Top 10 PC Games of the Last 5 Years (2016 - 2020)

Whatoplay presents the Top 10 PC Games for the last 5 years. All arranged by playscore. To check out our full list, visit our page on all the best PC games.

10. Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

The sequel to the award-winning indie-platformer from Moon Studios, Will of the Wisps is yet another gorgeous adventure for the forest spirit. It’s taking players into uncharted territory, pitting them against ferocious beasts and odd creatures that pose a challenge for the uninitiated. It’s still an emotionally riveting experience from start to finish, and its combat is a huge improvement from the first game. It’s unfortunate we don’t get enough extra chapters as DLCs, but all we can do now is wait for its inevitable threequel. A playscore of 9.15.

9. DUSK

Inspired by the shooters of the 90s, David Szymanski's indie FPS packs everything a shooter fan would love about the old classics. DUSK was praised highly for its level designs which reward your exploration with plenty of surprisingly inventive scenes and cheeky shortcuts and hidden areas. Add its soundtrack and their satisfying gunplay, and it easily becomes an FPS that fans should try at least once. It shows a complete understanding of what it's like to play retro games with rose-colored glasses and it gets a playscore of 9.18.

8. Celeste

A true test of skill for the platformer veterans. Celeste feels like a literal mountain to overcome with complex levels that demand lightning-fast reflexes and a ton of patience. The game isn’t afraid to show moments of vulnerability amidst its hardcore platforming. There will be moments of reflection in each passing chapter and it shapes our main character’s resolve. This is also accompanied by a stellar soundtrack that somehow alleviates the stress and frustration from its puzzles. The game just released its final FREE DLC titled, Farewell, which focuses on Celeste’s final message for the fans that helped her on her journey. It has a playscore of 9.19.

7. Return of the Obra Dinn

Lucas Pope has been handing out award winning puzzlers since 2013's Papers, Please. With this game, he took it up a notch, adding mystery and exploration to his repertoire. The Return of the Obra Dinn has been praised for its unique 1-bit artstyle, as well as its storyline that tasks you with determining the fate of everyone on-board the eponymous ship. This gives you unparalleled freedom to solve the puzzles that each passenger's story provides, and finally figuring it all out is as rewarding as it can be. It has a playscore of 9.20.

6. Resident Evil 2 Remake

CAPCOM has been on a roll for the past few years and the future looks even brighter now that Resident Evil Village is nearing its release. RE2 Remake was the first of CAPCOM’s revival of their famed survival-horror titles. It’s a complete rework of the 1998 classic. Bringing in fresh and familiar scares using its impressive RE Engine. Its greatest strength comes from its retold narrative which lets their two perspectives shine in surprisingly new ways. A playscore of 9.21.

5. Disco Elysium

One of 2019’s standout PC titles. Disco Elysium is not a game for those who want a fast-paced ‘action’ experience. It’s a game that commits to its branching narrative in a pen and paper RPG-like format. As a detective with a knack for mystery, you forge the life of its lowly protagonist as he seeks answers within its weird world. The degree of freedom in each of its well-crafted missions gives you hours and hours of groundbreaking storytelling. Its latest update now has a fully voice-acted game. It has a PlayScore of 9.26.

4. Stardew Valley

The farming simulation genre completely changed with the arrival of this title from one-man developer ConcernedApe. It improved on every aspect that Harvest Moon introduced, while also adding combat and crafting, making it into an all-around title that almost anyone can enjoy. You can even share your farm with friends in co-op. It was first released back in 2016, but there's still a lot to come back for with so many new updates. It's most recent, giving us new faces, events, and a beach farm. It has a playscore of 9.24.

3. Divinity: Original Sin II

The sequel to Larian Studio's RPG has only boosted everyone's exposure to their very meticulous outlook on the genre. The world is detailed and interactive, and has an emergent atmosphere that's open to experimentation. Their lore is heavy with worldbuilding that's only gotten deeper with each update. The Definitive Edition added new areas and difficulty settings, as well as revised dialogs that freshened up the experience all the more. For a relatively young title, it definitely deserves its reputation as one of the best RPGs out there. A playscore of 9.37.

2. Hades

The award-winning indie-action game that won the hearts of many last year. Hades is SuperGiant Games’ latest opus and it is one hell of a roguelike game. Pun intended. Escape from the evil clutches of the Underworld and rebel against your father Hades. It’s a relentless hack and slash adventure that lures you with its developing story after every death and a cast of characters that bring new meaning to the Greek mythos. Packed with a rocking soundtrack, a fully-voice acted cast and unlimited replay value, Hades deserves a playscore of 9.47.

Runners Up

20. What Remains of Edith Finch

A hauntingly beautiful adventure. If someone tells you that games aren't art—make them play this one. A playscore of 9.04.

19. Baba is You

Hempuli Oy’s reinvention of a puzzle is nothing short of creative. A playscore of 9.04.

18. RimWorld

A survival sim with a lot of personality and deadly quirks. The learning curve may be steep on this game, but it's oh so rewarding. A playscore of 9.05.

17. Forza Horizon 4

The best PC racing game on whatoplay.com for good reason. Its content and open world environments makes it practically the perfect racer. A playscore of 9.06.

16. Crusader Kings III

What makes this game special is simply that it focuses on the stories of the characters. Expand and improve your mighty kingdom. A playscore of 9.06.

15. Hollow Knight

An absolute must-play and not just because it goes on sale often. It can be quite challenging so you really have to GIT GUD. It has a playscore of 9.07.

14. SEKIRO: Shadows Die Twice

The best part of this game is definitely the combat. Every time you die, you know it's your fault—which makes winning all the sweeter. It has a playscore of 9.12.

13. Day of the Tentacle Remastered

This is how point-and-click games should be made. You'll be laughing for hours and hours from both the wit and the literal potty humor. It has a playscore of 9.13.

12. Slay the Spire

This is not your grandma's card game. You'll want to replay this one again and again because you'll never know what amazing combo you'll get next! It has a playscore of 9.13.

11. Dead Cells

Just when you thought you're awesome at platformers, this game will humble you. A playscore of 9.15.

1. Half-Life Alyx

Half-Life's latest chapter shows just how much respect Valve has for the series, giving us a more intimate look at City17 through the eyes of Alyx in VR. Despite the use of newfangled tech, its gameplay and storyline has so much of the original game's spirit that it's almost impossible not to feel nostalgic. As a prequel, it's best experienced with some knowledge of the events of the main series as it answers many of our long-held questions, while also offering an idea of what's to come in the series. It has a playscore of 9.5.

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