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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.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC)

RPG 19 May 2015

An action RPG and the third chapter of the adventures of a morally unambiguous monster slayer, Geralt of Rivia. As were the parts of the cycle, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s literary works, while not being a direct adaptation of any of his books. The story picks up after the events of the previous game and focuses on several plotlines, including Geralt’s lost love, invasion of the Nilfgaard Empire on the Northern Kingdoms, as well as the eponymous, spectral hunt. The gameplay is characterized by a sandbox style, giving players much freedom in exploring the vast world (an area more than 40 times bigger than in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings) and completing hundreds of side quests. The developers from CD Projekt RED introduced many new features, including a new REDengine3 that offers excellent audiovisual quality.

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Observer (PC)
Observer (PC)

Adventure 15 August 2017

First-person psychological horror from Polish development studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.

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Batman: Arkham Knight (PC)
Batman: Arkham Knight (PC)

Action 23 June 2015

The fourth installment in the action game series, featuring the titular comic book superhero. The game was developed by Rocksteady, the studio which had previously worked on Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. The plot depicts the next chapter of Batman’s adventures. This time, the hero must face Scarecrow, who successfully terrorized Gotham City. A coalition has also formed against the Dark Knight, composed of extremely dangerous criminals such as Penguin or Harley Quinn, and led by the eponymous Arkham Knight. The developers have remained faithful to previously proven solutions and gameplay mechanics. However, several changes have also been implemented, such as the ability to knock out several enemies at once. A brand new feature is the introduction of the famous Batmobile, which can be used to traverse the virtual Gotham.

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The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone (PC)
The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone (PC)

RPG 13 October 2015

The first large expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developed by the creators of the original game, Polish studio CD Projekt RED. The add-on is set in No Man’s Land and the city of Oxenfurt, where Geralt the witcher gets entangled in a shadowy intrigue and encounters a mysterious Man of Glass. Hearts of Stone is more than a new subplot and missions, which provide for a dozen extra hours of gameplay - the players can also gain new useful items and meet interesting characters. Furthermore, the bestiary was expanded by a several previously unseen monsters.

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L.A. Noire (PC)
L.A. Noire (PC)

Adventure 08 November 2011

A noir detective action adventure game developed by the Australian studio Team Bondi in cooperation with the veterans from Rockstar Games. The game invites you into Los Angeles of the 1940’s, a city filled with corruption and drug dealing organizations. You assume the role of Cole Phelps, an ex-soldier who becomes a police officer after the war. The game lets you experience the key moments of Cole’s career, starting from the traffic police all the way through murder and drugs department. Gameplay is mainly about examining crime scenes in search of clues and evidence, as well as interrogating witnesses and suspects. The game also offers multiple action sequences, including pursuits (either on foot or by car), fist fights, and spectacular shootouts. When it comes to graphics, the most noteworthy feature are the realistic face expressions that allow you to judge the reactions of interogatees. The game overflows with a noir atmosphere characteristic of the 1940’ and 50’ movies.

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Batman: Arkham City (PC)
Batman: Arkham City (PC)

Action 22 November 2011

A sequel to the 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum. Just like its predecessor, the game was produced by British studio Rocksteady in cooperation with Warner Bros. Interactive. The story campaign in Batman: Arkham City is set several months after the events of the first game. An old district of Gotham City was walled off and the most dangerous criminals were put inside. Afraid that the situation is getting out of control, Batman tries to stop the wrongdoers before it is too late. Gameplay mechanics combines elements of action with beat’em up game. As compared with the first installment, Batman: Arkham City gives players much greater freedom when it comes to exploration of the game’s open world and carrying out the missions.

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Get Even (PC)
Get Even (PC)

Action 23 June 2017

An FPS created by Polish developer The Farm 51, mainly known for the NecrovisioN franchise and the latest installment in the Painkiller series. The game tells a story of a man whose profession involves tying up loose ends for governments and influential persons. The protagonist’s situation complicates when one of his potential victims decides to fight back. The story is presented from the twin perspectives of the two rivaling characters. As you play, you learn the story through exploration and interaction with the environment. Get Even stands out with its innovative graphics based on 3D scans of real-life locations, making it almost literally photorealistic. Additionally, the game features an interesting combination of single and multiplayer gameplay – at any moment another player can join the fight taking the role of characters normally controlled by AI.

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Tokyo Dark (PC)
Tokyo Dark (PC)

Adventure 07 September 2017

Developed by Cherrymochi from Japan, a horror adventure title with strong visual novel elements. The main heroine of the game is Ayami Ito who carries out an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of her partner. In order to find the truth, she needs to take matters into her own hands. Things become complicated as she also has to face her own demons of the past, nightmares, and hallucinations. The non-linear plot leads to one of eleven endings, depending on the player’s in-game choices. During gameplay of Tokyo Dark, you explore diverse locations, collects useful items, solve puzzles, chat with non-player characters, and take decisions – sometimes having only seconds – that will shape atributes and the nature of Ito, along with the way NPCs treat her. The action is pushed forward once you draw conclusions based on followed leads. The action has an anime style, and the grim soundtrack is composed by Matt “Bison” Steed, the leader of the trash metal band Reign of Fury.

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Batman: Arkham Origins (PC)
Batman: Arkham Origins (PC)

Action 25 October 2013

The third entry in the series of spectacular action games with Batman. It was developed by WB Games Montreal (which previously prepared the Wii U port of Batman: Arkham City) and published by the Warner Bros. company. The story of Batman: Arkham Origins shows the beginning of Batman’s career, taking inspiration from the comic books Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight. As the protagonist, we face Black Mask and his hired thugs. Like in the previous games from the Batman: Arkham series, gameplay combines features of a fighting game with shooter and stealth elements. Additionally, the creators included some innovations, like a built-in system of challenges.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PC)
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PC)

Adventure 10 June 2016

The ninth major installment in the action adventure game series developed by Frogwares, dealing with the exploits of the world most famous sleuth. The plot, as per tradition, takes us to the streets of the Victorian-era London, where Sherlock Holmes and his inseparable companion, Dr. Watson, have to solve five all-new crime puzzles, in which they face, among others, dark family secrets and mysterious cults. In terms of gameplay mechanics, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter follows the direction set by three previous installments of the series, combining elements typical to adventure games with sequences characteristic of action games. In accordance with modern standards, the game offers also the option to move freely through the streets of London and a non-linear storyline that changes dynamically depending on the player's choices. The game features visuals created for the next-generation consoles, which makes it the most visually impressive installment in the series so far.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC)
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC)

Adventure 25 September 2014

A dark, first-person adventure game developed by The Astronauts - a Polish team led by Adrian Chmielarz, the co-founder of People Can Fly. The player is put in the shoes of Paul Prospero - a detective who has developed certain paranormal abilities. The protagonist tries to solve the mystery behind the vanishing of a young boy. The player traverses an extensive, open world - the game is non-linear and the player is free to explore and look for subsequent clues. The game offers many unique mechanics related to making links between different pieces of the puzzle. Walking around the grim areas of Red Creek Valley, the protagonist makes use of his extraordinary abilities, making contact with the dead, experiencing various visions and visiting alternative realities. Utilizing the Unreal Engine 3, the game stands out with its high-quality visuals supported by technologies allowing to convert photographs of real-existing places into digital pictures.

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The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 1 (PC)
The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 1 (PC)

Adventure 11 October 2013

An episodic adventure game based on the popular Fables comic book series. The Wolf Among Us was developed by Telltale Games, studio that used the same mechanics as in its previous title, The Walking Dead. The protagonists are fairy creatures that were forced to look for a safe haven in the human world where they must hide their true nature. During the game the player can encounter many characters known from the comic books – including the Big Bad Wolf, Snow White or Ichabod Crane. The gameplay is focused mostly on visiting locations, conversing with NPCs, solving riddles and making hard decisions. The Wolf Among Us employs comic book-like visuals and, as usual, cel-shading.

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PC)
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PC)

Adventure 30 September 2014

Another installment in the popular series of adventure games developed by Frogwares. A few years age the series became available for console players as well. Once again, the player takes on the role of the most famous detective of all times, Sherlock Holmes, and together they will solve various criminal riddles. The story takes place in the Victorian London well known from previous installments of the series. The protagonist will have six different cases to solve, including murders, kidnappings, and robberies. The gameplay mechanics were slightly changed in comparison to previous installments. Now, the player is frequently required to make tough moral choices that impact both the gameplay and the endings of the game. For the first time in the series, the game uses the advanced Unreal Engine 3 thanks to which it looks much better.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect (PC)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (PC)

Adventure 03 June 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Airtight Games (Quantum Conundrum, Dark Void, and other games) in cooperation with Square Enix. The game takes place in modern-day Salem. We play as the deceased detective Ronan O'Connor who has to solve the mystery of his own death. Murdered: Soul Suspect has a thrilling story. Gameplay combines elements of a detective adventure game, action game, and an RPG. The game has dark, grim visuals that emphasize the city's nature after dark. Murdered: Soul Suspect uses Unreal Engine 3.

