LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (X360)
Action 15 November 2011
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the sequel to a 2010 release, an action adventure game by Traveller's Tales, combining the world of LEGO with the universe from the popular series of books and their movie adaptation. The plot of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is based on the last three books in the series, and the story is focused on Harry's fight against the powerful Lord Voldemort, who, after gathering more followers, becomes a real thread to the whole world of magic. During the game, the players can control various characters known from the universe created by J.K. Rowling, and visit a number of equally well-known locations, which at the same time feel completely new, since they are built out of LEGO blocks. The game is filled with adventure and arcade elements, but it also has its share of logic puzzles. Compared to the prequel, this game presents a gloomier and more serious world.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (X360)
Action 14 October 2014
The third installment in the Borderlands series, offering an insight into the events happening during the period between the storylines of Borderlands and its sequel - Borderlands 2. The Pre-Sequel! was developed by 2K Australia cooperating with Gearbox Software. The action takes place on the moon of Pandora, and the players assume the roles of characters working for Hyperion - a corporation belonging to Handsome Jack. Similar to the previous installments, the game offers four playable characters, including Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer, Nisha the Lawbringer and Fragtrap. Each character represents a different class and has unique skills. The creators once again delivered an extensive co-op mode for up to four players. Also, the visuals retain the characteristic resemblance to comic books. What has changed since the release of the previous installment however, are the in-game physics, including reduced gravity.
Gears of War 2 (X360)
Action 07 November 2008
A continuation of a 2006's third-person shooter by Epic Games. You play as Marcus Fenix, a soldier sentenced for desertion, and face a hostile race called Locust. The action takes place six months after the events of the first installment. Even though the majority of aliens have been crushed, the remnants are still hiding in the underground tunnels while Rustlung – a mysterious, fatal disease – spreads among humans. Soon after Locust implement a new technology allowing them to produce cave-ins that can swallow entire cities. Fenix and his team once again join the war effort with the intention of defeating the enemy once and for all. Mechanics are based on a well-proven formula utilized in the first part of the game. Gameplay focuses on dynamic action emphasizing the cover system. The title introduces a new, easiest difficulty level, new weapons, and a wider variety of enemies and NPCs around which the plot revolves.
Metro 2033 (X360)
Action 16 March 2010
A post-apocalyptic first-person shooter featuring RPG and survival horror elements, based on the bestselling book written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was the first game developed by 4A Games, a studio that consists of developers working previously on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The plot of the game takes place after a nuclear catastrophe that wiped out almost all life on Earth and made the natural environment irradiated and uninhabitable. The only survivors have formed a society, consisting of barely a few thousands of people, living hidden in the tunnels of the Moscow metro. The player assumes the role one of the young inhabitants of the tunnels – Artem, who must get to the central part of the tunnel system and inform other humans of a threat posed by the attacks of mutated monsters. During his journey Artem will face many dangers using a large array of weapons. The game us to choose our preferred combat style – direct confrontation or stealth attacks.
Borderlands 2 (X360)
Action 18 September 2012
A first-person shooter with cRPG features and a sequel to the 2009’s hit. Gearbox Software studio once again managed the development, with the publishing support of 2K Games company. The game’s story is set some time after the events of first part. This time the players will face Handsome Jack, a self-proclaimed dictator of Pandora. The creators of Borderlands 2 have prepared four playable characters: Salvador, Maya, Zero, and Axton, representing one of the four different classes and different fighting style. Gameplay still retains the exhilarating gunplay, but the weapon mechanics have been thoroughly changed. Furthermore, the trademark of the series in the form of a four player co-op mode is also present.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers (X360)
Adventure 26 January 2016
Another installment in a bestselling action-adventure game series based on the license of the LEGO bricks. This title is a result of cooperation between the developers from Traveller’s Tales and the Marvel company. Once again, players visit the amazing world of comic superheroes. The story is based on the Avengers film (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Therefore, you can play as one of the numerous Marvel characters known from both the graphic novels and films, including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, and Hawkeye. In terms of gameplay, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is not much different from other games in the series, such as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Gameplay is presented in third-person perspective and it boils down to exploration, solving puzzles, gathering collectibles, and fighting with opponents.
Fallout 3 (X360)
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.
Farming Simulator 15 (X360)
Simulation 19 May 2015
The sixth major installment in the popular farming simulation game series. The franchise makes a comeback to key gaming platforms after a year off, when only smartphone and portable editions were released. The developer, GIANTS Software, prepared another portion of innovations to enhance gameplay. The game lets you play in a new environment (Scandinavian), characterized by different landscape, weather conditions, and vast forests. This time players can cut down trees using specially designed, licensed machines. There is also a car wash, allowing you to keep your vehicles clean. Overall, the gameplay mechanics remained unchanged; as usual, your task is to manage a farm and expand it using the money earned from breeding animals and cultivating land. The sixth installment introduced the series to the eight generation consoles, bringing about significant visual improvements.
RPG 01 October 2009
An action role-playing game from the fathers of the Gothic series – Piranha Bytes from Germany. The plot of Risen takes the players to Faranga, an island full of valuable artifacts as well as dangerous creatures. The player assumes the role of a nameless hero, whose ship sinks near the island's shore. The character gets involved in a complicated intrigue of three competing fractions: the Inquisition, the bandits, and the Mages. The gameplay consists of exploration, completing quests for NPCs, and fighting enemies. Experience and money gained during the game allow your character to develop his skills and acquire new weapons and equipment. Risen's attractive visuals are powered by the Ageia PhysX engine.
Arcania: A Gothic Tale (X360)
RPG 19 October 2010
A spin-off to the legendary Gothic series initiated back in 2001. While the creators of the franchise, Piranha Bytes, focused on developing the Risen franchise, the latest Gothic was developed by Spellbound Entertainment, known for the Realms of Arkania trilogy, among other titles. In the game, we assume the role of a completely new character, a young boy who seeks revenge on a newly enthroned king Robhar III, whose soldiers invaded his home village and murdered its inhabitants. The story is more linear than those of other installments of the Gothic series, although it similarly focuses on exploration, performing quests, and fighting numerous monsters. Depending on the chosen class and development path, the protagonist can specialize in melee combat, archery, or magic. The action is traditionally observed from the third-person perspective, but while in battle the camera is automatically zoomed out, providing the player with a better view on the battlefield.
Tomb Raider (X360)
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.
Dead Island Riptide (X360)
Action 23 April 2013
A sequel to Dead Island, the bloody FPS survival horror released in 2011. The game was developed by Polish studio Techland with publishing support from Deep Silver company. Dead Island Riptide picks up where the first game left off. Although a few lucky survivors managed to escape the zombie-infested island of Banoi, they never managed to get home, as their ship crashed by the shore of another tropical island – Palanai. Unfortunately, the epidemic has reached this place too, and the heroes again have to face the hordes of undead. The game inherits the gameplay mechanics from its prequel, featuring FPS action combined with RPG elements, as well as a online co-op mode for up to four people.
Dark Souls (X360)
RPG 04 October 2011
An action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. It has been developed by the Japanese From Software studio, known from e.g. Ninja Blade, Demon’s Souls, and the Armored Core series. The story of Dark Souls takes place in a grim universe, greatly resembling the medieval age. The plot in scarcely depicted, and the players take role of an undead character, whose actions will shape the fate of the world. The game is a third-person perspective hack-and-slash. In a manner befitting a sandbox game, players are given a lot of freedom at exploring locations and undertaking various tasks. The game stands out with its high difficulty level and complex multiplayer mode.
Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD (X360)
Action 14 January 2014
A re-released edition of the action game Assassin's Creed: Liberation, previously released for PlayStation Vita, now converted for PC Windows and home consoles. Like in the 2012 original, the protagonist of Assassin's Creed: Liberation is the Black woman Aveline de Gandpré, who joins the Assassins to fight for liberty and justice. The game is set mostly in New Orleans in the turbulent years 1765-1780. As per an Assassin's Creed game, the gameplay focuses on exploring vast locations, and spectacular combat, utilizing Aveline's parkour skills. Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD features several major mechanics changes and better visuals provided by the AnvilNext engine.
