100 Best Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn You Should Play (2020)

Horizon Zero Dawn is an experiment. A very impressive experiment that actually succeeded.
Having a very curious mix of cyberpunk and prehistorical styles and esthetic, the game provides us with quite a unique experience. We need to arm ourselves with arrows and a bow, with a spear or any other prehistorical-ish weapon in order to defeat out enemies - dinosaur-mechanisms that are spread around the world. If that wasn't enough, Aloy our main protagonist can control an AI named GAIA. What we're having here is an exciting connection with "very old times" and "near future", even though the game is set up in the 31st century.
Being an outcast with her father Rost, Aloy must restore her position in the tribe and save the world by stopping the Eclipse, a cult that wants to rule the world. Join her on that journey, exploring the world and people that live in such hard surroundings.

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Best Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch,

The third game in a series, it holds nothing back from the player. Open world adventures of the renowned monster slayer Geralt of Rivia are now even on a larger scale. Following the source material more accurately, this time Geralt is trying to find the child of the prophecy, Ciri while making a quick coin from various contracts on the side. Great attention to the world building above all creates an immersive story, where your decisions will shape the world around you.

CD Project Red are infamous for the amount of work they put into their games, and it shows, because aside from classic third-person action RPG base game they provided 2 massive DLCs with unique questlines and 16 smaller DLCs, containing extra quests and items.

Players praise the game for its atmosphere and a wide open world that finds the balance between fantasy elements and realistic and believable mechanics, and the game deserved numerous awards for every aspect of the game, from music to direction.

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Fallout 4

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

The fourth game in the post-apocalyptic action RPG series from Bethesda studious brings players back to the retro-future. After customizing the facial features of the character, players will be admitted to the Vault 111 with their family, and tricked into entering the cryogenic capsule. After the rude awakening after the unknown amount of time has passed, the child is separated from the parents and the loving partner is killed in front of them – the main quest is settled. Now there’s only the giant open world to explore. Fallout 4 introduces the mechanics of settlement building, where players can build their own little town. Gathering material for crafting and building brings more “survival” elements into the old formula. Within their own settlements, players will be able to build all needed utilities, from storage spaces to power armor stations. Visual upgrade from the previous game brings life to what used to be brown wastelands, now filled with details and color.

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LOTR: Conquest

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Available on:  Xbox 360,

(Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English, French, and Spanish. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". Middle-earth stands on the brink of destruction. You will unite to save it or destroy it. Each race is bound to this one fate. Choose your allegiance There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Available on:  PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

The fifth game in the series, Skyrim takes us on a journey through the coldest region of Cyrodiil. Once again player can traverse the open world RPG armed with various medieval weapons and magic, to become a hero of Nordic legends –Dovahkiin, the Dragonborn. After mandatory character creation players will have to escape not only imprisonment but a fire-breathing dragon. Something Skyrim hasn’t seen in centuries.
After Oblivion, the magic system was reworked, in order to show players more aggressive and direct combat. As a Dragonborn, your character will be able to use the powerful magic of dragon shouts, powered, upgraded and researched with the souls of the dragons that will be randomly encountered by players, while traveling. Hundreds of sidequests will invite players to discover every part of the newly introduced land. Aside from already filled with guilds, Daedra and steampunk Dwemer ruins, Skyrim has additional DLC content that not only brings Solstheim island and vampire conclave but gives players the ability to build their own homes, instead of buying pre-made ones.

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God of War

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Available on:  PlayStation 4,

It is a new beginning for Kratos. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, he ventures into the brutal Norse wilds with his son Atreus, fighting to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… And teach his son to do the same. This startling reimagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series—satisfying combat; breathtaking scale; and a powerful narrative—and fuses them anew.

Kratos is a father again. As mentor and protector to Atreus, a son determined to earn his respect, he is forced to deal with and control the rage that has long defined him while out in a very dangerous world with his son.

From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains, and caves of Pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods. With an added emphasis on discovery and exploration, the world will draw players in to...

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Available on:  PlayStation 4,

Uncharted 4 is the final instalment in the Uncharted series. The story follows Nathan Drake for the last time as he now searches for Captain Henry Avery's treasure.

Introducing new characters such as Samuel Drake, with Sam and Sully Nathan agrees to find the treasure of the Gunsway heist in 1695. As antagonists, Nathan must face Rafe Adler and Nadine Ross while they are also trying to find this treasure and Nathan must face details about Sam's past.

Now changing the game's concept, Naughty Dog made locations much bigger and more explorable. Expanding the story behind Henry Avery's actions in history the story once again feels like Indiana Jones kind of adventure. Grappling hook, climbing on rocks and mountains or diving from the top, Nathan still engages into hand to hand combat with his enemies as well as using firearms. Nolan North, Emily Rose and Richard McGonagle return to the final instalment in the series to say farewell to the story of Nathan Drake for the last time.

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The Last Of Us Remastered

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Available on:  PlayStation 4,

The Last of Us is a post-apocalypse 3rd person adventure with a distinct focus on naturalness and photorealistic graphics. It is the first title in the IP, followed by the second part, coming out in 2019 by Naughty Dog, mostly known for 'Crash Bandicoot' and 'Uncharted' series.
You play as Joel, delivering small requests in America, the year 2033, precisely 20 years after Cordyceps fungus catastrophe which have turned human hosts into infected shrooms. Your next quest is to deliver 14 years-old Ellie, immune to the virus to the hospital in the other end of a state. It is a usual story of two characters getting along throughout their journey.
You need to fight fungus infected and usual soldiers, patrolling the territory — ammo and health are of the essence here, because it is post-apocalypse and everyone is short of resources. You face multiple encounters with bosses, various traps, and numerous puzzles. Let alone the number of collectibles telling a complete story of an epidemic world.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Available on:  Nintendo Switch, Wii U,

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an adventure game developed by Nintendo. It is the nineteenth installment in the series.

