Risen 2: Dark Waters (PS3)
RPG 31 July 2012
A continuation to a 2009 action RPG. Risen 2: Dark Waters is the work of Piranha Bytes, a German studio that gained substantial popularity through their Gothic series. The game is set 10 years after the events of the first installment. The Nameless Hero is approached by Patty, the daughter of Steelbeard; the girl ask for help in her pursuit of a powerful artifact. Meanwhile, the Inquisition tasks the hero with infiltrating a pirate gang on the island of Puerto Sacarico. As befits a typical action-RPG production, the fun in Risen 2: Dark Waters consists mainly of exploration, questing, and dispatching enemies. Compared with the preceding title, significant changes were introduced in the combat mechanics, and a more attractive audiovisuals were provided.
Two Worlds II (PS3)
RPG 18 November 2010
A sequel to 2007's Two Worlds - an RPG developed by Reality Pump. The story is set five years after the events of the original game. The land of Antaloor are ruled by the dark lord Gandohar. The protagonist is kept prisoner in a dungeon after a failed attempt to rescue his sister. Surprisingly, his old enemies, the Orcs, rescue him, offering alliance in order to liberate Antaloor. Much like in the original game, the player explores a huge, open world on foot or on horseback. The game world itself is filled with new locations, challenges and threats. Apart from the progress the series has made in terms of the visuals since the first installment, the sequel improves the combat system - more combat tactics can be applied now, for an ability to actively block enemy strikes was introduced into the game. Additionally, magic was expanded, enabling the player to combining spells together to their liking.
Child of Light (PS3)
RPG 29 April 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.
Blade & Soul (PS3)
An MMO game designed by NCSoft company, set in a fantasy world and and boasting a complex battle system, based on eastern martial arts. The plot of Blade & Soul is set in an ancient land modeled after Asia, and based on heroes from Korean mythology. The gameplay itself implements basic features of this genre, like exploring various lands, filled with a lot of tasks to complete and enemies to beat. The game’s world changes constantly and the key to success is to be ready for fight against many kinds of monsters at any moment. During the battle we can use both melee weapons and a wide variety of magical techniques, all of which are presented in very astounding way, thanks to the usage of Unreal Engine 3.0 combined with a realistic physics engine.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS3)
RPG 23 April 2013
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.
Tales of Berseria (PS3)
RPG 18 August 2016
The 16th installment in the popular jRPG series by Bandai Namco, which was originated in 1995 with the release of Tales of Phantasia on SNES. Tales of Berseria is also the first game in the franchise in which the main protagonist is not a male – the player assumes the role of a female character. She is a young pirate named Velvet Crowe, who lives in the fantasy kingdom of Midgand. Interestingly, the location had previously appeared in one of the earlier installments of the series – Tales of Zestiria – but the action of Tales of Berseria takes place much earlier. The Kingdom is composed of a few larger pieces of land and a number of little islands, so traveling through the world often requires sailing. Just like former installments of the Tales series, the title offers a complex combat system based on unique abilities and combos. Players observe the action from the third-person perspective and during fights they can control other members of the team. Tales of Berseria makes use of fully-3D graphics, but the game is still kept in an anime comic book style.
Game of Thrones (PS3)
RPG 15 May 2012
Another attempt to recreate the universe of the popular HBO TV series (based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin) in the form of video game. This time it was created by the French studio Cyanide, known for sports games Chaos League and Blood Bowl. The result is a third-person RPG the plot of which is set in the world from the novels but tells a brand new story with fresh characters. You take part in events from the perspective of two heroes – Mors Westford from the Night's Watch and Alester who is returning to Westeros from exile. The gameplay is based mostly on classic RPG mechanics, with choosing various classes and careers and developing a character by gaining experience points. However, the developer designed an original combat system, which, unlike mechanics in typical hack’n’slash games, requires focusing on tactics and combining various actions, both offensive and defensive, in deadly sequences.
Dungeon Siege III (PS3)
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.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3)
RPG 04 March 2014
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.
