RPG 10 November 2015
The fourth full-fledged installment in the post-apocalyptic RPG series launched in 1997 by Black Isle studio and Interplay. Starting from the third part made in 2008, Bethesda acquired the rights to the franchise and took the reins of the next production in the cult series as well. The game’s style is reminiscent of its two predecessors, in which – unlike in the first parts of the cycle – we experience the events from first-person perspective. The plot takes us back to the post-apocalyptic world after a nuclear war, where the survivors are forced to constantly fight for their lives. Fallout 4 includes various new locations and characters, and a whole variety of plot quests, elaborate dialogue sequences and challenging opponents.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
RPG 19 May 2015
An action RPG and the third chapter of the adventures of a morally unambiguous monster slayer, Geralt of Rivia. As were the parts of the cycle, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s literary works, while not being a direct adaptation of any of his books. The story picks up after the events of the previous game and focuses on several plotlines, including Geralt’s lost love, invasion of the Nilfgaard Empire on the Northern Kingdoms, as well as the eponymous, spectral hunt. The gameplay is characterized by a sandbox style, giving players much freedom in exploring the vast world (an area more than 40 times bigger than in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings) and completing hundreds of side quests. The developers from CD Projekt RED introduced many new features, including a new REDengine3 that offers excellent audiovisual quality.
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Simulation 19 October 2012
A sequel to a popular truck simulation game. Just like its predecessor from 2008, the game was developed by a Czech developer SCS Software. Euro Truck Simulator 2 lets you play as a truck driver and owner of a delivery company. The core gameplay has you transport cargo between towns and cities. The game’s map comprises of a large part of Europe, and each features a couple of cities you can visit. The money you earn doing jobs lets you purchase new models of trucks or customize the ones you already own. Euro Truck Simulator 2 sports attractive graphics and realistic driving model based not only on basic laws of physics, but also typical conditions on roads.
Star Wars: Battlefront
Action 17 November 2015
The third installment of the Star Wars-themed first person shooter series, which comes back after 10-year hiatus, with audiovisuals befitting the eight generation of consoles. After Lucas Arts Studio, who developed the first two parts, was closed, the works on the sequel were handed over to DICE L.A., a studio devoted to making Star Wars games. The game once more takes you into the age-old war for the galaxy and lets you choose one of two sides of the conflict. Throughout in-game missions you get to visit dozens of locations well known from George Lucas’ film saga and use all kinds of weapons and vehicles typical of the universe. Apart from an expansive story mode the game offers a variety of multiplayer modes, in which you can cooperate and compete with players from all around the world. The visuals are generated with advanced Frostbite Engine, known from games like Need for Speed: Rivals and Battlefield franchise.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
Action 23 October 2015
Another full-fledged installment in a best-selling action game series, this time prepared by Ubisoft Quebec Studio. After a brief affair with the French Revolution the developers decided to take players to 19th-century London of the Victorian era, giving them control of two characters: hot-headed young man named Jacob and his twin sister Evie. Although the game retains all its key elements, gameplay mechanics went through some transformations. Streets are full of carriages, which, just as in Grand Theft Auto series, can be hijacked and used to move around the city. Another essential element is the fact of being the leader of Jacob’s gang, which, among other things, results in street brawls with opposing groups. The game faithfully recreates the topography of the capital city of England, so you can easily find and recognize such landmarks as Westminster Palace or St. Paul’s Cathedral. The heroes also gained new weapons and gadgets as well as previously unseen abilities.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
RPG 11 November 2011
A heroic action RPG and the fifth main installment in the popular The Elder Scrolls franchise. Bethesda Softworks once again takes the players to the fantasy continent of Tamriel. The plot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set 200 years after the events depicted in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The main character is the last of the Dragonborn (Dovahkiin), a human (or a member of one of the several other available races) able to wield the powerful magic of dragons. With the arrival of the last Dragonborn, an old prophecy heralding the return of Alduin - the dragon god of destruction - is set into motion. The game combines elements of dynamic action with Bethesda-style cRPG, featuring a complex system of character development and a vast, open world. High quality visuals in the game are generated by the Creation Engine, Bethesda's original graphic engine.
Strategy 18 November 2015
An original turn-based strategy game set in a universe that combines elements of the Western and fantasy. The title was created by a Polish developer CreativeForge Games, consisting of creators of such franchises like Call of Juarez and Dead Island. The game is set in the 19th-century Wild West. Already troubled by lawlessness, the land gets stricken by a series of supernatural phenomena. In terms of gameplay mechanics the title resembles Heroes of Might & Magic franchise, so you explore a vast world in search of new missions, secrets, and treasures. The key element is turn-based combat. Each bullet can be deadly, but you can aid your troops with different potions, medics, and shamans. The gameplay is enriched by various tactical elements, such as the influence of the sun, interactive environmental objects, bribery, and even an ability to spin a bullet. The game also features expanded character progression system.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Action 10 November 2015
Another installment in the popular series of action adventure games, once again developed by Crystal Dynamics, the studio that brought us the successful reboot of the franchise. In terms of plot, the game continues the story arcs started in the previous part. Again we accompany the young, although tougher and more ruthless, Lara Croft. Unlike in the previous game, this time we visit different parts of the world, exploring larger and more open places. As for the mechanics, the production combines the survival aspects of its predecessor with the exploration of the many tombs and catacombs, which is the hallmark of the series. The gameplay is therefore full of numerous stealth elements as well as purely arcade sequences, and open exchanges of fire. Lara also uses a number of brand new weapons and gadgets. Designed for eighth-generation console, the production features high-quality graphics, which represents an important rise in quality as compared to the previous parts of the series.
Grand Theft Auto V
Action 17 September 2013
The fifth full-fledged installment in a massively popular action game series developed by Rockstar North together with Take Two Interactive. Grand Theft Auto V is set in a fictitious city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles). The story revolves around adventures of three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips and Franklin Clinton, infamous for often crossing the law. The game’s creators stayed true to the franchise tradition of sandbox gameplay model, giving players huge freedom in doing missions and moving around a virtual city. The game budget amounted to 360 million dollars, a record number for a video game.
RPG 28 October 2008
The third installment in the popular series of post-apocalyptic cRPGs. Bethesda Softworks, best known for The Elder Scrolls series, took the reins of the production. The main story arc consists in the search for our character’s father. During the journey, the main protagonist called the Lone Wanderer learns of Project Purity, which could provide water for the inhabitants of the Wasteland. The developers have designed several variants of the main campaign's end, depending on the choices made by the player. They remained faithful to the extensive system of character’s attributes, S.P.E.C.I.A.L., known from the previous games in the Fallout series. The gameplay, however, is characteristic of action games, and features dynamic combat sequences. The three-dimensional visuals of Fallout 3 are generated by the Gamebryo engine.
Need for Speed
Racing 03 November 2015
The ninth full-fledged installment in one of the most popular car racing video game series continually developed for over two decades by Electronic Arts company. This one was created by recurring Ghost Games Studio (former EA Gotheburg) mostly consisting of ex-Criterion employees. The game production process was also assisted by Speedhunters community members, i.e. photographers, journalists, and drivers focused around broadly understood car culture. Wrapping up the 20 years of the series’ existence on the market the creators decided for a restart, simply naming the new game Need for Speed. To meet players’ expectations the product draws from the two most popular reincarnations of the series: Need for Speed: Underground and Underground 2, featuring all the elements fans loved the franchise for – extensive car customization, life-like car culture and compelling story set in an open world bustling with nightlife.
Fallout: New Vegas
RPG 19 October 2010
Fallout: New Vegas is a spin-off to a post-apocalyptic cRPG series. This game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment founded by ex-employees of Black Isle Studios (the creators of Fallout and Fallout 2). The story in Fallout: New Vegas is focused on a conflict between two factions: New California Republic and Caesar’s Legion, and the citizens of New Vegas in the middle. The player takes on the role of a courier saved from imminent death by a friendly robot named Victor. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game copies solutions from Fallout 3. Depending on your preferences you can play either in first or third person perspective. Moreover, a well-proven combat system called V.A.T.S. comes back, letting you pause the game and select a part of enemy body you want to aim at. The graphics is generated by a modified version of Gamebryo Engine, previously used e.g. in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Action 06 November 2015
The twelfth full-fledged installment in a bestselling shooting game series from Activision company, existing as a direct sequel to the previous editions of the series authored by Treyarch Studio. The story is set 40 years after the events in Black Ops II, in a world reigned by chaos, where climatic changes, natural resources running low and ideological divisions in the society are leading problems. In such circumstances an NDI system, a gigantic mental network, is created, allowing for unprecedented coordination of military troops all around the world. In the game you become a member of a squad who loses contact with their base. It seems that the biggest governmental data leak in history has occurred. In terms of mechanics, the game offers more open map structure and cooperative gameplay in campaign mode. The biggest changes, however, were introduced to multiplayer, where 9-class system was introduced.
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void
Strategy 10 November 2015
The third chapter of StarCraft II trilogy that came out as a sequel to Blizzard’s bestselling science-fiction RTS. The last episode of the story is devoted to the most mysterious race in the StarCraft universe – the Protoss. You play as the commander of this technically advanced faction, which went through significant evolution as compared with the first game released in 1998. The Protoss army is much more mobile, while the representatives of the race are faster and have a new ability of teleportation. In contrast with the two other factions, whose campaigns concentrated on battles, the chapter about the Protoss puts emphasis on diplomacy, solving internal conflicts and looking for compromises. The time that lapsed from the release of the previous episode was also used to enhance the graphics and make several lesser improvements to gameplay mechanics.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
Adventure 02 December 2014
A game by Telltale Games, the studio behind many others similar productions, designed as an episodic adventure game based on the HBO’s popular TV show Game of Thrones - an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. The game features an original story overlapping with the events presented in the seasons 3-5 of the TV series. This six-part episodic story tells of House Forrester, whose members, although missing from the TV show, appeared in the fifth book of the saga. Known for ironwood trade, the Forresters are trying to survive the War of the Five Kings, while competing with House Whitehill. Gameplay employs the classic point-and-click mechanics. The game lets you visit many well-known locations from across both the Westeros and Essos continents, and see the events from the perspective of several characters, whose actions have direct impact on the fate of the two families.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
RPG 18 November 2014
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third part of a cRPG series, which started in 2009 with the debut of Dragon Age: Origins. Once again BioWare took on the development of the production in cooperation with Electronic Arts. The game is set in a fantasy world of Thedas, and the main theme of the plot is a demon invasion. The player becomes a leader of the Inquisition burdened with two tasks: stopping the creatures invading from spirit world - the Fade, and finding the ones responsible for bringing them to the world of mortals. The gameplay is based on classic cRPG solutions with a focus on world exploration, tactical combat, team-building, and making ethical choices that affect the course of the story. On the technical side, Dragon Age: Inquisition employs the Frostbite 3 engine (known for Battlefield 4, among others) which provides high-quality audiovisual environment.
A high fantasy MMORPG. Black Desert is a debut project of a Korean studio Pearl Abyss, created in cooperation with the industry veteran, Dae-Il Kim, creator of RYL Online and Continent of Ninth. The game is set in a dark and gloomy world rocked by a conflict between two powers – The Calpheon Republic and Valencia Kingdom. As befits a MMORPG, players create their own avatars and then explore vast locations, earn experience, and collect more and more valuable items. What sets Black Desert apart from similar titles is complex combat mechanics that puts reflexes and player’s skills above character attributes.
