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Hold your head high, friend. You're a PC gamer, a member of that most august circle within gaming society. Let the button mashing rabble scream at each other for eternity in their laughable 'console wars'. For PC owners enjoy the best value hardware, the upgrades and the mods. But most importantly, the vast library of quality games. These are the best PC games playable right now.

This article will be updated each month as new (and better!) games are made available.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Developer: CD Projekt RED
  • Publisher: CD Projekt

The third installment in The Witcher series was released in May 2015 and sent an already successful franchise into the stratosphere, handing players a wide open, free-ranging world to explore. An action RPG played from the 3rd-person perspective, the player takes on the role of Geralt of Rivia, a monster-hunter on a mission in the war-torn Northern Kingdoms.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was met with huge critical acclaim for its compelling narrative, detailed world-building, combat system and huge sandbox game world. The game is really a tour-de-force, with the only drawback being the fixed protagonist. Geralt is a fine hero, and his abilities are customizable, but some RPG diehards might object to not being able to design their protagonist from scratch. The game of the year edition, complete with two expansion packs, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, was released in August 2016.


  • Developer: Firaxis Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games

XCOM 2 is the 2016 sequel to Firaxis's smash hit XCOM: Enemy Unknown and an immense source of joy for hardcore strategy game fans. Earth has spent 20 years under the sinister yoke of an alien occupation, but hope for humanity lives on in the form of XCOM, a desperate insurgency against extraterrestrial tyranny.

The player commands squads of soldiers sent on missions while also managing the long term strategy that goes with research and upgrades. XCOM looks gorgeous but its real strength is the depth of gameplay, forcing tough tactical and strategic decisions. There are a lot of options for your soldiers and their equipment, and most missions are time-sensitive, forcing hard choices over how much manpower and resources to risk before you have to retreat.


  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Stylish, accessible and full of character, Overwatch is Blizzard's refinement of the team based multiplayer shooter. Team up with other players online in competitive arena battles that are designed to encourage a strong co-operative style and allow new players to quickly get to grips with the system.

The diverse cast of heroes all have plenty of personality and unique attributes to add an additional layer of depth on top of the standard roles of offense, defense, tank and support. This combination of style, substance and simplicity, plus support from Blizzard in terms of additional content and community management, means that Overwatch is poised to become the Next Big Thing and bring a host of new fans and players to eSports.

Dark Souls 3

  • Developer: FromSoftware, Inc.
  • Publisher: FromSoftware, Inc., BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment

FromSoftware's iconic Dark Souls dark fantasy action-RPG franchise is known for meticulously detailed levels, thick meaty combat, haunting gothic atmosphere, complex lore hinted through the environment and NPC dialogue, replayability, and above all for providing a challenging but ultimately rewarding gameplay experience.

Dark Souls 3 delivers on of all the above, as well as making the most of technical PC specifications to look absolutely stunning. The richly detailed environments really feel 'lived in', and although the gameplay remains as challenging as ever, you'll happily die and die again on your journey to discover the many secrets of its world.

Crusader Kings 2

  • Developer: Paradox Development Studio
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Crusader Kings 2 is a grand strategy game set in Europe, North Africa, and Asia from the year 769 to 1453. Control a noble dynasty and manage your bloodline through all sorts of tribulations including plagues, war, and political intrigue. If you enjoy burning heretics, oppressing peasantry, and murdering your children, Crusader Kings 2 is the game for you! Gameplay is deep and complex, with the potential for all kinds of weird scenarios to occur depending on player interactions with random events - marry a horse? Get invaded by a fleet of Aztecs? Be excommunicated by a Pope called Priest-Hater? There's no true way to 'win' Crusader Kings 2, but the player a lot of freedom to have the kind of game they want, pursuing their own goals, whether they want to conquer a world empire, re-unite Christendom or just putter around with local family politics in Iceland. The world is potentially yours and your children's, if only you didn't keep producing disappointing gluttons as offspring.

Pillars of Eternity

  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Pillars of Eternity is an old school RPG fan's dream come true. Obsidian Entertainment, makers of Knights Of The Old Republic 2, NeverWinter Nights 2, South Park: Stick of Truth,and Fallout: New Vegas, set out to create an experience reminiscent of classic Infinity Engine franchises, such as Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Baldur's Gate.

