PC gamers have tons to look forward to in 2019

I don't have to tell this to an audience of gerbils, but rumors of PC gaming's death have been greatly exaggerated for a long time now. Sure, there's awesome console-exclusive titles that we don't get to play, but a lot of those will find their way to the PC eventually. Even disregarding those, though, we've got plenty to keep us occupied in the coming months.

Apex Legends

In case you haven't heard, Apex Legends is a brand-new battle royale game from Respawn Entertainment, the creators of the Titanfall franchise. Respawn was founded by the original creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Given that information, it should come as no surprise that Apex Legends has tight gunplay, responsive controls, solid optimization, and spotless netcode. If you haven't jumped onto the battle royale bandwagon yet, this might be the game to give it a shot. It's free on EA's Origin service, and you'll have plenty of company: According to EA, the game has already hit 25 million players in its first week, with over two million concurrent users online over the weekend.

Metro Exodus

Two days from now, the latest game in the Metro series will hit the Epic Games store. Metro Exodus, as we reported earlier, is a showcase title for all of the technology that justifies the existence of Nvidia's Turing GPUs. Of course, aside from being a tech demo, it will probably be a pretty good game if previous titles in the series are any indication. Metro 2033 got accolades on its launch for its challenging gunplay and immersive storytelling as well as its technical prowess; Metro Last Light delivered more of the same. The "Redux" re-releases of both games have been massively marked down in sales numerous times, so you can probably pick them up on the cheap if you're curious.

Anthem

The very next week, which is to say next Friday, Bioware's Anthem will hit digital distribution and store shelves. Despite being yet another sci-fi shooter game, Anthem is pretty different from both of the previous titles. Players suit up into mech-like "Javelins" and then run, jump, and fly through an expansive wilderness performing both open-world and instanced missions. I played in the open beta weekend a couple of weeks ago, and although I'm personally going to keep on with Warframe, I have to admit the visual lushness and novelty of Anthem's free-flying gameplay was compelling. Don't forget that folks who buy a GeForce RTX graphics card right now can get this game and Battlefield V for free.

The Division 2

On the other hand, people who buy a brand-new Radeon can pick up The Division 2 for free. If you're not familiar with Tom Clancy's The Division, it's an open-world shoot-and-loot game set in a plague-ridden Manhattan. The game has a lot in common, particularly in terms of structure, with the Borderlands series, although there are no vehicles, and the overall scale of the environments is smaller because of the urban setting. The Division 2 takes place in Washington D.C. and appears to have more varied settings than the first game, with large open areas in addition to tight urban combat. Ubisoft will run an open beta of the title from March 1-4 before its release on March 15.

Devil May Cry 5

The upcoming game I'm personally most excited about is another title that comes for free with recent Radeons: Devil May Cry 5. Capcom had a crisis of confidence in 2012 and outsourced development of the fifth Devil May Cry title to an English studio, Ninja Theory. The result, titled DmC: Devil May Cry, was a solid game in its own right, but it was way too far removed from the rest of the series—both mechanically and stylistically—to please long-time fans. After the outcry surrounding that game, Capcom has handed the reins of the series back to the man who made it what it was, Hideaki Itsuno. Devil May Cry 5, then, is a follow-on to 2008's Devil May Cry 4, which saw a "Special Edition" re-release in 2015.

In DMC5, players will take on the roles of original series protagonist Dante, returning hero Nero, and new boy V as they slice and dice their way through hordes of demonic enemies. The new game is running on the RE Engine that powers both Resident Evil 7 and the recent Resident Evil 2 remake. The team says it's aiming for "photo-realistic" graphics—not an unreasonable goal given the capabilities of the engine. Even so, Capcom is thankfully targeting 60 FPS on all platforms. Anything less would compromise the extremely high-speed action that Devil May Cry is known for. The new title is planned for release on March 8.

Atomic Heart

These big-name titles aren't the only ones launching soon. Here's an absolutely non-comprehensive list of other promising PC games that will be here sooner or later:

  • February 14: Jump Force

    A crossover fighting game starring characters from popular Shonen Jump manga series, like Dragonball Z and Naruto.

  • February 15: Far Cry New Dawn

    Far Cry 5's Hope County, Montana gets re-imagined in post-apocalyptic form.

