StarCraft: Remastered (PC)
Strategy 14 August 2017
An upgraded version of the bestselling 1998 RTS game. Both versions were developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Compared to the original release, the game (including the Brood War expansion) features mainly significantly improved audiovisuals. Although the visuals remain two-dimensional, all the graphic elements have become more detailed. Furthermore, the game supports high resolutions (up to 4K), as well as refreshed audio, which also applies to dialogues between characters. Changes were introduced to the game's online component as well - StarCraft: Remastered offers an advanced system of matchmaking, the option to store one's save files in the cloud, quick button re-mapping, and easy access to fan-made maps and replays. The mechanics remain unchanged - the game is a classic RTS, featuring three playable races (the Terrans, the Protoss, and the Zerg). The gameplay is based on gathering resources, building one's base, conducting research, producing units, and fighting enemies - in combat, taking advantage of both the enemy's weak spots and the strong spots of the player's forces, constitutes the key to success. Apart from six story campaigns (two for each of the races), the game offers an extensive multiplayer component with various game modes.
Path of Exile (PC)
RPG 23 October 2013
An online action RPG from Grinding Gear Games, a developer team from New Zealand. The action of Path of Exile is set in a fantasy world which was destroyed by a grand cataclysm. The players assume the role of exiles who try to survive in the dangerous continent of Wraeclast. The gameplay is focused on cooperation in teams of several players that traverse instance-based locations together. Each character can be developed choosing from more than 1300 skills. Visually, Path of Exile is inspired by the classics of the action RPG genre (Diablo, Sacred, and others), including the isometric camera. The game is free-to-play, but offers some additional facilities and items via optional micropayments.
Pillars of Eternity (PC)
RPG 26 March 2015
Pillars of Eternity is a fantasy cRPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment with the support of the users of Kickstarter funding platform. The player assumes the role of a hero who, with the help of his or her companions must embark on a dangerous quest complete a series of perilous tasks. The gameplay of Pillars of Eternity is reminiscent of classic productions such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. The creators decided to utilize combat mechanics with an active pause system. The game features also a complex character development system, and a rich variety of weapons and gear for the characters can use.
Albion Online (PC)
RPG 17 July 2017
A free-to-play MMORPG set in a fantasy world and a debut project of the German developer Sandbox Interactive. The game’s universe is shaped entirely by players’ actions, who craft their own tools as well as build settlements and towns. The complex in-game economy system lets you e.g. rent production buildings or lease plots of land to other players. Apart from typical RPG story missions, an essential part of Albion Online are duels between players in PvP mode. The game’s world is split into 800 territories that can be conquered by players’ guilds, seeking valuable resources. Real-time combat uses mechanics typical of hack-and-slash games. While you are offline your territories are protected by a magic aura, so that battles can be fought only between online players. The game features a unique microtransaction system – a commission is drawn from transactions between players.
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PC)
RPG 28 February 2017
A computer RPG based on a tabletop roleplaying system called Numenera that combines elements of fantasy and science-fiction. The title was created by indie developer inXile entertainment, mostly known for the highly acclaimed remake of The Bard’s Tale and post-apocalyptic Wasteland 2. The game is a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment - one of the classics of the genre, created by Black Isle Studio in 1999. The original game’s co-creator, Colin McComb, was the lead designer in this new project. The game is set in the distant future, where humanity created a society on a civilization level similar to the Middle Ages, albeit the setting features also rare examples of highly-advanced technology left after more advanced, extinct civilizations. Gameplay is based on the rules of the tabletop system, appropriately modified for the needs of a computer game. The game features isometric perspective and real-time action, although the battles themselves are turn-based, as well as a system of moral choices, which have impact on the world and reactions of non-player characters.
