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.
Mushroom Wars 2 (PC)
Strategy 06 October 2017
A sequel to a humorous real-time strategy, Mushroom Wars, that came out in 2009 for PC and mobile platforms. The action of Mushroom Wars 2 takes us to a fantasy universe where four factions of small creatures that live in mushroom-like homes constantly war with each other. The player’s task, as the general of a “mushroom” army, is to eliminate the enemy as quickly as possible by taking over strategic points on the map. There are four different races to choose from, all supported by heroes with unique special abilities. As befits a real-time strategy game, we have to build a village, recruit an army, enhance our weapons, and take over enemy buildings. Battles are very fast-paced and usually last no longer than 5-10 minutes. The title offers four single player campaigns, a skirmish mode, and a multiplayer mode that supports e-sport features. Mushroom Wars 2 features graphics that are similar, although more detailed, to its predecessors.
Franchise Hockey Manager 4 (PC)
Sports 06 October 2017
A hockey manager that enables the player to lead one of many teams from Canadian, American and European leagues. The main attraction of the game is a fully licensed NHL. During the game the player must maintain many things. One of the basic activities is looking for young talents and buying old, good players. To convince them to play in player’s club, the player must propose attractive financial conditions. Once the team is gathered, the player must set tactics before matches, modify them during the skirmish, replace harmed players etc. The skills of players are improved during trainings managed by a hired training team. One of the more interesting features is the possibility to start the season in 1917 and lead the stars from old times. Franchise Hockey Manager 4 was developed by a German studio Out of the Park Developments, the creators of other entries in the series and the Out of the Park Baseball series.
Adventure 05 October 2017
A psychological horror adventure game developed by Davit Andreasyan and published by Iceberg Interactive. The player assumes the role of a man named Jonathan who wakes from a nightmare in a suspicious cell. He must reveal the secrets of the terrifying facility. His only companion is a mysterious voice from the radio. The creator of Inmates focused on creating the feel of terror, strengthened by disturbing scenes watched by the protagonist. The gameplay mechanics are typical for the adventure game genre. The player is exploring locations, solving puzzles and interacting with the environment. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and it features high quality graphics.
Forza Motorsport 7 (PC)
Racing 03 October 2017
Another installment in the best-selling racing game series developed by Turn 10 in cooperation with Microsoft. In Forza Motorsport 7, the players can participate in races taking place on over 30 different tracks, while driving one of the 700 available licensed cars. All of the vehicles can be modified in terms of their performance and appearance. The driving physics implemented herein are neatly balanced between a simulation and arcade racing and should suit both racing veterans and beginners, who can use a number of available facilitations. Forza Motorsport 7 is one of the first games ever to exploit the full potential of Xbox One X, allowing the players to experience the 4K resolution at stable 60 frames per second. Apart from the free-to-play spinoff - Forza Motorsport 6: Apex - the seventh full-fledged installment is also the first in the series’ history to be released not only on consoles but also on PC. Windows 10.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PC)
RPG 03 October 2017
A fantasy jRPG featuring a turn-based combat system, based on the popular Battle Chasers comic book series. The game was developed by Airship Syndicate, founded by the creators of the Darksiders game, including the creative director and the comic's author, Joe Maureira. The game is set in a fantasy universe, where magic and science coexist, and you play as the characters known from the comics, such as the warrior Garrison, a little girl called Gully, or the golem Calibretto. Battle Chasers: Nightwar focuses on the plot and the exploration of the expansive randomly-generated dungeons. The game also features many jRPG-style battles, taking place in turns on two separate screens. The visuals are colorful and detailed, which makes them resemble the original comics.
Divided We Fall (PC)
Strategy 02 October 2017
A World War II-themed online strategy game developed by KAVA Game Studio. The players assume control of a number of four-man teams that are sent to participate in a battle between two factions. Each faction is led by a commander that coordinates the actions of the teams and decides upon their course of action. In opposition to most online strategy games, the battlefield can be joined by up to fifty players at once, with the game allowing 1v1 battles, which are also a viable option. Depending on the chosen side, our goals may slightly differ, but close cooperation and tactical approach are definitely the mainstay of almost every won battle. The battlefield is seen from an isometric view, with additional points of view available to the commander of each side.
Arcade 29 September 2017
A two-dimensional action game with designs resembling old cartoon movies, which is a debut production of StudioMDHR, an independent developer. In Cuphead, we assume the role of a gambling addict that loses his soul to the devil during one of his sessions. To retrieve it, he needs to work off its equivalent. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a 2D fighting game with a degree of platforming elements – we participate in continuous 1v1 fights, taking place on special 2D arenas. During combat we can make use of a wide range of weaponry, as well as several outfits bestowing us with special powers. Each of the enemies has his own fighting style, which needs to be countered in order for us to win. In opposition to the genre classics, our enemies are controlled by dynamic AI, making the game tough to beat and less predictable in case of replays.
