Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
Action 17 September 2013
The fifth major installment in the massively popular action game series developed by Rockstar North in cooperation with Take Two Interactive. Grand Theft Auto V is set in a fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles). The story revolves around adventures of three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton, men infamous for brushing up against the law. The game’s creators stayed true to the franchise tradition of sandbox gameplay model, giving players an unparalleled freedom of choice when it comes to completing missions and moving around the virtual city. The game's budget amounted to 360 million dollars, a record number for a video game.
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Adventure 23 February 2010
An interactive thriller adventure game developed by studio Quantic Dream (Fahrenheit, Omikron: The Nomad Soul). The player controls several seemingly unrelated characters, each with their own storylines and motivations. How the story develops depends greatly on the decisions made by the player as all plots intertwine until they meet at the game's finale. What’s characteristic for the game is its focus on matters of morality and ethics. The developers took extra care to reflect the various types of human behavior and feelings of the characters in as realistic a way as possible. It can be noticed for example in great facial expressions. The game features high quality graphics with spectacular explosions and realistic weather conditions. It also features a pretty grim vibe that successfully builds an atmosphere of sadness and hopelessness.
The Last of Us (PS3)
Action 14 June 2013
An action adventure game in a post-apocalyptic survival horror setting, created by the Naughty Dog developer studio (known mainly from the Uncharted series) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The story of Last of Us takes place in the nearby future – 20 years after a mysterious plague decimated the humanity and led to the fall of civilization. Two people – smuggler Joel (controlled by player) and a teenage orphan, Ellie, try to survive in a world filled with dangers. The gameplay revolves around exploring locations and fighting enemies using guns and environment (stones, table legs etc.). In addition to the single player campaign, the game offers fully functional online multiplayer with three different game modes: Supply Raid, Survivors, and Interrogation.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Adventure 08 October 2013
A thriller movie-inspired action adventure game. The game was developed by French studio Quantic Dream, creators of such hits as Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit. The plot of Beyond: Two Souls shows fifteen years of life of Jodie Holmes (who is modeled after and voice acted by Ellen Page, Oscar nominee). Since birth, the woman was connected to Aiden, an incorporeal creature that ventured into our world. The game is considered an “interactive drama” as it focuses mostly on storytelling, moral choices, and the cinematic experience. The developers from Quantic Dream took care to deliver high-quality, photorealistic graphics, sound effects, and animations created using the motion capture technology.
God of War III (PS3)
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.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
RPG 11 November 2011
A heroic action RPG and the fifth main installment in the popular The Elder Scrolls franchise. Bethesda Softworks once again takes the players to the fantasy continent of Tamriel. The plot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set 200 years after the events depicted in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The main character is the last of the Dragonborn (Dovahkiin), a human (or a member of one of the several other available races) able to wield the powerful magic of dragons. With the arrival of the last Dragonborn, an old prophecy heralding the return of Alduin - the dragon god of destruction - is set into motion. The game combines elements of dynamic action with Bethesda-style cRPG, featuring a complex system of character development and a vast, open world. High quality visuals in the game are generated by the Creation Engine, Bethesda's original graphics engine.
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Action 18 May 2010
The second game in the Rockstar Games’ Wild West video game franchise that began with 2004 release of the successful Red Dead Revolver for sixth generation consoles. Red Dead Redemption tells a completely new, independent story set at the beginning of the 20th century. This time, you play as an outlaw named John Marston. Trying to find his place in the quickly changing reality of the Wild West, he gets entangled into a complex intrigue, which involves cowboys, native americans, and big-shot industrialists. As you play, you get to explore the vast open world, similar in structure to what we know from Grand Theft Auto series, and undertake a series of story missions and numerous side quests. The game features all the famous Wild West hallmarks, including horse chases and showy duels. Thanks to the RAGE engine, known from GTA IV, it was possible to create a true frontier experience with many distinctive locations and characters, multitude of wildlife, dynamically changing weather, and a day and night cycle.
