The PC Gamer Top 100

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These are the games we love. The international PC Gamer team has spent hundreds of hours sweating over this list across timezones—meticulously drawn from the PC’s decades of history, these are the games we’ve decided you absolutely need to play today. It’s as simple as that. If you’ve played most of these before, well done—you have dedicated your life to a worthy cause and deserve a small ceremonial jig. If some of these games are new to you, that’s great too. This list has been democratically compiled by us, reflecting the diverse tastes of our writers and contributors. The PC Gamer Top 100 sums up the amazing legacy of PC gaming’s past, and the great games available today. Enjoy.

How the list was constructed

One does not simply pluck the top 100 out of thin air. No, there is a method to the madness, and the method is this: each contributor submits an ordered list of their 15 favourite PC games—the games they love the most that are still perfectly playable and brilliant today. Each vote then contributes a point score to the chosen game. The number 1 pick receives 15 points, the number 2 14 and so on. The totals are totted up and games with a higher score naturally achieve a higher place in the list. After a bit of debate to shuffle equal-scoring games into place, the whole thing is finalised and we start writing.

The judges

Samuel Roberts has yet to meet the game he couldn’t defeat in one-sided hand-tohand combat.
Tim Clark would do almost anything for a Hearthstone booster pack—but he won’t do that.
Evan Lahti is constantly trying to trick everyone else on staff into playing Arma. Fool us once, Evan...
Tyler Wilde teamkilled you, sure, but you were the one standing in the middle of his artillery strike.
Chris Thursten probably likes your game if it’s got a wizard in it. Or possibly a spaceship. He’s not fussy.
Tom Senior possesses an unslakable thirst for middling action-adventure games from three years ago.
Cory Banks thinks his perfect RPG would put him in a party with corgi wizards. One day, Cory, one day.
Phil Savage was born to conquer the world by gradually clicking on hexagons. All the hexagons.
Andy Kelly became king of the novelty games after a freak Kickstarter accident in 2012.
Wes Fenlon will be available for a bargain 75% off in the next Steam Sale. This offer won’t last.
Tony Ellis wishes they’d make some new games so he didn’t have to keep writing about Deus Ex every year.
Ben Griffin approaches you and whispers: “I could show you the world in 4K.” Don’t touch his hair.
Emanuel Maiberg is still in early alpha and may change significantly over the course of development.
Philippa Warr wasn’t allowed to include puzzle classic Avocado Pusher in the PC Gamer Top 100.
Richard Cobbett knows more about point and click adventures than anyone alive. Only the undead know more.
Ian Birnbaum is a niche sub-genre that is growing increasingly unpopular. Perhaps going F2P would help.
John Strike treats military shooters like an artform. You know, one of those artforms involving lots of guns.
Craig Pearson has defended more flags than you’ve had hot dinners. You could say his interest is flagging.

Onward to the top 100.