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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.

Path of Exile (PC)
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.

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League of Legends (PC)
League of Legends (PC)

Action 06 October 2009

An extremely popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, produced by Riot Games. League of Legends is set in Valoran, a fantasy world that has been torn by a bloody war for centuries. However, the opposing nations found another way of resolving disputes – duels fought by their representatives in the arenas. The game has been designed with multiplayer mode in mind, based on rivalry between two teams composed of several people. Each player controls one character. The key to the victory lies in cooperation between the team members and the ability to make good use of the individual strengths of each character. The game is using free-to-play business model with optional micropayments for some items and features.

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Dota 2 (PC)
Dota 2 (PC)

Action 09 July 2013

A fantasy MOBA game (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) that combines elements of real-time strategy, action RPG, and action adventure game. This title was produced by Valve Software as a follow up to the popular Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos modification, Defense of the Ancients. Just like the original mod, Dota 2 focuses on clashes of two teams made up of up to 5 people, each one controlling one hero. The key to victory is the proper usage of the unique abilities of the heroes and cooperation. When it comes to technical aspects, the game is powered by the popular Source engine, the technology capable of hitting the sweet spot between visual quality and relatively low system requirements.

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World of Tanks (PC)
World of Tanks (PC)

Simulation 12 August 2010

A massively popular MMO game, created and administered by Russian developer Wargaming.net. World of Tanks lets players control tanks and take part in exciting battles against living opponents. The game offers over 150 carefully recreated models of tanks and other armored vehicles (including self-propelled guns and tank destroyers) used in armies of several countries since the 1930’s till the Korean War (1950-1953). The gameplay in World of Tanks combines elements of simulation, action shooter, strategy, and social features that let players join clans and communicate with others. The game is based on a free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions.

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Fortnite (PC)
Fortnite (PC)

Action 2018

A third-person action game focusing on cooperative gameplay. It was developed by the Polish division of Epic Games (formerly known as People Can Fly). The action of Fortnite takes place in a world haunted by zombie-like demons. The players assume the role of operators whose task is to stop the monsters that invade the Earth through a network of portals. The gameplay is divided into two phases — during the day, we have to build a stronghold that repels demon attacks at night. The gameplay mostly involves searching for materials, constructing fortifications, and fighting enemies. The game is distributed in free-to-play business model, offering some additional facilities for optional fee.

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Hearthstone (PC)
Hearthstone (PC)

Logic 11 March 2014

A card logic game set in the fantasy universe of Azeroth, known from the Warcraft franchise. The game was developed by Blizzard Entertainment company, who mention the cult card game Magic: The Gathering as one of their major inspirations. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft lets you pick one of the nine available character classes and build you own deck of cards, which you can use in battles against the AI (tutorials) or living opponents (duels, tournaments). Gameplay mechanics are based on a set of easy to learn rules. Victory is rewarded with new cards. The game is based on free-to-play model with optional microtransactions, which means that although you can play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for free, some elements require payment.

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Warface (PC)
Warface (PC)

Action 12 April 2012

A multiplayer free-to-play shooter, developed by Crytek. The game takes a player to a futuristic battlefield, where he assumes the role of a soldier representing one of four available classes: Medic, Engineer, Sniper, and Rifleman. The key to success is to use the full potential offered by the unique classes’ abilities. Warface delivers a number of game modes – players can enjoy multiple PvP modes (solo and team deathmatches, Storm, Plant the Bomb), as well as the PvE modes, in which one has to force his way through a city controlled by enemy troops controlled by the AI. To top it all, the game also features the Special Operations mode, in which players have to stand their ground against numerous enemy waves. Warface draws its inspirations from other games developed by Crytek – it is based on CryEngine 3 technology; characters are extremely mobile and can quickly adapt their munitions. In comparison to similar games, Warface stands out in terms of its visuals.

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The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor (PC)
The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor (PC)

RPG 08 August 2017

The sixth official expansion to the popular MMORPG developed by Turbine Entertainment. After the studio responsible for developing the base game had been shut down, the developers joined the Standing Stone Games – the studio responsible for creating the expansion described herein. This add-on introduces the titular land of Mordor, currently inhabited by Sauron – the lord of the darkness. Players get at their disposal a number of new locations known from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including Cirith Gorgor, the Valley of Udun, Barad-Dur, and the Black Gate; also, one can visit Erebor – the city under the mountain known from the Hobbit book and its cinematographic adaptation. The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor introduces over three hundred new quests, increases the level cap up to 115, and delivers new items and artifacts. To top it all, when creating a character, players can now select members of the High Elves. Mordor features a new barter system allowing players to acquire unique upgrades for their equipment. Another novelty is the allegiance system allowing one to join any faction in order to retake Mordor territories for additional bonuses and unique pieces of gear.

