Star Wars: Battlefront II
Action 17 November 2017
Star Wars: Battlefront II is a sequel to the 2015 multiplayer FPS game and the fourth game in the cult series that was started eleven years earlier by Pandemic. Unlike the previous game, Battlefront II offers both a complex multiplayer mode and a single player campaign set right after the destruction of the second Death Star. Iden Versio, the game's protagonist and the leader of the Empire's special forces, is given the task of avenging the Emperor. Different studios developed different parts of the game. The single player campaign was created by studio Motive, lead by Jade Raymond. Space battles were created by Criterion, and the multiplayer mode, key element of the game, was developed by DICE. Up to forty players can take part in online battles and play one of the four available classes. Additionally, we can customize characters, vehicles, and gadgets. It is worth mentioning that the game presents more than the original trilogy (episodes IV-VI). We will meet, and play as, heroes from different eras of the Star Wars universe, like Rey and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens or Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
RPG 17 November 2017
A special edition of the fifth installment in the popular RPG series by Bethesda, created for VR headgear and motion controllers. The plot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR does not differ from that in the original version of the game. The story takes place in a fantasy world, which is threatened by dragons, led by Alduin. You play as the last Dovahkiin, a human that can speak dragon language, which makes them the only one capable of stopping the oncoming apocalypse. In terms of technical aspects, the game is based on the Special Edition of the production and, compared to the original, features e.g. improved lighting, higher resolution textures, and previously unavailable visual effects. What changed most is the combat system: you aim by moving your head and attack by using motion controllers, transferring your moves onto your character.
Need for Speed: Payback
Racing 10 November 2017
Another installment of the popular racing game series, developed by Ghost Games in cooperation with Electronic Arts. In Need for Speed: Payback players get to follow the adventures of three characters - Tyler, Mac, and Jess – seeking revenge on their former partner who betrayed them. In order to do this, they have to face the Familia cartel – a criminal organization with influences nearly everywhere, even the police. This means that in this uneven fight, the three protagonists can count only on themselves. The action of the game is set in the city of Fortune Valley, and during the playthrough, the player participates in a series of races divided into several main categories, including police pursuit, time challenge, stunt competition, car battles and – for the first time in the series’ history – off-road races. Need for Speed: Payback offers a traditional vast selection of licensed vehicles, which can be modified as one sees fit. These cars represent five separate types: race, drift, off-road, drag, and runner. Additionally, each character has unique skills affecting the vehicle's handling characteristics.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
Action 07 November 2017
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds is the first DLC for Guerilla Games’ successful third-person action game Horizon Zero Dawn, where humanity is on the brink of extinction and fights for survival against mechanical beasts. This DLC takes us to a frigid area that lies beyond the mountain ridge in the far north of the game’s world and borders with the lands of the Banuk tribe. A new threat arises there and Aloy, the game's protagonist, must face it. The expansion offers around ten hours of gameplay in a completely new area where we will discover new plot lines and characters.
Call of Duty: WWII
Action 03 November 2017
Call of Duty: WWII is another installment in the extremely popular first-person shooter series developed by Sledgehammer Games. The game comes back to its roots and takes the players to the World War II era. We play as "Red" Daniels (member of the famous 1st Infantry Division) and take part in a series of the most important battles of WWII, including Normandy, Ardennes, the Liberation of Paris, and the Battle of Berlin. We will use all kinds of weapons as we play. In many cases, cooperation with our unit is the only way to achieve victory. if we run out of ammo or need healing, we have to ask one of our team mates for bullets or medical kits. Along with the single player campaign, Call of Duty: WWII offers a competitive multiplayer mode. The biggest novelties found in the game are the narrative War mode and the Headquarters, game's social center so to speak. As usual, the game comes with a B-class movies styled Zombie mode where we will face undead Nazis.
Assassin's Creed Origins
Action 27 October 2017
The seventh major installment in the Ubisoft's best-selling action game series. Plotwise, Assassin's Creed: Empire is a sort of prequel to the entire series, taking players so far back in time as none other installment did - to the ancient Egypt, long before the two opposing orders of Assassins and Templars were founded. Players play the part of a slave, a distant ancestor to Altair - the protagonist of the first Assassin's Creed. Concerning mechanics, the title does not differ significantly from previous installments of the series, still being primarily an adventure game, supplemented with action sequences and carefully planned assassinations. The game world was, of course, with reverence typical of the franchise, adapted to the new setting, bringing back things like the possibility to mount animals or use boats. On the technical side, Empire is said to avoid relying on the achievements of previous installments, while our area of activity is approximately three times larger than what was offered by Assassin's Creed IV.
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier
Adventure 21 November 2017
An adventure game set in the universe created for the movie series called Planet of the Apes. The game is a debut project of the British Imaginati studio, which has been established under Imaginarium Productions. The action of Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is set between the events shown in the movies titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. A player can follow the adventures of the primates, who have separated themselves from the group being in the center of the movies in order to hide in the forests and caves throughout the Rocky Mountains. The harsh conditions and hunger have forced them to abandon their hideout - the only way for the herd to survive is to launch an attack on a small farm inhabited by humans. Gameplay mechanics of Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier draws from the solutions known from the games developed by Telltale Games. During the game, a player does not control the characters directly and does not explore the locations - his role is limited to selecting particular dialog options. These choices determine the story’s direction (some decisions might result in the deaths of certain key characters) and ending. The game delivers high-quality visuals - the developers have based their game on the technology offered by Unreal Engine 4. A player is bound to appreciate the detailed character models and their rich animations.
South Park: Phone Destroyer
Strategy 09 November 2017
South Park: Phone Destroyer is a mobile strategy game based on a controversial animated TV series for adults. Developed by RedLynx – creators of the Trials game series – this South Park game installment is based on a free-to-play business model and features some microtransactions. During the game, the players have to collect cards representing characters known from the TV series and use them in order to build decks. Cards can be played during real-time battles, resulting in new characters appearing on the map and advancing on the enemy forces. The gameplay comes down to battles between two factions fighting each other from opposing sides of the screen. The creators prepared a typical for this kind of video games multiplayer mode. At the same time, the game offers an extensive story campaign, which, compared to similar games, is an unusual thing. Like the animated TV series, the entire game features the atmosphere of absurd comedy – jokes are plentiful, while the script riffs almost everything and everyone. Also, the visuals are kept in the same style as in the TV series, which should not come off as a surprise – South Park: Phone Destroyer has been created in cooperation with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the fathers of the original TV series.
RPG 17 October 2017
A third person action-RPG developed by the creators of the legendary Gothic series - German studio Piranha Bytes. In contrast to the aforementioned Gothic, Elex is set in a dark post-apocalyptic universe that combines elements of both science-fiction and fantasy and where technology meets magic. In terms of mechanics, the game is similar to other modern action-RPGs. You get to explore a large open world, embark on a series of storyline missions as well as side quests, encountering numerous non-player characters along the way and, of course, slaying a wide array of monsters. Similarly to previous Piranha Bytes productions, the title features only single player gameplay with no online features.
Farming Simulator 17: Platinum Edition
Simulation 14 November 2017
The definitive version of Farming Simulator 2017, released in 2016 by Focus Home Interactive. The game was developed by one of the best developers in this genre, GIANTS Software, and it offers all features that are available in the original game with all add-ons but it also has a few new things. The game's biggest attraction is that the game is set in South America. With this comes new types of plants (sugar cane), cows and machines that weren't available before. The developers cooperated with such companies as CASE IH Austoft, Stara, Double TT, Bizon and Gessner Industries and they introduced, e.g. CASE IH A8800 MR combine to the game. The total number of all machines is more than 270 and they come from 80 companies. Farming Simulator 17: Platinum Edition is sold as a standalone add-on or as Platinum Expansion for all owners of the original game. All players that own the Season Pass can get the new content for free.
Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon
Strategy 16 November 2017
Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon is an expansion to the 2012' popular historical strategy game developed by Paradox Development. In order to work, this add-on requires one to own the base game. Jade Dragon implements into the game the presence of China – it is not a playable faction; however, it serves as an outside empire, which indirectly affects the turn of events, especially within India and Transoxiana. A player can become a vassal to Chinese Emperor or complete tasks assigned by him in order to receive numerous bonuses; refusing to obey the Emperor might prove very dangerous. Moreover, Chinese princes and raiders visit other nations offering help or causing trouble. There is also the ability to profit from the Silk Road. Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon introduces also new artifacts, character portraits, and a set of eight new casus belli.
