The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3)
RPG 01 November 2011
A multiplayer-focused action role-playing game, taking place in the famous Lord of the Rings universe. The game was developed by Snowblind, creators of e.g. the console edition of the legendary Baldur's Gate. You play as a man, an elf or a dwarf, fighting the forces of Sauron and participating in the events in the norther part of Middle-Earth, happening concurrently to the main story of the Lord of the Rings novel. Depending on your chosen character, the gameplay mechanics vary slightly, and you use different abilities. The story unfolds depending on your choices, enabling us to do many sidequests. Of course, your character can level up and gain new useful abilities. The game can be completed in a three-person co-op mode or in a singleplayer mode, in which you are supported by AI-controlled party members.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (PS3)
RPG 19 August 2014
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is the first expansion pack for the best-selling action RPG game, Diablo III. The add-on created by the Blizzard Entertainment’s development team has added a fifth act to the main campaign, in which Malthael, the Angel of Death, is determined to put an end to the war between celestial beings and demons; the Black Stone binding Diablo’s soul is supposed to help him achieve this goal. The expansion also introduces a new playable character – Crusader – and raises the limit of character’s experience level to 70. In addition, the creators decided to modify the loot system; now we find it less often, but it is more valuable and better suited to a particular hero. Some changes have also been introduced to the visuals, making them much darker than in the original version of the game.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3)
RPG 04 March 2014
A cRPG game based on the popular adult animated TV series South Park. South Park: The Stick of Truth was co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original animated series – Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The player assumes the role of a kid who, together with his parents, just moved in to the titular town and tries to win his peers’ sympathy. Shared LARP (Live Action Role Playing), in which Cartman and his friends take part, gives the hero a chance to prove himself. The plot of South Park: The Stick of Truth is filled to capacity with absurd humor and references to popular culture. The creators applied elements of classic cRPG mechanics, like character classes, turn-based combat, gaining experience, and reaching higher levels. The production features cartoon-like graphics.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3)
RPG 07 February 2012
A third-person action RPG set in the universe created by the popular fantasy/sf writer, R. A. Salvatore. The game was developed by the debuting 38 Studios in cooperation with the experienced Big Huge Games, the creators of the Rise of Nations series, among others. We assume the role of a mysterious hero who was resurrected with the use of the magical Well of Souls. Our task is to uncover what powers are behind our revival and why—contrary to other inhabitants of Amalur—we have no destiny. The gameplay combines elements of an epic RPG, in which we perform subsequent quests and explore the vast world, with a dynamic combat system that somewhat resembles the one from the God of War series. Although the classical RPG mechanics are slightly simplified in the game, the developers implemented an extensive character development system that allows our character to master 60 different skills.
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (PS3)
RPG 12 May 2009
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.
Dragon's Crown (PS3)
RPG 25 July 2013
A 2D RPG developed by Japanese studio Vanillaware. The game combines elements of such genres as classic beat’em up games, platformers and fantasy RPGs. In Dragon’s Crown the player becomes a hero looking for gold and glory. Together with his companions, the protagonist is trying to obtain the eponymous treasure hidden deep in an underground labyrinth. In order to reach their objective, the heroes must pass through forgotten ruins and face monsters inhabiting them. The protagonist can belong to one of six character classes with various abilities. During the game the player can move only in two directions and the gameplay is fast and intensive. Many various opponents will try to stop the player, to defeat each of them different battle strategies must be employed. The greatest challenge are the boss battles, usually consisting of several phases. The game focuses mostly on a cooperation mode for up to four players.
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.
Overlord: Raising Hell (PS3)
RPG 20 June 2008
An action game with RPG features. The title was developed by Triumph Studios. The player is taken to a classic fantasy world. However, contrary to the typical genre tropes, this time they assume the role of a lord of darkness. The main character’s greatest wish is to take over the world. Hordes of minions with various abilities are helping them in achieving this goal. In Overlord the player is fighting legions of opponents by sending his small, brave, but very stupid followers to a certain death. They are for example very effective when it comes to triggering explosives, but if needed they can also jump into a fire or down a cliff. Although the game is filled with unique humor and a bit tongue-in-cheek, it also contains a bar that represents the corruption level of the protagonist. The player can transform the protagonist into a true evil lord. However he can also change him into a lord protector, for example by helping the citizens of a besieged city. The title has nice looking, colorful graphics that use a slightly cartoonish style.
