Combat is present in many forms in video games. Whether it’s a fighting, shooting or aircraft video game, you’ll find combat very often. Those games offer tons of fun and it’s really satisfying when you are better than someone in a combat game. For those who like action games, combat games will be a welcome addition. If you are up for some ass-kicking, then you’ve come to the right place. Prepare your coffee and enjoy your time. The list of best PC combat games is below.
1. Mortal Kombat X
What’s the better way to kick off this list but with Mortal Kombat X? It has everything you need from a combat game, beginning with the word Kombat in its name! Jokes aside, this game has very smooth gameplay and the fighting is more satisfying than ever. Performing those X-Ray attacks will make you feel like a true badass and fatalities are easy to do. The best characters from the series make a return here, so you can play with your favorite fighters as well as some new interesting characters. This fighting game is all you need to satisfy your predator instincts!
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt speaks the story for itself. I played this game over and over again and I simply couldn’t find any negative thing about it! An excellent protagonist Geralt of Rivia makes his return here in order to bring us great voice acting and amazing story to follow. You’ll be on a quest to find his adopted daughter Ciri and you’ll be able to choose how you are going to do so. Also, the game contains strong RPG elements as well as a huge open world to explore. For those who like exploration, this game nails it with a big nail to the center!
3. Tekken 7
Tekken 7 is a rival game to Mortal Kombat X because they belong to the same genre. However, Tekken 7 isn’t that brutal as its rival so it’s more accessible to the younger audience. Not every game is suitable for kids, but Tekken 7 can be enjoyed by every audience. It’s a classic fighting game where you’ll focus on pure skill and no luck. If you know how to fight, then you’ll win, and if not… well, a few scratches and bruises aren’t that dangerous, right?
4. Injustice 2
Injustice 2 has an amazing singleplayer campaign and that’s something I recommend playing as soon as you get this game. Actually, Injustice 2 is one of the best fighting games at the moment and it features a great hand-to-hand combat. Your favorite superheroes make their return here and you can still be Batman, Superman, Green Arrow and even Sub-Zero, which kicks the ass of them all! Be sure to experiment with various superheroes, as the game has lots to offer.
5. War Thunder
War Thunder isn’t a fighting game and it doesn’t contain brawling or kicking your enemies in guts. What War Thunder offers is a dirty, filthy and intense WW2 combat that will cause goosebumps. War Thunder lets you wage war both on the ground and in the air, which means that you’ll be using tanks and aircraft to gain an advantage. The game is well balanced, so don’t expect to have an edge if you use aircraft because you can get your ass kicked up there, you know?
6. For Honor
For Honor will let you play as a Viking, Samurai or Knight in this epic medieval journey. In this game, combat is everything! You either slash or you get slashed with a sword so hard that you won’t even know what happened. For Honor offers a satisfying combat with a slightly higher learning curve, which means that it’s hard to learn. There are various stances and techniques that you can use according to the class you’ve chosen so every class has their own distinctive fighting style. On top of that, there is a singleplayer campaign, so you can enjoy that too.
7. World of Tanks
World of Tanks is for pure tank lovers. Although this game is free-to-play, it will blow you away with its visuals and great tank battles that will make your heart pump faster. World of Tanks isn’t a typical, generic tank game and it offers much more than driving the tank and shooting at your enemies. In this game, you can upgrade your tank, customize the looks and performance and buy new tanks. It’s a heaven, but also a hell at the same time. Mount your Tiger tank and let’s do some heavy damage!
8. Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct recently went free, so you can now have a decent fighting experience for zero pennies and zero cents. Killer Instinct is a great substitute for Mortal Kombat series, simply because there are tons of characters to choose from, and the combat is based on combos. The better the combo you perform, the better are the chances you’re gonna win. If the singleplayer is a walk in the park for you, try multiplayer and test your skills.
9. Nier: Automata
Nier: Automata is one of those overlooked games that simply fall into the oblivion and probably never return to the full glory. Unfortunately, gamers are sometimes very ignorant and the games such as this are forgotten. A pity, because it looks wonderful, plays smoothly and combines several genres into one. Not only that you’ll hack and slash your enemies in third-person perspective, but you’re going to play 2D platforming sections and engage in various conversations. Don’t expect to complete this game in just a few hours; you’ll need a lot more than that.
