Platforms: PS4 | PS3 | PS Vita (Cross-Buy)
Developer: HumaNature Studios
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
QT3 has been waiting thirty-two years for the return of the human family who abandoned him, leaving the poor mechanoid stranded on a tiny asteroid with no-one but a sentient balloon for company. God only knows how long he would have stayed there had a talking alien oblong named Jeff not turned up and informed QT3 that his entire robot line is under threat of being scrapped.
This is how Doki-Doki Universe -- a new title from the creators of ToeJam and Earl -- begins: with you (as QT3) being told that unless you trot off on an intergalactic adventure and learn about what it means to be human, you and all of your robot chums will be recycled. It'd probably be fairly dark if everything wasn't so incredibly colourful, and the landscapes didn't look like they were drawn by a children's book illustrator.
Things get progressively weirder from then on.
There's not really a word to describe what sort of a genre Doki-Doki Universe inhabits. I suppose it shares a number of features with adventure games, and there are some light puzzle elements to be found here, but really as far as I can tell, it's a game about empathy and connections and relationships. Tasked with discovering what "humanity" means, you take QT3 from hand-drawn planet to hand-drawn planet, introducing yourself to the weird and wonderful array of characters to be found upon each rock.Click here to read more...
Developers: Sony Japan Studio
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
Mark Cerny. Architect not only of beloved IPs such as Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, and Spyro the Dragon, but also of the PlayStation 4 itself. This smiling genteel man has been one of the most visible exponents of innovative design over the years, no more so than in the past twelve months as Sony had him take the stage time and time again to tell us that the PS4 was focused on one thing, and one thing only: games.
With such a litany of references and credits, and ably supported by Sony Japan Studio -- an outfit although sometimes lacking in execution and polish brought us the fantastic ideas behind games such as Gravity Rush and Tokyo Jungle -- when we learned that Cerny would be heading up a crack team of developers to produce something for the PS4, we all got rather excited.
And then Knack turned up.
Sure, Knack is pretty to look at. Constructed of chunks and shards of minerals and relics, the titular character is a wonderful sight to behold -- an impressive avatar to demonstrate the power in particle rendering and animation that the PlayStation 4 can bring to the table. He trots around brightly coloured landscapes, from ice caves to lava plateaus and gloriously realised, verdant temperate areas, with a fixed camera harking back to days gone by when we'd be controlling a sprightly marsupial on the PSOne. When you open chests stuffed with relic pieces, and Knack absorbs them into his form and swells in size, it's hard not to be a little impressed by the graphical trickery. The textures are gorgeous, the clean, Pixar-esque feel to it all is aesthetically delightful, and Knack at least looks the part.Click here to read more...
PS3 500GB, The Last Of Us & Gran Turismo 6 | ShopTo/Play | £189.99
The PS4 may be out in the wild, but this deal allows you to get a brand new PS3 super-slim with half a terabyte of storage, along with Gran Turismo 6 and The Last Of Us. Or in other words, a great console, one of its hottest games of 2013 and its hottest Christmas game. For less than £200.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD!
The PS4 may be out, but the PS3 isn't going anywhere - as evidenced by Polyphony Digital bringing another huge racing sequel to the platform. Gran Turismo 6 is set to feature a huge number of cars, authentic handling... well, you know what to expect, but there's also a lunar rover. Apparently premium currency packs will be available to fast-track your way to the better cars, though we've never been adverse to a little GT grind. Simply Games will save you a fiver. Thanks to missgem @ HUKD!
This isn't really a case of "wow, it's cheap," rather it's a case of "wow, it's in stock." ShopTo are currently selling the PS4 and PS Vita together so that early adopters can crack on with remote play from the get-go - effectively you'll get the PS4 at RRP and the Vita for £150. Not too bad, but unless you're absolutely champing at the bit to get one as a present, waiting until next year will be the best way of saving money.
Thanks to kevykat @ HUKD!
The PS Vita is a seriously impressive handheld, and it's falling in price all the time. This latest deal allows you to buy it with two of its best games for less than £140 - that's 3DS money - and even get the 3G model into the bargain too. Note that you'll probably want to source a beefier memory card though, since 4GB will fill up fast.
To find this deal, scroll down to the special offers. Thanks to RikkiT @ HUKD!
Developers: Guerilla Games
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
Hot damn, Killzone: Shadow Fall is pretty. Really pretty. It's so pretty, in fact, that my very first act as protagonist Lucas Kellen was to rush to a balcony and gawp at the stunning vistas before me. Unfortunately, though, I was on the run from the Helghast at the time, and dawdling was inadvisable. I'm pretty sure I hold the current record for swiftest demise when it comes to this game.
