7of the best PC offline games for 2018

By: Matthew Adams
8 minute read
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds might have been one of the gaming sensations of 2017, but it doesn’t have a single player campaign. If you prefer Windows games that have campaigns and stories, then you’ve got play a single player offline game.

There have been plenty of major Windows game releases in 2017, and with 2018 on the horizon (at time of writing) now might be a good time to check out some of the hottest offline games for the new year. These are a few of the best PC offline games for 2018 that have enthralling single player gameplay.

PC offline games to play in 2018

1. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (recommended)

Wolfenstein is one of the longest running PC game series that started in the 1980s. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the latest addition to the franchise that picks up from where the New Order left off. This first-person person blaster features an intriguing alternative history story and all the intense Nazi-busting action that made the series great. The game is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 platforms and requires PCs with eight GB RAM, 55 GB hard drive space and AMD FX-8350 or Intel Core i5-3570/i7-3770 CPUs.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has had rave reviews since it launched in October 2017. The game stars war veteran BJ Blazkowicz who rallies the resistance against the Nazi regime in 1960s America. New Colossus has a compelling alternative history story with plenty of twists and turns.

Even though it’s based in 1961, the developers have given the game a sci-fi feel by including futuristic weaponry, which players can mix together with dual wielding, and robotic enemies to mow down. Blazkowicz even makes a trip to Venus! New Colossus also looks frighteningly real with photo-realistic graphics that bring the game to life that much more.

2. Civilization VI (suggested)

Civilization is a turn-based strategy game series that has millions of fans in which players expand vast empires. Civilization VI is the latest installment to the series that Firaxis Games released in 2016, and for many this is one of the best Civ games yet. Civ VI is perhaps the most fully featured addition to the franchise to date. You can run the game on Windows 7/8.1/10 and Mac OS X platforms, and the game is retailing at about $60. The Digital Deluxe edition, which includes additional scenario pack content, is available at $79.99.

Civilization VI has revamped the Civ franchise with a rebuilt game engine and additional new features. Perhaps the most notable is its new city-building system, otherwise city unstacking, that enables players to build buildings in various types of outer districts. Civ VI has a modified tech tree that’s much more integrated to the actual geographical terrain of a player’s nation, which adds more depth to the gameplay.

The game’s wide range of gameplay systems also add considerable variety to its gameplay. Furthermore, the Civilization VI: Rise & Fall expansion pack that’s coming out in 2018 will introduce even more dynamic layers to the game.

3. Divinity: Original Sin II

Divinity: Original Sin II is both a single player and multiplayer game that has revitalized the RPG genre on Windows in 2017. In fact, this is not just one of the best Windows games of the year as Original Sin II is one of the games of the decade. The game is retailing at $45 on Steam, but there are also Divine and Eternal editions that include digital art books, soundtracks, art packs, design documents and a Divinity anthology.

You can play the game on 64-bit Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 platforms; and Original Sin II will run on PCs with at least four GB RAM and an Intel Core i5 CPU.

Original Sin II is a fantasy RPG set in the immersive world of Rivellion that players can freely explore. The game features a deep turn-based combat system that gives its battles unprecedented tactical scope. This is a flexible RPG that enables players to create their own fully customized characters and even design their own scenarios with the Game Master Mode. Original Sin II also has some terrific music and sparkling graphics. Few other RPGs let you do as much as you can in Original Sin II.

4. Prey

Prey is a futuristic single player first-person shooter set on a space station orbiting the moon in 2032. It is almost like BioShock in space that imitates that game’s formula within the Art Deco space station of Talos 1. The game works on 64-bit Windows 10/8./7 platforms and is retailing at $39.99. You’ll also need a PC with at least eight GB RAM, 20 GB hard disk space and Intel i5-2400 or AMD FX-8320 processors to run it.

The Prey game stars Morgan Yu who survives an alien outbreak aboard Talos I, albeit without remembering much that happened before it, and needs to find a way to defeat the Typhon that have overrun the space station. The Mimics are shapeshifting Typhon aliens that Morgan must annihilate within Talos 1, and those four-legged spiders are a great addition to game. As the Mimics can disguise themselves as small objects such as coffee cups you never quite know exactly where they’ll pop out from.

Overall, this is a game that has an expansive setting for players to explore, some seriously tense combat and a great variety of playing styles which will satisfy most first-person shooter fans in 2018.

