The Tom's Hardware Definitive List Of PC Games (Updated)

Update, 6/26/17, 11:47am PT: The Witcher 3 is now only a few points behind Skyrim, and this point the race is just too close to call. Witcher 3 fans need only a few more votes in their favor for a massive upset. In other news, it looks like Portal 2 will handily win the title of "Best Online Co-Op Game" followed by Borderlands 2 at a solid second place. Diablo 3 and Payday 2 are neck and neck, vying for third place.


With only 24 hours left, now's the time to get out there and vote! If you've already cast your vote, head to the PC Gaming forums and let us know what games you voted on and why. Click here to vote on the Tom's Hardware Definitive List of PC Games.

Original article, 5/24/17, 1:30pm PT:

Are we living in a new "golden age" for PC Gaming? Of course, it's impossible to give a definitive answer. The distance of time and a heaping dose of nostalgia are both prerequisites for any "golden age." And although it may be easy to argue the merits of one generation over another, one thing is abundantly clear: PC Gaming in 2017 is more widespread and more accessible than ever before.

The maturation of digital distribution, a new diversity of platforms, and the adoption of the x86 CPU architecture by console manufactures have together created the perfect environment for a PC Gaming renaissance. PC Gamers have access to more games than ever before, including overlooked titles from past generations and current games that would have been either too costly or too difficult to port. Games are so ubiquitous that you're more likely to hear complaints of having too many games, rather than too few. The number of "good" games is now so great that even the hardest-core gamers struggle in their search to find the very best.


To help navigate this brave new world for gaming, Tom's Hardware is in the process of assembling the definitive list of PC games in a number of genres. We've already put a few lists together, but the number of titles is lacking.

Although the Tom's Hardware Editorial team is few in number, the Tom's Hardware Community is legion. With your input, we hope to assemble a list of the best and worst PC games that can truly be called "definitive." Over the next few weeks, we'll be collecting Community feedback across multiple categories. Once we have a sufficient number of submissions, we'll have the Community vote on the most popular, with a showcase of the winning games on the Tom's Hardware homepage. Click on the links below to give us your submissions:

GPU Melting Games

Worst PC Ports

Best Skyrim Mods

Best Online Co-Op Games

Biggest Surprise Endings

Most Playable Hours

Toughest Bosses

  • drwho1
    WWE 2K17 PC
    Tomb Raider
    Other than this games my favorite PC games are point and click games.
  • Joker41NAM
    I really hope that this isn't the complete list of categories you're going to give us. You're leaving out a whole lot of "best of genre" options (and battles royale)...
  • coolitic
    As a SoulsBorne fan, I consider Dark Souls 3 to be seriously overrated. Especially with the awful DLC.
  • s4fun
    What category is there for stuff like Starcraft (BW, SC2, etc.)? Or Wing Commander (1,2,3...etc), or Masters of Orion (1&2)? Or FFXIV ARR? Or Overwatch? Or Companies of Heroes? or Star Control (1 & 2) There are not enough categories.
  • WAJID_3
    i bought laptop i.e hp pavilion 15 6700hq with 16gb ram and gtx 960M.. i am worried about the battery while playing games .. i just bought it 1 month ago .. should i keep playing games on charging ? will it effect the battery performance ? what you suggest about it and also share your experience.
    you can mail me or also text on my nmber .. waiting for your reply brotherz.
  • clonazepam
    19779798 said:
    What category is there for stuff like Starcraft (BW, SC2, etc.)? Or Wing Commander (1,2,3...etc), or Masters of Orion (1&2)? Or FFXIV ARR? Or Overwatch? Or Companies of Heroes? or Star Control (1 & 2) There are not enough categories.

    You're asking the community to create a list / category. You are the community, so you're just as qualified to get that list started. Secondly, the author does have Dark Souls 3 listed as one of the worst PC ports, so I'm not sure how much help they'd be. :sarcastic:
  • Kunra Zether
    Best Free to play games should be an option and I'm really liking World of Warships right now, I'm addicted to it and even have a group of us at work that all get on together great game good strategy and decent graphics and not pay to win.
  • Linas M
    Free to play? For me its definitely MechWarrior Online. The game is constantly updated with new features and polished. The devs are always listening to the voices of the players. Also the community is like nothing I've ever seen - everyone is very mature and helpful. The game looks pretty good too :)
  • withoutfences
    best PC Game, and I know it's an MMO, but it's vast. EVE Online, it's beautiful, brutal, and the multiplayer is hard to beat, the sheer vastness is impressive enough.

    5000+ people in battles on one server has to be experienced to believe
  • gunneh
    Knights of the Old Republic for Surprise Ending (well mid-game turn I guess..)
    Deus Ex for the same