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The Wireframe Hotlist: our guide to the best PC games

By Wireframe Editors. Posted

In the (almost) three years since Wireframe launched, we've been playing a lot of games: large and small, loud and quiet, cerebral and goofy, we've encountered all sorts. So if you're having trouble deciding what to play next, or you're looking for an unusual experience you somehow missed the first time around, here's our at-a-glance list of the highest-rated games from Wireframe's reviews pages.

Beneath our top 10, you'll find yet more games, broken up into categories, so whatever your tastes or chosen genre, there's sure to be something to tickle your fancy. We'll be updating this list dynamically each month, so be sure to head back if you're looking for yet more recommendations. Until then, on with the Hotlist...

The PC top 10

Hellishly brilliant: it's Hades

1. Disco Elysium / 94% (Issue 28: full review)

Smarter and deeper than anything else; truly an RPG in a class completely of its own.

2. Hades / 94% (Issue 44: full review)

Proving ‘roguelike’ isn’t a dirty word, learning-and-dying is a joy from start to finish.

3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / 93% (Issue 1: full review)

The point where Ubisoft realised over-the-top adventures were the right direction.

4. Telling Lies / 92% (Issue 24: full review)

This FMV mystery asks more of the player than most, with rewards to match.

5. If Found / 92% (Issue 44: full review)

A compelling and beautifully illustrated narrative, as moving as it is memorable.

6. Yakuza: Like a Dragon / 90% (Issue 45: full review)

A bold, brash, and joyous rebirth for the long-running gangster series.

7. Tetris Effect / 90% (Issue 4: full review)

The question is ‘how do you better Tetris?’ The answer is: like this. This is how.

8. Kentucky Route Zero / 90% (Issue 33: full review)

Abstract style meets concrete commitments in this fantastic magical realist adventure.

9. Can Androids Pray / 90% (Issue 21: full review)

A healthy dose of existential anxiety in a minimalist, bite-sized package.

10. Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 / 89% (Issue 39: full review)

A walking sim/adventure; a work of remarkable imagination and humanity.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon - wild, and brilliant

Big Adventures

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / 93% (Issue 1: full review)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon / 90% (Issue 45: full review)
Amnesia: Rebirth / 87% (Issue 46: full review)
The Last Campfire / 86% (Issue 47: full review)
Resident Evil 2 / 86% (Issue 7: full review)
Journey to the Savage Planet / 84% (Issue 33: full review)
The Outer Worlds / 84% (Issue 28: full review)
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom / 84% (Issue 6: full review)
Nioh 2 / 80% (Issue 38: full review)
A Short Hike / 80% / (Issue 22: full review)

Getting hot under the collar in Spelunky 2

Games you can play again and again

Hades / 94% (Issue 44: full review)
They Are Billions / 88% (Issue 20: full review)
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice / 87% (Issue 11: full review)
Streets of Rage 4 / 86% (Issue 40: full review)
Trials of Fire / 84% (Issue 50: full review)
Katamari Damacy REROLL / 84% (Issue 4: full review)
Spelunky 2 / 83% (Issue 44: full review)
Hitman 2 / 82% (Issue 3: full review)
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure / 82% (Issue 46: full review)
Slay the Spire / 81% (Issue 45: full review)

Assemble With Care

Immersive storytelling

Disco Elysium / 94% (Issue 28: full review)
Mutazione / 86% (Issue 26: full review)
Whispers of a Machine / 85% (Issue 14: full review)
Mythic Ocean / 84% (Issue 36: full review)
Sunless Skies / 83% (Issue 7: full review)
Arise: A Simple Story / 82% (Issue 31: full review)
Assemble with Care / 81% (Issue 27: full review)
The Walking Dead: The Final Season / 81% (Issue 11: full review)
The Procession to Calvary / 80% (Issue 40: full review)
Outer Wilds / 80% (Issue 17: full review)

It Takes Two

Brain-tickling puzzlers

Telling Lies / 92% (Issue 24: full review)
Kentucky Route Zero / 90% (Issue 33: full review)
Heaven’s Vault / 89% (Issue 12: full review)
The Pedestrian / 84% (Issue 35: full review)
The Legend of Bum-Bo / 83% (Issue 31: full review)
A Monster’s Expedition / 82% (Issue 47: full review)
Total War: Three Kingdoms / 82% (Issue 16: full review)
It Takes Two / 81% (Issue 51: full review)
Wanna Survive / 80% (Issue 42: full review)
Superliminal / 80% (Issue 34: full review)

Intense space action in Catastronauts

Intense action games

Tetris Effect / 90% (Issue 4: full review)
Sayonara Wild Hearts / 89% (Issue 25: full review)
Star Wars: Squadrons / 86% (Issue 45: full review)
Devil May Cry 5 / 84% (Issue 10: full review)
Black Bird / 84% (Issue 3: full review)
BPM: Bullets Per Minute / 83% (Issue 45: full review)
Resident Evil Village / 82% (Issue 52: full review)
Catastronauts / 82% (Issue 1: full review)
Olija / 81% (Issue 48: full review)
DUSK / 81% (Issue 7: full review)

Back to the nineties with Hypnospace Outlaw

Leftfield indies

If Found… / 92% (Issue 44: full review)
Can Androids Pray / 90% (Issue 21: full review)
Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 / 89% (Issue 39: full review)
Baba Is You / 88% (Issue 10: full review)
Afterparty / 86% (Issue 33: full review)
Witcheye / 86% (Issue 30: full review)
Hypnospace Outlaw / 86% (Issue 11: full review)
Haunted PS1 Demo Disc / 85% (Issue 39: full review)
Xeno Crisis / 81% (Issue 33: full review)
Art of Rally / 80% (Issue 45: full review)

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