Best PC games 2021: What to play now

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On this list, you’ll find the best PC games we’re playing in 2022 – recent single-player hits, up-and-coming esports, and a few modern classics that would enhance any library. We’ll continue to update this list as new games are released, removing old favorites and replacing them with our latest obsessions. Rather than an ever-growing list stretching way back in time, we’re looking for a practical answer to the question, “What new PC game should I get?”

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list, check out our annual Top 100 or our list of the most important PC games. For an up-to-date look at upcoming games, we’ve put together a guide to the new games of 2022.

Need a new PC to play these games? You can build an entry-level gaming PC for around $750 if you can find a graphics card at list price (not easy), or our recommended mid-range PC for $1,000. If you want something that works out of the box, we also recommend some pre-built PCs, which are the best way to get a new GPU without spending a fortune during the chip shortage.

What we’re playing right now

More from what we’ve played recently:

90% or more

Recent releases that we gave review scores of 90% or higher.

Best of the best

Disco Elysee

(Image credit: ZA/UM)

Every year we release a new version of the PC Gamer Top 100, a list of the best PC games of all time that we think you’ll enjoy right now. The latest list was released in September 2021. Here are the top ten games on this list.

  1. Disco Elysium – The Final Cut
  2. Hitman 3
  3. Cross Kings 3
  4. Apex Legends
  5. Red Dead Redemption 2
  6. Death Stranding
  7. kill the arrow
  8. Minecraft
  9. The Witcher 3
  10. Valheim

Competitive multiplayer games

More competitive games we love:

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A selection of PC Gamer’s favorite games in all genres: action, adventure, RPG, simulation, puzzle, platformer, etc. If you still don’t know what to play, close your eyes and click on a random link in this list. It will be something good.

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