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Review for PS Plus’ November Offerings plus EXCLUSIVE Contents!

This month of November, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from 4th of November to the 7th of December.

1.) BlazBlue ChronoPhantasma Extend (PS4, PS3, PSVita)
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Starting off with BlazBlue ChronoPhantasma Extend, for those more into the action there is plenty of that here. Arcade mode is a more focused, traditional fare: pick a brawler, and face off against a series of enemies while experiencing a far shorter, stripped-down story that leads to a showdown with your chosen character’s nemesis. Equally familiar is score attack mode and VS mode, as well as online play – the latter of which worked very smoothly during our tests.

Ranked matches, lobbies, and player matches are supported, and should you create your own lobby, it’s good to see a number of options presented, including password protection, rotation style, and even text chat. The game supports cross-platform play between the PS4 and PS3 editions, too, which is always a welcome addition.

A particular highlight is Abyss Mode, where you pick a fighter and explore a ‘dungeon’ of sorts that’s really nothing more than a series of fights. Defeating successively stronger enemies in this mode unlocks the ability to buy a variety of buffs – some character specific – in turn allowing you to take on deeper, tougher dungeons as they become unlocked and more game modes!

it may not match the subtle finesse or wider fame of heavy-hitting giants such as Tekken and Street Fighter, but instead delivers an ambitious take on storytelling in fighting games. Though this approach and delivery will not appeal to everybody, what remains is nonetheless a superb fighter with variety and much to enjoy, boasting qualities more than worthwhile in their own right.

2.) Saints Row IV Re-Elected (PS4)
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Imagine, we got Saints Row Gat Out Hell for free this year and this month finally we got SR 4 for free! *Yipee!*

Now Saints Row IV is the definitive sandbox game for anyone who’s a bit tired of the more serious attempts like Watch Dogs, Grand Theft Auto V, or even inFAMOUS: Second Son. It’s constantly in danger of breaking the fourth wall, its storyline is absurd, and its gameplay is completely over-the-top. You’re the president of the United States of America, you wield horribly overpowered superhero abilities, and you fight ugly aliens in a virtual simulation in order to get closer to their leader, who blew the Earth to pieces along with its human population of about seven billion. It’s fair to say that you either think all of this sounds amazing, or you think that it just sounds far too stupid to be enjoyable.

Fortunately, as alluded, Re-Elected is far more stable performance-wise. You can fire off your superpowers like a madman, and the game will tend to keep up nicely. Unsurprisingly, it also looks more impressive, although probably not to the extent that you’d like. The draw distance is much better, and the lighting looks far smoother, but the title is still coated in disappointingly muddy textures. Still, the game is yet to fully crash on us, so we suppose that praise is owed where it’s due.

Love it or hate it, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected’s obsession with the ridiculous is what sets it apart from the rest of the market, and the PS4 re-release is the best way to experience the madness.

3.) Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PS4)
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Let me say this first, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture has amazing graphics, it is a  narrative game with fantastic and beautiful world as this is a game which feels unlike anything else that you’ve ever played, one which will masterfully wrap you up in its gentle and heartbreaking world, and one that you won’t be able to stop thinking about for days after its completion.

The writing itself is breathtaking. These are characters with enough depth that you could have detailed arguments about their motivations and intentions. They are real people, with real problems, and real flaws, which makes them utterly compelling. Cleverly, you’re always given just enough information for you to be able to join the dots, but not so much information that you don’t have to think. In other words, this is game which assumes that you’re intelligent, but also manages to never feel pretentious.

Also, This brings us to the game’s soundtrack, which may just be its single strongest component. Mixing orchestras with the occasional jarring synth, it features a suite of tremblingly beautiful songs which deftly move from angelic to melancholy, and just about everything in between. What’s more, the title makes clever use of motif, so that certain themes and melodies conjure specific areas and moments.

Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the way that all of these elements work together. Indeed, there’s a notable sense of thematic and symbolic consistency throughout the entire experience. The story, the exploration, the graphics, the atmosphere, and the music – it all blends to create something which feels remarkably whole and complete.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a masterwork – a gorgeous and subtle experience, which treats you as an adult, without ever indulging in pretence. It cares about its characters enough to give them interesting and meaningful things to say, while also playing host to some truly breathtaking art direction and music.

4.) Pumped BMX + (PS4, PS3, PSVita)
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Next up is Pumped BMX +, now Pumped BMX + is, as you’d expect, a seriously enhanced version of the original bike-’em-up extreme sports game. The graphics are shinier and the control system has been nicely overhauled in order to take advantage of the DualShock 4’s increased range of inputs. It’s still very simple to control due to its touch screen origins, but given the nature of this very site, we always prefer a real controller to any mobile phone input dynamic.

Gameplay sees you jump straight onto a virtual BMX and ride your way through increasingly challenging levels while trying to pull off trick combos to earn points. Curve Digital has included a highly recommended tutorial which will put you through some basic challenges in order to get to grips with the dynamics of speeding along (holding down X), jumping into the air (letting go of X at the right moment), and then using a combination of triggers, left and right sticks, or even the back panel on the Vita to perform cool tricks.

The BMX action and backgrounds all look good – there’s a dreamy colourful edge to the whole game. As you progress you can unlock new bikes and equipment, too, and although it’s pretty standard stuff, it keeps you going until you get bored. Alas, that’s the main problem with Pumped BMX +: if you’re not an avid rider or just have an average attention span, the chances are that you’ll tire of the game before long. This is especially true when you hit the occasional frustrating objective that’ll see you landing on your head far too often for it to be in any way fun.

Pumped BMX + doesn’t really do anything particularly wrong, but it needs a bit more improvement needed to keep its wheels going around. You’ll happily bunny hop into this one for a few short sessions, but once you’re done, you’ll likely find yourself leaving this bicycle out to rust.

5.) Lumines Electronic Symphony (PSVita)
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This may look like tetris, but this is not just your ordinary tetrist game as Lumines Electronic Symphony seems simplistic, but it still offers a challenge for even the best puzzlers out there. As blocks fall, you’ll have to rotate falling cubes to build blocks of the same colour into a four-by-four square; once that square is built, more blocks can be combined onto the initial block until a bar passes from left to right. When the bar sweeps past it clears squares of the same colour. It’s a difficult process to put in words, but becomes perfectly clear after only minutes of playing.

The interface is gorgeous, smooth and simple to navigate exclusively with the front touch screen, while gameplay can be controlled with either the standard buttons or the touch screen. Whereas the button controls are as well designed as they always were, using the touch screen can become a little frustrating: as a game that demands precision and speed, trying to manipulate the blocks using your finger just isn’t practical. Often the block will rotate too slowly or slide over a single position, causing entire combos to be ruined and causing extra work for the gamer in order to correct the mistake.

Even with such a simple puzzle concept, the action doesn’t get boring as quickly as you might think due to the impressive visuals and invigorating soundtrack. It might not be a title you play for hours upon hours as it can get repetitive, but on a portable platform, moderation is already a factor. If you’re a fan of techno or electronica music it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll love the soundtrack; Electronic Symphony wasn’t just thrown on as a subtitle because it sounds cool.

Each song has its own theme, or skin, adding variation while playing. Themes consist different colours or shapes of blocks as well as excellently designed backgrounds that generally feature video clips and moving images. These minor changes help keep gameplay fresh when clearing blocks from song to song. Also, as blocks are moved, rotated, dropped and cleared the music will adjust accordingly, making the soundtrack interactive.

