Top 10 PC, Mac, and Linux Games of 2014

2014 has also left us some gems for PC, Mac and Linux, so now it’s time to give a review of the ten best games of the year for these platforms. Independent development may not have shown the force with which it has prevailed in other years, but it would be foolish to deny that some Herculean successes have stood out. Again, this is a subjective list reflecting those games that we believe are a must have, and are not listed in any particular order.

On the other hand, you can take a look at the list of the best video games of 2014 for PlayStation 4, for mobile phones and tablets, for Wii U, for Xbox 360 and PS3 and for Xbox One that we have been publishing during these days.

What are your favorites? Leave your opinion in the comments!

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a slightly peculiar game, because although it is presented as a first-person adventure, it is a very contemplative journey that is based on mystery, exploration and surprise. It is about how the occult detective, Paul Prospero, communicates with the dead to discover the whereabouts of a young man and uncover what is hidden in Red Creek Valley. Developed by The Astronauts, founded by some of the members of People Can Fly, you will like it if you like graphic adventures but want a slightly different approach to the genre.

Read analysis of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 somewhat serves as a vindication of the intense classic turn-based role, something that probably would not have been possible without the enormous success it achieved on Kickstarter. Sequel to the original game from the eighties, Wasteland 2 is set in a post-apocalyptic setting – in fact, Fallout draws directly from this saga – and places a great emphasis on tactical decisions, moral decisions and the consequences of our actions. An example of a project that has fulfilled its promise from beginning to end.

Divinity: Original Sin

Also coming off Kickstarter is Divinity: Original Sin, which in turn is another hugely successful example. This classic RPG for one player and with cooperative mode is set in a dense and worked fantasy world that, in addition, allows us to create our own levels with the same tools as the developers to share them with other players around the world. They highlight its turn-based combat and its scenarios full of secrets that will surely convince the most purists of the genre.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

BioWare has returned through the big door with Dragon Age: Inquisition and has hit the table for RPG lovers. Dragon Age Inquisition is one of the great surprises of the year, a game that has managed to recover the essence of the saga and improve the formula with the requests that the followers have expressed during all these years after an unsuccessful second part. Inquisition imposes with a worked and interesting story, lots of characters and two types of combat systems, in addition to the already traditional BioWare moral choices and the endless options of its world.

Read review of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Hearthstone

Blizzard’s card game is the perfect example of a product with an addictive design. Many of you may be wondering whether to sink your teeth into it now that there is already a lot of player with a broken hand in this, but it should be noted that Hearthstone is very benevolent with newbies, and includes a very useful and effective tutorial to learn how to give the first Steps. Playing with friends is a lot of fun thanks to the great matchmaking, and they release DLCs periodically that liven things up quite a bit. If you don’t play it, don’t be afraid!

Alien: Isolation

Alien Isolation is one of the biggest surprises of the year, and one of the scariest games we’ve ever been able to play. It is striking that a developer like The Creative Assembly, accustomed to creating strategy games with Total War, has drawn such a complete, detailed and respectful survival horror from her sleeve (up to sick levels, in fact) with the material in it. Inspired: Alien Isolation is a lesson in how to create a different and memorable horror game, and at the same time, how to adapt a film license to the video game. We can already say it: this is the game that Alien fans have been waiting for a lifetime.

Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 does not disappoint: Ubisoft has managed to maintain the essence of the franchise and find the perfect balance between what a shooter should offer and an open world, without forgetting to spice up the experience with touches of platforms and even shots behind the wheel. The story may waver a bit, but Far Cry 4 shows that the formula works, and it does it very well; It is an especially easy game to recommend because it is really fun, so we could not leave it off the list.

Read analysis of Far Cry 4.

Shovel knight

This year may not have been the most inspired when it comes to independent development either, but Shovel Knight is one of those hits that one feels compelled to recommend. With an aesthetic reminiscent of the eight bits, this Yacht Club Games adventure has a much more modern gameplay than its graphic section, so getting at the controls is a pleasure although it may sound paradoxical. Shovel Knight goes beyond a heartfelt tribute to an entire era.

Dark souls ii

In Dark Souls 2 you will die. You will die many times. But it is satisfying like none. Despite the vaunted downgrade we suffered at its launch, it is undoubtedly one of the most important games that have been published this year on any platform, and its ability to immerse us in its world with its unorthodox design and mechanics, which do not deal with the gamer as a fool but is challenged to outdo himself, is what makes the experience so engrossing. If you like challenges and want to put yourself to the test – if you are looking for a light experience, look for something else – Dark Souls II should be your choice.

Read analysis of Dark Souls II.

Nidhogg

Niddhog is a sword game with a strong competitive component that is hidden in a very simple and direct aesthetic, one of those games that is perfect for sparring with friends and for those idle moments. Lunges, cartwheels, acrobatic movements … Although the aesthetics throw you back, its mechanics are delicious thanks to a simplistic design that, however, keeps a great complexity behind. Try it if you have not done it already, you will not regret it.

Nuclear Throne

Wait, wasn’t that a list of ten games? What is Nuclear Throne doing here? The game developed by Vlambeer has won us over at SamaGame, and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to highlight it in a special way. We haven’t officially included it on the list because you have to keep in mind that it’s still on Steam Early Access and they add new content every week so it’s not really finished yet. And even so, we can’t help but recommend that you buy it. Strongly.

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