Best PC games 2022: What to play right now

These are the best PC games we’re playing in 2022: recent singleplayer hits, thriving esports, and modern classics that will enhance any library. We will continue to update this list as new games are released, removing old favorites and replacing them with games the PC Gamer team is playing right now. Instead of an ever-expanding list going far back in time, we’re looking for a practical answer to the question, “Which new PC game should I play right now?”

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of great PC games past and present, check out our annual Top 100 or our list of the most important PC games. For the upcoming games, we have compiled a guide to new games in 2022.

Need a new computer to play these games? You can build an entry-level gaming PC for around $750 if you can find a list price graphics card (not easy), or our recommended mid-range PC for $1,000. If you need something that works out of the box, we also recommend some prebuilt PCs that are the best way to get a new GPU without spending a fortune during a chip shortage.

We have heard that GPU prices may soon start to normalize, although we will believe it when we see it now. The good news is that many of our favorite games don’t require a heavy install: the ๐Ÿ’ป icon indicates games we think are best for low-end desktops and laptops. Compare each game’s recommended system specs with yours to be sure.

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๐Ÿ’ป = Suitable for weak PCs
๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ = Single player only
๐Ÿ’ฌ = MMO
๐ŸŽฎ = We prefer a controller
๐Ÿง›โ€โ™€๏ธ = Contains Dracula
๐Ÿด = keeping horses

What are we playing

These are the games that PC Gamer employees and contributors are currently working on.

More games we’ve played recently:

90% and above

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A selection of recent releases that have received one of our highest awards: a score of 90% or higher.

The best of the best

Every year we publish a new version of the PC Gamer Top 100, a list of the best PC games of all time that we think you’ll love right now. The latest list was published in September 2021. Here are ten of the best games on this list.

  1. Disco Elysium – Final version ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป
  2. Hitman 3 ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ
  3. Crusader Kings 3๐Ÿด๐Ÿ’ป
  4. Apex Legends
  5. Red Dead Redemption 2๐Ÿด
  6. Death strand ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ
  7. Destroy the Spire ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป
  8. Minecraft๐Ÿ’ป
  9. The Witcher 3 ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿด
  10. Walheim๐Ÿ’ป

Competitive multiplayer games

More Competitive Games We Like:

Grab bag

A selection of PC gamers’ favorites, new and old, across a range of genres: Action, Adventure, RPG, Simulation, Puzzle, Platformer, and more. If you still can’t decide what to play, close your eyes and click on a random link in this list. It will be something good.

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