With over 500 independent and a number of AAA game studios, Poland has become a true video game powerhouse in recent years. From acclaimed classics and quirky action-filled shooters, through to narrative-driven exploration games, here’s our selection of Polish offerings that you should definitely check out.
The Witcher Saga
Based on a novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher Saga is probably the most popular of Polish games. Developed by CD Project RED, this action role-playing game takes place in a medieval fantasy world and follows Geralt, one of the last remaining monster-hunters. The game received worldwide acclaim, mostly for its complex storyline as well as its innovative approach to fighting. A definite must-try for all action game fans!
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Those who do not care much for fights and explosions and appreciate non-linear, immersive storytelling instead, should definitely download this game. The titular Ethan Carter has disappeared in the wake of a brutal murder and you, as Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective, need to figure out where to find him. The game relies heavily on exploration and discovery, rather than solving mind-bending puzzles and has received a BAFTA for its innovation.
This War of Mine
Inspired by the 1992–95 Siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, This War of Mine tries to portray the civilian experience of an armed conflict. The player controls a group of survivors who hide in a shelter and who have a varying degree of skills necessary to endure the hardships they found themselves in. The character’s health, hunger and mood levels need to be constantly monitored by the player in order to ensure their survival till the declaration of ceasefire. The game was nominated for The Game Award for Games For Change.
The main premise of Superhot, a first-person shooter, is that the in-game time runs only when the player makes a move. When the player is still, so is everything else, including the bullets. With no conventional regenerating health bars or ammo drops, the player has to act strategically and plan their every move. The game’s intriguing concept and minimalistic visuals has won it numerous prestigious awards worldwide.
Become an emergency dispatcher and test your ability to multitask as this game will have you pick up calls, give first aid instruction and coordinate police officers, firemen and paramedics all at the same time. In the ‘free play’ mode, users can choose any city in the world and the the game will download its map and will hence use real addresses and the emergency infrastructure. Released in February, 911 Operator has already won the the Best Indie Game award at the 2016 Digital Dragons convention.
Serial Cleaner brings a humorous twist to the action games genre. The game’s protagonist, the titular cleaner, is tasked with cleaning up murder scenes by covering blood stains, hiding murder weapons and disposing bodies, all without getting caught by the ever-present police. Inspired by 1970s aesthetics and evoking movies such as Fargo and Pulp Fiction, this game offers a stunning visual experience as well as fun gameplay which changes according to the time of day and player’s location.
Open world, first person survival action game Dying Light centres around the character of Kyle Crane who tries to infiltrate the city taken over by zombies. Players have to defend themselves from the flesh-hungry enemies who grow stronger and even more vicious after nightfall. One of the game’s unique features includes impressive parkour movements which lets characters move around the city with ease, speed and freedom unattainable in other games.
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