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April2017

  • News May 2017 PlayStation Plus Games Announced

    They differ in NA and EU for the first time in years

    Well this is weird. For the first time in years, next month's PlayStation Plus selection will differ between North America and Europe. North American subscribers can look forward to ABZU and Tales from the Borderlands on PlayStation 4, while European users get Alienation instead of ABZU. Yep,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Darks Souls III Rekindles the Fire in Top 5

    PS4 sales continue to drop, though

    Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition - which includes all the game's downloadable content - has dodge rolled its way into the Japanese software charts, shifting 33,088 copies and landing in third place. Not too shabby for a re-release, but then, there's not much else to write about this time around. Yep, it's...

  • UK Sales Charts There's No Taming Ghost Recon: Wildlands

    Ubisoft triumphs in slow week

    In a week with very few changes in the UK sales charts, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands has once again proven that hardcore gamers don't have their finger on the casual market's pulse, hugging the summit like a friendly bear. Grand Theft Auto V, FIFA 17, LEGO Worlds, and Rocket League all rounded out the top five,...

  • Talking Point What Free May 2017 PlayStation Plus Games Are You After?

    Gimme the goods

    T'is that time of the month yet again where we ask you to ponder which PlayStation Plus freebies you want in May 2017. We're expecting the lineup to be revealed this coming Wednesday (26th April) ahead of a 2nd May roll out. Unfortunately the release schedule's currently looking quite barren on that day, so your guess is as good as...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 164

    Post-Easter play sessions

    We're entering the quiet build-up to E3 2017 now, where genuine news slows and teases increase. The number of big new titles also takes a tumble, although there's never any shortage of software on the PlayStation 4, is there? We suspect that the next half-dozen issues of WAYP are going to be more about backlogs, but with...

  • News March 2017 NPD: Two PS4 Exclusives in Top Five Spots

    Horizon: Zero Dawn and MLB The Show 17 start strong

    United States sales tracking firm NPD has changed its public data release format yet again this month, revealing the top 20 best-selling titles in America for March – with some digital included. You may recall that the organisation already announced hardware results, with the Nintendo Switch's...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Continue to Drop as Software Dries Up

    Yawn

    The Japanese sales charts haven't made for especially interesting reading in weeks - at least as far as PlayStation goes. Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch last month, the PlayStation 4 has been pushed out of focus due to a lack of notable software releases. Naturally, this also means that hardware figures are in a gradual decline, with...

  • News Scheduled PlayStation Network Maintenance Returns Next Week

    But it shouldn't really affect you

    People like to complain, but there's no doubt that the PlayStation Network has improved a lot these past couple of years. There hasn't been a proper outage in months, and things generally feel much more stable these days than they did at the start of the generation. Still, maintenance is required if an online...

  • UK Sales Charts Ghost Recon Returns As Persona 5 Disappears

    Atlus JRPG drops out of the Top 40 entirely

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands reclaimed its place at the top of the UK sales charts this week, as stock issues caused Persona 5 to fall from the summit to outside the Top 40 entirely, which is the first time we've ever seen that happen. Talk about front-loaded! The top five was dominated by some...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Easter Edition 5

    Eggs-traordinary

    Ah, the long Easter weekend: home to brighter weather, chocolate-based treats, and a couple of extra days gaming. Welcome to the fifth special Spring edition of What Are You Playing, which is actually no different to a regular week, we've just given it a different title. Sammy Barker, Editor: I'm still slogging my way through Mass...

  • News PSN Flash Sale Brings Down Dozens of Prices on NA PlayStation Store

    Reductions remastered

    It's officially the Easter weekend which can only mean one thing: there's a Flash Sale on the North American PlayStation Store. This one's got a bit of a remaster theme, as it focuses on old classics that have been spruced up for the PlayStation 4. Some highlights include Ape Escape 2 for $3.99, The Last of Us Remastered for...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Battles to Top of PlayStation Store Charts

    But only in Europe

    You can be sure it's a slow news day when we report on the PlayStation Store charts, but maybe this is something you'd like to see us cover more regularly? After all, we're pretty thorough when it comes to the UK, Japan, and USA sales charts, and the PlayStation Store is becoming an increasingly important part of the game...

