South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4)
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Titan Souls (PS4)
Adventure 14 April 2015
A two-dimensional retro action platform game inspired by typical cRPGs and the cult PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus. Titan Souls was developed by the independent, three-person studio Acid Nerve and it is an expanded, commercial version of the application created during the Ludum Dare competition. The game takes place in ancient ruins in which, according to a legend, the souls of titans were placed. These souls are the source of all life, but they were shattered into many pieces and access to each of them is protected by a legendary golem. As a young warrior, the player will face the golems, each of which is challenging in a different way. The monsters have their strong and weak points and learning about them is the key to victory in the duels. The fact that the protagonist is equipped with a bow with only one arrow makes things even more complicated – in order to attack the opponent again, one must first pick up priceless projectile.
Night in the Woods (PS4)
Adventure tomorrow, 21 February 2017
A combination of adventure and arcade games, created by an independent developer known as Infinite Ammo. The player assumes the role of Mae - a cat with paranormal abilities. The protagonist quits her studies and returns to her hometown - Possum Springs, in order to have some quality time with her old friends. The place has fallen into decline since the last mine in town was closed, because the inhabitants have been left without work. What is worse however, is that a neighboring forest has apparently kept some dark secret concealed. The plot serves the role of an parallel to human existence, with themes such as death, transience of all things or longing for certain moments from the past elaborated on throughout the story. The player is required to explore (by jumping across platforms mostly) a unique in-game environment, solve simple puzzles connected to it, talk to NPCs, as well as engage in joyful activities, such as playing the guitar or having fun with the in-game friends. What distinguishes Night in the Woods from other titles, are its visuals based on an original art style - those were crafted by Scott Benson. The unique soundtrack on the other hand, was created by Alec Holowka.
Darkest Dungeon (PS4)
RPG 27 September 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Worms W.M.D (PS4)
Strategy 23 August 2016
Another major installment in the bestselling turn-based strategy game series that focus on a humorous rivalry between the eponymous worms. In Worms WMD, the basic gameplay principles remain unchanged, and the players still have to eliminate the opposite team using a number of more or less unconventional weapons. The participants make their moves in turns and their actions are limited by a time limit. The game refers to the initial two-dimensional installments of the series, which means that battles are presented from the classical side view. The title does not lack for several enriching novelties, though. These include the possibility to hide inside buildings and to use vehicles that allow us to traverse the battlefield and deal damage to the enemy. Visually, the production features the characteristic cartoonish visual style, although the worms’ appearance and animation were refreshed.
Child of Light (PS4)
RPG 30 April 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines elements of modern platformers and Japanese role playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, second player takes the role of a friendly firefly.
Double Dragon IV (PS4)
Action 30 January 2017
The fourth installment of the legendary beat ‘em up series, developed by Arc System Works. The development was supported by the persons responsible for the cult-classic previous installments of the series, including Takaomi Kaneko, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, Koji Ogata, and Kazunaka Yamane. Similarly to the previous installments of Double Dragon series, the gameplay focuses on traversing two-dimensional locations and eliminating hordes of approaching opponents. Our means of survival include punches and kicks, as well as numerous melee weapons, while each level ends in a boss fight that requires more effort from the player. Double Dragon IV received a story mode that can be completed alone, or with a help from another player. Completing the campaign unlocks a Tower Mode, involving the climb on the further levels of the titular tower, and a 2P Duel Mode, focusing on online 1v1 clashes. The game is characterized by simple, pixel-art visuals, which take the player back to previous installments of the series, known for popularizing the beat ‘em up genre.
Rayman Legends (PS4)
Arcade 18 February 2014
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Stardew Valley (PS4)
RPG 13 December 2016
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.
This is the Police (PS4)
Strategy 22 March 2017
An original strategy game with elements of adventure game developed by independent studio Weappy in cooperation with Team 17 Softworks. You take on the role of a chief of police who is about to retire. However, instead of safeguarding the law and order, he decides to use his authority and influence to make a fortune. To this end, the protagonist deals with the local representatives of criminal underground, while trying to keep his actions in the dark. This is the Police features two-layered gameplay, divided into plot and strategy. The former lets you follow the story of the main hero and build relations with key characters. The latter is about planning and execution of criminal operations, while carefully manipulating the actions of police. Moreover, you have to smartly manage your dirty money – safely laundering it for your private needs and investing some into upgrading the police forces.
Salt and Sanctuary (PS4)
RPG 15 March 2016
A dark 2D platformer with RPG elements, developed by the team of Ska Studios, known for its original and equally brutal productions The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder. In Salt and Sanctuary we take on the form of a pirate whose ship crashes near a mysterious island inhabited by hordes of drowned and their powerful masters. By eliminating hordes of enemies and bosses the protagonist gradually discovers the secrets of the island, and thanks to the raw materials he acquires, such as gold and salt, develops his equipment and skills when visiting safe enclaves (titular sanctuaries). The hero has a considerable range of weapons and magic skills at his disposal, and the key element is the proper selection, because too much unnecessary equipment negatively affects the protagonist's mobility and special abilities. The game features an extremely gloomy atmosphere and hand-drawn artwork, typical for the studio's early productions.
