PlayStation Store sees the debut of this week Back 4 Blood, the zombie-based cooperative shooter developed by Turtle Rock Studios, the authors of the original Left 4 Dead, but also other releases of great interest starting with the tie-in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba –The Hinokami Chronicles.
It’s not all: Crysis Remastered Trilogy will allow FPS fans to recover the famous Crytek trilogy, while The Good Life will finally show us the new project directed by Hidetaka “SWERY” Suehiro, the creator of the iconic horror adventure Deadly Premonition.
Back 4 Blood
Against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic scenario in which the whole world has been devastated by the sudden invasion of hordes of Infested, born from a dangerous parasite, Back 4 Blood (PS5 and PS4, € 69.99) stands as the spiritual sequel to Left 4 Dead, the iconic zombie shooter developed by Turtle Rock Studios and released on Steam in 2008.
Among the survivors there are people immune to the infection who decide to fight in the desperate search for a cure or a weapon that can change the destiny of humanity: the Exterminators. We will be able to choose our character from a shortlist of eight fighters, each with their own unique abilities, and launch ourselves into a campaign divided into four acts with an increasingly higher degree of challenge.
Strictly in the company of three human players in cross-play (a single player mode with bots is present but it appears very distant from the spirit of the game and does not allow you to unlock the rewards), our task will be to explore scenarios full of zombies and special enemies, as well as huge mutants that sprout from the ground, eliminating as much as possible and reaching the first available shelter from time to time.
To defend ourselves from the pitfalls we will be able to count on an unprecedented system of menu that act as a perk and on a truly vast arsenal, consisting of pistols, machine guns, shotguns, slashing and cutting weapons as well as various types of explosives with which to tear apart the undead and pave the way towards the hope of a future improve. All the details in the Back 4 Blood review.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba –The Hinokami Chronicles
Based on the famous work of Koyoharu Gotouge, capable of selling over 150 million copies, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (PS5 and PS4, € 59.99) is the new tie-in developed by CyberConnect2, the Japanese team responsible for the series Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm. The game follows the events of the first season of the anime and the Mugen Train feature film, telling the adventures of Tanjiro Kamado.
The family of Plate was massacred and her sister Nezuko transformed into a demon, and that is why the boy has decided to join the demon killer team, undergoing very severe tests to be able to wield a sword of the sun, the only weapon capable of cutting off the heads of these infernal creatures, and learn breathing techniques that allow men to amplify their skills.
The approach is that of arena fighter, with three-dimensional fights against increasingly stronger and more dangerous opponents, the title of CyberConnect2 immediately reveals itself rather faithful to the animated series thanks to the excellent graphics in cel shading and very well-made intermission sequences, which then result in spectacular duels in which we will be able to build on a fairly rich repertoire of moves.
The problem is that the story mode includes really mundane exploratory sequences and is completed too quickly, leaving only the mode versus the task of entertaining us in the long run: too little for a game sold practically at full price. We talked about it in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles review.
Crysis Remastered Trilogy
After the release of Crysis Remastered (review here) in September, the complete and remastered collection of the shooter series signed by Crytek with the Crysis Remastered Trilogy (PS4, € 49.99). A very full-bodied package, which includes all three chapters of the iconic franchise, technically improved for an even more spectacular and engaging experience.
We will therefore find ourselves exploring again the Lingshan Islands, which are the background of the debut episode, wearing the powerful nanosuit of the chosen soldier Jake “Nomad“Dunn and facing an entire army in order to find out what really happened in the area. To complete the mission we will be able to count on the extraordinary powers guaranteed by the nanosuit, capable of transforming us into a superman.
Crysis 2 instead leads us on an adventure with more linear features, with a different protagonist, codenamed Alcatraz, who in the early stages of the campaign suffers mortal wounds but is saved by Prophet, one of the supersoldiers of the first chapter, who gives him his gift nanosuit before taking his own life to prevent an alien virus from taking over. It is precisely in a war between humans and aliens that we will have to move, against the backdrop of a New York devastated by conflict.
Crysis 3finally, it tries to resume in many ways the open world structure of the beginnings and undoubtedly stands as the most valuable piece of the trilogy from a technical point of view. Also from the point of view of gameplay, however, the game manages to field an effective synthesis and re-engage us in a shooter experience of great depth, as we wrote in the Crysis Remastered Trilogy review.
The Good Life
The Good Life (PS4, € 32.99) marks the return of Hidetaka “SWERY“Suehiro with an adventure with peculiar conditions to say the least. The protagonist of the game is Naomi Hayward, a debt-ridden journalist who tries to change her career by investigating the English town of Rainy Woods, whose inhabitants it seems they are hiding a secret.
In fact, people turn into nighttime dogs e cats, and the same happens to Naomi! However, the woman does not give up and tries to exploit these new skills to solve a murder case that occurred during her stay in the city. A mission that we will have to complete by collecting one clue at a time and experimenting with the many activities available in Rainy Woods.
The other games
Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality (PS4, € 24.99) puts us in the shoes of the thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, once again engaged in a mission on which the fate of the universe depends. However, surprises will not be lacking in this original adventure, in which we will also find the iconic tenth Doctor, that of David Tennant, crossing space and time to overcome increasingly difficult challenges.
Gleylancer (PS5 and PS4, € 5.99) is finally the re-edition of a horizontal scrolling shoot’em-up published in 1992 on Mega Drive but never distributed outside of Japan and particularly coveted by collectors in its original version. The story follows the story of a girl who finds herself having to fight aboard a special spacecraft against hordes of aliens, with the aim of saving her father.