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 2017, 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, if ever there was one, of how to give gamers the most bang for their buck.

At full price, it's $60 but if you're prepared to wait it out, there's a strong chance you'll find a deal at some point.

See at Steam

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.

See at Steam


Bethesda's reboot of this iconic franchise was worth every second of the wait. It's one of the most gloriously-optimized PC games around, providing super slick, super sharp, super gory action. You're also treated to one of the greatest soundtracks you'll ever hear in a video game.

Take on the demonic horde as the Doomslayer across a ton of gorgeously-designed levels, or jump into the multiplayer action and take on the world. It's not for the faint of heart, but it's arguably the best shooter around. An absolute must-play.

And now for the $30 asking price you get the DLC thrown in, which makes it even better.

See at Steam

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, even with Forza Motorsport 7 on the horizon.

See at Microsoft

Cities: Skylines

Where Sim City once was you now find Cities: Skylines as the world building sim of choice. It's been around a while and developed a huge following, with a number recent of add-ons, as well, to take the experience even further.

It's a single player experience, and it's completely open-ended, meaning there really isn't an end. You can keep controlling your city as long as you find it enjoyable, which will likely be longer than you'd care to own up to.

You can buy it for $30 from Steam or if you prefer, the Xbox Live supported version in the Windows Store costs $40.

See at Steam See at Microsoft


Overwatch is Blizzard's first foray into the first-person arena, and it's nothing like your average shooter. There's no single player campaign, it's all online, which may put some off. But what you do get is a crazy-paced game that requires some real skill.

Each character has their own unique weapon and special ability, and teams will need to be well balanced in order to achieve the objectives and take home the win. There's something for everyone, and it's very easy to see early on why this is one of the most played games on the planet right now. It takes a bit of mastering, but jumping in is really easy. And you'll keep coming back for more.

Blizzard keeps adding new content to the game, which makes the $40 one-time asking price very good value, too.

See at Blizzard


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.

See at Blizzard


Set in a world years after the aliens won the war, XCOM 2 is the first full sequel to the smash-hit strategy title. It also does a great job of feeling both familiar and fresh.

XCOM 2 is easily one of the best strategy games money can buy. It's got a stellar story, with plenty of gameplay elements to keep you intrigued and wanting more. The game has a heavy learning curve, but fighting through the frustration yields much satisfaction.

XCOM 2 is yours for $60.

See at Steam

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.

See at Steam

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 less than $40.

See at Amazon

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 eight million copies at the time of this writing. And that's without being officially launched.

This 100-man battle royale is currently in Steam Early Access. It puts you and a ton of other people on a giant map with only one objective: Be the last man standing. There are no rules, there is no mercy. But if you win, you get a chicken dinner!

The cost of $30 might feel like a lot for a game that isn't finished, but eight million people can't be wrong, can they?

See at Steam

Updated August 22, 2017: We added the smash hit PUBG to our list of PC games you have to play.