No Man's Sky (PS4)
Action 09 August 2016
A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (PS4)
Arcade June 2017
Second DLC for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth developed by Nicalis studio. It adds tens of unique items to create more surprising combinations, new monsters to defeat and special bestiary that describes them and bonus rooms that create a huge labyrinth. Aside from that, add-on features more difficult Greed mode and additional chapter, as well as a new playable character and five unique challenges. However, the most important novelty is added support of modding tools, which allows players to freely modify the most important elements of the game and create new equipment, monsters, characters and even whole campaigns and game modes.
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.
Don't Starve (PS4)
Action 07 January 2014
A humorous action-adventure game with strategy and cRPG features. The game was developed by Klei Entertainment, the creators of Shank and Mark of the Ninja. The main protagonist of Don’t Starve is Wilson, a Victorian gentleman scientist. The insidious demon Maxwell sends Wilson to the wild where he must use all of his knowledge and intelligence to survive among dangerous beasts. The player is tasked with helping the protagonist in his fight against the nature and the monsters – he must build a place to hide, obtain food, start a fire, produce tools etc. As the game progresses, one can unlock new playable characters, each with unique abilities. The game has unusual 2D graphics with cartoonish style and music that is pleasant to the ear.
Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court (PS4)
RPG 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 town, also serving as your base. Like in the original Darkest Dungeon game, the protagonists 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 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.
Don't Starve Together (PS4)
Action 13 September 2016
A standalone expansion for the 2013’s well-received survival sandbox game, Don’t Starve. The main goal of the add-on is to transfer the core premise of the original title into cooperative multiplayer gameplay. In the game, we still explore the world, gather food, build a shelter, fight various enemies, and take care of the protagonist’s physical and mental health. The primary novelty is the possibility of interacting with other players who can turn out to be either precious friends or deadly foes. Don’t Starve Together allows us to play both with our friends and with complete strangers. Another appeal of the expansion is the fact that it comes with the previously released DLC, Reign of Giants, which expands the original title with new bioms, enemies, and a full year cycle. The production can be obtained free of charge by all owners of the vanilla game.
The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth (PS4)
Arcade 10 May 2016
A huge (approximately up to for 200 hours of gameplay) DLC expansion for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth from Nicalis studio. It isn’t standalone title, requiring the base game to play. Afterbirth introduces many novelties, including a new final area with a unique boss and ending. However, it doesn’t change the game mechanics, as we once again play a roguelike arcade title, exploring randomly generated locations, discovering secrets and fighting enemies. The gameplay is diversified with additional content in the form of new character, Lilith, new monsters and bosses, as well as previously unavailable items, challenges and locations. What's more, the DLC also modified the interface and expanded the soundtrack. Lastly, players received a new game mode called Greed Mode, in which they take great risks to obtain unique rewards.
Don't Starve: Shipwrecked (PS4)
Action 02 August 2016
Another DLC to a best-selling sandbox survival game - Don’t Starve. Unlike the previous two add-ons, this one was developed not by the original creators, but by Capybara Games - the team known for such games as Below or Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery. Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked focuses solely on single player content, drawing inspiration from the cult adventure novels, such as Robinson Crusoe. However, these were enriched with fantasy elements and a unique sense of humor. The expansion introduces new locations, characters, enemies, and weather effects. Additionally, the game lets you use a boat and sail around the sea dotted by numerous islands. In terms of audiovisuals, the add-on is on par with the base game. Although it includes a big chunk of new graphic elements, they match the original style.
Arcade 09 August 2016
Brutal is a roguelike dungeon crawler/action game developed by Stormcloud Games. It stands out with peculiar graphics, based on ASCII code. The main task in the game is reaching the 26th level of a randomly generated dungeons, where a duel with the final boss, known as Guardian of the Dungeon, awaits. In order to accomplish that, you have to choose one of the available characters (Ranger, Mage, Warrior and Amazon), and roam subsequent dungeons, facing enemies such as orks, werewolves, or stone monsters. During the game, the player has to create new weapons and enchant them to achieve satisfactory results in battle. Apart from that, players can use all sorts of different potions, but their impact is not entirely known – consuming them can cause both positive and negative effects. The game can be played both in single-player as well as in co-op, and a dungeon editor compliments the whole.
