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Payday 2, Puppeteer & more coming to PS Plus next week

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Plus, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sony

Payday 2, Puppeteer & more coming to PS Plus next week

All change, please! Sony has announced the next slew of free games headed to the PlayStation Plus instant game collection, along with a few departing titles that you should queue up ASAP on PS3, PS4 and Vita.

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Murasaki Baby Preview | Touch The Weirdness

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Games previews, Murasaki Baby, Ovosonico, PS Vita, PS Vita games, Puzzle games, SCEE, Sony, XDev

Murasaki Baby Preview | Touch The Weirdness

Platform: PS Vita (PSN)

Developer: Ovosonico

Publisher: SCEE

Murasaki Baby is terrifying.

In fact, "deeply unsettling" might be more appropriate. This odd Vita exclusive sees you guiding an adorable teetering tot through puzzly levels as she clings onto her favourite balloon, but everything is... wrong. Horribly distorted tentacle-nosed freaks lurk within the nightmarish backgrounds, hiding nearly out of shot. Atonal scraping sends shivers up your spine as our baby staggers across atrocious hellscapes or twisted uncanny interiors past things you'd rather not look at directly. Then reveals that she has an enormous toothy maw in the top of her head.

Murasaki Baby Preview | Touch The Weirdness

Underneath the weirdness, however, lurks a fascinating little game that's designed to hold your hand in a very literal way, while showing off the Vita's wild array of input methods.

If you can imagine a touchscreen blend of Ico, Limbo and Frobisher Says... perhaps directed by David Firth (yes, the Salad Fingers guy)... you might be somewhere near the mark.

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PS4 getting digital pre-loads & beefy DVR editor in next update

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
PS4, Sony

Microsoft have been busy ironing out the kinks in their new-gen machine over the last few months, but Sony's next PS4 firmware update is set to be a big one. Not only will players have the ability to download their digital games before launch, but the share functionality will be kicked up a notch by way of a fully-featured editing suite.

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Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Games reviews, Magenta Software, Platformers, PS3, PS3 games, SCEE, Sony

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

Platform: PS3

Developer: Magenta Software

Publisher: SCEE

When I was a lad, you'd find me dogfighting in Frontier Elite or hunting down Superfrog's trickier Easter eggs. We thrived on challenge as children and nothing has changed, because these days kids eat Ender Dragons for breakfast and noscope headshots for dessert. They certainly know that red barrels are likely to explode or that coloured tiles will unlock something when you step on them, but Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom has no respect for its young target audience. It painstakingly explains every primitive and dated mechanic, convinced that its players are brain-dead drones who mustn't be allowed to think for themselves.

Still, if you are a brain-dead drone, you might get some enjoyment out of this criminally generic and dull little platformer.

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

We're deep in shovelware territory here. Tasked with bringing the Invizimals franchise to the PS3, Magenta Software decided that Augmented Reality sounded like hard work, so decided to deliver a by-the-numbers platformer instead. Presumably because it was a Friday afternoon. We step into the DayGlo jacket of Hiro, a young boy exploring the digital realm of the Invizimals for the first time, whose ability to transform into sixteen of the critters has potential for interesting gameplay.

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Vlambeer's Rami Ismail Talks Luftrausers Success, Microsoft Failures & Nuclear Throne - Video Interview

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Indie Games, Interviews, Luftrausers, Microsoft, PS4, Rezzed 2014, Sony, Videos, Vlambeer, Xbox One

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail Talks Luftrausers Success, Microsoft Failures & Nuclear Throne - Video Interview

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail is a bit of a legend, really. When he's not producing the likes of Super Crate Box, Luftrausers and Nuclear Throne, you'll find him championing indie games and speaking out against Microsoft's restrictive policies.

So naturally we had to grab him for an interview at EGX Rezzed.

Over the course of ten minutes, the Vlambeer guru looks back at Luftrausers' success and reception, discusses some high-level tactics and plane builds, explains why Microsoft's indie parity clause is holding them back and looks forward to the upcoming release of Nuclear Throne.

What do YOU want from PS4? Sony survey mentions reputation system & other features

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

What do YOU want from PS4? Sony survey mentions reputation system & other features

Sony are currently canvassing PlayStation owners about what they'd like to see from the PS4 -- and the PS3 and Vita to some extent -- in terms of new features. Some of which are potentially rather exciting if they make the jump from brainstorming to firmware updates.

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PS Vita Mega Pack (3G, 10 games & 16GB memory card) only £139.99 at Tesco Direct

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Vita, Sony

PS Vita Mega Pack (3G, 10 games & 16GB memory card) only £139.99 at Tesco Direct

PS Vita 3G, 10 games & 16GB memory card | Tesco Direct | £139.99
Voucher Codes:  TD-YWP4 and TD-FG6N
LittleBigPlanet Vita review

Here's another superb hardware deal courtesy of Tesco Direct. For just under £140, you'll net the original 1000-series PS Vita console with its drop-dead gorgeous screen (the 3G version no less), alongside 10 games packed onto a 16GB memory card. Considering that LittleBigPlanet Vita is one of the best handheld games of all time... and you'll also get Motorstorm RC, WipEout 2048... and the Vita is coming into its own as a must-own console for cult connoisseurs and JRPG fans... this might be too tempting to resist. Thanks to lucifon @ HUKD!

