Best PC games of all time: Our top picks you should play in 2024

More interested in playing the PC games that are really big right now? The latest hits that everyone is talking about? Well, we're here to help you out.

Many of the games we show here can be accessed via Microsoft's PC Game Pass and some will be impressive indie titles that don't really belong in a single genre. At any rate, we'll update this section regularly whenever there's a big game that everyone seems to be playing.

Ghost of Tsushima: DIRECTOR'S CUT

After years of PlayStation exclusivity, the critically acclaimed Ghost of Tsushima has come to PC platforms, rocketing the sales charts to become Steam's top-selling title. Ghost of Tsushima follows the story of Jin Sakai, a warrior on a quest to avenge his people and retake his homeland after being conquered by the ruthless Khotun Khan and his horde of Mongol invaders.

The gameplay of Ghost of Tsushima is that of an open-world action-adventure affair, where you will explore jaw-droppingly beautiful vistas of 13th-century Japan, experience its enthralling storyline, and fight enemies using a variety of weapons and techniques that either favor stealth or frontal assault. 

The PC version includes a ton of new features such as the Legends co-op mode and visual upgrades from the Director's Cut edition, advanced graphical settings, support for ultrawide displays, and compatibility with performance-boosting PC components like NVIDIA DLSS 3, AMD FSR 3, and Intel XeSS.

Ghost of Tsushima: DIRECTOR'S CUT | $59.99 at GMG (Steam)

Ghost of Tsushima: DIRECTOR'S CUT | $59.99 at GMG (Steam)

Embark on a quest for vengeance and dispatch an army of hardened Mongol invaders to free the island of Tsushima of tyranny in the award-winning Ghost of Tsushima: DIRECTOR'S CUT.

Dragon's Dogma 2

Dragon's Dogma 2 is a sequel to Capcom's 2012 cult action-RPG of the same name. The story follows the trials of the Arisen, a once ordinary mortal who has had their heart plucked out by the ancient Great Dragon. Now cursed with forced immortality and the ability to command unique humanoids called Pawns, the Arisen sets out on a journey to slay the Great Dragon before it can lay waste to the world at large.

Dragon's Dogma 2 is an enigma of an action-RPG with a myriad of complex and esoteric systems that are hard to grasp at first but once understood, can provide one of the most engrossing and fun Capcom has ever produced. 

The game features an incredibly in-depth combat system with lots of character classes and move-sets to learn, a wide open-world brimming with beautiful locales and dungeons packed with ancient treasure, jaw-dropping action set-pieces, and more.

If you're a fan of action-RPGs, check out our Dragon's Dogma 2 review to learn more about it and see why you shouldn't miss out on one of the best Capcom games in recent memory.

Dragon's Dogma 2 | $69.99 at Steam (GreenManGaming) | $58.89 at CDKeys (Steam)

Dragon's Dogma 2 | $69.99 at Steam (GreenManGaming) | $58.89 at CDKeys (Steam)

Let the wind push you forward and save the Great Dragon in the long-awaited action-RPG sequel, Dragon's Dogma 2. Discover a grand fantasy world with ancient secrets, engage in political intrigue to win the throne of a kingdom, and master the art of combat with a variety of weapons and Vocations.

Helldivers 2

One of the biggest surprise sleeper hits so far in 2024 is Helldivers 2, a co-op third-person shooter where you play as soldiers of Super Earth called Helldivers. Your mission is to sail the galaxy with your fellow Helldivers and destroy alien-invading bugs and robots with extreme firepower in the name of 'Democracy'.

Helldivers 2 became the best-selling game of February 2024 and is still popular today for many good reasons. This game is a fantastic co-op shooter with solid gunplay, exciting and chaotic unscripted emergent set-pieces, a tongue-in-cheek setting inspired by the classic movie Starstrip Troopers, there are tons of fun weapons to wield and shoot with, and the premium currency to buy cosmetics can all be earned in-game without paying real money.

The only major flaw of this game is its ongoing server issues preventing people from queuing up for games. Aside from that, Helldivers is a blast to play with your friends if you're a fan of co-op shooters. 

If you want to learn more about this game and join the Helldivers, check out our review for Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2

Call forth orbital bombardments and exterminate the enemies of 'Democracy' with your friends in Helldivers 2. This game supports cross-play between the Windows PC and the PlayStation 5 versions, so console and PC players can team up and join the bug hunt.

Buy from: GreenManGaming (Steam)

Palworld

Palworld is a new survival-crafting game by Pocketpair that is currently exploding with popularity across the internet, achieving over one million concurrent players on Steam and sales figures of one million copies in just a few days after it was released on January 19, 2024.

Palworld isn't just your run-of-the-mill survival game as it combines aspects of the genre with that of monster-tamer games like Nintendo's Pokémon franchise. The goal of the game is to explore a mysterious island, capture cute animals called "Pals", and then use their abilities and strength to help you survive.

These Pals can fight alongside you in battle, help you build bases to defend yourself against the elements and enemies and gather resources to assist you in crafting weapons and armor. This game can be played alone with other players as this game supports online cooperative multiplayer.

Palworld | $29.99 at Steam

Palworld | $29.99 at Steam

Poachers are hunting cutesy critters called Pals and it is up to you to protect them in the hit survival crafting game, Palworld. Brave against the wilderness alone or join your friends online to increase your chances of survival.

Rebecca Spear
Editor and Reviewer

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's editors and reviewers with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of articles with everything from editorials, reviews, previews, features, previews, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).