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What are the best new PC games 2022? Perhaps you have just been paid, bank account fat with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the latest PC games because they are, well, new and shiny.

It is all well and good starting another daring round of PUBG, taking on a new 100-hour Football Manager save, or yet another The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim adventure but, as much as we love setting mammoths ablaze, there are plenty of the latest PC games that will more than supply your gaming fix. You don’t want to be the person who isn’t In The Know now, do you?

These days, new PC games pour onto Steam at a frankly dizzying rate, making it impossible to keep up with them all. Thankfully, us kind folk at PCGamesN have separated the wheat from the chaff when it comes to recent PC releases. So, below you will find every new PC games for which you should be saving up your pennies. This list is updated regularly to include the latest releases.

The best new PC games in 2022 are:

Elden Ring

FromSoft’s follow up to the Dark Souls games doesn’t disappoint. As we describe in our Elden Ring review, it’s their “very best work, transported to a totally new space. Elden Ring is not only a masterpiece by its developer’s lofty standards, but in packing so much density into the Lands Between, it lights the path ahead for open-world games in general.”

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This deep, intricate fantasy game is full of surprises with that sprinkle of Souls magic. Fans familiar with gruelling boss fights and harsh yet rewarding combat will find a lot to love in Elden Ring, and the addition of spirit summons – poison spewing jellyfish and scythe-wielding skeletal bandits to help you fight – makes these encounters satisfying instead of daunting. The introduction of an open world has only elevated Elden Ring’s offering, making each area a treasure box of collectibles, secrets, and special weapons. Players are not only rewarded for their exploration, but can delight in the findings of their hard work – stumbling across hidden side quests and being ambushed by fierce dragons never felt so epic.

Four Lost Ark characters in a rocky dungeon, standing in front of a huge monster with many limbs and a large tail

Lost Ark

Smilegate’s isometric free MMO has finally launched on Western servers, courtesy of Amazon Game Studios, and immediately smashed CS:GO and Dota 2’s Steam peak player records. Granted, the extensive queues for some Lost Ark servers may be contributing to that figure, but once you’re in, Lost Ark has an overwhelming amount of content for MMO fans to get stuck into as you level up to 50 and beyond.

Lost Ark’s finely tuned combat is a joy to experience, and each Lost Ark class is carefully balanced to ensure every build can compete. You don’t have to worry about taking multiple alts through the story, either, as the Lost Ark powerpass is available as a shortcut once you’ve finished the story on one character. It’s still early days for the MMO, but as our Lost Ark review-in progress explains, its “flashy combat and clever dungeon design” set it apart.

Dying Light 2

The long-awaited sequel to Techland’s co-op zombie game takes place in the city of Villedor, where infected citizens stave off their impending transformation under glowing UV lights. Protagonist Aiden – a “pilgrim” from outside the city limits – is looking for his sister, and needs the factions of Villedor on his side to do so, so you’ll find yourself desperately scrambling up stucco and kicking zombies away on a nightly basis in order to help them out.

In comparison to the first game, Dying Light 2 places a much bigger emphasis on storyline and narrative choices, but freerunning across the rooftops remains the star of the show, as Dustin explains in our Dying Light 2 review.

Some gameplay from Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

Card game enthusiasts, nostalgic collectors, and anime fans are diving en masse into Yu-Gi-Oh’s new competitive dueling platform, Master Duel. It’s free-to-play, with robust tutorials and a solid solo campaign for new players – and naturally, a highly competitive ranked mode for experts to test their skill. Getting your hands on the right cards for your deck isn’t too tricky, either, thanks to Master Duel’s secret packs and relatively straightforward crafting system.

God of War PC is breaking a lot of records.

God of War

At long last, Santa Monica Studios’ God of War has arrived on PC, and we can finally carve a hero’s path through Midgard with protagonist (the eponymous God of War) Kratos, and his son Atreus. Throughout their journey across the game’s expansive open world, the pair encounter and do battle with various epic Norse legends and gods.

There’s plenty of gloriously satisfying combat to enjoy, but as Ian Boudreau explains in our God of War review, there’s also a poignant depth to the story as it explores the filial relationship between Kratos and Atreus, and the complex challenge of protecting your loved ones.

