Guide to the PC games of 2018

SURVIVAL AND EXPLORATION GAMES, PART TWO

GTFO

2018 | Ten Chambers Collective | Link
GTFO drops 4-player teams of scavengers into dilapidated, claustrophobic sci-fi tunnels that are, unfortunately, full of horrible mutant monstrosities that look a little like Dead Space’s nightmarish Necromorphs. There’s more than a hint of Aliens about it, with the dim lighting and the long stretches of silence punctuated by waves of grotesque creatures. Ten Chambers includes ex-Overkill developers, so expect to see a bit of Payday’s influence, too. 

Lonely Astronaut

2018 | Greyson Richey and Nicholas Lives | Link
Lonely Astronaut is about about propelling your corpse through space without making yourself dead twice-over. If that sounds weird, it’s because it is. Lonely Astronaut is a single-button arcade game about “skeleton-thrusting” your way around deadly astral bodies. It’s Steam page features this relatable reminder: “Not related to the game, but here's a friendly reminder that you and I are all going to die someday, probably sooner than we'd like to think.” We can’t really top that as far as explanations go.

Sea of Thieves 

March 20 | Rare | Link
Rare’s first-person pirating sim revels in that Disney-esque pirate charm, complete with co-op treasure quests and multiplayer naval warfare. 

Ashen

2018 | Aurora44 | Link
As a wanderer in search of a permanent home, the bleak open world of Ashen looks pretty uninviting. You’ll need to seek out other players and NPCs, encourage them to support your settlement with their own skills, and all while avoiding the murderous beasts that wait in the dark. 

Re:Legend

2018 | Magnus Games | Link
You’ve washed up on the shore of a mysterious island without a single memory, but at least there are cute little monsters to make friends with. Tame the little creatures, known as Magnus, to help you with farming, traveling, combat, and more in this chibi adventure. 

Pathologic 2

2018 | tinyBuild, Ice Pick Lodge | Link
In 2017 the project to remake the original Pathologic was renamed Pathologic 2, a reinterpretation of the strange, disturbing original story about a disease-ravaged town. You only have 12 days to save as many people as you can, but it’s not an ordinary disease, and the are surreal horrors lurking behind the town’s rotting wooden doors.

Praey for the Gods

2018 | No Matter Studios | Link
Awkwardly named Praey for the Gods (blame a trademark dispute with Bethesda) looks a lot like a Shadow of the Colossus we’ll be able to play on PC. It’s a game about climbing up gargantuan deities and then killing them in the hopes of ending an eternal winter. There’s a bit of Breath of the Wild-esque mountain climbing and gliding thrown in for good measure, too.  

Surviving Mars

2018 | Haemimont Games | Link
Cities: Skylines meets Mars Attacks. OK, not quite, but this space colony building simulator promises more than just bad traffic to contend with. Players choose a sponsor agency for initial resources, then it’s up to you to grow your settlement from an automated mining operation to a fully enclosed glass dome with a bustling sense of life, making use of a randomized research tree. But Mars holds many secrets, and not all of them might be friendly. 

Don’t Sink

2018 (Early access now) |  Sebastian Nigro, Christopher Anselmo, Daniel Marques | Link
A 2D pixel-art pirate sandbox, Don’t Sink draws from the likes of FTL and Sid Meier’s Pirates, giving you a boat and sending you on your way towards adventure—capture islands, duke it out with other pirates and their cannon-toting ships, govern towns and look after your loyal crew. There’s a lot going on, then, but Don’t Sink is more of a relaxing, casual game than its spaceship inspiration. 

Etherborn

2018 | Altered Matter | Link
Etherborn is an exploration platformer that messes with the laws of physics to create a non-Euclidian world of strange paths and staircases, like an M. C. Escher lithograph, but brightly-coloured and serene. The incredible environment completely dwarfs the player character, who can traverse the peculiar realm with greater ease than you’d expect, largely thanks to gravity that’s always relative. 

State of Decay 2

Spring 2018 | Undead Labs | Link
The well-received zombie apocalypse survival simulator goes from singleplayer-only to multiplayer in this sequel. Three new maps, each the size of the original game’s single map, will be available, as well as improved settlement crafting. 

Crazy Justice

TBA | Black Riddles | Link
Fortnite’s not even out of early access yet and already another game is nipping at its heels. Crazy Justice has all the crafting, building and shooting stuff up that you might be familiar with from Epic’s colourful romp, but in a steampunk setting. And like Fortnite, there’s both a last man standing-style mode, and a story-mode where you’ll be gallivanting all over the world, fighting the forces of evil.  

Conan Exiles

May 8 2018 (Early Access) | Funcom | Link
The world of the Conan the Barbarian has been yet another staple in the early access survival game wheelhouse since early 2017, but its arrival on consoles suggests a sense of finality. Crush some enemies, drive some wild beasts before you, and hear the lamentations of their women when you use a towering demigod to smash their fortresses to pieces.