Dragon's Dogma (PS3)
RPG 22 May 2012
A sandbox action RPG developed by Capcom. The player assumes the role of a chosen one whose heart had been torn out by a dragon. The protagonist somehow staved off death and embarked on a challenging journey to uncover the truth about himself and his destiny. As befits a true action RPG, the gameplay of Dragon’s Dogma is based on exploration, questing, and fighting. In combat, we will face many legendary beasts such as hydras, griffons, or harpies. As we progress, the protagonist gains experience which allows him to develop the skills he possesses and acquire new ones. The spectacular visuals of Dragon’s Dogma are generated by the MT Framework engine that Capcom has previously used in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Lost Planet 2.
Sacred 3 (PS3)
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.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS3)
RPG 02 April 2015
A complete, improved edition of the best selling action RPG created by From Software, released at the start of 2014 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game once again takes place in a gritty fantasy world. The main protagonist is trying to find a way to lift his curse. During the journey he will participate in challenging duels during which he will use both traditional weaponry and an arsenal of magical attacks. As the game progress, the character gains experience and he can be developed in various ways. The new edition contains all story DLCs, depicting his search for the three crowns of legendary rulers. The developers expanded the story of the basic game, added new NPCs, improved the item descriptions, and balanced the character progression system. Additionally, the owners of PCs and eighth generation consoles can enjoy improved graphics that fully utilize the power of their hardware.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn (PS3)
RPG 12 February 2013
The final story-driven DLC expansion for the acclaimed 2011 RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by Bethesda Softworks. The Dragonborn expansion takes place on a cold island called Solstheim, located northeast of the Skyrim province. The place should be known to the fans of the series from the second expansion to The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. The story focuses on the mysterious Miraak – the first Dragonborn, wielding similar powers and abilities as the main protagonist. Hundreds of years ago he had gone mad and vanished from the material plane. During the game, the protagonist is tasked with stopping their mad predecessor from retaking the rule over the island. One of the most important novelties in the game mechanics is the possibility to ride dragons and use them to travel. What's more, the expansion offers many new quests as well as several new types of enemies, weapons, armors and powers.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard (PS3)
RPG 26 February 2013
The first large story expansion to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the fifth installment in the cult RPG series developed by Bethesda. The expansion called Dawnguard focuses its story on the return of a powerful vampire lord – Harkon - who intends to cover the sun by using an Elder Scroll and a mythical weapon, and bring eternal darkness to the world. The titular order of vampire hunters is standing in his way. The main protagonist of the game must temporarily take a break from hunting dragons in order to join one side of the conflict. Depending on the choice, new paths open before the protagonist – he can transform into a vampire or he can gain access to interesting weapons and spells. In addition to new areas to explore, new quests to complete and new enemies to defeat, the expansion introduces the possibility to fight on horseback, the option to change the look of the protagonist and new skill trees, which – what’s interesting – aren’t assigned for experience points, but for killing opponents who have them.
Tales of Zestiria (PS3)
RPG 22 January 2015
The fifteenth installment in the Tales series, released for the 20th anniversary of the RPG franchise by Bandai Namco. The game is set in the land of Glenwood, and you, together with new heroes, including Sorey the future Shepherd (a mythical warrior), have to rid the land of a powerful plague, which makes mortals lose their faith in goodness. The gameplay in Tales of Zestiria consists mostly of exploration (for the first time in the series' history, the game features an open world), developing your team, completing quests, and combat. Tales of Zestiria features a new version of the series' distinct arcade-like combat system, and one of the biggest changes is that the battles take place on the maps you explore. The stylized 3D visuals are of high quality, especially the designs by the series' original creators: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura and Minoru Iwamoto.
Dragon's Crown (PS3)
RPG 25 July 2013
A 2D RPG developed by Japanese studio Vanillaware. The game combines elements of such genres as classic beat’em up games, platformers and fantasy RPGs. In Dragon’s Crown the player becomes a hero looking for gold and glory. Together with his companions, the protagonist is trying to obtain the eponymous treasure hidden deep in an underground labyrinth. In order to reach their objective, the heroes must pass through forgotten ruins and face monsters inhabiting them. The protagonist can belong to one of six character classes with various abilities. During the game the player can move only in two directions and the gameplay is fast and intensive. Many various opponents will try to stop the player, to defeat each of them different battle strategies must be employed. The greatest challenge are the boss battles, usually consisting of several phases. The game focuses mostly on a cooperation mode for up to four players.