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Indigo Prophecy (PC)
Indigo Prophecy (PC)

Adventure 16 September 2005

Featuring paranormal mystery/thriller esthetics, a third-person action-adventure game by Quantic Dream studio. The plot of Indigo Prophecy – perhaps better known as Fahrenheit - is set in New York City in year 2009. The city is witness to a series of inexplicably violent acts of murder committed by seemingly ordinary, lawful citizens. The action is presented from the point of view of two separate characters. One of them is Lucas Kane who experiences the mysterious event first hand as he kills a complete stranger in a restaurant's restroom. Haunted by strange visions, he decides to find out what is really happening. The other character is Lieutenant Carla Valenti who, along with her life partner Sergeant Tyler Miles, investigates the case. In the course of the game we will visit various locations, speak to other characters, and fight. What is characteristic for Indigo Prophecy is the dark, shrouded in mystery plot and the opportunity to solve the puzzle while playing either as the hunter, or the hunted.

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Still Life (PC)
Still Life (PC)

Adventure 14 April 2005

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The Silver Case (PC)
The Silver Case (PC)

Adventure 07 October 2016

A detective adventure game prepared by Goichi Suda and Playsim studio and a remake of a title originally released for PlayStation in 1999. The Silver Case retains the same plot, with only minor changes. The story takes place in Japan, in an area known as 24 Districts. A series of brutal and very strange murders takes place, with the famous killer Kamui Uehara pinned as the main suspect. Problem is that he was killed a few years earlier by one of the local detectives. The whole story is split into two interweaving scenarios, in which we either follow the events from the perspective of the local police officers, or assume the role of a journalist investigating the whole story. When it comes to the gameplay, the game is a classic adventure game, realized in a typical detective game style. And so, the list of our responsibilities includes searching for evidence and clues, interrogating witnesses, and other aspects of the investigation. The game received new visuals, created from scratch using Unity 5 graphic engine.

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Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (PC)
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (PC)

Adventure 04 February 2016

An old-school murder mystery point-and-click adventure game, developed by a veteran of the genre, the French company Microids. Production is based on a novel by Agatha Christie under the same title and is the first installment in a planned game series describing the adventures of a famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Plot of the Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders starts when the detective receives a letter from a serial killer, who identifies himself as A.B.C., in which he informs of the date and place of his next crime. When the panic begins to spread in the society, the task of capturing the guilty, falls, of course, on the shoulders of our protagonist. Title employs a third person view, and during the game we visit successive locations, investigate crime scenes, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and solve subsequent criminal puzzles. The game features a colorful, slightly cartoonish visual style.

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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (PC)
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (PC)

Adventure 20 September 2012

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Still Life 2 (PC)
Still Life 2 (PC)

Adventure 03 April 2009

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PC)
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PC)

Adventure Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The third full-fledged installment in the series of mystery thriller adventure visual novels developed by Spike Chunsoft. The plot of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony tells the story of a kidnapped high school student named Kaede Akamatsu. Together with other students, he is taken to a school called Gifted Inmates Academy. The academy’s director is a teddy bear named Monokuma. He informs his “guests” that the only way to escape the place is to kill another student in such way that no one catches you during the investigation. The game employs gameplay mechanics known from previous entries in the series. The gameplay is divided into two main parts: School Life and Class Trial. In the first part the player interacts with other students, creates relations and pushes the story forward. Once a murder occurs, the gameplay mechanics change and the player focuses on conducting an investigation during which he learns testimonies and statements of various people, he looks for evidence etc.

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Her Story (PC)
Her Story (PC)

Adventure 24 June 2015

A unique detective game by Sam Barlow, the main designer and writer of Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Her Story is a rare example of a FMV adventure game — most of the visuals consists of videos of live-action actors. The plot of Her Story focuses on a British woman named Hannah, whose husband went missing in mysterious circumstances. Based on the recordings of her testimonies from 1994, you have to discover the truth behind those events. The game features an interesting keyword search system, allowing you to quickly find the moment, in which the woman used a particular phrasing. The videos feature various effects, making them look like blurred VHS recordings, and they're complemented by a minimalist interface, which is supposed to look like old computers once used by the police. It's also worth noting that Hannah is played by a professional actress, Viva Seifert.

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