What are the best new PC games 2018? 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, or yet another The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim save file 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. In fact, to make sense of them all, we have to put a list together of the upcoming PC games that should be dinging on your radar. 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 2018 are:
Football Manager 2019
The most addictive and detailed management game ever made is back, but Football Manager 2019 is by no means a revolution; Sports Interactive have taken an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach with this year’s simulation of the beautiful game. That said, FM19 is more approachable than ever to new gaffers thanks to a refreshed UI and deep, simple-to-follow tutorials.
This new PC game has not just benefited from a new coat of (mostly purple) paint, however. The refreshed Tactics screen makes it even easier to create the systems your team will execute on the pitch. That then informs the Training sessions your squad will undertake, a system that has also been revamped with extensive tutorials for newbies. There’s still a learning curve, but it’s easier to scale than ever, and long-serving fans will lose even more fans to the series with Football Manager 2019.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Fans of The Witcher 3 often fall into one of two types: Gwent, the most popular card game in all the Northern Kingdoms either wasn’t for you, or stopped your contractually-mandated monster slaying altogether. If you’re in the latter (aide-de) camp, this is the new PC game for you.
Before the events of Geralt’s third outing and during the Second Nilfgaard War, you take charge of the no-nonsense Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia and her people. Thronebreaker however is dominated by this fantasy world’s famous card game, with a good dose of RPG elements and exploration. And, as we’ve come to expect from CD Projekt Red, it comes with an nuanced, rich narrative to tie all those nail-biting card battles together.
Return of the Obra Dinn
Videogames allow us to live out our wildest fantasies. We can be superheroes, monster slayers, and soldiers on the frontline. In Return of the Obra Dinn you can be a, well, insurance investigator.
That said, your role in the next game from Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope is by no means as humdrum as that sounds. This new PC game sees a boat arriving in port with a missing crew, and it’s your job to try and work out what happened. With ship plans, crew information, sketches, and more, Return of the Obra Dinn puts its faith in you to work out the mystery. This is an essential PC puzzler.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
It’s Treyarch’s turn to take aim at the Call of Duty license this year, and with Zombies, battle-royale mode Blackout, and traditional PvP, it’s brimming with excellent FPS gameplay. But, you don’t need to be especially observant to notice what’s missing: a single-player campaign.
Rarely does such a mode outshine the stellar multiplayer component in COD, but Treyarch eschewing this mode from their 2018 outing doesn’t harm it one bit. This is in no small part due to Blackout, the 100-player king of the hill which takes the best of the mil-sim depth of PUBG and honed into something that’s clearly COD. Zombies and the other normal modes we’re accustomed to will steal many hours of your time, and Blackout is among the best battle royale games on PC.
Bouncing back from the relatively poorly received 2K18, this year’s wrasslin’ effort looks to be putting the series back on track. This new PC game features the best version of the My Career mode to date with stronger characters and voice acting. There’s nothing quite like rising from nothing to becoming the star attraction on the WWE roster, and this year’s story mode outing gives you that feeling in a better tha ever.
There’s more rough and tumble where that came from, too. Showcase and Towers mode return again and consistently keep things fresh as you relive the greatest Daniel Bryan moments and wrestle your rivals with all sorts of settings messed with. Whether you’re scrapping at super quick speed or laughing it up in Big Head Mode, 2K have brought WWE back in a big way.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
In Ubisoft’s latest Assassin’s Creed title, Odyssey transports you to Ancient Greece – a world of myths and men. You begin as an unknown mercenary, working your way up from dispatching bandits and other small fry to becoming a living legend that can challenge the Gods themselves.
As either Kassandra or Alexios you can upgrade your armour, weapons, and abilities from three skill trees: Assassin, Hunter and Warrior. Odyssey’s world is huge and bustling with activity. You can spend hours exploring the countless Greek islands, forests, and cities or just charge straight into the bloody battle between Athens and Sparta. With a number of dialogue choices and endings, Odyssey allows to forge your own Mediterranean adventure.
Mega Man 11
The, eleventh installment of Capcom’s famous platformer is as challenging as ever as it combines both 2D and 3D visuals. In Mega Man 11, the Blue Bomber fights through more dangerous levels with their own special robot boss waiting at the end. As ever, you must defeat these Robot Masters and claim their powerful weapons as your own to enhance your arsenal.
This new PC game also has a new gear system that boosts Mega Man’s speed and power. You also have more play modes including time trials, special objective missions and, for you competitive fans, a worldwide leaderboard.
Forza Horizon 4
Playground Games’ latest open-world driving sim takes you to the historic sites of Blighty. Choose from over 450 cars and put pedal to the metal as you take part in races, stunts, endurance tests, co-op campaigns, and participate in the world’s greatest automotive festival.
Need a break from all the adrenaline? Then simply explore the quaint countrysides and rough mountain ranges of England and Scotland at your leisure. This new PC game also features dynamic weather and seasonal changes, making Horizon’s world feel dynamic. It’s a sensational driving game: none of the armchair racers at PCGN towers are surprised to see Forza Horizon 4 become the “fastest-ever selling” game in the series.
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.