ACTION GAMES, PART TWO
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
Spring 2018 | Konami
It's never too late. Kojima's beautiful mech action game first arrived on the PS2 back in 2003, and the PS3 a decade later with an HD collection, and now that 15 years has passed, it's finally coming to PC. Konami's also throwing VR support into the mix, which sounds extremely cool and extremely nauseating, considering the speed at which Zone of the Enders moves. If the port holds up, The 2nd Runner will immediately enter the ranks of the best mecha games on PC.
Mid 2018 | Nodacoy Games | Link
Explode your enemies, explode your surroundings, and explode your own face in hack and slash and shoot-em-up Heckpoint. You can take on randomly-generated levels with several characters and customized weapon loadouts in several strange environments. Heckpoint released on Early Access in October of 2017 and is planned to remain in EA for about six to nine months to expand on some of its explosive features.
2018 | Reinkout | Link
Earth is enslaved and it’s up to you to beat back its alien invaders in this top-down, physics-based action game. More than 30 vehicle types let you sow chaos and solve explosive puzzles, or bring a buddy in co-op.
2018 | Cococucumber | Link
“Legend of Zelda meets Castle Crashers,” as the developer puts it, Riverbond pits you and up to three other friends in a shimmery voxel world full of enemies to hack-n-slash as you traverse down the River of Light. Between the incredibly destructible environments, each level is full of neat hidden secrets and alternate weapons that can drastically change how you approach a battle.
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove
2018 | Humanature Studios | Link
From the original creators of ToeJam & Earl, the funky alien duo and friends are back for another rogue-like adventure on Earth. With nine playable characters (and online/couch co-op for up to four players), explore through randomly generated levels to recover parts of your ride, the Rapmaster Rocketship, and jam out to 15 new songs.
2018 | We Are Fuzzy | Link
In Sleep Tight, monsters are invading your bedroom, but instead of cowering under your sheets, you can construct pillow forts and turrets to push back the nightmares and finally get a good night’s sleep. It’s a twin-stick shooter meets a tower defence game, inspired by the likes of Ratchet & Clank and Pixar movies.
2018 | Andrew Shouldice | Link
Formerly known as “Secret Legend,” Tunic evokes the charm and beauty of The Legend of Zelda, all wrapped up in a beautifully fluid cel-shaded art style. Challenging combat demands plenty of dodge-rolling and pits you against huge bosses.
2018 | Gunfire Games | Link
Fury, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse in the Darksiders universe, takes center stage for the third installment in the popular action franchise. You’ll make use of her bladed whip, a revamped combat system, and plenty of magic abilities to take down the Seven Deadly Sins, and collect some solid loot in the process.
The Moon Fields
TBA | lunarsignals | Link
The Moon Fields is a fast-paced sword and sorcery action game that developer lunarsignals intends to turn into a single-player adventure with a large overworld, but right now, in its ‘first access’ phase, it’s a multiplayer versus game for up to eight players. Pick from 18 characters with hundreds of character variations and then go batter your mates.
2018 | Studio Koba | Link
Fight some street thugs, demons, and maybe even a giant toad made out of monochrome PC monitors in this heavily atmospheric beat-em-up. Channeling some serious Kung Fury-esque vibes (you will at some point hang ten on a floppy disk), you play as Narita Boy, a hero destined to save the Digital Kingdom using the legendary techno sword.
2018 | Project Soul | Link
With SoulCalibur 6, the long-running fighting series is finally making its way to PC. SoulCalibur’s fights are 3D duels, with each combatant wielding with a unique weapon with particular quirks, strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve played previous iterations, 6 should feel familiar, though it does introduce some new features, like the Reverse Edge, a move that halts time and makes both players duke it out in a rocker, paper, scissors confrontation.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
January 16 | Capcom, Dimps | Link
Arcade edition is Street Fighter V repackaged with a proper arcade story mode, after launching as a bare bones multiplayer experience. 60 characters can access 200 possible endings by beating the campaign and achieving certain conditions, like perfecting a particular round.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
January 26 | Arc System Works | Link
The studio most known for 2D anime fighter hits Guilty Gear and BlazBlue throws their weight into the world of Dragon Ball Z, incorporating a distinct mix of 2D and 3D graphics to make each fight feel like an epic Super Saiyan battle. A new story mode features three separate arcs that follows the return of the androids, along with the mysterious new Android 21.
Late 2018 | Sirlin Games | Link
Fighting games can be difficult to get into for anyone without a photographic memory for combo lists and the manual dexterity of a classically trained pianist. For the rest of us, there’s Fantasy Strike, which attempts to lower the skill bar for actually enjoying a fighting game. Every move takes only one button press, not an elaborately timed sequence. Where classic fighting games are hard to learn and hard to master, Fantasy Strike attempts to at least be easy to pick up. It’s currently in early access with a full release planned for later in 2018.