No Man's Sky
Action 09 August 2016
A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
RPG 13 February 2018
It is an action RPG, epic in scale, set in the Medieval period, specifically during the Hussite Wars (fought in Europe in the first part of 15th century), and powered by the CryEngine 3. The game was created by a Czech game studio Warhorse, which employs creators of the popular Mafia franchise. You assume the role of a young blacksmith who lost everything to the war. While fulfilling his father’s last will, he gets entangled in a plot to rescue the kidnapped king and prevent a brutal conflict. Being thrown into a vast open world the protagonist hones his skills, eventually becoming a knight or a rogue. The game stands out from the crowd due to its far-flung realism and relative freedom in how you can complete missions. The authors took exceptional care to stay true to historical sources. Furthermore, the game features am original crafting system as well as complex combat mechanics, which lets you perform precise strikes and special attacks.
Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition
RPG 14 September 2017
A direct sequel to Divinity: Original Sin and another installment in the popular RPG series launched in 2002 by the Belgian developer, Larian Studios. The story takes place once more in the fantasy land of Rivellon and presents events that occur between the first and second game in the franchise. This time around, we assume the role of a sorcerer, who uses the forbidden powers of the Source and is constantly pursued by the Order. We can determine the race and origin of our character, both of which influence the attitude of the encountered NPCs towards him or her to a large extent. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate significantly from the previous game in the series, although the developers did introduce a few novelties, such as a modified combat system, new element combinations as well as Source Powers. Contrary to its predecessor and other titles of the franchise, the production has a clearly darker atmosphere.
They Are Billions
Strategy 18 June 2019
They Are Billions is a steampunk real-time strategy where we have to defend a human colony from hordes of zombies. It was developed by Numantian Games, creators of Lords of Xulmia: A Story of Gods and Humans. Our primary objective is to manage and upgrade our base. We will have to gather resources, build and upgrade buildings, create a power grid, and so on. Hordes of zombies are a constant threat that we will face. The game's engine allows the presence of up to 20 thousand zombies at a time. We have to build defensive structures like watch towers and walls and recruit and trained mercenaries in order to keep our survivors safe. We can pause the game at any time to give orders. They Are Billions offers a single player campaign with all kinds of missions and a survival mode where we end up on a procedurally generated map and have to survive for 100 days.
Simulation 06 June 2019
A humorous cooking simulator developed by a Polish studio called Wastelands Interactive. In Cooking Simulator, a player assumes the role of a chef working at a restaurant, who has to carry out all the duties resulting from his job. Their responsibilities include preparation of various meals - one can stick to the recipes or experiment a bit. The latter option involves combining ingredients as one sees fit, choosing from vegetables, meat, and fish. The players are given numerous kitchen appliances such as cutlery, special knives, bowls, pots, frying pans, ovens, blenders, gas stoves, and many other thing. Cooking Simulator is based on an advanced graphics engine, allowing the player to slice the vegetables and blend them; however, one can also vent all his frustration and demolish the kitchen. The game delivers a career mode, in which the player systematically acquires new customers and gets access to more advanced recipes. The culmination of all the effort is the Michelin Star - one of the most prestigious honors a restaurant can receive.
RPG 19 January 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Action 29 April 2019
An action game developed by the independent developer Team Mordhau. The players assume the role of medieval knights and take part in online duels to the death. The characteristic feature of Mordhau is incredibly elaborate combat system that lets us execute precise strikes, slow down and feint attacks. Moreover, we can personalize our armor and weapons to our liking. What’s interesting, the armor our avatar wears affects his mobility — for example, a light armor provides less protection from damage but lets us perform fast dodges. The production was designed solely with multiplayer mode in mind and is powered by Unreal Engine 4 which provides high-quality graphics.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Action 18 June 2019
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an action-adventure platform game set in a gothic horror setting. The game is a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series. The person in charge of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was Koji Igarashi, who previously worked on the Castlevania series over the course of many years. The game revolves around exploring a large castle, which is crawling with demons the players need to fight against, you also develop your character and gather items. The game features a local co-op mode.
Adventure 30 May 2019
An exploration adventure game, in which you play as a recruit of the new space program called Outer Wilds Ventures. Your task is to study a mysterious solar system functioning in a time loop.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
RPG 08 May 2018
A sequel to the successful RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment. The story told in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire follows the threads started in the first installment of the series. Eothas, the god of renewal and light, comes back to life and takes the form of a statue buried under the protagonist’s keep. Although the stronghold gets destroyed, the main hero survives. From now on, he or she has to pursue a new goal, which is to hunt down Eothas as well as find answers to questions that can bring chaos to the world of gods and mortals. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire takes the player to the eponymous Deadfire archipelago in the far east. In this new region you can travel not only on foot, but also by ship. While controlling your party of characters, in the classic isometric view, you get to explore different locations, complete missions of varying importance and fight with opponents met on the way. Note that the world of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire lives a life of its own, and the choices you made in the first game have consequences here too. Some changes and improvements were made to the User Interface and dialogue system as well as the visuals, which now feature dynamic weather.
Kingdom: New Lands
Strategy 09 August 2016
An improved version of the old-school, minimalistic strategy game, Kingdom, that was released in 2015 by two independent developers nicknamed noio and Licorice. Similarly as in the original game, in the new title the player assumes the role of a king who travels through the world and uses his wealth to gain new subjects and expand his domain. As the game progresses, the king gains access to new craftsmen as well as production and military buildings. He is tasked with providing his followers with welfare and safety. In comparison to the first version of the game, in Kingdom: New Lands the main objective is to find and rebuild a boat that allows us to swim to new areas where the whole game basically starts all over again. In addition to that, the game introduces many novelties like bigger areas to explore, seasons cycle and previously unavailable options, tools and upgrades.
RPG 21 May 2019
An online action RPG developed by Phoenix Labs studio, established by former employees of Capcom, Blizzard, Riot Games and BioWare. Dauntless takes us to Shattered Isles – a fantasy world destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, with its continents torn apart and their fragments floating in the air. Those few who survived must face Behemoths – aggressive creatures that pose danger to all survivors, their only hope being warriors who hunt the beasts. Dauntless focuses on cooperation mode and performing quests, most of which come down to hunting monsters. Due to the fact that they possess not only brute strength but also intelligence, it is necessary to learn their behavior and weak points before engaging them. Time plays a huge role in the battles – the more we fight, the faster and more ferocious they become. Heroes can use many different weapons and combat styles, as well as special skills. Defeating opponents gets players energy, called archonite, which can be used to upgrade arsenal and armors – the bigger the monster, the bigger the benefits. Dauntless employs carton-like visuals.
Action 30 April 2018
A first-person perspective (FPP) sandbox survival horror game. The Forest is the work of an independent studio SKS Games, known mainly for the smartphone hit, End Night. The player assumes the role of a sole survivor of a plane crash. The hero ends up on an isolated island far away from civilization, inhabited by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of land (forest, caves, etc.), survival skills (building a shelter, searching for food, setting traps, etc.), and fighting or avoiding confrontation with opponents. The creators have made an effort to create a lively, fast-changing world, allowing for great freedom of action. As for the technical side, The Forest utilizes Unity 4 engine.
The third installment in the post-apocalyptic role-playing game series, currently developed by indie studio inXile Entertainment. Wasteland 3 no longer takes place in the deserts of Arizona, but in the icy Colorado, and you play as a member of the Desert Rangers, whose team members were murdered, and he needs to build his position from scratch. The gameplay consists mostly of exploring, completing main and side quests, and fighting turn-based battles. The exploration part has been made easier by the introduction of vehicles, which also act as a portable storeroom. The combat and dialogue systems have been expanded. The Ranger's base also plays a more important role now, being the central element of the in-game world. You have to create it from scratch and properly develop it by implementing upgrades.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is another game in the popular platform-adventure game series developed by Oddworld Inhabitants Inc. and Frima Studio. The game is a direct sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, a 2013 remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, and is loosely based on Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus. Once again, we control Abe, a friendly Mudokon who managed to escape from the Glukkon's grip, and now leads three hundred of rescued Mudokons into the unknown. Our hero and his companions travel across the endless desert and face shortages of food and water. They find relief in a certain addicting brew. Gameplay in Oddworld: Soulstorm did not change that much since the first 2013 New ‘n’ Tasty. It is still a 2.5D platform-adventure game where we have to rely on Abe's and his fellow Mudokons' abilities. The game, however, is a bit darker in terms of stylistics.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Arcade November 2019
The fourth installment in the series of logic platform games, created by the team at Frozenbyte. As in the previous editions of the cycle, we play as three heroes connected by the eponymous artifact.
Strategy September 2019
A strategy game set in a unique sci-fi universe, developed by American studio Snapshot Games. Inspired by horror movies and the works of H. P. Lovecraft, the story of Phoenix Point takes place in 2046, when an ancient virus is relentlessly attacking all life forms, transforming them into mutated monsters. Mechanics-wise, the game is based on the X-COM series. You take control of the last bastion of humanity, caring about its development and safety. You spend most of the gameplay fighting turn-based battles with your foes, taking place on procedurally generated maps, but you also use the world map to gather the necessary resources, as well as to search for other settlements and do the missions received there. You can also contact other factions and use their unique technology and weapons.
ARK: Survival Evolved
Action 29 August 2017
A sandbox survival simulator set in an open world, which draws inspiration from productions such as DayZ. Unlike in the aforementioned title, this time we fight against powerful prehistoric creature instead of zombies. The game is the debut of an independent studio called Wildcard, founded by a former employee of Microsoft Game Studios. The player begins the game defenseless and naked on an unidentified island, and his or her task is to survive in this new, harsh environment. In order to do that, we must hunt and gather various raw materials which will be used to create the much needed weapons and tools. One of the most fun aspects of ARK: Survival Evolved are the meticulously depicted creatures – the game features more than 60 species of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. Since the title features o multiplayer experience, meeting other players in the game world will happen and, depending on their attitude, we can fight them or establish valuable alliances.
