The best PC games of 2006.
Battlefield 2142 is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game by EA Digital Illusions CE. It is the fourth game in the Battlefield series and the sequel to Battlefield 2. The game is set in the 22nd century during a new ice age.
The two military superpowers the European Union and Pan Asian Coalition battle for the remaining land in the new ice age. The single player mode consists of a maximum of 16 players, which includes 15 AI bots. Commander Mode from Battlefield 2 returns, as one player from each team, can apply and either accept or turn down the role of becoming a commander. In the commander position, the player has vital roles in the game such as deploying UAV’s, artillery strikes, airdropping supplies or vehicles for his team. The game features new categories of vehicles and weapons not seen in the previous game.
Company of Heroes is a real-time strategy video game by Relic Entertainment. It is the first title in the Company of Heroes series and the first game to use the Games for Windows label. A standalone expansion titled Opposing Fronts was released in 2007 followed by a second standalone expansion, Tales of Valor in 2009.
Gameplay takes place during World War II. The player takes command of two U.S. military units during the Battle of Normandy and the Allied liberation of France. Players must acquire resources, take control of certain points on the map and expand their territory. Players collect three resources: manpower, munitions, and fuel. The resources can be used for various things such as purchasing vehicles and constructing buildings. A sequel titled Company of Heroes 2 was released in 2013.
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is an action first-person shooter video game by Arkane Studios and Floodgate Entertainment.
The player takes control of Sareth, the apprentice of the wizard Phenrig. He is sent to the city of Stonehelm to accompany an expedition trying to retrieve a powerful artifact known as The Skull of Shadows. As the player completes objectives throughout the game, experience points are earned which can be used to buy skills in one of three skill trees: Combat, Magic, and Miscellaneous. The Combat tree improves the power and efficiency of physical attacks. Magic spells can be used to unleash offensive spells, heal the player or serve other purposes.
DEFCON is a real-time strategy video game by Introversion Software. The gameplay is reminiscent of the “big boards” that visually represented thermonuclear war in movies such as Dr. Strangelove, Fail-Safe and especially WarGames.
Players are given a 1980s vector graphics computer-themed world map, a varied arsenal of nuclear and conventional weaponry, and a primary objective: destroy as much of the enemy’s population as possible while having as little of one’s own population destroyed as possible. A typical game will see civilian casualties numbering in the millions (megadeaths) while players try their hand at annihilating their opponents.
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is a tactical shooter video game by Grin. A sequel titled Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 was released in 2007.
As in previous Ghost Recon games, players command their team of Ghosts while neutralizing hostile forces and completing various mission objectives. These objectives can range from escorting friendly units across the map to rescuing hostages or taking out enemy artillery. The game places emphasis on using cover effectively in order to stay alive, together with sound strategic co-ordination to successfully complete mission objectives. The player has access to numerous firearms, many based on real weapons.
Half-Life 2: Episode One is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game by Valve Corporation. It serves as the sequel to Half-Life 2 (2004).
Gameplay takes place in and around war-torn City 17 immediately after the events in Half-Life 2. The game follows scientist Gordon Freeman and his companion Alyx Vance as they fight in humanity’s continuing struggle against the transhuman race known as the Combine. Gordon wakes up outside the enemy’s base of operations, the Citadel, after being left unconscious from the concluding events of Half-Life 2. As the game progresses, Gordon travels with Alyx as they attempt to evacuate the city.
Medieval II: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game by The Creative Assembly. It is the fourth game in the Total War series and the indirect sequel to Medieval: Total War (2002).
The game is set between the years 1080 and 1530. Like the original Medieval: Total War, the game focuses on medieval warfare, religion, and politics in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The time-frame stretches into the era of the discovery of the New World and simulates the discovery and conquest of the Americas. The campaign allows the player to take control of a faction of the time period and build a civilization, both economically and militarily in order to conquer other factions.
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends is a fantasy real-time strategy video game by Big Huge Games. It is a spin-off of the popular Rise of Nations strategy game released in 2003.
Rather than being a historical game, it is based in a fantasy world where technology and magic co-exist. The game features three unique races in Rise of Legends: the research-driven Vinci, the magic-using Alin, and the technologically advanced Cuotl. Each race is completely distinct from the others, which allows for different gameplay depending on the player’s choice. The game is set in the not too distant future in the world of Aio. Years ago, an alien ship crashed on the planet, breaking into 4 parts. Each part fell on a different region.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent is an action-adventure stealth video game by Ubisoft Shanghai. It is the sequel to Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005).
The game follows the character Sam Fisher, an agent employed by a black-ops division of the National Security Agency. Shortly after the events of Chaos Theory, Sam Fisher must deal with the recent loss of his daughter to a drunk driving accident. But he has little time to mourn, as he soon has to go on an undercover assignment which requires him to pose as a criminal in order to infiltrate a terrorist group based in the United States. This new mission forces Fisher into a new and very dangerous gray area, where the line between right and wrong is blurred and thousands of innocent lives are in the balance.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role-playing video game by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the fourth game in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and preceding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The story revolves around the player character’s efforts to thwart a fanatical cult known as the Mythic Dawn that plans to open the gates to a realm called Oblivion. The game is set in a fantasy open world and allows the player to travel anywhere at any time. The player can choose to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely. Players can improve their character’s skills and abilities. Seven skills are selected early in the game as major skills, with the remainder termed minor.
Here we have our best PC games of 2006 summary. We picked what we felt were some of the best PC Games released in 2006. We have a good mix of games here and we are sure there are many that you enjoyed playing when they were first released. If you did not play some of these or have never even heard of them. Then have a think about trying some of these out as they are just as much fun today as they were back then.
We love to talk about first person shooters here and as you would expect one of the biggest PC games in 2006 was a first person shooter. The fourth installment in the Battlefield series kicked things up a few notches and made some changes. The game was set in the future, during a new ice age and the weapons were all really cool futuristic weapons and vehicles. The game was a bit ahead of its time as people were not quite ready for a game like this. The buggy initial release did not help either, but EA did make sure the game got fixed and for many this as a great game.
You simply cannot have a list of best PC games 2006 and not have Half-Life 2: Episode One on it. Now granted Episode 2 may have been better, but the fact we got to a follow-up from the events of Half-Life 2 was just incredible. Gamers just loved this and like we said, Episode 2 may be better, but this is still well worth playing through if you have beaten Half-Life 2.
While most people when they think of The Elder Scrolls will think of Skyrim. Before this, we had The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This game was huge it was a massive open world RPG that had a great story and a fantastic world for you to explore. This was such a huge game that it was reported many people bought a PC or upgraded their existing rig just to play this game!
One of the best PC games of 2006 was a game that has kind of been forgotten about and that was Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. This is part of the Might And Magic series which is what may have put some people off. But this is a great first person action game that has an awesome wizards and warriors style story that is very well written and it keeps you invested so you want to keep on playing.
There were some great third person games released in 2006 such as Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Which featured a darker story and put Sam Fisher in a really dangerous situation that saw him have to go undercover in a terrorist organization all the while trying to get over the death of his daughter. It was a very heavy story, but perhaps more than any other Splinter Cell game. You as the player feel a real connection with Sam Fisher here.
In all, there were some great PC games released in 2006 so be sure to have a good look at our list and see if there is anything you may have missed back in the day. Or even if there is something you think looks cool now.