Sunday, December 30, 2012

The best games of 2012: Best PC Game

As voted by you!

Through the month of November, we asked for you to vote for your favourite games of the year. You did (and in incredible numbers - thank you for that), and now it's time to announce the finalists and the winners. Each day we'll be revealing a new category.

How it works

The five games you'll see below are the top five games for each category based on the reader's votes. They are listed in no particular order. The final game is the winner.

If there are six games listed, then there was a tie for the 5th finalist in that category.

We'd love to hear what you think about each category, so please do let us know your thoughts in the comments!


Best PC Game

The Finalists:


XCom Enemy Unknown - It's so rare to see a high-profile strategy game released in today's market that this game demanded attention by default. It of course helped that it was a brilliant reinvention of one of the most popular strategy games of all time. 

Borderlands 2 - The original Borderlands became a cult classic thanks to its depth and sense of humour... and of course its art style. Borderlands 2 took all of that, and ramped it up to 11. An essential game even for people who aren't usually fans of the genre.

Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers - The PC has become a breeding ground for quirky, original game ideas. Tiny and Big might have lost a shade for some patchy gameplay mechanics, but the foundation the game is built on is brilliant from start to finish.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP - Another quirky indie title, Superbrothers is possibly the most tragically underappreciated game released in this generation. It's also on iPhone and iPad, so there's no excuse not to try it.

The Winner:

Torchlight 2


Clickclickclickclickclick. Torchlight 2 is refreshingly unpretentious about what it is. It's a grinding, looting, levelling up kind of game.

I think it's telling that in a year when Diablo 3 was released, this is the "Diablo-style" game that won the best game gong, and not Diablo 3. That's not to say Diablo 3 is necessarily a bad game, but Torchlight 2 understands what players want from this genre better than any game before or after.

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