5 Hidden Gems on the PS4

Hidden Gem is a word used to describe games that easily fall under the radar due to the fact that smaller studios can’t heavily push marketing for them. These games are generally unique experiences and are sold for less than the normal $60 USD price tag. This means that these games can be short 4-5 hour experiences or games with 100’s of hours of content for a reduced price. Even better-hidden gems generally already have a fan base behind them that can tell you everything you need to know about the game. Keep on reading to find out some new favorites to try out, you would be surprised what types of games go unnoticed in the public eye!

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has been a complete smash hit with PC gamers since its debut. The charming farm simulation game is similar to the Harvest Moon franchise in play style but offers more options in- game. This means that you can literally sink days into Stardew Valley and still find something new to do. Of course, a lot of people adore this type of series for its otome dating elements and the thought of building your own virtual family. For others, it may be the simulation aspect of running your own business. No matter what Stardew Valley contains a little something for everyone.

Let’s move on to what all there is to do in the game, shall we? This game, of course, features a farming aspect where you will have to plant crops in the proper season and remember to water them. This goes the same way for the animals you can buy and raise. Of course, to do this you will have to make money to build barns to the keep animals in. If you don’t like the idea of farming to much don’t worry you can jump into the mines. The mines will have you battling monsters while mining for rare rocks to sell at high prices. In order to progress through the depths, you will have to find better equipment to take down higher leveled enemies. There is also a foraging and fishing aspect you can go for or if that bores you just spend time socializing to build your relationship with other town residents.

Yooka Laylee

Remember the popular N64 series banjo Kazooie? This game was initially a Kickstarter that was created by the people behind Rare who left after the Microsoft takeover. Yooka Laylee brings in a duo of a lizard (Yooka) and bat(Laylee) who platform their way across multiple worlds. The game takes several cues as a spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie making its playstyle of for both extremely identical.

The gameplay will have you platforming to solve multiple puzzles throughout the five worlds. You will collect coins to play retro style games in designated areas and learn new moves from Trowzer to reach greater heights in each world. Your initial mission is to collect paiges to open up new levels or expand the ones you are already playing in. This game features huge amounts of collecting making it a wonderland for anyone loves to fully complete games. The characters are also comical making them wonderful to deal with as you encounter them in each world. To top it all off, transformations are back meaning you can turn Yooka and Laylee into all type of fun machines to solve puzzles with.

Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares is a horror based platforming adventure. It uses a unique artistic style that gives life the ship the game takes place on. This game seems to draw a lot of inspiration from Japanese bath houses and food. The cinematography is top notch causing a lot of interesting looking scenes to unfold while you are playing. The story also contains no words meaning it is told entirely through the actions of the characters.

The story goes somewhat like this, you wake up on a boat called the Maw confused and starving. You make your way through this terrifying boat to try to find an escape point. As you go you see unspeakable horrors while scavenging to find your next meal. You will be chased by monsters and have to climb to great heights in order to survive the horrors. The game even features a few boss fights that are incredibly fun to go through.

The Town of Light

This is a newer release on PS4 focusing on suspense horror. This game is all about creating great ambiance and tension with every second of gameplay. It has slight puzzle solving elements driven by an interesting narrative for the player to fully uncover. The game also features choice making situations that will influence what information will be revealed to you during your playthrough.

The game takes place from the perspective of a girl named Renee who you guide through a crumbling mental asylum. In the game, Renee sets out to uncover her lost memories of what happened to her during her time there. The movement is slow and the game steers away from using jump scares or anything of the like. Instead, the horror is all atmospheric using the real world treatment of a mental patient to send you into a zone of uncomfortability.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Yonder is a brand new game that is set in an open world. The point of the game is to gather magical creatures that have the power to banish an enemy force known as the Murk. The game also features 8 distinct biomes for the player to explore. This game was invented after developers played games like Harvest Moon, Zelda, and Skyrim. The game has taken from each of the series that inspired it making it an interesting experience.

The gameplay of Yonder features many different experiences for the player. You can build relationships with the towns folk or go fishing. The game even gives the ability to build your own farm to sustain yourself on. If you get tired of that though all you have to do is go looking for sprites to help unlock even more of the island for you to explore. While combat isn’t really a thing in the game it makes up for it by having fun quests that you can obtain from villagers. All in all, this is a charming open world exploration game that can be picked up for half the price of a triple A title.

Jessica has been working with the gaming industry for about two years now. She enjoys playing quirky Japanese games and learning about the newest trivia in the industry. When not working with games you may find her chilling with her naked cat Prince Noko... he's pretty cool we guess.
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