Action Video Games

Action games. Wide category of games that require reflex, accuracy and agility. It includes, among other things, shooters (e.g. Call of Duty and Battlefield series) and action-adventure games (Tomb Raider). First and third person perspective (FPP/TPP) is used. In most cases we are playing as a character who has to defeat some enemies and reach a specific point. We can use a wide range of weapons, including pistols, rocket launchers, swords, knives and like. Action-adventure is a particular category within action games genre. Such titles put less emphasis on action and combat, focusing more on story, exploration and puzzles.

Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V

Action 17 September 2013

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.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

Action December 2017

An online shooter with elements of survival, focusing on a Battle Royale type of competition (the last man standing wins). Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds is a game from the developers of TERA MMO and the creator of Battle Royale mods for Arma II and Arma III. The rules of the game are simple: a large number of players are put together in a big closed location with only one mission – to eliminate everyone else. A game ends when there is only one player left alive. Participants start off completely unarmed, so the first phase is basically a race for the best weapon. Players can make use of various kinds of traps, and the game offers much freedom when it comes to choosing the methods of eliminating enemies. An extra help for that comes from a simple crafting system, which lets you construct items from gathered resources. Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds’ fast-paced gameplay is further increased by the fact that the map is gradually getting smaller, making confrontations between players more frequent.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Action October 2017

Another installment of a best-selling FPP shooter series, and at the same time a direct continuation of Wolfenstein: The New Order created by Machine Games. The Action of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is set in 1961 – after waking up from the coma B.J. Blazkowicz and his companions land in the United States of America occupied by the Nazis. The main protagonist finds common ground with the leaders of the local resistance, with whom he decides to fight the invaders. As in the previous Wolfenstein installment, the gameplay in The New Colossus features exploration, completing consecutive missions, and eliminating battalions of diverse foes. Players get at their disposal a wide range of murderous weapons – among which one can find not only classic firearms but also some more elaborate pieces. Interestingly, once again the developers decided to abandon the health regeneration mechanics in favor of the old-school med kit system. The game features a high-quality 3D graphics – in comparison to its predecessor, the most significant are the texture and special effects enhancements that accompany the gunfights.

Serial Cleaner
Serial Cleaner

Action 11 July 2017

An oldschool 2D action game with stealth elements and a gangster atmosphere, created by Polish studio iFun4all. Serial Cleaner takes place in America of the 1970s and you play as a seemingly ordinary citizen, who's really the eponymous “cleaner,” specializing in cleaning crime scenes—getting rid of the bodies, evidence, and blood. The missions in the game are based on real crime scenes from the 1970s, and your task is to efficiently clean them without getting noticed by the policemen patrolling the area. The game gives you complete freedom and rewards you for exploring, making quick decisions and experimenting with different methods of solving a problem. Your task is made slightly easier by the fact that the policemen are a rather lazy and not quite clever bunch, and they don't pay much attention to their duties.

ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved

Action 08 August 2017

A sandbox survival simulator set in an open world, which draws inspiration from productions such as DayZ. Unlike in the aforementioned title, this time we fight against powerful prehistoric creature instead of zombies. The game is the debut of an independent studio called Wildcard, founded by a former employee of Microsoft Game Studios. The player begins the game defenseless and naked on an unidentified island, and his or her task is to survive in this new, harsh environment. In order to do that, we must hunt and gather various raw materials which will be used to create the much needed weapons and tools. One of the most fun aspects of ARK: Survival Evolved are the meticulously depicted creatures – the game features more than 60 species of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. Since the title features o multiplayer experience, meeting other players in the game world will happen and, depending on their attitude, we can fight them or establish valuable alliances.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Action 27 October 2002

A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.

Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV

Action 29 April 2008

The fourth installment in a best-selling action game franchise. The title was developed by Rockstar North Studios under the supervision of Chris Sawyer. The protagonist of Grand Theft Auto IV is Niko Bellic, an immigrant from Eastern Europe who recently came to America, where he starts a career in the criminal underground. The sandbox gameplay model gives the player much freedom in exploration of Liberty City, a virtual metropolis, where you can move around using various vehicles (cars, motorbikes, and helicopters, among others). How the story unfolds depends on the player’s choices regarding order in which the missions are completed. Apart from single player gameplay, Grand Theft Auto IV offers online or LAN multiplayer for up to 32 people.

Ryse: Son of Rome
Ryse: Son of Rome

Action 22 November 2013

A dynamic TPP action game developed by Crytek. Its story is present mainly in the form of flashbacks and takes us to ancient Rome, right before its fall. The main hero – centurion Marius Titus – wants to take revenge on barbarians who murdered his family. Ryse: Son of Rome has been developed with Kinect in mind from the very start, allowing players to perform various combinations of attacks through body movement. There is also option of giving out simple voice commands to our soldier. The game stands out with high-quality visuals powered by the fourth generation of CryEngine.

