Top PC Games of 2016

In 2016 consoles became more like PCs (we had the mid-gen upgrade that is the PS4 Pro and the reveal of the Xbox Scorpio) yet the PC continued to be the only true place to get fully customisable games and the full range of genres out there. It is also clearly the most powerful, with processors that kill what's on offer inside the Xbox One and PS4 Pro, and GPUs that cost more than many cars. The Geforce Titan X retailed for about $1200!

On the release front the PC received most of the excellent console releases and with Microsoft adopting an ecosystem policy, it also got what would have previously been Xbox console exclusives. This meant that PC gamers with the right setup could play the awesome Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 in 4K and at 60fps. Lovely!

So, what were the very best PC games of 2016. This list should give you some idea.

  • 30.

    Hitman: Summer Bonus Episode Review

    Hitman: Summer Bonus Episode

    An interesting and imaginative remix. Playing these bonus missions, it's hard not to wonder how many of the Hitman... more

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  • 29.

    Quadrilateral Cowboy Review

    Quadrilateral Cowboy

    A smart, engaging puzzler with a great central mechanic. Hands up if you've ever 'hacked' anything in real life. I haven't. I bet you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 28.

    ABZU Review

    ABZU

    Abzu is a testament to where we are with video game development and shows how diverse the medium can and should be, even if it's not quite as emotionally resonant as it perhaps could have been. I went snorkeling in a mexican lake about 4 years ago. In that lake, hiding... more

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  • 27.

    Hitman: Episode 4 - Bangkok Review

    Hitman: Episode 4 - Bangkok

    A familiar setting makes for some excellent kills in Hitman's latest episode. In Hitman's newest mission, Club 27, Agent 47 finds himself - or can find... more

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  • 26.

    BioShock: The Collection Review

    BioShock: The Collection

    The reality is that the games haven't changed, but you might have. Scoring this is weird. Given that the remasters are, in most respects,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 25.

    Virginia Review

    Virginia

    As a whole Virginia is wonderfully cinematic, and a fantastic story to inhabit as it unfolds. With Virginia there's a handy litmus test that we can get out of the way,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 24.

    FIFA 17 Review

    FIFA 17

    EA introduces FIFA's best new mode in years and delivers an excellent game on the pitch. The Journey may well bring back lapsed fans. Listen to Tom's thoughts about FIFA 17 in this video review. With added Dave,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 23.

    Batman: Arkham VR Review

    Batman: Arkham VR

    A short but stunning 90-minute experience that truly lets you 'Be the Batman'. Batman: Arkham VR is an incredible experience, but it’s over far too soon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 22.

    XCOM 2 Review

    XCOM 2

    XCOM 2 is more tense and thrilling than a turn-based strategy has any right to be. There are some great additions to the original gameplay, but the port to console is an imperfect one. XCOM 2: The Ballad of Warlord Kelly Some of the added mechanics in XCOM 2... more

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  • 21.

    Farming Simulator 17 Review (toddler edition)

    Farming Simulator 17

    Lots of tractors. Hens. Trailers. People driving tractors. Combine harvesters. No train on train track. A video review with Tom and his three-year-old son, Jacob. Usually we'd have... more

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  • 20.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Review

    Skyrim: Special Edition

    Skyrim Special Edition on console looks lovely and runs well, and with all the DLC included it's a great option if you aren't fussed about mods. If you are fussed about mods you might be disappointed. Or already have a PC. The state of mods on Skyrim Special Edition's consoles Modding your... more

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  • 19.

    Watch Dogs 2 review

    Watch Dogs 2

    Watch Dogs 2 is missing a bit of refinement, and has had issues with multiplayer, but joining DedSec is still a riot and a half. It's high energy fun with engaging characters, and you can make an entire city your playground. Watch Dogs 2 has launched without full multiplayer functionality. While you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 18.

    Final Fantasy XV review

    Final Fantasy XV

    Final Fantasy XV is about adventure and excitement. There are oddities, and it's not the FF you're used to, but it's a good time with some good boys, and has an unexpected emotional resonance to it. Sometimes it seems like it shouldn't work, but it does. Getting a handle on Final Fantasy XV's combat In Final Fantasy XV the... more

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  • 17.

    Pony Island Review

    Pony Island

    I haven't played anything as engaging and interesting as Pony Island in a long time. Pony Island isn't about ponies. Do not be put off by the title. This bargain... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 16.

    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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  • 15.

    Superhot Review

    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, wear dorky... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 14.

    Hitman Episode Two – Sapienza Review

    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 -... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 13.

    Overwatch Review

    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... more

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  • 12.

    The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Review

    The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

    Geralt’s final hours are his absolute best. As the latest volley of fire in CD Projekt's war on poor DLC, Blood &... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 11.

    PES 2017 Review

    PES 2017

    Strange refereeing aside, PES 2017 is a wonderful football game that just begs to be played. It just wouldn't be PES if it was perfect. It's been a while since I last felt like I was really into a football game.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 10.

    Forza Horizon 3 Review

    Forza Horizon 3

    Forza Horizon 3 is a beautiful, immensely entertaining, joyous arcade racer that successfully builds on Playground Games' already tremendous formula. Racing games have gotten very serious. With arcade games like Blur, Split... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 9.

    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

  • 8.

    Thumper Review

    Thumper

    Thumper is a great rhythm action game, with strong visuals, fantastic design, and more speed than Keanu Reeves on a bus rigged to explode. What is Thumper, really? The inclusion of a giant futuristic space head is... more

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  • 7.

    Gears of War 4 Review

    Gears of War 4

    Gears of War 4 had a lot to live up to, but The Coalition has delivered a visually stunning and thrilling campaign, plus top notch multiplayer modes. One of the Xbox One's very best titles, and the PC version is excellent too. Gears of War 4's campaign is bloody good fun Shooter campaigns aren't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 6.

    Battlefield 1 Review

    Battlefield 1

    World class multiplayer and an original, successful approach to single-player make Battlefield 1 the shooter to beat this Christmas. Battlefield 1's Operations mode perfectly captures the chaos of war... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 5.

    Titanfall 2 Review

    Titanfall 2

    With its thrilling multiplayer now backed up by a surprisingly excellent single-player campaign, Titanfall 2 is every bit the sequel I'd been hoping for. Titanfall 2's single-player campaign is a winning combination of Call of... more

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  • 4.

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    Infinite Warfare's multiplayer may lack new ideas, but it's still first-rate, and its stunning sci-fi campaign is Call of Duty's best in years. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a difficult game to score Infinite... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 3.

    Inside Review

    Inside

    Inside delights from start to finish. Don't miss out on what will surely be one of the best games of this generation. Playdead's Inside, the studio's follow-up to indie darling Limbo, is very... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    The Witness Review

    The Witness

    I'm so caught up inside the world of The Witness that it's hard to think about anything else. It is one of the best games I've ever encountered. At one point towards the end of The Witness I considered whether it might be... more

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  • 1.

    Dishonored 2 review: I would change nothing about this game

    Dishonored 2

    Dishonored 2 takes everything you loved about Dishonored and improves upon it without becoming bloated. It's a beautifully designed, layered game, stuffed with hidden gems and secret stories. Also you can stab people in mid air.   5 things Dishonored 2 is doing so right After a few... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC