Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach (PC)
Strategy 19 January 2017
A turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer 40K universe, developed by debuting Scottish studio Straylight Entertainment. The game takes place in the 41st century, during the incessant conflict between the rival races. You lead one of the Space Marines chapters, called the Space Wolves, who resist the devastating orc invasion, led by Grukk Face-Rippa. Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach features two story campaigns, consisting of about 50 missions, and you can use 30 varied units, both standard ones and legendary ones. The gameplay is turn-based, although the pace is fast, and it is important to use tactical maneuvers and pay attention to the topography. As the game progresses, you units gain experience and level up. The game also features a quick fight mode, in which you battle the AI or another player in the PBEM+ system.
Escape from Tarkov (PC)
A MMO FPP/TPP shooter with RPG and sandbox survival elements, developed by Russian studio Battlestate Games. Players become the members of two rivaling military corporations, fighting on the territory of an abandoned Russian city. Unlike many popular online shooters, this game stands out thanks to interesting story and full freedom of exploration combined with a whole bunch of various additional activities, which you can complete on your own or in cooperation with friends. Escape from Tarkov boasts a high level of realism in terms of both gameplay and graphics (thanks to the 3D scanning technology), extraordinary character progression system, and puts much emphasis on survival elements – your character needs to eat, drink, treat injuries, and avoid radiation in order to survive in this dangerous environment.
Dying Light (PC)
Action 27 January 2015
An first-person perspective survival horror game, created by the Polish developer Techland, known for Dead Island and the Call of Juarez series, among others. The player assumes the role of a character who is trying to survive in a zombie-infested metropolis. The sandbox gameplay of Dying Light is divided into two phases. During the day, the game puts main focus on exploration and acquisition of raw materials and weapons, while at night players must face hordes of the living dead. The creators wanted to put the accent on two gameplay elements: thrilling combat with a variety of weapons (including crafted ones), and dynamic movement throughout the city, enabling the players to overcome terrain obstacles using parkour. In addition to a single-player campaign, Dying Light also offers a four-person cooperation mode via the Internet.
Far Cry 4 (PC)
Action 18 November 2014
The fourth installment of the extremely popular series of sandbox FPP action games. In accordance with the Ubisoft’s policy, the production was developed by several internal development studios led by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai. Once again players have the opportunity to assume the role of a protagonist forced to face numerous enemies and obstacles all by himself. At his disposal, however, is a considerable arsenal of firearms and melee weapons. The creators remained true to the well-proven gameplay scheme, allowing the gamers to explore vast locations and complete task with an unparalleled degree of freedom. On the technical side, Far Cry 4 fully employs the potential of the constantly improved Dunia Engine, providing high-quality audiovisuals and realistic physics.
Tom Clancy's The Division (PC)
Action 08 March 2016
An online action game that combines tactical shooter with elements of cRPG. Tom Clancy's The Division is a game made by Ubisoft Massive Studios in cooperation with Ubisoft Reflections. The game is set in a near future, when the United States is struck by a pandemic. Players become members of a secret governmental organization called The Division, which tries to contain the chaos spreading across New York City. The gameplay focuses on rivalry between small groups of players. The world’s open structure presents the players with an impressive freedom to explore the setting and complete various missions. When it comes to the technical aspects, Tom Clancy's The Division employs the full potential of the advanced Snowdrop Engine.
Far Cry 3 (PC)
Action 29 November 2012
The third installment in a popular first person shooter franchise. This game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal Studios in cooperation with Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Reflections, and Massive Entertainment. The protagonist of Far Cry 3 is Jason Brody, whose vacation unexpectedly turns into a fight for survival. Jason and his friends land on an island occupied by psychopathic pirates. He has to free his friends from the hands of the madmen and find a way back to civilization. As befits a purebred FPS, the gameplay is filled with shootouts, in which you use many different weapons. The game offers nearly complete freedom when it comes to exploration, combat tactics, and execution of various missions.
ARK: Survival Evolved (PC)
A sandbox survival simulator set in an open world, which draws inspiration from productions such as DayZ. Unlike in the aforementioned title, this time we fight against powerful prehistoric creature instead of zombies. The game is the debut of an independent studio called Wildcard, founded by a former employee of Microsoft Game Studios. The player begins the game defenseless and naked on an unidentified island, and his or her task is to survive in this new, harsh environment. In order to do that, we must hunt and gather various raw materials which will be used to create the much needed weapons and tools. One of the most fun aspects of ARK: Survival Evolved are the meticulously depicted creatures – the game features more than 60 species of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. Since the title features o multiplayer experience, meeting other players in the game world will happen and, depending on their attitude, we can fight them or establish valuable alliances.
