Nier: Automata (PS4)
Action 23 February 2017
Third-person perspective action game with RPG features and a sequel to the warmly-received production created by Cavia in 2010. The second installment was created by a different developer – Platinum Games known for the Bayonetta series. Despite that, Tarou Yokou, the creator of the first game, retained his position as the director of the project. The game takes place in distant future in which Earth was destroyed due to war against deadly machines. Humans, having found a safe haven on the Moon, created the limited YoRHa series of sapient androids to fight on their behalf. The YoRHa combined forces with androids of older generation and together they face the rebel machines. Two out of three protagonists of NieR Automata are completely new characters, but during the game player will also encounter characters from the first installment of the series as both stories are connected. Gameplay mechanics of the game are similar to ones in its predecessor and they offer an attractive combination of hack-and-slash, magic and RPG.
Toukiden 2 (PS4)
Action 28 July 2016
A sequel to the 2013 action game Toukiden: The Age of Demons, created by Japanese studio Omega Force (known for e.g. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 and Dynasty Warriors). Unlike its predecessor, which was only available for portable devices, Toukiden 2 was also released for PlayStation 3 and 4 home consoles. The game's mechanics are similar to those of the first installment, so it's still a hack and slash with RPG elements. The setting is again the fantasy world ravaged by armies of demons, and you play as a seasoned warrior, who's dedicated to defeat them. The combat system is based on spectacular combo attacks and requires some agility. When facing boss enemies, you need to use a proper strategy and take advantage of your opponent's weaknesses. Toukiden 2 features an open world, where you can find NPCs, side quests, and various service providers. Apart from the singleplayer campaign, the game also has an online multiplayer mode.
God of War (PS4)
Another major entry in the famous hack-and-slash action game series that is one of the most important franchises available exclusively on subsequent generations of the PlayStation consoles. In previous parts of the series, we have been following a story of Spartan warrior named Kratos, and the gameplay concentrated mainly on spectacular and incredibly bloody action and eye-catching fighting system. The new God of War, developed by one of the Sony Computer Entertainment's subsidiaries, is a reboot of the series and the first installment created with PlayStation 4 in mind, resulting in a completely new, intriguing storyline as well as improved graphics and sound that make full use of the power of eighth generation consoles.
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PS4)
RPG tomorrow, 24 March 2017
A hack-and-slash role-playing game set in a world inspired by Norse myths, developed by Games Farm and Kalypso Media. The protagonist is Ulfung, a Viking clan chieftain, whose village is completely destroyed, while he becomes the leader of the surviving warriors in their quest to try to save Midgard from Ragnarok. Mechanics-wise, the game is clearly inspired by the popular Diablo series. At the start, you choose your warrior's gender and class, and then explore a range of locations and eliminate hordes of enemies. Apart from the more mundane weapons such as war hammers, axes, swords and bows, you can also use special items and amulets, which affect your character's abilities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard features an interesting character development system, the option of rebuilding your village step by step, and an apocalyptic winter you have to seek shelter from, e.g. by looking for any heat sources.
Action 07 February 2017
A third-person action game developed by Team Ninja studio (known from titles like Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden) under the supervision of Koei Tecmo company. We play as a samurai fighting against various enemies, among which we will find both humans and monsters. We cut our way through the enemies not only with conventional weaponry, but also with special abilities of our hero and the magical power enchanted in his sword. Gameplay is a mix of games like Onimusha and Dark Souls. This means that the difficulty level is high and it forces the player to make use of different tactics, dodges, blocking and powerful, complex combos. Interestingly, game has been announced as early as 2005 and was supposed to be one of the launching titles for PlayStation 3. However, due to a few complications, the developed has been postponed, and the final game will make it now to next generation of consoles.
Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer (PS4)
An expansion for Diablo III, developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The add-on introduces a new playable hero – Necromancer, and a number of cosmetic additions. The new hero has power over a special type of magic, drawn from the power of death, while his battle abilities are based on blood and bone – a Necromancer can resurrect corpses. Additionally, we can make use of the spectacular Corpse Explosion, the ranged Bone Spear, or even Siphon Blood from our enemies. The new addition receives dedicated legendary item sets, and an exclusive in-game pet. Aside from that, Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer introduces two more additional character slots, a new portrait frame, a pennant, a banner, and a unique banner sigil. The add-on is not standalone – PC users need to have Diablo III, as well as Reaper of Souls, while console users need Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4)
Action 30 September 2014
A TPP action game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was developed by Monolith Productions, the creators of Aliens vs Predator 2 and F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon. The plot takes place before the events depicted in "The Lord of the Rings". In the main campaign, players assume the role of Talion, a ranger who is raised from the dead by an ancient spirit of vengeance in order to take bloody revenge on the servants of Sauron for the death of his loved ones. The core of the game consists of spectacular battles with large groups of enemies, during which you can use a rich variety of ranged and melee attacks, as well as dodges. The audiovisual aspects of the game were modeled after the cinematic saga by Peter Jackson.
God of War III Remastered (PS4)
Action 14 July 2015
A remastered version of the third installment in a cult action-game franchise, whose consecutive parts were released on different generations of Sony’s consoles. This product was prepared to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series and was released on PlayStation 4. The story is a direct sequel to God of War II. It tells about the war between titans and gods, which was ignited by Kratos. This time players get brand new weapons, each one characterized by a different combat style. Kratos also uses a new magic system and artifacts, such as Icarus Wings, Golden Fleece, and the Head of Helios. As compared with the previous installments in the series, artificial intelligence of opponents and bosses was significantly improved, which makes the gameplay more compelling and demanding, Interestingly, you can ride monsters (e.g. Cyclopes) when you weaken them. The most obvious difference between the 2010 original and the remastered edition is the graphics with resolution raised to 1080p.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)
RPG 19 August 2014
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is the first expansion pack for the best-selling action RPG game, Diablo III. The add-on created by the Blizzard Entertainment’s development team has added a fifth act to the main campaign, in which Malthael, the Angel of Death, is determined to put an end to the war between celestial beings and demons; the Black Stone binding Diablo’s soul is supposed to help him achieve this goal. The expansion also introduces a new playable character – Crusader – and raises the limit of character’s experience level to 70. In addition, the creators decided to modify the loot system; now we find it less often, but it is more valuable and better suited to a particular hero. Some changes have also been introduced to the visuals, making them much darker than in the original version of the game.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4)
Action 27 October 2016
A third-person perspective hack-and-slash action game developed by Omega Force. The title adapts the popular Japanese comic series Berserk, set in a grim dark fantasy realm filled with wars, demons and villainy, drawing inspiration from European Middle Ages. The main protagonist of the series is a warrior named Guts, initially a mercenary he was later forced to declare war on the demonic forces pulling the strings of this dark world. In Berserk Warriors player can control not only Guts, but other characters from the comic universe as well. The gameplay mechanics expand on the solutions known from series such as Dynasty Warriors. During the game, the players will face numerous hordes of enemies and powerful bosses. At the heart of gameplay lies an advanced combat system which allows the player to perform various attacks and combining them into devastating combos. The game also contains RPG features: during the battles player gathers experience which then can be used to develop abilities of the characters.
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.
