25. Opening our list of Top 25 Singleplayer Games is SteamWorld Dig 2 The latest in Image & Form’s metroidvania series, dig into a brand new set of puzzles in this sequel to Rusty’s adventures. Keeping up with their steam-powered theme, take on the role of Dorothy and Fen as they venture through craggly rocks in search of their old friend.
Solve puzzles, complete objectives, and explore each corner of the ancient underground. A short but improved version of the original, it has a PlayScore of 8.85. 24. Dark Souls III The game that created a whole new genre of brutal combat that tests the good and bad players. Enter a nightmarish world filled with mastercrafted monster designs straight from the mind of Hidetaka Miyakami. Unfortunately for players, this serves as the final Dark Souls game, and it deserved its long awaited retirement.
It’s faster, beautiful, and still patience-testing. It has a PlayScore of 8.85 23. Rise of the Tomb Raider Celebrating Lara Croft’s over 20 year history, Rise of the Tomb Raider shows us exactly how far technology has come through the years. From her trademark blocky bosom, her spelunking adventure is at it’s most immersive. Navigate through undiscovered caverns and decipher the environmental riddles that come before her. Bring out the guns, and test her acrobatic skills in a quest to take down a dangerous organization.
It has a PlayScore of 8.86. 22. Subnautica Despite humanity’s thousand year presence, we’ve still yet to discover the mysteries of our ocean’s deep abyss.
And that’s exactly the kind of unknown world you’ll discover in this nautical open world survival game. Build and manage your own sea habitat, collect food and resources, and discover the mysteries of watery void. With thousands of creatures roaming about the increasingly dark caverns, you’ll have to be at your most alert to survive the aquatic wildlife. It has a PlayScore of 8.87. 21.
A Hat in Time Move over, Super Mario Odyssey. Looks like you’ve found a PC counterpart. This cute 3D platformer takes you to the adorable shoes of a space traveling girl who stitches hats.
Go on a fun-filled quests to locate Time Pieces. Every mission is unique and it’s interesting to say the least. Throughout the game, you’re exploring a myriad of locations and uncovering many secrets. It has a PlayScore of 8.87. 20. Into the Breach From the creators of the successful space-based roguelike, Faster Than Light.
Subset Games ventures into tactical role-playing with Into the Breach. Go on Humanity’s side and aid them in the coming war against the giants. Don their powerful mechs and defend the cities in strategic turn-based battles. With their procedurally generated challenges, you’ll explore new ways to save the world from one timeline to the next. It has a PlayScore of 8.88. 19.
Bayonetta A hack and slash masterpiece that took its time in the journey to the PC. Opening into worldwide acclaim, Bayonetta looks just as good as it did on its original release. Slip into the heels of the seductive witch and whip your hair against the city’s poor angels.
Given the masterful strokes of Platinum Games, indulge in their award winning hack and slash action in gorgeous 4k resolutions. It has a PlayScore of 8.89. 18. INSIDE PlayDead shows off their flair for dystopia in their second sidescrolling adventure.
A follow up to their highly successful LIMBO, PlayDead switches up the haunting monochrome with a slight splash of color. But, it’s still rich with their eerie atmosphere as you move against the fold in an otherwise restrictive world. Awarded for its visual artistry and excellent game design, INSIDE is a compelling case of videogame as art. It has a PlayScore of 8.89.
17. Opus Magnum An independent game studio known for their remarkable engineering puzzlers, Zachtronics pulls out all the stops to bring us the programming simulation we never thought we needed. Scoring an impressive 10/10 on Steam, it’s their most accesible title yet. Master the art of transmutation as you design, build, and carry alchemical solutions to answer their myriad quests. Topped with a rich storyline filled with volatile dangers, it has a PlayScore of 8.9. 16.
Gorogoa Another outstanding puzzle game for the books, this time from the folks at Annapurna Interactive. Elegant is one word to describe it, with each stage rendered in Jason Robert’s hypnotic artystle. As much a visual treat as a jungle gym for the brain, use your imaginzation to arrange their illustrated patterns into the correct order.
Squeeze out your creative juices and decode the story behind each lavish panel. It has a PlayScore of 8.91. 15. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Marking the end of the Kojima and Konami collaboration, The Phantom Pain is a fitting sendoff to the long-running stealth action adventure. Taking on the role of Venom Snake for the last time, his habitat of political intrigue expands into open world deserts of Africa and Afghanistan. Satisfy your taste for espionage as you rebuild your motherbase and save the world.
It has a PlayScore of 8.93. 14. Pony Island Here to change your perspectives on the majestic nature of ponies is Daniel Mullins strange indie puzzler.
Pony Island revels in the realm metafiction. While that usually leads to some funny, breaking the fourth wall-type interactions, this game takes the road less traveled–dealing a few bursts of psychological horror with a side of ardent curiosity. Are you the player, or are you being played? It has a PlayScore of 8.94. 13.
Hollow Knight One of 2017’s breakout indie games, Team Cherry’s metroidvania has won the hearts of gamers and critics alike. With it, came a flurry of comparisons. Not the least of which is the hackneyed “Dark-Souls-of-insert-genre-here.” Despite that, Hollow Knight is not only original, it’s also really good. For anyone looking for a challenge, his cursed, bug-filled depths is a punishingly enjoyable treat. It has a PlayScore of 8.95.
12. Downwell A Devolver Digital game. This classic-style platformer takes you on a dark descent into a mysterious well. Equipped with powerful Gun Boots, use your trusty weapons to vaporize enemies and collect treasures along the way. Its procedurally generated worlds provides new surprises with every fall, giving you hours of quality entertainment for a bargain. A descent into addictive pixel madness, it has a PlayScore of 8.95.
11. Kerbal Space Program Come along with Squad’s loyal crew of humanoid Kerbal’s and help them launch rockets into the not-so distant skies. It’s not exactly eye candy but its visuals perfectly complement the game’s tongue-in-cheek nature. While it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it offers accuracy in all the right parts, from Newtonian Dynamics to conic approximations.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it, but it surely helps. It has a PlayScore of 8.95. 10. West of Loathing Pack up your saddlebags and ride on towards the black and white deserts of Asymmetric’s RPG Adventure. No matter what you do, you won’t be prepared for hysterical antics of this Western comedy. While it looks straight out of a college animation class, it seamlessly delivers a sprawling open world full of danger, quests and snake-infested plains.
Partake in silly, turn-based shootouts, and laugh your ass off at their non-stop gags. It has a PlayScore of 8.97. 9. Crypt of the NecroDancer Brace Yourself Games’ stylish roguelike rhythm game is out to win your heart. That is, if you can move to the Necrodancer’s beat.
Holding your life in his hands, groove to the tunes of Danny Baranowsky’s soundtrack and deliver musical beatdowns along the way. Go deeper into the rhythmic caverns and prepare to slay bigger monsters wit each procedurally generated level. Just the right balance quirk and quality, it has a PlayScore of 9.03. 8. What Remains of Edith Finch Another puzzle game from Annapurna Interactive. Powered by the Unreal Engine 4, it’s a different level of immersion in this adventure fuelled by haunting mystery.
See through the eyes of Edith Finch as she goes to investigate the death of her family. More an exploration game than horror, it has been widely praised for its story, presentation, and gameplay. Learn each corner of the Finch estate, and uncover her traumatizing history.
It has a PlayScore of 9.04. 7. Cuphead Studio MDHR breaks through the videogame industry with this ambitious indie run and gun.
After hurdling a tidal wave of obstacles, they’ve managed to create a viral sensation, both for its imaginative visuals and controversial difficulty. Inspired by the devilishly haunting and whimsical cartoons of the 1930s, it’s a game that’s been hand-drawn and handcrafted to perfection. A lovingly frustrating visual treat, it has a PlayScore of 9.08.
6. Day of the Tentacle Remastered Day of the Tentacle is perhaps one of the best known in LucasArt’s series of outrageously funny adventures. Crafted in the same fashion as the groundbreaking Maniac Mansion, it follows in the path of uproarious point-and-click shenanigans. Follow their oddball characters through their physics-deying misadventures with their faulty time-machine. A cult classic since its 1993 release, the charm of the original is lovingly retained in this remastered form. It has a PlayScore of 9.11 5.
Celeste From the mind that brought us the deceptively addicting TowerFall Ascension, Matt Thorston follows up his success with another pixel-driven platformer. Putting the responsive controls of his last game to good use, Celeste puts us in the shoes of Madeleine as she braves perilous cliffs in search of her true self. Cute, but definitely no cakewalk. It’s a step in the right direction for the future of platformers. It has a PlayScore of 9.13 4.
Stardew Valley As anyone who grew up on Harvest Moon knows, there’s nothing that can come between a person and their farm. Continuing on the tradition of pixel art farming simulations, Stardew Valley perfectly captures the tranquility of the classics. Put on your favorite overalls and dip your toes in the refreshing farmlife.
Plant crops, take care of animals, meet the neighbors, and find the love of your life. It has a PlayScore of 9.18. 3. Ori and the Blind Forest Explore a magical, decaying forest and follow a tree spirit named Ori as he fights the very evils that haunt the land.
In a gripping and emotional opening story, watch the essence of humanity crumble in the face of darkness. This adventure rekindles the dying flame of metroidvania games and it’s packed with visual splendor that sparkles from start to finish. It has a PlayScore of 9.19.
2. Undertale Toby Fox’s imaginative world has maintained its standing among videogame’s best. Despite the criticisms against its “simplistic” graphics, Undertale has an important message to send, it remains as relevant and fun as ever.
It’s an RPG game where violence doesn’t have to be the answer. Navigate through the minefield that is their monster encounters and complete quests in the name of diplomacy. With an utterly loveable cast and a fantastic soundtrack, it receives a PlayScore of 9.2. 1. And the best Single Player PC Game is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Reigning supreme in our PC lists since its release, CD Projekt Red’s last Witcher title was everything we wanted and more.
An open world action adventure that perfectly executes immersive environments and flawless storytelling, there’s a lot to love about the final chapters of Geralt’s quests. Save Ciri from the dreaded Wild Hunt, and fall in love with each element in their magical universe. It has a PlayScore of 9.31.