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The 10 Best PC Games of the Decade (So Far)

The past decade has seen an explosion of creativity and innovation in PC gaming, with developers pushing the boundaries of storytelling, gameplay, and immersion like never before. 

So, as we continue to move forward and new games keep coming out, it’s time to reflect on the highest-rated PC games of the decade so far. From epic RPGs to heart-pounding shooters and everything in between, these titles have captivated gamers worldwide and outperformed every expectation.

10. Against the Storm

Against the Storm
Eremite Games

Metascore: 91

Against the Storm shines with its captivating blend of city-building strategy and survival elements. Developed by Eremite Games, this indie gem challenges players to build and manage a thriving settlement in a harsh and unforgiving fantasy world.  Players must navigate through dynamic weather conditions, gather resources, and expand their settlement while facing various challenges and threats. So, with its immersive atmosphere, and endless replayability, Against the Storm stands out as a must-play title for PC fans.

Malditos Nerds said, “Against the Storm is an independent proposal that combines the foundations of a city-building game with the unpredictability of a roguelite, in a format that is not boring and offers constant replayability thanks to the versatility of the title.”

9. Tekkan 8

Tekkan 8
Bandai Namco Studios

Metascore: 92

A continuation of the saga between the Mishima bloodline, Tekken 8 is the very best of the series. Beginning with Jin Kazama facing off against Kazuya Mishima, this game is incredibly fun, modern, and unique. 

VideoGamer said, “Tekken 8 is the ultimate Tekken game. A glossy veneer of modernity encases a strong foundation that builds upon its predecessors to great success. In every regard, Tekken 8 matches and surpasses the very best that the series, and the fighting game genre as a whole, has to offer.”

8. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Final Fantasy XIV
Square Enix

Metascore: 92

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker stands as a testament to the genre-defining legacy of the franchise, offering PC gamers an unparalleled MMORPG experience. This expansion pack expands upon the rich lore and immersive world of Eorzea, captivating players with its breathtaking visuals, epic storytelling, and dynamic gameplay. With new jobs, dungeons, raids, and a continuation of the riveting main story arc, Endwalker promises to deliver countless hours of adventure and excitement for fans of the series.

NME said, “Endwalker, and Final Fantasy 14 as a whole, is an inspiring feat. Over a decade later, Square Enix has told an unforgettable tale and managed to deliver a satisfying, beautiful end to the Hydaelyn and Zodiark saga. This is a story you’ll be thinking about for years to come.”

7. Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter 6

Metascore: 92

Street Fighter 6 emerges as a groundbreaking addition to the PC gaming landscape, continuing the legacy of the iconic fighting game franchise. With a diverse roster of characters, new gameplay features, and enhanced online multiplayer modes, Street Fighter 6 offers endless opportunities for competitive play and strategic mastery. Its smooth controls, responsive gameplay, and vibrant graphics ensure an immersive and exhilarating experience for both casual players and seasoned veterans alike.

PCMag said, “Street Fighter 6 represents the many lessons that Capcom learned from Street Fighter 5‘s rough launch. Its option-rich mechanics and community-centric features make it a fighting game that casual and hard-core players should look forward to.”

6. God of War

God of War
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Metascore: 93

Developed by Santa Monica Studio, this critically acclaimed title delivers stunning visuals, immersive storytelling, and satisfying combat mechanics optimized for PC hardware. As players step into the shoes of Kratos, the formidable god of war, they embark on an epic quest with his son Atreus, exploring the realms of Midgard, Helheim, and beyond. And, with its compelling narrative, breathtaking landscapes, and engaging gameplay, God of War captivates PC gamers with its seamless blend of mythology, exploration, and visceral combat.

God is Geek said, “God of War PC is, simply put, a brilliant port of one of the best games ever to grace PlayStation consoles.”

5. Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx

Metascore: 93

Half-Life: Alyx revolutionizes the gaming landscape on PC, delivering an unparalleled virtual reality experience that immerses players in the iconic Half-Life universe like never before. Developed by Valve Corporation, this game showcases the full potential of VR technology, offering stunning visuals, intuitive controls, and innovative gameplay mechanics. And, as players assume the role of Alyx Vance, they embark on a perilous journey through the dystopian City 17, facing off against alien threats and uncovering the mysteries of the Combine. 

Screen Rant said, “A special mention should be made of the game’s dialog, mainly consisting of Alyx herself and Russel, a scientist who Alyx remains in constant communication with throughout the game. Their relationship feels genuine, the conversations between them are enjoyable, and almost all of the intended comedic moments land perfectly, which is something most video games seem to have trouble with.”

4. Elden Ring

Elden Ring for PS5

Metascore: 94

Elden Ring emerges as a magnum opus in the realm of PC gaming, crafted by the collaborative genius of FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin. This game transports players into a vast and immersive open-world, teeming with mythical creatures, dark lore, and boundless adventure. Its
rich storytelling, dynamic combat system, and intricate world design truly make it one of the best PC games on the market. 

Hardcore Gamer said, “Elden Ring is one of the best games in years, with a breathtaking vast world to explore, and one of the most satisfying combat systems in an RPG. This is the accumulation of FromSoftware’s work over the last thirteen years and an evolution on its inspiring formula.”

3. Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal

Metascore: 95

Persona 5 Royal is a captivating blend of stylish aesthetics, deep storytelling, and engaging gameplay. With its memorable characters, compelling narrative, and strategic turn-based combat, the game offers a rich and immersive experience that keeps players enthralled from start to finish. And, not only is it enhanced with new characters, storylines, and gameplay mechanics, but this PC port delivers an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, friendship, and rebellion.

Game Rant said, “From its captivating music and memorable story to its gorgeous style, every aspect of the game seems to mesh together and work incredibly well. Each piece builds up and compliments the next, until the game is justified in standing atop the RPG genre as royalty.”

2. Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3
Larian Studios

Metascore: 96

With stunning visuals, deep role-playing mechanics, and dynamic storytelling, Baldur’s Gate 3 offers an unparalleled experience for PC gamers. From engaging in strategic turn-based combat to forging alliances with companions, players are drawn into a captivating adventure that challenges their wits and morality. And, with its expansive world, rich lore, and endless possibilities for exploration and discovery, the game is a shining example of the RPG genre on PC.

GamingTrend said, “Baldur’s Gate 3 is an impossibly good RPG made with a great deal of passion and skill. While there are some last minute issues to iron out, Larian Studios has delivered an adventure beyond our wildest imaginations.”

1. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Disco Elysium

Metascore: 97

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is the highest-rated PC game of the decade, blending intricate storytelling, deep role-playing mechanics, and a captivating world to explore. Enhanced with new voice acting, additional content, and improved visuals, this PC version elevates the already stellar experience to new heights. Simply put, the game immerses players in a noir-inspired detective story unlike any other. 

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IGN said, “Disco Elysium is a unique blend of noir-detective fiction, traditional pen-and-paper RPGs, and a large helping of existentialist theory. Its twisting plot, cast of memorable characters, and sheer depth of choice combine to create an experience that begs to be savored. 

It hits on every single one of the marks it sets out to achieve and left me yearning to spend more time in its world. Removing any of the minor gripes I had with the original by adding new quests and a full cast of well-voiced characters, The Final Cut elevates Disco Elysium from an already phenomenal RPG to a true must-play masterpiece.”