The best new PC games in 2022

Stay up to date with the best new PC games around this year so you don't miss out on the freshest experiences on which to spend your hard earned cash

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What are the best new PC games 2022? 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 new 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 frankly 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. So, below you will find every new PC games for which you should be saving up your pennies. This list is updated regularly to include the latest releases.

The best new PC games in 2022 are:

New game V Rising

V Rising

V Rising is currently in Steam Early Access, and has already become an instant hit. It’s been likened to another early access survival game, Valheim, which released in early 2021. In this isometric open-world game, you and your pals play as weak vampires that must regain strength by hunting for blood and building up your knowledge of the world after a long slumber in a coffin. You can play solo or online with or against other vampires fighting all sorts of unholy monsters and evil creatures, all the while evading daylight and building a base worthy of Dracula. Keen to get stuck in? Here’s our ultimate beginner’s guide to V Rising, and how to build a base in V Rising, as well as all the best V Rising weapons.

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Galactic Civilizations 4

The fourth iteration in this space 4X series brings plenty of modern ideas and forward-thinking design to a deep, complex strategy game. Choose from one of 18 civilisations – some fan favourites, but plenty of new faces too – and guide them to glory as they explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate their way across the galaxy.

The galaxy map is now divided into sectors, and Galactic Achievements feed into the new prestige victory that can help you claim ultimate victory without the usual endgame malaise. This space game is off to a strong start, but there is plenty of room for improvement, and you can read our Galactic Civilizations IV review for more on what we thought of Stardock’s latest epic.

An AT-ST walker and an Ewok from new game Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA

The Skywalker Saga gives you another chance to immerse yourself in George Lucas’ sci-fi fantasy world in the blocky form of Lego. But, this isn’t just a rehash of The Complete Saga with The Force Awakens tacked on: you get proper Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga space exploration in this one, which is pretty great.

The films already covered in the game have been remade, and you can tackle them in any order. You can also explore space just as you did Lego Marvel Superheroes’ Manhattan. What’s more, you can fight and explore the inside of Star Destroyers, each made of 18 million digital bricks.

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Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Any fears that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands was going to be an ersatz Borderlands 4 were doused the moment we got our hands on the game. As Phil Iwaniauk writes in our Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands review, it’s “still recognisably Borderlands, but the sense of place and improvisation elevates Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands beyond expectations.”

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There are elements of the game that could still do with some polish, but this is an excellent entry in the popular series of FPS games that manages to avoid repeating old tropes. Definitely check it out if you’re a Borderlands fan looking for something familiar, but refreshing.

Elden Ring

FromSoft’s follow up to the Dark Souls games doesn’t disappoint. As we describe in our Elden Ring review, it’s their “very best work, transported to a totally new space. Elden Ring is not only a masterpiece by its developer’s lofty standards, but in packing so much density into the Lands Between, it lights the path ahead for open-world games in general.”

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This deep, intricate fantasy game is full of surprises with that sprinkle of Souls magic. Fans familiar with gruelling boss fights and harsh yet rewarding combat will find a lot to love in Elden Ring, and the addition of spirit summons – poison spewing jellyfish and scythe-wielding skeletal bandits to help you fight – makes these encounters satisfying instead of daunting. The introduction of an open world has only elevated Elden Ring’s offering, making each area a treasure box of collectibles, secrets, and special weapons. Players are not only rewarded for their exploration, but can delight in the findings of their hard work – stumbling across hidden side quests and being ambushed by fierce dragons never felt so epic.

Four Lost Ark characters in a rocky dungeon, standing in front of a huge monster with many limbs and a large tail

Lost Ark

Smilegate’s isometric free MMO has finally launched on Western servers, courtesy of Amazon Game Studios, and immediately smashed CS:GO and Dota 2’s Steam peak player records. Granted, the extensive queues for some Lost Ark servers may be contributing to that figure, but once you’re in, Lost Ark has an overwhelming amount of content for MMO fans to get stuck into as you level up to 50 and beyond.

