What are the best PC games to play with a controller?

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    #1Rocket League

    Rocket League

    Rocket League, a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, is a multiplayer football game that involves cars. Released in 2015, the football racing game was developed and published by Psyonix, Inc.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One


    Thomas Hughes
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "I am a super fan of this game and it is more convenient for me to play this one on switch. Though there were some little bit of changes coz the game had to adjust to the platform but still, it's a good game for me!"
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    #2Dark Souls III

    Dark Souls III

    Dark Souls III is a dark action RPG video game which is the fourth installment in the Souls series developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. This game is the fastest selling game in Bandai Namco's history. 


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Crystal Williamson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The action drama, fantasy game for the PC the kids and the adult also love to play this action game. The graphics, and the animation also attractive.Dark Souls III successfully replicates the winning formula of the Souls series, a wondrous combination of majestic boss battles, incredible layered environments full of secrets, and precise combat that can make other action RPGs difficult to play once you’ve mastered the art.”"
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    #3Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game for Windows computers, and for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4 video game consoles. It was developed by Rockstar North and released by Rockstar Games in 2013.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3


    Jason Richards
    Written on December 26, 2018
    "It's been 5 years since it launched and yet I still find reasons to come back and play this game. Plenty of mods to play around with and the GTA Online keeps getting better with new content. Playing it with a controller on pc works just as well as it does on its console counterparts."


Did you know the first video game console is Magnavox Odyssey 100 which was first released in 1972? The main features of the Odyssey 100 were very basic and it includes two games. Neither of the games had on-screen scoring and only used a buzzer for a sound. And now some of the most popular video game consoles are Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 4, and Xbox One Elite. Back then, the mouse and keyboard are the best PC game controllers. Although nowadays, you see people play PC games that use a game controller. This is happening as more console games make their way to the PC. And that is why some PC games are better suited to play with a controller aside from the mouse and keyboard. The Dark Souls III and Grand Theft Auto V are some of the PC games to play with a controller. Yet, for people who would like to bring the fun from console to their smartphones, for instance to their iPhones, there are iOS games that support PS4 controllers!

But, there are specific controllers for other game genres which will be a perfect fit for your play style. Some come with customizable buttons, while others have a simpler design. It is also better to use a controller for comfy couch gaming when you are using a TV as your gaming PC. Of course, there are several options to choose from in general, but you must find the perfect match for you. 

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    #4Mortal Kombat X

    Mortal Kombat X
    Mortal Kombat X is an arcade fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and High Voltage Software. It contains characters from the iconic series with an all-new gameplay style that allows players to have variations of each character.


    Amazon, Windows, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS

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    Parakram Mehra
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "If there is any game I have played and had so much fun,Its Mortal Kombat X.It is amazingly interesting and on another level of fighting that keeps me glued to the game without realizing how fast time passes.The game combines unparalleled,cinematic presentation with all new game play."
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    #5The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac is an action-adventure and RPG game where you have to escape your deranged mother who wants to sacrifice you. It was developed and published by Edmund McMillen.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Craig Coleman
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "The game is a good deal of fun, if you can get past the punishing difficulty. As a PC game it's really good, and seems to play ok with a controller, but I really prefer the keyboard controls for this particular game. "
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    #6Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a cross-platform fairytale themed adventure. Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. 

    Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360


    Ramón Hurtado
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "I always play this one coz it's very hard for me to control the twin without a controller! And of course, the controller makes it easier, I am using Xbox 360 by the way."
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    #7Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a 3D open-world action adventure video game. It is the seventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series. This single-player story centers on Carl Johnson who returns home after his mother's murder. 

