Is The PlayStation 4 Backwards Compatible?

PlayStation Now: Backwards Compatibility in the Cloud

Veteran gamers who purchase the PS4 at Harvey Norman are excited to enjoy the latest library of titles for the latest Sony entertainment console, but may also want to rediscover old favorites from previous systems in between the most hotly anticipated new releases. Older Sony consoles like the PS2 allowed users to play both games made specifically for the console as well as those of its predecessor, the original PlayStation, and this backwards compatibility was such a popular feature that many hoped it would make a return in the newest release.

Compatibility Limits

Unfortunately, the PS4 does not support direct play of any previous generation game discs. This is due to the new internal architecture, which essentially recognizes the older discs as obsolete. Digitally downloaded games obtained through the PlayStation Network on previous generation consoles are also not supported on the PS4 for this reason.

PlayStation Now

However, the PS4 does offer an avenue for gamers to enjoy classic titles through PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now is an online streaming service that uses the Internet to deliver game content directly to consoles. Gamers will have the opportunity to rent individual titles for a predetermined period, or take advantage of a subscription plan that allows unlimited rentals from the larger pool of titles for a monthly service fee.

With PlayStation Now, gamers will have access to previous generation titles through an emulative environment that uses the internal processor of the PS4 to simulate the native system instead of attempting to read an outdated disc or file. Along with game content, PlayStation Now also supports native PlayStation Network features such as online multiplayer, achievement trophies and direct messaging.

Games downloaded to a user account can be played on any compatible Sony device as long as there is a sufficient Wi-Fi connection, including other PS4 consoles associated with their account as well as the PlayStation Vita. Sony also has plans to introduce the service to non-PlayStation and even non-Sony devices as the technology continues to proliferate.

While the PlayStation 4 may not have direct disc compatibility for enjoying previous generation titles from the PlayStation 3 and PS2, the PlayStation Now service will allow gamers to play their older favorites on their newest console. 2014 saw PlayStation Now launch in the US with an initial library of 3,000 titles, and Sony plans to expand the service worldwide throughout 2015.

This Code Will Get You 10% Off All PSN Purchases This Weekend

If you’ve got some money to spare and are looking for a new game to play, this weekend will be a good time to shop!

Sony is helping fans save some money this weekend as they will be having a sale of 10% off all games on PSN. You get the discount by putting in a special code, and the 10% will be taken off of your cart total.

Although the biggest appeal for this deal is to snag some new games, you can also use this discount for subscriptions, pre-orders and rentals.

This deal is only for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in the USA and Canada and you have until Monday, March 30th at Noon PDT to use the code. The code is LQ8ERDQH3A. Enjoy!

Condemn O.R. Condone – The Order: 1886 (PlayStation 4)

Sure, it has its faults, but The Order: 1886 has a foundation so solid that it’s able to shake them off and set things up for a bright future.

The internet culture that we live in today is inconceivably viscous, with any kind of negative buzz around a game spreading like wildfire to the point that the game is dead on arrival whether the buzz was called for or not. When The Order: 1886 was previewed by many people last year there was a distinct reception of “meh” that resulted in the devs deciding to delay the game to incorporate the feedback they received. However, the ball of negativity kept rolling from that point on, with the weeks leading up to the game’s launch being particularly hostile regarding the game’s length.

Are some of the criticisms thrown The Order: 1886‘s way warranted? Absolutely. However, my main issue with the criticisms pointed at this game is that other games have gotten away with them without anyone even batting an eyelash. Thus, I went into this game without any preconceived notions of what I was going to get, and the end result was something that was better than I was expecting.

What the titular Order is is an organization of knights who protect London from the monsters who occasionally appear on the streets and cause chaos, who also possess a mysterious liquid taken from the Holy Grail that extends their lifespan. Seeing as this is a game set over 100 years ago it would be easy to assume that weaponry would be limited, but the game wisely uses historical fiction to get around this by incorporating the famous inventor Nikola Tesla. In this game Tesla is busy creating all sorts of weapons and gadgetry for the Order to fend off werewolves (known in this game as Lychans), all while he is in the midst of the real-life battle of challenging his alternating current against Edison’s direct current. While these historical aspects have little to do with the actual narrative, they nonetheless add a lot of depth to the game’s atmosphere and really makes it feel old-fashioned while also feeling fresh.

