As we head into the new year, we’ve rounded up some of the best and not-so-best games that came out in 2019. And now, we’re looking ahead, moving forward, and bringing you some of our most anticipated games that’ll be releasing for PC gamers in 2020.
This’ll be a mixed bag of games across various genres and play styles, so we’ve made sure to pick out the games we’re looking forward to most! A PC gamer but not quite sure what you’re gonna need for the latest and greatest of next year’s lineup? Don’t worry, we’ve researched and the exact specifications that you should have to best enjoy these games with!
Well, we tried to anyway, but some games haven’t really given us much details, so we’ll have to make
do. Do note that we did add in some games that were released on other platforms, but are coming for PC next year, as well as games that released late 2019 because to be frank, you could still play these games into the New Year. So do check out our lineup, and let us know what you think of the list, or what should’ve been there instead!
That being said, let’s get to the games!
#6. Death Stranding
Death Stranding has been one hell of a ride thus far, and PC gamers are still waiting for it to release for to play it in all its glory. The game is created by legendary game creator Hideo Kojima and he’s
essentially created an all-new genre experience. At its very basis, it’s a third-person sci-fi action-adventure game. You take the role of glorified Lazada delivery man Sam Porter Bridges who’s attempting to connect the cities across America to rebuilt society after the unfortunate event of Death Stranding.
The Death Stranding apocalypse is quite hard to explain, but its basis is a bunch of ghosts connected to the world via umbilical cords. You can’t see them, and that’s half the terror. The only thing that can detect these ghosts? Babies in pods and grenades made from blood, and poop for some reason… It’s a weird combination of a bunch of craziness, but it somehow works.
It’s best if you actually just play the game, and experience the wonder in the universe created by Hideo Kojima. So, if you’re a PC gamer and have been waiting for the game, it’s not that too far off. The game is slated for a summer 2020 release so you can experience it soon. There’s not that much details on what you’re actually going to need to run the game, but if it’s based on Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, it won’t be push your computer to hard. You could run MGSV on 30fps on low settings on an integrated graphics card, so we should expect that as our base understanding of what you’d need to run Death Stranding.
There are no official details on what other options the PC port may have, but they may also offer ray
tracing support which makes for more realistic lighting effects. But that’s about all the details we have, and we’re going to need to be on the lookout for more details as they come out. But without a doubt, we’re sure the game is going to look stunning on Ultra settings, and that’s what we’re most excited about.
#5. Half-Life: Alyx
In an unprecedented move, Valve finally did it, they’ve announced a new game in the Half-Life franchise. Granted it isn’t Half-Life 3 just yet, rather it is a virtual reality-based first-person shooter, starring Half-Life protagonist Gordon Freeman’s partner in crime, Alyx Vance. With Alyx being an indispensable character in Half-Life 2, she has risen to become a fan-favourite character and it is great to see her starring in her very own adventure.
What came as a surprise is that this game is fully in virtual reality, a deviation for sure, but it does seem to keep the classic first-person action that Half-Life is known for. It really does makes sense, besides the fact that Valve has been pushing VR as their preferred way to make games. Half-Life has always been immersive, with the original 2 games really putting you in the shoes of Gordon Freeman, feeling the weight of your crowbar as you smashed Headcrab zombies into smithereens.
Valve’s game designer David Spreyer has made it a point that this game is not just a side-story, but it is
also not an outright sequel to Half-Life 2. Instead it is the next part of the Half-Life story and will be just as long as the campaign of Half-Life 2. With that comes all your favourite mechanics, like the gravity gun, only this time you get to control everything with motion controls in virtual reality. The story has you control Alyx Vance as she and her father, Eli Vance, as they fight the Combine. Expect familiar enemies and locales to return in this new, as well as a new way to look and experience the world of Half-Life.
With Half-Life never making a big splash on consoles and virtual reality also not being a major presence in living rooms, Alyx’s release is the perfect time for you to upgrade your rigs with VR accessories and the appropriate hardware. And with a March 2020 launch date, there is no time like the present to prepare yourself for the return of Valve’s flagship first-person shooter.
The game will be available on Steam and requires any PC-ready VR headsets and controllers, which
include the likes of the Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and Windows Mixed Reality. As such, to play Half-Life: Alyx, you’re going to need a PC equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon and anything above an Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 processor.