Observation review – you are the AI in this unsettling space-station thriller

The Guardian

A mission that's not what it seemed to be. Observation's setup is familiar from plenty of sciencefiction, from Moon to Gravity to Event Horizon – but this clever, creepy, extraordinary game is transformed by its perspective. Instead of playing as the endangered human, you are the AI that runs the space-station mainframe, SAM, looking on through fuzzy cameras and rerouting power to open locked hatch doors as astronaut Emma Fisher tries to figure out what's gone so terribly wrong. It might not be your body in peril, but as a player, you feel it no less keenly. The opening hours of Observation are extremely 2001: A Space Odyssey, from the premise to the colour palette to the vaguely threatening imagery involving abstract shapes.


Best games of 2019 so far

The Guardian

A frenetic, over-the-top action game about sexy demon hunters, in which you are assaulted by hellish creatures, flashy visual effects and absurdly energetic rock music all at once. It is sensory overload, and an absolute blast. What we said: "It's bloody, spectacular and irresistible, all cheesy one-liners, guns, swords and explosions while guitars scream in the background, and it plays like a dream." A brilliant remake of the 1998 survival horror classic, providing series heroes Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield with terrifying new challenges as they explore the zombie-infested Racoon City police station. What we said: "The rhythm, gradually building from many minutes of quiet exploration and puzzle-solving to gigantic, pulverising boss battles, is exact and beautiful, like some monstrous Wagner opera."


Space drone learns how to see with one eye in zero-G

Engadget

One of the small drones aboard the ISS taught itself how to go around station with just one eye, and it was a lot harder than you might think. For starters, the SPHERE drone (that's short for Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellite) learned on its own by using machine learning. That method isn't typically used for space applications, because if it fails, it could result in a costly catastrophe. This is the first time a drone in space employed the technique to teach itself. Plus, the drone was operating in microgravity, floating around in a place where there's no up or down.


PS Plus Free Games: 'LittleBigPlanet 3,' 'Anna - Extended Edition' And More Coming This February

International Business Times

This month, a new set of free games is coming to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Last month saw the likes "Day of the Tentacle Remastered," "The Swindle" and "Titan Souls" become available for free download via Sony's special subscription service. Starting next week, PS4, PS3 and PS Vita players will have free access to six new titles. On Wednesday, Sony announced via the PlayStation blog the full lineup of games that will be available for all PS Plus members starting next Tuesday, Feb. 7. PlayStation Plus team's James Hallahan assured gamers that they'll have "a ton of gaming fun for such a short month." Sony's puzzle-platformer video game is headlining this month's lineup.


Best video games of 2017 (so far)

Mashable

We're at the halfway point of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5 (Get it, half of '17?) picks for the best of the year – so far! – in movies, TV, music, and more. It's our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus choice that, while not strictly one of the greats, deserves a guilty pleasure mention. It's still not clear how Resident Evil VII turned out so well. The sixth numbered game in the series was a bloated mess. Early looks at this sequel's VR support were rife with anecdotal accounts of crippling nausea.