Just Cause 3
Action Tuesday, 01 December 2015
The third installment in a popular series of sandbox action games that came out after five years hiatus thanks to the original creators, Avalanche Studios. The game features new adventures of special agent Rico Rodriguez, who works for a secret branch of CIA, known as The Agency. You travel to the Mediterranean Sea region, specifically a small republic of Medici, which suffers under the heavy hand of merciless general Di Ravello. Just as in previous installments in the series, your task is to overthrow the dictator. The game lets you explore a region of over 400 square miles, which you can traverse any way you like. There you find series of story-related objectives and side missions. You travel across the island using a large spectrum of vehicles and gadgets. The hero can make use of both classic firearms, as well as bigger caliber weapons. When it comes to audiovisuals, the game was designed with the view of the eight generation consoles, making a big quality leap when compared with previous installments in the series.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Racing 15 November 2005
The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games that featured illegal night street races, this game goes back to the roots of the series, combining ideas from the last two titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge a next driver from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.
Farming Simulator 15
Simulation 30 October 2014
The sixth full-fledged installment in a popular farming simulation game series. The franchise makes a comeback to key gaming platforms after a year off, when only smarphone and portable consoles editions were released. The developer, GIANTS Software, prepared another portion of innovations to enhance gameplay. The game lets you play on a new environment (Scandinavian), characterized by different landscape, weather and vast forests. This time players can chop down trees using specially designed, licensed machines. There is also a car wash, so you could keep your vehicles clean. Overall gameplay mechanics remained unchanged, so you still have to manage a farm and expand it using the money earned from breeding animals and cultivating land. This new game introduced the series to the eight generation consoles, which brought about a significant improvement of the graphics.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
RPG 17 May 2011
An action RPG game that is the second part of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia. Similarly to its predecessor from 2007, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was developed by CD Projekt RED. The game follows the foiled plot to assassinate King Foltest. With the appearance of a mysterious man called Kingslayer the titular witcher becomes entangled in a complicated political intrigue, in which the fate of several kingdoms will be decided. The developers tried to faithfully recreate the world known from the literary works of Andrzej Sapkowski while enriching it with new elements. Great emphasis was put on moral choices leading to one of 16 possible endings, and on the completely rebuilt, dynamic combat system. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is distinguished by excellent visuals generated by the developer’s RED Engine.
League of Legends
Strategy 06 October 2009
An extremely popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, produced by Riot Games. League of Legends is set in Valoran, a fantasy world that has been torn by a bloody war for centuries. However, the opposing nations found another way of resolving disputes – duels fought by their representatives in the arenas. The game has been designed with multiplayer mode in mind, based on rivalry between two teams composed of several people. Each player controls one character. The key to the victory lies in cooperation between the team members and the ability to make good use of the individual strengths of each character. The game is using free-to-play business model with optional micropayments for some items and features.
A sandbox car driving simulation. BeamNG.drive is a debut title of an indie developer Beam NG, being an effect of several year of works on a realistic driving model. Players can sit behind wheels of several car classes (e.g. passenger cars, pick-ups trucks, vans) and explore expansive terrains. The creators prepared a set of play modes including police pursuits, street races and currier missions. In-game editor lets players create new vehicles and tracks. The driving model takes into account many factors that influence moving cars. The pinnacle of BeamNG.drive is its remarkably realistic damage system. In-game crashes differ very little from real-life road accidents.
Mount & Blade: Warband
RPG 30 March 2010
A standalone expansion to Mount & Blade, a popular game by TaleWorlds Studio, which got acclaim for being a unique combination of strategy game and action-RPG. The developers followed community feedback implementing an array of innovations and improvements to enrich gameplay. First of all, artificial intelligence of commanders and vassals was significantly enhanced and diplomacy was expanded, giving you more control over your lands. Another thing that went through much improvement was the game’s visuals. However, the biggest novelty is multiplayer gameplay for up to 64 people playing together in one of 7 different play modes. Warband features all locations present in the original Mount & Blade, as well as a brand new faction Sarranid Sultanate and lots of new missions.