More than mindless mini-games
Once I arrived in Los Angeles for E3 2011, one thing I knew for certain - I had to get my hands on Sony's upcoming PSVita system while I had the chance. And while the games I had on my list of must-see titles mostly involved games like Hot Shots Golf and LittleBigPlanet, it was actually a title I hadn't given a lot of...
We take Vita for a spin
After staring at photos of Sony's upcoming Playstation Vita system for the past few months, there was a certain level of excited anticipation at the prospect of actually getting some hands-on time with the unit at this year's E3 show in Los Angeles. And while I had a wealth of questions about how the unit would feel and...
The virtual E3 booth in PlayStation Home was a stroke of marketing genius
It directed you to watch eight of Sony's E3 trailers in order to receive virtual items and access the space's VIP area. Given the casual nature of PlayStation Home, we imagine there were people learning about Twisted Metal and Resistance 3 for the first time in the virtual...
Disappeared into thin air
One of the titles we were looking forward to learning more about E3 2011 was Sorcery, the Move-enabled magic title that Sony was so proud to show off last year, but we left Los Angeles disappointed and downhearted. The magical-looking adventure was completely absent from Sony's show, with not even a mention of the game...
Capcom has hinted that it is working with Sony on a new top-secret feature for Street Fighter X Tekken that sounds a lot like cross-platform play to us
At an offsite SCE event , Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono revealed that Sony is working with the publisher on a new feature for Street Fighter X Tekken that's likely to be announced at this year's...
Nintendo might have announced a new platform at E3, but if you listen to the buzz bubbling beneath the Wii U, you'll notice the perception of Sony's PlayStation Vita has changed dramatically
The spiritual successor to the PlayStation Portable already convinced some when it was announced earlier in the year. With dual analogue sticks, a gorgeous...
It’s about time!
PlayStation Move isn’t even a year old yet, but the game catalogue has filled up quite nicely so far with a wide range of titles that utilize Move in many creative ways. But, there is one series that we feel should have already featured Move support, and that is the long running Hot Shots Golf (known as Everybody's Golf in...
It was a pretty bold move by Ubisoft to spend the first few minutes of its Far Cry 3 demo focusing on a monologue by a man completely off his rocker
But it worked really well, setting the tone for the upcoming first-person shooter brilliantly. You can check out the full Far Cry 3 demo above.</em>
Beep beep, ribby ribby
Zindagi Games' next title after the top notch Sports Champions isn't the expected sequel: instead it's the co-operative adventure Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest, and here's the first trailer. Expect to see Deadmund making his rib-tickling appearance on PlayStation 3 later in the year.
E3 2011 is pretty much over, with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announcing that E3 2011 welcomed 46,800 attendees over the past couple of days
Of course, now's the time to start building hype for next year's event, which kicks off June 5th-7th 2012. According to Joystiq the event will stay in L.A. for the next couple of years, with the Los Angeles Conference Centre booked up for the..
BloodRayne Betrayal will colour the PlayStation Network in crimson this August, according to Joystiq
The game will retail for $15. The game's in development at WayForward, a studio well known for its pretty, two-dimensional visuals. Guess what? BloodRayne Betrayal has pretty, two-dimensional visuals.
As PlayStation Home continues to grow, Sony's announced that the virtual world has been experiencing record traffic over the past week
Of course, this is surprising because it comes on the back of the PlayStation Network outage. Were having record traffic in Home. The week we restored the service, we hit a new record in terms of weekly unique...
According to IGN, Sony Wordwide Studios Europe boss Michael Denny has revealed that the PlayStation Vita is region free to the "best of his knowledge"
This is obviously a huge point of interest, as it means you'll be able to import and play games on your device without needing a specific system. The 3DS is region-locked. Let's hope Denny's knowledge is spot on, eh?
David Jaffe has said that he won't pander to European tastes in order to make the Twisted Metal franchise more popular in the region
As Brits, we're thinking "thank goodness for that". Twisted Metal is all about balls-to-the-wall mayhem with the deeper, technical layer hidden beneath all the carnage. We'd never want Jaffe to take that away. What were not going to do is go how do we..
Konami has confirmed that the upcoming PlayStation Vita exclusive, Silent Hill: Book Of Memories, will be the first title in the survival horror franchise to feature online multiplayer
No hard details were shared by Konami, but we're a touch nervous about the addition. We were hoping Book Of Memories would be a narrative driven experience enhanced by PlayStation Vita's touch controls. Multiplayer..
EA Games label president Frank Gibeau has described Respawn Games' new title as a "sci-fi shooter"
The publisher also confirmed plans to rotate its military shooter series' annually, with Medal Of Honor and Battlefield releasing on alternative years. In general were going to continue to follow our rotation strategy of giving studios a full two-year cycle to get a game built and polished to..
