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Lawbreakers was sadly one of the lowest profile failures of 2017. It was a decent game that arrived with all the impact of a gone off banana thrown with a broken wrist. After several attempts to get its heart pumping again, development was canceled last week. And here we are, four days later, and develop Boss Key Studios has announced its new project - Radical Heights. It's a free-to-play 80's game show-themed battle royale shooter, seemingly laser targeted at today's hottest gaming trends. Too little too late? We'll have to find out.
It's a crying shame we've never got a sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade -Bloodlines, but in the meantime, Life is Strange developer Dontnod is hoping to fill the void with Vampyr, a narrative-driven action-RPG set in 1918 London that places the emphasis on player choice. There's plenty of potential in this one, but will you need a human blood sacrifice to the dark gods to run it? Here are the official Vampyr PC system specs.
When folks cry out for a AAA, lengthy, and immersive game to sell VR, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR has to be near the top of the pile for games that could reasonably be ported to VR. By all accounts, Skyrim VR is absolutely fantastic on PC. It includes all of the released expansions for potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay, but this time players can actually exist within this scarily huge world. If you've got an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and are planning to give Skyrim VR a go though, beware some incredibly demanding system requirements.
It wasn't the best-kept secret, but Frontier has revealed that Jurassic World Evolution will be coming to PC on June 12th, right in time for the new movie. Jurassic World Evolution is based heavily on Planet Coaster, but this time with an element of danger as players must react to harsh weather conditions, power cuts, and escaped dinosaurs rampaging through their park. It sounds heavenly, to be honest, but is it even more demanding than Planet Coaster? Frontier has provided the official minimum specs for Jurassic World Evolution.
Josef Fares has become somewhat of a cult figure since his expletive-laden outburst at The Game Awards. Despite EA fronting the cash for this one, A Way Out is one of more anticipated 'indie' games of 2018. Playable exclusively in co-op, A Way Out looks to be a unique genre-blend where teamwork must be considered at all times. Fortunately, two people only need to buy a single copy of the game. The downside is that you'll need a friend who's also got the required PC specs to run A Way Out.
BattleTech has been flying so far under my radar it's barely registered as a blip. Until I laid eyes on it that is. From the tantalising duo of Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun) and Paradox Interactive, BattleTech just screams hardcore tactical strategy. It's a turn-based mech combat game at heart, one in which MechWarriors can be customised down to the smallest nuts and bolts, while terrain, position, weapon selection and special abilities all must be mastered in order to outplay your opponents.
Wow, this is a bit of a blast from the past; V-Rally 4 has been announced. The rally racing series was a big hit back in the PlayStation / N64 era but sunk without trace after the 2002 appearance of V-Rally 3.
He's taken his sweet time, but everybody's favourite anthropomorphic marsupial is finally PC-bound. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy packages together the original trilogy of games (Crash 1, Crash 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash 3: Warped) totally remade and with bang up to date visuals. It makes for a 3D platformer that's very easy on the eye and, crucially, available to play on PC for the first time ever.
Microsoft has announced that its co-op open-world action game from Undead Labs, State of Decay 2, will be launching on May 22nd. Best of all though, it'll be launching at a budget-price of $29.99, which is either a hint at its production values or signaling Microsoft's intent to drag people kicking and screaming into the Windows Store. For those after some co-op hijinks it's looking very impressive indeed, but what about those all-important system specs? Here are the system requirements for State of Decay 2 on PC.
Crytek has long been the master at pushing graphics to the max, regardless of the consequences. Hunt: Showdown looks no different. Available on Early Access today, it's a blend of PvP bounty hunting with significant PvE elements. Sort of like a Battle Royale but there are also giant spiders that can impale you. It looks pretty awesome, and graphically it's stunning. So if you want to be playing Hunt: Showdown rather than Hunt: Slowdown, be sure to give its system specs a once over first.
Iron Galaxy has announced that giant-battler Extinction will be launching on April 10th, and has also sent along the official PC system requirements. Extinction is a single-player action adventure in which you play as one of the world's last Sentinels, taking on 150-foot tall monsters destroying entire cities. It's brawling on the grandest scale, and sure to give Attack of Titan fans a kick. David didn't take on Goliath without preparing his trusty slingshot first though, so make sure you're ready by checking out Extinction's PC specs first.