Top 5 PC Games to Give Your Friends (or Your Greedy Self) This Holiday

CGM StaffDec 14, 2017
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In a year that saw countless video games released on PC, it may be difficult to find the diamonds in the rough for those who prefer to click their way through problems. Fortunately for you, CGMagazine’s Preston Dozsa has the perfect gift guide to treat the PC gamer in your life.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PC) – gameplay image via PUBG Corporation

PUBG is a simple game: One hundred people parachute onto an island and are forced to kill each other until only one remains. Using pistols, shotguns, rifles and the occasional flying car, you’ll need to work hard to survive this brutal battle royale.

Why They’ll Love It: The biggest PC gaming hit of 2017 is an exciting and tense experience where you need equal parts skill and luck in order to win. Whether with friends or playing solo, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds provides an experience that is surprisingly polished in its current Early Access state.

Total War: Warhammer II

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Total War: Warhammer II (PC) – gameplay image via Creative Assembly and SEGA

Have you ever wanted to pilot a giant hamster wheel that is loaded with lightning cannons and covered in spikes into a crowd of elves? If so, Total War: Warhammer II will give you that opportunity in the newest edition of the ever popular RTS series.

Why They’ll Love It: With four new races and clever new mechanics, Total War: Warhammer II improves on nearly every aspect of the original. And if you own the original game, you can play in a combined map where the factions of both games fight for supremacy.

Hollow Knight

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Hollow Knight (PC) – gameplay image via Team Cherry

Take the exploration of the Metroid series, mix it with a gorgeous art style, throw in a dash of Dark Souls, and you get Hollow Knight. Your task is to explore the long-abandoned ruins of an insect kingdom, which holds deadly and ancient secrets in its depths.

Why They’ll Love It: Hollow Knight is a game for explorers, rewarding those who stray off the beaten path with even more difficult encounters and treasures. There is always something around every corner, and thanks to some great mechanics and controls, is a delight to play.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PC) – gameplay image via Square Enix

The second expansion to Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, finds players starting a revolution against a militaristic empire, adding two new jobs, two new countries to explore and a host of new dungeons to conquer in the ever-popular MMORPG.

Why They’ll Love It: Square Enix continues to improve Final Fantasy XIV with each new expansion, and Stormblood is no different. With a fantastic story, streamlined gameplay, and a gorgeous new world to explore, Stormblood is a memorable experience.

Divinity: Original Sin II

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Divinity: Original Sin II (PC) – gameplay image via Larian Studios

At its core, Divinity: Original Sin II lets you create the character of your dreams and throw them into a fantasy world that is as fantastic as it is deep. Also, you can play as a skeleton who steals people’s faces.

Why They’ll Love It: Divinity: Original Sin II is an RPG to get lost in, with countless different playstyles and storylines to follow in a massive world. Larian Studios have crafted an engaging experience that will take dozens of hours to scratch beyond its surface.

Still unsure about what to get that special someone this Holiday season? For more suggestions, check out the CGMagazine Buyers Guide – Best of 2017 Edition, available for pre-order now, in print and digital formats. Get yours here.

EDITORS NOTE: Retail versions of the games in this article were provided by the publisher for previously published reviews. You can find additional information about CGMagazine’s ethics and review policies and procedures here.


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