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.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4)
RPG yesterday, 17 October 2017
Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4)
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.
RPG 24 March 2015
An action RPG and a spiritual successor to the bestselling Dark Souls series and its predecessor, Demon's Souls. The game was developed by their creator – Hidetaka Miyazaki – and his studio From Software. The plot takes us into a dark fantasy universe presented in a style reminiscent of the nineteenth-century Victorian era. Residents of a bleak metropolis called Yharnam are afflicted by a mysterious plague which turns people into ferocious beasts. The goal of the game is to discover the city's secrets and to determine who or what is responsible for the deadly disease. Gameplay mechanics do not differ from the patterns known from Dark Souls, focusing mainly on the advanced combat system. Apart from parrying, dodging and quick counter-attacks they also include the option of using a firearm. The artwork is remarkable, and the game world is much larger and more open, which was made possible thanks to the potential of the eight generation consoles.
Fallout 4 (PS4)
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.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PS4)
RPG 03 October 2017
A fantasy jRPG featuring a turn-based combat system, based on the popular Battle Chasers comic book series. The game was developed by Airship Syndicate, founded by the creators of the Darksiders game, including the creative director and the comic's author, Joe Maureira. The game is set in a fantasy universe, where magic and science coexist, and you play as the characters known from the comics, such as the warrior Garrison, a little girl called Gully, or the golem Calibretto. Battle Chasers: Nightwar focuses on the plot and the exploration of the expansive randomly-generated dungeons. The game also features many jRPG-style battles, taking place in turns on two separate screens. The visuals are colorful and detailed, which makes them resemble the original comics.
Final Fantasy XV (PS4)
RPG 29 November 2016
A JRPG with elements of third person shooter that came out as the next major installment in the bestselling Final Fantasy franchise. Final Fantasy XV was developed by Square Enix’s 1st Production Department, led by Tetsuya Nomura and Hajime Tabata. The game features some lore elements from the franchise’s sub-series Fabula Nova Crystallis. You play as prince Noctis Lucis Caelum, who tries to defend his city-state from the Niflheim Empire invasion. In combat, the hero can use magic, special abilities, and a wide array of magic swords. The game features third person perspective, as well as real-time combat and open world exploration.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4)
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.
Nier: Automata (PS4)
RPG 23 February 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.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS4)
RPG 24 November 2016
A cRPG game based on the popular adult animated TV series South Park. South Park: The Stick of Truth was co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original animated series – Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The player assumes the role of a kid who, together with his parents, just moved in to the titular town and tries to win his peers’ sympathy. Shared LARP (Live Action Role Playing), in which Cartman and his friends take part, gives the hero a chance to prove himself. The plot of South Park: The Stick of Truth is filled to capacity with absurd humor and references to popular culture. The creators applied elements of classic cRPG mechanics, like character classes, turn-based combat, gaining experience, and reaching higher levels. The production features cartoon-like graphics.
Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition (PS4)
RPG 27 October 2015
An enhanced edition of an 2014 RPG by Larian Studios, which, unlike the original, appeared not only on PC, but also on consoles. In terms of the story the game is a prequel to the Divinity series. Players control two young Source Hunters, who have to investigate a mysterious death that occurred in one of the cities in realm of Rivellon, and explore a forbidden art of magic in order to counter its effects. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game goes back to the roots of the Divinity series employing isometric view. While playing, you command a team of up to 4 characters, navigating through the interactive environment and listening to conversations between your team members. When compared with the original release, Enhanced Edition offers new subplots, new quests and an alternative ending. Furthermore, local co-op mode was added, as well as gamepad support and the game features enhanced audiovisuals.
Persona 5 (PS4)
RPG 15 September 2016
The fifth entry in a popular jRPG series and a part of the Shin Megami Tensei series, started in 1987. As always, the developing studio is Atlus, which created the series. The plot of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 revolves around the theme of seven cardinal sins and puts us in the role of an ordinary high school student, who discovers supernatural powers in himself. The protagonist lead a normal teenager’s life during the day, solving typical school problems and interacting with schoolmates, while at night he turns into a superhero, engaging in a deadly fight against evil. In terms of game mechanics, the production follows in its predecessors' footsteps, combining features of classic jRPG games and their turn-based combat with elements of school life simulator and the, popular in Japan, visual novel genre. Graphics have been created using a new, original engine and feature a dark, though cartoonish, style.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4)
RPG 03 October 2017
An expanded version of the third-person action RPG, initially released in 2012, developed exclusively for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by Capcom. The action takes place in a vast fantasy world filled with a myriad of mythical creatures. The protagonist is a chosen one who comes back to life, after having been killed by a dragon, to slay his murdered and uncover the truth about his own identity. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, apart from the story campaign featured in the original, offers an additional adventure set in a completely new location, the cursed island of Bitterblack. In addition to a number of new quests, the production introduces a third skill level in character development, lots of new equipment, as well as new enhancements and modification methods. The game is complemented by all minor DLCs that came out after the launch of the basic version. Furthermore, the developers have improved several gameplay mechanics, which translates into an even better gaming experience.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (PS4)
RPG 17 November 2017
A special version of the fifth installment in the popular RPG series by Bethesda, created for VR headgear and motion controllers. The plot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR does not differ from that in the original version of the game. The story takes place in a fantasy world, which is threatened by dragons, led by Alduin. You play as the last Dovahkiin, a being that can speak dragon language, which makes them the only one capable of stopping the oncoming apocalypse. In terms of technical aspect, the game is based on the Special Edition of the production and, compared to the original, features e.g. improved lighting, higher resolution textures, and previously unavailable visual effects. What changed most is the combat system: you aim by moving your head and attack by using motion controllers, transferring your moves onto your character.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (PS4)
RPG 28 October 2016
A remastered edition of the fifth instalment of the famous role-playing game series The Elder Scrolls, developed by Bethesda for PC Windows and eight generation consoles. The story takes place 200 years after the events of Oblivion, and you play as one of the last Dovahkiin – dragon hunters blessed by the gods. When the scaled beasts once again appear in the skies and a prophecy foretells the arrival of Alduin, the god of destruction, you have to stop the oncoming apocalypse. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim includes the core game, all the official DLC packs, and a wide range of visual upgrades. The developers created e.g. higher-resolution textures and effects such as volumetric lighting or dynamic depth of field. One of the main attractions of this edition is the introduction of fan mod support not only for PC Windows, but also for the console versions of the game.
