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.
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.
Action 22 June 2017
Online tactical FPP shooter built around team battles developed by Bohemia Interactive studio. It is a conversion of 2011’s military simulator Arma III. Argo takes players to a fictional island of Malden, which is a new version of location from 2001’s title Operation Flashpoint. When remains of space station fall on it, two competing factions – Clouds corporation and paramilitary organization Flames – oppose each other to acquire those fragments and obtaining technology used to build it. The game changes simulative character of the original to tactical, team-based FPS, in which players control selected mercenary and take part in dynamic battles to raise him from the beginning adept to true veteran. This requires individual skill and using covers from each player, as well as working together with the rest of a team and using tactical maneuvers.
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.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC)
Action 01 September 2015
A third person perspective stealth action game belonging to the famous Metal Gear Solid franchise. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was created by the Japanese studio Kojima Productions (formerly a subsidiary of Konami) led by Hideo Kojima. The story is set after the events presented in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which served as a prologue. The main hero – Punished Snake – awakes in a hospital bed after having spent 8 years in a coma. Soon after, the hospital is attacked by armed thugs and the protagonist has to escape using help from the mysterious character calling himself Ishmael. In contrast with the previous iterations of the series, the game offers open world structure, giving players much more freedom. The developers also employed a brand new FOX Engine to power the game’s photorealistic visuals and advanced physics.
Children of Zodiarcs (PC)
RPG 18 July 2017
Children of Zodiarcs is a tactical RPG developed by Cardboard Utopia. The game takes place in a fantasy world ruled by the Torian Empire. The empire owes its power to the titular Zodiarcs, ancient machines that were left behind by a long extinct civilization. We play as a band of thieves caught in the act of robbing one of the nobles. This draws the attention of the guards and other criminal groups, like the Cannibal Clan. Gameplay is based on turn-based combat. The key to success lies in taking advantage of the game's environment and the individual skills of our party members. Almost all of our combat actions are controlled by a deck of cards we collect during our adventures. The effects of our actions can be empowered by throwing dice. We can improve those dice through an advanced crafting system. Children of Zodiarcs allows us to develop our characters in many various ways.
XCOM 2 (PC)
Strategy 05 February 2016
A turn-based tactical strategy game set in a futuristic, science fiction universe and a sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012). Both games were produced by the experienced developer, studio Firaxis Games, founded by Sid Meier, a legend of the video game industry. The story is set 20 years after the events of the last game. Despite their heroic efforts, human forces proved themselves helpless against the alien invaders, and the Blue Planet fell into their hands. However, the remnants of the XCOM organization are still active in the underground, and pick up guerilla tactics against the enemy in order to reclaim the planet. Gameplay mechanics reprises the solutions known from the previous game, featuring both the strategic layer – where you manage your mobile base and develop new technologies – and tactical, turn-based combat. The game features randomly generated maps, as well as improved combat and command system.
Steel Division: Normandy 44 (PC)
Strategy 23 May 2017
Another military strategy game in the publishing catalogue of Paradox Interactive, this one developed by the French studio Eugen Systems. Steel Division: Normandy 44 draws much inspiration from the Wargame series created earlier by the same developer, letting players take part in fights over Normandy in 1944. The game features playable armies of such nations as Nazi Germany, the United States, France, Canada, England, Scotland, and Poland. Steel Division: Normandy 44 puts much emphasis on realism, therefore real-time battles are split into three phases, which correspond to actual WWII skirmishes. While moving from one stage of battle to another you get access to new types of units, of which there are now 400 in the game, all based on historical data. Infantry, tanks and support vehicles are also aided by airplanes. Devising a proper tactic serves a key role in the game – the most important things you must consider are the landscape and morale of your soldiers. Too much stress reduces the combat effectiveness of your men and can even make them flee in panic. Steel Division: Normandy 44 lets you play either solo (throughout the campaign) or in multiplayer – up to twenty players can play together in online battles.
Might & Magic Showdown (PC)
Might & Magic Showdown is a miniature wargame set in the Might & Magic universe. It was developed by Fun House, a part of the Ubisoft Montreal studio. Even though the game offers a single player campaign, it was implemented solely for training purposes. Quick, multiplayer PvP duels, set on boards stylized after the actual miniature wargmes, are the key element of the game. Players control a hero who has an array of special abilities at their disposal, which have their own cooldowns, and up to three monsters from the pool of available creatures. You cannot control those monster directly, you can only define their tactics for the battle. The more duels you win, the more heroes and creates will be available to you. One of the game's main assets is the possibility to personalize the figurines. You can paint even their smallest details, or use premade skins. Even though the game has all the characteristic elements known from the other Might & Magic games, its gameplay is visibly different than in the main installments of the series.
