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The 11 Best PC Exclusive Games of All Time

No need for a console when the PC has exclusive games like these.

The number of PC exclusive titles shrinks every year, with more console ports being announced every year. However, there are still plenty of titles that haven’t made the jump to any of the major consoles, either because the developer doesn’t see the need to port the game or because it simply won’t work without the keyboard and mouse control scheme. Here are some of the all-time best PC-exclusive games and why you should play them.

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While Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all courted indie developers to their consoles over the years, the PC is often where some of the most creative and unique games get their start. Some of these indie hits like Among Us make the jump to consoles, but many remain exclusive to their PC roots.

Endless Legend

Endless Legends PC Gameplay
Image via Amplitude Studios

It’s one thing to fight against other human nations for domination, but Endless Legends adds a fantasy twist to this formula. Giving you the chance to control elves, orcs, and other fantasy races as you vie for control of the world. Each nation has its own strengths and weaknesses and exploiting those becomes the key to success. The setting is a bit dark and it has a steep learning curve, but once you wrap your head around it, Endless Legend is a great PC exclusive to dive into.

FTL: Faster Than Light

FLT Faster Than Light showing a Intruders Detected Warning
Image via Subset Games

You’re the captain of a ship with a difficult mission – make it to the other end of the galaxy and stop an invading alien armada before it can reach Earth. To do so, you’ll need to recruit other aliens and find parts and fuel on your way to your final confrontation. FTL is a brutally difficult rogue-like, with each playthrough depending heavily on how lucky you get with random encounters. However, that difficulty makes it all the more satisfying when you finally manage to make it to the end and save humanity.

Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life Alyx official title art
Image via Valve

We may never get to see the long-delayed Half-Life 3, but Half-Life: Alyx gave us a taste of what that game might have been. Set five years before the events of Half-Life 2, we got to follow the story of Alyx Vance as they attempt to steal an alien superweapon. This game has remained a PC exclusive since its 2020 release partly because it is a VR shooter and is tied heavily to the PC architecture. It may eventually see a release on console VR, but for now, it remains exclusive to PCs.

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 official poster art
Image via ArenaNet

Guild Wars 2 is one of the most unique MMO experiences you’ll ever play. Instead of offering a set quest list, the game encourages exploration to find the next bit of the story. Along with the unique leveling system, this game can throw even experienced MMO players for a loop at first. However, more than a decade after its release it continues to get excellent story and content updates, maintaining a healthy and active community.

Lost Ark

Lost Ark Warrior charging toward a giant monster
Image via Amazon Games

This is one of the biggest MMO hits of the last year. Lost Ark is a free-to-play MMO that is exclusive to PC. There are multiple classes to experiment with, a deep story to follow, and dungeons to complete as part of your journey to uncover the mysteries of the continent. Once you’ve reached the end game content, you can go back and start again with another class, skipping many of the early missions and starting immediately at a higher level to save you unnecessary grinding.

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable screeshot showing a table and an old computer on it and a picture on the wall
Image via Galactic Cafe

The Stanley Parable is a game about video games and the infinite choices that they present. Though it eventually got a port that was available for consoles, the original remains one of the best PC-exclusive games of all time, constantly breaking the fourth wall and exploring what happens when you, the player, try to go where the game developer doesn’t want you to.

Total War: Warhammer III

Warhammer Woman wearing snow clothes with blue glowing eyes
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In the grim-dark future, there is only war. Total War: Warhammer is a real-time strategy game set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. This game is hectic, challenging, and fun in equal measure, offering players multiple modes to play through and objectives to complete. The game’s controls can be very complicated at times, making this one that might not appeal to beginners to the genre, but returning fans will find plenty to love here.

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft art showing a an orc, a tauren, and a female mage,
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Nearly two decades after its initial release, World of Warcraft is still one of the biggest names in online gaming. Most MMO players cut their teeth on this massive title and it has remained hugely influential throughout multiple expansions and re-releases over the years. WoW might not be the only name in MMOs anymore, but it is still one of the best PC-exclusive games you’ll find.

Counter-Strike

A crouching terrorist shooting at the counter-terrorist force in Counter-Strike (CS)
Image via Valve

Despite being one of the oldest games on this list, Counter-Strike has managed to maintain its relevance with seeming effortlessness. It offers a fast-paced and dynamic gameplay experience that is both challenging and rewarding. The game is renowned for its realistic approach to gun lethality. In the competitive environment it creates, each decision can mean life or death, lending intensity and engagement to every match.

Escape from Tarkov

A sniper on the street in Escape from Tarkov
Image via Battlestate Games

Escape from Tarkov pushes the boundaries of the survival genre by introducing a high level of realism and a multitude of systems. The choices players make are crucial because they determine what resources they bring into each raid, which quests they undertake, and how they engage with enemies. This makes every decision in the game meaningful and impactful.

Starcraft 2

Kerrigan and Jimmy poster of Starcraft 2
Image via Blizzard

Starcraft 2 provides a rich single-player campaign that immerses players in a compelling story. In addition to this, it offers one of the most polished competitive multiplayer experiences ever made. This diversity in gameplay modes ensures that there’s something for every type of player. The game also brings a sense of nostalgia, as it retains the look and feel of the original StarCraft while introducing new elements. Starcraft 2 has been critically acclaimed and is often featured on live-streaming platforms, indicating its popularity and longevity.

Formerly PC Exclusive Games

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Age of Empires II Screenshot showing a walled civilization being attacked
Image via Forgotten Empires

There is just something about good PC strategy games that doesn’t translate well to console controllers. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is a remake of one of the best strategy games of all time, offering all the in-depth planning that has made this one of the best entries in the long-running series. The mechanics of this game hold up more than two decades after its initial release, so the updated graphics and user interface features only serve to make it better.

Phasmophobia

A haunted house from Phasmophobia
Screenshot by Gamepur

Ready to get spooky? Phasmophobia is one of the creepiest games you’ll play on PC. Join a group of ghost hunters as you investigate a haunting at a residential home, an abandoned school, or a prison. Track down the ghost’s location and successfully identify it to earn money to buy better equipment. This is one of the most atmospheric games out there, with a great mix of tension and jump scares to keep you uncomfortable throughout.


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Trent is a Freelance Writer at Gamepur. He has contributed news, guides, and reviews about video games for over a decade and has a special place in his heart for JRPGs, Splatoon, Sea of Thieves, and anything that's a bit silly, really.