Despite strong showings from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, PC gaming is still going strong. Analysts believe that by 2022, the PC games market will hit an impressive $37 billion in sales!
Make no mistake, PC gaming isn’t going anywhere.
Whether this is your first foray into gaming on a PC or you’re looking to refresh and optimize your current PC and get back into the digital waters, there’s never been a better time to be a gamer.
Here are 10 of the top games you’ll want to check out.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
Okay, okay, we know. Skyrim is far from a new game. In fact, Bethesda’s open world opus is already eight years old.
But Skyrim remains one of the best games for new gamers and returning adventurers alike.
If you’ve never experienced Skyrim, you’re in for a wonderful treat. The game features rich, interwoven lore, exciting combat, and a map so big that you can explore for dozens of hours and still find new locations.
So what’s in it for returning players? Two words: Mod support.
By installing mods, you can make the game look and play better than ever. From graphical updates to a strange mod that replaces the game’s dragons with Macho Man Randy Savage, there are hundreds if not thousands of mods to check out.
2. Diablo III:
Diablo III is Blizzard’s latest version of the classic dungeon crawling adventure series.
Choose from several different classes like the powerful barbarian or magical wizard and set out to save New Tristram from Diablo himself.
It’s hard to get bored with Diablo III, even years after its initial release.
That’s because the game features procedurally generated dungeons, making each journey into the depths different.
What’s more, Blizzard still supports the game through its Seasons program. Every few months brings new loot, enemies and more, so you can master new builds for years to come.
From one Blizzard game to the next, it seems as if the company can do no wrong. If exploring dark and dank caverns isn’t quite your style, maybe you’d prefer the cute, cartoonish Overwatch instead.
If you’ve somehow never heard of Overwatch, it’s a multiplayer hero shooter where players switch between 29 characters.
It’s a simple yet fun shooter that embraces the lighter side of gaming.
Would you kindly give BioShock a try?
It’s hard to believe that BioShock is over a decade old now. In fact, it seems like yesterday that we were taking our first dip into the underwater dystopia, Rapture. But time has been surprisingly kind to the game and its sequels.
BioShock’s shooting remains as tight and rewarding as ever, and the RPG-lite elements still offer tons of player choice.
But it’s BioShock’s story that holds up the best. To this day it remains one of the best-told stories in video games, forcing players to question morality, agency, and more.
To this day, BioShock is one of the best looking games on PC. And it’s one of the most well-reviewed, too, currently sitting at 96% on Metacritic.
5. Black Mesa:
While Half-Life may not look or play as well as it once did, a group of dedicated fans is out to preserve the game.
Their solution is Black Mesa, a remake built from the ground up designed to introduce a whole new group of players to Gordon Freeman and his alien enemies.
While the original Half-Life is still playable thanks to Valve’s digital storefront, Steam, we recommend checking out Black Mesa instead.
The game is currently unfinished, with the final level still in development. However, gamers can expect about 10-12 hours of gameplay at a minimum from the current product.
6. Stardew Valley:
Some of these games are enough to stress you out. Why not escape for a while and get back to the basics?
If you’d rather chill out and relax than blast opposing teams or aliens, Stardew Valley is the perfect game for you. Inspired by the classic farming simulator Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley is an exercise in the art of zen.
Players can take control of a failing family farm and bring it back to greatness. Grow crops, raise livestock, go fishing, romance the townspeople and more.
Although it released a few years ago, the developer continues to offer regular updates that change and improve the game. Most recently, Stardew even received a multiplayer co-op mode.
7. Garry’s Mod:
So Garry’s mod isn’t one of the best looking games on PC. Nor does it have a great narrative.
What it does have are tools. And lots of them!
In Garry’s Mod, players can create and play in their very own digital sandbox. Import assets like characters from your favorite games and create new game modes.
If you’d rather see what others are up to, you can hop on a server and check out one of the game’s hundred or so different options, like Prop Hunt, which is like a more ridiculous version of hide-and-go-seek.
While other games on this list will run you between $10 and $60, Warframe is entirely free to play.
Part shooter, part hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, Warframe is a great option for those looking for a great online experience.
With several worlds to explore, countless missions to try out, and competitive multiplayer, Warframe is a complete console-game experience wrapped in a free to play packaging.
9. Doom (2016):
Doom and PC gaming go together like peanut butter and jelly. Something about it is just right.
In fact, the original Doom was one of the first games to launch the PC multiplayer revolution back in 1993!
The latest iteration of the franchise, the soft reboot, 2016’s Doom, is perhaps the best entry yet. With frenzied shooting, fast-paced gameplay, and one of the best soundtracks for any game ever, players owe it to themselves to check it out.
It’s also one of the best looking games on PC, making it a great game for those who want to test their new PC’s power.
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4:
Public opinion seems to have waned against the Call of Duty franchise in recent years. While it remains one of the best-selling franchises of all time, players seem to have tired of the shooter.
Duty developer Activision saw this and sought to make things right.
The result is one of the most enjoyable, freshest Call of Duty experiences since the first Modern Warfare.
Not only will players get to enjoy the high-octane multiplayer and co-op zombies action the series has become known for, but BLOPS 4’s latest mode may be the breath of fresh air gamers are after.
Blackout mode is CoD’s answer to the battle royale genre. Think of it as a middle ground between Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Take Your Gaming to the Next Level with These Top Games:
If you’re looking for something great to play, any of these top games make for a great pick. Whether you’re a fan of shooters, high fantasy, or farming, there’s something great on this list for you.
But before you start your next marathon session, make sure you play in style. Check out our guide to choosing the perfect gaming chair so you can keep playing for hours.