The Xbox One X is stealing the headlines, but PC gaming is still where it’s at for supreme graphical performance. Be it on Steam, Origin or GOG, we have the best pc games you need to install on your gaming rig.
With graphics cards now combining incredible power and competitive price points, the platform is also now becoming available to more gamers. Experiences are consistently better looking and running smoother than their console counterparts, showing that those without a gaming rig are sorely missing out.
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If you’ve just purchased the ultimate gaming PC and don’t know where to begin, check out the list of great games we have for you right here.
We’ll be updating this page as more great games are launched for PC so be sure to bookmark to know which titles to be adding to your library!
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Available now on PC (Early Access), coming soon to Xbox One
PUBG is the latest Early Access title to become an incredible phenomenon. Like DayZ, Minecraft and others before it, this game has spread like wildfire with thousands upon thousands of players picking it up and diving into its Battle Royale-style world.
Players jump into a huge map and simple have to fight, survive and thrive. Up to 100 players dueling to the death on a remote island is as intense and thrilling as you’d expect, as desperate scavenges for resources become brawls to the death for scraps of food, fuel and ammunition.
If you haven’t heard of PUBG yet, chances are you’re about to, so why not get a headstart and jump into this incredible game right now!
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Developer: Chucklefish Games
Heavily inspired by the popular Harvest Moon series on consoles, Stardew Valley is a cute farming simulator which sees you taking over an ailing farm and attempting to turn it into a successful agricultural venture. You can grow crops, cook food, craft new items, go fishing and even strike up a relationship which can lead to marriage.
Dealing with monsters and mining ore are pastimes for the truly adventurous farmer, and ensuring that your business remains profitable is quite a challenge – especially when you consider that you can only get so much done in a day before your character becomes exhausted and needs to sleep.
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Don’t let the simplistic 2D graphics put you off – Stardew Valley is just as addictive as the likes of Dark Souls 3 or The Witcher 3.
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At time of review Stardew Valley was available for £14.99.
Kerbal Space Program
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Don’t allow the cute green aliens to fool you – this simulation of space travel is astonishingly realistic, presenting you with the challenge of successfully getting a rocket into orbit and eventually exploring the galaxy around you.
The physics engine is surprisingly robust, and the crafts you build have to withstand various forces and pressures – so experimentation is often required, with failure having catastrophic consequences. However, when you do hit that sweet spot and construct a sturdy method of propulsion, the feeling of achievement is immense.
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Despite its cartoon-like characters, Kerbal Space Program has attracted the attention of NASA and SpaceX’s Elon Musk – which should tell you all you need to know about its quality.
At time of review Kerbal Space Program was available for £39.99.
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Developer: Cloud Imperium Games
OK, we’ve cheated a bit here – Star Citizen isn’t actually complete yet, and if you decide to pledge some cash towards its production (currently the only way to gain access to the pre-released alpha version) then you should be aware that what you’re playing isn’t the final product.
However, even at this stage the game is truly remarkable; the successor to the famous Wing Commander series, Star Citizen will include a lavish single-player campaign boasting the acting talents of Gary Oldman and Mark Hamill as well as a “social” online mode which sees thousands of players darting around a persistent universe trading, fighting and pillaging as they go.
It remains to be seen if this ambitious project can truly deliver on its lofty promises, but even in its current unfinished form, Star Citizen is a tantalizing prospect which simply has to be experienced if you’re a serious PC player.
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Developer: Kunos Simulazioni
Described by some as the PC’s answer to Gran Turismo, Assetto Corsa is a driving simulation which doesn’t hold back in its attempt to capture the realism of driving a sports car at breakneck speeds.
Each vehicle has been modelled down to the last detail, and the game’s physics engine ensures that players can’t just hop in and put their foot down – serious skills are required to get that perfect lap time, and dedicated drivers are rewarded for their perseverance.
Boasting a mod-friendly engine, online modes and a steady stream of DLC, Assetto Corsa is the racer to beat on PC.
At time of review Assetto Corsa was available for £40.99.
FTL: Faster Than Light
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Entrusted with vital information and with hordes of enemy vessels on your tail, Faster Than Light places you in command of a single ship, with your objective being a rendezvous with friendly forces eight sectors away.
The randomly-generated pathway between you and your goal is full of hazards and safe havens, and you’ll need to sign on new crewmembers and augment your ship to ensure you make it in one piece. While it owes a massive debt to tabletop strategy games, Faster Than Light takes place in real time and neatly manages to combine the tactical thinking with quick reflexes and decision-making.
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Because each game is different, the only limit to your enjoyment is your thirst for challenge – this is a game you could conceivably play forever.
At time of review FTL: Faster Than Light was available for £7.99.
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Think football with cars and you’re pretty close to what Rocket League is, but even that tantalizing concept is selling the game short. Two teams try to ram a massive ball into the opposing goal, but when you’re controlling a vehicle which has a fixed turning circle and inertia it’s not as straightforward as it sounds.
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Positioning your car and knowing when to boost are essential, and you also need to factor in the ability to leap into the air and perform spectacular aerial shots. It’s also possible to crash into your rivals and cause them to explode, placing the odds in your team’s favour.
Rocket League’s online modes are what really make it sing – this is a game that will keep you glued to your monitor for many months to come.
At time of review Rocket League was available for £20.99.