20 Best PC Games of All Time

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PC players have almost too many games to choose from anymore. Right now, over 73 thousand games are available on Steam alone. With this many options, players have to pick their titles wisely.

That’s why we have curated a list of the best PC games we could find. From life simulators to epic fantasy adventure games, this list showcases the best titles PC gamers have access to. So, clear your calendar. Some of these titles will take months to complete.

1. Hades

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Who would have thought a roguelite would be cited as one of the best games ever? Hades dominated the market after its initial release and was praised by fans and critics for its innovative gameplay and art style.

But the ultimate selling point is the beautiful storytelling in the game. Hades combines Greek mythology with modern elements to create a one-of-a-kind story. The game has won numerous awards, and fans eagerly await the release of a sequel.

2. Baldur’s Gate 3

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Many fondly remember the first two Baldur’s Gate franchise entries as wonderful Dungeons and Dragons adaptations. But Baldur’s Gate 3 stands alone as the greatest D&D game ever made. Possibly the best game ever made, period.

Utilizing fantastic voice actors, a fully fleshed-out world, and meaningful player progression, Baldur’s Gate 3 cemented itself as a fan favorite among RPG players. The game won numerous awards, including the 2023 Game of the Year Award via Steam.

3. Grand Theft Auto V

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Most games could never dream of receiving as much media attention as the Grand Theft Auto franchise. For better or worse, this franchise has consistently been brought up in conversations about children’s welfare and video game violence.

The fifth entry in this franchise has dominated the market for over ten years and still receives a healthy number of daily players. One primary reason for this is the constant updates and DLCs added to the game. Grand Theft Auto V swept the awards ceremonies following its release, receiving multiple Game of the Year awards.

4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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This game has been redone and re-released so often that it has become a meme. But there’s a good reason for that. People still enjoy spending time in the world of Skyrim. The world of Tamriel is lush and full of life.

As much as people like to crack on Bethesda for releasing buggy games, Skyrim changed the way the world looked at RPGs following its release. The quality of life improvements made in the game has been replicated in almost all RPGs that have followed it. Skyrim won Game of the Year following its release in 2011.

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5. Red Dead Redemption 2

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The second Rockstar title on this list, Red Dead Redemption 2, is one of the best story-driven games in recent memory. The game’s extreme attention to detail and deeply moving storyline won players’ hearts and minds in 2018.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a massive game that encourages multiple playthroughs. Completing everything the game offers would take players nearly 200 hours. In 2018, it won four Game of the Year awards, tying for the most awards ever given to a single game.

6. Divinity Original Sin

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Another entry from Larian Studios, Divinity Original Sin, is a callback to days of classic RPGs like Baldur’s Gate. The game features a top-down camera and relies on heavy tactics and careful planning to win fights and move forward.

Players praise Divinity Original Sin for its in-depth combat systems, character development, and challenging encounters. This game provides the old-school TTRPG feeling without having to break out the graph paper.

7. Hollow Knight

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This indie title has been called the Dark Souls of the platforming world, which should indicate its difficulty. But Hollow Knight isn’t just about difficulty. The game is beloved for its beautiful gothic art style and wonderful characters.

Hollow Knight was released in 2017 to less-than-enthusiastic reviews, but it has since formed a cult following. The title won PC Gamers’ Best Platform award the same year, and fans eagerly await the arrival of its newest DLC, Silk Song.

8. Persona 5 Royal

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Altus has a habit of making groundbreaking games. Persona 5 Royal is the latest in a long line of JRPGS, each adding to the franchise’s extensive lore and depth. The game provides a unique blend of dungeon crawler and high school simulator that can’t be found anywhere else.

Persona 5 was initially released in 2016 to resounding applause, but the game hit its stride with the release of Persona 5 Royal in 2019. This game version adds additional characters, exploration items, and an extended storyline.

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9. Slay the Spire

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Roguelite deck builders may be a dime a dozen these days, but the craze all started following the success of Slay the Spire. This game provides a unique experience for players who enjoy collectible card games and dungeon crawlers.

While Slay the Spire didn’t win any Game of the Year awards in 2019, it did win the Steam award for Most Innovative Gameplay. The game has since acquired a loyal fanbase that believes it is the best roguelite on the market.

