About time too. Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call (perhaps better known as Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne in the US) released on the American PlayStation Store back in May 2014, yet sadly never made it across the Atlantic.
Thankfully Ghostlight Games have proudly announced that, a year later, it's finally coming to European PSN. It'll cost a mere £6.49/€7.49 when it launches on 18th May as a PS2 classic.
Better late than never! Remember to check out our cheap PlayStation + deals guide to prepare with some PSN wallet credit.
Killzone 2 is a must buy at £2.86 on the PS3.
The series may have had a slight stumble on PS4 (gorgeous but a bit by the numbers elsewhere), but Killzone 2 really pushed the humble PS3 to its limits back in the day. This time you're taking on the Helghast on their home planet. So while the colour palete is all the shades of grey, the action and set pieces are amongst the best any FPS series cares to offer. Don't miss out.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
15 years. That's how long the PlayStation 2, the most successful console ever made, has been around. The PS2 wasn't just important for games, Sony were massively influential in making DVD the film format of choice by slyly slipping a DVD player into millions of homes too, much like they've did again with Blu-ray and the PS3. The games are what mattered though. Here's our list of the Top 15 titles we felt were amongst the most important. Of course, some tough choices had to be made, but that's how strong 15 years of PS2 really was. PS3 and Xbox 360 didn't get close to those numbers, but with the PS4 already at 20 million, maybe Sony fancy their chances. Here we go then, in order of release year...
The one that changed everything. The leap into a living, breathing 3D city from the old bird's-eye-view made GTA a place we'd spend months exploring in a never-ending crime-spree. The freedom GTAIII offered hadn't been seen before and the range of side-missions, collectibles and Rockstar's trademark humour and storytelling kept gamers glued to their screens well into the new year. Even now players would be able to load up the game and remember every street of the game as if they had actually lived there. Vice City might be the seminal title and San Andreas was bigger and packed with even more variety, but GTAIII will always be remembered as a true trendsetter.Click here to read more...
Happy 20th Birthday, PlayStation. We figured that we'd take a trip down memory lane, reminisce about some of our favourite PlayStation memories, and ask our readers to do the same.
When it comes to standout memories of the Playstation brand, there are two that come to mind. The first was when I was 14 and still primarily a PC gamer. The last console I had bought was a Sega Mega Drive, so I had yet to dive into the new-fangled craze that was Playstation, but all that was to change just a week before Christmas. You see, I had just bought Men In Black: The Video Game on PC, but my machine wasn’t having any joy running it well enough to play. My best friend Paul had come round to see if we could fix it, but neither of us were as clued up on troubleshooting PCs as we are now. As such, and I couldn’t tell you what he did, Paul tinkered with something that bricked the computer. I was distraught – not being able to play my new MiB game was bad enough, but now I couldn’t play even play Civilization II. Then, in a sign of true friendship (or more likely though a horrific feeling of guilt), Paul loaned me his PSone and his copy of Metal Gear Solid over Christmas.
There was a catch, though – he forgot to give me a memory card.
So there I was experiencing a game like none I had played before, and I had to do it in one extended session. If anything, the lack of save game facility heightened the tension despite the fact you could press continue upon dying. It meant that every action I made couldn’t be undone. It was glorious and terrifying in equal measure (especially the Psycho Mantis bit) but ultimately it showed me that home consoles were capable of delivering gaming experiences that could match or even supersede those found on PC. While I didn’t purchase another console until the PS2, that Christmas with the PSone changed everything for me as a gamer, and it was all thanks to Metal Gear Solid.Click here to read more...
Sony have rolled out some fat deals for the PlayStation 20th Anniversary celebration today, with discounts on a number of PSOne, PS2, PS3, and PS Vita titles. Here are a few of our favourites:
Remember, you get an extra 10% off with PS+. There are plenty for PSN deals to be had, so check out the full list to see if there's a bargain in there for you.Click here to see the full list of PlayStation 20th Anniversary discounts >>
After bringing dealtastic discounts to Steam and Xbox Live, it's high time that Rockstar took aim at PSN. Their promoton is an absolute doozy, including GTA IV complete for £7.99, though Max Payne 3 is more expensive than XBL's offering at £5.99. From Bully and The Warriors to Manhunt and even the excellent GTA PSP titles, there's serious savings to be had if you've got a gap in your collection. As always, we've got the full list below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and lukeo44 @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
This week's PlayStation Store sale offers a host of discounted PS2 games, along with some HD versions of some utter classics. From Metal Gear Solid 3 to Zone Of The Enders, God Hand and Okami HD, there's plenty of good memories to go round (and half decent prices too).
