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Preview: Pointing a Long Lens at Watch Dogs on PS4

Pointing a Long Lens at Watch Dogs on PS4

Hack attack

Watch Dogs is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases in the PlayStation 4’s line-up, so we were eager to point our viewfinder at a behind closed doors demo of the sandbox release earlier in the week. The title, being played on Sony’s next generation super machine, demonstrated several mechanics from the upcoming hack...

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

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...

Preview: Sending Smoke Signals in inFAMOUS: Second Son, the Hottest Exclusive on PS4

Sending Smoke Signals in inFAMOUS: Second Son, the Hottest Exclusive on PS4

Turning up the temperature

Despite a stellar track record, there’s still an air of scepticism surrounding Sucker Punch. The small Seattle-based studio – which was officially inaugurated into the Sony Worldwide Studios family in 2011 – has fashioned some stellar software over the years, but it’s yet to land a smash hit on the scale of...

Preview: Thawing Lost Planet 3's Winter Wonderland

Thawing Lost Planet 3's Winter Wonderland

Peyton the ice

It’s a good thing that Lost Planet 3’s set to release at the tail end of the summer, because you won’t want to play the Spark Unlimited-developed prequel when it’s cold outside. The third-person shooter takes place a long time prior to the events of the first game, with the snowy setting of E.D.N. III still trapped in the...

Preview: Sailing the Seven Seas in the Seamless Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Sailing the Seven Seas in the Seamless Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

We brave seasickness for an in-depth look at Ubisoft's upcoming sequel

Cities are a thing of the past. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the next annual entry in Ubisoft's stealth-heavy series, will switch firm ground for the rumble of the ocean, as the franchise embraces pirate lore with a stumble and a swig of rum. Evolving the naval mechanics...

Preview: On the Rob with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

On the Rob with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Back to the Cooper

There’s more variety crammed into the opening chapter of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time than most games manage across an entire campaign. Within the first three hours of the PlayStation 3 sequel, you’ll have performed two heists, spent an afternoon fishing, and even completed a rhythm action mini-game in which an...

Preview: Committing the Combat of Remember Me to Memory

Committing the Combat of Remember Me to Memory

Pressen matters

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to receive a behind the scenes presentation from DONTNOD Entertainment, where co-lead designer Philippe Moreau helped demonstrate the brawling and melee mechanics in Remember Me, its Capcom published third-person action-adventure. It was clear that Nilin, the acrobatic female protagonist, was...

Preview: God of War: Ascension Is Familiar but Fantastic

God of War: Ascension Is Familiar but Fantastic

Monster mash

Playing God of War: Ascension is a lot like riding a bike after a brief hiatus: for a few fleeting moments the gameplay feels foreign, but then everything clicks into place. Sony Santa Monica’s fourth outing in Greek mythology bashes you over the head with the many combos you’ve spent years perfecting, and then it invites you to...

Preview: Sitting Behind the Wheel of GRID 2

Sitting Behind the Wheel of GRID 2

Test drive

Ask any racing fan what their favourite gaming experience has been over the past five years, and there’s a good chance that Codemasters’ Race Driver: GRID will rank at the sharp end of their list. Since its release in 2008, GRID has developed something of a cult following, thanks in part to its strong racing heart and fine damage...

Preview: Hitting Some Winners with Sports Champions 2

Hitting Some Winners with Sports Champions 2

Down the line

The furore surrounding the introduction of new motion peripherals back in 2010 meant that the excellent Sports Champions got lost in the shuffle. Sony pushed the mini-game compilation as the first must-have title for the PlayStation Move, but post-release discussion almost always centred on the title’s technology rather than the...

Preview: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Goes for the Throat

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Goes for the Throat

Come out swingin'

There are three things we’ve come to realise while writing this preview for the latest Metal Gear outing from Platinum Games. First, we still can't type "Revengeance" into a text document without hating ourselves – it's not a word, it isn't cool, it sounds dumb. Second, we’ve learned that we’re okay with Konami releasing...

Preview: Fumbling Through the Dark with The Unfinished Swan

Fumbling Through the Dark with The Unfinished Swan

Blind man's buff

It’s difficult to discuss The Unfinished Swan without drawing comparisons to Journey. Just like thatgamecompany, developer Giant Sparrow has been taken under the wing of first-party powerhouse Sony Santa Monica. Furthermore, it has signed a three game exclusivity deal with PlayStation. Indeed, the only noticeable difference...

Preview: Wonderbook: Book of Spells Makes Reading Magical

Wonderbook: Book of Spells Makes Reading Magical

Muggle science

The outrage and controversy caused by Wonderbook: Book of Spells’ elongated E3 showing has made it difficult to discuss the augmented reality experience objectively. And yet here we have one of the most unique and commercially viable casual gaming products Sony has produced since the Eye Toy. The Harry Potter spin-off doesn’t...

Preview: Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6

Gore blimey

Over the course of the last few years, the Resident Evil series has been content to rest on its laurels, with some suggesting that it would only take one truly exciting survival horror title to come along and cast the once groundbreaking series into the annals of history. Each new title from the franchise has been presented with shiny...

Preview: Dishonored Could Be PS3's Darkest Adventure Yet

Dishonored Could Be PS3's Darkest Adventure Yet

Killing in the name

We didn't know much about Dishonored, Arkane Studios’ new game, until its first promotional trailer landed a week ago, sending the cyber-masses into feverish speculation. A few things about its concept and storyline could be gleaned from the teaser film: players will assume the role of Corvo, an Imperial bodyguard accused of...