For fans of U.S. football who are dying to play Madden on PC, here's your chance! It's the biggest, most well-known annual football game there is, and it's finally returning to PC after a decade-long hiatus. At long last, EA has heeded our demands for shoulder pads and yard gains.
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
We're now entering Round 3 of Crystal Dynamics' rebooted Tomb Raider saga, and based on the E3 preview, this seems like one heck of a finisher to the trilogy. Featuring further enhancements to the series' ultra-gritty, guerilla-style stealth gameplay and high-octane platforming, Shadow of the Tomb Raider seeks to surpass both of its predecessors in every way imaginable. The graphics are shinier, the gameplay is refined and the adventure looks to be bigger than ever.
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Just Cause 4
We're not excited for this one just 'cause it's more explosive mayhem in the JC universe. We're excited because this game is the first in the series to incorporate extreme weather, meaning you’ll be able to go up against tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards and sandstorms. And these aren't just aesthetic touches, mind you — they'll impact gameplay, including the physics of Just Cause 4. That sounds like the kind of feature that will serve as a great stress test for a brand-new CPU. Plus, it looks like loads of fun.
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Ubisoft went all out with The Division 2. On top of promising more of the same tight third-person-shooter action on a grander scale, Ubisoft stated that players will get to enjoy eight-player raids, character subclasses and a first year jam-packed with free expansions. That's right, free expansions. Ubisoft has finally figured out the right way to navigate the industry's murky DLC waters.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Odyssey seems to be a game all about choice, even more so than the other Assassin's Creed adventures. It lets you make the usual AC combat choices but now also lets you choose your own dialogue and protagonist. While the de-emphasis on stealth and parkour seems strange (and kind of antithetical to the series' title), what we've seen of the core gameplay looks exciting. As of E3 2018, Odyssey seems like it's shaping up to be a retooled and upgraded version of AC Origins, and that's not a bad thing.
My Friend Pedro
This game's got it all: a talking banana, slow-motion gunplay and epic stunts. My Friend Pedro puts you in the shoes of a guy who's encouraged by Pedro (the banana) to destroy anyone in his way. This mission requires you to ride skateboards into peoples' heads, ricochet bullets off frying pans to kill goons and do a whole lot of other nonsensically brilliant stuff. My Friend Pedro looks like it's gunning to be the best new shooter of 2019.
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If you've ever wanted to role-play as the great white from Jaws, this game looks like it'll be your next open-world action RPG addiction. Maneater's gameplay revolves around growing your shark over time, making it stronger and stronger until it's ready to devour even the most dangerous humans in its way. The game has a progression system loaded with upgrades, vast stretches of water to conquer, and tons of enemy sea life and humans to battle. Given Maneater's unique premise and equally original gameplay design, this is definitely an upcoming PC game to keep an eye on.
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Sea of Solitude
Sea of Solitude is an upcoming adventure game with one heck of a spooky premise: A lonely girl must confront her dark side. There's nothing metaphorical about that dark side, by the way; in the opening seconds of the game's debut trailer, when the girl reaches down to touch her reflection in water, it reaches up and smacks her hand away. The trailer is loaded with frightful moments, all delivered in a beautiful, watercolor art style that meshes surprisingly well with the game's sinister tone. We can't wait to find out what this third-person nightmare simulator plays like when it arrives in 2019.