After awakening from a hundred year sleep, memoryless Link hears a mysterious female voice that guides him to a destroyed kingdom of Hyrule. He finds a Wiseman who says that a ruthless creature, Calamity Ganon, was imprisoned for 100 years. Even though the creature is trapped, it is still gaining power. Link sets out to kill Ganon before he frees himself and destroys the world.

In contrast to the previous titles in the series, Breath of the Wild the player to explore a vast open world. At the beginning of the game, a small tutorial is given to the players and they are free to travel the world at the pace they see fit. Link can climb almost every surface in the world, search for new equipment, cook food to restore health. Fast travel to certain places in the world is also available for the players. The world is highly interactive. For example, trees can be chopped down in order to make fire, or Link can use his shield as a snowboard.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, macOS,

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the eleventh entry in the franchise, being a sequel to its predecessor, Tomb Raider, a reboot of the franchise. This story follows Lara Croft, one year after battling her supernatural experiences in Yamatai. This time she is trying to find the legendary city of Kitezh in Siberia, Russia. The legend behind the city begins in the 12th century and still comes nowadays, that this ancient city grants with a promise of immortality. While Lara tries to solve the mystery of Siberia, she encounters an organisation called Trinity. They want to retrieve this gift to themselves. Following the notes of her father, Lara tries to discover the secrets of the ancient city and stop Trinity in doing so.

Exploring the Soviet motive, even more, the game has the DLC's - Baba Yaga, the Temple of the Witch, which follows Lara in the Soviet mine and confronting the legendary witch of Russian folk-tales, Cold Darkness Awakened, the story about a secret biological weapon and Blood Ties and Lara's Nightmare - a fight for ownership of the Croft estate.

Besides craftmanship and exploring, the game focuses on a very progressive combat system giving a player a...

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Dark Souls III

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

Dark Souls III is the fourth installment in the Dark Souls series, now introducing the players to the world of Lothric, a kingdom which has suffered the fate similar to its counterparts from the previous games, descending from its height to utter darkness. A new tale of dark fantasy offers to create and guide the path of game’s protagonist, the Ashen One, through the dangers of the world before him.
Sharing many gameplay similarities with previous installments of the Souls series, Dark Souls III improves at what it is best. These features are the unforgiving difficulty and unique, overwhelming environments. Let alone the soundtracks, allowing players to travel through the familiar locations and encounter new obstacles alike, resulting in a great test of nerves, while also giving the fruit of resolving the secrets and echoes of the past of Dark Souls series.
The new changes to the systems of multiplayer, crafting and combat will offer new and experienced players to challenge themselves on the field of battle, and to enhance the playthrough with each consecutive New Game +, where the in-game cycle never indeed ends, allowing for a multitude of different playstyles, and showing different events based on...

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Red Dead Redemption

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Available on:  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Red Dead Redemption is a third-person open-world adventure game which implements the Wild West at its best: it is very much GTA-clone but in bizarre stylistics and the very beginning of the twentieth century. This is the second title of a franchise, being preceded by Red Dead Revolver and followed by Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out in late 2018.
We play as John Marston who gradually takes down and take out criminals and those, who crosses his path. Among the combat mechanics, the most interesting one is "Dead Eye" — it allows one to point multiple targets out in slow motion and then shoot them simultaneously.
The game features 16-players multiplayer and cooperative and also has zombie DLC — Undead Nightmare. Additional content adds two modes to the original game: undead overrun in which you have to survive an infinite amount of zombie waves, and Land Grab in which player has to defend the particular piece of land to gain control of it.

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Battlefield 1

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

Battlefield 1 is a first-person action shooter set in the historical period of the World War I. Although the game is a part of the Battlefield franchise, it has no references to the previous chapters. Players are able to experience both single and multiplayer mods to get in action and to feel the era better. As a single-player campaign, Battlefield 1 offers 6 storylines (chapters) one following each other. Each consists of several missions and tells a story of a single man in the middle of a global military conflict. Playing for these soldiers and closing the targets introduces new game mechanics to players. Completing these missions gives an opportunity to dive into the history and to examine the warfare of past ages. Multiplayer experience is divided into 9 different game mods spread on 31 historical maps. You can join the dynamic battle alone or in a squad with your friends. Multiplayer allows you to assume different battlefield roles (classes) starting with a medic, support or assault and following to the tank driver, pilot and some elite units.

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What Remains of Edith Finch

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch,

The Finch's family, also known as "America's most unfortunate family", believes that the family is being pursued by a deadly curse. Each generation has only one child who survived to give birth to the next one.

The player begins to act as Edith Finch, who arrives in an orderly abandoned family mansion to find out what opens the key that she received from her mother along with the will. Of course, she is most interested in the question of the family curse, or more precisely, whether she will become a victim of it. In any case, all the relatives known to her, even on American soil, died an unnatural death. Exploring the house, she opens the rooms of each deceased relative. And plunges into the circumstances of premature death of everyone.

