Pictured above: Full Metal Furies
We're in the Q1 post-holiday slump, so new releases are still pretty sparse. Even so, I did manage to find a few interesting titles, and have decided to start covering Early Access games if they have a decent foundation already going for them. I'm not personally recommending any games on this list, just highlighting some recent releases that look promising. Make sure you read user reviews and search for videos to find out more about each game.
Bravium is one of those "hero defense" games you often see on mobile. It's not a genre I normally pay attention to, but this one looks fairly polished and has some nice visuals. Defend against hordes of monsters as either a Barbarian or Sorceress, both of which have their own set of upgradable skills and items. While Bravium is free-to-play on mobile, the PC version has been stripped of the usual grind, timers, and microtransactions in favor of a flat $15 price tag.
Fallen Legion+ is a compilation of two RPGs, Sins of an Empire and Flames of Rebellion, that are designed as companion games set in the same fantasy world. The first game places you in the role of Princess Cecille as she works to restore her crumbling homeland, while the second game follows Legatus on his quest to overthrow the empire and claim the throne for himself. The combat is in real time, and takes a lot of inspiration from the JRPG classic Valkyrie Profile. Both games were originally released on the PS4 and Vita, and there is a Switch port in the works as well.
Yume Nikki is a surreal Japanese adventure game that released way back in 2004. Thanks to the folks over at Playism, this cult classic has finally made its way to Steam, and just in time for the announcement of a new game called Yume Nikki: Dream Diary. Yume Nikki is one of the original walking sims, and allows you to explore twisted (and somewhat disturbing) dream worlds at your own pace as you try to decipher their meaning.
Paradise is the latest installment in the ongoing Rusty Lake series of psychological horror point-and-click adventures. You play as Jakob, the oldest son of the Eilander family, who has recently returned to the island of Paradise after his mother's sudden and mysterious death. The island has been cursed by the Ten Plagues, and it's up to you to unravel your mother's secrets and dispel the plagues by performing arcane family rituals. Paradise, along with the previous two premium Rusty Lake games, is also available on mobile.
Cellar Door Games
Full Metal Furies is a co-op focused action RPG, and the latest game by the developers of Rogue Legacy. The game features four unique characters with upgradable skill trees and swappable special abilities. Enemies are protected by color-coded barriers that can only be destroyed by characters of the same color, forcing players to coordinate and combo their attacks to beat each encounter. While there is a solo mode where you can switch between characters on the fly, Full Metal Furies was designed from the ground up to be a co-op games, so keep that in mind before making a purchase. Full Metal Furies is also on the Xbox One and Humble Store.
DUSK is a fast arena FPS inspired by '90s classics like Quake and Blood. DUSK goes all the way in its quest to replicate the old school shooter experience by using blocky, low resolution graphics. The current Early Access build features the first 2/3rds of the single player campaign and the beta version of DUSKWORLD, the game's online multiplayer mode. DUSK is expected to be done in a few months, and will include three endless arenas and mod tools in addition to the full campaign and multiplayer.
Finally we come to Forged Battalion, a new RTS by Petroglyph Games. This studio of ex-Westwood developers are once again trying to create a true successor to the Command & Conquer legacy, and Forged Battalion features many mechanics that will be familiar to fans of that franchise. The standout feature of Forged Battalion are the customizable units and structures. The metagame tech tree allows you to research new upgrades to further tweak your ever-evolving faction and their arsenal. The Early Access version currently includes the first of four story campaign acts, five maps for multiplayer and skirmish mode, and two game types. Forged Battalion is set to be in Early Access around six months.
Which of these games caught your attention?