Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PC Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2019
  • 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 April.

Best-reviewed PC games of 2019

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Red Dead Redemption 2 NEW   93
First released in 2018 for consoles, Rockstar's hugely acclaimed (and colossally successful) sequel to its 2010 open-world western made its way to PC in late 2019.
2Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers  91
3Disco Elysium NEW 91
4Tetris Effect  90
5Resident Evil 2  89
6Devil May Cry 5  89
7Slay the Spire  89
8Unity of Command II NEW 89
9Asgard's Wrath NEW 88
10Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Buy From Amazon88
11Apex Legends Buy From Amazon88
12Baba Is You  87
13F1 2019  87
14Sunless Skies  86
15Valfaris NEW 86
16Control  85
17Devotion  85
18Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 - Wolves NEW 85
19AMID EVIL  85
20Total War: Three Kingdoms  85
21Outer Wilds  85
22DiRT Rally 2.0  84
23Manifold Garden NEW 84
24Eliza  84
25Football Manager 2020 NEW 84
... and the worst-reviewed:
245Headspun  50
246Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory NEW 49
247Devil's Hunt  48
248Rune II NEW 47
249Narcos: Rise of the Cartels NEW 46

Includes games released between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 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 December 31, 2019.

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
11Sid Meier's Civilization II (1996) Buy From Amazon94
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
20Divinity: Original Sin II (2017)  93
21Unreal Tournament 2004 (2004) Buy From Amazon93
22Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010) Buy From Amazon93
23Minecraft (2011)  93
24Homeworld (1999) Buy From Amazon93
Grand Theft Auto III (2002) 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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