Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)
RPG 21 August 2012
An action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. It has been developed by the Japanese From Software studio, known from e.g. Ninja Blade, Demon’s Souls, and the Armored Core series. The story of Dark Souls takes place in a grim universe, greatly resembling the medieval age. The plot in scarcely depicted, and the players take role of an undead character, whose actions will shape the fate of the world. The game is a third-person perspective hack-and-slash. In a manner befitting a sandbox game, players are given a lot of freedom at exploring locations and undertaking various tasks. The game stands out with its high difficulty level and complex multiplayer mode.
Dark Souls III (PC)
RPG 24 March 2016
Another installment in the series of dark action RPGs, initiated and developed by Japanese studio From Software. The title is set in the same fantasy universe, in terms of content however, it offers a completely new story in which we visit 12 previously inaccessible locations. At the same time, the game features a more extensive plot, and the gameplay itself is accompanied by over an hour of cutscenes. The production includes as many as 12 character classes, 45 new enemies, 15 challenging bosses, 100 weapons, 40 pieces of armor and nearly 200 other items. One of the most important new features is the possibility of sacrificing the bodies of defeated enemies, which allows us to summon certain characters or haunt another player’s game. New sword fighting techniques were also introduced, and we learn them gradually as we progress in the game. Both the atmosphere characteristic of the series, and the high level of difficulty have been preserved in the sequel.
Lords of the Fallen (PC)
RPG 28 October 2014
RPG action game set in a fantasy universe. Lords of the Fallen is a collective work of Deck 13 and CI Games. The story invites you into a world where the mankind once rebelled against the tyranny of a cruel god and managed to bind him to mountain range. Thousands years later the evil grows in strength again, and the only one able to stop it is a hero who is not clean of vice himself. The character controlled by the player represents one of three classes, following a path of weapon or magic. As befits an action RPG, Lords of the Fallen focuses around spectacular combat against diverse opponents. The game is powered by the Fledge Engine.
The Surge (PC)
RPG 16 May 2017
An action RPG set in a dark science-fiction world, developed by the German team Deck 13 – the co-creators of Lords of the Fallen. The story shows a dystopian vision of the future, where human technology turned against its creators, plunging the planet into chaos. We play as an ordinary citizen, who, like everyone else, uses the achievements of modern technology and the capabilities offered by fully customizable exoskeletons. The gameplay draws from such the famous Dark Souls series and is characterized by significant difficulty level and melee combat focus. What sets The Surge apart is a unique character development system. It is closely connected to combat, allowing us to seize opponent’s technology and gear, and then mount it on our own exoskeleton.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PC)
RPG 02 April 2015
A complete, improved edition of the best selling action RPG created by From Software, released at the start of 2014 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game once again takes place in a gritty fantasy world. The main protagonist is trying to find a way to lift his curse. During the journey he will participate in challenging duels during which he will use both traditional weaponry and an arsenal of magical attacks. As the game progress, the character gains experience and he can be developed in various ways. The new edition contains all story DLCs, depicting his search for the three crowns of legendary rulers. The developers expanded the story of the basic game, added new NPCs, improved the item descriptions, and balanced the character progression system. Additionally, the owners of PCs and eighth generation consoles can enjoy improved graphics that fully utilize the power of their hardware.
Salt and Sanctuary (PC)
RPG 17 May 2016
A dark 2D platformer with RPG elements, developed by the team of Ska Studios, known for its original and equally brutal productions The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder. In Salt and Sanctuary we take on the form of a pirate whose ship crashes near a mysterious island inhabited by hordes of drowned and their powerful masters. By eliminating hordes of enemies and bosses the protagonist gradually discovers the secrets of the island, and thanks to the raw materials he acquires, such as gold and salt, develops his equipment and skills when visiting safe enclaves (titular sanctuaries). The hero has a considerable range of weapons and magic skills at his disposal, and the key element is the proper selection, because too much unnecessary equipment negatively affects the protagonist's mobility and special abilities. The game features an extremely gloomy atmosphere and hand-drawn artwork, typical for the studio's early productions.
