South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4)
RPG yesterday, 17 October 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
Arcade 12 April 2016
The next installment in the very popular 3D platformer series, which has been initially developed for the PlayStation 2 console, and had given birth to one of the most popular and successful series for this particular gaming platform. Despite drawing major inspiration from its 2002 predecessor, the title is not just a simple remake but a complete reboot of the whole cycle. In the new game, we follow the struggles of the titular pair of heroes – a fox called Ratchet and his robot companion, Clank, as the two of the try to save the galaxy from the evil Drek. Our antagonist is actively trying to destroy the world and reuse the entirety of its matter to form a new planet for his race – the Blarg. The main characters are searching for the legendary superhero Captain Qwark, who is the only person believed to be able to stand up to the terrible foe. Ratchet & Clank is a standard 3D TPP platformer in which the gameplay revolves around traversing the world, fighting various enemies and collecting numerous mysterious findings.
Adventure 07 June 2016
An adventure game with strong action and platform game traits. It was developed by Double Fine Productions. The player assumes the role of a boy named Razputin. His dream is to become a member of the titular Psychonauts, a squad that is maintaining peace in the world. After sneaking up into one of the training camps, the protagonist discovers that the cadets are disappearing in an unknown way. Razputin, accompanied by his faithful friends, tries to discover this mystery. In Psychonauts the action is presented by using a third-person perspective. The game features more than a dozen of varied levels – most of them take place inside the human minds. During the game Raz must face various enemies and solve some more or less complicated traps and avoid many dangers. Luckily, the boy is able to jump, swim, climb and even sneak up. He has also paranormal skills like telekinesis, levitation and invisibility. The game features nice looking graphics. Similarly to previous games of this developer, the title is filled with humor.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS4)
RPG 24 November 2016
A cRPG game based on the popular adult animated TV series South Park. South Park: The Stick of Truth was co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original animated series – Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The player assumes the role of a kid who, together with his parents, just moved in to the titular town and tries to win his peers’ sympathy. Shared LARP (Live Action Role Playing), in which Cartman and his friends take part, gives the hero a chance to prove himself. The plot of South Park: The Stick of Truth is filled to capacity with absurd humor and references to popular culture. The creators applied elements of classic cRPG mechanics, like character classes, turn-based combat, gaining experience, and reaching higher levels. The production features cartoon-like graphics.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (PS4)
Action 22 September 2017
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is a platform action game released along with The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Just like the previous LEGO games, it was developed by Traveller's Tales. Story in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is based on the film’s plot. The evil Lord Garmadon brought the Ninjago City to its knees. Lead by the wise Master Wu, a group of fearless warriors decides to face Garmadon and bring peace and order back to the city. As we play, we explore various parts of the Ninjago City, use our heroes’ unique abilities when fighting with enemies, and solve simple environmental riddles and puzzles. The game can be played alone or in coop with up to three additional players. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game's visuals are on a decent level and stylistically refer to the film.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PS4)
Arcade 14 November 2017
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a sequel to the 2013 platform/action game LEGO Marvel Super Heroes developed by Traveller's Tales. This time we will have to face Kang the Conqueror who travels in time and causes turmoil in various eras across the history. Once again we will be able to play as several dozen Marvel characters, including Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Gameplay focuses on exploration (we will visit Wild West, ancient Egypt, 2099 New York, and other times and places as we play), combat, and solving simple puzzles and riddles. The game offers a single player campaign and a multiplayer mode (co-op and PvP arena battles) for up to four players.
LEGO City: Undercover (PS4)
Action 04 April 2017
Another installment in the popular series of third-person perspective action games that uses the license of the popular LEGO bricks franchise. This time, the title is available exclusively on Nintendo platforms. The game takes place in a modern metropolis and its main protagonist, Chase McCain, is an undercover cop. His task is to find, infiltrate, and stop criminal operations, which he does in-style, Hollywood style. Gameplay mechanics in LEGO City: Undercover combine the most important features of the LEGO series with elements typical of the Grand Theft Auto and Driver series. The overall feeling of the game is strongly inspired by classic action movies. The gameplay is a mix of various genres and during the game the player will participate in spectacular car chases, fly a police helicopter, chase after suspects on rooftops, and engage enemies in fist fights. The controls are simple and intuitive and the game provides us with many opportunities to employ the unique capabilities of Nintendo consoles and their controllers.
Mushroom Wars 2 (PS4)
Strategy 05 September 2017
A sequel to a humorous real-time strategy, Mushroom Wars, that came out in 2009 for PC and mobile platforms. The action of Mushroom Wars 2 takes us to a fantasy universe where four factions of small creatures that live in mushroom-like homes constantly war with each other. The player’s task, as the general of a “mushroom” army, is to eliminate the enemy as quickly as possible by taking over strategic points on the map. There are four different races to choose from, all supported by heroes with unique special abilities. As befits a real-time strategy game, we have to build a village, recruit an army, enhance our weapons, and take over enemy buildings. Battles are very fast-paced and usually last no longer than 5-10 minutes. The title offers four single player campaigns, a skirmish mode, and a multiplayer mode that supports e-sport features. Mushroom Wars 2 features graphics that are similar, although more detailed, to its predecessors.
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PS4)
Action 20 January 2015
The fourth installment in a series of popular action games. Saints Row IV was developed by Volition, initially cooperating with THQ, later, with Deep Silver. When it comes to the plot, it is a sequel to Saints Row: The Third. An alien invader called Zinyak wishes to take control over the Earth's women and resources. Execution of these plans can be prevented only by the members of the Third Street Saints gang. However, Zinyak manages to capture the leader of the gang and holds them as a prisoner within a virtual simulation of the city of Steelport. Assuming the role of the gang leader, the player has to find a way back to reality and stop the invasion. Saints Row IV offers several new mechanics, such as superpowers the protagonist has at their disposal (superhuman force and speed for instance).
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4)
Action 24 March 2015
A set of the Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Reeditions with all of their expansions. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is a bundle developed with the 8th-generation consoles in mind. The remastered versions, similarly to the originals, were developed by Gearbox Software. The action of the games takes us to the post-apocalyptic planet Pandora and its moon respectively. The gameplay combines elements of open-word action and role-playing games. The players have to perform a number of story and side missions, during which they explore interesting locations, fight enemies using futuristic firearms, and collect increasingly powerful battle gear. Each title offers four unique heroes of different specializations and abilities. With time, the player’s character gathers experience and, with it, new skills. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection features enhanced graphics and smoother animation. Additionally, it expands the cooperation mode for up to four players.
Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4)
Action 14 March 2017
A sequel to the well-received TPP stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows by French studio Cyanide. Once again you play as the goblin assassin known from the first installment and the RPG Of Orcs and Men. The protagonist goes to the city of Körangar, a stronghold of the Dark Elves. There he discovers that a secretive meeting of the Elves and the Dwarves is just a cover for a dangerous conspiracy of the goblin-hating races. Your task is to uncover the secrets surrounding the conspiracy and to save your kin from annihilation. In terms of mechanics, Styx: Shades of Darkness does not differ much from its predecessor, focusing on the stealth aspect and the quiet ways of eliminating your opponents. At the same time, the game's world has become more expansive, and the protagonist now has a range of new abilities, such as being able to jump from one corner of the room to another, climb up ropes or us a knife to move around via zip-lines.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers (PS4)
Adventure 26 January 2016
Another installment in a bestselling action-adventure game series based on the license of the LEGO bricks. This title is a result of cooperation between the developers from Traveller’s Tales and the Marvel company. Once again, players visit the amazing world of comic superheroes. The story is based on the Avengers film (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Therefore, you can play as one of the numerous Marvel characters known from both the graphic novels and films, including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, and Hawkeye. In terms of gameplay, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is not much different from other games in the series, such as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Gameplay is presented in third-person perspective and it boils down to exploration, solving puzzles, gathering collectibles, and fighting with opponents.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS4)
Action 15 November 2013
An action-adventure game featuring the superheroes from Marvel comic books. The title was created by Traveller’s Tales Studio, experts at LEGO video games (e.g. LEGO The Lord of the Rings, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, LEGO Harry Potter). Players can become Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and other superheroes, who are asked by Nick Fury from the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization to save the world from villains and other dangers. The developers stayed true to the well-proven gameplay mechanics that combines elements of action, brawler, and adventure game. As always, the game is filled with unlockable extras, and features a cooperation mode in split screen.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4)
Action 28 June 2016
Another entry in the bestselling adventure game series, combining popular LEGO franchise with the classic universe of Star Wars. Its plot is largely based on the seventh part of the galactic saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and tells the story of completely new characters, though some familiar and iconic faces from previous movies appear in the background. There are also many exclusive plotlines that fill in the story gaps between Return of the Jedi and the latest movie in the series. The game mechanics remained mostly the same and the gameplay comes down to exploring, fighting enemies, and solving many logical puzzles, most of which require a creative use of the famous bricks. Nonetheless, some new features have been added, like allowing a multiply uses of single brick for different purposes and eye-catching blaster duels, during which we can make use of cover.
