Injustice 2 (PS4)
Fighting 16 May 2017
A sequel to the 2013 arcade fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us by NetherRealm Studios, known for the latest Mortal Kombat games. Like in its predecessor, in Injustice 2 you play as the characters from the DC universe, fighting each other in violent duels. The game features minimal plot, in which Batman and his supporters try to rebuild the society, but at the same time have to fight against Superman and his allies. Among the chaos, a new danger appears, threatening to wipe out all of humanity. Mechanics-wise, Injustice 2 is a spectacular Mortal Kombat-like 2.5D fighting game, although it's not as violent. You can play as either a hero or a villain; available characters include Superman, the Flash, Batman, Supergirl, Aquaman, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. The sequel also allows for modifying your chosen character. During the gameplay, you earn new equipment, which can alter not only your character's appearance, but also their abilities.
Tekken 7 (PS4)
Fighting Friday, 02 June 2017
The seventh major installment in one of the most famous fighting game series developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment, which originally launched back in 1994 on the first PlayStation. The debut of the franchise on the eight generation consoles brings back all the key elements of the previous installments, i.e. dynamic duels on 3D arenas featuring interactive objects. The story revolves around the King of Iron Fist tournament, organized by a powerful corporation. The new game also presents a cast of well-known characters with their unique special attacks. Additionally, there's no shortage of playable characters, who appear in the series for the first time. In contrast with the previous games, powered by a proprietary game engine, Tekken 7 is based on Unreal Engine 4, offering high-quality graphics even on less powerful platforms.
Mortal Kombat X (PS4)
Fighting 14 April 2015
A sequel to the 2011 game created by NetherRealm, which restored the leading position in gaming to Mortal Kombat, a long-standing, cult fighting game franchise launched in 1993 by the Midway / Acclaim duet. Once again, we get a wide array of playable fighters – both known from the previous games in the series, as well as brand new ones. Moreover, each one comes in several varieties, differing in tactics and combat style. Duels are fought on 2.5D arenas filled with interactive elements that you can use in combat. There is of course no shortage of spectacular finishers, so-called fatalities. The game’s core features an expansive story mode set 25 years after the events presented in the previous game. The authors implemented numerous both local and online multiplayer modes, enabling the players to compete with one another in a global struggle for primacy.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (PS4)
Fighting 25 October 2016
Another installment in the 3D fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the extremely popular manga by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 utilizes the same formulas as its predecessor by combining the elements of all the series of the DB anime (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super), as well as those from the movies. The game features a multitude of familiar characters and an option to create your own custom character; you can choose their gender, appearance and powers. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 focuses on battles taking place in 3D arenas, during which you use a range of unique attacks and powers derived from the original manga and anime series. The game utilizes the cel-shading technology, just like its first installment, and features the original anime voice actors, but thanks to the capabilities of the new generation devices, the visual and sound layer are much better.
Mortal Kombat XL (PS4)
Fighting 01 March 2016
An expanded edition of Mortal Kombat X by NetherRealm, released in April 2015 as the tenth installment in the cult fighting game series which was launched back in 1992 on arcade machines. The action takes place 25 years after the events of the original game and tells a completely new story, in which new characters, for example: Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade’s daughter, play a major role. The gameplay mechanics were not changed significantly – it is still a 2.5D fighting game that puts emphasis on special attacks and spectacular finishers. Mortal Kombat XL contains all DLCs released as a part of the original game's season pass. Apart from a large variety of various skins for the available warriors, their biggest attraction are bonus playable fighters such as the four-armed Goro, Tremor, Tanya Tri-Borg, Bo’ Rai Cho, as well as iconic movie characters like Predator, Xenomorph, Jason Voorhees, or Leatherface.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)
Fighting 04 February 2016
The fourth major installment in a popular fighting game series set in the famous ninja universe of Naruto. This game series has been developed since 2008 by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Storywise, the game is a direct sequel to the previous installments in the series, focusing on the latest chapters of the manga. In the story mode you explore the game’s world, meet the characters from the anime and manga and take part in spectacular duels focusing on unique special abilities of each hero. The other game mode is the fighting mode, in which you participate in duels on dedicated arenas. For the first time in the series, the game features QTE in some of the attacks. Moreover, lots of changes were introduced when it comes to combat mechanics and damage system. As this is the first game in the series to be released on the eight generation consoles, the visuals have seen a significant upgrade. Created with cel-shading technique, the artwork closely resembles the anime.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PS4)
Fighting 12 November 2013
A spectacular battle game starring the DC Comics superheroes. The production was developed by NetherRealm, the creators of the 2011 game Mortal Kombat. The story mode features an alternative world, in which a power-hungry version of Superman has taken over the world. He is opposed by a group of heroes from the “default” reality. Mechanics-wise, Injustice: Gods Among Us is mostly inspired by Mortal Kombat. Every playable character (e.g. Batman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Superman) has their own unique powers, which they can use in combat. The Ultimate edition of the game includes all the upgrades and DLC packs.
