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April2018

March2018

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 213

    Happy Easter

    Whether you celebrate it or not, we hope that you have lots of chocolate in store for this long Easter weekend. Here at Push Square Towers, we’ll be scoffing liberal amounts of Hot Cross Buns and sipping sweet tea. But what will we be playing? Here’s your weekly WAYP. Sammy Barker, Editor: I’m having a blast with MLB The Show...

  • Poll Has PlayStation Plus Improved in 2018?

    Games, games, games

    PlayStation Plus is a topic that has long been the cause of heated debate on the internet. Sony's service sees subscribers claim a selection of "free" games each month, and each month, people have something to say about the software that's on offer. Ever since the PlayStation 4 launched in 2013, PlayStation Plus has certainly...

  • News April PlayStation Plus Games Announced

    Another solid month

    Yep, it's that time of the month again as Sony confirms what PlayStation games will be made available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. On PlayStation 4, you're getting open world adventure Mad Max and the potentially mental TrackMania: Turbo. Meanwhile, PlayStation 3 users nab In Space We Brawl, and Toy Home. Yeah, we're not...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Ni no Kuni II and Valkyria Chronicles 4 Fail to Boost PS4

    Neither did great

    Despite the release of two relatively big PlayStation 4 titles, Sony's console refused to budge from its current position in the Japanese hardware charts. The PS4 is still stuck around that 25,000 units mark when taking both the standard model and PS4 Pro into account. It's pretty much business as usual, then, but it's a bit...

  • Talking Point What Free April 2018 PlayStation Plus Games Do You Want?

    When will April 2018's PS Plus lineup be revealed?

    What’s the April 2018 PlayStation Plus lineup? When will the March 2018 PS Plus update be revealed? As another month draws to a close, we’re here to look at all the latest PS+ speculation, and also share all the freshest PS Plus rumours. When will April 2018’s free PlayStation Plus games be...

  • Store Update 27th March 2018 (Europe)

    Prepare to cry

    Record scratch! Yes, it’s another big week on the European PlayStation Store. Perhaps we should give up writing this sentence every single time, and only reserve it for when there are, like, 50 new games. Which, the way the PS Store is going, can’t be too far away. Anyway, highlights this time include Far Cry 5 and Tempest 4,000...

  • UK Sales Charts New Releases A Way Out and Ni no Kuni II Debut in the Top Three

    Shiver me timbers

    New releases have dominated the latest weekly chart, with Sea of Thieves, A Way Out, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered debuting in the top four spaces. As you might have guessed, this makes for a very different top 10 to the previous chart, which was more or less made up of the usual suspects...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 212

    Revenant kingdom

    The boring international break means no Premier League football this weekend, freeing up a few extra hours for a video game or three. As has become Push Square tradition, we’ve rounded up our ragtag gang of reviewers, and asked them what they’re playing this weekend. Sammy Barker, Editor: There’s no Spring Training for me,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Attack on Titan 2 Storms Top 5, Monster Hunter Finally Falls

    Beast slayer

    Monster Hunter: World has finally fallen out of the top five in Japan, slipping down the software charts and landing in sixth. It was pushed out by a spate of new releases, including Attack on Titan 2, which performed best on PlayStation 4. The sequel moved 28,480 copies on Sony's system. On the hardware side of things, the PS4's...

  • News The European PS Store Easter Sale Has Some Eggsellent Bargains

    Cracking

    Hot on the heels of the Only on PlayStation sale comes the gigantic Easter sale on the European PlayStation Store. It starts today, and features hundreds of games and add-ons across PS4, PS3, and Vita.  Some big AAA titles are included, such as Assassin's Creed Origins, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and NieR: Automata, but there...

  • News February 2018 NPD: PS4 Wrestles Hardware Crown Off Nintendo Switch

    Monster Hunter: World still killing it

    The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console in the United States for the first time since November in February 2018, with Sony temporarily wrestling the crown from Nintendo in what is sure to become a constant back-and-forth. We’re only two months into 2018, but the PS4 is now the best-selling platform of...

  • Store Update 20th March 2018 (Europe)

    Way out, bruh

    Where to even begin? We know we sound like a broken record with these European PlayStation Store update posts, but every week genuinely does feel like a behemoth. This week alone sees Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, A Way Out, and MLB The Show 18 join the roster. And that’s ignoring Assassin’s Creed Rogue and Attack on Titan 2...

