FIFA 18 (PC)
Sports 29 September 2017
The game is another installment in the FIFA series. Electronic Arts introduced a lot of important changes in this follow-up and those will probably constitute a real treat for all the fans of virtual soccer. What is especially noticeable, is the introduction of the Real Players Motion technology that governs the appearances, animations and behaviours of the in-game footballers. Although this technology encompasses mainly top players, the less-known footballers also behave in a more realistic manner, as the new system takes different factors into account, such as a footballer's height. The game brings a continuation to a story campaign from FIFA 17, embodied here by The Journey: Hunter Returns. FIFA 18 also brings a remodeled system of transfers in the career. The player is now capable of negotiating with clubs and particular footballers on their own. The FIFA Ultimate Team mode brings the Icon cards representing legendary footballers. All of this is complemented by the use of the Frostbite engine, which mainly powers the cut-scenes displayed both in The Journey mode and the regular career component.
Deluxe Ski Jump 4 (PC)
Sports 31 December 2011
The fourth installment in a series of ski jumping simulators that gained approval around the world thanks to combining simplicity with loads of pure gameplay. The game was created by a Finnish programmer Jussi Koskela and expands the concepts of the previous iterations, introducing several significant novelties at the same time. Deluxe Ski Jump 4 offers a wide set of game modes - single competitions and entire seasons, apart from the multiplayer rivalry. Participating in a session involves the necessity to go through qualifications. Many factors influence one's performance here, including the wind (its force and direction change) and dynamic weather conditions (rain, snow, fog). Both the in-game physics and character animations were substantially improved, apart from the game's visuals. DSJ 4 can be played from several different camera angles and a large emphasis was placed on recreating the infrastructures for jumps and adding cheering fans. Additionally, the player can take part in competitions at different times of day, also with the use of artificial lighting.
FIFA 17 (PC)
Sports 27 September 2016
Another installment of the leading sports game series by EA Sports, featuring a great many licensed national teams and top-league football clubs. Apart from the well-known elements of the franchise and a wide range of varied singleplayer and multiplayer modes, FIFA 17 is the first game in the series to also feature a story campaign, called “The Journey.” In this mode, you play as Alex Hunter, a young footballer starting his career in the Premier League, and your task – apart from playing the matches – is to participate in many side activities. Mechanics-wise, the creators focused on polishing such aspects of the gameplay as offensive techniques, set pieces, physical clashes, and the opponents' AI. An important novelty is also the fact that FIFA 17 is the first game in the franchise to utilize the esteemed Frostbite engine, known from e.g. the Battlefield series.
Football Manager 2018 (PC)
Sports 10 November 2017
Another installment in the Football Manager series developed over the years by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. In similarity to the previous installments, the player's job is to lead a football club as a manager, who is in charge of both the team as such, and a series of side elements, such as managing a stadium or maintaining good relations with the media and the fans. The player's main goal however, is to build a good team that is capable of winning both in the league and during the most important tournaments. In order to achieve this, the player has to make use of experts that help in training the footballers, set tactics before matches, acquire new players, sell redundant ones, be prepared for inconveniencies (for instance, one of the key players gets injured), and keep the funding-related issues in mind. In Football Manager 2018, one can lead one of 2500 clubs with their origins in 50 countries. This gives over 600 thousand footballers and assistants.
Ski Jumping 2012 (PC)
Sports 02 December 2011
A mobile ski jumping simulator with a number of managerial features. The game, developed by Vivid Games, allows us to create a custom player from scratch and lead him through the world of ski jumping. Our duties include buying equipment and planning a workout schedule, as well as taking part in further competitions, systematically increasing our statistics. The jumping itself is quite complicated – the player has to focus on each section (inrun, take-off, flight, and landing), as the judges grade the style of the jump following these guidelines. The jumps are also affected by wind and dynamic weather conditions. Unfortunately, the game lacks the official license of ski jumping events, which leaves us with placeholder names of all participants. We are left with appealing visuals and intuitive controls employing the touch controls or built-in gyroscope.
