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The best new PC games 2024

Stay up to date with the best new PC games around this year so you don't miss out on the best experiences that gaming has to offer.

Hades 2 Melinoe features in one of the best new PC games

What are the best new PC games in 2024? Perhaps you’ve just been paid, your bank account is filled with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the latest PC games because they’re, well, new and shiny.

It’s all well and good starting another round of Warzone, taking on a new 100-hour Football Manager save, or embarking on yet another Skyrim adventure. But, as much as we love firing up our old favorites, there are loads of new PC games that deserve some attention, too. To keep you in the know, we’ve got the definitive list of the best PC games from the last few months, from big-budget RPG games to indie strategy games. Whatever you’re into, stay up to date with all the latest and greatest releases right here on PCGamesN.

The best new PC games in 2024 are:

Best new PC games: a small blob is being chased by the ghost of a dog in Animal Well.

Animal Well

With so many scanlines that it’ll make a CRT TV blush, Animal Well is a delightfully trippy metroidvania game where you explore a puzzle-filled world with significantly larger fish, birds, and mammals that are out to kill you. By using an admittedly finicky yo-yo, among many other tools, you’ll fling your little blob across perilous gaps or reach well-hidden secrets.

You’re encouraged to experiment as much as possible, mastering the items you pick up. If you can’t pass an obstacle, there’s likely another path that could reveal a solution. Those who begin this daunting platform game might want to see all Animal Well egg locations, as well as learn how to rescue Animal Well cats, as they can be tricky to work out at first.

Best new PC games: Melinoe stands casting an incantation as Hecate overlooks in Hades 2

Hades 2

Although it has entered early access, Hades 2 is a well-polished, substantial game in its current form. As Supergiant Games’ first ever sequel, Hades 2 sees you take on the role of the Princess of the Underworld, Melinoë, as she attempts to beat Chronos, the God of Time. She’ll face off against bosses of all shapes and sizes as you forge relationships with returning and new Gods and characters while learning of the events that have transpired since the first game.

Hades 2 takes the roguelike game formula of the original and combines it with expansive areas, twice as much content, and new weapons to master. In our Hades 2 review, we mentioned that it’s the closest thing to a perfect game that you’ll play this year, but if you want to complete the story immediately, you’ll need to wait for its full release in 2025.

Best new PC games: a birds eye view of a small village in the winter time.

Manor Lords

Although still in early access, Manor Lords has a lot to offer, at least for those looking for a cozy city-builder. Your job is to grow your little hamlet into a burgeoning city by creating a self-sufficient ecosystem, planting, harvesting, mining, and crafting your way to greatness. Rather than just plopping down build zones and watching the action passively, you’ll have to manage your population directly, assigning them jobs and workspaces, if you want to create something special.

Manor Lords emphasizes the seemingly mundane, things like growing crops, and makes it just involved enough that you’ll truly be excited for the next summer just so you can take advantage of that new, fertile soil. Our Manor Lords early access review goes into this in more detail, and why, if you’re looking for something more combat-focused, you should probably wait for the full release.

Best new PC games: an overview of a region of space, with an alien in the bottom right corner.

Nexus 5X

If you love grand strategy games but struggle to find the time to grind out a weeks-long campaign, then Nexus 5X is the game for you. As our Nexus 5X review states, it’s a “surprisingly nuanced spin on Stellaris that’s perfect for an evening’s gaming session with friends.”

You’ll pick your faction and then set out to dominate the galaxy, along with whoever else happens to be in your way. Backstab and double-cross your friends, and take over your immediate surroundings, then venture out into the great unknown.

New PC games: a dragon leers menacingly at an unseen foe in Dragon's Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2

After 12 long years of waiting, Dragon’s Dogma 2 has finally arrived. On our quest to fulfill our destiny as the Arisen, we’ve spent countless hours traipsing across the map, fighting behemoth enemies, and discovering all the secrets this sprawling world has to offer. Our Dragon’s Dogma 2 review describes it as “a game from another time” that ignores the homogeneity of modern open-world games and instead doubles down on all the idiosyncrasies that helped the series garner its cult audience in the first place.

While more of a reimagining than a sequel, Dragon’s Dogma 2 is everything the original should have been and more. The improved pawn system has imbued your AI companions with the ability to adapt to your playstyle, and new vocations allow for more class flexibility than ever before. There are also plenty of Dragon’s Dogma 2 mods to enhance your experience even further, with a new game plus that extends the adventure past the end credits. If you liked the original Dragon’s Dogma, you’re pretty much guaranteed to love Dragon’s Dogma 2.

New PC games: Solium Infernum angel with blonde hair and red eyes

Solium Infernum

Between Millennia, Ara History Untold, and Civilization 7, this is an extremely good era for strategy games. The problem, however, is that they mostly exist in the same mold. Create your first city, farm resources, cultivate a military, research technology, and gradually expand outwards – we need more strategy games that challenge conventions. Solium Infernum, where you play one of several archfiends competing for rule of Hell, is the perfect blend of robust mechanics, planning, and strategizing, and visionary new interpretations of what the genre means.

This isn’t a game about acquiring more power, more resources, and more superficial virtual stuff. League of Geeks symbolizes abstract concepts like deceit and manipulation via clear, tangible, and always enjoyable systems and gameplay tools. It’s not quite a puzzle game. It’s not quite an RTS, or a linear, narrative-driven ‘experience.’ Solium Infernum is all of these combined, and more – a strategy game couched in psychology and behavior. One of the smartest and most unique new PC games, check out our Solium Infernum review for more.

A battered station wagon idles on a dirt road in the Exclusion Zone, its headlights illuminating the dusk in Pacific Drive, one of the best new PC games.

Pacific Drive

Pacific Drive is a driving game like no other. Not content with the race tracks and supercars endemic to the genre, Ironwood Studios’ debut outing is a ‘90s conspiracy thriller that blends crafting-survival elements with a roguelike structure and sports a New Weird aesthetic that’s guaranteed to delight fans of Remedy’s Control and the SCP Foundation. In short, you are a hapless driver transported into the forbidden confines of a fictitious government Exclusion Zone in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. In your bid to escape, you quickly stumble upon your new best friend: a rusty old station wagon that isn’t quite what it seems.

Our Pacific Drive review praises the “delicious friction between Pacific Drive’s tactility and [player] adrenaline” that fosters “emergent chase sequences laced with panic and amusement in equal measure.” While you’re in the driver’s seat, you must juggle the mechanical components of a car – the handbrake, wipers, and headlights – as you withstand fluctuating weather patterns as well as the hostile paranormal Anomalies that populate the Zone. Your forays out into the PNW wilds will take you through dense forests and forbidding swamps, as you slowly puzzle out the mysteries of the Exclusion Zone and its mysterious Remnants. The roguelike loop brings you back to the garage at the end of each run, where you can repair any damage your iron horse has sustained. This forms the basis of Pacific Drive’s crafting-survival element, but its intriguing story is the fuel that propels you through to its end. It’s also got a seriously good soundtrack to boot.

Best new pc games: a poker video game balatro, showing a 'you win' screen.

Balatro

Balatro is a game about poker, breaking the game known as poker, and, well, cheating. The premise is simple: construct a deck and play poker hands (pair, flush, straight, all that jazz) to win ‘chips’. The chip requirement to beat each level goes up, with boss levels adding certain modifiers to that particular bout.

We absolutely love Balatro, with Dave describing the new roguelike as his “latest obsession”. The thrill of adding Jokers to your pack that gives you value and multipliers to your played hands, and finding ways to break the game (such as the Balatro blank voucher, eventually) and build an unbeatable deck is the real beauty of Balatro. It’s deceptively simple and deliciously addictive, and for around $15, you can’t go far wrong.

The Traveler opens up a rift to travel through time in Last Epoch, one of the best new PC games.

Last Epoch

The dark fantasy world of Eterra has been ravaged by the Void, and its up to you to harness the power of the eponymous Last Epoch to travel through time and avert the course of history. Our comprehensive Last Epoch review describes Eleventh Hours Games’ ARPG that’s “squarely positioned between the simpler, tighter focus of  Diablo 4 and the vast, winding systems of Path of Exile.” You only have to take a look at Last Epoch’s sales during early access to see that there’s a huge audience lurking in that niche.

Last Epoch’s player-friendly approach, paired with the indie studio’s deep love of action RPG games, has resulted in a game that captures the cinematic scale of Blizzard’s acclaimed series while also addressing its mechanical shortcomings. The developer also promises to bring “substantial new content” in free updates for the foreseeable future, so check out the Last Epoch classes if you’re ready to join the fight to save Eterra.

Best new PC games: a woman holding another woman's hand inside a tavern in Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden

We all know that Don’t Nod games have the potential to tug hard at the heartstrings with well-realized characters who are easy to empathize with. Banishers Ghosts of New Eden is “a hauntingly beautiful tale of two lovers embarking on a treacherous journey that tests their relationship through tragedy”.

While the more recent Don’t Nod games have relied on the player solving puzzles and talking their way out of predicaments, Banishers is more action-orientated as you control both characters at once with slick combat mechanics and powerful spirit-purging abilities. According to our Banishers Ghosts of New Eden review, you will be kept on your toes by constantly switching weaknesses between your two protagonists, with Elite enemies acting as end-of-chapter guardians. There are a few issues here and there, but if you want a decent action-adventure that happens to have sublime writing, Banishers is one to keep an eye on.

Best new games: Yukari Takeba from Persona 3 Reload is aiming her bow and arrow at a target offscreen.

Persona 3 Reload

As a remake of one of the best PlayStation 2 RPGs, Persona 3 Reload does an excellent job of updating the gameplay mechanics for a modern audience. You play as a transfer student who joins the SEES club at his new school after experiencing the Dark Hour – a phenomenon that seems to be behind an epidemic of “Apathy Syndrome” cases caused by monstrous shadows. In it, you must manage your time saving the world by scaling an ever-changing dungeon, making friends, and doing well at school by giving answers in class.

According to Dave’s Persona 3 Reload review, it still captures the magic of the original game, with the Shift mechanic ensuring that party SP is more manageable during your many trips to Tartarus. Even though the previously available epilogue chapter and second protagonist aren’t in Persona 3 Reload, that’s more of an issue for veteran fans. If you’re looking for the best entry point into the Persona series, look no further.

New PC games: Two fighters throw punches in Tekken 8

Tekken 8

We’re truly living in the golden age of fighting games with the release of Tekken 8, the best game in the series so far. Tekken 8 has been built from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5, making the visuals look almost as good as the in-game cutscenes. Featuring a character list with 32 fighters and 16 unique stages to fight on, there’s plenty of content to study and master over the next few years.

Tekken 8 demands quite a lot from its players, but all of the time spent learning the mechanics will turn players into strong fighters. Don’t worry, and things don’t have to be competitive all the time, thanks to game modes like Tekken Ball and the Story mode. Take a look at our Tekken 8 review to find out what we thought of the new fighting mechanics, including the Heat system, and all of the additions to practice mode.

New PC games: Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth

Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is the first game in the series to take place outside of Japan. This time, the adventure moves to Hawaii as Ichiban Kasuga, the protagonist of the last game, attempts to find his mother. Infinite Wealth also stars Kazuma Kiryu, the former series lead, as he aids Ichiban on his quest while struggling to deal with his health issues.

Judging by our Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth review, this is the best entry in the series yet. “Sprawling but never bloated, it remains captivating from beginning to end across both its main narrative and bountiful side adventures, almost never missing a beat”, says Harry Schofield. You can expect to put in close to 100 hundreds if you want to see everything Infinite Wealth has to offer. Don’t forget to read our Infinite Wealth cast guide if you want to see which voice actors you’ll be hearing regularly.

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Palworld

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have at least heard of Palworld, the Pokemon-like game taking the world by storm – both in controversy and record-breaking player numbers. While Palworld has the creature capture, Pal type, and battle elements associated with Pokemon games, there are many ways in which Palworld isn’t like Pokemon, which is perhaps the reason the survival game has done so well.

For one, there are guns. In fact, you can even team up with a Pokemon, give it a gun, and place it on your shoulders to fend off enemies as you explore the Palworld map. Then there’s the item production. Place various machines and production lines around your base and put your Pals to work on them, making guns, forging Palworld resources, and keeping your team well-fed.

Best new PC games: Prince of Persia The Lost Crown - a shirtless man stands on a barren rock as a huge monster flies behind.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Our Prince of Persia The Lost Crown review praises the metroidvania for being ‘fast, fluid, and mechanically engaging’. It’s your time-traveling prince, but not quite as you remember him; what begins as a rescue mission quickly turns south, and those you once considered your allies may soon become enemies. You’ll hop, skip, and jump through increasingly difficult terrain, picking up abilities and powerups that allow you to travel ever deeper into the unknown.

If you are planning on picking up Prince of Persia The Lost Crown and don’t want to miss anything, make sure you check out our Prince of Persia The Lost Crown Mystery Chest locations, Spirited Sand Jar locations, and Xerxes Coin locations. We also have every Prince of Persia The Lost Crown mission here if you want to know what you’re getting into.

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Against the Storm

Against the Storm isn’t the first game to mix roguelike and strategy game mechanics, but its time in early access has enabled Eremite Games to craft something special. In this dark fantasy woodland setting, you are the Queen’s Viceroy as you build the city. Your decisions affect the fate of the humans and other critters that inhabit your town, leading them to prosperity or damnation.

It certainly impresses, as our Against the Storm review mentions that it’s “both simple enough on the surface to draw you in and complex enough to keep you enthralled in its gratifying risk/reward gameplay loop.”

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Assassin’s Creed: Nexus

As we express in our Assassin’s Creed Nexus review, this jump to VR for such a massive series was a worrying one, but our fears were allayed as soon as we donned our headset and stepped back into the lives of Ezio, Kassandra, and Connor in three separate story arcs. If you’re a big AC fan, you may want to know if Assassin’s Creed Nexus is canon to the main story.

The campaign takes us through new adventures of these three characters, and some new ones, and provides hours upon hours of engaging gameplay. Check out our how long is Assassin’s Creed Nexus article to find out exactly how long this journey should take you. That said, we didn’t ever feel the need to rush through, and we didn’t want it to end, which is handy when you’re playing in VR.

 

There you have it, the new PC games you should be playing right now. Now, we’ll admit we were being a little facetious earlier: new PC games aren’t necessarily the cream of the personal computer crop. For that, you should swing by our list of the best old games for the classics, perhaps our favorite free PC games so you can try them without consequence, or even check out our collection of free online games, no download required.

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