Sociable Soccer (PC)
A sports game described as a spiritual successor to Sensible Soccer. It was developed by Tower Studios headed by Jon Hare, former creative director of the aforementioned series and the co-founder of the once famous Sensible Software. The gameplay of Sociable Soccer is focused on fast and purely arcade football matches in which the player’s skill is the most important factor, although it is possible to make change footballers, set formation, tactics, and so on. There are over 500 clubs with over 10 thousand footballers but their surnames are slightly altered because of the lack of the FIFA license. Apart from single-player classic quick matches and leagues, the developers put great emphasis on multiplayer and social aspect. Visually, the game cannot compete with the latest football productions but it features the characteristic style and atmosphere of the classic installments of the Sensible Soccer series.
Bomber Crew (PC)
Strategy today, 19 October 2017
Bomber Crew is a hybrid of a strategy game and a simulator, with some additional RPG elements. Developed by Runner Duck, the game allows a player to assume the role of a WWII captain commanding a bomber crew. During the game, one has to complete numerous missions, which involve eliminating strategically important military targets and making reconnaissance behind the enemy lines. The gameplay is divided into two parts – the preparation stage involves selecting recruits as a bomber crew has to comprise a pilot, a mechanic, gunners, a radio operator, a navigator, and a gun loader. A player should pay close attention to the recruits he selects, as their death on the battlefield is permanent. When airborne, one has to monitor the condition of both his crew and his plane, as consecutive subsystems might break down – a spot-on shot on the plane’s tail might result in losing the maneuverability, similarly to a burning engine. Thus, during each mission, a player has to repair his plane. After completing a mission (when over a target, a player gets to operate the on-board systems in order to photograph the target or bomb it), one has to return home safely – provided he has enough fuel. Bomber Crew is bound to attract players’ attention with its colorful visuals and dynamic vessel damage system.
A Mortician's Tale (PC)
Adventure yesterday, 18 October 2017
Developed by the Canadian Laundry Bear Games, A Mortician’s Tale is an adventure game that features certain arcade elements. In the game, a player assumes the role of a little girl by the name of Charlie, who has recently finished a course preparing her for a job at a funeral home. After an internship at a small family business, she starts working for a large corporation, which offered her better conditions and some entirely new challenges. In terms of the gameplay mechanics, A Mortician’s Tale is a narrative adventure game with certain arcade elements. During the game, one has to interact with the ghosts of the deceased and learn their stories eventually to comfort those in grief. At the same time, a player has to prepare the bodies for funerals, which takes the form of special mini-games, during which one has to use authentic techniques and tools utilized at the funeral homes.
Rogue Trooper Redux (PC)
Action 17 October 2017
A refreshed version of a shooter game developed by Rebellion (Sniper Elite, Aliens vs. Predator) and released back in 2006. The player takes on the role of a genetically-modified soldier of the future. The game begins soon after the arrival of the protagonist's squad in a strategic warzone, where they got betrayed and slaughtered. As the sole survivor of the massacre, the protagonist has to avenge their comrades and eliminate the adversaries in so doing. Rogue Trooper Redux is played from a third-person view. Particular missions are set in diverse sceneries and are based on dynamic exchanges of fire. The protagonist faces other modified soldiers, but also hostile vehicles and combat drones. The game also features stealth-action sequences. Alongside progression, the player unlocks special skill chips - thanks to them, the protagonist can face challenges that would otherwise require an entire squad of soldiers. Compared with the original edition, Rogue Trooper Redux offers noticeably improved graphics.
WWE 2K18 (PC)
Sports 17 October 2017
Another installment in a series of sport games devoted to wrestling and released annually by 2K Games. The players take on the roles of professional wrestlers from NXT and WWE leagues, and take part in encounters in the ring. A series of improvements were introduced into the combat system - above all, the wrestlers can make more moves now. Fighting is not all about exchange of attacks, as the player often brings the opponent down, throws them at the mat, or even out of the ring, in order to continue the fight closer to the audience or in the backstage. Among the available wrestlers, one will find Seth Rollins (depicted on the game's cover), Chris Jericho, Andre The Giant, John Cena, The Rock or the Bella sisters. WWE 2K18 offers plenty of game modes, both singleplayer and multiplayer ones. MyCareer is the most important of them, as the player leads a wrestler of their choice to fame and money through subsequent victories.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PC)
RPG 17 October 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
RPG 17 October 2017
A third person action-RPG developed by the creators of the legendary Gothic series - German studio Piranha Bytes. In contrast to the aforementioned Gothic, Elex is set in a dark post-apocalyptic universe that combines elements of both science-fiction and fantasy and where technology meets magic. In terms of mechanics, the game is similar to other modern action-RPGs. You get to explore a large open world, embark on a series of storyline missions as well as side quests, encountering numerous non-player characters along the way and, of course, slaying a wide array of monsters. Similarly to previous Piranha Bytes productions, the title features only single player gameplay with no online features.
The Pirate: Plague of the Dead (PC)
Action 13 October 2017
A continuation of The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt - a popular action game with strategy elements developed by the Polish Home Net Games. Like its predecessor, The Pirate: Plague of the Dead takes players to Caribbean islands controlled by the pirate folk. The main protagonist of the story is John Rackham, who is the only survivor of the slaughter orchestrated by the Grand Inquisitor. Seeking his revenge, John turned to voodoo practices in order to resurrect legendary pirates such as Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and Blackbeard himself. Together with the pirates brought from the dead, the main protagonist wants to deal with his arch enemy once and for all. The Pirate: Plague of the Dead features a vast open world a player is free to explore with one of over a dozen available ships. On his journey, a player has to observe not only the wind direction and velocity, but also use this information to choose the appropriate type of sails. To top it all, the game delivers a full day and night cycle as well as changing weather conditions. This installment in The Pirate series is fueled by campaign missions that lead a player through consecutive parts of the story. In between these missions, one can turn to other activities that fill the treasury allowing for expanding and improving the fleet controlled by a player. Gameplay revolves around naval battles, during which one can ram into the enemy vessels, shoot the cannons at particular parts of hostile ships, and utilize special combat abilities exhibited by the captains. The entire experience features high-quality visuals – one is bound to appreciate the well-polished ship models and water animations.
The Evil Within 2 (PC)
Action 13 October 2017
A direct sequel to the successful survival horror, The Evil Within. Both titles have been developed under the watchful eye of Shinji Mikami, the author of such video game series as Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. In The Evil Within 2, players yet again assume the role of detective Sebastian Castellanos, who travels to a seemingly idyllic town in search for his daughter. What he does not know, however, is that the town hides a horrible secret. The game allows the players to observe the action from a third-person perspective to better experience the survival horror setting. The main protagonist gets to walk through gloomy and claustrophobic locations, as well as larger open spaces often filled with horrifying enemies. To fight off the threat, detective Castellanos can use his firearms; however, due to the game's survival horror convention, the ammunition is scarce. Another solution is to take the stealth approach and quietly eliminate the foes with a crossbow. Of course, one can also decide to run for it. In The Evil Within 2 Sebastian can use a comlink to consult his friend – Julia Kidman – who eagerly guides him through this horrible reality.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (PC)
Action 13 October 2017
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is a platform action game released along with The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Just like the previous LEGO games, it was developed by Traveller's Tales. Story in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is based on the film’s plot. The evil Lord Garmadon brought the Ninjago City to its knees. Lead by the wise Master Wu, a group of fearless warriors decides to face Garmadon and bring peace and order back to the city. As we play, we explore various parts of the Ninjago City, use our heroes’ unique abilities when fighting with enemies, and solve simple environmental riddles and puzzles. The game can be played alone or in coop with up to three additional players. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game's visuals are on a decent level and stylistically refer to the film.