Action 01 August 2017
A brutal hack'n'slash game filled with action and created by Sobaka Studio - a Russian developer. The protagonist is called Vasily, a well-built monk with a series of dark events lurking in his past. As a mercenary working for a ruthless military-industrial corporation, Vasily used to commit the worst kind of crimes - he murdered, tortured, and extorted from people. Betrayed by his employers, he managed to elude his former co-workers, and hid himself in a mountain monastery, where later on, he entered the path of spiritual transformation. His past caught up with the protagonist however - when the corporation's spies have finally found Vasily, troops were sent to the monastery to perform an assault. Now, the protagonist must face the forces of the corporation, as he sees his final chance for redemption in destroying the evil organization. Redeemer offers a wide array of means for dealing with the opposition. Apart from basic firearms, such as shotguns or automatic rifles, one can use melee weapons, bare-hand fighting techniques, attacks from behind (instant kill), and various environmental objects.
Stronghold: Crusader (PC)
Strategy 24 September 2002
A sequel to Stronghold, an economic strategy game set in the Middle Ages and developed by FireFly Studios in 2001. This time we travel to the Middle East of the crusades period in the late 11th and the early 12th century. The game mechanics are not much different from what fans of the series know and love. The game's biggest innovation is the setting, albeit it features also some minor gameplay adjustment, such as dealing with limited water supplies. The developers offered four campaigns, in which you can lead the crusader army as Richard the Lionheart or command the Arabic soldiers as Saladin. The already wide spectrum of military units was expanded even further, featuring several units unique for each side of the conflict. In addition, the game offers a wider selection of clever siege weapons and defensive measures to be used in battle, a functional scenario editor, and a new Skirmish Mode.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC)
RPG 25 March 2014
The first official expansion to the third installment in the cult hack-and-slash series, Diablo. The add-on, prepared by Blizzard Entertainment, supplements the main campaign with another, fifth, story act, in which Malthael, the Angel of Death, tries to use any means necessary to end the war between the divine creatures and demons. To this end, he decides to use the Black Soulstone that binds Diablo’s soul. Additionaly, the expansion introduces a new playable hero – the Crusader, as well as raises the character experience level cap to 70. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls introduces an overhauled loot system – rewards are now less frequent, but more powerful and better suited to your character class. Some changes are also visible in the game's visual style, which is now much more grim and darker than in the base game.
Diablo III (PC)
RPG 15 May 2012
The third installment in a highly popular action-RPG franchise, created and developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo III takes players back to the world of Sanctuary, where they have to stand up to forces of evil. The story is set 10 years after the events of the second game. Tristram cathedral gets hit by a mysterious comet, whose impact awakens the armies of Hell. Diablo III features new character classes and a modified character progression system. Blizzard aimed for a further increase of combat dynamics, implementation of extensive social features, as well as atmospheric audiovisuals.
RPG 10 November 2016
A classic RPG game developed by the genre veterans, Obsidian Entertainment (developers of Pillars of Eternity and other popular titles). Tyranny takes place in a fantasy world called Tiers, in which the eternal struggle between the good and evil ended in victory of the latter. A powerful man named Kyros reigns over the world and the player assumes the role of one of his officers, who is the judge and jury for common folk - a person that makes sure that the will of the leader is carried out unopposed. The player can decide how will he treat the citizens of the conquered realm – fairly or with no mercy. Similarly as every classic RPG, Tyrany allows us to create and develop characters that represents one of several available classes and create a party of adventurers who will accompany the player. During the game, the player will explore the world, complete quests and battle enemies. Combat take place in real time, featuring an active pause. Group attack combinations are an interesting innovation. The visual style of Tyranny references the old school role-playing games, but the visuals are detailed and impressive.
Wasteland 2 (PC)
RPG 19 September 2014
A post-apocalyptic cRPG game that serves as a sequel to a hit title from 1988. Wasteland 2 was developed by Brian Fargo’s (the creator of the original Wasteland) inXile Entertainment Studio with financial support from the community via Kickstarter crowdfunding. The story is set 15 years after the events of the first game. You play as a member of the Desert Rangers and traverse the titular Wasteland - what is left of the United States after a nuclear war. Gameplay is based on classic RPG elements, including turn-based combat, free character progression, and player's choices that shape the way the story unfolds. The game is powered by the popular Unity engine, making full use of its ability to generate isometric 3D graphics.