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PlayStation 2


    Gloria Ward
    Written on December 4, 2017
    "I grew up playing GTA. And let me tell you this one did not let me down. It's easy to control on a controller, coming from PC, I was sceptical. Very well put together and the controls are very simple."
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    #8Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V is a cross-platform arcade fighting video game developed and published by Capcom. It can be played in different modes such as Arcade and Extra Battle. This is the latest main installment in the Street Fighter series.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Ishan Kapoor
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "Street Fighter V is the best PC game to play with a controller and easily my favorite. I've been playing Street Fighter since I was a kid and this edition is phenomenal. Most importantly, the gameplay is "on point" which is critical in such games. They brought back all my favorite characters and this is the one game my best friend and I play the most."
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    #9Assassin's Creed: Origins

    Assassin's Creed: Origins

    Assassin's Creed Origins is an open-world role-playing adventure game from Ubisoft. It is the 10th installment of the Assassin's Creed series. It is set in ancient Egypt and around the Great Pyramids in Giza.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One

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    Ashley Holmes
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "Assassin's Creed Origins was just released in October 2017. It's a classic game that has stood the test of time on any platform. It works well and looks great on PC. A controller is needed for optimal gameplay. I liked the speed which it worked and I was able to control the character in depth. Overall, a great game for PC with the correct controller."
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    FIFA 18 is a sports simulation video game created by Electronic Arts Sports. It was released in September 2017 and is playable across different platforms. It is the 26th installment in the FIFA video game series.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One

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    Vihaan Nair
    Written on September 30, 2018
    "tried a Fifa game on switch before but enjoyed it on a controller. could pull off some swervy moves with the buttons on the switch but it was without hassle to make those moves using the old reliable controller."
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    #11Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

    Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

    Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is an action and RPG games that brings obscurity & gripping gameplay to a new level. It was developed by FromSoftware, Inc and published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and FromSoftware, Inc.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Michael Fox
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "This dark souls game is so much fun! I was looking for a game to play with my friend since we like to play games together and this one I had never heard about. We got the game and was totally hooked after the first time we played it, we just couldn't stop and winded up playing for over 8 hours!"
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    #12Trine 2

    Trine 2
    Trine 2 is a multiplatform multiplayer game. In Trine 2 the player controls three heroes: Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the Thief - who continue their adventures together in a magical kingdom.

    Windows, Mac, Android, PlayStation 4


    Navya Malik
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "I played this game with a couple of friends, and we all loved it. Loved the characters and graphics. I recommend it to all the gamers I know."
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    #13Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City
    Batman: Arkham City is an action-adventure video game and It is the sequel to the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City's most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and many others. 

    Windows, Mac


    Pamela Lee
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "Love this game. Its very fast pace and has a great story line. You should definitely have a controller when playing this on the pC otherwise, it might get very difficult to navigate the maps."
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    #14Batman: Arkham Knight

    Batman: Arkham Knight
    Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth installment in the action role-playing video game series: Batman: Arkham by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. It was released in 2015 after the 2013 game, Batman: Arkham Origins.

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Gregory Simpson
    Written on September 30, 2018
    "sometimes i find it hard to aim and drive using a controller when playkng batman but it is easier to sneak through enemies and fight bosses using the controller, that's why i am happy this was included in the listing. "
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    #15NBA 2K18

    NBA 2K18

    NBA 2K18 is a basketball simulation game from Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. It is the 19th installment of the NBA 2K series and was released in September 2017. It features the new game mode: Run the Neighborhood mode.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch


    Jeffrey Newman
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "I just bought NBA 2K18, and I must admit that this series become always better, year after year! Great graphics, and always more realistic movements of the players, make it look like a real match you might be watching on TV! 5 stars for it, deserved!"
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    #16Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

    Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

    Dark Souls is a hack and slash video game developed by From Software. Dark Souls™: Prepare to Die Edition will include an untold chapter in the world of Lordran. Sent back to the past, the player will discover the story when Knight Artorias still lives.


