Console Games You Should Play On PC

OK, computer.

As console hardware becomes more standardised across manufacturers, the PC versions of multiplatform games are releasing with fewer discrepancies between their console counterparts. But that hasn't always been the case, and even today there will still be some exceptions. Here are the console games you should be playing on PC, along with what they offer that you won't be able to get while slouching on your couch and plugged into your television.

Portal 2

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: User-created puzzles

Portal 2's puzzle mechanics are so fun to play with that it's disappointing the campaign ever comes to an end. Well, on PC, it doesn't have to, as Valve's official Portal 2 Puzzle Creator allows for a massive library (over 380,000) of user-generated puzzles to come back to. The editor itself is intuitive and easy to use, while some of the user-created maps are so devious that they surpass the difficulty of Valve's official puzzles entirely. Do as GLaDOS wants, and test forever.

It's like designing a house in The Sims. With more deadly traps.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: Mods

The Elder Scrolls series has long been lauded for the quality of its mods--additions only possible through the openness of the PC as a platform. Skyrim's mods range from extremely detailed graphical enhancements, to new mechanics like hunting and hypothermia, and even entire previous Elder Scrolls games ported into the engine. Think of anything, and there's probably a Skyrim mod for that. I mean, we have a whole show about them--enough said.

Team Fortress 2

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: New first-party content

Team Fortress 2 is a completely different game on PC than it is on console. Years of free content updates have completely transformed the strategies that dictate the game's class interplay. New weapons, new maps, and new game modes mean you can play in entirely new ways--such as turning the Demoman into a melee character wielding a sword and shield. Put it this way--on console, you can't equip a single hat.

Oh yeah, there are robots now.

Grand Theft Auto IV

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: Graphical mods

Grand Theft Auto IV first hit PCs with a shaky, resource-intensive port whose graphics suffered strange artefacting and terrible shadow effects. Because of these, it just didn't look as good as its console versions, which didn't suffer such issues. But that has since changed, with the addition of graphical fixes in official patches along with fan-made mods that make GTA IV on PC the prettiest version after all. Now, you'll still have to deal with Games for Windows Live, but it's worth it to see Liberty City at its finest.

This is not a Watch Dogs screenshot.

Batman: Arkham City

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: Better bat-capes

Batman: Arkham City is an excellent example of how developers can build in special PC-only graphical enhancements to a multiplatform game that feel at home, not over-the-top. Arkham City itself is rendered in greater detail at much further draw distances. PhysX support adds more detailed debris, impressive volumetric smoke effects, and also enhances the cloth physics of Batman's cape--an item of clothing you'll be looking at for the entire game. Just make sure your GPU supports DirectX 11, and you're running a 64-bit version of Windows.

It's so pretty, I'd almost tolerate living there.

Dark Souls

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: Graphical mods

It may be one of the most barebones PC ports in existence, but with a simple fan-made mod, Dark Souls on PC can be transformed into the definitive version. You can play it at a higher resolution, at double the frame rate, and with improved graphical effects like SSAO, depth of field and anti-aliasing that immerse you even deeper in the world of Lordran. Plus, you can replace the death screen with this, which is worth it in and of itself.

It took me four more years to finish this.

Fallout: New Vegas

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: No more bugs

Fallout: New Vegas feels like it stays truer to the tone and quest design of the original isometric Fallout RPGs than Fallout 3. However, being an Obsidian game, it's unfortunately riddled with bugs that range from hard crashes through to broken quests that cannot be completed. But with a few quick mods and fan patches, you can turn the PC version of New Vegas into arguably the best, and least-broken, Fallout game of the entire series.

See? Not a bug in sight.

Just Cause 2

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: 1,000-player multiplayer

Why did a team of modders seek to add an entire multiplayer mode to a game that never shipped with any? Because the idea of playing Just Cause 2 with 1,000 players was just too awesome not to. This mod allows you to compete in all manner of modes of competitive mayhem, from open-world deathmatch to car races through burning rings, while the over-the-top grappling mechanics and vehicle-riding are exponentially more hilarious with friends.

Metro: Last Light

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: Finer controls

Not only is Metro: Last Light one of the games you should use to stress-test your PC's graphical power, but it also plays better on PC thanks to the increased precision of keyboard and mouse controls. In a post-apocalyptic world where resources are scarce, you need to make every shot count--especially when your most effective bullets double as in-game currency. So hunker down, strap on your gas mask, and line up the perfect headshot.

