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Co-op action RPG Forced arrives on PS4 this week

Find out what’s included in the aptly titled Slightly Better Edition

Today a unique game with a unique story comes to PlayStation 4. Forced is a 1-4 player co-op action arcade RPG with puzzle and tactical elements. Sound like a little much? That’s because it defies definition both in gameplay and background.

The project started at a Danish university outside Copenhagen, with a group of students gathering in an abandoned classroom to produce their first commercial game.

After a while we realised the project was consuming so much of their time that we didn’t really need our apartments anymore. We left our apartments and moved into the classroom with mattresses, refrigerators, a couch and even a microwave!

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After seven months of living at the university, disaster struck. We were discovered, and had to abandon our base of operations. Luckily, we found a house outside Copenhagen where we could all gather to keep the production going.

Working hard at the game for a year still without any pay but the promise of experience, our team reached a point where money for rent and other development costs was running out. Turning to Kickstarter in November 2012, we managed to get a successful campaign through with a funding of $65,000.

This didn’t last us very long though, and as the members of the team started running low on savings it was clear something drastic had to be done.

The founders went to a bank, and borrowed $200,000 with private risk, enough to keep the team going for the last four months that was needed to finish the game.

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Finally the game was finished and released on PC, going on to sell more than 300,000 copies over the following two years. And in the meantime we worked to put the game on consoles as well. Forced had always been intended to be played with friends in the couch, and after a long struggle, the game is now ready to be launched on PlayStation 4!

Forced is a challenging co-op focused brawler. You are cast as slaves in the toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all, condemned to fight to the death, all the while attempting to win your freedom. You will face deadly trials and huge creatures, but Balfus, your Spirit Mentor will guide you in your quest to break the chains of oppression.

Now renamed as Forced: Slightly Better Edition, the game brings numerous improvements since the original PC release. An entire rework of the networking has created a much more stable online experience, vast optimisation and bug-fixing has ensured the game runs as smoothly as possible, and new content has been added in the form of new Survival maps that challenge even the best players.

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so its a 2 year old pc game so unique its not it just looks like one of 100s of games forced onto the ps4 if you want a game to be unique then make it for the ps4 not use a 2 year old pc game
and whats the price of this glorifide pc game or is it going to be one of novembers monthly psplus games that most ps4 gamers hate at the moment my words mabe harsh but im sick of revamped pc games been forced onto the ps4 if i wanted to play pc games i wouldnt have a ps4

The game is £10.99, mate.

A game that sold a whopping 300K copies finally makes it onto the PS4 after 2 years – and it gets a shiny trailer complete with terrible voiceover and Wilhelm scream. What’s not to like?

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one thing for a start its not unique in any shape or form if its your kind of game then give it time and you will get it free as a psplus game

In a world where Diablo 3 exists… this needn’t have bothered.

I’ve played Forced and it’s not like Diablo 3 at all – it’s not loot focused, it’s primarily focused on combat and puzzles, best played with 4 players. And when it came out on PC it had controller support, which seemed like the best way to play, so it’s not a stretch of a port either.

You might say this attempt feels a little… forced. I’ll get my coat…

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I’m very happy that PS4 gets more PC games, even happier if developers take their time to really transfer the game to another platform and not just outsource a cheap port. Whether it’s a good game or not, well… it does look fun, but, alas, the voice over actor seems a bit… balmy – yet, that’s not really the point.

The more games, the better. The more developers, the better. The more fresh air to give people interesting alternatives to repetitive grind fests or dumbed-down “this is for the consoles” and the low of IQ “games”, the better. Some people may feel uncomfortably challenged by that, but it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make :)

So, thank you for bringing this to PS4. You’re very welcome, here.

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Been looking for another local co-op ARPG to play with my gf since we exhausted Diablo. Thanks for bringing this over to PS4!

£8.79 with plus too, consider it bought.

Screw this game. It’s supposed to be a co-op game but I’ve tried to connect my friends game for the past hour without being able to connect. I’ve spent $15.00 on this game. What a waste of money

I just bought this game because I love the story of the development and I want to support you guys. I am excited to play it with my friends though. Good luck you guys!

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