This year has been a particularly sweet one for PC games, so much so that we sought to definitively catalogue the greatest PC games of 2013. Not only that, but we wanted to highlight and celebrate the best upcoming games too: which games will shine most fiercely in the annals of time? What great works has the year already given us, and what is there left to come? Here, for your perusal, is what we came up with.
Here are the 88 best PC games of 2013 (and beyond) — now including a generous smattering of the best PC games of E3 and Gamescom 2013. Oh boy oh boy. Oh boy!
The Sims 4
The first numbered update to Maxis's classic dollhouse simulator since, oh, 2009 wasn't that long ago... The Sims 4 promises to expose players to the "gamut" of human emotion. Which seems like a big promise to make. A gamut is plenty.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Popcap insisted that the profoundly unexpected Plants vs Zombies spin-off definitely wasn't coming to PC, but now it definitely is, meaning we'll get our chance to try our hands at the horde-mode based first person peashooter.
Rogue Legacy (Review)
Metroidvania castle exploration in which death is permanent, but you may continue your adventure playing as your offspring, who inherits not only your gold, skills, abilities and progress, but some form of genetic trait that either helps or hinders them on their adventure. Vertigo, short-sightedness, dwarfism, they all affect the experience in a different manner.
Ubisoft's online, multiplayer open-world squad shooter sees teams of geared-up civilians fighting for control of resources in an abandoned city following a society-destroying disease outbreak. Loads of scope for clever interactions with other players as you fight with friends against AI and other players, piloting vehicles and mastering class abilities.
A science-fiction melding of Star Trek futurism and preening social media presentism, Redshirt plonks you on a cosmic outpost with nothing but your Spacebook login details and a goal to become the station's most popular and high-ranking resident. Indie originality at its most upsettingly prescient.
BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds (Review)
The four-map horde mode expansion to BioShock Infinite strips the cumulonimbal shooter of its dramatic trappings, its narrative and its characters and its plots, and leaves it with its sharply tactical and diverse combat chops. Does it work? Yes, in fact it does.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea
Conversely, Burial at Sea will form the more story-focussed of the two BioShock expansions. This two part DLC will allow you to play as Elizabeth herself, utilising her magical abilities to make anvils fall out of the sky on to enemies' heads, maybe.
Indie drama in which you play a woman returning from a trip to Europe to find her massive house empty, her family missing and her three-ring binders strewn about every room. Explore the gloomy abode, discover secrets, uncover mysteries, read notes, it's all going on here.
Europa Universalis IV (Review)
A mind-shatteringly dense and complex strategy game set against the backdrop of a melting pot of European states still reeling from the Hundred Years War and the decline of the Byzantine Empire, Europa Universalis IV marks a tactical high watermark for the warfaring, duke-canoodling series. Manage your territories, mess with the timeline, fire a musket, anything goes in this xenophobia sim.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
The first Diablo 3 expansion will act as a beachhead for the huge changes being introduced to Blizzard's dungeon crawler. The add-on will include a new character class, the crusader, alongside two new game modes and a completely overhauled Paragon system. All changes that will pop the cap off Diablo 3's endgame and send it spiralling into the endless void.
XCOM: Enemy Within
The distinctly not-underwater expansion to XCOM: Enemy Unknown promises a extra-terrestrial swathe of new additions, from cybernetically augmented soldiers and Mechtoid alien foes to all new maps and tactical challenges. The name's fairly ominous sounding too, in a "what if we're the real monsters" sort of way. Enemy Within launches November 15.