The Best Online Games for PC [July 2019]
Are you a part of the PC master race? Whether you have just recently switched to PC from console or were always a desktop enthusiast, you can always use some game suggestions. There are many people out there who play only single player games like RPGs, but everyone knows online games are more competitive and thus more fun.
Game graphics are constantly getting updated and improved, and so are the system requirements for playing them. Don’t worry – this article will cover online games which can be played on both low-end and high-end computers. There will be free games as well as a few paid games which are totally worth getting.
Best Online Games for PC
The following list of games is going to include something for everyone. Some people have a taste for FPS games, some are into MOBAs or RTS titles, while others still play MMOs.
Most of these games are very popular and have a high player base, which means the competition is going to be intense. They do have well-developed ranking systems, which are pretty accurate at determining the skill level of each player, i.e. you will be matched with people with similar skills.
1. Rainbow Six Siege
Before digging into the more popular FPS titles like battle royale, let us first take a look at the game which was on the radar of most gamers. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is now the most popular tactical shooter game, available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One for a reasonable one-time fee. Plus, it is often on sale.
It came a long way since its launch in December 2015, when it was badly customized and full of bugs. Ubisoft announced they wanted to keep this game going for 10 years and they weren’t joking. It keeps getting free updates and DLCs. Every year, there are four new operations, each containing two new operators with unique gadgets and a new map (or a rework of an old one).
You can buy DLC operators, but they can all be bought with in-game currency if you play the game enough. As of now (Operation Phantom Sight) there are 48 operators, each of them with countless customization options in terms of uniforms and weapon skins.
The gameplay is highly addictive and very hard at first, but once you get used to it, you will be amazed. The attackers have to breach the objective, while defenders do their best to stop them. There are a Hostage, Secure Area, and the most played, Bomb mode.
If you prefer fast-paced and simple gameplay, CS: GO is the best FPS around. Many people say that they prefer vanilla CS and Source, but once you get used to Global Offensive, it will become your favorite installment of this iconic franchise.
The terrorists have to plant the bomb, while counter-terrorists need to prevent the bomb from being planted or defuse it. There are also some hostage maps, but they are rarely played. This game is as simple as it gets – you just point and shoot your gun.
The economy part of the game is slightly more challenging because you need to manage your money and estimate what kind of guns the enemy will be able to afford. There are many customization options in terms of weapon skins and a huge online market for them.
CS: GO became free to play on Steam in December 2018, when it also got a battle royale mode. Unlike the BR mode, the F2P announcement didn’t get much praise, mostly because it attracted more cheaters who can just make new accounts when they get banned.
Defense of the Ancients started as a widely popular mod for Warcraft, but it came a long way and became a standalone game in the second installment. Anyone who played the first DOTA probably tried the new one for nostalgia alone.
Both games are amazing, although the Warcraft 3 original mode is more popular than the first DOTA nowadays. DOTA 2 is a record breaker when it comes to player counts; the Steam chart shows it is still going strong, holding the top place for current players.
This MOBA is the hardest and most demanding in terms of strategy and effort required to learn all the heroes and items, which are both in the hundreds. People who played the old version have an advantage because most of the old heroes and items are replicated in DOTA 2.
The goal is the same as in every MOBA: level up your hero, get stronger, and destroy the enemy base. This is an oversimplification, but you will get the gist after some time playing. You can pick up DOTA 2 on Steam for free. If you prefer more colorful graphics and simpler gameplay, try out League of Legends by Riot Games, which is also free to play.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the first big battle royale game and a huge success. Now there are plenty of other BR games like Fortnite and Call of Duty Blackout, but PUBG was the one to get people addicted to this genre. The game comes at a reasonable price, with no pay to win elements.
You can spend money to buy skins, but they will drop as after game rewards as well. The gameplay is really fast-paced and exciting, it will surely get your blood flowing. You get dropped on an island where you need to find weapons, meds, and armor faster than the enemies.
There can be up to 100 players on a single game session, so it can be pretty intense and hard to survive, let alone reach Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (1st place). You start each game anew and do the same, which can get repetitive since there aren’t many different maps to play on.
To make the game fun for an extended period of time, better squad up with your friends and dominate some newbies together.
Besides the games that were listed, there are many fun games for every niche. WoW is still the best MMO out there despite the drop in players. Overwatch is an exciting shooter for people with quick reflexes. Apex Legends is a cool new BR everyone is ranting about. Starcraft 2 is an amazing RTS with difficult gameplay and a recognizable legacy.
Keep in mind that CS: GO and DOTA are great choices for low-end computers, while R6 and PUBG both require modern gaming PCs.
Which of these games did you like the most? Are there any other online games for PC you would like to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.