Inner Voices (PC)
Adventure 10 May 2017
An exploration-adventure horror by the independent studio Sigma Games from Poland. The main hero of Inner Voices is John Blake who is trapped in a dimension resembling purgatory. The protagonist suffers from amnesia and the only way to reveal his mysterious past is to follow a strange voice. The hints it drops lead the hero to eerie places which reflect his own memories distorted by an unknown, evil force. The action is presented from the first-person perspective. The journey takes us to different locations which are filled with logic puzzles varying in difficulty and complexity. What is interesting, the world is generated randomly to some extent, while particular locations are picked from the pool of 50 places.
Dead Cells (PC)
An action game with roguelike and metroidvania elements by indie French studio Motion Twin. During the game, you explore a grim castle, whose elements (such as chambers, cloisters, and sewers) are procedurally generated. Given the permadeath system, it means that each new gameplay is a frech experience, during which you can discover new parts of the fortress. An important aspect of Dead Cells is combat, which is very difficult. To succeed you have to work out the patterns of the enemies' attacks and to get the protagonist to a high enough level. In combat you use melee and ranged weapons, as well as offensive and defensive magic. The game features pleasant 2D pixel-art visuals.
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels (PC)
Racing 09 May 2017
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels is the second big DLC for Forza Horizon 3 developed by Playground Games. This time, players take part in races where they will drive Hot Wheels cars on crazy and twisted tracks. These are filled not only with launching pads, but also with speed boosters and tailspins. The DLC comes with a new mini-campaign (including special challenges) and a dedicated location made of six islands connected by a network of roads. In Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels, players can drive the following vehicles: 1969 Hot Wheels Twin Mill, 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker, 2012 Hot Wheels Rip Rod, 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang, 2016 Jeep Trailcat, 2016 Zenvo ST1, 2007 Toyota Hilux Arctic Trucks AT38, 2010 Pagani Zonda R, and 1972 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49. The expansion has high quality visuals but in terms style, they are much from what we could see in the base game. Everything, including the orange road panels, is colourful here.
NBA Playgrounds (PC)
Sports 09 May 2017
NBA Playgrounds is an arcade sports game inspired by the NBA Street game series. It was developed by Saber Interactive, a studio mostly known for their futuristic first-person shooters like TimeShift and Inversion. In NBA Playgrounds, players take part in basketball matches. Even though the gameplay is based on classic rules, it has not much to do with reality. Players jump incredibly high and do various tricks during those jumps. Nonetheless, mastering all of the game's twists and turns and moves takes some time. It has to be mentioned that developers managed to get the NBA's license. Thanks to that, we can played as both current and old NBA stars. As we win, the players get new abilities which allows them to do more complicated sport stuns. NBA Playgrounds can be played both in single player and multiplayer modes. The game has characteristic cartoonish visuals. Characters available in the game are caricatures of sorts of the real NBA players, and various lighting effects are present during our matches. All of this goes well with NBA Playground's gameplay.
Birthdays the Beginning (PC)
Simulation 09 May 2017
An original open-world game combining elements typical for titles such as Spore or Minecraft. The game was created by Arc System Works, and the TOYBOX Inc. studio led by Yasuhiro Wada - the father of the Harvest Moon series. Birthdays the Beginning casts the player in the role of a creator of worlds, whose goal is to create a planet, along with a breathing ecosystem rich in life. Once a universe has been generated, the player decides about topography-related aspects through raising mountains and creating valleys where water, the source of life, can gather. What's more, the player has to provide things such as adequate temperatures. At the beginning, the player uses simple, unicellular organisms that get to inhabit the game world. Later on, the player leads them through subsequent stages of evolution - from different plants and dinosaurs, through creatures resembling present-day animals, and ultimately to reach humanoid beings. Birthdays: The Beginning offers colorful, three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a light atmosphere.
