Best Pc Games by Genre

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#1 Posted by aia89 (2257 posts) -

Hello guys, I'm finally switching from console gaming to pc gaming, the main reason is Steam, yeah I said that. Pondering all the pros and cons I firmly believe that console gaming is too expensive, while - with all the due proportions - Pc's is the best value for money, considering that I would not use the Pc only for gaming, but both for leisure time and work. so yeah, it's a goodbye to the xbox 360 for me, I will keep it for some exclusives here and there.

Now, I'd like to know what games you guys can recommend, divided by the following genres:

INDIE

rpg

racing

sport

action/action adventure

platformers

rts's

adventure

puzzle

TBS

thanks!

#2 Posted by RaIn285 (3010 posts) -

RPG:Mass effect

RTS:Company of heroes or R.U.S.E.

Racing:Need for speed

Indie:Plants vs zombies

Shooters:Probably Call of Duty

Puzzle:???

#3 Posted by afrihan (51 posts) -

Hello guys, I'm finally switching from console gaming to pc gaming, the main reason is Steam, yeah I said that. Pondering all the pros and cons I firmly believe that console gaming is too expensive, while - with all the due proportions - Pc's is the best value for money, considering that I would not use the Pc only for gaming, but both for leisure time and work. so yeah, it's a goodbye to the xbox 360 for me, I will keep it for some exclusives here and there.

Now, I'd like to know what games you guys can recommend, divided by the following genres:

INDIE

Braid, Machinarium, Torchlight

rpg

Dragon Age Origins, Mass Effect 1,2, The Witcher

racing

Dirt 2

sport

upcoming Fifa 2011

action/action adventure

Batman Arkham Asylum, Mafia 2, Gta IV

platformers

The Misadventures of P.B.Winterbottom, Braid

rts's

Starcraft 2, Civ V

adventure

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

puzzle

Bookworm

thanks!

aia89

no Fps's? it's useless to Pc game without Fps's love

#4 Posted by rhazzy (1516 posts) -

RPG:Mass effect

RTS:Company of heroes or R.U.S.E.

Racing:Need for speed

Indie:Plants vs zombies

Shooters:Probably Call of Duty

Puzzle:???

RaIn285

Worst list ever...

Mass Effect isnt a RPG...its a corridor shooter with customization options,from little to none.

RUSE...lol,comon RUSE its an average RTS

Call of Duty?Pfff...dude,u clearly have no idea about games.

NFS...hmmm...yeah its a great Racing game but not all of NFS titles are good.

#5 Posted by afrihan (51 posts) -

[QUOTE="RaIn285"]

RPG:Mass effect

RTS:Company of heroes or R.U.S.E.

Racing:Need for speed

Indie:Plants vs zombies

Shooters:Probably Call of Duty

Puzzle:???

rhazzy

Worst list ever...

Mass Effect isnt a RPG...its a corridor shooter with customization options,from little to none.

RUSE...lol,comon RUSE its an average RTS

Call of Duty?Pfff...dude,u clearly have no idea about games.

NFS...hmmm...yeah its a great Racing game but not all of NFS titles are good.

why do you not provide with your own list then?
#6 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15847 posts) -

Why say goodbye to the other consoles? I wouldn't deprive myself of games not on the PC if I already have a console.

Some of my additions:

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Flight Sim:

Non-combat: Flight Simulator X

Combat: DCS:Black Shark

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FPS:

Crysis/Warhead

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Action Adventure:

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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RPG:

The Witcher

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RTS:

Starcraft 2

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#7 Posted by eclarkdog (1307 posts) -

ADD the genre TBS

threads exactly like this pop up every month or so and always leave out turned-based

#8 Posted by aia89 (2257 posts) -

ADD the genre TBS

threads exactly like this pop up every month or so and always leave out turned-based

eclarkdog
dunno what it is, but I added it
#9 Posted by eclarkdog (1307 posts) -

INDIE - Mount & Blade (colossal)

rpg - KOTOR 1, NWN2

racing - n/a

sport - last sports game I played was Madden 04

action/action adventure - POP trilogy, TR, Max Paynes, Mafia 1

platformers - "Psychonauts", baby!!! Braid was pretty cool too

rts's - Medieval 2 Total War, Dawn of War 1, Company of Heroes (excluding Tales of Valor...crap crap crap)

adventure - The Longest Journey/Dreamfall

puzzle Portal

TBS - Silent Storm Gold, Civilization 4 (hopefully CIV 5 too)

#10 Posted by broken_bass_bin (7514 posts) -

FPS
Half-Life 2

Indie
Braid

RPG
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Racing
Sim: GTR 2
Non-sim: GRID

Action/action adventure
Batman: Arkham Asylum

RTS
Starcraft 2

Puzzle
Portal

TBS
Civilization IV

#11 Posted by broken_bass_bin (7514 posts) -

[QUOTE="eclarkdog"]

ADD the genre TBS

threads exactly like this pop up every month or so and always leave out turned-based

aia89

dunno what it is, but I added it

Turn-based strategy

You should add FPS as well. It's a key genre for PC gaming.

