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.
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.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
RPG 17 October 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Assassin's Creed Origins
Action Friday, 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.
Adventure today, 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.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Action Friday, 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.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Action 10 October 2017
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a direct sequel to the well-received action-adventure game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Just like the first game in the series, Shadow of War takes place in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is presented from a third-person perspective. We can explore the rich, open world of the game by riding various steeds and by taking good use of the free-running movement system, similar to that from the Assassin's Creed series. Once again the Nemezis system is one of the core gameplay mechanics. The game will automatically generate unique enemies which we will encounter, battle and optionally make them join us in our battle against Sauron. It needs to be mentioned that the game also offers many new features, with the possibility of taking over Dark Lord's keeps being one of them. There are more types of enemies for us to face, more new, unlockable skins and pieces of equipment.
The Evil Within 2
Action 13 October 2017
A direct sequel to the successful survival horror, The Evil Within. Both titles have been developed under the watchful eye of Shinji Mikami, the author of such video game series as Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. In The Evil Within 2, players yet again assume the role of detective Sebastian Castellanos, who travels to a seemingly idyllic town in search for his daughter. What he does not know, however, is that the town hides a horrible secret. The game allows the players to observe the action from a third-person perspective to better experience the survival horror setting. The main protagonist gets to walk through gloomy and claustrophobic locations, as well as larger open spaces often filled with horrifying enemies. To fight off the threat, detective Castellanos can use his firearms; however, due to the game's survival horror convention, the ammunition is scarce. Another solution is to take the stealth approach and quietly eliminate the foes with a crossbow. Of course, one can also decide to run for it. In The Evil Within 2 Sebastian can use a comlink to consult his friend – Julia Kidman – who eagerly guides him through this horrible reality.
Gold Rush: The Game
Simulation 13 October 2017
A simulator of a gold seeker. Developed by a Polish studio Code Horizon, the game gives the player an opportunity to travel to the cold regions of Alasca in order to excavate plots of shining gold. The player supplies their equipment with fuel and electricity, carries loads of soil using an excavator or a loader, cleans the material with a stifer and other devices, and ultimately picks lumps of gold with tweezers. The metal gathered is then taken to a blacksmith that can turn it into gold bars. The funds gathered are spent on upgrading one's machinery, as well as buying fuel and counterparts for the machines owned. The in-game seasonal cycle and bad weather condtions resulting from that can damage the player's equipment and sometimes even render them unable to continue excavation. A day-night cycle was also included - the player is capable of conducting works at night, but the essential machines providing light use the precious fuel then, which also has to be taken into consideration. The game offers a complex tutorial for the beginners, apart from the main Free Mode, which is an open-world component. In this latter variant, the player is free to develop their career, explore the game world, and discover its mysterious stories.
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.
The Mummy Demastered
Action today, 24 October 2017
The Mummy Demastered is a metroidvania game developed by WayForward Technologies. The game is based on the license of the 2017 film The Mummy. We play as the agent of Prodigium, an organization that tries to stop the undead army summoned by the Egyptian princess Ahmanet, the titular mummy. Gameplay focuses on going right, shooting our enemies, and avoiding traps and other threats. As we play, we will explore dark forests, military bases, and streets of London covered in sand. In combat, we use a wide range of firearms. Along with your typical, weaker monsters we will have to defeat powerful bosses from time to time. The Mummy Demastered features old-school, pixel-art visuals.
Simulation 20 October 2017
A farming simulator developed by Triangle Studios. In Real Farm Sim, we play as a farmer who gradually increases his fortune and works on reputation. Our goal is to not only take care of harvests and livestock but we also need to manage our farm – increasing the sizes of fields, selling crops, hiring workers, buying new machines etc. Besides us the world is also populated by other farmers that are controlled by AI and whose actions shape the market. Night and day cycle are this game's another feature. Real Farm Sim offers two game modes. The first one is a career during which we follow a story of a farmer who starts as a worker on a farm but later becomes a farm tycoon. The second option is to play in a free mode where we don't have to complete any goals created by the developers but instead we can develop our farm at our own pace and in our style. Real Farm Sim offers advanced graphics and supports 4K resolution.
