#1 Posted by dubios451 (134 posts) -

Hey All,

I have been a console gamer most of my life but have finally pulled enough money together to upgrade a store bought desktop I inherited. I need some suggestions from PC aficionados on what I need to play or have missed on the PC!

Specs are a GTX 550 ti (best I could do right now)

core i5 CPU 650@ 3.2 GHz

8 gigs of ram

lots of storage space

Its not great but its better than anything I have ever had and better than my 360. Any game from the past 5 or 6 years will do, what are the highlights?

Thanks!

#2 Edited by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

Welcome to the most open, loving and freebie-infested platform that ever was or will be. Enjoy your stay (: 
 
I'll quote myself from another thread: 

  • Deus Ex is by far the greatest gem to ever grace the platform. Download the texture pack and have one of the best most innovative stealth FPS cyberpunk experiences out there. 
  • If it feels too old/dated for you, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an absolutely faithful and true spiritual successor. It's all about the unique stealth gameplay.
  • Battlefield 3 is the best multiplayer FPS for the PC on the market right now. We have our own Giant Bomb server and a group of 400 GB members, we play together and have our own voice server.
  • Team Fortress 2  (multiplayer)  - Very entertaining, encourages teamwork, has a unique cartoony aesthetic, and it's FREE TO PLAY.
  • World in Conflict and Company of Heroes are two of the best Real Time Strategy games from this generation.
  • Starcraft 2 is the best strategical multiplayer RTS (Real Time Strategy).
  • Civilization V for Turn-Based Strategy.
  • Some will argue that Skyrim is a sellout and that you should play Morrowind and Oblivion. I haven't played Morrowind, but I think Skyrim is a great Elder Scrolls title. The mods you can download to radically alter the game can blow your mind.
  • If you dislike fantasy RPGs, Fallout 3 is Oblivion/Skyrim with guns, and set in a wasteland. Tons of mods as well.
  • The Witcher is miles ahead of the 7-8 other RPGs that I've played. Such a bleak, bleak universe that's almost as scary to explore as Stalker's. The character is way too badass for you to handle and the story is very unique. Swordplay is a little stale but the various attack stances and the awesome magic spells that you can upgrade make up for it.
  • The general consensus (which I disagree with) is that playing Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings without playing the first game is just fine. Both games are great, but Witcher 1 is a must-play on PC IMO.
  • Crysis. If anyone tells you it's a tech demo, they didn't play for more than 30 minutes. That gameplay blew my mind in 2007 and has been doing so on an annual basis. Arguably the greatest PC FPS.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl . Hands down thee best atmosphere in a game, big dysfunctional world around you with mutants and beasts and bandits and military, and the shooting is extremely unique. Download the Complete 2009 Mod.
  • Half-Life 2 is the obvious choice for a more linear and story driven FPS.
  • The Portal franchise is a must play.
  • If you like your multiplayer co-op games, Left 4 Dead 2 and Magicka are great.
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE is a new old-school shooter where all kinds of freaky monsters lunge at you and you get to blow them to bits.
  • Hitman: Blood Money, Thief: Deadly Shadows and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for the best first person/third person stealth adventures on the platform. You need patience, strategy and some trial-and-error, but the end result is extremely satisfying.
  • Max Payne 1 and 2, extremely old, yet the gameplay, aesthetics and story telling haven't aged a single day. Some of the best Third Person Shooters you can find on the platform, and by far the best noire atmospheres in a game.
  • Too outdated for you? Jump onto Max Payne 3, I can't be more amazed by how true of a sequel it is and how well it looks and runs on PC.
  • Just Cause 2 is the most explosive action open world third person shooter I've ever played. The graphics and aesthetics deserve an award too.
  • Trine and Trine 2 are both really great side-scrolling adventure puzzlers. 
  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is a pretty good adventure game. I'm not good with adventure games, I dunno.
  • Mount & Blade is a... I'm not even sure how to describe it. But it's very good at what it does.  Help, someone!
  • ArmA II, especially with the newly-released and widely acclaimed zombie mod for it called DayZ, is the best military sim on the PC. An MMO-like open world with tons of custom game modes. Try ArmA II Free2Play and see if you like it! (Which is done by downloading the demo on Steam).
  • Diablo III if you like ARPGs with infinite grinding and loot whoring. Amazing game!
  • If you wanna try the Diablo experience in a smaller, simpler and CHEAPER version, play Torchlight.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 is, I think, the go-to party-based RPG on the PC. Go for Dragon Age: Origins, the last real PC game by Bioware, if NWN2 is too outdated for you.
#3 Posted by dubios451 (134 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic: Thank you kind Sir. Does S.T.A.L.K.E.R. have much in the way of a story, or does the atmosphere mostly carry it?

#4 Edited by Goof (33 posts) -

Not the biggest PC Gamer (saving up for a nice rig myself) but I throw the obvious ones out there:

Anything in The Orange Box if you haven't already played their 360 ports, along with anything Valve touches (Left 4 Dead).

If you're into strategy or RTS games, I hear the Civilization series is a must, as well as Company of Heroes. Also, Blizzard games go without saying (Diablo 3, Starcraft 2). As far as I know most of the shooters carry over across all platforms with the exception of Counter Strike and games like ArmA.

EDIT: what @AhmadMetallic said.

#5 Posted by dubios451 (134 posts) -

@Goof: Thanks! I somehow forgot about Left 4 Dead amid all of Valve's other stuff

#6 Posted by Intro (1212 posts) -

The Witcher 2 is great and has an interesting world and story. Also there's Skyrim, which is fun especially with mods.

#7 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -

@dubios451: Dude!  That's just an O.K. PC?  Man, that's pretty much what I have and it feels better than O.K. to me.

Titan Quest: Immortal Throne

Torchlight

Drakensang: The River of Time 

Portal and Portal 2 
 
Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II and it's DLC 
  
Metro 2033 
 
Cryostasis  
 
All the games Bethesda games with great modding: Elder Scrolls series and Fallout series 
 
 
Seriously tho, just get a Steam account and wait for the summer sale.  While you are waiting buy Humble Bundles and get a GOG.com, Gamer's Gate, etc. account.
#8 Posted by AlexW00d (6449 posts) -

Men of War, Cryostasis, Europa Universalis 3, Amnesia, Binding of Isaac, E.Y.E, Metro 2033, Total War: whichever.

Those are a few of the games in my library that should should most probably play. Right now. DO it.

#9 Posted by dubios451 (134 posts) -

@tourgen: Haha, being new to PC gaming I wasn't sure how it rated in the scale of gaming machines, its hard to know what beefy machines some GB users might have

#10 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -
@dubios451 said:

@AhmadMetallic: Thank you kind Sir. Does S.T.A.L.K.E.R. have much in the way of a story, or does the atmosphere mostly carry it?

Yes the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R has a really great and somewhat deep/philosophical story that goes surprisingly well with the environment and atmosphere. But the creepy and immersive atmosphere is the franchise's main attraction. 
The other great stalker, Call of Pripyat, has a shitty story but solid gameplay. Improves over pretty much everything from Shadow of Chernobyl.
#11 Posted by Levius (1231 posts) -

The Binding of Isaac is really good.

#12 Posted by happypup70 (172 posts) -

Now that you have pc I suggest going to Good old Games. There are some great games in that library. Quest for Glory is my personal favorite. They have the entire series for 10 bucks and it is worth it. If you don't like role playing games then you shouldn't play the QfG games. If you liked the fact that mass effect 2 brought back your saved game, Quest for glory did it in 1989.

#13 Posted by Redsox44 (487 posts) -

I'm pretty new to PC gaming too. Everything Ahmad said is great, I definitely recommend Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Also fuckin Mirror's Edge! - Beautiful game and so so fun. Plus the Humble Bundle Vis awesome.

Try not to go on a crazy spending spree right now because there's bound to be some great sales on Steam during the summer.

#14 Posted by RawknRo11a (568 posts) -

Yea, I'm kinda in the same boat. Just built the following machine:

AMD Phenom 2 black edition (quad core, 3.4ghz)

16 GB RAM

GeForce 560 (EVGA Brand)

Wasn't sure it would at first, but this thing handles whatever I can throw at it. Definitely jump on the Humble Bundle, nothing mind-blowing on the graphics side. most of the games others have listed are great. What I've been doing lately is checking the steam deal-of-the-day and wait for the big sales.

#15 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic: No fair, you put every goddamn contemporary PC game out there.`

I will say that you should go for New Vegas, not 3 if you want to play a Fallout game. There are a number of enhancements to the systems in the game that, in my opinion, make it more enjoyable.

#16 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -
@MordeaniisChaos said:

@AhmadMetallic: No fair, you put every goddamn contemporary PC game out there.`

I chose 35 unanimously-considered best-of PC games from the past 12 years, covering most of the gaming genres. They're not even a friction of the amount of PC games out there! 
 
@RawknRo11a said:

Yea, I'm kinda in the same boat. Just built the following machine:

AMD Phenom 2 black edition (quad core, 3.4ghz)

16 GB RAM

GeForce 560 (EVGA Brand)

Wasn't sure it would at first, but this thing handles whatever I can throw at it. Definitely jump on the Humble Bundle, nothing mind-blowing on the graphics side. most of the games others have listed are great. What I've been doing lately is checking the steam deal-of-the-day and wait for the big sales.

I'm curious, why did you choose those parts if you weren't even sure they'd run modern games? How did you come to purchase the machine?
#17 Posted by Winternet (8060 posts) -
#18 Posted by believer258 (12212 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

Welcome to the most open, loving and freebie-infested platform that ever was or will be. Enjoy your stay (:

I'll quote myself from another thread:
  • Deus Ex is by far the greatest gem to ever grace the platform. Download the texture pack and have one of the best most innovative stealth FPS cyberpunk experiences out there.
  • If it feels too old/dated for you, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an absolutely faithful and true spiritual successor. It's all about the unique stealth gameplay.
  • Battlefield 3 is the best multiplayer FPS for the PC on the market right now. We have our own Giant Bomb server and a group of 400 GB members, we play together and have our own voice server.
  • Team Fortress 2 (multiplayer) - Very entertaining, encourages teamwork, has a unique cartoony aesthetic, and it's FREE TO PLAY.
  • World in Conflict and Company of Heroes are two of the best Real Time Strategy games from this generation.
  • Starcraft 2 is the best strategical multiplayer RTS (Real Time Strategy).
  • Civilization V for Turn-Based Strategy.
  • Some will argue that Skyrim is a sellout and that you should play Morrowind and Oblivion. I haven't played Morrowind, but I think Skyrim is a great Elder Scrolls title. The mods you can download to radically alter the game can blow your mind.
  • If you dislike fantasy RPGs, Fallout 3 is Oblivion/Skyrim with guns, and set in a wasteland. Tons of mods as well.
  • The Witcher is miles ahead of the 7-8 other RPGs that I've played. Such a bleak, bleak universe that's almost as scary to explore as Stalker's. The character is way too badass for you to handle and the story is very unique. Swordplay is a little stale but the various attack stances and the awesome magic spells that you can upgrade make up for it.
  • The general consensus (which I disagree with) is that playing Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings without playing the first game is just fine. Both games are great, but Witcher 1 is a must-play on PC IMO.
  • Crysis. If anyone tells you it's a tech demo, they didn't play for more than 30 minutes. That gameplay blew my mind in 2007 and has been doing so on an annual basis. Arguably the greatest PC FPS.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl . Hands down thee best atmosphere in a game, big dysfunctional world around you with mutants and beasts and bandits and military, and the shooting is extremely unique. Download the Complete 2009 Mod.
  • Half-Life 2 is the obvious choice for a more linear and story driven FPS.
  • The Portal franchise is a must play.
  • If you like your multiplayer co-op games, Left 4 Dead 2 and Magicka are great.
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE is a new old-school shooter where all kinds of freaky monsters lunge at you and you get to blow them to bits.
  • Hitman: Blood Money, Thief: Deadly Shadows and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for the best first person/third person stealth adventures on the platform. You need patience, strategy and some trial-and-error, but the end result is extremely satisfying.
  • Max Payne 1 and 2, extremely old, yet the gameplay, aesthetics and story telling haven't aged a single day. Some of the best Third Person Shooters you can find on the platform, and by far the best noire atmospheres in a game.
  • Too outdated for you? Jump onto Max Payne 3, I can't be more amazed by how true of a sequel it is and how well it looks and runs on PC.
  • Just Cause 2 is the most explosive action open world third person shooter I've ever played. The graphics and aesthetics deserve an award too.
  • Trine and Trine 2 are both really great side-scrolling adventure puzzlers.
  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is a pretty good adventure game. I'm not good with adventure games, I dunno.
  • Mount & Blade is a... I'm not even sure how to describe it. But it's very good at what it does. Help, someone!
  • ArmA II, especially with the newly-released and widely acclaimed zombie mod for it called DayZ, is the best military sim on the PC. An MMO-like open world with tons of custom game modes. Try ArmA II Free2Play and see if you like it! (Which is done by downloading the demo on Steam).
  • Diablo III if you like ARPGs with infinite grinding and loot whoring. Amazing game!
  • If you wanna try the Diablo experience in a smaller, simpler and CHEAPER version, play Torchlight.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 is, I think, the go-to party-based RPG on the PC. Go for Dragon Age: Origins, the last real PC game by Bioware, if NWN2 is too outdated for you.

