The best PC games for 2022

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When you launch the Epic Games Store, Steam, Xbox, or any of the other digital marketplaces for PC games, you’ll be faced with plenty of purchase options. Want to level up characters in a role-playing game? Disco Elysium: The Final Cut and The Witcher III: Wild Hunt have you covered. Want to compete against online opponents? A fighting game like The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match Final Edition or Tekken 7 will do you good. In short, the PC gaming space is deep and varied. Don’t get frozen by choice, though; use this guide to help you make a quick and smart buying decision.

Please acknowledge, however, that this is not a historical review of the most groundbreaking PC games. Sure, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain redefines stealth-based action and the Forza Horizon series is the definitive open-world racing franchise, but they haven’t been included in this guide based on those metrics alone. . Simply put, it’s an ever-expanding collection of entertaining titles you should buy if you own a gaming desktop or laptop.

To clarify, games do not need to have been released within the calendar year to qualify for this roundup. Any game that is still available and still considered excellent when ranked among today’s best is eligible. We think this is the most useful approach to help you decide which video games deserve space on your PC’s hard drive, and which aren’t worth considering even when their prices are 85% off during a Steam sale.

In our latest update, we added three games: Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, God of War, and Rune Factory 4 Special.


How we choose them

Compiling this guide was no small feat. PCMag’s internal and independent reviewers have played a ridiculous amount of PC games over the years, so creating criteria for inclusion was key. Here is what we found, after much deliberation. To be included, a game must have been reviewed by PCMag, still be available for purchase, and received a rating of 3.5 stars or higher.

The first requirement is to make sure we can give you more information about a game. Yes, this guide tells you a bit more about each highlighted game, but the ability to link to a full review benefits for people looking for a deeper cut. The second point we have already covered. The third criterion required some thought. We didn’t want to set the star rating so low that almost all PC games qualified for the guide, but we didn’t want to set the star rating so high that we excluded quality B-level games, such as Dead Island and Split /Second. For now, 3.5 stars is the middle ground, but as we review more games, we may need to be more selective, to keep the list to a manageable size.


Explore Our Picks

There are currently over 200 games in this PC gaming guide, so making navigation as easy as possible was an extremely high priority for our Creative Commandos. The games are grouped alphabetically by genre and the titles in each category are listed alphabetically. Just select a genre, for example fighting games, and the page jumps to that section. Easy! If you want more detailed lists of action games, indie games, or RPGs, we have features on those genres as well.

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More games

If you’re a console gamer and think we favor PC games because we’re PCMag, you’re right! Still, our staff rounded up their top picks for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Switch. These roundups aren’t as robust as this one, as the PC has a much deeper library and, well, that is PCMag.

We now present to you the best PC games. Grab your keyboard, mouse, gamepad, flight stick, or battle stick and enjoy.

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