121 Best PC Games to Play in 2015 & 2016

Sorceress, Dragon Knight and Nightblade from Elder Scrolls Online.
Only the best get to look this awesome.

Here is a list of best PC games to play in 2015 and 2016

Whether you're an avid PC gamer or a newbie, there's always been one challenge that has plagued our kind throughout the ages. “Oh mighty vidya box, with your internal machinations of 60 frame-per-second beauty and your processing speeds of infinity and beyond, what, dare I ask, do I play on you?!” Readers, here you will see an absurdly large catalog of games ripe for the playing, all of which can be at your fingertips at a moment's notice... Depending on how fast your download speed is, anyway.

121. Sid Meier's Pirates (2004; 1987)

Yes, you can take the gold. No, it won't turn you Undead.

Developer: 2k Games (remake); MicroProse (Original)

Genre: Action Adventure / Strategy

Theme: Make your way in the world as a pirate.

Sid Meier's Pirates is centered around a young boy whose family is enslaved by a greedy Marquis. The boy becomes a pirate in order to take revenge, and becomes a pirate captain in the process. You can track down other pirates, which you can challenge for treasure, upgrade your very own ship, and eventually manage your own fleet!

Those sails look like swiss cheese...

This game probably appeals more to ages 14 to late 20's. Many players have probably also played the first iteration of the game, happy to have found a remake that captures all the awesome stuff about the first one. This game gives players tons of cool stuff to do.

Fighting other pirates, courting the beautiful daughters of governors, and managing a personal pirate fleet are only a few items on the list. Add to it the personalization of the character and ships, and you've got a game worth being on the list of 121 PC Games To Play in 2015!

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120. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005)

Someone likes to play with their food...

Developer: Ubisoft

Genre: Action (Stealth)

Theme: Black-ops agent assassinates the bad guy.

Break some necks in this awesome installment in the Splinter Cell series. You take on the role of Sam Fisher, a black-ops quick-thinking agent who infiltrates foreign countries in the name of national defense. Make your way through various stages, past (or through) the guards, and to your objective using a variety of Sam Fisher's skills and badass gadgetry that'd make James Bond into an avid gamer.

Don't mind me... Just keep playing Galiga...

This game appeals to anyone who loves stealth games and military / political storilines. If you're into Metal Gear Solid, try this on for size. It's chock-full of deadly missions, unique weapons and gadgets, tons of paths to choose from, and gorgeous visuals that make this game an immersive world full of challenge and freedom.

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119. Battlefield Hardline (2015)

Miami Vice ain't got nothin' on these guys.

Developer: Visceral Games

Genre: FPS

Theme: Police vs Criminals

Visit sunny Miami, caught up in a drug war. Go through drug busts and gunfights in this story of cops vs cartel. Find the weapons that work best for you and get your crosshairs lined up, because you're about to put your headshot abilities to the test.

Looks like a great spot to watch the hills burn.

Battlefield Hardline offers several game modes, such as Heist, Blood Money, Hotwire Mode, Rescue, and Crosshair. The game also offers an interesting perspective: the eyes of law enforcement as they face down drug organizations. You can team up with other players for a common end, or fight against other players to win.

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118. The Sims 4 (2014)

Oh god, now they have lives in their hands...

Developer: Maxis, The Sims Studio

Genre: Sim

Theme: Live life

Imagine controlling an average family's everyday life. You take care of them when they're hungry, you tell them to bathe, they can go swimming, get married, graduate college, and even die. That's what the Sims is all about. You can design their house, tell them what to do and when to do it, and watch their lives unfold at your convenience.

I like to think about myself while eating cereal too.

This is a good fit for anyone looking for something fun and relaxing to play. There's really not a competitive way to play this, aside from being a stickler about the entire family's happiness rating, but it's a really nice experience. It's earned its spot as one of the oldest running game series of all time, and it's definitely earned its spot on the list.

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117. Alien: Isolation (2014)

Rule of thumb: Don't scream. It gets you found.

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Genre: Survival Horror

Theme: Aliens vs humans

Relive the suspense of the Alien movies in this survival horror adaptation! You play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, and must escape from one of the monsters from the hit movie Alien onboard a giant space ship floating out somewhere in space.

That's probably the most dramatic screenshot I've ever seen. Damn, it looks good.

This game makes you powerless against the alien threat, so there isn't a way for you to attack it. Instead, you'll have to rely on your wiles and stealth to escape the clutches of the monster and run away with your life intact. Alien: Isolation offers an atmosphere that keeps you panicking and the ship you're on is designed extremely well to freak you out whenever the opportunity arises.

Horror fans and sci-fi fans would definitely get a thrill out of this game.

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116. Wakfu (2012)

 

Developer: Ankama Games

Genre: MMORPG, Strategy

Theme: Defeat Ogrest

Wakfu is a stylized top-down isometric MMO. You pick one of several races, which doubles as your class, then you must master your skill set to its fullest extent to survive and reach Ogrest, a monster of epic proportions who is the cause of all disaster in the world.

Item trades are really the only way to obtain items aside from drops.

First, the classes of the game are extremely unique in their implementation. While there are parallels between the classes in Wakfu and the staple classes of every RPG, there are at least three ways to play each class, and each has its own skill set.

In addition, the world is entirely changeable by players. Players can even be put in charge of continents, enacting a tax on others or changing the environment. You can find a profession and utilize it to your advantage, as the entire economy is player-run!

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115. Ultra Street Fighter 4 (2009)

In real life, a kick to the face tends to end most fights in one round.

Developer: Dimps, Capcom

Genre: Fighting

Theme: Beat the opponent

Street Fighter is a classic franchise and everyone knows it. The plot of the game is set between Street Fighters 2 and 3, after M. Bison survives his meeting with Akuma.

The S.I.N. Corporation wants to complete their BLECE project, and this tournament is an excuse to lure Ryu to them and gain the last piece of data necessary for BLECE.

Crush THAT like sparrow's egg between your thighs!

Ultra Street Fighter 4 adds several new characters and stages, many more compared to the arcade versions. It's a lot of fun, so if you're a fan of the series or just love fighting games, take a look at this one for yourself.

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114. The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (2006)

The Shivering Isles is totally worth springing for.

Developer: Bethesda

Genre: RPG

Theme: Save the world

Elder Scrolls: Oblivion captivated many a player before Skyrim came out. The player is a prison escapee who witnesses the assassination of the Emperor. You then journey to find his last living heir and shut down hell gates, through which daedric demons invade the world of mortals.

“Welcome to Oblivion! I'm Glen and I'll be your guide to the Land of the Damned!”

Oblivion has tons of quests, which is something that really comes standard in a Bethesda game at this point. There's also massive amounts of equipment to find, armies worth of enemies to defeat, and miles of land to explore. With the added story concerning the invasion of Mehrunes Dagon, the game goes an extra mile by presenting conquerable dungeons in the form of Oblivion gates, entryways into the realm of Dagon himself and monstrously deadly.

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113. Total War: Shogun 2 (2011)

Choose your clan and battle for control of Japan.

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Genre: Strategy

Theme: Historical Warring

Total War: Shogun 2 places the limelight away from European conflicts and moves to Japan. Keep a watchful eye on your civilization as it grows into what you make of it.

Giant archers?! Oh god why!

You can choose from nine major provinces, each inhabitable by a different clan. Weather and climate can change the way the battlefield works and can mean the difference between victory and defeat, and you can participate in multiplayer battles with up to eight players! This is great for the strategist looking for something in the vein of Total War.

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112. Xcom: Enemy Unknown (2012)

Shoot them before they can phone home.

Developer: Firaxis Games

Genre: Strategy

Theme: Humans vs Aliens

Xcom: Enemy Unknown gives players a gripping story about humanity fighting alien invaders as well as a great strategic experience. You are put in charge of Xcom, a special unit whose purpose is to combat the invading aliens with the greatest weapons humanity has to offer. So make good tactical use of your men and save Earth from alien destruction.

Oh look, it's raining alien.

The game offers more than one type of strategic gameplay. During missions, the player needs to decide which course of action to take, obviously, but another aspect of strategy is seen between missions. Players are to manage construction, manufacturing, and research projects as well as managing defenses against alien attacks worldwide.

Players can also see a memorial wall of fallen soldiers. It's a really immersive experience and anyone interested in a new strategy game will doubtlessly have a great time with Xcom: Enemy Unknown.

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111. DC Universe Online (2011)

Be the Batman, or beat the Batman.

Developer: Daybreak Game Company

Genre: MMORPG

Theme: Become a super hero

The DC universe is overloaded with supervillains. I guess the Justice League finally realized they needed reinforcements, because now YOU get to be a hero, and fight back against the infamous rogue's galleries of DC's array of heroes. Or, if you'd like, add yourself to one of those galleries and whoop some hero butt.

Yes, you can be a Red Lantern.

The game offers quite a bit of variety as far as powers go. Some have to be unlocked through payment or DLC purchase but the game itself is free-to-play. You can customize a hero or villain to look the way you want, change the color scheme, and choose their power set.

Then you're off to fight baddies in huge maps and tons of quests. There's also some player housing you can get in on. If you're a fan of the DC comic book universe or simply an MMO fan, this would be fun for you.

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110. Minecraft (2011)

Minecraft really is a place of endless possibilities. Except for round things.

Developer: Mojang

Genre: Sandbox, Survival

Theme: Don't die.

Minecraft simply drops the player in a procedurally generated world and leaves you to your own devices. Generally what you want to do is make an axe or pickaxe. Then, you work on carving out a hole somewhere to survive the first night.

Once you've got a good thing going, you can pretty easily start mining for better ores, meaning better stuff, including weapons, tools, armor, etc. It's not the kind of game you can “win” but it's still really entertaining.

Honey, our new neighbors want to see the house!

Minecraft has a fantastic modding community. When you're bored with vanilla minecraft, you have the option of adding tons of new materials and craftable items so there's always more to do in one way or another. Some mods can even add a story or new lore to the game.

Minecraft is the quintessential sandbox, so if you enjoy building things and going from having nothing to having everything, Minecraft is a fantastic fit. Just be careful. For the night is dark, and full of terrors... Y'know, as long as you're not playing on Peaceful.

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109. GTA IV (2008)

Perhaps here, things will be different.

Developer: Rockstar North

Genre: Action Adventure

Theme: Be a criminal

Grand Theft Auto 4 gives you control of Niko Bellic, an Eastern European man recently disillusioned with the American Dream by his cousin Roman's state of living. Niko goes through a number of hardships for Roman, including killing his loan shark. He then meets a number of people who want others dead, and must decide which alliances to honor, and which to throw away in order to survive.

This is what happens when you get caught stealing doughnuts.

This iteration of Grand Theft Auto features a great story as well as a multiplayer mode. You gain access to tons of weapons to play with as well as numerous cars to tear up the city. If you're a fan of GTA, this is for you.

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