Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Action yesterday, 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.
The Escapists 2
Simulation yesterday, 22 August 2017
A sequel to the 2015 game by Mouldy Toof which was a unique arcade 2D platformer with elements of logic and RPG productions. In The Escapist 2, the players assume the role of inmates locked up in heavily-guarded prisons, and their task is to work out the security system and to escape. To do so, we have to look for allies and items that can be crafted into useful tools while pretending that we tend to our usual prison routines. Compared to the original, the game features a myriad of enhancements such as new ways of spending spare time, a modified combat system, a possibility of creating previously unavailable items, and new ways of escaping. One of the biggest novelties is the introduction of a drop in/drop out multiplayer mode in which up to four players can play on a split screen or over the Internet.
The Bard's Tale: Remastered and Resnarkled
RPG 17 August 2017
Cities: Skylines - Concerts
Strategy 17 August 2017
Action 17 August 2017
A survival horror game with a top down view. Darkwood is the first commercial project of a Polish studio, Acid Wizard, and its development has been backed up by users voting on the Steam Greenlight platform. The game takes place in a procedurally generated open world, with the player placed in the role of a character trying to survive the confrontations with supernatural beings without losing his sanity in the eponymous dark wood. During a day, the protagonist must find or construct items, which will help him fend off evil entities at night. The gameplay is relatively difficult, combining features of an action game, adventure game, and a cRPG. Simple, two-dimensional visuals are dominated by semidarkness and dark shapes, and the terrifying atmosphere is further bolstered with disturbing audio.
Strategy 17 August 2017
Castle Story is an RTS featuring a complex economical aspect and with the option of transforming in-game surroundings, built from voxels. It is the debut project of an independent developer, Sauropod, and its production has been backed up by Kickstarter. Castle Story takes the players to a world consisting of several islands floating in the air. The core of the gameplay is designing and building a stronghold, which we later defend against invaders. Players must carefully manage their settlers, who – depending on our needs – can become miners, woodcutters, or builders. Castle Story is powered by the popular Unity Engine. Its vivid, three-dimensional visuals are made entirely of cubic blocks (voxels), similarly to the famous Minecraft.
The Trail: Frontier Challenge
Simulation 16 August 2017
The Trail: Frontier Challenge is a survival game developed by Peter Molyneux's studio 22 Cans, creators of Godus and Curiosty. We play as a traveler who, after a long journey, reaches the New World and begins to explore it. Our job is to venture deeper into the land. As we play, we travel from town to town, camping on the way. We also collect and craft various items during our adventures. The game is slow-paced and focuses on being more relaxing than challenging. We will also find some multiplayer elements here - we can create communities with other players and work on our towns with them. The Trail: Frontier Challenge has colourful minimalistic visuals.
Action 15 August 2017
Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition
Adventure 15 August 2017
A remastered edition of Night Trap, a game that debuted in 1992. The new version was developed by Screaming Villains. Similarly to its predecessor, the game uses full motion video technology that utilizes interactive video materials with real actors. The developers of the remaster cleaned ninety minutes of the recordings used in the original game and they created a new interface that supports FullHD resolution. In Night Trap – 25th Anniversary Edition the player assumes the role of one of the agents of a secret agency that fights paranormal threats. The game takes place in the house of Martin family. Five young female friends are sleeping there. Soon they discover that they aren’t alone, as vampire-like creatures called Augers invaded the house. The player must protect the girls from danger by using various traps installed across the mansion. The gameplay focuses on observation of the feed from eight different cameras and on activating traps whenever one of the monsters is in the range. Because the events are played in real time, each failure is permanent – failing to protect even one girl leads to losing the game and to having to start it from the beginning.
Action 15 August 2017
Nidhogg 2 is an action game developed by Mark “Messhof” Essen, the same person who created the series’ first installment that was released in 2014. The game uses the same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor. We once again get a 2D action game where we take part in duels on vast, tiered levels similar to those from many platform games. We can play against A.I. or other players through online or split-screen mutliplayer. As usual, only a single accurate hit is enough to kill our opponent, but the game also comes with some novelties. The sequel offers a wider arsenal where, among other weapons, we will find bows and axes. We can also use new attacks like finishing off knocked down enemies. The game also offers more maps that are now more interactive, giving us new possibilities of eliminating our opponents.
