The probably best PC action games to this day
The action genre is probably the most popular one and thus it is not surprising that there are several games that caught a lot of attention. PC Games Hardware presents the 25 action games that have received the best international overall review scores.
Action is popular and the genre is one of the oldest on the PC video game market. Accordingly there are a lot of games that are regarded to be the top dogs of their kind. This actually isn't very surprising since the action genre usually delivers cutting-edge graphics and the casual action, but also interesting stories plus the latest developments in gameplay. Action game often means First Person 3D Ego Shooter, although the genre has more to offer - nevertheless the top 25 are crowed with fps games. Id Software laid the foundation with a game that has been banned in Germany - John Carmack and John Romero more or less created the standard for Ego Shooters. Another game from Id Software finally introduced real 3D. A highlight behind the scenes is the Cryengine that brought the first WYSIWYG editor for 3D engines.
The genre itself is also getting a lot more media attention than the others. Ego Shooters are games that often are brought into connection with a high level of violence and in Germany for example the laws for protection of minors often make cut versions necessary. But recently publishers and developers don't release a cut version of their games (best example: Sega's Aliens vs. Predator) and decide to ignore the possible revenue of a localized game.
But how to decide which action games are the best? Taking a look a t the website Gamerankings helps. The recorded review scores go back until 1996. But before we let you brows the picture gallery, starting with the 25th place and ending with the probably best action game that has been released up to now, we would like to draw your attention to Valve software. No other development studio is listed in the ranking as often as the team from Bellevue, WA. They placed eight games in the top 25. No other internationally renowned studio is that successful. Neither id Software or Epic Games nor Raven Software or Gearbox Software were able to do that although some of them have been part of the business for a longer time than Valve. Infinity Ward, Monolith and Crytek are also represented.
You might be surprised to see which games got to the top 25 and which position they reached. The ranking is based on the average score of Gamerankings.com. All the top 25 games have an international average score of 90 to 95. Have fun with the pictures.
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