Euro Truck Simulator 2 (PC)
Simulation 19 October 2012
A sequel to the popular truck simulation game. Just like its predecessor from 2008, the game was developed by Czech developer SCS Software. Euro Truck Simulator 2 lets you play as a truck driver and owner of a delivery company. The core gameplay has you transport cargo between towns and cities. The game’s map comprises of a large part of Europe, and features a significant number of cities you can visit. The money you earn doing jobs lets you purchase new trucks or customize the ones you already own. Euro Truck Simulator 2 sports attractive visuals and realistic driving model, which takes into account not only well-researched real-life physics, but also the current road conditions.
Star Citizen (PC)
A space simulator created by Chris Roberts and the Cloud Imperium Games developer team. The plot of Star Citizen is set in the 30th century. Humanity, united under the banner of United Earth Empire, has begun the colonization of the universe, encountering many alien races in its course. It is a unique opportunity for adventurous pilots to gain fame and wealth, as well as the treasured status of an intergalactic empire citizen. The gameplay combines elements of spaceship simulator, shooter, cRPG, as well as economic strategy. The game offers two modes. Squadron 42 is an offline campaign, in which the player-controlled character joins an elite squadron of star fighters. For MMO aficionados, the developers have created the Galaxy Mode, allowing them to play with thousands of others. Spectacular visuals of Star Citizen are generated by the CryEngine 3 engine.
Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East! (PC)
Simulation 19 September 2013
The first big expansion to the highly-popular simulation game, Euro Truck Simulator 2. The add-on has been prepared by Bohemian studio SCS Software in answer to community’s request. Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East! adds new locations to the basic game, the Middle Europe countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. The developers made sure to include faithfully recreate topography of each town (including landmark buildings like the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw or the Buda Castle in Budapest), as well as realistically depicted, dense network of national roads between them. Small changes we also introduced in the visuals, especially in landscapes along routes.
The Forest (PC)
A first-person perspective (FPP) sandbox survival horror game. The Forest is the work of an independent studio SKS Games, known mainly for the smartphone hit, End Night. The player assumes the role of a sole survivor of a plane crash. The hero ends up on an isolated island far away from civilization, inhabited by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of land (forest, caves, etc.), survival skills (building a shelter, searching for food, setting traps, etc.), and fighting or avoiding confrontation with opponents. The creators have made an effort to create a lively, fast-changing world, allowing for great freedom of action. As for the technical side, The Forest utilizes Unity 4 engine.
Project CARS (PC)
Racing 07 May 2015
A robust car racing simulation game created by the experts at this genre, Slightly Mad Studios (Need for Speed Shift, Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends and other titles), in cooperation with the community of World of Mass Development. Project CARS lets you test your driving skills, putting you behind the wheel of diligently recreated cars of different classes – from karts, through sport cars, to Formula 1 racing cars. The creators highlight the authenticity of the experience, including realistic driving model and advanced collision system, as well as impressive visuals. The game offers many varieties of gameplay in both single player and competitive online multiplayer.
Assetto Corsa (PC)
Racing 19 December 2014
A very realistic racing simulator developed by independent studio Kunos Simulazioni, which specializes in the genre. The developers of Assetto Corsa have previously created such games like netKar Pro and Ferrari Virtual Academy. The game allows the players to assume the role of professional race drivers and participate in thrilling races of various car classes – from mass-produced vehicles, through prototypes, to the legends of GT and F1. The game has a realistic driving model developed by racing engineers and professional drivers. The model calculates many factors related to the car’s behavior on a track, including g-force distribution and tire grip. Assetto Corsa’s high quality graphics employ the potential of DirectX 11 libraries and the eighth generation consoles. It uses such technologies like HDR, motion blur, dynamic lightning and shadows.
