Showing posts from October, 2017

Sony profits rise 346% thanks to strong performance from PlayStation gaming unit.

Sony reported fiscal second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat forecasts thanks to a strong performance from its PlayStation gaming business, and said it expects its best profit since 1998.

The Japanese electronic giant reported the following numbers for the three months to September 30:
Sales of 2.06 trillion Japanese yen ($18.2 billion) vs 1.86 trillion yen expected, according to Reuters data. This was also a 22.1 percent year-on-year rise.
Operating profit of 204 billion yen vs 135.6 billion yen expected. This market a 346.4 percent rise.

Sony also raised its dividend in the second quarter to 12.50 Japanese yen from 10 Japanese yen.

The Japanese giant said it now expects operating income for the year ending March 31 to be 630 billion Japanese yen. If realized, this would be the highest ever profit for the company since its record-breaking year in 1998 when it earned 526 billion yen. During this period, Sony's first PlayStation console was proving very successful.

Sony's gamin…

Sony Storm Paris with one of the strongest shows in years!

Rumours started flying about on the internet about what Sony had kept behind from E3 2017 as they really only did what they had to in the Summer with no bells and whistles. What Sony did this afternoon was cool, calm but above all........ruthless.
Our Jim took to the stage and in his very British way, smiled, even winked and looked smug as hell as one game after another rolled out. They even managed to turn Monster Hunter World into a huge Horizon Zero Dawn epic by adding Aloy and a robo cat. Genius. Spider-Man swung in, Shadow Of The Colossus, Horizon, Ghost of Tsushima, God Of war and to top it all an almost movie-like Last of Us 2 was shown as was the incredible looking make-the-story-yourself Detroit:Become Human. So many PSVR games were shown. In fact Sony needed the good old trusty panel to show off lots of games before the show even started!

If anyone was in any doubt about Sony's drive and intent then they wont now. You don't need the most powerful console to lead; you …

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Psyonix Enter Worldwide Retail Distribution Agreement for Rocket League

Updated Retail Version of Critically Acclaimed Game Available in Stores Christmas 2017 Content for the game will be updated soon.

“Rocket League has such wide appeal across all audiences, it’s no wonder the game is such a huge success,” said Kevin Kebodeaux, Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. “We’re very excited to be working with Psyonix to bring the game to retailers across the globe.”

“Warner Bros. has already proven to be a great partner,” said Jeremy Dunham, Vice President, Publishing at Psyonix. “We first collaborated on Batman v Superman DLC for Rocket League in early 2016 and we have continued to be impressed with the team’s knowledge, professionalism, reach and enthusiasm for video games. They are the ideal partner to help us push Rocket League to another level at retail.”

Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ Expansion Pass Trailer & Details Released

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a NEW trailer for Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ detailing the Expansion Pass, which allows players to continue the battle for Mordor with all new Orc tribes and story campaigns. The Expansion Pass includes the following downloadable content (DLC):

Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion

The gruesome Slaughter tribe invades Mordor introducing new missions, Epic and Legendary Orcs, tribal showdowns and fierce battles, brought to life through the Nemesis System.
New Slaughter tribe fortress with Overlord throne room, monuments and outposts.
Players can hunt down Legendary Slaughter tribe Orcs for a new Legendary gear set with additional upgrade challenges.
Slaughter Orcs are the most bloodthirsty in Mordor, capable of ambushing players at any point, creating a deadly new challenge for players.
Available November 2017.

Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
The proud Outlaw tribe arise within Mordor introducing new missions, Epic and Legendary Orcs, tr…

Observer Review for PlayStation 4

I remember as a teenager an actor that stood out for me and a movie, that movie was Wanted Dead Or Alive staring Rutger Hauer. I was made up to learn that he would be playing the main character in the new horror game from Bloober Team.
You play as Daniel an investigator, receiving a call from his son asking for help which leads him to an apartment block that gets locked down as soon as he has entered, cutting it off from the outside world. The block is full of mad, strange tenants that remain locked behind doors where interacting with them comes through a game of door knocking to try to solve riddles and find out what has happened to your son. 
The game soon gets very bloody and anyone with the faintest admiration for jump scare games or who are in any way won over by mad trippy mind bending soul searching are in for a treat. Observer starts off slow but intriguing. You visit your sons apartment to find a 'mess', to search through this to gather clues you have a scanner to vi…

Sudden Strike 4 Road to Dunkirk Review

Action from Dunkirk on PlayStation 4 Pro

Everyone knows the history of the evacuation of Dunkirk, if not then Google it to read all about how the ordinary man and woman raised the bar and took to the see in a daring mission, unarmed and under fire, crossed the English channel to rescue the stranded British troops in France with the brave French fighting off the German advance. Now reenact that in the excellent Sudden Strike 4 DLC pack Road To Dunkirk.