Total War: Warhammer II - Mortal Empires
Strategy Thursday, 26 October 2017
A free expansion for the strategy game Total War: Warhammer II. The add-on was developed by the creators of the original, i.e. Creative Assemble. The Mortal Empires DLC is offered exclusively to the owners of the first two games in the series, as it introduces the third game mode, which is a joint campaign. The add-on joins the grand campaigns from both the first Total War: Warhammer and its sequel, but it does not do it by simply combining the two maps – the campaign is set in the Old World with some of the most essential territories added, namely, Ulthuan, Naggaroth, Southlands and Lustria. The area consists of the total of 295 settlements controlled by 117 playable and non-playable factions. It is also worth noting that Total War: Warhammer - Mortal Empires does not bring any important changes to gameplay mechanics. Gameplay still consists of two phases – in the first one you manage your nation on a strategic world map, but whenever there is a clash between two armies you get to take part in a huge battle of thousands of units fought in real time. Nevertheless, the expansion includes all the innovations and improvements brought forth by Total War: Warhammer II. Besides, every other DLC and “free-LC” is also available in the Mortal Empires mode, thus further expanding the joint campaign map.
Strategy 19 October 2017
Bomber Crew is a hybrid of a strategy game and a simulator, with some additional RPG elements. Developed by Runner Duck, the game allows a player to assume the role of a WWII captain commanding a bomber crew. During the game, one has to complete numerous missions, which involve eliminating strategically important military targets and making reconnaissance behind the enemy lines. The gameplay is divided into two parts – the preparation stage involves selecting recruits as a bomber crew has to comprise a pilot, a mechanic, gunners, a radio operator, a navigator, and a gun loader. A player should pay close attention to the recruits he selects, as their death on the battlefield is permanent. When airborne, one has to monitor the condition of both his crew and his plane, as consecutive subsystems might break down – a spot-on shot on the plane’s tail might result in losing the maneuverability, similarly to a burning engine. Thus, during each mission, a player has to repair his plane. After completing a mission (when over a target, a player gets to operate the on-board systems in order to photograph the target or bomb it), one has to return home safely – provided he has enough fuel. Bomber Crew is bound to attract players’ attention with its colorful visuals and dynamic vessel damage system.
Action 16 October 2017
Just Dance 2018
Party today, 24 October 2017
One of the many installments in the series of dance/party games released annually by Ubisoft. Similarly to what players know from previous editions, your task is to follow the choreographies performed by colorful characters dancing on-screen. The more accurately you repeat their moves, the higher score you get. Just Dance 2018 offers several dozen pop songs, both classic hits and new releases. That latter category includes: Clean Bandit ft.Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye, Bruno Mars – 24K Magic, Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side, Bebe Rexha ft. Lil Wayne – The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody), Jamiroquai – Automaton, Shakira ft. Maluma – Chantaje, Hyuna – Bubble Pop, Hatsune Miku – Love Ward, Groove Century – Daddy Cool, Big Freedia – Make it Jingle. Just Dance 2018 uses dedicated motion controllers and cameras or a special mobile app for monitoring players’ moves.
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.
Sports 29 September 2017
The game is another installment in the FIFA series. Electronic Arts introduced a lot of important changes in this follow-up and those will probably constitute a real treat for all the fans of virtual soccer. What is especially noticeable, is the introduction of the Real Players Motion technology that governs the appearances, animations and behaviours of the in-game footballers. Although this technology encompasses mainly top players, the less-known footballers also behave in a more realistic manner, as the new system takes different factors into account, such as a footballer's height. The game brings a continuation to a story campaign from FIFA 17, embodied here by The Journey: Hunter Returns. FIFA 18 also brings a remodeled system of transfers in the career. The player is now capable of negotiating with clubs and particular footballers on their own. The FIFA Ultimate Team mode brings the Icon cards representing legendary footballers. All of this is complemented by the use of the Frostbite engine, which mainly powers the cut-scenes displayed both in The Journey mode and the regular career component.
