Best PC games 2022: What to play now

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2022 is halfway there, and despite some notable delays, it’s been a solid year for PC gaming. The release schedule for big-budget games like Starfield has taken a hit, but there’s still plenty to celebrate in 2022: a nifty port of Monster Hunter Rise, joyous destruction engine Teardown, survival game Grounded, dreadfest Cosmic Scorn and, of course, this little game called Elden Ring.

This list is specifically our answer to the question “What new PC games should I play now?” with picks drawn from the best PC games of the year, old favorites we think now is a good time to revisit, and some hidden gems from 2022. It’s a reflection of what the PC Gamer team playing right now, not a list of the best games of all time, although there is some overlap. (Our highest review score of 2022 is 95%. Very few games have scored higher than in PC Gamer’s nearly 30-year history.)

For a more comprehensive list of the best PC games then and now, check out our annual Top 100 (opens in a new tab) list of best pc games. We’ve got new picks for the best Steam Deck games (opens in a new tab) if you have one of Valve’s handhelds on the way.

We’re also staying on top of the year’s schedule with our guide to the new games of 2022. (opens in a new tab)organized by month.

Some good news related to this list: the graphics card shortage is finally easing, which means it’s now possible to build a new gaming PC for a non-outrageous price. We have a guide to assembling an entry-level gaming PC (opens in a new tab) for around $750, and we have some recommendations for pre-built PCs (opens in a new tab)too.

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Reference these emojis to narrow down what you’re looking for in our selection of the best PC games.

  • 💻 = Suitable for low-end PCs
  • 🙋‍♀️ = Solo
  • 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ = Multiplayer
  • 🎮 = Best with a controller
  • 🆓 = Free game

what we play now

Here are the games the PC Gamer team is currently playing: latest (or at least the month) on our Steam Quick Launch menus. You can see all of our recent game reviews here.

Best of the best

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These games aren’t all out of the box, but some things just get better with age. They’re the crème de la crème on PC, scoring over 90% in a review or appearing on our list of the top 100 PC games. (opens in a new tab). If you just want a really good PC game from the last few years, check it out.

  • Disco Elysium (92%) 🙋‍♀️💻: Our 2019 Game of the Year and #1 Best PC Game for two consecutive years.
  • Cross Kings 3 (94%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️💻: The king is dead, long live the king!
  • Hitman 3 (90%) 🙋‍♀️: The art of assassination, polished as finely as the head of Agent 47.
  • Kill the arrow (92%) 🙋‍♀️💻: The roguelike deckbuilding that everyone else aspires to beat.
  • Minecraft (96%) 💻🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: Build anything you can imagine, as long as it’s made of cubes.
  • The Witcher 3 (92%) 🙋‍♀️: Still one of our favorite RPGs of all time.
  • Final Fantasy 14: Final walker (89%)🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: An MMO you can’t get enough of.
  • Total War: Warhammer 3 (90%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: A brilliant final act featuring the series’ most inventive and unusual factions to date.
  • Strange Horticulture (90%) 🙋‍♀️💻: A beautiful and captivating detective game filled with mysteries, riddles, plants and intrigue.
  • God of War (90%) 🙋‍♀️🎮: The best game on PS4 is now one of the best games on PC.
  • Monster Hunter: Ascension (90%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️💻: Arguably the biggest entry in Capcom’s flagship series, and a game that just keeps on giving.
  • Forza Horizon 5 (90%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🎮: Even a marginal improvement in the best racing series is worth celebrating.
  • Wild Myth (90%) 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️💻: Narrative design like genetic engineering, it will live in your head like an imaginary friend.
  • Valheim 💻🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️: A survival sandbox that rekindled our love of hashing, mining, and building with sleek, savvy streamlining.

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The best PC games by genre

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Find our selection of the best PC games just a little too wide? Maybe you know you’re looking for a gripping story, or an intense runner, or the kind of sim you can spend an entire weekend playing as a second job. Our genre lists have curated recommendations for RPGs, racing, strategy, and more. Check them out:

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