Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PC)
Adventure today, 24 April 2017
An adventure game/visual novel developed by 5pb, a Japanese studio known with immense experience with the genre. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness takes place in the world of Psycho-Pass, a popular science-fiction anime series. We are introduced to a grim version of 2113, in which a complex computer system called Sybil monitors the actions, thoughts, and emotional state of the inhabitants, creating a criminal behavior estimate for every citizen. If the probability is too high, the troublemaker is pursued by the police that neutralizes him on the spot. The game, taking place during the first six episodes of the animated series, enables us to assume the role of two new members of the investigating outfit: Takuma Tsurugi, an executor who’ve been sentenced by the system, but chose to join the police forces, and Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a woman with without memory who works as an Inspector, a person supervising the work of Executors. The game sees us follow the plot, shown through text, pictures, and short animated sequences. From time to time, we are given a choice of a few alternative actions, while our decision affect the possible outcomes of the story.
Syberia 3 (PC)
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.
Orcs Must Die! Unchained (PC)
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.
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom (PC)
RPG 18 April 2017
An unusual action RPG developed by French studio Enigami. The title takes place on planet Mahera which is inhabited by members of various species that live in symbiosis. Due to a civil war that took place years ago, the land was shattered into pieces and the survivors found refuge on islands floating in the space. The main protagonist of the game is Chado who together with his friend Poky crashed in a place called Adorn. The protagonists are quickly caught in a bigger intrigue that will determine the fate of the whole world. The gameplay of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is based on three pillars: exploration of various locations, fights with enemies and completing main and side quests. What’s interesting, the objectives can be completed in any way the player wants. For example, instead of using brute force, one can sneak past the opponents. The battles take place in real time – player participates in one on one duels while the companions are supporting their friends with ranged attacks. The game also contains a character development system which allows for using new combat techniques, spells and collecting better equipment. Unreal Engine 4 provides high-quality graphics.
Full Throttle Remastered (PC)
Adventure 18 April 2017
Full Throttle Remastered is a remastered edition of the classic 1995 point-and-click adventure game that was developed by LucasArts. Just like the remaster of the Day of the Tentacle, the refreshed version of Full Throttle was created by Double Fine Productions, a studio made of developers of the original game. The game takes place in a grim future where classic vehicles were replaced with the machines powered by antigravity-based engines. We play as the leader of a motorcycle gang, who, along with his companions, is being accused of killing the owner of the last remaining company that produces classic motorbikes. Our job is to clear our name and find the actual person responsible for that murder. Audiovisuals of the original game were visibly refreshed and improved. New high-resolution backgrounds were created for the remastered version, and every animation frame was re-drawn by hand from scratch.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (PC)
Adventure 18 April 2017
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is an episodic adventure game developed by Telltale Games. The game is based on a comic book series from Marvel, and tells the story of the titular Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike the classic superhero team ups, this group is made of outcasts and outlaws, and their humor-filled adventures take place in far reaches of the universe. Like in other games from Telltale, the gameplay in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is based on exploration, dialogues, and, most importantly, on making decisions that influence the course of the plot. Our choices influence not only the current episode we are playing, but also the following ones.
Voodoo Vince Remastered (PC)
Action 18 April 2017
A refreshed edition of a 3D platformer, which debuted in 2003 on the Xbox console and had been created by Beep Industries. The player assumes the role of the titular Vince - a voodoo doll that serves the role of an exhibit at the store belonging to Madam Charmaine. When burglars break into the store and steal the magic Zombie Dust, the protagonist becomes a living doll and its goals are to find the kidnapped owner of the shop and to reverse the effects of the mysterious substance. The game is played from a third-person view and the core of the experience lies in exploring different locations, avoiding the omnipresent traps, solving puzzles, and fighting the enemies encountered. In combat, the protagonist makes use of different kinds of attacks and special powers. Compared to the original release, this remastered edition brings mainly updated visuals, new effects and improved textures. The game runs in 1080p resolution settings, at 60 frames per second.
