Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943
Strategy Monday, 01 May 2017
Adventure Wednesday, 03 May 2017
An arcade roguelike game developed by a team of independent developers: Benedict Fritz, Greg Wohlwend, Joel Corelitz, David Laskey and Jenna Blazevich. Players are taken to a fantastic, fairy-tale like world as a titular seed. Their task is to climb to the peak of a high mountain to save the hero’s house from incoming threat. TumbleSeed’ gameplay revolves around traversing five varied, procedurally generated environments, like jungle, desert and ancient temples. The protagonist rolls on a platform located on the screen, as we balance the platform left or right to dodge traps and enemies. That doesn’t mean that the seed is defenseless – it's got more than 30 special abilities. TumbleSeed stands out with its two dimensional visuals: unique, psychedelic and filled with colors. It is complemented by a soundtrack composed for the game, which balances between trance and ambient genres.
Dawn of Andromeda
Strategy Thursday, 04 May 2017
Set in science-fiction realities, a 4X strategy developed by independent studio Grey Wolf Entertainment from Portugal. The action of Dawn of Andromeda takes place in the distant future in the titular galaxy that serves as an arena for the rivalry between various civilizations of different cultures. You are the head of one these and your objective is to build an empire by colonizing new planets, establishing relations with other fractions, conducting scientific research, and building an army respected by enemies. The game is based on core aspects of 4X strategies, yet it is still a real-time strategy with an active pause available during combat. Dynamically changing galaxy is inhabited by randomly-generated species on different development levels - this gives an opportunity to trade, but also brings considerable danger. Expanding your fleet and making diplomatic efforts play crucial roles in achieving success.
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade
Strategy Thursday, 04 May 2017
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is an expansion to Galactic Civilizations, a turn-based 4X strategy game developed by Stardock. The expansion offers a new campaign, the titular Crusade. We learn that the human empire is no longer interested in diplomatic actions towards the alien races and decides to use force to mark their presence in the galaxy. Crusade introduces three new playable factions: the Terran Resistance, the Onyx Hive that dwells in the asteroids, and highly advanced cybernetic amoebas, the Slyne. The players can also create their own civilizations, including its leader, ideology, and abilities. We can also design our ships and write our history and dialogue options. Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade also introduces the citizens system (player can give their citizens specific roles) and the espionage mechanics. Additionally, the expansion offers an elaborate planetary invasion system, where we have to train our troops and personally deploy them on specific areas of given planets.
Action Friday, 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.
Action 09 May 2017
Set in a science fiction world, an old-school first-person shooter in a retro style inspired by similar productions from the 90s. In this debut project of Pixel Titans, you take control of a scavenger who suddenly loses a huge space cruiser ICARUS from his radar during one of the scouting missions. He decides to see what is wrong and ends up having to fight for his life on the deck of this humongous ship. Mechanically, Strafe is a dynamic, hard-core shooter in which you have to constantly fight, move, and dodge attacks in order to survive. Additionally, the death of the hero requires you to start everything from the beginning. The diverse locations you visit are, to some degree, procedurally-generated. To make the struggle easier, you get to choose one of three types of weapons, which you can upgrade as you progress. The title also features a simple crafting system and trading.
Birthdays the Beginning
Simulation 09 May 2017
An original open-world game combining elements typical for titles such as Spore or Minecraft. The game was created by Arc System Works, and the TOYBOX Inc. studio led by Yasuhiro Wada - the father of the Harvest Moon series. Birthdays the Beginning casts the player in the role of a creator of worlds, whose goal is to create a planet, along with a breathing ecosystem rich in life. Once a universe has been generated, the player decides about topography-related aspects through raising mountains and creating valleys where water, the source of life, can gather. What's more, the player has to provide things such as adequate temperatures. At the beginning, the player uses simple, unicellular organisms that get to inhabit the game world. Later on, the player leads them through subsequent stages of evolution - from different plants and dinosaurs, through creatures resembling present-day animals, and ultimately to reach humanoid beings. Birthdays: The Beginning offers colorful, three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a light atmosphere.
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels
Racing 09 May 2017
Action 10 May 2017
An isometric cyberpunk action game by SMAC Games. The action of Tokyo 42 is set in a futuristic version of the eponymous metropolis, where we assume the role of a killer who, while performing his lucrative contracts, uncovers a scheme that can change the fate of the world for ever. The gameplay is set in an open world, while the protagonist employs a rich arsenal of weapons and various gadgets. We can also drive vehicles. The available missions were designed in a way that gives the players freedom in choosing their methods — depending on our preferences, we can go in all guns blazing or focus on a stealthy approach. The game is enriched by the fact that the streets of the city are roamed by crowds of ordinary citizens which, depending on the case, can make our job significantly easier or harder.
Adventure 10 May 2017
RPG 16 May 2017
A first-person sci-fi role-playing game featuring elements of cyberpunk. StarCrawlers, a title that pays tribute to the classics of dungeon crawlers, was developed by Juggernaut Games. The player assumes the role of the leader of a group of scavengers exploring space stations and fighting hostile machines. Their main goal is to infiltrate a huge spaceship which was originally traveling to an unknown planet in order to colonize it. The gameplay mechanics were based on the classics of the genre - the action is viewed through the eyes of individual characters, who cannot rotate beyond 90 degrees at a time. The player explores procedurally generated locations, collects items, avoids traps and fights enemies in a typical, turn-based combat system. The team consists of four members, whose different skills have to be developed in such a way that they complement each other, for this is the key to success.
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.
Fighting 16 May 2017
A sequel to the 2013 arcade fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us by NetherRealm Studios, known for the latest Mortal Kombat games. Like in its predecessor, in Injustice 2 you play as the characters from the DC universe, fighting each other in violent duels. The game features minimal plot, in which Batman and his supporters try to rebuild the society, but at the same time have to fight against Superman and his allies. Among the chaos, a new danger appears, threatening to wipe out all of humanity. Mechanics-wise, Injustice 2 is a spectacular Mortal Kombat-like 2.5D fighting game, although it's not as violent. You can play as either a hero or a villain; available characters include Superman, the Flash, Batman, Supergirl, Aquaman, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. The sequel also allows for modifying your chosen character. During the gameplay, you earn new equipment, which can alter not only your character's appearance, but also their abilities.
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds
Adventure 16 May 2017
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is an improved and expanded version of a visual novel game initially released on PSP and PlayStation 3. It was developed by Idea Factory. The game takes place in the 19th century Japan and tells the story of a young girl named Chizuru Yukimura, who travels to Kyoto in search for her father, a respected physician and scientist. Lost in the city, she is being helped by the members of the Shinsengumi - a law enforcement group, whose job is to fight the revolutionists opposing the shogun. When she finds out the truth about her father's research, Chizuru is forced to unravel a complicated political crime scheme. A key to achieving victory in the game lies in befriending the helpful police officers. Our adventure takes place in a way characteristic to the genre. The dialogues in which we take part are presented with 2D, slightly animated visuals. From time to time we will have to make a decision that will influence the game's plot.
Action 17 May 2017
An first person shooter game by American Studio Impulse Gear. The game requires the PlayStation VR headgear and utilizes the PlayStation Move motion controllers, as well as a simplified rifle called PlayStation VR Aim Controller. The game is set in the far future, in which interplanetary flights are a part of the daily life. The ship carrying the protagonist crashes on an alien world. It quickly turns out that the planet is inhabited by hostile creatures resembling giant insects. The protagonist has to fight for survival. Farpoint focuses on exploring your surroundings and fighting the encountered enemies. You use the rifle not only to eliminate your foes, but also to scan the nearby area. Compared to other FPS games, the gameplay is quite slow. The game features high-quality 3D visuals.
Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs
RPG 18 May 2017
A turn-based RPG focusing strongly on strategic aspects and created by Pixelated Milk - a Polish developer. The player is taken to a peaceful fantasy world and assumes the role of Kay Loren - a young nobleman whose father reveals on his deathbed the existence of a distant land belonging to their family. Once the protagonist arrives in the place, it turns out that the entire land is ruined and the family was charged with a large debt. Kay decides to restore the ruined city to its magnificent state and take back the neighboring areas from the wildlife occupying them. The player's tasks are to construct buildings, gather resources, develop technologies and manage the land appropriately, so it can generate adequate amounts of money. Exploration, completing quests given by NPCs and turn-based combat are all of high importance here. The protagonist can be accompanied by four other characters with unique abilities, which can be developed alongside progression.
