21 Best Single Player PC Games Of All Time

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What is the best single player PC game for you? Bet it’s hard to decide, right? There are tons of great video games out there that are both exciting and rather addictive, from first-person shooters to role-playing games. But what makes the best games stand out above the rest of the pack? Check out our list of the top PC games of all time!

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1. Doom

The fourth installment of the Doom Franchise has become a phenomenal fan favorite. The first-person shooter game may have taken its time releasing a new major installment after Doom 3, but it certainly proved to be worth the wait. The game received praises for its graphics, gameplay, and even its soundtrack. You’ll certainly be hooked playing a space marine battling demons on Mars.

2. Tomb Raider II

Angeline Jolie may have been well-received on the big screen in Tomb Raider, but Lara Croft has been well-loved on the small screen since long before that. The second installment of the action-adventure video game features new moves, weapons, and even vehicles for the action adventure character Lara Croft. The gameplay follows Croft as she investigates the legendary Dagger of Xian.

3. Final Fantasy VII

The 7th installment of the popular role-playing game that has been around since the 90’s was such a hit that it’s about to make its way to the PlayStation 4! The game’s story is about mercenary Cloud Strife in his quest to stop a huge corporation from destroying the planet by using its essence to build an energy source. Final Fantasy VII features three different modes: battle screen, field, and world map.

4. Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V allows you to play three criminals in the fictional state of San Andreas. This action-adventure game lets you control the three characters in their attempt to commit a heist. You can play either from a first-person or a third-person perspective and can navigate through the open world gameplay via vehicle or by foot. You need to complete a mission to move on to the next and be victorious in the heist!

5. Mass Effect 2

The elite soldier Commander Shepard comes back to save humanity from threats coming from the other side of an unexplored intergalactic portal, and it takes place directly after the events of the first Mass Effect video game. BioWare’s action role-playing video game received overwhelming praise from critics, receiving a whopping 96 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Fans of the first installment can bring their old game files to Mass Effect 2. They can choose to import their character from a finished and saved Mass Effect game, or start fresh with a new character. Whichever they decide to go with will greatly impact the game. Additionally, importing a character from the previous installment will allow a player to start Mass Effect 2 with several bonuses.

6. Portal

Now, here’s a video game that’s going to blow your mind! Portal isn’t the usual adventure or action role-playing game. It’s a puzzle game that requires you to use your wit and cleverness to escape a secluded facility. It may have received some criticism for its short duration and story, but it definitely won praise for its uniqueness and originality.

7. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

If you enjoy tending to a home in Sims, you’re probably going to love taking care of an entire civilization! The goal of the game is to lead your civilization to world power throughout different millennia. This is achieved by discovering new cities, traveling the world, building, and deploying military troops. It’s practically like being the president of your own country!

8. Day of the Tentacle

Day of the Tentacle has been one of the best PC games since the early 90’s. It may not have the sophisticated graphics and storytelling of today’s video games, but this timeless adventure play will still entertain you. The story follows Bernard Bernoulli and his friends as they travel through time and solve puzzles in an attempt to stop the Purple Tentacle from taking over the world.

9. The Last Express

The Last Express is more than an adventure game; it’s practically a time travel experience! Be a passenger on the Orient Express’ last run before World War 1 starts. You’ll be in for a journey full of lies, conspiracies, romance, and treachery. A unique feature of this game is to be able to move and interact with other characters on the train in real-time.

10. Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is a Japanese military-themed role-playing game. You control your own military force and use your own tactics to defend your country from invasion. Its fourth installment was released just March of this year and is a great game for anyone who enjoys strategy war games.

11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda’s action role-playing video game released its fifth installment after working on it for more than five years. The setting of this game takes place 200 years after its predecessor, The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. The main goal of the game is to defeat the dragon Alduin the World-Eater and stop it from destroying the world. Bethesda also released an updated special edition of the game with improved graphics and performance. It also includes an additional quest.

12. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The Japanese adventure stealth video game is set before the events of the first Metal Gear and after Ground Zeroes. Players get to take on the role of Venom Snake as he leads his soldiers on a revenge mission. The game received praise from critics for allowing players a high degree of freedom to accomplish the objectives.

13. Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2

Long before 3D graphics, complicated controllers, and virtual reality — some of the trademarks of modern gaming — there was Rainbow Islands. Who says a cool video game can’t be colorful and cute? This 80’s arcade game certainly doesn’t! The story follows Bobby and Bubby as they journey to fight the Dark Shadow and save the Rainbow Islands. It may have simple objectives and controls, but this game is definitely addictive!

14. Red Baron

Released in the 90’s, Red Baron allows you to play a pilot during World War 1. You may fly either for the Royal Flying Corps or the German Air Service. You also have the option of choosing from several single mission options or a career mode.

15. Quake

Following the success of Doom, id Software released its first-person shooter game, Quake. Players collect keys and activate switches to get through doors in a dark, gothic, sci-fi world that also comes with Medieval castles. A notable improvement from Doom, Quake offers 3D rendering and 3D acceleration for a better gameplay experience.

16. XCOM 2

Much more than just another science fiction shooter, XCOM 2 is a tactical video game that requires resourcefulness and time management. Players take control of XCOM’s mobile base, the Avenger, and gives commands to its fighters to stop an alien invasion. The player must also oversee the engineering and research department to develop new weapons for battle.

17. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Another installment of the role-playing game from Square Enix makes the list! The game allows the player to interact with objects, people, and enemies from a third-person perspective. Creating simple if/then statements can allow your characters to fight without needing too much attention from you. Final Fantasy XII received numerous “Game of the Year” awards and has sold over 6 million copies within just about 3 years after its release.

18. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Ubisoft’s stealth game was released in March 2005 and was made available to all sixth-generation video gaming platforms. It was such a hit it sold over 2.5 million copies within just a month of release.

The story follows agent Sam Fisher trying to locate computer programmer Bruce Morgenholt. The game has a darker tone than its predecessors — it features more combat moves for the main character.

19. Dungeon Keeper

If you would rather be the villain and not the hero, then maybe this strategy game from the late 90’s is for you. As a Dungeon Keeper, the player builds and manages a dungeon and keeps it ‘safe’ from the heroes of the game. The main goal of the game is to take over the world by defeating the heroes as well as other dungeon keepers across the realms.

20. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

From The Witcher series, a colletion of novels from Andrzej, comes CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher series. The player gets to take on the role of Geralt of Rivia as he looks for his adopted daughter who is trying to run from the Wild Hunt. The game is lauded for its great narrative, design, and gameplay.

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21. Dune II: The Battle for Arrakis

House Atreides, Harkonnen, or Ordos? You decide! Dune II follows the story of an emperor desperate to harvest a drug from Arrakis and is willing to offer sole governorship of the planet to the house that delivers the most drugs to him. Players get to choose which house they wants to command, and they must finish several missions to win the game.


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If you were one of those kids who stayed inside the whole time playing video games, your parents must not have liked it! But what they probably don’t realize is that there are certain benefits to playing video games! If you take a look at our list, you’ll see a lot of them are tactical games which let you practice and even enhance your critical thinking skills. Still, too much of it can be bad so better regulate your own gaming before someone forces you to stop!

What’s your all-time favorite video game? Let us know in the comments section!

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