RPG 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.
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.
The Long Dark (PC)
Action 01 August 2017
A first person survival sandbox game, developed by independent Canadian studio Hinterland. The team includes veteran game developers, who previously worked for Relic Entertainment, Volition, and BioWare. The game takes you into a post-apocalyptic world after a massive geomagnetic storm. With all electronic devices disabled and water and food supplies running low, the player has to struggle to survive the incoming winter. The game’s sandbox mechanics and its open-world structure give much freedom of gameplay, whose biggest challenges are survival and making difficult moral choices. The game features a compelling narrative written by Marianne Krawczyk, the author of scripts for such titles as God of War and L.A. Noire. The game’s unique character is emphasized by its unusual graphics, designed by Hokyo Lima (known for League of Legends).
Fallout: New Vegas (PC)
RPG 19 October 2010
Fallout: New Vegas is a spin-off to the famous post-apocalyptic cRPG series. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, studio founded by ex-employees of Black Isle Studios (the creators of Fallout and Fallout 2). The story in Fallout: New Vegas focuses on a conflict between two factions: New California Republic and Caesar’s Legion, with the mysterious Mr. House and the citizens of New Vegas in the middle. The player takes on the role of a courier that saved from imminent death by a friendly robot named Victor. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game copies the solutions from Fallout 3. Depending on your preferences, you can play either in first or third person perspective. Moreover, a well-proven combat system called V.A.T.S. comes back, letting you pause the game and select a part of enemy body you want to aim at. The visuals are powered by a modified version of Gamebryo Engine, previously used e.g. in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Arcade 25 October 2012
Another production set in a zombie-infested world. Deadlight, however, is an atmospheric 2D platform game, inspired by classic hits such as Another World or Flashback. It's the first title produced by Tequila Works, whose members used to work for such companies as Blizzard or Sony. You play as a former national park ranger named Randall Wayne, who's trying to find his missing wife and daughter. Going through the devastated streets of Seattle, underground sewers, and a military base, the protagonist needs to be wary not only of zombies, but also the soldiers hunting them, who open fire at anything that moves without hesitation. The game features an intriguing post-apocalyptic atmosphere and peculiar visuals. Although Deadlight utilizes the advanced Unreal Engine 3, you only see the character's shadows on the detailed animated backgrounds.
Fallout 3 (PC)
RPG 28 October 2008
The third installment in the popular series of post-apocalyptic cRPGs. Bethesda Softworks, best known for The Elder Scrolls series, took the reins of the production. The main story arc focuses on the search for our character’s father. During the journey, the main protagonist, called the Lone Wanderer, learns of Project Purity, which could provide water for the inhabitants of the Wasteland. The developers have designed several variants of the main campaign's end, depending on the choices made by the player. They remained faithful to the extensive system of character’s attributes, S.P.E.C.I.A.L., known from the previous games in the Fallout series. The gameplay, however, is characteristic of action games, and features dynamic combat sequences. The three-dimensional visuals of Fallout 3 are generated by the Gamebryo engine.
Mad Max (PC)
Action 01 September 2015
A TPP sandbox action game, based on the cult film franchise by George Miller. The production was developed by Swedish studio Avalanche in collaboration with Warner Bros. Interactive. The plot of Mad Max is not an adaptation of the blockbuster movie, presenting instead a completely separate story set in a post-apocalyptic world in the near future. Players get an opportunity to assume the role of the titular character. After losing his legendary V8 Interceptor, the hero traverses the wasteland in search of parts needed to construct a new vehicle. The creators provided the players with a large degree of freedom when it comes to exploration of the game world; they are also given a host of side quests to choose from. The visual side of Mad Max is a clear reference to the distinctive aesthetics of the movie.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (PC)
Action 20 March 2007
A post-apocalyptic action game inspired by the science-fiction books by the Strugatsky brothers. It was developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World, known for Codename: Outbreak as well as Cossacks and the American Conquest game series. As a result of blowing up of the sarcophagus protecting the damaged nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, radioactive dust covered a vast portion of the surrounding areas. This led not only to the death of a large part of plants and animals living there, but also the emergence of hideous mutations and a variety of deadly anomalies. The player takes on the role of one of the stalkers, a group of men who venture into the contaminated zone years after the catastrophe, in search of valuable items, plants, and artifacts. The game combines elements of tactical first-person shooters, adventure games, and RPGs. Players are given a vast terrain completely open for exploration, a wide arsenal of customizable weapons, and a full spectrum of unique enemies with different abilities. The game’s non-linear story offers 7 alternative endings.
