The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
Action 03 March 2017
Another installment in the popular action-adventure game series by Nintendo, and also the first game in the series for WiiU. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play once again as the main character of the franchise, Link, who gets involved in yet another exciting and dangerous adventure as he tries to learn what led to the downfall of the land of Hyrule. The gameplay is a combination of several genres: adventure, action RPG, and even survival. During the game, you explore the open world, solve puzzles and fight enemies; the combat is arcade-like and requires you to use varied tactics. You also have to gather resources in order to prepare food and drink, which affect your abilities, just like pieces of equipment.
Syberia 3 (Switch)
A sequel to a popular adventure game series created by the Belgian comic artist Benoit Sokal and Microids Studio, released over a decade after the second part. The story focuses on adventures of Kate Walker, a young lawyer, whose profession, in-born curiosity, and adventurousness get her entangled in a new mystery. Throughout the game, featuring classic point-and-click mechanics, you meet a whole menagerie of characters known from the previous installments in the series, as well as a cast of new heroes, including Still Life's protagonist and an FBI agent Victoria McPherson. Despite of using full 3D graphics that replaced hand drawn backgrounds, the game features the characteristic artwork style consistent with previous games.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (Switch)
Fighting October 2017
Another installment in the 3D fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the extremely popular manga by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 utilizes the same formulas as its predecessor by combining the elements of all the series of the DB anime (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super), as well as those from the movies. The game features a multitude of familiar characters and an option to create your own custom character; you can choose their gender, appearance and powers. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 focuses on battles taking place in 3D arenas, during which you use a range of unique attacks and powers derived from the original manga and anime series. The game utilizes the cel-shading technology, just like its first installment, and features the original anime voice actors, but thanks to the capabilities of the new generation devices, the visual and sound layer are much better.
Xenoblade 2 (Switch)
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)
Action July 2017
Developed by Marvelous AQL, another installment of the third-person perspective action games subseries of the Fate franchise, which after a longer break returns to gaming consoles. The action of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star takes place after events from Fate/EXTRA. As the previous war comes to an end, the supercomputer Moon Cell Automaton takes over the world and sends the players to a digital kingdom known as SE.RA.PH., where they have to fight one more battle for freedom. Mechanics slightly resemble productions from the Dynasty Warriors series. During gameplay you control one of 16 characters known as Servants – there are both some new and old characters. Each of the aforementioned figures possesses unique, great powers that you can use in combat with tens (or even hundreds) of enemies at the same time. In contrast to the other titles in the franchise, representing either jRPG or visual novel genres, this production features fast and spectacular action in the form of a hack-and-slash.
Fast RMX (Switch)
Racing 03 March 2017
A dynamic racing game developed by independent studio Shin'en Multimedia for the Nintendo Switch console. Fast RMX is sometimes called a spiritual successor to the WipEout series. The players control futuristic cars, with powerful anti-gravity drives on board, and participate in spectacular races, in which they can reach speed of hundreds of miles per hour. In Fast RMX you get to compete for victory on 30 diverse routes, set in such places as vast metropolises, canyons, or snowy mountains. The key to victory lies not only in proper handling of the vehicle of your choice, but also in having perfect knowledge of individual routes, which are filled with various power-ups. Fast RMX can be played either solo or in company of other players in local or online modes. The game sports high quality graphics and smooth animation displayed in 60 frames per second.
A futuristic racing game created by an independent studio 34BigThings. The action of the game takes place in 2560, when humanity depleted all natural resources on Earth. Then, they moved on to other planets, with Earth becoming a location for various spectacles, including the Solar Redout Racing League – our character's bread and butter. The competition focuses on spectacular races of ultra fast anti-gravity hovercrafts, varied in performance and looks, that handle a lot like quad-copters. Each of the twenty racing tracks is scattered with power-ups such as shields, repair drones, or booster packs. Redout includes both a single player career mode, as well as multiplayer variant for up to 12 players. The game employs the Unreal Engine 4 technology, ensuring the visuals are high-quality. Additionally, the title supports virtual reality goggles, but they are not obligatory.
A two-dimensional platformer game inspired by the classic, side-scroll representatives of the genre. It was created by Two Tribes – a Dutch developer popular mainly for the arcade-logic Toki Tori series. RIVE takes the player to an unspecified region of the galaxy, where they face an army of hostile robots, having taken control over a modern-day combat drone. Not only is the player-controlled drone able to move on surfaces, but it can also jump and fly, causing destruction within a radius of 360 degrees. What is more, the player can hack hostile machinery and affect its behaviour, which is done by collecting power-ups. In terms of the mechanics, the game follows the patterns established by classic platformers, though it offers up-to-date visuals – RIVE is filled with spectacular special effects. The gameplay itself is incredibly fast-paced here, offering an arcade experience without unnecessary boundaries.
Rogue Trooper Redux (Switch)
Sine Mora EX (Switch)
Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch)
Action 06 April 2017