The best new PC games of 2018

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

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 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 2018 are:

We Happy Few

We Happy Few is a new PC game that wears its influences proudly. From the thematic nods to works like A Clockwork Orange and 1984 to the art deco aesthetic stylings of Bioshock, Compulsion Games’ drug-fuelled survival title is rich with dystopian symbolism.

In an alternative post-WWII Britain, The Second German Empire has ravaged our once green and pleasant land and stolen all our children away. Not to worry, though, the population of Wellington Wells are helping to ensure their upper lips maintain their stiffness with a not-so-healthy diet of hallucinogenic drugs and fake news. If you’re not taking your Joy – and seeing the world as it really is – you are hunted as a Downer.

Now the game has launched from Early Access we have three protagonists to follow: censor Arthur Hastings, chemist Sally Boyle, and retired soldier Ollie Starkey all need to keep their stocks of Joy, food, and water plentiful to survive and stay under the radar. Each viewpoint is told subtly using the environment, showing rather than telling us about this nightmarish alternative world.

Monster Hunter: World

Console players have long enjoyed slaying massive beasts but, deep down, we’ve always known that we can do it better. And, now that Capcom’s famous brand of monster murdering is on PC, this new PC game puts our informed hubris to the test.

Monster Hunter: World whisks us off to the New World to observe the curious migration of fauna known as the Elder Crossing, and not at all because tracking and taking down gargantuan monsters so we can kit ourselves out in cool armour made of their bones is really fun. We’re also definitely not spending most of our playtime making the damned cutest Palico to ever set foot in this diverse new setting.

For PC newbies, the Monster Hunter series is exactly what it says on the tin: you track monsters and defeat them with one of fourteen different weapon types. Then, with the knowledge, resources, and experience you develop, you can take down even more powerful beasts.

Overcooked 2

Provided you have any friends left after the first game and its various seasonal DLCs, Ghost Town Games are clearly looking to finish the job with Overcooked 2. This gastronomic new PC game sees us assemble our dream team of chefs to take on a starchy new threat that is causing the Onion Kingdom a whole loaf of problems: The Unbread.

Overcooked 2 gives us even more sushi, cakes, and burger recipes to burn and then blame it on our dwindling supply of online or local co-op pals, and more kitchens that are somehow even more impractical; from lorries that split in two on the motorway and slippery icebergs in the first game, who seriously thought cooking in a mine or on an alien planet was a good idea?

Dead Cells

Perhaps you’ve heard of the sub-genre Metroidvania, a portmanteau of the classic series of Metroid and Castlevania? How about the roguelikes, rogue-lites, and roguelite-lites that riff on the procedurally-generated permadeath dungeon crawling of eighties title, Rogue? Well, this new PC game is what is known as a roguevania but, before we get to that, we need a lie down.

Whichever way you categorise it, Dead Cells is an excellent homage and blend of the recognisable videogame mechanics and systems to which we have got to know well. Your beautifully pixellated character can go in whatever direction they choose, but the threat of roguelike permadeath hangs over your every move.

However, as you have permanent upgrades, you character and confidence builds as you find yourself unlocking previously inaccessible routes and secrets, just as you would in games with Metroidvania trappings. Both genres fit so naturally together that we suspect that we’ll be seeing plenty more roguevanias in future.

Yakuza 0

For many years now, Sony players have been lucky enough to sample the idiosyncratically Japanese delights of the Yakuza series. With six numbered games to yakuza Kiryu’s name already, PC players would be forgiven for thinking that SEGA’s series would never make a home on PC.

Until a surprise announcement at E3 2018’s PC Gaming Show, that is. There, the perfect entry point to the series – prequel Yakuza 0 – was announced for us desktop diehards. Along with the remastered version of the first game, Yakuza Kiwami, Zero is a 80’s set prequel as Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima learn their trade in the mean streets of Osaka and Tokyo.

They’ve got plenty to learn, too. When a run-of-the-mill debt collection job goes awry, both budding yakuzas find themselves in quite the fix. But, as series fans will know well, there’s lots to do besides fighting: this new PC game is full of wacky side missions and activities including discos, clubs, and arcades.

The Banner Saga 3

The Darkness draws near. And, no, we’re not talking about global politics this time, either. The world of The Banner Saga 3 is crumbling all around the vibrant cast of characters you have held dear for six years. This new PC game concludes Stoic’s viking trilogy and the finely-tuned turn-based combat and accomplished choice-led storytelling has never been better.

Veteran Saga fans will know what they’re getting here as they balance their squad in the most effective possible way on their grid-based battlefields, helped on by the rousing orchestral score from the Grammy-nominated Austin Wintory. But, after a quick catch up, there is little in the way of a tutorial for new players. If you’re new, your best bet is to play the still-excellent previous two games before you face the end of the world in this strong strategic RPG.

Jurassic World Evolution

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.

Realm Royale

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.

 

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.