2.5 DPS4 Video Games

Video Games Encyclopedia by Gamepressure.com

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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Deadlight: Director's Cut (PS4)
Deadlight: Director's Cut (PS4)

Arcade 21 June 2016

A remastered edition of a 2012's two-dimensional platformer by studio Tequila Works, designed for PC and eighth generation of video game consoles. The plot of the title is set in an alternative version of the 80s, in which, as a result of a mysterious virus, world was overrun by zombies. During the game we play the part of a survivor named Randall Wayne, who is trying to reach a safe place and meet up with his friends and family. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a 2.5D platformer, emphasizing exploration and different ways of dealing with zombies. There are also purely arcade sequences, as well as environmental puzzles that we have to solve in order to get to previously inaccessible places. In comparison to the original game published four years earlier, Deadlight: Director's Cut features improved 1080p visuals, a set of new animations and a new game mode – Survival Arena.

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Mortal Kombat XL (PS4)
Mortal Kombat XL (PS4)

Fighting 01 March 2016

An expanded edition of Mortal Kombat X by NetherRealm, released in April 2015 as the tenth installment in the cult fighting game series which was launched back in 1992 on arcade machines. The action takes place 25 years after the events of the original game and tells a completely new story, in which new characters, for example: Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade’s daughter, play a major role. The gameplay mechanics were not changed significantly – it is still a 2.5D fighting game that puts emphasis on special attacks and spectacular finishers. Mortal Kombat XL contains all DLCs released as a part of the original game's season pass. Apart from a large variety of various skins for the available warriors, their biggest attraction are bonus playable fighters such as the four-armed Goro, Tremor, Tanya Tri-Borg, Bo’ Rai Cho, as well as iconic movie characters like Predator, Xenomorph, Jason Voorhees, or Leatherface.

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Injustice 2 (PS4)
Injustice 2 (PS4)

Fighting 16 May 2017

A sequel to the 2013 arcade fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us by NetherRealm Studios, known for the latest Mortal Kombat games. Like in its predecessor, in Injustice 2 you play as the characters from the DC universe, fighting each other in violent duels. The game features minimal plot, in which Batman and his supporters try to rebuild the society, but at the same time have to fight against Superman and his allies. Among the chaos, a new danger appears, threatening to wipe out all of humanity. Mechanics-wise, Injustice 2 is a spectacular Mortal Kombat-like 2.5D fighting game, although it's not as violent. You can play as either a hero or a villain; available characters include Superman, the Flash, Batman, Supergirl, Aquaman, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. The sequel also allows for modifying your chosen character. During the gameplay, you earn new equipment, which can alter not only your character's appearance, but also their abilities.

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Little Nightmares (PS4)
Little Nightmares (PS4)

Arcade 28 April 2017

A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.

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Mortal Kombat X (PS4)
Mortal Kombat X (PS4)

Fighting 14 April 2015

A sequel to the 2011 game created by NetherRealm, which restored the leading position in gaming to Mortal Kombat, a long-standing, cult fighting game franchise launched in 1993 by the Midway / Acclaim duet. Once again, we get a wide array of playable fighters – both known from the previous games in the series, as well as brand new ones. Moreover, each one comes in several varieties, differing in tactics and combat style. Duels are fought on 2.5D arenas filled with interactive elements that you can use in combat. There is of course no shortage of spectacular finishers, so-called fatalities. The game’s core features an expansive story mode set 25 years after the events presented in the previous game. The authors implemented numerous both local and online multiplayer modes, enabling the players to compete with one another in a global struggle for primacy.

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Masquerada: Songs and Shadows (PS4)
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows (PS4)

RPG 08 August 2017

A tactical RPG developed by the independent studio Witching Hour. The player is taken to a fantasy world where magic exists only in one city, Ombre. However, using it is dependent on possessing special masks, which is the direct reason for never-ending intrigues and political disputes. The main protagonist is inspector Cicero Gavara who is involved in a case of a mysterious disappearance. Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is based on classical pillars of the genre: exploration, performing various quests, and fighting encountered enemies. The gameplay is presented from an isometric camera. Combat can take place in two modes: a dynamic one that puts emphasis on action or a tactical one which lets us queue orders. The key to success is to skillfully use the abilities of the protagonist and his companions as well as to put the masks to good use by casting various spells. The title is characterized by an original visual style that combines Japanese and French comic style with inspirations drawn from Venetian atmosphere and its carnivals.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4)
Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4)

Fighting 2018

Dragon Ball FigtherZ is a 2.5D fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco where characters from the popular Dragon Ball universe fight each other. Unlike the previous Dragon Ball games, FighterZ uses the Tag Battle mechanics. We create a team of three different characters between which we can switch anytime we want to when fighting. Doing so allows us to execute powerful combos and special attacks. The battle ends when all of our characters have zero health points. Action takes place on 2D arenas, but all of the remaining elements of the game are 3D. It allowed the developers to use advanced graphical effects and stylized animations to make the game look like the classic anime.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)

