Secret Ponchos Articles RSS Feed | Secret Ponchos RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Deadly Premonition, Hitman HD Trilogy Free for PlayStation Plus Members Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:39:25 -0500 Brian Spaen

Four more games are added to the known freebies in December for PlayStation owners. What joins Injustice and Secret Ponchos on PS4? A couple of retail PS3 games and a new game on Vita.

Here's the full list of PlayStation titles that will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers in December.

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us -- Ultimate Edition (PS4)
  • Secret Ponchos (PS4)
  • Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3)
  • Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut (PS3)
  • Final Horizon (Vita)
  • Titan Attacks! (PS4/PS3/Vita)

That actually makes it eight free titles if we're breaking down the Hitman HD Trilogy, which includes HD upgrades of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money. The new game in the bunch is Final Horizon, a tower defense game that presents a new take on the genre -- it promises to be quicker.

An interesting addition is Deadly Premonition, a budget survival horror title that turned into a cult hit. Former Destructoid reviewer Jim Sterling famously gave the original a perfect 10 out of 10, but wasn't so keen on the Director's Cut due to the HD upgrade giving it a bad frame rate.

What PS+ titles in December are you most interested in, if any?

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Secret Ponchos Announces New Character: Matador Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:17:06 -0400 Amanda Wallace

Steam Early Access players of Secret Ponchos will now have a chance to play the newest saber-wielding outlaw: the Matador. 

Secret Ponchos is a top-down, twin stick shooter and the Matador has no gun. She is bound to bring a definite change of pace with her speed, distraction and sword. This newest asset drop, known as the "Matador's Moment" will be the introduction for this fabulous character, but will also bring with it several further features. 

These features include a new map, "the Ranch," which is set in the burned out remains of one of the other characters home. In addition there is also now 4v4 Deathmatch (last outlaw standing, no respawn) and Domination modes, which is bound to switch things up as much as a sword wielding matador. 

Secret Ponchos is out now on Steam Early Access, with an unreleased date set for a PS4 launch. With the release of "the Matador's Moment," the game will be 40% off until August 18 and every purchase comes with a free code to give to a friend. 

PAX East 2014: Secret Ponchos Impressions Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:22:27 -0400 Amanda Wallace

Secret Ponchos is an upcoming release by indie studio Switchblade Monkey's. It's an online combat game with a Western aesthetic, inspired by 2D fighting games. At PAX, users participated in a demo of one of the games western-style gang fights, battling a variety of characters across a saloon and a Western street. 

There are five playable characters with a wide variety of weapons styles, all falling into a variety of Western tropes (the kid gunslinger, for example.) For the demo, I played Kid Red, a dynamite throwing, duel pistol wielding class that I was assured was an easy class. 

The art style is slick and distinctive, old school Western with a twist, with bold colors and interesting characters created from a combination of a traditional cowboy aesthetic mixed with Cowboy Bebop-esque sensibilities. 

Battle in Secret Ponchos is fun and fast paced, filled with great moments -- the duel wielding pistol charge towards certain death, for example -- that define the Western genre. Evidently, the inspiration for the game came while two of the games designers played Soul Calibur while listening to Spaghetti Western music, and felt like the two seemingly disparate styles belonged together. 

The fighting game aesthetic comes out in duel-like moments, with ranged attacks and limited melee that strike out across dusty Western towns. The developers feel that the characters attacks are "easy to play and hard to master," with competitiveness and strategy there to add depth to play.

Play happens both online, and with local 2 person splitscreen. Splitscreen seems like a dying feature, so I'm glad to see it here. There's something to be said for playing with a friend on the couch rather than talking through head sets.

Secret Ponchos has a staggered release schedule, with planned Steam Early Access in Summer, a Fall release on the PS4, and then a full PC release sometime after that point. The developers plan to continue adding content as long as the community exists, so there are already several more plans for proposed characters and locations. If you're interested, check out the Secret Ponchos website for more information. 

Five Games to Brighten the PS4's Future Part 3 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:31:45 -0500 Brandon Morgan


2014 will be the year of the PlayStation 4. These five games can attest to that, but what we still have to come will show exactly what the new system can do. The likes of games we have never seen before, the experiences we will share, and the characters we will fall for will only grow as the PS4 gets older and older.


Check out next week for another set of games, and as always let me know if there is something you think I should check out. I’m always looking for new games, especially those that haven’t come out yet. I just love to torment myself with all the info on these titles.


PlanetSide 2:


The free-to-play market is relatively new on the consoles, but thankfully we launched with a couple of titles on the PlayStation 4. We could always use more, however, and Sony Online Entertainment understands this. So we shall see PlanetSide 2 on the next-gen console this year. The first-person shooter will be ported over from the PC to the home console. It seems like the type of game that could make use of a controller rather well; we'll have to see.


PlanetSide 2 is a large-scale MMO featuring massive battles with up to 2000 players per continent. These players will duke it out on foot, in the air, and in land vehicles. The game can be immensely confusing for new players, being thrust into this huge war spanning a massive continent. But once you really get into the gameplay and the factions, PlanetSide 2 is a brilliant shooter promising many, many hours of fun and more than enough grinding to last a long time.


