Five Great PC Games You Cannot Play on Game Consoles
There are a number of great PC games, although a lot of these such as Call of Duty, Half-Life, Need for Speed and Medal of Honor can also be played on consoles. However, there are also some great games that are exclusive to the Windows PC which this article covers.
Game consoles may have a number of games that you cannot play on Windows PC. For example, the great Nintendo games such as Mario and Zelda are two that are exclusive to Nintendo consoles such as the Wii and Nintendo 3DS. However, it can also be said that there are a number great exclusive PC games that cannot be played on game consoles either. These are a few of the great games that are exclusive to the Windows PC.
Rome Total War
After the demise of Sega game consoles, Sega began to provide games for game platforms they never would have done so previously. The Windows PC was one of the primary beneficiaries as the Sega Total War series began in the early 2000s, and continues today. There have been approximately 12 games in the series to date including expansion packs for Shogun, Medieval, Rome, Empire, and Napoleon Total War games which are set in various historical eras. All of these have been exclusive to the Windows PC.
These games include cutting edge 3D graphics and cinematic battles that added a new dimension to strategy games. Players can select from a variety of imperial armies to do battle with over a number of historical campaigns. The highlight of the series was most probably Rome Total War, although Empire Total War was also another great game and the first in the series to include naval combat and battles. The most recent addition to the series is Shogun Total War 2 which has been one of the most exciting PC games of 2011 to date.
Sid Meier’s Civilization series is one of the best PC game series, and perhaps the best game series that is exclusive to the PC. Admittedly, the more recent Civilization Revolution was the first game in the series for game consoles such as the PlayStation 3, but aside from this all the other Civ games have been exclusive PC games. From the first 2D Civilization games up to the present 3D Civ games such as Civ IV and Civ V the series has got better, and better and better. Numerically there are five main games in the series, although with all the expansion packs there are whole lot more.
The Civ game series is all about empire building and you have to gradually expand your empire by building more cities, or alternatively go to war and occupy other cities. Another essential part of expanding your empire is expanding and advancing your own technology, and the Civ tech tree provides lots of technology advances that can be researched over the thousands of game years. Overall, the games include a variety of paths to victory such as military, diplomacy and space victories.
It’s difficult to pick a best game of the series as all the games have been very good. However, as the first to include a 3D graphics engine Civ IV provided a whole new dimension for Civ games. Combined with some of its exciting new additions and other enhancements it was perhaps the best in the series. The most recent game of the series is Civ V which can also be played on the PC and Mac only.
GTR 2 – FIA GT Racing Game
The award winning GTR 2 is one of the best racing games on the PC, and unlike Need for Speed is one that cannot be played on game consoles. This impressively detailed racing simulator includes hundreds of reproduced touring cars and many original circuits. The game also includes authentic physics and dynamic weather conditions. Screenshots included here tell their own story regarding GTR’s advanced graphics. The magazine PC Zone said of GTR:
“As far as driving sims go, Simbin have yet again proved that the PC is the platform for real racers. If you’re after realism, forget Gran Turismo and Forza…. this is the sim that you want to take the wheel of."
World of Warcraft
What can be said about World of Warcraft that has not been said? It’s undoubtedly the best MMORPG for the PC, has a record number of subscribers, and above all else is only available for the PC. When it comes to online gaming World of Warcraft has taken MMORPGs to exciting new heights. The World of Warcraft series has been expanded with further expansion packs such as Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm, all of which have provided exciting new additions to World of Warcraft such as new continents, redesigned continents, higher levels and new races.
Rise of Nations
Rise of Nations was partly inspired by Age of Empires, partly by Civilization. As such, Rise of Nations included national borders, wonders and a tech tree much like Civilization. However, it was not a turn-based strategy game and was in fact more like Age of Empires, but with a much greater variety of units. Its expansion pack Rise of Nations Thrones of Patriots also included a few new additions such as new campaigns and six diverse new nations. Overall, Rise of Nations was a great strategy game for both Age of Empires and Civilization fans that was exclusive to the PC.
These are five great PC games that are exclusive to the PC. Rome Total War, Civ IV, World of Warcraft, Rise of Nations and GTR 2 to name just a few. In addition to these there are also quite a few more great exclusive PC games. So, who needs a console?
Screenshots from publisher websites