Up For Debate - What games are a must play for first time PC gamers?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Sep 19, 2021 5:00 PM
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Despite the prevalence of consoles, and the enormous popularity of the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft even in a global pandemic, it seems like there are more people than ever moving to the PC platform to play their favorite games. So in honor of this newfound influx of players, what games do you think are a must play for first time PC gamers?

Ideally we’ll get a whole mixed bag here, as not everyone can afford a high-end gaming PC their first time. There are budget gamers, mid-tier gamers, and enthusiast gamers who buy the latest and greatest no matter the price. Either way, there’s a lot of games out there to play on PC for the first time if you’ve been a console gamer, and not everyone can play them.

So if possible, let’s all try and recommend at least two games to new PC players: some classics, and some that really showcase the power of a PC just in case there are some out the3re looking to take their shiny new system for a ride.

For me, I will always recommend the grand classics of our time like the original Deus Ex or Dragon Age: Origins to get that true, authentic PC gamer experience, and discover a world of games outside the console ecosystem. 

Then again, I would also recommend Cyberpunk 2077 yet again (bugs aside) as it is one of the only games you can play at the moment that really shows what a high-end PC can do in comparison to a next-gen console. And of course, there’s always competitive multiplayer titles to see what the whole fuss is about when it comes to keyboard and mouse controls.

We’ll likely see an overlap here of a recent Up For Debate we already did (what was the first game you played on your first PC?), since they both touch on the same kind of subject. However, this time it’s directed at recommendations for new PC players instead.

So what do you think? What games are a must play for first time PC gamers? What games do you think best show the PC’s strengths? And what game genre do you think best encompasses the quintessential PC gaming experience? Let’s debate!

What kind of game would you recommend to first time gamers?

What genre would you say best encompasses the quintessential PC gaming experience?

What do you think is the biggest strength of a PC?

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10:32 Sep-23-2021

GTAs are good but for a new game DOOM would be good. haven't met anyone who didn't liked these two.

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10:00 Sep-21-2021

I started with Warcraft and Warcraft II.Then trough Diablo.Then i found Duke 3D and that was it for me - found my style.Heretic,Doom,Blood.Then came The Need For Speed,II and III.Then Half - Life, Aliens versus Perdator,Quake II and III Arena.Then Unreal Tournament.The first 5-6 years of my gaming were unbelievable.Then,as time pass,i quit FSP,for RPG.Now,i am 40 years old,with a wife and two kids and little time on my hands.The thing is,one can only choose for himself.I've been trough most of the genres,and for a year or two i switched constanly between them.Now i replay American McGee's Alice and Soul Reaver 2,for example.

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02:07 Sep-21-2021

It was a pleasure reading all your posts.


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02:02 Sep-21-2021

OG Deus Ex would be my recommendation for new gamers (should they be interested + there are a ton of mods for the game). For those that want to know a bit of gaming history and perhaps develop an appreciation for the craft, playing classical games would certainly go a long way.


Anyhow not going to drag this post on, later ppl.


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23:47 Sep-20-2021

What to recommend would really depend on that person. I mostly would recommend newer masterpieces, as they are more new player friendly and all, but old classics are great for anyone who is willing to put up with quirk or two. Genres I would recommend also depend on what I felt like that person would like. Tgere is so much on what to recommend that it would also probably depend on what I would actually remember.


### As for greatest advantage, I am not sure if there is one I would say is greatest of them all, since it really depends on purpose. I love PC for versatility, with how many things it can do. PC definitely is great platform for various reasons, be it performance, customization, graphics, upgradability,... it really is up to you to decide what you love. Negatives for PC depend on personal opinion as well. Price is easy one, especially early in console generation. Then there is of course times when positives turn to negatives, some people just want things simple. No system requiremnts, no huge list of graphic options, no drivers, no researching components you will buy,... some people just prefer peace of mind, like you get PS5, hook it up to TV, get streamlined experience and have that peace of mind that you are playing something with exactly the quality all other console owners are. And with either side, there is nothing wrong. Since old veterans too easily forget how overwhelming PC can be for newcomer. I guess you can see bit of that within that LTT video where they get Janice to build a PC. I think it was called "Maybe Building Your Own PC is a BAD Idea". For someone doing whole PC things for decades, it was pretty interesting to see. And there are people who would call her stupid or whatnot, but the way I see it, it was overwhelming for her, she was under pressure and it is kind of thing that descends you further into questioning yourself and doing something stupid. Still, I would definitely recommend anyone to get into PC gaming and to build their PC, if they are willing to put in the effort. It is quite unique experience to game on PC you put together yourself.

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02:04 Sep-21-2021

This deserves to be the top comment for this article.


IMO you hit the nail on the head with the versatility aspect.


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22:38 Sep-20-2021

For me it's Black Mesa. Half Life 1 changed my view on FPS games, it has atmosphere like no other. Can't forget one of the most popular singleplayer games TES Skyrim. Or GTA 4 or 5 for easily bored beginner gamers. Fallout 2 is awesome too if people don't care about graphics that much. Witcher 3 for fantasy lovers. The sims for creative people. Portal for puzzle solvers.


American/Euro truck simulator with steering wheel + pedals. Mass effect.


I mean there are so many games I can recommend, there's something for everyone :)

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18:03 Sep-20-2021

I'd say action is the best genre for beginners along with adventure, preferably action-adventure. RPGs might be too complex, RTS definitely not, nor Simulations. Sports are good too, Arcady games as well. Side-scrollers.


