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Action games. Wide category of games that require reflex, accuracy and agility. It includes, among other things, shooters (e.g. Call of Duty and Battlefield series) and action-adventure games (Tomb Raider). First and third person perspective (FPP/TPP) is used. In most cases we are playing as a character who has to defeat some enemies and reach a specific point. We can use a wide range of weapons, including pistols, rocket launchers, swords, knives and like. Action-adventure is a particular category within action games genre. Such titles put less emphasis on action and combat, focusing more on story, exploration and puzzles.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale
Fortnite: Battle Royale

Action 26 September 2017

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play multiplayer action game developed by Epic Games. The game is based on the battle royale formula and is similar to e.g. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. A hundred players are transported onto an island with almost nothing in their inventory. The player is tasked with finding or looting weapons, traps, and other pieces of gear. The game offers the players much leeway - one can run around and shoot as much as they like, nonetheless, one can also assume the stealthy approach, hide in an appropriate spot and eliminate the foes with a sniper rifle. Additionally, one can acquire more resources from buildings, trees, etc. and use them to construct numerous objects such as stairs, covers, and bridges. The only objective the player is tasked with is staying alive until the end of a match. This task is even more difficult due to the fact that the battlefield shrinks continuously. The game is based on Unreal Engine technology, also used in the production processes of such games as Final Fantasy VII Remake and Tekken 7.

Borderlands 3
Borderlands 3

Action 13 September 2019

The third main part of the famous Borderlands series - humorous and cooperative FPP shooter with a strong RPG element. The action takes place a few years after the Borderlands 2 events. The title was created by Gearbox Software studio, also responsible for previous editions and, among others, the Brothers in Arms series.

League of Legends
League of Legends

Action 06 October 2009

An extremely popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, produced by Riot Games. League of Legends is set in Valoran, a fantasy world that has been torn by a bloody war for centuries. However, the opposing nations found another way of resolving disputes – duels fought by their representatives in the arenas. The game has been designed with multiplayer mode in mind, based on rivalry between two teams composed of several people. Each player controls one character. The key to the victory lies in cooperation between the team members and the ability to make good use of the individual strengths of each character. The game is using free-to-play business model with optional micropayments for some items and features.

Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V

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.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Action October 2019

Reboot of the sub-series Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward studio. Players take on the role of elite soldiers and take part in military operations around the globe. Apart from the feature campaign, the title has a competitive multiplayer mode and a cooperation module.

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

Action 09 August 2016

A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2

Action 26 October 2018

The third installment in the Western action game series called Red Dead, started back in 2004 with the release of Red Dead Revolver. The success of its sequel, a third-person sandbox game set in the Wild West - Red Dead Redemption - has established the position of the franchise in the video games industry. The game has been developed by Rockstar Games.

Apex Legends
Apex Legends

Action 04 February 2019

A free-to-play online FPP battle royale shooter, set in the futuristic universe of the Titanfall series. Respawn Entertainment studio developed the game, and the publisher is Electronic Arts.

Remnant: From the Ashes
Remnant: From the Ashes

Action today, 20 August 2019

An action game with role-playing game features. It takes the players to a post-apocalyptic universe, where they face monsters known as The Root. Remnant: From the Ashes was developed by Gunfire Games (the creators of Darksiders III) with four-player cooperation mode in mind.

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw

Action 13 August 2019

A science fiction space sandbox that features traits of an RPG, a strategy game, and an action game. Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is a sequel to Rebel Galaxy, a game from 2015. It was developed by an independent studio Double Damage Games.

Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus

Action 15 February 2019

Metro Exodus is the third installment of the popular FPS series based on the books by Dmitry Glukhovsky and developed by 4A Games. Once again we play as Artyom who ventures through what remains of Russia after a nuclear war that took place twenty years before the action of the game. Metro Exodus is kind of an evolution of what we saw in the series' previous installments. As usual, we explore the game's rich world (this time, along with the tunnels, also the world’s surface), fight with the encountered enemies, and try to be as stealthy as possible. Stealth plays an important role in the game because we will encounter not only well-armed human survivors, but also mutants. Defeating a smaller one may not be that hard, but the more powerful mutants can be rather difficult to kill. As usual, the latest installment of the Metro series features visuals of the highest quality.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Action 26 July 2019

A Wolfenstein spin-off created by MachineGames. This time around, the game focuses on B. J. Blazkowicz's daughters. The twin sisters Sophie and Jessica get to Nazi-occupied Paris in order to aid the local resistance. Unlike the previous installments, apart from the single-player mode, the game introduces also the cooperative experience.

DayZ
DayZ

Action 13 December 2018

A post-apocalyptic MMO first person shooter. The game, created by the Czech developer Bohemia Interactive Studios, is an expanded version of a popular ArmA II mod. DayZ features a world where most of the population turned into bloodthirsty zombies. The game is set in a fictional country called Chernarus, where the remaining humans try to survive at all cost. Players have to face not only hordes of the undead, but above all defend themselves from competitors, who, just like them, strive for food, weapons, and medicines. Gameplay is focused on cooperation of small but well-organized groups of players. DayZ is powered by a proprietary game engine Enfusion.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding

Action November 2019

An action adventure game to be available on PlayStation 4 and later on also PC. The title was designed by the industry legend and co-creator of the Metal Gear series, Hideo Kojima. The story of Death Stranding focuses on the evolution of human race and on the “connection” motive which redefines the role of failure and death in videogames. American actor Norman Reedus who is well known for his role in The Walking Dead TV series plays the role of the main protagonist of the title. Reedus previously worked with Kojima on the canceled survival horror Silent Hills. The gameplay mechanics of Death Stranding combine features of action games, adventure games and RPGs. However, the developers have ambition to move beyond the traditional understanding of these genres and create a completely new quality which will combine the traits of traditional video game with symbolism and new ways for experiencing the story and fates of the characters.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Action 14 September 2018

