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Summer 2016 PC Game Release Preview

Summer 2016 PC Game Releases

Summer is nearly here, and with it comes a batch of new games to play on the PC. From shooters and strategy titles to RPGs and racing games, there’s more than enough than enough content to keep you satisfied over the next three months. Here's a curated list of the most compelling AAA and indie titles coming soon. You’ll see some obvious choices, but there are a few that have some sort of cult following that raised the game’s popularity.

Enjoy.

Stellaris - May 9

If conquering space is your thing, you might want to check out Stellaris from the same team that brought you the Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings series. Players start on their home world with the discovery of faster-than-light travel.

With this newfound technology, you can explore the procedurally generated galaxy to find new planets to inhabit, more resources and more importantly, new races. It’s up to you whether you keep the peace with your new friends or wage war to increase your slice of the galaxy pie, but you also have to manage your domestic affairs to ensure your empire is prosperous for as long as possible.

Requirements

MinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core 2 Quad 9400 (2.66 GHz, Yorkfield) or AMD Athlon IIx4 640 (3.0 GHz, Zosma)Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz, Sandy Bridge) or AMD Phenom IIx4 850 (3.3 GHz, Propus)
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD HD 5770Nvidia GeForce GTX 560Ti or AMD HD 6850
RAM2 GB4 GB
Storage4 GB
OSWindows 7 (x86) or later
DirectX9.0c

Doom - May 13

If you don’t count the various spin-offs and expansion packs, the last Doom game came out in 2004, and now the popular first-person shooter is back after 12 long years. Id Software is launching the new Doom as a reboot to the franchise. Along with a single-player campaign, you can play various multiplayer modes such as Deathmatch and Warpath. You can also create your own custom levels and game modes with the SnapMap editor.

Requirements (Open Beta)

MinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core i5-2400 (3.1 GHz, Sandy Bridge) or AMD FX-8320 (3.5 GHz, Vishera)Intel Core i7-3770 (3.4 GHz, Ivy Bridge) or AMD FX-8350 (4.0 GHz, Vishera)
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7870Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290
RAM8 GB
Storage55 GB
OSWindows 7, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Homefront: The Revolution - May 17

America has fallen to the North Koreans, and it’s up to you to take back your beloved country. Set in Philadelphia, Homefront: The Revolution presents an open-world first-person shooter, where you use various weapons, tactics and gadgets to take down the mighty KPA organization. Specifically, you can use your Guerilla Toolkit to create bombs for ambushes, hack cameras and drones to use against the enemy, or customize your weapon at any point in the game to take on any situation.

Requirements

MinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core i5-4570T (2.9 GHz, Haswell) or AMD FX-6100 (3.3 GHz, Zambezi)Intel Core i5-2500K (3.3 GHz, Sandy Bridge) or AMD FX-8320 (3.5 GHz, Vishera)
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 560Ti or AMD Radeon R7 260XNvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon HD 7870
RAM6144 MB8192 MB
Storage38 GB
OSWindows 7, 8, 10 (x64)
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Overwatch - May 24

Just like Gearbox Software, Blizzard is also looking to capitalize on the hero-based shooter with Overwatch. With 21 characters to choose from, you’ll fit into one of four roles: Offense, Defense, Tank or Support. The game is primarily focused on multiplayer, so most of your experience will take place online instead of a single-player campaign. An open beta for the game starts on May 5 and ends on May 9.

Requirements

MinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3-8650 (2.3 GHz, Toliman)Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 4400Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
RAM4 GB6 GB
Storage30 GB
OSWindows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit)
PlatformPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Total War: Warhammer - May 24

The team at Creative Assembly is out with another Total War installment. But instead of a historical-based title, the developers worked Games Workshop to create a Total War experience for the Warhammer fans. Players be able to play the role of humans, orcs and dwarves, just to name a few, in their conquest for domination of the land. The fantasy seems to allow for more depth in various game elements, such as technology research and unique skills for each faction’s major leaders.

Requirements

Minimum (Low @ 720p)Recommended (High @ 1080p)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo (3.0 GHz)Intel Core i5-4570 (3.2 GHz, Haswell)
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000, AMD Radeon HD 5770, Nvidia GeForce GTS 450AMD Radeon R9 270X, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
RAM3 GB8 GB
Storage35 GB
OSWindows 7 (64-bit)
DirectXVersion 11

Mirror's Edge Catalyst - June 7

The long-awaited second installment in the series is nearly here. Once again, you play as Faith as you look at her earlier days in the City of Glass. Unlike the first Mirror’s Edge game, Catalyst is presented as an open-world experience. You’ll still have Faith’s numerous parkour skills as you jump, slide and run your way across the city rooftops. You can participate in online play via the Social Play feature, which allows you to create custom race challenges and get to hard-to-reach locations marked by players.

Requirements

MinimumRecommended
CPUIntel i3-3250 (3.5 GHz, Ivy Bridge) or AMD FX-6350 (3.9 GHz, Vishera)Intel Core i7-3770 (3.4 GHz, Ivy Bridge) or AMD FX-8350 (4.0 GHz, Vishera)
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 270xNvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 280x
RAM6 GB16 GB
Storage25 GB
OSWindows 7 (64-bit)
DirectXVersion 11
InputKeyboard and mouse, or dual analog controller
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

No Man's Sky - June 21

The team at Hello Games is made up of 15 people, and this small group is now putting the finishing touches of one of the most anticipated games of the year. No Man’s Sky puts you in a procedurally generated universe as you explore planets, meet new civilizations and take part in space-based dogfights. In an effort to reach the center of the universe, you’ll find new creatures and planets, which you can name if you get there first.

It’s mostly a game about exploration, and with a gigantic universe set before you, you’ll have to explore every nook and cranny of the stars to get the most out of No Man’s Sky.

Requirements

Minimum
CPUIntel Core i3
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 480
RAM8 GB
Storage10 GB
OSWindows 7
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4

Umbrella Corps - June 21

Capcom is taking some elements from its popular Resident Evil franchise and putting them into a multiplayer-based shooter called Umbrella Corps. The game features small maps where you and your teammates fight against other players. Numerous zombies infest the map, but they don’t initially go after you because you’re wearing a jammer that makes you invisible to zombies. However, if someone shoots it, you become visible to the undead, making it more difficult to kill enemy players.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 - July 5

Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 is available on Steam now in Japanese, but Koei Tecmo announced last month that the game is officially coming to North America on the PlayStation 4 and PC. You’ll be able to command over 700 different characters in your conquest to take all of China.

The grand strategy game allows you to build cities, wage wars and conduct diplomacy with various factions. Aside from the Campaign mode, new players can try Hero mode, which serves as a tutorial as you follow historical events in the game. The last title in the series to make it to North America was Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI in 2008, and it was available on the PlayStation 2 and PC.

Requirements

MinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Pentium 4 (1.66 GHz)Intel Core 2 Duo (2.0 GHz)
GPUNot specified
RAM1 GB
Storage7 GB
OSWindows Vista, 7, 8.1, 10
DirectX9.0c
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4

I Am Setsuna - July 19

Aside from Final Fantasy XV and Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Square Enix is also publishing a new Japanese RPG title called I Am Setsuna where you follow Setsuna and her bodyguard Endir on a long journey. In addition to the usual elements of a Japanese RPG, it will include an active-time battle system — the same combat mechanics from the Final Fantasy series and Chrono Trigger.

  • Potato13
    Witcher 3 Blood and Wine Expansion???
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  • DataMeister
    Why do all the screen shots of No Man's Sky seem to have a yellow tint like an old photograph with fading colors?
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  • dstarr3
    Why do all the screen shots of No Man's Sky seem to have a yellow tint like an old photograph with fading colors?

    Because it's been stuck in development for a thousand years.
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  • Martell1977
    I'm going to wait to hear how long the single player portion of the new Doom is before buying. I'm sick of paying $60 for a game that has a short campaign...I'm not interested in multiplayer on these game...Too twitchy.
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  • dstarr3
    17932012 said:
    I'm going to wait to hear how long the single player portion of the new Doom is before buying. I'm sick of paying $60 for a game that has a short campaign...I'm not interested in multiplayer on these game...Too twitchy.

    There's a thousand and one reasons why it's a great idea to wait a year before buying any game these days.
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  • Albert Rampo
    Why do all the screen shots of No Man's Sky seem to have a yellow tint like an old photograph with fading colors?

    Because it's been stuck in development for a thousand years.
    Nice!
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  • HideOut
    And yet the WoW expansion isnt mentioned? I realize its no longer 13m players but its probably 5m+. Still a huge xpac.
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  • Sakkura
    Stellaris is looking absolutely AWESOME if you're into some serious strategy but maybe like a more traditional, simpler 4X start. Paradox is also releasing Hearts of Iron 4 in June though, if you just want to conquer the Soviet Union.

    Total War is probably going to be the usual recycled, shallow garbage they've been peddling since the first Rome. At least a new coat of paint may alleviate the boredom.
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  • mrb 59
    Didn't see Obduction from Cyan Studios (makers of Myst) due out in June. If it's as good or better then Myst or Riven (for it's time), it should be great.
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  • Larry Litmanen
    I'm going to wait to hear how long the single player portion of the new Doom is before buying. I'm sick of paying $60 for a game that has a short campaign...I'm not interested in multiplayer on these game...Too twitchy.

    I hear Quantum Break has a good campaign. Look single player is dead when it comes to shooters.............that's life.
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