I know they're Nazis, but this isn't Wolfenstein.

Battlefield 4

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: A higher player population

A multiplayer shooter lives and dies by how active its player base is--even if it's a juggernaut like the Battlefield series. You need to go where the players are, and for Battlefield 4, that means you need to play it on PC. You'll never have trouble finding a populated server to jump into, and superior voice chat options make teamwork even easier. Plus, you'll be playing on the platform that gets significant bug fixes delivered first.

Everyone line up for the helicopter ride.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: Personalised gameplay tweaks

There are little things that annoy me about Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown reboot. Like the fact that aliens get a free movement turn after you first see them. Or that snipers just kind of suck until you level them up. On PC, XCOM's mods allow you to fix that. If you have any other annoyances, said mods allow you to tweak the game to your heart's content. That includes stopping aliens from spawning behind you, thankfully.

You want this guy in your squad. Trust me.

Minecraft

WHAT THE PC OFFERS: Anything you can possibly think of

Not to dismiss the sheer creativity that is possible within Minecraft's current console iterations, but it's nothing compared to what you can do on PC with a few mods. I'm talking about building a functioning nuclear reactor, for starters. The fact that Minecraft has now sold more console copies than PC means we need to get the word out: jump on over to the platform where almost anything is possible.

Don't worry, it's perfectly stable.

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ajdindaboss
ajdindaboss

True, PC gaming is better I think. Console is only better for co-op mode like PES and others

But if you looking for answer thats better between this 2 find it here ;) http://goo.gl/lOEXFa
 

MadamMim
MadamMim

What's the mod shown in the XCOM screenshot?  The link brings me to a page that says its in moderation or something.

Clovergirl227
Clovergirl227

You could have made it easy and just said "all of them." A PC does everything a console does better.

FugetSudo
FugetSudo

I'm a little disappointed by GTAIV's.  Just about every PC game has "Mods" of some kind and GTAIV does look really good with all the different ENB's .... but what the author should of mentioned was the PC-only video editor (same with GTAV).  Though not as popular, it is an official pc-only exclusive and would of made more sense to mention it in this article.

cybershoes
cybershoes

gta 5 is about to join this list. >:)

gnomz
gnomz

consoles is game cancer. coz they need to optimaze games to certain hardware. no consoles better games. my opinion.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

Also PC games are about 15% cheaper.

hypre1
hypre1

my list for the above article:

- any multiplatform game that releases on PC.

sofatayra
sofatayra

Apart from Dark Souls and GTA 4 that took time to release on PC vrs consoles , 

all the rest should be called PC games that should be played on Consoles , not the other way around .

invaderdandog
invaderdandog

So... I'm the only one here who plays both console and PC... I'll just be heading out.

Wyvern_OS
Wyvern_OS

I would add Dragon Age: Origins because of the Top View Camera

vaskoboss7
vaskoboss7

you take to adabt to my double empire and blue portal and vaskocraft and all wv7! rest will reject thats it ward top that will be and nothing else!

Forbidden76
Forbidden76

frozenuxx

"Consoles are so  fcking limited hardware and software speaking because of their closed nature."


Dude what are you smoking?

Consoles closed nature enable them to be better than PC's.

Common hardware platform means less bugs.

PC's have about 10-20x the number of bugfixes that come out compared to its console counterpart.

Why? Because game developers dont have to worry about the 1 million different variations of PC hardware out there compared to a console.


And to the writer of this article. BF4 wasnt even playable on multiplayer for months without getting kicked out of a game or not going to the next map and kicks you out of the game.

I doubt the writer played both versions of all these games. 

I did with BF4 and the choice was easy to play on the XBOX One.

Less lag, less bugs and more fun.


Plus to trump all you PC fanboys, I would rather play on my 60" Samsung quad-core tv than a 25" monitor sitting at my desk feeling like I am at work.


Shalidor
Shalidor

Playing Minecraft on anything other than PC should be considered a crime. The console/pocket editions are appalling. Minecraft on PC in alpha was better for one reason, you had to use a mouse. Controller/touchscreen for voxel based building in first person, not to mention the terrible crafting system they had to implement to make console versions even playable...