One new addition is the inclusion of special abilities for your avatar, which range from changing the order and structure of your next three blocks to starting a chain combo, where any block touching the chain blocks will be obliterated in the next pass of the time line. Depending on the selected avatar, different specials will be available in both single and multiplayer modes; building the abilities is as easy as either simply clearing pieces or drumming on the rear touch pad.

Even with the frustrating — and completely optional — touch controls and lack of an online multiplayer mode, Lumines Electronic Symphony is the best in the series. With stunning visuals, immersive audio and addictive gameplay, it’s an ideal buy for newcomers and puzzle veterans alike.

6.) Beyond Good & Evil HD (PS3)
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Beyond Good & Evil tells the story of Jade, a freelance photographer and protector of children who have been orphaned thanks to the DomZ. The DomZ are a brutal alien race who are currently invading the watery planet of Hillys, locked in a bitter struggle with humanity’s protectors, the Alpha Sections.

As the game’s name implies, however, things aren’t quite what they seem, and Jade — joined by her Uncle Pey’J and secret agent Double H — becomes embroiled in an intergalactic conspiracy and a struggle to root out the truth.

The game’s critically praised story still manages to hold up as a charming and evocative tale, although it is worth nothing that, in hindsight, the game was not perhaps the most brilliantly written of titles. The characters seem more flat and less endearing than before. Pey’j is especially more grating than I remember, with his unfunny lines and tendency to overdo the “dush garnit” accent. Likewise, the overall plot is a lot less subtle than it wishes it were. It tries to introduce shades of grey in a world where nobody can be trusted, but the good guys are very clearly good and the bad guys are very clearly bad.

Being such a varied and (for the time) progressive experience though, the game has still aged remarkably well. Jade is an entertaining character who encounters some really memorable characters. Ubisoft injected a lot of personality into the setting – and the world’s design ethic, characters and incidental details still hold up really well. With a decent bump in resolution to some of the textures, the world is clean, colorful and razor-sharp.

As a template for the sequel, there’s a lot of great content here. The idea of rolling newscasts from within the game world keep the story flowing. For what the game lacks in overall fine-tuning, it makes up for in cohesive and original vision. This is a game that has personality.

My take here is that it might not be enough, of course, to sway players who weren’t pulled in the first time around. Frankly, if it didn’t interest you then, it might not now either. Of course, they’d be ignoring a trend-setting, rounded and entertaining adventure game. Given the game is free this month and upped quality of presentation, what was already a great experience is that much better now – so get behind the original Beyond Good & Evil and see what you (probably) missed out on.

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The Sword Art Online –Hollow Realization- PlayStation®Plus Theme is available for free from the 26th of October till the 7th of December.

PlayStation Plus Exclusive Toro 2016 November
Toro is back again for this month of November and get it all for free from the month of November 4th to the 7th Of December

Another batch of free games for PSN Plus players with BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend and Saints Row IV Re-Elected as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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Review for PS Plus’ October Offerings plus EXCLUSIVE Contents!

This month of September, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from 6th of October to the 3rd of November.

1.) Resident Evil “HD Remastered” (PS4)
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Starting off with Resident Evil, I have played all resident evil games; resident evil 1, original box zombies of PS1 and more, now the characters and zombies look amazing for example the zombies with holes in the shirts/flesh you can see the different layers which adds to the chill factor of zombies.

Even after all these years and times I have played these resident evil games I still feel tense and even make the odd involuntary sound now and then, I have opted to use the original controls for my play through as this feels more like a resident evil game to me these controls work just as good/poorly as they always have but the new control scheme didn’t quite do it for me made it too easy to turn and run from a zombie. Watching your character react as they back away from the undead just adds to the atmosphere, speaking of which the atmosphere is still there helped by the new shadow systems and sound quality, unfortunately the static images for the rooms/environments etc have not really aged well, however that is just small detail but the overall quality of everything else just about compensates for that.

Definitely one of the best free games released for this year’s Playstation plus free games as Resident Evil HD Remaster is undeniable a truly great game, and a classic that defines survival horror at his best. This is a game that not everyone can play, but a great experience that everyone should have.

2.) Lords of the Fallen (PS4)
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Above all of the individual parts of Lords of the Fallen, combat takes center stage. Watch just a few seconds of the game and you’ll quickly realize the heavy influence of the Dark Souls series. Death is your friend, patience is a virtue, and being quick on those button presses is a must. Just as in that brutal series, Lords of the Fallen requires you to focus heavily on the enemy in front of you – learning its moves, tells, and openings. The more observant you are the better you’ll fare. Though the combat of the two games resembles each other, Lords of the Fallen does have its own distinct feeling in that mainly it’s more arcade-y. This arcade feeling results in a slightly “easier” sensation during combat, though be warned it is JUST a feeling, nothing more.

Harkyn, our main character, has been released from prison to fight against a group of old gods that have come back to the world. The markings on his face give him, and the world, a reminder of his heinous crime and why he was imprisoned though that is something which is never explained to us. Similarly we are introduced to a wide group of characters but we never learn much about them other than their names. Honestly though in a game that is so focused on combat and killing you do story/characters really matter? No. No, they don’t.

To begin Harkyn’s journey you have to select what class you would like to play as – a fast and agile rogue, a hard-hitting tank, or something in between. Each play style will drastically change the difficulty of the game but thankfully you can customize your character’s stats as you go. This customization allows for any character to be fast and agile or a hard-hitting tank. Additionally any weapon can be used with the only restrictions being on specific level requirements. The giant number of weapons available along with the level of customization that is present provides a strong replay value. It gives you ample reason to take a second or third stroll through the campaign.

Upon selecting a starting class you’ll also have a choice between three distinct magic pools to use during your playthrough. Each one offers different spells that aid you in battle. Without telling you which spell pool to pick there is one that I found which made the entire game, from beginning to end, easy. As you approach the end of the game you’ll even be given the chance to choose spells from the other beginning pools to add to your death-dealing prowess.

Leveling up comes from the experience you gain in slaying Harkyn’s foes. Lords of the Fallen introduces a unique twist on the Dark Souls leveling system as you can store the experience you’ve gained for use later. When coming across one of the many save points throughout the world you’ll have a chance to store the experience you’ve gained as either Ability Points or Spell Points. Additionally if you want to take a chance you can pass up the ability to bank your points and take a risk by pressing on taking on more enemies. The appeal here comes into play when you realize that the more experience you are carrying, the more experience will drop from the enemies.

If you are looking for a fun, deep RPG that balances well on the edge of being fun and outlandishly difficult then Lords of the Fallen deserves your attention. I cannot wait to re-start Harkyn’s adventure again, killing countless enemies and learning new stuffs in the game.

3.) Samurai Warriors 4 (PSVita)
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I have enjoyed every Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors that has come out and this is one of the bes tof them. Tecmo Koei know what there fans want and like and they make sure we get it, Every game has the Story and Free mode and then there is another mode which is different in every version of the game.

Samurai Warriors 4 has Chronicle mode where you create your own Samurai and travel Japan fighting in battles and meeting all the famous officers that are in the game to try and bond with them.