We gave Sudden Strike 4 9/10 in our review. After playing more and now playing the add-on I stand buy that score. SS4 grows on you. It's challenging gameplay pushes you to think of how you'd plan things in real life situations. Go it all guns and it will end with all your units in tatters.
The two allied missions have you standing up to the overpowering German advance. You now have 10 new units at your disposal but what steals the show is the navel strike you can now call in. I sat on my sofa as shells whizzed overhead from the s…

Playstation VR coming to a city near you!

A UK tour is kicking off this week starting in Cardiff on the 23rd. If you've not tried it out yet be sure to get down to the Sony booth to try out the latest games at a city near you.

Sudden Strike 4 Road To Dunkirk PS4 Pro gameplay

We gave the excelent Sudden Strike 4 a 9/10 in our review. Can the Dunkirk dlc missions live up to the main game?
Review up soon.

MudRunner gets dirty on PlayStation 4

From the developer: 

Spintires: MudRunner is the ultimate version of the million-seller indie hit Spintires coming to PC and, for the first time, consoles. Like Spintires before it, Spintires: MudRunner puts you in the driver’s seat and dares you to take charge of incredible all-terrain vehicles, venturing across extreme landscapes with only a map and compass as your guides!

A huge upgrade over its predecessor, this edition comes complete with a brand-new Sandbox Map joining alongside the original game's 5 environments, a total graphical overhaul, a new Challenge mode with 9 dedicated maps, 13 new vehicles, and other comprehensive improvements. It’s not just an enhanced edition, it’s the ultimate off-road experience!

Drive 19 powerful all-terrain vehicles, each with its own characteristics and attachable equipment. These vehicles are designed to endure the most extreme conditions and terrains, but they're just the tools - only your driving skills will get them to the objectives!

Sold Out are brining MOTHERGUNSHIP to retail stores, coinciding with the digital relase in 2018.

Sold Out is excited to announce that it has partnered with Terrible Posture Games and Grip Digital to publish the physical console versions of first-person bullet-hell shooter MOTHERGUNSHIP in 2018.
Arriving on PlayStation 4 MOTHERGUNSHIP is the spiritual successor to 2014’s Tower of Guns and features intense, unrelenting first-person gunplay and an exciting weapon customization system that lets players create their own destructive armoury, plus some of the biggest bosses in FPS history and procedurally generated rooms and enemies for seemingly-limitless gameplay.
More news as we get it.

theHunter:Call of the wild PlayStation 4 review

Developer:Avalanche Studios.

Playing the Hunter Call of the wild has taught me many things over the weekend. The main thing is that I have no problems whatsoever mowing down humans one after another, in a game world of course but the guilt I felt after shooting a rabbit while it was playing with others left me repeating, "It's only a game, It's only a game" as I looked down at the said bunny!

I'm not a hunter but I've been curious about these games from the PlayStation 2 days. Sure you can get them easily now with multi region and access to the other stores but they are mainly sold over the water. I'd seen the screens and previews before but you can easily be fooled by pre-launch hype shots and tarted up movies. When I first spawned into the game world I completely missed what the narrator was saying to me and I had to start again. You see I was distracted by what was before me.
This distraction has not stopped hours and hours into the game. The world yo…

Hellblade dev marked World Mental Health Day by donating game sales to charity

This is old but something that needs to mentioned again. Developer Ninja Theory marked World Mental Health Day by donating all proceeds from today's sales of the game (October 10th) to mental health charity, Rethink.

Rethink is a UK organization that supports and campaigns for those severely affected by mental health issues. The group wants to help those affected by the invisible illness by challenging and changing attitudes.