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Quake Champions (PC)
Quake Champions (PC)

Action December 2017

Another installment of the legendary series of first-person shooters developed by id Software. The series became very popular mostly thanks to its great and well-balanced multiplayer modes. Quake Champions concentrates on that aspect of the gameplay and lacks a classic campaign mode. Instead, it features dynamic gameplay for many players. The matches are played in a few varied PvP modes. One of the biggest and most controversial new features is allowing the players to control one of many completely different characters with unique special abilities. This lets the players choose a character whose fighting style fits their preferences. The developers made sure that abilities of some characters won’t give anyone unfair advantage during the matches and that the outcome of rounds – similarly as in previous installments of the series – depends only on skills of the players.

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World of Speed (PC)
World of Speed (PC)

Racing December 2017

A free-to-play online racing game focusing on team competition, created by Slightly Mad Studios, the developer responsible for the two parts of Need for Speed: SHIFT, Test Drive: Ferrari Racing legends, and Project CARS. In the game you get behind the wheel of numerous licensed cars from the world’s most famous brands, and take part in racing challenges all around the globe. You compete on authentic tracks, as well as fictional ones. Competition includes standard races, car pursuits, drifts, and something resembling a capture the flag mode. The authors emphasize the game's arcade driving model and the fact that it's easily accessible even to first time players, offering expanded social features, allowing that players to unite in clans and take part in real car battles for control over individual tracks.

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Lost Ark (PC)
Lost Ark (PC)

RPG TBA

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.

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Black Squad (PC)
Black Squad (PC)

Action 31 August 2017

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PC)
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PC)

Logic November 2017

A stand-alone version of collective card game (CCG) that debuted in the bestselling RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, by CD Project RED, and quickly became acknowledged as one of the best minigames in history. In Gwent: The Witcher Card Game players compete against each other with progressively collected decks of cards from five different factions. As in most CCG, the gameplay is turn-based, but quite unusually, the player’s objective is to gather more attack points than opponent. Cards are placed in three different rows, respectively for melee soldier, ranged units and siege machines like catapults. Our army’s strength can be both increased and decreased with special cards, unique skills of commanders or weather effects. Aside from complex multiplayer mode, the game also offers an episodic story campaign.

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War Thunder (PC)
War Thunder (PC)

Simulation 20 December 2016

A free-to-play MMO flight simulator. It was developed by Gajin Entertainment, a Russian studio which previously created such titles as Wings of Prey, Birds of Steel, and Apache: Air Assault. The players assume the role of fighter pilots and can pilot hundreds of carefully recreated World War II aircrafts. The developers made sure that battlefield reality is faithfully reflected not only in the air, but also on the land (artillery, infantry) and at sea (navy). Progress allows us to upgrade our planes, buy new kinds of weapons as well as learn new piloting skills. War Thunder stands out from its competitors thanks to its high-quality visuals and realistic flight physics.

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Dauntless (PC)
Dauntless (PC)

RPG October 2017

An online action RPG developed by Phoenix Labs studio, established by former employees of Capcom, Blizzard, Riot Games and BioWare. Dauntless takes us to Shattered Isles – a fantasy world destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, with its continents torn apart and their fragments floating in the air. Those few who survived must face Behemoths – aggressive creatures that pose danger to all survivors, their only hope being warriors who hunt the beasts. Dauntless focuses on cooperation mode and performing quests, most of which come down to hunting monsters. Due to the fact that they possess not only brute strength but also intelligence, it is necessary to learn their behavior and weak points before engaging them. Time plays a huge role in the battles – the more we fight, the faster and more ferocious they become. Heroes can use many different weapons and combat styles, as well as special skills. Defeating opponents gets players energy, called archonite, which can be used to upgrade arsenal and armors – the bigger the monster, the bigger the benefits. Dauntless employs carton-like visuals.

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Unturned (PC)
Unturned (PC)

Action 07 July 2017

Unturned is a sandbox MMO game that combines the mechanics of the popular DayZ mod with the visual style of Minecraft. The game is distributed for free and was created by a sixteen year old teenager – Nelson Sexton. The game takes place in an open world overrun by a zombie epidemic and forces the player into a fight for survival in this dangerous environment. Just like other, similar games, the main part of the gameplay is resource-gathering-oriented exploration. With the resources, and using the crafting system, player can create various useful tools, build vehicles that make moving easier, and construct buildings providing shelter. During the game, player must be wary of his hunger and thirst levels as well as infections. Depending on the server type, online game can focus on rivalry or cooperation between players. In both modes the players have access to large number of weapons and equipment.

