What are the best new PC games 2020? Perhaps you have just been paid, bank account fat with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the latest PC games because they are, well, new and shiny.
It is all well and good starting another daring round of PUBG, taking on a new 100-hour Football Manager save, or yet another The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim adventure but, as much as we love setting mammoths ablaze, there are plenty of the latest PC games that will more than supply your gaming fix. You don’t want to be the person who isn’t In The Know now, do you?
These days, new PC games pour onto Steam at a dizzying rate, making it impossible to keep up with them all. Thankfully, us kind folk at PCGamesN have separated the wheat from the chaff when it comes to recent PC releases, too. Below you will find the new PC games for which you should be saving your pennies.
The best new PC games of 2020 are:
Splashing around gleefully in a playground of gore, ripping demons limb from limb as you rampage ferociously through the demonic forces of Hell is exhaustingly gratifying. Doom Eternal is a faster, sleeker, more sickeningly satisfying sequel to Doom 2016. In Rich’s Doom Eternal review, he describes the combat as “a maelstrom of somehow readable violence with all the cathartic power of a temper tantrum, and when the gore settles, you’ll feel every bit as spiritually purged as the Earth you’re saving.”
There are all sorts of secrets and collectibles to be obtained in Doom Eternal, and for the curious or the completionists among you, check out our guides to the Doom Eternal cheat code locations, where to find all the Slayer gates and Slayer Gate Keys in Doom Eternal, and what surprises you’ll unlock with the Doom Eternal secret PC password.
It finally happened – a brand new Half-Life game. Set between Half-Life 1 and 2, Half-Life: Alyx is a VR game where you play as Alyx Vance in her fight against the Combine. Some Half-Life fans may have baulked at the choice to release Half-Life: Alyx as a VR exclusive, but those fortunate enough to have access to a VR headset have praised the way the game utilises the format to both deliver a solid Half-Life story, and to pioneer new territory as a virtual reality experience.
In his Half-Life: Alyx review, Dustin describes “how good it feels to simply rummage”, and how the game imparts you with the “astounding sense that you have a physical presence in the world”. Half-Life devotees will certainly be happy, too, as Dustin describes Alyx as “both a vindication for the magic VR can bring to gaming, and a satisfying new entry in the beloved Half-Life series.”
Originally called Umbra, Wolcen is the latest isometric-RPG to take influence from Diablo. Its release has been a long time coming, too, as Wolcen was in Steam Early Access for four years and was kickstarted to the tune of $406,000 back in 2015.
Gameplay will feel familiar to fans of Diablo and Path of Exile. You craft a character to inhabit and pillage dungeons for loot by taking out fiends. Where Wolcen differs, however, is in its focus on its skill tree. There are no classes here, and your Wolcen builds will be crafted entirely through the game’s skill tree. The Wolcen servers have been a tad shaky post-launch, but they seem to be okay now.
Crema’s Pokemon-inspired MMO lovingly wears its influences on its sleeve. Well, that’s until your rival knocks you out in one blow in your first encounter. There’s plenty you’ll find familiar here. Temtem whisks you away to a sleepy village and offers you one of three creatures to take on an adventure. What makes Temtem unique, though, is its challenge. Each tem’ has a stamina bar that drains after each attack, so you can’t get by with one overpowered pal. You’ll need to train a few up if you want to conquer the Airborne Archipelago’s various Dojos.
If you take a peep at our lovely guides tab, you’ll notice we’re quite taken with it ourselves. We’ve put together guides on Temtem starters and evolutions to get you on your way, and there’s a Temtem breeding one, too, for the more, er, hardcore trainers. We’d recommend the Temtem type chart, specifically, as remembering each strength and weakness is a pain.
There’s nothing wrong with more of a good thing, and that seems to be what we’ve gotten early into 2020. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne sweeps us away to a new, chilly area to explore and hunt within – offering plenty of monsters to hunt for shiny new armour.
In Jason’s Monster Hunter World: Iceborne review, he says “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne feels like Monster Hunter perfected. It’s a little bit more of everything that makes the series so enjoyable, and the additions in terms of monsters, attacks, and techniques all add up to create one of the best pieces of DLC in recent memory. Iceborne will easily keep you entertained for as much time as you can give it.”
After five years on the Xbox, Halo Master Chief Collection has arrived on PC with Reach in tow – fixes, and all. It didn’t get off to the best start back then as everything was riddled with bugs – online multiplayer was hit particularly hard and rendered unplayable. Early signs, though, show that it’s enjoyed a smoother launch on PC, bringing another iconic shooter to players’ Steam storefronts. On top of all of that, there’s support for Halo: Reach mods, too.
Halo: Reach whisks you off to the year of 2552 to fight an alien race known as Covenant. You’ll find yourself in the Spartan suit of Noble Six, a member of an elite squad. Once you’re finished with the campaign, you can busy yourself with Halo’s multiplayer mode, from team-based objective games like Capture the Flag to the classic deathmatch mode, Slayer. Forge or Theatre Replay modes aren’t here quite yet, but they will be.