Action 18 November 2011
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Dead Island (PC)
Action 06 September 2011
A first person survival-horror action game with cRPG elements. Dead Island was developed by Techland Studio, together with the Deep Silver company. The story features a tropical island, cut off from the world, where a zombie epidemic spreads out. Few remaining people are trying to survive and find a way to escape the living dead. Gameplay in Dead Island is built around exploration, completing quests, crafting useful items, and fighting undead opponents. This last element frequently features contextual weapons (sticks, pipes, etc.). Apart from the single player experience, the game offers multiplayer with several cooperative and competitive play modes.
60 Seconds (PC)
Strategy 25 May 2015
A post-apocalyptic survival strategy game with RPG elements, created by Polish developer Robot Gentleman Studios. You play as the head of a typical American family, who has to provide for his loved ones in the face of an incoming nuclear war. The game starts 60 seconds before the first explosion, giving you one minute to get to a shelter while grabbing the most essential provisions on the way. In the next phase you have to survive for as long as you can using only the resources you've managed to gather, which often force you to make very tough decisions. Sometimes, you have to decide whose daily rations should be reduced, sometimes how to deal with problems at hand, such as a cockroach infestation. Despite its seemingly grim theme, the game features a rather light-hearted atmosphere, evident e.g. in its comic-like graphics.
Dying Light: The Following (PC)
Action 09 February 2016
The first official expansion to a survival action game made by Polish studio Techland in 2015. The add-on is set after the events presented in the base game, and take you to the suburbs of Harran city. Playing as Kyle Crane, a character known from the original, you have to infiltrate a camp of a cult, whose members are immune to zombie bites and can use the monsters to their own means. Driven by the goal of finally getting rid of the plague, the protagonist has to undertake a series of missions to gain the trust of the locals and learn their secrets. Gameplay mechanics remain unchanged, although the add-on is set in a notably vast location (bigger than all maps from the base game combined), across which you can move around in a dune buggy. The creators also decided to give players more freedom when it comes to story-related missions.
SpellForce 3 (PC)
The third installment in a fantasy game series launched in 2003, which combines elements of RTS and RPG. The title was produced by Grimlore Games, a studio founded by the series’ publisher, which employs some of creators of the first two SpellForce games. Story-wise, SpellForce 3 is a prequel to the previous titles. It is set in times, when this fantasy world was still a vast, unified continent. This obviously affected the structure of locations, which are no longer solitary islands connected by portals. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the developers used the well-proven solutions making up a strategy game, in which you build a base, recruit army, and fight battles. At the same time, the strategic gameplay is enriched with the addition of such elements as heroes of different classes and skills, a character progression system, and story-driven missions with subquests – like in a classic RPG. The game features also multiplayer gameplay available through the Spellforce.net online platform.
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.
A sandbox TPP game developed by the debuting Entrada studio, created with online play and survival in mind. It is set in post-apocalyptic wasteland of a world destroyed by a nuclear war, with players taking roles of survivors who try to survive in this unfriendly environment. During the game we must constantly check our levels of hunger, thirst, and radiation, with the latter being very relevant to the overall condition of our body. Thanks to an advanced crafting system, items found during exploration can be used to create indispensable equipment or build a shelter from bandits and mutants. An open PvP mode allows us to cooperate or compete with other players, and, to prevent griefing, a special system has been implemented, which makes it possible to put a bounty on the head of a player who causes troubles for others. The game's high quality visuals are delivered by CryEngine 3.
Heroes of Might and Magic V (PC)
Strategy 16 May 2006
The fifth installment of the popular fantasy turn-based strategy game series. To freshen up the franchise, the production of the game was entrusted to Nival Interactive, an experienced Russian developer, whose portfolio includes such games as Rages of Mages, Etherlords, Silent Storm, and Blitzkrieg. The game takes place in the land of Ashan and focuses on the war with hosts of demons, who, having killed the king, are ravaging the country. The fate of Ashan lies in the hands of heroes, who confront the forces of evil in order to defend their home factions. The new developer decided not to revolutionize the gameplay and instead focused on the strategic aspects and minor modifications of the game's mechanics; for example, the heroes no longer participate in battles, there are no separate town screens, time limits during combat have been added, and new diplomacy options are available. It is the first game in the series to feature a fully 3D environment.
