Action yesterday, 25 April 2017
The sequel to Outlast, a 2013 first-person survival horror and a successful debut of the Red Barrels studio. As the authors decided to abandon the themes initiated in the first part of the series, the game does not return to the dark psychiatric hospital located somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. Instead, Outlast 2 takes place in a completely new location and tells the story of new characters. However, original gameplay mechanic characterized by the inability to fight encountered enemies, remained unchanged. Player's character has no combat skills and survival consists mainly of avoiding direct confrontations. In some cases, an escape turns out to be the only solution. When fleeing, the game's complex model of movements, inspired by the parkour technique, is a great help.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
Strategy tomorrow, 27 April 2017
Developed by Relic Entertainment, the third installment of the real-time strategy set in a dark science fiction world. The action of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III once again takes us to the popular universe created by Games Workshop. During gameplay you can lead one of the three available races: Space Marines, Eldars, and Orks. Each of them has unique heroes, units, buildings, and abilities. Mechanically, the title combines the best solutions from the previous parts of the franchise and concentrates on spectacular battles waged on vast maps with hundreds of units. The game features RPG elements, such as customization of units and heroes that can be provided with special equipment and abilities obtained with the increase of experience. The title utilizes a modern graphics engine which offers attractive, 3D visuals and large-scale environment destruction.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
Action yesterday, 25 April 2017
The third installment in a popular first person shooter developed by Polish developer CI Games. Unlike the previous games in the series, most of the development process was done by a second party studio, comprised of creators of game franchises like Sniper Elite, Full Spectrum Warrior, and Killzone. The game features a growing conflict between Russia and the United States. The player takes on a role of a former US Marine sniper sent to Georgia in order to eliminate key targets and prevent the conflict from becoming an open war. In contrast to the previous Sniper Elite games, this one offers the player much more freedom. In combat you can use not only accurately recreated sniper rifles and modern drones, but also impromptu weapons and traps. The title awards stealth eliminations and features very realistic bullet physics.
Adventure 20 April 2017
A sequel to a popular adventure game series created by the Belgian comic artist Benoit Sokal and Microids Studio, released over a decade after the second part. The story focuses on adventures of Kate Walker, a young lawyer, whose profession, in-born curiosity, and adventurousness get her entangled in a new mystery. Throughout the game, featuring classic point-and-click mechanics, you meet a whole menagerie of characters known from the previous installments in the series, as well as a cast of new heroes, including Still Life's protagonist and an FBI agent Victoria McPherson. Despite of using full 3D graphics that replaced hand drawn backgrounds, the game features the characteristic artwork style consistent with previous games.
RPG tomorrow, 27 April 2017
Set in a historical setting, a classic, tactical, turn-based RPG developed by Logic Artists studio. The game is the second consecutive installment in the game series launched in 2013 with Expeditions: Conquistador. The action takes place by the end of the 8th century. With the death of your father, you become the new leader of a small Viking village. Your objective is to strengthen your power, ensure the safety of your people, and make your village the strongest one in the area. However, your mission is threatened by hostile neighbors and conspiring members of your own clan. Apart from village management, you will be plundering and raiding, but to do so, you will have to begin with gathering the necessary resources and assembling a good crew. The combat, observed from the top view, takes place on battlefields covered in hexagon grid. The turn-based combat system allows you to come up with devious tactics. The non-linear plot of the game can be influenced by your choices, both strategic and personal.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Adventure 18 April 2017
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is an episodic adventure game developed by Telltale Games. The game is based on a comic book series from Marvel, and tells the story of the titular Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike the classic superhero team ups, this group is made of outcasts and outlaws, and their humor-filled adventures take place in far reaches of the universe. Like in other games from Telltale, the gameplay in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is based on exploration, dialogues, and, most importantly, on making decisions that influence the course of the plot. Our choices influence not only the current episode we are playing, but also the following ones.
Adventure yesterday, 25 April 2017
A complete collection of three games contained in the popular survival horror series Outlast prepared by Red Barrels. The collection entitled Outlast Trinity includes the first installment, originally released in 2013, together with its official expansion Outlast: Whistleblower as well as its full-fledged sequel Outlast 2 from 2017. The story of the first game (and of the expansion, which, incidentally, is a prequel) is set inside a derelict asylum, which used to be a scene of horrifying medical experiments and dark rituals. In Outlast 2, on the other hand, a search of the protagonist’s wife leads him to a sinister village inhabited by lunatic and aggressive cultists. Both productions offer similar gameplay, putting emphasis on the atmosphere, simple environmental puzzles and stealth mechanics. The common feature off all the games is the night-vision camcorder used for exploration of dark locations.
