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, 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 2019 are:
4A Games’ Metro Exodus is a blend of numerous elements focused into a singular and sweet experience. As Harry explains in his review, Metro Exodus brings together the craft-focused stylings of a survival game with the chilling atmosphere of the best horror games. Not content to stop there, Metro Exodus is an uplifting character study at heart with a bit of Wolfenstein’s FPS thrills thrown in for good measure.
Metro Exodus’ story picks up after the events of Metro: Last Light’s “Redemption” ending and places you in a post-apocalyptic Earth ravaged by nuclear war. You’ll find yourself in the familiar shoes of Artyom, who is fleeing the Metro in Moscow across the continent to the far east where he’ll face unfamiliar terrors.
Far Cry New Dawn
There’s something a bit different about Ubisoft’s Far Cry New Dawn. Set in Montana, its inhabitants are free to roam fields of flowers that burst in shades of pinks and blues alongside animals bathed in warm sunlight. The image is quite the contrast to the scenes of nuclear war that forced them into bunkers only decades before. The citizens of Montana do, however, wander those hills without a centralised form of government – which has birthed new communities where marauding Highwaymen plague farmers.
It’s a visual change for sure, but one that strolls hand-in-hand with a mix-up of the systems we’ve come to accept in the Far Cry series. As Julian points out in his Far Cry New Dawn review, most open-world games task the player with taming a world gone wild. Far Cry does indulge in that tradition by tasking you with taking outposts and sentry points from the enemy, but then does away with it by giving you the ability to hand the land back over. It may sound odd at first, especially as enemies will fortify their bases to greater effect, but it’s a tweak that accepts that Far Cry is the most fun in improvised chaos, not controlled moments.
While it feels like new battle royale games come out all the time, it’s rare that any reach the heady heights of Epic Games’ world-conquering Fortnite. But, out of nowhere, that’s exactly what we got: Apex Legends might not be the Titanfall 3 many fans were hoping for, but Respawn have taken elements of their single-player series to add a new dimension to the most exciting of PC gaming genres.
Taking inspiration from the charming Overwatch heroes, Respawn have combined their colourful Apex Legends characters with a ping system that revolutionises team communication, especially if you don’t have a mic. The gameplay is buttery smooth, the Arena hams up the Hunger Games-style action, and the triumphant orchestral music ups the drama significantly. That said, if you’re struggling to get a victory, here’s our Apex Legends weapons guide and top tips.
Wargroove is a strategy game that aims to recreate the excellence of the genre’s handheld supremo, Advance Wars. Yet, while our Wargroove PC review shows that this new PC game doesn’t quite hit the heady heights of grid-based tactical title, Into the Breach – which was one of our favourite games of 2018, no less – it has something just as arresting: dogs.
Rather than having the special ability to making all their enemies stare vacantly at their irrepressible cuteness, these dogs of war – aka battlepups – headed by golden retriever, Caesar, will martial their troops and then roll around on their bellies like The Good Boys they are. It’s pure, wonderful evil. Oh and, before you ask, the dogs run away instead of dying. This is a list of the best new PC games, remember?
‘Could London really get any worse?’ thousands of commuters grumble to themselves every weekday morning. This is a question to which Failbetter Games would probably replied with: “hold my beer,” with Sunless Seas. One of our favourite games of 2015, this saw Blighty’s big smoke wrenched from its normal spot by massive bats and dropped into the pitch-black ocean. So, only slightly worse than normal, then. Now, this sequel sees you taking to the universe’s blackened skies.
This gothic adventure game puts you in the role of captain of a steampunk-style ship as you navigate the world’s star-strewn constellations while trying to keep your crew together. You do that by adding weaponry and exotic accoutrements to your locomotive as you barter with other characters, smuggle souls, and explore the expertly-drawn murk. Our Sunless Sea review will give you a taste of what to expect, but you can play them in either order: both stories play out simultaneously in this dingy Victorian world.
Resident Evil 2
“Shoot a cheek and it will pop with sticky viscera like an overgrown zit,” said production editor Chris in his Resident Evil 2 review. In all it’s remastered grisliness, Capcom’s refreshed zombie game is just as disturbingly brilliant as that sounds. If you missed out on the nightmares in the late nineties, everything kicks off when Raccoon City becomes overwhelmed by a deadly virus. As either Leon or Claire you must navigate the ravaged, labyrinthine city police department to survive – just keep an eye out for those flesh-eating zombies.
It might be a remaster of the horror classic, but even veterans with a photographic memory of the original will be in for a shock with this new PC game: jump scares, trigger points, and enemy spots have been tweaked just so slightly to put experts of their guard. It’s a refreshed Resi that plays an ingenious psychological game with new and old players, and it’s certain to haunt them for another 20 years and beyond. If it’s all getting a bit much, however, here’s how to get the Resident Evil 2 grenade launcher or shotgun, plus all the different safe combinations and locker codes to get past the game’s tricky puzzles.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
There’s nothing quite like the rush of zooming through the air thousands of feet above the ground. Usually that kind of sensation can only be experienced by well-trained pilots, but thanks to this famous simulation game series, we can go back to the exciting, realistic airborne sorties we love.
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While our Ace Combat 7 review shows that this latest entry to the flight sim series is a little on the easy side, it still has the thrills you’ve enjoyed in Bandai Namco’s previous entries. While that might not suit hardcore flight sim purists, it does mean you can get into the movie-worthy, action-packed set pieces that bit quicker. And, when you’re done, check out these games like Ace Combat to keep your altitude addiction satisfied.
There will be plenty of men out there that would be in mortal peril if they were caught sleeping around. Vincent in Catherine is certainly one of them – he could be literally dead in this anime curio. Caught between his steady and successful soon-to-be wife Katherine and the titular blonde with whom he wakes up one morning, this romantic horror game sees this poor confused soul working out his problems by, er, platforming and moving blocks around.
Chased by horny – not in that way, we hope – monsters, Vincent must scale towers of escalating difficulty in his nightmarish fever dreams and make the right social choices when he’s awake. It’s an unmissable relationship drama, and you’ll never experience anything quite like it again.
PC players are a demanding sort. Only the best will do for them in terms of framerate, resolution, and powerful tech. Few things are prettier in gaming than a 4K picture with a speedy refresh rate, admittedly, but GRIS is a platformer whose aching beauty transcends all that. Nomada Studios’ lovely curio relies entirely on hand-drawn images and ravishing splashes of watercolour to tell its sorrowful story, not HD textures or ambient occlusion.
Our eponymous protagonist is a young girl both lost in this gorgeous universe and trapped by painful memories from which she cannot jump away. Much of the story is there to be interpreted rather than expressed explicitly, but more of Gris’ psyche unravels as time goes on and the further you explore this unique, ethereal reality.
Aiming to sample the lethality of Rainbow Six Siege, Insurgency Sandstorm is a team-based tactical FPS game with the intensity of modern combat. It’s a sequel to breakout hit, Insurgency, but with expanded scale and an even harsher atmosphere, as we said in our Insurgency: Sandstorm review. And, whatever you do in the heat of battle, make sure you actually talk to your teammates. Don’t be like us.
There may, as ever, be a surfeit of shooters to play on PC, but Insurgency: Sandstorm at least comes in a little cheaper. It basically wants to be the indie film of military shooters, but with an emphasis on hardcore mechanics that require skill and determination to cope with. When it comes to challenging new PC games, New World Interactive’s latest will certainly put you through its paces.
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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.