When it comes to gaming, the PC beats any console hands-down. We've put together a list of 32 must-have PC games.
20: Fallout 2
Where the original Fallout created a post-apocalyptic world that practically bled style, Fallout 2 opened that world up into an extravagant, non-linear RPG. Packed to bursting with Easter eggs, pop culture references, and plain old great gameplay, it proved what a developer could do with humour, mature content, and a universe of conspiracy and mayhem to draw from. In a little less than a month, Bethesda is bringing us back to the world of the Vaults with Fallout 3, and we can't wait to see how it shapes up. Until that time comes, though, Fallout 2 will stay on our playlists. This is one damn fine game.
19: Supreme Commander
The biggest maps in the genre. And the biggest units. And the biggest explosions. And that fact that, when you get right down to it, it's basically a really big version of Total Annihilation. Supreme Commander is just plain big, and that size extends to everything, from the monitors you'll want to buy to play it (big) to the graphics card you'll need to make it shine (also big). Not that we mind, of course. We're computer gamers, after all, and we like to think big. That's probably why we like Supreme Commander so darned much.
18: TIE Fighter
As the recent release of The Force Unleashed can attest, Star Wars is freaking amazing. To be more precise, Star Wars' Expanded Universe is the best. And the Empire, being Imperial, is patently über. So when you combine the Star Wars Expanded Universe with the Empire, and then add in Grand Admiral Thrawn, TIE Defenders, and a massive, seven-act campaign, you get a game that has, unsurprisingly, topped best-of charts for years. It wasn't the original space combat simulator, and it wasn't the last, but it ranks among the best of the best.
17: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
It started out as a great game, but its expansions have turned it into a phenomenal one. Dawn of War took one of the best sci-fi universes in geekdom and transplanted it from the tabletop to the desktop, rendering the tumultuous battles of Warhammer 40K in all their imagined brilliance, right on your monitor. Relic didn't stop at that, though; they introduced new gameplay features like squad reinforcements and the control point system, let you paint your own armies, and even gave melee infantry fatalities, letting them execute downed opponents with flair. Feel free to let the hammer fall: This is what war is all about.
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