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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Action 05 October 2010

Another full-fledged installment in the legendary series of action games, developed by the Spanish developer Mercury Steam in cooperating with Konami - the creators of all the previous installments. The protagonist is called Gabriel and he is a member of the Brotherhood of Light. The organization fights evil forces, and Gabriel is given a mission to eliminate the titular Lords of Shadow. However, Gabriel has a personal goal to achieve as well, for he wishes to find and obtain a magical mask, the artifact required to bring his murdered wife back to life. In terms of mechanics, the game reshapes the standard platforming elements of the franchise to fit into the third-person action convention. The player traverses the game world on foot or on horseback, eliminating hordes of enemies encountered on the roads, and facing powerful, demanding bosses. The player makes use of several basic weapon types, including the token combat cross. The combat skills of the protagonist are improved as the game progresses.

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.

Last Epoch
Last Epoch

RPG November 2020

Action RPG game in which we get to the dark land of Eterra devoured by the dark power. As we play in Last Epoch, we take on the role of a daredevil traveling in time, trying to stop the Void before it leads to the total destruction of mankind.

Vikings: Wolves of Midgard
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard

RPG 24 March 2017

A hack-and-slash role-playing game set in a world inspired by Norse myths, developed by Games Farm and Kalypso Media. The protagonist is Ulfung, a Viking clan chieftain, whose village is completely destroyed, while he becomes the leader of the surviving warriors in their quest to try to save Midgard from Ragnarok. Mechanics-wise, the game is clearly inspired by the popular Diablo series. At the start, you choose your warrior's gender and class, and then explore a range of locations and eliminate hordes of enemies. Apart from the more mundane weapons such as war hammers, axes, swords and bows, you can also use special items and amulets, which affect your character's abilities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard features an interesting character development system, the option of rebuilding your village step by step, and an apocalyptic winter you have to seek shelter from, e.g. by looking for any heat sources.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr

RPG 05 June 2018

The game is an action RPG created by Neocore Games. The player takes control of the titular Inquisitor, who investigates the mysterious Caligari Sector. The gameplay focuses around exploring randomly generated areas, completing various quests, and fighting hordes of enemies, among them the players can also encounter huge bosses. Besides the single-player campaign, the game includes a co-op mode and a PvP mode as well.

Dungeon Siege II
Dungeon Siege II

RPG 16 August 2005

As the name suggests, this is the second part of the action game with elements of cRPG entitled Dungeon Siege, which in 2002, i.e. the moment of its premiere, delighted fans of titles set in the realities of fantasy worlds with its excellent audiovisual setting and the quality of workmanship and attractiveness of the adventure told.

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.”

Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom
Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom

Action 16 February 2016

A third-person action game developed by experienced Japanese developer Omega Force (Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors) and an adaption of highly popular anime TV series and manga, originally known as Shingeki no Kyojin. The plot is based on the comic books and takes us to grim, post-apocalyptic world, in which the remnants of humanity enclosed themselves in a series of towering walls after being nearly driven to extinction by gigantic Titans. Unlike the previous production based on the Attack on Titan franchise – a visual novel, which is a genre rather unpopular in western countries – this time we receive a pure action game, concentrating mainly on the fights themselves. The game implements high quality 3D visuals, which use the cel shading technology to emphasize comic origins of the game.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Action 25 February 2014

A sequel to the 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a hack ‘n’ slash game. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and its prequel were both developed by Mercury Steam Entertainment in cooperation with Konami. The players learn the further fate of Gabriel Belmont. The protagonist fell victim to evil and transformed into a Lord of Shadow. After centuries of loneliness and anguish, his old friend, Zobek, extends an unusual offer to him: setting him free from the curse of vampirism in exchange for help in fighting Satan. The action takes place in two words simultaneously—a dark, futuristic town and a medieval castle. The core of the gameplay is combat against hordes of enemies that can be exterminated with sword, claws, and special vampire abilities.

Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition

Action 27 October 2015

Complete edition of Darksiders II, a TPP action game released in 2012, now remastered for the eight generation consoles by Nordic Games, who gained the license after the closure of THQ company. In the game you become one of the legendary Horsemen of the Apocalypse, trying to solve a complex intrigue and help one of his brothers, who got into some serious troubles. While playing, you will traverse vast locations on foot or on horseback, though the pinnacle of gameplay are the spectacular combat sequences, in which you can use the hero’s abilities, developed over time. As compared with the previous game, Deathfinitive Edition sports enhanced graphics with more detailed textures, better animations, and improved lighting and weather effects. In addition to the base game, this release contains all post-launch DLCs.

Dungeon Siege III
Dungeon Siege III

RPG 17 June 2011

Dungeon Siege III is the third installment in the best-selling hack'n'slash series started in 2002 by Gas Powered Games. This time, however, the game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, creators of Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas. The story begins 150 years after the events of the previous game. Our job is to bring balance to the kingdom of Ehb by restoring the legendary Tenth Legion that once kept guard over the country. There are four character classes available, each of them having their own abilities and combat styles. The plot is quite linear, but our decisions have visible impact on how it turns out. Dungeon Siege III is the first game in the series that was released on consoles, which can be seen in the game's visuals and controls. The game also offers a co-op mode for up to four players for the first time in the history of the Dungeon Siege series.

Dante's Inferno
Dante's Inferno

Action 05 February 2010

A dynamic TPP slasher that takes place in a hell-like setting. The game was developed by the creators of Dead Space. The story is loosely based on the fourteenth-century book written by Dante Alighieri. The protagonist of the game enters hell in search of his beloved. During the journey he travels through 9 circles of hell and fights Lucifer, the king of hell. The game enables the players to develop their character and improve his skills.

