Monday, 25 May 2020

Top 10 PS4 Sports Games


10. Everybody’s Golf 


Everybody’s Golf is truly a sports game that the whole family can enjoy. Although highly accessible, it features deceptively deep golf mechanics. You’ll also get to create your own golfing character from the ground up and explore the open-world golf courses either on foot or in your own little golf cart. That’s right, an open-world golf game! Plenty to keep audiences of all ages entertained. 


9. NBA 2K20


Like many of the most popular mainstream sports games, NBA has a microtransaction problem. But they’re far from essential, and if you can overlook them, you’ve got the strongest recreation of pro basketball out there. The story mode is surprisingly entertaining too, and the learning curve is a satisfyingly slow climb. It’s easy to pick up but takes a long time to master, making it all the more rewarding when you wipe the floor with your mates. 


8. Steep


Steep is an open-world extreme sports video game set in a visually stunning recreation of the Alps that is ridiculously huge. You’ll get to choose how you explore this map from skiing, snowboarding, paragliding and wingsuit flying, with more available in DLC. Scouting new skiing courses by paragliding over sheer snowy slopes is a stunning experience, and the variety of challenge modes give you plenty of ways to spend your time. 


7. EA Sports UFC 3


For fans of UFC, this game is an absolute must-have. If you’re not in the know, UFC is a mixed martial arts fighting game based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Players can either create their very own ultimate fighter or choose from a roster of over 200 real-world athletes. If you’re a fan of traditional fighting games like Tekken and Street Fighter, be prepared for a very different, more realistic experience. 


6. F1 2019


Without a doubt still one of the most grounded and realistic motorsport experiences available right now, the F1 series is a hallmark of excellent racing games. As an annual title, the most current edition is bound to be the best and brightest, but F1 2019 deserves attention for being the first to include F2 racing in the mix. If you’re a die-hard racing fan and wacky kart racers just won’t cut it - you’re going to love F1.


5. Madden NFL 20


Madden is the iconic American football game, and often the game doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the UK thanks to our own love of football (soccer if you must). But if you’re a sports fan who never played a Madden game, you’re really missing out. Tight controls that are easy to pick up but hard to master and a well-written and entertaining story mode called ‘Face of the Franchise’ make this must-have.


4. DiRT Rally 2.0


One for serious driving devotees, DiRT Rally is one of the best rally racing games on the market right now, without a doubt. Like other serious racing games, a focus on gameplay and controls have made it an incredibly polished experience - it both looks and feels great to play. Although it is pretty difficult to master, it makes the payoff from finally beating that record time all the sweeter. 


3. Gran Turismo Sport


Having always been one of the more serious racing franchises, Gran Turismo more than makes up for a lack of silly fun in simple perfectionism. The graphics are beautiful and the controls are responsive and tight. The online features are fantastic, bringing a new dimension to the series, and a new place to show off your mastery behind the wheel. Truly one of the most polished racing games available. 


2. Fifa 20


Fifa is the pedigree of football (soccer, fine) games and offers by far the most high-quality footie experience in gaming. The online experience has always been a highly competitive area of esports, and the career mode is more detailed than ever. Create your own manager, respond to the media before each game, talk to your players and even foster talent - there’s endless replay value, even for those familiar with the franchise. 


1. Rocket League


In a swarm of games grounded in realism and featuring real-world sports leagues, it’s hard not to love something that doesn’t take itself seriously. Rocket League is an original take on a sports game that is most easily described as 3v3 soccer in rocket-powered cars. It’s fast-paced, it’s insane, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as flipping your car to score a winning goal. Grab some mates, you’re going to be spending a lot of time here.



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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Top 10 PS4 Hidden Gems


10. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered


If it passed you by completely the first time around, now is the perfect opportunity to try out Valkyria Chronicles. It’s an ingenious combination of turn-based strategy games and action shooters. Allowing you to make tactical army-wide choices that control the units on your team, but also get stuck into the action, lining up headshots in third-person shooter mode. With gorgeous anime-style graphics and a gripping story to boot, this has always been a treasure. 


