Past Cure (PC)
Action 23 February 2018
Inspired by the Inception movie, Past Cure is a third-person action game with elements of stealth and horror. It is also a debut project of the German developer Phantom 8 Studio. The main protagonist of the game is Ian - an ex-soldier, who for years has been locked in prison and subjected to mysterious experiments that resulted in him acquiring supernatural abilities that enabled him to control human minds and use telekinesis. Ian, however, has to pay a high price for his new powers, as he slowly succumbs to insanity. Because of this, he decided to have his revenge on whoever is responsible for his condition. The gameplay builds on elements typical for the genre, thus a player has to explore diverse locations and fight numerous enemies. Even though the main protagonist is proficient with weapons and melee combat, he occasionally has to use his powers to sneak past his adversaries and avoid the omnipresent surveillance cameras. Moreover, at times his consciousness takes him to an alternate reality, where he has to solve more or less complex logic and environmental puzzles.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (PC)
RPG 23 February 2018
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is an action RPG developed by Dimps Corporation and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is based on the Sword Art Online franchise, which comprises youth novels, manga series, anime series, and a full-length animated movie. The game takes players to a near future and allows one to assume the role of a player, who spends his time playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG called Gun Gale Online. Players observe the action from the third-person perspective and the gameplay revolves around exploring the world, developing the character, and most importantly, combat. Battles exhibit an arcade nature and require a player to use a wide variety of firearms. Apart from the story campaign, the developers have implemented into their game a multiplayer mode, in which players can compete against others in team deathmatches or engage in the cooperative mode, in which they combine their forces to fight even more powerful bosses.
Metal Gear Survive (PC)
Action 22 February 2018
A spin-off to the popular series from Konami, mixing cooperation-oriented play style with stealth and survival elements. Metal Gear Survive creates an alternative version of the events seen in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros, in which the oil rig housing the self-appointed country has been destroyed by XOF, a ravenous military wing of CIA. As a result of unexpected worm-hole rupturing the sky, the remnants of Militaries Sans Frontieres are teleported to an alternative, bleak dimension, inhabited by zombie-like monsters and scourged by numerous dangers. Our squad traverses post-apocalyptic locations, fighting off enemies using a wide arsenal of weapons, which includes firearms as well as melee weapons and bows. However, this time the players are cut-off from the support of the mother base – we need to gather the scarce resources, and use them to craft new weapons and equipment.
Stellaris: Apocalypse (PC)
Strategy 22 February 2018
The fourth expansion for the well-received space strategy game by Paradox Interactive. The main feature of the DLC are huge units, including the mighty Colossi that can destroy whole planets. The expansion also adds new bonuses, additional career paths for the more peaceful players, and space pirates.
Hunt: Showdown (PC)
A TPP action game focused on the online co-op mode. It was developed by Crytek, whose members used to work e.g on the Darksiders series. The game utilizes a free-to-play model with optional microtransactions. The story is set in the 19th century and focuses on several fearless heroes fighting monsters from legends and superstitions. The team of 4 people features characters with unique abilities, which can be developed as the game progresses. The battles take place on randomly generated maps and involve fighting various monsters and boss enemies. Like in many such games, to succeed you have to cooperate with your teammates and make good use of the characters' abilities. In addition, your ammo is limited, which forces you to carefully plan every attack.
Abandon Ship (PC)
A sandbox naval strategy game set in golden age of sailing ships. Players assume the role of a captain who leads his crew for far away expeditions. An open world lets them decide which missions to take and how to develop their career. There is a main storyline to discover, in which the players try to foil the plans of a mysterious cult that wants to bring the apocalypse. Abandon Ship offers a system of tactical, real time battles that require usage of various maneuvers and skillful crew management. Players’ character and their crew gain experience, and the ship can also be upgraded. However, it is impossible to recover a sunken ship, meaning that a captain of such a vessel must build his position from scratch, of course if he survives – otherwise the players must start from the beginning. Abandon Ship uses an interesting visual style, resembling oil paintings of the 19th century.
Adventure 20 February 2018
A Polish independent game developed by Sleepless Clinic. The players are tasked with taking care of a research crew that crash landed on an alien planet covered with ice. The players must make sure that the researchers survive. In order to achieve this goal, they must maintain their basic needs by providing them with food and rest. They must also fix the broken ship.
