Review Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1) - The Pinnacle of PS1 Ridge Racer Games
I want to be R4-ever young
Republished on Saturday, 18th March, 2023: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of March 2023's PS Plus line up. The original text follows. Push Square has pondered the infancy of 3D console graphics during the 32-bit era, and reflected that the ageing process was not always...
Mini Review Tekken 2 (PS1) - Broken and Awkward, But Still a Classic Fighter
Tekken it to the next level
The original Tekken was Namco's first attempt at a 3D fighting game, and boy did it show. There was undeniable potential at the 1995 title's core, but the game as a whole was incredibly raw, both on a visual and mechanical level. It wasn't until Tekken 2 that the now record-breaking franchise would find its footing. The...
News Soul Calibur V Celebrates Launch Week With A Spot Of Cosplay
What better way to kick off Soul Calibur V's release week than with a spot of cosplay? It's a shame Namco Bandai didn't splash the cash on a full Voldo costume for someone to embarrass themselves in
In fact, on second thoughts: we don't want to see that. Once the gameplay kicks in though, this is a pretty exciting trailer. We hadn't been...
News Soul Calibur V DLC Brings Bikinis, Animal Heads To The Stage Of History
The most recent iterations of the Soul Calibur series have boasted some pretty meaty character customisation features -- and the upcoming Soul Calibur V will be no different
But if you feel that the game's on-disc content is lacking bikinis, wings and, erm, face-paint, then the game's upcoming DLC should have you covered. From February 3rd you'll be...
News Controversial Street Fighter X Tekken Mega Man Got Keiji Inafune's Blessing
Mega Man fans feel bitter
Their favourite protagonist has not starred in his own game for a while, and the cancellation of Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Mega Man Legends 3, cut deep. So naturally, when Capcom announced the inclusion of the rotund, 80's boxart Mega Man for inclusion in Street Fighter X Tekken, fans of the pint-sized hero had their...
News Pac-Man And World's Worst Mega Man Added To Street Fighter X Tekken's Character Roster
Sony's lined up another two exclusive characters for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Street Fighter X Tekken
As previously hinted, both Pac-Man and Mega Man will be entering the crossover fray — the latter of which sporting his awful 1980's boxart get-up. In the spirit of crossover fun, the dev team wanted both Capcom and...
News Inversion Pushed Back Until 'Early 2012'
If you thought it had all gone a bit quiet on the Inversion front, you weren't wrong
The topsy-turvy third-person shooter was originally due out next month on the PlayStation 3, but Namco Bandai's now said it won't arrive until "early 2012". The game's release was pulled into question when retailers started updating their internal...
News Street Fighter X Tekken Trailer Reveals New Characters, Teases Pac-Man
Street Fighter X Tekken has one hell of a roster -- and it just won't stop growing
In a trailer released earlier today, Capcom's confirmed a bunch of new faces for the brawler, including Balrog, Juri, Vega, Paul, Law, and Xiaoyu. But while that's all fine and dandy, it's the teaser at the end of the trailer that's got our hearts pounding. We already...
News Harada 'Considering' PlayStation Vita Release Of Tekken X Street Fighter
With Street Fighter X Tekken already confirmed for release on the PlayStation Vita, Tekken overlord Katsuhiro Harada has hinted that Namco's own brawler, Tekken X Street Fighter, may get a handheld release too
For those of you that haven't been keeping up, Capcom and Namco's crossover partnership will spawn two products — one created by Capcom,...
News Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen Trailer Details Plot, Weapons And More
With games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 in PlayStation Vita's launch window, it's unsurprising to see Acquire's quaint ninja title, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen, flutter under the radar a touch
But that's unfortunate, because, as the game's latest trailer proves, it's actually looking pretty cool. The footage hones in on all of the...
News Latest Soul Calibur V Trailer Showcases Enhanced Lobby System
While Soul Calibur IV's online features were good enough, they lacked some of the more sophisticated social functions popularised by other fighters
Soul Calibur V hopes to change that, with an enhanced lobby system underlining the game's multiplayer upgrades. Demonstrated in a new trailer, the updated multiplayer will allow spectators to comment on...
News Touch My Katamari's Prologue Video Is The Dumbest Thing You'll See All Day
The Katamari franchise is well renowned for being a little bit eccentric, but the upcoming PlayStation Vita release, Touch My Katamari, looks poised to take the series to new heights
Don't believe us? Watch the game's "Prologue" trailer after the break. We're not sure whether to laugh or cry. We might do a bit of both.
