The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
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.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
RPG 01 December 2017
Xenoblade Chronicles is the third entry in the Xenoblade series. The previous entries were Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii and Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. The new entry isn’t directly related to its predecessors, but similarly to Final Fantasy series it shares some common elements with them, including enemies, available items, attacks and character skills. During the adventure the player assumes the role of a boy named Rex. Together with his friend Pyra he starts an epic journey in search for the mythical Elysium that is humanity’s last hope for survival. In order to reach it, the pair and their companions met during the adventure must travel through a vast fantasy world created on the back of monstrous titans.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)
Another installment of the best-selling FPS series, and at the same time a direct continuation to Wolfenstein: The New Order created by Machine Games. The Action of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is set in 1961 – after waking up from a coma B.J. Blazkowicz and his companions find the United States of America occupied by the Nazis. The main protagonist finds common ground with the leaders of the local resistance, and decides to help them fight the invaders. As in the previous Wolfenstein installment, the gameplay in The New Colossus features exploration, completing consecutive missions, and eliminating scores of diverse foes. The players are given a wide range of murderous weapons – including not only classic firearms but also some more elaborate pieces. Interestingly, once again the developers have decided to abandon health regeneration mechanics in favor of the old-school med-kit system. The game features high-quality 3D graphics – in comparison to its predecessor, the most significant are the texture and special effect enhancements that accompany the gunfights.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (Switch)
Fighting 22 September 2017
Another installment in the 3D fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the extremely popular manga by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 utilizes the same formulas as its predecessor by combining the elements of all the series of the DB anime (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super), as well as those from the movies. The game features a multitude of familiar characters and an option to create your own custom character; you can choose their gender, appearance and powers. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 focuses on battles taking place in 3D arenas, during which you use a range of unique attacks and powers derived from the original manga and anime series. The game utilizes the cel-shading technology, just like its first installment, and features the original anime voice actors, but thanks to the capabilities of the new generation devices, the visual and sound layer are much better.
Action 10 November 2017
The fourth part in one of the most famous FPS franchises in history, originated by id Software Studio in 1993. Since then, the overall story premise remained basically unchanged, having the player take on the role of a sole commando who has to fight hordes of demons from Hell spawned in a military research base as a result of a failed experiment. In contrast to the third game, which featured numerous horror elements, Doom focuses on fast-paced action, thus going back to the roots of the series. The hero learned some brand new skills, including spectacular finishers, making the gameplay even more brutal. One of the landmarks of the franchise is the considerable multiplayer mode, this time enriched with a useful tool called SnapMap. It lets players create not only maps and locations, but also their own play modes – from cooperative battles against enemy hordes to classic Deathmatches.
Syberia 3 (Switch)
Adventure June 2018
A sequel to a popular adventure game series created by the Belgian comic artist Benoit Sokal and Microids Studio, released over a decade after the second part. The story focuses on adventures of Kate Walker, a young lawyer, whose profession, in-born curiosity, and adventurousness get her entangled in a new mystery. Throughout the game, featuring classic point-and-click mechanics, you meet a whole menagerie of characters known from the previous installments in the series, as well as a cast of new heroes, including Still Life's protagonist and an FBI agent Victoria McPherson. Despite of using full 3D graphics that replaced hand drawn backgrounds, the game features the characteristic artwork style consistent with previous games.
Azkend 2: The World Beneath (Switch)
Logic 12 January 2018
Rocket League (Switch)
Sports 14 November 2017
A futuristic sports game created by Psyonix Studios. This is a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars released in 2008 on PS3. The game features an extraordinary version of soccer, in which players drive uniquely customized rocket-powered cars, trying to get the ball into the opponent’s goal. Cars possess an array of special powers, which can be modified as you progress with over a hundred different gadgets. Matches are played on special cage-shaped arenas with power-ups scattered across them. The game lets you play through a full league season against AI, the pinnacle however, is the multiplayer, both online and local. As compared with the previous game, this one has noticeably better graphics and improved physics engine.
Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)
The fourth full-fledged installment in the best-selling action series Metroid Prime, owned by Nintendo. Metroid Prime 4 is the first installment designed for Nintendo Switch. The game’s protagonist is Samus Aran – an interstellar bounty huntress fighting with Space Pirates. After the events presented in the previous game, the heroine gets entangled in another intrigue, which forces her to embark on another dangerous journey. In the game we go through vast, nonlinear levels and fight the opponents we encounter – implemented in first-person shooter mechanics. The heroine has not only got a diverse arsenal of energy rifles, but also a wide range of special skills. One of them is Morph Ball, which allows her to reach hardly accessible places. Thanks to such mechanics, the challenges the player faces in Metroid Prime 4 are not only arcade in nature but logic-based as well.
Logic yesterday, 19 January 2018
Vesta is a logic action game set in a post-apocalyptic world. The title is created by the independent studio FinalBoss Games from Spain. You assume the roles of a girl named Vesta and her friend Droid, and go through a maze filled with traps and enemies.
Never Stop Sneakin' (Switch)
Action 14 December 2017
Never Stop Sneakin' is a stealth game by indie studio Humble Hearts, and a parody of the genre, especially of the first installment of the Metal Gear Solid series. The story focuses on the nefarious plans of a terrorist group, which uses a time machine to travel back in time and kidnap every American president. You play as a special secret agent, who is sent to the enemy base to free the presidents. Despite excellent training, the agent has no chance against large numbers of enemies, so he has to avoid being detected and sneak past foes. When it's impossible to do so, he has to eliminate the opponents as quickly as possible. The game features various boss battles and unusual oldschools visuals, based on games for the first generation PlayStation console.
A horror science-fiction adventure game by Polish studio Forever Entertainment. In Hollow you play as a pilot, who visits an abandoned space station orbiting Saturn, and your task is to learn why its crew is gone. The mission is difficult to complete, however, as the station is infested by humanoid mutants, which you have to fight. The game utilizes a first person's perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploration, solving puzzles, and combat. To understand the story, you have to hack computers and read the notes left by the crew. The game features an atmospheric soundtrack and a claustrophobic feel, resembling classic horror science-fiction games and movies.
Enter the Gungeon (Switch)
Arcade 14 December 2017
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.
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch)
Strategy 28 December 2017
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.
Fear Effect Sedna (Switch)
RPG March 2018
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.
Bridge Constructor Portal (Switch)
A simple puzzle game created by ClockStone studio in the agreement with Valve company and a crossover of Portal and Bridge Constructor series. Players must build various and often complex constructions in order to safely transport the cargo from one side of the map to the other. There are many obstacles to overcome, including turrets, lasers and acid pools. There are also features from classic series of Valve, like portals and gels that change properties of a surface, not to mention the well-known and loved artificial intelligence GlaDOS.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Trials (Switch)
Action 30 June 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Trials is the first expansion for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that was developed by Nintendo. It is a typical game expansion that does not introduce any major changes to gameplay mechanics. Nintendo focused on adding new content to the game and, by doing so, expanding our adventures in Hyrule. The biggest introduction that comes with the expansion is the new adventure called Trials of the Sword. It takes us to small maps where we do not have access to our previously gathered equipment and have to fight off waves of enemies. We get new pieces of equipment and useful items by defeating our enemies and exploring our surroundings. Doing so will prepare us for fights with more powerful opponents. Master Trials also introduces a new difficulty level called Master Mode. In terms of new items, this add-on introduces one new mask and eight armor sets.
Sky Force Reloaded (Switch)
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.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Champions' Ballad (Switch)
Action 08 December 2017
The second expansion to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This time, players get a chance to meet the four titular Hyrule Champions. Apart from the new storyline, this add-on introduces another dungeon as well as a new weapon and pieces of gear for both Link and his mount. Another novelty in this DLC is the new means of transport, namely the Master Cycle Zero motorcycle.
A futuristic racing game created by an independent studio 34BigThings. The action of the game takes place in 2560, when humanity depleted all natural resources on Earth. Then, they moved on to other planets, with Earth becoming a location for various spectacles, including the Solar Redout Racing League – our character's bread and butter. The competition focuses on spectacular races of ultra fast anti-gravity hovercrafts, varied in performance and looks, that handle a lot like quad-copters. Each of the twenty racing tracks is scattered with power-ups such as shields, repair drones, or booster packs. Redout includes both a single player career mode, as well as multiplayer variant for up to 12 players. The game employs the Unreal Engine 4 technology, ensuring the visuals are high-quality. Additionally, the title supports virtual reality goggles, but they are not obligatory.
Ben 10 (Switch)
Action 14 November 2017
An arcade action game based on the license of a popular TV series bearing the same title. The player once again assumes the role of Ben Tennyson - the protagonist has to face the forces of evil threatening the entire world. Ben is not alone however, as both cousin Gwen and grandfather Max support him on his quest. Similar to previous installments of the series, Ben 10 is played from a third-person view. The player traverses diverse locations, jumps across platforms, avoids different threats, solves simple environmental puzzles and fights foes that appeared in the original TV series. In combat, Ben makes use of the special Omnitrix device, which enables him to shapeshift into the forms of ten creatures from other planets - in so doing, the protagonist gains the advantage over their enemies. Juggling quick, light attacks and slower, but stronger strikes skilfully is also crucial for victory, apart from linking attacks into spectacular combos. The game comes with simple visuals inspired by the TV original in terms of the style - the creators made use of cel-shading techniques in the production process.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a science fiction action game developed by Ubisoft. The game takes place in a distant future in the titular Atlas planetary system, a place full of breathtaking alien worlds. This part of the galaxy is on the brink of destruction due to the invasion of the machines known as the Forgotten Legion. Our job is to stop the machines and defeat their leader, Grax. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an action game where we control our own, self-made space ship. We use it to fight not only in space, but also in the atmosphere of many planets. The game’s world is open and dynamic, and changes under the influence of ours and our antagonists' decisions. What makes Starlink: Battle for Atlas a unique game is the fact that it is integrated with spaceship minifigures that are sold separately. Those minifigures are modular, which allows us to manually change their parts and pilots. These changes are instantly taken to the virtual world.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)
Action 21 July 2017
Developed by Marvelous AQL, another installment of the third-person perspective action games subseries of the Fate franchise, which after a longer break returns to gaming consoles. The action of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star takes place after events from Fate/EXTRA. As the previous war comes to an end, the supercomputer Moon Cell Automaton takes over the world and sends the players to a digital kingdom known as SE.RA.PH., where they have to fight one more battle for freedom. Mechanics slightly resemble productions from the Dynasty Warriors series. During gameplay you control one of 16 characters known as Servants – there are both some new and old characters. Each of the aforementioned figures possesses unique, great powers that you can use in combat with tens (or even hundreds) of enemies at the same time. In contrast to the other titles in the franchise, representing either jRPG or visual novel genres, this production features fast and spectacular action in the form of a hack-and-slash.