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  • Interview Straight Talking with Curve Studios

    The team that's got its finger in a lot of pies

    Ever since bursting onto the PlayStation Network podium with its volatile platformer Explodemon in 2011, talented London-based outfit Curve Studios has been taking a break from Sony’s systems. The developer – which cut its teeth creating Buzz! spin-offs for the PlayStation Portable – filled the...

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    Review Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara HD

    Towers above, casting a superior shadow over generic brawlers

    Retro history teaches us that it must not be easy to create a fun and hugely replayable side-scrolling beat-'em-up. The genre is riddled with pitfalls, including repetitive gameplay, tedium and dull button-bashing controls. For every gem like Streets of Rage 2 there has been an abundance...

  • News Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid And Castlevania All Discounted In PSN Retro Sale

    PSN update brings a slew of PlayStation discount

    This week's PSN update is packed with retro goodness, thanks to a flood of price reductions on classic 32-bit PlayStation titles. Classics such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Tekken 2 and Metal Gear Solid are all available at a lower price, making this the perfect time to revisit some...

  • News Gran Turismo 6 Demo Racing Into View Next Week

    July 2nd, to be precise

    Those of you who can't wait to get your sweaty hands on Gran Turismo 6 will be pleased to know that a demo is hitting PSN next week. On July 2nd you'll be able to put Nissan's Leaf, 370Z and GT-R through their paces on the UK-based Silverstone circuit, which is making its series debut in Polyphony's forthcoming game. A...

  • News European PSN Maintenance Pencilled In For Tuesday 25th June

    5.30pm BST / 6.30pm CET until midnight

    It has been confirmed that the PlayStation Network will be down tomorrow for "routine maintenance". The process is due to take place at 5.30pm BST / 6.30pm CET, and will finish around midnight BST / 1.00am CET. As usual, the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home and Account Management will not be accessible...

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  • News Tekken Revolution Could Punch Its Way To PS Vita

    Free-to-play fracas

    Tekken Revolution is out now on PlayStation Network, offering a fresh way to experience one of gaming's most popular one-on-one brawlers. However, it's currently exclusive to the PS3 — but that could change, according to series producer and director, Katsuhiro Harada: A Vita version would certainly convince more people to...

  • News Hotline Miami Phones Home with Exclusive Raging Bull Mask

    Indie hit coming to PS3 and Vita next week

    If the brilliant Hotline Miami wasn’t already demented enough, developer Dennaton Games has added an exclusive mask to the impending PlayStation port of the cult hit. The appropriately named Russell the Raging Bull disguise will not only allow you to conceal yourself as a muscular bovine, but will also...

  • News Hotline Miami Probably Bludgeoning PlayStation Platforms Next Week

    Miami vice

    Hotly anticipated indie smash Hotline Miami may be calling the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita next week, according to developer Dennaton Games. The studio – which just announced Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number for the PC – didn’t seem sure about the release date, so don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t show up. For those out...

  • Store Update 19th June 2013 (Europe)

    OMG Edition

    After a slow couple of weeks, the European PlayStation Store is back with a vengeance. This week’s update includes a wealth of content, spanning Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara HD, Thunder Wolves, and the Jak & Daxter Collection. The refresh also marks the arrival of OMG HD Zombies, which you can learn mor

  • Store Update 18th June 2013 (North America)

    Jak's back

    There’s a ton of great content available as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store refresh, including Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara HD and the intriguing Storm. The highlight, though, has to be the Jak & Daxter Collection, which is out now for the PlayStation Vita. PSN: Dungeons & Dragons...

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    Review Sacred Citadel

    Imitation is the sincerest form of splattery

    A group of adventurers are attacked while relaxing in a tavern and must flee a town that has been set ablaze: does this sound familiar? Indeed, as the opening of Sacred Citadel mirrors the events of the first stage of Guardian Heroes, co-op brawler fans can look forward to a number of nods in reverence to...

  • E3 2013 Contrast Steps Out of the Shadows on the PlayStation 4

    Light and dark

    Contrast, developer Compulsion Games’ intriguing romp through the early twenties, is set to shine its spotlight on the PlayStation 4. The game – which employs a combination of light and shadow to create platforming puzzles – has already been confirmed for the PlayStation 3, but the Canadian outfit is expanding to the next...

  • Store Update 12th June 2013 (Europe)

    Dancing shoes

    There’s a demo for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F available as part of this week’s European PlayStation Store update, which has us intrigued. Other goodies include free-to-play fighter Tekken Revolution and a little game called The Last of Us. You may have heard of it. PS3 Games: Carnivores Bundle Price: £5.99/€6.99, PEGI: 12,...

  • Store Update 11th June 2013 (North America)

    The one we nearly forgot

    We sort of forgot about the weekly PlayStation Store update amidst the E3 2013 madness. Fortunately, we remembered in the nick of time – while we were eating a bowl of strawberries as it happens. It’s a good job that it jumped to the front of our mind, too, as this is a surprisingly good one, with The Last of Us, Tekken...

  • E3 2013 Free-to-Play Tekken Revolution Punching onto PS3

    King of downloads

    If the flurry of free-to-play titles recently revealed for the PlayStation 4 haven’t already encouraged you to put away your wallet, then perhaps Tekken Revolution will push you over the edge. A trailer for the PlayStation 3 exclusive was inconspicuously included as part of a GameSpot feature published earlier today, confirming...

  • News Super Motherload Digging onto PS3 and PS4 Later This Year

    Going underground

    XGen Studios’ couch co-op digging simulator Super Motherload is set to burrow onto the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 later this year. The title takes place in an alternate Cold War setting, and is the sequel to a 2004 Flash game. It boasts full voice acting, procedurally generated levels, and more. “We’re excited about...

  • Store Update 5th June 2013 (Europe)

    Crab salad

    This week’s European PlayStation Store update may not be bulging at the seams, but we can forgive its brevity due to its inclusion of Coconut Dodge Revitalised. The full PlayStation Vita overhaul is available for free for PlayStation Plus subscribers, and should be an instant download. Honestly, the only way that you can have more fun...

  • Store Update 4th June 2013 (North America)

    Don't forget

    Capcom’s likeable action adventure Remember Me may be the biggest new addition to this week’s North American PlayStation Store update – but it’s by no means the only noteworthy arrival. Other debuts include Limbo on the PlayStation Vita, alongside a couple of free applications for the portable platform. Shall we get down to...

  • News Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Adopts a Freemium Model on PS3

    Getting jiggy with it

    If you can’t afford to enter the fray with some of gaming’s most inappropriately attired fighters, Team Ninja has hatched a compelling method to allow you to step into the ring without spending a penny. According to popular Japanese publication Famitsu, a freemium iteration of the upcoming Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be...


  • News Kickstarter Funded Cloudberry Kingdom Jumps onto PS3 and Vita

    Time to save another princess

    As Pwnee Studios probably once said, 'you can never have your fingers in too many pies' – or something to that effect. That was presumably after the Kickstarter platformer project Cloudberry Kingdom was announced as a multi-platform release for a whopping five systems, including the PlayStation Network and the Vita...

  • Store Update 29th May 2013 (Europe)

    On the prowl

    This week’s European PlayStation Store update is quite the varied feast. Just some of the highlights on offer at the gaming buffet are Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler, Fuse, and The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character. Elsewhere, Quell Memento is also up for grabs, while shameless impostor

  • News Equip an Umbrella for This New Rain Trailer

    Water works

    It’s raining, it’s pouring, and Japan Studio is roaring. Seriously, after a number of years of relative irrelevance, Sony’s first-party Eastern outfit is absolutely knocking it out of the park at the moment. Hot on the heels of the brilliant Soul Sacrifice, the company’s still got Freedom Wars, Knack, and the beautiful...

  • News Co-Operative Puzzler Tiny Brains Opens Its Mind to PS4

    Hitting current generation consoles first

    Tiny Brains, the invention of ex-Assassin’s Creed III director Simon Darveau, is set to challenge the PlayStation 4 shortly after its release on the PlayStation 3 later this fall. The co-operative puzzler – which sees you assume the role of one of four rats, as you attempt to escape from a nefarious...

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    Review Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

    Once upon a time

    Ditching the divisive Call of Juarez: The Cartel's modern-day setting, and sauntering into the Wild West once again, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a real return to form for Techland's underrated series. Boasting over-the-top arcade action, stripped back weapons of yore, and a Tarantino-inspired visual style, this downloadable...

  • Store Update 28th May 2013 (North America)

    Calm before the storm

    In a few weeks, Naughty Dog will deploy The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3 – and you can pre-order your copy right now from the PlayStation Store. The special digital version will allow you to play the game while it’s downloading – a first for the PS3. This week’s North American update also boasts the survival...

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    Review Terraria

    Building blocks

    Terraria is a strange title. Its 2D world suggests simple fun when compared to the gritty realism that most games portray, while its quirky styling and audio lead to an often comedic atmosphere. Don’t be fooled by the aesthetics, though – this is a release that demands your time and effort if you want to get the most out of it...