Let it Die (PS4)
Action 03 December 2016
A brutal action game by Grasshopper Manufacture, the creators of such productions as Killer7, No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the Shadows of the Damned. Initially, the project was announced under the name of Lily Bergamo but in time changed its formula and was renamed to Let it Die. It is exclusive to PlayStation 4 and uses the free-to-play business model. The player assumes the role of a warrior who takes part in ruthless street fights against characters controlled by the AI or by other players. In combat, we use various weapons that range from saws, batons, machetes, and crossbows, to pistols and machine guns. The character we create has but his bare fists, but as we progress, we can acquire clothes and weapons. The process can be sped up with optional micropayments. The attack animations in Let it Die are grotesquely brutal and every blow is accompanied by a huge blood splash.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (PS4)
A third-person action game set in a fantasy world inspired by Celtic mythology. Title was developed by the British studio Ninja Theory, known for Enslaved, Heavenly Sword, and DMC: Devil May Cry. In the game we traverse a dark, mythical world, full of references to popular stories, characters, and monsters born in the imagination of the Celts. Protagonist of the game is a female warrior named Senua, who embarks on a dangerous journey to the land of the dead. As you might have guessed, during her journey, the heroine faces scores of dangerous enemies, with which she usually deals using a sword. Using a variety of combos and special abilities, Senua makes her way to the destination of her journey. Although a fully independent production, Hellblade features high-level visuals, and the gameplay mechanic brings several innovations to the slasher genre, in which the developers from Ninja Theory had become specialized over the years.
Shadow of the Beast (PS4)
Adventure 17 May 2016
It is a slasher action-adventure game that reboots an old platform game franchise, popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s on the Amiga console. The game is set in a grim fantasy world called Karamoon, ruled by a cruel tyrant named Meletoth. The player becomes a warrior who tries to fight the armies of the tyrant and overthrow him. Gameplay is focused mainly on combat against hordes of enemies, employing a complex system of strikes and special attacks. The hero’s power lets him gain strength through drinking blood of defeated enemies, which gradually unlocks new, progressively more powerful attacks. Apart from the main story campaign, the developers prepared a Survival mode, in which you try to repel waves of enemies. While playing, you can get assistance from the souls of fallen players – they can aid you in combat or show the way to other locations.
Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4)
Action 27 May 2016
An action game with numerous RPG elements. Similar to its predecessor, it is a spin-off title in the Dragon Quest franchise by Square Enix, and although it retains a similar atmosphere, it offers several new solutions. The plot of Dragon Quest Heroes II references the events of its predecessor. Despite the lack of any direct links to the core Dragon Quest productions, there are a few familiar faces to see here. As befits a hack and slash game, Dragon Quest Heroes II focuses on quick and spectacular combat. The player fights hordes of enemies who would pose no threat in a one-on-one fight but can be dangerous in larger numbers. Moreover, from time to time, the protagonist faces powerful bosses; to defeat them, it is necessary to use more advanced tactic. Although the game focuses on arcade hand-to-hand combat, it does not lack a complex plot and script. Dragon Quest Heroes II offers three-dimensional graphics which resemble Japanese manga and anime stylistics.
Victor Vran (PS4)
RPG July 2017
Fantasy-themed action role-playing hack-and-slash video game created by Bulgarian developer Haemimont Games – the authors of titles such as Omerta and the latest iterations of Tropico series. The game’s hero, who actually resembles the legendary Van Helsing, is an expert monster hunter, giving you a chance to kill hellish creatures by the dozens. The game features action-driven combat, offering a wide array of weapons (hammers, swords, axes, pistols) and special abilities that you obtain in the course of the game. The key to success is to choose the right gear depending on your next opponent. The story campaign lets you play alone or in cooperation. The game also features competitive online multiplayer modes.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (PS4)
Action 23 June 2015
An enhanced version of the fourth installment of the popular slasher game series by Capcom, previously released in 2008 for PC and consoles. The game introduces a new protagonist called Nero, a member of the Holy Knights. Having witnessed his fellow Knights being slaughtered by Dante, known from the previous installments, and vows to take revenge on the murderer and learn why he became an enemy of the Order. During this dangerous quest, Nero has many puzzles to solve and hordes of demons to defeat. In some missions you play as Dante himself. The special edition features improved 1080p graphics, three new playable characters which you can use instead of playing as Nero or Dante, and the Legendary Dark Knight Mode, previously unavailable for consoles. It's complemented by a set of extra outfits and skins for the playable characters.
