BluePoint have done an incredible job of bringing Shadow Of The Colossus to the PS4, making it accessible to a whole generation of people that didn’t get to experience the original. It runs better, performance wise here than it ever has and it’s attention to fine detail makes it one of the best looking PS4 titles to date.
While the majority of the environments are lifted straight from the first game and the battles can be a tad easy, it doesn’t make the game any less fun. Hacker’s Memory is a better experience if you have played Cyber Sleuth, but don’t let it deter you if you haven’t. Hacker’s Memory is it’s own story set in the same universe. If you’re a fan of the Digimon series you should take the time to play this.
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a fun and rewarding VR fishing game that is bound to attract fans due to it’s Final Fantasy license. Although it has a short story mode, bugs and lengthy load screens that can momentarily take you out of the experience it still had me addicted because of how good it felt to go fishing and interact with people and creatures from Final Fantasy. Combined with it’s relaxing soundtrack, you can easily lose track of time fishing in Eos.
While not the completely new game some were hoping for. Game Freak have added and refined more than I thought we would get out of a mid-gen release. The addition of new Pokemon, dimensions to explore and story segments make Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon the definitive way to experience Alola. If you haven't played Sun or Moon I would suggest picking up one of the Ultra titles instead. Even if you have, the refinements to the existing systems, the more streamlined story and the vast small changes will keep you engaged and wanting to progress through the colourful land of Alola for many hours.
Knowledge Is Power is a great social party game that is easily accessible and really fun to play. I would suggest playing with at least 3 players to add further enjoyment and strategy to the game but can be played with as little as 2 if you and 1 other just want to enjoy a casual quiz. It's quick game time means you can play multiple games quite quickly throughout the night but would have loved if the topics weren't loaded based on prior gameplay choices.
Hidden Agenda is a great way to spend a night with friends, working together (or against each other) to get to the bottom of The Trapper case. It is playable solo, but it truly shines as a multiplayer experience, where other players' choices impact and sway the story in ways you wouldn't have taken it yourself. Which means playing through a second or third time could present very different choices and outcomes.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds is exactly what a great expansion pack should be. Guerrilla Games have provided a brand new experience, expanding on what they had set up in Zero Dawn and improving what was already a great game. I loved every minute of the 15 or so hours back in that world. The amount of new content, beasts and objectives left me feeling extremely satisfied by it's end.
Assassin's Creed Origins is a brilliant return to form for a series that had begun to get stale over the last few of it's annualised releases. With a vibrant new setting, great characters and the introduction of RPG elements i'd recommend this as a must play for any fans of open world RPG games even if they had previously not been a fan of the AC series. Major props to Ubisoft for realising issues of the past games and taking the time to get this one right. Delivering what is arguably the best Assassin's Creed game yet.
If you're a fan of the South Park series, you're going to love this. It's packed full of references and Easter eggs from the show's 20+ seasons and many of the smaller references will be more meaningful to those fans. It's easy to see that Ubisoft and South Park Studio's made this game 'For the Fans' and they nailed it.
I had a blast playing through Danganronpa V3. It's full of hilarious moments, brilliant characters and even better writing. It is slightly let down in it's first person moments and the structure of the narrative can feel a little repetitive at times. But if you're feeling like playing through a great quirky murder mystery story than I'd say you should probably give Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony a go.