The top games for single players available today

These are the top single-player games right now, including both blockbuster smashes and indie gems.

The top single-player video games take you on the most memorable solitary journeys across a variety of virtual environments. There are plenty of interesting characters to encounter as you embark on action-packed expeditions, make difficult decisions, and much more because many are telling some of the best gaming stories available. You can expect to find a wide variety on offer when it comes to the best single-player games you can tuck into, from large, sprawling open-world RPGs that are ripe with exploration—some of which are even counted among our pick of the best RPG games—to story-driven choice-based adventures, and uniquely atmospheric roguelikes.

You’ll discover selections for every platform in our collection, so you’re sure to find something that suits you. So come along as we walk you through the top single-player games available today.

1 Hitman 3

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and IO Interactive

Hitman 3 is the ideal remedy if you’re currently missing the excitement of seeing the world. Each Hitman level abruptly throws a strange 47 into a new nation for a small period of time, giving him just enough time to get there and quickly finish the job before being abruptly whisked away to his next “business trip.” This infinitely creative arcade-like sandbox is a fantastically varied worldwide murder fest, sending players everywhere from a vast Berlin club to a weird country house. This infinitely replayable action game allows you to be as inventive as possible by giving you more instruments for destruction than ever before, giving gamers a plethora of amusing methods to take out their targets. Take that, Microsoft Flight Simulator—Hitman 3 is the real MVP of virtual travel.

2 Life is Strange Remastered

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Switch, Developer: Dontnod

Life is Strange is an excellent place to start if you’re searching for a fantastic story-driven single-player game. You take on the role of Max Caufield, a young man with dreams of becoming a photographer who gets mixed up in a number of peculiar events at the Blackwell Academy, in the fictional setting of Arcadia Bay. When you realise you have the ability to turn back time, you can utilise it to reconsider your previous decision and give it some serious thought. There has never been a better opportunity to give Life is Strange a try thanks to the remastered re-release. It has a cast of endearing characters to fall in love with and an engrossing tale that will surprise and excite you.

3 Returnal

PS5 platform; Housemarque developer

Returnal is a strange, ambitious, and completely captivating journey that combines an old-school shoot ’em up with a Hideo Kojima-esque narrative masterpiece. Additionally, it is brutally constant. This time-consuming PS5 exclusive isn’t without its challenges, but it lacks save points and is heavy on punishment. It’s a game that repeatedly draws you back, though, because of its slick-feeling movement, all-consuming sense of atmosphere, and superb sense of curiosity. This narrative-driven sci-fi roguelike is a unique invention that combines a sickeningly realistic Aliens-like visual with some of the most rewarding fighting since Platinum games. Returnal is a beautiful, ambitious, and very necessary experience, regardless of your level of experience with the genre.

4 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Respawn Entertainment

After binge-watching The Mandalorian, if you’re itching to use a virtual lightsaber, look no further. Jedi Fallen Order is an exhilarating blend of hard Metroidvania and cinematic adventure in the vein of Uncharted, drawing inspiration from Dark Souls and Hollow Knight. The story it recounts is totally canon, which is vital for Star Wars fans. Fallen Order is a requirement for anyone who has found themselves falling back in love with a galaxy far, far away. It features characters from Rogue One and seamlessly ties into the events of Rebels, the Bad Batch, and The Clone Wars.

5 Cyberpunk 2077

Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S Creator: CD Projekt Red

Although it may not have had the smoothest launch, Cyberpunk 2077 is still well worth your time. Cyberpunk’s Night City is unquestionably an exciting area to explore, despite the mysterious circumstances behind its creation and its (original) long list of game-breaking problems. Cyberpunk 2077 is as grand as an open-world epic can be, with a superb music, voice acting that sets new standards, and more side quests than you can throw a Bloody Baron at. After a terrible debut, it received a steady series of patches and a full current-gen overhaul, and the experience has only gotten better since then. Although it’s not The Witcher 3, there are few better dystopian science fiction RPGs available.

6 Outer Wilds

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and developer: Mobius Digital

Contrary to popular belief, Mobius Digital’s sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds is not to be confused with Obsidian’s sci-fi RPG of the same name (more on that later). It is also set in the far reaches of space, but it offers a narrative experience that is entirely distinct from both that of The Outer Worlds and any other game currently available.

In Outer Wilds, you play as a newly trained spacefarer for an alien culture. However, the day of your first day of work also happens to be the day that a solar supernova destroys the whole galaxy. I won’t reveal anything more, but suffice it to say that what comes next is a brave, cunning investigation into time and space that will leave you speechless from the minute you take off.

7 Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

Square Enix is the creator; PS4, PS5, PC

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake succeeds where we once believed it was impossible. It expands on the first chapter of Square Enix’s 1997 JRPG into a lengthy, 50-hour adventure, swaps turn-based combat for real-time action, and completely flips the script on everything you thought you knew about the original plot.

Even with these brave, perhaps contentious alterations, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is still fantastic and, in my opinion, even more timeless and mystical than the well-known game it draws inspiration from. If this is merely the first instalment of a multi-game retelling of one of Japan’s most well-known tales, then you can count on us to play every new instalment.

On June 10, 2021, PS5 users may download Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, a more polished, improved, and upgraded version of the base game from the previous year.

8 Half-Life: Alyx

Developed by Valve Available on: PC

To play Valve’s surprising prequel to its Half-Life series, you’ll need a PC configured with a VR headset, which is an expensive purchase. Given these facts, Half-Life: Alyx is a must-buy if you currently own a headset and a PC because of the advancements it offers for immersive storytelling and the VR platform in general.

Alyx is not only a fantastic experience on its own, but it also makes significant claims about the future of Half-Life itself, with our intrepid scavenger’s journey making astounding connections to the series’ main plot. We can only hope that Valve releases a non-VR port soon.

9 Pokemon Legends Arceus

Nintendo is the developer. Switch is the platform.

By placing us in the Survey Corps, Pokemon Legends Arceus changes the formula and takes us to a different period in the history of Pokemon. Instead of focusing on obtaining badges, your objectives now include compiling the first Pokedex and learning about all the creatures that live in the wild. In this game, which is set in the Hisui region of what will soon be called Sinnoh, you can catch Pokemon in various open spaces scattered around the map. Pokemon Legends Arceus feels like a nice breath of fresh air for the long-running franchise, with a satisfying sense of advancement, some new region-specific Pokemon, and the opportunity to experience a new side to the lore.

10 Psychonauts 2

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and Double Fine Productions

A cult favourite that was first released in 2005, Psychonauts 2 is an unexpected sequel that was crowdfunded in 2015 and will be released in 2021. To achieve this, Double Fine took a circuitous route to release Psychonauts 2, which is evident in the whole experience’s consistency, quality, and blatant oddity.

This means that Psychonauts 2 is what you get when a talented team is forced to play the hand the house has dealt it. And, gosh, was this idea for a sequel worth the wait of an additional 15 years!

11 The Outer Worlds

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Switch, Developer: Obsidian

You’re in for a treat with The Outer Worlds if you’ve never played an Obsidian game before. The studio’s most recent original project is a haphazard journey through the ultimate frontier of the future, when corporations rule, with a tone that is equal parts lighthearted and joyful and cynical in sarcasm.

With branching stories, comprehensive character customization, and a large cast of characters to meet and travel the galaxy with, Obsidian’s knack for classic role-playing immersion is on full display here. We absolutely adore what Obsidian has given us thus far, so let’s hope The Outer Worlds is only the first of many more journeys in Halcyon.

12 Resident Evil 2 Remake

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Capcom

We were initially sceptical of Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 Remake announcement, but we couldn’t have been more mistaken. The studio’s painstaking remake of its 1990s survival horror classic is the ideal illustration of how to update an old game while maintaining its integrity.

One of the most terrifying and challenging campaigns we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing is Leon’s terrifying journey through the Raccoon City Police Department. It is totally accessible to series beginners while still being replete with Easter eggs to please the Resi devout. This demonstrates how horror should be done and shows how much more life there is in Capcom’s historic franchise.

On May 7, 2021, Resident Evil Village debuted to great acclaim; yet, despite being brilliant in some areas, it didn’t quite reach the same heights as the reinvention of the second main series entry.

13 Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Game development company: Insomniac Platform(s): PS4, PS5

Although the current generation of consoles had a rather rocky debut, Spider-Man Miles Morales stood out. This 15-hour stand-alone adventure places players in the shoes of the alternate Spider-Man, continuing the story from Marvel’s Spider-Man from 2018. The second Spidey game from Insomniac is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also a complete delight to play. Miles Morales’ Christmas-time Harlem is a complete joy to swing around since it raises the bar for cinematic storytelling and provides players with a toybox full of new suit upgrades to play with. Look no farther if you’re looking for something entertaining and narrative-driven.

14 Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch Developer: Moon Studios

Magic exists in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. There are times when you’ll marvel how a platformer could possibly deliver such a fantastic experience. As soon as Ori, Naru, and Sein are introduced again, coupled with equally beautiful new character Ku, you’ll start to cry like a willow.

Developer Moon Studios succeeds in enhancing and perfecting every aspect of Ori and the Blind Forest’s gameplay, giving combat, exploration, and platforming additional depth and pleasures. A captivating journey from beginning to end.

15 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Switch, Developer: Eidos Montreal

Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel is a blast. As Star-Lord, you’ll quickly find yourself enmeshed in a mission to save the galaxy itself from an approaching catastrophe with your motley gang of other heroes. Eidos Montreal did a terrific job of bringing the Milano ship to life as a living in space, with fantastic stories driving the quest. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is full of surprises, laughs, heartbreaking moments, and some wonderful characters to bond with, along with decisions to be made and strange alien blobs to shoot down. Prepare yourself for a crazy ride.

16 Control

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Remedy Entertainment

Perhaps the studio’s oddest and best work to date is Remedy’s most recent foray into the new weird. Assuming you are Jesse, the recently appointed Director of the Federal Bureau of Control, it is your responsibility to explore the Oldest House, the bureau’s headquarters, which is as eerie, wonderful, and enigmatic as it sounds.

Control is a preternatural pill of kaleidoscopic devastation with its supernaturally flavoured third-person shooter combat, delectably off-kilter story, and genuinely jaw-dropping visuals, with each moment seeming to exceed the last in its pure, bizarre splendour. Oh, and without giving too much away, fans of Alan Wake won’t want to miss this.

17 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo is the developer. Switch is the platform.

Who would have guessed that the Zelda series would be the one to debut one of the greatest open worlds ever? Zelda’s first—no, Link’s first—journey on the Nintendo Switch is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it’s one of his best ever. There is a tonne lot do! Breath of the Wild is possibly the best RPG currently available on Switch, including everything from locating the 900 Korok Seeds to battling Guardians and finishing shrines.

18 God of War

PC, PS4 Platform(s): Sony Santa Monica Studio

God of War PS4 has raised the bar for the God of War franchise, which has always been fantastic. Players now control Kratos and explore locations right out of Norse mythology instead of following a linear storyline. Because of its brutality, badassness, and mind-blowing beauty, we dubbed it one of “PlayStation’s finest moments.”

19 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Ubisoft

It would be an understatement to suggest that Assassin’s Creed has grown old in recent years. For its 12th core adventure, Ubisoft heard our complaints, which is a relief. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla allows players to embrace the rage of a blood-soaked Viking by doing away with the series’ boring forced stealth and truly committing to a grin-inducing historical power fantasy. The head-cleaving, fortress-toppling Valhalla is a welcome change of pace after years of scaling towers and moving extremely slowly under the shadow of adversaries. Ye Olde England in Valhalla offers the most realistic and varied open environment created by Ubisoft to date, as well as refreshingly gritty gameplay.

20 Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo is the developer. Switch is the platform.

In Super Mario Odyssey, everyone’s favourite plumber and his new best friend Cappy made a purposeful leap onto the Nintendo Switch. To rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s grasp, set out on another perilous journey over several worlds and encounter both friendly and terrifying individuals. The charm and engaging gameplay from earlier instalments are still present in Super Mario Odyssey, which also adds new mechanics of its own and keeps up with contemporary gameplay components.

21 Elden Ring

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and FromSoftware

As the Tarnished, you are transported to the expansive open world of the Lands Between by FromSoftware’s action role-playing game. Elden Ring offers a deep, captivating experience that will keep your interest with dungeons to explore, formidable enemies to defeat, and a variety of obstacles to overcome. While you can anticipate a number of challenging encounters, nothing quite compares to the sense of relief you get after you defeat a particularly formidable foe. Elden Ring immediately became one of the most popular games of 2022 and is regarded as one of the best FromSoftware games ever because to character customization and an amazing fantasy setting to explore. As of August 2022, it had sold over 16 million copies since its debut.

22 Red Dead Redemption 2

PC, Xbox One, and PS4 platform(s): Rockstar

Is Rockstar’s western epic a better place to start this list off? Red Dead Redemption 2 puts you in the role of Arthur Morgan as a prequel to the first game. As a member of Dutch van der Linde’s gang, you can meander around the breathtakingly gorgeous wild west on horseback, hunting animals, playing poker, going fishing, and more. Once you’ve completed the 80+ hour journey, log onto Red Dead Online for more action-packed western adventures.

23 Horizon Forbidden West

Platform(s): PS4, PS5 Developer: Guerrilla Games

Dinosaurian robots. Do we really need to say more? Most likely not, but we will. In this massive follow-up to Horizon Zero Dawn, you take control of Aloy once more in a wide, rich open-world environment full of mysteries to solve, trinkets to locate, and perils to avoid. In this narrative-driven role-playing game, which starts up where Zero Dawn left off, you once again battle the land’s resident robot dinosaurs, ranging in size from the diminutive Watchers to the terrible Snapmaws, Thunderjaws, and others. Even if the climbing can be a little tricky, Forbidden West offers a captivating experience that will captivate you.

24 The Last Of Us 2

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Naughty Dog

To be fair, The Last of Us is a game that we could have easily mentioned here, but its sequel, The Last of Us 2, took the basic concept and made it better in every way. Expect themes of love, grief, and more breathtaking moments than you can shake a homemade Molotov cocktail at, just like its predecessor. Humanity and morality were not exactly lacking in the first Last of Us adventure, but the sequel turns those themes up to eleven and is the better for it.

25 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Platform(s): Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

The remainder of The Witcher 3 might be deemed flawless if you can master a brand-new fighting system that does away with the majority of clichés found in earlier games. You are the Witcher known to you and I as a monster killer, Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher 3 has so much to offer that it may initially appear overwhelming. However, after you’ve finished your first few monster contracts and started Geralt’s quest to find the people he loves, you won’t want to put the game down until you’ve reached the end and killed countless adversaries.

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