Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Racing 15 November 2005
The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games, featuring illegal night street races, the franchise went back to its roots, combining ideas from the two most recent titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge subsequent drivers from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.
Medal of Honor: Airborne
After a series of spin-off productions released for the 6th-generation consoles, the popular FPS franchise comes back in a full-fledged multiplayer installment. In accordance with the title, the events of the World War II are observed through the eyes of Boyd Travers, a paratrooper of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division. The game offers six campaigns that take place between years 1943 and 1945 in Sicily, Normandy, Netherlands, and Germany, and the choice of the drop point determines our next move to some extent. The developers naturally didn't forget about faithfully recreating weapons of the World War II period, which can be customized by addition of extra grip, different magazines, etc. Contrary to its predecessors, Airborne is powered by Unreal Engine 3 which translates into better graphics, animation, and facial expressions. The above is complemented by an extensive cooperative gameplay for up to 12 players.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Action 03 November 2003
An action game with RPG elements – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, developed by Visceral Games in cooperation with EA Redwood Shores, is based on the license of a hit movie by the same name. The game allows the players to assume roles of over a dozen characters known from the silver screen – one can play as Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and many others. Player’s task is to destroy The Ring of Power and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron. The gameplay builds on battles against hordes of enemies. All the bloodshed takes place across twelve diverse battlefields – these include Minas Tirith, Fields of Pelennor, The Black Gate and The Path of the Dead. As the story progresses, one can develop particular characters, gaining access to more powerful combos that can be used in all the battles to come. An additional treat, featured in the PC / Windows and home consoles releases of the game, are the cutscenes taken from the third part of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, along with the soundtrack composed by Howard Shore. The players can enjoy this experience either in a single player mode, or accompanied by one more player.
Far Cry Instincts
A console version of the FPP shooting, which takes place on a tropical island. In the game we will face a series of different opponents, exploring the tropical jungle in search of a missing journalist. A number of weapons and vehicles have been put at our disposal. Graphics looks great, and special effects and sound effects are at the highest level.
Test Drive Unlimited
Racing 20 February 2007
A new incarnation of the popular racing game series launched back in 1987 by Distinctive Software and Accolade. Test Drive Unlimited was developed by Eden Games, the creators of the V-Rally franchise, under the aegis of Atari. The main change in relation to its predecessors is the vast open world set on the faithfully recreated Oahu island, which can be freely explored. The players can undertake a number of various racing challenges to earn cash that lets them buy new vehicles for their garage. In total, there are over 90 licensed cars and motorcycles to choose from. In the game, we can modify our avatar by dressing him in designer clothes and even buy a new house with a bigger garage. The title features an innovatory multiplayer mode that, similarly to MMO productions, enables thousands of players to compete at the same time.
Sports 24 September 2013
A soccer simulation game, and the 21st installment in the FIFA series. The game was created by EA Canada development studio. As always, you can control players from your favorite teams in matches against living opponents or computer AI. FIFA 14's data base contains 15 thousand footballers from several dozen leagues from all over the world. As compared with the previous FIFA games, FIFA 14 brings about some crucial changes to gameplay mechanics, including improved ball physics. Furthermore, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions employ a new game engine, called Ignite (used also in Madden NFL 25), that ensures high quality graphics.
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
RPG 02 November 2004
The Lord of the Rings returns! The Third Era has come. An era of chaos and doubt. History has made a circle. Gather your team and embark on another expedition for truth and justice. But beware of the ominous eye - it won't rest until it annihilates you.
Call of Duty 3
Action 07 November 2006
The third main installment in the popular FPS series, Call of Duty. It is also the first game in the franchise (not counting the console spin-offs) that in the end was not released on PCs. In contrast to the previous installments, this time the game was developed by Treyarch – the authors of the console version of Call of Duty 2. The plot of the game once again takes place on various fronts of World War II. This time one can play as American, British, Canadian, and Polish soldiers. The game mechanics remained almost unchanged in comparison to the previous games. However, there are several novelties. The developers implemented parachute drops and gave complete control over vehicles and boats to the player. Interactions with the surrounding were greatly improved. Overall realism has been improved – bullets behave different depending on what type of material they hit. Multiplayer mode was enhanced as well – now players can play in different roles and communicate using special commands.
Action 02 November 2004
A sci-fi action shooter developed exclusively for the PlayStation 2 by Guerrilla Games. Killzone is set in the near future, where the player-controlled protagonist becomes entangled in a war between two factions: Helghasts and ISA. There are 11 different missions at our disposal, additionally divided into smaller stages. During the game we take care of a four-person squad of warriors with different specializations, but we can control only one of them at a time.
Winning Eleven 9
Sports 21 October 2005
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is another part of the popular virtual football simulation, also known as Winning Eleven. The game is characterized by an improved system of movement of athletes on virtual turf.
Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945
Action 30 September 2005
First-person action game with stealth elements by Rebellion Software, known so far mainly for the cult shooter Aliens vs Predator from 1999. The action of Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945 takes place in the last days of World War II, and during the game we play as Peter Maurer - elite German sniper, recruited by the American OSS agency. The hero's goal is to deal with the remnants of the Nazi army and agents of the Russian SMERSH and prevent them from taking over secret projects of German engineers and scientists.
Need for Speed Carbon
Racing 01 November 2006
The tenth installment in the bestselling racing game series originally launched back in 1995. The game lets you play as the main protagonist of the previous game. He returns to his home city only to find his domestic street racing scene taken over by rivaling gangs. As you take on new racing challenges, you take back your home town one district at a time. The game’s mechanics employ the well-proven solutions introduced by its predecessors, while introducing several new elements at the same time. Those include, first and foremost, canyon duels, which require much attention, as it is possible to run through the traffic barriers and roll down the slope. The other novelty is the team; you can assemble your own crew, and its members can aid you during races, e.g. by blocking your rivals. Additionally, the game features cut-scenes with real actors, several dozen licensed car models, as well as vast car customization options. Regarding the latter, Autosculpt module lets you modify almost any element of the car body.
