PlayingStation is a weekly article where we give a rapid-fire list of that week’s releases on the PS4 and PS3. The idea here is to give you an understanding of a game that you might not have otherwise heard of. We’re always looking to hear from our readers, so sound off in the comments if you have any particular interest in any of the games that we discuss each week!
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4/PS3)
Do you like defending your house from zombies? Do you like doing this with nothing but various plant-based tactics? If so, I’m sure that you’ve taken a stab at Plants vs. Zombies before on your iPad or other numerous devices for which there is a version. Did you ever wish that you could see this world in a whole new light, actually taking control of one of your floral-based defenders of justice or heck, even one of the blathering, stumbling zombie types? Man, today is your lucky day! Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare explodes out of the gates, offering a third-person perspective online shooter with a tower-defense flavor. You can play as either plants or zombies across a mind-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plants vs. Zombies. This experience supports up to four-player co-op and 24-player competitive modes.
The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4)
Sometimes, you just want to play a game that reminds you of old-school platformers, has a nice vibrant color scheme, and just looks like a joy to play. Well, The Last Tinker: City of Colors just might fit that bill. Developed and published by Mimimi Games, it tells the story of a place called Colortown, where people of different colors lived in harmony until an evil presence called Bleakness caused a once-unified city to divide itself solely based on colors. You take on the role of Koru, who is fighting against the Bleakness to try to restore order and unity.
This looks to be a pretty fun platformer game, I must say. The visual design is appealing to the eye, even if the “don’t be racist” undertones are a bit obvious from the outset. It might not be so heavy-handed throughout, though, so we’ll not judge too harshly at this point. The harsh judgment can wait for the official review!
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4)
I hear you like a bit of the ultra-violence? Well, the sequel to your banner game has come! Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is an upcoming ultra-violent indie game in development for the PS4, PS Vita, PC, and Mac. It’s a sequel to the hit insanity simulator, Hotline Miami, which was released for PC and later for PS3 and Vita. Expect things to get deliciously out-of-hand as you play one of three characters with different skills, from dual-wielding to a rolling dodge maneuver. Limbs will be removed, blood will splatter, and heads will quite literally roll this week.
One of the biggest additions is the inclusion of the Level Editor. This is where the sadistic creative types can go to fulfill their desires to create mazes of bloodshed and anguish and then share them online for other sickos to enjoy! If you really enjoy this game, I’m not judging you as being a sicko, I promise. Just put the chainsaw down and let’s chat about this, okay?
In Counterspy, players must prevent the U.S. and USSR from going to war by completing various missions that will roll back the Doomsday Clock, a device that indicates how close the player is to all-out war. This 2D side-scroller with stealth elements is heavy on the nuance, with campy 50s/60s aesthetic layers throughout. The soundtrack as heard in the video above will make you think of all things Austin Powers and it would appear that developers Dynamighty have spent many a sleepless night rocket-jumping in Team Fortress 2, as the visuals seem to take a page (or 63) out of that design style. That’s definitely not a bad thing, in my opinion!
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)
Dungeon crawler fans, rejoice! For now, you can plumb the depths of hell in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, which brings you not only the full version of Diablo III, but also the Reaper of Souls expansion! Talk about bang-for-buck ratio! For the uninitiated, Diablo III is the third iteration in the groundbreaking franchise from Blizzard Entertainment. It is a fantasy/horror action RPG that keeps the same general control scheme and presentation as the first two entries in the franchise.
Diablo III takes place two decades after Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal had tortured the world of Sanctuary in Diablo II. For some people, the allure of these games really is the fact that you can control things smoothly with a mouse and keyboard, almost like how people do with RTS games (but not as exclusively), so it will be interesting to see what has been done to make things smooth for console players.
Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
Tales of Xillia 2 is the direct sequel to Namco Bandai’s Tales of Xillia, and is the fourteenth main-line entry in the Tales franchise. It is an RPG with strategic and action combat elements, and a fantastic anime-style presentation to it all. It takes place a year after Xillia and revolves around Ludger Kresnik, an every-man kind of character who has the pleasure of living with his brother and cat, and Elle Marta, a fresh-faced and dependable girl who Ludger meets by happenstance. One of the elements of this game is the fact that decisions that are made by the player for Ludger will have branching impacts on the storyline from that point forward. Always nice to see an RPG that has good replay value to boot!
Tales of Xillia 2 features the return of the linking system from the original, in which players can link to any active party member in battle to team up and destroy enemies with support attacks and powerful linked artes attacks. The game also features a new Weapon Swap mechanic while in battle, meaning that players can switch between three main weapons — a sledgehammer, dual pistols, and dual blades — in real-time during combat.