Every year, we go through an endless cycle of impatience, anticipation, and full-blown excitement for the latest and greatest PC games to be released. The good news is that it’s almost the end of 2019, which means that it’s time to stop replaying your favorites and find something new. How do you sort through the overwhelming pile of releases that are constantly being talked about? Inevitably, some games are worth letting go of your hard-earned cash while others… not so much. Apart from the very exciting news that Death Stranding Will Launch on PC in 2020, here’s our small list of upcoming games worth keeping on your radar, organized by genre for easy browsing:
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga - Our top action-adventure pick
With the saga-ending Star Wars movie coming out this year, we’re willing to bet that the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game will be a hit for both the young and the young at heart. Nerd Much states that gameplay will include a combination of all nine core Star Wars movies, with a completely new gameplay experience that can be completed in any order. We’re mostly looking forward to the revamped combat experience, with lightsaber fights featuring combos including light attacks, heavy attacks, and Force moves. If that’s not enough to tempt you, maybe the hundreds of playable characters from your favorite universe will.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout - Our top battle-royale pick
The battle royale genre continues to grow in strength due to its exciting real-time gameplay. With Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout coming out next year, gamers should expect a more colorful and cartoonish twist to this famous genre. It's got everything that HP's guide to battle royale games says are the selling points of these titles: unpredictable gameplay, endless replay value, intuitive design, and visual appeal. What makes this game so special? Your competitive side is sure to emerge in Fall Guys to “overcome the unbending laws of physics to avoid both humiliation and elimination” in what is promised to be the most hilarious version of battle-royale yet.
Empire of Sin - Our top strategy pick
Is it your secret dream to be a mob boss and build your own criminal empire? Then Empire of Sin is the game for you. In this prohibition-era setting, IGN states that the secret to becoming king of the 1920s Chicago underworld is “hustling, charming and intimidating your way to the top.” Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The city is also filled with active characters that you can “schmooze, coerce, seduce, threaten, or kill,” according to your devious goals. Keep in mind that strategy is the name of the game so that you can quickly raise capital through seedy methods to build your loyal mob. Also, violence isn’t always necessary – you can make or break business alliances so that your notorious reputation precedes you.
Cyberpunk 2077 - Our top RPG pick
From the developers of the wildly successful Witcher Trilogy comes an equally anticipated open-world RPG release, Cyberpunk 2077. Gameranx describes the futuristic gameplay in a world that is fueled by greed and crime, where players step into the shoes of a mercenary named V. Like most RPGs, you have full control over your character’s customization, including their cyberware, skillset, and playstyle. Here’s a fun fact: one of the characters in the game, Johnny Silverhand, is being played by the much-beloved Keanu Reeves, who was deemed a perfect fit for the role due to his involvement in cyberpunk films like The Matrix.