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October2013

  • Store Update 8th October 2013 (North America)

    A real stinker

    Excuse the misleading sub headline – this is actually an excellent North American PlayStation Store update. Instead, we’re referring to the release of Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion, which promises a “fart-filled romp” where “fun-loving Orcs battle pollution loving Humans in a humorous fantasy setting”. Hmm. Less smelly...

  • News Unsurprisingly, Grand Theft Auto V Is the PSN's Biggest Ever Digital Release

    Well, duh

    At this point, Rockstar Games is just going to roll its eyes whenever it smashes another sales record. As part of its monthly European PlayStation Store charts, Sony has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V has become the biggest selling digital release in th

  • News Sony: Exclusives Are Just a Means for Manufacturers to Brag Louder

    Little to gain in the indie space

    Exclusivity has been a staple of the console business since its inception, but as part of a candid keynote at the IndieCade conference in Los Angeles this week, Sony’s vice president of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes admitted that the practice isn’t always productive for platform holders or...

  • Feature Our Five Most Wanted PS4, PS3, and Vita Titles from Eurogamer Expo 2013

    Future stars

    We rarely agree on anything. Spend an afternoon in our office, and you’re much more likely to find us arguing over the last custard cream than working in composed quiet. As a consequence, we were dreading holding an internal poll for our five most anticipated PlayStation tiles from the Eurogamer Expo last week, but the ensuing...

  • Game of the Month September 2013 - Grand Theft Auto V

    Everyone's a criminal

    September has come and gone, bringing with it a slew of great PlayStation gaming. Here at Push Square, the reviews brought some varied scores across the board, with only a handful of titles making the cut to be nominated for Game of the Month. Although let's be honest – you knew what was going to win all along, didn't you?...

  • News Sounds Like flower's Going to Look Bloomin' Lovely on PS4

    Know your roots

    Before thatgamecompany changed the industry with a couple of hooded buccaneers, the studio preferred to dabble in botany. The indie outfit’s stunning flower delivered a liberating journey through a romantic world, and remains one of the most empowering experiences on the PlayStation 3 to date. But while the title’s also set to...

  • News Ratchet & Clank Fall into the Nexus from 12th November

    Lost Lombax

    With all of the excitement surrounding the PlayStation 4, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is even in production. Fortunately, you’ll have a few days to play through the adventure before the next generation console arrives, as Sony has co

  • First Impressions Testing Our Reactions in Resogun, the Prettiest Game on PS4

    Machine of sparkle

    If you’ve been unfortunate enough to reside within the general vicinity of this particular author over the past month or so, you’ll have been forced to suffer through an excited recount regarding Resogun. The spiritual successor to Super Stardust HD has been lighting chemical fireworks in our subconscious for several weeks...

  • News Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Shakes Its Hips on PS4, PS3, and Vita

    Hair we go

    Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the follow-up to WayForward’s cult GameBoy Color platformer, is set to strut its stuff on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Having already crossed its Kickstarter target with time to spare, the studio is now hoping to hit a couple of stretch goals. At the time of writing, the title needs to raise a...

  • Store Update 2nd October 2013 (Europe)

    Lost like tears in the rain

    You’ll be able to wash away the October blues with a bunch of content on the European PlayStation Store this week. Highlights include Japan Studio’s drizzly download Rain, Paul Cuisset’s modern reimagining of Flashback, and the uber-risqué Girl Fight. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin... PS3 Games:...

  • Store Update 1st October 2013 (North America)

    Overcast edition

    Prop up your umbrellas, because this week’s North American PlayStation Store update features a drizzling of new content. First and foremost is Rain, the quirky stealth adventure from Japan Studio. It’s joined by Flashback, the modern day remake of Paul Cuisset’s classic, and the awkwardly dubbed Die! Die! Die!. Are you ready...

  • News Blast 'Em Bunnies Hunts Colourful Game on PS4 and Vita

    Rabbit magic

    We hope that you don’t have a fondness for rabbits, because Blast ‘Em Bunnies wants you to take as many of the energetic blighters down as possible. The latest release from escapeVektor developer Nnooo fuses tower defence with on-rails action, as you mow down hordes of colourful (but supposedly evil) critters, collecting...

