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.
Project CARS 2
Racing tomorrow, 22 September 2017
A sequel to the successful racing game released in 2015 and developed by Slightly Mad Studios (the creators of Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed). Since the game was partially financed on the World of Mass Development platform, players themselves were allowed to be a part of the development process. Similarly as in case of the first installment of the series, it is a realistic racing simulator. Less experienced players can enable various handicaps and assists to make the game less realistic. Project CARS 2 contains much more locations than its predecessor. There are more than 200 tracks to ride on by using various cars divided into 40 categories. The appearance and technical parameters of cars can be freely modified. The races take place in various single and multiplayer modes. The basic game mode is the single player campaign which can be played in cooperation with another player. Project CARS 2 also features online challenges and rankings.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
Sports 12 September 2017
Another annual entry in the popular soccer series by Konami. Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 develops the ideas from the previous game. Real Touch +, a new system that is responsible for how players handle a ball, now takes more body parts into account. Thanks to that we can see animations that are much more different from each other when players receive a ball, hit it with their heads, dribble etc. Another important change is that matches are now slower which makes the game a little bit more realistic. In addition to that there is also a strategic dribbling which gives more control over a ball and improved set pieces. Besides classic game modes, PES 2018 also brings back Random Selection Match mode which now has more options. Also, the game offers an online co-op mode for two or three people. The graphics are much better when compared with the previous games which means that the game on particular platforms aren't that different from each other.
Action 06 September 2017
Destiny 2 is a sequel to the best-selling FPS developed by Bungie Software. This time, Bungie is aided in the development process by Vicarious Visions, creators of Skylanders and some other games. Destiny 2 introduces many new changes and improvements, not only concerning the story (this time, the story will play a bigger part than in the first game), but also in the gameplay mechanics. In Destiny 2, we will visit completely new, enormous locations (i.e. Saturn alone will be bigger than the entire first game), finding new, vibrant metropolises. In the wilderness, we will find both enemies and enemy checkpoints that are just waiting to be taken over by us. Planets known from the first Destiny will also be present in the sequel, but will be added on a later date. Due to the new technology used by Destiny 2, it won't be possible to import our characters from the original game. Transferring any sort of content from the first Destiny will probably turn out to be problematic.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Action 15 September 2017
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is an action game set in the Dishonored game universe. We play as a new protagonist, Billie Lurk. She is an assassin with supernatural powers and the right hand of Daud, one of the series' primary antagonists and the character we played as in two DLCs of the first Dishonored game. Our job is to hunt down the titular Outsider, a mysterious being that is the source of the supernatural powers used by the series' heroes. Story is nonlinear and its outcome is heavy reliant on our choices. Death of the Outsider takes us to the city of Karnaca known from Dishonored 2. We will visit many various locations during our adventures, like cultist hideouts or underground fight clubs. Gameplay mechanics did not change and are the same as in the previous games of the series. Once again we can play stealthy and be a silent assassin or attack our enemies in plain sight. As we progress, we unlock new abilities and pieces of equipment. After finishing the game, we can play it once again in the Original Game Plus mode where we have access to abilities from Dishonored 2.
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn
Strategy today, 21 September 2017
Stellaris: Synthetic Down is an expansion to 4X strategy Stellaris from Paradox Development studio focused on enhancing content of the game with revolutionary changes to gameplay. DLC requires the base version of Stellaris and enriches it with the option of playing machine empire – a civilization consisting solely of robots. Developers prepared four types of factions, some with neutral approach towards living creatures, others thinking of them as a plague that must be purged, and yet another that will think of them as adorable pets, taking care of their needs, but not letting them make major decisions. Add-on also introduces a new Fallen Empire in form of ancient mechanical race and changes the course of robot rebellion, letting us choose to stay with our current race or lead mechanical rebels.
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.
Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire
RPG tomorrow, 22 September 2017
Expansion pack for the popular MMORPG Guild Wars 2 from ArenaNet. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is set after the events from the previous DLC: Heart of Thorns. This time players have to defend the southern realm of Elona and the Crystal Desert from the march of the army of Balthazar, the god of war and fire. The Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire add-on introduces five large zones, which you can explore both on foot and on a mount. The latter lets you cover large distances more quickly as well as reach hardly accessible places, but it also proves to be great help in combat. Besides, the developer prepared nine elite specialization for heroes at and over level 80 as well as a new guild hall and a variety of weapons and outfits. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire requires the original game to play. In order to make use of the new options for guilds you must also own the Heart of Thorns expansion.
