Best PC games 2019: great PC games to play today

From overclocked triple-A fare to small yet mighty indies, these are the best PC games to add to your collection

Best PC games 2019

If you're looking for the best PC games to play today then this is the guide for you. We're huge PC gamers here at T3 and we test out all the best gaming laptops, best gaming desktops and best graphics cards by playing the greatest games on PC.

And, despite us loving our home consoles, too, the truth is that PC gaming has always represented the absolute pinnacle of video game excellence, and that distinction continues in 2019 with some of the most groundbreaking experiences gracing overclocked towers and juiced-up laptops the world over.

With incredible hardware like Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (the card that sits in the T3 rig) delivering frame rates, resolutions and graphical effects (such as Ray Tracing) that console gamers can only dream of, no matter whether you're playing the epic post-apocalyptic adventure Metro Exodus, the Scandinavian co-op shooter Generation Zero, or the brutal slash-'em-up Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, PC gamers get the best gaming experience going.

And with delivery platforms such as Steam providing a steady stream of new releases - not to mention a vast library of well-maintained older titles - there’s really never been a better time to fire up your PC and leap into the world of mouse, keyboard and controller-based fun. 

This is especially true if you've invested in one of the best gaming monitors available, best gaming keyboards going, and best gaming mice on the market.

As such, we’ve selected a piping hot set of amazing games to play on PC today, ranging from brand new releases such as Yakuza Kiwami 2, Mortal Kombat 11 and Anno 1800 that are making waves with critics and gamers alike, to more established titles that continue to maintain impressive communities and post-launch content.

If you want a quick recommendation for a set of components you can use to build a kick-ass new gaming PC that has power to crush these best PC games, and do so without breaking your back account, then we consider a combination of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, Intel Core i7-6950X CPU, ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard, and Corsair Vengeance DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) RAM as an affordable yet powerful sweet spot.

T3 recommends, and Amazon as the best places to buy PC gaming components, such as the best graphics cards and best SSDs.

Lastly, we think it important to note that we're now in a very strong period for PC gaming deals, as following E3 2019 we have the Steam Summer Sale, as well as rival sales at,, and GreenManGaming. As such, keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of months for some summer bargains.

The best PC games to play today

Best PC games 2019

You can play in co-op or play in solo where you can switch between all three characters and their unique skills.

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Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

A new slice of 2.5 multiplayer platforming

Reasons to buy
+Play solo or multiplayer (locally or online)+Engaging mix of platforming and puzzles+Memorable soundtrack

While far from AAA hits, the Trine series from Finnish studio Frozenbyte and carved out their own unique 2.5 platforming over the years and now we've been treated to a fourth entry in the series. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince carries on that same formula with a choice of three different characters - Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief - each with their own unique abilities and skill tree upgrades.

As with previous instalments, expect plenty of side-scrolling platforming and environmental puzzles that require all three characters to work together to progress. You can play solo, or jump into a local or online party, so there's a play style to suit even the most social of players. The combat system has also been been a makeover, making its many boss fights far more enjoyable and a lot more challenging! Each character plays very different from the next, so learning how best to utilise each one is a key part of Trine 4's calling card.

Best PC games 2019

While GRID lacks the speed of its predecessors, it does offer some incredibly detailed car models and tracks.

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Codemasters answer to Forza gets a soft reboot

Reasons to buy
+Arcade driving model+Fernando Alonso Challenge is a lot of fun+Realistic damage physics

Codemasters has given its GRID series - which saw GRID Autosport re-released on Nintendo Switch earlier this year - a soft reboot of sorts on consoles and PC, offering up a mixture of arcade controls, realistic physics and enough real world cars to make the biggest of petrol heads happy. 

F1 racing legend Fernando Alonso has served as a race consultant for the game, and even has his very own mode, full of challenges and disciplines handpicked from his own career. Complete races and you can take on the man himself! With plenty of tracks from around the world to compete on, including support for online races, this latest GRID is another slice of racing goodness.

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There are all sorts of places to explore, and plenty of villagers to chase and pick on. Because you're a mean old goose.

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Untitled Goose Game

Cause havoc with this lighthearted bird simulator

Reasons to buy
+Set up pranks on unsuspecting villagers+Steal hats, cause havoc, honk a lot+Dedicated honk button

The latest hit to rise from the ranks of the indie scene isn't a roguelike RPG or some hard-as-nails platformer with 8-bit graphics and a chip tune soundtrack. This one is a proper curio, where you take on role of a mean-spirited goose that's decided to take out its natural appetite for chaos on the occupants of the local village. It's a very silly little experience that makes full use of your goose persona, including a dedicated honk button (naturally).

It's a relatively short game, but your brief time with this odd little offering is full of chaos to cause. You can set up pranks to catch villagers unaware, you steal their hats and run off, wings a-flapping, and you can go full chaotic goose and chase villagers back into their homes with an egregious over-use of the honk button.

Best PC games 2019

While FIFA 20 isn't a great leap on PC, at least this version isn't the pale imitation that's currently available on Nintendo Switch this year.

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The latest FIFA heads back to the Street

Reasons to buy
+VOLTA Football is FIFA Street meets The Journey+Much needed improvements to FUT+AI has been given some much needed tweaks

September is here, and that means a new FIFA is ready to take to the pitch. While Nintendo Switch players find themselves with a re-packaged version of last year's game with a painful 'Legacy Edition' wrapper, PC players need not carry such worries as they're getting the full version, including all of this year's new improvements. The headliner being VOLTA Football, a new narrative-driven mode that combines story choices and dialogue similar to The Journey and combines it with the fast-paced movement and player customisation of FIFA Street.

It's not the major overhaul it's advertised to be in fairness, but it does it bring one of the best features of one of EA's other big sports franchises - the World of Chel from the NHL games - and transfuses it into a mode where you can create your character and test their skill against the world's best. FUT has been given an update with a few new modes elsewhere, with AI on both sides of the game now showing a little more intelligence when it's needed.

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The Surge 2 doubles down on its limb-targeting combat, and the ability to modify your avatar with even more weapons and gear.

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The Surge 2

A science-fiction Dark Souls with added dismemberment

Reasons to buy
+From studio that brought your Lords of Fallen (& The Surge)+Dark Souls-esque difficulty & combat+Dismember enemies to re-craft armour & weapons

While The Surge took a few too many cues from the oft-imitated Souls series, the dystopian sci-fi element and the creative robotic enemies you often faced helped freshen up those overly familiar features. The Surge 2 very much follows in the same pattern, focusing on again on the limb-targeting element of combat, as well as the ability to loot the body parts you slice off and re-purpose them into armour pieces and weapons for your own cybernetic avatar.

Jericho City serves as a much more diverse open-world setting, offering more challenging environments for those tense showdowns. As you'd expect from a full-on sequel, there are even more weapons and armour mods to craft, and that means there are far more enemy types to take down. The combat is fast and fluid, and with plenty of space for progressions and customisation, it should keep those who have already overplayed Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (and those waiting for Nioh 2) happy with a similar challenging RPG setup.

Best PC games 2019

Borderlands 3 doesn't stray too far from its original formula. In fact, it's pretty much the same thing only bigger and more refined.

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Borderlands 3

The proto loot shooter returns

Reasons to buy
+Brand new vault hunter classes+New worlds to explore beyond Pandora+Tons of guns to loot at every turn

Today, the 'loot shooter' has become a bona fide template for success, one that's elevated the likes of Destiny far beyond its FPS roots. But back in 2009, when the original Borderlands launched, there was no such thing. The open-world co-operative shooter was a vanguard for what was to come, but it's been five years since the last game in the series. Can the Vault Hunters still find a place for themselves in 2019?