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Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC)
Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC)

Action TBA

A multiplayer-oriented first person action game developed by Hi-Rez. The action takes place in a slightly unusual fantasy world featuring advanced technology, including firearms and vehicles. Ironically, all of the technological advancements present here are powered by magic. The gameplay focuses on online battles between small groups of players controlling characters belonging to different available classes, each having distinctive weapons and four unique skills. The battles are very fast-paced in any of the several different game modes. The most important is the Siege, in which a great siege engine appears on the battlefield. Furthermore, the game diversifies the experience by adding elements of card games - the players can build card decks. The cards can provide a character with different bonuses, and three of them, selected at random, are available to use during a match.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends (PC)
The Elder Scrolls: Legends (PC)

Strategy 09 March 2017

A strategy card game set in the universe of a well-known RPG series that has been developed since 1994 by Bethesda Softworks. In terms of game mechanics, The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes after the competing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the gameplay comes down to dueling with a self-built deck of cards representing heroes, equipment, spells, skills etc. The game combines storytelling elements and characters known from previous installment of the series, such as the legendary Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as The Elders Scrolls Online.

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Secret World Legends (PC)
Secret World Legends (PC)

RPG 26 June 2017

Secret World Legends is a story-driven action MMORPG developed by Funcom. It serves as a reboot of the company's other MMO game, The Secret World. The plot is based on the same premise as the original game and tells the story of the same conflict-driven, full of magic and bloodthirsty monsters world where mysterious factions of templars and illuminati fight for power. As we play, we will visit darker sides of many real-world cities. We will use magic and conventional weapons in our fight against the supernatural. Secret World Legends has a bigger open world than the original game, where more players can be active at the same time. When it comes to combat, we can now evade attacks, but the number of available abilities was reduced. We can finish the game's story completely on our own, unlike in many MMORPGs, but nothing stands in our way if we want to play with our friends. PvP is completely optional.

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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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Neverwinter (PC)
Neverwinter (PC)

RPG 20 June 2013

An online RPG game set in a high fantasy world. It was developed by Cryptic - a team popular mainly for City of Heroes and Champions Online. The game is based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons RPG system and the story takes place in the Forgotten Realms universe. Dark forces have taken over a large area in the titular city. Called in by the Lord Protector, fearless heroes and adventurers arrive to face the evil beings. The gameplay focuses on cooperation of five players assembled into a party that traverses dungeons filled with different dangers. The mechanics combine elements of MMOs and action RPGs and are based on the rules of the fourth edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Neverwinter stands out with its simplicity-driven editor tools allowing for creation of numerous new adventures.

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Crossout (PC)
Crossout (PC)

Action TBA

A digitally distributed free-to-play MMO developed by Russian studio Gaijin Entertainment – creators of such titles as X-Blades, Wings of Prey, and War Thunder. Gameplay mechanics combines large-scale battles known from World of Tanks with post-apocalyptic setting inspired by the Mad Max movies. Crossout is set in a future world devastated by an alien invasion and genetic experiments. Players have to survive in this hostile environment and take part in rivalry of armored vehicles. When beginning the game, you get a simple jeep with a basic, mounted gun, but as you progress you can turn it into a massive monster truck – a mobile fortress that strikes fear in other players’ hearts. The game offers a variety of modifications, starting with different shapes of armor, weapons and side systems, through to esthetic additions.

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex (PC)
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex (PC)

Racing 06 September 2016

A free-to-play spin-off installment to the bestselling racing game series known from the subsequent generations of the Xbox console. It was developed by Turn 10 Studios with PC users in mind. The gameplay of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex does not differ significantly from other full-fledged installments in the series and emphasizes simulation aspects (while still offering a number of gameplay facilities). Compared to the full-price console version, the title is significantly poorer content-wise. The game features only slightly more than 60 cars (compared to the 450 models available in the original) and 20 tracks in six locations based on actual racing circuits. The basic game mode, Showcase Tour, allows us to take part in 12 automobile events commented on by the former hosts of the highly-popular Top Gear television series.

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Warframe (PC)
Warframe (PC)

Action 25 March 2013

A co-op sci-fi shooter game developed by Digital Extremes, the creators of The Darkness II, Pariah, and Dark Sector. It's a free-to-play game with optional microtransactions. The story takes place in the far future, in the far region of the galaxy, where the Tenno race is fighting the Grineer empire. The chances of both sides become more balanced when the Tenno discover the ancient battle armors, giving their owners extraordinary offensive capabilities. You play as one of the armored cybernetic ninja warriors, wielding both a sword and firearms. The combat sequences are spectacular and dynamic. The players can team up and fight together against the AI-controlled Grineer forces. Warframe allows for upgrading and modifying both armors and weapons, but to get the upgrades, you have to do some dangerous tasks. The missions are randomly generated, which additionally enhances the fun.

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