Half-Life 2 (PC)
Action 16 November 2004
A sequel to the Valve Software's best-selling game that set new standards for the FPS genre back in 1998. Half-Life 2 is set several years after the events of the first game. Once again, the player assumes the role of Gordon Freeman – a doctor of physics who used to work in Black Mesa Labs, where an unfortunate incident opened a portal for alien life forms to invade the Earth. This time, the story takes us into a fictional City 17 and its immediate vicinity. The protagonist now works for a secret government organization. His mission is to repel the invaders from another dimension, in which he is aided by Alyx Vance – a young women fighting as a part of human resistance. The sequel introduces a technological revolution, employing the Valve’s proprietary game engine called Source. Its main advantage is excellent physics simulation, letting players destroy almost any element of environment and use various objects as covers or even weapons.
War Thunder (PC)
Simulation 20 December 2016
A free-to-play MMO flight simulator. It was developed by Gajin Entertainment, a Russian studio which previously created such titles as Wings of Prey, Birds of Steel, and Apache: Air Assault. The players assume the role of fighter pilots and can pilot hundreds of carefully recreated World War II aircrafts. The developers made sure that battlefield reality is faithfully reflected not only in the air, but also on the land (artillery, infantry) and at sea (navy). Progress allows us to upgrade our planes, buy new kinds of weapons as well as learn new piloting skills. War Thunder stands out from its competitors thanks to its high-quality visuals and realistic flight physics.
7 Days to Die (PC)
A post-apocalyptic sandbox FPS developed by a debuting indie studio The Fun Pimps. The game takes you to a near future, when a nuclear war allowed a dangerous virus to spread across the entire world. The virus kills its victims in 7 days, as the title suggests, and turns them into bloodthirsty zombies. You play as one of the few not infected people, fighting for survival in Navezgane County, Arizona. 7 Days to Die allows you to freely explore its open world, adjusting the story to your actions. To help you survive in this hostile environment, the game introduces a well-developed crafting system that lets you gather food and resources to make useful tools and fix or upgrade your hideouts. The authors prepared a campaign for solo players, as well as a score of online modes, both competitive and cooperative.
Action 18 May 2017
A First Person Experience game, created for virtual reality headsets. It was developed by Polish indie studio Anshar, whose members contributed to such titles as Lords of the Fallen or Sniper: Ghost Warrior. The story takes place in the future, in the age of uninhibited deep space exploration. The discovery of a working artifact of an alien civilization resulted in a bloody conflict between two leading corporations. The players take on the roles of the last surviving members of the two organizations, whose primary objective is further survival and finding a way to get home. The game features a wide open world and focuses on three main aspects: exploration, survival, and rivalry. The gameplay consists of such elements as e.g. solving puzzles, gathering valuable resources, and direct encounters with the opponents. Detached utilizes the advanced Unreal Engine 4, which provides high-quality visuals.
Elite: Dangerous (PC)
Simulation 16 December 2014
The fourth installment in the Elite series. The game is a space simulator created again by David Braben and the Frontier studio. Elite: Dangerous is set in the far future; after humanity had colonized countless star systems, the Universe is dominated by three superpowers: the Empire, the Federation, and the Alliance. Brave pilots seek easy money working beyond the territories controlled by these entities. The open-world game structure offers the players large amounts of freedom when it comes to exploration, trading or completing military assignments. Instead of the classic division into the solo and multiplayer modes, the creators of Elite: Dangerous allow the player to join their friends or return to single-player experience at any time.
A sandbox game by Unknown Worlds that combines elements of action-adventure productions and RPGs. As the game’s universe draws inspiration from such novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, at the bottom of the ocean you can find bizarre sea monsters, as well as remnants of futuristic buildings and ships. The player assumes the role of a captain of an advanced submarine, and explores the depths of the ocean. The game’s characteristic feature is the ability to design vessels and determine such things as performance, layout, on-board mechanisms, and materials used for the construction. You begin with rather primitive ships, but as you progress you will be able to construct more advanced vessels, and explore previously unavailable parts of the ocean. While playing, you can freely walk around your ship, and even go outside to explore the marine world on your own.
Team Fortress 2 (PC)
Action 10 October 2007
The continuation of the multiplayer FPS with strategy elements, being a continuation of the legendary Quake’s freeware modification from 1996. After Valve Corporation bought the title, subsequent versions of the game were powered by Half-Life’s engine, while TF 2 utilizes the modern Source engine. To some extent, mechanics resemble those in the original Team Fortress, which means completing subsequent missions, despite the other team's efforts to prevent that. There are 9 well-balanced classes which feature unique abilities. Cooperation – the key to success – consists in the skillful use of character abilities that supplement each other. The most characteristic element of the game are the exaggerated heroes and humorous visuals that go against the hyper-realism trend, employing the style of an animated movie.
