Nier: Automata (PC)
Action 17 March 2017
Third-person perspective action game with RPG features and a sequel to the warmly-received production created by Cavia in 2010. The second installment was created by a different developer – Platinum Games known for the Bayonetta series. Despite that, Tarou Yokou, the creator of the first game, retained his position as the director of the project. The game takes place in distant future in which Earth was destroyed due to war against deadly machines. Humans, having found a safe haven on the Moon, created the limited YoRHa series of sapient androids to fight on their behalf. The YoRHa combined forces with androids of older generation and together they face the rebel machines. Two out of three protagonists of NieR Automata are completely new characters, but during the game player will also encounter characters from the first installment of the series as both stories are connected. Gameplay mechanics of the game are similar to ones in its predecessor and they offer an attractive combination of hack-and-slash, magic and RPG.
Path of Exile (PC)
RPG 23 October 2013
An online action RPG from Grinding Gear Games, a developer team from New Zealand. The action of Path of Exile is set in a fantasy world which was destroyed by a grand cataclysm. The players assume the role of exiles who try to survive in the dangerous continent of Wraeclast. The gameplay is focused on cooperation in teams of several players that traverse instance-based locations together. Each character can be developed choosing from more than 1300 skills. Visually, Path of Exile is inspired by the classics of the action RPG genre (Diablo, Sacred, and others), including the isometric camera. The game is free-to-play, but offers some additional facilities and items via optional micropayments.
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PC)
RPG tomorrow, 24 March 2017
A hack-and-slash role-playing game set in a world inspired by Norse myths, developed by Games Farm and Kalypso Media. The protagonist is Ulfung, a Viking clan chieftain, whose village is completely destroyed, while he becomes the leader of the surviving warriors in their quest to try to save Midgard from Ragnarok. Mechanics-wise, the game is clearly inspired by the popular Diablo series. At the start, you choose your warrior's gender and class, and then explore a range of locations and eliminate hordes of enemies. Apart from the more mundane weapons such as war hammers, axes, swords and bows, you can also use special items and amulets, which affect your character's abilities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard features an interesting character development system, the option of rebuilding your village step by step, and an apocalyptic winter you have to seek shelter from, e.g. by looking for any heat sources.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC)
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.
Grim Dawn (PC)
RPG 25 February 2016
A dark fantasy action RPG. Grim Dawn was developed by Crate Entertainment, a studio established by the former employees of Iron Lore, the creators of Titan Quest. The action takes place in the dark world of Cairn where a war fought between two mighty powers has driven the mankind to almost total extinction. The few remaining survivors inhabit small enclaves. We assume the role of a hero who possesses supernatural abilities and uses them to save the remains of the old Cairn. As befits a classical hack ‘n’ slash game, the essence of the gameplay is spectacular combat with hordes of enemies. The single player campaign is complemented by the multiplayer that puts emphasis on player cooperation.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC)
RPG 25 March 2014
The first official expansion to the third installment in the cult hack-and-slash series, Diablo. The add-on, prepared by Blizzard Entertainment, supplements the main campaign with another, fifth, story act, in which Malthael, the Angel of Death, tries to use any means necessary to end the war between the divine creatures and demons. To this end, he decides to use the Black Soulstone that binds Diablo’s soul. Additionaly, the expansion introduces a new playable hero – the Crusader, as well as raises the character experience level cap to 70. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls introduces an overhauled loot system – rewards are now less frequent, but more powerful and better suited to your character class. Some changes are also visible in the game's visual style, which is now much more grim and darker than in the base game.
Diablo III (PC)
RPG 15 May 2012
The third installment in a highly popular action-RPG franchise, created and developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo III takes players back to the world of Sanctuary, where they have to stand up to forces of evil. The story is set 10 years after the events of the second game. Tristram cathedral gets hit by a mysterious comet, whose impact awakens the armies of Hell. Diablo III features new character classes and a modified character progression system. Blizzard aimed for a further increase of combat dynamics, implementation of extensive social features, as well as atmospheric audiovisuals.