Gold Rush: The Game (PC)
Simulation 13 October 2017
A simulator of a gold seeker. Developed by a Polish studio Code Horizon, the game gives the player an opportunity to travel to the cold regions of Alasca in order to excavate plots of shining gold. The player supplies their equipment with fuel and electricity, carries loads of soil using an excavator or a loader, cleans the material with a stifer and other devices, and ultimately picks lumps of gold with tweezers. The metal gathered is then taken to a blacksmith that can turn it into gold bars. The funds gathered are spent on upgrading one's machinery, as well as buying fuel and counterparts for the machines owned. The in-game seasonal cycle and bad weather condtions resulting from that can damage the player's equipment and sometimes even render them unable to continue excavation. A day-night cycle was also included - the player is capable of conducting works at night, but the essential machines providing light use the precious fuel then, which also has to be taken into consideration. The game offers a complex tutorial for the beginners, apart from the main Free Mode, which is an open-world component. In this latter variant, the player is free to develop their career, explore the game world, and discover its mysterious stories.
Dungeons 3 (PC)
Strategy 13 October 2017
Dungeons 3 is the third installment in the fantasy strategy game series developed by Realmforge. Dungeons 3 continues the story from the previous games. We play as a Dungeon Lord who, after uniting the forces of evil and laying the foundations of the new empire of darkness, comes to the conclusion that his ambitions are not yet fulfilled. He decides to recruit the priestess of dark elves so that she would lead his forces during the conquest of the surface world. Just like in the previous installments of the series, gameplay in Dungeons 3 is a blend of a real-time and economic strategy. As we play, we have to gather resources, build new parts of our dungeon, recruit monsters, and invest in technological development. At the same time, we have to lead our army that fights with the forces of good on the surface. All three factions from the previous games (the Horde, the Undead, and the Demons) are present. This time, however, we can use units and technologies of all three of them at the same time.
Yono and the Celestial Elephants (PC)
Adventure 12 October 2017
Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a colorful, charming adventure game with a fairy-tale-like style. It was developed by Neckbolt Games. The player assumes the role of a young elephant who – similarly to other elephants – is a defender of the world. When controlling the protagonist, the player travels through various locations, solves riddles and fights. The first of the mentioned is the most important aspect of the game. The player has access to four cities filled with non-playable characters and side quests and to three dungeons filled with riddles and unique bosses. Unraveling the secrets enable the player to discover the history of the game world. Conversations with the inhabitants of this world are filled with philosophy, aesthetics and political topics – this is rather unusual in adventure games. Yono and the Celestial Elephants features nice looking, hand-drawn graphics. The title lacks any multiplayer modes.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Retribution (PC)
Action 12 October 2017
The fourth and last expansion included in the season pass (this DLC can be also purchased separately) to the FPP shooter Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. In the add-on developed by Infinity Ward (the studio responsible for creating the base game), one can complete another chapter of the Zombies in Spaceland mode called Beast From Beyond. The game takes players to a distant future onboard a faulty spaceship. To make things worse, it is filled with Cryptids - monsters one might remember from Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Extinction mode. Moreover, the developers have implemented four new maps into the multiplayer mode - Heartland, a modified Warhawk location featured in the aforementioned Call of Duty: Ghosts; a postapocalyptic Carnage racing track, remote Depot 22 dive bar, and Altitude - the soaring shopping center. Retribution is not a standalone expansion - in order to play it, one has to own the base game.
Grim Dawn: Ashes of Malmouth (PC)
RPG 11 October 2017
An expansion to 2016’s action-RPG Grim Dawn (also considered in its category as hack’n’slash title), developed by independent studio of Crate Entertainment. Creators did not bother trying to change game mechanics of the base game and instead focused on preparing new content. DLC adds two more chapters to the campaign, set in previously inaccessible wild region of Ugdenbog and ruins of titular Malmouth city. Players also got two new classes to choose from in form of scythe-wielding master of dark magic in Necromancer and armed with two pistols Inquisitor. Other novelties include three hundred items, forty bosses and mini-bosses and fourteen star constellations that give various useful bonuses to heroes’ statistics.