The Disney Afternoon Collection (PC)
Arcade 18 April 2017
A collection of six action games based on classic Disney cartoons. The collection was developed by Capcom and it contains games that were released in late 80s and early 90s on Nintendo Entertainment System. The Disney Afternoon Collection contains the following titles: DuckTales (1989), Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (1990), TaleSpin (1991), Darkwing Duck (1992), Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (1993) and Duck Tales 2 (1993). All titles were remastered and adapted to modern gaming platforms. They offer various modern graphic filters and are working in native 1080p resolution. The developers have also introduced new game modes, such as Boss Rush and Time Attack. It is also possible now to rewind the action when the player dies or faces some other difficulties in the game. The fans also have access to bonus materials like artworks and concept arts.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands - Narco Road (PC)
Action 18 April 2017
Action 18 April 2017
Flinthook is a roguelike platform game developed by the indie studio Tribute Games. We play as a space pirate who is also a treasure hunter. We will have to face an ancient eivl that threatens the entire universe. The game is presented from a side-scrolling perspective and takes place on procedurally generated space ships. Our hero has a wide array of tools available that will help him move around the game's levels and fight with the encountered enemies. Blasma Pistol is our primary weapon. Hookshot will alow our hero to move quickly around the areas and evade almost instantly. As we progress, we will unlock upgrades that will make it more useful. Flinthook has daily and weekly challenges and a scoring system. The game has decent, pixelart visuals.
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.
Mr. Shifty (PC)
Action 13 April 2017
A dynamic action game, in which you play as the eponymous hero possessing supernatural powers. His task is to break into one of the most secure facilities in the world and discover the secrets hidden within. Mr. Shifty utilizes a top-down perspective. The gameplay focuses on eliminating hordes of enemies — the protagonist can phase through walls, teleport himself away to dodge attacks, and slow down time. The enemies can be killed not only by dealing them a lethal blow or by throwing an object at them, but also e.g. by forcing open a door when the enemy is standing right behind it. The game has a high difficulty level (everything happens quickly and both the opponents and you can die from just one shot) and features pleasant and colorful comic-book-like visuals, as well as a dynamic electronic soundtrack.
Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator (PC)
Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator is a title developed by Brilliant Game Studios. It enables the user to simulate medieval/ancient battles in which dozens of thousands of units can participate. The game presents the topic in a humorous way. Not only Romanian centurions, medieval knights, Spartans and Persians can fight against each other, but orcs, trolls, Santa Clauses, penguins and chickens as well. The strengths of these armies (even the chickens) are more or less equal, but each unit type has unique attack. The battles take place in varied environments – there are winter landscapes, mountain tops, deserts and green fields. The action can be observed from any perspective, enabling the player to have a better view of the fight. Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator is based on modified Unity technology. This enables it to depict great number of units while keeping a decent level of graphics.
Action 11 April 2017
A dynamic third-person perspective hack-n-slash action game developed by Japanese studio Platinum Games led by Hideki Kamiya. The main protagonist, Bayonetta, is a sexy witch who, 20 years prior to the events depicted in the game, woke up in a chest at the bottom of a lake. She has no memories of how she got there or what happened before. Forced to fight against forces of Heaven that constantly attack her, the protagonist gradually learns new facts about her past. The gameplay focuses on traveling through subsequent locations while eliminating enemies and very original bosses. During the game, the player uses a mix of handguns and melee weapons (including items taken from fallen enemies). By using the power of her hair, Bayonetta can also summon powerful demons and hellish torture machines that allow her to eliminate her enemies in a very effective way. Witch Time, a very useful ability that slows time, proves to be an alternative key to victory in most cases.
Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition (PC)
RPG 11 April 2017
Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition the remastered version of the classic cRPG game. It was created by Beamdog. Unlike the other remasters from the studio, Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition has no new story elements. Instead of that, Beamdog focused on the technical aspect. Visuals were improved (on PC we can even play in 4K), just like the user's interface. Game's soundtrack was also remastered. Chris Avellone, designer of the original game, supervised some of the changes introduced by Beamdog. Most of them were tweaks to the game mechanics and fixes of bugs that were left in the original release. In Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition we play as The Nameless One, a mysterious immortal hero who tries to find the truth about his past and the reason behind his immortality. We are acompanied by diversified heroes (among them we will find Morte, a floating, talking human skull) in our adventures. Learning the stories of the citizens of this unique world and doing quests are the primary focus points of the game. Combat is present in the game, but it is just a small part of it and in most cases can be avoided. As we progress, we level up and advance our character and party members. It is worth mentioning that even though the game is based on the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons The Nameless One's character is based on our deeds in the game, not chosen during the character creation process.