While the Lychans are the Order’s main concern throughout the course of the Order’s playing time, they have to deal with human rebels far more often. As you battle your way through the gorgeous streets of London you will take on a variety of rebels who will utilize a variety of weaponry to take you down. Some of the firearms that you and your enemies will use are historically accurate, though the devs were able to squeeze in a couple of really sweet “fantasy” weapons thanks to the aforementioned brilliance of Nikola Tesla that steal the show. These range from weapons that can shoot bolts of electricity to weapons that can fire ignitable thermite powder, which never fails to leave anything short of a spectacular-looking trail of flames.

While The Order‘s aesthetic is certainly unique for these types of games, its gameplay is very reminiscent of the Gears of War series. This is very much a cover-based third-person shooter where you have access to two weapons at a time and can fire blindly around obstacles. The types of grenades and how they are used also feel very similar, being much slower and less lethal than what other shooters typically provide. Hell, the only thing that’s really missing here is Gears of Wars’ active reload, as The Order kept is simple by going with the standard one button reload mechanic. Its similarities to Gears of War isn’t necessarily a knock against The Order, however, as it is executed extremely well and all of the firefights I experienced in the game were action-packed and had a lot of variety.

Where The Order truly departs from the Gears of War formula is in its heavy cinematic approach. You may have heard of the game’s over-reliance on cutscenes and QTEs, and I can report that the game certainly has a lot moments where you’re not playing but watching. If you’re not watching, then you’re mindlessly pressing buttons that appear on the screen during QTEs, which seem to have been placed so heavily in the game only as a way to keep the player from falling asleep during many of the game’s lengthy and sometimes boring cinematics. I wouldn’t necessarily have a problem with such a focus on story if the game packaged one that truly sucks you in, but the story doesn’t cover enough ground for it to get to that point, even though it certainly has the potential to.

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In fact, perhaps the biggest fault of The Order is not that it is too short (I finished it in about 8 hours), but that it ends right when things are really starting to get interesting. You see, much of the playtime is spent taking on the aforementioned rebels with only the occasional and pretty disappointing encounters with the Lychans taking place. There are some revelations that happen at the end of the game that really blow the whole thing wide open with plenty of interesting possibilities, but instead of seeing any of them unfold you’re instead greeted with the credits screen. It’s something that makes me excited for the sequel, but still leaves me feeling not completely satisfied with what I got with this one.

Luckily, the lack of narrative progression is made up for by the game’s interesting cast of characters that may not be fleshed out as much as they could be, but nevertheless help keep it all engaging. Our main protagonist is Galahad and his journey of tossing aside his loyalty in search of the truth really does feel genuine. His character and all of the characters around him are well-written and are backed with a fantastic cast of voice actors that really bring them all to life. Again, I would have liked to have gotten to know them a little bit more, but the characters themselves had enough personality that they still ended up being memorable. This circles right back to how perfectly Ready At Dawn nailed the game’s setting and characters, yet also shines light on how short of a distance they decided to take them.

Outside of the more action-oriented gameplay on display, The Order has several stealth sequences that have you lurking in the shadows to take out enemies with a one-hit knife kill. While I appreciate these sequences being used to break up the gameplay a bit, there simply isn’t anything all that engaging about them. You have to wait around while the enemies walk around on their pre-determined paths, and if you’re seen you get shot and have to do the whole thing over. There’s even some lockpicking that needs to be done to unlock doors, which, again, just feels like it was put into the game because that’s what these kinds of games do these days. The lockpicking is never challenging and is finished in seconds, so it at least won’t waste too much of your time regardless of how you feel about it.

The one thing that The Order always knocks it out of the park with is its graphics and visual design. The Victorian setting mixed with this game’s graphics engine results in it being the best-looking game I have played yet, with texture detail and physics realism that is absolutely sublime. It’s always gratifying to explore the game’s interesting world because it all looks *so good*, even if there isn’t a whole lot to be discovered off the beaten path. To further display how good the graphics are, the devs saw fit to allow you to examine many items you come across throughout your travels, such as things like pictures, newspapers and so on. There is literally no point in examining these items other than to marvel at how life-like they are, though I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t enthralled more than once in doing so.

