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PC GAEMS FROM 2012 TO 2015
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|Picture||Title||Genre||Description||Where To Buy|
|Brothers - a Tale of Two Sons||Adventure||An Isometric "puzzle" game that follows the travels of two brothers with a strong sense of teamwork. It's short, and fun once you get a hang of the controls, but is not challenging in the slightest. Also, you can save a suicidal homeless person.||GOG|
|Cities: Skylines||Simulation||Love Sim City? Looking for something that was not ruined by developer incompetence and publisher greed? Say no more.||Steam|
|Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller||Adventure||Point and click adventure game with comic-style visuals. You play as an FBI agent with psychic powers. It's being released episodically with 3 episodes released and 1 additional coming soon. The story gets dark as FUCK later.||Dev Store|
|Crimzon Clover: World Ignition||Shoot 'em Up||A maniac shooter with everything you expect: lots of bullets, explosions and bright neon colors.||GOG|
|Crusader Kings II||Grand Strategy||Crusader Kings II lets you play as a historic European Dynasty and lead them from the Norman conquest of England in 1066 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Through war, strategic marriages, incest, intrigue, and crusades you will expand your demesne and secure your Dynasty's future in the tumultuous Medieval Era. CK II has many pieces of DLC but the 4 major expansions are Sword of Islam (Allows playable Muslims), Legacy of Rome (Makes the Byzantium Empire much more unique to play as), The Republic (playable Merchant Republics and new trade mechanics) and The Old Gods (Adds a new 867 start date, playable pagans, and numerous game play mechanics like the ability to raid).||Steam|
|Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition||Action RPG||Fairly low requirement game with amazing gameplay mechanics and a great story. (Gamepad and whatever the current DSfix is for the best experience)||Steam|
|Drunken Robot Pornography||FPS||Get your jetpack and laser blaster ready: you made the mistake of giving free will to your robot bartender and the son of a bitch built an army of giant robots to destroy the city! Unique indie mix of FPS and bullet hell, perhaps a bit "fluff" but still very fun. Quite unique in the FPS genre for having extremely vertical stages. Sadly, it in fact does not contain any pornography. From the creators of AaAaAA!!!.||Humble|
|Dragon Ball XenoVerse||Action RPG/Fighting||Dragon Ball is back. Made by Dimps (the Budokai guys) in the Tenkaichi/Sparking! style. Now you can finally make your shitty Dragon Ball Z original character from when you were ten, you weeaboo. I bet he's a super saiyan and everything, loser.
Character customization is pretty great, the game is pretty fun, has MMO-esque aspects (some have compared online side-quests to Monster Hunter). Controls take some time getting used to, and grinding can be a chore if you didn't spec your character right for your playstyle. It's more of an Action RPG than a pure fighting game.
Pretty much pointless if you're not a Dragon Ball fan, but if you are, this a huge treat.
|Dust: An Elysian Tail||Platformer / Action-RPG||A mysterious warrior wanders a fantasy land with a magical talking sword and a little flying sprite companion, trying to regain his own memories. Man, that's one fuckin' beautiful furry-themed indie 2D platformer with RPG and beat 'em up elements. Stunning painted backgrounds, top notch animation, solid voice acting.||GOG|
|Dustforce||Platformer||Very challenging and lesser-known platformer that draws obvious Super Meat Boy parallels with its wall-sliding action, online replay feature, and focus on speedrunning. This time there's dust on every surface, dust on rabid wild animals, and you've got to clean that shit up. Doing so while getting the highest rank in each level is crazy hard and technical. Don't miss out on the amazing sprite art or music, either.||GOG|
|Fable Anniversary||Action RPG||Play through the life of a hero, from idyllic childhood, to heroic youth, to heroic not-as-much-youth. A less-than-serious action RPG where your appearance changes according to your morality and your skills. Hyped to all hell, but still fun. The soundtrack by Russell Shaw is the stuff of legend.
