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BioShock Infinite
BioShock Infinite

Action 26 March 2013

First person perspective action game released as a spin-off to the BioShock series. This title was produced by Irrational Games with publishing support from the 2K Games company. BioShock Infinite is set in an alternative version of the early 20th century. The main hero, private detective Booker DeWitt, arrives to Columbia, a city floating in the sky, where he needs to locate and rescue a woman named Elizabeth. Turns out she is extremely valuable to two factions competing for control over the city. While playing, you can make use of various fire arms and special powers (e.g. summoning ravens or using telekinesis). The game’s uniquely atmospheric visuals are generated by a modified version of Unreal Engine 3.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Action 04 February 2020

The fourth part of the spin-off of the Sniper Elite series - TPP shooter set to co-op mode for up to 4 people. While playing Zombie Army 4: Dead War, players have to face hordes of living corpses in an alternative version of World War II.

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.

Azur Lane: Crosswave
Azur Lane: Crosswave

RPG 13 February 2020

Action RPG of the creators of the Hyperdimension Neptune series, which is a spin-off of the popular mobile game Azur Lane, in which we command a team consisting of heroines who are anthropomorphisation of the existing military ships, fighting during World War II.

Prey
Prey

Action 05 May 2017

An in-name-only sequel to a best-selling science-fiction FPS released in 2006. After many perturbations haunting the series, the development has been commissioned to Arkane Studios, the creators of the Dishonored series. Prey is not a continuation per se, but rather a peculiar reboot of the original 2006’s installment of the game; both games share only the FPS science fiction setting and the necessity to single-handedly fight hostile extraterrestrials aboard a space station drifting through the cosmic void. The main protagonist is Morgan Yu – a man or a woman, depending on the player’s choice. Morgan is a part of a scientific project working towards enhancing the human race. Throughout the game he / she has to face hordes of aliens with unique features and abilities. Some of these abilities can be adopted by Morgan and utilized in creative ways. Players can also make use of a wide range of futuristic weaponry and gadgets.

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.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge

Strategy 17 October 2001

The official expansion to Command & Conquer 2: Red Alert 2, the renowned RTS released in 2000 by the Westwood Studios company. The expansion pack, titled Yuri’s Revenge, expands the storyline of the vanilla version by adding an additional plot thread, in which Yuri – the advisor of the main antagonist of Red Alert 2 – is the lead character. Similarly to the previous installment of the production, the single player campaign has been divided into two separate parts (seven missions for each of the factions), allowing us to declare ourselves either for the Allied or the Soviet side of the conflict. The multiplayer mode has also been further developed with the addition of ten new scenarios and also an entirely new faction – the forces of Yuri. Furthermore, the title also features previously unavailable regions, such as Hollywood, London, Cairo or Transylvania; several unique buildings and units have also been added to the expansion, including the Virus sniper, the genetically modified Brute, the Boomer submarine, as well as the Slave Miner excavation vehicle. The developers have also prepared over an hour of HD cutscenes to further enhance our gameplay experience.

For Honor
For Honor

Action 14 February 2017

A third-person action game in a quasi-historical setting, with a focus on online competition. The production was developed by the experienced studio Ubisoft Montreal, whose portfolio includes several cult series, including Far Cry and Assassin's Creed. In the game, three factions are pitted against each other: The Chosen, The Legions, and The Warborn, modeled after the Japanese samurai, European knights, and Scandinavian Vikings respectively. During the game, each party is represented by dozens of warriors, but only four of them are controlled by players and equipped with unique abilities that can turn the tide of the battle. The game puts a great emphasis on a realistic reproduction of individual warriors’ fighting styles, and skirmishes are mostly based on the ability to use melee weapons, proper tactics, and special abilities of heroes. The online mode is complemented by a story mini-campaign that serves as an introduction to the gameplay.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Strategy 28 October 2008

