The best PC games right now

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree character with golden armor and sword in the ground
(Image credit: Tyler C. / FromSoftware)

This list is specifically our answer to the question "what new PC games should I play right now?" with picks pulled from the best recent PC games, a few old favorites we think now is a good time to revisit, and some hidden gems. It's a reflection of what the PC Gamer team is playing right now, not a list of the all-time best games ever, although there'll be overlap. 

For a more comprehensive list of great PC games past and present, check out our annual Top 100 list of the best games on PC. We have some fresh picks for the best Steam Deck games if you have one of Valve's handhelds on the way.  

We also stay on top of the year's calendar with our guide to the new games of 2024, organized by month. Need something to play these on? We have a guide to putting together an entry-level gaming PC for around $750, and we have some recommendations for pre-built PCs, too. 

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  • 💻 = Suitable for low-end PCs
  • 🙋‍♀️ = Singleplayer
  • 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ = Multiplayer
  • 🎮 = Best with a controller
  • 🆓 = Free-to-play

What we're playing now

These are the games the PC Gamer team is currently playing: the up-to-the-minute (or at least, month) stuff on our Steam quick launch menus. For more, check out all of our recent game reviews as well as last year's GOTY winners

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree (95%)  

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree (95%)  🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
Elden Ring's expansion has earned one of our highest review scores ever—even higher than Elden Ring itself. In his review, Tyler said that Erdtree "not only complements the base game but expands its thematic and systemic scope even further."

Destiny 2: The Final Shape (92%)  

Destiny 2: The Final Shape (92%)  🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
The Final Shape concludes Destiny's decade-long story arc and is also its best expansion yet: "a satisfying conclusion to the series' first saga, and a compelling shooter packed full of stuff to do," Phil said in his review.

Animal Well

Animal Well 💻🙋‍♀️
When you get to the end of this retro metroidvania, that's when the mystery really begins. "The most engrossing exploration platformer I've played in years," Shaun said in his review.

Abiotic Factor

Abiotic Factor 💻🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
It hasn't blown up like some other recent early access survival games, but a couple of us at PC Gamer are really enjoying this six-player co-op survival-crafting adventure where you're scientists stuck in a Black Mesa-like paranormal science facility.

Manor Lords

Manor Lords 🙋‍♀️
We haven't reviewed this early access medieval town builder—we'll do that when it hits 1.0—but we quite like it so far, and it runs well for an early access game. The dev has some exciting ideas for its future, too.

Helldivers 2 (86%)

Helldivers 2 (86%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
Helldivers 2 is a phenomenally fun Starship Troopers-inspired co-op shooter with some of the best physical comedy in a recent game—it's also become an ongoing, unpredictable soap opera that feels like the future of live videogame storytelling.

Dragon's Dogma 2 (89%)

Dragon's Dogma 2 (89%) 🙋‍♀️
A "glorious, thrilling, accidentally hilarious, frustrating, maddening" RPG, as Fraser called it in his review. It's got its share of jank—and you can ignore the silly microtransactions—but more than makes up for it with its phenomenal combat system, goofy NPC companions, and slapstick goblin fights.

Tekken 8 (89%)

Tekken 8 (89%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🎮
It doesn't quite crack 90% in our review, but Mollie's enthusiasm for Tekken 8 is barely held back by its netcode problems and limited character customizaton: "Tekken is freakin' back, baby, and I couldn't be happier," she wrote. 

Against The Storm (91%)

Against The Storm (91%) 🙋‍♀💻
This roguelike city builder was one of our favorite games of 2023. Be careful, it's the sort of game that can suspend perception of time—you might put several dozen hours in before you know it.

Alan Wake 2 (88%)

Alan Wake 2 (88%) 🙋‍♀
"In the first playable moments of Alan Wake 2, you control a naked, balding, middle-aged man stumbling in confusion around a forest." Never stop being Remedy, Remedy.

Jusant (89%)

Jusant (89%) 🙋‍♀
"An incredible rock climbing game", as we put it in our review, with "a compelling narrative that gently weaves its way through your journey."

Baldur's Gate 3 (97%)

Baldur's Gate 3 (97%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
Our highest review score in 16 years went to "an unrivalled RPG that will swallow your life whole." It's true: Few of us at PC Gamer haven't been swept up by Baldur's Gate 3's D&D sandbox. Starfield's good too, but it has struggled to pull us away from our tadpole friends.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (87%)

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (87%) 🙋‍♀️
Not only do we really like Cyberpunk's first and only expansion, we're very pleased with the 2.0 update, which is free for all owners, and improves the whole game with changes to skill progression, AI, and other fundamental aspects of the RPG. Now is definitely the time to play Cyberpunk 2077, if you haven't.

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (87%)

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (87%) 🙋‍♀
Another FromSoftware banger. AC6 departs from the Souls formula the studio has become most associated with over the past decade to revive its action series where you're a "a one mech army instead of some nasty little guy," as Wes put it in his review.

Diablo 4 (85%)

Diablo 4 (85%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
We liked Diablo 4 when it released last year, even if we weren't in love with the live-servicey aspects, and it improved a lot in the months that followed. After the latest update, we called it a "phenomenal action RPG."

Hunt: Showdown

Hunt: Showdown 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
Quietly one of the best multiplayer games you can play today. Morgan elaborated on why in 2021: "When enjoyed with friends, Hunt is one of those games that seems to magically manufacture special moments."

PC Gamer's Top 10

These are the top 10 games from the latest edition of PC Gamer's yearly Top 100 list, which was published last fall. The list was compiled before the release of our 2023 GOTY, Baldur's Gate 3, which I have a feeling just might appear on 2024's list—look out for that later this year.

  1. Disco Elysium (92%) 🙋‍♀️💻: Our 2019 Game of the Year and our reigning #1 game
  2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (92%) 🙋‍♀️: Still one of our all time favorite RPGs
  3. Crusader Kings 3 (94%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️💻: The king is dead, long live the king!
  4. Dwarf Fortress (84%) 🙋‍♀️💻: A legendary sim
  5. Half-Life 2 (96%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️💻: You might've heard of it
  6. Street Fighter 6 (89%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🎮: The latest Street Fighter rules, especially for newcomers
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (88%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: Rockstar's western epic
  8. Counter-Strike 2 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: Formerly known as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  9. Divinity: Original Sin 2 (92%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: Larian's best game before Baldur's Gate 3
  10. XCOM 2 (94%) 🙋‍♀️: Masterful turn-based tactics game

More great PC games

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(Image credit: ZA/UM)

These games aren't all piping hot out of the oven, but some things get better with age. They're the cream of the crop on PC, either scoring 80%+ in a review, winning one of our GOTY awards. If you just want a damn fine PC game from the past several years, check these out. 

  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (80%) 🙋‍♀️ The latest and biggest ever Yakuza RPG.
  • Tchia (90%) 🙋‍♀️ One of the best open world games of last year and of any year.
  • Amnesia: The Bunker (93%) 🙋‍♀️ You have one gun, and there is one monster... which can't be killed with a gun. Good luck!
  • Remnant 2 (84%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ Surpasses the first game with better combat and even more procedural surprises and weird bosses.
  • Viewfinder (87%) 🙋‍♀️💻 A trippy puzzle game in which you alter reality through "astonishing visual and space-bending tricks you've never seen in a videogame before.'
  • Dave the Diver (91%) 🙋‍♀️🎮💻 A simple fishing and restaurant management sim at first, but it goes much deeper than that...
  • Vampire Survivors (87%) 🙋‍♀️💻 The best value on Steam: A $5 bullet hell roguelike that would run on a toaster and is hard enough to stop playing that you might want a copy for your toaster.
  • Pizza Tower (90%) 🙋‍♀️💻🎮 An ode to Wario Land that's better than Wario Land.
  • Honkai: Star Rail (90%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: The new RPG from the Genshin Impact studio.
  • Pentiment (88%) 🙋‍♀️💻: A great, narrative-focused murder mystery set in the 1500s.
    Marvel's Midnight Suns (88%) 🙋‍♀️: A deckbuilding tactics game and a superhero friendship simulator.
  • The Case of the Golden Idol (89%)🙋‍♀️:💻 Challenging detective puzzles with a fascinating story.
  • Elden Ring (90%) 🎮🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: Surprise, surprise: This open world fantasy gauntlet from Dark Souls creator FromSoftware is brilliant.
  • Immortality (95%) 🙋‍♀️💻: Her Story director Sam Barlow's latest video mystery is his best yet.
  • Teardown (90%) 🙋‍♀️: A physics-based destruction engine that would've been fun even if it weren't also a genius puzzle game.
  • Hitman 3 (90%) 🙋‍♀️: The art of assassination, polished as finely as Agent 47's head. 
  • Slay the Spire (92%) 🙋‍♀️💻: The deckbuilding roguelike all others aspire to beat.
  • Total War: Warhammer 3 (90%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: A brilliant final act with the series' most inventive and unusual factions yet.
  • Strange Horticulture (90%) 🙋‍♀️💻: A beautiful and engrossing detective game packed with mysteries, puzzles, plants, and intrigue.
  • Wildermyth (90%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️💻: Narrative design as genetic engineering, it will live in your head like an imaginary friend.

The best PC games by genre

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Find our selection of the best PC games just a bit too broad? Perhaps you know you're after a gripping story, or an intense racer, or the kind of sim you can spend a whole weekend playing like a second job. Our genre lists have curated recommendations for RPGs, racing, strategy, and more. Check 'em out:

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.

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