Skull & Bones (PS4)
A pirate tactical action game developed by a Shanghai-based studio of Ubisoft. Skull & Bones take place during the golden area of piracy on the waters of Indian Ocean. The player assumes the role of a corsair who commands his ship while gradually building his reputation and amassing more loot. At the beginning the player has only a single ship, but as he progresses through the game he obtains an entire fleet of various ships that differ among each other in agility, range and durability. Each ship can be customized with additional parts that change its looks and combat effectiveness. The game takes place in an open world in which the player competes with artificial intelligence and with other players. During the battles it is important to take advantage of water currents and to prepare proper tactics and to cooperate with allies. It is also important to select adequate ship for the type of task the player intends to complete.
Mount & Blade: Warband (PS4)
RPG 16 September 2016
A standalone expansion to Mount & Blade, a popular game by TaleWorlds Studios, which gained acclaim for being a unique combination of strategy game and action-RPG. The developers responded to community feedback implementing an array of innovations and improvements to enrich the gameplay. First of all, artificial intelligence of commanders and vassals was significantly improved and the diplomacy options were expanded, giving you more control over your lands. Another thing that went through much improvement were the game’s visuals. However, the biggest novelty is the multiplayer gameplay for up to 64 people playing together in one of 7 different game modes. Warband features all locations present in the original Mount & Blade, as well as a brand new faction - the Sarranid Sultanate - and lots of new missions.
Action November 2017
A competitive free-to-play multiplayer game that combines the characteristics of a space simulation, action game, and strategy. It was created by Yager Development, a team known for the FPS Spec Ops: The Line. The game takes you into the future, putting you amid a heated rivalry between powerful factions that aim to colonize space. As a mercenary you pick up various jobs from whoever pays the most. Gameplay focuses on battles fought between the players both in space and in the atmosphere of nearby planets. One of the title’s characteristic features, is the fact that instead of a fast and agile fighter you command a massive space dreadnought and are given the control of every element of your vessel: starting from individual mechanical parts through weapons to her crew. You can also assembly squads of smaller ships and command them in battles. Dreadnought boasts excellent graphics that translate into great visual experience.
Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs (PS4)
A turn-based RPG focusing strongly on strategic aspects and created by Pixelated Milk - a Polish developer. The player is taken to a peaceful fantasy world and assumes the role of Kay Loren - a young nobleman whose father reveals on his deathbed the existence of a distant land belonging to their family. Once the protagonist arrives in the place, it turns out that the entire land is ruined and the family was charged with a large debt. Kay decides to restore the ruined city to its magnificent state and take back the neighboring areas from the wildlife occupying them. The player's tasks are to construct buildings, gather resources, develop technologies and manage the land appropriately, so it can generate adequate amounts of money. Exploration, completing quests given by NPCs and turn-based combat are all of high importance here. The protagonist can be accompanied by four other characters with unique abilities, which can be developed alongside progression.
Rebel Galaxy (PS4)
RPG 26 January 2016
A science-fiction space sandbox that combines elements of RPG, action, and strategy. The game was developed by Double Damage Games, a studio that hires co-creators of such titles as Torchlight, FATE, and the first two Diablo games. Gameplay is focuses around galactic exploration. Depending on your preferences, you can pick up a career of a merchant, mercenary, smuggler, soldier, or even combine these professions to increase your income. As you play, you visit various planets and space stations, meet ingenious alien races and characters with whom you can interact with. You also spend a lot of time on combat, which is characterized by far-reaching realism. Individual systems and subsystems of your ship can be damaged during battles, forcing you to change your tactics. It is also possible to take direct control over the cannons for a precision attack.
Orcs Must Die! Unchained (PS4)
A spin-off to the humorous series of action strategy games that focus on fighting Orcs. This time the developers from Robot Entertainment mixed in even more genres by adding MOBA and card games elements. The game focuses on multiplayer and uses a free to play distribution model with microtransactions. Two factions face each other in the game – the Human Order that was rebuilt after the events shown in the second game and the Unchained, faction that consists of various monsters. Two 5-person teams fight against each other and the gameplay focuses on defending the base and attacking enemy stronghold. Each character has unique abilities that allow him for example to build and upgrade various traps and obstacles or sabotage enemy structures. Units and equipment are used by selecting cards obtained during battles.
Birthdays the Beginning (PS4)
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.
Pirates: Treasure Hunters (PS4)
A free-to-play MOBA action game developed by independent studio Virtual Toys, also known as the creators of the Torrente series. Pirates: Treasure Hunters is set in a fantasy universe combining the elements of pirate stories and the steampunk genre. The gameplay mechanics are similar to those of such games as League of Legends or Dota 2. You play as one of the available characters and participate in dynamic skirmishes between teams of players, taking place on varied maps full of tasks to complete. There are many playable characters to choose from, each having their own unique combat techniques, equipment, and level-up bonuses. Pirates: Treasure Hunters features such innovative elements as e.g. allowing you to directly control your character (with a gamepad or the WSAD keys). In addition, there are many land and sea vehicles available to move around faster or to use in battle.
Lost Sea (PS4)
Arcade 05 July 2016
An arcade survival game with strategy elements. Due to a plane crash in the Bermuda Triangle, the protagonist of Lost Sea finds himself stranded on a tropical island. His primary objective is to leave the island, and to achieve it he has to explore the place in search of food, find himself some helpers, build a ship, and sail to a mysterious portal. You also need to take care of your team's health, since death in Lost Sea is permanent, and every companion has unique abilities and personality, and their loss can make things more difficult for you. The threats to the castaways' lives include e.g. wild animals, but they can be fought off with the use of the simple combat system. Apart from that, you need to gather food and resources needed to build your ship—but their amount is scarce, so you have to think carefully before using them up. The game's world is generated procedurally, so you can never know where you'll find something interesting or dangerous. Lost Sea utilizes 3D cartoon graphics in isometric view.
