ARK: Survival Evolved (PC)
Action 29 August 2017
A sandbox survival simulator set in an open world, which draws inspiration from productions such as DayZ. Unlike in the aforementioned title, this time we fight against powerful prehistoric creature instead of zombies. The game is the debut of an independent studio called Wildcard, founded by a former employee of Microsoft Game Studios. The player begins the game defenseless and naked on an unidentified island, and his or her task is to survive in this new, harsh environment. In order to do that, we must hunt and gather various raw materials which will be used to create the much needed weapons and tools. One of the most fun aspects of ARK: Survival Evolved are the meticulously depicted creatures – the game features more than 60 species of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. Since the title features o multiplayer experience, meeting other players in the game world will happen and, depending on their attitude, we can fight them or establish valuable alliances.
Star Citizen (PC)
A space simulator created by Chris Roberts and the Cloud Imperium Games developer team. The plot of Star Citizen is set in the 30th century. Humanity, united under the banner of United Earth Empire, has begun the colonization of the universe, encountering many alien races in its course. It is a unique opportunity for adventurous pilots to gain fame and wealth, as well as the treasured status of an intergalactic empire citizen. The gameplay combines elements of spaceship simulator, shooter, cRPG, as well as economic strategy. The game offers two modes. Squadron 42 is an offline campaign, in which the player-controlled character joins an elite squadron of star fighters. For MMO aficionados, the developers have created the Galaxy Mode, allowing them to play with thousands of others. Spectacular visuals of Star Citizen are generated by the CryEngine 3 engine.
H1Z1: King of the Kill (PC)
An MMO shooter with survival elements, set in a world after a zombie outbreak, developed by the Daybreak Game Company studio. The title is one of the two alternative versions of the survival sandbox game formerly known as H1Z1 that was divided into two independent productions during the early access stage. Unlike H1Z1: Just Survive, that remained faithful to the developers' original concept, H1Z1: King of the Kill focuses on dynamic action and players competing in one of several PvP modes, spearheaded by the Battle Royale mode, well-known from the original game. The game features also some elements of survival: before the struggle begins the players get a little time to gather resources and create equipment that they will use to fight their opponents. However, in contrast to the original game these elements were marginalized.
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.
Wild West Online (PC)
Action December 2017
A Wild-West-themed MMO game by 612 Games, inspired by the multiplayer mode of the popular Red Dead Redemption by Rockstar Games. Wild West Online is set in a vast open world, where you try to survive and try your hand at various activities. You can play as bandits or law officers; the players can create gangs and rob banks and steal from or kill encountered people. But you can also choose a different career and become e.g. a farmer or a gold prospector. It's worth noting that each such profession has its influence on the in-game world, affecting, among other things, the economy. This Wild West life simulation game also features an expansive crafting system, and you can unlock schematics allowing you to create tools or weapons.
The Black Death (PC)
Set in Medieval Europe, a MMORPG born from cooperation between two small independent studios: Syrin and Small Impact Games. The Black Death is a survival simulator in which you have to stay alive during the epidemic outbreak called “The Black Death.” Apart from surviving the plague, the player also needs to face problems usual for the people of that time and place. Gameplay takes place in an open world inspired by Western Europe’s landscapes and its area amounts to 8,000 sq m. At the beginning, you choose one of the eight available professions (a farmer, a knight, etc.), which determines the nature of gameplay. Apart from completing quests, you need to satisfy the basic needs of your avatar and avoid contact with the infected. In the course of the game many times you will fight with the use of an extensive and difficult combat system that enables to land precise strikes and parry attacks.
Chronicles of Elyria (PC)
An MMORPG developed by Soulbound. Chronicles of Elyria is set in a fantasy world inspired by the medieval Europe. The game received financial support on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. The mechanics combine elements borrowed from the classics of the genre with innovative features. Therefore, the player explores a diverse, extensive world, completes various quests, but also caters for the basic needs of their character - food, drink, rest and shelter from cold and heat all have to be provided. Interestingly, the player's avatar can get married and have children. What is especially innovative however, is that one's character ages and eventually dies - their soul reincarnates and the player can continue the adventure in the body of the deceased's relative. What is also worth mentioning, is the game's character development system (which is based on skills learned alongside progression), and a complex and demanding combat system. Furthermore, both NPCs and players can give quests. Chronicles of Elyria offers both the PvE and PvP components. Obviously, the player is capable of founding guilds and making alliances as well.
Riders of Icarus (PC)
RPG 06 July 2016
An epic fantasy MMORPG developed by WeMade Entertainment with Nexon. The game’s plot is not an original one, and tells the story of a group of warriors fighting against an ancient evil that grew stronger having spent long years in slumber, and now threatens the entire world. The title doesn’t deviate from typical features of the genre, and the fun boils down mainly to exploration and performing quests that involve fighting various opponents. The biggest highlight of Riders of Icarus is the possibility of taming and riding many mythical beasts of different abilities. With time, the animal not only becomes our devoted friend but also a real killing machine that, depending on its unique traits, can fight alongside us or be our mount (a land or a flying one). This introduces a rather rare element of aerial combat to the genre. It is also an important part of an extensive combo-based combat system.