Adventure 15 August 2017
First-person psychological horror from Polish development studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.
Agents of Mayhem
Action 15 August 2017
Agents of Mayhem is an open-world action game that takes place in futuristic Seul. The game's plot focuses on the employees of M.A.Y.H.E.M., an organization that associates super agents from all over the world. They have to face the supervilians from L.E.G.I.O.N. who managed to take over almost the entire world. Only a group led by Persephone Brimstone can put an end to their rule. Their job is to defeat the forces of the evil Doctor Babylon. Given the fact that the game was developed by Volition, it is no surprise that Agents of Mayhem is based in the same universe as the Saints Row games. Before we start any mission, we assemble a party of three agents from the roster of available heroes. Gameplay in Agents od Mayhem mostly focuses on spectacular fights with enemies. The key to success lies in skillful usage of our agents' abilities and the wide range of weapons that are available. We can switch between our agents anytime we want to. The game has high quality visuals with a characteristic, comic book-like style.
Action 15 August 2017
A dynamic science-fiction third-person shooter created by Housemarque in cooperation with Sony. The action of Matterfall is set at an unspecified time in the future and tells the story of a soldier and his fight against aggressive creatures, whose bodies consist of crystal-like cubes. These beings have turned human technology against its makers. The gameplay mainly builds on fighting off hordes of enemies and players can observe this fast-paced action from a third person perspective. During the game, one not only has to skillfully dodge dozens of bullets but also prove his skills in beating platform challenges. When fighting the enemies, players can make use of a power to manipulate certain objects that can be found in the vicinity and perform a wide range of acrobatic tricks. The game also delivers a system responsible for weaponry upgrades and customization, with which players can gradually increase protagonist’s offensive stats.
The Pillars of the Earth
Adventure 15 August 2017
An adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment, based on a popular history novel written by Ken Follet, entitled The Pillars of the Earth. The game of the same title is set in the 12th-century, in the tumultuous period known as the Anarchy. After the sudden death of king Henry I and the only heir to the throne having been killed in the crash of the White Ship, England gets consumed in a violent war of succession. With the war in the background and the tensions between the nobles, clergy and the common people constantly growing, the game tells a story about an attempt to raise a monumental cathedral in a fictional city of Kingsbridge in the south of the country. As for the game’s mechanics, The Pillars of the Earth is no different from a typical adventure game with gameplay based on exploration of different locations, conducting conversations, and solving various logic puzzles.
Arcade 15 August 2017
A 3D platformer that came out as a reboot of one of the most popular adventure game series, featuring the titular Sonic the Hedgehog. This production was created by a SEGA’s subsidiary, Sonic Team, employing people who helped create the series and its most important iterations. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is set firmly in the franchise's initial premise, allowing you to play as the main hero (or one of his many friends), and traverse a series of locations where your goal is not only to reach the end of a map, but also to do it as quickly as you can. For most of the time, action is presented in third-person perspective, however, the game features also also some classic 2D levels. Each location is filled with traps and opponents, but also various power-ups that can boost your score or protect you from damage.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Horns of the Reach
RPG 14 August 2017
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind – Horns of the Reach is the first official DLC to The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, the biggest expansion so far that was released for the MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamirel Unlimited. It was developed by ZeniMax Online. The newest introduction to the game that came with the expansion are two new dungeons: Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold. In addition to that, Honrs of the Reach brings in new items, monster masks, and achievements. The expansion also comes with a free update that introduced Arcane University, a new Battlegrounds map, and a new battlegrounds mode called Chaos Ball. The new battlegrounds content is available only to those who own the expansion. The other new things like new houses, furniture, esthetic elements, crown crates, and holiday events are available to all players.
Strategy 14 August 2017
An upgraded version of the bestselling 1998 RTS game. Both versions were developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Compared to the original release, the game (including the Brood War expansion) features mainly significantly improved audiovisuals. Although the visuals remain two-dimensional, all the graphic elements have become more detailed. Furthermore, the game supports high resolutions (up to 4K), as well as refreshed audio, which also applies to dialogues between characters. Changes were introduced to the game's online component as well - StarCraft: Remastered offers an advanced system of matchmaking, the option to store one's save files in the cloud, quick button re-mapping, and easy access to fan-made maps and replays. The mechanics remain unchanged - the game is a classic RTS, featuring three playable races (the Terrans, the Protoss, and the Zerg). The gameplay is based on gathering resources, building one's base, conducting research, producing units, and fighting enemies - in combat, taking advantage of both the enemy's weak spots and the strong spots of the player's forces, constitutes the key to success. Apart from six story campaigns (two for each of the races), the game offers an extensive multiplayer component with various game modes.
