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Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight

Action 23 June 2015

The fourth installment in the action game series, featuring the titular comic book superhero. The game was developed by Rocksteady, the studio which had previously worked on Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. The plot depicts the next chapter of Batman’s adventures. This time, the hero must face Scarecrow, who successfully terrorized Gotham City. A coalition has also formed against the Dark Knight, composed of extremely dangerous criminals such as Penguin or Harley Quinn, and led by the eponymous Arkham Knight. The developers have remained faithful to previously proven solutions and gameplay mechanics. However, several changes have also been implemented, such as the ability to knock out several enemies at once. A brand new feature is the introduction of the famous Batmobile, which can be used to traverse the virtual Gotham.

Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City

Action 18 October 2011

A sequel to the 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum. Just like its predecessor, the game was produced by British studio Rocksteady in cooperation with Warner Bros. Interactive. The story campaign in Batman: Arkham City is set several months after the events of the first game. An old district of Gotham City was walled off and the most dangerous criminals were put inside. Afraid that the situation is getting out of control, Batman tries to stop the wrongdoers before it is too late. Gameplay mechanics combines elements of action with beat’em up game. As compared with the first installment, Batman: Arkham City gives players much greater freedom when it comes to exploration of the game’s open world and carrying out the missions.

Let it Die
Let it Die

Action 03 December 2016

A brutal action game by Grasshopper Manufacture, the creators of such productions as Killer7, No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the Shadows of the Damned. Initially, the project was announced under the name of Lily Bergamo but in time changed its formula and was renamed to Let it Die. It is exclusive to PlayStation 4 and uses the free-to-play business model. The player assumes the role of a warrior who takes part in ruthless street fights against characters controlled by the AI or by other players. In combat, we use various weapons that range from saws, batons, machetes, and crossbows, to pistols and machine guns. The character we create has but his bare fists, but as we progress, we can acquire clothes and weapons. The process can be sped up with optional micropayments. The attack animations in Let it Die are grotesquely brutal and every blow is accompanied by a huge blood splash.

Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins

Action 16 October 2013

The third entry in the series of spectacular action games with Batman. It was developed by WB Games Montreal (which previously prepared the Wii U port of Batman: Arkham City) and published by the Warner Bros. company. The story of Batman: Arkham Origins shows the beginning of Batman’s career, taking inspiration from the comic books Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight. As the protagonist, we face Black Mask and his hired thugs. Like in the previous games from the Batman: Arkham series, gameplay combines features of a fighting game with shooter and stealth elements. Additionally, the creators included some innovations, like a built-in system of challenges.

Shenmue I & II
Shenmue I & II

Action 21 August 2018

Shenmue I & II is a compilation that features Shenmue, released in 1999, and Shenmue II, that debuted in 2001. Both games were slightly improved and now they feature the possibility to switch between classic and modern controls. They also support HD resolutions.

My Hero One's Justice
My Hero One's Justice

Fighting 26 October 2018

A three-dimensional fighting game based on the popular manga My Hero Academia. It follows the story of a young boy Izuku Midoriya, who wants to become a superhero.

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum

Action 25 August 2009

A dark action game starring the popular comic book superhero. Batman: Arkham Asylum was made by the Rocksteady developer studio, makers of Urban Chaos: Riot Response. The game's story revolves around Batman's struggle against the Joker. After capturing the villain, Bat transports the captive to titular psychiatric hospital. After they arrive, everything turns out to be a part of the Joker's intricately hatched plan, and the hero has to face the most dangerous thugs imprisoned there (Victor Zsasz, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and others). The gameplay consists of fighting using several spectacular combos, as well as clever bat-gadgets. Batman: Arkham Asylum is powered by the Unreal Engine 3.

