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On this list you'll find the best PC games we're playing right now—recent singleplayer hits, thriving esports, and a few modern classics that would improve any library. We'll continue to update this list as new games release, removing older favorites and replacing them with our latest obsessions. Rather than an ever-expanding list that reaches deep into the past, we're shooting for a practical answer to the question: 'What new PC game should I get?
If you're looking for a more comprehensive list which includes our favorite games from the past few decades, check out our yearly Top list or our list of the most important PC games. For an up-to-date look at upcoming games, we've assembled a guide to the new games of Need a new system to play these games on?
If you want something that works out of the box, we also recommend some pre-built PCs. Deathloop Another great Arkane immersive sim, this time set in a time loop with an optional multiplayer invasion system.
We've heard reports of stuttering issues in the PC version, but haven't been able to reproduce them ourselves —keep any eye on the patch notes. Valheim We got really into Viking survival game Valheim for a bit: Chris said it was making him love survival games again. Interest cooled after a while, but the big Hearth and Home update has us ready to start all over.
Outside of reviewing it again, we are literally out of ways to recommend detective RPG Disco Elysium more highly. Life is Strange: True Colors An emotional story adventure game in which the warning that an action may have consequences "can make your stomach start to do somersaults," says Rachel. Old World A turn-based 4X strategy game that, at least for the moment, outdoes Civilization at its game.
Highly recommended. Psychonauts 2 Double Fine nailed this long awaited sequel to a classic platforming adventure. Apex Legends Apex Legends is our current favorite battle royale game. It's been thriving this year. Consistently fun thanks to a bunch of smart little de decisions. Find out why in our review. Wildermyth is the game for you. Go have a Viking adventure—it's worth it. A "stupendously intricate mechanical cake," as we put it in our review.
It might take an hour or so to click, but when it does it's better than the reboot. One of the best detective games you can play. Every year, we publish a new version of the PC Gamer Topa list of the best PC games from throughout time that we think you'll enjoy right now. The latest list was published September Here are the top ten games on that list.
It's an interesting time to be playing it, too, because we're expecting changes to come with the launch of the new Treyarch Call of Duty game, Black Ops — Cold War. The map is fantastic, the 'ping' communication system is something every FPS should have from here on, the guns and movement are great fun no wallrunning, but sliding down hills feels greatand it's free-to-play with nothing to pay for except cosmetics. It isn't the game we expected from Respawn, but we're glad it's here. Check James' review for more. It also adds a bunch of quality of life improvements.
Siege's learning curve is a result of all the stuff characters, gadgets, elaborate maps, and guns that's been added since Decemberbut eventually you find yourself picking operators, map spots, and roles that you're comfortable with.
GTA 5 runs beautifully on PC, and its open world is still the best of any game, a gorgeous sprawl that replicates everything we associate with Los Angeles: the flat heat, the atmosphere, the fact that the city is so damn big. The campaign is the series' best ever, punctuated by ambitious heist missions involving all three protagonists. It's a lot of fun to spend time in this world.
If you want to take things further, GTA Online is waiting for you with an absolute ton of stuff to do. Not all of it is amazing, but with a few friends, it's great fun to knock through the Online mode's bespoke heists, and owning a business feels pretty cool too.
There are plenty of ways to play this game forever, including all of these great mods. The Witcher 3 follows Geralt, the world's grumpiest monster-slaying bounty hunter, as he fights and magics his way across a medieval fantasy world. It tells a well-written, clever story, but more importantly, The Witcher 3 is the best open-world RPG you can explore right now and quite possibly the best there's ever been.
The Witcher 3 is great mostly because it's so full of things to do.
It's a huge world chockablock with ghouls, vampires, and wraiths—and the people can be pretty nasty, too. The size and depth of the world gives every quest context, an anchor that feels like it stretches back into history. Investigating a haunted farmhouse, for example, turns up clues about the type of spectre involved. Choosing the right weapon and brewing up a special potion feel like steps in a centuries-old ceremony.
The Witcher 3 is a triumph of worldbuilding. Besides the world, Geralt himself is the star of the show. He's frequently dour and funny and jaded, and he's an appealing character to spend time with. Some of the storylines will mean more to long-time fans of the Witcher books and games, but even without playing the earlier games in the Witcher series, The Witcher 3 is worth several hundred hours of your time.
The Harvest Moon farm-life sims used to be console-only. Then indie deer Eric Barone came along and made this tribute so we too can enjoy the pastoral fantasy of chicken ownership and mayonnaise profiteering. In Stardew Valley, you inherit a farm in the countryside and split your days between growing crops and befriending the locals, a colorful cast of eccentrics, some of whom can be romanced. You either get super serious about maximizing your income, creating the perfect grid of profitable crops for each season, or just potter about, taking the occasional fishing trip or delving into the monster mines as the mood takes you.
You build a spacecraft, and fly it into space. Simple, right? Usually it's not. A lot of things can go wrong as you're constructing a vessel from Kerbal Space Program's vast library of parts, almost always explosively so. But as you trial-and-error your way to a stable orbit, you start to unlock the full breadth of what Kerbal offers. You can build many different types of ship, and use them to edge further and further out into the solar system, enjoying your achievement as you contemplate the vast solitude of space.