Lost Ark’s finely tuned combat is a joy to experience, and each Lost Ark class is carefully balanced to ensure every build can compete. You don’t have to worry about taking multiple alts through the story, either, as the Lost Ark powerpass is available as a shortcut once you’ve finished the story on one character. It’s still early days for the MMO, but as our Lost Ark review-in progress explains, its “flashy combat and clever dungeon design” set it apart.

Dying Light 2

The long-awaited sequel to Techland’s co-op zombie game takes place in the city of Villedor, where infected citizens stave off their impending transformation under glowing UV lights. Protagonist Aiden – a “pilgrim” from outside the city limits – is looking for his sister, and needs the factions of Villedor on his side to do so, so you’ll find yourself desperately scrambling up stucco and kicking zombies away on a nightly basis in order to help them out.

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In comparison to the first game, Dying Light 2 places a much bigger emphasis on storyline and narrative choices, but freerunning across the rooftops remains the star of the show, as Dustin explains in our Dying Light 2 review.

Some gameplay from Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

Card game enthusiasts, nostalgic collectors, and anime fans are diving en masse into Yu-Gi-Oh’s new competitive dueling platform, Master Duel. It’s free-to-play, with robust tutorials and a solid solo campaign for new players – and naturally, a highly competitive ranked mode for experts to test their skill. Getting your hands on the right cards for your deck isn’t too tricky, either, thanks to Master Duel’s secret packs and relatively straightforward crafting system.

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God of War

At long last, Santa Monica Studios’ God of War has arrived on PC, and we can finally carve a hero’s path through Midgard with protagonist (the eponymous God of War) Kratos, and his son Atreus. Throughout their journey across the game’s expansive open world, the pair encounter and do battle with various epic Norse legends and gods.

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There’s plenty of gloriously satisfying combat to enjoy, but as Ian Boudreau explains in our God of War review, there’s also a poignant depth to the story as it explores the filial relationship between Kratos and Atreus, and the complex challenge of protecting your loved ones.

Some of Monster Hunter Rise's Palicos and Palamutes

Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter fans have waited a while for Rise to come to PC, but their patience has been duly rewarded: Monster Hunter Rise’s fleet of Japanese-inspired beasts and adorable buddies has finally arrived, alongside all the post-launch content from the Switch version, and it’s heaps of fun.

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As a rookie hunter, tasked with protecting the village of Kamura from stampeding hordes of monsters, you’ll puzzle your way through challenging hunts, dashing across breathtaking landscapes on the back of your trusty Palamute. As Dave Irwin explains in our Monster Hunter Rise PC review, it’s the perfect game for new monster hunters to get to grips with the series.

Capturing a flag in Halo Infinite multiplayer

Halo Infinite

At long last, the Master Chief is back – and on PC at launch, too. In addition to the crisp, satisfying FPS gameplay we’ve come to expect from the Halo games, Halo Infinite adds a few innovations; with the addition of a grapple hook, you can pull weapons towards you or swoop over toward an enemy in the blink of an eye.

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Alongside the classic arena-shooter multiplayer mode, there’s also a “phenomenal single-player experience” to enjoy as you traverse the beautiful open world of Zeta-Halo on your Mongoose; for our full impressions, see our Halo Infinite review.

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Football Manager 2022

The newest iteration of Sports Interactive’s notoriously engrossing football management game adds improved animation for your players, a new staff meeting system, and updated tactics and player stats. Even the smallest of changes provide significant improvements to the experience, making for a “rich, realistic management simulation that delivers thrills both on and off the pitch” as Jordan explains in our Football Manager 2022 review.

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Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 features the largest map in the Horizon series to date, based on a fictionalised version of Mexico – and it’s a beautiful setting, packed with dramatic scenery and advanced weather systems that batter you with storms and sand. The open-world racing game contains plenty of multiplayer races and minigames across the cities, jungles, and beaches, as well as a single-player campaign mode.

As expected from a Forza game, the racing itself is tremendous fun. The game doesn’t stray far from the Horizon formula, but instead polishes it to perfection.

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.