Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PC)
Action 25 April 2017
The third installment in a popular first person shooter developed by Polish developer CI Games. Unlike the previous games in the series, most of the development process was done by a second party studio, comprised of creators of game franchises like Sniper Elite, Full Spectrum Warrior, and Killzone. The game features a growing conflict between Russia and the United States. The player takes on a role of a former US Marine sniper sent to Georgia in order to eliminate key targets and prevent the conflict from becoming an open war. In contrast to the previous Sniper Elite games, this one offers the player much more freedom. In combat you can use not only accurately recreated sniper rifles and modern drones, but also impromptu weapons and traps. The title awards stealth eliminations and features very realistic bullet physics.
Project I.G.I. (PC)
Action 15 December 2000
A tactical FPS with strategy elements, developed by Interloop. The action takes place in the former Soviet Union, where, as a SAS officer, we have to find and capture American nuclear warheads and prevent a catastrophe similar to the one that happened in Chernobyl. The gameplay combines elements of tactical FPS and strategy game; before each mission we have to devise a detailed plan with the aim of staying undetected for as long as possible. The planning is of great importance because the game has no save feature and each, even the slightest, mistake can cost us dearly. The advantage of Project I.G.I. (which stands for “I’m Going In”) is realism, authentic depiction of SAS equipment, and the option to interact with various vehicles such as tanks, jets, or helicopters.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PC)
Action 07 March 2017
The next installment in an action game series that originated in 2001. The series focuses on a famous American special squad known from the novels by Tom Clancy. The game was produced by a Parisian subsidiary of the Ubisoft company, also responsible for the previous installment, Future Soldier. The game is set in Bolivia, where a dangerous drug cartel spreads terror, violence, and lawlessness, unrestrained by the corrupted government authorities. Ghost Recon squad is sent into action in order to eliminate the key members of the criminal organization. Wildlands is revolutionary for the series, as it is the first time in the franchise's history when it takes the players into a vast, open world, which can be traversed on foot or by various vehicles – ground, aerial, or naval – resembling such franchises as Far Cry or Just Cause. The game was designed with both single player gameplay and multiplayer co-op for up to 4 players in mind.
I.G.I. 2: Covert Strike (PC)
Action 21 February 2003
The sequel to the first-person shooter Project I.G.I., developed by the Interloop studio. Player assumes the role of the first part's protagonist – a former soldier of the British special forces SAS, who, as a member of the I.G.I. organization, single-handedly completes secret missions in various parts of the globe. I.G.I.2: Covert Strike features three thematically connected campaigns that take place successively in Russia, Libya, and China. Compared to the previous installment, I.G.I.2: Covert Strike offers improved enemy AI, which now takes advantage of authentic combat tactics used by modern armies. Available firearms' arsenal was also enlarged. The game is built on a modified version of the previous installment's game engine, thus features more detailed locations and diversified weather conditions. In addition to the single player mode, I.G.I.2: Covert Strike offers also a team-based multiplayer.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)
Action 21 August 2012
The next installment in a cult online fist person shooter series, which originated in the early 2000's as a Half-Life modification. This game was created by Valve Corporation, who purchased the rights to the massively popular mod and later developed its commercial editions. The core gameplay is built upon competition between two teams of players: terrorists and counter-terrorists. Eliminating opponents is rewarded with cash, which can be spent on new gear and weapons. There are four main game modes: Arm Race, Demolition, and two tournament varieties. The authors did not try to revolutionize the classic gameplay mechanics, mostly focusing on visual improvements to match modern standards. Most of the in-game maps are based on the original ones, and most of the changes relate do weaponry.
This War of Mine (PC)
Strategy 14 November 2014
An extraordinary war game with focus on survival. It was inspired by the real stories of people who at some point of their lives struggled to survive a war. The game was developed by Polish studio 11 bit, known for an original strategy game series Anomaly. The game gives you control over a group of civilians trying to survive in a ruined city, where the biggest enemies are such problems as starvation and shortage of medicines. Depending on the time of day you can improve your hideout, craft weapons, furniture, and tools, or explore city streets in search for food and useful items. Randomly generated missions provide players with varied challenges and dilemmas, which may require sacrificing one person for the good of the others. The gloomy atmosphere is emphasized by an original visual style based on light and shadow contrasts.
Arma III (PC)
Action 12 September 2013
The third installment in the first-person shooter cycle that focuses heavily on faithful recreation of the modern battlefield. The action of Arma III is set in the near future, where a conflict in the Middle East has greatly weakened NATO forces. A small island in the middle of the Mediterranean is of key importance to the stability of this part of the world, and it is there that the events of the story-driven single player campaign take place. The production of the Czech studio - Bohemia Interactive – stands out due to the extremely thorough and realistic re-enactments of operations of actual military assets, including a variety of vehicles. A well-developed mode for online multiplayer skirmishes is one of the game’s greatest strengths. Arma III features high-quality graphics generated by the Real Virtuality engine, as well as a set of fully functional modding tools, allowing you to create your own scenarios.
