The PlayStation 4 has done rather well for itself this generation. It's selling well, releasing some cool exclusives and generally coming out on top. Now there's a new trailer out for the games we should be excited to play on Sony's console in 2015, and I'm definitely keen for the year ahead.
Last year at this time, Bloodborne was just a rumour. Remember all that talk about Project Beast and how cool it looked? Revealed at E3 and then really shown off at Gamescom, Bloodborne sort of came out of nowhere and surprised Sony as a runaway success on PlayStation 4. Naturally, there's more where that came from.
The Last of Us just keep getting recognition for excellence. It's one of the best-selling games on PS3 and PS4 and offered a truly unique experience on PlayStation's platforms. However, before its release, Naughty Dog was known for its Uncharted franchise. Now they're looking to make that series of games better than ever before, down to the smallest details.
First party titles can sell consoles. Bloodborne led to plenty of PS4 sales, Forza and Halo did it for Xbox One and everything Nintendo does helps to ship the Wii U. But not all exclusives are true first party titles. That's not getting in the way of Sony giving their support, which is why the PS4 can be a godsend to indies.
The current consoles aren’t subject to easy, readily-available piracy like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were. Both of those machines could be modified to play illicit copies of games with relative ease, which had a measurable effect on the actual physical sales of video games. Either of the new consoles being cracked would be disastrous, especially for smaller markets like ours. And unfortunately, it’s starting to look like the PlayStation 4 has been cracked for piracy.
No Man's Sky blew people away when it was originally revealed and while I generally prefer games with a stronger narrative, I'm getting pretty excited to give it a whirl when it's a released later this year. The New Yorker did a feature on Sean Murray that is really worth checking out; nestled among the human interest elements are some cool aspects about the game.
MediEvil’s one of those classic PlayStation One era games that – if you were an early adopter – you probably played, or at least played a part of, thanks to its inclusion on one of the black-backed, packed-in demo discs. Featuring the exploits of a skeletal, resurrected Knight; Sir Daniel Fortesque. The game was a fun hack-and-slash adventure title that you probably remember as being better than it actually was. It may be coming back.
We’ve seen tons of footage of The Witcher 3 running on high-end PC’s, and it looks breath-taking. We’ve seen very little of the game running on consoles though, though Alessandro assures us that it looks rather spiffing, even on the relatively under-powered set-top boxes. Now you get to see it for yourself, running on a PS4, at a lovely 1080p.
The console “war” rages ever on. If it were indeed a battle, Microsoft would be very much on the defensive. There are more than double the number of PlayStation 4 consoles in homes than there are Xbox Ones. Taken on its own, that stat is meaningless, but when you factor in the fact that Sony’s sold through over 20 million PlayStation 4’s the picture becomes a little clearer. Sony’s winning the imaginary war. According to Unity boss and former EA head John Riccitiello, says the victory is well deserved.
The Witcher 3 is coming. Don’t support DRM. Do, however, support this competition – which could see you winning a Collector’s Edition for what’s easily the most anticipated game to be coming this year. Thanks to local Witcher 3 publisher Megarom, we’ve been given a Collector’s Edition of the game for the PlayStation 4 to give away to one of you.
Shadow of the Beast, originally developed by Reflections in 1989 (before Ubisoft bought them up), is a classic side-scrolling action platformer that – at the time – was a revolutionary game. It’s become a cult classic, spawning sequels and many, many fans. It’s coming back, exclusively to the PlayStation 4. Here’s what it looks like.
Last month, Sony asserted that it had “won” the February NPD hardware sales numbers – when in fact, that honour went to Nintendo’s shinier, newer, more three-dee-er New 3DS. For March though? They’re back on top.
We know that Mortal Kombat X on PlayStation platforms is region locked – meaning you’re only able to play multiplayer games with those in the same geographical location as you. For a fighting game, I have no problem with this – the latency when playing with people far away is terrible. Unfortunately, it seems to be in the game’s code, and not filtered by IP or ping. Reports suggest that buying the digital copy of the game from US PSN servers means you’re stuck playing the game’s multiplayer with Americans.
The only problem however, is that it doesn’t come in black. But the contents of this bundle, shall be gratefully accepted! We will need them, when we take over Gotham with our various and poorly performed Bane one-liners from The Dark Knight Rises. What a lovely, lovely voice…
So there is a rumour on the Internet that Bloodborne is a difficult game of some kind, and while that rumour is 100% true - the game is a monster to complete - it is possible to speed run the game in just 44 minutes using glitches and exploits to pave the way.