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Fallout 2
Fallout 2

RPG 31 October 1998

A post-apocalyptic RPG and a sequel to the 1997’s bestseller, Fallout. Fallout 2 was developed by Black Isle Studios, once again in cooperation with Interplay. The action is set in 2241, 80 years after the events of the first game. The player assumes the role of a chosen one, who is tasked by the village elders with finding the G.E.C.K, a device capable of restoring the world after the nuclear apocalypse. Many gameplay solutions from the original remain unchanged, including the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. character creation system and the tactical turn-based combat mechanics. The number of available skills and perks, as well as the player's weapon arsenal and additional equipment were increased. The game offers isometric 2D graphics, a feature characteristic of the RPGs of the late 90s.

Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler

RPG 13 July 2018

A Japanese role-playing game by Square Enix and Silicon, the creators of i.e. the well-received Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and Bravely Second. Project Octopath Traveler features a unique style, which blends 16-bit sprites with 3D pixel-art surroundings. During the game, you visit various locations and complete many quests given by the NPCs. The game also features turn-based fights, in which to defeat your opponents you have to make proper use of your characters' abilities.

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

Strategy 03 May 2018

A spin-off to the Total War series, in which the developer studio Creative Assembly takes the players to the British Isles from the 9th century. Our task is to join a side in the war for domination over the Isles. When working on this game, the developers drew their inspirations from the previous Total War titles, thus, the game is a combination of a turn-based strategy and an RTS game.

Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms
Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms

Strategy 28 August 2007

An official expansion pack for Medieval II: Total War, another installment in a series of popular strategy games developed by Creative Assembly - the base game was released at the end of 2006. Kingdoms introduces mainly four new campaigns. The player is given an opportunity to take part in Hernan Cortez's conquests, Teutonic Order's fight against the pagan peoples of Northeastern Europe, crusades in the Holy Land and military conflicts during the rule of Henry III. Apart from twenty new missions, the expansion brings thirteen completely new factions with their own technology trees and having over a hundred different units and 50 buildings in total. Also, different new key figures appeared in the expansion, such as Saladin or Richard the Lionheart. All of this is complemented by fifteen new maps for the multiplayer mode, in which up to eight players can meet.

Deck of Ashes
Deck of Ashes

RPG 2019

A title in the RPG category, where you can find elements of cards and the genre of roguelike. Deck of Ashes also offers an intriguing world of dark fantasy and a nice graphic design, based on hand-made illustrations. Independent studio AYGames is responsible for creating this title.

Rome: Total War
Rome: Total War

Strategy 22 September 2004

The third installment in the acclaimed Total War strategy game series developed by Creative Assembly. This time, the player is taken to the period during which the Roman Empire is in its prime. The player participates in historical events, such as the Spartacus slave uprising, the Punic Wars, or Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul. The creators faithfully recreated such historical elements as different military units, machines and technologies the ancient nations depended on. As usual, the gameplay is divided into two phases. The player makes large-scope decisions in the turn-based mode featuring the world map - for example, concerning technological development, diplomacy, development of cities or army management. The battles, on the other hand, are played in real time and the player commands particular formations or individual units. Rome: Total War includes the features introduced by the previous installments, such as sieges of cities, reconnaissance or reserves. Apart from the single-player campaign, the game offers multiplayer for up to 8 competitors.

Warsaw
Warsaw

Strategy September 2019

Strategic game with elements of RPG from independent Polish studio Pixelated Milk, in which we command troops taking part in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. The production is strongly inspired by the popular dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon.

Napoleon: Total War
Napoleon: Total War

Strategy 23 February 2010

Another installment in a renowned series of spectacular strategy games developed by Creative Assembly since 2000. The game focuses on the character of Napoleon Bonaparte and his military conquests at the turn of the 19th century. The player observes his ups and downs during the Italian, the Egyptian, and the European story campaigns. Completing them allows the player to witness both the rise and the fall of his empire. When it comes to the gameplay mechanics, the game introduces only slight modifications. The game combines all the successful mechanics employed in Empire: Total War with a set of new features, such as the system of army provisions, ship repairs, further extension of diplomacy and the increased role of spies. During the battles, the generals (including Bonaparte himself) are of high relevance, as they are capable of punishing the soldiers and bolstering their spirit. Both the visuals and AI of the units were improved.

