A third-person action game focusing on cooperative gameplay. It was developed by the Polish division of Epic Games (formerly known as People Can Fly). The action of Fortnite takes place in a world haunted by zombie-like demons. The players assume the role of operators whose task is to stop the monsters that invade the Earth through a network of portals. The gameplay is divided into two phases — during the day, we have to build a stronghold that repels demon attacks at night. The gameplay mostly involves searching for materials, constructing fortifications, and fighting enemies. The game is distributed in free-to-play business model, offering some additional facilities for optional fee.
RPG yesterday, 25 July 2017
A unique tactical RPG from independent American studio Supergiant Games. The story of Pyre is set in a mysterious land called Downside, which is a variation on the Christian idea of purgatory. The main protagonist is rescued by a trio of masked travelers, who ask him to help them in unveiling the truth about the so-called Rites – an unusual competition, in which the winners can earn pardon for their sins and be freed from Downside. Pyre’s gameplay contains two fundamental parts. We travel in a special coach that is also used to manage our companions and make decisions that affect the land and its inhabitants. However, there is another and more important part of the game, in form of skirmishes we take part in, which combines features of MOBA and sport titles. A team of three characters must get a hold of a special ball and take it to enemy’s base.
Fable Fortune (PC)
A card game set in the universe known from the Fable series. The title was developed by Flaming Fowl, a studio that consists of former employees of Lionhead Studios – the creators of the previous entries in this popular franchise. As in other games of the genre, the gameplay focuses on duels played by using cards collected by the player in the game. The player can select from many heroes with different abilities and bonuses that can be used during the duels. The battles have not only a story background, but specific tasks to complete as well. The player must frequently choose between good and evil and his decisions determine the look of the protagonist and list of available units. Fable Fortune can be played alone or in multiplayer mode – the game contains both cooperation and competitive modes.
Aven Colony (PC)
Strategy yesterday, 25 July 2017
A city builder strategy game developed by the independent studio Mothership Entertainment. The player arrives at the planet Aven Prime, assuming the role of the founder of one of one of the first extraterrestrial colonies. His tasks include expansion and settlement of new areas, taking care of the settlement’s technological infrastructure and the morale of its inhabitants, as well as fighting dangerous fauna and results of extreme weather conditions. The action takes place in varied environments: starting from swamps, through deserts, to icy polar regions, which influences the conditions in subsequent missions. The core of Aven Colony is the single player story campaign. The game also features a sandbox mode where we have no additional tasks apart from commanding a space base. The production’s graphics are high-quality not only because of the well-designed environments but also thanks to interesting designs of futuristic buildings.
Super Cloudbuilt (PC)
Action yesterday, 25 July 2017
A remastered edition of the 3D platform game CloudBuilt by Coliworks, originally released in 2014. The games focuses on the story of Demi, a soldier who's been wounded in battle and who ends up in a special facility, where both her body and mind are to be healed. Most of the gameplay takes place in the protagonist's mind and completing challenges helps her to come to terms with her traumatic war memories. Mechanics-wise, Super CloudBuilt is a platform game, utilizing a third person perspective. There are many quite surreal levels to complete, consisting of ruins floating in mid-air. The gameplay focuses on parkour, which allows you to run on walls and perform various acrobatics. Compared to the original, the game features improved visuals and interface, although the gameplay has also been slightly modified to make it more interesting, varied, and deeper.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PC)
Action yesterday, 25 July 2017
Developed by Marvelous AQL, another installment of the third-person perspective action games subseries of the Fate franchise, which after a longer break returns to gaming consoles. The action of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star takes place after events from Fate/EXTRA. As the previous war comes to an end, the supercomputer Moon Cell Automaton takes over the world and sends the players to a digital kingdom known as SE.RA.PH., where they have to fight one more battle for freedom. Mechanics slightly resemble productions from the Dynasty Warriors series. During gameplay you control one of 16 characters known as Servants – there are both some new and old characters. Each of the aforementioned figures possesses unique, great powers that you can use in combat with tens (or even hundreds) of enemies at the same time. In contrast to the other titles in the franchise, representing either jRPG or visual novel genres, this production features fast and spectacular action in the form of a hack-and-slash.
Kingdoms and Castles (PC)
Strategy 20 July 2017
An economic strategy game developed by Lion Shield, a team set up by former members of Maxis – the studio behind the SimCity series. In contrast to the aforementioned franchise, Kingdom and Castles is set in a fantasy world. You take the role of the manager of a small village which you are to develop and transform into a thriving city with a castle able to withstand enemy attacks. During gameplay, you need to gather resources necessary for putting up buildings. Also, you need to skilfully manage farms so as to feed all your peasants. However, if you forget that seasons in this title change, you might face famine. You have to strike a balance between the satisfaction of the inhabitants and the tax rates you impose on them. The objective is to defend your city from Viking raids and dragons attacks. To survive, you need to build castles with defensive walls and watchtowers.
