Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Action 21 August 2012
The next installment in a cult online fist person shooter series, which originated in the early 2000's as a Half-Life modification. This game was created by Valve Corporation, who purchased the rights to the massively popular mod and later developed its commercial editions. The core gameplay is built upon competition between two teams of players: terrorists and counter-terrorists. Eliminating opponents is rewarded with cash, which can be spent on new gear and weapons. There are four main game modes: Arm Race, Demolition, and two tournament varieties. The authors did not try to revolutionize the classic gameplay mechanics, mostly focusing on visual improvements to match modern standards. Most of the in-game maps are based on the original ones, and most of the changes relate do weaponry.
Red Dead Redemption
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.
Saints Row 2
Action 14 October 2008
The sequel to the 2006’s third-person action game which was created as a response to the popularity of the Grand Theft Auto series. The action of Saints Row 2 takes place several years after the events of the original, when its protagonist, wishing to take revenge on the traitors that made him lose his current influence, finds himself in serious trouble. Mechanics-wise, Saints Row 2 does not introduce too many novelties and bases on the tried solutions of the original. In the game, we once again assume the role of a Stilwater gang’s member, and our tasks it to perform subsequent missions and thus progressively build respect that is essential to buy new vehicles, weapons, or items of clothing. The main differences between the two installments of the series include, first and foremost, a significantly bigger area to explore, a large number of previously unavailable vehicles, and even richer customization options for the protagonist.
Mass Effect 3
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.
RPG 21 October 2008
A full-fledged continuation of a third-person action RPG by Peter Molyneux, originally released in 2004 on Microsoft consoles. The story of Fable II is once again set in the fantasy land of Albion, but the action takes place roughly 500 years after the events of the original game, we assume the role of an ordinary inhabitant of Albion who, accompanied by his faithful dog, undertakes subsequent quests climbing up the social ladder and growing up to be one of the biggest heroes in the land. As far as gameplay mechanics are concerned, the title does not deviate significantly from the solutions of the original Fable, such as the character progression system which influences the character's appearances and alignment based on the decisions we had taken, gives us the ability to perform gestures that change NPCs’ attitude towards the protagonist, and the option to marry and have children.
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.
Dark Souls II
RPG 11 March 2014
A sequel to the hit action RPG Dark Souls, a game famous due to its very high difficulty level. Dark Souls II was developed by the Japanese studio From Software in collaboration with Namco Bandai. The player controls a character traversing a dark fantasy world in search of a way to free himself from a curse. The story is shown not chronologically, in a fragmented way and explanations are often hidden in dialogues and item descriptions. Similarly as in its 2011 predecessor, the gameplay focuses mostly on exploration, difficult arcade combat and character progression. Multiplayer mode was greatly modified, but it still features the hallmark of the series – the advice left in the game world by other players.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
RPG 18 November 2014
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third part of a cRPG series, which started in 2009 with the debut of Dragon Age: Origins. Once again BioWare took on the development of the production in cooperation with Electronic Arts. The game is set in a fantasy world of Thedas, and the main theme of the plot is a demon invasion. The player becomes a leader of the Inquisition burdened with two tasks: stopping the creatures invading from spirit world - the Fade, and finding the ones responsible for bringing them to the world of mortals. The gameplay is based on classic cRPG solutions with a focus on world exploration, tactical combat, team-building, and making ethical choices that affect the course of the story. On the technical side, Dragon Age: Inquisition employs the Frostbite 3 engine (known for Battlefield 4, among others) which provides high-quality audiovisual environment.
RPG 03 September 2013
The third installment in a highly popular action-RPG franchise, created and developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo III takes players back to the world of Sanctuary, where they have to stand up to forces of evil. The story is set 10 years after the events of the second game. Tristram cathedral gets hit by a mysterious comet, whose impact awakens the armies of Hell. Diablo III features new character classes and a modified character progression system. Blizzard aimed for a further increase of combat dynamics, implementation of extensive social features, as well as atmospheric audiovisuals.
Adventure 09 May 2012
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Grand Theft Auto Online
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.
Saints Row: The Third
Action 15 November 2011
The third installment in the series of action games developed by THQ, combining mechanics known from the Grand Theft Auto franchise with absurd sense of humor. The main protagonist is the same character as in the previous Saints Row games. Together with a group of gangsters he tries to preserve the position of the Saints gang. However, a completely new force is trying to take over Steelport – an international syndicate, called Dawn, that specializes in extortion and racketeering. To make things even worse, many local gangs such as The Deckers and Luchadores are cooperating with the syndicate. The strong criminal element present in the city is being opposed by the STAG group, financed by the government. The game offers many varied missions that focus mostly on rivalry between the aforementioned factions. The game can be played alone or in cooperation mode. In comparison to the previous installments in the series, the developers went even further when it comes to the unique humor, implementing numerous funny costumes, weapons, and vehicles.