Action 09 May 2017
Set in a science fiction world, an old-school first-person shooter in a retro style inspired by similar productions from the 90s. In this debut project of Pixel Titans, you take control of a scavenger who suddenly loses a huge space cruiser ICARUS from his radar during one of the scouting missions. He decides to see what is wrong and ends up having to fight for his life on the deck of this humongous ship. Mechanically, Strafe is a dynamic, hard-core shooter in which you have to constantly fight, move, and dodge attacks in order to survive. Additionally, the death of the hero requires you to start everything from the beginning. The diverse locations you visit are, to some degree, procedurally-generated. To make the struggle easier, you get to choose one of three types of weapons, which you can upgrade as you progress. The title also features a simple crafting system and trading.
Action 05 May 2017
Sequel to the best-selling science-fiction FPS from 2006. After many perturbations during the development, the work started by the creators of the original title – Human Head studio – was completed by Arkane Studios, the creators of Dishonored. The story of the second game starts in the same place and time as the original title. The difference is in the main protagonist. This time it is sheriff Killian Samuels who works for airlines. The action of the game takes place in the open world of an exhausted planet Exodus where, after years, the protagonist works as a bounty hunter. The gameplay mechanics were greatly changed. The title introduces platform elements (jumping, climbing up ledges) and the possibility to hide behind covers. Various weapons can be additionally upgraded and modified. Visuals of the game are generated by greatly improved id Tech 4 engine known from the original game.
Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics (PC)
Strategy 05 May 2017
A battle strategy game with card game features. It was developed by French studio Gameloft. It focuses on real-time multiplayer battles between two players. Each player has a general placed in one of the special buildings located on opposite ends of the map. The game ends when one of the players loses their general. To protect him and to eliminate the opponent, the player is using cards from his deck to summon new units. Their march is slowed down by guard towers placed between the bunkers of the generals. The key to victory is to correctly match units to tasks and enemies. Cards that provide special powers and bonuses are important as well. All of it makes creating a versatile deck the main task of the game. Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics offers nice, cartoonish graphics. Although the game shares its title with a shooter known simply as Blitz Brigade, it has completely different gameplay.
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade (PC)
Strategy 04 May 2017
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is an expansion to Galactic Civilizations, a turn-based 4X strategy game developed by Stardock. The expansion offers a new campaign, the titular Crusade. We learn that the human empire is no longer interested in diplomatic actions towards the alien races and decides to use force to mark their presence in the galaxy. Crusade introduces three new playable factions: the Terran Resistance, the Onyx Hive that dwells in the asteroids, and highly advanced cybernetic amoebas, the Slyne. The players can also create their own civilizations, including its leader, ideology, and abilities. We can also design our ships and write our history and dialogue options. Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade also introduces the citizens system (player can give their citizens specific roles) and the espionage mechanics. Additionally, the expansion offers an elaborate planetary invasion system, where we have to train our troops and personally deploy them on specific areas of given planets.
Adventure 03 May 2017
An arcade roguelike game developed by a team of independent developers: Benedict Fritz, Greg Wohlwend, Joel Corelitz, David Laskey and Jenna Blazevich. Players are taken to a fantastic, fairy-tale like world as a titular seed. Their task is to climb to the peak of a high mountain to save the hero’s house from incoming threat. TumbleSeed’ gameplay revolves around traversing five varied, procedurally generated environments, like jungle, desert and ancient temples. The protagonist rolls on a platform located on the screen, as we balance the platform left or right to dodge traps and enemies. That doesn’t mean that the seed is defenseless – it's got more than 30 special abilities. TumbleSeed stands out with its two dimensional visuals: unique, psychedelic and filled with colors. It is complemented by a soundtrack composed for the game, which balances between trance and ambient genres.
Viking Rage (PC)
Arcade 28 April 2017
Viking Rage is a VR tower defense game developed by the German studio N-Gon Entertainment. Players take the role of a Viking whose job is to fend off the enemies who attack his base. Unlike in other tower defense games, we do not build towers, but fight on our own. The game offers a wide array of weaponry for our hero, like axes, bombs, bows, crossbows, or fancy and elaborate traps. Moving around the game locations happens in a way typical for virtual reality games - our hero teleports from one place on the map to another. The game's visuals are not that sophisticated, but the cartoonish style successfully masks that. Both character models and locations are simply said eye-pleasing.
