The Guild 3
A third part in the Medieval-themed economic strategy game series with RPG elements, whose first installment was created in 2002 by JoWooD Entertainment. This time, developed by Nordic Games, The Guild 3 combines the key features of its predecessors with modern visuals as well as numerous novelties and improvements in the game mechanics. Once again we visit a medieval world, filled with wars, conflicts, and political schemes to slowly rise to the top. The iconic feature of the gameplay is the freedom in choosing our path to success. Depending on player’s preferences, we can pursue our goal as an aristocrat, a merchant, a criminal or virtually anyone else.
Dead by Daylight
Action 14 June 2016
An asymmetric multiplayer action game, based on a classic horror movie storyline: a group of young people being harassed by a murderous psychopath. It was created by Behaviour Interactive, known for such titles as Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade or Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise. In Dead by Daylight, four players take on the roles of ordinary people trying to survive the encounter with a murderer, who's being controlled by the fifth player. You experience the game through a first-person perspective when you play as the villain, and from a third-person perspective when you play as a potential victim. To survive, the victims have to be clever, set traps, and sometimes simply run away. In fact, it is easier to survive when you're working together as a group, but nothing stops you from betraying the others and save yourself at the cost of their lives. Dead by Daylight features several varied types of murderers, and the game's maps are generated procedurally.
Batman: Arkham Underworld
Strategy October 2016
A spin-off to the bestselling Batman game series that started in 2009 and is expanded ever since by Warner Bros. This installment is a mobile strategy game in which the player faces the Dark Knight himself and other law enforcers in Gotham city while trying to transform the metropolis into an actual criminal den. During the game the player assumes the role of a mafia boss who intends to become the king of Gotham City’s criminal underworld. As the game progress, the player is building and improving hideouts, recruiting new criminals and disciplining them so that they follow his orders. Due to player’s actions, the city becomes closer and closer to becoming the most dangerous place in the world. Supervillains known from the Batman universe help the player achieve his goals. Among them there are Harley Quinn, the Riddler and Killer Croc. What’s interesting, if the player’s criminal empire becomes large enough, he has the possibility to eliminate Batman himself.
Paladins: Champions of the Realm
Action October 2016
A multiplayer-oriented first person action game developed by Hi-Rez. The action takes place in a slightly unusual fantasy world featuring advanced technology, including firearms and vehicles. Ironically, all of the technological advancements present here are powered by magic. The gameplay focuses on online battles between small groups of players controlling characters belonging to different available classes, each having distinctive weapons and four unique skills. The battles are very fast-paced in any of the several different game modes. The most important is the Siege, in which a great siege engine appears on the battlefield. Furthermore, the game diversifies the experience by adding elements of card games - the players can build card decks. The cards can provide a character with different bonuses, and three of them, selected at random, are available to use during a match.
Serious Sam 4
Another major installment in the series of brutal and bloody shooters developed by the Croatian Croteam studio. The story of this part is set before the events of the third installment, in which Sam had to face the forces of the main antagonist - Mental in a futuristic, virtual version of ancient Egypt. Mental's goal was, obviously, to take over the Earth. However, the story in this new installment seems to be a bit more mature. In terms of gameplay, Serious Sam 4 remains faithful to the core mechanics of the series - the player once again eliminates entire hordes of enemies using a wide array of diversified weapons. What has changed however, is the approach to the players, who are now given significantly more freedom and huge open maps where even more dark creatures await them. When it comes to technology, the game is powered by Serious Engine 4, the improved version of the original, accompanied by motion capture and photogrammetry technologies.
RollerCoaster Tycoon World
RollerCoaster Tycoon World is the fourth installment in the popular economic strategy game series and the first one to be released after an over ten years long hiatus. Atari entrusted the game's development to a relatively new studio, Nvizzio Creations, for which RollerCoaster Tycoon World is the first major production in its portfolio. In the game, we traditionally assume the role of a theme park manager, who tries to create a unique place of entertainment for visiting tourists with various attractions, including the eponymous rollercoasters. In accordance with the latest trends, the game puts a large emphasis on online play, social interactions, and player cooperation. Furthermore, the game offers improved graphics on par with modern standards.
Action 21 June 2016
An online FPP/TPP shooter from set in the survival horror universe of the Resident Evil franchise, developed by Capcom. Game mechanic combines the elements of the rather coldly received Operation Racoon City and popular online shooters like Counter-Strike. The gameplay revolves around fast and eye-catching skirmishes with teams of armed mercenaries representing powerful corporations competing on the field biological weapon development. The matches take place at relatively small maps, based on most iconic locations featured in Resident Evil games. Our arsenal is composed of a wide variety of standard and non-conventional weapons, both for melee and ranged combat. There are also zombies in Umbrella Corps, controlled by artificial intelligence. Interestingly, they are more than a simple decoration as they can be used to our advantage during fights.
Total War: Arena
A strategy game that combines elements of RTS and MOBA productions, and a spin-off to the bestselling Total War series, distributed as a free-to-play game with optional microtransactions. Total War: Arena lets you take part in massive battles for up to 20 players grouped into two rivaling teams. Each contestant has three units to command, consisting of no more than 500 men each. The crew of Creative Assembly have decided to lift up the historical boundaries, so that now armies from completely different periods and civilizations can fight in one battle. Gameplay is focused on cooperation between players and skillful use of unique abilities of individual commanders.
Strategy 13 June 2016
An original mix of video game genres featuring elements of strategy, RPG, roguelike, economy, and exploration. The title was created by It Matters Games, a producer of mobile and browser games. Caravan takes you to the Arabian Peninsula in the beginning of the Common Era. The land was recreated with attention to historical detail, which however, did not stop the developer from implementing fantasy elements rooting back to the Middle-Eastern mythology. In the game you assume the role of a head of a prominent merchant family, who currently leads a caravan. Using the in-game map you select your travel destination and pick companions as well as stock up on water or merchandise. As you journey across the land you encounter random events – at those moments the perspective switches to a 2D view of the caravan. The same happens in towns, which you visit in order to trade and develop your character’s skills. Combat and bargaining take on the form of an original mini-game, which is a combination of rock-paper-scissors and a dice game.
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).
Order of Battle: Winter War
Strategy 20 June 2016
Another big expansion for the turn-based strategy Order of Battle: Pacific developed by The Aristocrats. Similarly to the base-version, the action of Order of Battle: Winter War takes place during WWII. This time the game concentrates on USSR’s aggression towards Finland, named the Winter War. The campaign consists of 14 scenarios, including the titular Winter War, the Continuation War, and the Lapland War, so it covers the period 1939-1945. You can lead a Finnish, a German, or a Russian army. Order of Battle: Winter War introduces +90 new units, like Finnish troops on skis, German medium tanks Panzer IV, a few types of Russian tanks T-34 and KV-2, and the iconic fighter aircrafts, like Bf-109, Fw-190, Yak-7, Il-2 Sturmovik, and Fokker D.XXI. The change of the theatre of war resulted in introducing a new type of terrain, which influences speed of units and enables them to cross frozen lakes and rivers.
Cube World is a sandbox action-RPG game created by an indie developer Picroma. This game is inspired by such titles as the cult Minecraft and franchises like Legend of Zelda and Monster Hunter. Cube World does not feature a story as such. Instead, the player explores an endless, randomly generated world, full of dungeons, castles, and monsters. Gameplay is based on exploration, questing, and environment shaping. In this voxel-based world you can erect and destroy buildings as well as craft useful items. Apart from single player gameplay, the game also offers online cooperation.
Action October 2016
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.
Valentino Rossi: The Game
Racing 17 June 2016
A racing game developed by Milestone - an experienced Italian team. The game is a successor to the MotoGP series, for this installment was renamed after establishing a cooperation with Valentino Rossi, a famous Italian racer who was awarded the title of the world champion several times. Therefore, the game is again an extensive motorcycle racing simulator recreating the current Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. The carrier of the champion himself is in foreground here, but thanks to licenses the game uses, all the authentic teams, motorcycles, racers, sponsors and tracks of the 2016 season are included in the game as well. The riding physics are even more realistic than usual here, and a great diversification comes with an opportunity to participate in rally events, which is an activity Rossi developed a strong passion for as well.
Watch Dogs 2
A sequel to Watch Dogs, a sandbox action game from 2014, in which the players assume the role of a former criminal and use his hacking skills as well as a number of gadgets to control the city infrastructure as well as private communication devices. Watch Dogs 2 develops the key gameplay elements of its predecessor; the action, however, was moved to an entirely new city, and now takes place in San Francisco. The game was developed by Ubisoft’s internal development studios lead by Ubisoft Montreal. Contrary to first installment, Watch Dogs 2 was created solely with PCs and the 8th-generation consoles, such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in mind.
Dead Island: Riptide - Definitive Edition
Action tomorrow, 31 May 2016
A remastered version of the second installment in the Dead Island series, originally launched in 2011 by the Polish studio Techland. The game picks up after the events of its predecessor. While going back home, the four protagonists had to land on a military ship which soon after became a zombie-infested hell. Eventually, we end up on the entirely new island, Palanai, where we have to fight for survival. As far as gameplay is concerned, the title is practically identical to the 2013’s original. However, compared to it, Dead Island: Riptide – Definitive Edition offers remastered visuals with high-quality textures as well as improved lighting effects and character models. The game also introduces a reworked user interface, a number of technical fixes, and all DLCs released after the launch of the original. The game is available separately or as a part of Dead Island: Definitive Collection.
Developed by Xaviant Games, creators of Lichdom: Battlemage, The Culling is a multiplayer first-person survival game. It is heavily inspired by such titles as The Hunger Games or Battle Royale. As one of 16 contestants, you are sent to an island where, in order to win, you have to kill everybody else before they kill you. Prior to a battle, each contestant can choose three perks, which provide various bonuses and useful skills. Focusing on close combat, the game offers a wide array of melee weapons, allows you to set traps, and features an extensive combat system that allows you to attack in many different ways. There are also bows and firearms available, but they do not play a crucial role in the game. Apart from a very simple crafting system, there is also a big collection of useful items that can come in handy during battles.
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.
A classic RPG game developed by the genre veterans, Obsidian Entertainment (developers of Pillars of Eternity and other popular games). Tyranny takes place in a fantasy world called Tiers in which the eternal struggle between the good and evil ended in victory of the latter. A powerful man named Kyros reigns over the world and the player assumes the role of one of his officers who is the judge and jury for common folk - a person that makes sure that the will of the leader is unopposed. The player can decide how will he treat the citizens of the conquered realm – with no mercy or fairly. Similarly as every classic RPG, Tyrany allows creating and developing own character that represents one of few available classes and creating a party of adventurers who will accompany the player. During the game player will explore the world, complete quests and fight enemies. The battles take place in real time with an active pause. Group attack combinations are an interesting innovation. The visual style of Tyranny references to the old school role-playing games, but the graphics of the game are detailed and impressive.
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.
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.