Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
RPG 12 January 2017
A compilation of remastered games from the Kingdom Hearts jRPG series, known in the gaming world since 2001. Square Enix (formely Square) is responsible for the series from its beginning. The compilation contains a refreshed version of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, and a collection of cutscenes divided into chapters from Kingdom Hearts X, entitled Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover. The gameplay focuses on swift, spectacular action scenes, and its base elements include exploration of a fantasy world, battling encountered enemies, and development of our hero. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue uses Unreal Engine 4 technology, which powers the third installment of the Kingdom Hearts series.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
Action 07 October 2015
A PlayStation 4 bundle comprising of the three major installments of the action-adventure game series released over the years 2007-2011. The remastered versions were developed by Bluepoint Games in cooperation with the original creators - Naughty Dog. All three games feature an adventurer named Nathan Drake as the main protagonist, who travels to many exotic places in search of the legacy left by his ancestor (Drake’s Fortune), a legendary artifact (Among Thieves), and finally, the lost city of Ubar (Drake’s Deception). The gameplay features third person perspective and mechanics similar to Tomb Raider franchise. The bundle offers enhanced graphics, upgraded to 1080p resolution and 60 FPS, as well as many better textures, models, and an enhanced lighting system. Unfortunately, the games lack multiplayer modes included in the original releases.
Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection (PS4)
Action 15 November 2016
A compilation of three most popular installments of the Assassin’s Creed series that includes Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. The main protagonist of the trilogy is Ezio Auditore de Firenze, an Italian assassin who lived on the turn of the 15th and 16th century. In these productions, the players have an opportunity to visit the Renaissance Venice and Florence as well as Rome, ruled by Borgias, and Constantinople just a few years before Suleiman the Magnificent conquered it. For the purposes of Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection, every aforementioned title was visually enhanced — the most important change is rising the screen resolution to 1080p but some textures and character models were improved, too. While multiplayer modes were deleted, all expansions and DLCs for the single player campaigns were preserved.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)
A bundle of three first Crash Bandicoot’s titles remastered by Vicarious Visions studio. Aside from modern visuals, all games feature rebuild levels, as well as new save system, which lets us use every control point along with quick save option. What’s more, they received unified menu, as well as Time Trial mode. Like in originals, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy lets us take control of titular bandicoot, who must stop evil Dr Cortex from taking over the world. Since what we play is classic three-dimensional platformer, gameplay focuses on completing linear levels, avoiding traps and fighting enemies, which can be dealt with using a few attacks, like spinning or jumping on enemy’s head. We also collect Wumpa fruits that can earn us another life, as well as find secrets and collect Aku Aku masks that help us in our journey.
Batman: Return to Arkham (PS4)
Action 18 October 2016
A compilation of two remastered versions of action-adventure games from the Batman: Arkham series with all DLC packs. The refreshed versions were created by Virtuos, a company which previously created other remastered games. Batman: Return to Arkham consists of two games: Batman: Arkham Asylum from 2009 and Batman: Arkham City from 2011. The first title takes place in a mental facility taken over by Joker and other villains. The second part takes place in an isolated district in which especially dangerous criminals were locked. Both games have open locations and action-based mechanics. What’s characteristic for the series is spectacular combat based on combo system – the longer the series of attacks, the stronger the hero’s hits. Batman also has access to technologically advanced gadgets which are used not only for combat, but for traveling through the game world and for solving riddles as well. The games featured in Batman: Return to Arkham compilation offer improved graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4.
BioShock: The Collection (PS4)
Action 13 September 2016
A special bundle that includes the revamped editions of three installments in the bestselling BioShock series, designed by 2K Games company for the eighth generation consoles. Each game in the trilogy, which is often described as the spiritual successor to the cult System Shock, is set in different settings and features different main characters. What binds all the stories together is their unique dystopian atmosphere with a surreal vibe, and skillful combination of FPS mechanics with elements of RPG. In comparison with the original releases, The BioShock Collection offers enhanced visuals, featuring 1080p resolution and fluent 60 fps animation. Besides, the games boast enhanced textures and visual effects, as well as improved loading times. Interestingly, the bundle contains not only the games themselves, but also all their DLCs, which were originally sold separately.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4)
Action 24 March 2015
A set of the Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Reeditions with all of their expansions. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is a bundle developed with the 8th-generation consoles in mind. The remastered versions, similarly to the originals, were developed by Gearbox Software. The action of the games takes us to the post-apocalyptic planet Pandora and its moon respectively. The gameplay combines elements of open-word action and role-playing games. The players have to perform a number of story and side missions, during which they explore interesting locations, fight enemies using futuristic firearms, and collect increasingly powerful battle gear. Each title offers four unique heroes of different specializations and abilities. With time, the player’s character gathers experience and, with it, new skills. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection features enhanced graphics and smoother animation. Additionally, it expands the cooperation mode for up to four players.
Metro Redux (PS4)
Action 26 August 2014
A special remastered edition of the two popular first-person shooters: Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, developed primarily with 8th-generation consoles in mind. The story of the Metro series revolves around a youngster named Artem and presents a post-apocalyptic vision of the world in which the humanity fights for survival after a nuclear apocalypse. The action of Metro 2033 takes place in the tunnels of the Moscow subway that now shelters the survivors from dangerous mutants. In the sequel, we abandon the underground tunnels to explore the open spaces of the ruined city. Due to the gameplay enhancements, the game now offers a multiplayer mode. Both titles in the bundle are almost identical to the original ones and any changes involve mainly improved graphics.
Lego Harry Potter Collection (PS4)
Arcade 18 October 2016
A set of two enhanced parts of the LEGO Harry Potter series for the eighth generation consoles, originally released in 2010-2011 by Traveller's Tales and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. The set includes the games LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, based on the seven books in the series by the British writer J.K. Rowling. In both games, apart from the protagonist — the teenage wizard — you meet many characters from the books and movies, both his friends and enemies, including the nefarious Lord Voldemort. Both parts of LEGO Harry Potter Collection feature improved visuals, introducing e.g. enhanced lighting and new special effects. The set also includes two expansions: Spell Pack, which adds five unique spells, and Character Pack, adding 10 previously unavailable characters.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX (PS4)
RPG March 2017
A compilation of the first six installments of the Kingdom Hearts series created by Square Enix in cooperation with Disney. The bundle includes Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX, and feature remastered film cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. Each production boasts modernized graphics, numerous enhancements in their gameplay systems, additional film cutscenes, and bonus boss fights that were previously available online in Japanese editions of the listed titles. Moreover, all games in the bundle run at 60 frames-per-second.
Dead Island: Definitive Collection (PS4)
Action 31 May 2016
A bundle including both installments of the Dead Island series, first-person action games with RPG elements developed by Techland for PC and 8th-generation consoles. The set contains the remastered editions of Dead Island (2011) and Dead Island: Riptide (2013), featuring almost identical stories and focusing on four characters forced to fight for survival on the zombie-infested islands of Banoi and Palanai. The games put a great emphasis on cooperation mode. What distinguishes the remastered versions are the graphics, powered by Chrome Engine 6, that boast sharper textures, a new lighting system, improved character models, and enhanced visual effects. Both games offer a revised user interface and a complete collection of DLCs. Dead Island: Definitive Collection comes with a bonus side-scroll fighting game titled Dead Island Retro Revenge.
Amnesia: Collection (PS4)
Adventure 22 November 2016
Set of two survival horror games, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. While originally the titles were PC exclusives, Amnesia: Collection has been released only for PlayStation 4 console. First of those games is set in a grim castle, with players controlling Daniel, an amnesiac who must find and defeat the mad owner of the building. Its add-on, Justine, puts us in a role of a woman who is part of a psychological experiment. Lastly, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs follows the story of a businessman Oswald Mandus, who contracted an exotic illness. After he wakes from a long sleep, he finds out that his mansion is abandoned, and he starts looking for his children. Both productions are first-person adventure and survival horror games, in which our characters can’t use weapons, and in face of enemies, their only hope of avoiding death is to run and hide. As we explore dark locations, we must solve many puzzles and manage the sanity of our character, which drops down as we witness more and more terrifying events.
Titan Invasion (PS4)
Arcade 14 March 2017
A compilation of two games developed by an independent British studio Puppy Games, now re-released on PlayStation consoles. The package contains Titan Attacks! and Revenge of the Titans – two titles previously released on PC in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The first game is a two-dimensional retro shooter, heavily inspired by the classic Space Invaders. We assume the role of a commander of the last tank on Earth, and our objective is to save the planet from invading hordes of aliens. Revenge of the Titans is a classic tower defense title – the player builds various defense structures which repel the continuous waves of attacking enemies. Both games return with a reworked interface, and are now running in 60 frames per second. As could be expected, the controls have been remapped to fit a console gamepad (or PS Vita buttons).
Destiny: The Collection (PS4)
Action 20 September 2016
A complete edition of the science-fiction first-person shooter with MMO and RPG features. The title was developed by the creators of the Halo series, Bungie Software. Destiny: The Collection contains the basic version of the game that was released in September 2014 and four large DLC expansions: The Dark Below, House of Wolves, The Taken King and Rise of Iron. The story of the game focuses on the remains of humanity competing against an aggressive alien race which destroyed almost all life in the Solar System. The game can be completed alone, by completing the missions of the story campaign, but Destiny reveals its true potential in its multiplayer mode. It offers several varied game modes, including classic deathmatch (individual and team variants) and Strike and Supremacy missions. The collection contains an interesting bonus that allows the player to immediately advance their character to level 40.
Mega Man Legacy Collection (PS4)
Arcade 25 August 2015
A bundle of six installments of the popular series of two-dimensional platformer games, Mega Man. The collection includes the major products of the franchise that were initially published in years 1987-1993 on 8-bit consoles. The action of these titles takes place in an undefined future. While playing, we assume the role of the eponymous Mega Man who is a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence and fights various mechanical enemies created by a mad scientist and inventor, Dr. Wily. The gameplay follows the genre’s standards and is based on exploring vast maps, collecting items, and avoiding varied traps and obstacles. Mega Man Legacy Collection faithfully recreates the six games although not without introducing numerous enhancements such as slightly improved graphics, the new Challenge mode, online leaderboards, and a virtual museum that contains tons of information on individual installments of the series.