The Witness (PC)
Logic 26 January 2016
A first-person adventure game with logic puzzles, developed by the creator of Braid – Jonathan Blow and his independent studio Number None. The game takes you to a large, mysterious island, whose all inhabitants vanished without a trace. Gameplay has you explore this vast world, solve logic puzzles, and search for clues that will help you solve the mysteries of this place. Game mechanics resemble the cult Myst series. As you play, you have to display remarkable patience, observance, and the ability to connect different pieces of the story. Many things here have secret meanings, and the key symbols, hints, and markings were cleverly hidden within the game’s environment. The Witness features simple, but charming, 3D graphics and supports the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.
Dreamfall Chapters (PC)
Adventure 21 October 2014
The third installment in the series of adventure games started in 1999 with Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Dreamfall: Chapters was developed by Red Thread Games led by Ragnar Tornquist. The story of the game presents further adventures of the young protagonist, Zoe Castillo, who thanks to her highly unusual powers is able to travel between three worlds: the magical Arcadia, the technologically advanced Stark and the mysterious Storytime. Since it is a traditional adventure game, the gameplay focuses on such features like item gathering, conversations with non-playable characters and riddle solving. Despite the rather small budget of the game, developers of Dreamfall: Chapters have created attractive visuals generated by using the popular Unity Engine.
Gang Beasts (PC)
A multiplayer-focused joke arcade game created by Boneloaf, an indie studio from the Great Britain. More precisely, this is an unusual brawler, in which character physics plays a key role. You control colorful little men whose animations are procedurally generated as you play. The gameplay focuses on melee combat, including punching, kicking, throwing your opponents off ledges or pushing them into traps. The game offers several diverse locations, where you can hurt enemies using elements of environment, such as scaffolds, or running trucks, to add to the base moveset. The game’s visuals are minimalistic – the environments comprise of simple, untextured geometric shapes featuring little to no detail. The game offers several modes of local and online competitive multiplayer (solo or in a team). You can also compete against AI or play in the sandbox mode.
Trackmania Turbo (PC)
Racing 22 March 2016
Another installment in the series of racing games started in year 2003. For the past few years the franchise was developed by Nadeo Studio, the founders of the series, under the banner of Ubisoft. The general concepts of the gameplay are left unchanged and the objective is to complete wicked tracks, filled with various obstacles, ramps, barrels, and treacherous turns. Trackmania Turbo features 4 distinctive environments, including a tropical archipelago, a large stadium, a rocky canyon, and a hilly valley. Each of them offers different experience and requires a slightly different driving technique. In campaign mode there are about 200 tracks to complete, divided into 5 categories based on their difficulty level. There is also a multiplayer mode in which, in addition to the well known modes, Double Driver was added. This mode allows two different players to control a single vehicle. The game has also an editor traditional for the series, which allows creating new tracks.
Allison Road (PC)
A first-person perspective action-adventure game stylized as a survival horror. Allison Road had a somewhat complicated development cycle, with previous developers (Lilith) abandoning the project. However, a new studio, Far From Home, decided to pick-up the project and lead it to a stable release. The player assumes the role of an unidentified hero, who wakes up one night in a suburban home without having any recollection of the events of the last few days. Our protagonist, attempting to return to his family and discover what has happened, learns that the mansion has a grim backstory, while its walls are inhabited by dangerous, supernatural beings, including a ghost named Lilly. Our task is to avoid the monsters and survive five full nights in the grim house to explore it thoroughly and reveal its secrets. As our hero doesn’t have any weapons on him, Allison Road forces the player to use the environment around him to hide and lay traps.