After the success achieved by the third installment in the Command & Conquer series, EA Los Angeles began to work on a sequel to the Red Alert subseries developed in parallel with the franchise's main installments. Again, the players are thrown into an alternative reality, where the leaders of the Soviet Union decided to travel back in time in order to make Russia great again. However, apart from the Allied Forces, standing in their way this time is a new superpower established in the eastern part of the globe - the Empire of the Rising Sun. Each of the three entities involved in the conflict received its own story campaign consisting of 9 missions. Importantly, the campaigns can be played both in the singleplayer and co-op modes. Depending on the faction chosen, the player takes control of different, but also unusual, combat units falling into three categories: ground, air and naval ones. Among them, the player will find floating islands, transformable tanks or armed animals, such as dolphins or bears for example. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 once again utilizes the SAGE engine, providing the players with high-quality visuals.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

Strategy 24 October 2000

The official sequel to Command & Conquer: Red Alert, a game originally released on PCs in 1996 by the Westwood Studios company. The storyline of Red Alert 2 is a continuation of that of its predecessor, however, due to the results of the secret Soviet experiments, this time we will witness the emergence of several alternative reality scenarios. The players can once again declare themselves either for the side of the Allies or the advancing red tide of the Soviets, and it is their task to try to decide the fate of the world with the numerous new tools at their disposal. Said novelties include unique, futuristic military technologies, as well as the ability to deploy spies, who can reach even the most carefully guarded secrets of any enemy base. In total, the production features forty new single-player missions and thirty previously unavailable units and buildings. The visuals of C&C: Red Alert 2 have also been significantly upgraded to harness the full potential of newest computers and modern graphics cards.

ATOM RPG
ATOM RPG

RPG 19 December 2018

ATOM RPG is a classic feature game produced by Atom Team studio. The player takes on the role of a resident of the postnuklean Soviet Union.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Action 05 May 2015

A stand-alone expansion to Wolfenstein: The New Order, the game released on PCs and eighth generation consoles in spring 2014. Similarly as the original game, the title was created by Machine Games in cooperation with Bethesda. The game is a prequel to the basic game. The story takes place in an alternative year 1946, in which the Nazis are one step from winning the World War II. During the campaign, which is split into two parts, the protagonist of the series, B.J. Blazkovicz, goes to Bavaria, where he must steal information about the location of a secret research facility from the Wolfenstein fortress. Further into the game the player goes to a small city of Wulfburg, in which a German archeologist digs out mysterious artifacts that can unleash ancient evil powers. The gameplay and graphics of the game are similar as in the basic title. The only novelty is a set of new weapons.

Homefront: The Revolution
Homefront: The Revolution

Action 17 May 2016

A sequel to a first-person shooter from KAOS Studios. As the game's former publisher, the THQ company, went bankrupt, it was developed by Crytek UK studio. The game continues the story of a fictional armed conflict between North Korea and USA. The game takes you to the streets of occupied Philadelphia, where you become a member of the resistance. Waging a campaign of guerilla warfare you have to stand up to the invaders and start a nation-wide revolution. The Revolution, as did its prequel, provides the players with a considerable degree of non-linearity when it comes to both the completion order and the way you complete the missions. You can recruit more people for the resistance and upgrade your gear and weapons. Technology-wise, the game is powered by the CryEngine 4, supporting highly interactive environment and high quality visuals.

Iron Harvest
Iron Harvest

Strategy 2020

An original strategy game with RPG elements, taking place in a unique dieselpunk universe of 1920+, created by a Polish concept artist Jakub Różański. The game portrays an alternative history of Europe at the turn of the 19th century, in which humanity used their knowledge and means to build powerful walking machines, used not only in battle but also e.g. in agriculture. Thus the gameplay features not only the cavalry, airplanes and prototype tanks, but also rather primitive and awkward mechs, seemingly not of this age. At the same time, the game is firmly grounded in Polish history and references important events such as the Battle of Warsaw.

