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.
Divinity: Original Sin II
RPG 14 September 2017
A direct sequel to Divinity: Original Sin and another installment in the popular RPG series launched in 2002 by the Belgian developer, Larian Studios. The story takes place once more in the fantasy land of Rivellon and presents events that occur between the first and second game in the franchise. This time around, we assume the role of a sourcerer, who uses the forbidden powers of the Source and is constantly pursued by the Order. We can determine the race and origin of our character, both of which influence the attitude of the encountered NPCs towards him or her to a large extent. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate significantly from the previous game in the series, although the developers did introduce a few novelties, such as a modified combat system, new element combinations as well as Source Powers. Contrary to its predecessor and other titles of the franchise, the production has a clearly darker atmosphere.
RPG 17 October 2017
A third person action-RPG developed by the creators of the legendary Gothic series - German studio Piranha Bytes. In contrast to the aforementioned Gothic, Elex is set in a dark post-apocalyptic universe that combines elements of both science-fiction and fantasy and where technology meets magic. In terms of mechanics, the game is similar to other modern action-RPGs. You get to explore a large open world, embark on a series of storyline missions as well as side quests, encountering numerous non-player characters along the way and, of course, slaying a wide array of monsters. Similarly to previous Piranha Bytes productions, the title features only single player gameplay with no online features.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
RPG 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 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.
RPG October 2017
An online action RPG developed by Phoenix Labs studio, established by former employees of Capcom, Blizzard, Riot Games and BioWare. Dauntless takes us to Shattered Isles – a fantasy world destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, with its continents torn apart and their fragments floating in the air. Those few who survived must face Behemoths – aggressive creatures that pose danger to all survivors, their only hope being warriors who hunt the beasts. Dauntless focuses on cooperation mode and performing quests, most of which come down to hunting monsters. Due to the fact that they possess not only brute strength but also intelligence, it is necessary to learn their behavior and weak points before engaging them. Time plays a huge role in the battles – the more we fight, the faster and more ferocious they become. Heroes can use many different weapons and combat styles, as well as special skills. Defeating opponents gets players energy, called archonite, which can be used to upgrade arsenal and armors – the bigger the monster, the bigger the benefits. Dauntless employs carton-like visuals.
RPG November 2017
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.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
RPG 17 October 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
The Elder Scrolls VI
RPG December 2017
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. Players assume the roles of heroes, who defend the humanity from Titan factions waging war against one another. The journey begins with the character creation – a player can choose the 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 upgrading the main protagonist’s skills – all this in a typical for the MMORPG genre way. During the game, 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 from the fallen hero.
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.
Monster Hunter World
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 travelled on foot and on the back of a tamed monster. However, the main part of the game isn’t exploration, but battles with beasts. Each of them 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bard's Tale IV
RPG October 2017
The fourth installment in the legendary RPG series launched back in the mid-80s. The title was developed by inXile entertainment thanks to the funds raised at Kickstarter, and its production was overseen by Brian Fargo, the creator of the initial entry of the franchise. The action takes place in the fantasy world known from previous installments of the series. The city of Skara Brae is its center. From there, the players set out to conquer numerous ruins and dungeons leading a party consisting of various races and classes, which influences the course of the plot as well as the attitude of the encountered NPCs. The available locations are grid-based in design, while combat takes place in an unusual, phase turn-based system that allows our party members to perform two actions simultaneously and thus achieve a synergy effect of various skill combinations. Bardic music also plays an important role during the fights. The ballads were recorded in Gaelic language.
Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire
RPG 22 September 2017
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr
RPG 12 September 2017
An action RPG set in the popular universe of Warhammer 40,000 and developed by the Hungarian studio Neocore Games, so far known from its King Arthur series and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. We play as an agent of the inquisition traveling throughout the galaxy, whose role is to take part in the bloody fight against enemies of the Emperor wherever need be. Gameplay of Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr consists of two parts. First, there is a campaign, throwing us into the eternal conflict, in which the agents of inquisition will play a crucial role. The other one is an extension of the main story and gives us opportunity to freely explore the universe of the game within typical sandbox gameplay.
