New PC games feature space action, dark futures and hard driving

ABANDON your desk job for an adventure in a futuristic, cyberpunk world. Or if that’s not enough, you could try space politics instead.

Here’s a selection of some of the hottest new games out now for PCs.

Adventures in space and diplomacy

Sega’s turn-based strategy game “Endless Space 2” is now available to all gamers after its early access phase ended.

As with its predecessor, the latest version is all about clever tactics and economics.

The player can choose among eight parties, the strangest of which is a kind of tree organism that uses its branches and tendrils to conquer and explore the area around it.

In “Dirt 4,” gamers can go off-road racing from the comfort of their PC monitors. This latest game version features a destruction derby, in which the goal is to dismantle the opponent’s vehicle as spectacularly as possible. - PHOTOS: DPA
In “Dirt 4,” gamers can go off-road racing from the comfort of their PC monitors. This latest game version features a destruction derby, in which the goal is to dismantle the opponent’s vehicle as spectacularly as possible. – PHOTOS: DPA
Devolver Digital’s “Strafe” may look like it’s straight out of 1996, but this retro shooter features contemporary game design. Due to its sometimes bloody scenes, however, only gamers aged 18 and older should play
Devolver Digital’s “Strafe” may look like it’s straight out of 1996, but this retro shooter features contemporary game design. Due to its sometimes bloody scenes, however, only gamers aged 18 and older should play
“The Surge” is a challenging and fast-paced game now available as a PC version. Players must build up their abilities and persist through multiple battles
“The Surge” is a challenging and fast-paced game now available as a PC version. Players must build up their abilities and persist through multiple battles
Empires are built, expanded and, of course, defended across galaxies in “Endless Space 2.” Epic space battles against a spectacular backdrop are just one component to this strategy game
Empires are built, expanded and, of course, defended across galaxies in “Endless Space 2.” Epic space battles against a spectacular backdrop are just one component to this strategy game

Epic space battles against a spectacular backdrop are again an important component, but as before, they are still semi-automated – the player sets the tactics, and the software takes care of the rest.

New to the game is a political election system.

At fixed intervals, the population must vote for a galaxy-spanning government.

Whether militarists, pacifists or technocrats come to power depends on the game play and threat situation at that moment.

“Endless Space 2” is suitable for players aged 12 and older.

Action role play in a dark, futuristic world

“The Surge” is set in a futuristic, cyberpunk world. Focus Home Interactive aimed to combine an apocalyptic atmosphere with a sophisticated combat system.

The game’s difficulty level is quite high and the player starts off in a shabby warehouse, equipped only with a rudimentary exoskeleton and a club made out of scrap metal.

The player is initially limited to just three moves when first starting out: attack, block and evade.

However, players can expand their abilities by defeating enemies, such as drones, which leave behind valuable scrap that is used to provide energy, build new weapons or expand the exoskeleton.

Because of its violence level, “The Surge” is recommended for players aged 18 and older.

Clunky graphics meets modern game concept

The retro shooter game “Strafe” from Devolver Digital may look about 20 years old, but it comes with a contemporary procedurally generated level design.

For the player, that means every game runs differently.

However, fast action and brutal violence can be found no matter the level, making it less than ideal for the squeamish.

The developers lighten the violence some by showing off their creativity and humour through the design of the weapons, such as frog bombs with an image of Kermit the Frog.

“Strafe” is available from Steam for around 20 dollars, and it is also available for PCs and the Playstation 4. Due to its sometimes bloody scenes, it’s recommended for players aged 18 and older.

Off-road driving action

“Dirt 4” is all about off-road racing. In addition to a licensed FIA rallycross tournament mode set in Australia, Spain, the US, Sweden and Wales, there are also various entertainment modes, such as the land rush option in which special trucks and buggies compete.

Players can also take part in a destruction derby, in which the goal is to dismantle the opponent’s vehicle as spectacularly as possible.

The RaceNet online mode has been improved from the game’s previous versions, and there’s a driving school option to make things easier for newbies. – DPA