Greetings weblings. There is no shortage of top five lists out there for PC games as you’re no doubt aware. It’s not hard to look them up if you want to know what’s considered the best and the brightest. You won’t find one of them written by me out in the world however, so let’s fix that.
This list was compiled by comparing the game’s metacritic score, sales and adding the magical ingredient that destroys objectivity, but brings personality, known as “The Blogger’s Personal Opinion”. In the case of games that are sequel heavy, I’m just going to mention the series. All of them however, shall be games that if you haven’t played, you really should.
The Orange Box
To cheat a little, the Orange Box is actually a collection of popular Valve games, including Half Life 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. This tasty collection served as a great gateway drug into the PC gaming world in the time before TF2 was free. Half Life 2 and Portal became legends in their own rights, and Team Fortress 2 is still played to this day, though it has a lot more hats now.
At this point, if you haven’t heard of Bioshock, you must be new to the internet, as in 2007, this game took the world by storm. Be it the solid visual atmosphere, interesting story or just the fact no one would shut up about it at the time, Bioshock became the game to watch. The sequels have had a bit of a rough time of it, but the original was a great example of how to do a story driven first person shooter right.
There is nothing I can say about Minecraft that hasn’t been said already. It’s rated highly on metacritic, and has sold more than just about any other independently sold video game. It’s easy to see why it’s popular, it’s the ultimate sandbox adventure. Want to look for Diamonds? Great. Want to build a giant replica of Rapture from Bioshock? You can do it. It’s like if someone bought you all the Lego’s in the world and told you to go nuts.
“The Sims” Series
The Sims series has had a long and illustrious career on PC, from it’s humble roots of the first Sims game all the way back in 2000, the first and second Sims games are the top two best selling PC games of all time, with a total of over 36 million copies sold. At the end of the day, perhaps we all have a little bit of a god complex, and Sims lets us vent that in the most healthy way possible, unless you happen to be a Sim of course.
The first Diablo was a game that defined a genre, and to this day there are games that copy the top down monster killer style. Diablo had a pretty big gap between its second and third incarnation. In spite, or perhaps because of this rift, the third game in the series had a massive spike in sales and was a great success in sales, even though the game had its fair share of issues.
There you have it, if you’re just now getting into PC gaming, the list above is a great hit list of games to try if you haven’t. Most of them are pretty inexpensive these days, and if you haven’t played it, it’s new to you. So give these classics a fair shot, you’ll be glad you did.
Agree with my list? Let the debate begin….