2017 has seen plenty of excellent games release on the PC. While many of those games are available across multiple platforms, a nice chunk are good old classic PC titles that you won’t find anywhere else. Read on the best PC games of 2017 (as decided by USGamer review scores).
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Best PC Games of 2017
Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft)
In our review we said that Ghost Recon Wildlands “features a magnificent open world, and is simply highly entertaining to play - especially cooperatively. Don't go in expecting perfection, but if you're into shooting, sneaking, and driving, Ghost Recon Wildlands is a lot of fun.”
It looks extra nice on PC, too, providing you’ve got the right hardware to make the most of its advanced graphical features.
Nier: Automata (Square Enix)
Although a lot of noise was made about Nier: Automata coming to PS4 and not Xbox One, it is also available on PC.
In our review we said: “We don't get games like Nier: Automata too often. And by that I mean games that simultaneously weave a deeply harrowing existentialist narrative, in addition to playing with our expectations on how we play games.”
The PC version is in need of a patch to fix some issues (although with none since release, it’s unclear how long players will be waiting), but if you don’t own a PS4 this is the only way you can play what will surely become a classic.
Torment: Tides of Numenera (inXile Entertainment)
“If one of your favorite things in RPGs is finding a new location, and reveling in the rush of new quests and characters and dialogues and battles, then Torment: Tides of Numenera does that better than just about anything,” we said in our review.
Tides of Numenera isn’t perfect, but it does some things extremely well, making it one of the best PC games of 2017.
For Honor (Ubisoft)
This came as a bit of a surprise, with a lot of people assuming For Honor would be a bit of a dudd. We were wrong.
“While its campaign is short and rather underwhelming, For Honor's multiplayer really delivers the goods, featuring strategic, involving, and brutal medieval combat,” is what we said in our review.
On PC For Honor also benefits from a lovely smooth 60fps, providing you have the hardware needed.
Hitman Season One (IO Interactive)
“Not every level is Season 1 is amazing, but at its best, Hitman contains some stunning settings, amazingly detailed level designs, and a vast number of ways to kill your target,” is how we summed up Hitman Season One in our review.
Since then, developer IO Interactive has gone solo (splitting from publisher Square Enix) and taken the Hitman IP with it.
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom)
Resident Evil 7 did a great job at giving the stumbling Resident Evil franchise a much needed shot in the arm. In our review we stated that “The Baker family is terrifying and spending time trapped in their home is damned good horror.”
While not perfect, Resident Evil 7 is a load better than the dross that is Resident Evil 6.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (Square Enix)
Few games have managed to mount an impressive turnaround like that of Final Fantasy XIV. The latest expansion, Stormblood, makes an already impressive MMO even better, making it one of the best PC games of 2017.
“Final Fantasy XIV just keeps getting better,” we said in our review. “Stormblood stands as an improvement over the great Heavensward, with a strong story grounded in people attempting to free themselves from oppression.”
Tokyo 42 (SMAC Games)
Tokyo 42 is an indie game with ideas as good as its looks, which is why we rated it so highly.
“On Tokyo 42's website, the developers boast the game as a beloved blend of Syndicate and Grand Theft Auto, and honestly, they couldn't be more wrong and right,” we said in our review. “It's both those games in spirit, but twists them into something wholly its own.”
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (Bethesda)
The Elder Scrolls Online is another MMO that has managed to move beyond a shaky beginning. Following the Morrowind expansion, the game seems to be in great shape.
“All of the changes Zenimax Online has made to Elder Scrolls Online since its 2014 launch culminate in the Morrowind expansion,” we said in our review. “Morrowind is an excellent welcome mat for new and returning players.”
Galactic Civilizations III Crusade (Stardock Entertainment )
Is there anything that screams “PC Game” more than Galactic Civilizations? Maybe, maybe not, but the latest expansion, Crusade, is really rather good. This is one of the best PC games of 2017.
“Crusade is everything that an expansion should be. It takes Galactic Civilizations III, sands off the rough edges, and adds new options for a deeper, more strategic experience,” is what we said in our review. We then added: “The new Citizens system offers more late-game options, espionage returns, planetary invasions are more tactical, and alongside the three new races, there's a new Civilization Builder letting you craft your own. If you're a GalCiv fan, it's an instant pick-up. If you're not, this might be the time to pick it up.”
Endless Space 2 (SEGA)
We take back what we said just a few paragraphs ago. Endless Space is the most PC Game sounding game of all time. It's also one of the best PC games of 2017.
“Endless Space 2 starts with a great 4X game and layers on good art, great writing, and excellent UI design,” we claimed in our review. “There's a wide variety of play in the available factions and a deep political system that underpins the entire thing.”
Relic decided to combine elements of Dawn of War and Dawn of War II, and delivered another fine entry in its 40K RTS series.
“Dawn of War III is a game that pulls from its past, while taking some elements from modern day gaming to make something new in the franchise,” we said in our review.