From World of Warcraft to CS:GO, 10 PC games to get hooked on
PC games have been at the centre of the entertainment industry for the past two decades. Despite the rise of console, mobile, and virtual reality gaming, PC titles still remain some of the best-selling games in the computer gaming sector. Here is a look at the top 10 PC games that will get you addicted to playing them.
Football Manager 2017
The number one selling football simulation game has been a favourite with football fans all over the world for decades in its various guises. This latest version boasts over 2,500 real-life clubs in more than 140 leagues across 50 nations. New features such as new staff roles, face gen technology, social media, fantasy draft progression, and an enhanced match experience make for a more in-depth and addictive game than any other that have preceded in the series.
Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty
Blizzard Entertainment are the kings of addictive video games and the 2010 release of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty further pushed the developer into legendary status. This sequel to the multi-award winning original release from 1998 builds on the series and at the time became the fastest selling real-time strategy title of all-time. It sold 3 million copies across the globe in its first month of release. The game continues to be popular with esports players.
Batman: Arkham City
The Batman franchise had new life breathed into it with the trilogy of movies directed by Christopher Nolan. The 2011 release of this game took full advantage of that re-boot. In this game, Batman is imprisoned in the notorious super-prison Arkham City and must attempt to find out the meaning behind “Protocol 10”. The game proved to be such a hit it spawned two sequels and was re-mastered for PS4 and Xbox One in 2016.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
It is hard to believe that Counter-Strike began life as a simple modification for the Valve Corporation-developed Half-Life game. The concept was simple. Two teams. Terrorists versus counter-terrorists. Over time, it took on a life of its own and became one of the most popular first person multi-player shooter games on the market. Nowadays, the game has evolved into an esports heavyweight. Professional teams around the world now regularly compete at tournaments with prize pools in excess of $1 million.
Far Cry Primal
The Far Cry series began life way back in 2004 and this latest release is seen as a prequel to the original with players being thrust back in time to the Mesolithic Age. Developed by Ubisoft, this game has become famous for putting players in exotic locations and creating visually stunning maps. This twist on the franchise that took players back to 10,000 BC proved to be a hit with players and critics alike. It was hailed as one of the most addictive games of 2016.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes
Warner Bros Interactive has been hitting the LEGO franchise hard over recent years with other titles including LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Batman also being released on the PC platform. This game focuses on the Marvel super heroes and paved the way for the release of LEGO Marvel Avengers last year. However, this still retains the spot as the most playable title from the series.
Zeus Online Slot
Online casino gaming has really been enjoying a boom period in Canada over recent years and this has led to a number of online casino slots becoming more popular with players not only in the country but all over the world. WMS Gaming’s Zeus slot is one of the most iconic. The 5-reel, 30-payline slot with a Greek mythology theme is one of the all-time greats and remains a firm favourite with online casino players. 100 free spins are up for grabs in this iconic game.
World of Warcraft
It is Blizzard Entertainment that once again pop up on this list with arguably the most renowned mass multi-player online game in World of Warcraft. Based on the critically acclaimed Warcraft strategy game this title has been blamed for players cheating on their partners, developing personality disorders, and getting sacked from work. It peaked at 12 million subscriptions in 2010 but is still a huge hit with players all over the globe.
The ultimate esports game is not only addictive to play but it is also addictive to watch. Dota 2 was released in 2013 and developed by Valve Corporation. The game consists of two teams with one team defending a large structure called The Ancient and the other team attacking the structure. It hasbeen confirmed that professional Dota 2 tournaments have earned participating players a total amount of prize money equal to $65 million. It is no wonder players cannot get enough of it.
League of Legends
This Riot Games-developed title is another esports giant. It is a multi-player online battle arena game where players take on the role of a “summoner” who controls a “champion” and must fight other “champions”. The game is alleged to have in excess of 100 million active players every month. The annual World Championship frequently attracts over 30 million viewers worldwide. That is the same as the annual Thanksgiving Day NFL game.
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