Despite recent circumstances, 2020 has been a robust year for gamers of all platforms. On the PC platform, Nvidia announced three new graphic cards recently, and AMD announced Radeon 6000 Series. With efforts by both GPU makers and game developers, PC gamers should expect better graphics without ramping up the CPU power. Furthermore, we’re expecting the launch of this year’s next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series and PlayStation 5, sometime in November.
With all these announcements kicking in, of course, games aren’t going to fall behind. Here are four PC games that are making (or are going to make) the rest of the year a little more bearable.
The Witcher 3 was one of the decade-defining games of this generation. With excellent graphics, well-written characters, and a compelling story, it won the hearts of millions, netting it several awards, such as Game of Year (2015). This year, the creator behind this phenomenal series, CD Projekt Red, is launching a new title: Cyberpunk 2077.
With its first gameplay shown back in 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 is (mainly) a first-person shooter, with a lot of hacking and sneaking in between. CD Projekt Red is keeping the plot under the lid as much as possible. After all, if it’s anything like The Witcher, then the story will be the game’s deal-breaker. We only have to be patient for a little while longer, as the game is coming out in mid-November.
If you know how a classic game of Werewolf works, then picking up Among Us is going to be a breeze. The premise is simple enough: the game teleports ten players on a spaceship, making them do mundane tasks (like connecting wires) to keep it running. However, among them are ‘Impostors’—people who are looking to sabotage the operation. Their goal is to kill or get non-Impostors ejected off the ship.
Among Us is not a new game, but trapped in our houses, many have picked it up to pass the time. If you’ve missed the company of friends and the allure of game nights, Among Us will entertain you for hours.
Star Wars: Squadrons
The Star Wars franchise has come to be known for many iconic characters, many of whom you can expect to see in the game. One such character is Darth Vader, the Jedi Knight-turned-Sith Lord in his quest for power. Gala Bingo explains how Darth Vader is a name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the franchise, despite only having 12 minutes of screen time in the original film. His enduring popularity is why they chose to include him in the intro to the game’s Imperial story if rumours are to be believed.
Squadrons is a space combat simulation game being developed by EA Motive. It’s mainly a 5v5 multiplayer game, with two revealed modes: Dogfights and Fleet Battles. However, there’s also a solo campaign available, which features the video shown above. Plus, it’s fully playable on VR. And, if there’s anything that will let you forget the woes of 2020, it’s whisking yourself into a galaxy far, far away. It will be released early October.
Any avid Twitch watcher must have seen or heard a couple of streamers rave about Fall Guys, and for a good reason. Released only last August, this cute-but-competitive platformer game sold over seven million copies on Steam before the month ended. Much like Star Wars, a second season is even due to arrive in October.
Major game releases still to come:
– Sept 18: Mario All Stars
– Oct 2: Crash and SW: Squadrons
– Oct 29: Watch Dogs
– Nov 10: Assassins, D2: Beyond Light
– Nov 13: Call of Duty
– Nov 19: Cyberpunk
– Nov 20: Hyrule Warriors
Anything I’m missing? (Hopefully PS5 game news on Wed).
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) September 13, 2020
Every round starts with 60 players. The game then puts you in several elimination challenges, such as team football, obstacle courses, and linear races. There’s no 2nd or 3rd place in Fall Guys. If you want the best-looking cosmetic items, then you have to win.
Despite delays on some of these titles, we’re glad to see them push through this year. Indeed, whether you’re into RPGs or platformers, 2020 has a lot to bring.