Monster Hunter World
RPG 26 January 2018
Another installment of the popular series of action games with RPG features. The series is developed by Capcom and its installments were usually released on Nintendo and Sony consoles. The plot isn’t very important in Monster Hunter World – the player simply assumes the role of the titular monster hunter who is tasked with exploring the mysterious continent known as the New World. There he kills powerful beasts as part of bounty contracts. The title offers a vast, open world that can be traversed on foot or on the back of a tamed monster. However, the main part of the game isn’t exploration, but battles with beasts. Each of the monsters has unique advantages and weakness. The battles are played in real time and the player can use variety of melee and ranged weapons and gadgets. The success lies in proper tactics and taking advantage of the surroundings.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
A sequel to the popular Mount & Blade game series, which skillfully combined action with strategy and RPG elements. The sequel was developed by the creators of the original game – Turkish developer TaleWorlds. The story throws you right into the dark Medieval Times, forcing you to adapt to that harsh reality. Two of the game's most characteristic features are the open world and complete freedom to your actions. In order to gain fame and fortune, you have to prove yourself as a tactician, a diplomat, and a fighter. Similarly to its predecessor, the game consists of two gameplay layers. The strategic layer is set on a map, where you travel from one place to another and plan your overall strategy. The other one is action – where you take part in dynamic battles, sitting on a horseback or on foot, with a wide array of various weapons at your disposal in either first or third person perspective.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
RPG 31 January 2018
A free-to-play MMORPG fantasy game featuring micro-transactions. The fantastic setting of Titan Siege combines the elements taken from Norse, Greek, and Egyptian mythologies. The players assume the roles of heroes, who defend humanity from Titan factions waging war against one another. The journey begins with the character creation – the player can choose sex, appearance and combat stats of his protagonist. The gameplay builds on open world exploration, completing quests assigned by NPCs, fighting encountered foes (including huge bosses), and developing the main protagonist’s skills – all this in the typical MMORPG way. During the game, the players also acquire new items, enchanted scrolls, and pieces of armor, which aid their characters in battle. Traveling through the vast locations can be sped up by obtaining a steed. Both pets and friendly players can help us in battles. On the other hand, however, some players can also challenge us to a duel – the winner gets the equipment of the fallen hero.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
RPG 13 February 2018
It is an action RPG, epic in scale, set in the Medieval period, specifically during the Hussite Wars (fought in Europe in the first part of 15th century), and powered by the CryEngine 3. The game was created by a Czech game studio Warhorse, which employs creators of the popular Mafia franchise. You assume the role of a young blacksmith who lost everything to the war. While fulfilling his father’s last will, he gets entangled in a plot to rescue the kidnapped king and prevent a brutal conflict. Being thrown into a vast open world the protagonist hones his skills, eventually becoming a knight or a rogue. The game stands out from the crowd due to its far-flung realism and relative freedom in how you can complete missions. The authors took exceptional care to stay true to historical sources. Furthermore, the game features am original crafting system as well as complex combat mechanics, which lets you perform precise strikes and special attacks.
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.
A science-fiction RPG title based on tabletop role-playing game Cyberpunk. This production was developed by CD Projekt RED studio – the team who gained worldwide acclaim thanks to its successful The Witcher series – actively supported by the co-writer of the original system, Mike Pondsmith. The story takes you to the year 2077, featuring technically advanced, albeit corrupted world of the future. The game is set in Night City, a place known well to the fans of Cyberpunk universe, where ominous intrigues and secrets thrive. While exploring the game’s open world, you learn the complex, multi-threaded narrative through numerous dialogues, which often put you up against tough moral choices. Classes and character progression system, combat model, as well as dozens of in-game augmentations were inspired of the original role-playing system. The visual side of the game is built on enhanced version of Red engine, previously used in The Witcher 3.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
A sequel to the successful RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment. The story told in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire follows the threads started in the first installment of the series. Eothas, the god of renewal and light, comes back to life and takes the form of a statue buried under the protagonist’s keep. Although the stronghold gets destroyed, the main hero survives. From now on, he or she has to pursue a new goal, which is to hunt down Eothas as well as find answers to questions that can bring chaos to the world of gods and mortals. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire takes the player to the eponymous Deadfire archipelago in the far east. In this new region you can travel not only on foot, but also by ship. While controlling your party of characters, in the classic isometric view, you get to explore different locations, complete missions of varying importance and fight with opponents met on the way. Note that the world of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire lives a life of its own, and the choices you made in the first game have consequences here too. Some changes and improvements were made to the User Interface and dialogue system as well as the visuals, which now feature dynamic weather.
The Elder Scrolls VI
RPG March 2018
A dark action-RPG, whose story is set in the 20th century England. The title was developed by the French studio DONTNOD, known for games such as Remember Me and Life is Strange. The game takes place on the streets of London, during the infamous Spanish flu pandemic. We assume the role of a respected military surgeon who returns from a front lines to stop the spread of the plague. On the way home, however, he is bitten by a vampire and now has to continually struggle between the calling to help people in need and his new bloodsucker nature. In the game, we wander through the open world of London, undertaking main and side quests, talking to NPCs, and fighting in real time with different kinds of vampires and their hunters. Furthermore, we need to satisfy our constantly growing hunger for blood, remembering to do it discreetly and to wisely choose potential victims, since elimination of a wrong person can render us unable to complete certain quests.
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.
Dustwind is a multiplayer tactical RPG developed for PC. The players are controlling small groups of warriors who compete over resources and supplies in a post-apocalyptic reality. The battles take place in real time and are focused on taking advantage of terrain covers and character’s skills.