  • News Best of PlayStation Network, Vol. 1 Collates Four Classics Next Month

    Now that's gaming

    We’ve never been a fan of compilation albums – but Sony’s impending Best of PlayStation Network, Vol. 1 is an anthology that we can get behind. The retail release – which will set you back just $39.99 – includes When Vikings Attack, Sound Shapes, Tokyo Jungle, and Fat Princess

  • Guide How to Hit the Ground Running in Terraria

    2D world problems

    From getting mauled by zombies to falling awkwardly to your death, there are plenty of ways to bite the dust if you’re a delicate newcomer to the world of Terraria. With the game’s recent arrival on the PlayStation Network, we thought it might be a good idea to jot down some tips that may help if you’re fresh to this...

  • Store Update 22nd May 2013 (Europe)

    Taking a leak

    Everyone’s going barmy for the bathroom in this week’s European PlayStation Store update, as Men’s Room Mayhem bursts onto the PlayStation Vita. The pee ‘em up is joined by a whole host of hits that you won’t want to flush away, including Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Resident Evil: Revelations, and, er, Fast & Furious:...

  • Store Update 21st May 2013 (North America)

    Sharp shootin'

    This week’s North American PlayStation Store update has gone Ultimate Edition mad. Sony has collated a collection of digital bundles for a range of games, including Assassin’s Creed III, Far Cry 3, and Max Payne 3. Other new arrivals include Ratchet: Deadlocked, Call of Juarez: Gunsli

  • Store Update 15th May 2013 (Europe)

    Neutrino speed

    There are a decent roster of titles available as part of this week’s European PlayStation Store update, but you only really need to know about one: Velocity Ultra. After a long wait, FuturLab’s award winning arcade hit has finally teleported its way onto the PlayStation Vita, and we couldn’t be more excited. Other new arrivals...

  • Store Update 14th May 2013 (North America)

    Dust hunt

    Yes, we’re late, but that doesn’t deter from the contents of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update. On the docket this week are DUST 514, Metro: Last Light, and Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery. There’s also a PS2 Classic in the guise of controversial murder ‘em up Manhunt. Let’s get down to business...

  • News Dare to Fly Flaps onto Australian Classification Board

    Soaring through the sky

    Indian indie outfit GameShastra is on the verge of setting free a new PlayStation Network title named Dare to Fly, according to an outed Australian rating. The listing – spotted by P

  • News Suspected PlayStation Network Hacker Takes a Hammer to His Computers

    Evidence destroyed

    The 23-year-old man believed to be responsible for hacking the PlayStation Network has avoided a serious jail spell after destroying evidence linking him to the crime. Todd Miller of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced to a year on house arrest for obstructing a federal investigation after he smashed his computers and disposed of the...

  • News Guacamelee! Takes the Number Juan Spot in the April PSN Charts

    Fiery favourite

    Drinkbox Studios’ brilliant Guacamelee! has proven that it’s hotter than chilli con carne, topping the PlayStation Network sales charts in both Europe and North America for the month of April. The side-scrolling brawler fought off a cavalcade of heavy-hitters in each region, including the likes of

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    Review Thomas Was Alone

    It's hip to be square

    Although 'simple and charming' is a worn-out phrase used to describe the numerous puzzle platformers on the PlayStation Network, there's no question that those three words suit Thomas Was Alone perfectly. Guiding geometric shapes through a gauntlet of hazards and obstacles is the order of the day, but while the cross-buy...

  • News Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta Aims to Keep You Occupied Until Uncharted 4

    Targeting PSN on 29th May

    Semaphore’s obvious homage to the Uncharted franchise Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta will fire onto the PlayStation Network on 29th May, the developer has announced. The episodic title – which puts you in the boots of Faris Jawad – promises to send you on an expedition throughout the Middle East on the trail of a...

  • Store Update 8th May 2013 (Europe)

    Nuns with guns

    This week’s European PlayStation Store update is slightly better than its North American counterpart, but only because of the overdue arrival of Nun Attack on the PlayStation Vita. Other new releases include Alien Spidy and a demo for Insomniac Games’ upcoming Fuse. Let’s get down to business, shall we? PS3 Games: Alien Spidy...

  • Store Update 7th May 2013 (North America)

    Spark up

    After several strong updates, it was only a matter of time before expectations came crashing down to Earth. This week’s North American PlayStation Store update is so flat that we’re struggling to pick out a highlight. We suppose that the demo for Insomniac Games’ upcoming Fuse is interesting, right? There's certainly nothing else...