9. Dragon Quest Builders


Familiar with the world of the Dragon Quest series? Well, it’s been steamrolled - and it’s up to you to reconstruct it again with stuff you find on your adventures. This series has never had the western acclaim it deserves against bigger AAA titles, but their perfect sidestep into a Minecraft-style builder is so well done you’d think they’d been making this kind of game for years. Gorgeous, loveable, and something to sink a hundred hours into. 


8. Rise of the Tomb Raider


The first in the series of the modern Tomb Raider revamp got a lot of attention - but as the series went on, the buzz subsided. That’s an awful shame because this could be the best of the lot. Strong villains, immersive story, challenging tombs, this game has it all - and it’s satisfying to play as a Lara that has really caught her stride as a confident action hero. 


7. Overcooked


It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t played Overcooked quite how ingenious it is. Maybe it’s the capacity for hatred of tiny cute chefs it unlocks in you, or maybe it’s the way it inspires you to tell your friends how disgustingly wrong they are about the most speed-efficient way to assemble a pizza. Either way, you’re missing out if you don’t have this on your shelf when your friends come over. 


6. Mad Max


Like James Cameron’s Avatar, despite having relative financial and critical success Mad Max the Game vanished from popular culture as quickly as it came. Many know of it, somehow few have played it. A huge shame, because there is no greater way to immerse yourself in the crazy, feral, punk vehicle world of the Mad Max movie series. The maps, the graphics and the combat - all fantastically executed and worthy of putting this game on your bucket list. 


5. Ni No Kuni


I’ll concede that JRPGs are a niche genre for a reason - they’re not for everyone. But Ni No Kuni leaves behind all the old tropes that hold them back. It’s got fundamentally simple yet enjoyably deep RPG mechanics, great story and voice acting, adorable characters that you genuinely care for, and a graphical style that is lifted straight from the cutest Studio Ghibli movie. What’s not to adore? 


4. The Last Guardian


What’s so special about this fantasy action-adventure game is the relationship between the protagonist, and your big feathered monster companion Trico. I would literally die for Trico, and the time you spend with him finding your way through the beautifully told story of this game is something you’ll never forget. The Last Guardian shares a director with Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, so the same melancholy and isolation might feel familiar.


3. Gravity Rush 2


Gravity Rush is as cathartic as it is beautiful. The key mechanic that makes the game so wonderful is the lead protagonist Kat and her ability to control gravity. Little is more fun than chucking yourself off a building using your control over gravity to fall in the direction you want - like flying, but more dangerously. There’s nothing else quite like it, and the great story and characters are the icing on the cake. 


2. The Evil Within


Many ‘horror’ games fall into the mid-range Resident Evil trap of leaning more into the action and forgetting the terror that made them so great. The Evil Within has a punishing difficulty curve, creating some tense moments that truly scared me. Fighting through the panic and overcoming the difficulty pays off with satisfying gameplay that is great at keeping you hooked. Until suddenly you realise it’s 2am and you’re playing from behind the sofa. 


1. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun


Everyone’s got a stealth mechanic in their game these days, but it’s always kind of optional. Shadow Tactics brings real stealth back to the playing field. It’ll be frustrating to figure out the perfect way to execute your assassinations - but when you do, it’s oh so satisfying. Throw in a great story, sympathetic fleshed-out protagonists and a gorgeous art style and you’ve got a real treasure of a game. 



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Monday, 18 May 2020

Love sailing? Join the CeX eSailing Challenge!


Are you into sailing? 

Then check out our eSailing competition in collaboration with Virtual Regatta. Be in with a chance to win loads of CeX vouchers!


Entries deadline: 21/05/2020, 18:00 (GMT+1) 


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Love sailing? Join the CeX eSailing Challenge!


Are you into sailing? 

Then check out our eSailing competition in collaboration with Virtual Regatta. Be in with a chance to win loads of CeX vouchers!


Entries deadline: 21/05/2020, 18:00 (GMT+1) 


Live Streams on YouTube & Facebook 


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