Invisible Inc Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Invisible Inc RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network After a Year's Worth of Free Games... Was PS Plus Worth It? https://www.gameskinny.com/zaxlh/after-a-years-worth-of-free-games-was-ps-plus-worth-it https://www.gameskinny.com/zaxlh/after-a-years-worth-of-free-games-was-ps-plus-worth-it Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Caio Sampaio

PlayStation Plus allows its users to receive automatic game updates, uploads/downloads of saved games from the cloud and discounts of up to 75% off on the PlayStation store. The most important aspect of the membership; however, is that it comes with free games.

Players receive six free titles each month with no charge, but these games vary in regards to genre and quality. With this said, as 2016 ends, we look back at the productions Sony gave away to those who paid $59.99 for the 12 month subscription and answer a question.

Was PS Plus worth it?

A carefully designed service:

Above we see the average score on Metacritic of the six games given away each month.

The first conclusion we can trace by analyzing the data provided above is that Sony puts a lot of thought into choosing the games it distributes for free. We can make this statement by looking at the average metascore of each month.

The highest month was June, with a score of 79.8/100, with the lowest period being May with 70.3. This displays an oscillation of only 9.5 points in the average metascore from the lowest month, to the highest.

This shows that the service Sony offers, through its PlayStation Plus membership, is consistent, as the quality of the games offered does not vary significantly as a whole throughout the year.

This consistency allows subscribers to know what the future holds and this certainty is one the most important factors in any long-term subscription and Sony got this covered.

Keeping an eye on other systems:

In order to judge whether PlayStation Plus was worth it in 2016, we cannot ignore the fact that each month, two games were distributed for the PlayStation 3 console and a pair of others for the Vita handheld device, meaning that in order to use PlayStation Plus to its fullest, you must own these three systems.

If you sold your PlayStation 3, in order to buy the fourth generation of the console and do not own a Vita, purchasing a subscription of PlayStation Plus may sound as a bad deal, but that may not be the case.

It is all about cost/benefit:

The biggest mistake people make when signing up for PlayStation Plus is believing they will get to play the best AAA titles for free. This is not the case most of the times, but this is not something negative.

During 2016, PS Plus offered a myriad of indie games across the three systems, which you probably would not even play if Sony had not given them away.

It is normal to be concerned about the quality of a product given for "free", but some of these hidden jewels even had similar metascores to AAA titles, around the 70-80 range. They can provide you with quality entertainment, if you give them a chance.

That is not to say, however, that you must enjoy every production from PlayStation Plus, but considering that the yearly subscription costs $59 and you get 72 games for free throughout the year, even if you only play 6 of these games, that would mean you paid approximately 10 dollars per game.

Given the numbers, it makes financial sense to subscribe to PlayStation Plus, as it gives a positive cost/benefit ratio, as long as the player is willing to explore the unknown titles that come with the subscription.

Expecting to only play the top AAA games for free via PS Plus is not a realistic scenario and it is one that will lead to the frustration of the user, but if you keep your expectation in check and know what you are signing up for, this service will be worth it down the road. 

Conclusion:

In 2016, PlayStation Plus offered to players a stable service, giving away games of similar quality each month, thus ensuring players could trust the service.

Despite offering more indie games than AAA titles, many independent productions received similar acclaim from critics, as seen in their metascores.

Moreover, getting 72 games for $59.99 is one of the best cost/benefit ratios this industry has to offer, even if you only play 6 of the 72 productions available at the end of the year.

The only drawback is that if you only own a single system from Sony, you will only be able to play 1/3 of the content you paid for, but even in this scenario, the numbers are encouraging, as you would be able to play 24 games for 59.99 dollars.

With this said, if you have your expectations in check and are not hoping to get only AAA titles and you own more than one gaming system from Sony, then PlayStation Plus was definitely worth it for you in 2016 and probably will continue to be in the years to come.

In case you are curious to know the lineup of free games of 2016, check the list below, as well as their metascores in brackets.

PS Plus Releases for December: 
  • Invisible, Inc.: PS4 (82)
  • Stories: Path of Destinies: PS4 (73)
  • Hyper Void: PS3 (70)
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops: PS3 (Cross buy on PS4 and Vita) (60)
  • Color Guardians: PS Vita (Cross buy on PS4) (62)
  • VVVVVV: PS Vita (81)

Average metascore of the month: 71.3

PS Plus Releases for November:
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture: PS4 (78)
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters: PS4 (72)
  • Dirt 3: PS3 (86)
  • Costume Quest 2: PS3 (74)
  • Letter Quest Remastered: PS Vita (Cross buy with PS4) (73)
  • Pumped BMX+: PS Vita (Cross buy with PS4 and PS3) (56)