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening (PS3)
RPG 16 March 2010
An official expansion for the bestselling RPG game Dragon Age: Origins created by BioWare. The story of the expansion starts a few months after the events that occurred in the basic game. The protagonist is tasked with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens which was decimated during the great Battle of Ostagar. What makes the quest harder is the fact that, despite the defeat of the powerful archdemon, the dark forces did not return underground and remain a threat for the whole Ferelden. In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening the player can visit a previously unavailable realm called Amaranthine, encounter never before seen beasts and obtain new specializations, talents, skills and spells. Five new characters and the dwarf Oghren known from the basic game can join the player’s party. One can play the expansion by importing his character from the basic game or by creating a completely new one which will automatically gain the required experience level.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PS3)
RPG 26 September 2013
Another installment in the popular Japanese RPG series developed by Nihon Falcom Corp. Once again, the players get to travel to the land of Zemuria, more exactly to the territory known as Erebonia, where the Thors Military Academy is located. The school is attended by children of both gentry and common citizens – the exception being the 7th grade comprising only the main protagonists of the game. The action of the game is set during one school year, in which the students increase their skills, acquire military experience, and overcome the differences that divide them. The background of the story is filled with ever-growing tensions in the society that might result in an outbreak of a civil war. The plot of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel features a non-linear structure and is shaped by the decisions made by the players. In comparison to the previous installments in the series, this game stands out with its multiple improvements, the most prominent being the TPP perspective, which has replaced the typical for the series top down perspective. Additionally, the game features more dialogues and a modified combat system. Once again, battles are turn-based, however, they are more dynamic because of the combo system enabling players to mount spectacular and powerful attack sequences. Moreover, the choices a player makes throughout the game affect the combat efficiency of particular characters.
Alpha Protocol (PS3)
RPG 28 May 2010
An espionage action game with distinct RPG elements, developed by Obsidian Entertainment. The player assumes the role of Michael Thorton – a secret agent whose main task is to unravel a conspiracy that threatens the political balance of the entire world. During his adventure, the main protagonist visits different parts of the globe (such as Rome, Moscow, and Taipei), and the task he has been assigned requires him to make difficult decisions, resulting in measurable results later on. In Alpha Protocol: The Espionage RPG the action is presented from a third-person perspective. Key gameplay aspects are the conversations with NPCs that one can handle in three ways (aggressive, professional, and suave) – the approach taken by the player has a direct effect on the interlocutors’ behavior and might result in either acquiring new friends or severing relations with a given organization. Depending on the chosen specialty, missions can be executed in a number of different ways – nothing stands in the player’s way to initiate shootouts; however, it is also worth considering to sneak past enemies and take them down from surprise. As the story progresses, Michael makes use of a constantly growing number of both active and passive skills. Moreover, for each achievement one receives additional perks, which offer stat bonuses and additional experience. The character development system is well complimented with diversified equipment comprising armor, weapons, and gadgets.
Dungeon Siege III (PS3)
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.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (PS3)
RPG 15 September 2009
A sequel to the action RPG by Activision, set in the Marvel’s superhero universe. The game was initially released in 2009 and then remastered with PC and the 8th-generation consoles in mind. The plot of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 starts when the S.H.I.E.L.D. comes across traces of dangerous criminal activity. Mysterious creatures equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and advanced technology stand up to a team of superheroes that consists of Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Daredevil, among others. The player’s task is to discover who is behind the entire scheme. Mechanics-wise, the production does not deviate significantly from the solutions of its predecessor. The most important novelty is the fusion system that allows two different superheroes to use one special power. The game’s plot can also develop non-linearly, depending on the choices made during dialogues.
Overlord II (PS3)
RPG 23 June 2009
A sequel to the unusual action game with RPG features, that was developed by Triumph Studios. Similarly to its predecessor, in this game the player assumes the role of an antihero who wants to become a dark lord. However, an evil empire inspired by Roman Empire is standing in his way. The protagonist must conquer various kingdoms in order to eliminate his opponents. In Overlord II the player once more controls not only the main character, but his minions as well. The minions gained some new abilities, including the ability to ride various creatures, assemble into military formations and destroy the surrounding objects. This time the player participates in a war on a much greater scale than in first entry in the series. The game features catchy graphics that use a slightly cartoonish visual style.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS3)
RPG 23 April 2013
An expanded version of the third-person action RPG, initially released in 2012, developed exclusively for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by Capcom. The action takes place in a vast fantasy world filled with a myriad of mythical creatures. The protagonist is a chosen one who comes back to life, after having been killed by a dragon, to slay his murdered and uncover the truth about his own identity. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, apart from the story campaign featured in the original, offers an additional adventure set in a completely new location, the cursed island of Bitterblack. In addition to a number of new quests, the production introduces a third skill level in character development, lots of new equipment, as well as new enhancements and modification methods. The game is complemented by all minor DLCs that came out after the launch of the basic version. Furthermore, the developers have improved several gameplay mechanics, which translates into an even better gaming experience.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS3)
RPG 02 April 2015
A complete, improved edition of the best selling action RPG created by From Software, released at the start of 2014 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game once again takes place in a gritty fantasy world. The main protagonist is trying to find a way to lift his curse. During the journey he will participate in challenging duels during which he will use both traditional weaponry and an arsenal of magical attacks. As the game progress, the character gains experience and he can be developed in various ways. The new edition contains all story DLCs, depicting his search for the three crowns of legendary rulers. The developers expanded the story of the basic game, added new NPCs, improved the item descriptions, and balanced the character progression system. Additionally, the owners of PCs and eighth generation consoles can enjoy improved graphics that fully utilize the power of their hardware.
Child of Light (PS3)
RPG 29 April 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.