The PC is often home to the broadest selection of games, so picking the 10 best is a rather tricky task. We have done it, though, and present the best PC games of 2017 in a nice breezy article for you. Buy any of these and you’re almost guaranteed a good time.
If you want to know what the best games for PS4, Xbox One, Switch or PC were in 2017, head on over to our lovely Best Games of 2017 hub. It’s got links to all our articles so you can find the best games for your platform of choice.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein 2 is a fine first-person shooter, but also so much more than that. This is a game that is full of moments that shouldn’t work, but do, quite brilliantly. Who’d have thought that one of the most well-written games of 2017 would also be one in which you spend most of your time mowing down enemies with an arsenal of high-powered weapons? Wolfenstein 2 proves that shooters don’t have to be all dude-bro and no substance.
Destiny 2 on PC takes everything that is loved (and hated) about Destiny 2 on PS4 and Xbox One and adds some lovely PC-only graphical bells and whistles. The big headline graphical feature on PC is 60 FPS, if your rig can handle it. This is something of a transformative experience for Destiny 2 and once you’ve experienced it you’ll likely find going back to the 30 FPS console games to be rather disappointing. While Xbox One X and PS4 Pro both support 4K, neither offers the silky 60 FPS of the PC game. Love it or hate it, Destiny 2 is one of the best PC games of 2017.
Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods is an adventure game that can be tucked away in a weekend, but it's a weekend you'll never forget. The game follows Mae, a girl who returns home to the dying mining town of her birth after she drops out of college. There's a deep, terrifying mystery seething under Possum Springs that's calling out to Mae, and she's driven to find out what it is. She also desperately needs to get her life and priorities in order, and getting that done seems like a more insurmountable task than trying to find out why her friends and neighbors are going missing. Night in the Woods is beautiful to look at, engaging to follow, and it has a wonderfully moody soundtrack you'll return to again and again.
PUBG - Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
Who’d have thought a game that wasn’t finished that threw one hundred people into a map (of which there is only one) and just told them to kill each other would turn out to be one of the best games of 2017? Not only one of the best, but one of the biggest selling. PUBG is a phenomena that appears to have no end in site. While fans are already lapping it up, a new map (Desert) is due for release soon, and the core mechanics are being tweaked and added to with vaulting. If you haven’t tried to win a Chicken Dinner you haven’t played one of the best PC games of 2017
Divinity Original Sin 2
No other game captures the real feeling of pen-and-paper RPGs like Divinity: Original Sin 2. While the character creation isn't endless, what is infinite are the ways you can interact with the world. Steal from villagers, talk to animals, solve murders by speaking to the victim's ghosts; Larian Studios really took the time to think "What will players do with the tools we gave them?" and provided interesting results for everything. Combine top-notch writing and a combat system that prizes unique spell and skill combos, and you have a game that generates interesting stories for water-cooler talk. And all that's before Game Master mode or local/online cooperative play.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
In a year defined by nickel-and-diming, it’s reassuring to see a studio that still cares about quality expansion packs. With War of the Chosen, Firaxis has completely reinvented the XCOM 2 campaign, introducing an embarrassment of new features, mission types and enemies. This is an expansion for those that have played the original campaign exhaustively and feel like they understand every nook and cranny. There’s far too much here to fit into a paragraphs, but here’s what you need to know: if you loved XCOM 2, you have to play its expansion. There’s no question.
A brutal, severe portrayal of a person struggling to cope with mental illness in many forms, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was the game we didn’t quite know we needed in 2017. Speaking to professors of universities and other authorities in the field of mental health and psychosis, Ninja Theory truly went above and beyond to provide quite possibly the most realistic portrayal of mental health in a video game to date, and one that’s uncompromising at that.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
You might not realise it if you’re not into Final Fantasy XIV, but the Stormblood expansion to Square Enix’s MMO is really rather excellent. The game has a whole has come a long way since its rather troubled launch, with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn more or less being a complete overhaul of the original game. With reaction to the significant changes being good, the game’s fortunes picked up and this has continued with what is a superb expansion to an already great MMO.
A spectacularly beautiful Metroidvania, Hollow Knight is characterized by its memorable character work and thoughtful design. It's also massive. Seriously, this is one of the biggest Metroidvanias around. It features the eponymous Hollow Knight as they explore an eerie but cartoonish world, with plenty of customization options to aid you along the way. But really, it's all about the art style. 2017 is full of lots of beautiful games; but even among the likes of Cuphead, Hollow Knight clearly stands out. It's certainly not to be missed.
It's not often that we get old school games that give auras of the glory days of the original Grand Theft Auto. But Tokyo 42 does, and then some. Developed by indie studio SMAC Games, Tokyo 42 invents a hypercolorful isometric open world for players to explore, complete with a host of surprisingly clever callbacks (from Twin Peaks to Blade Runner). It's a surprisingly vast game, with all sorts of secrets to discover behind walls, doors, and other hard to reach places. It's a game that rewards you for such curiosity too, whether it's a new coat for your back or a new color for your assassin-sniffing cat (don't ask). Plus, Tokyo 42 has one of the most memorable electronic-leaning soundtracks in recent memory; maybe even since Hotline Miami.