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Top 10 PC Games of 2016 So Far (First Half)


Are you ready for this week’s throwback? Well, this week we’re looking into the not so distant past.

It’s not quite the end of the year yet but so many great games have come out in just the first half of the year that we’ve decided to count down the Top 10 PC Games of 2016 so far (first half).

Join us as we go through the best of the best from the first six months of the year. Oh, and if you missed any of these games, you can get them today at the best prices available on the web right here at

Note: These games were ranked based on their Gamer Compass score — aggregate ratings from critics and gamers from the best review sites on the planet.

Top 10 PC Games of 2016 So Far (First Half)

Top 10 PC Games of 2016: Total War: Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer
Developer: Creative Assembly
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: 24 May 2016

Combining two franchises to create the best game of both worlds, this high-fantasy strategy outing will have you thinking this is the way Total War was meant to be in the first place. With a huge amount of content, unique gameplay features, and a really handy user interface, you won’t want to go back to past real-world battles anytime soon.

Total War Warhammer
Chart Icon 80%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: XCOM 2

Developer: Firaxis Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: 5 February 2016

This release marks the return of the king of strategy, now set in a world occupied by aliens as humanity’s survival hangs in the balance. With gorgeous graphics, exciting new features and abilities, procedurally-generated maps, and thrilling tactical combat, it’s definitely a worthy successor to the original. Just make sure you take the time to learn the new mechanics.

Chart Icon 82%

Top 10 PC Games of 2016: Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon
Developer: Red Hook Studios
Publisher: Red Hook Studios
Release Date: 19 January 2016

You might want to skip this one if you’re the type who gets too attached to your characters. This game is made to maim and destroy your characters. It’s a roguelike turn-based dungeon crawler with fascinating art, addictive difficulty, and an unfamiliar focus on the psychological stress that comes with adventuring. It will make you go insane and leave you hopeless, then reel you back in for more.

Darkest Dungeon
Chart Icon 82%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: DOOM

Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: 13 May 2016

Think fierce, high-speed, old school shooter, but with gorgeous updated graphics and a whole lot more, and you’ve got a franchise revival that’ll blow your mind… literally! Sure, the multiplayer is boring as hell for some, but dive into the highly intense single player campaign and you’ll have your faith in id Software restored instantly. It’s definitely the next-gen DOOM we’ve all been waiting for.

Doom 4
Chart Icon 82%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: The Banner Saga 2

The Banner Saga 2
Developer: Stoic Studio
Publisher: Versus Evil
Release Date: 19 April 2016

With how well the first outing was received, Stoic had a colossal challenge in creating a follow-up that could still reel in fans and newcomers alike. And just as with the first game, they did one heck of a job pulling it off. If you don’t mind the brutal difficulty and painfully punishing random events, then this is one game you won’t be able to put down for hours. Just make sure you’ve got your Kleenex ready.

The Banner Saga 2
Chart Icon 82%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 28 January 2016

With various graphical improvements, Lara Croft’s newest adventure offers a more immersive experience for PC gamers as long as you have the specs to turn them on. Don’t expect Crystal Dynamics to reinvent the wheel here, they’re sticking to the same formula that made the 2013 reboot a stunning success. And quite frankly, we’re completely fine with that.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Chart Icon 83%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn
Developer: Crate Entertainment
Publisher: Crate Entertainment
Release Date: 25 February 2016

ARPG fans will find this new offering from the veteran team that made Titan Quest really familiar. From the wide variety of monsters, the massive amount of loot, and the chaotic hack and slash fun, it’s every bit the same game you’ve loved playing since more than a decade ago. But get this… Grim Dawn just does it all a whole lot better.

Grim Dawn
Chart Icon 83%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster
Developer: Virtuos
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 12 May 2016

One of the most celebrated outings of the series sporting upgraded graphics and all international version content previously unavailable to the North American audience has finally come to the PC. Whether you’ve never played it before or just want to relive the adventure, there’s no better time to play, or replay, this timeless JRPG than now.

Final Fantasy X X-2 HD Remaster
Chart Icon 84%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley
Developer: ConcernedApe
Publisher: Chucklefish Games
Release Date: 26 February 2016

Don’t just brush it off as a Harvest Moon clone because this is THE Harvest Moon clone you’ve been waiting for and so much more. With virtually endless content, simple yet fun gameplay mechanics, charming pixel graphics, and a kind of polish rarely seen in indie games, you’ll find this humble retreat from your busy city life a soothing experience you won’t stop playing anytime soon.

Stardew Valley
Chart Icon 87%
Top 10 PC Games of 2016: Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III
Developer: FromSoftware
Publisher: Namco Bandai Entertainment
Release Date: 12 April 2016

This third installment ends the series with a high dose of fan service, and I don’t mean the lewd kind. Even with its minor issues, Dark Souls III plays like it was made with the loyal Dark Souls fan in mind. With awe-inspiring graphics, new combat mechanics, and the same old agonizing difficulty the series is known for, it’s once again time to wield your blade and stare death in the face. Will you persevere?

Dark Souls 3
Chart Icon 88%


End of List

And that’s it for the Top PC 10 Games of 2016 so far. It’s still a bit too early to judge who will emerge to be the best at the end of the year. There are several more big releases in line, and the ratings for those that have been released can easily change with the release of patches and updates. All we really know is that the first half of the year has been superb for PC gamers. Here’s to hoping the same happens for the remainder.

If you haven’t played any of these games yet, make sure to get them today at the best prices available on the web right here at Give us a shout out in the comments below and tell us what you think of the list and whether you’d have it any other way. Cheers!



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