A single-player PC game with a good story has always been the favorite for gamers. With the influx of competitive games in recent years, game developing companies almost seemed to have forgotten the charm of single-player games. Unlike in the past, we have only got a few single-player gems in recent years.
In this article, I have shared the list of 7 best single-player PC games of all time. Every single player PC game lover is bound to find this list extremely exciting.
Best Single Player PC Games
The list comprises of highly rated PC games with great storylines and game mechanics. There are no console games included in this list, so you won’t find the amazing console exclusive games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War.
1) Red Dead Redemption 2
The highly anticipated “prequel” (in terms of story) of the iconic Red Dead Redemption was finally released in 2018. The game became an instant favorite for both avid and casual gamers. Rockstar took their sweet time developing this game and the end product was worth the wait.
The game is set in the year 1899 in a fictional American Old West. In terms of story, it is a prequel to the Red Dead Redemption released in 2010. The game comprises a huge open-world map and immense character diversity that hasn’t been seen in many other games. The game can be played in both first-person and third-person points of view.
Players control the outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. The main storyline revolves around the gang’s troubles like getting chased by lawmen or other gang members. What truly sets Red Dead Redemption apart is the randomized interactions with NPCs and side quests. Almost every playthrough feels different because of these features.
The honor system was brought back from the first edition of the series, which made each action of the player change the game uniquely. The game has one of the best open-world designs that brings an extremely realistic vibe to the game.
2) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher franchise has a huge fanbase. Also, the Witcher books have been pretty famous on its own, but the introduction of games took the craze to another level. Among the 3 Witcher games, Wild Hunt still pushes the boundary of RPG games in 2020 even though it was released back in 2015. This game is considered to be one of the top single-player PC games by most gamers.
The story revolves around a Witcher (a monster slayer), Geralt of Rivia, who is searching for his missing adopted daughter Ciri. His daughter Ciri has been on the run from the Wild Hunt, evil wraiths on undead horses, that wants to use her powers for their evil agenda.
CD Project Red has truly created a masterpiece of a game. They took time to develop this game, and the careful work they did on the game is well noticed and acclaimed by gamers. There are also rumors of a Witcher 4 in 2021 that has kept the fans on their toes. However, until further information, one of the best single player PC games, Witcher 3, is all you have for now.
3) Resident Evil 2 Remake
The remake of the iconic horror game, Resident Evil 2 easily took the top single-player PC game spot in 2019. The game bought the old Resident Evil 2 story in AAA graphics. The old Resident Evil 2 and 3 were favorites in this franchise and being able to live through the same story in AAA quality made the remake a huge success. Undoubtedly, Resident Evil 2 remake is one of the best single-player PC games of all time.
The game follows the same story as its 1998 counterpart with some minor variations. The story revolves around the two main characters, Leon S. Kennedy who is a rookie cop, and Clair Redfield a student. They meet each other in an abandoned gas station and have their first interaction with the infected. From there they move to the iconic Racoon city and its Police Station, where most of the action happens.
Capcom has truly found the best remake formula. They have successfully made 3 Resident Evil remakes, all of them well appreciated by the gaming community. The recent remake of Resident Evil 3 is also a good single-player PC game and you will enjoy playing it also.
4) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Odyssey is the most recent entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise and one of the best single-player PC games of all time (Update: It will no longer be the most recent entry as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is going to release this year). Since the first Assassin’s Creed to Odyssey, Ubisoft has made big changes over the gameplay. The RPG games that were based on a band of Assassins slowly transformed into this huge open-world game based on the mythological Greek history.
The story revolves around the lead character Alexios (male) or Kassandra (female) who is a mercenary. You as Alexios or Kassandra can choose which side, Athens or Sparta, you want to fight on. There is also the main villain group named Cult of Kosmos, which you would need to defeat to progress in the story. The game also has side quests where you can fight the Greek mythology creatures like Minotaur, Cyclops, Medusa, and Sphinx.
Also, the game has amazing ship battles like in The Black Flag as well as the normal weapon’s combat. Many fans were upset that there wasn’t much meaning left to the assassin’s part of the name anymore, however, they all agreed that the game is superb.
5) Dishonored And Dishonored 2
Both Dishonored and Dishonored 2 are among the best single-player PC games. This is the only game in this list that I wanted to specifically mention both these parts. Both Dishonored and Dishonored 2 have gripping stories that have multiple endings depending on the players’ decisions.
This game can be played in multiple different ways depending on the player. The objectives of the missions on each level are given to the player with complete freedom on however they want to achieve it. You can kill every enemy and achieve the objective, which will lead to one ending, or you can hide the entire game without killing anyone, and still have a unique ending.
The main storyline of Dishonored is around Corvo Attano, who is the bodyguard (and father) of princess Emily Kaldwin, daughter of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin. The empress is then killed by assassins and Corvo gets framed for it. Emily gets kidnapped by the assassins and Corvo must save her while keeping his identity hidden.
In the sequel Dishonored 2, Emily has been saved and raised by his father/bodyguard Corvo. Emily however is no more the little girl in distress. She has learned assassination arts from Corvo and is now a master of combat herself. In Dishonored 2, you get the choice to either play as Emily or continue playing as Corvo.
6) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
How can the best single-player PC games of all-time list not contain Skyrim? The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is the remake of the original Skyrim legendary edition. There isn’t anyone who plays games that don’t know about Skyrim.
The huge open-world game made by Bethesda in 2012 is still very relevant. The game revolves around Dragonborn, who has to save the land of Skyrim from the destruction of Dragons. Well, that’s where the story starts. The game is not popular for its main story but what can be done otherwise.
There are a huge number of caves, bandit camps, ancient dwarf ruins to explore. Also, you can try huge number of side quests from harvesting cabbages to killing legendary mages, death lords, and warriors. You have almost complete freedom to make your character from its appearance to their fighting affinities.
The game is a gold mine for role-playing gamers. Do you want to become a dark necromancer who is known for its evil deeds? It is possible! Every gamer at least once in their life should play Skyrim to experience its world and lore.
7) Far Cry 3
A list of best single-player PC games cannot end without at least one of the Far Cry games. Far Cry is one of the favorite game franchises that keep bringing better and better open-world games in the sequels. The newer editions of Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5 (including New Dawn) have been stunning in every aspect. However, Far Cry 3 has the best story in the Far Cry franchise. It also has the most memorable game villain of all time.
The story of Far Cry that attracts the users are directly influenced by the villains. In not many other games, the villain has such a big role in the shaping of the story. That’s why the insane unpredictable demented pirate Vass of Far Cry 3 changed the experience of the game into another level.
Far Cry 3 has a nice open-world design and many engaging gunfights. This is truly one of the best single-player games of all time.
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So, there you have it. Now you know the 7 best single-player PC games of all time. If you have other games in mind that you think should be in this top 7 list, then tell us about it in the comment section.