Check out the selection below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage 2 feels like a blast from the past, but not in a good way.
It's supposed to be a nostalgia trip that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Hokuto No Ken (or Fist Of The North Star) anime franchise, considered to be an 80s classic by many aficionados. Coiffed and musclebound hero Kenshiro stalked a blighted post-nuclear wasteland as the sole bringer of justice in a world gone to hell, using insanely powerful martial arts to punch evildoers so hard that they exploded from the inside out. Oh yes. This is definitely videogame material. Despite the original Ken's Rage being vastly underwhelming, Fist Of The North Star still had enough legs for a functional piece of gratuitous interactive fan service.
Depressingly, though, this lazy and lacklustre brawler ends up reminding us of the very worst shovelware we suffered through more than a decade ago.
Click here to read more...
Wow. This week's PlayStation Store update is a bit of a monster.
Let's begin with the PS2 invasion. A massive number of PS2 titles are now available to download, notably including God Hand and SSX: On Tour.
Demo-wise, we've got Mass Effect 3 and Binary Domain trials to sink our teeth into. Big games, big names and massive expectation means that you should definitely get on these as soon as possible.
In terms of deals, PS Plus Subcribers can net themselves Far Cry 2 for free. Which you should definitely give a fair trial, because it's one of the most cruelly underrated shooters of this generation in my humble opinion. It's hard and nasty, but perfectly simulates being completely alone in hostile territory. Hand-holding is not an option. Non Plus members can grab themselves a 50% saving on top of a few other digital offers.
Finally, new content is aptly provided by House Of The Dead 3, Scarygirl and free Dungeon Defenders DLC. We've got the update in full after the break, or feel free to browse over to the EU PlayStation Blog if you really need to know PEGI ratings and file sizes.Click here to read more...
As the UFC games send the wrestling genre towards ever-duller reality the WWE universe gets a style overhaul as WWE All-Stars throws in the biggest, names past and present, into the squared circle. Expect to battle with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bret 'Hit Man' Hart, Ultimate Warrior, Stone Cold, The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, Shaemus and Rey Mysterio.
The emphasis is on setting everything to the extreme. The character models are beefed up to ridiculous proportions and their faces are amusing cartoonised charactertures of themselves. The first time you see two wrestlers standing toe-to-toe at the start of a match you'll only be able to think 'they're effing huge!'. There are no Divas to oggle at, but considering the beefcake visuals, that's probably a good thing.
The outrageous visual design flows over into the combat too. Play as the likes of Andre the Giant or The Big Show and wallow in the astonishing power as a single punch will send your opponent into the air as you juggle them with follow-up strikes or smash them clean across the ring into a turnbuckle. Any special moves usually send both wrestlers flying into the air and often with a few flashy extra spins for good measure. Rey Mysterio would most certainly approve.
Playstation Suite is set to provide a digitial distribution platform for PSOne games on Android-enabled smartphones (including the oft-leaked Xperia Play), but NVIDIA have revealed that PS2 games are also in the pipeline. However, there'll be a few processing bridges to cross first.Click here to read more...
Sony's record-breaking black monolith turned 10 in Europe recently (check out Matt's lookback feature). It's hard to believe it's been a decade since the most successful console ever launched. The PS2 wasn't just important for games, Sony were massively influential in making DVD the film format of choice by slyly slipping a DVD player into millions of homes too, much like they've done again with Blu-ray and the PS3. The games are what mattered though. Here's my Top 10 titles I felt were amongst the most important. Of course there are a few seemingly glaring omissions from this list, I felt like an utter bastard for cutting some titles, but that's how strong a decade of PlayStation 2 really was. The PS3 and Xbox 360 have a hell of a lot of work to do yet if they want to match it. Here we go then, in order of release date:
The one that changed everything. The leap into a living, breathing 3D city from the old bird's-eye-view crime-spree made GTA a place we'd spend months exploring. The freedom GTAIII offered hadn't been seen before and the range of side-missions, collectibles and Rockstar's trademark humour and storytelling kept gamers glued to their screens well into the new year. Even now players would be able to load up the game and remember every street of the game as if they had actually lived there. Vice City might be the seminal title and San Andreas was bigger and packed with even more variety, but GTAIII will always be remembered as a true trendsetter.Click here to see the remaining 9 Top PS2 games.
If you've still got a PS2 lying around the house, I certainly know I have, and want to rock out to a wicked set list filled with both modern and classic hits, then you should definitely check out this phenomenal deal.