Life (and death) of each of the deceased relatives Edith the hero resides in the image of this relative.
The essence of the game is to clarify the circumstances of the death of many members of the same family in order to see behind these deaths and biographies something common and native. It is interesting to dive not only in different human images, but also act in the...

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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Available on:  PC, Android, macOS, Linux, Xbox 360,

Right after the escape from the collapsed Citadel, Gordon Freeman and his companion Alyx Vance learn that Combine used the destruction to open a portal, in order to bring powerful reinforcement. No major changes have been applied to the gameplay since the previous episode, instead, players will be invited to experiment with the gravity gun and more physics objects to use as impromptu ammunition. Episode Two brings back every staple of the series, including physic puzzles, driving sections, because it was developed simultaneously with the Episode One, but unlike first one Episode two has more puzzles, including the biggest puzzle in the series up to date.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is the 2016 reinstallment of the open world fantasy RPG, developed by Bethesda Game Studios. Following the original release of 2011, Special Edition focuses on reshaping every sword and ax, polishing every stone in the high castles and the suburbs of the low, overall bringing a renewed experience to its fans and newcomer players.
After 5 years of the original’s glory, this collection of all the content, available with the game itself, offers to once again set foot on the snowy mountains of the Skyrim province of Tamriel. The magnificent open world, full of breathtaking environments and landscapes, welcomes all its players to embark on another journey. Explore the even more beautiful flora of Skyrim, fight the most dangerous fauna, and many more.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition now includes full support of community-made and developer-approved mods, allowing for even more exploration and experiments with the in-game contents. Continually expanding, the database of various new quests, characters, and locations not disappointing any player, while some modifications try to focus on enhancing the vanilla experience to the maximum.

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Fallout 3

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Available on:  PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Fallout 3 is a legendary action RPG, which continues the Fallout franchise. Players dive into the events held 36 years after Fallout 2's ending. The game is set in the post-apocalyptic open world known as the “Capital Wasteland.” According to the storyline, by 2277, the whole familiar world finds itself devastated. The cataclysm is the consequence of the nuclear war of 2077 between USA and China. The only people left on Earth are lucky ones, who managed to stay alive on the surface, and those, who made their way to the warehouses provided by Vaul-Tech (like the main character). In the very beginning, the protagonist wakes up inside the Vault 101. His only aim is to find his father who left the warehouse some time ago. On his way, he will contact other survivors (both gangs and singles) and explore entire restoring areas of Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland. The game offers countless progress opportunities, so the gameplay is overloaded with various features including types of customization, numerous conversations with NPC’s, side quests – everything that an average player is going to face.

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Far Cry 5

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

Far Cry 5 is an open-world adventure first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal. It is the fifth main installment in the series.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana, where a violent religious doomsday cult appeared. You play as a junior deputy sheriff who gets trapped in the Hope County as all the ways out the county are now patrolled with cultists and all external communication is cut off. It is your job to free the county of cultists.

For the first time in the series, the game features a character creation screen. A wide range of weaponry which varies from pistols to grenade launchers is available to the player. Various vehicles are also at your exposal: cars, planes, helicopters, and so on.

The game puts a strong emphasis on building the resistance to the cultists. Players have to recruit the locals in order to have more fighters and gain reputation.

A welcome addition to the game is the so-called Guns For Hire system. It allows the players to choose one of the comrades that will follow them anywhere. For example, hiring a sniper will help the player spot enemy targets in the distance.

The whole game can be played in...

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Resident Evil 4

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii U, Wii, GameCube,

Resident Evil 4, known in Japan as Biohazard 4, is a third-person shooter survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom. The sixth major installment in the Resident Evil series, the game was originally released for the GameCube in North America and Japan in January 2005, and in Europe and Australia in March 2005. The story of Resident Evil 4 follows the U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the U.S. President's daughter whom a sinister cult has kidnapped. Traveling to a rural area of Spain, Leon fights hordes of violent villagers and reunites with the mysterious spy Ada Wong.
First hinted at in December 1999, Resident Evil 4 underwent a long development time during which four proposed versions of the game were discarded. Initially developed for the PlayStation 2, the first attempt was directed by Hideki Kamiya after producer Shinji Mikami requested him to create a new entry in the Resident Evil series. Nevertheless, it was decided to start development over again. The game was intended to be a GameCube exclusive as part of the Capcom Five, but a PlayStation 2 version was announced before the game...

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Far Cry 4

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Far Cry 4 is a first-person shooter, which inherits traditions of the original Far Cry franchise. However, the plot of the fourth chapter is unique and has no direct references to the previous games of the series. The story is now set in the Far East, where the new main character Ajay Gale joins the opposition fighting the dictatorship. The open world lets players explore the entire environment of Kyrat – a tiny fictional region hidden in towering Himalayas. Ajay as a Kyrati-American travels to Kyrat to scatter the ashes of his mother in her motherland, but suddenly things go the wrong way, and he finds himself in the middle of the civil war between the powerful dictator Pagan Min and rebels from the Golden Path founded by his father. As the story progresses, players get new weaponry and equipment or customize the ones they have. From the very beginning, the whole map is not available, so to progress and to complete the story players have to open all the game areas by “activating” bell towers (traditional Far Cry mechanic) for establishing the Golden Path’s radio propaganda and defeating enemies’ fortresses.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Call of Duty Black Ops III is a science fiction first-person shooter, the twelfth game in the whole Call of Duty franchise and the third chapter in the Black Ops series. The action begins in 2065, 40 years after the events of the second part, so the game has several historical references. However, the game is not a direct sequel to the previous Black Ops game. Players are offered to assume the role of a CIA special unit trooper trying to get along with the new artificial intelligence DNI (Direct Neural Interface) system and to solve mysteries hidden in it. The whole gameplay is divided into three usual for Black Ops series game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. The single-player campaign can be also completed in a squad (up to four members). Players are able to choose proper equipment and even customize the character before starting another mission. After the completion, each level could be replayed in a “realistic” difficulty or in a “Nightmares” mode (regular enemies are replaced with zombies).

