Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PS4)
Action 24 January 2017
Seventh major installment in the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom and launched in year 1996 on the PlayStation console. Subsequent parts of this long-standing series concentrate on a battle the humanity wages against a deadly virus which transforms those it infects into bloodthirsty monsters. The players accompany several characters who appeared in various installments of Resident Evil over the years as well as in many side installments. The game, being faithful to tradition, shows the action in third person perspective and the gameplay is based on exploration, fighting enemies and solving occasional logical puzzles. The game has a horror atmosphere which, across subsequent installments in the series, was gradually reduced in favor of action elements. Resident Evil 7 combines the best aspects of the old and new installments and is the first main Resident Evil game created for the eight generation consoles.
Action 17 May 2017
An first-person shooter game by American Studio Impulse Gear. The game requires the PlayStation VR headgear and utilizes the PlayStation Move motion controllers, as well as a simplified rifle called PlayStation VR Aim Controller. The game is set in the far future, in which interplanetary flights are a part of daily life. The ship carrying the protagonist crashes on an alien world. It quickly turns out that the planet is inhabited by hostile creatures resembling giant insects. The protagonist has to fight for survival. Farpoint focuses on exploring your surroundings and fighting the encountered enemies. You use the rifle not only to eliminate your foes, but also to scan the nearby areas. Compared to other FPS games, the gameplay is quite slow. The game features high-quality 3D visuals.
A psychological horror game and the debut work from SadSquare - an independent studio. The story is non-linear and focuses on a gloomy household that has seen many frightening events throughout the years - it has a history of driving entire families insane, leading to numerous killings and suicides. The protagonist is trapped inside the house, and apart from getting out of there, their goal is to solve the mystery behind the place. The players explore the in-game environment, solve puzzles requiring them to manipulate various objects, and search for clues related to the dark past of the haunted estate. Avoiding contact with ghosts dwelling in the estate is a significant element of gameplay, as the protagonist is incapable of fighting them. Visage utilizes the Unreal Engine 4, which is at the source of the game's high-quality visuals. Furthermore, the game supports VR goggles, though one does not require them in order to play it.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PS4)
Simulation 30 May 2017
A spaceflight simulator game developed mainly for virtual reality headsets by Ubisoft Red Storm, best known for many action games based on Tom Clancy's works. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is set in the cinematic universe based on the popular science-fiction TV series. During the game, you explore a previously unknown region of the galaxy, known as the Trench, in search for a new home for the Vulcan race. The gameplay was designed with a co-op mode for four players in mind, and each player becomes a different crew member of the ship. The positions to choose from are: Captain, Helmsman, Engineer, and Tactical Officer. Each of them has unique duties, which you perform by using the ship's equipment in the virtual world. Star Trek: Bridge Crew features attractive 3D visuals, stylized to resemble the game's movie predecessor.
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.
Moto Racer 4 (PS4)
Racing 03 November 2016
A racing game created by Artefacts Studio. It is the fourth full-fledged installment in a popular series developed by Delphine Software in the years 1997-2001. Moto Racer 4 remains faithful to the premise of the classic installments, focusing on a dynamic racing experience with arcade physics and paying no attention to the so-called fair-play. The player participates in subsequent motorcycle competitions divided into off-road and asphalt variants. In the latter, aspects such as traffic or collisions with opponents were taken into account. Within these two divisions, the player will find a wide set of characters - each represents a unique riding style. The game offers more than a few different modes and the overall number of them is quite impressive. The game includes many bike models created specifically for particular competitions: from classic cross bikes to high-power beasts belonging to the superbike category. What's more, the game features an extensive customization component - both the bikes and riders can be customized.
7 Days to Die (PS4)
Action 28 June 2016
A post-apocalyptic sandbox FPS developed by a debuting indie studio The Fun Pimps. The game takes you to a near future, when a nuclear war allowed a dangerous virus to spread across the entire world. The virus kills its victims in 7 days, as the title suggests, and turns them into bloodthirsty zombies. You play as one of the few not infected people, fighting for survival in Navezgane County, Arizona. 7 Days to Die allows you to freely explore its open world, adjusting the story to your actions. To help you survive in this hostile environment, the game introduces a well-developed crafting system that lets you gather food and resources to make useful tools and fix or upgrade your hideouts. The authors prepared a campaign for solo players, as well as a score of online modes, both competitive and cooperative.
Summer Lesson: Allison Snow Seven Days Garden (PS4)
Adventure 22 June 2017
A simple adventure game developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation VR. The title was at first developed as a technological demo. In Summer Lesson the player assumes the role of a teacher who provides summer Japanese lessons to an American exchange student. He meets with the girl on the porch of a traditional country house. The gameplay is very simple and player’s interactions with the virtual world are limited to performing a few gestures. From time to time the student will ask the player some questions to which the player can answer by moving his head. In some cases the player must choose one of a few available answers by looking at the icons flowing in the air.
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.
Robinson: The Journey (PS4)
Adventure 08 November 2016
A first-person adventure game focused on exploration. The game was developed by the German team at Crytek (famous for the best-selling Crysis series) and designed to support virtual reality technology. The story is set on an unknown distant planet combining tropical flora with prehistoric fauna embodied by powerful dinosaurs. The surface of the planet is littered with remnants of technologically advanced but now extinct civilization. The player takes control of a small boy, the sole survivor of a spaceship crash. He has to explore the mysterious land through his adventures and interactions with the environment. The game stands out with the latest generation of CryEngine ensuring high-quality visuals that put this game ahead of the majority of games supporting VR goggles.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PS4)
Action 13 October 2016
A spin-off to the well-received horror game Until Dawn. This installment is a typical rail shooter developed with PlayStation VR goggles in mind. During the game player assumes the role of a passenger of an automatically moving cart. One uses the cart to travel through various locations filled with different opponents. As per genre's tradition, the player is tasked with quick and effective elimination of everything that moves. In addition to enemies, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is also filled with typical jump-scares that resemble the ones used in amusement parks. The VR goggles improve the immersion of the game – thanks to them the players can feel as if they were personally participating in the events shown on the screen.