Elite: Dangerous - Horizons (PC)
Simulation 15 December 2015
A set of official expansions to the space simulator released back in 2014 by the Frontier Developments studio. The package has been collectively named Elite: Dangerous – Horizons, and comprises of several consecutively developed add-ons, which will enhance the game by adding additional content. The first expansion is called Planetary Landings and allows the players to land on the surfaces of specific planets, which have been designed in an extremely credible manner and scale. Before we choose the area of our landing, we can conduct a scan of the surface, revealing any crashed machines, resources or enemies. Additionally, the developers have supplied the players with a special vehicle – the Scarab, which preforms extraordinarily in a variety of environments and can be used both for exploration and combat. When it comes to technical matters, the Frontier Developments studio has made sure that we can transition fluently between the surface area of a planet and vastness of space, without any in-game loading screens.
Adventure July 2017
A psychological horror game and the debut work from SadSquare - an independent studio. The story is non-linear and focuses on a gloomy household that has seen many frightening events throughout the years - it has a history of driving entire families insane, leading to numerous killings and suicides. The protagonist is trapped inside the house, and apart from getting out of there, their goal is to solve the mystery behind the place. The players explore the in-game environment, solve puzzles requiring them to manipulate various objects, and search for clues related to the dark past of the haunted estate. Avoiding contact with ghosts dwelling in the estate is a significant element of gameplay, as the protagonist is incapable of fighting them. Visage utilizes the Unreal Engine 4, which is at the source of the game's high-quality visuals. Furthermore, the game supports VR goggles, though one does not require them in order to play it.
Batman: Arkham VR (PC)
Adventure 25 April 2017
A detective adventure game with arcade elements, created with PlayStation 4 and virtual reality sets in mind. The title is a spin-off of a popular series of action games created by Rocksteady. The action of Batman: Arkham VR takes place in a famous DC comic book universe, with the players assuming the role of the titular superhero, who takes it upon himself to solve the case of mysterious murders and stop the conspiracy that threatens Dark Knight’s closest allies. The whole game revolves around subsequent detective challenges, in which the players have to employ a set of handy gadgets to analyze locations in search of evidence or clues, interrogate witnesses, and form certain conclusions based on gathered information. The events are seen from a first-person perspective, while the developers made sure that the players can immerse themselves into Batman’s persona (e.g. by having the player put on the trademark costume personally).
A turn-based strategy game by Vertigo Games, developed for VR headsets. In Skyworld, you inherit your deceased father's shabby kingdom, and your task is to manage it so that it returns to its former glory. You also inherit a magical scepter, which you use to cast spells to create new buildings and lead your army in order to get rid of any enemies. However, your task is not only to defend yourself from wicked witches and to tame dangerous dragons; you also have to manage the kingdom's economy and taxes, and systematically upgrade your troops. Thanks to the VR goggles, you can freely observe the virtual world just by turning around.
Wilson's Heart (PC)
Adventure 25 April 2017
A psychological VR thriller developed by Twisted Pixel Games. The players are taken to 1940s, assuming control over a World War I veteran who suddenly wakes up in an abandoned part of the somber facility in which he has been placed while awaiting for a heart surgery. He quickly discovers that the surgery has gone through, replacing his heart with an artificial device of an unknown origin. Our goal is to escape the hospital, which is inhabited by monsters inspired by nightmares and early 20th century horror movies. The action is seen from a first person perspective, while the gameplay focuses on exploration, conversations, finding items, solving riddles, and combat which sees us utilize the hero’s artificial heart to cast magic spells. Interestingly enough, the voiceovers have been performed by a set of well-known actors, including Peter Weller, Rosario Dawson, or Alfred Molina.
Action 29 March 2017
An underwater survival game developed by Honor Code studio, putting us in the role of a professional diver clad in a heavy diving suit to reach greater depths. During a task for an underwater laboratory, an accident occurs and the hero finds himself abandoned on the ocean floor. He must survive and find a way to escape the trap before his oxygen supply runs out. We explore underwater locations, fighting aggressive animals and solving occasional puzzles. We observe the world from first person perspective, which enhances the claustrophobic feeling of the game. To succeed in Narcosis, we must wisely use our equipment and be able to efficiently move in a very heavy suit while managing supply of oxygen, which is consumed faster, e.g., through physical effort, damage-induced stress or changing water pressure.