5 PC games that should be way more popular than they are

In the vast sea of ​​games (opens in a new tab) it’s hard to hold on there. Everyone wants your time, and if a game isn’t part of an established series or doesn’t do something a trailer or screenshot can capture, it can drift under the radar.

These are the PC games that should have a much bigger presence than they already have, whether it’s because they do something no one else has done before or because they just do what that they are doing well. Some games didn’t release at the right time, were overshadowed by something else, or took a long time to start.

Below is a list of games we’ve loved for the past five years. Each of them is still playable today, so if you want to check them out yourself, maybe you can help them get the recognition they deserve.

Hunt: Confrontation

Price: $39.99
What is that? A PvPvE extraction shooter set in the 19th century Bayou.

Hunt: Showdown is what comes after battle royale (opens in a new tab). Twelve players battle it out across sprawling maps, rushing to hunt down enemy bosses and competing for the bounty tokens they leave behind. With three futuristic Crysis games under its belt, it’s amazing that Crytek has crafted such a precise and rewarding shooter with weapons straight out of documentaries and Civil War westerns. It’s the most inventive, intense, and unique competitive FPS on Steam right now, yet it only draws around 17,000 daily players on PC. Hunt deserves to blow up, but I kinda hope it doesn’t (opens in a new tab). – Morgan Park, Editor

hunt: showdown

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We were here

Price: actually free
What is that? An excellent co-op campaign about escaping a castle filled with puzzles.

The entire We Were Here series is among the best co-op games (opens in a new tab) on PC and the first one is completely free. Castle Rock is packed with mind-boggling escape room puzzles, and being forced to communicate via walkie-talkie to exchange clues while apart is a friendship-testing twist on the puzzle. You’ll come across We Were Here if you’re really hungry for co-op games, and they’ve been successful enough that Total Mayhem has made four of them, but they’re not as well-known as they deserve. . True co-op campaigns (not the live service) are hard to come by lately, so if you’ve played It Takes Two or Man of Medan, this should be next on your list to try with Best Friend. – Lauren Morton, Associate Editor

We were here

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KeyWe

Price: $24.99
What is that? A frenetic cooperative game where you and your bird friend try to send mail.

I’m surprised KeyWe didn’t get it. Everyone loves the chaos of trying to cook food under a time limit in Overcooked, but sending mail as a Kiwi bird wasn’t enough, I guess. This co-op game is easy to pick up and play with a friend. Each level has you jumping around a room trying to complete tasks and avoid obstacles, like malevolent vines that slip off typewriter keys when you try to write an address. If you complete the level well under the time limit, you get more money to spend on cosmetic unlocks, which include things like aviator goggles and armor.

KeyWe’s simplicity and margin of disaster in its increasingly complex levels is exactly why it’s a great game to play with a friend on Discord. More people should choose this one, especially if you’ve pressed Overcooked dry.

KeyWe

(Image credit: Stonewheat & Sons)

Honkai Impact 3rd

Price: free to play (opens in a new tab)
What is that? An action RPG with an Evangelion-inspired storyline that makes Genshin Impact look like a Saturday morning cartoon.

Genshin Impact would not have existed without Honkai Impact 3rd. Hoyoverse’s old gacha game features similar third-person combat with arena clearing and character-swapping abilities, but this game is wrapped in a much more adult storyline. It’s still a gacha game, so it’s understandable why it didn’t necessarily explode west, but its level-based structure allows its combat to be satisfying long before that of Genshin Impact. (opens in a new tab) the combat is and you don’t have to engage as much with its gacha mechanics to have fun.

Honkai Impact 3rd is far from perfect: it’s still fundamentally predatory like many gacha games, but doesn’t harass you as much as other games. If you can stomach these parts, you’ll see that it’s an example of the most powerful and satisfying combat system in Hoyoverse, at least before Zenless Zone Zero. (opens in a new tab) is outside. It’s always funny to hear how people talk about Genshin Impact’s combat when Honkai Impact’s combat offers way more opportunities for extremely over-the-top attacks and mobility that don’t require you to manage a doom meter. ‘endurance.

Unfortunately, the game feels a bit like a mobile game with its big menus and small structure, but if you can get past that, there’s plenty to do. The storyline continues to develop and even hints at direct ties to Genshin Impact. It also just received a new reworked player experience. Genshin Impact is the broadest version of what Honkai Impact 3rd does best, but it’s kind of sad to see that very few people recognize how unparalleled the action is in the game that preceded it.

Honkai Impact 3rd

(Image credit: Hoyoverse)

Escape Room Simulator

Price: $14.99 (opens in a new tab)
What is that? First-person escape game filled with intricate puzzles.

Escape Room Simulator isn’t such an old game, but it seems people have forgotten it exists. This game is a satisfying way to avoid the mess of a real escape room right now. It’s a first-person puzzle game that puts you in a room that you have to find a way out of. The puzzles range from simple math problems to obtuse pictograph translations. In some ways, it seems designed so that you have friends to bounce ideas around.

There is a demo available if you want to try before you buy. In this one, you can see how interested the game is in forcing you to keep track of every little thing around you. The timed levels can be a bit boring, but once you get used to the language of its puzzles, it’s not hard to figure out what you need to do before you have to restart.

Escape Room Simulator even has a level editor if you’re going through all the development levels or have some puzzle ideas of your own. It’s the kind of game you can keep coming back to for a while, and it’s a little surprising that more people don’t have it in their regular rotation of games to play.

Escape Room Simulator

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