Okay, caught. We can’t read your mind, check your PS4 library and don’t really know which of these games you might have played. But we still wanted to introduce you to a wild mix of titles in the PlayStation Store that have gone under a little for various reasons or, despite their flaws, are a friendly insider tip somewhere. Maybe there is something for you guys. Have fun with this list!

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Outer Wilds

  • Developer: Mobius Digital
  • First published: October 15, 2019
  • German setting:
  • Test: Outer Wilds Test, Outer Wilds Kolumne

Anyone who has not just read us since yesterday will have noticed that this small, but extremely fine space exploration adventure has advanced to become Alex’s all-time favorite game. What fewer people should have noticed is that Outer Wilds – not “Worlds” – is now also available on the PS4 after its Epic Store exclusivity ended. Once you have mastered the not exactly simple controls – six axes of motion, a vacuum, planets that just don’t want to stand still and so on – a year (hundred) thousand spanning story of life and death unfolds here, which is equally fascinating and moving . One of the most imaginative games of all time with a fantastic soundtrack and therefore at the top of this list. And no, I don’t get tired to praise and highlight this game. How could I? But thanks for asking!


Afterparty

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  • Developer: Night School Studio
  • First published: October 29, 2019
  • German setting: No.

Lola and Milo are best friends – and dead, but at least together. The catch: You have landed in hell, where people primarily drink until they drop in front of the right neon lighting. The dialogue-heavy adventure from the makers of the excellent Oxenfree from Night School Studio is visually stunning and narrative extremely creative. Help Lola and Milo find out what happened and eventually drink their way out of hell. Cool game for fans of classic adventure games who can do without the usual combination puzzles. Except of course on “use drink with mouth”.


Creaks

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  • Developer:
  • First published: July 22, 2020
  • German setting: No voice output

Do you still know Machinarium? Samorost? Cuchel or Botanicula? Then the chances are not bad that the names of these games by the Czechs from Amanita Design have just put a smile on your face. The almost oven-fresh Creaks is getting a little darker again – this is not one of their games that you play with your offspring, unless they are already ten to twelve years old. A wonderfully bizarre atmosphere is that which opens up here when our protagonist plunges through a hole in his wall into a hand-drawn other world full of puzzles and bizarre creatures. Incredibly good music again, but you’re used to that from Amanita. Please check despite the meaningless title!


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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered

  • Developer: Ubisoft Sofia
  • First published: May 20, 2018
  • German setting: Yes
  • Test: Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered

Sure, it’s an Assassin’s Creed that came out after a lot of people had finished the franchise, and it was developed for the final generation of consoles, too. Still, for many, it’s significantly better than Unity. Some fans even prefer Assassin’s Creed Rogue to Syndicate, calling it one of the best ACs of classic style. I would not go so far. However, after my rendezvous with the successful remaster, I definitely understand it. The return of well-known characters, Haytham for example, was definitely a win and exploring the Templars a little deeper from the first person was good for the universe. Add to that the tried and tested gameplay of the fourth part with its motivating mix of on-land action and sailing and we have a well-rounded, well-engineered assassin experience,


Middle-earth: shadow of war

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  • Entwickler: Monolith Productions
  • First published: September 27, 2017
  • German setting: Yes
  • Test: Middle-earth: Shadow of War


Buy Middle-earth: Shadow of War for 39.99 euros from the PlayStation Store.

Not exactly a flop, but after the first part was one of the best games of its year of release for many players, Shadow of War was received rather lukewarm. Much of the criticism was based on the unspeakable microtransactions that made the game look a bit shameless at the back and kept many, many players from taking a closer look. And even if there are no current official figures, one can say that part two could not build on the success of the debut. It’s good that the microtransactions have now been patched out, making the game seem much less greedy. Just not too many noticed. So here’s the hint again. I admit that Shadow of War can be a bit cluttered at times. Still, I still really like the mix of managing your own army of highly individual orcs, sieges, and smooth, Batman-flavored third-person combat. If you skipped the game back then, feel free to grab it now if the price is right:

Homefront: The Revolution

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  • Developer: Dambuster Studios
  • First published: May 20, 2016
  • German setting: Yes
  • Test: Homefront: The Revolution

I know! “Homefront !? POOH!!!” Actually. The thing is, this is now one of those games that actually is better than their reputation. It took a long time to fix the worst bugs, but now – and I can’t believe I’m writing this – The Revolution has been my favorite Far Cry for a while. Sure, the Ubisoft template is actually always much better polished. Homefront is selling its occupied Philadelphia scenario pretty well and is actually doing far more right than wrong.

There is still a bit of drafting in between and the stealth in particular is not exactly mature. But the hit-and-run guerrilla fights are great fun. If you can swallow a bit of patriotism and a thoroughly mean storyline, you will get a surprisingly captivating shooter from the B-series, which at the ridiculous price that it currently costs (3.99 with Playstation Plus), one or the other should be a positive surprise. And if you are not sure, just try the demo under the link here.


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Canis Canem Edit

  • Developer: Rockstar
  • Initial release: Remaster March 22, 2016
  • German setting: No.

The game Rockstar just doesn’t seem to want to continue, aka Bully. No wonder when everyone is talking about Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto! If you haven’t played it in the PS2 era, the PS4 gives you the opportunity to close this educational gap and understand why a manageable, but stubborn minority is still demanding that it continue with this. The version in the PlayStation Store is not a polished remake, but rather a functional HD version. Although it doesn’t look like much anymore, this successful action adventure from the everyday life of a snotty schoolboy has aged quite a bit. Give it a chance, maybe you will hear something new about a sequel?

Although … Dan Houser gave the last official word on the subject in 2013 when he said that they had many different ideas for a sequel – and in 2020 he left the company. I don’t want to paint the devil on the wall or the school blackboard, but I don’t have a good feeling. Take what you can get. For example this:

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

  • Developer: inXile
  • First published: February 28, 2017
  • German setting: No.
  • Test: Torment: Tides of Numenera

What a long time we have begged and prayed to finally get a successor to Planescape Torment. It only lasted 17 years and there it was, unofficially, but still unmistakably a sequel. This torment, too, is exotic compared to the usual competition, is more dialogue and decision-making than it would concentrate on the fight. With that, it should be perceived by most players as bulkier than many other representatives of the ongoing CRPG renaissance from Divinity: Original Sin to Pillars of Eternity. But it is like a good book that invites you on a journey to an incomparable, exotic place. In that respect, it is similar to Disco Elysium, last year’s hit. Until the 3rd

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Greedfall

  • Developer: Spiders
  • First published: September 10, 2019
  • German setting: No.
  • Test: Greedfall

In many places you heard about Greedfall BioWare comparisons and I would say … this particular church should be left in the village. It is even significantly better than what BioWare has been doing in the past three or four years, but at the same time it is also noticeably below what the Mass Effect makers delivered with terrifying regularity at their best. Spiders has delivered its best work so far here. I especially like the scenario in which you break out of a baroque French trading empire onto a newly discovered island in order to find the cure for a mysterious epidemic. A little bit of random collecting and crafting stuff neutralizes a little of the magic the French studio is building elsewhere. But it doesn’t change anything

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Blackguards 2

  • Developer: Daedalic
  • First published: January 20, 2015
  • German setting: Yes
  • Test: Blackguards 2

Round tactics from Daedalic with a strong role-play influence, the second. In addition, in the black-eye universe and this time with a villain gone mad in the lead role. This game pushes a lot of the right buttons for both role-players and tacticians. In fact, Blackguards 2 tips a lot of the random factor of the first part overboard – they got a little too carried away by the dice fetish of the RPG template – and thus seems tactically more mature. For a game in this price range, there is a lot of (mainly playful) polish and depth in it, which a few more people should like to explore. Also nice are the different paths that you can take – do you let your lower instincts run free or do you jump over your shadow? For currently not even eight euros a bargain.

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Totally Reliable Delivery Service

  • Entwickler: We’re Five Games
  • First published: June 24, 2019
  • German setting: No voice output
  • Test: Totally Reliable Delivery Service kreuzt Gang Beasts und Crazy Taxi

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is what I imagine will happen when Trump gets away with the sabotage of the state mail in the United States and companies gradually undertake this service in public. Someone will write in the company’s articles of association that the fun of deliverers comes first. Ergo, this party game that stumbles around on the verge of fumblecore is about getting packages to hard-to-reach places quickly, but above all with a lot of jokes. And if you have to cling to a missile to do it – all the better. Especially online for four people is a lot of fun. Friends of Overcooked and Gang Beasts are well supplied here.

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Wreckfest

  • Developer: Bugbear
  • First published: August 27, 2019
  • German setting: No voice output
  • Test: Wreckfest

I don’t want to say much about Wreckfest. The only thing you need to know urgently: Beware of this game! Once you’ve played Wreckfest, other racing games feel unrealistic and stiff. Nowhere else do high-powered cars rattle into each other more beautifully, fenders fly into the stacks of tires more energetically, and nowhere does a collision feel as incredibly powerful as here. The fact that the title went down a bit is because, because of the long Early Access, it sounded like old iron when it finally appeared. That does not affect the quality – playfully as well as visually – but in no way. Wreckfest should be experienced. It’s in the multiplayer column here because I have the most fun online. The ultra-realistic crash behavior is joined by the correspondingly beastly human component.

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Speedrunners

  • Developer: tinyBUILD
  • First published: August 26, 2013
  • German setting: No voice output

I have often asked myself why there are so many racing games, but why so few games are races on foot. Speedrunners doesn’t know the answer either, but demonstrates that it’s definitely a shame. Well, now there are also Fall Guys, in which many disciplines revolve solely around reaching the goal faster than the others. But Speedrunners mixes jump-and-run and racing games a little more elegantly – to a multiplayer enjoyment that is particularly tasty on a shared couch. The game has been around for a few years now, but that shouldn’t prevent you from spinning a few laps here using mean traps, extras and grappling hooks. In addition, it is now very, very cheap to have.

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