Sudden Strike 4
Strategy 11 August 2017
The fourth installment in the series of real-time war strategies started in 2000 by Fireglow studio. After the franchise was taken over by Kalypso Media, the task of creating a new installment was given to the young team from Kite Games. Similarly as previous installments of the saga, Sudden Strike 4 takes place during World War II. In the game the player controls the armed forces of Germany, USA, Great Britain and Soviet Union, participating in battles during three large story campaigns and multiplayer skirmishes. The players can choose from more than one hundred varied units and from large variety of tactical options such as ambushes, using buildings as strong points, calling for air support or taking advantage of tanks' weak points. The greatest novelty introduced in this installment are much larger maps and the addition of nine generals based on historical figures. Their unique abilities can turn the tide of battle.
Crashday Redline Edition
Racing 10 August 2017
Strategy 10 August 2017
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne
Logic 10 August 2017
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne is the sixth expansion for the free-to-play card game Hearthstone. It was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and can be bought through the game’s store for real or in-game currency. This expansion focuses on Lich King’s army and his kingdom of Northrend. Just like the Whispers of the Old Gods DLC, Knights of the Frozen Throne tells an alternate version of the well-known events. This time we will see what would have happened if the greatest heroes of Azeroth (Jauna Proudmoore, Rexxar, and others) became Death Knights, the undead servants of the Lich King. Knights of the Frozen Throne continues Blizzard’s policy of not releasing small Adventure DLCs and focusing on the bigger ones. We get a set of 135 cards inspired by the Lich King’s army and the theme of death, including nine cards of a completely new type – Hero Cards. After using them our hero changes into Death Knight, gets a new portrait, war cry, ability, and a few points of armor which allows us to change our play style. We can test the new cards in PvP matches or in the single player campaign during which we will be able to face the Lich King himself. The expansion also introduces a new battlefield and card backs.
RPG 10 August 2017
A multi-genre mix advertised as „hardcore neon slasher” from BreadTeam and released by tinyBuild Games. In Phantom Trigger, the players control a character named Stan and explore locations filled with enemies to reach one of several endings. No matter the way, the game will make us question what is real and what exists only in hero’s mind. Gameplay focuses on real-time battles requiring dexterity and skill from the player, like in typical hack’n’slash games. However, Phantom Trigger also presents complex character and weapon development options known from RPG titles. There are also procedurally generated dungeons of the roguelike genre and simple puzzles. What makes Phantom Trigger stand out is its visual style that resembles 8-bit and 16-bit productions.
RPG 10 August 2017
A mobile role-playing game heavily-inspired by the Pokemon series. The game is set in a fantasy land, combining modern reality with science-fiction elements. You play as a trainer, whose task is to catch the eponymous creatures, develop their abilities, and use them to battle other trainers. In Nexomon, you traverse a world divided into 10 regions, visit shops, talk to NPCs, and complete a variety of quests. Like in the Pokemon series, an important factor is catching the defeated creatures, which join your collection. The battles are turn-based, and in combat you mostly choose the right attacks against the opponents and activate various special items. Apart from the multiplayer mode, the game also features a story campaign with many side quests.
RPG 10 August 2017
A role-playing game by Level 5 for mobile devices and Nintendo 3DS. Snack World is set in a fantasy realm, and you play as a young boy called Chup, who wants to exact revenge on the invaders that burned his family village to the ground. Fortunately, Chup is not alone — he is accompanied by his friends, Mayone and Pepperon. The game utilizes an isometric view and the gameplay focuses on exploration and collecting various items. Interestingly, your equipment is grouped by brand — it concerns blade weapons, shields, clothes, and jewelry, which are marked by fictional brand logos, such as Detton, Qloris or Fairy Electroncis. Moreover, they can be bought in the real world and then transferred to the in-game universe by NFC. Snack World features high-quality cartoonish visuals, clearly inspired by manga and anime.