DMC: Devil May Cry
DMC: Devil May Cry

Action 15 January 2013

A dynamic action game utilizing the third-person perspective. It's the fifth installment in the Devil May Cry franchise and also the reboot of the series. The game was produced by British studio Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West) and the process was supervised by Capcom. DMC: Devil May Cry takes place simultaneously in two worlds: the human one and the infernal one (Limbo). The player is cast in the role of Dante, a young man fighting demons that find their way to the human world. It's a spectacular hack-and-slash game with adventure elements. The gameplay focuses mostly on mass extermination of opponents, using all kinds of diverse weaponry, including both cold weapons and firearms.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Action 17 April 2018

The 6th installment in the series of gangster action games published by SEGA, which is popular in Japan. The titular Yakuza is the Japanese word used to describe local organized criminal structures and its members. In Yakuza 6 the player once again assumes the role of the protagonist of the previous installments of the series: Kazuma Kiryu who since many years has had trouble with the local mafia – more precisely, since the time when he took the blame for killing the boss of the local Yakuza in order to save his friend. The player learns the plot of the game through the cutscenes and dialogues. The game takes place in a fictional district of Tokyo called Kamurocho. Similarly as the previous entries in the series, Yakuza 6 is a third-person perspective action game. The player is traveling through the streets of the city, taking quests from non-playable characters and he participating in hundreds of spectacular street fights. The fights are based on mechanics which require the player to learn various combinations of attacks and blocks. Yakuza 6 offers even larger open world and greater freedom to explore it (now it is possible to climb on the roofs of the buildings).

Yakuza 0
Yakuza 0

Action 12 March 2015

Another installment in the popular action game series, known as the Japan’s take on the Grand Theft Auto series. This time, the developers from SEGA created a prequel of the whole series, taking place in 1988, seven years before the events seen in the first installment. The plot of Yakuza 0 focuses on young Kazuma Kiryu, the series' protagonist, as he began his journey to become a legend in the Japanese underworld. During a gang war for the control of Kamurocho, one of Tokio’s districts, Kiryu meets up with mysterious Majima Goro, who searches for an opportunity to return to the criminal underworld. The game is filled with characteristic elements of the series, including a varied story missions, shootouts, chases, and beatdowns. The game world is open, and filled with numerous activities. As per the series traditions, Yakuza 0 retains the suggestive atmosphere of Asian action movies.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Fighting 04 February 2016

The fourth major installment in a popular fighting game series set in the famous ninja universe of Naruto. This game series has been developed since 2008 by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Storywise, the game is a direct sequel to the previous installments in the series, focusing on the latest chapters of the manga. In the story mode you explore the game’s world, meet the characters from the anime and manga and take part in spectacular duels focusing on unique special abilities of each hero. The other game mode is the fighting mode, in which you participate in duels on dedicated arenas. For the first time in the series, the game features QTE in some of the attacks. Moreover, lots of changes were introduced when it comes to combat mechanics and damage system. As this is the first game in the series to be released on the eight generation consoles, the visuals have seen a significant upgrade. Created with cel-shading technique, the artwork closely resembles the anime.

Devil May Cry 4
Devil May Cry 4

Action 05 February 2008

A dynamic, third-person perspective action game, which is the fourth major installment in the hack and slash series by Capcom, mainly associated with SONY consoles. The plot in Devil May Cry 4 concentrates on the adventures of a completely new protagonist – Nero, a member of the Holy Knights. One day he witnesses a slaughter on his brothers carried out by Dante – the character known from the previous parts – and swears to avenge them. However, it turns out there is a second bottom to the whole thing and eventually both heroes join forces in order to face the common enemy. Mechanics-wise, the game hasn't changed significantly from the previous installments of the series and concentrates on dynamic fights with groups of opponents and difficult bosses. In combat Nero uses his sword and firearms. He also inherited an ability after his father, which for a short period of time transforms him into a demonic warrior with increased strength and endurance.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Action 31 August 2018

A third-person perspective action game focused on online fights created by Soleil, a Japanese studio directed by Katsunori Ehara. The game takes place in the universe known from the manga series Naruto and its animated adaptation. The players control ninja warriors, that have superhuman abilities, and participate in battles of small teams. The main core of the game are fights of two teams, with up to four players each, on enclosed arenas – each of the characters available in the game has unique abilities and equipment. The combat and movement system is worth mentioning – the characters can perform various acrobatics and run on all surfaces; because of that each one of the arenas have complicated vertical constructions and objects that give players a lot of possibilities for moving and performing attacks. Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker also has good graphics that effectively imitatee the comic book and animation on which the game is based on.