SEVEN: The Days Long Gone
RPG 01 December 2017
An isometric post-apocalyptic RPG that came to existence as a result of cooperation between two Polish developers: IMGN.PRO (known for the survival horror Kholat) and Fool’s Theory, founded by two ex-CD Projekt RED employees and co-creators of the last two installments in The Witcher series. The game is set in an original universe called the Empire of Vethrall, which stands on the brink of destruction as a result of mankind’s prideful attempt to punish God for the suffering of mortals. The main hero resembles the protagonist of the Thief series – he is a lone wayfarer, and an expert thief. The characteristic feature of Seven is its vast, open world, full of brutality and moral ambivalence. As you play, you can freely explore the game area thanks to the hero’s parkour skills. High quality graphics is powered by the Unreal Engine 4.
Strategy 07 December 2017
The third installment in a fantasy game series launched in 2003, which combines elements of RTS and RPG. The title was produced by Grimlore Games, a studio founded by the series’ publisher, which employs some of creators of the first two SpellForce games. Story-wise, SpellForce 3 is a prequel to the previous titles. It is set in times, when this fantasy world was still a vast, unified continent. This obviously affected the structure of locations, which are no longer solitary islands connected by portals. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the developers used the well-proven solutions making up a strategy game, in which you build a base, recruit army, and fight battles. At the same time, the strategic gameplay is enriched with the addition of such elements as heroes of different classes and skills, a character progression system, and story-driven missions with subquests – like in a classic RPG. The game features also multiplayer gameplay available through the Spellforce.net online platform.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Action 27 October 2017
Another installment of the best-selling FPS series, and at the same time a direct continuation to Wolfenstein: The New Order created by Machine Games. The Action of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is set in 1961 – after waking up from a coma B.J. Blazkowicz and his companions find the United States of America occupied by the Nazis. The main protagonist finds common ground with the leaders of the local resistance, and decides to help them fight the invaders. As in the previous Wolfenstein installment, the gameplay in The New Colossus features exploration, completing consecutive missions, and eliminating scores of diverse foes. The players are given a wide range of murderous weapons – including not only classic firearms but also some more elaborate pieces. Interestingly, once again the developers have decided to abandon health regeneration mechanics in favor of the old-school med-kit system. The game features high-quality 3D graphics – in comparison to its predecessor, the most significant are the texture and special effect enhancements that accompany the gunfights.
Adventure Tuesday, 28 November 2017
A reboot of the popular adventure series of a gothic horror style, developed by KING Art Games. The action takes the player to Scotland, 1926, where the hero – David Gordon – conducts an investigation into the circumstances of his father’s suicide. During the adventure, the protagonist discovers details concerning his father, learns about new, unknown-so-far members of his family, and also faces his own nightmares – he is certain that there is a curse on his family, and that eventually he will go insane, just as his predecessors. In Black Mirror, the player travels through depressing locations, chat with NPCs, and solve more or less complicated puzzles – these are similar to those in point-n-click classic adventures. The visions and nightmare hallucinations play crucial roles in the game – once the hero experiences them, he may learn more about his family house’s past. The amazing visuals have faint colours which intensify the gloomy atmosphere.
Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization
Strategy 16 November 2017
Another one of the numerous expansions to the popular turn-based strategy game Europa Universalis IV developed by Paradox Development Studio. Cradle of Civilization focuses on expanding features related to the Middle East and Muslim empires. It introduces many new solutions like new types of governments, the possibility to create Muslim schools that enable the player to increase diplomatic power and the possibility to create trading policies by assigning missions to the merchants – the missions aren’t necessarily focused on earning money. The list of key novelties is supplemented by: greater influence over the army (for example, it is possible to create military discipline) and the option to abuse specific provinces (easy money is balanced by slower development in long term). All of it is based on same technology as the one used in the base game and it doesn’t introduce any novelties to graphics or sounds of the game.
Football Manager 2018
Sports 10 November 2017
Another installment in the Football Manager series developed over the years by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. In similarity to the previous installments, the player's job is to lead a football club as a manager, who is in charge of both the team as such, and a series of side elements, such as managing a stadium or maintaining good relations with the media and the fans. The player's main goal however, is to build a good team that is capable of winning both in the league and during the most important tournaments. In order to achieve this, the player has to make use of experts that help in training the footballers, set tactics before matches, acquire new players, sell redundant ones, be prepared for inconveniencies (for instance, one of the key players gets injured), and keep the funding-related issues in mind. In Football Manager 2018, one can lead one of 2500 clubs with their origins in 50 countries. This gives over 600 thousand footballers and assistants.
