When you talk about the best video game platform in terms of game selection, the PC generally takes the cake. Not only do most of the popular titles that hit consoles also make their way to Steam or another client, but there is also an extensive selection of indie games on PC that rarely make their way onto the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, at least initially.
We’ve compiled this list of the best PC games of 2016 based on our impressions of each game as well as the response they received in the gaming community. The list might include games that are also available on console, but they must be on the PC as well. Our hope here is that we can show you a fantastic list of great PC game titles, some of which you will have heard about and others you may not have. If we’re lucky, you’ll leave this with a couple new additions to your wish list. In no particular order, here's our list of the best PC games of 2016.
Battlefield 1 came with high expectations from PC and console gamers alike, especially after DICE’s bold move to bring their popular shooter series back to the first World War. Battlefield 1 exceeded those expectations by offering a poignant campaign and engaging multiplayer that captures the gritty, ruthless nature of World War 1.
There’s no shortage of futuristic, sci-fi shooters these days, so it’s no surprise that Battlefield 1's World War 1 setting came as a breath of fresh air for military FPS fans. While multiplayer is arguably the main selling point for most shooters, DICE took a unique approach to the Battlefield 1 campaign in an effort to create a more thoughtful narrative experience.
The Battlefield 1 campaign features a series of vignettes called War Stories, which each convey a different character’s story. Players get to control multiple protagonists, allowing them to experience the war from multiple perspectives. One War Story has you trudge through the trenches alongside a finicky Mark V tank, while another War Story lets you dogfight in a biplane high above the mountaintops. Although the developers took some creative liberties with the storylines, the campaign is still capable of capturing the vulnerable moments and emotional struggles that were likely persent during the first World War.
The multiplayer aspect of Battlefield 1 isn’t too shabby, either. The developers decided to forego the “levolution” moments of previous Battlefield games, instead favoring player-created destruction over triggered events. To maintain a level of spontaneity, Battlefield 1 incorporated Behemoths into their multiplayer, which are massive super-vehicles that spawn during the latter half of an online match to support whichever team is trailing behind.
There is also an entirely new game mode called Operations, which is best described as a hybrid game type that combines familiar elements from the Conquest Assault and Rush game modes. These extended battles simulate the arduous process of war and having to retreat or advance deeper into a given territory, while also providing seasoned players with an added challenge.
Battlefield 1 takes players through a variety of different WW1 locations, from lush forests, to barren deserts. The class loadouts are thoughtfully constrained in their weapon customizations, encouraging players to rely more on tactical equipment and reactive strategies rather than a complicated plethora of attachments. The combat feels good, and there’s enough diversity in the loadouts to suit many playstyles. Battlefield 1 is a must-play for fans of military shooter games, and stands out as one of the best FPS games of 2016.