Mafia III (PS4)
Action 07 October 2016
The third installment in the popular sandbox gangster series, launched in 2002 by Czech studio Illusion Softworks. Newly created Hangar 13 team, assembled within 2K Games, was in charge of this production. The team included the developers who made the first two parts of the cycle. Unlike those installments, this part takes us to America during the second half of the twentieth century; the main characters are of course members of an Italian crime family, operating in the state of Louisiana. In terms of mechanics, the game does not differ significantly from its predecessors, offering an open world bustling with life, and a series of missions that allow us to participate in shootouts, car chases, and other illegal activities that are typical of the criminal underworld. There is also a bunch of side missions and additional activities, which we can take up in between our tasks.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)
Action 27 October 2017
Another installment of the best-selling FPS series, and at the same time a direct continuation to Wolfenstein: The New Order created by Machine Games. The Action of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is set in 1961 – after waking up from a coma B.J. Blazkowicz and his companions find the United States of America occupied by the Nazis. The main protagonist finds common ground with the leaders of the local resistance, and decides to help them fight the invaders. As in the previous Wolfenstein installment, the gameplay in The New Colossus features exploration, completing consecutive missions, and eliminating scores of diverse foes. The players are given a wide range of murderous weapons – including not only classic firearms but also some more elaborate pieces. Interestingly, once again the developers have decided to abandon health regeneration mechanics in favor of the old-school med-kit system. The game features high-quality 3D graphics – in comparison to its predecessor, the most significant are the texture and special effect enhancements that accompany the gunfights.
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4)
Action 20 May 2014
A first-person shooter and the seventh major installment in the Wolfenstein series. This one was developed by Swedish studio Machine Games, founded by former members of Starbreeze Studios. Wolfenstein: The New Order tells an alternative history of the World War II, where the Third Reich won. The game’s main hero is B. J. Blazkowicz, a veteran of the American special forces. After spending 20 years in cryosleep, he has to stand up to the Nazis once more. The gameplay boils down to annihilating armies of enemies with all sorts of weapons, and occasionally solving simple puzzles. The game’s advanced graphics are powered by the efficient id Tech 5 engine, also known from Rage and The Evil Within.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4)
Action 18 March 2014
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a third-person perspective action game with stealth elements, developed by Kojima Productions. As Hideo Kojima planned, the game is a introductory chapter to Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, familiarizing the players with the changes implemented in gameplay mechanics. The story of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Paz and Chico are imprisoned in Camp Omega, a heavily guarded military facility. They both have information that cannot fall into enemy hands. Snake and Kaz Miller must rescue the hostages. In contrast to the previous installments in the Metal Gear Solid series, MGS V: Ground Zeroes gives players more freedom. The game features photorealistic graphics powered by Fox Engine.
BioShock: The Collection (PS4)
Action 13 September 2016
A special bundle that includes the revamped editions of three installments in the bestselling BioShock series, designed by 2K Games company for the eighth generation consoles. Each game in the trilogy, which is often described as the spiritual successor to the cult System Shock, is set in different settings and features different main characters. What binds all the stories together is their unique dystopian atmosphere with a surreal vibe, and skillful combination of FPS mechanics with elements of RPG. In comparison with the original releases, The BioShock Collection offers enhanced visuals, featuring 1080p resolution and fluent 60 fps animation. Besides, the games boast enhanced textures and visual effects, as well as improved loading times. Interestingly, the bundle contains not only the games themselves, but also all their DLCs, which were originally sold separately.
We Happy Few (PS4)
An unordinary action-adventure game which uses the style and tune of the 60s. The title was created by an independent studio Compulsion Games known for creating Contrast, a title that used similar style. In the game, the player travels to a fictional town in which, due to indoctrination and a wonderful drug, the citizens are constantly happy and all traits of dissatisfaction are immediately eliminated. The protagonist is one of the defiant citizens who are resistant to the system. In order to survive in the surrounding world, he must observe it thoroughly and understand its rules. The action is shown from first-person perspective and the gameplay is focused on exploration, and gathering various items and using them. While doing it, players must behave according to the social norms so that other citizens don’t become suspicious. The world of the game was characteristically exaggerated, but the game tells about many very important topics.
Adventure 17 March 2017
A first-person adventure game featuring survival elements. It is the first major project of the Canadian Parabole studio. The story is set in the northern regions of the Quebec province, in the 1970s. The game tells the story of a conflict between the owner of the most profitable copper mine in the region - a rich man called W. Hamilton, and the native local community accusing him of devastating sacred sites in search for more profit. The player is put in the shoes of a detective hired by Hamilton after his chalet in the mountains has been devastated. After his arrival, the protagonist discovers that his employer as well as the entire local community went missing. The gameplay focuses on exploration, finding clues and solving puzzles. However, the game features survival elements as well - the player has to tend to the protagonist's health and face many different dangers, such as low temperatures, predators, etc.
