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.
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.
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.
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.
The Last of Us: Left Behind (PS3)
Action 14 February 2014
An official story expansion for 2013's The Last of Us, created by Naughty Dog. Left Behind is a prequel to the original game, and it focuses on Ellie and her best friend Riley attending a military school in the quarantined area. One day a series of dramatic events occurs, changing both of their lives forever. The premise becomes an excuse to depict the bonds growing between the two characters. The main story is mingled with a subplot which concerns tthe adventures of Ellie and Riley set within the story of the original game. The basic gameplay mechanics have not changed, but since we play as a teenage girl, the gameplay's focus on open combat is substantially reduced.
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.
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.
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.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Action 12 June 2008
The fourth full-fledged installment in a popular series of stealth-action games created by Hideo Kojima and Konami for the PlayStation consoles. Solid Snake is back again, unfortunately, his is also not at his best due to genetic experiments from the past. The story is set five years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2. It depicts a world of the near future where military corporations fight each other in the name of their bosses. The protagonist is sent to the Middle East to stop his officially dead sibling, Liquid, from gathering a huge army that could create a global threat if allowed to launched an armed insurrection. In terms of the gameplay mechanics, the game combines all the best elements of the previous installments with several new features, such as an improved combat system in confined space, a new method of camouflage or a gadget called Solid Eye.
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.
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.
Max Payne 3 (PS3)
Action 15 May 2012
The third installment in a series of action-packed TPP shooters with persisting noir movie atmosphere. Max Payne 3 was developed by Rockstar Games, who took over the franchise from Remedy Entertainment. The game is set some years after the events presented in the second part of the series. Max Payne, an ex-officer of the New York Police, is forced to accept a job as a bodyguard for an influential family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Seemingly trivial job soon turns into a vicious struggle for survival. The creators of Max Payne 3 aimed to retain the atmosphere characteristic for the first two games. There is also the series’ trademark feature – bullet-time (slow-motion sequences). At the same time, combat mechanics was overhauled, focusing around a newly introduced cover system.
Fallout 3 (PS3)
RPG 28 October 2008
The third installment in the popular series of post-apocalyptic cRPGs. Bethesda Softworks, best known for The Elder Scrolls series, took the reins of the production. The main story arc focuses on the search for our character’s father. During the journey, the main protagonist, called the Lone Wanderer, learns of Project Purity, which could provide water for the inhabitants of the Wasteland. The developers have designed several variants of the main campaign's end, depending on the choices made by the player. They remained faithful to the extensive system of character’s attributes, S.P.E.C.I.A.L., known from the previous games in the Fallout series. The gameplay, however, is characteristic of action games, and features dynamic combat sequences. The three-dimensional visuals of Fallout 3 are generated by the Gamebryo engine.
Mafia II (PS3)
Action 24 August 2010
A sequel to the popular gangster game - the first Mafia was released in 2002. This new title was developed by the creators of the original game – also known for games like Hidden & Dangerous and Vietcong – working for the 2K Games company. The second part tells a completely new story; however, it contains multiple references to the previous title. The protagonist is a man named Vito Scaletta, who returns to his home city of Empire Bay after the end of Second World War; the city itself is a virtual creation heavily inspired by New York. Trying to find himself in a new, peaceful reality, Vito picks up jobs for the local criminal underground, gradually climbing up the mafia hierarchy. Apart from traditional shootouts with rival gangs, kidnappings, and getaways, there are lots of extra attractions, such as clothing stores and car customization options. A new game engine significantly improved the graphics and features like day and night cycle.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS3)
Action 04 December 2015
The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS3)
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.
Hitman: Absolution (PS3)
Action 20 November 2012
An action game with stealth features and the fifth major entry in the Hitman series. Hitman: Absolution’s development has been handed to a Danish studio Io-Interactive, a subsidiary of Square Enix. Its story shows the further life of Agent 47. The perfect assassin has been betrayed by his supervisors. In order to survive, he must make use of his extraordinary skills and experience. Like in previous games, the core of gameplay in Hitman: Absolution is the elimination of given targets. The players are given a lot of freedom at choosing their way to complete the job, although more creative solutions are better rewarded. The game's appealing visuals are generated by the Glacier 2 engine. Developers also made use of the motion-capture technology to accurately recreate the facial expressions of the characters.
Sleeping Dogs (PS3)
Action 14 August 2012
A sandbox TPP action game. The plot of Sleeping Dogs draws inspiration from Asian action movies, especially the works by John Woo. The main protagonist, detective Wei Shen, tries to infiltrate the structures of a dangerous criminal organization called Sun On Yee. In order to gain the gangsters’ trust, the policeman needs to complete quests for them and come up through the ranks of the organization. The game’s mechanics combine elements of action, shooting, unarmed combat, and even racing. The player has complete freedom in the exploration of virtual Hong Kong and completing side quests. The game emphasizes the moral aspects, depicting the dilemmas experienced by an undercover policeman.
Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
RPG 18 January 2011
A sequel to the bestselling action RPG developed by BioWare, continuing the story of Commander Shepard, who nearly lost his life attacked by a mysterious enemy after having beaten the Reapers during the final moments of Mass Effect. Restored to life by an enigmatic organization called Cerberus and considered rogue by his former allies, the protagonist assembles a team of daredevils capable of facing a new threat: the Collectors. In the game, we meet both the characters we met in the prequel, as well as a cast of entirely new heroes with unique physical and biotic abilities. As far as the gameplay mechanics are concerned, greater emphasis was placed on action elements, including a new, dynamic combat system. Character development and the equipment screen were, in turn, slightly simplified. What’s interesting, we can transfer our character from Mass Effect 1 to play the game. In such case, all moral choices will carry over and have some sort of consequences in Mass Effect 2.
Watch Dogs (PS3)
Action 27 May 2014
A third person perspective (TPP) action game developed by Ubisoft company’s subsidiaries led by Ubisoft Montreal. Watch_Dogs is set in the near future in Chicago, one of many American metropolitan areas, whose infrastructure is managed by the Central Operating System (CtOS). The game’s protagonist is Aiden Pearce, a talented hacker able to hack almost every electronic device and use it to provoke a specific reaction or influence other people’s behavior. Gameplay is set in an open world, providing the player with the freedom to complete the missions as he sees fit. Gameplay combines elements of a third person shooter, stealth, and action-adventure game. Watch_Dogs also includes a multiplayer system with a unique feature – other players’ actions can influence the single player campaign.
Mass Effect (PS3)
RPG 04 December 2012
A science-fiction action RPG developed by BioWare, the creators of such cult games as Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights. The story takes place at the end of the 22nd century. The players assume the role of Commander Shepard, the first human Spectre agent, tasked with the mission of stopping a rogue Spectre - Saren Arterius - after the protagonist discovered that his opponent had allied himself with a terrifying foe: an ancient race of intelligent machines called the Reapers, whose only objective is to wipe out all sentient organic life in the galaxy The game skillfully combines classic RPG elements with the premises and gameplay of a modern action game. Apart from exploration, numerous dialogues, various quests and moral choices, the game features dynamic, tactical combat, where we lead a 3-member squad. The game awards us with experience points to develop our characters and enhance our arsenal of futuristic weapons and gadgets.