Mass Effect: Andromeda
RPG 21 March 2017
The fourth part of the hugely popular action RPG game series in a space-opera setting. BioWare Montreal, the development studio that helped create the two previous installments took the reins of Mass Effect: Andromeda's development. The game's story is not associated with the trilogy about Commander Shepard's fight against the Reapers, offering instead a completely separate plot featuring new characters and locations. Using the proven pattern, the creators of Mass Effect: Andromeda put the focus on a spectacular TPP action experience and moral choices that have a direct impact on the course of events. The technical side of the game is based on the third-generation Frostbite engine, providing high-quality audiovisuals.
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard
RPG yesterday, 24 March 2017
A hack-and-slash role-playing game set in a world inspired by Norse myths, developed by Games Farm and Kalypso Media. The protagonist is Ulfung, a Viking clan chieftain, whose village is completely destroyed, while he becomes the leader of the surviving warriors in their quest to try to save Midgard from Ragnarok. Mechanics-wise, the game is clearly inspired by the popular Diablo series. At the start, you choose your warrior's gender and class, and then explore a range of locations and eliminate hordes of enemies. Apart from the more mundane weapons such as war hammers, axes, swords and bows, you can also use special items and amulets, which affect your character's abilities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard features an interesting character development system, the option of rebuilding your village step by step, and an apocalyptic winter you have to seek shelter from, e.g. by looking for any heat sources.
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity
Racing 17 March 2017
The fourth full-fledged installment in the spectacular racing series Flatout started in 2004 by Finnish studio Bugbear Entertainment. After the cold reception of the third installment in the series, the task of creating the new entry was given to Kylotonn studio, the creators of the fifth installment of the popular rally series WRC. The game is strongly based on notes and suggestions of the community and promptly returns to the roots of the series. In the game the player traditionally participates in brutal races in which one can win not only by driving fast, but by eliminating the vehicles of the opponents as well. FlatOut 4: Total Insanity has the option to destroy the environmental objects, create astonishing crashes and sports a realistic destruction system – all the features that were the iconic traits of the series since it was created.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Action 28 February 2017
A third-person action game with RPG elements created by Guerilla Games, the studio known for Killzone series. The game is set in the distant future, where the world is ruled by intelligent animal-like forms that evolved from the machines responsible for the fall of an advanced human civilization centuries ago; the former rulers of the world survived, but their lifestyle was reduced to that of primitive, isolated tribes. The player takes the role of Aloy – a young girl, who seeks to find secrets of the ancients and discover her destiny. The heroine is not defenseless in this dangerous world. When fighting hostile machines she can count on her skills (developed individually) and loads of futuristic weapons, made up of parts of fallen enemies. The game is set in an open world, and the protagonist is free to choose both the order and method in which she undertakes missions. You can either openly confront your enemies or cunningly exploit their weaknesses.
Styx: Shards of Darkness
Action 14 March 2017
A sequel to the well-received TPP stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows by French studio Cyanide. Once again you play as the goblin assassin known from the first installment and the RPG Of Orcs and Men. The protagonist goes to the city of Körangar, a stronghold of the Dark Elves. There he discovers that a secretive meeting of the Elves and the Dwarves is just a cover for a dangerous conspiracy of the goblin-hating races. Your task is to uncover the secrets surrounding the conspiracy and to save your kin from annihilation. In terms of mechanics, Styx: Shades of Darkness does not differ much from its predecessor, focusing on the stealth aspect and the quiet ways of eliminating your opponents. At the same time, the game's world has become more expansive, and the protagonist now has a range of new abilities, such as being able to jump from one corner of the room to another, climb up ropes or us a knife to move around via zip-lines.
Action 23 February 2017
Third-person perspective action game with RPG features and a sequel to the warmly-received production created by Cavia in 2010. The second installment was created by a different developer – Platinum Games known for the Bayonetta series. Despite that, Tarou Yokou, the creator of the first game, retained his position as the director of the project. The game takes place in distant future in which Earth was destroyed due to war against deadly machines. Humans, having found a safe haven on the Moon, created the limited YoRHa series of sapient androids to fight on their behalf. The YoRHa combined forces with androids of older generation and together they face the rebel machines. Two out of three protagonists of NieR Automata are completely new characters, but during the game player will also encounter characters from the first installment of the series as both stories are connected. Gameplay mechanics of the game are similar to ones in its predecessor and they offer an attractive combination of hack-and-slash, magic and RPG.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Action 03 March 2017
Another installment in the popular action-adventure game series by Nintendo, and also the first game in the series for WiiU. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play once again as the main character of the franchise, Link, who gets involved in yet another exciting and dangerous adventure as he tries to learn what led to the downfall of the land of Hyrule. The gameplay is a combination of several genres: adventure, action RPG, and even survival. During the game, you explore the open world, solve puzzles and fight enemies; the combat is arcade-like and requires you to use varied tactics. You also have to gather resources in order to prepare food and drink, which affect your abilities, just like pieces of equipment.
Train Mechanic Simulator 2017
Simulation yesterday, 24 March 2017
A simulator game which casts the player in the role of a train mechanic; it was created by Si7 Studio - an independent developer. The game is set in an open world (about 25 square kilometers) and the player is required to search for broken machines and repair them in one of three available workshops. The game features 9 trains falling into 3 categories - steam, electric and diesel. The player maintains the engines using different parts, and one will find over a thousand of them here. The action takes place in a three-dimensional environment and the visuals are decent. The game stands out both with its carefully-designed trains and the environment filled with detail.
Adventure 17 March 2017
A first-person adventure game featuring survival elements. It is the first major project of the Canadian Parabole studio. The story is set in the northern regions of the Quebec province, in the 1970s. The game tells the story of a conflict between the owner of the most profitable copper mine in the region - a rich man called W. Hamilton, and the native local community accusing him of devastating sacred sites in search for more profit. The player is put in the shoes of a detective hired by Hamilton after his chalet in the mountains has been devastated. After his arrival, the protagonist discovers that his employer as well as the entire local community went missing. The gameplay focuses on exploration, finding clues and solving puzzles. However, the game features survival elements as well - the player has to tend to the protagonist's health and face many different dangers, such as low temperatures, predators, etc.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Action 07 March 2017
The next installment in an action game series that originated in 2001. The series focuses on a famous American special squad known from the novels by Tom Clancy. The game was produced by a Parisian subsidiary of the Ubisoft company, also responsible for the previous installment, Future Soldier. The game is set in Bolivia, where a dangerous drug cartel spreads terror, violence, and lawlessness, unrestrained by the corrupted government authorities. Ghost Recon squad is sent into action in order to eliminate the key members of the criminal organization. Wildlands is revolutionary for the series, as it is the first time in the franchise's history when it takes the players into a vast, open world, which can be traversed on foot or by various vehicles – ground, aerial, or naval – resembling such franchises as Far Cry or Just Cause. The game was designed with both single player gameplay and multiplayer co-op for up to 4 players in mind.
Action 07 March 2017
Another game from Traveller's Tales, featuring the highly-popular LEGO bricks. Unlike the previous installments in the series, this time the game doesn’t take us to any movie or comic book universe. LEGO Worlds was designed as a multiplayer virtual playground, in which the gameplay is focused on creating our own constructions and exploring thus created brick world with other players. The game is a classic sandbox reminiscent of the popular Minecraft, giving us complete freedom to shape the world around us. Players can meet and interact in various ways, as well as take part in a variety of adventures. The game also provides a whole range of popular brick vehicles, and hostile characters with whom we often have to fight. The entire production features a colorful visual style characteristic for the whole series.
Torment: Tides of Numenera
RPG 28 February 2017
A computer RPG based on a tabletop roleplaying system called Numenera that combines elements of fantasy and science-fiction. The title was created by indie developer inXile entertainment, mostly known for the highly acclaimed remake of The Bard’s Tale and post-apocalyptic Wasteland 2. The game is a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment - one of the classics of the genre, created by Black Isle Studio in 1999. The original game’s co-creator, Colin McComb, was the lead designer in this new project. The game is set in the distant future, where humanity created a society on a civilization level similar to the Middle Ages, albeit the setting features also rare examples of highly-advanced technology left after more advanced, extinct civilizations. Gameplay is based on the rules of the tabletop system, appropriately modified for the needs of a computer game. The game features isometric perspective and real-time action, although the battles themselves are turn-based, as well as a system of moral choices, which have impact on the world and reactions of non-player characters.
Strategy 23 March 2017
Adventure Thursday, 30 March 2017
The result of the independent Polish studio Pixel Crow's cooperation with 11 bit studios, the creators of This War of Mine. Beat cop is a point-and-click time management game. You play as Jack Kelly, a former NYC detective who was framed for murder and demoted. Hated by everyone around, Jack is trying to reconcile his duties with conducting a private investigation in order to discover who framed him. The plot of Beat Cop is non-linear and its many endings depend on your decisions. Interestingly, the game was inspired by American crime TV shows from the 70s and 80s, which is reflected in its atmosphere and humor. The time-management element of the production is most visible when you're patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, while during the investigation segments it becomes a detective/adventure game. Beat Cop has a distinct retro feel thanks to its pixel-art graphics and oldschool soundtrack.
Day of Infamy
Action Tuesday, 28 March 2017
An online first-person shooter set during the Second World War and developed by New World Interactive. The game has its roots in a modification for Insurgency, a game created by the same team. The gameplay here is based on the fundamentals of the said predecessor, delivering a realistic, tactical shooter game that places the ability to plan and cooperate within the team above good reflexes - one stray bullet can put an end to the player's life in this game. The game allows for competition on several famous battlefields of the World War II, such as beaches of Sicily or Belgian forests covered with snow. Depending on the game mode, the teams are required to achieve certain goals, such as taking over the outposts. In comparison to Insurgency, the game introduces many elements making the gameplay more enjoyable. For instance, the opportunity to get promoted and become an officer or call in an artillery strike. Also, the guns behave more convincingly now.
Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass
Action Tuesday, 28 March 2017
The first pay-to-play expansion pack for Battlefield 1 - a popular online shooter game set in the World-War I period. They Shall Not Pass brings a new game mode called Frontlines, which combines the Conquest and the Rush modes together. Two sides of the conflict fight one another for control over certain, interconnected spots. Once the headquarters and all the outposts are in control of a team, a sequence resembling the Rush mode begins - the teams attack the telegraph posts or defend them against the opposition. The French Army is the new playable faction introduced in this expansion, and Trench Raider is the new elite class, which specializes in melee combat and use of grenades. They Shall Not Pass also brings new equipment, namely Char 2C Super Heavy Tank, St. Chamond tank, and Siege Howitzer. Furthermore, the game was enriched with four new maps inspired by well-known battles of the First World War: Verdun Heights, Fort Vaux, Rupture and Soissons.
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Remastered
Action 16 March 2017
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Remastered is a remaster of the cult FPP shooter, developed by Night Dive. Many changes were made in the game: visuals, interface, gameplay mechanics, etc. The game now runs on Kex Engine 3.4, the enemies' A.I. was improved (now they can attack in groups and run away if required) and so was the character's movement (i.e. the hero can now climb onto some of the enviornmental elements). Quicksave option was also implemented, and the possibility to teleport back to the portal we have already discovered. The core of the game in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Remastered remains the same. This is still a fine FPS where we play as Joshua Fireseed, the dinosaur hunter, and our goal is to defeat the Primagen. The game offers a single player campaign and a competitive multiplayer.
Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul
Simulation 16 March 2017
An advanced railway simulator developed by Dovetail Games, a developer known from popular Train Simulator series. Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul follows the same vein, yet is treated as a separate project based on new technology. Unfortunately, this means that the title is not compatible with numerous add-ons released for Train Simulator series. As always, the gameplay involves controlling various railway engines and traversing numerous railways found all around the world. Moreover, the players can create their own tracks thanks to included editor. The game contains both single and multiplayer modes. Interestingly enough, the game is powered by Unreal Engine 4, an engine used in titles such as Final Fantasy VII Remake, Days Gone, or Gears of War 4. As a result, the new incarnation of the railway series received multiple fixes, as well as improved graphics and physics.
Troll and I
Adventure 21 March 2017
An action-adventure game from Spiral House studio, set in 1950 in Northern Europe. Player takes control of two characters – a boy named Otto and a big Troll. As the village of the first protagonist is destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, they set on a journey to find a new home for him. Most of the game comes down to exploring locations, solving simple puzzles and fighting or avoiding enemies. Both heroes have different skills – Otto mastered fighting with spear, while the Troll has magical abilities and huge strength. This means they have to cooperate in order to progress. Troll and I also features a complex crafting system, used to create weapons and other useful items. Aside from single player mode, the title offers cooperative multiplayer option.
Simulation Thursday, 30 March 2017
Another edition of one of the most advanced flight simulation games in development since the 90s by Laminar Research, a studio connected to NASA. X-Plane 11 does not deviate from the standards of the series in any way and offers its players the possibility of piloting a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft — starting from light planes, through giant passenger planes, and ending with helicopters. Traditionally, the game is characterized by impressive realism both in terms of the accurate recreation of available machines and flight physics. Compared to its predecessors, the production offers a revamped user interface, enhanced avionics, and even more detailed, fully functional 3D cockpits. Moreover, the title features new buildings and roads that better recreate the characteristics of Europe as well as airports that teem with life. There, we can see all kinds of vehicles, including maintenance and other AI-controlled machines.
Action 14 February 2017
A third-person action game in a quasi-historical setting, with a focus on online competition. The production was developed by the experienced studio Ubisoft Montreal, whose portfolio includes several cult series, including Far Cry and Assassin's Creed. In the game, three factions are pitted against each other: The Chosen, The Legions, and The Warborn, modeled after the Japanese samurai, European knights, and Scandinavian Vikings respectively. During the game, each party is represented by dozens of warriors, but only four of them are controlled by players and equipped with unique abilities that can turn the tide of the battle. The game puts a great emphasis on a realistic reproduction of individual warriors’ fighting styles, and skirmishes are mostly based on the ability to use melee weapons, proper tactics, and special abilities of heroes. The online mode is complemented by a story mini-campaign that serves as an introduction to the gameplay.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Strategy 09 March 2017
A strategy card game set in the universe of a well-known RPG series that has been developed since 1994 by Bethesda Softworks. In terms of game mechanics, The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes after the competing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the gameplay comes down to dueling with a self-built deck of cards representing heroes, equipment, spells, skills etc. The game combines storytelling elements and characters known from previous installment of the series, such as the legendary Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as The Elders Scrolls Online.
Drawn to Death
Action 04 April 2017
A free-to-play multiplayer shooter game by The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency. Drawn to death is set in a world created by a bored student, who draws various scrawls in his notebook during class. This gives the production an unique visual style, striving to look like such scrawls made by students on paper on their desks. Mechanics-wise, the game is a third-person shooter for up to 4 players in several multiplayer modes. You control one of the distinct characters, who use unique abilities and special attacks, and the gameplay is very dynamic. Although the arenas feature various secrets, weapons, and power-ups, the game focuses on the rewarding the players' skills.
The Crow's Eye
Action 20 March 2017