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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.

Star Wars: Battlefront II (PC)
Star Wars: Battlefront II (PC)

Action 17 November 2017

Star Wars: Battlefront II is a sequel to the 2015 multiplayer FPS game and the fourth game in the cult series that was started eleven years earlier by Pandemic. Unlike the previous game, Battlefront II offers both a complex multiplayer mode and a single player campaign set right after the destruction of the second Death Star. Iden Versio, the game's protagonist and the leader of the Empire's special forces, is given the task of avenging the Emperor. Different studios developed different parts of the game. The single player campaign was created by studio Motive, lead by Jade Raymond. Space battles were created by Criterion, and the multiplayer mode, key element of the game, was developed by DICE. Up to forty players can take part in online battles and play one of the four available classes. Additionally, we can customize characters, vehicles, and gadgets. It is worth mentioning that the game presents more than the original trilogy (episodes IV-VI). We will meet, and play as, heroes from different eras of the Star Wars universe, like Rey and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens or Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace.

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Jurassic World: Evolution (PC)
Jurassic World: Evolution (PC)

Strategy 12 June 2018

Created by the seasoned developers from Frontier Developments – a studio known for creating the RollerCoaster Tycoon series) – Jurassic World: Evolution is an economy strategy game set in the universe created for the movie series of Jurassic Park/Jurassic World. The action of the game takes players to a near future, in which human scientists managed to develop a technology allowing them to recreate the DNA of prehistoric reptiles. During the game, a player assumes the role of a manager of an amusement park, in which visitors can see with their own eyes the dinosaurs brought back to life. As befits a tycoon game, the player is tasked with creating and exhibiting new species of the reptiles as well as taking care of the entire park’s infrastructure, visitors’ security, and a number of additional attractions. The main aspect of Jurassic World: Evolution is economy – all actions a player takes have to be aimed at the constant development of the park and increasing the venture’s profitability.

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Spider-Man 2: The Game (PC)
Spider-Man 2: The Game (PC)

Action 28 June 2004

The second entry in the series of third-person perspective action games about Spider-Man. The plot of the game is based on the movie under the same title. The player assumes the role of Peter Parker, a boy who gained spider superpowers during an accident in a laboratory. His main antagonist is Otto Octavius (in the criminal underworld known as Doctor Octopus), a scientist equipped with mechanical arms controlled by his brainwaves. Depending on the platform, the game has completely different mechanics and was developed by different studios. The main console version offers a fully three-dimensional open world with advanced physics and takes place in a faithfully recreated virtual version of Manhattan. Other versions have simplified mechanics that use features of side-scrolling action games and platform games.

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Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (PC)
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (PC)

Strategy 11 March 2003

Developed by Blue Tongue Software, an economic tycoon in which you need to build a thriving theme park where the dinosaurs from Spilberg’s films serve as the main attraction. Gameplay of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis consists in expanding your park (terrain editing included), erecting diverse buildings and attractions, and taking care of the park’s budget along with high quality of customer service. During the campaign composed of 12 huge missions, you need to display management skills and quick reaction to emergencies (like bloodthirsty velociraptors at large). The title enables the players to walk in a visitor’s shoes – you can explore the park by foot, while flying a helicopter, or in a car. You can step out of a vehicle anytime and e.g. take some pictures.

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Crisis on the Planet of the Apes (PC)
Crisis on the Planet of the Apes (PC)

Action 03 April 2018

An action game developed by FoxNext VR Studio in cooperation with Imaginati. In Crisis on the Planet of the Apes, players assume the role of one of the intelligent Apes known as Specimen 139 and are faced with the objective to escape the research facility to join the tribe led by Caesar known from the movies.

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LEGO Marvel's Avengers (PC)
LEGO Marvel's Avengers (PC)

Adventure 26 January 2016

Another installment in a bestselling action-adventure game series based on the license of the LEGO bricks. This title is a result of cooperation between the developers from Traveller’s Tales and the Marvel company. Once again, players visit the amazing world of comic superheroes. The story is based on the Avengers film (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Therefore, you can play as one of the numerous Marvel characters known from both the graphic novels and films, including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, and Hawkeye. In terms of gameplay, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is not much different from other games in the series, such as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Gameplay is presented in third-person perspective and it boils down to exploration, solving puzzles, gathering collectibles, and fighting with opponents.

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PC)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PC)

Action 25 June 2010

A licensed LEGO action-adventure game, set in the fantasy universe of Harry Potter, created by the British writer J. K. Rowling. The story was based on the first four Harry Potter books and their movie adaptations by Warner Bros. During the gameplay, you witness the adventures of Harry and other characters, explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fight many enemies, including the main antagonist of the cycle, the evil Lord Voldemort. Mechanics-wise, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 combines the features of the earlier productions by Traveller's Tales, including the distinct sense of humor, with more serious elements of Harry Potter productions by e.g. EA. The game is set in a partially open world and features many varied activities, such as magic lessons, potion making or flying a broomstick.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)

RPG 18 November 2003

A third person RPG title set in the Star Wars universe, one of the world’s most famous science fiction franchises. The game was created by BioWare Studios, mainly known for the legendary series Baldur’s Gate. The story of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is set 4,000 years before the events of the film saga, during the so-called Old Republic period. You take lead of a party of heroes representing three different races and several classes, and make your mark on the age-long conflict between Jedi knights and the Sith. The game invites you to visit 8 diverse worlds – some of them known from the films and a couple of brand new ones. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic features real-time combat with active pause, letting you adjust your tactics on the fly. As befits an RPG, you get to use a large arsenal of weapons and supernatural artifacts. Moreover, characters can be developed in multiple ways. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic constantly puts you up against choices between the dark and light side of the Force – these decisions will impact the way the story unfolds.

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Spider-Man 3: The Game (PC)
Spider-Man 3: The Game (PC)

Action 04 May 2007

An action adventure game based on the third Spider-Man movie directed by Sam Raimi. The action is set in the city of New York, recreated with great attention to details. We assume the role of the eponymous superhero, who has to undertake a myriad of various quests. However, the story does not impose any specific path on us, letting us decide the mission order on our own. Spider-Man 3: The Game focuses primarily on combat, where we can perform spectacular strikes with arms and legs as well as use the spider web. Hordes of minor enemies as well as ten famous villains known from the Marvel comic books will stand in our way. An interesting novelty is the fact that in the game we control not only the classic Spider-Man, but also his dark incarnation that came to life as a result of merging with a mysterious space symbiont.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (PC)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (PC)

Strategy 06 December 2004

A real-time strategy game developed by EA Los Angeles. The title takes place in the fantasy universe of Middle-Earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game allows the players to participate in two separate campaigns in which they can lead one of 4 nations: riders of Rohan, soldiers of Gondor, army of Isengard and legions of Mordor. Each nation has its advantages and weaknesses. The gameplay combines features of classic RTS games, based on resource gathering and base expansion paired with epic fights during which, similarly as in the Total War series, the player controls whole formations of troops and powerful war machines. Heroes with special powers, such as Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas or Gimli are an interesting addition to the formula. The developers recreated many battles known from the trilogy, including the Battle of Helm’s Deep during which as much as 500 units can appear on the screen simultaneously. Graphics of the title are generated by the engine that was previously used in Command & Conquer: Generals.

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PC)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PC)

Adventure 08 June 2010

Another major installment in the famous action adventure game series. In terms of story, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is set between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within, and focuses on the events that caused the drastic, dark change within the Prince. Upon reaching his brother’s realm, the Prince finds the capital city about to fall, besieged by an enemy army. In an attempt to protect the citizens from a massacre, the city’s ruler resorts to using a powerful, yet dangerous magic that eventually turns against him. The game itself is based on the core mechanics of the series. Therefore, we can expect multiple platforming sequences, environmental puzzles, and battles against powerful enemies. An interesting addition is the ability to control the forces of natures, which comes in handy both in combat and when traversing subsequent locations. Of course the series’ landmark feature — the ability to reverse and slow down time — is back. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is powered by the Anvil engine, the technology previously used in the two first Assassin’s Creed games.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (PC)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (PC)

