PCs offer something a little different from other game experiences. So, while those cross-platform titles are off grabbing the limelight with their marketing bucks, we thought we would take a look at our three favorite PC exclusive games of 2015.
Our first pick is Cities Skylines, the game everybody hoped the rebooted 2013 SimCity would be. Unlike EA’s offering, Skylines allows you to build a huge city, with complete control of its development, infrastructure, and future.
Starting with just a small plot of land to develop, your city can eventually fill a massive 324 square km of space. It isn’t just about scale though, as Skylines also provides mod-support that has been joyously embraced by its fans to allow for thousands of custom buildings for you to expand your city. This lets you give each area of your metropolis a distinct feel – no two districts have to look alike.
Our only problem with Cities Skylines is that there is no option to be really despicable. You can jack up the prices and taxes a little it’s true, but nothing quite as dastardly as SimCity allows.
If you have your eyes set a little higher than the city, then our second game could be for you. Kerbal Space Program finally got its full release in 2015 – and I couldn’t be happier.
This is another simulator, but rather than developing a town it has you take control of the planet Kerbal’s version of NASA. Your lofty goal: leave the planet, set up satellites, visit the Mun, and travel outwards through the solar system.
It is a lot of fun, but really hard if you choose the career mode which has you managing its mix of commerce, resource management, scientific development, and aeronautical design. This can all prove overwhelming but there is also a sandbox mode that lets you stick together the most bizarre ships you can think of to launch towards the stars. Or not. Even with unlimited funds most of my shuttles explode on the staging platform.
Our final PC exclusive pick takes a far smaller scale than the others, but is no less complex for it. Focusing on personal survival, ARK Survival Evolved is a first-person experience that has you attempting to make your way through a hostile wilderness alone or in online multiplayer.
Its open-world is made up of diverse landscapes that range from frigid tundra to tropical forests, all of which are rich with life for you to hunt, use, ride, and try to survive. The thing is, whatever we write here feels like it is doing the game a disservice, because once you are battling giant scorpions and dragons from the back of your pterodactyl words just do not seem enough.
Due to its scope, and the fact it is still in the early stages of development, ARK Survival Evolved suffers from performance issues. On the plus side, developer Studio Wildcard is diligently chasing down bugs… the code kind, they are leaving the massive spiders and mosquitoes for you to deal with.
That’s it for this week’s Click-Swipe-Play, I will be back in seven days with our most anticipate games of 2016. I’ll see you then.
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