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Action 29 April 2008
The fourth installment in a best-selling action game franchise. The title was developed by Rockstar North Studios under the supervision of Chris Sawyer. The protagonist of Grand Theft Auto IV is Niko Bellic, an immigrant from Eastern Europe who recently came to America, where he starts a career in the criminal underground. The sandbox gameplay model gives the player much freedom in exploration of Liberty City, a virtual metropolis, where you can move around using various vehicles (cars, motorbikes, and helicopters, among others). How the story unfolds depends on the player’s choices regarding order in which the missions are completed. Apart from single player gameplay, Grand Theft Auto IV offers online or LAN multiplayer for up to 32 people.
Game of Thrones (PS3)
RPG 15 May 2012
Another attempt to recreate the universe of the popular HBO TV series (based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin) in the form of video game. This time it was created by the French studio Cyanide, known for sports games Chaos League and Blood Bowl. The result is a third-person RPG the plot of which is set in the world from the novels but tells a brand new story with fresh characters. You take part in events from the perspective of two heroes – Mors Westford from the Night's Watch and Alester who is returning to Westeros from exile. The gameplay is based mostly on classic RPG mechanics, with choosing various classes and careers and developing a character by gaining experience points. However, the developer designed an original combat system, which, unlike mechanics in typical hack’n’slash games, requires focusing on tactics and combining various actions, both offensive and defensive, in deadly sequences.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS3)
RPG 18 November 2014
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third part of a cRPG series, which started in 2009 with the debut of Dragon Age: Origins. Once again BioWare took on the development of the production in cooperation with Electronic Arts. The game is set in a fantasy world of Thedas, and the main theme of the plot is a demon invasion. The player becomes a leader of the Inquisition burdened with two tasks: stopping the creatures invading from spirit world - the Fade, and finding the ones responsible for bringing them to the world of mortals. The gameplay is based on classic cRPG solutions with a focus on world exploration, tactical combat, team-building, and making ethical choices that affect the course of the story. On the technical side, Dragon Age: Inquisition employs the Frostbite 3 engine (known for Battlefield 4, among others) which provides high-quality audiovisual environment.
Action 04 October 2011
A first-person shooter featuring sandbox elements, set in a post-apocalyptic world. Rage is the first new IP created by id Software since 1996. The action takes place on Earth, though the planet was devastated by an asteroid. The protagonist has to face the new, brutal reality. Making allies among other survivors, they stand up to the military regime in order to fight for their future. The player completes subsequent story missions (rather simplistic) given by one of the parties involved in the conflict. Although the missions themselves follow the patterns established by classic first-person shooters, the protagonist is capable of using various vehicles and parts of equipment. The latter can be crafted by the protagonist, once the player has obtained adequate schematics. The single-player campaign is complemented by two multiplayer modes. The players can take part in classic deathmatches, in which vehicles can be used; they can also participate in scenarios created exclusively for the co-op mode.
Risen 3: Titan Lords (PS3)
RPG 12 August 2014
An action-RPG and the third part of the Risen trilogy, created by German developer Piranha Bytes. In Risen 3: Titan Lords the creators dropped the pirate themes in favor of a Medieval-inspired dark fantasy setting. You take on a role of a hero whose soul has been devoured by the Shadow Lord. Depending on the choices you make throughout the game, the hero may once again become human or follow the demonic path. Like the previous Risen games, this one too employs third person perspective and features well-proven melee combat mechanics enriched with a blocking system. From technical side, Risen 3: Titan Lords runs on a modified version of the engine previously used in Risen 2: Dark Waters.
Demon's Souls (PS3)
RPG 05 February 2009
A dark and brutal action RPG developed by the Japanese From Software studio in cooperation with Atlus. The story is set in the kingdom of Boletaria. The realm's overambitious king wished to obtain even more power and attempted to make a deal with dark forces. As a result, powerful evil has awakened. The player-controlled character is the land's only hope now, for the protagonist is the only one capable of defeating the hordes of demons that were set free by the king's greed. The game offers ten character classes, each having their own different skills and equipment. The game emphasizes combat with different kinds of weapons - each has their own special attacks and character animations. In combat, the player can cast spells and use miracles, based on the faith attribute. Whether the protagonist becomes a better warrior or a mage depends on the development choices made by the player. A prominent feature of the game is the multiplayer mode allowing players to leave tips and warnings for other players.
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
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.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS3)
Another installment in the popular series of action adventure games, once again developed by Crystal Dynamics, the studio that brought us the successful reboot of the franchise. In terms of plot, the game continues the story arcs started in the previous part. Again we accompany the young, although tougher and more ruthless, Lara Croft. Unlike in the previous game, this time we visit different parts of the world, exploring larger and more open places. As for the mechanics, the production combines the survival aspects of its predecessor with the exploration of the many tombs and catacombs, which is the hallmark of the series. The gameplay is therefore full of numerous stealth elements as well as purely arcade sequences, including open exchanges of fire. Lara also uses a number of brand new weapons and gadgets. Designed for eighth-generation console, the production features high-quality graphics, which represents an important rise in quality as compared to the previous parts of the series.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Action 13 October 2009
The sequel to the very enthusiastically received action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and released in 2007 on the consoles of Sony Company. In Uncharted 2, once again you play as the adventurer Nathan Drake. The story focuses on search for a powerful artifact which has the power to change the fate of the world. During the game, you will visit various exotic locations, accompanied by both the characters known from the first installment as well as some completely new faces. Since a ruthless warlord and his private army follow the trail of the artifact as well, the game is full of dynamic action elements and battles. As opposed to the previous game, the developers decided to make the gameplay more varied by increasing the number of Nathan’s abilities and available weapons. The puzzle system has changed as well, to solve many puzzles a cooperation with your allies will be required. The game is once again presented in a very spectacular, cinematic style and filled with witty cutscenes.
Dark Souls II (PS3)
RPG 11 March 2014
A sequel to the hit action RPG Dark Souls, a game famous due to its very high difficulty level. Dark Souls II was developed by the Japanese studio From Software in collaboration with Namco Bandai. The player controls a character traversing a dark fantasy world in search of a way to free himself from a curse. The story is shown not chronologically, in a fragmented way and explanations are often hidden in dialogues and item descriptions. Similarly as in its 2011 predecessor, the gameplay focuses mostly on exploration, difficult arcade combat and character progression. Multiplayer mode was greatly modified, but it still features the hallmark of the series – the advice left in the game world by other players.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Action 01 November 2011
The third installment of the very popular series of action-adventure games created by Naughty Dog. The story of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception tells another tale of the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. This time the main protagonist must find the legendary city of Ubar. A group of thugs led by Katherine Marlowe is standing on his way. The basic fundaments of the gameplay haven’t changed. The developers from Naughty Dog wanted to combine elements of adventure game, action game, shooter and even beat’em up genre with a cinematic feel. In comparison to previous installments of the series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception offers much more advanced multiplayer mode and visuals that push the PlayStation 3’ power to the limit.
Mortal Kombat X (PS3)
A sequel to the 2011 game created by NetherRealm, which restored the leading position in gaming to Mortal Kombat, a long-standing, cult fighting game franchise launched in 1993 by the Midway / Acclaim duet. Once again, we get a wide array of playable fighters – both known from the previous games in the series, as well as brand new ones. Moreover, each one comes in several varieties, differing in tactics and combat style. Duels are fought on 2.5D arenas filled with interactive elements that you can use in combat. There is of course no shortage of spectacular finishers, so-called fatalities. The game’s core features an expansive story mode set 25 years after the events presented in the previous game. The authors implemented numerous both local and online multiplayer modes, enabling the players to compete with one another in a global struggle for primacy.
