60s and 70sPC Video Games

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.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PC)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PC)

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.

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Mafia III (PC)
Mafia III (PC)

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.

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Serial Cleaner (PC)
Serial Cleaner (PC)

Action 14 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.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC)

Action 20 May 2014

A first-person shooter and the seventh major installment in the Wolfenstein series. This one was developed by Swedish studio Machine Games, founded by former members of Starbreeze Studios. Wolfenstein: The New Order tells an alternative history of the World War II, where the Third Reich won. The game’s main hero is B. J. Blazkowicz, a veteran of the American special forces. After spending 20 years in cryosleep, he has to stand up to the Nazis once more. The gameplay boils down to annihilating armies of enemies with all sorts of weapons, and occasionally solving simple puzzles. The game’s advanced graphics are powered by the efficient id Tech 5 engine, also known from Rage and The Evil Within.

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BioShock (PC)
BioShock (PC)

Action 21 August 2007

BioShock is a combination of an action game, first person shooter, cRPG, and survival horror created by Irrational Games (developers of System Shock 2, SWAT 4, and other titles). The story takes you into the submerged city of Rapture, where the main protagonis, named Jack, arrives after having survived a plane crash. This ruined metropolis hides many dark and deadly secrets. In terms of gameplay, BioShock combines the elements of a dynamic FPS and cRPG. In combat you can use several types of conventional weapons as well as so-called plasmids that give you supernatural powers. Moral choices you make in the game influence how the events unfold. The game features very atmospheric audiovisuals, with graphics powered by the popular Unreal Engine 2.5.

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The Godfather II (PC)
The Godfather II (PC)

Action 07 April 2009

A sequel of the well-received action game based on the novel by Mario Puzo and its movie adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola. This time the game is set in the 1960s where you play as a rookie gangster, trying to earn the respect of the criminal underworld and get to the top of the mafia hierarchy. Compared to the original, The Godfather II features a much larger world, now spanning over three cities: New York, Havana and Miami. The gameplay is based on that of the first installment, although some strategy elements have been added. You can now not only get new members for your gang, but also manage whole districts in the Don's View mode, in which the camera goes from TPP to bird's eye view, and you can see the bigger picture of the situation in your controlled area. The visuals have been greatly improved, and they're complemented by the music based on that from the movie. Moreover, the voice cast of The Godfather II includes e.g. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.

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BioShock 2 (PC)
BioShock 2 (PC)

Action 09 February 2010

A sequel to 2007's action game BioShock. BioShock 2 was developed by 2K Marin, with the support of Digital Extremes, 2K China, Arkane Studios and Darkside Game Studios. The story is set in the underwater metropolis known as Rapture in year 1968 (eight years after the events of the original game). The player assumes the role of Subject Delta - a Big Daddy prototype. The protagonist has to find the his Little Sister. The administrator of Rapture by the name of Sofia Lamb is trying to prevent it at all cost. The game remains faithful to the original gameplay formula combining FPS elements with certain RPG mechanics. Contrary to the original game though, BioShock 2 offers also a multiplayer experience in the form of seven competition-oriented game modes.

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BioShock: The Collection (PC)
BioShock: The Collection (PC)

Action 15 September 2016

A special bundle that includes the revamped editions of three installments in the bestselling BioShock series, designed by 2K Games company for the eighth generation consoles. Each game in the trilogy, which is often described as the spiritual successor to the cult System Shock, is set in different settings and features different main characters. What binds all the stories together is their unique dystopian atmosphere with a surreal vibe, and skillful combination of FPS mechanics with elements of RPG. In comparison with the original releases, The BioShock Collection offers enhanced visuals, featuring 1080p resolution and fluent 60 fps animation. Besides, the games boast enhanced textures and visual effects, as well as improved loading times. Interestingly, the bundle contains not only the games themselves, but also all their DLCs, which were originally sold separately.

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Kona (PC)
Kona (PC)

Adventure 17 March 2017

A first-person adventure game featuring survival elements. It is the first major project of the Canadian Parabole studio. The story is set in the northern regions of the Quebec province, in the 1970s. The game tells the story of a conflict between the owner of the most profitable copper mine in the region - a rich man called W. Hamilton, and the native local community accusing him of devastating sacred sites in search for more profit. The player is put in the shoes of a detective hired by Hamilton after his chalet in the mountains has been devastated. After his arrival, the protagonist discovers that his employer as well as the entire local community went missing. The gameplay focuses on exploration, finding clues and solving puzzles. However, the game features survival elements as well - the player has to tend to the protagonist's health and face many different dangers, such as low temperatures, predators, etc.

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We Happy Few (PC)
We Happy Few (PC)

Adventure December 2017

An unordinary action-adventure game which uses the style and tune of the 60s. The title was created by an independent studio Compulsion Games known for creating Contrast, a title that used similar style. In the game, the player travels to a fictional town in which, due to indoctrination and a wonderful drug, the citizens are constantly happy and all traits of dissatisfaction are immediately eliminated. The protagonist is one of the defiant citizens who are resistant to the system. In order to survive in the surrounding world, he must observe it thoroughly and understand its rules. The action is shown from first-person perspective and the gameplay is focused on exploration, and gathering various items and using them. While doing it, players must behave according to the social norms so that other citizens don’t become suspicious. The world of the game was characteristically exaggerated, but the game tells about many very important topics.

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Battlefield Vietnam (PC)
Battlefield Vietnam (PC)

Action 15 March 2004

A sequel to the 2002 online multiplayer FPS game developed by DICE. As its title suggests, Battlefield Vietnam takes place during the Vietnam War, allowing you to play as a member of the U.S. Army or a Vietnamese soldier, and participate in the series of battles spanning from 1964 to 1975. The mechanics of the game are virtually the same as its predecessor's, being a combination of strategy with FPS elements. The players are divided into two teams, and the objective of each is reducing the opposite teams' tickets to zero by killing the opponents or capturing their flags. Just like in Battlefield 1942, you can play as a soldier of your chosen class and use various military vehicles. Singleplayer fans can also test their mettle against AI-controlled foes.

