This collection of Windows 10 games is filled with relatively new releases that have spiked in popularity. The collection often includes a broad range of titles that include city builders, puzzle games, fantasy adventure games, and more.
Keep in mind that we are focusing on the top five listings in the Store's New and Rising collection. This collection is subject to changing daily as popularity rises and lowers with these games. With that being said, let's take a look to see which titles made the cut as the best new and rising games for Windows 10.
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Gigantic is a third-person shooter in which you fight alongside and against Guardians in epic six-versus-six battles. The strategic shooter has been in a public Beta for some time now and is expected to see a full release in July of 2017 as an Xbox Live title.
The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game sports stunning graphics, fast-paced action and addictive gameplay. Team play offers a wildly diverse roster of heroes to choose from, each with a variety of skills and weapon specialties.
Gigantic is available for both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One as a free gaming title with an optional Founder's Pack that is currently priced at $30. It's a visually stunning, action-packed game. Please note that Gigantic has minimum system requirements that may not allow this game to run on Windows 10 devices with less than 6GB of RAM.
Phantom Dust is a free blend of third-person combat and collectable card games. The Windows 10 game was recently rereleased with full Xbox Live support and for Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.
You play the role of an "Esper" who has the ability to manipulate dust that has choked the life out of Earth. The origins of this destruction is a mystery and you must venture into a series of ruins to discover the truth behind the planet's destruction.
Your skills and abilities are based on cards in your collection (there are over 300 of them) that allow you to build an arsenal of powers to take into the battle arena. Powers include orbital particle cannons, flaming swords, ice barriers, cloaking, attack reflection and more. Cards can be combined to offer a limitless combination of powers.
Phantom Dust has both solo and multiplayer modes to keep you busy competing in the intense battle arenas. Solo play includes over 15 hours of content through an immersive storyline. Multiplayer games have cross-platform support for up to four players in a variety of match types.
The game has already seen a few updates to add features and enhance performance since its rerelease about a month ago, adding to Phantom Dust's appeal. If you've battled it out in Phantom Dust, let us know what you think of things in the comments.
Iron Blade: Medieval Legends
Iron Blade: Medieval Legends is a free wonderful blend of arcade and role-playing games that has you traveling through Medieval Europe, seeking out an evil Lord and his minions. You join forces with the Templar Knights to defeat this threat to mankind, earning legions of treasure and gear along the way.
Iron Blade has three game modes that include the main storyline campaign, a fortress mode for player versus player action and an events mode that has time-sensitive challenges. Gameplay takes an arcade approach to battles, with character advancement in the battle arena being automatic, allowing you to concentrate on controlling the strikes, slashes and other deadly attacks.
As you advance in the game, character experience unlocks and improves skills, and gear becomes available that can be upgraded to enhance your attacks and defenses.
Graphics are top-notch with plenty of bone crushing detail. Gameplay has a healthy difficulty level, often requiring you to take on multiple enemies at once or a super tough boss. Iron Blade is a free game, available for Windows 10 PC. Just be careful though, Iron Blade is an addictive game that makes it easy to lose track of time.
Blackjack Professional is a Windows 10 game that highlights the card game blackjack. The free game is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, as well as Windows Holographic.
Blackjack Professional sports colorful graphics, lively animations and a dealer than can be tough to beat. The Windows 10 game includes eight chip styles and 12 card styles that can be unlocked with your earnings to offer a bit of customization.
Blackjack Professional is single-player only with six themed rooms available. The rooms are progressively unlocked as you advance in gaming experience and include rooms such as Riverboat Blackjack, Diamond Club and Highroller's Table.
Gameplay follows the traditional rules of blackjack with options to split, double down, make side bets, buy insurance, hit and stand. There are two mini-games available to earn extra chips that include a scratch-and-win game and wheel of fortune. Additionally, there are several achievements to pursue that can earn you bonus chips.
Blackjack Professional is not the most complicated game in the Windows Store, but it offers a casual gaming experience that can help you unwind at the end of the day or if you need a little help passing the time.
City Mania is a relatively new game from Gameloft that delivers a SimCity style of gaming to Windows 10.
Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, the free game sports colorful graphics and challenging gameplay that requires you to build, expand and manage your city. You can craft hundreds of buildings in your city and expand it from a quiet village to a bustling metropolis. You also have plenty of famous landmarks to add to your city skyline such as the Eiffel Tower, Tower of London, Tower of Pisa and more.
What helps set City Mania apart from other city building games is the ability to merge buildings together to create bigger, better structures and the cartoon characters that help optimize your city's performance. There are over 70 cartoon characters available that can be assigned to help run your city, such as firefighters to enhance fire protection, foresters to improve lumber yard production, and foremen to enhance industrial output.
There is a social aspect to City Mania with the ability to visit other gamer's cities and become inspired by their designs. While the Windows Store has plenty of city building games to choose from, City Mania stands out from the pack and is a great time-consuming game to give a try.
If you've tried any of these Windows 10 games, let us know what you think in the comments. There are plenty more quality and fun games in the New and Rising collection, and if we overlooked your favorite new Windows 10 game, feel free to toss out a recommendation in the comments as well!
Updated June 29, 2017: We made a few updates to this article based on changes to the New and Rising collection. This is a snapshot of the top games in the collection. The rankings within the collection could have changed since posting, but these games remain popular choices among Windows 10 gamers.
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