Life is Feudal: MMO (PC)
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.
Hyakki Castle (PC)
RPG 15 November 2017
Hyakki Castle is a role-playing game developed by Japanese studio Asakusa. The developers were inspired by the rich folklore and history of their country. The game takes place during the Edo period and it revolves around a wizard sent to a stronghold that serves as a prison for the enemies of the shogunate. Somehow he managed to free himself and take control over the whole building. The player controls a four-person group of warriors sent to stop the mage. The game is based on old school dungeon crawlers from the late eighties’ and early nineties’. It features a first-person perspective view, jump-based movement system, the possibility to turn around only by 90 degrees and a real-time combat system. The possibility to split the team into two groups is an interesting addition. In such case each group can be controlled separately. This is useful both during combat and when solving riddles.
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (PC)
RPG 14 November 2017
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is another installment of the popular game series that blends elements of JRPGs, adventure games, and farming simulators. It was developed by the Japanese studio Natsume, which got the rights to the Harvest Moon franchise in 2014. In comparison with the previous games of the series, Light of Hope has a more complex scenario with clearly stated goals. We play as a sailor whose ship sank near a small island. Seeing that the island's port town was destroyed by a hurricane, our protagonist decides to help its citizens in rebuilding. As we play, we will farm, rear farm animals, and rebuild various buildings. Our ultimate goal is the restoration of a lighthouse that towers above the island. We will be able to make friends with the islanders and even start our own family.
Star Traders: Frontiers (PC)
A space RPG with emphasized strategic elements developed by Trese Brothers Games. The game takes place in the universe known from the first installment of the series and from the turn-based game Star Traders 4X Empires. The title allows the player to assume the role of a captain of a space ship who is trying to earn money for himself and his crew. During the game player completes various tasks, gradually improves his ship, recruits and trains the crew, of which every member has different personality and their strong and weak points. Star Traders 2 RPG offers many opportunities for combat in turn-based system not only in space, but also in atmosphere and on the surface of the planet. The title offers complete freedom of acting thanks to which one can decide whether he wants to be a space pirate, a merchant, a bounty hunter, a mercenary, a soldier or a spy. One can also freely combine various career paths.
Hand of Fate 2 (PC)
RPG 07 November 2017
A new installment of an unusual RPG from Defiant Development, enriched with board and card game elements. Similarly to its predecessor, the player is tasked with taking on the challenges created using cards rolled by a magical enemy, called The Dealer. Thanks to the efforts of the previous protagonist, he was defeated, but the hero was0 corrupted by his own power, and became a bloodthirsty tyrant. The Dealer returns to train a new hero, capable of facing his predecessor. The overall idea for the gameplay had remains unchanged, but a number of new elements have been introduced. Hand of Fate 2 introduces an additional plane to the game map, instigating more situations with potential encounters – that part of the game received additional requirements such as time-oriented objectives. Aside from that, our hero doesn’t have to be alone anymore – we received an ability to recruit comrades, and create a party.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode (PC)
RPG 03 November 2017
.hack//G.U. Last Recode is a collection of three Japanese RPGs initially released on PlayStation 2 between 2006-2007: hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth, .hack//G.U. Vol.2//Reminisce, and .hack//G.U. Vol.3//Redemption. All three have been developed by CyberConnect2, also responsible for working on the remastered editions. These MMORPGs allow a player to visit a virtual world, in which he has to complete consecutive tasks and fight enemies in real time with a team of over a dozen warriors. The developers have improved the visuals and altered the gameplay mechanics by deleting most of the bugs that players were complaining on, such as the too high difficulty level, the uncomfortable inventory interface, the necessity to grind, and the occurrences of short pauses after issuing orders. All the improvements have also been implemented into all the installments featured by the Last Recode collection.
Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection (PC)
RPG 31 October 2017
Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection is an action RPG developed by Nihon Falcom and XSEED Games, initially released in 2008 in Japan and nine years laters on the western markets. The game takes place in a fantasy world where, as a result of the war between demons and humans (aided by dragons), magic is not as strong and present as it once was. Instead of magical portals, people use planes as means of intercontinental transportation. We play as a treasure hunter who was saved from death by a lamia and is forever bonded with her by a blood contract. As we play, we will spend most of our time on exploration and combat. Our protagonist uses cold steel weapons and his companion relies on combat spells. Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection has a rather uncommon progression system - we use food to increase our characters' stats. The game is based on the Zwei II Plus version from 2009.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization (PC)
RPG 27 October 2017
A Japanese action role-playing game by Aquria, based on the popular Sword Art Online franchise, which started with a novel series by Reki Kawahara. The game is set in the near future in Japan, where virtual reality MMORPGs are wildly popular. The story of Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization takes place inside one of such games, called Sword Art: Origin, which gained popularity after a group of players was trapped in it. You play as Kirito, the protagonist of the franchise, who finds himself inside a new version of the program, this time devoid of the code fragments that would present a threat to the users. The gameplay consists mostly of exploring, completing quests, leveling up your character and arcade-like combat. During the game you encounter many characters from the books and the anime series based on them, as well as some brand new characters.
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PC)
RPG 24 October 2017
A sequel to the action RPG from the Japanese studio Gust. Nights of Azure 2 lets us revisit the dark fantasy world, in which humanity rules only by daylight, while night belongs to demonic minions of the Night Lord. However, we won’t see any old faces from first game, as the second game focuses on completely new characters. Players take role of Ashule, a warrior who dies while trying to defend her friend Liliana from a powerful demon and is reborn as half-demonic being. Her main objective is to find and rescue Liliana. Similarly to its predecessor, Nights of Azure 2 is a typical hack and slash with an arcade battle system and TPP view. As she gets more experience, Ashule will unlock more skills and get more powerful in the process. She can also be helped by female companions, and the more often she does that, the stronger bond she creates with them. This in turn lets her learn new powers or unlock news quests.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Clockwork City (PC)
RPG 23 October 2017
Another large expansion pack for an MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited created by ZeniMax Online. The add-on, called Clockwork City, offers a completely new story campaign that should take about 10 hours to complete. The campaign takes us to Sotha Sila city, located south from Morrowind. Player's goal is to put an end to the Deadra's plans. The Daedra are powerful and evil creatures living in depths of Oblivion. This expansion brings no changes to the technical aspects of the vanilla version of the game but it focuses on new content. Besides said city, that can be explored in search for secrets, the titular Clockwork City offers a lot of main and side quests. In addition to that we can also find new equipment, including Daedric armors and weapons.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PC)
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.
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.
Grim Dawn: Ashes of Malmouth (PC)
RPG 11 October 2017
An expansion to 2016’s action-RPG Grim Dawn (also considered in its category as hack’n’slash title), developed by independent studio of Crate Entertainment. Creators did not bother trying to change game mechanics of the base game and instead focused on preparing new content. DLC adds two more chapters to the campaign, set in previously inaccessible wild region of Ugdenbog and ruins of titular Malmouth city. Players also got two new classes to choose from in form of scythe-wielding master of dark magic in Necromancer and armed with two pistols Inquisitor. Other novelties include three hundred items, forty bosses and mini-bosses and fourteen star constellations that give various useful bonuses to heroes’ statistics.
Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter (PC)
RPG 10 October 2017
The third entry in the popular series of mobile online fantasy action role-playing games. The title features a long singleplayer campaign, cooperative boss battles and PvP mode. It also features high quality three-dimensional graphics.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PC)
RPG 03 October 2017
A fantasy jRPG featuring a turn-based combat system, based on the popular Battle Chasers comic book series. The game was developed by Airship Syndicate, founded by the creators of the Darksiders game, including the creative director and the comic's author, Joe Maureira. The game is set in a fantasy universe, where magic and science coexist, and you play as the characters known from the comics, such as the warrior Garrison, a little girl called Gully, or the golem Calibretto. Battle Chasers: Nightwar focuses on the plot and the exploration of the expansive randomly-generated dungeons. The game also features many jRPG-style battles, taking place in turns on two separate screens. The visuals are colorful and detailed, which makes them resemble the original comics.
