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Past Featured Games

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Hitman: Absolution

Hitman was almost always a game with weak story and weak implementation of assassinating targets, but as with the Tomb Raider series, the Squaresoft name behind it made it right.

While the game can use stealth much better than previous instalments, you can go all guns blazing and it'll work just fine, even better than before. But for the first time stealth in this franchise is implemented right, or at least much closer to being right. And on top of that, the game features quite an interesting story, nicely voice-acted badguys, and more than enough approaches to solidify the name of the game. Finest game in the series with little to no mishaps.

Mar 09, 2014, submitted by MAT (93582)


Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider was never a game to my liking. I've tried a few, and Legend came close to being liked, but with the bad controls and whatnot in the Underworld all hopes were lost. But I guess when you put a name such as Squaresoft behind it, it yields an entirely different result.

A whole new Lara with nice gameplay, decent story, amazing graphics and plethora of enemies and gadgets make this game a whole new experience. With what they've done, it came second only to Uncharted series. They may not make RPGs to my liking, but when they try and make some action/adventure game, it's a whole new experience. This is the Tomb Rider that should've been from the very beginning. A fine game for both TR fans and newcomers to the series.

Feb 15, 2014, submitted by MAT (93582)


Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer

The eighth installment in the venerable series of classic Western RPGs had the bad luck of using an old engine and being released at the time of a great turmoil caused by the more character-driven genre tendency of the era. It can't be denied that in terms of writing or storytelling this game cannot compete with its contemporaries. But it is probably the last of those addictive, cozy old RPGs where you just lose yourself in an open world with all those quests and character-building possibilities. In a way it's even more interesting to play than its two predecessors - having vampires, minotaurs, and a dragon in your party is just too cool, and atmospheric immersion is more pronounced than ever before. Outdated graphics and conservative structure were apparently reason enough for many reviewers to mix the game with dirt, but old-school fans know how to appreciate deep role-playing games, and the eighth Might and Magic is definitely one of them.

Feb 08, 2014, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)


Deadly Premonition

You might have heard the phrase "it's so bad it's good" being applied to this game - and, as far as some of its quirky dialogue and gameplay peculiarities go, this is an apt definition. But Deadly Premonition also has fantastic gameplay aspects - such as free-roaming a large, exquisitely detailed town populated by lively, interesting characters with their own schedules, completing side quests and soaking in the game's sometimes campy, sometimes genuinely spine-chilling atmosphere. And let us not forget its honest-to-God cool whodunit story with some great twists and turns. No matter how you look at it, Deadly Premonition has heaps of charisma and unique charm, clearly being a product of love. Don't miss one of the most original games of our time.

Jan 31, 2014, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)

Alshark

Many years ago, a little company named Right Stuff developed a Japanese-style RPGs that achieved something only very few other games of its genre managed to pull off: it combined an emotional, personal story with freedom of exploration in an awe-inspiring space setting. We loved traveling to remote planets in Mass Effect series, but more than a decade earlier Alshark featured physical travel through space, dogfights with enemy ships, and fully explorable planet surfaces. Freedom and cinematic storytelling aren't easy to blend, but Alshark brilliantly and generously gives us both. Unfortunately, none of its versions (including the ultimate one, for PCE CD) were ever translated into English - maybe a petition for a fan patch would help?

Jan 25, 2014, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)


Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword. Mount&Blade is still one of the pioneering leaders of insane hybrids. If you thought leading an army while manually dodging 100 bows and crossbows one the battlefield was insanely difficult enough, try dodging 15th century Cossack musketeers while being chased by Polish Hussar heavy cavalry, avoiding Muscovite spears, flanked by Khanate horse archers, only to run into Swedish heavily armored infantry.

And that's on a good day.

Depending on how powerful your PC is, that's a few hundred units per battle...which still outnumbers most multiplayer first person shooters filled with cursing teenagers jumping into trees for no apparent reason.

If your hardcore gaming habits still don't find this a challenge enough, as an expansion for Mount&Blade: Warband, additional fan made mods are still available for both Warband and With Fire and Sword, some of which make the vanilla versions of these games appear ridiculously easy.

Guaranteed to annihilate one's social life faster than AAA multiplayer titles with multiple DLCs.

Jan 18, 2014, submitted by Indra is engaged (19913)


The Last of Us

The last step before the jump to a next-gen consoles. The Last of Us shows the true power of PS3 and is no doubt the best looking game to date made for the current generation consoles. From the creators of Uncharted series nothing short of perfection was expected, and they didn't fail to deliver just that.

This game is a fine mix of horror-survival (think Resident Evil 4), 3rd-person action (think Tomb Raider) and exploration (think Fallout 3) and does not feel like a short story in the least. Protagonist isn't just a rundown typical hero and you're in for some nice and unexpected treats on your adventure through a post-apocalyptic cities, forests, beaches and what not. If there was a game that could force you to buy a whole console because of it, this would be the one.

Jan 11, 2014, submitted by MAT (93582)


Starflight

While marveling at the coolness of Star Control II, it is important to study some game history and remember that, no matter its undeniable quality, that game was in essence a Starflight variant. Starflight will always surpass Elite in my eyes, because, while both games pioneered space exploration genre, Starflight did it with an emphasis on discovery and alien communication, toned down the simulation aspect, and replaced trading with elegant planet mining, resulting in a more RPG-like, plot-driven experience (no matter how well-hidden the plot was). Just driving your terrain vehicle and training your communication officer so that he'll be able to penetrate the minds of Arrogant Veloxi or laid-back Elowan is addictive as all hell. It is also a rare case where a console version of a Western PC game is probably the best one of all, with better graphics and much swifter interface.

Jan 05, 2014, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Featuring a game belonging to an ultra-popular franchise may seem redundant, but I had a reason for choosing this specific installment. It occupies an odd spot within the series, having a decidedly darker setting and story and introducing the controversial mechanic of a three-day in-game clock. However, after the initial discomfort of having to get used to the game's rules I began to gradually realize how marvelous it turned out to be. Instead of just being an add-on to the great Ocarina of Time, it came loaded with personality and gameplay ideas complementing and even surpassing those of its famed predecessor. The sheer magic of its world, the depth of interaction, and the incredible variety and richness of gameplay are greater than ever before. Of all Zelda games, this one is very close to being my personal favorite.

Sep 07, 2013, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)


Shadow Tower: Abyss

Forgotten gems by FromSoftware, part II. If the phrase King's Field with guns does something to you, get this game, apply the English translation patch, and plunge into the world of delightful From-style first-person action role-playing. You've got the exploration, you've got the challenge (though the game is actually easier than any King's Field), you've got incredible atmosphere that tops everything they've done before (courtesy of beautiful and detailed graphics), and you've got... that's right: guns! I haven't yet played the first game, but this criminally overlooked sequel is a must for fans of the great company's work.

Aug 25, 2013, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)


Narsillion: Leithian Another Story

In 1999, a small Korean development studio named Garam & Baram released Leithian, an innovative RPG that combined action-based combat, party management, and Eastern-style character-driven plot. Unfortunately, the game was plagued by severe balance issues. The prequel Narsillion corrects most of them while building upon the predecessor's brilliant ideas. Basically, if you want to have some addictive Diablo-style hack-and-slash with an abundance of items and character-building coupled with party management and a strong, emotional story that takes the best elements out of Japanese RPGs, this is the right address.

Aug 05, 2013, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)


Divine Divinity

Did you enjoy the fast gameplay and obsessive collecting of Diablo, but wanted some actual role-playing in it? Did you love the writing and the rich world of Baldur's Gate but would prefer solo action-oriented combat? Did you admire the vastness of Elder Scrolls games but wished their worlds were populated by interesting characters? Well, this underrated Belgian game sort of fulfills all those wishes. Sure, in each of those categories taken separately there are more polished, tighter games. But few other games let you have a bit of everything, in the right doses, where everything is created with passion and attention to detail. The only uncool part of this game is its title, but I guess you can forgive that.

Jul 24, 2013, submitted by Cor 13 (172994)