World of Speed (PC)
Racing December 2017
A free-to-play online racing game focusing on team competition, created by Slightly Mad Studios, the developer responsible for the two parts of Need for Speed: SHIFT, Test Drive: Ferrari Racing legends, and Project CARS. In the game you get behind the wheel of numerous licensed cars from the world’s most famous brands, and take part in racing challenges all around the globe. You compete on authentic tracks, as well as fictional ones. Competition includes standard races, car pursuits, drifts, and something resembling a capture the flag mode. The authors emphasize the game's arcade driving model and the fact that it's easily accessible even to first time players, offering expanded social features, allowing that players to unite in clans and take part in real car battles for control over individual tracks.
Project Remedium (PC)
Action today, 21 August 2017
An original first-person action game and the debut project of Atomic Jelly. Project Remedium takes place inside a human, where, during a routine medical treatment, some serious health problems were detected. To rescue the patient, medical nanobots are used, and the player controls one of them. Gameplay-wise, Project Remedium combines elements of action adventure game and classical first-person shooter. Our main task is to cure six key organs by eliminating foreign bodies and mutated cells. To do so, we traverse the cardiovascular system, nerve connections, and various organs. To eliminate threats, we use an energy gun and a medicine atomizer, both of which can be upgraded. Another useful gadget is a grappling hook that makes it easier to reach places that are difficult to access. While playing, we can count on other nanobots’ help. The locations we visit are far from realism and often resemble the surface of an uncharted planet.
The Trail: Frontier Challenge (PC)
Simulation 16 August 2017
The Trail: Frontier Challenge is a survival game developed by Peter Molyneux's studio 22 Cans, creators of Godus and Curiosty. We play as a traveler who, after a long journey, reaches the New World and begins to explore it. Our job is to venture deeper into the land. As we play, we travel from town to town, camping on the way. We also collect and craft various items during our adventures. The game is slow-paced and focuses on being more relaxing than challenging. We will also find some multiplayer elements here - we can create communities with other players and work on our towns with them. The Trail: Frontier Challenge has colourful minimalistic visuals.
Ancient Amuletor (PC)
Action 16 August 2017
Ancient Amuletor is a VR action game with tower defense elements developed by the Chinese studio TiGames. Players are taken to a unique universe where mages and gunslingers fight with enemies on maps inspired by ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Action is presented from a first-person perspective (FPP). Gameplay focuses on defending magical crystals against waves of enemies. The game offers four playabale heroes: mage equppied with a characteristic staff, gunslinger, archer, and dollmaker. All of them make a good use of their unique weapons and special abilities. It has to be mentioned that, like in many similar games, we cannot move around the map and are stuck in one place. The game can be played alone or with up to three additional players through online coop. Ancient Amuletor requires VR goggles and motion controllers to be playable.
Nidhogg 2 (PC)
Action 15 August 2017
Nidhogg 2 is an action game developed by Mark “Messhof” Essen, the same person who created the series’ first installment that was released in 2014. The game uses the same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor. We once again get a 2D action game where we take part in duels on vast, tiered levels similar to those from many platform games. We can play against A.I. or other players through online or split-screen mutliplayer. As usual, only a single accurate hit is enough to kill our opponent, but the game also comes with some novelties. The sequel offers a wider arsenal where, among other weapons, we will find bows and axes. We can also use new attacks like finishing off knocked down enemies. The game also offers more maps that are now more interactive, giving us new possibilities of eliminating our opponents.
Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition (PC)
Adventure 15 August 2017
A remastered edition of Night Trap, a game that debuted in 1992. The new version was developed by Screaming Villains. Similarly to its predecessor, the game uses full motion video technology that utilizes interactive video materials with real actors. The developers of the remaster cleaned ninety minutes of the recordings used in the original game and they created a new interface that supports FullHD resolution. In Night Trap – 25th Anniversary Edition the player assumes the role of one of the agents of a secret agency that fights paranormal threats. The game takes place in the house of Martin family. Five young female friends are sleeping there. Soon they discover that they aren’t alone, as vampire-like creatures called Augers invaded the house. The player must protect the girls from danger by using various traps installed across the mansion. The gameplay focuses on observation of the feed from eight different cameras and on activating traps whenever one of the monsters is in the range. Because the events are played in real time, each failure is permanent – failing to protect even one girl leads to losing the game and to having to start it from the beginning.
