The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU)
Action 03 March 2017
Another installment in the popular action-adventure game series by Nintendo, and also the first game in the series for WiiU. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play once again as the main character of the franchise, Link, who gets involved in yet another exciting and dangerous adventure as he tries to learn what led to the downfall of the land of Hyrule. The gameplay is a combination of several genres: adventure, action RPG, and even survival. During the game, you explore the open world, solve puzzles and fight enemies; the combat is arcade-like and requires you to use varied tactics. You also have to gather resources in order to prepare food and drink, which affect your abilities, just like pieces of equipment.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (WiiU)
The fourth part of the hugely popular action RPG game series in a space-opera setting. BioWare Montreal, the development studio that helped create the two previous installments took the reins of Mass Effect: Andromeda's development. The game's story is not associated with the trilogy about Commander Shepard's fight against the Reapers, offering instead a completely separate plot featuring new characters and locations. Using the proven pattern, the creators of Mass Effect: Andromeda put the focus on a spectacular TPP action experience and moral choices that have a direct impact on the course of events. The technical side of the game is based on the third-generation Frostbite engine, providing high-quality audiovisuals.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (WiiU)
Action 29 October 2013
The fourth major installment in a bestselling TPP action-adventure game series. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with other Ubisoft’s inner studios. The main story in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set in 18th century. You meet a pirate captain Edward Kenway (the grandfather of Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III), who gets entangled in the age-long conflict between The Brotherhood of Assassins and the Order of Templars. Interwoven in the story are authentic places and historical events, as well as famous figures (including Edward Teach, Benjamin Hornigold, and Anne Bonny) related to the so called Golden Age of Piracy. The sandbox gameplay model offers the players the complete freedom of exploration and undertaking various missions. Complimentary to the solo mode, the game features an expansive multiplayer with a number of diverse maps and playable characters.
Assassin's Creed III (WiiU)
Action 13 November 2012
The third major entry in the action adventure game series, Assassin Creed. Assassin Creed III has been created by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with its subsidiaries. It continues the story of the conflict between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order. Most of events take place during the American War of Independence (1753-1783). The main character – Connor Kenway – is, once again, an ancestor of Desmond Miles. The half-blood Indian vows to fight tyranny and seek justice. The creators have skillfully implemented many historical figures and events to the story. As per Assassin’s Creed tradition, the gameplay takes place in an open-world environment, with players having a lot of freedom in completing tasks and exploration.
SteamWorld Dig (WiiU)
Arcade 28 August 2014
An action-platform game developed by independent Swedish studio Image & Form. The game takes place in an unusual universe that combines the traits of steampunk and Wild West. Once human civilization had fallen and Homo sapiens species degenerated and transformed into troglodytes living underground, weird creatures that are mostly robots became the new dominant species. One of them is the main protagonist of the game, Rusty. While looking for remains of human civilization, he starts a journey deep into the ground where he looks for interesting treasures. During the game the player is traveling through caves, avoiding traps, fighting enemies, collecting minerals and making sure that he always has access to light. The protagonist can use various useful tools that enable him to decide in which direction to dig vast tunnels. After filling the backpack it is possible to return to the surface and trade found minerals for various goods and upgrades for the protagonist.
Watch Dogs (WiiU)
Action 18 November 2014
A third person perspective (TPP) action game developed by Ubisoft company’s subsidiaries led by Ubisoft Montreal. Watch_Dogs is set in the near future in Chicago, one of many American metropolitan areas, whose infrastructure is managed by the Central Operating System (CtOS). The game’s protagonist is Aiden Pearce, a talented hacker able to hack almost every electronic device and use it to provoke a specific reaction or influence other people’s behavior. Gameplay is set in an open world, providing the player with the freedom to complete the missions as he sees fit. Gameplay combines elements of a third person shooter, stealth, and action-adventure game. Watch_Dogs also includes a multiplayer system with a unique feature – other players’ actions can influence the single player campaign.
Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU)
RPG 29 April 2015
The second installment in a jRPG series launched in 2010 with the release of the well-received Xenoblade Chronicles. Both games were developed by Monolith Software. Xenoblade Chronicles X tells a completely different story, however, which begins in 2054. As a result of the war between two alien species, the Earth is almost completely destroyed, and humanity needs to find a new home. White Whale, an American spacecraft crashes into the surface of the planet Mira. The crew of the ship establishes a city and names it New Los Angeles. The player assumes the role of a survivor hired by an organization aiming to explore the unknown planet. The gameplay mechanics combine elements of the previous installment with ideas inspired by the Monster Hunter series. In the game, the player explores different regions of the planet, completing various assignments and fighting monsters inhabiting its surface in a real-time combat system.
Mass Effect 3 (WiiU)
RPG 18 November 2012
A third installment in the science fiction series created by BioWare, which is a combination of action RPG with a third-person shooter. The title is the culmination of the epic Mass Effect trilogy, completing the story of Commander Shepard and his war against the Reapers. The action begins as the protagonist is about to be summoned to a hearing concerning the aftermath of his last assignment. Shepard's testimony is interrupted by the very same invasion he desperately fought to prevent. Being the only person possessing both the reputation and the experience of successfully fighting the Reapers, the protagonist starts a race against the clock to unite the forces of the whole galaxy against them. Similarly to Mass Effect 2, we can continue playing with a character that completed the previous entry in the series, retaining all of his or her experience. The gameplay mechanics have avoided major changes, although they did become more dynamic and arcade. The introduction of a multiplayer mode and linking it directly to the story campaign is the game's biggest novelty.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (WiiU)
Action 28 June 2016
Another entry in the bestselling adventure game series, combining popular LEGO franchise with the classic universe of Star Wars. Its plot is largely based on the seventh part of the galactic saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and tells the story of completely new characters, though some familiar and iconic faces from previous movies appear in the background. There are also many exclusive plotlines that fill in the story gaps between Return of the Jedi and the latest movie in the series. The game mechanics remained mostly the same and the gameplay comes down to exploring, fighting enemies, and solving many logical puzzles, most of which require a creative use of the famous bricks. Nonetheless, some new features have been added, like allowing a multiply uses of single brick for different purposes and eye-catching blaster duels, during which we can make use of cover.
LEGO Dimensions (WiiU)
Arcade 27 September 2015
Next installment in a bestselling game series devoted to LEGO bricks and developed, as usual, by Traveller’s Tales studio. This title is Warner Bros'. response to the growing popularity of franchises like Skylanders or Disney Infinity. This is the first game in the series that uses real LEGO minifigures, which are transferred into virtual word through a special port. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game is not much different from other titles in the series, still being a third-person action-adventure game. You play as various LEGO characters who have to stop evil Lord Vortech from annihilating humanity. The game is available for purchase in several editions devoted to different franchises. Starter pack includes figurines of Gandalf, Wyldstyle, Batman, and Batmobile. However, you can buy individual packs of characters featured in the Return to the Future franchise, LEGO Ninjago sets, DC Comics, or The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Aliens: Colonial Marines (WiiU)
Aliens: Colonial Marines is a first-person shooter based on the Alien franchise and developed by Gearbox Software. The game's story focuses on finding Ellen Ripley. Our protagonist, Christopher Winter, Colonial Marines corporal, is a member of the rescue mission that, as a result of a disaster, lands on the xenomorph-infected planet LV-426. The eleven-mission campaign can be played alone or in co-op with other players. The game also comes with a multiplayer mode where we can play as both soldiers and xenomorphs. Aliens: Colonial Marines uses Red Ring engine, a modified version of Unreal Engine 3.
Disney Infinity 3.0 (WiiU)
Arcade 28 August 2015
The third installment in a popular action-adventure game series for kids, set in an expansive universe of films and cartoons of The Walt Disney Company. As many as five game developers worked on this title: Avalanche Software, Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo, and United Front Games. In accordance with the tradition of the series, Disney Infinity 3.0 lets you synchronize collectible figurines with the game in order to unlock virtual characters. Upon doing so, you take part in various adventures in one of many Disney worlds. The third installment in the series introduces 5 new worlds coming from Star Wars, Marvel universe, and the animated picture Inside Out. Of course, there are also new heroes and an improved version of Toy Box with new multiplayer modes. Disney Infinity 3.0 retains the cartoonish artwork characteristic for the series. The game supports all figurines and power discs from previous editions.
Star Fox Zero (WiiU)
Arcade 21 April 2016
Another installment in the series of third-person perspective shooters set in a SF universe, popular among Nintendo consoles users. The title was co-developed by Nintendo and Platinum Games, an acknowledged developer from Japan, led by Shigeru Miyamoto. The plot of Star Fox Zero tells a story of four friends – Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy, who have to save the Lylat system from dangerous enemies. During the game, you control the Arwing, a space craft that can not only fly, but also transform into a powerful walking machine, offering two vastly different gameplay modes. What makes Star Fox Zero different from the previous parts is the fact that it centers around employing the unique possibilities provided by Wii U and its controller. The action is seen from the third-person perspective, while the controller screen, used for aiming, features the action in first-person perspective.
SteamWorld Heist (WiiU)
Another game by independent Swedish studio Image & Form, set in the universe of SteamWorld, which combines elements of Steampunk and Western genres. The game is set in the distant future, where a powerful cataclysm forced the remaining inhabitants to flee into space on steam space ships. The player becomes a captain of a group of robo-pirates who are trying to survive in this post-apocalyptic reality by raiding and plundering enemy bases and ships. SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based science-fiction game with movement points system (when a character performs an action they use up movement points). You control a party of antiheroes who use various weapons, gadgets, and special skills. The key to success is to appropriately use the different skills and combine various combat tactics, depending on the situation.
Exile's End (WiiU)
Arcade 22 November 2016
A 2D action game inspired by the classic shooters for Commodore 64 and Amiga computers, such as Flashback or Another World. The hero of Exile’s End investigates a space colony to find out why it has lost contact with Earth. He soon finds out that his employers have been conducting some shady experiments. Gameplay wise, Exile’s End is a mix of platformer and action game. We explore the planet’s surface and fend off enemies with various weapons, with a boss waiting at the end of each level. Aside from the story campaign, which lasts several hours, the game offers a survival mode, in which we go through a series of crowded stages of increasing difficulty and upgrade our weapons and equipment between the levels. The old school 2D visuals of Exile’s End resemble classics of the 8- and 16-bit era, as does the soundtrack composed by Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, Captain Tsubasa).
The Fall Part 2: Unbound (WiiU)
Adventure December 2017
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.
Hyper Light Drifter (WiiU)
A retro-style action RPG that takes inspiration from 8- and 16-bit console titles. Hyper Light Drifter is set in a fantasy world with some science-fiction elements. Player becomes one of the Drifters - the seekers of forgotten technology. He embarks on a journey to dangerous land in order to find a cure for his deadly disease. The gameplay in Hyper Light Drifter is based mainly on exploration and dynamic combat, featuring many tactical options. Character’s primary weapon is an energy sword of limitless power but he can also use pistols and rifles charged with batteries. Moreover, he is accompanied by a flying probe which can generates a shield to defend him, provide light in dark corridors, help find hidden passages, and manage the character’s equipment. Both the items and the probe can be upgraded by installing additional modules.
Mighty No. 9 (WiiU)
Arcade 21 June 2016
Mighty No. 9 is an arcade platformer developed in 2.5D by the experienced Japanese developer Comcept; the title draws inspiration from the renowned Mega Man series. The storyline is focused on the character of mighty Beck, the only robot who resisted an extremely dangerous virus, which arouses aggression among mechanical beings. It is the task of our protagonist to eliminate the danger and return the order to the world of the robots. The gameplay mechanics in Mighty No. 9 are very similar to those of the classic 8 and 16 bit console era hits, and during our playthroughs we are faced with a lot of running, jumping through consecutive ledges or platforms, and combat, where we have the chance to use our hero’s powers and abilities. During the skirmishes we are occasionally aided by an additional character, which appears in the moments of greatest danger. The newest Comcept production is powered by Unreal Engine technology; in addition to the single player campaign it also offers a special mode for challenges and the opportunity to cooperate with other users through the Internet.