While there’s a never-ending stream of sensational PC games out there to play, a tiny number of them stand above the rest to remind you why you invest so much into maxed-out gaming laptops or gaming PCs.

To really get the immersive game experience, glorious graphics and competitively demanding gameplay, you have to turn to the best of the best games.

The best PC games can take you on a never-ending RPG journey, can make you spend hours on arcade card duels, can compel you to perfect your aim for FPS games and can build a mesmerizing story for you to relish.

PC games possess the duality of the gaming experience. You can either enjoy, at your leisure, a story-based offline game to dive into the movie-like environment or you can try to achieve competitive ranks in FPS games.

The list below features both the types.

2021 may be dominated by the release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and by the immense popularity of mobile Games in India, but if you do have a gaming PC, here is a list of PC games that shook the world this year!

Without further ado, here are some of the most popular PC games of 2021:

1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a multiplayer FPS game developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, and released in 2012.

It is the 4th game in the Counter-Strike series, coming after Counter-Strike, Condition Zero and Source.

Since its release, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has never been saturated in popularity. It has only seen an upward rise in popularity due to many reasons, namely:

  • It is free to play.
  • It revolves around the very simple concept of 5-person team fights.
  • The weapons available are numerous, balanced, and simple.
  • The crisp gameplay mechanics and experience make the game enjoyable.
  • Constant updates from the developers help the game stay fresh.
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a strong player community for initialization of improvement.

Other than its popularity among its casual fanbase, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has blown up in the competitive scenes. The game has been nominated for The Game Award for Best E-sports Game every year since it’s release. There are numerous pro e-sports teams battling it out competitively in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Therefore, it stands to reason why Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular games of 2021.

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2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is aging like fine wine. Even several years after it hit the streets of the gaming industry, it’s still one of the most impressive and immersive open world games that’s ever existed. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt particularly mixes Skyrim's massive world map and the fine details of GTA: 5.

It is an action-packed adventure with a massive 200-hour long gameplay required to complete the game.

Projekt Red, its developers, promise their audience a captivating story with intense and bloody combat gameplay, and they have very much delivered.

Even after six years, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is adored by many players.

3. Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V seems old when you realize that it was released in 2013. Yes, 2013!

Rockstar Games, the game developers, have not developed or released another GTA Title in the franchise, making Grand Theft Auto V their last GTA game.

However, the game just keeps on impressing us year by year.

In 2013, gamers were in awe of the amount of features, elements and concepts Grand Theft Auto V had encompassed. It was mind-blowing how a 2013 game could let you roam around the massive map of Los Santos, switch between three characters, access hundreds of vehicles and weapons, and still provide you with an alluring story with numerous tangents.

Now, in 2021, the game still does all that but does it better.

Grand Theft Auto V now also has a multiplayer mode that allows you to interact with other players while role-playing as a character. This concept had taken the world by storm. Players and professionals have started enjoying the world of Grand Theft Auto V by role-playing as civilians, police, army, gangsters, etc.

The sky's the limit when you play Grand Theft Auto V.

4. Dota 2

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Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena PC game developed and published by Valve and released in 2013.

The game does seem saturated and old release-wise, but popularity-wise Dota 2 tells a whole new story.

The game acts as a sequel to a community-based game called Defense of the Ancients.

The game provides its players with more than 108 characters to learn and master, the characters being separated by complexity or the roles they play.

Due to its massive player base, Dota 2 has no problem creating a competitive ranking environment. Dota 2 has eight very different ranks to climb and push.

Although the game is popular among veteran players, even new players have no difficulty in adjusting to the game mechanics, as you need only good strategic calls to win the game.

This makes Dota 2 a very fun and popular game of 2021.

How about you try these games out before the New Year?

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