  • March 1: Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove!

    This third sequel to the Sega Genesis classic sees a return to hand-drawn cartoon art and the classic rogue-like gameplay of the original.

  • March 5: Left Alive

    A third-person "survival shooter" set in the Front Mission universe.

  • March 22: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    The makers of Dark Souls present an ultra-gory blend of stealth-based action and horror.

  • March 26: Generation Zero

    Best described as Fallout set in 1980s Sweden. By Avalanche, the creators of Just Cause.

  • May 14: Rage 2

    The sequel no one expected, and for which no one but me is excited.

  • Late 2019: The Outer Worlds

    Obsidian Entertainment isn't allowed to make Fallout games anymore, so here we are.

  • Late 2019: Atomic Heart

    Fallout again, except this time in the late-'60s Soviet Union. Planned to feature RTX support.

  • Late 2019: Biomutant

    Essentially the intersection of Fable and Kung-fu Panda, except it's also post-apocalyptic.

Let us know in the comments if we overlooked any game that you're excited about, big or small.

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    • hiki
    • 6 months ago

    I’m tired of battle royale. Not going to touch anthem or apex.

    Metro, Atomic hearth and outer worlds are the stuff I’m interested on.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 6 months ago

      Haha, Anthem isn’t battle royale. It’s not even deathmatch. It’s an open-world co-op sci-fi third-person shooter.

        • hiki
        • 6 months ago

        True.

        Anyways, Anthem is a multiplayer piece of trash, where the enemies stay quiet meanwhile you boringly shoot the sponge bullet until the health bar slowly goes down, and the other enemies stay immobile waiting for their own turn to be sponge bulleted.

          • RAGEPRO
          • 6 months ago

          It wasn’t quite like that in the beta, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up that way. I’m also pretty excited for Atomic Heart and Outer Worlds.

    • DarkUltra
    • 6 months ago

    I look forward to Phoenix Point, System Shock 1 remake and Wasteland 3. Phoenix point is supposed to be done by summer.

    • Voldenuit
    • 6 months ago

    And here’s a game I didn’t know was coming out this year that has skyrocketed to the top of my ‘want’ list:

    [url=https://www.pcgamesn.com/hollow-knight-silksong/hollow-knight-silksong-release-date<]Hollow Knight: Silksong[/url<]. Despite how much I suck at Hollow Knight, it's simply amazing, from the mechanics, to level design, and especially, the world-building and lore.

    • kvndoom
    • 6 months ago

    Doom wants Doom. That is all.

    • Ikepuska
    • 6 months ago

    Wow, looking at the list of games people are really looking forward to in the comments I feel like I’m really out of step with the crowd. My absolute totally #1 can’t wait and have vacation already requested for the week after game is Seikiro (to give time for early patches just in case). But I LOVE ‘the FROM SOFTWARE game’ because there is only one, and its just had some interesting re releases (tongue in cheek).

    PS. Yes I know they had tons of other genres, especially Armored Core and other games, and yes that’s a shameless Yahtzee reference.

    • not@home
    • 6 months ago

    Wake me when there is a remake of Diablo I or Diablo II. Those games were addictive.

      • Chrispy_
      • 6 months ago

      Path of Exile is good and in my mind at least, closer to Diablo 2 than Diablo 3 was.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 6 months ago

      D2 was the first time I screwed up my wrists, good times.

      But these days I’d like a game where I can’t use a sword to chop down every single stupid obstacle the game offers. I’d like the world to have things to need to do, but you can’t just start at the top of the list and leave a trail of severed heads as you go. A ghost, for example, might be completely beyond your league, you’ll need to acquire items, skills or allies to beat it. The big local boss is perhaps too strong to beat, until you’ve spent considerable time eliminating his supporters or maneuvering him into a situation that is more favorable to you. But they don’t tell you these things directly, you need to figure it out.

      Not sure if I’d really bother with a D2 remake at this point.

        • Voldenuit
        • 6 months ago

        For me, Darkstone and Torchlight were the superior Diablo II.
        Why?
        Simple: Auto-attack.
        Click once to attack, and you’ll keep (basic) attacking. Only have to input additional commands for special abilities.
        Diablo and Diablo II’s single attack per click were as anachronistic as not being able to queue unit orders in Warcraft 1 & 2 compared to, say, Total Annihilation.
        I’m playing SGG’s Hades at the moment and they’ve learned lessons from both camps. Most weapons are single attack per input, but the newly-introduced rapid-fire railgun will autofire for as long as you hold the mouse or controller button down.
        Game developers who don’t know that RSI is a thing need to be clamped in stocks.

          • sweatshopking
          • 6 months ago

          in diablo just hold down the button

            • Voldenuit
            • 6 months ago

            That doesn’t work if you’re kiting enemies, though.

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 6 months ago

          I’ve gotten a bit too bored with Torchlight II to actually finish it. Along with D2, I’ve also played Titan Quest, Neverwinter Nights and Dungeon Seige (I guess). Titan quest has the best character building. But the open world from (I think it was) Dungeon Seige was awesome, wandered off into the forest and met things I had to run screaming from, lots of screaming and running.

          Also, Total Annihilation was the best. (You might also be familiar with the Spring RTS Engine and Balanced Annihilation, mostly even more fun with improved units and graphics and AI, though lacking somehow some crispness and magic from the original.)

          • alloyD
          • 6 months ago

          Oh man… now I really want to go play TA again. What a great game!
          I guess I can install SupCom. It was fairly close.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 6 months ago

            I never really could warm up to SupCom and even after these years, I dislike how it plays, I dislike the units.

            I highly recommend Balanced Annihilation based on the Spring RTS Engine, it plays like a dream, though it can be odd with the installers and the player community isn’t the best. Good choice for a LAN game with old TA friends though! Also some of the AI’s are pretty OK, they take over the map like a disease, but happily you have things like radars and dispatching units via a strategic view to make map-scrubbing efficient. Good maps too.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 months ago

            Supreme Commander and Total Annihilation are about map control. You have to be aggressive and expand out like a cancer. Don’t fret over losing an expansion base or two as long as the enemy utilizes more resources and energy on their offensives. You usually come out on top. Reclaiming the “dead” and resource management is key.

      • NovusBogus
      • 6 months ago

      Sorry dude, I think I might have accidentally’d your alarm clock because Grim Dawn has actually been out for a couple of years now.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 months ago

      Up until the Diablo Immortal announcement, I was sure that D2 remastered was in the works. Now I’m not so sure.

        • Krogoth
        • 6 months ago

        Blizzard-Activision has been quietly deprecating the older versions of their IPs. Starcraft 1 remastered only came about because Starcraft 2 failed to seize the eSport arena in South Korea. DOTA2 and LOL completely murdered it in the NA/EU eSport arena.

        Warcraft III Reforged is probably the last remastered title. It is only getting a treatment due to its still vibrant third-party map scene and it is free marketing for newer WoW expansions.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 6 months ago

          You’re an idiot if you don’t think remastered versions of their old games aren’t basically a license to print money.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 months ago

            It costs time and resources to recreate art and upscale them. Remasters rely almost entirely on the “nostalgia factor” to sell. The current gaming demographics are more in tune with more current gaming IPs not IPs from the vault.

            SC1 remastered was only made because of the South Korean eSports scene. Elsewhere, SC1 is practically dead and is only held together by the shrinking old guard.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 6 months ago

            That’s funny, there’s money to be made by catering to a single league that runs tournaments four times a year.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 months ago

            Completely dwarfed by EU/NA DOTA2, Fortnight, CS:GO, LOL, [b<]Overwatch[/b<] arenas. If you take away SC1's South Korea market. The mindshare would mirror the current mindshare of titles from that era (UT99, Quake3, Tribes2) South Korea is the only reason SC1 is getting any significant attention these days.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 6 months ago

            The question should surely be wether its profitable, not wether its got “mindshare” or enough likes on Facebook or whatever.

            I think I’ll get 2 or 3 copies of WC3 remastered, it was sort of tempting with SC remastered, but I think a person needs to be young to appreciate the clickfest.

      • jihadjoe
      • 6 months ago

      [url=https://www.median-xl.com/<]MedianXL[/url<] is a pretty good total conversion mod of Diablo II.

    • willmore
    • 6 months ago

    Of all those games listed, the only one that even remotely interests me is Rage 2. So, I’m with you Zak.

