Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PC Games

  • Publish Date: October 1, 2018
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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 January.

Best-reviewed PC games of 2018 (through September 30)

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Into the Breach   90
The second release from the team behind the indie hit Faster Than Light is a turn-based strategy game played out on procedurally generated 8-by-8 grids.
2Dead Cells NEW 89
3Forza Horizon 4 NEW 89
4Monster Hunter: World NEW 88
5Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Buy From Amazon88
6Celeste  88
7Subnautica  87
8Iconoclasts  87
9Unavowed NEW 86
10Yakuza 0 NEW 86
11Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition  85
Guacamelee! 2 NEW 85
13Destiny 2: Forsaken NEW 85
14Valkyria Chronicles 4 NEW 85
15Dragon Ball FighterZ  85
16Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch  85
17Full Metal Furies  85
18Sprint Vector  84
19Total War: WARHAMMER II - Rise of the Tomb Kings  84
20Two Point Hospital NEW 84
21Frostpunk Buy From Amazon84
22Yoku's Island Express  84
Dark Souls Remastered  84
24Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age  83
25The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Buy From Amazon83
... and the worst-reviewed:
190Extinction Buy From Amazon51
191Past Cure  48
192Agony  46
193Fear Effect Sedna  42
194Super Seducer: How to Talk to Girls  35

Includes games released between January 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 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 September 30, 2018.

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 (2009)  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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