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Video Games Encyclopedia by Gamepressure.com

PC (Personal computer) - one of the most popular home platforms and the only one which doesn’t offer playing video games as its main purpose. PC was born in the 1970s, but it is impossible to give an exact moment of its birth or even a name of its creator. However, IBM is the one who gave computers their present shape, using, at the beginning of the 1980s, an idea of open architecture – which is today one of the most important differences between computers and consoles.

The foundations of PC as a gaming platform are currently systems of digital distribution of video games (Steam, Origin, Uplay) and MMO games that mostly work in f2p (free-to-play) model.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PC)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PC)

Action 12 May 2003

A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC)

Action 01 September 2015

A third person perspective stealth action game belonging to the famous Metal Gear Solid franchise. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was created by the Japanese studio Kojima Productions (formerly a subsidiary of Konami) led by Hideo Kojima. The story is set after the events presented in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which served as a prologue. The main hero – Punished Snake – awakes in a hospital bed after having spent 8 years in a coma. Soon after, the hospital is attacked by armed thugs and the protagonist has to escape using help from the mysterious character calling himself Ishmael. In contrast with the previous iterations of the series, the game offers open world structure, giving players much more freedom. The developers also employed a brand new FOX Engine to power the game’s photorealistic visuals and advanced physics.

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Yakuza 0 (PC)
Yakuza 0 (PC)

Action 01 August 2018

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.

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Beat Cop (PC)
Beat Cop (PC)

Adventure 30 March 2017

The result of the independent Polish studio Pixel Crow's cooperation with 11 bit studios, the creators of This War of Mine. Beat cop is a point-and-click time management game. You play as Jack Kelly, a former NYC detective who was framed for murder and demoted. Hated by everyone around, Jack is trying to reconcile his duties with conducting a private investigation in order to discover who framed him. The plot of Beat Cop is non-linear and its many endings depend on your decisions. Interestingly, the game was inspired by American crime TV shows from the 70s and 80s, which is reflected in its atmosphere and humor. The time-management element of the production is most visible when you're patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, while during the investigation segments it becomes a detective/adventure game. Beat Cop has a distinct retro feel thanks to its pixel-art graphics and oldschool soundtrack.

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Firewatch (PC)
Firewatch (PC)

Adventure 09 February 2016

An indie FPP adventure game and the debut production of the American Campo Santo studio. The team comprises of veteran developers, previously working on such titles as The Walking Dead, Mark of the Ninja, BioShock 2, and Brutal Legend. The story of Firewatch takes place in an enormous forest in the American state of Wyoming, where our hero is trying to escape his day-to-day problems by becoming a ranger. This seemingly calm profession turns into an extremely complicated one, when various unexplainable events take place in the area that our character is charged with patrolling. The incidents are directly connected to our hero’s boss – Delilah, with whom we constantly keep in touch via radio. Building up relations with our superior is one of the key aspects of the game, as she is the only NPC featured in the production. The gameplay revolves exclusively around the single player mode; the popular Unity engine powers the game’s visuals.

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Shenmue I & II (PC)
Shenmue I & II (PC)

Action 21 August 2018

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

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PC)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PC)

Action 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.

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Hotline Miami (PC)
Hotline Miami (PC)

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.

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Rambo: The Video Game (PC)
Rambo: The Video Game (PC)

Adventure 21 February 2014

A first-person perspective rail shooter based on the Rambo movie series. The game was developed by Polish studio Teyon Games known for its Heavy Fire series. The story campaign in Rambo: The Video Game consists of a series of missions inspired by movies First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III. The player can fight soulless law enforcers in Hope city, free the captives held in Vietnamese jungle and help the Afghan guerillas. The base of the game are dynamical sequences during which the player must eliminate opponents by guiding a crosshair on them and pulling the trigger. The developers created various weapons which the title character can use. They also used original dialogues from the movies.

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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PC)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PC)

Adventure 14 April 2016

An unusual FPP adventure game that lets you relive the last day of several characters facing impending apocalypse. The game was created by The Chinese Room, the developer known for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Dear Esther. The game is set in a small village in Britain. Each playthrough lasts 60 minutes and you have no clear objectives to follow. The open world is inhabited by 6 independent characters, each one having their own ideas on how to spend the last moments of life. Playing as one of them you get to freely explore the world and interact with other characters to influence their fate and behavior. The game was designed for multiple playthroughs, each time to discover something new and shape the story differently. The game’s world created with CryEngine 3 features high level of interactivity, as almost every object can be manipulated.

