PC has always been the place to go for to play an incredible variety of great games. This year was no exception with games like Undertale which brings an incredibly unique experience in a charming package and Tales from the Borderlands which expertly mixes comedy, action and great story telling. Fallout 4 takes exploration and discovery to new heights, Heroes of the Storm is an incredibly fun and accessible MOBA and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s world feels like stepping into a storybook.
There was something for everyone, from massive RPGs to adventure games to fun multiplayer titles to experience with friends. Whatever you’re into the titles on PC this year had something for you.
Tales from the Borderlands
Tales from the Borderlands produces memorable moment after memorable moment. Telltale successfully takes what was to many a rather lackluster Borderlands universe, and turns it into one we can’t wait to revisit. The narrative successfully pulls at the heartstrings, while creating characters you can’t help but become attached to. It is at the same time funny and serious, outrageous and grounded. Each episode feels like a roller coaster ride offering twists and turns while being paced brilliantly. One second you’ll be relaxed enjoying a conversation and the next you’ll find yourself having to catch your breath. Tales from the Borderlands has something for everyone and its one of Telltale‘s best.
Never has a game beckoned to be explored quite like Fallout 4. From the moment you step out of the vault it’s all you can do to resist investigating the remnants of society and see what this world has in store for you. And it doesn’t disappoint as every turn off the path leads to a new story to experience or to tell. Fallout 4 creates the perfect, hope in a hopeless world, atmosphere.
In this interesting world Bethesda allows you to play the way you want. You can sneak through packs of raiders or go in with a baseball bat. You can use your business acumen to purchase items, or craft them with 200 year old items of long past. Whichever path you take everything you do allows you to improve and become even stronger. Few games reward you more than Fallout 4 for simply existing in the world.
Heroes of the Storm
What really sets Heroes of the Storm apart from other MOBAs is its accessibility. In a genre that can be daunting for many players Heroes of the Storm offers an easy to learn difficult to master formula, that makes it addicting to keep playing and improving. While other MOBAs have are more serious Heroes of the Storm encourages fun above all else. Characters and battlegrounds are colorful and lifelike, and Heroes are interesting and unique. It doesn’t hurt that these characters are some of the most beloved from Blizzard‘s many franchises. It’s an incredibly refreshing take on what seems like a genre set in its ways.
The new Kickstarter success story, Undertale, an Earthbound influenced JRPG, is quite something else to play. While many people describe it as an ‘Earthbound Like’, describing it solely as such would only scratch the surface and would undermine it as a game of it’s own.
As a JRPG it plays and offers ways of approaching the turned based combat in such a way, either sparing enemies or killing them, utilizing fun and humorous mini games, giving the combat a new and refreshing twist to the otherwise stale and repetitive combat of older JRPG’s in a fun way, mixed in with a great soundtrack, decisions which change the outcome of the story, an extremely funny and sometimes sad tale of a boy trying to find his way back home encountering many allies (and enemies) along the way, breaking typical game conventions in front of your face and saying “NO! This isn’t that kind of game!” keeping you on your toes making you wonder what will happen next, Undertale has definitely captivated many a gamer’s hearts this year, and as a PC game, deserving of a nominee spot on this list.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes what we think a game can do and stretches it to its limits. It’s simply too vast to have any right to be as beautiful as it is, and it’s story and lore have too much substance to justify being full of characters that may have even more. It’s a game with incredible depth that simultaneously doesn’t overwhelm or alienate.
Exploring the world in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is like stepping into an impressionist painting. Whether seeing the sunset through the tree tops or exploring the bustling cities, the game never fails to constantly inspire moments of awe. Underneath all this beauty lies a world full of conflict and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sticks you at its center while delivering tough, meaningful decisions that aren’t black and white, but grey. In this way CD Projekt Red delivers not only one of the most memorable gaming experiences of the year, but of a lifetime.