Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)
Arcade 30 June 2017
A bundle of first three Crash Bandicoot games, remastered by Vicarious Visions studio. Aside from modern visuals, all games feature rebuilt levels, as well as a new save system, which lets us use every control point along with quick save option. What’s more, they've received an unified menu and a Time Trial mode. Like in originals, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy lets us take control of the titular bandicoot, who must stop the evil Dr Cortex from taking over the world. As the game is a classic three-dimensional platformer, gameplay focuses on completing linear levels, avoiding traps, and fighting enemies, which can be dealt with using a few attacks, like spinning or jumping on enemy’s head. We also collect Wumpa fruits that can earn us another life, as well as find secrets and collect Aku Aku masks that help us in our journey.
Little Nightmares (PS4)
Arcade 28 April 2017
A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.
Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
Arcade 12 April 2016
The next installment in the very popular 3D platformer series, which has been initially developed for the PlayStation 2 console, and had given birth to one of the most popular and successful series for this particular gaming platform. Despite drawing major inspiration from its 2002 predecessor, the title is not just a simple remake but a complete reboot of the whole cycle. In the new game, we follow the struggles of the titular pair of heroes – a fox called Ratchet and his robot companion, Clank, as the two of the try to save the galaxy from the evil Drek. Our antagonist is actively trying to destroy the world and reuse the entirety of its matter to form a new planet for his race – the Blarg. The main characters are searching for the legendary superhero Captain Qwark, who is the only person believed to be able to stand up to the terrible foe. Ratchet & Clank is a standard 3D TPP platformer in which the gameplay revolves around traversing the world, fighting various enemies and collecting numerous mysterious findings.
Arcade 23 August 2016
Inside is the second project of the independent Danish studio PlayDead, which became famous by creating the cult game Limbo. The game's development was partially funded by a grant from the Danish government. The story tells about a young boy who must stop the forces of evil that are trying to take over the world by experimenting on humans. The gameplay mechanics are similar to classic platformer games. They combine the necessity to solve various puzzles with tasks requiring reflexes and good manual skills. The game takes place in a dark universe where the rain never ceases to fall. The visuals of the game are similar to the ones used in the previous bestselling game developed by PlayDead studio. However, this time the world is three-dimensional. The colors in the game are toned down and the music is atmospheric. The game was created by using the popular, multi-platform Unity engine.
Crash Bandicoot HD (PS4)
Developed by Vicarious Visions studio from the USA, a remake of the first installment of the Crash Bandicoot franchise. Compared to the original production, this title features brand new graphics along with a fresh soundtrack. Even though there are a few minor improvements in mechanics, the backbone of the game stays the same. Once again, you play as a bandicoot named Crash, whose objective is to stop doctor Neo Cortex from raising an army of obedient, humanoid animals. Crash Bandicoot HD is a classic 3D platform game, so gameplay consists in going through diverse locations, avoiding numerous traps, and fighting enemies by hitting them with the spin attack or by jumping on their heads. Once you run out of a limited number of lives, you'll have to start a level all over again. However, the title features a system of checkpoints, diverse secrets, and power-ups granting temporary bonuses.
Arcade Friday, 26 May 2017
A third-person view adventure game developed by Tequila Works studio from Spain, which successfully debuted in 2012 with a post-apocalyptic platformer Deadlight. You assume the role of a boy who is trying to escape a mysterious island that conceals a sinister past. During the course of the game you will solve numerous puzzles, using a magical artifact that allows you to manipulate the environment and time. The title, despite being an action game also includes many platformer elements. The hero travels through an open world, climbs craggy cliffs, and jumps over chasms. Apart from being skilled, you also have to be perceptive, as light, sound, and touch (thanks to the technology offered by PS Vita and DUALSHOCK 4) play a vital role in Rime. The game features a 3D environment, colorful visuals, and a comic book-like visual style.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4)
An arcade flight simulator and continuation of the popular series published by Bandai Namco. Like its predecessors, Ace Combat 7 is set in alternative timeline, in which there are different countries, and humans have constructed unique flying units. Game focuses on the story, which we learn both through events during missions and many cutscenes. The gameplay is mostly arcade, with only a few simulation’s features. Due to that, realism has to move over and make space for dynamic and eye-catching sky fights, including battles with powerful bosses. Each available plane flies slightly differently, resulting in a more varied experience. Ace Combat 7 offers a story campaign for one player and multiplayer mode. Developers made use of Unreal Engine 4 and also added support of PlayStation VR goggles.
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island (PS4)
Arcade 19 May 2017
A colourful, 3D, classic platformer. The action of Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island takes place on a group of tropical islands where a mad scientist has his base. He endeavours to create a weapon with which he could conquer the world. His most promising project – a humanoid cat named Skylar, equipped with cybernetic implants – rebels against her creator and escapes his laboratory. From that moment, her most important mission is to defeat the scientist. While controlling Skylar, you explore huge, open maps, avoid traps, and fight enemies. Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island introduces an arcade combat system focusing on ranged and close attacks. Being a 3D platformer, the title emphasises gathering crystals and other collectibles, often helpful in upgrading the heroine’s weapons, like the Magnetic Glove or the Jetpack. Skylar is accompanied by an owl named Plux who aids her in combat and solving logic puzzles.