Get a PS4 for £319.99 at Tesco Direct!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a PS4 for £319.99 at Tesco Direct!

PS4 | Tesco Direct | £319.99 (save £30)
Voucher Codes: TD-FG6NTD-YWP4

If you're in the market for a PlayStation 4, Tesco Direct are in-stock and ready to offer some nifty savings courtesy of two voucher codes. You'll get £30 off if you enter both TD-FG6N and TD-YWP4 at checkout - with delivery costing an extra £3 unless you 'click and collect' from a local store. Thanks to Ninbox4 @ HUKD for this scorcher of a deal, and to johnthehuman for pointing out the extra voucher code!

The PS4 is a sensational machine, though its game collection lacks heavy hitters with the exception of inFamous: Second Son and the multiplats. Still, you know that Sony's first party studios are hard at work building plenty of exclusives, while PS Plus and F2P games offer tremendous value.

PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Worldwide Studios

PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

This week, Sony released a list detailing every PlayStation 4 game announced for 2014 so far, along with expected release windows. Still no idea when the hell Driveclub is coming, mind; and there's no sign of The Last Guardian either, unsurprisingly.

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Watch the entire Project Morpheus reveal right here

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Project Morpheus, Sony, Virtual Reality, VR

Watch the entire Project Morpheus reveal right here

Want to know more about Sony's plan to bring Virtual Reality to the living room? Have a spare hour on your hands, sweet Alt-Tab skills or a very hands-off boss? If so, you might be interested to know that Sony have posted their entire Project Morpheus reveal presentation online including the full Q&A session.

It's clear that Morpheus is a serious contender when it comes to VR, and is currently receiving extra attention after Oculus Rift's controversial buyout. Are you ready for the Virtual Reality revolution, or will you take some serious convincing first?

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Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, VR headsets, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the rumoured news that the next AssCreed will take place in revolutionary France, we discuss Sony's VR plans now that the cat is out of the bag, and we suggest IPs Nintendo could bring back on Wii U.

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis. Recorded 21st March, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.


 

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The worst kept secret in gaming is out - Sony unveil VR plans at GDC

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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GDC 2014, Project Morpheus, PS4, Sony, VR

The worst kept secret in gaming is out - Sony unveil VR plans at GDC

The cat's out of the bag.

To be fair, the cat in question had been leaving all sorts of signs for the past year, and the Forbes sort of let it out for a bit before Sony could properly... (where the hell are you going with this metaphor Matt?).

Yes, Sony have VR plans. They have a prototype headset. They have a cool name for the whole shebang, and it's called Project Morpheus.

“At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the boundaries of play,” said Shuhei Yoshida. “Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators.”

So what is Project Morpheus?

Well, it's a work-in-progress VR headset that combines sensory immersion -- such as we've seen with the Oculus Rift (to whom Sony paid thanks for setting a fire under the industry in the form of accessible VR) -- with the potential for more expansive motion control, designed to work in conjunction with the PlayStation Move, PS Eye and PS4.

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Game Buzz | Episode 67 - Bye-Bye Nice Guy Jack

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Game Buzz, Jack Tretton, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Naughty Dog, OnLive, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Watch Dogs

Game Buzz | Episode 67 - Bye-Bye Nice Guy Jack

It's Game Buzz time, folks! Ready your eardrums for some magnificent waffle as we dive into the hottest topics from the industry from the past seven days.

This week, we chat about Jack Tretton leaving Sony after nearly two decades with the company and how E3 will never be the same again, Jon tells all from his hands-on with MGS: Ground Zeroes, we take a little look at some of OnLive 2.0's new features and ask if the cloud company have jumped the gun again, we have a natter about the Watch Dogs delay and ask if we're even still excited for Ubi Montreal's open world hackathon, and as South Park: The Stick of Truth releases, we reflect on some of our favourite licensed games from yesteryear.

Game Buzz | Episode 67 - Bye-Bye Nice Guy Jack. Recorded 7th March, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Forget 'mainstream appeal' - the PlayStation Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS Vita, Sony, Vita

Forget 'mainstream appeal' - the PlayStation Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise

"The Vita needs more games!"

Our familiar rallying cry rings as true today as it did two years ago. Sony's handheld may be a sensational piece of hardware, a truly sexy little machine, but consoles live and die on the strength and quantity of their games. The PS Vita certainly isn't short on quality, offering some of the best handheld titles we've ever played, yet the sporadic and spotty release slate has failed to secure the device any semblance of mainstream appeal or traditional success.

