15 Best Single-Player PC Games Review

Best Single-Player PC Games Review

If you’re looking to enjoy something new without jumping in online or gathering a group of friends then check out our list of 15 best single-player PC games .

As you know the rise of multiplayer FPS and battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG have overshadowed the world of single-player games, but despite all that single-player games were able to push back and dominated all the hardships and created a place where only they can stand.

So we curated a list of all the best free and paid single-player PC games available out there that were most sought after because of their unique plots and technical frontiers.

Whether it is a PC, Xbox One, Ps4 or Nintendo Switch, there should be something here for you which suits your taste. So without further ado lets dive in

Best Single-Player PC Games

PC Games
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Red Dead Redemption 2
Devil May Cry 5
Sekiro Shadow Die Twice
XCOM 2
Guilty Gear XRD
What Remains Of Edith Finch
God Of War (2005)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Hollow Knight
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Life is strange
Celeste
Marvel’s Spider-Man

1. Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Rise Of The Tomb Raider 1/15 Best Single-Player PC Games

It is an action-adventure game that tells the story of young Lara Croft alone in a dangerous place exploring ruins, solving mysteries, and fighting with lots of guys with a bow and arrow.

It is the sequel of the 2013 video game ‘Tomb Raider’ and the eleventh entry in the Tomb Raider franchise developed by Crystal Dynamix.

Key Features:

  • It combines hunting and gathering elements means you need to find your means of survival and make weapons like pickaxes, guns, or a bow and arrow.
  • It has stunning layered landscapes that feel more like an open world than the terrain of 2013’s version, whether it’s snowy or densely green.
  • Available on- PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems, Linux.
  • Steam, a popular gaming library, has given it a 9/10 score. 

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2/15 Best Single-Player PC Games

Also been called one of the best games ever made, the Witcher 3 is an action RPG game based on the popular novel ‘The Witcher’. Explore a gigantic open world, slay beasts and decide the fates of whole communities with your actions, all in a genuine next-generation format.

The magic of this game is that you can play for hundreds of hours and yet it still manages to surprise you. It also explores themes like religious cleansing, war, betrayal, and conviction, death is only to name a few.

Key Features:

  • It offers a massive open world and sprawling story and has 100 hours of content-based only on exploring and meeting its inhabitants.
  • It also gives users a sense of reality through its stunning visuals and graphics and like every multi-platform game it runs and plays best on PC.
  • 10/10 Steam rating & 9.5/10 IGN score
  • Available on-PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

3. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 3/15 Best Single-Player PC Games

Among the best-selling games of all time with over 29 million copies sold worldwide. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an action-adventure game that is said to be the best game ever created by the Rockstar Games which is a bit of exaggeration for the studios who have created the super popular GTA series.

The thing that makes this game stand out from others is its narrative. From a narrow point of view the story starts off with the civilization of the Wild West, but from a broader perspective the story itself develops our protagonists thrillingly.

It’s a game for all those wannabe cowboys and die-hard fans of the Wild West & one of the paid best single-player PC games.

Key Features:

  • It pits you against rival gangs, authority figures, and a brutal society
  • Another great thing about this game is its small and detailed side stories explaining every nook and cranny about every character and its NPC
  • Available on- PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows 

4. Devil May Cry 5 

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Developed by none other than ‘Capcom’ who is responsible for making our childhood awesome by giving us game gems like Streetfighter, Snow Bros, Mega man, etc.

The players fight off hordes of demons with a variety of attacks and weapons. The fun part about DMC 5 is you can watch a man hit a lizard with a fricking motorcycle. It is the fifth installment of the successful mainline series ‘Devil May Cry’. 

The game focuses on combat more rather than strategy and the explodable props are just a bonus to the core which makes it possible to release our stress by breaking that goddamn bookshelf rather than the real one. So if like have a friendly chat with demons then believe me this game is made for you (sarcastically).

Key Features:

  • It offers easy combos and stunning visuals for the one-hit kills.
  • Great slow-mo shots and diversity in player skills
  • Available on-PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

5. Sekiro Shadow Die Twice

Sekiro Shadow Die Twice

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A story about a ninja with a powerful prosthetic arm and revenge in his mind. Sekiro Shadow Die Twice is an action-adventure game developed by ‘FromSoftware’.

The part which attracts people towards the game is that it takes place in the ‘Sengoku’ period in Japan. And follows the story of Shinobi who attempts to take revenge on a rival Shinobi clan who attacked him and kidnapped his lord. The game also shows references from Buddhist mythology and philosophy 

As the late 1500s Sengoku Japan is a brutal time. So be prepared for some blood and gore.  And PewDiePie had also played it.

Key Features:

  • It shows the beauty of Japan portrayed in a way that’s dark and gruesome yet beautiful and mesmerizing.
  • 9/10 Steam rating.
  • Available on-PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

6. XCOM 2

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This game’s previous title tells the story of an alien invasion and aliens winning the war. XCOM is a military organization that is trying to fight off an alien invasion, and after losing the war in the previous title it is has become a resistance force against the occupation of Earth and the established new specie’s regime and military dictatorship.

