RPG yesterday, 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.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC)
Action 10 October 2017
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a direct sequel to the well-received action-adventure game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Just like the first game in the series, Shadow of War takes place in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is presented from a third-person perspective. We can explore the rich, open world of the game by riding various steeds and by taking good use of the free-running movement system, similar to that from the Assassin's Creed series. Once again the Nemezis system is one of the core gameplay mechanics. The game will automatically generate unique enemies which we will encounter, battle and optionally make them join us in our battle against Sauron. It needs to be mentioned that the game also offers many new features, with the possibility of taking over Dark Lord's keeps being one of them. There are more types of enemies for us to face, more new, unlockable skins and pieces of equipment.
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.
Grand Theft Auto V (PC)
Action 14 April 2015
The fifth major installment in the massively popular action game series developed by Rockstar North in cooperation with Take Two Interactive. Grand Theft Auto V is set in a fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles). The story revolves around adventures of three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton, men infamous for brushing up against the law. The game’s creators stayed true to the franchise tradition of sandbox gameplay model, giving players an unparalleled freedom of choice when it comes to completing missions and moving around the virtual city. The game's budget amounted to 360 million dollars, a record number for a video game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
RPG 11 November 2011
A heroic action RPG and the fifth main installment in the popular The Elder Scrolls franchise. Bethesda Softworks once again takes the players to the fantasy continent of Tamriel. The plot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set 200 years after the events depicted in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The main character is the last of the Dragonborn (Dovahkiin), a human (or a member of one of the several other available races) able to wield the powerful magic of dragons. With the arrival of the last Dragonborn, an old prophecy heralding the return of Alduin - the dragon god of destruction - is set into motion. The game combines elements of dynamic action with Bethesda-style cRPG, featuring a complex system of character development and a vast, open world. High quality visuals in the game are generated by the Creation Engine, Bethesda's original graphic engine.
The Evil Within 2 (PC)
Action 13 October 2017
A direct sequel to a successful survival horror: The Evil Within. Both titles have been developed under the watchful eye of Shinji Mikami, the author of such video game series as Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. In The Evil Within 2, players yet again assume the role of detective Sebastian Castellanos, who travels to a seemingly idyllic town in search for his daughter. What he does not know, however, is that the town hides a horrible secret. The game allows players to observe the action from a third-person perspective to better experience the survival horror setting. The main protagonist gets to venture through gloomy and claustrophobic locations, as well as larger open spaces often filled with horrifying enemies. To fight off the threat, detective Castellanos can use his firearms; however, due to survival horror games’ convention, the ammunition is scarce. Another solution is to take the stealth approach and quietly eliminate the foes with a crossbow. Of course, one can also decide to run for it. In The Evil Within 2 Sebastian can use a comlink to consult his friend – Julia Kidman – who eagerly guides him through this horrible reality.
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.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PC)
Action December 2017
An online shooter with elements of survival, focusing on a Battle Royale type of competition (the last man standing wins). Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds is a game from the developers of TERA MMO and the creator of Battle Royale mods for Arma II and Arma III. The rules of the game are simple: a large number of players are put together in a big closed location with only one mission – to eliminate everyone else. A game ends when there is only one player left alive. Participants start off completely unarmed, so the first phase is basically a race for the best weapon. Players can make use of various kinds of traps, and the game offers much freedom when it comes to choosing the methods of eliminating enemies. An extra help for that comes from a simple crafting system, which lets you construct items from gathered resources. Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds’ fast-paced gameplay is further increased by the fact that the map is gradually getting smaller, making confrontations between players more frequent.
