Following on the heels of this year’s blockbuster PC games are a number of outstanding titles sure to make their way onto any self-respecting gamer’s rig. Here is a list of the top five games scheduled to be released between now and the end of the year.
1. Saints Row 4, Deep Silver (August 20)
The Saints Row series has slowly built up a dedicated following of gamers who love the outlandish antics of the series, turning what was at first a humorous take on the GTA franchise into a triple-A franchise of its own merit. Set to release later this year, the fourth installment of the Saints Row series will follow the leader of the Saints as he is elected President of the United States, is thrown in jail, and then has to fight off an alien invasion. This title should be full of everything that makes a great Saints Row game – over-the-top sight gags and silliness with a large helping of pure violence.
2. Watch Dogs, Ubisoft (Holiday 2013)
With the predominance of hackers and hacker stories filling the television and movie theatres these days, it was only a matter of time before a stylized game would follow suit. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs allows players to hack their way through an open-world city’s infrastructure as they follow the unfolding storylines. However, the hacking life of Watch Dogs is not all command lines and Wi-Fi hotspots as players will have to defend themselves from gunfights and hand-to-hand combat.
3. Remember Me, Capcom (June 4)
If you have ever found yourself wishing that you could remove embarrassing memories from the people who know you (or even the world in general) then Capcom’s new title, Remember Me, might be just the game you are looking for. In the world of Remember Me memories are a digital commodity and privacy is a thing of the past. Players will follow the story of a memory hunter as she tried to recover her stolen identity.
4. Company of Heroes 2, Sega (June 25)
The gaming world is full of modern day and futuristic shooters, so how about a little retro World War II gameplay? Company of Heroes 2, by Sega, places gamers on the Russian Front in WW II for some real-time strategy game fun. You must defend the Russian homeland from the invading forces of Germany with nothing but your wits and well-placed forces.
5. Lost Planet, Capcom (June 25)
Lost Planet 3, by Capcom, is the latest chapter in the Lost Planet series. The game can be considered a prequel to the previous installments as gamers explore the frozen planet of E.D.N. III. Lost Planet 3 is a narrative driven story that follows Utility Rig Pilot Jim Peyton as he tries to uncover the secrets buried below the snows of E.D.N. III.
Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games (TBA)
It has been a long time since the last installment of the Grand Theft Auto franchise and gamers have been clamoring for any information as to the new title and its release. Recently, Rockstar Games released the first screenshots and videos from the new game which show GTA V returning to its roots in California by placing players in an expanded version of Los Santos.
The reason this game ended up as an honorable mention in the top 5 stems from the rumor that Rockstar games had decided to not release the new GTA game on PC. Following a petition by outraged PC gamers, Rockstar Games is said to be considering the PC platform again.