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  • News BioWare Shares More Mass Effect News That You Probably Don't Care About

    Give us games or give us death

    At this point, we're just desperate for something - anything - on Mass Effect: Andromeda, the next instalment in BioWare's sci-fi series. Heck, we'd go barmy over the announcement of a remastered PlayStation 4 trilogy, but for some reason, EA mustn't like the idea of relatively easy money. In any case, the point is...

  • Feature A Very Happy 20th Birthday to PlayStation

    Birthday bashings

    Pull out your party poppers, put on a paper hat, and pick out your best retro game tee – the PSone turns 20 today. Yes, we know that your attention just turned to a certain The Smiths song, but we're confident that this neverending anniversary is finally coming to a close. All the way back on 29th September, 1995, the original...

  • Weirdness Man Blames PlayStation for His Bad Driving

    Jailed motorist didn't have a license

    A 24-year-old man who took police on a 100mph pursuit through Lincolnshire has admitted that he learned to drive on a PlayStation. Adam Jones crashed his way through Grantham like he was playing Burnout Paradise, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage along the way. It was subsequently revealed that he was...

  • News Kinda Funny Games Returns to the PlayStation Podcasting Scene

    Beyond the grave

    Naturally we think that Push Square is the best PlayStation website on the net, but we're not oblivious to the great content available elsewhere. One of this author's favourites was always Podcast Beyond, the flagship IGN podcast featuring Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty. There's good news, then, for fans of the old show – as it's...

  • Talking Point What Is a Video Game?

    The million dollar question

    Video game. Noun. A game played by electronically manipulating images produced by a computer program on a monitor or other display. Video games are more diverse than they've ever been. As the market matures, we're starting to see new ideas introduced that challenge the very rules upon which the industry has been built...

  • News Want a Metal Gear Solid Story Refresher? This Site's Got Your Back

    LaLiLuLeLo lifesaver

    There's not a single person here at Push Square Towers that doesn't at least appreciate the Metal Gear Solid series, which is a testament to the property's quality seeing as we rarely ever agree. As good as the franchise is, though, we don't think that it could ever be described as fictionally consistent – so it's fortunate...

  • News Shenmue III Causes Spike in Dreamcast Sales

    Yu did it

    Let's not beat around the bush: Sony kind of killed the Dreamcast. Sure, years of atrocious decisions ultimately saw SEGA pull out of the hardware race, but few could deny that the looming juggernaut otherwise known as the PlayStation 2 put the final nail in the underappreciated console's coffin. But with the announcement of Shenmue III at...

  • News The First Fansite for PS4 Exclusive Dreams Is Live

    Day dreamer

    Media Molecule's always had a vibrant community surrounding its games, and it looks like that's set to continue with Dreams, the mysterious PlayStation 4 exclusive that was announced at E3 2015 earlier in the year. We don't even know what the title is yet, but that's not stopped dreambubble.me from arriving on the scene. Unsurprisingly,...

  • News Aussie Store Wants You to Know That Metal Gear Solid 5 Is a Hideo Kojima Game

    Fight for your rights

    Call it self-indulgent if you want to, but we've gotten used to Hideo Kojima's name being on the box of Metal Gear Solid games. The fact that Konami has opted to remove it from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – amid nasty rumours regarding the aute

  • News Is That a PS4 in Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Pleased to See Us?

    Robber tries to run away with system down his trousers

    West Palm Beach resident Christopher Caldwell tried to smuggle a PlayStation 4 console out of a Wal-Mart store in his pants – but was caught by police with his trousers down. The 36-year-old squeezed the six pound system next to his crown jewels, and then subsequently tried to pile a couple of...

  • Weirdness The Ouye Is the Ultimate PS4 Rip Off

    Shameless

    Introducing the Ouye, a Chinese console packed with so much plagiarism that it's bordering on parody. The device – which is currently up for crowd funding – boasts the chassis of the PlayStation 4, but the controller of the Xbox One. We're sure that we've heard the name somewhere else before, too, but we're drawing blanks. This...

  • Weirdness What if Final Fantasy VII Was a Beat-'em-Up?

    Take this, Buster

    Every game would be better if it was Streets of Rage – and that includes Push Square's greatest of all time, Final Fantasy VII. Fortunately, Singapore-based studio PD Design has cottoned on to this, repurposing Square Enix's classic PSone role-playing release as a beat-'em-up. In the video below, you'll see the spiky haired Cloud...

  • News PlayStation's Sending Out Super Cute Birthday Gifts

    Many happy returns

    The secret to corporate success was simple all along: you just have to pretend to be your consumer's friend. Sony cottoned onto this at the start of the generation, making silly videos about used games and reminding us that it cares. And now Microsoft has stumbled upon the strategy, with gaffer Phil Spencer whispering sweet...