We're starting to see a lot more of the PlayStation 3/Blu-ray movie combos
Namco Bandai's announced a new package today, including an updated version of Tekken Tag Tournament alongside the new Tekken Blood Vengeance movie. The content will be available on one Blu-ray disc entitled Tekken Hybrid. We will buy this bundle. Sane people: there's no news on whether Tekken Tag Tournament will be available..
The big hook for Need For Speed: The Run is the fact that you can get out of your car
It's not exactly a feature Need For Speed fans have been crying out for, and it looked shoddy in the game's E3 demonstration. Settling somewhere in-between Heavy Rain and last year's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, The Run is a cinematic racing game behind-the-wheel, but a Dragon's Lair impersonator on-foot. To..
Beatshapers has announced that it will make its PlayStation Move-enabled PS3 title, StarDrone, available for the PlayStation Vita at launch
The quirky puzzle title will share online leaderboards with the PlayStation 3 version of the game, as well as including new modes, enemies and power-ups.
Sony's confirmed that it will be releasing inFamous 2 via the PlayStation Network in Europe this Friday
Expect to pay £49.99 for the convenience. Before you jump into the comments moaning about rip-offs and what-not, Sony obviously can't undercut their retail partners for obvious reasons. Until one of the platform holders commits to going solely digital, you're going to continue to see..
LittleBigPlanet Vita is certainly getting the most buzz amongst PlayStation Vita titles
Sony's "Play Create Share" platformer just seems perfect for the new handheld, with the multitude of touch interfaces providing new intuitive ways to play, as well as potentially lowering the barrier for level creation too. Tarsier Studios has announced this afternoon that it is developing..
Like many others, we came away from Sony's press conference grinning from ear-to-ear
Not only had Sony demonstrated a substantially more capable handheld platform than its peers, it also seemed to show a reasonable understanding of the current market-place. Handheld platforms need to both accompany the home-console experience, and differentiate from...
Sanzaru Games -- the developer of the upcoming PlayStation 3 title, Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time -- has hinted at the possibility of the Sly franchise making the jump to PlayStation Vita
In an interview with Geoff Keighley on GameTrailers, Sanzaru Games president, Glen Egan, slyly avoided the issue when asked about the possibility of the platforming franchise coming to Sony's new handheld..
Sanzaru Games has released the first footage of Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, and it's left us itching for more
Regular readers will know we're big proponents of the Sly Cooper franchise, so it's personally very exciting for us to see the franchise make a return on PS3. Despite Sucker Punch not being at the helm, we have every faith in Sanzaru Games. During the game's showcase, Sanzaru president..
"We don't know how we're going to use PlayStation Move yet," was the message of Irrational Games' Ken Levine during Sony's press conference
It's a sentiment echoed in the developer's interview with IGN. I tried to be as honest as I could up there. I dont exactly know what were doing yet. Ive worked with known film directors who basically were wanting to make a Bioshock movie, and their..
There's a lot of unwarranted vitriol being thrown at Insomniac Games over its new multiplatform project
From where we're sitting, it's unfair. Insomniac has been one of the strongest supporters of the PlayStation platform for years, and none of that goodwill should evaporate just because it's going to release a game on the XBOX 360. After all, let's not forget Insomniac's new game is coming to the..
Nintendo announced a new home-platform yesterday
Despite the ambiguity of the announcement, we definitely think there's something intriguing about the Wii U, but we're going to wait for more details before we offer any opinion on the system. What's interesting to us is how Nintendo and Sony's direction is converging. Both companies are going about things in their own ways, but there's a clear..
It's Dynasty Warriors on the PlayStation Vita
Seriously though, while Koei might not yet have an official name for its PlayStation Vita spin-off of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, it's got a ton of assets. You can grab those over at VG247. The game makes use of the Vita's touchscreen, introducing a new "Godspeed musou" attack which requires you to tap on enemies to slice them up..
Dragon's Crown was already partially revealed during Sony's PlayStation Vita sizzle reel, but now VanillaWare has officially confirmed the title
The developer — famous for Odin Sphere and Murumasa — confirmed that the title will release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. UTV Ignition's handling publishing duties. The game's pitched as a "dazzling new multiplayer online adventure"..
In an email sent out to its "Faithful" mailing list, Atlus revealed plans to localise SNK's PlayStation 3 brawler, King Of Fighters XIII, for Noth American release this "holiday"
The game was originally released last year in Japan, and includes over 30 characters from the SNK fighting dynasty. Don't worry guys, Mai is included. The sequel promises a "rebuilt online mode" for enhanced..
Despite being announced alongside the PlayStation Vita at its original unveiling in January, the cel-shaded action title Gravity Daze has been shrouded in mystery
However, an update on Sony's official PlayStation website has revealed a little more about the intriguing title. The game is in development at Sony's Team Siren studio, the group synonymous for the Siren games on PS2 and PS3. The game has..
Look, Devil May Cry fans are going to find a reason to hate on this brand new DmC footage -- but we think it looks great
The action looks sharp and suitably flashy. Similarly, we like the game's visual style. There's even a glimpse of the white-haired Dante that everyone loves. But yes, we're aware of the old adage: "Haters gonna hate".