#12 Posted by aia89 (2257 posts) -

[QUOTE="aia89"][QUOTE="eclarkdog"]

ADD the genre TBS

threads exactly like this pop up every month or so and always leave out turned-based

broken_bass_bin

dunno what it is, but I added it

Turn-based strategy

You should add FPS as well. It's a key genre for PC gaming.

Fps's? no thanks
#13 Posted by eclarkdog (1307 posts) -

Fps's? no thanks

Actually, I'm not a big fan of FPS myself, but if there is one you should play it would be Half-Life 2.

edit: I actually always assumed that Half-Life was a PC exclusive, but see that it did come out for the XBOX, so you may have played it.

#14 Posted by aia89 (2257 posts) -

Actually, I'm not a big fan of FPS myself, but if there is one you should play it would be Half-Life 2.

eclarkdog

I played it, because it ran well even on my laptop, but to be honest I'm tired of all those shooters, that's also why I'm switching to Pc gaming, there's just more variety. Fps's are the new Casuals imo

#15 Posted by eclarkdog (1307 posts) -

[QUOTE="eclarkdog"]

Actually, I'm not a big fan of FPS myself, but if there is one you should play it would be Half-Life 2.

aia89

I played it, because it ran well even on my laptop, but to be honest I'm tired of all those shooters, that's also why I'm switching to Pc gaming, there's just more variety. Fps's are the new Casuals imo

Understand. By the way, the genres to me that scream "PC" are RTS, RPG and TBS. Games like Civilizaton 4 (or 5) are must play PC games. RTS is almost completely PC exclusive. I know there are some RPGs on consoles, but it really is not the same when you play on PC where they were born.

#16 Posted by Farkeman (1199 posts) -

INDIE - Minecraft

rpg - Kotor

racing - Need for speed series

sport - sport games suck , but i would have to go with tony hawk Americas Wasteland

action/action adventure - Mirrors edge , if it counts :)

platformers - not decided yet

rts's - starcraft 2 for sure

adventure -sam and max for sure

puzzle -plants vs zombie , maybe ...

TBS - civ or total war series , not sure :(

Fps - half life 2 with whole source engine or quake series .

#17 Posted by SkyWard20 (4509 posts) -

[QUOTE="RaIn285"]

RPG:Mass effect

RTS:Company of heroes or R.U.S.E.

Racing:Need for speed

Indie:Plants vs zombies

Shooters:Probably Call of Duty

Puzzle:???

rhazzy

Worst list ever...

Mass Effect isnt a RPG...its a corridor shooter with customization options,from little to none.

RUSE...lol,comon RUSE its an average RTS

Call of Duty?Pfff...dude,u clearly have no idea about games.

NFS...hmmm...yeah its a great Racing game but not all of NFS titles are good.

Sounds like you're trying to compare the game to a personal definition of an RPG and not to an official, or particularly informative one.

#18 Posted by XXI_World (2050 posts) -

RPG: The Witcher, Mass Effect series, Torchlight, The Elder Scrolls III and IV.

FPS: (FPSs are awesome games both for casual and competitive players): Counter-Strike Source, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life series.

RTS: Company of Heroes (and expansion packs), Empire: Total War, Age of Empires III (and expansion packs).

TBS: the upcoming Civilization V (Civilization is awesome, there's probably no chance they'd screw this one up).

Action/Adventure: the upcoming Darksiders (console version is great), Batman: Arkham Asylum, Portal (more like puzzle/adventure though), Prince of Persia series (except Forgotten Sands), Devil May Cry series.



#19 Posted by NeilCardiff (834 posts) -

[QUOTE="rhazzy"]

[QUOTE="RaIn285"]

RPG:Mass effect

RTS:Company of heroes or R.U.S.E.

Racing:Need for speed

Indie:Plants vs zombies

Shooters:Probably Call of Duty

Puzzle:???

afrihan

Worst list ever...

Mass Effect isnt a RPG...its a corridor shooter with customization options,from little to none.

RUSE...lol,comon RUSE its an average RTS

Call of Duty?Pfff...dude,u clearly have no idea about games.

NFS...hmmm...yeah its a great Racing game but not all of NFS titles are good.

why do you not provide with your own list then?

