It’s a privilege to write about PC gaming. We had a ton of fun doing it in 2014, and we're really grateful you spent some time reading (and watching) our enthusiasm, criticism, evaluation, reporting, verdicts, silliness, praise, and occasional
Below are our favorite six or so stories from each month of PC Gamer during 2014, alongside the big reviews from that month. This is the stuff we either devoted the most time and love to in 2014 or was especially well-received.
January The 13 worst game design crimes
The perfect XCOM run Steam Controller isn't enough: why PC gamers need a couch-friendly keyboard and mouse Next Car Game's vehicular destruction in 11 GIFs Hearthstone review Path of Exile review February How to configure CS:GO for maximum competitive advantage Losing it: why bad players keep trying with good games Just Cause 2 multiplayer video: exploring the insanity of Build World DayZ diaries: the one where it rains a lot, and Andy mercy-kills a fellow survivor Jazzpunk review Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall review March The future of PC gaming The Oculus Rift and virtual reality sex Diary of a Droid Jedi Building Crown: First look at the next big CS:GO competitive map South Park: The Stick of Truth review Titanfall review TowerFall Ascension review April Hacks! An investigation into the million-dollar business of video game cheating Dark Souls 2 modded A goat farmer reviews Goat Simulator PAX East 2014 panel - “The (Incredible) Future of PC Gaming” Dark Souls 2 review May Killing Floor 2 exclusive first look A console gamer asked me what three PC games he should play — here's what I said The 100 best free online games on PC EVE players share their best EVE Online war stories Watch Dogs review Wolfenstein: The New Order review June How to buy a graphics card Kings of comedy: the art of interactive humor How the Internet tried to rig the Steam Summer Adventure, and how Valve is trying to stop them To the Moon and back: a journey of connection Xenonauts review July DayZ diary: the fishing trap The best RPGs of all time The problem with survival games The PC Gamer Show Episode 1 Divinity: Original Sin review Lovely Planet review August The best and worst BioWare companions What I learned from playing with a professional Hearthstone coach The pleasure of space trucking in Elite: Dangerous Why critics love Mountain, but Steam users are calling it "worthless" Velvet Sundown review September 10 things every PC gamer should own The weird economics behind Steam prices around the world The best gaming laptops for any budget The best gaming keyboards Interview with a Hearthstone botter This insane round reminded me why Counter-Strike is wonderful Wasteland 2 review October How authentic is Alien: Isolation? The features PC gamers want—an open letter to developers and gamers The most fabulous fan-made Sims PC graphics options explained Alien: Isolation review Civilization: Beyond Earth review Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel review November The best in-game piracy punishments The funniest patch notes in PC gaming A year of PC gaming with a standing desk 10 trailblazing years of World of Warcraft Far Cry 4 review Dragon Age: Inquisition review Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review December Games of the Year - 2014 The easy PC upgrade guide: everything you need to know The best PC gaming processors Adventures in random Far Cry 4 maps You Showed Us Your Rigs How to fix Assassin’s Creed A Very Skyrim Christmas The Talos Principle review
Elite: Dangerous review