PC Gaming has been around since the late 80s. From Pong to Diablo to Half-Life to Portal, there have been multiple games on the PC that are remembered in history as being some of the best games created. In 2018, you would be surprised how many PC games from the early 2000s are still considered among the best Single Player PC Games of all time.

We will let you know what we think are the top 10 best single player PC games in existence. We have prepared a guide that will help you understand how we critique the top PC games. With this guide, you can organize your thoughts on a specific video game to make the final decision for yourself.


​​​​Critiquing video games is a complicated process. Any video game can have elements that have the ability to appeal to a large audience. You may have a certain identity as a gamer, but not every other gamer shares that same identity. What you may despise as a gamer, another gamer may genuinely enjoy.

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When we critique video games we take into account different niches and styles of video games. RPGs have the ability to be enjoyed by RPG fans but may contain elements that will entice folks who enjoy adventure games. We critique the top PC games based on the following factors:

  • Gameplay
  • Narrative


Critiquing video games is a complicated process. Any video game can have elements that have the ability to appeal to a large audience. You may have a certain identity as a gamer, but not every other gamer shares that same identity. What you may despise as a gamer, another gamer may genuinely enjoy.

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When we critique video games we take into account different niches and styles of video games. RPGs have the ability to be enjoyed by RPG fans but may contain elements that will entice folks who enjoy adventure games. We critique the top PC games based on the following factors:

  • Gameplay
  • Narrative

The second element that we use to decide what ranks a single player PC game among the greatest, is narrative. Most video games have some form of narrative. Narrative provides reason to the player’s actions, and an incentive to complete the gaming experience.

The best PC games have excellent narratives that give the player a meaningful reason to keep playing. This could be a clever reason as to why your character has to embark on a quest. Or, a game can tackle themes and issues that manage to connect to the human experience. Most games have a form of narrative, and narrative elements compliment gameplay elements to make a video game truly memorable.

Gameplay is the cornerstone and the crux of what we use to critique the top PC games. When you play a video game, you are spending most of your time going through a series of actions. From menu interactions, to combat, to exploring the environment, these interactions help define how a game feels when you play it.

We analyze the various elements of a video games gameplay to determine whether or not it is fit for being in the top 10 of single player PC games. Games that have excellent gameplay usually have endorsements from members of various gaming communities. These games also happen to have gameplay elements that have appealing qualities for the fan, and newcomer to the genre overall.


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5 out of 5 Stars

Into The Breach is a game that was released February 27, 2018. In 2018 alone, it was a contender for one of the best PC games of the year. Narrative-wise, you are a part of a band time travelling mech pilots who are trying to prevent an insectoid alien race from destroying the last vestiges of humanity. As humanities last defenders, tensions run high, and you have to find a way to help push back the alien invasion.

Gameplay wise, Into The Breach is a tactical turn based RPG. You inhabit an 8 x 8 grid that serves as the battlefield. Unlike most tactical strategy games, you know every move your enemy is going to take. The game becomes less about anticipating your enemy’s attacks, and more about choosing how to respond to what your enemy is guaranteed to do. If you die, your character of choice is sent back in time with all of the abilities they have gained to try again.  This creates interesting choices that the player will be forced to make through their play through.

We rate Into The Breach a rating of 5 out of 5. It manages to revolutionize the tactical strategy game genre with its predicative enemy action mechanic. It also has an excellent narrative that is reinforced through gameplay elements.


5 out of 5 Stars

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition. Für Windows 8/10
  • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • German (Publication Language)
  • 03/05/2018 (Publication Date) - Koch Media GmbH (Publisher)

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition was released on the PC last March 6, 2018. Final Fantasy XV’s narrative centers around Prince of Lucis Noctis, and his 3 companions Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis fighting to retrieve their kingdoms stolen crystal from Niflheim.

In this game, your companions each has characters of their own, and your interactions between these characters help shape the deep, intentional, and emotional nature of the narrative.

Final Fantasy XV revolve around the bonds you form, and the sacrifice you must ultimately perform. It is an excellent coming of age narrative.

FFXV has excellent gameplay. It combines the fast-paced kinetic Kingdom Hearts style gameplay with tactical elements pulled from other Final Fantasy games. This game is engaging, and a joy to play. In addition to excellent combat, there are engaging fishing, photography, and cooking elements added to the game.

We rate Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition 5 out of 5 for an emotionally intelligent narrative, and exciting kinetic gameplay.


4 out of 5 Stars

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age - PlayStation 4
  • Enhanced game play features: Zodiac Job System : Improved leveling system that caters to the player's preference; Trial...
  • Latest generation HD graphical capabilities, including characters and movie scenes fully remastered in high definition
  • True 7.1 surround sound, including high definition voicing and newly recorded background music utilizing the current...

Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age is a port of the popular PlayStation 2 game Final Fantasy XII. In this game, you play a band of characters who must help defeat an evil empire. Think the plot of Star Wars with Final Fantasy characters. Folks who enjoy video games with an interesting group of characters with intersecting ideas banding together to defeat a political evil will be right at home with this narrative.

Final Fantasy XII is an RPG with a unique take on combat. Combat essentially plays like an offline MMO. You have a series of skills that you can use that all have separate cast times, strengths, and weaknesses. The gambit system is where it shines as it allows you to program the actions of each member of your party. Battles become interesting set pieces to showcase your forethought and tactical skill.

We rate Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age 4 out of 5. Its narrative is enticing, and the gambit system is excellent when it works.


- out of 5 Stars

Pillars of Eternity II - Deadfire - Obsidian Edition - Windows, Mac &...
  • Immerse yourself in a deeper single player RPG game experience
  • Discover the new region of the Dead Fire
  • Build your party and customize your companions

Pillars of Eternity is a series known for giving players complete narrative choice. This narrative power returns in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. In this game, your main goal is to take down a god who has crippled you. You meet with a band of travelers and embark on a journey for your redemption. As the “Watcher” you can interact with the souls of people you come into contact with.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire uses a real time combat system with pausing. It is an isometric tactical RPG where you use the perks of your class to win combat battles. This is an RPG with deep tactical gameplay elements. There is also a large amount of optional content in the game, making it feel like a whole RPG experience.


5 out of 5 Stars

Grand Theft Auto V Pc
  • The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world ever created and now packed with layers of new detail
  • Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of...
  • Grand Theft Auto V also comes with Grand Theft Auto Online, the Dynamic and ever evolving Grand Theft Auto universe for...

GTAV is the 5th installation in the legendary Grand Theft Auto series. In this game, you follow three individuals, Michael, Frank, and Trevor chasing the California dream. Each character comes from a different background and interacts with one another and the world at large in very different ways.

The narrative centers around how each individual goes about obtaining power and wealth with critiques on the concept of the American Dream as a whole. GTAV is an incredible satirical piece.

Gameplay is exceptionally fun. There are a variety of vehicles and weapons that you can use in game. The cover system makes combat feel more tactical, and each character’s “ultimate” adds flair to combat. The environment interactions are also excellent, as the fictional world feels truly alive with civilian NPC action patterns.

We rate GTAV a rating of 5 out of 5. It has an excellent narrative with a great social critique, and it is a joy to play.


4 out of 5 Stars

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - PlayStation 4 Definitive Edition
  • Go anywhere, talk to anyone, and interact with everything! Kill any NPC without sacrificing your progress, and speak to...
  • Blast your opponents with elemental combinations. Use height to your advantage. Master over 200 skills in 12 skill...
  • Play with your friends online (up to 4 players) or in local split-screen with drop-in/drop-out multiplayer. PvP hot-seat...

Divinity Original Sin II follows the success of the first indie game of its name, Divinity Original Sin 1. In this game, you play as a Sorcerer who is tasked with surviving. You are being hunted for your ability to use “The Source”, and you must find a way to defeat the Voidwoken.

The true excellence of this game is how interactive the world’s denizens are. You have legitimate conversations with many people you come across that give you choice over who your character is, and what your role is in the world. It has one of the best roleplaying systems in existence.