Sonic Mania (PC)
Arcade 15 August 2017
A 3D platformer that came out as a reboot of one of the most popular adventure game series, featuring the titular Sonic the Hedgehog. This production was created by a SEGA’s subsidiary, Sonic Team, employing people who helped create the series and its most important iterations. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is set firmly in the franchise's initial premise, allowing you to play as the main hero (or one of his many friends), and traverse a series of locations where your goal is not only to reach the end of a map, but also to do it as quickly as you can. For most of the time, action is presented in third-person perspective, however, the game features also also some classic 2D levels. Each location is filled with traps and opponents, but also various power-ups that can boost your score or protect you from damage.
The Pillars of the Earth (PC)
Adventure 15 August 2017
An adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment, based on a popular history novel written by Ken Follet, entitled The Pillars of the Earth. The game of the same title is set in the 12th-century, in the tumultuous period known as the Anarchy. After the sudden death of king Henry I and the only heir to the throne having been killed in the crash of the White Ship, England gets consumed in a violent war of succession. With the war in the background and the tensions between the nobles, clergy and the common people constantly growing, the game tells a story about an attempt to raise a monumental cathedral in a fictional city of Kingsbridge in the south of the country. As for the game’s mechanics, The Pillars of the Earth is no different from a typical adventure game with gameplay based on exploration of different locations, conducting conversations, and solving various logic puzzles.
Agents of Mayhem (PC)
Action 15 August 2017
Agents of Mayhem is an open-world action game that takes place in futuristic Seul. The game's plot focuses on the employees of M.A.Y.H.E.M., an organization that associates super agents from all over the world. They have to face the supervilians from L.E.G.I.O.N. who managed to take over almost the entire world. Only a group led by Persephone Brimstone can put an end to their rule. Their job is to defeat the forces of the evil Doctor Babylon. Given the fact that the game was developed by Volition, it is no surprise that Agents of Mayhem is based in the same universe as the Saints Row games. Before we start any mission, we assemble a party of three agents from the roster of available heroes. Gameplay in Agents od Mayhem mostly focuses on spectacular fights with enemies. The key to success lies in skillful usage of our agents' abilities and the wide range of weapons that are available. We can switch between our agents anytime we want to. The game has high quality visuals with a characteristic, comic book-like style.
Adventure 15 August 2017
First-person psychological horror from Polish development studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind - Horns of the Reach (PC)
RPG 14 August 2017
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind – Horns of the Reach is the first official DLC to The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, the biggest expansion so far that was released for the MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamirel Unlimited. It was developed by ZeniMax Online. The newest introduction to the game that came with the expansion are two new dungeons: Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold. In addition to that, Honrs of the Reach brings in new items, monster masks, and achievements. The expansion also comes with a free update that introduced Arcane University, a new Battlegrounds map, and a new battlegrounds mode called Chaos Ball. The new battlegrounds content is available only to those who own the expansion. The other new things like new houses, furniture, esthetic elements, crown crates, and holiday events are available to all players.
StarCraft: Remastered (PC)
Strategy 14 August 2017
An upgraded version of the bestselling 1998 RTS game. Both versions were developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Compared to the original release, the game (including the Brood War expansion) features mainly significantly improved audiovisuals. Although the visuals remain two-dimensional, all the graphic elements have become more detailed. Furthermore, the game supports high resolutions (up to 4K), as well as refreshed audio, which also applies to dialogues between characters. Changes were introduced to the game's online component as well - StarCraft: Remastered offers an advanced system of matchmaking, the option to store one's save files in the cloud, quick button re-mapping, and easy access to fan-made maps and replays. The mechanics remain unchanged - the game is a classic RTS, featuring three playable races (the Terrans, the Protoss, and the Zerg). The gameplay is based on gathering resources, building one's base, conducting research, producing units, and fighting enemies - in combat, taking advantage of both the enemy's weak spots and the strong spots of the player's forces, constitutes the key to success. Apart from six story campaigns (two for each of the races), the game offers an extensive multiplayer component with various game modes.
Phantom Trigger (PC)
RPG 10 August 2017
A multi-genre mix advertised as „hardcore neon slasher” from BreadTeam and released by tinyBuild Games. In Phantom Trigger, the players control a character named Stan and explore locations filled with enemies to reach one of several endings. No matter the way, the game will make us question what is real and what exists only in hero’s mind. Gameplay focuses on real-time battles requiring dexterity and skill from the player, like in typical hack’n’slash games. However, Phantom Trigger also presents complex character and weapon development options known from RPG titles. There are also procedurally generated dungeons of the roguelike genre and simple puzzles. What makes Phantom Trigger stand out is its visual style that resembles 8-bit and 16-bit productions.
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne (PC)
Logic 10 August 2017
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne is the sixth expansion for the free-to-play card game Hearthstone. It was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and can be bought through the game’s store for real or in-game currency. This expansion focuses on Lich King’s army and his kingdom of Northrend. Just like the Whispers of the Old Gods DLC, Knights of the Frozen Throne tells an alternate version of the well-known events. This time we will see what would have happened if the greatest heroes of Azeroth (Jauna Proudmoore, Rexxar, and others) became Death Knights, the undead servants of the Lich King. Knights of the Frozen Throne continues Blizzard’s policy of not releasing small Adventure DLCs and focusing on the bigger ones. We get a set of 135 cards inspired by the Lich King’s army and the theme of death, including nine cards of a completely new type – Hero Cards. After using them our hero changes into Death Knight, gets a new portrait, war cry, ability, and a few points of armor which allows us to change our play style. We can test the new cards in PvP matches or in the single player campaign during which we will be able to face the Lich King himself. The expansion also introduces a new battlefield and card backs.
Rez Infinite (PC)
Arcade 09 August 2017
A refreshed version of the cult-classic rhythm game from 2001. The new edition, developed by Enhance Games studio lead by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, has been adapted to make use of virtual reality goggles, but a traditional gameplay is also available. Aside from the content present in the original game, the developers added a new location, called Area X. In Rez Infinite, the player’s task is to remove the effects of a malfunction inside an advanced AI called Eden. The game mixes the gameplay of so called rail shooters, with elements of rhythm games. As a result, we don’t control the direction where our character is headed – all we have to do is to mark groups of elements appearing on the screen, which explode, generating various audio-visual effects. The abstract visuals, characteristic of the original title, have been adapted to modern standards.
The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor (PC)
RPG 08 August 2017
The sixth official expansion to the popular MMORPG developed by Turbine Entertainment. After the studio responsible for developing the base game had been shut down, the developers joined the Standing Stone Games – the studio responsible for creating the expansion described herein. This add-on introduces the titular land of Mordor, currently inhabited by Sauron – the lord of the darkness. Players get at their disposal a number of new locations known from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including Cirith Gorgor, the Valley of Udun, Barad-Dur, and the Black Gate; also, one can visit Erebor – the city under the mountain known from the Hobbit book and its cinematographic adaptation. The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor introduces over three hundred new quests, increases the level cap up to 115, and delivers new items and artifacts. To top it all, when creating a character, players can now select members of the High Elves. Mordor features a new barter system allowing players to acquire unique upgrades for their equipment. Another novelty is the allegiance system allowing one to join any faction in order to retake Mordor territories for additional bonuses and unique pieces of gear.
Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within (PC)
Adventure 08 August 2017
The second season of Batman: The Telltale Series, which debuted in 2016. In this adventure game by Telltale Games (the developers of such titles as The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series) the player follows the darker and darker story of Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego. This time Batman has to challenge both Joker and Riddler as well as a merciless federal agent who has just came to the city of Gotham. The story is split into five episodes, the first one of which launched in August 2017. In the game you get to explore small locations, talk to characters met there, play through QTE sequences and, of course, make difficult moral decisions that determine how the story unfolds. Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within features actors that made the appearance in the first game. Batman is starred by Troy Baker, while his arch-nemesis Joker by Anthony Ingruber.
Graceful Explosion Machine (PC)
Action 08 August 2017
A classic 2D shoot'em up action game, created by Vertex Pop and released on Nintendo Switch. Graceful Explosion Machine allows players to fly a futuristic space ship. The titular GEM is an advanced, well-equipped vehicle whose pilot is stuck deep in space. In order to find his way back he must face a horde of aggressive Aliens. The game is presented from a side view and we must constantly move right throughout more than 30 levels located in four different worlds. Our main goal is to eliminate the subsequent enemy hordes which can be done by using four different types of weapons: blaster, rocket launcher, energy sword and sniper beam. The key to success is to be able to change your weapons accordingly to a situation, perform dodges and counterattacks.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Absolution (PC)
Action 08 August 2017
Third content pack for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare by Infinity Ward studio. Add-on introduces four new maps for multiplayer battles (Fore, Ember, Bermuda and Permafrost) and next episode of Zombie mode’s mini-campaign. Attack of the Radioactive Thing takes players to another movie of mad director Willard Wyler, set in Californian city of 50’s of 20th century. Four heroes must face results of failed government experiment with the assistance of titular heroine of the movie Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Cat Quest (PC)
RPG 08 August 2017
A comedy open-world RPG developed by The Gentlebros, the creators of the popular Slashy Hero, for mobile platforms. As the title suggests, the protagonist of Cat Quest is a cat that travels an open fantasy world with a sword in his paw and an armor on his back. The story campaign starts when the cat realm of Felingard is attacked by dragons. We assume the role of a cat whose destiny is to become a Dragon Slayer and save its people. While playing, we explore a vast world that is densely filled with various quests. We can visit, among other things, three large cities, forests, mountains, deserts, pirate islands, and dungeons. The production even features sea travel. We draw the route on the screen with our finger. When the hero encounters enemies, the player has to face them in a turn-based combat system. As befits an RPG, Cat Quest offers character development system and the possibility to acquire increasingly better equipment. The game features cartoonish style that fits the game's atmosphere.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (PC)
Arcade 08 August 2017
A collection of classic 2D platform games from the popular Mega Man series created by Capcom. This production is a sequel to Mega Man Legacy Collection, released in 2015, and it offers four games that were absent in the previously mentioned collection. This time we get: Mega Man 7 released in 1995 on SNES console, Mega Man 8 released in 1996 on PlayStation and SEGA Saturn as well as two newest parts of the series: Mega Man 9 (2008) and Mega Man 10 (2010). All games take place on Earth at the end of XXI century and the main hero in all of them is the titular Mega Man – a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence whose main enemy is Doctor Wily, a crazy scientist. All games have similar 2D platform mechanics – the most important elements of the games are exploration, collecting items, avoiding traps and fighting enemies. The set has also an additional attraction in the form of a virtual museum full of bonus materials for fans of the series.
Sine Mora EX (PC)
Action 08 August 2017
Developed by THQ Nordic, Sine Mora EX is a remastered version of the well-received 2012’s shoot’em up game. The game takes players to a retro-futuristic world engulfed in continuous war between the forces of the Empire and their adversaries. One gets to pilot diverse airplanes, featuring various weapons and gadgets, and participate in dynamic and spectacular battles against both minor enemy units as well as much more powerful bosses. Sine Mora EX builds on the story campaign comprising seven stages – unlike the second game mode (Arcade), during the campaign players can modify the specifications of particular machines to adequately prepare them for the mission at hand. The game described herein delivers high-quality visuals – a player is bound to appreciate boss models developed by Mahiro Maeda, one of the most popular Japanese anime artist.