Whether a game is good or not is often down to personal opinion, but we’ve crafted this list of fantastic PC games we’ve enjoyed that you might too.
We’ve played and reviewed a range of games so you’re bound to find something to suit. Whether you’re looking for free-to-play Battle Royale, deeply engrossing RPGs or tactical shooters, we’ve got a bit of everything.
Here then is our list of the best PC games you can get from a range of platforms, presented in no particular order.
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Apex Legends is a surprise hit that came out of nowhere. A Battle Royale game from the creators of Titanfall that’s taking the gaming world by storm. This game had over a million unique players in the first day and it’s easy to see why.
This is a Battle Royale game with a twist as it features a few things you don’t normally see in this genre. The ability to revive dead teammates, a game mode that only allows three squad players (no duo or solo play here) and, most interestingly, a hero class system that includes various “Legend” characters with different abilities and skills.
Did we mention it’s free?
It almost goes without saying, but you can’t really have a best games list without including Fortnite. It’s one of the biggest gaming crazes to have swept across the world. Fortnite might not be a PC exclusive, nor is it necessarily the best game on PC, but it is mighty popular.
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Fortnite took the already loved Battle Royale genre and mixed in base-building, cartoon graphics and much more besides to make the game appeal to a wider audience. It’s technically free-to-play but also regularly refreshed with new content that can be earned or purchased with a “Battle Pass“. These are optional purchases which offer cosmetics such as loading screens, banners, character emotes, different gliders and more. It’s certainly not pay-to-win, but it is a lot of fun.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, AKA PUBG, is perhaps the game that kick-started the love for the Battle Royale genre of games that’s now turning up in droves. It’s far more serious than Fortnite and doesn’t have any base building elements, but the people love it.
PUBG started it’s life on PC and has since released on console and mobile too. If you’re serious about winning chicken dinners, then this is the game to play. It’s been updated a fair bit since it launched too so there’s plenty of fun to be had for new players and old alike.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a critically acclaimed masterpiece which plays out a fantastic story with an atmospheric journey into mental illness and psychosis. Set during the Viking age, it puts you in the shoes of the Senua, a broken Celtic warrior who’s on a journey into hell to save the soul of her beloved.
If you enjoy enthralling, atmospheric and staggeringly beautiful action adventures, then you’ll love this one. We thought it was utterly sublime. If being this good wasn’t good enough, it’s also been recently updated with VR support to – which means you can play the game on both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
We’ve always been huge fans of the Hitman series. Stealth, assassination and really good times abound in Hitman 2. This game boasts plenty of replayability, massive maps and a multitude of ways to complete your missions that mean one playthrough is never the same as the next.
Hitman 2 can be challenging, frustrating and utterly joyful. We love perfecting an assassination to leave no trace and make the target’s death seem like a freak accident. But if all else fails, there’s always the briefcase.
Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World is one of those games that PC gamers had to wait for. It released on console in early 2018 and we loved it, but had to wait until August to get stuck in on PC.
Monster Hunter World allows you to play the “ultimate hunting experience” either on your own or with friends. The result of which is a gloriously addictive and endlessly charming game we’re sure you’ll love.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege originally appeared on the scene in 2014. But it’s by no means an old game as it’s constantly being updated, reworked and refreshed with new content, characters and maps.
This game is, in essence, an online tactical shooter which pits one small team of players against another. These teams are split into attackers and defenders who have different objectives – defend/defuse the bomb, hold onto or rescue the hostage or simply eliminate the other team. Each “operator” in the game has a different play style with weapons and gadgets to help them complete their mission. What happens in the game will depend heavily on which characters are being played, so there’s plenty of variety and a lot of fun too.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege can also be purchased as a base game for a very reasonable sum – allowing you to work your way through the main operators or you can pay for the complete editions and get access to even more.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky first launched in the hazy days of 2016 and, despite the pre-release hype, left many feeling underwhelmed and upset at the lack of multiplayer options.
Several updates later and No Man’s Sky is a superb space adventure with improved space stations, enhanced freighter and frigate systems and a multiplayer mode to boot.
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At its core, No Man’s Sky is fantastic anyway as it boasts 18 quintillion procedurally generated planets to explore, ensuring that no one journey of exploration is the same as another.
Cuisine Royale is not just another Battle Royale game, it’s also one of the best. Like Fortnite, it’s free to play, but unlike the others it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
This game is based off the engine for upcoming WW2 MMO Enlisted and features a range of hilarity and brilliant gameplay that we love. Clever mechanics and interesting game balancing certainly make Cuisine Royale interesting to play.
For example, you can find and equip pieces of armour that offer varying levels of protection as you progress through a match. But that protection comes at a cost as it’s made from frying pans, saucepans and other assorted kitchenware which invariably rattles as you move. This noise could give away your position, so is it better to shed the pans and run around in your boxers? Probably.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is quite possibly one of the best PC games of all time. It’s been about since 2015, but still plays marvellously. We’ve sunk around 150 hours into this stunning RPG and loved every minute.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an extraordinary feat in game design, with a massive breath-taking world for you to get lost in. From slaying monsters to laying with wenches, the Witcher 3 has it all.
