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Topic of the Week: Which modern PC games should every gamer play?

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Right you lot, I'm going to be completely honest with you here: not only am I the new boy in the brilliant PCGamesN team, but I have only had a decent gaming PC for just under a year. I know... I know. Until recently, I'd eagerly followed PC gaming at a distance, lusting after a juicy rig from afar and crying myself to sleep because I lacked the cash. 

Now I have one and I'm enjoying some sexier ports of older games, better-looking versions of new games, and I've been uncovering some games from PC's past. I'm also enjoying buying hundreds of games in sales and never actually playing them. Yay for PC gaming!

As a kid, I grew up playing the inferior console ports of some classic PC games, so I've played stuff like Deus Ex, for example. It's one of my all-time favourites - a defining moment - but I could never go back to it now because it's so ugly. I'm sorry, but not even its mother could love it.

I recently bought System Shock 2 and I had the exact same problem with that. I can't go back to empty, box-shaped rooms and horrific, angular faces. I know, I'm shallow - shut up! You can talk when I'm done.

So, this is what I want to know: which modern PC games would you recommend everyone plays? It can be for any reason: its deep systems, gorgeous visuals, a specific character or an expertly woven story.

Now, they don't have to have been released this year, but any game released in the last ten years would probably be a good baseline. Obviously don't list them all, just pick your personal top games that fit and let us know why. Check the comments and see what other people have posted. I'd like to have a nice long chat.

I'm not going to suggest any, because I really want to see what you folk come up with. Let's put together a list of modern classics - something people will come to years from now, just to see how right we all are.

Give me your top fives, top tens, one really strong recommendation - go into as much or as little detail as you like. I will judge you if I don't agree - shut up! Not really, it's your turn to talk now. I love you all.

Now hit me with your opinions. 

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Htorne Avatar
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2 Years ago

I picked these games, mostly because of their Gamer cultural impact.

They will be remembered for a long time, for the good and the bad.

Modern classics:

1. Minecraft

2. Mass Effect 1,2,3

3. DayZ

4. World of Warcraft

5. Civilization V

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

Played Minecraft (my kid plays it most days), the Mass Effect series is one of my favourite ever, haven't had chance to try Day Z yet, don't like paying a sub for games so I'll never play WoW and I've played 20 hours of Civ V but still haven't finished my first game.

All good choices, though!

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Htorne Avatar
501
2 Years ago

Just a preemptive comment - I know these games might not be the jewel of their genre anymore, but they have influenced a lot of games.

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

1. Mount and Blade: Warband

2. Divinity: Original Sin

3. Red Orchestra 2

4. Men of War: AS2

5. XCOM

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

XCOM is amazing. Can't wait for the sequel. I have Red Orchestra, but I'm not great at it.

I have Mount and Blade, but I've barely touched it. Should really get back to that. I've never even heard of Men of War. Really want to try Divinity: OS.

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Kristo256 Avatar
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2 Years ago

Definitely try Divinity: OS, though If you haven't played it yet, I'd suggest waiting until the enhanced edition free update comes.

2. Mass effect 3 - I just finished this game today for the first time and I'm not ashamed to say that during the ending, I shed manly tears.

3. Stealth Bastard Deluxe Or Stealth Inc 2, Im not sure which to choose between the two, as i've only played around 2 hours of the 2nd game, but both are very nice platformers which i suggest you try out at some point.

4.Terraria - I don't really have much to say about this game, even though It's consumed nearly a thousand hours of gameplay for me, It's a great game, play it with some friends.

5 - Civilzation V (with all the dlc obviously) - I can't stress this enough, this game is a great time sink! It'll keep pulling you back to it, even after you swear not to play it again.

6. Anno series, This is a great economy management city builder series that has kept me busy for a very long time, I remember vividly playing my first game of Anno 1701, It was mind boggling at first but I quickly fell in love with it, and It's sequels keep building on the great foundation that the previous games set. Every game gets better and better.

7. Burnout Paradise City - To me, this game is when arcade racing reached Its peak,

8. Prototype & Prototype 2 - Great games worth playing, Unless you're one of those people who really dislikes unrealistic games.

9. Saints row 4 - Dubstep gun, superpowers, punching aliens in the groin and a giant dildo as a melee weapon. Need I say more?

10. Injustice Gods among us. The Mortal Kombat styled DC game I always wished for, with the added surprise of a great story (And prequel comics, which are worth checking out if you're into that kind of stuff). Finally I could show batman fans that supes can and will wipe the floor with batman. I like to play as the evil superman in the multiplayer, he looks badass.

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Htorne Avatar
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2 Years ago

No shame in getting a little dust in your eyes during Mass Effect :)

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

I'm so jealous that you just finished the Mass Effect trilogy. One of the best of all time, imo. I've played every game on this list apart from Anno.

Gotta say, I hate the Prototype games. I don't mind unrealistic games, I just found them dull, despite the incredible powers.

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Kristo256 Avatar
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Kristo256 replied to Kirk McKeand
2 Years ago

I'll admit that prototype games may be a bit more fun to the people that like to dick around.

I suggest you try anno though if you're into city builders, while 1701 is slightly old, It's still a great game nevertheless. 1404 kicked up the size of the game quite a bit, and 2070 took it even further with the futuristic setting and factions (Ecological faction and Tycoon faction) It's the best city builder series I've played. It's another great timesink along with Civ V. Even though it does have war and combat, I'd suggest playing Anno purely economically, as the combat isn't all that great. It's a bit more interesting with friends though as then you wont have to manufacture everything you need while giving you a reason to manage trading routes a bit more than just pick up goods from here and deliver there.

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

I am not great at RO2 neither but I just love its gameplay and ambient. Mount and Blade: Warband is my favorite game ever, I have over 2000 hours on it and would have more if Jacob updates his fucking mod, I fucking hate you Jacob just do it.

Men of War is a RTT like Company of Heroes with crazy micro, loads of fun to play with a friend on those last stand maps. Divinity: OS is probably one of the best turn based RPG to come out in the last years, speaking mostly in terms of Gameplay since writing isn't top notch, not bad, mind you, but not something worth pointing out.

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Frosti Avatar
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2 Years ago

To point out a few that haven't been mentioned:

Shogun Total War 2 (especially the Fall of the Samurai DLC)

Wolfenstein the New Order (The best FPS released in the last few years IMO and must be played with a mouse and keyboard to be appreciated)

Cities Skylines

Path of Exile

Crusader Kings 2 (this has a steep learning curve but is well worth it)

Sins of a Solar Empire (check out the STA3 Mod too)

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

I'm playing Rome 2 at the minute - I grabbed that Total War Humble Bundle. I bought Shogun 2 a while back in a sale, but it refused to even start loading so I got a refund.

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Findaer Avatar
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2 Years ago

I second these picks.

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Findaer Avatar
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2 Years ago

Lots of great picks here. A few more PC exclusives I would recommend:

World of Warships

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Europa Universalis IV

Dungeon of the Endless

Game Dev Tycoon

This Sims 3

Local multiplayer has been awesome lately as well. Get a group of friends together and play:

Samurai Gunn

SpeedRunners

Gang Beasts

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xaidwar Avatar
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2 Years ago

Heres a list i loved.

Dying light

Dishonoured

DMC

Metal gear Rising

Bioshock Infinite

Batman: arkham series

Shadow of mordor

Wolfestien the new order

Deus Ex human revolution

Just cause 2

Tomb raider

Blacklist

Far cry

Darksiders series

COD black ops 2

witcher 3

dead space 2

i know most of them are single player, but they gave me an amazing experience

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Dog Pants Avatar
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2 Years ago

These are far from my favourites, some I don't even really like, but I can't deny they're influential and arguably the best new examples of their genres.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - I got fed up of it towards the end, but it does capture most of what made Deus Ex great. Plus it's beautifully designed.

Civ V - Some would argue that it's not the best Civ game, but it's bloody good either way, and Civ is ingrained into the very fabric of PC gaming.

Starcraft 2: I suck at RTS games, but SC2 is still new and interesting, plus it has the arcade (for free if you don't fancy an RTS either).

Heroes of the Storm - Oops, two Blizz games in a row. I sound like a fanboy now. Personally I prefer Dota 2, but if you want to see what the MOBA fuss is about then HotS is much more accessible, and more pleasant.

Bioshock Infinite - Doesn't really stand up to System Shock 2 or Bioshock in my opinion, but it's new and pretty and a lot of people enjoyed it.

Skyrim - Open world is the new hotness right now, and Skyrim is very open and very moddable. Fallout 4 might be a better option soon though.

Dirty Bomb - I have to put a competitive shooter in here somewhere. CS:GO is close enough to CS to be decent (opinions vary, it's not my thing anyway), but Dirty Bomb is free and pretty good.

I can't suggest a good MMO. Guild Wars 2 was good, but I doubt I got my £50 out of it. WoW is also good but again would cost a lot to get started on now. MMOs are so last decade anyway.

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Shriven Avatar
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2 Years ago

Ill pick one from most genres.

