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Google Stadia is one of gaming’s biggest question marks right now. Google’s streaming technology could be the next revolution in the world of video games, or it could be a total bust that doesn’t offer the speed and performance gamers can get from a PC or console. Not sure what it’s about? See our article on why we’re excited for Google Stadia.
One thing we do know about Google Stadia is that it’s going to have a massive library of games. Many of these games will be the exact same releases we’ve been patiently waiting for on traditional gaming platforms, so anyone who snags themselves the Founder’s Edition will have a ridiculously good library of games to play.
In this article, we’re going to count down the most exciting games that’ll be available on Google Stadia. If you’re planning on being one of the first people to try the new tech, here are several games you should absolutely have on your radar!
Thumper is a very visually interesting game that requires a great deal of timing since you have to stay with a rhythm. Any latency issues with Google Stadia will become apparent extremely quickly, so Thumper should prove to be a good game for testing what the service can do.
Driving games are always one of the best ways to test the visual fidelity of a new platform, and between GRID and The Crew 2 (which are the only announced driving games so far), GRID looks far more interesting. If you want to see what Stadia can do with its 4K resolution and 60FPS promises, this game should be a great way to try it out.
8. Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint looks like another solid addition to the Ghost Recon franchise, and while it doesn’t look there is anything particularly unique to the Stadia version, I’m still interested to see how a 2019 shooter will run on the platform, especially one that pushes the graphics of the current generation consoles like this one.
7. Baldur’s Gate 3
Right now, we have no idea when Baldur’s Gate 3 will actually come out for Stadia or any other platform. But that doesn’t stop us from being any less excited. The prospect of playing a large-scale RPG on a $129 system instead of a high-end gaming PC is quite appealing for the budget-conscious, which makes this is a game we’ll be keeping an eye on when it comes to Google Stadia.
6. The Elder Scrolls Online
This is the only MMORPG scheduled to come to Stadia right now, and I’m definitely intrigued to see how it’ll work. MMOs are already quite trying on a network connection, and when you’re actually streaming the gameplay, it’ll definitely push things to the limit.
5. Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs 2 completely revitalized the series after a relatively lackluster debut, and that has us very intrigued by Watch Dogs Legion. We don’t know much about the Stadia version, but we know it’s coming and it will definitely be interesting to play a large open-world game like this on a streaming platform.
4. Windjammers 2
Windjammers is a Neo Geo game that is, in my opinion, one of the most fun multiplayer games ever released. It requires quick reactions and pinpoint precision, which are two things that don’t seem to go hand-in-hand with streaming. Hopefully, Stadia is able to deliver the speed and bandwidth required for Windjammers 2, because more people getting to experience the amazing franchise is a good thing!
3. Destiny 2: The Collection
Destiny 2 is an absolutely massive game where every mode is playable with other players. Will that work well on Stadia? Only time will tell, but if it does, it could be quite exciting for fans of Bungie’s online shooter. Destiny 2: The Collection will actually be free for Stadia Pro members, so anyone who buys the console will get to test it out.
2. Borderland 3
I’ve talked about my hype for Borderlands 3 before, and playing on Stadia is even more exciting. There’s really nothing about Borderlands that should be too much of a problem for Stadia since it’s not a shooter that requires super quick reaction times, but it’ll still be exciting to see how it works.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Is there a more exciting game than Cyberpunk 2077 in general? The next game from CD Projekt Red looks absolutely incredible in terms of gameplay, story, and graphics, so it’ll definitely be a good test for Stadia. If it works as advertised, playing 2077 in 4K at 6FPS without spending a couple thousand on a gaming PC (or even a few hundred on PS4 Pro or Xbox One X), could be a big deal for gamers the world over.