Even though playing online with other players is a lot of fun, there are times when we just want something to play alone, regardless of the internet. At these times, nothing better than a single-player game with content or gigantic campaigns that make us spend hours and hours to complete. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the 27 best offline games to play in 2021. Check it out!
Attention: the games below can also be played online, but we have selected those with a primary focus in offline mode, that is, games that remain incredible even when your internet goes down. However, depending on where you purchase the game, you may need an internet connection just to access it.
Grand Theft Auto V Offline PC Games
A masterpiece. Even in a franchise full of great successes, GTA V is a highlight that took the name of the series to new levels. With an open-world bigger than ever, several playable characters (with their own skills and characteristics), and a volume of unprecedented content, the game can be played and replayed several times and will never ask for grace.
Red Dead Redemption 2
One more point for Rockstar. Red Dead Redemption 2 stands out for the same reasons as GTA V, as it managed to improve all aspects of its previous title. The most beloved western of video games has incredible graphics, photography, and a passionate storyline and also addresses several relevant topics such as racism, immigration, and politics in the United States. Another rockstar pearl.
The largest game in the sandbox genre in the world, Minecraft is one of the most played games today and is aimed at different age groups. In addition to being extremely appealing to the younger audience, the game is also aimed at those who spend hours building and editing real works of art within the game. Here, your imagination is really the limit for what is possible within the game.
The Witcher 3
At this point in the championship, The Witcher 3 almost needs no introduction. This action RPG has become a true reference of the genre and, since it was so good, it left video games to become a TV series. The game is so big that it is estimated that the full gameplay will take about 200 hours if the player decides to do all the main and side missions.
Hades is a hack and slash released in late 2020 that stole the show in the genre. It is an indie game with a very captivating aesthetic that looks more like a good cartoon. The game takes place in the underworld of the god Hades, and we control his son Zagreus in countless battles against endless waves of enemies. Throughout the game, it is possible to evolve the character to improve attributes and skills. The story is also very interesting and involves several gods and other famous figures from Greek mythology, with each god helping the “hero” in a way, either teaching new skills or offering new weapons.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Launched for PC only in 2020, Horizon Zero Dawn has earned its place among the best PC games. The game is an action RPG with everything you can expect, with a very interesting story that goes back to the 31st century, when humanity returned to live in tribes in a world dominated by giant robotic animals. The game follows a line similar to games like The Witcher 3 and Skyrim, with an incredibly rich open world, first-rate graphics, and insane content to be discovered.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Another very famous game, Skyrim was highly awarded at the time of its launch and is also one of the names of the game in the RPG genre. With a huge open world, the game allows you to explore different locations with their own characteristics such as economy, traditions and etc. In addition, here you can learn numerous secondary skills (in addition to the main ones used in combat) such as cooking, forging, opening locks, etc. Mastering these skills can help a lot in missions and even unlock “secret” quests.
The Sims 4
There is no way for the best life simulator to be off that list. The Sims 4 is such a success that it is almost synonymous with the genre of which it is a part. There is no way to think about normal life simulation and not think about The Sims, is there? Still, with its many expansions, The Sims 4 has already expanded (hehe) its limits and, today, allows you to control vampires, monsters, aliens, and more.
Dark Souls III
One more for the bustling RPG genre. Dark Souls III is a masterpiece whose main differential is the extremely high level of difficulty that is not limited to bosses. Despite the gameplay and mechanics similar to those of other games in the genre, if you haven’t played Dark Souls III yet, you’re sure to be surprised at how much more difficult the game is than most.
An extremely original puzzle that, without a doubt, is among the best offline games for PC. Portal 2 equips you with a portal weapon that you need to use to solve different puzzles and thus pass each level. For that, you will need to have a lot of spatial awareness and patience to discover the infinite possibilities of interaction and movement that you can explore.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Another GTA that deserves a place on that list, GTA San Andreas managed to add several incredible elements to a franchise that already looked flawless. Of course, the game is not as complete and polished as the last title in the franchise, but it still deserves your consideration. Here you follow the life of the character CJ and, in addition to all the typical elements of GTA, you can customize your character the way you want. The game is so successful that it won an equally successful version for mobile devices.
Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
Resident Evil 2 received one of the best remakes ever made in any game. While retaining the essence of the original title, Resident Evil 2 Remake improved several aspects of the gameplay and introduced the “over the shoulder” style 3rd person perspective, instead of the old fixed camera. The story, of course, remains exactly the same and we can still play with Leon and Claire.
Yes, another RPG (what if the genre is perfect for playing offline?). This time the theme is post-apocalyptic futuristic in a world devastated by nuclear war. The game was also highly awarded and praised for the amount of content and, above all, for the level of freedom offered to players.
