In this list you will find the best PC games that we are playing at the moment: recent single player successes, thriving sports and some modern classics that would improve any game library. We will continue to update this list as new games are released, eliminating older favorites and replacing them with our latest obsessions. Instead of an increasingly broad list that delves into the past, we look for a practical answer to the question: "What new PC game should I get?"
If you are looking for a more complete list that includes our favorite games of the last decades, see our annual list of the 100 best Or our list of the most important PC games. To get an up-to-date view of the next games of the year, we've put together the new 2019 games. For the budget options, check out the best free Steam games and the best free browser games.
Do you need a new system to play these games? This is our advice on what kind of gaming PC you should get or take a look at our best graphic card summary to update your GPU.
What to play now
The Auto Chess style games are the latest fashion, with Valve and Riot quickly launching their own versions: Dota Underlords at the end of Valve, and Team fight tactics In the launcher League of Legends. Both are interesting, just like the original Auto Chess mod (a standalone version of which is on the way). Here is a comparison of the three.
We continue loving MordhauIt is a medieval battle difficult to master. Meanwhile, Apex Legends It is still the best real battle game, a general improvement in what comes before, and now it is entering its second season.
Looking for something a little slower? Observation is a science fiction thriller from the creators of Stories Untold, in which you play as the AI of a space station.
We are also playing Sekiro. It's a small deviation from the Souls games, but it still feels like a FromSoftware game: challenging, mysterious and strange in its own way. Check out Tom's review of Sekiro for more information on why we love it.
In the middle of evil He also scored high marks recently. If you are attracted to the idea of using planets as grenades and placing demons on spiked walls, take a look.
More of our favorite favorite games (and in progress) can be found in the above list. Next, we dive deeper into the current personal favorites of PC Gamer.
Competitive online games
Published: 2019 | Developer: Respawn | Origin | Our review
Apex Legends is the best Battle Royale game available now. The map is fantastic, the communication system & # 39; ping & # 39; it's something that all FPS should have from now on, weapons and movement are very fun (you can not run, but sliding downhill feels great), and it's free to play with nothing to pay except for cosmetics. It's not the game we expected from Respawn, but we're glad it's here. Check James's review for more.
Rainbow Six Siege
Published: 2015 | Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
The sexiest cousin of Counter-Strike. The siege may lack the detection and purity of CS: GO, but it is a more accessible and modern FPS that rewards intelligent synchronization and coordinated teamwork as well as objective. Siege's learning curve is the result of all things (characters, gadgets, elaborate maps and guns) that were added since December 2015, but eventually you will find yourself selecting operators, map points and roles that you feel comfortable with. Ubisoft continues to support Siege, eliminating four major updates per year along with regular fixes.
Published: 2016 | Developer: Blizzard | Battle.net | Our review
With the colorful characters of Overwatch and the bright and inclusive world, Blizzard took the world of team heroes to a whole new market. Teams of six take the roles of tank, DPS and healer to fight for the goals, not only who can get the most deaths. It is a game that rewards, if not required, teamwork. And with a growing cast of 27 heroes to choose from, there's a character that fits almost any style of game.
Fortnite Battle Royale
Published: 2017 | Developer: Epic | Official site | Free game | Our review
What began as an imitation of sterile PUBG has become the sand shooter of the Minecraft generation. The Fortnite building system rewards the good objective and an eye for architecture alike, extending shootings from real battles of green pastures to improvised skyscrapers in a minute. With ridiculously frequent updates from Epic Games featuring new weapons, traps, tools and leathers, Fortnite is worth the price of admission, and even so, it's worth the time it takes to master such an obtuse and irregular construction system.
Unknown player battlefields
Published: 2017 | Developer: PUBG Corp. | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
100 would-be assassins throw themselves into an abandoned island, take whatever weapons and ammunition they can find and fight to the death. Rinse and repeat. Although the concept was not new (the same PlayerUnknown is responsible for the multiple modes and mods of Battle Royale), PUBG turned the genre of Battle Royale into the phenomenon that it is today. As a third or first person shooter, PUBG is more realistic and less arcade than Fortnite. The joy of this is how it forces players to move and take a risk as an increasingly smaller force field that leads the surviving players towards each other until a winner comes out of the rubble. Every moment of every game is an avalanche of important decisions to make, and any of them, even a minor one, could lead you to your doom.
League of rockets
Published: 2015 | Developer: Psyonix | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
The best and only synthesis of hockey and football that you can play with battle tanks propelled by rockets. Where most sports are based on the game of weapons or magic from top to bottom, Rocket League is all physics and speed. In short, you are trying to break a giant soccer ball into a goal with a car. But cars can jump, and turn around, and fly in the air once you learn (which will take a while). Even after three years, the players of the Rocket League are still inventing new moves and tricks: if there is a maximum limit of abilities, nobody has beaten it yet. It's intimidating and probably your first matches will be difficult as you learn to drive and spin back and ride on the walls, but since there are many other new players at any given time, as well as training modes and bots, even you can get up. to accelerate even if you're entering the arena late. Keep in mind that while you can play Rocket League with a mouse and a keyboard, and some good players do, most prefer a controller.
