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Diablo Immortal
Diablo Immortal

RPG December 2020

A mobile spin-off of the popular action RPG series, Diablo, whose action takes place between the events known from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III. By controlling a hero assigned to one of the six character classes, we fight hordes of enemies and bosses. In addition to playing alone, we can also join forces with players from all over the world in cooperation mode.

Torchlight II
Torchlight II

RPG 20 September 2012

A sequel to the fantasy hack'n'slash game by Runic Games, founded by the creators of the cult game Diablo. The story takes place several years after the events of the first installment. The Alchemist, possessed by malevolent dark forces, destroys the town of Torchlight and steals the essence of power of Ordrak the dragon, the main antagonist of the original Torchlight game. Playing as one of the four available character classes, you have to stop the mad Alchemist and prevent disturbing the balance of good and evil. Compared to the previous installment, Torchlight II features a bigger, open world with diverse environments, changing weather, and a day-and-night cycle. Other elements include randomly generated quests, treasures, and enemies. The biggest innovation is the introduction of the multiplayer mode, enabling you to co-operate with other players, with the use of either the local network or the internet. What's left unchanged are the characteristic fairytale-esque visuals of the game.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Action 10 October 2017

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a direct sequel to the well-received action-adventure game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Just like the first game in the series, Shadow of War takes place in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is presented from a third-person perspective. We can explore the rich, open world of the game by riding various steeds and by taking good use of the free-running movement system, similar to that from the Assassin's Creed series. Once again the Nemezis system is one of the core gameplay mechanics. The game will automatically generate unique enemies which we will encounter, battle and optionally make them join us in our battle against Sauron. It needs to be mentioned that the game also offers many new features, with the possibility of taking over Dark Lord's keeps being one of them. There are more types of enemies for us to face, more new, unlockable skins and pieces of equipment.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

RPG 25 March 2014

The first official expansion to the third installment in the cult hack-and-slash series, Diablo. The add-on, prepared by Blizzard Entertainment, supplements the main campaign with another, fifth, story act, in which Malthael, the Angel of Death, tries to use any means necessary to end the war between the divine creatures and demons. To this end, he decides to use the Black Soulstone that binds Diablo’s soul. Additionaly, the expansion introduces a new playable hero – the Crusader, as well as raises the character experience level cap to 70. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls introduces an overhauled loot system – rewards are now less frequent, but more powerful and better suited to your character class. Some changes are also visible in the game's visual style, which is now much more grim and darker than in the base game.

Diablo III
Diablo III

RPG 15 May 2012

The third installment in a highly popular action-RPG franchise, created and developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo III takes players back to the world of Sanctuary, where they have to stand up to forces of evil. The story is set 10 years after the events of the second game. Tristram cathedral gets hit by a mysterious comet, whose impact awakens the armies of Hell. Diablo III features new character classes and a modified character progression system. Blizzard aimed for a further increase of combat dynamics, implementation of extensive social features, as well as atmospheric audiovisuals.

Minecraft: Dungeons
Minecraft: Dungeons

Action 26 May 2020

Minecraft: Dungeons is a spin-off of the popular Minecraft, an action adventure game set in the realities of fantasy. Players take on the role of daredevils trying to save the village from the army of monsters. Production allows you to play solo or in cooperative mode for up to 4 people.

Path of Exile
Path of Exile

RPG 23 October 2013

An online action RPG from Grinding Gear Games, a developer team from New Zealand. The action of Path of Exile is set in a fantasy world which was destroyed by a grand cataclysm. The players assume the role of exiles who try to survive in the dangerous continent of Wraeclast. The gameplay is focused on cooperation in teams of several players that traverse instance-based locations together. Each character can be developed choosing from more than 1300 skills. Visually, Path of Exile is inspired by the classics of the action RPG genre (Diablo, Sacred, and others), including the isometric camera. The game is free-to-play, but offers some additional facilities and items via optional micropayments.

Grim Dawn
Grim Dawn

RPG 25 February 2016

A dark fantasy action RPG. Grim Dawn was developed by Crate Entertainment, a studio established by the former employees of Iron Lore, the creators of Titan Quest. The action takes place in the dark world of Cairn where a war fought between two mighty powers has driven the mankind to almost total extinction. The few remaining survivors inhabit small enclaves. We assume the role of a hero who possesses supernatural abilities and uses them to save the remains of the old Cairn. As befits a classical hack ‘n’ slash game, the essence of the gameplay is spectacular combat with hordes of enemies. The single player campaign is complemented by the multiplayer that puts emphasis on player cooperation.