Action 20 July 2017
An online action game with MOBA features set in fantasy world, and the debut project from the American studio, Motiga, established by veterans of the gaming industry led by James Phinney (StarCraft, Guild of Wars). Its story takes us to a land filled with magic and fantasy races, while the game itself concentrates on skirmishes between two teams of five people. Each player takes control of a selected hero with unique skills and equipment. The teams don’t fight by themselves though, as they are supported by eponymous giants, controlled by AI, the most durable and deadly units in the game. The main objective is to defeat the opposing team’s giant, which can be weakened by capturing certain points on the map. Typically for such games, we observe everything from third-person perspective and develop our characters during a match, use environmental objects, and combine attacks into deadly combos.
Strike Vector EX (PC)
Action 19 July 2017
An action game developed by RageQuit Corporation. It is an improved version of Strike Vector, a title that was released in 2014 on PC. During the game, the players are participating in dynamic air fights of futuristic vehicles that can switch between two modes of operation: a dynamic TPP fighter jet mode and a slower first-person perspective mode which gives greater precision of movement. Strike Vector EX offers a single player campaign, but the game is mostly focused on multiplayer mode in which more than a dozen of players can compete with each other. A characteristic trait of the game is the fact that despite the large size of the maps, they consist of narrow passages and complicated structures instead of large and open spaces. Getting through these structures at high speed requires good reflexes and nimble fingers.
Aporia: Beyond The Valley (PC)
Adventure 19 July 2017
Aporia: Beyond The Valley is a first-person exploration adventure game developed by the Dutch studio Investigate North. The game takes place in a mysterious Ez'rat Qin valley that once was the home of a great civilization. Now, only ruins remain there. Our hero wakes up after hundreds of years of slumber, suffering from amnesia. His task is to find out the truth about himself and his old world's past. We observe the game from a first-person perspective. Gameplay focuses on exploration and gathering clues that will help us find the answers to our questions. The game emphasizes riddles and puzzles. Many times we will have to figure out how a certain mechanism works or find a way to avoid or neutralize a trap before will be able to solve one of them. The game is rather nonlinear and the plot is told visually, so we will not hear or read any texts or dialogues.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PC)
Action 18 July 2017
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher is a fantasy action game developed by a novice Australian studio Prideful Sloth. The game takes place on a magical island Gamea and we play as a kid that was sent there by his, or hers, parents. We soon realize that our new home is not the paradise we thought it was and was overtaken by dark forces. Our task is to save Gamea. As we play, we will explore the open world of Gamea, collect various items, solve riddles, and fight with the encountered enemies. Friendly spirits that can dissipate the darkness will aid us in our adventures. The game's main story and side quests are diversified by the many additional activities, like planting and gathering crops, fishing, brewing, cooking, or crafting. As we progress, we will gather more and more resources, finding allies whose help in the war against the darkness will be essential.
Children of Zodiarcs (PC)
RPG 18 July 2017
Children of Zodiarcs is a tactical RPG developed by Cardboard Utopia. The game takes place in a fantasy world ruled by the Torian Empire. The empire owes its power to the titular Zodiarcs, ancient machines that were left behind by a long extinct civilization. We play as a band of thieves caught in the act of robbing one of the nobles. This draws the attention of the guards and other criminal groups, like the Cannibal Clan. Gameplay is based on turn-based combat. The key to success lies in taking advantage of the game's environment and the individual skills of our party members. Almost all of our combat actions are controlled by a deck of cards we collect during our adventures. The effects of our actions can be empowered by throwing dice. We can improve those dice through an advanced crafting system. Children of Zodiarcs allows us to develop our characters in many various ways.
Albion Online (PC)
RPG 17 July 2017
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.
Tower of Time (PC)
Tower of Time is an RPG set in a fantasy realm that stands on the brink of destruction. The player assumes the role of a warrior, who, along with a party, decides to explore a mysterious tower that may hold a key to stopping the apocalypse. Gameplay mechanics in Tower of Time mostly rely on exploration of the game world, completing missions, fighting foes, and developing your heroes. Characters represent different classes and have a variety of attacks and special skills at their disposal. Besides, many of them can have impact on their environment. Combat is observed from top-down perspective and played in real time, but it’s possible to briefly slow down time so that you can give orders to your heroes. Throughout the campaign you traverse the 13 floors of the tower, which amounts to 20-30 hours of gameplay. In between missions, you regularly visit a local town in order to regain strength and replenish supplies and equipment. Some buildings in the town can be upgraded, which unlocks new gear and abilities.
