Call of Cthulhu (PS4)
Call of Cthulhu is a dark adventure game in a horror setting, based on the works of an American writer, H.P. Lovecraft. The game’s story is based on Lovecraft's fictional universe, first popularized by the, written in 1926 and published 2 years later, short story “Call of Cthulhu”. According to it, aside from well-known and common creatures, the Earth is home to an unimaginably powerful cosmic entity that remains in hibernation but will be eventually revived when the stars align in a certain position.
Kingdom: Two Crowns (PS4)
Another incarnation of a minimalistic real-time strategy with RPG elements developed by an independent studio called noio. Like in the original Kingdom for PC Windows and mobile devices, in Kingdom: Two Crowns, a player assumes the role of a king tasked with taking care of his loyal subjects and providing for them. Unlike the original release, in Kingdom: Two Crowns a player can enjoy both single player and cooperative game modes. During the game, one observes the action from the side perspective. Gameplay revolves around two main aspects – the first one being exploration (during which one can acquire gold he can give to the encountered settlers), while the second one focuses on expanding the settlement by erecting production buildings, creating the tools for the settlers, and building diverse fortifications, which prove useful after dusk. During the night, one’s domain is attacked by vicious trolls and a player has to pay careful attention to his crown, as when it falls into enemy hands, the game is over. Luckily, a player can unlock numerous perks on his adventures to stand a better chance against the increasingly powerful foes. The game features simple, yet pleasing to one’s eye pixel-art visuals.
Destiny 2: Gods of Mars (PS4)
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Destiny 2: Gods of Mars is a second expansion to Destiny 2 – a mix of shooter and MMO title. DLC takes us to Mars, offering new storyline, quests and enemy faction.
System Shock (PS4)
A remake of the 1994's System Shock. The original game was developed by Looking Glass Studios and is considered a classic of the genre, combining shooter mechanics with RPG elements in a cyberpunk setting. This new edition was created by Night Dive Studios, known for the 2015's enhanced edition of the same game. System Shock Remake recreates the original story, taking the player to the Citadel space station. As an experienced hacker, the protagonist has to face Shodan - an artificial intelligence in control of the station. The gameplay mechanics of the original game remain at the core of this edition. Thus the game combines first-person shooter mechanics with elements of RPG and an extensive hacking system. Most of changes the remake brings are related to the visuals. These were made from scratch, in cooperation with Rob Waters - the level designer of the original game. Both the interface and controls were heavily reworked, in order for them to follow the standards of modern FPS.
Star Control: Origins (PS4)
Star Control Origins is a space sandbox developed by Stardock Entertainment. The player assumes the role of a captain of a space ship and he or she explores a dynamically changing galaxy. During the game the player discovers new planets, gathers resources, trades, participates in battles and performs diplomacy.
Pathologic 2 (PS4)
Remake of a unique horror action adventure game from Ice-Pick Lodge, which originally launched in 2005 for PC. Its new version was created according to the developers’ first concept, which was previously impossible to realize in full, due to technological and financial limitations. Pathologic takes you to a small town, whose citizens suffer from a mysterious disease. In order to combat the epidemic the local authorities hire a group of independent individuals, whose task is to stop the spread of the virus before it is too late. All characters work independently from each other and conduct their own investigations. When compared with the original version, Pathologic Remake offers much better graphics, generated by the Unity engine. Emphasis was also put on new quests and plots, better gameplay balance, and improved AI of NPCs, as well as professional voiceover, the lack of which was the biggest fault of the original game.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (PS4)
The unofficial seventh installment in the Wonder Boy/Monster World series, developed by Game Atelier. Although the studio does not own the rights to the brand, the game takes place in the same universe and the story fits this specific world. The game is set in a fantasy realm and you play as the eponymous Monster Boy, whose task is to lift a powerful curse. To achieve that, you have to complete a range of levels and use the protagonist's unusual powers, which allow him to change into five kinds of beings — you use their abilities both when fighting enemies and solving puzzles. Although Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom references popular 1980s platform games, there are also role-playing elements. The game features oldschool 2D visuals, resembling legendary 16-bit productions.
