The best PC games

Best PC games

What are the best PC games? With dozens of new titles releasing each month, plus a Steam games back catalogue longer than one of Dhalsim's arms, it's a tough question to answer - and it's equally tough knowing which are deserving of your precious gaming time. Well fear not, because we're here to help.

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What you'll find below is a list of what we consider to be the best PC games to play at present. Some are new, some are slightly older, but they're all brilliant - and we've got a wide range of genres covered, so there's something to cater for all tastes.

The best PC games to play right now

Dark Souls III

Best PC games Dark Souls III

There’s only one reason the Souls series didn’t already feature on this list. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die was a sloppy PC port - difficult to recommend without a slew of suggested mods as accompaniment. FromSoftware’s first, flawed attempt, made at the behest of their fans, it didn’t deter them from returning - better for their mistakes, tighter and more familiar each time. Remind you of anything?

Dark Souls III is director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s most confident outing yet, pieced together in the knowledge that an industry is in awe of his team’s twisted level design - not to mention their paradigm of frustration and triumph. Lothric is a Germanic fantasy world of long shadows and longer learning curve, in which you’ll cut your teeth on strange diversions and side-bosses. You’ll build a sense of shared suffering with perfect strangers who scrawl messages in the stone and, once you emerge on the other side, enjoy an unequaled celebration of muscle memory and persistence. It’ll be a victory won alongside countless, mostly unseen others, but one you’ve won for yourself.

Want more? Here's our Dark Souls III review.


Best PC games XCOM 2

XCOM 2 is all about the squeeze. No longer a state-sanctioned effort but a guerrilla force, your anti-alien league rarely has time to sweep the map for its last remaining sectoids. Instead you’re often subject to an unforgiving turn timer, a distant evac spot and the threat of reinforcements from the incumbent ADVENT administration. This brave sequel encourages a callousness from its commanders, demanding utilitarian maths that’ll have you weighing up the value of a squad of rookies against an incendiary grenade. 

Both distinct from and outright harder than Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 and its mods nonetheless return that sense of unfamiliarity that frightened so effectively in the first game. Some monstrosity will appear in your peripheral vision, indulge in a little introductory dance, and then a couple of turns later do something awful and unpredictable to your favourite grenadier. You can do all the research you like back at base, but until you've experienced all the horrors for yourself, there'll be nasty surprises galore.

Since release it’s become apparent there are bugs in XCOM 2 beside the sectoids. But this is still the most accomplished and robust turn-based tactics game you could play right now, set against the most convincing backdrop Meier and his studio have assembled since Alpha Centauri. The joy of Firaxis' campaign is in peeking behind the facade ADVENT's wizards have constructed - and the horror in deciding to leave someone in the cold-blooded embrace of the snakepeople so that your crack sniper can get to evac. You probably won't like the version of you XCOM 2 fosters.

Want more? Here's our XCOM 2 review.


Best PC games Firewatch

Firewatch is difficult to recommend without ruining. Penned by Sean Vanaman, one of the instigators of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season One, it shares that game’s sense of surprise - dependent on the player’s uncertainty about what’s possible and where the limits of this small-scaled linear game lie.

But here’s the premise: it’s 1989 and you are Henry, a Shoshone national park fire lookout who has turned his back on a more complicated life in favour of peering out from the peak of a mountain for signs of smoke. Tension is provided by an unusually dry summer, and human connection by Delilah - the supervisor on the other end of your radio and your only link to the world beyond the Wyoming wilderness.

Firewatch allows you only relationship, makes it meaningful, and then asks you to make choices that could build or destroy it when something odd draws you out of your tower and into the unknown.

Want more? Here's our Firewatch review.

Fallout 4

Best PC games Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is a true behemoth of a game. It’s massive in a way many western RPGs aren’t, which is that every task you do feels as if it contributes to a larger whole. Side quests push forward the main story, if only by a smidgen, and every action you do contributes to the rebuilding of society. That could be clearing out raiders so some honest folk can have their land back, or physically building a new housing complex for stranded survivors to set up shop in. There are hundreds of ways to bring civilisation and peace to the Boston wasteland, but every quest you complete feels as if you are contributing to that, rather than wandering off and becoming distracted.

On your way around the incredibly detailed and reactive world, there are plenty of opportunities to get yourself in a scrap, and that’s where Fallout’s combat shines. Bethesda have put real effort into shooting, and finally battle doesn’t feel a second thought. Not only are Fallout’s guns satisfying to use, but it’s fun to obliterate your enemies. Ghouls scamper around in the dirt and hurl themselves at you, super mutants shoulder barge, and advanced synth units will even lay the smackdown with some wrestling moves.

But beyond the great story, the world, and fun combat, it’s Fallout 4’s wonderfully deep crafting system that will keep you going for hours. As you explore the wasteland you’ll discover empty settlements just waiting for you to build upon, and the Sims-like house construction is incredibly compelling. It encourages you to forage and hunt down materials at every opportunity, which not only helps you build that picket fence, but also upgrade your weapons and personal suit of power armour. This is one of the most creative RPGs out there.

Want more? Here's our Fallout 4 review.

Grand Theft Auto V

Best PC games GTA 5

We often judge how far our medium has come by seeing how closely games can replicate the reality we live in, and Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V delivers by the stolen truck-full. Walking around Los Santos is like a trip to one of America’s great cities, and not just because iconic LA locations are almost perfectly cloned. Despite the obvious parody in every character and event, the world of Los Santos feels the most genuine place in all of video games.

And it’s home to something special: a crime epic that involves three unique characters and a series of missions with incredible, endless variety. From stealing WMDs with a submarine to replicating the plot of The Italian Job, there’s an astonishingly broad collection of activities to get involved in. Furthermore, side missions will have you hunting through celebrities’ bins, jumping out of a plane on the back of an ATV, and… erm... gunning down aliens. 

All of that is to say nothing of GTA Online (or indeed the GTA 5 mods scene), which replaces the narrative of the campaign with a variety of online modes, crime jobs, and events. Thundering through the streets in your own pimped-out supercar, your buddies in tow Fast-and-Furious-style, is the ultimate GTA fantasy. But the crowning achievement is Heists, which takes the idea of the campaign’s iconic set-pieces and turns them into huge, ambitious, cooperative missions.  

Want more? Here's our Grand Theft Auto V review.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best PC games The Witcher 3

There’s one key thing you need to know about The Witcher 3: it has the best quests in all of modern role-playing games. While its biggest triple-A competitor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, took a lot from the MMO-style quest structure, Wild Hunt is all about story. Almost every quest is an excuse for CD Projekt Red to reveal more about its open world and Geralt himself. Even a simple monster contract can transform into an epic, multi-hour adventure full of emotionally-resonant encounters, betrayal, twists and challenging battles.

Heart of Stone, the first major expansion, adds even more of them – elaborate, morally challenging adventures that, despite their epic nature remain surprisingly intimate. The core game and its expansion are lessons in how to design quests, elevated by superb writing and complex, believable characters. 

Want more? Here's our The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review.

Elite: Dangerous

Best PC games Elite Dangerous

“Here’s the galaxy. Now go out there and do what you want.” 

Elite: Dangerous is a mind-bogglingly huge space sandbox, where you can shoot off to Earth or go all the way to the galactic centre, making your way however you want. Fancy selling slaves and contraband? You’re a bad person, but so be it. Maybe, instead, you can hunt down those bad people as a bounty hunter? Or just embark on legal trade deals?

It’s gorgeous, too. From the exceptionally detailed, varied space stations and ships to the terrifying suns that you’ll drop out of hyperspace near – everything is huge and striking and it seems crazy that it’s all inside a game. 

Updates have made things more cooperative and story-driven, with various factions vying for power. Plus the upcoming new season of updates, Horizon, promises to change everything with the addition of countless planets that you can land on and explore. The mind only continues boggle harder.

Want more? Here's our Elite: Dangerous review.



One of the most friendly free-to-play games out there, it’s more than possible to compete in Hearthstone without paying a pennycent, and still have a lot of fun. As the bomb that blew digital card games wide open, it’s already got quite the legacy, but it’s also an impressive game in its own right.

Combining that signature Blizzard polish, their endless archive of art, and a little bit of Magic: The Gathering, the small Team 5 crafted a nigh-addictive game of chance, skill and strategy. Perhaps the best thing about Hearthstone is how much it relies purely on your brain - it’s all deck-building, knowledge of what your opponent’s could be playing, planning ahead, reacting properly and knowing the odds. Little manual dexterity is required, a rarity in popular e-sports.