Action 04 October 2016
A third-person action game featuring roguelike elements. After the Shadowgrounds series, it is the second major game developed by Harebrained Schemes, an independent American studio. Necropolis is set in a vast, magical, procedurally generated dungeon complex that constantly changes its shape. We play as a daredevil who vows to discover the secrets of the place and defeat the sorcerer who rules the complex and the intelligence he created, which feeds on the souls of those unfortunate enough to fall in its clutches. When it comes to the gameplay, it is an action game at its core; with a demanding combat system requiring good timing and identification of the enemy's weaknesses. We can increase our chances by the use of magical potions brewed from the ingredients we find in the dungeon. We can also take advantage of mystical spell books and runes. The game does not lack humor and features an original graphical design with relatively simple 3D models of characters and objects.
Siralim 2 (PS4)
A sequel to the oldschool RPG developed by Thylacine, the creators of the first installment in the series. Siralim 2 doesn't feature a complex plot; you play as the ruler of the eponymous kingdom, who sets out on a series of journeys, during which he has to recruit monsters and use them to fight his enemies. Interestingly, there is no final battle, and the locations and challenges are generated without end. The game features a bird's eye view, and the gameplay consists of exploring the dungeons, searching for treasure, completing quests, and combat. The battles are turn-based, but the protagonist doesn't fight in person, letting his monsters do it instead. Siralim 2 also features magic and crafting systems, and the money you earn can be spent on upgrading your castle, which means adding new building and rooms, unlocking new equipment, missions, and characters.
Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found (PS4)
An action platformer game with roguelike and metroidvania elements, developed by the indie studio Hikergames. In Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found we step into the shoes of an animated toy hero named Brand, who is actively fighting with the forces of darkness that want to take control over his owner. To defeat evil, our protagonist has to uncover the secrets of the family home and discover some facts about his own past. The action of the game is presented from a side-view camera angle, and the gameplay revolves around several core segments. The most important of said segments is the exploration of procedurally generated locations, which can prove quite challenging due to various dangers and puzzles, which have been integrated into the environment. Over 300 unique enemies will stand in the way of our protagonist, including several powerful bosses, that will require us to devise the appropriate strategy to defeat them. All of the above is further diversified by a crafting system, as well as character development, which allows our hero to gain new, useful abilities on his adventures.
Don't Starve: Reign of Giants (PS4)
Action 22 July 2014
The first of several official add-ons to the highly-original sandbox action game Don’t Starve, created by the Canadian Klei Entertainment studio. Reign of Giants introduces many novelties, beginning with completely new biomes, filled with previously unseen creatures (the eponymous Giants), and numerous collectibles that might be as helpful as dangerous. Aside from that, two new seasons have been implemented: autumn and spring, which complement a full year cycle with all of its consequences (e.g. spring rain or summer heat). There are also two new heroes among playable characters: the actress Wigfrid and Webber, a boy living in the body of a spider. The visuals remained mostly unchanged, though the world of Don’t Starve has become even bigger and more dangerous, forcing the players to face new challenges, some of which will require changing the strategies they used so far.
Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics (PS4)
RPG 13 September 2016
A turn-based jRPG with roguelike features developed by Spike Chunsoft. The title is a spin-off of the Mystery Dungeon series based on One Way Heroics, an independent game that is popular in Japan. 20 playable characters are available in the game and among them there are the characters from such series as Danganronpa and Shiren the Wanderer. Not all of them are playable from the start – the player must collect points which then can be spent on buying new perks and character classes. Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics contains many roguelike features like procedurally generated world with randomly placed traps, obstacles and treasures. However, the death of the protagonist isn’t permanent in the game. What distinguishes the game is the fact that with each turn the game world is consumed by a wall of light progressing from the left side of the screen. This forces the player to thoroughly plan his movements and strategy.