Needless to say, PC gaming has an illustrious history. It’s basically the starting point for many different genres and games that have perfected those genres to a point. It’s almost impossible to point out only one game and say that this is the best, and that’s why it’s so awesome to be a PC gamer. At the same time though, the PC has had its fair share of flops and failures, which is why making a game purchase is such a hard decision. For those that really want to make the most out of their PC, there are some games that are absolutely integral to the experience, which is why the most fun computer games often span decades.
A relative new comer to the PC scene, this game is unique in many respects. It has a unique shooting system, a ton of fun weapons, and it was made by the guys behind Gears of War and the cult classic Painkiller. Of course, it isn’t on this list because it’s a modern classic, no. It’s here because Bulletstorm is possibly the most hilarious games to ever come out in recent memory. Combining some biting satire about FPS trends with some of the funniest shooting mechanics ever, this game entertains almost endlessly.
9. Max Payne 3
Max Payne has been through a lot of crap and at this point he should be named the unluckiest game character ever. Of course, when the game you are in is set in a noir New York and with a story largely involving a large spanning conspiracy, there’s very little room for happiness. Max Payne 3 may have some pretty tragic elements going for it, but at the end of the day, it’s fun because it has some of the tightest shooting ever. It doesn’t even need any spectacle in it because you basically make your own throughout the game.
There’s something strangely fun about making your music into racing tracks. In this title, you get to use your library of music to make a puzzling racer, in which you must collect and string together a flurry of colored blocks, all the while avoiding the gray ones that are sure to break your combo. It makes no sense at first, but when you start to play the title the mechanics really won’t matter.
7. The Secret of Monkey Island
There are two ways to play this game; either you turn on the HD and use the countless guide online or you play it old school and suffer through every puzzle all throughout the game. Either way, this game makes it on this list simply because it would be a crime to forget it. Featuring some pretty unhinged humor with a list of some of the most absurd puzzles ever, this game is a memorable experience, and one that ever PC gamer should have.
6. Red Faction: Guerrilla
What makes this game awesome isn’t the combat or the story. Both of those are sort of mediocre in the context of gaming history. What makes this game the most fun you will ever have is that you have a sledge hammer which you can use to bash the chains and infrastructure of the evil EDF. That’s not a figure of speech by the way, as you can take that hammer and basically make the world collapse around you with what might be a magic hammer from the Gods.
5. Bioshock Infinite
Ken Levine with the guys and girls at Irrational Games have a habit of making genre defining games. This title is the newest release in the Shock series and it’s really living up to its name. In Infinite, story telling is refined and revolutionized, while shooting is perfected and polished. Needless to say, this is the newest and freshest FPS to come out in a while.
What would a list with only the most fun games be without a horror title. Of course, while a lot of people would point out Amnesia as the scariest title ever, this game predates that one by a few years. That little lag makes this title infinitely more frightening as you distracted the monsters outside while trying to solve the mystery that surrounds a barren and empty station in the middle of a raging blizzard.
3. Deus Ex
There’s real meat to the story of Deus Ex, and if all it had to boast was that it would enough. Luckily, it also features a refined leveling system, with a ton of different ways you can modify JC Denton. At the end of it all, every decision you make whether in the story or in building your character will feel like there’s some real impact attached to it. There are also a ton of different mods that can bring this classic into the modern age, and they’re all free to boot.
2. System Shock 2
Before a certain batch of people went on to make some of the most iconic games ever, they were all a part of studio called Looking Glass Studios. System Shock 2 is the result of many different minds coming together to create a unique and game changing title. System Shock 2 is a precursor to all RPG-FPS hybrids ever made, and that’s not hyperbolic, it literally wrote the book on how to make this kind of game work. It also helps that it’s one of the most games ever.
1. Half Life 2
There’s a lot of reasons why Gabe Newell gets a lot of crap from gamers. One, him and his team have made some of the best FPS games ever made, and two, he never makes 3rd sequels. On top of that, his company spearheaded Steam, which is the most popular method by which gamers buy their titles. However, to understand just how iconic Gabe and Valve is, all you have to do is to play Half Life 2. Though dated in visuals, the gameplay remains fun and frantic.