The best PC games represent the pinnacle of what it means to be a PC gamer. Sure, consoles are great and all – but the sometimes you just need to see what the graphics settings look like cranked all the way up, or you yearn for the precision control that only a mouse and keyboard setup can offer. Another perk of gaming on PC is that you can choose from hundreds of thousands of available games, be they big or small, indie or AAA, full-price or free-to-play. But with so many options, it can be tough to figure out what you should play next. That’s where our list of the best PC games comes in, giving you a great place to chart your next gaming journey in front of the monitor.
If you need to upgrade your PC to run some of them, check out our high end gaming PC build guide! Alternatively, if you need a pre-built, here are the best gaming PCs of 2019, and the best gaming laptops. Without further ado, here are the 25 best PC games to play right now.
The public opinion of Apex Legends seems to have cooled just a bit after its explosive debut, due to the somewhat underwhelming offering of its Season 1 Battle Pass, but there’s no denying that it’s a fantastic battle royale shooter with limitless potential. Blending the polish and endless replayability of Fortnite with the memorable and distinct heroes of Overwatch, Apex Legends immediately set itself apart with its squads-of-three teams and the interplay between the powerful Legends. Even without wallrunning, it’s still got that kinetic sense of movement that Respawn perfected in the Titanfall series, especially when it comes to bombing down a hill and scoring a sick headshot as you slide down. With its constantly evolving content and metagame, Apex Legends should thrive for a long time to come.
Dishonored 2 takes the first game’s play-how-you-want design philosophy and runs wild, giving you the option to once again go behind the mask as Corvo or try out a new suite of supernatural powers as Emily Kaldwin. The storyline is sprawling and engaging to the very end, with each level functioning as a bloody puzzle for you to solve, either by stealthy assassin skills or powerful brute force. Loads of games claim to let you play your own way – Dishonored 2 truly delivers that through the strength of its gameplay and the smart design of its worlds.
Total War: Warhammer 2
The Total War games have long been some of the best strategy games on the market, each iteration introducing new ingredients and refinements to a recipe that manages to satisfy hardcore grognards without alienating budding strategists. But they’ve also always been mired in historical accuracy, deep simulations of real world kingdoms and empires.
Total War: Warhammer shattered those real world shackles and unleashed dragons and demons on the huge, seething battlefields of Total War, and the sequel shows how much the team at Creative Assembly learned making the first game. It brings the tabletop game to glorious, spectacular life, complete with explosive fireballs, fantastical creatures, and the hideous armies of blackest Chaos, and with the Mortal Empires expansion allows players to conquer the entire, sprawling Warhammer world.