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There was a time when game critics and analysts believed that PC Gaming was on the decline. Many believed that the PC would soon be overcome by modern consoles like the original Xbox and Playstation 2 but that statement proved to be wrong.

The PC platform has a ton of amazing games to dive into, new or old. The Live Service model has existed for years on the PC platform, thanks to expansions and the ease of updates that have made certain games like World of Warcraft stand the test of time. This is the top 8 best PC Games of all time.

This list has a mix of old and new games. Let’s begin!

8: Call of Duty 2 (2005.)

Call of Duty 2 redefined the World War II experience with its epic journey across the war, starting in Russia in winter 1942 and ending across the Rhine in 1945. Call of Duty 2 was the sequel to the original Call of Duty, one of the best WWII games of all time. 

The biggest change was multiplayer. This multiplayer would go on to define WWII games for the rest of the 2000s. It’s multiplayer was classic Allies vs. Axis and was based on small-scale battles across beautiful scenarios like Burgundy or Carentan. Call of Duty 2 would go on to further establish Infinity Ward as one of the best studios in gaming.

7: Call of Duty ( 2003.)

 In 2003, a little game released on PC that would define World War II games for a whole generation and kickstart one of the biggest franchises in the world. This game would be developed by a group of developers who left 2015 inc. after they released Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, this game would be called Call of Duty.

Instead of the one man army approach that was quite common in Medal of Honor, Call of Duty focused on the Allies and showed the perspectives of the different armies throughout World War II. From Russia to the Hurtgen Forest, Call of Duty was a fresh and unique look at World War II. Call of Duty was just the beginning and it brought Infinity Ward out of the shadows and onto the world stage, the gaming world would never be the same.

6: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault ( 2002.)

 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is basically the video game version of Saving Private Ryan, it has defined the entire World War II genre in gaming and it has defined the modern FPS.

Allied Assault wasn’t an homage to Hollywood, it was a challenge to Hollywood, stating that video games can be as epic and grandiose as Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers. Parts of Allied Assault suffered but the point was made with the Omaha Beach assault, one of the most immersive and influential video game levels of all time.

What’s ironic about this is that this game would give birth to Call of Duty, a year later. The same developers who created Medal of Honor: Allied Assault would go on to create one of the biggest franchises in the world and would be one of the main causes to why Medal of Honor was no longer relevant in the 2010s.

5: Battlefield 1942 (2002.)

 World War II is one of the largest wars in modern history. It seems impossible to cover all the major theaters of the war and it seems like a daunting task but one studio and one game achieved it and would later become one of the biggest franchises in gaming history. That game is called Battlefield 1942. 

Battlefield 1942 brought to life the Second World War in the best way that DICE could. Rolling across huge deserts and disembarking on the beaches of France in huge 64 player multiplayer battles was immersive as hell. Unlike Call of Duty or Medal of Honor, Battlefield brought World War II to life with massive battles across land, sea, and air.

It would spawn two expansions, The Road to Rome and The Secret Weapons of WWII , the former proved to be one of the greatest expansions ever made. DICE would return to the era in this year’s Battlefield V.         

4: Battlefield 2 (2005.)

This game was the game of 2005. If you weren’t playing this game then you were doing it wrong.

Battlefield 2 expanded upon Battlefield 1942 and brought the game into the modern day. It offered a unique shooter experience that you could never find in games like Call of Duty 2 or Medal of Honor, DICE upped the ante and placed teamwork at the forefront. Battlefield 2 took place in a fictional conflict around the world where the reason to fight was never truly explained. Most of the locations centered around oil fields, refineries, dams, and cities like Karkand or Oman.

The multiplayer built off from Battlefield 1942 and Vietnam with a bigger emphasis on teamwork and squadplay, introducing squads for the first time and everything else that we would see as the franchise progressed like ribbons, awards, and XP. Battlefield 2 would spawn 3 expansions which expanding on the conflict.

3: Half-Life (1998.)

                                         

  The game that started it all. Half-Life tells the story of Gordon Freeman and a trans-dimensional rift that has the power to kill us all. Half-Life represents something groundbreaking in the genre, something that we still haven’t seen to this day. 

Half- Life has set the tone for AAA development for almost two decades and if Half-Life never made it to the scene, PC Gaming and Gaming as a whole would look very different. If you want to play the original game, thankfully, the team at Crowbar Collective, have remastered the game and has rebuilt it from the ground up and it is called Black Mesa.     

2: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt ( 2015.)

 Three years after its release, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt remains the gold standard for RPGs and will probalby remain the gold standard until another game that is just as better or better than The Witcher 3: The Wild comes along. While the game is available on the current generation of consoles, it looks better on the PC and it provides the most definitive experience.

Much as been written on how the game breaks the mold and is a standout amongst gaming and how it is the gold standard for RPGs going forward. But where it shines the most is how it looks, The Witcher 3 on PC is the most definitive experience; it has a better draw distances to better character models and beyond, The Witcher 3 is a glorious treat for the eyes.

1: World of Warcraft (2004.)

World of Warcraft has stood the test of time for over 15 years and has remained relevant for the past 15 years. It is the last of its kind with a thriving community alongside Blizzard who keeps churning out updates and expansions for one of the greatest games of the 2000s.   

If you think I may have missed anything, please let me know down in the comments below.                                                                                                                                                 

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