Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)
Arcade 30 June 2017
A bundle of first three Crash Bandicoot games, remastered by Vicarious Visions studio. Aside from modern visuals, all games feature rebuilt levels, as well as a new save system, which lets us use every control point along with quick save option. What’s more, they've received an unified menu and a Time Trial mode. Like in originals, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy lets us take control of the titular bandicoot, who must stop the evil Dr Cortex from taking over the world. As the game is a classic three-dimensional platformer, gameplay focuses on completing linear levels, avoiding traps, and fighting enemies, which can be dealt with using a few attacks, like spinning or jumping on enemy’s head. We also collect Wumpa fruits that can earn us another life, as well as find secrets and collect Aku Aku masks that help us in our journey.
Deadlight: Director's Cut (PS4)
Arcade 21 June 2016
A remastered edition of a 2012's two-dimensional platformer by studio Tequila Works, designed for PC and eighth generation of video game consoles. The plot of the title is set in an alternative version of the 80s, in which, as a result of a mysterious virus, world was overrun by zombies. During the game we play the part of a survivor named Randall Wayne, who is trying to reach a safe place and meet up with his friends and family. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a 2.5D platformer, emphasizing exploration and different ways of dealing with zombies. There are also purely arcade sequences, as well as environmental puzzles that we have to solve in order to get to previously inaccessible places. In comparison to the original game published four years earlier, Deadlight: Director's Cut features improved 1080p visuals, a set of new animations and a new game mode – Survival Arena.
Rez Infinite (PS4)
Arcade 13 October 2016
A refreshed version of the cult-classic rhythm game from 2001. The new edition, developed by Enhance Games studio lead by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, has been adapted to make use of virtual reality goggles, but a traditional gameplay is also available. Aside from the content present in the original game, the developers added a new location, called Area X. In Rez Infinite, the player’s task is to remove the effects of a malfunction inside an advanced AI called Eden. The game mixes the gameplay of so called rail shooters, with elements of rhythm games. As a result, we don’t control the direction where our character is headed – all we have to do is to mark groups of elements appearing on the screen, which explode, generating various audio-visual effects. The abstract visuals, characteristic of the original title, have been adapted to modern standards.
Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
Arcade 12 April 2016
The next installment in the very popular 3D platformer series, which has been initially developed for the PlayStation 2 console, and had given birth to one of the most popular and successful series for this particular gaming platform. Despite drawing major inspiration from its 2002 predecessor, the title is not just a simple remake but a complete reboot of the whole cycle. In the new game, we follow the struggles of the titular pair of heroes – a fox called Ratchet and his robot companion, Clank, as the two of the try to save the galaxy from the evil Drek. Our antagonist is actively trying to destroy the world and reuse the entirety of its matter to form a new planet for his race – the Blarg. The main characters are searching for the legendary superhero Captain Qwark, who is the only person believed to be able to stand up to the terrible foe. Ratchet & Clank is a standard 3D TPP platformer in which the gameplay revolves around traversing the world, fighting various enemies and collecting numerous mysterious findings.
Sonic Mania (PS4)
Arcade yesterday, 15 August 2017
A 3D platformer that came out as a reboot of one of the most popular adventure game series, featuring the titular Sonic the Hedgehog. This production was created by a SEGA’s subsidiary, Sonic Team, employing people who helped create the series and its most important iterations. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is set firmly in the franchise's initial premise, allowing you to play as the main hero (or one of his many friends), and traverse a series of locations where your goal is not only to reach the end of a map, but also to do it as quickly as you can. For most of the time, action is presented in third-person perspective, however, the game features also also some classic 2D levels. Each location is filled with traps and opponents, but also various power-ups that can boost your score or protect you from damage.
Arcade 23 August 2016
Inside is the second project of the independent Danish studio PlayDead, which became famous by creating the cult game Limbo. The game's development was partially funded by a grant from the Danish government. The story tells about a young boy who must stop the forces of evil that are trying to take over the world by experimenting on humans. The gameplay mechanics are similar to classic platformer games. They combine the necessity to solve various puzzles with tasks requiring reflexes and good manual skills. The game takes place in a dark universe where the rain never ceases to fall. The visuals of the game are similar to the ones used in the previous bestselling game developed by PlayDead studio. However, this time the world is three-dimensional. The colors in the game are toned down and the music is atmospheric. The game was created by using the popular, multi-platform Unity engine.
Little Nightmares (PS4)
Arcade 28 April 2017
A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.
Crash Bandicoot HD (PS4)
Arcade 30 June 2017
Developed by Vicarious Visions studio from the USA, a remake of the first installment of the Crash Bandicoot franchise. Compared to the original production, this title features brand new graphics along with a fresh soundtrack. Even though there are a few minor improvements in mechanics, the backbone of the game stays the same. Once again, you play as a bandicoot named Crash, whose objective is to stop doctor Neo Cortex from raising an army of obedient, humanoid animals. Crash Bandicoot HD is a classic 3D platform game, so gameplay consists in going through diverse locations, avoiding numerous traps, and fighting enemies by hitting them with the spin attack or by jumping on their heads. Once you run out of a limited number of lives, you'll have to start a level all over again. However, the title features a system of checkpoints, diverse secrets, and power-ups granting temporary bonuses.
Rayman Legends (PS4)
Arcade 18 February 2014
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Arcade 26 May 2017
A third-person view adventure game developed by Tequila Works studio from Spain, which successfully debuted in 2012 with a post-apocalyptic platformer Deadlight. You assume the role of a boy who is trying to escape a mysterious island that conceals a sinister past. During the course of the game you will solve numerous puzzles, using a magical artifact that allows you to manipulate the environment and time. The title, despite being an action game also includes many platformer elements. The hero travels through an open world, climbs craggy cliffs, and jumps over chasms. Apart from being skilled, you also have to be perceptive, as light, sound, and touch (thanks to the technology offered by PS Vita and DUALSHOCK 4) play a vital role in Rime. The game features a 3D environment, colorful visuals, and a comic book-like visual style.
Cars 3: Driven to Win (PS4)
Arcade 13 June 2017
Another installment in a series of racing games based on Pixar animated movies. The game was developed by Avalanche Software, creators of titles like Pure and Split/Second: Velocity. The title enables the player to control more than twenty customizable vehicles-characters (animated cars are the main protagonists of Cars). Among them there are Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez, who prepares for an encounter with his rival Jackson Storm. The action takes place on twenty unique tracks. As player wins races, he gains access to various upgrades for his vehicles. Car development system is connected to the ability to unlock new characters, tracks and gameplay features like new game modes. Cars 3: Driven to Win features high quality three-dimensional graphics that faithfully recreate the movie.
Arcade 09 February 2016
An action-logic platform game created by Coldwood Interactive in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. You play as Yarny, a character made of yarn, who travels across various locations, inspired by the landscape of northern Scandinavia, in search of traces of his long lost family. Scores of adventures await you, requiring you to cleverly use the protagonist’s unique ability of unraveling his own body. He can use some of the yarn he is made of to create a bridge or catch a fish and use it to cross a river. The game features impressive, fully 3D graphics, although presented in 2.5D perspective, resembling LittleBigPlanet.
Arcade 08 August 2017
An original 2D fighting game developed by Shanghai-based FantaBlade Network Technology, a Chinese team taking its first steps in the game development world. The plot of ICEY follows the titular heroine, led by the mysterious narrator, during her travels through a fictional, enemy-ridden world. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a classic fighting game, with a complex combo system and RPG elements. We learn to use the heroine’s abilities, including powerful attacks, jumps or dodges, which help her in clashes against single enemies, as well as more demanding bosses. However, the game is varied by the addition of the aforementioned narrator, who tells us which way to go, and points us to next enemies. Interestingly enough, we can ignore these tips, which on the one hand, irritates the narrator, but on the other allows us to discover various secrets hidden around the levels.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4)
An arcade flight simulator and continuation of the popular series published by Bandai Namco. Like its predecessors, Ace Combat 7 is set in alternative timeline, in which there are different countries, and humans have constructed unique flying units. Game focuses on the story, which we learn both through events during missions and many cutscenes. The gameplay is mostly arcade, with only a few simulation’s features. Due to that, realism has to move over and make space for dynamic and eye-catching sky fights, including battles with powerful bosses. Each available plane flies slightly differently, resulting in a more varied experience. Ace Combat 7 offers a story campaign for one player and multiplayer mode. Developers made use of Unreal Engine 4 and also added support of PlayStation VR goggles.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PS4)
Arcade November 2017
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a sequel to the 2013 platform/action game LEGO Marvel Super Heroes developed by Traveller's Tales. This time we will have to face Kang the Conqueror who travels in time and causes turmoil in various eras across the history. Once again we will be able to play as several dozen Marvel characters, including Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Gameplay focuses on exploration (we will visit Wild West, ancient Egypt, 2099 New York, and other times and places as we play), combat, and solving simple puzzles and riddles. The game offers a single player campaign and a multiplayer mode (co-op and PvP arena battles) for up to four players.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (PS4)
Arcade 08 August 2017
A collection of classic 2D platform games from the popular Mega Man series created by Capcom. This production is a sequel to Mega Man Legacy Collection, released in 2015, and it offers four games that were absent in the previously mentioned collection. This time we get: Mega Man 7 released in 1995 on SNES console, Mega Man 8 released in 1996 on PlayStation and SEGA Saturn as well as two newest parts of the series: Mega Man 9 (2008) and Mega Man 10 (2010). All games take place on Earth at the end of XXI century and the main hero in all of them is the titular Mega Man – a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence whose main enemy is Doctor Wily, a crazy scientist. All games have similar 2D platform mechanics – the most important elements of the games are exploration, collecting items, avoiding traps and fighting enemies. The set has also an additional attraction in the form of a virtual museum full of bonus materials for fans of the series.
Sonic Forces (PS4)
Arcade December 2017
Another installment in the popular platform game series by SEGA. The game was developed by Sonic Team, the creators of Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors. Once again, you play as the eponymous super-fast hedgehog, and your task is to lead the resistance and face the evil Doctor Eggman and his army of giant robots. Sonic Forces utilizes the third person perspective. Like in the previous games of the franchise, you traverse the maps full of obstacles and enemies, and collect golden rings. The biggest attraction of the game is undoubtedly the most characteristic feature of the brand - the speed. The protagonist moves so fast that sometimes you may not be able to discern what is happening on screen. The game also features an option to summon alternative versions of Sonic and to control several of them at once — it is the only way to deal with challenges, which are too much for just one Sonic.
Guitar Hero Live (PS4)
Arcade 20 October 2015
The next major installment in a bestselling music game series launched in 2005 by Harmonix studio, who are currently developing a similar series, Rock Band. Returning after a several-year long hiatus, this new installment was developed by FreeStyle Games, who previously created two DJ Hero games. Overall, the gameplay mechanics did not change much, however, this time the game features the view from the guitarist’s eyes, whereas cartoonish characters gave way to authentic musicians and crowds resembling real audience. Guitar Hero Live supports a new version of guitar controller with 6 buttons in two rows, imitating the real instrument even better. As always, the game lets you adjust difficulty level to your skills. Unfortunately, unlike rivaling Rock Band 4, Guitar Hero Live is not compatible with tracks purchased for previous games.
Never Alone (PS4)
Arcade 18 November 2014
A platformer with puzzle game features, developed by Upper One Game studio. The story of Never Alone is based on Inuit beliefs, with players taking control of a young girl from the Inupiaq tribe who sets on a dangerous journey with her white fox to save her people and stop the arrival of the eternal blizzard. During her adventure, she will meet many creatures from Inuit legends, such as Sky People, Rolling Heads or Blizzard Man. Never Alone presents its world from the side perspective, as we traverse vast levels, avoid traps, fight enemies and solve puzzles. The single player campaign lets us switch between the girl and the fox, both of which have unique abilities that are necessary to progress; however, control is split between two players in the cooperation mode. Never Alone features good-looking three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a soundtrack based on traditional Inuit music. Interestingly, the narrator speaks in Inuit language and the dialogue is translated into English through subtitles.
Arcade 11 April 2017
Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer developed by Playtonic Games, a studio created by the experienced developers who played a crucial role in the development of Rare's biggest games. The game's title is a blend of the protagonists names. Yooka, the first of them, is a chameleon who has an unusually long tongue, which can be used to grab onto various surfaces and cover large distances. The other one, Laylee, is a bat who can use sonic attacks. Laylee can also carry Yooka and fly with her friend for a short distance. During our adventures, we explore vast, three-dimensional locations. We need to use our protagonists unique abilities to travel around them. There are numerous challenges awaiting the players: from typical platform sequences, through logical puzzles and item collecting, to boss fights. There are also many hidden minigames in Yooka-Laylee’s world.