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Here is a list of the top 11 PC games available for purchase right now. There’s a wide variety of games to choose from these days, from massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) to first-person shooters (FPSs) to strategy games (RTSs), and every year it gets more difficult to cull the herd in order to make room for the newest and greatest. Most of the games on our list will have been played by you at some point, but we think it’s crucial to keep things interesting.
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Let’s take a look at the 11 best PC games right now, including the best new releases.
OlliOlli World and other titles by Roll7 show the developer’s affinity for and mastery of the arcade sports genre. In Rollerdrome, roller-skating, Roll7’s preferred sport, is combined with a dystopian take on the classic “battle royale” for a unique take on the genre.
Kara can halfpipe with the best of them, but she’s skating for her life in Rollerdrome, which combines halfpipe skating and a third-person shooter. The music propels the experience and expresses speed as effectively as the skating does, and the Moebius-like art style is both unique and striking. You can only find experiments like Rollerdrome in video games, but they are well worth the effort.
Sam Barlow creates games that are unlike anything else out there, a mashup of first-person shooter, hidden object game, and interactive movie. The bar has been raised once again for Barlow with Immortality, which not only adds more to discover and work out mechanically and narratively but also tells the kind of story that hasn’t been told in games before.
Interactivity is both satisfying and a little irritating since finding sequences and putting them together takes work, but Barlow understands how to grab an audience with secrets and turns that can only be decoded if you discover the proper scene and place it in context. The payoff, though, is substantial.
3. We Are OFK
An actual band whose members each have their own motives to enter (or remain) the music industry is the focus of this light-interaction narrative game. The members of OFK are a game narrative designer, a visual effects artist, a professional pianist, and a producer. While they want to one day become famous, the challenges of releasing a few singles and booking a show have proven to be far greater than they had anticipated.
Insecurities, romantic setbacks, and loss are only some of the other things that our protagonists must face. There’s no doubt that We are OFK’s pastel aesthetic will grab your attention, but it’s the script, the excellent voice acting, and especially the songs (which you can all stream, by the way) that will stick with you long after the credits have rolled.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
After the massive success of Dotemu’s remake of Shredder’s Revenge, the studio has created a compilation for longtime fans of the TMNT titled The Cowabunga Collection. The collection adds online multiplayer, which could work slightly better at the time of writing but is still a great reason to call up your teenage friend who now lives miles away to relive some arcade gaming memories with you.
Keybinding and a save feature that lets you save whenever are two examples of these improvements. Fans of the game’s backstory will appreciate the inclusion of concept drawings, scanned manuals, and alternative covers.
5. Cursed To Golf
Exactly what do you get if you take the concept of random level generation from roguelikes and apply it to the sport of golf? A tactical round of golf played at a leisurely pace: Cursed to Golf. You play the role of a young golf prodigy who, after getting struck by lightning at a major championship, finds himself in Purgatory as punishment for all the sins he committed on the course.
To escape, he must first complete a course with 18 holes, which is considerably more challenging than it sounds. Cursed to Golf is a golf game with a precise platforming aesthetic; to succeed, you’ll need to consider your swing’s power, the club you’re using, and the trajectory of the ball.
In this game, survival is nearly impossible without a firm grasp of the physics system and a solid deal with the ace cards, which grant temporary enhancements to your abilities. Still, there are new hazards to encounter with each playthrough, since the levels reshuffle themselves. Cursed to Golf’s thoughtful design, fantastic animations, and charming chiptune soundtrack make it easy to be sucked into a “just one more round” mentality, but it also requires patience.
6. Midnight Fight Express
If you’re a fan of street fighters like Streets of Rage, you should check out Midnight Fight Express, a gorgeous 3D brawler where you can bust some heads in style. The visuals are stunning, the isometric view is effective, and the battles are satisfying to engage in. Midnight Fight Express is a lot of fun to play in the dark, but you should be prepared for a sudden and dramatic increase in difficulty.
7. Monster Hunter: World
In Monster Hunter: World, players defeat monstrous creatures and forge their tails into formidable weapons. There are some truly spectacular battles to be had in the game’s stunning maps, which range from the sunny, magical Coral Highlands to the toxic clouds of the clouded underbelly of the Rotted Vale. The monsters are enormous but graceful, and the challenge lies not just in killing them but also in learning and countering their unique set of attacks.