Deadpool: The Video Game (PS4)
Action 17 November 2015
An action game based on the popular comic series published by Marvel Comics. The game was developed by High Moon, studio known mostly for its Transformers games. The story of Deadpool: The Video Game focuses mostly on the antics of the sarcastic protagonist. The mercenary is trying to have his revenge on Mr. Sinister who caused Deadpool to fail in completing one of his contracts. In order to complete his objective, Deadpool joins forces with X-Men and travels with them to Genosha Island where the villain is building an army. The gameplay features dynamic hack’n’slash action focusing on delivering effective combos. The developers had ambitions to show the distinctive humor typical for the comic iteration. The character frequently talks directly to the player, commenting on his actions or giving instructions on how to deal with enemies.
Lego Harry Potter Collection (PS4)
Arcade 18 October 2016
A set of two enhanced parts of the LEGO Harry Potter series for the eighth generation consoles, originally released in 2010-2011 by Traveller's Tales and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. The set includes the games LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, based on the seven books in the series by the British writer J.K. Rowling. In both games, apart from the protagonist — the teenage wizard — you meet many characters from the books and movies, both his friends and enemies, including the nefarious Lord Voldemort. Both parts of LEGO Harry Potter Collection feature improved visuals, introducing e.g. enhanced lighting and new special effects. The set also includes two expansions: Spell Pack, which adds five unique spells, and Character Pack, adding 10 previously unavailable characters.
LEGO Jurassic World (PS4)
Action 12 June 2015
Another reincarnation of the highly popular action-adventure game franchise originated in mid-90’s, sporting a license on the world’s most famous brand of toy bricks. This production by Traveller’s Tales Studios was created for the premiere of the film Jurassic World, however, the game’s story spans across the whole bestselling Jurassic Park trilogy. The game is set on Isla Nublar, an island known from the movie, which is actually a one of a kind amusement park with prehistoric reptiles brought back to life through cloning processes. As a result of a chain of experiments, a new dinosaur species was created by scientist, which is a combination of a Tyrannosaurus and a Velociraptor. Unfortunately, the beast escapes, becoming a direct threat to all visitors. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game employs the traditional solutions used in the series, with action-adventure elements and a gallery of characters known from the original movie.
Styx: Master of Shadows (PS4)
Action 07 October 2014
A third-person perspective stealth game in which the player assumes the role of an experienced goblin assassin who is tasked with reaching the Tower of Akenash and stealing a valuable, magic amber. The title was created by Cyanide studios, the creators of many cycling games, the Blood Bowl series and the Of Orcs and Men RPG. The protagonist of the game is Styx, a character known from Of Orcs and Men. The title is an action game focused on sneaking up and silently eliminating enemies. The main weapon is a dagger, but Styx can also use various abilities provided by the magic amber. During the game the protagonist improves his abilities by developing himself in six different directions. In order to reach the destination, the player must travel through a series of levels that are large both horizontally and vertically. Their suggestive atmosphere, built by lights and shadows, is similar to the legendary Thief series.
