Throughout the year we keep a list of the best PC games 2017 based on PC Invasion reviews. These are the games PC gamers should pick up.
For details on our review score policy and how we tackle reviewing games, check the PC Invasion review policy page. As we use a 1-10 scale for scoring, with 5 being an average score, everything that scored 7 and above makes this list. This means that a game that scores seven is a solid enough release to recommend as a purchase in 2017. Of course, not every game will appeal to everyone depending on genre so this is really a guide to help PC gamers pick the best of the bunch.
During 2017 we will continue highlighting the PC games that have scored well with the review team and they will be added to the list. At the end of the year, we will once again post our definitive list as we did in 2016.
Last updated 26 November 2017
The Best PC Games 2017 – The ones you should play
Alone with You
Loneliness, companionship and scientific dilemmas are all gamely explored by this sometimes bleak (but ultimately hopeful) sci-fi adventure title.
A faithful genre piece, Aven Colony takes the socio-economic juggling of settlement building games like Tropico and Banished, transports it to space, and establishes a pretty successful outpost.
Rebellion released this on the PSVR in 2016 and it eventualy made its way on to the PC. This is a great VR arcade shooter, especially when played co-op.
Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock
Compelling tactical fleet combat and a middling strategic campaign layer combine with some carefully applied Galactica aesthetics. That extra attention to detail earns Deadlock a little more than a hard six.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past DLC
This hopefully isn’t the last we’ll see of Eidos Montreal’s Deus Ex, but if it is then A Criminal Past at least serves as a compact summary of their tenure at the helm
Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC
Familiar strengths and themes combine with FromSoftware’s apparently endless capacity for creative fantasy design in a finale of suitable grandeur and pathos.
Dawn of War 3
Relic reinvent Dawn of War once again, retaining many RTS staples and borrowing a little from their MOBA genre-cousins. It’s not a flawless mix, and the multiplayer contents are a bit lean; but distinctive factions, a solid campaign, and largely compatible mechanics give Dawn of War 3 a strong base of operations.
A great cheap priced puzzler with a sinister twist. Embrace its strangeness.
Endless Space 2
Endless Space 2 bolsters Amplitude’s reputation for superb, unique 4X faction design. The interwoven narrative and management mechanics produce a universe within which its easy to lose yourself, but some lingering bugs suggest the game may have launched prematurely.
Rockfish Games’ rogue-like space shooter made it from Kickstarter to release and proved to be a refreshing change for the genre. It turned out to be a great space shooter that stands out thanks to the rogue-like gameplay, fantastic atmosphere, and arcade-style combat.
The Encounters DLC is also a must-have purchase for owners of Everspace.
Reward EA for improving defending and the overall ‘feel’ of FIFA 18, or scold them for going extremely easy on any major innovation? Both, I think. It’s a pretty good release this year; just expect the odd resigned sigh at familiar woes.
Rating Football Manager is a two-pronged affair. As the premier management simulator, it’s (literally) unchallenged. As an iterative installment, FM2018 is broadly desirable, but with some feature and UI missteps.
A meditative game of player-driven exploration, Future Unfolding has a rare and valuable commitment to letting people unfurl its discoveries at their own rate. The near total lack of guidance brings great reward.
So-so combat and dubious PC performance can’t overshadow a genre-defying game of narrative manipulation and polymathic mechanical trickery.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1
This is still an impressively solid start to a product that has an awfully special predecessor to live up to.
Hitman Full Season One
The new money lives up to the Blood Money in this darkly comic, icy cool stealth/brain-teaser/drop-a-toilet-on-a-target’s-head-’em-up. It’s a hit, man.
Runic Games take you on a wondrous mysterious journey through fantastic environments making HOB well worth your time.
The fact that it’s not as breathtaking as its predecessor shouldn’t really stop horror fans from picking up this creepy run-and-hide simulator.