Top PC Games of All Time

Half Life 2 is bound to be on this somewhere, right? Well, it’s not just about City 17 and being mute. The PC has always been on the cutting edge of gaming, being the place where new ideas tend to arrive first. It is the de-facto platform for MMOs, indies, F2P and MOBAs, all of which are huge deals right now.

Traditionally the PC has also been the place where genres like strategy and sims thrive, mainly due to the tried and trusted mouse & keyboard controls. Games like the Total War series have traditionally taken full advantage of the PC’s unique inputs, and processing power, to provide rich strategy experiences with the spectacle of vast armies clashing on the battlefields of history. The Sims series, one of the best selling simulation games of all time, continues to look and play best on PC.

If you ask people what their favourite PC game of all time is, you’re unlikely to get any sort of consensus. It’s been around for a very long time. But which games made our list?

  • 30.

    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider review

    Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider

    I might not have enjoyed it quite as perfectly as Dishonored 2, but Death of the Outsider is a fittingly melancholy way to wrap up a story arc I've loved. The Empire of the Isles is a strange and exquisitely horrible world, and this entry is no different. Death of the Outsider feels like the beginning of the end for a particular... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 29.

    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus review

    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus jumps from breakneck bloodshed, to humour involving your endearing crew, with aplomb; a masterfully done sequel. The words of Dee Snider’s semi-rebellious teenage anthem have rarely felt... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 28.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 27.

    Celeste review

    Celeste

    The challenging platforming and touching narrative of Celeste shape a surprise hit. In each of us, there’s this thing that chips away at our optimism, our... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Far Cry 5 review

    Far Cry 5

    In its quieter moments Hope County is a picturesque backdrop to terrific Prepper Stash puzzles, and an over-the-top fantasy playground when the volume is turned up. Taking on Eden's Gate is compelling, horrific, and an awful lot of fun. A good villain must truly believe in what they’re doing;... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 25.

    Forza Horizon 4 review

    Forza Horizon 4

    A beautiful Britain, an exuberant driving engine, and generosity of spirit make Forza Horizon 4 a masterclass. If Georges Bizet had gotten inside a Subaru Impreza WRX STI and thundered... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 24.

    Resident Evil 2 review

    Resident Evil 2 (2019)

    Resident Evil 2 is more than a remake of a classic game, it's one of the most accomplished horror titles you'll play for a long time The original Resident Evil 2 was an absolute belter. In fact, when it came... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 23.

    Ape Out review

    Ape Out

    Whilst the concept is there in the title, the intricacies of Ape Out’s are revealed the more you play. Every aspect creates a dazzling jazz mixtape that reverberates from eyes, to ears, to thumbs.  And you’re an ape. Which is great. Don’t misunderstand this ape. There’s no desire to maim... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 22.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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  • 21.

    Hypnospace Outlaw review

    Hypnospace Outlaw

    Hypnospace Outlaw is a perfect recreation of what the internet once was, and in some ways still is: a glorious mess of friendship and anarchy. It’s probably good we don’t have auto-playing music anymore, though. Back in the late ‘90s, the internet was a luxury for most, rather... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 20.

    Mortal Kombat 11 review

    Mortal Kombat 11

    Mortal Kombat 11 sees the franchise at its strongest yet, with finely-tuned scrapping and an ample amount of content providing one of the most rewarding fighting games of the generation. Mortal Kombat 11 is the quintessential example of slipping back into a pair... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 19.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 18.

    Jade Empire Review

    Jade Empire

    With masterful art direction and a flawlessly executed script, Jade Empire is a genuine masterpiece of the genre. There are times when you play a game and know that you're playing something... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 17.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 16.

    Mass Effect Review

    Mass Effect

    BioWare, with a little help from a friend, has made one of the best RPGs ever made even better. November last year I gave the Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect 10-out-of-10... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 15.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 14.

    The Path Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 13.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

    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 a rest after I finished the single-player campaign in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 12.

    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Review

    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

    StarCraft II can be daunting, distressing and demanding but it's one of the richest and most expertly produced video games of recent years. When we left off, in 1998, the insectoid Zerg had just betrayed the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 11.

    Mass Effect 2 Review

    Mass Effect 2

    It's been said before, but it's worth repeating: Western RPGs will never be the same again, such is the impact of BioWare's work here. It's taken almost a year for Mass Effect 2 to reach the PS3. Now that it's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC

  • 10.

    Portal 2 Review

    Portal 2

    I think you knew all along this was going to be great. Fantastic, even. All the same, I don't think you'll be prepared for it being this good. The following review is spoiler-free. Fear not: this review has been the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 9.

    L.A. Noire Review

    L.A. Noire

    We've had games that let us play cop before, of course, but it's hard to remember anything that's ever come this close to making us feel like we're actually doing the job. The following review is spoiler-free. It always starts like this: a wooden... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 7.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 6.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC,PC

  • 5.

    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

  • 4.

    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

  • 3.

    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

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    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

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    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the work of a studio at the height of its powers – beautiful, cruel, and moving. The new game from developer FromSoftware is called Sekiro: Shadows Die... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC