Best PC games: titles you can’t miss or catch up on in 2022

Have you just acquired a new Gaming PC and are you looking for video games capable of exploiting the prowess of your state-of-the-art graphics cards and processor? Your evenings are long and you would like to occupy them with an excellent adventure game? Or do you just want to let off steam in quality multiplayer tournaments? Then you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, we have selected the best PC games from different genres. Each entry proving, if necessary, that the PC is the best gaming medium in the world.

Indeed, while Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4000 graphics cards are about to land and the RTX 3000s are more accessible than ever, or even as AMD’s Zen 4 architecture begins to refresh processors… there is no There’s never been a better time to (re)become a PC gamer. Especially since the catalog of PC games wants to be more and more exhaustive via dematerialized game platforms, Steam in mind. The best titles rub shoulders there regularly and are accessible for all budgets, with more than interesting promotions and flash sales.

Forget your PlayStation and Xbox. Unlike the best console games, the best PC games aren’t limited to action-adventure titles with stunning graphics. You can broaden your gaming interests from point-and-click platformers to first-person shooters (FPS) and cooperative MMOs with friends. And of course a bottomless retrogaming library for nostalgeeks!

Do you have your head spinning at the thought of all those brilliant PC games to install on your machine? Do not panic, we have listed for you the 20 most emblematic games at the moment. To help you get started.

Our game of the moment – Cult of the Lamb

Cult of the Lamb

In the same vein as titles like The Binding of Isaac, Cult of the Lamb is a rogue-like that gives you random events and enemies as you try to keep your flock happy, busy, and well-controlled. The animal-people trope gives this game even more sparkle when you see adorable animals develop terrifying powers.

For fans of this type of game, know that its gameplay is fluid and frenetic with admirable animations. Don’t be fooled by its “cute” aspect, the gameplay is very complex here. With many ways to improve your character as well as worship. This is what makes it the most addictive title of the moment.

1.Elden Ring

Elden Ring

Elden Ring is the most popular game around, and for good reason.

FromSoftware’s latest punishing simulator has all the familiar elements of a Die and Retry benchmark as terrifying as Dark Souls. Even better: it offers an extremely expansive open world, punctuated by a narrative imagined by the author of Game of Thrones, George RR Martin.

The PC version of the game had some performance issues which FromSoftware is working to fix. However, it has all the qualities to compete for the title of best game of the year 2022. In any case, it is undoubtedly the studio’s most ambitious production.

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Few video game titles age as well as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt . Even several years after its release on PC (just a few months after the one on Nintendo Switch), it still culminates as one of the most impressive open-worlds in video gaming. His strength ? Combining an incredibly varied and vivid map, like that of Skyrim , with plots and characters of unparalleled depth, like the stories of Grand Theft Auto V. 

It’s such a bewildering and time-consuming game that it’s bound to take the top spot on our guide to the best games to catch up on in 2021. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt isn’t just our top recommendation to start the year off right ahead your screen. Nor the best open-world on PC. It could be, without exaggeration, one of the best video games of all time.

3. Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite  exorcises its predecessor. First by capturing the very essence of  Halo: Combat Evolved  (2001), but above all by offering one of the most original and exciting titles of 2021. With – and this is unheard of in the Halo franchise – incredible freedom action for the player.

When you first step into the game’s open area and spot countless enemies strewn across the environment and stretching out into the distance,  Halo Infinite  grants a massive, muscular sandbox. You will have various weapons and special abilities at your disposal to help you take down the enemy, but how you go about it is entirely up to your creativity. Maybe you want to take out the Outcasts with a long-range, ranged weapon? Use the grappling hook to reach a higher vantage point and action! 

This rewarding gameplay intertwined with the gripping story of  Halo Infinite  is taken to new heights by top-notch sound design. Here,  Halo Infinite  makes the most of Dolby Atmos and spatial sound. It’s an idyllic listening experience that will amaze even the most manic audiophile. As a complement, the realistic lighting, plush textures, HDR implementation, and dazzling particle effects are all meant to be extremely pleasing to the eye, as are the game’s smooth animations. cinematic  Call of Duty: Vanguard , but Halo Infinite ‘s visuals   possess far more soul.

4. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village  is the worthy successor to  the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 . But while the previous chapter succeeded in reinventing survival horror, Village builds on this experience and all the strengths that built the series. The result is a Resident Evil mix   that promises to thrill veteran fans and newcomers alike.

In  Village , we find the main protagonist of RE7 , Ethan, a few years after the conclusion of the previous installment. Landed in Eastern Europe in the hope of finding his kidnapped daughter, he has to face a local population that is far from welcoming.

Resident Evil Village  is more action-oriented than its predecessor – and it’s visibly closer to the classic  Resident Evil 4  gameplay-wise. It mixes that with the survival horror elements that we loved in the older games. Add to that a host of durability improvements, a memorable character roster, a well-paced and engaging story, and superb use of the audio environment, and you’ve got one of the best current games available on PC (top of the line). range).

5. Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2

Open-world zombie games might be a little cliché these days, but the Dying Light series has managed to keep things fresh with its parkour-style gameplay and day-night cycle, where your enemies evolve from slow moving targets. and heavy to extremely aggressive and terribly dangerous attackers.

In this all-new sequel, not only will you be able to explore a map four times the size of the original game, but you also have the power to fundamentally alter the current world, based on your actions and movements. And, like in the first Dying Light, cooperative play lets you challenge up to three other players.

6.Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3

Although it’s less complex than the previous two installments in the series, Dark Souls 3 picks up on all the great ideas that got you hooked on the Dark Souls mythology. Namely medieval dark fantasy, a collection of weapons to make the American second amendment pale and an almost insurmountable level of difficulty. It also incorporates more modern elements from Bloodborne (another FromSoftware studio hit), such as ultra-choreographed fights.

 We won’t lie to you: you will die often in Dark Souls 3. It takes patience to master its gameplay, but its storyline is extremely addictive and will attract many casual players.

Moreover, unlike the first two chapters, it is perfectly optimized for PC. If you want to stay in this world as dark as it is fantastic, we advise you to continue with Dark Souls: Remastered. To uncover the apocalyptic origins of the franchise. The First Flame is waiting for you.

7. God of War

god of war

The God of War series has been around since 2005. And while there have been many installments over the years, 2018’s has given the series a whole new lease of life, whether it’s through new settings – you won’t explore more of a hellish version of Greece – or the fact that Kratos is now traveling with a companion.

In this exclusive sequel, you play as Kratos, the demigod who wiped out nearly the entire Greek pantheon in the previous trilogy. With your son, you have the new mission to go to the top of a mountain and scatter the ashes of your late wife. Mythology – Norse this time – will stand in your way and you will have to fight your way through all kinds of warlike creatures and gods.

8. Death Loop

death loop

Deathloop  is an ideal contender for Game of the Year 2021, offering an engaging mix of FPS and stealth. You wake up as Colt on the Isle of Blackreef. Bad luck: your character is trapped in a time loop and must kill eight “Visionaries” in the same day to get out. This quest is complex, and you will need to collect as much information, weapons and special abilities as possible to get out of this mess. You will therefore learn to cultivate a detective soul and patience. 

The handling of weapons, on the other hand, is intended to be immersive and fun, in a gameplay that will not necessarily suit all types of players. Stealth, shooting, magic powers… It’s up to you to choose your elite abilities, like the two parts of  Dishonored , previously developed by Arkane Studios. A unique multiplayer mode will allow you to confront other “killers”, if the single-player campaign is no longer enough for you.

9.Control

control

It’s not hard to see why Control has taken over and packed video game critics across the globe. The creative team of Remedy Entertainment (Max Payne, Alan Wake) presented – once will not hurt – an action-adventure game resolutely turned towards the cinema. With a breathtaking staging, a complex screenplay and brilliant performances by actors as well as their flawless digitization.

Control puts you in the driving seat of Jesse Faden, newly appointed director of the Federal Office of Control. Threatened by a supernatural entity that seems indestructible, you will have to fight your ex-colleagues, put your life in order, save New York and find your missing brother. Not necessarily in that order. Full of twists and turns, Control never ceases to play with your perception of reality and will disturb you for many hours of play. And long after.

10. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is one of the fastest-selling video game titles of all time. As WoW celebrates its 16th anniversary, this new component is proving to be a real makeover, notably giving access to new bonus locations, a revamped class system and raids that you will hasten to carry out. 

Shadowlands takes place in the land of the dead, divided into five main areas and a central city to explore. Whether you want to play with friends or tackle the main campaign on your own, there’s a ton of new content to keep you busy. It’s an extension that will appeal to both beginners – they can chain levels more easily – than to insiders, with incredible customization options. The RPG and MMO roots of the franchise are pleasantly modernized, and promise a new WoW era even more exciting than the last. 

11. Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Beyond its stunning graphics and excellent peripheral support, it won’t take long for you to realize that this new upgrade to the mythical Microsoft Flight Simulator is a real work of craftsmanship… and a lover of the license. There’s great attention to detail here, along with a level of realism and immersion you won’t find on any other sim. So much so that even if you’re not a fan of this type of game, you’ll seriously want to get started!

But that also means that this game will not be suitable for all PC configurations (and therefore for everyone). However, if you are a proven collector of first editions, or if you love planes and piloting above all, you will jump on it after upgrading your PC Gamer. Piloting iconic flying colossi, in some of the most beautiful and dangerous locations and conditions in the world, is well worth it.

12.Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect Legendary Edition  resurrects one of the most famous sci-fi trilogies in gaming history. The remastered edition delivers a number of visual and performance improvements that will give nostalgics all the reason they want to relive this fantastical space opera. All three games in the collection benefited from full HDR support, optimized character design, new shaders, more realistic lighting, and a high-resolution soundstage. 

When it comes to gameplay, you can count on extended durability, ultra-precise aiming, or more balanced weapons. The Legendary Edition guarantees an essential update for fans of the saga as well as for new recruits.

13. Hitman 3

Hitman 3

Hitman 3 closes the World of Assassination trilogy relaunched in 2016, and the least we can say is that the IO Interactive studio has definitely succeeded in making people forget the original work. Of course, the gameplay does not change and you will always have to travel the four corners of the world, from Dubai to China, to fulfill your contracts. The fact remains that here, the missions are much less scripted, the freedom of movement more substantial and sublimated by a breathtaking VR mode. And what about the new impressive graphics engine of realism if you have the adequate PC configuration?

If you are discovering the background of this series for the first time, you are going to enjoy it. In Agent 47’s tuxedo, you play as a cold and calculating hitman who will never have fun shooting into the crowd or maximizing his damage like in any classic FPS. Instead, you’ll have to infiltrate as discreetly as possible behind enemy lines, then eliminate your targets by competing in ingenuity. There are a multitude of possibilities to complete each level, which makes Hitman 3 replayable almost in perpetuity. 

14. Death Stranding

death stranding

After rising among the best PlayStation games last year, Death Stranding intends to reproduce the same feat on PC. It is true that its Windows port, available since July 2020, has nothing to be ashamed of and offers impressive graphics, in addition to rich and varied gameplay. You will die there many times, but no frustration here. It’s part of the script.

Hideo Kojima’s latest dreamlike production will lose you in the twists and turns of its history. And you’ll have to be attentive to fully enjoy one of the most breathtaking video game endings of all time. To maintain your concentration, you can count on a cast of luxury including Norman Reedus ( The Walking Dead ), Mads Mikkelsen ( Hannibal , Casino Royale ) or even Léa Seydoux ( 007: Spectre ).

As delivery man Sam Bridges, you bravely traverse the post-apocalyptic lands of the United States with valuable cargo on your back. In addition to the weight and weather conditions, you will have to brave terrorist attacks, scary (and invisible) specters. And especially the disturbing states of mind of your companion… newborn! Alternately muscular, stressful and fun, you will revel in its many quests. And of this devastated but dazzling America.

15. Red Dead Redemption 2

red dead redemption 2

The latest blockbuster from Rockstar Games studios was an immediate success upon its release on consoles. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a captivating Western that follows Arthur Morgan and his band of outlaws in a Wild West as hostile as it is gigantic and promising.

Whether it’s getting lost in the story, scrupulously following each quest through to the conclusion of the single-player campaign, or simply bonding with your horse, Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of those titles that doesn’t. will never let you go. With a lifespan of at least 50 hours, you’ll spend double that time exploring towns and side quests, as well as online missions.

The gameplay and graphics are exceptional, it is also possible to run the game in 8K if you have the right hardware. One of the best open worlds of all time.

16. Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

The most emblematic FPS series gets its best facelift, 27 years after the first episode. Doom Eternal is the best PC game of this home spring, and it is on track to take pride of place in the ranking of a majority of video game tops in 2020.

Doom Eternal takes the incredible recipe of the 2016 reboot by adding a physics engine that guarantees more frenzy, more demons from hell, fights – far too intense, amazing movement combinations. And above all a multiplayer mode pushed to its climax with 2v1 matches (one hunter player against two demon players).

