Has there ever been a better time to be a gamer? A new PlayStation and Xbox just went out the door, and many of the consoles’ new, graphically-intensive titles will be hitting the PC. We’ve also got new Nvidia RTX Ampere and AMD Radeon 6000 series GPUs offering significant performance upgrades, meaning they should push these games to the max.
While all these new stuff is somewhat hard to get at the moment (lucky if you’ve got it already), at the end of 2020 we were blessed with the likes of Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. And so here are what we consider some of the best PC games you can play right now. From old classics to brand new releases, there’s something for everyone.The most fun you’ll have in the Apocalypse Wasteland 3
Click on image for gameplay videoGenre: RPGSimilar: Divinity: Original Sin 2, Wasteland 2, The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet Of Chaos, XCOM series, Baldur’s GateGraphics: Extremely pretty for the genreGameplay: Turn-based squad combat, exploration, Co-op
While InXile’s latest isometric real-time meets turn-based RPG follows on directly from its predecessor, playing Wasteland 2 isn’t a prerequisite for enjoying Wasteland 3. But if you are a fan of the previous games or similar squad-based RPGs with turn-based combat, such as Divinity: Original Sin, you’ll almost certainly love this post-apocalyptic adventure, which is one of the funniest games in years.
All the usual RPG staples are here: character creation, leveling, specializations, perks, and so on. Balancing your six-person crew with a mix of weapon specialists and specific traits is rewarding when they—and on occasion, your vehicle—work together to take down hordes of enemies.
One element that really helps Wasteland 3 stand out is how your actions have real, meaningful consequences, often leaving you with the dilemma of whether to do the ‘right’ thing or go for potentially cool rewards. There’s also a co-op mode, so you can complete the game with a friend.
As with all games of this ilk, it helps if you’re a fan of the genre, and some skills are a lot more useful than others. The lengthy loading times are a pain, and it’s a bit buggy, which is a shame. Hopefully, though, the latter will be addressed in time.
The XCOM-style combat is great, characters such as the Reagan-worshipping Gippers are memorable, and the plot is engaging. You’ll spend its 80 to 100 hours without getting bored, and it’s refreshing to see an RPG where a cowboy hat-wearing cat can be part of your team—you can also have sex with a robot if that’s your thing. This is one game you’ll be thinking about even when you’re not playing it. A favorite from this year.
Buy it from: Steam, Microsoft StoreThe day has finally arrived Cyberpunk 2077
Click on image for gameplay videoGenre: Action role-playingSimilar: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, GTA 5, Cloudpunk, The Witcher 3Graphics: Amazing, ray traced hardware smashing visualsGameplay: Open-world first-person single player
CD Projekt Red’s big-budget RPG has had a controversial launch, but sales have been as strong as has been the hype. For those of us playing on PC, the game is far from perfect but it’s playable and very enjoyable. Cyberpunk 2077 is also visually stunning and possibly the most graphically impressive game we’ve ever seen.