Best PC Action Games of All Time

Some of the most successful action game franchises started out on PC and you only have to look at Grand Theft Auto as a shining example of this. It's most recent iterations have easily become some of the top PC action games of all time!

There are plenty of other examples though, as Infinity Ward and Activision launched WWII shooter Call of Duty in 2003 on PC. 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. There's just something about structured mission games that get the blood pumping and if you can throw in some adventure too, then you're onto a winner.

Of course since the early part of the 21st century PC graphical grunt has increased exponentially, giving rise to not only great action 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. So with that, here's the top 30 PC action games of all time.

  • 30.

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned Review

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

    The Lost and Damned would be worth buying as a stand alone game, so as a sub £15 priced download it's an essential purchase. We've had a mixed bag as far as DLC goes, with developers struggling to find... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 29.

    Shadow Complex Review

    Shadow Complex

    Shadow Complex is a triumph, a new standard for downloadable games. Shadow Complex is Super Metroid for the Gears of War generation. Its 2D... more

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  • 28.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum Review

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Whether you fancy skulking in the shadows, smashing slow motion fists in into a goon's skull, or simply using some cool gadgets, you can do no wrong with what is Eidos' best game in years. Super heroes appeal because they are usually men and women who are capable... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 27.

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Review

    Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

    In parallel with the superlative Chinatown Wars, The Ballad of Gay Tony restores a sense of playfulness to the GTA franchise, cementing Rockstar's status as King of the DLC. "I have a deep sadness in me, Luis. Will you join me, please, for an orgy of... more

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  • 26.

    Assassin's Creed II Review

    Assassin's Creed II

    The storyline is intricate, there's depth beyond the main quest, and the action is incredible at times. We've had some stunning games this year, and Ubisoft has given us another to add to the list. Assassin's Creed was a massive commercial success, yet it received the most... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 25.

    Bayonetta Review

    Bayonetta

    It's fast, thrilling, gorgeous, punishing, rewarding and tremendous fun. It's an old-fashioned game at heart, will test your skills to their limit, and more than lives up to its billing. "Seven years ago I created Devil May Cry. Many of you have said that it... more

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  • 24.

    Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City Review

    Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City

    PS3 owners can finally get their hands on what is the finest example of DLC we've seen to date. The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony would be worth buying as standalone games. After what must have seemed like a monumental wait, PS3 (and PC) gamers can... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 23.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Review

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

    Lords of Shadow is exactly what the Castlevania franchise needed to find popularity with a new generation of gamers - and us oldies too. One of the best games of 2010. I'm all for a bit of realism in games, but from time to time I want fantasy.... more

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  • 22.

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Review

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

    Brotherhood's success lies in taking what made Assassin's Creed 2 work and simultaneously making it more coherent and more cinematic. There was a brief period back in 2007 when the marketing of Assassin's Creed... more

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  • 21.

    FTL: Faster Than Light Review

    FTL: Faster Than Light

    Even on easy mode, FTL is another capital-D Difficult game and its random nature means even the most careful of explorers might find themselves unexpectedly asphyxiated. Have you ever watched Battlestar Galactica and wanted control over the... more

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  • 20.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Review

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

    A great action title and one of the best offerings on Nintendo's console. Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate feels like an amalgamation of... more

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  • 19.

    State of Decay Review

    State of Decay

    This is The Walking Dead: The Simulator, and it’s every bit as good as that sounds. It's ugly. The frame rate is terrible. It routinely stutters. The clipping... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 18.

    Hotline Miami Review

    Hotline Miami

    A fine port of the original game. Before I go anywhere with this, if you've landed on this page thinking 'What... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 17.

    Grand Theft Auto Online Review

    Grand Theft Auto Online

    GTA's online offering lives up to its billing. With a launch so devastatingly crippled by server issues, it's fair to say... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 16.

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review

    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... more

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  • 15.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    A triumph of emergent gameplay, slightly let down by a heavily scripted ending. Forget the Tolkien association, and put aside its similarities with... more

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  • 14.

    DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition Review

    DmC Devil May Cry

    DmC Definitive Edition's customisation tools that allow the player to tweak gameplay to suit their own style is what makes this an excellent remaster for newcomers and veterans alike. Remember back in 2013 when all the internet had to get mad about was a... more

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  • 13.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC) Review

    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 sadly I really don't think it got... more

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  • 12.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Review

    Rise of the Tomb Raider

    An awesome adventure that delivers an epic sense of discovery. On PS4 Rise of the Tomb Raider is just as gorgeous as ever and packed full with some excellent bonus content. Tom and Colm discuss what's new in Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4.What... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 11.

    NieR: Automata Review

    NieR: Automata

    NieR: Automata has more creativity and self-awareness in its little finger than most games have for their entire run time. Don’t miss this because it’s sandwiched between other, bigger games. This review was kindly done for us by Adam Cook. Find other cool stuff he's... more

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  • 10.

    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice review

    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

     Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is beautiful, discomforting, and compelling. It might challenge what you like about games, but challenge is good. You're doing yourself a disservice if you don't try it. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is the sort of game that you'll either really... more

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  • 9.

    Monster Hunter: World review

    Monster Hunter World

    This long standing series makes an outrageously good current gen debut. The size and scope of the environments, and the monsters in them, is awe inspiring, making Monster Hunter: World a true (lizard) king of games.  There will probably, whilst playing Monster Hunter: World, come a moment... more

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  • 8.

    Devil May Cry 5 review

    Devil May Cry 5

    Devil May Cry 5 revels in its own gleeful stupidity, presenting a world in which the most valuable commodity is style. At the beginning of Devil May Cry 5, the city of Red Grave – which... more

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  • 7.

    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 actually more difficult to review a... more

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  • 6.

    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... more

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  • 5.

    Grand Theft Auto IV Review

    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 made some... more

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  • 4.

    Batman: Arkham City Review

    Batman: Arkham City

    It doesn't take the world's greatest detective to spot that this is an expertly crafted adventure, one that maintains a breathtaking pace and invigorating rhythm from beginning to end. Batman: Arkham Asylum's success hinged on the fact it would have been an... more

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  • 3.

    Dark Souls 2 Review

    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... more

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  • 2.

    Grand Theft Auto 5 Review

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The definitive version of Rockstar's biggest world to date. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of GTA 5... more

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  • 1.

    Batman: Arkham Knight Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC