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PlayStation 4 is the 8th generation console from Sony. It was released on November 15th, 2013 in North America and two weeks later, on November 29th, in Europe. Other than its predecessor, PS4 has a PC-like architecture, with its ”heart” manufactured by AMD (8-core Jaguar CPU and 1,84 teraflops GPU) assisted by 8 GB of RAM.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PS4)
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PS4)

Action 10 October 2017

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a direct sequel to the well-received action-adventure game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Just like the first game in the series, Shadow of War takes place in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is presented from a third-person perspective. We can explore the rich, open world of the game by riding various steeds and by taking good use of the free-running movement system, similar to that from the Assassin's Creed series. Once again the Nemezis system is one of the core gameplay mechanics. The game will automatically generate unique enemies which we will encounter, battle and optionally make them join us in our battle against Sauron. It needs to be mentioned that the game also offers many new features, with the possibility of taking over Dark Lord's keeps being one of them. There are more types of enemies for us to face, more new, unlockable skins and pieces of equipment.

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God of War (PS4)
God of War (PS4)

Action 2018

Another major entry in the famous hack-and-slash action game series that is one of the most important franchises available exclusively on subsequent generations of the PlayStation consoles. In previous parts of the series, we have been following a story of Spartan warrior named Kratos, and the gameplay concentrated mainly on spectacular and incredibly bloody action and eye-catching fighting system. The new God of War, developed by one of the Sony Computer Entertainment's subsidiaries, is a reboot of the series and the first installment created with PlayStation 4 in mind, resulting in a completely new, intriguing storyline as well as improved graphics and sound that make full use of the power of eighth generation consoles.

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Nier: Automata (PS4)
Nier: Automata (PS4)

RPG 23 February 2017

Third-person perspective action game with RPG features and a sequel to the warmly-received production created by Cavia in 2010. The second installment was created by a different developer – Platinum Games known for the Bayonetta series. Despite that, Tarou Yokou, the creator of the first game, retained his position as the director of the project. The game takes place in distant future in which Earth was destroyed due to war against deadly machines. Humans, having found a safe haven on the Moon, created the limited YoRHa series of sapient androids to fight on their behalf. The YoRHa combined forces with androids of older generation and together they face the rebel machines. Two out of three protagonists of NieR Automata are completely new characters, but during the game player will also encounter characters from the first installment of the series as both stories are connected. Gameplay mechanics of the game are similar to ones in its predecessor and they offer an attractive combination of hack-and-slash, magic and RPG.

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NiOh (PS4)
NiOh (PS4)

Action 07 February 2017

A third-person action game developed by Team Ninja studio (known from titles like Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden) under the supervision of Koei Tecmo company. We play as a samurai fighting against various enemies, among which we will find both humans and monsters. We cut our way through the enemies not only with conventional weaponry, but also with special abilities of our hero and the magical power enchanted in his sword. Gameplay is a mix of games like Onimusha and Dark Souls. This means that the difficulty level is high and it forces the player to make use of different tactics, dodges, blocking and powerful, complex combos. Interestingly, game has been announced as early as 2005 and was supposed to be one of the launching titles for PlayStation 3. However, due to a few complications, the developed has been postponed, and the final game will make it now to next generation of consoles.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4)

Action 30 September 2014

A TPP action game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was developed by Monolith Productions, the creators of Aliens vs Predator 2 and F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon. The plot takes place before the events depicted in "The Lord of the Rings". In the main campaign, players assume the role of Talion, a ranger who is raised from the dead by an ancient spirit of vengeance in order to take bloody revenge on the servants of Sauron for the death of his loved ones. The core of the game consists of spectacular battles with large groups of enemies, during which you can use a rich variety of ranged and melee attacks, as well as dodges. The audiovisual aspects of the game were modeled after the cinematic saga by Peter Jackson.

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4)
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4)

RPG 03 October 2017

An expanded version of the third-person action RPG, initially released in 2012, developed exclusively for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by Capcom. The action takes place in a vast fantasy world filled with a myriad of mythical creatures. The protagonist is a chosen one who comes back to life, after having been killed by a dragon, to slay his murdered and uncover the truth about his own identity. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, apart from the story campaign featured in the original, offers an additional adventure set in a completely new location, the cursed island of Bitterblack. In addition to a number of new quests, the production introduces a third skill level in character development, lots of new equipment, as well as new enhancements and modification methods. The game is complemented by all minor DLCs that came out after the launch of the basic version. Furthermore, the developers have improved several gameplay mechanics, which translates into an even better gaming experience.

