Adventure March 2016
A sandbox game by Unknown Worlds that combines elements of action-adventure productions and RPGs. The game’s universe draws inspiration from such novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, therefore at the bottom of the ocean you can see strange sea monsters, as well as remnants of futuristic buildings and ships. The player takes the role of a captain of an advanced submarine, and has to explore the depths of the ocean. The game’s characteristic feature is the ability to construct vessels and determine such things as performance, layout, on-board mechanisms, and materials used for the construction. You start by creating rather primitive ships, however, as you progress you will have an opportunity to construct more advanced vessels, able to explore previously unavailable parts of the ocean. While playing you can freely walk around in your ship, and even go outside and explore the marine world on your own.
RollerCoaster Tycoon World
Strategy March 2016
RollerCoaster Tycoon World is the fourth installment in the popular economic strategy game series and the first one to be released in over ten years. Atari entrusted the 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 and eponymous rollercoasters. In accordance with the latest trends, the game puts a large emphasis on online play, social interaction as well as player cooperation. Of course, the title offers modernized graphics.
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo
Racing January 2016
A realistic rallying simulation endorsed by one of the world’s most successful rally drivers and multiple world champion Sébastien Loeb. The game was developed by Italian studio Milestone – the creators of many acknowledged racing game series, as well as the first four WRC games. While playing you become a young driver who tries to make his way into Sébastien Loeb’s rally team. You compete on rally courses all over the world throughout 15 different play modes, such as classic rally, head-to-head race, Rally Cross, or Pikes Peak Ascent. There are a few dozen cars in the game from 20 manufacturers. These include not only modern ones, but also cars that made history back in 1950s. You can also customize the appearance of the vehicles.
A real-time space strategy with RPG elements developed by Paradox Interactive – the creators of such renowned series as Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings. The game is played in procedurally generated space, and your job is to build a galactic empire. On starting the game you can choose one of 7 playable races that differ in appearance, skills, and the way they view ethics. The game is mainly about traversing space and developing your faction, as well as making alliances with other species, using advanced diplomacy system. The game also abounds with battles against hostile communities that you encounter on your interstellar journey. The title offers three independent technological trees, so depending on your preferences you can focus your development on society, engineering, or physics.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia
The third installment in a 2,5D platform game series that exists as a spin-off subseries belonging to Assassin’s Creed franchise. This time you visit the 1918 Russia, when two bloody revolutions lead to radical changes in the government. Brutal Bolshevik rules ignite a civil war, while the never ending struggle between the Templars and the Assassins is raging on in the background. Playing as Nikolai Orelov, you take care of the Brotherhood of the Assassins’ interests, completing a series of dangerous missions, whose general assumptions are no different than in the core Assassin’s Creed games. Therefore, you run on rooftops to avoid patrolling guards and perform assassinations – to which end, on account of the historical setting, you can also use firearms. However, because of the innovative perspective, gameplay requires even more tactical approach and careful planning of your next step.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
RPG March 2016
Another installment in an RPG series based on Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. This title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved to South Park. This time Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat. The whole thing is spiced up with a square doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
A first-person MMO shooter developed by Ukrainian studio Vostok Games. Survarium is set in a near-future post-apocalyptic universe, where human civilization lost a war against forces of nature. Players take the role of the remaining humans, who gather up in small groups in order to survive in this unfriendly environment. The players meet up in instances, and the missions they have to do often require cooperation in small teams. The developers saw to it that the world was filled with traps, anomalies, and dangerous mutants. The game is based on free-to-play financial model with optional microtransactions for extra items and bonuses.
Street Fighter V
Fighting February 2016
The fifth full-fledged installment in one of the longest and most popular fighting game series from Capcom company originated back in 1987. The game offers new, more complex combat system, which at the same time is easier to learn. The system is enriched with three brand new techniques: V-Skills, V-Reversals, and V-Triggers, based on the rechargeable V-Gauge bar. The base game features 16 playable characters, including the greatest legends of the series and 4 new warriors. More characters, as well as whole lot of extra content can be bought for special virtual currency, earned in the game. Street Fighter V allows for cross-platform competition for owners of PCs and consoles. The game shows off cel shading graphics, based on modern Unreal Engine 4 that allowed for a quality leap in comparison with the previous installments. At the same time the developers managed to retain the series’ characteristic look.
