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I.G.I. 2: Covert Strike
I.G.I. 2: Covert Strike

Action 21 February 2003

The sequel to the first-person shooter Project I.G.I., developed by the Interloop studio. Player assumes the role of the first part's protagonist – a former soldier of the British special forces SAS, who, as a member of the I.G.I. organization, single-handedly completes secret missions in various parts of the globe. I.G.I.2: Covert Strike features three thematically connected campaigns that take place successively in Russia, Libya, and China. Compared to the previous installment, I.G.I.2: Covert Strike offers improved enemy AI, which now takes advantage of authentic combat tactics used by modern armies. Available firearms' arsenal was also enlarged. The game is built on a modified version of the previous installment's game engine, thus features more detailed locations and diversified weather conditions. In addition to the single player mode, I.G.I.2: Covert Strike offers also a team-based multiplayer.

Project I.G.I.
Project I.G.I.

Action 15 December 2000

A tactical FPS with strategy elements, developed by Interloop. The action takes place in the former Soviet Union, where, as a SAS officer, we have to find and capture American nuclear warheads and prevent a catastrophe similar to the one that happened in Chernobyl. The gameplay combines elements of tactical FPS and strategy game; before each mission we have to devise a detailed plan with the aim of staying undetected for as long as possible. The planning is of great importance because the game has no save feature and each, even the slightest, mistake can cost us dearly. The advantage of Project I.G.I. (which stands for “I’m Going In”) is realism, authentic depiction of SAS equipment, and the option to interact with various vehicles such as tanks, jets, or helicopters.

Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2

Action 25 October 2005

A sequel to the bestselling first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward in 2003. The action of the game once again takes place during the World War II, offering three campaigns spanning across 1941-45. During the game the player switches between an American paratrooper dropped in Western Europe, a British commando fighting in Northern Africa and France, and between a Russian infantryman deployed on the eastern front (including Stalingrad). Similarly as in the original game, the developers managed to successfully recreate the atmosphere of historical battles – in terms of graphics as well as sounds. In addition to the large arsenal of actual weapons from World War II, the player can also use vehicles (for example tanks). In comparison to its predecessor, Call of Duty II is less linear, features improved AI, and the player no longer has to use first aid kits (instead, the health regenerates automatically). Graphics were greatly improved as well.

Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3

Action 25 October 2011

The third core installment in a popular first person shooter series. Battlefield 3 was developed by Swedish studio DICE, an Electronic Arts subsidiary. The game is set during a modern-day conflict and the events are presented in the form of flashbacks as remembered by Henry Blackburn, an American soldier who tries to stop Islamic terrorists from detonating a nuke. The game features three playable characters, as well as various weapons and vehicles. Single player campaign consists of several missions, serving a complimentary role to the expansive online multiplayer mode, in accordance with the series’ long-standing tradition. Technically, Battlefield 3 is powered by Frostbite 2 engine, featuring high quality audiovisuals and realistic physics.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Action 13 November 2012

A sequel to the bestselling first-person shooter released in 2010. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the ninth installment in the Call of Duty series. It is also the fourth game in the series developed by Treyarch. The story of the game takes place in a not too distant future. The struggle for natural resources between United States and China leads to an outbreak of a new Cold War. The main protagonist of the game is David Mason, descendant of Alex Mason known from the first game in the series. The main campaign of the game is once again filled with spectacular cinematic action. At the same time, the player has more freedom in completing the missions. In addition to single player mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 offers also numerous multiplayer modes.

Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor

Action 12 October 2010

Another installment in the bestselling Medal of Honor series. This entry is a reboot of the saga, and for the first time in history it takes place in modern times. The game was created by Danger Close studio in cooperation with EA Dice. The former created the single player mode, the latter developed multiplayer mode. In the game the player assumes the roles of two members of elite American forces, Tier 1 and US Rangers. Both teams support each other during the missions. The game takes place mostly in Afghanistan. The main protagonists are trying to neutralize the increasing threat of terrorism. Most of the missions were created based on actual military operations that took place in the region. What’s interesting, the game runs on two different graphic engines. The single player mode was created on an improved but slightly outdated Unreal Engine 3, while the multiplayer mode uses the Frostbite engine, which was used, for example, in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Action 02 March 2010

A sequel to 2008's Battlefield: Bad Company - an acclaimed shooter game. Again, the game was created by DICE - a Swedish developer belonging to Electronic Arts. In the story campaign, the player is acquainted with further adventures of the titular Bad Company. This time, Privates Preston Marlowe, Terrence Sweetwater, Corporal George Haggard, and Staff Sergeant Samuel Redford are trying to obtain information on a secret scalar weapon capable of deciding the victor in the war between the United States and Russia. The gameplay here is based on spectacular, first-person shooting sequences, during which the player makes use of various weapons and vehicles. Also, the game offers an extensive multiplayer mode featuring a system of ranks and bonuses.

Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2

Action 21 June 2005

A first-person shooter and a sequel to the bestselling Battlefield 1942 (2002) and Battlefield Vietnam (2004) - both developed by DICE. Battlefield 2 is set in modern times and the singleplayer story campaign is centered around a fictional conflict between the United States, The People's Republic of China and the Middle Eastern Coalition. The player is put in the shoes of a soldier participating in a series of dangerous military operations, with various kinds of weaponry and vehicles (above all, the M1 Abrams tank and the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter) at their disposal. The game stands out with its extensive multiplayer mode, which can be enjoyed via local area network or online. Also, Battlefield 2 offers high-quality visuals generated by the Refractor 2 engine.

Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic
Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic

Simulation 02 March 2010

The fifth installment in one of the most popular WWII submarine simulation game series. In Silent Hunter 5 you are sent to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, where, as the commander of a German U-boat VII, you hunt down the ships of the Allies. There is a dynamic campaign to complete, and your actions, victories and losses affect its outcome. It's worth noting that the campaign also includes historical naval battles. One of the game's novelties is the fully interactive interior of the submarine. In this mode the controls system is similar to that of an FPS game. You can only do one things at a time, which means that you have to rely on your subordinates. Each of them has their own unique character, problems, and abilities. An important factor is your crew's morale. You can also develop your crewmates and the ship itself.

Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line

Action 26 June 2012

A dynamic TPP action game created by Yager Development. The game provides a continuation to the Spec Ops series started by Zombie Studios in 1998. The action takes place in Dubai, which is devastated by sand storms. The Delta Force team reaches the place in order to find the missing American soldiers who remained in town to protect its inhabitants. The plot of the game presents the player with grave moral dilemmas on more than one occasion. The gameplay itself focuses on traversing subsequent locations and fighting enemies. The player leads a team of three skilled soldiers. The dynamic movement of sand is an important element to the game, for it can become either an ally or a foe in certain situations. Apart from the single player campaign, the game features a multiplayer component. Spec Ops: The Line stands out with spectacular visuals and its unique, yellowish color palette.

Call of Duty Classic
Call of Duty Classic

Action 29 October 2003

The first installment in one of the most popular series of first-person shooters, created by Infinity Ward. The game takes the player to several different front lines of the Second World War. Throughout 24 missions divided into four single player campaigns, the player assumes the roles of several allied soldiers. The list includes an American paratrooper, a British commando and a Soviet infantryman. The missions bring great amounts of action and diversity as well. The player participates in the biggest battles of World War II, including mainly the Normandy landings, Battles of Stalingrad and Berlin, as well as tactical operations involving sabotage. Apart from that, the game offers several multiplayer modes. Call of Duty faithfully recreates the historical background - the player can find a set of authentic weapons and vehicles represented in the game. The places and major events were recreated in accordance with actual history as well. Call of Duty utilizes a modified version of the id Tech 3 graphical engine, used previously in Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior
Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Action 24 June 2010

