Farming Simulator 18 (PSV)
Simulation 06 June 2017
Another installment in the annually released farming simulator series developed by GIANTS Software. This time, however, the creators decided to develop a game exclusively for handheld devices like PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS. In terms of mechanics, Farming Simulator 18 highly resembles the previous installments, especially the handheld version of Farming Simulator 16. The game sees the players running their farms in an attempt to make a profitable business out of it. To achieve this, the players have to take care of a number of things, such as soil and plant cultivation, harvesting and selling the crops, and finally the successive development of the farm. Farming Simulator 18 does not lack the series’ representative feature, namely a wide range of licensed agricultural machinery of the world’s top makers, which are available for the players to utilize while working in the field.
Stardew Valley (PSV)
RPG 22 May 2018
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.
God of War Collection (PSV)
Action 06 May 2014
A pack containing the first two games from the bestselling God of War series, remastered for the users of next generation consoles. In both games, originally released for PlayStation 2 in 2005 and 2007 respectively, we learn the story of the Spartan warrior Kratos, currently a hatchet man working for the Olympians. The gameplay is implemented in the form of a brutal third-person slasher, as we deal with a throng of mythological monsters and even mighty gods like Ares, or Zeus himself. We also meet many famous characters and get some mythical artifacts that help us fight in various ways. The first two parts in the series that comprise the God of War Collection have been refreshed by Bluepoint Games studio, now supporting 720p resolution and 60 FPS. The support for Trophies, not present in PlayStation 2 editions, has also been added.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PSV)
Action 17 December 2011
An action game and a spin-off installment of the popular Uncharted series, developed as one of the launch titles of PlayStation Vita. Contrary to the major entries in the franchise, which were created by Naughty Dog, Uncharted: Golden Abyss was developed by Bend. Plot-wise, it is a prequel to the Uncharted series. In the game, we assume the role of a younger Nathan Drake who embarks on a journey to Panama to investigate a newly-discovered temple complex and solve the mystery behind a massacre of conquistador forces that took place 400 years ago. Remaining faithful to the spirit of the series, the events of Uncharted: Golden Abyss are very dynamic and are accompanied by arcade gameplay. Nathan Drake has to overcome various obstacles, climb, shoot, fight hand-to-hand, and solve logic puzzles. The controls utilize extra features of PSV, such as the touch screen and the built-in gyroscope. Uncharted: Golden Abyss offers a symphonic soundtrack composed by Clint Bajakian.
Action 14 October 2014
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Darkest Dungeon (PSV)
RPG 27 September 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Borderlands 2 (PSV)
Action 13 May 2014
A first-person shooter with cRPG features and a sequel to the 2009’s hit. Gearbox Software studio once again managed the development, with the publishing support of 2K Games company. The game’s story is set some time after the events of first part. This time the players will face Handsome Jack, a self-proclaimed dictator of Pandora. The creators of Borderlands 2 have prepared four playable characters: Salvador, Maya, Zero, and Axton, representing one of the four different classes and different fighting style. Gameplay still retains the exhilarating gunplay, but the weapon mechanics have been thoroughly changed. Furthermore, the trademark of the series in the form of a four player co-op mode is also present.
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (PSV)
Arcade 28 August 2012
A two-dimensional platform game with traits of an adventure game and a stealth game. The title, developed by Oddworld Inhabitants, takes place in an unknown planet inhabited by the race of Mudokons. The main protagonist of the game, Abe, is a Mudokon as well. This race is being abused by evil Glukkons, who force them to slave labor in a mine. When the protagonist discovers the new plans of the “master race” (they want to process Mudokons into tasty food), he decides to escape and save his friends from the danger. In Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee player is jumping between platforms, sneaking up behind the back of his opponents and solving various environmental riddles. During the game the protagonist can also give orders to other Mudokons. Since the protagonist has no health bar or energy, a single enemy hit is enough to kill him – in that case Abe respawns at the beginning of the level. The title lacks any interface – all information is presented in the level or on special tutorial screens.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PSV)
Racing 30 October 2012
A new installment in the legendary racing series. As the title suggests, the game refers to one of the most well-received parts of the series - the original 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game was developed by Criterion Games, a company well-know for the Burnout series. The remake resembles the original game when it comes to dynamic police chases and the so-called Blacklist, where the player challenges other most wanted drivers for races and climbs up their ranks. This time the developer put emphasis on the game's open-world environment, and the opportunity to explore it freely. The player can freely roam the streets of Fairhaven and switch between the vehicles they previously managed to acquire. Participation in subsequent races unlocks upgrades and modifications for each car. In doing so, the player earns prestige points as well, which allows them to challenge subsequent Blacklist drivers. What is typical of the series, the game offers an arcade driving system that features spectacular collisions.
