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Video Games Encyclopedia by Gamepressure.com

PC (Personal computer) - one of the most popular home platforms and the only one which doesn’t offer playing video games as its main purpose. PC was born in the 1970s, but it is impossible to give an exact moment of its birth or even a name of its creator. However, IBM is the one who gave computers their present shape, using, at the beginning of the 1980s, an idea of open architecture – which is today one of the most important differences between computers and consoles.

The foundations of PC as a gaming platform are currently systems of digital distribution of video games (Steam, Origin, Uplay) and MMO games that mostly work in f2p (free-to-play) model.

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Ultimate General: Civil War (PC)
Ultimate General: Civil War (PC)

Strategy 14 July 2017

A tactical war game developed by Game-Labs. Ultimate General: Civil War is set during the titular American Civil War, and the player can take part in more than 50 historical battles - the list features both small skirmishes and battles that lasted for days - those require hundreds of square kilometers of virtual space. The player has full control of their armies and subsequent victories result in their reputation growing, which allows the player to obtain new kinds of units, as well as divisions and brigades. Soldiers gain experience in combat, which makes them gradually more effective in battle. What is characteristic about this game, is its high level of realism - different weapons in the game represent their real-life equivalents from the period. Furthermore, analyzing the topography of terrain accurately and making use of advanced combat tactics is the key to success. Apart from the single player campaign, the game offers a special mode, which allows the player to play a particular battle. It is also worth noticing, that Ultimate General: Civil War comes with a set of options allowing the player to adjust the level of the game's complexity to one's individual preferences.

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Antihero (PC)
Antihero (PC)

Strategy 10 July 2017

A turn-based strategy set in the Victorian age, created by an independent developer, Tim Conkling. It takes us to a somewhat grotesque version of a British town, based on Charles Dickens’ descriptions, with us playing as a leader of the local thieves’ guild, whose task is to develop his organization and fill its vaults with gold. To achieve this, we must recruit new members to our gang, train them and send on missions like stick-ups, mugging, and assassinations. Infiltrating banks, factories, and other influential institutions is crucial to our success, in addition to building useful structures and researching new technologies – all of this without going broke of course. Antihero offers a huge freedom at expanding our criminal empire. Depending on our preferences, we can concentrate on more discreet activities or turn our organization into a full-fledged assassin’s guild.

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Wild West Online (PC)
Wild West Online (PC)

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.

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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (PC)
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (PC)

Action 19 November 2015

It is the ninth major installment in a best-selling action game series, this time developed by Ubisoft Quebec. 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 of its key elements, gameplay mechanics went through some changes. The 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 stems from the fact of leading Jacob’s gang, and 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.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PC)
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PC)

Adventure 10 June 2016

The ninth major installment in the action adventure game series developed by Frogwares, dealing with the exploits of the world most famous sleuth. The plot, as per tradition, takes us to the streets of the Victorian-era London, where Sherlock Holmes and his inseparable companion, Dr. Watson, have to solve five all-new crime puzzles, in which they face, among others, dark family secrets and mysterious cults. In terms of gameplay mechanics, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter follows the direction set by three previous installments of the series, combining elements typical to adventure games with sequences characteristic of action games. In accordance with modern standards, the game offers also the option to move freely through the streets of London and a non-linear storyline that changes dynamically depending on the player's choices. The game features visuals created for the next-generation consoles, which makes it the most visually impressive installment in the series so far.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)

Adventure 08 September 2010

A dark action adventure game designed as survival horror, developed by the team at Frictional Games studio – creators of the enthusiastically received Penumbra series. In the game we play the part of a man who voluntarily lost his memory. He wanders through the corridors of a huge castle not remembering exactly what happened, but he is certain that his life is in great danger. By exploring the chateau and solving subsequent puzzles our protagonist reveals consecutive terrible facts of his own past, finding answers to a number of questions bothering him. The authors offered unusual game mechanics, resigning entirely from fighting skills. In return, during the game we have to take care of the protagonist’s mental health, avoiding darkness and escaping from various terrifying creatures. Our main weapons are matches, oil lamps and other sources of light. The [roduction features dark atmosphere, reminiscent of works of H. P. Lovecraft.

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Layers of Fear (PC)
Layers of Fear (PC)

Adventure 16 February 2016

A first person psychological horror adventure game inspired of 19th-century paintings and architecture. It was created by Polish developer Bloober Team, known for such titles as BRAWL, A-Men and Music Master: Chopin. The game is set in an ominous manor, while you assume the role of an insane painter striving to finish his masterpiece at all cost. Gameplay boils down to exploration, as the player searches for the source of the hero’s madness and the tools needed to complete the painting. While playing, you experience strange visions and fears born in the protagonist’s mind, making the task much more complicated. The game is soaked with dark, psychedelic atmosphere, which is further deepened by fitting audiovisuals.

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Victoria II (PC)
Victoria II (PC)

Strategy 13 August 2010

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Darkest of Days (PC)
Darkest of Days (PC)

Action 08 September 2009

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Call of Juarez (PC)
Call of Juarez (PC)

Action 08 September 2006

Call of Juarez is an FPS by the Polish developer Techland. The game is set in the Old West, and quite unusually, there are two playable protagonists. The first is Billy, a young fellow who is falsely accused of murdering his father; the other one is Ray, a preacher, although his past is questionable and shady. Each of the two characters uses individual set of skills and equipment – Ray is the master of firearms and duels at high noon; Billy, on the other hand, is more agile and prefers sneaking past unaware enemies – he is also very adept at using his line, which allows him to climb seemingly unreachable places. The “business-end” of Call of Juarez is the story campaign, which consists of a number of diversified missions. The game is powered by Chrome Engine, which allowed the devs to create very good graphics. The original soundtrack reinforces the atmosphere.

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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PC)
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PC)

Action 22 May 2013

A first-person shooter set in the Wild West. Developed by the Polish developer, Techland, it is the fourth entry in the Call of Juarez series. We play as a bounty hunter, Silas Greaves, who recalls his adventures in the Wild West. The game’s campaign is divided into missions, during which the player has to bring down many legendary outlaws and gunmen (Billy Kid, Pat Garret, Jesse James, and others). Unlike previous games, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger introduces a more arcade style of gameplay. Three-dimensional graphics use the cel-shading technology, resulting in a comic book-like visuals.

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Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood (PC)
Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood (PC)

Action 30 June 2009

The second installment in the series of FPS games developed by Polish studio, Techland. This game is actually a prequel to the original title. We play the part of two brothers: Thomas and Ray McCalls, of whom the latter is known from the first game. Much like in the original Call of Juarez, the two characters play very differently – they have individual skills and equipment. While Ray uses two guns simultaneously and is a walking storm of bullets, Thomas is a sharpshooter who prefers bigger caliber and a longer barrel – he can also use a lasso that gets him to places unreachable to his brother. Apart from story campaign, where we can choose which brother to play in each mission, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood also includes a coop mode, and a competition-based multiplayer. The game runs on Chrome Engine 4, which ensures high visual fidelity.

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Victoria II: Heart of Darkness (PC)
Victoria II: Heart of Darkness (PC)

Strategy 16 April 2013

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PC)
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PC)

Adventure 30 September 2014

Another installment in the popular series of adventure games developed by Frogwares. A few years age the series became available for console players as well. Once again, the player takes on the role of the most famous detective of all times, Sherlock Holmes, and together they will solve various criminal riddles. The story takes place in the Victorian London well known from previous installments of the series. The protagonist will have six different cases to solve, including murders, kidnappings, and robberies. The gameplay mechanics were slightly changed in comparison to previous installments. Now, the player is frequently required to make tough moral choices that impact both the gameplay and the endings of the game. For the first time in the series, the game uses the advanced Unreal Engine 3 thanks to which it looks much better.

