Monster Hunter: World (PS4)
RPG 26 January 2018
Another installment of the popular series of action games with RPG features. The series is developed by Capcom and its installments were usually released on Nintendo and Sony consoles. The plot isn’t very important in Monster Hunter World – the player simply assumes the role of the titular monster hunter who is tasked with exploring the mysterious continent known as the New World. There he kills powerful beasts as part of bounty contracts. The title offers a vast, open world that can be traversed on foot or on the back of a tamed monster. However, the main part of the game isn’t exploration, but battles with beasts. Each of the monsters has unique advantages and weakness. The battles are played in real time and the player can use variety of melee and ranged weapons and gadgets. The success lies in proper tactics and taking advantage of the surroundings.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PS4)
RPG 13 February 2018
It is an action RPG, epic in scale, set in the Medieval period, specifically during the Hussite Wars (fought in Europe in the first part of 15th century), and powered by the CryEngine 3. The game was created by a Czech game studio Warhorse, which employs creators of the popular Mafia franchise. You assume the role of a young blacksmith who lost everything to the war. While fulfilling his father’s last will, he gets entangled in a plot to rescue the kidnapped king and prevent a brutal conflict. Being thrown into a vast open world the protagonist hones his skills, eventually becoming a knight or a rogue. The game stands out from the crowd due to its far-flung realism and relative freedom in how you can complete missions. The authors took exceptional care to stay true to historical sources. Furthermore, the game features am original crafting system as well as complex combat mechanics, which lets you perform precise strikes and special attacks.
RPG June 2018
A dark action-RPG, whose story is set in the 20th century England. The title was developed by the French studio DONTNOD, known for games such as Remember Me and Life is Strange. The game takes place on the streets of London, during the infamous Spanish flu pandemic. We assume the role of a respected military surgeon who returns from a front lines to stop the spread of the plague. On the way home, however, he is bitten by a vampire and now has to continually struggle between the calling to help people in need and his new bloodsucker nature. In the game, we wander through the open world of London, undertaking main and side quests, talking to NPCs, and fighting in real time with different kinds of vampires and their hunters. Furthermore, we need to satisfy our constantly growing hunger for blood, remembering to do it discreetly and to wisely choose potential victims, since elimination of a wrong person can render us unable to complete certain quests.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
A modern remake of one of the most popular jRPG games of all times, developed for PlayStation 4 by the long-standing publisher of the Final Fantasy series, Japanese company Square Enix. The game is set in a universe that combines technology and fantasy elements. The player becomes a former soldier and mercenary, who joins an insurgent group called AVALANCHE. Its objective is to put an end to activities of the Shinra corporation that drains the planet’s energy, leading to an imminent end of the world. The remake stays true to the original mechanics, which boil down to exploration, conversations, character progression, and turn-based combat. The game features brand new graphics, as pre-rendered backgrounds gave way to fully 3D locations. Furthermore, the cartoonish character designs were dropped and look much more realistic.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory (PS4)
RPG Friday, 19 January 2018
Developed by Bandai Namco, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory is a jRPG set in a universe of a popular anime series. The game brings a continuation to Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (2015).
TERA is a fantasy MMORPG developed by Bluehole. During our adventures we play as members of the Valkyon Federation, an alliance of races inhabiting the game’s world. Our task is to protect it from various internal and external threats. The players have eight classes and six races to choose from. Among them we will find not only humans and elves, but also completely new races, created specially for the game. TERA is a third-person game set in a big, open world. Its economic and political structures are shaped by the players themselves. What makes TERA shine among other MMORPGs is the game's combat system. Effects of our attacks are based on our relative position against the enemy, which makes TERA more like an arcade game in terms of combat. That is why it is advisable to use a gamepad when playing.