This is an HD re-release version of Fable: The Lost Chapters. If you want lower spec requirements, go for that version instead.
|Final Fantasy III||RPG||A fully 3D remake of Final Fantasy III, which was previously never officially released outside of Japan. Unlike the NES version, the orphans have a bit of individual background this time, and there's bonus content; however, most you have to unlock by filling up the bestiary. As usual, there are many classes to choose from and to level up, but choose wisely. If you haven't played it yet, now is the time to do so. Also available on the Nintendo DS with MogNet and on iOS which is the exact same thing, only with touch controls instead of controller or keyboard controls.||Steam|
|Final Fantasy IV||RPG||A fully 3D remake of the SNES game. Includes decent voice-acted cut scenes and a new ability system designed to offer a modicum of customization in the least-customizable FF game to date. Also of note is the increased difficulty over previous ports of the game. The Nintendo DS version is virtually the same as this one but generally better, get that if you have a Nintendo DS. Additional alterations, additions, and omissions noted here.||Steam|
|Final Fantasy IV: The After Years||RPG||A fully 3D remake of the WiiWare game. Any tale you unlock after the prologue can be played in any order, similar to Live-A-Live. The Chrono Trigger-esque Band system is slightly altered from the original FF4TAY. Playing FF4 before this is recommended, but not mandatory. However, there is a FF4PC save bonus, in the form of Tails (hint hint) There are no classic FF bosses in this version (replaced by recolored FF4 bosses with new skillsets), no multiplayer like WiiWare, and no challenge dungeons. That said, the challenge dungeon equipment can be bought in the final chapter. If you prefer the extra content, stick with the PSP/WW version.||Steam|
|Final Fantasy V||RPG||Featuring the most refined version of the job system seen in a main Final Fantasy title to date, join Bartz and his quest to have the most female-filled party in the series, as well as his battles against a magic tree. The story is lighthearted, but still plenty cool. Enough classes to make your head spin, plus an extra dungeon and new classes for the GBA/iOS versions. Ported from the GBA with the original SNES music. Diagonal movement makes this port better/worse than the GBA port. Graphics are weak though. Like, DAMN.||Steam|
|Final Fantasy Type-0 HD||Action-RPG||Imagine Crisis Core but better, with 14 different playable characters, playable summons, a world map, chocobo breeding and a fantastic story. The gameplay is difficult and will kill you if you get careless, but is fun and faster than Crisis Core because less "slot machine" bullshit. Much, MUCH, bloodier, gorier and violent than the previous Final Fantasy games. Has updated graphics compared to the PSP version, as well as the option to change the voices to English (very shitty dub) or Japanese, no multiplayer (as if anyone cared about it), an exclusive alternate ending, and an updated soundtrack. The translation is somewhat spotty, so the PSP version may actually be a better pick.||Steam|
|Freedom Planet||Platformer||Glorious indie old-school 2D mascot platformer, with the sort of level design, physics, graphics and music you'd expect from the very best Mega Drive games.||GOG|
|Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers — 20th Anniversary Edition||Adventure||A series of voodoo-themed murders haunts New Orleans. A local writer investigates them, meaning to use that as the basis for his new novel, unaware that the crimes involve his own family's dark legacy. The original version was one of most remarkable titles from the golden age of adventure games, exploring mature themes in a realistic setting; the remake adds vastly upgraded graphics and reorchestrated soundtrack, as well as a hint system to give a hand with the most obtuse elements of the original.