The Station (PC)
Adventure 20 February 2018
An exploration-focused adventure game with FPP view, developed by The Station studio – an experienced team consisting of people who worked on titles like Crash Bandicoot, League of Legends, Destiny and the Prototype series. Its story has been set in a distant future and focuses on the activities of Axiom corporation, which finds the first alien civilization after years of searching. However, the station that was sent to establish contact with the Aliens has malfunctioned, and a prospector (the player character) is sent to investigate the case. What he will discover will change his view on surveillance, imperialism and morality. Gameplay in The Station is based on exploration and plot, with classic narration being limited to minimum. This means that the players discover the plot not through dialogues or cutscenes, but mostly through their environments, and they must bring all pieces of a puzzle together.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC)
Strategy 20 February 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.
Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt (PC)
Adventure 20 February 2018
Adventure 16 February 2018
A third-person perspective action game with platform genre features developed by Swedish studio Zoink Games as part of EA Originals, an initiative created in order to support independent developers. The game takes place in a mysterious realm inhabited by weird animals of which one the players control. The gameplay mechanics of the game combine solving riddles with classic platform-genre exploration. The game contains no dialogues; sounds emitted by the protagonist have the key role in communication – they can be used both for combat and for dealing with various obstacles like for example communicating with other creatures. Thanks to that protagonist can count on help of other inhabitants of the realm, including flying animals who can take the player to various inaccessible places. The key to success in Fe is to understand the way the whole ecosystem of the realm works and utilizing this knowledge for solving troubles.
Ambition of the Slimes (PC)
RPG 16 February 2018
A tactical Japanese turn-based role-playing game with surprising plot. The game was developed by Altair Works. The player leads an uprising of slimes that usually serve as a cannon fodder in jRPGs. Decimated creatures discovered that they can control human bodies and they intend to take advantage of this ability. The gameplay in Ambition of the Slimes focuses on turn-based battles that take place on a tactical map. The fights are strongly unusual due to the abilities of the slimes. The control over human warriors can work in various ways – some slimes increase the statistics of bodies they control, other are able to teleport or take over even the strongest foes. This makes the battles very varied and frequently requiring.
Secret of Mana (PC)
RPG 15 February 2018
Secret of Mana is a remake of the classic action jRPG from 1993. The game was developed by Square Enix. The original title was released in Japan under the title Seiken Densetsu 2. The game takes place in a fantasy world that the player must save from the powerful Empire. During the game the player is exploring the world, speaking to non-playable characters, completing quests and fighting enemies by using an action-based combat system. There are three characters in the party, each with different special skills. The player controls only one of them while the remaining two are controlled by artificial intelligence. It is possible to freely switch between the characters. Compared to the original game, the remake features new three-dimensional graphics and improved soundtrack. The developers dubbed all dialogues and improved some gameplay mechanics.
Ghost Platoon (PC)
Ghost Platoon is a first-person shooter powered by Unreal Engine 4. The title focuses on multiplayer battles, fast action, faithful recreation of weapons and original map designs.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (PC)
RPG 14 February 2018
A continuation to a jRPG bearing the same title; the game is part of a larger universe from the The Legend of Heroes series. Trails of Cold Steel II begins a month after the events depicted in the first installment. The civil war in Erebonia outbroke for good. Rean's goals are to find the remaining students from the Seventh Grade, as well as to put an end to the bloody conflict, which has torn the protagonist's native country apart. Although the experience is based on the gameplay formula of the previous installment, the creators decided to introduce a few changes. The so-called ''Tactical Link System'', which provided new combos and other tactical abilities used in conjunction with other characters with whom the protagonist has established relationships, appears in this game in the company of the new, ''Overdrive Mode'', which allows the linked team-members to incessantly perform attacks during even up to 3 turns in a row. Exploration was improved as well - the player traverses the extensive locations on foot, aboard a modifiable airship, on horseback, or by a motorcycle. Furthermore, the protagonist can recruit allies from among NPCs scattered throughout the game world. The game comes with decent-quality graphics inspired by anime cartoons.