The narrative elements of Divinity Original Sin II definitely are incorporated in gameplay. The narrative offers the player choice, and the gameplay follows. Battles are tactical dances in which you use everything, the environment, a pile of wood, your own companions, against enemies and challenges. This game gives you the tools you need to tackle many challenges.

We rate Divinity Original Sin II 4 out of 5. While this game has excellent narrative and gameplay, it is an acquired taste that fans of the RPG genre will mostly enjoy.


5 out of 5 Stars

Dragon Age: Origins - PC
  • Scalable combat options that let you decide the level of control you have over your party, including NPCs. Issue orders,...
  • 6 possible playable preludes known as 'Origin Stories' which along with your play, define how your hero character will...
  • Travel across the vast and varied lands of Ferelden; from the conspiratorial halls of the last great dwarven city,...

Dragon Age Origins is one of the best RPGs released for the PC. You take on the role of a greywarden, a warrior who must defeat the darkspawn and drive them out of the kingdom of Ferelden. Greywardens drink the blood of darkspawn, and must use their abilities to defeat the Archdemon, the creator of darkspawn.

Combat in Dragon Age origins is deep and tactical. Much like Final Fantasy XII’s gambit system, you can program your companion’s tactics to suit the need of any battle. You can do this in real time in Dragon Age Origins, making every battle feel unique. Dialogue options also help make this game feel more like an RPG, with character decisions heavily influencing the outcome of the game.  

We rate Dragon Age Origins 5 out of 5.


5 out of 5 Stars

BioShock Infinite - Xbox 360
  • The City in the Sky - Leave the depths of Rapture to soar among the clouds of Columbia. The flying city is a beautiful...
  • Unlikely Mission - Set in 1912 former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt must rescue a mysterious girl from the sky-city of...
  • Tear Through Time - Open Tears in time and space to shape the battlefield and turn the tide in combat by pulling weapons...

Bioshock Infinite is a narrative trip that takes place in the cloud city of Columbia. This airbone city has a sinister secret that involves interdimensional time travel. You must defeat Comstock, a white supremacist who believes in keeping the city of Columbia a segregated area.

The gameplay of Bioshock Infinite is legendary, and it has received a number of awards for its gameplay mechanics. Combat is fun and fast paced, and interacting with the environment rails will be a joy for any fan of adventure games.

Bioshock Infinite gets a rating of 5 out of 5.  


5 out of 5 Stars

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - PlayStation 4
  • In the past he has raised and overthrown monarchs, battled legendary monsters and saved the lives of many. Now Geralt...
  • The story is drawn based on player decisions. Each action will have consequences which change the story and the game...
  • The Witcher 3 is standalone adventure, easily entered into by new players. Witcher fans will find subtle references to...

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is a game centered around Geralt of Rivia’s quest to find his daughter with elder magical powers, Ciri. Along the way Geralt interacts with a variety of towns, cities, warlords, and rulers. His quest is to also help stop the Wild Hunt, an inter-dimensional band of demons that are hunting Ciri.

The Witcher III’s gameplay is some of the best of its kind. Combat is deep, and well measured. Interactions with other characters, and the choices you make deeply impact the way the game is played. The world revolves around the decisions you make, making it incredibly immersive.

We rate The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a 5 out of 5


5 out of 5 Stars

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - PC
  • Skyrim reimagines the open-world fantasy epic, pushing the game play and technology of a virtual world to new heights
  • Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling
  • Skyrim's new game engine brings to life a complete virtual world with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities,...

Skyrim is a game that needs no introduction. Its popular story involves you, the dovakhiin, who is tasked with defeating the evil dragon Alduin. On your journey, you meet a variety of people with different inclinations, goals, and allegiances.

Skyrim is considered one of the best PC games because of the number of excellent gameplay systems at work. There is top tier combat, crafting, exploration, and questing. Each game mechanic system combines to make Skyrim feel like a living breathing world.

We rate Skyrim 5 out of 5.


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