Sequel to a japanese action-RPG series started in 1999 for Dreamcast console. Yu Suzuki, father of the series, is responsible for the production of Shenmue III in cooperation with Neilo studio. Since the game was released more than ten years after the debut of previous part of the series, it has been released for PC and PlayStation 4 console. Although the project had Sony’s backing, is was finished thanks to the support of fans on Kickstarter. Shenmue III continues the unfinished story of Ryo Hazuki, a young adept at martial arts seeking his father’s murderers. Together with his new companion, a girl named Shenhua, Ryo dwells deeper into mystery of mirrors. Third entry in the series offers an open world filled with interesting content and a new combat system, making it even more spectacular. Shenmue III also offers improved AI, more advanced physics and complex relationships between characters. Visuals side is provided by the Unreal Engine 4 technology.
Tower of Time
Tower of Time is an RPG set in a fantasy realm that stands on the brink of destruction. The player assumes the role of a warrior, who, along with a party, decides to explore a mysterious tower that may hold a key to stopping the apocalypse. Gameplay mechanics in Tower of Time mostly rely on exploration of the game world, completing missions, fighting foes, and developing your heroes. Characters represent different classes and have a variety of attacks and special skills at their disposal. Besides, many of them can have impact on their environment. Combat is observed from top-down perspective and played in real time, but it’s possible to briefly slow down time so that you can give orders to your heroes. Throughout the campaign you traverse the 13 floors of the tower, which amounts to 20-30 hours of gameplay. In between missions, you regularly visit a local town in order to regain strength and replenish supplies and equipment. Some buildings in the town can be upgraded, which unlocks new gear and abilities.
RPG December 2017
A fantasy MMORPG developed by NetEase. The plot of Revelation Online tells of a typical struggle between good and evil, and the players assume the role of heroes whose task is to defend the world of Nuanor from the forces of darkness. The key gameplay element is exploration of the vast world that is divided into ten provinces and three big cities. We also have to perform story quests and take part in so-called raids, during which we visit dungeons, find treasures, and face powerful enemies. There are several character classes at players’ disposal, each having different abilities that are developed with our progress. The main distinguishing feature of Revelation Online is the fact that our characters can fly (although you have to gain the 29th level first) in addition to walking. Moreover, the developers prepared three different control schemes so every player can pick the one they prefer.
Monster Hunter Online
An MMO spin-off to the popular action-RPG series, in which the players’ basic task is hunting for various monsters. The series debuted in 2004 on the PlayStation 2 console, with Capcom being responsible for it since the beginning and joining forces with Tencent Games team (known from Call of Duty Online) for this installment. We enter an open world and play as the titular monster hunter. Aside from traditional attacks, each character has its own powerful special abilities. The gameplay itself is strictly arcade, and the players’ manual skills are more important than their heroes’ statistics. It also emphasizes teamwork, which plays crucial in defeating more powerful monsters. The game is powered by the CryEngine 3, which delivers high quality visuals. The title employs a free-to-play model with additional microtransactions.
RPG 14 September 2017
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.
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail HD
RPG December 2017
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail HD is a remake of the second installment of the best-selling RPG series that was originally released in 1994. The remake was developed by Crafty Studios. The game is based on the The Dark Eye tabletop RPG system and its interface was significantly which can be seen in character portraits, new icons, and indicators. Realms of Arkania: Star Trail now also has a minimap. The plot continues the story of the previous game of the series. Our heroes have to unite elves and dwarves in order to create an army capable of facing the orcs. To do so, they have to find two powerful artifacts, the Salamander Stone and a legendary dwarven axe. As we play, we lead a party of heroes we created by ourselves. Exploration of the game's world (mostly made of bigger and smaller towns and dungeons) is presented from a first-person perspective. The point of view changes to isometric when we enter combat. Properly using our characters skills and abilities will make us victorious in battle.