Yes, but not because it's reinvented itself. In fact, it's effectively stuck to the formula that made it such a hit a decade ago. If it was good enough for Bungie to wantonly imitate (and better, in many ways), why should Gearbox tinker too much with it? The result is a loud and bombastic shooter that's simply operating on a bigger scale (more worlds to explore), with a staggering number of guns and gear to loot and more vulgar, teenage boy humour that you could ever ask for.

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There's more content than ever including WNBA players, a retooled story mode and an updated Neighborhood.

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NBA 2K20

The standard bearer for basketball sims returns

Reasons to buy
+Story mode hits a whole other level of quality+Revamped and retooled Neighborhood+Levelling up earlier is easier

The latest instalment in Visual Concepts' triple-A basketball simulator is finally here, bringing with it a raft of new changes and updates. First and foremost, the new story mode is by and far the best one yet, taking your created character through a raft of in-match challenges and narrative beats (thanks in large part to a great performance from one Idris Elba). Plenty of other modes have copied the formula, but NBA 2K is still the king.

The Neighborhood, the social hub introduced in NBA 2K18, has also been given a much-needed makeover. Access to all the main features - including accessing the courts for multiplayer games, the shops for customisation and the training courts to upgrade your avatar, is now much more immediate. Earning VC and levelling up is also a little easier, especially earlier on. You can also carry VC over into a new career once you've reached level 90, enabling you level even faster.

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Jesse unlocks new powers as she explores the Oldest House to help you battle the paranormal forces of The Hiss.

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A paranormal adventure from the makers of Max Payne

Reasons to buy
+Utilise unique powers such as telekinesis and mind control+Engaging story with plenty of horror influence

Remedy Entertainment, the Finnish studio that gave us (and you) the first two Max Payne games and the brilliant Alan Wake, is no longer bound to the Xbox One exclusivity of Quantum Break and now it's back with the supernatural gunplay of Control. You play Jesse Faden, a recruit for the Federal Bureau of Control, a secret government agency responsible for monitoring and (you guessed it) controlling paranormal forces.

If you've played a Remedy game before, you'll see DNA from its back catalogue here. The horror elements (and the witty dialogue) of Alan Wake is here, as is the reality-manipulation powers of Quantum Break. And, of course, the updated gunplay of the early Max Payne games. What sets Control apart is the dreamlike quality of its levels, playing something like a horrific take on the dimensional travel of Doctor Strange. It's unlike anything else out there and it's brilliant.

Best PC games 2019

Snooker 19 is no arcade experience - it's a full-on simulator for those that love the challenge of taking to the baize.

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Snooker 19

An officially licensed return to form

Reasons to buy
+Official players and arenas+Accurate and reliable physics+A simulation for snooker pros

The latest snooker simulator is here in Snooker 19, but this is no arcade-friendly take on the world of baize and balls. This is proper, full-fat simulator that takes the intricate planning and skill of the game and recreate it all with some impressively accurate physics.

This means this is very much a sim with seasoned or experienced players in mind, and even with a tutorial mode, it's going to be a tough sell to someone looking for more a chilled out pool affair. For everyone else, bask in the glory of an officially licensed roster of players and arenas, support for online multiplayer (including timed tournaments) and more.

Best PC games 2019

Ion Fury used to be called Ion Maiden, until a certain British heavy metal band decided it was a little too close for comfort.

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Ion Fury

A classic-style shooter from the makes of Duke Nukem

Reasons to buy
+The game that was sued by Iron Maiden!+Classic, Duke Nukem-esque shooter action+Huge arsenal of weapons

While it's perhaps best known for being forced to change its name from Ion Maiden to Ion Fury (Iron Maiden the band wasn't too happy about that name it seems), the game itself should really be on your radar. A loud and over-the-top shooter that looks and plays like Duke Nukem and Shadow Warrior of old... because it's from 3D Realms, the studio that made the original Duke Nukem 3D.

A fast-based shooter all about gunning down waves of enemies with an every-growing arsenal of meaty guns, Ion Fury takes that high tempo gunplay we associate with classic Doom and combines it with non-linear levels, auto-saves and widescreen support. It's bloody, it's brutal and it's just the kind of game that'll satisfy shooter fans from the early '90s heyday and those thinking of giving this 'classic' style a whirl for the first time.

Best PC games 2019

Each faction operates vast different from one another, such as the powerful beasts of the Amazons.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall

The grandest of strategy genres heads to the stars

Reasons to buy
+Large and varied single-player campaign+Lots of multiplayer modes+That classic 4X grand strategy template on a sci-fi scale

4X - a style of strategy game that tasks you with building an empire on a vast scale - can be quite an intimidating prospect, especially for new players, but developer Triumph Studios is looking to make this grand experience far more accessible with its new sci-fi focused setting.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall tasks you with leading one of six factions who are vying for controls of a procedurally-generated planet. You'll grow your empire with diplomacy and trade, and fall back on the old tactics of all-out war as you grow for a simple clan to a fully fledged-empire.

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You have weapons in The Blackout Club, but the best way to play is use stealth and guile to survive.

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The Blackout Club

A co-op horror survival with IT-style twist

Reasons to buy
+1-4-player co-op play+Procedurally-generated levels+Unnerving Stranger Things-style vibe

This generation has proved that not only is survival horror in rude health, but it's operating at a whole new level when placed from a first-person perspective. But combining it with co-op play? That's a tougher nut to crack, but developer Question is ready to give it its best shot with The Blackout Club, where a group of teenagers must use their wits to uncover a sinister nightmare unfolding in their sleepy town.

Every night, new missions are procedurally generated, so you'll need to explore houses and a network of tunnels beneath the town, hiding and evading terrifying foes hell bent on stopping your midnight investigations for good. With a vibe that's Stranger Things meets Life is Strange, this is one of the most intriguing indie games of the year.

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While Youngblood doesn't really give the sisters enough time to properly develop their characters, it does spend plenty of time giving you gunfight after bloody gunfight.

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Sisters are killing Nazis for themselves

Reasons to buy
+Semi-sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Colossus+First entry in the series to fully embrace co-op+Customise weapons with in-game currency

It's been two years since The New Colossus, and while we're not getting a full-on sequel to BJ Blazkowicz's memorable second adventure in an alt-history where the Nazis rule the world, we are getting a smaller scale instalment that follows the adventures of his twin daughters during the 1980s. Set in occupied Paris, Youngblood takes the series in something of a new direction thanks to some welcome new changes to gameplay and level design.

For the first time in the modern Wolfenstein series, you can now play entirely in co-op, be it locally or online with a friend. Don't worry, you can play solo with the AI, but having a friend on board does make Youngblood far more accessible in terms of difficulty. You can customise and personalise whichever sister you choose to play with, including buying perks when you level up and customising your weapons with currency collected in-game.

Some changes are less welcome than others. Paris serves as a hub of sorts, but it's also full of respawning enemies so it's not obvious that you just need to run through it rather than emptying your reserves of ammunition in a never-ending gunfight. Level designs are more open, creating a greater support for stealth for longer periods, but they're a far cry from the vertical agency of the Dishonored games. The story is also far weaker than previous games, but much of this comes down to game length and the co-op nature of the game.

Best PC games 2019

With multiple cases to solve, Night Call offers a story-driven murder mystery experience on PC.

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Night Call

A modern day Parisian noir tale

Reasons to buy
+Really engaging story & writing+Black & white visuals really capture noir feel+Multiple cases and over 70 characters to meet

Crime noir can often be a captivating genre to behold in literature and on the silver screen, but the results can be a little more hit and miss in video game form. Developers Monkey Moon and Black Muffin have created a modern take on the genre for Night Call, creating something that's both visually striking and incredibly engaging with its narrative. It's a slow-burning mixture of survival and investigation full of twists and unexpected developments.

You play a cab driver working the late shit on the night time streets of modern day Paris. When you manage to escape from the clutches of a serial killer who's been terrorising the city, it's up to you to solve the mystery within seven days or have the police pin the whole thing on you. There are multiple cases to solve along the way, and over 70 characters to meet, so expect of content from this unusual indie offering.

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The developer used Berlin as an architectural inspiration for the structures of Sea of Solitude.

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Sea of Solitude

Navigating the oceans of mental health

Reasons to buy
+Unique approach to tackling subject of MH in gaming+Striking art style+Platforming and stealth gameplay

Tackling more sensitive or taboo subjects can be a challenge for any medium, especially when it comes to the topic of mental health. Following the footsteps of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Sea of Solitude follows a young female protagonist as she navigates a world filled with monsters representing her grief and inner struggle with depression.

Dressed as a beast herself, your story is as much about coming to terms with your view of yourself as it is your connection to the past. With a dream-like city inspired by Berlin, you'll use platforming and stealth to evade attacks and make your way to a form of inner peace and emotional realisation. It's a truly unique experience and, much like What Remains of Edith Finch, it's absolutely worth undertaking.

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Shadowbringers isn't just a hefty expansion for series veterans - it's also a great jumping on point for new players.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

The next major FFXIV expansion is finally here

Reasons to buy
+Brand new race and job option+Level cap increased to 80+An expansive new area and plenty of fresh questlines

Final Fantasy has been dipping its toes into the online RPG market for quite a few years now with Final Fantasy XIV, and the bold MMORPG now has a fresh expansion that extends the reach of its lore and introduces brand new locations, questlines and characters to the fold. There's now a brand new race in the mix - the Viera - and an additional job role, the Gunbreaker.

As you'd expect with a major expansion, Shadowbringers increases the level cap (this time from 70 to 80), along with the introduction of some fresh new locations to explore. These new locales include Rak'tika Greatwood, Amh Araeng and Il Mheg, each with their own unique NPCs and questlines to follow.

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F1 2019 doesn't just play great, it looks incredible as well - especially on PC.

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F1 2019

A revitalised Career mode puts this sim back in pole position

Reasons to buy
+Play through F2 as well as F1 races+Career mode now has a proper arc+Driving model will appear to both newbies and veteran racers

Codemasters has been specialising in racing simulators for years now, and that means it's built up a real pedigree for driving physics and hyper-realistic simulation. F1 2019, the latest entry in the officially licensed series, continues that legacy with a 'sim-cade' feel that's deep enough to sate more experienced players while offering something that's approachable for new virtual drivers.

F1 2019 features a revitalised Career mode, with the introduction of F2 creating a much more realistic path or your created driver as they fight through the ranks to the prestige of racing for an F1 team. You'll have goals to achieve and rivals to defeat, and while it's still a little awkward in places, it's exactly the right direction it should be going in. If you love F1, there's no better way to experience the thrills of a race bar attending one in person.

Best PC games 2019

If you're a fans of The Sims 4 already, then this tropical-themed expansion will definitely get you in the mood for warmer climes.

The Sims 4: Island Living Expansion Pack

Living it up with some tropical vibes

Reasons to buy
+New tropical setting and themed items+Extra activities and vocations to explore+LGBT sensitive character creation options

If there's one game that gets some of the biggest and most consistent content expansions, it's The Sims 4. EA's enduring life simulator continues to roll on, and the latest addition - Island Living - is one of the biggest yet, with some important new changes to how you create your Sims. Island Living introduces a new tropical setting with activities including canoe rides, swimming, sunbathing and more.

Careers include working as a conservationist, saving lives as a lifeguard, filling your nets as a fisherman and exploring beneath the waves as a deep sea diver. There are lots of cultural activities to take part in, and a ton of tropical-themed items to dress your Sims up in. Island Living also features the series' first transgender preset character, with the option to customise your Sims with any physical trait, regardless of gender.

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You're getting the best visuals of all platforms on PC, with every texture and every particle effect in full effect.

MotoGP 19

Some welcome new changes give this two-wheeler a shot in the arm

Reasons to buy
+Historical challenges celebrate MotoGP's legacy+Play online as a Race Director+Compete as - and with - all the current riders and teams for MotoGP glory

Italian developer Milestone has been making two-wheeled racing simulators for a good while now, and that means it's acquired something of a pedigree when it comes to the genre. MotoGP - alongside the ever-improving MXGP series - are easily its two biggest franchises, and MotoGP looks to be the most accomplished one its produced yet.

There's been plenty of welcome improvements, such as an overhauled AI system that makes CPU-controlled riders more reactive to your behaviour on the track, as well as ability to host and control the rules of an online race in Race Director. There are over 50 modern riders in the game, as well as more than 35 bikes and plenty of tracks from the current season and some classics from MotoGP's illustrious history.

Best PC games 2019

Dragons come with various different elemental powers, so you'll need to be ready for anything when fighting one!

The Elder Scrolls: Elsweyr

Dragons are finally back in Tamriel

Reasons to buy
+Over 30 hours of new content+Raise the dead with the new necromancer class+Ongoing world events enable you to battle dragons

There are plenty of things that made The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim so beloved in the eyes of RPG fans, but being able to battle giant dragons while exploring its snow-capped world was easily one of the most memorable. Now, almost eight years on, those winged beasties are back in the latest expansion for MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online.

Elsweyr, the homeland of the cat-like Khajiit people, makes for a more tropical setting than Summerset and Morrowind, and it's made it all the more unusual with the promise of world events that'll see multiple players battling huge dragons. The new expansion adds in an additional class, enabling you to utilise the dark magical power of the necromancer. 

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You can control the spin and trajectory of your ball with an intuitive batting system that novices and pros will love.

Cricket 19

A robust simulation with plenty of replay value

Reasons to buy
+Lots of accurately recreated stadia+AI is strong enough to test your skills+Scenarios mode adds lots of extra value

Australian studio Big Ant has been whittling away at the cricket simulator curve for years now, most recently with the Don Bradman series and the Ashes Cricket title in 2017, and that's led to the creation of Cricket 19. It's still a little rough in places - this isn't a EA sports sim with an EA budget - but you're getting a fully licensed tie into this year's Ashes.

This version comes with a full Career mode, with the ability to upgrade and customise your avatar's performance on the field, as well as a new Scenarios mode that creates unique situations for you to complete. There's support to create your own, which has already led to lots of community-made challenges that will test your batting, bowling and fielding skills.

Best PC games 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms takes many of the systems you know and love and adds a handful more that really help elevate the series.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

The most ambitious TW yet heads to China

Reasons to buy
+Grand retelling of 200CE era Chinese history+Romance mode is Dynasty Warriors meets an RTS+Diplomacy mechanics add extra nuance

The Total War series has had its highs and lows over the years, but British studio Creative Assembly has earned its pedigree during that time and you feel it in every strand of Total War: Three Kingdoms. It's very much a classic instalment in the series, with its grand battles and minute tactical decisions harking back to the days of Medieval and Rome, but there are new modes and ideas that make this the most ambitious TW yet.

Set in China during the often covered era of the titular trio of feuding realms, Three Kingdoms enables you to battle across a map filled with small skirmishes and grand pitched battles or take on a more cartoonish approach in Romance mode, where your general is more of a kung fu superhero ready to take on hordes of enemy soldiers. The addition of a new diplomacy systems really brings the politics of the era to life in a way no other TW has managed, enabling you to forge and destroy key alliances.

Best PC games 2019

Rage 2 makes you work to earn its over-the-top powers, but when you get your hands on them you're transformed into an overpowered god.

Rage 2

Creative ultraviolence in the Wasteland

Reasons to buy
+Open-world shooter from the makers of DOOM and Just Cause 4+Crazy over-the-top powers+Shotgun is ridiculously powerful

id Software shooters have always been known for their shotguns, short-range boom sticks that cause untold damage to any foe dumb enough to stray into your path. Rage 2, much like its quite forgettable predecessor, doesn't disappoint in this department with a shotgun that sends enemies flying across the screen in fits of acrobatic death. And that's when you're not shattering them with super-powered punches and razor-sharp boomerangs.

While it's a little light on story and comes with the usual open-world filler content, Rage 2 really comes alive when it embraces the destructive creativity of its shooter mechanics. You have to fight to earn your new powers by unlocking hidden arks around the map, but it's worth it for the ability to create dynamic cover or the power to freeze enemies in mid-air.

If you're looking for something to fill that DOOM or Wolfenstein void before their own respective new installments arrive this year, Rage 2 is a worthy alternative.

Best PC games 2019

While considered one of the best entries in the series, Yakuza 0's combat is technically the best of the modern iterations.

Yakuza Kiwami 2

Kiryu is back to unleash more justice

Reasons to buy
+An incredibly faithful port+Kamurocho is filled with even more side-activities+Full version of Virtua Fighter 2

The Yakuza series is slowly getting the full port treatment on PC, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the latest instalment to enter the land of overclocked CPUs and cooling units. A remaster of the PS2 original, Yakuza 2 follows the ongoing story of Kazuma Kiryu, a member of the titular Japanese mafia. While you're going to spend most of your time punching people in arcade style fights, the series' second entry comes with a huge amount of extra content.

There are side-quests to unlock, karaoke to perform and so much more. There's even a cabinet with Virtua Fighter 2 installed, which enables you to play locally against a friend. Utilising the new Dragon engine (which was used to create more recent instalments such as Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 6), this is a faithful scene-for-scene remake that captures the intensity and personality of the original.

Best PC games 2019

There are a lot of skins, new intros and other items to unlock, but prepare for a long grind or plenty of microtransactions.

Mortal Kombat 11

The biggest and most accomplished MK yet

Reasons to buy
+Biggest and most creative Story mode in the series+Towers modes will keep you playing for months+Online netcode is really solid

Mortal Kombat has returned once again with a new lick of paint and plenty of welcome new features inspired by NetherRealm Studios' most recent fighting game outing, Injustice 2. Mortal Kombat 11 turns the dial up on almost everything it's known for. The fatalities are bloodier than ever. The story mode is the most over the top version we've ever played. The online and local modes are solid, even with poor ping, making it a joy to play against friends and strangers.

There are 25 fighters to choose from this year in the base version, and while a few characters from the roster are strangely absent, a further six will be added in DLC over the next year, including shape-shifting and soul-claiming sorcerer, Shang Tsung. There are a few too many microtransactions, and the time needed to earn everything organically is a little too grindy, but hopefully with further updates this weight will be lifted a little. 

Best PC games 2019

By using the Industrial Revolution as its tipping point, Anno 1800 offers some exciting ways to develop new technologies.

Anno 1800

The political intrigue of Anno returns

Reasons to buy
+Expansive story mode+Intricate mix of politics and sim-style management+Includes features from across Anno's 20-year history

The Anno series has been around for the best part of 20 years, and over the years it's evolved into one of the best city-building management sims you can buy. And with Anno 1800, the latest addition to the series, taking the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century as its creative inspiration, the result is an engrossing deep dive into an era where the world was transformed.

As with previous entries, you'll grow a settlement into a vast utopia, whether it be as a noble leader of democracy or a despot with a cast-iron grip and a bloody taste for injustice. You'll establish your own settlements in the New World, build and destroy political alliances and so much more. 

Best PC games 2019 World War Z review

While its a very familiar PvZ experience, the sheer number of undead on-screen can be a frightening sight at the best of times.

World War Z

Surviving the undead apocalypse, with friends

Reasons to buy
+Intense third-person shooter gameplay+Four different locations+Impressive number of on-screen zombs

Four-player co-op shooters involving waves of brain-hungry zombies is hardly anything new to videogames - after all, it was this formula that eventually led to the rise of the battle royale genre - but that hasn't stopped Saber Interactive from trying to up its game with World War Z.

Based on the film of the same name from 2013 (yes, that one), you and three other players will need to create defensive positions, set traps and fend off hundreds of sprinting zombies. It's hardly the most original of experiences, but the sheer number of zombies that appear on-screen that scramble over each other like a burst dam of undead monsters, is a unique quantity (well, if you don't count Days Gone).

Best PC games 2019 Generation Zero review

Set in Sweden during the '80s, Generation Zero offers a unique setting in which to battle and loot killer robots.

Generation Zero

A Scandinavian co-op shooter with a robo twist

Reasons to buy
+Eerie Swedish setting+Support for four-player co-op+Survive a savage open-world

Co-operative loot shooters and survival game are nothing new in 2019, but when the two are combined with the right setting the results can be very interesting. Generation Zero offers up a unique setting, dropping you into rural Sweden during the 1980s. As a group of young travellers, you return to find your home has been overrun by killer machines and it's your job to find out why.

Surviving won't be that easy either. You'll need to scavange for weapons and resources, and you'll need to fight together in order to successfully take down enemy machines (think the combat from Horizon: Zero Dawn). Whether you're using stealth, traps or all-out gunfire to take down your robotic foes, there's plenty of tactical nuance to be had.

Best PC games 2019 Tropico 6 review

Tropico 6 retains the same formula you know, only with some key changes to its management systems.

Tropico 6

Virtual dictatorship returns to paradise

Reasons to buy
+Play on large archipelagos for the first time+Improved building, research and politics systems+Online multiplayer with up to four players

The Tropico games have always offered a very unique approach to simulation. Combining politics, city management and creative building. In the shoes of El Presidente, the appointed leader of the Tropico nation, it's your job to take a nation for lowly status to a hub of commerce, trade and political might. How you reach this point is entirely up to you. Do you work hard to build a democracy focused on trade, or do you work your people to the bone as a ruthless dictator? The choice is yours.

The big change for entry number six is the move from a single island to an archipelago of them, so you can now expand your industries, commercial hubs and residential areas across multiple locations. So you can now build bridges to link them together and create a vast network of bustling locales. There's support for online multiplayer with up to three other players so you share the responsibilities of running an entire state.

That shift in size really makes a difference, not just in the diversity to locations and landscape, but also in how you approach the construction and maintenance of your nation. Spreading your infrastructure out to far too quickly often leads to collapse as you attempt to spin one too many plates, but with new transportation options (such as aerial cabal cabs and intercity tunnels) linking your hubs together really gels once you've nailed the new subsystems.

Overall, Tropico 6 is a notable improvement on Tropico 5, especially with the increased sized of each map, the ability to send your agents to foreign lands to steal monuments and secrets and a new research system that's been completely overhauled so speed up how you customise your tropical nation. If you still love your management sims with a dose of sun-baked political mayhem, this is for you.

Best PC games 2019 Sekiro Shadows Die Twice review

Sekiro may hold some of Dark Souls' DNA, but it also feels distinctly like its very own experience.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Life (and death) after Dark Souls

Reasons to buy
+Familiar brutal difficulty level+A more aggressive, Bloodborne-style approach to combat+Greater sense of movement than DS

FromSoftware, the seminal Japanese developer that rewrote the action-RPG rules with the Souls series, has returned with a new game that's both familiar and deeply alien with its ideas. Almost all of the RPG elements used previously - such as selecting a class or levelling up certain specs - have been dropped. Even the classic multiplayer elements have been left out.

Instead, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is all about the moment-to-moment combat of each encounter. In a similar fashion to For Honor's stance system, Sekiro isn't about whittling down a health bar, but rather using positioning and movement to find an opening to deliver a killer blow. There's more stealth involved this time, and the ability to explore with greater agency thanks to a handy grappling hook. Life after Dark Souls is looking good.

Best PC games 2019 Tom Clancy's The Division 2 review

Washington DC makes for a far more diverse setting than The Division's take on New York.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2

A loot shooter that actually works

Reasons to buy
+Up to four-player online co-op+Stronger mission design than Div 1+Loot is far more numerous and useful

The 'loot shooter' has become something of the norm in 2019. With the likes of Destiny 2 and Anthem making their own waves, and a new Borderlands seemingly on the horizon, developer Massive is giving the genre another shot with The Division 2. Much like the first game, this is a third-person cover shooter with lots of RPG levelling mechanics, but now the rate of loot drops has increased, mission design has been improved to create a greater sense of variety and a much smoother approach to endgame content.

The new setting of Washington DC also offers a little more diversity than the New York setting of the original game, with everything from built-up urban areas to lush parks making an appearance. While it might not be as 'apolitical' as its developers claim, it does offer a four-player cooperative shooter experience all wrapped up in the kind of quality we've come to expect from Ubisoft.

Best PC games 2019 Devil May Cry 5 review

Devil May Cry 5 is as over-the-top as previous entries, so expect violence and one-liners aplenty.

Devil May Cry 5

The demon slashing classic returns to form

Reasons to buy
+Biggest roster of characters yet+Familiar fast-paced DMC action+Very impressive presentation

Capcom might not be taking too many risk on new IP these days, but it's certainly doing a grand job of polishing up the franchises upon which it's built its name. Monster Hunter and Resident Evil are riding high once more and now it's the turn of Dante and Nero to receive the same treatment. With veteran series director Hideaki Itsuno back on board, Devil May Cry 5 takes that very familiar combat model of gunfights, melee attacks and the acrobatic combos that tie them all together and simply turns the dial up even higher.

There are now more playable characters to enjoy, each with their own set of unique powers and combo styles, although if you're an old school fan there's always Dante and his immaculate locks. From a presentation standpoint, Capcom has knocked this one out of the part and produced a visual carnival of level layouts, monster designs and facial animation. Sure, it looks like most of the cast just walked out of an audition for Final Fantasy XV, but DMC5 is nevertheless a bombastic return to form.

Best PC games 2019 Apex Legends review

Apex Legends is your 'classic' Battle Royale format, only with more focus on teamwork and lots of fun character gimmicks.

Apex Legends

The Battle Royale hit keeps on hitting

Reasons to buy
+Battle Royale from the makers of Titanfall+Lots of powers, gear and weapons+Free-to-play

Release out of nowhere earlier this year, Apex Legends has become one of the hottest new titles on the gaming scene. A Battle Royale game in a similar vein to Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), you'll air drop into a large map with your squad and attempt to survive against other like-minded parties.

What sets Apex Legends apart is its wide variety of weapon variants, its unique items (such as bots that heal you automatically and the ability to revive downed teammates) and unique powers tied to each of its characters. Whether you're using portals to outwit your enemies or calling in powerful ordinance, Apex Legends is fast becoming a GOTY contender in 2019.

Best PC games 2019 Anthem review

Anthem is an 'always online' experience, so you'll need a broadband connection to access it.


Bioware takes to the skies with a new IP

Reasons to buy
+Flight controls are incredible+Lots of customisation options for your javelin+Engaging story

Following on from the difficult launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda, Canadian developer Bioware is back with a brand new franchise that takes its long years of experience with action-RPGs and rich, story-driven worlds and combines it with the evolving concept of an online setup. As a mercenary living in a dangerous world of monsters and enemy factions, you'll use a mechanised flight suit to fly, fight and collect loot all the live long day.

This is an always-online game and you'll be able to play with up to three other players in a squad. You can customise your javelin with new weapons and perks looted while exploring the game world, with each one raising your effectiveness in battle (much like the power levels in Destiny). If you love third-person shooters, this is definitely one to watch. 

Best PC games 2019 Far Cry New Dawn review

Enemies now have rankings, with lower level enemies swarming around their tougher commanders.

Far Cry New Dawn

Teaching an old dog some new tricks

Reasons to buy
+Reclaimable Outposts extends replay value+Resources, crafting and exploration gel really well

Far Cry New Dawn isn't some grand re-imagining of Ubisoft Montreal's long-running open-world shooter. Instead, it takes all the things last year's Far Cry 5 got right and streamlines it into a smaller yet more accessible experience. Outposts can now be claimed over and over again - offering bigger rewards guarded by tougher enemies - while new Expeditions offer new locations to explore outside of Hope County.

The deeper crafting system - which uses resources gathered in the world like a currency for building new weapons and vehicles - feeds into every part of the game, from hunting animals and looting chests to restocking your ammo. If you've ever enjoyed a Far Cry game, but wanted something that plays more like a silly playground, this is it.

Metro Exodus review in best PC games

Metro Exodus sees the series break free of its Moscow setting, with the resulting journey spanning much of post-apocalyptic Russia.

Metro Exodus

A brutal and addictive blend of intense FPS combat and immersive survival horror

Reasons to buy
+Bombastic combat+Immersive world+Technical showcase

The third game in the popular Metro series sees the Dmitry Glukhovsky inspired narrative move outside of the city of Moscow with dramatic results. 

Set in 2036, which is two years after the event of Metro: Last Light, Metro Exodus sees the player fight out of the dead capital and proceed on what can only be described as an epic, country-spanning journey into the far east via a heavy duty industrial train called the Aurora.

To say more about the plot would spoil the game, however, fans of the series will be pleased to hear that the same addictive and immersive survival elements that made the previous games stand out are still in play, such as maintaining your weapons, gas mask and equipment, as well as its bombastic and intense combat. But now thanks to the larger, less-confined world in Metro Exodus (don't worry, you still get good doses of classic claustrophobia at times), feel even more effective.

Visually the game looks absolutely stunning on PC, too, with the 4A Engine delivering fantastically detailed environments, strong lighting effects (especially at night when torch use is needed), and particle effects that genuinely add weight to each environment's atmosphere.

Throw in a detailed crafting system, realistic day-night cycle, and a series of alternate endings that are based on the player's own actions, and it's easy to recommend Metro Exodus of one of the best pc games to play in 2019.

Best PC games 2019 Wargroove review

Looking for a true spiritual successor to Advance Wars? Wargroove is the indie for you...


Advanced Wars reborn in a new age

Reasons to buy
+Addictive turn-based tactics action+Support for local and online multiplayer

From Chucklefish - the same small British indie studio that brought you Stardew Valley and Risk of Rain - comes one of the most exciting releases of the year. Wargroove is a turn-based tactics affair that doffs its cap to the greats such as Advance Wars while adding new elements that are all its own.

With 13 commanders to choose from and four factions to side with, you can use your commander's unique 'groove' to potentially sway a battle in your favour. It's easy to pick up for newcomers, and supports both local and online multiplayer modes. You can even build and edit your own maps!

Best PC games 2019 Sunless Skies review

Sunless Skies

A deliciously dark narrative on-rails

Reasons to buy
+From the makers of Sunless Seas and Fallen London+Explore, fight and delve deep into a vast and twisted story

Over the last few years, British developer Failbetter Games has carved out a very special niche for itself. One where story and narrative are king, where you'll encounter ghosts, cannibals and decidedly nefarious swarms of bees. For its latest project, Sunless Skies, the studio has taken its top-down concept to the air with steampunk-esque trains that chug through the clouds.

This is a text-heavy experience, but with writing as good as this, it's a design decision that only serves to guide you deeper into its twisted little realm. You'll fight other trains, complete quests for an increasingly strange cabal of characters and hey, you might even end up eating your own crew. When in Rome...

Best PC games 2019 Resident Evil 2 review

Mixing just enough modern elements (such as an over-the-shoulder camera angle), the RE2 remake retains the intense magic of the 1998 original.

Resident Evil 2

A horror classic remade to perfection

Reasons to buy
+Full RE2 experience, fully rebuilt for 2019+Includes extra characters such as Hunk and Tofu

Resident Evil 2 - alongside Resi 4 - remains the pinnacle of the survival horror series, even 20 years on from its initial release. Now, in 2019, Capcom has completely remade the game from the ground up with a new engine, and all the modern improvements the genre has benefited from in those years.

You'll still visit the same zombie-infested locations across Raccoon City as the T-Virus takes hold, but now you'll get to experience every terrifying moment in stunning and grisly clarity. By removing all the archaic issues of the old game (such as those fixed camera angels), the Resi 2 remake is a remaster at its absolute best. 

Best PC games 2019 Atlas review

While it's still buggy like Ark: Survival Evolved, the pirate setting really helps set Atlas' world apart.


Survival and supremacy on the high seas

Reasons to buy
+Grand MMO with a pirate theme+Over 40,000 players on one massive server

Having built a larger and impressively deep (if consistently) buggy survival MMO in Ark: Survival Evolved, the same team returns with Atlas, a pirate-themed online experience that's as big on adventure as it is on bugs. With support for tens of thousands of players on the same server, you can form a crew, sail a ship, attack settlements and hunt for treasure with other players.

There are 700 unique locations set across 45,000 square kilometres of ocean and landmass. It's a huge game where factions are made and dissolved, wars fought and adventure sought at every turn. Oh, and treasure. Lots of treasure.

Best PC games 2019 Medieval Kingdom Wars review

Mixing both RTS and larger Grand Strategy concepts into one game makes for an intense and tactical experience.

Medieval Kingdom Wars

A medieval-themed RTS with Grand Strategy ideas

Reasons to buy
+Start of as a lowly noble and work you way up into the top military brass+Play solo, co-op or multiplayer modes

If you're the kind of PC gamer who lives for real-time strategy titles and Grand Strategy games, then Medieval Kingdom Wars will scratch that tactical itch no end. Including mechanics from both genres, you'll start off as a noble in Medieval Europe and build an army and an armada worthy of serving your king.

There's a roguelike element to Medieval Kingdom Wars as well, that makes every battle and skirmish an intense encounter and you risk resources and soldiers on the potential of winning or losing a vital fight. It's a fun and fresh take that's a decent alternative to the likes of Total War.

Best PC games 2019 DUSK review

DUSK harks back to those golden early years of PC corridor shoots such as Quake, Doom and Hexen.


A gloriously gore trip back in time

Reasons to buy
+Fast and frenetic FPS action+Three full campaigns and multiplayer modes

While shooters have evolved with the times to incorporate everything from objective-based cooperation to battle royale showdowns, some FPS fans long for the good old days where shooters were fast, frantic and filled to the gills with gore. DUSK scratches that itch - and then some - offering up blocky '90s-style polygons, open-plan levels, ludicrously powerful shoguns and all the obtuse puzzles you could ask for.

There are single-player campaigns to complete, an endless survival mode and support for online multiplayer. It might not look as swanky or as glitzy as the likes of Battlefield V or Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but it doesn't need to. This is ultraviolent FPS nostalgia at its most bloody fun.

Best PC games 2019 Moonlighter review

What other games lets you run a shop and run around at night battling monsters?


The mundane meats the marvellous

Reasons to buy
+Pleasing pixel art-style presentation+Mix of action-RPG and rogeulike mechanics

Games are often a means of escaping reality, but there's an extra delicious meta-ness to playing a game where the character themselves finds a way to escape their own mundane life. Enter Will, a young shopkeeper who serves customers by day and enters a nearby portal at night to battle monsters and loot treasure.

There's a wonderful ecosystems at place in Moonlighter, where you can sell the things you loot from your nighttime adventuring in your shop, adjusting prices and shelving. Every run is a risk, but with so many unique monster designs there's never a dull moment to be had.

Best PC games 2019 Gwent: The Witcher Card Game review

Gwent plays a lot like a cross between Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone, with a little of its flavour for good measure.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

The White Wolf breaks out his best deck

Reasons to buy
+Fully-fleshed out CCG+New modes and cards

CCGs (collectable card games) have been around for years, but who knew a small side-game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would prove so popular that Polish developer CD Projekt RED would release it as its own fully-fledged experience. 

Introducing Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. If you love the likes of Hearthstone, you'll really appreciate the depth of strategy that comes with playing and stacking certain cards in battle.

Best of all, CD Prokekt RED also released a new - and standalone - single-player campaign called Thronebreaker, which uses the absorbing platform of Gwent to tell further tales from the enchanting world of The Witcher.

Best PC games 2019 Return of the Obra Dinn review

That pixelated visual style is one of Obra Dinn's biggest calling cards, and you can really see why.

Return of the Obra Dinn

An insurance adventure like no other

Reasons to buy
+Engaging and usual historical setting+Brilliant visual aesthetic

2019 continues to prove itself as an incredibly strong year for indie games, and alongside the likes of Celeste and GRIS we've now got another brilliant slice of unusual gameplay in the form of Return of the Obra Dinn. 

You play an insurance clerk who heads to Falmouth Port to inspect a ship that's appeared out of nowhere. The titular Obra Dinn was thought lost at sea, but now it's arrived with tattered sails and seemingly no crew? This first-person tale sees you attempting to solve this 19th century mystery and it makes for one of the most engrossing games of the year.

Best PC games 2019 Subnautica review

Subnautica is one of the best PC games to play today.


Explore an underwater alien world

Reasons to buy
+Vast underwater open-world+Supports Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets

One of the best new IP to arrive on PC and consoles recently, Subnautica places you in the shoes of an unlucky explorer who ends up on an alien world when his Life Pod crashes into the ocean of an extraterrestrial planet. Mixing survival and exploration elements, you'll get to traverse all manner of locations beneath the waves.

From shallow reefs to deep trenches, there are secrets to uncover and dangers to evade as you manage your oxygen supply and use resources found on the ocean floor to craft new items and gear. There's also support for VR, should you wish to really get your feet wet.

Best PC games 2019 Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden review

You can mutate each member of your squad to enhance their abilities and traits.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

Tactical combat, with an anthropomorphic twist

Reasons to buy
+From some of the developers behind Hitman and Payday+XCOM-style tactical combat+Beautiful post-apocalyptic world

XCOM brought a very unique approach to real-time strategy, with intense close-quarters combat with a squad of soldiers that could die and be lost from your game for good at any moment. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden often doffs it cap to this PC classic, while adding plenty of its own personality.

Explore a lush and diverse post-apocalyptic world and build a squad of anthropomorphic mutants that can be mutated to enhance their abilities in combat. Use stealth to gain the upper hand and loot anything and everything.

Best PC games 2019 Artifact review

Coming from Valve, the games draws on the lore and characters of MOBA hit, Dota 2.


Valve's grand collectable card game is finally here

Reasons to buy
+Impressive library of cards+Deep ruleset+Some of the best CCG animations out there

This collaboration between developer/publisher/delivery platform behemoth Valve and veteran designer Richard Garfield has been years in the making, and it's finally here. Drawing on the lore of the Dota 2 universe (Valve's popular MOBA game), this collectable card game (or CCG) offers a more user-friendly experience with its three lanes, unlimited mana (for playing cards) and no limits on the size of your deck.

