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.
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.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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.
Batman: Arkham Origins
Action 25 October 2013
The third entry in the series of spectacular action games with Batman. It was developed by WB Games Montreal (which previously prepared the Wii U port of Batman: Arkham City) and published by the Warner Bros. company. The story of Batman: Arkham Origins shows the beginning of Batman’s career, taking inspiration from the comic books Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight. As the protagonist, we face Black Mask and his hired thugs. Like in the previous games from the Batman: Arkham series, gameplay combines features of a fighting game with shooter and stealth elements. Additionally, the creators included some innovations, like a built-in system of challenges.
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.
Dead Island Riptide
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.
RPG 22 May 2012
A sandbox action RPG developed by Capcom. The player assumes the role of a chosen one whose heart had been torn out by a dragon. The protagonist somehow staved off death and embarked on a challenging journey to uncover the truth about himself and his destiny. As befits a true action RPG, the gameplay of Dragon’s Dogma is based on exploration, questing, and fighting. In combat, we will face many legendary beasts such as hydras, griffons, or harpies. As we progress, the protagonist gains experience which allows him to develop the skills he possesses and acquire new ones. The spectacular visuals of Dragon’s Dogma are generated by the MT Framework engine that Capcom has previously used in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Lost Planet 2.
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.
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.
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.
Assassin's Creed III
Action 30 October 2012
The third major entry in the action adventure game series, Assassin Creed. Assassin Creed III has been created by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with its subsidiaries. It continues the story of the conflict between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order. Most of events take place during the American War of Independence (1753-1783). The main character – Connor Kenway – is, once again, an ancestor of Desmond Miles. The half-blood Indian vows to fight tyranny and seek justice. The creators have skillfully implemented many historical figures and events to the story. As per Assassin’s Creed tradition, the gameplay takes place in an open-world environment, with players having a lot of freedom in completing tasks and exploration.
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.
Two Worlds II
RPG 09 November 2010
A sequel to 2007's Two Worlds - an RPG developed by Reality Pump. The story is set five years after the events of the original game. The land of Antaloor are ruled by the dark lord Gandohar. The protagonist is kept prisoner in a dungeon after a failed attempt to rescue his sister. Surprisingly, his old enemies, the Orcs, rescue him, offering alliance in order to liberate Antaloor. Much like in the original game, the player explores a huge, open world on foot or on horseback. The game world itself is filled with new locations, challenges and threats. Apart from the progress the series has made in terms of the visuals since the first installment, the sequel improves the combat system - more combat tactics can be applied now, for an ability to actively block enemy strikes was introduced into the game. Additionally, magic was expanded, enabling the player to combining spells together to their liking.
Test Drive Unlimited
Racing 05 September 2006
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.
Action 09 February 2010
A sequel to 2007's action game BioShock. BioShock 2 was developed by 2K Marin, with the support of Digital Extremes, 2K China, Arkane Studios and Darkside Game Studios. The story is set in the underwater metropolis known as Rapture in year 1968 (eight years after the events of the original game). The player assumes the role of Subject Delta - a Big Daddy prototype. The protagonist has to find the his Little Sister. The administrator of Rapture by the name of Sofia Lamb is trying to prevent it at all cost. The game remains faithful to the original gameplay formula combining FPS elements with certain RPG mechanics. Contrary to the original game though, BioShock 2 offers also a multiplayer experience in the form of seven competition-oriented game modes.
Sniper Elite III: Afrika
Action 27 June 2014
The third installment in the series of World War II shooters. Sniper Elite III: Afrika once again tells the story of an American sniper by the name of Karl Fairburne. This time, the protagonist is on a hunt for Nazis in North Africa. The single player campaign constitutes a series of missions with gradually increasing difficulty level. The creators from Rebellion studio prepared a cooperation mode as well. The gameplay is based largely on being able to make a good use of a sniper rifle in the game's numerous shooting sequences. Accurate shots are always rewarded with a slow motion x-ray vision of our bullets penetrating the body parts of the enemies. One of the bigger new features introduced in this installment is the presence of structurally open map layouts, which give much more freedom of approach to the players.
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.
Strategy 26 February 2009
A side-episode of the flagship shooter series, transferring the well-known universe of the Halo series into the realities of a typical real-time strategy. Unlike the previous instalments in the series, this spin-off was developed by Ensemble Studios, known for their cult classic Age of Empires. Halo Wars is set before the events shown in the first Halo and focuses on the first great battle which took place on the planet Harvest between human forces and aliens known as Covenants.
Dead Space 3
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.
Left 4 Dead 2
Action 17 November 2009
A sequel to the popular 2008 co-op shooter game by Valve, in which you play as one of the four brand new characters and face hordes of virus-infected mutants, visiting previously unavailable locations in the American Southwest. Compared to the original, the mechanics remained mostly unchanged, while the biggest novelty is the introduction of several kinds of weapons to be used in close quarters combat. The game utilizes a new version of the AI Director system, up until now responsible for the direction the opponents were coming from and their spawning point. In Left 4 Dead 2 it controls also the weather conditions and some map elements, whose placement may vary in different playthroughs. The game features more maps than the first installment, both for the co-op campaign as well as the versus and survival modes.
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.
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.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Action 13 November 2012
A sequel to the bestselling first-person shooter released in 2010. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the ninth installment in the Call of Duty series. It is also the fourth game in the series developed by Treyarch. The story of the game takes place in a not too distant future. The struggle for natural resources between United States and China leads to an outbreak of a new Cold War. The main protagonist of the game is David Mason, descendant of Alex Mason known from the first game in the series. The main campaign of the game is once again filled with spectacular cinematic action. At the same time, the player has more freedom in completing the missions. In addition to single player mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 offers also numerous multiplayer modes.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Action 16 November 2010
Action-adventure game with stealth elements and the second major installment in the best-selling Assassin's Creed series. The game, created by Ubisoft Montreal, is the second part of the so-called Ezio trilogy. Players can follow the adventures of a Renaissance assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze (the protagonist of Assassin's Creed II). Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is set in Rome - the city of conflicting interests of influential houses and the seat of the villainous Templar Order. The sandbox gameplay structure, well-known to fans of the series, was enriched with a new element – managing local structures belonging to the Brotherhood of Assassins that allow you to recruit and train new members, who can be ordered to aid you in combat. For the first time in the franchise's history, the developers decided to introduce an online multiplayer mode.