Call of Duty: WWII
Call of Duty: WWII

Action November 2017

Call of Duty: WWII is another installment in the extremely popular first-person shooter series developed by Sledgehammer Games. The game comes back to its roots and takes the players to the World War II era. We play as "Red" Daniels (member of the famous 1st Infantry Division) and take part in a series of the most important battles of WWII, including Normandy, Ardennes, the Liberation of Paris, and the Battle of Berlin. We will use all kinds of weapons as we play. In many cases, cooperation with our unit is the only way to achieve victory. if we run out of ammo or need healing, we have to ask one of our team mates for bullets or medical kits. Along with the single player campaign, Call of Duty: WWII offers a competitive multiplayer mode. The biggest novelties found in the game are the narrative War mode and the Headquarters, game's social center so to speak. As usual, the game comes with a B-class movies styled Zombie mode where we will face undead Nazis.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Action 25 October 2004

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.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Action 30 September 2014

A TPP action game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was developed by Monolith Productions, the creators of Aliens vs Predator 2 and F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon. The plot takes place before the events depicted in "The Lord of the Rings". In the main campaign, players assume the role of Talion, a ranger who is raised from the dead by an ancient spirit of vengeance in order to take bloody revenge on the servants of Sauron for the death of his loved ones. The core of the game consists of spectacular battles with large groups of enemies, during which you can use a rich variety of ranged and melee attacks, as well as dodges. The audiovisual aspects of the game were modeled after the cinematic saga by Peter Jackson.

Get Even
Get Even

Action 23 June 2017

An FPS created by Polish developer The Farm 51, mainly known for the NecrovisioN franchise and the latest installment in the Painkiller series. The game tells a story of a man whose profession involves tying up loose ends for governments and influential persons. The protagonist’s situation complicates when one of his potential victims decides to fight back. The story is presented from the twin perspectives of the two rivaling characters. As you play, you learn the story through exploration and interaction with the environment. Get Even stands out with its innovative graphics based on 3D scans of real-life locations, making it almost literally photorealistic. Additionally, the game features an interesting combination of single and multiplayer gameplay – at any moment another player can join the fight taking the role of characters normally controlled by AI.

Titanfall 2
Titanfall 2

Action 28 October 2016

A continuation of a multiplayer shooter by Respawn Entertainment, which was published in 2014 exclusively on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. In contrast to the first installment, Titanfall 2 offers a single player campaign in which you assume the role of a resistance rifleman with the ambition of becoming a pilot. His chance comes as the owner of an Argus class Titan dies during his mission and the stranded machine chooses the protagonist as its new pilot. Gameplay in Titanfall 2 consists of controlling futuristic soldiers who can climb buildings, double-jump, and call in powerful war machines from orbit. The game follows the path of its first part, yet the developers decided to introduce some new gadgets and mechanics elements that made gameplay more appealing. The game features six new Titans, each having unique abilities.

Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin's Creed Origins

Action October 2017

The seventh major installment in the Ubisoft's best-selling action game series. Plotwise, Assassin's Creed: Empire is a sort of prequel to the entire series, taking players so far back in time as none other installment did - to the ancient Egypt, long before the two opposing orders of Assassins and Templars were founded. Players play the part of a slave, a distant ancestor to Altair - the protagonist of the first Assassin's Creed. Concerning mechanics, the title does not differ significantly from previous installments of the series, still being primarily an adventure game, supplemented with action sequences and carefully planned assassinations. The game world was, of course, with reverence typical of the franchise, adapted to the new setting, bringing back things like the possibility to mount animals or use boats. On the technical side, Empire is said to avoid relying on the achievements of previous installments, while our area of activity is approximately three times larger than what was offered by Assassin's Creed IV.

Doom
Doom

Action 13 May 2016

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.

Shadow Warrior
Shadow Warrior

Action 26 September 2013

An action game shown from a first-person perspective. The game is a remake of hit game that was released in 1997. The title was developed by studio Flying Wild Hog in cooperation with publisher Devolver Digital. The protagonist of Shadow Warrior is a martial arts master Lo Wang who searches for a legendary blade Nobitsura Kage for the Zilla Enterprises corporation. Hordes of demons that managed to get into the human world are trying to stop him. The gameplay combines traits of first-person shooters and slasher games. The protagonist is equally skillful in using various gunfire and ninja weapons (katanas, shurikens and other). The game allows great freedom in developing the character and modifying his equipment.

