Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court (PSV)
The first expansion for the 2016 dungeon crawler RPG Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios. The add-on utilizes the gameplay mechanics from the core game — you complete a team of heroes and set out to explore the eponymous Darkest Dungeon. Your goal is to find enormous riches, with which you can expand a shabby hamlet, also serving as your base. Like in the original Darkest Dungeon game, the characters of The Crimson Court suffer from typical human ailments — some of them may go berserk, while others may panic when surrounded by darkness. The game places a strong focus on blood, which is a theme connecting the items you find and your enemies. The expansion also marks the first appearance of vampires, creatures with a unique set of characteristics and abilities.
Darkest Dungeon (PSV)
RPG 27 September 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (PSV)
RPG 26 November 2015
A Japanese RPG and a spin-off to the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. The game was developed by Felistella studio and tells the stories of various female characters related to the video game industry. The main protagonist of the game is If, a girl who tries to solve the mystery of a theft of a special book that contains the history of the world written in it. During the adventure, If is accompanied by various characters such as Sega Hatsumi, Dream Cast and Mega Drive - personifications of Sega hardware devices. She travels through various locations in time and space. The gameplay focuses on exploration of three-dimensional dungeons and on combat with enemies. The battles are turn-based and the player will face various monsters. Using the special abilities of individual characters is the key to success, similarly as selecting proper equipment and character class. Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls features colorful, three-dimensional, manga-style graphics.
Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs (PSV)
A turn-based RPG focusing strongly on strategic aspects and created by Pixelated Milk - a Polish developer. The player is taken to a peaceful fantasy world and assumes the role of Kay Loren - a young nobleman whose father reveals on his deathbed the existence of a distant land belonging to their family. Once the protagonist arrives in the place, it turns out that the entire land is ruined and the family was charged with a large debt. Kay decides to restore the ruined city to its magnificent state and take back the neighboring areas from the wildlife occupying them. The player's tasks are to construct buildings, gather resources, develop technologies and manage the land appropriately, so it can generate adequate amounts of money. Exploration, completing quests given by NPCs and turn-based combat are all of high importance here. The protagonist can be accompanied by four other characters with unique abilities, which can be developed alongside progression.
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (PSV)
RPG 22 August 2013
The second installment in a series of jRPGs enriched with elements typical for visual novels and dungeon crawlers. This time, the player assumes the role of a chosen character (several available) and their goal is to defeat the monsters lurking in the Pandora Labyrinth. The gameplay resembles the formula used in the original game - the player explores randomly generated dungeons, talks to seven female companions (as well as asks them out on dates) and fights the enemies encountered. Once again, the so-called Star Children accompany the player in combat, offering their unique abilities as a form of support. The game is played from a third-person view and the player can both avoid encounters with enemies and attack them by surprise. Similar to the previous installment, one can buy new parts of equipment in town. The visuals are decent here and resemble anime productions.
Child of Light (PSV)
RPG 02 July 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.
Final Fantasy X HD (PSV)
RPG 26 December 2013
Remastered version of the tenth entry in the legendary jRPG series, Final Fantasy, which debuted in 2001 exclusively for PlayStation 2. While the original game has been developed by Square Enix studio, the remastered version has been developed by an inside team of Square Enix company. The story takes players to a fantasy world of Spira. The protagonist is Tidus, a sportsman whose home town gets attacked by a powerful creature known as Sin. He finds himself in an unknown environment, not knowing what had happened and how to go back home. Soon, he joins a party of young priestess named Yuna, whose task is to defeat Sin. As far as gameplay is considered, Final Fantasy X HD remains unchanged. Te game does however offer enhanced textures and models to fit higher resolutions. The quality of cutscenes has also been improved.
