Welcome to our pick of the best PC games of 2019. Now that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is here, along with Intel’s Coffee Lake Refresh processors, now’s the best time to get into PC games. The PC is perhaps the best gaming platform in the world – forget about your PlayStations and Xboxes – thanks to a remarkably huge catalog of brilliant games.
The best PC games cover a wide range of genres, from platformers and point-and-click adventures to retro favorites and action-packed first-person shooters that take advantage of the best modern graphics tech for eye-popping visuals
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is aging like fine wine. Even four years after its release, it’s still one of the most impressive open-world games that’s ever existed – mixing Skyrim’s unapologetic scale with Grand Theft Auto V’s ridiculous depth.
It’s such a jam-packed game, which is why it tops our list of the best PC games in 2019. Staggering, beautiful and an absolute time sink – in a good way – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt isn’t just the best PC game of 2019. It might just be one of the best video games of all time.
2. Dark Souls 3
While it’s debatably not as hard as earlier entries in the series, From Software’s Dark Souls 3 takes everything you like about the Souls series and blends it with elements found in Bloodborne, the developer’s more recent title for PS4.
We won’t sugar coat it: you’re going to die in Dark Souls 3, possibly more than once. It takes patience to master its complicated combat system, but it also plays fair, which allows it to be more approachable for casual players to take part in its bleak, fantastical world. And, on the bright side, it’s much more optimized for PC than the first two games. Now that you can pick up Dark Souls: Remastered, and see where the apocalyptic series began, there’s never been a better time to link the first flame.
3. Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter has been one of the biggest gaming franchises you’ve never heard of for years now. With Monster Hunter: World, the series broke into the mainstream and came to the PC (finally), which makes it one of the best PC games you can play today.
Monster Hunter: World puts you in the shoes of a monster hunter, and you’ll hunt progressively bigger and nastier monsters, strip them for parts, and craft bigger, badder armor.
It’s a deceptively simple gameplay loop that ends up being one of the most compelling and rewarding PC games you can play right now.
There’s a ceaseless onslaught of content in this game, and Capcom, the developers of this monster hunting hit, are committed to bringing a wealth of free DLC to the game – not to mention a new frosty expansion in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. If you’re looking for an addictive, immersive and most importantly, fun game to play on your own or with all your best friends cooperatively, check out Monster Hunter: World. There’s no doubt it’s one of the best PC games you can buy today.
4. Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most anticipated console ports to ever hit PC gaming, and you won’t any arm-twisting to wander back into Los Santos’s hugely detailed and highly interactive world. This time, however, it’s 10 times more fun with the PC’s richer graphics and smooth 60 fps gameplay.
And, don’t think you’ll be done after you’ve finished its 30-hour campaign. There’s an overflow of post-game content to enjoy, after all. Most recently, that includes The Doomsday Heist in GTA Online and even a radio station hosted by Frank Ocean.
5. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the most recent title in the iconic turn-based strategy game, and it’s one of our picks for the best PC game you can play to date. One of the things that make the PC the best platform for gaming is the sheer breadth of different game genres on offer. Civilization VI might seem slow-paced next to the likes of Fortnite; however, its scope is huge.
Spread your empire across the map and crush your enemies. You build up your empire from a simple settlement to world power, and you can decide to do this through military might, technological supremacy or cultural influence. Since its launch in 2016, it has had two expansion packs that really cement this game as an epic entry in our best PC games list. Civilization VI: Rise and Fall released in February 2018, with Civilization VI: Gathering Storm following in February 2019.
6. Alien: Isolation
Set 15 years following the events of the first Alien film from 1979, Alien: Isolation is the suspense-filled game that fans of the franchise have long anticipated. Playing the role of Amanda Ripley, daughter of Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley, you’re tasked to track down and retrieve the flight recorder of the Nostromo spacecraft from the first Alien film, which has been traced aboard the Sevastopol space station.
First and foremost a stealth game, Isolation heightens the tension by giving you minimal weaponry. Its brilliant graphics shine on high-end PCs and clever AI helps ramp up the dread, leaving you trembling at every corner. This and more make Alien: Isolation well-deserving of a spot on our list of the best PC games.
Overwatch, if nothing else, has significantly altered the landscape, moving it away from the norm of grayish cover shooters to the dominion of competitive gaming. Its bright, vibrant colors are only made better with highly likable characters, each coming with their own interesting backstories, which, while non-existent in-game, make for a collection of amazing webcomics and cinematics.
Overwatch is also one of the best PC games, due to how well it runs on all kinds of different hardware. Sure, it’s a bit aged now, but even in 2019, it’s the best PC game for anyone with a competitive streak. If you missed out on this game before, do yourself a favor – sign in to your Battle.net account and take Overwatch – not to mention, its colorful cast of characters – for a spin today.
8. Forza Horizon 4
Microsoft’s racing series is only getting better with each release, and in many ways, this spin-off has exceeded the main Forza Motorsport line as the best racing games on PC at present. They’re definitely more fun, adding a dash of arcade fun to the strikingly recreated cars and race tracks we’ve come to expect from Forza.
Forza Horizon 4 is easily one of the best PC games you can buy today, and this entry brings the racing to the UK after having explored America, France, Italy, and Australia in the previous three installments of the franchise. Now, you can rip through charming villages, seaside towns and the city of Edinburgh by way of many miles of country roads and dirt tracks in between. It’s fast, frantic and a lot of fun.
You can purchase Forza Horizon 4 through the Microsoft Store. It’s also available as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, or you can buy the Xbox One version and get a download code for PC using the Xbox Anywhere feature.
9. Thimbleweed Park
Fans of classic point and click games such as Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle, which is some of the best PC games ever made, should add Thimbleweed Park to their must playlist. Made by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, two of the people behind PC classics Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, Thimbleweed Park plays like a love letter to classic point-and-click adventure games.
From the splendid retro artwork, entertaining dialogue, and perplexing puzzles, Thimbleweed Park deserves its place on our list of the best PC games, merging the best of old school PC game design with modern technology.
10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Seven years following its first release, Skyrim is as solid as ever thanks to its enormous collection of mods and high-resolution texture packs. But even if you’re only interested in playing the stripped-down version of the RPG, it offers more than 100 hours of gameplay.
Add three action-packed DLC expansion packs (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn) to the mix, and it lasts even longer. That Skyrim has been likened to graphically superior but comparable RPG blockbuster The Witcher 3 is evidence of its enduring popularity. Step into Skyrim, one of the best PC games in 2019, and you too can be an adventurer – just try not to take an arrow in the knee.
If you’re looking for a more special version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda even has you covered – it can’t seem to stop releasing and re-releasing Skyrim for every platform. You can even play it in VR.