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening - Special Edition
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening - Special Edition

Action 01 March 2005

The third installment in the third-person perspective action hack-and-slash series. The story of Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening takes place before the events shown in the first installment of the series. It reveals more details about Dante’s past and motivations. The gameplay mechanics return to the roots of the series while adding an innovative feature – the possibility to choose a combat style, slightly altering Dante's abilities. Depending on personal preferences, the style can emphasize powerful melee attacks (Swordmaster), defense & counterattacks (Royal Guard), firearms (Gunslinger), or mobility (Trickster). Other gameplay elements remain the same – the player will face numerous opponents at once and participate in dynamic action sequences while accompanied by a heavy metal soundtrack.

Yakuza Kiwami
Yakuza Kiwami

Action 29 August 2017

A complex remake of the first installment in the Yakuza series. The original title debuted on PlayStation 2 in 2005. The game takes place in 1995, eight years after the events shown in Yakuza 0. Kazuma Kiryu, the main protagonist, is a high ranked member of the criminal clan Tojo. He takes the blame for the murder of the patriarch of Dojima family, who was responsible for kidnapping his friend Yumi. After ten years the protagonist is released from prison. His task is to find Yumi and restore order in Tojo clan, which is at the brink of a civil war. The action in Yakuza Kiwami is shown from a third-person perspective. The player can visit many smaller locations that depict the streets of Tokyo. The gameplay consists of exploration, completing story quests and side missions, and fighting enemies by using four different combat styles. The game contains various minigames and side activities. Goro Majima’s challenges are a novelty introduced in the remake. In addition to refreshing the graphics, the developers re-recorded all dialogues and created new cutscenes.

Remember Me
Remember Me

Action 04 June 2013

A cyberpunk action-adventure game with third-person perspective view. It is the first work of the French studio Dontnod Entertainment. The story of Remember Me is set in 2084, when humanity developed technology that allows for digitization of memories. This system is supervised by the Memorize corporation and its special agents called Memory Hunters. Nilin, the game's protagonist, is a particularly talented member of a group of an underground group that opposes the technology promoted by the corporation. Her own memory erased in mysterious circumstances, she embarks on a quest for truth in a world where memories can be forged at will. Remember Me combines the features of adventure and action games. The players can use a wide variety of weaponry and melee attacks to defend themselves, as well acrobatics to overcome obstacles and special gadgets that allows them to control the behavior of other people.

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

Action 02 October 2018

Hokuto ga Gotoku is an action-adventure game built on the foundations of the Yakuza series. The title was developed by one of the in-house developer teams at Sega, the one responsible for the Yakuza series. The title is based on the Japanese comic series Hokuto no Ken (known as Fist of the North Star in the West). It takes place in a post-apocalyptic reality filled with ruins of cities and radiation-burned deserts. The player assumes the role of a warrior who knows a secret martial art that enables him to destroy the bodies of his enemies from the inside. The campaign concentrates on the city of Eden and its surroundings. The game world is open and in addition to the main story missions it features many optional side missions and various minigames. The gameplay focuses mostly on melee combat based on an advanced system that enables the player to perform various attacks and combos. All of that is presented by using a cartoonish stylization that is very similar to what was shown in the comic.

