What elements push a game beyond mere goodness and into greatness? To this author, PC games are best when they deliver a transcendent gaming experience that is possible only with the aid of a personal computer: They don’t simulate board or card games, reproduce real-world sports, or try to approximate movies. They are an art form unto themselves. To be considered, a game must have achieved most of its prominence on a PC platform. (This explains why Tetris, for example, didn’t make the cut: It was clearly the Nintendo Game Boy’s killer app). I defined a “PC” as any consumer computer that has a keyboard the user can program with arbitrary code–not just a PC of the IBM variety. If you’re into PC games, check out “15 Reasons PC Gaming Beats All,” too. And if you want to stay current with the latest games, tune into PC World’s ace gaming blog, Game On! Without further ado, here is the Top Tens List for the Greatest PC Games in the world…
The 10th ranking game in our top tens list, Homefront, is a first-person shooter video game developed by now defunct “Kaos Studios” and published by THQ, in which players play as members of a resistance movement fighting against a near-future Korean military occupation of the United States.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: BBFC = 15, ESRB = M
#9: Fable III
At number 9 in our top tens list is, Fable III, the Third video game in Fable series of ‘action role-playing games (RPG) developed by Liohead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. It focuses on the player’s struggle to overthrow the King of Alboin by forming alliances and building support for the revolution.
Series: Fable Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Genre: Action RPG, sandbox, file Simulation Mode(s): Single-player, Cooperative Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 12+, ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+
#8: F.E.A.R. 3
The 8th ranking game in our top tens list is F.E.A.R. 3, a first-person-shooter developed by Dan 1 Studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the OnLive cloud gaming service as a sequel to the game F.E.A.R: Project Origin and the third installment of the F.E.A.R series. It includes features such as “co-op, an evolved cover system, and more scares”. In the game, the players control either Point Man or Paxton Fettel, the protagonist and antagonist, from the first game, F.E.A.R. and the control system is the same as the previous two games.
Series: F.E.A.R Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter, horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18
#7: Dragon Age II
Ranking at number 7 in our top tens list is Dragon Age II, a role-playing video game developed by Bioware’s Edmonton Studios, and published by Electronic Arts. It is the second major game in BioWare’s “Dragon Age” franchise. It is set in the same mythical world introduced in Dragon Age: Origins, the player assumes the role of Hawke, a human mage, warrior, or rogue who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee but becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict.
Series: Dragon Age Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Role-playing Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 18
#6: Dead Space 2
The 6th ranking game in our top tens list is Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to “Dead Space”. Unlike its predecessor, Dead Space 2 has a multiplayer mode.
Series: Dead Space Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Third-person shooter, Survival Horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18
Ranking 5th in our top tens list is Terraria, an action-adventure/RPG indie game released by independent game studio “Re-Logic”. The game features exploration, crafting, building structures and combat with a variety of creatures. The game’s slogan is “Shut Up and Dig Gaiden”.
Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Genre: Indie side scroller action adventure/RPG Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12
#4: Portal 2
The 4th ranking game in our top tens list is Portal 2, a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game ‘Portal’. Like Portal, Portal 2 primarily comprises a series of the puzzle that must be solved by teleporting the player’s character and simple objects using the “portal gun”, a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes. The game’s unique physics allow momentum to be retained through these portals and requires the creative use of portals to maneuver through the game’s challenges.
Series: Portal Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Puzzle-platform game Mode(s): Single-player, Cooperative Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12
#3: The Sims 3
The 3rd ranking game in our top tens list is The Sims 3, a strategic life simulation computer game developed by The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, ‘The Sims 2’.
Series: The Sims Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, webOS, Android, Symbian^3, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, N-Gage, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Life Simulation, Social Simulation Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ACB = M, ESRB = T, PEGI = 12
#2: Counter Strike Source
Counter Strike Source ranks 2nd in our top tens list. It is a first-person shooting video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a complete remake of “Counter-Strike” using the “Source” game engine. As in the original, Counter-Strike: Source pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won either by completing an objective (such as detonating a bomb or rescuing hostages) or by eliminating all members of the opposing team.
Series: Counter Strike Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Multiplayer Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+
#1: Assassin’s Creed: Brother Hood
Finally…the best of our top tens list of video games is Assassin’s Creed: Brother Hood; a historical third-person, stealth action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft. It is the third major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series and the second chapter in the ‘Ezio Trilogy’. The game is a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed II, with Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Desmond Miles returning as the main protagonists.