8 Awesome PC Games Still Coming in 2013
Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’ve probably already OD’d on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 talk. Developers and gamers alike have spent the better part of 2013 hyping up these devices as the be-all, end-all future of video games. Of course, buried under all that hype is the fact that many of the games being paraded around as the reason for spending your hard earned money on these console are in fact not exclusive to them. Yes, Virginia, Titanfall is coming to PC.
And that makes sense, since Xbox One’s specs are on par with a pretty good computer from three years ago1. Which makes the point better than I could that the real future of gaming is where it’s always been: on PC. And 2013 has a ton of ways to prove it. Whether it’s PC exclusives or just the PC versions of games also out on console, there’s really no reason to worry about missing out on The Biggest Thing Ever. Here are 8 reasons you poured all that money into your PC – I mean, 8 awesome PC games still coming in 2013.
UPDATE: This article originally purported that Witcher 3 was coming out in 2013. In fact, it is coming out in 2014. As a result, we’ve decided to enter Game Front HQ into self destruct sequence, which has been initiated. Signing off, data center will be destroyed in approximately 20 minutes, while staff fly away on a helicopter, to pensively reflect on the errors of our life.
In the wake of Edward Snowden’s monumental leaks this game seems very timely, and it appears to be one of the biggest and most interesting titles to graze the green PC pastures this year. Ubisoft Montreal have a good track record so far and Watch Dogs presents a fresh enough combination of ideas and ways to interact with the world that it just might be the next big thing.
In addition to gunplay, the gameplay carries a heavy focus on the intelligent use of the protagonist’s impressive hacking skills and a very Assassin’s Creed style of “social stealth”. Couple that with a huge expansive environment to play around with, and you’ve got one of the biggest games to look out for this year. We liked the game so much at this year’s E3 that we named it our Best of Show.
With higher resolution textures and superior detail, the PC version of Watch Dogs will be better than its counterparts on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and on par—if not better than—the next-gen release.
Developed by a tiny team of three people, this British indie game looks like it might just be the fix for people like me who crave something that at least, remotely, smells a bit like System Shock. A stunning Unreal Engine game that features permadeath and procedurally generated levels, Routine takes place on a moon base where something has gone terribly wrong. Everyone is gone. The player needs to investigate why.
A dense, incredibly tense space horror experience, it’s also a game from the Slender school of horror. The player has very few means of defense, and death awaits behind every other corner. You’ll know something is waiting in the shadows, but you won’t know exactly where. And running is the best way to survive. And stealth. And oh god did I hear that or was that my imagination?
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
Everyone loves pirates! With this deceptively named game (it is actually the 6th game in the series, if we don’t count the handheld ones), we get yet another completely new protagonist, and yet another time and place. With Black Flag it’s the Caribbean seas during the un-heroic age of piracy. Blackbeard and a number of other high profile pirates make an appearance, and you can adventure with and against them.
In true Assassin’s Creed fashion, this title will add some new elements to the established formula. More naval battles, island exploration and treasure hunts, whaling and other fun activities. This will be a huge game, possibly the biggest Assassin’s Creed yet. Some even have hopes that this might become the Wind Waker of Assassin’s Creed games. We can only hope.
Pop-in and low-resolution textures have always been a problem with the Assassin’s Creed games on the console, but not so on the PC, where they have enjoyed far superior graphics. Sure, the game will still live and die by its convoluted mythology and inability to stick the landing when it comes to story, but at least on PC it’s going to look friggin’ fantastic.