Top PC Games of 2013

2013 may have been the year of the new consoles, but that didn't mean there weren't plenty of great games left over for the PC crowd. There were some masterful racers, some hella good shooters, and some excellent RTSs, but it was arguably the year where the indie scene finally started to crack into the mainstream.

The success of games like Papers, Please and Gunpoint proved that independent games weren't undiscovered relics poised only for the most hardcore crowd, but games that could be discovered and enjoyed by all. Even if you [i]were[/i] the one playing it first.

It wasn't game over for big budget titles, of course, with Battlefield 4, Tomb Raider and Blizzard's Heart of the Swarm, leading the way in their respective genres, albeit with some initial teething problems. So while indie may be the place for the hot new talent to shine, 2013 was the year that proved both AAA and budget releases can live harmoniously - and successfully - side-by-side.

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  • 30.

    Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

    Flawed yet addictive, Assassin's Creed may be in need of a change. Editor's Note: Click here for the current-generation review of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Many nautical miles better than Assassin's Creed 3, Black Flag... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 29.

    Call of Duty: Ghosts

    Diminishing with every return, Ghosts' addictive nature is tempered by over-familiarity. On PS4 and Xbox One it may be, but Ghosts is a current-generation game. In fact, it's the current-gen game, the one that defined systems... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 28.

    The Cave

    Ron Gilbert's latest might have been on his mind for the last 30 years, but The Cave is a deft combination of old and new, classic and modern. Ron Gilbert claims to have had the idea for The Cave bouncing around his skull... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 27.

    Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider is not a brave game. Nor is it one that’ll likely live long in the memory, but while you’re walking in Lara’s muddy size fours, it is spellbinding. Considering the furore surrounding Crystal Dynamics' expensive... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 26.

    BioShock Infinite

    Despite its many flaws, BioShock Infinite might just be one of the most compelling games of this generation BioShock Infinite is a strange game, and one that makes a mockery of those little scores at the bottom of this and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 25.

    Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall

    A very impressive new slice of Dishonored. With Daud's story left on a cliffhanger, we hope Arkane keeps up this form with the next installment. Poor old Daud. The moment he hits the height of his profession - assassinating... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 24.

    GRID 2

    Another quality racing game from Codemasters. When it comes to racing games, there are two camps. There are the uber-serious car people, the types that buy steering wheels for their racing games and spend hours getting anal... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 23.

    Company of Heroes 2

    A fantastic package that outdoes its peers not in tactical nuance, but in raw spectacle. Company of Heroes 2 outdoes its peers not in tactical nuance, but in raw spectacle. Its battles are governed as much by physics as they... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 22.

    Saints Row 4

    Some poor missions can't derail a world of extraordinary creativity. How far Saints Row has come. For a series once fascinated in cautiously emulating GTA, we now have the so-called triple-A's most outrageous game; an open... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 21.

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist may not be for those who want a purer Sam Fisher experience, but it's still very good. If you were unsure about Splinter Cell: Conviction, I cannot begin to fathom what your thoughts towards Blacklist... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 20.

    The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

    The Bureau delivers the best squad shooter since Rainbow Six: Vegas, and is successful in spinning an intelligent and twisting narrative, filled with fan service. The story starts simply enough, with you, William Carter,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 19.

    Rayman Legends

    Rayman Legends isn't perfect, but it's still a cracking game. After shunting the recent efforts of Mario into a lurid green U-bend, Rayman Origins proved a tough act to follow. As a sequel Rayman Legends initially disappoints... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, PS Vita

  • 18.

    Total War: Rome 2

    Total War: Rome 2 is a great game, but not the masterpiece you may have been hoping for. It took me a long while to click with Rome 2. A nine-year wait between the original and its successor meant I came into my first campaign... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 17.

    Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

    Survival horror done right. Following the success of the original, the Amnesia name is held with such regard that even the bizarrely entitled 'A Machine for Pigs' is enough to send a chill all the way down to your socks.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 16.

    F1 2013

    An accomplished racer, but one that needs some competition to really move forward. Much like Sebastian Vettel's unchallenged run of victories, Codemasters' F1 series is beginning to take it easy through a lack of competition.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 15.

    The Wolf Among Us - Episode 1

    Far better than most of Telltale's output, but time will tell if it can be as good as The Walking Dead. Following The Walking Dead is a tricky proposition, but Telltale seem to have learnt the right lessons. Stepping away... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 14.

    Batman: Arkham Origins

    A worthy addition to the Arkham franchise. Batman: Arkham Origins is a wonderful version of somebody else's game. While a return to the Arkham series is welcome - and if you take only one thing away from this review, it should... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 13.

    The Walking Dead: Season Two, Episode One – All That Remains

    As openers go, this is a strong debut to the second season, with Clementine a superb choice of protagonist. It's good to see Clementine again. It's been a while since the apocalypse started, and she's taller, tougher, and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PS Vita, iPhone

  • 12.

    StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

    A solo campaign that knocks the socks off the one from Wings of Liberty and a refined multiplayer mode are marred slightly by a reliance on the original game. In an era in which additional content can take so many different... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 11.


    Good ideas, brilliantly executed, this is one of the year's best games. Gunpoint begins with two adjacent buildings, cross-sectioned and zoomed out, the whole scene visible. Smooth jazz is backed by ambient rainfall when,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 10.

    State of Decay

    This is The Walking Dead: The Simulator, and it’s every bit as good as that sounds. It's ugly. The frame rate is terrible. It routinely stutters. The clipping is appalling. The cars handle like bars of soap. And it's one... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 9.

    Dota 2

    An amazing and inherently overwhelming game. Two teams of five fight across three lanes. Three specific types of shop sell sixty different magical items. There are more than a hundred characters to play, and an unknown quantity... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.

    Gone Home

    Gone Home nails the alienating sensation of feeling lost in a place that should be your home, and perfectly emulates the mild fear that comes with exploring a big dark house. When you leave home for the first time it feels... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 7.

    PES 2014

    Return of the king. With the FIFA vs PES battle now largely a critical rather than commercial one (that war has been long-won), PES 2014 finds itself in the position of competing with itself to satisfy a loyal and not-so... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PSP

  • 6.

    FIFA 14

    FIFA delivers an exhilarating game of football. Any worries I had about this year's FIFA are but a memory. 14 is very good. It feels different, and while it may not necessarily be superior, it easily matches its predecessor's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 5.

    Card Hunter

    Card Hunter is excellent. Card Hunter is a browser-based free-to-play game which surprisingly isn't total rubbish. After you've finished reeling, here's another shock: Card Hunter is excellent. Strategy card games are in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 4.

    Football Manager 2014

    Addiction returns for another year... Notorious for demanding equal amounts of time, focus and dedication, Football Manager taps into obsessive-compulsive nature like few games do. 2014 is as meticulous as ever, but crucially... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 3.

    Battlefield 4

    An exceptionally gorgeous and superbly-balanced multiplayer game marred only by a hollow single-player campaign. Editor's note: Click here to read the current-generation review of Battlefield 4. 'Levolution' may've made it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, PC

  • 2.

    XCOM: Enemy Within

    One of the best games of 2012 is back, and it might be the best game of 2013. Enemy Unknown's replay value wasn't evident until you started playing Iron Man, a mode which would cruelly wipe you out and force you to start... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 1.

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

    The strongest Lego title yet, and the best Marvel game ever made. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is, for the most part, plastic proof that familiarity works - providing a game still has the love and imagination to retain the excitement... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC