The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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.
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
The second expansion to action-RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt created by CD Projekt RED. This time we accompany Geralt during his stay in Touissant – one of few countries in The Witcher’s universe still untouched by war. However, under the veil of carefree idyll the city hides a dark, bloody secret. Investigating the mystery is another task for the White Wolf. Just like in the first expansion, new content does not end with new missions. The add-on also features new items, characters, and monsters. According to the developers’ estimate, Blood and Wine offers over 20 hours of gameplay.
Another full-fledged installment in one of the most popular series of war shooters played from the first-person view and developed since 2002, as the effect of cooperation between Electronic Arts and DICE. With its flamboyant title, Battlefield 1 introduces the series to the realities of the First World War. The story campaign depicts this global conflict through the eyes of several independent characters, who participate in twentieth-century's first modern military conflict. When it comes to the gameplay itself, the game reaches back to the roots of the franchise, offering larger, open maps and giving a great deal of freedom when it comes to approaching different objectives. Simultaneously, the single-player mechanics were significantly modified, in order for these to resemble the specifics of the multiplayer mode, which allows even up to 64 players to meet in one session. The new time period does not bring only the adequate weaponry and vehicles (planes, tanks, warships), but also makes it necessary to apply a different approach to combat - for instance, battles have become more brutal and a greater emphasis was placed on melee combat.
Grand Theft Auto V
The fifth major installment in the massively popular action game series developed by Rockstar North in cooperation with Take Two Interactive. Grand Theft Auto V is set in a fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles). The story revolves around adventures of three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton, men infamous for brushing up against the law. The game’s creators stayed true to the franchise tradition of sandbox gameplay model, giving players an unparalleled freedom of choice when it comes to completing missions and moving around the virtual city. The game's budget amounted to 360 million dollars, a record number for a video game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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.
The third installment in the popular sandbox gangster series, launched in 2002 by Czech studio Illusion Softworks. Newly created Hangar 13 team, assembled within 2K Games, was in charge of this production. The team included the developers who made the first two parts of the cycle. Unlike those installments, this part takes us to America during the second half of the twentieth century; the main characters are of course members of an Italian crime family, operating in the state of Louisiana. In terms of mechanics, the game does not differ significantly from its predecessors, offering an open world bustling with life, and a series of missions that allow us to participate in shootouts, car chases, and other illegal activities that are typical of the criminal underworld. There is also a bunch of side missions and additional activities, which we can take up in between our tasks.
The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone
The first large expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developed by the creators of the original game, Polish studio CD Projekt RED. The add-on is set in No Man’s Land and the city of Oxenfurt, where Geralt the witcher gets entangled in a shadowy intrigue and encounters a mysterious Man of Glass. Hearts of Stone is more than a new subplot and missions, which provide for a dozen extra hours of gameplay - the players can also gain new useful items and meet interesting characters. Furthermore, the bestiary was expanded by a several previously unseen monsters.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
The fourth major installment in the flagship action adventure series for the PlayStation 3 platform. The game developed for its successor is a reboot of sorts, introducing the series to the next-generation consoles. The game was created by the authors of the entire franchise – Naughty Dog studio. The game once again features the likeable adventurer Nathan Drake – heir to Indiana Jones and the male alternative to the legendary Lara Croft. Since our hero is famous for having a serious knack for trouble, in the fourth part of the game he experiences a whole bunch of thrilling adventures. The story, as usual, will take him across several different parts of the globe. The authors included a variety of elements characteristic for the franchise, such as numerous plot-twists, ancient mysteries, and breathtaking scenery. It also provides an amazing esthetic experience thanks to the game's debut on eighth-generation consoles.
Farming Simulator 17
Farming Simulator 17 is another installment in the series of simulators of farm. This time, the game was published by Focus Home Interactive, but the development was still carried out by GIANTS Software, known from the previous parts of this series. The mechanics remain unchanged - the players become farmers, who need to take good care of their establishment. During the game, much attention has to be paid to the economic side of the management - the right equipment needs to be purchased, used for sawing, gathering crops, and moving the goods around. Traditionally, the player can control many different machines, all with official licenses from real manufacturers, and personally take care of various tasks in the field. The new installment obviously introduces some changes and novelties. Contrary to previous games, Farming Simulator 17 was released on PC, XONE and PS4 simultaneously.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
An action RPG game and the second chapter 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 powered by the developer’s proprietary REDengine.
Another installment of the leading sports game series by EA Sports, featuring a great many licensed national teams and top-league football clubs. Apart from the well-known elements of the franchise and a wide range of varied singleplayer and multiplayer modes, FIFA 17 is the first game in the series to also feature a story campaign, called “The Journey.” In this mode, you play as Alex Hunter, a young footballer starting his career in the Premier League, and your task – apart from playing the matches – is to participate in many side activities. Mechanics-wise, the creators focused on polishing such aspects of the gameplay as offensive techniques, set pieces, physical clashes, and the opponents' AI. An important novelty is also the fact that FIFA 17 is the first game in the franchise to utilize the esteemed Frostbite engine, known from e.g. the Battlefield series.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.
A multiplayer first-person shooter developed by Blizzard and the first production of this genre in the portfolio of the creators of cult series such as Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft. The game is set in a future where peace is ensured by the eponymous organization, established decades ago for protection against attacks by renegade robots. When it starts to crumble, torn apart by internal conflicts, its responsibilities are taken over by completely new characters whose roles are assumed by the players. The game focuses on multiplayer team duels which reward performing certain tasks instead of eliminating other characters. A wide array of heroes with different abilities is involved in the combat and, depending on the situation, we can switch our hero several times during one fight. The game does not offer any development of characters' skills and equipment, instead the key to victory are the skills of the players and good teamwork.
A fantasy action RPG developed by a debuting Piranha Bytes studio, founded by ex-employees of Greenwood Entertainment, a company that prospered in the 1990s. You take on a role of a nameless hero, who, with a group of others, gets incarcerated in a penal colony on Khorinis island. As it turns out, he is not a mere criminal, but a champion of gods who aim to clear the realm of evil forces lead by a mighty demon called The Sleeper. On his quest, the protagonist joins one of three camps and completes many tasks, encountering over 200 non-player characters and a few dozen types of monsters. As he earns experience, the nameless hero develops his skills and learns new abilities – both combat and magic. The game’s 3D graphics is powered by an proprietary engine called ZenGin.
Who's Your Daddy
A simulation game developed by independent developer Joe Williams backed by Kickstarter users. The game depicts the hardships of taking care of a baby. In Who’s Your Daddy the players can become the child, in that case their task is to cause trouble and hurt themselves by performing various forbidden actions, or the father trying to properly take care of the child and keep it out of harm's way by putting special locks on furniture, keeping it away from the cooker and checking its temperature when it is sick. The gameplay is diversified with side missions, completing which is awarded with handy bonuses that make completion of the main objective much easier. The game focuses on multiplayer mode for two players. One player becomes the child while the other one acts as the parent. The action is shown in first-person perspective, featuring simple, three-dimensional graphics.
Watch Dogs 2
A sequel to Watch Dogs, a sandbox action game from 2014, in which the players assume the role of a former criminal and use his hacking skills as well as a number of gadgets to control the city infrastructure as well as private communication devices. Watch Dogs 2 develops the key gameplay elements of its predecessor; the action, however, was moved to an entirely new city, and now takes place in San Francisco. The game was developed by Ubisoft’s internal development studios lead by Ubisoft Montreal. Contrary to first installment, Watch Dogs 2 was created solely with PCs and the 8th-generation consoles, such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in mind.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI
The sixth installment of the legendary series of turn-based strategy games that allow us to control a selected civilization throughout several thousand years of its history. It was traditionally developed by Firaxis Games led by Sid Meier, the franchise’s creator, himself. Gameplay-wise, Civilization VI combines together the well-proven solutions of its predecessors but also introduces several revolutionary changes. The most important one is the city development. Metropolises can now span across more than one field and consist of four kinds of districts: industrial, scientific, trading, and military. The technology development system was also modified, so that every invention offers an additional mini-quest that provides a useful bonus. Significant changes were also introduced in diplomacy, and the combat mechanics now somewhat mitigate the restrictions introduced by the fifth installment of the series. The game traditionally features an extensive and fully configurable multiplayer mode.