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Hidden Dragon: Legend (PS4)
Hidden Dragon: Legend (PS4)

Action 19 September 2017

Hidden Dragon: Legend is a 2.5D platform game developed by MegaFun Games and published by the Chinese company Oasis Games. The game is set in a fantasy version of ancient China where historically accurate elements where combined with legends and beliefs of that period. We play as a warrior who, as a result of the machinations of a mysterious organization, was turned into a mindless killing machine with the help of an ancient artifact. When he finally regains control over his body and mind he decides to have his revenge on those who used him. As we play, we explore vast maps, avoid traps and obstacles, collect items, and fight with hordes of enemies. The game heavily focuses on combat and has a complex combat system that allows us to do many kinds of moves, special attacks, and combo strikes. Hidden Dragon: Legend character progression mechanic that will allow us to improve our hero’s abilities. In addition to that, we collect more and more powerful items as we play and the so-called soul stones that unlock new combos.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)

Fighting 04 February 2016

The fourth major installment in a popular fighting game series set in the famous ninja universe of Naruto. This game series has been developed since 2008 by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Storywise, the game is a direct sequel to the previous installments in the series, focusing on the latest chapters of the manga. In the story mode you explore the game’s world, meet the characters from the anime and manga and take part in spectacular duels focusing on unique special abilities of each hero. The other game mode is the fighting mode, in which you participate in duels on dedicated arenas. For the first time in the series, the game features QTE in some of the attacks. Moreover, lots of changes were introduced when it comes to combat mechanics and damage system. As this is the first game in the series to be released on the eight generation consoles, the visuals have seen a significant upgrade. Created with cel-shading technique, the artwork closely resembles the anime.

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God of War III Remastered (PS4)
God of War III Remastered (PS4)

Action 14 July 2015

A remastered version of the third installment in a cult action-game franchise, whose consecutive parts were released on different generations of Sony’s consoles. This product was prepared to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series and was released on PlayStation 4. The story is a direct sequel to God of War II. It tells about the war between titans and gods, which was ignited by Kratos. This time players get brand new weapons, each one characterized by a different combat style. Kratos also uses a new magic system and artifacts, such as Icarus Wings, Golden Fleece, and the Head of Helios. As compared with the previous installments in the series, artificial intelligence of opponents and bosses was significantly improved, which makes the gameplay more compelling and demanding, Interestingly, you can ride monsters (e.g. Cyclopes) when you weaken them. The most obvious difference between the 2010 original and the remastered edition is the graphics with resolution raised to 1080p.

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Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PS4)
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PS4)

RPG 24 March 2017

A hack-and-slash role-playing game set in a world inspired by Norse myths, developed by Games Farm and Kalypso Media. The protagonist is Ulfung, a Viking clan chieftain, whose village is completely destroyed, while he becomes the leader of the surviving warriors in their quest to try to save Midgard from Ragnarok. Mechanics-wise, the game is clearly inspired by the popular Diablo series. At the start, you choose your warrior's gender and class, and then explore a range of locations and eliminate hordes of enemies. Apart from the more mundane weapons such as war hammers, axes, swords and bows, you can also use special items and amulets, which affect your character's abilities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard features an interesting character development system, the option of rebuilding your village step by step, and an apocalyptic winter you have to seek shelter from, e.g. by looking for any heat sources.

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Dragon's Crown Pro (PS4)
Dragon's Crown Pro (PS4)

RPG January 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.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)

RPG 19 August 2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is the first expansion pack for the best-selling action RPG game, Diablo III. The add-on created by the Blizzard Entertainment’s development team has added a fifth act to the main campaign, in which Malthael, the Angel of Death, is determined to put an end to the war between celestial beings and demons; the Black Stone binding Diablo’s soul is supposed to help him achieve this goal. The expansion also introduces a new playable character – Crusader – and raises the limit of character’s experience level to 70. In addition, the creators decided to modify the loot system; now we find it less often, but it is more valuable and better suited to a particular hero. Some changes have also been introduced to the visuals, making them much darker than in the original version of the game.

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Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer (PS4)
Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer (PS4)

RPG 27 June 2017

An expansion for Diablo III, developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The add-on introduces a new playable hero – Necromancer, and a number of cosmetic additions. The new hero has power over a special type of magic, drawn from the power of death, while his battle abilities are based on blood and bone – a Necromancer can resurrect corpses. Additionally, we can make use of the spectacular Corpse Explosion, the ranged Bone Spear, or even Siphon Blood from our enemies. The new addition receives dedicated legendary item sets, and an exclusive in-game pet. Aside from that, Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer introduces two more additional character slots, a new portrait frame, a pennant, a banner, and a unique banner sigil. The add-on is not standalone – PC users need to have Diablo III, as well as Reaper of Souls, while console users need Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition.

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4)
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4)

RPG 12 September 2017

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the eighth installment of the fantasy action RPG series from Nihon Falcom. The game takes place in the same Greek mythology-inspired fantasy world as the series' previous installments. Once again we play as the warrior called Adol Christin who, after the ship he was traveling went under, ends up with the rest of the crew on the cursed island Seiren. Our hero's dreams about the mysterious girl named Dana turn out to be the key to solving the mystery of the island. As per the series' tradition, we will spend most of our time on fighting with various enemies. The game features an arcade combat system. We are accompanied by many characters with different abilities in our adventures and we can switch between them anytime we want to. Every once in a while we will also play as the titular Dana. Her parts of the game are more riddle-oriented.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy (PS4)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy (PS4)

Fighting 25 August 2017

A compilation of four games from a popular series developed by CyberConnect2, based on a hit manga created by Masashi Kishimoto and its animated adaptation. The collection contains: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. Besides the standard versions of those games the collection also has all dlcs that were released for them – including content-rich Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto, released in 2017. The oldest games that are included in this collection have now better graphics. All games in the collection are traditional fighting games where the core of gameplay is to have fights between the titular ninja warriors. Each of the characters have their own fighting style and many unique special attacks. Besides having a story mode Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy also offers various multiplayer options that allows to play through the Internet or in a split-screen mode.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto (PS4)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto (PS4)

Fighting 03 February 2017

A content-rich expansion for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, a fourth entry in the series developed by Cyberconnect 2. The plot of the expansion, called Road to Boruto, goes beyond the original manga and animated series, drawing from side entries such as Boruto: Naruto the Movie, a full-length animated movie, and the comic series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. As a result, we can relive the events that took place after the conclusion of the Naruto Shippuden series, and take control of completely new characters, which are a part of the next generation of ninja warriors (many of them are the children of the well-known heroes). The expansion doesn’t change the game mechanics in any way, focusing on introducing a new storyline and previously unknown characters such as titular Boruto (son of Naruto) or Sarada (daughter of Sasuke and Sakura). Aside from that, the Hidden Leaf Village received new locations to explore.

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Let it Die (PS4)
Let it Die (PS4)

Action 03 December 2016

A brutal action game by Grasshopper Manufacture, the creators of such productions as Killer7, No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the Shadows of the Damned. Initially, the project was announced under the name of Lily Bergamo but in time changed its formula and was renamed to Let it Die. It is exclusive to PlayStation 4 and uses the free-to-play business model. The player assumes the role of a warrior who takes part in ruthless street fights against characters controlled by the AI or by other players. In combat, we use various weapons that range from saws, batons, machetes, and crossbows, to pistols and machine guns. The character we create has but his bare fists, but as we progress, we can acquire clothes and weapons. The process can be sped up with optional micropayments. The attack animations in Let it Die are grotesquely brutal and every blow is accompanied by a huge blood splash.

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Darksiders III (PS4)
Darksiders III (PS4)

Action 2018

Darksiders 3 is the third installment in the popular action-adventure game series where we control a super-powered protagonist and face the forces of our enemies. In previous games, developed by Vigil Games, we played as two horsemen of the Apocalypse, War and Death. Darksiders III was developed by Gunfire Games, a studio made of developers who previously worked for Vigil Games. This time we play as a sorceress named Fury whose job is to reestablish the balance between the Good and Evil on Earth. In order to do so, she has to defeat the Seven Deadly Sins and their minions. Our heroine uses a spiked whip and magic. She can use the latter to take on various forms that grant her access to new weapons, moves, and abilities. Combat, though arcade, is engaging and offers various attacks, combos, and powers. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic open world where, along with fighting, we will have to solve various mysteries.

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DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition (PS4)
DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition (PS4)

Action 10 March 2015

The complete edition of the game DmC: Devil May Cry released for PC and seventh generation consoles in 2013 as the fifth installment in Capcom's popular hack-and-slash franchise. The game, which is a reboot of the whole series, takes place simultaneously in two worlds: the human one and the infernal one. The player is cast in the role of an uncompromising warrior named Dante, whose task is to stop the hordes of demons that made it to the human world through interdimensional portals. The game's mechanics are based on those of its 2001 predecessor, and the protagonists can use two distinct modes: Angel and Devil. The edition updated for eighth generation consoles features several patches in the combat system and improved graphics in 1080p. It also includes all the DLC packs released for the game, and extra exclusive content (e.g. new outfits and difficulty levels).

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Magicka 2 (PS4)
Magicka 2 (PS4)

RPG 26 May 2015

A continuation to the humorous fantasy action RPG from 2011. The production was made by the Swedish studio Pieces Interactive, which previously worked on one of the add-ons to the prequel. The action is set in the world of Midgard, in which almost all wizards were killed during a great war. The survivors are a motley crew of crazy and somewhat quirky characters who must join forces to fight another epic battle against evil. The player controls one of them, having access to a wide range of magic, as well as the power to control the elements, which allows him or her to create new devastating spells that may have different effect on different opponents. In the second part, the game introduces special artifacts that can modify the gameplay. Thanks to them, the missions can have varying outcomes. Similarly to its predecessor, the game focuses on cooperation.

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Victor Vran (PS4)
Victor Vran (PS4)

RPG 06 June 2017

Fantasy-themed action role-playing hack-and-slash video game created by Bulgarian developer Haemimont Games – the authors of titles such as Omerta and the latest iterations of Tropico series. The game’s hero, who actually resembles the legendary Van Helsing, is an expert monster hunter, giving you a chance to kill hellish creatures by the dozens. The game features action-driven combat, offering a wide array of weapons (hammers, swords, axes, pistols) and special abilities that you obtain in the course of the game. The key to success is to choose the right gear depending on your next opponent. The story campaign lets you play alone or in cooperation. The game also features competitive online multiplayer modes.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4)
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4)

Action January 2018

A hybrid of a third-person perspective action game and a fighting game. The title was developed by Team Ninja and it enables the players to control characters known from the main installments of Final Fantasy series. The title is an improved and expanded port of a game that debuted in 2015 on Japanese arcade cabinets. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT doesn’t feature an advanced story mode, but the duels do have a story context illustrated with cutscenes and dialogues. As for the mechanics, the title is a three-dimensional fighting game. Two three-person teams face each other on small arenas. The players can choose from more than 20 characters divided into four classes. Various classes feature different skills and they serve different role on the battlefield. The objective of the game is to eliminate the opponents by reducing their health to zero. After winning players receive experience points and money that enable them to unlock new weapons, skills and character skins.

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Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4)
Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4)

RPG 12 April 2016

An action RPG set in a fantasy world, created by Spearhead Games - an independent Canadian studio. Stories: The Hidden Path (also known as Stories: The Path of Destinies) takes the player to a region filled with floating islands, inhabited by several species of anthropomorphic animals. The player assumes the role of a sky pirate - a fox by the name of Reynardo, who stood up to the powerful Empire's armada, taking on the responsibility for saving the native country. Stories: The Path of Destinies offers classic hack-and-slash mechanics - the player explores the game world, gathers gold and items, develops the character and fights hordes of enemies. The game features an arcade combat system. A narrator comments on the in-game events, enriching the context with additional meanings. Additionally, the player makes important moral choices. Both the story and the narrator adapt dynamically to the player's choices.

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Warriors All-Stars (PS4)
Warriors All-Stars (PS4)

Action 29 August 2017

An action title developed by Omega Force. This is a crossover production – the game’s heroes come from the most popular series belonging to Tecmo Koei. The player arrives in a fantasy world which is facing the spectre of destruction. In order to ward off the danger, the princess performs a ritual that would summon a true hero from another dimension. However, something goes wrong, and the world is visited by a number of heroes who join the opposing, power-hungry parties. Warriors All-Stars includes a set heroes from different series, such as Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Ninja Gaiden, and Dead or Alive. The title follows in the footsteps of other games in the Musou franchise – gameplay consists of exploring open locations and defeating numerous opponents. The protagonists differ in terms of attacks, and each character has a unique special attack which can often be a game changer. The title utilizes amazing visuals and smooth animation which is especially impressive, given the fact that battles frequently involve hundreds of units.

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