Hellblade's protagonist Senua, suffers from psychosis, and both critics and fans have praised the way the game delicately and intelligently represents the condition.

Ninja Theory has put together a new game trailer for the occassion, but instead of featuring buzzwords and marketing jargon, this one spotlights messages sent in by Hellblade players keen to share their own mental health experiences.

Donations will only be taken (after sales tax and platform fees) from PS4 and PC purchases made on October 10, so if you've been waiting for a good oppor…

We Happy Few hits PlayStation 4 next spring!

We Happy Few does look brilliant. It kind of reminds me of Borderlands crossed with A Clockwork Orange. The art style is fantastic.
If you've not seen it before take a look at the movie below. Until April 2018, keep smiling!

From the developer:

Full-length story campaign, three playable characters, and more than 250 unique encounters expand upon the game’s initial debut.

Gearbox Publishing has partnered with Compulsion Games to take We Happy Few, the eerie adventure about survival and paranoia, to new heights. On April 13, 2018, We Happy Few will launch worldwide with more content than ever―including a full-length story campaign played as three different characters and more than 250 unique encounters―realizing a much grander vision for the game. We Happy Few will be available both digitally and at retail on PlayStation®4. Compulsion Games continues to retain all creative control over We Happy Few as it evolves from a crowdfunding digital success to a worldwide multi-platform retai…

Want a scare this Friday 13th or Halloween???

Buy Observer from the store. If you've not heard of it take a look at this movie. It's very creepy.

We will be adding a review in the next few days. For all those that have bought the game, a patch is on the way.

Gran Turismo Sport | 20 Years of GT | PS4 Movie

Movie of the history of Gran Turismo. Get ready for GT Sport!

Wraith to hunt down PlayStation VR this month!

Sinn Studios PSVR game will launch this month ready in time for your Halloween VR scare parties.

Wraith is a shooter in First Person perspective.

From the developer:
Fight the Wraith as you struggle to survive in various environments using a real-time marketplace and currency system that allows you to purchase weapons, add-ons, ammunition, recharge your flashlight battery and more.

You can select from various maps that range from night maps, day-time maps, a snow/blizzard map and more. All of our maps feature a dynamic lighting system that will challenge you by darkening the experience over time as the Wraith become stronger and the sun sets on the horizon.
Experience increasing difficulty as different types of Wraith begin to appear over time; watch as they crawl out of the ground to kill you with an overall increase in health as the game progresses. Test yourself or your friends in the ultimate survival experience developed by one person for all.

How long can you last?


NEW LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 NYCC Story Trailer Released

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a NEW trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, diving deeper into the original branching storyline featured in this all-new LEGO adventure. Recently debuted at New York Comic Con, the video stars lovable canine, Cosmo the Spacedog – telepathic Soviet cosmonaut, Knowhere’s chief of security and ally to the Guardians of the Galaxy – who is tasked with alerting and assembling an elite team of Super Heroes to take on the time-travelling Super Villain, Kang the Conqueror. Kang has stolen numerous Marvel cities and locations from across time and space to form the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis, in hopes to take over the universe. As a result, Cosmo’s call to action brings together a diverse group of Marvel Super Heroes from different time periods and realities – including Star-Lord, Thor, Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Hulk, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Rocket Raccoon, Iron Man, Cowboy Captain America, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black P…

Call of Duty WW2 London Calling!

It looks like we'll be running about the streets of London come November as some screens have been shown of a London street and a tube tunnel.
What's more it looks like we'll be using an old leather football as some kind of weapon or maybe good old fashioned gameplay in the form of capture the football?

Not long now. Call Of Duty WW2 launches 3rd November.

Rogue Trooper Redux Launches October 17th

NEW ROGUE TROOPER® REDUX VIDEO FEATURE COMPARES 2006 WITH 2017! October 17th Launch Date Also Confirmed  Independent UK developer and publisher Rebellion today released a new ROGUE TROOPER® REDUX trailer comparing the game’s impressive visuals directly with those of the original 2006 game.  The new trailer also reveals the game’s launch date of 17th Octoberon PlayStation 4.  ROGUE TROOPER® REDUX will be available digitally and also as a boxed edition on PlayStation 4. Priced at £19.99 $24.99and featuring a BAFTA-nominated campaign and dedicated online co-op modes, Rogue Trooper Redux will offer shooter fans incredible value, whether they’re new to the universe, or a fan of the original game and comics.  Something old, something new …  The detailed new “Graphics Comparison” trailer combines and compares cut scene and gameplay footage from the original Rogue Trooper® game (2006) with the new remaster, highlighting the overhaul given to the game by Rebellion’s in-house developers in conj…

Don't Knock Twice PlayStation VR

One knock to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead.