Company of Heroes (PC)
Strategy 11 September 2006
A real-time strategy set during the World War II. The game was developed by the Canadian studio, Relic Entertainment, famous for the Homeworld series and Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War. The game focuses on the American armies struggling against the enemy in Western Europe. It begins with the D-Day, the legendary allied landing in Normandy. The single-player campaign is very cinematic. When it comes to the multiplayer, it can support up to eight players. Each of them has to pick a side - either the Allies, or the Axis. The game stands out thanks to the Essence Engine and the popular Havok technology accompanying it. Thus the game world makes a great impression - the environments are destructible to a large degree and the team the player commands can boast great AI - its members take advantage of their surroundings and respond very quickly to enemy actions.
Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood (PC)
Strategy 12 November 2002
Another tactical strategy game by Spellbound Interactive, the creators of Desperados. Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood takes place in the medieval England and its story focuses on the most famous outlaw in history and his fight for honor and justice against the local authorities. You lead a party consisting of such characters as Robin Hood himself, Little John, Friar Tuck or the beautiful Maid Marian, and each of them has their own unique abilities. The mechanics are similar to those from the Commandos series or the already mentioned Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive, and during the 40 non-linear missions, linked with an interesting plot, you complete various tasks, from infiltration, through saving your companions, to classic attacks (such as e.g. capturing a caravan) and laying siege to a fortress.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (PC)
Action 01 December 2015
The next installment in the tactical shooter series Rainbow Six endorsed by the author Tom Clancy. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal Studio, known for bestsellers such as Watch_Dogs and the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The title is a spiritual successor to the previously announced Rainbow Six: Patriots, which was eventually canceled. The gameplay focuses on police special forces fighting terrorists, with emphasis on tactics and tactical position defense. Most missions take place in confined spaces, which – thanks to an advanced physics engine – can be completely destroyed. During combat, the two teams can shoot through or blow up walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as barricaded doors. Because of this, the situation on the battlefield changes dynamically, forcing the players to adjust their tactics and cooperate with teammates.
Company of Heroes 2 (PC)
Strategy 25 June 2013
Second part of the highly successful military real-time strategy. Title was developed by Relic Entertainment and released by the SEGA company. Action of Company of Heroes 2 is once again set in the time of World War II. This time, however, players have the opportunity to take part in the events that took place on the Eastern Front. The main single player campaign focuses on commanding the Red Army, while in multiplayer, forces of the Third Reich are also available. Mechanics are based on solutions known from Company of Heroes, but the developers also decided to add new features, including a completely redesigned cover system and atmospheric conditions that affect units' mobility. Game was built on a new graphics engine Essence 3.0, which resulted in impressive visuals.
Gettysburg: The Tide Turns (PC)
Strategy 13 July 2017
A turn-based recreation of the battle of Gettysburg, one of the most important and bloody battles of the American Civil War. Gettysburg: The Tide Turns offers a number of scenarios, building an extensive campaign which allows the players to control the forces of the North, as well as the Confederacy. Our job is to conduct turn-based battles on the hexagonal grid covering the maps. The battles are large in scale, with the player controlling whole divisions of troops. The game contains an interesting feature – randomized turns. The order of turns is not fixed, while the engine decides which of the units are capable of making a move in the given turn. The Tide Turns is a highly complex title, characterized by historical consistency. The battles employ real units, while the course of each encounter is influenced by landform or soldiers’ morale.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC)
Strategy 09 October 2012
A science-fiction turn-based strategy game that came out as a reboot of the cult series, UFO: Enemy Unknown, launched back in 1994 by Microprose. This new title was created by Firaxis Games, a studio founded by Sid Meier. The story of XCOM: Enemy Unknown does not follow any of the plotlines started by its predecessors. Instead, it tells a new story of the war between humans and an aggressive alien race. In order to protect our planet from the invaders a special organization called X-COM was created, with you as its commander throughout the game. The gameplay features two main aspects. In the strategic mode you plan your next move, complete research and develop technology, as well as manufacture gear and weapons – all this in real time. When it comes to skirmishes with the aliens, combat is turn-based. Most missions are procedurally generated, which relates to greater replayability. Battles are presented in full 3D, and the game’s engine allows for full destruction of environment.
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 (PC)
Strategy 15 May 2014
An official sequel to a standalone expansion to the popular Men of War series, launched in 2007 by Best Way studio – previously known for such titles as Faces of War or Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. The game lets you pick one of five available nations that were taking part in World War II and lead them to battle on the front lines of Europe, North Africa, and Far East. Players can take part in various scenarios that require employing different tactics, from covert sniping missions, to tank battles. Some of them are redesigned missions from the previous installment in the series. The game is powered by a modified version of the predecessor’s engine, achieving much better visual quality. The authors also improved AI of computer opponents and provided an extensive multiplayer that allows for competition of two teams of four players.
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.