Enter the Gungeon (PS4)
Arcade 05 April 2016
A unique mix of a classic dungeon crawler and a dynamic, two-dimensional shooter from the debuting American studio, Dodge Roll. We play as a hero seeking for the legendary weapon that can change the past of a distant planet. To achieve his goal, he must explore the eponymous ancient temple where many dangers and surprises await him. Featuring a top-down view, the game tasks us with exploration of randomly generated levels of the temple. We come across numerous enemies and bosses, as well various shops and friendly characters that will help us in our journey. The game’s combat system is based on classic twin-stick shooters, allowing us to use environmental objects as weapons in addition to an already vast selection of guns and gadgets.
A Boy and His Blob (PS4)
Arcade 19 January 2016
A re-imagining of a 2D platform puzzle game for Wii and NDS, which is a remake of a classic hit originally published in 1989 for Famicom (NES). The game tells the story of a boy and his bizarre, jelly-like fella called Blobert. He needs to find a way to save his planet Blobolonia from an evil emperor, who imposes an unusual diet on his people - composed entirely of sweets. The two heroes set out on a dangerous journey with the purpose of finding the objects necessary to defeat the emperor while his minions try to stop them. The key to success in this classic platformer is to use Blobert’s special abilities, which can be developed by feeding him with a variety of colorful jellybeans. Compared to the original version from 1989, the re-imagining features completely new visuals and slightly changed mechanics – the range of moves and abilities of the hero is much bigger.
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.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS4)
RPG 24 November 2016
A cRPG game based on the popular adult animated TV series South Park. South Park: The Stick of Truth was co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original animated series – Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The player assumes the role of a kid who, together with his parents, just moved in to the titular town and tries to win his peers’ sympathy. Shared LARP (Live Action Role Playing), in which Cartman and his friends take part, gives the hero a chance to prove himself. The plot of South Park: The Stick of Truth is filled to capacity with absurd humor and references to popular culture. The creators applied elements of classic cRPG mechanics, like character classes, turn-based combat, gaining experience, and reaching higher levels. The production features cartoon-like graphics.
Action 01 March 2016
An old school platform shooter developed by independent South African studio Free Lives. The game employs a parodic style to resurrect the legend of classic side-scrolling arcade shooters and the cult of movie tough guys from eighties and nineties. Playing as such icons like John Rambo, Texas Ranger, John McClane, B.A. Barracus, Robocop, or Conan, the player moves through levels filled with typical evil mooks and villains. Although the names of characters were slightly changed, the player can easily guess as whom he is playing. Every character has a unique ability or weapon in addition to the regular set of weapons. The objective of each mission is to free the hostages and escape by using a helicopter. In addition to single player mode, Broforce offers cooperation in local mode or through the Internet. The distinctive graphics, employing pixel art visuals, also relate to the golden age of arcades.
Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court (PS4)
RPG 31 March 2017
The first expansion for the 2016 dungeon crawler RPG Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios. The add-on utilizes the gameplay mechanics from the core game — you complete a team of heroes and set out to explore the eponymous Darkest Dungeon. Your goal is to find enormous riches, with which you can expand a shabby hamlet, also serving as your base. Like in the original Darkest Dungeon game, the characters of The Crimson Court suffer from typical human ailments — some of them may go berserk, while others may panic when surrounded by darkness. The game places a strong focus on blood, which is a theme connecting the items you find and your enemies. The expansion also marks the first appearance of vampires, creatures with a unique set of characteristics and abilities.
An exploration game that eludes standard genre classification, developed by independent studio Chucklefish. Starbound combines elements of a 2D sandbox platformer and a strategy game. As you play, you explore and colonize other planets, provide for their inhabitants, construct useful items and vehicles, as well as fight hostile aliens. The game is set in a procedurally generated world,providing a great amount of freedom to the players. In addition to the single player mode, Starbound offers the ability to play with other people (via Intertnet) in competitive or cooperative modes. The game's retro graphics is characterized by a limited color palette and pixel-art stylistics.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PS4)
Arcade 04 November 2014
An expanded version of a popular indie game that has been released in 2011 by Team Meat studio. Nicalis studio, a bit more experienced team, has been involved in refreshing of the title, in cooperation with original developers. When it comes to mechanics, the gameplay hasn’t changed much, offering randomly-generated levels, traversed by the titular Isaac, who solves simple puzzles and eliminates monsters or much more powerful bosses. The main difference between the Flash-based original, is a completely new graphic engine, introducing new, improved visuals and a number of innovations that, as a result of technological limitations, hadn’t made their way into the original. The developers included the whole base game and its two DLCs, and introduced a number of novelties. A local co-op mode has been incorporated in the game, allowing two players to take part in a joint playthrough on one screen.
Prison Architect (PS4)
Strategy 28 June 2016
An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates. The authors saw to it that each prisoner had his individual personality and corresponding criminal inclinations. A virtual prison manager has to face such issues as violent behavior among inmates, gang activities, smuggling and contraband, or even mutiny. Prison Architect features very simple top-down 2D graphics.