world Best game in 2018 . We’ve put together a list of some of the best games available for Windows . Of course, a powerful enough Windows 10 can run any full PC title, but that’s not what we’re focusing on here. Instead, we will be listing touch-based games that don’t need a keyboard, mouse or controller to be fun. There are other lists for the best PC games around, this post is all about gaming on-the-go.
Fortnite Battle Royale
What started as a sterile PUBG imitation has evolved into the Minecraft generation’s arena shooter. Fortnite’s building system rewards good aim and an eye for architecture equally, extending battle royale shootouts from green pastures to impromptu skyscrapers slapped together in a minute. With ridiculously frequent updates from Epic Games that introduce new weapons, traps, tools, and skins, Fortnite is easily worth the price of admission, and even then, worth the time it takes to master such an obtuse, irregular building system.
100 murderous hopefuls skydive onto an abandoned island, grab whatever weapons and ammo they can find, and fight to the death. Rinse and repeat. Though the concept wasn’t new (PlayerUnknown himself is responsible for multiple battle royale modes and mods), PUBG made the battle royale genre into the phenomenon that it is today. As a third- or first-person shooter, PUBG is more realistic and less arcadey than Fortnite. The joy of it is how it forces players to move and take risks as an ever-shrinking forcefield funnels surviving players toward each other until a winner climbs out of the wreckage. Every instant of every game is a flood of important decisions to make, and any one of them—even a minor one—could lead to your doom.
Rainbow Six Siege
Counter-Strike’s sexier cousin. Siege might lack the sharp hit detection and purity of CS:GO, but it’s a more accessible and modern FPS that rewards clever timing and coordinated teamwork as much as aim. Siege’s learning curve is a result of all the stuff (characters, gadgets, elaborate maps, and guns) that’s been added since December 2015, but eventually you find yourself picking operators, map spots, and roles that you’re comfortable with. Ubisoft continues to support Siege, dropping four major updates per year along with regular fixes.
With Overwatch’s colorful characters and bright, inclusive world, Blizzard brought the world of team-based hero shooters to an entirely new market. Teams of six take the roles of tank, DPS, and healer to battle over objectives, not just who can get the most kills. It’s a game that rewards—if not requires—teamwork. And with a growing cast of now 27 heroes to choose from, there’s a character to fit just about any play style
League of Legends
MOBAs are hard, rewarding competitive games because they demand teamwork, quick reaction times, and knowledge of beginning, middle, and endgame phases that vary with the role you play. And if you’re going to play one, LoL is the best place to start. League of Legends has had remarkable staying power as one of the most popular games in esports for a couple simple reasons. One, it strikes just the right balance of depth and approachability for a MOBA. A gargantuan roster of heroes means you could spend years learning the ins-and-outs of the game, but mechanically it’s less demanding than Dota 2, and more involved than Heroes of the Storm. Two, Riot Games hasn’t been afraid to make significant changes to the map, characters, and other systems over the years, so there’s always something new to learn.
If you can, play with a team of friends—it’s far more fun (and effective) to coordinate on a headset than deal with randoms over text chat. If you bounce off of LoL, Dota 2 is of course extremely popular as well, and both are free-to-play, so give it a shot.
Despite the recent departure of game director Ben Brode, he of the flannel shirt and megaton laughter, Hearthstone nonetheless finds itself in good health right now. The release of The Witchwood expansion in April, combined with the annual rotation of the Standard format, means that this is a great time to dip into Blizzard’s collectible card game. Decks like Odd Rogue and Even Paladin are relatively cheap to craft and easy to play, while if you prefer slower, more complex matches, Cubelock and Taunt Druid are the kind of decks that you’re recommended to make a cup of coffee before queuing. For those of you with ladder anxiety or a limited budget, Hearthstone’s most recent two sets have also included some brilliant solo stuff. Dungeon Run in Kobolds & Catacombs and Monster Hunt in The Witchwood let you jam cards against a series bonkers AI bosses without the pressure of a turn timer or a real person spamming salty emotes.
The World War 1 setting let DICE cut down on the vast customisation offered by Battlefield 4, resulting in a tighter, more action-oriented shooter that still features all of the spectacle the series is known for. Each round of BF1 is a cacophonous mix of action and tactical maneuvering, elevated by DICE’s peerless sound design. Everything from the ping of your bolt-action rifle to the thunderous roar of a tank sounds amazing, and helps create panic and tension throughout. In terms of sheer, chaotic, player-driven spectacle, Battlefield is the best.
The original Doom—back in 1993—is the most influential shooter of all time. With a pedigree like that, 2016’s Doom reboot could have coasted by on the family name, had some fun, and called it a day. Instead, Doom surprised us all by being a spectacular shooter in its own right. More than that, Doom abandoned a lot of the storytelling conventions and cutscenes we’ve come to associate with modern games: about 30 seconds into the first level, the main character physically throws the plot across the room and shoots a demon in the face. Doom has a singular purpose, and if you’re not a gun or a demon’s face, it doesn’t care to know you.
The remarkable thing about Doom is how eagerly it embraces ridiculous ideas as long as they’re fun. Punch a demon until extra ammo pours out? Yes. Infinite stream of high-explosive rockets? Absolutely. The entire game is a crescendo, a heavy metal guitar solo that just gets louder and louder. Speaking of heavy metal, that soundtrack? Phwoar. What a game.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Vermintide 2 takes place in Warhammer’s filthy fantasy setting, a grim medieval alternative to Warhammer 40k’s grim sci-fi universe. Warhammer Fantasy is particularly defined by its apocalypse, its ragnarök: the Vermintide, where a wave of ratmen and evil vikings will end all of civilization. Now the end times have come, and its up to four heroes to save the world by punching each and every rat in the face individually.
Like Vermintide 1, Vermintide 2 takes on the format of Valve’s classic co-op shooter, Left 4 Dead. Each hero is generally capable but vulnerable on their own. Among the swarms of rats are elite enemies that specialize in ambushing individual players, leaving them helpless until a comrade rescues them. The mutual need for protection makes Vermintide unusually dependent on good teamwork, and sharp spatial awareness and generous instincts are better for survival than perfect aim.
There are five heroes to play, and each has three subclasses and a long list of possible weapons and specialty skills. Every successful mission rewards players with random weapons and loot, and a surprisingly deep crafting system helps players customize their heroes. Random matchmaking to find groups is fine, but Vermintide 2 is a real joy when played with friends, like a corporate team-building exercise with swords and axes.
The 2016 Doom is a modernization of the classic, whereas Dusk is a throwback. It’s still in Early Access, but it’s already a great time, especially if you have any nostalgia for DOS-era shooters like Doom and Quake. It’s got it all: finding color-coded keys and secret chambers, a metal soundtrack, and high-speed strafing with dual-wielded shotguns while blasting the faces off of demons. An ideal way to spend an afternoon.