Some of Monster Hunter Rise's Palicos and Palamutes

Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter fans have waited a while for Rise to come to PC, but their patience has been duly rewarded: Monster Hunter Rise’s fleet of Japanese-inspired beasts and adorable buddies has finally arrived, alongside all the post-launch content from the Switch version, and it’s heaps of fun.

As a rookie hunter, tasked with protecting the village of Kamura from stampeding hordes of monsters, you’ll puzzle your way through challenging hunts, dashing across breathtaking landscapes on the back of your trusty Palamute. As Dave Irwin explains in our Monster Hunter Rise PC review, it’s the perfect game for new monster hunters to get to grips with the series.

Capturing a flag in Halo Infinite multiplayer

Halo Infinite

At long last, the Master Chief is back – and on PC at launch, too. In addition to the crisp, satisfying FPS gameplay we’ve come to expect from the Halo games, Halo Infinite adds a few innovations; with the addition of a grapple hook, you can pull weapons towards you or swoop over toward an enemy in the blink of an eye.

Alongside the classic arena-shooter multiplayer mode, there’s also a “phenomenal single-player experience” to enjoy as you traverse the beautiful open world of Zeta-Halo on your Mongoose; for our full impressions, see our Halo Infinite review.

Players chatting in the tunnel for our Football Manager 2022 review

Football Manager 2022

The newest iteration of Sports Interactive’s notoriously engrossing football management game adds improved animation for your players, a new staff meeting system, and updated tactics and player stats. Even the smallest of changes provide significant improvements to the experience, making for a “rich, realistic management simulation that delivers thrills both on and off the pitch” as Jordan explains in our Football Manager 2022 review.

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Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 features the largest map in the Horizon series to date, based on a fictionalised version of Mexico – and it’s a beautiful setting, packed with dramatic scenery and advanced weather systems that batter you with storms and sand. The open-world racing game contains plenty of multiplayer races and minigames across the cities, jungles, and beaches, as well as a single-player campaign mode.

As expected from a Forza game, the racing itself is tremendous fun. The game doesn’t stray far from the Horizon formula, but instead polishes it to perfection.

A soldier firing an assault rifle outside Hotel Royal in Call of Duty Vanguard

Call of Duty Vanguard

The newest Call of Duty game takes us back to WWII – the campaign stars a roster of special forces commandos on a mission to thwart a Nazi operation, and expands on their individual journeys as you play through the missions that made them heroes. Rather than focusing predominantly on the European battles we’re already familiar with, the story also takes us to North Africa and the Eastern Front.

The multiplayer has been expanded with new modes like Patrol Zone and Champion Hill, with plenty of new Vanguard weapons to get to grips with. Zombies mode is back, too, in a “much more digestible” format, according to Jordan’s Call of Duty Vanguard review, where he describes Vanguard as “probably the most entertaining entry in the latest triptych.”

Skiing down Grand Teton in our Riders Republic review

Riders Republic

Riders Republic amalgamates all the thrills of vast, beautiful national parks like Yosemite and Grand Teton into your own personal playground. Players can freely explore the landscape via mountain bikes, skis, snowboards, or – our personal favourite – rocket wingsuits.

There are hundreds of challenges and events to take part in, and the map is packed with fellow riders hurling themselves down hills, careening into trees or somersaulting off the terrain. In our Riders Republic review, Jordan describes it as “boneshaking, white-knuckle goodness, even if it’s pretty far removed from reality.”

Cavalry lines up with crossbowmen in a town centre ringed by stone walls in Age of Empires IV.

Age of Empires 4

Relic’s historical RTS game tasks you with managing a settlement belonging to one of eight civilisations through the ages, ensuring its prosperity and defending it from rivals. Age of Empires IV’s single-player story campaigns are based on famous scenarios from the past – as you play through them, you unlock documentary videos teaching you all about military history.

There are also plenty of multiplayer modes to test your tactical skill. As Ian explains in our Age of Empires 4 review, it’s a “robust package that includes something for just about every kind of RTS player, from beginners to grizzled veterans.”