Atomic Heart
Atomic Heart

Action TBA

A first-person perspective shooter, in which the players are taken to a retro-futuristic version of the Soviet Union. In Atomic Heart, the players assume the role of a secret agent tasked with examining a secret facility connection with which had been lost. The protagonist must face an army of hostile robots and hordes of zombies.

The Order: 1886
The Order: 1886

Action 20 February 2015

A third-person perspective (TPP) action game in a steampunk setting, developed by Ready At Dawn studios. The main campaign storyline of The Order: 1886 takes the player to an alternate version of the Victorian era, in which a war is raging against a species of mutated humans. The player assumes the role of Sir Galahad, a knight of the Order that has fought the beasts for centuries. The action takes place mostly in London, where many authentic places and pieces of architecture can be found. The game offers numerous dynamic shootouts, featuring a wide array of fantastic weapons (including things like Arc Gun, Combo Gun, and Thermite Rifle). The Order: 1886 is distinctive for its high-quality visuals, generated by the Ready at Dawn Engine 4.0.

Generation Zero
Generation Zero

Action 26 March 2019

An FPP action game, set in an alternate Sweden in 1989, taken over by heavily armed machines. While Generation Zero features a single player mode, it was developed mostly for the co-op mode for up to 4 players.

Ironclad Tactics
Ironclad Tactics

Strategy 18 September 2013

Ironclad Tactics is a card game with elements of real time strategy (RTS), for which Zachtronics Industries is responsible. The plot presents an alternative vision of the history of the American Civil War, in which both sides of the conflict have steam-powered combat robots.

Strange Brigade
Strange Brigade

Action 28 August 2018

A TPP shooter game set in the alternative 1930s, developed by Rebellion. The game allows you to explore the mysterious nooks of the British Empire and discovers the secrets left by ancient civilizations. The task is made more difficult by the fact that such locations are guarded by fantastic beasts revived by Seteki, the Egyptian witch-queen. The gameplay of Strange Brigade focuses on bloody battles with varied mythological creatures. In combat, you can have a team consisting of yourself and up to 3 other players — but although the game is co-op-oriented, you can also play on your own. The characters use their unique abilities, firearms and equipment. The game features a distinct style resembling adventure movies from the early 20th century.

Black Powder Red Earth
Black Powder Red Earth

Strategy 2021

Network shooter FPP, which takes place on Mars in 2043. The production tells about the adventures of soldiers fulfilling orders for the corporation. The game focuses on multiplayer fun for 16 players. After the fights are over, you can spend your money on more advanced equipment. The creators were going to develop a quite realistic combat model - unfortunately, the game was cancelled.

World in Conflict
World in Conflict

Strategy 18 September 2007

World in Conflict is a real-time strategy game designed by the creator of the cult series Ground Control. The developers from the Swedish company Massive Entertainment enabled the players to assume the role of a military commander and to participate in a global military conflict.

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.

Wolfenstein III
Wolfenstein III

Action TBA

The ninth installment in the Wolfenstein series, and a continuation of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The production developed by the Swedish Machine Games studio once again puts the players in the role of B.J. Blazkowicz, who continues his fight against the Nazis.

Freedom Fighters
Freedom Fighters

Action 29 September 2003

In alternative history, the Soviet Union wins the Cold War with the West and the Red Army invades the United States. The player becomes a member of the resistance movement fighting against the occupation forces.

Hotline Miami
Hotline Miami

Action 23 October 2012

Developed by independent studio Dennaton Games, a brutal retro-style action game resembling the classic first installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. The action takes place during the 80s in the titular Miami. The main hero is a muscular ruffian who after receiving mysterious calls recorded on an answering machine commits a series of violent acts. Missions come down to murdering everyone in a given location. The protagonist can execute stealth attacks as well as engage in open combat. There are 35 types of firearms (pistols, shotguns, rifles) and weapons for close combat (knives, crowbars, baseball bats). The game also introduces special animal masks, which give the hero unique abilities. Even though the game features old-school graphics, it is filled with huge amounts of brutality, making it suitable only for adult players.