When it comes to gaming, the PC beats any console hands-down. We've put together a list of 32 must-have PC games.
8: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
BioWare has crafted some winners in its day, but Knights of the Old Republic is among the very best of them. The first Star Wars RPG ever made, KotOR took us to a time in Star Wars we'd never seen before, much less dreamed was there, and yet it told the same classic tale of betrayal, redemption, and self-discovery that makes made us all geeky fanboys. KotOR was such a big deal, in fact, that BioWare is currently working on an MMO version of the game. We say: awesome. Just don't forget HK-47, meatbags.
It's the only computer game that's ever become a national sport. By itself, that lands Starcraft squarely in the halls of gaming history, but there's so much more behind its success. Starcraft was the first RTS to have three asymmetric sides, and it did so with phenomenal balance. The game became a ruler that's been used to measure every other RTS since. Even its lingo has gone down in the history books: we all know what it means to Zerg an enemy. Starcraft is still played fanatically by gamers all over the world, and it's still as brilliant an experience as it was 10 years ago.
6: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Didn't get the memo? That's okay, there's plenty of time to play catch-up. Thanks to its living AI, breathing environment, and some nifty voice acting by Sean Bean and Patrick Stuart, Oblivion ranks among the very best RPGs ever made. It's got a gargantuan world, multiple parallel storylines, and yes, even downloadable armour for your horse. Its only failing point is a ramping difficulty level, which means bandits mysteriously graduate from wearing linen to plate mail as you progress through the game. It's hardly a sticking point, but that doesn't stop us from scratching our heads over the glass armour. Come now, glass?
It's Peggle. You've played Peggle, haven't you? It has to be the most excruciatingly addictive game PopCap ever came up with, and it all boils down to shooting a ball at pegs, watching the ball bounce off of the pegs, and then getting rainbows, fireworks, and Ode to Joy played to you for your efforts. Just lost your job? Failed an exam? Girlfriend dumped you for another woman? No sweat! Go play some Peggle. It's guaranteed to make you feel amazing.
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