Well, I don't think there's anything else to say beyond this.

#19 Posted by SmilingPig (1341 posts) -

Now get a water cooler.

#20 Posted by cannonballBAM (609 posts) -

just cause 2

#21 Posted by dubios451 (134 posts) -

@cannonballBAM: I forgot about just cause 2, you are a genius!

#22 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -
@dubios451 said:

@tourgen: Haha, being new to PC gaming I wasn't sure how it rated in the scale of gaming machines, its hard to know what beefy machines some GB users might have

The hierarchy.
#23 Posted by Matthew (1914 posts) -
@dubios451: You have a great selection of WHAT games to get, but please, make sure you get them FROM Steam, Good Old Games (that is now selling newer stuff as well), and Amazon isn't too shabby about it's download service either. 
 
  • Steam - If you're this close, just wait for about a month, until the Summer Sale (GoG also has one). Tons and oodles of games for dirt cheap prices. Get a game or something right now to hold you over(I suggest Diablo 3, because it's aweomse), but save most of your moneys for the summer sale, from both Steam and... 
  • GOG - Originally specializing only in timeless classics you hear Dave talking all about all the time, GOG has recently refreshed its lineup to include some newer titles. They have no DRM on any of the games they offer (last I heard at least), unlimited number of downloads, give you a soundtrack, and a couple other things. I typically just get a game from there, and mount it in Steam. Steam has an amazing overlay that lets you open a browser, see which of your friends are online and what they're playing, take screenshots, achievement menu's, join on friends if you happen to have the same game, etc. Really top notch.
Also, be sure to join some of us awesome people in the Mumble server we have. It supports up to 100 users at once, and I don't think we've quite hit half of that at one time, so you're good to join up on us. Here, I'll give you the details here -  

:: Giant Bomb Voice Server :: 
We have a 100-slot Mumble voice chat server for Giant Bomb, you're welcome to hop on, invite your friends, and use the many game-specific channels to converse as you play or simply chit chat with other giant bombers!   
The server is available 24/7 and it's open for everyone. Don't hesitate to use it.
I'm the administrator of the voice server, so if you're having any issues, you can ask here or PM me, or talk to me on Steam.        
 
