Ask any fantasy fan and they will immediately tell you that Dwarves, in addition to being brave and fearless, prefer making their homes underground. HammerHelm, a game by SuperSixStudios that is currently on Steam Early Access, turns this notion on its head by casting you in the role of a Dwarf that believes his kind could live above ground. Unfortunately, the other Dwarves didn’t take kindly to such rebellious thoughts and promptly banished you. The game opens with your Dwarf finally finding some fertile lands to start a new life in the open air
There’s nothing as soothing as a good nature documentary, which is why Natural Instincts by Dreamstorm Studios caught our eye. The game promises to be an interactive nature documentary sim where players are given the opportunity to keep the balance. The game currently has a Kickstarter Campaign running to help generate the CA$15,000 needed to make it a reality
Tank Mechanic Simulator gives you your own museum and workshop before tasking you with restoring World War II tanks to their former glory. It’s a pretty niche title, but surprisingly accessible and actually very addictive once you become hooked. There’s a couple of rough edges and the subject matter is not for everyone, but overall it is a very enjoyable title that is worth your time.
Gameplay: Who knew restoring tanks could be such a relaxing experience.
Graphics: The tank models and environments all look great.
Sound: All the sound effects are decent and there’s plenty of relaxing background tunes
TT Isle of Man Ride on the Edge 2 allows players to take on one of the most dangerous and exciting events on the motorcycle sports calendar without having to risk their lives. With online races, an event filled career mode as well as free-roaming challenges this is a game that will keep you busy for hours. However, despite being a serious simulator the game is still accessible enough that newcomers can learn the ropes without giving up in frustration. Even with some rough edges, this is still a game that comes highly recommended to all fans of the genre.
Gameplay: The races are intense and the sense of speed exhilarating.
Graphics: Could be better in spots, but there are also some breathtaking vistas.
Sound: Decent, but the realistic wind noises definitely add to the thrill
Pinball FX3 – Williams™ Pinball: Volume 5 offers faithful digital recreations of Tales of the Arabian Nights, Cirqus Voltaire, as well as No Good Gofers. In addition to playing these tables just like the original hardware, you can also experience them in remastered form with updated visuals, no animated characters as well as other features that bring them to life. No pinball fan will want to miss out on these three tables and combined they offer many hours of fun.
Gameplay: Great recreations of awesome pinball tables.
Graphics: The tables look great, especially when playing the remastered versions.
Sound: Very faithful to the original tables
WRC 8 offers a bunch of new improvements and features compared to its predecessors, which makes it one of the best rally simulators currently available. It’s not the easiest of games, but there are enough aspects that can be customized to ensure players of all skill levels can have fun. You will still have to put in the time and effort to really master your vehicle and the demanding courses, but it is more than worth it. The new career mode also has enough depth to keep players hooked, as you make your way up the ranks. If you are looking for an off-road racing game with plenty of depth and mountains of content, then WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship is it.
Gameplay: Hard to master, but very rewarding.
Graphics: Apart from some rough edges, WRC 8 is a great looking game.
Sound: Everything sounds like it should
Abzu offers players the opportunity to descent into the heart of the ocean without having to worry about things like oxygen or predators. It is a tranquil experience with beautiful visuals that left us eager to see each new environment. Everything from the art to the soundtrack is superb, but the gameplay could be a bit too shallow for action fans. The entire experience is also over way too soon, but if you get hooked, you’ll love every second of it.
Gameplay: Abzu is mostly about swimming around and observing your surroundings.
Graphics: The art style for the game is beautiful and each scene is filled with color and life.
Sound: The soundtrack and sound effects are a perfect match for the tranquil setting and gameplay
Ace Combat 7 offers a superb selection of aircraft and a campaign spanning twenty missions to use them in. The controls feel great and there are enough settings to ensure that even total newcomers can have fun. However, the game can get frustrating at times and the lack of support from the rest of your squad is a bit annoying. In addition, the multi-player component of the game feels a bit lacking. Despite these issues, the game is very solid and offers an action-packed experience that is hard to beat.
Gameplay: A little frustrating at times, but overall the experience is action-packed and a lot of fun.
Graphics: All of the planes in this game look great and the amount of detail is impressive as well.
Sound: Decent voice acting and a superb soundtrack complements the action nicely
A serial killer with super powers are on the loose and it is up to two teens to try and track down who it is before the body count escalates. 9-nine-:Episode 1 is a good start for the series, but despite having two endings, it is a fairly linear experience. The story is good, though, and we cannot fault the gorgeous art style and awesome soundtrack. The story is also relatively self contained, but intriguing enough that we can’t wait to see what happens in subsequent episodes.
Gameplay: Fairly linear, but the story is decent enough to keep you hooked.
Graphics: The character designs are beautiful and the game also features some nice backgrounds.
Sound: The soundtrack is great and all of the characters are fully voiced in Japanese
Incredipede is a very unique puzzle title that challenges you to complete levels by controlling the muscles of one of the most bizarre characters to ever feature in a game. In easy mode, you are provided with a unique design for your creature every level, but in hard mode, it is up to you to come up with your own working designs. Throw in a sandbox mode as well as level editor and you have a game that can keep you entertained for far longer than expected. This game also has some of the most unique and eye catching visual styles that we have seen in a while.
Gameplay: Quite challenging and frequently frustrating, but always fun.
Graphics: The art style is gorgeous, although the animations can be a little creepy.
Sound: Sparse, but very fitting