  • Weirdness Finally You Can 3D Print Your Own PlayStation Trophies

    Trophy unlocked

    What's this nonsense about Trophies being meaningless, virtual awards? If you happen to be one of the two people on the planet with a 3D printer, you can now download the files to manufacture your own set of PlayStation trinkets through here. This includes the bog standard Bronze, Silver, and Gold style, as well as the coveted...

  • Poll Should Sony Be Looking to Add Refunds to PSN?

    Cash back

    This is an article that we've had on the backburner for a while now, but Microsoft has somewhat forced our hand. One of the big features on Steam for quite a while has been its ability to allow you to get a refund on digital purchases. The terms of service state that, as long as you don't abuse the system, you're eligible to request a...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Switch Steady As All Other Systems Slump

    A slow week in the East

    There's really not much to say in what was comfortably one of the slowest weeks for the Japanese games industry in some time. A steady supply of Switch stock has helped Nintendo's new hardware to hold strong, but all other systems – the PlayStation 4 Pro excluded – saw their sales numbers decline this week. LEGO Worlds...

  • Store Update 11th April 2017 (Europe)

    Karma chameleon

    It's a much quieter week on the European PlayStation Store this time, though there are still the likes of Yooka-Laylee and The Sexy Brutale to look forward to, proving yet again that the PlayStation Store rarely ever sleeps. PlayStation VR fans can also pick up StarBlood Arena, though we're yet to be convinced by the cockpit affair...

  • UK Sales Charts Persona 5 Smashes Series Records to Top

    Well deserved, too

    What the heck is this? A Japanese role-playing game not named 'Final Fantasy' at number one? Surely not? It's true: Persona 5 has robbed the rest of the UK sales charts blind this week, climbing to the summit and securing Atlus' best ever launch in Britain by some margin. Not bad at all, eh? The title sold 97 per cent of its...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 163

    Spring time

    We're into April now, which means that Easter is right around the corner and summer looms temptingly on the horizon. It also means that, while most of the big blockbusters have been pushed out ahead of the new fiscal year, there's a colourful array of smaller content for you to sink your teeth into. The question is: what are you playing?...

  • News Digimon Story: Hacker's Memory Downloads a Slick New Trailer

    Shows a load of new monsters

    Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory may have an overly long and awkward name, but it's looking like another great role-playing game for fans of Japan's digital monsters. The title's scheduled for a 2018 release here in the West, which gives us plenty of time to devour Japanese teaser trailers like the one we've...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Musou Stars Barely Shines as PS4 Has a Quiet Week

    Slow and steady

    There's no point in trying to sugarcoat it: these latest Japanese sales charts really aren't all that interesting. Two new PlayStation 4 titles made it into the software top ten, with hack and slash crossover Musou Stars entering in second place while the terribly named Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions...

  • News Hundreds of PS4 Games Are Discounted in EU Easter Sale

    A whopping 440 items to be precise

    Over the past few years, Sony's really embraced PlayStation Store sales – they're honestly not a million miles off the infamous Steam sales these days. Sure the prices aren't quite as good, but we're confident you'll find at least one thing worth purchasing in this European Easter sale, which spans a whopping 440...

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    Review A Rose in the Twilight

    The rose beyond the wall

    Nippon Ichi certainly knows how to tell gruesome tales featuring adorable looking young girls! The creators of Yomawari: Night Alone have returned with a brand new puzzle platformer, A Rose in the Twilight. It's a tale of innocence, friendship, and blood. A young girl with a thorn upon her back awakens in the rubble, deep...

  • Store Update 4th April 2017 (Europe)

    It's a big'un

    Good grief, this week's European PlayStation Store update is so big that there's even a bloody PlayStation 3 game. Could it be one of the last ever? That game is of course Persona 5, which is also due out on the PlayStation 4. Other goodies this week include PaRappa the Rapper Remastered, Blackwood Crossing, LEGO City Undercover,...

