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July2021

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  • News GTA 5 Heading Offline on PS3 by the End of This Year

    Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire too

    Online services associated with the PlayStation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto V will be taken offline before the end of this year, rendering GTA Online effectively null on the old Sony console. The multiplayer mode will be inaccessible from 16th December 2021, and Shark Cards usable in the PS3 version will no longer be...

  • News Sony Celebrates the Evolution of Ratchet & Clank

    Stunning trailer goes back in time

    Sony’s released a stunning trailer celebrating the evolution of Ratchet & Clank across four generations. The clip, designed to promote the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, shows various different titles from the series and their associated console. It also focuses on some of the televisions from the...

  • News PS3 Received a New Firmware Update, By the Way

    Available to download now

    The PlayStation 3, almost 15 years old at this point, has received a new system software update. For those still rocking Sony's seventh-generation console, firmware version 4.88 was released yesterday, ready to be downloaded and installed. It wasn't that long ago that Sony was planning to shut down the machine's PS Store...

  • News Five Need for Speed Games Pulled from PS Store Permanently

    Servers go offline in August

    Five Need for Speed games spanning the PlayStation 3 generation have been taken off the PS Store permanently, with little to no warning from publisher EA. As confirmed in a Reddit post yesterday, the five titles were removed from the storefront that very same day. The games were Need for Speed: Carbon,

May2021

  • News PSN Offline for Many PS3 Users, Sony Currently Investigating

    Error 8002A537 causing trouble

    If you're trying to play online on your PlayStation 3, you might be out of luck. Lots of users are reporting trouble logging into PSN on their PS3 consoles, with the error code 8002A537 popping up on screen. It seems as though this is affecting quite a large number of people around the world, with the PS3 subreddit...

  • News Gears of War 3 Now Playable on a PS3 Devkit

    10 years since the data was built

    You can play Gears of War 3 on a PlayStation 3. That is if you have the devkit associated with the console. After it was leaked over a year ago that Epic Games had tested getting the third iteration in Marcus Fenix's story up and running on a PS3, which was then confirmed to be real by the developer, the full game...

  • News New Noclip Documentary Details Development of Dishonored Series

    Covers level design, cut content

    Danny O'Dwyer is back with another Noclip documentary that's worth sitting down with a good mug of hot chocolate and investing an hour of your time into. This time around, the Irishman focuses on the incredible Dishonored franchise from Arkane Studios, interviewing developers at both its Lyon and Texas-based...

  • Guide All Resident Evil Games Ranked and Best Places to Start

    A comprehensive guide to Resident Evil

    The Resident Evil series is one of gaming's most popular and recognisable franchises, dating back to the PlayStation 1 and encompassing more than 25 years of history. With a hardcore following across the globe that hotly anticipates all upcoming entries — no matter where it's a mainline instalment or spin-off...

  • Feature Resident Evil's Story So Far, Summed Up in 30 Mind-Twisting Minutes

    Fasten your seatbelt

    Are you picking up Resident Evil Village today? You should: our Resident Evil Village PS5 review already explained that it’s arguably the best instalment since the outstanding Resident Evil 4. But do you need some kind of story recap to get you up to speed? We can help, as we’ve put together a mammoth 30 minute video that...

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  • News PS3 Gets a Surprise Firmware Update, Available to Download Now

    What year is it?

    Sony has updated the PlayStation 3, its classic console originally released in 2006. The new firmware update – numbered v4.87 – actually includes a new feature as well: it updates the Blu-ray keys for recent movie releases, meaning you can continue to use the system as a media player. There’s also a minor security fix that the...

November2020

  • Poll Is the PS5 DualSense Sony's Best Controller Yet?

    It's time to Dual

    The PS5 has been out for at least a week now (depending on where you live), and we want to know what you think of the DualSense — the console's high-tech controller. Featuring advanced haptic feedback functionality, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone, it's a premium piece of kit, and a key PS5 selling point. Here at...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 349

    Rollercoaster of love

    For many of our American readers, this will be your last weekend before your PlayStation 5 arrives, which is insanely exciting news. Of course, there’s still absolutely tons to play on the PlayStation 4, so we’re sure you’ll find a way to pass the time. Shall we WAYP? Sammy Barker, Editor: I’ve been busy with the PS5...

