Since the criticism began to emerge, we have always experienced cases of a certain dissonance between what the public believed and what the specialized publications presented. It is a maxim that, even today and even in media such as videogames, is still present. With that in mind we have considered an experiment, what differences would we find among the best PC games according to the critics and according to the users?
For this we go to Metacritic and select the best PC games of all time according to each side, a total of 30 masterpieces of the game that, surprisingly, only rarely go hand in hand. Whether or not there is unanimity in these votes, what is undeniable is that we could not take part of any of the parties, there are about thirty games that must be tried before dying …
The Metacritic Score Parameters
Born in the dawn of 2000, Metacritic has become one of the key pages to find opinions about music, movies, books and video games. For some years, going to know the Metascore of a game, the average note that appears on the site, has become a fairly common action before buying a product.
Although the Metascore only focuses on the averages made with the critical scores, voices such as those of the famous briefcases to buy notes, or the fact that in that average the weight of some portals is greater than others, they invite approaching a second reading. To ensure a balance, in addition to collecting these specialized press releases, a section is also included in which players can vote and review the game. In this way, critical and user ratings are separated, which, as you will see below, can deliver very different results, although they are no less valid.
The Best PC Games According To The Critic
1. ‘Half-Life 2’
After becoming the first to be listed as “best PC games in history”, “Half-Life 2” had the difficult task of maintaining the same high bar. This position in the list shows to what extent it achieved it, becoming one of the titles that would mark the way forward for the industry in the following years in terms of graphics, physics, and artificial intelligence and, above all, narrative.
2. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’
Becoming the second game that more physical copies have managed to sell, only behind a phenomenon such as ‘Wii Sports’ (and without taking into account that adding the digital number can be widely exceeded), ‘GTA V’ has become a phenomenon of masses that after five years still continues to win the sales lists. It’s not there by luck, of course, it’s one of the most attractive and fun open worlds ever created.
3. ‘The Orange Box’
With ‘The Oragne Box’ Valve cheated, and is that not only delivered all the chapters of ‘Half-Life 2’ and the multiplayer of ‘Team Fortress 2′ to console users, also included in the pack a genius as’ Portal ‘, probably the best puzzle game that the world of videogames has seen in the last 20 years.
Launched in 1998, ‘Half-Life’ was the first opera of Valve, a game that allowed them to live on the rents of their success and their graphic engine to shape the empire in which Steam has finally become. Undoubtedly one of the best games in history, is also a classic that, despite its graphics, has endured very well the passage of time, which makes it an equally recommended game today.
History, graphics, gameplay … ‘BioShock’ has everything you could ask of an FPS, but it also managed to take a step further on how the stories were told in an action adventure. A trip to the depths to discover an underwater city in which a utopia has become an absolute hell that has escaped the control of its creators.
6. ‘Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn’
Available in the ‘Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition’ along with the expansion ‘Throne of Bhaal’, ‘Shadows of Amn’ is the perfect example of why BioWare has become one of those studies to go without hesitation when we search a good story A magnificent RPG in which it is impossible not to be completely trapped for more than 60 hours.
7. ‘Portal 2’
It was very difficult to improve the unbeatable, but if there is a studio capable of retracing your steps and getting your head exploded, that is Valve. With ‘Portal 2’ they demonstrated that the success of ‘Portal’ was not a simple coincidence, that the world and mechanics that they had created could still go much further to create the mixture of adventures and definitive puzzles.
8. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’
Become a meme for its ability to jump from platform to platform almost without disheveling (among many other curiosities of his adventure), ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ is another one of those RPGs that catch you from minute one. A mixture of RPG and open world in which to follow the story is only part of the grace, and the opportunity to create your own best asset.
9. ‘Mass Effect 2’
After accelerating the rhythm of the first and further deepening everything that ‘Mass Effect’ managed to present, ‘Mass Effect 2’ became one of the star games of BioWare and one of the most successful titles of PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 A game as big as fun that neither the third installment nor the recent ‘Mass Effect Andromeda’ managed to overcome.
10. ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’
Considered by many as the best installment of the series ‘Grand Theft Auto’, the truth is that ‘Vice City’ had a special halo. Not only did he manage to be even more greyish than ‘GTA III’, he also achieved it by referencing some of the most mythical films of the 1980s, delivering the ultimate mafia story.
11. ‘Civilization II’
The addition of new troops and a more effective and realistic combat system that abandoned the probability calculations, turned ‘Civilization II’ into the final game of Sid Meier. A title of strategy, in which to take control of a tribe and take it to the top of the social evolutionary scale, from which it was impossible to disengage.
After the success of games like ‘Doom’ or ‘Wolfenstein’, ‘Quake’ became the father of modern FPS when moving that gameplay to a 3D environment. A magnificent game with an unbeatable setting that, despite the passage of time, is still able to get a smile to anyone who is at the controls.
13. ‘BioShock Infinite’
After the collapse of a second installment that failed to maintain the level of the first ‘BioShock’, ‘BioShock Infinite’ became famous for being one of those developments in which the creative department seemed to run more than what technology could deliver. Much of what he proposed was lost along the way, but despite this he managed to deliver a memorable closure to the saga that is impossible not to want to applaud.
14. ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’
Before ‘Skyrim’ was on everyone’s lips, and with the followers of ‘Morrowind’ crying out to the sky on the grounds that it was a point below, ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’ managed to win the attention of locals and strangers alike. A fantastic story and an equally recommendable gameplay. A game ahead of its time, however, failed to surprise anyone in the visual and technical.
15. ‘Grim Fandango’
Considered one of the best graphic adventures in history, it is not surprising that ‘Grim Fandango’ occupies the last position of the best PC games according to the critics. A wonderful and tremendously original story in which everything is taken care of with the greatest of pampering. A classicize that, if you consider yourself a fan of the genre, sooner or later you will have to try.
The Best PC Games According To Gamers
1. ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’
Listed as one of the most solid and best-made games in the history of the game, ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ is one of those epic adventures in which the hour meter will never stop going up. A fantastic title that, both technically and in the playable, set a bar that few have been able to overcome three years later.
2. ‘Left 4 Dead’
With the cooperative by flag, this game in which ending zombies accompanied by three other players has become the favorite of many PC users, which has placed him even over timeless classics as the two games that will come after him . ‘Left 4 Dead’ is tremendously original and a very fun experience.
3. ‘Half-Life 2: Episode Two’
There was a time when ‘Half-Life 2’ wanted to stay on the crest of the wave with a trilogy of episodes that, unfortunately, never came to an end. The second part of this trio of games has ended up conquering millions of players and, with that, it has gone over the original works in terms of quality for users.
Talking about ‘Portal’ at the time it was launched, even if only minimally, was a sacrilege. The best thing about playing it was to put yourself at the controls with the idea that you were before a simple puzzle game in its approach but original in its mechanics, but when you realized you were immersed in an adventure that went far beyond what seemed to promise. An imperishable jewel.
5. ‘Counter Strike’
With ‘The Orange Box’ and ‘Half-Life 2’ in the next positions on the list, we jumped directly to the one who came after to have the opportunity to include more games among those chosen by the users. However the thing stays at Valve’s house, because the multiplayer of ‘Counter Strike’ is the one that earns the right to occupy that position. A classicize by which everyone, to a greater or lesser extent, we have spent during the course of our lives as players.
6. ‘Deus Ex’
The next place on the list would be ‘Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn’, which we have already talked about in the selection of critics, so we keep the flow of news to give way to the first ‘Deus Ex’ , a game that many They will know about the deliveries that came later. As in those, here we are facing a role-playing game in which the variety of options when facing their dangers are their main claim.
7. ‘Planescape: Torment’
More rolazo, this time from the hand of a classic that takes the success of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ as a reference. An unforgettable story in which the passage of years does not matter at all and that, despite the fact that the nostalgia factor always helps a little to titles like ‘Planescape: Torment’ , continues to maintain the bar high despite being a game before the 2000.
Become one of the best shooters in history, ‘Vanquish’ is the answer of PlatinumGames to the fashion of third-person shooting from the time of PS3 and Xbox 360. A great game that, after arriving on PC a few months ago, managed to climb positions to become one of the favorites of users.
9. ‘Team Fortress 2’
Precursor of the free-to-play fever that floods all platforms today, ‘Team Fortress 2’ puts us under the control of nine different classes so that we fight accompanied by friends to finish off the rival team. A hilarious title that, moreover, managed to become one of the great classics of multiplayer PC.
10. ‘TrackMania United’
Available under the ‘Trackmania United Forever Star Edition’ pack, it offers us the most crazy and wide-ranging arcade driving experience we can imagine of the ‘Trackmania’ saga. An unforgettable and extensive game in which, based on creations of the community, we can be playing for years without fear that the variety of clues comes to an end.
11. ‘Day of Defeat: Source’
‘Day of Defeat: Source’ is one of those Valve maneuvers in which to get attention with relatively little effort. It may seem like the sequel to a game that took over from the ‘Counter-Strike’ saga and went through the filter of World War II to bring more variety to the genre, but in reality it hid glimmers of genius that, especially in the form of maps and graphics, managed to dazzle a large mass of users.
12. ‘Rome: Total War’
An excellent strategy game in which, with the sum of the expansions included in ‘Rome: Total War – Collection’, you have days and days of monumental battles ahead. In his time, the ‘Total War’ franchise managed to amaze us with the possibility of getting close to an action that included hundreds of soldiers delivering firewood, an incredible achievement for the moment.
The next post would be for ‘Day of Defeat, whose sequel we have talked a little bit above, so we jump to the next one to fill a gap in the list, the highly recommended’ Mafia ‘, nothing to do with what came next with games as ‘Mafia III’. In a time when trying to follow in the wake of ‘GTA III’ consisted of trying to take as far as possible the ghost spirit of Rockstar, Illusion Softworks opted for a completely different perspective, that of turning the story of The Godfather into a video game sandbox .
14. ‘Warcraft III’
Under the proposal to maintain the genre of strategy that catapulted Blizzard, ‘Warcraft III’ became one of the most applauded games by users, a love that even today is kept under the promise that the game returns to life with a remastering. We do not know if it will finally happen, but that does not prevent you from giving the original version a chance.
15. ‘Max Payne’
We closed the list of users and the selection of the best PC games of all time with the first installment of the saga ‘Max Payne’. Any of us who played it in its day will tell you the same thing, the sum of a memorable story, a stunning graphic and visual section, a frenetic action, and the possibility of emulating the movements in slow motion that made the Matrix saga famous.’, they made the Remedy game one of our favorite games.Tags: Best PC Games