    • LostCat
    • 6 months ago

    For this year…I’m all in on Anthem, Crackdown 3, Division 2, Rage 2, and The Outer Worlds (assuming it won’t be delayed) at least.

    I don’t know. Maybe I’ll check out this Generation Zero thing, because I like Avalanche.

    • tanker27
    • 6 months ago

    Unless Red Dead Redemption 2 FOR PC is on this list no thank you. In fact none of the games listed are particularly interesting.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 6 months ago

    I’m so hopelessly behind on new releases I might just give up entirely. The last 20 months or so have been dedicated to mostly old stuff that nobody else here cares about, with a little Spider-Man and Battletech sprinkled in.

      • DPete27
      • 6 months ago

      Spider Man isn’t that old. I certainly haven’t gotten to it yet.

      Finishing up Rise of Tomb Raider – Worst in the series
      Then NieR Automata.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 6 months ago

        You probably mean Shadow, right?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 6 months ago

          RotTR was not fun for me, so it’s possible that’s what he meant to say.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 months ago

        That’s why I said it was old stuff + Spider-Man and Battletech. Not that those games are old, that those are the only non-old games I’ve played in nearly two years. By “old stuff” I’m talking 2005 and older. edit: my most-played game in the last 6 weeks: Tetris on the NES (Nintendo version, not Tengen)

        Rise of the Tomb Raider was so not-fun that I lost interest in the series. Very disappointed because I loved the first. No desire to play the third one.

    • bowman
    • 6 months ago

    The only game of any interest on this list is The Outer Worlds, which might even be good.

    Atomic Heart too, okay, that one looks cool.

      • auxy
      • 6 months ago

      If you are interested in those games, you should definitely check out Generation Zero! (‘ω’)

      It’s basically the same genre of game as Atomic Heart.

    • BorgOvermind
    • 6 months ago

    Someone said that at the beginning of 2018.
    I played 3 games at most that are actually worth being called relatively good.

    This year….well…all I want is a Metro.

    • odizzido
    • 6 months ago

    A list of mediocre or terrible games. Minus possibly metro but I am pretty sure the series is suffering from consolitis now anyways. None of these will show up on GoG anyways so /shrug

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 6 months ago

      Played and finished all of them?

        • odizzido
        • 6 months ago

        They’re all probably full of DRM and microtransactions, so no. That’s enough reason for me not to want to bother with them.

          • Voldenuit
          • 6 months ago

          Obsidian was asked if Outer Worlds would have MTX, and they said, “hell no”.

          Having said that, you’re right about AAA game companies. Which is why I don’t bother playing their games, for the most part.

      • auxy
      • 6 months ago

      Only Apex Legends and Jump Force are out, so I know you haven’t played any of these. Why are you so bitter? Actually play a modern game for once and you might see that there’s a lot to enjoy. Alternatively, stop spending so much time on image boards. (。-`ω-)

        • odizzido
        • 6 months ago

        The AAA game industry has done it to me, at least for the AAA game industry. Full of microtransactions, DRM, with content cut and resold as DLC packs. Everything designed to get as much money as possible with no regard for its impact on gameplay. Then they treat their employees like shit too.

        There are plenty of good games/companies that don’t do that. That’s where I spend my game time and money now.

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 6 months ago

          Yeah, the big studios might be soulless money-harvesting machines, but on the other hand, Fortnite and Apex Ledgends must count as improvements. The paid stuff is entirely optional, I’ve got four machines in the house that can and do play Fortnite, and thats usually something that costs a notable amount of money, when it comes to modern games.

          Did do a modest upgrade on one of the machines, and another could stand to get the game off of a slow spinner, but in general I’ve gotten such a good deal on this that I feel kind of like I am exploiting [i<]them[/i<].

      • K-L-Waster
      • 6 months ago

      I’m sorry, sir, but I’m afraid the job of “Krogoth” is already taken…

    • danny e.
    • 6 months ago

    From this list the one I care about most is Doom Eternal.
    That’s not on the list?
    Ok, then:

    Doom Eternal
    Borderlands 3 (probably not this year?)

    Rage 2.. meh? Edit: to clarify, I enjoyed the original. 2 doesn’t look anything like the original.. so it’s more difficult to get excited about.

    • LostCat
    • 6 months ago

    I’m all in on Crackdown 3. Been waiting for that for….I don’t know. Before I died.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 6 months ago

      So now that it’s out, what’d you think?

        • LostCat
        • 6 months ago

        The story is a bit cheese. But the gameplay is solid and any Crackdown fan will love it. 🙂

    • RAGEPRO
    • 6 months ago

    Another game I forgot to mention, which is launching this Summer, is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. It just got a release window announcement and gameplay trailer. Check it out if you’ve ever been a fan of a Castlevania game.

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAeAJDX9DZ8[/url<]

    • tu2thepoo
    • 6 months ago

    I’m looking forward to Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, myself. It’s the Wing Commander: Privateer sequel I thought we were getting with Star Citizen, before that became an early access retirement fund for Chris Roberts.

    [url<]https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/rebel-galaxy-outlaw/home[/url<]

      • Waco
      • 6 months ago

      That’s on my must-buy list. I need a new Freelancer.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 6 months ago

      Lol retirement fund.

      Thanks for pointing that game out! I’m not a big joystick jocky but I do like the occasional space adventure.

      • danny e.
      • 6 months ago

      looks like it has potential.

      • Platedslicer
      • 6 months ago

      Thanks for the tip

      • Mr Bill
      • 6 months ago

      Had so much fun with the original Privateer. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this.

      • NovusBogus
      • 6 months ago

      Ohh, that sounds interesting. Rebel Galaxy was fun for what it was, though the mechanics probably worked out a bit better on the whiteboard than the game itself. This sequel is clearly much more ambitious, and seeks to be seen as a fully fledged franchise rather than the game industry equivalent of a famous musician’s experimental acoustic LP.

    • danny e.
    • 6 months ago

    [url<]https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.epicgames.com[/url<] metro exodus shooting itself in the foot if only released here.

      • thedosbox
      • 6 months ago

      Ah yes, because review bombing isn’t a a thing /s

      And to illustrate the uselessness of “user reviews”:

      [url<]https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.steam.com[/url<] < yes, they "reviewed" the wrong site.

        • auxy
        • 6 months ago

        Review bombing totally is a thing (look at the review of Metro 2033 on steam, ugh), but Epic deserves every bit of that reputation. They only changed their game refund policy after people directly pointed out on Twitter that it was worse than Steam’s. They still don’t have reviews or discussion forums for any of their games; no way for users to hold them accountable for problems or engage with developers about their games. And their forum moderation on the Unreal Engine forums is notoriously cliqueish. Fortnite BR was an obvious me-too on the popularity of PUBG and this whole Epic Game Store thing is just chasing dollars shamelessly. I don’t trust Epic and you shouldn’t either. (; ・`д・´)

          • thedosbox
          • 6 months ago

          > Fortnite BR was an obvious me-too on the popularity of PUBG

          LMAO – so all FPS are obvious me-too on Wolfenstein 3D? /s

          • derFunkenstein
          • 6 months ago

          I think that’s a fair assessment of the game, but the “me-too” became the de facto standard. People still play PUBG but holy crap are people spending time and dropping cash on cosmetic upgrades in Fartnight.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 months ago

        And it’s not like the real Steam is doing much better.

        [url<]https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.steampowered.com[/url<]

    • NovusBogus
    • 6 months ago

    I wonder if any of these AAAs will ever show up in a DRM free format.

    • anotherengineer
    • 6 months ago

    first thing that came to mind when I seen the apex pic was counter strike

    • BIF
    • 6 months ago

    I think PC Gamers have more to be happy about because (at least in part) we have a more vibrant competition between GPU and CPU vendors than we did just a couple years ago.

    And that’s not a congratulatory note to Intel, AMD, or Nvidia. It’s more of a “What took you guys so long?”

      • f0d
      • 6 months ago

      im not so sure about competition with GPU…….

        • Stochastic
        • 6 months ago

        Gotta wait for Navi to see whether AMD has an answer to Pascal/Turing.

          • f0d
          • 6 months ago

          thats the thing with amd in the last few years when it comes to gpu’s
          always waiting………
          then when something does come out its too late

    • Philldoe
    • 6 months ago

    None of this looks appealing. CP2077 is the only game that I have already put on my buy list for the next 2 years. Mechwarrior 5 is on the watch carefully list.