5. Tides of Numenera

Tides of Numenera is a successor to the classic Planescape: Torment RPG. The game finally launched in February 2017 and is based on the science fantasy tabletop RPG series designed by Monte Cooke. Tides of Numenera is retailing at $24.99 on Amazon, but there are also Legacy and Immortal edition game packs that include extras such as digital soundtrack, art book, concept art, ringtones and more besides. You can play this game on 64-bit Windows 10/8.1/8/7, Linux and Mac OS X platforms and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

Along with Original Sin II, Tides of Numenera has been one of the best recent RPG releases on Windows that has captivated players with its story-driven gameplay and intriguing setting that blends science fiction with fantasy. The game is based in the very distant future in a Ninth World age that countless civilizations have risen and fallen before leaving behind remnants of their technologies, which are otherwise Numenera (or magic).

This is more of an old-school RPG that’s heavy on text narrative, and it includes many sprawling side quests along with the main quest. The game features an epic story that gives wide choices for players and has plenty of replayability value. Tides of Numenera might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but when you get into it you’ll discover a truly absorbing RPG for 2018.

6. Bayonetta

Bayonetta is a classic action-adventure game that debuted on the consoles in 2009. The game enthralled console players with its extravagant combat, but only in 2017 has SEGA bothered to bring out a revamped Windows port for Bayonetta. Still, it’s better late than never; and now you can play this glorious single-player action game on Windows 10/8.1/8/7 throughout 2018. Bayonetta is retailing at $20, and it will run on laptops and desktops with just four GB RAM and a Core i3 3220 CPU.

This game stars the revived shapeshifting and gun-wielding witch Bayonetta on a quest to find the mystical macguffin. It is a pulsating third-person action game in which Bayonetta slays angles by the bucket load. The game has a renowned combat system that incorporates myriad combos for players to pull off and dodges to freeze enemies with Witch Time.

Bayonetta also includes a formidable arsenal of weaponry to battle it out with. SEGA has revamped the Windows port with 4K resolution, scalable texture, anti-aliasing and other graphics options to update the game’s graphical quality. So Bayonetta is back with a bang on Windows.

7. Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 1 brought SEGA’s Total War series into the fantasy Warhammer universe for the first time. SEGA and Creative Assembly have wasted little time in releasing the sequel Total War: Warhammer 2, which is the second installment to a planned trilogy. The TW series has generally got better and better with each new release, and Warhammer 2 is no exception to that trend. This game is available at $59.99, and it works on 64-bit Windows 10, 8 (8.1) and 7 platforms.

Total War: Warhammer 2 is among the best new Windows strategy games. Players can select from the Lizardmen, Skaven, High Elves and Dark Elves factions that are battling it out to seize the Great Vortex. Like most Total War games, Warhammer 2 combines intense real-time 3D battles with a sprawling turn-based strategy campaign map. What really sets Warhammer 2 apart from earlier additions to the series is its narrative Great Vortex campaign that has some interesting story twists which provide a much more climatic endgame than previous TW games. So Warhammer 2 undoubtedly has one of the best Total War campaigns to date, and the game will get further enhancements with the Reprisal Update in 2018.

Hotly Anticipated 2018 Windows Games

Aside from games that are already out, publishers have also announced some exciting new single player Windows games for release in 2018. Ubisoft has scheduled the next installment to the Far Cry series, Far Cry 5, for February 2018. That will be the first Far Cry game to bring its blasting action to the USA with its Montana setting. It will also be the first Far Cry game to include a character creator for customized protagonists.

Microsoft is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the classic Age of Empires with the release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition for Windows 10 in early 2018. This is a 4K remastered Age of Empires that has much better graphics than the original, a multiplayer mode, rebuilt sound effects and a completely new narration. This game will also have a few gameplay enhancements and a Rise of Rome expansion pack with 10 more campaigns.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition release date

Metro Exodus might also be another single-player first-person shooter worth noting in 2018. That’s a third installment to the Metro first-person shooter series based in the wastelands of Russia after a devastating nuclear war. This is a survival horror blaster that includes plenty of mutant animals for players to blow away, a wide assortment of firearms and lots of scary moments.

Those are a few of the best Windows games to play in 2018. They’re single player games that provide plenty of great offline entertainment. You can also optimize those games with the programs included in this software guide.

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