It’s also an incredibly flexible platform with various components allowing you to experiment freely with hardware, whether it’s the newest graphics card or processor you’re itching to try out.
We imagine all the latest titles are ready and waiting to put your rig to the test. So, Trusted Reviews has compiled all the biggest and best experience coming to PC in 2019 and beyond.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Developer: 343 Industries
Release Date: TBA
After an obscene amount of fan demand and surprisingly unsubtle teasing by Microsoft, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally confirmed for PC. Coming to Steam and the Windows Store, the compilation will follow a staggered release starting with Halo: Reach, followed by each title in the beloved sci-fi series.
This is to ensure that each title is ported properly to the platform with no compromise. That means, once the wait is over players can expect 4K resolutions, HDR support, customisable key inputs and more, with many of the games appearing on the PC for the first time in history.
Developer: Snapshot Games
Release Date: June 2019
Acting as a spiritual successor to the beloved X-COM series, Phoenix Point is a love letter to everything we adore about the strategy role-playing genre. Set in 2047, the world is in the midst of an alien invasion, and has no choice but to defend itself and valiantly fight back.
Many players will expect Phoenix Point to play much like the modern iteration of X-COM, and they’d be right in their assumptions. However, Snapshot Games is making a few subtle innovations to the beloved formula with this project.
For example, aliens will react to your tactics with varied types of mutations that will make things more difficult as you progress. This is an evolving threat determined to defeat you, and players must act accordingly to emerge triumphant. This is definitely one to watch in 2019.
Developer: YS Net
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Born from a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, Shenmue 3 is the sequel many fans had resigned themselves to never coming to light. But by the end of 2019, it will finally be a reality. How it will bring Ryo Hazuki’s story of revenge to its conclusion still remains a mystery, though.
Recent months has seen more and more of Shenmue 3 showcased to the general public, unveiling how the story might unfold as players explore a smaller yet equally ambitious world when compared to previous entries. Fingers crossed it lives up to the hype.
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release Date: TBA
After the blockbuster success and critical acclaim of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its equally excellent duo of expansions, the expectations for CD Projekt Red’s next project is unbelievably high. Whether it can live up to such ambitions with Cyberpunk 2077 remains to be seen.
However, recent months saw 45 minutes of gameplay footage released, and it happened to showcase a dense, complicated first-person RPG that we’re awfully excited to play for ourselves. Granted, it was work-in-progress, but still presented a wonderfully gritty world not afraid to push boundaries.
Developer: id Software
Release Date: TBA
After the rampant gore and undeniable success of the 2016 reboot, it’s no surprise that fans are clamouring for more blood-soaked action in DOOM Eternal. This sequel takes the fight to Earth as demons invade our planet from the fiery depths of hell.
From the snippets of gameplay we’ve seen thus far, DOOM Eternal is all about bigger, better and bloodier weapons capable of ripping (and tearing) anything that’s stupid enough to stand in your way. The Marine won’t stop for anybody, especially if it’s demons posing a threat to humanity.
Developer: 343 Industries
Release Date: TBA
Little is known about Halo Infinite thus far, although we do now it will act as the continuation to Halo 5: Guardians, essentially replacing Halo 6. Unveiled with a stunning trailer, Infinite teases the return of Master Chief amidst a much larger, more ambitious world.
We’re hoping desperately for a conclusion to The Reclaimer Trilogy after the stunning cliffhanger at the end of Guardians which once again brought the fate of our galaxy into the limelight. It’s another day at the office for Master Chief, but one we can’t wait to play.
Developer: Gearbox Software
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Coming exclusively to the Epic Games Store, the long-awaited Borderlands 3 is finally launching later this year. Gearbox Software is renown for the beloved loot-shooter series, and this one is set to deliver even more loot, action and bandits to murder with countless guns at your disposal.
Borderlands 3 will once again have you picking from four distinct classes each with their own unique features and abilities. However, the world of Pandora is expanding to new planets each with bigger and badder threats to contend it. It sounds great, and we can’t wait to play it.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
After the controversial Star Wars Battlefront 2 and its ill-advised focus on microtransactions and lootboxes, Electronic Arts seems eager to win back the favour of players with Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. From the creators of Titanfall, this single-player adventure will put players into the shoes of a fledgling Jedi fleeing from The Empire.
Taking place after the events of Revenge of the Sith in a period known as The Dark Times, this third-person adventure teases some hugely exciting sci-fi situations we can’t wait to experience. Here’s hoping that Fallen Order will break the unlucky streak we’ve seen from Star Wars titles this generation.
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Developer: The Coalition
Details on Gears 5, the latest instalment in the Gears of War franchise, are scarce. At E3 2018, Microsoft showed off a lengthy cinematic which revealed the narrative would focus on Kait Diaz this time around with a greater focus on its characters and a wider, more detailed world to explore.
Since then, small teasers for new enemy types and characters have appeared on the official Gears of War twitter. So far we know of flying Swarm Leeches and wardens wielding axes, as well as anew addition to the team called Fahz Chutani.
Dying Light 2
Release Date: Spring 2019
Techland returns with a sequel to its critically acclaimed survival title, and this time its ambition is more impressive than ever. Dying Light 2 is set across yet another massive city, where you must content with the shambling undead and aggressive humans who threaten you and your friends’ way of life.
The player will need to make critical decisions throughout the story, deciding who lives and who dies while also managing resources that are spread throughout the city. The Day/Night cycle from the original returns, changing how enemies behave once the sun goes down.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Developer: Infinity Ward
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Infinity Ward is returning to the well that helped redefine first-person shooters in the modern era with 2019’s reimagining of the 2007 classic. The studio is aiming for a gritty, realistic experience that aims to shock and provide the player with spectacle in equal measure. It’s a delicate balancing act, and here’s hoping they get it right.
Unlike last year’s Black Ops 4, Modern Warfare will feature a fully-fledged solo campaign alongside dedicated multiplayer and an all-new co-operative mode. What the latter will entail remains unclear, although we’re hoping for the return of Special Ops. It wouldn’t be Modern Warfare without it, and Zombies has grown tiresome in recent iterations.
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