Here is where you'll find the remaining reviews of the PlayStation 4 games released in 2013, games that we felt weren't quite worth a full review but that we still wanted you to have some idea on whether the game was worth your time.
We'll break down the game's pros and cons in bite-sized paragraphs, detailing what we felt were the game's best (or worst) features, complete with a score at the end.
Just because a game appears here doesn't mean it was bad – it just means there really wasn't enough to say to warrant a full review. The majority of these games fall into the category of being a port from a previous system, games that many of our readers have likely played and are familiar with; we focused on showing you what the PlayStation 4 adds to the experience.
Onto the games!
In this Dig-Dug inspired game, a sequel to popular Flash game Motherload, the objective is to dig deeper and deeper to collect gems to power your vehicle so you can dig even deeper. Sound monotonous? It can get to that point, yes, but luckily the experience doesn't overstay its welcome as the game clocks in at about six to seven hours long. An awfully designed last boss will most likely leave gamers frustrated after finally beating the game rather than elated, and with no online multiplayer it's unlikely you'll dig again unless you have three local friends and three more DualShock 4s. Super Motherload was one of the least talked about PlayStation 4 launch titles, and it's easy to see why as the game isn't something gamers will be talking about a year from now – it's not necessarily bad, it just doesn't stand out. It doesn't create a lasting impression or anything memorable, instead providing an average experience that's fun for a weekend.
Final Score: 5/10
Game Category: Indie
See our preview of Super Motherload.
Just Dance 2014
What is there to say about Just Dance 2014? At its core, the PlayStation 4 version of the game provides nothing new over the PlayStation 3 version: same track list, same graphics, same everything. The game does let you use the PlayStation Camera but the experience is subpar and not something you will likely use often due to poor player detection. Luckily, the Move controller works just as good as it always has, and the game still provides a party game experience you can't get with any other game on the PlayStation 4. It's a decent game, but only serves one purpose as the sort of the game you'll dig out on a monthly basis for casual gamers when you're having a party.
Final Score: 6/10
Game Category: Casual / Party
See our preview of Just Dance 2014.
Skylanders: Swap Force
Skylanders, one of the last generation's most surprising success stories, returns on the PlayStation 4 with Skylanders: Swap Force. In terms of content, the game is the same as it is on the other consoles; you'll use the Skylanders portal to make your Skylanders toys appear in the game, with the bonus of letting you swap parts between characters to make new ones. If you're a Skylanders fan, the new game is a great time. However, the real difference with Skylanders: Swap Force on the PlayStation 4 comes in the form of the graphics. On the PlayStation 4, Skylanders: Swap Force is crisper, runs at 1080p and features sharper textures over the PlayStation 3 version. If you're planning on buying a copy of Skylanders: Swap Force, the PlayStation 4 is the system to do it on.
Final Score: 8/10
Game Category: Action / Adventure
See our preview of Skylanders: Swap Force.
Sound Shapes is fundamentally the same game on the PlayStation 4 as it is on the PlayStation 3 and Vita; due to its graphical style, it doesn't benefit from the PlayStation 4's hardware in any way. Does that make it bad? Absolutely not, as graphics aren't everything (despite what some vocal PS4 fans would have you believe), and it's good that a brand new audience will get a chance with this game. The game does take advantage of the touch pad and light bar in interesting ways, and if you're in the mood for some retro platforming that will tickle your nostalgia bone, Sound Shapes is the way to go. If you already own the game on PS3 or Vita, it's free on your PlayStation 4!
Final Score: 8/10
Game Category: Puzzle
See our preview of Sound Shapes.
Doki-Doki Universe is not really a game, per se, with a better description being a “personality simulation”. You'll take actual personality tests, learn the true meanings behind emotions and come to grips with who you are as an individual in the course of this ten hour adventure. The game revolves around helping alien inhabitants with tasks, mostly involving giving them a certain item they would like, and taking personality tests comprised of seemingly random questions that accurately predict who you are as a person. The game isn't for everyone, and the vocal crowd who only wants shiny new graphics on their PlayStation 4 will most likely pass on it, but give Doki-Doki Universe a shot and you'll find something truly unique and unlike anything else on the console. It's unique experiences like this that make the PlayStation 4 an interesting system, even if it does get monotonous near the end.
Final Score: 7/10
See our preview of Doki-Doki Universe.
Another game ported from the Vita, Escape Plan takes the touch-based controls found in the Vita version and shoehorns them onto the DualShock 4's buttons for the PlayStation 4 release. Most of the time, the game controls fine but there are some instances where the end result is not quite up to the standard of excellence found in other games. As for the game itself, it's a decent puzzle game that fills a gap in the PlayStation 4's library and is a free download if you already own the Vita version of the game. If you have a Vita and have not played Escape Plan, experience it there first but if you've only got a PlayStation 4, the game is still worth playing.
Final Score: 7/10
See our preview of Escape Plan.
Pinball Arcade is a collection of real-life tables recreated in digital form, perfect for those pinball wizards who are looking to relive the tables of their youth. Like Zen Pinball 2, Pinball Arcade is a stunner of a game, displaying in 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second. Also like Zen Pinball 2, you'll receive one free table with the game with the option to purchase additional tables based on properties such as Star Trek and Twilight Zone. The game plays great and ultimately, which pinball game you purchase extra tables for boils down to what you're looking for: brand new tables or to relive the classics.
Final Score: 8/10
See our preview of Pinball Arcade.
Backgammon Blitz is exactly what it sounds like: a backgammon game. Two modes of play are present: classic backgammon, which plays exactly like you'd expect it to, and Blitz mode, which adds power-ups and other features to modernize the game. The graphics are crisp and sharp but do nothing to demonstrate the power of the PS4: it is a board game, after all. Those with smaller televisions may have trouble making out what's on the screen due to the size of the board. If you're a backgammon fan and hankering for your fix, the game is a decent pickup especially with the new Blitz mode. If you've never played the game before in your life, this game probably won't make you a convert. It's an above average rendition of Backgammon but nothing more, nothing less.
Final Score: 6/10
Game Category: Board Games
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 1/15/2014