There's an impressive deepness to the nuance of its cards and how certain buffs and effects influence your deck, so veteran players from Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering will find plenty to like here. There's quite a few microtransactions, sadly, but the game around them is well worth a try.

Best PC games 2019 Battlefield V review

Battlefield V will also be getting its own Battle Royale mode, Firestorm, which is due to arrive for free in early 2019.

Battlefield V

DICE's long-running shooter returns to its WW2 roots

Reasons to buy
+Full single-player campaign+Free DLC content going forwards+Some of the best multiplayer maps in years

Following the rocky reception Star Wars: Battlefront 2 received in 2017 due to the use of microtransactions at launch, Swedish studio DICE has taken a new tact by offering a raft of free DLC over the next year, as well reducing in-game purchases to cosmetics only.

The new WW2 setting brings the series back to its roots, while taking on many of the improvements introduced in Battlefield 1. Maps are bigger and more dynamic in design with all the destructible environments you could ask for. There's a full-on single-player campaign (take that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4), a new Battle Royale mode due in early 2019 and plans for continuous free content. 

Best PC games 2019 Fallout 76 review

You can squad up and take on West Virginia's mutant inhabitants together, or go it alone.

Fallout 76

The world of Fallout finally goes online

Reasons to buy
+A new entry in the Fallout series+Complete quests alone or with other players+Vast world full of secrets and Easter Eggs

While it's had a bit of a bumpy ride to get here, the latest instalment in the Fallout series is finally here. For the first time, the series has embraced an online approach - making it the first game in the series to function as an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). So you can explore its post-apocalyptic setting alone or team up and face its manner mutant monsters together.

All the classic Fallout mechanics are here: looting every box and body you can find for resources; targeting weak points with the VATS system and upgrading your character with the SPECIAL progression system. If you're new to the franchise it's a great way to experience what the series is all about.

Best PC games 2019 Hitman 2 review

You also get access to Sniper Assassin 2 with your copy of Hitman 2, so expect more long-range target practice.

Hitman 2

Agent 47 proves there's plenty of life in the assassination simulator

Reasons to buy
+Some of the biggest sandbox maps yet+Ghost mode is hilarious fun+Wealth of options means plenty of replay value

The Hitman series has been a mainstay in video games since the days of PS2, but the soft reboot in 2016 managed to take all the elements that made the series so enjoyable - large sandbox levels, multiple ways to plan and kill a target and endless disguise options - and simply refined each one to make them even better.

As a result, Hitman 2 is no grand reimagining, but a series of small yet welcome refinements. Maps are bigger than ever, filled with routes and shortcuts so you can plan the perfect kill. The sheer number of options and in-game challenges makes even one level a source of considerable replay value. Add in competitive co-op modes such as Ghost mode (where you complete with another player to kill a target) and you're getting a slick and rewarding addition to Agent 47's record.

Best PC games Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC is the best port of the series we've played in years.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Finally, a decent CoD port on PC

Reasons to buy
+Optimised for PC+Blackout brings Battle Royale to CoD+Multiplayer and Zombies feel refreshed

The Call of Duty franchise has been releasing instalments on PC for years, but as of late its felt as if the version released outside of consoles was always an afterthought that was never properly optimised for a very different platform. Thankfully, developer Treyarch has heard these concerns by building a port that no longer plays like a PS4 knockoff.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC has been designed with a wealth of customisation options, meaning you can adjust your FPS experience to suit your particular hardware setup. Every weapon, item, perk and streak has been overhauled to make them suit the very different balance of using a mouse and keyboard, so don't worry about getting a PC version that only really caters for controller users.

Best PC games Yakuza 0 review

Set in the 1980s, Yakuza 0 serves as a prequel to the other six main Yakuza games in the series.

Yakuza 0

We're living the eighties

Reasons to buy
+'80s Japan recreated in all its glory+Plethora of missions and side-activities

While the world continues to pine for Shenmue 3 (a sequel seemingly destined to remain in development until the end of time), the Yakuza series has taken the basic template SEGA set in place and weaved a Japan-set adventure that combines gangsters, melodrama, glorious combat and even karaoke into one bold package). 

While its long-been a console-only series since the PS2 days, the '80s-set prequel Yakuza 0 finally brings this seminal series to PC and boy, are you in for an adventure and a half. Experience hero Kiryu's early days an enforcer for the Japanese mafia, and the story that saw Majima's transformation from respectable club owner to unhinged psycho. With an incredible amount of content (from pachinko to karaoke) you'll be doing more than just beating up thugs and exploring those neon-lit streets.

Best PC games BattleTech review

Coming from Paradox Interactive - it of X-COM fame - you know you're getting a must-have PC release.


Mech the most of this tactical romp

Reasons to buy
+Broad tactical gameplay+Semi procedural generation keeps every playthrough fresh

Coming from Paradox Interactive - the same studio that transformed the tactical strategy genre with the X-COM series - BattleTech takes plenty of inspiration from that seminal squad-based series while introducing a few neat features of its own. While controlling a group of mech and pilots, you'll encounter a series of turn-based battles in a campaign that's part scripted and part procedural generation. 

The result is a mixture of tactical combat and resource management as you reinforce your mechs with the parts dropped by enemy units and your own fallen allies. It makes for a deep and rewarding time sink, finished off with the kind of polish we've come to expect from Paradox on PC.

Best PC games World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth review

Battle for Azeroth harks back to the battle-focused days of Warcrafts roots on PC.

World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth

The classic MMO gets a much-needed breath of fresh air

Reasons to buy
+Exciting new locales to visit+Some of the best WoW storytelling yet
Reasons to avoid
-Loot system needs work

World of Warcraft has been around for 14 years, and Battle for Azeroth marks the seventh major expansion in that long history. As the MMO that put the genre - and the successful formula - on the map, WoW has remained a constant in the PC gaming scene, but it's felt a little wayward as of late. 

Thankfully, Battle of Azeroth gets back to the war-making roots of the Warcraft franchise, making for some of the best questlines and more elaborate locations we've seen in WoW lore. Its new approach to loot certainly needs some work, but everything else is a move in the right direction for this old MMO dog.

Best PC games Forza Horizon 4 review

Forza Horizon 4

A sublime open-world racer

Reasons to buy
+Dynamic seasons change every race+Hundreds of cars to unlock and collect
Reasons to avoid
-Boring Forzathon Live events

The latest addition to Forza's long-running spin-off series more than lives up to the quality of the first three games, while enhancing it in all the right ways. The new United Kingdom location makes for a brilliant setting for the new dynamic seasons that actively shape the conditions of every race. 

With over 400 vehicles to unlock and customise and a constant stream of races, activities and events to keep you hooked at every moment, Forza Horizon 4 cements itself as Xbox One's best arcade racer. And if you have access to an Xbox One X and a 4K-ready TV, you're in for a visual treat...

Best PC games Warhammer: Vermintide 2 review

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

A co-op shooter with guts (and lots of them)

Reasons to buy
+Improved classes and progression+Visceral melee combat
Reasons to avoid
-Unwieldy power level system

Warhammer: Vermintide - End Times proved to be something of a sleeper hit in 2015, taking the ubiquitous nature of the Warhammer licence and turning it into a visceral melee/shooter experience with a big focus on teamwork and bloody combat. 

Its sequel builds on that same template, increasing the number of characters to choose from, adding in a greater level of customisation and adding far more agency to each gory battle. Its sandbox levels are also bigger than ever, proving plenty of space and elevation to appeal to ranged, magic and melee-focused players.