Springen Winter 2006 (PC)
Sports 02 November 2005
Co-developed by Metropolis Software and cdv, another installment in the popular sports series inspired by the successful career of the Polish ski jumper Adam Malysz. Ski Springen Winter 2006 offers an extensive campaign supplemented by management options. You begin with junior ski jumping competitions, then slowly climb the ski jumping career ladder, and finally win the Crystal Globe and the World Cup. There are 13 different ski jumping events (including the Four Hills Tournament) taking place on realistically-recreated jumping hills, such as the Olympic one in Pragelato. The developers put emphasis on a simple and intuitive control system which allows the players to fully control the position of the jumper in every jump phase and during the landing. The physical fitness of each of the 26 contestants varies, which translates into working out different tactics for different jumpers.
Ski Jump Challenge 2002 (PC)
Sports 15 November 2001
Another sports game by VCC, whose name sponsor is the Polish ski jumper Adam Ma³ysz. Ski Jump Challenge 2002 features vastly improved realism, and each contestant has his own statistics supplied by the International Ski Federation. The game features a realistic ski-waxing system, and your jump score is affected by the pose of your body in-flight and at the moment of landing. There are also more training options, which allow you to e.g. hire trainers and buy pieces of equipment made by reputable companies. You can participate in four types of contests, taking place at 20 locations (including mammoth hills). Ski Jump Challenge features dynamic weather, improved visuals a ski-jumping encyclopedia and professional commentary.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PC)
Sports 12 September 2017
Another annual entry in the popular soccer series by Konami. Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 develops the ideas from the previous game. Real Touch +, a new system that is responsible for how players handle a ball, now takes more body parts into account. Thanks to that we can see animations that are much more different from each other when players receive a ball, hit it with their heads, dribble etc. Another important change is that matches are now slower which makes the game a little bit more realistic. In addition to that there is also a strategic dribbling which gives more control over a ball and improved set pieces. Besides classic game modes, PES 2018 also brings back Random Selection Match mode which now has more options. Also, the game offers an online co-op mode for two or three people. The graphics are much better when compared with the previous games which means that the game on particular platforms aren't that different from each other.
FIFA 14 (PC)
Sports 24 September 2013
A soccer simulation game, and the 21st installment in the FIFA series. The game was created by EA Canada development studio. As always, you can control players from your favorite teams in matches against living opponents or computer AI. FIFA 14's data base contains 15 thousand footballers from several dozen leagues from all over the world. As compared with the previous FIFA games, FIFA 14 brings about some crucial changes to gameplay mechanics, including improved ball physics. Furthermore, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions employ a new game engine, called Ignite (used also in Madden NFL 25), that ensures high quality graphics.
FIFA 16 (PC)
Sports 22 September 2015
Another installment in one of the longest and most popular football video game series, whose consecutive parts has been developed by EA Sports Studios ceaselessly for over 20 years. As always, the game lets you pick your favorite national team or club from one of the world’s most renowned leagues. Exciting challenges await you across many game modes in both single and multiplayer. Aside from recurring classic solutions and refined audiovisuals, one of the most interesting additions in FIFA 16 are women’s football teams. Their number may not be very impressive, as there are only 12 women's national teams, and women cannot compete with men. However, just as their male counterparts, female players are faithfully recreated, both in terms of appearance and their characteristic play styles.
Sports 02 December 2016
A sandbox extreme winter sports simulation game by Ubisoft, set in faithfully recreated regions of the Alps and Alaska, divided into several open-world sectors. There you can go skiing or snowboarding, or even take to the skies with a paraglider or a wingsuit. The gameplay is purely arcade-like, so you need to both ride fast and execute spectacular tricks. During the game you can try to beat a wide range of challenges such as time trials or stunts. Steep also places emphasis on the social aspect, thanks to which you can create your own challenges and make them available to other players. The system is complemented by online rankings, although you can forego the rivalry and simply enjoy the wintry landscapes.
RTL Ski Jumping 2007 (PC)
Sports 17 November 2006
Another installment belonging to a popular franchise of ski jumping simulators published by the German RTL Group. Similarly as the previous installments, the 2007's edition offers a comprehensive experience that includes mainly training sessions on smaller jumps, subsequent World Cup events, and World Championships. In one of two basic modes implemented, the player can assume the role of a jumper to compete over the Crystal Globe, visiting 41 faithfully recreated jumps on their way. In the other mode, the player becomes a trainer and leads their team to victory through 15 licensed international contests divided into 3 leagues. Practically, the player can take part in all the significant ski jumping events: regular contests, championships taking place on the largest jumps, summertime Grand Prix competitions, the Four Hills Tournament, and team rivalry. As the jumper achieves subsequent victories, they gradually gain both prestige and better equipment.
FIFA 15 (PC)
Sports 23 September 2014
Another edition of a popular soccer game series, whose consecutive installments have been appearing yearly for over two decades, developed a Canadian giant and its subsidiary EA Sports. Traditionally, the game offers a full spectrum of single and multiplayer modes, including Be a Pro and the Tournaments returning after an absence in previous iterations. The new edition is more dynamic than its predecessor and brings about a wide array of changes, such as improved AI, new tactical options, and more freedom in the set pieces. Since FIFA 15 is the first game in the series released on the eight generation consoles and powered by the advanced Ignite engine, the most visible changes are related to the graphics. The ones standing out are remodeled players, accurately imitating profiles and faces of their real-life counterparts. Players react properly to the situation on the pitch, argue with the referee, or scuffle with opponents.
Vancouver 2010: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games (PC)
Sports 15 January 2010
NBA 2K18 (PC)
Sports 15 September 2017
Another installment in the popular basketball video game series published annually by 2K Games. In NBA 2K18, players once again get at their disposal an elaborate basketball simulator revolving around the official NBA league. Apart from the teams currently playing in the league and the official USA and Australia national teams, the game delivers iconic teams from the past - not only those one might remember from the previous installments in the NBA 2K series, but also such teams as 1998-1999 New York Knicks and 2007-2008 Denver Nuggets. In NBA 2K18, one can play alone or in a company of other players. The game features several game modes - the most important one being MyCareer, in which one gets to create his own basketball player and follow his career of an NBA professional player. Moreover, this installment brings back such modes as MyGM and MyLeague, both of which allow a player to become a manager of a chosen team. To top it all, in NBA 2K18 there is also the MyTeam mode, in which one gets to assemble his dream team by collecting special cards.
Steep: Road to the Olympics (PC)
Sports 05 December 2017
Steep: Road to the Olympics is the first expansion for Steep, a winter sports simulator developed by Ubisoft. The DLC, created in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee, allows the players to try themselves in various winter sports, like Alpine skiing, snowboard cross, slopestyle, skicross, halfpipe, giant slalom, super giant slalom, or big air. Gameplay mechanics remain the same as in the base game. We will encounter both A.I.- and player-controlled characters as we play and take part in challenges created by the latter ones. Competition between the players (online rankings) and doing quests located all around the world still play an important role in the game. Developers created brand-new Japanese and North Korean locations for the DLC.
Rocket League (PC)
Sports 07 July 2015
A futuristic sports game created by Psyonix Studios. This is a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars released in 2008 on PS3. The game features an extraordinary version of soccer, in which players drive uniquely customized rocket-powered cars, trying to get the ball into the opponent’s goal. Cars possess an array of special powers, which can be modified as you progress with over a hundred different gadgets. Matches are played on special cage-shaped arenas with power-ups scattered across them. The game lets you play through a full league season against AI, the pinnacle however, is the multiplayer, both online and local. As compared with the previous game, this one has noticeably better graphics and improved physics engine.
My Horse and Me (PC)
Sports 30 November 2007
A sports game with simulation elements in which we assume the role of a horse rider who takes part in a number of various tournaments. My Horse and Me stands out from its competitors thanks to a more serious approach to horsemanship as well as the exclusive license of the FEI, an equestrian sports organization. The game allows us to participate in a myriad of varied competitions organized on specially prepared arenas all over the world. Moreover, we might as well go on a free ride, without having to comply with any particular rules. Furthermore, the game emphasizes the necessity of taking appropriate care of our animal. The players can take part in many different mini-games that let them train their horse even better. It is also possible to buy additional equipment, both for the animal and the rider.
WWE 2K18 (PC)
Sports 17 October 2017
Another installment in a series of sport games devoted to wrestling and released annually by 2K Games. The players take on the roles of professional wrestlers from NXT and WWE leagues, and take part in encounters in the ring. A series of improvements were introduced into the combat system - above all, the wrestlers can make more moves now. Fighting is not all about exchange of attacks, as the player often brings the opponent down, throws them at the mat, or even out of the ring, in order to continue the fight closer to the audience or in the backstage. Among the available wrestlers, one will find Seth Rollins (depicted on the game's cover), Chris Jericho, Andre The Giant, John Cena, The Rock or the Bella sisters. WWE 2K18 offers plenty of game modes, both singleplayer and multiplayer ones. MyCareer is the most important of them, as the player leads a wrestler of their choice to fame and money through subsequent victories.
Football Manager 2016 (PC)
Sports 13 November 2015
Another edition of the world’s most popular soccer manager game series (previously known as Championship Manager) whose consecutive installments have been released annually for over two decades by Sports Interactive. In the game you become a manager of a soccer team, who competes in league championships in one of 50 available countries. The 2016 edition offers, as usual, a bunch of innovations and changes, the most noteworthy being a realistic injury system and more clear statistics. Business layer features new options, such as calling a press conferences and giving interviews. In terms of visuals, the game added over 2 thousand new player animations. Football Manager 2016 offers 2 brand new play modes: Fantasy Draft, in which you make up your dream team and compete in a fictional league, and Create-A-Club, where you can build your own team by selecting its name, colors, nationality, home city, etc.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PC)
Sports 08 October 2010
A new installment in the popular football series developed by an internal studio of Konami, led by Shingo “Seabass” Takatsuka. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 introduces new gameplay modes and improved match mechanics, including new passing mechanics – from now on, the player has to choose the direction and the strength of the pass. The authors reworked tactical options, adding instructions for different phases of the match and the current score, as well as introduced a stadium editor and a gift shop. The game received new animations and improved looks of both stadiums and players. The 2011 edition holds the license for France’s Ligue 1 and Netherlands’ Eredivisie, with the remaining teams maintaining placeholder names.
FIFA 11 (PC)
Sports 28 September 2010
Another installment in the soccer game series by EA Sports. Compared to its predecessor, FIFA 11 features many improvements. One of the biggest novelties is the Personality Plus system, which reflects the player's distinct characteristics in the pitch, making the difference between soccer stars and other players more apparent. The goalkeeper's behavior was also improved, as they estimate the ball's trajectory more realistically now and can be fooled by ricocheting when during free kicks. Other improvements include upgraded animations of the players, i.e. during the goal celebration. FIFA 11 allows you to lead your team to victory in a single match or in a campaign-like manager mode. The game also features the Be A Pro mode, in which you take on the role of a given player and develop his skills. You can also compete against others in the online mode.
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (PC)
Sports 26 October 2006
Another installment in the soccer series developed by a Tokyo-based branch of Konami. The game introduces many novelties, the most prominent one being the International Challenge mode, which is an equivalent to the World Cup championship. Moreover, players get at their disposal licensed national teams (including the Netherlands, England, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) as well as clubs (featuring Bayern Munchen and Manchester United). In comparison to the previous installments, the gameplay mechanics of Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 remains unaltered, however, the developers have implemented some novelties into the game’s formula – the game is more dynamic and features fewer interruptions by the referee’s whistle. The free kick mechanism allows players to quickly perform the constant segment of a match. The whole experience is well-accompanied by additional animations, improved textures, and well-developed soccer players’ models. The single player career is complemented by the multiplayer mode.