICO title The Last Guardian was officially announced almost four years ago, but despite receiving a release date in 2010, its troubled...

Opinion: How LiveArea Could Be Enhanced for PlayStation 4

How LiveArea Could Be Enhanced for PlayStation 4

The circle of life

According to a wealth of recent rumours, the PlayStation 4 will be much more community driven than its predecessors. Trusted Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported earlier today that the console will “be furnished with the ability to exchange opinions amongst one's friends while playing games”. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal...

Feature: Opinion: Quit Dallying And Put The PlayStation Vita On Store Shelves Already

Opinion: Quit Dallying And Put The PlayStation Vita On Store Shelves Already

Like many others, we came away from Sony's press conference grinning from ear-to-ear

Not only had Sony demonstrated a substantially more capable handheld platform than its peers, it also seemed to show a reasonable understanding of the current market-place. Handheld platforms need to both accompany the home-console experience, and differentiate from it. Vita can do that. Sony seems to understand..

Feature: Opinion: PlayStation Suite Is The Ace In Sony's Portable Strategy

Opinion: PlayStation Suite Is The Ace In Sony's Portable Strategy

PushSquare editor Sammy Barker follows up his original reaction to the NGP with discussion on why PlayStation Suite is the overlooked ace in Sony's portable gaming strategy

</em> I've had a few days to analyse the reaction to Sony's NGP announcement this week, and I've been overwhelmed by how much positivity I've read. People seem to get it. The PSP never quite delivered on the "portable..