Take a break in the beautiful, rustic town of Providence Oaks, Oregon, courtesy of Lake by Gamious and Whitethorn Digital. Players get to join Meredith Weiss as she takes a break from her career in the big city and delivers mail in her hometown for two weeks. With its iconic lake, it’s the perfect getaway, but Meredith will also have to deal with the quirky community as she delivers their mail. The game features a branching story where players determine what happens next, and there are no “right” or “wrong” answers or endings. Check out the video below to see Lake in action and try out the free demo to experience it yourself
Seed of Life is an epic third-person adventure game by MadLight starring Cora, the last known survivor of a dying planet. Her only hope of saving her homeworld is an alien artifact, called the Seed of Life, capable of generating the essence of life. Check out the first look video below to see the start of Cora’s journey and some of the puzzles as well as enemies she will encounter while exploring her world
Omno, by solo developer Jonas Manke, is a single-player journey of discovery through an ancient world of wonders. This adventure is full of puzzles, secrets, and obstacles to overcome as players travel through lush forests, sun-blasted deserts, frozen tundras, and more. Check out the video below to see Omno in action
Days Gone is another first-party title from Sony that has made the transition to PC, following in the footsteps of Horizon: Zero Dawn. This action-adventure survival game was developed by Bend Studio and stars a bounty hunter named Deacon St. John. Players must help Deacon survive a deadly, post-pandemic America where danger lurks around every corner. In this first look video, we follow Deacon through the opening moments of the game as we check out the performance of the PC port
Beyond Eyes is a beautiful but slow-paced 3rd person adventure about a blind girl searching for a lost cat. Each step of her journey paints the world around her in eye-catching watercolor pastels. Still, interactions with the environment are limited, and the game is devoid of puzzles or challenges. Nevertheless, if you are patient and can appreciate a game that is more about the experience than the challenge, then Beyond Eyes is worth a playthrough.
Gameplay: Slow-paced and easy, but also very unique and compelling.
Graphics: Beautiful watercolor visuals make Beyond Eyes truly look like a fairy-tale novel.
Sound: Very minimal, but the haunting soundtrack is quite beautiful
The Medium sees players help a young woman with psychic abilities explore two realities in search of answers. The game is set in an abandoned communist resort that is home to many secrets as well as a few restless spirits. While The Medium won’t win any awards for its puzzles or chase sequences, the story is interesting and the visuals beautiful. The game does have its fair share of issues but offers a compelling experience for fans of the genre.
Gameplay: Nothing groundbreaking, but the dual-reality shenanigan is a nice feature.
Graphics: The environments look incredible as do the creature designs.
Sound: The soundtrack is beautiful, but the voice acting is a little uneven
The Force Unleashed 2 is set a few months after the original game but offers a very disappointing continuation of the story. Playing as an overpowered Jedi that can annihilate everything in sight is quite fun initially, but once the novelty wears off the game becomes quite repetitive. Even worse, despite being very short the game has very limited environments and features lots of unnecessary padding. Worst of all the PC port is rife with bugs and annoyances that sap even more fun out of the experience. Hardcore Star Wars fans might still enjoy the game, but it definitely does not live up to its potential.
Gameplay: Fun at times, but ultimately very repetitive.
Graphics: The game can look great, but has a lot of technical issues.
Sound: The soundtrack and sound effects are very authentic
Death Stranding is an open-world, third-person title where Hideo Kojima had free reign with his artistic vision. The result is a title that mixes complex story elements with rather straightforward gameplay. Simply carting packages from one point of the map to another might not sound like fun, and frequently it isn’t, but somehow it ends up being very compelling. The story will also keep players guessing and just when you think the game can’t get any stranger something new happens that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. It’s not a game for everyone, but players who get hooked are in for the ride of their life.
Gameplay: Bewildering and frustrating at times, but also addictive, rewarding, and unlike anything else.
Graphics: The port from PS4 to PC has resulted in a game that looks even better than before.
Sound: Great voice acting and an incredible soundtrack
Lollipop Chainsaw features a lollipop sucking, chainsaw-wielding cheerleader taking down hordes of zombies with the head of her boyfriend tied to her waist. The best part is that’s not even the weirdest things you’ll encounter in this game. Fans of over the top and action-packed hacking and slashing will have a blast with Lollipop Chainsaw, but it might just be a little too weird for some.
Gameplay: Lots of fun, but a few more levels would have been great.
Graphics: Plenty of variety and some nice animations.
Sound: Features an incredible soundtrack and good voice acting
Gears of War 2 builds on the success of the original game with more action, better visuals, tighter controls, and plenty of other improvements. Players once again take control of Marcus Fenix and battle against the scourge of the Locust Horde, but this time the levels open up more compared to the claustrophobic original. This results in plenty of scenes that are way more epic than anything in the original. As far as sequels go this is one of the best.
Gameplay: Action-packed, over the top, and filled with memorable set pieces.
Graphics: Better looking than the original thanks to much bigger and more open levels.
Sound: Great voice acting, sound effects, and music