With no games launching at retail, this week marks one of the most desolate in our pilgrimage across the parched midsummer desert towards our autumnal, released-filled haven. It’s not so bad, however, especially when you consider the pedigree of this week’s digital line-up.
- Journey [PS4]
- Tembo The Badass Elephant [PS4 | XB1 | PC]
- Hatoful Boyfriend [PS4 | PSV]
- Arcade Archives MagMax [PS4]
- Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut [PS4]
- Skullgirls 2nd Encore [PS4]
One game many have clamoured for since the PlayStation 4’s arrival is a Journey remaster. Developed by the talented auteurs of thatgamecompany, Journey is just as seminal as the studio’s previous game, Flower, combining fantastic art with a minimalistic approach to gameplay. Without seeing this later version side by side with its PS3 counterpart, it’s difficult to tell what has actually been dolled up, but this is a game of fairly minimalistic graphics and an emphasis on simply experiencing what it has to offer. With cross-buy enabled, it’s hard for existing owners to complain as a new generation of gamers finally get to grips with one of PlayStation’s more poignant exclusive hits.
Although not quite as touching, our next game on the list makes up for it in eccentricity. Hatoful Boyfriend, if you haven’t heard already, is a visual novel game that has finally emigrated from PC to consoles, starting with PlayStation 4 and Vita. Like many of its kin, Hatoful Boyfriend centres around the romantic pursuits of its core characters. The one twist here is that many of them happy to be, well… pigeons.
As we carry on through the week our digital slate continues to populate with games. If you like your brain training with a side order of first person shooting then Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut is definitely worth a punt when it lands on PlayStation consoles later this week. Meanwhile, fans of all-out action can set the world on fire with Tembo The Badass Elephant or – if they prefer – throw down against one another as Skullgirls 2nd Encore comes to PS4.