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The 32 best PC games revealed

Video games no PC owner should be without

When it comes to gaming, the PC beats any console hands-down. We've put together a list of 32 must-have PC games.

16: Battlefield 2

It is the exquisite entre to Battlefield 1942's appetiser, a game that takes everything that was superb about the first game, just to blow it apart with modern warfare. Classes, control points, and vehicles are great, but then DICE went ahead and gave us helicopters and the M1A2 Abrams to play with, not to mention the Commander system: a top-down strategy interface that's perfect for seeing the whole chessboard and sending your pawns in to take down their queens. The result? One of 2005's games of the year is still a blast to play today.

15: The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey tells the story of April Ryan, a young girl of the techno-world of Stark, and how she learns to shift between her world and a parallel dimension of magic and light: Arcadia. It was one of the first adventure games to deal with mature themes like poverty, homosexuality, and disability, and damn if it didn't do one hell of a good job. Few games since have created tales as stirring or characters as gripping as those in The Longest Journey. It is, plain a simple, a must-play experience.

14: Psychonauts

There can never be too much laughter in the world, and if we're ever hungry for more, we can always pull out Psychonauts. Tim Schafer's ingenious adventure/platformer has wit, charm, and the ability to take any possible combination of ideas and make something hilarious out of them. Godzilla, fish, doors in your forehead, and the voice of Invader Zim? Check. It'll play on just about any system that's out there, so there's really no reason not to scoot over to GameTap and grab it. Like, right now. You can finish reading while it's downloading.

13: Half-Life 2

It's rare to see it happen, but as good as Half-Life was, its sequel is better. Faceless scientists have been replaced with Eli Vance and Isaac Kleiner, and jump puzzles have been ousted in favor of the almighty gravity gun. You break into a prison and out of a city, befriend a mechanical monstrosity by playing fetch with it, and fall in love with a girl without ever speaking to her. All that, and no Xen to boot! Half-Life 2 was branded a classic before gamers had played a minute of it. Once again, Valve had given us something we'd never seen before.

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  1. The games no PC owner should be without
  2. Grim Fandango and Deus Ex
  3. Indigo Prophecy and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  4. Fallout 2 and Supreme Commander
  5. Battlefield 2 and The Longest Journey
  6. Sins of a Solar Empire and Diablo II
  7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Starcraft
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