A tactical action game which casts the player in the role of an experienced sniper sent on a mission against a political regime controlling Isla Trueno. The game was created by City Interactive (CI Games currently) - a Polish developer popular mainly for such series as Code of Honor or Terrorist Takedown. In Sniper: Ghost Warrior, the player takes part in a series of missions aimed at testing their combat skills. Stealth-action is in the foreground here - the player has to remain silent when eliminating enemies and reach a location allowing the protagonist to neutralize the main target by taking a single precise shot. The game offers advanced shooting mechanics - when taking aim, the player has to keep in mind distance to the target, as well as both direction and power of the wind. Open combat occurs in other missions when the player is accompanied by local rebels. Usually, the player is the one who decides how the protagonist is going to reach the designated spot, as well as in what manner does he complete particular objectives.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2

Action 06 March 2007

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 is the second part of a mini-series of popular tactical action games called "Ghosts".

Counter-Strike: Source
Counter-Strike: Source

Action 21 October 2005

Enhanced version of one of the most popular online first-person shooters, which debuted in the year 2000. The new edition is one hundred percent faithful to the original concept, focusing entirely on skirmishes of two teams: terrorists and counter-terrorists. Just like it was in the original game, the choice of either of the sides is essential for both the objectives that you must reach as well as the equipment you can use for the job. However, some major changes were introduced to the technical side of the game, thanks to moving it to an advanced game engine called Source, which was created by Valve for the second installment in the Half-Life series. Due to that fact, all of the original maps gained in visual quality and level of detail, while the gameplay was enhanced by much improved physics and a variety of advanced effects that were lacking from the first release of the game. Counter-Strike: Source is distributed along with a similarly overhauled version of the Day of Defeat mod as well as the expanded multiplayer for Half-Life 2.

Silent Hunter III
Silent Hunter III

Simulation 15 March 2005

Silent Hunter III is the third installment in the World War II submarine simulator series. In comparison with the previous game, Ubisoft implemented many changes and improvement in Silent Hunter III, with modern 3D visuals that render the game in a rather realistic way. The game offers us four types of U-boots in ten different development versions. All interiors and onboard devices (we can use all of them) are rendered in 3D with highest attention to detail. Each member of our crew has their own individual model and a skill set on which we base their duties. Moreover, they gain experience as we play making them more useful and reliable. Silent Hunter III focuses on a campaign during which we climb up the military rank ladder. The game comes with a level editor, in addition to single player missions, that allows players to create their own levels. Developers also included a multiplayer mode for those who are interested.

Call of Duty 3
Call of Duty 3

Action 07 November 2006

The third main installment in the popular FPS series, Call of Duty. It is also the first game in the franchise (not counting the console spin-offs) that in the end was not released on PCs. In contrast to the previous installments, this time the game was developed by Treyarch – the authors of the console version of Call of Duty 2. The plot of the game once again takes place on various fronts of World War II. This time one can play as American, British, Canadian, and Polish soldiers. The game mechanics remained almost unchanged in comparison to the previous games. However, there are several novelties. The developers implemented parachute drops and gave complete control over vehicles and boats to the player. Interactions with the surrounding were greatly improved. Overall realism has been improved – bullets behave different depending on what type of material they hit. Multiplayer mode was enhanced as well – now players can play in different roles and communicate using special commands.

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

Action 04 November 2004

A continuation to the 2002's best-selling first-person shooter Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, released by Electronic Arts company. Action of the installment, developed this time by the EA's internal studio, focuses on the US-Japan conflict during the World War II in the Pacific region. In the game we take part in a series of missions taking place in jungles, military bases and warships – fighting both alone and alongside other members of our squad – starting from the historic attack on Pearl Harbor base and ending with the famous battle of Guadalcanal. Compared with the original, Pacific Assault features much more cutscenes, illustrating ongoing events and changes in the psyche of the protagonist. Individual missions are also characterized by increased degree of non-linearity, which allows us to complete them in several different ways. Concerning technical aspects, the game is built on improved Quake III engine, used in the first installment of the series.

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

Action 23 September 2008

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is the third development version of the well-known FPS tactical shooting series. Like the previous parts, Hell's Highway retreats players to 1944, throwing them into the vortex of the most eminent battles of World War II.

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

Action 25 March 2003

Another, fourth game from the Delta Force series. The action was based on authentic events connected with military operations "Restore Hope" and "Task Force Ranger" which took place in 1993 in Somalia.

Hidden and Dangerous 2
Hidden and Dangerous 2

Action 22 October 2003

Continuation of the popular tactical Hidden & Dangerous shooter. We are at the head of the Allied Commandos and carry out a number of difficult missions in occupied Europe. The authors bet on realism, which is why even a single sphere can be deadly. Commanding our subordinate soldiers plays an important role in the game.

Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin

Strategy 15 October 2003

The third installment in a series of tactical strategy games set in the World War II, as always created by Spanish developer Pyro Studios. Commandos 3: Destination Berlin places you as the leader of a six-men squad of special soldiers, whom the fans know from the first game in the series. Each of them has unique skills and specialization. The game offers 20 varying missions, split into four mini-campaigns: London, Normandy, France and Germany, and Stalingrad. Some of the objectives you must complete are e.g. the well-known search-and-destroy type of missions as well as some brand new ones, such as defending an Allied general from paratrooper landing, ambushing a German convoy, or capturing a train full of Nazis on its way from France to Germany. Mission structure has been overhauled and, in effect, maps are now divided into smaller sections. Commandos 3: Destination Berlin also offers more action and with each passing mission the player has to come up with new tactics and ideas. On top of that the developers implemented improved enemy AI and clearly better graphics.

Jagged Alliance: Back in Action
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action

Strategy 09 February 2012

A complex remake of the iconic game Jagged Alliance 2, developed by Coreplay. The game builds on a non-linear campaign that takes the players to a fictional country of Arulco ruled with an iron fist by Queen Deidranna, who came up with a scheme and deprived Enrico Chivaldori - the player’s employer - of his rightful crown. As one might easily guess, the player is tasked with ending this reign of terror and shooting the usurper down in flames. As in the original release, in Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, one leads to battle a team comprising diverse soldiers, each exhibiting a unique set of features and abilities that are developed through the experience they gain on the battlefields; one might also boost their performance with new weapons and armors. Arulco has been divided into 50 sectors waiting to be conquered - often, a player has to throw himself at the mercy of the natives, who can offer some help or strengthen and join the team. In comparison to the original release, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action features not only refreshed visuals, but also a number of improvements - the most prominent being the abandonment of a turn-based system in favor of real-time combat. This new system requires the players to plan the actions for multiple characters at the same time. Moreover, the players get at their disposal a wide range of commands, with which they can order their soldiers to climb, crawl, and aim at specific enemies’ body parts.

ArmA II
ArmA II

Action 29 May 2009

ArmA 2 is a continuation of one of the most popular PeCet tactical games. The action of the second part takes place in the near future. We conduct our activities on the territory of a fictitious state - Montenegro.

Wargame: European Escalation
Wargame: European Escalation

Strategy 23 February 2012

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead

Action 12 November 2002

Official addition to the famous Medal of Honor: Allied Assault action game. The authors prepared three new missions for single player mode and nine new maps for multiplayer mode, as well as introduced a number of improvements.

IL-2 Sturmovik
IL-2 Sturmovik

Simulation 21 November 2001

Contemporary airplanes are mainly electronics, in machines dating back to the Second World War, man was the most important. Il-2 Sturmovik gives the player the opportunity to play as a pilot of planes from this period and to fight great heavenly battles.