Street Fighter V (PS4)
Fighting 16 February 2016
The fifth major installment in one of the longest-standing and most popular fighting game series, launched by the Capcom company back in 1987. The game offers a new combat system that, while being more complex, is also easier to learn. The system is augmented with three brand new techniques: V-Skills, V-Reversals, and V-Triggers, based on the rechargeable V-Gauge bar. The base game features 16 playable characters, including the greatest legends of the series, and 4 new fighters. More characters, as well as whole lot of extra content can be bought for special virtual currency you earn in the game. Street Fighter V allows for cross-platform competition for owners of PCs and consoles. The game features cel shading graphics, powered by the modern Unreal Engine 4 that allowed for a quality leap in comparison with the previous installments. At the same time the developers managed to retain the series’ characteristic look.
Gang Beasts (PS4)
A multiplayer-focused joke arcade game created by Boneloaf, an indie studio from the Great Britain. More precisely, this is an unusual brawler, in which character physics plays a key role. You control colorful little men whose animations are procedurally generated as you play. The gameplay focuses on melee combat, including punching, kicking, throwing your opponents off ledges or pushing them into traps. The game offers several diverse locations, where you can hurt enemies using elements of environment, such as scaffolds, or running trucks, to add to the base moveset. The game’s visuals are minimalistic – the environments comprise of simple, untextured geometric shapes featuring little to no detail. The game offers several modes of local and online competitive multiplayer (solo or in a team). You can also compete against AI or play in the sandbox mode.
The King of Fighters XIV (PS4)
Fighting 23 August 2016
The fourteenth installment in the legendary Japanese series of fighting games started in 1994 on Neo Geo console and arcade cabinets. In contrast to the majority of other installments in the franchise, famous for very detailed 2D graphics, The King of Fighters XIV offers fully three-dimensional arenas. This greatly impacts the gameplay, making it more similar to the Tekken or Dead or Alive series. The King of Fighters IV is the first installment in the series to be released on PlayStation 4. In the game, the players assume the role of a warrior of their choosing and fight against opponent controlled by either another player or by the AI. The game offers a wide choice of playable characters. Some of them return from previous entries in The King of Fighters series, but their fighting style was adapted to new gameplay mechanics that uses three-dimensional environment. The game itself focuses on performing attacks and combining them into combos while avoiding enemy blows. In addition to the singleplayer modes, among which there are arcade and training mode, King of Fighters XIV also contains advanced multiplayer options.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse (PS4)
Fighting 05 February 2015
Another installment in the best-selling fighting games series set in the universe of the popular manga by Akira Toriyama and anime TV series. The production was developed by the experienced Dimps studio, which already has in its portfolio several parts of the game, released for both home and handheld consoles. This installment of Dragon Ball focuses on presenting the most important and most spectacular duels in the history of the series, with the participation of Son Goku and the main villains: Vegeta, Nappa, Freezer, Cell, and Buu. In order to refresh the formula of the cycle, the creators introduced a new structure of the world, a futuristic city and new, mysterious characters. The graphics of the game employ the cel-shading technology, which gives it a distinctive comic style. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse marks the debut of the series on eighth-generation consoles, which obviously has influenced the visual experience.
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 (PS4)
Fighting yesterday, 26 May 2017
A two-dimensional fighting game developed by Japanese studio Arc System Works. The title is an upgraded and enriched version of Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator. The action of the game takes place in year 2187, when a female warrior named Ramlethal, who leads creatures called Valentine, declares war against humanity. The campaign of the game consists of chapters focused on various characters and the cutscenes between the fights are similar to visual novels. The gameplay mechanics of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 don’t differ much from the previous entry, but the game introduces some improvements. The expanded edition offers one returning and one new character: female samurai Baiken and the “business ninja” named Answer. All previously available characters received new techniques and smaller improvements that impact the gameplay balance. The game is available as a separate production and as a paid DLC for the original game.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto (PS4)
Fighting 03 February 2017
A content-rich expansion for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, a fourth entry in the series developed by Cyberconnect 2. The plot of the expansion, called Road to Boruto, goes beyond the original manga and animated series, drawing from side entries such as Boruto: Naruto the Movie, a full-length animated movie, and the comic series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. As a result, we can relive the events that took place after the conclusion of the Naruto Shippuden series, and take control of completely new characters, which are a part of the next generation of ninja warriors (many of them are the children of the well-known heroes). The expansion doesn’t change the game mechanics in any way, focusing on introducing a new storyline and previously unknown characters such as titular Boruto (son of Naruto) or Sarada (daughter of Sasuke and Sakura). Aside from that, the Hidden Leaf Village received new locations to explore.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4)
Fighting 06 October 2016
Another installment in the popular series of fighting games developed by Arc System Works. The story was divided into three chapters and it tells about the further adventures of characters known from the previous entries in the series. There are also new characters like Hibiki Kohaku, Naoto Kurogane and Hades Izanami. The gameplay is faithful to the roots of the series – BlazBlue: Central Fiction focuses on duels fought in two-dimensional environment. A special version of Distortion Drive called Exceed Accel is a novelty in the series – it allows the character to deal enormous damage. There is also the Active Flow mechanism that activates when a player plays very aggressively – it provides stronger attacks and faster Burst regeneration. Arcade Mode and Multiplayer are the main modes of the game and they are accompanied by Speedstar Mode (the objective is to defeat a specific number of opponents in limited time) and Alliance Mode (team battles in which the defeated opponents can join player’s team).