There’s an obscene amount of resources available for getting better, as a massive playerbase funds streamers, YouTubers and fanbases. It will take a lot of regular play to gather a decent collection of cards, but as your skill improves it becomes easier to ‘go infinite.’

Want more? Here's our Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Best PC games CS:GO

When it comes to shooters, we don’t really do ‘casual’ on PC. Sure you can go play your console shooters on Steam, but the real scene for competitive FPS is the glorious Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. You will buy it, you will play it, and you will be terrible. But it doesn’t matter. Mastering its unique flavour of fast, twitchy, precise gunplay is a true pilgrimage for many PC gamers, and climbing the leaderboards of CS:GO is a genuine achievement. 

Global Offensive is also the best Counter-Strike has ever been. Not only is it now part of that Steam ecosystem where there’s weapon skin drops all over the place and various cool meta stuff going on, but at a fundamental level it’s beautifully balanced and perfectly designed. Beyond the classic small-scale single-life shootouts, there’s a great variety of modes that make CS:GO the most diverse Counter-Strike game. Check out Arms Race, where players must score kills to win a new weapon. The first player to use every weapon and score a final kill with the knife wins.

Want more? Here's our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review.

Alien: Isolation

Best PC games Alien Isolation

The very best film tie-in game ever made, Alien: Isolation should be on your hard-drive for the environment alone. If you ever wanted to visit the set of the classic 1979 sci-fi horror, this is your chance: you’ll be able to explore a ship of the same class of the Nostromo, with all its clicking computer terminals, humming fluorescent lights, and scraping iris vents. And from there, you’ll be dumped in a massive sprawling space station that evokes the terror of greats like System Shock 2, but with one important difference: at all times you’re being stalked by a single, powerful, unkillable xenomorph. 

As a true survival horror, you can’t fight your enemy. It’s all about outwitting and avoiding it as you attempt to complete the puzzle-like game objectives - and doing so is an exercise in freezing terror. Developer Creative Assembly have produced some of the best artificial intelligence in all of gaming: a creature that actually learns and adapts to how you behave. If it discovers you hiding in lockers, it knows to hunt through every locker. If it sees you jump out an air vent, it will begin to crawl through the ductwork in search of you. The xenomorph is out of sight for the most part, meaning you’ll spend much of your time listening out for the game’s excellent audio cues, and looking at your motion scanner in perpetual fear of a little dot. Tension at its finest.

Want more? Here's our Alien: Isolation review.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Best PC games Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

The freedom fantasy is something developers have been chasing for an age, but Ubisoft finally nailed it 2013 with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. What’s more liberating than your own ship and crew? The effect was no doubt emphasised due the series having been confined to cities and rooftops for five games, but the sudden ability to sail the entire Caribbean sea is astonishingly impressive regardless of your heritage. Black Flag is a pirate simulator, and if that doesn’t boil your blood with excitement then please direct yourself to your local medical centre. 

The standard Assassin’s Creed world and mechanics are all present and correct, and you’ll be sneaking into plantations and stabbing people with hidden blades all over the shop. Thanks to leading rogue Edward Kenway (a guy who happens to be an Assassin mostly because he stole the trendy outfit), the traditional elements remain fun if a little familiar, but taking the helm of his ship is where things become wild. Naval combat is accessible and fun, but also requires tactical planning and exploitation of weak points. And as an enemy’s ship begins to crack and break under the fire of your cannons, swinging onto their deck to eliminate five men with your many holstered flintlocks, before stabbing the captain by diving from the crow's nest, is a thrill no other game can replicate.  

Diablo III

Best PC games Diablo III

Diablo III’s turnaround from one of the most apocalyptic launches in recent memory to a game deserving of its place on this list is as impressive as its sales figures. Vastly underestimating the latter, Blizzard didn’t have the servers in place to handle it. Coupled with some dodgy decision making regarding how the endgame operated and always-online, it wasn’t initially popular.

That all changed with Patch 2.0 and the Reaper of Souls expansion. The game was effectively redesigned from the bottom-up, making gear more interesting to get, characters more exciting to play, and binning the economy-nuking auction house. Overpowered items flowed freely, and 2.1 was almost as big an improvement again.

Now the future of the game is in flux, but there hasn’t been a better time to pick it up. There’s hundreds of hours of fun to be had if you get on with the infinite monster-slaying, power-upping, gear-collecting formula. Oh, and huge damage numbers. Seriously. They’re massive.

The Walking Dead

Best PC games The Walking Dead

Recent years have seen Telltale resurrect the adventure game format for the popular market once more. But rather than illogical puzzles and pixel-hunting gameplay, Telltale have been creating interactive dramas with heavy emphasis on choice and consequence. The Walking Dead has been their strongest tale so far, forcing players to consider what’s best for the wellbeing of their band of survivors as they attempt to fend off zombies, bandits, and starvation. 

Beyond the consequences of every action, decision, and sentence you utter, The Walking Dead is an emotional machine that skews your judgement by introducing Clementine, a young girl who begins to see main character Lee as a father figure. As time goes by you’ll likely find your decisions influenced by what you feel is best for your surrogate daughter, rather than yourself or the rest of your team. At times it may feel like there’s no real decision at all: instinct takes over, and you’ll murder and maim to protect her without realising there was a far more peaceful resolution available. It may be a point-and-click adventure by definition, but The Walking Dead feels more like a father simulator than anything else. 

The second season of The Walking Dead explores life for a slightly older Clementine, and while not evoking quite the same strong protective feelings as season one, is a great tale of being forced to come-of-age as the world goes to hell around you.

World of Warcraft

Best PC games World of Warcraft

The only subscription MMO that ever managed to get it right, WoW is legendary in terms of its effect on the industry and pure number of players. It’s no longer in its heyday, and publishers have moved on to free-to-play for their cash windfall attempts, but the game itself is as good as it has ever been for new players.

You can start a character at a high level to be playing quickly with your friends. The ten levels of adventuring that you do go through are easy to recommend as an RPG by themselves, either with other people sometimes showing up or more regular interaction with fellow players. When you reach endgame you’ll discover a load of things to do, all of them with different progression paths and dozens of hours of depth.

If you ever run out of time, money or patience with it, there’s usually not much of a break before the next World of Warcraft expansion comes out and shakes everything up again, along with another ten levels of story, zones and monsters. Rather than just one game, it’s a thus-far decade-long lifestyle choice.


Best PC games Bioshock

System Shock 2 advocates will tell you that Bioshock’s atmosphere isn’t as potent, nor its corridors as complex. But Irrational’s crossover smash is elevated by Rapture: an impossible city held together only by strength of concept, introduced with hypnotic finesse. Once it’s hooked you in the expertly-choreographed intro, Bioshock goes on introducing instant icons - Andrew Ryan, splicers, the Little Sisters - with the flair of Valve or Kubrick. Irrational paint with both horror and wonder, and often mix the paints.

The Big Daddy is the most important fish in the tank. You and he are the two catalysts crashing through Irrational’s neatly arranged systems, setting off alarms and forcing factions to collide. Your toolkit of traps and tricks encourages ambushes, and those chaotic encounters are one big reason why Rapture feels like an all-too-real place.

As far as the Bioshock series goes, props too to Infinite. It’s world is less engaging but every bit as beautiful and conceptually rich, and its narrative payoff is one of the biggest gutpunches in all of gaming.

League of Legends

League of Legends

Obviously a MOBA makes our list, but the correct one to be playing is the one your mates are into. Be it League, Dota, or Heroes (or, when the time comes, Overwatch), the best MOBA to go for is the one you have friends to play with on the reg and who can show you the ropes. (If you do fancy getting involved, check out our League of Legends beginners guide.)

We’ve picked League of Legends for a few reasons. It’s arguably the most popular game in the world, with upwards of 20 million players sitting down to it every day. It has a massive community that dwarfs any other, and a development studio that has been purely focused on it for many years.

It’s also a total triumph, taking what was a fairly cynical free-to-play title and turning it into a powerhouse of e-sports, design, balance and skill-based gameplay. It’s paved the way for a thousand poor imitators who don’t have a hope of catching up due to the pure amount of money Riot Games pour into the game every single day. From music videos to short animated productions to some of the best player interaction in the industry today, Riot know how to spend their millions (probably billions) of dollars.

Try League of Legends for free.

Want more? Here's our League of Legends review.


Best PC games Portal

Everybody knows now that the cake was a lie, and much of Portal has been meme-ified beyond all meaning. Going back to it, though, is like hearing Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy in context for the first time. Portal remains the minimalist distillation of everything Valve knew about single-player games. 

It was almost as if Half-Life had been stripped back to the frame: a series of self-contained environments with a problem to solve. The idea of a physics gun, with the entry portal attached to one button and the exit portal tied to the other, was both immediate and cerebral. On top of that writers Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek superimposed GLaDOS: an AI with a character arc to rival any other developer’s flesh-and-bone creations. Over just a few hours she shifted from polite, to malevolent, to pleading - and voice actress Ellen McLain delivered belly laughs the whole way.


Best PC games Braid

Appearances can be deceptive, and Braid is a puzzler, not a platformer. But designer Jonathan Blow took more than a moveset from Mario. As with Nintendo’s best work, nothing is repeated, and the rules of Braid’s Prince of Persia rewind key are turned on their head with each new level. Soon enough you’ll be meddling with the rhythm of enemy patrols, applying knowledge gained from previous puzzles in strange ways and marvelling at your own ingenuity. Braid encourages you to be clever, and in your own time - leaving you to retrieve most of its jigsaw pieces in any order. You’re given too much room to move to ever feel stuck… unless you embark on retrieving every last one.

Pretentious poems bookend the challenges, but the real story is told through those puzzles - leading to one final reversal that flips the story of a princess rescue upside-down like an hourglass. Braid is smart, yes - but better than that, it’ll give you the space and support to be smart yourself.

Divinity: Original Sin

Best PC games Divinity Original Sin

Divinity is like one of those wonderful, dribbly deep sleeps which leave you exhausted but perfectly content. It’s very possible you’ll never make it beyond the opening port city of Cyseal, since its map is so large and laced with encounters. In this bottomless well of a classic RPG, character development is an art and even inventory management takes patience and good planning.

The combat, meanwhile, puts the magic back into spellcasting. A fireball can set off a series of explosions when hurled into a poison cloud - or melt ice into water, better to be electrified by a lightning arrow. Every turn has the potential to be an engrossing exercise in rock-paper-scissors experimentation, as likely to blow your party to oblivion as win your battle.

This weightiest of adventures is carried by airy, alliterative dialogue - now voiced in the Enhanced Edition. Just don’t forget: when you’re mining every last NPC for funny lines, talk to the rats too.


Best PC games Dishonored

Dishonored is about getting high. While FPS developers have had access to the Y-Axis since Heretic, none have made better use of it than Deus Ex veteran Harvey Smith and his team at Arkane. Dunwall’s packed levels, reminiscent of 17th century Edinburgh, are warrenlike networks of basements and balconies, streets and waterways, apartments and antechambers.

It’s all traversable thanks to the invention of blinking - a short range teleport so intuitive and freeing that the Deus Ex team have since nabbed it for the similarly vertiginous Mankind Divided. Arkane built their many-pathed maps around simple assassination objectives, and successfully combined the considered creeping of Thief with punchy and dynamic first-person fisticuffs.

Above all, though, it’s the city itself that drives the dagger deepest. Designed by Viktor Antonov, it has the same hard lines and layered architecture as City 17, and tells the story of a state battling physical and political sickness through beautiful vignettes.


Best PC games Minecraft

Forget Minecraft the phenomenon for a minute. Remember Minecraft the game? Where a hundred survival sims on Steam now tell us to eke out an existence, Minecraft actually gave us reason to - pristine new oceans and our own skylines, just waiting for towers and lake houses (and the planting of endless Minecraft seeds).

Notch had experimented with freeform creation before in Wurm Online, but here was something different and immediate. In Minecraft you could pop a rock out of place as quickly as you could think to do it. And there was no need for quantity surveyors in a world built from regular quadrilaterals; planning the foundations of a new building was a simple matter of, well, blocking it out.

There will always be an impressionistic beauty to those procedurally generated mountains. Minecraft, uniquely, is about frontiersmanship: pushing back the dark and finding home. And redstone programming, of course - Notch’s personality runs through the thing like a randomly-placed ravine.

Want more? Here's our Minecraft review.

Cities: Skylines

Best PC games Cities Skylines

More than just a cure for the SimCity blues, Cities: Skylines is the most impressive city-builder of the last decade. Massive, detailed, and absent the awful limitations of Maxis’ last attempt, Colossal Order gave prospective city planners everything they could possibly want. 