As a disappointing downside, they lost the original voice files and had to use different actors. So, no more Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, or Michael Dorn. Trailer
|Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams||Platformer||Two little sisters get transported into a dream land full of demon-owls, and it's up to one of them to rescue the other. A great Euro-style 2D platformer with some incredible visuals and a soundtrack to match. Do not be misled by the cuteness, it can get very challenging, especially the bosses.||GOG|
|Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN||Fighting||Hands down one of the best-looking fighting games ever, a rocking soundtrack, the same sweet GGX gameplay as ever. A bit short on the roster, but definitely worth it.||Steam|
|Gunman Clive||Platformer||Similar to Mega Man but with a western theme. Very cool visual style and fun gameplay with three different, unique characters to choose from (the third one is unlockable). It's a steal at $2.00.||Steam|
|Hawken||FPS/sim||Fast-paced F2P multiplayer mech shooter, lotsa fun, simply excellent if that's your thing (although it's likely to disappoint if you want something "heavy" like Steel Battalion).||Steam|
|Ikaruga||Shooter||A small nation unearths an artifact that grants them unlimited power, which they use to conquer the world. A shooter with stunning stylized visuals, bombass soundtrack, and an unique puzzle-ish "polarity system": enemies and their fire are either light or dark, and the player changes his ship's polarity at will. Bullets of different polarity kill you, but bullets of equal polarity are absorbed. The challenge is serious, you need to go full zen to survive. An absolute must-have for anyone who likes shooters.||Steam|
|Jet Set Radio||3D trick platformer||Recruit stylish young people and rollerskate through sprawling, colorful urban environments pulling off tricks and tagging spots with graffiti to fight the creativity-repressing establishment! An incredibly cool-looking game with great cel-shaded graphics and an even better soundtrack. Fair level of challenge. Fun if you can get over the sluggish controls.||Humble|
|The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition||Fighting||The latest in SNK's interminable fighting game series makes a surprise appearance on PC with an unexpectedly good port. The (slightly) improved netcode mixed with Steam matchmaking (not GFWL, thankfully) and all the DLC characters included for free essentially makes this the definitive version of the game.||Steam|
|Knock-knock!||Surreal Horror||The latest game from Russian Studio Ice Pick Lodge, and unfortunately also the most poorly reviewed. This is the most accessible release in their library, but this does not detract from their trademark commitment to crafting avant-garde atmospheres with varying degrees of realism and a uniquely Russian sensibility.||Steam|
|La-Mulana||Action/adventure||Freeware classic gone from MSX-style to remade for modern PC, and remastered to the max. Features better controls, better laptop, more settings, MUCH smoother animations and action, a rearranged soundtrack, and even some new story additions. Some puzzles, traps, and bosses have been modified, sometimes to be easier or harder. Bosses are generally more challenging though. If you never played the original, that's fine. There's enough differences to warrant giving both a go. For those not in the know, it's a mostly non-linear platforming adventure game. Dungeons are full of danger and riddles and require some non-lateral thinking and possibly note-taking to figure out.||Playism|
|LEGO The Lord of the Rings||Action/adventure||Collect lego pieces, fight lego orcs, control over 90 lego LOTR characters, you know the deal...While the formula ins´t really that new, its fucking LOTR and its irresistible charm mixes up with the one from the Lego series, making this a VERY good game. Play this even if you dont like Lego, seriously. The goal here isn't, of course, beating the game, but to 100% it, which can be quite challenging , so dont rush through the game: EXPLORE EVERYTHING. PC version is recommended for better visuals and a more convenient price tag. Do NOT get the handheld versions.||Steam|
|LISA||RPG||A side-scrolling RPG where you play as a middle-aged martial artist called Brad on his quest to rescue his kidnapped adopted daughter in a brutal post-apocalypse where women have become extinct. The story starts dark and quickly descends into a tale of human misery. Notable for having up to 30 characters that can be recruited into the party, plus containing horrible moral choices. Also has a DLC ending called LISA the Joyful which essentially concludes the story.||Steam|
|Mercenary Kings||Action/RPG||While the Paul Robertson pixel art and the chiptune music may scream "Metal Slug successor" to you, this game is actually more like Monster Hunter Lite. You take on a variety of missions in the form of Mega Man-esque platformers, and collect materials and money to create better guns and stuff. Multiplayer is fun, too. Only caveat is that it is definitely as difficult as Monster Hunter. Prepare for a LOT of trial and error when it comes to gameplay.||Steam|
|Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes||Tactical Espionage Action||The semi-demo "prologue" to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Invade a U.S./Cuban base to save your friends. Additional missions use the same map, but change it so you have to assassinate soldiers/obtain enemy intelligence/save Hideo Kojima, allowing you to play in different ways. Many people complained about the incredibly short playtime of the game (around an hour for the main mission), so try to get it on a Steam sale if you can.||SteamG2A|
|NiGHTS into Dreams...||Action/adventure||Wizeman the Wicked seeks to conquer both the dream world and the real world, by having his Nightmaren lackeys steal "ideyia", the spiritual energies of the visiting human dreamers. Too bad the fool made one Nightmaren too smart and independent, and willing to join forces with two young dreamers to gain freedom.