Cyberpunk 2077 (PC)
A science-fiction RPG title based on tabletop role-playing game Cyberpunk. This production was developed by CD Projekt RED studio – the team who gained worldwide acclaim thanks to its successful The Witcher series – actively supported by the co-writer of the original system, Mike Pondsmith. The story takes you to the year 2077, featuring technically advanced, albeit corrupted world of the future. The game is set in Night City, a place known well to the fans of Cyberpunk universe, where ominous intrigues and secrets thrive. While exploring the game’s open world, you learn the complex, multi-threaded narrative through numerous dialogues, which often put you up against tough moral choices. Classes and character progression system, combat model, as well as dozens of in-game augmentations were inspired of the original role-playing system. The visual side of the game is built on enhanced version of Red engine, previously used in The Witcher 3.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC)
Action 30 September 2014
A TPP action game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was developed by Monolith Productions, the creators of Aliens vs Predator 2 and F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon. The plot takes place before the events depicted in "The Lord of the Rings". In the main campaign, players assume the role of Talion, a ranger who is raised from the dead by an ancient spirit of vengeance in order to take bloody revenge on the servants of Sauron for the death of his loved ones. The core of the game consists of spectacular battles with large groups of enemies, during which you can use a rich variety of ranged and melee attacks, as well as dodges. The audiovisual aspects of the game were modeled after the cinematic saga by Peter Jackson.
Fallout 4 (PC)
RPG 10 November 2015
The fourth major installment in the post-apocalyptic RPG series launched in 1997 by Black Isle Studios and Interplay. Starting from the third part, released in 2008, Bethesda acquired the rights to the franchise and took the reins of the subsequent production set in the cult post-apocalyptic universe. The game’s style is reminiscent of its two predecessors, in which – unlike in the first parts of the cycle – we experience the events from first-person perspective. The plot takes us back to the nuclear wasteland, where the survivors are forced to constantly fight for their lives. Fallout 4 features various new locations and characters, and a whole variety of plot quests and challenging opponents.
Grand Theft Auto IV (PC)
Action 02 December 2008
The fourth installment in a best-selling action game franchise. The title was developed by Rockstar North Studios under the supervision of Chris Sawyer. The protagonist of Grand Theft Auto IV is Niko Bellic, an immigrant from Eastern Europe who recently came to America, where he starts a career in the criminal underground. The sandbox gameplay model gives the player much freedom in exploration of Liberty City, a virtual metropolis, where you can move around using various vehicles (cars, motorbikes, and helicopters, among others). How the story unfolds depends on the player’s choices regarding order in which the missions are completed. Apart from single player gameplay, Grand Theft Auto IV offers online or LAN multiplayer for up to 32 people.
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.
Gold Rush: The Game (PC)
Simulation 13 October 2017
A simulator of a gold seeker. Developed by a Polish studio Code Horizon, the game gives the player an opportunity to travel to the cold regions of Alasca in order to excavate plots of shining gold. The player supplies their equipment with fuel and electricity, carries loads of soil using an excavator or a loader, cleans the material with a stifer and other devices, and ultimately picks lumps of gold with tweezers. The metal gathered is then taken to a blacksmith that can turn it into gold bars. The funds gathered are spent on upgrading one's machinery, as well as buying fuel and counterparts for the machines owned. The in-game seasonal cycle and bad weather condtions resulting from that can damage the player's equipment and sometimes even render them unable to continue excavation. A day-night cycle was also included - the player is capable of conducting works at night, but the essential machines providing light use the precious fuel then, which also has to be taken into consideration. The game offers a complex tutorial for the beginners, apart from the main Free Mode, which is an open-world component. In this latter variant, the player is free to develop their career, explore the game world, and discover its mysterious stories.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC)
RPG 17 May 2011
An action RPG game and the second chapter of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia. Similarly to its predecessor from 2007, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was developed by CD Projekt RED. The game follows the foiled plot to assassinate King Foltest. With the appearance of a mysterious man called Kingslayer the titular witcher becomes entangled in a complicated political intrigue, in which the fate of several kingdoms will be decided. The developers tried to faithfully recreate the world known from the literary works of Andrzej Sapkowski while enriching it with new elements. Great emphasis was put on moral choices leading to one of 16 possible endings, and on the completely rebuilt, dynamic combat system. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is distinguished by excellent visuals powered by the developer’s proprietary REDengine.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC)
Action 07 June 2005
The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PC)
Action 12 May 2003
A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.
