Top PC Action Games of All Time

Some of the most successful action game franchises started out on PC. Just look at Battlefield and Call of Duty. Both started out on PC and are now some of the biggest multi-platform franchises.

Infinity Ward and Activision launched WWII shooter Call of Duty in 2003 on PC, but it wasn't until the Xbox 360 port of the sequel in 2005 that the world seemed to sit up and take notice. Similarly, Battlefield 4 was used as an example of what the new generation PS4 and Xbox One were capable of, yet the series began back in 2002 with Battlefield 1942.

Of course since the early part of the 21st century PC graphical grunt has increased exponentially, giving rise to not only great gameplay, but stunning visuals to match. You'll also often find that the PC versions of multi-platform titles benefit from added effects – Batman: Arkham City, Tomb Raider and Mirror's Edge are examples of titles which look way better on PC.

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  • 30.

    Battlefield 4

    An exceptionally gorgeous and superbly-balanced multiplayer game marred only by a hollow single-player campaign. Editor's note: Click here to read the current-generation review of Battlefield 4. 'Levolution' may've made it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, PC

  • 29.

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

    The strongest Lego title yet, and the best Marvel game ever made. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is, for the most part, plastic proof that familiarity works - providing a game still has the love and imagination to retain the excitement... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 28.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    There's been a Mordor Forget the Tolkien association, and put aside its similarities with Assassin's Creed (for now). Shadow of Mordor is an Orc army on a disc, packaged with the tools and contextual excuses you need to wage... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

  • 27.

    Alien: Isolation

    CA has finally nailed the true horror of Alien in video game form. It's only taken 35 years. A masterwork of atmosphere and environmental design, Alien: Isolation may be standing on the shoulders of giants, but it's also... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 26.

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    Mais encanto no regresso. Há cerca de um ano, Grand Theft Auto V batia recordes de vendas e era visto como um sério candidato a ocupar a primeira posição das tabelas referentes às melhoras obras do ano. Chegado à PlayStation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

  • 25.

    Resident Evil HD Remaster

    Resident Evil remains as odd, unsettling, and unforgettable as its setting, and the HD remaster only emphasises this. Announced last year to an unwarranted - if, given the spate of recent poor HD re-releases, somewhat understandable... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 24.

    Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

    One of the best third-person shooters in history returns. Gear Of War: Ultimate Edition is exactly the game you expect it to be. For those that still don't know what that is, it's the original in the series completely remastered... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One, PC

  • 23.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC)

    Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of the best games of 2015 and nothing has been lost in the months since its release. On PC it can look even more spectacular, so just buy it, yeah. I like Rise of the Tomb Raider a lot, yet... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 22.

    Superhot

    Sometimes games just feel right, and Superhot is such a game. It takes something familiar and turns it on its head to create what I expect will become an indie classic. I'm not a cool person. I dress like a supply teacher,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 21.

    Hitman Episode Two – Sapienza

    A superb second instalment, and one which shows off Hitman's greatest strengths. If IOI still has something to prove with this episodic version of Hitman - and judging by the amount of people saying they'll wait and see how... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 20.

    Overwatch

    The more you play Overwatch the more you realise Blizzard thought of basically everything you might criticise it for. It's not clear if a bunch of developers got the same memo about team shooters, or if they accidentally... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 19.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider

    After a year-long wait, PS4 owners finally get to play one of the best games of this generation. Tom and Colm discuss what's new in Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4.What exactly do you get in Blood Ties and Lara's Nightmare?... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One

  • 18.

    Gears of War 4

    A brilliant debut from The Coalition that should delight fans and thrill newcomers. Gears of War 4's campaign is bloody good fun Shooter campaigns aren't always that good these days, but Gears of War 4 combines wonderful... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox One

  • 17.

    Battlefield 1

    More refinement than revolution, but after the disappointing Hardline this is Battlefield back at its best. Battlefield 1's Operations mode perfectly captures the chaos of war DICE's shooter sets itself apart with its... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 16.

    Titanfall 2

    Shooter fans have plenty to choose from this autumn, but Titanfall 2 doesn't deserve to be overlooked. Titanfall 2's single-player campaign is a winning combination of Call of Duty, Mirror's Edge & Avatar As well as being... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 15.

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    With a campaign worthy of every shooter fan's time, Infinity Ward's latest heralds a stunning return to form. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a difficult game to score Infinite Warfare's familiarity poses a problem,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 14.

    Weird and wonderful This review was kindly done for us by Adam Cook. Find other cool stuff he's been doing by visiting his Twitter. For more thoughts on NieR: Automata check out the video and features below. The wonderful... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4

  • 13.

    The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is the sort of game that you'll either really hate, or really love. It will be polarising. It is a jar of marmite, and one that I would encourage... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4

  • 12.

    Killing a god is dirty work. Death of the Outsider feels like the beginning of the end for a particular period of the Empire of the Isles. A period of murder and magic and whale bones. A period that, in a few years, will... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 11.

    Half-Life 2

    Half Life 2 represents the culmination of the best aspects of recent FPS development, wrapped in a setting rich with atmosphere and truly immersed in physics - hail to the Freeman indeed You might not realise this, but it's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox

  • 10.

    Bioshock

    To put it simply, BioShock is a brilliant game; one that sets the proverbial benchmark not only for first-person adventure titles, but also for all future games to come. I had always been passionately against giving out perfect... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 9.

    Gears of War

    Must have, if for nothing more than to see why 360-owners say the Lancer/chainsaw one of the best videogame weapons ever. When Gears of War came out as an Xbox 360 exclusive, it blew me away. The graphics were mind blowing,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.

    Grand Theft Auto IV

    If you've been waiting for the ultimate version of GTA 4, then this is it, providing you can put up with a fair amount of hassle to get the game running well. When we reviewed GTA 4 on Xbox 360 and PS3 earlier this year we... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 7.

    The Path

    By leaving so much open to interpretation in the mind of the player, The Path shows a maturity that belies its roots in a child’s fairy tale. Are video games art? It's a question that's launched a million threads of incendiary... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 6.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

    With the best multiplayer shooting that money can buy, an incredibly action-packed campaign and plenty of superb two-player co-op levels, this is without a doubt a real contender for game of the year. I felt like I needed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 5.

    Mass Effect 2

    You say potato, I say potato. It's taken almost a year for Mass Effect 2 to reach the PS3. Now that it's finally here, however, there are only two questions worth asking: "Does the game live up to its reputation?" and "Does... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

  • 4.

    Dark Souls 2

    A refined, slicker version of one of the greatest video games ever made. Dark Souls. That's the really hard one, right? Sure, but the difficulty is far from why it is so memorable. The freedom of choice when it comes to every... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 3.

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The definitive version of Rockstar's biggest world to date. Note: Below are impressions of the technical improvements and additions found in the PC version of GTA 5. For an insight into the characters and missions of GTA... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    Batman: Arkham Knight

    Batman: Arkham Knight is the best Batman game ever made and a classic in its own right. 'The Batman games wouldn't be any good if Batman wasn't in it' is a long cited, stupid criticism of the Arkham series. By that notion,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 1.

    Dishonored 2

    Dishonored 2 has earned my first VideoGamer 10. 5 things Dishonored 2 is doing so right After a few hours playing The Clockwork Mansion level of Dishonored 2 at preview, Alice was unreasonably excited at the prospect of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One