By all accounts, it was a resounding success, fleshing out all the classic elements of the cRPG heyday (D&D style party, isometric view, Real-time-with-Pause combat, and hand-painted 2D backgrounds) with modern graphical detail and balanced, satisfying gameplay. The dungeons, puzzles, quests and intrigue of Obsidian's unique fantasy world are brought to life with rich, evocative writing. Complete with the White March expansion, Pillars of Eternity stands on the shoulders of the old-school giants as one of the best RPG titles for PC.

Mortal Kombat X

  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios, High Voltage Software
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive

The current incarnation of the legendary fighting series probably needs no introduction to fans of any platform. Mortal Kombat X brings the franchise's core strengths to the table - gritty dark aesthetics, over the top gore, satisfyingly visceral ultra-violence, robust character roster, and silly-but-endearing grimdark fantasy story. Right now Mortal Kombat X is currently on top of it's game after receiving significant updates, with a deeper amount of single-player content than any other challengers.

Mortal Kombat X only appears on this list after Warner Bros. finally took the time to fix the PC version's technical issues.

Darkest Dungeon

  • Developer: Red Hook Studios
  • Publisher: Red Hook Studios

This gothic roguelike, turn-based RPG lifted Red Hook Studios out of obscurity and into critical acclaim with its striking hand drawn aesthetic, high replay value and unique focus on the psychological stresses of adventuring. As well as combat and dungeon crawling, the gameplay has a strong management element where the player must deal with various psychological afflictions that characters pick up in their career, as adventurers become increasingly erratic, unstable and traumatized. The game is challenging and there is a lot of content in terms of characters, builds and strategies to try. If you're not put off by black humor, Darkest Dungeon provides hours of addictive gameplay at an affordable price.

Total War: Warhammer

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: SEGA

Total War: Warhammer is a tour-de-force fusion of two much-beloved franchises. In possibly the most delicious combination since peanut butter and chocolate, Creative Assembly's Total War historical strategy series meets Games Workshop's classic, decades-old dark fantasy tabletop war game.

Build your armies, develop your generals, make and break alliances and conquer territory in a brutal world of magic and monstrosity. Free from historical accuracy, Total War: Warhammer makes diversity its strength, with the different racial factions such as Orcs, Dwarves, Chaos and Undead all having divergent play styles that add replayability beyond what the franchise could previously offer.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition

  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Publisher: Larian Studios

Divinity: Original Sin is a glorious, beautiful sandbox for RPG fans to play around in. Larian Studios development team put a lot of thought into anticipating all sorts of player actions. Of all the excellent cRPGs out there, Divinity: Original Sin comes closest to evoking the 'do whatever crazy thing you want, but there will be consequences' spirit of the tabletop.

The environments have huge potential for player interaction, and the combat is tactical and deep. The game has something of a silly streak, with an attitude that can skew towards early Discworld-esque parody. But if you can roll with that, there are hours of fun in discovering the different interactions of characters, magic, items and environment. It also excels as a 2-player co-op game, with a built in system to manage co-operation (and disputes) between companions.

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void

  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

The conclusion of Blizzard's 5-year opus, StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void wraps up the complex, satisfying gameplay that made the StarCraft series an eSports phenomenon in an absolutely gorgeous glossy package, with epic cinematics, a single player campaign packed with extra content and varied multiplayer game modes to suit both n00bs and hardcore players alike. Add to that a strong commitment to community support and a huge wealth of modded content and free spinoff games from community creators and you'll see why StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void remains a contender for one of the top PC games of all time.


  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Mojang

The best-selling PC game of all time, there's a reason why Minecraft became the phenomenon it is today, and that is because it gets to the heart of what gaming really is. The block-based sandbox provides a space for players to really explore their imaginations and give free reign to their creative impulses. Works of art, real labors of love, have been made by fans working for years on their creations.

It's not just about building, however, and gamers who like a challenge can also struggle against hostile elements and enemies in survival mode. Not everyone likes to see the world in blocks, but once you unleash your creativity in Minecraft, it's hard not to fall in love.


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