Mary Skelter: Nightmares (PSV)
RPG 14 July 2017
Co-developed by Compile Heart and Idea Factory, a classic dungeon crawler with a turn-based combat system. The action of Mary Skelter: Nightmares is set in a fantasy world in which most of the humans are imprisoned in a humongous prison guarded by dangerous creatures. When the main hero and his friend are set free by a mysterious organization, they find out that they received supernatural powers. Together with new allies, they set out on a perilous journey in order to find a way out and to learn how to defeat the guards. In the game, you move around tiled undergrounds, observe the action from the first-person perspective, and fight turn-based battles. Interestingly, the main hero stays out of the battlefield and only supports his allies with superpowers. There are five characters involved in fighting - each can belong to more than one character class and have unique special abilities and attacks.
I am Setsuna (PSV)
RPG 18 February 2016
A jRPG developed by Tokyo RPG Factory, also known as "Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna" in Japan. It makes references to the classics of the genre and games such as the legendary classic Chrono Trigger. The story is set in a land of ever-lasting winter. Furthermore, the region is regularly terrorized by demons. In order to satisfy them, the inhabitants decide to sacrifice a girl, the game's eponymous protagonist. Along with a nameless henchman and a mysterious female traveler called Kuon, Setsuna sets out for a long and dangerous journey to the place where the sacrifice is to be made. On her way, she meets many different characters and encounters deadly monsters. The player observes the characters from high above and travels from one location to another using the world map, visiting numerous towns, restocking supplies, buying new equipment and fighting various enemies. The game employs a dynamic turn-based combat system, resembling the one used in early Final Fantasy games or the said Chrono Trigger. Once the player has refilled a special meter, they gain access to different boosts.
The Banner Saga (PSV)
Inspired by the Nordic mythology, a cRPG developed by the independent studio Stoic, whose members worked on, for example, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The action takes us to a world where fratricidal bloodshed between the gods led to chaos and wars. This is an "on the road" type of story, divided into two main plot branches, telling the stories of two Viking parties trying to escape from the threat posed by a mysterious, stone-like race called the Dredge, born as the result of gods’ experiments. Set in fantasy realities, the gameplay combines adventure and RPG elements with a turn-based combat system. With game's progress, your party gains experience and becomes more and more powerful. Also, the decisions you make will exert heavy influence on the plot. The game features amazing 2D graphics, employing art style similar to that of Walt Disney productions.
Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PSV)
RPG 03 February 2015
A dungeon crawler developed by Nippon Ichi Software. Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a new and updated version of an original jRPG released on PlayStation Portable in 2010. The player takes care of the souls of seven girls suffering punishments in hell. The protagonists’ sins can be atoned once they climb the highest floor of the hellish spire and defeat various monsters – only then can they earn the right to be reborn in the real world. Gameplay of Criminal Girls: Invite Only focuses on exploration of 2D dungeons and fighting creatures. Combat is turn-based – you do not control the girls directly, but choose the suggested attacks and special powers to be used during clashes. The unruly girls can be motivated by imposing different punishments on them – by doing so, you do not only rehabilitate them, but also improve their statistics and learn about their pasts.
World of Final Fantasy (PSV)
RPG 25 October 2016
A spin-off to the popular jRPG series created by Square Enix. World of Final Fantasy was created with younger players in mind. The plot of the game takes place in Grimoire – a completely new world, but the characters and creatures from all previous installments of the series make an appearance. What’s interesting, Grimoire has been divided into two dimensions: in the first of them, the characters look normal, while in the second one they assume the sweet form of chibi. The main characters of the story are Rain and Lon, twins who fulfill their great destiny, experiencing various adventures. When it comes to mechanics, the title is similar to the previous entries in the series, including typical exploration segments and turn-based enemy encounters making use of the Active Time Battle system. Nevertheless, the whole gameplay has been somewhat simplified in order not to scare away the younger players. An interesting feature of the game are the taming mechanics, with animals acquired this way helping us during encounters.