Nier: Automata (PC)
RPG 17 March 2017
Third-person perspective action game with RPG features and a sequel to the warmly-received production created by Cavia in 2010. The second installment was created by a different developer – Platinum Games known for the Bayonetta series. Despite that, Tarou Yokou, the creator of the first game, retained his position as the director of the project. The game takes place in distant future in which Earth was destroyed due to war against deadly machines. Humans, having found a safe haven on the Moon, created the limited YoRHa series of sapient androids to fight on their behalf. The YoRHa combined forces with androids of older generation and together they face the rebel machines. Two out of three protagonists of NieR Automata are completely new characters, but during the game player will also encounter characters from the first installment of the series as both stories are connected. Gameplay mechanics of the game are similar to ones in its predecessor and they offer an attractive combination of hack-and-slash, magic and RPG.
Wasteland 2 (PC)
RPG 19 September 2014
A post-apocalyptic cRPG game that serves as a sequel to a hit title from 1988. Wasteland 2 was developed by Brian Fargo’s (the creator of the original Wasteland) inXile Entertainment Studio with financial support from the community via Kickstarter crowdfunding. The story is set 15 years after the events of the first game. You play as a member of the Desert Rangers and traverse the titular Wasteland - what is left of the United States after a nuclear war. Gameplay is based on classic RPG elements, including turn-based combat, free character progression, and player's choices that shape the way the story unfolds. The game is powered by the popular Unity engine, making full use of its ability to generate isometric 3D graphics.
Borderlands 2 (PC)
Action 18 September 2012
A first-person shooter with cRPG features and a sequel to the 2009’s hit. Gearbox Software studio once again managed the development, with the publishing support of 2K Games company. The game’s story is set some time after the events of first part. This time the players will face Handsome Jack, a self-proclaimed dictator of Pandora. The creators of Borderlands 2 have prepared four playable characters: Salvador, Maya, Zero, and Axton, representing one of the four different classes and different fighting style. Gameplay still retains the exhilarating gunplay, but the weapon mechanics have been thoroughly changed. Furthermore, the trademark of the series in the form of a four player co-op mode is also present.
Fallout 2 (PC)
RPG 31 October 1998
A post-apocalyptic RPG and a sequel to the 1997’s bestseller, Fallout. Fallout 2 was developed by Black Isle Studios, once again in cooperation with Interplay. The action is set in 2241, 80 years after the events of the first game. The player assumes the role of a chosen one, who is tasked by the village elders with finding the G.E.C.K, a device capable of restoring the world after the nuclear apocalypse. Many gameplay solutions from the original remain unchanged, including the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. character creation system and the tactical turn-based combat mechanics. The number of available skills and perks, as well as the player's weapon arsenal and additional equipment were increased. The game offers isometric 2D graphics, a feature characteristic of the RPGs of the late 90s.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (PC)
Action 02 October 2009
The third installment in a series of action games developed by GSC Game World. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic reality of the Zone - an area contaminated as a result of the explosion that destroyed the sarcophagus protecting the damaged reactor in Chernobyl. The story focuses on discovering the reasons behind the failure of the Fairway Operation, which was organized by the government in order to thoroughly search the dangerous areas. The player assumes the role of a State Security Service agent by the name of Alexander Degtyarev, whose task is to find out why the aforementioned secret operation yielded no results. The player visits three extensive new areas located around the titular Pripyat, all of them representing real-life locations. When it comes to the changes brought with this installment, these concern mainly the side missions, which are no longer randomly generated. Instead, they are more extensive and non-linear now. Among other changes, it is worth noticing further AI improvements, a new UI, and the new ability to sleep, which regenerates the protagonist's health.
State of Decay (PC)
Action 05 November 2013
A third-person perspective (TPP) sandbox action game developed by an independent studio Undead Labs. The player is in control of a shopkeeper, Marcus Campbell, and his small group of survivors, who try to survive in a world overrun by zombies. The developers prepared several dozen playable characters in total, each of them endowed with unique skills. As befits a sandbox game, State of Decay features great freedom of action and a sizable open world to explore. Besides fighting the undead, gameplay focuses on such activities as rescuing other characters, collecting food, searching for weapons and ammunition and building shelters. Game is built on CryEngine 3 and features single player mode only.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier (PC)
Adventure 20 December 2016
The third full-fledged season of the popular series of episodic adventure games developed by Telltale Games based on the cult comics and TV series, The Walking Dead. The mechanics of the game are similar as in previous installments of the series and they concentrate on exploration and conversations with non-playable characters. In difference to classic adventure games, The Walking Dead: Season Three lacks typical puzzles and the focus is on making various moral choices which are the main factor that shapes the story of the game. A new feature in the game is a special system that allows moving saved games between various platforms. It is possible to import saves from Season Two and continue the plots started there with all consequences of the choices previously made.
