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Mafia III
Mafia III

Action 07 October 2016

The third installment in the popular sandbox gangster series, launched in 2002 by Czech studio Illusion Softworks. Newly created Hangar 13 team, assembled within 2K Games, was in charge of this production. The team included the developers who made the first two parts of the cycle. Unlike those installments, this part takes us to America during the second half of the twentieth century; the main characters are of course members of an Italian crime family, operating in the state of Louisiana. In terms of mechanics, the game does not differ significantly from its predecessors, offering an open world bustling with life, and a series of missions that allow us to participate in shootouts, car chases, and other illegal activities that are typical of the criminal underworld. There is also a bunch of side missions and additional activities, which we can take up in between our tasks.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Action 27 October 2017

Another installment of the best-selling FPS series, and at the same time a direct continuation to Wolfenstein: The New Order created by Machine Games. The Action of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is set in 1961 – after waking up from a coma B.J. Blazkowicz and his companions find the United States of America occupied by the Nazis. The main protagonist finds common ground with the leaders of the local resistance, and decides to help them fight the invaders. As in the previous Wolfenstein installment, the gameplay in The New Colossus features exploration, completing consecutive missions, and eliminating scores of diverse foes. The players are given a wide range of murderous weapons – including not only classic firearms but also some more elaborate pieces. Interestingly, once again the developers have decided to abandon health regeneration mechanics in favor of the old-school med-kit system. The game features high-quality 3D graphics – in comparison to its predecessor, the most significant are the texture and special effect enhancements that accompany the gunfights.

Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order

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.

BioShock
BioShock

Action 21 August 2007

BioShock is a combination of an action game, first person shooter, cRPG, and survival horror created by Irrational Games (developers of System Shock 2, SWAT 4, and other titles). The story takes you into the submerged city of Rapture, where the main protagonis, named Jack, arrives after having survived a plane crash. This ruined metropolis hides many dark and deadly secrets. In terms of gameplay, BioShock combines the elements of a dynamic FPS and cRPG. In combat you can use several types of conventional weapons as well as so-called plasmids that give you supernatural powers. Moral choices you make in the game influence how the events unfold. The game features very atmospheric audiovisuals, with graphics powered by the popular Unreal Engine 2.5.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Action 18 March 2014

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a third-person perspective action game with stealth elements, developed by Kojima Productions. As Hideo Kojima planned, the game is a introductory chapter to Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, familiarizing the players with the changes implemented in gameplay mechanics. The story of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Paz and Chico are imprisoned in Camp Omega, a heavily guarded military facility. They both have information that cannot fall into enemy hands. Snake and Kaz Miller must rescue the hostages. In contrast to the previous installments in the Metal Gear Solid series, MGS V: Ground Zeroes gives players more freedom. The game features photorealistic graphics powered by Fox Engine.

BioShock 2
BioShock 2

Action 09 February 2010

A sequel to 2007's action game BioShock. BioShock 2 was developed by 2K Marin, with the support of Digital Extremes, 2K China, Arkane Studios and Darkside Game Studios. The story is set in the underwater metropolis known as Rapture in year 1968 (eight years after the events of the original game). The player assumes the role of Subject Delta - a Big Daddy prototype. The protagonist has to find the his Little Sister. The administrator of Rapture by the name of Sofia Lamb is trying to prevent it at all cost. The game remains faithful to the original gameplay formula combining FPS elements with certain RPG mechanics. Contrary to the original game though, BioShock 2 offers also a multiplayer experience in the form of seven competition-oriented game modes.

We Happy Few
We Happy Few

Action 10 August 2018

An unordinary action-adventure game which uses the style and tune of the 60s. The title was created by an independent studio Compulsion Games known for creating Contrast, a title that used similar style. In the game, the player travels to a fictional town in which, due to indoctrination and a wonderful drug, the citizens are constantly happy and all traits of dissatisfaction are immediately eliminated. The protagonist is one of the defiant citizens who are resistant to the system. In order to survive in the surrounding world, he must observe it thoroughly and understand its rules. The action is shown from first-person perspective and the gameplay is focused on exploration, and gathering various items and using them. While doing it, players must behave according to the social norms so that other citizens don’t become suspicious. The world of the game was characteristically exaggerated, but the game tells about many very important topics.

