There is no denying that the survival and battle royale shooter genres are thriving at the moment, but despite the crowded market, there’s always room for more good ones. One title that definitely looks like it is worth keeping an eye on is the upcoming Ring of Elysium from Tencent Games. Ring of Elysium, which was formerly known as Europa, is heading for Steam Early Access on 19 September and players can already wishlist the game on the store page
If you are tired of boring licensed tracks by bands you’ve never heard of and dull brown shooters then Beat Hazard is a revelation. The ability to play to your own music collection is nice and the visuals, while over the top, are certainly colorful. It’s not something you are going to be constantly playing, but you will find yourself coming back to it.
Gameplay: As long as you have music you’ll have fun.
Graphics: Retina searing bursts of color.
Sound: Depending on your taste this is obviously the best part of the game
Black Desert Online, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Pearl Abyss has reached a new milestone with more than 10 million registered users. This is quite an accomplishment, but not all that surprising for a game that has been growing in leaps and bounds since its initial release.
Part of the reason why Black Desert Online has continued to draw in players is the massive visual overhaul that it has recently received. The game was definitely not a slouch in the graphics department, but Pearl Abyss couldn’t resist using the new technology that has become available since the initial release to take things to the next level. This means that the game now boast features such as physically based rendering, volumetric clouds, HDR output, improved post processing, lighting and atmospheric scattering techniques, realistic cloth simulation and much more
Bus Simulator 18 walks a fine line between being a full-on simulator and offering an accessible experience for newcomers to the genre. It features a fairly sizable city, a number of licensed buses as well as the opportunity to not only drive your buses, but also manage your company and create new routes. A couple of areas of the game could still benefit from some improvements, but what is on offer is still very enjoyable, especially if you have a hankering for coasting around in a bus. A steering wheel is highly recommended for the most immersive experience and you need fairly beefy hardware to run the game properly, but overall we can definitely recommend it.
Gameplay: Create bus routes, drive them and make money while trying not to mess up.
Graphics: Plenty of good along with a couple of not so good.
Sound: Authentic sounds and decent music, but those chattering passengers become repetitive a little too soon
Simulator fans who have been counting down the days until the June 13 2018 release of Bus Simulator 18 has been treated to a new multiplayer trailer. While there is obviously still a lot to keep solo players happy, it is the ability to drive around the 5.8mi² of routes with up to three friends that has piqued our interest
Game of Thrones fans got confirmation last month that the eighth and final season of the HBO epic will air in the spring of 2019. That’ll be a full 18 months since the end of season 7, so fans will have to find something to do to get their GoT fix while waiting to find out who will be crowned king – or queen – of Westeros.
When not reading the increasingly crazy fan theories, we at Gameramble like to play some quality GoT games while we await the arrival of winter in King’s Landing. Here is our pick of the best titles out there. Remember, once you play the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die, so in the name of the Mother, be careful
Prototype is one of those games where you can have hours of fun just messing around with the gameworld. Add in a bunch of gruesome and over the top moves and you have yourself quite an adventure. It is not without its flaws, but overall it is a very enjoyable game.
Gameplay: Lots of fun to be had.
Graphics: Quite gruesome.
Sound: Good voice acting and sound effects
Playing Portal is a awesome experience and while the earlier levels might feature a bit too much hand holding you’ll really be proving your skills towards the end. With only its length really counting against it, this is a great game that should be experienced by all gamers. Portal 2 can’t come soon enough.
Gameplay: A refreshingly different take on the genre and an absolute brain scrambler. You’ll love every second of it though.
Graphics: Minimal but stylish..
Sound: Outstanding voice-overs
Dead Space 2 is a thrill a minute rollercoaster ride through an infected space station and while some people might be put off by all the action it does make for a very gripping game. The frights are less this time round, but the tension is still high and as far as sequels go this one is good.
Gameplay: The same core gameplay as the first game just way more action packed.
Graphics: While not the best I’ve seen the art style is good and the locations way more varied and interesting.
The series is moving away even further from its creepy horror roots and starting to feel a bit like a typical “Call of Duty” style shooter. There’s still a few nice ideas, but the scares are thin on the ground and the story isn’t exactly gripping. The co-op seems to have been the main focus of the game and works well.
Gameplay: The shooting mechanics are solid but it loses that spooky “F.E.A.R” feeling along the way.
Graphics: Looks good and the environments are a bit more varied than before.
Sound: Nothing but silence from the lead character, but overall the voices and music is decent