    PlayStation 3, Windows

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    Roger Elliott
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition has great input/output when used with a mouse and keyboard, when using with a controller, the latency is slowed down dramatically and can cause you to get killed while trying to play. I have updated everything and followed the directions very closely and it still lags."
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    #17Portal 2

    Portal 2
    Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle video game developed by Valve that features a humorous story. In the game, the "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has been expanded to allow you to design co-op puzzles for you and your friends.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


    Samantha Jackson
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "Not only is Portal 2 a great game just in general and even includes some hilariously funny subtext, but it's also a great option if you're looking for a great PC game to use your controller with. I recommend this game to everyone and anyone who uses a controller to game on their PC - it's just one of the best options out there and is endlessly entertaining."
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    #18XCOM 2

    XCOM 2

     XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactical strategy game developed by Firaxis Games. It serves as the sequel to the game XCOM: Enemy Unknown in 2012. This aliened-themed game features guerrilla combat where players get to decide on how to strike their enemies.


    Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Linux


    Samuel Parker
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Xcom 2 is a fun game. I would recommend it to anyone who likes turn based and strategy games."
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    #19XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based tactical video game created by Firaxis Games and Feral Interactive. It is a reboot of the 1994 classic video game, UFO: Enemy Unknown. It was released in 2012 for different platforms.


    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Xbox 360

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Mark Matthews
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "I found this game quite fun, actually. I don't usually like space simulators but this was definitely better than Elite: Dangerous. The learning curve is only as steep as you want it to be so as the game goes on you can always learn more and become better, or you can be happy without totally nerding out on the game."
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    Bastion is a cool indie game based in a roguelike gameplay with many dungeon crawler elements. The game has an innovative system which features a reactive narrator who marks all your moves. It is developed by Supergiant Games.

    Windows, iOS, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Gregory Hunter
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "What a fun game! It has full controller support, so you are good to go in that regard if you are wanting to use a controller."
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    #21Euro Truck Simulator 2

    Euro Truck Simulator 2

    Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a simulation game developed and published by SCS Software. It provides a truck driver experience from truck customization, game world features such as landmarks, and up to creating own transportation company.


    Windows, Mac, Android


    Gloria Cook
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "This is a good game for PC and it uses a controller. I was hoping for a better recommendation though. "
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    Transistor is a science fiction action, indie, and RPG game where the player takes on the role of the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, fighting against her enemies known as the Process. It is developed and published by Supergiant Games.


    Mac, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4


    Eric Munoz
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "I don’t think transistor is the best game, sure, it lends itself to the game play but it’s really not needed. A mouse and keyboard work for it. Dark Soul’s on the other hand, basically needs a controller. The PC controls are so wonky you’d have to be some kind of masochist to choose a keyboard and mouse over a controller. "
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    Helldivers is a hardcore, cooperative, twin-stick shooter set in a satirical dystopian future where mankind is ruled by a managed democracy. It is an action game developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and published by PlayStation Mobile, Inc.

    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Lee Mao
    Written on December 26, 2018
    "This is one difficult game to play regardless whether you're playing with a keyboard+mouse or controller. Best to have a friend come along to really enjoy and experience the game to its full potential."
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    #24Grand Theft Auto IV

    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Grand Theft Auto IV, also GTA IV, is a sandbox game developed by Rockstar North and the eleventh title in Grand Theft Auto series. It is an action and adventure game published by Rockstar Games.


    Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


    Sarah Carr
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "GTA is also a super fun game, though I don't know if having a controller for the PC makes it that much better (personally, I've always preferred playing most games on a console, and GTA is not much different). Still, it's a fun game and playing out your evil side is always fun. I'd definitely not recommend this for under 12 though."
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    #25Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate is an action-adventure stealth game set during the industrial revolution developed by Ubisoft. Players assume the roles of twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye who fight those who gain from the less privileged.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Debra Morris
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "This game only contains partial controller support on Steam. It would be better for a game with full controller support."
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    #26Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is an indie action game developed by Dennaton Games. It is the direct follow-up to the first game with the same name, which is set against a backdrop of escalating violence and retribution.


