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Overlooked PS4 Games 2018

Discover a few PSN hidden gems

A.J. Maciejewski

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There are loads of games constantly being released for PlayStation 4 so here are a handful that you may have missed.

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Battle Chef Brigade Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

Indie games that blend genres can result in some incredible formulas and thankfully, Battle Chef Brigade serves up the goods. v1d30chumz 34-239-154-240

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Time to cook up some delicious puzzles!

Battle Chef Brigade has you try to work up the ranks in order to become one of the land's most renowned chefs. It may sound like some sort of cooking simulator but it really isn't. Instead, it's a mix of match 3 puzzles, 2D action, and RPG elements that creates a constantly exciting and engaging experience. Basically, you battle an opponent by trying to create the best dish possible. You do so by gathering ingredients from a small area while slaughtering monsters and picking up vegetation and such. Then, you cook your ingredients via a grid where you try and match orbs of the same colour and power. As you do this, your dish will become more flavourful. However, there's a time limit so you better not dillydally too long! The gorgeous water colour visuals, charming characters, local multiplayer component, and fantastic soundtrack definitely make this a must-have indie gem.

The mix of gameplay elements in Battle Chef Brigade creates one delicious dish that'll surely leave a delightful taste in your mouth.

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Super Pixel Racers Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

It's hard to come by an enjoyable indie overhead racing game yet Super Pixel Racers is one that genre fans shouldn't miss.

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It may look a bit rough but Super Pixel Racers is a ton of fun

Super Pixel Racers follows in the tradition that games like Super Sprint paved the way for back in the '80s. I've played plenty of indie overhead racers this year as there's been a recent resurgence of them for some inexplicable reason. Such games include Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers, Brakes Are For Losers, Race Arcade, and Wheelspin Frenzy, for example. Few of these games offer anything new and exciting so I'm happy to say that the tight drift-based rally racing featured in Super Pixel Racers is super-fun. I honestly haven't had this good of a time playing an overhead racer since BlazeRush a few years back. The vehicles handle perfectly, the audio is top-notch, and the pixel-filled graphics are very appealing. So, if you're a fan of these kinds of games like I am then give it a try; you won't regret it!

Overhead racing games don't get much better than Super Pixel Racers. Its tight and intense gameplay is virtually unmatched.

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Heavy Fire: Red Shadow Review PlayStation 4 ★☆☆☆☆

Some games are overlooked for a good reason. Unfortunately, Heavy Fire: Red Shadow is one such game.

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Is it wrong that I kind of feel sorry for the hundreds of people that I'm ruthlessly murdering?

I have a confession: I love light gun rail shooters and I remember playing and enjoying Heavy Fire: Afghanistan and Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear for PlayStation 3 a few years back while using the PlayStation Move light gun. So, when I saw that a sequel was coming for PlayStation VR, I just had to try it. Alas, it's one of the worst games for the platform that I've played so far. For starters, all you do is stand still while looking around and shooting at everything that moves. You can also launch rockets and call in air support which I guess adds a layer of strategy but not much. One aspect that surprised me is that you have to aim your gun by using the sticks. Why can't I simply tilt the DualShock 4 like I can in almost every other PSVR game? I really don't want to talk about this anymore...

Heavy Fire: Red Shadow is such a disappointing game that even if you were a fan of the previous games in the series, you likely won't find anything to enjoy within this bare-bones sequel.

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Drone Striker Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

Here we have a PlayStation VR game that's impressively fun and packed with fast-paced arcade action.

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Rogue AI robot aliens and VR games go together like peanut butter and jelly

Right off the bat, I'll say that Drone Striker is the game that I wish Heavy Fire: Red Shadow was. It's an arcade-style rail shooter where you blast at alien robot enemies within a few lengthy stages. Shooting your basic gun is fun on its own but there's also a lock-on mechanic that automatically fires missiles whenever you shoot your gun and bombs that you can throw whenever you're in a pickle. The opening cutscene is full of such horrible acting that it made me laugh out loud but it actually made the game even more fun because it reminded me of countless similar arcade games that I would crave playing growing up. The challenge in Drone Striker becomes relentless but aiming for high scores and trying to tackle the harder difficulty setting makes for quite a rewarding feat.

If you enjoy arcade rail shooters and want to play an especially challenging one in virtual reality then I can't recommend Drone Striker highly enough. Blasting away its evil robot aliens is so much fun that it'll make your headset spin.

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