What are the new games of 2017 you should be playing on your PC right now? Perhaps you’ve just been paid, bank account fat with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the best new games out there because they’re, well, new and shiny.
Nothing for you here on this list? Check out the upcoming games of 2017 and beyond.
It’s 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 games in 2017 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 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 titles which we have decided are the best new games 2017 has to offer:
The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within is a game full of horrible things. If you hate yourself and fancy some more horrible things, you should tentatively creep your way over to the sequel, The Evil Within 2. Despite its move to an open world threatening to hamper the fear factor, The Evil Within 2 is a bold, bloody evolution of the survival horror genre.
This sequel sees the return of detective Sebastian Castellanos as he descends into the darkly psychological world of STEM - a terminus that connects multiple brains together in a virtual world - to save his daughter, Lily. High-octane chase sequences and nail-biting shootouts follow, but The Evil Within 2 is every bit as disturbing as its predecessor.
Redolent of survival horror classic Resident Evil 4, The Evil Within 2 gets under your skin with its supernatural absurdity and gross-out gore amidst dank sewer networks and sterile facilities. Of all the new games on PC you can pick up this week, none will give you the willies more than The Evil Within 2.
Want more? Get to grips with The Evil Within 2’s crafting, weapons, and upgrades with our guide.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis system elevated a good action-RPG to a great one. It was thrilling to discover that those surprisingly endearing orcs could recall their victory over us the next time we met them in battle. Middle-earth: Shadow of War takes things a step further with the new Nemesis Fortress system. It meant that we, once again, had great fun messing around with the worst Sauron could throw at us.
It might take some liberties with Tolkien lore, but Middle-earth: Shadow of War is still one of the most joyous new games on PC you can play right now. This is mainly down to its solid PC port and the Mithril-strong foundations of the updated Nemesis system. It’s so good, in fact, we are willing to look past its overlong opening sequence and use of microtransactions.
There has been plenty of hoo-ha surrounding Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s loot boxes but, we can confirm that purchasing these suspect bundles of treasure is not required to enjoy the endgame. Either way, you can turn them off if they bug you that much.
Want more? Get the jump on your orc foes with our Middle-earth: Shadow of War skills guide.
Forza Motorsport 7
Forza Motorsport 7 is the closest thing us PC folk are going to get to the venerable Gran Turismo. You might disagree, however, depending on how you like your racing games. If you prefer to feel awesome rather than punished for a minor slip up, driving assists coming to the rescue as you speed blisteringly through astonishingly attractive tracks, then Forza is for you.
If, however, you’re a masochist that prefers a racing game to drive repeatedly over your rookie corpse - figuratively, of course - until you actually learn to drive properly, you might find last month’s Project Cars 2 more your bag. In fact, in plenty of areas, Forza even feels outpaced by its sterner rival.
But Forza does nail the sim-cade concept: cars that handle the way you want them to, not as they would in reality. In that sense, Forza Motorsport 7 is one of the best racing games you can buy on PC today.
Want more? Take a handbrake turn towards our Forza Motorsport 7 review.
We are so bad at Cuphead - a diamond-hard 2D shooter from Studio MDHR - that we feel we can’t, with anything approaching sincerity, give you any opinions on it. In fact, we’ll have to just stop this games writing gig right he…
Ok, we jest. Cuphead might be challenging but it’s rarely unfair. Like plenty of punishing games before it, Cuphead uses death as a mechanic to teach you how to improve. We can’t rule out shouts and swears, but the steep challenge makes the feeling of elation when you do succeed that bit more special.
It seems that Studio MDHR have struck a fine difficulty balance, then, as you battle zany bosses in this thrilling run-and-gun romp. Cuphead is clearly a labour of love, and it shows in the bewitching cartoon art style. Also, you can play two-player local co-op, but make sure you bring the friend that is the least prone to incandescent rage.
Want more? Check out our list of the best indie games on PC.
Total War: Warhammer 2
Total War: Warhammer 2 is the best the series has ever been. Creative Assembly’s latest entry to the grand strategy behemoth didn’t even need to be this good, either. Since Total War: Warhammer will ultimately form a trilogy, with inter-compatibility between each, they could have got away with just phoning it in.
Yet, we’re happy to report that if you are looking for a new game that involves some thoughtful fantasy politicking, Total War: Warhammer 2 is your best bet. Creative Assembly took the rich, thoughtful - even story-driven - gameplay of the first, and made it better. That’s not to mention the range of new ideas added on top of that. The story is as deep, satisfying, and complex as the game’s systems and mechanical elements, without undermining the game’s trademark sandbox.
Introducing Warhammer to the series might not have pleased history fans, but Warhammer 2 has established itself as a new high-water mark of ambition and quality for the studio.
This isn’t the only new game on this list featuring the footballs, but the gap has narrowed between FIFA 18 and its Konami-made rival this year. Seeing the return of story mode, ‘The Journey’, you can now customise protagonist Alex Hunter in a longer, deeper campaign.
FIFA 18 has improved significantly in comparison to last year, with stronger passing and close control being the standouts. There has also been some welcome changes to career and offline modes, but some fans might feel that EA haven’t gone far enough in these areas. If you are looking for a game to indulge your footballing fantasies, you cannot go wrong with FIFA 18.
Want more? Take a look at the best simulation games on PC.
Who actually said that size doesn’t matter? Sympathetic sexual partners, we suppose. Atomega disproves that statement. It is an out-of-the-blue ‘massively multiplayer online first-person shooter’ from Reflections, in which you scamper across a giant map to collect mass, starting as small as an atom. Collect enough mass and you increase in size and power, striking a King Kong-esque fear into your diminutive foes.
But, here is the catch: size increases comes with speed penalties. Faster, smaller players can also take advantage of subterranean tunnel networks and speed boosts, playing the role of flimsy flies peppering the powerful from all sides whilst hoovering up mass of their own.
We loved Atomega’s addictive and well-balanced gameplay loop. It’s one of the best new games for a quick, fun fix. And, since the game values your time, that all comes without your typical loot and grinding systems, too.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is well up there with the best new games on PC, with sales that are exceeding expectations, too. How do we know this? Because it’s up there with the best games of all time, obviously.
Original Sin 2 was originally backed on Kickstarter by RPG loyalists craving a return to the genre’s past - which is unreservedly achieved with its D&D masterwork, Game Master mode. But, like fellow recently-released pen-and-paper RPG, Torment: Tides of Numenera, developers Larian Studios are looking ahead as well as back.
Want more? Take a gander at our Divinity: Original Sin 2 review.
That’s all from us when it comes to new games on PC. What new games will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments below.