What are the best new PC games in 2018? 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.
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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 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 so you don’t have to. Treat your rig to the following new PC games 2018 has to offer:
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Boss Key Productions’ post-Lawbreakers strategy is certainly interesting: here we have a battle royale game that is breaking all the laws of videogame releases. Radical Heights is currently in ‘X-Treme Early Access’, a euphemism for rampant performance problems and more grey boxing than you can shake a prematurely produced videogame at. It is terrible, but we cannot stop playing it.
Radical Heights sticks to the battle royale formula by having 100 players landing onto a map with a shrinking safe zone and scavenging for weaponry, but this new PC game does have plenty of its own ideas. Set in a garishly vibrant, 80s-style game show, you unlock weapons and items by collecting as much money as you can. That money can then be banked and withdrawn in future matches. Plus, there is a grid-shaped safe zone that shrinks in an unpredictable way, rather than the traditional circle.
To succeed within an increasingly crowded field, Radical Heights needs to double down on what makes it unique, and focus on being the wildest game show it can be. In-game events such as BMX races and giant wheels that offer rare loot are too few and far between, but Radical Heights is certainly a battle royale game that shows promise.
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Far Cry 5
The towers may have been binned, but this Americana-themed open world shooter is still very much Far Cry. Far Cry 5 is a new PC game that sees you, an unnamed sheriff, taking the fight to a doomsday cult that is sowing the seeds of chaos in the fictional Hope County, Montana - a beautifully mountainous land despite all the fires and kidnappings.
Led by the curiously charismatic Joseph Seed - AKA The Father - the Project at Eden’s Gate cult is armed to the teeth against your brave law enforcement efforts. In your corner, however, you have an array of useful perks and specialists that you can add to your cult-killing roster: throughout Montana you can recruit Guns and Fangs For Hire, each boasting their own special abilities such as bombing runs and the tagging of enemies. Or you can draft in a human ally to aid in your efforts against the ‘peggies’ in co-op.
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Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom might have cute little sock puppet characters with names like Wiff-Waff the Wafty and Runcible the Righteous, but underneath the endearing anime whimsy of this world - which remains intact despite the loss of Studio Ghibli - trouble is brewing.
Led by the cunning Otto Mausinger, the evil mice folk of Ding Dong Dell have staged a vicious coup, deposing the delightful Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum. With his shock of blonde hair and tearful puppy dog eyes, how can we say no to restoring him to his rightful position as king of the world?
Exploring the world of this new PC game is an irrepressible joy. From being captured by sky pirates to uncovering the corrupt inner workings of a casino town run entirely on a rigged dice roll, colourful, rich stories can be found around every corner. Higgledies replace the Familiars from the console-only original, too, and a pivot from turn-based to real time combat benefits the series no end.
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A Way Out
Few games are quite as committed to co-op play as A Way Out. From the infamously potty-mouthed Josef Fares and the team behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, this new PC game is a prison escape drama featuring a slightly less wholesome duo. The narratives of mild-mannered Vincent and gruff bruiser Leo intertwine inventively to tell A Way Out’s story in a refreshing way.
Sometimes the pair are together, an implacable unit in high-octane gunfights. At other times they can be completely separate in the same level; for instance, in the hospital level, one player has to distract staff from their hospital bed, enabling the other the freedom to sneak past and pilfer a key mission item. If you can find someone to play it through with, A Way out is one of the most interesting co-op games on PC.
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Sea of Thieves
Not only is the PC version of Sea of Thieves more than just a port, its boundless possibilities for freeform play position it as Minecraft’s spiritual successor. It might not be immediately clear what to actually do in Rare’s swashbuckling pirate adventure, but it becomes clear in your time riding the seven seas that Sea of Thieves provides the framework with which you and up to three decoratively designed crewmates can make your own tall tales of adventure.
From your first voyage to becoming a Pirate Legend in the endgame, Sea of Thieves will regularly have you swaying dizzily on deck and vomiting on your hurdy-gurdy with excitement. This new PC game might not be a traditional narrative with a beginning, middle, and end, but the anecdotes you relive again and again with your friends over too many tankards of grog will be much more special.
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Warhammer: Vermintide 2
There are few finer combinations of things than Warhammer and Left 4 Dead. The first Vermintide game blended that birthed a fun romp through lovingly detailed fantasy worlds as you ripped through the Skaven horde with up to three friends. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 goes one better by preserving the chaos of the original but innovating where it matters.
The enjoyable combat has been honed considerably and new players and veterans alike will find an engaging melee experience built on “Oh s**t” moments. Much of this is down to the variety presented by the new Warriors of Chaos and the different career paths for each hero, each with their own repertoire of passive and active abilities. If you loved squashing massive rats in an infinite number of ways last time, Vermintide 2 is the sequel for you.
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Final Fantasy XV
On top of the option to experience this fraternal road trip in 4K 60fps - just not on the highest settings - we have the complete and most refined Final Fantasy XV package on PC. Where the original game’s seemingly endless dungeons and awe-inspiring combat were strong, oversights such as the infamous chapter 13 undermined the cohesiveness of the game.
Now changes to this frustrating sequence have been implemented along with a New Game + option, a photo mode, and lots of important bug and performance fixes. We also get mods, although we are not sure they are right for this interesting fifteenth entry to the series.
Want more? See if you can run Final Fantasy XV with our PC performance review.
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
Where most narrative games focus on one story, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine has many - 219 of them, in fact. However, it is how you use the tales you seek out, rather than their number, which is important. Together, they tell the story of America’s downtrodden, giving a voice to those ignored by history. Pay attention to your storytellers and you can use their experiences to unlock new interactions; narrative is your currency in Where the Water Tastes Like Wine.
To discover each one you travel across the Depression-era United States in a charming, hand-drawn overworld. Rather than earth, concrete, and soil, however, Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is a new PC game made of tales. They are the fabric that binds a century of history and its populace together.
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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.