The point is, of course, that Killzone: Shadow Fall really looks like a next-gen game.
It gallops along in clear, crisp 1080p at 30fps in singleplayer, and 60 in multiplayer, and Guerilla Games have thrown colours into the mix, which makes a nice change from the decidedly military tones of previous installments. An early mission sees you trotting about in a lush green forest to discover what happened to a missing scout battalion. Later on, as you find yourself in Vekta City, the urban landscape unfolds in beautiful fashion, with alabaster monoliths giving way to skyscrapers of vanilla marble and shimmering glass.
The lighting is phenomenal. From glorious sunsets that see stars melt into the horizon, to rich neon hues in more urban environments. There's a hint of lens flare in some shots, occasionally specks of dust and dirt on the camera that add to the framing, as surfaces glimmer and gleam with reflections. Every single frame of Killzone: Shadow Fall is a feast for the eyes, and if you want a next-gen game to drop your jaw with sublime prettiness, then this is it. It's a testament to the artistic craft of Guerilla's designers that you want to move through the game at a relatively languid pace just to enjoy the sumptuous visual detail. The PS4 gives this game the grunt, but the art team deserves real credit for making the tight corridors of a city's shanty built out of shipping crates just as visually engaging as the beautiful, sweeping shots of Vekta that greet you as the opening credits roll.Click here to read more...
Big numbers alert! Now that the PS4 has released both Stateside and in Europe, Sony have revealed that over 2.1 million units have been sold worldwide since launch - and they expect this figure to increase to more than double by next March.Click here to read more...
Greatness awaits. That's been the main slogan for the PS4 over the last month, along with the party line hashtag #4ThePlayers. But does it really? Have Sony stayed true to their assertions of focusing this console on gamers and developers? The (marathon) race for supremacy in this, the eighth, console generation has begun, and this time both of the big hitters from Microsoft and Sony are out of the gates at the same time. We've already heard about the Xbox One, but what of Sony's machine. After spending most of this year basking in their competitor's PR gaffes and U-turns, Sony's console finally has to stand on its own merits.
So, can it cut it?
The PlayStation 4 is a sexy piece of kit, that much is certain. I had my slight reservations about it early on, but at 275mm x 53mm x 305mm and 2.8 kilos, the frame is both smaller and lighter than the first round of PS3 Slims let alone the original last-gen console itself. There's no ugly power brick you need to find space for, and although at a glance it looks like an obsidian monolithic homage to the National Theatre in some ways, it makes my other consoles look like ugly, jagged crates. Sat next to an Xbox One, it just oozes aesthetic superiority.Click here to read more...
The PlayStation 4 launched in the UK last Friday, and by the looks of things, the entire population of Hull bought one each.
At least that's what the data tells me, because Sony's new console sold a whopping quarter-million units in its debut weekend, trouncing the Xbox One and becoming the fastest-selling games console in UK retail history. Break out the blue bunting!Click here to read more...
Bought a PS4 yesterday? Have a little trouble signing into PSN? Us too dear readers. As we expected, the servers strained and buckled under pressure as European gamers tried to sign into PSN on their new PS4's to download demos, get their free PS Plus games, play online or redeem vouchers. At least the day one firmware patch was available to download without being signed into PSN.
Sony took their time yesterday, but finally acknowledged via Twitter and their Blog that there was an issue, which was something of a relief that it wasn't something on our end to be honest.Click here to read more...
You would think that buying a disc version of a top tier launch title would save some serious hard-drive space on your PS4. After all, who wants to download 50GB for Killzone: Shadow Fall?
Well you may want to consider upgrading your new PS4's hard-drive to something much larger sooner thank you think as the mandatory installs from retail version Blu-rays for the likes of Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag are freaking huge.Click here to read more...
The PlayStation 4 releases here in the UK tonight!
Next-gen kicked off on UK shores last weekend with Microsoft's Xbox One, and now it's Sony's turn. Our comprehensive hardware review for the PlayStation 4 goes live tomorrow (sadly there won't be any self-drawing GIFs), but we've run a whole bunch of coverage already too. With that in mind, here's a run down of where you can pick up a PS4 at the last minute tonight, along with a handy link-stuffed list of all of our PS4 coverage thus far.
Left things to the last minute? Found yourself on the fence initially, but swayed by the positive noises coming out of the US launch and recent press coverage? Did you have a surprise dream about Knack last night and now simply have to have it in your life?
Fret not, dear reader. All is not lost. Here's where you might find a shiny new PS4 to pick up come midnight:
We've also rounded up all of the launch titles along with prices, apps, and PSN listings. You can find that bundle of goodness here.
Remember you can watch the official UK PS4 launch right here:
Happy shopping folks!
