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  • Poll Are You Playing Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth?

    Scratching the Ichiban

    Promising a potent mix of utter madness and intense drama, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is here, and its arrival likely signals the start of a memorable weekend for fans of the franchise. Indeed, the stakes are dangerously high for Ichiban and Kiryu in this climactic adventure across Honolulu, and as always, we want to know...

  • Poll Are You Playing Tekken 8?

    A new battle begins

    It's a huge day for Tekken fans, as the newest instalment in Bandai Namco's long-running series is finally here. Exclusive to current-gen platforms, Tekken 8 has long promised to be a banger — and the critic reviews certainly suggest that it is. But as always, we want to know if you're getting stuck into the latest release. In...

  • Poll What Review Score Would You Give Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown?

    Prince or pauper?

    Now that it's been out on PS5 and PS4 for about a week, we want to know what you think of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. The side-scrolling adventure got some really high review scores from critics, despite its obvious deviation from the more well-known Prince of Persia formula (but then it's been ages since the series' previous...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 512

    The onslaught begins next week

    This is the last weekend before the 2024 release schedule really kicks into gear, so we hope you've cleared your gaming backlog in preparation. Tekken 8 and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth await next week, so these are all the games we are playing to pass the time until they release. Aaron Bayne: The new season of...

  • Poll Are You Playing The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered?

    No returns

    The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is out now on PS5, bringing the brutal PS4 adventure to Sony's current-gen console. The remaster features some (fairly minor, in the grand scheme of things) graphical upgrades, alongside a slew of extras, like an action-packed roguelike mode and behind-the-scenes content. Of course, the original game isn't...

  • Video The Last Of Us 2 PS5 vs PS4 Graphics Comparison

    Getting up close and personal with the post-apocalypse

    The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is set to launch on PS5, bringing with it a host of technical enhancements. The PS4 original was arguably the best looking game of the previous generation, but now thanks to the remaster will have a full native PS5 version with native 4K options. But how much...

  • Poll Are You Playing Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown?

    Lost and found

    It may not be the Prince of Persia revival that some fans wanted, but Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown seems to be kicking 2024's release schedule off with a bit of a bang. The action-platformer's been given high review scores across the board, and we want to know if you're sold on this new-look adventure. "Prince of Persia: The Lost...

  • Poll Are You Happy with Your PS Plus Extra, Premium Games for January 2024?

    Plus or minus?

    Between the two tiers, PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium are getting 14 additional games this month. It's another sizable update for the service, but as always, we want to know what you think of the selection. At least from our perspective, Extra continues to bring a lot of variety to the PS Plus table. While not all of January's...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 511

    Type 4

    While 2024 has only just got started, we’re very much in the calm before the storm right now. There’s an avalanche of PS5 and PS4 software on the way, starting with Prince of Persia: Lost Crown next week, and followed by heavy hitters Tekken 8 and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. This is your last chance to clear your backlog, then. Aaron...

  • Feature 18 PS5 Predictions for 2024

    What's on the Horizon?

    The year of our lord (Jim Ryan) 2023 is over. Forget it. It's in the past, and it's time to move on. We must look to the future, at all the wild and wonderful gaming to come in 2024. It's impossible to know exactly what this new year will bring, but we're going to give it a darn good try anyway, because it's tradition, and...

  • Guide Upcoming PS5 Games for January and February 2024

    The Last of Us! Final Fantasy! Tekken!

    The start of the year is usually a pretty quiet time for new game releases, but 2024's already proving to be a winner with a surprisingly strong start. As always, we've been busy putting together a list of some particularly noteworthy physical releases headed to PlayStation 5 over the next few weeks, as well...

  • Talking Point What Do You Want from Sony and PlayStation in 2024?

    A pivotal year for PS5

    2024 could and probably should be a big year for Sony and PlayStation. This is the PS5's fourth year on the market, and although it's widely accepted that the current console generation was forced into a slow start by the pandemic, this sort of midpoint is typically where Sony's systems begin to flourish. So, with all of this...

