10 Best Action Games on PC: System Requirements, Metacritic Rating, Genre, Download Links and More

Here's a little list to help you pick up a number of great games for your PC this holiday season.

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The PC platform has historically always been home to some of the best action games you can play today. Given the incredible number of games available to players today through affordable platforms such as Steam and Xbox Game Pass, PC offers great value for gamers.

From gripping narratives to outlandish, fast-paced combat, the platform is home to some truly groundbreaking innovations in the industry. With PlayStation now porting some of their biggest titles to PC, right now is a pretty sweet time to own a powerful gaming PC. Here is a list of 10 of the best action games you can pick up today for your gaming rig.

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Top 10 Best Action Games for PC to Play in 2022

Name Metacritic Rating Availability
Sekiro 90
Steam, Epic Games Store
God of War 94
Steam, Epic Games Store
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 87
Steam, Epic Games Store
Marvel’s Spider-Man 87
Steam, Epic Games Store
Control 82
Steam, Epic Games Store
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection 87
Steam, Epic Games Store
Doom Eternal 88
Steam, Epic Games Store
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 80
Steam, Epic Games Store
Red Dead Redemption 2 97
Steam, Epic Games Store
Devil May Cry 5 89
Steam, Epic Games Store

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

FromSoftware’s tried-and-tested soulslike formula gets taken to a rather adventurous spin as Sekiro takes players on a journey in the Samurai era. The soulslike formula is still in place but only with a much tighter and faster combat system that demands exceptional skill, timing, and reflexes from the player.

The game is massively challenging and brutal, but always gives players enough wiggle room to test and experiment with different tactics. Sekiro allows players to thin out areas by using stealth and picking off enemies from a distance. Tools such as the grapple hook add a layer of verticality and pace that was rarely seen before in a FromSoftware game.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 8 64-bit | Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 | AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 | AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 25 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 Compatible

Genre

Hack n’ Slash/Narrative

Metacritic Rating

90

Availability

Steam

God of War

There is not a lot that can be said about God of War that hasn’t already been said. There is a lot of case of hyperbole when it comes to games but all of them stand justified when speaking of Santa Monica Studio’s 2018 modern classic. The game redefines how audiences have viewed Kratos thus far and add layers to a once-one-note character.

To top it all off, the game plays exceptionally well. The combat and minute-to-minute gameplay perfectly complement the pacing and provides a seamless experience rarely seen in AAA games. God of War is a fantastic blend of large-scale ideas presented in the most intimate and visceral form.

System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5-2500k (4 core 3.3 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4 core 3.1 GHz)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 960 (4 GB) or AMD R9 290X (4 GB)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: DirectX feature level 11_1 required

Genre

Hack n’ Slash/Melee

Metacritic Rating

94

Availability

Steam, Epic Games Store

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is quite possibly the best Star Wars game under the EA banner and that is saying something. Respawn Entertainment’s take on the Star Wars universe is thoroughly riveting as they combine elements from games like Dark Souls and Uncharted to create a powerful, narrative experience on the back of solid gameplay and difficulty.

The game puts players in the shoes of a young Jedi on the run, Cal Kestis, right after Order 66. As someone who hasn’t been a Jedi for a while, you must learn to become one with the force again and find a way to survive the onslaught of the

System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10
  • Processor: AMD FX-6100/Intel i3-3220 or Equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7750, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or Equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 55 GB available space

Genre

Melee/Adventure

Metacritic Rating

87

Availability

Steam, Epic Games Store

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Insomniac Games had a massive challenge cut out for them as they took on the Spider-Man IP. The immense challenge of replicating the kinetic pace and freedom of the swinging was something the studio did not take lightly. Fans were extremely happy to report that the swinging mechanic was perhaps the best as it has been since the days of Spider-Man 2: The Game as Insomniac delivers possibly the best Spider-Man game in existence.

From the combat to the story, every inch of Marvel’s Spider-Man bleeds polish. The game, despite its scale and scope, manages to feel extremely intimate and streamlined. There is a lot of web-slinging action to be found here, along with tear-jerking drama.

System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4160, 3.6 GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 950 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 75 GB available space

Genre

Open-World/Adventure

Metacritic Rating

87

Availability

Steam, Epic Games Store

Control

Remedy Entertainment’s return to the big stage was always going to be a massive affair, but perhaps no one could have predicted the masterpiece Control turned out to be. The game is a mind-bending physics-based shooter that truly bears all the hallmarks of a great Remedy game – mysterious, frantic, and wall-to-wall craziness.