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.
Darksiders Warmastered Edition (PS4)
Action 22 November 2016
A refreshed edition of Darksiders – an action-adventure game from 2010, prepared mainly with eight generation consoles in mind (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One). We assume the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As a result of a conspiracy, he initiates the end of the world prematurely, for which he is punished by being stripped of most of his powers and exiled to Earth. The protagonist decides to get revenge on the culprits, fighting hordes of demons, which are in abundance on the destroyed planet that our hero traverses in search for the perpetrators. The mainstay of the game is the dynamic combat, in which we use various types of weaponry and special attacks. The hero traverses large locations with a partially open structure, occasionally solving riddles to proceed. As the game progresses, War reclaims his lost abilities and acquires better weapons. The visual changes are the biggest asset of the Warmastered Edition. The game now runs in native 1080p, the animations are more fluid, the quality of shadows and graphical effects has been improved, while the texture resolution is now twice as high.
Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4)
RPG 12 April 2016
An action RPG set in a fantasy world, created by Spearhead Games - an independent Canadian studio. Stories: The Hidden Path (also known as Stories: The Path of Destinies) takes the player to a region filled with floating islands, inhabited by several species of anthropomorphic animals. The player assumes the role of a sky pirate - a fox by the name of Reynardo, who stood up to the powerful Empire's armada, taking on the responsibility for saving the native country. Stories: The Path of Destinies offers classic hack-and-slash mechanics - the player explores the game world, gathers gold and items, develops the character and fights hordes of enemies. The game features an arcade combat system. A narrator comments on the in-game events, enriching the context with additional meanings. Additionally, the player makes important moral choices. Both the story and the narrator adapt dynamically to the player's choices.
DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition (PS4)
Action 10 March 2015
The complete edition of the game DmC: Devil May Cry released for PC and seventh generation consoles in 2013 as the fifth installment in Capcom's popular hack-and-slash franchise. The game, which is a reboot of the whole series, takes place simultaneously in two worlds: the human one and the infernal one. The player is cast in the role of an uncompromising warrior named Dante, whose task is to stop the hordes of demons that made it to the human world through interdimensional portals. The game's mechanics are based on those of its 2001 predecessor, and the protagonists can use two distinct modes: Angel and Devil. The edition updated for eighth generation consoles features several patches in the combat system and improved graphics in 1080p. It also includes all the DLC packs released for the game, and extra exclusive content (e.g. new outfits and difficulty levels).
Gauntlet: Slayer Edition (PS4)
Arcade 12 August 2015
An upgraded version of Gauntlet, a title with arcade origins known from early stages of PC gaming. The remade version (released in 2014 on PC) was developed by Arrowhead Game Studios. Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is a new incarnation of a dungeon crawler released on arcade machines in 1985. The players enter a fantasy world, and their task is to explore grim dungeons inhabited by dangerous monsters (giant spiders, armed skeletons), or even ghosts. We can choose from one of four heroes (Warrior, Valkyrie, Elf, and Wizard), different in terms of playstyle as well as powers and abilities. Aside from the single player mode, a multiplayer module has been introduced (online, as well as locally). Compared with the PC version, Gauntlet: Slayer Edition has better visuals, and more balanced gameplay.
Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom (PS4)
Action 16 February 2016
A third-person action game developed by experienced Japanese developer Omega Force (Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors) and an adaption of highly popular anime TV series and manga, originally known as Shingeki no Kyojin. The plot is based on the comic books and takes us to grim, post-apocalyptic world, in which the remnants of humanity enclosed themselves in a series of towering walls after being nearly driven to extinction by gigantic Titans. Unlike the previous production based on the Attack on Titan franchise – a visual novel, which is a genre rather unpopular in western countries – this time we receive a pure action game, concentrating mainly on the fights themselves. The game implements high quality 3D visuals, which use the cel shading technology to emphasize comic origins of the game.