What are the best new PC games? Perhaps you have just been paid, bank account fat with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the best new PC games out there because they are, well, new and shiny.
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It is all well and good starting another The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim save file 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 releases 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. Treat your rig to these new PC games.
They Are Billions
“There is power in unity and there is power in numbers,” Martin Luther King once said. It is a lesson we have learnt the hard way in steampunk RTS They Are Billions, where even the toughest of fortresses can be brought down by legions of zombies in a matter of moments.
In this new PC game you are plonked onto a map, with almost all of it submerged in fog. With just enough resources and troops to get your settlement building and some outer walls started, it is imperative that you finely balance expanding your territory and bolstering your defences. It is this downtime between action-packed moments that sets They Are Billions apart from more well-known strategy games like Age of Empires.
Each time your base is overrun and it is game over, you will be itching to try new tactics to last even longer. Do you concentrate your forces in your most vulnerable part of the settlement? Perhaps ushering zombies into chokepoints will be more effective this time? The problem is, you only need one zombie to slip through your outer walls for the outbreak to spread.
Need help keeping out the zombie horde? Take a look at our They Are Billions guide.
Despite the thrilling urgency of its movement and array of massive, brutal guns, Doom was always missing something: playing it on a flat screen prevented you from fully bathing yourself in the viscera of your demonic enemies.
But with Doom VFR you can really get into the thick of the action, zipping around Mars’s UAC facility in glorious virtual reality. No prizes for guessing what the ‘F’ stands for, though.
This is not a simple rerun of last year’s FPS classic; Doom VFR brings an entirely new story along with those new blood-soaked dimensions. This time, shortly after the invasion of Doomguy’s 2016 outing, you play as the last human survivor, plugged into an artificial brain matrix to stop the demonic onslaught. Rather than quickly prowling the map with a controller, you can either teleport to your desired destination or use the d-pad to move - if you are using a Vive.
If you are lucky enough to own a Vive or a Rift - and specs powerful enough to scare off a cacodemon - Doom VFR is a great new PC game to add to your emerging collection.
Want more? Discover a new reality with the best VR games on PC.
Sometimes the sheer volume of new PC games encourages us to ignore innovative indies in favour of the big, attention-grabbing triple-A titles. That, thankfully, did not happen to faux-indie studio Ubisoft Reflections and their endearing hit, Grow Home. However, Ode, a natural evolution of the 3D platformer from the same development team, risks succumbing to our limited brain bandwidth.
Do not let that happen. Ode is cut from the same cloth as some of the finest PC platformers around, but it is stripped of the trappings we normally find in modern day videogames. You will find no progress bars or contextual commands, no names to help guide you through the vibrant flora and fauna. Language would only get in the way.
What you do have is a gloriously luminous world, which looks like an intriguing sci-fi take on the pastoral. Interacting with everything from the plant life to the cobbles on the floor will emit sound: simply trudging about the place turns your diminutive avatar, Joy, into the maestro of an orchestra. Ode is a charming experience, and a new PC game that should not be overlooked.
Want more? Check out the best indie games on PC.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
When the dearth of content in rebooted Star Wars Battlefront surfaced in 2015, the excitable nostalgia of thousands of fans worldwide was suddenly silenced. All this new PC game needed to do was add a space combat mode and a bespoke single-player story that didn’t ruin the canon, prequels-style. We have a bad feeling abou… you get the idea.
And Star Wars Battlefront II is a good game: with its uncannily accurate sound design, pioneering cinematics, great PC performance, and exquisite new Starfighter Assault mode, this is the new PC game every Star Wars fan should pick up. The problem this time, however, lies in the game’s microtransactions and progression systems.
Gamers don’t like microtransactions and pay-to-win loot boxes: they are coarse, rough, and they get everywhere. And Star Wars Battlefront II is no different. Despite a Reddit AMA with developer DICE, conversations about the game’s troubled economy has dominated the conversation around the game - such as the length of time or financial cost required to unlock heroes and star cards, and the fact that campaign rewards were cut to account for cheaper heroes.
But, if you don’t mind all that, and love your Star Wars, Battlefront II still comes recommended from us.
