Nier: Automata (PS4)
RPG 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below (PS4)
Action 26 February 2015
A three-dimensional action game with RPG elements, based on the well-known jRPG series, Dragon Quest. Contrary to other productions that employ the Dynasty Warriors formula, Dragon Quest: Heroes has its own story which is not directly tied to any installment of the core Dragon Quest series. Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below allows the player to traverse vast locations and fight hordes of enemies whose strength lies in their numbers. Bosses present an even bigger challenge — to defeat them, one must adopt an adequate tactic. The player's character possesses several regular attacks and special abilities that we unlock having acquired a certain amount of experience. The game offers cartoonish 3D graphics, with characters designed by a famous mangaka, Akira Toriyama. Thanks to the 8th-generation consoles' capabilities, the developers introduced previously unavailable visual effects and increased the number of opponents visible on the screen simultaneously.
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.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4)
Action 10 November 2016
Developed by Marvelous AQL, another installment of the third-person perspective action games subseries of the Fate franchise, which after a longer break returns to gaming consoles. The action of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star takes place after events from Fate/EXTRA. As the previous war comes to an end, the supercomputer Moon Cell Automaton takes over the world and sends the players to a digital kingdom known as SE.RA.PH., where they have to fight one more battle for freedom. Mechanics slightly resemble productions from the Dynasty Warriors series. During gameplay you control one of 16 characters known as Servants – there are both some new and old characters. Each of the aforementioned figures possesses unique, great powers that you can use in combat with tens (or even hundreds) of enemies at the same time. In contrast to the other titles in the franchise, representing either jRPG or visual novel genres, this production features fast and spectacular action in the form of a hack-and-slash.
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom (PS4)
Action 19 April 2016
A tongue-in-cheek action-adventure game by Big Ant Studios from Australia, which is a combination of a brawler and a 3D platformer. Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom takes you to a fantasy world invaded by an army of maniacs named Clowns. They want to find Druid Orbs – the mythical artifact granting its possessor the power to rule the world. You assume the role of Jaxx, one of the Clowns, who decides, together with his friend Comedia, to look for the Orbs on his own. Gameplay primarily revolves around battles with waves of opponents, during which you can dodge, counter attack, and even throw a powerful hammer – the hero’s main weapon. Each move can become a part of an extensive combo, which fills the energy bar enabling the hero to make powerful super-attacks. The game features comic book-like graphics and a large dose of humor.
Action 24 June 2016
A third-person action game that combines hack and slash and roguelike elements. Heart&Slash started out as a minor project of an indie developer, which grew in time thanks to the financial support gathered on Kickstarter. The action takes place in a distant future, where humanity no longer exists. In the game, we assume the role an unusual robot who wants to discover his own identity and become loved. Before he can achieve this goal, the protagonist has to free himself from under the rule of the QuAsSy system that controls everyone. While playing, we traverse randomly generated locations and fight hostile robots. The combat system brings typical hack and slash game to mind and offers various kinds of firearms and melee weapons. Heart&Slash’s RPG elements allow us to develop our character by changing his parts. Should the hero die, we have to start playing from scratch but we preserve the skills we have gathered up to that point. Heart&Slash features simple 3D graphics enriched with cel-shading technology.