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Action 18 October 2005
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood is the next installment of a series of tactical shootouts that took place during World War II. After the big success of the first game entitled Road to Hill 30, the authors from Gearbox Software decided to continue the topic. The new program appeared on the market only a few months after the original.
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Arcade 03 November 2004
Ratchet & Clank III: Up your Arsenal is another part of a wonderful series of adventure games with a huge dose of healthy shooting, in which two buddies turn dozens of intrusive opponents into dust.
Commandos: Strike Force
Action 17 March 2006
A new installment of the popular series from Pyro Studios, in which we take control of a unit of specially trained soldiers, sent to complete various tasks that help turn the tide of World War II. While developing Commandos: Strike Force, Pyro Studios decided to try a somewhat different approach, ending with a tactical action game seen from a first-person perspective instead of a classical tactical strategy game that the series has accustomed us to. This time, we assume control of a trio of characters, i.e. a green beret, a sniper, and a spy, with each of them having their own, distinctive set of abilities. The key to success is to observe your surroundings and a use each hero’s abilities in the right way. We are left with a number of varied tasks, taking place in Soviet Union, Norway, and France, and allowing the player a freedom of choosing a right approach to the task.
World War Zero: Iron Storm
Action 06 August 2004
Resistance Movement is a first person shooter (FPS) prepared by Rebellion studio, the action of which is set in an alternative historical reality. The player takes on the role of allied officer of the special services of James Anderson, sent to the territory of the Great Soviet-Mongolian Empire with a spy mission. The game is a conversion of the World War Zero: Iron Storm hit shooter originally released on PlayStation 2.
Need for Speed ProStreet
Racing 13 November 2007
The 11th installment in the popular racing game series developed by Electronic Arts. In contrast to the previous parts of the game, this title completely abandons the idea of illegal races and transfers the action to professional racing circuits. Players take part in a number of challenges divided into four race variations: Drag, Grip, Drift, and Speed Challenge, in the latter the driver who reaches top speed wins. Successive victories unlock new challenges and cars. The game offers 26 licensed car models that can be customized with the Autosculpt system. The authors emphasize the recreation of crashes and the realistic damage model that influences the car’s performance. Fans of realism were given the option of turning off all the driving assistance, like power steering and ABS, which makes driving much more simulator-like.
Need for Speed: Undercover
Racing 18 November 2008
After the slightly more realistic ProStreet, in which the players raced on professional racing circuits, the popular Need for Speed series returns to city streets with a traditional, arcade installment. Developed by a Canadian EA branch, Undercover puts a special emphasis on the storyline. As an undercover cop, the player has to infiltrate the ranks of a racing gang. To do so, they have to prove their worth in a series of driving challenges, including regular races, time trials, highway battles and outruns. As usual, the players receive a massive number of licensed cars which can be modified both visually, and in terms of their performance. The game's improved visuals and excitable soundtrack are complemented by cinematic cutscenes featuring mainly Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) and Christina Milian - a singer.
Action 18 November 2003
Action/FPS game based on the themes of one of the most interesting comic series created by Jean Van Hamme. The player becomes an agent who has to overcome the dangers hanging over the world.
Call of Duty: Finest Hour
Action 16 November 2004
A first-person shooter that takes place during the World War II. The game was developed by Spark Unlimited and published by Activision. Call of Duty: Finest Hour is a console version of the PC title Call of Duty that was created by Infinity Ward. It’s not a typical port but a sort of expansion that offers modified plot. The game contains six interweaving stories during which the player assumes the role of three soldiers of allied countries: USA, Great Britain and Soviet Union. The soldiers participate in fictional depictions of actual World War II operations that happened in years 1942-1945, including the battle of Stalingrad and battles in North Africa, Belgium and Germany. During fifteen missions the player participates in various shootouts during which he will use historic weapons. In addition to singleplayer campaign, Call of Duty: Finest Hour offers few multiplayer modes, including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.
Unreal Tournament (1999)
Action 21 October 2000
A first-person shooter based on the engine of the bestselling game Unreal. The title was developed by Digital Extremes and focuses on online battles between players on futuristic arenas. In Unreal Tournament the players can compete in several gameplay modes – deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, domination, last man standing, and assault. Each mode is different from the remaining ones. There aren’t many weapons available, but each one can be used in two ways. In addition to the multiplayer mode, the developers have also prepared a single player mode which consists of a series of matches against AI-controlled opponents. The realistic behavior of the bots is worth mentioning – their intelligence can be set based on player’s skills and preferred gameplay style.
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
Action 26 July 2005
Another, fourth game from the Delta Force series. The action was based on authentic events connected with military operations "Restore Hope" and "Task Force Ranger" which took place in 1993 in Somalia.
Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)
Action 20 September 2004
Star Wars: Battlefront is a tactical action game inspired by popular Battlefield 1942 and Operation Flashpoint products. The game is about team fights on a large scale in the reality of the universe of Star Wars, created in the mind of the famous filmmaker George Lucas.
Arcade 25 October 2005
Ratchet: Deadlocked (on the European continent the title is Ratchet: Gladiator) is the fourth game in a series of virtual arcade games, launched in 2002, when Ratchet & Clank was released by Insomaniac Games employees. Of course, again in the main roles were cast the great humanoid creature and the always accompanying robot.