Sanctum 2 is a multi-player FPS tower defense hybrid game for PC and available on Steam. The player must with defending their core from alien creatures called "Lumes". Players have access to 4 characters, 13 defense towers, and a large arsenal of weapons to choose from. The four player characters can equip up to two weapons, three perks, and four towers at a time and each character has a unique weapon, ability, and role in defending their core.
The game’s visuals look excellent especially in its environments and character models. The game also has an active and friendly online community to help beginners and a single player mode to experiment with different tower patterns. Sanctum 2 is available for $14.99 on Steam as of this writing.
Skull Girls is a 2D competitive fighting game developed for PS3, Xbox, and PC. The game was developed by Revenge Labs and Lab Zero Games. Due to a change in publishers and various licensing issues, the game has recently been re-released and renamed Skull Girls Encore on February 2014. The game play was modeled after the Marvel vs. Capcom series and uses many of its mechanics such as tag-team based combat, character assists, snap backs, and aerial combos. The game can be played with different combinations of characters with one to three characters on each team. Skull Girls also includes a lot of creative balancing features like custom assists, an infinite prevention system, and a stun meter that limits the amount of hits you can deal to the enemy.
The game uses beautiful 2D animated sprites for its characters and environments with many visual gags, pop culture references, and in-jokes on the fighting game community. Skull Girls also has a very entertaining voice cast that fit their characters perfectly and adds to the games humorous atmosphere. Skull Girls Encore is available for $14.99 on Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network as of this writing.
Electronic Super Joy
Electronic Super Joy is a 2D platformer developed by Michael Todd and was released on August 23, 2014 for PC. You play as an unnamed hero who is on a quest to retrieve his butt which has been stolen by an evil wizard. Now you might be thinking “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!”, but don’t let the games bizarre premise scare you away. Electronic Super Joy is a humorous and challenging platformer like Super Meat Boy and I Want to Be the Guy. The player can run, jump, smash enemies directly below him, and double jump in some levels.
Trust me when I say this is one of the most brutally difficult games I’ve ever played but also one of the most satisfying to complete. Electronic Super Joy also features an exciting techno soundtrack that alleviates the imminent frustration one will get from playing this game. To be clear, I’m not saying the game is bad because it is hard. But due to its difficulty I would have to say that it is definitely not for everyone. Electronic Super Joy is available for $7.99 on Steam as of this writing.