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.
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.
Call of Cthulhu
Adventure December 2017
Call of Cthulhu is a dark adventure game in a horror setting, based on the works of an American writer, H.P. Lovecraft. The game’s story is based on Lovecraft's fictional universe, first popularized by the, written in 1926 and published 2 years later, short story “Call of Cthulhu”. According to it, aside from well-known and common creatures, the Earth is home to an unimaginably powerful cosmic entity that remains in hibernation but will be eventually revived when the stars align in a certain position.
Adventure Tuesday, 26 September 2017
An arcade adventure game developed by Runic Games, an American studio behind the Torchlight series. In Hob, we assume the role of a hero who wakes up in a beautiful but dangerous world on the verge of annihilation. The protagonist does not remember how he came to be in that place, and he will learn the answers for his questions only as the story progresses. What’s interesting, the production does not feature any text or dialogues, which gives a lot of room for interpretation. The core of the platformer gameplay is exploration of the open world and interacting with both encountered creatures and the planet itself, including solving logic puzzles. The items we find and the protagonist’s skills that are discovered in the course of the game prove to be helpful in a dangerous and constantly changing environment. Thanks to them, we can reach previously inaccessible places. Hob features original cel-shading graphics.
Sea of Thieves
An action adventure game focusing on multiplayer, set in an open world filled with pirates, treasures and exotic lands to explore. It is a work of the experienced studios Rare – creators of such classic series as Donkey Kong and Banjoo-Kazooie. Players take on roles of corsairs taking part in countless adventures, both on land and open sea. Gameplay revolves around exploration and searching for legendary pirate treasures, though there is a lot of fighting against monsters, as well as epic naval battles of competing groups. As can be easily noticed, Sea of Thieves takes a lot of inspiration from classic tales of pirates, but depicts it in a very humorous way, which is emphasized with its cartoonish visuals.
A sandbox game by Unknown Worlds that combines elements of action-adventure productions and RPGs. As the game’s universe draws inspiration from such novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, at the bottom of the ocean you can find bizarre sea monsters, as well as remnants of futuristic buildings and ships. The player assumes the role of a captain of an advanced submarine, and explores the depths of the ocean. The game’s characteristic feature is the ability to design vessels and determine such things as performance, layout, on-board mechanisms, and materials used for the construction. You begin with rather primitive ships, but as you progress you will be able to construct more advanced vessels, and explore previously unavailable parts of the ocean. While playing, you can freely walk around your ship, and even go outside to explore the marine world on your own.
Titanic: Honor and Glory
A first-person adventure game from ORM Entertainment, which was initially supposed to be nothing more than modification to the popular shooter Crysis 2. Its story revolves around the disaster of the famous ocean liner, which sunk in 1912 with hundreds of people on board. We play as a man named Robert Morgan, who, due to false accusations, has to hide aboard the liner from the police. He must find a proof of his innocence, but the collision with the iceberg suddenly makes survival an equally important point. The main goal of the developers was to recreate the interior of the Titanic as faithfully as possible, and, in addition to the story campaign, a special free exploration mode has been prepared to allow us to go sightseeing on the famous ship, look around its almost every corner and interact with various objects on the deck.
Adventure December 2017
Detroit: Become Human
An action-adventure game set in a science-fiction world, created by developers from the French studio Quantum Dreams – creators of such games as Fahrenheit, Beyond: Two Souls and the bestselling Heavy Rain. Detroit: Become Human expands on ideas present in the 2012 year’s demo Kara, which depicted a female android developing human emotions. The game takes place in the futuristic version of Detroit, where humanoid robots are a common sight. But the main protagonist – the android Kara – is special, as she is the only one possessing real human feelings. Those emotions are what drives her to learn more about herself and other robots, and if it’s possible – to shape her own future. With the help of players, of course.
A sandbox game by System Era Softworks. Astroneer is set in the 25th century, when the civilization on Earth has developed enough for interstellar travel to become an everyday occurrence. It resulted in a certain kind of gold fever — people started to explore other planets on their own, driven by the desire of getting rich quick. The open world of the game is procedurally generated, and the surfaces of planets and moons are made of voxels. You play as an astronaut equipped with tools allowing them to dig holes in order to find resources and artifacts, which can be then sold or used to create new items thanks to an expansive crafting system. The system allows not only to make and modify useful equipment and vehicles, but also to build bases. The planets featured in the game vary in terms of gravity, resources, and possible dangers. The game features both a single player mode and a multiplayer mode.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Season Two
The second installment in the series of episodic adventure games developed by Telltale Games – the creators of games like The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands and The Wolf Among Us. The game picks up the plot of its predecessor – the story once again focuses on House Forrester, the members of which are trying to recover after the events of the first game. The story is again told from a few different perspectives. In addition to well known characters, completely new ones appear in the game. As in previous games developed by this studio, the gameplay focuses on the story and on the necessity to make various decisions that determine the path of current and further episodes. It is possible to import saved games from the first season and decisions made there will impact the game.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
A remake of the second part of the famous survival-horror franchise Resident Evil, which debuted on the PlayStation console in 1998 and was later ported to other consoles and PC / Windows. Resident Evil 2 Remake was developed by the Capcom’s leading team, R&D Division 1, for the latest gaming platforms. The game is based on the original plot with slightly modified mechanics. The action takes place a few months after the events of the game’s first part, when after a moment of calmness, a deadly zombie epidemic once again plagues Raccoon City. The player follows the story of a rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and a young girl – Claire Redfield – who arrived in the city in search of her brother. Early into the story, the two protagonists are separated and from there on the action is seen from two different points of view, and the characters’ stories develop slightly differently.
We Happy Few
An unordinary action-adventure game which uses the style and tune of the 60s. The title was created by an independent studio Compulsion Games known for creating Contrast, a title that used similar style. In the game, the player travels to a fictional town in which, due to indoctrination and a wonderful drug, the citizens are constantly happy and all traits of dissatisfaction are immediately eliminated. The protagonist is one of the defiant citizens who are resistant to the system. In order to survive in the surrounding world, he must observe it thoroughly and understand its rules. The action is shown from first-person perspective and the gameplay is focused on exploration, and gathering various items and using them. While doing it, players must behave according to the social norms so that other citizens don’t become suspicious. The world of the game was characteristically exaggerated, but the game tells about many very important topics.
Adventure December 2017
An adventure cooperative detective thriller game developed by Supermassive Games. Hidden Agenda is based on popular movies and TV series of this genre. It tells the story of two female protagonists: a policewoman and a district attorney who are on the track of a serial killer. Up to five players can participate in the game, although it is also possible to play the title alone. All players are using a special phone app called PlayLink. By using the action cards displayed on the smartphone and by playing according to the game’s instructions, the players are influencing the whole plot by deciding the fate of the protagonists and the victims of the killer. The choices of the group determine who will die and who will survive. The title features a large variety of different endings.
Lust for Darkness
An adventure game with a psychological horror setting. The main protagonist of the story is Jonathan Moon, who in search for his missing wife, lands in a grim Victorian residence. In the mansion owned by Yelvertones, there is a secret and occultist ceremony taking place. Moreover, the mansion is connected with an alternate dimension called Lusst'ghaa inhabited by degenerated beings. In Lust for Darkness, a player observes the action from the first-person perspective and traverses dark rooms within the mansion as well as the locations in the Lusst'ghaa dimension, which one can enter using the encountered portals. On his adventure, a player has to solve more or less complicated puzzles and learn useful information on the in-game world. As the main protagonist is unable to fight, in case of a confrontation, a player is left with no other choice than to hide from the danger and sneak past the adversaries. The game developed by Movie Games features high-quality visuals - the developers drew their inspirations from occult themes and erotic paintings by Zdzislaw Beksinski.
Adventure November 2017
A reboot of the popular adventure series of a gothic horror style, developed by KING Art Games. The action takes the player to Scotland, 1926, where the hero – David Gordon – conducts an investigation into the circumstances of his father’s suicide. During the adventure, the protagonist discovers details concerning his father, learns about new, unknown-so-far members of his family, and also faces his own nightmares – he is certain that there is a curse on his family, and that eventually he will go insane, just as his predecessors. In Black Mirror, the player travels through depressing locations, chat with NPCs, and solve more or less complicated puzzles – these are similar to those in point-n-click classic adventures. The visions and nightmare hallucinations play crucial roles in the game – once the hero experiences them, he may learn more about his family house’s past. The amazing visuals have faint colours which intensify the gloomy atmosphere.
