This has been one of the best generations for great single-player experiences, with the release of critical successes like Breath of the Wild, God of War, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order proving players are still just as hungry for solo adventures. However, despite the genre’s continued success, cries that “single-player games are dying!” continue to flood online discussions.

This specific paranoia can be attributed to a shift in players’ perceptions regarding where the industry is headed. With more game developers focusing their efforts to create live service experiences with an emphasis on online multiplayer, it’s easy to see why fans of single-player games are growing increasingly concerned.

To prove the genre is still alive and well, here we’ll be highlighting some of the best single-player games to check out on PC and current-gen consoles in 2019. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

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    The Outer Worlds

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    The Outer Worlds

    Obsidian is no amateur when it comes to crafting immersive RPGs packed with interesting and memorable characters. The Outer Worlds is a testament to the studio’s dedication to single-player experiences and delivers the engrossing role-playing quality Bethesda games seem to have lost as of late.

    In it, you play as The Stranger, an unknown variable tasked with determining the fate of the Halcyon Space Colony and its starving citizens. During your adventure you’ll travel to different planets and meet unique characters who all have a story (and usually a quest) to share. A first-person perspective adds a deeper sense of immersion and mechanics such as Tactical Time Dilation (similar to V.A.T.S. in Fallout) allows you to carefully plan out your next attack in the heat of battle.

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

    Respawn’s take on the Star Wars universe is something to truly behold. Mirroring the cinematic presentation of games like Uncharted and Tomb Raider along with a light sprinkling of Dark Souls’ combat, the third-person single-player RPG has something to offer for nearly every kind of player. 

    Set after the events of Episode III, Fallen Order sees you playing as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan tasked with uncovering the mysteries of an ancient civilization while constantly hunted by the Empire’s deadly Inquisitors. Equipped with force powers and his trusty lightsaber, Cal is more than capable of dealing with anything the Empire throws at him as he makes his way across new and familiar planets with his droid sidekick, BD-1.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Platform: Switch

    The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

    Launching alongside the Switch and going on to sell more copies than the console itself, Breath of the Wild is arguably the quintessential Switch game and deserves a spot in every player’s collection. It manages to update the Zelda formula while staying true to the series’ roots, evident by the numerous easter eggs and references to earlier Zelda titles.

    However, the real highlight is the game’s ability to turn any mundane task into an enjoyable experience, with activities like cooking, paragliding, and rock-climbing all feeling like their own mini-games designed to keep you engaged. While you could easily spend hundreds of hours wandering around Hyrule’s massive environments, most of BOTW‘s content is optional, leaving it to the player to decide what to do and where to go. 

    Marvel’s Spider-Man

    Platform: PS4

    Marvel’s Spider Man

    Insomniac Games really struck a homerun with bringing the web-slinger onto the PS4. Marvel’s Spider-Man captures what it’s like to watch a Marvel movie, with the added benefit of putting you in control of the hero. Whether you’re watching a cut scene, chasing down a stolen truck, or just aimlessly swinging around Manhattan, the game always feels cinematic and engrossing.

    Its combat borrows the best parts of the Batman: Arkham series and uses them in a way that feels natural to how Spider-Man would take down foes. Side activities like collecting backpacks and photographing landmarks never feel like a chore, but rather an excuse to utilize the game’s amazing swinging mechanics and explore the streets of NYC. 

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is a bold game across all fronts; Rockstar set out to not only make a satisfying sequel to the original game, but provide players with a realistic open-world that makes every animation and activity carry weight over the course of the game. While certain parts, like the painfully long animal skinning animation may be too repetitive for some, these small details add to the overall experience.

    It’s hard not to get invested in the game as you watch Arthur Morgan’s character arc unfold, witnessing firsthand how much pain he’s caused for others and himself. Although Red Dead 2 sometimes feels like it’s working against the player, its beautiful story and well-crafted world are worth checking out for yourself.

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is by far the best-looking entry in the historically-based action RPG, breathing new life into the now twelve-year-old franchise while telling an original story set in ancient Greece. The game blurs the line between realism and power fantasy even further by providing players with new combat options, including the neat ability to kick enemies off ledges 300-style.

    In terms of visuals, Odyssey is a carefully-blended mix of confident art design and technical wizardry, the result being an immersive open-world game whose magic and wonder could rival that of the gods of Olympus. The game boasts a strikingly realistic depiction of ancient Greece while offering an epic adventure filled with enough quests to keep you busy for upwards of 70 hours.

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

    The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3’s intimidatingly-large open-world is simply too enticing not to explore, offering seemingly infinites opportunities to venture off the beaten path and into the unknown. You play as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as a Witcher, on an adventure to find your adopted daughter who’s being pursued by an evil force known as the Wild Hunt.

    In addition to his two swords, Geralt can wield magical powers which add an extra layer to combat and make battling enemies more satisfying. When you’re not slaying powerful monsters, you’re taking in local sights found throughout The Witcher 3’s bustling cities, war-ravaged swamps, dense forests, and sprawling caves.

    Death Stranding

    Platform: PS4

    Death Stranding

    Death Stranding will no doubt go down as one of the most divisive games of this generation, with some critics and fans considering it to be an absolute masterpiece while others deem it to be utter garbage. The walking sim features all the hallmarks of a Kojima game: a convoluted story, unique gameplay mechanics, and highly-atmospheric environments. 

    The game sees you controlling Sam Porter Bridges, a delivery man tasked with reconnecting a divided world brimming with invisible monsters and corrupt. To do this, he must travel to different cities and deliver supplies to those in need, all while avoiding monstrous enemies called “BTs” in addition to environmental hazards such as Timefall, which causes Sam and his gear to quickly deteriorate.  

    Resident Evil 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Resident Evil 2

    Following the success of the first Resident Evil remake, Capcom’s updated version of Resident Evil 2 is nothing short of a survival horror game masterpiece. It features completely redone assets as well as some QoL improvements that bring the 20-year-old title feel on par with current-gen releases.

    Players control rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield as they attempt to escape Raccoon City amid a zombie apocalypse. While the core experience of RE2 has remained pretty much the same and sees players scavenging for ammo and healing items, the story has been reworked in some areas, giving characters like Ada Wong a much more prominent role. 

    Doom

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

    Doom

    What better way to spend your time waiting for the release of Doom Eternal than checking out the first game. 2016’s Doom was a return to form for id Software’s iconic first-person shooter, featuring more brutal combat, gory executions, overpowered guns, and last but not least, more Doom Guy.

    What’s more the game is just as visually-impressive today as it was at launch thanks to fluid, cinematic-quality animations, disturbingly-detailed blood splatters, and an abundance of explosive weapons. Doom also boasts a new upgrade system which lets players invest in weapons they like along with stylish Glory Kill executions.

    Metro Exodus

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Metro Exodus

    The Metro series continues to improve with each new installment and Metro Exodus is by far the most impressive entry to date. Aside from supporting ray-tracing, featuring an immersive redesigned HUD, and offering more visually-detailed weapons, the story-driven first-person shooter introduces new environments for players to explore as they travel through a post-apocalyptic Russian wasteland.

    The game sees you playing as everyone’s favorite Russian scavenger, Artyom, as he sets off to find a new home for his family aboard the Aurora, a massive steam-powered train. However, the journey is far from simple, with harsh weather conditions, ammo-scarcity, lethal radiation, and a host of mutated creatures threatening your survival at every turn.

    Hitman 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Hitman 2

    Hitman 2 builds upon the success of the previous game in a lot of ways, most notably in the size and scope of its sandbox environments. The sequel pushes the Glacier 2 engine to its full potential, rendering intricately designed levels such as a crowded racing event in Miami, Florida and a shady mining operation located beneath a lush Colombian rainforest.

    Levels are more detailed and offer additional opportunities to cause trouble as everyone’s favorite bald assassin by taking advantage of new disguises and the game’s hilariously-unpredictable AI.  Additionally, replaying levels and experimenting in order to uncover all of the possible strategies for fulfilling a contract can become quite addictive.

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider may not be the strongest entry in the rebooted series but it’s definitely the most brutal, depicting a much darker and more violent Lara Croft than previous games. The Eidos Montréal developed action-adventure game sees the iconic explorer venturing to a gorgeous, tropical rainforest in a race to stop the evil organization Trinity from unleashing an ancient Mayan apocalypse.

    Gone are the days of playing as an inexperienced tomb raider who was willing to stand her ground when necessary, but typically avoided combat. Instead, we get a version of Lara who’s not only capable but more than willing to kill Trinity’s soldiers using an array of new tools, traps, and weapons.

    Darkest Dungeon

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

    Darkest Dungeon

    Not many games manage to blend Lovecraftian horror with dungeon crawling as masterfully as Darkest Dungeon, a turn-based RPG that tasks players with recruiting and training a team of heroes as they traverse hellish environments littered with both physical and psychological dangers. Featuring hand-drawn, gothic crowquill visuals, the game presents a disturbing world filled with supernatural horrors.

    Each of the 16+ character classes included come equipped with special skills and flaws that can be combined in interesting ways and often lead to devastating outcomes for both party members and enemies. Challenging turn-based battles are made more intense thanks to features like permadeath and an affliction system which assigns characters psychological debuffs such as paranoia, masochism, fear, and irrationality.

    Divinity: Original Sin II

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

    Divinity Original Sin II

    Divinity: Original Sin II is one of the best incarnations of a video-game approach to tabletop RPGs. The game has you and up to three party members exploring the fantasy world of Rivellon. You can create your character, choosing their race, gender, stats, and even origin story, or pick from a handful of pre-made ones.

    The game truly shines in how many tools and possibilities it provides you with for tackling challenges. Usually, if you can think of a bizarre, out of the box solution for a problem, Original Sin II has a way for you to attempt it. The co-op version of the game is worth mentioning as well, which allows you and your friends to split up completely and perform actions that will affect the game’s world for every member of your party.

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain

    What Phantom Pain lacks in storytelling, it makes up for with solid stealth mechanics and entertaining gameplay. The game serves as the ninth installment in the Metal Gear series, and notably the last entry developed by Kojima Productions. Its story is set after the events of Ground Zeroes, and has you playing as Big Boss, who after waking up from a coma, enlists a group of mercenaries to help him exact revenge on those that put him in said coma.

    While cutscenes can be ridiculously long and characters don’t feel compelling enough for you to feel invested in, the real star is Phantom Pain’s open-ended approach to missions. Players are given a lot of freedom in how they choose to tackle challenges like infiltrating enemy bases and rescuing prisoners. The game does reward you for using non-lethal approaches but can totally be played by going in guns blazing.

    Disco Elysium

    Platform: PC

    Disco Elysium

    A hallmark of single-player games is being able to transport the player into someone else’s shoes, where their free to explore a world separate from their own. Disco Elysium takes it a step further by giving players the utmost control over shaping and molding their character’s political, emotional, psychological, and physical nature.

    Set in the fictional city of Revachol, a location marked by the collapse of a failed communist revolution, this isometric story-driven RPG sees you playing as a detective sent to investigate the murder of a man found hanging from a tree. Struggling with amnesia and emotional distress, you’ll find yourself navigating through dialogue-heavy encounters in search of clues while acquiring unique skills based on your preferred playstyle.

    Control

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Control

    Control carries over a lot of the themes and mechanics found in previous Remedy games such as Quantum Break and Alan Wake. In it, you control Jesse Faden, a woman equipped with supernatural abilities and a shape-shifting gun called the Service Weapon as she explores a secret government facility called the Oldest House.

    Combining elements of Metroidvanias, third-person shooters, and science fiction, Control is a thrilling rollercoaster of frenetic combat and dynamic exploration. As Jesse delves deeper into the Oldest House, areas begin to shift and change, revealing new pathways which can be accessed by combining superpowers ranging from levitation to telekinesis.

    Outer Wilds

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Outer Wilds

    Outer Wilds is a narrative-driven mystery game in which players control a character trapped in a perpetual 22 minute time-loop a la Groundhog Day. As the newest recruit of Outer Wilds Ventures, an up-and-coming space program looking to expand its knowledge of space and its many secrets, you’re tasked with exploring nearby planets within your solar system.

    Your journey sees you traveling to lore-rich planets with distinct weather conditions and hidden locations to discover. However, unraveling the mysteries of your alien ancestors won’t be so easy, with black holes, oxygen deprivation, and other extreme environmental hazards constantly get in your way.

    What Remains of Edith Finch

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

    What Remains of Edith Finch

    What Remains of Edith Finch is a story-heavy walking sim in which you play as the last remaining member of the Finch family who, following the death of their mother, returns to the old family home which has been abandoned for years. You soon learn about a perceived family curse, in which all but one member of every generation dies under unusual circumstances.

    As the game progresses you learn more about your relatives and their untimely deaths by exploring their bedrooms and reliving memory sequences from their perspectives. There are plenty of family secrets to uncover and even some mysteries about Edith herself get revealed towards the end of the game’s brief two-hour story.

    SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

    Platform: Switch / PC

    SteamWorld Quest Hand of Gilgamech

    SteamWorld Quest is card-strategy RPG developed and published by Swedish developer Image & Form, best known for the SteamWorld series, with Quest set in the same universe. The game has you guiding a party of courageous heroes through a hand-drawn world where you’ll encounter fierce enemies and make startling discoveries.

    Along the way, you’ll build a deck from over 100 unique cards that can be used to deal damage, perform spells, and affect the flow of battle. The turn-based strategy game wonderfully blends Image & Form’s staple steampunk aesthetic with traditional fantasy elements, making it stand out visually while still delivering a robust card-battling RPG.

    Bloodborne

    Platform: PS4

    Bloodborne

    Bloodborne maintains the high level of difficulty FromSoftware is known for injecting into their games while featuring more fluid, fast-paced combat than Dark Souls. Decrepit, Victorian era-inspired environments pair nicely alongside your character’s gruesome attacks which send enemies’ blood shooting out as you methodically slash away with an array of blades and axes.

    Just like with the Souls series, Bloodborne features a number of well-designed enemies and intense boss battles that will leave you sighing with relief once you’ve managed to get past them. The game does a great job at immersing you in an unsettling world where danger lurks around every corner and the only way to escape is to kill first, ask questions later. 

    Judgment

    Platform: PS4

    Judgment

    Set within the Yakuza universe, Judgment is an action-packed detective game which includes numerous references to the Japanese beat-em-up along with cameos from well-known characters. The story follows lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami after he’s been assigned to a murder case involving a killer who removes their victims’ eyes.

    Players are tasked with searching the fictional Tokyo district of Kamurocho in search of clues while assisting on smaller cases and frequently engaging in alleyway brawls with thugs. While a majority of these activities can feel repetitive after a while, Judgment does a great job at telling its story, which is made much more accessible thanks to the addition of an English dub. 

    Persona 5

    Platform: PS4

    Persona 5

    Persona 5 is the most recent installment of the long-running JRPG series developed by Atlus. You play as a Japanese teenager codenamed Joker who moves to Tokyo for high school and has their whole life turned upside down when a series of supernatural events start to occur. 

    In true RPG fashion, the game grants you a lot of freedom to decide how you’ll spend your days, who you’ll befriend, and which Personas will join you in battle. With its hundred-hour playtime, catchy soundtrack, and over-the-top story, Persona 5 is a whirlwind of emotions that’s hard to walk away from once you’re hooked.

    Nier: Automata

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Nier Automata

    Automata’s quirks are what makes it stand out from other open-world games; unconventional features such as a fully-customizable HUD offer players a level of control not typically found in games of this nature. While its story may feel convoluted at times, Nier: Automata is a one-of-a-kind game that’s not afraid to blend genres and frequently break the fourth wall.

    Devil May Cry 5

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Devil May Cry 5

    Devil May Cry 5 stays true to the series’ core while offering a streamlined scoring system designed for newcomers. The hack n’ slash action game is set five years after DMC 4 and sees players controlling three demonic-powered protagonists: Dante, Nero, and V, as they try to prevent the Demon King Urizen from destroying the mortal realm.

    While veteran players will enjoy the return of Dante and Nero’s stylish playstyles, V offers a unique alternative, with his arsenal consisting of creature-summoning spells. If you enjoy fast-paced action, chaining together flashy combos and watching your score meter rise, this might be the perfect game for you. 

    God of War

    Platform: PS4

    God of War

    It’s crazy to think about how different 2018’s God of War is compared to previous games in the series. While the game is meant to be a soft reboot, with significant changes to combat mechanics and its narrative tone, in many ways it feels more like the next chapter in Kratos’ journey. Instead of just ripping monsters in half and reliving terrible nightmares, the Ghost of Sparta now has a son to look after, in addition to doing those other things.

    The shift from Greek to Norse mythology is handled well and provides Santa Monica Studio with a new treasure trove of rich lore to dig into. Additionally, God of War’s story feels surprisingly emotional, one that shows growth for a character many of us have spent more than a decade getting to know. And probably just as surprising is the fact that it manages to do so without compromising any of the murderous action we’ve come to expect from the series.

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an action-adventure game developed by FromSoftware and published by Activision. Set during 16th century Sengoku Japan, it sees the player controlling Wolf, a deadly Shinobi with a versatile prosthetic-arm as he sets out to exact revenge against the samurai who’s wronged him.

    The game features more stealth mechanics and traversal options than other FromSoftware games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, including a grappling hook that lets players latch on to rooftops and quickly escape. However, you can expect the same FromSoftware polish when it comes to combat as Wolf has an arsenal of abilities which can be combined for devastating effects.

    Hollow Knight

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

    Hollow Knight

    By this point, Hollow Knight has pretty much secured a spot in Metroidvania hall of fame. The game is centered on its title protagonist, a silent sword-wielding knight on a quest to unlock the mysteries of Hallownest, a dark and dangerous kingdom that offers great rewards to any brave enough to explore its treacherous environments.

    The 2D action-platformer does an excellent job at finding new ways to use its Metroidvania format to encourage exploration by providing the player with massive environments littered with collectibles and rewards. Additionally, experimenting with different load-outs opens up new opportunities to min/max and gain access to hidden areas.

    Stardew Valley

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

    Stardew Valley

    Inspired by the beloved Harvest Moon games, Stardew Valley is a farming sim game that offers players a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Days are spent growing crops, gathering resources, crafting items, exploring mines and completing tasks for a cast of well-written NPCs, each with their own distinct personality.

    The game offers a lot of flexibility in terms of how you choose to spend your days, allowing you to focus on doing the activities you enjoy most. Over the in-game years, you’ll get to know the community of Stardew Valley well, forming relationships that can leave a lasting impression. Additionally, the game supports modding on PC, allowing you explore a bevy of new in-game items as well as reduce grinding.

    Super Mario Odyssey

    Platform: Switch

    Super Mario Odyssey

    Super Mario Odyssey has Nintendo’s iconic Italian plumber setting off on a new quest to yet again rescue Princess Peach after she’s kidnapped by Bowser. However, this time you’re not alone as a new companion, a sentient hat named Cappy, joins you for a 3D-platformer adventure reminiscent of Super Mario 64.

    Cappy gives Mario access to new powers, such as the ability to possess other creatures and objects, adding a new layer of strategy for traversing environments, defeating enemies, and solving puzzles. Odyssey features 16 different worlds, a plethora of collectibles, new outfits for Mario, and many more secrets just waiting to be discovered.

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Kingdom Come Deliverance

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven action RPG set in a medieval open-world. Players control Henry, the son of a blacksmith who decides to join a resistance combating invading raiders after his parents and village are slaughtered. More broadly, it takes place during the Holy Roman Empire when the death of Emperor Charles IV causes two heirs to wage war over the throne. 

    The game presents itself as a realistic medieval sim with a plethora of different survival mechanics designed to immerse players such as hunger, thirst, sleep, and hygiene. While you won’t find any dragons or magic, Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s medieval-based combat can be immensely rewarding once you make it past the steep learning curve.

    Return of the Obra Dinn

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

    Return of the Obra Dinn

    From the mind of Lucas Pope, the same developer that brought us Papers, Please, comes Return of the Obra Dinn, a stand-out title for both its bold, 1-bit monochromatic art style as well as its ability to take you on an engaging, atmospheric adventure. You play as an insurance adjuster, tasked with determining how the crew of a mysterious ship met their demise.

    To complete your task, you’re given a ‘Memento Mortem’, a pocket-watch capable of replaying a person’s final moments before death. The game offers little in terms of tutorials and hand-holding, encouraging you to make discovers on your own by paying close attention to clues you encounter along your journey.

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