The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
RPG 11 November 2011
A heroic action RPG and the fifth main installment in the popular The Elder Scrolls franchise. Bethesda Softworks once again takes the players to the fantasy continent of Tamriel. The plot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set 200 years after the events depicted in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The main character is the last of the Dragonborn (Dovahkiin), a human (or a member of one of the several other available races) able to wield the powerful magic of dragons. With the arrival of the last Dragonborn, an old prophecy heralding the return of Alduin - the dragon god of destruction - is set into motion. The game combines elements of dynamic action with Bethesda-style cRPG, featuring a complex system of character development and a vast, open world. High quality visuals in the game are generated by the Creation Engine, Bethesda's original graphic engine.
Fallout 3 (PS3)
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.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PS3)
Action 22 August 2012
The next installment in a cult online fist person shooter series, which originated in the early 2000's as a Half-Life modification. This game was created by Valve Corporation, who purchased the rights to the massively popular mod and later developed its commercial editions. The core gameplay is built upon competition between two teams of players: terrorists and counter-terrorists. Eliminating opponents is rewarded with cash, which can be spent on new gear and weapons. There are four main game modes: Arm Race, Demolition, and two tournament varieties. The authors did not try to revolutionize the classic gameplay mechanics, mostly focusing on visual improvements to match modern standards. Most of the in-game maps are based on the original ones, and most of the changes relate do weaponry.
Dying Light (PS3)
An first-person perspective survival horror game, created by the Polish developer Techland, known for Dead Island and the Call of Juarez series, among others. The player assumes the role of a character who is trying to survive in a zombie-infested metropolis. The sandbox gameplay of Dying Light is divided into two phases. During the day, the game puts main focus on exploration and acquisition of raw materials and weapons, while at night players must face hordes of the living dead. The creators wanted to put the accent on two gameplay elements: thrilling combat with a variety of weapons (including crafted ones), and dynamic movement throughout the city, enabling the players to overcome terrain obstacles using parkour. In addition to a single-player campaign, Dying Light also offers a four-person cooperation mode via the Internet.
Action 17 December 2013
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Far Cry 3 (PS3)
Action 29 November 2012
The third installment in a popular first person shooter franchise. This game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal Studios in cooperation with Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Reflections, and Massive Entertainment. The protagonist of Far Cry 3 is Jason Brody, whose vacation unexpectedly turns into a fight for survival. Jason and his friends land on an island occupied by psychopathic pirates. He has to free his friends from the hands of the madmen and find a way back to civilization. As befits a purebred FPS, the gameplay is filled with shootouts, in which you use many different weapons. The game offers nearly complete freedom when it comes to exploration, combat tactics, and execution of various missions.
Fallout: New Vegas (PS3)
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.
Far Cry 4 (PS3)
Action 18 November 2014
The fourth installment of the extremely popular series of sandbox FPP action games. In accordance with the Ubisoft’s policy, the production was developed by several internal development studios led by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai. Once again players have the opportunity to assume the role of a protagonist forced to face numerous enemies and obstacles all by himself. At his disposal, however, is a considerable arsenal of firearms and melee weapons. The creators remained true to the well-proven gameplay scheme, allowing the gamers to explore vast locations and complete task with an unparalleled degree of freedom. On the technical side, Far Cry 4 fully employs the potential of the constantly improved Dunia Engine, providing high-quality audiovisuals and realistic physics.
Action 09 October 2012
A first person action game with elements of stealth, set in a steampunk universe. Dishonored is a product of Arcane Studios, a company best known for Dark Messiah of Might & Magic. The game’s protagonist – Corvo, a respected bodyguard of the empress – gets falsely accused of murdering his sovereign. Being one of the world’s most dangerous men, he needs to use his extraordinary skills to clear his name and bring justice on the ones responsible for the crime. Dishonored’s main course constitutes of executing carefully planned assassinations. The protagonist can use his superhuman abilities to aid himself in that quest. Dishonored features excellent audiovisuals with graphics powered by Unreal Engine 3.
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS3)
Action 20 May 2014
A first-person shooter and the seventh major installment in the Wolfenstein series. This one was developed by Swedish studio Machine Games, founded by former members of Starbreeze Studios. Wolfenstein: The New Order tells an alternative history of the World War II, where the Third Reich won. The game’s main hero is B. J. Blazkowicz, a veteran of the American special forces. After spending 20 years in cryosleep, he has to stand up to the Nazis once more. The gameplay boils down to annihilating armies of enemies with all sorts of weapons, and occasionally solving simple puzzles. The game’s advanced graphics are powered by the efficient id Tech 5 engine, also known from Rage and The Evil Within.
Killzone 2 (PS3)
Action 25 February 2009
A direct sequel to the futuristic first person shooter released on PlayStation 2, created by Guerilla Games as an answer to the successful, and mostly Xbox exclusive, Halo series. Killzone 2 takes place on the home planet of Helghan, two years after the events shown in the first game in the series. This time, the player becomes a completely new character – Sergeant Tomas “Sev” Sevchenko – and is tasked with a counterattack against the enemy Helghan faction and capturing their leader, Visari, so he can be brought to justice. As the game debuts on next generation of consoles, the sequel offers great improvement in terms of visual quality, fully destructible environment, dynamically changing weather conditions and improved artificial intelligence – both of enemies and our allies on the battlefield. In comparison to the first Killzone, the number of available weapon types is larger and new vehicles were added.
Killzone 3 (PS3)
Action 22 February 2011
The third installment in a hit video game series started in 2005 on PlayStation 2. Killzone 3 is a science-fiction FPS game developed - like the previous Killzone installments – by Guerilla Games. The game’s story takes place on a planet inhabited by the Helghast, where two characters known from the previous games, Sev and Rico, have to fight their way through the members of the enemy faction. In the background, the players will get to experience behind-the-scene schemes at the top of Helghan Administration and a coup that might bring about catastrophic consequence for both sides of the conflict. Killzone 3 features very diverse missions, in which a player is not limited to elimination of enemies all guns blazing – also, one gets to operate various vehicles, assume the stealth approach and take down enemies by surprise, as well as travel to an orbital station and shoot at enemies from a space fighter. The game delivers improved weapon handling, diverse weaponry, and upgraded cover mechanics.
Battlefield 3 (PS3)
Action 25 October 2011
The third core installment in a popular first person shooter series. Battlefield 3 was developed by Swedish studio DICE, an Electronic Arts subsidiary. The game is set during a modern-day conflict and the events are presented in the form of flashbacks as remembered by Henry Blackburn, an American soldier who tries to stop Islamic terrorists from detonating a nuke. The game features three playable characters, as well as various weapons and vehicles. Single player campaign consists of several missions, serving a complimentary role to the expansive online multiplayer mode, in accordance with the series’ long-standing tradition. Technically, Battlefield 3 is powered by Frostbite 2 engine, featuring high quality audiovisuals and realistic physics.
Dead Island (PS3)
Action 06 September 2011
A first person survival-horror action game with cRPG elements. Dead Island was developed by Techland Studio, together with the Deep Silver company. The story features a tropical island, cut off from the world, where a zombie epidemic spreads out. Few remaining people are trying to survive and find a way to escape the living dead. Gameplay in Dead Island is built around exploration, completing quests, crafting useful items, and fighting undead opponents. This last element frequently features contextual weapons (sticks, pipes, etc.). Apart from the single player experience, the game offers multiplayer with several cooperative and competitive play modes.
Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3)
Action 23 June 2008
A first-person shooter game created for the users of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. It is a spin-off of the popular Battlefield series. Battlefield: Bad Company is set in 2014 and the game's plot is centered around a fictional conflict between the United States and the Russian Federation. In the story campaign, the player assumes the role of Private Preston Marlowe, who gets assigned to "B" Company of the 222nd U.S Army battalion. The squad, consisting of soldiers notorious for behavior considered inadequate for military service, gets assigned with missions nobody else is willing to take. Apart from the singleplayer mode, the game offers fully functional multiplayer component. The latter allows for online battles involving up to 24 players.
Battlefield 4 (PS3)
Action 29 October 2013
Fourth main entry in the bestselling FPS series created and developed by the EA DICE team. The solo campaign shows a vision of military conflict between the United States, Soviet Union, and China. The story takes place in 2020 on the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Player takes on the role of a member of the US Marine Tombstone Squad, which is given the task of rescuing several high-ranked officials from the unsettled Shanghai. The strongest point of the game are its complex multiplayer skirmishes, allowing us to take part in online battles for up to 64 players. Developers made sure to offer a wide selection of game modes and maps with varied terrain and sizes.
Action 04 October 2011
A futuristic first-person shooter that was initially supposed to be the sequel to Far Cry, the bestselling FPs developed by the German developer Crytek. The action takes place on a remote island where a group of scientists made a breakthrough discovery. Soon, the North Korean army takes control of the isle, isolating it from the rest of the world. The US government sends a special mission to rescue the scientists. Skirmish with enemy soldiers quickly becomes a fight for survival against an alien race. The game offers a vast, highly interactive world, as well as a significant degree of freedom in completing our objectives. The usual FPS features were complemented by science-fiction elements, namely a Nanosuit that allows us to increase the protagonist’s strength, camouflage, or activate a special protective shield. The developers also created a full-blown multiplayer mode in which two commando teams compete against one another.
Metro: Last Light (PS3)
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.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS3)
Action 04 November 2014
The 11th major installment in an extremely popular FPS franchise, launched in 2003 by the Activision company. As the franchise moved to a 3-year development cycle, the game was entrusted to Sledgehammer Games, a fresh developer studio, employing ex-creators of such game series as Dead Space or The Godfather. The game is set in the near future, where a private military corporation ATLAS tries to restore order in the world consumed by a global conflict. Advanced Warfare is by far the most futuristic iteration of the franchise. Gameplay is built around the newest achievements in military technology. Soldiers use exoskeletons that enhance their strength and provide them with extra durability and camouflage. Other modern gadgets featured in the game include small flying drones, hoverbikes, and mobile covers that can be deployed in combat.
Metro 2033 (PS3)
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.
Medal of Honor (PS3)
Action 12 October 2010
Another installment in the bestselling Medal of Honor series. This entry is a reboot of the saga, and for the first time in history it takes place in modern times. The game was created by Danger Close studio in cooperation with EA Dice. The former created the single player mode, the latter developed multiplayer mode. In the game the player assumes the roles of two members of elite American forces, Tier 1 and US Rangers. Both teams support each other during the missions. The game takes place mostly in Afghanistan. The main protagonists are trying to neutralize the increasing threat of terrorism. Most of the missions were created based on actual military operations that took place in the region. What’s interesting, the game runs on two different graphic engines. The single player mode was created on an improved but slightly outdated Unreal Engine 3, while the multiplayer mode uses the Frostbite engine, which was used, for example, in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Enemy Front (PS3)
Action 10 June 2014
A first-person shooter set in World War II developed in cooperation by CI Games’ teams in Rzeszow and London. In the main campaign, the player assumes the role of Robert Hawkins, an American war correspondent, who joins the resistance movement as a witness to the cruelty of the Germans. The action takes place primarily in the war-torn Warsaw, although we will also visit Norway, France, and Germany in the protagonist’s flashbacks. The gameplay mechanics don’t deviate from the genre’s standards and offer a dynamic action with numerous shooting sequences and a rich weapons arsenal. Enemy Front is powered by CryEngine 3, which was also used in Crysis 3 and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, among other titles.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3)
Action 09 November 2010
A first-person shooter, the seventh installment in the Call of Duty series, and a start of a new sub-series. The game was developed by studio Treyarch, the team responsible for Call of Duty: World at War. The story campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops is presented in the form of flashbacks suffered by the main protagonist, Alex Mason. Having previously worked for the CIA as a field operative, in his memories Mason returns to the age of Cold War. The game offers several single and multiplayer modes, including cooperation and zombie mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops is is powered by modified versions of IW Engine 3.0 and Demonware.
Crysis 3 (PS3)
Action 19 February 2013
The third part of the first-person shooter series, created and developed by Crytek studio and powered by their in-house technology - CryEngine. The story has been set in 2047, 24 years after the events of Crysis 2. Players take the role of James “Alcatraz” Rodriguez, the soldier of a Force Recon unit, who, in his futuristic Crynet Nanosuit 2.0, faces off against alien race Ceph and the Cell Corporation. The battles take place mainly in New York, a city encased in a giant Nanodome with 7 districts, featuring diversified environments, known as “Seven Wonders”. Main campaign for single player is supplemented by a well-rounded multiplayer, where up to 16 players (12 in case of console versions) can play together.