Top PC Games of 2014

2014 will go down by many as the year in which Sir Bruce Forsyth stepped away from his Saturday night light entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing, or perhaps when a woman on Benefits became so famous she ended up on Celebrity Big Brother, or even the birth of a new Doctor in the BBC's science fiction series Dr Who, but there has also been a few noteworthy PC game releases to get excited about.

With the new generation consoles yet to find their feet and publishers jumping from the old-gen ship the PC was in a somewhat enviable position of not being a platform in transition. Besides the games ported across from console – Grid Autosport, Valiant Hearts, Dark Souls 2 and Titanfall – the PC saw a host of bona fide success stories. Divinity: Original Sin is perhaps the best champion for Kickstarter funding so far, closely followed by the likes of Shovel Knight and Elite Dangerous.

Other PC titles which got us hot under the collar this year were The Wolf Among Us, Metro Redux and Blizzard pair Hearthstone and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls.

  • 30.

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes Review

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

    Fission Mailed? A superb introduction to Metal Gear Solid 5's world and systems, Ground... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Review

    Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut

    Oh winged death, how we’ve missed you... "Take out those turrets!" I swoop toward the underside of the enemy carrier... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King Review

    Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King

    A great amount of content, if a little unbalanced and with a high entry barrier. Crown of the Sunken King fits right into Dark Souls 2: it's infuriating,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Rogue Legacy Review

    Rogue Legacy

    Simple mechanics mix well with a deep levelling system to make for an excellent game that'll keep you coming back for hours. Rogue Legacy grants players control of an entire lineage of knights, and I... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Velocity 2X Review

    Velocity 2X

    It’d be nice to see an entry focused entirely on Sony’s latest console, but for now this is yet another supremely playable shmup title with oodles of replay value and a twist of originality. Velocity 2X builds on the original's space-hopping twist on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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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. Editor's Note: Below is an overview of the PC-specific graphics and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    The Sims 4 Review

    The Sims 4

    The feature list is bare, but the Sims themselves are incredible. Pools, like garden flamingos, are an almost iconic part of The Sims... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review

    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

    Technical issues mean the PC version wins out, but this is still a memorable, inventive adventure. "This game is a narrative experience that will not hold your hand" states a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    The Evil Within Review

    The Evil Within

    A Mikami megamix of sorts that doesn't hit the heights of the director's previous work, but is enjoyable all the same. Note: the embargo for media that received The Evil Within from Bethesda is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    Does exactly what a Borderlands game should: offer great shooting and fun looting, and the introduction of moon-based combat has added some spice to general gameplay. It would be very easy to dismiss The Pre-Sequel. It is, after all, a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Civilization: Beyond Earth Review

    Civilization: Beyond Earth

    Not just 'Civ 5 in space', but excellent series additions are offset by problems old and new. Describing Civilization Beyond Earth as 'Civ 5 in space' feels monstrously... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Football Manager 2015 Review

    Football Manager 2015

    Whether you’re scrawling tactics onto a board or on the training pitch in a tracksuit, Sports Interactive has crafted another great Football Manager experience for you. The sense of helplessness felt by managers at times of strife can be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Mixing futuristic tech with established fundamentals, Sledgehammer has created the first truly impressive Call of Duty in years. Note: This week Activision held a review event for Call of Duty: Advanced... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    PES 2015 Review

    PES 2015

    A superb football game held back by a frustrating flaw in its passing game, this is the best football title on new-gen. But it could have been the best of all-time. PES 2015, like Gazza in Euro 96, is inches away from greatness. That... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

    Dragon Age: Inquisition

    A worthy addition to the Dragon Age series, but it takes some time to prove it. Dragon Age: Inquisition had me worried. As soon as the prologue wrapped up... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Assassin's Creed Unity Review

    Assassin's Creed Unity

    Unity may have the intention of being Assassin’s Creed’s next-gen reinvention, but it’s remarkably faithful to its roots. Sometimes you have to look back before you move forward. Unity may have the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Far Cry 4 Review

    Far Cry 4

    Evolution rather than revolution, and better for it, Far Cry 4 is the best the series has to offer. A Far Cry 3: Brotherhood of sorts, the latest Open World Ubisoft Game (this... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    LEGO Batman 3 starts slow and then gets a lot better, and then overwhelms with so much content it's hard to be disappointed. I don't think I've ever played a game so clearly made with hardcore fans in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Review

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

    Geometry Wars 3 makes big changes, but retains the excellent core gameplay and delivers another addictive blaster. I stuck my middle finger up at my TV within five minutes of playing Geometry... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Nidhogg Review

    Nidhogg

    One of the best local multiplayer games I've played in years. Bushido Blade by way of Prince of Persia, Nidhogg is one of the best local... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided Review

    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided

    A superior episode, and one that bodes well for the rest of the season. You'll be especially thankful for the "Previously on..." introduction in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

    Fixes problems, buffs loot, nerfs boredom. A worthy expansion. Make no bones about it, Reaper of Souls is what Diablo 3 should have been to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Trials Fusion Review

    Trials Fusion

    A melding of the established template and something just new enough, RedLynx’s creation is a wonderful thing. The Trials series increasingly faces a common creative challenge. Just how... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Child of Light Review

    Child of Light

    A beautifully-presented and surprisingly deep RPG that is deserving of everyone’s attention. Child of Light is bloody brilliant. Mixing a wonderful aesthetic with combat... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    The Walking Dead: In Harm's Way Review

    The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3: In Harm's Way

    Offers a proper bad guy for you to hate, but also asks how far you’ll go to escape. It's unsettling to look back at the choices I've made throughout my time in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back Review

    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back

    Episode five, thankfully, gives you the room to decide where Clementine ends up and suggests that your decisions are going to have a permanent effect on her future. In my mind, this second season of The Walking Dead is all about figuring out... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    A triumph of emergent gameplay, slightly let down by a heavily scripted ending. Forget the Tolkien association, and put aside its similarities with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Alien: Isolation Review

    Alien: Isolation

    CA has finally nailed the true horror of Alien in video game form. It's only taken 35 years. A masterwork of atmosphere and environmental design, Alien: Isolation may be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Dark Souls 2 Review

    Dark Souls 2

    A refined, slicker version of one of the greatest video games ever made. Dark Souls. That's the really hard one, right? Sure, but the difficulty is... more

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    Grand Theft Auto 5 Review

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The definitive version of Rockstar's biggest world to date. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of GTA 5... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC