The best offline PC games

What to play when the WiFi takes a vacation.

Sometimes being online just isn’t possible. Maybe you are a digital nomad with no access to a stable connection, maybe your WiFi has just decided it doesn’t want to cooperate, or maybe you are just sick of dealing with people in multiplayer. There are plenty of games to play that don’t require a connection. Many of them have fantastic and immersive stories, and others are just really good for relaxing and killing time after a long day. Here is our list of the best offline PC games to get lost in the next time you want to unplug from the internet.

Hades

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Hades is a top-down hack-n-slash dungeon crawler that is quickly becoming one of the most popular indie games of the year. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and Persephone, as he tries to escape the underworld and find his mother. As you adventure through each chamber of the dungeon you gain resources to unlock unique weapons and perks that can all drastically alter your playstyle. With each escape attempt, you will also meet major characters and monsters from Greek myth including the Gods and the Hydra. The Gods will also grant you unique powers called boons that help make every single run completely unique.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

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Horizon: Zero Dawn is an open-world RPG that made it’s debut as a PlayStation exclusive and has since been released on PC. The game has been critically acclaimed for its rich story, beautiful graphics, and challenging combat. Players take on the role of Aloy, a member of the Nora tribe in a post-apocalyptic world sci-fi world near the four-corners region of the US. After an important festival for her tribe is attacked, Aloy is tasked with tracking down the attackers and preventing them from bringing about a second apocalypse. Players will use unique combat features and Assasin’s Creed-esque movement mechanics to explore and survive in a beautifully created world.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Halo is one of the most important series in gaming history. It has been a defining game across multiple genres and helped set the stage for modern First-Person Shooters. Microsoft and 343 Industries have brought the entire series together in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Players have access to all three of the original campaigns plus Halo: Reach and ODST. MCC also has forge and firefight from the original games to give added fun to players. While there is a large multiplayer community, Halo’s story is one that every gamer should experience. Firefight is also nice for just blowing off steam by running around and beating up Covenant soldiers.

Doom

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Doom is an important series in gaming history and for FPS games in particular. The series was rebooted in 2016 by Bethesda and id Soft. Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal are both have fun campaigns with lots of action and high replay value. As the Doom Slayer, you will get to discover every way imaginable to shoot, stab, bludgeon, and otherwise murder innocent demons pouring out of Hell. There is a large variety of weapons available in the game and an endless horde of demons for you to test them on.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt an open-world fantasy RPG that has gained universal acclaim across every console. The world of the game is massive and it is packed with interesting characters and quests. Players take on the role of Geralt of Rivia as he tracks down his former apprentice before she can be used to bring about the end of the world. Geralt is a Witcher, a mutated monster hunter that has been trained since he was a child. Players can use an assortment of weapons, armor, survival mechanics, and magical abilities called signs to traverse the expansive world and stop the apocalypse.

Divinity: Original Sin II

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Divinity: Original Sin II is a tactical turn-based fantasy RPG. Players can create their own fantasy character from a number of different races and backgrounds. There are also several pre-made characters to choose from if you want to jump straight into the action. The player is a Sourceror, a person that can use a form of magical power called Source, that is captured by a group known as the Divine Order and shipped off to an island prison. The player witnesses atrocities being carried out by the Divine Order and discovers that they are a Godwoken. As a Godwoken the player needs to escape the island, prevent the world from being consumed by the Void, and ascend to divinity themselves. The story of the game can get convoluted at times but the gameplay provides a ton of fun for any fantasy fans. Players can experience a unique turn-based combat experience in a beautiful world full of interesting characters and creatures.

Civilization VI

Civilization VI
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If you want to play a more casual strategy game instead of having an action-packed adventure, Civilization VI is a good choice. Civ VI is a historical turn-based grand strategy game. You can take control of a variety of historical civilizations and either team up or go head-to-head against other famous world leaders. Each civilization has unique advantages and disadvantages that players will need to account for as they build their own empire. You can win a game in a lot of different ways, or just play endlessly to pass the time. Games can be quick or can last for days or even weeks depending on the settings you use. There is also a very active modding community for this entire series giving players plenty of ways to change the game to their liking.

BioShock: The Collection

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The BioShock series has remained popular since the first game was released in 2007. The collection includes all three BioShock games and the remastered editions with all of the DLC. Players will be able to explore the unique cities of Rapture and Colombia while fighting through dystopian monsters and wielding unique abilities given through genetic modifications. Each game has a unique immersive story that players come back to over and over again The collection does not include the multiplayer mode from BioShock 2 but it does have all of the challenge modes available to test your skills.

Portal 2

Portal 2
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The Portal series is one that every gamer should play at least once. Portal 2 expands on all the features we loved in the first game and adds new characters and mechanics to play with. You play as Chell, a mute main character and former test subject at Aperture Science. Chell must complete numerous puzzles throughout the Aperture testing facility before she can finally escape back to the real world. To complete these puzzles you will need to make use of the Portal Gun. The game forces you to think outside the box to be able to complete each new puzzle chamber. Every time you think you are getting a hang of the game a new mechanic is added to the puzzles for you to experiment and play with. The game also features a split-screen co-op mode with its own unique and fun story.

Deus Ex

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The first Deus Ex game was released back in 2000 and the series just keeps getting better. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released in 2011 and introduced us to the newest protagonist, Adam Jensen. Players will get to explore a dystopian cyberpunk world where tensions are growing between average humans and the Augs, Augs are people with cybernetic augmentations that improve their quality of life or just replace lost limbs. Adam becomes and Aug after being involved in an attack on his place of employment. After he recovers he will need to travel all over the world to track down those responsible and prevent them from using advanced technology to start a cybernetic apocalypse.

The latest game in the series, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, was released in 2016 and picks up shortly after the end of Human Revolution. Adam continues his hunt for the organization that turned him into an Aug and has joined an international anti-terrorist task force as his cover. He gains access to new weapons, abilities, and has an even larger world to explore to stop another attempt to cause mass destruction.