Specking of characters to play this has the biggest roster to date in any of there games I think with 55 to pick from and 12 of them playable for the first time.

Story mode has gone the way of Dynasty Warriors meaning there are 10 different stories for 10 different clans of the warring states, Takeda and Shimazu to name 2, as anybody who enjoy the other Samurai Warriors game will love this and those that have not yet should give it a try as this is one fun addicting game.

Especially if you are one of the people who appreciate this series’ unique brand of action packed gameplay, then there is plenty to like in Samurai Warriors 4,  the gameplay system in the series, combined with a great setting, a massive amount of content, and the all new Survival Mode make this game an easy sell for the fan.

4.) Prince of Persia Revelations (PSVita)
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For those who haven’t played a recent Prince of Persia game, you play as the titular prince, who possesses extraordinary acrobatic abilities. The prince can run up and along walls, jump great distances, climb up poles, walk a tightrope across narrow beams, and scale sheer rock faces using narrow crevices as handholds. He’s basically a Cirque du Soleil performer and champion rock climber all in one, and you’ll need every last bit of his athleticism to navigate the cleverly designed environmental puzzles. Much of the game is spent staring at the room you’re in, trying to figure out how exactly you’re going to get from the floor all the way up to a doorway high above you. Solving these environmental puzzles and simply figuring out how to get from point A to point B is great fun in Revelations, just as it was in the other recent Prince of Persia games.

The prince is also a champion swordfighter, and in Revelations you’ll be fighting lots of sand creatures, as well as a few bosses. You can wield either a single sword, or you can pick up weapons from dead enemies or from weapon racks to dual-wield. The combination moves you can pull off depend on whether you choose to dual-wield or use a single weapon, but the fighting engine offers quite a variety of moves either way. You can vault off walls to attack, spin off of poles, climb up and over enemies to slash them from above and behind, throw enemies, and even throw your offhand weapon. There are also a variety of bloody, gory finishing moves that are satisfying to do and watch. You can grapple with, decapitate, or even cut in half weakened enemies once you learn the nuances of the fighting system. Spectacular moves are highlighted by the camera zooming in and going into slow motion. However, most people will find that the fighting isn’t really the highlight of the game, as it often boils down to pulling off the same combos over and over again.

As you make your way through the campaign, you’ll unlock a number of sand powers that let you do interesting things with time. One of these powers is recall, which gives you the ability to rewind time a few seconds. This comes in handy as you navigate the puzzles and traps throughout the levels. If you make a mistake and die or take a lot of damage, you can simply rewind and try again. Another sand power is basically like Max Payne’s bullet time, which lets you move at full speed while the rest of the environment and enemies are in slow motion. This gives you a great advantage in combat. Other sand powers are area-effect spells that stun multiple enemies. The sand powers consume sand in your sand tanks, and you can replenish these by defeating enemies or by breaking boxes and other furniture in the environment.

as I mentioned earlier that Revelations is pretty much the same game as Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. Indeed, you’ll find that the game’s campaign is largely the same, offering the same environments, puzzles, and enemies as Warrior Within. Therefore, if you’ve already played that game on console or PC, Revelations will be familiar to you and will play out very similarly. You still set sail for the Island of Time at the beginning of the game, embittered by years of the Dahaka time monster chasing after you. You eventually arrive at the island and begin your search for the Empress of Time so that you can change your fate. The main difference between Revelations and Warrior Within is that a few new levels have been thrown in, which lengthen the adventure by a couple of hours. Some of the new puzzles you face are pretty fiendish, so you’ll need to pay close attention and bring your thinking cap.

Revelations would have been a truly excellent port of a great action adventure game. The added content is a nice consolation, but if you’ve already played Warrior Within, the new levels alone aren’t necessarily worth the price of admission. For longtime Prince of Persia fans who can’t get enough, or for those who are fiending for a good action game on the go, Revelations will probably still be enjoyable.

5.) Mad Riders (PS3)
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Now with Mad Riders, as an off-road arcade racers go, Mad Riders deals with mostly familiar standards. Your chosen all-terrain vehicle features a boost meter, which can be fueled up by performing midair tricks and quickly sliding around corners. Driving through some lines of colour-coded tokens gated along specific parts of a track also provides you with small supplements of boost, while driving through others grants you the option to open up previously hidden shortcuts. You can also gain boost by performing stunts three times in a single jump and maintaining your boost unabated for just a few seconds. This system also works the other way around by providing an occasional boost to the poor soul stuck lagging behind in last place.

Doing all of these things, as well as winning races and making good time in checkpoint-based trials contributes XP to your overall level. This grants you access to more ATVs with their own relative attributes and new tournaments and modes. However, the statistical differences between each ATV are far too negligible to take seriously, as the game’s frenzied pacing never necessitates any sort of performance-based consideration. This dampens the weight of the progression when levelling up and unlocking better ATVs, since you never really feel a strong need to upgrade. Plus, because you don’t get a good look at your ride during races, spending time customising its colours and appearance is a rather moot undertaking.

The online multiplayer modes are the same as those found in the single-player component, allowing up to 12 players to take part. A sense of speed is well maintained throughout, and playing with others helps to liven up the otherwise dull racing.

Between its pleasant visuals and nostalgia for the Sega-styled arcade racer scene, Mad Riders could have been more enjoyable than it is. Instead, it’s just plain boring. More than anything, it simply feels like a game you’ve played a hundred times before. This lack of personality makes Mad Riders difficult to recommend when there are better, more accomplished racers out there.

6.) Tom Clancy’s Endwar (PS3)
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Tom Clancy’s EndWar is a real-time strategy or real-time tactics game, unfortunately neglected by its developers, released in 2008 and featuring a World War 3 where your decisions decide the course of the war. It involves three factions – the USA, the European Federation  and the Russian Federation. The interesting thing about EndWar is that it is not like other RTS or RTTs – you do not decide where each army strikes, or what to research, or even if you want to make nice with China so it invades Russia – you are a mere colonel in a special operations branch of your faction’s army, and the only control you have over the world is where you deploy. Whether you win or lose the battle as a result of said deployment changes whether your faction grows or shrinks. Other world events, such as typhoons or the U.S.S. George Bush being sunk by your nation’s WMD and airstrikes are communicated through the world map’s news service.

The campaign is split into two parts – a Prelude to War, in which the game explains the backstory and the game mechanics, as well as how and why World War III erupted and to give you a feel for each faction, and the Third World War itself. The AI is competent depending on difficulty level (On normal, for example, it is fairly competent, while on the hardest difficulty it is very competent), and the graphics are good for a game released in 2008.

All-in-all, I would very much recommend this game to everyone as it is action packed real time strategy game.

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The Resident Evil Umbrella Corps Theme which is available for download from 6th of october to the 3rd of november

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Another batch of free games for PSN Plus players with Resident Evil, Lords of the Fallen as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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Review for PS Plus’ September Offerings plus EXCLUSIVE Contents!

This month of September, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from September 8th to October 5th.

1.) Journey (PS4 / PS3)
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Starting off with Journey,  Journey celebrates the poignancy of nature, it startles you with the unexpected, and empowers you in an exhilarating, unforgettable conclusion. The hours spent completing Journey will create memories that last for years

Now, this is the first time I play Journey. And I must admit that this game is one of the best games ever made. Everything from this game is so much compelling and emotional. At the start, the game already make you feel this game will epic. And it is much more than that. Simple gameplay but meaningful journey through all the levels of the game. You feel like this game is made for you.

And the most special feature of this game is coop online. You will never know who is your companion until the credit end and the name of that companion will appear. And when nearly the end of the journey there will be a cutscene that show 2 player journey together through everything. You will care about your companion as your friend a lot. Sometime when they get caught by a monster, you will try to help them. You just can talk with him/her by pressing O, I mean give him/her signal.

The graphic to music of the game are super fantastic. One of the best music and graphics I have ever seen. The game used exactly lightning and shadows at the right time to give the landscape more phenomenal. The music also give you so much emotions and bring you to tears.

Overall, this game is the best experience on my life. One of the best game lineup for this month’s free game and this game may live longer everytime you visit the journey of JOURNEY again.

2.) Rebel Galaxy (PS4)
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Next up in line is Rebel Galaxy, Rebel Galaxy did put a smile on my face. It’s an ambitious little game that regrettably tries too hard to grab something out of its reach, but what it does get its hands on is excellent.

Now, Rebel Galaxy sends players cruising back and forth across the galaxy from space stations to nebulae to asteroid belts to planets and beyond on a series of fetch quests, enemy encounters, and experience grinding.  Galaxy residents will ask you to run their errands for them, and commonly there is more than one way to accomplish these tasks.  Suppose you’re sent to retrieve ore, for instance.  You can either set a course to the asteroid field and mine the rocks for their bounty or track down a miner who has some of the ore to sell you.  If you don’t like the price of the ore or just plain don’t want to pay, you can start a battle to steal it.  All that matters is returning with the ore, and whether you want to achieve that as an upstanding citizen or as a dirty space pirate is completely up to you.  Officially allying with factions can often help you achieve these things more efficiently.

There’s a lot to do in Rebel Galaxy, also that the overall presentation is fantastic with some of the prettiest space environments I’ve seen on the PS4 and the guitar rock soundtrack is refreshingly catchy.  All of the pieces are there for this game to be something special and a it is a great innovative shooting game which is worth to try.

3.) TouKiden (PSVita)
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Let me say this first, so to begin wtih, Toukiden: Kiwami is an awful lot like Monster Hunter, and there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, Capcom’s popular beast-hunting franchise has yet to make its way to the PlayStation 4, and in the absence of the original, a well-intentioned imitation is more than welcome.

It helps that, while derivative, Toukiden: Kiwami is also pretty fun. In Toukiden, players assume the role of a Slayer, a soldier who protects Japan from Oni, evil spirits who prowl the land and prey on the innocent. That’s a formidable task, and thankfully, players won’t have to go at it alone: up to three other party members can join the Slayer on his/her hunts.

And the hunts are what Toukiden is all about. Like Monster Hunter, Toukiden follows a very specific pattern which is where players kill Oni and harvest their body parts, take the spoils back to town, use the loot to build stronger weapons and armor, and then take that gear onto the battlefield to hunt stronger monsters. There are a few different types of missions – sometimes, Slayers have to hunt a specific type of Oni, while other times they just have to clear all the enemies from an area – but they all boil down to the same thing: just kill everything.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Toukiden Kiwami and will likely continue to do so for many, many hours. It’s a fast-paced hunter game and this makes this game one of most fun cooperative play on PlayStation Vita.

4.) Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (PSVita)j4.jpg

A very fun hack and slash experience. Shinovi Versus however improves on almost all the issues in burst. The gameplay is great with tight controls, smooth framerate, and awesome level design. The hack and slash gameplay is flawless and the levels are full of several enemies to battle while the storyline is also very entertaining as each of the characters are funny and full of personality as there are 20 character stories and 4 school stories which fills the game with hours of content including an excellent online multiplayer.

There are lots of breasts in this game. Like, a lot, a lot. There is so many pairs to choose from, it’s almost overwhelming. Dress up. Oh gosh. The things you can do while their dressing is pretty lewd. Needless to say, do this while no one is watching you. Bunny outfits, school uniforms, ‘barely there’ armor, panties, accessories and more enable you to spend oodles of time doting on your favorite girls. Protip: it’s funny to give the small chested ones the clothing geared for big breasts.

The only problem is the boss fights as almost every single boss is a minion fight plus a boss and it gets very annoying especially bear enemies combined with a boss. Overall Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus is a fun and enjoyable experience and I recommend this title to anyone looking for a great time as everything about this game, the soundtracks and even including the environment interactions with the game is just awesome!

5.) From Dust (PS3)
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What if you had the powers of a god? The earth would shift at your whim and the seas would tremble at your touch. You could raise mountains, divert rivers, and transform dry deserts into lush forests. From Dust grants you these powers and more, and it’s satisfying to wield them as you try to safely usher a small tribe of humans through a perilous world. Yet, for all your world-molding abilities, you are not omnipotent. Like the villagers you shelter, you must contend with the inexorable power of nature. From the subtle influence of gravity and erosion to the devastating forces of volcanoes and tsunamis, nature compels you to adapt to survive. This task can get difficult, especially when touchy controls, finicky pathfinding, and unforeseeable disasters conspire against you. Yet the challenge of being a lesser god is an engaging one, and From Dust makes it even more enticing with appealing visuals and evocative music.

Ubisoft really made a good job with this game as From Dust makes you feel powerful, you guide an entire civilization towards prosperity, modify the landscape to your designs, and wield tremendous abilities that are truly godly. The sandbox you get to wield these powers in is stunning, with realistic settings that evoke awe. While anyone interested in “god games” or environmental puzzles should definitely pick up From Dust, it deserves to be on every gamers’ radar as it represents the potential rebirth of a genre. While not absolutely perfect, From Dust certainly is divine enough to add some new converts to the long dormant “god game” genre. Hallelujah!

6.) Datura (PS3)
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Datura is a first person view interactive exploration, where you are exploring a forest and solving puzzles to let you proceed with your exploration. The forest is filled with various objects for you to interact with. An ancient tree trunk sports a mask that you can rip off, a fountain spouts water from the mouth of a stone fish, and a hazardous-looking wooden shack houses an air rifle and targets for you to shoot. The way you interact with each object varies

Your interactions with objects form the bulk of your adventure. There are no real puzzles to solve, save for a few where you have to combine objects, and those are not at all that much rewards. It’s all about the exploration, which would be fine if there were a decent narrative to drive it. Instead, each object you interact with results in a strange flashback to another place, where you might be driving a car, hacking through sheets of ice to save a person trapped underneath, or floating through a tunnel of swirling colors and ambient beats. There’s no coherence to any of these events–it’s all just a bit too out there to make any sense.

Not my type of game really but if you guys want to try it out, you can also utilize Playstation Move Controllers for this game.

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September’s free games just couldn’t stop getting better as they release one more exclusive game and two original soundtracks for Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo and Kingsglaive! Without further ado let us continue for one more free game!

7.) Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4)
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I was gonna say Journey ranked 1, but playstation surprised us with this one with Gravity Rush Remastered, Playstation added the game as Free Exclusive Download from September 15 until October 5.  Now, Gravity Rush offers an intriguing lead character, Kat, who can manipulate gravity at will. This power allows her to float, walk on ceilings, carry heavy objects, and fall in any direction–almost as if she can fly. You take control of her after she wakes up with amnesia in the whimsical city-in-the-sky, Hekseville, which was torn apart by a nearby gravitational disturbance, separating neighborhoods from one another and introducing alien-like enemies known as Nevi.

Hekseville can be dangerous as a result, but it’s also expansive and chock full of architectural features and hidden collectibles, making it a veritable playground with Kat’s powers at your fingertips. It also bears a vibrant, steampunk-ish aesthetic that offers plenty of visual splendor to take in while hurdling through the sky, at times resembling the works of Studio Ghibli.

Though you start as an awkward superhero with limited range, speed, and strength, you find your footing as time goes on, and using your powers becomes second-nature in short order. More than sheer experience, it’s the variety of scenarios that you encounter which inform your understanding of Kat’s abilities and limitations. You do spend a lot of time falling in a straight line at first, but there are sections that call for more complex maneuvers later on, such as winding through dense city streets or gliding along the surface of ramps in a manner similar to snowboarding. Where you may have faltered and crash-landed by accident in the early hours, you gracefully zip through the air and mitigate mistakes quicker after a few hours in Kat’s shoes.

Gravity Rush comes off as formulaic at times, but it’s also a wonderful joyride that’s been enhanced by a generous remastering effort that makes it feel right at home on PS4. Despite its problems, Gravity Rush is an adventure worth taking not just because there’s hardly anything like it, but because it leverages its distinct gameplay to great effect, freeing you from the hold of gravity in a world worth exploring, definitely one of the greatest games ever given this year for Playstation Plus subscribers!

Another batch of free games for PSN Plus players with the exclusive Gravity Rush Remastered, Journey and Senran Kagura as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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Review for PS Plus’ August Offerings

This month of August, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from August 4th to September 7th, starting off with:

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Starting off with Tricky Towers, a physics-based tower-builder in which up to four players can compete both offline and online. In essence, Tricky Towers is essentially multiplayer Tetris, except the blocks are affected by physics, and therefore your tower can collapse, leading to some particularly tense situations in multiplayer. There’s also a bit of spell-casting thrown in to keep things interesting: light spells are focused on strengthening your own tower – such as petrifying one of the bricks in it in order to keep it rock solid – while dark spells are used to throw a spanner in the works of your opponents, like changing one of their bricks into a random object or enlarging their next piece so that it’s harder to place.

These special abilities help make Tricky Towers a fun multiplayer game – there’s the decision of whether to help yourself or hinder your opponent, as well as the fact that you’ll have to focus extra-hard on placing your blocks since they’re affected by physics and forces. It’s a game that’s very easy to pick up and play, and although it doesn’t have much replay value and does get a little stale over time, it does make for a good party game every now and again.

There are three modes in multiplayer: Race, in which the winner is the player who builds the highest tower in the allotted time; Survival, where you lose a life every time one of your blocks falls; Puzzle, in which you’re given a set number of blocks, and must build a tower that doesn’t go over a certain height. Survival is the flagship mode of the multiplayer, one that’s both slow and tactical, yet has pockets of bedlam whenever players cast their spells. One more mode wouldn’t have gone amiss, as the trio do eventually get stale after repeated bursts of playing.

Tricky Towers is a good romp when playing local multiplayer with friends – the floppy physics add tension and the spells make the gameplay interesting and dynamic, a must play especially for those dedicated puzzle fans that I know who will truly enjoy and get tons of fun out of it.

2.) Gone Home: Console Edition (PS4)2

You can count the number of great video game love stories on one hand and personally saying one of them is Gone Home! the 2013 indie hit from The Fullbright Company, may just be the best yet, though. This exploratory adventure is devastatingly real, which makes its expertly executed payoff so brilliantly bittersweet. Homecomings don’t get much better than this.

The title’s taken an eternity to come to the PlayStation 4, of course, so if you’ve already seen the two hour story through, then you’ll know what we’re referring to. If you haven’t, then we’ll remain as vague as possible, because this really is an experience that’s best enjoyed fresh. You’ve made it this far, after all.

For those of you clamouring for a little more information, however, the foray follows the story of Katie Greenbriar, a twenty-something woman who’s just returned home after a year away in Europe. During her time out of the country, the Greenbriars have moved house, and the game deals with the very personal stories that unfurl as she becomes acquainted with her family’s new quarters.

Sam, Katie’s younger sister, carries the main plot thread through journal entries, but there’s much more for you to uncover simply by observing the objects strewn around the unkempt house: marriage difficulties, loneliness, and a lack of self-belief. The game’s true brilliance, though, is pulling all of these threads together in a believable manner; the Greenbriars feel like people that you may have met.

And the game design actually plays a part in that, guiding you around the Victorian-esque house without ever really telling you where to go. Clever gating means that the story keeps you guessing from start-to-finish, even though you can technically skip everything if you know where to look. True, there’s little in the way of interactivity, but the title still leverages the medium to its strengths.

No more is this true than the way in which it subverts your expectations. The opening moments – which are defined by dark corridors and creaky floorboards – wouldn’t feel out of place in a horror game, but as you cautiously flip light switches and gradually unfold the fiction, the title leads you to different assumptions. The plot’s practically watertight – it never tricks you once.

Thoughtful, clever, and articulately composed, Gone Home is the sweet sort of story that games typically tend to shun. Katie’s homecoming is emotionally charged, expertly plotted, and impressively authentic. And while it may not quench the thirst of those anxious for action, it tells a tale that practically everyone will be able to identify with – as long as you give it the chance and I do mean give it a chance as this game is one of the best games out there.

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Another twin stick shooter hits the PlayStation free games month! This time it’s Puppygames’ Robotron-inspired retro shoot ’em up, Ultratron, which has been ported to PlayStation by Carbon and published by the nice chaps at Curve.

You control the one remaining humanoid battle droid and your mission is to avenge the human race who have all been slaughtered off-screen. There are 40+ levels with a boss fight every ten levels, plus a varied supply of enemies to slaughter and in a extremely retro move, fruit to pick up for bonus points.

You play in one single, unchanging area on screen. It’s basically a box, and enemies appear from the sides and corners and head towards your droid, firing weapons and homing missiles. Destroying your foes drops cash and to fight back you can power up your droid with all sorts of extras including smart bombs and up to three AI droids (or pets, as they are called in game) that fire rockets, lasers and bombs. Spiderdroids occasionally zoom across the screen and by destroying them release a power up which you cannot purchase, such as bouncing bullets, three way fire and more.

As with most games it is a lot more fun when playing local co-op and long with the multiplayer option, the console version also includes touch pad support, plus some fun lighting effects with the PS4 lightbar. It’s a cross buy title so you get PS4, PS3 and the PS Vita versions all in one pack.

Ultratron is a simple game in which you move around a single screen and shoot bad guys. That said, it does that single screen shooting very well. I would have liked some variation in the level design, and the graphics can get rather muddled at some points, but overall it’s a polished little package. The local co-op is great for when you want a quick game to play with friends – younger players will love it – and the Vita version will be excellent for killing ten minutes on a bus journey.

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Generally speaking, this is probably one of the better strategy games in this sort of time period you could get. There are a few flaws, and it’s certainly far from perfect, but even that helps to make the game endearing, and it’s just deep enough that it doesn’t get too dull too quickly. There’s a pretty much limitless amount of replayability, and there’s always something happening within the game, which helps to tide you over while you wait for the next major objective.

In terms of features, the game offers standard empire management fare, with the object being to build up up your starting provinces and conquer the bulk of 16th century Japan. The beauty comes in the well crafted interaction between different components: provinces generate money, supplies and troops, each must be developed using characters and labor points, labor points grow with population, population grows organically and by conquest and can be sped up with improvements (built by characters), characters also lead and influence armies and carry out covert operations, and so on. The game does a nice job of presenting interesting choices based on limited resources.

I haven’t played it long enough, but I suspect it’s main drawback is that there isn’t a huge difference in playstyle between different games and starting clans, which will again saying, limit replayability. This is offset by the quest system, which offers historical targets and quests for your clan. you can ignore them but they give nice bonuses and add a story feel to your campaign. The game honestly speaking is not that great but not that bad, I hope they get an update for this soon!

5.) Patapon 3 (PSPVita)5

Oh-Em-Gee, Patapon 3! It’s one of my personal favorites during my highschool days. Patapon 3 is a structurally game that is loved so much by fans of the drum-beating franchise that most people will immediately feel comfortable with. You play as an army of bongo wielding eye-balls, using the power of rhythm to control what is ostensibly an RPG. Drumming to the tune of PATA-PATA-PATA-PON, your monocular army will march through the game’s vivid worlds, out in search of loot and fisticuffs. It may be a sequel, but Patapon 3 still feels like a breath of fresh air three entries in. In an industry consumed with shooting people in the face, banging out rhythms feels like a welcome change. Even if your thumps of PON-PON-PATA-PON command your army of grayscale beings to throw spears in into the faces of unsuspecting critters.

Hitting rhythms in time becomes pretty important as you progress through the game’s more challenging stages, largely because your team’s moves become enhanced by the “Fever” snake. This snake improves your performance in combat, prompting additional attacks from your “Hero” Patapon, and heightened reactions from your team. Combat becomes a case of looking for tell-tale signs in your opponents, while maintaining the rhythm of your squad. You always need to be one step ahead, because it takes at least four beats for you to complete an action. While the game is designed with this in mind, it can be a challenge at first, and you’ll often find yourself retreating or defending a bar of music too late. The game’s insistence on repetition means you’ll learn the ropes before the game gets too challenging.

It doesn’t stop with character management either. There are layers and layers of inventory management, resources management and upgrades. Indeed, you’ll spend equal amounts of time playing Patapon, managing stuff and wondering how you manage stuff. The additional layers of detail are not entirely unwelcome, but it feels like the game could do a better job streamlining options and communicating with you. And of course, the more time you spend managing your Patapon, the less time you spend actually hitting drums. Which is essentially what you want to be doing.

The game’s pretty tough too. If you advance too quickly through the main campaign missions, you’ll find your Patapon below the recommended level cap. Thankfully each stage has multiple permutations allowing you to farm resources and earn precious experience points that will allow you to upgrade your level. If you’re not a fan of “grinding”, Patapon 3 may not necessarily be the game for you. But replaying levels doesn’t necessarily feel like a negative here, as the worlds are always colourful and the gameplay rarely tires. What’s more, there’s nearly always the incentive of new loot to keep you pounding on the drums and replaying levels.

That’s where the online co-op really comes into its own. If you don’t feel like you can cut it alone (and don’t want to grind), you can employ the help of three online heroes to help thump your way to glory. It ends up making the game easier because each squad member is in control of their own “Hero” Patapon. These Patapons have additional super-charged moves compared to the other members of your party in single-player, so you can imagine the damage that you inflict with four similarly powered beings is significantly higher.

The more you play Patapon 3, the more you begin to realise just how much content’s been crammed into it. The game’s excessive detail can complicate the experience, but Patapon’s primary mechanic is nearly always the perfect antidote to its frustrations. With flashes of metal, tribal and pop, Patapon provides the kind of sensory experience that’s not always attributed to portable games. Sometimes it falls short of its ambition, but make no mistake — Patapon 3 is a wonderful game assuming you can get beyond its complex nature. The addition of online multiplayer alone should make the game a wildly appealing package for fans of the series.

6. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS3)6.jpg

I remember playing the first game which was Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and how I love this series. The Forgotten Sands looks great, with detailed environments and well considered level design. Now going back with the Prince, the Prince can be further enhanced by elemental powers of Fire, Ice, Wind, and Earth as this unlocks up more combat options and unique platforming design.

Once you get used to Prince Of Persia’s combat mechanics, it starts to open up and the game revolves around the ability to charge sword attacks by holding the Square button and chaining. Despite the combat improving over time with the help of unlocking of new abilities.

The Prince is also able to face more foes than ever, bigger and badder. For a game that’s more than 5 years old, The Forgotten Sands is very impressive and extrodinary well not to mention that it is worth a look if you have not experienced a Prince of Persia game in the modern year.

Another batch of free games for PSN Plus players with Tricky Towers, Gone Home and Patapon 3 as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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Review for PS Plus’ July Offerings

This month of July, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from July 7th to August 3rd, starting off with:

1.) FURI (PS4):
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Starting off with FURI, Furi seems like it’s all about style. It meshes fast and frenzied swordplay with colorful, bullet-hell-inspired twin-stick shooting to create fighting experiences not unlike the most over-the-top anime battles. Furi’s action stands out thanks to the level of patience and restraint the resulting combat demands. Hit-and-miss boss design, occasionally janky mechanics, and a reliance on scripted attack sequences break the flow a bit too often, but a flashy look and killer music at least keep it looking and sounding great the whole way through.

When I first set my eyes on the stylish boss battle game Furi, I was sold by its striking presentation and excited about its mix of shoot-’em-up action and swordplay. It pits you against just under a dozen bosses, most of whom are relentless, strong, and fast. They don’t just have one health bar; they have multiple, each one representing a new, and more challenging phase of combat.

Armed with an energy pistol, a sword, and the ability to dash, you have to fight bosses that turn invisible, bosses that automatically generate protective barriers, and bosses that emit dense and chaotic waves of bullets. This game is really terrific, I would advise you guys to grab and play it!

2.) Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
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Where some games portray Hell as a place of eternal torment, Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell’s vision of the Inferno is almost as mundane and silly as its surface world, and a little more fun to explore. A neon-drenched new city about half the size of SR4’s Steelport, it’s filled with undead “husks” shambling around and driving hideous junkers, all under the watchful eyes of buff guardian demons. It features depressing-looking businesses  and distinct landmarks, all surrounded by a jagged-rock-and-molten-lava motif. It’s also where the President – that is, your protagonist from Saints Row IV – has been kidnapped by Satan himself, thus setting the stage for Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, a short and entertaining standalone expansion. with the 2-player online co-op me and my friend are up for more shenanigans! More awesome weapons, more visuals and more Saints, it’s definitely great to play Saints Row once more.

3.) God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSVita)
f3.jpgEver since its existence was first hinted at on the back of God of War II’s game manual, God of War: Chains of Olympus has been one of the most anticipated games for the PlayStation Portable. And now knowing that it is free to play for PS Plus subscribers, The enemies too are largely based on previous beasts that we’ve seen. If you can imagine lining up the creatures from previous installments and then mixing and matching their abilities a tad, you pretty much know what to expect. That doesn’t mean they’re boring, as each enemy type has its own unique attack, defense and movement characteristics, meaning that you’ll have different combat tactics for everything you face. Still though, it would have been nice to have seen something a little more inventive here, even if it was only one wholly unique creature.