Lost Ark
Lost Ark

RPG TBA

A free-to-play online action-RPG designed for the Asian market by the South Korean studio Tripod. The game is set in a fantasy realm, whose people managed to avoid an invasion of evil thanks to the titular Ark. After years of peace, the leader of demonic legions, Kazeroth, tries to use the artifact to take over the world. The players have to find it and prevent the imminent disaster. The game employs isometric camera in gameplay, resembling such classic hits as Diablo or Torchlight. There are 18 character classes, each representing an original take on classic RPG archetypes. In the game you get to explore (both lands and seas), collect resources and treasures, and fight against mighty bosses, as well as other players in the PvP mode. Lost Ark features high quality graphics powered by Unreal Engine 3.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Action 19 February 2013

A third-person action game and a spin-off to Metal Gear Solid - the popular stealth game series created by Hideo Kojima. In this game you play as Raiden, the protagonist of the second installment in the series. The story is set in an African country devastated by a civil war, where the hero faces an army of robots and cyborgs belonging to Desperado Enforcement corporation. Although the title retained some elements of a stealth-action game, its fast-paced, brutal gameplay puts it well within the bounds of the hack-and-slash genre. Raiden’s main weapon is his electric katana – with it the hero destroys elements of environment and dismembers his enemies, thus ending their lives. Thanks to the Blade Mode he can also execute more precise cuts in slow-motion.

Divine Divinity
Divine Divinity

RPG 02 August 2002

Divine Divinity is a cRPG game set in a fantasy world full of intrigue and black magic. There is chaos in this world, which is why it will be up to the player to follow a path that will lead to the restoration of order and order.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

RPG 22 May 2013

A role-playing game with tower defense elements by indie studio Neocore Games. The protagonist is the son son of the famous professor Abraham Van Helsing (the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's novel), who is asked by his father to travel to Eastern Europe to free the people of Borgovia from the tyranny of the mad scientist Fulmigati. When he's fighting hordes of rats, goblins, and mechanical soldiers, he's supported by Borgovia's mythical creatures. The gameplay is typical for a hack'n'slash game with dynamic battle sequences and isometric view. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing features several kinds of single player and multiplayer modes.

Pagan Online
Pagan Online

RPG 27 August 2019

Isometric RPG hack'n'slash action, which takes place in a fantasy world inspired by pre-Christian mythologies, published by Wargaming (known from World of Tanks). Pagan Online can be played both alone and in cooperation.

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.

Bayonetta
Bayonetta

Action 29 October 2009

A dynamic third-person perspective hack-n-slash action game developed by Japanese studio Platinum Games led by Hideki Kamiya. The main protagonist, Bayonetta, is a sexy witch who, 20 years prior to the events depicted in the game, woke up in a chest at the bottom of a lake. She has no memories of how she got there or what happened before. Forced to fight against forces of Heaven that constantly attack her, the protagonist gradually learns new facts about her past. The gameplay focuses on traveling through subsequent locations while eliminating enemies and very original bosses. During the game, the player uses a mix of handguns and melee weapons (including items taken from fallen enemies). By using the power of her hair, Bayonetta can also summon powerful demons and hellish torture machines that allow her to eliminate her enemies in a very effective way. Witch Time, a very useful ability that slows time, proves to be an alternative key to victory in most cases.

The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale

RPG 19 October 2004

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel

RPG 02 October 2008

A continuation to a successful cRPG from 2004. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel was created by Ascaron Interactive - a German studio popular mainly for the Port Royale series of strategy games.

Sacred
Sacred

RPG 27 February 2004

A fantasy hack'n'slash role-playing game similar to the popular Diablo series. The game was developed by Ascaron, an experienced German studio known for the cult series Patrician.

God of War: Ascension
God of War: Ascension

Action 12 March 2013

The fourth chapter of the adventures of Kratos, the Spartan warrior-gone-god. The title is a prequel to the God of War trilogy. The protagonist of the game was deceived by Ares into murdering his family. He decides to be no longer obedient to the god of war, for what he is sent to the titan prison. Despite the madness and tortures, he doesn’t abandon his hopes for revenge. Once he manages to escape, he can start his bloody revenge on the gods of the Olympus. The developers from Sony Santa Monica remained faithful to the gameplay mechanics based mostly on spectacular battles with powerful (and frequently gigantic) enemies. The mechanics of the game were improved with a series of new features. Among them there is a multiplayer mode which allows up to eight players to play together through Internet.

Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege

RPG 05 April 2002

An interesting hack'n'slash RPG based on fantasy reality and created by Gas Powered Games. Our hero sets off on a journey through a fantastic world, performing numerous tasks, developing his skills and gaining allies. Great audio-video setting, refined gameplay mechanisms, as well as a developed multi-player mode make this title a must for every RPG action fan.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut

RPG 06 November 2015

A standalone production that consists of the three previously released installments in the highly acclaimed hack’n’slash series The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing from Neocore Games. In the game, you play as a descendant of the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. Together with his companion – the ghost of lady Katerina – he travels the land of Borgovia (heavily inspired by Transylvania), fighting many different monsters using both melee weapons and firearms, as well as numerous spells and special abilities. Interestingly, this is not a three-game package, as the individual installments were combined into one single story campaign, which was further enriched with improvements and new content, offering about 50 hours of gameplay. Furthermore, the game features a multiplayer option with several modes and a co-op mode for up to four players. You can join the game with a preset character on experience level 80, or create one from scratch.

Hellgate: London
Hellgate: London

RPG 31 October 2007

A debut project of Flagship Studios, whose founders were employees of Blizzard North, creators of Diablo II, among others. No wonder that the game was created in the atmosphere of the legendary Diablo, combining elements of shooters and RPG.