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    Review Rain

    Dry your eyes

    Rain has the same ethereal quality as ICO. Much like Fumito Ueda’s masterpiece, this is a muted experience, orchestrated only by the sound of running water and composer Yugo Kanno’s twinkly score. It’s also a tale of boy meets girl, where two kindred spirits connect under the starlight of a sodden dream world. The parallels are...

September2013

  • News The Pinball Arcade Flips Out on PlayStation 4 at Launch

    Steel your balls

    Farsight Studios’ uber-addictive ball bouncing simulator The Pinball Arcade is set to deploy alongside the PlayStation 4, publisher System 3 has announced. The title will launch with 22 tables, including Star Trek, Creatures from the Black Lagoon, and the Twilight Zone. Earlier in the year, the developer noted that those that...

  • News Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Cuts NA PS Plus

    Shadow of the Colossus, Hotline Miami, and more along for the ride

    With the sun setting on September, Sony has pulled back the curtain on its major Instant Game Collection additions for October in North America. PlayStation Plus subscribers can look forward to scooping some serious loot in Big Huge Games’ underrated Kingdoms of Amalur:...

  • Interview Beatshapers and Housemarque Field Our Questions on Furmins

    Feeling fuzzy about Vita's cutest puzzler yet

    Finnish developer Housemarque’s smartphone favourite Furmins is set to cuddle up to the PlayStation Vita next month. The adorable iOS outing originally released on fruity formats last year, where its whimsical take on old-school puzzlers such as Lemmings and The Incredible Machine proved an instant...

  • Store Update 25th September 2013 (Europe)

    Alive and kicking

    There’s plenty of meat on the latest European PlayStation Store update’s bones. In addition to FIFA 14 on virtually every platform under the sun, there’s also the overdue arrival of Ratchet: Gladiator to look forward to. Elsewhere, free-to-play brawler Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters is on hand to keep you...

  • Store Update 24th September 2013 (North America)

    Spherical balls

    There’s plenty of football on offer as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update – but not the kind that our friends over the Atlantic may expect. FIFA 14 and PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer are both out now, and that means that there’s nary a shoulder pad or helmet in sight. Other new additions include the...

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    Review Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut

    The only thing scarier than dying alone is surviving alone

    Lone Survivor manages to concoct a tier of fear that many contemporary horror titles have been struggling to achieve. Through exceptional use of sound and visuals, this indie title creates a tense and uncomfortable atmosphere, and furthers its psychological minefield with compelling...

  • TGS 2013 Ace Combat: Infinity May Be Free, But It's Still Silly

    Free flight

    If you were worried that Ace Combat: Infinity was going to drop its silly storyline like a nuclear bomb, then breathe a big sigh of relief: the title is still utterly ridiculous. The free-to-play PlayStation 3 exclusive occurs after an asteroid cluster has collided with the Earth, bringing an end to world order. You play as a mercenary...

  • First Impressions Basking in the Glow of Child of Light

    Baby bright

    The second UbiArt-powered game to be unveiled at Ubisoft’s Digital Days 2013 event, Child of Light – which is launching on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 – was pitched to us as “a JRPG for those that don’t have the time to invest a hundred hours into a game”. While this quote may trouble some hardcore JRPG fans,...

  • Store Update 18th September 2013 (Europe)

    American dream

    Grand Theft Auto V is the headline new addition on the European PlayStation Store this week, but the sandbox sequel has got a little more competition than its North American counterpart. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 launches on Friday, and is being billed as a real return to form for the series. Other arrivals include

  • Store Update 17th September 2013 (North America)

    Three's a crowd

    The entire industry has gone on holiday in order to give you ample opportunity to play Grand Theft Auto V. Granted, there are a couple of new releases available as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update – Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver, anyone? – but, let's be honest, there’s only really one game that...

  • News Far Cry 3 Hang Glides into EU PS Plus Instant Game Collection

    Dragon's Dogma, Street Fighter X Tekken, and more join the party

    We’re approaching the end of the month, and that means that Sony’s pulled back the curtain on yet another frankly insane European PlayStation Plus update. Starting from 25th September, you’ll be able to download Ubisoft’s tropical first-person shooter Far Cry 3 for free. The...

  • Video Johann Sebastian Joust Invents New Local Multiplayer Mode for PS3

    Look Ma, no TV

    Family Gamer TV recently took a beta version of Johann Sebastian Joust – the PlayStation Move powered multiplayer game set to release as part of indie compilation SportsFriends later this year – to the Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham. The intriguing title functions without the use of a television screen, but uses music and...

  • Preview Digging Deep into the Trenches in Valiant Hearts: The Great War on PS3 and PS4

    War and leash

    Ubisoft broke new ground in 2011 with its innovative UbiArt Framework game engine, a technology which allows artists to easily create assets and embed them into interactive environments. We’ve already seen it used to brilliant effect in the recent Rayman games, and since then people have been crying out for it to be leveraged in...

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    Review Dragon Fantasy: Book II

    Less is more

    A direct sequel to Dragon Fantasy: Book I, Dragon Fantasy: Book II continues the story of Ogden and his party. It's still full of cheeky humour, silly dialogue, and old school JRPG gameplay – but does it improve enough upon its predecessor? Developer Muteki Corporation could have easily stuck to what it had already created with the...

  • Weirdness Saints Row IV Conveniently Cashes GATV Add-On Next Week

    Smooth move

    Considering that the Saints Row series started life as a cheap Grand Theft Auto knock-off, it’s amazing how much the franchises have diverged. While the previous instalment in Rockstar’s sandbox series adopted a more realistic guise, Volition Software’s own property has backflipped off the side of a cliff wearing a tutu. Still,...

  • News Grand Theft Auto V Gets Issued A PSN Download Delay [Updated]

    Pre-release now available from 16th

    : Developer Rockstar has clarified just when you'll be able to download your pre-order, depending on your territory. In Europe, you'll be able to download the pre-release on Sunday the 15th of September at 3pm BST, while in the US, you'll have to wait until Monday the 16th of September, at the rather late time...

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    Review Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    Sibling Revelry

    Renowned for developing first person shooters, it may surprise some to discover that Starbreeze Studios are behind this charming indie adventure. Whether they choose to continue developing titles like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is unclear, but they’ve certainly proven that they’re more than capable of expanding their scope...

  • Rumour Assassin's Creed III: Liberation May Be Charming PS3

    High definition re-release mooted

    We already know that Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation’s protagonist Aveline de Grandpré is set to appear in a batch of PlayStation exclusive Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag side-missions later this year – but she may be pointing her triangular hat elsewhere, too. A

  • News Sony: Indie Drive Is Not Just an Angle, It's Truly the Strategy of PlayStation

    Platform holder betting big on rising stars

    Sony’s open approach to indie developers may have earned it a number of headlines over the past six months, but the company’s vice president of developer and publisher relations Adam Boyes has admitted that the strategy is not just a gimmick. Speaking with Game Informer, the likeable executive...

  • Interview Kickin' Back with KickBeat Developer Zen Studios

    Pull shapes

    Kick! Punch! Dance! It’s all in the mind! Zen Studios may be best known for its exhaustive roster of pinball tables, but the studio has been quietly perfecting its mastery of dance over the past few years. KickBeat, which was originally announced as a PlayStation Vita exclusive over a year ago, has been in production for some time...

  • Store Update 4th September 2013 (Europe)

    War chest

    Europeans eyeing North America’s impressive PlayStation Store update this week need not feel jealous anymore, as there’s a cavalcade of content available overseas, too. Titles include Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Diablo III, and this particular author’s highlight, Farming Simulator 2013. There’s also

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    Review KickBeat

    Fists of melody

    The concept of fusing fighting and rhythm games seems so obvious, as the act of combat already has a rhythmic feel to it. Timing is, of course, crucial to both pastimes, with complex moves requiring metronome-like precision, just like the beat of a song. KickBeat, then, is pretty much the perfect marriage of genres, and the Zen...

  • Store Update 3rd September 2013 (North America)

    Ultimate edition

    We hope that you like video games, because this week’s North American PlayStation Store update is practically bursting with new releases. In addition to a bucket load of pre-orders, fresh arrivals include Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Diablo III, and Rayman Legends. Elsewhere, Starbreeze’s critically acclaimed...

  • Game of the Month August 2013 - Rayman Legends

    Legendary status

    August was a busy month for the team here at Push Square, in which we reviewed 21 new releases in total. Of course, only one game can be awarded the prestigious Game of the Month accolade, and so we looked to the highest rated titles, which included wildly anticipated adventures such as the ridiculous Saints Row IV and the magical...

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    Review Real Boxing

    Undisputed champion

    Having performed extremely well as an app on both iOS and Android devices, it was only a matter of time before Unreal Engine 3-based punch-‘em-up Real Boxing made its way to Sony’s handheld. The good news is that it makes the perilous jump almost seamlessly. Upon starting the game, you’ll be asked to customise your boxer,...

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    Review Spelunky

    Fortune and glory, kid

    How far are you willing to go for the sake of a solid gold bar? Are you prepared to take a leap of faith over what could be a bottomless pit? Would you test your mettle against a horde of vicious snakes? Is the promise of that shiny metal enough to make you risk all of your progress so far? These are just some of the questions...

  • News Dustforce Makes Household Chores Fun on PS3 and Vita

    Cleaning up

    Dustforce will whip out its vacuum and broom this year on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, as Capcom has revealed that it’s publishing a console port of the Hitbox Team’s popular side-scrolling clean-‘em-up. The title was officially announced during Sony’s fruitful PAX Prime 2013 panel over the weekend, where

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    Review DuckTales: Remastered

    A-woo-hoo

    The original DuckTales waddled onto the NES in 1989, and for over twenty years, it has been remembered fondly by those that played it. But it isn’t just the game that has lingered in the darkest recesses of a generation’s memories, as so too has the television show. From the infectious theme song to the original voice actors,...

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    Review Snowy: Treasure Hunter

    Snow laughing matter

    Fresh off Beatshapers’ porting production line comes Snowy: Treasure Hunter, a title starring a polar bear with a passion for treasure thievery. But while Beatshapers' porting pedigree speaks for itself, are Snowy’s adventures really worth the £6.49 asking price? Presented from a side-on view, the goal of each level is to...

  • Store Update 28th August 2013 (Europe)

    Spelunky dunk

    If you were eyeing North America’s excellent PlayStation Store update with envy, then know that this week’s European refresh is similarly stacked. In addition to the wealth of new PlayStation Plus riches – Assassin’s Creed III, Jak & Daxter Trilogy, and many more – t

  • Store Update 27th August 2013 (North America)

    Games galore

    There are so many new titles available as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update that we don’t really know where to start. In addition to a cavalcade of fresh retail releases – including Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Lost Planet 3, and Killer Is Dead – there are also some smaller titles vying for your...

  • GamesCom 2013 Flame Over Is the Firefighting Game You've Been Waiting For

    Laughing Jackal reveals fiery roguelike

    When the developer of the brilliant OMG HD Zombies and Hungry Giraffe says that it's deep into development on a roguelike title featuring firefighters, you should probably pay attention. Fortunately, that’s exactly what Laughing Jackal has announced this afternoon on the PlayStation Blog, revealing

  • News Assassin's Creed III Stabs EU PS Plus Members in the Back

    Jak & Daxter, Stealth Inc, and more up for grabs

    As mentioned during Sony’s big GamesCom press conference this week, Assassin’s Creed III will be available for free in Europe if you’re a PlayStation Plus member from 28th August. The divisive sequel will put you inside the period appropriate boots of a new assassin, a Native American named...

  • GamesCom 2013 PlayStation 4 Cultivates a Fresh Flower Port

    Evergreen

    It looks like thatgamecompany’s brilliant flower is set to sow its seeds on more than just the PlayStation Vita this year, as Sony’s list of upcoming PlayStation 4 software has confirmed that the critical darling is set to bloom on the next generation console, too. Details are scarce, but you can expect the additional processing...

  • GamesCom 2013 Japan Studio's Mysterious Rain Drenches PSN in October

    Pre-order the soggy exclusive for extras

    You may want to dig out your best umbrella, because Sony has confirmed that the heavens are set to open on the PlayStation Network in October. Speaking at GamesCom 2013, the platform holder confirmed that Japan Studio’s intriguing ICO-esque adventure Rain will drip onto its online shopping plaza on 1st...

  • GamesCom 2013 Helldivers Swoops onto PS4, PS3, and Vita Next Year

    Your freedom is threatened

    As hinted at earlier in the month, Helldivers is a brand new first-party project headed to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita in 2014. The title – a collaboration between Arrowhead Studios and Sony’s own Foster City outfit – is a top-down shooter set in a “satirical and dystopian future”. Well, that...

  • GamesCom 2013 Sony Reveals Free-to-Play Creation Tool LittleBigPlanet Hub

    Cheap as chips

    Sony has announced a brand new, free-to-play creation tool from the universe of LittleBigPlanet. LittleBigPlanet Hub allows players to create their own game levels, kit out their Sack-things with new costumes, and share their gaming experiences with friends. While crafting your own stages and browsing through players' creations...

  • GamesCom 2013 Velocity 2X Steps Out of the Ship on PS4 and Vita

    Show thumb respect

    Velocity Ultra already flirts with perfection on the PlayStation Vita, but Brighton-based developer FuturLab is hoping to take things to the next level with Velocity 2X on the PlayStation 4 and Vita. Announced mere moments ago during Sony’s big GamesCom press conference, the sequel promises plenty more o

  • News Thomas Was Alone Has Made Over 700,000 New Friends

    Look who's popular now

    Mike Bithell may be pumping up the, er, Volume on his second major project as we type, but that’s not stopped Thomas Was Alone from finding ample company across multiple platforms. Speaking on the Joystiq podcast, the indie rockstar revealed that the rectangular platformer has sold over 700,000 copies across PC, Mac, Linux,...

  • News So, Sony's Still Not Done with That Whole Indie Thing

    More savings than you can shake a Move controller at

    As the sun sets on one PlayStation Network promotion, the moon is rising on another. Just a week after the conclusion of the PlayStation Play initiative, the platform holder has announced PS Vita Summer Select – a month long celebration of delicious indie gaming goodness. Best of all, it means...

  • News The Walking Dead Survives All Over Again on PlayStation Vita

    Dead rising

    GamesCom hasn’t even started properly yet, but the action's already underway. Telltale’s kicked off the excitement by confirming that its brilliant The Walking Dead episodic series is set to cause some serious moral quandaries on the PlayStation Vita tomorrow in North America. Could this week possibly get any better? “This...

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    Review Open Me

    Box clever

    There's finally a reason to dust off those augmented reality cards that came with your PlayStation Vita. While there have been an abundance of titles that support the laminated rectangles, Open Me's brain teasers really make digging them out a worthwhile endeavour. This is a fun, engaging, and quirky puzzle game that forces you to, ahem,...

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    Review Do Not Fall

    Free fallin'

    Abiding to the rules of the title proves to be a bit of a challenge in Do Not Fall, but it's a task worth trying. Despite some minor repetition niggles, this puzzle platformer is a lot of fun – even if it does flirt ever so slightly with the bonkers side. The premise harks back to the days of yore, where video games possessed a...

  • News Konami Reflecting Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD onto PS3

    Sink your teeth into Nintendo 3DS adventure at last

    If you’ve been sulking like a Twilight star over Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate’s exclusivity on the Nintendo 3DS, you may be tempted to flash your pointed teeth at the news that an upgraded version of the handheld title is heading to the PlayStation Network. The port – which...

  • News Child of Light Is a 'Playable Poem' Inspired by the 'Squaresoft Spirit'

    Solid pitch

    GamesCom is not quite underway just yet, but that’s not stopped French publisher Ubisoft from popping the champagne prematurely. The company has announced Child of Light, a downloadable fairytale developed by Far Cry 3’s creative director Patrick Plourde. The title – which is employing the same technology as Rayman Origins – is...

  • News Contrast's Latest Trailer Will Make You Tap Your Toes

    Gimme that swing

    Sometimes all that’s needed to sell a game is a great soundtrack, a compelling art style, and a unique premise. Compulsion Games’ upcoming glamour-in-the-gloom platformer Contrast has all three in abundance, propelling the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 title to the top of our wishlist. For those out of the loop, the release...

  • Store Update 14th August 2013 (Europe)

    A-woo-hoo

    Scrooge McDuck will be investing all of his riches into the European PlayStation Store this week, as there’s plenty for the DuckTales: Remastered protagonist to get his beak into. In addition to the aforementioned WayForward remake, Fruit Ninja, Payday 2, and Open Me are all vying for your funds. Shall we get started? Pre-Order:

  • Store Update 13th August 2013 (North America)

    Empty your pockets

    This week’s North American PlayStation Store update is absolutely gigantic, spanning more content than you could possibly ever afford. New titles include Payday 2, Open Me, and DuckTales: Remastered. Speaking of which, you’ll need to be Scrooge McDuck to afford the PlayStation Vita port of Fruit Ninja, which is selling for a...

  • News Sony's Secret to Indie Success: Don't Be a Jerk

    Wise words

    Sony has the indie development community eating out of its hand like a hedgehog hovering over a plateful of mealworms. The platform holder has turned its third-party relations around, assembling a dream team of taste-makers who have become the focal point of the brand. And during that transition, the company has learned some important...

  • Rumour Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Chewing Gum on Vita

    Come get some

    Gaming’s least popular alpha male could be bringing his specific brand of chauvinism to the PlayStation Vita soon, as it looks like Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is in production for the handheld. Devolver Digital – the publisher behind the recent re-release – Tweeted the embedded image earlier today, alongside the message:...

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    Review Die! Die! Die!

    Battles of the body

    As you may suspect from the awkwardly dubbed Die! Die! Die!, your primary objective in this PlayStation Vita release is to kill everything that you come into contact with. However, what the name doesn't convey is that this isn't exactly an avenue for yet another murderous rampage. As it turns out, this is a Missile...

  • News Sony Opens Zany Augmented Reality Game on PlayStation Vita

    Don't be square

    Open Me, Sony’s wacky augmented reality co-operative puzzle game, is set to think outside of the box on the PlayStation Vita this week. Just like Fruit Ninja, the title was listed as part of the PlayStation Blog’s weekly release schedule, confirming a North American launch. There’s no word on a European date just yet, but we...

  • News Fruit Ninja Slices and Dices PlayStation Vita This Week

    Still got a-peel?

    Halfbrick’s iconic touchscreen arcade favourite will chop up a mouth watering pudding on the PlayStation Vita this week, as Fruit Ninja is finally set to launch on Sony’s flagship portable. A handful of leaked microtransactions teased the release in Europe earlier this year, but it’s now been included as part of the PlaySta

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    Review Spartacus Legends

    Are you not entertained?

    Ubisoft’s first foray into the free-to-play market on consoles arrives in the form of Spartacus Legends, a one-on-one fighter that pits upgradable gladiators against each other both online and offline. It’s an historical premise that slots wonderfully into the genre, but does its freemium nature take away from the...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Expansion Ushers the Apocalypse

    No sign of Ben Affleck, though

    Treyarch’s infectiously enthusiastic David Vonderhaar is back to provide a run-through of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s final DLC pack, Apocalypse. The add-on – which is due out this month on the Xbox 360, and later on the PlayStation 3 – includes four fresh maps and a brand new zombie co-op experience. The new...

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    Review BreakQuest: Extra Evolution

    Another brick in the wall

    The humble block breaker has been stuck in a rut ever since Arkanoid introduced weapons and allowed you to shoot down bricks with Moonraker-esque submachine guns. BreakQuest: Extra Evolution, an enhanced PlayStation Vita port of last year’s well-received PlayStation Mini, aims to smash that sorry spate of stagnation by...

  • News Crash Bandicoot Spins Past 500,000 Downloads in Europe

    Naughty Gods

    Releasing old games like Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation Network makes more sense than peanut butter and jelly, as evidenced by the fact that the PSone Classic has now surpassed 500,000 downloads in Europe. Sony confirmed the tidbit as part of its monthly digital sales charts, where the Naughty Dog hit held onto its place atop the...

  • News KickBeat Dances to PS3 and Vita's Tune in September

    Shake, rattle, and roll

    It’s been a while since we heard, well, anything about Zen Studios’ music-meets-martial-arts PlayStation Vita rhythm action game, KickBeat – and that’s because the company’s been busy beavering away on a PlayStation 3 port. The title will now deploy on both of Sony’s flagship systems on 3rd September in North...

  • Store Update 7th August 2013 (Europe)

    Help yourself

    Wow, it looks like the European PlayStation Store has caught free-to-play fever. A vast majority of this week’s releases can be downloaded without even opening your digital wallet, including Spartacus Legends, Deathmatch Village, and BreakQuest: Extra Evolution. Other fresh arrivals include Floating Cloud God Saves the

  • Store Update 6th August 2013 (North America)

    Royal flush

    This week’s North American PlayStation Store update is an absolute corker. In addition to the hotly anticipated Vanillaware brawler Dragon’s Crown, there’s also the brilliant Tales of Xillia vying for your attention. Other goodies include Ibb and Obb and new Soul Sacrifice DLC. Let's do this. Pre-Orders: NHL 14 ($59.99)

  • News Sound Shapes, We're Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday

    We're gonna sip Bacardi like it's your birthday

    If you happened to spot a small circle being sick In Da Club last night, then you likely bumped into Sound Shapes’ first birthday celebration. The game is exactly a year old in North America today, and while it may have acknowledged that fact with a few too many shandies overnight, it’s planning...

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    Review Tekken Revolution

    King of free-to-play fighters

    The video game industry is changing faster than a Tekken character’s costume. The digital era has ushered a flurry of new distribution models for publishers to exploit, and that’s left major firms like Namco Bandai juggling dozens of ideas in the hope of happening upon a critical hit. Tekken Revolution, one of the...

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    Review Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational

    Fairway to heaven

    You’d need a heart more barren than a bothersome bunker to dislike Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (or Everybody’s Golf, as it’s known in Europe). Originally putted onto the PlayStation Vita, this PlayStation 3 port of the sugary sporting sim is every bit as sweet as its portable predecessor. Boasting a bevy of colourful...

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    Review Narco Terror

    Don't do drugs

    Narco Terror is a cheesy 1980s action movie squeezed into a pseudo-isometric twin stick shooter, full to the brim with stupid one-liners, massive explosions, and drug peddlers with machetes. It’s a game that’s based on simply having dumb fun – but how long does it take for the novelty to wear off? As you may probably guess, the...

  • News Lose Yourself in the Cold, Harsh Downpour of Rain

    Thunder only happens when it's raining

    Ever since we infiltrated the tanker in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, we’ve loved it when it rains in games. Be it a sudden sprinkling in Hot Shots Golf, or a torrential downpour in MotorStorm: Apocalypse, few atmospheric events can send a shiver down your spine better than a good tropical storm...

  • News Rainbow Skies Will Brighten Up PS3 and Vita in 2014

    Skiesrim

    If you thought that last year's loot-filled, massive RPG Rainbow Moon took up far too much of your free time, then you may want to sit down before reading all about the game's indirect sequel, Rainbow Skies. Developer SideQuest Studios is looking to bring the franchise's second instalment to the PlayStation 3 and Vita at some point in 2014,...

  • Store Update 31st July 2013 (Europe)

    Kingdom come

    Much like its North American counterpart, the latest European PlayStation Store update is brimming with noteworthy additions. Content includes Cloudberry Kingdom, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD, and BioShock Infinite’s first

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  • Store Update 30th July 2013 (North America)

    Dance with death

    Sony’s hoping to brighten up your week with a couple of doozies as part of the latest North American PlayStation Store refresh. Cloudberry Kingdom and PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD both scored highly in our reviews, meaning that there’s no excuse for not adding the titles to your PSN basket as we type. It’s also worth noting...

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    Hop, skip, and jetpack

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    Use your illusion

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    Time Bob

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    Nice shot

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    Shinobi in space

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    Review Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark

    Out of sight

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    Two souls, fiercely entangled

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  • Store Update 16th July 2013 (North America)

    PLAYtime

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    Chunk of change

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  • News Divekick Outwits PS3 and Vita on 20th August in North America

    Flying through the air

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  • Store Update 10th July 2013 (Europe)

    The one that nearly got away

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  • News Thomas Was Alone Found More Friends Through PS Plus

    Keeping company

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    Every little helps

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  • Store Update 9th July 2013 (North America)

    Alphabetical animals

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    Review Strength of the Sword 3

    One knight stand

    The ambitious creation of the talented twosome at Ivent Games, Strength of the Sword 3 isn’t actually the third in a series, but rather a standalone title. Peculiar naming tactics aside, it does do a lot to impress despite its developer's diminutive size. As is often the way with budget fantasy titles, a hellish army is marching...

  • News Stealth Inc Steps Out of the Shadows on 23rd July

    Hide and seek

    Curve Studios’ intriguing PlayStation 3 and Vita sneak-‘em-up Stealth Inc will no longer be a clone in the dark come 23rd July, as that’s when the sly title’s set to deploy on Sony’s systems in North America. Europeans will have to remain hidden for an extra day, as the title’s not due out until 24th July overseas...

  • News Guacamelee's Price Temporarily Pinned in Europe

    Cross-buy platformer gets cheaper

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