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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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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.

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.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Action 21 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.

Battlefield V
Battlefield V

Action 20 November 2018

Another entry in the series of first-person shooters developed by DICE. Battlefield V takes place during the World War II. In addition to a single player story campaign, the game features an advanced multiplayer mode.

LEGO The Hobbit
LEGO The Hobbit

Action 08 April 2014

LEGO The Hobbit is a 3D action platformer and an adaptation of the movies Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It was developed by Traveller's Tales, a studio that specializes in LEGO games (i.e. LEGO Star Wars and LEGO The Lord of The Rings). During their adventures, the players can play as Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the dwarves on their dangerous journey to retrieve the treasures of Smaug the dragon. The game's campaign presents the most important parts of the films in a rather humorous way. Just like in the previous LEGO games, gameplay in LEGO The Hobbit combines dynamic action, thrilling combat, arcade elements, and logical puzzles and riddles.

Anthem
Anthem

Action February 2019

Anthem is a science fiction RPG with MMO elements developed by BioWare Edmonton, creators of games like the Dragon Age series and Mass Effect trilogy. The game takes place on an alien planet where humanity uses a gigantic wall to keep itself safe from monsters. We play as the so-called Freelancer, a person who goes behind the wall to study the planet and protect humanity from many potential dangers. Gameplay focuses on the exploration of the game's dynamically changing world, story missions, and third-person combat. Special exosuits, Javelins, play a crucial role in the game. They are divided into several different classes and can be upgraded and modified. Anthem focuses more on co-op than on single player and uses the popular Frostbite engine.

Just Cause 4
Just Cause 4

Action 04 December 2018

The fourth entry in the series of open-world action games, in which the players assume the role of chaos-wrecking Rico Rodriguez. This time, he is trying to bring order to the fictional country of Solis in South America. Thanks to the Apex technology, Just Cause 4 features high-quality graphics and dynamically changing, frequently extreme, weather conditions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Far Cry: New Dawn
Far Cry: New Dawn

Action 15 February 2019

A direct continuation of Far Cry 5, in which we find ourselves in a postapocalyptic version of the American state of Montana. In the course of the game we play the role of a self-created heroine and our task is to confront an army of dandruffers known as Highwaymen, commanded by two black twins, who travel all over the country.

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.

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.

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.

Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5

Action 27 March 2018

Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment of the first-person action game series from Ubisoft. Unlike the previous installments of the series that took place in various exotic locations, Far Cry 5 takes the players to Montana, one of the least populated states of the USA. We play as a police officer (we can choose our character's gender and customize his/her looks) whose job is to infiltrate and destroy a crime organization that works under the cover of a fanatical cult led by the charismatic Joseph Seed who believes in a ruthless and sadistic way of dealing with enemies. In terms of gameplay, Far Cry 5 offers the biggest open world in the history of the series. Thus, vehicles play an important role here. It is filled with various side and main quests and other additional activities. The game offers a wide range of weapons for us to use and a rather complex crafting system. We also will be able to tame wild animals to make them fight on our side.

Darksiders III
Darksiders III

Action 27 November 2018

Darksiders 3 is the third installment in the popular action-adventure game series where we control a super-powered protagonist and face the forces of our enemies. In previous games, developed by Vigil Games, we played as two horsemen of the Apocalypse, War and Death. Darksiders III was developed by Gunfire Games, a studio made of developers who previously worked for Vigil Games. This time we play as a sorceress named Fury whose job is to reestablish the balance between the Good and Evil on Earth. In order to do so, she has to defeat the Seven Deadly Sins and their minions. Our heroine uses a spiked whip and magic. She can use the latter to take on various forms that grant her access to new weapons, moves, and abilities. Combat, though arcade, is engaging and offers various attacks, combos, and powers. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic open world where, along with fighting, we will have to solve various mysteries.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man

Action 07 September 2018

An open world action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games. The player assumes the role of the titular Spider-Man who faces the criminal underworld of New York. The gameplay is based on three pillars. The first one is exploration. The second one is completing various main and side missions. The protagonist is a superhero that can crawl and run across walls and use his web to swing on long distances. The acrobatic abilities of Spider-Man are used during Quick Time Events, special scenes with spectacular actions during which the player must press specific buttons with the right timing. The third pillar of the game is combat – during the dynamic fights the protagonist uses his fists, legs, spider web and elements of the environment – he can for example throw the latter at opponents or he can pin an opponent to a wall using his web. The game features stealth sequences as well – the player might sneak past enemies or eliminate them undetected. The title features high-quality graphics. It looks even better on PlayStation 4 Pro, where it is generated in higher resolution.

Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm

Action 02 June 2015

Online action game representing the popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre; developed by Blizzard Entertainment, initially as a mod for the cult RTS StarCraft II. The title takes us to a fantastic world of Nexus, where the best-selling Blizzard universes of Diablo, StarCraft, and WarCraft come together. In this world, we participate in online battles between teams of several people assuming the roles of well-known characters from the abovementioned games. Each of them falls under one of four classes – assassin, warrior, specialist, or support – and is characterized by their own set of unique skills. The teamwork is the key to victory. The 20-minute long duels taking place on different arenas have one goal: to take over the opponent’s base and not let them do the same with ours. The authors emphasize the user-friendliness of gameplay and control system, making the game accessible even for inexperienced players.

Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV

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.

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.

The Forest
The Forest

Action 30 April 2018

A first-person perspective (FPP) sandbox survival horror game. The Forest is the work of an independent studio SKS Games, known mainly for the smartphone hit, End Night. The player assumes the role of a sole survivor of a plane crash. The hero ends up on an isolated island far away from civilization, inhabited by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of land (forest, caves, etc.), survival skills (building a shelter, searching for food, setting traps, etc.), and fighting or avoiding confrontation with opponents. The creators have made an effort to create a lively, fast-changing world, allowing for great freedom of action. As for the technical side, The Forest utilizes Unity 4 engine.

Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin's Creed Origins

Action 27 October 2017

The seventh major installment in the Ubisoft's best-selling action game series. Plotwise, Assassin's Creed: Empire is a sort of prequel to the entire series, taking players so far back in time as none other installment did - to the ancient Egypt, long before the two opposing orders of Assassins and Templars were founded. Players play the part of a slave, a distant ancestor to Altair - the protagonist of the first Assassin's Creed. Concerning mechanics, the title does not differ significantly from previous installments of the series, still being primarily an adventure game, supplemented with action sequences and carefully planned assassinations. The game world was, of course, with reverence typical of the franchise, adapted to the new setting, bringing back things like the possibility to mount animals or use boats. On the technical side, Empire is said to avoid relying on the achievements of previous installments, while our area of activity is approximately three times larger than what was offered by Assassin's Creed IV.

Last Year: The Nightmare
Last Year: The Nightmare

Action yesterday, 18 December 2018

A first-person survival horror developed by independent studio Elastic Games. Last Year draws inspiration from typical slasher films. At the core of gameplay lies asymmetrical multiplayer designed for up to 6 players. In Last Year five players play as typical American teenagers, while the sixth assumes the role of a psychopath, hunting down the rest. In the game each hero has a particular role to play, and the key to success is proper cooperation and using each character’s strengths. It’s also important to gather resources and items, which can be used to create impromptu weapons. Also the individual killers have unique abilities – each of them offers different killing techniques. The deadly competition takes place in various locations. There, the players’ task is – as you may easily guess – to use the items appearing on the maps and survive the nightmare by any means possible.

Beyond Good & Evil 2
Beyond Good & Evil 2

Action 2020

A prequel to the iconic Beyond Good & Evil, developed by an Ubisoft's in-house studio led by Michel Ancel. The game takes players on a journey to a planetary system called System 3 – the center of intergalactic trade and the most wretched hive of piracy and illegal business. Players get at their disposal an enormous open world, comprising gigantic planets and moons; however, before exploring it, one has to create their own character. During the game, the player can observe how their protagonist climbs the social ladder on his / her journey across the galaxy (one can choose to travel on foot or aboard one of the many available spaceships). The gameplay revolves around completing diversified story and side missions with a non-linear structure, which all can be executed however the player sees fit. On top of it all, the game features high-quality visuals and a soundtrack combining many musical genres.

Hitman 2
Hitman 2

Action 13 November 2018

Another entry in the popular series of action games, in which the players assume the role of the assassin for hire known as Agent 47. In Hitman 2, the protagonist is chasing the mysterious client. 47 must eliminate the target and destroy his criminal network. The game takes the players on a journey to various parts of the world, including tropical forests and Miami. In addition to a story campaign, the game features a cooperation multiplayer mode.