Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PC Games

  • Publish Date: July 1, 2016
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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 2016 (as of July 1st)

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Out of the Park Baseball 17   92
The annual baseball management simulation—no stranger to high scores—has impressed once again with its latest edition.
2The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine NEW 91
3Overwatch NEWBuy From Amazon91
4Stephen's Sausage Roll NEW 90
5Dark Souls III NEWBuy From Amazon89
6Stardew Valley  88
7XCOM 2 Buy From Amazon88
8Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition NEWBuy From Amazon87
9The Witness  87
10Rise of the Tomb Raider  86
11Total War: WARHAMMER NEW 86
12Pony Island  86
13Day of the Tentacle Remastered  86
14DOOM NEWBuy From Amazon85
15Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series NEW 85
16Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods NEW 85
17BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend  85
18Hyper Light Drifter  84
19Darkest Dungeon  84
20Hearts of Iron IV NEW 84
21Final Fantasy IX NEW 84
22Enter the Gungeon NEW 84
23Grim Dawn Buy From Amazon83
24Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster NEW 83
25Life is Strange  83
... and the worst-reviewed:
148NightCry  47
149Bus Simulator 16  46
150Bombshell  43
151Slain!  40
152Alekhine's Gun Buy From Amazon40

Includes games released between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 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 July 1, 2016.

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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