When it comes to gaming, the PC beats any console hands-down. We've put together a list of 32 must-have PC games.

Consoles may have become the centre of modern gaming, but let's face it - the PC is the original and best gaming platform. The granddaddy of all consoles, it defines gaming culture and there's no better place to play the most hardware-frying games or reminisce about old times than the PC. We've put together a list of the 32 best PC games that will keep you enthralled for hours.

32: The Sims 2

There's really nothing we can tell you that you don't already know. It's The Sims 2, after all: the current incarnation of the most wildly popular PC franchise in history. It's got eight expansions packs, eight stuff packs, a sequel on the way, and a movie in production. And just in case you spend your life hiding under the bed, here's a rundown on its gameplay: you live. You're born, you grow up, you procreate, you have babies, you die, and your spawn continues the cycle of virtual life. Who would have thought 10 years ago that one of the most popular games in the world would have a potty meter?

31: Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

Genocide. Treachery. Friendship. Defection. Galactic heroism. Wing Commander IV was the last game of the series to be helmed by creator Chris Roberts, and it was, by far, the best. An interactive movie and space flight simulator, it had us playing as a mature and seasoned Mark Hamill, ducking in and out of the cockpit and exploring a vast web of branching storylines. Surprisingly decent acting, awesome gameplay, and a story that belonged in theaters made The Price of Freedom one of the sweetest games of the 90s.

30: Counter-Strike: Source

Before there was Halo, there was Counter-Strike: the game that everyone played, even if they didn't play games. What started out as a Half-Life mod turned into the most popular online shooter ever created. Its simple, round-based, terrorists vs counter-terrorists gameplay was fuelled by a genre-first weapon purchase system, and the elegance and perfection of Dust sealed the deal. CS: Source came along when Half-Life 2 was released, porting the game into a next-generation engine and stopping the rampant cheating. Despite what some critics said, Valve made the right choice with the port; CS is an experience that will stay pure forever.

29: System Shock 2

Bioshock is nifty, we know. The thing is, you can't die in Bioshock; it's perpetually locked in easy mode. If you want a game that has the feel of 2K Boston's descent into Rapture, but with the added element of absolute terror, then you've got to look at what came before the search for Adam. System Shock 2 was Bioshock's own Big Daddy, and where the latter ventured into a gruesome past, SS2 brought us forward, into a grim and haunted future where a rogue computer system named SHODAN brought your nightmares to life. If you're into fright fests and can get around the dated graphics, this one's an absolute necessity.

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  3. Indigo Prophecy and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  4. Fallout 2 and Supreme Commander
  5. Battlefield 2 and The Longest Journey
  6. Sins of a Solar Empire and Diablo II
  7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Starcraft
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