Published: 2014 | Developer: Blizzard | Official site
Despite the departure of game director Ben Brode, the one with the flannel shirt and Megaton's laughter, Hearthstone still has relatively rough health. The last two expansions of the game, The Boomsday Project (August 2018) and Rastakhan & # 39; s Rumble (December 2018), have been correctly criticized for not updating the goal enough, but nevertheless, it is possible to build a deck with any class and pilot it successfully on the ladder. Those looking to strive on a budget should consider Spell Hunter, which is relatively inexpensive to build, while those looking to make instant enemies may prefer the ultra-aggressive Odd Paladin, which remains unpleasant despite a recent nerf. For those of you with ladder anxiety, Hearthstone now also includes a rich set of single-player content in the Solo Adventures section. There you will find Rumble Run, Puzzle Lab, Monster Hunt and Dungeon Run, very funny, without the pressure of a chronometer.
League of Legends
Published: 2009 | Developer: Riot games | Official site
MOBAs are difficult and rewarding competitive games because they demand teamwork, quick reaction times and knowledge of the initial, intermediate and final phases that vary according to the role you play. And if you're going to play one, LoL is the best place to start. League of Legends has had a remarkable staying power as one of the most popular games in sports for a couple of simple reasons. One, it has the perfect balance between depth and accessibility for a MOBA. A giant list of heroes means you could spend years learning the ins and outs of the game, but mechanically it is less demanding than Dota 2 and more involved than Heroes of the Storm. Two, Riot Games has not been afraid to make significant changes to the map, the characters and other systems over the years, so there is always something new to learn.
If you can, play with a team of friends: it's much more fun (and effective) to coordinate in a headset than dealing with randoms in text chat. If you bounce on LoL, Dota 2 is also very popular, and both are free, so give it a try.
Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5
Published: 2016/2018 | Developer: DICE
While the fans of Battlefield 1 insist that it is a superior game, we recommend BF1 and BF5. On the side of BF5, EA eliminated the passes of paid seasons and is releasing all the new maps for free, plus there is now a real battle mode.
Meanwhile, however, Battlefield 1 is included with Origin Access (both Basic and Premium) and otherwise it is quite cheap, so if the configuration of World War I appeals to you, it is a low cost entry for the series.
Here is our review of Battlefield 1 and our review of Battlefield 5.
Single player and cooperative shooters.
Published: 2016 | Developer: id | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
The original Doom, in 1993, is the most influential shooter of all time. With a pedigree like that, the restart of Doom in 2016 could have gone through the name of the family, had a little fun and called it one day. Instead, Doom surprised us all by being a spectacular shooter in his own right. More than that, Doom abandoned many of the narration conventions and cut scenes that we associate with modern games: about 30 seconds from the first level, the main character physically throws the plot across the room and shoots a demon in the face. Doom has a singular purpose, and if you are not a weapon or the face of a demon, you do not mind knowing you.
The amazing thing about Doom is the way he embraces ridiculous ideas as long as they are fun. Hit a demon until extra ammo comes out? Yes. Infinite current of highly explosive rockets? Absolutely. The whole game is a crescendo, a heavy metal guitar solo that gets stronger and stronger. Speaking of heavy metal, that soundtrack? Phwoar. What game.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Published: 2018 | Developer: Fatshark | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
Like Vermintide 1, Vermintide 2 takes the format of the classic cooperative valve shooting game, Left 4 Dead. Each hero is generally capable but vulnerable by himself. Among the swarms of rats there are elite enemies who specialize in ambushing individual players, leaving them helpless until a partner rescues them. The mutual need for protection makes Vermintide unusually dependent on good teamwork, and acute spatial awareness and generous instincts are better for survival than perfect aim.
There are five heroes to play, and each has three subclasses and a long list of possible weapons and special abilities. Each successful mission rewards players with random weapons and loot, and a surprisingly deep system helps players customize their heroes. The random combination to find groups is fine, but Vermintide 2 is a real joy when playing with friends, as a corporate team building exercise with swords and axes.
Published: 2018 | Developer: David Szymanski | Humble Store, Steam
If you feel nostalgic for DOS-era shooters like Doom and Quake, Dusk has it all: find color-coded keys and secret cameras, a metal soundtrack and high-speed brushstrokes with double-neck shotguns while firing faces demons An ideal way to spend an afternoon. Check out our Dusk review for more.
Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
Published: 2019 | Developer: Capcom | Steam | Our review
An excellent remake of the survival horror classic, with a mixture of nostalgia and novelty that Andy described as "tense, challenging and beautiful" in his review.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Published: 2015 | Developer: Rockstar North | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
GTA 5 works perfectly on PC, and its open world is still the best of all games, a beautiful expansion that reproduces everything we associate with Los Angeles: the flat heat, the atmosphere, the fact that the city is so big. The campaign is the best of the series, marked by ambitious stealing missions involving the three protagonists. It is very fun to spend time in this world.
If you want to go further, GTA Online is waiting for you with a lot of things to do. Not everything is amazing, but with some friends, it is very fun to ignore robberies tailored to online mode, and owning a business also feels great. There are many ways to play this game forever, including all these great modifications.
Assassin & # 39; s Creed Odyssey
Published: 2018 | Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Steam | Our review
Ubisoft achieved the latest in the Assassin & Creeds series, fully embracing the role-playing genre and readjusting its typical open-world to-do list in an adventure filled with worthwhile pursuits, all in its greatest world to the fullest. date.
Published: 2016 | Developer: Arkane Studios | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
The best immersion sim around, with extensive and complicated levels that are wonderful to unpack, as well as a couple of high concept missions that you will never forget. It's as if Arkane made a sequel based on how much everyone loved Lady Boyle's last party in Dishonored: most of the levels here are just as good. The option to play as two characters, with their own version of the story and sets of powers, offers even more replay value.
Crucially, Dishonored 2 offers more non-lethal ways to play if you're not a perfect stealth player. Being able to block the attacks of the enemy sword, to put them in a strangulation, to push them and then to throw them in the face, to knock them down, is the best fun. Similarly, the use of Emily's domino skill to eliminate several enemies at once feels incredibly empowering. And that's just one of the many ways you can play.
Published: 2018 | Developer: Interactive IO | Steam | Our review
Agent 47 has been taking contracts and knocking down targets in games for almost 20 years, but the last in the series is his best work so far. The good thing about Hitman 2 is that if you did not play the previous Hitman restart (it's also great), you can buy updated versions of all your levels. And if you do Hitman 2016, you can have them for free. For more information on why we love the latest incarnations of Hitman, head over to our 2018 award for Best Stealth Game.
Action and role-playing games in turns.
Published: 2017 | Developer: Enix Square | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
This unconventional action RPG focuses on extremely elegant androids that have been sent to Earth to make it safe for humans again by eliminating the dangerous machines that dominate the landscape. But history is not as simple as that, and not all the machines you face are automatons without brains. Some of them have hopes, dreams and orgies (!). The history in Automata is surprisingly fantastic, with multiple endings that change your perspective of your characters and well-written secondary questions.
This is one of those games that extend a bit, but it's better to have done it. As an action game, it's not the best of Platinum (that mantle still belongs to Bayonetta), but it's still satisfying to defeat the robots with a big sword in shattered open-world environments. A deserved cult hit, even if the game has not yet been patched correctly on the PC (there is a fan mod that solves some performance issues).
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Published: 2015 | Developer: CD Projekt RED | GOG | Our review
The Witcher 3 follows Geralt, the bounty hunter who kills the most grumpy monsters in the world, while fighting and doing magic through a medieval fantasy world. Tell a clever and well-written story, but the most important thing is that The Witcher 3 is the best open-world RPG you can explore at this time (and possibly the best there was).
The Witcher 3 is great mainly because it is full of things to do. It is a great world block of demons, vampires and ghosts, and people can also be quite unpleasant. The size and depth of the world give each search context an anchor that feels like it goes back to history. When investigating an enchanted farm, for example, you will find clues about the type of spectrum involved. Choosing the right weapon and preparing a special potion is like steps in a centuries-old ceremony. The Witcher 3 is a triumph of the construction of the world.
In addition to the world, Geralt himself is the star of the show. He is often dour, funny and jaded, and an attractive character to hang out with. Some of the stories will mean more to fans of Witcher books and games for a long time, but even without playing the previous games of the Witcher series, The Witcher 3 is worth several hundred hours of his time.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Published: 2017 | Developer: Larian Studios | GOG, Steam | Our review
A classic-style isometric role-playing game that feels completely modern, with cooperative for four players, great characters and a super challenging turn-based combat that makes intensive use of physical interactions: cast a rain spell to put out fires, for example , or splash oil around to spread them. With large open areas, interlaced missions that can be completed in any order, costumes, status effects and the freedom to hit any NPC you feel, it's worth putting up with a bit of nonsense (which has been enhanced with the update of the Final Edition) to experience such a creative, free-form campaign. Writing and role playing are also top-notch, which gives you a real emotional investment for a campaign that can easily extend to the 100-hour mark.
OS2 also includes built-in game tools to run your own adventures, and free and free modification tools that give you full access to the capabilities of the engine and all the assets included.
Ni no Kuni II: The Kingdom of the Revenants
Published: 2018 | Developer: Level 5 | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
One of the most beautiful and ambitious JRPG of the PC, Ni No Kuni 2 follows Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a young half-cat king who sets out to build a new peaceful kingdom, and a new circle of friends, after he is robbed of the crown . the. Ni No Kuni 2 channels Suikoden and Studio Ghibli, combining an expansive open world with thrilling third-person combat in real time, and grounding them in a satisfying kingdom building simulator. Explore new citizens by visiting fantastic distant realms, earn better teams when facing dungeons and secret minibuses, and then bring everything home to improve your own kingdom. The kingdom simulator is nice in its own right, and all other parts of the game benefit from it, from exploration to combat. Ni No Kuni 2 is a cute fairy tale wrapped in complex systems that connect meaningfully and interestingly, and there is not an ounce of fat in it.
Dark Souls 3
Published: 2016 | Developer: Software | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
What Dark Souls 3 lacks originality – like the previous Souls games, is an action role-playing game that takes you through a baroque and dying world full of monsters and opaque stories – it makes up for it with pleasure. It is by far the softest of the series, magnificent and stable for PC, and that translates into more vicious and fast enemies that will kill you without mercy. But this time you are also a bit more agile, keeping the notorious Almas challenge intact, but you rarely feel unfair. And like all Souls games, there's so much here if you immerse yourself in the depths of role-playing games: classes and magic systems, shortcuts and quick-execution options, equipment updates and the NPC stories you must follow if you can make the right decisions. Conquering Dark Souls 3 once will keep you busy for 50 hours, but if it catches you, you could keep playing for years.