Action 18 May 2017
The debut production from Telepath's Tree, a Polish studio consisting of the former members of CD Projekt RED, People Can Fly, and Flying Wild Hog. The game is a horror first-person shooter that takes the player to a dark world combining biology and mechanics, where terrifying monsters pose a constant threat. The gameplay combines classic shooter mechanics with those of a surrealistic horror. Dealing with enemies requires the player to use bith conventional weapons and the environment. The action takes place in an semi-open environment that offers the player several alternative ways to reach the objective. When it comes to visuals, the game makes the most of the Unreal Engine 4, featuring an interesting art style, inspired by the works of a Polish artist - Tomasz Strzalkowski. It is a tasteful game world with dark locations that evoke a constant feeling of anxiety and uneasiness.
Action 18 May 2017
A First Person Experience game, created for virtual reality headsets. It was developed by Polish indie studio Anshar, whose members contributed to such titles as Lords of the Fallen or Sniper: Ghost Warrior. The story takes place in the future, in the age of uninhibited deep space exploration. The discovery of a working artifact of an alien civilization resulted in a bloody conflict between two leading corporations. The players take on the roles of the last surviving members of the two organizations, whose primary objective is further survival and finding a way to get home. The game features a wide open world and focuses on three main aspects: exploration, survival, and rivalry. The gameplay consists of such elements as e.g. solving puzzles, gathering valuable resources, and direct encounters with the opponents. Detached utilizes the advanced Unreal Engine 4, which provides high-quality visuals.
Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
Strategy 18 May 2017
Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit is the fourth expansion to Cities: Skylines developed by the Finnish studio Colossal Order. Mass Transit requires the base game to be playable. This add-on expands the aspects of public transport, introducing new means of transportation for our citizens to use. Now, people who live in our virtual cities can travel by ferries, cable cars, monorails, or even by zeppelins. Communication centers, special buildings where quick transfers between buses or means of transportation happen, play a crucial role in this expansion. The list of novelties introduced by Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit is closed by new types of roads, bridges, buildings, and political plans. The expansion also introduces bonus scenarios where players will have to face challenges connected with traffic management and solving communication problems.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days
Action 18 May 2017
Endless Space 2
Strategy 19 May 2017
A continuation of a 2012's highly-rated, turn-based 4X space strategy game by Amplitude studio. The action of Endless Space 2 takes us once again into the distant future where we can take part in a galactic conflict between the great races fighting struggling for control over a fragment of the universe. Both our empire management and battles take place in a turn-based system, and the player's task is to explore the universe, take control of individual planets, create a functioning economy, develop new technologies, and establish trade and diplomatic relations. The military aspect plays a key role in the game, featuring an advanced ship construction module, allowing us to personally choose the individual components of our ship. The game's virtual universe is randomly generated, providing unique adventures and challenges with each new game.
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island
Arcade 19 May 2017
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
RPG 19 May 2017
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of the 1992 Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second game in the famous jRPG series and was never before translated into English. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia takes place in a fantasy world divided between two opposing factions. The game focuses on two childhood friends who, as adults, are fighting for the opposing sides. Their stories intertwine, allowing us to see what happens on both sides of the conflict. Like in every game from the series, gameplay focuses on turn-based battles where we control a small group of heroes. There are many of them available for recruitment, but only a handful can be used on the battlefield. We can level up our characters, explore the world, visit towns, and complete side quests between the battles. Unlike its precursor, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia features 3D visuals and fully voiced dialogues.
Strategy 23 May 2017
A turn-based strategy game by Vertigo Games, developed for VR headsets. In Skyworld, you inherit your deceased father's shabby kingdom, and your task is to manage it so that it returns to its former glory. You also inherit a magical scepter, which you use to cast spells to create new buildings and lead your army in order to get rid of any enemies. However, your task is not only to defend yourself from wicked witches and to tame dangerous dragons; you also have to manage the kingdom's economy and taxes, and systematically upgrade your troops. Thanks to the VR goggles, you can freely observe the virtual world just by turning around.