Adventure 31 October 2017
Remake of a unique horror action adventure game from Ice-Pick Lodge, which originally launched in 2005 for PC. Its new version was created according to the developers’ first concept, which was previously impossible to realize in full, due to technological and financial limitations. Pathologic takes you to a small town, whose citizens suffer from a mysterious disease. In order to combat the epidemic the local authorities hire a group of independent individuals, whose task is to stop the spread of the virus before it is too late. All characters work independently from each other and conduct their own investigations. When compared with the original version, Pathologic Remake offers much better graphics, generated by the Unity engine. Emphasis was also put on new quests and plots, better gameplay balance, and improved AI of NPCs, as well as professional voiceover, the lack of which was the biggest fault of the original game.
A psychological horror game and the debut work from SadSquare - an independent studio. The story is non-linear and focuses on a gloomy household that has seen many frightening events throughout the years - it has a history of driving entire families insane, leading to numerous killings and suicides. The protagonist is trapped inside the house, and apart from getting out of there, their goal is to solve the mystery behind the place. The players explore the in-game environment, solve puzzles requiring them to manipulate various objects, and search for clues related to the dark past of the haunted estate. Avoiding contact with ghosts dwelling in the estate is a significant element of gameplay, as the protagonist is incapable of fighting them. Visage utilizes the Unreal Engine 4, which is at the source of the game's high-quality visuals. Furthermore, the game supports VR goggles, though one does not require them in order to play it.
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The Works of Mercy
A first-person perspective adventure game exploiting the psychological thriller genre. The plot in The Works of Mercy draws inspiration from such films as The Tenant by Roman Polanski and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The title was developed by Polish studio Pentacle, whose team members have worked on titles such as The Witcher or Call of Juarez. The player is in control of a man whose family got kidnapped by a psychopath. To save their lives, the hero has to murder several people of maniac's choosing. Whether he likes it or not, the protagonist must obey the psychopath, who constantly watches the protagonist through candid cameras. At the same time, the hero tries to find out who the oppressor is and what is his goal. Gameplay in The Works of Mercy resembles productions like Gone Home and P.T. (the playable teaser of the cancelled Silent Hills). The core of the game consists of exploration, solving puzzles, talking with the psychopath, and fulfilling his wishes. The gloomy atmosphere is accompanied by surreal visions experienced by the hero. The Works of Mercy offers graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4 and supports VR headsets.
A three-dimensional platform game and a continuation to the 2005's Psychonauts, a game by Double Fine Productions studio. The main protagonist of the game is our old acquaintance, a psychic named Raz, who specializes in trips to other people's minds. Invited to the headquarters of the eponymous secret organization, employing people with psychic talents from all around the world, he discovers that the group is in serious trouble and it is up to him to rescue them. In Psychonauts 2 we observe the action from a camera placed behind the hero, and the game consists primarily of exploring the world, avoiding traps and obstacles, and fighting enemies. The game is particularly focused on arcade elements, but there are also a great many of clever puzzles and a good deal of secrets to discover. During the game the protagonist learns and develops new psychic abilities, which allows him to deal with increasingly difficult challenges.
Adventure December 2017
A first-person perspective action-adventure game stylized as a survival horror. Allison Road had a somewhat complicated development cycle, with previous developers (Lilith) abandoning the project. However, a new studio, Far From Home, decided to pick-up the project and lead it to a stable release. The player assumes the role of an unidentified hero, who wakes up one night in a suburban home without having any recollection of the events of the last few days. Our protagonist, attempting to return to his family and discover what has happened, learns that the mansion has a grim backstory, while its walls are inhabited by dangerous, supernatural beings, including a ghost named Lilly. Our task is to avoid the monsters and survive five full nights in the grim house to explore it thoroughly and reveal its secrets. As our hero doesn’t have any weapons on him, Allison Road forces the player to use the environment around him to hide and lay traps.
XING: The Land Beyond
Adventure December 2017
An atmospheric exploratory adventure game which is the debut project of White Lotus Interactive. The plot of XING: The Land Beyond starts somewhat offbeat — with the death of the protagonist. His souls leaves the body and embarks on a mystical journey through the nether world, shaped, as it turns out, like an archipelago of mysterious islands. On these isles, several different biomes coexist together. In the game, we progressively uncover the truth about the protagonist’s life and help him come to terms with his demise. The gameplay mechanics combine free exploration of extensive levels with numerous logic puzzles that often need to be solved by careful observation and analysis of our surroundings. At the same time, every puzzle can be solved in multiple ways. This is facilitated further by the protagonist’s ability to manipulate the reality — we can, for example, summon rain or unleash a snowstorm. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 3 and supports virtual reality headsets.
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