Simulation Thursday, 30 November 2017
An advanced farm simulator with RPG and life simulator features. The title was developed by Toplitz Productions. The player assumes the role of a rookie farmer who inherited a farm after his deceased grandparent. Protagonist’s task is to lead the ruined farm to prosperity and to earn enough money to modernize it. Farmer’s Dynasty features a vast, open world that can be freely roamed (on foots and by using various vehicles; in addition to the inherited tractor the player can use more modern and advanced vehicles). The main pillar of the game is tasks that push the story forward. Among them there are objectives unrelated to farming – sometimes player must also repair some tools or modernize a specific building. The player’s duties also include breeding animals, trading surpluses of the crops. Later in the game the player can create a family and raise offspring.
Gran Turismo Sport
Racing 17 October 2017
A spin-off to a popular racing game series developed for Sony’s consoles and the first one in the franchise that was tailor-made for PlayStation 4. Developed by Polyphony Digital in cooperation with the FIA organization, Gran Turismo Sport focuses on the titular motor sports, having the player compete for the most prestigious cups and titles just like real race drivers do. The gameplay mechanics corresponds with previous games in the series, letting you climb up the ladder of a professional driving career and drive a whole range of licensed sport cars, dedicated racing or concept cars. The competition has a different form here, as individual players represent their home countries or favorite car manufacturers. The game features more realistic driving model, as well as noticeably better graphics. It also supports the PlayStation VR headset.
Adventure yesterday, 22 November 2017
A first-person perspective adventure game that takes place in year 2230. The security protocol on the mining and research ship Tartarus is activated for unknown reasons. It might cause the ship to crash on Neptun, so the player must manually reset the system before the crew will die.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
Arcade 14 November 2017
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a sequel to the 2013 platform/action game LEGO Marvel Super Heroes developed by Traveller's Tales. This time we will have to face Kang the Conqueror who travels in time and causes turmoil in various eras across the history. Once again we will be able to play as several dozen Marvel characters, including Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Gameplay focuses on exploration (we will visit Wild West, ancient Egypt, 2099 New York, and other times and places as we play), combat, and solving simple puzzles and riddles. The game offers a single player campaign and a multiplayer mode (co-op and PvP arena battles) for up to four players.
Action 16 November 2017
A horror science-fiction adventure game by Polish studio Forever Entertainment. In Hollow you play as a pilot, who visits an abandoned space station orbiting Saturn, and your task is to learn why its crew is gone. The mission is difficult to complete, however, as the station is infested by humanoid mutants, which you have to fight. The game utilizes a first person's perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploration, solving puzzles, and combat. To understand the story, you have to hack computers and read the notes left by the crew. The game features an atmospheric soundtrack and a claustrophobic feel, resembling classic horror science-fiction games and movies.
Action 31 December 2017
An online shooter with elements of survival, focusing on a Battle Royale type of competition (the last man standing wins). Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds is a game from the developers of TERA MMO and the creator of Battle Royale mods for Arma II and Arma III. The rules of the game are simple: a large number of players are put together in a big closed location with only one mission – to eliminate everyone else. A game ends when there is only one player left alive. Participants start off completely unarmed, so the first phase is basically a race for the best weapon. Players can make use of various kinds of traps, and the game offers much freedom when it comes to choosing the methods of eliminating enemies. An extra help for that comes from a simple crafting system, which lets you construct items from gathered resources. Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds’ fast-paced gameplay is further increased by the fact that the map is gradually getting smaller, making confrontations between players more frequent.
Adventure 24 October 2017
An cooperative adventure detective thriller game developed by Supermassive Games. Hidden Agenda is based on popular movies and TV series of this genre. It tells the story of two female protagonists: a policewoman and a district attorney who are on the track of a serial killer. Up to five players can participate in the game, although it is also possible to play the title alone. All players are using a special phone app called PlayLink. By using the action cards displayed on the smartphone and by playing according to the game’s instructions, the players are influencing the whole plot by deciding the fate of the protagonists and the victims of the killer. The choices of the group determine who will die and who will survive. The title features a large variety of different endings.