First games for beginners I'd recommend by genre:


Action: Devil May Cry, God of War(both old and new), Prince of Persia Trilogy, Assassin's Creed, Castlevania


Adventure: Bioshock, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Horizon Zero Dawn,


RPG: Diablo, Oblivion/Skyrim, The Witcher 2-3, Dragon Age, Monster Hunter, Final Fantasy 4,6,9,10, Fallout NV/4


Strategy: Warcraft 3, Company of Heroes, Civilization, Warhammer 40k, Starcraft 2


Simulation: American/Euro Truck Simulator, Forza Motorsport, Gran Turismo, F1, Dirt Rally


Sports: ---- IDK really know, I'd recommend Smackdown VS Raw 2008 for fun, and probably FIFA 15 for actual sports


FPS: Call of Duty, Battlefield, Doom, Wolfenstein, Borderlands, Halo, Far Cry


Horror: Resident Evil, Dying Light, Dead Space, Alien: Isolation, Amnesia


Platformer: Super mario, Rayman, Ratchet and Clank, Jack and Daxter, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Littlebig planet, psychonauts


Survival + Builder: Minecraft, Terraria, Rust, Valheim, Raft, Don't Starve.

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02:06 Sep-21-2021

Your list deserves to be an article.

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10:53 Sep-21-2021

Thanks. XD


What would the article be called?

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00:53 Sep-22-2021

Must play games on PC, or games worth your time...


If I think of anything else I'll let you know.

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15:13 Sep-20-2021

Biggest strength of a PC?


Free online multiplayer, cheaper games.


Biggest weakness?


You have to pay a lot for hardware (especially these days with more expensive vram),


But overall, the costs are similar. Take a span of 5 years. You can buy a 1000 euro PC build or a 400-500 euro console and pay another 300 euro for online services (5x 60 euro). Then add the costs of games and it doesn't take a lot of them to know that a PC is cheaper.


Now the downside to a 1000 euro PC is that most likely, you will play (new) games at low settings after 5 years, lower than the console's graphics.


To play new games at medium-high-ultra settings for 5 years, you'll need a RTX 70 series equivalent GPU and an R7/I7 equivalent cpu, and I bet you that a sub 1000 euro build isn't possible with these components (unless you buy used parts, such as case, psu, mobo).

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00:05 Sep-21-2021

I'd add few more factors:



  • maybe you don't play online games so you don't need ps+/xbox live

  • if you do, then consider free games you get every month (also xbox has some combo with gamepass)

  • used games - in my country at least, price of a new game drops by like 30-40% in 2-4 weeks. After 1 year you can easily find them at half price, often even less.

  • connected to last one - you can sell/trade games, like you buy a game, finish it quickly, sell and you'll be left with like 90% of what you paid, do this a couple of times and you essentially played multiple games for the price of one.


Still, personally I still like PC more, mostly because of the customizability, I just finished modifying my case which pretty fun. Also getting new parts is so exciting.


Then again, I played a lot Playstation when I was younger and I use controllers for a lot of games I play, even on PC so I can't say I don't like consoles.

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12:05 Sep-20-2021

Old time RTS games (AoE, C&C), Black and White was pretty solid as well

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13:42 Sep-20-2021

there is a problem here tho, RTS are a niche type of games you might as well recommend them some Sould game at that point, i think that if they are completlly first time i would recommend some adventure, story, hacknslash based games as thos seems to be easier to get new peopls attention

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14:46 Oct-05-2021

I agree with you on that. I suppose it also depends on the time of person being introduced to PC Gaming as well

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05:04 Sep-20-2021

Boy, lot of tough questions...



  1. New PC gamers should probably start with newer games for the main reason that the newer games are going to highlight and take the most advantage of what the tech can do. Not that there isn't value with the classics, but nostalgia doesn't affect those that didn't experience it the first time round.

  2. While I'm partial to RPGs and Sims, I do have to give a nod to shooters because the difference between playing shooters on PC vs. console is several orders of magnitude. RPGs will always win in my heart though.

  3. I really have to go with All of the Above...and I would add Control (not to be confused with "Controls") Because you have SO much more control over your system and experience with PC than you do with console.

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11:38 Sep-20-2021

This pretty much mirrors my feelings towards the questions, nailed it. Good call on control over the system on point 3. I voted "other" and was thinking of the overall library of games that can be run on the PC.

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15:45 Sep-20-2021

100% with point 1 here. People tend to either forget (or ignore when they go back to play games) just how janky their favourite classic game is. Few games age well.


Older games could very well put new players off PC gaming completely.


Once they're used to it, and they know what PC gaming currently, then they can explore into what it was, and find the charm we all did back in the day.

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00:40 Sep-20-2021

Probably some classics.


Most of the games here are on consoles.


Even if the PC version is better/different, it should be an exclusive.

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22:18 Sep-19-2021

Classics like system shock, desu ex games, all half life games, return to castle wolfenstein, Re-volt, need for speed underground 1 and 2

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20:28 Sep-19-2021

The Half Life and Portal games

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19:44 Sep-19-2021

Depends, the question is pretty vague, are they first time gamers or just first time PC gamers? We've had a lot of the games on all major platforms. If it's a first time gamer in general, I'd sadly recommend the new good games. The ones we grew up with won't be appreciated by the new gen.

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19:46 Sep-19-2021

Okay, maybe it's not too vague of a question, but still, who tf isn't a new gamer and never tried out PC.

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18:00 Sep-19-2021

Garou Mark Of The Wolves

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17:57 Sep-19-2021

Halo 1 On PC

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17:46 Sep-19-2021

Different people like different things impossible to say. Everyone has a preference. So...game pass i quess?

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17:20 Sep-19-2021

i dont think that such game exist that is a must, after all not everyone like the same things

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