Exploration, survival and construction games.
Published: 2016 | Developer: ConcernedApe | GOG, Humble Store, Steam | Our review
Harvest Moon farm life simulators used to be console only. Then, independent designer Eric Barone appeared and made this tribute so that we too can enjoy the pastoral fantasy of chicken ownership and the use of mayonnaise. In Stardew Valley, you inherit a farm in the countryside and divide your days between farming and friendship with the locals, a colorful group of eccentrics, some of whom may have an affair. Either you take very seriously the possibility of maximizing your income, create the perfect grid of profitable crops for each season, or just treat yourself, take an occasional fishing trip or dig into the monster mines as you wish. In its wake, a whole sub-genre of crop / craft drills emerged with obligatory fishing minigames, but Stardew Valley is still the best.
Kerbal Space Program
Published: 2015 | Developer: Squadron | GOG, Humble Store, Steam | Our review
You build a spaceship, and you fly it into space. Simple truth? Normally it is not. Many things can go wrong while you build a ship from the vast library of parts of the Kerbal Space Program, almost always explosively. But as he tries and makes a mistake on his way to a stable orbit, he begins unlocking everything Kerbal offers. You can build different types of boats and use them to get deeper into the solar system, enjoying your achievements while contemplating the vast solitude of space. Kerbal Space Program is a slapstick comedy of equal parts and a majestic exploration: incredibly silly, but evocative, in which it counts.
Published: 2018 | Developer: Unknown worlds | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
Depending on how you feel about diving, Subnautica can be a wonderful opportunity to explore an extraterrestrial aquarium or a horror show. Even with the survival stuff turned off so you do not have to catch fish regularly and eat them when you swim, their depths contain claustrophobic tunnels and beasts big enough to swallow you completely. The point is that Subnautica works as a tense survival game to do it day by day in a hostile alien ocean and a way to roam around the strange sea creatures (and eat them).
More construction and survival games.
Published: 2013 | Developer: Ed Key and David Kanaga | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
Proteus takes nature and simplifies it in evocative forms and sounds. Curved hills, trunks of solid trees, frogs that roar and bounce. Strolling through its island of plants and animals in pastel colors triggers a variety of pleasant noises, a symphony that accumulates as you chase birds or stand among fireflies. It is what each rest room aspires to be.
In the gap
Published: 2018 | Developer: Subset sets | GOG, Humble Store, Steam | Our review
Try to save the human race from an extraterrestrial invasion, five turns at a time, in the brilliant roguelike strategy game of the creators of FTL. Into the Breach feels almost like a puzzle game, because it gives you clear information about what the enemy is doing each turn, and is so well balanced that there is almost always a solution that will get you out of a mission alive. There are several teams of mechs to unlock and choose, and their skills perform incredibly well. In the Rusting Hulks squad, for example, the nimble Jet Mech can launch a bomb that inflicts damage and envelops enemies with a cloud of smoke, while the passive ability of the Rocket Mech causes smoke clouds to cause damage to units enemies Each team has its own style of play, and you can freely mix and match mechs to create your own teams. Finishing a mission after avoiding all damage to the fragile civil buildings scattered on the map never stops feeling like a triumph.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Published: 2017 | Developer: Firaxis | XCOM 2 in Humble | War of the elect in humble | Our review
This brutal strategy game puts you in charge of a resistance force during an alien occupation. The XCOM format combines the base building, the construction of squadrons and the strategic command with tactical battles based on tense turns. While piloting your huge base of operations between territories, gather materials and investigate the enemy to unlock the colder space lasers and the armor of hell for your crew.
Vanila XCOM 2 was a slim and difficult survival game that made you accountable with a countdown to the end of the world. War of the Chosen gives you even more problems in the form of three minibosses that lurk you throughout your campaign. Fortunately, you can make friends with three factions of resistance, each with its own set of devices so you can investigate, and use its clues to track your nemeses. The result is a fascinating and layered tactical game with a lot of dramatic intrigue. We develop a strong love / hate relationship with the Chosen. I hate to see them ruin our plans; I love making them explode with huge space weapons in revenge.
Total War: Warhammer 2
Published: 2017 | Developer: Creative Assembly | Humble shop, Steam | Our review
Warhammer is a scenario of dark fantasy shared by several games, popular due to its somber maximalism (it has two Mordores and three Dráculas). Total War games are a venerable series of historical strategy games with unit battles and large-scale nation management. The combination of Total War and Warhammer is a perfect combination. The Warhammer factions are strong combinations of traditional fantasy archetypes and oddballs like the beloved men of rats called skaven, who easily face each other on a large map. Meanwhile, the abstract scale of Total War seems less strange when it is removed from recognizable historical events. It is the best of both worlds. There is a campaign in which each faction rushes to control a magical vortex by performing a series of rituals, each of which provides a significant boost when it is performed, but if you want to slow down you can jump for both this and the previous game , then combine your maps together in a gigantic war that takes life by the domination called Mortal Empires.
