Before we start, there is something that needs to be clarified. This list is not a historical examination of the most groundbreaking PC games that exist.
It is well-known that Final Fantasy 7 defined an entire generation with its storytelling. Metroid is one of the best action games ever created. Forza Horizon 3 is the ultimate open-world race games.
Everyone knows these facts and agrees on them. This list is simply a collection of excellent games that are being offered by Windows 10 Store.
Creating this list was hard.
Windows 10 store provides a lot of options, which is something not a lot of people know. The reason why Windows Store does not get enough attention is due to Steam. Valve’s Steam Store is still one of the biggest online game providers in the world.
Hence, what this list will do is showcase several major games that are available on the Windows 10 Store from each genre. Each game listed here is available, right now, at the Windows Store.
Without any further ado, here is the list of must-have games available in the Windows Store.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The Batman series is Rocksteady Studios’ crown jewel. The only way to describe this game is by saying: You are Batman. The controls are easy to use. The storyline is superbly written, and the graphics are what you expect from a big-budget game. Rocksteady Studios borrowed everything that worked in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to the third instalment of the series. Packed with enough goon-busting fun to satisfy any action addict, Batman: Arkham Knight will not disappoint anyone.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider sees young Lara Croft face a group of fanatical zealots who pursue immortality. The game features magnificent set pieces with jaw-dropping views. It also contains an excellent combat mechanic and challenging puzzles. Overall, the game lives to the outstanding reputation that the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot created. Rise Tom Raider provides non-stop action that will leave you exhausted.
Game of Thrones
Telltale’s Game of Thrones follows the exploits and adventures of the characters on the HBO show with the same name. Now, some bookworms might wish the game focused more on the book narrative instead of the TV show. Regardless, Telltale’s Game of Thrones is phenomenal representation Westeros’ cruel and harsh realm. So get ready to play the game of thrones, but remember: All men must die.
The Walking Dead
Another amazing gem created by Telltale, The Walking Dead combines the horrors of the zombie apocalypse with fantastic storytelling. Get ready to play as Lee, an ex-convict who finds himself in charge of Clementine, an orphaned kid. The game is filled with memorable characters and emotional moments that will make you fear the living more than the dead.
Mortal Kombat XL
There is a soft spot in all of us for this game. Mortal Kombat has kept generations horrified and addicted to the gore and violence it displays. Unfortunately, when Mortal Kombat X came out for PC, it did not receive the support its console version counterpart got. In comes Mortal Kombat XL. This update offers PC gamers with all the new fighters, stages, costumes, and gore that we have come to love and appreciated from the MK franchise.
Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
From one classic franchise to another, Rare’s Killer Instinct is back for console user after being available exclusively for consoles. The Definitive Edition includes all 26 characters and all the content featured in the Supreme Edition bundle. Additionally, the game contains a story line and arcade mode that allows you to learn more about the characters or simply challenge your friends and perform a c-c-c-combo breaker.
Alien: Isolation is the game all Alien fans deserve. Creative Assembly drew inspiration from Ridley Scott’s original 1979 film instead of Jame Cameron’s action-filled movie. And this new take on an Alien game completely works. Alien: Isolation is all about subterfuge and evasion. The lack of weapons to defend yourself or a companion to help you, makes you feel vulnerable and isolated. You have beat the game and avoid the alien threat by using your wits, environment, and tools crafted. Alien: Isolation is the dark, oppressive, and smart world we deserve.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
It could be argued the Resident Evil series lost its ways after a while. The game became a 3rd person shooting game instead of terrifying and nightmare-inducing. All that changed with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Capcom chose to go back to its roots by slowing down the action and changing character’s motivation. The dread and horror this decision generates, rivals the fear gamers felt when the original Resident Evil came out in 1996. So grab a copy of this game and get ready to explore one of the best horror games to come out in a while.