  • Feature Inside Red Candle, Taiwan's Iconic Trailblazing Indie Developer

    On exploring its culture and reinventing itself

    Red Candle’s atmospheric side-scrolling horror Detention has been adapted into a full-length novel, a blockbuster live action movie, and a high-profile Netflix television series in the near-seven or so years since it debuted – but you wouldn’t know it upon entering the Taiwanese developer’s...

  • Live Watch Sony's CES 2024 Press Conference Right Here

    Electronics avenue

    Looking to watch Sony’s CES 2024 press conference? Then you’ve come to the right place. Look, we’ll be upfront with you right out of the gate: this is the Consumer Electronics Show, so don’t expect a particularly heavy emphasis on PlayStation at all. We should get a glimpse into the manufacturer’s overarching strategy,...

  • Poll Which Persona Game Has the Best Opening?

    Now it's personal

    Atlus revealed the opening for Persona 3 Reload earlier this week, and it's so good that it got us wondering: which Persona game has the best title sequence? In case you don't know, each game in the series typically introduces itself with an animated opening, featuring a unique song and some gorgeous artwork. There's no doubt...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 510

    Dry January

    It's the bleak first week of a New Year. We suppose there's renewed optimism with it being 2024, but the weather sucks and the frivolity of Christmas is in the rear-view mirror. At least there's video games, eh? Here's what we're playing. Aaron Bayne: After wrapping up God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla during the week, I'm moving on to...

  • Feature 30 PS5, PS4 Indie Games to Watch Out for in 2024

    Indie-licious

    Every year is filled to bursting with wonderful indie games, and it looks like 2024 will be no different. While the big-budget side of the industry is also firing on all cylinders, it's often the indie space where you'll find the most creative, diverse, and interesting stuff to play. If you're keen to learn a little more about what...

  • Poll Which PS5 Games are You Buying in Early 2024's Ridiculous Release Schedule?

    40 PS5 games up for grabs

    2024 is upon us, and off the back of an amazing array of games in 2023, this year is serving up a lot of new releases over the next few months. Indeed, the period we're categorising as 'early 2024' (from now until the end of April) is packed with PS5 titles, and we want to know how you'll be spending your hard-earned money...

  • Soapbox Hear Me Out! Honkai: Star Rail Is One of PS5's Better Roguelites

    The scintillating Simulated Universe

    Roguelites are so universally popular these days that you’re beginning to see the genre bolted on to cinematic action games, like God of War Ragnarok’s recent Valhalla expansion or the upcoming No Return mode being added to The Last of Us: Part 2 Remastered. While both great examples of the formula, I want to...

  • Preview Animal Crossing on PS5, PS4 Made a Reality in Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth

    We pay a visit to Dondoko Island

    From serving noodles in Yakuza 5 to the go-kart races of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the Yakuza / Like a Dragon series has always been one of the leaders in the "games within a game" space. Effectively producing miniature titles that wouldn't look out of place if sold standalone on the PS Store, they provide engaging,...

  • Preview Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Is the First PS5 Must-Play of 2024

    Our thoughts after four hours of play

    Is there a better way to start the year than playing a new Yakuza / Like a Dragon game? It was Yakuza 0 that fronted the first few months of a memorable 2017 for Japanese gaming fans, and now Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is primed and ready to begin another hot streak for the country's developers seven years...

  • Feature Push Square Readers' 20 Most Anticipated PS5 Games of 2024

    As voted by you

    Near the end of last year, we asked the Push Square community to vote for their most anticipated PS5 games of 2024. Over 11,500 votes were cast across 50 games, and it's fair to say that the results are very tightly packed. Below, we've gathered the top 20, based on your votes. We've also included the number of votes and percentage...

  • Round Up All Our Game of the Year 2023 Winners

    The top 10 has been decided

    Welcome to 2024, everyone! With our Game of the Year coverage just about wrapped up, we've put together this handy article in which we're going to recap all of 2023's winners. Indeed, it's time to put that last 12 months behind us and look ahead to what should be another exciting year for PlayStation fans. Without...