Grand Theft Auto V
With Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar continued the trend of creating fantastic open-world action with stunning visuals, a brilliant storyline, engaging characters and much more besides.
Of course, we PC gamers had to wait for the game to release as Rockstar also continued the trend of serving console first, but it was worth the wait. With a whole new first-person mode and a massive, ever-expanding online mode too, GTA V is a real treat.
A great swathe of regular updates and content to GTA Online, ensure that GTA V is the gift that keeps giving and no doubt will continue to do so.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a fantastically challenging, often frustrating, always enjoyable open-world RPG set in the Holy Roman Empire. You play Henry, a blacksmith’s son who finds himself thrust into the chaos of war as his friends and family are slaughtered when a mercenary raid descends on his peaceful village. Henry then sets off on an adventure to aid the locals, fight off the bandits and help fight for the future of Bohemia.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a brilliant RPG for those who love the idea of messing about in medieval times. But don’t expect to win every battle as you’ll need to learn how to fight first and to earn enough money for good weapons, armour and a decent horse. You’re only a blacksmith after all, so being surrounded by knights in heavy armour often results in a painful and messy death. We utterly love this game and all the challenges it throws at us.
PC gamers will also enjoy the fact that this game is challenging for your system. Try running it on ultra settings and you’ll be warned those visuals are only intended for future hardware. It’s like Crysis but for the new age.
There are many survival games available for PC gamers, but Rust continues to be the most popular. This is an online survival game where you can build magnificent bases, make new friends, explore and survive against a harsh environment and more. There are plenty of play options and regular updates too. Smash some rocks, chop down a tree, craft some weapons to defend yourself and enjoy everything there is on offer. If you hate people spoiling your fun, there’s always the option of PVE.
Rust is being regularly updated with new content to keep it fresh and interesting. Simple additions can make big differences to the game, like electricity for example. Rust has a massive community following and there is no end of videos on YouTube with Rust-based hilarity to enjoy.
Overwatch is essentially an online-only first-person shooter-slash-brawler with colourful, cartoon graphics and enormously enjoyable gameplay.
It’s a popular eSports game but great for casual gamers too. We thought it was utterly brilliant when we reviewed it in 2016 and it still keeps bringing joy to the masses even now. Overwatch is almost certainly another game design triumph from Blizzard and well worth playing.
Superhot is a brilliantly crafted first-person shooter where time moves only when you move. This makes for some really interesting game mechanics and thoroughly immersive gameplay.
This is certainly an FPS that requires some thought while you play. You’ll need to suss out the situation every time you spawn, but even turning to look around moves time forward and brings on the horde of enemies hell-bent on killing you. Superhot is fantastic and it’s even better in VR.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is undeniably spectacular. We thought Origins was great and that Ubisoft would have trouble topping it, but we were wrong. This game is the best and biggest game in the franchise and the most in-depth as well.
This isn’t just another run-of-the-mill addition, but a brilliant open-world outing which is now more RPG-like than ever before. It’s also stunning and has no end of places to explore. You’ll no doubt sink tens, if not hundreds of hours into this one so it represents excellent value for money, if nothing else.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the final part of Lara Croft’s origin trilogy. We also thought it was the best so far. As you’d expect, it’s bigger and better than her previous two outings. It has a more in-depth and immersive storyline and certainly no shortage of tombs to raid and explore.
On PC, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is stunning and we’ve made much use of the brilliant and hilarious photo mode as we’ve played too. Because even Lara Croft is a fan of selfies apparently.
CS:GO is serious business. This is the most recent outing in the Counter-Strike series – a franchise which has always been synonymous with competitive FPS gameplay. It’s a popular eSports game and highly thought of too.
If you love team-based shooters, then this is the one for you. It’s also entirely free now, so what’s not to love?
We thoroughly enjoyed Quantum Break which came as no surprise as we pretty much adore everything Remedy Entertainment does. Alan Wake, Max Payne, the list goes on – we’re hoping Control is just as brilliant.
Quantum Break is another cinematic masterpiece that’s described as “part game, part live action show” – but don’t worry it’s not one of those awful games that’s more cutscenes than fun. It’s just a brilliant romp of time-manipulation, gunplay and good times.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The very best of the Batman games and a real looker too, Batman: Arkham Knight is the final game in the trilogy and it’s fantastic.
Scarecrow has returned to wreak havoc on the city of Gotham and it’s Batman’s job to stop him and his cronies. With an upgraded Batmobile, as well as enhancements to combat, stealth, forensics and navigation this Batman game has it all.
Vampyr is set in London, 1918. The city is ravaged by Spanish flu and is suffering from the aftermath of the Great War. The bodies are piling up and the streets are awash with misery. As if that wasn’t bad enough, vampires also lurk in the dark streets and you’re one of them.
This is an action RPG with a massive focus on narrative and arching storylines. If you love a good chat and the occasional bloodletting then this game is worth sinking your teeth into.
Dota 2 is another eSports favourite and also one of the most-played games on Steam. It regularly tops the Steam Charts for most current players and is a true PC gaming love affair.
This is a free to play, PVP MOBA that originally released in 2013 but has seen plenty of updates in the months and years that followed. Select your hero and battle it out with friends versus bots or take your skills online and face-off against players from across the world.
Two Point Hospital
If Two Point Hospital looks familiar, that’s because it is. This game is a wonderful modern re-imagining of 1997 classic Theme Hospital. It’s even built by some of the same developers, so it really is a corker.
Two Point Hospital puts you in charge of running a full-blown health care facility with all the fun and headaches that come with such a job. Build and maintain your hospital while dealing with masses of patients with all kinds of horrible diseases and illnesses. The pressure is on. You’ll soon have a new found respect for all healthcare professionals if nothing else.
Mad Max is getting on now, but that’s great because it means it’s regularly on sale for next to nothing. It’s a cracking game with hand-to-hand combat that feels like the Batman games from Rocksteady Studios, only more fierce and brutal.
It’s a massively open-world adventure set in the post-apocalyptic Mad Max universe with a dash of both character and car RPG-like progression. Upgrade your gear, weapons and vehicle to tear up the landscape. Hours and hours of fun.
Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online is a popular MMO that allows players to command their own starship and boldly go where no one has gone before. Take part in massive space battles, explore new worlds, fight for different races. There are plenty of gameplay options here.
Star Trek Online has seen a bunch of updates since it first launched in 2010 and continues to be popular among fans. The latest addition includes content from Netflix series Startrek Discovery too.
Another open-world survival game to add to your list. Only this time it’s set underwater on an alien planet. Explore the depths of the oceans, craft new gear, mess about in submarines and enjoy the wondrous sights while trying to survive.
Not convinced? How about base building under the sea? Or free VR support for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive?
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves might not be for everyone, but it’s certainly got a lot going for it. Put on your pirate hat and sail the seas looking for treasure, grog and really good times. There’s plenty of fun to be had if you can find it – fighting it out with swashbuckling skeletons, battling it out with other pirate players or just ramming your ship into someone else’s in an attempt to board and steal all their loot.
The game has had a fair bit of new content added since it first launched, so it’s now well worth considering. Even more fun can be had if you have some pirating happy pals you can play with.
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Destiny 2 is thought of by many as a very fine game indeed. An enthralling story certainly makes it a better game than the first. It’s also incredibly well designed as it’s just as easy for new players to get into as hardcore PC gamers.
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It’s quite easy to get lost in all the quests and raids in Destiny 2 and once you start playing this game, you’ll wonder where all the hours went. Destiny 2 is almost certainly best enjoyed with friends, but you can play on your own too.
PC Building Simulator
PC gamers love a good simulator and there are plenty of them – everything from girlfriend simulators to bus driving simulations. But what’s more fitting than a game that lets you simulate building a fantastic new gaming PC?
If you can’t afford to build your own or want to know how to do it, this game might be the perfect buy.
If you enjoy your games with an unhealthy dose of terror then Outlast 2 is probably your bag. A dark foreboding town in the middle of the wilderness provides the backdrop to a psychological survival horror that will have you running for the hills.
You take on the role of Blake Langermann, an investigative journalist on a mission to uncover the stories no one else will dare touch. A video camera with night vision mode is basically your main tool for survival and the only thing between you and a horrible death. This game is certainly not for the timid.
Terrifying back-water towns not your thing? How about a survival horror set in the Alien universe. The constant threat of death and an utter lack of resources to help you defend yourself make Alien: Isolation a real thrill ride. As long as you can cope with the pressure.
DiRT Rally started life as an early-access beta on PC before moving to a full release and then eventually to console. It represented a return to form for the DiRT series and was received as the “most authentic and thrilling rally game ever made” which it first released.
It’s a hit with fans and an absolutely joyful sim racer with all the high-octane thrills that only rallying can deliver. Iconic rally cars, challenging stages and a brilliant petrol-head soundtrack make this a real corker. DiRT Rally 2 might be coming soon, but in the meantime, we’ll more than happily recommend the original game under this new banner. Especially with VR support on the Oculus Rift.
After Call of Duty returned to its roots and revisited WWII, Battlefield followed suit.
There were mixed feelings in the community but there’s no denying that Battlefield 5 is stunning and features numerous improvements which make it an interesting option for fans of the series or online shooters in general. If you want to try before you buy, there’s always the option of a subscription to Origin Access which lets you play a wide collection of games for a small monthly fee.
We’ll be adding to this list in future, so let us know in the comments any of your favourites we might have missed.