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Ask: What PC game should every gamer play?

In this recurring segment, we seek out top developers to investigate their thoughts on questions relating to game design, the gaming community, and PC games in general. Then we fuse them all together in video form to create a virtual symposium featuring some of the most creative minds in the industry. In this edition, we asked Ken Levine, Jared Gerritzen, Alan Wilson, Brian Knox, Sheldon Carter, and Tim Willits which PC game they would recommend above all others. Hear their answers in the video above, and keep an eye out for future editions of PC Gamer's Ask.

29 comments

  • InFeRnOg - December 19, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    Willits seems pretty well-spoken; keep these PC Gamer videos coming Gamesradar!
  • RedOutlive10 - December 1, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Half-Life.
  • Net_Bastard - December 1, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Fuck the guy who said Minecraft. That game got so boring after a while. I had it for a few months and it got so boring that I had to resort to the Single Player Commands mod to get my fun out of it. It's not a game. It's a toy. you can add all the bosses and endgames that you can add, Notch. Still doesn't make it a game. It's a fad that's on the verge of death. The games I would pick? Probably these: Doom 1&2 Duke Nukem 3D, because it took Doom 1&2's gameplay and made it even better. Team Fortress 2, because it's just an all-around fun game. And the modded servers on it are some of the best things ever. Serious Sam 1-3. It's a top down shooter in a first person perspective. I have never felt like I have been in more chaotic fun than when I played Serious Sam. It's not a throwback to Doom like people say it is though. It's a throwback to games like Gauntlet in a first-person perspective. Not to mention that the game can scare the shit out of you at times, with jump scares like no other.
  • PullinPower - November 30, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    Minecraft is best with a friend, otherwise you'll get bored with it within a few days. I think everyone should play Amnesia: Dark Descent and realise that making a horror game and then giving the main character a laser/minigun isn't scary. Every Half-Life Fallout 1,2 and 3. I havn't played Human Revolution but I enjoyed Deus Ex (although it looks terrible now) Team Fortress Two may as well get a mention considering it's free now.
  • InFeRnOg - December 19, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    HL 2 really did nothing for me sadly. However, I want to say props for mentioning Fallout 1 & 2 (bit more confused about 3, which is also a console game). Also, I can tell you that Human Revolution is a very worthy addition to the franchise, and keep an eye on Steam for another sale (they just had it half off which is why I got it).
  • TheZigMan - November 30, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Deus Ex Diablo 2 Civ 2 + 4 One of the Total War Games (take your pick, theyre all awesome) Team Fortress 2 The Witcher 1+2 Minecraft (Minecraft is awesome when you play with friends) EVE Online (Probably the only good MMO ever released) Starcraft 1+2 Probably could think of more but these are some of my fave PC games
  • talleyXIV - November 30, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    Honestly play any game except Minecraft. Minecraft is a fad and sadly I fell into its trap, and I thought I loved it for about 5 months. But it really is as said above, a toy. A fun toy, like Legos that you had to assemble yourself but after you assembled it nothing happened. Kind of cool how you built it yourself but really I would rather have a toy that already came with everything for me, like an RC Car. Minecraft is neat but in terms of games it really is a joke. I know now it has an objective and credits and everything, but really for 2008 it is a horrible "game." If it came out in 2000, that game would be amazing. But anywho, I just rambled about why Minecraft is a really dumb answer. My picks would be: Fallout 1 + 2 + 3 Quake Sim City Battlefield 2 Team Fortress 2 Sims Age of Empires 2 Stronghold Crusader (I liked it!) Civilization games Portal!
  • InFeRnOg - December 19, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    I hate to do this, as you broke down why Minecraft isn't that great (Terraria is better), and you also mentioned Civilization (while Revolution was for consoles, true Civ will always be PC-based), I have to say that Portal is an unusual pick on your list, in my opinion. For a long time, I was hearing how Portal was fantastic, and that it would bend my mind with its puzzles. Finally, I got the game on a Steam sale and, less than two hours later, I was finished. My mind was definitely not bended. So then I hear about Portal 2 and how it was ridiculous and more mind-bending! Got it, beat it, and never had my mind stressed. I think Puzzle Quest had me thinking more than Portal ever did. Hate on me all you want, I'm just saying that the Portal games were overhyped in terms of how difficult the puzzles were. In any of the puzzles, as long as you just look around the room, the solution is simple. The greatest moments in either game, in my opinion, were the puzzles that required rapid reflexes and specific timing. Unfortunately, these were few and far between. I like Portal. I like Portal 2 more. But mind-bending? Please.
  • CommandantOreo - November 30, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Team Fortress 2, because it's a cool little shooter, learn about teamwork and stuff. Plus it is F2P. Plus, every gamer should play Fallout 1/2 because turn based RPGs are a classic, plus with the no hands held system, they will be bored to tears of the games of today and whine how dumbed down everything is.
  • slickmcwilly - November 30, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    fuck the guy that said minecraft, that's not even a game, it's just a toy
  • ObliqueZombie - November 30, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Since I don't play many PC games, since my computer doesn't like to run certain games (i.e. Amnesia), I'd say Team Fortress 2. I just ever-so recently played it since it became free, and I've been having a blast. It definitely holds its well-deserved title as best class-based shooter.
  • Larry Legdrop - November 30, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    What does PC mean, politically correct...if so then I'm not. :^(
  • e8u76 - November 30, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    I haven't been a gamer for as long as many people on this site, but my current top 5 are; The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, even though it's buggy as fuck Batman Arkham Asylum Grand Theft Auto IV Just Cause 2 Bioshock 2 Half the games other people mention i've never even heard of...
  • Higgins - November 30, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    And Ken Levine wins the round for not being hip or pretentious. Just nerdy, as a true PC gamer should be.
  • ObliqueZombie - November 30, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    Hahaha, couldn't of said it better myself!
  • Asmodean - November 29, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    I don't think it's really possible to say one game as a must play, even one per genre is really hard.
  • sirdilznik - November 29, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    Planescape Torment and Baldur's Gate 2 are absolute must plays for anyone who considers themselves a RPG fan. The old-school King's Quest and Space Quest games for the keyboard era of adventure games and the Monkey Island games for the point & click era of adventure games.
  • Myko - November 30, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    you sir hit it right on on the head with this one, some of the best rpg's named there, +1
  • urworstfight - November 29, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    I gotta say kings quest V that's the earliest PC game to get me hooked on puzzle games. It's sad to not really see much adventure games like kings quest that were point and click that had the magic that kings quest seemed to shine with such as defeating a yeti by throwing a pie at it. Anyways great article I appreciate giving the thoughts of great minds in video gaming.
  • Tank664 - November 29, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    and if i may add 1 more Freelancer

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