Fall of Light (PC)
RPG 28 September 2017
Developed by RuneHeads, Fall of Light is an RPG with some elements typical for dungeon crawlers. The action of the game is set in a fantastical world gradually devoured by darkness. A player assumes the role of a warrior named Nyx, whose final task is to embark on a journey through the realm filled with many dangers and guide his daughter - Aether to the last place suffused with sunlight. One observes the action from the top-down perspective, explores the grim locations, interacts with encountered NPCs, discovers numerous mysteries, and solves diverse puzzles. When carrying out the mission, a player is disturbed by the fact that he has to take care of the protagonist’s daughter. Combat is another important aspect of Fall of Light, during which Nyx can assume numerous fighting stances and use different weaponry. As the story develops, the main protagonist acquires certain abilities that boost his combat potential.
RPG 28 September 2017
Vaporum is an RPG developed by Fatbot Games set in a steampunk world. In the game, a player assumes control over a group of daredevils who are trapped on a mysterious island with only one way to escape - they have to reach the top of the mighty tower filled with traps, secret passages, and hordes of enemies. The game represents the genre of dungeon crawlers. One observes the action from the first-person perspective, however, he can turn only by 90 degrees to the left and right. The game utilizes a tile-by-tile movement system, while combat takes place in real time. During the game, one can develop his characters - this does not mean improving their statistics, rather enhancing their mechanical armors, which also can be equipped with diverse gadgets which draw energy from the exo-rig. The game combines old-school mechanics foundations with modern visuals and simple interface.
Blue Reflection (PC)
RPG 26 September 2017
A conventional jRPG featuring a turn-based combat system. Blue Reflection was inspired by games such as Persona 4, anime series and comic books belonging to the magical girl genre. The game was developed by Gust - a studio popular mainly for the Atelier series, which comprises more than several installments. The game is set in contemporary Japan. Hinako, the protagonist, is an ordinary girl who attends high-school, but one day she is taken to an alternative dimension inhabited by dangerous monsters. In that realm, she discovers a mysterious power in herself, which allows her to transform into a magic warrior. Along with her friends having similar abilities, she fights the threats coming from the other reality.
Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire (PC)
RPG 22 September 2017
Expansion pack for the popular MMORPG Guild Wars 2 from ArenaNet. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is set after the events from the previous DLC: Heart of Thorns. This time players have to defend the southern realm of Elona and the Crystal Desert from the march of the army of Balthazar, the god of war and fire. The Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire add-on introduces five large zones, which you can explore both on foot and on a mount. The latter lets you cover large distances more quickly as well as reach hardly accessible places, but it also proves to be great help in combat. Besides, the developer prepared nine elite specialization for heroes at and over level 80 as well as a new guild hall and a variety of weapons and outfits. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire requires the original game to play. In order to make use of the new options for guilds you must also own the Heart of Thorns expansion.
Consortium: The Tower (PC)
A continuation to Consortium (2014), developed by Interdimensional Games. This extraordinary mixture of an FPP shooter, an adventure game, and an RPG, is set in 2042. The protagonist - agent Bishop Six, gets assigned to a task of rescuing people kept hostage in London's Churchill Tower by Kiril Angelov. The story present is non-linear - the player encounters representatives of different factions, and one can build more and less friendly relations with them; during the adventure, the player will even have an opportunity to act against the titular organization he is hired by. The non-linear story is followed by diverse gameplay, as the in-game conflicts can be resolved both by force and using diplomatic methods. Exploration is one of the pillars the experience is based on, and this element was improved with special abilities of the protagonist, as he can breathe under water and fall from great heights without taking any damage. Those fond of stealth action will be satisfied with opportunities to use both visual and sound camouflage. All of this is complemented by conversations with NPCs, which can be a source of useful information and clues. Importantly, those who have completed the original game can import their save files here - others can enjoy a summary of the events depicted in the original Consortium.