Like the other God of War titles, the puzzle elements aren’t all that difficult by and large, but solving them does generally give you the satisfaction of completing it as the game doesn’t hold your hand. It might only take a quick glance around the area to figure out where to move a statue to trigger a door to open, but most things are immediately apparent. Again, most of the puzzles won’t test the weight of your brain matter, but they do provide a nice break from the action and what better way to prepare for the next entry in this fabled series than to play one of the best portable games out there?

4.) Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PSVita)
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Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is a fun and deep JRPG with loads and loads of content. Add to that fantastic music and graphics, a cool setting and over a hundred hours of gameplay, The game’s enemy encounter mechanism is like Action-RPG style, enemies do appear on the ‘map’, so you can choose to fight or avoid them, except certain cases like Bosses or story related. While on regular battles, enemy party has a leader which if you can kill it straightly, the battle is over.

Despite the fact most of us will never have played the game it’s a sequel to, the quality of Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines shines through its gorgeous visuals and deep mechanics. Come to think of it, there’s no more fitting way for a game that’s about leaving a worthwhile legacy to conduct itself but knowing this game, the Story is really great, graphics were awesome, and the soundtracks are fantastic. Overall, this is one of my favorite game from PS Plus offer for this month!

5.) Fat Princess (PS3)
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While Fat Princess Adventures may look like a peaceful game for kids, you are entirely wrong!  This is a Diablo-like hack-‘n’-slash RPG, with a story to follow, side-quests to complete, and loot to loot. Of course, this being Fat Princess, it’s far less complex than its peers – but is it a sweet treat.

When you start the game, you create your character, which includes personality type. This seems to do nothing more than change the voice and the dialogue, but it’s fun to mess around with. As you play, you’re able to switch between four classes at the generous checkpoints strewn about the environments. The Warrior and Engineer and two ranged attackers the Mage and Archer. You can obviously stick with a favorite, but allowing you to switch between the types regularly helps to keep combat interesting, and enemies have weaknesses and resistances to differing forms of attack.

The fights can become rather busy, so a helpful lock-on feature is most welcome. Although the combat is little more than button mashing, it is satisfying to pull off, with the charged attacks spilling a ridiculous amount of crimson cartoon blood. At first me and my brother thought his was going to be a kids game but it turned out quite fun! Especially the Multiplayer match up to 32 players! I Highly recommend this!

6.) Call of Jaurez: Bound in Blood (PS3)
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The setting takes place in the Civil War Era and Another origin story, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood retells the story of Reverend Ray, his brothers and the quest for gold, The gameplay is just like a regular standard FPS game nowadays, with a decent graphics.

It takes everything that was good about the first game and improves it, builds on the old characters, and smooths out the rough edges of the original. The two brothers play differently enough to give an incentive to play through it twice, so there’s plenty of value to it. Knowing that this is a Wild West first-person shooter, it is a really good game and in fact It makes me want to play more. Certainly one of the highlights for this months free games.

Another batch of free games for PSN Plus players with FURI, Saintsrow and Fat Princess as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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Review for PS Plus’ June Offerings

This month of June, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from June 9th to July 6th, starting off with:

1.) NBA 2K16 (PS4):
x1.jpgNBA 2K16 looks better than ever. The player models are upgraded with new, more detailed body scans, and that has a profound effect on the overall experience. Faces, hair styles, body types, and even wingspans are true to life, but the wide variety of new signature animations bring it all together. I always found it easy to score by cheezing my way past AI defenders, running in circles and forcing them to make unrealistic mistakes. All of that is gone this year. Zig-zagging will result in steals and frustration, and attempts to drive the baseline will end up in terrible or blocked shots. The only reliable way to score is to use real basketball concepts, so if you’re a student of the sport you’ll find yourself being rewarded for your knowledge. NBA 2K16 is one of the best free games of the year I guarantee that! Thank you so much Playstation!

2. Tropico 5 (PS4):
p2.pngI have been playing Tropico back in my highschool days and I was definitely eager to find out how it plays on the Playstation 4.. I am happy to announce that Tropico 5 offers an awesome experience on the PS4, Nice thing about Tropico is that you can play it with different styles. It is great fun to experiment. You can try to be nice, keep your people happy and keep yourself at power by elections. Or you can ban the elections and just keep yourself at power by military exploiting your people to get as much cash as possible. Hoping the rebels will not destroy your palace. You can run the police, prison and order assassinations to get rid of most problematic citizens. Again – the deep simulation of this game makes this fun. You can kill crime lords and rebels making your lands safer for you, but you will make unhappy all the family members, etc.

I also like that raw resources on the island are limited. This forces you to update your strategy and plan for the future. At the beginning you will really heavily on mining. But you need to expect that all mines will run out. And if you don’t prepare yourself in time, you will cut yourself from cash. So from one strategy you slowly need to start depending on tourists, offices, production from imported goods, etc. Again, Tropico 5 is one of the best city building game on the Playstation 4 right now.

3.) God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSVita):
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Set between God of War and God of War II, Ghost of Sparta picks up right at the end of God of War, with Kratos sitting upon his newly claimed throne looking appropriately grumpy. After all, becoming a god didn’t remove the disturbing memories of his past, but now he’s being plagued by a vision we’ve never seen before — an old woman lying sick on a slab of stone. Convinced he can actually change this vision, Kratos sets off for Atlantis on a quest that eventually takes him back to his home of Sparta and into the realm of Thanatos, god of death.

As far as the Gameplay is concerned, there’s nothing super unique here, but that’s not a bad thing and in fact, the game is very awesome! You’ll still spend your time slaying countless enemies, traversing dangerous domains, and solving light puzzles. Combat has been perfected throughout the series, so there’s not a lot to improve upon, and too much change would have been jarring. That said, there is a brand new weapon and two new magical attacks that add something new to the experience.

4.) LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (PSVita)
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Once again, the LocoRocos adapt to their circumstances, but they won’t be using any of the skills that they had within LocoRoco 2; instead, you’ll be wielding a new ability called Boings, which can be used to perform gigantic jumps or bounce from one area to another. By performing Boings, you can accelerate your blob as well as create a combo, which adds points to your score and allows you to effectively climb walls or other surfaces to get to new areas. The inclusion of the Boing is an awesome element, and something that you’ll wish had been in the earlier games as well.

However, it also highlights the difficulty of Midnight Carnival, as you’ll need to master this technique to simply pass the stages within the game. Each one of the stages in the game is rated by the difficulty of obstacles that you’ll face. At first, things seem relatively similar to the previous LocoRoco games, but as you approach and pass the halfway point on that meter, the difficulty curve skyrockets, which can severely test any LocoRoco veteran’s patience. For example, there are some sections that require split-second Boings or you’ll instantly fall into a chasm or onto a large strip of spikes, effectively destroying your blob. The fact that Midnight Carnival includes a continue system that drops you off in the middle of a map (for a fee that provides you with three additional chances to survive the level) is an indication of just how difficult the gameplay is. In fact, unless you’re willing to put up with frustration, you probably won’t like this game.

