Kotaku Awards 2013: Nominate Your Favourite PC Game Of The Year

Yep, this is a big one. Nominate your favourite PC games of the year! Next week we'll take a vote and the week afterwards we'll announce the overall winner.

It's been a big year for PC games. There have been some good console based games but, for me, this year has been all about handhelds and indie games on PC. For that reason, my own personal nominations for the PC category might look remarkably similar to my indie nominations.

Please understand.

So my nominations...

Proteus Papers Please Gone Home The Stanley Parable (I have played very little of this, but what I have played? Holy shit)

Okay that's mine — I am now very keen to hear yours! Let us know in the comments below...



    its the only game I keep on going back too, no matter what game comes out, i'll still be playing dota

      Allow me to express my agreement through song.

      Seriously though, Dota 2 is going to be up there as a serious game of the year contender for me. It made being angry at strangers fun!

    Bioshock Infinite
    Tomb Raider

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
    Payday 2
    Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
    Legends of Eisenwald
    Poker Night 2
    XCom: Enemy Unkown
    Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

    Definitely NOT the horrible Bioshock Infinite. With its stupid
    infinite parallel universe notion that totally desensitizes every relation you ever made by comparing to the infinitely better ones; those weird as vigours; and "under the sea" was a much better theme.

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      Oh no, don't talk smack about Bioshock: Infinite. It proves that all hipsters are really smart. If they can't think up a rebuttal to your claims then they will state you just dont 'get it'.

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        Just don't get what?
        And I think you meant "You just don't get it", instead of "You're just dont get it"

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          You just don't 'get it'. It being the ending and the game.

          and I was originally typing, "will state you're not smart enough to get it", but changed it to "will state you just don't 'get it'" because that's how they simplify it.

            Wait sorry, I am a bit dyslexic, who won't get the ending of the game?

      first of all, use spoiler tags. there's people that haven't played Bioshock yet. & they dont need you to spoil it for them.

      secondly, its a bit sad that in a thread about giving recognition to what you thought was the best of this year, someone has to come in & pointlessly rag on something.

      thirdly, you just dont get it :p
      but seriously it was a reflection on freedom & choice & consequences. the ending in particular was Elizabeth showing Booker the consequences of giving up his kid, and what was possible if he didn't, and then, having seen the possible consequences, Booker then makes a choice as to what path he was going to let the future take (ie accept the baptism & become Comstock, or die & save all those worlds from the suffering he was going to bring)

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        There was no choice.

          would you complain that a film has no choice?
          would you complain that Call of Duty has no choice?
          I'd hope you wouldn't coz thats just silly

          I think it was a similar thing. Bioshock Infinite set out to tell a story, and rather than water it down with branching paths, it stuck to a single narrative. It was a story about the choices the characters made, not the player, and consequences they suffered because of it.

            But the choices and theme were its greatest attributes. What makes a video game different from a movie is the ability to have choice, to contribute to the path taken, like any old text based adventure, that is what makes Beyond: Two Souls such a great game, because it isn't just a movie. I am glad, atleast, that they didn't call it Bioshock 3, since this would suggest it needed to uphold those features of the first 2. I cannot with a straight face say that video games without story based choices are not video games, or even that they are not worth while video games, since my own nominations prescribe to that category, hence I cannot wholly disagree with your comment. I do think, however, that video games are made special because of choices.

        Yeh but the actual game itself was not that fun.

        Seriously it was like Doom 2 combat. Again and again and again.

          Doom 2 was awesome.

            It TOTALLY was.

            But that was a loooong time ago. Half Life has happened since then and everything!

      You may actually have a fair point, I have no idea what your saying in that last paragraph, particularly the phrase "desensitizes every relation you ever made".

      I preferred the aesthetics of Columbia to Rapture, but I feel thats a personal thing anyway.

        It desensitized it because the scope of your universe is infinitesimally small when considering the infinite pool of universes... kind of like saying "What's the point?", especially when transfer in-between these existences is seem-less. If you guys really need someone else to point out the disregard of logic in the story simply read a blog: http://neilfarnum.hubpages.com/hub/The-5-Biggest-Plot-Holes-in-BioShock-Infinite

          I don't think desensitized means what you think it means.

          To be honest, although I agree that there are major plot holes, I felt the narrative themes were strong enough to carry it. I also felt the story was just fanciful enough for me to focus on the wonder of it rather than the mechanics.

            Desensitized, as in you care less because you feel less.

    Night of the Rabbit is the only PC game I've finished this year so I'd guess that says something.

    Edit: I lie. Wolf Among Us was also excellent and I can't wait for the next installment.

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    Obligatory Battlefield 4.

    Also Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. The most fun I've had playing a game this year

    All of my nominations are available on console, but I personally played them all on PC.

    Batman Arkham Origins
    Bioshock Infinite
    Grid 2
    Battlefield 4 (multi-player)

    Arma 3 or Battlefield 4.

    I know its multi platform ...but can I nominate FF14:ARR ??

    Bioshock Infinite, replaying recently has further solidified its awesomeness for me!

    Grand Theft Auto 5... oh wait.

    But seriously, XCOM: Enemy Within is amazing.

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    I want to nominate Minecraft again since it has been updated. Other than that would probably say Just Cause Multiplayer 2, Day Z or just anything that's actually been a bit creative with its design process. Same old FPS year in year out just doesn't cut it for me when it comes to PC.

    I'll give a mention to Poker Night 2, Audiosurf 2, Monaco and Spelunky (PC release) while I'm at it. So yeah, a bit similiar to Mark's choices actually. Half my PC gaming is more indie orientated nowadays. Still can't decide though...

    Hell, I'll just go with Candy Box!

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    My problem with GOTY voting is most of the time I don't play games until at least a year after release.
    Of the games I played this year would probably go with Bioshock Infinite or Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves. I really like contrast as well but maybe not quite a GOTY contender for me.

    So possibles but haven't played yet so couldn't say:
    Injustice: Gods Among Us, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Blood Dragon

    Also wondering on what people think about the following and if they are eligible or not
    ENSLAVED™: Odyssey to the West (Previous release on other platforms)
    Kerbal space program (In Early Access so still under development but playable)

    What's the criteria for eligibility here? Because the best PC experience I've had this year was probably playing through Ys I & II, but those games are 25 years old and the updated versions released on Steam at the start of the year are probably pushing 10+ by now, just new to PC in English via Steam in that particular configuration (achievements etc)

    Bioshock Infinite
    GTA 5

      GTA5 is not on PC.... Unless... do you work for Rockstar? :)

    My vote would be for Bioshock Infinite or Tomb Raider. I really enjoyed both games (though I know that both had their detractors). I'm sad to ay I don't think I've played any PC exclusives this year!

    Are we coubtung majorly updated games? If so: gmod 13 and tf2. Then Sues ex hmdr oe Sainrs row iv.

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