Tiger Knight: Empire War (PC)
Action December 2017
An MMO game featuring elements of action, real-time strategy and role-playing. The game was created by NetDragon; it is a free-to-play title that uses microtransactions. Tiger Knight: Empire War is set in the second century AD. The player picks a side and assumes the role of a general - the game features Rome, the Parthian Empire, the Kushan Empire and the Chinese Han dynasty - those were the largest empires of the period. The gameplay formula was based on two pillars. Spectacular, fast-paced action is the first of them; the player takes part in direct combat against enemy forces. The game stands out with an extensive combat system - not only is one's effectiveness dependent on the weapon and technique we use, but also on the kind of armor the enemy is using. The second of the pillars is constituted by the strategic aspects. What is significant here, is that the player has to command armies comprised of both regular soldiers and commanders gifted with special abilities. Being able to apply adequate tactics, as well as putting one's units into a formation that corresponds to the topography of the battlefield is the key to success here. Furthermore, the game comes with a set of diverse modes - those allow us to take part in multiplayer skirmishes, as well as to cooperate with our team during a full-spectrum conflict against the AI.
Tree of Life (PC)
Tree of Life is a survival MMO developed by the Korean studio OddOneGames. Despite being set in a fantasy world, the game in topic has the same simple rules as others of the genre. Players are taken to a vast, open world where they have only one goal - survival. To do so, they hunt and gather resources in order to build bases and fortresses that make it easier to defend ourselves against other players and A.I.-controlled monsters. Each available hero has their own unique combination of abilities, but the game lacks any sort of class division among characters, players simply create their own professions. Developers decided not to include dungeons, raids, and quests known from other MMO games in Tree of Life. Instead, interaction between the players was their main focus. Players can create guilds, trade, or attack each other.
Grimm: Dark Legacy (PC)
RPG 02 November 2016
A survival RPG with advanced online features released in free-to-play distribution model. Grimm: Dark Legacy is based on the popular NBC television series and it was created by Artplant, the creators of Battlestar Galactica Online. Gameplay mechanics and style of the title are similar to the highly praised survival game Don’t Starve. In Grimm: Dark Legacy, the player assumes the role of a beginner Grimm, hunter of fairy creatures known as Wesen who live among humans. At first the protagonist has only shabby equipment and not much experience, but after some time his abilities improve. The game world is divided into regions which are explored in search of resources and items useful for surviving. The player has to complete various tasks which gradually prepare him for harder challenges, including tracking of various types of Wesen. The combat system resembles hack-and-slash games, except that dying means losing the entire already obtained equipment. One can play Grimm: Dark Legacy alone, but later in the game it is better to join forces with other players.
Steel Ocean (PC)
Simulation 12 November 2015
A MMO war game created by ICE Entertainment. The core of the gameplay are the naval battles for up to 32 players. The individual battles play out in real time, on more than 30 varied maps that are inspired by historical battles which took place during WWII. As a reward for victories, the players receive money that can be spent not only on upgrading the ships they own, but also to buy completely new vessels. In total, we can choose from 150 faithfully-recreated vessels, divided into six basic classes. Therefore, each side’s ranks are filled with destroyers, light or heavy cruisers, as well as dreadnoughts, air carriers, or even submarines. Steel Ocean includes different gameplay modes, from arcade modes in vein of MOBA games to realistic simulation modes. The key to success lies in adopting an appropriate strategy, depending on the location of the battle, environment, or weather conditions. The game is complemented by high-quality visuals, including polished ship models, changing weather conditions, and day-and-night cycle.
A free-to-play MMO game following the convention set by such titles as World of Tanks and World of Warships. Russian studios Areo Gaming decided to translate this arcade-simulation gameplay model into the world of battles fought by small marine units – fast patrol boats, torpedo cutters, and small submarines. Players can unlock over 40 models of ships, armed with a diverse arsenal – starting from machine guns and cannons all the way to rocket launchers and ashcans. Players participate in dynamic team battles, each team having several ships at its command. For each success on the battlefield, one receives experience points he can spend on developing his fleet’s equipment and unlocking more and more powerful vessels. Players can also acquire the in-game currency that can be spent on new gear. The game is based on a free-to-play model and features the optional microtransactions system - in the Premium content, one can find some unique ships, ornaments, flags, and components that improve ships’ statistics.
