If you’re curious about what games everyone is talking about, our list of the 30 best PC games is the one for you. Regularly updated to show you the latest and greatest, there’s something here for everyone, whether you’re a fan of shooters or roleplaying games. It’s a good place to start if you don’t know what to play or simply want to know what the fuss is all about. On top of our all-time top games, the first page of this list gives the best games of each individual month their due, so that if you’ve already played through our top 30, you know what to tackle next.
There can be no PC gaming list without PC recommendations. Our list of high-end gaming PC builds, the best gaming laptops, or the best gaming PCs out of the box are here to help you find the best PC to enjoy any game on, no matter your budget.
- Grab the best gaming mouse to enhance your games
- Here are the best gaming keyboards
- Need a new PC headset for gaming?
The best PC games June 2021 – top 30 list begins on next page
Plenty of recent releases haven’t quite made our top 30 list – which starts on the next page – but are well worth having a look at. If you want to stay on top with new releases or our top 30 PC games list isn’t quite for you, here are some recent top picks.
Scarlet Nexus is the big PC game of the second half of June, an anime romp with slick combat, neat visuals and several games worth of worldbuilding. In a futuristic Tokyo, characters with supernatural powers meet mutants with a taste for human brains. A fairly typical JRPG, Scarlet Nexus is suited towards players who don’t mind the genre’s occasional repetitiveness – in our review, Hirun Cryer praised the combat, while others found it a bit stale, this is a normal reaction to most games like it.
Scarlet Nexus features some cool monster designs and fleshes out its world with plenty of story, so if your interest is piqued just from looking at it and you’re an anime fan, this could be your next game.
Legend of Mana
With the remaster of Legend of Mana, Square Enix brings another classic game from the Mana series to PC. While it never released in most European regions, Legend of Mana means fond memories to those who know the Playstation original from 2000. This remake updates backgrounds and character portraits with new, hand-painted images, offers a re-recorded soundtrack by Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura and a new mini-game, among several quality of life updates.
Instead of one continuous story, Legend of Mana is split into several small quests, some of which constitute something of a main story. However, this is generally a game unconcerned with traditional storytelling methods, which can be either confusing or intriguing, depending on what side of the scale you fall on. Either way, this is a beautifully preserved game, and another good remaster of one of Square Enix’s role-playing classics.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX
Originally released on the Sega Master System, Alex Kidd in Miracle World is a relentlessly difficult platformer, now available for fans old and new to cry over. The game’s visuals and controls have been updated, but if you’re a player of the first hour you can switch back to the original experience, too. Similarly, if you refuse to play games that take you back to the beginning of a level if you die, which only takes one hit here, you can now enable an infinite lives mode.
With new levels and bosses as well as different game feel, it may not be quite the Alex Kidd you remember if you’re a purist – on the other hand, this may be just the remake to get new platforming fans on board – remakes are usually tricky like that. Steam has a demo if you’d like to give it a try first.
Phantom Abyss (Early Access)
Phantom Abyss made waves at E3 2021 for looking like a multiplayer Indiana Jones adventure – you and a bunch of other players are tossed into a procedurally generated tomb, and then it’s go time. You only have your whip and your wit to make it through, past a myriad of traps of all types, such as rolling boulders, spike traps, chasms, traps that shoot at you, and much more.
In a way, Phantom Abyss is reminiscent of Fall Guys with how everyone scrambles to be the first, but Phantom Abyss doesn’t have you bumbling along like a cute marshmallow, it’s speedy and relentless and it comes with a special incentive – you’ll see each room only once, so you only have one chance to snatch a relic for a particular setup, which is catnip for the particularly competitive.
Get it now:
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
The last few years have been kind to players who enjoy Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’s particular brand of… -vania: dark, mysterious, and full of abilities to mix and match. Ender Lilies is one such game. You take control of Lily, a girl who fuses spirits to fight monsters transformed by a deadly rain.
While this is of course not an easy game – most metroidvania games in this style are designed to be challenging after all – Ender Lilies’ enemy design is simple enough that the learning phase isn’t too long. It’s difficult to tell whether this was done on purpose or whether it’s a design oversight, but Lily does feel pretty powerful right from the beginning. In terms of visuals and music, Ender Lilies is a clear winner, and if you’ve ever felt any similar games, like Hollow Knight, you will feel right at home.
If you like card-based roguelikes like Slay the Spire (which is one of our top 30 best PC games), Monster Train, or Faeria by the same developer, Roguebook is a safe bet. This game offers a beautiful, fairytale-esque presentation, adding an explorable hex map and rewards for growing your deck into the mix to keep things feeling fresh too.
Turn to page two for our full rundown of the 30 best PC games you need to add to your wishlist immediately...