Sports today, 17 October 2017
Another installment in a series of sport games devoted to wrestling and released annually by 2K Games. The players take on the roles of professional wrestlers from NXT and WWE leagues, and take part in encounters in the ring. A series of improvements were introduced into the combat system - above all, the wrestlers can make more moves now. Fighting is not all about exchange of attacks, as the player often brings the opponent down, throws them at the mat, or even out of the ring, in order to continue the fight closer to the audience or in the backstage. Among the available wrestlers, one will find Seth Rollins (depicted on the game's cover), Chris Jericho, Andre The Giant, John Cena, The Rock or the Bella sisters. WWE 2K18 offers plenty of game modes, both singleplayer and multiplayer ones. MyCareer is the most important of them, as the player leads a wrestler of their choice to fame and money through subsequent victories.
Rogue Trooper Redux
Action today, 17 October 2017
A refreshed version of a shooter game developed by Rebellion (Sniper Elite, Aliens vs. Predator) and released back in 2006. The player takes on the role of a genetically-modified soldier of the future. The game begins soon after the arrival of the protagonist's squad in a strategic warzone, where they got betrayed and slaughtered. As the sole survivor of the massacre, the protagonist has to avenge their comrades and eliminate the adversaries in so doing. Rogue Trooper Redux is played from a third-person view. Particular missions are set in diverse sceneries and are based on dynamic exchanges of fire. The protagonist faces other modified soldiers, but also hostile vehicles and combat drones. The game also features stealth-action sequences. Alongside progression, the player unlocks special skill chips - thanks to them, the protagonist can face challenges that would otherwise require an entire squad of soldiers. Compared with the original edition, Rogue Trooper Redux offers noticeably improved graphics.
Fighting today, 17 October 2017
A free-to-play two-dimensional platform fighting game from the independent studio Blue Mammoth Games – the creators of a browser MMO game Dungeon Blitz. The production combines elements of 2D fighting games and platformers. Gameplay comes down to engaging in combat on multi-level maps. The fighting system is purely arcade, so what really matters is speed, strength, mastery of combos, and the skillful use of individual abilities of particular characters. The game features dozens of fighters from different epochs and genres – knights, pirates, and even aliens. Each character has a different story and fighting style. Brawhalla features both a single player campaign and multiplayer for up to 8 players. Even though the game utilizes old-school 2D graphics, backgrounds and characters are displayed in high definition.
Gran Turismo Sport
Racing today, 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.
RPG today, 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.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
RPG today, 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.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
RPG today, 17 October 2017
The fifth full-fledged installment in a series of classic turn-based jRPGs developed by Atlus for Nintendo's hand-held consoles. The action takes place in the mysterious land of Arcadia. It is inhabited by four races - the game features original interpretations of the typical fantasy races. In terms of gameplay mechanics, it is a first-person dungeon crawler. The player assembles a team of characters representing various classes. The party visits labyrinths, descends into subsequent dungeons filled with traps, enemies and puzzles. Solving them open the way further. The game offers a turn-based combat system. The characters can perform standard attacks, cast spells and use their special abilities. As usual, the player decides about the character development and teaches the party members new skills with the experience points earned as the game progresses progression.
Adventure yesterday, 16 October 2017
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.
The Evil Within 2
Action 13 October 2017
A direct sequel to a 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 players to observe the action from a third-person perspective to better experience the survival horror setting. The main protagonist gets to venture 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 survival horror games’ 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.
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.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
RPG 13 October 2017
An sequel to the 2014 farm game Story of Seasons, created by Marvelous, who also developed e.g. games in the Harvest Moon series. The fundamental mechanics of the gameplay remained unchanged. In the game, you manage a declining farm, trying to restore it to its former glory. You play mostly by taking care of your animals, buying and planting seeds, gathering and selling crops, and also meeting various NPCs. At the same time, the game is more expansive than any other installment of both aforementioned series, and your farm lies close to three large locations, whose specifics and areas differ. This calls for more creativity and looking for new ways to develop your business. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns also features previously unavailable plants and animals, as well as activities and female characters to romance.
Yono and the Celestial Elephants
Adventure 12 October 2017
Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a colorful, charming adventure game with a fairy-tale-like style. It was developed by Neckbolt Games. The player assumes the role of a young elephant who – similarly to other elephants – is a defender of the world. When controlling the protagonist, the player travels through various locations, solves riddles and fights. The first of the mentioned is the most important aspect of the game. The player has access to four cities filled with non-playable characters and side quests and to three dungeons filled with riddles and unique bosses. Unraveling the secrets enable the player to discover the history of the game world. Conversations with the inhabitants of this world are filled with philosophy, aesthetics and political topics – this is rather unusual in adventure games. Yono and the Celestial Elephants features nice looking, hand-drawn graphics. The title lacks any multiplayer modes.
Action 12 October 2017
An action combat game that combines elements of multiplayer shooters and arcade helicopter simulators. Heliborne is a debut production of JetCat Games. Mechanically, gameplay draws inspirations from MMO games, such as World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. The game features dozens of helicopter models from different countries and decades. They are designed on the basis of their real counterparts and include such elements as appearance, technical parameters, and original painting schemes of their respective military forces. The machines can be gradually developed. Gameplay offers team competition for helicopter pilots. Combat takes place on maps imitating the most important places of contemporary and historical military conflicts, such as Vietnam and Afghanistan. The title mixes tactic and simulation elements and requires both strategic planning of actions and skillful maneuvering of the helicopter using the advanced in-game flight mechanics.