Football Manager 2018
Budding gaffers beware: Football Manager 2018 is the new PC game primed to swallow up your free time once again. Every year Football Manager releases, it re-establishes itself as a stalwart of the simulation games genre. This year’s entry is no different.
To some, Football Manager is just a game about spreadsheets, reams of data, and menus. In many ways it is, but this is essential when replicating the tactical and strategic depth of the beautiful game. But what this new PC game does better than any other football management game before it is to put graphics before graphs; this is the best-looking game from Sports Interactive by a stretch. And, on top of that, players coming out as gay during your game is a welcome, progressive touch.
Need for Speed Payback
Racing games and The Fast and the Furious series are, needless to say, happy and raucous bedfellows. If you are looking for a new PC game that is more of an accessible thrill ride than rigorous realism then Need for Speed Payback is for you.
Payback is more of an open-world arcade racer that dispenses with the stuffy rules of reality that you might find in Project Cars or Gran Turismo. Set in the Las Vegas-esque city of Silver Rock, as a talented street racer it is up to you to both earn the respect of your rubber-burning peers and take down crime syndicate ‘The House’. It is big, dumb, ‘80s-movie-inspired fun, which is more than ok with us.
Want more? Accelerate over to our collection of the best racing games on PC.
Call of Duty: WW2
With many loyal COD fans growing increasingly tired with futuristic FPS settings, and Battlefield 1 going back in time to the trenches of The Great War in 2016, Call of Duty: WW2 makes sense. Yes, it has loot boxes that open in front of you on the Normandy beaches and a zombies mode full of zany, effing and jeffing characters, but this is one of the best Call of Duty entries in years - and it is selling much better than Infinite Warfare, too.
To save a series that some feel was getting stale, the WW2 campaign needed to be great to return Call of Duty to its roots. Something like the original Medal of Honor, peppered with plenty of war movie references. We are happy to report, then, that the COD: WW2 campaign is very strong and runs well, despite its slow beginning.
COD: WW2 is one of the best new PC games you can pick up right now, which is partly thanks to War mode. Steadily making COD: WW2 our multiplayer game of choice, War mode is much more tactical than the pace-focused Uplink and Kill Confirmed, and sees one team push forward to secure multiple objectives while the opposition attempts to halt your progress. As one of the best Call of Duty titles in years, WW2 is a new PC game that is well worth your time.
Want more? Work out the best multiplayer class for you in our COD: WW2 Divisions guide.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
In 2016 the Assassin’s Creed series took a gap year. Having already taken in Victorian London, revolutionary France, and renaissance Italy, you could argue the series had seen enough of the world already. Evidently, though, it still needed a year to find itself - and what it found was Assassin’s Creed Origins, a thoroughly different new PC game, with its sights set on The Witcher 3’s RPG crown. It appears that the significant philosophical divergence for the series is absolutely for the best.
Mindless sword swinging is out while a properly hitbox-based, revamped combat system is in. Assassin’s Creed has difficulty settings for the first time, and those frustrating insta-fail stealth missions have been binned. Assassin’s Creed Origins might no longer have the pure stealth you might be looking for from a new PC game, but you will certainly have a massive playground in Ancient Egypt, with a whole host of abilities and weapons to choose from.
Want more? Take a look at how Assassin’s Creed Origins will run on your PC with our performance guide.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Shooting Nazis is always a cathartic endeavour, but that does not mean you cannot have a good story to contextualise it. Get yourself a new PC game that can do both: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is nothing short of incredible.
In Wolfenstein 2, the US-occupying Nazis are more than just cannon fodder in an emotive, engaging narrative that has the shooting chops to match, even if some sections can get gunplay heavy. Killing fearsome Panzerhunds - panther-like robots that breathe fire in your unfortunate direction - with a mix of perks and weapons that all feel majestic helps Wolfenstein 2 to be one of the strongest single-player games on this new games list.
Want more? Read our interview with Brian Bloom, the voice of B.J. Blaskowicz, on the “binary choice” of killing Nazis in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.
That is all from us when it comes to new PC games. What new PC games will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments below.