Diablo III (X360)
RPG 03 September 2013
The third installment in a highly popular action-RPG franchise, created and developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo III takes players back to the world of Sanctuary, where they have to stand up to forces of evil. The story is set 10 years after the events of the second game. Tristram cathedral gets hit by a mysterious comet, whose impact awakens the armies of Hell. Diablo III features new character classes and a modified character progression system. Blizzard aimed for a further increase of combat dynamics, implementation of extensive social features, as well as atmospheric audiovisuals.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (X360)
Action 18 November 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.
Action 29 October 2009
A dynamic third-person perspective hack-n-slash action game developed by Japanese studio Platinum Games led by Hideki Kamiya. The main protagonist, Bayonetta, is a sexy witch who, 20 years prior to the events depicted in the game, woke up in a chest at the bottom of a lake. She has no memories of how she got there or what happened before. Forced to fight against forces of Heaven that constantly attack her, the protagonist gradually learns new facts about her past. The gameplay focuses on traveling through subsequent locations while eliminating enemies and very original bosses. During the game, the player uses a mix of handguns and melee weapons (including items taken from fallen enemies). By using the power of her hair, Bayonetta can also summon powerful demons and hellish torture machines that allow her to eliminate her enemies in a very effective way. Witch Time, a very useful ability that slows time, proves to be an alternative key to victory in most cases.
Darksiders II (X360)
Action 14 August 2012
The sequel to the action game, Darksiders, released in 2010 by the developer studio Vigil Games. The storyline of Darksiders II depicts the adventures of another of the raiders of the apocalypse – Death. The hero sets out to aid his brother – War, who has been accused of unleashing the Apocalypse prematurely. In order to help, the protagonist has to prove the existence of a plot and resurrect humanity, which was completely annihilated in the End-War. In comparison to the first installment, the creators of Darksiders II have prepared a much larger and more diverse world, through which the hero travels, accompanied by his steed (Despair) and a crow (Dust). The gameplay revolves around spectacular skirmishes with enemies; in some areas, however, also the player’s ability to solve logic-based puzzles will be tested. The changes introduced in Darksiders II have also influenced the graphics, greatly increasing their over-all quality.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (X360)
RPG 19 August 2014
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is the first expansion pack for the best-selling action RPG game, Diablo III. The add-on created by the Blizzard Entertainment’s development team has added a fifth act to the main campaign, in which Malthael, the Angel of Death, is determined to put an end to the war between celestial beings and demons; the Black Stone binding Diablo’s soul is supposed to help him achieve this goal. The expansion also introduces a new playable character – Crusader – and raises the limit of character’s experience level to 70. In addition, the creators decided to modify the loot system; now we find it less often, but it is more valuable and better suited to a particular hero. Some changes have also been introduced to the visuals, making them much darker than in the original version of the game.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (X360)
Action 05 October 2010
Another full-fledged installment in the legendary series of action games, developed by the Spanish developer Mercury Steam in cooperating with Konami - the creators of all the previous installments. The protagonist is called Gabriel and he is a member of the Brotherhood of Light. The organization fights evil forces, and Gabriel is given a mission to eliminate the titular Lords of Shadow. However, Gabriel has a personal goal to achieve as well, for he wishes to find and obtain a magical mask, the artifact required to bring his murdered wife back to life. In terms of mechanics, the game reshapes the standard platforming elements of the franchise to fit into the third-person action convention. The player traverses the game world on foot or on horseback, eliminating hordes of enemies encountered on the roads, and facing powerful, demanding bosses. The player makes use of several basic weapon types, including the token combat cross. The combat skills of the protagonist are improved as the game progresses.
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (X360)
RPG 12 May 2009
A continuation to a successful cRPG from 2004. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel was created by Ascaron Interactive - a German studio popular mainly for the Port Royale series of strategy games.
DMC: Devil May Cry (X360)
Action 15 January 2013
A dynamic action game utilizing the third-person perspective. It's the fifth installment in the Devil May Cry franchise and also the reboot of the series. The game was produced by British studio Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West) and the process was supervised by Capcom. DMC: Devil May Cry takes place simultaneously in two worlds: the human one and the infernal one (Limbo). The player is cast in the role of Dante, a young man fighting demons that find their way to the human world. It's a spectacular hack-and-slash game with adventure elements. The gameplay focuses mostly on mass extermination of opponents, using all kinds of diverse weaponry, including both cold weapons and firearms.
Action 05 January 2010
A third-person action game featuring RPG elements. The plot was inspired by events described in the Book of Revelation. Darksiders was developed by Vigil Games, a studio led by Joe Madureira, who is a popular comic book author. The player assumes the role of one of the four biblical Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who finds out that he has been betrayed, after reaching the Earth. Chased by agents of both Heaven and Hell, the protagonist sets out for a journey in order to regain the abilities and a steed he once lost and discover the mystery behind the conspiracy. The game is a typical slasher, for the protagonist wields a sword, a scythe and uses environmental objects by throwing them at enemies. Alongside progression, the player gains access to successively retrieved abilities, which give the player an upper hand on the enemies in subsequent encounters. The game features an open world and gameplay itself focuses on combat and completing different assignments related to the plot. The game's unique graphic style was delivered by Madureira himself.