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Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

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Available on:  PC,

Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition is an RPG set in the grim landscapes of Lordran, bringing the series for the first time on PCs. An open, seamless world, which spans from the top of the mountains to the lowest depths, offers players a new experience in the form of constant dangers and easily overpowering enemies.
The main character of the game is the Chosen Undead, whose features and background are customizable by the player, following a steep path of fate, death, and life after death. The time is running short in the world, and only you can decide, will it hold fast or expire. The evergreen hills and the thick forests, the dark dungeons and the burning lakes of lava underneath the earth, all shall welcome the Chosen Undead with a deadly embrace. The outstanding soundtrack lets all the players immerse in the world of Dark Souls.
The game features a well-crafted fighting system, with various weapons and armor, magical enchantments and handy tools to help the player on their journey. Another point of interest would be the multiplayer mode, allowing players to invade each other’s worlds, and fight to the death or cooperate and take...

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FINAL FANTASY XV

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

Final Fantasy XV is an action RPG developed by Square Enix and is not connected to the previous installments of the series.

The story takes place in a world of Eos. Noctis Lucis Caelum, the heir of the Lucis Empire throne sets out on a quest with his comrades in order to recover a stolen magical gem the theft of which sparks a global conflict between all the nations in Eos.

The combat system resembles the same one featured in Final Fantasy Type-0 but is heavily modified. There is no option to control any of the four main protagonists apart from Noctis himself, yet it is possible to command your teammates. It is possible for the players to use vehicles such as tanks or robots or summon beings that differ in rank based on their size. There are no battle-specific battle screens in FFXV.

Magic is also present in the game. By consuming the power of natural elements from their sources, Noctis is able to cast spells. The Protagonists have the ability called Link Form which allows for contextual attacks.

The main emphasis is put on the road trip with your friends. FFXV features a massive open world which can...

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Brutal Legend

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Available on:  PC, iOS, macOS, Linux, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Heavy Metal is a way of life and a world in itself, but Eddie Riggs found the real one, after the accident during a concert left him crushed by the scenery and making the involuntary blood sacrifice to the Ormagöden. The action adventure game with the real-time strategy elements in the open world introduced a star voice cast, compiled by musicians that became prototypes for some of the characters players will encounter during the game. Aside from the main story, players will be able to encounter dozens of side missions that may vary from the defense battles to a race. When using his V-guitar named Clementine, Eddie can cast spells, called Solos, by a simple rhythm game, reminiscent of Guitar Hero. Some story missions are so-called Battles of the Bands, where players will fight the armies in a real-time strategy fashion, and winning by outperforming the enemy band and destroying the stage.

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Resident Evil 6

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Web,

Bioterrorism ... Terrorists infect the US President with a vaccine that makes him an aggressive zombie. And one of the heroes of the game will have to kill him. Behind the terrorists, there is a mafia organisation that wants to hide the truth about the impossibility to control the biological weapons developed by it, which turns people into zombies. Bioterrorists opposed by a detachment of special forces - it serves two other characters.
The action of the game periodically turns from a personal vendetta into a global catastrophe and back. One President-zombie is replaced by whole cities of infected. Zombies and mutants, bioterrorists, special forces and mercenaries - they all act constantly, fight and survive in open territories and secret bases.
In total, you can play for seven characters, including a woman - the head of terrorists. Four story campaigns, after going through one line of the plot, you can choose another lens and see the events from a different perspective.
There are many enemies, but ammunition drops out of them after death. The more dangerous is the enemy, the more ammo is dropped. In hand-to-hand combat, various combo attacks help. The complete passage of the game...

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STAR WARS Battlefront

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

The game takes place in the setting of the epic "Star Wars". This game is the third in a series of games with the common name of Star Wars Battlefront.

The gameplay consists of battles. You can play on the side of the rebels or on the side of the Empire. You can also go through missions based on the stories of movies. You can play alone and in multiplayer modes, supporting up to 40 players. Multiplayer modes work in a network game or behind a single screen. The game provides an opportunity to participate in the battles for Hoth, Endor, Tatooine and other legendary planets. There is a mission on the unexplored planet of Sallast. You can control not only players, but also a variety of techniques, including huge walkers. As the game characters are present the main characters of the "Star Wars" Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett.
The novelty of the series is the presence of species from the first and from the third person.

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Trine 2: Complete Story

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Available on:  PC, PlayStation 4, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch,

Trine II takes a few years after the first game. Successfully saving the kingdom, Amadeus seeks the fireball spells. Yet he is summoned to save the homeland with his friends - Zoya and Pontious. Goblins have taken over the land as they are trying to find the mysterious "Witch" deep in the forest.

Although having more than one playable character, Trine successfully uses all three of them. Amadeus as the mage is able to move objects or create boxes and planks to help overcome some obstacles. Zoya is very agile so she can hook and grapple on some surfaces, or shoot different targets. Pontious is the strongest character in combat, and he can destroy walls in his path or deflect things with his shield. Having this three different characters, it is necessary to use all three of them to solve puzzles and beat the level. Not only you can play alone, but the game supports three players cooperative to make progress even more atmospheric.

Beautiful design, music and a narrator makes Trine a great story, that feels inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien himself.

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Darksiders II

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Available on:  PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Darksiders II is a third person slasher/RPG, the second installment in the Darksiders series. The game shares many similarities with its predecessor, but also exhibits new features such as an open world, overhauled quest system and dialogues.
The main character is the second Rider of Apocalypse, Death, out on a quest to support previous game’s protagonist, War, and to restore what has been lost by the world. The key features of the series, the extensive combat system, and various riddles have also seen significant improvements. RPG elements exist in the form of leveling up your protagonist and acquiring new skills for both combat and battle support. The game also features an immersive soundtrack, which will accompany the players throughout every location and battle.
Darksiders II has implemented many traits common to third-person RPGs of the time, but it still manages to be outstanding with its unique design of locations and enemies, a more realistic combat system and other overhauls of the game mechanics, all resulting in a refined experience for any player.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Available on:  Nintendo Switch,

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fifth game in its franchise. It is also the first game in its series to be released for Nintendo Switch.

Premise

The series is a crossover of characters from various video game franchises, such as The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, Metroid, and Mega Man, among many others. Their famous protagonists fight each other on an arena. In accordance with its name, the game is the “ultimate” installment of the series, in that it offers the players all the characters ever featured in Super Smash Bros. The game also introduces five new characters, most famously, Castlevania's Simon Belmont.

Gameplay

Unlike most fighting games, Super Smash Bros. series is built around knocking opponents out of the arena rather than lowering their health bars. However, the damage meter increases the character's chances to be knocked out. Each fighter has a limited number of lives and loses one when he or she is knocked out. The player is eliminated when he or she loses all lives.

Multiplayer

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes several competitive multiplayer modes. Besides the traditional versus mode, there are several new modes not featured in the previous games. These...

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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

New take in the Souls series. This time players are offered to overcome the immense difficulties in the kingdom of Drangleic. On the way to becoming human again, the hero must obtain a few greater souls. Gamers will experience player versus environment as well as player versus player gameplay using dedicated server technology. Invite your friends, fight your foes and survive your way through harsh medieval fantasy land.

The game shares with the first installment in the series the engine and game universe but is not connected in terms of story. Known for its difficulty the game offers players unbeatable challenge. Bad play is severely punished by the game: each time player dies game protagonist loses a bit of maximum health just like in Demon’s Souls.

Scholar of the First Sin bundles all previous DLCs for Dark Souls II as well as visual upgrades, new features and content.

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Far Cry 2

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Available on:  PC, Xbox 360,

Far Cry 2 Fortune's Edition is an open-world FPS developed by Ubisoft Montreal. It is the second installment in the series.

Jump in the boots of a mercenary sent to an African country where the civil war breaks out. Your target is a notorious arms dealer that supplies both sides of the conflict. As the player arrives at the hotel, they pass out due to malaria. Waking up, you find your target standing over you, reading the mission briefing. The player is too weak to eliminate the arms dealer due to malaria-induced weakness. The Protagonist is left for dead by their target as shooting begins outside the hotel. Get out there, find the target and eliminate him.

Far Cry 2 is the first game to feature an open world. It offers a large set of means of transportation. A day-night cycle is also featured. Far Cry 2 is a very realistic game featuring weapon degradation, dynamic weather, simulated fire, vegetation regeneration, the players even have to take out the physical map and GPS in order to find their way in the game world.

A class-based multiplayer mode with up to 16 players is also featured.

Fortune's edition adds...

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Diablo 3

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, macOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

The third Diablo returns you to the world of Sanctuary, once again invaded by the demons. Twenty years after the ending of Diablo II, a star has fallen on the city of New Tristram, spawning hordes of undead monsters that the player must defeat. As usual in Diablo series, the game has a trademark dark fantasy atmosphere and is mostly set in gloomy dungeons.
The basic gameplay features are the same as in previous Diablo games, but there are many subtle changes. The player can choose one of six character classes (a seventh is available with an expansion). Each class has its unique abilities and class-specific quests. Unlike its predecessors, which used isometric 2D graphics, Diablo III uses 3D, however, it preserves the familiar top-down view. The dungeons are randomly generated and have destructible environments, thanks to the new graphics engine. There’s a new mechanic Skill Runes that is used to improve the character’s skills.
Online multiplayer is available through Battle.net. There are both a co-op mode and a PvP mode called Brawling. The players can create hardcore characters who face permadeath if killed. Even in the single-player mode, Diablo II requires a stable internet connection, because of...

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Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition

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Available on:  PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Fallout 3: GOTY edition is an open-world role-playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the fifth installment in the series and is the first 3D and real-time combat game in it.

The game takes place in the year 2277 - 200 years after the nuclear Great War. You play as a vault dweller and set out on a quest to find your father that left the vault.

Fallout 3 offers the player immense freedom: create your own character with a particular set of skills using the role-playing S.P.E.C.I.A.L system and explore Washington, D.C., which has turned into a wasteland over the years without even following the main quest or complete every side quest you come across in the game.

One of the main features of the game is the V.A.T.S system, that allows the players to target specific body parts of the enemy. For example, if you target the enemies hand, they could drop their weapon.

GOTY edition features all the DLCs that were released: Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta.

