PS Plus – February 2017

Reminder – If you are a PS Plus member, remember to add the games to your library each month, you don’t HAVE to download them. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever play it, it is worth having in your library just in case. You never know what is going to take you by surprise!

On my quest to play all sorts of different games, I have decided it would be fun to go back and play through my library of PS Plus games that I have never even looked at. I am (eventually) going to go through each month, from most to least recent, trying out these games and having my say about each one. I do hope this can be helpful to someone but if not, at least I’m finally trying these games!

P.S. I am only going to go through the PS4 games for now. Between my huge backlog and my slow old console, I’ve decided that will be best. Since I am not yet playing the PS3/Vita titles, I am going to write a quick summary from the info I find from my friend Google, just for my own future benefit/anyone curious about the full months line-up!

PS4 – Little Big Planet 3

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Little Big Planet 3 is a side scrolling platform puzzler developed by Sumo Digital. It is definitely geared towards kids but I found it more playable as an adult than I did Tearaway Unfolded on my previous post. I first played a Little Big Planet game (possibly the first one) on my PS3 as it was bundled with the console at the time. I played it for probably 15 minutes and hated it. I thought that maybe, with my new enlightened mind, I might enjoy this one. I was at least giving it a fair chance. But honestly, I was just so bored. I wasn’t watching the cut-scenes, I didn’t particularly care about the collectibles and I gave up when I got to the first ‘boss’. I appreciate the customisation allowed, especially since the game has an online presence, but I never once felt invested in the game.

The good part is that it actually ran really well. I have heard a lot about game-breaking bugs in this game but I didn’t even get any minor bugs in my (admittedly short) stay. It is a really detailed game too. The levels look great and are interesting. I suppose if you look at it as a 3D Mario it is pretty well done, but it is just not for me at all and even though I know people enjoy it, I’d struggle to recommend it to anyone.

PS4 – Not a Hero

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Not a Hero is a 2D platform shooter developed by Roll 7. This game was a nice surprise for me. Not only did I find it amusing, it is the first time that I have (almost) enjoyed this genre. Bunnylord is a campaigning politician and you play as his henchmen, hired to do ‘jobs’ for him on his road to presidency. The tutorial is great, it tells you everything you need to know in a concise way. There are plenty of levels and each has 3 optional objectives giving the game replay value, as well as unlocking different characters as the game goes on. I am not at all saying that I am a convert. Truthfully, I will probably never play it again, but at the same time, I wouldn’t be mad if it was the only thing that I had to do. Fun little game for sure.

PS4/Vita – Ninja Senki DX

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Ninja Senki DX is a 2D platformer developed by Tribute Games. I want to call it Mario Lite, but that’s probably because I don’t know enough about 2D platformers! If, like me, you aren’t into 2D platformers/retro games, you probably aren’t going to like it. If you are, you’ll have to try it yourself because I honestly wouldn’t know how to tell a good from a bad one.

PS4/Vita – TourqueL

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TourqueL is a 2D puzzle game developed by FullPowerSideAttack. The concept is that you are in a square, and each button on your controller extends the side of the square that corresponds with the colour. It feels more like a vita game than a console game. In fact, it feels more like one of those browser games we used to play a school whenever we had access to the computer room and the teachers weren’t looking. For me, it is not a game I would buy, I haven’t got the hang of it and I sadly don’t want to get the hang of it. It might suit some people who have some time to kill while waiting around.

PS4/PS3 – Starwahl

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Starwahl is a neon side scroller/arena dual type game developed by Breakfall. It is without a doubt the weirdest game that I have ever played! You control a Narwhal floating around in space. There are traditional timed rounds that you have to complete by avoiding the obstacles or collecting the targets (Easier said than done!) or there is a couch co-op multiplayer showdown. The first thing I did was a brawl against 3 AI players and all I could think while trying to flop my Narwhal around was – this is so weird. But it is weird in a good way. It would be fun for a while with some friends, but I personally don’t have the patience for the single player rounds. As soon as I got to the Medium levels where you can die I had to put it down.

PS3 – Anna: Extended Edition

Anna: Extended Edition seems to be a horror puzzle adventure, developed by Dreampainters Software. I don’t want to delve too deeply into this one as it looks very interesting and I hope to play it someday. It takes place in an abandoned Saw Mill. The game is first person and you learn about your characters past by solving puzzles and finding clues. This does sound like an interesting one, however it doesn’t have the greatest reviews so don’t expect a masterpiece.

Summary – Five games, wow. It’s wasn’t until I thought ‘Thank god these weren’t great games or this post would take weeks’ that I realised that.. actually.. I am paying for the subscription so I should not be relieved to get games I don’t enjoy. I do enjoy the absolutely random indies and I am happy that my co-op library is expanding, but I do feel like this has been a particularly weak month, at least for me. Thankfully, in the up and coming months (I am going backwards so the next one will be January) I am particularly excited to try certain games. So, the consensus of this month – I’m just pleased to have got it out of the way.

Did you enjoy February’s titles?

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