Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass (PC)
Action Tuesday, 28 March 2017
The first pay-to-play expansion pack for Battlefield 1 - a popular online shooter game set in the World-War I period. They Shall Not Pass brings a new game mode called Frontlines, which combines the Conquest and the Rush modes together. Two sides of the conflict fight one another for control over certain, interconnected spots. Once the headquarters and all the outposts are in control of a team, a sequence resembling the Rush mode begins - the teams attack the telegraph posts or defend them against the opposition. The French Army is the new playable faction introduced in this expansion, and Trench Raider is the new elite class, which specializes in melee combat and use of grenades. They Shall Not Pass also brings new equipment, namely Char 2C Super Heavy Tank, St. Chamond tank, and Siege Howitzer. Furthermore, the game was enriched with four new maps inspired by well-known battles of the First World War: Verdun Heights, Fort Vaux, Rupture and Soissons.
Styx: Shards of Darkness (PC)
Action 14 March 2017
A sequel to the well-received TPP stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows by French studio Cyanide. Once again you play as the goblin assassin known from the first installment and the RPG Of Orcs and Men. The protagonist goes to the city of Körangar, a stronghold of the Dark Elves. There he discovers that a secretive meeting of the Elves and the Dwarves is just a cover for a dangerous conspiracy of the goblin-hating races. Your task is to uncover the secrets surrounding the conspiracy and to save your kin from annihilation. In terms of mechanics, Styx: Shades of Darkness does not differ much from its predecessor, focusing on the stealth aspect and the quiet ways of eliminating your opponents. At the same time, the game's world has become more expansive, and the protagonist now has a range of new abilities, such as being able to jump from one corner of the room to another, climb up ropes or us a knife to move around via zip-lines.
Adventure 10 March 2017
An unusual survival horror game created by Frederick Raynal and Gloomywood - a French studio. The game offers pixel-art visuals and is played from the classic top-down view. The player takes on the role of a criminologist by the name of Smith, whose wife got murdered and his children were kidnapped by unknown assailants. Despite the fact that 17 years have passed since then, the protagonist still searches for his children and those who killed his beloved woman - Smith tracks down subsequent serial killers who target juvenile victims. The player explores numerous dark locations and gathers various items that help either to avoid threats or to deal with them. However, the game focuses on saving those who have become targets, instead of punishing the psychopaths. Once the protagonist stumbles on innocents, they join Smith and collectively create a line of original figures following the protagonist. The children can be controlled by issuing simple commands. The player's actions get rewarded with bonus points when they manage to save a large number of children.
A survival-horror action adventure game and the debut production from NVYVE, a Canadian studio. The action takes place in the near future on an island that is almost completely occupied by a modern shopping and entertainment center called the Eden. In the game, we assume the role of a sole survivor of a plague of a mysterious virus that infected the island’s inhabitants and the protagonist's only ally is an AI named Pamela. The gameplay emphasizes the survival aspect — in the game, we have to constantly look for food, drink, and various useful items, as well as ensure that we get enough sleep. To fight mutants, we do not use classical armaments but a number of seemingly useless things which belonged to the Eden’s employees. The title’s highly original interface, designed as an integral part of the virtual world (for example, armbands that display the holograms of the equipment screen), deserves a praise.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends (PC)
Strategy 09 March 2017
A strategy card game set in the universe of a well-known RPG series that has been developed since 1994 by Bethesda Softworks. In terms of game mechanics, The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes after the competing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the gameplay comes down to dueling with a self-built deck of cards representing heroes, equipment, spells, skills etc. The game combines storytelling elements and characters known from previous installment of the series, such as the legendary Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as The Elders Scrolls Online.
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (PC)
RPG 07 March 2017
The eighteenth major installment of Atelier, an complex, long-running jRPG series developed since 1997 mainly by Gust, a Japanese studio. We assume the role of the eponymous girl, Firis Mistlud, who decides to leave her underground mining town and embark on a journey into the unknown. On the surface, the heroine must face various challenges but her alchemic knowledge and mining experience help her get out of trouble. Atelier Firis: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Journey is a new opening for the entire series, introducing many new solutions into the gameplay. Among these, the biggest game world in history of the franchise is the most noteworthy, as well as previously unavailable abilities and the possibility of shaping the world with the decisions you make. Turn-based combat is another very important element. In combat, we can use not only standard and special attacks but also bombs, poisons, and other equipment crafted by Firis.
Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics (PC)
Strategy 07 March 2017
A DLC for Crusader Kings II, developed by Paradox Interactive – a studio known from many successful strategy games, including Stellaris or Hearts of Iron IV. The add-on focuses on religious organizations, including public ones, as well as secret cults that hide from the rest of the society. As the time goes, certain groups can rise to prominence, achieving more influence. Characters can join each organization, and attempt to climb higher in its hierarchy, which results in additional actions, abilities and chains of events. Monks and Mystics also introduces an ability to hunt heretics, or to send an archeological expedition in search of treasure and holy relics.
Loot Rascals (PC)
RPG 07 March 2017
A science-fiction RPG belonging to the roguelike subgenre; it is the debut project of Hollow Ponds - a studio founded by the creators of Hohokum. In Loot Rascals, the player assumes the role of an astronaut whose ship crashes on an unknown, hostile planet. The game's randomly generated world is made up of hexes, most of which remain hidden at the beginning. The player often encounters aggressive monsters that are fought in real time. Interestingly, the enemies defeated leave cards for the player to pick up - those represent different skills. Since the player has a limited number of slots for such cards in their equipment, it is important to select them carefully. When the player dies, they lose a number of their cards, but what is another interesting feature, those are picked up by the creature that defeated the player - the monster later on makes an appearance in another player's adventures. If that player manages to slay the monster, they can return the card to its previous owner or simply keep it. In case of the latter option however, the player has to remember that someone can be after them.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PC)
Action 07 March 2017
The next installment in an action game series that originated in 2001. The series focuses on a famous American special squad known from the novels by Tom Clancy. The game was produced by a Parisian subsidiary of the Ubisoft company, also responsible for the previous installment, Future Soldier. The game is set in Bolivia, where a dangerous drug cartel spreads terror, violence, and lawlessness, unrestrained by the corrupted government authorities. Ghost Recon squad is sent into action in order to eliminate the key members of the criminal organization. Wildlands is revolutionary for the series, as it is the first time in the franchise's history when it takes the players into a vast, open world, which can be traversed on foot or by various vehicles – ground, aerial, or naval – resembling such franchises as Far Cry or Just Cause. The game was designed with both single player gameplay and multiplayer co-op for up to 4 players in mind.
Winning Post 8 2017 (PC)
Sports 02 March 2017
A new installment in the series of thoroughbred horse racing games. The series, initiated in 1993 by Tecmo Koei see us assume the role of an owner of a horse farm, with a mission to lead his pupils to success and renown. To be able to do that, we need to hire experienced raisers, trainers, and jockeys to prepare our horses to participate in various tournaments, taking place in Japan and other parts of the world. Compared to the previous installments, Winning Post 8 2017 introduces over 300 famed horses and their jockeys, as well as a hundred horses that have found their way to the history of horse racing. The game contains new avatars and previously unavailable tournaments. Finally, the new edition introduces amulets – special items that offer various bonuses, including more resistant horses, faster skill acquisition for jockeys or trainers, etc.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Sabotage (PC)
Action 28 February 2017
The first official expansion for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which was first delivered to PlayStation 4 owners with other platforms having followed a little bit later. This DLC pack offers four new maps for multiplayer gameplay (Noir, Neon, Renaissance, Dominion) as well as a new episode for the zombie co-op mini-campaign: Rave in the Redwoods, set in a wood camp inspired by horror movies of the 1990s. Players can take on new variants of the heroes from the original game, who are now aided by film director Kevin Smith. On top of the new additions included in Call of Duty: Inifnite Warfare - Sabotage there are two new opponents (Slasher and Sasquatch), extra weapons, traps, cosmetic elements, and Fortune Cards.
Arcade 28 February 2017
A maze-based logic game developed by Vivid Helix. Our job is help two medusa-like creatures in navigating an abstract maze in search of an exit. Interestingly enough, each creature has its own version of the same level, forcing us to control both characters simultaneously using analog sticks. Each level is a logic minigame - the learning curve is low, but the game quickly increases its difficulty level, introducing more and more difficult puzzles and obstacles, including mobile enemies that can engage in pursuit. Semispheres is characterized by unusual simple-yet-vibrant graphics, and an original ambient soundtrack that creates a meditative atmosphere.
River City Ransom: Underground (PC)
Action 28 February 2017
A retro style two-dimensional beat'em up game with RPG elements, and a continuation to the cult-classic production for NES released in 1989. The action takes place 25 years after the events from the original title – Alex and Ryan, the protagonists of the previous game, have graduated River City High, but Slick – one of the gang bosses defeated in the past – begins to pose a threat again; you fight as one of eight available characters in order to stop him, and all the other criminal organizations, one more time. The fundamental mechanics featured in the original have not been changed in the slightest. The game offers more than 100 hand-drawn levels with open structure, allowing us to upgrade the character and the equipment the course of the game. The gameplay basically consists of smashing consecutive opponents' faces and each playable character represents a different fighting style. River City Ransom: Underground features multiplayer that was absent from the original title.
Stories Untold (PC)
Adventure 27 February 2017
An unique horror game by No Code, combining four separate stories. In Stories Untold you play as a person sitting in front of a computer, and your task is to acquaint yourself with a series of eerie recordings. In time, the protagonist immerses themselves in the stories so much that they begin to spot inexplicable things in the nooks of the shabby rooms. The game features a first-person view and you are free to look around your surroundings. The stories take place in varied locations, such as a bedroom or a radio station, all of which are dimply lit to intensify the scary mood. Additionally, the game splendidly captures the atmosphere of the 1980s, in no small part thanks to the unique soundtrack.
A multiplayer-oriented first-person perspective action game developed by an independent developer Mastfire Studios. Blackwake focuses on sea battles, which can be joined by up to 64 players, assuming the roles of the crew members of individual ships. Their job is to man the ship – beginning with loading and operating the cannons, through repairing and patching up the hull, draining the water, and up to delivering supplies and boarding enemy vessels. All crew members choose a captain whose job is to coordinate the team and employ tactics that correspond with the current situation. Interestingly enough, if he isn’t up to the task, the players can dispose of him and choose a new leader through a vote. Blackwake is characteristic for its dynamic weather conditions, and a rich set of modifications that can be applied to individual ships.