Lords of the Fallen 2 (PC)
A sequel to the successful action RPG created by CI Games - a Polish team behind the development of such franchises as Sniper Ghost Warrior or Art of Murder. Tomasz Gop took part in production of the game as well. He is an experienced gamemaker who had previously worked in CD Projekt RED as a senior producer of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The Lords of the Fallen series is set in a dark fantasy world, where humanity is forced to face the armies of a fallen god. A group of warriors who have a lot to answer for themselves is sent first to the fight against the tyrant. The player assumed the role of one such fighter in the first installment. Contrary to its predecessor, Lords of the Fallen 2 offers a more extensive plot that aims to spark the interest of a wider group of players. In terms of the mechanics, the sequel is still an action RPG focusing on exploration and arcade combat. Combat itself was additionally extended however, in order to make it feel deeper. As a role-playing game, Lords of the Fallen 2 allows us to choose a specialty and develop the protagonist in our preferred direction.
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City (PC)
RPG 28 March 2017
The Ringed City is the second and final DLC to Dark Souls III, a well-received action RPG developed by From Software. Gameplay mechanics in The Ringed City remain unchanged. The DLC introduces a new mini-campaign in which we are chasing the Slave Knight Gael, who is searching for the Dark Soul of Humanity. It takes place in a new location where we will find new challenges, NPCs, and enemies. Just like in every Dark Souls game, we will have to face powerful bosses when playing The Ringed City. There are also new pieces of equipment and magic spells available. Dark Souls III: The Ringed City is available for the Season Pass owners, but can be bought separately. Along with the Ashes of Ariandel, The Ringed City is included in The Fire Fades Edition, a game of the year edition of Dark Souls III.
Action 12 July 2016
A third-person action game featuring roguelike elements. After the Shadowgrounds series, it is the second major game developed by Harebrained Schemes, an independent American studio. Necropolis is set in a vast, magical, procedurally generated dungeon complex that constantly changes its shape. We play as a daredevil who vows to discover the secrets of the place and defeat the sorcerer who rules the complex and the intelligence he created, which feeds on the souls of those unfortunate enough to fall in its clutches. When it comes to the gameplay, it is an action game at its core; with a demanding combat system requiring good timing and identification of the enemy's weaknesses. We can increase our chances by the use of magical potions brewed from the ingredients we find in the dungeon. We can also take advantage of mystical spell books and runes. The game does not lack humor and features an original graphical design with relatively simple 3D models of characters and objects.
Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel (PC)
RPG 25 October 2016
First major DLC expansion for the fantasy action RPG Dark Souls III, created by From Software studio. When it comes to mechanics, Ashes of Ariandel doesn’t introduce any major changes to the base game, focusing on complex combat system and clashes in which every encountered enemy can be a major hindrance to our hero. The expansion introduces a completely new, snow-covered location – Ariandel – in which we discover further secrets of the game world, taking on a number of new quests and fighting a whole new set of diverse enemies, including the series trademark – powerful bosses. An additional highlight is a special map for PvP encounters, called Hollow Arena. This set of additions is complemented by new weapons, armors, and spells, absent from the base game.
Eitr is an action-RPG based on the norse mythology. It's the first game developed by the British studio Eneme Entertainment. Game's plot focuses on Yggdrasil, the world tree, that connects all of the nine worlds. When it was infected with a poisonous substance, the plague began to spread all over the nine realms. We play as a readheaded female warrior who bestowed with powerful abilities by Loki, the trickster god. With those powers, she will try to stop the incoming darkness. We will spend most of our time exploring the game's world, gathering treasures, leveling up our hero, and eliminating hordes of enemies. Combat system in Eitr is much more complex than in other hack'n'slash games. In order to be victorious in battle, we have toperfectly time our attacks, blocks, and dodges. We will also have to pay atention to our hero's positioning and use her abilities wisely.
