It’s been nearly two weeks since Evolution Studios PlayStation 4 exclusive DriveClub was released to retail. While it’s certainly a fun and fluid racer that even a racing neophyte can enjoy, the server issues and the resulting lack of online connectivity have left it a soulless husk of the game it should be. Those issues are very nearly sorted – but is it too little too late?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again until someone flips the switch on me that happens to be stuck on repeat: it is a good time to be a racing fan. Forza Horizon 2, DriveClub and the upcoming Project CARS have left road warriors spoilt for choice. But you can bet that there’s a community out there that can’t wait for Gran Turismo to return. Eventually.
Naughty Dog celebrated their 30th birthday earlier this week with a large gallery showing of all their work. Not only was Naughty Dog’s past on show, but also their present, which meant a few early looks at Uncharted 4. We’ve already seen how different Drake is going to look, with a look now at some of the locales he’s coming back to explore.
PlayStation have announced via their official blogs that online multiplayer will be opened up to everyone for free this upcoming weekend, starting on Friday until the shutters are brought down late on Sunday again.
It may be hard to admit, but the age of Demon and Dark Souls is most likely over. After all, how much pain and punishment can you handle, in a medieval environment for years on end? That doesn’t mean that developer From Software are getting out of the challenging gameplay market just yet. They’ve got a new game on the way, that mixes Victoria era style with a live to win attitude. A game that is going into alpha soon. Want in? Here’s how you can stand a chance to possibly get into that alpha.
Remember when people thought console gaming was dead? Smart phones meant that people were playing casual games and far too many articles came out talking about the end of days. It was during this period that Sony still developed the PS4 - they knew it offered a different experience and hoped that people would want it. I guess it paid off.
The Sony Vita is something of a forgotten handheld. With tens of owners and a rather small library of games, it has become a bit of a joke in the industry. However, Sony is still committed to the device.
Destiny is one of the biggest releases we've seen in a while. All the flurry of attention is reminding me of the hype surrounding GTA V last year. This time around, there is a special relationship with one particular console, and Sony isn't shy to brag about Destiny.
The Oculus Rift is still unbearably far away from launch. Oculus has started shipping their second development kit to excited developers and impatient gamers globally, but the one that's actually meant for people like us still has no release date. It does, however, have an estimated price point. Oh look, my wallet is already running away.
While the Wii U may be performing poorly, it still brought some neat ideas to gaming. Remember that feature of playing the game on your GamePad elsewhere in the house? Sony offer something similar thanks to PS4 Remote Play, allowing gamers to use their Vita for the same purpose. Sony have recently announced a new range of Z3 tablets at IFA in Berlin. That range will be PS4 Remote Play compatible.
When I first saw DriveClub, the game looked…ok. After all, it wasn’t the only racing game on the block, and the original release date of 2013 Q4 didn’t exactly grab me by the spanners. The game got delayed beyond that date however, and I found myself not exactly giving the racer any love. But since then, DriveClub has begun to look rather exciting. Visually, it’s a massive improvement, a potential Gran Turismo killer. And that extra wait was quite possibly worth it.
The PS4 is a real indie machine, when you start factoring out some of its AAA titles. That's in no way a bad thing, especially since some quality titles that were once exclusives are now making their way to Sony's platform. Dust: An Elysian Tale is the next game to make the jump.
I was one of those foolish people who actually went out and bought PlayStation move when it was released. I now have a PlayStation Eye and two electric lollipop dildos sitting gathering dust in my cupboard. Of all the major accessories released last gen, that has to be the most unloved – by consumers and publishers alike. Sony’s convinced they’ll make a come back.