PC games

In many regards, PC gamers have it better than their console counterparts. One reason why is the sheer breadth of titles available, with a large number being either a lot better than on console or exclusive to the PC.

Choosing the best games to play is difficult, though. That's where we come in. If you're looking for the best titles to play on your PC, check out this little lot.

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V

Even in 2018, more than two full years after the launch of the latest GTA on PC, it's one of the very best games you can play. It's home to a huge open world map, a traditionally-gritty yet engaging storyline and a first-for-the-series first-person mode.

The main single-player only lasts so long, but the real gem is GTA Online which is a completely separate game provided in the same package. Rockstar updates it with new content on a weekly basis, so there's always something fresh to get stuck on. This is a great example of how to give gamers the most bang for their buck, at $59.99.

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Rocket League

The more than 10.5 million copies sold across platforms shows how popular Rocket League is, and with good reason. It's inexpensive and enormously fun. This game is simple to pick up and really tough to master because it mixes sports with vehicular combat and a big dose of physics.

The developers keep adding new game modes to it, as well, rather than put time into developing a sequel. It's fun, and it also allows you to play against folks on consoles. There's literally no reason not to love Rocket League.

One of the best $20 you'll ever spend.

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Forza Horizon 3

The PC is home to some truly spectacular racing simulators, but they aren't for everyone. Forza Horizon 3 is for everyone, and it's ridiculously enjoyable. Breaking free of the confines of a circuit, Forza Horizon 3 takes you to a rich, huge open world across various parts of Australia.

It'll go up to 4K at 60 frames per second (FPS) if you have the horsepower, and it's one of the most beautiful looking games you'll find right now. It's packed with content and the latest expansion, Blizzard Mountain, adds even more. If you have an Xbox On,e as well, you get the benefit of Play Anywhere, which is a really sweet deal.

This is still $50 well spent, and for PC fans, it gets the nod over Forza Motorsport 7. The PC isn't short on circuit based racers, but Horizon 3 is something different. And very special.

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Hearthstone

Hearthstone is free to play, which means there's little reason not to give it a try. If you're into card-based strategy games, Hearthstone will be right up your alley. It's based in the Warcraft world, which on its own might be enough of a draw, and allows you to go toe-to-toe with your friends in a card battle royale.

Since the base game launched there have been multiple expansion packs, all breathing fresh life into Hearthstone. The gameplay is simple to pick up, addictive and a challenge to master. The community is enormous, too, so you'll never be short on someone to play with.

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Civilization VI

Civilization VI is a stunning game with excellent exploratory elements for you to invest hundreds — if not thousands — of hours in. We'd say it's a strong contender for being the best in the series (at least in recent instalments), but it is by no means perfect.

The team did a good job trying to take the series down a new path, with a much-improved UI and cleaner appearance that makes managing a growing empire easier than ever. While some issues remain, and the downloadble content (DLC) isn't anything to write home about, Civ VI is a great investment for anyone looking to enjoy a turn-based strategy title with some interesting elements.

It's pricey at $60, but you'll certainly get plenty of life from it.

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Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 shunned the increasingly future-based themes of first-person shooters to go back in time to one of the most brutal conflicts to ever grace the planet. It's one of the most gorgeous looking games in recent times, and the storyline is engaging and emotional.

The jewel in the multiplayer crown is the massive 64-player conquest mode, where you and 31 other players team up to capture objectives across a gigantic battlefield. Battlefield 1 is a very different experience than the likes of Call of Duty, or even other recent Battlefield games, and it's all the better for it.

And it now costs about $50.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

If you haven't heard of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), you've probably been living in a cave. What started out as a mod for Arma 3 quickly became an absolute smash hit, selling tens of millions of copies before it even left Early Access.

It puts you and up to 99 other people on a giant map with only one objective: Be the last man (or squad) standing. There are no rules, there is no mercy. But if you win, you get a chicken dinner!

It's now on version 1.0 with the new Miramar desert map and remains well priced at $30.

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Subnautica

Subnautica

Subnautica trades the vast open lands one usually finds in survival games with an seeming endless ocean. Crash-landing on an unknown planet, it's up to the survivor (you) to construct a home, live alongside wildlife — some of which wish to digest you — and explore the depths below.

Interestingly, even though Subnautica isn't technically a horror game, it plays on your fears. Those who aren't comfortable with water, the ocean, beasts patrolling in the dark, working in limited spaces and having no access to weapons will feel some genuine anxiety here. It's also bloody gorgeous.

And at just $24.99, it's well worth the price when considering the countless hundreds of hours of entertainment you're bound to have.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2

This isn't just a sequel to a successful RPG, it's a new game that raises the bar for top-down games of the same genre. Larian Studios has crafted a beautiful world and threw in some killer soundtracks and excellent quests to really bring everything to life.

Sticking true to the Divinity series's Dungeons & Dragons-inspired mechanics, turn-based combat makes a return to the sequel — and it's better than ever.

It's $44.99, but you're picking up a well-crafted game that took heart and soul to perfect.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Proof there's still a place for single-player FPS games, Wolfenstein II is a direct sequel built now on the same engine as DOOM. That means it runs as good as it looks, and it looks amazing.

You once again step into the bloodied shoes of BJ Blazkowicz as he continues the resistance fight against the Nazi empire. The story is wild, the weapons are ridiculous and the gore is intense. But throughout, it's a gripping experience you won't want to stop playing.

It'll cost you $59.99, and there's an optional season pass for more Nazi-smashing content.

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Total War: Warhammer II

Warhammer is still around, but nowadays you can play it on your PC rather than carry around hundreds of miniature figurines and a play area. Total War: Warhammer 2 is a sequel and remains the best digital adaptation of the Warhammer universe to date.

There's a breathtaking campaign as this turn-based RTS with civilization building will consume your entire being. It's magical.

Not only is this the best Warhammer game ever, it's the best Total War game ever made. Period. And it's $60 well spent.

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Cuphead

Cuphead

Get ready to rage. Then rage some more. Cuphead has a reputation for two things in particular: Its stunning, unique appearance and its difficulty. If you enjoy a challenging game, Cuphead is going to be right up your street.

It's a classic "run and gun" game with a heavy focus on boss battles, with its artwork complemented by an old-school side-scroller feel. The art and the music are, thankfully, so glorious that you'll keep coming back even when it enrages you the most. It is not to be missed, and it's a steal at $19.99.

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Updated January 23, 2018: We updated this list for early 2018 to ensure you're playing the best PC games available right now.