XCOM 2 (PC)
Strategy 05 February 2016
A turn-based tactical strategy game set in a futuristic, science fiction universe and a sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012). Both games were produced by the experienced developer, studio Firaxis Games, founded by Sid Meier, a legend of the video game industry. The story is set 20 years after the events of the last game. Despite their heroic efforts, human forces proved themselves helpless against the alien invaders, and the Blue Planet fell into their hands. However, the remnants of the XCOM organization are still active in the underground, and pick up guerilla tactics against the enemy in order to reclaim the planet. Gameplay mechanics reprises the solutions known from the previous game, featuring both the strategic layer – where you manage your mobile base and develop new technologies – and tactical, turn-based combat. The game features randomly generated maps, as well as improved combat and command system.
Fallout 2 (PC)
RPG 31 October 1998
A post-apocalyptic RPG and a sequel to the 1997’s bestseller, Fallout. Fallout 2 was developed by Black Isle Studios, once again in cooperation with Interplay. The action is set in 2241, 80 years after the events of the first game. The player assumes the role of a chosen one, who is tasked by the village elders with finding the G.E.C.K, a device capable of restoring the world after the nuclear apocalypse. Many gameplay solutions from the original remain unchanged, including the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. character creation system and the tactical turn-based combat mechanics. The number of available skills and perks, as well as the player's weapon arsenal and additional equipment were increased. The game offers isometric 2D graphics, a feature characteristic of the RPGs of the late 90s.
Immortal Planet (PC)
RPG 28 July 2017
Another game created by an independent Polish developer, Tomasz Waclawek, who is best known for his 2015 2D platformer Ronin. Immortal Planet takes the players to an icy planet. There, within an ancient tomb, resides a group of undead warriors. In the game you become one of these warriors, who suddenly awakes from his cryogenic sleep for an unknown reason. As you play, the protagonist has to learn the secrets of the planet and escape the tomb, while fighting the ever-watchful guardians he encounters on the way. In terms of gameplay, Immortal Planet is an action RPG with classic isometric view. As the aforementioned warrior, the player traverses carefully designed levels and fights against increasingly stronger opponents. For that, you can use a heavy sword, firearms, and magic. Immortal Planet stands out with its retro yet high-resolution graphics and dark stylistics.
Phantom Trigger (PC)
RPG 10 August 2017
A multi-genre mix advertised as „hardcore neon slasher” from BreadTeam and released by tinyBuild Games. In Phantom Trigger, the players control a character named Stan and explore locations filled with enemies to reach one of several endings. No matter the way, the game will make us question what is real and what exists only in hero’s mind. Gameplay focuses on real-time battles requiring dexterity and skill from the player, like in typical hack’n’slash games. However, Phantom Trigger also presents complex character and weapon development options known from RPG titles. There are also procedurally generated dungeons of the roguelike genre and simple puzzles. What makes Phantom Trigger stand out is its visual style that resembles 8-bit and 16-bit productions.
Expeditions: Viking (PC)
RPG 27 April 2017
Set in a historical setting, a classic, tactical, turn-based RPG developed by Logic Artists studio. The game is the second consecutive installment in the game series launched in 2013 with Expeditions: Conquistador. The action takes place by the end of the 8th century. With the death of your father, you become the new leader of a small Viking village. Your objective is to strengthen your power, ensure the safety of your people, and make your village the strongest one in the area. However, your mission is threatened by hostile neighbors and conspiring members of your own clan. Apart from village management, you will be plundering and raiding, but to do so, you will have to begin with gathering the necessary resources and assembling a good crew. The combat, observed from the top view, takes place on battlefields covered in hexagon grid. The turn-based combat system allows you to come up with devious tactics. The non-linear plot of the game can be influenced by your choices, both strategic and personal.
Diablo II (PC)
RPG 29 June 2000
A sequel to one of the biggest hits by Blizzard Entertainment. The plot of Diablo II follows the events of the first installment. The victory over Diablo turned out to be merely an illusion. Having possessed the body of his conqueror, Aidan, Diablo plans to unleash his brothers – Mefisto and Baal – with the purpose of enslaving the human kind once and for all. The player’s objective is to thwart the demon’s dreadful plans. The mechanics are very similar to those featured in the first part of Diablo – the game still emphasizes dynamic hack-n-slash combat as well as skill and psycho-physical attribute development by gaining experience points. The visuals in Diablo II combine 2D and 3D elements and the soundtrack was composed by Matt Uelmen.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (PC)
RPG 28 November 2012
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.