Back 4 Blood crew preparing to burst through a door

Back 4 Blood

From the creators of beloved zombie co-op FPS game Left 4 Dead comes Back 4 Blood, a spiritual successor that sees you fighting alongside your friends to defeat the Ridden, zombified humans who have been infested with parasites. Alongside the four-player co-op story mode, there’s also a competitive multiplayer mode where you can chase your friends around as a horrible zombie.

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As you complete the campaign, you build up a deck of the best Back 4 Blood cards to buff your character for each run – meaning you’re better equipped against the oncoming horde every time you head out.

Tyrael in Diablo 2 Resurrected

Diablo 2: Resurrected

Diablo 2: Resurrected takes players on an epic journey to take down Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal once again. The beloved RPG has been remade from the ground up, with updated graphics and added quality-of-life features. With the press of a button, the game can be reverted to its original form to show you just how much has changed.

Go through the game alone, or fight off Hell’s fiercest foes with a group of up to eight players. If you haven’t had a chance to play through Diablo 2, this remake aims to show new and returning players why this game is considered to be one of the best RPGs of all time. In our Diablo 2: Resurrected review, Dave describes the game as “a beautiful remaster that retains the spirit of the original Diablo II.”

Colt reloading the Spiker weapon in Deathloop

Deathloop

Deathloop, Arkane Studios’ new stealth action game, is set on the fictional island of Blackreef, which is caught in an eternal time loop, each day repeating over and over. You play as Colt Vahn, a man who awakens on a beach with no memory of who he is – only the recollection of a woman named Julianna murdering him. The two legendary assassins lock horns day after day as Colt tries to figure out how to escape the loop.

Deathloop has earned glowing praise across the board, including a ten-out-of-ten from PCGamesN’s Ian Boudreau. His Deathloop review describes it as “a true tour de force from Arkane that is bound to be one of the year’s best and most important games.”

Life is Strange: True Colors

Life is Strange: True Colors tells the story of Alex Chen, who has the power to read the emotions of those around her. Following the death of her brother, Alex returns to her hometown of Haven Springs, up in the mountains of Colorado, and must use her psychic abilities to uncover the truth about his demise.

As Alex connects with the denizens of Haven Springs, she explores her own emotional journey in a town that truly feels alive, full of community and hope. In Dave’s Life is Strange: True Colors review, he describes it as “a beautiful game in many ways, but never more so than in the moments when it delivers its underlying message: the importance of kindness, and of rallying around people in need.”

Psychonauts 2

A decade after Psychonauts released, Psychonauts 2 has arrived, and it’s a massive hit. Dustin says in his review that Psychonauts 2 is “a rare sequel that improves on the original in every meaningful way. It’s packed to the brim with beautiful worlds and surprising interactions, and its colourful cast is equal parts funny, believable, and sympathetic.” High praise indeed!

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Psychonauts 2 is a quirky platformer with an array of wonderful characters – you play as Raz, a trained acrobat and psychic who has joined the elite group of psychic spies – the Psychonauts. Leap, explore, and complete missions on a quest to defeat a murderous psychic villain in an imaginative and memorable story, as Dustin says, “this is Double Fine’s best game.”

Humankind

From the studio behind Endless Legend comes a new historical, turn-based strategy game, Humankind. Instead of picking one historical empire and controlling their journey from stone tools to supercomputers, the game is split into seven eras, and each Humankind leader selects a different culture to embody for that era. The story of your people might involve ruling the seas as the Norsemen in the Medieval era, and then building magnificent cities as the Mughals in the Early Modern era.

Whatever path you choose to take, the aim of the game is to accrue the most Humankind fame by the end of the game, which can be earned in a myriad of ways. When you inevitably clash with your rival nations, Humankind wars are particularly deep – as Rich explains in his Humankind review, “You can prevail against two-to-one odds through clever use of terrain and reinforcements, and it feels both brilliant and historically accurate to pull off.”

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 and the best PC games of all time, or even check out or collection of free online games, no download required. While it’s important that you keep up with the new PC games we have listed, you are missing out on some of the most memorable gaming experiences around from previous years – and they’ll likely be a lot cheaper by now, too. We feel for your growing pile of shame.

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