Serial Cleaner (PS4)
Action 11 July 2017
An oldschool 2D action game with stealth elements and a gangster atmosphere, created by Polish studio iFun4all. Serial Cleaner takes place in America of the 1970s and you play as a seemingly ordinary citizen, who's really the eponymous “cleaner,” specializing in cleaning crime scenes—getting rid of the bodies, evidence, and blood. The missions in the game are based on real crime scenes from the 1970s, and your task is to efficiently clean them without getting noticed by the policemen patrolling the area. The game gives you complete freedom and rewards you for exploring, making quick decisions and experimenting with different methods of solving a problem. Your task is made slightly easier by the fact that the policemen are a rather lazy and not quite clever bunch, and they don't pay much attention to their duties.
Apollo 11 VR (PS4)
Simulation 01 March 2017
A game that recreates the first human spaceflight to the Moon using virtual reality. Apollo 11 VR shows the events preceding the historic journey, such as: launch of the Apollo 11 spaceship using a Saturn V rocket, the flight to the Earth’s natural satellite, or the landing and the first walk on its surface. The title is described as a new kind of documentary film, featuring only uncomplicated mechanics that fit more to virtual reality than a fully-fledged video game. The events are seen from a first-person perspective, and the players have the full freedom to look around their surroundings. The camera switches to TPP mode only during combat. During the takeoff and landing, we can operate on-board equipment (however, the procedures has been simplified). While on the Moon, we can take a walk, and conduct simple research. Apollo 11 VR takes place in a detailed 3D environment, with a climatic soundtrack and authentic conversations accompanying the gameplay.
Alekhine's Gun (PS4)
Action 01 March 2016
A third-person action game with stealth elements, set in the Cold War period and created by Haggard Games (the title was previously intended as the third installment in the Death to Spies series). The game has you assume the role of a Russian agent, and at the same time a trained assassin. While cooperating with American CIA, he takes part in a series of espionage operations in different parts of the world (Europe, USA, Cuba). At one point, the protagonist discovers a conspiracy that threats not only USA, but also the entire world. Gameplay mechanics bears much resemblance to the Hitman series. Throughout the game's 11 open-structured missions the player will infiltrate secret bases, steal documents, and eliminate enemies. Each mission can be completed in many different ways, using a variety of tactical options, such as disguises, fiber wire, poison, knives, firearms, and even “accidents”. Players’ progress is scored by efficiency and ranked online.
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure (PS4)
Arcade 05 April 2016
An arcade sports game developed by Curve Digital in which we assume control of a professional dodgeball duo. We are taken to the 1970s and introduced to Bjorn and Jerome, a dodgeball duo supported by a demanding coach. When it turns out that their rivals have been abducted in the eve of the final match, the heroes, unwilling to accept a walkover, embark on a journey to free their opponents from the hands of the devil himself. When it comes to mechanics, the game offers a streamlined, fun-oriented gameplay instead of an authentic dodgeball experience. Our goal is to defeat the opponents by hitting them with a ball or a different item at least twice. To avoid being hit, we can employ dodges, jumps, or intercept incoming objects. The game is characterized by colorful, cartoonish visuals and a soundtrack influenced by the music of 1970s.
The Church in the Darkness (PS4)
A sandbox action-adventure game and the debut project from the independent team at Paranoid Productions. The Church in the Darkness takes us back to the late 70s, and the story focuses on a pair of characters – followers of a radical cult, who run away to South America and try to create a utopia in the jungle. We play as a policeman named Vic whose nephew joins the mysterious church, so he travels to the aforementioned place to check if the boy is alright. The game is characterized by its high degree of randomness and freedom of action. A procedural generation system manages not only the shape of the locations and the placement of NPC, but also the dogmas of the titular Church, which affect the game’s plot. There are also difficult decisions to make, each with irreversible consequences.
Old Time Hockey (PS4)
Sports 28 March 2017
An arcade sports game developed by V7 Entertainment, an independent developer responsible for a number of smaller titles. Old Time Hockey offers a retro setting and simple controls – each player is controlled through a convenient control scheme that bases on 2-3 buttons. Moreover, the game’s Beer Mode utilizes a control scheme which requires only one hand, freeing the other one completely. The game offers two basic gameplay modes – Story Mode, which allows the player to lead a chosen team throughout the whole season, and Exhibition Game, a single match that sees us play against either a human player or an AI-controlled opponent. The game is characterized by average visuals and a slightly cartoonish visuals that should appeal to most players.