Nioh 2 Tests Your Might with an Open Beta This November
Sunday, 15 September 2019 17:00

1-10 November.

Nioh 2 is quietly creeping up on us with a confirmed release window of early 2020. It'll have to go up against heavy hitters such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Final Fantasy VII Remake, but we reckon the follow-up to Team Ninja's 2017 samurai success can calve out its own audience. And to make that wait a little bit easier, an open beta will give you access to a slice of the action this November.

Starting on 1st November and running through to the tenth, Nioh 2 will take us to the Dark Realm where we'll be able to sample a new setting, gritty and brutal combat, and all manner of boss fights. While PlayStation's official Twitter account doesn't confirm it, we assume you won't need to pre-order the game to gain access. That's what the wording would suggest, anyway.

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New Tales of Arise Trailer Gives a Glimpse of Combo-Based Combat
Sunday, 15 September 2019 17:30

Fire.

Tales of Arise caught our attention with its announcement trailer at E3 2019 -- it immediately looked like a step forward for Bandai Namco's long running role-playing series, and the good news is that it continues to look promising.

The game's received a fresh trailer at Tokyo Game Show 2019, and although it's not the most in-depth video, it does give us a glimpse of what's possible with the title's combo-based combat system. If you'll excuse the pun, it's hot stuff.

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Guide: All Borderlands 3 Shift Codes and VIP Codes
Monday, 16 September 2019 07:00

Obtain free Borderlands 3 loot with Shift Codes and VIP Codes.

Borderlands 3 Shift Codes are back, and this time they’re joined by VIP Codes to sweeten the deal. As in previous Borderlands games, Borderlands 3 Shift Codes will reward you with hot rewards, such as Gold Keys, which can be used to open chests for rare loot. This time they’re joined by VIP Codes, which can be traded in for points and then spent on items of your choosing.

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Guide: Best PS4 Sports Games
Monday, 16 September 2019 10:00

The best sports games on the PlayStation 4.

What are the best sports games on the PS4? Whether you’re a die-hard footie aficionado or a casual basketball watcher, there’s no question that sports games are among the most popular on consoles these days. Whether it’s hardcore simulations or more arcade-like adaptations, we’ve compiled the very best sports games on the PlayStation 4 – and you can enjoy pretty much all of them without having to break a sweat.

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Guide: Borderlands 3 Classes - All Moze Skill Trees, Action Skills, Augments, and Passive Abilities
Monday, 16 September 2019 11:00

All three skill trees detailed.

Are you thinking of switching classes in Borderlands 3? Interested in checking out Moze and her handy mech? Here's everything you need to know about Moze, including her three skill trees, the action skills that go with them, the augments that manipulate those attacks, and all passive abilities.

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Guide: Borderlands 3 - How to Get Legendary Weapons
Monday, 16 September 2019 11:15

Getting the shinies.

How do you get legendary weapons in Borderlands 3? The highest tier of gun is the orange legendary, but how do you actually get your hands on some of them? There's a number of different ways to add them to your inventory, most of which simply require you to play through the game. Here's how to get Legendary weapons in Borderlands 3.

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Guide: Borderlands 3 - Rick & Morty Easter Egg and Legendary Weapon
Monday, 16 September 2019 11:30

Pickle Rick.

How do you see the Rick & Morty easter egg in Borderlands 3? How do you get the legendary weapon they drop? Gearbox Software's latest looter shooter contains numerous easter eggs and references to various pop culture figures, films, and TV shows, and Rick & Morty is one of them. Here's how to see the easter egg and have a chance of getting the legendary weapon they drop.

Rick & Morty Easter Egg and Legendary Weapon in Borderlands 3

In order to see the Rick & Morty easter egg, you'll need to head to the Meridian Metroplex on Promethea and use the warp point bang in the middle of the map, just north of the Catch-a-Ride icon. This will transport you to Lectra City, and from here you'll want to head north-east to the top right corner of the map.

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UK Sales Charts: Borderlands 3 Loots the Biggest Physical Launch of 2019
Monday, 16 September 2019 11:45

Score.

The end-of-year releases are starting to arrive, and that's very much evident in the latest physical UK chart. As you might expect, Borderlands 3 comes in at the very top, but it's done more than just reach number one. Geabox's looter shooter managed the UK's largest launch at retail in 2019, topping Days Gone's impressive figures.

It beats out Gears 5 and eFootball PES 2020, which come in at second and third respectively. GreedFall reaches fifth in its debut week, which isn't half bad for a new IP from Focus Home Interactive. Elsewhere, the likes of NBA 2K20, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled are all bumped down to make room for those new releases.

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Guide: Borderlands 3 - The Lord of the Rings Quest Location
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00

You shall not pass.

How do you start the Lord of the Rings quest in Borderlands 3? Gearbox Software's latest looter shooter contains numerous easter eggs and references to various pop culture figures, films, and TV shows, and The Lord of the Rings is yet another one of them. Here's how to start that quest in Borderlands 3.

The Lord of the Rings Quest Location in Borderlands 3

In order to start the Lord of the Rings quest, you'll need to head to Pandora and work your way to a place called Konrad's Hold. The exact position you're looking for will be marked by the typical yellow exclamation mark you'll find for any other side quest, just north of a set of vending machine traders.

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Borderlands 3's Split-Screen Co-Op Is a Mess on PS4
Monday, 16 September 2019 14:00

2K says it's aware.

Thinking about buying Borderlands 3 and playing it with a friend or significant other on the couch? Well, you might want to hold off for the time being. Split-screen co-op is currently a trainwreck on the standard PlayStation 4, and it's pretty bad on PS4 Pro, too.

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North America Accounts for Nearly a Third of All PS4s with Over 30 Million Units Sold
Monday, 16 September 2019 14:30

PlayStation Nation.

Not that long ago, Sony reached an important milestone in the PlayStation 4's life -- it reached 100 million units sold through to stores, and it did so faster than any other console. The machine has been a monster in terms of sales throughout its lifespan, starting very strong and somehow going up year on year. Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad has provided an update on the platform's performance in North America specifically, and it tells us that Sony has conquered the US.

As you can see, the US has bought over 30 million PS4s, meaning it makes up roughly 30 per cent of the global sales. By comparison, the console has shifted 8.3 million in Japan, 7.2 million in Germany, and 6.8 million in the UK. It's interesting to see the spread, and it's very clear now that Sony is playing largely to an American audience. This has been pretty obvious for a while, but it's good to have the figures to back it up.

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Review: NBA 2K20 - Brilliant Basketball Sim Soured by Businessmen
Monday, 16 September 2019 16:30

Tank for Zion.

There has to be tensions at NBA 2K20 developer Visual Concepts behind-the-scenes. We’re not ones to gossip, but the California-based team must be frustrated that its sublime basketball simulation is now defined by its casino minigames and emphasis on microtransactions. On the one hand, this year’s return to the hardwood is another glitzy affair, flush with modes and dazzling little details which are rivalled only by Sony’s equally excellent MLB The Show 19 – but there are still moments where you can see the boardroom meetings, as publisher 2K Sports aims to extract as much cash as possible from its New Era cap-wearing clientele. It’s gross, but it’s really good – the ultimate oxymoron, we suppose.

Let’s start with the positives, though: the gameplay is best in class. The developer’s really paid attention to the on boarding process this time, so tutorial mode 2KU is more effective than ever before. Whether you need to start with the very basics of ball – like how to dribble, pass, and shoot – or you want a refresher on some of the more complicated manoeuvres in the game, you can work through the training mode at your own pace to really get to grips with the intricacies of the release. Sliders, of course, also make it possible for you to completely customise the experience as you see fit.

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Review: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered - Level-5’s Masterpiece Is Tidier Than Ever
Monday, 16 September 2019 17:00

A whole ‘nother world. Beautiful, en’t it?

Oh, how we could fling superlatives to describe how utterly wonderful Ni no Kuni is. Forgive us, then, for choosing the word tidy. Yes, tidy is the right word to open our review of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. Not just because this is clearly the tidiest edition of the game so far, but also because it’s precisely what our Welsh-accented, lantern-wielding sidekick Drippy would say. He’s a real charmer, that one, so let’s play along.

A collaborative effort between Japanese RPG studio Level-5 and best-in-class feature anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli, Ni no Kuni is just as tidy as you would hope – chock full of character, bursting with colour, and positively overflowing with wit and charm. It’s everything it was when it first came to PlayStation 3 in 2013, only more, because it’s cleaner and tidier than it ever was before. But then, it should be, right? It’s been six years and a console generation. For fans of the game, it’s surely an instant purchase. Right?

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MediEvil Is Looking Spookily Good in New PS4 Gameplay Video
Monday, 16 September 2019 19:15

Resurrection.

There were concerns when the first footage of MediEvil on PlayStation 4 was released. The first snippets of gameplay looked very rough indeed, especially for a first party project. However, it seems to have made a fair amount of progress, as it's looking decidedly better in this new video straight from Tokyo Game Show 2019.

The 12-minute video shows off the very start of the game, and shows off Sir Dan gathering treasure and using his arm and sword to fend off zombies. It's looking suitably scrappy, but the redone visuals are packing a nice level of detail, and the art style has a nice cartoonish slant.

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Review: AI: The Somnium Files - Top Notch Visual Novel Tainted By Flawed Puzzle Solving
Monday, 16 September 2019 19:30

Dream machine.

What a weird and wild ride AI: The Somnium Files is. At its heart this is a detective thriller styled as a visual novel, but that basic description sells this consistently bonkers title very, very short. The characters, their interactions with one another, and the world around them are all over the top and comical to some degree, yet the game is able to tell a serious and at times gripping story. It's a balancing act that shouldn't work, but somehow, AI: The Somnium Files gets away with it time and time again.

If you've played the Zero Escape games then you'll kind of know what to expect in terms of tone, and that's because series director Kotaro Uchikoshi thought this title up as well. There are definite similarities: a plot that can split in different directions depending on your actions, brain-bending conundrums, and characters that have a habit of going off on tangents about various scientific phenomenon. Again, it's a mental experience, but that just makes it all the more interesting.

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Review: Rebel Cops - Intense Turn-Based Tactical Response
Monday, 16 September 2019 20:00

Police brutality.

Rebel Cops is what would happen if you crossed Lethal Weapon with XCOM. It’s a hard-boiled cop drama that plays out in isometric, turn-based confrontations between the criminal underworld and the only cops in the town of Ripton that haven’t yet been bought off or slaughtered. Set in the nineties, you’ll foil bank robberies, storm warehouses, and battle your corrupt former colleagues across intricately designed dioramas. Your squad grows in abilities and aptitudes, but one bullet can end their promising career -- unless you can heal them before they bleed out.

Unlike XCOM, there are plenty of non-lethal moves which fit the bill (get it?) of the police setup. For example, you can hold an unsuspecting perp at gunpoint for an easy arrest, or sneak up on them with a baton to dish out some old-fashioned hard justice. Of course, sometimes conflicts can’t be solved without bullets, and a lack of hit points means that tension can set in quickly. You can shoot to wound, but a headshot could save the life of your otherwise doomed comrade. There’s a downside to a bodycount, though; public perception will shift to see you as the baddies, potentially withdrawing financial and material backing.

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered's Launch Trailer Is Suitably Stunning
Monday, 16 September 2019 21:00

A tidy bit of footage.

It's still not out for a couple more days, but we're seriously tempted to ditch all these big releases over the next couple of months in order to join up with Oliver and Drippy for a lovely, little adventure all over again. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered hits PlayStation 4 on the 20th, so here's its launch trailer to tide you over the last few days.

In case our review passed you by, we awarded the remaster a tidy 8/10. "After all, it’s also fair to say that this was and is a truly special game. Far more narratively focused than its sequel, this is a tentpole title for lovers of traditional Japanese role-playing games."

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Talking Point: Is a PlayStation Game Pass Viable?
Monday, 16 September 2019 22:00

Could Sony realistically mirror Microsoft's popular endeavour?

The emergence of Game Pass on the Xbox One reminds us of PlayStation Plus’ rise last generation. With the PlayStation 3 scrambling for marketshare against the Xbox 360, a very shrewd Sony transformed its subscription service into a secret weapon, giving away big name games to its small pool of subscribers. It was buttering up consumers ahead of making the service mandatory on the PlayStation 4, and it worked like a charm.

Microsoft is, perhaps, looking a little deeper than goodwill gestures. Its aforementioned initiative – which includes "free" copies of every new first-party title day-and-date, as well as select third-party releases – is unquestionably in loss-leader mode, as it blows cash with $1 discounts hoping to establish a big enough base to make a Netflix-esque model viable in the future. But is it something that PlayStation could realistically copy?

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This New 'Solace' Dynamic PS4 Theme Has Serious Death Stranding Vibes
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 12:15

Lone traveller.

Truant Pixel is responsible for many of the best dynamic themes on PlayStation 4, knocking out good looking backdrops and impressive soundscapes for your console's home menu. It's back again with Solace, a tranquil theme that reminds us more than a little of Death Stranding.

The peaceful dynamic theme sweeps across a gorgeous Icelandic environment, complete with an ambient windswept effect. The result is a wonderfully quiet, almost melancholic atmosphere, but the landscape bears more than a passing resemblance to the rocky grasslands of Kojima's suffering United States. The theme looks great, anyway, and it'll be available for purchase in North America later today for $1.99.

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