Adventure Friday, 28 April 2017
A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Adventure yesterday, 25 April 2017
What Remains of Edith Finch is a unique adventure game developed by Giant Sparrow, which focuses on the evanescence of life. The game tells a set of short stories about the fate of the members of a certain American family that has been cursed. The history told in those episodes takes place over a span of one hundred years in Washington state, a place filled with forests and mountains, a location that resembles a little the cult TV show Twin Peaks. In terms of gameplay mechanics, What Remains of Edith Finch is your typical first-person adventure game. The climate and gameplay mechanics change depending on which family member we are currently controlling. What connects every story told in the game is the fact that in each and every one of them our protagonist dies. Another common ground between them is the titular character of Edith, who tries to discover her family's dark secret and find out why she is the only surviving member.
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.
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.
Man O' War: Corsair
Action 19 April 2017
A video game adaptation of Man O’ War – a popular tabletop game from the Warhammer Fantasy universe. Man O’ War: Corsair is an action game developed by Evil Twin Games, giving us the opportunity to command our own pirate ship. The game is focused mainly around the exploration of an open world – aside from lengthy naval travels, we can visit various ports and engage in trade, or battle enemy vessels. The battles see us employ various ships and cannons, as well as different crew compositions, including shooters or sorcerers. During our travels, our way will be crossed by numerous opponents, including orcs, dark elves, or various sea monsters living in its depths. The developers introduced a number of other immersive features, including a dynamic weather system or a day and night cycle.
Action 05 May 2017
Sequel to the best-selling science-fiction FPS from 2006. After many perturbations during the development, the work started by the creators of the original title – Human Head studio – was completed by Arkane Studios, the creators of Dishonored. The story of the second game starts in the same place and time as the original title. The difference is in the main protagonist. This time it is sheriff Killian Samuels who works for airlines. The action of the game takes place in the open world of an exhausted planet Exodus where, after years, the protagonist works as a bounty hunter. The gameplay mechanics were greatly changed. The title introduces platform elements (jumping, climbing up ledges) and the possibility to hide behind covers. Various weapons can be additionally upgraded and modified. Visuals of the game are generated by greatly improved id Tech 4 engine known from the original game.
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.
RPG 16 May 2017
An action RPG set in a dark science-fiction world, developed by the German team Deck 13 – the co-creators of Lords of the Fallen. The story shows a dystopian vision of the future, where human technology turned against its creators, plunging the planet into chaos. We play as an ordinary citizen, who, like everyone else, uses the achievements of modern technology and the capabilities offered by fully customizable exoskeletons. The gameplay draws from such the famous Dark Souls series and is characterized by significant difficulty level and melee combat focus. What sets The Surge apart is a unique character development system. It is closely connected to combat, allowing us to seize opponent’s technology and gear, and then mount it on our own exoskeleton.
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom
RPG 18 April 2017
An unusual action RPG developed by French studio Enigami. The title takes place on planet Mahera which is inhabited by members of various species that live in symbiosis. Due to a civil war that took place years ago, the land was shattered into pieces and the survivors found refuge on islands floating in the space. The main protagonist of the game is Chado who together with his friend Poky crashed in a place called Adorn. The protagonists are quickly caught in a bigger intrigue that will determine the fate of the whole world. The gameplay of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is based on three pillars: exploration of various locations, fights with enemies and completing main and side quests. What’s interesting, the objectives can be completed in any way the player wants. For example, instead of using brute force, one can sneak past the opponents. The battles take place in real time – player participates in one on one duels while the companions are supporting their friends with ranged attacks. The game also contains a character development system which allows for using new combat techniques, spells and collecting better equipment. Unreal Engine 4 provides high-quality graphics.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Strategy 11 April 2017
Shock Tactics is a turn-based strategy inspired by the classic games like X-COM series or Jagged Alliance and the TV show Firefly. The game takes place in a far future where mankind colonized the universe. We play as an ex-convict who was sent on a dangerous mission. His job will be to lead the colonization of a newly discovered planet. Ruthless mercenaries hired by the intergalactic Syndicate and a mysterious race that originated from humans will stand in his way and try to stop him from fullfiling his mission. During our adventures we will be exploring the planet divided into a couple procedurally generated continents. Firstly, we will have to secure checkpoints and set convoy routes. In time, we unlock new areas and learn the secrets left by civilization that once lived there. We can use the gathered knowledge to improve and develop our base and conduct research on new technologies. During missions, we lead a group of up to six unique soldiers. Taking advantage of the environment plays an important role during battle.