News Armored Core 5 Stomps Onto Store Shelves In March
If you've fallen in love with the rock hard Dark Souls, then you might want to know what's next for developer From Software
Hint: it's not the involving fantasy adventure you might be hoping for. No, instead it's Armored Core 5 — the latest release in the long-running mech action series. Assuming you're not instantly put off by the word...
News Noby Noby Boy Update: GIRL Reaches Uranus
Ignore the innuendo in the headline for a moment while we get down to business
It's been a while since we posted an update on Noby Noby Boy — mainly because players have spent the last couple of years stretching GIRL from Jupiter to Uranus. But finally, she's made it! GIRL's next destination is Neptune, which is set to be quite the journey for...
News Trio Of Top Demos Pledged For PlayStation Store
Sony's announced that a batch of anticipated demos are days away from launching on the PlayStation Store. Amongst the retail samples include Final Fantasy XIII-2, Asura's Wrath and, our most anticipated, Grand Slam Tennis 2. The news comes via the American-arm of the PlayStation Blog, meaning the news relates to the US PlayStation...
News Soul Calibur V's Finished, Namco Bandai Celebrates With New Trailers
Publisher Namco Bandai's celebrated the completion of Soul Calibur V with a bevy of new videos showing off the stage of history
The game's gone gold today, meaning that it's been sent off for production ahead of its January 31st release date. There's a surprisingly low level of hype for the upcoming weapons based brawler, which is staggering...
News Xiaoyu And M. Bison Exhange Attacks In Street Fighter X Tekken
Oooh, you gamers really are eagle eyed folk
A screenshot for Street Fighter X Tekken uploaded to the XBOX Live Market Place (we know!) has inadvertently revealed Tekken's jailbait hottie Xiaoyu and Street Fighter's trend-setting M. Bison for the crossover fighter. Joystiq reports tha
News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Is Absolutely As Bonkers As Ever
We distinctly recall unlocking an upgrade for Paul Phoenix in Tekken 5 that attached a puppy to his hair-sprayed quiff
That was pretty weird, but totally awesome at the same time. Thankfully it looks like Tekken Tag Tournament 2's not planning on forgetting the franchise's bonkers routes. A new, low quality Japanese trailer shows Ganryu sporting a...
Rumour Gundam Seed Battle Destiny Announced For PlayStation Vita
The hot rumour spilling out of this week's edition of Japanese video games magazine, Famitsu, pertains to the PlayStation Vita's first Gundam game
According to a report on Andriasang, the magazine's latest issue includes a first look at Gundam Seed Battle Destiny for the PlayStation Vita, which is supposedly being developed by Artdink and targeting...
News Ridge Racer Vita's Development Cycle Was The Biggest Race Of Them All
Earlier in the year, we distinctly remember writing something along the lines of: "Man, it's going to be weird seeing a PlayStation platform launch without a Ridge Racer game
" That was in about April, before Ridge Racer Vita had been announced. Pay careful attention to the dates here, because it's important. Then at E3 in May, Ridge Racer Vita...
News Watch The Ladies Of Street Fighter X Tekken Duke It Out
As far as trailers for Street Fighter X Tekken go, this is one of the most conventional
Sure it features females fighting on top of moving trucks, but y'know, at least there aren't bears and stuff in it. The cinematic focuses on the females of Street Fighter X Tekken, with Cammy and Chun-Li duking it out against Asuka and Lili. It's a neat little...
News Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen Cranks Up The Melodrama In New Trailer
Namco Bandai's cooked up a brand new trailer for upcoming PlayStation Vita launch title, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen
The footage is packed with orchestral swirls and overdramatic dialogue. It looks cool though, and it's being produced by Acquire who sharpened their blades on the popular Tenchu and Way Of The Samurai franchises. The trailer's...
News VGA 2011: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Fights Its Way Onto PlayStation 3 Next Year
Amongst the hype for The Last Of Us and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Namco Bandai's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 announcement got a little bit lost
Which is a shame, because we're big Tekken fans and even we missed it. But now the storm has settled, it's time to get some hype. The fighting game's coming in 2012. No platforms were announced, but it's...
News Tales Of Graces F, Erm, Graces American Stores On March 13th
Namco Bandai has finally confirmed a Western release date for Tales Of Graces F
The PS3 title will officially bring its own unique brand of pig-tails and infectious pop music to the 'States come March 13th. Hit the jump to see the game's first localised trailer, but beware, there's some seriously bitter-sweet audio within. Key change.