Life is Feudal: MMO
RPG 31 January 2018
Developed by the Russian Bitbox studio, Life is Feudal: MMO is a spiritual successor to a 2013’s game that combined elements of MMORPG and a medieval life simulator. The game expands the elements from its original and features much bigger scale with its wider open world and more options to shape it. After a player creates his character, he travels to a world inspired by the Middle Ages that covers the area of over 400 square kilometers featuring forests, diversified game, and precious resource loads. A player can influence this world in any way by piling up a hill, digging tunnels, as well as erect villages, towns, and even strongholds. The extensive crafting system allows a player to reach mastery in a particular trade and survive in this not very hospitable environment. Up to 10 thousand players can play simultaneously and establish guilds, form alliances, fight numerous battles, and besiege other players’ settlements.
Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance
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.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
RPG March 2018
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the next installment in the jRPG series developed by Level 5. Young king Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum is the game's protagonist. After our hero was banished from his own kingdom, a fellow named Roland decides to help him get his throne back. Things got much more complicated when the city of Ding Dong Dell was faced with the danger that threatens the entire world. Our heroes have no other choice than to face it. Just like in the previous game, gameplay in Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom focuses on the exploration of the game's vast world, doing many various main and side quests, recruiting new team mates, and fighting with the encountered enemies. In combat, we can switch between our party members to use their individual abilities anytime we want to. Once again Higgledies play an important role in battles. They can draw our enemies' attention and aid us in battle by giving us powers to control various elements. A new system that allows us to create our own kingdom was introduced in Ni no Kuni II. The game features colorful visuals, visibly inspired by the Ghibli animated movies.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
The seventh expansion for World of Warcraft, focusing on the rivalry between the two most important factions of Azeroth, the Alliance and the Horde. The expansion adds two new continents, a range of quests and enemies, as well as previously unavailable game modes.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
A modern remake of one of the most popular jRPG games of all times, developed for PlayStation 4 by the long-standing publisher of the Final Fantasy series, Japanese company Square Enix. The game is set in a universe that combines technology and fantasy elements. The player becomes a former soldier and mercenary, who joins an insurgent group called AVALANCHE. Its objective is to put an end to activities of the Shinra corporation that drains the planet’s energy, leading to an imminent end of the world. The remake stays true to the original mechanics, which boil down to exploration, conversations, character progression, and turn-based combat. The game features brand new graphics, as pre-rendered backgrounds gave way to fully 3D locations. Furthermore, the cartoonish character designs were dropped and look much more realistic.
Citadel: Forged with Fire
RPG February 2018
Citadel: Forged with Fire is a multiplayer fantasy RPG developed and published by Blue Isle. The production is meant solely for online play and is sandbox in nature, letting players choose their own career paths. The users assume the role of arcane arts adepts and use their spell knowledge to explore a fantastical realm that is full of dangers and secrets, perform quest, build strongholds and siege engines, and compete with other people. Gamers can found their own houses which are equivalents of guilds and establishes their rules. Then, we can fight against similar groups for influence, territory, and treasures alongside our comrades. The gameplay mechanics are ruled by the physics engine, so the numerous available spells realistically impact the objects in the environment. The game is more fun thanks to the possibility of flying.
RPG 23 January 2018
Japanese RPG title inspired by classic games from the genre, developed by team of Tokyo RPG Factory. Lost Sphear is set in fantasy world and follows the story of a boy named Kanata, who wakes up from nightmare only to discover that his village mysteriously disappeared. And so he and his friends set on a journey to save the world with the help of magical power of Memory, which lets them materialize memories and thoughts of mortals. Gameplay focuses on exploring the world and performing various tasks, while travelling is done through a special map. Battles use system known from earlier entries in Final Fantasy series: after performing an action, a character must wait some time before it can again engage in combat. As players progress through the game, characters earn experience, which lets them develop individual skills and statistics.
Pokemon (2018) is another installment of the extrermely popular jRPG series that was created by Game Freak in the 1990s. It is the first game of the series that was released on home video game consoles. The game's story focuses on a novice pokemon trainer who begins their adventure with a pokemon of their choosing. Our hero explores more and more locations and faces other trainer in order to prove that he/she is the best pokemon trainer in the region. Combat is turn-based. Key to victory lies in skillful usage of our pokemon's attacks and abilities. Each pokemon has its own unique stats, move sets, and abilities that influence its capability in combat. The game has eye-pleasing, cartoonish visuals.
Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan
Deep Sky Derelicts
Deep Sky Derelicts in a PC role-playing game set in a dystopian sci-fi world. You lead a group of mercenaries, who explore spaceship wrecks. The gameplay focuses on turn-based combat, developing your underlings' skills, and gathering resources and money, which can be used to purchase better equipment.
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem
An action RPG set in dark fantasy world, developed by SolarFall Games and focusing on freedom of gameplay and character development. We play as a former officer of the corrupt Human Republic, who has developed magical powers; in a country were mutations are punished by death. Running away from certain demise, the hero ends up in the ranks of mysterious Templars, where he must discover the truth about his dark secret, which can lead to the end of humanity. The gameplay draws on classic hack’n’slash titles, though developers implemented some of their original innovations to enrich the game. One of them is the incredibly complex crafting system, providing the player with nearly complete liberty when making equipment and weaponry. Character development is equally unusual – the game’s heroes don’t learn a predefined set of skills from the start, but their bodies mutate depending on one’s play style.