Sony has enjoyed a dominant position over its competitors in this console generation, thanks to a simple and straightforward message that its PlayStation 4 is a video game system first, with everything else coming second. It helps that Sony has both developed an impressive lineup of first-party games and struck deals with other game makers to bring exclusive content to PS4 first. Sony has remastered and reinvented some of its most popular gaming franchises on PS4, and given its teams opportunities to stretch their wings, establishing all-new franchises over the past five years. If you’re just now upgrading to the PlayStation 4 or purchasing a PlayStation for the first time, the following list will help get you started with some of the console’s best games. And if you’re a longtime fan of Sony’s hardware, this list will help you pick what to play next. We’ll continue to update it as new games come to PS4. The PlayStation 4’s best game so far, … [Read more...] about The best PlayStation 4 games
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Last month I visited Behaviour Interactive in Montreal for an early look at Deathgarden, an asymmetrical multiplayer game that builds on the ideas Behaviour struck gold with in Dead By Daylight. No one—not even the developers—expected Dead By Daylight to do this well. Since its release in 2016, the horror game of hide-n-seek, one powerful killer pitted against a group of weak survivors, has sold more than four million copies.I talked with game director Mathieu Côté about Dead By Daylight's growth, developing a game alongside a passionate community, the challenges of asymmetrical multiplayer, loot boxes, and more.Wes Fenlon, PC Gamer: I pictured the Dead By Daylight team moved on to the next game and you had a small group maintaining it. But the team has actually grown.Mathieu Côté: We had planned for a team that launches a game and we maintain it so people are happy, and some people are going to go work on something else. That did not happen. We had a … [Read more...] about How Dead By Daylight proved analysts wrong and became one of the biggest games on Steam
File photo: The first recovered Atari cartridge and packaging recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill are shown in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Wilson) Some of the best video games ever were made ages ago. Super Metroid, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, and hundreds of other amazing games were produced for platforms that don't really exist anymore. They were made for systems that used cartridges and PCs that ran Windows 95. Some have aged well and some haven't, but they've all made their mark on video game history. Unfortunately, you can't easily play them in their original forms on current systems. Consoles stopped using cartridges many moons ago, and what worked on Pentium-era Windows 95 PCs baffle Core i7-era Windows 10 machines. Add an unsettling trend of dismissiveness in archiving classic games and you run into the very real risk that some of the best video games ever will some day be lost, or remain just out of reach. Fortunately, you have … [Read more...] about How to play retro video games
Like its source material, Steven Spielberg’s dystopian virtual reality adventure Ready Player One is steeped in references to pop culture from the past century, from King Kong to Donkey Kong. We already know that the film based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 book includes cameos drawn from source material like Back to the Future, Halo, Hello Kitty, The Iron Giant, Overwatch and Gundam, but is Knack — PlayStation’s Knack — in the movie? There have been published reports that Knack, star of PlayStation 4 launch game Knack and last year’s Knack 2, will appear in the chaotic battle scenes of Ready Player One. He’s apparently joined by characters from other PlayStation properties like Kratos from God of War, Nathan Drake from Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy, according to pre-release reports. But the movie’s wiki, hosted by Fandom, is currently on lockdown because of vandalism. Fans and trolls have battled via the wiki about Ready Player … [Read more...] about Is Knack really in the Ready Player One movie?
Asymmetrical multiplayer slash-'em-up Dead by Daylight is getting a new DLC expansion today, this time inspired by cinematic movie juggernaut Saw. Dead by Daylight's eighth major expansion, known simply as The Saw Chapter, includes a new killer, a new survivor, and a new map, all of which should be familiar to Saw fans. On the killer front, the Saw expansion introduces The Pig - otherwise known as Jigsaw's accomplice Amanda Young, in the series' frequently seen pig mask. Not quite as iconic as Dead by Daylight's previous cinematic additions Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, or Michael Myers, but still probably not something you'd want to run into on the way home. Playing as The Pig, killers gain the ability to place the movies' infamous Reverse Bear Traps on survivors, adding to the already significant stresses of a match. The Pig also introduces three new killer perks: Hangman's Trick prevents tampering and permanent damage to hooks (and alerts the killer to sabotage attempts), … [Read more...] about Dead by Daylight’s latest cinematic serial killer expansion is Saw-themed