We've got a whole bunch of material still to come, including reviews and videos for Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, AC4: Black Flag, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, NBA 2K14, FIFA 14 and more, but here's all of our coverage so far, and be sure to look out tomorrow for our all-encompassing PS4 review.Click here to read more...
PlayStation Access are presenting a livestream from Covent Garden this evening, where people have been queuing up for the last couple of days in the hopes of getting a launch PS4. Sony revealed that they would be stocking units for those whop had yet to pre-order a PS4, with consoles sold on first come, first served basis.
The video goes live at 10pm and will run until the wee hours of the morning.
One of the much-hyped features of the PS4 has been the ways in which it's going to link up with the PlayStation Vita handheld console (there's even a double console bundle on the way). Just as it could with the PS3, the Vita will be able to connect to the PS4 straight out of the box to be used as a second screen for certain games offering that functionality, as well as supporting remote play.
With the latter in mind, here's how you can set up your Vita for Remote Play along with a little video showing the feature in action.
NB. If you want to link you Vita to a different console following setup, just load up the PS4 Link app, tap the "..." bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, select Change PS4 System to Connect to for Remote Play, and then follow steps 2 and 3 for the new console.Click here to read more...
We're big fans of free stuff here at Dealspwn.com, and Sony are keen to deliver. They'll be giving away ten free PlayStation Mobile games over the next five weeks (two per week), kicking off with addictive football game Passing Time and the utterly superb Rymdkapsel.
PlayStation Mobile games are compatible with PlayStation Vita handhelds and PlayStation-certified devices, so if you own one, you'd be mad not to get involved. [PlayStation Blog]
The PlayStation 4 hits these shores this Friday, and there's still a barrage of coverage to come. Today, we've got the first twenty minutes of Sony Japan's Knack, the mark Cerny-fronted titles that took a bit of a beating over the summer. I'm delighted to report that the game itself isn't actually as crushingly mundane as we first thought, and that having the difficulty settings above E3 Demo Easy actually make the game a little bit more engaging. Plus it really does feel like your playing through a Pixar movie.
Well, a Dreamworks movie. A Dreamworks B-list movie.
Anyway, the Knack review is on the way, but in the interim, here's a look at the game's opening scenes.Click here to read more...
Is The Last of Us the best game of this current generation? No. It's not even the best game Naughty Dog have made. But it is damn good and it is an essential purchase if you own a PS3. Amazon had a nice low price for The Last of Us earlier this week, but now they've gone and made it even more of a bargain by knocking a couple of quid off of the price, meaning you can now get one of the year's best games for under £20, which is a pretty sweet deal.
Great spot muttmanmcfly!
Housemarque's Resogun is a cracking little game, and we said as much in our review:
It's a great little PS Plus pack-in for new adopters, and will no doubt please genre fans immensely on the harder difficulty settings with a purity of purpose and execution that makes for a deliciously balanced and focused slice of SHMUP action. -- 8/10
But it can be pretty damn tough on the higher difficulty levels, so here are a few little Resogun tips and tricks to help you save the last humans and run down some alien scum. Welcome to the Resogun Survival Guide!
I always forget this one, but the Boost is an outstanding tool for getting out of a tight spot. Not only does it let you smash through anyone in your way, but there's a little charge blast that blast enemies close by when you come to a stop. But use it lightly, as it has to charge all of the way back up before you can use it again. Feathering the Boost allows for quick turnaround.Click here to read more...
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
There's always a new console launch, and there's always a retro-flavoured shooter to be found. BioSHMUP Infinite! It rings true for last generation at least -- in Geometry Wars and Super Stardust HD we had two arcade shooters for the Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively that did a fine job of introducing those consoles to players in simple, addictive, competitive fashion, and in a manner that wouldn't break the bank. So often we find that it's the smaller titles that release at a console's launch that far outstrip the larger marquee games grabbing all of the headlines.
Of course, with an exclusive launch lineup that's slightly lacking in terms of quantity, the PS4's smaller titles and F2P offerings are coming to the fore. But, with regard to Resogun at least, costing nothing if you're a PS Plus subscriber (and why the hell wouldn't you be a PS Plus subscriber?!), that's no bad thing.
Housemarque have history here -- they are, after all, the ones who lit up the PSN with the aforementioned Super Stardust HD -- and they've turned in another astonishingly beautiful, accessible-yet-challenging SHMUP. The action unfolds on a cylindrical plane, with Housemarque channelling the spirit of Defender, and flinging foes at you from left and right. The controls are simple and easy to grasp, and though you can only fire left and right, mapping the fire option to the right stick rather than a button allows you to at least fire in the opposite direction to the one in which you're flying. This will prove essential.Click here to read more...