I’ve spent a lot of time in Black Skylands’ Early Access build on Steam, and I’ve spent an equal amount of time wondering exactly who it’s for. That isn’t a knock against the game itself — which I am enjoying thoroughly — but it is a difficult thing to pin down.
Tag: Early Access
Dream Engines: Nomad Cities is a hybrid city-building title that mixes the popular elements of many different genres into an entertaining, yet challenging experience.
I knew I’d put myself in an impossible situation as soon as I made the move, but there I was nothing I could do.
Shores Unknown is an third person action-RPG following characters Morton and Ren as they investigate a mystery — a deadly fog known as “the Murk” surrounds their island, and nothing has ever passed through it. However, they learn that something is coming and they’re soon caught up in an adventure far greater than they thought possible.
The original Everspace – which I Did Not Review back when it came out – was something of an oddity. A space combat roguelike, it inserted some pretty stunning production values into a subgenre that, at the time, was largely confined to low-budget indie projects. We got the gorgeous vistas and exciting dogfights of a modern Freespace successor, but folded and fitted into a digestible run-based structure.
Enlisted is a bold attempt at tackling a bloated genre. The World War II shooter has more entries than I can count, but even bolder than trying to crack this style is that it’s also entering the similarly-crowded online-only field.
Living as we are in the golden age of simulation games, there is seemingly no end to the blue-collar jobs that players can dabble in from the safety of their own couches. Whether they long to sample life as a medieval shopkeeper, a city bus driver, or even a mushroom prospector, there’s something out there to help them live their dreams.
Currently Available In Early Access For PC
Zombies and side-scrolling brawlers seem like a perfect match, and Infected Shelter combines them into a gory, goofy roguelike. Players punch, throw, slash, and shoot their way through ruined city streets. Along the way they find assorted limited-use weapons to demolish the undead horde.
First-person games these days seem to have one of two presentations — they either feature a gun and gallons of blood, or a person walking peacefully though scenes while picking up objects. It’s easy to see that Elderborn gets its inspiration from the former, but in a twist, it takes the gun out of the equation. Instead, players will pick up a series of melee weapons to fight evil, striking, parrying, and kicking their way through an ancient Egyptian-inspired dungeon while searching for gold along the way.