The PlayStation brand of consoles has always had a strong tie to the racing genre. Each console has had a great mix of exclusive and third-party racing titles that looked, and played, fantastic on the hardware. The PlayStation 4 was the biggest success Sony had since the PS2, but at the same time seemed to have far fewer pure racing games released on the system. All of Sony’s marketing and promotion shifted during this generation to its big first-party exclusives like The Last of Us Part 2 , God of War , and Ghost of Tsushima with little to no love being shown to the racing fans. Even though Sony itself wasn’t pushing the genre, the PS4 has some of the best racing games ever developed ready for you to set a new course record on. The number to choose from is a little overwhelming, but we’ve culled the pack down to only the fastest, brightest, and, most importantly, fun racing games the system has to offer. Racing, as a genre, is broader than some people may think, so we’ve … [Read more...] about The best racing games for the PS4
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The big new Season 2 update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is finally here, and as we've come to expect from the series, it's a massive download. The patch is so large that people on a standard PS4 model might need to clear up some space if they want to install it. That is if they can even download all of it at all. Treyarch said in a blog post that PS4 players with a standard 500 GB model "may need to make room" if they already have the full versions of Modern Warfare/Warzone and Black Ops Cold War installed, along with all of their related modes. If players have those games installed, and they've remained patched to their latest versions, Activision warned that "you may need to" delete parts of the game to install the new Season 2 update. Thankfully, this is possible, even if it's not exactly an ideal situation. Activision laid out exactly how to do this in a blog post, depending on your specific situation--here's the gist: Black Ops Cold War : At the main … [Read more...] about Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Dev Issues Warning About File Size On 500GB PS4
PlayStation has revealed the free games PlayStation Plus subscribers are getting in March, and it's one of the best months we've seen in a very long time. A whopping four games are featured in March 2021's PS Plus lineup: Final Fantasy 7 Remake , Remnant: From the Ashes , Maquette , and Farpoint . All of the new freebies will be available to claim starting March 2. Subscribers can also claim one of February's freebies, Destruction AllStars , on PS5 throughout March. Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be playable on PS4 and PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility. However, the PS Plus version of the excellent 2020 action-RPG won't be eligible for a free upgrade to the newly announced PS5 version. You'll have to purchase it to upgrade to Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade . If you already know you're going to want to play it on PS5, Amazon is currently selling FF7 Remake for $30 . It was one of our favorite games of 2020 and earned a rare 10/10 in our Final Fantasy 7 Remake … [Read more...] about PlayStation Plus Free Games For March 2021 Include Final Fantasy 7 Remake
During February 2021's State of Play, PlayStation revealed a new trailer for Sifu, an upcoming game from developer Sloclap. Sifu is set to come to PS5 later in 2021. The game seems to be a combo-focused action game in which "dying" only ages the protagonist. Throughout the trailer, we see them grow older and older, becoming an old man by the end. The cinematics seen in the trailer were captured on PC, but Sifu is also coming to PS5 and PS4. Previously, Sloclap developed Absolver , a combat-heavy game set in an online world. Absolver was first released in 2017; in GameSpot's Absolver review , critic Richard Wakeling gave the game an 8/10 and said: "There's a significant challenge involved in learning Absolver's combat intricacies, but it's the kind of struggle that rarely frustrates. Defeat is part and parcel of the experience, but your demise always teaches you something new that you can take with you into the next battle--and Absolver's deep, nuanced combat always finds ways … [Read more...] about Absolver Dev’s New Game Revealed During State Of Play; Coming 2021
THE Pokémon Company unveiled a treasure trove of new games during an online event on Friday. The Pokémon Presents livestream saw the reveal of a new open-world adventure as well as updates on the hotly anticipated new Pokémon Snap. What is Pokémon Presents? Pokémon Presents was a special online broadcast hosted by The Pokémon Company. It was broadcast on The Pokémon Company’s YouTube channel on February 26 and featured the unveiling of three new games. The event was part of celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. The franchise began in 1996 when Pokémon Red and Blue were originally released in Japan. “Trainers caught their first Pokémon in 1996 and began an adventure that has lasted 25 years," Pokémon Company boss Tsunekazu Ishihara said. " Through eight regions, many different platforms, and countless Pokémon encounters, they have strived to be the very best. "We hope that fans of all ages will enjoy creating new memories while … [Read more...] about Pokémon Presents 2021: THREE new games announced including Brilliant Diamond and Legends: Arceus
TOKYO/CHICAGO/STOCKHOLM: Think Michelangelo vs Da Vinci. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Batman v Superman. Another epic rivalry is rejoined next week when Sony and Microsoft go head-to-head with the next generation of their blockbuster video-game consoles. Sony, whose PlayStation 5 (PS5) takes on Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S, is widely viewed as being in pole position to capitalise on a pandemic-driven boom in consumer spending that has buoyed the US$150 billion video game industry. The Japanese company's deep bench of games and broader fan base - it has sold over 100 million PS4s, winning the battle of the previous generation - should see it retain its edge over it American archrival, according to industry experts. "People who own Xbox tend to buy the new Xbox, while people who own PlayStation tend to buy the new PlayStation," said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. Yet the industry is changing and cloud gaming is on the rise, allowing games to be streamed … [Read more...] about Clash of consoles: New PlayStation and Xbox enter US$150 billion games arena – fight!