Battlefield 4 (PC)
Action 29 October 2013
Fourth main entry in the bestselling FPS series created and developed by the EA DICE team. The solo campaign shows a vision of military conflict between the United States, Soviet Union, and China. The story takes place in 2020 on the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Player takes on the role of a member of the US Marine Tombstone Squad, which is given the task of rescuing several high-ranked officials from the unsettled Shanghai. The strongest point of the game are its complex multiplayer skirmishes, allowing us to take part in online battles for up to 64 players. Developers made sure to offer a wide selection of game modes and maps with varied terrain and sizes.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC)
Action 06 November 2007
The fourth installment in an overwhelmingly popular first-person shooter series from Infinity Ward. This time the developers from Encino, California, have decided to break away from the tradition of making World War 2 games and set the action of their new game in modern times. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s story features a conflict with Russian ultranationalist faction, led by an unpredictable individual named Imran Zakhaev. Players get to witness the events through the eyes of several soldiers, including members of the British SAS and US Marines. The main story campaign consists of a series of missions set in different parts of the world. Gameplay relies heavily on cinematic, scripted shooting sequences. In addition to the single player mode the game includes expanded online multiplayer. When it comes to technology, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is powered by IW Engine.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (PC)
Action 04 November 2016
A remastered edition of 2007's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The original game was developed by Infinity Ward and it was the first installment in the legendary FPS series to be set in contemporary world. The plot is centered around a fictional military conflict from the turn of the 21st century, initiated by an extreme Russian nationalist by the name of Zakhaev, who supports terrorism in order to create a distraction from an attempt to take over his native country. The player assumes the roles of several different characters throughout the game, participating in subsequent dramatic missions taking place in various parts of the globe. The remastered edition offers higher-quality textures, new animations, improved lighting and shading effects, as well as improved sounds. Apart from the single-player campaign, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered features ten most popular maps for multiplayer competition. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that the game is featured as a bonus in the special edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Battlefield 3 (PC)
Action 25 October 2011
The third core installment in a popular first person shooter series. Battlefield 3 was developed by Swedish studio DICE, an Electronic Arts subsidiary. The game is set during a modern-day conflict and the events are presented in the form of flashbacks as remembered by Henry Blackburn, an American soldier who tries to stop Islamic terrorists from detonating a nuke. The game features three playable characters, as well as various weapons and vehicles. Single player campaign consists of several missions, serving a complimentary role to the expansive online multiplayer mode, in accordance with the series’ long-standing tradition. Technically, Battlefield 3 is powered by Frostbite 2 engine, featuring high quality audiovisuals and realistic physics.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC)
Action 08 November 2011
The third part in the first-person shooter series being one of the spin-offs of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was developed by Infinity Ward with the assistance from other development studios owned by Activision – e.g. Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games. The plot continues the action of the first two installments of the game. Players are presented with the further fates of the members of Task Force 141 as they try to eliminate the leader of the Russian Ultranationalists responsible for the outbreak of the international conflict. Developers draw on the well-proven formula employed by the previous installments, such as the spectacular, yet heavily-scripted single player campaign, dynamic shootouts and numerous multiplayer modes. The fourth generation of the IW Engine provides high-level audio-visuals.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (PC)
Action 19 March 2003
The third installment in a tactical action game series that originates back to 1998 and is based on Tom Clancy’s novels. Just like in the previous installments of the series, you are put in command of Rainbow, a fictional special forces unit invented by the writer, during its various military operations all over the world. This time, the tasks you are challenged with include destroying a biological weapon storage facility and cracking down on a gang terrorizing a bank in the heart of London. Gameplay mechanics are very similar to the proven solutions that have been used throughout the series, emphasizing tactical planning. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield offers some additional weapons and useful gadgets, as well as improved AI (of both enemies and your squad members). The biggest innovation, however, is the more advanced 3D graphics engine that had also been used in Unreal II.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PC)
Action 10 November 2009
A sequel to the 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the sixth major entry in the Call of Duty franchise. It was developed by Infinity Ward, a subsidiary of Activision. The players witness the continuing struggle against Russian ultranationalists whose actions resulted in a war against the United States. Similarly to the previous game, the story campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is linear and the numerous in-game events follow a predetermined course. Available missions let the players assume the role of several playable characters and visit different corners of the globe. As befits an FPS, the gameplay is based on dynamic shooting sequences. One of the game’s strong points is the extensive multiplayer mode.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PC)
Action 20 August 2013
A third-person action game developed by Ubisoft Toronto. This is the sixth installment in the franchise telling the story of Sam Fisher. Together with the members of Fourth Echelon, the agent has to face a dangerous terrorist group planning to conduct a series of attacks on the US soil. The story campaign contains missions taking place in the United States, Iraq, Indonesia, and Paraguay. The assignments can be completed in accordance with one of three gameplay styles recognized by the game: ghost (avoiding contact), panther (silent elimination), and assault (direct combat). Thus, the gameplay depends on the player's preferences to a certain degree. The game offers several well-made multiplayer modes as well, allowing both for rivalry and cooperation.