  • News April's Free PlayStation Plus Games Are Out Now

    Drawn to life

    April's free roster of PlayStation Plus titles are available to download right now from the European PlayStation Store, with a North American rollout set to follow shortly after the publication of this post. The games this time include madcap multiplayer shooter Drawn to Death and novel co-operative puzzler Lovers in a Dangerous...

  • News Don't Forget to Download March's Free PlayStation Plus Games

    Last chance to grab Tearaway: Unfolded and Disc Jam

    The weekly PlayStation Store update is right around the corner, and given that this is the first week of the month, it means that you have literally hours left to download March's roster of free PlayStation Plus games. It was a good month, too – well, depending who you talk to – with the likes...

  • UK Sales Charts Mass Effect Remains in Deep Space for a Second Week

    Top Turian

    Mass Effect: Andromeda has managed a second week at the summit of the UK sales charts, despite a tepid response to the role-playing game. The sequel actually managed to do what Mass Effect 3 couldn't: achieve two consecutive weeks at the top of the British best-sellers list. The third entry in the series was swiftly swiped aside by EA's...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 162

    Pity the fool

    Did you like our April Fools' Day joke? We didn't do one! See, that was part of the joke because you were all reading our articles waiting to find something suspect, weren't you? But the joke's on you because there wasn't a joke. Get it? Hahahahahaha. (Yeah, we just didn't have any time to come up with any good ideas this year.) Sammy...

March2017

February2017

  • Game of the Month Top 4 PlayStation Games of February 2017

    Floating balls, exploding balls, knights, and samurai

    We've been saying this for a while now, but the PlayStation 4 really has got off to a great start in 2017. January was bursting at the seams with quality titles, and although February hasn't quite had the same level of success, it's still presented us with a slew of solid releases. Oh, and...

  • Store Update 28th February 2017 (Europe)

    Zero dawn

    There can be no doubts about what's the biggest new game on the European PlayStation Store this week: it's Horizon: Zero Dawn. After a long build-up, Guerrilla Games' opus has finally arrived, and it's available in a couple of guises digitally. Other new titles this time include Night in the Woods – we're hoping to bring you a review of...

  • UK Sales Charts For Honor Sticks a Sword in the Summit for a Second Week

    Calm before the storm

    Despite a 72 per cent drop in sales week over week, no title could take For Honor's seat at the summit of the UK sales charts. Xbox One and PC exclusive Halo Wars 2 gave its best shot, but fell short of its predecessor's already modest first week tally, while Grand Theft Auto V, FIFA 17, and Sniper Elite 4 didn't have the...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 157

    Short but sweet

    Seems that gaming is an afterthought for much of our team this week, as this latest edition of WAYP is dreadfully short. Still, that happens from time to time, and so the pressure's on you to pad out the comments section with tales of your weekend gaming itinerary. Sammy Barker, Editor: When I'm not cleaning up the remaining quests...

  • Talking Point Which Free March 2017 PlayStation Plus Games Do You Want?

    That time again

    Surely it's not time for another PlayStation Plus update? Apparently, it is – but then we suppose February is the shortest month of the year. Still, it genuinely doesn't feel like that long ago that Sony dropped complimentary copies of LittleBigPlanet 3 and Not a Hero onto the PlayStation Store, but already it's time to start...

  • Japanese Sales Charts For Honor Fights Its Way Into First Place

    Nioh keeps slashing in second

    Not content with conquering the UK charts earlier this week, For Honor has fought its way to first place in the Japanese charts too, selling 40,062 copies on PlayStation 4. Not a huge number, but Ubisoft's latest had no real competition, with the likes of Nioh following just behind. Team Ninja's well received action...

  • News PS4 Games Go Cheap in New European PlayStation Store Sale

    Wallet buster

    A ton of PlayStation 4 games have been discounted in Sony's latest European PlayStation Store sale. EA's leading the charge this time, with the prices cut on virtually its entire library. This means that you'll be able to buy the likes of Titanfall 2, FIFA 17, and Battlefield 1 all at reduced rates; some of its older games like Dragon...