News Soul Calibur V Story Trailer Soars Onto The Stage Of History
Soul Calibur's well revered for its melodramatic narrative, and it looks like the upcoming Soul Calibur V will remain faithful to the franchise's sweeping scores and tales of warriors with swords bigger than their bodies
"17 years ago, the ultimate clash between Siegfried and Nightmare brought a cataclysmic conclusion to an era and ignited a...
News Ridge Racer Vita To Get Additional Cars & Tracks Via DLC
Following the revelation of Ridge Racer Vita's limited on-cartridge content, publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed that it intends to bolster the package's volume with a variety of DLC set to launch this coming winter
According to Famitsu, the deluge of DLC will begin on December 22nd with a free music pack. The content will allow you to race to...
News Touch My Katamari Was Originally Intended For PlayStation 3
Zany PlayStation Vita launch title Touch My Katamari wasn't always intended for Sony's new handheld system
At a Japanese press event overnight producer Toshiyuki Nakanishi revealed that the game's development originally started on PlayStation 3. Upon switching to PlayStation Vita, the game's development team decided to implement touch screen...
News Ridge Racer Vita Features Just Five Cars And Three Tracks
Even Sony suit Kaz Hirai must be shaking his head in disappointment right now
At a Japanese press event overnight, Namco Bandai released some more specific details about Ridge Racer Vita. And the news isn't particularly good. The company admitted that, while it's very pleased with the racer's visuals, the game features just five cars and three...
News Watch The Opening Seven Minutes Of Tekken: Blood Vengeance
Tekken fans unite
Namco Bandai has released the first seven minutes of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie, and it's yours to watch for free if your nimble. For the next seven days, the opening scenes will be available on Namco's official YouTube channel. That means you've got until November 24th to watch the sneaky short. Theres a lot that Tekken...
News Street Fighter X Tekken's Alternate Costumes Are Amazing
If you're the kind of person that constantly demands more, then this bit of Street Fighter X Tekken news should satisfy you no end
Capcom's released details about the game's alternate costumes — and they are amazing. Instead of changing each character's costume colours, Capcom has instead opted to dress the roster in clothes from other characters...
News Ridge Racer Vita Promo Video Races Online
Namco Bandai couldn't resist keeping tradition, announcing a PlayStation Vita version of Ridge Racer would be ready in time for the system's launch at this year's E3
But despite the game's imminent release date (in Japan anyway) Namco Bandai hasn't really shared much official footage of the game. It's rectified that today with an official promo...
News There Are No Words For This Touch My Katamari Intro Movie
We wrote several paragraphs trying to summarise this introduction movie for the upcoming PlayStation Vita launch title Touch My Katamari
But we realised not one of the sentences we wrote did justice to the madness within. We can do no more other than simply recommend you watch it. All those of nervous disposition: look away now.
News Ono: Don't Expect A Disc Based Version Of Street Fighter X Tekken
Capcom is famous for re-releasing "updated" versions of its games
You only need look to this month, when it is scheduled to release Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. The non-Ultimate version released earlier this year. But chatting with Gematsu, Capcom fighting guru Yoshinori Ono has told the website not to expect any boxed versions of future Street...
News These Tekken Aircrafts In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Are Kind Of Neat
You can't beat a bit of cross-promotion
And these Tekken themed downloadable aircrafts for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon are about as good as it gets. They're due out on November 15th, though no price has been announced just yet.</em>
News Namco Outlines Ridge Racer Vita's Multiplayer Features
We wouldn't be surprised if Sony executive -- and life-long Ridge Racer fan -- Kaz Hirai didn't force Namco to release an entry in its arcade racing series for PlayStation Vita
The build-up to the game has certainly been unusual. Prior to E3 the game didn't even exist, and it seemed likely that series was about to miss out on its first PlayStation...
News Fresh Batch Of Ridge Racer Vita Screenshots Drift Online
Our friends over at TheSixthAxis have managed to nab a few new screenshots from Namco Bandai's PlayStation Vita launch title, Ridge Racer
The screens show a couple of car models, in addition to some in-game gameplay. The environments still look a bit messy, but the vehicles themselves are outstanding. The game's set to launch alongside the...
News Harada: Tekken X Street Fighter Footage Coming Next Year
Street Fighter X Tekken looks ace
But in a way, it feels familiar. The Tekken characters slip easily into Capcom's inky Street Fighter IV aesthetic, giving the game a generally cohesive look. Henceforth, we're more excited about getting our first glimpse at Tekken X Street Fighter — Namco Bandai's bite at the cherry. That game will see Street...
News Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen Confirmed For PlayStation Vita's Western Launch
Namco Bandai's confirmed that Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen will launch alongside the PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe
The game — developed by Acquire — sees players assume the role of a ninja assassin in a war-torn landscape. With three opposing factions fighting for control, players "must choose which of these forces to support...
News Soul Calibur V Scoops Up Official Mad Catz Arcade Stick
Are you a fan of the Soul Calibur games? You might want to prepare yourself for Soul Calibur V with an official Mad Catz Arcade Stick
Entitled the — wait for it — Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Soul Edition, the peripheral's been designed with Namco Bandai's weapon-based brawler in mind. The arcade stick will be made available in Europe, North...
News Touch My Katamari: A Short Story
Picture the scene
It's February 22nd and you're going to pick up your PlayStation Vita. You've got a wad of cash bulging in your pocket (most of which is assigned to that over-expensive memory card) and you know which launch games you desire. "Can I help you, sir?" asks the kind, helpful cashier. "Yes," you respond jovially,...
News Namco Bandai Preparing Itself For Western Vita Launch With Trio Of Titles
Namco Bandai's pledged support behind Sony's February 22nd Western release for PlayStation Vita
The publisher's planning a trio of games in Europe and North America, including: Ridge Racer, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen and the brilliantly named Touch My Katamari. As with all PlayStation Vita games, the titles will be available digitally or at retail...
News Japanese Sales Charts: Ace Combat Rules The Skies, Dead Rising Charts
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon topped the Japanese sales charts this week, scooping up just shy of 150,000 units sold
It was a pretty uneventful week for PlayStation software elsewhere, with Dead Rising 2: Off The Record the only new entry. PlayStation hardware numbers remained static, with Sony's home system sitting at sales of around 28k and the PSP...
News Dark Souls Defeated In Under Ninety Minutes By Subhuman Masochist
We've never understood the fascination with speed-runs
Apparently the draw is all about pushing a game beyond its defined boundaries. That's all well and good for a game like Super Mario 64, but when you're talking about Dark Souls — notably one of the most challenging games ever released — you're clearly clinically insane. Embedded after the...
News Step Back And Drool Over Ni No Kuni's Latest Trailer
Ni No Kuni is officially coming to Europe and North America, so there's no need to dream
Your wish has come true. Exactly how long it will take adopted publisher Namco Bandai to localise the Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration is still unclear, but the game's due out sometime in 2012. With the Japanese release date nearing, there's going to be...
News Namco Bandai Publishing Ni No Kuni In Europe, North America
Level 5's announced that Namco Bandai will be handling publishing duties for Ni No Kuni in North America and Europe
As previously alluded, the game will travel to the West under the name, Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. It's due out sometime in 2012. Ni No Kuni is a traditional RPG featuring the artwork of Japanese animation giant Studio...
News Street Fighter X Tekken Confirmed For March Release
We're Tekken fanboys, so obviously the idea of being able to kick Ryu's head-in with our much-loved Kazuya is appealing on its own
But from what we've played of Street Fighter X Tekken, it's actually a genuinely brilliant versus brawler. And thus we've been hotly anticipating a release date for some time. Capcom's finally lifted the lid, revealing a...
First Impressions Ridge Racer Unbounded on PlayStation 3
It's certainly a unique sight: a demo kiosk labelled with the Ridge Racer name, showing vehicles smashing through stone pillars and crashing into each other
Regardless of whether Ridge Racer Unbounded turns out to be the best racing game ever conceived, Namco's got its work cut-out convincing long-time fans that a more destructive racer is what they...
News Online Exclusive Tekken Hybrid Bundle Is The Biggest Yet
We've already established that Tekken Hybrid on its own is a bumper package
Spanning Tekken: Blood Vengeance the movie, Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a prologue version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it's quite the collection. But, as we reported earlier in the week, the Collector's Edition includes even more — with art-books and soundtrack CDs thrown...
News Ninja Theory Blames Marketing For Poor Enslaved Performance
Y'know, we really liked Enslaved, but there's an irony to developer Ninja Theory's whiny public perception
Prior to Enslaved's release, studio gaffer Tameem Antoniades talked up the benefits of going multiplatform after its previous PlayStation 3 exclusive project — Heavenly Sword — didn't meet expectations. But since Enslaved sold similarly...
News Ace Combat Demo Downloaded 1.2 Million Times
Namco Bandai's released some impressive figures for its Ace Combat: Assault Horizon demo
According to the publisher the sampler has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times. The game itself launches next week. Admittedly it is a slow news day. [Thanks Eurogamer]