Metro 2033 (PC)
Action 16 March 2010
A post-apocalyptic first-person shooter featuring RPG and survival horror elements, based on the bestselling book written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was the first game developed by 4A Games, a studio that consists of developers working previously on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The plot of the game takes place after a nuclear catastrophe that wiped out almost all life on Earth and made the natural environment irradiated and uninhabitable. The only survivors have formed a society, consisting of barely a few thousands of people, living hidden in the tunnels of the Moscow metro. The player assumes the role one of the young inhabitants of the tunnels – Artem, who must get to the central part of the tunnel system and inform other humans of a threat posed by the attacks of mutated monsters. During his journey Artem will face many dangers using a large array of weapons. The game us to choose our preferred combat style – direct confrontation or stealth attacks.
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.
Metro: Last Light (PC)
Action 14 May 2013
A post-apocalyptic survival-horror FPS developed by 4A Games studio from Ukraine. The plot continues the events of Metro 2033, a game published in 2010, while the story loosely alludes to the books by Dmitry Glukhowsky. The action takes place in a world of future, destroyed by nuclear bombing. A handful of Moscow citizens who have survived the explosion hid in the city’s subway network. Divided into several conflicted fractions, people try to fend off waves of mutated animals. The player assumes the role of Artem – a young man who tries to prevent a looming war between the survivors from happening. The gameplay combines elements of a dynamic, first-person shooter and a stealth game. When compared to the first installment, Metro: Last Light offers bigger locations and introduces an improved enemy AI. The game features high-quality graphics, as the developer's proprietary technology, the 4A Engine, has also been updated.
Adventure 13 September 2016
A science-fiction TPP action game that depicts a vision of mankind’s future and its possible fall. The title is a joint work of Comcept – a studio that co-created MegaMan, founded by Keiji Inafune, an ex-employee of Capcom – and Armature Studio, which hires the creators of the Metroid Prime series. In Recore you play as a girl named Jewel, who is one of the last representatives of the human race. She traverses the post-apocalyptic world ruled by a faction of robots who stand against the idea of repopulating the Earth with humans. Gameplay focuses on exploration and combat, in which the protagonist can count on support from her mechanical friend called Mack. The key feature of Recore is the ability to transfer the robot’s core into another body, through which he gains new skills, while retaining his identity. A noteworthy thing is the dynamic environment, which is constantly changing due to sandstorms raging across the planet.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season One (PC)
Adventure 24 April 2012
An episodic adventure game from Telltale Games, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman. The main theme of The Walking Dead: Season One revolves around a dramatic struggle for survival in a world infested by zombies. The player assumes the role of Lee Everett, one of the few survivors. The gameplay emphasizes exploration, dialogues, collecting items, and puzzle solving. The most significant feature are in-game moral choices the protagonist has to make, and whose consequences are often made visible only after some time. The developers created a highly interactive environment to give the players a good degree of freedom in puzzle solving. The Walking Dead: Season One catches the eye with its comic-like style, achieved with cel shading.
Action 26 October 2009
A humorous science-fiction FPS game with RPG elements. It was developed by Gearbox Software, popular for such games as James Bond 007: Nightfire, Duke Nukem Forever or the Brothers in Arms series. The story takes place on the planet Pandora, colonized and exploited by humans. According to the legends, a vault containing great treasures is located somewhere underneath the planet's surface, and groups of treasure hunters are ceaselessly searching for it. As one of them, the player tries to find the entrance to the vault and helps the inhabitants of the colony. The gameplay mechanics combine shooting sequences with a unique character progression system. The visuals, resembling a comic book, and an online co-op mode for up to four players are the greatest strengths of the game.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky (PC)
Action 05 September 2008
A prequel to 2007's S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl - an action game set in a post-apocalyptic reality and created by GSC Game World - a Ukrainian developer. The plot is set a year before the events shown in the original game and focuses on a mercenary called Scar. While escorting a group of scientists, Scar witnesses a massive energy emission kill the members of his team before being knocked out by it. The protagonist wakes up at a camp belonging to an organization called Clear Sky. The player's task is to discover the secrets of the Zone and find out what causes the mysterious phenomena. The game world was both expanded and modified to an increased degree. The player completes assignments for one of six factions, gathering completely new weapons and useful artifacts. The latter can be sold or used for private purposes. The game introduces changes mainly to visuals, interface and both the PDA and inventory menus. The multiplayer mode was improved as well - up to 32 players can meet within a session.
Just Survive (PC)
An MMO game referred to as a "survival sandbox" by its creators, Daybreak Game Company. H1Z1 takes place in an alternate world, 15 years after the discovery of the titular virus that caused a world-wide zombie epidemic. The few survivors fight for their lives, struggling against zombies, wild animals, and other surviving factions. During the game, players get the chance to build a shelter or even entire cities somewhere in the United States. An extensive crafting system also makes it possible to craft useful items from procured raw materials. On the technical side, H1Z1 uses a modernized version of the Forgelight engine which was previously used in Planetside 2 and EverQuest Next among others. The game uses the free-to-play model with micropayments for some additional features.