Nier: Automata (PC)
RPG 17 March 2017
Third-person perspective action game with RPG features and a sequel to the warmly-received production created by Cavia in 2010. The second installment was created by a different developer – Platinum Games known for the Bayonetta series. Despite that, Tarou Yokou, the creator of the first game, retained his position as the director of the project. The game takes place in distant future in which Earth was destroyed due to war against deadly machines. Humans, having found a safe haven on the Moon, created the limited YoRHa series of sapient androids to fight on their behalf. The YoRHa combined forces with androids of older generation and together they face the rebel machines. Two out of three protagonists of NieR Automata are completely new characters, but during the game player will also encounter characters from the first installment of the series as both stories are connected. Gameplay mechanics of the game are similar to ones in its predecessor and they offer an attractive combination of hack-and-slash, magic and RPG.
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.
Sky Force Reloaded (PC)
Action 30 November 2017
An oldschool shooter inspired by arcade classics. Sky Force Reloaded was produced by Polish studio Infinite Dreams, the creators of the two previous installments in the series: Sky Force from 2004 and Sky Force from 2014. In the game the player controls a fighter jet which automatically flies in one direction (towards the top of the screen). Player is tasked with shooting down incoming enemy units and avoiding being hit or crashing into obstacles. It is a good idea to collect various bonuses which provide temporary power-ups and allows you to equip the vehicle with better weapons. In addition to regular enemy aircraft the player will face powerful bosses, encounters with which will require good reflexes and dexterity. Another attraction are the optional missions, during which one must save civilians. These missions are very risky but completing them grants exceptional awards. Sky Force Reloaded offers many varied levels and colorful special effects which enrich the graphics of the game.
Enter the Gungeon (PC)
Arcade 05 April 2016
A unique mix of a classic dungeon crawler and a dynamic, two-dimensional shooter from the debuting American studio, Dodge Roll. We play as a hero seeking for the legendary weapon that can change the past of a distant planet. To achieve his goal, he must explore the eponymous ancient temple where many dangers and surprises await him. Featuring a top-down view, the game tasks us with exploration of randomly generated levels of the temple. We come across numerous enemies and bosses, as well various shops and friendly characters that will help us in our journey. The game’s combat system is based on classic twin-stick shooters, allowing us to use environmental objects as weapons in addition to an already vast selection of guns and gadgets.
Tower 57 (PC)
Action 16 November 2017
An old-school 2D shooter developed by Pixwerk in cooperation with 11 bit studios. The game is inspired by classic 16-bit hits, such as the Chaos Engine series. The action of Tower 57 takes place in a devastated dieselpunk world, where gigantic towers are the only places harboring what remains of human civilization. The story focuses on the adventures of a group of daredevils who attempt to infiltrate the titular Tower 57. Players observe from a top-down perspective how the characters fight off hordes of enemies and utilize a rich arsenal of diverse weaponry. In the game, one assumes the role of one of the seven available protagonists, each featuring a unique set of skills and a number of destructive weapons. The entire experience falls under the typical twin-stick shooter convention and features dynamic gameplay as well as the option to destroy elements of the surroundings. The single player campaign is well complemented by a cooperative mode.
Dead Metal Punks (PC)
A sidescrolling shooter with a post-apocalyptic setting – Dead Metal Punks is a debut project created by an independent developer: Paul Scott. In Dead Metal Punks, the players get to visit a Borderlands-like world, where the action is presented from the side and the gameplay has been divided into two different modes. In the first mode, the players control the main protagonist – Lily, while the second mode revolves around driving a fancy tank. No matter which mode we choose, we get to move left and right, and eliminate hordes of ground and air units. While playing the vehicle mode, players can experience certain platform game elements thanks to the tank’s engines that allow us to accelerate and cover a small distance in midair. Respective game stages end with boss fights, as a result of which players are awarded scrap that can be used in between the missions to upgrade our vehicle.
Let Them Come (PC)
Action 03 October 2017
A dynamc shoot'em up game requiring the player to fight the invaders from space. The protagonist uses a heavy machine gun located on the left and the enemies approach the player from the right. Alongside progression, the player gains points which can be spent on both upgrades and additional weapons, such as a chainsaw, grenades or molotovs.