The Walking Dead,

World of Warcraft

Dragon Age:Origins

Team Fortress 2

Any of the Big 3 Moba's

Civilization V

Minecraft.

Alien Isolation

Skyrim

Hearthstone

X-Com: Enemy Unknown

Grand Theft Auto V

Broken Age

Portal 2

Mark of the Ninja

Football Manager

FTL: Faster Than Light

This War of Mine

Papers, Please.

Divinity: Original Sin

Infact, this gives me an idea for a video series!

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
300
2 Years ago

Good selection. I've played the majority of these. Nice to see someone who appreciates Alien: Isolation - cracking game.

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Fraser Brown Avatar
960
2 Years ago

Sunless Sea. You might go mad and eat your crew in an underground ocean. It's lovely.

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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2 Years ago

Blizzard's entire back catalog, but SC2 and the games they've made since in particular - the campaign is a delight, and shows it's possible to make an RTS that isn't just a series of skirmishes. Diablo 3 has turned around amazingly and is great fun for watching enemies explode into globs of loot. WoW is great, but a timesink.

Try the MOBAs. Statistically you're almost guaranteed to like one. People to play with is the main draw - the games industry seems pretty Dota slanted, but League has more players so you might know folks into that.

Bulletstorm and Mass Effect 3 are two of my favourite games of all time, but you've probably played both already.

The Binding of Isaac is one of my most played games on Steam and can suck any amount of time you have away, particularly with the upcoming Afterbirth expansion.

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Jeremy Peel Avatar
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2 Years ago

Everyone ought to try Dishonored - if only to see where the System Shocks and Deyer Sexes have led us. Layered level design, dynamic stealth and intricate networks of emergent AI waiting for you to stick a finger in - all of that reassures me that contemporary PC gaming not only matches the highs of the '90s, but has one over on them.

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Jezcentral Avatar
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2 Years ago

UFO: Enemy Unknown (or its modern sequel).

Starcraft (or its modern sequel).

Deus Ex (or its modern sequel).

Hitman: Blood Money. It may not be utterly modern, but it is a great game).

Also, Gone Home. Nice and short, and a good one for the gaming CV.

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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2 Years ago

It's hard to say, isn't it? I think it varies from person to person. I think that the way to look at this is by asking what the PC platform can offer both game and gamer alike that can be found nowhere else.

I think that's a difficult list to make, since you have to look at what couldn't be ported to or available on another platform. You have to define what makes the PC a different experience.

I think that something like A Story About my Uncle might be a good place to start. It exists in an ecosystem where it can be noticed and appreciated for what it is. It's a niche title, and worth every bit as much of your time as any big budget title. But why? It's a more calm experience than most, and one that may not be appreciated by more high octane audiences. There it may only serve to indemnify for an absence, but here it epitomises the more serene aspects of the history of PC gaming. It's not a long game, but it's one you'll take your time with anyway. And it's completely devoted to the story it wants to tell, from elder to child, in a very relaxed and playful way.

I love console games, I've always hated the divide between the platforms. And you won't find a bigger fan of the likes of Okami, Spyro, Ratchet & Clank, and so on. I do, however, accept that there have always been differences in the cultures of the platforms. Even back when, one might play Super Mario Bros, whilst another plays Day of the Tentacle.

Other than that, I think that the benefits of playing a PC game can be summed up by its open nature. If one wishes to make a thing for it, one can. Whether this is an actual small game made by one person in their spare time (like the recent Rivals of Aether, which is bloody brilliant) or a mod for an existing game. The community that surrounds Portal 2 is a fine example, everything from their cooperation in the ARG to the test chambers they've made.

I could, for example, think of games which require a mouse and further explain the more relaxed nature of PC gaming. There are various strategy and tactical games. Though these could just as easily exist on mobile platforms were it not for the size restrictions and the weird manipulative cultural programming that exists there that almost every game must be designed to exploit the consumer in some way or another. (I own an iPad 3 running iOS 8 and I browse the app store regularly, only to be disappointed.)

So were mobile hardware and software designers to wise up, I could just as easily see someone playing Command & Conquer 2 on their phone. For now, though, it remains a PC experience for those who like it. It's an acquired flavour, though, and it won't be for everyone.

Well, I don't think I should meander on this topic any more, but perhaps my meanderings will help others pin down the sorts of games that a modern PC gamer should want to play? I'm just not very good at this. I'm more intrigued by the variables involved than naming the games themselves.

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BHC-Max Avatar
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2 Years ago

cod 4 - modern warfare

cod 5 - world at war

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