This is a SRPG that isn’t for everyone and whilst it isn’t totally inaccessible for newcomers, it is clearly a game designed for fans of the genre and more specifically the series itself. But that’s no bad thing as for anyone willing to put in the time and effort there is a very rewarding experience on offer.
Tales of Hearts R is an interesting game and whilst the story is pretty weak, the gameplay does enough to carry it. It is both open to newcomers but also has enough not to grate on fans of the lore of the ‘Tales Of’ games. In what is now becoming a crowded genre on the Vita, this is a title that should rise to the top.
Resogun is free on PS+ and is that good, that you feel like you are ripping off Housemarque, that they should be getting your money for this. You shouldn't be playing this game for free! If you are one of the few who hasn't got PS+ you can still buy the game and trust us when we say £12.99 on Resogun is money better spent than on any other title at launch.
Doki Doki Universe isn't going to appeal to everyone, it isn't a game that pushes the limits of what is possible, but it is a nice family friendly game that you can go back to time and time again. A game that allows you and your closest to share an experience in a medium that can often be exclusive to outsiders.
Zen Pinball 2 is the game for the more casual fan, but pinball enthusiasts will also have a great time, despite the physics not quite being 100% realistic. The buttery smooth 60fps in 1080p also does wonders for the experience and this is the best version of a Zen made pinball game yet.
On the whole though, Steamworld Dig is a fascinating game and one that will bring plenty of joy. It is a game you can take your time with and enjoy. Taking some elements from other games in the genre and tailoring them to make a wonderful experience. It is just a shame about that Cross-Save
Is LEGO The Hobbit a must have title? Not at all and if you haven't worked through the other two LEGO releases on PS4, then it is hard to tell you to put those to the side and pick this up immediately. However if you have a family and you have worked through the other games, then you won't go wrong by picking this up, because it is a LEGO game and the fun factor is still there.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch isn't a system seller, but if you already own a PS4, it is a game you must buy, because it is just so different it must be experienced. What could have felt like a tech demo, or an experiment, turns out to be so much more. A well rounded game, that will give you so much joy when playing.
Cel Damage HD is a decent game, but one for fans of the original only, it is unlikely to bring new fans, nor change the minds of those who may not have enjoyed it way back when. For a HD remake it is slap bang in the middle of a lazy upgrade and an excellent one and at the end of the day will always feel like a missed opportunity. But for fans there is fun to bed had.
Sportsfriends isn't a game that you will play every day, it isn't a game that is for a lone gamer, it is purely for getting out when friends are over, at parties, when the whole family is at home, those sorts of occasions. It may only be played a handful of times a year, but we can guarantee you, that those handful of times, will be wondrous and full of great memories.
Daylight does offer an experience and just about doesn't outstay its welcome, it offers a ton of atmosphere and a feeling of helplessness that other games in the genre have been unable to do. A far from essential purchase, but one that will keep you entertained for an evening alone.
When that is the only real complaint though, you know a game is doing something right and despite Sparkle 2 being very similar to the likes of Luxor, it does stand up in its own right and is a great little title to play. It ticks all the right boxes and leaves you feeling satisfied, which is what you want from a decent puzzle game.
Is Watch Dogs the genre defining experience we were expecting back in 2012? No, it isn't even close to that. Is it a bad game? Not by any stretch of the imagination. It is a fun and entertaining experience that does have a couple of faults, but is more than worth your investment of money and time.
Murdered: Soul Suspect is far from a perfect game, especially with some of the mechanics it has, that feel out of place. However the story and characters, along with the setting do a great job of entertaining and we'd definitely like to see more in the future.
That said, it isn't a bad game, it is Worms and it does what a Worms game does. However because the game has barely changed over the years, it is far from essential to get each new version. At £19.99 it does take the game from a impulse purchase to something you really need to think about. But fans who do buy it will not be disappointed, because if you love Worms, you'll still love Worms.
Blue Estate isn't a long game and despite the leaderboards, it is unlikely to be one you'll revisit time and time again. However, it is genuinely fun to play and in the short time you spend with it, you'll get a great deal of enjoyment. If you have any interest in lightgun style games, then pick this up.
If you have played Abe's Oddyssey and loved it, then you'll love what has been achieved here, it is a game you loved and then so much more. If you are going to be experiencing the game for the very first time, then boy, are you in for a treat.
Mousecraft is a really nice puzzle game, that walks the line just right between being too repetitive and easy, or going past the point of challenging to pure frustration. It found that middle ground and got the balance just right. However that lack of level sharing… Well, that really does disappoint.
Crimsonland isn't the Indie highlight of the year, but what you do have is a solid 2D Arena Shooter that works as a nice distraction when you may only have a short window for playing a game. You can stick it on, have a quick play and then get back to whatever you are doing. There is always a place for game like that in our opinion and it is more than welcome to take up what little space is does on the PS4 HDD.