Action today, 26 September 2017
A cyberpunk tactical top-down shooter game inspired by the Syndicate series. It's the first title created by Polish studio Reikon Games, previously involved in the production of such games as Dead Island: Riptide, Dying Light and the Witcher franchise. The game takes place in a futuristic world plagued with violence, injustice and oppression. You play as a lower-class citizen, a sociopath plugged into virtual reality, who declares war on the corporation ruling his city. Ruiner features a classic isometric view and modern graphics full of spectacular visual effects, based on the advanced Unreal 4 engine, while the cel shading gives the game a slightly comic-book-like vibe.
X-Morph: Defense (PS4)
Action 30 August 2017
Developed by an independent studio called Exor, X-Morph: Defense is an original twin-stick shooter with tower defense elements. The game shows an unpleasant vision of the future, in which the Earth has fallen victim to an alien invasion. Instead of defending the Blue Planet, a player assumes control over an Alien ship with an objective to face waves of human adversaries and defend enormous devices extracting resources and altering the Earth’s atmosphere. In X-Morph: Defense, a player observes the action from the top-down perspective, controls the aforementioned spacecraft, and erects defensive structures such as watchtowers - highly effective against particular adversaries. During the combat, the alien ship can assume four different forms, each one designed for dealing with a specific type of threats. To fight the enemies, a player can use the destroyable environment by e.g. collapsing a skyscraper to bar the way. A player can invade the Earth either alone or with another player in the cooperative mode.
Prison Architect (PS4)
Strategy 28 June 2016
An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates. The authors saw to it that each prisoner had his individual personality and corresponding criminal inclinations. A virtual prison manager has to face such issues as violent behavior among inmates, gang activities, smuggling and contraband, or even mutiny. Prison Architect features very simple top-down 2D graphics.
Raiden V: Director's Cut (PS4)
Arcade 10 October 2017
The fifth official installment in a series of classic, scrolling top-down shooters. Raiden V was created by MOSS - a Japanese developer in possession of the rights to the franchise since 2005. Similar to the previous installments, the plot presents a great war between humans and Cranassian - an alien civilization that has attacked the Earth. The player has to face the invaders, assuming the role of a pilot. The game offers several characters to choose from, including a British or American male, as well as a Portuguese, German or a Romanian female. Each of the characters has a different personality and biography. Also, the player chooses from among three fighter planes (Japanese, French or American) differing both in statistics and weaponry. The story campaign comprises of a set of missions, during which the player fires at incoming enemies, drops bombs on ground targets and avoids enemy fire. The players have three fire modes at their disposal, allowing for continuous fire, shooting in bursts and launching rockets. Each of the cannons can be upgraded. Every level has their own setting and ends with a boss fight. What is new in Raiden V, is the Cheer System allowing another player to join the game at any moment.
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.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4)
Action 10 March 2015
The follow-up to a hit action game from 2012. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a production of an independent studio Dennaton Games, the developer duo of Jonathan “Cactus” Söderström and Dennis Wedin. The player controls a bandit, who, provided there is a payoff, undertakes a number of risky jobs. Depending on the mission conditions, the hero can be either forced to avoid a direct confrontation, or brutally eliminate all enemies. The latter task will be achieved with weapons, and various elements of the environment. Similarly to the predecessor, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is marked by a simple retro 2D graphics. Due to the large dose of violence, the game is intended only for adult players.
Titan Souls (PS4)
Adventure 14 April 2015
A two-dimensional retro action platform game inspired by typical cRPGs and the cult PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus. Titan Souls was developed by the independent, three-person studio Acid Nerve and it is an expanded, commercial version of the application created during the Ludum Dare competition. The game takes place in ancient ruins in which, according to a legend, the souls of titans were placed. These souls are the source of all life, but they were shattered into many pieces and access to each of them is protected by a legendary golem. As a young warrior, the player will face the golems, each of which is challenging in a different way. The monsters have their strong and weak points and learning about them is the key to victory in the duels. The fact that the protagonist is equipped with a bow with only one arrow makes things even more complicated – in order to attack the opponent again, one must first pick up priceless projectile.
Hotline Miami (PS4)
Action 19 August 2014
Developed by independent studio Dennaton Games, a brutal retro-style action game resembling the classic first installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. The action takes place during the 80s in the titular Miami. The main hero is a muscular ruffian who after receiving mysterious calls recorded on an answering machine commits a series of violent acts. Missions come down to murdering everyone in a given location. The protagonist can execute stealth attacks as well as engage in open combat. There are 35 types of firearms (pistols, shotguns, rifles) and weapons for close combat (knives, crowbars, baseball bats). The game also introduces special animal masks, which give the hero unique abilities. Even though the game features old-school graphics, it is filled with huge amounts of brutality, making it suitable only for adult players.
