E3's PC Gaming Show: These are the games PC enthusiasts need to know about

From Battlegrounds to XCOM 2 and all sorts of indie gems, E3's PC Gaming Show highlighted the types of intensely focused games that make the PC special.

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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds

Some nice quality of life upgrades are coming to the incredibly popular Battlegrounds, including weather effects and the ability to vault objects and leap through windows.

Forza Motorsport 7

After its unveiling at Microsoft’s E3 event, Forza Motorsport 7 made an appearance at The PC Gaming Show to announce, basically, that it’ll support mouse and keyboard. Duh? Anyway, there’s a gameplay trailer above. 

Sea of Thieves

Another Microsoft game, another minor announcement: Rare’s swashbuckling pirate simulator Sea of Thieves will support up to 4K resolutions, ultrawide aspect ratios, and unlocked frame rates on PCs. That’s cool and all, but the extended gameplay trailer is even more impressive.

Yslands

Microsoft’s got Sea of Thieves. Bohemia has Yslands.

Or at least, that’s how the beginning of this trailer looked, showing off a seafaring survival game before then spiraling into Wild West, medieval, underwater, and other different settings. It’s quite a change of pace for Bohemia, which is mostly known for Arma’s ultra-realism, but looks like an incredibly powerful builder—if you were perhaps looking for another Minecraft-alike to play. That said, Yslands shares a common bond with Arma in that both seem to be platforms for mods and creativity rather that “just games.”

Griftlands

Klei, the makers of the superb Mark of the Ninja and Invisible Inc., revealed its latest game at the PC Gaming Show. “Griftlands is an RPG where everything is negotiable: money, loyalty—even morality. Choose your character and make your fortune,” the game’s Steam page says. The artwork in the trailer above sure is pretty.

Lawbreakers

Cliff Bleszinski and Boss Key’s fast-paced shooter Lawbreakers debuted at the first-ever PC Gaming Show in 2015. For 2017, Bleszinski returned to the stage to finally give a solid release date: August 8 is when the final version will launch, at a price of $30. That puts it dangerously close to Quake Champions, but we’ll see which speedy shooter wins out.

Age of Empires Definitive Edition

When the Age of Empires theme started and the camera panned across panes of stained glass I was convinced we were finally getting another game in the series. Alas—just another remaster.

If Age of Empires II HD isn’t enough for you, you’ll now be able to purchase Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a reworked version of the original game with 4K visuals, smoother sprites, a modernized UI, control groups, and other small tweaks. It’s the first time the original Age of Empires has been on sale since 1997, and should reside nicely next to Blizzard’s upcoming StarCraft remaster.

And to celebrate the 20th anniversary, Microsoft also teased another Age of Empires announcement at Gamescom in August. Don’t give up those sequel hopes yet...

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