Another entry in the bestselling series of action-adventure games. It is also the third entry in the saga about the beginnings of Lara Croft’s career that started in 2013. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider the female protagonist journeys to Latin America, where she discovers mysteries hidden within ruins and solves the mystery related to the Order of Trinity and the research conducted by her father.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Action 20 August 2013

A third-person action game developed by Ubisoft Toronto. This is the sixth installment in the franchise telling the story of Sam Fisher. Together with the members of Fourth Echelon, the agent has to face a dangerous terrorist group planning to conduct a series of attacks on the US soil. The story campaign contains missions taking place in the United States, Iraq, Indonesia, and Paraguay. The assignments can be completed in accordance with one of three gameplay styles recognized by the game: ghost (avoiding contact), panther (silent elimination), and assault (direct combat). Thus, the gameplay depends on the player's preferences to a certain degree. The game offers several well-made multiplayer modes as well, allowing both for rivalry and cooperation.

Hunt: Showdown
Hunt: Showdown

Action Tuesday, 27 August 2019

A TPP action game focused on the online co-op mode. It was developed by Crytek, whose members used to work e.g on the Darksiders series. The game utilizes a free-to-play model with optional microtransactions. The story is set in the 19th century and focuses on several fearless heroes fighting monsters from legends and superstitions. The team of 4 people features characters with unique abilities, which can be developed as the game progresses. The battles take place on randomly generated maps and involve fighting various monsters and boss enemies. Like in many such games, to succeed you have to cooperate with your teammates and make good use of the characters' abilities. In addition, your ammo is limited, which forces you to carefully plan every attack.

Sniper Elite 4
Sniper Elite 4

Action 14 February 2017

The fourth major installment in the popular tactical first-person shooter series by Rebellion, in which we assume the role of a trained sniper fighting on various fronts of the World War II. In Sniper Elite 4, we control Karl Fairburne, the protagonist of the previous games, who is sent from North Africa to the Apennine Peninsula. His mission is to cooperate with the Italian resistance in order to help the Allied forces that are pushing to the north. As far as gameplay mechanics are concerned, the game develops the ideas of its predecessor, and our task is to efficiently eliminate subsequent targets; how are we going to do it is entirely up to us. The game takes place on vast sandbox maps and, as usual, puts a great emphasis on realistic recreation of bullet behavior depending on the atmospheric conditions. The title is meant to be played solo or in cooperation mode, although it does not lack for other multiplayer features known from its predecessors.

Control
Control

Action Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Control, developed for PlayStation 4 is a science-fiction third-person shooter, in which the players have to face the invasion from out of this world using a number of special abilities and a telekinetic pistol that apart from shooting bullets allows the players to throw objects and opponents.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Action 25 October 2004

The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Action Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an episodic third-person survival adventure game. This is the first game developed by Panache Digital Games, a studio led by Patrice Désilets who previously worked for Ubisoft and THQ. He co-created the first three Assassin's Creed games and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey takes the players through events that shaped mankind, such as creation of the first tools, agricultural revolution, the fall of the Roman empire, Wright brothers' first powered flight, landing on the Moon, or discovery of the human DNA. All of those events are presented in episodes.

Saints Row IV
Saints Row IV

Action 20 August 2013

The fourth installment in a series of popular action games. Saints Row IV was developed by Volition, initially cooperating with THQ, later, with Deep Silver. When it comes to the plot, it is a sequel to Saints Row: The Third. An alien invader called Zinyak wishes to take control over the Earth's women and resources. Execution of these plans can be prevented only by the members of the Third Street Saints gang. However, Zinyak manages to capture the leader of the gang and holds them as a prisoner within a virtual simulation of the city of Steelport. Assuming the role of the gang leader, the player has to find a way back to reality and stop the invasion. Saints Row IV offers several new mechanics, such as superpowers the protagonist has at their disposal (superhuman force and speed for instance).

Ion Fury
Ion Fury

Action 15 August 2019

Developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms, Ion Maiden is a sci-fi FPS game. The player is taken to the future and assumes the role of a female mercenary known as Bombshell - her goal is to save humanity from an invasion of aliens. Although the game utilizes the Build engine from Duke Nukem 3D, the creators modernized it to a significant degree. Mechanics were also improved - the formula of said classic title laid the groundwork, though it got adequately expanded. Dynamic exchange of fire constitutes the core of the experience; when fighting, the player uses plenty of diverse firearms. Practically each of those has an alternative firing mode or uses different kinds of ammunition. The maps are large, non-linear, and full of alternative paths. As for the environmental objects, many of them are interactive. Ion Maiden presents the players with retro-styled visuals featuring angular locations and characters in the form of 2D sprites.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Action 27 October 2002

A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

Action 2021

Produced by the Ukrainian studio GSC Game World continuation of the action game S.T.A.L.K.K.E.R.: The Shadow of Chernobyl once again takes players to the post-nuclear world inspired by the novel by the brothers Arkadija and Boris Strugatsky "Picnic on the edge of the road".

God of War
God of War

Action 20 April 2018

Another major entry in the famous hack-and-slash action game series that is one of the most important franchises available exclusively on subsequent generations of the PlayStation consoles. In previous parts of the series, we have been following a story of Spartan warrior named Kratos, and the gameplay concentrated mainly on spectacular and incredibly bloody action and eye-catching fighting system. The new God of War, developed by one of the Sony Computer Entertainment's subsidiaries, is a reboot of the series and the first installment created with PlayStation 4 in mind, resulting in a completely new, intriguing storyline as well as improved graphics and sound that make full use of the power of eighth generation consoles.