Mantis Burn Racing (PS4)
Racing 12 October 2016
Action racing game created by the indie studio WooFoo, in which players participate in crazy racing championships across winding tracks. The tracks are located in various environments, such as city streets or desert canyons. The vehicles you drive are grouped into three categories: dune buggies, trucks, and sport cars. Each car has its strengths and weaknesses, and getting to know them is the key to success. Besides, all vehicles are customizable, letting you not only adjust their appearance to your liking but also increase their performance. The core of gameplay in Mantis Burn Racing is the single player career mode. Apart from this, there is also multiplayer, which you can play both locally and online. Mantis Burn Racing offers high-quality graphics. Interestingly, the PlayStation 4 Pro version is one of the first titles designed specifically for this console and offering support for native 4K resolution.
Tower 57 (PS4)
Action December 2017
An old-school 2D shooter developed by Pixwerk in cooperation with 11 bit studios. The game is inspired by classic 16-bit hits, such as the Chaos Engine series. The action of Tower 57 takes place in a devastated dieselpunk world, where gigantic towers are the only places harboring what remains of human civilization. The story focuses on the adventures of a group of daredevils who attempt to infiltrate the titular Tower 57. Players observe from a top-down perspective how characters fight off hordes of enemies and utilize a rich arsenal of diverse weaponry. In the game, one assumes the role of one of seven available protagonists, each one featuring a unique set of skills and a number available destructive weapons. The entire experience falls under the typical twin-stick shooter convention and features dynamic gameplay as well as the option to destroy elements of the surroundings. The single player campaign is well complemented by a cooperative mode.
Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival (PS4)
Sports 24 June 2016
An arcade football game, directly referencing the cult Kick Off series for Amiga computers in the 1980s and 1990s. The new version of the game was developed by Dino Dini, as commissioned by Sony. Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival is firmly grounded is the traditional mechanics of the series, while at the same time introducing a range of necessary upgrades. It's still a dynamic football match simulation with high difficulty level. To make things even harder, the ball is no longer automatically led by the player—keeping it requires extra work now. However, it provides for greater freedom when it comes to passing the ball or precise striking. At the same time, Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival still features its oldschool vibe thanks to the top-down view of the pitch (although other views are available) and a specific visual style—which is, however, fully 3D and much more detailed than 30 years earlier.
Shakedown Hawaii (PS4)
An old-school open-world action game and a sequel to Retro City Rampage developed by Vblank Entertainment. The action of Shakedown Hawaii takes place 30 years after the events presented in its predecessor. The protagonist has grown really old and got himself a large belly. Dramatic events forced him to take up arms once again and to rebuild his crime empire. The gameplay mechanics improve on the ideas from Retro City Rampage and bear a strong resemblance to the first installment of the cult-classic Grand Theft Auto. The action is observed from an aerial view when traversing the open city area on foot or by vehicles. While playing, we perform various primary and secondary quests, using a rich arsenal or firearms, and the gameplay is enriched with elements of economic simulation that lets us manage the protagonist’s business. The game is realized in retro style and features a large dose of absurd and undiscriminating humor.
A dynamic, science-fiction shooter played from a top-down view and developed by 10tons - an experienced, Finnish studio. Jydge is set in a universe created as part of the studio's previous games, such as Neon Chrome or Crimsonland; the player is taken to Edenbyrg, which is a futuristic metropolis dominated by crime. Assuming the role of the titular judge, the player deals with criminals and brings justice back. At the beginning, the player creates their character, which mainly involves choosing special abilities for them; also, the player is capable of configuring the weapon the protagonist uses. During the adventure, the player traverses the streets of Edenbyrg and completes different assignments, which involves killing hordes of enemies. Alongside progression, the player gains access to more and more weapons, modifications and gadgets. One can play Jydge solo or in the local co-op mode.
God's Trigger (PS4)
A game that combines shooter and hack and slash mechanics. It was created by One More Level - a Polish developer popular for Warlocks vs Shadows. The protagonist is called Zoran and he is a veteran of the Balkan Wars, who escapes from war atrocities to New York. To serve his penance, he becomes a local priest. Unfortunately, once it turns out that ruthless mobsters have become a threat to the people he serves, Zoran decides to bring justice the hard way. The action is viewed from above and the game is very dynamic. Also, it does not tolerate the player's mistakes - one hit kills the protagonist. Consequently, the player has to plan before they act; using the protagonist's special ability (the so-called Divine Focus) is also crucial for success. This ability makes the time pass only when the protagonist is in motion. Once depleted, it can be recharged by killing enemies. Sword and pistol are the protagonist's basic weapons, but more of them are waiting for the player to discover. Apart from the single-player story campaign, the game offers separate levels for the co-op mode. Among other top-down view games, God's Trigger stands out with its three-dimensional, cel-shaded graphics.
