It's easy for games to go by unnoticed so here are 7 recently released PS4 games that you may want to add to your collection.
Metagal Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
If you've ever played a Mega Man game before then Metagal will be a very familiar 2D action experience.
That's right; Metagal is basically an indie take on Mega Man where you run, jump, and shoot through tricky stages only to defeat bosses and claim their weapons for yourself. Heck, it even features a soundtrack that's very similar to the original Mega Man X games although it's definitely not as memorable. The array of weapons is quite unique and it even includes some defensive items such as a Plasma Shield that can deflect projectiles and an HP Recovery module. Although Metagal can't charge her shot like Mega Man can, the default special ability is basically a charged shot that you can unleash whenever your weapon energy gauge is full enough. Speaking of which, I enjoyed the fact that the weapon energy automatically replenishes. Overall, it's a fun game but certainly not as good as the classic Mega Man games.
If you love Mega Man and want to play an indie interpretation of the series then you can't go wrong with the surprisingly solid Metagal.Metagal gameplay video →
Dangerous Driving Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
Here we have yet another game inspired by a past franchise but does Dangerous Driving live up to the legendary Burnout series?
Dangerous Driving is played exactly like a Burnout game where you're awarded boost energy by driving dangerously; hence, the name of the game. Although this is cool, it's a very generic take on the racing formula that would have felt more at home in the mid 2000s than in 2019. Heck, Burnout Paradise Remastered is available for PS4 and that game is oodles more fun than this. That being said, the core gameplay here is surely solid and enjoyable and the variety of modes is fantastic as it includes Road Rage, Takedown, Shakedown, Pursuit, Survival, and Face Off races. On top of that, you can race a variety of vehicle types such as Sedans, SUVs, Coupes, Supercars, and Hypercars. Anyway, slamming into cars and taking them out while trying to weave through oncoming traffic is great fun but it's still nowhere near as polished and varied as the later Burnout games which came out over a decade ago.
Gamers who like the idea of a simple Burnout game without many bells and whistles will have a good time with Dangerous Driving.Dangerous Driving gameplay video →
Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
Bow to Blood is a fantastic PlayStation VR game from last year and now, there's a brand new version that can be played without VR.
Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing has you pilot an airship which involves commanding your crew to man various stations as well as occasionally pulling your pistol out to take care of invading enemies. Although this version can be played without VR, I primarily enjoyed it in VR because it's a lot more fun that way. Standing in the pilot's seat of your massive ship as it slowly glides through elaborate stages offers some breathtaking sights and intense battles with your competition. The goal of each match is to earn more points than your opponents and you can withdraw whenever you have a key so it basically tests how much you can accomplish while surviving. Being able to aim just by looking at stuff is intuitive and there's a very cool interpersonal dynamic where you can form relationships with your competitors. With so much depth, satisfying action, and amazing visuals, what's not to love about Bow to Blood?
When it comes to PlayStation VR games, you can't get much more unique or enjoyable than Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing.Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing gameplay video →
Space Junkies Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
As yet another PlayStation VR game, Space Junkies offers simple yet intense zero gravity gunfights but is it any fun?
Space Junkies begins by having you progress through a very helpful and informative tutorial. Once you're done with that, it's time to play online because that's what Space Junkies is all about. I completed the Bootcamp easily but once I tried playing online, things were a lot different. For starters, I had to wait around the online lobby for what felt like 15 minutes before joining a match and when I did, both of my opponents were playing the PC version. I don't know if that's how they managed to kill me as soon as I entered their lines of sight but I couldn't defeat them even by sneaking up behind them then shooting them in the head repeatedly. Am I missing something? Anyway, I can see this being an enjoyable albeit simplistic online shooter if you're willing to put in the time to learn its ins and outs.
If you're in the market for a competitive online VR shooter then Space Junkies may be worth getting if you don't mind its simplicity.Space Junkies trailer → More PlayStation VR games
War Theatre Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
There aren't many indie SRPGs but here's one that proves that they can be both innovative and extremely fun.
When I first started playing War Theatre, I didn't quite understand what I was doing and found myself getting my ass handed to me over and over again. However, I gradually learned the complexities of its battles and reached a point where the gameplay was a rewarding yet surmountable challenge. As you move your units across the grid-based maps, you must take over factories in order to produce more units and cities to earn the necessary cash to do so. Also, the units have a rock-paper-scissors class system where each one is more powerful against a specific class. When you factor all of this together, you're left with a consistently engaging and exciting battle system. Plus, there are 7 campaigns to master, a 2 player mode, and oodles of quests to complete in order to unlock perks and characters.
War Theatre made me initially hesitant but once I got to grips with its challenging and rewarding gameplay, I was hooked.War Theatre gameplay video → More turn-based strategy RPGs
Vaporum Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
Dungeon crawlers can make for extremely rewarding RPGs when done right so is Vaporum a worthwhile entry in the genre?
Vaporum has you traverse a dark and creepy steampunk-style dungeon as you fight steam-powered robots and slowly uncover parts of its narrative. Right off the bat, I was put off by its interface and controls that were clearly made for PC gamers and it took a very long time for me to be able to play it efficiently. Even after I got over this hurdle, I still found myself struggling with the controls and unintuitive menus. On the plus side, the atmosphere is fantastic and the dungeon contains many tricky puzzles that are fun to figure out. The combat is accomplished by equipping a weapon then exchanging blows with your opponent until someone wins but the fact that you can't pause the action to change your equipment is very frustrating. If only I could use a mouse and keyboard on my PS4...
If Vaporum was more optimized for consoles then it would have been a must-play dungeon crawler. With that being said, it's still worthwhile if you're willing to adapt to its unintuitive controls and menus.Vaporum gameplay video → Similar game: Operencia
Skorecery Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
Gamers who enjoy local multiplayer games have yet another game to add to their library now that Skorecery is here.
Skorecery has up to 4 local players compete in intense matches. The basic controls involve jumping, reversing gravity, and holding and throwing an energy ball. The objective is to throw the ball into your opponents' runes in order to smash them. One complication is that players can use spells in order to gain certain temporary advantages. Also, you can only hold the ball for a very short amount of time so if you don't aim and throw it shortly after catching it, you'll lose it and become stunned for a brief moment. All of this adds up to a highly competitive and exciting formula that will easily entertain a couch full of chums. With a few modes and a cool list of modifiers known as Curses; there's a good amount of variety although the core gameplay still gets repetitive after a while.
As far as local multiplayer games go, Skorecery is definitely one that you'd want to add to your playlist but it won't be the main event.Skorecery gameplay video → More local multiplayer indie games