Battlefield 1: In The Name of the Tsar
Action 19 September 2017
Battlefield 1: In The Name Of The Tsar is the second DLC (and a part of the game's season pass) for the best-selling first-person shooter Battlefield 1. The DLC, just like the base game, was developed by DICE, a studio that for years has been responsible for the Battlefield series. Just like Battlefield 1, the add-on takes place during the World War I. As the title suggests, players will have the opportunity to fight for the tsarist Russia and take part in several famous battles, like the Brusilov Offensive in Galicia, Operation Albion in the West Estonian Archipelago, or battles in the £upków Pass in the Carpathian mountains. As one can see, In The Name Of The Tsar introduces four new maps. Along with the new maps, the expansion comes with a new type of super-heavy combat vehicle, behemoth, and new types of weapons and equipment.
Total War: Warhammer II
Strategy Thursday, 28 September 2017
Another installment in a popular series of strategy games created by Creative Assembly. Unlike the first part of the subseries, which was set in the Old World, this time the players travel to the west, where they wage a war across four continents: Ulthuan, Naggaroth, Southern Realms, and Lustria. Four races take part in the conflict, i.e. the High Elves, the Dark Elves, the Lizardmen, and the Skaven. Each of these factions fights for control over the Great Vortex, which they can heal or disperse using various rituals. Once more, gameplay in Total War: Warhammer II is based on two pillars. In a strategy map view you move your armies, manage economy and expand cities (all this in turns), while battles are waged in real time on 3D battlefields. Each race has its unique mechanics, units and heroes. Besides, owners of the first and second game can download a huge map that combines both game worlds. This way you can play a campaign of truly epic scale while controlling any of the factions available in Total War: Warhammer and its sequel.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Action 22 August 2017
The first story expansion for Uncharted 4: The Thief’s End. The add-on, also created by Naughty Dog, is a stand-alone title. For the first time in the history of the series, we control a different character – Chloe Frazer. The story begins some time after the events of Uncharted 4, and sees the heroine appear in India, where she attempts to find an ancient artifact, supported by Nadine Ross - a local mercenary. Gameplay wise, the game reuses the mechanics seen in The Thief’s End. As a result, we are given an action-adventure game that occupies us with exploration, solving rather uncomplicated puzzles, and shootouts with numerous opponents. This time, the creators have placed more emphasis on stealth – the protagonists often has to sneak, avoid her opponents, and avoid engaging in open combat.
Sports 15 September 2017
Another installment in the popular basketball video game series published annually by 2K Games. In NBA 2K18, players once again get at their disposal an elaborate basketball simulator revolving around the official NBA league. Apart from the teams currently playing in the league and the official USA and Australia national teams, the game delivers iconic teams from the past - not only those one might remember from the previous installments in the NBA 2K series, but also such teams as 1998-1999 New York Knicks and 2007-2008 Denver Nuggets. In NBA 2K18, one can play alone or in a company of other players. The game features several game modes - the most important one being MyCareer, in which one gets to create his own basketball player and follow his career of an NBA professional player. Moreover, this installment brings back such modes as MyGM and MyLeague, both of which allow a player to become a manager of a chosen team. To top it all, in NBA 2K18 there is also the MyTeam mode, in which one gets to assemble his dream team by collecting special cards.
Racing 15 September 2017
Another installment in a series of rally games developed by Kylotonn Racing Games. The game has the license of FIA World Rally Championship, so during the campaign, the player takes part in 13 authentic rally competitions - those give the same number of locations and 63 special stages. Apart from that, representations of real drivers were included, next to the sponsors' commercials. In terms of the driving physics, WRC 7 develops the concepts from the predecessing game. Above all, the creators introduced changes into the physics, due to the improvements brought to this year's cars. Furthermore, the developer removed smaller issues, such as too short braking distances. All of this made the experience slightly more challenging than before, as well as more realistic. The game offers both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, also a local split-screen variant.
Raiders of the Broken Planet
Action tomorrow, 22 September 2017
A science-fiction action game created by MercurySteam Entertainment. The game is set in distant future in the titular world, where a long time ago a mysterious substance was discovered, that allowed for substantial increase of capabilities of living organisms. In the wake of this discovery, the place soon was turned into fertile ground for rivalry among numerous criminal organizations aiming to seize control of the deposits, and in the long run of the entire galaxy. The player fights large-scale battles involving two factions, where a wide variety of futuristic firearms as well as melee weapons can be used. The multiplayer mode (which is the core of the game) was designed with asymmetry in mind, for each of the two factions involved in the conflict has completely different abilities and weapons. As a result, controlling each of the teams provides vastly different experience, but it also requires the player to apply unique tactics.