  • UK Sales Charts Burnout Paradise Remastered Zooms to First Place

    Smashing

    Last week's UK sales are in, and it seems that, sometimes, you can't beat the classics. Burnout Paradise topped the UK chart back when it released on PS3 in 2008, and that initial success has repeated itself, with Burnout Paradise Remastered in pole position. According to GamesIndustry.biz, the PS4 version of the game accounted for 78% of...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 211

    Welcome to the jungle

    The snow is back here in the UK, which gives us the perfect opportunity to snuggle up with some games. With the release calendar ramping up and backlogs longer than our legs, we’ve got lots to be getting on with. The age old question, though, is what will you be playing? Sammy Barker, Editor: I’m playing Burnout Paradise...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Fist of the North Star PS4 Kills the Competition

    You're already dead

    Look, we're sorry that we had to use that tagline, but... We had to use that tagline. After six whole weeks at the top, Monster Hunter: World has finally been booted off its throne. The game to do it? Fist of the North Star by the Yakuza team over at SEGA. The PlayStation 4 exclusive has proven to be a reasonable hit in...

  • UK Sales Charts Bravo Team Battles with Grand Theft Auto V

    TT Isle of Man somehow in the mix

    PlayStation VR exclusive Bravo Team registered an impressive debut in third position on the UK sales charts this week, with Grand Theft Auto V taking the overall crown for the umpteenth time. Uber-niche motorcycle simulation TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge sandwiched the two, seemingly connecting with an audience...

  • News PS4, Vita Title Omega Labyrinth Z Refused Release in UK and Other PAL Regions

    Bounced

    It's not often that you hear about a PlayStation game being refused classification and therefore release in certain regions, but that's what's happened to Omega Labyrinth Z. The dungeon crawler sees you manage a party of girls as they search for the 'Holy Grail of Beauty'. Doesn't sound too out of the ordinary when it comes to niche Japanese...

  • Store Update 13th March 2018 (Europe)

    No shortage of things to choose

    Burnout Paradise! Devil May Cry HD Collection! Beast Quest! QUBE 2! The Council! Yes, it’s another stacked European PlayStation Store update this week. One question: what are you buying out of this little lot? PS4 Games: Cruz Brothers 13th March Q.U.B.E. 2 13th March The Raven Remastered 13th March Euro...

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    PS Vita

    Review Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

    Choose your husbando

    Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a visual novel otome game and a direct sequel to last year’s Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds. The main character Chizuru Yukimura is still trying to find her missing father and is still hanging out with the Shinsengumi, a military police unit made up of hunky ronin. The game tells of a time between the waning...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 210

    Quinntessential

    It’s a big day at Push Square Towers as Manchester United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, dividing the office firmer than the Berlin Wall. With tensions running high, this edition of WAYP has actually been prepared on the eve of the match, just in case your humble host doesn’t slip into a depressed coma in the aftermath...

  • PlayStation Store Sales Charts Shadow of the Colossus Stands Up

    Monster Hunter: World still strong, though

    Monster Hunter: World enjoyed a second month at the top of the PlayStation Store sales charts in North America last month, but couldn’t oust FIFA 18 in Europe. Shadow of the Colossus – the big new exclusive for February – climbed into third position in North America, while it had to settle for...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Even Dragon Quest Can't Knock Monster Hunter: World Off the Top

    Sixth week at number 1

    Monster Hunter: World on PlayStation 4 remains top of the Japanese software charts for the sixth week running. Sales of Capcom's smash hit are definitely winding down now, but it still managed to move another 39,000 copies. Retail numbers are now just 70,000 copies off 2 million. Not even Dragon Quest Builders -- the...

  • News A Whole Host of New Sales Hit European PlayStation Store

    So many deals

    A new PlayStation Blog post details some new savings to be had on the European PS Store, and as always, it's a gigantic list. Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition is the Deal of the Week, and sees a discount of 50%. The big one, however, is an Only on PlayStation sale, featuring a ridiculous number of offers on...

  • Store Update 6th March 2018 (Europe)

    Something for everyone

    Phwoar! Is there ever a quiet week on the European PlayStation Store anymore? This week is perhaps fronted by the disappointing Bravo Team, although PlayLink title Frantics appears to be getting short shrift. Elsewhere, Scribblenauts is also primed to make its PlayStation 4 debut, while VRFC promises to bring the fun of...

