Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
Action 17 September 2013
The fifth major installment in the massively popular action game series developed by Rockstar North in cooperation with Take Two Interactive. Grand Theft Auto V is set in a fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles). The story revolves around adventures of three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton, men infamous for brushing up against the law. The game’s creators stayed true to the franchise tradition of sandbox gameplay model, giving players an unparalleled freedom of choice when it comes to completing missions and moving around the virtual city. The game's budget amounted to 360 million dollars, a record number for a video game.
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Action 29 April 2008
The fourth installment in a best-selling action game franchise. The title was developed by Rockstar North Studios under the supervision of Chris Sawyer. The protagonist of Grand Theft Auto IV is Niko Bellic, an immigrant from Eastern Europe who recently came to America, where he starts a career in the criminal underground. The sandbox gameplay model gives the player much freedom in exploration of Liberty City, a virtual metropolis, where you can move around using various vehicles (cars, motorbikes, and helicopters, among others). How the story unfolds depends on the player’s choices regarding order in which the missions are completed. Apart from single player gameplay, Grand Theft Auto IV offers online or LAN multiplayer for up to 32 people.
The Last of Us (PS3)
Action 14 June 2013
An action adventure game in a post-apocalyptic survival horror setting, created by the Naughty Dog developer studio (known mainly from the Uncharted series) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The story of Last of Us takes place in the nearby future – 20 years after a mysterious plague decimated the humanity and led to the fall of civilization. Two people – smuggler Joel (controlled by player) and a teenage orphan, Ellie, try to survive in a world filled with dangers. The gameplay revolves around exploring locations and fighting enemies using guns and environment (stones, table legs etc.). In addition to the single player campaign, the game offers fully functional online multiplayer with three different game modes: Supply Raid, Survivors, and Interrogation.
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Adventure 23 February 2010
An interactive thriller adventure game developed by studio Quantic Dream (Fahrenheit, Omikron: The Nomad Soul). The player controls several seemingly unrelated characters, each with their own storylines and motivations. How the story develops depends greatly on the decisions made by the player as all plots intertwine until they meet at the game's finale. What’s characteristic for the game is its focus on matters of morality and ethics. The developers took extra care to reflect the various types of human behavior and feelings of the characters in as realistic a way as possible. It can be noticed for example in great facial expressions. The game features high quality graphics with spectacular explosions and realistic weather conditions. It also features a pretty grim vibe that successfully builds an atmosphere of sadness and hopelessness.
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.
God of War III (PS3)
Action 16 March 2010
The third installment in a best-selling slasher series, God of War, and the first one designed for the PlayStation 3 console. The game’s story picks up after the previous two installments, focusing on the war between titans and Olympian gods, fanned by the vengeful Kratos. The gameplay premise does not stray far from the standards of the series, focusing on spectacular battles with numerous opponents and mighty bosses. At the same time, God of War III offers several new weapons, each requiring a different combat style. The protagonist was given a brand new magic system and new, useful artifacts, such as Icarus Wings, Golden Fleece, or the Head of Helios. Thanks to the increased capabilities of PlayStation 3, the third installment in the series sports much better graphics and better AI of enemies.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Adventure 08 October 2013
A thriller movie-inspired action adventure game. The game was developed by French studio Quantic Dream, creators of such hits as Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit. The plot of Beyond: Two Souls shows fifteen years of life of Jodie Holmes (who is modeled after and voice acted by Ellen Page, Oscar nominee). Since birth, the woman was connected to Aiden, an incorporeal creature that ventured into our world. The game is considered an “interactive drama” as it focuses mostly on storytelling, moral choices, and the cinematic experience. The developers from Quantic Dream took care to deliver high-quality, photorealistic graphics, sound effects, and animations created using the motion capture technology.
Lost Planet 3 (PS3)
Action 27 August 2013
The third installment in the science fiction action game series. Contrary to its predecessors developed by Capcom, Lost Planet 3 was created by Spark Unlimited (Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, and others). The story presents the events preceding those of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. The protagonist is a civil pilot who takes part in the colonization of Eden III. It quickly turns out that the icy planet is inhabited by Akrides, a race of deadly monsters with thermal energy running through their veins. The developers decided to somewhat slow down the gameplay and introduce such elements as a cover system and the ability to control powerful robots. The game is powered by the efficient Unreal Engine 3.
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.
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Action 12 March 2013
The fourth chapter of the adventures of Kratos, the Spartan warrior-gone-god. The title is a prequel to the God of War trilogy. The protagonist of the game was deceived by Ares into murdering his family. He decides to be no longer obedient to the god of war, for what he is sent to the titan prison. Despite the madness and tortures, he doesn’t abandon his hopes for revenge. Once he manages to escape, he can start his bloody revenge on the gods of the Olympus. The developers from Sony Santa Monica remained faithful to the gameplay mechanics based mostly on spectacular battles with powerful (and frequently gigantic) enemies. The mechanics of the game were improved with a series of new features. Among them there is a multiplayer mode which allows up to eight players to play together through Internet.
Dark Souls (PS3)
RPG 22 September 2011
An action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. It has been developed by the Japanese From Software studio, known from e.g. Ninja Blade, Demon’s Souls, and the Armored Core series. The story of Dark Souls takes place in a grim universe, greatly resembling the medieval age. The plot in scarcely depicted, and the players take role of an undead character, whose actions will shape the fate of the world. The game is a third-person perspective hack-and-slash. In a manner befitting a sandbox game, players are given a lot of freedom at exploring locations and undertaking various tasks. The game stands out with its high difficulty level and complex multiplayer mode.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Action 13 October 2009
The sequel to the very enthusiastically received action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and released in 2007 on the consoles of Sony Company. In Uncharted 2, once again you play as the adventurer Nathan Drake. The story focuses on search for a powerful artifact which has the power to change the fate of the world. During the game, you will visit various exotic locations, accompanied by both the characters known from the first installment as well as some completely new faces. Since a ruthless warlord and his private army follow the trail of the artifact as well, the game is full of dynamic action elements and battles. As opposed to the previous game, the developers decided to make the gameplay more varied by increasing the number of Nathan’s abilities and available weapons. The puzzle system has changed as well, to solve many puzzles a cooperation with your allies will be required. The game is once again presented in a very spectacular, cinematic style and filled with witty cutscenes.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Action 01 November 2011
The third installment of the very popular series of action-adventure games created by Naughty Dog. The story of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception tells another tale of the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. This time the main protagonist must find the legendary city of Ubar. A group of thugs led by Katherine Marlowe is standing on his way. The basic fundaments of the gameplay haven’t changed. The developers from Naughty Dog wanted to combine elements of adventure game, action game, shooter and even beat’em up genre with a cinematic feel. In comparison to previous installments of the series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception offers much more advanced multiplayer mode and visuals that push the PlayStation 3’ power to the limit.
Demon's Souls (PS3)
RPG 05 February 2009
A dark and brutal action RPG developed by the Japanese From Software studio in cooperation with Atlus. The story is set in the kingdom of Boletaria. The realm's overambitious king wished to obtain even more power and attempted to make a deal with dark forces. As a result, powerful evil has awakened. The player-controlled character is the land's only hope now, for the protagonist is the only one capable of defeating the hordes of demons that were set free by the king's greed. The game offers ten character classes, each having their own different skills and equipment. The game emphasizes combat with different kinds of weapons - each has their own special attacks and character animations. In combat, the player can cast spells and use miracles, based on the faith attribute. Whether the protagonist becomes a better warrior or a mage depends on the development choices made by the player. A prominent feature of the game is the multiplayer mode allowing players to leave tips and warnings for other players.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)
Action 19 November 2007
Third-person action adventure game that came out as Sony’s response to the unwavering popularity of the Tomb Raider franchise. The game was created by Naughty Dog, an experienced developer known for such cult game series, as Crash Bandicoot or Jack and Daxter. Uncharted lets you play as a young man named Nathan, a (self-proclaimed) descendant of one of the world’s greatest sailors and wayfarers – Sir Francis Drake. The protagonist’s journey begins as Sir Francis’ coffin is extracted from the sea bottom. Instead of a body, the coffin contains a journal describing a mysterious island, where lie the answers to the final fate of his supposed ancestor as well as one of the world's greatest treasures. The game features action-adventure gameplay, mostly boiling down to traversing various locations, simple puzzle solving, and dynamic shootouts. Combat mechanics offers a cover system similar to the one featured in the Gears of War series. At the time of release, the game offered top quality visuals with detailed character animations.
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Action 18 May 2010
The second game in the Rockstar Games’ Wild West video game franchise that began with 2004 release of the successful Red Dead Revolver for sixth generation consoles. Red Dead Redemption tells a completely new, independent story set at the beginning of the 20th century. This time, you play as an outlaw named John Marston. Trying to find his place in the quickly changing reality of the Wild West, he gets entangled into a complex intrigue, which involves cowboys, native americans, and big-shot industrialists. As you play, you get to explore the vast open world, similar in structure to what we know from Grand Theft Auto series, and undertake a series of story missions and numerous side quests. The game features all the famous Wild West hallmarks, including horse chases and showy duels. Thanks to the RAGE engine, known from GTA IV, it was possible to create a true frontier experience with many distinctive locations and characters, multitude of wildlife, dynamically changing weather, and a day and night cycle.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue (PS3)
Action 11 November 2014
Another installment in popular the Assassin’s Creed series, created and developed by the Ubisoft company. Unlike Assassin’s Creed: Unity, released in a similar time window on PC and the eight generation consoles, Rogue is designed for older platforms. Story-wise, the game is a conclusion of the plots presented in the third and the fourth part of the series. The game is set in mid-18th century, and for the first time in the series you play as a Templar, Shay Patrick Cormack. He once belonged to the Brotherhood of Assassins, but since he was betrayed he switched sides and started hunting his former “brothers”. In terms of gameplay, the game does not introduce any revolutionary changes, albeit the opponents are now much more skilled in combat. For the first time since Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, the game offers no multiplayer mode, focusing entirely on single player experience.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS3)
Another installment in the popular series of action adventure games, once again developed by Crystal Dynamics, the studio that brought us the successful reboot of the franchise. In terms of plot, the game continues the story arcs started in the previous part. Again we accompany the young, although tougher and more ruthless, Lara Croft. Unlike in the previous game, this time we visit different parts of the world, exploring larger and more open places. As for the mechanics, the production combines the survival aspects of its predecessor with the exploration of the many tombs and catacombs, which is the hallmark of the series. The gameplay is therefore full of numerous stealth elements as well as purely arcade sequences, including open exchanges of fire. Lara also uses a number of brand new weapons and gadgets. Designed for eighth-generation console, the production features high-quality graphics, which represents an important rise in quality as compared to the previous parts of the series.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS3)
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.
Persona 5 (PS3)
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.
Tomb Raider (PS3)
Action 05 March 2013
The tenth iteration of adventures of Lara Croft, released as a reboot of the original, cult action-adventure series - Tomb Raider. The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics Studios under the auspices of Eidos Montreal. Their goal was to re-imagine the heroine in a new, grittier way. The game is set on an island near the coast of Japan, where young Lara Croft came in search for relics of ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, she gets shipwrecked during a storm. The protagonist survives, but now she has to fight for survival in a mysterious, deadly place. As compared with the previous installments, the new Tomb Raider offers much greater freedom of exploration, and introduces some innovations in gameplay mechanics, such as crafting and a character progression system. The game is powered by the very efficient Crystal Engine, able to generate high quality visuals.
Mafia II (PS3)
Action 24 August 2010
A sequel to the popular gangster game - the first Mafia was released in 2002. This new title was developed by the creators of the original game – also known for games like Hidden & Dangerous and Vietcong – working for the 2K Games company. The second part tells a completely new story; however, it contains multiple references to the previous title. The protagonist is a man named Vito Scaletta, who returns to his home city of Empire Bay after the end of Second World War; the city itself is a virtual creation heavily inspired by New York. Trying to find himself in a new, peaceful reality, Vito picks up jobs for the local criminal underground, gradually climbing up the mafia hierarchy. Apart from traditional shootouts with rival gangs, kidnappings, and getaways, there are lots of extra attractions, such as clothing stores and car customization options. A new game engine significantly improved the graphics and features like day and night cycle.
The Last of Us: Left Behind (PS3)
Action 14 February 2014
An official story expansion for 2013's The Last of Us, created by Naughty Dog. Left Behind is a prequel to the original game, and it focuses on Ellie and her best friend Riley attending a military school in the quarantined area. One day a series of dramatic events occurs, changing both of their lives forever. The premise becomes an excuse to depict the bonds growing between the two characters. The main story is mingled with a subplot which concerns tthe adventures of Ellie and Riley set within the story of the original game. The basic gameplay mechanics have not changed, but since we play as a teenage girl, the gameplay's focus on open combat is substantially reduced.