The 8 Best PC Action-Adventure Games to Buy in 2018

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Who doesn’t love a good old action-adventure game? The PC has endless experiences for gamers that it can often be hard to decide which title to pick up and play next. Sometimes you may want to throw yourself into a hectic post-apocalyptic world and battle evil robots and mutant cults or maybe you just want to do some simple exploring and figure out a path forward. Whatever type of action-adventure game you're looking to play, our list of the best PC games the genre has to offer can help you find just something just right for you. Fast-paced first-person shooters? Check. Post-apocalyptic sci-fi storylines? Count on it. Horror and side-scrolling shoot-'em-ups? Yes, we have that, too. Read on to see which titles made the short list.

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Best Battle Royale: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) begins by putting you with 99 other players in an airplane where you’ll all skydive and parachute onto a huge island and have fend for yourself. The adventure begins as soon as you land: You’ll rush for supplies, armor, weapons and engage in a battle royale where the winner is the last person standing.

In order to survive in PUBG, you’ll have to navigate through safe zones as your map shrinks in size, all while avoiding random red zones where explosions go off and defending yourself against other players trying to kill you. You’ll find various loot, including military helmets, sniper rifles, energy drinks and even cars that will give you a boost as you traverse through small towns and the countryside. The action heats up once the safe area shrinks and brings you closer to other players where you’ll have to strategically find a way to overcome their unpredictable tactics.

Best Fast-Paced First-Person Shooter: Doom

Doom has come a long way on the PC, with an addictive, fast-paced, first-person shooter game about a space marine battling the forces of Hell. The updated take on the classic wastes no time with its “push-forward combat” where players engage in quick momentum battles against relentless forces of evil that never tire.

Doom is the type of first-person shooter that has you bobbing and weaving past devil-hurled fireballs while dodging the swipes of long claws and carefully timed gunfire and brutal melee attacks. Players will get to double jump, climb ledges and explore the dark and eerie industrial and corporate areas of a Mars research facility and then go through a portal to Hell. Doom’s main story will last you about 12 to 13 hours, becoming more difficult (but rewarding) as you acquire more items, weapons and health by destroying demons.

Best Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi: Fallout 4

Fallout 4 awakens you from your 210 years of cryogenic sleep where a nuclear war has changed the world into a post-apocalyptic landscape. The role-playing, first-person, action-adventure game is set in an open world environment with hundreds of locations, characters and quests.

How will you adjust to the new world? Your wife was murdered and your son kidnapped, so it's up to you to get updated from your robot butler about what’s going on and where to go. Your character in Fallout 4 is customizable to your liking, being able to choose your physical makeup and attributes such as endurance (so you can run longer) or charm ability that allows you to talk your way out of anything without any bloodshed. The game’s four endings are a result of your experiences and the type of behavior you enacted upon the world and its inhabitants — did you choose to be on the side of the faithful survivors or wind up joining the synthetic humanoids?

Best Remastered Series: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brings a collection of three remastered games from the Crash Bandicoot series: Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped. The blasts from the 90s past upgrades the thrilling action-adventure titles with stunning graphics and animations.

The Crash Bandicoot series is a platforming-style video game where players traverse through perilous levels in jungles and castles while bouncing over and avoiding enemies, traps and crashing into crates. Of the games listed, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy arguably provides the most challenge, as you have to concentrate on avoiding pitfalls and explosions; the games are simple, but build on the excitement of constant danger and careful timing. With over 100 plus levels and 15 hours of gameplay, Crash is guaranteed to get your heart pumping for a long time.

Best Side-Scrolling Shoot-‘Em-Up: Cuphead

It’s cute, it’s difficult and full of action, but Cuphead is the best side-scrolling, shoot-‘em-up, action-adventure game on the PC. Cuphead pays ode to the glory days of games like Contra and Metal Slug with a run-and-gun format filled with nonstop adventure and big boss fights.

Here's the backstory: Cuphead and his brother Mugman are in a heap of trouble. They have to repay a debt to the devil by fighting through multiple bosses and enemies. With a two-player cooperative option, the game allows you and a friend to join forces and collect special abilities along with performing parry attacks against formidable and unique foes all with different challenging attack patterns. You’ll get infinity lives as you shoot with your fingers, duck, dash and jump your way in a 1930s-rubber-hose-cartoon-style-animated world that puts your skills to the test.

Best Horror: The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2 begins with you: A former detective drinking their sadness away at a bar when all of a sudden your ex-partner tells you your daughter is still alive, but you must enter a grisly nightmare realm. The best action-adventure game for horror on the PC will keep you on edge with a terrifying yet brilliant presentation and creative story filled with unnerving monstrosities.

Set in a third-person perspective, the Evil Within 2 gives players a suspenseful open world where gameplay can change dramatically at any time. Sometimes you’ll be sneaking behind ferns as bloodthirsty ghouls gurgle in the streetlights while you take a breath and aim down your crossbow. Other times a door or wall will smash open and a giant mutant will chase you down. Thankfully, the game has multiple difficulty settings and upgrades for your weapons and abilities like health and combat that gives you an advantage for any unpredictable action that happens.

Best Open-Ended Exploration: Human Fall Flat

Human Fall Flat tantalizes the curious mind with an adventure based on open-ended exploration with the ever-burning question of “what does this button do?” The tame PC game is considered a physic puzzle genre with interactive levels and multiple solutions to every problem.

Human Fall Flat has unique level designs; dreamscapes with structures in the sky that have players fidgeting with everything, including buttons to open doors, moving objects and pushing trains along railways. Ultimately, you’ll want to reach the exit of each stage, and doing so is never linear or labored as the game always encourages players to find their own way of doing things. The excitement picks up when you have to jump towards ledge cliffs to grab on edges, swing from ropes and hooks and get yourself into a whole mess of trouble that just winds up feeling fun.

Best for Kids: Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode is a kid-friendly, action-adventure game on the PC that simplifies gameplay with a point-and-click graphic story. It's filled with a diverse set of characters with different personalities that players can interact with by using multiple potential responses from conversation trees. Players will collect items, solve puzzles and learn more about their world in order to make the right set of decisions as the story progresses. You’ll set off with a team of adventurers to save the world from oblivion, engaging in quick time events where you’ll do everything from battling dragons to simple cooperative problem-solving.