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Review: AeternoBlade (PlayStation Vita)

AeternoBlade (PlayStation Vita)

Aeterno punishment

If there's a checklist for revenge you'd imagine it would go something like this: Step One – dig two graves; Step Two – serve cold. In AeternoBlade – a new action platform title on the PlayStation Vita – the game's heroine, Freyja, could certainly use just such a list. Not only has her hometown just been levelled by Dark...

News: Celebrate PlayStation Vita's Birthday with Free Gifts in North America

Celebrate PlayStation Vita's Birthday with Free Gifts in North America

Tons of deals, too

Technically, the PlayStation Vita reached toddler status over the weekend – but seeing as the folks at Sony have only just returned to the office, we'll forgive them this belated birthday gift. In order to celebrate the handheld's third anniversary in North America, the platform holder has prepared a bevy of free gifts and...

Opinion: How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

Good and bad

There's a growing sentiment among the gaming press that sites like this one are an outdated concept. Apparently, people no longer want to read a considered critique of a game – they'd rather watch a playthrough on YouTube or Twitch, with some commentary from a popular personality. It's something that's constantly on this author's...

Push Rewind: The Order: 1886, PS4 Firmware Updates, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse

The Order: 1886, PS4 Firmware Updates, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Better late than never

Finally. After several slow weeks in the PlayStation Nation, the New Year finally feels underway. This was an action packed seven days at Push Square Towers, as we penned tons of reviews, conducted a couple of interviews, and reported on lots of interesting news. Don't worry if you missed anything, because we've compiled all...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 57

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 57

Hobnobs

It's a brief WAYP this week, as everyone at Push Square Towers is too busy actually enjoying their weekends to talk about it. This editor may have to resort to new tactics to encourage further engagement – perhaps the promise of office Hobnobs will do the job? We shall see. Sammy Barker, Editor: It's a mixture of all sorts for me this...

Review: Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart (PlayStation Vita)

Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart (PlayStation Vita)

PlayStation Noire

In an RPG franchise far, far away, there lived a CPU called Noire. As representative of Lastation, she didn't want to exist in the shadows of her allies anymore, and wanted to stand true as the game's main character. With hope in her heart, pure determination, and an army of generals at her command, her wish finally comes true in...

News: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Comes West this Fall

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Comes West this Fall

Trigger happy

While the NIS America press event overnight didn't reveal a whole lot, it did announce that one of the most anticipated Japanese PlayStation Vita titles, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, is launching physically and digitally in North America and Europe this Fall. Occurring between the events of Danganronpa: Trigger...

News: JRPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines Builds a Family on Vita Next Month

JRPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines Builds a Family on Vita Next Month

Bloody business

Turn-based title Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines finally has a Western release date -- and it's hopefully sooner than you expected. The relatively dark role-playing game sees you take control of a cursed clan that spans generations. Each family member ages rapidly, and only lives for around two years before the curse takes hold and...

News: PS4 Takes Centre Stage in Sony's Big New Three Year Strategy

PS4 Takes Centre Stage in Sony's Big New Three Year Strategy

Growth driver

It's been obvious for a while, but Sony will continue to bet on the PlayStation 4 to put it back in the black. As part of a corporate strategy meeting earlier this week, the Japanese giant labelled its gaming business as a "growth driver", and recognised it as pivotal in its ambition of raising ¥500 billion ($4.2 billion) in earnings...

Store Update: 18th February 2015 (Europe)

18th February 2015 (Europe)

Ready at dawn

The slew of discounts on the European PlayStation Store are arguably the highlight this week, but let's not ignore the new arrivals, which include The Order: 1886, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, and Q*Bert Rebooted. There are also a bunch of fresh themes on the PS4 and Vita, including some birthday designs for the latter device...

News: Here's Your First Look At Toukiden: Kiwami's Oni Slaying Action on PS4

Here's Your First Look At Toukiden: Kiwami's Oni Slaying Action on PS4

Gone clubbing

Toukiden: The Age of Demons was quite a pretty game on Vita, and we're sure that its semi-sequel, Toukiden: Kiwami, will be too. However, with the game also slashing its way onto the PlayStation 4, how much better will it look on Sony's newest system? Fortunately, the answer is pretty good. Sporting better lighting, textures, and...

News: You Can Save on a Massive Selection of PS4, PS3, and Vita Games in Europe's New PSN Sale

You Can Save on a Massive Selection of PS4, PS3, and Vita Games in Europe's New PSN Sale

Happy Birthday Vita

North America got its own selection of discounts just yesterday, but Sony hasn't forgotten about us Europeans, either. Starting today, a massive amount of titles have had their prices slashed, including Destiny, Samurai Warriors 4, both Danganronpa games, and even The Evil Within. You're especially lucky if you're a big

News: Save on 2014's Biggest Games in the Latest NA PSN Sale

Save on 2014's Biggest Games in the Latest NA PSN Sale

Critical hit to the wallet

It seems like we can't go a single week without there being some sort of PlayStation Store sale going on. And while we're not necessarily complaining, we still fear for all those poor, empty wallets out there. The latest wave of discounts centre on some of the biggest games of last year. Dubbed the 'Critics' Choice...

Out This Week: The Order: 1886, Dead or Alive 5 PS4, Q*Bert Rebooted

The Order: 1886, Dead or Alive 5 PS4, Q*Bert Rebooted

Antique action

Ah, another belated edition of Out This Week – will we ever publish this column on time? While you ponder that, we'll move swiftly on and point out that this week is a real humdinger, especially if you're a PlayStation 4 owner. Highlights include The Order: 1886 and Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, but there's something for everyone...

News: Deadman's Cross Is a Free-to-Play Zombie Card Game That's Out Today on Vita

Deadman's Cross Is a Free-to-Play Zombie Card Game That's Out Today on Vita

You'll need braaaaains

A title that sounds like one of weirdest concoctions that we've stumbled upon in quite a while, Deadman's Cross is shuffling onto the North American PlayStation Store later today. A strange mix of first-person shooting and card collecting, we suppose it's a bit like Pokémon, only instead of battling and catching cool little...

News: PlayStation Hounded the Headlines in 2014

PlayStation Hounded the Headlines in 2014

Talk of the town

We'd have been doing a pretty poor job on this website if we weren't reporting on PlayStation, but it seems that we've got competition from the rest of the media, as Sony's brand dominated the headlines in 2014. According to ICO Partners, which tracks the content published on some 6,000 websites, PlayStation was by far the most...

Talking Point: How Important Is Game Length?

How Important Is Game Length?

Time to find out

The Order: 1886 has caused a bit of a kerfuffle this weekend for supposedly being short, but how much does game length really matter? Some would argue that there's no point in spending money on a release that can be wrapped up in an evening or two, but many of us simply don't have the time to work through a 100 hour epic. It's a...