Developer Riot Games has dropped a brand-new patch for its free-to-play multiplayer tactical FPS Valorant . The update, Patch 2.03 , makes a number of changes. This includes adjusting various characters, tweaking weapons, and implementing quality-of-life improvements. A few of Valorant's playable characters have been tweaked. Reyna, for example, has the charges for her Devour and Dimiss abilities decreased. Their cost, however, has increased as a result. Meanwhile, Yoru's Gatecrash is now visible on the minimap, and the audio for both Brimestone's Incendiary and Pheonix's Hot Hands abilities have been properly balanced. On top of these character adjustments, Riot Games has introduced a brand-new game mode called Escalation . It's a fast-paced mode where two teams of five battle each other with progressively less lethal weapons as the match continues. Both teams start with the list of loadouts, though they get mixed up at the start of each match. Riot said its aim with … [Read more...] about New Valorant Escalation Game Mode And Patch 2.03 Now Live
Horror game The Sinking City was delisted from several stores , including Steam, in 2020 during a dispute between developer Frogwares and the companies Bigben and Nacon, who had distributed it. The game is back on Steam now, but Frogwares says it didn't make the current version and urged players not to buy it. Writing on its official Twitter account, Frogwares said it doesn't "recommend the purchase of this version" and promised that more news would be coming soon. Frogwares has not created the version of @thesinkingcity that is today on sale on @Steam . We do not recommend the purchase of this version. More news soon. — Frogwares (@Frogwares) February 26, 2021 The game is still for sale on the Xbox and PlayStation digital stores, but while its original licensing agreement also included selling the game via the Epic Games Store, it's no longer listed there. Frogwares alleged in 2020 that Bigben and Nacon had demanded the game's source code and that when the studio … [Read more...] about The Sinking City Studio Asks Players Not To Buy Game On Steam
One of the games reportedly canned as Google Stadia struggled to gain traction was from Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima, though it's unclear if the legendary designer had been able to really get into the development phase. Apparently canceled last year, the project's demise came a short time before Google opted to shut down its own first-party game studios, effectively ending Stadia-exclusive development. According to VGC , a game Hideo Kojima had mentioned getting canceled in 2020 was set to be an episodic horror game released for Stadia. Former studio head at Stadia Jade Raymond had visited Kojima Productions prior to this, but the report says it was Stadia boss Phil Harrison who stopped the project. Prior to working for Google, Harrison had been an executive at both PlayStation and Xbox during some of the brands' lowest points, including the launch of the PS3 and Xbox One. Kojima is no stranger to having projects canceled. The horror reboot Silent … [Read more...] about Google Stadia Reportedly Canceled Hideo Kojima Episodic Horror Game
Despite everything else that occurred in 2020, the last twelve months were stellar for video games. Be it the surprisingly brilliant Assassin's Creed: Valhalla , the almost offensively pleasant Animal Crossing: New Horizons , or Square finally launching Final Fantasy 7 Remake , a tsunami of brilliant releases swept over us at a time where frankly, we needed them most. The question now then is this: what's next for gaming? 2020 ended on a high note, ushering in the dawn of a new console generation, but what do these odd-looking boxes really mean for gaming’s future? Sitting down with Bloober Team, Sumo Digital, Neon Giant and LKA, these four studios reveal why they find themselves feeling inspired by this shiny new era of gaming hardware, offering a glimpse into the exciting technological advances that we can expect from games in the months and years to come. The first piece of good news is likely an obvious one: what we've seen with the likes of Demon Souls and The … [Read more...] about What will next-gen games deliver in the future?