Out This Week: Journey, Hatoful Boyfriend & Skullgirls 2nd Encore

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.


Tuesday 21st

  • Journey [PS4]
  • Tembo The Badass Elephant [PS4 | XB1 | PC]
  • Hatoful Boyfriend [PS4 | PSV]
  • Arcade Archives MagMax [PS4]

Wednesday 22nd

  • 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.

14 Comments

  1. Journey and Tembo are up right now on the UK PS4 store.
    For those unsure about Tembo there is a demo available.

    • Also up on the store is some new Project Cars DLC, with the main one being an Audi pack with three classic Audi race cars and a new track with 5 layouts.

    • Excellent, just added Journey to my queue so it will be ready when i get home from work.

  2. Downloading Journey. Had it on PS3, but never got round to playing it, so looking forward to giving it a go!

    • Try setting two or three hours aside, keep playing until you finish, explore when the mood takes you :)

  3. Never bought Journey on PS3, so it’s gonna be full retail price if I decide to take the plunge. Which I inevitably won’t.

    I have a level of interest for it, but it will need to be cheap. A tenner isn’t really going to cut it for a game I am likely to play once.

    • There’s a 20% PS+ discount for the first week.

      And would you really only play it once? I’ve played it many times on the PS3 and still get something out of it. It could just be that it’s a wonderful 90 minutes of game that still manages to have an effect on me. And not just because of the ending. There’s just something about the whole playing with another completely random, unknown stranger thing. It’s kind of fascinating to see how it plays out each time.

      The PS4 version doesn’t seem to be too different. It might look a little nicer, but it’s hard to tell without directly comparing them. With such a simple graphical style, it looked very nice in the first place. And the music is still great.

      And somehow, a quick play of the PS4 version seemed to provide the best co-op experience I’ve had in many complete playthroughs of the game. I might have been playing with people who also played the PS3 version many times. We just seemed to work together perfectly. One of those hidden glyphs was a bit tricky, but we just knew what to do and kept trying until we’d both got it. And with the only communication possible being a single noise.

      Spent the whole game without the other player wandering off anywhere. Both heading off together to investigate something. Huddled together for warmth in the snowy level.

      Unfortunately, it still tells you right at the end who you were playing with. Turns out it was actually 3 people. Somehow, I didn’t end up playing with anyone with a really stupid name, which tends to ruin the experience. But I’d still kind of prefer it if you never knew.

      So one of the best PS3 games is still recommended on the PS4. One of the best PS4 games even. So buy it.

      • Yeah, it’s just below a tenner with the plus discount, as I think full retail on PS4 is – for some reason – about £12. I looked earlier & it’s £9 summat (.59?) with the discount.

        & yeah, I’d only play it once – Simply because I have too much other things on my plate at the moment that it would only be to experience the full thing (I played it for about 10/15 mins at eurogamer once).

        It’s not really my kind of thing (not enough guns/explosions/power sliding/belly laughs etc), but would be in for that one time experience at the right price.

  4. Guess I may as well join the groovy gang and download journey too. ;)
    Should be ready for when I get home, but I think I’ll leave it ’til tomorrow to have a go. I’ll be partaking in alcohol consumption tonight.

    • Don’t forget about the upcoming junior disco and breakdancing competition ;)

      • Already signed up & wearing my body-warmer for back spins!

      • ;D

      • Don’t forget the knee pads for those slides across the dancefloor.

      • Essential :)

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