Alan Wake (X360)
Adventure 14 May 2010
A psychological horror third-person action game inspired by the works of Stephen King. It was developed by Remedy Entertainment, the creators of the Max Payne series. The game’s protagonist is an author of widely-read novels who decides to go on vacation to the remote town of Bright Falls in hope of overcoming his writer’s block. After just a few days, Alan’s wife goes missing in unexplained circumstances and the writer sets out to find her. It quickly turns out that the picturesque town hides many secrets, similarly to the location of his latest novel. To save his beloved, Alan has to seek out fragments of his own work by exploring Bright Falls, talking to the people he encounters, and facing evil forces that lurk in the dark. In combat, not only firearms will come in handy but also a torchlight and other light sources which deter and weaken the ghosts. The dark atmosphere is intensified by an atmospheric soundtrack.
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (X360)
Strategy 05 July 2006
A sequel to the bestselling real-time strategy based on the very popular Lord of the Rings book trilogy and its cinematic adaptation. This time the action takes place in the northern areas of Middle-Earth where combined forces of humans, elves and dwarves face the army of evil Sauron represented by orcs of Mordor and Isengard. Players can play 15 scenarios per each side of the conflict. The second installment in the series uses the mechanics from the original game while introducing many improvements. It is now possible for players to create their own heroes and improve his skills during the game. Lists of available units, weapons and spells were increased and the fights now take place not only on land, but on sea as well. Thanks to the improved SAGE engine, graphics of the game were enhanced, as were the looks and number of units appearing simultaneously on the screen.
L.A. Noire (X360)
Adventure 17 May 2011
A noir detective action adventure game developed by the Australian studio Team Bondi in cooperation with the veterans from Rockstar Games. The game invites you into Los Angeles of the 1940’s, a city filled with corruption and drug dealing organizations. You assume the role of Cole Phelps, an ex-soldier who becomes a police officer after the war. The game lets you experience the key moments of Cole’s career, starting from the traffic police all the way through murder and drugs department. Gameplay is mainly about examining crime scenes in search of clues and evidence, as well as interrogating witnesses and suspects. The game also offers multiple action sequences, including pursuits (either on foot or by car), fist fights, and spectacular shootouts. When it comes to graphics, the most noteworthy feature are the realistic face expressions that allow you to judge the reactions of interogatees. The game overflows with a noir atmosphere characteristic of the 1940’ and 50’ movies.
Hitman: Absolution (X360)
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.
London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (X360)
Sports 26 June 2012
A sports game accompanying the thirtieth edition of Summer Olympics, taking place in London. The players are given a number of Olympic disciplines. Thus we can take part in track events, shot-put, long jump, cycling or even Olympic shooting. The point of the gameplay is of course to be victorious in every discipline. London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympics Games was adapted to accommodate a larger audience, so the controls are very simple and intuitive. We can show off our results on network scoreboards, and aside from the single player mode, we can engage in a competitive multiplayer mode. The game incorporates a high-quality graphical layer – the athletes’ animations were created during professional motion capture sessions. In view of the fact that this is a fully licensed product, the individual disciplines take place on real arenas.
Batman: Arkham City (X360)
Action 18 October 2011
A sequel to the 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum. Just like its predecessor, the game was produced by British studio Rocksteady in cooperation with Warner Bros. Interactive. The story campaign in Batman: Arkham City is set several months after the events of the first game. An old district of Gotham City was walled off and the most dangerous criminals were put inside. Afraid that the situation is getting out of control, Batman tries to stop the wrongdoers before it is too late. Gameplay mechanics combines elements of action with beat’em up game. As compared with the first installment, Batman: Arkham City gives players much greater freedom when it comes to exploration of the game’s open world and carrying out the missions.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (X360)
Action 05 October 2010
Another full-fledged installment in the legendary series of action games, developed by the Spanish developer Mercury Steam in cooperating with Konami - the creators of all the previous installments. The protagonist is called Gabriel and he is a member of the Brotherhood of Light. The organization fights evil forces, and Gabriel is given a mission to eliminate the titular Lords of Shadow. However, Gabriel has a personal goal to achieve as well, for he wishes to find and obtain a magical mask, the artifact required to bring his murdered wife back to life. In terms of mechanics, the game reshapes the standard platforming elements of the franchise to fit into the third-person action convention. The player traverses the game world on foot or on horseback, eliminating hordes of enemies encountered on the roads, and facing powerful, demanding bosses. The player makes use of several basic weapon types, including the token combat cross. The combat skills of the protagonist are improved as the game progresses.