Divinity: Original Sin II
RPG 14 September 2017
A direct sequel to Divinity: Original Sin and another installment in the popular RPG series launched in 2002 by the Belgian developer, Larian Studios. The story takes place once more in the fantasy land of Rivellon and presents events that occur between the first and second game in the franchise. This time around, we assume the role of a sourcerer, who uses the forbidden powers of the Source and is constantly pursued by the Order. We can determine the race and origin of our character, both of which influence the attitude of the encountered NPCs towards him or her to a large extent. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate significantly from the previous game in the series, although the developers did introduce a few novelties, such as a modified combat system, new element combinations as well as Source Powers. Contrary to its predecessor and other titles of the franchise, the production has a clearly darker atmosphere.
Simulation Tuesday, 31 October 2017
An advanced off-road truck simulator – Spintires: MadRunner is an enhanced version of Spintires. The game has been published by Focus Home Interactive and allows a player to drive various vehicles designed for extreme condition. Throughout the game, one can modify the available machines (the MadRunner edition features 13 new vehicles) and install new parts. The game delivers several large open maps located across Siberia, waiting for a player to explore. Moreover, one can complete numerous assignments (e.g. loading and transporting a timber cargo to a precise destination within a predefined time limit) either on his own or via the online cooperative mode with up to three other players. The difficulty of these assignments lies in the fact that the terrain one has to traverse is subjected to real-time deformations – one’s vehicle can easily get stuck in the mud or fall off a cliff. In such case, a player has to use the automatic hoisting winch.
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.
Arcade 29 September 2017
A two-dimensional action game with designs resembling old cartoon movies, which is a debut production of StudioMDHR, an independent developer. In Cuphead, we assume the role of a gambling addict that loses his soul to the devil during one of his sessions. To retrieve it, he needs to work off its equivalent. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a 2D fighting game with a degree of platforming elements – we participate in continuous 1v1 fights, taking place on special 2D arenas. During combat we can make use of a wide range of weaponry, as well as several outfits bestowing us with special powers. Each of the enemies has his own fighting style, which needs to be countered in order for us to win. In opposition to the genre classics, our enemies are controlled by dynamic AI, making the game tough to beat and less predictable in case of replays.
Cities: Skylines - Green Cities
Strategy 19 October 2017
Another expansion to Cities: Skylines - a popular city builder strategy game developed by Colossal Order. As the title might suggest, this add-on allows a player to create environment-friendly cities. Apart from over two hundred new buildings (e.g. shops selling healthy food), Green Cities introduces new specializations for particular districts (which can be developed as one progresses through the game), four new types of regulations, and a number of cosmetic novelties - a player can erect a special monument to honor his services to the environment. Even though in Cities: Skylines - Green Cities, one can erect entirely new and eco-friendly cities, which do not pollute the environment at all, there is nothing standing on his way to utilize the new solutions for the infrastructures he has already built, e.g. to balance the previous construction plans.
Strategy 13 October 2017
Dungeons 3 is the third installment in the fantasy strategy game series developed by Realmforge. Dungeons 3 continues the story from the previous games. We play as a Dungeon Lord who, after uniting the forces of evil and laying the foundations of the new empire of darkness, comes to the conclusion that his ambitions are not yet fulfilled. He decides to recruit the priestess of dark elves so that she would lead his forces during the conquest of the surface world. Just like in the previous installments of the series, gameplay in Dungeons 3 is a blend of a real-time and economic strategy. As we play, we have to gather resources, build new parts of our dungeon, recruit monsters, and invest in technological development. At the same time, we have to lead our army that fights with the forces of good on the surface. All three factions from the previous games (the Horde, the Undead, and the Demons) are present. This time, however, we can use units and technologies of all three of them at the same time.