10 Best PC Games of 2014 That You May Have Missed Out On

Best PC Games of 2014
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The Past Is Prime For PC Game Thrills; Which Of These Did You Overlook?

People say that dwelling on the past won’t bring you happiness. Well, games released  last year could be considered the past, right? Chances are you can find plenty of happiness dwelling on those for a while.

Perhaps you planned on playing these titles and they slipped into the past. No sweat. You are currently reading a list of the 10 best PC games of 2014. Let’s dwell on the past for a while, shall we?

1. Shadowrun: Dragonfall

Trailer for the Director's Cut edition of Shadowrun: Dragonfall.

Assuming leadership over a group of individuals is never easy. Especially when conflicts of interest arise. In Shadowrun: Dragonfall, this is your dilemma. Not to mention rumors of a not so dead dragon that is hot on your trail. Nothing you can’t handle, right?

The year is 2054, and all magic aside, you find yourself in a forseeable future. Man and machine have melded. Magic is commonplace. Despite technological and arcane advancements, times are rough. As a shadow runner you know this and are willing to take on extra risk for a decent payout.

Rundown neighborhoods and gang skirmishes are common sights.

Tabletop fans, this title stays true to the source. You pick an archetype foundation, but after that the classless system cuts the leash. Take your skill points and run any direction you choose. Frontline Shaman brawler anyone?

A variety of stats can be picked for specialization.

Because combat is turn based and tactical, team positioning is just as important as using the right skills. The 20+ hour campaign gives you time to get comfortable with the flow. Grab your favorite beverage, munchies, and enjoy one of the best story driven experiences from 2014.

2. Divinity: Original Sin

Divinity: Original Sin's launch trailer.

Welcome to Rivellon, a land teeming with hidden objects and strange encounters. A world full of interesting characters ready to serve up rich narratives. If you’re seeking spontaneity that is the hallmark of tabletop RPG’s, Divinity: Original Sin won’t let you down.

Giant spiders. Ahhhhh!

Combat is turn based and once again, rigid classes are nowhere to be found. So go forth, drink unhealthy amounts of wine and amount to nothing more than a hollering hooligan if that be your roleplay desire.

An effective roll system adds personality to the game.

Mystery. It’s all about the mystery. The plot is not served to you on a silver platter. Divinity: Original Sin will reward you for your effort and then turn around and give you a boot to the face.

3. The Talos Principle

Launch trailer for The Talos Principle.

Dilemmas abound in The Talos Principle. The first is you find yourself spawned and hearing the voice of the creator, Elohim. According to him, your salvation is close at hand. All you have to do is solve a series of puzzles and collect sigils. Already off to a crazy start. The second arises when you see an ominous spire impaling the clouds. Do you go against the wishes of Elohim and explore its mysteries?

Anyone else think Tetris?

The developers have created an immersive experience. The music is peaceful. The puzzles are challenging yet fun. And the voice of Elohim booms in your eardrums as you progress through the world. Portal fans, prepare for flashbacks because you will be using lasers and cubes to complete puzzles.

Makes you want to come back at night for the lightshow.

If you’re a puzzle fan, The Talos Principle is worth a trip back to 2014. Even if puzzlers aren’t your thing, the compelling plot and stunning visuals are reason enough to check this one out.

4. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth's launch trailer.

In The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, an overbearing mother has forced Isaac to retreat to the basement. The basement of his mind. Naked and depressed, you will launch tears of despair at Isaac’s deepest fears.

Fling those tears, naked boy.

Randomly generated levels give Rebirth a high replay value. Pickups are plentiful and will grant you new abilities or augment what you already have. Monster variety, including plenty of boss encounters, add novelty as you navigate the darkness.

Shoot that poop, masked man.

Will your wits hold out against what lurks in the dark recesses of your own mind?  

5. Legend of Grimrock II

Launch trailer for Legend of Grimrock II.

First person dungeon crawler. If the previous sentence excites you, Legend of Grimrock II is for you.

Shipwrecked on a peculiar island, you find yourself in charge of four prisoners. The island, known as Nex, is beautiful. But the traps are not and Nex is littered with them. What are these traps protecting and who set them up?

Only step on the blue ones. Or was it the orange ones?

Navigation takes place on a grid which gives the game a tactical feel. And customization options are all that you’d expect from an RPG that stays true to the roots of its genre. The lush world and its varied inhabitants look splendid in first-person. Enemies appear to lunge out of your screen to land their attacks.

She just wants a hug.

Exploration typically isn’t a highlight in dungeon crawlers. Legend of Grimrock II turns that notion upside down. Venture forth — collect and craft your way to victory. Demystify the island.

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