Lost Sphear (PS4)
RPG Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Japanese RPG title inspired by classic games from the genre, developed by team of Tokyo RPG Factory. Lost Sphear is set in fantasy world and follows the story of a boy named Kanata, who wakes up from nightmare only to discover that his village mysteriously disappeared. And so he and his friends set on a journey to save the world with the help of magical power of Memory, which lets them materialize memories and thoughts of mortals. Gameplay focuses on exploring the world and performing various tasks, while travelling is done through a special map. Battles use system known from earlier entries in Final Fantasy series: after performing an action, a character must wait some time before it can again engage in combat. As players progress through the game, characters earn experience, which lets them develop individual skills and statistics.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PS4)
RPG March 2018
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the next installment in the jRPG series developed by Level 5. Young king Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum is the game's protagonist. After our hero was banished from his own kingdom, a fellow named Roland decides to help him get his throne back. Things got much more complicated when the city of Ding Dong Dell was faced with the danger that threatens the entire world. Our heroes have no other choice than to face it. Just like in the previous game, gameplay in Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom focuses on the exploration of the game's vast world, doing many various main and side quests, recruiting new team mates, and fighting with the encountered enemies. In combat, we can switch between our party members to use their individual abilities anytime we want to. Once again Higgledies play an important role in battles. They can draw our enemies' attention and aid us in battle by giving us powers to control various elements. A new system that allows us to create our own kingdom was introduced in Ni no Kuni II. The game features colorful visuals, visibly inspired by the Ghibli animated movies.
Lords of the Fallen 2 (PS4)
A sequel to the successful action RPG created by CI Games - a Polish team behind the development of such franchises as Sniper Ghost Warrior or Art of Murder. Tomasz Gop took part in production of the game as well. He is an experienced gamemaker who had previously worked in CD Projekt RED as a senior producer of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The Lords of the Fallen series is set in a dark fantasy world, where humanity is forced to face the armies of a fallen god. A group of warriors who have a lot to answer for themselves is sent first to the fight against the tyrant. The player assumed the role of one such fighter in the first installment. Contrary to its predecessor, Lords of the Fallen 2 offers a more extensive plot that aims to spark the interest of a wider group of players. In terms of the mechanics, the sequel is still an action RPG focusing on exploration and arcade combat. Combat itself was additionally extended however, in order to make it feel deeper. As a role-playing game, Lords of the Fallen 2 allows us to choose a specialty and develop the protagonist in our preferred direction.
Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition (PS4)
RPG March 2018
A new edition of Titan Quest, a classic hack-and-slash, bundled with its official expansion Immortal Throne, prepared for the 10th anniversary of the release. The plot takes place in ancient times, and is based on stories from Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Chinese mythologies. The players assume the role of a hero, who is tasked with finding a way to imprison the Titans, who've managed to escape after years of imprisonment, and are now causing mayhem and destruction on Earth. The reedition was developed as a joint venture between the original developers – Iron Lore studio and THQ Nordic. In total, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition contains 1261 changes, including, for example, a better balancing of individual classes, abilities, weapons, and items. Other changes include: a better non-player character AI, greater equipment capacity, or an improved loot system. Aside from that, the game incorporates a large group of new enemies and bosses. The visuals underwent only symbolic changes, but they are still eye-catching, despite the passage of the time.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (PS4)
RPG 23 February 2018
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is an action RPG developed by Dimps Corporation and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is based on the Sword Art Online franchise, which comprises youth novels, manga series, anime series, and a full-length animated movie. The game takes players to a near future and allows one to assume the role of a player, who spends his time playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG called Gun Gale Online. Players observe the action from the third-person perspective and the gameplay revolves around exploring the world, developing the character, and most importantly, combat. Battles exhibit an arcade nature and require a player to use a wide variety of firearms. Apart from the story campaign, the developers have implemented into their game a multiplayer mode, in which players can compete against others in team deathmatches or engage in the cooperative mode, in which they combine their forces to fight even more powerful bosses.
