I kinda dig it when a game goes above and beyond when it comes to laying the groundwork for the universe of that particular title. Take Infamous: Second Son. A great sandbox game, with even better gameplay, Infamous: Second Son also had an augmented reality game that tied back into the main title itself. It was fun, it was bonus content and it was completely free to play. Now, The Order: 1886 is following that path, with its own AR game.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Sony PlayStation Network – along with Microsoft Xbox Live – suffered from a series of outages; the result of some script kiddies and their DDoS attacks. Sony’s trying to make good on that; it’ll be adding 5 days of PS Plus to every valid subscription, and is now offering a 10% discount on its digital stores.
I haven't really paid much attention to Sony's Day-Z like title, H1Z1. It's probably because I'm not a fan of DayZ itself, so the idea of another game trying to replicate its success doesn't really appeal to me. But I realize that I'm in a minority, and thousands jumped on H1Z1 when it launched on Steam last week. And now thousands can apply for refunds as well.
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For the past few years, Virtual Reality has been “the next big thing.” Only, without any word of retail release from the tech frontrunner Oculus and its Rift headset, it seems we’ll have to be content with a few other next big things until widespread, marketable Virtual Reality becomes a real reality.
While I’m not exactly sold on the gameplay of The Order: 1886, I think the game is all kinds of special when it comes to visuals. You have to see it in action for yourself, as YouTube videos don’t exactly do the game any justice. It’s a game that hits the sweet spot between graphics and cut-scenes, a seamless marriage of the two that makes it look like a proper “next-gen” game. That’s all thanks to the cinematic design of The Order: 1886. A design that also allows for sequels.
An article over on PlayStationing got my attention over the weekend. It claimed that Sony was making over $50 million a month from PlayStation Plus. This number was based on some basic math extrapolation, but I'm not entirely sure I agree.
We may be using some new hardware in our living rooms, but the process of acquiring and playing a game is generally still the same. We buy a game, we install it and then we play it while moaning endlessly about that one cheap bastard of a boss that is almost impossible to defeat. But on the other end of the spectrum, there happen to be free to play games that are making an impact. And by impact, I mean a jackhammering of success on home consoles.
12 300. That’s the number of super-duper special 20th anniversary PlayStation 4’s that were released over the course of the last week or two. 12 299 is most likely the amount of them that will be quickly off sold for a tidy profit to rabid fans wanting to own a console that few in the world would have. And Sony isn’t exactly happy about that.
I have to admit, that I think the PlayStation 4 is one of the sexiest looking consoles ever made. That whole slanted design just works for me on multiple levels, and when compared to the Wii U and Xbox One bricks, that feeling is doubled. In my pants. There’s a new PlayStation 4 on the way, that features a grey palette design reminiscent of the original PlayStation console. It’s a unit meant for the fans. Especially if they have deep pockets thanks to some profiteering on the part of opportunists.
Drive Club is a pretty fun game, and the new patch that adds in dynamic weather effects make it look rather incredible. Still, sentiment towards the game is resoundingly negative. The reason for that it is that two months after launch, the game still doesn’t quite work as it should. Things are mostly up and running, with challenges now online. If I were Sony and Evolution Studio’s, I’d be pretty embarrassed about the whole thing. And they are, considering DriveClub was meant to be a launch title.
I don’t think we’ll ever see The Last Guardian released. Hell, it seems cruel to even keep on mentioning it as the project is approaching Duke Nukem Forever levels of development time. Team Ico’s first PlayStation 3 game might be their very first PlayStation 5 game at the rate development is ongoing. But fret not true believers, for I’m about to dangle a carrot in front of your face as I substitute your hulking frame for transportation, and tell you that the game is still coming. Now mush!
Thanks to the lovely chaps at Sony Mobile South Africa and PlayStation South Africa, we’ve got our biggest prize ever to give away today. It’s a Sony Xperia Z3 – one of the very best smartphones on the market right now, and a PlayStation 4 – one of the best gaming machines ever. It’s going to one lucky winner, to make them have just about the best holiday period of their lives.
True art isn’t found in museums, private collections or under dodgy bridges. Its found in high school textbooks, as bored students doodle ways to pass the time in a series of illustrations that would make quack head doctors vomit in disgust. The textbook doodle is a form of art that rarely sees any focus lavished on it. But the next game from God Of War creator David Jaffe is is all about violent sketches.
Sony had some big guns out at their Las Vegas event over the weekend. But Uncharted 4 could easily be their Magnum .44, a franchise that fired three games and still has a few sequels left in the chamber. Uncharted 4 was revealed way back at E3 this year, as a haggard Nathan Drake returned to action. And here’s what the game actually looks like in motion.