The allure of PC gaming has almost overtaken the convenience of consoles, and E3 2017’s PC Gaming Show, hosted by PC Gamer, was a showcase of some of this and next year’s most stunning releases. From expansions to new, original properties, we’ve got the Show’s best of the best right here, complete with all the trailers.
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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Oh “XCOM 2.” So fun, so emotional and so, so very punishing. Now, the award-winning turn-based sci-fi strategy game is getting an expansion, “War of the Chosen,” which was almost dubbed “XCOM 3” by developer Firaxis Games for its sheer scale and amount of content. Send your Heroes into a new, more challenging war to liberate the planet on August 29.
A unique, sketchy art style sets this sci-fi RPG apart from others in the genre, and its gameplay feels very similar to “Child of Light.” Developer Klei is well known for the “Don’t Starve” franchise, so here’s hoping “Griftlands” lives up to their legacy. Look for release later this year or early 2018.
Fast-paced competitive first-person shooter beauty, “Lawbreakers,” is sure to wow the esports crowd, although for how long, I’m not sure. It definitely looks fun, which is always a great way to sell a game, and at a price tag of $29.99 with no season pass or microtransaction nonsense required for future DLC, “Lawbreakers” looks to bust onto the online gaming scene in a big way.
Developed by “Starbound” and “Stardew Valley” publisher Chucklefish, Wargroove is a turn-based strategy multiplayer game, kinda like “Advance Wars.” It’ll be available on PC, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.
Rather “Link to the Past” inspired, “Tunic” is an isometric adventure game where you play as a little teensy fox doing adventurer stuff. All that’s out right now is a teaser and some release details, so keep your eye on this little gem. It’ll be released on PC, Mac and console next year.
Fans of “Harvest Moon,” “Animal Crossing” and “Stardew Valley” will love the indie-developed, Double Fine published “Ooblets,” which promises a colorful, customizable experience in the mysterious world of Oob. Look for it to be released some time next year.
Part of me is like, oh boy, another sandbox game, and the other, larger part of me is very interested to see how this game actually plays. “Ylands” (pronounced “islands”) gives the player literal sandboxes to craft and adventure in, and the game will be released later this year on Steam.
Giant robots! Giant robots fighting each other! Giant robots fighting each other in a complex sci-fi narrative structure developed by the award-winning team of “Shadowrun Returns!” Yeah, I’m into this game. Look for it later this year on PC.
Shadow of War
Every time I see new footage of this game, I scream (I have a lot of friends at the office, I swear). I loved “Shadow of Mordor,” and it looks like they’ve only improved the formula for “Shadow of War,” giving players new and exciting ways to manipulate orc armies and destroy Sauron’s forces with the help of the ring-maker, Celebrimbor. The game was postponed for release until October 10, but if that means they spend more time perfecting it, I forgive them.
Crytek is known for stunning, intense games, and “Hunt: Showdown” looks to be right in their wheelhouse. The PvP, PvPvE first-person shooter will feature stealth gameplay and permadeath, and does not currently have a release date. You can expect to see it on PC, PS4 and Xbox One when it does come out.
The long-awaited, hand-drawn animated side-scroller “Cuphead” is finally getting its release in all its surreal glory. And it’s coming out ON MY BIRTHDAY. So, happy birthday to me, and you can pick up “Cuphead” on PC and Xbox One September 29.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
In what is sure to draw some comparisons to Dishonored, “A Plague Tale: Innocence” is an action-adventure stealth game that follows two children through the plague-ravaged streets of 1349 France. Developed by Asobo Studio, the game will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC when it releases.
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