Best Chrome OS games: Cyberpunk 2077, Destiny 2, Fortnite and more

Best Chrome OS games: Cyberpunk 2077, Destiny 2, Fortnite and more

Chrome OS isn’t exactly known as a gaming platform. Most people associate Chromebooks with low-cost machines that work great as a dedicated browser or school laptop. However, there are several options available to enjoy fun games on your Chromebook or Chromebox. Most modern Chromebooks support Android apps, which also means Android games. Google Stadia is also available to play on your Chromebook, as is NVIDIA GeForce Now.

There are a few important things to keep in mind. First, not all Android apps are optimized for Chrome OS. This means your favorite game might technically open on a Chromebook, but could be a terrible playing experience. Many of the games available also require a touchscreen Chromebook to play them properly, but controller support is also widespread.

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There are so many games to choose from, but we’ve rounded up our favorites across Android and the cloud.

Best Chrome OS games: Android

The single largest source for games on Chrome OS is the Google Play Store. If you own a newer Chromebook, you should be able to run Android apps right out of the box. Many older Chromebooks also received an update to enable Android app support.

One of the advantages to playing Android games on Chrome OS is familiarity. You already play games on your phone, so why not bring those over to your laptop? It’s important to remember some Android games are specifically optimized to run on the larger screen of your Chromebook. These games typically make for the best experience on Chrome OS. In addition, some games require a touchscreen for the full experience while others may have keyboard support. The Play Store has something for everyone, with millions of options to choose from.

Here are our favorite Android games to play on Chrome OS.

Alto’s Odyssey

Alto's Odyssey
Developer: Noodlecake
Price: Free

Alto's Odyssey

 

Alto’s Odyssey is a serene action game that’s perfect for a Chromebook. This game is optimized for Chromebooks, so you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery with gorgeous full-screen visuals. The simplicity of the tap-to-play interface makes this the perfect game to play for a few minutes or a few hours. Easy to learn, difficult to master.

At the heart of the Alto series is an elegant one-touch trick system. Chain together combos, and complete 180 goals — all with intuitive controls. Overall, this is one of the best games on a Chromebook or Android phone to be honest. You need a touchscreen Chromebook for Alto’s Odyssey — there’s no keyboard interface available.

Among Us

Among Us
Developer: Innersloth LLC
Price: Free

Among Us

 

Play online or over local WiFi with 4-15 players as you attempt to prep your spaceship for departure, but beware as one will be an impostor bent on killing everyone! Crewmates can win by completing all tasks or discovering and voting the impostor off the ship. The Impostor can use sabotage to cause chaos, making for easier kills and better alibis.

This game is most fun if you play with a small group of friends. Among Us is also optimized for Chromebooks, giving you an enjoyable full screen experience. You should be aware this game will download additional game assets after you install the app — this is normal.

Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends
Developer: Gameloft SE
Price: Free

Asphalt 9 on Chromebook

Asphalt is a well-known brand in the mobile racing genre. Immerse yourself in one of the most hyper-realistic arcade car racing games, with meticulously detailed rebel racing real cars, cool HDR techniques, and stunning visual and particle effects that turn every race into a real blockbuster race movie. Get the most of this car street racer game with the online multiplayer mode.

This game is a very large download (over 2GB) so make sure you have enough storage. The developer did an excellent job of optimizing controls in Asphalt 9 for Chromebooks in particular. It’s hard to find a complicated Android game with better overall controls on a Chromebook. You’ll need a fairly high-end Chromebook to play this game without any stuttering — a core i5 or i7 would be ideal.

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter
Price: Free

Fallout Shelt

 

Create a brighter future…underground! Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2,000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life. Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal jobs and watch them flourish. Provide them with outfits, weapons, and training to improve their abilities.

This simulation game is one of the best free games you can find and will appeal to those that love The Sims franchise. It’s a pretty addictive game, so the in-app purchases can become a problem if you’re really into that vault-life!

NBA Jam

NBA JAM by EA SPORTS™
Developer: ELECTRONIC ARTS
Price: $4.99

NBA Jam

 

If you’re from the Old School, you’ll feel the ‘90s nostalgia while you play this classic arcade sports game on Google Play. Featuring the voice of Tim Kitzrow (the original NBA JAM play-by-play announcer), you’ll hear all the classic catchphrases plus a few new ones. In addition to the nostalgic music and lingo, you get new players from the modern era. You can now play as Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and more.

Make sure you have a touchscreen Chromebook for this one as the keyboard doesn’t do anything here. This JAM is all about “boomshakalaka” – and beyond!

Terraria

Terraria
Developer: 505 Games Srl
Price: $4.99

Terraria

You can play Terraria on your Chromebook either through Stadia or GeForce Now, or you can grab it from the Google Play Store. The Android version works great on Chrome OS with full controller support and up to 60 FPS gameplay, with plenty of settings to adjust if you need to tweak it for lower-powered hardware. This is no cut-down version, either, all content Terraria gets on PC and console comes to the mobile version.