If you’re a fan of X-Com, then chances are this one has been on your radar for a while. Sure, the whole Phoenix Point Steam thing may have irked some people, but it looks like we’ll see Julian Gollop’s latest effort come to Valve’s storefront eventually.
The turn-based strategy game takes you forward to Earth in 2047, where you are in the midst of an alien invasion. The aliens themselves are Lovecraftian and, more importantly, on the verge of wiping out humanity. As the commander of a lone base, you’ll face a variety of strategic and tactical challenges as you try to turn the tide.
In his Phoenix Point review, Will Freeman praises the game for being “elegant, atmospheric, and energetic”. He also notes that Gollop’s love of board games is evident in the game, too, if that’s your scene.
“Certainly, if you’re genre devotee, a fan of Gollop’s back catalogue, or just want to see your board gaming tastes represented in digital form, Phoenix Point is well worth considering,” he says. “Its many strengths outweigh a scattering of rather abstract weaknesses, and those shortcomings only warrant scrutiny because of its tremendous legacy. Because if you call your project a ‘spiritual successor to X-Com’, you inevitably face comparison to not just a genre great, but one of the most celebrated games there is.”
How lovely it is to have another Star Wars game with a single-player story at its core. Respawn’s first foray to a galaxy far, far away takes place after the prequel trilogy of films and – more importantly – after the demise of the Jedi via Order 66. You’ll find yourself in the space boots of Cal Kestis, a Jedi padawan set adrift in the outer reaches of the solar system after escaping the Jedi purge.
Gameplay-wise, Respawn is adding its signature flair for movement with Sekiro-like combat that focuses on timing, parrying, and knocking bolts back at silly Stormtroopers. With some Metroidvania level design thrown in, think of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order as a cross between Dark Souls and Uncharted.
The game is not without its faults, though. As Rich puts it in his Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review, “Gameplay is solid from the start and gains depth, transforming you into a Jedi badass. Respawn has also nailed the Star Wars universe, for better (sights, sounds, and cinematic feel) and worse (cringey dialogue and vacuous plot)”.
If you’re still unsure if you’d like to make the purchase, we’ve put together a couple of guides on how long Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is, and even wrangled up some tips for the boss fights. Heck, there’s even a Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order colors guide so you can get Samuel Jackson’s signature purple lightsaber.
Rockstar has a knack for capturing a moment in time. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City glows brighter than eighties Miami whereas San Andreas features all the low riders you’d find in nineties Los Angeles. In Red Dead Redemption 2, the studio’s love of western games, movies, and literature, like Blood Meridian, are on show.
While those games define the era of console on which they were released, they boast a special type of staying power on PC. It’s thanks mainly to the game’s dedicated player base. GTA Online is awash with roleplayers who simulate life, daredevils who just want to capture cool footage, and others who are happy to enjoy the game’s various modes, making it one of the true sandbox games on PC – and the same is true of RDR2.
That’s why we’re excited that Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally come to PC. As Sam puts it in his Red Dead Redemption 2 PC review, the story is a marvellous exploration of its characters. You play as Arthur Morgan, a cowboy with the skill to match his lofty reputation. Throughout the game, however, you become tested in various ways we won’t spoil. The game’s just released, but we’re excited to see what the game’s community gets up to as well, with RDR2 RP servers already well underway.
The comfort food of role-playing games, Obsidian’s space-faring epic shows signs of the studio’s history. From Fallout New Vegas’ meaningful dialogue choices to Star Wars Knight of the Old Republic 2’s depth of space exploration. In Dustin’s The Outer Worlds review, he applauds the moments of greatness, though he does find the experience a little too inconsistent on the whole.
Still, there’s plenty of depth here that you’ll likely love. The Outer Worlds perks and flaws system make character building a joy. Throw in some The Outer Worlds companions perks, too, and you’ll find that the best The Outer World builds are a web of various buffs and effects. Don’t be too daunted, though, as there are plenty of satisfying The Outer Worlds weapons to bring a build together.
Dare we say that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign is up there with the greats? Jordan certainly argues that in his Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review. “It’s a story about the messiness of contemporary conflict, the vast grey gulf that exists between right and wrong, and the burden that operating within such vague boundaries places on soldiers,” he says. “Back in 2007 it was pretty obvious who the good guys were. This time it’s not so simple.”
Of course, the other big reason we’re here is for the multiplayer. Infinity Ward’s military-based shooter introduces plenty of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare weapons for you to coo over, and the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare gunsmith system gives you a dizzying amount of flexibility when adding attachments to your guns. Oh, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare killstreaks are back, too, allowing for total domination of an enemy team or the means to stage an impressive comeback.
There you have it, the new PC games you should be playing right now. Now, we’ll admit, we were being a little facetious earlier: new PC games aren’t necessarily the cream of the personal computer crop. For that, you should swing by our list of the best old games for the classics and the best PC games of all time, or even check out or collection of free online games, no download required. While it’s important that you keep up with the new PC games we have listed, you are missing out on some of the most memorable gaming experiences around from previous years – and they’ll likely be a lot cheaper by now, too. We feel for your growing pile of shame.