An original strategy game with RPG elements, taking place in a unique dieselpunk universe of 1920+, created by a Polish concept artist Jakub Ró¿añski. The game portrays an alternative history of Europe at the turn of the 19th century, in which humanity used their knowledge and means to build powerful walking machines, used not only in battle but also e.g. in agriculture. Thus the gameplay features not only the cavalry, airplanes and prototype tanks, but also rather primitive and awkward mechs, seemingly not of this age. At the same time, the game is firmly grounded in Polish history and references important events such as the Battle of Warsaw.
Sea of Thieves
An action adventure game focusing on multiplayer, set in an open world filled with pirates, treasures and exotic lands to explore. It is a work of the experienced studios Rare – creators of such classic series as Donkey Kong and Banjoo-Kazooie. Players take on roles of corsairs taking part in countless adventures, both on land and open sea. Gameplay revolves around exploration and searching for legendary pirate treasures, though there is a lot of fighting against monsters, as well as epic naval battles of competing groups. As can be easily noticed, Sea of Thieves takes a lot of inspiration from classic tales of pirates, but depicts it in a very humorous way, which is emphasized with its cartoonish visuals.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
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.
The Long Dark
A first person survival sandbox game, developed by independent Canadian studio Hinterland. The team includes veteran game developers, who previously worked for Relic Entertainment, Volition, and BioWare. The game takes you into a post-apocalyptic world after a massive geomagnetic storm. With all electronic devices disabled and water and food supplies running low, the player has to struggle to survive the incoming winter. The game’s sandbox mechanics and its open-world structure give much freedom of gameplay, whose biggest challenges are survival and making difficult moral choices. The game features a compelling narrative written by Marianne Krawczyk, the author of scripts for such titles as God of War and L.A. Noire. The game’s unique character is emphasized by its unusual graphics, designed by Hokyo Lima (known for League of Legends).
Monster Hunter Online
An MMO spin-off to the popular action-RPG series, in which the players’ basic task is hunting for various monsters. The series debuted in 2004 on the PlayStation 2 console, with Capcom being responsible for it since the beginning and joining forces with Tencent Games team (known from Call of Duty Online) for this installment. We enter an open world and play as the titular monster hunter. Aside from traditional attacks, each character has its own powerful special abilities. The gameplay itself is strictly arcade, and the players’ manual skills are more important than their heroes’ statistics. It also emphasizes teamwork, which plays crucial in defeating more powerful monsters. The game is powered by the CryEngine 3, which delivers high quality visuals. The title employs a free-to-play model with additional microtransactions.
Action June 2017
A survival horror game developed by the independent Madmind Studio. The player assumes the role of an unfortunate man who went to hell for unknown reasons. The task that we have to accomplish is not only to find a way out of the abyss but also to uncover the identity of the amnesiac protagonist. The gameplay of Agony is based on exploration of underground depths and solving logic puzzles. Since the hero does not have any combat abilities, we have to avoid confrontation with hellish beasts. The protagonist can take over minds of encountered souls and lesser demons, which comes in handy. The production is powered by Unreal Engine 4 which translates into high-quality graphics. The well-designed environment and horrifying demonic creatures made with attention to detail are especially noteworthy.
Call to Arms
A military real-time strategy with action game features, developed by Digitalmindsoft, the studio that created the popular Men of War series together with Best Way. Unlike the aforementioned series, Call to Arms takes place in modern times, giving us access to weaponry used by present armies (e.g. M1 Abrams tank or the Humvee). Players can choose from two factions, a dozen of vehicles, artillery units and more than 60 types of handheld weapons, which can also be modified as the game progress by adding scopes, rifle butts, barrels etc. A certain novelty is the so-called direct control mode, which allows us to play as any unit and take part in the battle from third-person perspective. As far as the technical side is considered, the game uses a modified version of engine that was used in last parts of the Men of War series.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
A modern remake of one of the most popular jRPG games of all times, developed for PlayStation 4 by the long-standing publisher of the Final Fantasy series, Japanese company Square Enix. The game is set in a universe that combines technology and fantasy elements. The player becomes a former soldier and mercenary, who joins an insurgent group called AVALANCHE. Its objective is to put an end to activities of the Shinra corporation that drains the planet’s energy, leading to an imminent end of the world. The remake stays true to the original mechanics, which boil down to exploration, conversations, character progression, and turn-based combat. The game features brand new graphics, as pre-rendered backgrounds gave way to fully 3D locations. Furthermore, the cartoonish character designs were dropped and look much more realistic.