Rayman Legends (PS4)
Arcade 18 February 2014
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Arcade 09 February 2016
An action-logic platform game created by Coldwood Interactive in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. You play as Yarny, a character made of yarn, who travels across various locations, inspired by the landscape of northern Scandinavia, in search of traces of his long lost family. Scores of adventures await you, requiring you to cleverly use the protagonist’s unique ability of unraveling his own body. He can use some of the yarn he is made of to create a bridge or catch a fish and use it to cross a river. The game features impressive, fully 3D graphics, although presented in 2.5D perspective, resembling LittleBigPlanet.
Arcade 11 April 2017
Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer developed by Playtonic Games, a studio created by the experienced developers who played a crucial role in the development of Rare's biggest games. The game's title is a blend of the protagonists names. Yooka, the first of them, is a chameleon who has an unusually long tongue, which can be used to grab onto various surfaces and cover large distances. The other one, Laylee, is a bat who can use sonic attacks. Laylee can also carry Yooka and fly with her friend for a short distance. During our adventures, we explore vast, three-dimensional locations. We need to use our protagonists unique abilities to travel around them. There are numerous challenges awaiting the players: from typical platform sequences, through logical puzzles and item collecting, to boss fights. There are also many hidden minigames in Yooka-Laylee’s world.
Cars 3: Driven to Win (PS4)
Arcade 13 June 2017
Another installment in a series of racing games based on Pixar animated movies. The game was developed by Avalanche Software, creators of titles like Pure and Split/Second: Velocity. The title enables the player to control more than twenty customizable vehicles-characters (animated cars are the main protagonists of Cars). Among them there are Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez, who prepares for an encounter with his rival Jackson Storm. The action takes place on twenty unique tracks. As player wins races, he gains access to various upgrades for his vehicles. Car development system is connected to the ability to unlock new characters, tracks and gameplay features like new game modes. Cars 3: Driven to Win features high quality three-dimensional graphics that faithfully recreate the movie.
Arcade 24 February 2015
Very unique two-dimensional platformer from the independent developer PlayDead. We play as a small boy who sets on dangerous journey to save his sister. He traverses surrealistic landscapes, coming across many deadly traps and running away from monstrous spider, which follow him tirelessly. In terms of gameplay, Limbo borrows from classic platform titles, though not without adding a few original features. The games revolves around advanced physics, which plays crucial role in most puzzles and arcade sequences, during which the players must display quick reflexes. What stands out the most, however, is Limbo’s unique, mysterious and grim atmosphere, mainly coming from its audiovisuals. Sparse use of sound and graphics, consisting only of shades of black and white, makes it look like a work of a movie expressionist from the beginning of 20th century.
Guitar Hero Live (PS4)
Arcade 20 October 2015
The next major installment in a bestselling music game series launched in 2005 by Harmonix studio, who are currently developing a similar series, Rock Band. Returning after a several-year long hiatus, this new installment was developed by FreeStyle Games, who previously created two DJ Hero games. Overall, the gameplay mechanics did not change much, however, this time the game features the view from the guitarist’s eyes, whereas cartoonish characters gave way to authentic musicians and crowds resembling real audience. Guitar Hero Live supports a new version of guitar controller with 6 buttons in two rows, imitating the real instrument even better. As always, the game lets you adjust difficulty level to your skills. Unfortunately, unlike rivaling Rock Band 4, Guitar Hero Live is not compatible with tracks purchased for previous games.
Sonic Forces (PS4)
Another installment in the popular platform game series by SEGA. The game was developed by Sonic Team, the creators of Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors. Once again, you play as the eponymous super-fast hedgehog, and your task is to lead the resistance and face the evil Doctor Eggman and his army of giant robots. Sonic Forces utilizes the third person perspective. Like in the previous games of the franchise, you traverse the maps full of obstacles and enemies, and collect golden rings. The biggest attraction of the game is undoubtedly the most characteristic feature of the brand - the speed. The protagonist moves so fast that sometimes you may not be able to discern what is happening on screen. The game also features an option to summon alternative versions of Sonic and to control several of them at once — it is the only way to deal with challenges, which are too much for just one Sonic.
Sonic Mania (PS4)
Arcade August 2017
A 3D platformer that came out as a reboot of one of the most popular adventure game series, featuring the titular Sonic the Hedgehog. This production was created by a SEGA’s subsidiary, Sonic Team, employing people who helped create the series and its most important iterations. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is set firmly in the franchise's initial premise, allowing you to play as the main hero (or one of his many friends), and traverse a series of locations where your goal is not only to reach the end of a map, but also to do it as quickly as you can. For most of the time, action is presented in third-person perspective, however, the game features also also some classic 2D levels. Each location is filled with traps and opponents, but also various power-ups that can boost your score or protect you from damage.