Adventure yesterday, 25 April 2017
A two-dimensional action adventure game created by Thomas Brush (who worked for Atmos Games), the creator of such free games as Coma! and Skinny!. Pinstripe focuses on two important topics: faith and fatherhood. The player assumes the role of a former pastor, named Teddy, whose daughter was kidnapped by a mysterious creature which calls itself God. The player starts chasing the creature and soon reaches the hell – surprisingly covered with ice. In this unorthodox version of afterlife the player will visit six main locations: forest, dark caves, train, lake, canyon and mountains. While exploring these places one will encounter many interesting characters and learn their stories. During majority of the time the protagonist is accompanied by a talkative dog that helps him in solving riddles and finding clues that reveal the past of the protagonist. Controls in Pinstripe are similar to ones in typical 2D platform games and the game features action sequences. In order to defeat some obstacles Teddy will resort to using a shotgun. Sometimes the weapon is also useful against opponents.
Action 19 April 2017
Cloud Pirates is an action MMO created by the Russian studio Allods Team. The game takes place in the fantasy world of Sarnaut that suffered a mysterious cataclysm thousand years ago. As its result, the world was shattered into floatind islands. To improve communication between them, and in order to search for treasures and ancient artifacts, special airships were constructed. In time, adventures flying those ships received a new name - cloud pirates. We play as one of them. Gameplay in Cloud Pirates focues on air battles. Nothing stands in our way if we want to play as a lone wolf, but it is more reasonable to form squadrons and search for the remnants of the old Sarnaut as a group. Defeating more powerful enemies requires us to use our team members individual traits and our joint forces. Ships we can use differ in terms of the design, weaponry, stats, and manoeuvre possibilities. Victories unlock access to upgrades (not only for our ship, but also for our crew), additional munitions, and unique combat abilities. Allods Team also included many options that allow us to modify the appearance of particular units. The game has colourful visuals.
Action 21 April 2017
A multiplayer-oriented, crazy action game created by Ready at Dawn - a California-based studio. Online duels taking place on shaky arenas floating in mid-air constitute the core of the experience. The players are divided into two teams and having assumed control of colorful round-shaped creatures, they try to eliminate the opponents. Each of the creatures has both its strong and weak points. An enemy can be taken out by ramming or pushing them off the arena, as well as simply shooting them down. One of the key gameplay elements included here is the weight of the player-controlled creatures - one's weight gets reduced when shooting, but they can replenish it by eating objects placed on the arena, or even fallen enemies. Combat is based largely on the in-game physics. Duels are fast-paced in Deformers and on the whole, the game surprises with its colorful, crazy art style and the large portion of humor it offers.
RPG Friday, 28 April 2017
A third-person role-playing game that combines mechanics typical of the genre featuring elements of popular sandbox games like Minecraft, developed by Keen Games, the studio known for Sacred 3. The action of Portal Knights takes us to a fantasy world constructed with blocks, that consists of dozens of islands connected by magic portals. Centuries ago the world was torn to pieces, and players' task is to find a way to finally merge it. At the beginning of the game we create our character, choosing from three available professions, and head out to explore subsequent lands, where we complete dozens of quests and fight numerous enemies and bosses. Gameplay is enriched with an extensive crafting system, allowing us to collect various raw materials and use them to create a variety of items, and even entire buildings. The game features also a character progression system that, thanks to its extensive array of available skills and equipment, allows the characters to be customized to fit individual preferences of the players.
Full Throttle Remastered
Adventure 18 April 2017
Full Throttle Remastered is a remastered edition of the classic 1995 point-and-click adventure game that was developed by LucasArts. Just like the remaster of the Day of the Tentacle, the refreshed version of Full Throttle was created by Double Fine Productions, a studio made of developers of the original game. The game takes place in a grim future where classic vehicles were replaced with the machines powered by antigravity-based engines. We play as the leader of a motorcycle gang, who, along with his companions, is being accused of killing the owner of the last remaining company that produces classic motorbikes. Our job is to clear our name and find the actual person responsible for that murder. Audiovisuals of the original game were visibly refreshed and improved. New high-resolution backgrounds were created for the remastered version, and every animation frame was re-drawn by hand from scratch.
Adventure 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.