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Best PC games (all time)

A ranking of video games for PC. Includes games made both exclusively and non-exclusively for PC, and for various personal computer operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, DOS, Unix, and OS X (as well as emulators like ePSXe or Project64).

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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
1

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

(1995)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness is a fantasy-themed real-time strategy (RTS) game published by Blizzard Entertainment and first released for DOS in 1995 and for Mac OS in 1996. The main game, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, earned...
9
9
from 3 votes
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Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
2

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

(1994)
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is a real-time strategy game (RTS), developed by Blizzard Entertainment and published by Blizzard and Interplay Entertainment. The MS-DOS version was released on 23 November 1994 and the Macintosh version i...
9
9
from 2 votes
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Battlefield 1942
3

Battlefield 1942

(2002)
Battlefield 1942 (sometimes known as BF1942) is a 3D World War II first-person shooter video game developed by Swedish company Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows and OS...
9
9
from 1 vote
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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
4

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

(2002)
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is a high fantasy real-time strategy video game released by Blizzard Entertainment in July 2002. It is the second sequel to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and it is the third game set in the Warcraft fiction...
8.9
8.9
from 8 votes
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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
5

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

(2010)
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. A sequel to the award-winning 1998 video game StarCraf...
8.8
8.8
from 5 votes
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StarCraft
6

StarCraft

(1998)
StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment and released for Microsoft Windows on March 31, 1998. The game later spawned a franchise, and is the first gam...
8.8
8.8
from 8 votes
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Mass Effect 2
7

Mass Effect 2

(2010)
Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on January 26, 2010, and for PlayStation 3 on January 18, 2011. Mass Effe...
8.7
8.7
from 3 votes
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Rust
8

Rust

(2013)
Rust is a survival video game in development by Facepunch Studios for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux. Rust was originally released onto Steam's Early Access program on 11 December 2013. The game tasks players to survive by cra...
8.6
8.6
from 5 votes
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Total War: Shogun 2
8

Total War: Shogun 2

(2011)
Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is part of the Total War series and returns to the 16th-century Japan setting of the first Total War game, Shogun: Total War...
8.6
8.6
from 5 votes
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Fallout 2
10

Fallout 2

(1998)
Fallout 2 is a role-playing open world video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay in 1998. While featuring a considerably larger game world and a far more extensive storyline, the graphics and game mecha...
8.6
8.6
from 9 votes
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Portal 2
11

Portal 2

(2011)
Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to Portal (2007) and was released on April 19, 2011, for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux (Linux is currently only...
8.5
8.5
from 49 votes
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Grand Theft Auto V
12

Grand Theft Auto V

(2013)
Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, on 18 November 2014 for the Pla...
8.5
8.5
from 17 votes
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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
13

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

(2000)
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn is a computer role-playing game developed by BioWare and published by Black Isle Studios. It is the sequel to Baldur's Gate (1998), and was released for Microsoft Windows in September 2000. Like Ba...
8.5
8.5
from 12 votes
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution
14

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

(2011)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a cyberpunk-themed first-person action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, which also produced the game's CGI sequences. Originally released in Aug...
8.5
8.5
from 6 votes
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Diablo
15

Diablo

(1996)
Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996. Set in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras, located in the world of Sanctuary, Diab...
8.5
8.5
from 15 votes
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Fallout: New Vegas
16

Fallout: New Vegas

(2010)
Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. It released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlaySt...
8.5
8.5
from 20 votes
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Baldur's Gate
17

Baldur's Gate

(1998)
Baldur's Gate is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published in 1998 by Interplay Entertainment. It is the first game in the Baldur's Gate series, and takes place in the Forgotten Realms, a high fantasy ca...
8.4
8.4
from 12 votes
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Fallout
18

Fallout

(1997)
Fallout is an open world role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay Entertainment in 1997. The game has a post-apocalyptic and retro-futuristic setting, in the aftermath of a global nuclear war in an alternate hi...
8.4
8.4
from 10 votes
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Pillars of Eternity
19

Pillars of Eternity

(2015)
Pillars of Eternity is a computer role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive. It was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux in March 2015. The game is a spiritual successor o...
8.4
8.4
from 11 votes
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Portal
20

Portal

(2007)
Portal is a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in a bundle package called The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on October 9, 2007, and for the PlayStation 3 o...
8.3
8.3
from 26 votes
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Fallout 4
21

Fallout 4

(2015)
Fallout 4 is an open world post-apocalyptic action role-playing game, developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and was released on Micro...
8.3
8.3
from 18 votes
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Icewind Dale II
22

Icewind Dale II

(2002)
Icewind Dale II is a role-playing video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Entertainment, released on August 27, 2002. Like its 2000 predecessor Icewind Dale, the game is set in the Forgotten Realms fa...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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Just Cause 3
22

Just Cause 3

(2015)
Just Cause 3 is a 2015 open world action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. It was announced on November 11, 2014. It is the third game in the Just Cause series and is the sequel to t...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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Eve Online
22

Eve Online

(2003)
Eve Online (stylised EVE Online) is a player-driven, persistent-world massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a science fiction space setting, developed and published by CCP Games. Characters pilot customiza...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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Batman: Arkham Knight
25

Batman: Arkham Knight

(2015)
Batman: Arkham Knight is an action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles, and Microsoft Windows. Based o...
8.3
8.3
from 7 votes
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
26