FIFA 18 (PC)
Sports 29 September 2017
The game is another installment in the FIFA series. Electronic Arts introduced a lot of important changes in this follow-up and those will probably constitute a real treat for all the fans of virtual soccer. What is especially noticeable, is the introduction of the Real Players Motion technology that governs the appearances, animations and behaviours of the in-game footballers. Although this technology encompasses mainly top players, the less-known footballers also behave in a more realistic manner, as the new system takes different factors into account, such as a footballer's height. The game brings a continuation to a story campaign from FIFA 17, embodied here by The Journey: Hunter Returns. FIFA 18 also brings a remodeled system of transfers in the career. The player is now capable of negotiating with clubs and particular footballers on their own. The FIFA Ultimate Team mode brings the Icon cards representing legendary footballers. All of this is complemented by the use of the Frostbite engine, which mainly powers the cut-scenes displayed both in The Journey mode and the regular career component.
Fall of Light (PC)
RPG 28 September 2017
Developed by RuneHeads, Fall of Light is an RPG with some elements typical for dungeon crawlers. The action of the game is set in a fantastical world gradually devoured by darkness. A player assumes the role of a warrior named Nyx, whose final task is to embark on a journey through the realm filled with many dangers and guide his daughter - Aether to the last place suffused with sunlight. One observes the action from the top-down perspective, explores the grim locations, interacts with encountered NPCs, discovers numerous mysteries, and solves diverse puzzles. When carrying out the mission, a player is disturbed by the fact that he has to take care of the protagonist’s daughter. Combat is another important aspect of Fall of Light, during which Nyx can assume numerous fighting stances and use different weaponry. As the story develops, the main protagonist acquires certain abilities that boost his combat potential.
Total War: Warhammer II (PC)
Strategy 28 September 2017
Another installment in a popular series of strategy games created by Creative Assembly. Unlike the first part of the subseries, which was set in the Old World, this time the players travel to the west, where they wage a war across four continents: Ulthuan, Naggaroth, Southern Realms, and Lustria. Four races take part in the conflict, i.e. the High Elves, the Dark Elves, the Lizardmen, and the Skaven. Each of these factions fights for control over the Great Vortex, which they can heal or disperse using various rituals. Once more, gameplay in Total War: Warhammer II is based on two pillars. In a strategy map view you move your armies, manage economy and expand cities (all this in turns), while battles are waged in real time on 3D battlefields. Each race has its unique mechanics, units and heroes. Besides, owners of the first and second game can download a huge map that combines both game worlds. This way you can play a campaign of truly epic scale while controlling any of the factions available in Total War: Warhammer and its sequel.
Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends (PC)
Adventure 28 September 2017
Developed by The House of Fables in cooperation with Artifex Mundi, Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends is a Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game, in which players get to follow the adventures of a botanist by the name of Mary Gilbert, who this time around has to rescue her brother kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Unfortunately, the antagonist not only poses a threat to the main protagonist's brother but also to the entire world, and the only chance of stopping him lies in Mary and her companion Aitwara – a house spirit. On his adventure, a player gets to travel to a fantasy land of Clouders located on the other side of the rainbow. The gameplay formula does not deviate much from the one featured in other HOPA games and requires a player to visit consecutive locations and look for hidden objects. The game is relatively easy; however, in case of any difficulties, one can use the hint system. Another aspect, which diversifies the experience, is the set of various logical puzzles. Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends delivers high-quality visuals.
Airport CEO (PC)
An economic tycoon game that enables the player to assume the role of an airport director. The title was developed by Swedish studio Apoapsis Studios and it challenges the player with designing and expanding a well-working complex consisting of many coexisting installations: starting lines, control towers, bus stops, sidewalks, roads etc. The most important part of the airport is the terminal – a building in which the passengers are checking in, waiting for the plane, visiting bars, shops and toilets. The freedom in designing the look of the terminal enables the player to decide about the placement of each seat and plant. However, the placement of the key objects is most important: information points, security gates, toilets. Player must also hire personnel and cleaners. At some point it is possible to sign contracts with airlines and create connections with other cities. Arriving planes will bring and take many passengers – each with unique traits and needs.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic (PC)
Strategy 28 September 2017
Created for mobile devices, an economic strategy by Origin8 Technologies, which combines the two first installments of the popular RollerCoaster Tycoon series published on PC between 1992 and 2002. In the title, you assume the role of the manager of an amusement park, and your job is to transform it into a successful venture packed with the titular attractions – self-designed rollercoasters. Apart from managing the park’s finances and staff, you also need to have various attractions, such as shops with food, drinks, souvenirs, and other infrastructure elements. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic features most of the elements from the original installments of the series, including a rich number of maps and 95 scenarios with particular objectives to be achieved. Most of the changes concern adjusting the interface to touchscreens, while visuals stay faithful to the original games from PC.
