PC-exclusive titles make the most of the hardware they are made for. This makes it a great option for those of us who want to get the best graphical fidelity and performance. These are titles that, while they may range in what they present the player, players should definitely try out. So if you are looking for new games that you can only play on PC, we have you covered. So without further ado, here are our picks for the 5 PC Exclusives You Need to Play in 2023.
5. Arma 3
Starting this list off with a rather niche pick, we have Arma 3. While this game is a tad bit on the older side, the technology implemented, as well as the sheer scale of the game, has yet to be matched. For those who are unaware, Arma 3 is a military sandbox game that essentially players to fight it out on massive continent-sized maps. This gives the scale of the game a huge advantage over many other titles. This is due to the fact that the game is capable of fitting many modern game maps inside half of one of its maps.
Players are able to operate tanks, planes, and jets whatever they wish really. Even if you aren't a fan of modern military conflicts, you can even mod the game. This allows crafty players to build the experiences that they want. Enjoy the Halo series? Well, then there is a mod that fully converts the game to fill it with Spartans and other assets. Recently, the game even released an entire Vietnam-era-themed expansion to much fanfare. So if you are someone who is eager to test the power of your PC, definitely check out one of the best exclusives you can play in 2023.
4. Ready or Not
Next on our list, we have Ready or Not. This game recently has come under a ton of controversy surrounding its level design. The game places players in the boots of a SWAT operator. Often has them dealing with really tense hostile situations. The close-quarters combat in the game is some of the best in the industry, with much of the game being able to be played without saying a word to your teammates. It accomplishes this through its gesture system, which allows for players to clear out rooms without even uttering a word to one another.
A niche pick for sure, but the graphical fidelity, sound design, and even environmental design of Ready or Not are all top-notch. So if you are someone who hasn't really been able to get into the world of tactical shooters, this offers a great jumping-in point to do so. To summarize, this game is stunning. You can move from level to level and work with your friends to succeed. So if you are looking for a title that will ease you into the genre, this is a great pick. All in all, Ready or Not is a fantastic PC-exclusive title that you should pick up in 2023.
Much like another entry on this list, Arma 3, Squad seeks to bring a military simulation experience to PC players. The intense graphical fidelity and scale of the 50v50 PlayervsPlayer battles are the game's main selling points. Players can choose to lead an infantry squad with up to nine players, and they will have to coordinate with one another in order to succeed. Communication is at the heart of what makes Squad such a fantastic title. Players will be able to choose from several factions, all with their own unique weapons and vehicles.
For those players who want to be immersed in the mil-sim experience but want their gameplay time a bit more structured. This is the game for you. Games in Squad rarely exceed an hour. Which is nothing compared to the 2 to 3 hours marathons that Arma 3 operations provide. So if you are looking for an experience that you can only get on PC through exclusives, definitely check out Squad, one of the highest-growing games in 2023.
Switching things up quite considerably, we have Phasmophobia. Much like other games on this list, however, this game focuses heavily on the auditory fidelity of its environments. Players will be able to team up with others in order to combat spirits and put them to rest. This involves some weather fancy technology, such as proximity sound and a few other things to help the whole experience feel more immersive. While there is quite a steep learning curve to the game, this is an experience that only PC players have been able to experience.
As PC exclusives are something that has been prominent in the past few years, 2023 seems to continue the trend. So if you have ever wanted to hunt ghosts with friends, this is the way to go. Phantasmophobia has become somewhat of a phenomenon since its inception. This isn't for no reason either, as the gameplay loop for the game is solid and encourages teamwork within groups. So if you haven't heard of Phasmophobia, but want to get into one of the best PC exclusives, definitely don't let this title evade you during 2023.
1. Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 has become one of the most prominent MMORPGs on the market today. With its recent integration with Steam, a whole new wave of players has become familiar with Tyria. The systems in the game have always been solid, although the marketing team for this game has stumbled in the past. That hasn't kept word-of-mouth from keeping this game thriving, however. It should be stated that there are few MMORPGs on the market that approach exploration and adventure quite like Guild Wars 2.
Players are able to complete various tasks around the world, showing off the land of Tyria in bits and pieces. The horizontal progression style of the game also means that content is always relevant regardless of when you start playing. This is a fantastic approach to game design as it makes the game more accessible to more players regardless of the time they were able to join the game's community. Simply stated, Guild Wars 2 is one of the most slept-on titles of 2023. And it is definitely one of the PC exclusives you should check out if you haven't already.
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