The selection of free November Monthly Games for PlayStation Plus Essential, Extra and Premium subscribers does not disappoint anyone. Nor the hardcore gamers, who will find bread for their teeth in the ruthless Feudal Japan of Nioh 2; nor the little ones, who will be able to (re) experience all the exploits of the wizard of Privet Drive in the delightful LEGO style of the Harry Potter Collection; nor the lovers of the most sought-after experiences, who will experience the joys and sorrows of weightlessness in Heavenly Bodies. The three new titles will be available for download on PS4 and PS5 from Tuesday 1st November, which means that you have until Monday 31st October to redeem the free PlayStation Plus games of October 2022: don’t miss out!
Nioh 2 (PS4 and PS5)
Exactly three years after the arrival of the first chapter in the PlayStation Plus, now it’s also up to Nioh 2, a brutal and technical action RPG with a brutal and technical weapon set in the Sengoku period, one of the most important and tumultuous pages in the history of Japan. Between historical fidelity and demonic magic, the adventure takes hold fifty years after the events narrated by his predecessor, focusing on a new protagonist, a demon hunter with a mysterious past and freely customizable in appearance, born on the border between the world of humans and that of the yokai.
The result of a forbidden love, the origins of the new hero serve to justify the most important gameplay novelty of the production, the Yokai Forms: there are three of them available – Brutus, Fierce and Ghost – each characterized by different movesets and a combination unique between speed, power and range. In Nioh 2 the enemies are also able to create a Dark Kingdom, an area immersed in the foul haze of the world of the Yokai that greatly increases the power of these creatures while limiting the recharge speed of the protagonist’s Ki.
For the rest, Nioh 2 offers one of the best combat systems ever, as adrenaline-fueled and spectacular as it is punitive and difficult to master. The number of melee weapons amounts to nine (each of which characterized by three different stances), to which are also added three ranged weapons adequately enhanced by a good aiming system. On PlayStation 5 it travels at dynamic 4K resolution and 60fps, with the possibility of reaching 120fps with a dedicated mode on compatible screens. And with this information we have only scratched the surface of a hugely layered game that will delight all lovers of the genre looking for a real challenge. For everything else there is our review of Nioh 2.
LEGO Harry Potter Collection (PS4)
Have you read JK Rowling’s novels over and over, have you watched Warner Bros. films til you drop, yet still can’t get enough of Harry Potter and his wizarding world? While waiting for Hogwarts Legacy, you can relive all the adventures of the most famous wizard of our times with the ironic, light-hearted and edgy style of the best LEGO productions.
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection includes in a single bundle LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, two games originally launched on the PlayStation 3 shown here with increased resolution and a 60fps framerate, which together to the timeless style of LEGO help to hide the wrinkles of an undeniably backward technical sector.
From the invitation to Hogwarts to the Triwizard Tournament, from the rebirth of the one who must not be named to the astonishing final battle, all the highlights of the saga are embellished with hilarious gags and irreverent humor typical of TT Games productions, which does not spare even the most dramatic moments. While not featuring the open world structure of the most recent games, the two LEGO Harry Potter games offer everything you might expect from a game in the franchise, such as simple yet creative level design, building-based environmental puzzles (and destruction) of brick structures, tons of secrets and winks at fans, and a colorful cast of characters.
Heavenly Bodies (PS4 e PS5)
Developed by the small Australian studio 2pt Interactive, Heavenly Bodies is an original physics-based game that puts you in charge of controlling the arms and hands of a cosmonaut. Using the two analog sticks, you have to press, pull and turn a wide variety of mechanisms in a space station used for scientific research.
Your mission is very clear: you have to put into operation one of the most impressive engineering works ever created, too bad that in weightlessness nothing is stationary and nothing is safe. As you juggle assembling space telescopes, maintaining solar panels and researching astrobotany, you will be able to discover the changing nuances of weightlessness.
Heavenly Bodies can be played alone or in co-op with a friend locally (for online there is the PlayStation Share Play). The difficulty of the control mode is fully customizable, moreover it is also possible to re-associate the commands. The whole is bowed with a stylized 70s aesthetic clearly influenced by photographic archives and vintage illustrations.