Deadpool: The Video Game
Deadpool: The Video Game

Action 25 June 2013

An action game based on the popular comic series published by Marvel Comics. The game was developed by High Moon, studio known mostly for its Transformers games. The story of Deadpool: The Video Game focuses mostly on the antics of the sarcastic protagonist. The mercenary is trying to have his revenge on Mr. Sinister who caused Deadpool to fail in completing one of his contracts. In order to complete his objective, Deadpool joins forces with X-Men and travels with them to Genosha Island where the villain is building an army. The gameplay features dynamic hack’n’slash action focusing on delivering effective combos. The developers had ambitions to show the distinctive humor typical for the comic iteration. The character frequently talks directly to the player, commenting on his actions or giving instructions on how to deal with enemies.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst

Fighting 22 October 2013

The third installment of the series of fighting games Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm that is based on the popular manga created by Masashi Kishimoto. The game was developed by Japanese development studio CyberConnect2 in cooperation with Namco Bandai. During the game the player can assume the roles of their favorite characters from the Naruto universe (including Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno, Kabuto Yakushi) and participate in spectacular fights against rivals controlled by artificial intelligence or other players. The visuals of Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 were developed using the cel-shading technology. Thanks to that the game looks similarly to its animated archetype. Full Burst edition contains additional missions, characters and story plots.

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

Action 23 June 2015

An enhanced version of the fourth installment of the popular slasher game series by Capcom, previously released in 2008 for PC and consoles. The game introduces a new protagonist called Nero, a member of the Holy Knights. Having witnessed his fellow Knights being slaughtered by Dante, known from the previous installments, and vows to take revenge on the murderer and learn why he became an enemy of the Order. During this dangerous quest, Nero has many puzzles to solve and hordes of demons to defeat. In some missions you play as Dante himself. The special edition features improved 1080p graphics, three new playable characters which you can use instead of playing as Nero or Dante, and the Legendary Dark Knight Mode, previously unavailable for consoles. It's complemented by a set of extra outfits and skins for the playable characters.

Batman: Return to Arkham
Batman: Return to Arkham

Action 18 October 2016

A compilation of two remastered versions of action-adventure games from the Batman: Arkham series with all DLC packs. The refreshed versions were created by Virtuos, a company which previously created other remastered games. Batman: Return to Arkham consists of two games: Batman: Arkham Asylum from 2009 and Batman: Arkham City from 2011. The first title takes place in a mental facility taken over by Joker and other villains. The second part takes place in an isolated district in which especially dangerous criminals were locked. Both games have open locations and action-based mechanics. What’s characteristic for the series is spectacular combat based on combo system – the longer the series of attacks, the stronger the hero’s hits. Batman also has access to technologically advanced gadgets which are used not only for combat, but for traveling through the game world and for solving riddles as well. The games featured in Batman: Return to Arkham compilation offer improved graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle
Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Action 18 September 2018

A compilation of popular brawlers from the Capcom company. It consists of Final Fight, Captain Commando, The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit.

Absolver
Absolver

Action 29 August 2017

A third-person action game created by former Ubisoft employees. Absolver invites the players to a fantasy realm styled after the Far East. The player assumes the role of a warrior, who wishes to join the eponymous group of elite guardians of peace and stability. The heart of gameplay is the complex system of short-range combat. The game lets you use four fighting styles interchangeably, all of which offer a wide array of melee weapons, starting with character’s own fists. Gameplay allows for executing various strikes, counters, blocks, and dodges. Players can also design their own combinations of attacks that match their preferred tactics. Absolver offers rich background story, and the events in the entire game world are shaped by successes and failures of individual players. The game is focused mainly on multiplayer. Players can join up in groups and together explore the rich world of Adal and battle. Absolver stands out with its original art style based on simple geometry and bright colors.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Fighting 11 September 2014

Another entry in the arcade fighting game series based on popular manga by Masashi Kishimoto. It has been developed by CyberConnect 2 studio, which has been developing the franchise since its creation. The title expands on foundations of 2013’s third game in the series, focusing on dynamic battles, which – thanks to the heroes’ unique abilities – take place both on land and in the air. The developers prepared over 100 characters known from the Naruto Shippuden universe, including a completely new fighter created exclusively for the game by Masashi Kishimoto. New features include additional attacks and ways to combine them in more advanced techniques. As far as audiovisuals go, the title retains traditional colorful graphics stylized on original manga.