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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (PC)
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (PC)

Strategy 27 April 2001

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Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Fall Of The Samurai (PC)
Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Fall Of The Samurai (PC)

Strategy 23 March 2012

A standalone expansion for Total War: SHOGUN 2 strategy game and a part of the Total War series by Creative Assembly. The add-on offers a new campaign set in the Empire of Japan in times of the civil war between the Emperor’s supporters and the last shogunate. The player can side with either faction, each of which is represented by six families. At the same time, it is a conflict between the traditional Japanese samurai culture and the modern firearms-based army. Technological advancement of our faction and the available units are largely dependent on our relations with overseas superpowers. Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Fall Of The Samurai offers an expanded campaign map, railway transportation, additional units and agents, and a new kind of battle: port siege. The introduction of firearms, especially the Gatling gun, is also a great innovation. Apart from the aforementioned campaign, the expansion comes with 4 historical battles and an updated multiplayer mode.

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Gun (PC)
Gun (PC)

Action 08 November 2005

An open world action game developed by Neversoft Entertainment, the studio known from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. Gun takes us to American Frontier in XIX century and sees us assume control of Colton White – a young cowboy searching for his real family following the tragic death of his foster father. The game offers an extensive world consisting of vast backcountries, as well as small towns and Indian settlements. Our hero can explore the world both on foot and by riding horses, while the plot is conveyed through cinematic cut-scenes accompanying the story missions. During his journey, Colton encounters a wide range of non-player characters, including the virtual versions of Wyatt Earp or Billy the Kid. When it comes to combat, the player takes part in spectacular shootouts using an extensive and fun-oriented arsenal, including revolvers, rifles, or even the Gatling Gun. The game is characteristic for its detailed, three-dimensional visuals.

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Hard West (PC)
Hard West (PC)

Strategy 18 November 2015

An original turn-based strategy game set in a universe that combines elements of a Western and fantasy setting. The title was created by 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 the Heroes of Might & Magic franchise, allowing you explore a vast world in search of new missions, secrets, and treasures. The key element is the turn-based combat. Each bullet can be deadly, but you can aid your troops with various potions, medics, and shamans. The gameplay is enriched by various tactical factors, such as the influence of the sun, interactive environmental objects, bribery, or even an ability to guide a bullet. The game also features expanded character progression system.

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War of Rights (PC)
War of Rights (PC)

Action 2018

An online shooter taking place during the American Civil War. The game was developed by Campfire Games, for which War of Rights is the debut project. The developers introduced a number of historic campaigns that allow us to choose a side, as well as our duties on the battlefield – we can assume the role of a frontline soldier, or a general who controls the whole battle from the headquarters. The player who chooses the role of a commander stays in the base and makes strategic decisions that have to go through the whole chain of command in real time until they reach the captains of the individual regiments. Frontline commanders can either comply and execute the order, or incite a mutiny and act as they see fit. The battles take place in authentic locations, while soldiers of both Union and Confederacy use the same weapons and wear the same uniforms that were used during the conflict.

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Ultimate General: Gettysburg (PC)
Ultimate General: Gettysburg (PC)

Strategy 16 October 2014

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Civil War: The Game (PC)
Civil War: The Game (PC)

Strategy 16 January 2003

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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (PC)
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (PC)

Adventure 20 September 2012

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Victoria II: A House Divided (PC)
Victoria II: A House Divided (PC)

Strategy 24 January 2012

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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (PC)
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (PC)

Adventure 10 September 2013

A second entry in the adventure horror game series Amnesia. It has been created by the dev team at The Chinese Room and supervised by Frictional Games studio (creators of the original Amnesia: The Dark Descent). The Story of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs focuses on the eponymous device; set in 1899, it puts players in the role of Oswald Mandus, a businessman who fell in a coma for a few months and lost his memories due to mysterious illness. When he wakes up, he discovers that the rest of occupants had disappeared, and a strange machine noise can be heard from below. We experience the game from an FPP view, which creates a feeling of true fear in conjunction with engrossing story and climatic audiovisuals.

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