10. Dragon Age: Origins

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There was a time when BioWare was the most respected RPG developer on the market. Games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect catapulted the company to greatness. Dragon Age: Origin is a shining example of what the company can do when it is on its A-game.

Dragon Age: Origins is easily the best RPG of the early 2000s. It provides a rich world filled with extensive lore, detailed turn-based combat, and memorable characters. It brought home various awards in 2009, including Best Story of the Year.

11. Diablo

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Blizzard has become a giant in the gaming world, but its success wouldn’t be possible without Diablo. This hack-and-slash game provides players with an addictive gameplay loop filled with death and carnage.

The game model is so successful that the franchise still generates large revenue today. Diablo is one of the most iconic franchises in gaming history and will likely continue for generations.

12. Inscryption

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Describing a game like Inscryption can be difficult. This unique deck builder is set in a terrifying three-part act with more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan flick. With each act, not only does the story change but so does the gameplay itself.

Fans of Inscryption praise the game as one of the most innovative games of the decade. Inscryption is the first game in history to bring home both the Game Developers Choice Awards Game of the Year and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

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13. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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CD Project Red shocked the gaming world when it released The Witcher 3 in 2015. The small company had gained a small following with its previous entries but did not find significant success until the release of The Witcher 3.

The game quickly gained recognition for its innovative gameplay, deep storyline, and mysterious lore. The franchise is based on a set of books by Andrzej Sapkowski. These would later be turned into a series for Netflix, furthering The Witcher’s renown.

14. Resident Evil 2

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Resident Evil is the most iconic horror game franchise to date. The series has been turned into TV shows, films, and comic books. While all the franchise entries are fantastic, Resident Evil 2 is widely considered the best.

The game improved on everything that made the original great. Resident Evil 2 features more memorable character interactions, enhanced controls, and a more fleshed-out world. Capcom recently remade the game, which was well-received and considered one of the best remakes ever.

15. Disco Elysium

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This entry is often cited as the best PC game ever created. Disco Elysium is a unique game focusing more on character interactions and mental health than combat and traditional progression. The game features hundreds of hours of entertainment with near-limitless replay value.

With its innovative storytelling and memorable characters, Disco Elysium is now the bar to which all other story-based games are held. Disco Elysium is tied for the number one spot for most Game of the Year awards for a single title.

16. BioShock

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Not everyone enjoys political games, but for those that do, BioShock offers one of the best politically driven storylines out there. The franchise manages to combine high-tech futuristic sci-fi with a 1940s aesthetic.

The result is a unique world filled with deep lore and interesting characters. BioShock won Game of the Year in 2007, and the franchise hasn’t slowed down since. Fans eagerly await word on the fourth entry in the series.

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17. Sid Meier’s Civilization

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The just one more turn mechanic is a selling point of many modern games. But the franchise that invented this addictive play style is Sid Meier’s Civilization. This turn-based game places players at the dawn of time and tasks them with building a new society.

Sid Meier’s Civilization can provide thousands of hours of content for players to sink into. Each run is randomized and can take up to ten hours to complete. Fans love the series for its complex combat and unique progression system.

18. Elden Ring

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FromSoftware is known for producing the most challenging games on the market. Their newest entry, Elden Ring, is an epic adventure in a vast, interconnected world. The game is not only beautifully designed, but it also features some of the best combat mechanics of any FromSoftware title.

Elden Ring is loved for its fascinating lore and memorable characters. One reason for this is FromSoftware’s collaboration with Goerge R.R. Martin, who penned the Game of Thrones book series. Elden Ring won Game of the Year following its release in 2023.

19. God of War

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In 2022, Santa Monica Studio released its rebooted version of God of War to critical acclaim. This reimagining of the series showed players an older Kratos, no longer focused on death and destruction. This was a wild change from the character fans had come to love over the years, but it was just what the series needed.

The reboot of God of War features lightning-fast combat and one of the best storylines in gaming history. After their release, God of War and its sequel, God of War: Ragnorak, received Game of the Year awards.  

20. The Sims

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The life simulator that started it all, The Sims, has been a fan favorite since the series launched in 2000. Since then, it has spawned three sequels featuring countless DLCs. Players love The Sims for its innovative simulator experience that allows complete player control.

Players can live out their wildest fantasies in the game or just experience its relaxing atmosphere and low-stakes playthroughs. After its release in 2000, The Sims received GameSpots Game of the Year Award.


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