LEGO Dimensions (PS4)
Arcade 27 September 2015
Next installment in a bestselling game series devoted to LEGO bricks and developed, as usual, by Traveller’s Tales studio. This title is Warner Bros'. response to the growing popularity of franchises like Skylanders or Disney Infinity. This is the first game in the series that uses real LEGO minifigures, which are transferred into virtual word through a special port. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game is not much different from other titles in the series, still being a third-person action-adventure game. You play as various LEGO characters who have to stop evil Lord Vortech from annihilating humanity. The game is available for purchase in several editions devoted to different franchises. Starter pack includes figurines of Gandalf, Wyldstyle, Batman, and Batmobile. However, you can buy individual packs of characters featured in the Return to the Future franchise, LEGO Ninjago sets, DC Comics, or The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX (PS4)
RPG 28 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 features remastered cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. Each production boasts modernized graphics, numerous gameplay overhauls, additional 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.
Warriors All-Stars (PS4)
Action August 2017
An action title developed by Omega Force. This is a crossover production – the game’s heroes come from the most popular series belonging to Tecmo Koei. The player arrives in a fantasy world which is facing the spectre of destruction. In order to ward off the danger, the princess performs a ritual which should summon a true hero from another dimension. However, something goes wrong, and the world is visited by a number of heroes who join the opposing and power-hungry parties. Warriors All-Stars includes a set heroes from different series, such as Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Ninja Gaiden, and Dead or Alive. The title follows in footsteps of other games in the Musou franchise – gameplay consists in exploring open locations and defeating a multitude of opponents. The protagonists differ in terms of attacks, and each character has a unique special attack which can often be a game changer. The title utilises amazing visuals and smooth animation which is especially impressing, given the fact that battles frequently involve hundreds of units.
Kingdom Hearts III (PS4)
A third main entry in the popular jRPG series, started in 2002 on PlayStation 2 console. The production, developed by Square-Enix, is a closing act of the story taking place in a unique fantasy universe, which combines the worlds of several movies and TV dramas created by Disney with the Final Fantasy series. The main characters are Sora, Riku, and Kairi from the previous games, along with well-known Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Goofy. We witness the final face-off between light and dark, the latter embodied by an organization named XIII, led by master Xehanort. While the visuals have been significantly enhanced, Kingdom Hearts III employs the mechanics and fighting system known from its predecessors. We observe the game’s world from third-person perspective, while during the real-time battles we can count on the support from our two allies, each with a unique set of skills.
World of Final Fantasy (PS4)
RPG 25 October 2016
A spin-off to the popular jRPG series created by Square Enix. World of Final Fantasy was created with younger players in mind. The plot of the game takes place in Grimoire – a completely new world, but the characters and creatures from all previous installments of the series make an appearance. What’s interesting, Grimoire has been divided into two dimensions: in the first of them, the characters look normal, while in the second one they assume the sweet form of chibi. The main characters of the story are Rain and Lon, twins who fulfill their great destiny, experiencing various adventures. When it comes to mechanics, the title is similar to the previous entries in the series, including typical exploration segments and turn-based enemy encounters making use of the Active Time Battle system. Nevertheless, the whole gameplay has been somewhat simplified in order not to scare away the younger players. An interesting feature of the game are the taming mechanics, with animals acquired this way helping us during encounters.
Disney Infinity 3.0 (PS4)
Arcade 28 August 2015
The third installment in a popular action-adventure game series for kids, set in an expansive universe of films and cartoons of The Walt Disney Company. As many as five game developers worked on this title: Avalanche Software, Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo, and United Front Games. In accordance with the tradition of the series, Disney Infinity 3.0 lets you synchronize collectible figurines with the game in order to unlock virtual characters. Upon doing so, you take part in various adventures in one of many Disney worlds. The third installment in the series introduces 5 new worlds coming from Star Wars, Marvel universe, and the animated picture Inside Out. Of course, there are also new heroes and an improved version of Toy Box with new multiplayer modes. Disney Infinity 3.0 retains the cartoonish artwork characteristic for the series. The game supports all figurines and power discs from previous editions.
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PS4)
Fighting 10 December 2015
A classic 2D fighting game developed by Examu, an experienced Japanese studio. The heroines of the production are characters known from various titles of the famous visual novel developer, Nitroplus. In Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroine Infinite, there are tens of female characters from the aforementioned company’s portfolio; these include playable warriors and AI-controlled partners. Apart from standard attacks, each of them has their own arsenal of combos and special strikes. The gameplay is enriched by an original support system — before each fight, we may select two additional characters who will help us once summoned. Depending on the chosen duo, they can combine their skills in many different ways. The title also offers a multiplayer mode in which we gain experience levels and ranks that advance us in the online leaderboard.
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (PS4)
Action 08 November 2016
A side-scroll action game by independent French studio Magic Pockets, in which you play as the characters from popular cartoons by the Cartoon Network Channel. In the game, characters from such series as Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time team up to defeat the nefarious shard creatures and bring back peace to the world. You can play as six characters, each of them using distinct attack techniques and abilities. The gameplay is based on classic action arcade games, combining the elements of shooters, fighting games and platform games, and consists of traversing levels full of obstacles, eliminating enemies, and battling with slightly more challenging bosses. Apart from the single player mode, the game also features a co-op mode for up to 4 people.