Titanfall 2 (PS4)
Action 28 October 2016
A continuation of a multiplayer shooter by Respawn Entertainment, which was published in 2014 exclusively on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. In contrast to the first installment, Titanfall 2 offers a single player campaign in which you assume the role of a resistance rifleman with the ambition of becoming a pilot. His chance comes as the owner of an Argus class Titan dies during his mission and the stranded machine chooses the protagonist as its new pilot. Gameplay in Titanfall 2 consists of controlling futuristic soldiers who can climb buildings, double-jump, and call in powerful war machines from orbit. The game follows the path of its first part, yet the developers decided to introduce some new gadgets and mechanics elements that made gameplay more appealing. The game features six new Titans, each having unique abilities.
Iron Harvest (PS4)
An original strategy game with RPG elements, taking place in a unique dieselpunk universe of 1920+, created by a Polish concept artist Jakub Różański. The game portrays an alternative history of Europe at the turn of the 19th century, in which humanity used their knowledge and means to build powerful walking machines, used not only in battle but also e.g. in agriculture. Thus the gameplay features not only the cavalry, airplanes and prototype tanks, but also rather primitive and awkward mechs, seemingly not of this age. At the same time, the game is firmly grounded in Polish history and references important events such as the Battle of Warsaw.
StarBlood Arena (PS4)
Action 11 April 2017
A futuristic combat flight shooter dedicated to VR sets, developed by WhiteMoon Dreams. The game enables us to assume control of battle pods, able to move around without conforming to the laws of physics. We are given 9 pilots, different in terms of play style, preferred weapons, and battle strategy. Our job is to take part in spectacular competitions taking place on special arenas. Each pod can be upgraded using parts that are unlocked in the course of the game, from strictly visual add-ons up to ones affecting the performance of our machine. The virtual reality googles enable us to look freely around the cockpit and target our enemies. The pods are agile and quick – the player’s job is mastering the mechanics of steering and dodging.
Rigs: Mechanized Combat League (PS4)
Arcade 13 October 2016
A first-person shooter by Guerllia Games, developed for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. The action of Rigs: Mechanized Combat League takes place in the future, and the players take part in the eponymous futuristic sport tournament, sitting in the cockpits of armored mechs and fighting one another on special arenas. Generally, the gameplay combines elements of arena FPS with basketball. The participants compete for points which are scored where they manage to jump through a big band at the right moment. To achieve this, though, it is necessary to clear the way to the goal with the use of the available weapons. At the same time, we have to prevent the enemy from reaching our own goal. There are 20 kinds of fast and agile mechs at players’ disposal. Each of these is suited for slightly different sort of play. The game features a single player campaign but multiplayer matches remain at its core.
Gundam Versus (PS4)
Fighting 29 September 2017
Another installment of the popular game series published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and released on PlayStation 4. In this installment, the players get at their disposal over 90 different mecha (giant robots) from 17 different TV series and movies covering over 40 years of history of the Gundam universe. In terms of mechanics, the game delivers a complex 3D fighting system without any original plot, however, it includes some scenarios that faithfully recreate the most important moments depicted in particular series. During the game, one can control powerful mecha that specialize in different combat styles and feature powerful fighting skills. In the basic game mode, the fights take place in closed arenas, on which 2 teams (2 players per team) wage a battle against each other. Developers of Gundam Versus prepared a number of gameplay variants for both one and many players, e.g. 3v3 matches and a cooperative mode, in which the players join their forces to fight off enemy waves or face a powerful boss.
Left Alive (PS4)
Action survival game developed by a Square Enix subsidiary – the development team consisted of such industry veterans as Yoji Shinkawa (the Metal Gear Solid franshise), Toshifumi Nabeshima (the Armored Core series) and Takayuki Yanase (Xenoblade Chronicles X). This game is set in the universe created for the Front Mission series. The players assume the role of three heroes trapped in a war-torn Russian city. Left Alive presents the events in the third-person perspective. As you complete consecutive missions you must fulfill diverse, non-linear objectives. A an essential part of gameplay is combat – on the battlefield you get to use both firearms and self-made traps and other deadly gadgets against your enemies. Alternatively, you are free to put down your guns and use a stealthy approach. Apart from enemy infantry, from time to time you must fight the so-called Wanzer, i.e. powerful mechs, iconic for the Front Mission series – interestingly, there are several occasions in the game, in which you can control one of those and strike fear in your opponents’ hearts. Other strengths of the game are high quality of graphics and atmospheric soundtrack.
Action 08 July 2016
A futuristic first-person shooter focused on the multiplayer, developed by an independent American company - Adhesive Games. The story is set on a planet colonized by humans and eventually ruined through violent industrialization. Rival factions are fighting one another for resources required for survival; the battles take place in destroyed cities or ruined factories that became battlefields. The player picks a side in the conflict and takes control of a mech. There are several standard game modes, such as deathmatch or team deathmatch, but some more complex kinds of competition are also available. Although the players control mechs, the gameplay is highly dynamic, since the machines are powered by rocket engines and equipped with diversified weaponry (rifles, rocket launchers, sentry guns, grenade launchers, electromagnetic missiles). Certain mechs can be also equipped with different gadgets, which help in combat, and diversify the experience even further.
Gundam Battle Operation Next (PS4)
Action 27 August 2015
A TTP science-fiction action game, based on the iconic Gundam franchise, very popular in Japan; the brand was started in 1979 with the anime Mobile Suit Gundam. Gundam Battle Operation Next was created by Bandai Namco (known for such productions as Ace Combat, Dragon Ball Z, Tekken, Soulcalibur, and Naruto) and utilizes a free-to-play model with microtransactions. Mechanics-wise, Gundam Battle Operation Next is a tactical TPP action game. You control powerful mechas, equipped with various weapons (both for melee and ranged combat) and having special powers, which you use when battling other players. You have to count on more than your skills, as the key to success if often the cooperation with your teammates and the right choice of strategy when it comes to taking over bases and other important spots.
100ft Robot Golf (PS4)
Sports 10 October 2016
An unconventional, arcade sports game created by No Goblin, specifically for PlayStation VR. The game presents an original variation on the classic golf, casting the player in the role of a pilot controlling a powerful robot. The robot's main goal is to place the ball in a hole that is located far away. The entire action takes place on bizarre maps, such as a city center, the surface of the Moon or mountain peaks. Because the robots are gigantic, particular environmental objects are destructible, which allows for numerous crazy actions. The player can also hit the ball with a club of another robot standing in the "golf course" as well. Apart from the single-player campaign, the creators also included a multiplayer component. The players can compete against one another either online or in the split-screen mode.
Action 18 July 2017
A spectacular FPS created exclusively for VR by Skydance Interactive. The story takes place at a relatively not distant time in the future on a world destroyed by natural disasters and ruled with an iron fist by megacorporations. During the game, the player assumes the role of a pilot of a six-story-tall war machine, who works for the United States Free Forces resistance. He is tasked with a mission to fight a privately owned conglomerate - HUMNX. Players get to observe the action from the first-person perspective, and the gameplay builds on battles with hordes of opponents that attack from every possible direction. On the battlefield, one can use the futuristic firearms their mech is equipped with, however, in desperate situations, one can also deal powerful blows with the mech’s gigantic fists. During the combat, the AI-controlled allies make for a helpful company. As the game’s story progresses, one acquires experience points, which allow the player to upgrade their machine and boost its military potential.
Assault Suit Leynos (PS4)
Arcade 12 July 2016
Remake of an 2D action shooter that was released in 1990 on Sega Mega Drive. The project was created by the Japanese studio Dracue Software under the watchful eye of Rising Star Games, the publisher of such games as Lumo and Deadly Premonition. Assault Suit Leynos offers a gloomy vision of the distant future in which humanity was forced to start colonizing the space to search for natural resources. However, the exploration of space led to a confrontation with a hostile race of aliens. A mech called the Assault Suit is the last hope of humanity. In the game the player assumes the role of a pilot of the machine and faces the invaders. The singleplayer campaign consists of many levels during which one fights the incoming enemy units. In order to defeat them, the player uses various weapons: machine guns, rocket launchers, laser weapons. Gameplay mechanics are based on the original game – it is a classic 2D shooter. The gameplay retains its oldschool feel but offers HD quality.
Arcade 04 August 2015
A two-dimensional shoot ‘em up arcade game developed by the 17-bit studio. In GALAK-Z, we assume the role of a space fighter pilot who has to face enemies armed to the teeth and hostile environmental conditions. Although the general gameplay premise isn’t really different from the genre’s standards, the developers introduced several innovations. The first is the control model based on two analog sticks that we use to move and shoot, while special attacks are assigned to gamepad buttons. Moreover, the game world is a one huge open level with smaller or bigger asteroids, each having its own network of caves where we can hide from enemy fire. When designing levels, ships, and the available characters, the developers took inspiration from the classics of anime and the science fiction TV series from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Project Nimbus: Code Mirai (PS4)
Action 21 November 2017
A dynamic science-fiction TPP shooter developed by GameCrafter studio. The game focuses on mech battles. The story of Project Nimbus takes place at the end of 21st century. After a great war that ravaged almost the whole surface of the planet, the remaining humans escaped to the orbit and split into three hostile factions that are constantly fighting each other over resources. The player assumes the role of a young novice pilot who participates in a series of dynamical aerial battles against dozens of enemies. While controlling high-tech flying mechs, the player is fighting not only regular enemies in similar machines, but powerful fortresses and the so-called aces as well. Each ace has own story, personality and combat tactic. The game has a typical Japanese visual style, inspired by many animated movies from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Arcade 18 April 2017
An original combination of a third-person action game with endless runner mechanics. MechRunner was created by Spark Plug Games - an independent developer. The plot is set in an alternative reality of the 20th century. In 1940s, Russian scientists discovered a wreck of an alien spacecraft and used the technology obtained from the craft to create an incredibly powerful weapon for the KGB. When a power-hungry general decides to use that weapon against Europe, one engineer stands up to him, having constructed their own combat mech. The player controls this machine in the game, destroying everything that comes from the opposite side of the screen - both from the ground and air. When out of combat, the player speeds through the levels, avoiding obstacles and gathering various collectibles that allow for mech upgrades. Interestingly, the machine can transform into a tank at any time, which changes the combat style and armament.
Senko no Ronde 2 (PS4)
Action 07 September 2017
The second installment in the series of games that combine dynamic brawler with shooter. The brand originates in Japan, where it started its life on arcade automats in 2004. Senko no Ronde 2, on the other hand, was designed for leading stationary platforms. The game takes you far into future, in which mankind managed to colonize distant galaxies, but have soon split into warring factions. The player takes part in the war for dominance in space and commands a flying battle mech. There are several types of machines for your disposal, which differ in appearance, combat moves and special attacks as well as overall statistics. The core of gameplay is about in-air battles against other mechs, in which you must prove your agility and reflexes. In combat you must also make use of power-ups scattered around battlefields, which may sway the odds in your favor. Senko no Ronde 2 sports neat graphics, kept in characteristic anime-like stylistics.