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

RPG 13 February 2020

An action RPG set in dark fantasy world, developed by SolarFall Games and focusing on freedom of gameplay and character development. We play as a former officer of the corrupt Human Republic, who has developed magical powers; in a country were mutations are punished by death. Running away from certain demise, the hero ends up in the ranks of mysterious Templars, where he must discover the truth about his dark secret, which can lead to the end of humanity. The gameplay draws on classic hack’n’slash titles, though developers implemented some of their original innovations to enrich the game. One of them is the incredibly complex crafting system, providing the player with nearly complete liberty when making equipment and weaponry. Character development is equally unusual – the game’s heroes don’t learn a predefined set of skills from the start, but their bodies mutate depending on one’s play style.

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.

Torchlight III
Torchlight III

RPG 2021

Torchlight Frontiers is a hack’n’slash action RPG. The main attraction of the game is an action-based combat system. The majority of missions are completed in teams of several people, but the game’s world is constant and inhabited by a large group of players like in MMO games.

Diablo II
Diablo II

RPG 29 June 2000

A sequel to one of the biggest hits by Blizzard Entertainment. The plot of Diablo II follows the events of the first installment. The victory over Diablo turned out to be merely an illusion. Having possessed the body of his conqueror, Aidan, Diablo plans to unleash his brothers – Mefisto and Baal – with the purpose of enslaving the human kind once and for all. The player’s objective is to thwart the demon’s dreadful plans. The mechanics are very similar to those featured in the first part of Diablo – the game still emphasizes dynamic hack-n-slash combat as well as skill and psycho-physical attribute development by gaining experience points. The visuals in Diablo II combine 2D and 3D elements and the soundtrack was composed by Matt Uelmen.

Darksiders II
Darksiders II

Action 14 August 2012

The sequel to the action game, Darksiders, released in 2010 by the developer studio Vigil Games. The storyline of Darksiders II depicts the adventures of another of the raiders of the apocalypse – Death. The hero sets out to aid his brother – War, who has been accused of unleashing the Apocalypse prematurely. In order to help, the protagonist has to prove the existence of a plot and resurrect humanity, which was completely annihilated in the End-War. In comparison to the first installment, the creators of Darksiders II have prepared a much larger and more diverse world, through which the hero travels, accompanied by his steed (Despair) and a crow (Dust). The gameplay revolves around spectacular skirmishes with enemies; in some areas, however, also the player’s ability to solve logic-based puzzles will be tested. The changes introduced in Darksiders II have also influenced the graphics, greatly increasing their over-all quality.

Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5

Action 08 March 2019

Another entry in the famous series of hack'n'slash games that tell the story of Dante – a half-man, half-demon hybrid who fights various creatures.

Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition
Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition

RPG 31 August 2016

A new edition of Titan Quest, a classic hack-and-slash, bundled with its official expansion Immortal Throne, prepared for the 10th anniversary of the release. The plot takes place in ancient times, and is based on stories from Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Chinese mythologies. The players assume the role of a hero, who is tasked with finding a way to imprison the Titans, who've managed to escape after years of imprisonment, and are now causing mayhem and destruction on Earth. The reedition was developed as a joint venture between the original developers – Iron Lore studio and THQ Nordic. In total, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition contains 1261 changes, including, for example, a better balancing of individual classes, abilities, weapons, and items. Other changes include: a better non-player character AI, greater equipment capacity, or an improved loot system. Aside from that, the game incorporates a large group of new enemies and bosses. The visuals underwent only symbolic changes, but they are still eye-catching, despite the passage of the time.

Diablo IV
Diablo IV

RPG TBA

Diablo 4 is a hack-n-slash RPG from Blizzard Entertainment Studio. The player chooses one of several available characters and then sets off into the world to fight against hordes of monsters. The game returns to the dark climate of the first two scenes and places great emphasis on the network aspect.

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

RPG 29 June 2001

Lord of Destruction is the first official expansion pack for Diablo II. It was developed by Blizzard North. The expansion allows the players to fight with the third Prime Evil, Baal, who gathered an army of demons and besieges the Harrogath fortress, which is located at the base of Mount Arreat. The titular Lord of Destruction tries to find the legendary Worldstone. Our job is to stop him before he manages to do so. Along with the new storyline, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction introduces two no classes, Assassin and Druid. The expansion also comes with new weapons and armors, new Horadric Cube combinations, and with items that have a chance of casting a spell when being used. Our item inventory has increased in capacity and we can change the game's resolution from VGA (640x480) to SVGA (800x600). Lord of Destruction's soundtrack was composed, like in the base game, by Matt Uelmen.