The storyline and designs are an ode to previous games, with journeys and codices reminiscent of your adventures on Earth and Mars. The lifespan is, for its part, more honest with 20 hours dedicated to the single player campaign. If you know how to take your time, which is also a challenge in the Doom universe. While waiting for potential additional mods that will satisfy the most damned players.  

17. Half-Life: Alyx

Half Life: Alyx

Do not expect the long-awaited sequel to Half-Life 2, this new episode soberly baptized Alyx is in fact a prequel that invites us to meet the intrepid Alyx Vance. Five years before she met Gordon Freeman. The interest of Half-Life: Alyx is therefore not to fill the lack of fans – still that – but to impose Valve studios on the VR market, with an easy-to-sell franchise.

And it works. In line with these predecessors, Half-Life: Alyx is a breathtaking adventure game, with a physics engine to die for. And it is not only beautiful, since it will satisfy all types of players, from FPS enthusiasts to explorers and puzzle-game enthusiasts. Even neophytes who have never touched a Half-Life will easily enter the game. Long enough since the life of the title exceeds a little over 10 hours. Given the general quality that emerges, we begin to hope again for a chimerical Half-Life 3… in VR.

18. Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn

When Horizon Zero Dawn was released on Playstation 4 in 2017, it was immediately hailed as one of the best games of the year. And with its recent release on PC, Guerilla Games is now extending the notoriety of its video game masterpiece. Even if this one may be technically dated, it is nonetheless magnificent and can now take advantage of the performance of high-end PC Gamers. With higher resolution and frame rate. What languish its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West announced for 2021.

The story follows Alloy, a young outcast lost in a post-apocalyptic world where she must face robot dinosaurs and cruel cults, while unlocking the secret of her birth. As intriguing as it is sublime, Horizon Zero Dawn offers one of the richest open worlds of the last ten years. Armed with a bow, arrows and your wits, you quickly dive into a unique and totally immersive experience.

19. Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5

The first thing you’ll notice when you launch  Forza Horizon 5  is how fully detailed every square inch comes out with 11 different areas, from rural villages to bustling metropolises, lavish beaches and stressful mountain roads. 

The cars are real stars. Whether you’re driving them, photographing them or customizing them, they concede pure perfection from every angle. Each vehicle reacts differently and realistically to the environment, and they deliver a contrasting driving experience depending on the weather. The controller dynamically vibrates to adapt to multiple track styles, so you feel like you can feel every gravel under the wheels.

You have the ability to unlock more races and missions over time. No matter how you play  Forza Horizon 5 , one thing is certain: you’ll never run out of variety.

20. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

For those who cannot choose between action-adventure games (like n°3 of this top), die and retry (see n°2) and infiltration games (see n° 7), we can’t recommend the versatile Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice highly enough. Its gameplay enjoys absolute freedom and sends you exploring 16th century Japan, its dense landscapes as well as its wonderfully terrifying creatures.

We can’t say too much about the story of Sekiro, otherwise it will ruin your progress in the game. In short, you play as a shinobi, a ninja warrior in charge of protecting a young lord. During your journey, you will be confronted with a strange cult and its followers in a hurry to do battle.

The difficulty of the game is extreme. And for good reason: it is developed by the craftsmen of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. Don’t get frustrated with each “Game over”, your lost games allow you to progress constantly and give you time to appreciate, minute by minute, this sublime medieval-fantasy story.

21.Minecraft

Minecraft

It is probably the most surprising video game success of the previous decade. With its “cubic” and excessively pixelated textures, Minecraft brings together more than 110 million players each month. Its secret: gameplay that awakens the imagination and collaboration of its members as well as an infinite lifespan.

You can create your world or explore that of others, exploiting different resources that you will find in the game environment. Of course, it is possible to play quickly by limiting yourself to the many tools and blocks offered by the Mojang editor. Or, you decide to invest yourself completely in this parallel universe and you install (or even develop) new mods shared online. Today and for a long time, Minecraft can boast of being the most illustrious sandbox game in history.

22. Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale

It is perhaps the most played title in the world today. Fortnite Battle Royale is a global phenomenon that surpassed 200 million insiders last year. Originally a simple free mode of the Fortnite online game, it very quickly revolutionized the principle of Battle Royale with addictive gameplay and regular updates offered by Epic Games, its publisher.

The objective of Fortnite Battle Royale is to fight your way through an increasingly shrinking map until you are the last player – out of the initial 100 – to survive it. Although it may seem quite simple, Fortnite uses a number of skills, items and above all essential strategies to enter the very restricted circle of the best fortniters. Do you dare to take up this challenge?

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