Lost Ark (PC)
A free-to-play online action-RPG designed for the Asian market by the South Korean studio Tripod. The game is set in a fantasy realm, whose people managed to avoid an invasion of evil thanks to the titular Ark. After years of peace, the leader of demonic legions, Kazeroth, tries to use the artifact to take over the world. The players have to find it and prevent the imminent disaster. The game employs isometric camera in gameplay, resembling such classic hits as Diablo or Torchlight. There are 18 character classes, each representing an original take on classic RPG archetypes. In the game you get to explore (both lands and seas), collect resources and treasures, and fight against mighty bosses, as well as other players in the PvP mode. Lost Ark features high quality graphics powered by Unreal Engine 3.
Diablo II (PC)
RPG 29 June 2000
A sequel to one of the biggest hits by Blizzard Entertainment. The plot of Diablo II follows the events of the first installment. The victory over Diablo turned out to be merely an illusion. Having possessed the body of his conqueror, Aidan, Diablo plans to unleash his brothers – Mefisto and Baal – with the purpose of enslaving the human kind once and for all. The player’s objective is to thwart the demon’s dreadful plans. The mechanics are very similar to those featured in the first part of Diablo – the game still emphasizes dynamic hack-n-slash combat as well as skill and psycho-physical attribute development by gaining experience points. The visuals in Diablo II combine 2D and 3D elements and the soundtrack was composed by Matt Uelmen.
Darksiders II (PC)
Action 14 August 2012
The sequel to the action game, Darksiders, released in 2010 by the developer studio Vigil Games. The storyline of Darksiders II depicts the adventures of another of the raiders of the apocalypse – Death. The hero sets out to aid his brother – War, who has been accused of unleashing the Apocalypse prematurely. In order to help, the protagonist has to prove the existence of a plot and resurrect humanity, which was completely annihilated in the End-War. In comparison to the first installment, the creators of Darksiders II have prepared a much larger and more diverse world, through which the hero travels, accompanied by his steed (Despair) and a crow (Dust). The gameplay revolves around spectacular skirmishes with enemies; in some areas, however, also the player’s ability to solve logic-based puzzles will be tested. The changes introduced in Darksiders II have also influenced the graphics, greatly increasing their over-all quality.
Torchlight II (PC)
RPG 20 September 2012
A sequel to the fantasy hack'n'slash game by Runic Games, founded by the creators of the cult game Diablo. The story takes place several years after the events of the first installment. The Alchemist, possessed by malevolent dark forces, destroys the town of Torchlight and steals the essence of power of Ordrak the dragon, the main antagonist of the original Torchlight game. Playing as one of the four available character classes, you have to stop the mad Alchemist and prevent disturbing the balance of good and evil. Compared to the previous installment, Torchlight II features a bigger, open world with diverse environments, changing weather, and a day-and-night cycle. Other elements include randomly generated quests, treasures, and enemies. The biggest innovation is the introduction of the multiplayer mode, enabling you to co-operate with other players, with the use of either the local network or the internet. What's left unchanged are the characteristic fairytale-esque visuals of the game.
Toukiden 2 (PC)
Action tomorrow, 24 March 2017
A sequel to the 2013 action game Toukiden: The Age of Demons, created by Japanese studio Omega Force (known for e.g. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 and Dynasty Warriors). Unlike its predecessor, which was only available for portable devices, Toukiden 2 was also released for PlayStation 3 and 4 home consoles. The game's mechanics are similar to those of the first installment, so it's still a hack and slash with RPG elements. The setting is again the fantasy world ravaged by armies of demons, and you play as a seasoned warrior, who's dedicated to defeat them. The combat system is based on spectacular combo attacks and requires some agility. When facing boss enemies, you need to use a proper strategy and take advantage of your opponent's weaknesses. Toukiden 2 features an open world, where you can find NPCs, side quests, and various service providers. Apart from the singleplayer campaign, the game also has an online multiplayer mode.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PC)
Action 27 August 2013
Another full-fledged installment in the legendary series of action games, developed by the Spanish developer Mercury Steam in cooperating with Konami - the creators of all the previous installments. The protagonist is called Gabriel and he is a member of the Brotherhood of Light. The organization fights evil forces, and Gabriel is given a mission to eliminate the titular Lords of Shadow. However, Gabriel has a personal goal to achieve as well, for he wishes to find and obtain a magical mask, the artifact required to bring his murdered wife back to life. In terms of mechanics, the game reshapes the standard platforming elements of the franchise to fit into the third-person action convention. The player traverses the game world on foot or on horseback, eliminating hordes of enemies encountered on the roads, and facing powerful, demanding bosses. The player makes use of several basic weapon types, including the token combat cross. The combat skills of the protagonist are improved as the game progresses.
Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance (PC)
Continuation of the popular series of MMORPGs created and expanded by the NCsoft Company. The developers decided that Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance will be a return to the roots of the series. The game once again takes place in a fantasy universe known very well by the fans. The story tells a tale of a conflict with the forces of evil. The fallen heroes begin to rise from their knees two hundred years after the armies of good were defeated. A new war begins and its outcome will be decided by the players. Similarly as in the previous installments of the series, the main part of the gameplay is based on creating an avatar and developing him. Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance stands out due to its advanced combat mechanics that allow the players to participate in spectacular battles and sieges.
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition (PC)
RPG 31 August 2016
A new edition of Titan Quest, a classic hack-and-slash, bundled with its official expansion Immortal Throne, prepared for the 10th anniversary of the release. The plot takes place in ancient times, and is based on stories from Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Chinese mythologies. The players assume the role of a hero, who is tasked with finding a way to imprison the Titans, who've managed to escape after years of imprisonment, and are now causing mayhem and destruction on Earth. The reedition was developed as a joint venture between the original developers – Iron Lore studio and THQ Nordic. In total, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition contains 1261 changes, including, for example, a better balancing of individual classes, abilities, weapons, and items. Other changes include: a better non-player character AI, greater equipment capacity, or an improved loot system. Aside from that, the game incorporates a large group of new enemies and bosses. The visuals underwent only symbolic changes, but they are still eye-catching, despite the passage of the time.
DMC: Devil May Cry (PC)
Action 25 January 2013
A dynamic action game utilizing the third-person perspective. It's the fifth installment in the Devil May Cry franchise and also the reboot of the series. The game was produced by British studio Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West) and the process was supervised by Capcom. DMC: Devil May Cry takes place simultaneously in two worlds: the human one and the infernal one (Limbo). The player is cast in the role of Dante, a young man fighting demons that find their way to the human world. It's a spectacular hack-and-slash game with adventure elements. The gameplay focuses mostly on mass extermination of opponents, using all kinds of diverse weaponry, including both cold weapons and firearms.
Action 23 September 2010
A third-person action game featuring RPG elements. The plot was inspired by events described in the Book of Revelation. Darksiders was developed by Vigil Games, a studio led by Joe Madureira, who is a popular comic book author. The player assumes the role of one of the four biblical Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who finds out that he has been betrayed, after reaching the Earth. Chased by agents of both Heaven and Hell, the protagonist sets out for a journey in order to regain the abilities and a steed he once lost and discover the mystery behind the conspiracy. The game is a typical slasher, for the protagonist wields a sword, a scythe and uses environmental objects by throwing them at enemies. Alongside progression, the player gains access to successively retrieved abilities, which give the player an upper hand on the enemies in subsequent encounters. The game features an open world and gameplay itself focuses on combat and completing different assignments related to the plot. The game's unique graphic style was delivered by Madureira himself.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (PC)
RPG 15 January 2016
An expanded version of the third-person action RPG, initially released in 2012, developed exclusively for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by Capcom. The action takes place in a vast fantasy world filled with a myriad of mythical creatures. The protagonist is a chosen one who comes back to life, after having been killed by a dragon, to slay his murdered and uncover the truth about his own identity. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, apart from the story campaign featured in the original, offers an additional adventure set in a completely new location, the cursed island of Bitterblack. In addition to a number of new quests, the production introduces a third skill level in character development, lots of new equipment, as well as new enhancements and modification methods. The game is complemented by all minor DLCs that came out after the launch of the basic version. Furthermore, the developers have improved several gameplay mechanics, which translates into an even better gaming experience.