Little Nightmares (PC)
Arcade 28 April 2017
A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.
World of One (PC)
Action 27 April 2017
An independent action-platformer with logic elements inspired by popular Limbo and the novel The Little Prince. In World of One, you assume the role of a boy living on a small planet, who begins to question his existence. Interested in learning about the reality he lives in, the boy sets out on a journey to different planets. While observing the action from the side-view, the player solves logic puzzles based on physics and fights enemies. The hero meets both lesser opponents as well as powerful ones. The first can be battled by working out their particular sets of attacks. The latter can be defeated with the use of tools hidden in different places. The environment is also abundant in deadly traps. The visuals of World of One are gloomy, black-and-white and feature red elements. Gameplay is accompanied by a soundtrack intensifying the feeling of unease.
Expeditions: Viking (PC)
RPG 27 April 2017
Set in a historical setting, a classic, tactical, turn-based RPG developed by Logic Artists studio. The game is the second consecutive installment in the game series launched in 2013 with Expeditions: Conquistador. The action takes place by the end of the 8th century. With the death of your father, you become the new leader of a small Viking village. Your objective is to strengthen your power, ensure the safety of your people, and make your village the strongest one in the area. However, your mission is threatened by hostile neighbors and conspiring members of your own clan. Apart from village management, you will be plundering and raiding, but to do so, you will have to begin with gathering the necessary resources and assembling a good crew. The combat, observed from the top view, takes place on battlefields covered in hexagon grid. The turn-based combat system allows you to come up with devious tactics. The non-linear plot of the game can be influenced by your choices, both strategic and personal.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC)
Strategy 27 April 2017
Developed by Relic Entertainment, the third installment of the real-time strategy set in a dark science fiction world. The action of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III once again takes us to the popular universe created by Games Workshop. During gameplay you can lead one of the three available races: Space Marines, Eldars, and Orks. Each of them has unique heroes, units, buildings, and abilities. Mechanically, the title combines the best solutions from the previous parts of the franchise and concentrates on spectacular battles waged on vast maps with hundreds of units. The game features RPG elements, such as customization of units and heroes that can be provided with special equipment and abilities obtained with the increase of experience. The title utilizes a modern graphics engine which offers attractive, 3D visuals and large-scale environment destruction.
Scanner Sombre (PC)
Adventure 26 April 2017
Adventure game with horror features based around exploration and with unusual visuals. The work of Introversion Software’s team delivered a title set in a system of underground caves and corridors, wrapped by utter darkness. With no flashlights or torches of any kind, we can only navigate using laser-scanning system LIDAR, which displays our surroundings as three-dimensional shapes formed by sparkling points. We do this by pointing handheld laser – when rays reflect from obstacles, the system analyzes them, calculates their position and draws a shape of our surroundings. This image is displayed in helmet worn by the protagonist. The system designed by developers has many functions that help orientating during exploration of caves. Those include: coloring points in space depending on how far they are from a player, the ability to change width of a scanning beam and map mode that shows every scanned and drew corridor. The labyrinth explored by us hides many secrets, from common wonders of nature (like caves of stalactites and stalagmites) to ruined buildings of ancient cultists.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PC)
Fighting 26 April 2017
Another installment in the popular series of fighting games developed by Arc System Works. The story was divided into three chapters and it tells about the further adventures of characters known from the previous entries in the series. There are also new characters like Hibiki Kohaku, Naoto Kurogane and Hades Izanami. The gameplay is faithful to the roots of the series – BlazBlue: Central Fiction focuses on duels fought in two-dimensional environment. A special version of Distortion Drive called Exceed Accel is a novelty in the series – it allows the character to deal enormous damage. There is also the Active Flow mechanism that activates when a player plays very aggressively – it provides stronger attacks and faster Burst regeneration. Arcade Mode and Multiplayer are the main modes of the game and they are accompanied by Speedstar Mode (the objective is to defeat a specific number of opponents in limited time) and Alliance Mode (team battles in which the defeated opponents can join player’s team).