I've never really done lists before. Honestly a lot of the time they're fun, but feel a bit like filler. That said, I made a list. There are a few of these I've been thinking about posting but have been hesitant to do so. This one is (relatively) recent PC games that everyone who considers themselves a gamer should have played. They're chosen for a combination of quality and some measure of originality as well as the portion of my life that they claimed. Give them a look if you havent already. They are presented in no particular order, as choosing favourites is hard. Some of them have sequels, which you can consider to be included in the recommendation.
So, without further ado:
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda's most recent fantasy epic is mind-blowingly beautiful. Some aspects of the game feel a little simplistic but no game has ever felt as immersive and grand-scale.
- Dragon Age: Origins While starting to show it's age now, DA:O set a new standard for fantasy storytelling and was the first Bioware game in a while offering an original, proprietary IP for the designers and storytellers to work with.
- Left 4 Dead 2 The most fun you can have with friends and zombies. This was really a sub-genre defining game, and remains one of the most playable co-op shooters to date. This sequel incorporates all of the original game's primary content and improves on the formula.
- Mass Effect A rare example of a game that mixes paradigms, being both a classic RPG under the hood with duck-and-cover shooter gameplay. It also has some of the best storytelling and voice acting to grace a game to date. The third and final installment of the series only recently hit store shelves, but I would recommend starting at the beginning.
- Fallout 3 Bethesda picked up where Interplay left off. I'd been waiting for a Fallout sequel forever and this game delivers. It runs on a dated version of the same engine as Skyrim, and will be familiar to some players. It has a wonderful nuclear-powered 50s retro aesthetic and a twisted sense of humour.