Average metascore of the month: 73.1

PS Plus Releases for October:
  • Resident Evil: PS4 (83)
  • Transformers: Devastation: PS4 (77)
  • Mad Riders: PS3 (71)
  • From Dust: PS3 (81)
  • Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~: PS Vita (86)
  • Actual Sunlight: PS Vita (75)

Average metascore of the month: 78.8

PS Plus Releases for September:
  • Lords of the Fallen: PS4 (68)
  • Journey: PS4, PS3 (92)
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands: PS3 (75)
  • Datura: PS3 (57)
  • Badland: PS Vita, PS4, PS3 (76)
  • Amnesia: Memories: PS Vita (72)

Average metascore of the month: 73.3

PS Plus Releases for August:
  • Tricky Towers: PS4 (72)
  • Rebel Galaxy: PS4  (64)
  • Yakuza 5: PS3 (83)
  • Retro/Grade: PS3 (78)
  • Patapon 3: PS Vita (74)
  • Ultratron: PS Vita, PS3, PS4 (74)

Average metascore of the month: 74.1

PS Plus Releases for July:
  • Furi: PS4 (77)
  • Saints Row: Gat out of Hell: PS4  (64)
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood: PS3 (78)
  • Fat Princess: PS3 (79)
  • Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines: PS Vita (78)
  • Prince of Persia: Revelation: PS Vita (65)

Average metascore of the month: 73.5

PS Plus Releases for June: 
  • NBA 2K16: PS4 (87)
  • Gone Home: Console Edition: PS4 (85)
  • Echochrome: PS3 (81)
  • Siren: Blood Curse Episodes 1-12: PS3 (78)
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus: PS Vita (91)
  • Little Deviants: PS Vita (57)

Average metascore of the month: 79.8

PS Plus Releases for May: 
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2: PS3 (63)
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta: PS Vita (86)
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho!: PS3 (72)
  • Switch Galaxy Ultra: PS4, PS Vita (70)
  • Table Top Racing: World Tour: PS4 (55)
  • Tropico 5: PS4 (76)

Average metascore of the month: 70.3

PS Plus Releases for April:
  • A Virus Named Tom: PS Vita  (65)
  • Dead Star: PS4 (70)
  • I Am Alive: PS3 (75)
  • Savage Moon: PS3 (73)
  • Shutshimi: PS Vita (82)
  • Zombi: PS4 (71)

Average metascore of the month: 72.6

PS Plus Releases for March:
  • Broforce: PS4 (68)
  • Flame Over: PS Vita (69)
  • Galak-Z: PS4 (82)
  • The Last Guy: PS3 (77)
  • Reality Fighters: PS Vita (54)
  • Super Stardust HD: PS3 (85)

Average metascore of the month: 72.5

PS Plus Releases for February:
  • Grid Autosport: PS3 (78)
  • Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back: PS4, PS3, PS Vita (81)
  • Lemmings Touch: PS Vita (63)
  • Nom Nom Galaxy: PS4 (70)
  • Nova-111: PS Vita (73)
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: PS3 (84)

Average metascore of the month: 74.8

PS Plus Releases for January:
  • Dragon Age: Origins: PS3 (87)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered: PS4, PS Vita (80)
  • Hardware: Rivals: PS4 (56)
  • Legends of War Patton: PS Vita (79)
  • Medal of Honor Warfighter: PS3 (55)
  • Nihilumbra: PS Vita (73)

Average metascore of the month: 71.6 

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6 Cyberpunk Games to Play before Deus Ex: Mankind Divided https://www.gameskinny.com/1as0p/6-cyberpunk-games-to-play-before-deus-ex-mankind-divided https://www.gameskinny.com/1as0p/6-cyberpunk-games-to-play-before-deus-ex-mankind-divided Sun, 21 Aug 2016 06:08:09 -0400 Richard Sherry

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Any and all of these games should get you right back into the swing of cyberpunk gaming, just in time for Mankind Divided, which you can pick up on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows this Tuesday 23rd!

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What are your favorite cyberpunk games? Let us know what we missed in the comments below!

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Shadowrun Returns: https://lh5.ggpht.com/3L-tgJFjoskBjpYoNMUFNcAtkmzU9PkRxciixiXMeuLvwMCJu_5lieMV85S1Tdb-sA=h900

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System Shock 2: http://media.moddb.com/images/downloads/1/54/53677/System-Shock-2.jpg 

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System Shock 2
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The precursors to BioShock, System Shock and System Shock 2 took to outer space to deliver an intriguing story involving malicious AIs, corrupt oligarchic rulers and corporations covering up illegal activities.

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Whilst System Shock is an award-winning classic in its own right, it’s System Shock 2 that epitomizes cyberpunk themes and solidified SHODAN as a cult favorite villain to this day. It has one of the better narratives in the medium and nails the atmosphere and immersion of a creepy infested spaceship.

