Best PC games to play while 'working' at home — all on sale
The world is still coming to terms with our new abnormal, but that doesn't mean we all need to be bored out of our minds when we're "working" at home. Yeah ... working. Should you have a gaming PC available — and we've got you covered if you don't — these great PC games are on sale right now. We've rounded up the best, and how to get them at bargain prices.
If you enjoy playing games where you die over and over again, the Dark Souls series is a solid place to start. It's incredibly addicting as it is frustrating to try and master. Make the choice of ranged or melee as you attempt to take down incredibly difficult foes and create some light in a dark, lost world.
Run Your Own Farm
Stardew Valley puts you in control of a farm you've inherited from a passing relative. It's a blank canvas in a location you've never visited prior, tasking you with getting to know locals, explore caves and go fishing. It's not technically on sale, but at $14 this is a game you must pick up.
Dig. Fight. Explore.
Terraria also isn't on sale, but at $10 you could consider this price as a permanent discount due to how much value you get in return. There's simply so much to do in this pixelated RPG, especially if you bring along a friend or two.
Total War is a series of strategy games that allow you to take control of a kingdom and build up a budding empire, taking down your enemies in huge battles. Warhammer II is a Warhammer-themed Total War with plenty to see and do, even if you're not a fan of the IP.
I have a love-hate relationship with ARK. It's a wonderful game to play online with friends, but it's still a buggy mess with performance issues, clipping and just general wonk. If you're able to get on a good server, you'll be able to team up, tame some incredible creatures, build some awesome bases, and take on some tough bosses.
If you want to play a game that will leave a lasting impression on you, BioShock: Infinite is the one to go for. Your task is to go to a mysterious floating city and rescue Elizabeth, building a bond with her as you both attempt to flee amidst the chaos.
Don't Deal With The Devil
Cuphead is a platformer come shooter packed full of unique, whacky and downright absurd boss designs. Studio MDHR hand-animated every backdrop, every sprite, and every special effect in tribute to classic cartoons of the early 1900s and it's absolutely brilliant.
This is where the famous Roller Coaster Tycoon series began. This game is a masterpiece with plenty of rides to construct and ways to keep your theme park guests happy. You could also open a rollercoaster with an incomplete track, not that I'd recommend doing so...
So Many Arrows
Have you ever played a thief in Skyrim and wondered how cool it would be for a game to be made solely around being a thief? That's classic Thief Gold in a nutshell. You'll be playing as such as you attempt to sneak into castles, mansions and other areas where light and noise are your worst enemy.
Step Back In Time
Some classic RPGs don't really hold up to today's standards, but Might and Magic 7 is an absolute classic of a game. The storytelling is brilliant, so too is the exploration and the land to traverse. You'll find a huge amount of content here as you create a party and attempt to create a better world.
Dig. Fight. Explore.
Forager is a 2D open-world game inspired by Stardew Valley, Terraria, and Zelda. It's all about exploration, farming and crafting, tasking you with taking down foes, solve engaging puzzles, and slowly improve your skills, equipment, and understanding about how everything works.
One For The Couch
Overcooked! 2 is an amazingly engaging sequel to the brilliant Overcooked! In this series, you need to run a busy food business with up to three friends to take on The Unbread. The goal is to cook as many dishes that come through as orders as possible. That's much easier said than done, especially when there are four of you.
Rocket League is a game for those who enjoy crazy sports. It's football (or soccer for some of you) with a twist. Instead of humans on a field, you're controlling small RC cars within an arena. The aim is the same. Protect your goal, while trying to send the giant ball into the opponent's goal. Simple, but massive buckets of fun.
Getting into PC gaming
If you've never really got into PC gaming before, now's a great opportunity with plenty of discounts to be had on some top PC games. Our collection here highlights just how much variety there is on the market. There's something available for everyone. And if you're new to PC gaming, we have you covered if you're stuck at home with a quick-start guide.
But most of all, stay safe out there!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.