Nioh is probably going to meet the same destiny as Nier: Automata, mostly because it’s very hard. If Dark Souls 3 was hard for you, then wait till you play this one. Nioh is here to punish your every wrong move and makes you regret rushing to kill the boss, but also invoke a feeling of satisfaction when you kill him. Furthermore, Nioh is set in the Samurai era and has the real-life characters that existed in this era, as well as our main character William. The game isn’t that long, but as you’ll get killed many times, it can take some time to finish it.
11. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a both good and a bad game, depending on your taste. If you like to slaughter Uruks and explore, then this game nails it. Its story might be slow-developing, and only the three chapters are interesting, but its combat makes up for it. However, the main downside of this game is grinding, especially in the last chapter which isn’t even a part of the Tallion’s story! Don’t get me wrong, Shadow of War is an amazing effort, and I will gladly play it again.
12. Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls 3 is responsible for many broken keyboards, mice, and gamepads in the world. Don’t ask me how I know, please. This game is punishing as never before, and I’m not talking just about the boss fights, but the enemies in general. Dark Souls 3 is a dark, depressive and melancholic game that eats, breathes and shits darkness and despair. You are all alone here and your mission is to kill everything that moves, and there’s a lot of hostile movement! This action RPG will test your patience and teach you how to value the time you spend being alive.
13. Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
Metal Gear series has its own share of ups and downs. Some games are great, some aren’t that good, but the fun factor within the series is strong. Metal Gear Rising Revengeance took a different approach to the action, including an amazing hack-and-slash combat. This works well for the most part, and Revengeance manages to provide us with lots of fun. The boss fights are done pretty well and the graphics are solid, so if you want to take a break from shooting and sneaking, try this game and do some slicing.
14. Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight isn’t just great for Batman fans, but for a huge audience. As I am not a Batman fan, I can tell you that confidently. Batman: Arkham Knight continues where the previous game left off, and now you are once again on an adventure to investigate the strange stuff happening around the city. The game does a very good job of combining the action with mystery, so you’ll be around wondering who is who and what is what until you get to a very memorable plot twist. I will not spoil anything for you but promise me that you’ll try the game.
Superhot isn’t that hot and attractive game, nor it has super duper awesome graphics. But, Superhot is here to give you a unique FPS experience that is short but sweet. The game relies heavily on using time as your main weapon. Let me be clear; when you aren’t moving in the game, neither the time does! That means that you can be your own movie director and plan your attack how you want. And when you watch that replay, in the end, you’ll feel like Jason Statham in his prime.
16. DMC: Devil May Cry
DMC: Devil May Cry is a dirty and badass game that shows us how the real action game is done. It has everything you want from such game, like a cool protagonist, dangerous world and lots… and I mean LOTS of fighting. The combat is more fluid than ever and the graphics are gorgeous. Our protagonist Dante, who is half a demon and half human returns once more and he is more powerful than ever. The interesting thing here is that the in-game world is really made to kill your, so you’ll often see environment changing in front of your eyes, which makes it a unique experience.
17. Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs is a great combat game for PC. Providing a GTA-like experience, Sleeping Dogs manages to impress us with its story and with the gameplay at the same time. It’s one of the most compelling open-world games I’ve ever played, and it’s unique in terms of setting. Hong Kong is a great location for such game and, believe me when I say that this game is more brutal than GTA V. Get ready for excessive violence and experience a true underground world of Hong Kong.
18. Dead Island: Riptide
Dead Island: Riptide is an expansion of a well-known game Dead Island. This role-playing action game is similar to Left 4 Dead, but it features a huge open world that you can explore. The environment is beautiful, colorful and vivid, but it’s filled with zombies that you need to clear out. Combat-wise. Dead Island: Riptide is focused on brawling, punching, kicking and shooting, but shooting elements are less prevalent.
19. Dying Light
Dying Light is a younger brother of Dead Island, but it expands further in terms of combat, movement, and the story. The game features a much more serious story and the environment isn’t that colorful. Instead, Dying Light tries to bring you a post-apocalyptic setting where everyone is fighting to survive and live another day. The parkouring elements are very strong here, so you’ll take advantage of that in order to escape and fight the zombies. Dying Light is a son of Dead Island and Mirror’s Edge, with the addition of more varied and explorable world. If you like the game, you should try Dying Light: The Following, which is even harder than this one.
20. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Flight games aren’t for everyone, especially the simulation games. However, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is an upcoming game that will bring us an arcade experience. From what we’ve seen, this game rocks! It looks amazing, with the focus on air combat and story. This game is scheduled to release in 2018 and I’m hoping that they will not rush such game. It’s been a long time since we played Ace Combat game, and it would be great for Bandai Namco to greet us with this one. Let’s rule the skies together!