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.
The Signal From Tolva (PC)
Action 10 April 2017
A first-person action game with open world, set in a science fiction reality. The Signal From Tölva was developed by the independent developer Big Robot studio, the creators of the humorous Sir, You Are Being Hunted. This time, the player assumes the role of a hacker and takes control of robots that decided to explore an alien planet on their own. In this way, we have to investigate the source of a mysterious signal emitted from beneath the planet’s surface. While conducting the search in the vast, open world, we will often have to clash with hostile factions with the use of a rich arsenal of futuristic weapons and gadgets, including a plasma shield, shockwaves, and so on. Should the robot we control be destroyed, we can hack into another one’s computer and continue playing. Graphics-wise, The Signal From Tölva presents a significantly higher quality than Sir, You Are Being Hunted. The game world combines an original comic style with landscapes characteristic of the science fiction genre.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PC)
Action 07 April 2017
A remastered version of People Can Fly’s first-person shooter that initially came out in 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition offers, first and foremost, enhanced graphics, while the gameplay core remained unchanged. The action takes place in a distant future, and the player assumes the role of a former special forces operative of the charismatic general Sarrano, now wanted as the public enemy number one. At the core of the gameplay lies dynamic combat in which we not only shoot enemies with various fancy guns but also lash them with an electric whip and finish them off in many other creative ways. Spectacular kills, so-called skillshots, are awarded with points that can be spent for customizing weapons. Apart from the single player story campaign, the game features a cooperation multiplayer mode. What’s interesting, Duke Nukem, one of the biggest ruffians in the industry’s history, makes a guest appearance in Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition.
Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro (PC)
Logic 06 April 2017
Another official expansion to the free-to-play card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment. This time the developers send us to the unexplored forest of the Un’Goro crater, which is inhabited by intriguing, but also very dangerous species of fauna and flora. We follow the team of explorers led by Elise Starseeker, encountering mighty dinosaurs, wild elementals, carnivorous plants and many other interesting organisms. Add-on introduced 135 new cards, a new keyword (skill) called Adapt, and a new card type (Task), as well as a board with an Un’Goro crater theme and a card back fossil. Developers also implemented another group of minions, consisting of Elementals. It consists not only of magical creatures from this expansion, but also some older cards.
Stellaris: Utopia (PC)
Strategy 06 April 2017
A standalone expansion for Stellaris – a 4X strategy game developed by Paradox Interactive. The Utopia expansion introduces an array of innovations and improvements, the first and foremost being an option of building so-called megastructures. This enigmatic name stands for giant, ring-shaped artificial worlds or even ones resembling a Dyson sphere, i.e. massive construction that completely encompasses a star and efficiently consumes all the energy emitted by it. Apart from that, you can also create new habitats in the form of large space stations, which offer more living space for your community. Stellaris: Utopia also brings along the system of traditions. Adopting new civilization ideas and gathering so-called Unity points helps you expand your empire and grants active bonuses to its development. The list of new features ends up with an option of establishing new laws and giving privileges for individual races.
The Franz Kafka Videogame (PC)
Adventure 06 April 2017
A classic point-and-click adventure game by Denis Galanin, the creator of Hamlet or last game without MMORPG elements, shaders, and product placement. The plot of The Franz Kafka Videogame was inspired by the works and life of the eponymous writer. The story, however, is not an exact copy of its literary predecessors, but follows a different plot, in which you can find references to e.g. the novels The Castle and America, as well as the stories The Judgement, The Metamorphosis, and others. The gameplay consists of exploring and solving logic puzzles, which require analytical thinking and the ability to associate facts. The visuals of The Franz Kafka Videogame feature hand-drawn 2D backgrounds and simple animations in a style resembling that of René Magritte's paintings.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PC)
Arcade 05 April 2017
Specter of Torment is a free DLC for the fan-favorite platform game Shovel Knight, developed by Yacht Club Games. This time, we play as a new protagonist, the titular Specter. The expansion takes place before the events of the base game. In terms of gameplay, Specter of Torment is identical to the base game, combining the elements of a 2D platformer, an RPG, and an action-adventure game. Once again, we observe the game from a side perspective. We explore some new fantastic locations, solve simple environmental puzzles, and fight the enemies. However, Specter has a new move set and skill set at his disposal. Unlike his predecessor, he can climb walls and other environmental objects, which opens new tactical possibilities for the players. The iconic shovel was replaced with a characteristic scythe.