  • News March's PlayStation Plus Games Are Available Now

    Bloody brilliant

    Yes, the time has arrived. Without question one of the PlayStation 4's strongest PS Plus lineups, March's freebie games are now available for download in Europe, with other regions following suit in due course. As if you need reminding, this month's roster of titles is headed by two excellent titles in Bloodborne and Ratchet &...

  • News Your Last Chance to Download February 2018's PS Plus Games

    Knack attack

    February 2018’s roster of free PlayStation Plus games will be rotated out tomorrow (6th March) to make way for Sony’s spectacular selection of new software. Of course, that means you have less than a day to add the likes of Knack and RiME to your library. PlayStation VR bonus StarBlood Arena will also be making a hasty exit, so be...

  • Game of the Month Top 4 PlayStation Games of February 2018

    Giants, tiny mice, sprinting, and Henry

    Following up an insanely strong January, February was never going to have it easy. The second month of 2018 may not have reached the same heights as its predecessor, but it was still a decent 28 days for PlayStation -- especially if you're a PlayStation VR owner, apparently. Bronze Trophy: Kingdom Come:...

  • UK Sales Charts FIFA 18 Scores Another No.1

    No surprises here

    With the new releases slowing down, we're back to a fairly predictable UK chart this week. In at No.1 is FIFA 18, where it has stayed for three weeks running. Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty: WWII retain their positions in second and third respectively, while Monster Hunter: World slips down to fifth. Shadow of the Colossus...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 209

    Snow day

    Abhorrent weather conditions here in the UK mean that weather is the top talking point on these shores right now, and you’re damn well sure we’re going to use it to pen the problematic first paragraph of this week's WAYP. The conditions have been catastrophic for some, but while we wish everyone a safe and warm weekend, there’s no...

  • News Three PS4 Exclusives Feature in UK's Best Selling Games of 2017

    Crash Bandicoot! Gran Turismo! Horizon!

    There’s no doubt that the PlayStation 4 is top dog in the UK, even despite decent competition from both the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Nevertheless, an impressive three PlayStation 4 exclusives featured in Britain’s best sellers of 2017 list, with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Gran Turismo Sport, and...

  • Deals PS Plus Subscriptions Discounted Ahead of Killer Month

    UK pays less through March

    There’s probably never been a better time to subscribe to PlayStation Plus, with both Ratchet & Clank and Bloodborne available as part of March 2018’s update. Sony knows that, and so it’s knocking 25 per cent off the price of an annual subscription in the UK. This means that, if you order through the

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    PS Vita

    Review The Longest Five Minutes

    You can pack a lot into five minutes

    Become a hero, face down the origin of all evil, and try to cope with the crippling loss of all your memories and abilities. This is the unique concept of The Longest Five Minutes – a new Vita adventure from NIS America. There's something really engaging and accessible about this old school Japanese RPG,...

February2018

January2018

  • News February PlayStation Plus Games Announced

    Another good month

    And there we have it: Sony has officially announced the PlayStation Plus lineup for February 2018, and honestly, it's pretty decent. On PlayStation 4, we're getting Knack and RiME. In other words, the leak from earlier today was spot on. We repeat: we're getting Knack on PlayStation Plus. This is not a drill. Elsewhere,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Monster Hunter: World and PS4 Tear Apart the Competition

    What did you expect?

    As expected, Monster Hunter: World has taken Japan by storm. The series has always been an absolute juggernaut in its native region, and World only solidifies that status -- clearly Monster Hunter doesn't need to be exclusive to a handheld device in order to sell incredibly well. The game shifted a whopping 1.25 million copies...

  • UK Sales Charts Monster Hunter: World Hunts Down Best First Week in Series History

    Roaring success

    It's a monstrous start for sales of Capcom's Monster Hunter: World. The game only launched on Friday, but it debuts in the UK charts in first place, and has enjoyed the strongest first week sales of any Monster Hunter title. Dragon Ball FighterZ also performed extremely well, scoring the franchise's best debut chart position at...

  • News The King of Fighters '97 Schedules a Global Match on PS4, PS Vita

    Will you KoF up for it?