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (PS4)
Fighting 20 February 2015
The most complete edition of the fifth installment in the cult fighting game series Dead or Alive. The first version of this game was released in 2012 on seventh generation consoles. The game was developed by studio Team Ninja which also created some entries in the Ninja Gaiden series. A characteristic trait of Dead or Alive games are the dynamic battles with an option to capture enemy attacks directed at different body parts. The duels take place across the whole world on multi-level arenas filled with destructible objects. The warriors have more than 300 sets of clothing and accessories to unlock so that the player can customize their characters as he wants. The Last Round edition contains all previously available game modes and a full set of DLCs released after the debut of the original game. The PC and eight-generation consoles versions of the game have better special effects and 1080p resolution support.
Mother Russia Bleeds (PS4)
Fighting 03 December 2016
A brutal beat'em up game offering old-school, pixel-art visuals and paying a tribute to the classics of the genre. The game is set in the former Soviet Union in the 80s. The protagonist of the game is a former boxer, now a wrongly convicted drug addict. Having escaped the prison, he embarks on a bloody quest for vengeance. The protagonist traverses subsequent locations and eliminates the enemies he encounters with his fists or various items. Syringes containing drugs can be used to replenish his energy. Up to four players can play the game simultaneously.
One Piece: Burning Blood (PS4)
Fighting 21 April 2016
Another installment in the popular 3D fighting game series based on the best-selling Japanese comic books created by Eiichiro Oda. The title was co-developed by Namco Bandai Games and Spike Chunsoft studio – the creators of Danganronpa and the Conception series. The plot is not very sophisticated as it serves only as a pretext for the most famous One Piece fighters to engage in duels. The game includes all of the important characters from the original manga. What differentiates this title from series like Tekken is the fact that in One Piece: Burning Blood you can control a team of three fighters that can be switched during battles any time you want. Each character has its own set of moves as well as special attacks, called Logia Moves. The key to success is the correct choice of team members, creating a versatile mix of offensive and defensive abilities.
Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- (PS4)
Fighting 26 May 2016
A Japanese fighting game from the popular Guilty Gear series, originally started in 1998. The game was co-developed by Arc System Works and Daisuke Ishiwatari who has not only directed the game’s development, but also composed the soundtrack for the title. Guilty Gear Xrd –Revelator- is an extended edition of Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN-. The improvements change the game’s balance and fix some of the bugs. The game introduces new playable characters (now there are +20 heroes, including Sol Badguy, Johnny, Jack-O, Jam Kuradoberi, and Dizzy, to mention just a few) and new chapters to the single player campaign. The title follows the events of the previous installments – the story is developed by cut-scenes in-between battles. Guilty Gear Xrd –Revelator- features 1 vs. 1 fights, which are conducted in a classic 2D perspective, while the backgrounds and characters are created in full 3D. However, due to the cel shading technology, the game retains a comic book-like visual style. Apart from the single player campaign and single battles, players can play in arcade mode and different multiplayer modes.
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn (PS4)
A reboot of a classic 1994 fighting game whose main protagonist is a former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal. The new version was created by Big Deez Productions and contrary to the original game (which had as many supporters as it had opponents back in the 90s), Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is a modern-day fighting game, which combines elements of such classics as Streets of Rage or Street Fighter with features of 3D action games, such as Devil May Cry. Again, the player assumes the role of a muscular basketballer who traverses diverse locations and fights various enemies, as well as powerful bosses. In combat, Shaq makes use of a set of techniques, punches, combos and power-ups. What is also helpful in eliminating the opponents, is the presence of destructible environments and different weapons. As the game progresses, the protagonist develops their skills in order to face more and more powerful enemies, and eventually, the mysterious Black Star Ninja.