Don’t worry about the PS5, because with a gaming PC you’re already set for the next generation. The best PC hardware can outstrip consoles with ease, and the modding scene extends the lives of the best PC games far beyond their console equivalents. But what we love most about PC gaming is the dizzying number of quality games on offer, from AAA blockbuster to tiny solo indie projects, and you can often pick them up cheap during regular sales on Steam or other stores.

With hundreds of thousands to choose from, how do you know which to invest in? You've come to the right place, because this list showcases only the best of the best PC games. If you're a newcomer – welcome! – then these are the PC games you should buy right away. And if you're a long-time PC gamer, read this list to make sure you haven't missed out. Note that these are the best PC games you can play today, not the most important PC games ever made: as much as we love old-school classics like System Shock 2 and Half-Life, you won't find them on this list. Equally, if an older game crops up, you can be assured that it's still worth downloading.

If you need to upgrade your PC to run some of these best PC games, check out our high-end gaming PC build guide. Alternatively, if you need a pre-built machine, here are the best gaming PCs of 2019, and the best gaming laptops.

Without further ado, here are the 25 best PC games.
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