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.
X-Morph: Defense (XONE)
Action 30 August 2017
Developed by an independent studio called Exor, X-Morph: Defense is an original twin-stick shooter with tower defense elements. The game shows an unpleasant vision of the future, in which the Earth has fallen victim to an alien invasion. Instead of defending the Blue Planet, a player assumes control over an Alien ship with an objective to face waves of human adversaries and defend enormous devices extracting resources and altering the Earth’s atmosphere. In X-Morph: Defense, a player observes the action from the top-down perspective, controls the aforementioned spacecraft, and erects defensive structures such as watchtowers - highly effective against particular adversaries. During the combat, the alien ship can assume four different forms, each one designed for dealing with a specific type of threats. To fight the enemies, a player can use the destroyable environment by e.g. collapsing a skyscraper to bar the way. A player can invade the Earth either alone or with another player in the cooperative mode.
Action December 2017
An online battle game that combines the features of MOBA and action genres. Battlerite was developed by Swedish studio Stunlock, the creators of Bloodline Champions and Dead Island: Epidemic. The game is focused on fast, intensive battles of two small teams of players. Each participant controls one character selected from a roster of unique warriors. During the game the protagonists are gaining experience and unlock new abilities. In contrast to classic MOBA games like Dota, Battlerite lacks any bases, towers or allied units controlled by artificial intelligence. Instead of that, the title provides open arenas on which the gameplay is focused only on PvP gameplay. The game itself offers an action-focused combat system. The action is presented from a top-down perspective and the mechanics are inspired by shooters and other action games. The crowd present on the arenas is an interesting addition – gaining its favor provides various rewards.
Prison Architect (XONE)
Strategy 28 June 2016
An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates. The authors saw to it that each prisoner had his individual personality and corresponding criminal inclinations. A virtual prison manager has to face such issues as violent behavior among inmates, gang activities, smuggling and contraband, or even mutiny. Prison Architect features very simple top-down 2D graphics.
Mantis Burn Racing (XONE)
Racing 12 October 2016
Action racing game created by the indie studio WooFoo, in which players participate in crazy racing championships across winding tracks. The tracks are located in various environments, such as city streets or desert canyons. The vehicles you drive are grouped into three categories: dune buggies, trucks, and sport cars. Each car has its strengths and weaknesses, and getting to know them is the key to success. Besides, all vehicles are customizable, letting you not only adjust their appearance to your liking but also increase their performance. The core of gameplay in Mantis Burn Racing is the single player career mode. Apart from this, there is also multiplayer, which you can play both locally and online. Mantis Burn Racing offers high-quality graphics. Interestingly, the PlayStation 4 Pro version is one of the first titles designed specifically for this console and offering support for native 4K resolution.
Serial Cleaner (XONE)
Action 14 July 2017
An oldschool 2D action game with stealth elements and a gangster atmosphere, created by Polish studio iFun4all. Serial Cleaner takes place in America of the 1970s and you play as a seemingly ordinary citizen, who's really the eponymous “cleaner,” specializing in cleaning crime scenes—getting rid of the bodies, evidence, and blood. The missions in the game are based on real crime scenes from the 1970s, and your task is to efficiently clean them without getting noticed by the policemen patrolling the area. The game gives you complete freedom and rewards you for exploring, making quick decisions and experimenting with different methods of solving a problem. Your task is made slightly easier by the fact that the policemen are a rather lazy and not quite clever bunch, and they don't pay much attention to their duties.
Raiden V (XONE)
Arcade 25 February 2016
The fifth official installment in a series of classic, scrolling top-down shooters. Raiden V was created by MOSS - a Japanese developer in possession of the rights to the franchise since 2005. Similar to the previous installments, the plot presents a great war between humans and Cranassian - an alien civilization that has attacked the Earth. The player has to face the invaders, assuming the role of a pilot. The game offers several characters to choose from, including a British or American male, as well as a Portuguese, German or a Romanian female. Each of the characters has a different personality and biography. Also, the player chooses from among three fighter planes (Japanese, French or American) differing both in statistics and weaponry. The story campaign comprises of a set of missions, during which the player fires at incoming enemies, drops bombs on ground targets and avoids enemy fire. The players have three fire modes at their disposal, allowing for continuous fire, shooting in bursts and launching rockets. Each of the cannons can be upgraded. Every level has their own setting and ends with a boss fight. What is new in Raiden V, is the Cheer System allowing another player to join the game at any moment.
Tower 57 (XONE)
Action December 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 characters fight off hordes of enemies and utilize a rich arsenal of diverse weaponry. In the game, one assumes the role of one of seven available protagonists, each one featuring a unique set of skills and a number available 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.
Blacksea Odyssey (XONE)
Action 23 August 2017
An unusual independent game. It is a hybrid of a space twin-stick shooter, a role-playing game and a roguelike game. Blacksea Odyssey tells a story about a tournament held every ten years. Only the bravest warriors from the whole universe participate in it. They are tasked with hunting for various creatures that live in the space. When joining the tournament, player is selecting his character. The participants vary in look, combat potential and special abilities. The action is shown from a top-down perspective and it concentrates on traveling through the space and fighting enemies, including giant bosses. The game features a large variety of weapons and the possibility to improve equipment with special runic modifiers. Since the game is a roguelike, dying is permanent and the levels are procedurally generated.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days (XONE)
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days is a top-down shooter based on Quentin Tarantino's movie Reservoir Dogs from 1992. The game tells the story of a group of criminals who do bold heists together. Mr. Blond, Mr. Orange Mr. Pink, Mr. White, Mr. Bronze, and Mr. Blue are all part of that group. Their actions are always brutal and leave a trail of dead bodies in their wake. We can take up to three criminals for a mission. We control each of them individually, but, thanks to the Time Back mechanics, we can go back in time and control another character. At the same time, the criminal we controlled previously does the same moves as we did when we controlled him. Gameplay focuses on doing the same actions from a perspective of a couple of characters in away that all of their moves combine into a single coordinated action. Before we get a satisfying end result, we will have to more than once redo the heist and modify our character's actions.
God's Trigger (XONE)
A game that combines shooter and hack and slash mechanics. It was created by One More Level - a Polish developer popular for Warlocks vs Shadows. The protagonist is called Zoran and he is a veteran of the Balkan Wars, who escapes from war atrocities to New York. To serve his penance, he becomes a local priest. Unfortunately, once it turns out that ruthless mobsters have become a threat to the people he serves, Zoran decides to bring justice the hard way. The action is viewed from above and the game is very dynamic. Also, it does not tolerate the player's mistakes - one hit kills the protagonist. Consequently, the player has to plan before they act; using the protagonist's special ability (the so-called Divine Focus) is also crucial for success. This ability makes the time pass only when the protagonist is in motion. Once depleted, it can be recharged by killing enemies. Sword and pistol are the protagonist's basic weapons, but more of them are waiting for the player to discover. Apart from the single-player story campaign, the game offers separate levels for the co-op mode. Among other top-down view games, God's Trigger stands out with its three-dimensional, cel-shaded graphics.
Active Soccer 2 DX (XONE)
Sports 30 March 2016
An arcade soccer game inspired by the classic Sensible Soccer series. The game was developed by an Italian studio The Fox Software, which specializes in titles of this kind - it is popular mainly for such games as Ico Soccer for Nintendo DS or Throw In for PCs; the latter is a remake of the classic Kick Off 2. The game focuses on delivering an arcady experience and is played from the classic aerial view. The player does not have to get accustomed to using many buttons. The game offers over 800 national and club teams from all over the world, giving an opportunity to play different kinds of matches. Unfortunately, Active Soccer 2 does not use licenses, but the creators included a simple team editor, so the player does not have to use the default club and footballer names. One can play friendly matches, as well as both league and cup games, apart from taking part in the career mode, which is complemented by a simplistic managing module, requiring the player to develop adequate tactics, perform transfers and to take care of funding-related issues. Active Soccer 2 also offers a cross-platform online mode.
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.
Iron Crypticle (XONE)
Action 12 July 2017
A twin-stick shooter with RPG and rougelike elements, developed by an indie studio Confused Pelican. Iron Crypticle takes us to a fantasy land called Cryptonia. The land's princess was kidnapped and crown jewels were stolen by mysterious enemies. When that happened the ruler of the land decided to ask his most respected knights for help – they must go down to castle's crypts and punish the bandits. During the game we play as one of said warriors who explores (alone or with three friends) vast, randomly generated dungeons and fights against hordes of enemies and bosses. During battles we can use various weapons and many spells, both offensive and defensive. We gradually increase our hero's potential by increasing his stats and collecting more and more powerful weapons. The graphics are oldschool and made in a pixelart style while action is presented from an isometric point of view.
Vostok Inc. (XONE)
Action 26 July 2017
Developed by Nosebleed Interactive, a space shooter enriched with elements of the so-called clickers. Vostok Inc. is set in distant future times and the player assumes the role of a newly chosen chairperson of the titular company. The protagonist's goal is to gather a gigantic fortune through executing the assigned tasks. The gameplay formula was based on two pillars. When exploring space, the player travels among 40 planets, encountering different threats, such as hostile vessels or powerful bosses. In combat, the player makes use of a large weaponry developed over time in a complex crafting system. The other, strategic layer of the experience involves landing on the encountered planets in order to colonize them and acquire valuable resources. As the company develops, the player recruits new specialists. In the free time, one can play one of 13 old-school mini-games inspired by hits released a few decades earlier.
A dynamic, science-fiction shooter played from a top-down view and developed by 10tons - an experienced, Finnish studio. Jydge is set in a universe created as part of the studio's previous games, such as Neon Chrome or Crimsonland; the player is taken to Edenbyrg, which is a futuristic metropolis dominated by crime. Assuming the role of the titular judge, the player deals with criminals and brings justice back. At the beginning, the player creates their character, which mainly involves choosing special abilities for them; also, the player is capable of configuring the weapon the protagonist uses. During the adventure, the player traverses the streets of Edenbyrg and completes different assignments, which involves killing hordes of enemies. Alongside progression, the player gains access to more and more weapons, modifications and gadgets. One can play Jydge solo or in the local co-op mode.
The Escapists: The Walking Dead (XONE)
Adventure 30 September 2015
A spin-off installment of the unique top-down game The Escapist, developed by the publishers of the original, Team 17. The gameplay mechanics are identical to the first installment of the series, but the plot was set in the universe of the popular The Walking Dead comic, having many common plot points. Therefore, in the game, we assume the role of a policeman named Rick Grimes, and our task is not to escape from jail but to get out of a number of locations overrun by bloodthirsty zombies. The fun involves mostly exploration and collecting seemingly useless objects to craft a myriad of useful tools that will help is in our escape. Compared to the original The Escapists, the game features a modified combat system, while the protagonist doesn’t have to operate on his own, since he is followed by a group of other survivors. Because of this, we need to ensure not only the hero’s safety but also that of his companions.
Race Arcade (XONE)
Racing 04 August 2017
A racing game, developed by an indie studio called Iceflake Studios, that takes inspirations from the classics of the genre, including cult-classic Micro Machines. On PC Windows, the game is released as Race Online but on Xbox One the game is called Race Arcade. Regardless of a platform, players participate in dynamic races on more than hundred diverse tracks and the game is presented from a top-down perspective. We can choose from six cars that have both strong and weak points (their color can be customized). The game offers three singleplayer game modes – in the career mode we participate in series of races dedicated to each of the cars; besides this mode we can also race in time trials and single tournaments. In addition to that the game also has a multiplayer mode – the console version allows players to race with up to 5 other people but only in a local multiplayer, however, the PC Windows version offers online races in which we can race with nine players. The game also has a complex track editor – we can share our creations with the community thanks to Steam Workshop.
Time Recoil (XONE)
Action 10 August 2017
A top-down shooter developed by Finnish studio 10tons. The title features time control mechanics. The story presented in Time Recoil starts in 1987. Due to a time paradox, the female protagonist who wears a prison suit travels there. During the game she must complete a series of missions in the past. This will enable her to change the timeline, save no-longer living allies, obtain lost documents and eliminate important persons before they become a threat. The final objective is to kill Mr. Time who controls a time-based weapon of mass destruction. The female protagonist can move and aim in all directions. When an enemy is killed, the time slows down. The longer the killing chain, the longer this “bullet time” is active. This mechanics introduce a more puzzle approach to shootouts – the player is trying to combine kills in order to finish his actions before the enemies understand what is going on.
Action 17 March 2017
A top-down roguelike twin-stick shooter, created by independent developer Flying Oak Games. NeuroVoider lets you play as one of the four people who survived the annihilation of mankind at the hands of an army of robots. Gameplay is about making your way through 2D game levels and shooting all enemies on sight. You fight against numerous robotic soldiers – who, incidentally, are procedurally generated – but from time to time you also stand against powerful bosses. The classic shooter gameplay is further enriched by RPG elements – you can use the parts of destroyed robots to craft useful upgrades and use them to improve your character between the levels. The main game mode in NeuroVoider is the local split-screen co-op for up to four players, but if you want, you can also play alone. As for the audiovisuals, the game features retro pixel art graphics and electronic soundtrack.