The 30 best offline games to play on PC
While many people love multiplayer games, we cannot forget to value offline games for playing on the PC. Not only can they provide great single-player adventures, they are also great to play when there is no internet connection available.
Whatever your reason for preferring offline games to play on PC, we've separated some of what we consider to be the best in the category. And don't worry because there is a lot of variety. Check out the chosen ones below!
1. The Outer Worlds
To start the list with quality, let's talk about The Outer Worlds. This RPG released in 2019 is the kind of game you didn't know you missed until you started playing it, something that is especially true for Fallout fans.
We say that because it has all the elements that we see in this franchise and it was even developed by the company that gave life to Fallout: New Vegas. The biggest difference is that the plot takes place in a future that humans can travel freely to other planets.
The cool thing is that you can make your character have several different abilities depending on the style you like best. So you can be a silent killer hacker or a thug who just blows up the enemies he finds.
Of course, these are just a few examples of possible combinations. You can do things much more creative than that if you prefer.
2. Watch Dogs: Legion
We know that not everyone likes Watch Dogs, especially since the first game did not deliver everything that had been promised. Still, we think the new title, also known as Legion, is well worth it.
For those unfamiliar, the franchise usually mixes elements of action and adventure in an open world full of things to do. This specific game takes place in the city of London, but in a fictional and futuristic version.
As is the norm in this series, you can hack people and devices you encounter around the city, as well as solve various missions.
Although it is super known for being a great group game, Phasmophobia is even more frightening when playing alone. That's why we totally recommend it as one of the best offline games to play on the PC.
For those who don't know him, just know that you need to find out what kind of ghost is haunting certain places. Currently, you can investigate a school, a prison, a sanatorium and several houses.
The cool thing is that each ghost has its own characteristics and you can use certain tools and resources to solve the mystery.
4. Baldur’s Gate 3
If you like classic RPGs, we’re sure you’ve at least heard of Baldur’s Gate. Only we are not going to recommend the first two titles in the series, as veterans have already played it and novices would probably have difficulties with them.
Instead, we’ll recommend Baldur’s Gate 3, which was launched in early access recently. Like the originals, he follows the rules of the Dungeons & Dragons table RPG as much as possible.
This time, it is clear that he focuses on the 5th edition of the Wizards of the Coast game, which is the most recent and current. You can play it both alone and with your friends, but it is worth noting that it is still a project in development.
Therefore, there will be incomplete parts and news being added gradually. Still, it's a very worthwhile title.
5. Dark Souls Remastered
You just can't make a list of the best offline games for PC without mentioning games from the Dark Souls franchise. In this case, we will recommend the first in the series, but in the Remastered version that came out recently.
In addition to fixing bugs and other problems with the original, this remastering also made the game much more beautiful. It is a great suggestion both for those who have played it in the past and for those who want to experience the first Dark Souls for the first time.
6. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Taking advantage of that we recommend Dark Souls, let's mention another game made by the same developer. We are talking about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which has mechanics extremely similar to other “Souls” games, although it also has its own identity.
It takes place in a fictitious version of 16th century Japan and you control a shinobi (a ninja, essentially) with a prosthetic arm. We will not give spoilers about the story, but we guarantee that the combat is very difficult and requires a lot of learning.
This may not be something that appeals to players looking for something relaxing, but it is perfect for those who just want challenges. It is considered by many as the best game from From Software, surpassing even the Dark Souls franchise.
7. Red Dead Redemption 2
Developer Rockstar may even be more famous for the Grand Theft Auto franchise, but his other games are also spectacular. Of course, that includes the Red Dead Redemption series, even more the second game that came out recently.
The game that was expected for years fulfilled many of the expectations of the fans, be it in its quality with just to surpass the original game. You control an outlaw in the wild west and you need to do several missions to progress through the main story.
This is another game that we can't talk about much of the plot so as not to spoil it, especially if you played the first title. But believe me, he is fantastic and worth checking out.
8. Crusader Kings 3
If you came on our list of offline games to play on PC looking for a strategy title, here is the best one today. Crusader Kings 3 is another one that was expected years ago and fulfilled all expectations.