1. Download the Mumble client here  and install it. 
2. Open the program, you will get a window asking you to connect to a server. Click "Add New...", and type in the following: 

  • Label: Giant Bomb 
  • Address: ny.eoreality.net 
  • Port: 64747
  • Username: [Your username].
3. Click OK and then Connect. When you get prompted for a certificate failure   , just click Yes. You will now be able to connect.
4. Right click on your name when you're on the server and click "Register." This will assure that no one else will use that name. 

We have a blast in there, and a good number of us are going to be in there while the press conferences are happening during E3, because the GB chat moves waaaaay too quickly, and voices are pretty cool! 
 
Hope to see you around! Welcome to the awesome side of gaming!
#24 Edited by pyromagnestir (4339 posts) -

Install Steam. Wait until Christmas. Buy Everything. My standard new pc gamer advice.

@AhmadMetallic said:

I liked it, story wise. Gameplay wise? Well? It's an adventure game alright...

Online
#25 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@cannonballBAM said:

just cause 2

JESUS YES.

#26 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -
@Matthew said: 

I'm the administrator of the voice server, so if you're having any issues, you can ask here or PM me, or talk to me on Steam.        
 

Now that's misleading, afro man.
#27 Posted by Matthew (1914 posts) -
@AhmadMetallic: DAMMIT MP3 LOVER, ITS A BLOCK QUOTE!!!!!
#28 Posted by BeachThunder (12447 posts) -
#29 Posted by dubios451 (134 posts) -

@Matthew: Thank you very much, I have dabbled a bit on steam and GOG so its good to know there will be some awesome sales coming up soon. I will have to check out this talking on the internet about games thing you suggest as well, never been much for voice chat but both the PC crowd and the GB crowd have been so nice its hard to figure out why I wouldn't.

#30 Posted by Deusx (1910 posts) -

All of these and remember, you can emulate.

#31 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -
@Matthew said:
@AhmadMetallic: DAMMIT MP3 LOVER, ITS A BLOCK QUOTE!!!!!
Then link to the original source!
#32 Posted by Bollard (5870 posts) -

@Matthew said:

We have a blast in there, and a good number of us are going to be in there while the press conferences are happening during E3, because the GB chat moves waaaaay too quickly, and voices are pretty cool! Hope to see you around! Welcome to the awesome side of gaming!

I did not know this, I might have to swing by!

#33 Posted by Matthew (1914 posts) -

@Chavtheworld said:

@Matthew said:

We have a blast in there, and a good number of us are going to be in there while the press conferences are happening during E3, because the GB chat moves waaaaay too quickly, and voices are pretty cool! Hope to see you around! Welcome to the awesome side of gaming!

I did not know this, I might have to swing by!

Well . . . . ummmm . . . see, the reason you didn't know about it . . . well, I'll just say it. You're British.

#34 Posted by Bollard (5870 posts) -

@Matthew said:

@Chavtheworld said:

@Matthew said:

We have a blast in there, and a good number of us are going to be in there while the press conferences are happening during E3, because the GB chat moves waaaaay too quickly, and voices are pretty cool! Hope to see you around! Welcome to the awesome side of gaming!

I did not know this, I might have to swing by!

Well . . . . ummmm . . . see, the reason you didn't know about it . . . well, I'll just say it. You're British.

#36 Posted by RawknRo11a (568 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic: a friend helped me build it and I haven't really played "real" PC games for awhile. The guy who helped me build it assured me it would be stupid powerful and he was definitely right.

to be honest, I hadn't really planned on it being a gaming PC at the time, just needed a new PC (my old one was pushing 5 or 6 years in age) but I'm loving the access to all these new games

#37 Posted by Ducksworth (662 posts) -

Get the current Humble Bundle. None of the games need a good gaming computer to run (although I still can't run Amensia) but the games are fantastic.

#38 Posted by cannonballBAM (609 posts) -

@MordeaniisChaos: nothing else compares.