The Best Single-Player Games on PC – GameSpew

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If you’re here, you’re after the best single-player games on PC.

Thankfully there are many single-player games on PC worth investing your time into. And of course, if you have a beefy PC, they’ll look and perform better than their console counterparts. But which ones are the best?

We’ve assembled a list of the best single-player games on PC, which will hopefully be of assistance to you. Each and every one of these games is brilliant, and will eat up hours upon hours of your time. Many of them are fairly cheap now, too. And some are even included in services like Xbox Game Pass for PC, so you can game away without emptying your bank account. That’s a win-win situation to us.

We’ve included a range of single-player games from all genres, so no matter what type of experience you’re into, you should find something you dig on this list. So, scroll down, and discover the best single-player games on PC.

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1. God of War

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Many consider God of War to be one of the best games of all time. We’d have to agree. Once only available on PS4, this masterpiece has been wonderfully ported to PC, allowing it to look and perform better than ever before. Needless to say, if you love action adventure games, it’s an absolute must-play. So, if you’re after the best single-player games on PC, you know what to do.

Richard said: “They say good things come to those who wait, and in this case it rings true for PC gamers. This PC port is undoubtedly the best way to experience God of War, boasting improved visuals and additional features such as ultra-wide support and NVIDIA Reflex for reduced latency. Ultimately, this is a brilliant port of a phenomenal game, instantly making it a must-have for any PC gamer seeking out an engaging adventure full of intense combat and thoughtful puzzles.”

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2. Kena: Bridge of Spirits

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits is something rather special. It has the sensibilities of an old-school 3D platformer, but presented with gorgeous visuals to compete with the very best, it really does feel like a cut above the rest. Playing as Kena and accompanied by the adorable Rot, you’ll go out on a journey to rescue lost spirits – and you’ll have an absolute blast as you do. Without a doubt this is one of the best single player games on PC; don’t sleep on it.

Kim said: “Every single moment of Kena: Bridge of Spirits is simply wonderful. Very few games are as pleasing to the eyes, and coming from an indie studio – making its very first game, of all things – that’s something quite remarkable. Even more remarkable is that Kena isn’t simply a visual showcase, either. It’s challenging, fun to play, and has a world teeming with life. It also tells a fantastic story, and there’s plenty to do even when the credits have rolled. Kena: Bridge of Spirits truly is something special, and I can’t wait to see what Ember Lab does next.”

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3. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

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Arriving after the ill-received Marvel’s Avengers, we feel like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was overlooked by many. The truth is, though, that it’s one of the best Marvel games ever made, and certainly one of the best single-player games available on PC right now. If you like a solid story, plenty of action and some good laughs, this is for you.

Kim said: “It’s hard not to love Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, I wish there was more scope for open exploration, and I wish some of the combat encounters were a little more varied. But there’s a ridiculous amount of heart here. From an absolutely killer soundtrack to brilliantly-written characters that you can’t help but adore, it’s a rip-roaring adventure through space that left me wanting more. Ultimately, it’s one of Marvel’s best video game outings yet.”

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4. Ghostwire: Tokyo

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It might be a bit slow-paced for some, but Ghostwire: Tokyo is a thoroughly unique adventure for those that don’t mind a bit of virtual tourism. And did we mention that you can fire projectiles from your hands? Yeah, there’s that, too. You’ll need them to fight against the many ghastly enemies you come up against.

Richard said: “If you like games that are fast-paced and that don’t bog you down with gameplay elements that can feel like busywork, Ghostwire: Tokyo may not be for you. If you don’t mind the slower pace, however, and are excited by the prospect of busting ghosts with magic thrown from your hands, chances are you’ll love it. It may feel like virtual tourism during a cataclysmic event at times, but that’s the charm of it. And there’s plenty of it to be done as you traipse back and forth across Tokyo trying to thwart a Hannya mask-wearing psycho.”

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5. Days Gone

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We loved Days Gone when it was released on PS4, despite it having quite a few bugs at launch. Now this open world adventure with a story that becomes ever more gripping as you play is available on PC, and as ports go its pretty good. If you’re not fed up of open worlds or zombies, consider this one of the best single-player games on PC.

Kim said: “If you’ve already played Days Gone on PS4 or PS5, you won’t get a great deal more out of the PC version. Yes, it looks noticeably better than it does on a base PS4, but compared to a PS4 Pro or PS5 it’s not a night-and-day difference. There’s nothing new here, either, though it does include all extra content added since launch, including the challenges mode and additional difficulty modes. They’re all unlocked from the outset, too. But if you’re an exclusive PC gamer and you’re about to play Days Gone for the first time, you’re in for a treat.”

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6. Elden Ring

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Okay, so perhaps we’re cheating a little with this one; Elden Ring does have multiplayer features. You don’t have to use them though, and Elden Ring actually shines as a single player game thanks to the introduction of CPU controlled summons. In any case, this is not only one of the best single-player games on PC, but one of the best games of all-time. Make sure you play it.

Richard said: “Combining the deep and challenging combat FromSoftware is known for with a vast and varied world that’s always a pleasure to explore, Elden Ring is quite simply incredible. From the moment you step foot into The Lands Between you’ll be engrossed, and while you’ll no doubt experience some setbacks on your adventure – such as a boss that at first seems impossible to defeat – there’s always somewhere else to go to cool off, pick yourself up, and perhaps power yourself up before returning to have another go. That is to say, you don’t just play Elden Ring; you live in its world for hours at a time.”

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7. Alan Wake Remastered

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It’s more than 10 years old, but thanks to a remastered re-release, Alan Wake is just as impressive as ever. If you enjoy immersive and thrilling single-player games on PC – particularly ones with a hint of the supernatural thrown in – they don’t come much better than this. Don’t let its age put you off, Alan Wake Remastered is worth jumping into.

Richard said: “If you’ve never played Alan Wake before and love spooky games with strong stories and plenty of action, consider this remaster a must-have. Thanks to its upgraded visuals, ardent Alan Wake fans are likely to want to pick it up, too, and they won’t be disappointed. This is a game that has stood the test of time, and now being available on more formats than ever before, it’s time for it to step into the light and truly be seen.”

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8. Life is Strange: True Colors

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If you’re a fan of narrative-driven adventures, Life is Strange: True Colors is one of the best single player games you can play on PC. It’s as simple as that. The latest addition to the Life is Strange series is, in our opinion, the best yet. From its gorgeous visuals and some of the best facial animations we’ve ever seen, to its more grounded story that let us get closer to its colourful cast of characters, we loved every moment we spent in the sleepy town of Haven Springs – and we’re confident you will too.

Kim said: “I could wax lyrical about so many elements of Life is Strange: True Colors, going into detail about every tiny thing that makes its storytelling so incredible, but I won’t. The narrative should be uncovered as you play it, and going in with as little knowledge as possible will make those twists and turns have that much more impact. This is without a doubt the best game in the series yet. The characterisation, the worldbuilding, the visuals, the facial animations – practically everything here is flawless. With True Colors, Deck Nine has solidified itself as the master of narrative adventure, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

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9. Death Stranding

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It’s a strange game Death Stranding, and one that many people will not get on with whatsoever. Those who aren’t put off by its lumbering pace and crazy story, however, will find it to be one of the best single-player games on PC. Even better, it looks phenomenal on PC, and if you can make use of DLSS it performs amazingly.

Richard said: “With Death Stranding, Kojima has spun the fetch quest on its head: instead of picking up quests in which you need to recover items and return them to the quest giver, you’re instead given items to deliver. The challenge comes from the nature of the package you’ve got to deliver, i.e. whether it’s fragile, oddly shaped or simply very heavy, and traversing the environment. Though worry not: there are some more traditional fetch quests thrown in for good measure, too. People really don’t like to venture out of their bunkers anymore, even for a cherished item that’s not too far away, it would seem.”

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10. Psychonauts 2

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16 years after the first Psychonauts game released, it finally has a sequel. Psychonauts 2 is the magic sort of game that both manages to capture the spirit of the original while feeling (mostly) up-to-date and wholly relevant to the modern day. The result is a gorgeous, colourful whirlwind of a platforming adventure, with a touching plot and plenty of laughs along the way. For platforming fans, this is one of the best single-player games on PC. And better yet, if you have Xbox Game Pass for PC, you can play it at no extra cost.

Kim said: “You might groan and grumble as Razputin messes up yet another jump, but as Psychonauts 2 progresses, unravelling yet another spectacular world for you to explore, you’ll likely forget about any frustrations. This is a brilliantly designed game, and it’s clear a huge amount of ingenuity has gone into its creation. Whether you’re battling hand-puppets, talking to a papercraft William Shakespeare or gambling inside a maternity ward (no, really), one thing is for sure: you’re going to have a lot of fun playing Psychonauts 2.”

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11. Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

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Who’d have thought that PlayStation exclusives would eventually end up on PC? Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best of them, with a unique open world that absolutely begs to be explored. It’s had a rocky start on PC but it’s getting better all the time, and it’s assuredly one of the best single-player games currently available on the format.

Richard said:Horizon Zero Dawn was a great game when it released three years ago, and it remains a great game now. This PC port of the Complete Edition may not be perfect, but it does successfully bring the game to a new format with additional bells and whistles that will be much appreciated. And we’re pretty sure that Guerrilla isn’t going to rest on its laurels when it comes to ironing out its kinks. If you love open-world adventures set in unique and mysterious worlds, you really need to give Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition a go, especially if your PC is capable of playing it at above console settings.”

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12. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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Become a Viking and embark upon an epic adventure. That’s what Assassin’s Creed Valhalla allows you to do, and it is glorious. It’s undoubtedly one of the very best single-player games available on PC right now, and perhaps the best Assassin’s Creed game ever made. Just make sure you have 100 hours or so spare for it.

Kim said: “Cut from the very best cloth of open world games, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a pleasure from start to finish. Though overwhelming in its early hours, once you settle into Eivor’s shoes, exploring England is an exhilarating journey like no other. Try as you might to focus on the main missions, the lure of exploration is too strong, and you’ll find pleasure in every tiny discovery. Is this the best Assassin’s Creed game yet? That’s difficult to say – but it might just be.”

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13. Cyberpunk 2077

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It may be a mess on consoles, but on PC Cyberpunk 2077 ain’t half bad. In fact, it’s rather good. A gripping story is at the heart of Cyberpunk 2077, one that you might find yourself completing in around 40 hours unless you really delve into the game’s side-content. And you’ll want to, especially if you have a PC capable of doing its visuals justice.

Richard said: “The more you put into Cyberpunk 2077, the more you get out of it. Race through it and you’re likely to miss many of its finer points, and be presented with an ending that is fitting but unfulfilling. But it’s nice that you can do that – that it doesn’t put barriers in your way. It exemplifies that choice is high on the agenda, with more ways to end V’s story opening up as you build or destroy relationships in their life. And as you go about completing the missions required to do so, the gameplay always remains engaging and enjoyable.”

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14. A Plague Tale: Innocence

A single-player story-driven adventure packed with stealth and puzzles, A Plague Tale: Innocence tells the story of Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they battle to survive during the middle ages. It’s a game filled with heart, and its captivating story will keep you hooked from start to finish. It also looks really, really nice if your PC is up to the task.

Kim said: “The occasional dumb-as-rocks AI is a small price to pay for what is otherwise a beautiful, harrowing and emotional journey. In the age of endless distractions, few games have kept me as engrossed as A Plague Tale: Innocence did, its 10-or-so hour runtime never outstaying its welcome. The narrative gets its hooks in you right from the start, forcing you to ask questions about Hugo’s illness, the rapid spreading of the rats, and the state of the world around you. You’ll get the answers you seek, with many dramatic twists and turns along the way – to say more would be to ruin part of what makes A Plague Tale so intoxicating.”

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15. Resident Evil 2

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If you fondly remember the original Resident Evil games, this re-imagining of Resident Evil 2 is an absolute must. And there are no multiplayer elements whatsoever. If you’re after the best single-player games on PC, this is definitely one of them.

Richard said: “As remakes go, Resident Evil 2 is masterful. It preserves the spirit of the original game and its gameplay, but enhances it by employing responsive and intuitive controls and introducing new features that make it feel fresh. If you’ve ever played the original Resident Evil 2, you’ll experience a fair bit of déjà vu and revel in moments that have been wonderfully recreated – but you’ll also be kept on your toes with the surprises that are in store. It’s not so much Resident Evil 2 remade, it’s Resident Evil 2 re-imagined. And lord, the graphics; Resident Evil 2 is one of the most beautiful looking games I’ve laid my eyes on.”

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16. Control

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Has Remedy ever made a bad game? Control shows once again that Remedy is the master when it comes to story-driven third-person shooters. It supports ray-tracing, too, if your graphics card can handle it.

Richard said: “Thanks to the ever-changing and otherworldly nature of The Oldest House, Control has a varied range of environments that somehow feel cohesive. And while it has the usual mix of gunplay and powers, they combine to create combat that’s faster-paced and more frenetic than ever before. This is Remedy at the height of its game. It’s just a shame that a couple of annoyances hold Control back from being flawless.”

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17. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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It’s the game Star Wars fans have been waiting for. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order isn’t perfect, but it’s an epic single-player adventure that you don’t want to miss. On a decent PC, it doesn’t suffer from as many issues as it does console, either.

Richard said: “The characters of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are just as pivotal to your enjoyment of it as the actual gameplay. Your crew is a ragtag bunch, each with their own history that isn’t exactly squeaky clean. Together, however, they’re better. Stronger. It’s BD-1 that’s likely to steal your heart, though; not only because he’s been lovingly brought to life with wonderful animations and sound effects, but also because he’s a great guide through your adventure. Without him, you’d be lost. And of course, the villains are suitably villainous.”

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18. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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If you’re a fan of classic Castlevania games, then you’re in for a treat with Bloodstained. The spiritual successor to Symphony of the Night, it’s a single-player side-scrolling adventure that’ll get you hooked from start to finish, and it’s best played on PC.

Richard said: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has had me hooked like no other game released this year. Koji Igarashi and those who have worked with him have proved that there’s still life in the old Metroidvania formula and delivered a modern-day classic. It perhaps loses a little something without the iconic Dracula as the big-bad, but the gameplay surpasses that of any previous Castlevania games created with the same mould.”

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19. Hitman 3

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There’s no doubt about it: Hitman 3 is the best Hitman game yet. If you own Hitman: Season One or Hitman 2, you can even import their levels into it for more murderous fun. You need this if you’re after the best single-player games on PC. You really do.

Richard said: Hitman 3 doesn’t break the mould, it merely beats in some extra details that give it a little extra depth and richness. For fans of the series it won’t be an issue; this is the final piece in a trilogy, after all – if it was too different it would stand out like a sore thumb. Ultimately, then, the only really disappointing aspect of Hitman 3 is its final location, which plays more like a sequence from Hitman: Absolution. With every other location offering so many possibilities, however, it’s forgivable. Chances are we aren’t going to be placed in control of Agent 47 again; at least for a fair while, anyway. But with Hitman 3, IO Interactive has at least made sure he’s had a worthy send-off.”

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20. NieR: Automata

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Have you played NieR: Automata yet? You haven’t! Go play it right now. The PC version perhaps isn’t the best, but it’s still very much worth playing. It’s single-player action RPG goodness.

Kyle said: “In the same way that an Ingmar Bergman film feels unmistakably his, or how a Hideo Kojima game is filled with small, recognisable touchstones, NieR: Automata is a product of auteur game making at its finest. A sombre meditation on the essence of existence, it’s also a weirdly hilarious adventure that will have you hacking and slashing your way through mountains of robots often with a smile on your face. A miracle that it exists at all, the fact that Xbox One players can finally see it for themselves is even more so. There’s no more excuses. You should play NieR: Automata.”

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21. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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One of the most beautiful games ever made, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a must-play if you’re after the best single-player games on PC. Just make sure you have some tissues handy, because it might just make you cry.

Richard said: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is game that’s hard to not love. It made me want to scream and shout a few times – a certain chase scene that was truly demanding and a final area that relies heavily on trial and error included – but for every moment that frustrated me, there were ten that amazed me. The platforming is crisp, combat is engaging, and the world just begs to be explored. Mix in drop-dead gorgeous visuals, a score to die for and a story that will break your heart, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will make you glad to be alive.”

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22. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

As far as single-player experiences go, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is up there with the best of them. PC is by far the optimal way to play it, too. It offers an absurdly detailed open world for you to explore, and features challenging combat.

Richard said: “In Kingdom Come: Deliverance you’re just a small cog in a reasonably big world, but your actions feel like they have worth and impact. You’ll prove yourself to be helpful many a time, but often you’ll have to rely on others for assistance, or to even do the job for you. It goes a long way to make the land of Bohemia a living, breathing place rather than just your personal playground, and I admire that. It’s by no means free of frustration, but Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a special game.”

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23. The Evil Within 2

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Improving on its predecessor in almost every way, The Evil Within 2 is one of the best action-horror games available. The option to play in first-person has been added since launch, too, making this single-player game even better.

Richard said: “2017 has been a great year for games, but for me, The Evil Within 2 has been one of the most pleasant surprises. It’s a fine example of how a sequel should be done; taking what worked and made the original such a memorable experience while building upon it and stripping out the fat. The Evil Within 2 is good old-fashioned survival horror with a little bit of an open-world bent, and it works beautifully. It’s tense, it’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s absorbing – it’s everything I hoped it would be and more.”

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24. Red Dead Redemption 2

We’re cheating again, sorry. While Red Dead Redemption 2 does have a multiplayer mode, its main single-player campaign will last you 50 hours or more to complete, so we’re making an exemption. Also, while it looked great on console, on PC it’s mind-blowing if your machine is capable of handling the highest settings.

Richard said: “The years spent shaping Red Dead Redemption 2 into what it is has been worth it. Rockstar hasn’t just created a video game; it has created as close to a living, breathing digital world as can be. It’s not so much something that you play, it’s something that you visit and experience. Something you willingly get lost in. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the result of years of blood, sweat and tears. And it shows, making getting yourself absorbed in it feel all the more special. This is the new benchmark by which open world games will be measured, but none will be meeting its heady heights anytime soon.”

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25. Devil May Cry 5

There’s a strange online feature in Devil May Cry 5 that allows you to see other players in the background, but thankfully it’s still an entirely single-player experience. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of action, this should be a no-brainer.

Richard said: “It speaks volumes that despite Devil May Cry 5‘s obvious issues, it still impresses so much. It’s a game that looks better than anything else available at the moment, and yet somehow runs at a solid 60 frames per second. And its combat is undoubtedly the deepest of any action game, making its linear structure actually not that much of an issue. Devil May Cry 5isn’t perfect, but it’s a damn good Devil May Cry game. Honestly, I think Ninja Theory’s DmC was better, but in 2019 I’ll accept Devil May Cry 5 with open arms. And I really hope we don’t have to wait too long for the inevitable Devil May Cry 6.”

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26. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

If you’re a single-player gamer looking for value for money, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition just can’t be beaten. You can make use of mods on PC too, which means you can get even more fun out of it.

Richard said: “With its host of visual improvements, solid performance and the inclusion of all DLC, Skyrim Special Edition is a must buy for those that are yet to step into its world. Whether it is worth double-dipping for those that have already seen and done everything however, is for them to decide. There’s nothing new to behold, beyond the inclusion of mods which console owners haven’t before been privy to, but there are far worse ways to spend your time and money. This is a fantastic remaster of what was already a great game, offering a thoroughly absorbing experience that could easily run into the hundreds of hours. Available for £35 or less, that’s a hell of a lot of fantasy adventuring in exchange for your coin.”

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27. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The Witcher 3 is probably the best single-player action-RPG available. So, if you haven’t played it yet, what are you waiting for? Just make sure you put 100 hours or so aside for it, because it is huge.

Samuel said: “While the story is solid in and of itself, it doesn’t mesh very well with the open questing system. This in no way disparages the quality of the story, only the sporadic way it is experienced when playing the game. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an engaging adventure into a realm fractured by war and cultural disparity that shines a light on the dark corners of the human psyche – and after hours of play, it leaves you sweating and aching for more. A must play for any modern gamer.”

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