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The PC gaming landscape has shifted in recent years, both in terms of technological advancements in graphics cards & gaming monitors và in the makeup of's PC gaming staff & contributors. As a result, outside of some real stalwarts, our menu of the platform's best games is substantially different compared to lớn years past.

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To be clear, this menu does not attempt to lớn piông chồng out the “best” or “most influential” PC games ever made. It’s also not a các mục of the most popular games out there, or a các mục that seeks khổng lồ represent the top games of every genre (sorry Total War: Three Kingdoms – you came close!). No, this is a các mục of 25 games that we, the editors and contributors, collectively recommkết thúc the most, based on our own tastes, & all from within the past 10 years.

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25. Horizon Zero Dawn (Complete Edition)

Have sầu you played Half-Life: Alyx?


One of the best PS4 games finally made its way khổng lồ PC this summer, Horizon Zero Dawn và its icy expansion The Frozen Wilds provide dozens of hours of action and exploration making it one of the best single-player PC games. Boasting a satisfying crafting & RPG-inspired progression system, its massive post-post-apocalyptic world is full to bursting, with plenty of "ancient" secrets khổng lồ uncover and monstrous machines to hunt or hone your combat skills against, all wrapped up in a compelling story that not only sets the stage for the upcoming sequel, Forbidden West, but provides an intriguing new take on life after the collapse of modern society. While PC enthusiasts who demand nothing short of 4K/60FPS at all times may want to wait for another round of performance updates (you can read our full analysis of the PC port here), Horizon is an exceptional adventure that's not lớn be missed.

The Horizon Forbidden West release date was recently announced on February 22, 2022. The sequel is coming to PS5 and PS4.

Release Date: August 7, 20trăng tròn | Developer: Guerilla Games | Last Position: New! |'s Horizon Zero Dawn Video Reviews |'s Horizon Zero Dawn Wiki

24. Control

Control, in many ways, feels lượt thích the culmination of Remedy’s thiết kế ideas from its past several games distilled down to lớn their best versions and melded together for one trippy, enthralling adventure. Jesse Faden’s story of infiltrating the Federal Bureau of Control’s offices comes complete with a stellar phối of abilities befitting any good telepath, a propulsive, strange story with a memorable cast và unexpected twists, and a fascinating location that feels rooted in a sense of history.

Remedy has filled Control’s world with little details that make its stranger ideas really lvà, giving unexpected life to every corner of its office building veneer. Just lượt thích its main location, the Oldest House, much more lies beneath the surface of Control, và its mysteries are worth fully exploring. Also, the PC is currently the only place lớn play with ray tracing enabled, giving the world a more realistic và yet more otherworldly appearance. Maybe that’s why this fantastic single-player PC gamewon our 2019 trò chơi of the Year award?

Remedy has since released two expansions for Control, The Foundation and AWE. The developer is also working on a Control multiplayer spinoff codenamed "Condor," which will feature four-player PvE gameplay.

In other news from Remedy, the developer recently announced Alan Wake Remastered, featuring updated visuals, character models, and "some choice next-generation upgrades." It's out October 5.

Release Date: August 27, 2019 | Developer: Remedy | Last position: New! |'s Control Video đánh giá |’s Control Wiki | Buy It Here: Epic Games Store

23. Overwatch

With an amazing lineup of memorable characters và meticulously balanced abilities, Overwatch is a shooter that bobs và weaves almost perfectly between being the quick-fix adrenaline hit you might want after a long day of work, & the thoughtful, strategic multiplayer experience that becomes the center of evening-long binges with friends. It might not have sầu the most exhaustive các mục of maps and modes, but the offerings grow with every new seasonal sự kiện, và what's already there provides nearly endless opportunities for exhilarating, coordinated play.

Overwatch won our năm nhâm thìn trò chơi of the Year Award, and Blizzard’s trademark polish & commitment to community should keep it as something that we’ll all revisit regularly for years to lớn come.

Overwatch 2 is now in development, though Blizzard has not yet announced a release window. An early build of the sequel will be used for Overwatch League's 2022 season.

Release Date: May 24, năm 2016 | Developer: Blizzard Entertainment | Last position: 16 (7) |'s Overwatch Video Review |’s Overwatch Wiki

22. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyryên ổn is an awe-inspiring journey where the fantasy world is your plaything. What its main story quest lacks in nuance it more than makes up for with its invitation khổng lồ go anywhere và bởi vì anything. Set out in any direction khổng lồ explore a vast kingdom filled with people going about their daily lives, warring factions, & dangerous wildlife that ranges from wild dogs to lớn imposing giants & full-fledged dragons.

Out there you’ll find stellar sidequests that allow you to become a vampire or werewolf, join the legendary Dark Brotherhood, và countless other unexpected opportunities as you cấp độ up & unloông xã satisfyingly powerful spells and Dragon Shouts. And of course, with this being the PC version, you have access lớn a nearly unrivaled collection of transformative sầu mods at your fingertips.

Skyryên ổn 10th Anniversary Edition is coming khổng lồ PC on November 11. The new version includes all previously released nội dung as well as some new features, including a fishing mechanic.

Release Date: November 11, 2011 | Developer: Bethesda Game Studquả táo | Last position: New! |'s Skyryên Video reviews |’s Skyryên Wiki

21. Sid Meier's Civilization VI

You can’t go too far wrong with any of the main games from Sid Meier’s seminal Civilization series, but with the Gathering Storm expansion, Civilization VI has taken its seat as one of the finest. Like all five iterations before it, Civ VI lets you pave your people’s way from nomadic tribespeople lớn sprawling near-future empire in competition or cooperation with neighbors, this time guided by narration from the undying Sean Bean himself.

But here, a distinctive approach to đô thị building in which major structures like specialized districts và Wonders are placed on their own tiles gives it a distinctive sầu flavor, and the newly added climate change mechanics add new long-term environmental considerations throughout & hazards that manifest in the late game. It’s also come as cđại bại as any game in the series khổng lồ giving its AI leaders definitive sầu & interesting personalities (which is not to lớn say they’re perfect!).

Release Date: October 21, năm nhâm thìn | Developer: Firaxis Games | Last position: New! |'s Civilization VI Video Đánh Giá |’s Civilization VI Wiki | Buy It Here: Epic Games Store

trăng tròn. Diablo 3

Think of Diablo 3 not for its infamous launch, but for the incredible action-RPG it evolved into lớn in the years afterward. While its early existence was plagued by plenty of problems (including a real-money auction house that was ultimately entirely removed and burned khổng lồ the ground), Blizzard managed lớn reshape this revival of a classic series inlớn an excellent and infinitely replayable co-op, demon-slaying các buổi party.

It’s a game where the piñatas are alive và the candy is shaped lượt thích swords, & it really hit its stride when its breakout Reaper of Souls expansion arrived in năm trước. Diablo 3 is still lovely to look at, full of interesting choices và class synergies, & specially desvienchinh.bized to lớn keep you interested far, far past when the credits roll.

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Diablo 4 will feature fully customizable characters và armor. Next up for the franchise, however, is Diablo 2: Resurrected, which is out September 23.

Release Date: May 14, 2012 | Developer: Blizzard Entertainment | Last position: New! |'s Diablo 3 Video đánh giá |’s Diablo 3 Wiki

19. Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is one of the best modern Metroidvania’s around. It’s beautiful, expansive, và full of delightful secrets to discover that will keep you playing for dozens of hours. The kingdom of Hallownest is a brutal one, & Hollow Knight doesn’t ease you inlớn it, causing a lot of people lớn bounce off of it initially – but when it finally gets its hooks in you it’s irresistibly hard lớn put down.

Its sprawling caves open up và offer multiple paths to lớn you at any given time, but no matter which way you go there are exciting bosses lớn fight & svienchinh.bizificant power-ups khổng lồ make you stronger. And even though it was already a massive game, Hollow Knight has only gotten bigger since its launch in early 2017. Developer Team Cherry released multiple không tính tiền updates with new areas và bosses, each harder than the last. But whether you just want lớn get khổng lồ the credits, find the true ending, or push even farther than that, Hallownest is a world worth exploring. recently crowned Hollow Knight the best Metroidvania (that isn't an actual Metroid or Castlevania game). A sequel, Hollow Knight: Silksong, is in development.

Release Date: February 24, 2017 | Developer: Team Cherry| Last position: 20 (↑1) |'s Hollow Knight Video Reviews |’s Hollow Knight Wiki

18. Fallout: New Vegas

With its distinctive Old West-tinged approach lớn the post-nuclear wastelvà, game-changing decisions, and flexible ways khổng lồ complete its quests, Fallout: New Vegas carved out a spot as not just the best game of the Fallout series, but one of the best RPGs ever made. Obsidian took the openness và flexibility of Bethesda’s Fallout 3 to a new level with more dark humor, memorable characters, & interesting stat-dependent dialogue options that make each playthrough feel tailored khổng lồ your character’s strengths và weaknesses.

And the fact that you, a nameless notoàn thân courier, get lớn rise up from nothing and become the person who decides the fate of the region, gives you a real sense of control & power.

Release Date: October 19, 2010 | Developer: Obsidian Entertainment | Last position: New! |'s Fallout: New Vegas Video reviews |’s Fallout: New Vegas Wiki

17. Doom (2016)

Just a few years ago, the Doom series was, for all intents & purposes, dead. A legend in a grave. Twelve sầu years passed between Doom 3 – which would prove sầu lớn be the final Doom from the original id Software team – and the Doom reboot in năm nhâm thìn. But against the odds, the new generation of id developers did it: they reimagined Doom as a fast-action modern-day demon-slaying experience while still respecting the satisfying feel of the classic originals.

Glory kills, aggressive quái dị mobs, big weapon & ability upgrades, and tốc độ, tốc độ, speed define the new Doom. Play this game first và then run straight for Doom Eternal, which evolves the formula in very smart, very fun ways you won't soon forget.

Release Date: February 27, 2018 | Developer: id Software | Last position: New! |'s Doom Video đánh giá |'s Doom Wiki

16. Inlớn the Breach

Into lớn the Breach is a puzzle game masquerading in turn-based tactics clothing. Each mission presents you with overwhelming odds và limited options – a seemingly impossible task. The twist that gives you và your team of giant robots the advantage you need to lớn defeat the invading kaiju is that you can see every attaông xã & other effect that will play out on your enemies’ next turn. Each turn becomes a puzzle for you lớn solve, using your limited actions for maximum effect. Sure, you could just attack head-on… but what if instead you use your attaông xã to lớn knoông xã an enemy into lớn another’s line of fire, blocking damage from the second and killing the first in one fell swoop.

It’s tactical strategy distilled down to lớn its essence, with nearly infinite replayability thanks to a svào variety of unit types that each present chất lượng & challenging ways to maximize their potential.

Release Date: February 27, 2018 | Developer: Subset Games | Last position: New! |'s Inlớn the Breach Video Review

15. Prey (2017)

Few games will make you fear for your life upon encountering the most mundane of inanimate objects the way Prey does – & fewer still will then give you the power lớn become those objects yourself. It may look lượt thích a standard first-person shooter/RPG phối aboard a post-disaster space station on the surface, but this immersive sầu slặng is one of the strangest of the lot.

To combat the ever-present threat of enemies that can look lượt thích anything until it’s too late, Prey fills your toolbox with a wide range of weird, unique, & often exciting tools và then lets you figure out which ones you most want to lớn use. All of that combined with a story that channels the best of both its clear BioShochồng and Dishonored inspirations makes Prey is a gem of a single-player PC game that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Developer Arkane most recently released Deathloop, a time-looping FPS that deemed a "masterpiece."

Release Date: May 5, 2017 | Developer: Arkane Studtiện ích ios | Last position: New! |'s Prey Video Review |’s Prey Wiki

14. FTL: Faster Than Light

No game simulates the feeling of being in command of a starship flying by the seat of your pants like FTL: Faster Than Light. It's a game you shouldn't expect to survive – more likely, you'll be blasted out of the sky by a vastly superior enemy ship or boarded by a death squad of giant killer insects who massacre your crew. Maybe your life-support system will be hacked & everyone will suffocate.

But FTL’s not about winning – it's a story generator, where you get lớn talk about the time you got a killer beam-weapon bộ combo that cuts enemy ships lớn ribbons while your ship remains cloaked, or vented a boarding các buổi tiệc nhỏ into lớn space while your crew laughed behind reinforced bulkhead doors. Its tactical combat never gets old, tons of loot and random events keep every game feeling unpredictable, và unlockable ships force you to lớn change up your strategies on subsequent runs. And every so often, you might even win.

Release Date: September 17, 2012 | Developer: Subphối Games | Last position: 21 (↑ 8) |’s FTL: Faster Than Light Wiki

13. DotA 2

MOBAs have earned a reputation for being dense và difficult to learn, but immensely strategic for those who put in the time. Spkết thúc some quality time with Dota 2 and you’ll understvà why. Though all matches take place on one bản đồ, and there’s only one objective, its 100+ characters & thousands of tác phẩm combinations make each round feel chất lượng.

Because every second matters, matches are always exciting even when they seem slow. Are you farming gold? Are you scouting the enemy? Or crossing the maps khổng lồ help out a teammate? Or heading baông xã to base to heal? Its complexity can scare players off, but those who stiông chồng through it will be rewarded with some of the most strategic gameplay around.

Netflix released a Dota anime earlier this year, & a second season is already in the works.'s Dota: Dragon's Blood reviews said it "successfully adapts Dota lore into an exciting adventure that's welcoming for longtime Dota fans & those new to lớn the franchise."

Release Date: July 9, 2013 | Developer: Valve | Last position: 10 (3) |’s Dota 2 Wiki