Yomawari: Midnight Shadows
Adventure Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is a horror action-adventure game developed by the Japanese studio Nippon Ichi Software and a sequel to Yomawari: Night Alone. The game takes place in modern-day Japan and tell the story of two girls, Yui and Haru, who can't find a way back home from their trip to the mountains. To make matters worse, they got separated after a short while. In terms of gameplay mechanics, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows will test our agility and wit. As we play, we explore a city that drastically changed when the sun came down and try to make the girls meet. The campaign have segments where we will play as both Yari and Haru. Actions we take as one of them influence the fate of the other. Our heroines are practically defenseless, so we will have to do anything we can to avoid any kind of confrontation. Gameplay however does not only focus on sneaking around. From time to time we will have to simply run away or defeat ghosts with the help of various items.
The Mummy Demastered
Action Tuesday, 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.
Just Dance 2018
Party Tuesday, 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.
AER: Memories of Old
Adventure Wednesday, 25 October 2017
An unusual action adventure game developed by an independent Swedish studio Forgotten Key. The player assumes the role of a shapeshifting girl named Auk, who travels through a surrealistic world in search for memories and pieces of an ancient prophecy. The protagonist is able to transform into a bird and is tasked with helping her kin by gathering resources and discovering ancient technology. Further in the game she discovers pieces of an ancient prophecy related to the end of the world and she learns about her place in the story. The action is presented with a third-person perspective and exploration is the key aspect of the game – both on the surface and in the air, as a bird. The unique ability enables the girl to discover various areas of the world that consist of flying islands. During the game player can encounter other shapeshifters and face various monsters.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
RPG Thursday, 26 October 2017
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, a game that was released in 2009 for Nintendo DS. Just like the original game, it was developed by Atlus. Developers implemented some audiovisual tweaks and changes (improved facial expressions, dialogues are now fully voiced). User interface and gameplay mechanics were also improved. The game now offers three difficulty levels and the possibility of saving the game anytime we want to. Strange Journey Redux also has an additional ending connected with the new character named Alex. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is a dungeon crawler. As we play, we explore dungeons and take part in battles with demonic enemies. While in combat, we rely on the individual abilities of demons we capture. Our job is to explore the unknown world that can be accessed through a portal opened in the South Pole and stop the invasion of demonic creatures that came out of it.
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.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session!
Arcade Thursday, 26 October 2017
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.
Super Mario Odyssey
Arcade Friday, 27 October 2017
Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D platform game developed for Nintendo Switch and another installment of the Mario video game franchise. In Super Mario Odyssey, the titular plumber has to saved his beloved Princess Peach, who this time faces a forced marriage with the game's main antagonist, Bowser. The game takes place not only in the typical for the series fairy-tale land, but also in the alternative version of the real world. In terms of mechanics, Super Mario Odyssey is a natural evolution of the series. We get a 3D platformer where we explore various locations using Mario's acrobatic abilities, gather items, avoid traps, and fight with the encountered enemies and bosses. Super Mario Odyssey comes with some new elements, like bigger locations or a more sandbox-like nature of the game that gives us more freedom of exploration. Mario's hat also has some interesting properties and gives us access to many unique abilities.
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.
Action 31 October 2017
A game created by Dawid Szymanski, and indie developer, in collaboration with New Blood Interactive. The game represents action genre and is inspired by its classic games that came out in 1990s'. The plot in DUSK is only an excuse for flashy and brutal gameplay and during the game we have to face hordes of enemies with supernatural abilities. The levels are diverse: we can choose from a modern city infrastructure, churches to dark undergrounds. We also have access to various weapons such as pistols, machine guns or grenade launchers but we can also use sickles and crossbows. Besides the campaign we can also play in a competitive multiplayer and Endless Survival Mode in which we have to face subsequent hordes of enemies. The graphics aren't that impressive and they clearly refer to the aforementioned games from 1990s'.
Simulation 31 October 2017
An advanced fishing simulator developed by Ultimate Games in cooperation with PlayWay. The goal of the developers of Ultimate Fishing was to create a game that would recreate all the appeals and nuances of this popular hobby. For the purposes of the production, seven varied fisheries were prepared on the basis of actual fishing spots in Panama, Russia, Canada, or the United States. In each one, we can fish in various ways and encounter different kind of fish that require us to adopt the right approach and equipment. Virtual fishermen have a wide range of rods, reels, hooks, baits, and other components at their disposal. The gameplay is made more attractive by changing weather conditions and the day-and-night cycle which, in combination with realistic water physics, makes fishing more varied and unpredictable. The game features an extensive multiplayer mode and an editor that lets us create our dream fishery.
Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back
Action 31 October 2017
Another installment of the series of platform games. The predecessor of this title, Bubsy 3D, which is considered one of the worst platform games ever, debuted in 1996. Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back was developed by Black Forest Games and published by Accolade, a company that returned to life after being inactive for seventeen years. The player assumes the role of the titular lynx that starts a dangerous journey in order to find the mythical Golden Fleece. Despite the fact that all pieces of the graphics are three-dimensional, the gameplay is based on mechanics from classic side-scrolling, two-dimensional platform games. During the game the player is traveling through colorful locations while avoiding traps and other dangers and facing various enemies, among whom there are powerful bosses. The title features large dose of humor – the protagonist can use more than one hundred new one-liners.
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.
Action 31 October 2017
ARK: Aberration is a non-standalone expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved, developed by Studio Wildcard. The basics of the gameplay remained the same, blending a multiplayer action game with sandbox and survival elements. Instead of introducing revolutionary mechanics, the expansion focuses on new content. ARK: Aberration allows you to visit a new ark with irradiated areas and expansive underground sections. It is inhabited by mutant animals and a humanoid monster race known as the Nameless. The DLC also features many new items, adding e.g. climbing equipment, wingsuits, zip-lines, and previously unavailable crafting and building resources. There are also new challenges to complete, as well as new threats, such as earthquakes, gas leaks, or radioactive zones.
CodeRed: Agent Sarah's Story
Adventure 02 November 2017
A detective adventure game developed by a Polish studio called LivinThing. In CodeRed: Agent Sarah’s Story a player assumes the role of an FBI special agent and runs an investigation aimed at arresting an incredibly dangerous villain, who is planning to detonate a bomb in New York City. Gameplay mechanics combine an interactive story with management elements, logical puzzles, and minigames such as locating hidden objects. The game also delivers some arcade elements like car chases and shootouts. Actions taken in the game have some predetermined consequences and eventually lead a player to one of the three available story endings.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode
RPG 02 November 2017
.hack//G.U. Last Recode is a collection of three Japanese RPGs initially released on PlayStation 2 between 2006-2007: hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth, .hack//G.U. Vol.2//Reminisce, and .hack//G.U. Vol.3//Redemption. All three have been developed by CyberConnect2, also responsible for working on the remastered editions. These MMORPGs allow a player to visit a virtual world, in which he has to complete consecutive tasks and fight enemies in real time with a team of over a dozen warriors. The developers have improved the visuals and altered the gameplay mechanics by deleting most of the bugs that players were complaining on, such as the too high difficulty level, the uncomfortable inventory interface, the necessity to grind, and the occurrences of short pauses after issuing orders. All the improvements have also been implemented into all the installments featured by the Last Recode collection.
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.
Kirby: Battle Royale
Arcade 03 November 2017
An action game with fighting game features. It was developed to celebrate 25th anniversary of Kirby series. Kirby: Battle Royale was developed by HAL Laboratory. The studio created ten gameplay modes. In one of them the player must collect rocks and deliver them to special devices. In another the player must transport rockets to cannons that shoot at boss. In general the gameplay focuses on fighting other players. The game supports local and online multiplayer for up to four players. They fight each other on a small arena by using powers of the titular Kirby. He can throw a lasso, control ice, use sword etc. The gameplay mechanics aren’t complicated, but winning requires training and learning advantages and weaknesses of the characters. The game is designed for multiplayer, but it can be also played in singleplayer that serves as training.
Steven Universe: Save the Light
RPG 05 November 2017
Steven Universe: Save the Light is a sequel to the mobile game Attack on Light developed by GrumpyFace Studios. The game is based on the universe from one of the Cartoon Network's animated TV series, but tells a completely different story. We play as the titular Steven who, accompanied by his friends, has to stop a mysterious villain from destroying the world. Combat in Steven Universe: Save the Light is turn-based. Our party can be made up from up to four from the eight available characters that appeared in the cartoon. Each of the available heroes has their own unique abilities. Using them properly is important in achieving victory. The game's visuals are almost identical to the looks of the cartoon that inspired it.
Monument Valley 2
Logic 06 November 2017
The second entry in the popular series of puzzle games developed by an independent studio ustwo. The title features a completely new plot, in which the player learns about the fate of a mother who travels with her child through a fantasy world. The gameplay mechanics are based on the ones employed in the first entry in the series – the player is tasked with guiding both characters from one place to another, frequently by manipulating the environment, playing with perspective or by creating optical illusions. It is worth mentioning that the presence of two characters makes solving riddles in Monument Valley 2 slightly different than previously. Despite that, the users that played the previous game should feel familiar in the new entry. The title features high-quality graphics inspired by the works of M.C. Escher.
Arcade 07 November 2017
Another installment in the popular platform game series by SEGA. The game was developed by Sonic Team, the creators of Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors. Once again, you play as the eponymous super-fast hedgehog, and your task is to lead the resistance and face the evil Doctor Eggman and his army of giant robots. Sonic Forces utilizes the third person perspective. Like in the previous games of the franchise, you traverse the maps full of obstacles and enemies, and collect golden rings. The biggest attraction of the game is undoubtedly the most characteristic feature of the brand - the speed. The protagonist moves so fast that sometimes you may not be able to discern what is happening on screen. The game also features an option to summon alternative versions of Sonic and to control several of them at once — it is the only way to deal with challenges, which are too much for just one Sonic.
Super Lucky's Tale
Arcade 07 November 2017
Super Lucky’s Tale is a 3D platform game developed by Playful Corporation, creators of the series’ previous installment, Lucky’s Tale. We play as the titular fox Lucky who, together with his sister, tries to recover the Book of Ages stolen by the evil Jinks. Super Lucky's Tale is in many ways similar to other 3D platformers like Yooka-Laylee or Rayman series. Gameplay focuses on exploration of various locations. Lucky is an agile fox that can jump, move object from one place to another, climb, and dig in the ground. We use his abilities to move around the game’s locations, bypass obstacles, solve simple riddles, and collect gold coins. Action is presented from a third-person perspective, but the game offers a special side-scrolling level with challenges where our adventures are presented like in old-school platform games. Super Lucky's Tale was released as a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere programme – if you buy a digital copy of the game on Xbox One, you get its Windows 10 edition for free (and vice-versa).
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.