Dragon's Crown (PSV)
RPG 25 July 2013
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.
Rayman Legends (PSV)
Arcade 10 September 2013
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram (PSV)
Action 19 December 2013
RPG 15 August 2017
An old-school RPG from the independent developer Toby Fox, referencing the Earthbound series. Undertale's story takes place in a world that was witness to a lengthy, cruel war between humans and monsters after a long period of coexistence between both races. It ended with humans driving the monsters underground. Many years later, somewhere in the vicinity of the now-legendary mount Ebott, a little girl looking for shelter from the rain finds a cave and in it a mysterious hole, through which she falls. We play as this girl and explore the underground world, facing various monsters and interacting with various characters. The game’s most characteristic feature is the innovative battle system – we can engage in direct combat in the form of arcade minigames or avoid more difficult fights through talking and complimenting.
Soul Sacrifice (PSV)
Action 07 March 2013
A brutal dark fantasy third-person action game developed under the supervision of an industry legend and the co-creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune. In Soul Sacrifice, we assume the role of a young man raised by a cruel warlock. When the protagonist is to be sacrificed, he is saved from certain death by the appearance of a demonic tome describing the story of his foster father. Sucked into the pages of the book, he has to fight all the battles the warlock has fought by facing people turned by magic into foul monsters. The gameplay boils down mainly to killing subsequent hordes of enemies and offers an extensive combat system that allows us to perform various attacks, make use of a wide arsenal of weapons, and to use the environment to our advantage. It is complemented by an incredibly original magic system that requires the player character to sacrifice parts of his body.
Mortal Kombat (PSV)
Fighting 01 May 2012
A brutal fighting game and a reboot of the Mortal Kombat video game series - one of the most popular fighting-oriented franchises, launched back in 1992. The game was created by NetherRealm and the works were supervised by Ed Boon - the father of the series. This new installment is based on the best mechanics of its predecessors, both improving and modernizing the classic Mortal Kombat experience. Thus brutal fighting is the core of the game - fights are filled with spectacular special attacks and creative ways of finishing off the enemy. The players received a massive number of both well-known and completely new fighters. The new X-Ray system was introduced as well, allowing the player to launch special attack sequences. New game modes were also added, including challenges, Story Mode and Tag Team, which allows two teams of two players to fight against each other. Combining classic elements with the new can be also observed in the visuals that combine 2D and 3D elements.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PSV)
Adventure 10 October 2013
A detective adventure game from the visual novel genre. It was developed by Japan studio Spike Chunsoft. The main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Naegi Makoto, is a teenager who starts his education in an elite high school. In contrast to his colleagues, he has no remarkable achievements and he was accepted to the school by winning a lottery. Soon after the school year starts, Makoto and a group of other students are trapped inside the school building and a digitally-controlled mascot informs them that, in order to escape from the trap, one of them must murder someone else in such way that it will be impossible to find out who is guilty. The game is divided into three separate phases. First the player speaks with selected students, builds relations and learns interesting facts. When the murder happens, the player is tasked with gathering evidence and testimonies. Finally the action moves to a court room where during a trial one must find out who the murderer is through a series of minigames.
FIFA 15 (PSV)
Sports 23 September 2014
Another edition of a popular soccer game series, whose consecutive installments have been appearing yearly for over two decades, developed a Canadian giant and its subsidiary EA Sports. Traditionally, the game offers a full spectrum of single and multiplayer modes, including Be a Pro and the Tournaments returning after an absence in previous iterations. The new edition is more dynamic than its predecessor and brings about a wide array of changes, such as improved AI, new tactical options, and more freedom in the set pieces. Since FIFA 15 is the first game in the series released on the eight generation consoles and powered by the advanced Ignite engine, the most visible changes are related to the graphics. The ones standing out are remodeled players, accurately imitating profiles and faces of their real-life counterparts. Players react properly to the situation on the pitch, argue with the referee, or scuffle with opponents.