Kill the spire
Published: 2019 | Developer: Schemes Harebrained | Steam | Our review
Slay the Spire, a brilliant single-player decks constructor, connected to the PC Gamer team when he was in Early Access, and now has a lot more to offer, including daily challenges and personalized races. La alegría de ello, como explica Evan en su revisión, es la cantidad de poder que puede acumularse a través de la construcción inteligente de mazos. Debido a que es un juego de cartas para un solo jugador, los monstruos no tienen que divertirse, y tu mazo no tiene que estar equilibrado con ningún otro, lo que significa que son posibles combinaciones absurdas. Pero también es posible crear cubiertas terribles a medida que asciendes en la aguja, recogiendo nuevas cartas en el camino y encontrando reliquias que fomentan ciertas construcciones. Hay tanta estrategia para aprender que puede llevar decenas de horas llegar al final del juego, pero comenzar una nueva carrera siempre es emocionante.
Published: 2018 | Desarrollador: Esquemas Harebrained | Tienda humilde, Steam | Nuestra reseña
Dirige una escasa compañía de mercenarios a través de una campaña para un jugador de medio tramado y medio procesado a medida que completas escoltas, asesinatos, capturas de base y otras misiones para obtener efectivo, salvamento y reputación de facción. En el estilo de XCOM, BattleTech se trata de enviar una lista de mechs (y, en menor medida, de pilotos) al combate planetario, luego administrar las consecuencias monetarias y mortales de esa armadura gastada, piernas de mech rotas, pilotos muertos y partes saqueadas de tus enemigos. En la comodidad de su nave espacial.
A diferencia de XCOM, el combate por turnos es un juego maravillosamente granular de ángulos y detalles: los mechs tienen 11 segmentos de armadura diferentes, y las armas y municiones se encuentran en estos lugares individualmente destructibles. La orientación, el nivel de calor, la velocidad y la estabilidad de tus mechs son importantes, y las peleas entre los tanques de andar duraderos se desarrollan como peleas de boxeo de peso pesado.
En la siguiente página: juegos de rompecabezas, grandes historias, simulaciones y constructores de ciudades …
Regreso de la Obra Dinn
Published: 2018 | Desarrollador: Valvula | Steam, itch.io
Nuestro juego de rompecabezas favorito de 2018, Return of the Obra Dinn es un juego de detectives ubicado en un barco que se perdió en el mar. Usted, un investigador de seguros, debe determinar qué le sucedió a la tripulación. Estamos seguros de que nunca has jugado nada igual (a menos que lo hayas jugado).
Portal 1 + 2
Published: 2007/2011 | Desarrollador: Lucas Papa | Steam
Portal sería genial si solo tuviera rompecabezas inventivos. Sería genial si solo tuviera una escritura inteligente. De alguna manera, Valve logró empaquetar ambas cosas en una experiencia inolvidable e inolvidable que se mete con tu cabeza en más de una forma. Su mecánico titular te enseña a pensar de manera diferente al permitirte crear instantáneamente caminos a casi todas partes, y su historia subyacente, a la vez sombría y desconsoladamente divertida, te está incitando constantemente.
Mientras tanto, el Portal 2 ofrece más de todo lo que hizo al Portal excelente y, además, un modo cooperativo incomparable. El mundo de Portal 2 es más grande y sus rompecabezas son más complejos, y no sacrifica el humor siniestro y descarado de la serie para lograrlo. Pero el verdadero triunfo de la secuela es que te invita a jugar con un amigo, no a través de algunos niveles de bonificación añadidos, sino a través de una campaña cooperativa artesanal tan buena que hace que el jugador de un solo jugador estelar se sienta como un preludio.
Published: 2017 | Desarrollador: Zachtronics | Tienda humilde, Steam | Nuestra reseña
El desafío del Opus Magnum no es solo descubrir cómo resolver cada rompecabezas, sino cómo resolverlo. best path. Con los brazos de robot programables, construirá máquinas de alquimia que son más o menos eficientes en la tarea de transmutación que se le presenta, y hay un número asombroso de formas de éxito: las piezas simples y las instrucciones simples pueden producir algunas máquinas no tan simples. Si te atrapa, el Opus Magnum no te deja ir fácilmente.
Published: 2018 | Desarrollador: Señal enterrada | GOG, Steam | Nuestra reseña
El magnífico Gorogoa dibujado a mano es uno de nuestros juegos de rompecabezas recientes favoritos. La premisa es simple: coloque los azulejos ilustrados "de manera imaginativa" para resolver los rompecabezas. La complejidad y la proeza de su creación radican en cómo estos azulejos se entrelazan con una elegancia impecable. Como dijo Pip en nuestra revisión: "Los trozos de interiores y exteriores combinan perfectamente sin que parezca fuera de lugar en ninguna de sus respectivas escenas, una imagen en una burbuja de pensamiento se alinea con una escena de balcón, una estrella en el cielo se coloca perfectamente para que it peeps through the gap in an overlaid tile and becomes the light from a lamp." It's best to see it in motion, so check out the trailer here.
Released: 2018 | Desarrollador: Resonair | Steam | Our review
The classic musical puzzle game, which was first released on the PSP, returns in top shape and is still great after 15 years. The new version is far superior to the original PC port, and the remastered music is fabulous. Lumines doesn't translate perfectly to PC—it's one of those games that feels like it was meant for handheld devices—but if you missed it the first time around, take any opportunity to play it.
Baba is You
Released: 2019 | Desarrollador: Hempuli Oy | Steam, itch.io | Our review
A wonderful puzzle game in which you rearrange words to create new rules for the world. "It’s part logic puzzle, part existential quandary, part love letter to how much potential is contained in the tiny building blocks of language," said Philippa in her Baba is You review.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Released: 2017 | Desarrollador: Giant Sparrow | GOG, Steam | Our review
Explore the curious home of a doomed family in this surprising and varied narrative game, which at first feels like a familiar walking simulator but then transforms into something else. Each member of the Finch family has a story to tell about what became of them, and each tale is presented in almost a minigame-like way—some of these chapters are thrilling, most of them are quietly devastating, and you should play this game without having a single one spoiled. You deserve to discover the secrets of this mysterious house for yourself if you haven't already. More than deserving of our GOTY award for Best Story in 2017.
La vida es extraña
Released: 2015 | Desarrollador: Dontnod | Humble Store, Steam | Our review
You could argue most videogame stories are Young Adult fiction, but Life is Strange is actually like the kind of story in the YA section of your local bookstore. It's about teenagers, small towns with secrets, and coming to terms with adult responsibilities through the metaphor of being able to rewind time. It's Twin Peaks for teens.
Life is Strange benefited from being released episodically, able to adapt to what players enjoyed about the early chapters and then focus on those elements later. That means you have to give it an episode and a half to get going, and the finale's divisive too, but in the middle it's as affecting an emotional rollercoaster as anything that's about to be turned into a movie and make someone very rich.
Released: 2017 | Desarrollador: Fullbright | Humble Store, Steam | Our review
Calling a game a 'walking simulator' was probably meant to be pejorative, but I can't think of a better description of what games like Tacoma and Gone Home—and developer Fullbright—do better than any other game: build a world I want to walk around in, explore, and learn to love. In Tacoma, the player walks into an abandoned space station and a mystery. Exploring this detailed setting feels like spending time in a real place, and hours spent there make the departed crew intimately familiar. I saw dozens of tiny stories, comedies and dramas, unfold as I watched the crew through VR recordings and dug into their discarded belongings. If you want to see the future of storytelling, to experience characters and plot in a way that can't be duplicated in a book or a movie, go for walk in Tacoma.
Simulations, sports games, and city builders
Forza Skyline 4
Released: 2018 | Desarrollador: Playground Games | Microsoft Store | Our review
Unless you're looking for a hardcore sim, Forza Horizon is still the best racing series around.
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Released: 2013 | Desarrollador: SCS Software | Humble Store, Steam | Our review
A lot of players have the same story about Euro Truck Simulator 2. Lured in by curiosity, we try this ridiculous-looking game about driving trucks back and forth across a low-budget Europe. Then, hours later, we're flicking headlights up and down while driving through the night. It starts to rain somewhere outside Berlin, the sound adding percussion to whatever's playing on the central European radio station. We're hooked and don't even know why. Even on a different continent in American Truck Simulator it can have the same effect, proving that ordinary inspirations modeled well enough can make for extraordinary games.
Released: 2014 | Desarrollador: Frontier Developments | Humble Store, Steam | Our review
Space, to borrow a phrase, is big. Really, really big. In Elite: Dangerous, players can become deep-space explorers spanning the entire Milky Way galaxy, or they can be asteroid miners whose entire world consists of two space rocks and the vacuum between them. Both are equally worthy ways to use your flight time in Elite, an open-world (open-galaxy?) space flight sim that masterfully gives players total freedom. At the high end, you can spend your time being everything from a space trucker to a bounty hunter, but newbies shouldn't overlook the simple joy of being a pilot, of the tactile way that flight skills grow and deepen over time. Anyone into sci-fi or flight sims owes it to themselves to spend time in an Elite cockpit—especially if they can do it in VR.
Football Manager 2019
Released: 2018 | Desarrollador: Sports Interactive | Steam | Our review
The best game yet in the best football management series.
Released: 2018 | Desarrollador: 11 Bit Studios | GOG, Humble Store, Steam | Our review
Part city-builder, part survival game, Frostpunk is about making difficult choices and dealing with the consequences. Trying to keep a handful of citizens alive in a perpetually frozen world isn't just about managing resources but managing hope, and to keep people working toward their future means convincing them there is one, often through brutal means.
Unlike most city-building games, Frostpunk isn't an open-ended experience: it takes place over a 45 day period, with narrative events occurring periodically that can throw a wrench in the gears of your city and society. It's a tense and grim experience where you can wind up regretting your finest moments or defending the harshest choices you made. What are you prepared to do to save lives, and what will the ultimate cost be?
Super Mega Baseball 2
Released: 2018 | Desarrollador: Metalhead Software | Steam | Our review
With so few great sports games on PC, Super Mega Baseball 2 gets squished into our sims category for now—though with Madden finally coming back to PC this year, we may need to add a proper sports category. Super Mega Baseball 2 may look cartooney, but look beyond that, because as we said in our review, it's the "best on-field baseball sim on PC."
