Sony’s PlayStation 4 Scores More Than 30 Million Sales

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Black Friday 2015: the best gaming deals for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC.

It’s what veteran gamers have been asking for, but what Sony once said would probably never happen: the company is working on a PlayStation 2 emulator for PlayStation 4.

In an email to Wired, a sony representative has stated: “We are working on utilising PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation. Different retailers are offering a lot of the same products at the same prices this year — including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles after both Sony and Microsoft announced price cuts to their latest consoles — but you can get yourself prepared for the Black Friday frenzy with some of the best deals below. Will Sony just be making a handful of classic titles available for digital download, or will it build a fully functioning emulator allowing players to load their old PS2 discs into the PS4? Any compatible digital games that you downloaded on your 360 will also be available to re-download onto Xbox One – and multiplayer titles support online play between both consoles. News of the long hoped for PlayStation backwards compatibility came after Sony announced a new Star Wars-themed PS4 bundle including four classic games for download: Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter.

Video game technology testing site Digital Foundry has measured their performance on PS4 and found vastly improved frame rates, approaching 60fps at times – a scintillating prospect for those old school racers and shooters. As well as being encouraged to drive dangerously in order to earn style points, players were now also asked to take down rival cars by smashing them in to stuff at really high speed.

Seamlessly blending the rhythm action and sci-fi shooter genres (with a little bit of high-school romance thrown in), this is a weird and beautiful adventure from Japanese studio iNiS and veteran publisher Koei. Developed at the legendary Clover Studio and overseen by the dream team of Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil) and Atsushi Inaba (Viewtiful Joe), this is one of the great overlooked beat ‘em ups of the PS2 era – or indeed any era. The story involves beating demons to death with your magical arms, but forget the plot and focus on the brilliant combat system, hilarious characters and endless invention. But Vice City, with its extravagant, brutal and sleazy combination of Scarface and Miami Vice, is the one every fan of the GTA series should study over and over again. It’s a kind of existential sci-fi assassination adventure with strange, stark visuals and a plot that gradually begins to question the physical and mental reality of its characters.

The sequel, also on PS2, was great as well. (Both were available in remixed and remastered fashion on PS3, but let’s have them all on PS4 as one gigantic download.) During the PlayStation 2 era, Western publishers became interested in the offbeat games coming out of Japan and started porting them over. With its moody settings and challenging puzzles it had the feel of the Resident Evil titles – indeed producer Keiji Inafune would go on to oversee the knockabout Dead Rising series of zombie action romps. While many gamers will tell you that football simulation reached its peak with Sensible Soccer, those of us who know better will point to the golden era of Konami’s ISS and PES brands. While zombie fans had Resident Evil, devotees of darker, psychological horror had Konami’s twisted Silent Hill series – of which the second title is perhaps the high point (especially the later Restless Dreams version, with added backstory). A hero wracked with psychosexual guilt, a town filled with murderous mannequins and an antagonist that looks like he’s just walked out of the darkest fetish party ever held, Silent Hill 2 is one giant mental breakdown.

Yet, for a game of resolute creepiness, it also has the funniest alternate ending ever conceived. (And yes, we know there was a PS3 remaster, but it was not good enough.) There have been plenty of really terrible Simpsons games, but this is definitely not one of them. Essentially a parody of Grand Theft Auto, devised by the show’s own writers and voiced by the proper cast, it’s an open world adventure filled with ridiculous humour and daft missions, taking in everything from Kwik-E-Mart to the monorail. That’s pretty much all we need to say about Free Radical Design’s time-spanning blaster – except that it also came with a map editor, masses of imaginative play modes and an admirably high level of customisation, putting most PS4 shooters to shame.

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