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A first-person action-RPG with intelligent use of horror, System Shock 2 is often praised for having been ahead of its time and having huge influence over the FPS genre. Combining RPG-like classes, abilities and skill upgrades with tight first-person gunplay, System Shock 2 still holds up as a great game today.

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The game was first released in 1999 but is still available today via Steam on PC.

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Invisible Inc.
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Invisible Inc. (we see what you did there, and we like it) is a turn-based, tactical stealth game that follows a clandestine spy agency as it works to take down mega-corporations through covert missions.

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The player must guide their agents through hostile territory, remaining hidden from guards and cameras and collecting resources and intel with which to complete their overarching goals. Beware, though: if an agent dies whilst on assignment, they’re lost for good unless an ally can rescue them.

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You can expect a single playthrough of the campaign to last around 6 hours, but with its randomly generated maps and insane difficulty levels there’s plenty of replayability and continuous fun to be had. As you progress, you’ll unlock new agents and face new challenges that can drastically change the way you need to approach levels.

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Invisible Inc. boasts a colorful cartoonish art style and provides a suitably tough challenge for even the greatest tacticians.

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The game is available to download on PC and PlayStation 4.

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Rez (HD)
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The original Rez came to PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast in 2001. Rez HD is a remaster of the original -- and is much easier and cheaper to pick up today.

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Rez is not your standard cyberpunk fare. Perhaps one of the first ‘games as art’ and also one of the first music games, Rez has a one-of-a-kind style that has been emulated but not equalled since. It’s an on-rails shooter that creates sound effects and manipulates the music based on the player’s actions; it really has to be experienced rather than explained.

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So what, I hear you cry, is cyberpunk about any of that?

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Apart from some of its weird and wonderful psychedelic designs, it’s Rez’s story that makes it a cyberpunk game. Playing as an avatar of a hacker, the player’s goal is to revive an advanced AI system called Eden which controls a huge computer network of information named Project-K. Under the pressure of too much information and knowledge, Eden has tried to shut itself down after having something of an AI identity crisis.

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Whilst the narrative often takes a backseat to the distinctive mix of gameplay and sound, this is a remarkably noteworthy game and a welcome innovation to more generic cyberpunk ideas.

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The game also spawned a sequel, Child of Eden, which came to Xbox Kinect in 2011, and Rez Infinite is expected to come to PlayStation VR this October.

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Remember Me
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Remember Me was the first game from Dontnod Entertainment; the company that would go on to create Life Is Strange. Released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2013, this futuristic romp through "Neo-Paris" has an engaging and unsettling story involving memory wiping and corporate domination through the controlling of peoples’ memories.

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Playing as Nilin, a “memory hunter”, gamers ally themselves with an underground resistance fighting against the corrupt stranglehold of a huge corporation named Memorize. It’s a quintessential cyberpunk story of sci-fi technology and oppressed society, and whilst it is far from perfect it’s an ambitious and entertaining experience.

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Unfortunately the general gameplay is a little lackluster. Made up of light platforming and Arkham-style combat, it is generally quite clunky and repetitive, balanced somewhat by innovative “memory remix” segments whereby Nilin can actively change a person’s memories to her advantage.

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Remember Me isn’t the most innovative nor the most polished game on this list, but it earns its place for weaving an interesting cyberpunk tale.

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Transistor
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Transistor is a stunningly beautiful isometric action-RPG from Supergiant Games, the guys behind the equally awesome Bastion. The game follows a singer named Red as she ventures to reclaim her stolen voice with the help of a giant spirit-infused sword -- the titular Transistor.

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Featuring an evil robotic army called the Process and shady figures pulling strings for nefarious gains, Transistor is full of cyberpunk themes. This is combined with atmospheric architecture, cavernous concert halls, entrancing music and sublime hand-drawn artwork.

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It’s a relatively short game, but that time is unforgettable for its balance of deep gameplay and intriguing cyberpunk story.

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You can pick up Transistor on PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS!

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Shadowrun Returns
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Shadowrun Returns is an isometric, turn-based tactical RPG. Based on the popular tabletop game published by Harebrained Schemes. It takes place in a cyberpunk re-imagining of Seattle in a near-but-troubled future. The setup is something of a sci-fi murder mystery but the story soon becomes embroiled in conspiracy, cultism and cyber warfare (there’s even a Matrix).

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Like many games on this list, Shadowrun Returns puts a twist on the standard cyberpunk tropes. In this case, this comes through an ingenious merging of fantasy and sci-fi, bringing elves, orcs and trolls into a futuristic but run-down ghetto version of Seattle.

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This is all realized through massively detailed backdrops that, whilst limited to linear paths, are a joy to traverse.

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You can expect to spend a lot of time in turn-based combat, expending Action Points to move characters, and to perform attacks and an impressive variety of skills.