To me I never even considered anything but the PC version real Minecraft... the others were just terrible copies. I cannot fathom how consoles have outsold it. The possibilities of PC Minecraft are unlimited, with free textures/skins, modpacks, adventure maps, servers with custom coded plugins and minigames, and hundreds of 3rd party programs like MCEdit and WorldPainter.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

I wonder what PC haters can come up with as an argument to counter this article.

jcheng9416
jcheng9416

see Diablo 3 pc vs Diablo 3 console, i feel bad for all your console lovers lol

oldtobie
oldtobie

Should have been titled: PC Games You Shouldn't Bother With on Consoles.

robathy
robathy

I'm a little miffed that the first Mass Effect has not made it to this list. It had a complete UI overhaul for the PC version, coupled with the more precise control of keyboard and mouse.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

Consoles are so  fcking limited hardware and software speaking because of their closed nature.  I don't picture myself playing anything but exclusives on them at this point. Playing mutlti-plats on them in my case is like playing gimped versions. You can barely (and that's me being optimistic) customize or enhance your gaming experience, it's like eating meat without seasonings nor gravy on the side lol. I remember them being the precursor of gaming hardware the 2 last gen, but now they pretty much pick up PC hardware leftovers and make them pass as new. And it's not just the hardware they picked up, the software too and even business practices good and bad.

white_wind
white_wind

I did not know Team fortress was on console. which one?

daz1200
daz1200

@epic_sam u do know that all this "these games are better on PC because" is doing nothing more then nit-picking. i mean there is nothing on this list of PC offers that would make me want to play these games on PC. console is still number one. 

cybershoes
cybershoes

@Forbidden76 oh you didn't know? you can connect your pc to your 60"tv... u can even use a motherf***ing projector. And you don't have to play games on a desk. we pc guys have a wide variety of gamepads, controllers, steering wheels and other whatevers to choose from. so uhhh.....

echeverriad78
echeverriad78

@Forbidden76 This is to funny. Okay peasant farmers defend your potatoes. First of all like the cod from the past. battlefield came out on pc first. All the bf4 version suffer with the same bugs. With a 60 inch i can play my pc on my Samsung 55 inch led tv. And quad core or dual core it doesn't play much of a role when your console or pc doing the most work. 2 I see a lot potatoes gamer playing on a monitor than a tv. you know why? Because most of them will tell you the image quality and less input lag is overall better than a t.v dumb ass ignorant peasant.  

hypre1
hypre1

@Forbidden76 'Consoles closed nature enable them to be better than PC's.' 

that has got to be the most idiotic statement I have ever heard, due to its closed nature it has no future proofing or potential, it will always be the same hardware even 5 years down the line when it will be even more outdated than it is now, I mean Jesus consoles are struggling currently to get both 60 fps and 1080p which has been the norm for PC gaming for a while.

also 

'Plus to trump all you PC fanboys, I would rather play on my 60" Samsung quad-core tv than a 25" monitor sitting at my desk feeling like I am at work.'

I play half my PC games on my 55 inch TV whats your point.

daz1200
daz1200

@Forbidden76 while i agree with ur statement here. and love how u put the PC to shame campaired to consoles. i have to say y are u using the failbox one? really. PS4 is the winner 

daz1200
daz1200

@R4gn4r0k nit-picking. the PC has very very very little to offer over consoles. this showed me nothing that makes me wanna play these games on PC. even after reading this fully. ill stick to console.

daz1200
daz1200

@oldtobie thank you so much. you have proven what ive been saying about a lot (not all but a lot) of PC gamers for quiet some time now :) so for that i thank you

Forbidden76
Forbidden76

@cybershoes @Forbidden76


Wow...thats news to me the PC has all that! 

Awesome NERD!


I love how the PC gamers just throw out stupid useless points like yours. 

Why dont you comment on the ported games you play  on the PC?

Thats what I am trying to get at here!


90-95% of all PC retail games are ports of their console counterparts.

Its a FACT GIYF

So have fun playing your ported games...and all the bugs that come with them.

so uhhh...

Forbidden76
Forbidden76

@hypre1 @Forbidden76


Umm....consoles get better more consistent FPS than PCs do son.

Look up some benchmarks...games are optimized for consoles not PCs.

95% of all games are developed on the XBOX and ported to the PC!

Damn some stupid people on here. Go hump your PC.


lol @ picturing you sitting at your 55" TV with a mouse and keyboard!

Thanks nerd...that made my weekend!



Forbidden76
Forbidden76

@daz1200 @Forbidden76


I would of agreed with you fully if not for Titanfall on the XBOX One.

