Console Games You Should Play On PC

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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.

Discussion

458 comments
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?

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I don't even want to play PC games on the PC, why would I play my console games on it? Lol there's a reason I decided to stop paying 3 times more for a PC with half the life span of a console.

20 years ago PC gaming had it's place but no longer are consoles static boxes with sub par horse power. It's just not worth the time and money it takes to game on the PC anymore. Consoles look every bit as good.

printice21
printice21

DMC 60fps... who am I kidding, if its single player and on PC thats the version Ill get. Of course now with Titanfall and a few others I have more friends than before jumping on the PC 


seanwil545
seanwil545

I downloaded Bioshock Infinite on the PS3 back when it was a PSN+ game. I liked it, so I bought it from Steam for $8, the difference was huge.

On the exact same monitor, the PC version had far more clarity and greater detail in the bricks, wood and foliage. I assume the PS3 runs at a lower resolution because even the FOV seemed just a bit zoomed compared to the PC.

I also have a PS4, but yeah...its mostly for exclusives.

If its on PC, I buy for PC.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

Before I even read this article, you should play every game possible on PC that is available on consoles with a few exceptions. 1)Ubisoft games. AMD users swear they have poor performance on AMD cards, but they have poor performance on Nvidia cards too. 2) Some EA games. Why Crysis 1-3 have perfect controller support featuring Xbox controller button prompts, but Battlefield 3 and 4 don't is beyond me. Dragon Age and all of the Mass Effect games have missing controller support. Why anybody wants to play with a keyboard is beyond me. It's the same thing as a digital d-pad, but more akward. Analog sticks were created by Nintendo specifically for 3rd person 3D games and they work fairly well on first person games as well. Whether or not you prefer the mouse or the camera/left analog stick is personal preference. For Mass Effect, it does nothing but remove rumble and takes away your ability to lean back during a 30+ hour game.


A few games miss stuff like co-op (Ghostbusters), but most games have the exact same stuff, especially after Steam introduce Steamworks and achievements along with GFWL and the online multiplayer is free. At the very least, you'll have the exact same experience as console, but can play at higher resolutions.

ParanoidPaal
ParanoidPaal

Console games you should play on PC: all of them.

JAHBU
JAHBU

I'm replaying Dragon Age Origins on the PC for the first time. First time was on the PS3. The PC version is like a whole new game. It's GREATNESS!!!

santinegrete
santinegrete

LEft 4 dead 2 isn't here with all it's post reléase support and free maps?

Jimzeel
Jimzeel

Team Fortress 2, Battlefield. Minecraft, Fall Out:New Vegas and Skyrim are PC games ported to consoles not console games ported to the PC.

And those are indeed better on PC, but thats because they  are PC games afterall......

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

Every gamer should support mods and free content developement. I dont get console only fanboys. They rather give super rich shareholders more money for DLC-ripoff than demanding mod support for consoles. Consumer sheep much.


And I dont get how anyone can seriously play Elder Scrolls games on consoles. There is no justification for that since the vanilla versions of these games are utterly crap.

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. 

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

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@printice21 Same here, if it's a multiplat and available on PC I'll get it for PC. A big reason is because the price on PC is always cheaper (and there is lots of competition from different stores) and even the worst ports (GTA IV, Saints Row 2, ...) still play better than their console counterparts.

unikunjerry
unikunjerry

@Kryptonbornson for mass effect, it is actually better to play with a keyboard and mouse (in my opinion) because you wouldn't have to pause the entire game just to use a special ability or move your squad somewhere, because they are all mapped to keys on your keyboard. this is true for all mass effect games.

mvbridgman
mvbridgman

I played DA2 on ps3 before playing Da Origins on it and could never understand why people thought Origins was better than 2. I couldn't play origins on ps3, it infuriated me. Then i got it on a steam sale and like you say, the difference is unreal. I really enjoyed it on pc and now see what where people were coming from.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@JAHBU download the texture mods, enb lighting and magic happens ;)

souprice86
souprice86

@3dmatrixgamer

Console = Westerns Most favourite console

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

@unikunjerry @Gravity_Slave

Don't bother argue with him, to quote Tyron Lannister he is "touched"...lol

mark_1313_13
mark_1313_13

@KimCheeWarriorX @Sozialminister One is superior than the other, the only thing consoles have going for them are the exclusive games they get. The only reason they get those is to try and get people to play on their consoles. The kinds of people that do that tend to be empty headed.