Euro Truck Simulator 2
A sequel to the popular truck simulation game. Just like its predecessor from 2008, the game was developed by 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 features a significant number of cities you can visit. The money you earn doing jobs lets you purchase new trucks or customize the ones you already own. Euro Truck Simulator 2 sports attractive visuals and realistic driving model, which takes into account not only well-researched real-life physics, but also the current road conditions.
Life is Strange
An episodic adventure game created by the developers of Remember Me, a French studio DONTNOD. The game bears a resemblance to Telltale Games titles. Its protagonist is a 12th grade student named Max Caulfield, who returns to her home town in Oregon after years of absence. Together with her old friend she tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of her schoolmate, which launches a series of strange events. The story is the essential part for the game, whereas gameplay mechanics are based on the well-proven formula employed by Telltale, which combines free exploration and tough choices with non-obvious consequences. An interesting addition to the gameplay is the fact that Max possesses the power to manipulate time, allowing you to experience another version of events without having to restart an entire episode. On the technical side, the game is well-designed and well-executed, featuring expressive, slightly cartoonish graphics.
The fourth part in one of the most famous FPS franchises in history, originated by id Software Studio in 1993. Since then, the overall story premise remained basically unchanged, having the player take on the role of a sole commando who has to fight hordes of demons from Hell spawned in a military research base as a result of a failed experiment. In contrast to the third game, which featured numerous horror elements, Doom focuses on fast-paced action, thus going back to the roots of the series. The hero learned some brand new skills, including spectacular finishers, making the gameplay even more brutal. One of the landmarks of the franchise is the considerable multiplayer mode, this time enriched with a useful tool called SnapMap. It lets players create not only maps and locations, but also their own play modes – from cooperative battles against enemy hordes to classic Deathmatches.
The Sims 4
The fourth installment in the best-selling life simulation series – The Sims. The Sims 4 was developed by Maxis Studios, also known for SimCity and Spore. The player, once again, controls the lifes of a virtual family. Character editor lets you set not only alter the physical appearance of each Sim, but also define their personality, character, and goals. Your main task is to provide for the needs of your Sims – starting with a place to sleep and regular meals and including their intellectual development as well as professional career. As compared to previous games in the franchise, The Sims 4 offers much more developed social options, letting you interact with other players (e.g. share houses and throw parties together).
Rise of the Tomb Raider
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, including 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.
A mobile RPG that supports augmented reality technology, created by Niantic studio in conjunction with The Pokemon Company. The application uses smartphones’ and tablets’ cameras to register the surrounding reality, then include additional, three-dimensional objects on it. We searching for Pokemon by following the instructions from our GPS. Other elements of gameplay aren’t much different from what we’ve seen in other entries in the series. The game focuses on finding and catching pocket monsters, then training them and dueling against players from the entire world. Pokemon GO application works in conjunction with a dedicated gadget, sold separately, a wristband that gives us access to some additional options if we happen to be without our smartphone. The band will vibrate and glow whenever there is a Pokemon nearby.
An action RPG developed by CD Projekt RED and based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. The story of the game is set in 1270, five years after the Northern War. After losing his memory, Geralt somehow returns to the Witcher keep Kaer Morhen. The stronghold soon gets ambushed by a group known as the Salamander... While in pursuit of the attackers, our protagonist becomes entangled in an intricate plot involving the Order of the Flaming Rose. In the course of our quest we visit a number of locations and encounter several characters known from the books. The developers created a sizable world that reacts dynamically to the actions of the main character. On the technical side, The Witcher uses a completely rebuilt version of Aurora Engine.