Best PC games

These ma­jes­tic games de­mand to be played for days, not hours, and your tenac­ity will be re­warded, writes BRAD CHACOS

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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

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

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

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

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