PS Plus – December 2016

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 – Stories: The Path of Destinies

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Stories: The Path of Destinies is an ARPG, choose-your-own-story game with a twist, developed by Spearhead Games. You control Reynardo, a rebel fox. In the war with the ravens, we try our best to figure out a way to win, only it isn’t always that easy. Each chapter you are given options as to where to go next, and with over 20 endings, the possibilities are almost endless. I personally do not enjoy the ARPG genre as combat is never my favourite part of a game. While playing, I roll my eyes when the enemies so obviously pop up whenever you enter an empty space. But yet I keep playing. And I am going to keep playing.

The story is funny and charming and the way this story is told is awesome. If there was more to do other than just combat I would be singing this game so many praises. Even so, the chapters are fairly short so it is easy enough to deal with. Thankfully, this won’t be an issue for most people anyway because when gaming you expect combat, it is just a personal opinion that I found the combat annoying and slightly boring. The overall concept of the game is amazing. If your curious, you must at least do one play-through. It will only take you 1 or 2 hours and since that is only the beginning of the game, most people will probably come back for more. And they should. It’s great.

PS4 – Invisible Inc.

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Invisible Inc. is an intense turn-based spy game developed by Klei Entertainment. If you are into strategy then I think you will love this game. It’s funny because I had just been thinking about how long it’s been since I played a great turn based strategy game (see Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops below) and then suddenly I’m playing one. And I think it is a great one. I have only played the tutorial and the first mission and my heart is on edge. I think it is such a clever game, not only do you have to decide how to best use your own turn, you have to prepare yourself and anticipate what the enemies are going to do. Should you hide? Should you attack? Should you run and risk it?

Thankfully there are many different difficulty levels and beginner is a very forgiving way to ease you into the game while still making you feel like your jumping straight in. Then, I bet that the harder difficulties will give you an immense and even more intense challenge. If you are fancying a game like this then I seriously recommend it. Not only is it a fun example of the genre, it feels very well thought out and has more depth than I would have expected. Very fun game for sure. I also enjoy the music. Take the music from The Wolf Among Us and speed it up into a tense spy thriller tune. It’s awesome.

PS4/PS3 – Hyper Void

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Hyper Void is an arcade space shooter developed by InFramez Technology. The game plays around with depth perception and warps around to give you a more exciting experience. This isn’t a game that I would ever personally choose to play and doesn’t seem to have much depth to it at all but it will be fun for anyone who enjoys a fast paced, shoot-everything-out-of-your way, worm-holey kind of game in a trippy, 3D, space environment.

PS4/PS3/Vita – Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops

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Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is a charming little twin stick shooter developed by Plunge Interactive. The cute 3D graphics and different objectives set this game aside from other twin stick shooters I have played. Admittedly, this isn’t my genre, but I played this one longer than I did any of the others. Your characters have names and progress throughout the missions, and if they die they are gone and you get replacements. You can buy weapon and character upgrades for the numerous missions such as defeat the enemies, destroy their buildings, protect the people and survive. Although the game plays nothing like it, I was getting serious nostalgia from the ever so slight ‘Worms 4: Mayhem’ vibes I was getting. Instead of wanting to carry on playing however, it made me seriously wonder whether we will ever get a remaster of that gem. To sum up, this is a nice little twin stick shooter.

PS4/Vita – Colour Guardians

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Colour Guardians is a game developed by Fair Play Labs. I am pretty sure this game is in its own Genre but I cannot figure out what it would be called. You know those games where the character runs along at a constant speed, and there are three paths that you can switch between. Usually there are collectables and traps on these paths, forcing you to calculate your movements to dodge and weave and grab everything you can? I have definitely tried numerous other games of the sort but I couldn’t name one. Well Colour Guardians is just like that. Personally, it is not for me at all. I find these games quite boring, but I can see the appeal of mastering them. I can definitely see how this game could end up being really tricky on the higher levels and would serve well to pass sometime on the Vita while commuting, but other than that I would never pick it up. If you do enjoy the genre though then it would be a nice addition to your collection. It has its own flavour, the graphics are nice and it will keep you playing for a while.

Vita – VVVVV

VVVVV is an indie, 2D, side-scrolling platformer developed by Terry Cavanagh. All I can really say about this one is that I am not too sad to be missing it as it is not my kind of game at all. It has decent reviews if you are into that type of game but that is all I really can say since I don’t own a Vita.

Summary – Five games for the PS4 for the third time so far. I do understand people that are wanting fewer bigger games that they can really get into rather than five potentially hit or miss games. It would be very lucky for someone to like them all. But I think that’s the point, there is a little something for everyone. I’m not saying that loads of smaller games is always the best option, but I do think this month had a great variety. Sure, I didn’t like them all but I did discover some games that I really like and definitely would have never bought. I suppose that is the nature of PS Plus isn’t it, every game is not going to suit everyone and what is a great month for one is a crap month for another. I’m beginning to appreciate that you can’t please everyone.

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