Grand Theft Auto V (X360)
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.
Fallout: New Vegas (X360)
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.
Red Dead Redemption (X360)
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.
Grand Theft Auto IV (X360)
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.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (X360)
Action 10 November 2015
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.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (X360)
Action 26 October 2014
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.
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.
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 Space 3 (X360)
Action 05 February 2013
Third entry in the series of action games with survival horror features set in science fiction world. Like two previous titles, it has been developed by Visceral Games studio (known from productions like James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing and Godfather). Dead Space 3 continues the story from the second game. After escaping orbital station Sprawl, protagonist Isaac Clarke reaches a frozen planet of Tau Volantis, where he and John Carver try to end the necromorphs once and for all. Gameplay has been designed for single player experience or co-op with another player. The second option employs the drop-in/drop-out system, allowing joining or leaving at any moment.
Grand Theft Auto Online (X360)
Action 01 October 2013
A free expansion for the bestselling action game Grand Theft Auto V developed by Rockstar North. The expansion introduces multiplayer mode based on the Internet network. The players can create their own avatars and together with friends explore the city of Los Santos. Up to 16 players can participate in the game simultaneously. The developers prepared many activities for them. In addition to typical online modes (like deathmatch), the players can complete missions in cooperation mode and participate in such activities as street racing, golf or even parachuting. The virtual money earned during the game allows the players to change the looks of their character, buy weapons, vehicles and apartments.
Mafia II (X360)
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.
Mad Max (X360)
A TPP sandbox action game, based on the cult film franchise by George Miller. The production was developed by Swedish studio Avalanche in collaboration with Warner Bros. Interactive. The plot of Mad Max is not an adaptation of the blockbuster movie, presenting instead a completely separate story set in a post-apocalyptic world in the near future. Players get an opportunity to assume the role of the titular character. After losing his legendary V8 Interceptor, the hero traverses the wasteland in search of parts needed to construct a new vehicle. The creators provided the players with a large degree of freedom when it comes to exploration of the game world; they are also given a host of side quests to choose from. The visual side of Mad Max is a clear reference to the distinctive aesthetics of the movie.
Mass Effect 2 (X360)
RPG 26 January 2010
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.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (X360)
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.
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.
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.
Watch Dogs (X360)
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 (X360)
RPG 20 November 2007
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.
Max Payne 3 (X360)
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.
Mass Effect 3 (X360)
RPG 06 March 2012
A third installment in the science fiction series created by BioWare, which is a combination of action RPG with a third-person shooter. The title is the culmination of the epic Mass Effect trilogy, completing the story of Commander Shepard and his war against the Reapers. The action begins as the protagonist is about to be summoned to a hearing concerning the aftermath of his last assignment. Shepard's testimony is interrupted by the very same invasion he desperately fought to prevent. Being the only person possessing both the reputation and the experience of successfully fighting the Reapers, the protagonist starts a race against the clock to unite the forces of the whole galaxy against them. Similarly to Mass Effect 2, we can continue playing with a character that completed the previous entry in the series, retaining all of his or her experience. The gameplay mechanics have avoided major changes, although they did become more dynamic and arcade. The introduction of a multiplayer mode and linking it directly to the story campaign is the game's biggest novelty.
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Action 20 September 2011
The third installment in the futuristic series of shooters developed by Epic Games. The series is the pride of the Xbox 360 console. After the city of Jacinto, the last stand of humanity, is destroyed, COG coalition persists in its fight against the superior forces of the Locust. Marcus Fenix and his companions set out on a journey to find the protagonist's father, who has knowledge of what might be humanity’s last hope to defeat the enemy. The gameplay of the third game in the series employs similar mechanics as its predecessors while offering some new attractions such as never brand-new weapons and enemies. During the single player campaign the player can find almost 60 various types of collectibles. A new multiplayer mode called Beast Mode was added to the game and the cooperation mode was greatly improved, now allowing for up to 4 players to play by using a single console.
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.
Sleeping Dogs (X360)
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.