Gettysburg: The Tide Turns (PC)
Strategy 13 July 2017
A turn-based recreation of the battle of Gettysburg, one of the most important and bloody battles of the American Civil War. Gettysburg: The Tide Turns offers a number of scenarios, building an extensive campaign which allows the players to control the forces of the North, as well as the Confederacy. Our job is to conduct turn-based battles on the hexagonal grid covering the maps. The battles are large in scale, with the player controlling whole divisions of troops. The game contains an interesting feature – randomized turns. The order of turns is not fixed, while the engine decides which of the units are capable of making a move in the given turn. The Tide Turns is a highly complex title, characterized by historical consistency. The battles employ real units, while the course of each encounter is influenced by landform or soldiers’ morale.
The End is Nigh (PC)
Arcade 12 July 2017
A 2D platform game created by two indie game developers: Tyler Glaiel (known from Closer) and Edmund McMillen (known from The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy). In The End is Nigh you play as a strange creature called Ash, one of the last beings that survived the end of the world. Traveling through the ruins of civilization, inhabited by bloodthirsty mutants, Ash gathers body parts of the dead to create a friend for himself. The production is a classic 2D platform game, in which you journey through maps full of enemies, gather items, and avoid various dangers. During exploration, which is made easier by the fact that Ash can climb walls, you collect cartridges, which allow you to access various minigames. The game also features many secrets to discovers, several alternative endings, a high difficulty level, and a large dose of black comedy.
Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series - Season 2 (PC)
Adventure 11 July 2017
Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series - Season 2 is the secon season of the episodic adventure game developed by Telltale Games and set in the Minecraft universe. After the events of the first game, the crew begins to fall out as a result of too many dutuies and lack of time for new adventures. One day, jesse manages to get into trouble. Not only he finds a mysterious cursed glove, but also gets his hand stuck in it. This starts a completely new adventure that will take us to the farthest parts of the world. Just like other games from Telltale, Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series - Season 2 is a rather simple adventure game where story plays the most important role. We influence it by making decisions in its crucial moments. One of the newest introduction to the game that was not present in season one are the so-called observers, people who use a special mobile app to influence players' choices.
Black The Fall (PC)
Adventure 11 July 2017
An action-adventure title developed by the independent developer Sand Sailor Studio. The action of Black The Fall takes place in a communist industrial dystopia where the inhabitants are completely subject to the regime. The main hero, named Black, is a obedient worker at one of the many factories. However, when the entrance door gets damaged, he takes the opportunity to break free. Gameplay featuring a side-view focuses on exploration of the mysterious environment. Locations introduce numerous traps, obstacles, and diverse environmental puzzles. During gameplay, Black gets his hands on a designator – a tool which gives him control over workers, machines, and other friendly beings. The title utilizes 2.5D visuals that do not feature too many vivid colors, which makes the title stand out.
Strategy 10 July 2017
A turn-based strategy set in the Victorian age, created by an independent developer, Tim Conkling. It takes us to a somewhat grotesque version of a British town, based on Charles Dickens’ descriptions, with us playing as a leader of the local thieves’ guild, whose task is to develop his organization and fill its vaults with gold. To achieve this, we must recruit new members to our gang, train them and send on missions like stick-ups, mugging, and assassinations. Infiltrating banks, factories, and other influential institutions is crucial to our success, in addition to building useful structures and researching new technologies – all of this without going broke of course. Antihero offers a huge freedom at expanding our criminal empire. Depending on our preferences, we can concentrate on more discreet activities or turn our organization into a full-fledged assassin’s guild.
Root Letter (PC)
Adventure 07 July 2017
An adventure game/visual novel developed by Kadokawa Games. The action of Root Letter takes place in present-day Japan, with players taking control of a thirty-something man who discovers long forgotten letters that he had exchanged fifteen years ago with a penfriend named Aya Fumino. Her last letter contains a murder confession, and states that she has to atone for her sin. After that, she suddenly broke off all contact. One day, our hero decides to learn the truth about the ominous letter, and find Fumino. When it comes to mechanics, Root Letter is similar to classic visual novels, but the players are left with much more opportunities to interact or influence the course of the gameplay, which is further diversified by investigative minigames. Depending on the decisions made throughout the game, the story is concluded by one of five different endings.