Remember Agent? The Rockstar Games developed project was announced at Sony's 2009 E3 briefing as a PlayStation 3 exclusive
During a live interview on GameTrailers this afternoon, GTTV host Geoff Keighley asked SCEA president Jack Tretton about the title, to which the PlayStation gaffer responded it was "more a question for Rockstar". Pushed on the exclusivity status of the game, Tretton..
During yesterday's press conference, Sony seemed pretty clear that its upcoming PlayStation Vita would be launching worldwide this calendar year
At least, it seemed pretty clear to us — and virtually every other publication online. But in a live interview on GameTrailers this afternoon, SCEA president Jack Tretton dismissed a global launch this "calendar" year, stating that the device..
If you are not excited by the prospect of a new Super Stardust, then we're convinced your not human
We're picturing lumps of meat at the other end of the Internets, staring blankly at the amazing trailer we've embedded after jump. Seriously, it's more of the game with touch commands tacked on — but it looks beautiful. And honestly, that's all that matters.
We've always had a soft-spot for the Everybody's Golf franchise
While we're not overly keen on golf games in general, there's something refreshing about Clap Hanz's ability to accelerate the pace of a traditional slow sport. The gameplay is also perfectly suited to a handheld, allowing you to pick-up and play in short bursts. Everybody's Golf on PlayStation Vita certainly looks like more of the..
GAME and Play
com</a> are amongst the first UK retailers to open pre-orders for Sony's new PlayStation Vita. Both are currently listing the Wi-Fi version of the handheld for £229.99 and the 3G version for £279.99. Sony announced during its E3 press conference last night that the PlayStation Vita would cost $249.99 (Wi-Fi) and $299.99 (3G) respectively in North America. The platform holder..
Smart As is almost definitely the weakest title in Sony's PlayStation Vita line-up, but there's certainly some neat ideas touched upon in the game's E3 trailer
The puzzle title — which looks to have been inspired by Nintendo's Brain Training games — includes a number of mathematics and logic puzzles that can be solved using the Vita's unique input methods. However, the game's neatest feature is..
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
2K's Carnival Games series has been a runaway success, emerging on Wii before the surprisingly enjoyable Carnival Games: In Action on Kinect. It seems "imitation is the highest form of flattery" is the thinking in Sony's camp, as the company announced Carnival Island for Move yesterday. The family-oriented...
Urgh, just inject it into our veins already
Sony has released the first trailer for Wipeout 2048 on the PlayStation Vita, and it is glorious. The trailer details each of Wipeout 2048's features, and is punctuated by a killer soundtrack. Check it out after the jump. The game's due for release alongside the Vita's launch later in the year.
While a little rough in places, Sony's E3 press conference was clearly all about strength in depth
After a fairly lop-sided showing from Microsoft earlier in the afternoon, Sony's showing felt much more balanced and pointed firmly towards the traditional gamer. While PlayStation Move was in full attendance, demonstrations ranged from the...
Sony's quietly revealed a PlayStation Vita version of Top Darts over night
The game promises intuitive touch-screen controls and asynchronus multiplayer modes. Hopefully the tungsten tossing is as satisfying as in the Nintendo DS' Touch Darts. That's still the darts game to beat as far as we're concerned.
LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Vita makes so much sense it's crazy
In a way, it feels like Media Molecules Play Create Share title has found its natural home. Interacting with Sackboy's whimsical world looks perfectly natural, whether you're touching, swiping, tilting or poking the device. This is a killer-app for Vita right here.
Sony's press conference was pretty packed, leaving a few of the company's big PlayStation Network titles to miss out on a moment in the spotlight
One of those titles was PixelJunk Sidescroller, a new release in Q-Games' PixelJunk brand that doesn't look too dissimilar to PixelJunk Shooter. There's a little bit more on the game over at...
Just Add Water's confirmed that both Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and Munch's Oddysee will release on the PlayStation Vita
Each of the games will support cross-platform save functionality with the PlayStation 3 version. No other details were released.
Sony announced God Of War Origins during its PlayStation 3 E3 press conference last night
The PlayStation 3 compilation will include HD remakes of Ready At Dawn's two God Of War prequels: Chains Of Olympus and Ghost Of Sparta. Check out the first trailer after the jump.
We weren't expecting a particularly large emphasis on PlayStation Move during Sony's press conference last night, but the platform holder actually delivered with a throng of announcements for the motion controller
Theres no question PlayStation Move brings something unique to the table for everyone, said SCEA boss Jack Tretton. The PlayStation Move catalogue is unmatched. Sony demoed a..
Not a big surprise this one
Seeing as there are about 814,523,567 other Dynasty Warriors titles available on other platforms, it makes sense to bring the series to PlayStation Vita. Tecmo Koei announced the game overnight, though it is still without a name. It will make use of the PlayStation Vita's rear and front touch-panels, as well as the device's gyro sensors. The game will also feature a..