  • News BioWare Community Bands Together to Bring Friends to Next-Gen Dragon Age

    The Inquisition is for all

    The BioWare community has always been pretty tight-knit, as evidenced by countless successful community-driven events over the years, both within the developer's creations and at social occasions like conventions or expos. This latest effort from fans is particularly heart warming, though, as a group of Dragon Age:...

  • News 345,000 People Made It to Gamescom 2015

    Annual show's popularity increases

    It was a successful Gamescom this year if these newly released figures are anything to go by. According to official numbers, 345,000 people attended to German event, which is 10,000 more than 2014's total. Apparently, attendees came from 96 different countries - which is a particularly impressive statistic. We...

  • News This Bloodborne Statue Is Devilishly Detailed

    Bloody expensive, though

    As the old saying goes, the devil is in the detail, and this is certainly true of Bloodborne's latest piece of merchandise. Two slightly different 32cm statues are available to pre-order in Japan from Gecco, but they each cost a whopping $300 or so. One model is tinted with a splash of blood, while the other appears to be a...

  • Weirdness People Are Already Covering Horizon: Zero Dawn's Soundtrack

    We know we weren't the first ones here

    Dutch musician Joris de Man may have been missing from Killzone: Shadow Fall, but he's proven that he's still the man by composing Horizon: Zero Dawn's soaring soundtrack. And so affecting has the E3 trailer's short audio snippet proven that people are already taking to YouTube with their own rendition of the...

  • News Destiny's Getting an Action Figure, and It Costs a Titanic $190

    Articulate that

    It was only a matter of time before Destiny got some sort of action figure or model. Activison's uber popular shooter is getting its biggest expansion in September with The Taken King, but you can throw even more cash at the property by buying this rather expensive Titan figurine. Crafted by manufacturer 3A, we have to admit that...

  • News This R2-D2 PS4 Laptop Is Bleeping Badass

    C3PO would be impressed

    Sony is astutely positioning the PlayStation 4 as the platform for Star Wars this year, but while we're sure that it's going to have a handful of custom hardware bundles to celebrate the release of Battlefront, we doubt that any of them will be this darn awesome. Ed Zarick has been making custom console laptops for a while,...

  • News Watch the Crash Bandicoot Cartoon That Never Was

    "Play our game and tell your friends so we'll make lots of loot"

    Crash Bandicoot turned out to be one of the biggest brands of the 90s, but Universal Interactive Studios had even bigger plans for the property before Sony licensed it for its legendary PSone platforming trilogy. During the early days of development, the publisher was knocking around...

  • Weirdness There's a PSone on the Way to Pluto

    Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation

    If you thought that your yellowing PSone was good for late-night sessions of Crash Bandicoot only, then you may want to have a rethink. NASA engineers repurposed the system's MIPS R3000 CPU back in 2006, using it to control a grand piano-sized space probe which is on its way to Pluto. According to The...

  • News These Sneaker Box PS4s Combine Subconscious Advertising with Style

    Brand loyalty at its finest

    Ah, quirky console skins. Dressing your favourite home system up with a brand new decal can provide a nice change of pace, and can arguably add some spice to your room's aesthetics. Or, you know, you might just be really sick of looking at your plain old PlayStation 4. Whatever the reason for a makeover, though, it's well...

  • News PlayStation and Xbox Bosses Go Head-to-Head

    In a friendly game of Disney Infinity 3.0

    Can you hear that? It's the sound of Hell freezing over. At the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, PlayStation wish fulfiller Adam Boyes and Xbox spokesperson Larry Hryb hooked up for a head-to-head in Disney Infinity 3.0's all-new Sumo Digital developed kart racing mode. Neither of them looked especially...

  • News PlayStation Pays Its Respects to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata

    Rest in peace

    There are days for debate and discussion – and then there are days for respect and reflection. Nintendo confirmed the premature passing of CEO Satoru Iwata overnight, and while he spent his entire career at the House of Mario, his incredible influence can be felt across the entire industry at large. As a consequence, many of...

  • News This Kid Clearly Wishes He'd Won a PS4 at Comic Con

    Yay

    When companies give away consoles, they do so with the intention of building positive press. Microsoft is on the showfloor at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, handing out Xbox Ones among various other prizes. But while this winner may have gifted the Redmond firm a viral video, it's not quite the Nintendo 64 sequel that the organisation may...

  • News French Magazine Honours PS4's Incredible E3 2015

    The greatest of all time

    Not everyone was as jazzed as us at Sony's incredible E3 2015 press conference, but those born during a certain era will have understood the significance of the event. At times, the platform holder's media briefing bordered on fan fiction, with The Last Guardian, Shenmue III, and Final Fantasy VII Remake all appearing during...

  • News The Teen Who Ruined PS4's Christmas Narrowly Avoids Jail

    Convicted of over 50,000 computer crimes

    Do you remember when the PlayStation Network went down? No, we don't mean last night – we're talking about the last major outage, which occurred over Christmas. Sony's servers were down for days, and while the whole sorry affair was good for our traffic ticker, it didn't exactly reflect well on the platform...

  • News This Shenmue Documentary Couldn't Be Better Timed

    Makers must have checked their Timex watches

    Shenmue III's up-and-down Kickstarter campaign is entering its final stages, and it's picked just the right moment to gather some serious steam. This documentary detailing the 14 year wait for the sequel couldn't be better timed, then, as a teaser trailer for the fan-made film has been released with the...

  • News Take a Closer Look at the Nintendo PlayStation

    True treasure

    You've all seen – and angrily commented on – our story about the Nintendo PlayStation, but how would you like to take a closer look at the cancelled console? The prototype platform's owner, Dan Diebold, has uploaded a video on YouTube showing off the disc-based device, which was conceived as part of a poisoned partnership between...

  • News Oh Look, It's a Nintendo PlayStation Console

    You what

    Fridays are usually pretty quiet when it comes to games journalism, probably because everyone just wants to start the weekend early and, actually, you know, play some video games for once. Apparently, though, a poster over on ASSEMbler didn't get the memo, as they've revealed the existence of an actual Nintendo PlayStation console that they...

  • News Imagine Buying and Dumping a New PS4 Every Time You Travel - That's What NBA Players Do

    Not that kind of travelling

    When you've got money to burn, we suppose that buying expensive hardware like home consoles doesn't matter all that much. This theory's supported by Giannis Antetokounmpo, an NBA player, who, in a recent interview, says that his teammates buy PlayStation 4s when they're travelling to away matches, only to ditch them at...

  • News Fallout 4 Fan Successfully Pre-Orders Sequel with Bottle Caps

    Nuka cola connoisseur

    Many of you will know that caps are the main currency in the Fallout franchise. Unfortunately, these can't be exchanged for goods in the real world – well, unless you happen to be a super fan with a plan. One Imgur user going by the name of GatorMacheteJr explained that he's been collecting bottle caps since playing Fallout 3...

  • News These PS4 Fans Really Want a SOCOM 2 Remaster

    Tango down

    Ah, remasters: some loathe 'em, some love 'em. Whichever camp you fall into, it doesn't sound like they're going to stop anytime soon – especially when people are campaigning for more to get made. SOCOM 2 is the latest target of fans, as a group of military aficionados rally around the forgotten franchise to get its second instalment...

  • E3 2015 Those Super Cool Fallout 4 Figures Are Already on eBay for Atomic Prices

    Lil' buddies

    You know those cool vinyl figures that Bethesda announced were on sale at the expo after its E3 press conference was finished? Well, unsurprisingly, eBay is now littered in auctions for the things, and prices rocket up to $350. The figurine set includes a DOOM demon, a Fallout 4 power armour chap, and Dishonored 2's playable female...

  • E3 2015 YouTube Gaming Makes Twitch, Er, Twitch

    Google reveals new streaming initiative

    Twitch may be trying to laugh off YouTube Gaming's big announcement today, but there will be a lot of businessmen with furrowed brows right now. The video sharing giant has revealed its streaming initiative on the eve of E3 2015, touting a summer release date in the US and UK. Essentially, it will allow you to...

  • Soapbox Why So Many E3 2015 Announcements Are Being Spoiled

    Sammy Barker likes surprises, but reckons early reveals make sense

    I never tentatively tore the corners of my Christmas presents in order to get a sneaky first look inside. I had friends who claimed to know the contents of all of the gifts nestling beneath their fake fir trees, but I always preferred to wait. In fact, as I got older I tended to...

  • News With $50,000, You Too Could Transform Your Basement into an Elder Scrolls Tavern

    Fit for the Dragonborn

    Ah, the whims of the rich. The Elder Scrolls mega fan and DC Comics artist Tyler Kirkham spent $50,000 turning his home's basement into a place of worship for all things Elder Scrolls. Essentially background dressing for when he decides to sit down and soak up some Skyrim, the living space contains numerous nods to the series,...