Now this is one of the most unique and surreal games ever. It's even hard to describe it... a platformer without platforms, maybe? The hero flies around, collecting ideyia chips to fight the Nightmaren in charge of each dream; no lifebar except the timer, and while it is easy to rush through the game, you have to exploit it hard to score top rank and get the true ending.
From the same creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. Absolutely beautiful, immensely fun, hugely improved over the Saturn original. Includes most extras from Christmas Nights too! A must play, just be sure to have a good gamepad.
|Papers, Please||Dystopian Document Thriller||You are the immigrations inspector for Arstotzka, a Eurasian communist shithole. It is your job to inspect the papers of everyone trying to enter the country, turning away any and all who do not qualify.
A lot more engrossing than it sounds. Seriously, play this.
|Rogue Legacy||Metroidvania/Roguelike||Often referred to as a "Rogue-Lite", which combines Metroidvania-like exploration with a randomly-generated castle which changes every time you die. Whenever you die, you pick the next in a line of descendants which comes with it's own particular traits. Not only you'll die A LOT but you're also expected to, since all money you collect goes to the next character, allowing to upgrade your home castle and granting permanent upgrades.||GOG|
|Tactical RPG||A cool indie (kickstarted) tactical RPG series based on the popular sci-fi / fantasy tabletop game. In a not very distant future, magic has returned to the world. Humans now live alongside elves, trolls, orks, and dwarves - and all struggle under the power of the megacorporations.||GOG|
|Shadow Warrior||FPS||A bodyguard / henchman / hired killer is sent to acquire a very special sword, but when a horde of demons gets in the way and slaughters everyone before he has a chance to, he realizes there's something weird about his corporate overlords.
Remember the 90s classic? Lo Wang was a sort of oriental Duke Nukem, but unlike the notorious DNF, this one is actually a good game... a fast-paced, damn fun, insanely over the top, ultraviolent romp. From the same team of the also excellent Hard Reset.
|Shantae and the Pirate's Curse||Platformer||The best game on the series so far, and basically what Risky's Revenge should have been. Shantae has lost her powers and now must ally herself with her rival Risky ||GOG|
|Shovel Knight||Platformer||Depite the clear Mega Man inspiration thsi game has it's own identity. You play as the titular Shovel Knight and must travel the land fighting other knights to learn what happened with your beloved. No Battletoads or Kratos in this version, sadly.
Now includes a free expansion which allows to play with Plague Knight, one of the bosses, as he collects ingredients for the ultimate potion.
|Skullgirls||Fighting||I hope you brought a pillow to bite, because this game is about to push your shit in. Skullgirls is an indie fighting game that uses the lag-reducing GGPO-netcode, so now even Brazilians can laugh at you. It features an ever-growing roster of playable characters, a unique art-style and some of the most hardcore gameplay since Guilty Gear. If you ever get tired of having to wipe your pussy-ass tears after every match, there's always a Skullgirls General on /vg/.||Steam|
|Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed||Racing||A fun as hell arcade racing game whose main selling points that differ it from Mario Kart (apart from the Sega characters) are that the vehicles transform between car, boat and plane modes at specific points on the track, and that the track itself can change per lap. Also, exclusive to the PC version are racers based on the Total War series, Company of Heroes, Football Manager and Team Fortress 2 (for whatever reason).||Humble|
|Spec Ops: The Line||TPS||In a near future, Dubai was annihilated by a series of freak sand storms. Months later, a radio transmission indicates that there might be survivors there after all. You lead a Delta Force team sent to investigate, but when you get there, you find there's some real crazy shit going on.||Humble|
|Strider||Action-adventure||Reboot of one of the coolest platformer series ever. A mysterious alien dictator has taken over the world, and it's up to futuristic ninja Hiryu and his trusty ||Steam|
|Tale of Alltynex||Shoot 'em Up||A master compilation including the three chapters of the Alltynex trilogy: Kamui, RefleX and Alltynex Second.||Steam|
|The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures||Platformer||Set your TV to channel 3, grab your Zapper, and get ready to curse like a sailor! A very fun and brutally difficult indie 2D platformer that pays homage to eternal classics like Megaman, Castlevania, and Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em.||Humble|
|The Banner Saga||RPG/Strategy/Visual Novel||A beautiful game set on a dying land whose gods are long gone and it's inhabitants as they struggle to survive. This game plays heavily on character decisions, which influence the overarching plot.||GOG|
|The Stanley Parable||First-person Adventure||A free (?) mod for HL2 about some guy named Stanley who works for a company, pressing buttons, until one day everything changes. Very stripped down gameplay (WASD, mouse, and E), but focuses on story. A self-aware deconstruction of video games, but can seem pretentious. Multiple endings, short playtime, but worth checking out for the story.
There are two games called "The Stanley Parable", made by the same people: the free one at moddb is Half-Life -ish, the for-pay one at Steam is Portal 2 -ish. The free mod has 6 endings, while the paid version has 18. Play the free one first to see if you like it.
|Toybox Turbos||Racing||Remember Micro Machines? Well, this is a modern Micro Machines, only without the license. From the same developer, even. If you liked it back in the day, look into this one. Pretty damn fun, very good graphics. Up to 4 players, local or online.||Steam|
|Undertale||RPG||If you've managed to avoid the annoying-as-hell fandom, this is absolutely worth checking out. A bullet hell-esque battle system that likes to switch things up during boss fights, an amazing soundtrack (fucking MEGALOVANIA, man), likable and well-written characters, and a narrative that, while nothing special on the story side of things, is incredibly well-executed... this just has a lot going for it.||GOG|
|Volgarr the Viking||Platformer||A platformer like the classic ones: one character, one sword, instant death, no save, balls hard difficulty! Very obviously inspired by the classic quarter-muncher Rastan.||GOG|
|Wasteland 2: Director's Cut||RPG||From the producer of the original Fallout, this is what a modern Fallout would be if they made it for the old fans instead of casuals: a top-down, turn-based tactical RPG with a fuckton of possibilities and immense room for customization.||GOG|
|XCOM: Enemy Unknown||Turn-Based Strategy||Official remake of the PC classic, XCOM is all about managing a worldwide secret project to combat a very nasty alien invasion wrecking Earth's shit. Basically, the game is split between actually organizing XCOM's base, which involves things like choosing when to hire new soldiers or construct facilities and fighting aliens with squads of 4 to 6 members in quite tactical battles. Each of the 14 countries backing up the XCOM project has a "Panic Gauge", which increases according to the aliens' actions and, if any of them hit level 5 by the end of the month, said country will stop supporting the whole thing. If that happens eight times, it's game over.||Steam|
|Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm||Fighting||A indie fighter by former SNK devs, the game got significantly expanded thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, getting more characters, a full story and english translation.||Steam|