Game news PlayStation Plus Extra: 5 neo-retro games all in pixels
Published on 01/13/2023 at 18:45
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At the start of the year, a new dive into the heart of the catalog of games for download and free access included in PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium subscriptions. Here are 5 titles in retro look mode, but from the future or recent past. We understand each other.
Celeste | PS4
Inevitable Madeline, heroine of a title as demanding as it is touching, which seems to lack pixels or a finer resolution. Carried by a scenario with small onions, the game is also overflowing with charm and ultra-fast ingenuity in terms of gameplay and level design, well anchored in the “die and try again” department. Surprising solutions to real puzzles of the platform game, which will put your skill to the test as you follow the 700 screens and more that make up the different settings of the ascent of Mount Celeste, and its ruthless traps. Hand-sewn by Extremely OK Games, the studio of Matt Thorson to whom we also owe Towerfall. To top it off, the all-synths and piano soundtrack should convince you and keep you hooked at least for the two hours of original music it offers.
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight | PS4
Platform still, but crossbred with action-adventure, Momodora : Reverie Under the Moonlight, developed by Bombservice, sets its scene in a land slowly eaten away by evil. A corruption that dooms this world to ruin, as the dead rise again. Fourth entry in the franchise, this episode also pays homage to pixel art, with an artistic direction halfway between the tales of Perreault or the Grimm brothers and the Metroidvania more Castlevania than Metroid. Filled with different movements and objects, this title with a mysterious history is definitely positioned as an experience to try if the opportunity arises.
Nidhogg 2 | PS5
From the Messhof studio, this second installment is based on the same formula as its predecessor, which places the cursor as much as possible on the action, and skillfully mixes 2D platforming and the beat ’em all genre, insofar as you will have to blast everything which bars your way, especially in fencing mode. Parry, riposte and carotid shots, but also archery or bare-handed combat, in fact there are no real rules in combat in the wurm world that you are. Relieving stress assured, endless duel style.
GAL*GUNVOLT BURST | PS4
A shouting homage to Megaman, the 8/16-bit era, Inti Creates’ game nonetheless comes from its original franchise, known as “Azure Striker Gunvolt. Action, pixels, 2D, platforms, the recipe is there. A perfect example of neo-retro, the title combines a classic style with current gameplay mechanics, such as the ‘burst combo’. Three characters with very different characteristics are playable and customizable in terms of attack, defense and Easy to learn but full of challenges, the title is just waiting for you to discover it or enjoy it if you already know its universe, that of the “Adepts”, these mutant humans with special abilities.
Wild Guns Reloaded | PS4
An arcade and 16-bit console classic developed by Natsume and released in the mid-1990s, Wild Guns is an action shooter that takes you on a journey to conquer the American West, pure western atmosphere but with the double steampunk and anime/manga sauce. In co-op up to four players, this “Reloaded” version offers you a choice of colorful characters – including two new ones – whose names are Clint, Annie, Doris or Bullet the dog (and his drone). New levels, new weapons and new bosses also enrich this version, which has also been revised in terms of graphics and display. Jump, dive and protect yourself with your invincibility rolls but above all shoot anything that moves, until the end. Well, that doesn’t change.
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