New to PC? Here Are 10 Staples of PC Gaming to Check Out

From action-packed shooters to space exploration adventures, discover the top PC games that will have you hooked for hours.

Top 10 PC Games
Top 10 PC Games

Whether you just built your first PC, custom-ordered one, or maybe went for a gaming laptop, the sheer number of games available on the platform can be debilitating to new players. Even veteran players struggle to figure out what to play and find themselves staring at their desktop or Steam library instead.

So we compiled a list to help newcomers find their niche and maybe help veterans rekindle their love of a classic, here are 10 Staples in PC Gaming.

Key Takeaways

  • New PC gamers can feel overwhelmed by the vast amount of games available.
  • My list offers 10 PC game recommendations for both new and veteran players across various genres.
  • The list includes titles like Garry’s Mod for sandbox creativity, Counter-Strike for competitive FPS action, World of Warcraft for a long-running MMORPG experience, and Half-Life 2 for an acclaimed single-player campaign.

10. Garry’s Mod

Some hate it and some love it but Garry’s Mod, available on Steam, is home to one of the biggest communities around. The game has a monstrous amount of game modes, mods, and custom content.

Gary's Mod
Garry’s Mod Expansive World

Whether you want to RP as a citizen of a city or Clone Trooper, or maybe want to play Trouble in Terrorist Town, Garry’s Mod has something for everyone and can be an enjoyable experience for new players.

9. Counter-Strike: Global Offense & Counter-Strike Source

Also available on Steam are the two most popular tactical shooters/Russian language learning platforms. If you want to mess around on custom maps and get a feel for the original Counter-Strike then Source is always fun; and if you want to dip your feet in a more competitive experience then Counter-Strike: GO is always a good way to smash your new keyboard.

Counter-Strike GO
Counter-Strike GO

8. World Of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is certainly one of the longest-lasting and most successful MMORPGs of the last two decades. You and your friends can fight your way through the world of Warcraft as you find loot and defeat dungeon bosses.

World of Warcraft title
World of Warcraft Title Screen

7. Tower Unite

Tower Unite, available on Steam, is a community-focused game in which you can build out your own house, completely customize your own avatar, and play social games with friends and strangers alike.

Tower Unite
Tower Unite Gameplay

6. Elite Dangerous

Elite Dangerous is a sci-fi space explorer focused on allowing the player almost total autonomy. You can fight pirates, be a smuggler, pilot space holiday cruises, exploit the resources of distant stars, and engage in PvP.

Elite Dangerous
Elite Dangerous Action Sequence

5. War Thunder

War Thunder thrusts players into the seat of classic tanks, planes, and warships from a multitude of nations to participate in grand battles. If you like fast-paced battles and historically accurate vehicles (weak spots included) then you’ll love War Thunder.

War Thunder Title Screen
War Thunder Title Screen

4. Arma 3

Arma 3 is a military tactical shooter by Bohemia Interactive. The game focuses on large operations in an open-world environment in which you can achieve your goals by foot, in a vehicle, or the air. The benefit of this is the lively community and multitude of mods which gives the game endless value. 

Arma 3
Arma 3

3. Paradox Grand Campaign Collection

This entry isn’t any single game, but rather a collection of games, it includes Crusader KingsEuropaVictoriaHearts of Iron, and Stellaris. No matter what era of human history you consider yourself a student of, if you’re a fan of grand strategy games, then this entry will intrigue you.

Crusader Kings 3
Crusader Kings 3

2. League Of Legends

League of Legends is a free-to-play title that has been a pillar in the PC Gaming and MOBA communities for years. You get to choose to play as one of over 140 different and unique champions.

League of Legends
League of Legends Cinematic

Their somewhat recent addition of Team Fight Tactics in the game also gives players a leisurely, though sometimes tense, game of auto-chess.

1. Half-Life 2

Released by Valve in 2004, Half-Life 2 was an absolute blockbuster of a game that reached heights that few others can even come close to. It has ascended to being a household name for most people. It has an engaging story and gameplay that still holds up, and is certain to leave you waiting for more, just like the rest of us.

Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 Cutscene

That wraps up our Top 10 PC Games for new and old players alike. Do you agree with our list? If not let us know what your top 10 would be in the comments below. 

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