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.
Syberia 3 (Switch)
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.
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.
Sine Mora EX (Switch)
Action December 2017
Developed by THQ Nordic, Sine Mora EX is a remastered version of the well-received 2012’s shoot’em up game. The game takes players to a retro-futuristic world engulfed in continuous war between the forces of the Empire and their adversaries. One gets to pilot diverse airplanes, featuring various weapons and gadgets, and participate in dynamic and spectacular battles against both minor enemy units as well as much more powerful bosses. Sine Mora EX builds on the story campaign comprising seven stages – unlike the second game mode (Arcade), during the campaign players can modify the specifications of particular machines to adequately prepare them for the mission at hand. The game described herein delivers high-quality visuals – a player is bound to appreciate boss models developed by Mahiro Maeda, one of the most popular Japanese anime artist.
Strategy 10 August 2017
A turn-based strategy game set in a steampunk world and inspired by both the mechanics of the Puzzle Quest series and the works of such writers as Herbert Wells or Jules Verne. Ironcast is set in an alternative version of the Victorian England, and the country has been at war with France for a decade. When the French are beginning to gain the upper hand in the conflict, a private association is founded in order to produce cutting-edge combat mechs. The player battles subsequent skirmishes that utilize the mechanics once introduced in the so-called "match-3" logic games. During each turn, the player can match objects on the map up to three times, erasing elements which symbolize money, ammo, energy, repairs, or the mech's cooling system. Afterwards, those are used to reinforce the player's combat machines, as well as to activate different special abilities. The in-game campaigns are randomly generated, and each time, the player's goals are to stop the forces of the French, and defeat their boss in a final fight.
Rocket League (Switch)
Sports December 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.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
RPG December 2017
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.
Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch)
Action 06 April 2017
A classic 2D shoot'em up action game, created by Vertex Pop and released on Nintendo Switch. Graceful Explosion Machine allows players to fly a futuristic space ship. The titular GEM is an advanced, well-equipped vehicle whose pilot is stuck deep in space. In order to find his way back he must face a horde of aggressive Aliens. The game is presented from a side view and we must constantly move right throughout more than 30 levels located in four different worlds. Our main goal is to eliminate the subsequent enemy hordes which can be done by using four different types of weapons: blaster, rocket launcher, energy sword and sniper beam. The key to success is to be able to change your weapons accordingly to a situation, perform dodges and counterattacks.
Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)
The fourth full-fledged installment in a best-selling action series Metroid Prime, owned by Nintendo. Metroid Prime 4 is the first one designed for Nintendo Switch. The game’s protagonist is Samus Aran – 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 – all that is realized 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, challenges the player faces in Metroid Prime 4 are not only arcade in nature but logical as well.
Action 07 September 2017
Fast RMX (Switch)
Racing 03 March 2017
A dynamic racing game developed by independent studio Shin'en Multimedia for the Nintendo Switch console. Fast RMX is sometimes called a spiritual successor to the WipEout series. The players control futuristic cars, with powerful anti-gravity drives on board, and participate in spectacular races, in which they can reach speed of hundreds of miles per hour. In Fast RMX you get to compete for victory on 30 diverse routes, set in such places as vast metropolises, canyons, or snowy mountains. The key to victory lies not only in proper handling of the vehicle of your choice, but also in having perfect knowledge of individual routes, which are filled with various power-ups. Fast RMX can be played either solo or in company of other players in local or online modes. The game sports high quality graphics and smooth animation displayed in 60 frames per second.
Dimension Drive (Switch)
Rogue Trooper Redux (Switch)
Action December 2017
Racing December 2017
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.
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.
Pikmin 4 (Switch)
Song of Memories (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Arcade 09 March 2017
A blend of a 2D platformer and a simple shoot'em-up game by Inti Creates. The production is another installment in the series, which started in 1988. The protagonists are skilled scientist Jason Frudnick and Fred, a mysterious creature he discovered. When the latter escapes the laboratory, Jason pursues him. He ends up in a cave, where he finds an advanced, battle-ready vehicle called Sophia-III. Blaster Master Zero features two game modes. The first one is a classic platform game utilizing a side view perspective; in this part, you have to avoid traps, overcome obstacles, and sometimes fight with enemies. However, Jason often leaves his vehicle. The perspective switches then to bird's eye view, and the protagonist has to battle opponents on foot. Both modes feature boss enemies, such as a mutant crab or a giant brain. The game features oldschool 8-bit visuals.
A two-dimensional platformer game inspired by the classic, side-scroll representatives of the genre. It was created by Two Tribes – a Dutch developer popular mainly for the arcade-logic Toki Tori series. RIVE takes the player to an unspecified region of the galaxy, where they face an army of hostile robots, having taken control over a modern-day combat drone. Not only is the player-controlled drone able to move on surfaces, but it can also jump and fly, causing destruction within a radius of 360 degrees. What is more, the player can hack hostile machinery and affect its behaviour, which is done by collecting power-ups. In terms of the mechanics, the game follows the patterns established by classic platformers, though it offers up-to-date visuals – RIVE is filled with spectacular special effects. The gameplay itself is incredibly fast-paced here, offering an arcade experience without unnecessary boundaries.