      • albundy
      • 6 months ago

      this. beat me to it!

      • Stochastic
      • 6 months ago

      Yeah, Cyberpunk and The Last of Us 2 are the two on my list.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 6 months ago

    Most interested in Generation Zero and The Outer Worlds, but my list of “games to play” is quite long, and I’ve mostly just been playing World of Warships and Divinity: Original Sin 2 for most of the last year…

    p.s. Halo Infinite already ffs

    p.p.s. Very interested in Beyond Good and Evil 2… too.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 6 months ago

      +1 Divinity 2

      That’s one of the best games I’ve ever played and definitely the best PC Coop game I’ve ever played, outside of maybe brutal doom.

      It’s also much more approachable to female gamers that might be turned off by predominantly male genres like shooters. Fun for everyone!

      100% recommend buying that game. Im not even a big rpg fan. The last turn based rpg I played was Chrono trigger or FF2 or something. This definitely turned me back on to them.

    • emvath79
    • 6 months ago

    Still hoping for Red Dead Redemption 2 (and give us part 1 while you are at it), but am not holding my breath.

    • cegras
    • 6 months ago

    I’m really excited for atomic heart! I love the nuclear-punk aesthetic. Brings me back to 70’s sci-fi (Sci-Fi Hall of Fame Vol. 1 and 2).

    • dragontamer5788
    • 6 months ago

    My short-term gaming list:

    * Wargroove (strategy RPG in the style of Advance Wars)

    * Factorio version 0.17 — GUI Overhaul, Train Overhaul, etc. etc. The game continues to get better. 0.17 is expected to be released within a month or two. 0.16 is still great, but 17 looks like it will be a major update.

    * Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night — A kickstarter game, made by the original creator of Castlevania after he quit Konami. Hopefully this game will be better than “Mighty No. 9”.

    * Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course — Major DLC to “Cuphead”, the bullet-hell inspired platformer.

      • auxy
      • 6 months ago

      A nitpick, but Igarashi Koji wasn’t even involved with Castlevania until Symphony of the Night, and he was only a programmer and writer for that. (In recent years he’s had an “assistant director” title tacked on for that game, but he isn’t credited that way in the game.)

      He did pretty much take over the series after Symphony tho. (‘ω’)

      I’m looking forward to Bloodstained cautiously but I think it’s going to feel too dated. If you look at the way Alucard / Shanoa / Jon Morris / (Castlevania protagonist) moves, it’s very … old. Fixed speed, high air control, generally no dodge or leap or dash animation or wall-kicking or anything like that. Combat happens as a single attack you spam… I compare Bloodstained to Salt & Sanctuary and Bloodstained looks better in every single way except the gameplay, which is ultimately all I really care about… ( ;∀;)

      On a lighter note, if you’re a fan of Factorio you should keep an eye on [url=https://www.satisfactorygame.com/<]Satisfactory![/url<] This game was revealed at E3 last year and is going into private alpha soon. It looks amazing! (*'▽')

    • Sargent Duck
    • 6 months ago

    Half-Life:3.

    Yeah, I said it. Deal with it. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go and cry over in this corner

      • Krogoth
      • 6 months ago

      Half-Life is going to get a reboot at this rate.

        • shaq_mobile
        • 6 months ago

        Dude come on. That’s not called for.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 6 months ago

          At what stage do we declare it’s decayed to Quarter Life?

            • Krogoth
            • 6 months ago

            Technically, it is the second half life (1/4 of the original radioactive isotope remains).

      • Platedslicer
      • 6 months ago

      You’d be a happier person flushing any expectations of games from Valve out of your system.

      And books from GRRM too. At least, non-spinoff ASOIAF books.

      On second thought, do you have another corner available by any chance?

      • tipoo
      • 6 months ago

      I used to say we have a better chance at a Tales from the Half Life game from Telltale than a proper Half life 3.

      Now that they’re dead…No, yeah, the ratio of chances are about the same as before.

      • RickyTick
      • 6 months ago

      Black Mesa is worth playing.

        • Kevsteele
        • 6 months ago

        Black Mesa isn’t the whole experience…yet. One more thing to look forward to this year (hopefully) – Zen is finally being added to Black Mesa.

        • Sargent Duck
        • 6 months ago

        Played it. It’s really good.

        But it doesn’t finish the story…

          • Krogoth
          • 6 months ago

          Supposedly, the Xen portion will done this year.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 6 months ago

      Am I the only one not holding out hope for HL3 anymore? I’m sure that Valve would make a great game if they made a HL3, but I don’t think it would feel like the old HL games. Gameplay has changed a lot in the last 10-15 years.

      • Kretschmer
      • 6 months ago

      Doom 3 was better than HL2. Yeah, I said it.

        • auxy
        • 6 months ago

        Relative to its position in popular culture, I’m not that big a fan of HL2. (/ω\)
        Relative to its position in popular culture, I’m a HUGE fan of Doom 3. (*’▽’)
        But I’d still never say Doom 3 was the better game!

        Doom 3 has so many issues I don’t even know where to begin. The biggest problem is probably that the weapons are universally terrible, with weak stats, barely-there animations, nonsensical designs, and AWFUL foley. In an FPS game, the way you interact with your environment (i.e. affect the game, the center of your agency as a player) is your weaponry, and having bad or unsatisfying weapons is a death knell for any FPS game. Even Quake II had better weapons! And that’s terrible.

        Other problems include: [list<][*<]the stamina meter is an annoyance for area traversal rather than anything that adds challenge in combat[/*<][*<]most enemies are no threat at all if you have encountered them before and know about their one relevant attack[/*<][*<]because of the previous point, the darkness of the game is less unsettling and more tedious[/*<][*<]schizophrenic pacing - is it a horror game or an action game? it can't make up its mind[/*<][*<]terrible conveyance, tons of "where do I go, what do I do?"[/*<][*<]painful voice acting and character animations, particularly compared to HL2 which came out just 3 months later[/*<][/list<] I could go on, but it seems mean-spirited... (´Д⊂ヽ HL2 actually suffers from a few of the same problems (pointless stamina bar, lack of challenge, schizophrenic pacing), and technologically I think it was a step behind Doom 3. To me, Doom 3 is sort of like a launch-generation Playstation title (e.g. Battle Arena Toshinden), while Half-Life 2 in this comparison is more like Samurai Spirits III or Super Street Fighter II Turbo. That is to say that while Doom 3 has the technological edge, it still doesn't really have better visuals because there were clearly some growing pains for the artists. Meanwhile HL2 ultimately ends up looking better (and still looks pretty good imo) because it treads familiar ground. If you go back and play both of them today having played more modern FPS games that followed the two of them, it becomes very clear very fast which one is the better game. Even if I think HL2 doesn't deserve the praise that gets heaped on it, it's certainly a better game than Doom 3! ( ゚Д゚)

      • Walkintarget
      • 6 months ago

      There will be a time in the far future that Half-Life 3 will be released. But the gamers who will be playing then will have no memory of any earlier games. It will be like those social media posts when McCartney partnered with Kanye to do some songs in 2014, and Twitter fans posted these gems :

      [i<]"I don't know who Paul McCartney is , but Kanye is going to give this man a career with this new song" "This is why i love Kanye for shining light on unknown artists."[/i<]

      • Anovoca
      • 6 months ago

      I have a 10 year running bet with my friend that we would see a new Tool Album before we see Half-Life 3. Looks like im finally cashing this bet in sometime late summer.

    • NTMBK
    • 6 months ago

    No love for Total War: Three Kingdoms?

      • DancinJack
      • 6 months ago

      none

      • RAGEPRO
      • 6 months ago

      I only wrote about games *I* was (at least tangentially) interested in, and unfortunately anything with “strategy”, “turn-based”, or “visual novel” in the tag list gets thrown right out. 😛

    • Concupiscence
    • 6 months ago

    No mention of Doom Eternal. Absolutely incredible.

    edit: Beyond that, I’ve got so many games in my Steam backlog I basically can’t rationalize buying anything else to play at the moment.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 6 months ago

      Ahh, good point! And out of all the gamers I talked to about this, nobody brought it up! Sorry for the omission, heh.

        • Concupiscence
        • 6 months ago

        No worries or hard feelings, I was just surprised.