Adventure August 2018
Cryamore is an action-adventure RPG developed by NostalgiCO. The game takes place on Noka islands, where for centuries people based the growth of civilization on steam engines. It all changes when cryamore, the titular mineral, is discovered. It has not only a bigger energy generation potential, but can also "unlock" the hidden potential in living beings. Its full-scale utilization destroyed the balance of the world and attracted mysterious monsters that devour natural resources, including cryamore, to the islands. Esmyrelda Maximus, our protagonist, tries to manage the difficult situation. Her job is to find alternative ways of extracting cryamore. Gameplay focuses on exploration, doing story and side missions, and on fighting with the encountered enemies. Combat is rather arcade in Cryamore. In battle, we can use both weapons and magical powers. The day/night mechanics implemented in the game has visible impact on gameplay as some rare monsters will only appear on specific hours. The game has eye-pleasing visuals, visibly inspired by the Japanese games of the same genre, such as Secret of Mana or The Legend of Zelda.
A two-dimensional arcade platformer with RPG features from Discord Games studio. Chasm tells a story of a soldier who returns home after a long war. He arrives in an abandoned mining town and discovers most of its inhabitants have disappeared after entering a mysterious temple, deep down beneath the village. Our hero decides to stop the awakened evil, rescue the town’s inhabitants, and then safely return to his home. The game borrows many features from classics like Metroid or Castlevania, as well as The Legend of Zelda and Diablo series. The game's metroidvania-inspired premise is mixed with RPG mechanics, meaning that the hero can obtain new equipment and develop his skills. As we play, we must avoid traps, solve environmental puzzles and – obviously – fight with generic enemies and powerful bosses.
An sidescrolling adventure game developed by a duo of independent developers known as Knuist & Perzik. Wuppo sees us assume control of a wum, a small round being that has been exiled from his home village. Our task – which is to find a new home – quickly evolves into an attempt to solve an ancient conflict. As a result, the player traverses large and varied worlds, encounters non-player characters, avoids numerous obstacles as well as fight against different opponents and gathers stills that depict the story of this unique universe. The game is characteristic for its unique waterpainted graphics.
Tenebrae: Twilight of the Gods (PS4)
An action Metroidvania game featuring both platform and RPG elements. Tenebrae: Twilight of the Gods has been developed by the independent studio called Troglobytes Games and published by Square-Enix within the Square Enix Collective program. In the game, a player gets to explore a dark fantasy world and assume the role of one of the daredevils standing up to the forces of evil. One begins his adventure in Tenebrae: Twilight of the Gods from creating his character – a player gets at his disposal a combat-focused Barbarian or magic-oriented Rogue, who prefers ranged attacks. On his adventure, a player can develop the chosen character, as well as equip him with more powerful pieces of gear. The story campaign has been divided into five acts, between which one can replenish his provisions and change equipment. The levels are procedurally generated, and most of them are worth revisiting when the character becomes more powerful. Most of his time, a player has to spend on fighting multiple monsters and enormous bosses – defeating the latter ones unlocks special armors and rare items.
Shovel Knight: King of Cards (PS4)
The last expansion to a well-received game titled Shovel Knight. Both the add-on and the base game have been developed by Yacht Club Games. The main protagonist of the expansion is the titular King of Cards, who is one of the bosses a player has to fight as the Shovel Knight in the base game. The main protagonist has to prove his rights to the crown by defeating three usurpers from the neighboring lands. Similarly to the base game, Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a 2D platform game with RPG elements. The new hero fights and moves in a different manner than the previous protagonists - he mounts a short charge, which stuns the enemies and destroys some of the obstacles on the map. He also has a special ability - he can perform a pirouette on enemies' heads multiple times. As one progresses through the story, he acquires more powerful weapons, armor, and new companions. An interesting element of the game is the minigame, in which one can play cards with NPCs. The gameplay revolves around the story campaign, which is well complemented by special challenges, in which one can test his skills in platform puzzles as well as combat.
Battle Chef Brigade (PS4)
An arcade action game featuring numerous logical puzzles. In Battle Chef Brigade, a player assumes the role of one of the available chefs, participates in cooking competitions, similar to those featured in numerous TV shows such as Iron Chef. The only difference is that the game is set in a fantasy world, and acquiring particular ingredients requires a player to visit diverse locations and finding them on his own. Not all ingredients can be simply picked up - some have to be fought over, while others can be created after combining several items. For example, when a player cuts down a Venus flytrap, he lures a chicken, which after eating the plant, lays an egg. The cooking itself has been based on the match-three rules. Particular ingredients feature various tastes, and combining the same tastes provides better scores. Between the cook-offs, a player can visit the town, practice his skills, and interact with NPCs. The game delivers 2D visuals inspired by the manga style.