Its greatest strength, however, is undoubtedly how much it has embraced mods. Even before launch, modders were putting together their own buildings and tweaks, and now the Steam Workshop page is filled to the brim with everything from complex intersections and towering skyscrapers to entirely new maps. 

Skylines recently received its first expansion, which introduced a day and night cycle, a whole new commercial sector for hotels, bars and tourist attractions and greater control over the city budget – and, of course, modders have been busy making lots of new stuff for it as well.

Want more? Here's our Cities: Skylines review.

Her Story

Best PC games Her Story

Her Story is a mystery contained within hundreds of out of sequence clips from a series of police interviews. A man was murdered, and over the course of several months, his wife is interviewed. To solve the mystery, you watch them – it’s as simple as that. 

The wrinkle is that the database can only be searched using keywords, and then it will only display a few clips, and some of them might not be useful at all. So you have to listen closely, remember important words or phrases, and then search for them later to build up a picture of events. Oh, and at no point are you told if the theory you’ve come up with off the back of all of this is right or wrong.

Holding it all together is actress Viva Seifert, the only voice you’ll hear and face you’ll see in any of the clips. Her tone, body language and word choice are all clues, and you’ll learn to hang off every word she utters. Ultimately, the game is about interpreting the clips to build a story, not really solving a crime, and its so full of twists and turns that you’ll keep questioning everything, long after you’ve finished.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best PC games Skyrim

RPGs are so diverse these days that they really need distinct genres within the genre. If you’re looking for astonishing story and quest design, see The Witcher 3. If you want great combat encounters, try Divinity: Original Sin. If it’s freedom of choice and exploration, Skyrim has you catered better than anything. 

Bethesda are masters of the open world, and the snowy lands of Skyrim are proof. From its variety of unique towns and villages, to its cave networks and abandoned fortresses, not one section of Skyrim feels anything less than handcrafted. That makes it a compelling reason to explore, but a wander around the land offers so much more. There are quests in every nook and cranny, be that simply helping someone find a sword, or solving the case of a haunted house. You can choose to get involved in the most complex stories (the main story or the civil war raging in Skyrim), or ignore that in favour of more grassroots heroism. Without a character and reputation to live up to, your actions in Skyrim feel truly your own. 

Beyond what Bethesda created, this remains a true PC great thanks to the Skyrim modding community. There are thousands of mods, from graphics improvements to whole new quest campaigns, available from the Steam Workshop and the extensive Skyrim Nexus website. Bethesda promised the randomly-generated side quests would make Skyrim endless. Instead, it’s the community’s dedication. 

Want more? Here's our The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim review.

Rocket League

Best PC games Rocket League

Rocket-powered cars playing football – isn’t the future a wonderful thing? Rocket League pits players and AI against each other in teams with a single aim: get an oversized ball into an oversized goal. 

To do that, you’ll boost along the pitch, smash into other cars, perform flips and kicks, drive on the ceiling and, most of the time, end up in a grotesque orgy of spheres and steel as every car collides in an attempt to knock the ball away from or into the goal. It’s messy and chaotic, but rewards precision and teamwork. 

The more you play, the more rewards you get. Want to put a sombrero on a car? Go for it. Want to drive something that looks like Kit from Knight Rider spewing rainbows out of its exhaust? You can do that. It’s all aesthetic, however, as Rocket League always remains a game of skill. 

Want more? Here's our Rocket League review.

Total War: Attila

Best PC games Total War Attila

Attila is the Total War series once again on form, in a setting ripe for epic conflicts. Players take up the mantle of leader of a tribe or an empire during the final days of antiquity, with the once mighty Roman Empire split into two struggling factions, and the threat of the Huns bearing down on everyone. 

It’s all very apocalyptic. Nobody is safe, no borders are impenetrable. Everywhere there are wandering tribes, displaced and willing to fight to find a new home, or nomadic aggressors burning everything around them. And this means one very important thing: there’s always someone to fight. 

It really does feel like total war. Attila is the most aggressive game in the series, avoiding the stagnation that plagued the original Rome II Grand Campaign. There’s always a threat needing to be dealt with, or a new mission egging you on, seducing you into invading yet another province. It’s the end of the world, and everyone is going down fighting.

Want more? Here's our Total War: Attila review.

Left 4 Dead 2

Best PC games Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead is all about panic. It’s a game that forces lengthy durations of near silence on a team of four cooperative players, before ringing a bell and sending a stampede of zombies shrieking at them. Among this moving wall of rotting flesh are zombies with special abilities, such as ones who can jump on your back and steal control from you, or ones with long, rope-like tongues to bind you in place. Just unloading rounds of buckshot into the crowd won’t work at all, but trying to keep a tactical head on as the situation hits the fan is no easy task. Hence the joy of a successful Left 4 Dead 2 run. Overcoming those odds is a triumph. 

A campaign of Left 4 Dead 2 - generally around four missions - is an orchestra. The AI director, a horrible bastard of an overlord that chooses when zombies attack, always ensures that you’re only just about prepared for what comes next. The campaign progresses with rises and falls, and always finishes with an absolute belter of a crescendo, like a rock concert where fireworks detonate over an area as zombies burst under grenade fire.  Fun for four fighters (although don’t try with the AI bots, they’re as stupid as the zombies - one of many things ripe for improvement in Left 4 Dead 3).

Want more? Here's our Left 4 Dead 2 review. 

Kerbal Space Program

Best PC games Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program is a game about building rockets and flinging them into space, but perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it’s a game about fighting physics. Is your rocket too heavy? Do you not have enough thrust? What have you done wrong, because it’s guaranteed to be something, at least in those early experiments. 

And that’s what makes a successful mission so wonderful. You’ve flipped the bird at physics, breaking free of the planet. All the work, all the failures, all the engineering – it’s worth it when you finally succeed. Even if it is another failure, that just means you’ve learned something new and been given an opportunity to improve your design with countless rocket parts. 

This has all been bolstered by an inventive community of Kerbal modders that have, since the days of Early Access, been busy making more tools and parts for you to use. And during a time when we’re planning actual trips to Mars, the game mimics and celebrates the incredible ingenuity that’s involved in spaceflight.

Want more? Here's our Kerbal Space Program review.

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1 Year ago

Having games not yet released included in the list of the best PC games of 2015 is stupid and irresponsible. Has the author(s) of this stupid post even played and finished any of the games listed that are not yet been released?

Stop doing this piece of sh*t IGN has been doing for years.

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Not to mention that some of those games won't even be released until 2016.

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Jonah The Bear(1 day 11 hours played)
1 Year ago

divinity is the best game to come this year and it isnt even mentioned? it would be one of the only pc exclusive games on this list

Fraser Brown Avatar
1 Year ago

It will be in the next batch. This just goes up to July, it doesn't include it.

Fattox Avatar
1 Year ago

How come you guys didn't just make a new article for 2015 games? It's gonna get a bit messy up in herrrr with all the older comments and such.


On topic, i wouldn't be suprised if near half of these games don't arrive until 2016. Only 2 months until GTA 5 makes me happy though!

The Duane Avatar
10 Months ago

Hurrah! Another best games article with unreleased games. Its not like people come to these articles to see games they would like to play or something crazy like that.

Thradar Avatar
8 Months ago

Star Citizen might be out in 3 years. Might.

CleanInternet Avatar
8 Months ago

Squadron 42 (solo game) is relased end of 2016 and the MMO part will be in 2017. Accessible for test and feedback from now till final release. A great opportunity to see a AAA evolved from inside!

BJDUK Avatar
1 Year ago

Wolfenstein: The New Order was great fun, Tropico 5 was fun but too short, expecting lots of DLC...

Chris Evans Avatar
1 Year ago

Thought there might have been Spintire's on there, maybe in place of Banished.

Either way, this just goes to show how strong the PC gaming scene has become. Looking forward to more great titles in the next batch, Original Sin for sure.

Fraser Brown Avatar
1 Year ago

Banished was added to the list in March, before Spintires was released.

Chris Evans Avatar
1 Year ago

Ah good shout then, lost track of what the new games on the list were!

Fraser Brown Avatar
1 Year ago

Wolfenstein and everything below it is new. We probably could have made it a bit clearer.

stjimmyrulesx Avatar
1 Year ago

Did this guy actually say he can't figure out how to be the robot? He's been playing for a week and can't figure out how to go near the robot and press x? you don't even need to approach from the front you can enter from any angle. This guy just lost alot of credibility.

elvismiggell Avatar
1 Year ago

I think he knows how to get in it, what he means is he can't figure out how to last more than about 20 seconds before getting destroyed.

Though I may of course be wrong.

Selarek Avatar
1 Year ago

if people just clicked "next page"...

El Burrito Avatar
1 Year ago

I thought Watchdogs was pretty boring I don't know.

icheyne Avatar
1 Year ago

Great that you're updating this as the year goes on, rather than the usual Christmas splurge.

Hickeri Avatar
1 Year ago

So far I've enjoyed Scrolls, the card game (far more than Hearthstone), I recommend you give it a look. Scrolls has quite a lot of depth (board with movement dynamics) while actually being easy and fun for new players as well. Its official release is in a month (cost reduced to 5$) with a bunch of new features (free demo for all), it should really pick up in popularity.

NihlusGreen Avatar
1 Year ago

The backlog continues to expand....need to quit work so I can game fulltime

Jezcentral Avatar
1 Year ago

Oh gods, is there a game amongst these that doesn't aim to give us 100 hours of entertainment?

jerjergege Avatar
1 Year ago

No Tom Clancy's the division?

Turrican Avatar
Turrican(7 days 7 hours played)
11 Months ago

Surprised not to see Invisible Inc., Endless Legend and Age of Wonders III not on the list.

Pickaxegaming Avatar
10 Months ago

Most of these games I haven't even heard of not to mention personly I'm not really a FNaF fan but I think at least one should be on there I mean they are pretty successful.

AnAuldWolf Avatar
10 Months ago

The problem with these lists is that once you've made them, you always find you've forgotten titles. Then you wrack your mind to see which ones you've unfortunately left out and shake up the list again with a peppering of fresh entries to diversify it. And yet still you've not even scratched the surface of the goodness lurking locked away within your mind, your overly fallible recall having you rue the day you were born organic.

Personally, I would've had Thomas was Alone on this list (which is cheating considering its original release date), along with many others. It isn't my list though, so that doesn't matter. And it matters even less so in that I've given some fairly sound reasoning as to why listicles are fairly pointless in the first place! Stimulates the rabble, though.

And here we are, being stimulated. /rabblerabble

AnAuldWolf Avatar
8 Months ago

To each their own, but I'm actually a little surprised that Undertale didn't make this list. Unless I missed it, which I might have as I was skimming and my sight isn't exactly fantastic.

Undertale was this year's revelation for me. It's incredibly clever on so many levels, it's proven to be everything from emotional, to empowering, to one of the better and least xenophobic stories told on PC to this day. It's spawned so much art and creative effort in my creative circles that I figured it was almost Universally loved.

For me and mine, it was a magical time.

Ultimately though it was an examination of human nature that was every bit as clever as The Beginner's Guide. Couple that with a good, warm sense of humour and an alien world which still feels warm and inviting, and that it was created by one person? I think it stands up as one of the greatest PC games of all time.

This isn't the kind of thing you see very many games resulting in at all:

It's heartwarming and endearing. If nothing else, in this cold, unrelenting, holographic-projection-from-a-2D-surface reality of ours it's provided me with some comfort.

If all games were like it and inspired this much creativity... Well, I'd probably like video games a lot more.

AnAuldWolf Avatar
8 Months ago

Another problem with these recurring articles is that due to a very specifically bad memory (hooray for physical brain deformations), I actually tend to forget I've posted in them.

Oops. >_>;

TouristTam Avatar
6 Months ago

Someone doesn't like Prison Architect. :p

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Rock1m1(4 days 6 hours played)
3 Months ago

Playing XCOM 2. Welcome to Addiction Commander!

InNodWeTrust Avatar
1 Year ago

ERRR. Where is WatchDogs? I mean i know that Wolfenstein was an amazing game but watchdogs is one of the biggest games this year? Kinda feel you've missed that out for a reason? If so, why is Titanfall in?

Pseudonym Avatar
1 Year ago

Banished? It's pretty freaking awful. You can cover all the content in half an hour, and from there it's a meaningless economy of scale offering nothing in terms of engaging challenge or gameplay. Just play an old Sierra citybuilder for an experience a hundred times more thought out.

Tovias Avatar
2 Years ago

Not Blackguards? fo' shame

superfly2000 Avatar
1 Year ago

Can't Believe World of Tanks is not on the list. It is a huge hit and a really good game still. MMO's getting discriminated as usual.

Fraser Brown Avatar
1 Year ago

WoT came out in 2010.

vickyjohn1 Avatar
1 Year ago

You have added Banished and you left watch dogs. LOL ..