Don’t Knock Twice is a first-person horror game based on a psychologically terrifying urban legend. To save her estranged daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the frightening truth behind the urban tale of a vengeful, demonic witch. Don’t Knock Twice fully supports VR for the ultimate horror experience!

Explore a grand manor house environment and interact with almost every object you see. To find and save your daughter, you will explore all depths of the manor, searching for hidden clues and wield items to fight or escape the terror that surrounds you.

The game is being developed alongside the 2017 horror film, Don’t Knock Twice, starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and directed by Caradog James (The Machine).

Don’t Knock Twice is designed for VR with a non-VR version also included. Don't Knock Twice is available now from the store.

Sudden Strike 4:Road to Dunkirk Announced

The fight continues in upcoming DLC based on oneof WW2's most dramatic conflicts.
Bracknell UK, 10th October 2017 
Following on from the successful launch of Sudden Strike 4 on PlayStation®4, Kalypso Media is excited to reveal the first official DLC expansion for its WW2 strategy heavyweight. Sudden Strike 4: The Road to Dunkirk will launch for PlayStation®4 via dlc on the PlayStation Store on 20th October. The DLC offers four new singleplayer missions based around one of the most intense and dramatic conflicts in the entire war, as the Allied forces made a desperate bid to rescue British, French and Belgian troops trapped in the eponymous French town, surrounded by the German army with seemingly no hope for escape.

In the German side of the campaign, players must break through the French defenses in the Battle of Lille to capture the town of Dunkirk and ultimately hunt down and destroy a British battleship. In the Allied campaign, players will launch a counter-offensive during th…

Middle Earth:Shadow Of War Slays PlayStation 4 from tomorrow

Shadow of War is the follow up to the brilliant Shadow of Mordor. PS4 Pro 4K magic will be on show as it was with the last game. Shadow of Mordor is one of the games that I played to death to get the Platinum trophy.
Looking forward to reviewing the game shortly. In the meantime here's some new screens from Warner Brothers. The game hits retail 10th October.

Sudden Strike 4 Update for PlayStation 4

A huge patch is ready to download on PS4. The patch notes can be seen below. We gave the game a 9/10 in our review.
Host migration fixesGroup movement formation improvementsGeneral pathfinding fixesFixed moving players in skirmish lobby when there are closed slots Tutorial video fixesUnit count limit in multiplayerCamera adjusted to starting position in multiplayerRepair truck stuttering fixTutorial crash fixFixed incorrect badge image for Conclusive EvictionInfantry now uses watchtowers correctlyTweaking AoE damage in case of visible units in vehiclesAdded aim prediction to direct targeting gunners to track moving targetsImplemented setting to turn off unit silhouettes and unit outlines (Settings/Gameplay)Fixed infinite wait time in multiplayer when the starting player leaves the game and at least 3 players remainedIn-flight target tracking has been removed from certain slow-moving projectiles (unguided AT rockets)Badges are…

Sudden Strike 4 PlayStation 4 Review.

Anyone reading this review that have come to know me over the years will know straight away that anything World War 2 gets me excited. Amongst all the made up over the top future shooter nonsense that has flooded the games market over the past decade has made me turn my back on most shooters. It's refreshing to see developers go back to WW2. Kite are a new developer set up two years ago and Sudden Strike 4 is there new baby. You can see the love for the great series they have inherited.

Sudden Strike 4 is brilliant. There I've said it. Now if you want to deduct one or two marks from my score because of the lack of this type of game on PlayStation consoles and take my excitement level into account, feel free. But what you also have to know is that I've played very few PC games, one I have played is the brilliant Company of Heroes. SS4 is a real time strategy game. Anyone who doesn't know what that is I will quickly try to help out. Basically you have units that you giv…