Control is a beautifully obtuse game that does extremely little hand-holding and simply lets the player figure things out for themselves by flinging stuff around and shooting things in the head. The game is massively challenging, but that is just part of the fun. The game is a true masterpiece and should be played by fans of action games all over.

System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 42 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Additional Features: Widescreen support 21:9 / Remappable controls / Uncapped frame-rate / G-Sync / Freesync support

Genre

Shooter-Adventure

Metacritic Rating

82

Availability

Steam, Epic Games Store

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection brings 2 excellent Naughty Dog games to PC – A Thief’s End and Lost Legacy. The former book-ends the adventures of Nathan Drake in a spectacular, action-packed conclusion rife with mystery, adventure, and lots of tears. The latter is a delightfully chaotic spin-off that follows Uncharted alumni Chloe Frazier and newcomer Nadine Ross.

Both games are exceptional technical powerhouses that truly solidify the medium of games as a powerful vehicle for storytelling. Packed to the brim with mind-blowing set pieces and shootouts, Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection is possibly one of the best packages currently available in gaming.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5-4330, AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 960 (4 GB), AMD R9 290X (4 GB)
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 126 GB available space

Genre

Narrative/3rd-Person Shooter

Metacritic Rating

87

Availability

Steam, Epic Games Store

Doom Eternal

Imagine the most brutal, fast-paced shooter set to the most badass metal music, now multiply that intensity times 10 and you have Doom Eternal. id Software’s magnum opus is everything we enjoy about first-person shooters ramped up to a thousand along with levels of polish that will leave you breathless.

Challenging, engaging, and deeply satisfying in the best of ways, Doom Eternal is a must-have for fans of first-person shooters. Composer Mick Gordon brings out the big guns in the sequel and delivers a sonic experience that is still unparalleled. Doom Eternal might just be the best first-person shooter in existence and it will extremely hard to buck it off its throne.

System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 / 64-Bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better, or AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB), GTX 1060 (3GB), GTX 1650 (4GB) or AMD Radeon R9 280(3GB), AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB), RX 470 (4GB)
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: ( 1080p / 60 FPS / Low-Quality Settings )

Genre

First-Person Shooter

Metacritic Rating

88

Availability

Steam

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest offering from Eidos Montreal and this time they prove exactly why they are one of the best AAA studios currently in the business. The game accomplishes an extremely rare feat as it combines both comedy and action to deliver an experience that is extremely rare in the AAA space.

The comedy, although very center stage, rarely takes away from the game’s core dramatic heart, which is what makes the game all the more effective. GOTG is a blast to play from start to end and rarely ever takes its foot off the pedal. If it’s a solid action, narrative experience you’re looking for, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy should be right on top of your wishlists.

System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 / 64-Bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better, or AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB), GTX 1060 (3GB), GTX 1650 (4GB) or AMD Radeon R9 280(3GB), AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB), RX 470 (4GB)
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: ( 1080p / 60 FPS / Low-Quality Settings )

Genre

3rd Person Shooter/Comedy

Metacritic Rating

80

Availability

Steam, Epic Games Store

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is probably one of the greatest stories ever told in gaming and its a truly a game all gamers must play through at least once. The game starts off fairly methodically and eases the player into the gigantic open-world Rockstar has painstakingly crafted. Once you’re in it, though, it will be extremely hard to escape.

Red Dead Redemption 2 quite possibly has the most well-rounded, well-written, compelling cast of characters in any game. The game tells the story of a band of outlaws trying to survive at the tail-end of the Wild West. The emotionally potent arc of the protagonist, Arthur Morgan, will have players thoroughly engaged and in tears by the end. It also doesn’t hurt that the game is exceptionally fun to play as it packs a surprise in every corner of its vast open-world.

System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (v1803)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible

Genre

3rd Person Shooter/Open-World

Metacritic Rating

93

Availability

Steam, Epic Games Store

Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry returns to the big stage in all its signature glitzy, ridiculous glory in a package that will surprise fans with just how emotionally potent it is. Make no mistake, Devil May Cry has not lost a single step when it comes to deliver masterfully overblown set pieces and ridiculous boss fights.

Devil May Cry 5 is possibly the best version of the franchise’s signature, frantic and stylish combat system. Players will be asked to come up and execute the flashiest of moves on the fly and looking extremely cool doing it. The game’s fantastic core combat will leave fans wanting for more at the end, as all great games do.

System Requirements

  • OS: WINDOWS® 7, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4460, AMD FX™-6300, or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM, or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 35 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: *Xinput support Controllers recommended *Internet connection required for game activation. (Network connectivity uses Steam® developed by Valve® Corporation.)

Genre

Hack n’ Slash

Metacritic Rating

89

Availability

Steam