  • News NA PlayStation Store Celebrates Critics' PS4 Favourites

    DOOM! Fallout 4! Overwatch!

    It's the Oscars this weekend – apparently. That's giving Sony an excuse to spotlight some of the PlayStation 4's best games in its annual Critics' Choice Sale. The North American promotion is set to run until 08:00 PT on 28th February, and includes games like DOOM, Fallout 4, and – this author's personal highlight –...

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    Review Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

    A crafty plus size treat

    Just as Nintendo look to Switch up the handheld market, Sony give gamers a reason to dig out the trusty old PlayStation Vita in the shape of another fun and accessible Japanese role-playing game. Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is an enhanced port of the PlayStation 3 game packing all the downloadable...

  • Store Update 21st February 2017 (Europe)

    Psychonauts! Ys Origins! More!

    With both Horizon: Zero Dawn and NieR: Automata still a little way away, this week's European PlayStation Store update is without any real heavy hitters. That said, there are still a lot of smaller titles to choose from, and it's a particularly strong restock for PlayStation VR. Pyschonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is...

  • UK Sales Charts For Honor Swings an Axe at the Top Spot

    Sniper Elite 4 in second

    There are no upsets in the UK sales charts this week, as Ubisoft's For Honor has stormed the best sellers list, fighting its way to the summit. Sniper Elite 4 scoped out second place, pushing last week's frontrunner Grand Theft Auto V down into third. FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1 rounded out the top five, with Resident Evil 7:...

  • News January 2017 NPD: Resident Evil 7, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Chart

    But hardware revenue takes a hit

    Resident Evil 7 topped the NPD sales charts in January 2017, though hardware declined during the tracked period again. Consumers spent $610.7 million on gaming goods in the United States throughout the month, down four per cent compared to the same period the year prior. Software did lift significantly, so reduced...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 156

    Hunger games

    There's no sign of the new releases slowing down after 2017 has started like a rocket. We've got several members of our team beavering away on big new games, while dozens more lurk menacingly around the corner. Of course, this isn't a time to look ahead, it's a time for reflection, so we ask that popular question again: what are you...

  • Podcast Episode 22 - Is Prey 2017's PS4 Sleeper Hit?

    And an update from Ben & Ben

    So, it's been a while, hasn't it? Well that's for a number of reasons, the first of which you've probably already guessed. An embargo for the Prey previews gave us cause to hold back the show and allow me to chat freely about my experiences with the new title from Arkane and Bethesda. Another reason for the longer than...

  • News Sony's Dropping PlayStation Now on All Devices Apart from PS4, PC

    All change, please

    PlayStation Now will soon only be available on the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, it's been announced. Sony's oft-misunderstood cloud streaming solution will prevent registrations starting 15th March on the PlayStation 3, Vita, and PS Vita TV, as well as all Bravia and Samsung televisions. The service will subsequently cease to...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Nioh Takes a Stab at Second Place

    PS4 continues to top hardware

    Unfortunately for PlayStation 4 exclusive Nioh, it's had to go up against a new Dragon Quest game during its first week on the Japanese market, meaning that it was never going to snatch that coveted top spot. The critically acclaimed action title skewered second place, selling 75,477 copies - not a gigantic amount,...

  • Store Update 14th February 2017 (Europe)

    Love in

    Sony's showing its love this Valentine's Day by delivering a bumper PlayStation Store update, which includes everything from For Honor and Sniper Elite 4 through to Resident Evil 7 DLC and DiRT Rally VR. Speaking of the latter, there's actually a bunch of new PlayStation VR content, and a few lesser known indie titles as well. What will you...

  • Feature Which of PlayStation's Lonely Hearts Are Looking for Love?

    Meet your match

    Where PlayStation protagonists fall in love. Start dating with Push My Square today.: We know that being a PlayStation hero is hard. That's why we created Push My Square – a vibrant community in which video game stars of all shapes and sizes can find the partner of their dreams. Since the company's inception in 1994, we've...

