- Oct 25, 2017
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep - Arkanius
Return to the moon in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep or enter the dark age of the Sol System for the first time with Destiny 2: New Light. The MMOFPS (classified by Bungie) comes to Steam with the free-to-play version that gives you the full experience of the first year of Destiny 2 including the Leviathan Raid, the Strikes, Crucible and all the patrol spaces (including the brand new Luna).
What does the MMOFPS mean? Destiny 2 at its essence, is an online shared space first person shooter with random rolled weapons and armor, where every Guardian (you the player) teams up with other Guardians to participate in:
- Story missions (solo or cooperatively)
- Vanguard strikes (3 player matchmade activity to beat special coop missions)
- Player-vs-Player arenas (Crucible with 3vs3 or 4vs4, or 6vs6)
- Player-vs-Environment-vs-Player (Gambit, 4vs4)
- Matchmade special activities (Menagerie, Black Armory Forges, The Reckoning)
- Raids (Pinnacle 6 player activity where Guardians try to beat a long dungeon with multiple encounters and puzzles)
- Special quests to earn Exotic (yellow) weapons (solo or cooperatively)
- Patrol activities (up to 9 players Like the Blind Well or Escalation Protocol)
- And much more!
NeoCab - Uzzy
NeoCab, from Chance Agency, is a narrative driven adventure game, which sees you play as Lina, the last human driver-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Find your missing friend, meet people, learn their stories, and stay human in a profession conquered by automation.
The neon lights reflecting off rain slick streets, the dehumanisation of the gig economy, the obsolescence of the human in an automated world, all weighty subjects, but you’re too busy just trying to stay alive to consider them. NeoCab looks very intriguing, with vignettes of character stories interspersing the overarching narrative. It’s also a hell of a looker, though you know I’m down for anything remotely cyberpunk looking.
The Outer Worlds - texhnolyze
Developed by the veterans of RPGs, Obsidian, The Outer Worlds is being touted as the spiritual successor of New Vegas. Which means, there are indeed lots of similarities here, from how the dialogue is displayed in face to face as well as skill checks, shooters combat with a VATS-like system, multiple ways to tackle and complete quests, multiple factions to befriend with or the opposite, no essential NPCs as in you can basically kill everyone, and many other similarities. There are several companions that'll join your journey and you can customize their skills, inventory, and behavior; however, there's no romance here. One of the major differences is that The Outer Worlds is not an open world game. and you'll explore big, open areas to another instead. As Bethesda failed to deliver a satisfying role playing mechanics in Fallout 4 and went with a gaas Fallout 76 years later, The Outer Worlds is such an oasis for fans of this kind of RPGs in today's climate.
Pine - Mentalist
Pine is releasing on October 10th (my birthday!) It's a BOTW-inspired action-adventure/RPG in a world where anthropomorphic animals are higher up the food chain than humans, and you play as a human to try to carve out a niche in this ecosystem where various species are trying to figure out who's in charge and who's gonna be lunch. Looks pretty cool.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint - Uzzy
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, developed by Ubisoft Paris, is the latest in the long running franchise, and sees the eponymous Ghosts deployed to the South Pacific archipelago Auroa after a nearby US Navy cargo ship is sunk. However, following a disastrous initial landing, Nomad and the rest of the remaining Ghosts must uncover the conspiracy surrounding the island’s owner Skell Tech and the PMC hunting them, led by the former Ghost Walker (Jon Bernthal)
So I played the open beta and was left with the very distinct impression of Odyssey with guns. Lots of guns. Which is no bad thing to be fair, given how much I loved Odyssey. It features the same mix of looting and combat you find in a lot of Ubisoft games, with forts full of enemies that you scout out with your drone and can then take on in a variety of ways, stealthily on your own, or with a full squad bringing some heavy weapons to bare. The AI was shockingly brain dead though, which is a worry especially so close to release.
Disco Elysium - Aaron D.
A surreal, noir detective thriller with a revolutionary character trait system, Disco Elysium has sleeper hit written all over it. Develop your character with unique personality traits, all acting in concert together as actual NPCs inside your head. Each with unique desires and needs that will direct the player's actions & outcomes, often with unexpected, hilarious results. An ambitious CRPG that looks to take nuanced player agency to new heights.
Afterparty - Uzzy
Afterparty, from Night School Studio, is a narrative driven adventure game, which sees you play as Milo and Lola, two deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant them re-entry to Earth.
This one hurts. Night School Studio made the fantastic Oxenfree (the sequel to OlliOlli), which featured great dialogue and dialogue choices, driven by the ‘walk and talk’ mechanics which have sadly not been used by other games yet. Very well written, with an interesting story and setting and even a new game plus mode that made perfect narrative sense. And now this one is EGS exclusive for a whole year. Like I said, this one hurts.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - eonden
Locked out of Steam and Russia, play the newest instance of the premier console shooter. This year with an actual story mode centered around the Syrian civil war, which as always will somehow escalate into a third world war where only USA can save the world (or not maybe). A bit of a spotty netcode during the beta might have made some people afraid, but let's hope it is not as bad as release!
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout - Hektor
The Glorious return of the Atelier Franchise!
Highly-packed with content and upgraded, pretty graphics to deliver a brand-new Atelier experience.
Intricate and interesting crafting mechanics await you on your quest to
Gather materials and engage in the wonderful art of alchemy.
Ho, capitalism, ho!
Steam release this october!
Cube World - eonden
After everyone thought the game was long dead, Cube World comes back and finally launches, signaling the end of times. Play a Voxel style procedurally generated open world RPG that does away with the normal vertical progression of RPGs and instead relies of item based stats (which currently are semi locked to regions). Pretty nifty multiplayer!
Spec Ops: The Line - Uzzy
Spec Ops: The Line, from YAGER, is a fairly mediocre third person military shooter that’s quite deliberately reminiscent of the other fairly mediocre military shooters that filled the era, all the better to draw you (or rather, the players of those games) in to tell its tale, an eviscerating critique and deconstruction of the fetishisation in military shooters of the military without a thought as to what’s being portrayed or promoted. It’s one of the few military shooters out there that takes a sledgehammer to the idea of moral absolutism and the concept of morality itself in the kinds of nightmarish situations you get in war. It’s one of the few military shooters out there with something to say, something beyond ‘war is bad’, an actual attack on military adventurism.
People who felt like a hero:
Dishonoured 2 - Uzzy
Dishonoured 2, from Arkane Studios, is an immersive simulation masterpiece, full of imaginative level design, an impressively reactive world and a variety of play styles all catered for across two different characters through an immense array of weapons, abilities and powers. But really, who needs magic powers anyway? The Outsider’s a fuckhead, so reject him and his creepy advances, and complete the game using just flesh and steel.
Get the ‘Flesh and Steel’ Achievement. Steam reports that it’s been accomplished by just 3.1% of the player base, so good luck!
People who have gotten the 'Flesh and Steel' achievement:
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