Assassin's Creed II (X360)
Action 17 November 2009
A sequel to Assassin's Creed, an action game released in 2007. Just as the original, also the second installment was developed by Ubisoft Montreal studio. Assassin's Creed II tells of the new adventures of Desmond Miles. This time the protagonist uses the Animus to relive the memories of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young noble from Florence living in the Renaissance period. The hero decides to join the Brotherhood of Assassins in order to take revenge on the Templars for killing his family. Just as in the first Assassin's Creed, gameplay combines elements of third-person action game, adventure, and stealth. The world’s open structure offers much freedom in terms of movement and the order in which you complete the missions. Once again, the developers skillfully enriched the fictional story with historical facts and figures (e.g. Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli).
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (X360)
RPG 23 August 2011
The third installment in a series of cyberpunk action games with RPG elements. The franchise was launched in the year 2000 by Ion Storm, led at the time by Warren Spector. The reactivation of the series was made possible by the Eidos Montreal studio. Story-wise, the game is a prequel to the original series, taking us back to the year 2027, when Sarif Industies only begins to explore the possibilities of biomechanical augmentation of the human body. You assume the role of Adam Jensen, the company's chief of security, who gets seriously injured when an unidentified armed force suddenly attack the company HQ. Saved by a series of surgeries and mechanical implants, he decides to investigate the puzzling truth behind the events. Gameplay boils down to combat, exploration, and interactions with the environment. Of course, there are the also series’ landmark features, such as sneaking and hacking mini-games. Depending on the augmentations you choose to implant in the hero’s body and the skills they provide, each in-game problem can be solved in several different ways.
Action 20 October 2009
A humorous science-fiction FPS game with RPG elements. It was developed by Gearbox Software, popular for such games as James Bond 007: Nightfire, Duke Nukem Forever or the Brothers in Arms series. The story takes place on the planet Pandora, colonized and exploited by humans. According to the legends, a vault containing great treasures is located somewhere underneath the planet's surface, and groups of treasure hunters are ceaselessly searching for it. As one of them, the player tries to find the entrance to the vault and helps the inhabitants of the colony. The gameplay mechanics combine shooting sequences with a unique character progression system. The visuals, resembling a comic book, and an online co-op mode for up to four players are the greatest strengths of the game.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (X360)
Action 25 June 2010
A licensed LEGO action-adventure game, set in the fantasy universe of Harry Potter, created by the British writer J. K. Rowling. The story was based on the first four Harry Potter books and their movie adaptations by Warner Bros. During the gameplay, you witness the adventures of Harry and other characters, explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fight many enemies, including the main antagonist of the cycle, the evil Lord Voldemort. Mechanics-wise, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 combines the features of the earlier productions by Traveller's Tales, including the distinct sense of humor, with more serious elements of Harry Potter productions by e.g. EA. The game is set in a partially open world and features many varied activities, such as magic lessons, potion making or flying a broomstick.
Fable III (X360)
RPG 26 October 2010
The third installment in the bestselling RPG series launched in 2004 by Peter Molyneux and his Lionhead Studios. In the game, we assume the role of the youngest descendant of the deceased king of Albion (the protagonist of Fable II) who opposes the authoritarian reign of his brother and joins forces with the local population to overthrow the tyrant and take the crown. This is the only way he can save the land from falling into ruin and protect it from the attack of a mysterious evil. The gameplay mechanics of Fable III, such as the character development system, gestures, or the constant necessity of making moral choices, are mostly derived from the previous installments of the series but were enhanced with completely new elements as well. Having seized the power, we are burdened with a number of difficult decisions concerning the economy and internal affairs of the kingdom, and our actions in this part of the game will significantly impact the final result of the confrontation with the impending threat.