Sylvio 2 (PC)
Adventure 11 October 2017
A sequel to the very well-received indie FPP horror adventure game. In Sylvio 2, you once again play as Juliette Waters, whose job is recording the voices of the dead. The game is set several days after the events of the first installment and takes place during the day. The gameplay focuses on exploring and solving puzzles, as well as occasional fights with the ghosts. The protagonist's equipment is similar to that from the previous game, although she also has a few new gadgets. Instead of the old Stelotron L-500 magnetic tape recorder, Sylvio 2 features a Steltron L-1000, a 360-degree camera, which allows you to record not only the audio, but also the video of the ghosts. Since the recordings are essential to solve the game's puzzles, there is an option to browse through the recordings, slow them down or fast-forward them, as well as zoom in the video and scan it for any ghost activity.
Raiden V: Director's Cut (PC)
Arcade 10 October 2017
The fifth official installment in a series of classic, scrolling top-down shooters. Raiden V was created by MOSS - a Japanese developer in possession of the rights to the franchise since 2005. Similar to the previous installments, the plot presents a great war between humans and Cranassian - an alien civilization that has attacked the Earth. The player has to face the invaders, assuming the role of a pilot. The game offers several characters to choose from, including a British or American male, as well as a Portuguese, German or a Romanian female. Each of the characters has a different personality and biography. Also, the player chooses from among three fighter planes (Japanese, French or American) differing both in statistics and weaponry. The story campaign comprises of a set of missions, during which the player fires at incoming enemies, drops bombs on ground targets and avoids enemy fire. The players have three fire modes at their disposal, allowing for continuous fire, shooting in bursts and launching rockets. Each of the cannons can be upgraded. Every level has their own setting and ends with a boss fight. What is new in Raiden V, is the Cheer System allowing another player to join the game at any moment.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC)
Action 10 October 2017
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a direct sequel to the well-received action-adventure game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Just like the first game in the series, Shadow of War takes place in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is presented from a third-person perspective. We can explore the rich, open world of the game by riding various steeds and by taking good use of the free-running movement system, similar to that from the Assassin's Creed series. Once again the Nemezis system is one of the core gameplay mechanics. The game will automatically generate unique enemies which we will encounter, battle and optionally make them join us in our battle against Sauron. It needs to be mentioned that the game also offers many new features, with the possibility of taking over Dark Lord's keeps being one of them. There are more types of enemies for us to face, more new, unlockable skins and pieces of equipment.
Action 10 October 2017
ARKTIKA.1 is a VR science fiction first-person shooter developed by 4A Games, creators of the Metro game series. The game takes place in the 22nd century, a couple of decades into the new ice age. Humans are forced to live in areas near the equator, but the territories in the north and south are not completely abandoned because they are still rich in natural resources. Some people still live in the icebound parts of the planet in order to gather them. We play as a soldier who was hired to protect a colony located in what once was Russia. As we play, we will face bandits, agents hired by our employer’s rivals, and strange creatures that came along with the ice age. Gameplay focuses on combat and its mechanics were designed from scratch to match motion controllers. Thanks to that we can, for example, use two pistols and aim in two different directions.
An open-world economic tycoon game that focuses on managing a railroad company. The credit for developing this title goes to a Czech gamemaker - Jan Zeleny, who worked on the game for many years. Inspired by such classics as Transport Tycoon or Railroad Tycoon II, Mashinky gives us an opportunity to lay tracks, build and upgrade stations, work on new models of engines, and even to view the game world through the eyes of a train driver in charge of keeping the machine on the route set by the player. Apart from an FPP view and an aerial view, which is typical for strategies, Mashinky brings a special, schematic-isometric perspective that displays the map in the form of a legible engineering grid. This view mode is used to create new intersections of tracks and to mark spots for new structures. The game's economic system is definitely its distinctive feature, as it is not based on virtual money, but rather, on tokens inspired by board games. Those can be obtained through completing various assignments, and can be spent, for instance, on upgrading one's rolling stock - the electric tokens obtained through delivering fuel to a power plant allow the player to make progress towards electric trains. Because the game world is generated procedurally, each playthrough is a unique adventure.