What are the best new PC games 2019? 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 2019 are:
Looking to slay some Nazis with a friend at your side? You ought to consider Wolfenstein: Youngblood, then. As Chris says in his Wolfenstein: Youngblood review, this is “one of the best shooter experiences of the year so far,” so long as play with a pal.
The game’s story is set in motion after series’ favourite BJ Blazkowicz mysteriously disappears, leaving his twin daughters, Soph and Jess, with the task of tracking him down in alt-history 1980s Paris. Quite handily, you don’t need a friend to own this game to play co-op with them. You can use a Buddy Pass If you have the deluxe version of the game and they have a free Bethesda account, plus you can matchmake with a random player online or go in with an AI companion.
While Wolfenstein’s full-throttle FPS shooter gunplay is kept intact, you’ll find several new things that keep this spin-off feeling fresh. You get something tonally different as you get a glimpse into the sisters’ relationship, and there are more elements of exploration, too. Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s map is split up into districts with secret passageways and pieces of lore to uncover. It should come as no surprise, perhaps, that Dishonored creator Arkane Studios helped out with development.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall
4X games are a bit of a commitment, but one we love making. We can easily accrue over 100 hours exploring, expanding, exploiting, and exterminating as any given empire. The start of Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a challenge as there are a lot of systems and mechanics to get to grips with. Stick with it, though, and you’ll be rewarded with a thoroughly engrossing experience.
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Triumph Studios’ latest strategy offering features all the tactical turn-based combat and in-depth empire building you may recognise from its predecessors. The big change this time, though, is an all-new, sci-fi setting. Out with the medieval fantasy-inspired visuals, in with alien planets and tentacled aggressors.
As Phil puts it in his Age of Wonders: Planetfall review, “Initially unwieldy but eventually engrossing, Age of Wonders’ latest entry translates its Civ-meets-XCOM formula brilliantly to a new sci-fi setting. Even if the elements of that sci-fi are a bit rote.”
Warhammer and Diablo is an enticing combination, and Warhammer: Chaosbane is a new PC game based on the ubiquitous franchise that delivers on exactly that. With up to three other players or on your demon-slaying tod, you will be beating back the Chaos hordes in a nightmarish world devoured by war and watching the blood-soaked numbers go up.
If you’re looking for something to tide you over ahead of the Diablo 4 release date, Chaosbane is for you, and you’ll probably also have a good idea of how its gameplay loop works. Once you’ve picked one of four different character classes, you’ll be fighting the various followers of the Chaos Gods and looting increasingly powerful gear with which to punish more demonic foes. As you’ll find in our Warhammer: Chaosbane review, this might be a co-op game with very clear inspirations, but the world of Warhammer is a devilishly fun place for it.
Total War: Three Kingdoms
If you’re hoping for an easy time of it in forging the next great ancient Chinese dynasty, think again. Each of the other major Generals – whether that’s Total War: Three Kingdoms’ Lü Bu, Cao Cao, or Yuan Shao – you’ll come up against are vying to do just the same thing, relentlessly hounding you for every gorgeous acre of the Three Kingdoms by blood, or vassalage.
If you’re time with the latest entry to Creative Assembly’s new PC game is anything like we experienced as part of our Total War: Three Kingdoms review, these hard-fought beefs will find themselves among your most memorable moments in the seminal series.NPC and enemy behaviour is inspired by the Chinese concept of dynamic inter-relationships, Guanxi. This brings out their idiosyncratic personality traits, motivations, likes, and dislikes. It turns out most of them really like killing you.
You choose from two game modes: Romance and Records. Romance gives generals superhuman strength – such as allowing Lü Bu to solo 2000 enemies at once – whereas the latter has a greater emphasis on realism and historical authenticity. With a new settings comes revamped game modes, so here’s what you need to know about the new Total War: Three Kingdoms diplomacy system, and how to steal characters in the game.
Rage 2 wants you to kill faster, better, and more chaotically with each target you dispatch in an inevitable shower of viscera. Combining your booming array of guns with your Rage 2 Nanotrite abilities, you’re quite a force to be reckoned with. And that’s before we get to Overdrive: this overpowered state sees your guns reload quicker, your pace quicken, and your health replenish. It charges again with each kill, forcing you to drive on and on.
While our Rage 2 PC review pointed out that the story, wider world, and driving mechanics don’t measure up to the glories of its pummeling combat, there’s still a lot to love about this new PC game. Plus, it’s made even crazier when it comes to the myriad Rage 2 cheats that are sold by a marauding wizard. Because Rage 2.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
One or two rats we can deal with without jumping onto the table and gently screaming. Hundreds of them congealed together in a writhing, infested sea of shrill squeaking, not so much. Wealthy teenager Amicia de Rune is evidently made of much hardier stuff as she navigates the plague-carrying vermin en route to her younger brother in 1348 France.
Like Life is Strange, A Plague Tale: Innocence is an adventure game that tells its twisting mystery from the perspective of the young, and it’s just as refreshing. Where there might be a few too many systems introduced too quickly for a linear, narrative-focused experience – at least we thought so in our A Plague Tale: Innocence review – stealth and the way it ties into the contrast between light and dark means this is a new PC game that’ll likely get under your skin, and stay there.
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Not long ago it wasn’t possible for the keyboard-and-mouse brigade to venture into the fictional Tokyo districts of Yakuza at all. Now that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is out in the wilds of PC gaming, they’re as ubiquitous as zany SEGA mini games. This sequel is a remaster of the second action-RPG in the series and, just as our Yakuza Kiwami 2 PC review contends, the souped-up Dragon Engine designed for the sixth game makes it even better.
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Kiryu Kazama might be struggling to leave his old, troubled life behind him, but we certainly don’t want him to. Thanks to the modern engine touch up, PC players late to the Sotenbori-set party can revel in seamless transitions between interiors and the streets and beautifully-animated battles. The original was already up there with the best RPGs on PC, and now we have the chance to give this overlooked classic another chance in the spotlight.
Imperator: Rome is a daunting strategy game experience. As our Imperator: Rome review contends, its extraordinary detail is hidden behind a mess of obtuse and confounding menus. The information heavy battle screens, at first, will leave you struggling to get a read on how you’re doing in mass conflict. Only after tens – perhaps hundreds – of hours will you feel at home in your sprawling empire, and that’s despite the tutorial that starts you as Roman emperor 450 years on from Romulus killing his brother. Then again, nobody’s knowledge of running an imperial regime was ever built in a day.
This is a new PC game that rewards you for putting in the hard graft of diplomacy, troop organisation, and diligent micromanagement as the impossible detail Paradox have imbued the Classical era with unravels. Engrossing alternative histories play out on a dice roll and up being better than the actual one, probably. If you’re still not persuaded, the entire nation of Armenia is hyped for the game. Or, if you just want to swap Maurya for Mordor, there’s already an Imperator: Rome Middle-earth map.
The latest retro FPS to join the impressive lineup of ‘90s nostalgia is Ion Fury. Favoured in our Ion Fury review, Chris says Ion Fury is “challenging, funny, cleverly designed, and shockingly attractive both despite and because of its ancient engine, which enables gigantic levels packed with detail.”
He goes on to say that “it’s probably the best Build engine game ever” taking the beloved ‘90s neon-noir style, but incorporating immense detail, large level designs and expertly concealed secret areas that you can spend ages exploring. The environmental storytelling is paired with enemies that feel plausibly defeatable – thanks to the arsenal of heavy duty weapons – including a pistol that’s actually good at taking down even late-game enemies. Ion Fury makes for a relaxing ride through a modernised version of an old-school shooter, and we love it.
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. 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.