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Radical Heights (PC)
Radical Heights (PC)

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A battle royale shooter developed by Boss Key Productions, also known for creating LawBreakers. The game features a wacky 1980s atmosphere. During the game, players ride BMX bikes, jump on trampolines, and (obviously) fight for survival in online matches.

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OMSI The Omnibussimulator (PC)
OMSI The Omnibussimulator (PC)

Simulation 18 February 2011

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Mother Russia Bleeds (PC)
Mother Russia Bleeds (PC)

Fighting 05 September 2016

A brutal beat'em up game offering old-school, pixel-art visuals and paying a tribute to the classics of the genre. The game is set in the former Soviet Union in the 80s. The protagonist of the game is a former boxer, now a wrongly convicted drug addict. Having escaped the prison, he embarks on a bloody quest for vengeance. The protagonist traverses subsequent locations and eliminates the enemies he encounters with his fists or various items. Syringes containing drugs can be used to replenish his energy. Up to four players can play the game simultaneously.

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Crossing Souls (PC)
Crossing Souls (PC)

Action 13 February 2018

A retro-styled action-adventure game featuring RPG elements, created in cooperation by Fourattic and Devolver Digital. The story is set in California, in the year 1986, where a bunch of kids playing in the forest discover a mysterious artifact which allows them to bend the laws of physics and travel across the border between life and death. The unsuspecting characters are thrown into the midst of a government conspiracy led by a ruthless general who wishes to acquire the artifact for his evil purposes. The player observes the levels from above. The gameplay consists mainly of exploration, combat, treasure hunting, and puzzle solving. In the game, the player will have the opportunity to take control of five characters in total - each has their own different skills. The biggest feature of the story comes with the time travels, during which the player encounters hundreds of characters from different historical periods. The game is enriched with cutscenes that bear a resemblance to cartoons from the 80s.

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Knight Rider 2 (PC)
Knight Rider 2 (PC)

Arcade 14 April 2005

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Generation Zero (PC)
Generation Zero (PC)

Action 2019

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

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The Guest (PC)
The Guest (PC)

Adventure 10 March 2016

A first-person adventure game with puzzles, developed by small team at Spanish Team Gotham studio. The Guest takes place in the 80s inside an obscure hotel. The main hero is a Soviet scientist with a mysterious past, who struggles with mental issues due to his medicine addiction. After he wakes up in the middle of the night, he finds the hotel has been completely abandoned, and various obstacles are trying to take his life and prevent him from leaving the building. We move through subsequent hotel rooms trying to get outside, collecting useful items and solving many various puzzles on the way. We also learn that the story of this building somehow related to the hero's dark past.

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Knight Rider (PC)
Knight Rider (PC)

Arcade 22 November 2002

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Miami Vice (PC)
Miami Vice (PC)

Action 03 December 2004

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Interstate '82 (PC)
Interstate '82 (PC)

Racing 18 November 1999

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Stories Untold (PC)
Stories Untold (PC)

Adventure 27 February 2017

An unique horror game by No Code, combining four separate stories. In Stories Untold you play as a person sitting in front of a computer, and your task is to acquaint yourself with a series of eerie recordings. In time, the protagonist immerses themselves in the stories so much that they begin to spot inexplicable things in the nooks of the shabby rooms. The game features a first-person view and you are free to look around your surroundings. The stories take place in varied locations, such as a bedroom or a radio station, all of which are dimply lit to intensify the scary mood. Additionally, the game splendidly captures the atmosphere of the 1980s, in no small part thanks to the unique soundtrack.

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Rambo III (PC)
Rambo III (PC)

Action 23 April 1988

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The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams (PC)
The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams (PC)

Adventure 18 February 2016

A casual adventure game from the hidden object genre, developed for PC and mobiles devices by Gogii Games studio, known for Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse. Once again, creators take us to London during the end of 20th century. We play as a young woman, abandoned by her parents as an infant, who suddenly receives a mysterious invitation, promising to let her meet her mother. The girl quickly travels to the titular Emerald Maiden – and underwater complex for European elite, where something ominous lurks. As a classic hidden object game, Emerald Maiden requires keen eyes which will help you find items, and logical thinking to solve the puzzles. In addition, a dozen of mini-games supplement the gameplay. Those who are less patient can use a system of hints in the form of a robot accompanying heroine.

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