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Talking Point: Are Bigger Open Worlds Really Better?

Are Bigger Open Worlds Really Better?

Worlds apart

"Our game's open world is so groundbreakingly big that it'll take you an hour to travel from one side of it to the other." Anyone that's followed the industry closely will have heard the prior quote before, whether it's paraded positively by a public relations person during a presentation, or typed out on an official channel like the...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 53

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 53

Strap it on

The weeks seem to come and go quicker and quicker, but at least there's your regular dose of WAYP to look forward to on the weekend. Regular readers should already know the drill: this is your forum to talk about all of the games that you'll be playing over the coming days. We've got to be honest, writing these introductions gets harder...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 52

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 52

Running late

Wow! It's been a breakneck, busy, bananas kind of week behind-the-scenes here at Push Square Towers, so apologies if our usual programming schedule has been a bit all over the place. The exciting news is that Monday's bureaucracy paved the way for Friday's exuberance, so this author is sitting here with a renewed sense of enthusiasm...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 51

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 51

Boom clap

The weather's awful, the Christmas break is over, and you're utterly broke after the holidays – Happy New Year, everyone! At least you've got that ever expanding backlog to keep you occupied through the dreary early weeks of January, and with the weekend now upon us, we want to know what you'll be playing over the coming days. You should...

Talking Point: Which PS4 Games Are You Most Looking Forward to in 2015?

Which PS4 Games Are You Most Looking Forward to in 2015?

Thinking ahead

We love navel gazing as much as the next person here at Push Square Towers, which is why we've compiled seven features on our favourite 2014 PlayStation forays. However, in an industry that's constantly moving forwards, it's hard not to look ahead as well. That's why we've pulled our team together one last time to discuss our most...

Talking Point: Post Pictures of Your PlayStation Pressies

Post Pictures of Your PlayStation Pressies

"OMG! It's a PlayStation 4"

Christmas is a time of sharing, seasonal goodwill, and – let's be honest – plenty of presents. As you read this, we're guessing that there's a carpet of discarded wrapping paper beneath your feet, and an infectious grin plastered upon your face. The question is: which gift prompted your Nintendo 64 moment this year,...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 50

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 50

The weekend before Christmas

Just because it’s almost Christmas, we’re not pulling the plug on WAYP. This is your last vanilla edition, before we run a seasonal special sometime next week. We’re finalising Game of the Year here behind the scenes, so there may not be too much time for actual playing – but hey, if you can’t put your feet up...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 49

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 49

Blank space

Wait a minute: did we miss a week? We can assure you that WAYP’s absence seven days ago was not intentional – this editor just got swept up in the PlayStation Experience madness, and, er, forgot to email the rest of the team. Don’t worry, though, as we’re back with a vengeance today. Sammy Barker, Editor: I have so many review...

Talking Point: What Did You Think of Sony's PlayStation Experience Keynote?

What Did You Think of Sony's PlayStation Experience Keynote?

The jury's out

It would have probably been unfair to expect a little too much from Sony’s big PlayStation Experience keynote, as it’s very much an extra on the ordinary convention calendar – but the platform holder still served up a selection of pre-Christmas treats in the form of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Final Fantasy VII, Yakuza 5, and...

Talking Point: What's Your Favourite PSone Game?

What's Your Favourite PSone Game?

20 years of play

There are the guts of Party Poppers on the floor, and Twisted Metal has taken over the office television; many happy returns PlayStation, we’ll be sure to have a drink (or six) in your honour this evening. With the PSone turning 20 today – prompting some extraordinary celebratory announcements

Talking Point: What's Your Favourite PlayStation Startup Sequence?

What's Your Favourite PlayStation Startup Sequence?

Setting the scene

Republished on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014: We're bringing this article back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original feature follows. Originally published on Friday, 12th April 2013: While it’s difficult to topple the trembling sense of anticipation that comes when you greedily...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 48

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 48

Thanks gaming

It’s been a holiday week in the United States, which means that the rest of the world has been watching on with jealousy. Fortunately, now that Saturday has finally arrived, we can all sit down for some good old fashioned gaming. And here to celebrate that fact is a weekly favourite on Push Square we like to affectionately label...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 47

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 47

Age of dragons

Well now, there are no shortage of new titles to talk about this weekend, are there? While we still can’t seem to convince associate editor Robert Ramsey to participate in one of these – he’s been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition as if it’s going out of fashion for days now – there’s plenty of variety from the rest of the...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 46

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 46

Everybody loves good Neighbours

We’re in the eye of the storm. Next week marks the release of the last few big holiday titles, and then it’s back to relative silence until the New Year. As such, this is another condensed issue of WAYP from our staff’s point of view – but we bet that you’ve got lots to talk about in the comments section...

Talking Point: Is This Gaming's Most Disappointing Ever Year?

Is This Gaming's Most Disappointing Ever Year?

Down for the count

If this is next-gen, then we wished that greatness would have waited until it was ready. We were going to pen this article a little later in the month – the release schedule is still stacked with several other blockbuster titles – but with the Assassin’s Creed Unity saga still a sour taste on the industry’s lips, we’ve...