The Outer Worlds (PS4)
Action RPG game created by Obsidian Entertainment studio. The Outer Worlds takes us to the retrofuturistic universe, to be more precise, to the destructible Halcyon colony, which is the furthest point on earth. The fate of this place, as well as that of the hero himself, depends on the choices made by the player.
Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4)
A science-fiction RPG title based on tabletop role-playing game Cyberpunk. This production was developed by CD Projekt RED studio – the team who gained worldwide acclaim thanks to its successful The Witcher series – actively supported by the co-writer of the original system, Mike Pondsmith. The story takes you to the year 2077, featuring technically advanced, albeit corrupted world of the future. The game is set in Night City, a place known well to the fans of Cyberpunk universe, where ominous intrigues and secrets thrive. While exploring the game’s open world, you learn the complex, multi-threaded narrative through numerous dialogues, which often put you up against tough moral choices. Classes and character progression system, combat model, as well as dozens of in-game augmentations were inspired of the original role-playing system. The visual side of the game is built on enhanced version of Red engine, previously used in The Witcher 3.
Path of Exile (PS4)
RPG February 2019
An online action RPG from Grinding Gear Games, a developer team from New Zealand. The action of Path of Exile is set in a fantasy world which was destroyed by a grand cataclysm. The players assume the role of exiles who try to survive in the dangerous continent of Wraeclast. The gameplay is focused on cooperation in teams of several players that traverse instance-based locations together. Each character can be developed choosing from more than 1300 skills. Visually, Path of Exile is inspired by the classics of the action RPG genre (Diablo, Sacred, and others), including the isometric camera. The game is free-to-play, but offers some additional facilities and items via optional micropayments.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PS4)
RPG May 2019
A sequel to the successful RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment. The story told in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire follows the threads started in the first installment of the series. Eothas, the god of renewal and light, comes back to life and takes the form of a statue buried under the protagonist’s keep. Although the stronghold gets destroyed, the main hero survives. From now on, he or she has to pursue a new goal, which is to hunt down Eothas as well as find answers to questions that can bring chaos to the world of gods and mortals. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire takes the player to the eponymous Deadfire archipelago in the far east. In this new region you can travel not only on foot, but also by ship. While controlling your party of characters, in the classic isometric view, you get to explore different locations, complete missions of varying importance and fight with opponents met on the way. Note that the world of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire lives a life of its own, and the choices you made in the first game have consequences here too. Some changes and improvements were made to the User Interface and dialogue system as well as the visuals, which now feature dynamic weather.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
A modern remake of one of the most popular jRPG games of all times, developed for PlayStation 4 by the long-standing publisher of the Final Fantasy series, Japanese company Square Enix. The game is set in a universe that combines technology and fantasy elements. The player becomes a former soldier and mercenary, who joins an insurgent group called AVALANCHE. Its objective is to put an end to activities of the Shinra corporation that drains the planet’s energy, leading to an imminent end of the world. The remake stays true to the original mechanics, which boil down to exploration, conversations, character progression, and turn-based combat. The game features brand new graphics, as pre-rendered backgrounds gave way to fully 3D locations. Furthermore, the cartoonish character designs were dropped and look much more realistic.
Kingdom Hearts III (PS4)
RPG 29 January 2019
A third main entry in the popular jRPG series, started in 2002 on PlayStation 2 console. The production, developed by Square-Enix, is a closing act of the story taking place in a unique fantasy universe, which combines the worlds of several movies and TV dramas created by Disney with the Final Fantasy series. The main characters are Sora, Riku, and Kairi from the previous games, along with well-known Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Goofy. We witness the final face-off between light and dark, the latter embodied by an organization named XIII, led by master Xehanort. While the visuals have been significantly enhanced, Kingdom Hearts III employs the mechanics and fighting system known from its predecessors. We observe the game’s world from third-person perspective, while during the real-time battles we can count on the support from our two allies, each with a unique set of skills.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PS4)
Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a classic RPG developed by Owlcat Games in cooperation with the one and only Chris Avellone. The game is based on the popular Pathfinder RPG system and takes the players to a typical fantasy land where they will have to build their own kingdom and defend it. We observe the game from an isometric point of view and, as we play, control a party made of characters with different abilities. During our adventures we will explore a vast realm where we will complete primary and side quests, and fight with the encountered enemies. In combat, we can use magic and typical fantasy weapons. Managing our kingdom plays a crucial role in the game. We will have to build settlements, towns, and strongholds, and make various decisions that reflect our hero's nature.