      • Johnny Rotten
      • 6 months ago

      I’m actually hoping Doom Eternal slips to early 2020… I have given myself an allowance to do a complete system update on my (currently) 4 year old system when Doom Eternal ships… including high res UWD (looking at LG’s 38″ which should be summer/fall), next gen AMD/Nvidia “2080Ti+” tier video card, high end Ryzen 2/or intel i9 etc.

      Its really the video card that I think is going to not be available until 2020 sometime… whether its AMD’s next gen card or nvidia’s 7nm refresh, I want something that is significantly above a 2080Ti (ie 25%-30% faster than a 2080Ti minimum) if I am going to drop the kind of $$ that the top card is going to cost…

      • Voldenuit
      • 6 months ago

      Rage 2 is exclusive to Bethesda.net. If Doom Eternal is also Bethnet exclusive (it’s suspiciously missing a Steam Store page), it’s dead to me.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 6 months ago

        Doom Eternal is going to be at least a timed Bethnet exclusive, yeah.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 6 months ago

    Holding on for Mechwarrior 5 and Borderlands 3 this year… I hope!

      • gh32zT
      • 6 months ago

      Me too, especially looking forward to Mechwarrior 5.

        • Krogoth
        • 6 months ago

        Clans don’t belong here! Take your “silly trials” and cram them where the sun don’t shine!

        #ATLAS+HUNCHBACK4EVER
        #URBANMECHSAREOP

      • shaq_mobile
      • 6 months ago

      I was excited until I found out it was the MWO studio. Very uninterested now.

      I think the best chance we have of getting a good mechwarrior game is someone coming out with a similar concept that doesn’t breach copywrong. I’d be perfectly content with a game that had a mech lab, mod support, and dedicated servers.

      MWLL will probably remain a superior game.

    • GasBandit
    • 6 months ago

    Only thing on this list I’ve been interested in was Outer Worlds, and I probably won’t buy that until 2020/2021 when it’s 66% off on a steam sale, anyway. But I’m glad there’s excitement for things coming out on PC, even if most of it doesn’t particularly entice me. I’m still enjoying what I’ve got.

    • Voldenuit
    • 6 months ago

    Been looking forward to Outer Worlds and Biomutant.
    Other games I’m looking forward to that hopefully come out this year: Children of Morta, EITR, Journey, Undungeon, Hades (currently in Early Access), Cyberpunk 2077, Ooblets, My Friend Pedro, Tunic and Pathway. Other than (arguably) Cyberpunk, not a single AAA title in my anticipated titles. Kinda bummed that Sea of Solitude will be an Origin store exclusive, however, puts it in my no-buy category.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 6 months ago

      Sadly Cyberpunk 2077 has been confirmed for 2020 by CD Projekt Red. That’s why I didn’t include it here, heh.

      Is EITR still in development? I was following the artist on Tumblr like 4 years ago.

      You should give Origin a shot. It supports a “portable” (i.e. no service installation) mode, unlike Steam. I totally agree with the arguments that it’s annoying to have to juggle multiple game stores and accounts, but I see it as part of the price we pay to enjoy the freedom of choice that we do have as PC gamers. 🙂

        • chuckula
        • 6 months ago

        Cyberpunk 2077 in 2020?

        Still 57 years early. No complaints.

          • Growler
          • 6 months ago

          Yeah, but the first edition was 2013, and the second edition was 2020. Or 2.0.2.0. like they had on the cover of the main book.

          Also, some people think that there was a third edition. That’s like saying there was a Highlander 2 or more than one Matrix movie. That’s ridiculous.

        • Voldenuit
        • 6 months ago

        >Sadly Cyberpunk 2077 has been confirmed for 2020 by CD Projekt Red. That’s why I didn’t include it here, heh.
        Sad. Oh well, I’d rather they spend the time to polish it.

        >Is EITR still in development? I was following the artist on Tumblr like 4 years ago.
        Their [url=https://store.steampowered.com/app/350050/EITR/<]Steam page has announced a Summer 2019 release date[/url<]. Guess we'll see. Re: Origin, I mostly stay away because it's EA. Then again, I have EGS (for Hades), and Epic are just as scummy as EA. Will wait and see how good the game (Sea of Solitude) is. Another game that may have interested me, Fe, received lukewarm reviews, so I didn't bite. Nothing else in EA's catalog interests me, so I haven't missed out on much.

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