  • News Sony Santa Monica Partners with Honeyslug for Indie Hit Hohokum

    Twirling onto PS3, PS4, and Vita

    Sony Santa Monica may be best known for the God of War games, but the studio has also played a pivotal role in some of PlayStation’s biggest indie hits. For those out of the loop, the company helped thatgamecompany realise its vision for Journey, and it even set aside floor space for Giant Sparrow to finish off...

  • News Sony Cuts the Ribbon on the PlayStation Store's New Indie Games Section

    Weird and wonderful

    Sony’s coveting indie developers hard at the moment, so it makes sense that the platform holder is making a big song and dance out of the PlayStation Store’s new ‘Indie Games’ category. The channel – launching imminently in both Europe and North America – is designed to provide additional exposure to existing and...

  • News What on Earth Does This Hotline Miami Message Mean?

    It goes over our head

    Hotline Miami developer Dennaton Games has dialled a strange message into a number of its social network accounts, prompting a selection of online channels to hunt for a solution. Currently the likes of NeoGAF, Reddit, and

  • News Sony Has 'Some Intriguing Game Announcements' in the Pipeline

    What could they be, though?

    Buried at the bottom of this weekend's European PlayStation Blog recap post is a hint at what the next seven days hold for Planet PlayStation. “We’ve a busy week in the offing,” teased blog manager Fred Dutton, “with some intriguing game announcements planned.” Sony’s made a habit of revealing high-profile...

  • News Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Sings the Story of Silas Greave

    Join in on the ditty

    Put a lighter in the air, as Ubisoft would very much like to regale you with tales about Call of Juarez: Gunslinger’s protagonist Silas Greave. This brand new trailer features a smattering of footage from the impending downloadable shooter, but its real appeal is the campfire chorus blaring in the background. It almost makes...

  • News Snap Up Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly on the PSN This Week

    Classic title in focus

    Floating closely behind the ghoulish wisps of the original Fatal Frame, platform holder Sony has confirmed that sequel Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly will haunt the PlayStation Network in North America this week. The barebones PS2 Classic puts you in the shoes of a pair of twins who are investigating a haunted village...

  • News PlayStation Store Reopens in South Korea on 16th May

    Gee gee, baby

    After being shut down last June due to a legal loophole, the PlayStation Store will finally reopen its doors for business on the PlayStation 3 in South Korea from 16th May. The service was originally closed due to a new legislation that made it illegal for users under the age of 18 to verify online accounts with their real name or age...

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    Review Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge

    Dead in the middle

    Real-time strategy games have always been difficult to execute on consoles. Without a mouse, scrolling over huge maps with an analogue stick is far harder than you may imagine, while assigning commands to various buttons on a controller leads to some haphazard control schemes. Enter Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov’s Revenge, a...

  • News Now You've Got No Excuse Not to Buy The Unfinished Swan

    PlayStation Network hit discounted in Europe

    BAFTA award-winning exclusive and Push Square perfect score alumnus The Unfinished Swan will be available at a new low price in Europe this weekend. Sony has confirmed that it’s cutting the first-person adventure’s cost to just £5.19 from today until 6th May, with lucky PlayStation Plus subscribers...

  • Store Update 1st May 2013 (Europe)

    Farm fresh

    This week may well see Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Soul Sacrifice, and various other high-profile titles added to the European PlayStation Store – but our attention’s firmly fixed on a single unexpected arrival. According to Sony’s rundown, Farming Simulator is coming to the PlayStation Vita today. We’re probably more excited by this...

  • Store Update 30th April 2013 (North America)

    Sacrifice your soul

    Sony’s really stepped up its game in recent weeks, with the latest North American PlayStation Store update sporting another cavalcade of noteworthy content. Newcomers include Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge, and Soul Sacrifice. There's also

  • News Classic Grand Theft Auto Games Racing onto the PlayStation Network

    History lesson

    Your excitement may be focused on Grand Theft Auto V right now, but if you’re eager to revisit the origins of Rockstar’s groundbreaking series, then you may be thrilled to learn that both Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2 are heading to the PlayStation Network as PSone Classics. Alright, so neither release has been...

  • News How Much Fun Can You Have Squeezing Mayonnaise Bottles on PS3?

    Remember to tip the container upside down

    Every meal tastes better with a hearty dollop of mayonnaise on the side, but as much as we love the taste of the egg-based condiment, we’re not sure whether we could stomach a full game about the rich, creamy sauce. Vividred Operation: Akane and the Mayo Operation, a brand new PlayStation Network title...

  • News Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 Compilation Due in June

    Better than all of the rest

    As we already know, Sony is planning to launch a retail compilation featuring some of its best PlayStation Network games. The physical release – imaginatively dubbed The Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 – will plonk Fat Princess, Sound Shapes, When Vikings Attack, and


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