Considering the source material, it really is surprising that the upcoming Warhammer: Chaosbane is the first every hack and slash set in this universe. Of course, there was Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr a while back, but Chaosbane is the first to use the Warhammer Fantasy world, which is honestly a much better fit for the genre. We were fortunate enough to try out the VIP beta of the game, which included the first act as well as two out of the four playable characters
Serment is an interesting hybrid of visual novel, dungeon crawling and dating sim style management elements. It actually ties all of these genres together nicely, but the dungeon crawling definitely takes center stage. You do get to choose between four different heroines and all of the dungeons are hand crafted instead of procedurally generated. The fact that you are on a strict time limit to earn enough cash to pay back the devil who resurrected you can make it feel like you are forced to fight in the dungeons most of the time. However, the game does give you the freedom to continue playing after completing the main story.
Gameplay: Plenty of dungeon crawling along with some visual novel segments and even a bit of dating sim style time management.
Graphics: Beautiful character designs and backgrounds, but the dungeons look a bit bland in comparison.
Sound: The game features no voice acting and the music is decent, but unmemorable
Open Sorcery is a gripping text adventure that opts for an intuitive keyword based interface over a cumbersome parser. The result is a game that is streamlined, very engrossing and so well written that you won’t want to stop reading until you see the end credits. It is not a very long game, but there are a number of different endings and lots of branching story paths to get to them, so the replay value is very high. It is not a game for people who hate reading or must have the best graphics in their games, but anyone with even a passing interest in magic or technology should find it thoroughly enjoyable.
Gameplay: Simple enough that anyone can play it, but so engrossing that you will want to complete it multiple times just to experience everything.
Graphics: Virtually non-existent, but it is a style that doesn’t hamper the experience in the least.
Sound: Maybe a bit too minimal, but it allows players to read the story without too much distractions
Shadowhand is another entertaining, addictive and polished solitaire based game from Grey Alien Games, creators of the very enjoyable Regency Solitaire. It shares some similarities with its predecessor, but the story is brand new and the gameplay offers enough new additions and tweaks to ensure that it feels fresh. Luck plays a big role in the game, which is unavoidable for the genre, but careful planning and the use of the right items can help a lot. This means the game is a lot more strategic than you might think, and we can heartily recommend it to fans of the genre.
Gameplay: The solitaire based gameplay is addictive as always, but the addition of duels and other elements makes it even better.
Graphics: The art and design of the game looks great and everything feels very polished.
Sound: Sadly no voice acting, but everything from the music to the sound effects is top notch
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
As the team leader of S.E.A.L.E.D, you are tasked with taking down a madman who has aspirations of destroying the world. The task should be easy enough seeing as you are in command of an elite group with extraordinary powers, but sadly this doesn’t turn out to be the case. Instead, you are faced with a mysterious tower that is infested with strange enemies as well as the looming threat of traitors in your midst. Completing your mission will require plenty of strategic thinking as well as some hard sacrifices along the way. Although it is a console port, Lost Dimension is an addictive game with some great tactical elements and interesting party members. If you are a fan of turn-based tactical role playing games, then it should not be missed.
Gameplay: The short, but tactical missions makes for an addictive experience and the game also has a ton of replay value.
Graphics: It is a console port, so the visuals aren’t exactly bursting with detail, but everything looks decent enough in high definition.
Sound: Good voice acting and a solid soundtrack
West of Loathing is a single player role playing game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which results in a wild quest through the west. The world in which the game is set might be made up out of stick figures, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t fleshed out. There are tons of locations to explore, plenty of puzzles to solve and hordes of enemies to defeat. Even better, it is the type of RPG where stats actually make a difference and your choices make a difference. Fans of the genre will love the amount of depth that the game has, but everyone else will appreciate the brilliant sense of humor.
Gameplay: Packed with plenty to see and do, along with a healthy dose of humor.
Graphics: The black and white stick figure style visuals might look simple at first, but definitely has a lot of charm
Sound: Although the game doesn’t feature any voice acting, it has a great soundtrack and plenty of sound effects
Cat Quest is a very tongue-in-cheek role playing game that is sure to appeal to fans of the genre who also loves cats. Don’t be fooled by the bright, colorful visuals, though, as the game is every bit as fun and addictive as its serious counterparts. The streamlined interface and open world makes the game a joy to play and it offers hours of fun, although it can also be enjoyed in short bursts if you don’t have a lot of time. It is obviously not as in-depth as more serious takes on the genre, but remains addictive and entertaining throughout.
Gameplay: A very accessible entry in the action RPG genre that favors fun over statistics and inventory juggling.
Graphics: Bright, colorful and very easy on the eyes.
Sound: The game doesn’t have any speech, but the soundtrack hits all the nostalgic notes
While there are plenty of games that allow you to play as a magic user, Fictorum is one of the few that makes you feel truly powerful right from the start. With an impressive arsenal of spells at your disposal and the ability to shatter buildings, it is definitely not lacking in excitement initially. Unfortunately, once the novelty wears off the game can become quite repetitive and doesn’t offer you much to do beyond blowing up the same enemies and buildings. The game also lacks some polish in terms of visuals and audio, but as long as you don’t expect too much there is still fun to be had.
Gameplay: Fictorum is quite exciting initially, but once the novelty of blowing up buildings wears off it can become a little repetitive.
Graphics: The destruction is impressive, but the overall visual style a little bland.
Sound: Decent enough sound effects, but repetitive music and no voice acting
Solstice Chronicles: MIA is a twin stick shooter where the odds are very much against you. Faced with waves of deadly enemies, your only chance for survival is to play a bit more tactical than what is expected from you in most of these types of games. Using your drone companion to manage your threat level is essential and sometimes knowing when to make a run for it is just as useful as standing your ground. With four character classes, different skill trees, a story mode and survival mode, this is the type of game that can keep you busy for ages. The lack of online co-op sucks, but nothing beats setting up two controllers and playing with a friend next to you on the couch.
Gameplay: The game is intense,even on lower skill levels, and requires you to do more than just spray and pray.
Graphics: Not a very colorful game, but the top down visuals packs plenty of detail.
Sound: Surprisingly good voice acting even if the background music is nothing to write home about