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?

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  • 30.

    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

  • 29.

    Thumper

    A beetle on a journey of rhythm and violence What is Thumper, really? The inclusion of a giant futuristic space head is a confusing one, but does it really matter? Alice has clearly been playing too much Thumper as she... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4

  • 28.

    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

  • 27.

    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

  • 26.

    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

  • 25.

    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

  • 24.

    Something grave but colourful. For more detailed thoughts on She Remembers Caterpillars check out the features below Our picks for January indie games She Remembers Caterpillars is one of our featured games for the Indie... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, iOS

  • 23.

    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

  • 22.

    The stuff that horrible dreams are made of, Little Nightmares is frightening. Not in a jump scare way, like turning a corner in Outlast and having an angry man yell at you, but in a way that gets under your skin. A way that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 21.

    Scattered memories Most families have untold stories that are kept secret from younger members. It’s understandable, because certain memories can cripple the innocence of those whose main worry is whether or not George and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4

  • 20.

    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

  • 19.

    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

  • 18.

    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

  • 17.

    Jade Empire

    Jade Empire is taut, streamlined and practically impossible to keep your hands off. There are times when you play a game and know that you're playing something just that little bit special. Typically, it's around 2am in the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox

  • 16.

    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

  • 15.

    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

  • 14.

    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 on this very website. It blew me away, ticking all... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 13.

    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

  • 12.

    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

  • 11.

    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

  • 10.

    Mass Effect 2

    Mass Effect 2 is the perfect fusion of the shooter and RPG genres. When you're not playing it, you wish you were. When you are playing it, you can't imagine doing anything else. Engrossing. Stunning. The adjective "stunning"... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 9.

    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 technologically-advanced... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.

    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

  • 7.

    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 subject... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 6.

    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

  • 5.

    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

  • 4.

    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

  • 3.

    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: PS4, PC

  • 2.

    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 much in the mould of its predecessor:... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 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