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Vietcong (PC)
Vietcong (PC)

Action 26 March 2003

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PC)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PC)

Action 18 December 2014

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a third-person perspective action game with stealth elements, developed by Kojima Productions. As Hideo Kojima planned, the game is a introductory chapter to Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, familiarizing the players with the changes implemented in gameplay mechanics. The story of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Paz and Chico are imprisoned in Camp Omega, a heavily guarded military facility. They both have information that cannot fall into enemy hands. Snake and Kaz Miller must rescue the hostages. In contrast to the previous installments in the Metal Gear Solid series, MGS V: Ground Zeroes gives players more freedom. The game features photorealistic graphics powered by Fox Engine.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PC)
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PC)

Action 20 August 2013

Tactical third-person shooter (TPS) that came out as a spin-off to the XCOM strategy series. The game was developed by 2K Marin, best known for making BioShock 2. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is set in 1960s, showing the early stages of the war between XCOM and aliens who invaded the Earth. The main hero – agent William Carter – gets sent to places where aliens have been spotted in order to wipe out the invaders. Although most of the time you are shooting aliens, the key to winning a battle is tactical play, such as hiding behind covers, flanking, using alien weapons etc. The protagonist is always accompanied by two of his teammates, who can be assigned different classes and learn new skills over time, but they may also die permanently. Gameplay was designed for single player only and the only support the player gets is from his AI-controlled partners. After each mission you go back to the main base, where you talk to people, dispatch teams on various operations, etc. From technological side, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is based on Unreal Engine 3, which assures high-quality graphics.

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Iron Storm (2002) (PC)
Iron Storm (2002) (PC)

Action 22 October 2002

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BioShock Remastered (PC)
BioShock Remastered (PC)

Action 16 September 2016

A remastered edition of a popular FPS with RPG elements, originally released in 2007 on PC and Xbox 360; the PlayStation 3 version came out a year later. In case of the PC version, BioShock Remastered is available as a stand-alone product, but the game is part of BioShock: The Collection as well. The largest change introduced since the original release lies in the improved visuals, now supporting 4K resolution and using updated textures. Apart from that, BioShock Remastered offers all the contents of the original release. The player is taken to Rapture - an underwater metropolis where they will fight aggressive mutants and discover the gloomy history behind this extraordinary place. The player explores atmospheric locations, solves environmental puzzles, fights the enemies encountered and develops the protagonist's abilities. The last aspect is linked with moral choices which affect how the entire story ends. In combat, the player makes use of firearms, melee weapons, as well as special powers acquired through DNA modifications.

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Vietcong 2 (PC)
Vietcong 2 (PC)

Action 25 October 2005

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Vietnam (PC)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Vietnam (PC)

Action 18 December 2010

An expansion pack intended exclusively for the multiplayer mode of the tactical FPS Battlefield: Bad Company 2 by EA Dice. The expansion casts the players into the harsh reality of the titular Vietnam War and features five entirely new maps, none of which lacks the distinctive elements of the said conflict. Therefore, the countless trenches, tunnels, and narrows will make for excellent locations in which you can ambush your opponents. The players have also received numerous additions into their arsenal, namely 15 new weapons from this particular era of warfare and 6 previously unavailable vehicles. Competitive games can take place in several modes introduced in the vanilla version of the game; however, the new equipment and a different setting have somewhat influenced the slightly distinct style of skirmishes, which now favors fast-paced battles in close quarters. Battlefield: Bad Company – Vietnam has been fully integrated with the base version of the game, which means that all of the acquired experience and commendations will be added to the already existing player account.

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Alekhine's Gun (PC)
Alekhine's Gun (PC)

Action 11 March 2016

A third-person action game with stealth elements, set in the Cold War period and created by Haggard Games (the title was previously intended as the third installment in the Death to Spies series). The game has you assume the role of a Russian agent, and at the same time a trained assassin. While cooperating with American CIA, he takes part in a series of espionage operations in different parts of the world (Europe, USA, Cuba). At one point, the protagonist discovers a conspiracy that threats not only USA, but also the entire world. Gameplay mechanics bears much resemblance to the Hitman series. Throughout the game's 11 open-structured missions the player will infiltrate secret bases, steal documents, and eliminate enemies. Each mission can be completed in many different ways, using a variety of tactical options, such as disguises, fiber wire, poison, knives, firearms, and even “accidents”. Players’ progress is scored by efficiency and ranked online.

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BioShock 2 Remastered (PC)
BioShock 2 Remastered (PC)

Action 16 September 2016

A remastered version of the second installment of the popular BioShock series that was initially released in 2010 for PC and the 7th-generation consoles. In the game, we are once again taken to the underwater city of Rapture, featured in the original BioShock, and the gameplay is focused on exploration, solving puzzles, and fighting encountered hostiles. 2K Games, which remastered the title, focused solely on the single player campaign and therefore BioShock 2 doesn’t feature the multiplayer mode that was present in the original edition. The lack of it is compensated by a completely new mode called The Protector Trials — it is a set of challenges that are intended to test the player’s combat skills. In comparison with the original, the remastered version boasts enhanced textures and a native support of the 4K resolution. Thanks to that, the three-dimensional game powered by Unreal Engine still looks good despite its age.

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Mafia II: Jimmy's Vendetta (PC)
Mafia II: Jimmy's Vendetta (PC)

Action 07 September 2010

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