As we have said more than once - the summer always turns out to be not very “fruitful” for major releases. Developers are trying to release their projects in the fall, so you have time to buy cool new products before the New Year, or in the spring. And if in June we got a pretty good list of cool new products, then July turned out to be the poorest month of the year. We are offered two very atmospheric projects with a fascinating plot, a very unusual card game and a remaster of the cult shooter about Mars. Studios give you a little rest and save money before the autumn releases, but this hot summer you will have the opportunity to spend tens of hours in front of a monitor or TV.
Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered
It is worth saying that the original Red Faction: Guerrilla aroused quite conflicting emotions among the fans of the series. There were questions to physics, because the characters roam Mars without spacesuits, and the force of gravity should be greater. But these are all trifles, because for their time, freedom of movement and the Red Planet were a real discovery, a breakthrough in the industry. If you could forgive a third-person shooter for all these trifles, and even liked the plot, now the developers have prepared a real gift. The first important game of July will be a remaster of the
cult game. Yes, the word Mars (Re-Mars-tered) was even pushed into the name.
The story will tell us about the hero who got the opportunity to join the rebels. They did not share something with the Earth Defense Forces, and now they want to fight to the last drop of blood. We will actively help them in this, explore the virtual world, go through various tasks and enjoy the capabilities of game mechanics. Of course, if you want to get something incredibly modern from Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered, then I hasten to upset you. The developers did not change anything in terms of gaming capabilities, they only combed the graphics a bit.
An important innovation of the version is support for 4K resolution. To do this, the developers had to add high-resolution textures, but now you can play on a cool monitor or TV with the most clear picture. In addition, the creators have significantly reworked effects, lighting and other small details of the image. Now the project is more reminiscent of a modern game, although this comment refers exclusively to the graphic component. The virtual world has not become more spacious or more interesting, but now you can play with great comfort.
For the owners of the original game Red Faction: Guerrilla, the developers made a real gift - they get the new version for free. True, one can rejoice only to those who bought the shooter on Steam; for the other platforms, it was not possible to organize an attraction of unprecedented generosity. Although, the project is already quite interesting - there are not many good games about the future and the conquest of new planets. While Elon Musk is actively working on launching rockets on Mars, we can sit in front of the monitor to study the virtual version of a distant planet. No science and real achievements, but it will be very fun and provocatively.
- free study of Mars;
- very active gameplay;
- great atmosphere;
- cool graphics;
- game without unnecessary impulse.
May not like:
- project for fans of the original;
- the cooperative was not delivered.
Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered comes out July 3 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Mac.
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
Cartoon "Adventure Time" is a real break in the patterns. Artists and screenwriters managed to create a cartoon that attracts the attention of both children and adults. Together with a bright and juicy picture, we are told about the fascinating adventures of Finn, Jake and their comrades who are ready to go anywhere for new secrets and thrills. Actually, the company Bandai Namco Entertainment together with the developer Outright Games decided to demonstrate that in this universe you can also make cool games. Not “casual”, but a full-fledged adult project with a plot and drama.
The story of Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion turned out to be very interesting and attracted the attention of fans long before the official release. The land of Ouu has undergone a completely unusual natural phenomenon, which separated the kingdoms from each other by the thickness of the water. This greatly complicated the lives of local settlers, but our brave heroes plan to get to the bottom of the truth and find out the true causes of the "flood". The plot is replete with clues and evidence, plus the idea itself seems pretty interesting. Usually in this kind of games there is no drama and complicated narration, but here the scriptwriters are directly pleased.
During their investigation, Finn and Jake will meet both old acquaintances and new characters. It will be possible to communicate with them and receive important information, leads and clues indicating where to look for the following puzzle elements. Along with this, you will need to actively study the world around you - it is able to give even more answers than living characters. And, of course, there were some battles as well. Tactical fights with a variety of opponents will allow you to periodically relax from dialogue, communication and the search for another clue. Although you don’t hope for a special sight, here the battles are implemented just for the balance of game mechanics.
The developers really tried their best. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion will allow you to surf the fully open huge virtual world, created in the style of a cartoon
. It is bright and juicy, attracts attention and always surprises. Our characters are able to develop in the process of passing, plus they were voiced in English by professional actors. I think for real fans of this saga the opportunity to explore their favorite locations and find out a terrible secret will be a gorgeous gift.