Dark Souls III (PS4)
RPG 24 March 2016
Another installment in the series of dark action RPGs, initiated and developed by Japanese studio From Software. The title is set in the same fantasy universe, in terms of content however, it offers a completely new story in which we visit 12 previously inaccessible locations. At the same time, the game features a more extensive plot, and the gameplay itself is accompanied by over an hour of cutscenes. The production includes as many as 12 character classes, 45 new enemies, 15 challenging bosses, 100 weapons, 40 pieces of armor and nearly 200 other items. One of the most important new features is the possibility of sacrificing the bodies of defeated enemies, which allows us to summon certain characters or haunt another player’s game. New sword fighting techniques were also introduced, and we learn them gradually as we progress in the game. Both the atmosphere characteristic of the series, and the high level of difficulty have been preserved in the sequel.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)
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.
RPG March 2018
A dark action-RPG, whose story is set in the 20th century England. The title was developed by the French studio DONTNOD, known for games such as Remember Me and Life is Strange. The game takes place on the streets of London, during the infamous Spanish flu pandemic. We assume the role of a respected military surgeon who returns from a front lines to stop the spread of the plague. On the way home, however, he is bitten by a vampire and now has to continually struggle between the calling to help people in need and his new bloodsucker nature. In the game, we wander through the open world of London, undertaking main and side quests, talking to NPCs, and fighting in real time with different kinds of vampires and their hunters. Furthermore, we need to satisfy our constantly growing hunger for blood, remembering to do it discreetly and to wisely choose potential victims, since elimination of a wrong person can render us unable to complete certain quests.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PS4)
RPG February 2018
It is an action RPG, epic in scale, set in the Medieval period, specifically during the Hussite Wars (fought in Europe in the first part of 15th century), and powered by the CryEngine 3. The game was created by a Czech game studio Warhorse, which employs creators of the popular Mafia franchise. You assume the role of a young blacksmith who lost everything to the war. While fulfilling his father’s last will, he gets entangled in a plot to rescue the kidnapped king and prevent a brutal conflict. Being thrown into a vast open world the protagonist hones his skills, eventually becoming a knight or a rogue. The game stands out from the crowd due to its far-flung realism and relative freedom in how you can complete missions. The authors took exceptional care to stay true to historical sources. Furthermore, the game features am original crafting system as well as complex combat mechanics, which lets you perform precise strikes and special attacks.
Monster Hunter World (PS4)
RPG January 2018
Another installment of the popular series of action games with RPG features. The series is developed by Capcom and its installments were usually released on Nintendo and Sony consoles. The plot isn’t very important in Monster Hunter World – the player simply assumes the role of the titular monster hunter who is tasked with exploring the mysterious continent known as the New World. There he kills powerful beasts as part of bounty contracts. The title offers a vast, open world that can be traversed on foot or on the back of a tamed monster. However, the main part of the game isn’t exploration, but battles with beasts. Each of the monsters has unique advantages and weakness. The battles are played in real time and the player can use variety of melee and ranged weapons and gadgets. The success lies in proper tactics and taking advantage of the surroundings.
Darkest Dungeon (PS4)
RPG 27 September 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (PS4)
RPG 09 June 2015
A MMORPG set in The Elder Scrolls universe. The Elder Scrolls Online was created by the more than 250-people-strong team of ZeniMax Online Studios. The game is set 1,000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. House of Thern wants to reclaim its former power and strikes a deal with the necromancer Mannimarco. Little do they know of his pact with the demonic prince Molag Bal, who wants to take over the world. The player's character can side with one of three major factions (Ebonheart Pact, Aldmeri Dominium, and Daggerfall Covenant), as well as join numerous minor organizations, such as mages guild, fighters guild, or the thieves guild. Gameplay combines elements well-known to TES fans and features typical MMORPG mechanics.
Risen 3: Titan Lords Enhanced Edition (PS4)
RPG 21 August 2015
An action-RPG and the third part of the Risen trilogy, created by German developer Piranha Bytes. In Risen 3: Titan Lords the creators dropped the pirate themes in favor of a Medieval-inspired dark fantasy setting. You take on a role of a hero whose soul has been devoured by the Shadow Lord. Depending on the choices you make throughout the game, the hero may once again become human or follow the demonic path. Like the previous Risen games, this one too employs third person perspective and features well-proven melee combat mechanics enriched with a blocking system. From technical side, Risen 3: Titan Lords runs on a modified version of the engine previously used in Risen 2: Dark Waters.
Pillars of Eternity (PS4)
RPG 29 August 2017
Pillars of Eternity is a fantasy cRPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment with the support of the users of Kickstarter funding platform. The player assumes the role of a hero who, with the help of his or her companions must embark on a dangerous quest complete a series of perilous tasks. The gameplay of Pillars of Eternity is reminiscent of classic productions such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. The creators decided to utilize combat mechanics with an active pause system. The game features also a complex character development system, and a rich variety of weapons and gear for the characters can use.