Arcade 18 November 2014

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Unravel (PS4)
Unravel (PS4)

Arcade 09 February 2016

An action-logic platform game created by Coldwood Interactive in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. You play as Yarny, a character made of yarn, who travels across various locations, inspired by the landscape of northern Scandinavia, in search of traces of his long lost family. Scores of adventures await you, requiring you to cleverly use the protagonist’s unique ability of unraveling his own body. He can use some of the yarn he is made of to create a bridge or catch a fish and use it to cross a river. The game features impressive, fully 3D graphics, although presented in 2.5D perspective, resembling LittleBigPlanet.

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Sine Mora EX (PS4)
Sine Mora EX (PS4)

Action 08 August 2017

Developed by THQ Nordic, Sine Mora EX is a remastered version of the well-received 2012’s shoot’em up game. The game takes players to a retro-futuristic world engulfed in continuous war between the forces of the Empire and their adversaries. One gets to pilot diverse airplanes, featuring various weapons and gadgets, and participate in dynamic and spectacular battles against both minor enemy units as well as much more powerful bosses. Sine Mora EX builds on the story campaign comprising seven stages – unlike the second game mode (Arcade), during the campaign players can modify the specifications of particular machines to adequately prepare them for the mission at hand. The game described herein delivers high-quality visuals – a player is bound to appreciate boss models developed by Mahiro Maeda, one of the most popular Japanese anime artist.

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (PS4)

Action 12 January 2016

The second installment in a spin-off series created within Assassin’s Creed - one of the Ubisoft’s leading franchise. The game translates the series’ mechanics into a 2.5D side-scrolling action-adventure game. The story is set in 1841, in India. The country is on the brink of open conflict as tensions increase between the Empire of Sikh and the British, who claim rights to Indian territory. With these historical events serving as the background, another ongoing conflict comes to light – the never-ending war of Assassins and Templars. You play as Abraaz Mir, a member of the Assassin Order, who tries to care for the Order’s interests in the times of political turmoil. The game features the characteristic elements of the series, such as spectacular acrobatics, sneaking, melee-combat with guards, and assassinations of targets. The shift in player perspective, however, necessitates a different play style, putting more emphasis on tactical thinking and planning your every step.

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CastleStorm VR (PS4)
CastleStorm VR (PS4)

Strategy 01 August 2017

A tower-defense strategy game with arcade elements developed exclusively for PlayStation VR. A player assumes the role of the steward protecting a stronghold domiciled by either Vikings or Knights. The main objective is to keep the stronghold safe and eliminate the enemy forces, or to besiege the enemy to either take or destroy his castle. The main weapon that one gets at his disposal is the ballistae placed on a high tower, which can be loaded with various kinds of ammunition – apart from standard arrows, there are apples, flails, grenades, guided eagles, and flying sheep. One can lead to battle diverse units that vary in terms of their speed, strength, and special abilities. Both the type and the strength of the available army depends on the castle’s level of development. Each map delivers several primary and optional objectives that provide a player with additional rewards. CastleStorm VR delivers a multiplayer experience comprising both competitive and cooperative modes – the latter one allows up to two players to fight off endless attack waves, for as long as possible.

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Street Fighter V (PS4)
Street Fighter V (PS4)

Fighting 16 February 2016

The fifth major installment in one of the longest-standing and most popular fighting game series, launched by the Capcom company back in 1987. The game offers a new combat system that, while being more complex, is also easier to learn. The system is augmented with three brand new techniques: V-Skills, V-Reversals, and V-Triggers, based on the rechargeable V-Gauge bar. The base game features 16 playable characters, including the greatest legends of the series, and 4 new fighters. More characters, as well as whole lot of extra content can be bought for special virtual currency you earn in the game. Street Fighter V allows for cross-platform competition for owners of PCs and consoles. The game features cel shading graphics, powered by the modern Unreal Engine 4 that allowed for a quality leap in comparison with the previous installments. At the same time the developers managed to retain the series’ characteristic look.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite (PS4)
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite (PS4)

Fighting 19 September 2017

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

Action 30 August 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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Never Alone (PS4)
Never Alone (PS4)