Infamous: Second Son:


Some of you are probably thinking, “How did it take this long to include Infamous: Second Son on these lists?” Easy answer is that everyone knows of the game already, and I’ve been trying to keep the big name ones to a minimum. Unfortunately the fanboy in me could wait no longer; Infamous: Second Son looks brilliant and I cannot wait for the game to hit the PS4. March cannot come soon enough.


Infamous: Second Son will feature a new city, new powers, a new main character, and new moral choices for the player to drive themselves crazy with. Set in Seattle, the player will take on the role of Delsin Rowe, a superhuman with the abilities of smoke. These new powers look brilliant from the gameplay shown off by Sucker Punch so far, and the moral choices have been discussed a bit. Your brother will play a large part in the game and choices affect not only your relationship with him, but also with the entire city.


Basement Crawl:


Bloober Team (quite possibly the best developer name) is hard at work on a maze-based action game with strategy elements called Basement Crawl. Taking inspiration from such classics as Spy vs. Spy and Bomberman, the gameplay will revolve around setting traps to take out other players. There is a large focus on multiplayer here as well, but a single player campaign filled with the infamous AI bots will also be available.


Basement Crawl will support 4 player hot-seat and 8 players online, plus a combination of both. This could be a perfect party game, just like Secret Ponchos, for those drunken weekends with friends or family. Players will have their choice from a selection of 4 available characters, each with their own unique skills to use against each other. This type of game screams DLC, so we will probably see more characters and maps in the future.




When the PS4 launched we received Need for Speed: Rivals, a racing game with less realism than some would hope for. At first we were supposed to receive Driveclub at launch, unfortunately it, along with Watch Dogs, was delayed for further improvement and tweaking. Now we will finally get our hands on Evolution Studios’ upcoming racing game this year.


Driveclub is not trying to gain the title of a racing simulator; instead it plans to be a rival to Grid 2. The game will focus on road racing, instead of off-road racing like Evolution’s previous title MotorStorm. Team racing is the feature that interests me the most so far, allowing players to manage racing teams and use the PlayStation Plus network and PS4’s “Share” features to manage other players. Racing clans are some of the most fun groups to be a part of in the gaming world, in my personal opinion, as the competition is always there but the lighthearted camaraderie is as well.


Secret Ponchos:


I’m not usually into multiplayer-only games, but we, as gamers, need to see more Wild West-era video games. Secret Ponchos promises to take us back in time to that period of the world where gunslingers and sheriffs roamed around on horses, shooting and doling out justice at will. Except in Secret Ponchos the players will take on the role of the outlaws every time.


Secret Ponchos features a top-down perspective, another aspect I am not overly fond of generally, with a focus solely on player versus player combat. The combatants will duel online against other outlaws to gain reputation and notoriety. With five maps, multiple game modes, and multiplayer playable characters, this is more of an arcade game than anything. Indie developer Switchblade Monkeys will bring about an experience that should last for quite some time, as long as you have good friends to play with at least.


2014 is finally here, which means we may start to see an influx in new games coming to the PlayStation 4. It’s about time, right? This month, January, we will only see two that I know of off the top of my head: Don’t Starve and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Neither of these can be fully counted, as they are nothing more than ports masquerading as next-gen games. But, hey, at least it’s something new to play on that shiny hardware we shelled out for.


Thankfully, the months following January and February look so much better for the PS4. We will see a ton of great games coming to Sony’s new system. Now all we have to do is wait it out and hope the days pass by quickly. At the very least we can keep using that $400 console as a glorified Netflix stream machine; that’s what I do lately.

12 Indie Reasons To Celebrate Next-Gen Sun, 03 Nov 2013 07:41:24 -0500 Coatedpolecat


Another game that's already had a PC release, but will come to the PS4 at launch, is Rogue Legacy by Cellar Door Games.


A Hat In Time will find a release on WiiU, and is being made by Gears for Breakfast.


A.N.N.E. is from Gamesbymo and will release on the WiiU.


Primal Carnage: Genesis finds it's creative team to be Lukewarm Media and will be a PS4 title.


Rime is another PS4 release being made by Tequila Works.


Secret Ponchos will be a PS4 title, developed by Switchblade Monkey.


Outlast, developed by Red Barrels, has already launched on PC but will also be available on the PS4.


Everyone's Gone to the Rapture is being created and developed by The Chinese Room and will be on the PS4.


Galak-Z from 17-Bit comes to the PS4.


Don't Starve is a PS4 release from Klei Entertainment.


Contrast is a PS4 title that's in development by Compulsion Games.


Basement Crawl is coming to PS4 by Bloober Team.


In a couple weeks our two new consoles will release, and with some of the most innovative titles to grace any console.  I wanted to take the time and highlight some games I'm looking forward to.  A few of these will launch with the next-gen hardware, while others I'm just excited to play whenever they come out.  I chose these screenshots to encapsulate the genre, and the outstanding charm and artistic style of each game. Enjoy!