The PC master race is still living up to its name in the last decade. Ready your pitchforks, hear us out, and drop by our list of the best PC games.
A Microsoft Exclusive might be the right way to start this list. Moon Studios’ platformer balances emotional storytelling with impressive visual design. Ori and the Blind Forest puts you into the life of a fledgling forest guardian and a spirit trying to navigate their way around a magical forest and save it.
There’s an almost therapeutic feel every time you dip into its atmospheric 2D world. Despite its short game-time, it received generally favorable reviews from various gaming sources, mainly in its mesmerizing backdrops and rewarding Metroidvania gameplay.
Navigating around highly detailed levels and fending off enemies using a plethora of abilities isn’t really something new in the genre, but its overarching themes of love and friendship is something worth remembering in a game like this. Its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is sure to bring more flavor and wonder into this fascinating world soon.
It receives a playscore of a 9.19
Before Andromeda’s massive letdown, there was the epic space trilogy that earned its respect to all gamers in the world. The Mass Effect saga was the space-opera that combines a universal scale story with relatable characters that, to this day, we will never forget.
The Galaxy needs Commander Shepard in his/her quest to prevent the extinction of the human race from the impending Reaper invasion. On the surface, it feels like a textbook sci-fi story, but underneath its layers lies a complex set of themes from politics to the good ol’ existential dread.
Mass Effect 2 is the strongest entry in the trilogy. It was the moment fans knew what BioWare was capable of. It brought together an ensemble of memorable characters in a literal ‘Suicide Mission’ that made us emotional no matter the outcome.
It’s a true space action RPG and it receives a playscore of 9.22
There’s absolutely no forgetting Bethesda’s crowning jewel. Skyrim’s biggest achievement was it came ahead of its time. If Mass Effect was the top of Space RPGs, Skyrim is its medieval counterpart. It was the open-world adventure we never knew we needed and it gave birth to a slew of other epic medieval-themed games with the same formula.
Basically, you’re the Dragonborn. Their own version of a Jedi. It comes with the ability to scream and push people away. But being the chosen one isn’t just the best thing about Skyrim, it’s the open-ended quest you have that makes it special. Do you want to be an asshole and ruin people’s lives? Or be the hero that everyone needs up until you accidentally kill a chicken? The possibilities are endless in this massive title, and we’re not even getting started with the mods.
It has a playscore of 9.23
PC’s surprising indie title took hours of our time away when it came out. Developed by ConcernedApe, Stardew Valley is an essential game for those who want to take a break from all the online games we suck at. It’s time to put down that gun and grab a shovel to cultivate some crops and breed some farm animals.
For a game about time management, it consumed most of our day to day activities with its insane amount of things to do. It takes inspiration from the notable life simulator titles like Harvest Moon and integrates their own indie signature with little to no issues at all.
What makes Stardew Valley great is in its mundane moments. Waking up and getting ready for the day varies among all other players. You’re either spending the rest of your day fishing or giving gifts to your favorite person. Making relationships is as enjoyable as exploring its peaceful town full of memorable moments.
It receives a playscore of 9.23
2019 was a great year for gaming but the PC's standout title of last year was an open-world RPG set in a bleak future.
Like any other great games out there, ZA/UM's' Disco Elysium was mostly praised for its well-written story. As a detective with a knack for mystery, you partake in the myriad of activities in its broken world, which includes puzzle solving and managing your abilities. Talking to people to fuel your investigation not only gives you solutions but more problems in its impressive take on the pen and paper format.
As an RPG game, you take matters into your own hands. Especially with its revolutionary dialogue system. The degree of freedom in each of its well-crafted missions takes you hours and hours of groundbreaking storytelling.
It has a playscore of 9.26
Irrational’s award-winning first-person-shooter blew our minds when it came out in 2013. Booker and Elizabeth’s story was also a standout title early in the last decade. It was plot twists after plot twists that we had to resort to watching YouTube videos for some lingering questions.
Exploring the beautiful city of Colombia wasn’t as magical as our first dip into Rapture, but it still presents us with some shocking surprises and a bit of politics in between.
Its first-person shooter combat was faster and more fluid compared to the previous entries. The ability to use special abilities using Vigors was akin to Rapture’s Plasmids, but it doesn’t really add anything to the table. Elizabeth’s AI, however, was the combat’s greatest addition. Her helping you out in tight situations is really, really handy.
Infinite receives a 9.27
The last decade was also a time of experimentation. Many variations of the RPG have come and go but Tobyfox’s unique take on the genre gave birth to a massive fanbase and a ton of fan-made titles. Not to mention its snazzy soundtrack keeps our determination pumping.
Think of Undertale as a ‘weirder’ version of Lewis Carol’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Play as a young kid trapped in a strange underground world where monsters are either friend or foe. What makes Undertale different from other RPGs is that doesn’t follow a formula. It’s unconventional. Each encounter in its turn-based combat grants you choices to either spare or kill a character.
It’s in these unique moments where Undertale shines. Simply showing mercy or taking them down is not an easy task. Each character in the game has its own set of dialogue, weaknesses, and strengths and these choices will greatly affect the game’s world and its ending.
A playscore of 9.30
No Law of Surprise needed here. CD Projekt Red’s critically acclaimed third entry of their own take on Sapkowski’s dark fantasy series is different from Netflix’s recent adaptation. Set years after the books, Geralt of Rivia’s adventure is up for the player to decide.
The Wild Hunt is a master-crafted fantasy RPG that could even go face to face with Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls franchise. Its massive open-world is home to many evils and its interesting amount of side-quests rivals that of the main story.
The game’s huge amount of praise is justified, even after its two massive DLCs that could pass as a new game on its own. Don’t even get us started with Gwent. It’s easily the strongest of the trilogy and one of the best PC games of the last decade.
A playscore of 9.35
Larian Studios follows up the success of their first game with this prodigious sequel. Already making a name for themselves thanks to their deep customizations and highly interactive environments, this second installment takes all that to a whole new level of immersion.
Bringing the spirit of pen and paper RPGs to the videogame world, Divinity Original Sin II is an outstanding piece of emergent gameplay. Each interaction gives you more room for experimentation and other ‘crazy’ ideas.
It’s a game played better with friends. Gather your buddies and role-play your way in Divinity’s fully-realized world with intriguing mysteries and complex characters stories.
It receives a playscore of 9.37
1. Portal 2
Valve is known to redefine the way we see videogames. Half-Life 3 is but a century away and the dream of three is still non-existent in Gaben’s world. Portal was a game-changer in the PC scene as it introduced an innovative way of combining good storytelling with seamless puzzle-solving using the power of physics.
Sure, the original game was great, but its sequel was ten times better. Especially with the return of the sociopathic robot GLaDOS and let’s not forget the joy of using the Portal Gun to mess with science.
Portal 2’s success is what kicked off the start of the previous decade. It received universal acclaim for its physics-based gameplay, witty humor and solid voice acting. To this day, Portal 2 is still hailed as one of the greatest games of all time and we see no lie to that.
It receives a playscore of 9.50