E3 2019 has been an adventure so far. Filled with good and bad shows that entertained, even if by mere cringe. The information coming in is like a dam has opened up and is flooding everything around us. However, nothing has flooded you with quite as much information as the PC Gaming Show. So many new titles and add-ons were shown off, but only a few rose above in my eyes. Here is my top five list of stand outs among the horde of games.

CHIVALRY 2

Source: PC Gaming Show Live Stream, screen shot.

Chivalry 2 is a sequel to the 2012 game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare by Torn Banner Studios. The first in the series was a follow up to the Half-Life 2 mod Age of Chivalry. Chivalry 2 will add up to 64 players in a match, as well as horses to the game.

Torn Banner developed the game along side Tripwire who both began as humble modders. The focus they said for the game is recreating battles of movies and television. Battles such as “The battle of the Bastards” in Game of Thrones was said to be an inspiration.

With that battle in mind, the game should be pretty stand out and over the top fun. Hopefully I won’t end up on the wrong side of the battle when it comes out on the Epic Store in 2020.

CRIS TALES

Source: PC Gaming Show Live Stream, screen shot.

Cris Tales seems to be a love letter to JRPG lovers. The Indie title is hand drawn, which is always a plus in my book. The amount of love placed into the art style is sure to give any player’s eyes a treat. The combat is turn-based, which was a dying breed for a time. The glorious come back of this type of game is something the gaming world needed.

An interesting aspect of the game was the fact that you, as Crisbell, can view the past, present and future. You can also view them all at the exact same time, which could end up showing you things you might miss if you view them separately.

This love letter is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2020. You can give Cris Tales a try now with the demo available on Steam at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1079830/Cris_Tales/

VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE BLOODLINES 2

Source: PC Gaming Show Live Stream, screen shot.

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodline, is in my all time top PC games, as it was something special. In the first I wanted to be the pretty vampires (Toreador). I longed for a game where I got to be an Anne Rice vampire, but without all the weird relationship issues. This is where Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines came in. It has been over a decade since the first game came out and fans were out for blood on a sequel.

Finally there is another game in the beloved series, and it is brought to us by Hardsuit Labs. Vampire: The masquerade Bloodlines 2 is set in Seattle. The player is attacked in what is known as the “Mass Embrace.” This attack erupts the already tense situation between the vampire clans to be at an all time high. Pick a family and fight for them, that is the name of the game.

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 will be out in 2020, and I cannot wait to be a pretty vampire again; my vanity calls.

PLANET ZOO

Source: PC Gaming Show Live Stream, screen shot.

I am a complete sucker for anything related to building a park. My dreams and creativity shine in these types of games and it sucks hours of my life. I am a big fan of Planet Coaster and was very happy to see the announcement of Planet Zoo. Planet Zoo comes to us from Frontier Developments, the team behind Planet Coaster and Jurassic World Evolution.

The game is simple: build and run a zoo that can include more than 50 different animals. Make sure everything lives, and money comes in. Plain and simple fun for those who are fans of these types of games. Those fans include myself, so I will be knee deep in hippo poop on November 5, 2019 at release.

GAMES I WANTED TO LIST

There were a few games that I really wanted to include on the list but just couldn’t for one reason or another. Here are a couple of the games that need to be on your radar, but just didn’t stand out, or actually weren’t announced during the PC Gaming Show.

Roller Champions

While not a game shown during the PC Gaming Show, it is a PC game that you should be checking out. But don’t just take my word for it, head over and check out the amazing article from Culture of Gaming writer Michael Solseth!

https://cultureofgaming.com/quick-hands-on-with-rolling-champions/

Shenmue III

I have lived in Yokosuka, Japan, the setting of Shenmue. Needless to say, I am a fan of the Dreamcast title. Shenmue is a story all its own, being the most expensive video game developed. It changed a lot of how we game now, making quick time events a major part of the game. It has been a rocky road to Shenmue III. The showing at the PC Gaming Show felt very lackluster to me and did not stand out. The graphics appeared very off beat and strange to me. I wanted to list it from the moment I saw that it was showing, but just couldn’t due to the poor performance. The trailer shown was more of a sparkler than a full on firework.

THE BIG ONE

There were tons of games shown during the show, but not all of them really knocked my socks off quite like the final game on my list. It was the one that had me the most hyped and ready to throw my dollar bills at the Epic Store.

MIDNIGHT GHOST HUNT

Source: PC Gaming Show Live Stream, screen shot.

Mellowsoft is apparently a one man team who can develop a game that people seem to go crazy over. Midnight Ghost Hunt stole the show for me in terms of hype. The game is a multiplayer title that pits four players as ghost hunters against four players as ghosts. This sounds very simple, but the complexity gets so much more deep. Midnight Ghost Hunt is not so much PVP as it is a clever game of hide-and-seek.

Based on the mod Prop Hunt, Midnight Ghost Hunt has ghosts hide for a certain amount of time until they become the hunters. The ghosts can take over common household and remain still or use objects as a projectile. The hunters can use devices to track down the ghost and pin point what items they are in. They also have weapons that shatter the ghost, allowing for a Luigi like vacuum capture.

The fun that could be had with this formula could be compared to a Twinkie 35 feet long, and weighing approximately 600lbs. Everyone will have to try crossing the streams when the game comes out, which as of now is still TBA.

 

Do you agree with my list?  Would you put another title up in the top 5?  Please let me know in the comments, or head over my Twitter @Sleepless_TC.

 

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