Looking to throw the ultimate party and have gaming at the heart of it? We’ve got you covered
■ If you have ever watched an episode of Hell’s Kitchen and wondered whether it is all nonsense theatrics, you need to get yourself some friends together and get Overcooked on the go – it’s proof that things can get quite heated quite quickly when you’re working in a kitchen. With four of you bundling around a workspace, attempting to work together to put together simple dishes, it quickly turns into pandemonium; Overcooked might be simple, but it is also manically entertaining. Honestly, this is one of the best party games of the generation.
■ There Is no debating it, Towerfall might just be the ultimate party game. It’s a brawler in which you and your friends are funnelled into tight arenas, pushed to shoot each other down with arrows until one is left victorious. It takes just a single-shot to kill your rival, which means the skill ceiling is ever rising. Towerfall is one of those games that we have gleefully poured hundreds upon hundreds of hours into over the years, one of the those experiences that never seems to lose its allure – its core attraction never wavering. If you have a few friends and a few controllers get your hands on Towerfall, get the Dark World expansion and prepare to have a super rad time.
■ The premise Is simple enough here. You have a sword, you can do a little jump and an ineffective roll, and the goal is to reach the opposite end of a level.
The only thing standing in your way is your buddy, sat next to you on the couch with a sword of their own and a desire to stop you at all costs. The original Nidhogg was a staple of weekend gaming sessions for us, but this sequel arrived with a graphical overhaul, a revision to the key mechanics and a host of new levels that are just a hell of a lot of fun to play. Nidhogg II may not look like much, but it’s an incredibly good time.
■ While IT might technically be a single-player game, Until Dawn is actually a pretty awesome, secret party game. The pulpy survival horror tasks you with trying to guide a group of teenagers through a classic slasher horror situation, out of a cabin in the woods and into safety. Here’s what you do, assign a character to every single person in your group and then pass the controller when they take the lead in the action. The goal: to keep the character alive at all costs. As this is a choose-your-own-adventure game, complete with perma-death, this quickly turns into a pretty pure form of chaos. It’ll have everybody screaming at the screen, screaming at each other and, yes, screaming in unison when the killer appears from the shadows. Until Dawn is a wicked party game, even if it was a happy accident.
KEEP TALKING AND NOBODY EXPLODES
■ We couldn’t make a list of the best party games on the PS4 without mentioning Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes. Designed for use with PSVR, the game has the person wielding the headset looking over a bomb that is ready to explode. There are no instructions in the room with it, but you need to defuse it fast to avoid disaster. That’s where your friends come in; it’s the people in the room with you that are responsible for reading out the guidelines, instructions and tips on how to defuse each bomb. It leads to a lot of hilarious situations, made even better if you print all of this out on paper to share around the room.