Few would argue that 2011 was one of the best years for exclusive PlayStation software
The growth of Sony's Worldwide Studios resulted in a new blockbuster release for almost every month of the year; a feat that was always going to be difficult to replicate in 2012. But while 2012 might not live up to its predecessor in terms of pure content quantity, we're certain Sony's still got a surprise or..
God Of War is a world-renowned franchise, but things were almost very different
Before Kratos' mythological escapades got the go-ahead, developer Sony Santa Monica was toying with the idea of a Silent Hill-style survival horror title set within the dark realm of the Twisted Metal universe. Game designer David Jaffe revealed the tid-bit on the Weekend Confirmed podcast, though he didn't delve into..
As with so many other Sony published titles, God Of War IV is leaking faster than a burst pipe
Eagle eyed gamers picked up on the inclusion of the game's name in composer Timothy Williams' online resume. The musician has since confirmed the game's existence to Joystiq, telling the website that he is "working on [the game] in the capacity of orchestrations and some additional music" but..
Since its inception, the God Of War franchise has been all about its epic single-player experience
But if rumours in the latest issue of British magazine, PSM3, are to be believed, Kratos could be on the verge of heading online. The publication speculates that the next mainline entry of God Of War will sport online co-op and centre on the plot of Kratos and his brother Deimos, as the siblings..
If you've spent the last couple of months patrolling the skies in a futuristic Warhawk and summoning structures from outer-space, you might be a little disappointed to learn that Lightbox Interactive is pulling the plug on the Starhawk beta come January 3rd
The good news is that the developer's keeping things running over the holidays, giving you...
Sony's Twisted Metal reboot continues to up the stakes
Having a vehicle armed to the teeth with rockets and chainsaws is all well and good — but try using them effectively against the The Brothers Grimm. You'll be lucky if you manage to scratch the paint-work of their ridiculously oversized monster trucks.
It's evident from yesterday's reannouncement that Sorcery has grown since its promising debut at last year's E3
While the PlayStation Move exclusive includes the same precise motion control mechanics as its original demo, it's visually prettier and much bigger in scope. "Coming out of E3, we knew there were some things we weren't happy with," design director Brian Upton told the..
Sorcery was the first game to make people take notice of the PlayStation Move
Debuted at E3 over a year ago, The Workshop developed motion exclusive generated buzz because it felt like the title gamers had been calling for ever since the Wii was released. Family oriented, yes, but with a deep underlying core. A year later, Sony's re-revealed Sorcery to the North American press. And, as we'd hoped,..
We don't think we've ever been quite so curious about ants
Sony's mysterious marketing campaign for The Last Of Us — an upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive that the platform holder's been drip-feeding information about for the past couple of weeks — has brought out the budding researcher in much of the video games media. PlayStation Lifestyle's got the research bug (pun intended) quite bad. It's..
So this is getting really cool now
Regular readers of the site will be aware of the build-up to Sony's new PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last Of Us. If you're not up to date, you can read our big blow-out piece on the impending announcement through here. Sony has been gradually drip-feeding information about the game all week, going as far as to add a screenshot of the mysterious new title on the..
The teaser website for upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Of Us has updated
While the body of the page remains the same — ants and quarantine videos are still the focus — the big change is the inclusion of a wallpaper image listed as a "screenshot". It shows the foliage that has appeared on the background of the PlayStation Blog recently. A second image was discovered on..
There are no hard rules to thatgamecompany's Journey
But in an interview with The Guardian, producer Robin Hunicke has explained that the developer designed the world in a way that would encourage player connection. One of the things we talked about early in the project was this idea of creating a connection between players in an environment where...
There are still surprises in the video game industry
When GameTrailers' Geoff Keighley promised an unbelievable PlayStation 3 exclusive would debut at this year's VGAs, speculation automatically pointed towards the heavily rumoured Sony Smash Bros. But a brand new teaser trailer has proved us all wrong. The Last Of Us is the name of Sony's next PlayStation 3 exclusive. The
Loyal Warhawk fans will get their first taste of Starhawk next Tuesday (November 22nd) when Lightbox Interactive puts the intergalactic shooter's first private beta online
Players will be invited via e-mail to participate in the beta, but Lightbox has reassured fans not to be too disappointed if they are not included in the initial wave of entrants...
More evidence has emerged that God Of War IV is in development
This time a New Zealand based website has listed the title on its website. It follows a slew of development rumours and job listings that have pointed to the next entry in the set-piece driven series dropping onto PS3 next year. Sony's yet to officially say anything about the next God Of War, but we have a strong feeling that the game..
Take a deep breath and foray into the wider world of the Internet
You'll find quite a few people talking about the PlayStation Vita, and not all of them positively. "Why would I want to play a game like Uncharted on a small screen," they scream, "I'd rather play it on my big TV." The insinuation appears to be that Sony has learned nothing from the mixed success of the..
Tenuous, this, so slot it under the folder with "Rumour" emblazoned in pink marker pen ink on the front
Sony Santa Monica is apparently staffing up for a new project in the God Of War series. "Mega developer making sequel to ginormous franchise," is definitely not hard to believe — but the job listing TheSilentChief cites is a bit bland. The position for a Senior Staff Concept artist..
Remember the mysterious PlayStation Move collaboration between demoscene group Plastic and Sony Santa Monica? It was hinted at a couple of weeks ago with a bizarre trailer
Well now we've got another one, along with some speculation to go with it. PlayStation Move specialist iWaggle3D hypothesises that the game's name is Datura, having unravelled a...
God Of War developer -- and support team across many PlayStation projects -- Sony Santa Monica is staffing up in preperation for a new "unannounced IP"
The news comes courtesy of a job posting on Gamasutra, requesting the services of a level designer with "experience in designing or contributing to the development of an open world game". No other clues were given. Seeing as Sony Santa..
The God Of War Collection Volume II (or God Of War: Origins Collection if you're in North America) launches this week, and in order to celebrate Sony's released a brand new trailer for the latest collection of bloody brawlers
The latest God Of War collection compiles Ready At Dawn's PSP series outings, with both Chains Of Olympus and Ghost Of Sparta included. Catch the launch trailer after the..
Sony Santa Monica -- the guys behind the mainline God Of War titles -- are teaming up with Polish demoscene studio Plastic for a brand new PlayStation Move title
A teaser trailer has been released on YouTube (after the jump) showing a floating hand interacting with statues and trees in a forest. Plastic previously worked on the bonkers Linger In Shadows for PlayStation Network, so expect something..
Hot off the heels of yesterday's Valentine's Day release date announcement, Eat Sleep Play's released a brand new trailer for its upcoming Twisted Metal reboot
We have to say, our anticipation grows more and more with each new piece of footage released. The latest trailer focuses on Dollface, everyone's favourite glitter-haired psycho. Enter amazing (and mildly disturbing) FMV, featuring said..
Ready At Dawn's taken to the PlayStation Blog to discuss (and showcase) its work remastering the God Of War PSP titles for the PlayStation 3
Both God Of War: Chains Of Olympus and God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta will be playable in high-definition on the PlayStation 3 as part of next month's God Of War Origins Collection (God Of War Collection: Volume II in Europe). But getting both games running on..
Ever since Starhawk was announced, we've all been waiting patiently to see the game's space combat
According to senior producer Harvard Bonin, we'll get our first glimpse of that at this month's GamesCom event in Germany. "Were going to be rolling out our Space level at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany on August 17th," he said. "I cant wait till everyone sees it — gotta love..
In an extremely earnest post on the PlayStation Blog, Eat Sleep Play's David Jaffe has revealed that Twisted Metal will not hit its October release date
Jaffe's reason was as candid as ever, the game is "just not ready yet". The game will instead launch in "early 2012". As disappointing as the news is, it's really hard to be frustrated with the team's intentions. Jaffe noted on..
A list of three cancelled PlayStation 3 titles have been revealed via the LinkedIn portfolio of Sony Santa Monica's Steve Johnson
The God Of War studio was apparently working on three titles, including High Rise, Hand Of God and Psynapse. All three releases have since been cancelled. Johnson's profile also acknowledges work on two unannounced projects, one of which is sure to be the successor to..
The emphasis of the footage coming out of Starhawk's Comic-Con panel is to demonstrate the game's transitions between gameplay and cut-scenes
With Starhawk including inFamous' motion comic cut-scene approach, Lightbox has developed a really neat effect that transforms polygons into art, as demonstrated in the video embedded above. The cut-scene itself focuses on Starhawk's protagonist Emmett..
Ever heard of Carnival Island? No, us neither, but surprisingly it's a Sony published PlayStation Move party title in development at Magic Pixel and Sony Santa Monica
Apparently Sony just forgot to tell us all about it. The Carnival Games series has been a huge success on the Nintendo Wii, so it's surprising to see Sony completely ignore Carnival Island's existence. Admittedly it's not the type of..
Never played God Of War ever before? Sony's got the perfect solution for you
Popping up on Amazon Germany is a retail listing for the "God Of War Master Collection", a gigantic PS3 collection that includes every God Of War game ever made — aside from that shoddy mobile phone title. If you're having trouble keeping up, that's: God Of War, God Of War II, God Of War III, God Of War: Chai
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..
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.
Sony has confirmed the God Of War Origins Collection for PlayStation 3, a compilation package featuring both God Of War: Chains Of Olympus and God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta remastered in HD
The package will support 3D and will launch in September. Also due out in September is the Team ICO Collection, the hotly anticipated double-pack featuring Fumito Ueda classics ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus..
Before you take a cartwheel into the road outside your house, let's make one point absolutely clear: Sony Santa Monica works as a micro-publisher within SCEA
It supports smaller developers getting to grips with the PlayStation hardware, and has an input in second-party development. In short: while Sony Santa Monica might have eight games at E3, not all of them will be developed by the God Of War..