Play are currently selling the Band Hero band bundle, thats a copy of the game, a guitar controller, drum kit, and microphone, for the absurdly low price of £29.99! That'll make you a massive saving of £74.11 over the next best offer of £104.10 coming in from Tesco Entertainment, you can't ask for much better than that!
The set list for Band Hero isn't quite as niche as Rock Band or Guitar Hero, with tracks from numerous artists covering most areas of the music spectrum, ranging from Robbie William and Kylie Minogue to Papa Roach and Evanescence. This allows the game to meet the needs of a much larger collection of music fans and means you should be able to play with friends and family without having to worry about their musical preferences.
Playing through the single player isn't quite as much fun as that of its predecessors, mainly because you'll just be playing through set list after set list and you don't really feel like you're part of a band thats struggling its way to fame. Thankfully though, the multiplayer is equally as enjoyable, especially when you've got couple of friends round or if you want a welcome alternative for a board game during a family gathering.
Whether you're looking for some summer fun or want to expand your virtual list of songs, Band Hero's definitely a game you can chill out to.
Thanks to Hugh Jass! @ HUKD
Considering the massive popularity of Dr. Who these days (and its successful rebranding from food for geeks to family favourite), it's surprising that it has never received a proper video game makeover. However, while they eschewed the idea of a proper adventure, Eidos did take the slightly bizarre step of marrying Dr. Who with Top Trumps in a delightful game setting.
Amazon are currently selling the Doctor's incredible card-based antics for less than a pound! This is a considerable saving compared to the next best price of £3.49 from Cool Shop.
91p for a game! Amazing! The one, teeny tiny little catch? It's kinda rubbish.
Top Trumps: Dr. Who is based on the animated series rather than the live action show (despite the more than a little misleading cover art) but most of the time you won't even be seeing any of that. Instead you'll mostly be looking at the rather utilitarian interface featuring your hand of cards and very little else. To be fair, it's a bit mean to judge the PS2 by current generation standards but even when pitted against its contemporaries, in terms of graphics, this game can only embarrass itself.
If you are a fan of both Top Trumps and Dr. Who then you might, might, just enjoy this game. However the chances are that you would have a much better time with the interaction that comes from a real life game of Top Trumps, although you'll probably have to pay slightly more for the privilege.
Thanks to dontdothatagain at Hotukdeals!
Yes I know. It's a PS2 game, and not even a terribly good one at that...unless you're a kid. And that's absolutely fine. You see, the Buzz controllers were made to appeal to the most childish of instincts: the desperate urge to press the big red button. This may be a PS2 game, and therefore only compatible with certain PS3 models (why Sony, WHY?!), but the four Buzz controllers included here will certainly work with your next-gen rig.
Essentially, therefore, you're getting four Buzz controllers for just over a fiver. They're almost certainly wired, but at this price, who's complaining?
If you do have a backwards-compatible PS3, then you'll find out that Think Fast is actually far from a bad game, invite some friends around and it's actually quite fun for a little while. Robin Williams' genie was born to be a gameshow host in another life, and the Disney subject matter makes it perfect for good clean family fun. It might seem a bit babyish to some, but put an eight year old in front of it and the game strikes gold.
To be honest, this is worth it just for the buzzers, wired or not, and with the library of Buzz games expanding, it's a surefire investment for some family downtime.
Thanks to skusey at HUKD!
Zavvi are currently selling Shattered Memories for £17.95 as part of their Mega Monday promotion. This is a great deal for both the Wii and PS2 versions of the game but the PSP edition can be found for a couple of pennies cheaper at Asda Entertainment. The next best price for the game on Wii is £23.97 from Tesco Entertainment, while Shop To is the runner up for the PS2, meaning that Zavvi's deal will save you £6 or £4 depending on your choice of console.
You may want to hurry to take advantage of these deals as they last 24 hours only and stock is likely to go fast.
At first glance the game looks to be a straight remake of the original PSX Silent Hill and, indeed, it starts in near indentikit fashion with protagonist Harry Mason crashing his car and then regaining consciousness to discover that his daughter Cheryl has disappeared. However, once these beginning scenes are dispensed with the game takes a radical turn. The town presented here is a barren and icy wasteland and scenes in a psychiatrist's office are added to those taking place in Silent Hill itself. Thankfully, the new story is perhaps as deep and emotional as that of the original and, coupled with the taut, chilling atmosphere, offers a haunting experience and moments that may leave you slack jawed and awed.