  • Game of the Year Push Square Readers' Top 10 PS5, PS4 Games of 2023

    As voted by you

    The time has come to unveil the best PS5 and PS4 games of 2023... according to readers of Push Square! As is tradition, we presented the community with a shortlist of 50 PlayStation titles near the end of last year. Readers were asked to vote for up to five of their favourites. We used a weighted voting system to ensure a fairer...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Developer of 2023

    Those raising the bar

    Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Developer of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. Here we'll crown the best studio of the year and recognise teams that have gone above and beyond for their titles, from releasing lots of games within the 12-month period...

  • Poll Was 2023 One of the Best Ever Years for New Game Releases?

    Games of the year

    All throughout 2023, we saw plenty of people asking whether the year would go down as one of the best ever periods for new game releases. Indeed, it was an objectively stacked 12 months — and we're not even thinking about non-PlayStation platforms when we write that. Just to very quicky recap (in case you've already forgotten!),...

  • Game of the Year #1 - Marvel's Spider-Man 2

    Arachnophilia

    This year has been so stacked with brilliant games of all shapes and sizes, and so our number one Game of the Year slot was never a total certainty. As it so happened, the race for first place was incredibly close, with just one point in it, and the two games vying for victory couldn't be more different. Ultimately, though, the big,...

  • Feature Happy New Year from the Push Square Team

    Auld lang Sony

    Welcome to 2024! The time for ponderous Christmas reflection is over, as we reset ahead of what looks to be another action-packed year. The coming months are especially outrageous for PS5: January alone will play host to the likes of Tekken 8 and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth – two titles which are looking utterly essential, and...

  • Game of the Year Sammy's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2023

    Honk if you're Sammy

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2023. Today, it's the turn of editor Sammy Barker. 5. Horizon Call of the Mountain: To be fair, PSVR2 had a strong end to the year, but the headset undoubtedly lulled following its exceptional launch...

  • Feature Our PS5, PS4 Predictions for 2023 - Results Revealed

    Who got nil-pwa this year?

    Another year has come to an end, so now it's time to look back and evaluate arguably the most important Push Square feature of the 12 months: the PS5, PS4 predictions we made back in January. The Push Square editorial team set three predictions in stone, and now we get to see if any of them came true. Last year's winner...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Puzzle Game of 2023

    Working things out

    Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Puzzle Game of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. In this new category, we're highlighting the best games that make solving puzzles their main gameplay element. These titles will test you in creative ways, resulting in a...

  • Game of the Year #2 - Baldur's Gate 3

    A class act

    For the many accolades Larian Studios' roleplaying epic, Baldur's Gate 3, has earned, the fact that it even exists is somehow still its most impressive accomplishment of all. Its predecessor, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, was released almost a quarter of a century ago and is still considered one of the all-time genre greats. Not only...

  • Game of the Year Robert's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2023

    Let's role

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2023. Today, it's the turn of assistant editor Robert Ramsey. 5. Trails into Reverie: The Trails games have become a staple of my gaming diet over the last few years, and while I don't think Trails into Reverie...

  • Game of the Year Top 10 PS5, PS4 Soundtracks of 2023

    Deck the music halls

    The end of the year always results in a downright deluge of list articles. But they can be an absolute blast to both write and read, and they always generate discussion. As such, this is a jumping-off point to discuss the best and brightest PlayStation music we heard in 2023. While it's impossible to touch upon every soundtrack...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 DLC of 2023

    More, more, more

    Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 DLC of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category celebrates the best expansions for current PS5, PS4 games, with a focus on single player experiences rather than additions to live-service games. Bronze Trophy:...

  • Game of the Year #3 - Resident Evil 4

    Senior moment

    Something would need to go seriously wrong during development for Capcom to mess up its remake of one of the best games of all time, but that shouldn't take away from what Resident Evil 4 is in 2023: an outstanding achievement that's still the pinnacle of horror meets action. Faithfully bringing back the original campaign for the...