Psychonauts 2 (PS4)
A three-dimensional platform game and a continuation to the 2005's Psychonauts, a game by Double Fine Productions studio. The main protagonist of the game is our old acquaintance, a psychic named Raz, who specializes in trips to other people's minds. Invited to the headquarters of the eponymous secret organization, employing people with psychic talents from all around the world, he discovers that the group is in serious trouble and it is up to him to rescue them. In Psychonauts 2 we observe the action from a camera placed behind the hero, and the game consists primarily of exploring the world, avoiding traps and obstacles, and fighting enemies. The game is particularly focused on arcade elements, but there are also a great many of clever puzzles and a good deal of secrets to discover. During the game the protagonist learns and develops new psychic abilities, which allows him to deal with increasingly difficult challenges.
Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back (PS4)
Action 31 October 2017
Another installment of the series of platform games. The predecessor of this title, Bubsy 3D, which is considered one of the worst platform games ever, debuted in 1996. Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back was developed by Black Forest Games and published by Accolade, a company that returned to life after being inactive for seventeen years. The player assumes the role of the titular lynx that starts a dangerous journey in order to find the mythical Golden Fleece. Despite the fact that all pieces of the graphics are three-dimensional, the gameplay is based on mechanics from classic side-scrolling, two-dimensional platform games. During the game the player is traveling through colorful locations while avoiding traps and other dangers and facing various enemies, among whom there are powerful bosses. The title features large dose of humor – the protagonist can use more than one hundred new one-liners.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4)
Action 19 August 2014
A spin-off of to the popular tower defense game series, depicting rivalry between the eponymous plants and hordes of zombies. Developed by the creators of the franchise, PopCap Games studio, the production is recommended for those who love humorous, fast-paced gameplay combining elements of strategy with third-person action. We control a selected plant and try to protect our defensive structures against incoming hordes of enemies. The game focuses on cooperation and teamwork, and the proper usage of each plant’s properties, like healing or floating above the ground, are the key to success. Compared to main Plants vs. Zombies games, Garden Warfare offers high-quality visuals running on Frostbite engine, the technology used e.g. in the Battlefield series.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PS4)
Action 11 November 2014
Another installment in the popular arcade game series from the LEGO brand. It is also the third game depicting the adventures of the legendary hero from the DC universe. It was developed by Traveller’s Tales, known for many other productions in the LEGO series. The story focuses on the struggle between the Justice League, led by Batman and other comic superheroes — and a villain called Brainiac who wants to shrink our planet and include into his disgraceful collection. The game will take us from the streets of Gotham City into space and other, not yet visited, regions of the DC universe. The gameplay mechanics are based on proven solutions, although some novelties were introduced as well. Among the latter, we can find the simultaneous use of various abilities, hacking mini-games, as well as levels where we operate a space fighter or in zero gravity.
Thimbleweed Park (PS4)
Adventure 22 August 2017
A point-and-click adventure game created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. The players are taken to the titular Thimbleweed Park - once a prosperous business area, now definitely past its prime. The player takes on the roles of five characters in total throughout this adventure and is capable of switching between them at any time. The characters present are a stronger feature of this game - apart from others, the player assumes the role of Ransome - a clown suffering from a curse which makes him unable to get rid of his stage make-up. Franklin is another of the characters the player will be in control of in this game; one day, he (Franklin) discovers that he has died. The player will also assume control of two detectives investigating a case of a body found nearby; Dolores on the other hand, needs to read the testament of her rich uncle. When it comes to the story, the creators mixed a unique taste in humor with different possible endings. All of this is complemented by visuals modeled after LucasArts' classics, as well as an interface resembling the legendary SCUMM system.
LEGO Dimensions (PS4)
Arcade 27 September 2015
Next installment in a bestselling game series devoted to LEGO bricks and developed, as usual, by Traveller’s Tales studio. This title is Warner Bros'. response to the growing popularity of franchises like Skylanders or Disney Infinity. This is the first game in the series that uses real LEGO minifigures, which are transferred into virtual word through a special port. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game is not much different from other titles in the series, still being a third-person action-adventure game. You play as various LEGO characters who have to stop evil Lord Vortech from annihilating humanity. The game is available for purchase in several editions devoted to different franchises. Starter pack includes figurines of Gandalf, Wyldstyle, Batman, and Batmobile. However, you can buy individual packs of characters featured in the Return to the Future franchise, LEGO Ninjago sets, DC Comics, or The Lord of the Rings trilogy.