Much has been said about the quality of Sony’s online services, and particularly now that the subscription is required for online play – we’ve even spoken about it from time to time. I won’t lie and say that I always feel the fee is justified, but there’s been plenty of “free” games which soften that yearly cost. Here’s just a handful of the best games we’ve received since the launch of the Playstation 4:
1. Rocket League
Everybody knows about Psyonix’s indie sports darling which has taken the gaming world by storm. What latecomers to the game might not know is that PS4 players received the now iconic title free of charge on the day of release – an absolute steal for what proved to be a smash hit.
Early server issues aside, the huge playerbase created by this charitable gesture no doubt fuelled the unstoppable popularity that Rocket League soon garnered. And for good reason. It’s a game which is deceptively simple on first glance, but in fact plays much more tactically than a game about rocket cars has any right to. Advanced players make use of angles and boosting in order to smash the ball into the back of the net every time, and even for a small fee, there’s no reason not to try it out.
2. Disc Jam
All things considered, Disc Jam is a relatively new entry on this list, as it dropped back in March of this year. At the time, I considered whether it could challengeRocket League as the digital sporting title of choice, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Regardless, it’s still a neat little title which a small niche will try their best to perfect. The similarities to Psyonix’s game are clear, but Disc Jam manages to impress with cartoonish visuals and tight controls. Who knows: maybe a sequel will prove as popular as Rocket League did which was in fact a sequel/reboot in itself)?
3. Killing Floor 2
I’m still having an absolute blast with Tripwire Interactive’s addictive zombie shoot-em-up. What it lacks in variety, Killing Floor 2 more than makes up for when it comes to sheer fun; you’ve got a plethora of maps and armaments to gun down the beastly monsters yearning for your blood.
I can’t count the number of times the game’s slow-mo mechanics have made for some awesome showdowns between a pair of dual revolvers and the brittle skulls of enemies. It’s a game which knows exactly what it’s trying to deliver and does so spectacularly.
In a game all about killing bosses, I think I’ll let our own big boss himself attest to how good Furi really is:
Those who long for the days of old where every boss battle felt like a real battle should be enamoured by this game. Furi is all about taking on boss after boss, each with their own weaknesses and multiple health bars – the dream for those of us who grew up on arcade gaming.
If you’re prepared for an intense challenge which will have you seething with anger, then this is probably for you. I could give or take the plot, but at its core, Furi is a brutally difficult game which will have you punching the air with delight as much as you punch your screen.
Going back a bit now, huh?
Resogun was actually one of the very first titles available on the PS4’s store and, consequentially, the first game I achieved a platinum trophy for. Visually you’d think it was nothing more than a horizontal Space Invaders, but the game’s crisp aesthetics and addictive gameplay meant it was worth sticking around for.
It’s hardly an old game by this point, but if you never got a chance to grab Resogun on release, then I’d highly recommend grabbing it now. There’s been some DLC released that’ll bulk up the content, but even without this it’s a title which I have more than a few fond memories of.
Strider is something of a hidden gem on the store, as I’ve never really heard it talked about when it comes to scrolling hack-and-slash games. Published by Capcom, the game is a remake of the NES title of the same name. Its plot is nonsensical and its characters goofy, but beyond this is a pinpoint-accurate slasher which controls as well as you’d want.
It sounds odd, but something which always stuck out for me about Strider was how satisfying the slashing actually felt; the titular character would attack enemies as fast as you could smash the square button. This might sound small, but imagine if Kratos swung the Chains of Olympus so fast that they blurred into obscurity, and he took off into the air – cool, right?
Isn’t it just beautiful?
Boasting potentially the most uniquely pretty visuals I’ve ever come across, Apotheon is the action-role-playing-platformer that you never knew you needed in your life. It’s a Metroidvania-esque game which has great depth beyond its charming appearance, and has a surprisingly sound combat system.
For me, though, it’s the game’s PvP multiplayer where things really shine; a mode which I honestly still play today. Holding L2 to angle your shield against attacks while your opponent frantically fires three hydra arrows at you on a stormy boat is a kind of enjoyment hard to find elsewhere, which is why Apotheon is a genuinely brilliant game.