It is not just the narrative that has taken a sharp detour. The clumsy combat of old has been dispensed with and now you will not need to fight at all, just run for your life. Furthermore, this is the game that "plays you as much as you play it", meaning that the choices you make during the psychiatrist's office portions of the game reflect upon your experience throughout the rest of your time with Shattered Memories with changes made to the monsters you face and the appearance, behaviour and even gender of the NPCs that you encounter in your journey through the icy wasteland that is this game's vision of Silent Hill.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is very well paced, keeping you engrossed in the action, even as you notice the slightly formulaic nature of the gameplay, but ultimately ending far too quickly. The graphics are great and help to create an, at times, truly disquieting atmosphere, bolstered by Akira Yamaoka's excellent soundtrack. The puzzles are clever and engaging and interspersed with nerve shredding chase scenes that leave you breathless. Despite its short length the game has surprising longevity as you will want to go back to it to see the different results and ending that you can achieve through small alterations of your own behaviour.
If you have the option, it's highly recommended that you go for the Wii version of Shattered Memories as the graphics are better and the game feels great to play, as if tailor made for the motion sensitive controls.
Despite its disappointing brevity, all reports seems to suggest that Shattered Memories is the first worthwhile addition to the Silent Hill that fans have been waiting for and as such is well worth celebrating. While this "reimagining" of the first game takes some serious departures from the original, and as such should probably be approached with caution, it offers an incredibly creepy atmosphere and a deep and emotive storyline that will stay with you long after the six hours playtime is over.
While the PSP and PS2 versions retain the same great story and gameplay, I highly recommend that you opt to buy the game on the Wii if you can. Apparently on Nintendo's console feels brilliant to play, with excellent, intuitive controls and improved visuals and offers a far better experience. (Zavvi have the cheapest price for Wii but only by a couple of pence).
However, if it is the PSP or PS2 version that you are after then Zavvi are doing a pretty sweet deal, selling both at just £17.95 and undercutting Shop To's runner up price of £21.86 (for the PSP or PS2), by nearly £4.
The plot begins in the same way as the original Silent Hill, with players taking on the role of protagonist Harry Mason who regains consciousness following a car crash to discover that his daughter Cheryl is missing. However from this point on the plot takes a radical detour, offering a completely new experience. The action occasionally cuts away from the town of Silent Hill to a therapist's office where gameplay moves to a first person perspective and the psychological themes at work are further explored.
Gameplay has changed too. The game "observes" and evaluates the player's behaviour and choices in the psychiatrist's office and changes in accordance; the decisions that the player makes affects multiple aspects of gameplay such as the monsters that you encounter and the behaviour, gender and clothing of the NPCs that you meet. The Silent Hill that Harry explores is no longer fog-ridden and prone to suddenly melting into an industrial nightmare of blood and rust; now it is snow-ridden and prone to suddenly freezing into a wintry nightmare of ice and glaciers. Combat has been entirely dispensed with and now, instead of awkwardly slapping deformed monsters with a wooden plank or golf club, you will be doing a lot of running. An awful lot of running.
When serious rumours first arose of a Silent Hill remake, the most persistent was that this new game would be based upon the atrocity that is the Silent Hill movie. Thankfully these turned out to be unfounded and Harry remained Harry instead of being swapped for the supposedly more palatable female parental figure (as per the film) that was rumoured.
Like most fans of the series, I am approaching this newest incarnation of the Silent Hill myth with a good deal of trepidation but remain tentatively optimistic.
Thanks to chun_li at Hotukdeals!
There is a decent game hiding somewhere amid all the myriad technical issues and visual flaws of Alone in the Dark but you may find yourself having to dig very deep to find it.
However at just £2.30 from Amazon, it may just be worth a punt. This is a great step down from the next best price of £7.99 from Shop To, saving you over £5 and perhaps even making the game worth the cash you hand over (but you'd probably get more enjoyment if you use the money to buy a pint instead).
You play as Edward, an investigator of the paranormal, who finds himself on a rooftop, anticipating death when his guard is suddenly killed by an unseen force, giving the amnesiac Edward his chance for escape. As he makes his way through the building, searching for an exit, he sees people being possessed or killed by some kind of supernatural phenomenon. Could the old man that he meets hold the secret to everything that is going on?
Alone in the Dark boasts a good soundtrack and, well, not a whole lot more. The graphics are shoddy and drab and frustratingly dark, the dialogue extremely weak and hackneyed. The controls are overcomplicated and awkward and the gameplay is hampered at virtually every turn by glitches. The game has great, high aspirations but stumbles at every turn and though it wishes so hard to be an epic horror adventure, it is instead a sadly broken mess that is just no fun to play.
Thanks to Adam2050