Medal of Honor (PC)
Action 12 October 2010
Another installment in the bestselling Medal of Honor series. This entry is a reboot of the saga, and for the first time in history it takes place in modern times. The game was created by Danger Close studio in cooperation with EA Dice. The former created the single player mode, the latter developed multiplayer mode. In the game the player assumes the roles of two members of elite American forces, Tier 1 and US Rangers. Both teams support each other during the missions. The game takes place mostly in Afghanistan. The main protagonists are trying to neutralize the increasing threat of terrorism. Most of the missions were created based on actual military operations that took place in the region. What’s interesting, the game runs on two different graphic engines. The single player mode was created on an improved but slightly outdated Unreal Engine 3, while the multiplayer mode uses the Frostbite engine, which was used, for example, in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Homefront: The Revolution (PC)
Action 17 May 2016
A sequel to a first-person shooter from KAOS Studios. As the game's former publisher, the THQ company, went bankrupt, it was developed by Crytek UK studio. The game continues the story of a fictional armed conflict between North Korea and USA. The game takes you to the streets of occupied Philadelphia, where you become a member of the resistance. Waging a campaign of guerilla warfare you have to stand up to the invaders and start a nation-wide revolution. The Revolution, as did its prequel, provides the players with a considerable degree of non-linearity when it comes to both the completion order and the way you complete the missions. You can recruit more people for the resistance and upgrade your gear and weapons. Technology-wise, the game is powered by the CryEngine 4, supporting highly interactive environment and high quality visuals.
Battlefield Hardline (PC)
Action 17 March 2015
Another installment in the popular FPS franchise. Visceral Games, the studio known mainly for the excellent Dead Space sci-fi series, developed their first major installment in the long-standing Battlefield franchise. It's a result of the transition of the franchise to a two-year production cycle, similar to the one made by its competitor, Call of Duty. Unlike the previous parts, this one is focused on the efforts of police forces against organized crime. The player assumes the role of a young detective Nick Mendoza and has to face his former partners whose desire to get rich quickly pushed them to choose the life of crime. The production features an original method of storytelling reminiscent of popular police TV shows. Despite the introduction of a new theme, the characteristic features of the franchise remained unchanged: impressive arsenal of weapons, fully destructible environment – thanks to the Frostbite engine – and a well-developed multiplayer, in which you will find completely new game modes, such as Blood Money and Heist.
Strategy 16 February 2017
A real-time strategy game by Polish studio Jujubee, in which you play as a leader of one of the 21st-century nations and do your best in order for the citizens to prosper. Mechanics-wise, Realpolitiks resembles the popular Europa Universalis series, but the game is set in modern times and takes into account the current specifics of politics and reality. The gameplay focuses mostly on managing the country in all the key fields and requires making many strategic and political decisions, which have huge consequences. You have to take care of such things as e.g. internal policy, diplomacy, economics, armed conflicts or espionage. The game emphasizes both the bright and the dark side of power, allowing you to choose your own path of achieving your goals and to decide between doing the right thing and using morally dubious methods.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior (PC)
Action 24 June 2010
A tactical action game which casts the player in the role of an experienced sniper sent on a mission against a political regime controlling Isla Trueno. The game was created by City Interactive (CI Games currently) - a Polish developer popular mainly for such series as Code of Honor or Terrorist Takedown. In Sniper: Ghost Warrior, the player takes part in a series of missions aimed at testing their combat skills. Stealth-action is in the foreground here - the player has to remain silent when eliminating enemies and reach a location allowing the protagonist to neutralize the main target by taking a single precise shot. The game offers advanced shooting mechanics - when taking aim, the player has to keep in mind distance to the target, as well as both direction and power of the wind. Open combat occurs in other missions when the player is accompanied by local rebels. Usually, the player is the one who decides how the protagonist is going to reach the designated spot, as well as in what manner does he complete particular objectives.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC)
Action 02 March 2010
A sequel to 2008's Battlefield: Bad Company - an acclaimed shooter game. Again, the game was created by DICE - a Swedish developer belonging to Electronic Arts. In the story campaign, the player is acquainted with further adventures of the titular Bad Company. This time, Privates Preston Marlowe, Terrence Sweetwater, Corporal George Haggard, and Staff Sergeant Samuel Redford are trying to obtain information on a secret scalar weapon capable of deciding the victor in the war between the United States and Russia. The gameplay here is based on spectacular, first-person shooting sequences, during which the player makes use of various weapons and vehicles. Also, the game offers an extensive multiplayer mode featuring a system of ranks and bonuses.
Spec Ops: The Line (PC)
Action 26 June 2012
A dynamic TPP action game created by Yager Development. The game provides a continuation to the Spec Ops series started by Zombie Studios in 1998. The action takes place in Dubai, which is devastated by sand storms. The Delta Force team reaches the place in order to find the missing American soldiers who remained in town to protect its inhabitants. The plot of the game presents the player with grave moral dilemmas on more than one occasion. The gameplay itself focuses on traversing subsequent locations and fighting enemies. The player leads a team of three skilled soldiers. The dynamic movement of sand is an important element to the game, for it can become either an ally or a foe in certain situations. Apart from the single player campaign, the game features a multiplayer component. Spec Ops: The Line stands out with spectacular visuals and its unique, yellowish color palette.