Blackwood Crossing (PC)
Adventure 05 April 2017
An adventure game developed by PaperSeven. The plot was written by Oliver Reid-Smith (the creator of the script for the well-received The Room), and it focuses on the relations of orphaned siblings: Scarlett and her younger brother, Finn. When the girl enters adolescence, their relations worsen. While traveling on a train, the protagonists meet a mysterious creature that lets them look at their past from a different perspective. The gameplay in Blackwood Crossing is based on exploration of the environment, having conversations with non-player characters, and making various kinds of decisions. The choices we make not only have an influence on subsequent stages of the story but also its climax. The game is also enriched by simple logic puzzles. The title is powered by Unity Engine technology and boasts high-quality three-dimensional cartoon graphics.
Adventure 05 April 2017
A surreal two-dimensional point ‘n’ click science fiction adventure game created by Jacob Janerka, an Australian developer of Polish descent. The story of Paradigm takes us to a near future to a surreal world inspired by Eastern Europe of the 70s and 80s. The protagonist is named Paradigm, he is a mutant and a product of a failed project of DUPA Corporation that deals in breeding ideal children. Abandoned by his creators, the hero produces electronic music and his goal is to reach world fame in this field. Both the plot and the characters are saturated with absurd and dark humor, additionally enriched with numerous easter eggs. As far as gameplay is concerned, Paradigm resembles classical adventure games of the 90s, such as Day of the Tentacle or the Monkey Island series. While playing, we have to explore levels, interact with non-player characters, gather items, and solve logic puzzles. The audiovisual layer of the title also strongly references the retro style.
LEGO City: Undercover (PC)
Action 04 April 2017
Another installment in the popular series of third-person perspective action games that uses the license of the popular LEGO bricks franchise. This time, the title is available exclusively on Nintendo platforms. The game takes place in a modern metropolis and its main protagonist, Chase McCain, is an undercover cop. His task is to find, infiltrate, and stop criminal operations, which he does in-style, Hollywood style. Gameplay mechanics in LEGO City: Undercover combine the most important features of the LEGO series with elements typical of the Grand Theft Auto and Driver series. The overall feeling of the game is strongly inspired by classic action movies. The gameplay is a mix of various genres and during the game the player will participate in spectacular car chases, fly a police helicopter, chase after suspects on rooftops, and engage enemies in fist fights. The controls are simple and intuitive and the game provides us with many opportunities to employ the unique capabilities of Nintendo consoles and their controllers.
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity (PC)
Racing 04 April 2017
The fourth full-fledged installment in the spectacular racing series Flatout started in 2004 by Finnish studio Bugbear Entertainment. After the cold reception of the third installment in the series, the task of creating the new entry was given to Kylotonn studio, the creators of the fifth installment of the popular rally series WRC. The game is strongly based on notes and suggestions of the community and promptly returns to the roots of the series. In the game the player traditionally participates in brutal races in which one can win not only by driving fast, but by eliminating the vehicles of the opponents as well. FlatOut 4: Total Insanity has the option to destroy the environmental objects, create astonishing crashes and sports a realistic destruction system – all the features that were the iconic traits of the series since it was created.
A crafting MMORPG developed by the Polish developer Huckleberry Studio, the game is a survival simulator in a post-apocalyptic world. In Edengrad, the players engage in traversing the world and combat with mutated animals or other players, as well as completing various story missions, the course of which is predetermined, but the location of each objective is random. During the game we can find numerous items, from weapons, through outfits, and up to derelict wrecks that can be renovated and used as a means of transport. However, the game’s main highlight is an incredibly extensive crafting system, which allows us to build equipment, as well as many furniture and other elements, such as lamps, chairs, or even walls or fences. Created items are placed in the world, influencing the look of the area.
X-Plane 11 (PC)
Simulation 30 March 2017
Another edition of one of the most advanced flight simulation games in development since the 90s by Laminar Research, a studio connected to NASA. X-Plane 11 does not deviate from the standards of the series in any way and offers its players the possibility of piloting a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft — starting from light planes, through giant passenger planes, and ending with helicopters. Traditionally, the game is characterized by impressive realism both in terms of the accurate recreation of available machines and flight physics. Compared to its predecessors, the production offers a revamped user interface, enhanced avionics, and even more detailed, fully functional 3D cockpits. Moreover, the title features new buildings and roads that better recreate the characteristics of Europe as well as airports that teem with life. There, we can see all kinds of vehicles, including maintenance and other AI-controlled machines.