The Best No WiFi Offline Games For the PC – February 2019
We have all had those times where we want to game, but for one reason or another we don’t have an internet connection. Perhaps it’s because we have a laptop on an airplane, or the weather knocked out the cable. In the days of 8- to 64-bit gaming that never mattered. You just popped in your favorite cartridge, hit the power button, and off you went, bouncing off turtles and or fighting ninjas to your heart’s content. No longer is PC gaming defined by opening the CD-ROM tray and dropping in our favorite disc to jump into the worlds of Sims or Star Wars.
Today though, gaming has gotten more sophisticated. Most video games now are internet based and if they’re not massive, multiplayer experiences requiring high speed internet connections they at least revolve around internet access for updates, events, and downloads.
There are still several PC games that can be played and enjoyed without an internet connection. Many of them are story based, but there are several different styles to meet the needs of any gamer. We’ve taken some time and pulled together twenty of the best no WiFi games for PC, so without further ado, and in no particular order – here we go!
Described as a massive, epic, open-ended role playing game, the Elder Scrolls series has long been a fan favorite on every platform on which it has been made available. Included in the Game of the Year edition are the Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions to give you the most content available for the best price you will find.
Create any type of character imaginable as you write your own story. The primary plot leaves you as a hero to discover the source of the evil blight that is overtaking the land, but you are also free to roam the countryside uninhibited as you gain experience, gear, and abilities for your character at your own pace.
With dozens of hours of gameplay, massively detailed dungeons, and stunning 3D graphics, the Elder Scrolls: Morrowind is a stunningly beautiful PC game that, once installed, can be played free of a wireless connection as you plunge deep into a fantastical world of wizards, warriors, and weapons.
The amazing sequel to the original Star Wars: Jedi Knight, Jedi Academy puts you back in the boots of Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic and Jedi Knight. A new evil has arisen and threatens the security of the galaxy and the strength of the New Republic. Wielding a series of weapons including wookie bowcasters, thermal detonators, and of course, your lightsaber, fight through level after level of former Imperial sympathizers and dark Jedi Knights.
As you gain experience and progress through the game you will also discover and develop eight different force powers including Jedi Mind Trick, Force Lightning, and Force Grip. For anyone who has ever wanted to grab a lightsaber and restore peace and freedom to the galaxy, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Academy is the perfect way to do so without a wireless internet connection.
In the event that you are able to access the web on your PC, there are also several group missions and PvP arenas that will grant you the ability to explore additional force powers and play such hallmark modes as capture the flag and many more.
Total War has always wielded the best of the turn based strategy games and Shogun: Total War is no different. The setting is Japan in 1542. The last of the Shogunate has gone away, leaving the country divided among a host of feudal warlords, each struggling for control of all Japan. You will take charge of one of their factions as you strive to unite Japan under one banner.
Combat on the battlefield, in the political arena, master economics and strategic warfare as you fight to bring honor to your clan and become the emperor of all Japan. Trade with European settlers who bring advances in technology and theology to your island, but beware the deadly diseases that travel with them. In addition to the base game, the Shogun: Total War Collection also comes packaged with its lone expansion pack – Mongol Invasion.
For a deep, strategy based, conquest style game that can be enjoyed entirely free of wifi, Shogun: Total War may be the next step for you.
In Roads of Rome, take control of a young Roman general named Victorious. Having fallen in love with Caesar’s daughter, Victorious seeks permission to marry her. Unsure of Victorious’ standing, Caesar tasks you with the mission of building roads through barbarian lands to the farthest corners of the Empire to expand Roman influence and connect all of the cities and villages in the empire.
With no choice but to succeed in the time frames provided by Caesar, develop time management and real-time strategy skills as you develop the now famous infrastructure known the world over.
With high definition graphics, a compelling love story, and realistic sound effects, bring culture to the roving barbarians, found new towns, and win the respect of Caesar so that in the end you can enjoy the rest of your days with the woman of your dreams.
The final chapter of a series of Quake games, this release continues the story of our hero and their team of marines fighting for Earth’s survival. Since the original Quake, aliens have been invading Earth for the purpose of killing & enslaving our population and plundering our resources. Brave men and women have enlisted in the Marine Corps for the sole purpose of fighting back and defending our planet from this assault.
In Quake 4, we realize the only way to defeat the endless hordes is to take the fight to them. Armed with their own armor and weaponry, take the fight to the Strogg home planet to defeat them where they spawn. Pilot tanks and walkers on the planet’s surface as you and your elite team of marines strive to end the war once and for all by destroying the Stroggs home and any hope they have of mounting further attacks.
Our first puzzle game in the top twenty best no WiFi games for PC, PuzzleQuest: Challenge of the Warlords allows you to put your problem solving to the test as you face increasingly challenging puzzles to free the village of Verloren from the evil Gorgon.
Choose from four classes, each with unique skills and powers (each gender is represented within each class as well, which is a bonus as that is not always the case) that will gain experience and level up their abilities as you progress through a puzzle filled world with quests, mini games, and storylines.
Return to the age of chivalry, where overcoming monsters and demons and winning the heart of fair maidens are sufficient motivations. In an era of magic and myth, hero and legend, take on the role of King Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon.
As you move throughout your storyline you will fight to earn the rule of Britannia, recruit additional knights to your legendary Round Table. Send your knights off on adventures to gather knowledge and artifacts, slay dragons, and watch them become the most powerful warriors in the kingdom.
Alongside your rise to power you will construct the fabled Camelot, only to see evil wizards and demons also rise to oppose you. The campaign map is turn based as you move your chess pieces into position, but the battles are in real time as you lead your troops onto the field against the minions of darkness. Whether you like strategy games, fantastical adventures, or just a lot of fun, this no WiFi PC game is a great fit for you.
Ah Half-Life 2, a nostalgic return to what many consider to be the best PC game of all time. The opportunity to once again don the crowbar of our famous research scientist is upon us as an alien-infested Earth is plagued by what was unleashed at Black Mesa. Single-handedly responsible for bringing this havoc upon the Earth, you now have to right that wrong with the lives and hopes of millions in the balance.
Half-Life 2 has been redone with advanced graphics and design. Each character sports forty individual facial “muscles” allowing each character you come in contact with to provide a full array of human expressions and convincing emotions. Updated physics and graphics mean that everything from a pebble to a multi ton truck will behave like they should in as realistic detail as has ever been seen.
For a great game, beautiful graphics, and one of the most immersive storylines on our list, Half-Life 2 earns its reputation as one of the best PC games ever created, and now you can play completely independent of the internet.
We go from a barren world of aliens to the world of racing with GT Legends. Driving on real European racetracks, jump behind the wheel of over ninety different GT vehicles as you race your way to the top of the circuits and land in Victory Lane.
Featuring several touring cars of the 1960’s and 70’s, put yourself in the driver’s seat of an original Ford Mustang, Shelby Cobra, Corvette, Jaguar, and many others. In career mode you will earn money, cups, and cars as you race your way to your dream car. Five difficulty settings ranging from beginner to realistic simulation will have you constantly coming back for more as you hone your skills on the raceway.
Twenty five different realistic tracks bring the challenges to a new level as you navigate long straightaways, hairpin turns, and even the occasional foray onto dirt. Authentication doesn’t stop at the road though, as realistic car setups, teams, pit stops, and sounds keep you feeling like you are in the action.
Another chapter in a wildly popular video game series, Grand Theft Auto brings you to the streets of San Andreas as a hero desperate to save his family and friends from the disaster awaiting them.
San Andreas has become wildly corrupt, taken over by drug lords and gangs and millionaires and movie stars just try to stay out of their way. As Carl returns home to protect his friends from what is coming, he is framed by a couple of corrupt cops for a homicide he didn’t commit. Running from the police yet desperate to keep his family and friends safe, Carl takes to the streets of Los Santos and drives all over the state of San Andreas on a mission to clear his name and defend the ones he loves.
Because who doesn’t need more goats in their life? Goat Simulator can best be described as an updated Tony Hawk skateboarding game, except that instead of being a cool skateboarder you are a goat. Instead of pulling sweet 1080 reverses in midair, you are running around a breaking things. Score points by doing ridiculous things as a goat. The more outlandish the stunts are, the more points you score.
Designers acknowledge there are still several bugs in the game, however since the point is not to be a real life simulation of kicking fences and eating grass, they’re still there. The only bugs that got removed are the ones that caused the game to crash; the rest are left for you to discover because they are hilarious. Wreck a city in style… as a goat… in Goat Simulator!
Yet another game in a successful, long running franchise. Final Fantasy IX puts you the shoes of Zidane and his crew as they fight monsters, explore dungeons, and kidnap a beautiful princess who was eager to escape her castle. Together, you and your companions will discover the secrets of the Crystal, and attempt to put a stop to an evil that threatens the safety of the entire world.
In true Final Fantasy fashion, play mini-games involving Chocobos (and some without Chocobos, but who would want to play a mini-game without Chocobos?), craft better gear for yourself via the synthesis ability, and level up your skills and powers as you explore the world around you.
The game that launched a series, Fallout puts you in the middle of a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland. The world has suffered a nuclear disaster and many beings, human and not, have mutated into horrible monsters that populate the surface.
With a dynamic style of gameplay in which your decisions actively influence the entire world around you, you explore the ruins of a great civilization. As you sift through the carnage, you can talk, fight, or sneak your way past monsters, robots, and mutants of just about any incarnation. Not that the stakes are high or anything, but should you make the wrong decisions you may find yourself as just another dead hero in a barren nuclear wasteland.
Perhaps the first role playing game with “your decisions matter” outcomes, Fable is an intense game where even your character’s appearance will change based on your decisions. Suntans, muscles, obesity, scars, and even age lines will appear based on how you choose to play the game.
Start at the very beginning by playing through your childhood into your adolescent years even into adulthood as you challenge yourself to become the most powerful being in the world. Age and evolve into a hero, a villain, a warrior, a wizard, or whatever you choose by the decisions you make. Watch your muscles grow as you wield a sword, or lightning crack at your beck and call as a wizard.
As your story progresses you will pick up followers, weapons, and abilities in such multitudes and variety that it is impossible to play the same game twice. Each new twist and turn sets you down a path never before followed, and additional content deepens the storyline and extends the playing time before starting a new story around a new hero or villain.
Perhaps you enjoy role playing games, but prefer the non-stop action of a true action game. Dungeon Siege blends the two and provides a homogenous experience where you forge your own hero destined to overcome the hordes of evil that challenge the world.
Starting out as a lowly farmer, recruit up to eight different allies to assist you as you travel the world, gain new skills, upgrade your arms and armor and explore a continuously evolving storyline.
As the armies of evil threaten the peace and sanctity of your home, it is left to you and your party of loyal followers to root out its source and end it.
One of the best turn-based strategy games in history, Sid Meier returns with Civilization V to let players start in the stone age settling the first city of their civilization. Upgrade your cities, expand your empires as the leader of the most famous civilizations in history. As you progress through the medieval period, the renaissance period, modern, and futuristic eras you will find yourself upgrading units, researching scientific advances, and constructing wonders to mark your people as the greatest civilization of all time.
Lay siege to enemy cities, win over your opponents and form alliances with other civilizations as everyone tries to become top dog. Is it more beneficial to play nice with your greatest rivals only to turn and conquer? Are you better off simply declaring war and decimating your opponents? Only you can decide how you wish to reign as the President, the Emperor, or the King. Fight as the valorous Romans, the ingenious British, the cunning Americans, and many more in this modern twist on an old favorite.