  • News PlayStation Mobile's Last Ever Game Looks Pretty Rad

    Oh, deer

    We gave up covering PlayStation Mobile a few years ago, so we're part of the problem. It became clear to us in those early days of the platform that, despite being a decent idea, it wasn't going to get much traction – and it made more sense for us to cover the native PlayStation Vita games primarily; y'know, the ones that people were...

  • News Ratchet & Clank Stream Chucks a Spanner at Cancer

    Charity starts on Metropolis

    While we can't help but get "agitated" over video games sometimes, it's important to remember that there are real people out there with very real problems. It's nice, then, when our favourite hobby is used to do good – and MrSeanieBop, a Twitch streamer with a big heart, intends to play through the first three Ratchet...

  • News Behold the Power of Brand Loyalty as PlayStation Gear Launches in the UK

    PS I love you

    If you're a massive PlayStation fan - which we would assume you are, seeing as you're visiting us here at Push Square - you may want to check out Sony's freshly launched PlayStation Gear UK website. The store's been a success across the pond in North America and Canada, and as the regional URL suggests, the site now ships PlayStation...

  • Weirdness This DriveClub Razor Needs to Be Seen to Be Believed

    Comes with exclusive content

    What do men like almost as much as sports cars? A clean shave, of course. With that in mind, this DriveClub branded Philips Norelco Click & Style razor doesn't seem that strange at all... Oh, alright – it's almost as bad as that Assassin's Creed Unity edition of Edge shaving gel. The razor's available from

  • News Konami's Really Sorry You Don't Like Its Mobile First Future

    But it's going ahead anyway

    Konami's finally broken silence on the turmoil that's very publicly taken place inside the organisation of late. As part of an enormous, grovelling statement sent to IGN, it apologised for the anxiety which "conjecture" surrounding its future has caused, and stressed that it will continue to create console games – even...

  • News Sony Agrees to Review Investigation Process after BBC Report

    Lessons have been learned, apparently

    BBC's long-running consumer rights programme Watchdog took PlayStation to task as part of its latest episode this evening, reporting on two cases in which fraudulent account charges had left customers out of pocket. The first, regarding John Lappin's inability to obtain a refund for a game that he never...

  • News PlayStation Taken to Task in BBC's Watchdog Programme

    The weakest link

    Sony's no stranger to Watchdog, the BBC consumer awareness show that's been running in the UK for over 30 years. One legendary report saw the PlayStation 3 taken to task following the yellow light of death scandal, but it's the PlayStation Network that will be subject to an Anne Robinson-fronted grilling in tonight's episode. The...

  • News This Life Size Dragonborn Bust Is Expensive

    Lots of septims

    There's plenty of cool video game merchandise out there: figurines, t-shirts, wallets... Oh, and life size busts of your favourite characters. Yep, Bethesda's online store now has 600 hand-painted, polystone Dragonborn statues for sale. They stand at 25 inches and cost $650 a pop. If you'd rather, though, you can pay for one in...

  • News SEGA Classics to Receive Vinyl Soundtracks

    What year is it?

    SEGA smashes Shenmue and Streets of Rage are set to receive special edition vinyl soundtracks this September – and just so you don't panic, you're definitely still reading this in 2015. London-based record label Data Discs will be handling the uber-limited LPs. We imagine that the firm's based in Shoreditch and only hires...

  • News Rockstar Games Is Suing the BBC Over a TV Drama About Grand Theft Auto

    Game changer

    BBC's planned television drama, currently titled Game Changer, is about the controversy surrounding Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series. The plot follows the long dispute between Sam Houser, Rockstar's president, and Jack Thompson, the outspoken lawyer and critic who says that video games cause real world violence. Rockstar has now...

  • News Canadian Kid Goes Crazy Over Confiscated PS4

    Don't do this at home

    We suspect that the majority of you learned at an early age that you can't always get everything that you want in life – but we hope that you didn't smash up your house with a baseball bat when the realisation set in. That's exactly what one Canadian kid got up to over the weekend, after his parents confiscated his...

  • News We're Keeping Quiet About This Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Figure

    Insert Björk lyrics here

    We're not going to give you a reason to assemble with pitchforks outside Push Square Towers: we're going to play this article safe. Under-fire director Hideo Kojima has revealed an action figure for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain based upon controversial character Quiet. According to the ousted executive, the toy has...

  • News Marilyn Manson's New Album Was Put on PlayStation Discs to Represent Change

    This is the new s***

    Here's something unusual: Marilyn Manson – yes, the controversial rocker who rose to popularity in the late '90s – released his new album on old PlayStation discs. It was more of an artistic decision than anything, as the self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar's latest record, fittingly named The Pale Emperor, is supposed to...