The Best PC Games of All Time

Best PC Games of All Time

The best PC games that should be played today and into the future. This list pretty much sums up the best ones since mid 1995; but naturally does not contain every single title worthy of your attention.

Many of these games are perfect for low-spec gamers and they will be tagged with the [low-spec PC games] tag.

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Best PC Strategy Games


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Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos + Frozen Throne

Warcraft III has had a special place in our hearts and functions as a foundational title. Our return to it was destined. Excellent lore, characters, gameplay and high versatility. Setting the mark for value in the gaming industry.
Read more on why I’ve returned to the game.

One returns to the foundations when in need of clarity and direction.

[low-spec PC games]

Blizzard | Amazon

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Age of Empires II + Expansions

My first PC game ever! This game had a deep imprint on my consciousness. The historical campaigns, the music/sound, the voice acting, the varied empires of the world, the list goes on.. Those hours spent building custom maps and testing different armies of units against one another. Age of Empires II is a classic and with the new HD edition + new campaigns, you have much to see and do.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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Age of Mythology

With its unique unit action/fighting loops and God powers. Age of Mythology is a seriously fun game to experience. Introducing you to the worlds Mythology and entertaining you with its satisfying strategy & resource gathering elements.

Pray to the many Gods mortal!

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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Medieval II: Total War

Need to know what it feels like to run an empire? This game has you covered. With its low graphical requirements and deep and intricate map and real-time combat system. There is much to learn about this game. It really helps you understand some elements of the human past and why we faught so much over lands and resources. While understanding the mindset and tactical needs of conquest, defense and the importance of moral.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes was both the most tactical RTS game I ever played and also the most emotional. By the end of the campaign, I was closer to understanding what the soldiers went through and the true cost of victory. Besides the sentiment, there is something about seeing enemy tanks get destroyed by your well placed landmines that cannot be explained. This game though old, is graphically intensive and not Low-Spec. But definitely worth multiple plays through the difficulties.

Steam | Amazon

 

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Sid Meier’s Civilization V

The best of both worlds, advance graphics + gameplay performance in combination to what makes the series so enjoyable and challenging. Pick Civilization V as your go to title, you won’t go wrong.

Steam | Amazon

 

Best PC Adventure Games


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Oddworld: Abyss Odysee & Exodus

My first PS1 game, and what a game it was.. Abyss Odysee is a difficult and emotionally rewarding platform adventure game, with a simple, yet intelligent design. Hand painted backgrounds that bring beauty into a dystopian world and some of the best humor going around. Completing it as a kid, I knew very well the meaning and value of what I had experienced and so will you. Make sure to play them in order.

This game is sacred, so be prepared

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG | Amazon

 

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

A short, yet breath taking story of two brothers searching for a cure. Set in an enchanting world that draws in young & old. This game is a must play with a very important message behind it. Something that can only be experienced when those we love, leave our world.. Another special title that you’ll experience when the time is right. PC controller is a must.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG

 

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Gun

Gun was the first western style action adventure game that we played with well executed horse riding mechanics. It is well designed and does many things right, with satisfying gun controls to exciting missions and a decent enough story to go with. The game had high replayability due to its solid combat and wouldn’t be suprised if you played it multiplie times.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG | Amazon

 

Best RPG Games


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Fable

Fable 1 was one of the first advanced RPGs we were able to experience. Not only was it set in a highly polished and lively world, its gameplay and mechanics offered the player a great deal of replayability. The best way to describe this game would be enchanting. A must play for all RPG fans.

Steam | Amazon

 

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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Witcher 3 has managed to take the world by storm and has pushed many of the limits previously set on RPGs. Great lore, story telling and one of the funnest and most challenging combat systems in RPG format. If you haven’t played it yet, then it should definitely be one on your list.

Steam | GoG | Amazon

 

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Dragon Age: Origins

Critically acclaimed, tactical group based RPG with changeable stories and great gameplay. Not only does it offer players multiple classes, sub-classes and races to play, but allows the full control of the all Heroes. Plus tactical pauses and AI behavioural customisation for further depth.

Gameplay changes with the console. Therefore, the PC is recommended for the player seeking a challenge to accompany the great story.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG | Amazon

 

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Diablo II & Lord of Destruction

The worlds favourite hack and slash RPG, is still being played after 16 years since release. D2 has received a spike in players since the rumours of Diablo 2 Remastered. It’s a classic and the fact that it’s still being played today is a sentiment to it’s timeless design, gameplay and complexity.

[low-spec PC games]

Blizzard | Amazon

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

This game has been often overlooked and lost in the noise. However, after having the chance to play it. It became very clear that it deserved much more attention that it received. A unique world and lore, that’s beautiful, rich and well thought out. The highlight of this game though, is it’s unique class system /flexibility & the ridiculously fun combat when you have a PC controller as your input.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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Hyper Light Drifter

The favourite indie Action-RPG, this minimalist little game is beautiful, engaging and difficult to master. Highly replayable and one of those games that needs the PC controller for maximum user experience. It’s great value, and with the recently added co-op game function, deserves multiple playthroughs.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG

 

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Mass Effect 2

The go to Sci-fi RPG, Mass Effect 2 has so many things going for it. Made by the same makers as Dragon Age: Origins, it’s strengths lie in its story, depth, character development, challenging combat and high flexibility in class paths. It uses the same formula as DA:O to engage the audience for hours.

The console versions are currently recommend because the PC port doesn’t have native PC controller support which really kills it in many ways. In saying that, there are a number of third-party solutions.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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Fallout 3

Who knew running around in a post-apocalyptic world fighting for your survival was so damn fun. Fallout 3 & New Vegas are the highlight of the series for many and offer players hours of engaging gameplay. Something about the graphic standards of its time enhances its dark and dystopian atmosphere and vibe. Fallout’s one of the deepest RPGs around with a highly charged FPS element.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

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DarkSouls

Cringe, rage and repeat. One of the first brutal RPGs to test players patience and resilience, built on a solid foundation of dark myth and lore. Once you get a hang of things and learn that you can’t hack and slash mindlessly like other games. You’ll be suddenly surprised how much fun you’re having dying and learning more with every death. Classed with Witcher 3 on Death March, this is a must for adernaline junkies and hardcore gamers.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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Skyrim

The lastest in the series of open-world Action RPGs developed by Bethesda. Set in the new continent of Skyrim, it offers players much of what they love about the series while giving them new environments and new game mechanics to explore and enjoy. With its new remastered edition, this is a must play RPG for those seeking the higher graphics.

Steam | Amazon

 

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Oblivion

Oblivion being my personal favourite of the open-world series offers much of the same as its preceding title. But in a different world that is based in Cyrodiil—a province of Tamriel. The main story follows the death of the Emperor and the threat of the Gates of Oblivion. Graphically less intensive than Sykrim, makes it the better option for low-spec gamers. Though with the huge modding community behind the titles all three games are highly modifiable.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

Morrowind

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Set in the alien homeland of the Dunmer (Dark Elves). Morrowind though the oldest of the three still offers some great story and plot to follow and enjoy. And with the official Morrowind Overhaul dramatically changing the graphics of the game. It’s definitely worth a playthrough if you’re a fan.

This one is mechanically different from the other two and more complex.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG | Amazon

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Best PC Shooter Games


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Half Life 2 + Episodes One & Two

HL2 was one of the best-first person shooters we ever played and it set the standards. Both in terms of graphical performance, efficiency, story, characters and the enjoyable gameplay. An excellent example of the capabilities of the Steam engine. The game was so well done, that we couldn’t put a fault on it. Until we played the episodes and understood that there is always room for improvement. These titles are a must play for all PC gamers. Grab yourself a PC controller and enjoy the ride, the combine are calling..

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Battlefield 1 is doing great in the market and it’s great to see the Call of Duty franchise finally defeated. In saying that, if you can’t get into the WW1 theme for whatever reason and still want the BF experience Bad Company 2 is the perfect choice. Still graphically stunning, rewarding class system, non-origin client; making it the best Battlefield game that I feel comfortable recommending to you. It’s a solid choice with a small but strong community of players behind it, who can only grow bigger and stronger.