A Rose in the Twilight (PC)
Arcade 11 April 2017
A 2D platform game by Japanese studio Nippon Ichi Software. The game's protagonist wakes up in a mysterious castle devoid of colors, and discovers that an unknown force froze the flow of time. She can, however, reverse those effects by using a thorn that has grown on her back. Fortunately, the protagonist is not alone — she is accompanied by a friendly giant, who is helping her escape the enormous fortress by lifting and throwing heavy objects. Although A Rose in the Twilight focuses on exploration and jumping on platforms, another key element of the game are logic puzzles. While the game is very difficult, each death gives you tips to avoid the same dangers in the future. The visuals are unique, utilizing colors only sparsely.
The Sexy Brutale (PC)
Adventure 11 April 2017
Filled with black humour, an adventure game co-developed by Tequila Works and Cavalier Game Studio. The action of The Sexy Brutale takes place inside an old English mansion transformed into a casino by the mysterious Marquis. One day, its workers murder all the guests. However, the player gets the chance to save them. You assume the role of a priest named Lafcadio Boone who – just like in the movie Groundhog Day – falls into a time loop and relives the day of the murder again and again. Primarily, the title focuses on investigating each homicide and figuring out how to prevent it. To do that, you will have to explore, chat, solve mysteries, and face occasional stealth challenges. Advanced AI deserves special recognition as it simulates the way the guests live and react.
Shock Tactics (PC)
Strategy 11 April 2017
Shock Tactics is a turn-based strategy inspired by the classic games like X-COM series or Jagged Alliance and the TV show Firefly. The game takes place in a far future where mankind colonized the universe. We play as an ex-convict who was sent on a dangerous mission. His job will be to lead the colonization of a newly discovered planet. Ruthless mercenaries hired by the intergalactic Syndicate and a mysterious race that originated from humans will stand in his way and try to stop him from fullfiling his mission. During our adventures we will be exploring the planet divided into a couple procedurally generated continents. Firstly, we will have to secure checkpoints and set convoy routes. In time, we unlock new areas and learn the secrets left by civilization that once lived there. We can use the gathered knowledge to improve and develop our base and conduct research on new technologies. During missions, we lead a group of up to six unique soldiers. Taking advantage of the environment plays an important role during battle.
Arcade 11 April 2017
Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer developed by Playtonic Games, a studio created by the experienced developers who played a crucial role in the development of Rare's biggest games. The game's title is a blend of the protagonists names. Yooka, the first of them, is a chameleon who has an unusually long tongue, which can be used to grab onto various surfaces and cover large distances. The other one, Laylee, is a bat who can use sonic attacks. Laylee can also carry Yooka and fly with her friend for a short distance. During our adventures, we explore vast, three-dimensional locations. We need to use our protagonists unique abilities to travel around them. There are numerous challenges awaiting the players: from typical platform sequences, through logical puzzles and item collecting, to boss fights. There are also many hidden minigames in Yooka-Laylee’s world.
Cosmic Star Heroine (PC)
RPG 11 April 2017
Cosmic Star Heroine is an RPG game developed by a small studio called Zeboyd Games. We take on the role of Alyssa L'Salle, one of the galactic government's best agents. Ever since her identity was compromised, she became a point of interest to many organizations she rubbed the wrong way in the past. Our job will be to find the reason behind those events and to unravel a galactic conspiracy Alyssa was unaware of before. Gameplay in Cosmic Star Heroine focuses on exploration and combat. During the turn-based battles we will use a rather unique weapon: a rod that can generate force fields and turn into a rifle. Talking with NPCs and modifying our headquarters also plays an important role in the game. Additionally, Alyssa can recruit agents that will accompany her in her adventures. Cosmic Star Heroine is powered by Unity technology and has 2D pixel-art visuals.