Ex­tended Play

Look­ing to throw the ul­ti­mate party and have gam­ing at the heart of it? We’ve got you cov­ered

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OVER­COOKED

■ 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.

TOWERFALL

■ 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.

NID­HOGG II

■ 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.

UN­TIL DAWN

■ 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.

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