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PC (Personal computer) - one of the most popular home platforms and the only one which doesn’t offer playing video games as its main purpose. PC was born in the 1970s, but it is impossible to give an exact moment of its birth or even a name of its creator. However, IBM is the one who gave computers their present shape, using, at the beginning of the 1980s, an idea of open architecture – which is today one of the most important differences between computers and consoles.

The foundations of PC as a gaming platform are currently systems of digital distribution of video games (Steam, Origin, Uplay) and MMO games that mostly work in f2p (free-to-play) model.

Assassin's Creed Origins (PC)
Assassin's Creed Origins (PC)

Action 27 October 2017

The seventh major installment in the Ubisoft's best-selling action game series. Plotwise, Assassin's Creed: Empire is a sort of prequel to the entire series, taking players so far back in time as none other installment did - to the ancient Egypt, long before the two opposing orders of Assassins and Templars were founded. Players play the part of a slave, a distant ancestor to Altair - the protagonist of the first Assassin's Creed. Concerning mechanics, the title does not differ significantly from previous installments of the series, still being primarily an adventure game, supplemented with action sequences and carefully planned assassinations. The game world was, of course, with reverence typical of the franchise, adapted to the new setting, bringing back things like the possibility to mount animals or use boats. On the technical side, Empire is said to avoid relying on the achievements of previous installments, while our area of activity is approximately three times larger than what was offered by Assassin's Creed IV.

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC)
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC)

Strategy 20 February 2018

A refreshed version of Age of Empires, a real-time strategy game that debuted in 1997. Microsoft, the company responsible for the new version, focused not only on improving the graphics so that they now support 4K resolution, but on recording a new version of the symphonic soundtrack as well. The title contains the contents of the basic version of the original game and of the Rise of Rome expansion pack. The single player scenarios were expanded with new narrative features. In Age of Empires: Definitive Edition the player is leading civilizations from various regions of the world to war. The gameplay is focused on expanding the base, obtaining resources, recruiting army and participating in dynamic battles. A modernized interface makes controlling the battlefield easier. In addition to single player modes, the title offers multiplayer mode based on Xbox Live.

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Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones (PC)
Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones (PC)

Action tomorrow, 23 January 2018

First big DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Origins set many years after events from the base game. We play once again as Bayek, who this time goes to Sinai Peninsula and gets dragged into a conflict between Egyptian rebels and Roman occupants. This lets us witness another chapter in the history of Assassins’ Brotherhood, which rise we could see in the original title. Assassin’s Creed: Origin – The Hidden Ones doesn’t change any of game’s mechanics – the only thing that developers from Ubisoft Montreal have changed was increased amount of experience our character can earn. Other than that, the add-on focuses on introducing new arena, where we can find both main story’s missions and various side activities.

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Total War: Rome II (PC)
Total War: Rome II (PC)

Strategy 03 September 2013

A grand-scale strategy game developed by British studio Creative Assembly. Total War: Rome II lets players become leaders of the nations of antiquity from the Roman Empire period and struggle for dominance over new territories. Like the past Total War games (e.g. Total War: Shogun 2 and Empire: Total War) gameplay combines turn-based and real-time activities. Your task is to manage you provinces and command armies. The game’s highlight are the spectacular battles of armies fielding thousands of units. The developers of Total War: Rome II carefully kept to historical truth when it comes to battle formations, weaponry, and tactics. High-quality graphics was achieved thanks to a modified version of the Warscape Engine.

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Total War: Attila (PC)
Total War: Attila (PC)

Strategy 17 February 2015

Another chapter in the Total War large-scale strategy game series, created and developed by the Creative Assembly studio. After a couple of sequels to the earlier installments in the series (e.g. Medieval, Shogun, and Rome), the developers took on a new great historical figure. The game is set in the late 4th and the early 5th century CE. The Roman Empire is on the brink of collapse, at war with numerous barbaric tribes of the Huns and the Visigoths. Playing as Rome, you lead an army weakened by continuous skirmishes. This makes gameplay much more demanding, challenging even for the veterans of the series. The game realistically presents various military, social, and religious tendencies of the period, e.g. you have to counteract diseases and epidemics and deal with climate changes that affect farming and economy. Additionally, both the UI and the game engine were improved, resulting in better visual quality.

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Rome: Total War (PC)
Rome: Total War (PC)

Strategy 22 September 2004

The third installment in the acclaimed Total War strategy game series developed by Creative Assembly. This time, the player is taken to the period during which the Roman Empire is in its prime. The player participates in historical events, such as the Spartacus slave uprising, the Punic Wars, or Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul. The creators faithfully recreated such historical elements as different military units, machines and technologies the ancient nations depended on. As usual, the gameplay is divided into two phases. The player makes large-scope decisions in the turn-based mode featuring the world map - for example, concerning technological development, diplomacy, development of cities or army management. The battles, on the other hand, are played in real time and the player commands particular formations or individual units. Rome: Total War includes the features introduced by the previous installments, such as sieges of cities, reconnaissance or reserves. Apart from the single-player campaign, the game offers multiplayer for up to 8 competitors.

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Total War: Rome II - Empire Divided (PC)
Total War: Rome II - Empire Divided (PC)

Strategy 30 November 2017

The fourth large expansion pack to Total War: Rome II. This DLC was released three years after the previous DLC. The add-on features a new story campaign that takes place before the division of the Roman Empire. It also introduces new factions, units, events and missions.

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Pharaoh (PC)
Pharaoh (PC)

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.

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The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (PC)
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (PC)

Strategy 07 September 2006

The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary is a modern remake of the most popular installment of the cult strategy series The Settlers, released as the celebration of the game's tenth anniversary. Developers from Blue Byte studio created a new 10 mission campaign where we lead Romans who seek new lands in order to restore the fallen Empire. Our job is to systematically develop our country by building more and more outhouses and residential and military buildings that will provide us with resources, food, and soldiers. The game also offers a multiplayer mode for up to six players. The remastered version of The Settlers II uses the same engine as the fifth game in the series, though the developers managed to keep the fairy tale-like atmosphere of the original game. Models of all buildings and settlers are based on their original design. In order to enrich the game, some new features were introduced.

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Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)
Ryse: Son of Rome (PC)

Action 10 October 2014

A dynamic TPP action game developed by Crytek. Its story is present mainly in the form of flashbacks and takes us to ancient Rome, right before its fall. The main hero – centurion Marius Titus – wants to take revenge on barbarians who murdered his family. Ryse: Son of Rome has been developed with Kinect in mind from the very start, allowing players to perform various combinations of attacks through body movement. There is also option of giving out simple voice commands to our soldier. The game stands out with high-quality visuals powered by the fourth generation of CryEngine.

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0 A.D. (PC)
0 A.D. (PC)

Strategy May 2018

A free-to-play real-time strategy game by Wildfire Games, a studio founded by developers and gamers who work for free in their spare time. Initially, the title was supposed to be a mod for Age of Empires II but eventually it was ported to a new engine and made available as a standalone production. The main goal of its creators was to present the most important civilizations that existed on Earth between the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD. In 0 A.D., we take part in a completely fictional conflict, although the game stays faithful to history in terms of weapons, buildings, and so on. The gameplay involves controlling a nation of our choosing and developing it throughout centuries. The player has to erect buildings, produce food, and acquire resources necessary for expansion. Apart from these, we also have to prepare for potential wars by recruiting soldiers that will repel enemy invasions or conquer nearby settlements or cities.

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Age of Empires (PC)
Age of Empires (PC)

Strategy 30 June 1997

A real time strategy developed by Ensemble Studios. The players take control of one of twelve ancient civilizations, including, among others, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, or Korea, with the task to lead them through four advancement stages spanning across 10 thousand years. The gameplay focuses on building our own settlement (based on four architectonic styles: Asian, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Greek), acquiring necessary resources (wood, food, stone, gold), researching new technologies, and recruiting military units. Aside from four story campaigns, Age of Empires includes special scenarios, a skirmish mode with AI-controlled opponents, and a multiplayer mode for up to eight players. The game is characterized by its hand-drawn, 2D graphics.

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Zeus: Master of Olympus (PC)
Zeus: Master of Olympus (PC)

Strategy 17 October 2000

Another economic strategy game by Impressions Games, known from e.g. Lords of the Realm and Caesar. The production is set in ancient Greece. You play as a leader of a city, which means, you have not only to develop your domain, but also to case for its citizens and appeasing the gods overseeing the region. You can also expand you city by founding colonies and fighting other factions—you can send ordinary troops to battle or use heroes, who can defeat mythological creatures, loot mysterious ruins, and lead armies in the most important battles. Zeus: Master of Olympus features high-quality visuals, with detailed building models and ubiquitous citizens, going on about their daily lives.

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Oriental Empires (PC)
Oriental Empires (PC)

Strategy 14 September 2017

A turn-based 4X strategy game set in ancient China and developed by Ntronium Games. Oriental Empires focuses on faithfully recreating historical events concerning the Chinese empire - the game encompasses a period of three thousand years between 1500 B.C and 1500 A.D. The player becomes a leader of a small tribe and their goal is to build up a powerful empire. To do so, they have to cultivate land, gather resources, build new towns, as well as recruit and train the army. It is also necessary to establish laws, conduct research on technologies or satisfy their subordinates in terms of their religious needs. The player's ultimate task however, is to convince the Chinese society that the player-controlled emperor is the actual Son of Heavens and the rightful ruler of the world. Because the player is not the only one willing to become the emperor, it is necessary to subjugate hostile parties first. This can be achieved either by diplomacy or great battles involving thousands of units.

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The Settlers IV (PC)
The Settlers IV (PC)

Strategy 16 February 2001

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Assassin's Creed Origins: The Curse of the Pharaohs (PC)
Assassin's Creed Origins: The Curse of the Pharaohs (PC)

Action 06 March 2018

The second expansion to Assassin’s Creed: Origins developed by the creators of the base game – Ubisoft Montreal. This time around, players get to familiarize themselves with the Egyptian mythology – the story featured in this DLC revolves around the titular curse, which has brought one of the pharaohs back from the world of the dead and has unleashed various legendary beasts. In Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Curse of the Pharaohs, developers have increased the experience level cap and allowed Bayek to learn entirely new abilities. This add-on also introduces an entirely territory filled with story-related quests and numerous side quests just waiting for the player to be discovered.

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The Settlers III (PC)
The Settlers III (PC)

Strategy 13 October 1998

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Praetorians (PC)
Praetorians (PC)

Strategy 28 February 2003

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Caesar IV (PC)
Caesar IV (PC)

Strategy 26 September 2006

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Age of Empires Online (PC)
Age of Empires Online (PC)

Strategy 16 August 2011

Another installment in the wildly popular strategy game series by Gas Powered Games, dedicated to web-based gameplay. You play as a leader of your chosen nation, and your task is to build your city, gather resources, develop new technologies, create a vast army and conquer new territories. Apart from your nation's capital, you can also visit other metropolises, where you can find not only stores, but also various quests, which you can complete on your own or with other players' help. More experienced player can try the special “Elite” difficulty level. Compared to the other games in the series, the visuals of Age of Empires online are more cartoonish. The game utilizes a free-to-play model, although new civilizations, add-ons and bonus missions cost real-life money. On 1 July 2014 the development of the game has ended and its servers were closed.

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Pharaoh Expansion: Cleopatra - Queen of the Nile (PC)
Pharaoh Expansion: Cleopatra - Queen of the Nile (PC)

Strategy 28 July 2000

An official expansion for the Pharaoh game, a cult economic strategy by Impressions Games and Sierra Entertainment, once again set in the ancient Egypt. This time, as the title Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile implies, the expansion takes place in a slightly later period, during the rule of Queen Cleopatra, the most famous woman in the history of Egypt. Your task is to fight back the Romans, developing great cities, and building historical monuments, such as the Library of Alexandria or the Pharos of Alexandria. The expansion features 14 new historical scenarios (e.g. fighting side-by-side with Marcus Antonius against Octavian) and introduces new branches of the industry, buildings, and inventions. You also have to face rival nations, such as Persians, Macedonians, and Romans, as well as ordinary thieves. Another novelty introduced in the expansion are natural disasters in the form of hailstorms and locust.

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The Settlers: Traditions Edition (PC)
The Settlers: Traditions Edition (PC)

Strategy 28 August 2008

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