The best PC games according to critics
Metacritic scoring parameters
Born at the dawn of 2000, Metacritic has become one of the key pages for finding opinions about music, movies, books and video games.
Although the Metascore only focuses on the critic’s scores, the fact that on average the weight of some portals is greater than others, they also have another way of scoring. To ensure a balance, in addition to collecting those specialized press reviews, a section is also included in which all players can vote and review the game. In this way, the critical and user scores are separated, which, as you will see below, can deliver very different results, although no less valid.
1. ‘Half-Life 2’
After the original game was considered ” the best PC game in history “, ‘Half-Life 2’ had the difficult task of keeping the bar equally high. This position on the list shows how much it succeeds in that, becoming one of the titles that would mark the way forward for the industry in the following years in terms of graphics, physics, artificial intelligence and, above all, narrative.
2. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’
Becoming the second game that has sold more physical copies, only behind a phenomenon like ‘Wii Sports’ (and without taking into account that adding the digital numbers the figure can be widely exceeded), ‘GTA V’ has become a mass phenomenon that after five years still continues to top the sales lists. It is not there by luck, of course, it is one of the most attractive and fun open worlds ever created.
3. ‘The Orange Box’
With ‘The Orange Box’ Valve cheated, and not only did it includes all the episodes of ‘Half-Life 2’ and the multiplayer of ‘Team Fortress 2’ to console users, it is also included in the pack a genius creation like ‘ Portal ‘, probably the best puzzle game the videogame world has seen in the last 20 years.
Launched in 1998, ‘Half-Life’ was Valve’s opera prima, a game that allowed them to live on the income of their success and its graphic engine to shape the empire in which Steam has finally become. Undoubtedly one of the best games in history, it is also a classic that, despite its graphics, has stood the test of time very well, which makes it an equally recommendable game today.
History, graphics, gameplay … ‘BioShock’ has everything you could ask of an FPS, but it also managed to take a step further how the stories were told in an action adventure. A trip to the depths to discover an underwater city in which an utopia has become an absolute hell that has escaped the control of its creators.
6. ‘Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn’
Available in the ‘Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition’ along with the expansion ‘Throne of Bhaal’, ‘Shadows of Amn’ is the perfect example of why BioWare has become one of those companies to go to without hesitation when we search a good story. A magnificent role-playing game in which it is impossible not to be completely trapped for more than 60 hours.
7. ‘Portal 2’
It was very difficult to improve the unbeatable, but if there is a study capable of retracing its steps and getting your head to explode, that is Valve. With ‘Portal 2’ they demonstrated that the success of ‘Portal’ was not a simple coincidence, that the world and mechanics they had created could still go much further to create the ultimate mix of adventures and puzzles.
8. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’
‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ is another one of those role-playing games that catch you from minute one. A mixture of RPG and open world in which to follow the story is only part of the grace, and the opportunity to create your own best asset.
9. ‘Mass Effect 2’
After accelerating the pace of the first and deepening even more in everything that ‘Mass Effect’ managed to present, ‘Mass Effect 2’ became one of the star games of BioWare and one of the most successful titles of PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. A game so big and fun that neither the third installment nor the recent ‘Mass Effect Andromeda’ managed to overcome.
10. ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’
Considered by many as the best installment of the franchise ‘Grand Theft Auto’, the truth is that ‘Vice City’ had a special halo. Not only did it manage to be even more fun than ‘GTA III’, the game also got “that coolness” by referencing some of the most mythical films of the 80s, thereby delivering the ultimate gangster story.