I havent had more fun with any game in a long long time...we are talking years.

PS4 is missing a blockbuster still...


And Titanfall for the PC sucks...shocking I know lol

Microsoft Studios put a lot of money into that game for XBOX One while the PC version is riddled with bugs, like always.

charles_finley
charles_finley

@Forbidden76 Titanfall on PC has very few bugs and completely lacks the horrible screen tearing issues present in the Xbox One version. IGN did a video about those issues around launch.


So If you're correct, my 120fps 1440p surround sound Titanfall experience is worse than 792p? Well, I'll be damned.


I doubt you've ever even played a single game, let alone a flash game on a somehat decent PC.

hypre1
hypre1

@R4gn4r0k @daz1200 I think he means he either, cant read or he doesn't care for any of the games mentioned, and if he does care he obviously does not care to play them to their maximum potential.

cybershoes
cybershoes

@oldtobie that we bully console gamers just for kicks. hahaha. >:)

Forbidden76
Forbidden76

@charles_finley @Forbidden76


I love the PC fanboys that come to the PCs defense.

I find it funny that in the mid 90s consoles were trying to be like PC's.

Now PC's are trying to be like consoles lol

Look at the Alienware X51. 

They show a XBOX 360 controller next to it on their site...I rest my case.


And keep throwing those useless stats out there about 120fps 1440p and so on.

How big is that monitor your playing on? Thought so...

Take my Sammy 7000 series 55" 3D LED and shrink the screen to 25" and it will look exactly the same as your dummy monitors.


I am a Microsoft MCSE since 1999 and gamed hard on Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament, Countersrike, Day Of Defeat and Battlefield 2 from 1995-2005. Those were the glory days of PC gaming. Now its all console ports and its a FACT that 90% of retail PC games are ports the developers designed mostly on the XBOX 360 and the future will hold if developer choose the PS4 or XBOX One to develop on.

One thing for sure is they dont develop them for PCs. Thats not where the money is fella.

Play your console ports if you want and have 10-20x more bugs on the PC vs the console version. 

Its up to you...

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@echeverriad78 @R4gn4r0k @daz1200 Console gaming has great aspects too... It's just that I want PC haters to give factual arguments on why they think it's better to play multiplats on when 99% of multiplats are better on PC.

charles_finley
charles_finley

@Forbidden76 @charles_finley Stating the facts to someone who is not familiar with what they are talking about does not equal being defensive. Throwing around bad words and calling people defensive make you look like the source of buttmad.


Yes, consoles are trying to be PC's and PC's try to be consoles. Look at the Alienware. Look at Xbox One and PS4 adopting PC-like features like digital sales. They are both trying to grab a little bit from each other. 


120fps and 1440p are useless stats? With that logic, you wouldn't mind playing games at 240p. Okay, then.


Because I'm using a PC, I can play on a 55" TV......or a 24" monitor.....or a 100" projector. It just works. I'm not forced to use a small monitor.


Console games are ported and developed from PC's. That's just it. How do you code and develop assets on a controller? You use a PC with advanced programs and capture hardware. How the hell would a console run a motion capture studio? How is an Xbox supposed to arrange lighting elements and render CG cutscenes? That's why console versions of games are ported down. They get lesser graphics, control support, framerate, etc. Look at how Skyrim is on PS3 vs PC. It's literally night and day. PC has superior everything in comparison to dumbed down console versions, where you are limited to one hardware set.


If the money is not with PC's, then why did PC gaming sales eclipse console gaming sales more than a year ago?


http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/IgniteGT-PC-gaming-vs-CONSOLE-gaming1.png


Do you have any real source for PC having more bugs besides BF4? Let's look at games one by one.


Cod 4 - Last updated forever ago on console; Promod and continuing support on PC

Borderlands 1; Updated on console more than a year ago; huge PC update last week with new DLC features

GTA IV - hacked to hell on console with modders everywhere; pc has public fun events and hackers are actually banned

Halo 1 - Multiplayer on PC; console hasn't had multiplayer since release (more than a decade)

Tomb Raider - buy the game twice on console; one PC version with better graphics than definitive version


There are in fact LESS bugs on PC. The truly misinformed simply think that more fixes to a game meant there were more problems in the first place. Do you have nay idea how hard it is for devs to release console patches? MS and Sony actually charge money. Hell, look at how dumbed down and lacking PayDay 2 console is. It's literally months behind the PC version, just like many other games.