MediEvil
MediEvil

Action 25 October 2019

An adventure action title with hack’n’slash elements. The game’s protagonist is an undead knight who is trying to defend his kingdom against an evil sorcerer. This is a major remake of original MediEvil published on PlayStation in 1998.

Next Up Hero
Next Up Hero

RPG 28 June 2018

An original action RPG, in which the players get to control the titular heroes. A single hero usually is not able to face the challenge, thus the key to success lies in cooperation of the entire community - upon dying, a hero leaves behind an Echo that can be revived by another player and join his or her private army. You can continue in the form of the Echo and heal your character until you are ready to rejoin the fight.

Path of Exile 2
Path of Exile 2

RPG 2021

Continuation of the free hack'n'slash Path of Exile released in 2013, which in practice functions as its big expansion. Path of Exile 2 offers a brand new feature campaign, refreshed graphics and new gameplay mechanics. The latter include 19 character specialisations and numerous changes in all systems, e.g. in active skills.

Diablo
Diablo

RPG 31 December 1996

An incredibly popular action RPG developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The story of Diablo is set in a fantasy world called Sanctuary, a realm facing a great danger. The Lord of Terror, imprisoned in a magical soul stone, tries to break free. The demon managed to dominate the minds of bishop Lazarus and king Leoric as well as raise an army of creatures that threatens the citizens of Tristram. The brave prince Aidan steps up to fight the forces of evil. The gameplay of Diablo combines action game with an RPG. Its essence is exciting real-time combat against hordes of enemies. Apart from a single player campaign, Diablo also offers a multiplayer mode via the Internet for a maximum of 4 players.

Warhammer: Chaosbane
Warhammer: Chaosbane

RPG 04 June 2019

Warhammer: Chaosbane is an action role-playing game. The gameplay features typical hack-n-slash mechanics. You mostly explore the in-game world, develop your character, and fight hordes of monsters using a system that focuses on both your character's statistics and your skills.

God of War III
God of War III

Action 16 March 2010

The third installment in a best-selling slasher series, God of War, and the first one designed for the PlayStation 3 console. The game’s story picks up after the previous two installments, focusing on the war between titans and Olympian gods, fanned by the vengeful Kratos. The gameplay premise does not stray far from the standards of the series, focusing on spectacular battles with numerous opponents and mighty bosses. At the same time, God of War III offers several new weapons, each requiring a different combat style. The protagonist was given a brand new magic system and new, useful artifacts, such as Icarus Wings, Golden Fleece, or the Head of Helios. Thanks to the increased capabilities of PlayStation 3, the third installment in the series sports much better graphics and better AI of enemies.

Godfall
Godfall

Action December 2020

Action game based on the looter shooter scheme, but set in a fantasy reality. Godfall focuses on single or cooperative melee encounters with computer opponents and developing the hero by acquiring new equipment.

Torchlight
Torchlight

RPG 27 October 2009

A very well-made hack-and-slash game, created by a small studio Runic Games, whose members contributed to such productions as Hellgate London, Mythos or the Diablo franchise. The story begins in the eponymous village of Torchlight, under which large deposits of a magical ore called ember have been discovered. However, the sudden mining boom resulted in another discovery, this time of a great evil lurking underground. This is where the protagonist steps in. You choose from three character classes: Alchemist, Destroyer and Vanquisher. Every class has branched development options and a unique fighting style. The character is accompanied by an animal follower, which helps you with fighting and can carry your items. Like a proper RPG, Torchlight features dynamic real-time combat utilizing the isometric view. The defeated foes drop large quantities of money and useful items, which can be equipped by the protagonist. The visuals are similar to those of Diablo III, although they are slightly more “sugary.”

Titan Quest
Titan Quest

RPG 26 June 2006

An isometric action-RPG from the hack’n’slash genre, developed by the team at Iron Lore led by Brian Sullivan – co-creator of the iconic classic, Age of Empires. Titan Quest takes us to ancient Greece and Egypt, when the eponymous titans get released from their eternal imprisonment to spread death and destruction across the Earth. In fight between new and old gods, the world’s fate rests on shoulders of a single human, who travels across the lands looking for a way to seal titans once again. We visit numerous mythological places, like Parthenon, Knossos, the Labyrinth, Egyptian pyramids or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, fighting hordes of diversified enemies as well as titans themselves. The players are given a vast arsenal of more than a thousand unique and legendary items. Our character can improve his or her skills throughout the game, due to a flexible class system that offers close to unlimited possibilities of development.