Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PC Games

  • Publish Date: April 2, 2017
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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 July.

Best-reviewed PC games of 2017 (as of April 2)

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Hollow Knight   87
This Kickstarter-funded, "Metroidvania"-style side-scroller arrived in February for PC and could head to Nintendo's Switch in the future.
2Night in the Woods 87
3Thimbleweed Park 85
4Resident Evil 7: biohazardBuy From Amazon85
5She Remembered Caterpillars 83
6Detention 83
7Bleed 2 83
8Dark Souls III: The Ringed City 82
9The Elder Scrolls Legends 82
10NieR: Automata 82
11Stories Untold 82
12Torment: Tides of Numenera 81
13Tales of Berseria 80
14Sniper Elite 4 78
15For HonorBuy From Amazon76
16The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier Episode 3: Above the Law 75
17Alone With You 75
18Stars in Shadow 74
19Styx: Shards of Darkness 74
20Milkmaid of the Milky Way 74
21Mass Effect: AndromedaBuy From Amazon74
22Halo Wars 2Buy From Amazon73
23imprint-X 72
24Alwa's Awakening 72
25Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: WildlandsBuy From Amazon70
... and the worst-reviewed:
34Phoning Home 61
35theHunter: Call of the WildBuy From Amazon60
36Memoranda 58
37Realpolitiks 55
38Double Dragon IV 50

Includes games released between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 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 April 2, 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)

  • Mike  

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

  • Slappy  

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

  • 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.

  • Matt  

    Glad to see some adventure games high on the list.

  • kevin  

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

  • kevin  

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

  • dlnensslen  

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

  • 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..

  • yan  

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

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