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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

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Available on:  Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PS Vita,

The story shifts back to 1964, the height of the Cold War. Naked Snake heads into Soviet territory to help the scientist Sokolov defect to the West. But due to the betrayal of Snake's mentor and mission advisor The Boss, a female soldier known as "the Mother of Special Forces", Naked Snake fails and heads back into the Soviet Union on a mission to kill The Boss... The third MGS game tells the story of men and women who struggle to remain loyal even while their fates are at the mercy of the ever changing political "scene."

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Gears of War

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360,

The game from the famous game designer Cliff Bleszinski. Gears of War for many years has become the hallmark of the game console from Microsoft. Gears of War is a third-person shooter that uses a cover system from the game Kill Switch as the main game mechanics: the protagonist sticks to the walls, ledges and other elevations on the map, shooting back at the enemies. This is the first game of the series.

The action takes place on the exoplanet Sera. On it, there is a stronghold of human civilization, which after a thousand-year conflict is on the verge of collapse. Underneath all the main human cities, dwells the Locust Horde - inhuman monsters the size of a truck.

The player becomes a soldier Marcus Phoenix from the Coalition of Ordered Governments. The action begins 14 years after the first contact: the prison in which the Phoenix was kept attacked by The Horde. An old friend helps Marcus to get out and thus begins an adventure to save the world from chthonic invaders.

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The Last Guardian

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Available on:  PlayStation 4,

The Last Guardian is a brainchild of Fumito Ueda, who also created Shadow of the Colossus. The game spent almost a decade in development before it was complete. The Last Guardian is defined by its spectacular mountain landscapes, eerie music, and a heartwarming mood.
The main protagonist is a nameless boy, who is kept as a prisoner in cyclopean castle ruins and has to escape. While in captivity, the boy’s first task is to befriends his cellmate, a fantasy creature named Trico, who is a gigantic half-bird, half-cat hybrid that slightly reminds a hippogriff. Trico is the second main character and the mascot of The Last Guardian; the creature’s animation is incredibly detailed, and its behavior is modeled after real animals. The two form an unlikely symbiosis. The boy needs the creature’s strength and ability to fly to overcome obstacles and fend off guards who try to bring the characters back to their cells. Trico, in turn, needs the boy’s wits and agility to sneak, solve puzzles, feed the creature and heal its wounds. The player only controls the boy, while Trico needs to be manipulated into performing certain actions. Over time, the characters develop a strong emotional bond...

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The Talos Principle

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS, Android, macOS, Linux,

The Talos Principle is a puzzle game set in Ancient Greece full of technological devices. You take on the role of Talos, artificial man, the protector of Crete in Greek mythology. You are led by Elohim, your mentor, who allows you to explore the world and open portals to other locations, such as Ancient Egypt or Medieval Europe. The only place Elohim forbids you to go to is the Tower. Of course, the goal of the game is to enter it and reveal its secrets.
Your way to the Tower lays among turrets you must avoid solving various environmental puzzles. The further you go, the more complicated these puzzles become, turning into long series of actions. You get new abilities and can interact with a larger amount of items, and the game remains challenging during the entire playthrough. 
Based on Greek mythology, The Talos Principle rises such philosophical problems as the humanity of artificial intelligence, androids’ desire to live forever and the confrontation between God and his creatures. These ideas are described in multiple notes, diaries and terminals.

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Halo 3

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Available on:  PC, Xbox 360,

Halo 3 is a first-person shooter from Bungie and another installment in one of the most popular gaming universes. The third part of the franchise completes the story begun in Halo: Combat Evolved.

The action takes place in years 2552-53, in which humanity colonized the distant boundaries of the universe and met the aliens The Covenant. As a result of the conflict, a war begins between two species. Play as the Master Chief, who suffers a crash in eastern Africa. He is found by his allies Johnson and the Arbiter and together they are sent to repel the alien aggressors.

Halo 3 is a traditional first-person shooter, with a well-designed game world and mythology. The series is known for its multiplayer, which many consider the best in the genre. Matches can fit up to 16 people, who fight in several game modes. They are a variation on the Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes. In addition to multiplayer battles, players can go through the campaign together with 3 friends in a cooperative mode.

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Dragon Age 2

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Available on:  PC, macOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Dragon Age II is the second part of the Dragon Age series of dark fantasy games. The series is inspired by the classic Bioware RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, and some of the game’s writers have previously worked on these titles.

Plot

Dragon Age II is set in the medieval world of Thedas, inhabited by mythological races like elves and dwarves. This high fantasy setting has a definitive "Dark Ages" atmosphere. The game continues the plot of Dragon Age: Origins, and the player can choose which ending of the original game to use as a backstory. The player assumes the role of a protagonist named Hawke. He or she is a human who had to flee from an invasion of the monsters called Darkspawns. Over the course of the game, Hawke eventually rises to power and influences the fate of the whole Thedas.

Gameplay

The main protagonist is fully customizable. The player can choose his or her first name, gender, appearance and character class. There are three classes available: mage, warrior, and rogue. The player controls not only Hawke but also his or her party that can include up to three companions at once. You can only control...

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Serious Sam 3: BFE

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Available on:  PC, macOS, Linux, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

The alien monster destroyed all earthlings, except one. But this one has a full set of everything that can be called hardcore and brutality. From the athletic figure and the hoarse voice to short phrases that leave no doubt in the victory. He goes to the past, for it can return everything as it was.
This type of hero sets everything else, the plot is clear and straightforward - run and shoot. It happens on twelve levels, the landscapes of which are created by Nature for bloody and dynamic battles. Everyone who likes to shoot and run will be happy with everything in this game. The best in the genre is collected in one place and cleaned to chemical purity. Even the monsters you meet as old friends - and they also try for you with all their might. They roar, beat and shoot, covering the sky.
There are enough weapons in the game, including hand-to-hand combat skills. Separate pleasure - if you kill monsters by your hands, you need to find your own approach to each. One monster needs to be pulled out of the eye, the other will die only if you wrest the heart. The...