SWAT 4 (PC)
Action 05 April 2005
Another installment in a series of realistic, tactical action games. SWAT 4 was created by Irrational Games - a developer popular mainly for System Shock 2. The career is the main mode, giving us an opportunity to lead a SWAT team through a series of missions. The player is required to rescue hostages kept by terrorists or to apprehend dangerous criminals. Before each operation, the player chooses the weapons and equipment that will serve the objectives best. The game features representations of many real-world weapons and tactical gadgets. When playing solo, the player can control the team members directly (one can switch between them) or give orders to the team from the base of operations. Apart from the single player experience, SWAT 4 offers three multiplayer modes, as well as the co-op campaign mode. Additionally, a special editor is featured, which allows the player to create their own missions and modify the existing ones.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (PC)
Strategy 06 December 2016
A tactical real-time strategy game inspired by the Commandos series. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is set in Japan in 1615. The new shogun decided to enforce peace in the entire country which requires him to silently eliminate all the opposition that may dream of rebelling against him. To achieve this, he asks a group of five specialists who deal in murder, sabotage, and espionage. It is the team that the player will lead in the course of the campaign that consists of over a dozen extensive missions. In Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the action is presented from a camera placed high above the characters’ heads which provides us with a good grasp of the environment and lets us efficiently issue orders to our agents. Since they perform risky tasks on enemy territory, it is necessary to stay out of guards’ sight and act stealthily. Maps were designed in a way that allows for any mission to be completed in various ways. To succeed, the player always has to cunningly use the unique skills of every character and devise plans that involve strict cooperation within the party.
RPG Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Unique tactical RPG title from independent American studio of Supergiant Games. The story of Pyre is set in a mysterious land called Downside, which is a variation on Christian idea of a purgatory. The main hero is rescued by a trio of masked travelers, who ask me to help them unveiling the truth about the so called Rites – an unusual competition in which winners can earn pardon for their sins and be freed from Downside. Pyre’s gameplay contains of two fundamental parts. We travel in a special coach that is also used to manage companions and make decisions that affect the land and its inhabitants. However, there is another and more important part of the game in form of skirmishes we take part in, which combine features of MOBA and sport titles. The team of three characters must come in possession of a special ball and take it to enemy’s base.
Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs (PC)
RPG 18 May 2017
A turn-based RPG focusing strongly on strategic aspects and created by Pixelated Milk - a Polish developer. The player is taken to a peaceful fantasy world and assumes the role of Kay Loren - a young nobleman whose father reveals on his deathbed the existence of a distant land belonging to their family. Once the protagonist arrives in the place, it turns out that the entire land is ruined and the family was charged with a large debt. Kay decides to restore the ruined city to its magnificent state and take back the neighboring areas from the wildlife occupying them. The player's tasks are to construct buildings, gather resources, develop technologies and manage the land appropriately, so it can generate adequate amounts of money. Exploration, completing quests given by NPCs and turn-based combat are all of high importance here. The protagonist can be accompanied by four other characters with unique abilities, which can be developed alongside progression.
Day of Infamy (PC)
Action 23 March 2017
An online first-person shooter set during the Second World War and developed by New World Interactive. The game has its roots in a modification for Insurgency, a game created by the same team. The gameplay here is based on the fundamentals of the said predecessor, delivering a realistic, tactical shooter game that places the ability to plan and cooperate within the team above good reflexes - one stray bullet can put an end to the player's life in this game. The game allows for competition on several famous battlefields of the World War II, such as beaches of Sicily or Belgian forests covered with snow. Depending on the game mode, the teams are required to achieve certain goals, such as taking over the outposts. In comparison to Insurgency, the game introduces many elements making the gameplay more enjoyable. For instance, the opportunity to get promoted and become an officer or call in an artillery strike. Also, the guns behave more convincingly now.
Men of War: Assault Squad (PC)
Strategy 25 February 2011
A stand-alone expansion for a war-themed RTS game created by Best Way (a Ukrainian developer) and released in December, 2007. In terms of game mechanics, Assault Squad does not stray far from the formula of the base game - the player fights in various places the Second World War left its mark on, taking control over American, Soviet and German, as well as previously unavailable British and Japanese squads. Contrary to the base game, the expansion focuses mainly on multiplayer experience, offering four modes, namely the Frontlines, Combat, Assault Zones and Skirmish. For those preferring single-player games, the creators prepared fifteen missions to be played in the Skirmish mode - one can compete against their friends or bots and their goal is to take over the outposts scattered throughout the map. Men of War: Assault Squad utilizes an improved version of the engine used by the core game, which had a positive effect mainly on the visuals and vehicle models, making them look more realistic.
Men of War (PC)
Strategy 07 December 2007
A real time strategy developed by the Ukrainian developer Best Way and the German team at Digitalmindsoft. The action of the game takes place during World War II, offering three story campaigns enabling us to see the conflict from three sides: German, Soviet, and Allied, while the main emphasis is put on the Soviet campaign, telling a story of two Russian students that enrolled in the army. The ferocious battles led to the creation of a powerful bond linking both heroes. In Men of War, the player receives access to over 50 types of units, deployed around the battlefields in Greece, Northern Africa, Germany, as well as Italy and Ukraine. Completing all three campaigns unlocks additional five missions. Moreover, the game received major upgrades to multiplayer mode – a new nation, Japan, as well as new multiplayer modes in the form of capture the flag and high-value cargo, while our actions are constantly registered by a system of grades and statistics. Men of War is characteristic for its detailed graphics and high-quality sound effects.