    Windows, Mac, Android


    Ralph Thompson
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "This is the way a follow up game should be built. Making a great game even better! Awesome and involving, and the sound track - background music rocks! "
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    #27Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami is an action game which blends top-down perspective with stealth, extreme violence, and surreal storytelling, along with a soundtrack and visuals influenced by 1980s culture.


    Windows, Mac, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita


    Christine Ryan
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "Throw back to early 90s. Plays surprisingly better with a controller."
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    #28Trine Enchanted Edition

    Trine Enchanted Edition
    Trine Enchanted Edition is a side-scrolling video game combining physics puzzles with action and RPG elements in a medieval theme. This game was published and developed by Frozenbyte.


    Windows, Mac


    Gabriel Meza
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "Trine is a decent Steam game, but there are definitely better RPGs out there. I do like the puzzle concept. A controller isn't really necessary for a side-scroller, it's actually more of a hassle."
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    #29For Honor

    For Honor

    For Honor is an arena game that involves dueling with your enemies. There are 3 factions: Knights, Samurai, and Vikings. Each faction has 4 classes of characters that are available to play, and they all have their own strengths and weaknesses.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Written on February 11, 2019
    "This game with its mechanics is better played on a controller due to the blocking and how the controls are laid out. It's also possible to play this with mouse and keyboard but I think this game design suits a controller better."
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    #30Batman Arkham Origins

    Batman Arkham Origins
    Batman: Arkham Origins is another instalment in the Arkham videogame franchise. The game features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

    Windows, PlayStation 3


    Vincent Spencer
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I really like this game because the graphics are really good. Also the world has gotten bigger! This is a fun almost arcade type play to use your controller with."
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    #31Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Trilogy

    Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Trilogy

    Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Trilogy is an action and adventure video game series from Ubisoft Entertainment first released in 2016. It can be played on Windows PC, and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.


    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows


    Christina Hauber
    Written on February 3, 2019
    "It is a really cool game if you're not really used to the controller yet. You can gain a really good controller game experience, without getting frustrated in other online controller games as a beginner eg. First Person Shooter or games in which you need good aim! A simple Jump and Run, with a good story and good 2D graphics. It's a little short but worth its money! :)"
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    #32South Park: The Stick of Truth

    South Park: The Stick of Truth
    An Epic Quest to Become...Cool.



    Neft Neft
    Written on July 7, 2019
    "The game came to consoles at first so the native mechanics are controller based."
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    Warframe is a free-to-play third-person shooter co-op action video game initially released on March 2013. It was developed and published by Digital Extremes and can be played on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch


    Andrea Perkins
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "I've played Warframe for a while now and really like the game play. I agree that it's the best PC game to play with a controller. The graphics are great and controller makes for easy gameplay."
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    Overwatch is a multiplayer online game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is a 6v6 battle game with dozens of heroes to choose from, and it is readily available for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Stela_ Gaming
    Written on February 10, 2019
    "I really love this game because its really fun and its my fav game."
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    Fortnite is a free online action building game developed and published by Epic Games in 2017. It can be played on almost all known gaming platforms and has separate software packages with different game modes that share the same gameplay.


    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, iOS, Nintendo Switch


    Derpy Hooves
    Written on November 3, 2018
    "Fortnite is the worst game ever created, far outshining the travesty that is E.T. on the Atari 2600, and it is ruining our society. If zero star ratings were possible, this is where I would use one. It is free and that is still too much to pay for a pile of utter garbage such as this."


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2Dark Souls IIIGames 50 Paid
3Grand Theft Auto VGames 50 Paid
4Mortal Kombat XGames 45 Free
5The Binding of IsaacGames 42 Paid
6Brothers: A Tale of Two SonsGames 42 Paid
7Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasGames 41 Paid
8Street Fighter VGames 41 Paid
9Assassin's Creed: OriginsGames 41 Paid
10FIFA18Games 38 Paid

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