Those next gen consoles. There they are, parading about like they're God's gift to gaming, yet we all know that underneath their sexy black exteriors, they're nothing more than a mid-range PC with some fancy bits. PC's can do everything they can do, and then some – which is what most gaming aficionados know only too well.
To help showcase the venerable PC, we're listing what we believe are the best games currently available for the machine. Additionally, we're linking to all the PC games we've reviewed that have scored four stars or greater, thus providing as comprehensive a list as possible.
Directly below are games we've rated 5 stars
- If you want to want to see which games are rated 4.5 stars, click here.
- If you want to want to see which games are rated 4 stars, click here.
- If you want to want to see which games the USgamer team personally recommends, click here.
The Very Best - Rated 5 Stars
Shovel Knight: Shovel Knight is a loving homage to an era we left behind long ago. The graphics, gameplay, and soundtrack are all pitch-perfect for an NES game... all you're missing is the original cartridge. Yacht Club Games has crafted an amazing experience from beginning to end.
Watch Dogs: Watch_Dogs combines an astonishingly detailed world, a gripping storyline, creative game mechanics, a myriad of missions and activities, and improvisational tactical sandbox gameplay to create a truly next-generation open world game. Phenomenal. No other word for it. (PS4 review: PC version is identical, or slightly better if you have a good system)
Steins;Gate: Making excellent use of the visual novel medium to tell its story, Steins;Gate is a beautifully crafted piece of interactive fiction that blends character drama, sci-fi and critique of popular culture into a compelling and memorable whole.
Axiom Verge: Although it closely follows the Metroidvania blueprint, the brilliantly designed and executed Axiom Verge adds enough new and original features to make it a truly great game in its own right. An absolute must for retro fans. (PS4 review: PC version is the same)
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin: From Software once raised the bar for game design; now, they've done the same for HD remakes. Rest assured, this isn't just a lazy repackaging of old content. Even if you know the Kingdom of Drangleic like the back of your hand, you're in for many new surprises. And if you've never played Dark Souls II before, your patience has paid off: This is simply the best version of it you'll ever play. (Xbox One review: PC version is the same, if not better, depending on your system)
South Park: Stick of Truth: Without a doubt the finest TV-to-video game adaptation for a very long time. South Park is a great RPG, a faithful adaptation of its source material -- and a game that knows when to stop before its shtick becomes tiresome.
Hearthstone: Hearthstone is easy to play, yet it delivers an astonishing breadth and depth of strategy. If you're looking for a fascinating, involving and highly addictive cerebral gaming experience, there are few finer than this. (iOS review: Hearthstone is the same on every system)
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare: Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare's bright colors, cartoon graphics and humorous approach are the antithesis of most first-person shooters. But don't be fooled. It's as good as any out there - and very likely an awful lot more fun. (Xbox One review: PC version is the same)
Banner Saga: The Banner Saga is blindingly lovely and arguably just as intriguing to play. Built atop a world that all but demands the attention of travel documentaries, it's epic in the literal sense of the word. Love, family, duty, responsibilities, social dynamics and even a quiet nod towards feminism are present in abundance. The writing is terse but lush with wonder. Characters, while not universally likeable, are substantial enough personalities to merit anguish if you lose them. If you're willing to contend with the fact that such deaths might occasionally seem arbitrary and enjoy rather hard games, The Banner Saga should claim a spot on your backlog.
Tales of Maj'Eyal: Deep, complex and infinitely satisfying, Tales of Maj'Eyal is the pinnacle of the fantasy roguelike as it exists in 2013.
Kero Blaster: An excellent run-and-gun shooter that plays beautifully on both PC and mobile; the only sticking point for some players will be its relatively short length.
Astebreed: Stunning to look at, slick and fluid to play as well as being a satisfying -- but never insurmountable -- challenge, Astebreed is a top-quality game that everyone with even a passing interest in shoot 'em ups should have in their collection.
DOTA 2: A great PvP game that offers some of the most intriguing and nuanced team combat around. As with all multiplayer games, sometimes the enjoyment can be marred by less considerate players, but when everyone is giving it their all, DOTA 2 is intense, challenging, and hugely enjoyable.
The Stanley Parable: By turns hilarious, disturbing, witty and poignant, The Stanley Parable is a successful experiment in the video game medium's inherent interactivity and how this can affect an author's story -- for good and for ill.
Card Hunter: Card Hunter gets it right in every which way that matters, and even in some of the ways that don't. It's geeky, goofy tabletop fun remade for the modern web browser: brilliantly designed, highly appealing and top-notch fun.
Final Fantasy XIV: Square Enix has pulled off the seemingly impossible: rescuing a disastrous flop of an online game without going free-to-play, and creating an incredibly addictive, satisfying experience for both MMO and Final Fantasy veterans in the process. A Realm Reborn is a triumph for Naoki Yoshida and his team.
Up next are the games we've rated 4.5 stars. Click here to go to that page.