Best PC games PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds review

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Battle royale with cheese

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 30 GB available space
Reasons to buy
+Intense multiplayer action+Ideal for snipers

No PC games list in 2019 would be complete without a title that sits firmly in the zeitgeist. And what’s more zeitgeisty than THE battle royale title that put the subgenre on the map. The modern iteration may have a few of the infamous glitches that made it so popular with YouTubers and Twitch streamers, but with a vast number of improvements and lots of additional content (including more maps), PUBG remains as popular as ever. While not quite as polished as Fortnite, PUBG is still a brilliant introduction to all things battle royale (just watch out for the occasional hacker).

Best PC games Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire review

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

An RPG of distinction

OS: Windows Vista 64-bit or newer
Processor: Intel Core i3-2100T @ 2.50 GHz / AMD Phenom II X3 B73
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 Compatible
Storage: 45 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Reasons to buy
+D&D at its virtual best+Brilliant maritime setting

Obsidian has become one of /the/ most prestigious RPG developers in recent years - even managing to turn a licence like South Park into an accessible (and surprisingly deep) turn-based affair with 2014’s The Stick of Truth - so it shouldn’t come as much surprise to learn the studio has created one of the most accomplished additions to the genre in years. Taking the classic D&D template of the original PoE, Deadfire features even deeper role-playing action, more intricate combat systems, a rich and rewarding storyline and enough content to keep you playing throughout the year.

Best PC games Total War: Warhammer II review

Total War: Warhammer II

Make war, not love

OS: Windows 7 64Bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
Memory: 5 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 1GB/AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB/Intel HD4000 @720p
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 60 GB available space
Reasons to buy
+Intricate strategy management+Deep Warhammer lore

Creative Assembly has carved an impressive niche for itself in the tactical and strategy RPG market, with the Total War brand having proved itself as one of the best in the business. The latest instalment in the series - and the sequel to the real-time brilliance of 2016’s Total War: Warhammer - the imaginatively named Total War: Warhammer II offers two addictive experiences in one. First, there’s an open-world full of turn-based campaign missions, and then within there are the moreish real-time battles that see you clashing together a variety of races from the Warhammer canon in truly spectacular fashion. 

Best PC games What Remains of Edith Finch review

What Remains of Edith Finch

Heartbreaking yet beautiful

OS: Windows Vista SP2 64-bit or later
Processor: Intel i3 2125 3.30 GHz or later
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 750/AMD Radeon 7790 or later
Storage: 5 GB available space
Reasons to buy
+Engaging and memorable story+A walking sim with a difference

There’s a reason Giant Sparrow’s wonderful ‘walking simulator’ has won so many awards as of late. It’s an landmark in video game storytelling, using simple gameplay mechanics and a variety of visual styles to slowly unravel a plot that isn’t afraid to tackle some truly heartbreaking and taboo themes. We don’t want to risk ruining how could the story really is, but we’ll say this is a game to enjoy in long stretches as you follow the linear path it unfolds before you. Coming from the same studio that brought you the affecting odyssey that was The Unfinished Swan, WRoEF will no doubt stay with you for many years to come.

Best PC games Into the Breach review

Into the Breach

A grid-based tactical joy

OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10
Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: Must support OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Intel HD 3000 or better
Storage: 300 MB available space
Reasons to buy
+Randomly-generated turn-based battles+Unique combat mechanics

Some of the most popular games on PC right now are coming smaller developers, and that includes the small yet mighty world of Into the Breach. It’s a turn-based affair where you control a set of mechs fighting a giant alien race known as the Vek. The combat mechanics don’t just require you to tactically destroy your foes, but protect civilian buildings on the grid, as they boost your mech making them as important as the act of war itself. Each grid is procedurally generated so you’ll get endless layouts each time you move to a new level, offering tons of replay value for less than £15/$15.

Best PC games Laser League review

Laser League

Laser-focused multiplayer fun

OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3GHz or AMD A 10-5800K APU @3.78GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon R9 270x
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 4 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
Reasons to buy
+Unique competitive experience+Huge amount of customisation

What is it with games with the word ‘league’ in their title taking the industry by storm? First there was League of Legends, then there was Rocket League and know there’s Laser League. Coming from the team that brought you the OliOli series, LL takes the neon-tinted look of TRON and combines it with an intense multiplayer setup where you’ll need to control coloured walls of lasers while dodging those controlled by the opposing team. With multiple classes, 150 characters, tons of maps and all the power-ups you could possibly need to turn the tide of battle.

Best PC games Conan Exiles review

Conan Exiles

An open world with a barbarian twist

OS: Windows 7 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 Bit
Processor: Intel Quad Core i5-2300 or AMD FX-6300
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 (1GB) or AMD Radeon HD 7770 (1GB)
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 50 GB available space
Reasons to buy
+Dynamic survival sandbox+Build everything from forts to entire cities

Tired of playing Minecraft? Looking something a little more mature that still maintains that moreish need to build things in a vast open-world? We’ve got just the thing. In a world inspired by the adventures of muscled-up hero Conan the Barbarian, Conan Exiles combines survival mechanics, a bestiary of monsters, and all the resources you need to build everything from mud huts to fully-fledged cities. You’ll need to hunt and eat to survive, keep cool in the heat and warm in the cold. Even the elements will conspire to kill you, so there’s danger at every turn as you head out to find resources and become a legend to rival that of Conan himself.

Best PC games Frostpunk review


A heart-wrenching mix of strategy and survival

OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor: 3.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 660, Radeon R7 370 or equivalent with 2 GB of video RAM
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Reasons to buy
+Every decision has its consequences+Beautifully realised gameworld

From the makers of This War of Mine, comes a new experience that tasks you with managing a community at the mercy of a deadly ice age. Steam power has just been discovered, offering a means of survival, so you’ll need to manage resources, maintain structures and man parties into the outside world to gather resources and unravel the mystery of the coldest of snaps. From making and maintaining laws to preserving the most vital of resources (heat), you’ll have to make some painful and downright crushing decisions to save your people.

Best PC games Quake Champions review

Quake Champions

Frag to your heart’s content

OS: Windows 7 and later
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4-945 / Intel Core 2 Quad 6600
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD R7 240 GB / Nvidia GT 730 2GB / Intel HD 530
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 20 GB available space
Reasons to buy
+Intense multiplayer deathmatches+Early Access means steady flow of updates and content

Sometimes you don’t want a balanced, objective-based shooter such as Overwatch, or a precise team-focused FPS a la Rainbow Six: Siege. Sometimes you just want grab a shotgun, move at a constant sprint, leap onto a jump pad and turn your opponents into bloody chunks. Quake Champions may be a modern title (and one still in Early Access), but it’s heart and soul are very much in the era of Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament. Each Champion comes with his or her own unique skills, while the inclusion of all your favourite modes means you can rocket jump your way to eternal glory online.

Best PC games FAR: Lone Sails review

FAR: Lone Sails

Mad Max meets FTL

OS: Windows 7+ (64-bit OS required)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz, AMD FX 8120 @ 3.1 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 / 650m, AMD Radeon HD6570
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 3 GB available space
Additional Notes: Not recommended for Intel HD Graphics cards.
Reasons to buy
+Engaging mix of puzzles and survival+An atmospheric post-apocalypse

Finally, a post-apocalypse without a zombie in sight. In FAR: Lone Sails, you’ll roam and explore a dried-out ocean that was once home to a thriving civilisation. With your trusty, sail-driven ship, you’ll need to overcome obstacles, maintain your ship and follow a trail of clues to unravel the mystery of the cataclysm that ravaged the world around you. It’s one of the most engaging and enjoyable genre mashups we’ve played in quite some and it’ll have you riding the wind to the very end. A slow burn at times, but one that never feels slow.