On the next page: MMOs, local multiplayer games, and platformers…
MMOs and online RPGs
World of Warcraft
Released: 2004 | Desarrollador: Blizzard Entertainment | Official site | Our review
World of Warcraft might have a few grey hairs here and there, but it's still the undisputed king of MMOs. Set in the high-fantasy setting of the famous Warcraft real-time strategy games, World of Warcraft is the story of you, a hero who rises from lowly pawn to god-slaying badass as you strive to save your world from all manner of fiendish enemies. With 12 classes and 13 races to play as (and an ever-growing list of subraces), who and what your character will become is entirely up to you. And whether you want to play for two hours a month or two hours a night, there are a nearly unlimited number of places to explore, quests to complete, raids and dungeons to conquer, and items to craft. It's less of a videogame and more of a part-time hobby.
World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is a bit of a low-point for the series according to its most hardcore fans. That doesn't mean it's bad—the austere mountains of Kul Tiras and lush jungles of Zandalar are evocative and fun to explore—but it is disappointing because World of Warcraft's usually stellar endgame of dungeons and raids are hamstrung somewhat by its wonky gear system. There's exciting news on that front, though: the next update is going to be huge.
World of Warcraft is the jack-of-all-trades MMO that can satisfy nearly any kind of player. Whether you want competitive PvP battles, white-knuckle raids, or just a fun, colorful story to follow along with while you collect mounts, World of Warcraft delivers.
Released: 2013| Desarrollador: Digital Extremes | Steam | Our review
Set in a bizarre science-fiction universe full of esoteric secrets, Warframe sells itself on one amazing concept: You are a space ninja. And yes, it's as fun as it sounds. This free-to-play third-person shooter gleefully taps into the fantasy of being a gun-toting, sword-wielding killing machine through its versatile movement system. You'll air dash, wall run, and slide through levels with up to three teammates as you eviscerate hordes of android enemies in exchange for oodles of crafting resources.
But Warframe's true strength is just how complex it is. Each Warframe (a kind of suit of armor that you wear) plays like its own character class, complete with unique abilities that define its combat style. You might charge into packs headfirst as Rhino or silently assassinate your targets as Ivara. Hell, there's even a Warframe that lets you compose your own music using an in-game sequencer to inflict debuffs on enemies. Learning how to craft and equip these Warframes is a daunting task for new players, but those who endure will find a rich action RPG that can easily devour thousands of hours. What's more, Digital Extremes is constantly taking Warframe in bold new directions, like adding open world zones to explore with friends. It might not be an MMO in the traditional sense, but Warframe is every bit as massive.
Path of exile
Released: 2013 | Desarrollador: Grinding Gear Games | Steam | Our review
A free-to-play spiritual successor to the beloved Diablo 2, Path of Exile is a dauntingly complex action RPG that will make even the most zealous theorycrafter weep tears of joy. Behind that familiar loop of dungeon diving and looting are several dozen features that each feel like the Marianas trench of progression systems—they're that deep. Skill gems can be chained together to create practically limitless spell combos, while the passive skill tree has hundreds of nodes to choose from that each shape your character in their own small way. And then, of course, comes the gear, which is a whole separate school of learning that can take months to fully understand. Path of Exile is certainly daunting and it won't appeal to everyone.
It's good news then that it's also fun as hell. There's 10 acts to explore, each one touring you through desecrated temples or corrupted jungles full of the walking dead. It's a grim place to be, but the kinetic combat and enticing rewards make the journey worth it. Every few months, Grinding Gear Games rolls out a new temporary challenge league that introduces entirely new progression systems, cosmetics, and enemies but requires starting a new character. Normally that'd sound like a chore, but Path of Exile is so robust that starting fresh is just a chance to learn something new.
Released: 2003 | Desarrollador: CCP Games | Official site | Our review
Brutal, uncompromising, and intimidating—there's a good chance that EVE Online's reputation precedes it. While its players will say that it's mostly hyperbole, there's no denying that EVE Online isn't an MMO for the faint of heart. But in return for a considerable investment of your time and energy, EVE Online achieves something remarkable: It feels alive.
The galaxy of New Eden is an ever-evolving virtual world full of merchants and pirates, mercenaries and warlords, and, yeah, the occasional spy. It's a thriving ecosystem grounded by a player-driven economy where players are encouraged to group together to achieve long term objectives like conquering territory or just becoming filthy, stinking rich. To participate, you'll need to contend with a hopelessly unintuitive user interface and familiarize yourself with a daunting number of systems. But it's worth it. The focus on player-driven experiences creates stories that just don't happen in any other kind of game, and being apart of those narratives is thrilling. It's an experience that is so absorbing, there's a good reason why EVE players joke that quitting for good is "winning at EVE Online."
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
Released: 2014 | Desarrollador: Plaza Enix | Steam | Our review
Final Fantasy 14 is a dream come true for Final Fantasy fans who don't mind the rigamarole that comes standard with MMOs. Set in the high fantasy world of Eorzea, you play as one of the series' iconic classes, like a black mage, and set out to help the locals defend themselves from constant invasions by the evil Garlean Empire. It's as generic a Final Fantasy story as they come, but FF14 lives up to the series legacy by populating the world with an endearing ensemble of characters that grow significantly over the course of its two expansions. If you like story-driven MMOs, Final Fantasy 14's sweeping epic is undoubtedly the best.
Square Enix doesn't try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to being an MMO, though. Final Fantasy 14 is formulaic in its progression and the equipment system is pretty bland. It is by no means boring, however. The story reaches some surprising highs and Final Fantasy fans will be pleased to hear that FF14 has a nearly endless supply of memorable boss fights to work through. It might not be as expansive as other MMOs, but Final Fantasy 14 is beautiful and charming.
Local multiplayer games
Released: 2017 | Desarrollador: Messhof | Humble Store, Steam | Our review
Some say Nidhogg 2's clay-monstrosity art style and added weapons marred the elegance of the first game, but they're both great in their own ways. Whichever one you choose, the basic format is the same: two players duel across a single screen, attempting to push their opponent left or right into the next screen, all the way to the end of the map. That's a big part of the brilliance of the series: get pushed all the way to your corner, and it's still possible to make a comeback and finesse your opponent all the way back across the map for a clutch win. Pure thrill.
The fighting itself is great, too, like an ultra-lo-fi Bushido Blade. Kills come in one hit as you thrust and parry and throw your swords with simple controls that result in complex dances of stance and aggression. It's exciting, hilarious, and tests the hell out of your reaction time and ability to predict your opponent's moves. There's nothing quite like either Nidhogg.
Released: 2014 | Desarrollador: Matt Thorson | GOG, Humble Store, Steam | Our review
As cool as bows and arrows are in games like Tomb Raider, TowerFall does them best. Whether played by four people against each other, or two in co-op against waves of monsters, TowerFall makes leaping from a ledge and skewering somebody with a perfect shot easy to do. It also makes shooting at someone above you, missing, and then impaling yourself as the arrow falls back down easy to do. It's as chaotic as it sounds, but the clean pixel art and expressive animation makes it simple to follow, and every triumph and screw-up is visible to all.
More local multiplayer games
Overcooked 1 and Overcooked 2
Released: 2018| Desarrollador: Ghost Town Games | Steam | Our review
We hate Overcooked. Wait, no: We hate anyone who gets in the way in Overcooked, or doesn't bring us our damn tomatoes when we need them, pre-chopped. This four-player kitchen catastrophe simulator sets up some brilliantly simple basics—working together to prepare ingredients, cook basic dishes, and turn them in on a tight timetable—and then mercilessly complicates them with devious kitchen hazards. In one level, on the deck of a pirate ship, some of your counters slide back and forth, forcing you to switch up tasks on the fly. In another cramped kitchen, there isn't enough space for two characters to squeeze past one another, forcing you to coordinate all your movements or get into shouting matches about which direction to go.
There's a lot of shouting in Overcooked, but barking orders, properly divvying up jobs, and setting a new high score feels so good. The controls are intuitive enough that infrequent gamers can get onboard. Just beware of playing with anyone with a truly explosive temper. While both are great, if you haven't played either we'd recommend Overcooked 2, which adds online play.
Released: 2013 | Desarrollador: Mossmouth | GOG, Steam | Our review
Spelunky deserves much of the credit (or blame) for the boom of roguelikes in the 2010s, but none have bettered the rich interactions of this game, which sees you adventuring through mines, the jungle, caverns, and even Hell in search of riches and escape. You'll die many, many times along the way—sometimes suddenly, sometimes hilariously, and often because of your own stupidity. But that arms you with knowledge of what not to do and how to exploit the game. Can you trick two NPCs into fighting each other? Can you use a damsel you should be rescuing to instead safely set off a trap for you? What's the deal with the Ankh, anyway?
These are all things you'll discover as you play more Spelunky. Half the game is 2D platformer; the other half is a rich simulation packed with secrets and interlocking pieces that make the entire game feel like a living organism designed with the express purpose of killing you. That's what makes pulling those pieces apart and using them to your advantage so endlessly satisfying.
Released: 2018| Desarrollador: Matt Makes Games | Steam | Our review
In this age of quick saves and infinite lives, action-oriented platformers need to be difficult. And this difficulty almost always becomes the talking point, even for games that seem to hide something more profound beneath their mounds of countless dead (see: The End is Nigh). But no one talks about how hard Celeste is—or at least, that’s not why we talk about it. Even if you roll your eyes at the masochistic appeal of Super Meat Boy or N++, you might find yourself seeing Celeste through to the end. Sharing the vibrant, chunky pixel-art of Matt Makes Games Inc’s TowerFall, Celeste charts its protagonist Madeline’s efforts to scale a gigantic mountain. She’s not going up there to save the world, she’s going up there to save herself. It’s hardly a visual novel, but the light narrative dabs make progress more meaningful than “simply wanting to do it”, and its set-piece moments are really spectacular. It feels great too: Madeline can grab onto walls and quick-dash through the air, and there’s never a lack of new environmental challenges to ward off monotony.
More platformers and Metroidvanias
Released: 2017| Desarrollador: Team Cherry| Humble Store, Steam | Our review
Hollow Knight is still slightly too new to be regarded as highly as Nintendo's genre-defining Super Metroid, but it might actually be the better game (gasp!). It's at least the best game to follow in Metroid's footsteps in a decade (if you want more games in this vein, make sure to play Cave Story). You play as a small explorer venturing through the remnants of Hallownest, an underground bug civilization, with remarkably little hand-holding showing you where to go. Subtle environmental clues and smartly doled-out powerups will help you find your path through the world, and from the first moments the 2D essentials of jumping and attacking have a perfectly tuned weight and snappiness to them. That's what will keep you playing Hollow Knight long enough to be pulled into its world, and then there's no turning back.
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