  • UK Sales Charts Grand Theft Auto V Stabs Nioh in the Back

    Team Ninja title in second

    Oh Nioh! Team Ninja's critically acclaimed Souls-like samurai escapade couldn't overcome the continued success of Grand Theft Auto V, meaning that the legendary Rockstar release is now the fifth title since tracking started in the UK to secure 12 spells at the summit. It's in esteemed company alongside the likes of, er,...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 155

    Back on schedule

    After last week's dramatically delayed What Are You Playing, we're back with a relatively on-time issue now that our hardware issues have (hopefully) been resigned to the past. Is there anything worse than computer problems, readers? We wouldn't mind if Windows 10 actually revealed what was wrong; instead it kicks up vague error...

  • News Toukiden 2 Trailers Show Off Two New Weapon Types

    Whip it

    Out next month on PlayStation 4 and Vita, Toukiden 2 promises to be your typical bigger and better sequel. Environments are growing in size and its predecessor's combat system is being expanded upon, with the upcoming release offering two new weapon types to play around with. The sword and shield combo does just what you'd expect,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Resident Evil 7 Regrows Its Limbs at the Top

    Boruto also enters the fray

    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has remained at the top of the Japanese software charts, selling a further 52,665 copies on PlayStation 4. The horror title has almost hit the quarter of a million mark now, and it'll likely surpass that goal this week. It's not the kind of number worth screaming about, but it's a reasonably...

  • News Yet More PS4 Games Go Cheap on European PlayStation Store

    Pound stretcher

    Sony's rolled out a roster of February discounts on the European PlayStation Store, with titles like Dishonored 2, Mafia III, and Destiny: The Taken King enjoying the cut price treatment. The offers aren't outstanding this time, but you may want to cast your eye over Just Cause 3 or

  • Store Update 7th February 2017 (Europe)

    Nioh we're talkin'

    Another week and another must-own PlayStation 4 exclusive has arrived: this time it's Nioh from Team Ninja which we like very much. It's joined by an eclectic mix of software, including Kitty Powers' Matchmaker, VR Ping Pong, and more. PS4 Games: How to Survive 2 6th February For Honor Open Beta (9th to 12th February) 6th...

  • News Download Your Free February PlayStation Plus Games Now

    Bandwidth busters

    Your free February PlayStation Plus games are live and kicking in Europe, and ready for you to download right now. Those of you in North America may have to wait a few more hours for the PlayStation Store to update, but expect your goodies to be available imminently. The headliners this month include LittleBigPlanet 3 and Not a...

  • UK Sales Charts Resident Evil 7 Extends Its Stay at Summit

    Dead rising

    Resident Evil 7 has managed to cling on to the top of the UK sales charts this week, putting it in pole position to secure three consecutive weeks at the summit. It'll need to fight off Nioh if it hopes to achieve that, but the run would put the all-new survival horror on par with Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 5, both of which...

  • News Zero Escape: The Nonary Games Brings Its Twisted Puzzles to PS4 Next Month

    Kill or be killed

    A collection that contains both Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors - previously unavailable on PlayStation platforms - and Vita title Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is launching on PlayStation 4 next month, publisher Aksys Games has revealed. The package should certainly make a...

  • News February PlayStation Plus Games Revealed

    The leak was right

    Sony's revealed February's PlayStation Plus line up at the last possible minute - but at least it's finally here, eh? This month's selection is lead by the two PlayStation 4 titles that were leaked earlier today: LittleBigPlanet 3 and Not a Hero. The former is obviously a retail title, but will it be enough to put an end to the...

  • Game of the Month Top 4 PlayStation Games of January 2017

    Cannibals, heroes, antiheroes, and gangsters

    Without question, 2017 has got off to a great start when it comes to gaming. January was packed with Japanese goodness, with a slew of highly rated releases from the East hitting the PlayStation 4 one after another. It was easily one of the best openings to a year that we've seen in a long time, which...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Resident Evil 7 Doesn't Quite Kill It

    Capcom's latest stalks the summit

    There's only one new release worth talking about in the latest Japanese software charts, and that's Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Capcom's well-received horror title entered in first place on PlayStation 4, selling 216,314 copies. Relatively speaking, it's not a bad number - most games these days do a lot less - but...

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