Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
An action-adventure game set in a science-fiction world, created by developers from the French studio Quantum Dreams – creators of such games as Fahrenheit, Beyond: Two Souls and the bestselling Heavy Rain. Detroit: Become Human expands on ideas present in the 2012 year’s demo Kara, which depicted a female android developing human emotions. The game takes place in the futuristic version of Detroit, where humanoid robots are a common sight. But the main protagonist – the android Kara – is special, as she is the only one possessing real human feelings. Those emotions are what drives her to learn more about herself and other robots, and if it’s possible – to shape her own future. With the help of players, of course.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS4)
Adventure 24 November 2015
A thriller movie-inspired action adventure game. The game was developed by French studio Quantic Dream, creators of such hits as Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit. The plot of Beyond: Two Souls shows fifteen years of life of Jodie Holmes (who is modeled after and voice acted by Ellen Page, Oscar nominee). Since birth, the woman was connected to Aiden, an incorporeal creature that ventured into our world. The game is considered an “interactive drama” as it focuses mostly on storytelling, moral choices, and the cinematic experience. The developers from Quantic Dream took care to deliver high-quality, photorealistic graphics, sound effects, and animations created using the motion capture technology.
RPG September 2017
An old-school RPG from the independent developer Toby Fox, referencing the Earthbound series. Undertale's story takes place in a world that was witness to a lengthy, cruel war between humans and monsters after a long period of coexistence between both races. It ended with humans driving the monsters underground. Many years later, somewhere in the vicinity of the now-legendary mount Ebott, a little girl looking for shelter from the rain finds a cave and in it a mysterious hole, through which she falls. We play as this girl and explore the underground world, facing various monsters and interacting with various characters. The game’s most characteristic feature is the innovative battle system – we can engage in direct combat in the form of arcade minigames or avoid more difficult fights through talking and complimenting.
RPG 25 July 2017
Unique tactical RPG title from independent American studio of Supergiant Games. The story of Pyre is set in a mysterious land called Downside, which is a variation on Christian idea of a purgatory. The main hero is rescued by a trio of masked travelers, who ask me to help them unveiling the truth about the so called Rites – an unusual competition in which winners can earn pardon for their sins and be freed from Downside. Pyre’s gameplay contains of two fundamental parts. We travel in a special coach that is also used to manage companions and make decisions that affect the land and its inhabitants. However, there is another and more important part of the game in form of skirmishes we take part in, which combine features of MOBA and sport titles. The team of three characters must come in possession of a special ball and take it to enemy’s base.
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.
NBA Playgrounds (PS4)
Sports 09 May 2017
NBA Playgrounds is an arcade sports game inspired by the NBA Street game series. It was developed by Saber Interactive, a studio mostly known for their futuristic first-person shooters like TimeShift and Inversion. In NBA Playgrounds, players take part in basketball matches. Even though the gameplay is based on classic rules, it has not much to do with reality. Players jump incredibly high and do various tricks during those jumps. Nonetheless, mastering all of the game's twists and turns and moves takes some time. It has to be mentioned that developers managed to get the NBA's license. Thanks to that, we can played as both current and old NBA stars. As we win, the players get new abilities which allows them to do more complicated sport stuns. NBA Playgrounds can be played both in single player and multiplayer modes. The game has characteristic cartoonish visuals. Characters available in the game are caricatures of sorts of the real NBA players, and various lighting effects are present during our matches. All of this goes well with NBA Playground's gameplay.
Action 03 March 2015
Helldivers is a cooperative science fiction arcade shooter developed by Arrowhead, creators of the humourous action RPG magicka. The game takes place in a distan future where players take the roles of the members of the elite Helldivers unit whose job is to protect the politically divided planet known as Super Earth. It was attacked by three alien races. Players have to finish prodecurally generated missions in order to save the mankind. Before we start, we can choose up to four special abilities for our unit. As we progress, we get new weapons and upgrades. Missions take place in tours that last for a couple of weeks. The game's campaign (which can be finished in single player mode) is the same for the game's entire community, so the successes and failures of other players influence the story's outcome.
The Escapists (PS4)
Simulation 26 May 2015
A prisoner simulator that combines features of many genres. It was developed by Mouldy Toof in cooperation with Team 17 Software. The player assumes the role of a prisoner who leads a “normal” life in one of several available penitentiary facilities. The main objective of the game is to plan a way of escaping from the prison. In addition to participating in a series of daily activities like various works, workouts, meals, walks and interactions with other prisoners, the player is also gathering seemingly useless items, looking for allies and observing his surroundings in order to find weak points of security systems. The final phase is to use the previously prepared plan and escape. The Escapist offers great freedom of acting and many ways of escaping depending on prison style (among which there is for example a military prison camp). The game offers retro pixel-art two-dimensional graphics presented from a top-down perspective.
The Escapists 2 (PS4)
Simulation November 2017
A sequel to the 2015 game by Mouldy Toof which was a unique arcade 2D platformer with elements of logic and RPG productions. In The Escapist 2, the players assume the role of inmates locked up in heavily-guarded prisons, and their task is to work out the security system and to escape. To do so, we have to look for allies and items that can be crafted into useful tools while pretending that we tend to our usual prison routines. Compared to the original, the game features a myriad of enhancements such as new ways of spending spare time, a modified combat system, a possibility of creating previously unavailable items, and new ways of escaping. One of the biggest novelties is the introduction of a drop in/drop out multiplayer mode in which up to four players can play on a split screen or over the Internet.