RPG 11 October 2017
Grim Dawn: Ashes of Malmouth
RPG 11 October 2017
An expansion to 2016’s action-RPG Grim Dawn (also considered in its category as hack’n’slash title), developed by independent studio of Crate Entertainment. Creators did not bother trying to change game mechanics of the base game and instead focused on preparing new content. DLC adds two more chapters to the campaign, set in previously inaccessible wild region of Ugdenbog and ruins of titular Malmouth city. Players also got two new classes to choose from in form of scythe-wielding master of dark magic in Necromancer and armed with two pistols Inquisitor. Other novelties include three hundred items, forty bosses and mini-bosses and fourteen star constellations that give various useful bonuses to heroes’ statistics.
Adventure 11 October 2017
A sequel to the very well-received indie FPP horror adventure game. In Sylvio 2, you once again play as Juliette Waters, whose job is recording the voices of the dead. The game is set several days after the events of the first installment and takes place during the day. The gameplay focuses on exploring and solving puzzles, as well as occasional fights with the ghosts. The protagonist's equipment is similar to that from the previous game, although she also has a few new gadgets. Instead of the old Stelotron L-500 magnetic tape recorder, Sylvio 2 features a Steltron L-1000, a 360-degree camera, which allows you to record not only the audio, but also the video of the ghosts. Since the recordings are essential to solve the game's puzzles, there is an option to browse through the recordings, slow them down or fast-forward them, as well as zoom in the video and scan it for any ghost activity.
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online
RPG 10 October 2017
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online is a spin-off of the Cyberdimension Neptunia series developed by Compile Heart. Once again, the players take part in the adventures of four goddesses that represent various gaming consoles. This time Vert (Xbox), Blanc (Nintendo), Neptune (SEGA), an Noire (PlayStation) test an unfinished MMOPRG. Beating all challenges will give our heroes the possibility of finding the creator of the game and gaining his help in fighting the Demon King. Gameplay in Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online is based on the series' characteristic scheme. Exploration, completing of main and side quests, collecting more powerful equipment, developing our characters, and fighting with our enemies are the game's core elements. Unlike in the series' main games, fights in Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online are played out in real-time. We can play the game alone or with three friends in co-op. If we choose the second option, we control only one of the goddesses, the rest is controlled by the game's A.I.
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.
Action 10 October 2017
ARKTIKA.1 is a VR science fiction first-person shooter developed by 4A Games, creators of the Metro game series. The game takes place in the 22nd century, a couple of decades into the new ice age. Humans are forced to live in areas near the equator, but the territories in the north and south are not completely abandoned because they are still rich in natural resources. Some people still live in the icebound parts of the planet in order to gather them. We play as a soldier who was hired to protect a colony located in what once was Russia. As we play, we will face bandits, agents hired by our employer’s rivals, and strange creatures that came along with the ice age. Gameplay focuses on combat and its mechanics were designed from scratch to match motion controllers. Thanks to that we can, for example, use two pistols and aim in two different directions.
Franchise Hockey Manager 4
Sports 06 October 2017
A hockey manager that enables the player to lead one of many teams from Canadian, American and European leagues. The main attraction of the game is a fully licensed NHL. During the game the player must maintain many things. One of the basic activities is looking for young talents and buying old, good players. To convince them to play in player’s club, the player must propose attractive financial conditions. Once the team is gathered, the player must set tactics before matches, modify them during the skirmish, replace harmed players etc. The skills of players are improved during trainings managed by a hired training team. One of the more interesting features is the possibility to start the season in 1917 and lead the stars from old times. Franchise Hockey Manager 4 was developed by a German studio Out of the Park Developments, the creators of other entries in the series and the Out of the Park Baseball series.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
RPG 06 October 2017
A remake of the 2003’s Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga developed by AlphaDream on Game Boy Advance. It is an unusual arcade RPG with a turn-based combat. During the game, the titular Mario brothers have to join forces with their arch-enemy – Bowser, and together they set out to the Beanbean Kingdom to retrieve the stolen Princess Peach’s voice. The 3DS release of the game’s remake features improved visuals with more polished character models and lighting effects that are much more pleasing to one’s eye. Apart from all this, the developers decided to introduce two more attractions – a new game mode called Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, showing the events from the main campaign as they are seen by Captain Goomba, ShyGuy, Boo, and others, as well as the support of amiibo™ figures. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is compatible with Super Mario toys, and along with the game’s release, the developers introduced two new figures - Goomba and Koopa Troopa.
Action 06 October 2017
Developed by Xaviant Games, creators of Lichdom: Battlemage, The Culling is a multiplayer first-person survival game. It is heavily inspired by such titles as The Hunger Games or Battle Royale. As one of 16 contestants, you are sent to an island where, in order to win, you have to kill everybody else before they kill you. Prior to a battle, each contestant can choose three perks, which provide various bonuses and useful skills. Focusing on close combat, the game offers a wide array of melee weapons, allows you to set traps, and features an extensive combat system that allows you to attack in many different ways. There are also bows and firearms available, but they do not play a crucial role in the game. Apart from a very simple crafting system, there is also a big collection of useful items that can come in handy during battles.
Stronghold 2: Steam Edition
Strategy 05 October 2017