Summon Night 6: Lost Borders (PS4)
RPG 10 March 2017
The sixth major installment in the series of jRPGs enriched with elements of strategy, visual novel and dating simulation game, which was first launched in 2000. Summon Night 6: Lost Borders tells of three characters, each having their own companion: a flying creature with unique abilities. When strangers literally fell from the skies into the world of Fillujah, the protagonists decided to learn the secret they hide. The gameplay is based on two pillars. The first one being exploration of the environment that lets the heroes get acquainted with the game world, meet new characters, and accept various quests. The second one is turn-based combat in which players can use advanced tactics and special abilities and even join the forces of two party members to strengthen an attack. The title is enriched with a myriad of additional activities and minigames, including cooking meals, fishing, and so on.
Samurai Warriors 4: Empires (PS4)
Action 17 September 2015
Another installment of the third-person hack ‘n’ slash action games developed by Omega Force. The title takes the players to feudal Japan and lets them take part in Battle of Okehazama and Battle of Sekigahara. The title is focused on stories of individual characters that we choose before the adventure starts. At the core of Samurai Warriors 4: Empires lies real-time combat with hundreds of units participating. In battles, we make use of a wide range of melee weapons and advanced martial skills or every hero. The above is complemented by strategy elements that involve managing territories we control. The outcome of battles is influenced not only by geographical structure of the terrain but also the overall political situation. The eponymous Empires mode, which is divided into sets of scenarios, lets us play both solo and in cooperation with other players. Moreover, the so-called Creative Mode allows us to design our own missions from scratch.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest (PS4)
Action 11 August 2015
The third installment in a strategic tower-defense game with action elements. The franchise was created in 2010 by Signal Studios. Gameplay in Toy Soldiers: War Chest is based on the series' token mechanics. You control an army of toy soldiers who have to defend their base from enemy attacks. To that end you must deploy various cannons and guns, which can later be upgraded to increase their fire power. At any moment you can take control of an individual unit, switching the perspective to TPP. The third part of Toy Soldiers series offers four distinctive armies – starting with the German Empire from the World War I period to a fantasy army of Star Power which enlists Pegasi, Unicorns, and other legendary creatures. Each side of the conflict has its own unique units, weapons, and types of attacks, which determine your preferred tactics.
Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4)
Arcade 12 May 2015
An unusual 2D platform game with economy game features and an open world. In Nom Nom Galaxy the player assumes the role of an entrepreneur who is tasked with building a giant factory that produces soups for aliens. During the game the player is controlling a single character that can freely run across the map and jump above obstacles like in a classic platform game. By using a multi-functional laser he can tear the environment into atoms that are then used as a material for building the factory. Before starting the construction, the player will spend much time on digging tunnels in search for valuable soup ingredients. During these journeys the player must face dangers like poisonous clouds and carnivorous plants. He must also repel the attacks of powerful beasts that both threaten the construction and at the same time are great soup ingredients. As the business improves, more things can be automated by constructing buildings, machines and robots. Nom Nom Galaxy offers a single player mode and a cooperation mode for up to four players.
Adventure 25 August 2015
An unusual adventure game by Funkatronic Labs, combining elements of platformer and turn-based strategy productions. The plot of Nova-111 revolves around the effects of an experiment conducted by 111 ingenious scientists from an alternate world, where time flows in turns. The result of their actions is an anomaly that merged both worlds. As a pilot of the research vessel Nova, we have to find and rescue the scientists and to remove the anomaly to separate the dimensions. While playing, we explore two-dimensional levels that resemble those from traditional adventure games. However, most actions — including movement and combat — take place in turns. The production features many strategic fights and arcade challenges, but the main emphasis was put on solving puzzles, most of which require us to creatively use the protagonist’s special powers. Another key gameplay element is gathering parts that enable us to enhance our ship.
Arcade 16 August 2016
An original combination of strategy and arcade games, delivered by Hypersect - an independent developer. The players assume the role of white and black vehicles that move on the surface of a monochromatic map resembling a chessboard. What is the most important here, the machines can remain only on squares of the opposite color - the missiles they launch change the color of the squares they hit, creating paths the vehicles can take. Apart from that, enemies using the same kind of weapon can be found throughout the levels. Therefore, the player has to constantly remain in control of the situation, preventing the enemy from both hitting the player's machine and cutting off its escape route. The game offers both single player and multiplayer modes - in the latter case, both co-op and competitive modes were included. What is characteristic about Inversus, is that the game's 2D visuals are minimalistic, which makes it easier to control the battlefield.
Dynasty Warriors: Eiketsuden (PS4)
RPG 03 August 2016
A spin-off to an installment in the popular series of Japanese games developed by Omega Force - Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, a game that was released in 2014. In contrast to previous installments of the series, this time it is a turn-based RPG with strategy features. In Dynasty Warriors: Eiketsuden (originally called Shin Sangoku Musou Eiketsuden) the gameplay consists mostly of fighting battles on small arenas on which player moves and attacks by spending a certain number of action points. Various heroes have different sets of abilities and can use a wide variety of weapons. In addition to that, by playing the game skillfully one fills a Resonance bar that allows the player to perform a special attack, ending with a QTE sequence. Among the playable characters there are heroes known from the previous installments of Dynasty Warriors. The graphics of the game are similar to the main series as well, but the action is shown from a top-down perspective.