Just Dance 2017 (PS4)
Party 25 October 2016
The next installment in the popular series of dancing games developed by Ubisoft. The series allows the player to feel like the professional pop dancers who accompany the greatest stars on the top scenes of the world. In Just Dance 2017 the basic gameplay mechanics remained unchanged in comparison to the previous entries in the franchise. During the game the player must repeat the movements of the dancers displayed on the screen and the system (which, depending on the gaming platform employs different controls) will grade performance and technique. The game, as usually, is filled with licensed hits of such performers as Queen, Shakira, will.i.am, David Guetta, Sia, Justin Bieber and PSY. It is worth mentioning that Just Dance 2017 is the first installment of the series that was released also on personal computers.
Rock Band 4 (PS4)
Party 06 October 2015
The fourth major installment of the popular music game series that was started in 2007 by Harmonix, the creators of a similar franchise called Guitar Hero. In the title, we assume the role of rock band members — a guitarist, a vocalist, or a drummer (keyboard, introduced in Rock Band 3, is no longer available). Depending on our role in the band, the fun boils down to rhythmically pressing the keys of the virtual instrument, tapping the beat on a special drum kit, or recreating the vocals as faithfully as possible. For the purposes of the game, designed with next-gen platforms in mind, new versions of the existing instruments were created, although the production supports all older editions, as well. Apart from a large set of new tracks, we can also use every song we had bought in the previous installments of the Rock Band series so we don’t have to buy them again.
Just Sing (PS4)
Party 06 September 2016
A karaoke game created by iNiS. It is a spin-off of one of Ubisoft's flagship franchises - Just Dance, a series developed since 2009. In contrast to Just Dance, Just Sing requires the player to sing along the lyrics which are displayed at the bottom of the screen. The game monitors the player's voice and reads the movements of their lips in order to evaluate their performance. Just Sing features the latest hits and can be enjoyed in several game modes, both for single and multiplayer experience (up to 4 players). An opportunity to shoot one's own video clip is an additional feature of the game, but the player can also share their clips with others. The game requires either Kinect or PlayStation Camera. Having neither of these devices, the player can still enjoy the game with a smartphone in their hand (a special application needs to be installed first).
Let's Sing 2017 (PS4)
Party 14 October 2016
A karaoke party game which is another installment in a series developed by Voxler Games. The player's goal is to sing various in-game songs (30 of them in the base version) to the best of their ability. Among the songs included, one will find top radio hits, such as Avicii - Waiting For Love, Jason Derulo - Want To Want Me, Zara Larsson - Lush Life, LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It, Robin Schulz ft. Francesco Yates - Sugar, or Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out. When singing, the player watches the official clips and lyrics are displayed at the bottom of the screen. Depending on the game mode chosen, the player can put their vocal skills to the test when singing alone, accompanied by another player, or in turns. One is also required to remain calm as either the instrumental or lyrics can disappear at times. Let's Sing 2017 offers simplistic visuals typical for the genre. Interestingly, the player can use their smartphone as an equivalent to a microphone in both the cases of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X (PS4)
Party 25 August 2016
The seventh installment in the arcade music game series by SEGA. To play the game you need a good sense of rhythm and quick fingers to push the buttons appearing on screen. As usual, the main characters are the virtual vocalists, Miku Hatsune being the most prominent. Their digital voices are generated by professional music software, which has been used by fans to create thousands of songs from many genres; several dozens of them make an appearance in the game. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X is the first title in the series featuring a story campaign, in which you help Miku and other characters discover the digital idol world. As the game progresses, you unlock new cutscenes and events, similar to the previous installments. The production features several hundreds of outfits and accessories for the characters, and completing an outfit matching a song gets you a bonus. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X utilizes the same graphic engine as the other games in the franchise, although its visuals are better.
Prominence Poker (PS4)
Party 23 August 2016
A card game created with multiplayer gameplay in mind. The action of Prominence Poker takes place in a fictional city of Prominence, with the players assuming the role of tourists whose task is to convince the local gamblers to respect the newcomer's poker skills. The goal is to join one of four local criminal groups and dethrone it’s leader. The players in Prominence Poker are given a wide range of visual customization options, including the ability to choose an outfit or tattoos. Individual gangs differentiate themselves from other group not only through the appearance of the players, but also through their favorite spots to play. The gameplay is based on Texas Hold’em rules, with No Limit variant, so the stakes and the number of raises during the round are not limited. Various challenges of various difficulty await the players, along with rewards received for winning. The character led by the player acquires experience and advances to next levels. Prominence Poker is a free-to-play game, and aside from the multiplayer mode, there is also a variant for single players, with opponents controlled by AI.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone (PS4)
Party 23 June 2016
Another installment of the arcade series of music games available on Sony consoles and in the arcades. The game was developed by SEGA. The title focuses on the songs performed by six virtual vocalists originating from a professional music application created by Crypton Future Media. There are more than 200 tracks of various genres available in the game. The tracks were composed by fans from all over the world during the few last years. There are also some completely new tracks created for this edition of the game. Mechanics of the game aren’t much different from the ones in its predecessors and in other music games. During the game a music video is shown on the screen and the player must quickly and precisely press the correct buttons. In contrast to its predecessors, Project Diva Future Tone doesn’t offer the option to interact with the characters or design their rooms. However, one can still unlock various accessories and costumes for them.