Even with all these issues, Midnight Carnival manages to capture the same visual panache of the franchise perfectly. The light and cheery visuals scattered throughout will easily bring a smile to your face, and watching your blobs slide and bounce through the different environments is still a lot of fun to watch. The music is just as stellar as always, and you’ll be hard pressed to not find yourself humming or singing along with the songs from each level.

5.) EchoChrome: Primal (PS3):
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Echochrome hosts an extremely basic presentation: a series of platforms are suspended in “mid-air” against a backdrop of pure white. Among those platforms is a wire frame figure which continually walks along the platform its on, as well as up to four shadowy “echoes” of that figure scattered across the rest of the stage. The goal of the puzzle is to start at one point with the wire frame figure, collect all of the echoes in any order that the player chooses, and return to the starting point before time runs out. To put it simple it is a puzzle game that uses perspective as a method of solving the puzzles of each stage. That might sound relatively basic, until you realize that most of these platforms are separated by large gaps in space, riddled with holes that can make the figure fall, and jump pads that can propel the figure away from its intended path and in a new direction.

6.) Siren – Blood Curse Episodes 1 – 2 (PS3)
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Blood Curse returns the series to the doomed village of Hanuda, the setting of the original Siren. The game takes place in August 2007 and begins with an American television crew arriving in Hanuda and stumbling upon a horrifying ritual involving human sacrifice. Things only get worse from there. It quickly becomes apparent that virtually everyone in the village is a Shibito, a corpse person. These Shibito are more unsettling than your average mindless zombies because even in their gruesome, decaying states, they maintain a shred of their human identities. Shibito farmers still till the land; a shibito cop patrols the town; and a young shibito girl spends time in her room drawing, producing nothing but mindless scribbles. The game’s story twists and turns back on itself repeatedly, weaving a narrative that some will love analyzing but others will find needlessly baffling. The story’s best asset, though, is in its cast of seven playable characters, a good assortment that includes a vulnerable 10-year-old girl, a brave high school student, and a mysterious, cool-as-ice Japanese doctor.

Siren: Blood Curse’s episodic structure also keeps things engaging. The game is divided into twelve TV-style episodes, and each comes complete with a quick recap at the beginning and a preview of the next episode at the end. Each episode, in turn, is divided into chapters. No single chapter is very long, so you’re constantly jumping from one character to another and from one gameplay style to another. In one chapter you may be alone, armed, and able to handle yourself in a fight, while in the next you may have to escort another character to safety, or avoid contact with the enemy altogether. Trust me, this game is very scary and the Stealth and escort missions are elements that could quickly drag a game down, but by constantly changing things up, Blood Curse keeps things moving at a steady clip.

Blood curse is an unusual game that finds an unusual, terrifying kind of success.

Another batch of free games for PSN Plus players with NBA2K16 and Tropico 5 as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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Review for PS Plus’May Offerings

This month of May, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from May 6th to June 8th, starting off with:

1. Table Top Racing: World Tour (PS4)
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Developed and published by Playrise Digital Ltd. The game Table Top Racing: World Tour is great! You can imagine playing one of those tiny toy cars you see in any toy stores except with this game you get to customize your car, pick up power ups and utilize them to win the race. The missile slows down enemies, likewise the freeze gun, the bomb and more. It is a really fun game to play with but in my opinion, this game needs more update as it can be so much, much more~. Now to show how the gameplay works, Here is a sample of me playing it in Pursuit Mode where my goal is to chase down another car and smash into them.

2. Switch Galaxy Ultra (PS4 / PSVita)
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Now this arcade game arrived both for the Ps4 and PSVita, Switch Galaxy Ultra provides a thrilling sense of speed, Now SGU follows the adventures of Vince Vance, who needs a little dough after a fight in an alien casino. Luckily, his old job running freight for the Dakur Corporation, one of the galaxy’s biggest enterprises, is waiting for him, and Vince sets out with his ship to collect and deliver Tantalum the game’s currency.

SGU is an insanely addictive, fast-paced arcade challenge within the course of the game you cna use power-ups, speed boosts and earn credits to upgrade ships and also challenge everybody for a spot on the leaderboard! I made a video in the beginning of the game and it doesn’t have much to show but as soon as I hit other levels, I really got addicted to it. It’s one of those games if you want to hunt down some trophies for your PSN Account.

3. Shütshimi (PS4 / PSVita)
b3When I first load up Shütshimi, we were greeted by a cigar-smoking, muscle-bounded fish and we laughed out really hard, the game is a randomized shoot’em up about a muscle-bound fish with memory problems defending the seven seas. The game balances fairly well. Instead, you get a game where multi-colored fish wear hats and shoot spinning underwater bears with machine guns. Not to mention every time you finish a wave you are given eight seconds to pick an upgrade that will impact the next wave greatly or poorly.

Ultimately, Shütshimi: Seriously Swole is a fun little distraction with easy pick up and play Game. While you may find the PS Vita version to be more suited to that style of gameplay, the PS4 version is certainly a viable option, especially considering the added benefit of local multiplayer. Even if the enemies get stale very quickly, you’re never really meant to play the game for more than ten or twenty minutes at a time, coincidentally the time it takes to finish a round of the game. Coupled with the unique upgrade mechanics and the occasional chuckle you’ll get just from the craziness on the screen, I can recommend Shütshimi to anyone looking for an easy game to hunt trophies and enjoy with. So again here is a video of me playing the game together with my brother. We really enjoy the game

4. Sayonara Umihara Kawase (PSVita)
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This game has a fun elastic physics based platformer with an easy-to-understand, challenging-to-learn and hard-to-master movement system, a relaxing soundtrack, a surreal dream-world aesthetic, and cute anime-styled playable characters. Umihara Kawase is a sushi chef heroine that uses a fishing rod as a grappling hook. The game has a lot of puzzles to solve and it just keeps my brain running.

5.Come on LocoRoco! Buu Buu Cocoreccho! (PS3)
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LocoRoco Cocoreccho is part of the long-running LocoRoco series, you’re in control of some sort of magically hypnotic butterfly, which draws any nearby LocoRoco to it, allowing you to control their direction. Holding down the Circle button will create a circle of influence, and any LocoRoco inside will attempt to get to the butterfly. Tapping Circle makes them try harder and faster, thereby causing them to jump higher and farther, allowing them to reach high objects or clear larger gaps. Also watch out for those Mojas who want to eat your adorable LocoRoco .

Aside from these basic controls, you’re also able to utilize the Sixaxis’ motion controls to tilt some platforms, shake tree branches and a bit more. LocoRoco Cocoreccho! is a cute and fun title that’s unfortunately marred by quite a bit of sitting around and waiting. The puzzle elements are cool, the music and art style are charming and the replayability is decent.

6. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3)
b6Fantastic Remake of a classic game.

The sequel to Bionic Commando Rearmed, Now Nathan Spencer is back with a big, badder bionic arm, This game has been in my heart and when I tell most people of my favorite NES game back in the day, most have never heard of Bionic Commando. This remake captured the spirit of the original and added some great weapons and features. It is challenging and totally worth it. Even if you beat the game according to my friends as I am yet to finish the game, there are about 50 challenge rooms, some of which will have you scratching your head. But seriously I love it, My brother loves it, we play it both.

A lot of free Indie games for PSN Plus players with Table Top Racing World Tour, Bionic Commander Rearmed 2 and Shütshimi as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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