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The aftermath.

We may be in the midst of the E3 2018 hangover, but the European PlayStation Store sleeps for no one. There’s a lot of content this week – even if it is of a lower profile. Perhaps most noteworthy is The Crew 2’s open beta, but there are a handful of PlayStation VR titles worth paying attention to as well. 

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Anima: Gate of Memories – Arcane Edition
19th June

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Tunisia in.

The BBC is killing it at the moment, with its PlayStation VR powered World Cup experience in particular dropping jaws. However, it’s not done kicking competitor ITV while it’s down just yet, as it’s just updated the PlayStation 4’s iPlayer app to support 4K streaming on the PlayStation 4 Pro ahead of England’s first match versus Tunisia.

There’s some chatter about this being a beta roll out, with only a lucky few getting to stream in Ultra High-Definition. Either way, we’re watching Belgium now with added clarity; hopefully Marouane Fellaini will come on for the second half so we can see his marvellous mane in crystal clear quality. It’s what 4K was made for, after all.

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It's always fun to get a peek behind the curtain when it comes to game studios. With much of game development still shrouded in mystery, it's very interesting when a company opens its doors to give us a glimpse inside.

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Put the kids to bed.

The first twenty minutes or so of The Lost Child set up an intriguing mystery, but once the game settles into a comfortable rhythm things become decidedly less compelling, and at times, an outright slog. The game begins in a Tokyo subway station with an investigative journalist who specialises in the occult named Hayato looking into a spate of mysterious suicides. People are throwing themselves in front of subway trains in record numbers, but are these open and shut cases of coincidental suicide, or is there something more sinister afoot?

Hayato meets a strange girl at the subway station who hands him a suitcase to look after before promptly disappearing, and after nearly finding himself the victim of another "suicide" he sets out to solve the mystery of why people are really killing themselves and to find justice for the dead. What sinister forces are lurking in the shadows of the Tokyo underground, and why are they targeting seemingly innocent and unrelated victims? Who is pulling the strings from behind the scenes, and to what end are their evil machinations working toward? Why are the character designs perilously close to NSFW territory for no discernible reason? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed across dozens of hours of investigation around contemporary Tokyo and while battling the denizens of evil with an array of supernatural skills. Well, maybe not that last question.

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Open world, release date,.

We've known about Metro: Exodus for some time, but we learned a ton of new information during Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference. We learned the official release date, how it will differ from the previous two entries, and some plot details.

In this guide, we'll round up everything there is to know about Metro: Exodus. We'll also update this as we learn more, so keep checking back, and feel free to use the comments section for discussion and speculation.

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Some games, no matter how much work the devs put into them, just never come together. While some elements could be great, the overall experience just doesn’t click in any meaningful way. Illusion: A Tale of the Mind, from Canadian dev Frima, is a title that suffers from this. While its virtual reality title Fated: The Silent Oath is one of the best narrative experiences currently available on PlayStation VR, Illusion does not earn such praise.

Illusion: A Tale of the Mind is a fixed-camera puzzle game that focuses very heavily on visual puzzles, and light platforming segments. You play as Emma, a girl who wakes up in a bizarre twisted landscape, who calls upon the aid of Topsy, a stuffed rabbit, whose origins you aren’t quite sure of. The two journey through the mind of a man named Euclide, trying to figure out what’s going on in this clearly distressed man’s mind. Right off the bat, the game shows off its strongest asset; its art direction. This title has a phenomenal art style, with delightfully twisted environments fused with dark carnival attractions, Escher-esque war environments, and a fantastic marriage of wondrous whimsy and unsettling dread. These environments are interesting, disturbing, and oftentimes impressively vibrant.

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E3 hangover club.

E3 2018 has almost killed us, so here’s a not-so brief WAYP to remind you that it’s the weekend. You didn’t think we were going to miss it, did you? Never.

Robert Ramsey, Deputy Editor

I'll be continuing Fallout 4 in between watching various World Cup matches. Let's hope that the weekend's footie is a little more exciting!

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In its own words.

If there was one thing at Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference that stung most for PlayStation fans, it was the announcement that Ninja Theory – the cult favourite developer of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, and Hellblade – had become part of Microsoft Studios. Despite over a decade of games on Sony hardware, this undoubtedly means the studio will no longer be releasing games on PlayStation consoles

In the aftermath of the announcement, many voiced their disappointment, calling the developer a "traitor" that has abandoned its own independence. The studio has, after all, been outspoken about its fondness for independence in the past, despite the financial hurdles that entails. 

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Game pass.

PlayStation Now could be about to get a whole lot more desirable, but we’d hold your horses before getting too hyped. An image has popped up on Reddit showing a screenshot from the streaming service’s user interface, and it appears to imply that a ‘Download’ option is being added to the application. Theoretically, this would imply that subscribers will be able to download software to play natively, similarly to PlayStation Plus games.

Not every part of this rumour adds up, though. Firstly, it shows the ‘Download’ button on what appears to be a PlayStation 3 game, and seeing as the PS4 has no form of backwards compatibility, it’s highly unlikely that you’d be able to pull those games from the cloud. Of course, PlayStation Now does also include PS4 software now, which would run without a hitch if downloaded – although none of this functionality would be available on the PC either.