Arcade 18 November 2014

A platformer with puzzle game features, developed by Upper One Game studio. The story of Never Alone is based on Inuit beliefs, with players taking control of a young girl from the Inupiaq tribe who sets on a dangerous journey with her white fox to save her people and stop the arrival of the eternal blizzard. During her adventure, she will meet many creatures from Inuit legends, such as Sky People, Rolling Heads or Blizzard Man. Never Alone presents its world from the side perspective, as we traverse vast levels, avoid traps, fight enemies and solve puzzles. The single player campaign lets us switch between the girl and the fox, both of which have unique abilities that are necessary to progress; however, control is split between two players in the cooperation mode. Never Alone features good-looking three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a soundtrack based on traditional Inuit music. Interestingly, the narrator speaks in Inuit language and the dialogue is translated into English through subtitles.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PS4)
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PS4)

Fighting 12 November 2013

A spectacular fighting game starring the DC Comics superheroes. The production was developed by NetherRealm, the creators of the 2011 game Mortal Kombat. The story mode features an alternative world, in which a power-hungry version of Superman has taken over the world. He is opposed by a group of heroes from the “default” reality. Mechanics-wise, Injustice: Gods Among Us is mostly inspired by Mortal Kombat. Every playable character (e.g. Batman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Superman) has their own unique powers, which they can use in combat. The Ultimate edition of the game includes all the upgrades and DLC packs.

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Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)
Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)

Strategy 30 May 2014

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Black The Fall (PS4)
Black The Fall (PS4)

Adventure 11 July 2017

An action-adventure title developed by the independent developer Sand Sailor Studio. The action of Black The Fall takes place in a communist industrial dystopia where the inhabitants are completely subject to the regime. The main hero, named Black, is a obedient worker at one of the many factories. However, when the entrance door gets damaged, he takes the opportunity to break free. Gameplay featuring a side-view focuses on exploration of the mysterious environment. Locations introduce numerous traps, obstacles, and diverse environmental puzzles. During gameplay, Black gets his hands on a designator – a tool which gives him control over workers, machines, and other friendly beings. The title utilizes 2.5D visuals that do not feature too many vivid colors, which makes the title stand out.

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This War of Mine: The Little Ones (PS4)
This War of Mine: The Little Ones (PS4)

Strategy 29 January 2016

An extended edition of This War of Mine, a unique survival game developed 11bit Studios - the creators of the original - with the 8th generation consoles in mind by. The game inverts the premises of a typical war game, as we do not assume the role of heroic soldiers. Instead, we control a group of civilians surprised by the outbreak of war and trying to survive in a besieged city. The gameplay mechanics remain unchanged, focusing on survival and morally difficult decision-making. As the title suggests, the biggest novelty of the expanded edition is the introduction of playable children, who play an incredibly important role in the on-screen events. Initially, the youngest survivors will, for example, build toys or decorate environments, but with time, thanks to their adult guardians, they shall learn many useful skills that can prove invaluable during subsequent missions.

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Trine 2: Complete Story (PS4)
Trine 2: Complete Story (PS4)

Arcade 15 November 2013

A sequel to a platform/puzzle action game developed by Frozenbyte. The story of the original game was set in a colorful, magical fantasy world. Trine 2 once again presents the adventures of the three characters bound together by the power of an artifact known as Trine. Amadeus, Zoya and, Pontius are brought to a fairytale land inhabited by goblins. Their task is to discover the truth behind the actions of the malicious creatures and to prevent them from achieving their goals. Similar to the original game, Trine 2 is a two-dimensional platformer. The gameplay features arcade elements (jumping, fighting, etc.) and puzzle solving. The main characters have gained new abilities and can also search for hidden treasures and bottles containing experience points. The sequel features also a new game mode, implementing cooperative online multiplayer.

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (PS4)

Action 21 April 2015

The first installment in the Assassin's Creed Chronicles series of spin-offs, created in the form of a 2.5D adventure platformer. The game was developed by Ubisoft as a bonus for users who bought the season pass for Assassin's Creed: Unity. The game is set in the sixteenth-century China, and the players assume the role of female assassin Shao Jun – a student of Ezio Auditore and the protagonist of the animated film Assassin's Creed: Embers. Being the last survivor of the Order's Chinese subdivision, she returns to her homeland with the intention of avenging her murdered brother. During the journey she meets a number of historical figures and visits several famous locations of China, including Beijing, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. Gameplay mechanics are a translation of the usual gameplay into a side-scrolling platform game. We can climb, sneak, fight, and kill silently. The production features an original graphic style, inspired by traditional Chinese painting.

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (PS4)

Action 09 February 2016

The third installment in a 2.5D platform game series that exists as a spin-off to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. This time you visit the 1918 Russia, when two bloody revolutions lead to some radical changes in the government. The brutal Bolshevik rule ignites a civil war, while the never ending struggle between the Templars and the Assassins rages on in the background. Playing as Nikolai Orelov, you take care of the Brotherhood of the Assassins’ interests, completing a series of dangerous missions, whose general gameplay premises are no different than in the core Assassin’s Creed games. However, because of the unusual perspective, the game requires even more tactical approach and careful planning of your next step.

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