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.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (PS4)
Fighting 25 October 2016
Another installment in the 3D fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the extremely popular manga by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 utilizes the same formulas as its predecessor by combining the elements of all the series of the DB anime (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super), as well as those from the movies. The game features a multitude of familiar characters and an option to create your own custom character; you can choose their gender, appearance and powers. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 focuses on battles taking place in 3D arenas, during which you use a range of unique attacks and powers derived from the original manga and anime series. The game utilizes the cel-shading technology, just like its first installment, and features the original anime voice actors, but thanks to the capabilities of the new generation devices, the visual and sound layer are much better.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4)
RPG 06 March 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse (PS4)
Fighting 05 February 2015
Another installment in the best-selling fighting games series set in the universe of the popular manga by Akira Toriyama and anime TV series. The production was developed by the experienced Dimps studio, which already has in its portfolio several parts of the game, released for both home and handheld consoles. This installment of Dragon Ball focuses on presenting the most important and most spectacular duels in the history of the series, with the participation of Son Goku and the main villains: Vegeta, Nappa, Freezer, Cell, and Buu. In order to refresh the formula of the cycle, the creators introduced a new structure of the world, a futuristic city and new, mysterious characters. The graphics of the game employ the cel-shading technology, which gives it a distinctive comic style. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse marks the debut of the series on eighth-generation consoles, which obviously has influenced the visual experience.
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.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS4)
RPG 24 November 2016
A cRPG game based on the popular adult animated TV series South Park. South Park: The Stick of Truth was co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original animated series – Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The player assumes the role of a kid who, together with his parents, just moved in to the titular town and tries to win his peers’ sympathy. Shared LARP (Live Action Role Playing), in which Cartman and his friends take part, gives the hero a chance to prove himself. The plot of South Park: The Stick of Truth is filled to capacity with absurd humor and references to popular culture. The creators applied elements of classic cRPG mechanics, like character classes, turn-based combat, gaining experience, and reaching higher levels. The production features cartoon-like graphics.
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.
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.
Transformers: Devastation (PS4)
Action 06 October 2015
A third-person action game set in the universe of the popular Hasbro toy franchise. Contrary to the Transformers games released in recent years, the production by Platinum Games has nothing to do with Michael Bay’s movie series and is directly inspired by the animated TV series that aired in the USA in years 1984-87. In the title, we side with the noble Autobots to face the deceitful Decepticons whose leader, Megatron, discovered a technology that would allow him to transform Earth into a great cybernetic structure. Assuming the role of one of 5 robots, we have to thwart our enemy’s evil plans by using unique abilities and offensive techniques of each character. Moreover, they can be further developed in the course of the game. Thanks to the use of cel-shading technology, the game quite faithfully recreates the atmosphere of the cartoon original. Another highlight of the title is the dubbing performed by the actors who voiced the TV series.
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.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (PS4)
Action 24 May 2016
A third-person action game with brawler elements and another digital adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The title was developed by Platinum Games, an experienced Japanese studio, in cooperation with Nickelodeon. The gameplay mechanics of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Manhattan combine elements known to all fans of the series: dynamic combat with spectacular combos, the possibility of switching between characters, a large dose of humor, and tons of pizza, with the latest standards in gaming, such as open-world environment with a myriad of primary and secondary quests, advanced combat system, or online features. The production offers an extensive single player story campaign as well as the possibility to join forces with others in an online cooperation mode for up to 4 players. The title’s visuals are generated by a fully three-dimensional graphics engine that employs cel shading, which gives the game a distinctive cartoonish appearance.
Adventure Time: Magic Man's Head Games (PS4)
A three-dimensional platformer based on the popular TV series Adventure Time and requiring virtual reality goggles. Players take ion the role of the series’ protagonist, Finn, who along with shape-shifting dog Jake traverse a fantasy land of Ooo, trying to lift the curse of the titular Magic Man. Gameplay focuses on classical features, like jumping on platforms, avoiding traps and obstacles, and lastly – fighting with enemies, all of which is shown from third-person perspective. Each of the heroes possesses different abilities – Finn can make use of a sword, while Jake can stretch and glide. Due to its low difficulty level, Adventure Time: Magic Man's Head Games is suitable even for the youngest players. The game offers colorful, 3D visuals that imitate the style of the original TV series, as well as Adventure Time’s distinctive absurd humor.
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (PS4)
Fighting 17 November 2015
It is a 3D action-packed brawler with arcade elements, set in the Kung Fu Panda universe depicted in the popular movies and TV series. The players take part in the Legendary Legends Tournament along with the best 20 kung fu warriors (along with four new characters that need to be unlocked). The competition involves three types of various arenas that move, change their shape, and challenge players with various special features.
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma (PS4)
Action 22 September 2015
The continuation of the console hit titled Afro Samurai, based on the themes of Takashi Okazaki’s popular manga. The indie studio of Redacted, established by David Robinson, the co-creator of the original game, is responsible for the development of the production. The storyline involves a completely fresh story, focused on the character of Kuma, known from the animated mini-series based on the game. During the playthrough we have the opportunity to play the roles of several, diverse characters, including Afro, who was also featured in the previous installment of the production. When it comes to the mechanics the game, it is still a quite typical hack’n’slash, which revolves around brutal and spectacular duels, fought with deadly, samurai weapons. The continuation does not lack in the terms of standard elements of the series, including platformer elements and an advanced combat system, which allows the player to perform extremely impressive evolutions and precise sword strikes. The visuals have been kept in the same style as those of the predecessor, however, unlike in the original Afro Samurai, the sequel allows us to enjoy the game in a co-op mode.
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 more slightly more challenging bosses. Apart from the singleplayer mode, the game also features a co-op mode for up to 4 people.
Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (PS4)
Action 20 October 2015
A video game based on Adventure Time, a popular animated TV show that aired on Cartoon Network, and developed by Vicious Cycle - the studio responsible for Madagascar 3: The Video Game and Ben 10 Omniverse. In the game, you follow the adventures of a boy named Finn and his magical dog Jake, who is able to freely change his shape and size at will. Following in the steps of Finn’s foster parents, the two become private detectives, whose services are quickly proven to be very desirable, as the realm's inhabitants begin to disappear without a trace. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, it is an adventure action game combining arcade elements with riddles. As you play, you get to explore new locations, talk to different characters, fight opponents, and solve logic puzzles. The audiovisuals successfully capture the style and atmosphere of the original TV show.