It arrives no less than 8 years after its predecessor, but the wait was worth it. Like the first two games, this title has a dynasty system.
That is, you need to guarantee the survival of your dynasty for several generations. This can be done by making decisions that make your characters and descendants stay alive.
For those who like PC simulation games, this is a full plate.
9. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is another old familiar to gamers. Whether for its successful games or the simple fact that a new title in the series practically comes out every year.
Fortunately, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla seems to be one of the good quality cases, even if it’s not the best ever seen in the franchise. The cool thing is that its theme had not yet been explored in previous games.
Basically, you control Eivor, a Viking who does his best to fight the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. As all aesthetics have this theme of Vikings, it ends up being quite interesting.
Other than that, the game is all focused on a single-player campaign, which is perfect for playing offline.
Continuing our list, we have one of the games that stood out the most in recent months. For those who still don't know it, just know that Hades is a totally independent Roguelite game and that it has an absurd quality.
You control Zagreus, the son of Hades, who wants to do anything to escape the underworld commanded by his father. The problem is that Hades doesn't agree with that decision at all and puts numerous obstacles in his way to stop you.
Your goal is to defeat everything and everyone to finally reach the surface, where even more details of the plot await you. As you may know from other Roguelite games, you lose most things when you die, but keep some interesting items.
The scheme is to keep trying and not give up even after the first time you reset it.
11. Resident Evil 2
For those who like horror games, we will recommend nothing less than Resident Evil 2. This game was released in 1998, but received a complete and very well done remake in 2019.
It has been modernized to the point of looking like a totally new and different experience, despite maintaining the characters, sets and plot of the original. This is really the definitive way to experience Resident Evil 2 today, so don't miss the opportunity.
12. Resident Evil 4
Still on the topic of the Resident Evil franchise, it is clear that we could not fail to mention its most popular title. Resident Evil 4 is the type of game that you try at least once, even if you're not a big fan of the series.
This was the game that mixed horror, puzzles and action in the right measure, in addition to improving the gameplay of this category. His success was so great that he received numerous versions since the original for GameCube.
Fortunately, the game is also available for PC in a slightly remastered version. It is rumored that a remake will be announced at some point, but until then, be sure to check out the original.
13. Wasteland 3
Taking advantage of the fact that we recommend a strategic game like Crusader Kings 3, let's suggest a turn-based strategy title this time. In this case, we are talking about Wasteland 3, which has been quite successful since its launch.
For those who do not know him yet, his plot takes place in the state of Colorado, in the USA in a totally post-apocalyptic version. The game starts by giving you control of just two characters, who can fight enemies with specific weapons.
This can be a rifle, a stick or even a sword, whichever you prefer. As the story progresses, you can recruit more characters and leave your team well balanced in fighting styles.
Since fights are per turn, you need to make wise decisions about how to spend your movement and what enemies to focus on.
14. Yakuza 0
If someone told you that there is a franchise of action and adventure games based on the Japanese Mafia Yakuza, we are sure you would never think about what this series really is. After all, you even have a story involving the mafia and its dangers, but its essence is in other details.
This includes bizarre side missions, the possibility of eating ramen after singing at karaoke, staying all day at the city's Arcade, or dancing until tired at the club. Even mentioning all this, it is very difficult to live up to the wonder that is Yakuza 0.
Other games in the franchise also have these devices, but here is where the plot of the series protagonist reveals itself. It is essentially the best game to start playing if in doubt.
15. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Since we recommend Yakuza 0, it’s worth mentioning the latest game in the franchise, Like a Dragon. The difference is that instead of playing with the usual protagonist, this game features a totally different team of characters.
It all starts when Ichiban Kasuga is released from prison after 18 years in private prison for a crime he did not commit. As he did this in favor of a member of Yakuza, he thought he would be extremely rewarded after his release.
Unfortunately, after so long, no one even remembers him and his family don't want to hear about it. So all you have left is to take revenge.
16. Doom Eternal
If what you want from a list of offline games to play on PC is a frantic FPS, here is your perfect suggestion. For those who don't know, Doom Eternal is nothing more than the sequel to the 2016 reboot of the franchise.
There is a story behind it all, but the real thing is that all you have to do is kill demons with headshots. The best thing is that all of this is to the sound of a spectacular soundtrack.
We have already warned you that if you like to print or save games, this is a good game to do that. Especially if you are going to share the best moments with your friends.
17. The Witcher 3
A game that cannot be missed here is The Witcher 3. This work was developed by CD Projekt RED and is the end of the adventure trilogy of the wizard Geralt of Rivia, which started in 2007.
The whole plot shows more about the wizard's past, as well as the girl he considers his daughter, Ciri. Although we do not know at the outset, it is a key to the outcome of possible endings in this game.
We will not give spoilers, of course, so suffice it to say that it is a title that you should not miss playing. Even if you haven't tried your predecessors, much is revealed and told in The Witcher 3, so it's not a necessity.
If you like the plot, you can even enjoy and read the books that gave rise to the games or watch the Netflix series based on the same material.
18. Cyberpunk 2077
Since we are talking about CD Projekt RED, it is worth mentioning your most recent project. You certainly have heard of Cyberpunk 2077, either because of the huge expectations that its fans had or because of its disastrous release.
After spending years in development and being delayed a few times, it was finally released in late 2020. The result was frightening, with the game showing several bugs, having no promised features and being impossible to play on consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One for poor performance.
After reading this, you may be wondering why we are still recommending you. Well, the biggest bad luck was really for the console players, since with the first updates, the game runs very well on compatible hardware computers.
Of course, you will probably need a PC with at least intermediate parts to be able to run it. After all, he manages to be a bit demanding in this regard, something that was already expected.
But other than that, we guarantee that the game is very fun and has a good story and very captivating characters. It looks a lot like a mix of RPGs like Fallout and open world action games like GTA.
This should give you a good idea of what it presents, but we warn you that there is nothing revolutionary in its gameplay. Anyway, this is one of those games that is better to keep an eye on the temperature of the PC if you are not sure that it runs well on your machine.
19. Monster Hunter World
You may not even know it, but Monster Hunter has always been an extremely popular franchise in Japan, while it was considered niche in the West. That at least until the arrival of Monster Hunter World.
The game has had so many changes and improvements to its former format that it has won fans worldwide, becoming Capcom's best-selling title to date. And look, this is the company responsible for Mega Man, Resident Evil and Street Fighter.
Anyway, this is the game in which you fight different monsters in a vast world full of creatures and mysteries. The game even has a cool story, but what really matters are the battles.
There are several weapons to choose from, each with a totally different style of fighting. The game is great for playing with friends, but it is also great when playing solo in offline mode.
20. Grand Theft Auto V
We know that Grand Theft Auto V is a sensational franchise, but there is no doubt that GTA V is one of the most incredible games in the franchise. It was so successful that it has been gaining cross-platform versions since its original release for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
One of these versions was the PC version, which was interesting since the games in the series always came out on the computer before any platform in the past. Anyway, it is an excellent way to get lost in the world of Los Santos without watching time go by.
You can do the story missions or just drive and do what you prefer. It is completely offline, as the online version works separately from the base game.
21. Final Fantasy 15
If you are a fan of Japanese RPGs and want to enjoy one of the titles of the Final Fantasy franchise on PC, this is one of your best options. Although not a favorite of the most fervent fans, he was quite successful among the newbies.
For that reason, it can be a good recommendation if you always wanted to try this classic series. It offers several interesting missions and battles, so it's worth at least checking out the game while that Final Fantasy VII remake link doesn't come out on the PC.
22. Stardew Valley
Our next recommendation among offline games to play on PC is Stardew Valley. It is very inspired by the classic farm game franchise Story of Seasons (formerly known as Harvest Moon) and even started as a simple version of one of them.
Fortunately, its creator continued to add and modify so many things that he realized that this could be a totally original game. In addition to working on your farm, you can still fish, mine, fight small monsters in caves and make friends with the people of the city.
It's a very relaxing and addictive game, especially for those who like games of this style.
23. Death Road to Canada
Another good suggestion to enjoy on PC is Death Road to Canada, a very fun and challenging independent game. Its plot is very simple: the world is full of zombies and the only safe place left is Canada.
Your goal is to get there safe and sound, but this is not as easy as it looks. Random events can happen and trigger dangerous situations along the way.
Other than that, you will need to make stops at all times to find food, weapons, ammunition, gasoline and even allies. The goal is to arrive with at least one character alive in Canada, but we have already guaranteed that it will take a few tries to get there.
It has a very cool offline cooperative mode if you want to play with your friends at home.
24. Game Dev Tycoon
If you've always found the idea of creating games interesting, you may like Game Dev Tycoon. In this game, you start out as an independent developer in the 1970s and still working in your garage at home.
If you can make good games for different platforms, you will move up in the industry and have the possibility to have your own office. Thus, you can make even better games, with more resources and hire employees.
The cool thing is that the game is kind of inspired by real events and devices, like the consoles from Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft, among others. The game is super addictive and is excellent for playing offline on the PC.
How to make a list of the best offline games to play on the PC without mentioning Minecraft, right? Although many people love to play the title with their friends on their servers, it is also excellent without an internet connection.
You can explore the world and shape it gradually while fighting enemies in survival mode or just build whatever you want in creative mode. Anyway, this is the kind of game that can be restarted dozens of times and they are all very different.
If you have never played it before, it is worth trying it out as soon as possible.
26. Prison Architect
Prison Architect is a good option for those who like something creative, but mixed with a certain strategy. This game puts you in the role of a prison director who needs several improvements and adjustments.
You can build bathrooms, cafeterias, cells and more. However, it is necessary to think about your budget and the satisfaction of the prisoners, since you should avoid having a negative account or causing a rebellion.
To get a sense, if prisoners are extremely unhappy with their management, they can even destroy the place.
27. Euro Truck Simulator
We are fully aware that a game like Euro Truck Simulator is not for everyone. After all, few people find the idea of digging a truck through cities in Europe making deliveries of large loads interesting.
But we guarantee that it is an excellent option to relax, a perfect feature for offline games to play on the PC. The game has several DLCs and a lot of content already in the base version.
Even if it seems strange, we recommend that you at least try it.
28. House Flipper
Here's another unconventional recommendation: House Flipper. This game starts with you receiving emails about jobs you can do for your customers, which includes cleaning filthy houses, painting walls, destroying or building rooms, and even redecorating the place.
All of this is already quite fun in itself, but it's just a preview of your real objective in the game, which is to buy horrendous causes and turn them into beautiful homes. Everything to be able to sell them at a price much higher than what you paid.
We know that not everyone will want to clean windows and paint walls, but it is another game that is worth trying before judging. Like Euro Truck Simulator, House Flipper is also very relaxing.
29. Don’t Starve
Our next tip is Don’t Starve, which launched several years ago on a variety of platforms, including the PC. The game is a great success, especially for those who like challenges in survival games.
In this game, you are played in an unknown world and need to turn around so as not to die of hunger, cold or attacked by monsters. It is possible to take natural resources to build tools, shelters, clothing, farms and more.
The game can be very difficult in the beginning, especially since you don't really know what's going on. But as the hours go by, you learn and the game becomes more interesting.
30. Story of Season: Friends of Mineral Town
To end our list, we have a very special title that can arouse great nostalgia in many people. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a complete remake of the same Game Boy Advanced game, with the only difference that the franchise was better known as Harvest Moon at the time.
In this remake, the visuals are beautiful and very modern, although they remain in a more cute than realistic style. The story remains the same, that is, you have three years to prove that the old farm in Mineral Town still yields good income and does not deserve to be sold.
Other than that, many changes in quality of life have been applied to make players' lives easier and without so many limitations. Nothing better than a relaxing farm game to close the list of offline games to play on the PC, don't you think?
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