The holidays are heading our way faster than you might realize, which means it’s not too early to start buying presents. If someone on your gift list plays video games primarily on PC and you’re at a loss for what to get them, don’t worry, we have you covered. We’ve already posted lists of PC gaming accessories and hardware. The list below covers some of the best games that have come out in recent years. Let’s get to it.
And if you need more gift ideas for PC and console gamers, or for techies, Anime fans, Star Wars fans, and Marvel fans, we have a whole lot of other great ideas in our Holiday Gift Guide hub.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
This year’s installment of the annualized series of shooters might not have a traditional campaign, but the meaty Zombies mode, multiplayer modes, and all-new battle royale mode called Blackout more than make up for it.
Forza Horizon 4
You don’t even have to be a fan of the genre to get swept up in this open-world racer. You can play alone or with others as you collect 450 cars you can drive in races, stunt missions, and other exhilarating challenges.
Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection
With this year’s release of Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion, Bungie has fixed just about every problem fans had with the game. Now there’s so much to do and so many pieces of Exotic gear to chase that there’s always a reason to log in and shoot some enemies.
With all the tweaks, events, and additions Blizzard puts into Overwatch on a regular basis, don’t expect this competitive shooter to lose steam anytime soon.
Learning about a gorgeous world and toppling dozens of challenging bosses are the main reasons to play Hollow Knight, a tough-but-fair game that takes place in a subterranean insect kingdom. Every inch of this sprawling world is meticulously crafted and intriguing to explore.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
In this sprawling, engrossing action-RPG, you play as a monster-hunter-for-hire who travels around a surprisingly grounded fantasy world, dealing with the fantastical beasts that are pestering (or killing) helpless villagers.
It may be a bleak and oppressive game, but they mysteries in this puzzle-platformer are so weird and powerful that you’ll have to see it through to its mind-bending conclusion.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Hideo Kojima’s final entry in the long-running Metal Gear series is an open-world delight, with fantastic stealth gameplay and a memorable set of characters you’ll meet along the way.
The brilliant thing about this relaxing game of rural life is that you can spend your days doing whatever you want. You can do everything from tending to crops and romancing villagers, to exploring the mines and looking for treasure.