15 best PC games of all time: titles that you can’t miss!
2015 had seen some amazing games being launched across platforms like PC, PS, Xbox, Nintendo and what’s even better is that more exciting titles are lined up for 2016. Although there’s plenty to look forward to in 2016 but here’s a list of PC games launched till now that you cannot and should not miss!!!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a high-fantasy, action role-playing video game developed by CD Projekt Red. This game is set in a massive open-world environment and is played in third-person perspective. The Witcher 3 has amassed over 160 games of the year awards in 2015 and which is higher than any other title in the same category.
“One 2015 Game (The Witcher 3) Has Five Times As Many GOTY Wins As Its Closest Competitor”
–www. Forbes .com
Steam: 10/10 Metacritic: 4.5/5
Developed by Firaxis Games, Civilization 5 is a treat for masterminds interested in turn based strategy games. The game follows a 4X strategy ( eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) in which the player leads a civilization from prehistoric times into the future achieving one of a number of different victory conditions through research, exploration, diplomacy, expansion, economic development, government and military conquest. Civilization V: Gods & Kings (2012) and Civilization V: Brave New World (2013) are two expansion packs in the Civilization V series till now.
Steam: 10/10 IGN.com: 9/10
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
The Final Fantasy XIV is the second massively multiplayer online role-playing game in the Final Fantasy series after Final Fantasy XI. Launched in 2010 by Square Enix, this game was buggy, over complicated, unfinished however the developers spent 3 years rebuilding it from a ground up and the end result was this extremely fine MMORPG good enough to match the likes of World of Warcraft by Blizzard.
Counter Strike: Global Offense
With about 12 million unique players on steam, the fourth game in the Counter-Strike franchise is gaining attention day by day. Counter Strike: Global Offense is an online first-person shooter developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. Each player joins either the Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist team and attempts to complete objectives or eliminates the enemy team. The game operates in short rounds that end when all players on one side are dead or a team’s objective is completed. For most game modes, once a player dies, they must wait until the round ends to respawn.
ESL and DreamHack are two major platforms with a huge prize pool is popularly known for Counter Strike: Global Offense.
xSteam: 9/10 GameSpot: 8.5/10
League of Legends
Developed and published by Riot Games, League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena, real-time strategy video game. In League of Legends, players assume the role of an unseen “summoner” that controls a “champion” with unique abilities and battle against a team of other players or computer-controlled champions. Just like most MOBAs the aim is to destroy the enemy teams main structure; “the nexus“. Each of the champions is fairly weak at the start of the game gaining strength by accumulating items and experience over the course of the game. League of Legends is in the top 3 most played PC games and has almost 32 million monthly active users!
IGN.com: 9.2/10 GameSpy: 4/5
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Developed by Kojima Productions, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has got about 23 games of the year awards in 2015. The game is the eleventh canonical and final installment in the Metal Gear series and the fifth within the series’ chronology. This is an open world action stealth video game where you are an elite super soldier behind enemy lines. With its impressive technology and meticulous game design, this is one of the best stealth PC games ever made.
Steam: 9/10 Metacritic: 4.5/5 GameSpot: 10/10
Kentucky Route Zero
Kentucky Route Zero is a single player adventure game where the game is separated into five acts, following the narrative of a truck driver named Conway and the mysterious people he meets as he tries to cross the fictional Route Zero to deliver some products from the antique company for which he works. The game begins with Conway and his dog just looking to make a delivery but soon it turns into a mystical adventure through a land left behind by time. It’s a game like you have never played before.
“A mysterious game with an intense plot which will always keep you at the edge of your seat”
DOTA 2 is a stand-alone sequel of Defense of the Ancients (DOTA), a custom map from Warcraft 3. DOTA 2 is considered to be one of the best MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) of all time and is the most played game on steam. With about 26 million players and owners on steam, the average number of players active at a time every day on steam playing DOTA 2 is about 550,000. This game consists of fictional characters from elves, humans, undead, orcs, goblins, nagas, vampires, Lycans and various other races, each of them having their unique attributes and abilities. A typical game of Dota2 will last about 40 to 50 minutes. Although the map is the same, but with over 110 unique heroes with over 450 unique abilities and more than 100 inventories, each match of Dota2 is a unique experience. The recent Dota 2 update known as Balance of Power has brought new dynamics into the game.
