Arcade today, 28 April 2017
Viking Rage is a VR tower defense game developed by the German studio N-Gon Entertainment. Players take the role of a Viking whose job is to fend off the enemies who attack his base. Unlike in other tower defense games, we do not build towers, but fight on our own. The game offers a wide array of weaponry for our hero, like axes, bombs, bows, crossbows, or fancy and elaborate traps. Moving around the game locations happens in a way typical for virtual reality games - our hero teleports from one place on the map to another. The game's visuals are not that sophisticated, but the cartoonish style successfully masks that. Both character models and locations are simply said eye-pleasing.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Racing today, 28 April 2017
An enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 developed for Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reprises a lot of elements known from the two previous installments of the series, such as motorcycles, gliders, the ability to perform somersaults, or underwater racing. However, the developers introduced an interesting novelty – anti-gravity racing, in which we can stick to walls or even to the ceiling. The game doesn’t contain a story-driven single player campaign – we focus on taking part in a series of competitions in which we can race against AI-controlled opponents, as well as other players. Mario Kart 8 contains several multiplayer variants, including online as well as local game modes (split-screen, or a wireless mode for up to eight players). The new edition contains all of the content present in the original game, including released add-ons, at the same introducing new tracks and characters, such as Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones, or Bowser Jr.
RPG today, 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.
Arcade today, 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.
Slice, Dice & Rice
Fighting yesterday, 27 April 2017
World of One
Action yesterday, 27 April 2017
Star Wars: Puzzle Droids
Logic yesterday, 27 April 2017
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
Strategy yesterday, 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.
RPG yesterday, 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.
Adventure 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.
The Last Journey
Action 25 April 2017
A post-apocalyptic exploration game created by a Polish studio – Sleepless Clinic. The game takes us to a world where Earth has been destroyed as a result of a nuclear war. Taking control of a crew of a spaceship, we traverse the uncharted areas of the galaxy in search of a new home for the human race. The game world is procedurally generated, so each journey can take a completely different course. In the course of subsequent missions, we discover new planets and stars, taking control of valuable resources and finds that improve our vessel, allowing us to systematically upgrade our ship and equip it with various modifications, such as better shields or weapons. The game is complemented by simple, two-dimensional visuals, created using pixel art.
Adventure 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.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
Action 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.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Adventure 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.
Action 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.
Games of Glory
Strategy 25 April 2017
A science fiction MOBA strategy game and the debut project from Swedish-French studio Lightbulb Crew. The action of Games of Glory takes place in a universe centered around the city-state called Arkashan. From among many races, the most prominent ones are the so-called Kshanti, the effect of genetic and technological evolution of humans. To prevent further escalation of the conflict between these factions, the eponymous Games of Glory were created, in which five-player teams fight battles on special arenas. The players assume control over a group of clones of five different classes that offer unique abilities and weapons (melee and firearms). The competition occurs in several game modes of varied victory conditions and prizes. Games of Glory introduces a couple of novelties to the MOBA genre by combining elements of strategy, shooter, and hack ‘n’ slash productions. The title is designed primarily for e-sport purposes.
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.
Order of Battle: Kriegsmarine
Strategy 20 April 2017
Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop
Action 20 April 2017
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Arcade 20 April 2017
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.
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.
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.
Orcs Must Die! Unchained
Action 19 April 2017
A spin-off to the humorous series of action strategy games that focus on fighting Orcs. This time the developers from Robot Entertainment mixed in even more genres by adding MOBA and card games elements. The game focuses on multiplayer and uses a free to play distribution model with microtransactions. Two factions face each other in the game – the Human Order that was rebuilt after the events shown in the second game and the Unchained, faction that consists of various monsters. Two 5-person teams fight against each other and the gameplay focuses on defending the base and attacking enemy stronghold. Each character has unique abilities that allow him for example to build and upgrade various traps and obstacles or sabotage enemy structures. Units and equipment are used by selecting cards obtained during battles.