Summer Sale: the TT community top picks!

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Welcome to the first-ever community sales pick. Last week we had some picks for you, and as the Summer Sale is still ongoing on the PlayStation Store, now it is time for yours! Let's dive in.

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There are three places to have a look at this sale. The first is on TT in our sale recap piece. There you can click through to trophy lists and see the percentage of the discount available. The PlayStation Blog has a piece up and you can obviously head to the PlayStation Store as well. But enough of that business! Here are the games that you picked out!

Bloodborne


PLATINBLAZE: GTA V, Bloodborne, and Dark Souls Remastered, but won't buy any... just my top 3!
This huge PS4 exclusive was our pick from PLATINBLAZE's little bundle. The FromSoft game is now a classic, with rave reviews from many Soulslike fans, including Editor Luke from TT. The game has an ominous gothic environment with lore for days. Huge bosses and intricate enemies have adjusted to a snappier combat system than Bloodborne's Dark Souls brethren. It is also included in the PS5 PlayStation Games Collection which is accessible for free, so there is no longer any excuse for not having played it!
Bloodborne™

Bloodborne™

Hunt your nightmares as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.


-A Terrifying New World: Journey to a horror-filled gothic city where deranged mobs and nightmarish creatures lurk around every corner.
-Strategic Action Combat: Armed with a unique arsenal of weaponry, including guns and saw cleavers, you'll need wits, strategy and reflexes to take down the agile and intelligent enemies that guard the city's dark secrets.
-A New Generation of Action RPG: Stunningly detailed gothic environments, atmospheric lighting, and advanced new online experiences showcase the power and prowess of the PlayStation(R)4 system.
-Ever-changing Chalice Dungeons to Explore: Use holy chalices to gain entrance to a network of vast underground ruins, filled with traps, beasts, and rewards, to explore and conquer alone or with others. These procedurally generated dungeons offer brand new challenges to master, and can be uploaded or shared with friends.


CRITICAL PRAISE FOR BLOODBORNE:
-“A macabre masterpiece.” 9.75/10 – Game Informer
-'Intelligent and intense, it's simply PS4’s best exclusive game.' 4.5 / 5 - GamesRadar+
-“Gripping” 9.6/10 - GameTrailers
-'...damn satisfying' 9/10 – Destructoid
-'PlayStation 4 finally has its killer app.” 9/10 - National Post (CDN)
-'enthralling, exhausting and utterly exhilarating' - IGN
-'easily the best PS4 exclusive title yet.” 9/10 - Escapist Magazine
-“...an amazing experience” 10/10 - Gaming Age




Port Royale 4


KGI_KlikoNL: Port Royale 4
KGI_KlikiNL has plumped for Caribbean economy trade simulator and colony builder Port Royale 4. Sunny landscapes and deep simulation elements are the highlights of the game, according to reviews. There are some really deep simulation elements, with huge tutorials that you need to embed yourself into the world of 17th century West Indies life. However, that steep learning curve might put off newcomers to the franchise. Seems like one for a very particular kind of audience, so let of know if this is your kind of rum!
Port Royale 4

Port Royale 4

Set sail and join the colonial powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands in their fight for supremacy of the Caribbean in the 17th century. In ‘Port Royale 4’ you will take control of a colony as a young and ambitious governor who is eager to learn what it takes to manage and grow his small settlement into a bustling trader city.

Features:
- Choose from four colonial powerhouses: France, Spain and the Netherlands, each providing different benefits and unique gameplay style.

- Appoint a leader for your adventure from four different character classes: the Explorer, the Merchant, the Buccaneer and the Pirate – each providing their own advantages and disadvantages.

- Take on four extensive single player campaigns following each nation on their path to supremacy.

- Establish and manage trade with 60 Caribbean cities in a huge 3D game world. Steer clear of cliffs, shallow waters and stormy weather regions to optimize your trade routes.

- Select from 50 buildings, including 25 production sites, to produce goods like rum or luxuries.

- Construct town buildings with neighborhood effects to optimize productivity and manage the overall happiness of your citizens.

- 18 historically authentic ship types from the late 16th and 17th centuries

- Engage in tactical, turn-based naval battles with powerful captains.

- Licenses, building permits, new buildings and ships can be unlocked by growing your reputation within your nation.



Metro Exodus


Solace Creed: Metro Exodus and Hitman 3 are amazing games for people who haven't played then yet.
SolaceCreed has gone for two fantastic titles from the sale, but Metro Exodus took the highlighted spot for its recent PS5 upgrade. The Russian novels were first adapted into Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light, but now we are onto the third entry. Exodus expands on the horror FPS' world by getting just a little bit bigger. Removed from exclusively being about the tunnels under Moscow, this take on the franchise has a little extra pizzazz. The PS5 upgrades like the haptics and ray-tracing are not only aesthetic, we've heard that it brings new life to the game. When nighttime or metro tunnel darkness is actually black and every light beam matters, it makes the experience a lot scarier. A great pick.
Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created.

Flee the shattered ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in the greatest Metro adventure yet.

Explore the Russian wilderness in vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter.



Back in 1995


Heazie-Man: Scheming Through the Zombie Apocalypse: The Beginning, Heroes Trials, Avatar: Full Game Bundle (Donut Break, Head To Head), Dog Duty, and Back In 1995.
With an abundance of games to pick from thanks to Heazie_Man, we have gone for Back in 1995. The little indie game is on PS4 and Vita and is on sale for a tiny little price. You must find out the mystery behind your daughter's disappearance in this love letter to the Sega Saturn and the PS1 days. Supposedly a bit chilling and a bit freaky, this should be a nice pick up for those of you wanting something a little bit different from your sales picks!
Back in 1995

Back in 1995

A throwback to the survival horror and mystery games of the mid-90's 32-bit generation, Back in 1995 faithfully re-creates everything from this all-but-forgotten era of games.

Be transported to a world both concrete and indistinct, where you must uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of your daughter, the catastrophe that shook the city, and why you’ve decided to finally return.


Features:
* Get lost in the nostalgic world of retro 3D graphics, including low-res models, texture warping, CRT emulation, and fixed CCTV style camera angles.
* Relive the mystery game genre with an old-school user interface and tank controls.
* Explore a sparse cityscape in the year 1995, littered with clues about the past.
* Interact with a cast of damaged characters whose intentions you can never truly know.
* Uncover the mystery of yourself, your daughter, and what happened to the city.

This Cross-Buy product entitles you to download both PS4™ and PS Vita versions.

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What do you think of this selection? Will you be nabbing any? Let us know in the comments, and see you there!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like Horizon, The Last of Us, God of War, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of playing PlayStation games. He also covers PS Plus and trophy news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and some indie gems — before an evening swim.
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