RPG May 2016
A sequel to one of the most popular Korean MMORPG games. MU 2 is a title produced and published by Webzen Inc. The game is set on a mythic continent of Mu, according to James Churchward’ theory, resided by an ancient civilization of Naacal. Players take the roles of heroes seeking for fortune, adventure, and some monsters to hunt for on this legendary realm. Gameplay in MU 2 is focused on dynamic combat resembling a hack-and-slash game. As befits an MMO, the game offers extensive social features, letting you communicate with friends, form teams, and create clans. High quality visuals in MU 2 is generated by popular Unreal Engine 3.
Professional Lumberjack 2016
Another installment in a simulation games series previously known as Woodcutter Simulator. This production is a result of cooperation between German company UIG Entertainment and renowned game publisher Namco Bandai. This is the first part of the series that was designed not only for PC, but also console players. As always, Professional Lumberjack 2016 has you become a manager of a woodcutting company. Gameplay consists of two layers: simulation and economic. The former offers a wide selection of machines for cutting, processing, and transporting wood. The economic layer in Professional Lumberjack 2016 is about accepting and completing jobs, as well as investing money earned in further development of the company and new machines, which translates to better efficiency and faster tempo of working.
Action February 2016
A third-person action game with stealth elements, set in the Cold War period, created by Haggard Games (the title was previously being developed as the third installment to Death to Spies series). The game has you play as a Russian agent and trained assassin. While cooperating with American CIA he takes part in a series of spy operations in different parts of the world (Europe, USA, Cuba). At one point the protagonist discovers a conspiracy that threats not only USA, but also the entire world. Gameplay mechanics bears much resemblance to Hitman series. Throughout 11 open-structured missions the player has to infiltrate secret bases, steal documents, and eliminate enemies. Each mission can be completed in many different ways, using a variety of tactical options, such as disguises, fiber wire, poison, knives, firearms, and even “accidents”. Players’ progress is scored by efficiency and goes to online ranks.
Action April 2016
A dynamic, third-person action game set in science-fiction stylistics inspired of modern theories about time travel. This title is the first next-gen production from Finnish studio Remedy Entertainment, best known for Max Payne series and Alan Wake. Set in a near future, the story is split into TV-like episodes. You play interchangeably as three characters – university scientists, who, as a result of a failed experiment, gain the ability to manipulate time. Now they have to use their skills to “fix” the universe plagued by strange anomalies resulting from a series of experiments. Gameplay resembles an action movie filled with frantic shootouts and pursuits. Impressive graphics adds to the effect – visuals were created using in-house Northlight Engine, tailor-made for the eight generation consoles.
Euro Coach Simulator
A coach simulator developed by experts at producing truck simulation games – Czech studio SCS Software, also known for 18 Wheels of Steel and Truck Simulator. In the game you become a coach driver, who has to take a typical path of career – starting as a regular employee of a corporation, to finally become the owner of a prosperous transport company. The game takes you onto European roads, where you carry passengers from one place to another, thus earning more and more money for new vehicles. The developers recreated a dozen or so licensed coaches – not only in appearance, but also the sounds different engines produce. In terms of visuals the game uses a well-proven engine from Euro Truck Simulator 2, as well as some new models created specially for this production. In effect, the game sports realistic traffic and richly detailed cities with their iconic landmarks.
World of Speed
A free-to-play online racing game focusing on team competition. The game was created by Slightly Mad Studios, also responsible for the two parts of Need for Speed: SHIFT, Test Drive: Ferrari Racing legends, and Project CARS. In the game you get behind the wheel of licensed passenger and exclusive cars of the world’s most famous brands, and take part in racing challenges all around the globe. You compete on authentic tracks, as well as fictitious ones. Competition includes standard races, car pursuits, drift, and something like capture the flag. The authors put stress on accessibility of gameplay and arcade driving model. The game puts stress on social features, so that players can unite in clans and take part in real car battles for control over individual tracks.
Total War Battles: Kingdom
Strategy May 2016
The second installment in a spin-off subseries belonging to Total War franchise, designed with the view of mobile devices. Both titles were created by a separate development team working under Creative Assembly. In contrast to the original game, this one focuses entirely on online gameplay and competition between players. The game takes you back to 10th century. You become a leader of a small country, who has to take care of its development and security. Your goal is to conquer new lands and turn them into bustling, productive terrains. The game offers expanded strategic gameplay, so you not only raise buildings, gather resources, and expand your army, but also use diplomacy, spies, and intrigues against your allies and foes. In terms of graphics and battle visualization, unlike the previous edition, this one looks more like big Total War games.