Considered to be the master race of gaming, PCs (personal computers) can be played in both offline and online. While consoles require a network subscription, the majority of PC games have free online. Regardless, many people find the most enjoyment in offline PC games.
One can spend hundreds of hours playing an offline PC game and not regret it. Whether you are someone who prefers consoles for their intuitiveness or someone who likes PCs for their capabilities, these games are bound to surprise. If you haven't played all these games, you might not be a PC gamer. These are the 10 best offline PC games to play right now.
10 Civilization VI
One noteworthy change to Civilization VI is a religion condition that allows you to win the game by converting the world to your religion. As a turn-based real-time strategy game, Civilization VI has few close competitors. Raising a civilization from the feudal ages to the modern era is too fun in Civilization VI. The game can be played offline for competitive matches against smart AI. Civilization VI has relatively low requirements compared to other leading PC games. This is one game you can't miss!
9 Divinity: Original Sin II
From the same developer as Baldur's Gate comes Divinity: Original Sin II. At first glance, Divinity: Original Sin II appears to take after games like Diablo 3, yet it is so much more than a loot-based game. Divinity: Original Sin II masterfully incorporates RPG elements that blend well with its turn-based combats. The scale of the game is massive. Dialogue is engaging and most players can find something to appreciate in the game. Using a controller is easy and straightforward with this offline PC game.
8 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The expansive world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gives us pause. We can't help but be overwhelmed by the scale of the world outside the main story. This is a game where you can log hundreds of hours without diminishing its quality. The enemy, weapon, and town variety makes the game a masterpiece. As an offline-only game, what it does it does perfectly. There is no need for online as it would only take away from the game. If you only play one role-playing game this year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a solid choice.
7 Dead Cells
This overlooked gem is a roguelike-metroidvania that in some ways is comparable to the Dark Souls series. Players will have to combat fierce enemies while avoiding the obstacles of the game. Falling in a pit of spikes can be frustrating, which is why not everyone will appreciate Dead Cells. Before you play Dead Cells, it's worth noting that the game is very unforgiving. Dying in the game forces you to start over from the beginning.
6 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the winner of over fifty awards and nominations. The title of the game not only sounds catchy but also describes its gameplay. Players have two lives in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Two lives may give the impression that the game is easy—but guess again. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the most challenging games of the decade. Boss fights will take multiple attempts, even if you're well-versed in the Dark Souls series. From Software has cemented themselves in the industry for creating the hottest new sub-genre known as the Souls genre.
5 BioShock: The Collection
Neatly packaged in one collection is the BioShock trilogy remastered and primed to play. The BioShock franchise is considered one of the greatest in gaming. Its refined gameplay mechanics combined with its story that twists and turns make it a must-play offline PC game. With villains like Andrew Ryan in the original BioShock and Zachary Hale Comstock in BioShock Infinite, there is plenty of subject matter to keep players enthralled. According to nytimes.com, approximately two-hundred people worked on BioShock Infinite.
4 Doom (2016)
Doom (2016) is arguably the best attempt at a reimagining of the Doom franchise. The fast-paced combat combined with brutal kills is a first-person shooter game at its finest. The single-player campaign could be the highlight of Doom. The game is set on the planet Mars, which is too freaking cool.
Now that Doom Eternal, the sequel to Doom, is on the verge of releasing, we couldn't be more ecstatic. According to pcgamer.com, "We learned that there will be five playable demons: the Revenant, Pain Elemental, Mancubus, Arch-vile, and Marauder. There are six maps at launch, but more maps and demons will be added for free later on."
3 Dark Souls III
Developer FromSoftware proved for the third time in a row that they know how to make action-adventure role-playing games. Sure, there have been spinoffs like Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but those would not have existed if it weren't for Dark Souls. Dark Souls III is slightly more fast-paced than its predecessors. Boss fights, however, are just as grueling and unforgiving. Dark Souls III is recommended for experienced gamers because of its difficulty level. Yet for those willing to grind it out, Dark Souls III can be outrageously entertaining.
The Valve Corporation is known for creating instant classics like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, and Half-Life 2. Portal is one of the few Valve Corporation games that is single-player. Although Portal 2 has online co-op, the story was more intriguing in the first Portal. The game is very polished and is fun from start to end. The objective is to solve a series of puzzles while being directed by GLaDOS, an advanced AI. Even though Portal released in 2007, the game feels like it hasn't aged a day.
1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Fans of the series are eagerly waiting for The Elder Scrolls VI since the series is arguably at its best when it's offline single player. The Elder Scrolls Online has a sizeable fan base, but the difference between The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online is night and day. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the best games of all time because of its immersive quests, beautiful landscapes, and enemy variety. The game regenerates quests, so there is virtually no end to the game.