Twiggy guessed it in his pre-E3 predictions, but a report on Forbes has now added weight behind the expectation of a new God Of War appearing at Sony's press conference this evening
The report claims that it will be a "new 3D adventure," presumably hinting at stereoscopic support. God Of War III released last March on PlayStation 3. While we'd be stoked over a new God Of War featuring..
Homefront, Battlefield, Call Of Duty
All unique franchises with quality components, but irritatingly similar in design. According to Sony's in-house market research, gamers are starting to long for something a little bit different in their multiplayer shooter experiences. That's where Starhawk comes in. "Sony, of course they want to sell games and make a lot of money," Lightbox..
Sony's put up a bumper five-minute trailer for Starhawk that breaks down each element of its gameplay
As we explained earlier, the primary mechanic is Starhawk's "Build And Battle" component, which brings dynamic real-time strategy into the game's mix of third-person shooting and flight combat. We're not entirely convinced by the game's grungy art aesthetic, but the gameplay looks..
Did you hear? Starhawk has been announced for PlayStation 3
It launches on Blu-ray next year, brimming with a meaty single-player and multiplayer component. It also looks amazing. Step away from the grimy art-style for a moment, and you'll find the core staples of Warhawk's gameplay in tact, bolstered by a new Real-Time Strategy mechanic that looks really smartly implemented. G4's uploaded a..
Geoff Keighley's GTTV had the overnight exclusive on Starhawk, but just in case you missed it, we've embedded Dylan Jobe's interview after the jump
The footage features plenty of multiplayer and single-player gameplay, as well as some background on Starhawk's narrative. Catch it after the jump.
If you're a fan of Warhawk, this debut trailer for Lightbox Interactive's spiritual successor, Starhawk, should get you pumped
Not only does the on-foot action look much more refined than in its predecessor, but the Warhawks also transform. They friggin' transform into mechs. It's basically like the Transformers game we always dreamed of. Check out the first gameplay footage after the jump,..
The PlayStation Network might still be down, but Sony's prepping itself for E3 2011 in style -- starting with the long rumoured announcement of Starhawk from Dylan Jobe's Lightbox Interactive studio
The sequel to Warhawk, due out in 2012, will launch on a Blu-ray and will boast a single-player campaign in addition to a fully-featured multiplayer component. You'll play as Emmett Graves [killer name..
Consider us completely caught off guard with this one
UK gaming magazine, PlayGamer, is hinting that Sony will announce a sequel to Heavenly Sword at this year's E3. It's unlikely that original developers Ninja Theory will be at the helm, as they are currently busy working on a Devil May Cry reboot for Capcom. Our top bet for taking on the franchise is God Of War developer Sony Santa Monica. The..
God Of War studio, Sony Santa Monica, is hunting for a level designer with experience in "open world games"
The developer is also after a senior combat designer with an understanding of first and third-person shooters, as well as "experience working with, developing or designing vehicle combat". The studio previously put out a job listing...
UK PlayStation magazine, PSM3, is teasing the release of a new God Of War game
The magazine has it on good authority that God Of War IV is in development and gunning for a September 2012 release date. That date would probably suggest some kind of E3 reveal too. Rumours have been bubbling about a new God Of War ever since a CV referenced a "God Of War IV cinematic test". God Of War..
Sony Santa Monica's staffing up, and it's looking for an "online programmer" to work on the God Of War franchise
The job posting on Gamasutra states that the studio is looking for a senior online programmer to "join the God of War team," adding that the role involves supporting "networking needs such as in-game communication, client-server, match-making, leaderboards." Sony..
Embedded above is the first gameplay trailer of Kratos' cameo appearance in Mortal Kombat
Our hats go off to NetherRealm Studios. They've done an outstanding job capturing the essence of the Kratos character in a totally different game. Perhaps most exciting, and comical, is the twee reference to God Of War's famous QTE sequences. We can't wait for the new Mortal Kombat. Kratos is just the icing on..
Mass Effect 2 took the top-prize at last night's gaming BAFTAs, scooping the gong for game of the year
Sony and Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain wasn't far behind though, winning three awards for its story, technical innovation and original music. Elsewhere on PlayStation, God Of War III took the prize for artistic achievement while Assassin's Creed:...
God Of War III's director, Stig Asmussen, has taken to the PlayStation Blog to talk about Kratos' cameo in Mortal Kombat
The Sony Santa Monica gaffer pointed out, "Mortal Kombat had a huge influence on me growing up. I remember the first time I saw it in the arcade I almost crapped myself!" He added: "I was like, 'Look what they did to that guy! Im out of quarters! When well I..
It was rumoured earlier in the week, but now NetherRealm's put an end to speculation: Kratos will join Mortal Kombat's character roster exclusively on PlayStation 3
The God Of War was officially revealed as part of the VGAs last night, despite waves of speculation last week. Check out the trailer after the jump. (Hint: It's pretty cool.)
HipHopGamer was spot on -- Sony's angry anti-hero, Kratos, is set to appear in yet another franchise that's not his own
The God Of War — who's already taken time from slaying Olympus to participate in a spot of golf — is apparently set to appear in the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot's arcade mode. According to Official PlayStation Magazine, Kratos will get his own set of moves and fatality..