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

(2015)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Polish: Wiedźmin 3: Dziki Gon) is an action role-playing video game set in an open world environment, that was developed by Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED. It was released for Microsoft Window...
8.3
8.3
from 18 votes
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
27

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

(2011)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, known simply as Skyrim, is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action r...
8.3
8.3
from 33 votes
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Ultima Online
28

Ultima Online

(1997)
Ultima Online (UO) is a graphical massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), released on 24 September 1997, by Origin Systems. It was instrumental to the development of the genre, and is still running today. The game...
8.2
8.2
from 11 votes
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Planescape: Torment
29

Planescape: Torment

(1999)
Planescape: Torment is a computer role-playing game developed for Microsoft Windows by Black Isle Studios and released on December 12, 1999 by Interplay Entertainment. It takes place in locations from the multiverse of Planescape,...
8.2
8.2
from 6 votes
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Half-Life 2
30

Half-Life 2

(2004)
Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter video game and the sequel to Half-Life. Developed by Valve Corporation, it was released on November 16, 2004, following a protracted five-year $40 million development, during which a substanti...
8.1
8.1
from 11 votes
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Assassin’s Creed
31

Assassin’s Creed

(2007)
Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the first major installment in the Assassin's Creed series. The game was fi...
8.1
8.1
from 19 votes
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Minecraft
32

Minecraft

(2011)
Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable p...
8
8
from 48 votes
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Grand Theft Auto
33

Grand Theft Auto

(1997)
Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is an open world action video game developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and published by BMG Interactive. It was released in October 1997 for DOS and Microsoft Windows, and on 14 December 1997 for th...
8
8
from 20 votes
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Guild Wars 2
34

Guild Wars 2

(2012)
Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by ArenaNet and published by NCsoft. Set in the fantasy world of Tyria, the game follows the re-emergence of Destiny's Edge, a disbanded guild dedicated to...
8
8
from 3 votes
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Half-life 2: Episode Two
35

Half-life 2: Episode Two

(2007)
Half-Life 2: Episode Two is a first-person shooter video game, the second episode in a series of sequels to the 2004 Half-Life 2. It was developed by Valve Corporation in tandem with Episode One, the first game in the series, and...
8
8
from 2 votes
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Half-life 2: Episode One
35

Half-life 2: Episode One

(2006)
Half-Life 2: Episode One is a first-person shooter video game, the first in a series of episodes that serve as the sequel for the 2004 Half-Life 2. It was developed by Valve Corporation and released on June 1, 2006. Originally cal...
8
8
from 2 votes
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Dark Souls
35

Dark Souls

(2011)
Dark Souls (ダークソウル Dāku Sōru) is an action role-playing video game developed by FromSoftware. It was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment internationally. A spiritual successor to Fr...
8
8
from 2 votes
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This War of Mine
38

This War of Mine

(2014)
This War of Mine is a 2014 war survival video game developed by 11 bit studios. The game, which was inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, differs from most war-themed video games by focusing on the civi...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Prince of Persia
38

Prince of Persia

(1989)
Prince of Persia is a fantasy platform game, originally developed by Jordan Mechner and released in 1989. After the original release on the Apple II, it was ported to a wide range of platforms. The game influenced a subgenre known...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Final Fantasy VIII
38

Final Fantasy VIII

(1999)
Final Fantasy VIII (ファイナルファンタジーVIII Fainaru Fantajī Eito) is a 1999 role-playing video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix). It is the eighth major installment in the Final Fantasy video game series. The game w...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Torment: Tides of Numenera
38

Torment: Tides of Numenera

(2016)
Torment: Tides of Numenera is an upcoming role-playing video game, currently in development by inXile Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. It is a spiritual successor of the critically acclaimed 1999 game Planescap...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Diablo II
42

Diablo II

(2000)
Diablo II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2000 for Windows and Mac OS computers.
7.9
7.9
from 10 votes
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The Witcher
43

The Witcher

(2007)
The Witcher (Polish: Wiedźmin) is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt RED and published by Atari, Inc. The game is based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski...
7.9
7.9
from 9 votes
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Half-Life
44

Half-Life

(1998)
Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company's debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. First released in 1998 by Sierra Studios for Windows PCs, the game w...
7.9
7.9
from 7 votes
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Fallout 3
45

Fallout 3

(2008)
Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, Europe and Australia in October 2008,...
7.8
7.8
from 22 votes
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Icewind Dale
46

Icewind Dale

(2000)
Icewind Dale is a role-playing video game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Entertainment. It was released on June 30, 2000. It takes place in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign s...
7.7
7.7
from 7 votes
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Garry's Mod
47

Garry's Mod

(2006)
Garry's Mod (commonly abbreviated as Gmod, stylized as garry's mod), is a sandbox physics game designed by Garry Newman, and later by his company, Facepunch Studios for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. Garry's Mod was originally...
7.7
7.7
from 6 votes
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Dark Souls II
48

Dark Souls II

(2014)
Dark Souls II (ダークソウルII, Dāku Souru Tsū) is an action role-playing video game. The third game in its series, Dark Souls II was developed for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by FromSoftware, which also published the g...
7.5
7.5
from 6 votes
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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
49

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

(2014)
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is an online collectible card game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is free-to-play with optional purchases to acquire additional cards and access content quicker. The game was announced at t...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
49

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel

(2001)
Fallout Tactics is a turn-based/real-time tactical role-playing game set in the post-apocalyptic Fallout universe. Developed by Micro Forté and published by 14 Degrees East, Fallout Tactics was released on 14 March 2001 for Micros...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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