When Bayonetta first got launched on consoles in 2010, Platinum Games proved themselves once again with this highly stylish and fast paced hack-n-slash title. It may take quite some queues from the Devil May Cry series in its general style and tone, but Bayonetta is a weirdly wonderful title that manages to stand out on its own with its strong combat system, inspired character design and oddly engaging story.
A sequel was released in 2015 as a Wii U exclusive title, which was a decision that rubbed most fans the wrong way. There are no plans of Bayonetta 2 making its way to next-gen systems, but since Platinum Games has already proven they can properly port titles to the PC, most of the PC gaming crowd would already settle for the original.
While Bayonetta’s smooth visual finesse still shines on last-gen consoles, the title could vastly benefit from a PC’s power. Enhanced textures, increased framerate, added particle effects and higher resolutions are just some of the reasons why it would feel right at home on a computer screen. Besides, the PC crowd is severely lacking some decent hack-n-slash games.
One of the Xbox One’s launch titles, Sunset Overdrive is a game that comes from former PlayStation-exclusive developer Insomniac Games, best known for their Ratchet and Clank series. It’s a fun and frantic open-world third-person shooter with tons of unique personality to it that breaks the mold of today’s generic and overly-serious shooters by dipping it in madness and sprinkling it with functional mechanics.
While Sunset Overdrive already looks stunning on the Xbox One, the console does hold it back a bit in terms of resolution and framerate. Another argument could be the implementation of mods. Sunset Overdrive is wonderfully silly on its own, yet community-made mods could only boost its humorous tone and quirky characters to a whole new level.
Uncharted developer Naughty Dog is known for its attention to detail, which is why most of their titles are met with extremely positive reviews. The Uncharted series also deserves to call a PC its home with its fact-paced action and excellent traversal mechanics that make the Tomb Raider franchise fade away in comparison.
It comes as no secret that Naughty Dog is a highly promising and capable developer, which is why the studio shouldn’t be held back by the shackles of one certain console. The latest Uncharted 4 looks absolutely stunning on the PS4, which leaves us wondering how good it could look on a powerful gaming PC. More tools to work with and more settings to tweak could allow Naughty Dog to create a truly stunning experience if only they’d venture away from developing PlayStation exclusive titles .We’re not saying the PS4 specifically limits Naughty Dog’s potential, mind you, but it does come with restrictions the developer could find a way around when developing games for PC. Then again, having to work with only one specific combination of components does take some of the harder work away.
While it may be a controversial title, there’s no denying that Destiny poses an addiction to many. Daily objectives, a vast variety of lootable gear, exclusive events and cool looking character customization all overshadow Destiny’s flaws. It’s not a perfect game by any means, but once you got a taste of Xur’s sweet limited stock, you’ll find yourself farming Strange Coins for hours and hours on end, and that sense of working towards something rewarding is what drives Destiny’s community. There’s plenty here that may scare you away, but for everything it does wrong, there’s at least two things Destiny does very right.
MMOs and shooters are at home on PC, so why not the ideal mix between the two? Destiny still has a huge player base on both last-gen as well as next-gen consoles, but Bungie can only dream about the success Destiny could have become on PC. The game is often praised for its smooth gameplay and immersive co-op Strike missions, so we’re left wondering why Bungie didn’t bring this title to a crowd that is desperately looking for a fresh, fun and addictive MMO.
Cuphead is a small indie platforming title that is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 somewhere in 2017, but why limit its release to Windows 10 when there’s an entire community out there of a variety of operating systems? Microsoft wants its systems to work in conjunction with one another, but by forcing the player to use the horrendous Windows Store on PC feels more like a massive middle finger instead of a comforting pat on the back to the PC crowd.
Cuphead boasts wonderfully nostalgic 1930’s inspired cartoon visuals that lend itself to a creative and lighthearted modding community. If given the right tools, modders can create some truly unique and enjoyable levels that may just be better than those created by the actual developers, and if anyone running any version of any operating system could create their own levels with the flexibility and freedom of a mouse and keyboard, the game’s lifespan could greatly benefit from that.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us tells an emotional story set during a zombie outbreak. Which is nothing new, but to be fair, all the zombie games PC players get are overpriced Early Access titles that promise loads and deliver ever so little. The PC game that probably comes closest to The Last of Us is State of Decay, and those games are still vastly different.
To put it bluntly: PC gamers finally deserve a proper zombie survival game with an actual engaging story. We’ve been struggling with titles like DayZ and H1Z1, both of which lack the proper technical progress and developer support to make them fully shine. So why not a more linear post-apocalyptic title that at least tells a unique story boasting breathtaking visuals instead of another open-world Early Access game that runs about as well as a drunk caterpillar?
If you own a PlayStation 4, chances are you also own Bloodborne. Developed by the same creative minds that gave us Dark Souls, Bloodborne is a brutal and unforgiving game that relies on the player’s skill, knowledge and alertness in order to proceed. The biggest difference between Bloodborne and Dark Souls is the former has a more Victorian steampunk feeling to it, ditching dragons and heavy swords for monsters and massive cleavers.
Just like the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne could take the PC gaming community by storm. Since the Souls series has sadly come to an end, the PC crowd deserves an equally challenging ARPG with the same amount of love and depth poured into it. Sure, there are alternatives like Lords of the Fallen, but those titles can’t truly give you that sense of grim and bleak satisfaction like FromSoftware titles tend to do.
The Zelda series is one of Nintendo’s most popular IPs, with the upcoming Breath of the Wild driving fanatics into an impatient frenzy until its 2017 release. Lighthearted and lovable characters, addictive exploration and more platforming puzzles than you can shake a Wii controller at continue to win over the hearts of fans across the world, and almost no two Zelda titles are alike. Compare Majora’s Mask with A Link Between Worlds and you could think they’re two different IPs altogether, making the Legend of Zelda one of the most varied video game series ever created.
There are loads of Zelda alternatives available on PC, but none even come close to reaching that unique nostalgic feeling Zelda-titles bring along. Breaking pots, hunting down chickens, cutting grass and collecting Rupees simply cannot be replaced, no matter how hard Zelda-clones try. We crave the real deal.
Red Dead Redemption (Bring this to PC NOW!!!)
Rockstar Games is mostly known for Grand Theft Auto, but Red Dead Redemption gave us a fresh and entertaining third-person shooter that truly made you feel like a cowboy in the Wild West. An intriguing story set in a vast open world with tons of missions and activities to lure you off the beaten path made it one of the best games on the passed generation, and maybe even one of the best games of all time.
Well, why shouldn’t it? We already have GTA, Bully and Max Payne, yet for some reason we’re not worthy of one of the most critically acclaimed titles in the history of gaming. With a large modding community, tons of settings to tweak and a huge player base, it should be considered a crime that Rockstar still hasn’t brought it to PC. Just imagine how good the Wild West could look on a serious gaming PC…
Halo is Microsoft’s long-running franchise that’s never made a full home on the PC. The series has a deep sci-fi lore that is bound to attract anyone who’s even remotely interested in some good space fiction, yet its Xbox exclusivity keeps the Halo series from reaching its full potential with a much larger crowd.
Everything about Halo screams PC, from its online multiplayer, co-op campaign and addictive multiplayer to the Forge map-building tools and Theater Mode. Playing Halo on an Xbox simply makes you wonder how much smoother and refined it could be on a PC, and while the Spartan Assault titles and Halo 2 have already made their way to the PC, many fans are eagerly left wondering: will 343 Industries ever please the crowd that’s desperately waiting for Master Chief to make PC his home, or will they keep teasing us by serving us the smaller titles?