    In news that could only truly excite editorial director Damien McFerran, SNK has announced The King of Fighters ’97 Global Match. Despite the name, it’s scheduled to release in 2018 – sometime in the Spring, to be more precise. It's due out on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. As alluded, the headline new addition to this...

  • Talking Point What Free February 2018 PS Plus Games Do You Want?

    When will Feb 2018's PlayStation Plus lineup be revealed?

    What’s the February 2018 PlayStation Plus lineup, then? It’s the question on everyone’s lips as we sprint towards the end of another month. And when will the latest PS Plus update even be announced? It’s a good question, as January happens to be one of those awkward months where it...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 204

    The hunt is on

    It was a frighteningly big week on the PlayStation 4 this time, with Monster Hunter: World, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Celeste all vying for your attention. It should make for an action-packed WAYP, so without further ado, let’s get into it. Sammy Barker, Editor: I'm not playing Monster Hunter: World. Yet. Now will everyone stop...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Outsells Switch Two Weeks in a Row

    Gintama also shows up to party

    The PlayStation 4's on a little bit of a roll in Japan right now, as the current-gen console has outsold the Nintendo Switch for the second week in a row. Combining the numbers of both the standard model and the PS4 Pro, Sony's system breaks 50,000 units, which is a solid amount. Over on the software charts, things...

  • News New US PS Store Sale Focuses on PlayStation Essentials

    What'll ya have?

    Following on from the last flash sale, Sony has brought another set of savings to the US PlayStation Store. Calling it the PlayStation Essentials sale, there are a lot of games big and small in the offer across PS4, PS3 and Vita. You're treated to savings of up to 50% (or 60%, if you're a PS Plus member). Some PS4 highlights...

  • News PSN Engineers Working to Resolve Hiccups

    Some functionality on PS4 affected

    Looks like the impending release of Monster Hunter: World and the opening of God of War pre-orders has temporarily pulled the PlayStation Network to its knees, as outages are being reported in some territories. Sony, to its credit, has already issued an update stating that engineers are on the case and working to...

  • Store Update 23rd January 2018 (Europe)

    Hunter time

    It’s a bonkers week on the European PlayStation Store, with multiple big games all vying for your attention. Monster Hunter: World is, of course, the big one – but don’t forget Dragon Ball FighterZ, The Inpatient, Lost Sphear, Iconoclasts, Celeste, and… Wait, this is ridiculous! PS4 Games: LOST SPHEAR 23 January Iconoclasts 23...

  • UK Sales Charts Digimon Marks Only Change in Impenetrable Top 10

    Digimon are the champions

    Another week, another mostly similar UK sales chart. This week we mainly see a reshuffle of the previous top 10, with only one dropping out (Forza Motorsport 7) and one new entry. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory just makes it into 10th place on the list, and honestly, there isn't a whole lot more to report...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 203

    Frisbee the one

    With the end of January rapidly approaching, it finally feels like the year is underway. Here at Push Square, we’ve oiled up our review machine and set it to work, as several big new releases look poised to invade the PlayStation 4. In fact, this may be your last opportunity to work through your backlog. The question is: what are...

  • News New Flash Sale Appears on US PlayStation Store

    Something for the weekend

    Once again, Sony has sprung a flash sale on the US PlayStation Store. You'll be able to buy this bevvy of bargains up until 22nd January at 8am PT. Games included in the sale are going for under $5 and include a wide range of titles across Sony's range of consoles. Highlights include Mirror's Edge Catalyst and the complete...

  • News 'Games Under €20' Sale Begins on EU PlayStation Store

    Spend, spend, spend

    With the mammoth January sale finally over, Sony has seen fit to replace it with a new round of discounts, just in case you haven't bought enough games recently. There are, as usual, a huge number of titles on offer, all under €20 (or £16 for us Brits). Highlights include Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, The Last Guardian,...

  • News December 2017 NPD: Call of Duty: WWII Conquers $3.29 Billion Month

    PS4 crowned best-selling console of 2017

    Those people who wrote articles about the death of the console industry prior to the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One should hang their heads in shame, as Call of Duty: WWII just dominated a $3.29 billion month for the United States games industry. That’s up 10 per cent over year-over-year,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Fights Its Way to Number 1 on PS4

    But can't beat its PSP brothers

    Dissidia Final Fantasy NT launched in Japan last week, and it shot straight to the top of the software charts. The fighter-role-playing game hybrid racked up around 106,000 sales on PlayStation 4. That doesn't seem too shabby given the current Japanese market, but it's worth pointing out that the two prior Dissidia...

