This may be a biased pick on my end, as I”m a huge fan of the Numenera tabletop experience. Monte Cook”s exquisite D&D like game focuses on the weird and unexplainable things that you may see in a fantasy world. While most games in the genre can be heavily combat focused, Numenera chooses instead to focus on narrative, rarely ever placing a group into a fight.
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Torment: Tides of Numenera follows this pattern pretty well. While there is a very solid turn-based RPG here, the focus is on the story and the incredible…and strange world that you”ve been thrust into. The player takes control of the character known as the Last Castoff. There is a man in the world, known to some as the Changing God, who has the ability to leave his body and create a new one, constantly evading a threat that will eventually go through you to find him.
If you”re looking for a tense shooter that”ll have your heart racing in no time, look no further than Metro: Last Light. The game picks up where Metro: 2033 left off, following Artyom as he attempts to keep the peace in Moscow”s metro system where survivors are holed up. The radiated earth above is home to some powerful mutants like the demon (pictured above) which, along with the inhabitable land and air on the surface, forces humans underground.
In 2033, Artyom launched a missile strike against telepathic mutants known as Dark Ones, which threatened to wipe out the existing survivors. However, a year later, during the events of Last Light, one Dark One still remained. Artyom, along with a military force known as The Rangers are tasked with tracking down the final Dark One in order to wipe out the threat for good.
If you aren”t aware of the anticipated 2011 title known as Skyrim, you must have had a really busy year that year…and all years following it. Bethesda introduced the province of Skyrim to players nearly eight years ago, thrusting them onto the continent of Tamriel as the land is suddenly overtaken by dragons. Since then, the franchise has topped every offline games for PC lists.
Eventually, you find out that you are the Dragonborn, and are able to absorb the souls of dragons in order to learn powerful spells known as “shouts.” With this ability, you are tasked with taking on the almighty Alduin the World-Eater before he can destroy the world.
Skyrim takes place about two centuries after the events of Oblivion and features an incredibly open gameplay experience. By that I mean, you can do whatever you want whenever you want. Nothing is cut off due to levelling, and you can enter any dungeon or any quest at any moment as long as you have whatever key is necessary to enter them if a key is even necessary.
Whether you choose to take on foes up close and personal with a sword or hammer, hide back from plain sight with a poison-tipped bow, or send all your enemies to kingdom come with the magical powers of the gods, you”ll find combat here that will suit your needs.
The success of TES V: Skyrim has been so overwhelming that it”s become a running joke at this point, with Bethesda players “afraid” that if they buy another game from the developer, it”ll just be Skyrim in disguise. However, it”s easy to see why they would continuously release the game over the years. With updated graphics and smoothed out frame rate, players on any device want to have this treasure in their collection.
2. Divinity: Original Sin II
We jump back into the classic RPG territory for our offline PC games list and taking our number two spot is Divinity: Original Sin II.
Set in the world of Rivellion, players are more or less just thrust out into the open with a pat on the back and told, “Get out there and find something worth chasing.” Sure there”s a story about the Godwoken, the player, setting out on a journey to save the world and persecuted sorcerers from the God King and the Voidwoken, who are out to steal the power of those like the player.
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Divinity: Original Sin II offers you the chance to take pre-made characters with unique backstories into the world of Rivellion, or allows you to create your own complex character. You”ll be able to recruit three different companions to help you battle your way across the world.
While exploring the game, you”ll be met with all kinds of quests in which the best way to solve them is…well…whatever way you see fit. You want to try to talk down the giant hulking man holding a bloody axe and a psychotic look in his eyes? Go ahead. You want to butcher a noble group of soldiers simply because they”re in your way and you aren”t quite sure how else to progress? Take out your weapon and chop those men and women down.
The point is, there”s no wrong answer here. Divinity: Original Sin II is great because of its incredible replay value. You”ll go through it multiple times and get a completely different experience out of it every single time.
And while this is a list for offline games for PC, that doesn”t mean couch co-op is off the table. Bring a friend along, who will be able to control his own character free of will, as you come across various encounters and decide which is the best course of action to take.
1. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
It”s hard to not have Geralt”s final run come in at the top of the offline games for PC list here. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt follows the legendary witcher as he tries to track down Ciri, the last heir to a powerful ancient elvish bloodline with the power to manipulate space and time. Geralt helped to train Ciri at the witcher school of Kaer Morhen, and you”ll get to see much of the backstory between the two while searching for her before the Wild Hunt captures her.
The Witcher III, combat wise, is the best out of the entire series. The ARPG tasks you with hunting various monsters throughout the land, cashing in on bounties along the way. Geralt carries two swords with him, one steel and one silver. The silver sword is used to take out creatures and monstrosities, while the steel is what you”ll bring out to deal with any humans who get in your way.
Along with these, crossbows and bombs, Geralt of Rivia controls five different magical signs which can help get you out of some sticky situations: Aard, Axii, Igni, Yrden and Quen.
Aard is a telekinetic blast sent out from Geralt”s location. This simple technique can be used, not only to stun opponents but to blast your way through doors or walls and blow out any fires in the area.
Axii allows you to charm the mind of your target. While it”s a great technique to use in combat, temporarily taking someone out of a fight, it”s even more useful when talking to NPCs. Sort of a Jedi mind trick, this will allow you to both fool others into believing what you want or giving you the information needed for a quest you may be pursuing.
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Igni is essentially Geralt”s fire spell, sending out a wave of flame that lights enemies and surrounding grass ablaze. Yrden slows down enemies in an AoE, and Quen buffs the player with a temporary shield, allowing you to take more damage.