A survival sandbox with space sim features focused on online play. Hellion invites the players to a distant future in which humanity organized an intergalactic colonization mission. Together with a million of other colonizers, the player is sent to a distant star system. After awakening from a decades-long cryogenic sleep, the protagonist finds only ruined space stations and shipwrecks. Together with a small group of other survivors, he must survive in hostile environment and find the reasons for the failure of his mission. Since the fight for survival takes place in space, in addition to searching for resources, crafting and maintaining good health, one must also maintain his ship. Hellion offers high level of realism when it comes to physics, sound dispersion and impact of damage on equipment behavior. Both exploration and controlling larger ships requires the players to cooperate with each other. Some players can turn out to be traitors. When fights happen, one can use advanced weapons.
Crush Online (PC)
Strategy 10 October 2016
Crush Online is an MMO developed by Korean studio JoyImpact. The game is focused on dynamic PvP duels, evoking games such as League of Legends or Dota 2. Crush Online is set in a fantastic world of Gaia, inhabited by three factions fighting for influence. At the beginning of the game, players choose one of these and create their avatar, which will then be developed throughout the game. The recipe of the duels is similar to most popular MOBA games; some NPCs help the player during battles as they divert enemies from attacking player’s defense towers. A curious addition to the gameplay is the fact that the gameworld exists permanently, in the sense that – contrary to other games – it constantly changes even after a match ends. As in any respectable MMO, here we can join guilds, forge alliances and take part in battles for control over a given territory. The award for this are different kinds of loot and powerful character upgrades.
Goat MMO Simulator (PC)
Adventure 20 November 2014
A free DLC to the bestseller production by Swedish Coffee Stain Studios, balancing on the border of absurdity. The expansion turns Goat Simulator into a tongue-in-cheek MMO, a pastiche of serious MMORPG titles such as World of Warcraft. The action takes us to a fantasy land of dwarves and elves, in which goats and sheep wage a war. While creating your hero, you can choose one of five available classes: Warrior, Rogue, Magician, Hunter, and… Microwave. Following the path of the genre’s classic titles, gameplay comes down to completing more or less absurd quests during which your character earns experience points necessary to gain experience levels. The production also features a variety of enemies and a whole range of ridiculous activities. Apart from changed visuals - now kept in a fantasy style - there are loads of bugs just like in the original title - many of them are implemented on purpose.
Winning Putt: Golf Online (PC)
Sports 25 October 2016
A free-to-play MMO game by the South-Korean company Webzen, specialized in MMORPG productions. You create your own golf player, equip them with clothes, accessories and gear of your preference, and play on one of the nine golf courses, each of them featuring different conditions. You play against other players and gain experience, developing your character and achieving better results on the world ranking list. Winning Putt: Golf Online is not a realistic simulation game, which is obvious, seeing things like the golf course located on an alien planet Starglen, as well as many various bonuses and power-ups, which can give an upper hand when used at the right time. The game features attractive visuals utilizing the CryEngine.
A multiplayer action game with strategy elements, which is a debut project by an independent Russian studio InQuake Softworks. The plot of Warhold takes us to a dark fantasy world, where, as the ruler of a sovereign city-state, you have to fight enemies for influences and resources. The title is divided into two major parts. The first one concentrates on battles taking place inside arenas in which 8-20 players can engage in three different game modes: Death Match, Team Fight, and Capture the Flag. The second main layer of the title consists of the systematic development of your estate and constructing buildings that make fighting other players easier. The title enables players to form clans and work together on common objectives, like securing access to resources.
Boundless is a sandbox MMORPG developed by Wonderstruck Games. The game (also known as Oort Online during its Early Access period) allows the players to explore a couple of diversified worlds that are connected with each other through a system of magic portals and all together work as the game's universe, on which the players have a significant influence. The game's plot focuses on searching for the traces of the extinct Oort civilization to find out what caused its demise. In terms of gameplay, the Boundless gives us complete freedom. We decide what to do, where to go, and how we progress our character, who can specialize in one of the many available professions. The game offers an advanced crafting system. We use it to create simple items as well as more complex buildings. During our adventures we will encounter many NPCs, both friendly and hostile.
RPG 21 January 2016
An original, retro-styled 2D MMO title that combines the elements of strategy, adventure, and role-playing games, created by the Ankama Games company. In the game we take on the role of a so-called Dwaala, an agent of nature, whose task is to take care of the divine Kwaan tree and to save the world by keeping it in balance. The game was designed as a unique online ecosystem, where the course of events depends on the activity and creativity of the players. While playing, we discover subsequent secrets of the game world, gathering resources, completing quests, and advancing our character. The key element is, however, to take care of the health of the eponymous tree by helping it grow its branches, summoning animals, planting saplings or fighting pollution. If the tree is doing well, our tribe can continue to develop in peace. However, if we do not satisfy its needs, it may lead even to a restart of the server, after which we will have to start from the beginning.