What are the best new PC games? With the new games of 2017 behind us, we have lots of new PC games to keep us busy.
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?
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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 so you don’t have to. Below you will find the new games you should be saving up the pennies for.
The best new PC games of 2018 are:
- Jurassic World Evolution
- Realm Royale
- Dark Souls Remastered
- State of Decay 2
- Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
- Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
Perhaps it’s just us, but every time we hear about Jurassic Park it’s because something has gone wrong. Every time that absurd amusement park is in the news it’s because some dinos have escape and humans got eaten. Since we thought we could run things better, we decided to play a new PC game from Frontier Developments in which we could do just that.
However, as we found in our Jurassic World Evolution PC review, it’s tougher than it looks to run your own dinosaur park. In this management game you have to balance the discovery of new dinosaur types with making sure the hotels your paying punters reside in have power. You even have to balance the desires and dislikes of the dinosaurs themselves as you decide their food and environment based on their preferences. To make sure none of your velociraptors go walkies - which absolutely didn’t happen to us - check out our top Jurassic World Evolution tips.
We knew that Hi-Rez Studios were thinking about creating a title worthy of the best battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG, and we appreciated the fresh ideas the company planned to bring to the genre in our Paladins Battlegrounds impressions. Now, after a name change, these adjustments to the 100-player king-of-the-hill formula make their way into Realm Royale’s gameplay.
With not one of the grey-boxed environments of Radical Heights in sight, Realm Royale’s World of Warcraft fantasy aesthetic compliments Hi-Rez’s fresh take on combat. Unlike most other battle royale games, you pick one of five classes, and you can use crafting stations to acquire the best weapons, abilities, and armour. It won’t be beating Fortnite any time soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use our Realm Royale tips to help you get a Crown Royale.
Dontnod Entertainment, have proven their skills at extracting all our tears with one of the best adventure games on PC, Life is Strange. Now, Vampyr is a much darker new PC game in which you, as you might have guessed, extract blood, and lots of it.
As Doctor Jonathan Reid you are a surgeon and transfusion researcher after having just returned from the First World War to tackle the outbreak of Spanish Flu. But, as the name of the game suggests, Reid’s thirst for the red stuff flowing through the veins of innocent Londoners threatens to undermine his whole good doctor schtick.
In our Vampyr PC review, we found that Dontnod’s third-person suck-’em-up told the story of the seduction power of villainy through its mechanics as much as its narrative. Vampyr’s skills such as Reid’s blink ability to dart out of danger are satisfying and upgradeable, but Vampyr’s combat does show the inherent tension between its systems.
What could be better than playing games like Dark Souls? How about actually playing Dark Souls on PC? Since the Prepare to Die Edition launched in 2012, that was possible, but it was a poor experience that required Dark Souls mods such as DSFix to bring it up to par with the game our console cousins enjoyed.
All that has changed with Dark Souls Remastered. UI support for modern resolutions is in, and a smooth 60fps drastically improves the diamond-hard experience to further establish it as one of the best RPGs around. Blighttown plays like the beautiful nightmare it should have always been, but that won’t stop you dying repeatedly. Dark Souls Remastered’s gameplay isn’t new enough for players who modded the original release, but it’s the best option for new players.
Never trust us with any leadership role in the event of a zombie apocalypse - at least that’s the reality that dawned on us when our community became ravaged by zeds in the course of our State of Decay 2 PC review. State of Decay 2 is a zombie game in which you make dozens of micro decisions each day, and any one that lead to a decline in resources, morale, and, eventually, an uptick in newly zombified bodies. It’s just too much pressure to handle without a handy State of Decay 2 guide to hand.
As the outbreak starts to annihilate society, your partner getting bitten and your vehicle running out of fuel hardly puts you in the best of starting positions in this new PC game. After choosing either the hilltop abode of Drucker County, the leafy suburbs of Cascade Hill or the foothills of Meagher Valley in which to settle, you need to collect resources and trade to make your base survival-ready. Also, you can do all this with a friend or ask for help from a friendly internet random. That said, State of Decay 2’s PC performance held the game back at launch.
The latest in the CRPG renaissance, Pillars of Eternity II's ships take us to the fantastical Deadfire archipelago. This new PC game might retain some of the more obtuse elements of Infinity Engine RPGs - brutal AD&D combat, isometric environments, and lots of reading - but this sequel is at least marginally kinder to newcomers.
Once you have got to grips with Pillars II’s maze of intricate systems, the exquisitely rich story unravels to reveal even more wrinkles and surprises. Your Pillars of Eternity II companions banter and bicker playfully and have natural relationship options. Every step you take or nautical knot you sail in your customisable ship - with naval battles played out as an engrossing text adventure - is rooted in Pillars of Eternity II's lore.
We found the game to be excpetional in our Pillars of Eternity II review. Obsidian Entertainment have weaved quest and narrative together effortlessly to make you feel the artifice is all but invisible. Deadfire is an enticing, beautifully detailed place to explore with a motley crew of interesting allies. It is, in every sense of the word, an adventure.
In Total War games, be they historical or set in the fantastical world of Warhammer, you typically manage a force over a period of around a hundred years. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, however, is the first in a series of spin-offs that uses a relatively short, but critical, historical flashpoint as its backdrop.
In the year 878 AD, England as a nation is in the process of being built. Alfred the Great is weathering the significant storm that is the Viking invasion. Following Alfred’s successful defence of this sceptred isle against the horned invaders, a fragile peace is established, which is the point that you come in. Whether you choose to continue the king’s campaign to unite England’s green and pleasant (read: war-torn and bloodied) lands, stake your claim on Ireland as Irish king Flann, or even press ahead with the invasion as the Vikings, your campaign will be shorter than is usual for the series, but no less crucial.
Despite running on the ageing Total War: Attila engine, this new PC game still looks a treatas you pan across the lovingly detailed map view and the chaos of the many theatres of war in battle mode. In our Total War Thrones of Britannia PC review we found that the scale and complexity of both modes is impressive and the distinct experiences you’ll have when playing as different makes this spin-off satisfyingly moreish.
Ostensibly, BattleTech is just a game about huge mechs blasting each other away on a war-torn battlefield. That’s enough for us, already, but, in our Battletech PC review we enjoyed this new PC game's nuanced recreation of the original BattleTech board game - more so than other efforts such as MechWarrior and MechAssault.
Blending the strategy of XCOM with a touch of the anime stylings of Cowboy Bebop, BattleTech's single-player campaign places you in the command of a lance of four pilots, each at the helm of a death machine called a BattleMech. The fragile innards of the mech in which each pilot operates is protected by thick armour and a wide array of destruction-dealing weaponry.
While your fighters are (machine) boots on the ground, you will be running a persistent management layer as the head of your own mercenary army. Pilots fight for you as long as you pay for them, and the mechs are your assets. Every engagement has stakes, so make sure you don’t lose everything with our Battletech beginner’s guide.
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.