After releasing Deadstone, one of the most enjoyable top down shooters of 2014, Timeslip Softworks is back with a Kickstarter for their latest title, Vigilantes. This time they have turned their attention to the turn-based strategy genre and have set their sights quite high. Vigilantes is influenced by genre classics from the 90s, such as Jagged Alliance, X-Com and Fallout, but breaks out of the mold with a unique theme and setting
Longtime fans of indie developers, Winter Wolves, might remember a little game called “Queen of Thieves” that was announced way back in 2011. The good news is that the game is now finally available on desktop platforms, with a Steam and mobile release also around the corner. It is a dating sim/RPG hybrid, with an optional “visual novel” mode for those who are not fans of role playing elements
Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes, the team behind the Gothic and Risen franchises recently announced that they have a brand new game in the works. Called ELEX, it is going to be a bit of a departure from their previous work, thanks to a brand new post-apocalyptic science fantasy universe. The developers are promising a vast, seamless game world populated with interesting characters along with mutated creatures. In addition to plenty of thrilling action the game will also ask players to make deep moral choices on their journey
SteamWorld Heist is set in the same universe as its predecessor, SteamWorld Dig, but opted for a completely different genre and play style. Despite the switch, the game retains the charming visual style and addictiveness that is becoming a hallmark of Image & Form titles. If you are a fan of turn-based strategy games you really owe it to yourself to add this one to your collection.
Gameplay: Despite being turn-based, the game feels fast and action packed.
Graphics: Detailed, vibrant and well animated.
Sound: Great sound effects and the soundtrack is brilliant
Stranger of Sword City is a dungeon crawler with an interesting mix of fantasy and reality. The world of Escario is an interesting, but unforgiving place to explore, so brace yourself for quite a challenge. Battles are frequent and tough, but you have total control over how you want to shape your party of monster slayers. Tracking down and killing all the Lineage type creatures will also keep players busy for ages, so don’t expect to finish this game in a day. If you are looking for an old-school dungeon crawler and can handle a challenge then Stranger of Sword City is the game to play.
Gameplay: Tough and unforgiving, but also very rewarding.
Graphics: Beautiful artwork, but the dungeon textures could have been better.
Sound: Features Japanese voice overs and some nice background music
Sakura Dungeon offers a nice fusion of traditional step based dungeon crawling and the manga visual style that has made developer Winged Cloud (in)famous. Despite all the erotic content (mostly censored in the Steam version) the game doesn’t skimp on the role playing elements either. It might not be as in-depth or complicated as other dungeon crawlers, but definitely offers a fun and compelling experience.
Gameplay: Explore dungeons, defeat cute monster girls and then recruit them to your party.
Graphics: The 2D visuals look great despite the lack of animations.
Sound: Great music, but limited sound effects and no voice acting
Gameplay: A nice blend of action and role playing.
Graphics: A decent looking port.
Sound: Very good.
Mass Effect is yet another offering from Bioware that does not disappoint. The story is gripping and the characters interesting. Best of all, this is just the start of a trilogy, so there is still plenty of adventures ahead for Commander Shepard and his crew
While not the epic finale that I would have liked to see, Claptrap’s Robot Revolution still has plenty to offer fans of the game. The Claptraps are adorable and the new “claptrapped” enemies look pretty cool even if they still act the same. While not as big on content as the last DLC it should tide fans over until the inevitable arrival of Borderlands 2.
Gameplay: More of the same but still fun.
Graphics: Apart from the Claptrapped themed enemies, not much new.
Sound: Still good
Mothership Zeta is a bit of a step backwards as far as Fallout 3 DLC is concerned. The game still has the trademark humor and some interesting areas, but the endless combat and lack of side missions turns it into a grind at times.
Gameplay: Strips Fallout 3 down to a linear corridor shooter.
Graphics: Brand new visual assets and a suitably sci-fi environment.
Sound: Still good
With more humour, weapons, enemies, locations and vehicles this is the best Borderlands DLC yet. A much improved effort than Mad Moxxis Underdome Riot and another chance to loot Pandora. The story is engaging and apart from the tedious driving sections this DLC is a lot of fun to play. If you own Borderlands then you definitely want this DLC as it ups the level cap and throws in some nice high-level loot.
Gameplay: A much better effort than the previous DLC.
Graphics: Nice but nothing we haven’t seen before in the main game.
Sound: The usual high standard