Adventure 15 August 2017
First-person psychological horror from Polish development studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (XONE)
RPG 23 August 2016
The fourth major installment in a popular cyberpunk action-RPG series. The game was developed by Eidos Montreal, who previously developed two other parts of the cycle, as well as the 2014 reboot of the cult Thief franchise. The game is set 2 years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The player again assumes the role of an Interpol agent, Adam Jensen, who fights criminal organizations in different parts of the world. In accordance with the tradition of the series, gameplay is non-linear, allowing the player to choose the ways of dealing with in-game problems: from open confrontation to stealth approach. As compared with the previous game, this time you have access to twice as many biochips and special abilities that are gradually unlocked throughout the gameplay. Another vital element are the consequences of your choices – all your actions and conversations can bear consequences later in the game.
Arcade 29 June 2016
Inside is the second project of the independent Danish studio PlayDead, which became famous by creating the cult game Limbo. The game's development was partially funded by a grant from the Danish government. The story tells about a young boy who must stop the forces of evil that are trying to take over the world by experimenting on humans. The gameplay mechanics are similar to classic platformer games. They combine the necessity to solve various puzzles with tasks requiring reflexes and good manual skills. The game takes place in a dark universe where the rain never ceases to fall. The visuals of the game are similar to the ones used in the previous bestselling game developed by PlayDead studio. However, this time the world is three-dimensional. The colors in the game are toned down and the music is atmospheric. The game was created by using the popular, multi-platform Unity engine.
The Technomancer (XONE)
RPG 28 June 2016
A cyberpunk action-RPG and sequel to the 2013 Mars: War Logs. The title was created by Spiders, an experienced developer, whose other works include Bound by Flame, Of Orcs and Men, and Faery: Legends of Avalon. The game takes us back to the universe known from the previous game, where technology and magic coexist, and rivaling factions fight over water supplies. The player becomes a young technomancer – a representative of the cast of genetically modified warriors, who guard the ancient knowledge of their forefathers. His task is to find some precious artifacts from the Earth. You can join one of 6 playable factions, each possessing their own strengths and weaknesses that have significant influence on the way you play them. Gameplay mechanics are not much different from the ones used in Mars: War Logs. The main difference is that The Technomancer offers more complex story missions with lots of secondary plots.
Action Tuesday, 26 September 2017
A cyberpunk tactical top-down shooter game inspired by the Syndicate series. It's the first title created by Polish studio Reikon Games, previously involved in the production of such games as Dead Island: Riptide, Dying Light and the Witcher franchise. The game takes place in a futuristic world plagued with violence, injustice and oppression. You play as a lower-class citizen, a sociopath plugged into virtual reality, who declares war on the corporation ruling his city. Ruiner features a classic isometric view and modern graphics full of spectacular visual effects, based on the advanced Unreal 4 engine, while the cel shading gives the game a slightly comic-book-like vibe.
Dreamfall Chapters (XONE)
Adventure 05 May 2017
The third installment in the series of adventure games started in 1999 with Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Dreamfall: Chapters was developed by Red Thread Games led by Ragnar Tornquist. The story of the game presents further adventures of the young protagonist, Zoe Castillo, who thanks to her highly unusual powers is able to travel between three worlds: the magical Arcadia, the technologically advanced Stark and the mysterious Storytime. Since it is a traditional adventure game, the gameplay focuses on such features like item gathering, conversations with non-playable characters and riddle solving. Despite the rather small budget of the game, developers of Dreamfall: Chapters have created attractive visuals generated by using the popular Unity Engine.
Hard Reset: Redux (XONE)
Action 03 June 2016
An improved edition of Hard Reset - a cyberpunk first-person shooter developed by Flying Wild Hog (the creators of the successful Shadow Warrior remake). Although the original game (2011) was released exclusively for PCs, Hard Reset: Redux received console versions for the eighth generation of hardware as well. The game offers a journey to a grim world of the future, when the Earth has been almost entirely dominated by merciless robots who have devastated the planet. The player takes on the role of Major Fletcher, a war veteran with a task of defending the last remaining human outpost. The game offers fast-paced action and brutal combat sequences involving both regular enemies and powerful bosses. The player makes use of various types of futuristic firearms and a completely new weapon known as cyber-katana. What is new as well, is the ability to perform a quick dodge, which is useful while confronting larger groups of enemies. In addition to the original contents, Hard Reset: Redux features the Exile DLC expansion. The game offers both a story-based campaign and a survival mode, but the latter lacks the multiplayer component. The game utilizes the newest version of the RoadHog engine. As a result, it offers both better lighting and special effects, as well as faster loading time.
Fear Effect Sedna (XONE)
RPG December 2017
The third installment in the Fear Effect series of action games. Both the previous installments were released for the PlayStation console. The game was created by Kronos Digital Entertainment, under the auspices of Square Enix - the owner of the franchise. Contrary to its predecessors, Fear Effect Sedna is a tactical action game played from an isometric view and inspired by Shadowrun Returns - a role-playing game. The action takes place in a cyberpunk world featuring fantasy elements. This time, the characters from the previous installments explore mysterious locations and underground facilities of the frosty Greenland. During the story campaign, the player commands a team comprising up to five mercenaries, each having their own unique skills and specializations. The game offers a real-time combat system, but thanks to the implementation of active pause, the player is allowed to take their time when giving orders to individual units. Occasionally, the player is also obliged to solve puzzles. The third installment in the Fear Effect series offers old-school, cel-shaded graphics as usual.
The Last Night (XONE)
A cyberpunk platformer with adventure elements. Developed by Odd Tales, it's the company's first commercial production, developed from a free title that has won Cyberpunk Jam 2014. The action of The Last Night is set in a futuristic, open city divided into four areas of different appearance and atmosphere, which influences gameplay. You assume the role of a spy hired by private employers who give you such tasks as stealing cars or killing particular people. The city is filled with cameras and patrols, so in order to succeed, you need to sneak, avoid raising suspicion, look for alternative paths, and hack various computer networks. Chatting with NPCs is also an efficient way of getting the job done – the characters dynamically react to the player’s actions.
RPG 08 July 2016
An original action game set in a cyberpunk world and created by Dreadlocks - an independent, Czech studio. Dex mingles elements of classic platformers with role-playing mechanics; it was inspired by classic arcade titles, as well as the works of William Gibson. The game is set in Harbor Prime, where luxurious districts stand in contrast to the filth the poor live in. The player has to face a mysterious AI that has broken loose and wishes to make irreversible changes. The game is played on two planes, for the protagonist can switch between acting in the real world and in the cyberspace. When completing subsequent story missions, the player makes use of classic weapons, special abilities and useful gadgets. Dex offers melee combat as well, which resembles classic beat'em up productions. The visuals are a homage to the classic sci-fi platformers from the 1990s.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - A Criminal Past (XONE)
RPG 23 February 2017
A story expansion for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a first-person action RPG released in summer 2016 by Eidos Montreal. A Criminal Past requires the vanilla game in order to work. Mechanics-wise, the DLC doesn’t introduce any meaningful changes to the gameplay. Plot-wise, it is a prequel whose action takes place before the events of the core game and is focused on one of the secret missions that the protagonist, Adam Jensen, took on for Task Force 29. Working undercover as an inmate, the hero is taken to a prison for augmented criminals. His task is to discover what happened to a TF29 operative who has recently gone completely silent.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - System Rift (XONE)
RPG 23 September 2016
The first major story expansion for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided by Eidos Montreal. System Rift does not introduce any novelties into the gameplay mechanics, which still allows a lot of freedom of action and choice of one of several alternative ways to achieve a goal. A stealthy approach and careful observation is still the most profitable option, and awarded with numerous secret collectibles. The plot of the add-on is rich in plot twists. While playing, we are taken to Prague where Adam Jensen takes on a completely new mission. It was given to him by his former partner, Frank Pritchard, whom the protagonist owed a favor. The hero’s task involves infiltration of a local data bank. In its course, Adam Jensen has an opportunity to get to know several new characters better, a hacker named ShadowChild known from the Breach mode being the primary one.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (XONE)
Adventure 28 May 2015
An adventure game/visual novel developed by 5pb, a Japanese studio known with immense experience with the genre. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness takes place in the world of Psycho-Pass, a popular science-fiction anime series. We are introduced to a grim version of 2113, in which a complex computer system called Sybil monitors the actions, thoughts, and emotional state of the inhabitants, creating a criminal behavior estimate for every citizen. If the probability is too high, the troublemaker is pursued by the police that neutralizes him on the spot. The game, taking place during the first six episodes of the animated series, enables us to assume the role of two new members of the investigating outfit: Takuma Tsurugi, an executor who’ve been sentenced by the system, but chose to join the police forces, and Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a woman with without memory who works as an Inspector, a person supervising the work of Executors. The game sees us follow the plot, shown through text, pictures, and short animated sequences. From time to time, we are given a choice of a few alternative actions, while our decision affect the possible outcomes of the story.
BRUCE: The Game (XONE)
BRUCE: The Game is a cyberpunk/noir platform game and the debut of the Polish studio Tabasco Interactive. BRUCE: The Game rather clearly refers to the classics like Ridley Scott's cult movie Blade Runner or Frank Miller's comic book series Sin City. The game takes place in a rainy, futuristic world, where Bruce, our protagonist, does many various quests and faces enemies. We observe the action from the classic side-scrolling perspective. Bruce uses all kinds of weapons and special abilities during our adventures, including bullet time, known from the Max Payne series. Gameplay focuses on dynamic and spectacular action and, at the same time, presents a mature, entertaining story with interesting NPCs. The game has hand drawn, noir-inspired visuals.
Quantum Replica (XONE)
Action December 2017
Quantum Replica is a cyberpunk stealth game with metroidvania elements developed by a small Colombian studio ON3D. The game is set in a distant future where people live in enormous metropolises and their lives are completely controlled by the government. Our protagonist is an exception of that rule. Not only he doesn’t remember who he actually is and what is he supposed to do, but also he is not registered, making him the most wanted person in the city. The only way to regain his memory and find his purpose is to deal with all adversities and get into the heart of the metropolis. Quantum Replica is a stealth game where action is presented from an isometric point of view. Unlike in other similar games, we do not use the game's environment to hide. Instead, we use our hero's time manipulation abilities. He can sneak unseen, move through walls, and catch enemies in ‘time bubbles’. As we progress, we gain access to more powerful abilities that come in handy when facing bosses.
Adventure 21 July 2016
DreamBreak is an independent adventure game developed by the Russian Aist studio. The game is set in an alternate cyberpunk version of USSR. A player is tasked with solving a criminal case linked to a conspiracy. Gameplay reminds somewhat of other games such as Flashback and Another World, which means that classic mechanics known from point&click adventure games have been combined with elaborate platform elements, such as escapes, car chases, and shootouts, during which a player is forced to employ different tactics as well as utilize various tools and weapons. The retro visuals are bound to remind one of old, 8- and 16-bit productions; however, developers from Aist studio made sure to make their game more straightforward – DreamBreak features a number of facilitations aiming at minimizing the level of players’ frustration. The game described herein delivers 2-3 hours of fun.
Tokyo 42 (XONE)
Action 31 May 2017
An isometric cyberpunk action game by SMAC Games. The action of Tokyo 42 is set in a futuristic version of the eponymous metropolis, where we assume the role of a killer who, while performing his lucrative contracts, uncovers a scheme that can change the fate of the world for ever. The gameplay is set in an open world, while the protagonist employs a rich arsenal of weapons and various gadgets. We can also drive vehicles. The available missions were designed in a way that gives the players freedom in choosing their methods — depending on our preferences, we can go in all guns blazing or focus on a stealthy approach. The game is enriched by the fact that the streets of the city are roamed by crowds of ordinary citizens which, depending on the case, can make our job significantly easier or harder.
Neon Chrome (XONE)
Action 08 June 2016
A cyberpunk top-down shooter with roguelike elements, developed by 10tons - the creators of Crimsonland. The story of Neon Chrome takes place in the near future. The players assume the role of an augmented mercenary whose task is to kill the Overseer of a grand skyscraper that belongs to one of the world's most powerful corporations. Gameplay-wise, the developers drew inspiration from oldschool shooters. Our task boils down to eliminating subsequent hordes of enemies with all kinds of firearms. Moreover, the game’s environment is fully destructible. Before we start playing, we choose one of the three randomly generated characters which can be further augmented later on to increase their combat ability. As befits a roguelike production, every death is permanent and forces us to start from square one.
Shadow Complex Remastered (XONE)
Action 16 March 2016
A remastered edition of an action game that was originally released in 2009 on Xbox Live Arcade. This version has been developed for a wider variety of gaming systems. It was created by ChAIR Entertainment studio, which belongs to Epic Games. Among the creators of the story, a well-known American writer Orson Scott Card stands out. The story itself is about a young man who discovers a secret base during a mountain trip with his girlfriend. The base belongs to an organization that is planning to eliminate the president and take control over the United States. Once his girlfriend is kidnapped, the young hiker has to become a lean mean killing machine. Shadow Complex Remastered is a 2.5D platform game with an expansive storyline. The gameplay consists of exploring vast, semi-open levels, solving puzzles, and fighting enemies. The game also features a character progression system, allowing the players to pick up useful skills as the story progresses.
GRIDD: Retroenhanced (XONE)
Action 26 July 2017
A rail shooter game developed by the independent Italian Antab Studio. GRIDD: Retroenhanced draws its inspirations from both the cyberpunk and hacker cultures of the 1980s. A player gets to assume the role of an operator of a battle ship that traverses the virtual reality with a task to bypass a computer defense system and defeat the dangerous Artificial Intelligence. During the game, one gets to sweep through procedurally generated maps and fight numerous enemies. As the vehicle is constantly moving forward, a player's role is limited to maneuvering up and down, dodging the enemies, collecting power-ups, and targeting weak spots of particular adversaries. The basic mode in GRIDD: Retroenhanced is the Arcade Mode, in which the difficulty level continuously adjusts to player's skills. The game also features the Endless Mode, in which a player has to face unlimited enemy waves. One's actions are monitored by the scoring system, thus a player can share his achievements via the online ranking boards. The entire experience features original style somewhat resembling the iconic TRON: Legacy movie and is well complemented by the dedicated synth wave soundtrack.
A third person action-RPG created by Elemental-Labs - an independent developer. Reborn is set in an alternative, cyberpunk vision of 2188's Japan. The protagonist is called Musashi Miyamoto, and he is a futuristic equivalent of a ronin. His main enemy are the Nexus Roku corporation and its female CEO who is trying to release an ancient demon. The game world is dark, full of social inequality and rivaling cartels. What is more, the difference between a human being and a machine is getting more and more difficult to judge as cybernetic implants are spreading throughout the world. The story-based campaign comprises a series of linear missions. However, the game offers a character development system based on levels and experience points. This, along with the possibility to use the previously mentioned implants, is what builds the pillar of freedom offered by this game. Inventory-related aspects have their influence on the gameplay as well, for the player gathers equipment dropped by defeated enemies. Although the player encounters many enemies in the game, open combat is not necessarily the only possible solution, for the protagonist can sneak and perform quick retreats - depending on the tactics applied, relationships with NPCs can develop in different directions. The combat itself is very dynamic and the protagonists main weapon is the katana. Reborn offers multiplayer gameplay for up to four players.