A sandbox economic strategy game developed by Radiant Entertainment, a debuting studio employing a team of two. The game is set in a medieval realm featuring fantasy elements, and the task of the players is to build a village and transform it into a vibrant city. In order to do this, it is necessary to collect raw materials and food as well as take care of the residents' safety. Thus we can focus our development on army, trade, or religion, or combine elements of different strategies. The key element is the growth of the population: each settler has his own profession, gathering experience and advancing to higher levels of specialization. During the game we must also face competing nations and monsters by participating in real-time battles. There is also a peaceful mode, in which we focus solely on developing the city. The fun is further enhanced by a set of user-friendly modding tools.
A free-to-play real-time strategy game by Wildfire Games, a studio founded by developers and gamers who work for free in their spare time. Initially, the title was supposed to be a mod for Age of Empires II but eventually it was ported to a new engine and made available as a standalone production. The main goal of its creators was to present the most important civilizations that existed on Earth between the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD. In 0 A.D., we take part in a completely fictional conflict, although the game stays faithful to history in terms of weapons, buildings, and so on. The gameplay involves controlling a nation of our choosing and developing it throughout centuries. The player has to erect buildings, produce food, and acquire resources necessary for expansion. Apart from these, we also have to prepare for potential wars by recruiting soldiers that will repel enemy invasions or conquer nearby settlements or cities.
An MMORPG produced by Korean studio NeoWiz Games in cooperation with Epic Games. Bless is set in a fantasy, medieval-like universe, where two mighty kingdoms: Hierapolis and Cosmopolis, engaged in a long-term conflict fueled by philosophy and religion. The main hero joins one of the conflicting sides trying to turn the tide in its favor. In accordance with the typical MMORPG formula, the game lets you pick a character class and develop the hero’s attributes as you gain experience. The developers provided a variety of missions and a dynamic combat system. The game’s high-quality visuals are powered by Unreal Engine 3.
Terraria: Otherworld is the second part of the popular sandbox platform game, developed by Andrew Spinks and his independent studio Re-Logic. In the game, referred to as “two dimensional Minecraft”, we are given the ability to shape a randomly generated world without restrictions and to create a number of useful tools, utility objects and structures via its crafting system. Terraria 2 has a similar, old-school layout and similar mechanics as the original, but the game features also a huge number of changes and innovations that were not implemented by the author in the first installment of the series. First of all, players were given an infinite number of worlds at their disposal, each representing a different biome, e.g. woodland, arctic, desert, or lunar. Furthermore, character development system, object finding and creation, as well as the interface of the game, were modified. The game traditionally focuses on cooperation of many players, what allows them to collectively raise buildings or fight encountered monsters.
Adventure Friday, 27 January 2017
A completely free, standalone expansion for Stasis – a dark science-fiction adventure game released in 2015. The plot of Cayne references the base game in a number of ways, but without spoiling it, so players new to the series can also experience the title in full. Story introduces a pregnant woman named Hadle, who wakes up in an obscure medical facility, where unknown men want to take her baby away. As can easily be imagined, the player’s objective is to make sure that this doesn’t happen. The gameplay is exactly the same as in Stasis, so we are looking at a classic adventure game, seen from an isometric view. During the campaign, designed to last for roughly 1.5 hour, we are mainly occupied with exploration of new locations and searching for items, which are necessary to solve the problems turning up along the way. From the audio-visual side, the game relies on the same, albeit beefed up, visuals. Nonetheless, Cayne has a completely new soundtrack, composed by Ivo Sadiski.
Fighting April 2017
A multiplayer-focused joke arcade game created by Boneloaf, an indie studio from the Great Britain. More precisely, this is an unusual brawler, in which character physics plays a key role. You control colorful little men whose animations are procedurally generated as you play. The gameplay focuses on melee combat, including punching, kicking, throwing your opponents off ledges or pushing them into traps. The game offers several diverse locations, where you can hurt enemies using elements of environment, such as scaffolds, or running trucks, to add to the base moveset. The game’s visuals are minimalistic – the environments comprise of simple, untextured geometric shapes featuring little to no detail. The game offers several modes of local and online competitive multiplayer (solo or in a team). You can also compete against AI or play in the sandbox mode.
An independent economic strategy game in which we develop and manage a network of factories on a hazardous planet. The title was created by two Czech programmers who drew inspiration from such classics as SimCity, Civilization and Transport Tycoon. Our responsibilities include taking care of resource supply, vital to erecting more buildings, constant development of our property, and introducing new technologies we invent in special research facilities. We also have to ensure our plants’ security for they are being constantly targeted by the planet’s natives. All of the aforementioned elements are joined together by a quite complex system of dependencies — because factories are more than buildings, they require equipment, armaments and adequate transportation network. The game’s 2D graphics are minimalistic and keep the player occupied with gameplay.