I second that.

If you're such an expert then let's see your list.

As for Rain's list, there's not one crappy game in there so I smell troll farts.

#20 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

INDIE

  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • Eets
  • Garry's Mod

RPG

  • Dragon Age
  • The Witcher
  • King's Bounty series
  • Neverwinter Nights 2
  • Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich

RTS

  • Homeworld series
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series
  • Company of Heroes series

ADVENTURE

  • The Longest Journey
  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
  • Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
  • Machinarium
  • Sam & Max episodes
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent

TURN-BASED STRATEGY

  • Civilization IV + expansions (although you might as well wait for Civilization V)
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III + expansions
  • Heroes of Might and Magic V + expansions
  • Disciples II + expansions
  • Disciples III

SIMULATION

  • The Sims 3 (Life)
  • Anno 1404 (Economy)
  • Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (Tycoon)
#21 Posted by rhazzy (1516 posts) -

[QUOTE="rhazzy"]

[QUOTE="RaIn285"]

RPG:Mass effect

RTS:Company of heroes or R.U.S.E.

Racing:Need for speed

Indie:Plants vs zombies

Shooters:Probably Call of Duty

Puzzle:???

SkyWard20

Worst list ever...

Mass Effect isnt a RPG...its a corridor shooter with customization options,from little to none.

RUSE...lol,common RUSE its an average RTS

Call of Duty?Pfff...dude,u clearly have no idea about games.

NFS...hmmm...yeah its a great Racing game but not all of NFS titles are good.

Sounds like you're trying to compare the game to a personal definition of an RPG and not to an official, or particularly informative one.

Your maybe right...but i dont agree with a publisher/dev team saying about their own game that is an "RPG"...The devs/pub put their games in the category they want...|For example...if Activision would of said about CoD MW2 that is an "RPG" this majority of casual gamers would go along with it...

For me Mass Effect 1/2 are not,not even remotely, RPG's

P.S. Btw what is "official definition" to you?I mean what are the trusted sources who can put games in categorys?For examples,game sites like Gamespot and IGN have no clue about gaming in general...they are just publicity tools for consoles(xbox in particular)...how can i trust this sites when they put a tag on a game saying that game is an RPG???

#22 Posted by NeilCardiff (834 posts) -

[QUOTE="SkyWard20"]

[QUOTE="rhazzy"]

Worst list ever...

Mass Effect isnt a RPG...its a corridor shooter with customization options,from little to none.

RUSE...lol,comon RUSE its an average RTS

Call of Duty?Pfff...dude,u clearly have no idea about games.

NFS...hmmm...yeah its a great Racing game but not all of NFS titles are good.

rhazzy

Sounds like you're trying to compare the game to a personal definition of an RPG and not to an official, or particularly informative one.

Your maybe right...but i dont agree with a publisher/dev team saying about their own game that is an "RPG"...The devs/pub put their games in the category they want...|For example...if Activision would of said about CoD MW2 that is an "RPG" this majority of casual gamers would go along with it...

For me Mass Effect 1/2 are not,not even remotly, RPG's

Still waiting for your list.

#23 Posted by kaitanuvax (3814 posts) -

Indie

Plants vs Zombies

RPG

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

MMORPG

World of Warcraft

Racing

Race Driver: GRID

Sport

NBA 2k10

Action

Batman: Arkham Asylum

RTS

Starcraft II

Adventure / Puzzle

The Longest Journey

TBS

Civilization IV

FPS

Counter Strike 1.6 / Source


#24 Posted by kieranb2000 (7591 posts) -

My answers in no specific order.

I put it to this topic to try and outdo this amazing list ;p

INDIE

Machinarium, Cave Story

rpg

Fallout, Fallout 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Star Wars: KOTOR, Alpha Protocol, The Mass Effect games, The Witcher

racing

Race Driver: GRiD, Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box

action/action adventure

Overlord, Overlord 2, Just Cause 2

platformers

Cave Story (it's also free! Google it), Braid

rts's

Supreme Commander + Forged Alliance (and maybe SupCom 2, if you skip the first. Because it is significantly inferior), Starcraft 2, Command & Conquer (the whole series up until Red Alert 3 is pretty awesome), Sins of a Solar Empire

adventure

The Sam and Max games (Devil's Playhouse in particular is impressing me a lot atm), Machinarium, Discworld (an old DOS game but I loved it so much because it remains pretty true to the utterly fantastic source material)

puzzle

Portal, Braid, the Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, Audiosurf

TBS

Civilization IV

FPS

Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Left 4 Dead 2, Battlefield 2142, Borderlands

aia89

#25 Posted by DraugenCP (8469 posts) -

fps - STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl

racing - Trackmania maybe, I don't play a lot of racers on the PC

action/action adventure - uhh, for action maybe GTA IV

platformers - Jazz Jackrabbit 2

rts - Age of Empires III

Wow, I just realised about 95% of the games I play on PC are FPS.