Devil May Cry 4 (PC)
Action 08 July 2008
A dynamic, third-person perspective action game, which is the fourth major installment in the hack and slash series by Capcom, mainly associated with SONY consoles. The plot in Devil May Cry 4 concentrates on the adventures of a completely new protagonist – Nero, a member of the Holy Knights. One day he witnesses a slaughter on his brothers carried out by Dante – the character known from the previous parts – and swears to avenge them. However, it turns out there is a second bottom to the whole thing and eventually both heroes join forces in order to face the common enemy. Mechanics-wise, the game hasn't changed significantly from the previous installments of the series and concentrates on dynamic fights with groups of opponents and difficult bosses. In combat Nero uses his sword and firearms. He also inherited an ability after his father, which for a short period of time transforms him into a demonic warrior with increased strength and endurance.
MU Legend (PC)
A sequel to one of the most popular Korean MMORPG games. MU2 is a title produced and published by Webzen Inc. The game is set on the mythic continent of Mu which, according to the theories of James Churchward, was inhabited by the ancient civilization of Naacal. Players assume the roles of heroes seeking fortune, adventures, and some monsters to hunt for in this legendary realm. Gameplay in MU2 focuses on dynamic combat resembling typical hack-and-slash mechanics. As an MMO, the game offers extensive social features, letting you communicate with friends, form teams, and create clans. High quality visuals in MU2 are powered by the popular Unreal Engine 3.
Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer (PC)
An expansion for Diablo III, developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The add-on introduces a new playable hero – Necromancer, and a number of cosmetic additions. The new hero has power over a special type of magic, drawn from the power of death, while his battle abilities are based on blood and bone – a Necromancer can resurrect corpses. Additionally, we can make use of the spectacular Corpse Explosion, the ranged Bone Spear, or even Siphon Blood from our enemies. The new addition receives dedicated legendary item sets, and an exclusive in-game pet. Aside from that, Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer introduces two more additional character slots, a new portrait frame, a pennant, a banner, and a unique banner sigil. The add-on is not standalone – PC users need to have Diablo III, as well as Reaper of Souls, while console users need Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PC)
Action 25 February 2014
A sequel to the 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a hack ‘n’ slash game. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and its prequel were both developed by Mercury Steam Entertainment in cooperation with Konami. The players learn the further fate of Gabriel Belmont. The protagonist fell victim to evil and transformed into a Lord of Shadow. After centuries of loneliness and anguish, his old friend, Zobek, extends an unusual offer to him: setting him free from the curse of vampirism in exchange for help in fighting Satan. The action takes place in two words simultaneously—a dark, futuristic town and a medieval castle. The core of the gameplay is combat against hordes of enemies that can be exterminated with sword, claws, and special vampire abilities.
Titan Quest (PC)
RPG 26 June 2006
An isometric action-RPG from the hack’n’slash genre, developed by the team at Iron Lore led by Brian Sullivan – co-creator of the iconic classic, Age of Empires. Titan Quest takes us to ancient Greece and Egypt, when the eponymous titans get released from their eternal imprisonment to spread death and destruction across the Earth. In fight between new and old gods, the world’s fate rests on shoulders of a single human, who travels across the lands looking for a way to seal titans once again. We visit numerous mythological places, like Parthenon, Knossos, the Labyrinth, Egyptian pyramids or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, fighting hordes of diversified enemies as well as titans themselves. The players are given a vast arsenal of more than a thousand unique and legendary items. Our character can improve his or her skills throughout the game, due to a flexible class system that offers close to unlimited possibilities of development.