Top rated PC games of all time

PC gamers have never had a lack of quality games. Topping the “best games of all time” lists seem to be PC exclusives that have redefined and shaped the industry over the last couple generations of gaming.

But what are the top rated PC games of all time? Aggregating the scores of Metacritic and Gamerankings (despite the community being torn on their existence), the highest scoring games that have been keeping gamers clicking are:

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (95/93.97%)

PC gamers expected a lot from the Baldur’s Gate sequel, which was fair given the series’ strong debut. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn marked a triumphant return for BioWare and proved that the studio knew what they were doing in the RPG department. The deep RPG elements were unparalleled for its time, raising the bar in the genre for competitors to scratch their heads over.

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Bioshock (96/94.44%)

For a game to stand out in 2007 is quite the achievement, as 2007 was said to be one of the best years in gaming ever. The original Bioshock injected a new level of creativity and diversity needed in the FPS genre, with the brand new setting – the underwater city of Rapture. Players could combine spells and shooting combat, along with a gorgeous art style, which resulted in an incredibly unique experience.


Half-Life (96/94.28%)

A scientific accident kicked off the memorable experience that was the original Half-Life. 1998 brought us the PC classic from Valve, and being relatively unknown at that point in time, Valve surprised everyone by showing the industry how an FPS adventure should be made. The game also added a strong sci-fi universe around the game, which found new branches in the form of Portal.


The Orange Box (96/95.82%)

The Orange Box is a little bit of a cheat. It’s Valve combining three of their babies into one box for the price of a single game – and it was excellent. Half Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and the surprise hit of 2007, Portal, made up the deal, which showed Vavle’s true potential and bigger ambition beyond that of Half-Life.


Half-Life 2 (96/95.31%)

Once again, Valve managed to up-the-ante by bringing a sequel to (at the time of its release) the best game on PC, Half-Life. The follow-up continued the story of the crowbar-wielding engineer Gordon Freeman, as he had to survive City 17, which has been turned into a dystopian stronghold. Half-Life 2 introduced unparalleled graphics, a relative physics system and a great story – a solid combination that became incredibly easy to admire.

Half-Life 2

What is your favourite PC game ever? Anything that you think should be here?

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  • DieGrootHammer

    Can’t agree more with this list. Absolutely awesome games, and Half-Life deserves the title as the Greatest Game ever made. I do feel that GTA IV deserves an honourable mention, though that is not a PC exclusive I know. Others on my list of mentions: Deus Ex 1, Starcraft, Crysis 1 (although that later got posted to consoles).

  • kolaval

    Dankie tog, you put half-life there!

  • Three times! Different versions yeah sure… but still: 3 TIMES!

  • m3n4ce

    And the ORIGINAL Duke Nukem 3D….. I think that also needs to be added to the list.
    Unless you take all the different platform ports….

  • Jono

    Of all time? you forgot Quake, Doom, Diablo, Warcraft, Comman & Conquer…The list goes on

  • Defcon_One

    Agree 100%. The games you mentioned are the daddies of their respective genres. Red Alert 1 was the best of the bunch in my humble opinion and if I could get it to run on my Windows 7 OS, I’d be playing it right now…

  • Johann Botha

    The Best game of all time is: Microsoft Solitaire. All, young and old, have played it and all have enjoyed it. And its properly the most played game of all time, and should be in the Guinness book of records. Even today people in government will play it all day long and enjoy it.

  • Thanks Alex! You were correcto on the screenshot! Been a while since I had seen both games 😛

    And ya, thanks for pointing that out! It’s not my personal opinion, but the general consensus on the highest rates PC games. I gave my opinion of each game in the paragraphs, but the list itself was built on existing scores 🙂

    Would you be interested in seeing a general MyGaming’s best PC games? Based on thoughts around the office? 🙂

  • Kurike

    yes, i would definitely like to see a general Mygaming’d best PC games list

    Bring it on!! and let the flame wars commence

  • Drake_za

    its hard to determine what is a exclusive and what is not, given how ports work these days

  • TTM

    Not to be too pedantic, but I’m pretty sure it’s Baldur’s Gate. As opposed to Balder’s Gate.

  • Nero55

    My list would include: red alert, starcraft 1&2, deus ex, far cry,medal of honor allied assault, cod 1, black and white, diablo, WoW, battlefield 1942, splinter cell, sim city :P, commandos, mass effect, half life 1&2, nfs underground, left for dead… oh cant forget indiana jones and the fate of atlantis, sam and max and grim fandango.

    but yeah so many epic games imo…. kinda makes me want to get them installed again!

  • What about Oblivion and Skyrim? They were legendary on PC versus other platforms because of the awesome modding community and resources available.

    FF7 was on PC too – and it was fantastic.

    … and personally I feel Bioshock 2 was better than the first – but it doesn’t make the first any less outstanding.

  • Savage

    “Topping the “best games of all time” lists seem to be PC exclusives”
    This is incorrect. If you actually make an effort to do proper research, you will find that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time tops most of the lists.

  • Red Alert was hands-down the best C&C!

  • Sorry Guys but Crysis should be on that list. Best FPS of all time hands down.

  • Draco Lusus

    I take it you weren’t around for HL1 then?

  • I was but trying to compare HL1 with Crysis is stupid…… looks like doom 1 and Crysis, well it looks like Crysis. Its like comparing an Macintosh with a entry level PC.

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