#26 Posted by pelvist (4478 posts) -

Indie: Trine/Mount&Blade/Cortex Command/Minecraft

RPG: Planescape Torment

Racing: Live For Speed/Rfactor/Grid

Sport: PGA Tour Online

Action Adventure: Jedi Knight Series

Platformer: Trine

RTS: Company of Heroes & expantions

Adventure: Dreamfall:The Longest Journey/Sam and Max

Puzzle: Peggle

TBS: Civilization IV

#27 Posted by JN_Fenrir (1551 posts) -

Indie: Braid, Osmos, Trine, Torchlight, Penumbra series, Machinarium... I could go on forever with this list.

RPG: Almost anything from Bioware, The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series, Deus Ex, Diablo 2 and most of its clones

Racing: Burnout Paradise is all I've got. Can't really help you there, I'm not much of a racing fan.

Sport: Again, not really my genre. Does Left4Dead count as a sport? :P

Action/Action-adventure: Half-Life series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, Max Payne series, System Shock 2, Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Unreal 1, Counter-Strike Source and Team Fortress 2 for multiplayer... Again, I could go on forever.

Platformers: Psychonauts, Trine, Braid, Emberwind, VVVVVVV (no, really), Eversion ... I'm sure there are tons more.

RTS: Sacrifice, Warcraft 3, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series, Company of Heroes, Men at War

Adventure: All the old LucasArts and Sierra adventure games, The Longest Journey, Sanitarium, basically anything you think has a cool storyline

Puzzle: Portal, World of Goo, Toki Tori, Braid (there's a reason I keep mentioning this game :)), Chains, Bejeweled (personally, I like Twist), Zuma, Peggle, Plants Vs. Zombies, Defense Grid: The Awakening (The last two are tower defense games, and they're awesome.)

TBS: Civilization IV/V, Disciples II, Worms series

#28 Posted by DanSkalkin (39 posts) -

Adventure: Syberia games

Action/Adventure: Prince of Persia (SoT, WW and the third one), Mafia, GTA San Andreas

Shooter: Half Life games,

RPG: Fallout games, System Shock 2, Baldurs Gate 2, Planescape Torment, Deus Ex

Racing: NFSU2

RTS: Starcraft, Age of Mythology

Survival Horror: RE 1,2,3 & 4

Indie: Machinarium

TBS: X-com 1 & 2, HOMM5

#29 Posted by noblepuker (24 posts) -

Racing simulator:

  • 'Grand Prix Legends' isunmatchedin the PC grand prixonline racinggenre (as far as i know,there might be others).Beware,it's also the hardest racing sim i've ever played.GPL's been around awhile(since 98'),the fans are loyal,and good.I know it's ancient,trust me.Grab it for $10 or less,update it,getVROC,and go race. :twisted:

I didn't realize there were any other genres...:|

If your PC is a fast one,and has a superb video card,you'll be able to handle thenewer titles.There's good suggestions here,you can't go wrong really.:)

I have an older PC (2.4 athlon with 2 gigs ram,and a nvidia 512 GS7600 video),so i play older titles...mostly late 90's-2008 ones.Doesn't bother me a bit,there's1000's of titles to choose from,and they're real cheap.Many are going strong with loyal fanbases.

Keep this in mind when game searching.

#30 Posted by keren_man (191 posts) -

If your PC is a fast one,and has a superb video card,you'll be able to handle thenewer titles.There's good suggestions here,you can't go wrong really.:)

I have an older PC (2.4 athlon with 2 gigs ram,and a nvidia 512 GS7600 video),so i play older titles...mostly late 90's-2008 ones.Doesn't bother me a bit,there's1000's of titles to choose from,and they're real cheap.Many are going strong with loyal fanbases.

Keep this in mind when game searching.

noblepuker

Thank for the advice:)

Oh, and here's my list

RTS: Starcraft 2, Knight of Honor, Stronghold (old titles but extremely fun), and Warhammer series

Action: GTA series, Mass Effect series, and Mafia series

Racing: Burnout Paradise

TBS: Total War series

Sport: NBA 2K10

RPG: Oblivion and Fallout 3

How about adding Tycoon Genres? I know this genre is old but still it is a trademark of PC gaming

Mine is: Roller Coaster Tycoon series and Industry Giant 2(the game that introduces me to PC gaming)

#31 Posted by VinnoT (4649 posts) -