The Order: 1886 is begging for a sequel, and it would be one of the few AAA games released today where I would really be excited for one. The game’s world and its lore of historical fiction is great, but it leaves the feeling that we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. This game essentially sets the stage for what this IP is capable of and does an admirable job of doing just that. At its core, the game is a very solid and gorgeous-looking third-person shooter that hasn’t quite come into its own yet from a narrative standpoint. While it may ultimately disappoint certain kinds of gamers, it left me feeling pleasantly surprised and its great foundation has me optimistic on how great a potential sequel could be.

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Yes, ‘The Last Guardian’ Is Still In Development

The never-ending production will continue!

After the trademark for Sony’s long-in-the-works The Last Guardian was seemingly abandoned, rumors began swirling about the game finally being cancelled. Don’t be alarmed, though, as it has been confirmed that the long production of The Last Guardian will continue.

According to Sony, the abandoned trademark for the game was due to an administrative error on their end, as they apparently just neglected to renew as they had been for years. I guess after several years of doing the same thing over and over again you just become complacent.

The Last Guardian has been in development since 2009 when it was originally a PlayStation 3-exclusive game. However, due to several delays the game was eventually retooled to be a PlayStation 4 game, which lead to even more time being needed for the game to be brought up to snuff. There is still no release window for the game, though many are hoping for something to be shown at this year’s E3.

A New Livestream For ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Demo Airing Next Week

You’ll have another chance to check out Episode Duscae next week.

While gamers will be able to check out the Episode Duscae demo for Final Fantasy XV next month if they pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, they’ll also be able to see it in action thanks to a livestream that will be airing next week.

The livestream will take place on February 20th on YouTube, and will feature game director Hajime Tabata playing the game. During the stream Tabata will also be detailing more aspects of the demo while also going more in-depth with the overall game’s mechanics.

Final Fantasy XV is developed by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While it currently does not have a release date, it is expected to release later this year or early next year.

Sony’s PlayStation Now Service Will Cost $20 Per Month

For $20 a month you can have unlimited access to over 100 PS3 games.

When Sony originally began testing their PlayStation Now service it was met with much moaning as a lot of people felt that the price to stream many of the games was simply too much. People would much prefer to have one monthly price to pay that would allow them access to many games rather than be charged individually for each, and this sentiment is something that Sony took to heart when they went back to the drawing board.

Now, Sony has revealed that the service is set to launch in North America on January 13th and will cost subscribers $20 per month to stream the services 100+ PS3 games. These games can be streamed through PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Smart TVs, though at the current time the only system that can stream the games will be PS4. You also have the option to pay $45 per quarter, which would save you $15 over the regular $60 that it would cost otherwise.

The games that the PlayStation Now service offers is pretty solid, with critically-acclaimed games such as The Last of Us, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City and a whole lot more being a part of the service. A video was released that unveiled most of this information, with more info being contained on the company’s website right here. Check out the video below. 

Sony Compensating Fans For Recent PSN Downtime

If you were affected by the recent PSN downtime, then Sony is giving you 5 free days of PSN onto your current subscription.

The PlayStation Network was attacked by the Lizard Squad at one of the busiest times of the year, when thousands of gamers are home for the holidays and trying out their new games.

So, to compensate for the downtime, Sony is adding five free days to all PS+ subscribers current subscription. Here’s what Sony wrote on their official blog:

“Since access to PlayStation Network was impacted during the holidays, we wanted to show our appreciation for your patience by offering all PlayStation Plus members that had an active membership or free trial on December 25th a membership extension of five days.”The extension will be automatically applied, so no action is necessary to receive the extension. We will post additional information here on the blog when the extension becomes available. If your membership or trial ends before the extension is available, you will receive five days of Plus to enjoy once the extension becomes available (we will notify you when).

 

In addition, sometime this month we will announce that for a limited time, we will be offering a 10 percent discount code good for a one-time discount off a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store as a thank you to ALL PSN members.

 

The discount can be used towards great content available on PS Store including blockbuster new releases, award winning indie games, game add-ons and season passes, and an enormous selection of TV and Movies.”