LocoRoco Remastered, Strafe, NBA Playgrounds, more added to PS Store

It’s another throwback day for the PlayStation Store as several classic games receive re-releases on new platforms and long-forgotten genres get another chance with the gaming public.

First up is LocoRoco Remastered, a PS4 re-release of a quirky puzzle platformer originally released for the PSP. Players will need to tilt LocoRoco’s world of “blowing flowers, lively creatures, and pastel scenery” to fight back against a group of evil outer space creatures.

Also available to download this week is Strafe, a retro-styled first person shooter for the PS4 that includes procedurally-generated levels and tons of gore. And speaking of retro style, Saber Interactive has brought back the arcade antics of the NBA Jam franchise in NBA Playgrounds, which also launched yesterday for the PS4.

Fans of the Harvest Moon series will be pleased to learn that Yasuhiro Wada is back with another life simulation, Birthdays the Beginning. It’s launching on the PS4 alongside Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland, which was originally released for the PS2 in 2001. Resident Evil: Code Veronica X was also added to the PS2-On-PS4 section of the PlayStation Store yesterday.

You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break.

PS4 Games

The King of Fighters ’95
The King of Fighters ’95 is a fighting game released by SNK in 1995. In addition to fan-favorite fighters from Fatal Fury and the Art of Fighting, Yagamian joins the battle as the rival of main character Kyo Kusanagi. (Available May 11)

Birthdays the Beginning
From legendary creator Yasuhiro Wada comes Birthdays the Beginning — a sandbox game where you shape the world and give rise to diverse and unique lifeforms. Experiment as you please and witness the birth of an entire ecosystem!

Blade & Bones
A combat-driven metroidvania experience. Discover a tale long lost in our past. Seven swords need to be found in this world where you will discover ancient secrets and fight with an intense combat system that rewards players for their skills and knowledge.

Bloons TD 5
Five-star tower defense with unrivaled depth and replayability. The Bloons are back and this time they mean business! Build awesome towers, choose your favorite upgrades, hire cool new Special Agents, and pop every last invading Bloon.

Butcher
Butcher is a fast-paced 2D shooter and love letter to the cult classics of the genre. As a cyborg programmed to eradicate the last remnants of humanity, your sole purpose is to annihilate anything that moves.

Demon’s Crystals
Demon’s Crystals is a frenetic twin stick shooter where you guide the Urican demons through countless hazards in order to restore peace to the world. The Urican have always been at the top of the food pyramid, but one day three mysterious beings arrived causing the once peaceful inhabitants of the world to become aggressive and destructive. (Available May 12)

Elliot Quest
Elliot can’t die — but he’s still running out of time. In Elliot Quest, the victim of a rare curse must find a cure before he’s transformed into a demon.

PS2-On-PS4… Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland
Your goal is to successfully save your family’s farm and the surrounding village from being turned into a resort. Constructions begins in a year, so you have your work cut out for you! But don’t worry, if you earn the friendship and trust of the villagers they will be sure to lend a helping hand.

Human: Fall Flat
Human: Fall Flat is a quirky, open-ended physics-based puzzle and exploration game set in floating dreamscapes. Your goal is to escape these surreal dreams by solving puzzles with nothing but your wits and physics.

Last Stitch Goodnight
After surviving a near-death, out-of-body experience, you are kidnapped by a doctor who is experimenting on people who satisfy certain… criteria. Escaping the doctor’s laboratory will require new weapons, new powers, and a strong stomach for facing science gone bad.

Lethal League
Lethal League is a competitive projectile fighting game where you have to hit an anti-gravity ball into the face of your opponent to win. The ball speeds up with every strike, up to explosively extreme velocities. Play locally or battle it out online.

LocoRoco Remastered
The peaceful world of the LocoRoco are under attack by the not-so-nice Moja Corps! These evil outer space creatures have come to take the LocoRoco from their land of blowing flowers, lively creatures, and pastel scenery. You must move the LocoRoco through more than 40 levels of slippery slopes, teetering platforms, and maze-like passages.

Moonshot Galaxy
Moonshot Galaxy is a VR game like no other. Play your way through planetary challenges in exotic branches of the galaxy at your own pace. Designed for comfort, anyone can pick it up and play — though reaching the top of the leaderboards will put your skills to the test.

NBA Playgrounds
Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying two-on-two basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others on your PS4, or take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill.

Polybius
Polybius is the latest trance-shooter from the creators of Tempest 2000 and TxK, Llamasoft.

PS2-On-PS4… Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
Raccoon City was just the beginning. Claire and Chris Redfield’s nightmare continues as the siblings fight to survive against zombies and other monstrosities within Umbrella’s deadly facilities. Explore the mysterious Rockfort Island facility and the freezing Antarctic Base for clues exposing the Umbrella Corporation’s sordid goals and the truth behind the mysterious and unsettling Ashford twins.

Revenant Saga
Become a Revenant and find the truth beyond revenge in this gothic fantasy RPG with stunning 3D battles! After being turned into an immortal being known as a Revenant and learning of the existence of a demon within him, Albert sets out on a journey to make the person who did this to him pay with their very life.

Strafe
Strafe is a roguelike first-person shooter pushing the limits of computer-generated photorealism and hardcore sci-fi action into unimaginable territory.

PS Vita Games

Revenant Saga
Become a Revenant and find the truth beyond revenge in this gothic fantasy RPG with stunning 3D battles! After being turned into an immortal being known as a Revenant and learning of the existence of a demon within him, Albert sets out on a journey to make the person who did this to him pay with their very life.

PS3 Games

Revenant Saga
Become a Revenant and find the truth beyond revenge in this gothic fantasy RPG with stunning 3D battles! After being turned into an immortal being known as a Revenant and learning of the existence of a demon within him, Albert sets out on a journey to make the person who did this to him pay with their very life.

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned’s Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.


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