The year 2020 is more than halfway through (thank goodness) so it’s time for us to refresh our list of the 25 best PC games to play right now. Times have changed, both in the PC gaming landscape and in the makeup of our PC gaming staff and contributors, and that means that outside of some real stalwarts we’ve got a substantially different list this time around.
To be clear, this list does not attempt to pick out the “best” or “most influential” PC games ever made. It’s also not a list of the most popular games out there, or a list that seeks to represent the top games of every genre (sorry Total War: Three Kingdoms – you came close!). No, this is a list of games that we, the IGN editors and contributors, collectively recommend the most, based on our own tastes, and all from within the past 10 years. Think of it as our staff’s personal recommendations to you for games we think you should play if you haven’t.
This new Top 25 list was composed by polling the IGN staff for their most highly recommended PC games, then using our own Face Off tool to randomly compare every game to every other game, separating the niche favorites from those with a breadth of support among the staff. Then we argued about it and shifted things here and there until we had a list that nobody quit in protest over, which we here at IGN consider to be a win.
The Best Modern PC Games (Summer 2020 Update)