Dying Light
Dying Light

Action 27 January 2015

An first-person perspective survival horror game, created by the Polish developer Techland, known for Dead Island and the Call of Juarez series, among others. The player assumes the role of a character who is trying to survive in a zombie-infested metropolis. The sandbox gameplay of Dying Light is divided into two phases. During the day, the game puts main focus on exploration and acquisition of raw materials and weapons, while at night players must face hordes of the living dead. The creators wanted to put the accent on two gameplay elements: thrilling combat with a variety of weapons (including crafted ones), and dynamic movement throughout the city, enabling the players to overcome terrain obstacles using parkour. In addition to a single-player campaign, Dying Light also offers a four-person cooperation mode via the Internet.

Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn

Action 28 February 2017

A third-person action game with RPG elements created by Guerilla Games, the studio known for Killzone series. The game is set in the distant future, where the world is ruled by intelligent animal-like forms that evolved from the machines responsible for the fall of an advanced human civilization centuries ago; the former rulers of the world survived, but their lifestyle was reduced to that of primitive, isolated tribes. The player takes the role of Aloy – a young girl, who seeks to find secrets of the ancients and discover her destiny. The heroine is not defenseless in this dangerous world. When fighting hostile machines she can count on her skills (developed individually) and loads of futuristic weapons, made up of parts of fallen enemies. The game is set in an open world, and the protagonist is free to choose both the order and method in which she undertakes missions. You can either openly confront your enemies or cunningly exploit their weaknesses.

Prey
Prey

Action 05 May 2017

Sequel to a best-selling science-fiction FPS released in 2006. After many perturbations haunting the series, the development has been commissioned to Arkane Studios, the creators of Dishonored series. Prey is not a continuation per se, rather a peculiar reboot of the original 2006’s installment of the game; both games share only the FPS science fiction setting and the necessity to single-handedly fight hostile extraterrestrials aboard a space station drifting through the cosmic void. The main protagonist is Morgan Yu – a man or a woman, depending on the player’s choice. Morgan is a part of a scientific project working towards enhancing the human race. Throughout the game he / she has to face hordes of aliens with unique features and abilities. Some of these abilities can be adopted by Morgan and utilized in a creative way. Players can also make use of a wide range of futuristic weaponry and gadgets.

Days Gone
Days Gone

Action 2018

A post-apocalyptic third-person perspective action game developed by Bend Studio, the creators of the spin-off to the Uncharted series released on PS Vita. Days Gone takes place in America, two years after a global virus outbreak which transformed millions of people into zombie-like monsters called “freakers”. During the game the player assumes the role of a former member of a motorcycle club who is trying to come to terms with the fact that he lost the love of his life. He travels through the northwestern coast of USA looking for contracts as a bounty hunter. The gameplay mechanics are focused on exploring open world, gathering resources and items which then can be used for crafting useful weapons and tools. During the game there are many occasions for combat – both with humans and with various types of virus victims. The latter can attack in large groups, forcing the player to frequently hide and flee since a direct confrontation cannot be won.

Wild West Online
Wild West Online

Action December 2017

A Wild-West-themed MMO game by 612 Games, inspired by the multiplayer mode of the popular Red Dead Redemption by Rockstar Games. Wild West Online is set in a vast open world, where you try to survive and try your hand at various activities. You can play as bandits or law officers; the players can create gangs and rob banks and steal from or kill encountered people. But you can also choose a different career and become e.g. a farmer or a gold prospector. It's worth noting that each such profession has its influence on the in-game world, affecting, among other things, the economy. This Wild West life simulation game also features an expansive crafting system, and you can unlock schematics allowing you to create tools or weapons.

Mafia III
Mafia III

Action 07 October 2016

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.

Destiny 2
Destiny 2

Action 06 September 2017

Destiny 2 is a sequel to the best-selling FPS developed by Bungie Software. This time, Bungie is aided in the development process by Vicarious Visions, creators of Skylanders and some other games. Destiny 2 introduces many new changes and improvements, not only concerning the story (this time, the story will play a bigger part than in the first game), but also in the gameplay mechanics. In Destiny 2, we will visit completely new, enormous locations (i.e. Saturn alone will be bigger than the entire first game), finding new, vibrant metropolises. In the wilderness, we will find both enemies and enemy checkpoints that are just waiting to be taken over by us. Planets known from the first Destiny will also be present in the sequel, but will be added on a later date. Due to the new technology used by Destiny 2, it won't be possible to import our characters from the original game. Transferring any sort of content from the first Destiny will probably turn out to be problematic.

Fortnite
Fortnite

Action 2018

A third-person action game focusing on cooperative gameplay. It was developed by the Polish division of Epic Games (formerly known as People Can Fly). The action of Fortnite takes place in a world haunted by zombie-like demons. The players assume the role of operators whose task is to stop the monsters that invade the Earth through a network of portals. The gameplay is divided into two phases — during the day, we have to build a stronghold that repels demon attacks at night. The gameplay mostly involves searching for materials, constructing fortifications, and fighting enemies. The game is distributed in free-to-play business model, offering some additional facilities for optional fee.