Adventure 13 March 2012
Developed by the thatgamecompany studio, Journey is a remarkably unique exploration game, in which we embark on a journey through the desert sands. Our goal is to reach the summit of a great mountain, constantly visible on the horizon. A distinctive feature of Journey is the fact that we do not get a lot of exposure - the production lacks a classic narrative and does not have any dialogues; the nature of our protagonist and of the world we are in, which once harbored a mighty civilization, is all but unknown to us, a mystery, the true nature of which we can only speculate. The game consists of semi-open levels, which contain various puzzles and hidden locations. After passing through each of them we arrive at the next stage and the accompanying cut-scenes allow us to gradually discover and interpret the subsequent fragments of the plot. Journey also has one very intriguing curio - while playing the online mode we can encounter other players and at any time start playing in the co-op mode - but we still have to make do without verbal communication. All of the above is distinguished by an unusual, melancholic atmosphere and very artistic visuals, with focus on a minimalistic but incisive graphic style.
Arcade 08 December 2017
An unusual first-person stealth game by Dynamix Pixels. In Hello Neighbor, we assume the role of an owner of a suburban house who suspects that his neighbor hides a terrible secret. To confirm his suspicions, he decides to sneak into his home, which won’t be easy since the man is incredibly alert and will stop at nothing to protect his privacy. The goal is to infiltrate the neighbor’s house undetected. Decoys and other distractions are helpful in turning the attention away from us. The primary element of gameplay is the advanced artificial intelligence that lets the neighbor remember the player’s actions and thus foresee his future ones. The paths that we take most frequently are quickly armed with numerous traps and alarms so the game requires creativity and flexibility to be won.
Strategy 17 October 2018
A strategy game set in a science-fiction world in which we supervise an extraterrestrial colony. It has been developed by debuting independent studio Ludeon, established by a former employee of Irrational Games, who previously worked on the Bioshock series. The story of RimWorld takes place in a future in which humanity colonized many alien star systems, but they are located so far from each other that their inhabitants cannot count on anyone, but themselves. We take command over a small group of survivors of a colony space ship, with our task being to maintain the development and provide safety to our base. Aside from building structures and gathering food and resources we must assign each colonist with a task adequate to his or her skills. RimWorld features a unique complex tactical combat system and three independent AI systems that – depending on the situation – will generate random story arcs, making sure to maintain a proper level of drama throughout the gameplay.
RPG 25 September 2018
Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a classic RPG developed by Owlcat Games in cooperation with the one and only Chris Avellone. The game is based on the popular Pathfinder RPG system and takes the players to a typical fantasy land where they will have to build their own kingdom and defend it. We observe the game from an isometric point of view and, as we play, control a party made of characters with different abilities. During our adventures we will explore a vast realm where we will complete primary and side quests, and fight with the encountered enemies. In combat, we can use magic and typical fantasy weapons. Managing our kingdom plays a crucial role in the game. We will have to build settlements, towns, and strongholds, and make various decisions that reflect our hero's nature.
Shooter enriched with elements of simulation game and economic strategy, in which our task is to create a powerful factory complex on one of the distant planets. To do this, we travel the map in search of useful raw materials, construct buildings, construct various equipment and production lines, as well as face aggressive predators living in the wilderness.
This Land is My Land
This Land is My Land is an action stealth game developed by Game-Labs. The title takes you to the Wild West, and puts you in the shoes of an native American warrior, who is struggling to protect the land of his ancestors from an invasion of the European colonizers. In the game you observe the action from behind the hero’s back as you roam across its open world. Each mission can be completed in multiple different ways, but most of them require guile and stealth. That’s because the opponents are much more numerous and better equipped than the player, hence, direct confrontations usually end with the hero’s untimely death. At the same time, the gameplay is very dynamic. The player’s successes and failures have impact on how cities develop and how the colonization proceeds. Besides, many of the game’s elements, such as camp locations or guards’ patrol routes, are set randomly, which makes each challenge unpredictable.
Simulation 13 June 2019
An online sailing simulator developed by the Ukrainian developer, Game-Labs, whose members worked previously on the STALKER and Total War series. The action of the game is set between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century - a period within the so-called Age of Sail. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of the enormous game world, where the players can trade, take assignments, and participate in realistic sea battles. The game features faithfully recreated weapons from the period, including various types of cannons, mortars, and carronades. One of the game's characteristic, and very realistic, features is the ship handling, as the player can control each sail separately and the crew management is also rather complex. The visuals are powered by the Unity engine, which makes the game look better than one could expect. Also, the creators' dedication to recreate the ships as authentic as possible deserves praise.
RPG 26 February 2016
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.