Action 19 September 2017
An action adventure game with stealth elements, developed by the independent Danish studio Ultra Ultra. The player assumes the role of a white-haired girl, En, who spent several decades hibernated aboard a spaceship. The task that awaits her after her awakening from cryogenic sleep is to investigate the mysterious complex called the Palace and restore to life the equally mysterious race of its creators with the use of advanced technology. The gameplay of ECHO is based on environmental exploration, solving various environmental puzzles, and both confronting and sneaking past enemies. The game features unusual mechanics that change with the player’s progress — our opponents gradually learn the protagonist’s tricks which forces us to resort to new solutions and strategies. The title is powered by Unreal Engine 4, providing high quality graphics.
NBA Live 18
Sports 15 September 2017
A sports game created for the fans of basketball and released by Electronic Arts. After the three previous installments, which were average games at best, the developer was given more time to create this new follow-up. Thanks to that, NBA Live 18 brings a few interesting novelties. Above all, the game introduces The One mode - the player creates their own basketballer here and later on, they take part in matches within The Streets mode and The League component (the latter is the NBA league). The player works on the skills of their character while experiencing the game, acquires new outfits and tattoos. Apart from that, 12 teams from the WNBA league (women's NBA) were featured-in, such as L.A. Sparks, Minnesota Lynx or New York Liberty. When it comes to gameplay as such, the creators prepared more intuitive controls, as well as hundreds of new moves particular basketball players are popular for. The game offers both singleplayer and multiplayer (competitive and co-op) modes. One can experience the Ultimate Team, and the Takedown modes, but also play friendly matches.
RAID: World War II
Action Tuesday, 26 September 2017
First-person shooter developed by an independent Croatian studio Lion Game Lion and published by the Swedish company Starbreeze AB. It is noteworthy that the developer and publisher both collaborated on The Bomb DLC for the bestselling game PayDay 2. RAID: World War II is built upon cooperative gameplay mechanics. Players form four-person teams and take part in some of the most important battles of the World War II. The key to success in RAID: World War II lies in coordination and tight cooperation between the team members.
Forza Motorsport 7
Racing 03 October 2017
Another installment of the best-selling racing series, developed by Turn 10 in cooperation with Microsoft. In Forza Motorsport 7, players can participate in races taking place on over 30 different tracks, while driving one of the 700 available licensed cars. All of these vehicles can be modified in terms of their performance and appearance. The driving physics implemented herein skillfully balances between a simulation and arcade racing and should suit both the racing veterans and the beginners, who can use a number of available facilitations. Forza Motorsport 7 is one of the first games ever to exploit the full potential of Xbox One X, allowing players to experience the 4K resolution at stable 60 frames per second. Apart from the free-to-play spinoff - Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, the seventh full-fledged installment is also the first in the series’ history to be released not only on consoles but also on PC / Windows 10.
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.
Action 05 September 2017
A sequel to the three-dimensional platformer by the Japanese team of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Once again players take control of the titular Knack – a small robot which can absorb various objects to increase its size. Like the first game, Knack 2 uses TPP view, and the gameplay focuses on exploration, solving simple puzzles and fighting enemies. It is possible to play either by yourself or with another player. Visuals stand out with their distinct style, similar to those the movies from Studio Pixar.
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.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game
Action tomorrow, 22 September 2017
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is a platform action game released along with The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Just like the previous LEGO games, it was developed by Traveller's Tales. Story in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is based on the film’s plot. The evil Lord Garmadon brought the Ninjago City to its knees. Lead by the wise Master Wu, a group of fearless warriors decides to face Garmadon and bring peace and order back to the city. As we play, we explore various parts of the Ninjago City, use our heroes’ unique abilities when fighting with enemies, and solve simple environmental riddles and puzzles. The game can be played alone or in coop with up to three additional players. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game's visuals are on a decent level and stylistically refer to the film.
Arcade today, 21 September 2017
An arcade game developed by Oddbird - a Toronto-based studio. The players assume the roles of large birds armed with bows and take part in incredibly dynamic shootouts on maps filled with traps. The game is played from an isometric view. A multiplayer mode for up to 4 players is the core element of the experience - the players can meet online or share one screen. The game also features a complex arcade mode, which gives an opportunity to eliminate AI-controlled enemies solo or in cooperation. Alongside progression, the player unlocks subsequent characters, weapons and gadgets that noticeably affect the experience. Arrow Heads comes with interesting, cartoonish visuals that can be appreciated by many.
SteamWorld Dig 2
Arcade today, 21 September 2017
A sequel to the 2013 metroidvania title, developed by Image & Form. Once again, the players are taken to a unique world that combines steampunk with western setting, this time as a female robot looking for her missing friend. The gameplay of SteamWorld Dig 2 doesn’t depart from the groundwork of its predecessor, focusing on digging underground tunnels to reach places of interest and find treasures we can spend to upgrade our equipment. There are also various enemies to defeat with our more or less fancy weapons. Like the previous works of Image & Form, the game features good-looking cartoonish visuals.