Who doesn’t love action games?. I mean yes there are a lot of people who don’t love action games, for example, parents of a teen child. But talking about the gamers, who don’t love action games in the gaming community. That rush of blood when fighting against the enemies on an isolated planet or the nervousness while fighting the final boss with minimum health left is unmatched. The action genre is one of the most popular genres in gaming history.
There has been a lot of mind-boggling, breathtaking action games. Some with a great storyline or some with great gameplay, or some with great game locations. In order to get into the list of top 10 games of all time, you expect every aspect of this game to be the best. And, there have been some games which have delivered in all those aspects and stood out from the rest. Let’s have a look at the top 10 action PC games ever, which are worth your every single penny.
10) Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a role-playing video game developed and published by Sega. It is the 8th main game in the Yakuza series. It was released in 2020. The plot itself is so. Let’s talk about the main things. The game is based in Tokyo. The protagonist is named as Ichiban. after a series of unfortunate events, he ends up homeless in Yokohama, banished from his yakuza family, and betrayed by the person he trusted most in the world. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is about piecing his life back together, reckoning with his past, and beating a lot of people up along the way.
It is a very highly rated game on platforms like Steam, IGN, and Metacritic because of its immersive, detailed urban Japanese setting filled with minigames, absurd side quests, oddball characters, and karaoke bars.
This game of Yakuza is one on this list because there is a feeling which you get while playing this game. A feeling of charm, how the characters have been designed, and some very interesting cut-scenes. If you want to experience some great cut-scenes with extra animation and a good story, then this game is for you.
This game is available on Steam and is rated a 10/10.
9) GTA IV
Well, GTA games somehow manage to get into the top 10 list, don’t they?. Grand Theft Auto IV is a 2008 action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. At that time, this game was one of the most successful games ever in terms of sales. Not only were people buying it, but also the reviews were great. One reason for such high sales is because GTA games are hyped and awaited a lot by the fans.
Set within the fictional Liberty City, based on New York City, the single-player story follows Eastern European war veteran Niko Bellic and his attempts to escape his past while under pressure from loan sharks and mob bosses. The open-world design lets players freely roam Liberty City, consisting of three main islands.
In the current era running, GTA IV wouldn’t be a problem for the PCs, but when it was launched, the demands were very high. The graphics of this game was much ahead than its time. Just like every other GTA game. The story is one of the best in the GTA franchise, and the extra features like running a mobile in the video game and doing tons of side activities are what makes a Grand Theft Auto game different from others.
GTA IV is available on Steam, and it is rated 7/10.
8) Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World is an action role-playing game developed and published by Capcom. This is the fifth installment of this game series. This game was published in August 2018 for PC. Since it is a game developed recently, the graphics on this game are quite real-life-like. Not only the graphics but the gameplay is also very smooth.
The plot of this game goes like this. You are given a hunter. You are a part of the Fifth Fleet which is part of a research commission. As part of the Fifth Fleet, the Hunter travels to the New World on orders from the Research Commission, an organization that studies the land from their central command base of Astera. The Research Commission tasks the Hunters with quests to hunt monsters and either capture or slay them for research purposes. By defeating or capturing monsters, player earn monster materials which can be used to craft equipment and weapons styled after the hunted monsters.
The game is available on Steam and rated 9/10 on it.
7) Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 is a 2019 action-adventure game developed and published by Capcom. It is the sixth installment in the franchise and the fifth installment of the mainline Devil May Cry series. Devil May Cry 5 is Set after the events of Devil May Cry 4, the game follows Nero as he fights off a widespread demon invasion, all the while looking for the cloaked figure who took the Devil Bringer. It was released on 8th March 2019.
The combat is the strongest part of this game and not only this game but of the whole series. The story is very well written to balance all three main characters. The screenplay is also amazing as the story is shown running at a perfect pace. If you love a game divided between multiple protagonists with the perfect balance and a great combat system, then you must surely try this game out.
This game is available on Steam and is rated 9/10 on Steam.
6) Gears Of War
There have been a total of 5 Gears of War games till date. Every new game with better graphics, better game mechanics, and advanced features. But it is the first game that was released way back in 2006, which makes it on the list. Initially, the game was launched only on Xbox 360, then slowly it was released on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
The game follows protagonist Marcus Fenix, a soldier in the Coalition of Ordered Governments tasked to lead a last-ditch effort to destroy the Locust Horde and save humanity. This is probably the shortest definition of the plot of this game.
Gears of War franchise is a huge one in the gaming industry and Gears of War 1 is a mush-have game. A game so gorgeous, both visually and aurally, that is this fun to play comes along only a handful of times a console generation. In short, Gears of War is the special kind of game that makes you feel like a kid again, someone who is obsessed with gore and chainsaws.
This game is available on the Microsoft website.
5) Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This game is a sequel to the 2009 video game Batman Arkham Asylum.
The storyline isn’t connected to Batman’s first game so you don’t have to worry about missing out on something. In the game’s main storyline, Batman is incarcerated in Arkham City, a super-prison enclosing the decaying urban slums of fictional Gotham City. He must uncover the secret behind a sinister scheme orchestrated by the facility’s warden, Hugo Strange.
There is still a better Batman game than this, you will find out soon. The voice acting, the challenges, the amazing opening, the unbelievable ending, and the feeling of being the Dark Knight — these are the things that stand out. It is not only better than Batman: Arkham Asylum but it is indeed better than most games on the market.
This game is available on Steam and is rated 9/10.
3) Batman Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight is a 2015 action-adventure game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it is the successor to the 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins, and the fourth main installment in the Batman: Arkham series.
Once again, this game’s plot is not connected to any of the previous Batman games. This game Set nine months after the events of 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, the game’s main storyline follows Batman as he confronts Scarecrow, who has launched an attack on Gotham City, causing a citywide evacuation. Scarecrow, with the help of the mysterious Arkham Knight, is also able to unite Batman’s greatest foes in an attempt to finally destroy Batman.
Arkham Knight is the biggest Batman game yet, not just in map size, but in the wide range of different types of gameplay, and its collection of characters. To be honest, all three batman games deserve to be in the top 20 action games of all time. They are just as good as the Dark Trilogy. This is the first time you can use the batmobile in the game and a lot of other open-world activities really make it a top-10 worthy. in my opinion, this whole series is worth playing.
The game is available on Steam and is rated a 9/10 on it.
3) Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 is once again an amazing fps action game. The story-telling combined with the puzzles is what sets this game apart from other fps games. This game was launched in 2004 by Valve. Half-Life 2 is a successor of Half-Life which itself was one hell of a game. So not only Half-Life met the standards of the first game but surpassed it successfully.
Taking place in and around City 17, nearly two decades after the events of the first game, Half-Life 2 follows the scientist Gordon Freeman as he is thrust into an unfamiliar environment in which the aftermath of the Black Mesa incident has come to bear fully upon human society. In his struggle, he is joined by various allies, including fellow scientists, rebels, and friends (such as Alyx Vance) – all shocked to see him alive.
If you’re a fan of Half-Life, action games in general, or are looking for a way to get into PC gaming, this is it. It’ll hook you, reel you in, and hold you captive for serious hours of hardcore brilliance. This is gaming at its best and shows that the future holds no bounds when the might of technology, precision of design, and touch of artistry work in tandem. This is how good Half-Life is. It is one of the greatest fps games ever made and has won multiple awards.
The game is available on Steam and obviously, it is rated a perfect 10/10.
2) Dark Souls 2
Dark Souls II is an action RPG developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Games. It is the second game in the Souls series. It was released in March 2014.
The story of Dark Souls II isn’t connected with Dark Souls one but the whole concept of the series carries across the 3 Dark Souls game. The concept is the ‘cycle of flame’. Dark Souls I was about the birth of the cycle of flame and Dark Souls 2 is about the middle of the cycle of flame. The Bearer of the Curse is cursed to seek out the King, Vendrick, in order to usurp his throne and link the flame to keep the world from turning to darkness.
The plot of the series is quite amazing but the plot of this game is the best of the three. Dark Souls II is a massive and very smartly made game. The multiplayer system is quite intelligent in itself and will keep you hooked for hours. The game is quite long to complete but worth your every single second. I really recommend you to play this game, and if you wish, the whole series.
The game is available on Steam and is rated 9/10 on it.
1) GTA V
Surprised? I don’t think you are. And if you are, maybe you are a huge fan of the Half-Life series. It was very tough to distinguish the top 3 games, to be honest, but after a lot of thought and research my best action game of all time goes to GTA V. GTA V is what you call a masterpiece. This game was launched after 5 years from GTA IV in 2013 and boy what an upgrade it was. Just like its predecessor, running GTA V on max graphics was a challenge in itself. This was also the first-ever GTA game where you had multiple protagonists.
The single-player story follows three protagonists—retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drug dealer and arms struggler Trevor Phillips—and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a corrupt government agency and powerful criminals. Action, Missions, storyline, gameplay, graphics, ending, open-world experience, map size, and so on. I can list a lot of things in this game that have been executed to perfection.
Not only this game excels in the single-player mode, but also in the multiplayer mode. The online mode of this game is being milked by Rockstar Games for almost 8 years now and still, the standards of this game aren’t dropping. There is so much to do in this game that even after 8 years of its launch people are finding newer ways to make this game fun to play. The mod support for GTA games also makes it a fan favorite. This game has won a lot of awards and is the best-selling game of all time. If you have never played a GTA game, start with this one.
This game is available on Steam and is rated 9/10.
So this concludes the list of 10 best action PC games of all time. It was a very tough list to make, especially the top 3 games. Dark Souls 2, Half-Life 2, and GTA 5 are perfection. These games have almost everything that a gamer dreams of. The other 7 are great too but these 3 are on another level. (In my opinion). Tell us if you agree or not with this list of top 10 games or do you have any other game better than the games mentioned here.