Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PC Games

  • Publish Date: June 30, 2017
  • Comments: ↓ 9 user comments

Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in October.

Best-reviewed PC games of 2017 (as of June 30)

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Bayonetta NEW   90
The seven-year-old hack-and-slash game finally received a PC release this spring.
2What Remains of Edith Finch NEW 89
3Night in the Woods  88
4Robo Recall  86
5Paradigm NEW 86
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade NEW 86
7Hollow Knight  86
8Planescape: Torment - Enhanced Edition NEW 85
9Thimbleweed Park  84
10Tekken 7 NEW 84
11NieR: Automata  84
12Steel Division: Normandy 44 NEW 83
13Detention  83
14The Sexy Brutale NEW 83
15Bleed 2  83
16Rising Storm 2: Vietnam NEW 83
17Resident Evil 7: biohazard Buy From Amazon83
18Dark Souls III: The Ringed City  82
19Nex Machina: Death Machine NEW 82
20Stellaris - Utopia NEW 82
21The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd NEW 82
22She Remembered Caterpillars  82
23Endless Space 2 NEW 82
24Torment: Tides of Numenera  81
25Prey NEWBuy From Amazon81
... and the worst-reviewed:
118Syberia 3 NEWBuy From Amazon51
119Double Dragon IV  50
120Old Time Hockey  48
121Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days NEW 45
122Husk  44

Includes games released between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from June 30, 2017.

Best-reviewed PC games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1Half-Life 2 (2004) Buy From Amazon96
2Grand Theft Auto V (2015) Buy From Amazon96
3The Orange Box (2007) Buy From Amazon96
4Half-Life (1998) Buy From Amazon96
5BioShock (2007) Buy From Amazon96
6Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000) Buy From Amazon95
7Portal 2 (2011) Buy From Amazon95
8The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) Buy From Amazon94
9Mass Effect 2 (2010) Buy From Amazon94
10Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2003) Buy From Amazon94
11Civilization II (1996)  94
12Quake (1996)  94
13BioShock Infinite (2013) Buy From Amazon94
14The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) Buy From Amazon94
15Grim Fandango (1998) Buy From Amazon94
16Diablo (1996) Buy From Amazon94
17Sid Meier's Civilization IV (2005) Buy From Amazon94
18The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Buy From Amazon93
19Company of Heroes (2006) Buy From Amazon93
20Unreal Tournament 2004 (2004) Buy From Amazon93
21Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010) Buy From Amazon93
22Minecraft (2009)  93
23Homeworld (1999) Buy From Amazon93
Grand Theft Auto III (2002) Buy From Amazon93
25Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) Buy From Amazon93

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all PC high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's PC Games section.

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Comments (9)

  • yan  

    Where is Portal 2? i don't see it, yet is the best game of the year.

  • Anon  

    This list only shows how much each game spent on buying good reviews/marketing. Face it, gamespot reviews are HEAVILY influenced by money and metacritic is the same..

  • dlnensslen  

    best pc game so far this year is Shogun 2 LOL pc is dying indeed

  • kevin  

    not to mention shogun 2 is the top exclsuive for this year so far.

  • kevin  

    @ liam the pc still has the most exclusives, theres like 10 on that list alone.

  • Matt  

    Glad to see some adventure games high on the list.

  • Liam  

    It's sad that there are so few PC only exclusives these days, especially single player ones. I understand why, the economics being what they are, but I still hate to see games being crippled so that they play the same on the consoles.

  • Slappy  

    Except that they produced the PS3 version and did physical distribution. Oopsie.

  • Mike  

    Um, The Orange Box was not an Electronic Arts release. Like, in any way, shape or form.

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