Best PC games
These majestic games demand to be played for days, not hours, and your tenacity will be rewarded, writes BRAD CHACOS
Far too many games these days are built to be played in small bursts: brief encounters, designed for a world with too few hours in the day and too many digital distractions. And that’s fine. Blasting through a few rounds of Call of Duty multiplayer, or playing a few run-throughs in Spelunky, is a wonderful way to spend a few minutes. But sometimes, you want something more – something meatier. Whether you’re looking for an entertaining way to blow a long weekend or simply want to wrap your head around a satisfyingly complex experience, these 20 deep, intricate, and just plain great PC games will hold you for hours on end.
1. Divinity: Original Sin 2 Price: £29.99 from fave.co/2FI3HEj
The first Divinity: Original Sin was one of the best PC games of 2014 thanks to its deep systematic combat, which felt like what isometric CRPGs could have been if they had thrived over the years instead of temporarily dying in the early 2000s. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is better in every way, and sits beside The Witcher 3 as one of the best role-playing games released this decade.
Original Sin 2 doubles down on the XCOM-like mechanics of the original, but the real improvement came in the story. To say narrative was an afterthought in the original would be an understatement. Divinity: Original Sin 2 steps it up, weaving compelling dialogue together with Larian’s hallmark mechanics-
first approach. Every quest, dialogue, and interaction is modified by your character’s unique traits, such as race and upbringing – doubly so if you play as one of five preset ‘Origin’ characters.
This game clocks in at a meaty 80-plus hours. The ability to roll your own characters, shift around the characters of your party, or even play the whole thing in four-player co-op gives the game near endless replayability. Play this.
2. Assassin’s Creed Origins Price: £44.99 from fave.co/2FG235Yj
Playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins feels like playing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but with Egypt’s sands replacing Caribbean seas. That’s high praise indeed. The gameplay feels great and the story takes
around 40 hours to complete, with optional side quests available to flesh it out even more. The newly introduced RPG mechanics add welcome complexity, but need to be refined in the future to make upgrades feel more meaningful.
It’s the sandbox that steals the show, though. The map is gigantic. It might feel like it suffers from too many empty spaces playing the proper game, but the free, superb Discovery Mode add-on fills in the gaps of the vast, intricate world with in-game tours that teach you about Egypt’s history – and make you consider Assassin’s Creed: Origins in a new light.
3. Kingdom Come Deliverance Price: £39 from fave.co/2FHCpxM
Skyrim and the other Elder Scrolls entries aren’t on this list because most gamers have played – or at least heard of – Bethesda’s buggy masterpieces by now. But if you’re a fan of open-world western-style RPGs, don’t miss out on Kingdom Come Deliverance. This game is basically a realistic Skyrim set in the Holy Roman Empire, and it leans into accuracy hard. You’re the son of a blacksmith. Moving up in the class-obsessed circa-1400 society takes real time, and real hard work. You’ll spend a day lugging a spoiled nobleman’s armour into the woods to hunt rabbits. Earning your first sword comes hours and hours into the story. Merely reading requires levelling up the skill.
It’s deep, and like Bethesda’s games, it’s kind of unreliable. But to Kingdom Come Deliverance’s credit, its incredible ambition and unique aesthetic made the
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Divinity: Original Sin 2