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Rust

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, macOS, Linux,

To survive is the main task in the game Rust. It is necessary to survive in the area, which is now wholly wild but was recently inhabited.
At the beginning of the game, there is only a rock and a torch. The rest will have to be found or stolen.
Bears and wolves roam the terrain, there are diseases and radiation in the game, but the main danger comes from other survivors. The game has only a multiplayer mode. We have to engage in skirmishes and hand-to-hand fighting with them.
Players can not only compete, but also unite. Rare minutes of peace and security worth devoting to construction, equipment and strengthen the shelter, the base.
Sometimes some helicopters shoot everyone on the ground. Fortunately, helicopters can be brought down.
Weapons can be found, collected and improved. Sophisticated and more effective weapons sometimes cannot be assembled independently, you need to use drawings and find rare details, sometimes leaving very far.
Sometimes planes drop from the sky "parcels" with various useful staff. The falling parcel is visible from afar, the path to its fall can be long. The package can be noticed by others. A long...

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SMITE

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, macOS, Nintendo Switch,

Smite is a free-to-play MOBA game developed by Hi-Rez Studios.

Gods from multiple mythologies serve as playable characters in the game. Each god has three base abilities, one ultimate ability, and one passive ability. Each character can buy up to 6 passive items that grant stats bonuses and up to 2 active items that give the player new abilities such as teleporting or healing. Such items don't require mana but have a long recovery time.

The goal of the game is to destroy the opposing team's lane defenders and their Titan. Players are followed by minions that deal small amounts of damage to towers, lane defenders, the Titan or the opposing players.

Smite features a five-class system. Players are free to choose from assassin, warrior, mage, hunter and guardian classes. Each class has it's own specifics and should be carefully chosen according to the situation on the arena.

In contrast to other MOBA's, there are multiple game modes in Smite. The main differences between them are the amount of gold the players spawn with, the number of players, and the number of lanes.

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Battlefield V

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

Battlefield V is the sixteenth game in its franchise.

Plot

Like the original Battlefield, the game is based on the real events of World War II. The game focuses on the obscure battles of the war. It features storylines that tie the battles together and consist of episodes called “war stories”.

Gameplay

Battlefield V puts a strong emphasis on realism. The game avoids video game abstractions in favor of immersive experience of the war. For that goal, the game aims to increase the player's interaction with the environment, such as doors, vehicles, or ammo. The ammo and other resources in the game are scarce, forcing the player to use a tactical approach.
The game gives a spotlight to women in the military who are among the main characters in the campaign. The player might also choose to play a female character in the multiplayer, as the gender is not tied to a class. The game also allows the players many customization options for costumes, vehicles, and weapons.

Modes

Battlefield V has many multiplayer modes, some of which are new to the series and some are reimagined versions of the modes from previous games. For example, The Grand Operations...

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Mount & Blade: Warband

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, macOS, Linux,

In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!
Mount & Blade: Warband is the eagerly anticipated stand alone expansion pack for the game that brought medieval battlefields to life with its realistic mounted combat and detailed fighting system.
Graphical overhaul: Support added for HDR, FSAA, depth of field, soft particles, tone mapping, and many other effects
New models with greater detail and high-quality textures
Multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege
A campaign allowing you to become the ruler of a faction and convince lords to become your vassals
The ability to upgrade your companions to vassals by granting them lands
The ability to marry a lady of the realm for romance or cold political gain. Try to win a lady’s heart through poetry or bravery
Improved mechanics for soldier morale: Soldiers will break and run away if their morale gets too low
Pick any projectile...

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DiRT Rally

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, macOS, Linux,

DiRT Rally is out now for Linux
DiRT Rally for Mac is standing by for Metal
DiRT Rally is the most authentic and thrilling rally game ever made, road-tested over 80 million miles by the DiRT community. It perfectly captures that white knuckle feeling of racing on the edge as you hurtle along dangerous roads at breakneck speed, knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time.
DiRT Rally also includes officially licensed World Rallycross content, allowing you to experience the breathless, high-speed thrills of some of the world’s fastest off-road cars as you trade paint with other drivers at some of the series’ best-loved circuits, in both singleplayer and high-intensity multiplayer races.
• ICONIC RALLY CARS - DiRT Rally boasts over 40 of the most iconic and relevant cars from yesteryear through to modern day, representing the cars that the players want, and the ones that make the most sense for the surfaces they race on.
• SIX MASSIVE RALLIES WITH OVER 70 STAGES - Head to the muddy paths of Wales, the dusty trails of Greece and the icy tarmac of Monte Carlo. Take on the legendary hillclimb of Pikes Peak, the snowy thrills of Sweden, and the epic...

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Sniper Elite 4

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,

"Sniper Elite 4 is a smart, strategic shooter that empowers you to make your own path"
IGN, 8.3/10 "A riotously entertaining WW2 stealth adventure"
Eurogamer, Recommended "An ambitious stealth game that handily outperforms its predecessors"
PC World, 4/5
Discover unrivalled sniping freedom in the largest and most advanced World War 2 shooter ever built. Experience tactical third-person combat, gameplay choice and epic longshots across gigantic levels as you liberate wartime Italy from the grip of Fascism.
Set in the aftermath of its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 transports players across the beautiful Italian peninsula, from sun-drenched Mediterranean coastal towns, to ancient forests, mountain valleys and colossal Nazi megastructures.
Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to halt the Allied fightback in Europe before it’s even begun.EXPANSIVE CAMPAIGNEncounter hours of gripping gameplay in huge campaign levels with hundreds of enemies, vehicles and high-ranking Nazi officers to hunt. Forge your own path to your objectives, uncover new sniper nests, find secret side missions, collectibles and more!AWARD-WINNING SNIPINGExperience genre-defining rifle ballistics where snipers must take account...

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Demon's Souls

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Available on:  PlayStation 3,

Demon’s Souls is an action RPG, the first installment in the Souls series, known mostly because of the Dark Souls trilogy. Demon’s Souls is also set in a grey-colored dark medieval-themed world that is attacked by the demon fog. You take on the role of a knight that entered the fog trying to save the kingdom from demons. He was eventually killed and reborn, and now needs to travel the entire kingdom to gain power and set the world free.

Your character is fully customizable and can be upgraded with souls you get through battles. Demon’s Souls combat system is quite complicated as you can’t gain experience killing ordinary enemies to defeat the boss later. Here you need to work out unique tactics for every monster type. As a result, the gameplay is quite challenging with frequent deaths.

However, there’s a way to simplify the game a little. Some of your actions, for example, killing or helping NPCs, affect the gameplay. This parameter is called tendency; when it’s white, the enemies are easier and the rewards are fewer. When it’s black, it produces the opposite effect.

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Duke Nukem Forever

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Available on:  PC, iOS, macOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Duke Nukem is a larger-than-life macho who smokes cigars, speaks in one-liners and has a kink for hot girls and big guns. Twelve years ago, Duke defeated invading aliens and became a worldwide celebrity, but now another invasion forces him to go out of the retirement. He has to save all the Earth's women, who are being kidnapped by aliens. Most weapons are the same as in the original game. However, this time Duke cannot carry all his arsenals and is restricted to only two weapons at a time. He can also use “holoduke”, a holographic version of himself, to distract enemies. Duke restores his health over time using a new mechanic of “ego bar” — a measurement of Duke’s enormous ego that needs to be bolstered.
This belated sequel to Duke Nukem 3D spent 15 years in development, so it may feel like an artifact from another era. This is especially obvious from the game’s vulgar black humor. The protagonist may urinate, drink beer, and tell somewhat chauvinistic jokes about women. There's also controversial Capture the Babe multiplayer mode, based on "capture the flag" mechanic, but instead of flags, there are girls that have to be spanked.

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Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry is a standalone expansion for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and set 12 years after its events. The game introduces a brand new character - a pirate called Adéwalé who joins the Order of Assassins in order to stop slavery in Haiti. He confronts the local government and starts to sabotage their actions.

Freedom Cry, like the original game, is a pirate-themed title with an accent on sea battles. The story is split into nine missions. You can explore an open-world sea map and attack ships to set slaves free. The ship development system and the amount of weaponry are reduced compared to Black Flag. The game also features land missions and side quests that allow you to upgrade your character and get additional bonuses. You even can recruit unchained slaves to your crew so they will help you in battles.

Freedom Cry follows the traditions of the series and combines stealth elements, used mostly during city missions with open combat. You have several weapon types including swords, guns and throwing knives to distract enemies.

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue

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Available on:  PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,

Assassin’s Creed Rogue is an action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Sofia. It is the seventh game in the series, continues the story of Black Flag and serves as a prequel to Assassin's Creed 4. Its final mission is also a set up for Assassin's Creed Unity.

Plot

The game's story takes place both in the past and the modern times. During the Seven Years' War, a young American assassin Shay Patrick Cormac trains with his old French friend. After an unsuccessful mission, Shay is disappointed by the Assassins Brotherhood and goes rogue.

Meanwhile, in the present, a virus attacks Abstergo Entertainment servers. A major conspiracy is revealed by the player after fixing the servers.

Gameplay

The players can explore the northern part of North America - a frozen seashore of the Atlantic, the territory of the Apache, the Valley of Rivers, and New York, that got remade with respect to the real city of the eighteenth century.

The game features the same ship sailing mechanics as features in Assassin's Creed IV. It is essential for Shay to escape the Assassins he will encounter, minimize the casualties of his sailors, and destroy enemy ships. Shay's ship named "Morrigan" is well-adapted...

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Risen

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Available on:  PC, Xbox 360,

Risen is a fantasy-themed RPG, split into several chapters. You, the unnamed protagonist, get in a storm and wake up on a mysterious island of Faranga. Immediately you get involved in the war between two factions: bandits and mages. No matter what side you choose, you dive into a web of intrigue, connected with ancient monsters and relicts.
The game features an elaborate development system, which allows you to upgrade different abilities, such as shooting, melee combat, and magic. You also can choose from a variety of weapons and non-combat skills, for example, pickpocketing and lock picking. Combat system includes several moves you and your enemies can perform; their variety increases as you progress through the game. There are multiple quests to get experience and open unavailable regions of the island. You can fulfill the same tasks in different ways, so the game provides true role-playing.  
Risen is followed by Risen 2: Dark Waters and Risen 3: Titan Lords. These games don't directly continue the plot of the first title but feature some characters from it.

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