It’s a bumper collection for PS4 owners – five of the six available games this month are playable on PS4 thanks to the crossplay feature.
Friday the 13th: The Game
In the lead up to Halloween – it’s only right that we were given a horror survival game. Friday the 13th is an adaptation of the film franchise by the same name.
Play as either Jason or a group of counsellors in a variety of locations from the first five films in an online multiplayer setting. In a similar vein to August’s PS Plus addition of Dead by Daylight, the survivors must escape the area whilst the killer hunts them down.
The game mechanics are well balanced, with the counsellors being just fast enough to outrun Jason. Make a wrong turn however, and you’ll run right into a brutal execution. Spending too long in the dark or discovering a dead body will affect a counsellor’s fear level, making it easier for Jason to discover their location using his senses. This really results in tense gameplay, with Jason often just a few steps behind his targets.
The game does suffer from some server issues, as players are left with long matchmaking wait times. There is an offline singleplayer mode available however you’re only given the option of playing as Jason. Friday the 13th: The Game is a fun, challenging horror survival though I don’t see the game having much longevity.
Unfortunately, Friday the 13th: The Game was subject to a legal battle over copyright which resulted in future DLC being cancelled.
Laser League is like a futuristic game of dodgeball with an abundance of lazers and power ups. Once you dive into online play you may feel slightly overwhelved at first, as the matches are fast paced and opponents can easily flank your team. Players must avoid the opposing team’s lasers, plus the opponents physical attacks or special skills, whilst pushing forward with offensive tactics. Laser League is easy to pick up the basics quickly but difficult to master. Strategy, good timing and careful observation of both team’s actions are required to win each round.
Similarly to Friday the 13th, I’m doubtful that much of a player base will remain after this month, however with most matches being 3 v 3 there shouldn’t be too much of an issue waiting for matchmaking.
Matches are generally quite short in length, a few minutes per round in a ‘first to 3’ match. This make it an ideal setup for a few quick matches if you’ve got limited gaming time.
Master Reboot is the sole PS3 only PS Plus game of October. This sci-fi / horror / puzzle game initally throws you into the story without any instructions or goals. Snippits of the story are eventually revealed as you walk about, interact with the environment and obtain collectibles.
Much of the game has a slow paced ‘walking simulator’-esque feel, whilst some of the horror segments rely on cheap jump scare tactics. Overall the game feels like it missed the mark slightly, it’s worth a download though if you’re a fan of indie games in this style.
The Bridge (PS4 and PS Vita cross play)
The Bridge is an unexpected surprise this month. Released in 2013, The Bridge is an indie physics based puzzle game. Lots of trial and error, or well thought out logic is required. Tilt, rotate and turn the environment to overcome the obstacles and figure out the solutions. The game is both tricky and rewarding, with more complex puzzles being presented as you pass each section. Not much more needs to be said – download and try it out for yourself!
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (PS4 Crossplay)
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution is a 2D twin stick shooter and sequel to Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken. The story is set in the immediate aftermath of the original game. The game features a decent variety of weapons and enemies to face, each with their own strengths and tactics.
Attempts at humorous dialogue falls short of being funny. Rocketbirds feels like a generic run and gun game, even with the addition of heavily armed chickens and evil penguins. Download if you’re a fan of the genre, otherwise you’re not missing much by skipping this one.
2064 Read Only Memories (PS4 crossplay)
2064 ROM is a text based cyberpunk thriller with an incredible soundtrack and impressive pixel art. I really love the aesthetic and the conspiracy based storyline. Follow a journalist and a sapient robot who investigate some shady goings on involving a big business. It’s pretty dialogue heavy but worth a download for the visuals and music alone!
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