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.
Don't Starve Together (PS4)
Action 13 September 2016
A standalone expansion for the 2013ís well-received survival sandbox game, Donít 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 protagonistís 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. Donít 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.
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 Donít 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 Ė 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 30 April 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 ó 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 ó 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.
Loot Rascals (PS4)
A science-fiction RPG belonging to the roguelike subgenre; it is the debut project of Hollow Ponds - a studio founded by the creators of Hohokum. In Loot Rascals, the player assumes the role of an astronaut whose ship crashes on an unknown, hostile planet. The game's randomly generated world is made up of hexes, most of which remain hidden at the beginning. The player often encounters aggressive monsters that are fought in real time. Interestingly, the enemies defeated leave cards for the player to pick up - those represent different skills. Since the player has a limited number of slots for such cards in their equipment, it is important to select them carefully. When the player dies, they lose a number of their cards, but what is another interesting feature, those are picked up by the creature that defeated the player - the monster later on makes an appearance in another player's adventures. If that player manages to slay the monster, they can return the card to its previous owner or simply keep it. In case of the latter option however, the player has to remember that someone can be after them.
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.
Has-Been Heroes (PS4)
RPG Tuesday, 28 March 2017
A rougelike side-scroller developed by Frozenbyte. The players assume control over a ragtag group of heroes a little over their prime. The team receives a final task Ė escorting two princesses to a special academy. Unfortunately, the mission wonít be easy, as there will be numerous dangers lurking along the way. We begin the game with choosing three characters from an available pool of twelve different heroes. The game sees the trio defend the princesses against continuous waves of varied opponents that force us to switch tactics according to the situation at hand. Each hero carries unique equipment, as well as his own set of spells Ė in all, we can make use of over 300 spells and 200 items. Our mission will see the players travel through 14 different environments. The clashes are randomly generated, making each playthrough different and challenging. Interestingly enough, loosing (either through death or the capture of princesses) means having to start over from scratch. Has-Been Heroes is characterized by simple, cartoonish art-style.
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 gameís 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.
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.
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 hasnít 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, hadnít 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.
Siralim 2 (PS4)
RPG 14 March 2017
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.
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, the special bestiary that describes them, and bonus rooms that form a huge labyrinth. Aside from that, the add-on features more difficult Greed mode and an additional chapter, as well as a new playable character and five unique challenges. However, the most important novelty is the 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 or game modes.
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 isnít 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 doesnít 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 - Donít 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. Donít 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.
Crypt of the NecroDancer (PS4)
RPG 02 February 2016
Work of one-man Canadian studio Brace Yourself Games in form of unique independent production that combines features of seemingly mismatching elements of roguelike RPG and dancing game. Crypt of the NecroDancer lets us play as a girl named Cadence, who sets on journey to find her missing father. It leads her to the mysterious crypt ruled by evil demon known as NecroDancer. It casts unusual curse, making her heart always beat in rhythm of a music. As far as its mechanics go, NecroDancer is and old school action RPG. We explore procedurally generated dungeons and fight various monsters using weapons and magic. What makes the game unique is the fact that enemies move to the rhythm of music, and Cadence must adjust to their dance to defeat them. Each enemy she encounters has his unique style, and discovering correct combination of moves is a key to success.