Red Dead Redemption II
The Crew 2
Racing March 2018
The second installment in a multiplayer open world game series developed by Ivory Tower Studios, which employs the creators of the Test Drive Unlimited series. Like the first installment, The Crew 2 features open world races taking place all over the United States of America. Players participate in various motorsport competitions and try to beat other players or the AI-controlled drivers. This time around, we get at our disposal not only a number of different cars but also motorcycles, motorboats, and airplanes. The Crew 2 delivers an arcade vehicle handling model, which consorts with the tracks filled with obstacles and quarter pipes. The title focuses on giving players the freedom to drive anywhere they want, anytime they want – there is nothing standing in our way to e.g. get to a building’s rooftop and take a small spin. The well developed social aspect of the game allows us not only to race other players but also to form crews and share unlocked achievements. The entire experience is well complimented with detailed graphics and dynamic day and night cycle.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Fighting January 2018
Dragon Ball FigtherZ is a 2.5D fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco where characters from the popular Dragon Ball universe fight each other. Unlike the previous Dragon Ball games, FighterZ uses the Tag Battle mechanics. We create a team of three different characters between which we can switch anytime we want to when fighting. Doing so allows us to execute powerful combos and special attacks. The battle ends when all of our characters have zero health points. Action takes place on 2D arenas, but all of the remaining elements of the game are 3D. It allowed the developers to use advanced graphical effects and stylized animations to make the game look like the classic anime.
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.
Escape from Tarkov
A MMO FPP/TPP shooter with RPG and sandbox survival elements, developed by Russian studio Battlestate Games. Players become the members of two rivaling military corporations, fighting on the territory of an abandoned Russian city. Unlike many popular online shooters, this game stands out thanks to interesting story and full freedom of exploration combined with a whole bunch of various additional activities, which you can complete on your own or in cooperation with friends. Escape from Tarkov boasts a high level of realism in terms of both gameplay and graphics (thanks to the 3D scanning technology), extraordinary character progression system, and puts much emphasis on survival elements – your character needs to eat, drink, treat injuries, and avoid radiation in order to survive in this dangerous environment.
EA Sports UFC 3
Sports March 2018
Strategy March 2018
An adventure/strategy game with survival elements by Polish studio 11bit Studios. Frostpunk is set in a fictional icy-cold world, whose climate deeply affected the development of its society. To survive, people rely mostly on steam engines. However, it is not enough, and the society is falling apart, which means it needs to change. The gameplay focuses on the survival aspect, which, unlike in other such productions, means more than gathering and managing resources. Strategic elements are also of great importance, and you also need to make difficult and morally ambiguous decisions. The game features distinct visuals, in which the cold colors of nature are contrasted with the warmer hues, which symbolize the remains of civilization.
Adventure March 2018
Biomutant is an open world RPG developed by Experiment 101 and published by THQ Nordic. The game takes players to a peculiar world inhabited by humanoid animals – this universe combines the post-apocalyptic science fiction elements with themes from the Kung-Fu movies. Upon starting his adventure, a player has to create his character from scratch and develop him as the story progresses – one can choose multiple cyber-implants and mutations enabling his character to use certain special abilities. During the story campaign, one can explore the vast open world and complete consecutive tasks; however, the most important aspect of the game is fighting numerous foes and making a good use of the arcade system, which allows a player to utilize various firearms and multiple types of cold steel. Also important are the companion droids, which can be developed and modified by players. Moreover, the game does not lack the crafting system. The exploration is even more pleasing due to the access to multiple means of transportation, such as jet skis, balloons, and flying saucers.
The Elder Scrolls VI
An MMO shooter with survival elements, set in a world after a zombie outbreak, developed by the Daybreak Game Company studio. The title is one of the two alternative versions of the survival sandbox game formerly known as H1Z1 that was divided into two independent productions during the early access stage. Unlike H1Z1: Just Survive, that remained faithful to the developers' original concept, H1Z1: King of the Kill focuses on dynamic action and players competing in one of several PvP modes, spearheaded by the Battle Royale mode, well-known from the original game. The game features also some elements of survival: before the struggle begins the players get a little time to gather resources and create equipment that they will use to fight their opponents. However, in contrast to the original game these elements were marginalized.
A post-apocalyptic third-person perspective action game developed by Bend Studio, the creators of the spin-off to the Uncharted series released on PS Vita. Days Gone takes place in America, two years after a global virus outbreak which transformed millions of people into zombie-like monsters called “freakers”. During the game the player assumes the role of a former member of a motorcycle club who is trying to come to terms with the fact that he lost the love of his life. He travels through the northwestern coast of USA looking for contracts as a bounty hunter. The gameplay mechanics are focused on exploring open world, gathering resources and items which then can be used for crafting useful weapons and tools. During the game there are many occasions for combat – both with humans and with various types of virus victims. The latter can attack in large groups, forcing the player to frequently hide and flee since a direct confrontation cannot be won.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
A stand-alone version of collective card game (CCG) that debuted in the bestselling RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, by CD Project RED, and quickly became acknowledged as one of the best minigames in history. In Gwent: The Witcher Card Game players compete against each other with progressively collected decks of cards from five different factions. As in most CCG, the gameplay is turn-based, but quite unusually, the player’s objective is to gather more attack points than opponent. Cards are placed in three different rows, respectively for melee soldier, ranged units and siege machines like catapults. Our army’s strength can be both increased and decreased with special cards, unique skills of commanders or weather effects. Aside from complex multiplayer mode, the game also offers an episodic story campaign.
Ancestors Legacy is a complex real-time strategy game developed by the Polish independent studio Destructive Creations. The game takes place in Medieval times and its single player campaign is based on the actual historical events. We can play as one of the four available factions: Slavs, Germanic peoples, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxons. In terms of gameplay, Ancestors Legacy focuses on large-scale battles. Figuring out good tactics that includes the layout of the land and skillfully flanking our enemy are the key elements that will lead us to victory. In addition to open-field battles, we can also besiege our enemies' cities and villages. We will also have to pay some attention to the economic side of our conquest (i.e. gathering materials and resources, upgrading and improving our headquarters). What makes Ancestors Legacy stand out among the similar games is the low entry threshold – both newcomers and experienced players will feel like home when playing the game.
An open world action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games. The player assumes the role of the titular Spider-Man who faces the criminal underworld of New York. The gameplay is based on three pillars. The first one is exploration. The second one is completing various main and side missions. The protagonist is a superhero that can crawl and run across walls and use his web to swing on long distances. The acrobatic abilities of Spider-Man are used during Quick Time Events, special scenes with spectacular actions during which the player must press specific buttons with the right timing. The third pillar of the game is combat – during the dynamic fights the protagonist uses his fists, legs, spider web and elements of the environment – he can for example throw the latter at opponents or he can pin an opponent to a wall using his web. The game features stealth sequences as well – the player might sneak past enemies or eliminate them undetected. The title features high-quality graphics. It looks even better on PlayStation 4 Pro, where it is generated in higher resolution.
Next Car Game: Wreckfest
A dynamic racing game developed by the creators of the cult FlatOut series and the last two iterations of the almost equally famous Ridge Racer series – Finnish studio Bugbear Entertainment. The game takes inspiration from the previous works of the studio, focusing on crazy rivalry, unrestrained with fair play rules. Apart from having the best lap time and being the first one to cross the finish line, you should also eliminate your opposition as brutally as you can. Therefore, the races overflow with vicious competition, and the tracks quickly become covered with car wrecks of the defeated. The game features complex car customization both in terms of appearance and performance. From the technical side, the game catches the eye with well-polished graphics and advanced damage system, which impacts not only how the cars look but also how they behave. You can race alone, competing against AI, or take part in one of many crazy multiplayer modes.
Action 08 December 2017
An unusual first-person stealth game by Dynamix Pixels. In Hello Neighbor, we assume the role of an owner of a suburban house who suspects that his neighbor hides a terrible secret. To confirm his suspicions, he decides to sneak into his home, which won’t be easy since the man is incredibly alert and will stop at nothing to protect his privacy. The goal is to infiltrate the neighbor’s house undetected. Decoys and other distractions are helpful in turning the attention away from us. The primary element of gameplay is the advanced artificial intelligence that lets the neighbor remember the player’s actions and thus foresee his future ones. The paths that we take most frequently are quickly armed with numerous traps and alarms so the game requires creativity and flexibility to be won.
Anthem is a science fiction RPG with MMO elements developed by BioWare Edmonton, creators of games like the Dragon Age series and Mass Effect trilogy. The game takes place on an alien planet where humanity uses a gigantic wall to keep itself safe from monsters. We play as the so-called Freelancer, a person who goes behind the wall to study the planet and protect humanity from many potential dangers. Gameplay focuses on the exploration of the game's dynamically changing world, story missions, and third-person combat. Special exosuits, Javelins, play a crucial role in the game. They are divided into several different classes and can be upgraded and modified. Anthem focuses more on co-op than on single player and uses the popular Frostbite engine.
Metro Exodus is the third installment of the popular FPS series based on the books by Dmitry Glukhovsky and developed by 4A Games. Once again we play as Artyom who ventures through what remains of Russia after a nuclear war that took place twenty years before the action of the game. Metro Exodus is kind of an evolution of what we saw in the series' previous installments. As usual, we explore the game's rich world (this time, along with the tunnels, also the world’s surface), fight with the encountered enemies, and try to be as stealthy as possible. Stealth plays an important role in the game because we will encounter not only well-armed human survivors, but also mutants. Defeating a smaller one may not be that hard, but the more powerful mutants can be rather difficult to kill. As usual, the latest installment of the Metro series features visuals of the highest quality.
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.
Simulation March 2018
A unique investing and building construction simulation game by Empyrean. You play as a businessman, who buys housings in need of renovation. As such property often features many nasty surprises, you have to refurbish, clean and furnish the flat, so that you can sell it for profit. This involves tearing down unnecessary walls, getting rid of any pests or fixing damaged wiring. In House Flipper you use various tools, including an irreplaceable hammer. Furnishing the housing involves buying furniture and decorations, which you then have to put in proper places.
An original strategy game with RPG elements, taking place in a unique dieselpunk universe of 1920+, created by a Polish concept artist Jakub Ró¿añski. The game portrays an alternative history of Europe at the turn of the 19th century, in which humanity used their knowledge and means to build powerful walking machines, used not only in battle but also e.g. in agriculture. Thus the gameplay features not only the cavalry, airplanes and prototype tanks, but also rather primitive and awkward mechs, seemingly not of this age. At the same time, the game is firmly grounded in Polish history and references important events such as the Battle of Warsaw.
A free-to-play online action-RPG designed for the Asian market by the South Korean studio Tripod. The game is set in a fantasy realm, whose people managed to avoid an invasion of evil thanks to the titular Ark. After years of peace, the leader of demonic legions, Kazeroth, tries to use the artifact to take over the world. The players have to find it and prevent the imminent disaster. The game employs isometric camera in gameplay, resembling such classic hits as Diablo or Torchlight. There are 18 character classes, each representing an original take on classic RPG archetypes. In the game you get to explore (both lands and seas), collect resources and treasures, and fight against mighty bosses, as well as other players in the PvP mode. Lost Ark features high quality graphics powered by Unreal Engine 3.
A Way Out
Action March 2018
An action-adventure game developed by Hazelight in collaboration with Electronic Arts, and designed with co-op gameplay for two people in mind. The main protagonists in A Way Out are two convicts: Vincent and Leo. Together they are devising a way to escape from prison and then build their lives anew outside its walls. When it comes to mechanics A Way Out offers quite a variety in gameplay. Over the course of the story campaign the players will take part in fist fights, shootouts, car pursuits, stealth sequences and so on. Other noteworthy features are the advanced AI, and freedom when it comes to tackling in-game challenges. As befits a co-op game, the key to success lies in skillful cooperation between the two heroes. Just for that, A Way Out offers both a local split screen mode and online play. As for technical aspects, the game uses the advanced Unreal Engine 4 technology for generating graphics.
A digitally distributed free-to-play MMO developed by Russian studio Gaijin Entertainment – creators of such titles as X-Blades, Wings of Prey, and War Thunder. Gameplay mechanics combines large-scale battles known from World of Tanks with post-apocalyptic setting inspired by the Mad Max movies. Crossout is set in a future world devastated by an alien invasion and genetic experiments. Players have to survive in this hostile environment and take part in rivalry of armored vehicles. When beginning the game, you get a simple jeep with a basic, mounted gun, but as you progress you can turn it into a massive monster truck – a mobile fortress that strikes fear in other players’ hearts. The game offers a variety of modifications, starting with different shapes of armor, weapons and side systems, through to esthetic additions.