Terraria has been with us for many, many years now, and it’s still one of the finest sandbox games ever made. Dig, craft, build, explore, and fight enemies, Terraria has a little bit of everything and is a game you can easily lose hundreds of hours to without even realizing it.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley
Developer: ConcernedApe
Price: $4.99

Stardew Valley

Can you believe this game was built entirely by only one person? Stardew Valley needs little introduction, with its cutesy pixel style mixed with addictive gameplay. It’s an open-ended RPG centered around building your own farm and living off the land. That might not grab you at first, but there’s a reason so many people have played this game.

It’s essentially a life sim, where the only real limit is your own imagination. Go fishing, get a pet, go dating, even. Build your own perfect little digital world. It plays great on Chromebooks, too, from the Play Store, with support for both keyboard and mouse and controller inputs. Or if you have a touchscreen you can play that way as well.

Best Chrome OS games: Google Stadia

Google Stadia

Perhaps the best gaming experience on a Chromebook is using Stadia. Stadia is Google’s cloud-based gaming platform that lets you play your favorite hit video games across screens instantly. You can play games on a Chromecast Ultra at home, your Chromebook on the go, or even on most newer Android phones. As it’s a cloud-based service, you can play Stadia games even on Chromebooks with low-end specs. To access Stadia, simply visit stadia.google.com in your Chrome browser.

For the best overall experience, it’s worth picking up a Stadia controller from Google for a more enjoyable experience. If you like using Stadia on your Chromebook, consider signing up for Stadia Pro (free trial available) to get access to new free games each month plus discounts on several AAA titles.

Download the Stadia mobile app below to get started playing all of these games on Stadia using a controller.

Stadia
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 on Google Stadia

Destiny 2 has become the de-facto looter shooter and was one of Stadia’s launch titles. It features full cross-save and cross-play, so you can group up with all your friends. The base game is free-to-play, but the real meat comes from the paid expansions. The most recent is The Witch Queen, and there are regular seasons that progress the story — and the loot.

Destiny 2 has an incredibly rich story, something lore hunters will truly appreciate. It’s constantly evolving, and on a weekly basis, there is a new rotation of content. It can be overwhelming at times, there’s so much to do. But there are few better in this genre.

Octopath Traveler

Octopath Traveler on Google Stadia

Octopath Traveler originally appeared back in 2018, with the Square Enix developed, classically-styled 2D JRPG proving to be a huge hit, selling over two million copies on Nintendo’s Switch console. Featuring the overlapping stories of eight different characters, it’s largely regarded as a modern classic of the genre, which made it a great choice for the Stadia lineup.

The Stadia version of the game also boasts improved 60fps at 4K settings, a huge improvement over the available configuration on the Switch when it initially launched.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

When Cyberpunk 2077 launched it was almost a meme how good it was on Stadia compared to other platforms. Without the impact of local system hardware, Cyberpunk 2077 on Stadia played well and looked good. So on a Chromebook, Cyberpunk 2077 was actually better than on some of the most powerful gaming rigs. What you get from Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the biggest, most densely populated, and ambitious open worlds ever created.

Future expansion content is still planned, but even in the base game, there’s a ton to do. You have three different paths you can take from the start with the lead character, V, each weaving its own story through the streets of Night City. This is one of the best examples of what cloud gaming can do, with something this intensive and complex simply unimaginable on Chromebook hardware natively.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is the latest installment in the legendary looter shooter franchise and it’s available on Stadia. Better than that, it’s also available with full cross-play support to play with your friends on PC and console. Borderlands 3 takes the story back to Pandora and beyond, visiting a host of interesting locations. The story isn’t as engaging as previous entries but the gameplay is absolutely fantastic.

There’s also now a ton of content to play through. The level cap is 75 and there are multiple characters and skill trees to play with. Besides the main campaign, Borderlands 3 has four story DLC expansions, a PvE arena mode, a traditional raid boss, and two dungeon-like encounters. It looks awesome on Stadia and plays really well at 60 FPS. The Ultimate Edition bundle comes with every piece of content released to date.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

If you’re a fan of Star Wars or just really good single-player, story-driven games, Jedi Fallen Order is a must-play. When it comes to Stadia, Jedi Fallen Order plays at 60 FPS at 4K, so it’s a match for the latest generation consoles and high-end PCs. It tells the tale of a young Jedi Padawan in the time period immediately following the infamous Order 66 command and Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith.

Cal Kestis becomes a target for the newly formed Galactic Empire and goes on the run across the galaxy while attempting to complete his training. For Star Wars fans, it’s a perfect love letter. It’s set at one of the most interesting times in the Star Wars universe, it has Lightsabers, an interesting story, and some incredible locations.

Control Ultimate Edition

Control Ultimate Edition

Control’s story is a bit of a mind-bender but the gameplay and the level design are extraordinary. It tells the story of Jesse, searching for her brother inside the Federal Bureau of Control, and all the weirdness and special powers that lie within. Graphically it’s fairly impressive with a style that immediately tells you it’s a Remedy game. It has modes for 4K, albeit at 30 FPS, as well as a performance mode delivering 60 FPS at 1080p.