Steam | Amazon

 

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Counter Strike: Source

The hours we spent playing CS:S is unprecedented. And the strangest part was we were happy playing the same few maps, for hours on end. The first taste of clan warfare, the importance of nimble fingers and quick eyes. CS:S is the perfect balance between CS:1.6 difficulty and CS:GO graphics. Highly recommended to the players seeking a Low-Spec multiplayer shooter to hoon their skills with.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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Day of Defeat: Source

The poor mans BF1? No, far from it. Day of Defeat: Source is a special game and I can’t help but smile when I play or think about playing. It attracted a more mature and serious crowd than CS:S. Hard to say why, but one hit kills and the more strategic mechanics of the game might have something to do with it. It’s the most fun I’ve had in an online first-person shooter and the community had much to do with it. Perfect low-spec alternative if you need some World War vibes.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam

 

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Hotline Miami

No need to sell you on this game, because you’ve already had people tell you how great it is. But one thing that I should add is that this game is a great way to channel your stress, frustration and anger and not allow it to turn into destructive rage. To be angry in this time period is very healthy, though learning how to channel it is crucial to our survival and success.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG | Amazon

 

Best PC Horror Games


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Deadspace

Never been interested in the horror genre? What is considered horror to many, does nothing for others. However, playing Deadspace during the night, alone. Definitely had me frightened and in fight or flight mode a few times. The games combat, weapons and problem solving mechanics are great fun to go along with the finely selected ambience and atmospher.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | Amazon

 

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The Thing

The Thing was an underrated game and went under the radar. However, it offered some advance mechanics that were unseen at the time in addition to incredibly creepy story. It introduced a squad based system that offered some interesting experiences and outcomes. The game is still playable and highly challenging, especially if it’s your first time.

Word of advice, keep a steady mind.. and fear no thing.

[low-spec PC games]

Amazon

 

Best PC Competitive Arena Games


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Dota 2

The classic MOBA franchise that would create a chain of similar modeled games, Dota 2 is the go to MOBA. More difficult and complex than League of Heroes and completely free to play with no limitations, Dota 2 is the smart gamers choice. Deaths are to be avoided and you better understand tactics and strategic maneuvers if you want to win. When seeking the combative high adrenaline experience, why not go to the source?

Its recent changes make it more beginner friendly and simplified, but don’t be fooled, you’ll need a hard skin and commitment to constant improvement.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam

 

Paladins

Paladins

The free-to-play competitor of Overwatch, Paladins has managed to win the crowd and engage them enough, not to care. The games polished, well executed and doesn’t make you feel like you’re playing a rip off. In fact, some would say it’s even better than Overwatch. It’s by the same company that made Tribes: Ascend & Smite, which has been meeting the demands of Competitive Shooter/Arena market longer than Blizzard. Quick games, easy to navigate UI and interesting deck building mechanics, make it a solid choice.

Steam | Buy PS4 | Buy Xbox One

 

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Quake Arena

Though the game is quite old, it has taken nothing away from how fun and challenging it can really be. It’s great for LAN parties (who has these now days?) or if you play with a group of friends online, giving you hours of entertainment. It’s faced paced, light-weight and will build your reflexes better than any other game that I know. Excellent place to build your FPS muscle memory.

[low-spec PC games]

Steam | GoG | Amazon

 

Best MMORPGs


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Guildwars 1

There is a lot to choose from when it comes to MMORPGs, but my go to game is Guildwars 1 and has remained so over the years. The game is matured, has a great community, complex and challenging mechanics while giving you a tone of content to play through and explore. Read more on Why Guildwars 1 is Still Worth Playing.

[low-spec PC games]

ArenaNet | Steam

 

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Rift

My time on Rift was short, but I can’t help say that there was something special about this game; it quickly becomes clear that it’s a labour of love. It was built like many other standard MMORPGs though there were many new elements and complexities to keep me occupied. Not to mention great graphics, gameplay and a strong community to go. The game has a free-to-play mode and it won’t hurt to give it a try and see if it is the right fit for you.

Official Site | Steam

 

EVE Online

EVE Online

Had heard of this games for years and finally gave it a try. Though very different to what you would expect for an MMORPG, I was stunned by its breath taking beauty and quickly understood why it had such a strong following. The game is deep, requires a high level of critical & strategic thinking and doesn’t hold your hands. In saying that, you’ll find many intelligent players who will help you on your way and tell you what you need to know. Wish I had more time to play this game, it now has a free-to-play model so go try it out for yourself.

[low-spec PC games]

Official Site | Steam






Within this list is a lifetime worth of PC games to play and master. With the finite time that you have here on this planet, it’s important to be selective with your choices and only play the best. This list will be updated as we progress. Make sure the checkout the other games on the list below.

If you’re wondering what about the latest titles?
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