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All 2018's PlayStation 4 release dates.

What new PS4 games are coming out? We’ve got you covered with a full list of 2018 PlayStation 4 release dates. We’ll be updating this article all year long, rotating in new titles so you always know which upcoming PS4 games are on the way. In the aftermath of major exclusives like God of War and Detroit: Become Human, the likes of Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2 are right around the corner.

PS4 Games Release Dates 2018

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The beautiful game.

EA announced the inevitable FIFA 19 during its E3 2018 press conference, along with a ton of information about what we can expect from this latest entry. The biggest new feature ties into EA's recent acquisition of the Champion's League licence, which provides a new mode based on the hottest European competition.

In this guide, we'll run you through everything we know about FIFA 19, including what's new, the release date, and any potential PS4 Pro Enhancements. We'll continue to update this guide as we learn more, so keep checking back. Feel free to use the comments section for discussion and speculation too.

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Battlefield Royale.

EA finally revealed Battlefield V at its press conference during E3 2018, and it's pretty much as you expected it. It takes place during World War 2, features one of those crazy popular Battle Royale modes, and a bunch of systems have been tweaked to emphasise team play.

In this guide we'll run you through everything we know about Battlefield V so far, including the release date, new features, and what that Battle Royale mode is all about. We'll update this as we learn more information, so keep checking back. Feel free to use the comments section for speculation and discussion. Go crazy!

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Back of the net.

When the BBC announced that it would be broadcasting the World Cup in virtual reality this year, we expected a novelty experience akin to PlayStation VR’s Cinematic Mode, where you’re placed inside a swish interactive environment with the game playing on a television screen larger than the one in Cristiano Ronaldo’s guest room.

The reality, if you’ll excuse the pun, is far beyond that. Available only in the UK, a new app allows you to actually take the trip to Russia, and sit in one of the executive suites or behind the goals to get a life-like view of the action. The resolution isn’t the best, perhaps owing to the limitations of Sony’s headset as well as the cameras that the BBC’s using, but the effect is impressive.

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Content is king.

The story of this E3 2018, as far as we’re concerned, has been great games. We all have lapses in our excitement for the medium – it’s natural. But if you went into this year’s event feeling a little fatigued, then no doubt you’ll have found something somewhere to rekindle your enthusiasm. Whether it’s the hushed whispers propagating through the press about Cyberpunk 2077’s super-secret demo, or something on a significantly smaller scale, like the free Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit episode, it feels like there’s been something for everyone.

Mercifully, it’s been a less tetchy show than 2017 as well, where sniping between executives and fans was the order of the day. Things have threatened to boil over with the Fortnite controversy, a boneheaded move that had threatened to overshadow its whole show – but while criticism has been plentiful and in most cases fair, it hasn’t detracted from an event stuffed to the gills with great content. The same too is true of the poor presentation of all but one of the press conferences; we’ve seen better livestreams, but content at the end of the day is king.

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Chocks away.

Bandai Namco recently revealed a few screenshots for its upcoming arcade flight sim, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, and that's just been followed up by a brand new gameplay trailer. Check it out above.

The dialogue is wonderfully cheesy as we've come to expect from the series, and the game itself is looking great. The weather conditions should add an extra layer of challenge to proceedings, and it gives dogfights a more dangerous edge. Graphically, it's looking lovely, too.

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That's ace.

Bandai Namco has released a whole bunch of new screenshots from Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, along with some new details about the story and gameplay.

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Every match in virtual reality.

How do you watch the World Cup with PlayStation VR? This year, the BBC is giving you the chance to watch Russia's World Cup 2018 in virtual reality, courtesy of your PSVR headset. All 33 of the BBC's televised games can be live streamed straight into your device, but what do you need to do to set things up? We're going to show you how to watch the World Cup with PSVR in this guide.

How to Watch the World Cup with PSVR

Here are the steps you need to take to watch the World Cup with your PlayStation VR headset. Note that you will need to be in the UK to use this.

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More than just Destiny 3.

EA finally revealed more about the enigma that is the upcoming shooter MMO ANTHEM during this year's press conference at E3 2018. We now know that it's a shared-world shooter like Destiny 2, that it features a single player story to follow, and that there's a bunch of usual BioWare trimmings like classes, statistics, and stuff like that.

In this guide, we're going to tell you everything that we know about ANTHEM, including what it is, the release date and platforms, and how it plays. We'll update this as we learn more so keep checking back, and use the comments section for outrageous speculation.

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The console of tomorrow.

It's when conversation begins to circulate about next generation hardware that we start to see concept art from designers, whether professional or not. French designer Joseph Dumary has released a few images of what he thinks the PlayStation 5 will look like, and gives some detail on how it will work, too.

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Star Child! Vacation Simulator! Tetris Effect!

PlayStation VR didn’t quite get as much attention during E3 2018 as it did last year, but it’s still a massive part of the PlayStation 4’s portfolio. And this montage trailer showcases just how many cool experiences are on the way – even if it is padded with a handful of the peripheral’s existing hits as well.

The games we’re most looking forward to at the moment are Tetris Effect and Beat Saber, but we’re also hyped for Vacation Simulator and Blood & Truth. Which upcoming virtual reality titles are you most looking forward to?

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