Capping off an extraordinary and varied year for PC gaming, it’s time to declare the best of 2014. This has arguably been one of the best years for the PC in recent memory, despite—perhaps because of—a relatively quiet schedule of big-budget releases. We’ve seen the classic RPG return to the platform in half a dozen forms, the 4X strategy game find fresh new expression, and simulation-driven survival horror take centre stage.
It’s been an involved process to distil the year down to the seven awards we'll reveal in the coming week, but we think we’ve arrived at a selection of games that we consider well worthy of their accolades. Each of our judges nominated five of this year’s games that meant something to them: by pooling our selections, we revealed which games cropped up over and over again as the year’s best.
In each case we’ve assigned awards that suit the strengths of the games that receive them: rather than bind ourselves to strict and often unhelpful categories, we prefer an approach that allows us to celebrate all of the games that stood tall in our memory at the end of the year. Our choices reflect the breadth and quality of releases you’ll only find on PC. Hopefully you enjoyed 2014 as much as we did.
Our approach to awarding game of the year awards necessarily leaves certain games behind—particularly those that may have only had a single vocal advocate. To ensure that these aren’t totally left out, each of our judges has also identified a ‘personal pick’. You’ll fi nd these running alongside the main awards, providing some insight into the games that we’ve individually been returning to over and over this year. Some are classics that fell inches short of a full award. Some aren’t classics, but they’ve got their fans. Even if everybody else hated them. That happens sometimes too.
More personal picks coming soon... watch this space!