Dead or Alive: Xtreme 3 (PS4)
Sports 24 March 2016
A spin-off of the series of fighting games developed by Team Ninja. Only female characters from the main series appear in this game. The mechanics of Dead or Alive: Xtreme 3 are completely different than the ones in the fighting games – it is a compilation of several arcade minigames. Each of these minigames has completely different principles. The player can participate in beach volleyball duels that – despite being based on real rules – are purely action based. Rock climbing requires the player to press (in correct order) the buttons appearing on the screen. Among other available modes there are card game and beach running. As the player proceeds through the game, they unlock new content like costumes for the female characters. In addition to that, the girls can participate in various other activities like dating and taking pictures in Photo Paradise mode.
Table Top Racing: World Tour (PS4)
Racing 03 May 2016
An arcade racing game developed by Playrise Digital. The first installment of the series was created for mobile devices and the PlayStation Vita handheld console. Table Top Racing: World Tour allows players to control miniature cars that drive through toy tracks filled with obstacles. The tracks are placed in various locations: in a car repair shop, at a garbage dump, in a restaurant or on a yacht. The vehicles are very easily controlled, cannot be destroyed, and during the race one can use various power ups. Table Top Racing: World Tour offers six main race types as part of the singleplayer campaign called Championship Mode. In addition to that, the game contains more than eighty challenges and a multiplayer with eight racing modes. Table Top Racing: World Tour features colorful, three-dimensional graphics with backgrounds that are unorthodox for a racing game, and an electronic soundtrack composed by Wes Smith.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle (PS4)
Action 18 January 2017
A classic beat'em up game developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is based on the license of the Power Rangers TV series popular back in 1990s. The titular teenagers are the characters the players assume control of in the game, supported by mysterious Zordon. The heroes have to face the forces of evil represented by the ominous Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd - they want to destroy the Earth and try to achieve it by sending in more and more powerful monsters. The game offers five characters the fans of the TV series are familiar with - the heroes differ both in terms of their weapons and special abilities. The player is required mainly to eliminate subsequent enemies and bosses with melee weapons and advanced attacks based on various martial arts. The game comes with cartoonish 2D visuals referring to the aesthetics popular in the 1990s. Both music and dialogues were taken from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4)
Adventure 12 January 2017
The third full-fledged installment in the series of mystery thriller adventure visual novels developed by Spike Chunsoft. The plot of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony tells the story of a kidnapped high school student named Kaede Akamatsu. Together with other students, he is taken to a school called Gifted Inmates Academy. The academy’s director is a teddy bear named Monokuma. He informs his “guests” that the only way to escape the place is to kill another student in such way that no one catches you during the investigation. The game employs gameplay mechanics known from previous entries in the series. The gameplay is divided into two main parts: School Life and Class Trial. In the first part the player interacts with other students, creates relations and pushes the story forward. Once a murder occurs, the gameplay mechanics change and the player focuses on conducting an investigation during which he learns testimonies and statements of various people, he looks for evidence etc.
Duck Game (PS4)
A two-dimensional arcade game developed with multiplayer in mind. Duck Game started on Ouya console, and then was brought to other platforms. The title offers intensive gameplay for up to four players taking control of cartoonish ducks on closed arenas, picking us various weapons like machine guns, shotguns and flamethrowers. Due to small size of the levels, battles can end after a few seconds, and the game rewards players with quick fingers, fast reactions and those who strategically use jumps, dodges and also design of arenas. Our avatar can be personalized with hats, animations and sounds that it makes. Duck Game uses two-dimensional visuals, resembling retro productions.
Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder (PS4)
Strategy August 2017
A sequel to the hybrid of a strategy and action game. Similarly as the first title, it was created by ACE Team. The gameplay mechanics are mostly based on the first game in the series and are focused on competition between the players. Each player has a castle that they must protect. The castles are connected by a long, winding path. In each round one side of the conflict controls a giant ball and tries to use it to break through the gate of the enemy fortress. The opponent is trying to position his troops and buildings in such way that he stops or at least slows down the rock. Rock of Ages II: Bigger & Boulder allows up to four players split into two teams to compete. The title allows the player to modify the banners and costumes of units, introduces new soldier and rock types, and offers new maps that reference various historical periods. Unreal Engine 4 technology provides high-quality graphics.
Without Memory (PS4)
An action-adventure thriller game created by Dino Games - an independent Russian developer. The game is set in three parallel worlds and decisions made in one affect developments in the other two. The plot is non-linear - the course of events is largely dependent on the player's actions. The creators were inspired mainly by Heavy Rain, thus exploration, puzzle solving and conversations are at the core of this experience; the events are viewed from various cinematic perspectives. Although the game features stealth-action sequences, getting spotted here does not mean an instant failure - instead, the course of the story gets affected. Without Memory is powered by Unreal Engine 4. The high-quality visuals were crafted with care - what stands out are the detailed facial expressions and diverse character animations.