Morphite is a huge, atmospheric space exploration game with procedurally generated planets. Sound familiar? The pitch is reminiscent of No Man’s Sky, and while there is “a heavy emphasis on discovery" in this game, it looks like FPS combat is a more prominent aspect – both on planets and up among the stars. Better still, if you’re not keen on every single planet being procedurally generated, there are 15 story-centric planets to discover, which should hopefully make exploration a bit more rewarding. It comes with all the mandatory character and ship upgrade incentives, and, uh, there are platforming elements. Color me a fluoro sci-fi shade of interested.
This is a fascinating looking third-person sci-fi adventure game with a great twist: as you progress through the game’s “Palace”, the game’s enemies (or “Echoes”) will mimic your exact moves. For example, if you spend a lot of time running around, your enemies will run around a whole lot too. If you choose a stealthy approach, so will your enemies. But never fear, occasionally the environment “reboots”, and during this period the Echoes won’t copy you so flagrantly. This game has already garnered quite a bit of grassroots attention, so it’d be well worth checking out – especially with the current 10 percent launch discount.
This is a neat looking platformer which supports four-player cooperative play and, as the name implies, features cavemen. Developers JanduSoft aren’t coy about their inspirations: Castle Crashers, Metal Slug, New Super Mario and Trine have all made their mark on Caveman Warriors, and the trailer above will attest to that. There are a bunch of different characters to choose from (and can be switched between in-game), but apart from that this is a refreshingly novelty-free game. You run, you jump, you face off against bosses, and you can do it with friends.
This looks like what would happen if Supergiant Games (Bastion, Transistor) collaborated with Tim Burton. It’s not an RPG, though: it’s a “musical action-adventure” with “a rhythmic environment full of trumpet trees, piano houses and singing enemies”. There’s fairly rudimentary swordplay involved, but you’ll also be tackling mildly taxing puzzles and, no doubt, fending off earworms. If you’re a fan of visually stunning isometric adventure games this is probably a must buy.
Released: September 22
Developer: Bedtime Digital Games
Publisher: Bedtime Digital Games
Price: $24.99 / £18.99
This is a new immersive sim very reminiscent of Deus Ex and Prey, funded on Fig last year and now in Early Access. As that genre suggests, Consortium is all about freedom and improvisation: you play as agent Bishop Six, but you’re actually playing as you (that is, “you”) in control of Bishop Six. “Absolutely everything in this game has a narrative or world-building explanation behind it, including all of the game mechanics. In other words our goal from the very beginning was to ensure there are no “gamey” elements, allowing for maximum immersion.” Well worth a look, if you’re not averse to Early Access.
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