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Top 10 Best PC games of all time

Updated on June 6, 2013

Personal computers were originally designed for scientific and corporate use. As years pass by, applications for PC intended for entertainment surface one after another. PC gaming has become a multimillion industry and is currently one of the most popular sources of entertainment for the young and old. Thousands of PC games are released every year each of them boasting new and exciting features to convince fanatics that they are worth grabbing.


Have you recently bought a personal computer? Are you in a struggle in deciding what PC games to install first? Playing hundreds of games in one PC is a common dream of many but it’s currently impossible due to memory limitations, not to mention the expenses involved in purchasing the games and upgrading your PCs storage capacity. At least five PC games will do if you manage to pick the best among countless available options. To lead you away from confusions while choosing which PC game to purchase, here is a list of the Top 10 Best PC games of all time. Any of these games guarantees hours of fun and exciting PC game action that will surely complete your day and leave you asking for more!

Plants Vs. Zombies  PC game cover
Plants Vs. Zombies PC game cover

Plants vs. Zombies was crowned game of the year last 2012 for a reason. This global hit boasts an enticing gameplay and humorous characters. Billions across the globe were hooked to Plants vs. Zombies especially during its first months. Although the hype associated with this game has long died, many are still highly excited regarding its second installment. The trailer of Plants vs. Zombies 2 was recently aired and many expect the new game to be as successful like its predecessor. With new plants to work with, powerful zombies to exterminate, exciting game modes to explore, and tons of entertaining features, it’s not a big surprise why words about the release of Plants vs. Zombies 2 left tower defense game fanatics drooling.

Plants vs Zombies 2 trailer!

Torchlight PC game cover
Torchlight PC game cover

Torchlight is among the many underrated PC games. Some say it’s basically a cheap Diablo knock-off but those who played its first and second installments will know that this assumption has no basis. This role-playing PC game was developed by Runic Games and published by Perfect World. Despite ending up with a few audiences than expected, the fact that this game has a remarkable gameplay and teeming content can’t be denied. Torchlight 2 to be specific offers an extremely addictive gameplay. It’s almost impossible to play the recent installment of Torchlight for just an hour since you’ll eventually end up spending half a day on the game without even noticing it. If you are looking for an RPG that offers new and enticing features, creative classes, and challenging stages, the Torchlight game series is without a doubt your best pick.

Torchlight 2 trailer!

Need for Speed most wanted PC game cover
Need for Speed most wanted PC game cover

PC racing was revolutionized by the Need of Speed series. Like any other PC game series, Need for Speed started out with clumsy graphics and a one dimensional gameplay. Improvements were introduced from one installment after another until it reaches a certain point where the only thing the developers need to worry is coming up with a new story. The recent Need of Speed installment was a major success as it offered almost everything a racing game enthusiast would need including blazing fast and flashy cars, intense gameplay, and outrageous graphic renditions. No other racing game series for PC can match the thrill and fun that all of the Need of Speed games has to offer.

Need for Speed most wanted trailer!

Red Alert 3 PC game cover
Red Alert 3 PC game cover

No other PC game featured the various tactics involved in new age wars other than the Red Alert series. In the game, you’ll be free to choose which country to rule and make use of all their available war technologies to end up victorious against AI or other human players connected in a LAN. Red Alert 3, the newest installment of this highly acclaimed PC game series offered greatly improved graphics and a fast game pace. Moreover, it featured out of this world war technologies from all sorts of countries introducing limitless limitations. Probably one of the most crucial aspects which led to the success of the Red Alert PC game series is its class balance. No country is highly superior to the rest so winning will all come down in coming up with an effective strategy and perfectly utilizing the available resources.

Red Alert 3 trailer!

Left 4 Dead 2 PC game cover
Left 4 Dead 2 PC game cover

Zombies are in every corner of the street! Would you run, hide, or fight it out for survival? The Left for Dead PC game series will take you to a thrilling and action-packed adventure where you need to battle lifeless and flesh eating foes. Boredom has no place in Left 4 Dead as it features agile zombies that can climb walls and jump from one building floor to another with ease. Fighting these zombies empty handed is pointless so you also need to explore the game’s map for more weapons and ammunition. You’ll meet several survivors along the way which can help you survive and stand up against a horde of ruthless foes. But then again, don’t misunderstood Left for Dead as a mindless PC shooting game since it requires superb planning and pinpoint precision to safely move from one location after another while conserving your bullets and avoiding hundreds of zombies along the way.

Left for Dead 2 trailer!

Counter Strike Source PC game cover
Counter Strike Source PC game cover

Bomb has been planted! Counter strike is the grandfather of almost every new generation PC shooting game. Aside from the chance of having fancy and destructive guns at your disposal, this game managed to attract countless patrons across the globe due to its highly competitive gameplay. Before the game commences, you’ll be required to decide whether to choose the good or bad side. This games’ gameplay is pretty basic. As a terrorist your main goal is to do whatever it takes to plant and blow up a bomb on specific areas of the map. The counter-terrorist team on the other hand needs to stop the opposition from attaining their goals by either wiping out all their members or diffusing the bomb before its timer runs out. Through the years, counterstrike experienced massive improvements particularly on its graphic elements making it better than ever and more fitted to be a part of any PC gamers’ collection.

Counter Strike Source trailer!

Age of Empires 3 PC game cover
Age of Empires 3 PC game cover

Kings and queens once rule the world several centuries ago. Vast kingdoms across the globe were built and each of them strived in developing new war technologies to protect their people from invaders which eventually lead to peace and prosperity across their lands. But it’s undeniable that not every kingdom long time ago was interested about peace. Some of them are ruled by conquerors with one common goal which is to dominate every kingdom across the globe. Their era may be long over but you can still experience the action and excitement of middle-age wars through PC games like Age of Empires. This game features known ancient civilizations including their unique technologies. You’ll need to fight it out against other human players or AI to survive and prove yourself worthy to be called the mightiest ruler of all.

Age of Empires 3 trailer!

World of Warcraft 3 PC game cover
World of Warcraft 3 PC game cover

World of Warcraft is the father of League of Legends (LOL) and Heroes of Newerth (HON), two of the most popular online RPG games today. To be specific, it was the Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) map which helped World of Warcraft rally towards fame. Billions of players across the globe were hooked to DOTA even just after a few months from its release. Although the number of DOTA players today is noticeably fewer compared a few years ago the fact that the game still have not lost all of its former glory is something to be amazed about. In fact, a new DOTA map 6.78 was recently released which features two new heroes and a number of balancing adjustments which is a clear indication that the game is still far from meeting its end. If this list of the Top 10 Best PC games of all time was made a year ago, it’s likely that World of Warcraft would deserve to be on the top spot more than any game available in that particular time.

World of Warcraft 3 trailer!

StarCraft 2 PC game cover
StarCraft 2 PC game cover

Two alien races and the human race battling it out for space domination and survival. This somehow summarizes what Starcraft is all about. Sounds boring? Think again since Starcraft particularly its latest installment has tons of interesting features behind its sleeves more than what you might expect. Each race boasts war technologies that if used accordingly can entirely shift the course of a decisive battle. During the game, you’ll need to decide whether to pick the Terran, Protoss, or Zerg race. The Terran race is composed of humans known for highly destructive weapons and machines specifically designed for offense. The Protoss on the other than, is an intelligent alien life force feared by many due to their seemingly impassable defenses and highly durable spacecrafts. Last but definitely not the least is the Zerg, which has the ability to spawn countless underlings giving them enough power to conquer worlds and is currently the biggest threat to both the Protoss and Terran race. Which side will you be? Starcraft 2 can introduce memorable bonding moments with your friends as each one of you explore the pros and cons of the races while utilizing their technologies to gain war advantage and eventually win the war of the worlds.

StarCraft 2 trailer!

Diablo 3 PC game cover
Diablo 3 PC game cover

The magic of the Diablo PC game series lives on as its third installment was released. Countless Diablo fanatics across the globe waited for years and were never disappointed as they explored the new and improved world of Diablo for the first time. Diablo revolutionized the RPG game genre. This game led to the development of highly successful RPGs and MMORPGs years after its release. If not for Diablo, having a list of the Top 10 Best MMORPG of all time won’t be possible. Diablo features various classes which players can choose based on their preferred fighting style. There’s no right or wrong here since each class has its pros and cons. It’s up to the players in deciding which weapons and armors best fit their character and can help unleash its true potential. Diablo is more than a hack and slash RPG since it features a highly addictive story which will leave any PC gamer at the edge of his seat as he explores one creepy dungeon after another, slaying vicious monsters and discovering useful treasures along the way.

Diablo 3 trailer!

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    • northernwriter profile image

      northernwriter 2 years ago

      People voted most for Need for Speed? Really?

      Also - Dota2 should be on the list... great game.

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      Sam 3 years ago from Australia

      Diablo 3 and Plants vs Zombies are my favourites on this list .

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I knew I'd find world of warcraft on here.

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      Luke Falconberry 4 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

      my college buddies and i play AoE 3 all the time. I'm still pretty bad at it, but I still have a ton of fun playing it.

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      dailytop10 4 years ago from Davao City

      The memories of me and my friends playing Age of Empires 2 way back in our highschool days are still fresh. We really enjoyed the game. Thank you for leaving a comment!

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      dailytop10 4 years ago from Davao City

      One of my favorite PC games as well. Thank you for leaving a comment.

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      Christopher Gordon 4 years ago from Massachusettes

      I prefer Age of Empires II personally.

      I'd say "Rome Total War" is a good contender and I'm surprised it isn't mentioned since you seem to enjoy tactics games. It was the first game to really capture an epic battlefield with hundreds of units fighting in one battle. Also conquering the known world is always fun.

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      Sleepylog 4 years ago from Australia

      So glad Age of Empires III made it onto your list, it really is one of the best games ever made and my favorite by far. I have all three extension packs for it and the Aztecs are my favorites.