The Guild 3 (PC)
A third part in the Medieval-themed economic strategy game series with RPG elements, whose first installment was created in 2002 by JoWooD Entertainment. This time, developed by Nordic Games, The Guild 3 combines the key features of its predecessors with modern visuals as well as numerous novelties and improvements in the game mechanics. Once again we visit a medieval world, filled with wars, conflicts, and political schemes to slowly rise to the top. The iconic feature of the gameplay is the freedom in choosing our path to success. Depending on player’s preferences, we can pursue our goal as an aristocrat, a merchant, a criminal or virtually anyone else.
BioShock Infinite (PC)
Action 26 March 2013
First person perspective action game released as a spin-off to the BioShock series. This title was produced by Irrational Games with publishing support from the 2K Games company. BioShock Infinite is set in an alternative version of the early 20th century. The main hero, private detective Booker DeWitt, arrives to Columbia, a city floating in the sky, where he needs to locate and rescue a woman named Elizabeth. Turns out she is extremely valuable to two factions competing for control over the city. While playing, you can make use of various fire arms and special powers (e.g. summoning ravens or using telekinesis). The game’s uniquely atmospheric visuals are generated by a modified version of Unreal Engine 3.
Dead Island Riptide (PC)
Action 23 April 2013
A sequel to Dead Island, the bloody FPS survival horror released in 2011. The game was developed by Polish studio Techland with publishing support from Deep Silver company. Dead Island Riptide picks up where the first game left off. Although a few lucky survivors managed to escape the zombie-infested island of Banoi, they never managed to get home, as their ship crashed by the shore of another tropical island – Palanai. Unfortunately, the epidemic has reached this place too, and the heroes again have to face the hordes of undead. The game inherits the gameplay mechanics from its prequel, featuring FPS action combined with RPG elements, as well as a online co-op mode for up to four people.
Spellforce: The Order of Dawn (PC)
Strategy 28 November 2003
A cRPG/real-time strategy game hybrid by Phenomic. SpellForce: The Order of Dawn is set in a fantasy world, which has been almost completely destroyed by thirteen mages yearning for unlimited power. The survivors of the cataclysm they brought took refugee on many islands scattered around the world, all that was left of a once great continent, reachable only by means of magical portals. However, the peace did not last long, as the forces of evil are at work yet again. You play as a chosen one, possessing supernatural abilities, who is the only one able to neutralize the threat. You control the protagonist directly, exploring many locations and doing various quests. The character of your chosen class earns experience points and reaches higher levels, and also collects increasingly more powerful equipment. SpellForce: The Order of Dawn features a TPP view, but you can also switch to bird's eye view, in which the strategic aspect of the game becomes more apparent. You have to build bases, manage your resources and technology, and train new soldiers. You can choose from six varied races (Men, Dwarves, Elves, Dark Elves, Orcs, and Trolls), each of which has a different development path, economy and combat skills. Apart from the story campaign, the game also features a multiplayer mode.
Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition (PC)
Strategy 29 January 2015
A remastered edition of one of the most well-received installments of the legendary Heroes of Might & Magic series, created for the 15th anniversary of the game's original release and the 20th anniversary of the franchise. It was commissioned by Ubisoft and developed by DotEmu, known e.g. from the remake of the cult platform game Another World. The contents of the HD edition are the same as the base game (no expansions included) and consist of 7 story campaigns (about 50 maps in total), a skirmish mode and a functional editor. Compared to the original, the key changes are the upgraded wide-screen-compatible HD visuals. The graphics are now sharper and more clear-cut, which is the result of reprogramming over 25,000 elements and models. The multiplayer mode has also been upgraded, both in the local “hotseat” mode and the online one. Also, for the first time ever, a version for mobile devices was created.
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.
Champions of Anteria (PC)
Strategy 30 August 2016
The eight major installment in one of the most popular economic strategy series that launched in 1993. This game was created by Blue Byte Software for the Ubisoft company. The new edition features significantly altered gameplay mechanics, because of the introduction of RPG elements. When you are not building your settlement, you take part in hack-and-slash story-driven sequences, where you control a team of heroes belonging to different classes and fight your opponents, conquer new lands, and gather valuable items and reputation points necessary to expand your city. On the other hand, the economical layer went through little to no changes. New production lines were added, as well as the ability to improve buildings thanks to new technology trees. Your settlement stays with you from mission to mission, so you do not have to build it from scratch each time.
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.