Farming Simulator 18 (PSV)
Simulation 06 June 2017
Another installment in the annually released farming simulator series developed by GIANTS Software. This time, however, the creators decided to develop a game exclusively for handheld devices like PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS. In terms of mechanics, Farming Simulator 18 highly resembles the previous installments, especially the handheld version of Farming Simulator 16. The game sees the players running their farms in an attempt to make a profitable business out of it. To achieve this, the players have to take care of a number of things, such as soil and plant cultivation, harvesting and selling the crops, and finally the successive development of the farm. Farming Simulator 18 does not lack the series’ representative feature, namely a wide range of licensed agricultural machinery of the world’s top makers, which are available for the players to utilize while working in the field.
Papers, Please (PSV)
Logic 12 December 2017
An unusual logic game and a satirical take on the communism. It is the first commercial project from Lucas Pope. The story is set in a fictional socialist country named Arstotzka. The country was at war with the neighboring Kolechia for a few years, but now it is over. The city of Grestin has become a crucial point on the new border between the two countries. The player is put in the shoes of a new customs officer whose task will be to carry out border checks in order to neutralize potential smugglers, spies, and terrorists. Before giving someone permission to enter the country, the player not only has to check their papers and verify the data against a primitive database, but also order searches and inspections. Despite the simplicity of mechanics, the game features an extensive story campaign which ends in one of several alternative ways, depending on the player's choices.
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.
Darkest Dungeon (PSV)
RPG 27 September 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PSV)
Action 17 December 2011
An action game and a spin-off installment of the popular Uncharted series, developed as one of the launch titles of PlayStation Vita. Contrary to the major entries in the franchise, which were created by Naughty Dog, Uncharted: Golden Abyss was developed by Bend. Plot-wise, it is a prequel to the Uncharted series. In the game, we assume the role of a younger Nathan Drake who embarks on a journey to Panama to investigate a newly-discovered temple complex and solve the mystery behind a massacre of conquistador forces that took place 400 years ago. Remaining faithful to the spirit of the series, the events of Uncharted: Golden Abyss are very dynamic and are accompanied by arcade gameplay. Nathan Drake has to overcome various obstacles, climb, shoot, fight hand-to-hand, and solve logic puzzles. The controls utilize extra features of PSV, such as the touch screen and the built-in gyroscope. Uncharted: Golden Abyss offers a symphonic soundtrack composed by Clint Bajakian.
Action 14 October 2014
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Secret of Mana (PSV)
RPG 15 February 2018
Secret of Mana is a remake of the classic action jRPG from 1993. The game was developed by Square Enix. The original title was released in Japan under the title Seiken Densetsu 2. The game takes place in a fantasy world that the player must save from the powerful Empire. During the game the player is exploring the world, speaking to non-playable characters, completing quests and fighting enemies by using an action-based combat system. There are three characters in the party, each with different special skills. The player controls only one of them while the remaining two are controlled by artificial intelligence. It is possible to freely switch between the characters. Compared to the original game, the remake features new three-dimensional graphics and improved soundtrack. The developers dubbed all dialogues and improved some gameplay mechanics.
Stardew Valley (PSV)
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.
Grand Kingdom (PSV)
RPG 19 November 2015
A classic jRPG with turn-based combat system, developed by Spike Chunsoft in collaboration with MonochromeCorp studio, and an informal sequel to the 2011 Grand Knights History, both games developed under the lead of Tomohiko Deguchi. The game is set in a fantasy realm divided between four warring factions. We start as a leader of our own mercenary group and with the progress of the game we embrace the cause of one side of the conflict. Skirmishes have been presented in a side-scrolling perspective and take place in a turn-based system with profound tactical essence, forcing players to carefully plan their next move and use all sorts of combos and special abilities. Gameplay is supplemented by a visual novel type of narration.
Borderlands 2 (PSV)
Action 13 May 2014
A first-person shooter with cRPG features and a sequel to the 2009’s hit. Gearbox Software studio once again managed the development, with the publishing support of 2K Games company. The game’s story is set some time after the events of first part. This time the players will face Handsome Jack, a self-proclaimed dictator of Pandora. The creators of Borderlands 2 have prepared four playable characters: Salvador, Maya, Zero, and Axton, representing one of the four different classes and different fighting style. Gameplay still retains the exhilarating gunplay, but the weapon mechanics have been thoroughly changed. Furthermore, the trademark of the series in the form of a four player co-op mode is also present.
RPG 15 August 2017
An old-school RPG from the independent developer Toby Fox, referencing the Earthbound series. Undertale's story takes place in a world that was witness to a lengthy, cruel war between humans and monsters after a long period of coexistence between both races. It ended with humans driving the monsters underground. Many years later, somewhere in the vicinity of the now-legendary mount Ebott, a little girl looking for shelter from the rain finds a cave and in it a mysterious hole, through which she falls. We play as this girl and explore the underground world, facing various monsters and interacting with various characters. The game’s most characteristic feature is the innovative battle system – we can engage in direct combat in the form of arcade minigames or avoid more difficult fights through talking and complimenting.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PSV)
Racing 30 October 2012
A new installment in the legendary racing series. As the title suggests, the game refers to one of the most well-received parts of the series - the original 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game was developed by Criterion Games, a company well-know for the Burnout series. The remake resembles the original game when it comes to dynamic police chases and the so-called Blacklist, where the player challenges other most wanted drivers for races and climbs up their ranks. This time the developer put emphasis on the game's open-world environment, and the opportunity to explore it freely. The player can freely roam the streets of Fairhaven and switch between the vehicles they previously managed to acquire. Participation in subsequent races unlocks upgrades and modifications for each car. In doing so, the player earns prestige points as well, which allows them to challenge subsequent Blacklist drivers. What is typical of the series, the game offers an arcade driving system that features spectacular collisions.
Mortal Kombat (PSV)
Fighting 01 May 2012
A brutal fighting game and a reboot of the Mortal Kombat video game series - one of the most popular fighting-oriented franchises, launched back in 1992. The game was created by NetherRealm and the works were supervised by Ed Boon - the father of the series. This new installment is based on the best mechanics of its predecessors, both improving and modernizing the classic Mortal Kombat experience. Thus brutal fighting is the core of the game - fights are filled with spectacular special attacks and creative ways of finishing off the enemy. The players received a massive number of both well-known and completely new fighters. The new X-Ray system was introduced as well, allowing the player to launch special attack sequences. New game modes were also added, including challenges, Story Mode and Tag Team, which allows two teams of two players to fight against each other. Combining classic elements with the new can be also observed in the visuals that combine 2D and 3D elements.
God of War Collection (PSV)
Action 06 May 2014
A pack containing the first two games from the bestselling God of War series, remastered for the users of next generation consoles. In both games, originally released for PlayStation 2 in 2005 and 2007 respectively, we learn the story of the Spartan warrior Kratos, currently a hatchet man working for the Olympians. The gameplay is implemented in the form of a brutal third-person slasher, as we deal with a throng of mythological monsters and even mighty gods like Ares, or Zeus himself. We also meet many famous characters and get some mythical artifacts that help us fight in various ways. The first two parts in the series that comprise the God of War Collection have been refreshed by Bluepoint Games studio, now supporting 720p resolution and 60 FPS. The support for Trophies, not present in PlayStation 2 editions, has also been added.
Rayman Legends (PSV)
Arcade 10 September 2013
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.
LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (PSV)
Action 24 March 2015
A TPP action game by TT Fusion, developed for Nintendo and Sony portable consoles, based on the popular LEGO building blocks series, whose main theme are the adventures of young ninja warriors. The story of LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is connected to the previous installment in the series. After defeating the tyrant and his Nindroid minions, the five heroes have to face another threat, which is the eponymous Ronin leading the Army of Shadows. He also deprives the heroes of their abilities, so before they can confront him, they need to regain them. Mechanics-wise, LEGO Ninjago is a dynamic action game, in which you control one of the heroes and fight hordes of enemies, using fairly easy but spectacular combo attacks. You also visit various locations, both previously known and new, and use various vehicles and mounts.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (PSV)
Action 05 April 2016
The second installment in a spin-off series created within Assassin’s Creed - one of the Ubisoft’s leading franchise. The game translates the series’ mechanics into a 2.5D side-scrolling action-adventure game. The story is set in 1841, in India. The country is on the brink of open conflict as tensions increase between the Empire of Sikh and the British, who claim rights to Indian territory. With these historical events serving as the background, another ongoing conflict comes to light – the never-ending war of Assassins and Templars. You play as Abraaz Mir, a member of the Assassin Order, who tries to care for the Order’s interests in the times of political turmoil. The game features the characteristic elements of the series, such as spectacular acrobatics, sneaking, melee-combat with guards, and assassinations of targets. The shift in player perspective, however, necessitates a different play style, putting more emphasis on tactical thinking and planning your every step.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PSV)
Action 19 June 2012
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a sequel to the action game LEGO Batman: The Video Game released in 2008. The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales, who also created such product as LEGO Indiana Jones and LEGO Harry Potter. As the title suggests, the player becomes The Dark Knight, and together with other DC Comics super heroes (such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and others) has to save Gotham City from the villains. Gameplay mechanics are based on solutions familiar to the fans of the original game, combining elements of an action game and a 3D platformer. The developers of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes also provided a large area for players to explore and ransack in search of dozens of collectibles.
Crossing Souls (PSV)
A retro-styled action-adventure game featuring RPG elements, created in cooperation by Fourattic and Devolver Digital. The story is set in California, in the year 1986, where a bunch of kids playing in the forest discover a mysterious artifact which allows them to bend the laws of physics and travel across the border between life and death. The unsuspecting characters are thrown into the midst of a government conspiracy led by a ruthless general who wishes to acquire the artifact for his evil purposes. The player observes the levels from above. The gameplay consists mainly of exploration, combat, treasure hunting, and puzzle solving. In the game, the player will have the opportunity to take control of five characters in total - each has their own different skills. The biggest feature of the story comes with the time travels, during which the player encounters hundreds of characters from different historical periods. The game is enriched with cutscenes that bear a resemblance to cartoons from the 80s.