Posted by: adrianwerner | June 21, 2010

Post E3 Update (21st june 2010)

So, E3 came and brought insane ammounts of new informations, screens, movies and yep…new game annoucements. Enough to finally make 2011 section worthy of separating the titles into categories. It was quite a surprise to see so many promising pc games being revealed, as in recent years PC publishers and developers rarely showed anything at this particular show, choosing to save the goodies for Gamescom.
Anyway, I’ve also cleaned up the lists, adding reviews and moving delayed games to 2011.

2010 GAMES

Men of War: Vietnam
Single centric stand alone expansion to Men of War (great tactics-heavy wargame that scored 8.0 at IGN)

Men of War: Assault Squad
Multi player centric stand alone expansion to Men of War (great tactics-heavy wargame that scored 8.0 at IGN)

King’s Bounty: Crossworlds
Second add-on to one of best PC games of 2008.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
Casual Star Wars MMO full of mini games, from makers of Free Realms (also MMO, it scored 8.8 from IGN).

Vindictus
Promising MMO with action-game like combat.

Battlestar Galactica Online
Space combat MMO

The Ball
Unique mix of First Person Action Game and Puzzler. It’s commercial continuation of mod that was awarded 2nd place in finals of Epic Games’ Make Something Unreal contest.

Sanctum
Interesting mix of FPP action and tower defense, running on Unreal Engine 3.0.

Pool Pro Online 3
Pool Pro Online 3 is the complete pool hall experience. Even if you have a passing interest in the game, rack up Pool Pro Online 3 and give it a break.8.0 from Gamezebo

Death to Spies 3
Stealth action game heavily inspired by Hitman and set in Cold War era.The first one scored 8.0 at IGN.

Driver: San Francisco

F.E.A.R. 3
First one scored 9.2 at IGN, while the second got 8.2 on the same site.

Magic: The Gathering – Tactics
Videogame adaptation of classic card game.

Off-Road Drive
Off road racing simulator.

Skulls of the Shogun
Turn based strategy game from ex-EALA developers.

Word Pirate
One of the most refreshing and unique takes on word puzzle gameplay in what has become an otherwise very stale genre. The story mode takes a handful of hours to complete, and because of the nature of the core gameplay and the captivating story, it never feels trite or boring. Word Pirate is an excellent choice for anyone who likes word puzzle games and also has a soft spot in their hearts for swashbuckling adventure.9.0 from Gamezebo

Puppet Show: Souls of the Innocent
About as good as hidden objects get. Its scenery is stunning, and while there is perhaps a bit too much backtracking, its puzzles are top-notch, satisfying, and clever. The solutions to the puzzles aren’t always as intuitive as they could be, but so long as you just look everywhere (which you’re going to want to do anyway because the game is so gorgeous) and try everything, the moments of confusion should be brief. It’s a masterful showing and an absolute must-play for anyone who likes their villains good and creepy.9.0 from Gamezebo

Robinson Crusoe and the Cursed Pirates
Robinson Crusoe and the Cursed Pirates is a stunner of a game; the hand-drawn art is beautifully detailed and the pirates themselves each feel like distinct individuals, rather than just The Next Guy On The List. My own sole regret is that the game felt like it was over almost before it began, though that has more to do with how much fun it is to play rather than it genuinely being too short. (But, hey, if the developers would like to make a sequel, I’m not about to complain!)9.0 from Gamezebo

Agatha Christie 4:50 From Paddington
Agatha Christie 4:50 From Paddington is another excellent contribution to the mystery author’s hidden object library. The searches are well constructed and there are enough intriguing twists in the expected gameplay to keep it all feeling fresh.8.0 from Gamezebo

Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials
Salem Witch Trials plays a lot like The Edgar Allen Poe Conspiracy –with dark, beautiful graphics, a compelling story, and a solid mixture of HOG and point and click adventure elements — but also fixes most of the issues the first game had. The puzzles are more logical this time around and the HOG scenes don’t feature clues with multiple solutions. All this amounts to a wonderfully spooky game that, while a little on the easy side, is still incredibly enjoyable. Salem Witch Trials manages to overcome the sophomore curse and offer up an experience that’s even better than the original.8.0 from Gamezebo

Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole doesn’t do much that you didn’t already see in the first Flux Family, instead it builds upon that foundation, helping to further expand Jessie’s story and the mystery of the time travelling Flux’s. It also offers up quite a lengthy adventure, encompassing 12 chapters that will take several hours to finish. And what it loses in originality it makes up for with quality, offering a fun adventure that sure to please HOG fans.8.0 from Gamezebo

Slingo Quest Egypt
Slingo fans can buy with confidence, Slingo decriers can avoid without worry, and newcomers should give the one hour free trial a shot to see if this popular franchise is their cup of tea.8.0 from Gamezebo

Rachel’s Retreat
we highly recommend Rachel’s Retreat to all fans of the genre and newcomers alike. The graphics and the way you improve your spa are enough to distinguish this new release from older, similar titles, and apart from some minor flaws the game presents an entertaining gaming experience of high quality. We cannot say for sure whether you will hit nirvana while playing it, but you will enjoy it without a doubt.8.0 from Gamezebo

Fishdom 2
The play has been so expertly executed and with such artistic verve that I really doubt many people will begrudge this sequel’s lack of original concepts. If you’re a fan of match-three games, Fishdom 2’s intuitive design, relaxed pace, and visual and auditory stylings are almost certain to appeal.
8.0 from Gamezebo

Special Enquiry Detail
It’s worth making the effort to tune out the voice acting and overlook the few minor mistakes here and there, though. It’s not perfect, but Special Enquiry Detail is a very smart and satisfying adventure for mystery junkies.8.0 from Gamezebo

Strange Cases: The Lighthouse Mystery
Strange Cases: The Lighthouse Mystery is very impressive and goes well above and beyond merely hitting all the usual HOG touchstones. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it looks great and it even manages to tell a reasonably coherent story, and at around three hours of solid gameplay it’s got some decent staying power, too. It all adds up to a very solid, entertaining game that hidden object fans should definitely give a second look.
8.0 from Gamezebo

Buried in Time
Buried in Time’s clever gameplay, great story and attractive graphics makes it one of the more charming digital downloads of the season.8.0 from Gamezebo

Paige Harper and the Tome of Mystery
Even if Paige Harper and the Tome of Mystery wasn’t wonderfully inventive, clever, and cheeky, I’d tell you to play it simply because it is so incredibly beautiful. Each chapter is simply gorgeous and immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with that particular story, but everything in the game is lovely, even the main menu. If you’re looking for a beautifully polished HOG experience, Paige Harper is the way to go.8.0 from Gamezebo

Build-a-lot: The Elizabethan Era
nyone who loves the earlier games will find The Elizabethan Era is just as absorbing, and visiting the past does make you look at the gameplay in a slightly different way. It feels both completely new and comfortably similar at the same time. In addition to the main campaign and a more relaxed casual mode, the premium edition also features an additional campaign with many new levels to explore. There’s a whole lot of game here to enjoy, and it’s a blast to the real estate past we can heartily recommend.8.0 from Gamezebo

2011GAMES

Shogun II: Total War

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online
MMO set in WH40K universe.

Avadon: The Black Fortress
New RPG from makers of Geneforge and Avernum series. This time Spiderweb finally has completely redesigned their graphics system.

Tera
Beautiful MMORPG with action-game like combat, by ex-Lineage devs.

Black Mirror 3

Bounty Arms
Indie platformer running on Unreal Engine 3.0.

Trine 2
Sequel to 8.2 platformer.

Rock of Ages
A head-to-head, real-time tower defense game in which two players alternate between defending and attacking. When attacking you control a big-huge boulder that’s rolling towards your opponent’s gates. If you’re the one on the defense your attempt to slow and divert your boulder by placing towers, fans and units in boulder’s path. It’s being made by ACE Team, makers of Zeno Clash (which got 8.4 from IGN).

Dust
Spiritual successor to Populour created by Eric Chahi, the designer who made Another World (known as Out of this World in USA).

