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.
Action 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.
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.
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.
A first-person science fiction horror action game heavily inspired by the works of H.R. Giger, the creator of the xenomorph from the Alien franchise. Scorn takes the players to an unreal world that balances on the verge of dream and reality. It consists of several open locations joined together, built almost exclusively from organic material; each one is characterized by different style and a unique set of logic puzzles. Careful exploration is a very important element of the gameplay, since every thing we accidentally miss can completely change the further course of the game. As we progress, our character masters new skills and finds numerous useful items and weapons. Combat is not the main focus of the gameplay, though, for not every character we encounter is hostile towards us. The main highlight of Scorn is a dense atmosphere of constant anxiety. The production is powered by Unreal Engine 4, and, apart from realistic graphics, features a minimalistic interface which empowers immersion.
A science-fiction RPG title based on tabletop role-playing game Cyberpunk. This production was developed by CD Projekt RED studio – the team who gained worldwide acclaim thanks to its successful The Witcher series – actively supported by the co-writer of the original system, Mike Pondsmith. The story takes you to the year 2077, featuring technically advanced, albeit corrupted world of the future. The game is set in Night City, a place known well to the fans of Cyberpunk universe, where ominous intrigues and secrets thrive. While exploring the game’s open world, you learn the complex, multi-threaded narrative through numerous dialogues, which often put you up against tough moral choices. Classes and character progression system, combat model, as well as dozens of in-game augmentations were inspired of the original role-playing system. The visual side of the game is built on enhanced version of Red engine, previously used in The Witcher 3.
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.
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.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Strategy April 2018
A refreshed version of Age of Empires, a real-time strategy game that debuted in 1997. Microsoft, the company responsible for the new version, focused not only on improving the graphics so that they now support 4K resolution, but on recording a new version of the symphonic soundtrack as well. The title contains the contents of the basic version of the original game and of the Rise of Rome expansion pack. The single player scenarios were expanded with new narrative features. In Age of Empires: Definitive Edition the player is leading civilizations from various regions of the world to war. The gameplay is focused on expanding the base, obtaining resources, recruiting army and participating in dynamic battles. A modernized interface makes controlling the battlefield easier. In addition to single player modes, the title offers multiplayer mode based on Xbox Live.
An open-world economic tycoon game that focuses on managing a railroad company. The credit for developing this title goes to a Czech gamemaker - Jan Zeleny, who worked on the game for many years. Inspired by such classics as Transport Tycoon or Railroad Tycoon II, Mashinky gives us an opportunity to lay tracks, build and upgrade stations, work on new models of engines, and even to view the game world through the eyes of a train driver in charge of keeping the machine on the route set by the player. Apart from an FPP view and an aerial view, which is typical for strategies, Mashinky brings a special, schematic-isometric perspective that displays the map in the form of a legible engineering grid. This view mode is used to create new intersections of tracks and to mark spots for new structures. The game's economic system is definitely its distinctive feature, as it is not based on virtual money, but rather, on tokens inspired by board games. Those can be obtained through completing various assignments, and can be spent, for instance, on upgrading one's rolling stock - the electric tokens obtained through delivering fuel to a power plant allow the player to make progress towards electric trains. Because the game world is generated procedurally, each playthrough is a unique adventure.
A third-person action game focusing on cooperative gameplay. It was developed by the Polish division of Epic Games (formerly known as People Can Fly). The action of Fortnite takes place in a world haunted by zombie-like demons. The players assume the role of operators whose task is to stop the monsters that invade the Earth through a network of portals. The gameplay is divided into two phases — during the day, we have to build a stronghold that repels demon attacks at night. The gameplay mostly involves searching for materials, constructing fortifications, and fighting enemies. The game is distributed in free-to-play business model, offering some additional facilities for optional fee.
Far Cry 5
Action February 2018
Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment of the first-person action game series from Ubisoft. Unlike the previous installments of the series that took place in various exotic locations, Far Cry 5 takes the players to Montana, one of the least populated states of the USA. We play as a police officer (we can choose our character's gender and customize his/her looks) whose job is to infiltrate and destroy a crime organization that works under the cover of a fanatical cult led by the charismatic Joseph Seed who believes in a ruthless and sadistic way of dealing with enemies. In terms of gameplay, Far Cry 5 offers the biggest open world in the history of the series. Thus, vehicles play an important role here. It is filled with various side and main quests and other additional activities. The game offers a wide range of weapons for us to use and a rather complex crafting system. We also will be able to tame wild animals to make them fight on our side.
Grand Theft Auto VI
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
A sequel to the popular Mount & Blade game series, which skillfully combined action with strategy and RPG elements. The sequel was developed by the creators of the original game – Turkish developer TaleWorlds. The story throws you right into the dark Medieval Times, forcing you to adapt to that harsh reality. Two of the game's most characteristic features are the open world and complete freedom to your actions. In order to gain fame and fortune, you have to prove yourself as a tactician, a diplomat, and a fighter. Similarly to its predecessor, the game consists of two gameplay layers. The strategic layer is set on a map, where you travel from one place to another and plan your overall strategy. The other one is action – where you take part in dynamic battles, sitting on a horseback or on foot, with a wide array of various weapons at your disposal in either first or third person perspective.
Jurassic World: Evolution
Created by the seasoned developers from Frontier Developments – a studio known for creating the RollerCoaster Tycoon series) – Jurassic World: Evolution is an economy strategy game set in the universe created for the movie series of Jurassic Park/Jurassic World. The action of the game takes players to a near future, in which human scientists managed to develop a technology allowing them to recreate the DNA of prehistoric reptiles. During the game, a player assumes the role of a manager of an amusement park, in which visitors can see with their own eyes the dinosaurs brought back to life. As befits a tycoon game, the player is tasked with creating and exhibiting new species of the reptiles as well as taking care of the entire park’s infrastructure, visitors’ security, and a number of additional attractions. The main aspect of Jurassic World: Evolution is economy – all actions a player takes have to be aimed at the constant development of the park and increasing the venture’s profitability.
Simulation 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.
A sandbox car driving simulation. BeamNG.drive is a debut work of the indie developer Beam NG and the result of several years spent developing a highly-realistic driving model. Players can sit behind the wheel of several vehicle types (e.g. passenger cars, pick-ups trucks, vans) and explore the vast terrains prepared by the developers. In addition, the creators prepared several game modes, including police pursuits, street races, and courier missions. In-game editor lets the players create their own vehicles and tracks. The driving model takes into account the numerous factors that influence moving vehicles. The pinnacle of BeamNG.drive is its remarkably realistic damage system - the in-game crashes' resemblance to real-life road accidents is almost terrifying.
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.
A first-person perspective (FPP) sandbox survival horror game. The Forest is the work of an independent studio SKS Games, known mainly for the smartphone hit, End Night. The player assumes the role of a sole survivor of a plane crash. The hero ends up on an isolated island far away from civilization, inhabited by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of land (forest, caves, etc.), survival skills (building a shelter, searching for food, setting traps, etc.), and fighting or avoiding confrontation with opponents. The creators have made an effort to create a lively, fast-changing world, allowing for great freedom of action. As for the technical side, The Forest utilizes Unity 4 engine.
Age of Empires IV
The fourth full-fledged installment of the famous series of real time strategy games. The saga is considered as one of the most important in the history of the genre. Contrary to previous games in the series that were developed by the now defunct Ensemble Studios, Age of Empires IV was developed by Relic Entertainment, a studio that created series like Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. The mechanics of Age of Empires IV are faithful to its predecessors. The player takes control of one of a few civilizations (among them there are European, Asian and Arabian ones) and he leads it through phases of evolution. During the game the player is gathering resources, constructing new buildings and creating powerful and varied armies. In addition to singleplayer mode, the title features an advanced multiplayer mode that enables the player to face other commanders from across the whole world.
The Guild 3
A third part in the Medieval-themed economic strategy game series with RPG elements, whose first installment was created in 2002 by JoWooD Entertainment. This time, developed by Nordic Games, The Guild 3 combines the key features of its predecessors with modern visuals as well as numerous novelties and improvements in the game mechanics. Once again we visit a medieval world, filled with wars, conflicts, and political schemes to slowly rise to the top. The iconic feature of the gameplay is the freedom in choosing our path to success. Depending on player’s preferences, we can pursue our goal as an aristocrat, a merchant, a criminal or virtually anyone else.
A space simulator created by Chris Roberts and the Cloud Imperium Games developer team. The plot of Star Citizen is set in the 30th century. Humanity, united under the banner of United Earth Empire, has begun the colonization of the universe, encountering many alien races in its course. It is a unique opportunity for adventurous pilots to gain fame and wealth, as well as the treasured status of an intergalactic empire citizen. The gameplay combines elements of spaceship simulator, shooter, cRPG, as well as economic strategy. The game offers two modes. Squadron 42 is an offline campaign, in which the player-controlled character joins an elite squadron of star fighters. For MMO aficionados, the developers have created the Galaxy Mode, allowing them to play with thousands of others. Spectacular visuals of Star Citizen are generated by the CryEngine 3 engine.
Red Dead Redemption II
Warhammer: Vermintide 2