Fallout: New Vegas (PS3)
RPG 19 October 2010
Fallout: New Vegas is a spin-off to the famous post-apocalyptic cRPG series. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, studio founded by ex-employees of Black Isle Studios (the creators of Fallout and Fallout 2). The story in Fallout: New Vegas focuses on a conflict between two factions: New California Republic and Caesar’s Legion, with the mysterious Mr. House and the citizens of New Vegas in the middle. The player takes on the role of a courier that saved from imminent death by a friendly robot named Victor. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game copies the solutions from Fallout 3. Depending on your preferences, you can play either in first or third person perspective. Moreover, a well-proven combat system called V.A.T.S. comes back, letting you pause the game and select a part of enemy body you want to aim at. The visuals are powered by a modified version of Gamebryo Engine, previously used e.g. in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)
Action 19 November 2007
Third-person action adventure game that came out as Sony’s response to the unwavering popularity of the Tomb Raider franchise. The game was created by Naughty Dog, an experienced developer known for such cult game series, as Crash Bandicoot or Jack and Daxter. Uncharted lets you play as a young man named Nathan, a (self-proclaimed) descendant of one of the world’s greatest sailors and wayfarers – Sir Francis Drake. The protagonist’s journey begins as Sir Francis’ coffin is extracted from the sea bottom. Instead of a body, the coffin contains a journal describing a mysterious island, where lie the answers to the final fate of his supposed ancestor as well as one of the world's greatest treasures. The game features action-adventure gameplay, mostly boiling down to traversing various locations, simple puzzle solving, and dynamic shootouts. Combat mechanics offers a cover system similar to the one featured in the Gears of War series. At the time of release, the game offered top quality visuals with detailed character animations.
Tomb Raider (PS3)
Action 05 March 2013
The tenth iteration of adventures of Lara Croft, released as a reboot of the original, cult action-adventure series - Tomb Raider. The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics Studios under the auspices of Eidos Montreal. Their goal was to re-imagine the heroine in a new, grittier way. The game is set on an island near the coast of Japan, where young Lara Croft came in search for relics of ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, she gets shipwrecked during a storm. The protagonist survives, but now she has to fight for survival in a mysterious, deadly place. As compared with the previous installments, the new Tomb Raider offers much greater freedom of exploration, and introduces some innovations in gameplay mechanics, such as crafting and a character progression system. The game is powered by the very efficient Crystal Engine, able to generate high quality visuals.
Action 17 December 2013
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Mortal Kombat (PS3)
Fighting 19 April 2011
A brutal fighting game and a reboot of the Mortal Kombat video game series - one of the most popular fighting-oriented franchises, launched back in 1992. The game was created by NetherRealm and the works were supervised by Ed Boon - the father of the series. This new installment is based on the best mechanics of its predecessors, both improving and modernizing the classic Mortal Kombat experience. Thus brutal fighting is the core of the game - fights are filled with spectacular special attacks and creative ways of finishing off the enemy. The players received a massive number of both well-known and completely new fighters. The new X-Ray system was introduced as well, allowing the player to launch special attack sequences. New game modes were also added, including challenges, Story Mode and Tag Team, which allows two teams of two players to fight against each other. Combining classic elements with the new can be also observed in the visuals that combine 2D and 3D elements.
Diablo III (PS3)
RPG 03 September 2013
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.
Dying Light (PS3)
An first-person perspective survival horror game, created by the Polish developer Techland, known for Dead Island and the Call of Juarez series, among others. The player assumes the role of a character who is trying to survive in a zombie-infested metropolis. The sandbox gameplay of Dying Light is divided into two phases. During the day, the game puts main focus on exploration and acquisition of raw materials and weapons, while at night players must face hordes of the living dead. The creators wanted to put the accent on two gameplay elements: thrilling combat with a variety of weapons (including crafted ones), and dynamic movement throughout the city, enabling the players to overcome terrain obstacles using parkour. In addition to a single-player campaign, Dying Light also offers a four-person cooperation mode via the Internet.