Kerbal Space Program is equal parts slapstick comedy and majestic exploration—incredibly silly, but evocative where it counts. Depending how you feel about diving, Subnautica can be either a wonderful opportunity to explore an alien aquarium or a straight-up horrorshow. Even with the survival stuff turned off so you don't have to regularly grab fish and eat them as you swim past, its depths contain claustrophobic tunnels and beasts big enough to swallow you whole. The thing is, Subnautica works as both a tense survival game about making it day by day in a hostile alien ocean and a way to drift around meeting strange sea creatures and eating them.
Factorio Surviving Mars Rust See our full list of the best survival games. Proteus takes nature and simplifies it into evocative shapes and sounds. Curved hills, solid tree trunks, frogs that burble and bounce. Wandering over its island of pastel plants and animals triggers a variety of pleasant noises, a symphony that builds as you chase birds or stand still among the fireflies. It's what every chillout room aspires to be. Try to save the human race from an alien invasion, five turns at a time, in the brilliant bite-sized roguelike strategy game from the makers of FTL.
Into the Breach feels almost like a puzzle game, because it presents you with clear information on what the enemy is doing every turn, and it's so well-balanced, there's almost always a solution that will get you out of a mission alive.
There are multiple teams of mechs to unlock and choose from, and their abilities play off one another incredibly well. In the Rusting Hulks squad, for example, the nimble Jet Mech can drop a bomb that deals damage and envelops enemies with a smoke cloud, while the passive ability on the Rocket Mech causes smoke clouds to deal damage to enemy units.
Each squad has its own playstyle, and you can freely mix and match mechs to create your own team-ups. Ending a mission after preventing all damage to the fragile civilian buildings scattered around the map never stops feeling like a triumph.
This brutal strategy game puts you in charge of a resistance force during an alien occupation. The XCOM format blends base building, squad construction and strategic command with tense turn-based tactical battles. As you pilot your enormous home base between territories, you gather materials and research the enemy to unlock cooler space lasers and rad-as-hell armour for your crew.
Vanila XCOM 2 was a tough, lean survival game that held you to with a doomsday countdown. War of the Chosen gives you even more problems in the form of three minibosses who stalk you throughout your campaign.
Fortunately, you can befriend three resistance factions—each with their own suite of gadgets for you to research—and use their le to track down your nemeses. The result is a layered, engrossing tactical game with a lot of dramatic intrigue. Hate to see them messing up our plans; love to blow them up with massive space guns in revenge. Warhammer is a dark fantasy setting shared by multiple games, popular because of its grim maximalism it has two Mordors and about three Draculas. The Total War games are a venerable series of historical strategy games with unit-shuffling battles and large-scale nation management.
The combination of Total War and Warhammer is a perfect match. Warhammer's factions are strong mixes of trad fantasy archetypes and oddballs like the beloved ratmen called skaven, who are easily set against each other on a big map. Meanwhile, the abstract scale of Total War seems less odd when removed from recognizable historical events. It's the best of both worlds. There's a campaign where each faction races to control a magical vortex by conducting a string of rituals, each providing a ificant boost when performed, but if you want to slow the pace you can spring for both this and the game, then combine their maps together into a gigantic life-consuming war for domination called Mortal Empires.
A brilliant singleplayer deck builder, Slay the Spire hooked the PC Gamer team back when it was in Early Access, and now it has even more to offer, including daily challenges and custom runs. The joy of it, as Evan explains in his reviewis how much power you can accrue through smart deckbuilding.
Because it's a singleplayer card game, the monsters don't have to have fun, and your deck doesn't have to be balanced with any other—which means absurd combos are possible. But it's also possible to create terrible decks as you ascend the spire, picking new cards along the way and finding relics that encourage certain builds. There's so much strategy to learn that it can take tens of hours to reach the endgame, but starting a new run always feels exciting. Lead a scrappy mercenary company across a half-scripted, half-procedurally generated singleplayer campaign as you complete escort, assassination, base capture, and other missions for cash, salvage, and faction reputation.
In the style of XCOM, BattleTech is about sending roster of mechs and to a lesser extent pilots into planetary combat, then managing the monetary and mortal aftermath of that spent armor, broken mech legs, dead pilots, and plundered parts of your enemies in the comfort of your spaceship base. Unlike XCOM, the turn-based combat is a wonderfully granular game of angles and details: mechs have 11 different armor segments, and weapons and ammo are housed in these individually destructible locations. The orientation, heat level, speed, and stability of your mechs matters, and fights between the durable walking tanks play out like heavyweight boxing matches.
Our favorite puzzle game ofReturn of the Obra Dinn is a detective game set upon a ship once lost at sea. You, an insurance investigator, must determine what happened to the crew. We're sure you've never played anything quite like it unless you've played it. Portal would be great if it only had inventive puzzles. It would be great if it only had clever writin g.I want some action right now
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