  • Store Update 16th January 2018 (Europe)

    Digimon! Digital monsters!

    The betas keep coming, as both Monster Hunter: World and Metal Gear Survive score pre-release stress tests on the European PlayStation Store this week. All things told, it’s a sizeable update on Sony’s storefront for a mid-January week, with Kerbal Space Program, Digimon Story, and Street Fighter V: Arcade...

  • UK Sales Charts Grand Theft Auto V Returns to the Top

    Chop, Chop

    Grand Theft Auto V first released in 2013; it’s still topping the UK sales charts in 2018. The unbelievable success of Rockstar Games’ open world opus trucks on, with the title securing its 14th cumulative number one, putting it close to record holder Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s 18 week record. GTA5’s now spent 226 weeks on...

  • News Boss Heavy Platformer Iconoclasts Hits PS4, PS Vita 23rd January

    Cross-buy included

    In development by indie dev Joakim Sandberg for seven years, pixel art platformer Iconoclasts is due to launch on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita – with cross-buy support – on 23rd January, according to a snazzy new trailer. In a PlayStation Blog post published today, Sandberg detailed the game's focus, keeping...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 202

    Just Saiyan

    The weekend has arrived, which means a full slate of Premier League football and some pretty great NFL playoff games. Of course, it also means extra gaming time, and with a monstrous array of new releases around the corner, this may be the best opportunity for you to catch up on your backlog. Sammy Barker, Editor: I’m never going to...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Gets a Healthy New Year Boost

    Sony's system enjoys a jump

    Two Japanese sales charts articles in one week? Are they trying to do us in? The numbers for the first week of 2018 are here, and despite Nintendo absolutely dominating the software charts, the PlayStation 4 managed to rack up some decent figures. The standard model enjoyed a reasonable sales boost, jumping from 37,000...

  • News PlayStation Fans Are Gaming's Biggest W*nkers

    #4TheForeplay

    Sony’s mantra with the PlayStation 4 is “the best place to play”, and true to its word, new Pornhub data shows that fans have been extra busy jiggling their joysticks in 2017. PlayStation systems accounted for a whopping 56 per cent of the popular site’s games console traffic last year, meaning you should probably think twice...

  • Japanese Sales Charts It's Been a Quiet Christmas for PlayStation

    Zzz

    We'll be frank: it's barely worth reporting on these latest Japanese charts. PlayStation had a very quiet post-Christmas period, with console sales dropping off and no new software to speak of. Only three PlayStation titles stuck around in the top 20: Earth Defense Force 5, Call of Duty: WWII, and Yakuza: Kiwami 2. Meanwhile, the standard...

  • Store Update 9th January 2018 (Europe)

    Here we go again

    It’s still very early in the year, but it’s time for the European PlayStation Store to be awoken from its slumber. The headliner this week is probably Little Red Lie, the latest interactive adventure from Actual Sunlight creator Will O’Neill. A special mention must go out to Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3, though, which...

  • News Little Red Lie Will Try Not to Tell the Truth on PS4, PS Vita This Week

    Sweet little lies

    Will O’Neill, the creator of the thought-provoking Actual Sunlight, will tell a Little Red Lie on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this week, as his latest game arrives on Sony’s systems. Billed as an “interactive fiction experience”, the title promises to riff on the old LucasArts adventure game format – except your only...

  • UK Sales Charts FIFA 18 Kicks off 2018 at No.1

    Live and kicking

    The new year is off to a fairly unsurprising start in the UK weekly sales chart. FIFA 18 has reclaimed the top spot from Call of Duty: WWII, and we see PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds nip into the top 10 at 7th, but other than that, there isn't an awful lot out of the ordinary this week. Perhaps the most interesting nugget of...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 201

    Back 2Business

    It’s the start of a new year and, we don’t know about you, but everything feels weird. It’s like, everything is different and yet still the same. The good news is that the weekend has arrived to rip you free from your existential crisis, so here are the games that we’re planning to play over the next couple of days. Sammy...

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