Titan Souls (PC)
Adventure 14 April 2015
A two-dimensional retro action platform game inspired by typical cRPGs and the cult PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus. Titan Souls was developed by the independent, three-person studio Acid Nerve and it is an expanded, commercial version of the application created during the Ludum Dare competition. The game takes place in ancient ruins in which, according to a legend, the souls of titans were placed. These souls are the source of all life, but they were shattered into many pieces and access to each of them is protected by a legendary golem. As a young warrior, the player will face the golems, each of which is challenging in a different way. The monsters have their strong and weak points and learning about them is the key to victory in the duels. The fact that the protagonist is equipped with a bow with only one arrow makes things even more complicated – in order to attack the opponent again, one must first pick up priceless projectile.
Lords of the Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth (PC)
RPG 03 March 2015
The first DLC for Lords of the Fallen, a third-person action RPG developed by the Polish studio CI Games in cooperation with Deck 13. The expansion introduces a completely new location—the eponymous maze that exists between the worlds of humans and demons. The protagonist, Harkyn, encounters the immortal representatives of the latter and decides to deal with them for good. In practice, it means that we will explore new mysterious places full of various secrets and previously unknown types of enemies. Fighting them, the protagonist uses new items (including weapons and armor) that prove useful especially during the final boss battle against a powerful demon that possesses the ability of dynamically switching his powers. The expansion features numerous side quests and logic puzzles to solve.
Code Vein (PC)
A dark action-RPG from Japanese studio of Shift, known from the God Eater franchise. The story of Code Vein takes place in the nearby future, when vampires with supernatural powers live on the ruins of the civilization. Bloodsuckers live together and try to discover the mysteries of the post-apocalyptic world, while also making sure they don’t turn into grotesque monsters due to lack of blood. The game stresses out on exploring of smoothly connected locations and fighting with various types of melee weapons. Sucking blood also plays major part in the game, being used to unlock new abilities, as well as the system that allows exploring the world with a companion. Code Vein is based o Unreal Engine 4 technology.
A roguelike game developed by the independent studio Capybara Games (the authors of Critter Crunch, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery). Below takes place on a mysterious island, the dungeons of which are filled with secrets and unknown technologies. The player assumes the role of a brave man who goes deep into the island armed only with a sword, a shield, a torch, and the curiosity that pushes him forward. While exploring the dark caves, he will encounter hostile creatures that will force him to fight for his life. The game has a unique visual style, a bit familiar to the previous game from Capybara Games – Sword & Sworcery. However, this time developers decided not to use pixel art. Instead, the game has more detailed visuals that sometimes resemble the ones from Journey. The world of Below is dark and most of the time the only thing that lights it up is the torch held by the protagonist. Jim Guthrie, compositor of music for Sword & Sworcery, created atmospheric tracks for this game as well.
Action 26 January 2016
A 2D action RPG in the fantasy convention from the independent developer Daniel Wright, featuring a classic view from above. DarkMaus’ story takes place in a land inhabited by humanoid rodents and other intelligent animals. The player takes control over a lone mouse warrior, traversing the world corrupted by darkness in search of anything worth saving. Gameplay focuses on exploration and fights with various monsters, offering arcade, but relatively slow-paced battles. Players are given classic character progression system and a wide array of equipment, including many types of weapons and spells. The game presents a quite high difficulty level, with the proper choice of equipment and tactics playing crucial role, along with dodging and blocking, which are often more important than reckless offensive actions.
Adventure 06 May 2015
A scary adventure title created by Jochen Mistiaen – an independent developer from Belgium. In Malebolgia, you assume the role of Leopold who, in unclear circumstances, finds himself in a mansion built in the heart of hell. His objective is to get out of this horrid residence, which requires not only exploring the ominous palace, but also solving various puzzles and fighting bloodthirsty demons. Luckily, the hero is not defenseless – he battles his way through hell with a halberd. Interestingly, the place of action constantly changes, so each time you visit a location, you can expect different challenges. The title utilizes rather simple, cel-shaded visuals. Interestingly, the Italian title translates into the eight circle of hell described by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy.