PC Gaming in the 2010s - what did I miss?


#1

I just picked up a decent box fan gaming laptop, which is really the first time I’ve had access to a PC for gaming in this decade. I’ve gotten by on a Mac Mini and consoles since 2011, and the Mac Mini was never viable for gaming even among the few ports that made their way to MacOS.

So what’d I miss? I’m trying to remember all the things I planned to check out, but of course I’m only remembering the recent stuff. Like hey, I should check out Into the Breach, and Spintires: MudRunner, and Oxygen Not Included, and… uh… House Flipper?

Hit me with your best recommendations!


#2

https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/distant-worlds-universe

That should keep you busy for a while.


#3

Cool! The question is what kinds of games are you interested in? I mean, there are thousands now.


#4

I think we need to know what genres you are interested in. RPGs? Survival? Action? Strategy?

If I had to pick one game that everyone should play it would be Stardew Valley. It does not matter who seems to play that as it is pretty universally loved.


#5

Grim Dawn

Total War: Warhammer


#6

In no particular order, and I don’t vouch for all of these, but they are all generally thought to be great/notable games. Some genres like strategy and MOBA I don’t play at all. Also these are PC exclusives only, as you said you had a console.

  • MOBAs: LoL, DOTA2, HotS, Smite
  • Heroes of Might & Magic series
  • Path of Exile
  • Grim Dawn
  • Starcraft 2
  • Neverwinter
  • Wasteland 2
  • Mount & Blade
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Pillars of Eternity 1 & 2
  • GalCiv3
  • Torment tides of numenera
  • Legend of Grimrock 2
  • Might and Magic X
  • Shadowrun series of CRPGs
  • X-Com & X-Com 2
  • Tyranny
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • Civ 6

#7

Good question! Not a big flight sim or rivet counting kind of guy.

RPGs are good, I don’t love them all and may not get through many since they can be such long games, but I wouldn’t rule any out either.

Action and shooters are good, racing is good but I don’t want anything more serious or “simmy” there than Forza. It’s been a long time since I’ve done much with strategy, either RTS or turn based, and I’ve enjoyed both in the past but almost entirely for single player.

Actually that’s probably a good guideline across genres: I probably won’t care much about anything that only really shines in competitive multiplayer.

I do like Stardew Valley, I bought that on the Switch.


#8

On the RPG front, maybe…




#9

Kerbal Space Program

Rimworld (should be out of early access soon but more than playable now).

Those two games should be enough to last you another decade.


#10

Pillars of Eternity - should I start with 1, or could I jump into 2?


#11

I second these suggestions. I might add

Banished (building)
Cities Skylines (building)
EU IV (grand strategy)
Skyrim (just in case you did not play it)
Endless Legend (4X)
AOW III (4X/Strategy)
Don’t Starve (Survival)
BATTLETECH (strategy)
XCOM with expansions (strategy)
Prison Architect (building)
Motorsport Manager (sports strategy)
American Truck Simulator (driving)
Factorio (strategy)
Ultimate General: Civil War (wargame)


#12

2 is a better game but 1 was amazing in its own right. I would start with 1.


#13

No Man’s Sky. On sale.


#14

Picked that up at launch on the PS4, although since I was starting over already with the Next update, I did double-dip and grab that on the PC as well.


#15

Witcher 3 might be my favorite game of all time.


#16

Cool. And congrats on your new computing device.


#17

I’ve got close to 500 hours played in Factorio. It’s a great game if you like solving problems.


#18

I don’t think you really missed all that much, to be honest with you.


#19

FTL


#20

I really enjoyed the Tomb Raider reboots.