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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    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The best way to play the game on consoles and it's very much worth playing if you're yet to experience it. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons could be this year's Journey. Just like the... more

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    Saints Row 4 Review

    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... more

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    Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

    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... more

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    The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Review

    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, tasked with the... more

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    Rayman Legends Review

    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... more

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    Total War: Rome 2 Review

    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... more

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    Diablo III Review

    Diablo III

    A great console version of a great game. After a falling star plummets through the cathedral of the town of New... more

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    Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Review

    Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

    Survival horror done right. Following the success of the original, the Amnesia name is held with such... more

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    F1 2013 Review

    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... more

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    The Wolf Among Us - Episode 1 Review

    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... more

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    Batman: Arkham Origins Review

    Batman: Arkham Origins

    A worthy addition to the Arkham franchise. Batman: Arkham Origins is a wonderful version of somebody else's game. While... more

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    Dead Rising 3 Review

    Dead Rising 3

    A better version of an already good game, Dead Rising 3 on PC is as close to the game's reveal trailer as we'll get. Worried that Dead Rising 3 might be a bit... serious? Don't be. From the... more

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

    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... more

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    DmC Devil May Cry Review

    DmC Devil May Cry

    DmC Definitive Edition's customisation tools that allow the player to tweak gameplay to suit their own style is what makes this an excellent remaster for newcomers and veterans alike. Boy, do the folks at Ninja Theory have some serious cojones. In DmC's first... more

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    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review

    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

    It's taken years of craft and - likely - a hell of a lot of money, but Ni No Kuni is a wonderful, wondrous experience and will keep you captivated and enchanted for dozens of hours. Ni No Kuni reminds you just why you fell in love with the JRPG. I mean, it... more

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    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Review

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

    A great action title and one of the best offerings on Nintendo's console. Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate feels like an amalgamation of... more

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    StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Review

    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 forms, the... more

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    Gunpoint Review

    Gunpoint

    Good ideas, brilliantly executed, this is one of the year's best games. Gunpoint begins with two adjacent buildings, cross-sectioned and zoomed out,... more

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    State of Decay Review

    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... more

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    Hotline Miami Review

    Hotline Miami

    A fine port of the original game. Before I go anywhere with this, if you've landed on this page thinking 'What... more

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    Dota 2 Review

    Dota 2

    An amazing and inherently overwhelming game. Two teams of five fight across three lanes. Three specific types of shop... more

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    Gone Home Review

    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 strange, but coming home... more

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    PES 2014 Review

    PES 2014

    Return of the king. With the FIFA vs PES battle now largely a critical rather than commercial... more

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    FIFA 14 Review

    FIFA 14

    Better than the 360/PS3 versions in more than just looks, this is the best version of FIFA 14 you can buy. Inviting as FIFA 14 iOS' freemium payment structure is - especially if you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PC,PC

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    Card Hunter Review

    Card Hunter

    Card Hunter is excellent. Card Hunter is a browser-based free-to-play game which surprisingly isn't... more

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    Grand Theft Auto Online Review

    Grand Theft Auto Online

    GTA's online offering lives up to its billing. With a launch so devastatingly crippled by server issues, it's fair to say... more

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    Battlefield 4 Review

    Battlefield 4

    Excellent maps, refined balancing and a greater emphasis on destruction set the scene for an exceptional online experience. While the current-gen version of Battlefield 4 fails to match the sleekness... more

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    XCOM: Enemy Within Review

    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... more

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    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review

    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... more

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    Grand Theft Auto 5 Review

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The definitive version of Rockstar's biggest world to date. Unless you play it for yourself, it's near impossible to grasp how big GTA 5... more

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