PC gaming is bigger than ever before. A multitude of platforms like Steam, GoG, Origin and more can give you a high quality gaming experience that was previously unseen, while some versions of console classics run brilliantly on PC. Grand Theft Auto V, Metal Gear Solid V and Just Cause 3 all came to PC this year, and retro indie classics also flourished.
Now, these storefronts can be pretty crowded places, so we’ve compiled a list of our best PC games of 2015 to help you find something that you'll enjioy.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V finally came to PC in April 2015, and it was worth waiting for. This all-time great, with its wonderful world, characters, missions and story, runs beautifully on PC. Then there’s the added bonus of a bevy of mods, plus the PC version of Grand Theft Auto Online is also included. And, if you have a PC powerful enough, you can even run GTA V at high resolutions such as 4k.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
While Metal Gear Solid 1 and 2 came to PC after they were released on PlayStation, the third and fourth game in the series were only on console. That’s all changed with MGS V: Phantom Pain, which arrived on PC on the same day as the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Yes, PC owners can enjoy the first open-world Metal Gear Solid game, one that gives players the opportunity to take on missions in any order and in any way they please. It’s also arguably the finest game in the series.
This little indie title is inspired by retro side-scrolling games like Super Metroid. Playing as scientist Trace, you wake up in a strange place called Sudra after an experiment on Earth caused an explosion. With its excellent pixel art, it's a great place to explore, and the adventure takes the usual Metroidvania formula to new heights with innovative new powerups.
Where Sim City failed to make a splash, Cities: Skylines moves the genre forward with an excellent, modern version of those city building games that we used to play in the early noughties. Skylines is a huge time sink, with a multitude of deep mechanics that will instantly hook you in - a game to lose yourself to in the Christmas holidays.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
This reimagining of Dark Souls II is one of the best reinventions of a game we’ve ever seen. With additional areas to find and explore, this rebalancing will catch out even veteran players with its challenging difficulty. The new boss fights also cement Scholar of the First Sin as the defining Dark Souls II experience.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Like Metal Gear Solid V, The Witcher 3 is a game that has been critically acclaimed on both console and PC. It’s the action RPG of the year, and if you have a powerful enough machine, it looks absolutely amazing on PC. The battles are brutal, and it boasts a wonderful open world, brilliantly written characters and great quests in which your actions have consequences.
Just Cause 3
Avalanche has made what seems to be a spiritual sequel to Red Faction; almost everything you can see can be destroyed, and equipped with some of gaming’s most creative weapons and upgrades, meaning you can tear down the world with ease. Why not rig a jet with bombs and fly it into an enemy outpost? Or base jump off a mountain? Just Cause 3 is some of the purest, good clean fun we’ve had in a game this year.
Bethesda’s open worlds usually have some baggage and problems on console, so playing Fallout 4 on PC is a much better experience than anywhere else. The wasteland is huge, compelling and is populated by memorable non-playable characters, while the base building aspects also had us hooked for hours on end. You can lose hundreds of hours to this action-rpg, but it's all worth it.
This 80s anime inspired sci-fi shooter borrows more from The Binding of Isaac than it does Galaga. Galak-Z’s episodic gameplay slowly ramps up the difficulty, the fast-paced action is tight and incredibly responsive, and playing around with different combinations of powerups is a lot of fun
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Arc System Works are masters of the fighting game genre, with their distinctive 2D art styles being the main appeal. However, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is actually cel-shaded 3D, and running at blisteringly high resolutions, it looks absolutely stunning. This robust fighting game is difficult to master and also has a fully-fledged story mode and a brutal heavy metal soundtrack.
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