Red Faction: Armageddon
The previous entry in this franchise (Red Faction: Guerrilla) scored 8.0 at IGN.

Dungeon Siege III
THird entry in the popular hack and slash franchise. This time it’s being developed by Obsidian Entertainment, known for creating RPGs like Knights of the Old Republic 2 or Neverwinter Nights 2.

Kings and Castles
Fantasy RTS from Gas Powered Games, makers of Supreme Commander series (on IGN first one scored 8.9, while the sequel 8.4 got).

The First Templar
Co-op centric action-adventure from Haemimont Games, makers of games like Tropico 3 (8.4 from IGN) or Celtic Kings: Rage of War (8.2 on the same site) and The Punic Wars: A Clash of Two Empires (8.0 from IGN).

Dead Space 2
The first one got from IGN

MODS

I Hate Mountains for Left 4 Dead
Incredible fan-made campaign that easily rivals what Valve itself has done for the gamne,

Death Sentence for Left 4 Dead 2

Night Terror for Left 4 Dead 2
Port of great Left 4 Dead campaign.

Welcome to Hell for Left 4 Dead 2
Polished 5 maps long campaign.

Call of pripyat Reloaded for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Mega mod that improves both gameplay and graphics.

DaggerXL for Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
Updates the game to run on modern hardware and adds tons of new features like texture filtering. Bassicaly it gives you a way to play Daggerfall today without all the headaches you could expect from a game as old as this one.

The Caravan Club for Neverwinter Nights 2
Polished adventure with lots of detective elements.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes for Sins of a Solar Empire
Total conversion based on classic japanese space-opera.

Mongol Invasion for Medieval 2: Total War with Kingdoms add-on.
Mongolo-Tatar modification tells of the tragic moment of history about the Mongol invasion on the land East Europe (Poland, Lithuania, Russian Principalities, Turkey, Balkans, Baltic regions)

FREEWARE GAMES

Breach

Chubby Ninja
Fun little platformer where you constantly need to go up.

Composition Piece
A short 2D platformer that tells the story of a composer who is writing a piece of music for a girl he is infatuated with.-Indiegames

FiNCK
In Nifflas’ 2D platformer you play an unnamed protagonist who has the ability to pick up blocks and enemies to use for solving puzzles. Heavy blocks are perfect for stacking, while blue blocks can slide through small corridors that you would normally have problems squeezing into. An enemy behavior also determines what kind of ability you would get when you grab one with your bare hands.-Indiegames

Death Row Diner
Satirical Dinner Dash clone set in prison.

Heir
Retro platformer inspired by Shadow of the Colossus, where you have to climb up on gigantic beasts’ bodies to reach their weak spots.

Larry and the Gnomes
A side-scrolling hack-and-slasher.

Loved
Interesting experimental platformer.

Transformice!
A hectic online multiplayer game which is part co-op, part everyone go ballistic. On each level there is a piece of cheese and a mouse hole, and the idea is to run and grab the cheese, then take it back to the hole.-Indiegames

Hold Your Ground
Puzzler game where your goal is to built castle that will witstand barrage of cannon balls.

Lackadaisium
Surreal puzzle game.

Ragdoll Cannon 3
Physics puzzler.

Soccer Balls
Physics puzzler where you have to shoot the soccer ball in such way to make something hit the referee.

Take Something Literally 2
Collection of abstract puzzle challenges bound together by unique art style

Unnatural Selection
A mix of puzzler and life sim.

Grace’s Diary
Great visual novel, with suprisingly good writing and graphics.

Heart of Tota
Indiana Jones inspired adventure game.

The Life Of A Pacifist Is Often Fraught With Conflict
Funny visual novel.

Rein
You play as one of the staff involved in a secret bioengineering project inside a research facility named Fraxto 21. At the start of the story the entire building is already collapsing all around you, so you must make haste and try to escape from the place in one piece.-Indiegames

Submachine Network Exploration Experience
Another amazing SF adventure from Matuesz Skutnik.

Protector IV: Mercenary
Very well done tower defense game.

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