Spotlight Sunday - Week 36 - 2015

Spotlight Sunday is a way for Choicest Games to feature PC games that are scheduled for release on the following week - games that we consider worthwhile checking out.

This week (31st August to the 6th September 2015), unlike last week where there was only game that caught my interest, there's four for this coming week with a good mixture of indies and AAA titles:

NOBUNAGA'S AMBITION: Sphere of Influence

  • Release Date: 01/09/2015
  • Availability: Steam - Not available for pre-order
This is actually a series that's been around for quite some time and Koei is a Japanese game developer that has lots of experience when it comes to strategy games. In fact, this is the fourteenth NOBUNAGA'S AMBITION game and they've been developing games since the late 1970s. Sadly, my experience with Koei games has been rather brief, the only games I've really played being Genghis Khan II and one of the Uncharted Waters games but both of my experiences were good ones, so I'm always keen to see what they're releasing next. One reason why I haven't played many of their games is that the games don't tend to be translated into English but in the case of this next release, it apparently will! Set during the Warring States or Sengoku period in Japan, your job as one of the warlords is to unite Japan as one nation.

Sphere of Influence screenshot

Renowned Explorers: International Society

  • Release Date: 02/09/2015
  • Availability: Steam - Not available for pre-order, GOG - Not available for pre-order
Wasn't there already another game about the great age of exploration released recently? Seems to be a popular topic! Anyway, this game is apparently a "strategy adventure game" and your job is to assemble a team that can use "beauty, brains or brawn" in order to resolve encounters and ultimately secure treasure in an alternate 19th century. Sounds like it could be fun.

Renowned Explorers: International Society screenshot

Act of Aggression

As mentioned in an earlier post, Steam is still the way to go if you want the cheapest price on Act of Aggression. The game is made by RTS veterans, Eugen Systems who were responsible for such games as Wargame: Airland Battle and Act of War: Direct Action. Act of Aggression promises to transport you back to the good ol' days of RTS games and is meant to be a tribute to Command & Conquer: Generals. I was a big fan of C&C: Generals and it even made #47 on the Choicest Games Top 100, so any game that claims to be targeted at that demographic is a winner in my books.

Act of Aggression screenshot

Company of Heroes 2 - The British Forces

  • Release Date: 03/09/2015
  • Availability: Steam - $10.39 USD
I still haven't fully experienced Company of Heroes 2, only playing a couple of multiplayer matches and only managing to get to the third level of the single player campaign, but I'm somehow excited by the prospect of playing as British troops in this upcoming stand-alone multiplayer expansion. Apparently according to some chart on the Steam store page, the British Forces suit a more defensive play style, tend to have average size armies, tend to neither be specialised or a jack-of-all-trades and tend to have a mid-late game advantage - so definitely not a side to pick if you like to rush!

Company of Heroes 2 - The British Forces screenshot

So are you interested or excited about any PC games being released next week? Which games are you looking forward to?