- open world;
- hero development;
- colorful design;
- interesting story;
- mass of familiar characters;
- good battles.
May not like:
- cartoon game;
- not everyone watches Adventure Time.
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is released July 20 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac.
The Banner Saga 3
Studio Stoic once made a very ambitious statement - the developers thought out a whole trilogy about the Vikings. With a thoughtful plot, an interesting story and an exciting combat system. Then the fans did not think that The Banner Saga would be such a cool project, but now no one doubts that. The first part turned out to be so elaborated that the second was taken apart like hot cakes not only by ardent admirers of the genre, but also by everyone who loves decent games. Now it's time to release the third part of the saga. She will be the last in this amazing story.
The Banner Saga 3, like the rest of the games in the series, is a turn-based strategy with RPG elements and a very beautiful story. In fact, you will watch a cartoon, and during breaks you will need to fight, communicate and explore the virtual world. The team of heroes received slightly changed characteristics and skills, and the enemies became noticeably stronger. Now we will need to fight with the mutants, their parameters do not allow to relax and make mistakes during the battle. But our group got the opportunity to develop beyond the tenth level, so there are chances to win.
An important point - to understand what is happening on the screen, you need to go through the first two parts of the series. It is very rare in the gaming market, usually developers try to connect individual elements of a common story as weakly as possible. This is necessary in order to successfully sell the product even to those who have not heard about previous passages of history. But, the developers decided to do differently and each element of the story is important. Of course, you can buy The Banner Saga 3 and calmly go through the storyline, but it's not as interesting as if you had studied the campaign from the very beginning. However, the creators of the game do not hide that they are continuing for already “conquered” fans.
The final part of the story is a vivid example of how a small studio with a good idea and love for its work can do much better than any corporation. Money for development was collected on Kickstarter, no one attracted large publishers, and if they spent resources on marketing and advertising, it’s very reasonable. The result was a gorgeous game with an interesting story, a colorful story and a serious combat system. This time, the Saga will give answers to all questions, you just need to get to the very end. And this journey you clearly remember.
- one of the best turn-based strategies;
- interesting story;
- gorgeous narrative;
- graphic novel of a modern level;
- thoughtful combat system;
- favorite heroes.
May not like:
- makes you think and read.
The Banner Saga 3 comes out July 24 on PC.
Warhammer: age of sigmar champions
The virtual universe of Warhammer has attracted thousands of fans from all over the world. Developers skillfully realize the strengths of this fictional world, providing true connoisseurs the opportunity to play what they want. Recently, the “Inquisitor"
pleased fans of action and third-person battles, and now the non-standard card game Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Champions is being prepared for release. The creators of the product decided not to talk too much about their ideas, so before the official release, the new product can be safely considered a “dark horse”. Probably, we are preparing a digital version of the classic board game.
Actually, the fans have already enjoyed the original Warhammer: Age of Sigmar original board - interesting decks of cards, beautiful design and diligent attitude to the plot and canons. Now the developers have added “Champions” to the name and plan to send the project to PC, iOS and Android. You may find such a set of platforms strange, but in fact everything is quite logical - releasing an adaptation of a card game, and even in this genre, there simply does not make sense on consoles. On mobile platforms with shareware monetization, the audience will reach in no time.
Although very little is known about Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Champions, the developers revealed the key features of the game mechanics. The project will combine real cards and a virtual deck. It is likely that the owners of the original board game will be able to somehow get bonuses or even scan existing decks to get similar ones, but in a video game. To interact with real cards from real life, the developers even created the Enhanced Reality Engine, in the name of which lies another interesting detail of the game mechanics.
So far, one cannot speak with confidence, but there is evidence that the mobile version of the card video game will support augmented reality. That is, you will get the opportunity to put the playing field from the board game on the table, and the cards will appear on the smartphone screen on top of this very sheet of cardboard. This is just a rumor, and indeed we do not have an extensive dataset about the game, but this makes the expectation only sweeter. If at least half of the rumors are confirmed, then this card game for smartphones and PCs will clearly win the audience both with its history and universe, as well as with interesting technologies.
- digital version of a classic board game;
- fan favorite universe;
- release on mobile platforms;
- AR and communication with real decks.
May not like:
- probably free-to-play;
- rumors may turn out to be fiction.
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Champions is released in July on PC, iOS and Android.