  • Poll Are You Happy with Your PS Plus Essential Games for January 2024?

    Plus or minus?

    Okay we'll admit, we came very close to typing '2023' in that headline. But no, your eyes aren't deceiving you — it's time to pass judgment on a whole new year of monthly PS Plus games! And to get us started, January's lineup is made up of three intriguing PS5 and PS4 titles. The headline act has to be the highly rated A Plague...

  • Game of the Year Graham's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2023

    Wakey wakey

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2023. Today, it's the turn of reviewer Graham Banas. 5. Goodbye Volcano High: Goodbye Volcano High is not a title I’d have expected to be on this list at the start of the year. I was interested in the game,...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 509

    Ending 2023 strong

    Christmas is over, but the New Year awaits. First of all, we sincerely hope you had a happy holiday with your friends and family. And even if you didn't, we at least wish you found a little extra time to play some games. Now with the New Year upon us, there's an opportunity to conclude your festive gaming. Here's what we're...

  • Game of the Year Best PSVR2 Game of 2023

    Headset wizards

    Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PSVR2 Game of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. Following its launch at the start of the year, we're celebrating the very best PSVR2 games for the first time in our Game of the Year deliberations. These are the titles we think were...

  • Game of the Year #4 - Alan Wake 2

    It's a spiral, not a circle

    It's kind of funny having a sequel to a 13-year-old game, that didn't initially launch on PlayStation, make its way into the upper half of our top 10 - but that's what happens when said game is Alan Wake 2. Remedy's long-awaited sequel completely blew us away, earning one of the few 10 out of 10 ratings on the site this...

  • Game of the Year Jamie's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2023

    Sintillating

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2023. Today, it's the turn of reviewer Jamie O'Neill. 5. Cannon Dancer - Osman: I've waxed lyrical many times about how Capcom's 1989 Strider is one of my personal favourite games ever, so the long awaited...

  • Soapbox Dead Space Is This Year's (Almost) Forgotten Horror Delight

    An underrated thriller

    If you watched The Game Awards at the start of December (and, lord knows, many of us did), you’d be forgiven for thinking that there was only one stellar horror remake this year: Resident Evil 4. Don’t get me wrong — the Resi remake is a stunner, a fantastic thrill ride that pares away some of the campier moments from...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Art Direction of 2023

    Interactive sculptures

    Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Art Direction of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. Here we'll highlight titles that pushed the boundaries of game visuals, whether that's through near photo-realism, a stylish look, or unique artistic elements. These...

  • Game of the Year #5 - Final Fantasy 16

    Flame on

    After years of underwhelming mainline Final Fantasy games, Square Enix finally seemed to get its act together for Final Fantasy 16. Spearheaded by the development team behind Final Fantasy 14, this felt like a much more focused project right from the start, and the all-out action RPG that Creative Business Unit III delivered has made an...

  • Game of the Year Liam's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2023

    Return of the king

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2023. Today, it's the turn of assistant editor Liam Croft. 5. Cocoon: I’d been raving about Cocoon since I played it at Summer Game Fest earlier in the year, and the final product did not disappoint. A...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 RPG of 2023

    For the role players

    Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 RPG of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category is all about celebrating role-playing games and what they bring to the table from a story and gameplay perspective. The titles below will marry the two elements...

  • Game of the Year #6 - Street Fighter 6

    Fighting fit

    Well, this worked out perfectly, didn’t it? We’ve reached the sixth position on our Game of the Year list, and we’ve reserved it for, well, Street Fighter 6. Brilliant! But yes, while we should have all learned not to bet against Capcom at this point, there was still a little scepticism surrounding the fighter heading into its...

  • Game of the Year Henry's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2023

    Roll the dice

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2023. Today, it's the turn of contributor Henry Stockdale. 5. Dredge: Dredge resonated in a way I didn't expect. Lovecraftian-esque horror has never been my bag and my adventures in video game fishing mainly...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release of 2023

    Back from the dead

    Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category celebrates games that have already released and were brought back this year, either in their original form or updated with better visuals...