The Godfather II
The Godfather II

Action 07 April 2009

A sequel of the well-received action game based on the novel by Mario Puzo and its movie adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola. This time the game is set in the 1960s where you play as a rookie gangster, trying to earn the respect of the criminal underworld and get to the top of the mafia hierarchy. Compared to the original, The Godfather II features a much larger world, now spanning over three cities: New York, Havana and Miami. The gameplay is based on that of the first installment, although some strategy elements have been added. You can now not only get new members for your gang, but also manage whole districts in the Don's View mode, in which the camera goes from TPP to bird's eye view, and you can see the bigger picture of the situation in your controlled area. The visuals have been greatly improved, and they're complemented by the music based on that from the movie. Moreover, the voice cast of The Godfather II includes e.g. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

Action 20 August 2013

Tactical third-person shooter (TPS) that came out as a spin-off to the XCOM strategy series. The game was developed by 2K Marin, best known for making BioShock 2. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is set in 1960s, showing the early stages of the war between XCOM and aliens who invaded the Earth. The main hero – agent William Carter – gets sent to places where aliens have been spotted in order to wipe out the invaders. Although most of the time you are shooting aliens, the key to winning a battle is tactical play, such as hiding behind covers, flanking, using alien weapons etc. The protagonist is always accompanied by two of his teammates, who can be assigned different classes and learn new skills over time, but they may also die permanently. Gameplay was designed for single player only and the only support the player gets is from his AI-controlled partners. After each mission you go back to the main base, where you talk to people, dispatch teams on various operations, etc. From technological side, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is based on Unreal Engine 3, which assures high-quality graphics.

Serial Cleaner
Serial Cleaner

Action 11 July 2017

An oldschool 2D action game with stealth elements and a gangster atmosphere, created by Polish studio iFun4all. Serial Cleaner takes place in America of the 1970s and you play as a seemingly ordinary citizen, who's really the eponymous “cleaner,” specializing in cleaning crime scenes—getting rid of the bodies, evidence, and blood. The missions in the game are based on real crime scenes from the 1970s, and your task is to efficiently clean them without getting noticed by the policemen patrolling the area. The game gives you complete freedom and rewards you for exploring, making quick decisions and experimenting with different methods of solving a problem. Your task is made slightly easier by the fact that the policemen are a rather lazy and not quite clever bunch, and they don't pay much attention to their duties.

Roundabout
Roundabout

Arcade 18 September 2014

BioShock: The Collection
BioShock: The Collection

Action 13 September 2016

A special bundle that includes the revamped editions of three installments in the bestselling BioShock series, designed by 2K Games company for the eighth generation consoles. Each game in the trilogy, which is often described as the spiritual successor to the cult System Shock, is set in different settings and features different main characters. What binds all the stories together is their unique dystopian atmosphere with a surreal vibe, and skillful combination of FPS mechanics with elements of RPG. In comparison with the original releases, The BioShock Collection offers enhanced visuals, featuring 1080p resolution and fluent 60 fps animation. Besides, the games boast enhanced textures and visual effects, as well as improved loading times. Interestingly, the bundle contains not only the games themselves, but also all their DLCs, which were originally sold separately.

The Operative: No One Lives Forever
The Operative: No One Lives Forever

Action 09 November 2000

Vietcong
Vietcong

Action 26 March 2003

Battlefield Vietnam
Battlefield Vietnam

Action 15 March 2004

A sequel to the 2002 online multiplayer FPS game developed by DICE. As its title suggests, Battlefield Vietnam takes place during the Vietnam War, allowing you to play as a member of the U.S. Army or a Vietnamese soldier, and participate in the series of battles spanning from 1964 to 1975. The mechanics of the game are virtually the same as its predecessor's, being a combination of strategy with FPS elements. The players are divided into two teams, and the objective of each is reducing the opposite teams' tickets to zero by killing the opponents or capturing their flags. Just like in Battlefield 1942, you can play as a soldier of your chosen class and use various military vehicles. Singleplayer fans can also test their mettle against AI-controlled foes.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Action 17 November 2004

The third major installment in the stealth game series developed and published by Konami and a continuation of the Metal Gear franchise, created by Hideo Kojima back in the eighties. The game takes place in 1964 on Soviet Union territory. The player becomes a special operative, code-named Snake, whose current task is to extract a Russian scientist working on a mobile, nuclear-capable launch platform. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, for the first time in the series, takes the action from industrial area to a jungle. This led to the addition of completely new movements for the main protagonist, who now fights not only humans, but animals as well. The developers also implemented a new close quarter combat system and improved character's range of movement, which now allows you to change your position while holding enemy as a human shield.

BioShock Remastered
BioShock Remastered

Action 16 September 2016

A remastered edition of a popular FPS with RPG elements, originally released in 2007 on PC and Xbox 360; the PlayStation 3 version came out a year later. In case of the PC version, BioShock Remastered is available as a stand-alone product, but the game is part of BioShock: The Collection as well. The largest change introduced since the original release lies in the improved visuals, now supporting 4K resolution and using updated textures. Apart from that, BioShock Remastered offers all the contents of the original release. The player is taken to Rapture - an underwater metropolis where they will fight aggressive mutants and discover the gloomy history behind this extraordinary place. The player explores atmospheric locations, solves environmental puzzles, fights the enemies encountered and develops the protagonist's abilities. The last aspect is linked with moral choices which affect how the entire story ends. In combat, the player makes use of firearms, melee weapons, as well as special powers acquired through DNA modifications.

Kona
Kona

Adventure 17 March 2017

A first-person adventure game featuring survival elements. It is the first major project of the Canadian Parabole studio. The story is set in the northern regions of the Quebec province, in the 1970s. The game tells the story of a conflict between the owner of the most profitable copper mine in the region - a rich man called W. Hamilton, and the native local community accusing him of devastating sacred sites in search for more profit. The player is put in the shoes of a detective hired by Hamilton after his chalet in the mountains has been devastated. After his arrival, the protagonist discovers that his employer as well as the entire local community went missing. The gameplay focuses on exploration, finding clues and solving puzzles. However, the game features survival elements as well - the player has to tend to the protagonist's health and face many different dangers, such as low temperatures, predators, etc.

Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness
Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness

Action 05 June 2018

An expansion for the 2018 FPS Far Cry 5, set during the Vietnam War. It was developed by French company Ubisoft, known for e.g. Assassin''s Creed and Watch Dogs.

1979 Revolution: Black Friday
1979 Revolution: Black Friday

Adventure 05 April 2016

An unconventional action game developed by the American iNKstories studio, focused on The Iranian Revolution - the events of 1979 that led to the overthrow of the dictatorial regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Iran. 1979 Revolution is set in an open-world environment, reminiscent of subsequent installments in the Grand Theft Auto series. During the game we are given a chance to play as several independent characters, and it was the intention of the developer to present historical events from several contrasting points of view and to show moral controversy concerning the ongoing revolution. Depending on which character we control at the moment, the game features slightly different mechanics. This is due to the fact that some protagonists led by us specialize in combat, while others have to rely on negotiation skills, stealth, or even trade.

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief

Adventure 23 July 2013

The Raven Remastered
The Raven Remastered

Adventure 13 March 2018

A remastered edition of the point-and-click game The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief. You try to solve the mystery of an ancient ruby stolen from the British Museum and discover the thief's identity. The remastered game features vastly improved visuals – the studio focused mostly on lighting and animations.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Action 29 April 2010

A hand-held spin-off to the popular series of stealth games developed by Konami. The game was developed for PlayStation Portable and builds upon 2004's Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The story of the game shows further life of Big Boss. Together with an army of mercenaries under his command, he travels to Puerto Rico to investigate why the US government, together with CIA, is backing up a military group present on the island. The gameplay mechanics don’t vary very much from the main installments. However, this time the developers focused on a cooperation mode supporting between 2 and 4 players. The players can complete missions together and help each other during difficult battles. A completely new feature introduced in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is the option to manage Big Boss’ military base. During the game, player can recruit new soldiers, assign them to various sections and send on missions across the world.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Action 08 November 2011

Iron Storm (2002)
Iron Storm (2002)

Action 22 October 2002