Many people find the most enjoyment in offline PC games. One can spend hundreds of hours playing an offline PC game and not regret it. We've searched high and low for the absolute best offline games for PC gamers, making sure you can still get a game in even if you can't get online.
If you haven't played all these games, then we highly recommend checking them out. These are 10 best offline PC games to play right now.
The PC market is so unbelievably massive, it's hard to focus on which games are and aren't worth the time. Storefronts can only do so much to try and funnel good games to the front. It's especially hard for indie titles to gain traction unless they have a larger marketing budget or insane traction online.
10. BioShock: The Collection
Neatly packaged in one collection is the BioShock trilogy remastered and primed to play. The BioShock franchise is considered one of the greatest in gaming. Its refined gameplay mechanics combined with its story that twists and turns make it a must-play offline PC game.
With villains like Andrew Ryan in the original BioShock and Zachary Hale Comstock in BioShock Infinite, there is plenty of subject matter to keep players enthralled. According to nytimes.com, approximately two-hundred people worked on BioShock Infinite.
9. Sid Meier's Civilization VI
Civilization VI is truly a magical game. Not just for how it compresses the entire history of human civilisation into a game, but for how it compresses time. Start a game of Civilization VI and you’ll soon see night turn into day, hours disappear, and still you’ll want one more turn.
This strategy 4X game series has never been better than in Civilization VI. With loads of different options for your game, tonnes of civilisations to play as, expansions that add loads of new features, and a depth that’s unsurpassed, Civilization VI is a game you can play almost forever.
This makes it a very worthy inclusion in our list of the best offline games for PC gamers.
8. Spelunky 2
The original Spelunky was at the vanguard of the indie game explosion, and now Spelunky 2 has launched and it’s everything we could’ve dreamed of. This roguelike platformer sees you delve into the depths of the moon, facing down an ever shifting series of levels that will surprise and delight as much as they drive your character to untimely deaths.
One of the best parts of Spelunky 2 is the daily challenge, a level that everyone plays that's generated afresh each day, and one you only get a single chance at. Even offline this works, letting you dive into a single level and test your mettle against the very worst that Spelunky 2 can throw at you.
7. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The other huge open world RPG is, of course, The Witcher 3. If you’re looking for something incredibly engaging, full of story and rich world details, The Witcher 3 is an offline experience you won’t regret.
The Witcher 3 has a colossal playtime and two expansions that only make the game better and deepen an already expansive experience. If you’ve got a chunk of time on your hands and need something to get your teeth into, this 'Overwhelmingly Positive' rated game will keep you going until your internet’s back.
Supergiant Games knocked it out of the park with Bastion and Transistor, and their latest game, Hades, is doing the same for action roguelikes. Playing as Zagreus you battle through the Greek pantheon, trying to escape from your terrible dad, the titular Hades.
Hades has brilliant characters and atmosphere but it also plays like a dream. It’s impossible to play Hades for just a bit, you’ll be sucked into its action roguelike world, fighting through room after room as you defeat bosses, try out new weapons, and destroy your opposition.
5. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
If the Dark Souls series is too slow, or you don’t have the internet so can’t summon others, then let us recommend one of From Software’s other masterpieces: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Set in the Sengoku period in Japan, you play as a shinobi out for revenge on the person who took your arm.
Filled with compelling stealth, brilliant bosses, and the best swordplay in any game... ever!
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice takes that familiar Dark Souls-esque gameplay, speeds it up, and puts a wonderful twist on it all. Also it has a grappling hook - no game is complete without a grappling hook.
2016’s reimagining of DOOM blew everyone’s socks off - quite literally when you include the soundtrack by Mick Gordon. Each level sees you destroy demons in elegant and challenging arenas. It’s a masterpiece of combat, movement, and gunplay.
Whilst there is a multiplayer mode, the single player action is where the true meat of the game lies. From Mars to Hell you’ll be battling through some of the toughest foes to ever exist, and you’ll do it with a grim smile on your face as you rip and tear the lot of them. Doom is one of the rare series that has no bad entry, but 2016’s Doom is a masterpiece.
3. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Original Sin 2 is one of the best offline role-playing game. The game continues the story of its first part. Divinity is dead in the universe and to bring back the divinity, you can choose any characters with their own backgrounds and quests, or create your own as a Human, Lizard, Elf, Dwarf, or Undead.
You can blast your opponents with elemental combinations and use height to your advantage. You will have to master over 200 skills in 12 skill schools to win the battle.
2. Dead Cells
This overlooked gem is a roguelike-metroidvania that in some ways is comparable to the Dark Souls series. Players will have to combat fierce enemies while avoiding the obstacles of the game.
Falling in a pit of spikes can be frustrating, which is why not everyone will appreciate Dead Cells. Before you play Dead Cells, it's worth noting that the game is very unforgiving. Dying in the game forces you to start over from the beginning.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
It’s almost impossible to believe that Skyrim, at the time of writing, is now over nine years old. Bethesda’s most popular open world RPG in the long-running Elder Scrolls series has tonnes of online support through modding, but playing it takes place entirely offline.
If your internet is going to be gone for a while, Skyrim’s radiant quest system means you won’t even run out of things to do in-game. Work for the Companions, explore some dungeons, see the sights. If nothing else, you can enjoy spending some time in its beautiful Nordic climes.