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:
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.
Mortal Kombat 11
For a series that’s notorious for repeatedly upping the stakes of its brutally stomach-churning finishing moves, the eleventh entry to the series somehow does it again. Mortal Kombat 11’s fatalities have you dismembering your poor opponent before using them as a horrific ventriloquist dummy or filling somebody with blades before spinning in a nightmarish tornado of gore. We’ve even had our spines ripped out – and we thought our rival’s trash talk was just figurative.
This new PC game is easily the best fighting game in the series not only because of its sheer volume of features: MK 11 is more tactical than ever with its slowed walk speed and greater emphasis on positioning. The crushing blow is a strong new addition, but this bone-shattering move can only be performed under certain conditions, such as on counters that are timed just right. Combat is strengthened across the board, whether you’re playing in multiplayer or single-player as you progress to one of the numerous Mortal Kombat 11 endings.
Hunting for the many cosmetic upgrades and new techniques will keep you bludgeoning and impaling long after the credits roll. You’ll get those in the puzzle and secret-filled Krypt – so here’s a Mortal Kombat 11 Krypt walkthrough for that – and in the tough, modifier-filled Towers of Time. But, make sure you’ve unlocked Frost in Mortal Kombat 11 to complete your roster: she’s not available from the beginning and you’ve got to make certain choices in the story to make her available for battle.
The Industrial Revolution might have been a time of beautiful architecture and superbly-coiffed ‘dos for the rich, but it wasn’t so great for the grubby, coal-smudged poor. With Anno 1800 you have the chance to implement some revisionist history as a benevolent liberator, or cash-in as a corrupt conqueror. Either way, at least part of your empire will look like the pretty postcard we created for our Anno 1800 review.
You have the choice of campaign, multiplayer, and sandbox modes. You have six different win conditions you can set – such as wealth accrual or sufficient external investment – as you grow your empire amid competing AI or human-controlled entities across the archipelago. Each AI character has their own character traits that you can learn through diplomacy or espionage, and you can extend your nation to new islands with a Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire-style text adventure as your brave adventurers sail on their way.
The tutorial is serviceable, but it’s a little incomplete. To make up for it we have a useful Anno 1800 tips list to give you the upper hand in this new PC game, and a detailed walkthrough of the best ways to produce steel beams and weapons in Anno 1800. These jet fuel-defying poles are a toughie to get made but are useful, so get them in production so you can be well on your way to being a just innovator/opportunistic exploiter.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
‘TAKE THAT!’ we regularly find ourselves yelling at our monitors as we marginally beat the odds in games like Sekiro, Celeste, and Dear Esther. Now, however, we have a hotshot lawyer to do it for us. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy sees the series finally make its way to PC to let you live out your inner solicitor. This package bundles together the core entries to the courtroom soap opera and, as you’ll see in our Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy impressions, that’s something to which we have absolutely no objection.
For newcomers to the saga, this new PC game lets you live out your dream of basking in the delightful melodrama of a court of law. After diligently scouring the crime scene and leaving no stone unturned as you quiz witnesses and suspects, each case climaxes in the imposing legal arena where criminals are sent packing and legends are made. With each narrative is full of bubbly characters mired in narratives full of twists and turns, we’re off to grab our gavel.
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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.