Allison Road (PS4)
Adventure December 2017
A first-person perspective action-adventure game stylized as a survival horror. Allison Road had a somewhat complicated development cycle, with previous developers (Lilith) abandoning the project. However, a new studio, Far From Home, decided to pick-up the project and lead it to a stable release. The player assumes the role of an unidentified hero, who wakes up one night in a suburban home without having any recollection of the events of the last few days. Our protagonist, attempting to return to his family and discover what has happened, learns that the mansion has a grim backstory, while its walls are inhabited by dangerous, supernatural beings, including a ghost named Lilly. Our task is to avoid the monsters and survive five full nights in the grim house to explore it thoroughly and reveal its secrets. As our hero doesn’t have any weapons on him, Allison Road forces the player to use the environment around him to hide and lay traps.
Hustle Kings VR (PS4)
Sports 13 October 2016
A special version of Hustle Kings, a pool game developed by XDex Studio Europe. It utilizes the PlayStation VR virtual reality headsets. The title is a realistic pool simulation in which we can play in several varied kinds of this game such as snooker, killer, blackball, or the American eight. Although these variations are all different in terms of rules, the gameplay always involves pushing balls into pockets, and the VR technology takes it to a whole another level, making the experience feel like an actual game of pool. The production offers a multiplayer mode that lets players compete and take part in online world leagues and tournaments. Moreover, the developers prepared a number of interesting things like unusual tables and pool “puzzles” that are solved in the special mode called Puzzle Challenge.
Tumble VR (PS4)
Arcade 13 October 2016
A logic puzzle arcade game by Supermassive Games, produced for PlayStation VR. Gameplay-wise, Tumble VR is a unique but relatively easy game, in which you find yourself in a special arena, where your skillfulness and logical thinking are tested. Each task is very creative. You have to build bridges and towers out of available elements, and also blow up many other constructions, etc. The tasks require you to use your brain and have a lot of patience. Completing tasks earns you achievements, and the most precious ones are the most difficult to get. The visuals are quite minimalistic, consisting of colorful geometrical figures and some occasional special effects.
The Works of Mercy (PS4)
A first-person perspective adventure game exploiting the psychological thriller genre. The plot in The Works of Mercy draws inspiration from such films as The Tenant by Roman Polanski and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The title was developed by Polish studio Pentacle, whose team members have worked on titles such as The Witcher or Call of Juarez. The player is in control of a man whose family got kidnapped by a psychopath. To save their lives, the hero has to murder several people of maniac's choosing. Whether he likes it or not, the protagonist must obey the psychopath, who constantly watches the protagonist through candid cameras. At the same time, the hero tries to find out who the oppressor is and what is his goal. Gameplay in The Works of Mercy resembles productions like Gone Home and P.T. (the playable teaser of the cancelled Silent Hills). The core of the game consists of exploration, solving puzzles, talking with the psychopath, and fulfilling his wishes. The gloomy atmosphere is accompanied by surreal visions experienced by the hero. The Works of Mercy offers graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4 and supports VR headsets.
Batman: Arkham VR (PS4)
Adventure 13 October 2016
A detective adventure game with arcade elements, created with PlayStation 4 and virtual reality sets in mind. The title is a spin-off of a popular series of action games created by Rocksteady. The action of Batman: Arkham VR takes place in a famous DC comic book universe, with the players assuming the role of the titular superhero, who takes it upon himself to solve the case of mysterious murders and stop the conspiracy that threatens Dark Knight’s closest allies. The whole game revolves around subsequent detective challenges, in which the players have to employ a set of handy gadgets to analyze locations in search of evidence or clues, interrogate witnesses, and form certain conclusions based on gathered information. The events are seen from a first-person perspective, while the developers made sure that the players can immerse themselves into Batman’s persona (e.g. by having the player put on the trademark costume personally).
Doom VFR (PS4)
A first-person shooter developed by id Software for VR headsets. The player is taken to a UAC facility which is overrun by demons and assumes the role of a sole survivor of their attack. After death, the protagonist’s consciousness is transferred to a computer matrix which allows him to take control over the robots present on site. The task he has to perform is to annihilate all hellish creatures and stop an incoming catastrophe. Fighting enemies with the use of an extensive and elaborate weapon arsenal remains at the core of Doom VFR. We face various adversaries on our way, both in claustrophobic corridors and more spacious arenas. The game’s high-quality graphics attract attention with very detailed enemy models and environment elements.
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul (PS4)
Paranormal Activity: Lost Souls is a first-person horror adventure game. It was developed by VRWerx and based on the Paranormal Activity horror movies. We play as a person who got stuck in a haunted house, just like the characters in the movies. To survive, we will have to discover the house's secret and find out what creatures want to kill us. Gameplay in Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is based on the standard formula used in many other horror adventure games. During our adventures, we mostly explore the haunted house and solve simple riddles and puzzles to push the story forward. Fear is an inseparable element of the game. It can be struck into our us in many ways: by the automatically moving objects, by the disturbing sounds coming from many places, or by the classic jump scares. We will have to pay much attention to the battery supply for our flashlight. Without it, we won't be able to see anything. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4, but its visuals are rather mediocre in terms of quality. However, the game's audio deserves to be mentioned, as it builds the suggestive and dreadful atmosphere of Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul.