Articles by Stefan Hutchings
With addictive titles such as Treasures of Montezuma Blitz and Frobisher Says!, gamers can hardly move for free games on PS Vita right now. You can never have too many free games though, so Sony has announced that another one is arriving on the PS Store tomorrow, entitled Ecolibrium.
Sony has announced that PS3 firmware 4.25 will be launching tomorrow, which increases the cloud save storage for PS+ subscribers to one whole gigabyte; more than enough for even the most avid of gamers.
Ah, Sixaxis. Remember that? Sony pushed this motion-sensing technology in a big way before the launch of the PS3, but then Lair came out and everyone decided it was the worst thing in the world. That said, there are some good uses of the Sixaxis out there, so let’s take some time to remember them; to be honest we initially struggled to get to five, but we got there in the end!
Last week, the PlayStation Vita received an update that finally adds support for PSone games on the fledgling handheld. PS3 Attitude is helpfully on-hand with a comprehensive guide to everything you could ever want to know about PSone classics, and how to get the most out of this long-awaited feature on the PS Vita.
Contrary to popular opinion, voice acting can be an extremely stressful job, and painfully difficult to sustain a livelihood from. However, a handful of talented people make the job look (and sound) easy, and their extensive portfolios are a testament to their skills. This week, PS3 Attitude is paying tribute to five of our favourite voice actors, and taking a look at their established careers.
Earlier this week, SCE Studio Liverpool became the latest in a long line of developers to unfortunately close their doors. It’s no secret that the videogame industry has been hit extremely hard by the global recession in recent years, so PS3 Attitude thought we’d take some time to remember five of our favourite development studios that are sadly no longer with us.
A couple of months ago, I wrote about how I was perfectly happy with my trusty PSP, while I waited until I could afford a Vita. Well, a few weeks ago that day finally came, so I’ve spent the last month getting to grips (as well as swipes, tilts and taps) with Sony’s latest handheld console.
Staff credits shouldn’t just be a list of names; they should be a reward for completing the game. Unfortunately most titles choose to take the former route, forcing us to make a cup of tea until we can take control again. However, very occasionally, a game’s credits more than justify the time spent getting up to that point, and remind us why we started playing in the first place.
Any lingering worries that you may have about AC III: Liberation not being a full-fat Assassin’s Creed game can definitely be put firmly to bed, as the new trailer shows that the title will be very much sticking to the franchise’s stealthy and stabby roots.
Though Ubisoft hasn’t shown any PS3 footage of upcoming platformer Rayman Legends, everyone (including us) just assumed that it would come to the same consoles as Rayman Origins, which would include PS3 and Vita. Well, the latest trailer finally reveals the truth, and unfortunately it doesn’t make happy viewing for PlayStation gamers.
With the Wii U’s tablet controller and the Xbox 360’s SmartGlass technology, it looks like dual-screen gaming is the future for home consoles. Now Sony has hit back with an impressive demo of its own, in which the Vita is used as a controller to play LittleBigPlanet 2 on PS3.
Electronic Arts has announced Battlefield 3: Premium Edition, as part of the publisher’s Gamescom press conference earlier today. Intended for new players, it will include a copy of the game plus a subscription to Battlefield Premium and a few extra goodies.
The PS3 and PS Vita have seen a handful of Cross Buy titles (purchase one version of a game, get the other for free) in the last few months, including MotorStorm RC and the recently released (and brilliant) Sound Shapes, but up until now they’ve all been relatively small PSN games, not full retail titles. Well, that’s all set to change later this year.
This week, PS3 Attitude has been discussing PSN trophies, or more specifically, trophies that must have spawned from the depths of hell. Everyone loves trophies, but occasionally a challenge will come along that is so ridiculously hard and/or time consuming, you have to think to yourself; what’s the point? These are our picks for 5 of the most evil trophies on PSN.
Every generation, Sony takes one of its biggest franchises and turns it into a kart racer; on PSone it was Crash Bandicoot, on PS2 it was Jak and Daxter, and on PS3 it will be LittleBigPlanet. Kart racers are often looked upon with contempt by many gamers, because it normally signals the end of a console generation, and a refocus towards a more casual audience.
However, they also (usually) happen to be bloody good fun, so PS3 Attitude thought we’d take a look at which other games we’d like to see given the kart racing treatment.
With the dazzling opening ceremony last Friday, there was only one theme we could choose for this week’s article: the Olympics! Specifically, we’ve been discussing some of the biggest heroes on PS3, and which sports they would dominate in at the London Games. It’s fair to say that Bradley Wiggins, Michael Phelps, and Usain Bolt et al would have nothing on these guys.
It’s once again time for PS3 Attitude to take a flippant look at the world of gaming. This week’s trope is impossibly obese bosses, all of whom could definitely stand to lose a few pounds; or a few stones; or, in one case, a few million tons. We had a fair amount of fat – sorry, big-boned – characters to choose from, but these are the five that made it onto our virtual weighing scales.
From tiny outfits that provide no more protection than dental floss, to massive armour that even Chuck Norris would struggle walking in, it has to be said that costumes in videogames often look pretty ridiculous. We could have picked five games at random for this list and they’d still have been relevant, but these are the characters we chose in the end (after we picked them at random).
In November, the Ratchet & Clank series will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, Sony has released The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy, which is now available in Europe and features HD versions of the three original PS2 games on one Blu-Ray disc. But with four games in the franchise already available on PS3, is it worth going back to see where it all started?