Playstation Plus subscriptions, a new Worms game, and, er, Goat Simulator!

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Playstation Plus subscriptions a new Worms game and er Goat Simulator
14th February, 2014 By Ian Morris

Never afraid to break new ground, last week we trialled our very first news weekly round-up, and your response was clear - you loved it! It seems, from here on in, this is going to be a regular thing - at least, mostly.

Without further ado, here's this week's news round-up:

More than half of PS4 owners have Playstation Plus

This was an interesting one. During a recent investor conference call, Kaz "Ridge Racer" Hirai announced that "More than half of the people that have now gotten their hands [on] the PS4 have actually signed up for PS Plus service", which was painted as being unequivocally A Good Thing, both for Sony, and their brand new console. However, considering how Playstation Plus has been made almost mandatory for the PS4, and considering the huge benefits this offers, it seems surprising that (you can imagine) less than two thirds of people have signed up for it. Playstation Plus is effectively the PS4's online service, and a subscription to Playstation Plus is required to play games online. As an added bonus, it also nets you a free game every month, which you can play for as long as you'd like, so long as you remain a subscriber. That over a third of people seemingly aren't all that fussed about online play potentially sends a strong message against the ever increasing reliance on online play that the industry seems keen to promote. Off topic though, if you don't have Playstation Plus, it really is worth subscribing, for the free games alone.

PS4 and Xbox One have Worms

Worms Battlegrounds Screenshot

This is literally all we have to go on. Yet we're still excited.

Fabled Yorkshire development studio Team 17 this week announced that they'd be infesting the next-gen consoles with a fresh dose of Worms. Or, to put it another way, they'll be bringing their accessible, tongue-in-cheek, turn-based blast 'em up Worms to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. While details are thin on the ground, those familiar with the series will know what to expect - up to four teams of worms duking it out across a 2D map with all manner of crazy weapons, from flying sheep to Holy Hand Grenades. Colour us excited.

Just Dance DLC

Just Dance 2014 Screenshot

We wish we danced like a Panda

Multiformat dancing sensation Just Dance 2014 has received something of a boost this week with the reveal of four new downloadable tracks. Or technically, three new downloadable tracks, and one new choreography. With one track from musical hound Pitbull, Avril Lavigne (whatever happened to her) and... key-dollar-ha?, there's a decent selection on offer, although we can't vouch for how good any of the routines are. The full list is as follows:

  • Pitbull ft. Ke$ha - "Timber"
  • Avril Lavigne - "Rock N Roll"
  • Ke$ha - "Die Young
  • Lady Gaga ft. Colby O'Donis - "Just Dance" (alternate choreography)

...Goat Simulator?

And last, but most certainly not least comes news of a game that we're desperately hoping will make its way to the Playstation 4, as our PC simply won't be good enough to run it. We've had Farming Simulator, we've had Street Sweeping simulator, but every other sim must now step to one side, as the king of sims is here - Goat Simulator. Yes, it's a real game, yes, it's really going to come out, and yes, we really want it. With a tongue that can stick to things, some weird glitches, trampolines, and an interesting take on physics, this is looking like the craziest game since Octodad, and one we'd very much like to see come to consoles.

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