On this list you'll find the best PC games we're playing right now—recent singleplayer hits, thriving esports, and a few modern classics that would improve any library. We'll continue to update this list as new games release, removing older favorites and replacing them with our latest obsessions. Rather than an ever-expanding list that reaches deep into the past, we're shooting for a practical answer to the question: 'What new PC game should I get?'
If you're looking for a more comprehensive list, check out our yearly Top 100 or our list of the most important PC games. For an up-to-date look at upcoming games, we've assembled a guide to the new games of 2021.
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What we're playing right now
It drags on too long, but at the start it's a cool, twisted card-puzzle game that's full of eerie mystery.
Back 4 Blood
The closet thing we have to Left 4 Dead 3, which Morgan called "an exceptional FPS" in his review. It's on Game Pass, too, if you don't want to drop $60.
Age of Empires 4
"A worthy new entry in the legendary series that's equal parts progressive and dated," says our reviewer.
Diablo 2: Resurrected
A loving remaster of the 2000 action RPG that got the world clicking.
Another great Arkane immersive sim, this time set in a time loop with an optional multiplayer invasion system.
The Good Life
The latest oddball Swery game is a murder mystery in the "happiest town in the world."
More of what we've been playing recently:
- Dice Legacy (70%): A city builder in which your citizens are dice. It works!
- Far Cry 6 (75%): The Ubisoft open world shooter series remains predictable but fun.
- Lemnis Gate (84%): An unusual competitive FPS with a time loop system.
- Old World (87%): Outdoes Civilization at its game.
- Life is Strange: True Colors (86%): An emotional story adventure game.
- Psychonauts 2 (89%): Double Fine nailed this long awaited sequel.
- Townscaper (80%): Create your own seaside getaways.
- Chernobylite (78%): "Its melancholy atmosphere permeates you like plutonium."
- Death's Door (83%): An old-school Zelda game with a sense of humor.
- Chivalry 2 (91%): Our new favorite medieval warfare game.
- Resident Evil Village (85%): The scariest Resident Evil yet.
- Scarlet Nexus (78%): One of the most ambitious games of 2021 so far.
- Loop Hero (83%): A smart, engrossing take on the classics.
- Wasteland 3 (84%): A great classic-style RPG to get lost in.
- Iron Harvest (82%): World War 1 strategy but with mechs.
90% and up
Recent releases that we awarded review scores of 90% or higher.
A heartfelt open world odyssey that is one, super stylish, and two, has jetbikes. Hard to go wrong there.
Chivalry 2 (91%)
A brilliant mix of swordplay, team tactics, and slapstick humor. Consistently fun.
Cruelty Squad (93%)
A garish and surprising immersive sim. Tied for highest score of 2021.
Want the tabletop roleplaying experience, with surprising, dynamic storytelling, but don't want to play according to other people's schedules? Wildermyth is the game for you.
Knockout City (90%)
It may not become the next big esport, but this competitive dodgeball game is deep and fun.
Hitman 3 (90%)
Our first 90% score of 2021 went to one of our favorite contemporary series—if you haven't checked out IO's modern Hitman games yet, you're missing out.
Nioh 2 (92%)
Dark Souls has many off-brand imitators, but Nioh 2 is the real deal—a great samurai adventure set in Japan's Sengoku period.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla (92%)
It's the best Assassin's Creed yet, said Steven in his review, which is pretty impressive given the breadth of the series. Go have a Viking adventure—it's worth it.
Crusader Kings 3 (94%)
"Crusader Kings 3 is incredible," said Fraser in his review of the new medieval grand strategy game and family drama generator. "I can't imagine being done with it."
The factory-building game is finally out of Early Access, and it's brilliant. A "stupendously intricate mechanical cake," as we put it in our review.
Half-Life: Alyx (92%)
It isn't Half-Life 3, and it's VR only, but it's one of the best VR games you can buy, so if you've got a headset it's a must have.
The one roguelike that doesn't punish you for death, instead rewarding you with more of its excellent NPCs drawn from Greek myth.
Super Mega Baseball 3 (90%)
It's the best baseball game on PC, and helped get us through the sportsless times.
Doom Eternal (94%)
High-tempo demon slaying that'll make you sweat. It might take an hour or so to click, but when it does it's better than the 2016 reboot.
Paradise Killer (91%)
The zany vaporwave world might be a bit much for some, but the sleuthing is good. One of the best detective games you can play.
Best of the best
Every year, we publish a new version of the PC Gamer Top 100, a list of the best PC games from throughout time that we think you'll enjoy right now. The latest list was published September 2021. Here are the top ten games on that list.
- Disco Elysium - The Final Cut
- Hitman 3
- Crusader Kings 3
- Apex Legends
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Death Stranding
- Slay the Spire
- The Witcher 3
Competitive multiplayer games
Call of Duty: Warzone (82%)
Warzone is the most popular battle royale game you can play right now. It's an interesting time to be playing it, too, because we're expecting changes to come with the launch of the new Treyarch Call of Duty game, Black Ops – Cold War.
Apex Legends (93%)
Apex Legends is one of our favorite current battle royale games. The map is fantastic, the 'ping' communication system is something every FPS should have from here on, the guns and movement are great fun (no wallrunning, but sliding down hills feels great), and it's free-to-play with nothing to pay for except cosmetics. It isn't the game we expected from Respawn, but we're glad it's here. Check James' review for more.
Riot's take on CS:GO, Valorant successfully adds character abilities to that design sheet, which introduces new possibilities for surprise tactics and delightful skill shots. It also adds a bunch of quality of life improvements.
Rainbow Six Siege (90%)
Siege might lack the sharp hit detection and purity of CS:GO, but it's a more accessible and modern FPS that rewards clever timing and coordinated teamwork as much as aim. Siege's learning curve is a result of all the stuff (characters, gadgets, elaborate maps, and guns) that's been added since December 2015, but eventually you find yourself picking operators, map spots, and roles that you're comfortable with.
More competitive games we like:
The grab bag
A selection of PC Gamer's favorite games from across genres: Action, adventure, RPG, simulation, puzzle, platformer, and more.
- Stardew Valley
- Nier: Automata
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Dark Souls 3
- Pillars of Eternity
- Battle Brothers
- West of Loathing
- Path of Exile
- Super Mega Baseball 2
- Cities: Skylines
- Planet Coaster
- Project Cars 2
- Total War: Warhammer 2
- XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
- FTL: Faster Than Light
- Into The Breach
- Slay the Spire
- Kerbal Space Program
- Stellaris: Utopia
- Elite Dangerous
- Forza Horizon 4
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Return of the Obra Dinn
- The Pillars of the Earth
- 80 Days
- Reigns: Her Majesty
- Butterfly Soup
- Opus Magnum
- Portal 1 and 2
- Stephen's Sausage Roll
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Hollow Knight
- Super Meat Boy
- The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human
- Nidhogg 2
- Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
- Dishonored 2
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
- Resident Evil 2