Persona 5
Persona 5

RPG 15 September 2016

The fifth entry in a popular jRPG series and a part of the Shin Megami Tensei series, started in 1987. As always, the developing studio is Atlus, which created the series. The plot of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 revolves around the theme of seven cardinal sins and puts us in the role of an ordinary high school student, who discovers supernatural powers in himself. The protagonist lead a normal teenager’s life during the day, solving typical school problems and interacting with schoolmates, while at night he turns into a superhero, engaging in a deadly fight against evil. In terms of game mechanics, the production follows in its predecessors' footsteps, combining features of classic jRPG games and their turn-based combat with elements of school life simulator and the, popular in Japan, visual novel genre. Graphics have been created using a new, original engine and feature a dark, though cartoonish, style.

Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death

Strategy 22 March 2000

The second, and this time a standalone expansion to the renowned turn-based strategy Heroes of Might and Magic III from the New World Computing studio, which was released in the spring of 1999. The storyline of the expansion titled The Shadow of Death, revolves around the character of a necromancer named Sandro, who manipulates four heroes for the sake of his own goals; he means to use them to combine two mighty artifacts and gain control over the world. Only the cooperation of the aforementioned four heroes can stop this villain from achieving his evil goals. Apart from the full content of the original version of the game, the expansion brings seven new campaigns (with the option to choose the difficulty level) and 38 scenarios, with 8 new terrain types among other features. The production also features ten new teleporters and previously unavailable artifacts, with the brand new mechanic of combining them into one “super artifact”. The Shadow of Death also brings numerous adjustments and enhancements in the area of the mechanics.

Total War: SHOGUN 2
Total War: SHOGUN 2

Strategy 15 March 2011

Seventh main installment in the popular series of strategic games and the sequel to Shogun: Total War. Once again, the action takes place in the 16th century in feudal Japan. You take control of one of the clans and begin making efforts to be honored with the privilege of ruling the whole country as the new shogun. To accomplish that goal you need to manage diplomacy, military operations and economical development of your territories. Almost every aspect of game mechanics has changed since Shogun: Total War’s release (except of the basic foundations of the gameplay). Brand new AI algorithms made battles more realistic than ever. Statistics of generals and units are improving with player’s progress. Naval combat and multi-stage sieges have been added, and weather conditions have greater impact on battles than before. Main story campaign can be played in either single- or multiplayer mode (in cooperation with or against other player).

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep

RPG 18 September 2018

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.

Endless Legend
Endless Legend

Strategy 18 September 2014

Set in fantasy realities, a 4X turn-based strategy by an independent studio Amplitude known for the space strategy game – Endless Space. The action takes us to Auria, a fantasy world which was once hit by a devastating cataclysm that pushed the civilization into the abyss. In the advent of new signs indicating the return of the apocalypse, we are in control of a small village, take care of supplies, technology development, diplomacy, and military operations. Even though mechanics of the turn-based combat system are quite simple, the game puts heavy emphasis on tactics and terrain use. The game features RPG elements, such as numerous quests and development of heroes’ skills in exchange for experience points.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Strategy 09 October 2012

A science-fiction turn-based strategy game that came out as a reboot of the cult series, UFO: Enemy Unknown, launched back in 1994 by Microprose. This new title was created by Firaxis Games, a studio founded by Sid Meier. The story of XCOM: Enemy Unknown does not follow any of the plotlines started by its predecessors. Instead, it tells a new story of the war between humans and an aggressive alien race. In order to protect our planet from the invaders a special organization called X-COM was created, with you as its commander throughout the game. The gameplay features two main aspects. In the strategic mode you plan your next move, complete research and develop technology, as well as manufacture gear and weapons – all this in real time. When it comes to skirmishes with the aliens, combat is turn-based. Most missions are procedurally generated, which relates to greater replayability. Battles are presented in full 3D, and the game’s engine allows for full destruction of environment.

Grimshade
Grimshade

RPG 26 March 2019

RPG game in which we take control over a group of heroes dragged into the vortex of the war waged by the city of Brann with the neighboring kingdom and masks inhabiting the surrounding forests. Grimshade is distinguished by its original character development system, which is based on the skills provided by the acquired equipment.

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning

RPG 05 July 2018

A post-apocalyptic survival jRPG. Eight clones are the last surviving members of the human species. Each of them dies after 13 dies and then he or she is brought back to life. The player helps them in surviving in the destroyed and unwelcoming world and in discovering the mysteries of their pasts.

Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East

Strategy 12 October 2007

The second official expansion pack for the fifth installment of the Heroes of Might and Magic series. The base game was released during the spring of 2006 and it was developed by the experienced Russian studio Nival Interactive. The expansion adds another episode to the war against demons that takes place in the world of Ashan. Orcs play a decisive role in bringing an end to the conflict. They are a brutal and merciless race of warriors which also uses goblins, cyclopes and powerful flying creatures called Pao Kai. The story of the expansion pack is filled with references to Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. In addition to the set of usual novelties and a story campaign, the developers also prepared 5 new scenarios for single player and 10 multiplayer maps. All units in the game have also received a new, alternative development level.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

Strategy 14 February 2019

The second big expansion to Sid Meier's Civilization VI. The Gathering Storm add-on enriches the production with a number of aspects related to climate and geology. In addition, resources and topography or the opportunity to speak at the World Congress play an important role here. In addition to the new scenarios, the add-on also brings a number of minor improvements and novelties.

South Park: The Stick of Truth
South Park: The Stick of Truth

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.

King's Bounty: The Legend
King's Bounty: The Legend

Strategy 25 April 2008

King's Bounty: The Legend (formerly Battle Lord) is a relatively complex title that combines many different game genres, although strategic and cRPG elements come to the fore. This production in many ways resembles the cult saga Heroes of Might & Magic.

Sigma Theory: Global Cold War
Sigma Theory: Global Cold War

Strategy 2019

A turn-based psychological thriller game with political, espionage, and science-fiction elements.

Battle Brothers
Battle Brothers

Strategy 24 March 2017

A combination of a turn-based strategy and an RPG, developed by Overhype Studios. Battle Brothers takes the player to a medieval-like low-fantasy world, where they become a leader of a mercenary band. The player can have up to 12 fighters under their command, and each of them has a portrait, name and a backstory, apart from a set of features that affect their stats and capabilities on the battlefield. The game does not make use of character classes, thus the player can assign weapons bought or taken from the enemies without any restrictions. The basic weaponry includes a set of medieval tools, such as swords, spears, axes, bows or crossbows. Different kinds of weapons offer interesting special attacks - for instance, axes can break shields; maces on the other hand, can stun the enemy so they lose their next turn. On their path, both when completing assignments and exploring the world, the player encounters various enemies, fighting ordinary bandits, hostile mercenaries, forest creatures, tribes of orcs and goblins, as well as the undead and terrifying ghosts. If the player manages to survive for long enough, they are faced with one of the ending crises. Those include an invasion of orcs and goblins, a plague of the undead, and a war between the local noble families.

Field of Glory: Empires
Field of Glory: Empires

Strategy 2019

A strategy game that takes us to Europe from 310 BC. - 190 n.e. During the game we take control over the chosen nation and lead it to victory over the others. To succeed, we must conquer more territories and take care of the cultural, economic and political background of our empire.

Endless Space 2
Endless Space 2

Strategy 19 May 2017

A continuation of a 2012's highly-rated, turn-based 4X space strategy game by Amplitude studio. The action of Endless Space 2 takes us once again into the distant future where we can take part in a galactic conflict between the great races fighting struggling for control over a fragment of the universe. Both our empire management and battles take place in a turn-based system, and the player's task is to explore the universe, take control of individual planets, create a functioning economy, develop new technologies, and establish trade and diplomatic relations. The military aspect plays a key role in the game, featuring an advanced ship construction module, allowing us to personally choose the individual components of our ship. The game's virtual universe is randomly generated, providing unique adventures and challenges with each new game.

Fallout
Fallout

RPG 30 September 1997

A classic cRPG developed by Black Isle Studios. The action of Fallout is set in a post-apocalyptic world of the future. In 2077, the struggle for oil deposits between the United States and China led to an outbreak of a war, which eventually ended with both sides using their nuclear arsenal. However, before the missiles came down some groups of American citizens had managed to find refuge in commercial shelters, called the Vaults. 84 years later, a malfunction occurs in Vault 13. The player-controlled protagonist is sent to the surface with the mission to find a new water chip, necessary to secure the Vault's water supply. The gameplay mechanics are inspired by the GURPS, with extensive character progression options and tactical turn-based combat. The visual style of Fallout clearly references science fiction culture from the 50s.

FTL: Faster Than Light
FTL: Faster Than Light

Strategy 14 September 2012

A strategy set in sci-fi reality telling the story of a lonely ship trying to escape a huge war armada. The flight route is planned in turn-based mode and the fights are played in real time. In addition, we need to manage the crew and improve our unit. An additional attraction is the fact that every time you start a new game, the world is generated randomly.