Party 13 October 2016
An arcade party game created specifically for PlayStation VR goggles. SportsBarVR allows the player to take part in one of seven types of competition having their origins in their game-room equivalents. Those include billiards, darts, air hockey, skeeball, chess, checkers, as well as bar demolition sessions with the use of bats, chairs or empty bottles. Each kind of in-game competition is based on the rules of its real-life equivalent. The player can look around by moving their head; the arms of the virtual contestant are represented by motion controllers in the hands of the player. The game offers both a single player experience and a multiplayer mode for up to six players. In the latter case, the players can either cooperate or compete against one another in order to score as many points as possible. SportsBarVR offers three-dimensional graphics that recreate a real game room's interior with a fair deal of authenticity.
Party 13 December 2016
A virtual exploration game for VR goggles, developed by the British nDreams studio. Perfect offers no plot – the players are given three different environments which can be freely explored. We visit sunny, tropical beach, high peaks of mountains and snowy valley with a scenic aurora above it. We observe the world from first-person perspective and we look around by turning our head. Dedicated controllers let us interact with some objects. Additionally, some other features were added to enhance the experience, e.g. the option of changing the time of day or choosing a vantage point. This is complemented by amazingly refined visuals with many details.
Party 05 January 2016
A re-edition of the classic music game for PlayStation 2, one of the first productions of Harmonix, the creators of the Guitar Hero franchise, as well as the Rock Band and Dance Central series. It was developed thanks to a successful fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter. Amplitude combines typical music game features with elements of a 3D space shooter. We sit in the cockpit of a spaceship, called Beat Blaster, which races through the musical cyberspace on a track that reflects the rhythmic notation of the currently played song. It is divided into several paths, each representing individual elements of the song (vocals, guitar, bass, and drums), and our task is to press the right button when a given instrument is playing. Compared to the 2003’s original, the game offers enhanced graphics, improved controls and a completely new soundtracks, composed in large part by the developers themselves.
Werewolves Within (PS4)
Party 06 December 2016
A party game that uses VR headsets. It was developed by Ubisoft Red Storm, a studio founded by Tom Clancy, a well-known writer. The action of Werewolves Within takes place in a fictional medieval village of Gallowston whose inhabitants are terrorized by a werewolf that stalks the area. The gameplay mechanics are based on the rules of Mafia, a popular party game. The players assume the role of randomly assigned characters, and their task is to determine — thanks to deduction and discussion — who is the werewolf. The beast, in order to avoid detection, can lie and persuade other participants or form secret pacts with them. The village’s inhabitants have to master special skills that make detecting a werewolf easier or, alternatively, make it possible to ally oneself with him and fool the others. Werewolves Within offers colorful, slightly cartoonish graphics in the medieval fantasy style.
We Sing (PS4)
Party 22 November 2016
Another installment in a series of karaoke games popular among the users of Nintendo Wii consoles. We Sing can be considered a reboot of the franchise. Similar to the classic karaoke, the player's goal here is to sing different songs when the program displays the lyrics and plays the instrumentals. Performances are rewarded with points assigned by KaraEngine (an evaluation system). We Sing features 30 songs in total, including such classics as Abba's Dancing Queen, David Bowie's Let's Dance, or newer hits - See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth for instance. The game can be enjoyed either solo or with others in one of the six modes available. Because We Sing can be considered a party game, up to eight contestants can meet next to one console - part of them can use their smartphones as microphones. One can share their scores with others in online rankings. Additionally, the player can watch the video clips included in the game. High-quality visuals were delivered thanks to the advanced Unreal Engine 4.
Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live (PS4)
Party 13 October 2016
An interactive concert developed for PlayStation VR. Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live was created by Japanese company Sega, known from the Project Diva series, which is the base of this production. During the concert, you can listen to 21 songs by the most famous digital performers, such as Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Ren and Rin, Megurine Luka, Meiko and Kaito. Before each performance, you decide the songs and where you want to be located: the general audience, the balconies, or even the stage. By swinging PlayStation move motion controllers to the rhythm of music you unlock additional bonuses and surprises, e.g. new outfits for the performers and special animations. Hatsune Miku: VR Future live features 3D models and animations created for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X. The game also featured 3D Surround Sound support.
Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star (PS4)
Party 22 December 2015
A narrative adventure game that uses the visual novel convention. It is a sequel to the Hatoful Boyfriend game released in 2011 in Japan, or more specifically to its remastered edition which was released few years later on the Western market. Developed in cooperation between the Mediatonic studios with the publisher, Devolver Digital, the game once again shows an undefined future in which the world was overrun by birds. The players return to the Saint Pigeonation academy where another romantic adventure, with both old and new characters, awaits them. In the typical Visual Novel manner, the game consists mostly of watching illustrations and reading consecutive chapters of the story, during which from time to time the player must make choices that will affect the fates of characters. Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star features colorful, cartoonish graphics typical for Japanese visual novels.