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An excellent expansion pack titled Shadowrun: Dragonfall is also worth playing if you enjoy the main game, and it’s all available on PC, Android and iOS.

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The cyberpunk genre works extremely well as a premise for video games. Setting up interesting worlds with great technological advancements and societal volatility, cyberpunk games can deliver sci-fi gameplay variety and deep, intricate narratives.

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The Deus Ex series is one of the greats when it comes to cyberpunk video games. With the hugely anticipated Deus Ex: Mankind Divided coming on Tuesday, we’ve compiled a list of 6 suggestions of cyberpunk games to get you in the mood over the weekend.

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Note that this list will NOT include other Deus Ex games, but it’s highly recommended that you play both the original Deus Ex and 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution; two highlights of not just cyberpunk but the whole wonderful medium that is video gaming.

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With that said, read on for lots of cyberpunk goodness!

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Invisible, Inc is the Stealth Game You Never Knew You Wanted https://www.gameskinny.com/t0yyd/invisible-inc-is-the-stealth-game-you-never-knew-you-wanted https://www.gameskinny.com/t0yyd/invisible-inc-is-the-stealth-game-you-never-knew-you-wanted Tue, 12 May 2015 23:30:01 -0400 Farrel Nobel

It was just another day at home when I was browsing Steam and found an interesting title. Invisible, Inc. A turn-based stealth game from the makers of Mark of the Ninja, one of my favorite stealth games. 

Just to be clear, this isn't a review. Rather, it's an overview of Klei Enterteinment's latest game. 

Invisible, Inc follows in the footsteps of its stealth predecessors and expands upon the gameplay of Mark of the Ninja by including a turn-based strategy system. The levels of the game are randomly generated making sure that each level is never the same as the one before. Although I think many fans of their previous games would've preferred the same 2D side-scrolling type of gameplay, this isometric top-down view of Invisible, Inc brings something new and fresh to the table. 

The top-down view that the game uses is akin to tactics games like Disgaea or Diablo but they've never been incorporated with stealth as the main focus.

You control a group of agents each with different play styles. There are many agents that you can select and this means that each playthrough or each stage is different as you strategize with different types of agents, items etc. 

At this point, I can't really say much because I haven't played it. But to sum it all up, Invisible, Inc is a turn-based strategy game with a gorgeous comic art-style and randomly generated levels. Based on what I've seen from the previous titles from Klei Entertainment, I'd say this one is worth looking up. 

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Invisible, Inc. Taken Off Early Access; Will Reappear for Official Release https://www.gameskinny.com/q9ysk/invisible-inc-taken-off-early-access-will-reappear-for-official-release https://www.gameskinny.com/q9ysk/invisible-inc-taken-off-early-access-will-reappear-for-official-release Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:54:38 -0400 Thomas M Gumbel

The folks behind Don’t Starve, Klei Entertainment, are officially taking the strategy-stealth game Invisible, Inc. off Steam Early Access.  If you jumped on board anytime in the past 8 months, you can still play; if you didn’t, well, tough. 

Either way, you’ll only have to wait until May 12 for the final version.

Invisible, Inc.’s core mechanics will stay almost entirely the same; Klei vibed early on from consumers that the fundamentals were working from the get-go.  So what’s going to be all-new in the final version? Just a few highlights:

  • 2 fully-animated cinematics
  • 4 new agents (playable characters)
  • Over 1000 new lines of VO
  • A “massive balance pass” (making sure nothing’s super OP) on all the items and agents
  • Ultimate difficulty mode “Expert Plus”
  • Updated Endless mode
  • Lots of new music
  • A shiny new coat of paint on just about everything (UI, environments, effects, etc.)
  • A “daemonic new enemy” (you know, whatever that means)

On launch, look for Invisible, Inc. on PC/Mac/Linux; available through Steam or DRM-free download on Klei Entertainment’s website.  Stay tuned for a PlayStation 4 release as well; no word on when just yet.

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Don't Starve Dev's New Game Invisible Inc. Set to Launch on May 12; Coming to PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/gm76o/dont-starve-devs-new-game-invisible-inc-set-to-launch-on-may-12-coming-to-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/gm76o/dont-starve-devs-new-game-invisible-inc-set-to-launch-on-may-12-coming-to-ps4 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:33:34 -0400 Amanda Wallace

Klei Entertainment, the folks behind such games as Mark of the Ninja and Don't Starve, have announced the launch date for the full release of their game Invisible Inc. The tactical espionage game is set for PC/Mac/Linux release on May 12, with a future un-dated release set for the PS4 version. 

The game was previously available on Steam Early Access, the third title from Klei to use the open development platform, but you can no longer purchase the title under the Early Access banner. Players who have already purchased the Early Access version can continue to play the in-development build through launch. 

Invisible Inc. is a "tactical espionage" game that allows you to take the form of several different agents as you infiltrate dangerous corporations. 

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