Citadel: Forged with Fire (PS4)
RPG 20 February 2018
Citadel: Forged with Fire is a multiplayer fantasy RPG developed and published by Blue Isle. The production is meant solely for online play and is sandbox in nature, letting players choose their own career paths. The users assume the role of arcane arts adepts and use their spell knowledge to explore a fantastical realm that is full of dangers and secrets, perform quest, build strongholds and siege engines, and compete with other people. Gamers can found their own houses which are equivalents of guilds and establishes their rules. Then, we can fight against similar groups for influence, territory, and treasures alongside our comrades. The gameplay mechanics are ruled by the physics engine, so the numerous available spells realistically impact the objects in the environment. The game is more fun thanks to the possibility of flying.
A unique MMO game created exclusively for PlayStation 4 users. It is a debut game of the Wild Sheep team, a game developer led by the man behind the Rayman series and Beyond Good & Evil - Michel Ancel. The game takes players 10,000 years in the past, when humans and animals existed in harmony. The game invites the players into an Europe-sized open world where they have to face the danger and survive. The players can start the adventure as either a human or an animal, such as wolf, bird or fish. Wild offers a non-linear gameplay with breathtaking visuals and a dynamic weather system.
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.
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr (PS4)
An action RPG set in the popular universe of Warhammer 40,000 and developed by the Hungarian studio Neocore Games, so far known from its King Arthur series and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. We play as an agent of the inquisition traveling throughout the galaxy, whose role is to take part in the bloody fight against enemies of the Emperor wherever need be. Gameplay of Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr consists of two parts. First, there is a campaign, throwing us into the eternal conflict, in which the agents of inquisition will play a crucial role. The other one is an extension of the main story and gives us opportunity to freely explore the universe of the game within typical sandbox gameplay.
Deep Down (PS4)
An action RPG developed by Capcom Online Games in cooperation with SCE Japan Studio. The story of Deep Down presents a future in which humanity created a technology that allows people to travel into the past written in artifacts. The players assume the role of a group of time-travelling heroes to hunt treasures and fight monsters. The gameplay is specifically designed to allows cooperation of up to four players. The built-in social features allow communication with friends, calling them to aid us, and item sharing. Deep Down boasts high quality graphics powered by the Panta Rhei engine. The game is free-to-play and offers optional facilities for a fee.
Secret of Mana (PS4)
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.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PS4)
RPG March 2018
The fourth full-fledged entry in the series of tactical role-playing games. This time the story revolves around Claude Wallace, a commander who together with his Squad E is trying to determine the outcome of the war.
Dragon's Crown Pro (PS4)
RPG 08 February 2018
A 2D RPG developed by Japanese studio Vanillaware. The game combines elements of such genres as classic beat’em up games, platformers and fantasy RPGs. In Dragon’s Crown the player becomes a hero looking for gold and glory. Together with his companions, the protagonist is trying to obtain the eponymous treasure hidden deep in an underground labyrinth. In order to reach their objective, the heroes must pass through forgotten ruins and face monsters inhabiting them. The protagonist can belong to one of six character classes with various abilities. During the game the player can move only in two directions and the gameplay is fast and intensive. Many various opponents will try to stop the player, to defeat each of them different battle strategies must be employed. The greatest challenge are the boss battles, usually consisting of several phases. The game focuses mostly on a cooperation mode for up to four players.
Death's Gambit (PS4)
Death's Gambit is an oldschool 2D action RPG developed by White Rabbit, inspired by the classic games like Castlevania or Shadow of the Colossus and newer productions such as Demons' Souls. We play as the Emissary of Death, and our job is to purge the world from the immortals. The game takes place on a medieval planet, where we will have to face numerous knights, undead, and monsters. From time to time we will also encounter gigantic monsters that will require us to climb onto them and find their weak points in order to defeat them. Gameplay focuses on action, battles, and high difficulty level. The game requires us to plan our actions and think outside the box. Death's Gambit also has some RPG elements, like the character progression system, special abilities, or a wide array of weapons and equipment.