Lost Ark (PC)
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.
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PC)
RPG 24 March 2017
A hack-and-slash role-playing game set in a world inspired by Norse myths, developed by Games Farm and Kalypso Media. The protagonist is Ulfung, a Viking clan chieftain, whose village is completely destroyed, while he becomes the leader of the surviving warriors in their quest to try to save Midgard from Ragnarok. Mechanics-wise, the game is clearly inspired by the popular Diablo series. At the start, you choose your warrior's gender and class, and then explore a range of locations and eliminate hordes of enemies. Apart from the more mundane weapons such as war hammers, axes, swords and bows, you can also use special items and amulets, which affect your character's abilities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard features an interesting character development system, the option of rebuilding your village step by step, and an apocalyptic winter you have to seek shelter from, e.g. by looking for any heat sources.
Strategy 18 October 2001
A medieval strategy which combines, in a rather unusual way, a castle builder simulator with a Settlers-like economic game. The player assumes the role of one of medieval lords whose task is to transform a small settlement into a powerful and well fortified stronghold and then protect it from the invaders. The castle can constructed by using various premade elements such as walls, towers, bridges or moats. Economical infrastructure is important as well since it provides constant income of resources and food as well as job for the peasants. The game is divided into two main modes: the economical one in which the most important part is to expand the settlement; and the military one where during epic fights one must defend his castle or siege enemy stronghold. The game also has a multiplayer mode for up to 8 players.
Torchlight II (PC)
RPG 20 September 2012
A sequel to the fantasy hack'n'slash game by Runic Games, founded by the creators of the cult game Diablo. The story takes place several years after the events of the first installment. The Alchemist, possessed by malevolent dark forces, destroys the town of Torchlight and steals the essence of power of Ordrak the dragon, the main antagonist of the original Torchlight game. Playing as one of the four available character classes, you have to stop the mad Alchemist and prevent disturbing the balance of good and evil. Compared to the previous installment, Torchlight II features a bigger, open world with diverse environments, changing weather, and a day-and-night cycle. Other elements include randomly generated quests, treasures, and enemies. The biggest innovation is the introduction of the multiplayer mode, enabling you to co-operate with other players, with the use of either the local network or the internet. What's left unchanged are the characteristic fairytale-esque visuals of the game.
Strategy 30 October 1999
A cult economic strategy game created by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. Pharaoh takes place in the Nile valley, several hundred years B.C., and spans from the era of the great pyramids to the New Kingdom period. As the pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, you have to transform local villages into great cities, take care of your people's needs, and make your country the greatest of them all. A big factor in the development of your country is agriculture, which is dependent on the flooding of the Nile. You develop your cities, build famous structures (such as the pyramids, the Sphinx, or the Luxor Temple), and also oversee the trade, religion and culture. Apart from governing the cities, the game also features a tactical combat system, both on land and at sea. Pharaoh features several single-player campaigns, each consisting of several dozen of missions. The 2D visuals of the game are very detailed and utilize an isometric view.
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition (PC)
RPG 31 August 2016
A new edition of Titan Quest, a classic hack-and-slash, bundled with its official expansion Immortal Throne, prepared for the 10th anniversary of the release. The plot takes place in ancient times, and is based on stories from Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Chinese mythologies. The players assume the role of a hero, who is tasked with finding a way to imprison the Titans, who've managed to escape after years of imprisonment, and are now causing mayhem and destruction on Earth. The reedition was developed as a joint venture between the original developers – Iron Lore studio and THQ Nordic. In total, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition contains 1261 changes, including, for example, a better balancing of individual classes, abilities, weapons, and items. Other changes include: a better non-player character AI, greater equipment capacity, or an improved loot system. Aside from that, the game incorporates a large group of new enemies and bosses. The visuals underwent only symbolic changes, but they are still eye-catching, despite the passage of the time.