New PC coming, what PC exclusives should I play?

#1 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -

Short story, I have a new PC coming and I want to get back to PC exclusives that I missed before because my old PC couldn't run them very well.
 
Games I've already played or already have include: Starcraft 2, Civ V, STALKER Call of Pripyat, and Majesty 2.
 
Are there any sleeper hits from 2009 or 2010 I've missed?  I'm interested in any genre besides MMO.

#2 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7614 posts) -

The Witcher, originally from 2007, I believe..  but if you haven't played it yet, you definitely should, especially with the sequel coming next year.

#3 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
#4 Posted by PDC_Emulator (184 posts) -

If you like strategy/RTS, Starcraft and Company of Heroes are both winners. 

#5 Edited by DeadFish (228 posts) -
VVVVVV is what Super Meat Boy has been compared to on the PC a lot. It's an excellent platformer with excellent music and all the sadism / masochism the genre can provide.
#6 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops said:
" Sleeper hit? Amnesia: The Dark Descent "
Ok, guess I should of said that I don't care for horror games but thanks for the suggestion.
 
@WinterSnowblind said:
" The Witcher, originally from 2007, I believe..  but if you haven't played it yet, you definitely should, especially with the sequel coming next year. "

Ahhhh, nice!  I totally forgot about this game when they didn't bring out the Xbox 360 version.
 
@PDC_Emulator said:
" If you like strategy/RTS, Starcraft and Company of Heroes are both winners.  "

Already played both of those.  I was pretty current with PC games until 2008.
#7 Posted by zudthespud (3281 posts) -
#8 Posted by crusader8463 (14419 posts) -

I made a list of all the "best" PC games over here in this thread. Been trying to get it stickied so people can use that instead of having the forums getting threads like this all the time, but it just keeps getting pushed down the list. Check it out anyway. It doesn't go into old old games, but it covers pretty much all the big ones in the past 10 or so years that can still be easily found online.

#9 Edited by endless_void (706 posts) -

-metro 2033 
-Supreme commander 2
-ehh...starcraft 2 is all you need really. Everything else is icing on the cake. (I've been playing that game since launch 5 months ago on a daily basis)

#10 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -
@DeadFish said:
" VVVVVV is what Super Meat Boy has been compared to on the PC a lot. It's an excellent platformer with excellent music and all the sadism / masochism the genre can provide. "
Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of just pure platform games on a PC, thats something I did with the DS.
 
@zudthespud said:
" Not sure if it will be your thing, but the best games I've bought this year were Minecraft and The Polynomial. "

I've seen videos of minecraft and it's just not my thing.
#11 Posted by Butano (1731 posts) -

- Crysis 
- Crysis: Warhead 
- Minecraft 
If you haven't played Oblivion or Fallout 3 on PC, they're a must, even though they aren't PC exclusive.

#12 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

You should eventually play Civ 5. But to avoid the headache it continues to give me, I'd consider waiting until the next patch.

#13 Posted by thebatmobile (980 posts) -

Mafia II 
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Not an exclusive, but it is really pretty on the PC) 

#14 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

Recettear 
Killing Floor 
Machinarium 
 
They aren't very demanding games, but they are fun.

#15 Posted by Jimbo (9796 posts) -
  • The Witcher
  • Men of War
  • Anno 1404 / Dawn of Discovery
  • Dragon Knight Saga
  • Dragon Age & Awakening (if you haven't already)
  • Dawn of War 2 & Chaos Rising
  • Empire TW and/or Napoleon
  • Lionheart: King's Crusade
#16 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@extremeradical said:
" Recettear Killing Floor Machinarium  They aren't very demanding games, but they are fun. "
I'll cosign that. Very cheap on steam. Puzzles can get a bit obtuse but there's built in help.
#17 Posted by Stete (729 posts) -

Dragon Age Origins, I know I must be the billionth person who said this but the PC version is vastly superior to the console version.

#18 Posted by Spoonman671 (4588 posts) -

Download Alien Swarm.  It's free.
 
Dawn of War II is pretty cool.
 
Plants vs Zombies is a lot of fun, but you could probably have played that on your old PC.
 
Metro 2033 is a pretty cool game if you can run it.

#19 Posted by RedHatDrew (333 posts) -

I'd suggest Team Fortress 2. It's an extremely solid entry on Steam, and it usually goes on sale once every 6 weeks or so. Also, as stated earlier, Minecraft; It'll run on most computers, but you should get it while it's cheap, since all the updates/upgrades will be free, but it gets more expensive with each iteration.
 
As for other games, I usually just keep an eye on Steam, and demo anything that goes on sale.

#20 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -
@endless_void said:
" -metro 2033  -Supreme commander 2 -ehh...starcraft 2 is all you need really. Everything else is icing on the cake. (I've been playing that game since launch 5 months ago on a daily basis) "
I didn't care for SC2 at all and I've already done SupCom2.  Got Metro 2033 for the 360.
 
@Butano said:
" - Crysis - Crysis: Warhead - Minecraft If you haven't played Oblivion or Fallout 3 on PC, they're a must, even though they aren't PC exclusive. "

I did Crysis and Warhead once and thats more then enough.  Pass on Minecraft.  Played Oblivion and Fallout 3 so much I couldn't stand them again.
 
@ryanwho said:
" You should eventually play Civ 5. But to avoid the headache it continues to give me, I'd consider waiting until the next patch. "

I own it and love it.
 
@thebatmobile said:
" Mafia II Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Not an exclusive, but it is really pretty on the PC)  "

Finished Mafia II last month and I got Hot Pursuit on the 360.
 
@Stete said:
" Dragon Age Origins, I know I must be the billionth person who said this but the PC version is vastly superior to the console version. "

Played the hell outta it and DLC on the 360, I'll wait for the 2nd game.
 
@Spoonman671 said:
" Download Alien Swarm.  It's free.  Dawn of War II is pretty cool.  Plants vs Zombies is a lot of fun, but you could probably have played that on your old PC.  Metro 2033 is a pretty cool game if you can run it. "

Don't care for MP games, DoW2 is a failure to me, PvZ on the 360, look above for Metro 2033.
 
@RedHatDrew said:
" I'd suggest Team Fortress 2. It's an extremely solid entry on Steam, and it usually goes on sale once every 6 weeks or so. Also, as stated earlier, Minecraft; It'll run on most computers, but you should get it while it's cheap, since all the updates/upgrades will be free, but it gets more expensive with each iteration. As for other games, I usually just keep an eye on Steam, and demo anything that goes on sale. "

I don't care for MP, already said my thing about Minecraft.
#21 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Mount and Blade: Warband is fun even in Singleplayer.

#22 Posted by endless_void (706 posts) -
@sins_of_mosin:  maybe it would be a good idea if you actually listed out what games you've already played....?
#23 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -
@crusader8463 said:
" I made a list of all the "best" PC games over here in this thread. Been trying to get it stickied so people can use that instead of having the forums getting threads like this all the time, but it just keeps getting pushed down the list. Check it out anyway. It doesn't go into old old games, but it covers pretty much all the big ones in the past 10 or so years that can still be easily found online. "
You do realize that this board is sooo slow, it would add some activity if a bunch of people made a thread like this...... or any thread...... And your thread isn't what I'm looking for since it list games beyond my time frame and exclusive tag.
#24 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -
@endless_void said:
" @sins_of_mosin:  maybe it would be a good idea if you actually listed out what games you've already played....? "
Well, people don't appear to be reading my first post about only listing exclusives in the past two years, maybe three since The Witcher is 2007.  And, I did list recent games but ya know, people appear to be missing those games........
#25 Posted by RedHatDrew (333 posts) -
@sins_of_mosin: Alright, so as a rule, you're looking for some decent single-player games that are PC exclusives(I'm using the title of the thread as a point of reference). You're not too big on horror, but you definitely seem alright with Strategy and Shooter genres. Hmm...  
 
If you're alright with dungeon crawlers, and you haven't gotten completely sick of Diablo, I'd say to give Torchlight a try (alternatively, you can just wait for Torchlight II to come out.) 
If you haven't already picked it up on XBLA (non-exclusive, I know) I'd check out some of the Telltale adventure games. 
 
Any other preferences? It can be kind of hard to find "groundbreaking" PC exclusives these days. I'm kinda getting back into PC gaming myself  (The GF commandeers the 360 for Netflix a lot) so please pardon any non-exclusives I've thrown out. 
#26 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -
@RedHatDrew said:
" @sins_of_mosin: Alright, so as a rule, you're looking for some decent single-player games that are PC exclusives(I'm using the title of the thread as a point of reference). You're not too big on horror, but you definitely seem alright with Strategy and Shooter genres. Hmm...  
 
If you're alright with dungeon crawlers, and you haven't gotten completely sick of Diablo, I'd say to give Torchlight a try (alternatively, you can just wait for Torchlight II to come out.) 
If you haven't already picked it up on XBLA (non-exclusive, I know) I'd check out some of the Telltale adventure games.  Any other preferences? It can be kind of hard to find "groundbreaking" PC exclusives these days. I'm kinda getting back into PC gaming myself  (The GF commandeers the 360 for Netflix a lot) so please pardon any non-exclusives I've thrown out.  "

Bravo!  I checked out a few reviews and Torchlight looks like a great game to play.  Thanks!
#27 Edited by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -

 anything with the word tycoon at the end and that's about it

#28 Posted by StealthRaptor (526 posts) -

If you liked Majesty 2, you may enjoy Settlers VII if you can get past the you-must-always-be-online bullshit. There's a quicklook on it if you wanted to check it out.

#29 Posted by Skytylz (4031 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:
" The Witcher, originally from 2007, I believe..  but if you haven't played it yet, you definitely should, especially with the sequel coming next year. "
I played this game for like 15 hours straight the day I got it, but I can't get myself to play it again some reason.
#30 Edited by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@Skytylz said:

" @WinterSnowblind said:

" The Witcher, originally from 2007, I believe..  but if you haven't played it yet, you definitely should, especially with the sequel coming next year. "
I played this game for like 15 hours straight the day I got it, but I can't get myself to play it again some reason. "
The side quests are a chore. Stop collecting eyeballs and hearts and just finish off the main quest. Its good stuff.

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