The sound effects and the highly destructible environment gives the player a sense of realism like him itself is on the battlefield.

Key Features:

  • Characters are highly customizable and get new unlocks as you level up.
  • The special effects like the particle dancing and its weird designs are what sets XCOM aside from other turn-based strategy titles  
  • Available on- PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Macintosh operating systems, Microsoft Windows, Linux
  • The game has two modes- Single-player and multiplayer so one can adjust though these modes it gives the player to be a one-man army or bring the whole gang in to kick some alien ass. 

7. Guilty Gear XRD

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A unique and intriguing fighting game, Guilty Gear XRD has been praised a lot for its 3D characters disguised as flat cartoons and very approachable gameplay.

What also makes it special is it’s for Network modes which are Network, Practice, Battle, and Story mode, and can be played online and offline as well.

If you need something which is assuming for you as well as your little brother/sister or maybe kids, then it’s a perfect ‘KO’ for you.

Key Features:

  • A good option for Anime fans out there craving for something new and interesting.
  • Really easy gameplay and smooth controls are also visually pleasing.
  • Available on- PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 3 models

8. What Remains Of Edith Finch

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There’s not much to say about this game as it takes in a simple idea and with the help of a great narrative and environment makes it becomes a classic adventure game.

What Remains Of Edith Finch is a first-person narrative game, which you will play directly through Edith’s eyes and words the last member of the Finch family and recently inherited their family house.

The Finch family is subject to several events in which some believe is a result of a curse and as the narrative goes on you will get a series of tales between plausible and fantastic.

Key Features:

  • There is an incredible level of detail to take in as you won’t grasp the meaning of until you learn more about them.
  • Entries from Edith’s diary artfully populate the environment.
  • This title has a 10/10 Steam rating.
  • Available on-PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

9. God Of War (2005)

God Of War (2005)

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A great action-adventure game that focuses more on combat rather than tactics. God Of  War is loosely based on Greek mythology and follows the story of Kratos and his quest for finding Pandora’s box to stop all the Gods once and for all.

It is the 11th best-selling PS2 game of all time and a real classic for the hack and slash fans out there. It is safe to say that it is the best free PC game you can enjoy in your room with an internet connection.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use controls, even a kid can play this game except it’s 18+.
  • Amusing graphics and smooth gameplay 
  • Available on-PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows.

10. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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A 2016 action-adventure title developed by ‘Naughty dog’ is a third-person shooting and puzzle game.

The story revolves around Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who is looking for clues for Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure with Sullivan his longtime partner, and his brother Sam.

Uncharted 4 explores intimate themes like regret, love, pride, etc, And the cut scenes and conversations blend seamlessly between the gameplay, which never truly removes you from the proceedings.

The visuals are the best we have ever seen in the uncharted franchise and provide a wide variety of things to look at even if it’s far off mountains or deep dark caves all are equally impressive.

 Key Features:

  • Much of the game is focused on following the trail and forging ahead and still, each location offers numerous nooks and crannies to explore.
  • Every puzzle is challenging and stimulating in its design
  • The arena offers large space and encourages constant movements whether it’s sprinting and ducking or sliding.
  • Available on- PlayStation and Microsoft Windows

11. Hollow Knight

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The game proved that simplicity is the key to success and the thing that every game should be striving for.

Hollow knight is an indie game in which the player explores the abandoned subterranean city of Hollownest a world bleeding with oddly charming melancholy. The characters in the game are just one heck of a kind, adorable, and beautifully rendered, it’s like the developers created a fusion of a ‘Pixar’ character with a ‘Warcraft ogre’ yet satisfying.

The game is all about mobility but as you progress you upgrade and unlock new skills. Simple yet unique gameplay is all that is to say about it. It’s a true achievement in world-building and slick gameplay design. This game keeps the combat completely fresh throughout also each ability integrates each ability so well it never feels jarring or unnatural.

Key Features:

  • Believe it or not, this whole game is developed by only a team of 3 indie developers.
  • Every frame is hand-drawn with quite a unique art style.
  • Hollow knight’s world does a lot of great things with very little in the start you only have three controls attack, jump, and heal but as you make progress you’ll notice that with just little tweaks with the buttons you’ll be able to do so much like speedrunning, dash, wall jumps, double jumps and these are only to name a few.  
  • It’s not available for free now, but this game pays off every penny you spend on it and these are the reasons it’s in our best free and paid PC games list.
  • Music pieces are beautiful but also just simple arrangements of keys, violin, and harmonics.
  • Available on- Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, Macintosh operating systems. 

12. Resident Evil 2 Remake

Resident Evil 2 Remake

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Welcome to Raccoon City where most of the people have become mindless zombies due to an outbreak of a bioweapon known as the T-virus. Resident Evil 2 is the remake of 1998 ‘s version of  Resident Evil 2 developed by ‘Capcom’, which is said to be one of the best survival-horror games of that time which is still considered a classic.

Resident Evil 2 remake is a much-awaited game of 2019, this is a game that doesn’t only have hype surrounding it but it also has a legacy to keep up to for better or worse. Also, the game deals with a whole new layer of strategy.

Players control rookie officer Leon S. Kennedy and a college student named Claire Redfield. The game starts at the gas station outside of Raccoon city where Leon meets Claire who is looking for her brother Chris Redfield. The gameplay is amazing and smooth which also provides super tight and responsive movements not to mention flawless accuracy.

Key Features:

  • It has an auto-aim mode which is not necessary and I don’t recommend it, but it’s there giving newcomers to release some tension and pressure given by the game’s atmosphere.
  • A lot of Resident Evil elements remain in this title, you’ll be solving puzzles to progress through the story and the ammo and resources are also limited which makes the players think whether to engage in a battle or not.
  • While investigating the new RPD zombies constantly pours n through the window so make sure you board your windows every time you enter a building.
  • Unlike the original, which uses take control and fixed camera angles, the remake features an “over-the-shoulder” camera perspective which allows players the option to move while using their weapons. 
  • This game has atmosphere and tension, the audio cues are unsettling which gives the player a genuine scare and a chill to the spine.
  • Available on-PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

13. Life is strange

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Life is strange is a five-part episodic adventure game developed by ‘Dontnod’ who had won many awards for this game. You will play as Max a photographer in the art school called Black Well Academy near a sea-side town called ‘Academia Bay’.

The story begins just before she discovers that she has the power to rewind time and after that, she saves her friend ‘Chloe’ whom she had not seen for five years and later she discovers dark secrets hiding in the peaceful city of ‘Academia Bay’ from unsolved kidnappings to  

Apocalyptic tornado there are lots of unpredictable twists and turns in this game.

Rewinding time will be your main asset in this game as you progress through the narrative finding clues and secrets of her close friends.you’ll also be solving adventurous puzzles with the help of time travel which is the main theme of this game. You will not realize when you are hooked with this game as it overwhelms the player with ts great motion capture which fluid and believable. The first chapter of this game is free for every platform whether it’s a PC or an android

 Key Features:

  • It blends the trials of being a teenage girl with the pressure of being a time traveller.
  • The greatest strength of this game is its excellent character work, supernatural twists and serene environment manages to overcome any technical issue.
  • It isn’t necessarily violent or gory but it also deals with disturbing themes.
  • The music always fits the mood and never really interferes with the narrative. 
  • Available on-PlayStation 4, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Macintosh operating systems, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux

14. Celeste

Celeste 14/15 Best Single-Player PC Games

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Another great indie game that made it to our list. Celeste is an award-winning game developed by a small team named ‘Matt Makes Games’ and some others it’s a really simple game yet really difficult and challenging.

You will play as ‘Madeline’ a girl who wants to climb a mountain. Its a platform all about climbing a mountain with different landmarks and buildings but alongside there are several of its separate world’s obstacles you need to workaround. This game is heart touching as every character in this game is backed by a story that you won’t be able to forget for a long time. Celeste also focuses on coping with mental illness such as panic attack and anxiety but this game also gives you a message to keep moving forward when life gets tough. 

As our main lead ‘Madeline’ also suffers from panic attacks and anxiety, so there are times in the game wherein the cut scenes you will see her falling apart yet she stills keeps moving forward which is also a  great impact on the players. Every single stage with the following world slaps you by adding more obstacles, spatial awareness, puzzles, and challenges you can’t even think about. The game itself blooms in its design.

Key Features:

  • As this game involves precision jumping and critical thinking of the trajectory Celeste provides you with extremely tight movements for extreme accuracy
  • Puzzles are hard and challenging to solve without giving you a headache.
  • Mechanical consistency is backed by a touching story.
  • Assist mode provides new players to adjust some properties of the game including the infinite air-dashes, invincibility and slowing the game’s speed.

15. Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man 15/15 Best Single-Player PC Games

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Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) is based on the Marvel Comic’s iconic character the amazing Spider-man. The first game was introduced in 2014 which became a major hit.

Spider-Man is an open world action-adventure game which follows the story of Peter Parker a science nerd who was bitten by a mutant spider and gained the powers of web slinging, super-human strength, wall climbing and much more.

Coming back to the game the mainline story follows Peter Parker who is a 23-year old is still living in New York City as a scientist and all of his enemies are locked up in jail. But our hero’s peaceful life is disturbed when a super human crime Mister Negative conspires to seize control of New York City’s criminal underground and threatens to release a deadly virus. Now it’s in your hands to save the city from the upcoming dangers.

Key features:

  • There’s not much to say about this game as some critics already regarded it as one of the best superhero game ever made.
  • The controls and movements are fluid and easy to grasp giving you a really smooth experience and also visually pleasing.
  • You also get to play as Peter Parker when he is not Spider-Man. When he is not web-slinging.
  • Available on- PlayStation 4 and Windows 

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