The Evil Within (PC)
Action 14 October 2014
A third-person survival horror action game developed by Japanese studio Tange Works led by Shinji Mikami (Dino Crisis, Devil May Cry, Onimusha). The game is set within the premises of a small town’s asylum. We play as a detective who tries to solve mystery of a gruesome murder. The case, however, quickly changes into a desperate fight for survival and preserving his sanity. Developers from Tange Works wanted to create an atmosphere of constant fear and endangerment, delivered in-game by the grim audiovisuals and a minimal interface. The game runs on a modified version of id Tech 5 engine, known from e.g. Rage.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC)
RPG 18 November 2014
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third part of a cRPG series, which started in 2009 with the debut of Dragon Age: Origins. Once again BioWare took on the development of the production in cooperation with Electronic Arts. The game is set in a fantasy world of Thedas, and the main theme of the plot is a demon invasion. The player becomes a leader of the Inquisition burdened with two tasks: stopping the creatures invading from spirit world - the Fade, and finding the ones responsible for bringing them to the world of mortals. The gameplay is based on classic cRPG solutions with a focus on world exploration, tactical combat, team-building, and making ethical choices that affect the course of the story. On the technical side, Dragon Age: Inquisition employs the Frostbite 3 engine (known for Battlefield 4, among others) which provides high-quality audiovisual environment.
Mount & Blade: Warband (PC)
RPG 30 March 2010
A standalone expansion to Mount & Blade, a popular game by TaleWorlds Studios, which gained acclaim for being a unique combination of strategy game and action-RPG. The developers responded to community feedback implementing an array of innovations and improvements to enrich the gameplay. First of all, artificial intelligence of commanders and vassals was significantly improved and the diplomacy options were expanded, giving you more control over your lands. Another thing that went through much improvement were the game’s visuals. However, the biggest novelty is the multiplayer gameplay for up to 64 people playing together in one of 7 different game modes. Warband features all locations present in the original Mount & Blade, as well as a brand new faction - the Sarranid Sultanate - and lots of new missions.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord (PC)
A sequel to the popular Mount & Blade game series, which skillfully combined action with strategy and RPG elements. The sequel was developed by the creators of the original game – Turkish developer TaleWorlds. The story throws you right into the dark Medieval Times, forcing you to adapt to that harsh reality. Two of the game's most characteristic features are the open world and complete freedom to your actions. In order to gain fame and fortune, you have to prove yourself as a tactician, a diplomat, and a fighter. Similarly to its predecessor, the game consists of two gameplay layers. The strategic layer is set on a map, where you travel from one place to another and plan your overall strategy. The other one is action – where you take part in dynamic battles, sitting on a horseback or on foot, with a wide array of various weapons at your disposal in either first or third person perspective.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (PC)
RPG 21 March 2017
The fourth part of the hugely popular action RPG game series in a space-opera setting. BioWare Montreal, the development studio that helped create the two previous installments took the reins of Mass Effect: Andromeda's development. The game's story is not associated with the trilogy about Commander Shepard's fight against the Reapers, offering instead a completely separate plot featuring new characters and locations. Using the proven pattern, the creators of Mass Effect: Andromeda put the focus on a spectacular TPP action experience and moral choices that have a direct impact on the course of events. The technical side of the game is based on the third-generation Frostbite engine, providing high-quality audiovisuals.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PC)
Action 07 March 2017
The next installment in an action game series that originated in 2001. The series focuses on a famous American special squad known from the novels by Tom Clancy. The game was produced by a Parisian subsidiary of the Ubisoft company, also responsible for the previous installment, Future Soldier. The game is set in Bolivia, where a dangerous drug cartel spreads terror, violence, and lawlessness, unrestrained by the corrupted government authorities. Ghost Recon squad is sent into action in order to eliminate the key members of the criminal organization. Wildlands is revolutionary for the series, as it is the first time in the franchise's history when it takes the players into a vast, open world, which can be traversed on foot or by various vehicles – ground, aerial, or naval – resembling such franchises as Far Cry or Just Cause. The game was designed with both single player gameplay and multiplayer co-op for up to 4 players in mind.