Biomutant is an open world RPG developed by Experiment 101 and published by THQ Nordic. The game takes the players to a peculiar world inhabited by humanoid animals – the universe combines post-apocalyptic science fiction elements with themes from Wuxia movies. Upon starting their adventure, the player has to create their character from scratch and develop them as the story progresses – one can choose multiple cyber-implants and mutations enabling their character to use certain special abilities. During the story campaign, one can explore the vast open world and complete consecutive tasks. The most important aspect of the game, however, is fighting numerous foes and making a good use of the arcade combat system, which allows the player to utilize various firearms and multiple types of melee weapons. Also important are the companion droids, which can be developed and modified by players. Moreover, the game features a crafting system. The exploration is even more entertaining due to the access to multiple means of transportation, such as jet skis, balloons, and flying saucers.
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep (PS4)
The fourth installment in the legendary RPG series launched back in the mid-80s. The title was developed by inXile entertainment thanks to the funds raised at Kickstarter, and its production was overseen by Brian Fargo, the creator of the initial entry of the franchise. The action takes place in the fantasy world known from previous installments of the series. The city of Skara Brae is its center. From there, the players set out to conquer numerous ruins and dungeons leading a party consisting of various races and classes, which influences the course of the plot as well as the attitude of the encountered NPCs. The available locations are grid-based in design, while combat takes place in an unusual, phase turn-based system that allows our party members to perform two actions simultaneously and thus achieve a synergy effect of various skill combinations. Bardic music also plays an important role during the fights. The ballads were recorded in Gaelic language.
RPG 12 February 2019
A sandbox RPG set in a fantasy world. In Outward the player can join one of four factions that compete with each other. Each faction offers a unique storyline and unique character development paths. The realm the player is exploring is a dynamical place with changing weather conditions, seasons and NPCs that have their own things to take care of. Due to the autosave system, each decision and failure is final and cannot be changed. After being defeated, the protagonist wakes up with no equipment or in slavery. The developers intended to simulate the whole career of an adventurer – from humble beginnings to retirement. An experienced, retired warrior can provide his successor with some of his equipment and teach him skills, so that he can continue the journey. The title also features an arcade combat system, survival features and a crafting system. Outward offers a cooperation mode that enables the players to play locally or through the internet.
NiOh 2 (PS4)
A sequel to the souls-like game from 2017. It was developed by the creators of the first entry in the series, Team Ninja. In NiOh 2, the players once again assume the role of a samurai who faces hostile men and mythical creatures.
Project Awakening (PS4)
An action-RPG title from the Japanese studio Cygames. Project Awakening takes the players to a fantasy world where they must face many dangers, including huge monsters like in the Monster Hunter series.
GreedFall is another RPG developed by the studio Spiders with the help from Focus Home Interactive. GreedFall is set in a original universe stylized after the 17th century United States. The game takes place on an island where people live in harmony with nature and the supernatural. Things get complicated when the colonists arrive. Our protagonist ends up right in the middle of the conflict between the natives and the colonial forces. Gameplay does not differ that much from what we could see in the previous games developed by Spiders - we will fight with the encountered enemies. In combat, we will mostly use cold steel weapons. Pistols, muskets, and magic are secondary. Exploration and crafting also play a crucial role in the game. There are many possible ways we can choose when approaching oppositions (diplomacy, open fights, sneaking).
Underworld Ascendant (PS4)
Considered the spiritual successor to the classic Ultima Underworld, Underworld Ascendant is a first-person cRPG developed by OtherSide Entertainment, a team led by Paul Neurath - the co-creator of Ultima. The game is set in the Stygian Abyss, a place known among the fans of the series - an underground world inhabited by three races that fight for power. Assuming the role of a character described by one of the three available classes, the player picks one side of the conflict in order to experience an epic adventure in a world filled with underground towns, mazes, temples, huge cavern systems, as well as dense forests. The game is played from the first-person view; as for combat, the game utilizes a real-time system which involves use of traditional weapons and spells. Apart from individual skills of one's character, in order to succeed, one also has to pay attention to their mobility, reflexes, and the ability to take advantage of the shape of terrain. What is distinctive about the game, the player is given a lot of freedom concerning their approach to gameplay, and the events change in a dynamic way in response to the player's actions.
God Eater 3 (PS4)
RPG 08 February 2019
An action RPG title for PlayStation 4. It focuses on fighting against hordes of huge monsters using a wide arsenal of weapons and attacks. Battles are fast-paced and based on arcade controls, and players can go through the campaign by themselves or in cooperation with other players.
