Games For Custom Builds

Author: Harrison T. Greene

So you got the rig of your dreams (look at this article to review what we said about custom builds), what games should you put on it though? This list, while a top 10, is nowhere near the actual number of games I would actually recommend to a new gamer. I have literally hundreds of games that I would recommend, but I have limited typing space so take this list with a grain of salt.

Contenders for Best Shooters: Half Life, Wolfenstein, Sniper, Call of Juarez Gunslinger
Winner for Shooters: Half Life

Alright so there are a lot of great FPS’s on steam that aren’t COD. Honestly I have been a fan of Half Life ever since I got the demo for the first half life back in the 90’s. In my opinion there is no better FPS than Half Life.

Contenders for Best Multiplayer: Counterstrike, Day Of Defeat, Team Fortress 2, Depth

Winner for Multiplayer: Counterstrike

I have to say that as a die-hard fan of steam games, I have always loved Counterstrike and Day of Defeat equally. But if I have to absolutely choose one over the other, I would have to put Counterstrike over Day Of Defeat.

Contenders for Best Epic RPG’s: Skyrim, Fallout 4, Witcher 3

Winner for Epic RPG’s: Skyrim

So when it comes to truly epic scale RPG’s, few do it better than Bethesda. This year (2016) the Witcher 3 really gave Skyrim a run for its money, but to me, Skyrim rules the roost when it comes to epic style RPG’s.

Contenders for Best Strategy Game: Total War series, Age of Empires series, Starcraft/Warcraft series

Winner for Strategy Game: The Total War Series

There are a lot of strategy games out there today, but it really is a genre that only PC can pull off. That being said, these 3 game series are probably really the best of the best strategy games around that money can buy. I really have to take my hat off however, and say that the Total War series, really was the best, whether it was Medieval II, Rome I, or Shogun I or II, these really were some of the best strategy games that money can buy, and, you don’t need a really beefy PC to run most of them.

Contenders for Best Racing Games: Assetto Corsa, Project Cars, Grid Series

Winner: Assetto Corsa

I have only recently really started to get into Assetto Corsa, and while many people will call simulator games (even racing ones) dad games, I don’t really have a problem with it. Assetto Corsa really is up there as one of the best racing games in my opinion.

Contenders for Best Point and Click Adventure Game: Monkey Island Series, Indiana Jones Series

Winner for Point and Click Adventure Game: Monkey Island Series

If you ever want to pick up a late 80’s early 90’s point and click adventure game, that makes you smile and laugh, Monkey Island is that game.

Contenders for Best Indie Game: Papers Please, Rock of Ages, Undertale

Winner for Indie Game: All of them

The best and worst part about PC gaming is the steam greenlight idea. A lot of great games, and terrible ones have come out. However, one should keep in mind that these games are made by independent developers, not giant game making corporations, and sometimes, they produce solid gold. Any of the three games listed, are hours of fun, for a relatively cheap price.

Contenders for Best Action/Adventure Game: Prince of Persia/Assassin’s Creed, Batman, Hand of Fate

Winner for Action/Adventure Game: Hand of Fate

Prince of Persia will always have a special place in my heart when it comes to video games, but Hand of Fate really takes the cake here. It combines two things I love, card games, and action adventure games. And that is why it takes the gold in this category.

Contenders for Best Arcady/Old School Game: Gunstar Heroes, Bro Force, Shovel Knight

Winner for Arcady/Old School Game: Gunstar Heroes

I would like to point out here that all of these games are fun old school like games. Because of that, I would also like to point out that I started gaming at a young age, and one of my favorite first games was Gunstar Heroes. And because of that preference, Gunstar Heroes takes the gold here.

Contenders for Best Isometric RPG/D20 Game: Wasteland 2, Icewind Dale, Divinity Original Sin

Winner: Icewind Dale

So isometric RPG’s are not for everyone. It usually requires a somewhat in depth understanding of Dungeons and Dragons to understand them. Because of this, few of these kinds of games are ever released, and make it big. However, in this instance, these 3 games are some of the best steam has to offer. While I know others will argue there are others out there that deserve to be on this list, I will remind you that I have a limited amount of space on here. So Icewind Dale takes this round.

Bonus Round 1: Fighting Games: Street Fighter 4 or Fightcade

Winner for Fighting Game: Both SF4 and Fightcade

Because there are not many fighting games available for the PC, it stands to reason that any good fighting game or emulator available for the PC that is fun to play, should be purchased. That is why I award the gold to both Street Fighter 4 and fightcade.

Bonus Round 2: Action RPGs: Diablo Series, Titan Quest/Grim Dawn, Sacred Series

Winner for Action RPG: Diablo Series

Action RPG’s are some of the most fun you can have with a PC, and in some instances only really require one hand to play. These games can provide hundreds of hours of fun, and endless grinding, making the you search for the purple pair of pants that are better than the current green ones you have. The Diablo series of games in this genre are the hands down winners of this category, and so the gold goes to them.

So people may say that they don’t agree with my choices for the winners in each category, which is fine. This list though is not the end all be all for best video games to run on a fancy new rig. As a matter of fact, I recommend you get all of these games and play all of them to their fullest extent, because they are so fun. And as I’ve said before, this is by no means a full list, because I would recommend many, many more games. So instead look forward to me writing some game reviews in the upcoming months.

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