Climbing the gear tree can feel daunting due to the game’s inclusion of 14 different types of weapons and hundreds of things to build, but it is still the most approachable Monster Hunter game to date. A well-designed loot system ensures that players will always find something of use, even if they are specifically grinding for a specific set of armor. And as you uncover information about the monsters, you’ll be transported directly to their location, making the transitions between its amazing battles even more rapid than ever. Have a successful hunt!
You may have moved on to Monster Hunter Rise if you’ve been playing Monster Hunter World for a time. Sunbreak adds a ton of new content to Monster Hunter Rise, much like Iceborn added a ton of new content to Monster Hunter World, and while neither game is better than the other, Monster Hunter Rise is a great game in its own right.
8. Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal somehow 1UPs Doom 2016, which was already deserving of a spot on this list, with new weapons, a more nimble Doomguy, and a new emphasis on resource management (yeah, you read that correctly). It’s an exaggerated ode to blood and gore, where you can cleave adversaries in two with a chainsaw, pluck out their eyes, and stomp on the faces of demons with a big boot.
It’s not always about bursting at the seams, though. Finding a moment to halt, aim, and land your shot in the midst of battle will save you a lot of trouble in the long run; enemies have weak places to target and weaponry that you can disable. Unusually for a Doom game, some foes are completely immune to damage until a precise counter is performed at a predetermined moment.
Most fights still have an intolerable level of tension and chaos. You’ll have to dodge enemy groups by jumping high into the air and using the meat hook on your super shotgun to grapple distant foes before turning them into the crimson mist. Firefights now feel more strategic and less random thanks to a new resource system, which requires you to prepare two moves ahead to avoid being overrun.
Armor can be obtained by either severing an opponent in half with a chainsaw or setting them on fire before putting them out of their misery. You’ll want to keep a few of your minions alive for when you truly need them because this ability transforms them into health packs. It was expected that Doom Eternal would be bold, but its wittiness came as a pleasant surprise.
9. Forza Horizon 5
The improvement seen in each new Forza game comes as welcome news to us as it does to you. Playground Games’ racing spectacle is unlike any other racing game out there, trading the precision of other racers for breathtaking scenery and a plethora of other things to do.
Forza is like a vacation on wheels, transporting you from the streets of Britain to those of Mexico, and it even manages to teach you interesting things about its home country; the game has only succeeded in its goal if it makes you want to actually go on a vacation after you put down the controller.
Forza Horizon 5 is a thrilling racing game that offers something for everyone, from creating your own cars and courses to speeding down cliff edges in trick races. Take a look at our in-depth analysis of Forza Horizon 5 to learn more.
10. It Takes Two
Hazelight is following up its previous co-op adventure, A Way Out, with It, Takes Two, which follows a married couple who have decided to split up. May and Cody’s marriage is on the brink of collapse, but their daughter refuses to acknowledge this, and with the aid of a sentient self-help book, she locks them in a dollhouse.
It’s understandable if you’re skeptical after hearing this pitch, but designer Josef Fares has delivered consistently impressive work ever since Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
It Takes Two lives up to its name in every sense of the phrase, as there is currently no other game that can offer as many opportunities for cooperative play between its two players. It Takes Two is a cooperative adventure that offers something for everyone thanks to its wide variety of devices, locales, and minigames.
11. Divinity: Original Sin 2
The second installment of the Divinity series, Original Sin 2, is a fitting tribute to the golden period of isometric role-playing games. Instead of relying solely on fond memories, however, it blends the best elements of the classics (such as the branching plots, evocative writing, complex characters, and party building) with cutting-edge modern design ideas (such as physics-based spells and mod support).
It lays out the rules and then invites you to break them; this is especially enjoyable when played with a friend, since you may use a rock-paper-scissors-style minigame to settle disagreements about the next move for your party.
Fighting is the best of its kind, requiring strategic planning and creative elemental combos rather than blind luck. Even when the battles are over, your characters will have insightful and amusing things to say to one another, making every sidebar chat worth your time as you explore this interesting fantasy world.