Cool, Cheap PAL Imports You Can Buy For Your PS4 Right Now

Posted in Kulturecade by - November 08, 2017
Cool, Cheap PAL Imports You Can Buy For Your PS4 Right Now

I’ve fallen down another rabbit hole. It’s one thing when I get too overexcited about a slew of cool budget titles that I buy as much for the shelf value of them than I do for playing, but it’s even worse when you start snapping them up from other countries and wait two to three weeks for them to arrive. This is what happened to me this past month when I discovered the sweet library of PS4 titles that have gotten physical releases but only in Europe.

Now, while imports have become more accessible than ever nowadays, for all generations of gaming, due to the ease of buying things from around the world on the internet, a slew of PS4 titles being available from just across the pond is especially exciting for two reasons: one, the PS4 is region free (as were the PS3, PSP, and Vita, which all have cool imports too), meaning any old PS4 disc can just be popped in and played just like any other game you buy, and two, being from Europe means that almost all of these games, unlike some from Japan, will play in English just as if they had been localized for North America in the first place. I’ve actually had a few PAL-release games sitting on my shelf for a while now, but none of those were purchased under the assumption that there were so many more where those came from — for example, I bought my copy of Among the Sleep from Europe when the NTSC one went out of stock on Amazon and I worried there might not be more (I was wrong). But now that I know about some of these games and their availability through online sellers like Rarewaves (a company you’ll probably remember seeing in literally every Amazon game listing you’ve ever checked buying options for), I feel like collectors over here in the states should be made aware at some of the great physical releases out there beyond just what we get shown during our regular Amazon browsing.

Slain: Back From Hell

If you ever wondered what Castlevania would look like if it with even more heavy metal flavor to it, you’re looking for Slain: Back From Hell. Slain: Back From Hell is a gory, pixelated 2D action game with big, mean-looking enemies, tough platforming, and a soundtrack composed by former Celtic Frost guitarist Curt Victor Bryant. Buying a physical copy for around $20-30 online is absolutely worth it over a download largely, for this reason, as these copies all come with an included soundtrack CD. Curiously enough, the original version of the game simply called Slain! was panned by critics upon its release, only to be retooled and given new life with the fitting subtitle Back From Hell, which has been much more well-received.

Super Meat Boy

Now, I’ll be the first one to tell you that if you can, you should wait for Super Meat Boy to come out on Nintendo Switch, where it will, according to the developers, “probably” have a physical release next year. But for those of you who either prefer the PS4/don’t have a Switch or are simply big enough Meatheads that you’d want to have the classic Super Meat Boy on every console, you can order a copy right now online for around $20. One of the most celebrated indie titles of the past few years, and deserving of every accolade it receives, Super Meat Boy is one of the few games in my life that I’ve actually purchased on Steam, and although I’ve never finished it (because of the Steam thing), I’d already own one myself were it not for the impending arrival of Super Meat Boy Forever and the supposed Switch physical release of this meaty classic.

2Dark

Frederick Raynal, the creator of Alone in The Dark, is the man behind this stealth action/adventure where your mission is to infiltrate the lairs of psychotic child kidnappers and retrieve the innocent younglings without being detected and subsequently slaughtered. Using a classic top-down perspective and an array of interesting items and unique methods to avoid detection and capture, 2Dark is, at its core, the type of horror game meant to make you second guess every move before you make it, and keep you up at night over the often grisly results. The true benefit of the physical release this time, however, is not just a cool game, but a collector-quality package at a price not much greater than its current Steam tag of around $30 for all the same stuff. The physical release comes in a sweet steelbook, and includes the deluxe edition bonuses of a soundtrack and art book as well.

Space Hulk, Space Hulk: Ascension, and Space Hulk: Deathwing

While this game might not be my cup of tea, the existence of a trio of Space Hulk titles for the first time on a console since the original Playstation is nothing to balk at. The classic tabletop game from the Warhammer 40K universe has received a bit of a renaissance period over the last few years with these three titles, which have had a physical release in PAL regions. The turn-based tactical RPG might not be the most accessible franchise in the world, but fans of the genre and of the franchise will be glad to get their hands on physical copies of these games, the first two of which can be ordered for under $20 at this point, while the third, Deathwing, which was released in 2016, is around $30 online.

Kholat

Appropriately enough, the game that grabbed my hand and dragged me down this PAL import path in the first place, Kholat is one of the few games I’ve seen in my life that falls in the very specific category of games that are based on real-life paranormal events, like you might see on Unsolved Mysteries or any of several conspiracy/documentary shows. The particular event that this game explores is known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident, which concerns the mysterious disappearance of a group of hikers around a mountain called Kholat Syakhl in Russia in 1959. The game puts you in the first-person perspective of a character out to investigate the incident and uncover the mysterious nature of the hiking party’s disappearance, which sets itself up for a nice little narrative even if, like a lot of adventure games, there aren’t a lot of mechanics to learn or challenges to overcome other than a few puzzles. Also, it’s narrated by Sean Bean, which I assume means the game will find a way to murder him at some point despite not being an actual character. Now that the game is a couple years old, it is available on physical copy for a price fairly comparable to its current standard price on Steam of around $20.

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