8 Awesome PC Games Still Coming in 2013
Total War: Rome II
How about laying waste to barbarians, recruiting new blood for the Legions and, well, conquering the known world? Yeah nothing new in the lands of video games, but it rarely ever looked as gloriously awesome as it does with this upcoming mega strategy game, Total War: Rome II. Unprecedented number of soldiers on the field, with huge armies clashing on a terrain of all kinds.
Fight the barbarian hordes Russell Crowe style in the snowy forests of Germania! Or subdue the uppity Egyptians under the scorching African sun! Recruit armies, legions, and expand civilization and send everyone to fight tigers bare handed in the Colosseum who dares to utter the term “Imperial overstretch”. Good times.
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins paints Batman in a new light—setting the game in a world where Batman is anything but the assured hero of legend. Building upon the success of its predecessors, Arkham Origins is in development at the newly founded WBIE Montreal studios but promises to get right what the previous games accomplished and innovate the game in ways beyond Rocksteady’s previous offerings. The game sees the infusion of new, yet familiar characters (even the Joker is now voiced by Troy Baker!), and advanced use of gadgets in combat.
It remains to be seen whether the new studio can pull off what Rocksteady did with the original games, but should they be successful, then Warner Bros may well have two studios capable of putting out amazing games in the Batman or greater DC Comics franchise.
In the previous Batman games, the PC version of the game offered PhysX-powered cloth physics, a feature that will no doubt return in Arkham Origins. Don’t count on the console versions of this game to maintain the same graphical fidelity of its PC counterpart.
Planetary Annihilation is a real-time strategy game in the vein of Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given that its developers are among the same people responsible for all those games. The game marries a couple of different strategy genres—RTS and 4X strategy—with an online multiplayer mode that sees players waging war across the surface of entire planets, and even blowing them up.
Planetary Annihilation is set to offer an unparalleled sense of scale by taking the formula first started by Total Annihilation and expanding it across a much larger distance—a planetary distance, one might even say.
The Battlefield series has, at this point, become almost a yearly affair with EA Games and DICE putting out a release every so often. Each subsequent addition to the franchise has done much to overhaul (though not necessarily improve) the gameplay in terms of squad mechanics, vehicular combat, the scale of the battlefield, and most interestingly, destruction.
The upcoming title, Battlefield 4, is set to offer all of the series’ staples, while seeing a return of the Commander mode, allowing a single player on each team to direct the flow of battle. It will also see a return of the destruction physics of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and an increase in player squads to five members, up from four. Finally, the game sees the addition of naval warfare and wave physics for an all new theater of war.
If there’s any war game worth looking forward to, it’s this one. And the best platform to get it for is on the PC, not just because the series was born on the PC, but because the PC will be the only platform to support 64-player maps. There’s also the chance to once again prove to Dice that the pretty little heads of modders are more than capable of understanding the Frostbite engine. How about them apples?
Wasteland 2 is the sequel to the game that essentially inspired, or some might say birthed, the Fallout series of role-playing games. It’s a thinking man’s game, done in the style of an old school RPG. This tactical, turn-based RPG puts you in control of a party of Rangers whom you develop and customize as you wage a post-apocalyptic struggle against the wilderness and whatever the story has in store.
The game has only been made possible thanks to the crowdfunded backing of the Kickstarter platform, and serves not just as an experiment as to whether such a game could be successful in the age of Call of Duty and League of Legends, but whether crowdfunded games can be successful at all in delivering what they set out to accomplish.
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