Be bedazzled by Bejeweled 3! This sequel to the world’s #1 puzzle game brings the best and the brightest jewels into the fold. Whether your preferred game mode is Classic Bejeweled or one of the seven other game modes, there is certain to be a mode to fit whatever you are in the mood for. Some modes are more casual and laid back, or faster, more action-packed for those times when you want to get your adrenaline pumping.
Forty challenging quest puzzles to progress through will keep you busy while other modes such as Zen and Lightning modes are there to mix it up and continually provide new challenges to keep your Bejeweled brain at the top of its game.
Sixty five achievement badges will keep you pressing to reach the top of your completionist desires as you play the different modes and keep moving up the rankings until you are the top Bejeweled player in the world!
When it comes to role playing and adventure games you can play as whomever you want to be. Unless you can be Batman. Then you should always play as Batman. The Caped Crusader returns to the realm of video games in Arkham Asylum to do battle against some of the most famous villains in Gotham’s history. The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and more all make appearances as the mass breakout from Arkham Asylum has left many of Batman’s most notable adversaries free in the streets of Gotham once again.
With a new combat engine that allows you to string together endless streams of combo moves, fight through legions of the Joker’s henchmen as you fight to restore order to Gotham City and end the Joker’s wave of crime.
Utilize some of the greatest technology to come out of the batcave such as x-ray scanning, fingerprint scanners, and even a pheromone tracker as you put your elite detective skills to the test. For the more nostalgic of us, use the batgun to grapple atop walls and the batarangs to take down mobs as you hunt for the clown behind it all.
Forced from the comfort and safety of your home, you suddenly find yourself alone in Sword Coast and on the brink of war.
With the ability to customize your hero and recruit a team of allies to your cause, this Dungeons & Dragons style video gaming experience will have you on the edge of your seat as you fight the forces of darkness for truth, adventure, and of course – gold.
Equipped with some of the best storytelling in video game history, Baldur’s Gate has held up extremely well since its original release and the enhanced edition brings with it over 400 improvements to the graphics and storytelling of the game and its expansion.
If a love of customized heroes, deep & clever storytelling, and a fantastical world of demons, dragons, and other creatures from beyond fits your fancy, take Baldur’s Gate for a spin, and enjoy some of the richest gameplay you’re liable to find anywhere.
When we hear the phrase “Director’s Cut” we typically focus on movie runtime limitations. Because a great movie can’t be five hours long, decisions have to be made as to what subplots can be cut and a lot of scenes that the director would love to add to the film are left on the cutting room floor. A Director’s Cut edition of a movie is typically a longer edition of the film that is what the director would have liked to show in theaters if not for time limitations.
It isn’t very often that we see a director’s cut on a video game, much less on one as famous and amazing as Assassin’s Creed, but no one is complaining about having additional content as Assassin’s Creed was such a successful story and hugely popular video gaming experience that it has spawned several sequels to this day ranging from the time periods of ancient Greece & Egypt to almost modern day America.
In Assassin’s Creed, the year is 1191 and you are in the middle of the Third Crusade. Christians and Muslims are tearing the Holy Land to pieces with no clear winner or end in sight. You play as Altair, a master assassin with the intent of ending the conflict by taking out the leaders on both sides to suppress the conflict destroying the land.
As you master the skills, weapons, and abilities that make you the deadliest being in human history, you also shape the future with your very existence. Crowds of people can help or hinder your quest progression and you exist in a free-form world where you can assassinate your targets however you please. Hop on horseback, scale walls, blend in with the crowds, the choices are yours as to how best to eliminate your targets and the richly detailed, historically accurate maps you explore just add to the experience.
Arguably one of the most solid gaming experiences ever crafted, Assassin’s Creed was massively successful as a console game and to have the opportunity to replay that story in remastered graphics with four additional chapters exclusive to the PC gaming experience is a chance none should miss out on.
These are twenty of the best games you can play offline without an Internet connection on your PC. Don’t get us wrong, there are hundreds of other great titles out there that are capable of offline play as well, but these twenty — in a range of different genres — stood out to us most.
What’s your favorite game that you can play without a WiFi connection? Let us know in the comments section below.