Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PC Games

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  • Publish Date: September 30, 2014

Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in January.

Best-reviewed PC games of 2014 (as of September 30th)

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game   Metascore
1 Box Dark Souls II Buy From Amazon 91
While the original action-RPG game Dark Souls suffered from poor graphics in its PC incarnation, the sequel is strong out of the gate—and as hard as ever.
2Out of the Park Baseball 15  89
3Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft  88
4TowerFall Ascension  87
5Divinity: Original Sin  87
6Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Buy From Amazon87
7Year Walk  87
8Astebreed  86
9Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor NEWBuy From Amazon86
10Titanfall Buy From Amazon86
11South Park: The Stick of Truth Buy From Amazon85
12Shovel Knight  85
13The Wolf Among Us: Episode 5 - Cry Wolf NEW 85
14BattleBlock Theater  85
15Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations  84
16Metro Redux NEW 84
17SMITE  83
18The Blackwell Epiphany  83
19Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance  83
20Transistor  83
21DG2: Defense Grid 2 NEW 82
22WildStar Buy From Amazon82
23The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 - A Crooked Mile  82
24The Vanishing of Ethan Carter NEW 82
25Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King NEW 82
... and the worst-reviewed:
173Deus Ex: The Fall  45
174Wayward Manor NEW 43
1754PM NEW 41
176Rambo: The Video Game  34
177Rekoil  32

Includes games released between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from September 30, 2014.

Best-reviewed PC games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game   Metascore
1Half-Life 2 (2004) Buy From Amazon96
2The Orange Box (2007) Buy From Amazon96
3Half-Life (1998) Buy From Amazon96
4BioShock (2007) Buy From Amazon96
5Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000) Buy From Amazon95
6Portal 2 (2011) Buy From Amazon95
7The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) Buy From Amazon94
8Mass Effect 2 (2010) Buy From Amazon94
9Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2003) Buy From Amazon94
10Civilization II (1996)  94
11Quake (1996)  94
12BioShock Infinite (2013) Buy From Amazon94
13The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) Buy From Amazon94
14Grim Fandango (1998) Buy From Amazon94
15Diablo (1996) Buy From Amazon94
16Sid Meier's Civilization IV (2005) Buy From Amazon94
17Company of Heroes (2006) Buy From Amazon93
18Unreal Tournament 2004 (2004) Buy From Amazon93
19Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010) Buy From Amazon93
20Minecraft (2009)  93
21Homeworld (1999) Buy From Amazon93
Grand Theft Auto III (2002) Buy From Amazon93
23Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) Buy From Amazon93
24World of Warcraft (2004) Buy From Amazon93
25Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2005) Buy From Amazon93

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all PC high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's PC Games section.

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Comments (9)

  • yan  

    Where is Portal 2? i don't see it, yet is the best game of the year.

  • Anon  

    This list only shows how much each game spent on buying good reviews/marketing. Face it, gamespot reviews are HEAVILY influenced by money and metacritic is the same..

  • dlnensslen  

    best pc game so far this year is Shogun 2 LOL pc is dying indeed

  • kevin  

    not to mention shogun 2 is the top exclsuive for this year so far.

  • kevin  

    @ liam the pc still has the most exclusives, theres like 10 on that list alone.

  • Matt  

    Glad to see some adventure games high on the list.

  • Liam  

    It's sad that there are so few PC only exclusives these days, especially single player ones. I understand why, the economics being what they are, but I still hate to see games being crippled so that they play the same on the consoles.

  • Slappy  

    Except that they produced the PS3 version and did physical distribution. Oopsie.

  • Mike  

    Um, The Orange Box was not an Electronic Arts release. Like, in any way, shape or form.

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