Neon Chrome (PS4)
Action 31 May 2016
A cyberpunk top-down shooter with roguelike elements, developed by 10tons - the creators of Crimsonland. The story of Neon Chrome takes place in the near future. The players assume the role of an augmented mercenary whose task is to kill the Overseer of a grand skyscraper that belongs to one of the world's most powerful corporations. Gameplay-wise, the developers drew inspiration from oldschool shooters. Our task boils down to eliminating subsequent hordes of enemies with all kinds of firearms. Moreover, the game’s environment is fully destructible. Before we start playing, we choose one of the three randomly generated characters which can be further augmented later on to increase their combat ability. As befits a roguelike production, every death is permanent and forces us to start from square one.
Kill Strain (PS4)
Action 12 July 2016
A free-to-play team online shooter that employs an unusual gameplay premise: 5 vs 5 vs 2. The game was developed by the few dozen members comprising the team at Sony San Diego. The action of Kill Strain takes place on the icy tundra where various factions fight for valuable energy sources. Three rivaling teams face each other, two of which are five-member mercenary groups, while the third one is a duo of mutants with incredible abilities. The presence of three teams on the battlefield, all having different objectives and skills, makes the gameplay multifaceted and unpredictable. You never know if the enemy will join forces with the mutants to wipe out the competition. Another unusual gameplay element of Kill Strain is the aerial camera, similar to MOBA productions. On the other hand, the visuals present quality equal to the best TPP productions.
Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wing Diver The Shooter (PS4)
Action December 2017
Blacksea Odyssey (PS4)
An unusual independent game. It is a hybrid of a space twin-stick shooter, a role-playing game and a roguelike game. Blacksea Odyssey tells a story about a tournament held every ten years. Only the bravest warriors from the whole universe participate in it. They are tasked with hunting for various creatures that live in the space. When joining the tournament, player is selecting his character. The participants vary in look, combat potential and special abilities. The action is shown from a top-down perspective and it concentrates on traveling through the space and fighting enemies, including giant bosses. The game features a large variety of weapons and the possibility to improve equipment with special runic modifiers. Since the game is a roguelike, dying is permanent and the levels are procedurally generated.
The Escapists: The Walking Dead (PS4)
Adventure 16 February 2016
A spin-off installment of the unique top-down game The Escapist, developed by the publishers of the original, Team 17. The gameplay mechanics are identical to the first installment of the series, but the plot was set in the universe of the popular The Walking Dead comic, having many common plot points. Therefore, in the game, we assume the role of a policeman named Rick Grimes, and our task is not to escape from jail but to get out of a number of locations overrun by bloodthirsty zombies. The fun involves mostly exploration and collecting seemingly useless objects to craft a myriad of useful tools that will help is in our escape. Compared to the original The Escapists, the game features a modified combat system, while the protagonist doesn’t have to operate on his own, since he is followed by a group of other survivors. Because of this, we need to ensure not only the hero’s safety but also that of his companions.
Iron Crypticle (PS4)
Action 12 July 2017
A twin-stick shooter with RPG and rougelike elements, developed by an indie studio Confused Pelican. Iron Crypticle takes us to a fantasy land called Cryptonia. The land's princess was kidnapped and crown jewels were stolen by mysterious enemies. When that happened the ruler of the land decided to ask his most respected knights for help – they must go down to castle's crypts and punish the bandits. During the game we play as one of said warriors who explores (alone or with three friends) vast, randomly generated dungeons and fights against hordes of enemies and bosses. During battles we can use various weapons and many spells, both offensive and defensive. We gradually increase our hero's potential by increasing his stats and collecting more and more powerful weapons. The graphics are oldschool and made in a pixelart style while action is presented from an isometric point of view.
Vostok Inc. (PS4)
Action 26 July 2017
Developed by Nosebleed Interactive, a space shooter enriched with elements of the so-called clickers. Vostok Inc. is set in distant future times and the player assumes the role of a newly chosen chairperson of the titular company. The protagonist's goal is to gather a gigantic fortune through executing the assigned tasks. The gameplay formula was based on two pillars. When exploring space, the player travels among 40 planets, encountering different threats, such as hostile vessels or powerful bosses. In combat, the player makes use of a large weaponry developed over time in a complex crafting system. The other, strategic layer of the experience involves landing on the encountered planets in order to colonize them and acquire valuable resources. As the company develops, the player recruits new specialists. In the free time, one can play one of 13 old-school mini-games inspired by hits released a few decades earlier.
Time Recoil (PS4)
Action 10 August 2017
A top-down shooter developed by Finnish studio 10tons. The title features time control mechanics. The story presented in Time Recoil starts in 1987. Due to a time paradox, the female protagonist who wears a prison suit travels there. During the game she must complete a series of missions in the past. This will enable her to change the timeline, save no-longer living allies, obtain lost documents and eliminate important persons before they become a threat. The final objective is to kill Mr. Time who controls a time-based weapon of mass destruction. The female protagonist can move and aim in all directions. When an enemy is killed, the time slows down. The longer the killing chain, the longer this “bullet time” is active. This mechanics introduce a more puzzle approach to shootouts – the player is trying to combine kills in order to finish his actions before the enemies understand what is going on.