Thousands of new games are coming to PC this year. I know that it’s an overwhelming number so we’ve picked out what we believed to be the best new games of 2018 to make it easier to see what games are coming – and what games have already arrived. Our new games guide is split up into different genres: RPGs, shooters, action games, and more.
Not all of them are big games of course as there are some small indie titles we’re excited about along with some triple-A blockbuster releases. Each PC game listed here comes with its supposed 2018 release date (although plenty are still considered early access) and we’ll try to keep this list updated constantly with more upcoming games throughout the year.
1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Lara leaves behind the tropical islands and snowy peaks from her past adventures and instead goes for a combination of dense jungles and what seems to be Mayan architecture on her next modern adventure. The combat in this game still involves stealth and action, although this time it’s implied that stealth will play a much larger role with the addition of an ability that allows Lara to slink into a wall of moss like John Rambo.
The plot of the game revolves around Lara removing a sacred Mayan dagger from its resting place there by accidentally triggering an apocalyptic cataclysm as well as all the secret society stuff that’s de rigueur in these types of treasure hunting games.
2. Hitman 2
For a long time, the future of the Hitman franchise was left unknown after Square Enix sold developer IO Interactive. After a relatively long year of silence however, Warner Bros. announced Hitman 2 shortly before E3. Unlike the previous ones, this game won’t be episodic, but will instead feature six levels at launch, including an F1 racetrack set in Miami as we’ve seen in the game trailer.
At least two post-launch DLCs are planned for release and are available through the limited edition SKUs. Folks pre-ordering the game will get immediate access to Hitman: Sniper Assassin mode, not to be confused with Hitman: Sniper for mobile devices.
3. Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter is finally coming to PC, complete with overhauled graphics and an actual open world that’s no longer separated by loading screens. Monster AI looks like it’s the best it’s ever been, with creatures coexisting with each other in their own unique and tangible way that makes the world feel more like a true ecosystem, among other significant changes, such as having damage stats pop up during attacks.
This peculiar looking action-RPG is a mash up between ancient Wushu martial arts, gun-fu with many anthropomorphic beasts to take down, all to protect a vast, mystical land. With the ability to craft weapons and infuse your character with psychic mutations or give them robotic limbs, this game lets you bash heads in whatever way you want.
5. Code Vein
“Anime Dark Souls” is the term use to describe Code Vein. In this game you fight large demons with even bigger swords inside of a crumbling, interconnected world. There’s a vampire undertone to it as well, and the game invites you to “give into the bloodlust fully and risk yourself turning into one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any humanity.”
6. God’s Trigger
Harry and Judy, an angel and a demon, isn’t really a pair that you’d expect to see teaming up to stop the four horsemen of the apocalypse but it seems like they have their own reasons. God’s Trigger is a fast-paced and bloody top-down action game that requires a quick trigger finger and good communication skills for you to be able to take out hordes of supernatural enemies. You can play by yourself, but God’s Trigger should best be experienced alongside another player.
Based on 70’s Italian action films that inspired those like Quentin Tarantino, Milanoir tells the tale of Piero, a convict that was recently released who’s on the hunt for revenge against the person who framed him. Expect a ton of top-down shootouts, car chases and trench coats, all while being able to play alongside a friend through an additional two-player co-op mode.
The developer behind the game Life Is Strange is expanding their horizons with this early 20th-century vampire fable set in London, UK. As a recent vampire called Dr. Jonathan Reid, you must find a cure for the city’s disease-ridden population while trying to balance the politics of the undead other bloodsuckers. Whenever you’re not fighting off vampire hunters or zombies, you’ll have to make a choice between which citizens to feed on so that you can get progression points, with plenty of narrative consequences as you follow along.
9. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
Kojima’s beautiful mecha action game first made its way on the PS2 back in 2003, and then on the PS3 a decade later with the HD collection, and now after 15 years, it’s finally coming to PC. Konami’s also throwing VR support into the mix, which sounds extremely cool and nauseating at the same time, considering the speed at which Zone of the Enders moves. If this port holds up then The 2nd Runner will enter the ranks of the best mecha games on PC.
10. Darksiders 3
Fury, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse in the Darksiders universe, takes center stage as the main character of the third installment in this popular action game series. Here you’ll need to make use of her bladed whip as well as her magic abilities under a revamped combat system to take down the Seven Deadly Sins, and collect some solid loot in the process.