Well, this is a bummer.
So let me get this straight, the line up for this month’s free games for active PS Plus subscribers is great. But the only ones that lines up with my taste this month are the two PS4 indies. The PS3 and Vita have a better offering than the ones in the US and Europe, but unfortunately I cannot find enough time to slog through the other two PS3 games due to personal commitments. So only two reviews this month, like what I did in January.
With that out of the way, let’s get through the list, shall we?
Galak-Z : The Dimensional (PS4)
A throwback to the 80’s in many aspects: the visual and audio design, and even in game design. Galak-Z is a tense rougelike space shooter that rewards the persistent and those that can adapt to new challenges quickly. A very well-crafted game, with lots of polish and a must-try if you love the 80’s anime/cartoon aesthetics.
Read more in depth in the full review article here.
‘Murica through the lens of South African developer Free Lives is full of bro puns apparently. A fun 2D shooter that could use some polish. It may not offer much, but if you like the simple premise, the bro puns, the destructible environments, then you’re in for a treat. Read the review here.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
The David Cage game starring Hollywood actors Ellen Page and Willem Defoe, this is Quantic Dream’s latest attempt of making narrative-heavy games.
While sounds great on paper, the execution can be a bit all over the place. The odd narrative that doesn’t feel cohesive, clunky controls, and not much meaningful choice to be made in contrast to their previous game Heavy Rain. But graphics and sound design are top notch, to the point they didn’t bother updating the graphics for the PS4 version (and I mean that in a good way). The story points, taken out of context, does give a dramatic feel.
An interesting game if you’re looking for a story, or if you like modern adventure games like the Telltale ones. Unfortunately it’s not my cup of tea.
Plus I watched the Super Best Friends played through it while hating every moment of the game. It was glorious. Can’t wait for them to suffer through Quantic Dream’s next game Detroit.
The Last Guy (PS3)
The Last Guy is apparently a downloadable title made back in 2008 made by Sony’s Japan Studio. Your job as the last guy is to rescue and escort citizens from different parts of a city to the escape zone, all while avoiding the bugs and aliens. What it amounts to be is a game like Snake- where all the citizens you rescue will follow you from behind, hundreds of them in fact, while the enemies will try and chomp the conga line down. If they cross through a line of citizens, the line will break off.
Navigating through the top-down city akin to a satellite view of a map app is charming and take getting used to, but it looks fun for what it’s worth.
Here’s a gameplay video for those who are looking to checking it out.
A Virus Named Tom (PS Vita)
An interesting puzzle game. Taking the role as a virus named Tom (ha.ha.), you have to hack things by doing what basically are pipe puzzles. In this case, you need to rotate all the lines to be align and connected. Sounds simple? The concept is further expanded with more mechanics at play, like encrypted lines that only reveals itself when you rotate it to align with an activated line. Simple, but works perfectly for the Vita.
Muramasa Rebirth (PS Vita)
Muramasa Rebirth (the other one available is its Japanese version, should you prefer that) is a Vanillaware hack and slash. If you’re not familiar with their work like Dragon’s Crown, what that means is that it is a 2D side-scroller like an old school beat-em-up but with crazy combos, progression and loot. From what I’ve seen from the many videos available of the game, it looks like a blast.
Make no mistake, despite me not enjoying it as much I believe this is a strong line-up of games. But of course, not all of them have to be something I like, but that doesn’t necessarily mean no one else can like it. For what it is, Playstation Asia did good.