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The PC Gamer Top 100

30. Portal 2


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Chris: The first Portal was as close to perfect as a game can be: original, hilarious, just the right amount of challenge and the perfect length to leave you satisfied (yet ready to play the entire game over again). Portal 2 somehow upped the ante on all of the above, adding Wheatley and the voice of Cave Johnson (both hilarious), fun new movement systems to master, and far more levels and lore than the original. Once again, somehow, Portal 2 was close to perfect.

29. Resident Evil 2


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Samuel: As big budget horror games go, this remake captures the best parts of the original Resident Evil 2, like the puzzles, setting and imagery, and presents it through the refined third-person shooter lens of Resident Evil 4. And even then, it feels like a very different thing, focused on knocking enemies back and survival rather than trying to kill them all. It’s arguably as close to the spirit of the classic Resident Evil games as you could hope for from a modern take on the series.

28. Final Fantasy 14


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Steven: Square Enix’s MMO is low-key the best Final Fantasy story since FF9. You’ll have to put up with the usual MMO grind, but FF14 excels thanks to a spectacular and intricate narrative that builds upon six years of story updates and worldbuilding to create a grand adventure unlike anything else in PC gaming. It’s daunting to get into, but damn is it worth it.

27. Warframe


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Tom: A surreal futuristic shooter built around extensive crafting systems, Warframe gives you a lot of game for free. It’s been expanding relentlessly for years, and with the huge Railjack update on the way, it’s a great time to slip into a skintight battlesuit. Digital Extremes has even been revamping old zones to keep the game beautiful by 2019 standards.

26. League of Legends


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Steven: LoL remains one of the biggest games in the world and is easily the go-to for entering the MOBA world. Recently it’s joined the Auto Chess craze with Teamfight Tactics, an addictive, RNG-heavy mode where you draft teams of champions, place them on a board, and then watch them fight other players. It’s compulsive, even when you lose.

25. Rocket League


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Tyler: Over 800 hours in, I’m still improving, still chasing the ridiculous aerial skills of the best players. Rocket League doesn’t really change, but every time my crew and I pull off a murder with some unreasonable passing play, it feels completely new. 

Andy: About twice a year I get hopelessly addicted to Rocket League, using every spare 10 minutes I have to play a game. I love how, within minutes of booting it up, you can be in a match. And it’s simple enough that a dabbler like me can still make a difference and score a few goals, while the layers of mastery are there for people who want to take it more seriously. My favourite sports game. (Is car football a sport?)

24. Apex Legends


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Evan: The Quake and Titanfall player in me delights in knowing that something this athletic can be this widely embraced. You can always be a little faster, a little more efficient with Apex’s verbs: looting, tracking, sliding, target prioritisation, timing. That sky-high skill ceiling will keep it on my SSD for years. 

Bo: From respawning your teammates to its innovative ping-communication system, Apex refined the battle royale genre with fantastic quality-of-life improvements.

23. Alien: Isolation


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Andy: Influenced by Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, rather than Cameron’s more videogamey sequel, this is one of the very best horror games you can play on PC. Creative Assembly perfectly captured the grimy, lo-fi feel of the movie, and populated its stricken space station with a genuinely terrifying, unpredictable alien. This is a creature that thinks and learns, stalking you relentlessly, and the monstrous hiss heralding its presence in the level is always a chilling moment. Not only that, but it’s a lightweight immersive sim of sorts, allowing you to use an array of clever gadgets to creatively avoid the beast. 

Fraser: I’ve still not finished this game. Creative Assembly simply did their job too well, bringing to life the movie monster I’m still the most spooked by.

22. Total War: Three Kingdoms


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Fraser: It finally happened: a historical Total War I like more than Shogun 2. Heroic warriors revitalise the real-time fights, relationships give the game dynamism and the characters personality, and diplomacy is finally good! It’s good to talk, at last. Especially when the conversation involves lots of scheming and proxy wars. There’s very little that hasn’t be reconsidered, and while it’s still recognisably Total War, this is a big upgrade. 

Steven: Three Kingdoms is so good it inspired me to pick up the ancient Chinese novels it is based on. I can’t remember any other game that has done that. But in reading Romance of the Three Kingdoms, I’ve only become more impressed with how carefully Creative Assembly has brought that world and its vibrant characters to life while translating their personalities into systems and rules that govern the strategy. As Cao Cao, I’m a manipulative bastard who will do whatever it takes, but as Yuan Shu I’m kissing ass and winning favours so I can shore up support and declare myself emperor. And that’s just two of the dozen warlords, each with their own ambitions and playstyles. Three Kingdoms reimagines history through the eyes of a few heroes, and in doing so finds a surprising kind of humanity in all the blood and violence.

21. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain


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Samuel: Still one of my stealth games of choice, and the only Metal Gear Solid sequel I can recommend to someone who doesn’t give a crap about the series. That it was followed up with a mediocre survival game is a crime. This open world game lets you order a dog to attack a man while an attack chopper swoops in playing A-Ha’s Take on Me. Magic. 

Wes: The Fulton balloon, which magically lifts tranquillised guards up into the sky, is the best game mechanic of the decade.

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