RPG 28 September 2017
Vaporum is an RPG developed by Fatbot Games set in a steampunk world. In the game, a player assumes control over a group of daredevils who are trapped on a mysterious island with only one way to escape - they have to reach the top of the mighty tower filled with traps, secret passages, and hordes of enemies. The game represents the genre of dungeon crawlers. One observes the action from the first-person perspective, however, he can turn only by 90 degrees to the left and right. The game utilizes a tile-by-tile movement system, while combat takes place in real time. During the game, one can develop his characters - this does not mean improving their statistics, rather enhancing their mechanical armors, which also can be equipped with diverse gadgets which draw energy from the exo-rig. The game combines old-school mechanics foundations with modern visuals and simple interface.
DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles (PC)
Action 26 September 2017
An action game based on the popular animated TV series Voltron. The title was created by Digital Domain. The main protagonist of the game is Lance, a pilot of the Blue Lion – one of the five machines that are part of the titular Voltron, a giant, unstoppable robot. During his space adventures the protagonist discovers an abandoned ship and he accidentally releases an ancient power that threatens the whole world. Now he must stop this mysterious power. In DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles the action is presented by using a first-person perspective. The main pillar of the game is space battles fought by using the above mentioned Blue Lion. In addition to that, during the missions the player solves environmental riddles and participates in events related to the story. The game was developed for virtual reality goggles. The player can observe his surroundings by moving his head and the controller movement represents protagonist’s hands. This enables the player to manipulate his surroundings and control the robot in the space. The graphics that use the style of the TV series are a characteristic trait of the game.
Fortnite: Battle Royale (PC)
Action 26 September 2017
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play multiplayer action game developed by Epic Games. The game is based on the battle royale formula and is similar to e.g. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. A hundred players are transported onto an island with almost nothing in their inventory. A player is tasked with finding or looting weapons, traps, and other pieces of gear. The game offers players much leeway - one can run around and shoot as much as he likes, nonetheless, he can also assume the stealth approach, hide in an appropriate spot and eliminate the foes with a sniper rifle. Additionally, one can acquire more resources from buildings, trees, etc. and use them to construct numerous objects such as stairs, covers, and bridges. The only objective a player is tasked with is staying alive until the end of a match. This task is even more difficult due to the fact that the battlefield shrinks continuously. The game has been based on Unreal Engine technology, also used in the production processes of such games as Final Fantasy VII Remake and Tekken 7.
Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare (PC)
Strategy 26 September 2017
A large DLC to Halo Wars 2, a science fiction RTS game, created by 343 Industries in cooperation with Creative Assembly. The story of this expansion, called Awakening the Nightmare, takes place a few months after the events from the original game. The story focuses on the Banished fighting for survival against the Flood. The gameplay is the same as in the original game. Besides a completely new story campaign this expansion also adds, e.g. two commanders and two new multiplayer maps. Those maps are also available for free for all owners of Halo Wars 2. Also, this DLC adds a new cooperation mode called Terminus Firefight in which up to three players can build their bases, create armies and then they have to defend from incoming enemies.
Blue Reflection (PC)
RPG 26 September 2017
A conventional jRPG featuring a turn-based combat system. Blue Reflection was inspired by games such as Persona 4, anime series and comic books belonging to the magical girl genre. The game was developed by Gust - a studio popular mainly for the Atelier series, which comprises more than several installments. The game is set in contemporary Japan. Hinako, the protagonist, is an ordinary girl who attends high-school, but one day she is taken to an alternative dimension inhabited by dangerous monsters. In that realm, she discovers a mysterious power in herself, which allows her to transform into a magic warrior. Along with her friends having similar abilities, she fights the threats coming from the other reality.
Pinball FX3 (PC)
Arcade 26 September 2017
A third installment in the Pinball FX series. In the game developed by Zen Studios, a player can try out the new thematic pinball machines, as well as import most of the machines from Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2. The game attempts to translate the real pinball experience into a video game setting. A player is tasked with bouncing the ball with the so-called flippers located at the bottom of the table to hit multiple targets and keep the ball in the game for as long as possible, before it falls into the drain located at the bottom of the play field, below the flippers. The objective of the game is to earn the best score possible. In comparison to the previous installments in the series, Pinball FX3 puts a much stronger emphasis on the multiplayer experience as well as social aspects of the game. Players can enter friendly matches, compete within an online league and tournaments organized by the fans themselves. Moreover, the game delivers several single player modes allowing one to increase his skills and familiarize himself with the general rules.
Valnir Rok (PC)
Valnir Rok is an online action game by Encurio. The production was inspired by Norse mythology and you play as a shipwrecked Viking, who finds themselves on a mysterious island full of ruins, mysteries, and monsters. The gameplay gives you much freedom, so you can decide which tasks you want to complete and how to do it. You can e.g. fight AI-controlled enemies, focus on gathering resources and creating items and buildings or join one of the player-created clans and fight with other such groups for influence and lands. An important part of the gameplay are the gods, whose disposition towards you is a result of your decisions and sacrifices. The game utilizes a third person's view and the combat system is arcade-like.