Racing & Sports Games
Forza Horizon 3
The debut of Forza Horizon on PC is also the best time for Playground Games to create a racing masterpiece. Forza Horizon 3 is an incredibly addictive racing game set in Australia. There are some frame-rate hiccups, but otherwise, the fast cars and open-world exploration will make you want to drive forever. The rugged landscape is the perfect setting to create a game that celebrates car culture as well as the festival energy that surrounds racing. Forza Horizon 3 is a game not racing enthusiast will regret purchasing. But it is a game people will regret not having played.
Staying with the racing genre, Rocket League is a game that is straightforward about its premise. The game blends the joy of RC racing with the confrontational nature of soccer or football, for those not living in North America. Rocket League is a fun game regardless of how many times you play it. Every match is completely different, and that makes its simplicity so brilliant. If you ever want to play a simple game, with over-the-top spectacle, then Rocket League is for you.
RPG & Roguelike Games
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mass Effect is one of those series that changed the way players interact and react with their digital environment. Every decision you made carried over to the next instalment of the franchise, adding gravitas and consequences to your decisions. It was BioWare’s masterpiece, and it redefined the RPG genre. Mass Effect: Andromeda builds upon what made Mass Effect so strong. This time you are not Commander Shepard. Instead, you are part of an initiative to colonise Andromeda. Mass Effect: Andromeda is an exciting game that will keep you immersed in the Mass Effect universe.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The good news is that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lives up to the standard set the previous The Witcher games. The bad news is that this is the last game of the series. CD Projekt Red’s action-RPG is as fun and engaging as the previous games. Do not expect The Witcher 3 to be just like the other two games. CD Projekt Red changed the formula by intruding an open world filled with monsters and quest. The game also improved in the alchemy and fighting system. However, it is the story that still drives the game.
Far Cry 4
There are very few shooters that are as fun as Far Cry. The sandbox game allows players to explore freely while finding missions and collectables. Far Cry 4 does not add much new to the franchise, but it still an incredibly fun, enjoyable, and beautiful game to play. You will spend dozens of hours running through the jungle and having never-ending fun.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
There is nothing to say about Halo. It is the game that brought Bungie to the forefront. Halo: The Master Chief Collection combines all the Halo games for you to play again. It also offers all the multiplayer options that made Halo so much fun. So replay the story of John-117, as he fights the Covenant with the help of Cortana. Find the truth behind those who constructed Halo, and repel the Flood. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the ultimate Halo collection.
Sim & World-Building Games
Microsoft’s biggest game outside of Halo, Minecraft is a blocky sandbox game that lets you explore the limits of your imagination. Minecraft revolves around exploring the world and surviving the monsters that attack you at night. But the game is so much more than that. Players can enjoy creating anything they want, and push the boundaries of what can be possible. The integration with VR shortly will serve to increase the game’s enjoyment.
SimCity 4 left a lot of player with a sour taste in their mouth. Luckily, Cities: Skyline come out soon after to the delight of city planners across the globe. Skyline is a stunning game with an AI that makes you feel the struggles of sustaining a metropolis as it keeps devouring resources. And with the latest expansion pack, you have now the ability handle disasters as well as dealing with tourism, pollution, weather, crime, and traffic. It is the city simulation game to buy, and the size of the maps allows you to create towns in the same play area.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Law enforcer Adam Jensen returns to the stealth-based shooting game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is the latest entry in the cyberpunk series. Square Enix’s creation tells the story of a world where augmented people are treated as second-class citizens. The game contains several side quests, while also providing the same level of stealth, with, cunning, and hacking expected from Deus Ex.
Dishonored is a fantastic FPS that sets you in a universe packed with murder, stealth, and intrigued. Arkane Studio managed to create an extraordinary fantasy world filled with a rich background and supernatural happenings. It is not as quite open-world as Deus Ex, but it makes up for it in storytelling and drama. The stealth mechanics also make it extra challenging and adds replayability.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
You cannot talk about strategy games without mentioning XCOM. 2K Games and Firaxis brought back the classic franchise with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The turn-based game is reminiscent of the 1994 X-COM: UFO Defense. Enemy Unknown feels like the successor X-COM: Enforcer should have been. XCOM: Enemy Unknown contains streamlined gameplay, challenging combat, and an original story. It is a must have.