The combat in Control is unlike any other, blending weapons with special, psychic abilities. There’s lots to explore, collectibles and lore to acquire, and a variety of enemies that will challenge you. The Ultimate Edition available on Stadia comes with two DLC expansions, one of which is a tie-in with the legendary Alan Wake franchise.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Did you know that Google has one of the finest RPGs ever made in the Stadia library? Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is essentially a definitive edition, and it’s well suited to play on a Chromebook with a mouse and keyboard or the built-in trackpad. An action game this is not, but if you appreciate deep, detailed characters and incredible writing then it’s a game you will love.

You play as a detective and the path you take is yours to choose. Be the hero and crack the case, or take a bribe. You have total freedom of choice as to how you play and the interactions you make. Disco Elysium also has some of the finest voice acting you’ll ever find in a game. It really is one of those truly must-play titles. It’s also available on Chrome OS via GeForce Now.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The whole of the modern Tomb Raider trilogy is available through Stadia to play on Chrome OS but the third installment is the most impressive. Visually it’s a treat, it looks stunning on Stadia (and in general) with some beautiful settings and silky smooth 60 FPS gameplay.

The core gameplay is retained from earlier entries as you take a trip into the tropical regions of the Americas in search of a legendary city while battling Trinity. It also adds emphasis on side missions and challenge tombs and is reported to be one of the top 10 most expensive games ever made.

Best Chrome OS games: Nvidia GeForce Now

NVIDIA GeForce Now library

Nvidia’s Geforce Now service allows you to buy games from Steam, Epic Games, and Ubisoft, and stream them from the cloud. Not all games are supported, but plenty are and there are new additions every Thursday. Essentially you create an account, link your Steam, Epic, and Ubisoft libraries, and GeForce Now does the rest. The web app is built for Chrome and Chrome OS, and there is a free tier that you can use to check it out first. These are some of the top games from GeForce Now you can have a great time with on your Chromebook.

Fortnite

Fortnite

Fortnite used to be in the Google Play Store and while you could still go and get the Android APK, using GeForce Now is a much better bet. You can use GeForce Now for free, albeit with limitations, so you genuinely don’t have to pay a penny to get the proper PC version of Fortnite running on a Chromebook. With full cross-play support, you can play with all of your friends on any platform at any time.

What needs to be said about Epic’s global phenomenon? It’s one of the best examples of a live service game with new challenges and locations coming all the time, and even something that constitutes a story. And with the permanent addition of a no-building mode, those of us who never got along with that aspect of the game can jump back in and have a merry old time. Play Fortnite on GeForce Now by linking your Epic Games Store account.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Another battle royale title, Apex Legends also benefits from cross-play support. So you can fire it up in GeForce Now on your Chromebook and play with your other PC or console friends. Apex Legends was borne from the world of Titanfall and carried over a lot of the gameplay mechanics found in Respawn’s other first-person shooter.

Apex Legends is completely free to play with no limitations. It’s backed by the usual sort of in-game purchases for items like seasonal battle passes. To play Apex Legends through GeForce Now on your Chromebook simply link your Steam account.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

A seriously underrated title, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best single-player games in recent times. The combat is perhaps the weakest part, but as a whole, it’s an absolute treat. The narrative, the characters, and the voice acting, all add up to a very Guardians-like experience but much different from the movies.

It tells the tale of our favorite space misfits and their adventures across the galaxy, with appearances from Lady Hellbender, Cosmo, and the Universal Church of Truth taking the place of the main villain. You’ll see the infamous location of Knowhere among many other gorgeous environments and with a new game plus mode, you’ve got plenty of reason to play through again making different choices along the way. You can play Guardians of the Galaxy either with Steam or Epic Games.

God of War

God of War

Sony rebooted its famous franchise to widespread critical acclaim and has recently brought it to PC. With the power of the cloud that means you can also enjoy it on Chrome OS either from Steam or the Epic Games Store. In this game, Kratos is a dad again and must teach his boy how to fight, and how to survive.

Visually, God of War is stunning, and the single-player, melee-based combat is as satisfying as ever. With DLSS support built-in, NVIDIA’s cloud servers will ensure that you’re getting a smooth 60 FPS experience. We won’t spoil any story details, but this is certainly a game you should play at least once.

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play smash hit that’s available through the Google Play Store, but GeForce Now is hands down the best way to play on Chrome OS. The Android version doesn’t natively install for a lot of Chromebooks. Even if it does, performance is spotty on even fairly capable hardware. Much better is to grab it from Epic Games and play it on GeForce Now.

Genshin Impact is a huge open-world RPG with stunning-looking anime styling, tons of content, multiple characters, boss battles, dungeons, and of course, loot. The monetization tactics are controversial at times, but it’s free to jump in and it’s a really great game when you get going.

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