50 Great Video Games We Recommend You Play Right Now

Dave Parrack 26-11-2014

There are so many great video games waiting to be played, and so little time to play them all. This means many gamers struggle to know what to play next, and which must-play titles to prioritize over the glut of mediocre titles out there.


In this article we’ll name 50 video games covering all genres and all platforms, all of which were recommended by your fellow MakeUseOf readers. We’ll also be picking out a selection of games from the list that deserve special attention.

It’s Time To Game!

What follows are 50 video games we recommend you consider playing. We all have our preferences, whether that’s playing shooters on the Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More , racing games on the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More or strategy games on the PC, but there should be something for everybody included in the list below.

There are some retro titles included in the mix that were originally released decades ago. And to bring it all bang up to date there are also several free-to-play, browser-based MMORPGs 5 Sites To Find Fun And Free Massively-Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs) Though possibly the most popular, the world of MMOs spans far beyond the realms of Everquest and World of Warcraft. There are hundreds to thousands of well-developed and even free online games for you and... Read More included. If you can’t find your next title on this list then you must have very niche tastes in video games!

These are presented without comment to allow you to pick the names that interest you out from the list. A simple Google search will reveal the platform, genre, and age of each game, as well as how you can get hold of a copy for yourself. The newer titles will be easy to source, but the older titles may require you to use an emulator 8 Great Emulators to Play Modern Home Consoles on Your PC (1994-2001) Read More or take a trip to eBay 5 Critical eBay Online Shopping Tips You Must Know eBay is different from Amazon and other shopping sites. Here are the critical eBay shopping tips you must know to succeed. Read More .

  • EVE Online
  • Path of Exile
  • Terraria
  • Elite
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • ArcheAge
  • Dishonored
  • Minecraft
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Dota 2
  • Titanfall
  • DayZ
  • Civilization V
  • Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
  • Star Wars Galaxies
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Halo: Master Chief Collection
  • WildStar
  • Gauntlet
  • Need For Speed World
  • Entropia Universe
  • SimCity
  • Battlefield 3
  • Diablo 3
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • The Bard’s Tale
  • League of Legends
  • No More Room In Hell
  • This War Of Mine
  • Pokemon X and Y
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Medieval II: Total War
  • Massive Chalice
  • Alpha Centauri
  • Master of Magic
  • Borderlands 2
  • FTL: Faster Than Light
  • Syndicate
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Destiny
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV
  • Little Big Adventure
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • World Cricket Championship
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Mass Effect Trilogy
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Crusader: No Remorse
  • Burnout Paradise
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Five titles I personally feel deserve a special mention are Elite, Minecraft, This War Of Mine, Valkyria Chronicles, and Red Dead Redemption…


Elite was released more than 30 years, first appearing on the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers. This space-trading simulator had revolutionary graphics 30 years ago, but despite now looking old and tired, its considerable charm means it’s still worth playing.

Minecraft is the sandbox game almost everybody will have at least heard of, if not actively played by now. Its unique look and feel means it has resonated with gamers of all ages, and as it’s now available on every platform you care to mention, there is no excuse not to join in.

This War Of Mine is one of the newest titles on the list, having only been released in November 2014. This is a war game with a difference, as you take on the role of a group of civilians trying to survive the invasion that’s based on the real-life Siege Of Sarajevo.

Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical RPG that’s a lot more exciting than its genre suggests. Loosely based on events at the beginning of World War II, the game sees you take control of a unit of soldiers as they fight their way through various battles.


Red Dead Redemption is by far the best game Rockstar has made barring the glut of great Grand Theft Auto titles. Set in the Wild West, this is a sandbox game with a fantastic storyline and some unique gameplay elements. All of which make it an essential title.

Continue The Conversation

This list of video games you could be playing right now is far from complete. There are literally thousands of other titles that you may be playing and want to recommend to the rest of the MakeUseOf readership.

This means we would love you to carry on the conversation in the comments section below. Simply tell us what video games you’re playing right now and enjoying so much that you think other people should join you.

A Debt Of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of 50 video games we recommend you play, we received a lot of great comments from the MakeUseOf readership. As ever, they proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.


These readers took the time to answer the question, What Video Game Are You Playing At The Moment?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from DalSan M, Jolls, Scutterman, and Karen.

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  1. Dielan
    December 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    0 results

    Well then boy do I have a suggestion for you!

  2. Nikki Seven
    December 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Final Fantasy XIV: ARR is miles better than WildStar. I know this is subjective, but some of those games are terrible.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Not only is it subjective it's based on the comments received when we asked people what they were playing.

  3. Dmitry T
    November 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm Star Control 2 : Ur-Quan Masters in the list?
    It's classical DOS-era tongue-in-cheek quest/arcade-style 2d space battles/exploration game that now has community-developed 'modern port' and HD version ('Ur-Quan Masters').
    (SC 1 was TBS strategy with arcade battles, SC3 was similar but duller)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Let's assume you've added it to the list by writing this comments. Thank you for doing so :)

  4. Dmitry T
    November 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    BTW, which Bard's Tale is in the list?
    "Oh, it's a bad luck to be you" or original one ;)?

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      I haven't a clue. I only found one game when I did a Google search!

    • Dmitry T
      December 4, 2014 at 4:04 am

      You mean one that Xbox/PC/Android had then, i guess. Not classical 80's "everything that at least 8 bit" :)

  5. Dann Albright
    November 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Glad to see Dishonored on here. Played it not too long ago, and I was really impressed. I found it a lot more difficult than I expected, and I had to do a lot of replaying to get things right. But the atmosphere was what really made an impression on me—dark, grungy, a little steampunk-ish, and always fascinating. One of my friends compared it to the Bas-Lag trilogy by China Mieville, and I think he had a great point.

    Good choice@

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      I have to thank the readers, as they're the ones who suggested everything that made it onto the list. Dishonored IS a great game though.

  6. Me
    November 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    No Assissin's Creed ?

    • Mike A.
      November 26, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      no there is no Assissin's Creed. But there is Assassin's Creed.

      Just because.

    • Doc
      November 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Don't know what an Assissin is, but the similarly-titled Assassin's Creed sounds really good...

    • Tomatensaus
      November 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Assassin's Creed should definately be in here.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      No one suggested Assassin's Creed or Assissin's Creed. Or, if they did, I must have missed it.