An first-person perspective survival horror game, created by the Polish developer Techland, known for Dead Island and the Call of Juarez series, among others. The player assumes the role of a character who is trying to survive in a zombie-infested metropolis. The sandbox gameplay of Dying Light is divided into two phases. During the day, the game puts main focus on exploration and acquisition of raw materials and weapons, while at night players must face hordes of the living dead. The creators wanted to put the accent on two gameplay elements: thrilling combat with a variety of weapons (including crafted ones), and dynamic movement throughout the city, enabling the players to overcome terrain obstacles using parkour. In addition to a single-player campaign, Dying Light also offers a four-person cooperation mode via the Internet.
Gears of War 2
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.
Racing 23 October 2012
A spin-off to the popular series of car simulation games Forza Motorsport. The title was developed by Playground Games in cooperation with the development teams from Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft Game Studios. The game takes place on the roads of Colorado State during the titular music festival. In contrast to the main installments of the series, the spin-off gives the player much greater freedom when it comes to the exploration of the world and selecting challenges to complete. During the game it is not only important to reach the finish line before the rivals, but to drive impressively as well. The player can select from around 300 models of vehicles of various classes (from sports cars through pick-ups to roadsters) that can be additionally tuned.
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 IV: Black Flag
Action 29 October 2013
The fourth major installment in a bestselling TPP action-adventure game series. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with other Ubisoft’s inner studios. The main story in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set in 18th century. You meet a pirate captain Edward Kenway (the grandfather of Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III), who gets entangled in the age-long conflict between The Brotherhood of Assassins and the Order of Templars. Interwoven in the story are authentic places and historical events, as well as famous figures (including Edward Teach, Benjamin Hornigold, and Anne Bonny) related to the so called Golden Age of Piracy. The sandbox gameplay model offers the players the complete freedom of exploration and undertaking various missions. Complimentary to the solo mode, the game features an expansive multiplayer with a number of diverse maps and playable characters.
Action 29 October 2013
Fourth main entry in the bestselling FPS series created and developed by the EA DICE team. The solo campaign shows a vision of military conflict between the United States, Soviet Union, and China. The story takes place in 2020 on the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Player takes on the role of a member of the US Marine Tombstone Squad, which is given the task of rescuing several high-ranked officials from the unsettled Shanghai. The strongest point of the game are its complex multiplayer skirmishes, allowing us to take part in online battles for up to 64 players. Developers made sure to offer a wide selection of game modes and maps with varied terrain and sizes.
Gears of War 3
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.
Arcade 27 March 2013
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
Far Cry 4
Action 18 November 2014
The fourth installment of the extremely popular series of sandbox FPP action games. In accordance with the Ubisoft’s policy, the production was developed by several internal development studios led by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai. Once again players have the opportunity to assume the role of a protagonist forced to face numerous enemies and obstacles all by himself. At his disposal, however, is a considerable arsenal of firearms and melee weapons. The creators remained true to the well-proven gameplay scheme, allowing the gamers to explore vast locations and complete task with an unparalleled degree of freedom. On the technical side, Far Cry 4 fully employs the potential of the constantly improved Dunia Engine, providing high-quality audiovisuals and realistic physics.
Fighting 19 April 2011
A brutal fighting game and a reboot of the Mortal Kombat video game series - one of the most popular fighting-oriented franchises, launched back in 1992. The game was created by NetherRealm and the works were supervised by Ed Boon - the father of the series. This new installment is based on the best mechanics of its predecessors, both improving and modernizing the classic Mortal Kombat experience. Thus brutal fighting is the core of the game - fights are filled with spectacular special attacks and creative ways of finishing off the enemy. The players received a massive number of both well-known and completely new fighters. The new X-Ray system was introduced as well, allowing the player to launch special attack sequences. New game modes were also added, including challenges, Story Mode and Tag Team, which allows two teams of two players to fight against each other. Combining classic elements with the new can be also observed in the visuals that combine 2D and 3D elements.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Action 15 November 2011
An open-world action game played from the third-person view. It is another installment in the Assassin's Creed series. In terms of the plot, the game ends the so-called Ezio trilogy, which comprises of Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and AC: Revelations. The game is set mainly in the 16th century, though in-game flashbacks reach as far as back to the 12th century. The protagonist - Ezio Auditore da Firenze follows the traces of Altair - both his ancestor and the master of the Assassins. The trail leads to Constantinople, where the Templars are gathering a powerful army. The creators combined successful mechanics of the previous installments, enriching them with an ability to create bombs or with a modified system of gaining control over particular city areas. Apart from the single-player story campaign, the game offers a fully functional multiplayer mode.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Racing 22 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.