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 Plus (PSV)
Strategy 03 December 2015
A side installment belonging to the legendary series of turn-based strategy games that use the name of Sid Meier as a trademark. While the previous Civilization Revolution was created mainly for the more popular home consoles, Revolution 2 was developed specifically for mobile device and PlayStation Vita owners. Similar to the previous installments, the game casts the player in the role of a leader in control of a civilization of their choice. The player's goal is to achieve global domination. The game begins in ancient times, with the player having little resources and few territories. Over time, the player develops technology, expands towns, recruits armies and obtains new territories - lands conquered have to be governed appropriately as well. Civilization Revolution 2 offers additional units, technologies, buildings, wonders, as well as previously unavailable leaders. What is also new, is the scenario mode, allowing the player to participate in various historical events, such as famous battles. The game offers three-dimensional visuals.
SteamWorld Heist (PSV)
Strategy 07 June 2016
Another game by independent Swedish studio Image & Form, set in the universe of SteamWorld, which combines elements of Steampunk and Western genres. The game is set in the distant future, where a powerful cataclysm forced the remaining inhabitants to flee into space on steam space ships. The player becomes a captain of a group of robo-pirates who are trying to survive in this post-apocalyptic reality by raiding and plundering enemy bases and ships. SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based science-fiction game with movement points system (when a character performs an action they use up movement points). You control a party of antiheroes who use various weapons, gadgets, and special skills. The key to success is to appropriately use the different skills and combine various combat tactics, depending on the situation.
Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence - Ascension (PSV)
Strategy 24 March 2016
A turn-based strategy game developed by Koei Tecmo. The action of the title takes place in Japan during the Sengoku era (years 1467-1573). Similarly as in the previous installments of the series, the main part of the game are the story campaigns in which the players can learn about the history of various actual people such as Yukimura Sanada, Masamune Date or Ieyasu Tokugawa. More than two thousand of playable characters appear in Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension. The story tells about the events that led to the birth of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The gameplay is turn-based and concentrates on managing one’s fief, providing the army with technology, training soldiers, trading with neighbors and waging wars. Naval battles and sieges are a novelty in the series. The player can even start his carrier as a regular officer who climbs the ladder of the military career. The game features high-quality (for the genre’s standards) graphics.
Hitman GO: Definitive Edition (PSV)
Logic 24 February 2016
A spin-off entry in the popular Hitman franchise, launched in 2000 by Eidos. Hitman GO has been developed for mobile devices and unlike the full-scale games in the series, it combines elements of stealth, turn-based strategy and puzzles. There doesn't feature a storyline, and the gameplay focuses on missions that come down to eliminating certain people according to Agent 47's contract. We play in turns and have to reach a given point in the level unnoticed, and then discreetly eliminate our target while completing various side objectives on the way. The maps are small, and our actions have to be carefully planned to avoid drawing attention. Game is characterized by its unusual visuals; the in-game locations are presented in the form of paper models, with all characters being represented by pawns that resemble board games figurines.
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PSV)
RPG 03 March 2016
A remastered edition of Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, originally released on PlayStation3 in 2014 and developed by Gust. Compared to the original, the game includes all the expansions, several new episodes, additional enemies, changes in the journal, and more character customization options. Like in the original game, in Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea you play as one of the two protagonists, Shallistera Argo or Shallote Elminus, whose task is to discover the secrets of a dying world. The gameplay focuses on exploring the surroundings, gathering resources for analysis, and fighting encountered enemies. The combat is turn-based, and to win you have to appropriately use your equipment, special attacks and abilities. Another important aspect of the game is completing various quests and side missions, as well as achieving “life goals” of the characters, which enhances their abilities and stats. The game also features a crafting system, allowing you to create new items and upgrade those you already have.
Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey (PSV)
A tactical jRPG with a turn-based combat system. It was developed by the French studio Kobojo in cooperation with Kazushige Nojima and Hitoshi Sakamoto who previously worked on several installments of the Final Fantasy series. The story of Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey takes place in a fantasy world divided into four regions inhabited by various races. The player becomes a young warrior named Cael who leads a patrol that neutralizes threats from potential enemies. During the game the hero travels through various realms, faces many dangerous creatures and learns the dark secrets of the Orcanon world and his own past. The game shows the action from a side perspective and combines classic jRPG elements with modern, console-style graphics. The game was designed with cooperative multiplayer in mind and at any moment of the game one can invite some friends to join the adventure.