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City is one of the best superhero games, without a doubt, but it also pleases even those who are not a fan of Bat Man. With several characters, very interesting and action-packed battles, varied missions, and extremely vast content, the game has set a very high standard for anyone who is a fan of superhero games.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is yet another masterpiece by Hideo Kojima and, within the vast Metal Gear series, is the title that offers the most freedom for the player to decide how to complete the missions. Here you can basically explore all the elements on the screen to create reactions in the enemies and, thus, make way for your objective. All of this is possible due to the very advanced and realistic artificial intelligence that allows you to create chain reactions, for example, letting a dead body fall from the hill to attract the attention of guards and, thus, go unnoticed.
Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania commonly described as a 2D Dark Souls, as it has the same dark theme, action, similar combat mechanics, and difficult bosses. A great differentiator of the game is that it does not continue to form linear, that is, you do not need to advance in the same order, defeating the same enemies always. You can go your own way and, if you encounter difficulties, you can follow others, evolve, get better equipped, and then return to the old, stronger path.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Most Wanted to be innovated in racing games by inserting police chases in the middle of competitions. In addition to offering everything you would expect from a Need for Speed, here you can choose between being an illegal racing driver or a police officer. No matter what your choice, each side has its missions that involve a lot of speed and adrenaline.
Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 is an open-world FPS with extremely beautiful scenery. As always, here you will take part in yet another civil war and will have to complete the most varied missions. Throughout the game, you will be able to explore countless environments, drive different cars, and use a real arsenal of weapons to defeat humans and animals.
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 is a sci-fi RPG in which you explore galaxies, kill aliens, upgrade, and acquire new equipment. Certainly one of the most successful franchises on this list and with a big difference: your choices influence the outcome of history.
The big winner of The 2019 Game Awards,
Disco Elysium arrived as someone who wants nothing more was the big winner of the 2019 Game Awards, taking the categories of Best Narrative, Best Independent Game, Best RPG Game and Best Independent Debut. So much recognition is not for nothing, since the game is possibly the most original RPG ever created. Here, all interactions and combats take place in the form of dialogue trees that explore (VERY) deeply the main character’s mind: an alcoholic detective who doesn’t even remember his name, but needs to solve a crime.
A year out and year in, Doom remains on the best games lists. In this case, Doom (2016) is still one of the best offline games you can find, with its action and style characteristic of the franchise. For those who still don’t know, the story of the game is set on Mars, where scientists ended up opening a portal to hell. During the game, you will need to kill countless demons and disturbing bosses using an equally violent arsenal.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
A game that may not have received due recognition from the public, despite having been awarded at the Game Awards 2019, with Game of the Year awards and Best Action and Adventure game. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice closely resembles titles like God of war or Dark Souls, but puts you in control of a badass ninja named Wolf (Wolf) in search of revenge. In addition to absurdly beautiful graphics, electrifying combat and gigantic bosses, the game features some innovative mechanics, especially in relation to combat, which do not have an HP bar.
Stardew Valley is an RPG / farming simulator that is often found on lists like this. With minimalist graphics and simple mechanics, the game is a captivating surprise and one of the most acclaimed and addictive indie games today. In it, you take over a farm and need to take care of everything, while you need to develop your relationships with neighbors.
Don’t Starve is one of the most popular survival games on the market. Like most games of this type, you find yourself on an island without any items or tools, and you need to collect materials to ensure your survival. The big difference here, without a doubt, is the level of difficulty. Absolutely nothing in the game teaches you what to do with the items and how to craft new ones, so you need to learn for yourself through countless attempts. In addition, the map is randomly generated whenever you start a new game, so you can never learn where things are.
Machinarium is an incredibly well-developed point and clicks with incredible graphics, innovative mechanics, extremely original puzzles, characters, and captivating soundtrack, everything. Here you control a cute little robot that needs to save his girlfriend and the entire city from an explosion. To do this, you need to advance the scenarios by solving very well-designed puzzles. A little-known game, but highly recommended.
Undertale is one of the most original games we know, as it is a kind of interactive RPG / story that seems to interact directly with the player, not with the character. Here, your decisions are memorized by the game even after a game over, so you never get rid of the consequences of your choices. Undertale is also perfect for those with a weak PC.
Finally, an amazing city simulator. Cities: Skylines is a Sim City style simulator, but better in absolutely every way. The game has a lot of content and is very complex and true to reality, requiring the player to be aware of many things at the same time to make their city work properly. What may seem intimidating to more casual players is also attractive to younger players. hardcore, so much so that the game is highly sought after by professionals in the area of city planning. For those who like simulators, Cities: Skylines is a mandatory game.