Door Kickers: Action Squad (PC)
2D retro shooter and spin-off to the Door Kickers series. Door Kickers: Action Squad has you play as a member of an elite anti-terrorist squad. You take part in a series of missions, which usually require you to infiltrate a building and save hostages. This, however, is not easy, as your character can die from the hands of all sorts of criminals: sprinters armed with knives, terrorists wearing bomb vests, or mobsters armed to the theeth. On the other hand, you can command one of several character classes, including an operator with a shield, or a breacher with a shotgun or a submachine gun. It is also worth to use police tactics, such as breaching through windows and skylights, or classicly, by kicking doors. At any moment you can also invite a friend to play with you, as the game offers both local and online co-op mode. Door Kickers: Action Squad uses old-school stylistics, combine with modern light effects.
The Disney Afternoon Collection (PC)
Arcade 18 April 2017
A collection of six action games based on classic Disney cartoons. The collection was developed by Capcom and it contains games that were released in late 80s and early 90s on Nintendo Entertainment System. The Disney Afternoon Collection contains the following titles: DuckTales (1989), Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (1990), TaleSpin (1991), Darkwing Duck (1992), Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (1993) and Duck Tales 2 (1993). All titles were remastered and adapted to modern gaming platforms. They offer various modern graphic filters and are working in native 1080p resolution. The developers have also introduced new game modes, such as Boss Rush and Time Attack. It is also possible now to rewind the action when the player dies or faces some other difficulties in the game. The fans also have access to bonus materials like artworks and concept arts.
Dimension Drive (PC)
Action 07 December 2017
A shoot’em up in which players are controlling a ship capable of multidimension teleportation. This function is used in gameplay mechanics – during the game the screen is divided into two halves between which players can freely move. Except for that, the gameplay features typical elements and is focused on combat with many adversaries – including powerful bosses.
Gunship Battle2 VR (PC)
Action 14 November 2017
An arcade action game developed by Joycity for virtual reality goggles. When the fate of the whole world is endangered, all hope lies in the main protagonist of the game, Dylan – a pilot of an experimental combat helicopter. He is trying to reclaim his old life and lost family. During the game the player controls a helicopter and participates in missions, during which he must complete objectives like destroying enemy base, destroying a convoy on the surface or fighting enemy air forces. Gunship Battle2 VR features decent graphics. It is worth mentioning that on all platforms it requires the above mentioned virtual reality goggles to work – Samsung Gear VR in case of mobile devices and PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4.
Action 14 April 2017
Nighthaw-X3000 is a dynamic shoot'em up game developed by the independent Polish studio N94 Games. We play as James Pilecki, an elite pilot whose job is to face the alien invaders who attacked Earth in the year 2000. Action in the game is presented from a top-down perspective. The plane we control automatically flies upwards. Our job is to maneuver in a way that will allow us to eliminate the aliens and avoid their fire. We have to be extremely agile and rely on our reflexes if we want to be victorious. The fact that the game itself is quite hard will also force us to use the entire range of available weapons if we want to succeed. Nighthaw-X3000's plot is accompanied by a couple of multiplayer game modes. The game's pace is turned up by the specially composed synthwave soundtrack. Associations with the 80's science fiction movies naturally come to mind due to Nighthaw-X3000's colorful pixel-art visuals.
Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst (PC)
Action 01 August 2017
A continuation of the well received Bullet Soul published in 2011. This bullet hell shooter continues the story of the characters from its predecessor – once again, they have to face the powerful forces of the evil Mecha-war empire planning to conquer the outer space. During the game, a player gets to control one of the four available battle starships, and engage in battles that revolve around flying upwards and eliminating hordes of enemies shooting at the main protagonist with everything they have got – this applies to both minor enemies appearing in formations and powerful bosses. Player’s actions are monitored by the scoring system – one can improve his score by activating the special Combination Mode, in which defeated enemies leave coins behind them. Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst comprises several game modes – apart from the standard mode called Normal, in which a player completes consecutive stages of the story campaign, there is i.a. the Caravan mode (known from the first installment), in which one attempts to achieve best time score, as well as Bancho Mode, which allows players to develop their skills. Moreover, one can play alone, as well as in cooperative mode with one additional player. The entire experience is pleasing to one’s eye due to the game’s pretty visuals featuring cartoonish style.