Cattle and Crops (PC)
A farming simulator developed by a German studio – Masterbrain Bytes. The gameplay revolves around running a farm, which requires the players to prove their skills in many agricultural fields. Because of the realistic weather system, on has to tend to sowing, soil fertilization and the crops’ condition – if, during a longer period of drought, one does not irrigate their crops, they will wither in an instant. In order to handle the virtual farm in the most effective way, the players have to learn how to operate agricultural machinery (the vehicles implemented herein are counterparts to machines of such makes as Claas, Horsch, Dammann, and Mercedes-Benz). This is not easy – the bed’s condition affects how these vehicles behave. Animal husbandry, on the other hand, forces the players to take care of the feed, tidy the farmhouse, and prevent diseases. Luckily, with time the players are able to employ workers, who handle some of the responsibilities and at the same time gain experience, becoming even more efficient. Those among the players who are new to this kind of simulation games can make use of a number of facilitations and adjust the difficulty level according to their preference. Apart from the single player campaign, Cattle and Crops offers a Sandbox Mode - in which one can manage his farm with no limitations - as well as a multiplayer mode allowing players to work together.
Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame (PC)
Racing 13 February 2018
A motorcycle racing game focusing on supercross – a motorcycle racing event where the players compete on dirt tracks filled with jumps and other obstacles. The game offers a number of single player modes, multiplayer, and a track editor.
Dynasty Warriors 9 (PC)
Action 13 February 2018
Another full-fledged installment in the popular series of third-person perspective action games with tactical features. The series is developed by the Japanese studio Omega Force. The story of Dynasty Warriors 9 is loosely based on the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms that describes the Chinese civil war that occurred during the 2nd and 3rd century. The player can choose from a few dozen of varied characters, some of which are well known from the previous entries in the series. The rest are completely new characters or ones from other games from this developer. The gameplay focuses on real-time battles with hundreds of participants. The title was released as part of the 15th anniversary of the series and it introduces some important novelties to the saga, including a modified combat system and a large open world that contains the entirety of China. The key to victory lies in proper usage of available weapons and special abilities of various characters and in taking advantage of the topography of the battlefields.
The Fall Part 2: Unbound (PC)
Adventure 13 February 2018
An action adventure game with platformer elements, developed by the independent studio Over the Moon Games. The production is a direct sequel to The Fall which debuted in 2014. After the events of the original, ARID reaches the global network and her primary task is to save herself — the heroine, who is an advanced artificial intelligence, takes over various robots to do so. The gameplay of The Fall Part 2: Unbound is presented from a side view. The fun is focused on exploration of the places we visit and assuming control over various characters that have different abilities and limitations. The key to success is to use their individual capabilities not only while moving through locations but also when solving puzzles or fighting. The production is powered by the Unity technology, which provides decent graphics. Contrary to its predecessor, the title was released on many platforms simultaneously.
The Longest Five Minutes (PC)
RPG 13 February 2018
A unique jRPG by Syupro-DX and Nippon Ichi Software. In The Longest Five Minutes you play as a warrior who's trying to regain his lost memories. The game starts in an unusual way — it begins with the final boss fight. The protagonist, however, can remember neither happened on the way to the dark lord's dwelling nor how to defeat the enemy. Conversations with his companions and the dark lord's taunts revive his memories in the form of flashbacks, during which you explore varied environments, talk to NPCs, and complete main story quests as well as side quests. During the game, your party participates in many turn-based battles. The Longest Five Minutes features colorful pixel-art visuals, based on the classic jRPGs.
Crossing Souls (PC)
Action 13 February 2018
A retro-styled action-adventure game featuring RPG elements, created in cooperation by Fourattic and Devolver Digital. The story is set in California, in the year 1986, where a bunch of kids playing in the forest discover a mysterious artifact which allows them to bend the laws of physics and travel across the border between life and death. The unsuspecting characters are thrown into the midst of a government conspiracy led by a ruthless general who wishes to acquire the artifact for his evil purposes. The player observes the levels from above. The gameplay consists mainly of exploration, combat, treasure hunting, and puzzle solving. In the game, the player will have the opportunity to take control of five characters in total - each has their own different skills. The biggest feature of the story comes with the time travels, during which the player encounters hundreds of characters from different historical periods. The game is enriched with cutscenes that bear a resemblance to cartoons from the 80s.