You need to try this deadly action game on PS Plus this month

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Of the three games available at no additional cost with a PlayStation Plus Essential subscription this February, the best game isn’t the one with the highest profile. A lot of attention will occur foam starSquare Enix’s wacky multiplayer game launched for free on PS Plus, but the real gem of February 2024’s PS Plus Essential lineup is skating rink from Roll7 and Private Division.

First released for PS5 and PC in August 2022, I previously described the game as Max Payne meets Skate. The main thing is, skating rink is a sports fighting game where players have to roller skate and perform tricks to collect ammunition used to shoot enemies with guns. It’s a simple gameplay loop and premise skating rink get the most bang for your buck, and it’s a must-play for those looking for simple yet satisfying action.

Blood sports

In the skating rink, players control a character named Kara Hassan as she rises through the ranks in the titular sport, which features “players” battling each other with deadly weapons. Although many of the enemies Kara faces are largely static, she can skate on a pair of roller skates. skating rink features a full combo system like the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater or Skate titles, although it’s not nearly as punishing if you mess up the inputs or put the combo together correctly.

Hasan performs a grab trick at the Rollerdrome with the rocket chasing them.
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Instead, the challenge comes from managing ammunition and health in firefights. Kara starts with just a dual pistol but gains access to more weapons such as a shotgun and a grenade launcher over the course of the adventure. All of them are very effective at taking down enemies but the ammunition is limited. To get her shot back, Kara has to do various tricks. That way, skating rink beautifully blending the two halves of its gameplay system.

You can’t just play it like a sports title or third-person shooter; You have to play it like both of them. In the air, Kara can also activate Reflex Time to enter a slow-motion shooting mode very similar to Max Payne. Kara also has her own health, so you’ll need to be aware of all the bullets shot at you and avoid them. If you’re looking for another game that carries the torch of Max Payne after being defeated El Paso, ElsewhereThen skating rink have you covered it?

skating rink it never strays too far from those basics but still finds consistent ways to freshen up the game by introducing new weapons, enemy types, and even boss encounters. It’s easy to pick up and start playing if you’re familiar with games from one of the genres it plays, but it has a lot of hidden depth that rewards those who learn the ins and outs of its skating system.

skating rink finding subtle ways to encourage players to be better as well. Each level features a series of challenges that players must complete, and working your way through the list of objectives will teach you new high-level tricks. Progress is locked behind completing a certain number of objectives, so don’t despair if you score a bit poorly the first time through a level and have to repeat it. That’s where a lot of it is Rollerdrome pleasure comes from.

Hasan fired his grenade launcher at the jumping enemy.
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I had fun together skating rink when I first played it in 2022 on PC, but I haven’t played it back in a while. Picking it up again on PS5 reminded me of how developer Roll7 creates some of the most satisfying gameplay in the entire industry. If you enjoy the frenetic nature Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice Leaguecombat but doesn’t like all the screen clutter and frustrating rush skating rink is a simple but more exhilarating alternative.

It seems futile to argue that you should play this third-person shooter on PS5 when so many other shooters are coming out this month, like foam star and surprisingly amazing Hell Diver 2. No other game offers such an experience skating rink, so it’s worth checking out if the premise intrigues you. At the very least, make sure you download it before March’s PS Plus Essential games arrive.

skating rink available on PS5 to PS Plus Essential until March 4. If you’d prefer to play it elsewhere, it’s also available on PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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