Sudden Strike 4
Strategy April 2017
The fourth installment in the series of real-time war strategies started in 2000 by Fireglow studio. After the franchise was taken over by Kalypso Media, the task of creating a new installment was given to the young team from Kite Games. Similarly as previous installments of the saga, Sudden Strike 4 takes place during World War II. In the game the player controls the armed forces of Germany, USA, Great Britain and Soviet Union, participating in battles during three large story campaigns and multiplayer skirmishes. The players can choose from more than one hundred varied units and from large variety of tactical options such as ambushes, using buildings as strong points, calling for air support or taking advantage of tanks' weak points. The greatest novelty introduced in this installment are much larger maps and the addition of nine generals based on historical figures. Their unique abilities can turn the tide of battle.
Osiris: New Dawn
A science-fiction action game with survival elements. The title was developed by Fenix Fire. In Osiris: New Dawn the player assumes the role of an astronaut participating in Osiris 2 mission. He is sent to a remote area of space in order to find out what happened to the Osiris 1 expedition. During the journey the astronaut is forced to land on an unknown planet inhabited by various predatory beasts which evolve during the night, becoming even stronger and more dangerous. The player starts the game with small supplies, so in order to survive, he must gather resources and use them to build structures and construct useful items. The gameplay concentrates on exploration and combat, using various weapons, vehicles, planes and robots. In contrast to other games of the genre, the survival aspects are only an addition. on which the player doesn’t need to focus too much.
A free-to-play MMORPG set in a fantasy world and a debut project of the German developer Sandbox Interactive. The game’s universe is shaped entirely by players’ actions, who craft their own tools as well as build settlements and towns. The complex in-game economy system lets you e.g. rent production buildings or lease plots of land to other players. Apart from typical RPG story missions, an essential part of Albion Online are duels between players in PvP mode. The game’s world is split into 800 territories that can be conquered by players’ guilds, seeking valuable resources. Real-time combat uses mechanics typical of hack-and-slash games. While you are offline your territories are protected by a magic aura, so that battles can be fought only between online players. The game features a unique microtransaction system – a commission is drawn from transactions between players.
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam
Action April 2017
Developed by Tripware Interactive in cooperation with Antimatter Games, an FPS which is a continuation to Rising Storm. As the title suggests, the action takes place in Vietnam, where you assume the roles of American or Vietnamese soldiers. The mechanics do not differ considerably from those in the previous installment and once again emphasize realism. Due to the different historical period and realities of the conflict presented, the game now features choppers, booby-traps, and machine guns. Soldiers of each fraction differ not only in fighting style, but also in equipment. The creators provided new unit system that allows for bigger control over the player's squad. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam introduces multiplayer for up to 64 players.
Disgaea 2 PC
RPG 30 January 2017
The definitive edition of the second installment in the Disgaea series, developed by Nippon Ichi Software for PC. The action of this jRPG takes place in Veldime – a fantasy world that has been struck by a curse summoned by a dark lord – Zenon. As a result, its inhabitants have been changed into demonic beings. The only hope lies in Adell – a courageous youth who challenged the powerful adversary. The gameplay in Disgaea 2 PC is based on exploration and completing story and side quests, developing our character through new equipment and learning powerful skills, and enemy encounters. The battles take place in a turn-based system, and the key to success is using our hero and his party’s abilities, and adopting an effective tactic – the players can move their units during their turn. The game is complemented by an additional story episode, starring another character – Axel, and special gameplay variants for seasoned players. When compared to the PlayStation 2 version, the PC edition can boast higher screen resolution, and controls that allow the player to use keyboard and mouse combo.
A sandbox simulation game developed by the independent studio Keen Software House. The action of Space Engineers takes place in space, and the players assume the role of engineers whose task is to build bases, gather resources, and ensure the colony’s survival. The title was created based on the NASA forecasts concerning the conditions of space colonization in the coming years. There are two game modes to choose from: creative mode and survival mode. The players are given a lot of freedom of action in both cases, including the ability to construct their own spaceships and machines as well as to transform the environment. Space Engineers is powered by the in-house VRAGE 2.0 engine, featuring an advanced physics simulation module.
Action March 2017
A two-dimensional exploration action adventure game with RPG and survival elements, developed by the debuting Ellada Games. The action is set in a fantasy world inspired by Viking mythology. We assume the role of a warrior whose funeral ship has been kidnapped by demons and taken into a mythical kingdom of cold and ice, the eponymous Niffelheim. The cursed creatures want the protagonist to seek out for them an ancient artifact that threatens their existence. The gameplay mechanics combine elements of several genres. While playing, we deal mostly with exploration of the randomly generated world, performing various quests and fighting encountered enemies. Survival elements are equally important, though — in the game, we have to constantly acquire raw materials, food, craft various items, and systematically expand our hideout. The title also features an RPG character development system.