So it's odd, then, that I'm about to crown the PS Vita as my favourite console of 2014 thus far. The Vita may lack software clout at face value, but when you look a little deeper, you'll discover a unique, flourishing and deeply impressive ecosystem of left-field games that cater to the most demanding of gamers: the connoisseur, those of us who crave both variety, innovation, uniqueness and tradition from their favourite hobby.

In fact, I've rarely met a Vita owner who regrets their purchasing decision, even when common logic dictates that they probably should have spent their money elsewhere. Let's find out why.

Forget 'mainstream appeal' - the PlayStation Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise

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Jack Tretton leaves Sony after 19 year stint (and much gesticulation)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Jack Tretton, Sony

Jack Tretton leaves Sony after 19 year stint (and much gesticulation)

"The future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation"

When it comes to putting in a shift, Jack Tretton is one of the industry's poster boys. After joining Sony back in 1995 and heading up SCEA, he was instrumental in bringing the PlayStation brand Westwards and famed for his emphatic E3 appearances. However, he's now decided to move onto pastures new, with Sony Network Entertainment COO Shawn Layden assuming the position.

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PS4 inFamous: Second Son bundle £369.97 at GameStop

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

PS4 inFamous: Second Son bundle £369.97 at GameStop

PS4 & inFamous: Second Son | GameStop | £369.97
inFamous: Second Son hands-on preview

The PS4 is currently flying off the shelves as fast as us Brits can buy it, but it undeniably lacks compelling exclusives right now. I mean, we love Resogun... but... erm...

...ooh, hey, inFamous: Second Son is out this month! This next-gen openworld antihero experience promises to be a ton of fun, so its console bundle might be a good place to buy into the PlayStation 4 itself. Gamestop's £369.97 price tag is the cheapest around, especially since you can bolt on an extra game for £29,97. Thanks to ettienem1001 @ HUKD!

Why We're Still Waiting On Next-Gen

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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inFamous: Second Son, Microsoft, Next-gen, PS4 games, Sony, Titanfall, Xbox One Games

Why We're Still Waiting On Next-Gen

I've said a couple of times this year already that you could be forgiven for forgetting that we'd even had not one, but two next-gen consoles release at the end of 2013, such is the dearth of activity that we've seen in the early part of 2014. That's changed a little in recent weeks as the Titanfall hype train has begun to gather steam and bundles have started appearing for Respawn's shooter on Xbox One and Sucker Punch's latest inFamous title on the PS4.

But for me at least, there's still a sense that although I've bought the ticket and am standing, waiting for the arrival of this heralded new generation, not much has changed as yet, and that aside from some shinier graphics here and there, the new box is pretty much the same as the old box -- at least in terms of what's on offer.

Dead Rising 3 stood out for its scale, allowing for zombie-mashing on a previously unimagined level. It's an enormously important thing -- an expansive feature only made possible thanks to increased power, that fundamentally ties into the central core of the gameplay. It's brilliant, though somewhat marred by the inescapable torrent of insulting tripe that's forming the game's DLC menu -- the less said about that, the better.

Why We're Still Waiting On Next-Gen

We should note too the shining, shimmering splendour of Killzone: Shadow Fall. It's still the only next-gen title to really drop my jaw in terms of visuals, and it did a fine job of selling the power of the PS4. Sadly, though, that's about the only thing it did a fine job of, trading the potential and promise of its first level for something wholly generic, unimaginative, and laborious.

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PSN: Great Value Games sale sees over 50 games discounted inc. Uncharted, God of War, Deus Ex

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fat Princess, God Of War, Just Cause 2, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN, Rain, Sony, Uncharted 2

PSN: Great Value Games sale sees over 50 games discounted inc. Uncharted, God of War, Deus Ex

Sony have gone big with a new PSN sale boasting discounts for over fifty games on the network, from older classics such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Hitman, to newer marquee titles such as Uncharted 2, Rain, Tokyo Jungle, and God of War HD.

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PS4 selling faster than original Wii, six million consoles sold worldwide

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Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
PS4, Sony

PS4 selling faster than original Wii, six million consoles sold worldwide

Following a successful Japanese PS4 launch, Sony are naturally keen to drop some seriously impressive sales figures.

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EXPIRED | Get a year of PlayStation Plus for £31.49 from CDKeys

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Playstation Plus, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

EXPIRED | Get a year of PlayStation Plus for £31.49 from CDKeys

PlayStation Plus (365 days) | CDKeys.com | £31.49 (RRP: £39.99)

You'll need a PlayStation Plus to play the majority of PS4 games online, but Sony's secret weapon is so much more than that. Offering a cycling rotation of free games across PS3, PS4 and Vita, not to mention discounts and perks, PlayStation Plus pays for itself within a matter of weeks. To put this in perspective: BioShock Infinite, Metro: Last Light, Outlast, Dynasty Warriors Next and more are all currently available to download if you're a member.

Better yet, you can now save the best part of a tenner on a yearly subscription from CDkeys.com. Thanks to POWYSWALES @ HUKD!

This deal has now expired, but Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners should note that CDkeys are also offering a year of Xbox Live Gold subscription for £26.99. Thanks Tsung & Late!