PC gaming is the ultimate place to go for the weird and the wonderful. 2018 looks to be no different either. While Xbox One owners are desperately scrabbling around for games to call exclusives, there are literally hundreds lining up on PC. Which makes the task of picking just five a tricky one, but these are the ones we think you should definitely be keeping an eye on during the next 12 months.
The original Pillars of Eternity was insanely good, scooping up Best RPG in the Global Game Awards 2015. Excuse me, The Witcher 3 wants a word. Still, it was awesome, and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire promises more of that same delicious goodness. Set in the far-flung lands, Dyrwood is but a distant memory. It provides the canvas for Obsidian to delve into as-yet-unknown cultures, strange architecture, and a powerful new fantasy tale.
The last Bard’s Tale game released in 1988, around the same time I was born into this world. To say fans have been waiting a while is an understatement. They’re probably desperately nagging their carer at the old people’s home, asking where the heck Bard’s Tale IV has got to. Have no fear, inXile Entertainment has taken up the challenge, promising a genuine sequel to the archetypal dungeon-crawling series. Details are few and far between, but Brian Fargo, the creator of the original Bard’s Tale, is heading up development.
OK, so you can play Escape From Tarkov right now if you want, but it’s far from the finished deal. Battlestate Games’ ultra-realistic online shooter doesn’t just look gorgeous, it also sounds phenomenally ambitious. Real-time lighting and weather conditions impact gameplay in innumerable ways, while players will have to take into account realistic ballistics, projectile physics, and managing injuries such as fractures and bullet wounds, all while battling against dehydration and exhausting. For some, that probably sounds horrific, but for the masochists among us, Escape From Tarkov sounds like a gaming dream come true.
Historical fans have been given the cold shoulder by Creative Assembly during recent years, but now it’s time to stand up and fight back. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia kicks off an entire new spin-off for the Total War series, focusing in on smaller, climatic periods in history in greater detail than we’ve come to expand from the usual grand-scale campaigns. Thrones of Britannia narrows on Britain, 878 AD, through to around 1066, and will have a highly detailed campaign map of the British Isles.
Total War’s all well and good, but what about us leaders who actually want to get in the thick of the action? Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord has got us covered. Developer TaleWorlds Entertainment has been pretty upfront about just how ambitious this project will be, upping the battle size limit from 150 all the way up to 800. 800 tiny little people all ready to be catapulted to smithereens.