Sacred 3 (X360)
RPG 01 August 2014
The third installment of the popular fantasy RPG series. Lord Zane, the ruler of the Ashen Empire, plans to obtain a legendary artifact called the Heart of Ancaria and rule the world with his allied demons. Only a group of four mighty warriors can stop him. The game was developed by Keen Games.
RPG 09 March 2011
A very well-made hack-and-slash game, created by a small studio Runic Games, whose members contributed to such productions as Hellgate London, Mythos or the Diablo franchise. The story begins in the eponymous village of Torchlight, under which large deposits of a magical ore called ember have been discovered. However, the sudden mining boom resulted in another discovery, this time of a great evil lurking underground. This is where the protagonist steps in. You choose from three character classes: Alchemist, Destroyer and Vanquisher. Every class has branched development options and a unique fighting style. The character is accompanied by an animal follower, which helps you with fighting and can carry your items. Like a proper RPG, Torchlight features dynamic real-time combat utilizing the isometric view. The defeated foes drop large quantities of money and useful items, which can be equipped by the protagonist. The visuals are similar to those of Diablo III, although they are slightly more “sugary.”
RPG 20 July 2011
An action RPG developed by Supergiant Games - a studio established by Amir Rao and Gavin Simon, who both are former employees of Electronic Arts. In the game, a player assumes the role of a hero named Kidd, who one day wakes up in his bed drifting amongst the remains of the world, in which he used to live before. The young lad embarks on a journey to find other survivors and provide them with shelter. The world of Bastion that is drifting through the void is not at all a safe place - it crawls with monsters that our hero has to face using an elaborate arsenal of both close combat and ranged weapons. Moreover, since particular locations literally are hanging in mid-air, a moment of distraction might result in Kidd falling off the map. The game described herein stands out from similar productions because of its method of delivering the story (the actions of the main protagonist are described in real time by a narrator) and the original visuals featuring colorful, hand painted, and highly interactive sceneries. Interestingly enough, in spite of the fairytale-like style of the game, Bastion tells a grim story about the apocalypse. The game has been recognized with many prestigious awards.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (X360)
A role-playing game with tower defense elements by indie studio Neocore Games. The protagonist is the son son of the famous Professor Abraham Van Helsing (the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's novel), who is asked by his father to travel to Eastern Europe to free the people of Borgovia from the tyranny of the mad scientist Fulmigati. When he's fighting hordes of rats, golbins, and mechanical soldiers, he's supported by Borgovia's mythical creatures. The gameplay is typical for a hack'n'slash game with dynamic battle sequences and isometric view. The Incresible Adventures of Van Helsing features several kinds of singleplayer and multiplayer modes.
Devil May Cry HD Collection (X360)
Action 03 April 2012
A remastered edition of three first installments of the popular series of third-person perspective hack and slash games developed by Capcom. The saga started in 2001 on PlayStation 2 and it tells the story of a half-demon warrior named Dante, whose job is to fight evil. The gameplay mechanics of the game combine dynamic battles with adventure and platform game elements. A very spectacular combat system is the most famous feature of the game. In the game one faces dozens of opponents and very challenging bosses by using traditional weapons and protagonist’s special abilities such as a temporary transformation into a demon. Devil May Cry HD Collection contains three first installments of the series. It offers remastered HD graphics and large set of achievements and trophies to unlock.
Dungeon Siege III (X360)
RPG 17 June 2011
Dungeon Siege III is the third installment in the best-selling hack'n'slash series started in 2002 by Gas Powered Games. This time, however, the game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, creators of Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas. The story begins 150 years after the events of the previous game. Our job is to bring balance to the kingdom of Ehb by restoring the legendary Tenth Legion that once kept guard over the country. There are four character classes available, each of them having their own abilities and combat styles. The plot is quite linear, but our decisions have visible impact on how it turns out. Dungeon Siege III is the first game in the series that was released on consoles, which can be seen in the game's visuals and controls. The game also offers a co-op mode for up to four players for the first time in the history of the Dungeon Siege series.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (X360)
Action 19 February 2013
A third-person action game and a spin-off to Metal Gear Solid - the popular stealth game series created by Hideo Kojima. In this game you play as Raiden, the protagonist of the second installment in the series. The story is set in an African country devastated by a civil war, where the hero faces an army of robots and cyborgs belonging to Desperado Enforcement corporation. Although the title retained some elements of a stealth-action game, its fast-paced, brutal gameplay puts it well within the bounds of the hack-and-slash genre. Raiden’s main weapon is his electric katana – with it the hero destroys elements of environment and dismembers his enemies, thus ending their lives. Thanks to the Blade Mode he can also execute more precise cuts in slow-motion.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (X360)
Action 25 February 2014
A sequel to the 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a hack ‘n’ slash game. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and its prequel were both developed by Mercury Steam Entertainment in cooperation with Konami. The players learn the further fate of Gabriel Belmont. The protagonist fell victim to evil and transformed into a Lord of Shadow. After centuries of loneliness and anguish, his old friend, Zobek, extends an unusual offer to him: setting him free from the curse of vampirism in exchange for help in fighting Satan. The action takes place in two words simultaneously—a dark, futuristic town and a medieval castle. The core of the gameplay is combat against hordes of enemies that can be exterminated with sword, claws, and special vampire abilities.