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Finally. After several slow weeks in the PlayStation Nation, the New Year finally feels underway. This was an action packed seven days at Push Square Towers, as we penned tons of reviews, conducted a couple of interviews, and reported on lots of interesting news. Don't worry if you missed anything, because we've compiled all of the best bits below.

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The Order: 1886 - 6/10

The Order: 1886 is an antique that's aged ungracefully. The presentation is sublime from the release's rousing start right the way through to its anticlimactic finish, but several shoddy design decisions detract from its otherwise exemplary gloss. The developer's crafted an incredible universe, but outside of the title's core cast, it's failed to do much of note with it. This is a property that's begging for a sequel to realise its undeniable potential – but only time will determine whether it gets that opportunity.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round - 7/10

If you're on the market for a flashy fighter that's perfect for some fast and fun local play, look no further than Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. Its accessibility makes it a brilliant alternative to the more technically demanding brawlers out there, and while much of what it does is unspectacular, it's a solid, satisfying title that's hard to put down when you really find your rhythm.

Other Reviews

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Interview: We Compare Power Levels with the Producer of Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is now approaching its 27th February release date at supersonic speeds, and it's safe to say that we haven't seen a Dragon Ball game drum up this much hype in quite some time. The upcoming brawler takes the fight online with an MMO-like structure where you can team up with other fans and tackle missions and quests that see you repair Dragon Ball's historical timeline, all while powering up your own custom hero. We caught up with the title's producer, Masayuki Hirano, to discuss development, the Dragon Ball universe, and the franchise's future.

Talking Point: How Important Is Game Length?

The Order: 1886 has caused a bit of a kerfuffle this weekend for supposedly being short, but how much does game length really matter? Some would argue that there's no point in spending money on a release that can be wrapped up in an evening or two, but many of us simply don't have the time to work through a 100 hour epic. It's a good debate, then, and one that we felt fitting of pitting to our esteemed editors Sammy Barker and Robert Ramsey. So, how important is game length?

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Next PS4 Firmware Update Is Not Too Far Out, Says Sony

It's been months since PlayStation 4 firmware update v2.00 added some significant features – and bugs – to Sony's next-gen system. Since then, we've had several stability updates, but nothing particularly meaty to sink our teeth into. And this is starting to get frustrating, as the format is still missing key features, such as DLNA, Suspend/Resume, and more. We penned a list of tweaks that we'd like to see earlier in the year.

PS4 Firmware Update 2.04 Prompting Plenty of Problems

What's this? A PlayStation 4 firmware update and a PlayStation Network outage all in one night – we've missed out on some traffic today, haven't we? Seriously, though, Sony dropped firmware update v2.04 for its next-gen system overnight, which caused a slew of crippling problems. Many people were unable to download the patch immediately, receiving error message 'CE-32937-4' during the install process.

This Is What Happens When PS4 Share Play Goes Wrong

Never trust the Internet. The embedded Destiny video may seem downright boring at first, but it comes to an epic conclusion – and carries a valuable lesson for us all. In it, a young PlayStation 4 player is merely having fun streaming Bungie's first-person shooter, when he's told by a group of fellow players that they can help glitch him to a higher level. Unsurprisingly, they don't.

The Order: 1886's 256 Page Strategy Guide Is Pure Gold

We're not ones to kick a game when it's down – after all, we really like parts of Ready at Dawn's inaugural PlayStation 4 exclusive – but The Order: 1886 is probably the last title on the planet that needed a 256 page strategy guide. Still, that's exactly what Brady Games has produced, and it's already proving a hit in some hardcore gaming circles.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's New Screenshots Show Some Fantastic Visuals

We know that we keep banging on about it, but Naruto Shippiden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 really does look visually stunning on PlayStation 4. The Ultimate Ninja series has always brought the source material to life in an impressive way, and the upcoming sequel appears to be no different.

Other Noteworthy News

Video of the Week

Miss Final Fantasy XV's Live Demo Gameplay? You Can Watch It Again Here

If you missed today's Final Fantasy XV demo livestream, which included our best look yet at the game, then you'll be happy to know that we've embedded a recording of the entire show in this very article.