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  • News PS5 Won't Play PS3, PS2, or PS1 Games

    According to Ubisoft, anyway

    In an unpredictable year, this is potentially the most expected article we’ll write in 2020, but the web is losing its collective mind all the same: the PlayStation 5 won’t play PS3, PS2, or PS1 games. The story comes courtesy of a Ubisoft FAQ page, and the information has since been removed. It’s unclear whether...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 339

    Football and Fall Guys

    The nights are drawing in and the weather’s really turned here in the UK, which means that summer is gradually coming to a close. Traditionally, this weekend would be a busy one because Gamescom should be in full flow, but 2020’s proved a wash-out and we’ve got a long Bank Holiday weekend to blitz through some reviews...

  • Guide PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games on PlayStation 5?

    Classics

    Can you play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games on PS5? Sony has talked a lot about the importance of PS5 backwards compatibility, but is the PlayStation 5 backwards compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 1? As part of our PS5 guide, we’re going to answer whether PS5 is backwards compatible with PS3, PS2, and PS1. You can find...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 338

    Rest and relaxation

    Another week has come to its conclusion, and it’s been a quiet one when it comes to PlayStation news. Sure we got the PS5’s first ever commercial, but it’s been dismal other than that. Fortunately, the weekend brings an opportunity to relax, unwind, and enjoy some games. Here’s what we’re playing this time. Sammy...

  • News Shakedown: Hawaii Might Be the Very Last PS3 Game

    Out this week

    Here's a bit of a weird one for you -- there's a brand new release on PlayStation 3 this week. Shakedown: Hawaii, which released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita last year, is being ported to Sony's old console because, well, Vblank Entertainment can. If you already own the game on a PlayStation system, then the PS3 version will...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 337

    Break stuff

    The time is moving faster than ever before, but here’s the positive: we’re one week closer to the PlayStation 5. Sony may be reluctant to date its new device, but we can be sure whenever it comes out, we’re getting closer every single day. Logic. Sammy Barker, Editor: I’m trying to wrap my head around some of the finer details...

  • News July 2020 NPD: Ghost of Tsushima the Next PS4 Exclusive to Top the Chart

    Sony dominance

    After dominating the UK sales charts for close to a month, selling out in Japan, and surpassing 2.4 million copies sold in just three days, Ghost of Tsushima has now found itself at the top of the best-selling games chart in the US for the month of July 2020. The PlayStation 4 exclusive is now the fifth best-selling game of the year...

  • News The Scott Pilgrim Game Could Be Coming Back from the Dead

    Continue?

    Remember Scott Pilgrim? Starting life as an extremely popular graphic novel series, it was later adapted into a movie, with a game running alongside it. Bearing the name Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, the Ubisoft-published title was a pixelated, 2D beat-'em-up featuring the music of chiptune band Anamanaguchi. It was released for...

  • Quiz How Well Do You Know Naughty Dog?

    Good boy

    Naughty Dog is one of Sony's most prolific first-party studios, so much so that it can be considered one of the best game developers in the world right now. That's thanks to the likes of the Uncharted and The Last of Us franchises, but the team actually has a long history that stretches back more than 30 years. So, how well do you know the...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 336

    Too fast

    It’s another roasting weekend in the UK at least, so we’re thinking of cooking our eggs on the pavement tomorrow morning. Just kidding – that would violate the five second rule, and would probably ruin our fry-up. Sammy Barker, Editor: I don’t really know what’s happened to me lately, but I’ve found myself hooked on GTA...

  • Quiz Can You Name These PS3 Exclusives?

    George Foreman's own

    The PlayStation 3 generation was a weird one, wasn't it? After a rough start with a high entry price and lacking exclusive games, Sony eventually managed to right the ship with the introduction of the PS3 Slim and some quality titles you could only play on the console. However, how well do you actually know those PS3 exclusives?...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 335

    Ghosted

    And thus concludes another week. If you're here in the UK, then you'll have spent much of your time claiming it's "too hot", even though you've been complaining about the cooler temperatures for the remainder of the year. Sammy Barker, Editor: I'm nearing the conclusion of Ghost of Tsushima, which is a fantastic game that only gets better...

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  • News These Are the Five Most Redeemed PS Plus Games Ever

    And the most played multiplayer titles

    As reported earlier, PlayStation Plus has handed out over 1,000 games since it debuted a decade ago, but which titles have been redeemed by the most members? An infographic released by Sony shows the most popular freebies thus far, accurate as of April 2020. They are as follows: Call of

  • News PS Plus Has Given Out Over 1,000 Free Games Since Launching

    Play time

    If you’ve been a PlayStation Plus subscriber since it launched exactly 10 years ago, then you’ll have been able to add over 1,000 games to your library over the course of the decade. The statistic comes courtesy of a Sony infographic designed to celebrate the service’s 10th anniversary, which we’ve embedded below: The platform...

  • News PS Plus Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Today

    Can we expect anything special?

    While we’re all waiting for July 2020’s free PS Plus games to be confirmed, it’s perhaps worth pointing out that Sony’s subscription service will celebrate its 10th anniversary today. The Japanese giant introduced the membership model on the PlayStation 3, and it was a very different beast in its early days...

  • UK Sales Charts The Last of Us Remastered Returns Amid Sequel's Success

    We really are The Last of Us

    Not one but two The Last of Us titles cracked the UK sales charts this week, as The Last of Us Remastered rebounded on the back of its PlayStation 4 successor’s record-breaking success. Joel and Ellie’s inaugural adventure saw an 82 per cent rise in week-on-week sales in order to secure 9th place, while the sequel...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 330

    Sun and games

    Has it really been a week since The Last of Us: Part II launched? Most of you will probably be mopping up the Platinum Trophy using our The Last of Us 2 guide or perhaps participating in our spoiler discussion. As for the rest of you, well, you’ll probably be working on finishing the game. Don’t rush – it deserves to be savoured...

  • Quiz How Well Do You Know The Last of Us?

    It's about the journey

    You knew it was coming, didn't you? As The Last of Us: Part II launches, perhaps the biggest PlayStation 4 exclusive of all, it's time to test your knowledge of the original game and its DLC -- Left Behind. How well do you know The Last of Us? Do you remember Ellie and Joel's journey across post-apocalyptic America like it was...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 329

    Surprise us

    Do we really need to even ask the question? Really? Our PlayStation 4 friends list is filled with The Last of Us 2, and we suspect it’s much the same for you, too. Whether or not the sequel breaks sales records is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure: it’s a monstrous release. Sammy Barker, Editor: Now that I’m done putting...

  • Guide GTA 5 Cheats: Every Cheat Code in Grand Theft Auto 5

    Criminal code

    Want to know some GTA 5 cheats? Cheat codes are sadly a bit of a rarity in this day and age. There was a time when virtually every game under the sun launched alongside a list of convoluted button prompts allowing you to unlock secret costumes, exciting items, and, if you were really lucky, brand new gameplay mechanics. But while this...

  • Feature Sony's Most Memorable E3 Moments

    Hype machine

    At this point in time, it looks as though Sony's relationship with E3 is over. The Electronic Entertainment Expo has been running since 1995, and PlayStation has been in attendance every year. That is, until 2019, when the Japanese giant broke its 24-year streak. It announced it would be absent at E3 2020 too, although it would later be...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 328

    The weekend after PS5

    Well, that was a crazy week, wasn’t it? We’ve now seen a bunch of PlayStation 5 games and the system itself. Of course, it’ll be a while before we get to play it, so we’re just going to have to make do with the PlayStation 4 for now. It’s a tough life. Sammy Barker, Editor: After playing The Last of Us: Part II for...

  • News May 2020 NPD: Coronavirus Impact Continues Video Game Sales Surge

    Almost $1 billion

    Video game sales in the United States were up an unfathomable 52 per cent year-over-year in May 2020, according to the latest NPD report. Total industry spend reached almost $1 billion, which is just short of the $1.2 billion record set in May 2008. That was the month that Grand Theft Auto IV released, but the aging Grand Theft...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 327

    Get over here

    Weekend? Again? It's been a bit of a weird week, hasn't it? But let's not linger on that for too long, and dig into your regularly scheduled WAYP. Sammy Barker, Editor: I actually grabbed several games from the recent Days of Play sale, and I can't wait to tuck in. Blacksad: Under the Skin is definitely going to be one of my targets...

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