Torchlight Frontiers (PS4)
Torchlight Frontiers is a hack’n’slash action RPG. The main attraction of the game is an action-based combat system. The majority of missions are completed in teams of several people, but the game’s world is constant and inhabited by a large group of players like in MMO games.
Wasteland 3 (PS4)
The third installment in the post-apocalyptic role-playing game series, currently developed by indie studio inXile Entertainment. Wasteland 3 no longer takes place in the deserts of Arizona, but in the icy Colorado, and you play as a member of the Desert Rangers, whose team members were murdered, and he needs to build his position from scratch. The gameplay consists mostly of exploring, completing main and side quests, and fighting turn-based battles. The exploration part has been made easier by the introduction of vehicles, which also act as a portable storeroom. The combat and dialogue systems have been expanded. The Ranger's base also plays a more important role now, being the central element of the in-game world. You have to create it from scratch and properly develop it by implementing upgrades.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (PS4)
RPG 11 January 2019
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is a refreshed version of the Japanese action role-playing game that originally debuted in 2008. The remaster is focused on improving the graphics of the game, but it also features some other attractions – including content that was originally available only in the Japanese version of the game.
Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link (PS4)
An action RPG developed by Japanese studio PlatinumGames. The title is an adaptation of the very popular mobile game Granblue Fantasy. The game takes place in an unusual fantasy world that consists of hundreds of islands floating among the sea of clouds.
Deep Down (PS4)
An action RPG developed by Capcom Online Games in cooperation with SCE Japan Studio. The story of Deep Down presents a future in which humanity created a technology that allows people to travel into the past written in artifacts. The players assume the role of a group of time-travelling heroes to hunt treasures and fight monsters. The gameplay is specifically designed to allows cooperation of up to four players. The built-in social features allow communication with friends, calling them to aid us, and item sharing. Deep Down boasts high quality graphics powered by the Panta Rhei engine. The game is free-to-play and offers optional facilities for a fee.
Ash of Gods: Redemption (PS4)
RPG February 2019
A tactical RPG, which is the debut project of Aurum Dust. The game revolves around the adventures of characters traversing the world of Terminum - their goal is to find a way to defeat the so-called "reapers". The player talks to NPCs, fights in a turn-based combat system, and constantly makes difficult choices.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey: The Fate of Atlantis (PS4)
RPG March 2019
The Fate of Atlantis is a second DLC to Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The developers divided the story into several episodes. This expansion takes the players to a mythical city where they not only have to face divine beings, but also discover the secrets of the first civilization.
Edge of Eternity (PS4)
A third person action-RPG combining the most important aspects of Japanese role-playing games with medieval atmosphere and elements of the steampunk subgenre. The game was created by Midgar - an independent French studio, mainly known for mobile apps. The action takes place in Heryon - a fantasy land whose inhabitants have come under the threat of an alien civilization capable of turning both humans and animals into metal monsters. The player assumes the role of a young farmer by the name of Daryon, who is willing to confront the danger. The story is set in three main locations, including a mercantile town, a citadel controlled by the authorities, and ruins of the old capital city. During the journey, the player encounters randomly generated monsters and mutants. The game offers a turn-based combat system enriched with several modern-day mechanics. For instance, the player can spy on the enemies, checking which one is going to take the next action; one can also combine their spells together for a more powerful effect. The creators paid a great deal of attention to the soundtrack, which was composed by Cedric Menendez and inspired by works of Nobuo Uematsu, Jeremy Soul and Hans Zimmer.
Lords of the Fallen 2 (PS4)
A sequel to the successful action RPG created by CI Games - a Polish team behind the development of such franchises as Sniper Ghost Warrior or Art of Murder. Tomasz Gop took part in production of the game as well. He is an experienced gamemaker who had previously worked in CD Projekt RED as a senior producer of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The Lords of the Fallen series is set in a dark fantasy world, where humanity is forced to face the armies of a fallen god. A group of warriors who have a lot to answer for themselves is sent first to the fight against the tyrant. The player assumed the role of one such fighter in the first installment. Contrary to its predecessor, Lords of the Fallen 2 offers a more extensive plot that aims to spark the interest of a wider group of players. In terms of the mechanics, the sequel is still an action RPG focusing on exploration and arcade combat. Combat itself was additionally extended however, in order to make it feel deeper. As a role-playing game, Lords of the Fallen 2 allows us to choose a specialty and develop the protagonist in our preferred direction.