Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - 10th Anniversary Edition (AND)
Action 12 December 2012
A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.
PayDay: Crime War (AND)
A mobile installment in the series of first-person shooters that is popular on consoles and PCs alike. The title was developed by the creators of the main entries of the PayDay franchise – Overkill Software. PayDay: Crime War focuses on multiplayer – the game’s mainstay is team PvP. One team assumes the role of criminals and the other team assumes the role of a SWAT team. The objective of the former is to perform a robbery while the law enforcers are trying to prevent them from succeeding. The game takes place in varied locations. As the player progress in the game, he unlocks new weapons, armors and additional abilities. High-quality graphics and easy controls are big assets to the game.
Need for Speed: No Limits (AND)
Racing 30 September 2015
A spin-off to the bestselling racing game series, Need for Speed. The game was developed by Firemonkeys - an Australian studio cooperating with Electronic Arts. It was created exclusively for mobile devices. Ken Block, a popular racing driver formerly associated mainly with the DiRT series, took part in the production of the game as well. The story pays tribute to one of the franchise's most iconic installments, Need for Speed: Underground, focusing entirely on illegal street races. The player is taken to the fictional city of Blackridge, controlled by five street-level gangs. The player's task is to defeat subsequent opponents in a series of racing challenges, which come in several variants. As usual, the players receive a massive number of licensed cars - divided into five classes here, each having their own garage, performance and visual upgrade counterparts. Although the game is free-to-play, the player's car runs out of fuel relatively fast, which is the main limitation the game brings.
Mortal Kombat X (AND)
Fighting 05 May 2015
A sequel to the 2011 game created by NetherRealm, which restored the leading position in gaming to Mortal Kombat, a long-standing, cult fighting game franchise launched in 1993 by the Midway / Acclaim duet. Once again, we get a wide array of playable fighters – both known from the previous games in the series, as well as brand new ones. Moreover, each one comes in several varieties, differing in tactics and combat style. Duels are fought on 2.5D arenas filled with interactive elements that you can use in combat. There is of course no shortage of spectacular finishers, so-called fatalities. The game’s core features an expansive story mode set 25 years after the events presented in the previous game. The authors implemented numerous both local and online multiplayer modes, enabling the players to compete with one another in a global struggle for primacy.
Kingdom Rush Origins (AND)
Strategy 20 November 2014
The third installment in a series of popular tower defense games set in a fantasy world. Similar to the previous installments, the game was created by Ironhide. In terms of the plot, Kingdom Rush Origins is a prequel to the entire story presented in the series, set before the evil Vez'nan posed a threat to the country of the elves. The player's goal is to stop the evildoer by leading the armies through new locations: elven forests, magical kingdoms and ruins of an ancient metropolis. The game offers new kinds of towers and units, such as elven archers, mystical mages or stone druids. Also, new improvements, spells and abilities were added along with previously unavailable enemy types. The armies are led by nine legendary characters, and each has unique powers. What has remained unchanged here is the gameplay formula of the predecessors, as well as cartoonish visuals typical of the series.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (AND)
RPG 22 December 2014
A third person RPG title set in the Star Wars universe, one of the world’s most famous science fiction franchises. The game was created by BioWare Studios, mainly known for the legendary series Baldur’s Gate. The story of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is set 4,000 years before the events of the film saga, during the so-called Old Republic period. You take lead of a party of heroes representing three different races and several classes, and make your mark on the age-long conflict between Jedi knights and the Sith. The game invites you to visit 8 diverse worlds – some of them known from the films and a couple of brand new ones. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic features real-time combat with active pause, letting you adjust your tactics on the fly. As befits an RPG, you get to use a large arsenal of weapons and supernatural artifacts. Moreover, characters can be developed in multiple ways. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic constantly puts you up against choices between the dark and light side of the Force – these decisions will impact the way the story unfolds.
60 Seconds (AND)
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.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends - Heroes of Skyrim (AND)
Strategy Thursday, 29 June 2017
Gangstar New Orleans (AND)
Action 30 March 2017
An open world action game developed by Gameloft. The new installment of the Gangstar series takes us to New Orleans, with a mission to take over the local underworld. Similarly to the previous installments, the game is built around the story mode, including various adrenaline-inducing missions, as well as optional side errands. The action is seen from a third person perspective, while our hero can travel on foot, or use one of the numerous cars found in the game. Gangstar: New Orleans introduces new elements to the character development system – as the game progresses, we unlock new weapons and abilities. We are also treated to a new feature – Turf Wars, enabling us to take over the districts controlled by rival gangs.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (AND)
Racing 30 October 2012
A new installment in the legendary racing series. As the title suggests, the game refers to one of the most well-received parts of the series - the original 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game was developed by Criterion Games, a company well-know for the Burnout series. The remake resembles the original game when it comes to dynamic police chases and the so-called Blacklist, where the player challenges other most wanted drivers for races and climbs up their ranks. This time the developer put emphasis on the game's open-world environment, and the opportunity to explore it freely. The player can freely roam the streets of Fairhaven and switch between the vehicles they previously managed to acquire. Participation in subsequent races unlocks upgrades and modifications for each car. In doing so, the player earns prestige points as well, which allows them to challenge subsequent Blacklist drivers. What is typical of the series, the game offers an arcade driving system that features spectacular collisions.
The Sims Mobile (AND)
Another mobile installment in the life simulation game series by Electronic Arts. As per tradition, The Sims Mobile focuses on simulating and shaping the lives of your virtual characters. You can choose their appearance, personality, and life goals, from career paths to hobbies. During the game, the Sims' living quarters can be modified by choosing from a wide range of furniture, decorations and accessories, as as the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the histories of whole families. When your character achieves their goals and retires, you can unlock new interests and career paths for next generations. Thus e.g. the grandfather's achievements can inspire his children or grandchildren to choose a similar career path.
The Sims 3 (AND)
Simulation 18 December 2010
The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier (AND)
Adventure 23 December 2016
The third full-fledged season of the popular series of episodic adventure games developed by Telltale Games based on the cult comics and TV series, The Walking Dead. The mechanics of the game are similar as in previous installments of the series and they concentrate on exploration and conversations with non-playable characters. In difference to classic adventure games, The Walking Dead: Season Three lacks typical puzzles and the focus is on making various moral choices which are the main factor that shapes the story of the game. A new feature in the game is a special system that allows moving saved games between various platforms. It is possible to import saves from Season Two and continue the plots started there with all consequences of the choices previously made.
Titan Quest (AND)
RPG 07 July 2016
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.
Angry Birds Evolution (AND)
Arcade 19 June 2017
Another installment in the popular logic puzzle/arcade game by Finnish studio Rovio. Angry Birds Evolution doesn't feature a complex story campaign: the game is set on a bird island, where the pigs arrive, and your task is to drive them off. The gameplay consists of battles between the two hostile teams. After launching your characters in a way that is distinct for the series, they roll on the floor, eliminating enemies and bouncing off everything in their way. While the basics of the gameplay seem easy, matters are complicated by the design of the levels, which are small and full of obstacles and various interactive elements, e.g. exploding crates. The gameplay is varied thanks to special abilities, which give every bird three unique attacks each. It provides a motivation for unlocking more characters — the game features over 300 of them, and each of them can be upgraded and developed further.
FIFA Mobile (AND)
Sports 11 October 2016
A mobile version of the most popular football game series, developed by EA Mobile. Compared to the original, the gameplay was adapted to the specifics of mobile devices, which called for some simplification. It's dynamic and arcade-like, although it also features a range of options, which allow you to manage your team and choose the right strategy. The game also features a special game mode called Attack Mode, in which you participate in a few-minutes-long matches and focus on attacking the opponent's goal. Additionally, FIFA mobile includes minigames, referencing the real-life current football events. You can start your own league, compete in online rankings with other teams, and build your team according to the Ultimate Team mode. The game utilizes the free-to-play mode with optional microtransactions, and the official license allowed for implementing 30 leagues, 650 teams and over 17000 players.
A MMORPG developed by Korean studio What!. The players, survivors of a worldwide cataclysm that destroyed the human population, enter a hostile world inhabited by prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs or mammoths. We begin the game by creating our character – we can choose their sex, looks, and starting abilities. The action is seen from an isometric perspective. Living on one’s own is possible, albeit tough, considering numerous dangers and enemies that we may encounter - we can join one of growth-oriented player communities, living together in real time. Our goal is survival, which means searching for resources, growing food, creating necessary items, or even constructing various buildings. Moreover, groups of players can engage in big game hunting or PvP combat.
Fallout Shelter (AND)
Strategy 13 August 2015
A mobile spin-off to the post-apocalyptic Fallout franchise, accompanying the fourth major installment. In contrast to the main-stream Fallout games this one is a simulation strategy, in which you take on a role of a vault overseer and have to look after its inhabitants. The game has you expand the vault by new rooms, including living quarters, and public facilities, to provide for all needs of your dwellers. You also have to gather supplies, which requires you to send expeditions outside the vault, having previously equipped (or not) your men with weapons and protective gear. Each vault dweller has their own statistics and gains experience, thus unlocking new abilities and equipment.
Iron Marines (AND)
Set in sci-fi realities, a casual RTS game by Ironhide Game Studio from Uruguay, primarily known for the popular tower defense series, Kingdom Rush. In Iron Marines you assume the role of a commander leading his space soldiers into dangerous battles against insectoid Aliens. The game features a wide arsenal of weapons and powerful battle mechs that you gather during gameplay. Interestingly, the game allows the player to see the conflict from the other side of the conflict and take control of the aliens as well. The title features 2D, cartoon-like graphics in the style of the aforementioned Kingdom Rush.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (AND)
RPG 17 April 2014
A remastered edition of the legendary RPG developed by BioWare in 1998. It was enhanced by Overhaul Games and contains the vanilla game as well as the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. The plot takes us to the popular Forgotten Realms universe where we follow the adventures of a six-member party led by the protagonist, an orphan brought up by his foster father. The hero embarks on a dangerous journey to face forces of evil and uncover a horrifying truth about his or her origins. The gameplay is based on the rules of the Dungeons & Dragons system. The remastered version of the game features, first and foremost, improved graphics and entirely new content in the form of quests and items created in cooperation with the developers of the original for the purposes of this edition.
Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition (AND)
RPG 11 April 2017
Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition is the remastered version of the classic cRPG game. It was created by Beamdog. Unlike the other remasters from the studio, Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition has no new story elements. Instead, Beamdog focused on the technical aspects. Visuals were improved (on PC we can even play in 4K), just like the user's interface. Game's soundtrack was also remastered. Chris Avellone, designer of the original game, supervised some of the changes introduced by Beamdog. Most of them were tweaks to the game mechanics and fixes of bugs that were left in the original release. In Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition we play as The Nameless One, a mysterious immortal hero who tries to find the truth about his past and the reason behind his immortality. We are accompanied by diversified characters (among them we will find Morte, a floating, talking human skull) in our adventures. Learning the stories of the citizens of this unique world and doing quests are the primary focus points of the game. Combat is present in the game, but it is just a small part of it and in most cases can be avoided. As we progress, we level up and advance our character and party members. It is worth mentioning that even though the game is based on the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons The Nameless One's character is based on our deeds in the game, not chosen during the character creation process.