In the current e-sports scenario, Dota 2 is the highest earning game with a prize pool of $55,845,844 over 543 major international tournaments.
Steam: 9/10 IGN.com: 9.4/10
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Developed and published by Electronic Arts, Need For Speed: Most Wanted happens to be the most popular game in the NFS franchise. This was the point where everything about NFS got real! NFS Most Wanted is considered to have one of the best stories in a racing game ever. The game was equipped with pretty decent graphics of its time along an engrossing story, amazing cars, and a wicked customization mode. Even the free roam mode of the game was amazing. There is nothing about this game not to be loved.
IGN.com : 8.5/10 GameSpot: 8.4/10
Starcraft 2 :Wings of Liberty
Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty is one masterpiece by Blizzard Entertainment. This is one of the most played real-time-strategy games in the world.The game revolves around three species: the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms and the Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers. At the time of its release, Starcraft 2 became the fastest-selling real-time strategy game of all time with over 3 million copies sold worldwide in the first month.
The Starcraft 2 World Championship Series (WCS) a 3 season event over has one of the highest price pools in gaming tournaments. Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty received VGX award for best PC game in 2010.
Divinity: Original Sin
Divinity: Original Sin is a single-player and cooperative multiplayer fantasy role-playing video game, developed by Larian Studios. This game is known to be the best cooperative multiplayer RPG in the modern times with its turn-based tactical combat, split-screen feature, a highly interactive world and a full-fledged modding tool. Within a year of its launch, Original Sin has been re-released in an Enhanced Edition with a number if major improvements, added features, rework in the story and enhanced gameplay changes.
Steam: 9/10 Metacritic: 4.5/5
Total War: Shotgun 2
Total War: Shotgun 2 is a strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Shogun 2 is set in 16th-century feudal Japan, in the aftermath of the Ōnin War during the Ashikaga Shogunate. The country is fractured into rival clans led by local warlords, each fighting for control. The player takes on the management of one of these clans, with the goal of dominating other factions and claiming his rule over Japan. This game is one of the finest in the Total War series. Total War: Shotgun 2: Fall of Samurai is a standalone expansion of this game that was released in 2012.
Steam: 9/10 Metacritic: 4.5/5 IGN: 9/10
After Portal 1, Valve has done an incredible job in delivering a game much better than its predecessor. Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform video game with massive improvements in terms of gameplay, humor, characterization and puzzle-solving from portal 1. Portal was rated as one of the top games of 2011 and has won several Game of the Year awards.
Steam: 10/10 Metacritic: 5/5 IGN.com: 9.5/10
Heroes of the Storm
What happens when all your favorite characters from your favorite games are hand picked and put together into one game to form an another epic story? You guessed it right! You get Heroes of the Storm! Heroes of the Storm revolves around online 5-versus-5 matches, operated through Blizzard’s online gaming service Battle.net.
With Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard combined heroes from its popular franchises like Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, The Lost Vikings and Overwatch. This is a multiplayer online battle arena or rather what Blizzard calls it; a “hero brawler!”.
Game Revolution: 4.5/5 Metacritic: 4.3/5
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Picked as the Game of the Year of 2012 by multiple publications, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is still known to be one of the best tactical-turn based PC games of all times. This game is developed by Firaxis Games developer behind the popular strategy video game series; Civilization. Set in the near future during an alien invasion of Earth, the game puts the player in control of an elite multinational paramilitary organization called XCOM and tasked with defending the Earth. The player commands troops in the field in a series of turn-based tactical missions.
“Few games can deliver the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in the way that XCOM does.”
Steam: 10/10 IGN: 8.2/10 GameSpot: 8.5/10
The list of best PC games can go on and on..but we attempt to limit ourselves to 15. However some games like GTA V, World of WarCraft, Far Cry 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Delta Force, Quake 3, Max Payne deserve a special honorable mention. Let us know your favorite PC games of all times in the comments below.
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