Strategy 28 February 2006

A sequel to the bestselling real-time strategy based on the very popular Lord of the Rings book trilogy and its cinematic adaptation. This time the action takes place in the northern areas of Middle-Earth where combined forces of humans, elves and dwarves face the army of evil Sauron represented by orcs of Mordor and Isengard. Players can play 15 scenarios per each side of the conflict. The second installment in the series uses the mechanics from the original game while introducing many improvements. It is now possible for players to create their own heroes and improve his skills during the game. Lists of available units, weapons and spells were increased and the fights now take place not only on land, but on sea as well. Thanks to the improved SAGE engine, graphics of the game were enhanced, as were the looks and number of units appearing simultaneously on the screen.

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Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle (PC)
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle (PC)

Logic 13 April 2018

A horror game under the license of Friday the 13th. In this game filled with black humour, the player assumes the role of Jason Voorhees who visits camps and murders his victims.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)

RPG 20 December 2011

An MMORPG set in the Star Wars universe and a spiritual successor to the Knights of the Old Republic series. It was created by a seasoned RPG developer, BioWare Studios, also known for such cult titles as Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect. The game lets you choose between the dark or the light side of the Force and create a unique avatar, selecting from 8 available classes. Gameplay focuses on exploration, combat, and developing your hero’s skills, although much emphasis is put on the story presented in the distinctive BioWare style. It is possible to play solo, but the game’s essence is about playing together with friends. The game lets you join a team and either complete story-related missions together or compete against others in one of PvP modes. A great deal of vast locations – both well-known to the Star Wars fans as well as brand new ones – await to be explored.

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PC)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PC)

Action 15 November 2011

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the sequel to a 2010 release, an action adventure game by Traveller's Tales, combining the world of LEGO with the universe from the popular series of books and their movie adaptation. The plot of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is based on the last three books in the series, and the story is focused on Harry's fight against the powerful Lord Voldemort, who, after gathering more followers, becomes a real thread to the whole world of magic. During the game, the players can control various characters known from the universe created by J.K. Rowling, and visit a number of equally well-known locations, which at the same time feel completely new, since they are built out of LEGO blocks. The game is filled with adventure and arcade elements, but it also has its share of logic puzzles. Compared to the prequel, this game presents a gloomier and more serious world.

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LEGO Jurassic World (PC)
LEGO Jurassic World (PC)

Action 12 June 2015

Another reincarnation of the highly popular action-adventure game franchise originated in mid-90’s, sporting a license on the world’s most famous brand of toy bricks. This production by Traveller’s Tales Studios was created for the premiere of the film Jurassic World, however, the game’s story spans across the whole bestselling Jurassic Park trilogy. The game is set on Isla Nublar, an island known from the movie, which is actually a one of a kind amusement park with prehistoric reptiles brought back to life through cloning processes. As a result of a chain of experiments, a new dinosaur species was created by scientist, which is a combination of a Tyrannosaurus and a Velociraptor. Unfortunately, the beast escapes, becoming a direct threat to all visitors. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game employs the traditional solutions used in the series, with action-adventure elements and a gallery of characters known from the original movie.

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LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PC)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PC)

Action 13 November 2012

An action game, featuring elements of a 3D platformer, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson. LEGO The Lord of the Rings is another "blocky" production from Traveller’s Tale studio. It lets us take the role of a chosen member of the Fellowship of the Ring and set out on a dangerous journey to stop Sauron and his minions. The campaign consists of a series of stages inspired by the most memorable scenes from the movies. The gameplay mixes elements of action, arcade, and logical puzzle games. Similar to previous LEGO-licensed productions from Traveller’s Tale, LEGO The Lord of the Rings offers a two-player cooperation in addition to single player.

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Alien: Isolation (PC)
Alien: Isolation (PC)

Action 07 October 2014

An atmospheric FPP survival horror game set in the iconic universe of Alien. It has been created by Creative Assembly, known from their strategy game series, Total War. The game takes place after the events of first movie, and the developers adapted not only the movie's visual style, but also the it's characteristic atmosphere. We play as Amanda, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the main protagonist of the movie. She sets on a journey to find out what happened to her mother after the Nostromo incident. Gameplay focuses on exploration and searching for clues that will help us solve the mystery. However, the dangerous xenomorph keeps tracking us and, as our heroine stands no chance against this enemy, we have to avoid him at all cost.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (PC)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (PC)

RPG 10 February 2005

The second installment of the bestselling RPG set in the popular Star Wars universe. Contrary to its predecessor created by BioWare, it was developed by Obsidian Entertainment. The sequel’s plot starts 5 years after the events of the first part and tells a completely different story, focusing on entirely new characters. This time around, we assume the role of the last Jedi knight, whose task is to rebuild the dissolved Jedi Order and restore peace and order in the galaxy. Starting out, we possess practically no abilities. While playing, we gradually regain our powers and lost skills. Gameplay mechanics are virtually unchanged — the developed introduced just a few minor enhancements. Apart from new powers and character classes, the game allows us to use two different weapon configurations and significantly expands our crafting and customization possibilities.

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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (PC)
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (PC)

Action 10 May 2011

Another installment in the popular arcade action games series by the British studio Traveller’s Tales that re-imagines famous pop culture universes as LEGO bricks. This time around, it is the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. Plot-wise, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game covers themes from four movies dealing with the adventures of captain Jack Sparrow, starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl and ending with On Stranger Tides. The well-known events are presented with a light sense of humor that is typical of the series. In the title, around 70 characters with various skills make an appearance, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. There are also more than 20 levels full of arcade sequences (platformer levels, combat) and simple logic puzzles. Each stage is focused on certain events from the movie original and enriched with cinematic cut-scenes. One of the novelties of this installment is the possibility of visiting one location multiple times in search of additional treasures. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean can be played either solo or in cooperation mode with another player on a split-screen.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PC)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PC)

Adventure 30 April 2014

An action adventure sequel to the 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man. Developed by Beenox Inc, a Canadian studio also responsible for such games featuring the Marvel’s superhero as Spider-Man 3: The Game, Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. The story in the game loosely translates the adventures from the movie directed by Marc Webb into a video game setting. Players, who assume the role of the titular Spider-Man, have to find the assassin who murdered Peter Parker’s uncle - Ben. During the game, the player has to face numerous comic-book villains, including Electro, Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin, and more. The sandbox gameplay mechanics give the players the freedom to explore the virtual version of Manhattan while completing assigned tasks.

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Star Wars: Empire At War (PC)
Star Wars: Empire At War (PC)

Strategy 16 February 2006

A real-time strategy developed by Petroglyph. The action of Empire At War takes place two years before the events seen in the fourth film, with some parts of the plot invoking the story from Revenge of the Sith. The game itself enables us to control both Rebel Forces and Galactic Empire in a quest to control the whole galaxy. The campaign consists of two phases: turn-based planning and real-time battles in three-dimensional environment. The available locations include numerous planets such as Alderaan, Dantooine, Endor, or Hoth, as well as outer space areas that see the clashes of powerful fleets. Both faction sport trademark units, including Star Destroyers, AT-AT and AT-ST walkers, or agile snowspeeders. Aside from a single player campaign, the developers introduced a number of multiplayer modes.

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LEGO The Hobbit (PC)
LEGO The Hobbit (PC)

Action 08 April 2014

LEGO The Hobbit is a 3D action platformer and an adaptation of the movies Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It was developed by Traveller's Tales, a studio that specializes in LEGO games (i.e. LEGO Star Wars and LEGO The Lord of The Rings). During their adventures, the players can play as Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the dwarves on their dangerous journey to retrieve the treasures of Smaug the dragon. The game's campaign presents the most important parts of the films in a rather humorous way. Just like in the previous LEGO games, gameplay in LEGO The Hobbit combines dynamic action, thrilling combat, arcade elements, and logical puzzles and riddles.

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The Incredible Hulk (2008) (PC)
The Incredible Hulk (2008) (PC)

Action 05 June 2008

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