We talk a lot here about PC gaming and gaming laptops. If you follow any of my writing at all, you probably already know that I’m a big fan of PC gaming. Now that doesn’t mean I’m against consoles. In fact, there are games out there that just play better on consoles. It’s just a fact. But I’m not here to talk about those this week.
This is a site about laptops and computers. So, as you can probably expect, I tend to focus more on PC gaming, because that’s what you want to know more about. That is why today I decided it would be fun to take a look at a few genres that just play better on the PC when compared to other platforms such as your console.
This Isn’t a Debate
Now I’m not here today to get into a debate about what platform is better. I think that all gaming platforms have their own strengths and weaknesses. Today I just want to highlight certain genres of games that I feel just play better on the PC platform. You are welcome to disagree with my choices, but remember I’m not here today to debate you. This is just a general guide that I hope will help you choose the right platform for the game.
Best PC Gaming Genres
Okay I think it is time for me to stop rambling on and on and get right to it the subject matter in this article. Below you will find what I believe are the five best games to play on PC, even though some of these genres feature titles that will require a gaming laptop of under $1000 or more. I think you will find that if you play these games on the PC, you will find you will have more control over the game and overall will just have a much better gaming experience free from frustration that we all want when we start to game each day.
1. Simulation Games
These are some of my personal favorite games, and they have been released on just about every platform you can think of, from PCs to consoles and even mobile devices. Games like Sim City got their start on the PC, and for a long time that was the only place you could find them. Things are different now, but that doesn’t mean that the other platforms are better options for playing them. With so many different screens to look at and the many different things you have to do, a keyboard and mouse on a PC just makes the most sense when playing these games.
2. Strategy Games
Another one of my favorite types of games, this genre has been with the PC since the beginning. Games like Civilization have been delighting gamers for decades now and will continue to do. Today, you can find these games on consoles, although in much fewer numbers. Sure they do exist, but even console game makers understand that games like these play much better on a PC. There are a ton of menus and choices that you have to navigate in a good strategy game, and trying to do that with a console controller is cumbersome if not downright annoying. Playing these games on a PC will just provide you with a much better experience overall, and one that really is second to none.
3. First Person Shooters
This one will probably be the most controversial of all the choices here today. There are many people on both sides of the fence of this one, that’s for sure. The popularity of first person shooters on consoles and PCs is the first clue. However, for me, I would much rather play an FPS on a PC than a console. Now, this is from my personal experience. I find that I’m much better at aiming when I use a keyboard and a mouse instead of a stick. On top of that you have to select other menus fast when you are playing and that means a keyboard is just better, in my opinion. Of course, many of you may disagree on this one, but for my money I will always play games like Call of Duty on PC.
4. Adventure Games
Now this is a genre that has lost a little bit of popularity over the years, but you will still find the occasional game out there made in this style. The adventure games require that you solve puzzles around each corner and while this can easily be done on a console, these games found the perfect home early on beginning with text based adventures on a PC. Today these games are filled with some truly beautiful graphics, but the premise is often the same and the ability to point and click can make these games play so much better compared to the console.
5. Role Playing Games
Role playing games may have gotten their start on a board, but they really found their footing on the PC. Even in the early days there were text based role playing games that you could enjoy. Over time, these games evolved into massive games that would take hours to complete. But it didn’t stop there. From these single player marathons came the MMORPG, where you and your friends could join a world and play with other players from around the globe.
These games eventually became some of the most popular in the world thanks to World of Warcraft, and are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Many of these games have come to consoles, but the experience is just, well, different. For the best experience, stick with running these games on your PC.
You May Not Agree
Now, all of you may not agree with these five. I know there are some out there that prefer to play first person shooters on their consoles instead of a PC. Personally, I’m not one of them. Maybe it is because I’m a little more old-school when PCs were the place to play that genre of game. Who knows. My point is you are free to disagree with one or more on this list if choose. Still I believe that a majority of gamers will much prefer to play these types of games on a computer than a console. If you don’t agree, feel free to sound off in the comments. But remember, today is not the day to debate what platform is better. But I would like to hear from you if you disagree and why.
In the end, it all comes down to your playstyle and what you feel is best, and that can take a little experimentation on your part. However, I do feel that this list will give every gamer a good start on what to choose for what platform for the best gaming experience.
These genres have all been present on the PC from day one. While they have all made their way to consoles, I believe you will still find that these styles still play best on a tried and true gaming PC. Assuming your PC can handle it, that is. If you are in the market for a gaming PC, I suggest you take a look at our Gaming Laptops Buying Guide to help you select a great gaming PC for your needs.
View this list as a starting point if you aren’t sure what games to play where or as a great way to begin your gaming journey if you are just starting to get into gaming.